Okada Manila Experience

Okada Manila Experience
Life is Beautiful!
Family is Love.
Celebrate Life.
Hope to be back soon at Okada Manila once its amenities is fully complete!
Until our next adventure.

The Fountain, Okada Manila

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Okada Manila is a casino resort and hotel complex located on the Entertainment City gaming strip in Parañaque, Metro Manila, Philippines.
Address: New Seaside Drive, Entertainment City, Parañaque, 1701 Metro Manila

The 4th Philippine International Pyromusical Competition 2013

The 4th Philippine International Pyromusical Competition 2013


The most awaited light show in the sky in the Metropolis will be seen from February 9 to March 16, 2013 at SM MOA!

Be ready on your camera gear and gadgets in capturing this great show in the Sky on 2013!

The 4th Philippine International PyroMusical Competition 2013 will be at the SM Mall of Asia starting February 16. Watch as eleven (11) countries as they showcase their never-before-seen pyrotechnics extravaganzas. Aside from the international fireworks experts, you will get to see how our own country continues to improve the technology of pyrotechnics through the years.
Ticket Prices for the PyroMusical Competition 2013 would be P1,500/ P500/ P300/ P100. For ticket reservations, call TicketWorld at 02-891-9999, TicketNet 02-911-5555 or SM Tickets at 02-470-2222

The PyroMusical Competition 2013 schedule:

February 16:
Japan – Tamaya Kitahara
Finland – Oy Pyroman Finland Ltd.

February 23
Taiwan – Yung Feng Fireworkds
Spain – Brunchu Pyro Experience

March 2
United Kingdom – Jubilee Fireworks Ltd.
South Korea – Hwarang Fireworks Inc.

March 9
Italy – Ipon Fireworks S.R.L
The Netherlands – Royal Fireworks

March 16
China – Liuyang New Year Fireworks Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
Australia – Fireworkx Inc.

March 23
Canada – Fireworks Spectacular
Philippines – Platinum Fireworks Inc. (Closing Exhibition)

2012 Holiday Bazaar Schedule in the Metro


Dear Bargain Hunters!

Check out the Bazaar schedule in the Metropolis for your Holiday Shopping!

Please make a comment for other bazaar schedule you know so we can add it to our listings. Bazaar Name, Schedule, Venue/Address, Time, Organizer Name, and Contact Information (Telephone, Mobile, Email Address, WebSite, Fax, FB Page, Twitter)

Happy Holidays Everyone!


CHRISTMAS BAZAARS 2012 LISTING (alphabetical order)

A Christmas Festival
The Filinvest Tent, Spectrum Midway, Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
December 19-23, 2012
Contact: 9957554 / 9957218 / 4381848 / 9958296

Ayala Alabang Village Association Christmas Bazaar
Cuenca Covered Court, Ayala Alabang Village

December 15-16, 2012
Contact: 8092282 / 8070501 / 09152954399
Blessings – A Christmas Bazaar
The Filinvest Tent, Spectrum Midway, Alabang

December 7-9, 2012
Contact: Community Lynks Events @ 0917-5591333 (Jean)
BSQ Plaza Weekend Bazaar
#552 Baesa Road, BSQ Plaza, Caloocan City

December 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 28-30
Contact: Mon Paras @ 09228038080 / 3478080
Christmas Bazaar @ Brittany
Brittany, Sta. Rosa, Laguna

December 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 28-30
Contact: MBCI @ 7103711 / 09175408697 / 09228821075
Christmas Carvaganza
Central Plaza, Market! Market!, Taguig

Dec. 21-23, 2012
Contact: 5533674 / 09155549798 / dreamexhibit@gmail.com
Christmas Santa’s Payday Bazaar
The Enterprise Center Food Court, Ayala Avenue, Makati City

December 12-14, 19-21
Contact: 3431914 / 09228884113
Emporia Christmas Bazaar
Glorietta 3 Park, Makati City

December 8-9, 2012
Contact: Ateneo Management Economics Organization – Daryl Ibasco @ 09178095391
Four Seasons Christmas Bazaar @ The Vue
The Bellevue Manila Hotel, Malacca Lane, Muntinlupa City

