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Saturday, January 31, 2015

O’ Rice–trying this Korean stylish fried rice in BGC

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I landed in BGC to attend an event and before I enter the venue in Forum BGC, I decided to eat my lunch first before proceeding to that event, and I really want to eat that is something good and it will help me to kick away the holiday blues.

 I spotted O’Rice, a Korean restaurant that specializes in pan fried rice, they have many kinds of fried rice concept created with lots of Korean spirit. But I’m not familiar with their dishes so I gave it a try, since its New Year, I should try something new.

More than a thousand of people wearing wings joined Angels Walk for Autism in SM MOA ARENA last Jan 25, 2015 (photo coverage)

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Various organizations and community for autism joined forces in a world record breaking event that was held at the SM MOA ARENA last January 25, 2015. The gathering of people wearing angel wings is for the celebration and awareness of National Autism Consciousness Week.

National Autism Consciousness Week is an annual event that started in January 1996 after the issuance of Presidential Proclamation No.711 signed by Pres.Fidel V. Ramos, its about awareness on autism here in the Philippines and also for the government to provide assistance to those who are in need and tap different local agencies for community driven assistance for families.

Friday, January 30, 2015

This Feb 2015 - Resorts World Manila’s Imperial Festival feat. Chinatown with Valentine's Day Flavor, Concerts, NBA Weekend, Bituing Walang Ninging musical, and World of Luck

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Resorts World Manila launches The Imperial Festival 2015 as their event and monthly theme for February, The Imperial Festival combines Chinese New Year and Valentines Day as one theme for their events, attractions, promos and also for celebrating the year of the goat and days of love. Not only that, the Imperial Festival promotes the World Of Luck, as Resorts World Manila brings luck to everyone who will visit them and patronize their promos and attractions.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Skin treatment and wart removal experience in Luminisce Holistic Skin Innovations

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Its been close to 20 years since my last visit to a skin clinic or derma, during my youngling days, my parents are very concerned for the health of my skin, my mom said that we are so lucky in our generations that there are skin clinics and skin doctor that can take care of our skin, back in the old times, people live with acne and skin problems every day and skin treatment are not easy to access.

When my mom brought me to a skin clinic, I was so shy and embarrassed because all I know is that girls do the skin treatment regularly, and because I’m a boy, I don’t mind too much about treating my pimple or make my skin glowy under the sun. Its not an easy start for my skin treatment, I have lots of horrors back then, but as time goes by and with a monthly visit to my skin doctor, I was very appreciative on the result for my pimple problems. My facials is smooth and all pimples were gone as I reach college, I am very glad that I got the right treatment for my face and skin.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Auldey’s Infinity Nado–toy top with RFID chip to record your score and ranking in every top battle

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2015 started with a spin and bang when a new toy comes out from the market. Infinity Nado by Auldey captured easily the old fans of Beyblade when they launched their new version of their own toy top added with some technology to record your score in every battle and place you in the Philippine scoring rank. Yes, the plastic and metallic top that spins with a launcher and spine can record your score with its embedded RFID chip located on top of the top.

Rekados Café and Restaurante– your stopover in Sta.Rosa-Tagaytay road for a Fil-Spanish food

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If you will travel to Tagaytay and want to add a little spice in your road trip and adventure, there’s a restaurant that is worth to visit when you are along the long road of Sta. Rosa and Tagaytay highway, The Rekados Café and Restaurante is there near the boundary of Silang, Cavite and Tagaytay City. It’s a 20 minute drive if you are coming from Nuvali in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, but it’s a 5 minute drive if you are coming from the public market of Tagaytay, or 15 minutes if you will come from Olivares in Tagaytay.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Lopez Museum and Library new exhibit "Propaganda" opens to the public on 6 February

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Lopez Museum and Library will unveil their new exhibit this Feb 6. The museum will exhibit their archive and large collection of World War 2 propaganda and election materials of the yester years and along side with the exhibit are contemporary works by our local artist.

read the details below

Sunday, January 25, 2015

I'll be on tv as one of the panelist for Gma News TV "Ang Pinaka" featuring Philippines extraordinary record in Guinness World Records

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Hey guys! I'm inviting you to watch the episode of "Ang Pinaka" later at 6:30pm in GMA NEWS TV, their episode today will feature our country's record in Guinness World Records, its not a common feat of a record, but its an extraordinary record that is hard to beat and hard to execute.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Cavinti Underground River and Caves Complex - I hope to see you next time

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The only thing that is not included in my eco adventure tour in Cavinti is the tour inside the Cavinti Underground River and Caves Complex. We were suppose to go here last December 2014, but the LGU of Cavinti sent a notice that all tours and exploration will be postponed for awhile due to heavy rains and the terrain going to the cave is muddy and the inside part of the cave is flooded with rain water. We expected that we are scheduled here for the January tour, but all tour and guides are not yet allowed due to the bad weather in the area of the cave.

