Christmas is Nearly Coming

Wow, time is running so fast. I bet you already felt Christmas season. Last September, Christmas celebration already started here in the Philippines, that is why we are known to have the longest Christmas season in the world. I saw other countries just starting decorating their house. Aside from decorating, people these days are busy buying gifts for their love ones. Have you bought gift for your love ones? Do you want to give something special? If yes, why not consider giving yamaha dgx 230 for your family or friends? I think this one is very much appreciable especially if the recipient loves music. Oh well, whether you receive gifts or not, it is not important, what matter is you know what Christmas is all about. Advance Merry Christmas everyone!

Panagbenga 2016 Schedule of Activities

Time flies, it’s already 2016. I hope this brand new year will bring luck to everyone. As for myself I hope my 2016 will be a blast and do the things I didn’t accomplish last year. I hope to travel even in the nearby places. Actually, I only travel during summer vacation and common destination was Ilocos and Baguio City. This time, I want to go to other places that are not in the northern area. Well, during vacation my daughter and I only join the rest of the family and they decide where to go. So we will see in the coming months.

Anyway, I was watching news earlier and saw Baguio City. This morning the temperature there was 13 degrees. I really wanted to experience that cold weather. I think I visited Baguio City for 5x times but never experienced cold weather because we always visit Baguio in the summer season. And most of the time the temperature was 23 degrees something like that. Speaking of Baguio, they are known for the month-long Panagbenga Festival happening during month of February. Same with the cold weather, I also wanted to witness this festival but since it happens during February, it is impossible to witness this celebration with my own eyes.

For those who are interested to witness Panagbenga 2016, here are the schedules of this event.

The Panagbenga 2016 Schedule of Traditional Events

February 1, 2016
Grand Opening Parade: Drum and Lyre Competition- Elementary Division Panagbenga Park-Session Road-Magsaysay Avenue-Harrison Road-Melvin jones Football Grounds
February 1, 2016 Concert Atrium, SM City Baguio
February 1 – March 6, 2016 Baguio Blooms Exhibition and Exposition Lake Drive, Burnham Park
February 8, 2016 Chinese Spring Festival City-Wide
February 14, 2016 Handog ng Panagbenga Sa Pamilya Baguio
– Let a thousand Flowers Bloom
-Panagbenga 2016 Kite-Flying Challenge
-Panagbenga Variety Show
– Fireworks Display
Melvin Jones Grandstand and Football Grounds
February 19-21, 2016 PMA Grand Alumni Homecoming PMA, Loakan Road
February 15-17, 2016 School Based Landscaping Competition (Judging) City Schools
February 19, 2016 Floral Arrangement Competition (Judging) BCNHS
TBA* Barangay Clean and Green Landscaping Competition (Judging) All Barangays
February 27, 2016
Grand Street Dancing Parade Panagbenga Park-Session Road-Magsaysay Avenue-Harrison Road – Athletic Bowl
February 28, 2016
Grand Float Parade DILG – Session Road – Harrison Road – Athletic Bowl
February 27-28, 2016 Sponsor’s And Exhibitors Day Athletic Bowl
February 29 – March 6, 2016 Session Road In Bloom Session Road
March 5, 2016 Pony Boys Day Wright Park
March 6, 2016 Panagbenga Closing Ceremonies and Grand Fireworks Display

Pasayahan sa Lucena 2015

Pasayahan sa Lucena is an annual festival that promotes tourism in the city. The festival began on May 28, 1987 under the administration of the Officer-in-Charge Euclides Abcede and former Bureau of Internal Revenue office chief, Aguinaldo Abcede.

This is a week-long celebration in the streets of Lucena City usually starts from the last week of May. This is in time for the celebration of the feast of St. Ferdinand, Lucena’s patron saint.

Highlights of Pasayahan sa Lucena are tiangge (bazaar), performances of famous local bands on different areas of the main street, food and beer along the streets, colorful Flores de Mayo and the main highlight of the celebration is the grand parade held every 28th of May. This is a parade of huge and colorful floats of the participating companies and organizations with street dancing and marching bands.

Pasayahan sa Lucena 2015 Schedule of Activities

May 24 (Sunday)

1:00 P.M. – Kickoff Motorcade

4:00 P.M. – Flores de Mayo

May 25 (Monday)

6:00 A.M. – Umagang kay Ganda (UKG) Live Coverage

8:00 P.M. – Mayor’s Night with Featured Artist

11:00 P.M – Fireworks Display c/o Hon. Benito J. Brizuela

May 26 (Tuesday)

1:00 P.M. – Obrang Sining (Art Contest)

6:00 P.M. – Singing Lolo

8:00 P.M. – Gandang Lola Pageant Night

May 27 (Wednesday)

1:00 P.M. – Kusinerong Lucenahin

8:00 P.M. – Bb. Pasayahan Pageant Night

May 28 (Thursday)

1:00 P.M. – Grand Parade (Showcasing Float, Street Dancing Competition)

May 29 (Friday)

SMB Night

May 30 (Saturday)

8:00 P.M. – Sponsor’s Night

May 30 – 31 (Saturday-Sunday)

2nd Mayor Roderick “Dondon” Alcala Shoot Fest

You are all welcome to visit my hometown, Lucena and witness the week-long celebration. Pasayahan sa Lucena made possible because of the hardworking committee headed by Mr. Archie Ilagan with themed Kasama sa Pag-usad, Kasama sa Pag-unlad

Pahiyas Festival 2015

Last May 15, we went to Lucban, Quezon for Pahiyas Festival. We didn’t explore the place much because we just stayed for almost 3 hours. I thought we will witness the grand parade but need to leave the place as soon as possible. My sister planned was to be there for a short time because she has another place to visit that day.Oh well, she has the car, hahah!