December 15-16, 2012
Contact: 09222780146 / 09266320202 / fourseasonsbazaar@yahoo.com
God Will Make a Way Pre-Christmas Bazaar
Adventist University of the Philippines, Puting Kahoy, Silang, Cavite

December 10-12, 2012
Contact: Rockstarr Events Management (Kel) @ 09268308997 / rockstarr_events@yahoo.com
Grand Bazaar @ the Elements at Centris
Elements, Eton Centris, Edsa corner Quezon Avenue, Quezon City

December 21-23, 2012
Contact: Lanie / Lea @ 09174404690 / 09157117010 / 3843609
Grand Christmas Night Bazaar
Activity Area, Riverbanks Mall, Marikina

October 13, 2012 – January 16, 2013
Contact: Evento Consumers and Trade Events @ 09284352281 / 09322946583
Grand Holiday Bazaar
BF Homes Clubhouse (covered court), BF Homes Subd. Holy Spirit, Quezon City

December 14-16, 21-23
Contact: Occasions & Events Link Mgt. @ 2083945 / 09228199123/ 09088214495
Great Deals @ Centris
Elements, Eton Centris, Edsa corner Quezon Avenue, Quezon City

December 21-23, 29-30
Contact: 3743726 / info@karledwardinternational.com
Holiday Bazaar @ Manila Ocean Park
Manila Ocean Park, Back of Quirino Grandstand, Luneta, Manila

October 19, 2012 until January 18, 2013
Contact: 6685061 / 8244644 / arlene@greatlinksevents.com
Holiday Rush Bazaar 4
The Rockwell Business Center, Ortigas, Pasig City (Next to Medical City)

December 14-16, 2012
Contact: CAD Concepts @ 542-1480 / 09228924918 / 09178278928 / 09476288700
Holiday Treats @ South Central Square
South Central Square, Talisay City, Cebu (not in Metro Manila)

November 15 – December 30, 2012
Contact: Espie @ 09222362250 / 09108895754 / 09176248743
Hope for the Holidays – CubaoX Christmas Bazaar
Cubao Expo, Gen. Romulo St., Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City

December 7-8, 14-15, 21-22
Contact: 09175355974
Kiddopreneur Christmas Bazaar
Alphaland, EDSA corner Pasong Tamo, Makati City

December 9, 2012
Contact: 09175800216
Magarbo Bazaar
near Baclaran Church

November 7, 2012 – January 6, 2013
Contact: 3996561 / 09277767388
Nightshift Bazaar @ Northgate
Fastbytes Northgate, Alabang, Muntinlupa

December 11-14, 2012
9:00 pm – 7:00 am
Contact: 5020392
Noel The Discovery Bazaar
PICC Forum Tent:

December 14-23, 2012

Contact: Ellen Vergara @ 09156874493 / 6872955 / ellen.vergara11@gmail.com

Shepherd’s Christmas Bazaar 2012
Mac Mac Trading, Cagayan Valley Road, Banga 1st, Plaridel, Bulacan

December 14-16, 2012
Contact: Shepherds’ Productions and Events Management @ 09228950045 / 09053393195
Shop @ The Fort Bazaar
NBC Tent, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

December 8-9, 15-23, 29-30
Contact: 3743726 / info@karledwardinternational.com
The Shopping District @ Mercato Centrale Bazaar
8th Avenue corner 34th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

December 14-16, 21-23
6:00 pm – 2:00 am (Fri/Sat) : 11:00 am – 6:00 pm (Sun)
Contact: Ellen Vergara @ 09156874493 / 6872955 / ellen.vergara11@gmail.com
Solenad Bazaar @ Nuvali
Solenad Parking Lot, Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna

December 7-9, 25-29
Contact: Steph @ 09228771668 / Ivy @ 09178038426
Tshirt Factory Outlet Bazaar
6th Floor Cityland Herrera Tower, Rufino st corner Valero st., Salcedo Village, Makati City