2nd Cavinti Water Sports Fest 2015 this Feb 8-14, 2015 in Lumot lake, Cavinti, Laguna

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The upcoming event highlight in Cavinti, Laguna is the 2nd Cavinti Water Sports Fest 2015, last year started with local competition but for this 2015 they target to have the international leg of different kinds of water sports.

Chasing the sunset at Caliraya Lake Spillway- ‪#‎CavEAT‬: Cavinti Eco-Adventure Tour part 15 (END)

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Our last part of the tour is to stop here at the area of Caliraya Lake Spillway just to catch the sunset. I didn’t expected that this site is a sunset viewing area. Lots of motorist, locals and tourist stop by here just to watch the sunset. I also saw some teenagers dating and others are drinking some beers and eating chips.

Lago Fishing Village– best for camping and fishing - ‪#‎CavEAT‬: Cavinti Eco-Adventure Tour part 14

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One of my favorite site here in Cavinti is the Lago Fishing Village. It’s a fishing site with nipa hut houses and two kinds of hotel. Lago Fishing Village is like an eco park to me because they have their own lake, it’s a big lake with lots of fish. Here they breed different kinds of fish – red tilapia, pangea fish, pacu fish and the alligator gar fish. All fish are for competition and fish sport activities. They installed dividers at the lake to separate the different kinds of fish. There are areas for the pangea and the alligator gar fish.

The Japanese Garden of Cavinti - ‪#‎CavEAT‬: Cavinti Eco-Adventure Tour part 13

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One of the popular spot for picnic, mountain bike, and a place to have a me-time is here at the Japanese Garden in Cavinti, Laguna. Normally it’s a part of a hill with a vast space of nature reserve, there’s a field, a lagoon and a stairway that leads to the top of the garden. According to our local guide that this garden was built as a memorial and also a symbol of friendship of the Japanese to the Filipinos.

Boating the Caliraya Lake - ‪#‎CavEAT‬: Cavinti Eco-Adventure Tour part 12

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There are several kinds of ways on how you can conquer and enjoy the waters of Caliraya Lake, you can do boating, kayaking, boat paddle, jetski, kite boarding and wind surfing. For our case, we tried the boat pasyal here in Caliraya Mountain Lake Resort, it’s a tour around Caliraya Lake riding this motorized tour boat, the big boat can accommodate up to 15 people. We went around the lake for 30 minutes and here I got another adrenaline pumping moment when we return to the docking bay.

Kayak, boat ride, zipline,fishing and outdoor activities in Caliraya Mountain Lake Resort- ‪#‎CavEAT‬: Cavinti Eco-Adventure Tour part 11

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Finally…after a day of imagining myself in a kayak, I’m now here at the Caliraya Lake paddling a plastic kayak!! It’s the most awesome part of my trip to do kayak, because it’s the next watersports activity that I’m targeting for this 2015, and yes, I do have a plan of buying my own inflatable kayak, because I have this plan of kayaking the Manila Bay hahaha. seriously! my plan also is to buy a paddle board, but its too expensive and its bulky to carry around, that’s why I chose to get next time an inflatable kayak. Para no need to rent na and will use it unlimited.

Play Golf at Caliraya Mountain Lake Resort - ‪#‎CavEAT‬: Cavinti Eco-Adventure Tour part 10

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The golf course is formerly known as “Caliraya Springs Golf & Country Club”, but now its part of Caliraya Mountain Lake Resort. It’s a popular golf course site that features a championship golf course with 7,000 yard long area and with 18 holes. The view here is spectacular, you can view the Caliraya lake anda also Mt. Banahaw.

When we arrived here, we learned that the whole hotel rooms are booked by Korean nationals, all are golfers and they are in the field playing golf for the entire day. But the best part here is that we ate our snacks and got a chance to play golf.

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We spotted this 2nd reception area, for Koreans only. I think this will break the barriers of any translation problems. I’m not sure if the Korean is working here or a local agency hired him to do customer service for Koreans.


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The site is also a good for mountain biking, here I saw a double seater bike. Its so cute and we’re surprised that the brand is Avant.

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And here’s a side car 2 seater bike with umbrella. For lovers and couples who wants to seat side by side.

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Here’s a view of the golf course. We weren’t allowed to roam around the field because there are golfers who are busy playing. We were allowed to stay and check their golf driving area.

