Summer in the Philippines

Its already Summer in the Philippines. And when you say summer it means fun fun fun. Normally, in this season reunions, swimming, get together, unwind and travel takes place. So do you have plans already? Are you going to travel here and abroad?

Right now, we don’t have plan yet but normally the family travels. Last year we went to Puerto Galera. Initial planned was to travel in Batangas City but ended traveling Puerto Galera. We stayed here for two nights and we had fun especially my daughter Kyla because it’s her first time to go in the beach. I remembered she was very happy playing in the sand and making sand castle.

I look forward to travel again; there are many good places here in the Philippines that I wanted to visit. We have 7,107 islands and in my more than thirty years existing here only few had been visited.

I just hope that I have enough money, hahah. It’s hard to travel when your pocket is empty. So I hope more opps online so when the family decided to travel again this summer, Kyla and I will surely join them.

Paraw Regatta Festival in Iloilo

Earlier I watched Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho show. They featured Paraw Regatta Festival happening in Iloilo every month of February. Now, they are on its 39th year started in the year 1973. At first, I have no idea about their festival but watching the report got me familiar with it.

Regatta is the oldest traditional craft event in Asia, and the leading sailing event in the Philippines. The Iloilo Paraw Regatta Foundation currently organizes the activities, with leading support from the Iloilo City and Provincial Governments and the Department of Tourism, along with private sector donations.

Paraw Regatta Festival took place last February 12-19. There were lots of activities but the main event was thirty- kilometer distance race sailed on a course in the Iloilo Strait, running up the coast of Panay and then down the coast of Guimaras, before returning to the finish at Villa Beach. The grand winner took home prize of 50 thousand pesos.

The objective of the Regatta is to celebrate the skills of the paraw sailors, and bring a fiesta spirit into their lives. Different colorful painted sails are features yearly for added attractions.

I think Iloilo is a cool place to visit, I’m gonna put this destination to my travel memo. And hoping to visit and explore their beautiful place. Its more fun in Paraw Regatta Festival in Iloilo =).

St. Ferdinand Cathedral in Lucena City

Photos below were captured in Parish church of St. Ferdinand Cathedral in Lucena City. This church was founded in the year 1881. The first Parish priest here is Fr. Mariano Granja, wherein a street in Lucena was named after him. In 1882, the construction of this church was started and completed in 1884. But something happened in the year 1887 because it was destroyed by fire but was rebuilt in the same year.

St. Ferdinand Cathedral is our main church here in Lucena but there are other churches in some barangays. But Lucenahin are comfortable visiting this church because it is located in downtown.

There are numerous old-growth trees here and parking lots. So worry free if you have car because there is space available while you are attending mass or just simply visiting the church.

Anyway, I captured these photos couple of days ago after I spent some minutes of giving my prayer. Second photo is inside of the church. Everyday this church is open to all. So everytime i am in downtown i normally pass by here.

How to get here: If you are in Lucena, it is easy to come here. Just ask for direction of “bayan” or simply ride in jeepney who has bayan sign. Ask to drop you in St. Ferdinand Church. In front of this is Jollibee Fast Food store.

Silangang Nayon, Pagbilao Quezon

Yesterday we went to Silangang Nayon to celebrate my sister’s birthday. Silangang Nayon is a fine dining restaurant located in Pagbilao, Quezon few minutes away from our place in Lucena City.

What is nice about Silangang Nayon is you can eat on a floating restaurant. So while waiting for your foods to serve enjoy first the beautiful sceneries around.

At the back is the floating restaurant

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Kamay ni Hesus, Lucban Quezon

Last Sunday we attended mass in Lucban, Quezon. Then after we visited Kamay ni Hesus (Hand of Jesus) Healing Center. It is a Spiritual Side Trip located in Lucban, Quezon Province. The Holy place is situated at the slopes of Mt. Banahaw. It was built around 2002 by the Kamay ni Hesus Ministry Foundation, Inc. Established by well-known faith healer Rev. Fr. Joseph “Joey” Faller and Javierto-Brizuela family.

It has a total of 292 steps before you finally reach the top where huge statue of Jesus Christ positioned. As you go up, you go through different statues of the 14 Stations of the Cross. (Click Images for Larger View).

Me and Kyla in Kamay ni Hesus

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In Puerto Galera

This is my entry to the Week 23 of Techie She Weekly Giveaways. This week’s lucky blogger will win $10 Paypal credits from borris of Snapshots as They Happen.

While browsing my photo files I saw these photos. These photos were taken in Puerto Galera last summer. We have number of photo souvenirs on that place. I remember in our last day in Puerto Galera we had the chanced to take photos with local celebrities. They are Rainier Castillo, Bugoy Drilon and Liezel Garcia; Rainier was first seen on GMA 7 when he joined StarStruck while Bugoy and Liezel joined Pinoy Dream Academy season 2 on ABS-CBN.

Anyway, these photos were taken in Puerto Galera also. For me SNAPSHOTS photos of my daughter here are cute. Looking at her laughing and giggling made me so happy that day =). Now, i’m thinking why she’s so happy on these photos, lol!