December 5-7, 12-14
Contact: tshirtfactoryoutlet@yahoo.com.ph / 09226842255 / 09069189191
UPS II Homeowner’s Asso. Christmas Bazaar
Covered Basketball Court, Tindalo St, United Parañaque II Brgy, San Martin de Porres, Parañaque City

December 15-16, 2012 / 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Contact: Joyce Manguerra or Paulo Tubojan @ 09189179434 / 09258232059 / 09177918463
Ventara Retail Therapy
Soderno at Molito Lifestyle Center, Madrigal Ave, Alabang

December 7-9, 14-16, 21-23
Contact: RVJEVENTSPHILIPPINES Co. @ eventsphilippines@yahoo.com / 09998894580 / 09176307150 / 5867411
Vintage Market 2
Green Meadows Subdivision, Quezon City

December 8-9, 2012
Contact: Txyla Puyat @ 09175455105
Woodrose Family Bazaar
Cuenca Community Center, Ayala Alabang Village, Muntinlupa City

December 8-9, 2012
Contact: Mylene @ 8506380 loc 128 / woodrose.bazaar@gmail.com
12th World Bazaar Festival
World Trade Center

December 7-23, 2012
Contact: Normal Timbol @ 5316350 / 5316374 / info@worldbex.com / info.worldbex@gmail.com

Battle of the Festival Queens

Battle of the Festival Queens


The parade of beauties is always a photographers haven for capturing the beautiful ladies and their stunning gowns and costumes. There are a thousand of beauty pageants worldwide either by local or international event where these all gorgeous woman competes for a “beauty title”. It was known as a battle of beauty, talent, brain and most of all being a stand out extra ordinaire.

But what is the most popular beauty pageant in the world anyway? Is it Miss Universe or Miss World? Probably, it will depends on a global scale of how many participates on these pageant, how long has it been running, and what are their best contribution to their world wide advocacies. What’s the most common judging criteria or scoring to declare a winner?

Here’s some list:

1.  Beauty – The facial beauty of the candidate, regardless if its surgically enhanced or born naturally. The judgement will be based on how this stunning woman will stand out from the other beautiful candidate. This is much challenging to international pageant and the perspective of a judge’s “definition of beauty”. The host country usually bags the semi finals list probably due to the “common” beauty faces and how it affects the judges perspective of beauty and their surroundings. However, this should not be given the most percentage since this is a physical aspect that everyone has their own opinion- by culture, color and spiritual affinity.

2.  Fitness – Being sexy and having all those curves each physique can develop. Their gorgeous waistline and the size of their breast and butts that perfectly matches each curves and overall physique, how they use products from thebustboosters.com/naturaful-full-product-review to help enhance their breast in a natural way. These somehow became an ideal figure each woman has been wanting from the early age of teenagers to woman in their 60’s. But the prime age of attaining the full blown sexy physique of women is ranging from 16years to mid 20’s. So that is why there is a requirement for age and this is one of the criteria that is being given a higher percentage being its all about the “body and the curves” matters in the swimsuit competition.

3.  Talent – This is too diverse to have a huge point as a criteria since this is not a Singing or Dance Competition but an activity to showcase their hidden talent and for the purpose of activity and presentation of their individual competitiveness. Either they hit their high notes or flip like a cheer leader. It’s just an add-on I believe for the purpose of a pageant entertainment activity.

4.  Personality – An interpersonal skill of an individual on how they carry themselves totally. A huge point to someone who has the charm and beauty combined into one. Another major decision point for judges to see how they interact, socialize, and connect with the crowd. I will consider this as a definition of their character and how they exude their innermost beauty among others. A true brand and title carrier should have this criteria very naturally with no extra effort.

5.  Intelligence – As define, it is a capacity for learning, reasoning, understanding, and similar forms of mental activity; aptitude in grasping truths, relationships, facts, meanings, etc. The manifestation of a high mental capacity: She writes with intelligence and wit. It is the  the faculty of understanding, knowledge of an event, circumstance, etc., received or imparted; news; information. Most importantly, it is the gathering or distribution of information, especially secret information. The Question and Answer (Q&A) portion that usually is the decision point to identify the true winner.