Golf rates:
via: http://mountainlakeadventure.com/rates.php

Green fees:
9 holes - PHP 850 for weekdays, PHP 1130 for weekends
18 holes - PHP 1700 for weekdays, PHP 2036 for weekends

Golf cart rental
9 holes - PHP 450
18 holes - PHP 780

Caddie fee
9 holes - PHP 250
18 holes - PHP 300

Umbrella girl - PHP 200
Gallery - PHP 300
Driving range fee - PHP 200
Ball - PHP 50 per box of 40 balls

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It’s a good sunny day and I wanna play golf! It’s one of my dream sports since I was a kid, its an expensive sport and I didn’t got a chance to try this.
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Inside the Caliraya golf course main building at Caliraya Mountain Lake Resort

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Our lunch courtesy of La Cucina de Caliraya restaurant.
The resto specializes an all pinoy meals. They prepared a tapa and longanissa silog lunch for us.


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Flyer of the resort.

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Happy lunch to all

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nomnomnomnomnomnomnomnom……….. happy lunch talaga.

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Here’s our chance to try the golf drive. A local golf instructor were there to teach us on how to hit a golf ball using a driving club.

It looks so easy but its hard to hit the ball using all your energy.

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My first time to golf drive..
1st shot – missed shot
2nd shot – it just flew on top of the ground

my verdict:
My arm and shoulder hurts after the drive


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Here’s Jen in golf mode pose.

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It’s a fun day here in Caliraya Mountain Lake Resort, but this golf course area is just a start. We will check out other activities and amenities of the resort in my next blog post.
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I just can’t believe that this blog series will reach part 10 hahahaha.
I will get my revenge and practice golf next time.

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Caliraya Mountain Lake Resort
Website: http://mountainlakeadventure.com/
Tel: 723-0781 to 88 loc 306
0917 5532613 / 0998 9893832

Email: mountainlake.inquiry@gmail.com

Address: Caliraya Springs, Brgy East Talaongan, Cavinti, Laguna

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ABOUT CAVINTI ECO ADVENTUR TOUR

The #CavEAT: Cavinti Eco-Adventure Tour is a Tourism Advocacy Campaign to help generate online buzz for the upcoming Cavinti Water Sports Olympics: 1st International Competition happening on February 8-14, 2015.

2015 Cavinti Water Sports Olympics: 1st International Competition
watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWEVHpaEylU

The #CavEAT: Cavinti Eco-Adventure Tour is organized by Herald C. Bebis for the Municipality of Cavinti headed by Hon. Mayor Milbert Oliveros. The event is fully supported by the Cavinti Municipal Tourism Office, DigitalFilipino, Pelikula Padayon, Caliraya Lake Mountain Resort, Camarin Resort and Lago Fishing Village.

HOW TO GET THERE IN CAVINTI, LAGUNA
1. Ride Sta. Cruz, Laguna bound DLTB Bus in Buendia Terminal, located below Gil Puyat LRT
2. Bus fare to Sta. Cruz, Laguna is PHP 140 (air con bus)
3. Drop off at DLTB Sta. Cruz terminal
4. Ride a a tricycle or jeep going to Sta. Cruz Market
5. At the market, look for the jeepney that will take you to Cavinti, Laguna
6. If you will go straight to Caliraya Lake, ride the Lumban-Cavinti Jeep
7. If you will go straight to Cavinti town proper, then ride the Pagsanjan-Cavinti jeep (this jeep will take you to Bumbungan resort, and also the Cavinti Municipal Tourism Office)
8. If you will go back to Manila, just go back to Sta. Cruz bus terminals, DLTB bus last trip to Manila is around 7:45pm
9. Other option: You can also ride a Lucban jeep in Sta. Cruz, you can drop off at Cavinti junction and just ride a tricycle going to Bumbungan Eco Park or to town proper

TOUR ORGANIZERHerald C. Bebis
www.facebook.com/heraldbebis
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Lumot Lake - water sports and bass fishing spot - ‪#‎CavEAT‬: Cavinti Eco-Adventure Tour part 9

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Lumot lake is the 2nd man made lake here in Cavinti, Laguna. The lake was created as a water reservoir for the Lumot dam and the hydroelectric powerplant at Caliraya lake. The lake is connected to Lumot river, and it’s the source of water of the lake. Lumot lake is a popular watersport and fishing competition spot. Every year the LGU team organizes the watersports tournament and also bass fishing contest. The lake is rich with fresh water fish such as tilapia and large mouth bass fish.