Christmas Village Display

Province of Quezon; this is the place where I am right now. This signage looks actual but this is just miniature. The vehicles passing are miniature too. This is part of almost 1000 miniature figurines Christmas Village Display in the province of Quezon. The miniatures are collection of the mother of current Governor of Quezon Province. This was featured in TV Patrol last month. They said this Christmas village Display will undertake every year that was started last year.

My share for this week’s Mellow Yellow Monday and Blue Monday.

Meralco “Maliwanang ang Pasko”

When we went to Manila last week we had the chance to visit the main of Meralco along Pasig. We are amazed with their Christmas decorations. The place is surrounded of different lights and eye-catching decorations. Check these photos and be amazed.

And by the way, you may want to participate in Meralco’s campaign “Maliwanag ang Pasko”. Participants are able to help underprivileged kids to have a brighter Christmas. Just like Meralco Facebook Fan Page and submit a picture of your house decorated with Christmas lights. Meralco aims to send 1,000 kids to school after the campaign. Just one photo and someone else’s life could be so easy.

My share for this week’s Orange Tuesday.

Eastwood City Walk

Last Saturday we traveled 4 hours long from Lucena to Manila to unwind. Our first destination is Eastwood City Walk where my BIL worked. Eastwood City Walk is made of two distinct sections, City Walk 1 and City Walk 2. We enjoyed our leisurely walk to Eastwood place because there are many Christmas decorations. But you can enjoy the place much better during at night because Christmas lights are open at night. Aside from that the tall buildings have different lights.

My daughter got tired roaming the place so she sat first on this bench. At her back is the blue building actually Eastwood city is surrounded by tallest buildings.

This is the giant Christmas tree in Eastwood. At night it has lights so I think it’s better to come during that time.

Eastwood City Walk Information (from their site)

Eastwood City Walk has been the hottest ticket to party land with an exciting line-up of bars, clubs and hip restos. It is considered as the youth and culture hub of Eastwood City, where Manila’s fashionably elite and partyphiles chill, hang-out, spend time with friends and make new acquaintances. People seeking adventure and fun would enjoy Eastwood City Walk’s young and vibrant ambiance. Eastwood City Walk is made of two distinct sections, City Walk 1 and City Walk 2.

City Walk 1 offers a grand selection of local and international cuisine. An endless choice of themed restaurants offer indoor and al fresco dining. Also the entertainment center of Eastwood City, it is a place where one can take pleasure in the live performances of the music industry’s most celebrated artists. Nocturnals and their crew can party until the break of dawn at the Manor Superclub which houses two clubs under one roof: Penthouse and Basement. There’s also Circa where they can dance along with the DJ’s mixes and play of laser and strobe lights. A new addition to the row of bars is The Distillery where the atmosphere is more relaxed where music is lively enough to be danced to. Our long-time fixtures are Gweilos, Ipanema and Club Dredd which have enriched Eastwood City’s night life.

City Walk 2 is an extension of the cuisine experience of City Walk 1. In addition to the restaurants, one can find a billiard and bowling center, four state-of-the-art cinemas, and a retail component that’s open until midnight year-round.

Recently added in its tenant mix are trendy stores for the young and hip who are looking to get that new pair of sneaks, a cool headphone and their skateboarding and wakeboarding needs. Eastwood City Walk 2 is lined up with the trendiest local and international brands, providing the teens the hippest things in fashion. These brands include Hurley, Liquid Force, Ronix, New Breed Girl, Circa, Skullcandy, Etnies, Kr3w, Supra, L-space swimwear and DC Shoes, to name a few.
The refurbished Eastwood City Walk 1 and 2 also boast of hip and trendy bars and night clubs with supreme interiors and the latest sound and lighting technology. Celebrate good times and get entertained with regular line-ups of the hottest bands and performances at the Central Plaza.

My share for this week’s Blue Monday, Mellow Yellow Monday, and Ruby Tuesday

Taoist Temple, Cebu

Pardon if I’m posting photos of old places we visited way back. But since I created a travel blog I guess all these photos are appropriate in this blog. Anyway, let me share to you another well known tourist spots in Cebu. The Taoist Temple was built in 1972, located in Beverly Hills Subdivision in Cebu City. The temple was built by Cebu’s generous Chinese community. With height of 300 meters above sea level, the temple is a towering, multi-tiered, multi-hued attraction accessible by three separate winding routes.

It has dragon paintings, altars and statues of the Buddha with beautiful pagoda roofs. This is open to all whether you are devotees or not. There is ritual among devotees where one prays to the Gods to grant one’s wish. They said, the millionaire quarter ofCebuCityis living in this place.

Credit to the owner

I together with my family visited Taoist temple couple of months ago but we have regret because we don’t actually see the actual place. We don’t advised that Taoist temple is open only until afternoon and since we arrived late in the afternoon the watcher allowed us to visit the ground floor only. I haven’t had the chance to visit inside the temple. They said that when you reached the top you can view the whole Cebu. Well, I guess we should go back to Cebu. But…when? That’s the question and beside I don’t have enough money to unwind this time. Maybe we can visit nearby places to enjoy holidays hope it will come true, heheh.

from our camera