6.  Audience Impact – The majority who physically in the pageant who wants to be entertain and witness the competition. They are the true judges who picks their common winner by clapping and shouting for their own bets. The usual home based supporters to make the judges aware “Hey it is Ours and your here!”

7.  Popularity Vote: Similar to the Audience Impact but this is the business value of local beauty pageant competition where cash and money is involved. The more text or phone votes wins the title, the higher the votes wherein the channels has a voting fee or tickets sold wins. It is a betting game similar to any of your favorite boxing game.

8.  Posture: Imagine how they should walk with elegance, the way they should stand in front of the crowd and combined all their skills, character and individuality. The physical fitness and personality combined factors that should stood up against all other contestants. Some will call this the X factor and the Over-all power of beauty.

Over-all, every candidates is really beautiful considering they represents their localities, country or any affiliations wherein they also underwent a series of criteria and selection process to be the official representative. But what is really the reason behind this competition? Is it really a battle of beauty of a game of chance? Is it a woman dream to be a title holder and be the epitome of their success? Totally, this is about what pleases the eyes and a good feel of attraction and admiration. A very dangerous aspect on how the children should understand the real meaning of a physical beauty is the highest form rather than their values and discipline. In  my personal opinion I would probably bet on online gaming rather than be involved in an entertainment that may cause frustrations if my country bet loses or my personal pick didn’t even rank even paying so much time and money doing on line and text voting.

Festival Queens entertainment of beauty is nice but there are so many political debates behind this pageant. This aspiring title holder is betting their name in this game of chance, I would probably suggest to them to play first online internet game to fully understand that it is a competition of a larger group perspective than their own battle of winning. It should be a showcase of beauty not a competition. Perhaps, it would be much realistic to bet your money on line with higher chance of winning million of dollars and be entertained by playing casino games like black jack and roulette. It is the real fun! and everyone should try and be entertain by playing online casino games like what http://www.partycasino.com offers. It is the Real Game! not ruled by a chance but your own self! As they were saying…Let the world play for REAL!

So A Real Game or the Beauty Pageant Events?

Let us highlights some of the different opinions about the Beauty Pageants from a Famous Human rights movement and organization about women – Object.

What about women’s right to take part in a beauty pageant?

We have nothing against women who choose to take part in beauty pageants. However, we would say that the issue is not as simple as one of individual choice.

The mainstreaming of beauty pageants has an impact on all women. The idea that it is okay to judge women on the basis of their appearance and that there is one objective beauty that women can be measured against, influences the way that all of us feel about ourselves as women and the way that men view and treat women.

Beauty pageants therefore become an issue for all women, not just those involved in the contest

Aren’t beauty pageants empowering?

We live in a society in which as women we are forever being told that being empowered is all about looking good and being attractive to men whether it be through beauty pageants or cosmetic surgery, or a new lipstick or becoming a lap dancer. But is that real empowerment?

When the positions of power in society are vastly dominated by men, does winning a beauty pageant or looking hot really make a difference to the power relations? Rather than being empowering, beauty pageants are in fact disempowering because they deny the full humanity of women and they reinforce the idea that women’s purpose is to look attractive or ‘be hot’.

Aren’t beauty pageants harmless fun?

Beauty pageants treat women as if we were objects that can be compared and judged. This dehumanises women and leads to the idea that it is acceptable to view women as a sum of body parts, not real people.

The first part of any oppression is to dehumanise the group that is oppressed. The more it becomes acceptable to view women as a sum of body parts, the easier it becomes to disrespect, to mistreat and even act out violence towards women as a group.

When we live in a society in which gender inequality is massive and violence against women is endemic, it becomes clear that any practice which promotes the objectification of women inevitably has an impact on the sexist attitudes which underpin mistreatment and that it is therefore clearly not harmless.

Aren’t beauty pageants about celebrating beauty?