Cavinti Church–a 4 century old Catholic church - ‪#‎CavEAT‬: Cavinti Eco-Adventure Tour part 8

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Our day 2 in Cavinti, Laguna started here in Cavinti, Church, I’m glad that the tour included a church visit because I have section here in my blog that is all about churches, a blog collection of old churches here in the Philippines. check - http://azraelsmerryland.blogspot.com/search/label/church

I learned that this church was founded in the year 1621, then it was damaged during the year of Chinese uprising here in Cavinti, Laguna. I didn’t know there’s a Chinese uprising in the old age of Laguna. I have to Google that later.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Food and Inside the bloggers camp (rest house) - ‪#‎CavEAT‬: Cavinti Eco-Adventure Tour part 7

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I decided to include this in my blog series, just to show you where did we sleep and stayed for a night. We stayed here in rest house provided by the Mayor of Cavinti, a day before the trip the temperature here in Cavinti is around 18C and that’s close to the weather in Baguio this season. When we learned about the weather, we gear up with our jackets and went around in layered clothing. I think the Ber- season is much colder because the cold front or the Amihan is still present til February.

Camarin Resort and Eco Park - ‪#‎CavEAT‬: Cavinti Eco-Adventure Tour part 6

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After the energetic activity in Cavinti Falls, we went here in Camarin Resort sitting by the side of Caliraya Lake, it’s a resort owned by the NAPOCOR or National Power Corp. It’s a resort open for everyone and you can come here to have a picnic, organize your event or just want to chase the sunset that will glow over the Caliraya Lake.

Cavinti Falls (formerly Pagsanjan falls) - ‪#‎CavEAT‬: Cavinti Eco-Adventure Tour part 5

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From my part 4 blog post of this series, I showed to you the hike and trek from the mountain going down here in Cavinti falls, it’s the most adrenaline pumping trek because its my first time to rappel down with nature around me and the reward that awaits there is the beauty of the falls. Cavinti falls or formerly known as Pagsanjan falls is very popular for the 80’s kids, because this falls have lots of photos in our post cards and also in every Sibika at Kultura text books, back in my grade school years in UST, I bought a Pagsanjan falls post cards in National bookstore and glued it to a bond paper and submitted it as my assignment about the nature wonders of the Philippines.

Pueblo El Salvador Nature’s Park and Picnic Grove (gateway to Cavinti Falls) - ‪#‎CavEAT‬: Cavinti Eco-Adventure Tour part 4

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For the part 4 of my blog series about our eco adventure tour in Cavinti, Laguna, I can say that this is the most physical enduring activity. I didn’t expected that we will trek down the mountain going to the site where we can see the Cavinti Falls (formerly Pagsanjan falls). I thought that it was just a several hike because in my other water falls adventure, the trek and hike down the mountain is just around 15-20 minutes, but here in Cavinti, it was like for 1 hour of trek, I managed to call all my energies to use it to trek down and also rappel myself for two times just to reach the lowest part of the mountain, and take note, we also climb up going back to the site were we started haahah.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Kalakal–Pandan Sambalilo Weaving and Handicraft Center - #‎CavEAT‬: Cavinti Eco-Adventure Tour part 3

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#‎CavEAT‬: Cavinti Eco-Adventure Tour part 3 --- I heard that we will be going to Kalakal, the first thing that came to my mind is junk trade, here in Manila, we call junk trade as “kalakal”, but here in Cavinti, Laguna, the word kalakal is much the same as “trade”, but the difference is that they have a product to sell, trade and export. The main product that they are proud of are the pandan straw hats or called as “sambalilo”, and pandan woven baskets, floor mat, banig and many more.

Bumbungan Eco Park - #CavEAT: Cavinti Eco-Adventure Tour part 2

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Welcome to my part 2 of my blog series - CavEAT: the Cavinti Eco-Adventure Tour. Our first visit in one of Cavinti’s eco tour site – the Bumbungan Eco Park. We traveled for almost 30 minutes from Sta. Cruz, Laguna and taking the Lumban-Caliraya-Cavinti Road. Bumbungan Eco Park is very common and not so famous to other visitors, because it looks like a man made falls. The over flowing water is coming from the Bumbungan River and this connects to Cavinti River going to Cavinti falls.

The Pope, the people, the cops and the wave - my blog coverage of Pope Francis in Manila day 2

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I went to SM MOA complex to get a another chance to photo image Pope Francis with my camera, but the area of Macapagal blvd is super crowded and its hard to get a descent photo shot of our Pope. I went there around 3:30pm and I walked from McDo Aseana area going to Blue Wave. My idea is to stay at other side of the road for me to enjoy some drinks in Mcdonalds and Starbucks. But….

