Thursday, December 25, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Belen at St. Andrews Catheral
Before the masses were held early in the morning, it starts on every December 16th till the 24th of the month, which is the Christmas Eve. But now there are Parishes which hold night masses, anticipated masses and even lunchtime masses, just to accommodate those who want to complete the novena masses. There is a belief that if one could complete the novena masses his wishes will be granted. Before I do that too. I would complete the novena masses so that my wishes and dreams would be realized. As time goes by I realized that God knows what I need and He provides and guides me to all my heart’s desires, so now I go to Novena Masses more on to give thanks. Completing the novena masses strengthens my faith more as I traverse life. I love the feeling of anticipating that God will come again.
Today December 15th is the start of the anticipated novena masses in St. Andrews Cathedral, Parañaque City. Hope I can complete the novena masses again. Outside the Church there are vendors of Puto Bumbong, Bibingka and other native delicacies. It’s fun to buy and eat them after each Simbang Gabi.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
One of the attractions here is the San Miguel by the Bay just at the back of the Mall. As Manila mayor Alfredo Lim ordered the demolition of structures along the shorelines of Manila Bay, Manila known as Baywalk. The demolition coincides with the construction of a wide array of restaurant and Open Park. Patrons of the deserted Baywalk quickly flocked the new feature of the Mall of Asia complex, which is also along the shorelines of Manila Bay in Pasay City.
Manila Sunset in a gloomy day
The wide array of restaurants also features a small sea food market known as seaside where patrons can buy fresh sea foods and request to cook them in Paluto stalls or restaurants.
In the afternoon this place is the best place to witness the Manila Sunset and during the nights you can listen and watch live bands, sing in the videoke machine of some restaurants or watch mime artists.
There is a dancing colorful fountain installed and a Firefly Choir Christmas Tree, which is composed of top band chorales, a 53-foot giant singing Christmas tree that has 47,000 bulbs and yet consumes 3,000 watts, festooned with cost-saving firefly light- emitting diode and fluorescent light. It is Firefly’s way of promoting energy-efficient solutions from every home and that holiday lighting need not to be a burden to the environment. The tree uses energy-sufficient saving wonders proven to be more cost effective, functional, long-lasting, durable and environment-friendly.
Sometimes we go there early in the morning to join the group who do exercise. There are fitness equipments free to use. There are pet lovers who bring along their pets as they do exercise. The ground can be used as picnic ground, that’s why some family do picnic there too.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Last weekend I was in the SM Mall of Asia, Bay City, Pasay City. Everything is grand and glorious at the SM Mall of Asia at it showcases the holidays with a Christmas Wonderworld Celebration. At the center of all the activities is the Giant Christmas Tree at the mall’s atrium. The towering 42-foot tree is decorated with thousands of gold Christmas balls and stars. Complementing these golden garlands are the Christmas tree lights. I’ve seen how kids enjoyed just by staring at the Christmas tree.
I noticed that there were more window shoppers than the real shoppers. Aside from window shoppings, there are attractions here specially during this time, Christmas. Kids will certainly think big this Christmas in the Dino Live Theme Park. Enjoy world-class entertainment, Dino movies, and Dino games at this exhibit of life sized robotic dinosaurs from November 28 to January 11 at the SM Mall of Asia. Music will fill the mall in the Grand Symphony of Voices, a series of performances by some of the country’s top choral groups like the UP Singing Ambassadors and Coro Tomasino. This will be held every weekend of November and daily this December at the mall’s atrium. The Skating rink in this mall is the largest in the country.
Celebrate a Christmas Wonderworld at the SM Mall of Asia.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Mt. Polis-very foggy
"Hanging coffins" is the trademark of Sagada. This is a traditional way of burying people that is not in use anymore. Trekking, explore caves and waterfalls, spelunking, bonfires, picnics, rappelling, visit historical sites, nature hikes, and participate in tribal celebrations are among the popular activities. Guides can be found upon registration at the tourist-office in Sagada Proper (the main town) for a small fee. You can choose a tour package at the registration office.
The Hanging Coffins
We were lucky because we found a family of 6 persons and we formed as a group so that we could minimize the payment for tour guides and jeepney rental. We chose the tour package to explore Sumaguing and Lumiang Caves, where hanging coffins can be seen. At the back of a transient house where we resided, there is a rice terraces. The climate and crops are like those of Baguio and Benguet: cabbage, tomatoes, green pepper, potatoes, carrots, beans, and other temperate products.