The time wasn’t enough but good thing we experienced Pahiyas Festival even for a short time. Lucban, Quezon is near to our place I think about 30 minutes from Lucena but we don’t really visit the place during Pahiyas. So it’s good thing to see the festival this year. There were many people attended the festival. I saw many foreigners enjoying the festival and fellow Filipinos from other places.

Here are some photos I have taken at Lucban, Quezon Pahiyas Festival 2015

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It’s more fun in the Philippines .. Pahiyas 2015

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you need a hat while touring the place its really hot hot hot

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one of the houses has chosen religious theme

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just two of 17 higantes we saw

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saw17 higantes (not all in this pic) waiting for the grand parade

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Saw this in one of the houses, the stars of Forevermore Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano, hahah!

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St. Louis Bishop Parish Lucban, Quezon


Lucban, Quezon Pahiyas Festival

Today Lucban, Quezon is celebrating the annual Pahiyas Festival. This is a celebration in honor of St. Isidore, the patron saint of farmers. The festival showcases houses decorated with colorful “kiping” and farm produce such as fruits, plants, rice and vegetables. This is their way of thanksgiving for the bountiful harvests.

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Photo not mine

This festival is listed by the Department of Tourism as one of the most colorful tourist attractions in the Philippines.

Simbang Gabi in the Philippines

December 16 is the start of Simbang Gabi. This is the Filipino version of the Misa de Gallo and usually begins on December 16 and ends on December 24. This celebration is held during dawn hours at around four o’clock in the morning.

According to the old belief of the Filipinos, if you completed all nine days of the Simbang Gabi and made a wish it would come true. Until now this belief is acceptable.

At this time also Christmas foods are available in the street right after the mass. Foods like puto bumbong (purple-colored rice pastry with grated coconut and brown sugar) and bibingka (rice cake).

When I was young I used to attend Simbang Gabi because the church was near in our place. Sadly, when we moved in our current house I haven’t attended any Simbang Gabi. We have here in the subdivision I think it is held every night at 7pm but for some reasons I haven’t tried attending the said Simbang Gabi.

Christmas is fast approaching

Wow, time is running so fast. In few days we will say goodbye to the month of August and welcome September. Here in the Philippines Christmas normally begins at this month, so it’s really long celebration of Christmas in our country. For sure in the coming days, Christmas songs would be airing in the different radio stations, television shows, and neighboring houses. Colorful and different sizes of ornaments would be seen in the malls and popular places, so get ready with your camera. Anyway, a friend shared me this online store; department 56 snowbabies. She mentioned that this online store has a huge collection of Christmas ornaments and other related products. So if you are looking for ornaments at this time better visit the above store.

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Birthday is coming

Two days from now it’s my birthday, do I need to shout it here =). I don’t have plans yet on my birthday. But the options are cook a little like family’s all time favorite spaghetti and celebrate it at home, maybe daughter and I will go out and have a date. Another option is the family will eat in a fine-dining restaurant that has premier for custom tablecloth. Need to find restaurant that has nice ambiance and good table setting before my special day.

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy mother’s day to all mommies around the world. Today we are celebrating Mother’s Day as tribute for all the love, cares, and sacrifices they are giving to her family. I am a mother itself and happy because my daughter who is 5 year-old gave me fresh red rose when I woke up this morning. She even uttered the word “Happy Mother’s Day”. I asked her where did she get the flower and told me it was bought by my sister. What a great surprised from my daughter and thank you also to my sister. Anyhow, aside from this celebration my brother-in-law is celebrating his birthday today. I’m thinking if montecristo cigars is the perfect present for him.

Our Lady of Manaoag Shrine, Pangasinan

We spent our Holy week at Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte. Our trip to these places wasn’t a planned. My sister called us asking if we want to spend Holy week in Batangas or Laguna but decided to visit Northern part. We leave home at around 11pm and arrived in Vigan, Ilocos Sur before lunch time the following day. It’s really a long trip but memorable.

Before heading to Ilocos, we decided to visit Our Lady of Manaoag Shrine in Pangasinan. It was my first time visiting the church. I was amazed because there were thousands of people from nearby places and far places like us. We never knew that we entered and parked at the back of the church. In front of the church we saw crowded people; indeed this church is very popular to all pilgrimage.

I learned that this church is popular local pilgrimage site as it preserves a 17th-century ivory statue of St. Mary in the named of Nuestra Senora del Rosario de Manaoag (Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag). According to the legend there was a young man who had vision of St. Mary and told him to have the shrine built. The church also has 400-year history of renowned miraculous and pious events, so I think the reason why pilgrimage always wanted to visit Our Lady Of Manaoag.

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This is the front view of the altar. I noticed that the structure of the church (inside) is like a cross.

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This wooden sculpture of Our Lady of Manaoag in a tree caught my attention.

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Famous souvenirs include candles, rosaries, and ampullae of blessed oil with flowers (which supposedly has healing properties).
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