Friday, January 16, 2015

On the road to Cavinti, Laguna for the #CavEAT: Cavinti Eco-Adventure Tour part 1


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Hi everyone, welcome again to my new travel blog series and here I feature to you the nature wonders and tourist destinations at Cavinti, Laguna. I like to thank Herald Bebis for his awesome initiative to co-tie up with the LGU of Cavinti to organize a trip and tour for us. Cavinti, Laguna is not an alien town to me, it’s a very common town that everyone knows about it, but I thought that I know everything about Cavinti, but I learned more and my info was unclouded once more because I discovered new places and also stuff that is not written in our Sibika at Kultura books back in grade school.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

My blog coverage of Pope Francis in Manila - day 1 #PopeFrancisPH #PapalVisit2015

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I promised myself that I will do a blog coverage of the Papal Visit this 2015. I even prepared since December last year, because I always prayed for the safety of Pope Francis when the time comes for his arrival here in Manila. The Sunday mass always have a prayer for the Pope at the end of each mass. Because of that, I got reminded last year that I should try and do a blog coverage.

But flashback to January 15, 2015, Pope Francis arrived in Manila at around 5:30pm, and I was still at home nursing a tummy ache and also I came back home after I ran an errand with my wife for her chest xray, I heavily monitored the news on Twitter to be informed what’s going on.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Fundacion Sansó Museum Opens in San Juan, MM

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I just received an email about the opening of this museum. I haven’t visited it yet, let me share here the info that was sent to me. I saw Mr. Juvenal Sansó in person, in a gallery exhibit opening of Lopez Museum, but I didn’t got a chance to check out his works, I guess this is the right place to explore and appreiciate his art pieces.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Sinulog sa Kabankalan kicks off 2015 Fiesta Season this January 16-18, 2015

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Sinulog Festival in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental is my first ever Sinulog fest, me and my three blogger tropa went there last year to witness and also participate in the grand festival. It was fun and It was less commercialized.

I provided here in my blog post a media release about the festival and also I posted the program schedule of the last 3 highlights of Sinulog de Kabankalan.

thanks again Mika for this news.


MEDIA RELEASE:

Although the longest holiday season in the world will be officially over with the Feast of the Magi on January 6, it is definitely “more fun in the Philippines” as the 2015 fiesta season immediately kicks off with community celebrations venerating the Santo Niño.

Kabankalan City, at the heart of Negros Island, holds its festival of thanksgiving with the Sinulog sa Kabankalan, on the third week of January, culminating in a grand weekend of revelry from January 16-18, 2015. It is both a cultural and religious celebration.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Saturday, January 10, 2015

At the procession - Feast of the Black Nazarene 2015 part 5

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Here’s my final blog post for my coverage of the Feast of the Black Nazarene 2015. I thought that I’ll missed the arrival of the image in Lawton, and at around 3pm, I’m surprised that I can still catch up and meet Senor Nazareno. I’m so happy that he waited for me to arrive – because I was late to attend the mass and took a lot of time to finish my lunch in Ongpin. I was worried that I might skip the procession, but I’m glad that I still pursued to walk from Ongpin to Lawton and there I was greeted by Senor Nazareno.

Sa Lido Restaurant, Century Egg and Quicksnack meal time - Feast of the Black Nazarene 2015 part 4

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My plan that day is to eat lunch in Quicksnack, while I was on the way to Carvajal st. I saw a message from my wife and she wants a century egg from Ongpin. So I skipped on my lunch for the mean time and went around Ongpin for that century egg.

Buildings in Escolta st. - Feast of the Black Nazarene 2015 part 3

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My tummy starts to crumble because its past lunch time. I walked down to Escolta st. as my short cut going to Binondo st. Walking in Escolta is like a travel to the past. Old buildings with designs that dated 1920-30s. Some buildings are controversial like the El Hogar building that was scheduled to be demolished but now its on hold because many people are against it because the art designs and the building is a heritage structure that needs to be preserved.

Infront and around Quiapo Church- Feast of the Black Nazarene 2015 part 2

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After some zombie steps from Recto, it took me around 20 or maybe 30 minutes to arrive here in Quiapo Church. It was a great timing because I arrive during the start of the mass, whew!

And I always stand here iin frontand outside the church. I want to go inside but its too crowded. The weather was cloudy, and glad there’s no sun at around 12nn, but there are some chances of drizzles but I’m glad it didn't pour so hard.
Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, Philippine Bloggers Network, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. Azrael's Merryland Blog is included in a list of top 50 Blogs in the Philippines , ranked 65th in Top 100 Blogs that Matter , 49 must read lifestyle blog in the Philippines. and rank 40th in 100 Top Philippine Blogs by Feedspot.
He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collect Transformers toys.
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