Entrance of Sumiwang Cave
There are many places to stay in Sagada but when we arrived the hotels and houses were already taken. We met a woman by the Name of Rose, her family was very willing to accommodate us but her house was already full of tourists. She was the one who found a shelter for us. Her friend Rose Agpad was not accepting transients because her house is under renovation but because we couldn’t find a place, she was willingly accept us and even those who arrived after us. The people here are very accommodating and warm. They treat their tourists nicely and they even go for extra miles just to make their tourists comfortable.
The tourists said that you have to eat in Yoghurt House when you are in Sagada because this restaurant will complete your tour. True enough this restaurant is really a nice one to dine-in. I love the food but we had to wait for an hour in order for us to be served. There was a long line of waiting tourists to eat. Nevertheless the foods were worth the wait.
Dinner at Yoghurt House
Sagada has many natural wonders. Backpackers and tourists can enjoy the waters of Bokong and Bomod-ok Falls. Other places that can be visited are: Sumaguing and Lumiang Caves, Bomod-ok and Bokong Falls, Rice terraces, Echo Valley, Kiltepan Tower, Underground River, Lake Danum.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
One of the longest beach shorelines in the Peninsula the Sabitang Laya Island. Pristine, fine and powdered white sand. Rock formations are perfect for rock climbing. This island is perfect for camping, swimming and snorkeling. We stayed here for hours because there were no tourists, and made us feel as if we owned the island.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Hapao Rice Terraces
with my sister
The Banaue terraces is a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is part of the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras, ancient sprawling man-made structures from 2,000 to 6,000 years old.
I was really amazed by the site of the terraces, really thankful. Although locals to this day still tend to the rice and vegetables on the terraces, but more younger Ifugaos do not find farming appealing, often opting for the more lucrative hospitality industry generated by the Rice Terraces. The result is the gradual erosion of the characteristic "steps", which need constant reconstruction and care. The high rice fields of the Ifugao have followed the contours of the mountains. The knowledge handed down from one generation to the next, and the expression of sacred traditions and a delicate social balance, they have helped to create a landscape of great beauty that expresses the harmony between humankind and the environment.
The trip itself is an adventure. The road is literally long, rocky and winding road. I thought it was just a joke that the jeeps in Banaue can carry the passenger on the top load; and it’s true. I was scared and at the same time amazed. There were foreigners chose to ride on the top load instead of inside the jeep. The view is really fabulous and picturesque.
According to the locals the most beautiful and maintain rice terraces is the Batad Rice Terraces, but we were lack of time so we opted to trek to Hapao Rice Terraces, Hapao, Hungduan instead. We visited the hot spring natural pool there; it is not big as much as that of Hot Spring in Bicol. Our tour guide was really accommodating and very patient to guide and guard us as we trail the terraces.
My sister with our Tour Guide
Hanging Bridge in Banaue
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Christmas is just around the Corner. Those who want to experience winter in the
afraid that it might not returned to normal.
The Theme Park opens at 4pm-11pm (Mon-Thurs), 2pm-12mn (Fri-Sun). No height limit, it is not advisable to wear high heels and slippers. Those who have heart problems, asthma, hypertension, fever, cold and flu, this place is not for you. The Entrance is affordable P 160.00 pesos (star city theme park entrance + snow world), P 325.00 pesos (ride all you can + snow world), and same price for adults and kids (3 years old above).
No time limit, you can stay inside as long as the Park is still open, but we didn’t stay for a long time there maybe we just stay for 20 minutes or less, the temperature is too cold.
There are different ice sculptures such as Santa Claus and his reindeers, Sumo wrestling, Statue of Liberty, Christ Redeemer of Brazil, Eiffel Tower of Paris, Swan and more. After the ice sculptures, there is a tunnel going to the giant ice slide.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
St. Michael Archangel Parish Church-Irosin, Sorsogon
Atop a hill at the poblacion of Irosin, Sorsogon is the St. Michael the
On this hill is another smaller hill, called Little Baguio, where the Grotto of Virgin Mary located.
In 1876, the Parish of San Miguel was officially recognized with Father Mariano Miranda as its parish priest. Town fiesta, in honor of San Miguel, was celebrated every 29th of September.
Friday, November 21, 2008
The huge statue of Virgin Mary is atop
While trekking to the Shrine we heard the chirping of birds, watched colorful butterflies, luscious vegetation and watched the unfolding of picturesque view as we climb. I love the fresh air brushing my cheeks while perspiring. In betweens of the trek we drunk water and of course what we love to do picture taking. As we were enjoying posing and catching the beautiful views we run out of batteries for our camera. What we did was we alternate the sets of batteries (all low bat) just to capture the moment. God is good because my sister’s cellphone has battery still. Our gadgets were low bat because we camped in an island where there was no electricity. Lesson learned bring a solar charger wherever you go.