There’s nothing wrong with celebrating beauty per se. But when it is always women who are judged on the basis of our appearance, and when the idea of beauty is based on sexist, racist, homophobic and able-bodied notions of what constitutes beauty, which excludes the vast majority of women;and when we are constantly bombarded with images and messages of what we are supposed to look like in order to be accepted as beautiful, which leads to the majority of us feeling terrible about ourselves – a contest is not a celebration of beauty, it is a manifestation of sexism.

To sum up:

The reintroduction of beauty pageants is another example of how sexist practices are becoming seen as a normal and mainstream part of our lives rather than as sexist and outdated.

Beauty pageants reinforce the idea that women are only of value according to their attractiveness and they reduce women to objects to be judged and compared on the basis of our appearance.

This erodes our human rights to be treated as equals and is therefore an issue for all women, not just those involved in the contest.

As women we have fought long and hard for the right to be treated and respected as thinking individuals, not as objects who exist in order to ‘look good’.

We want so much more for all women – object to sexist and outdated beauty contests!


There you go. Let us advocate rather RESPECT to WOMEN 🙂


Laiya Beach Resorts, San Juan Batangas

Laiya Beach Resorts, San Juan Batangas

April 28, 2012

Are you looking for a summer get away beach resorts nearby Manila? The best places is in Laiya, San Juan Batangas! Around 2 to 3 hours travel by land from Manila you can reach this long shoreline of Laiya, San Juan Batangas. This is the usual destination in the South of Manila for Company or Barkada outings and team building activities. The most recent place I visited was Estrellas de Mendoza (you can visit them online at http://www.estrellasdemendoza.com) and I believe this is the current biggest hotel/resort on this stretch of Laiya. A Seven Floor Hotel-Building with First Class accommodations. I can rate this as a 3 star hotel (based on ambiance and room set-up) but needs further improvements on the facilities, services and foods. This place will surely be a prime spot destination in Laiya so I hope their Management will further upgrade and improve based on a Hotel Life – First Class Vacation Spot in Laiya!

About San Juan, Batangas:

San Juan was just a small village formerly called Bolbok (Nabulbok). Gradually, the village grew in population as well as in economic activities and soon became town headed by gobernadorcillo or municipal mayor. By virtue of a municipal resolution duly approved by the Philippine Legislature, the name Bolbok was changed in 1920’s and formerly adopted the name San Juan in honor of the patron Saint San Juan de Nepomuceno by which it has been known up to the present time.

The Municipality of San Juan, formerly a village of the town of Rosario, was officially recognized a separate Municipality in 1848. Considered as the 2nd largest municipality in the Province of Batangas, it has a total land area of 27,340 hectares predominantly devoted to Agriculture.

Strategically located in the southern most part of the Province of Batangas, the Municipality of San Juan can be considered as the south Eastern Gateway of the Province of Batangas as it connects with Daang Maharlika of the Philippines-Japan Friendship Highway, the main land transport route of the country extending up north to Metro Manila and down South to the Mindanao Islands. The location of the municipality at the southern tip, with the picturesque view of long white sandy beaches, coves and marine life cradled at the foot of mountains and hills makes the area suitable for all levels of tourism development. In consideration of this natural resource

Being bounded by Tayabas Bay on the east, the municipality has access to one of the fishing grounds of the region. The shorelines of the eastern barangays bordering on the said bay are rich inland fishponds, swamps and marshes which are haven of fishes and other foods. These also make the municipality a fishbowl on these parts of Batangas and Quezon province.

Only two and a half down drive from Manila a forested mountainous inland looks out over a 33 kilometers coastline of black and white sand beaches and diverse marine life.

Tourism in the Area:

Witness the 10-km stretch vivid and abundant coral reef in front of Seascape.

World’s Biggest Marine Aquarium
Unrealize project of a deceased marine biologist to construct a gigantic aquarium.

Lambayok Festival
San Juan, Batangas, in turn holds an annual event to showcase the three major industries of the municipality – lambanog, palayok-making, along with the growing resort sector. Their festival promotes creativity, ingenuity, and hard work. The core theme of their presentation revolves round the lambanog, often called the poor man’s drink because of the abundance of coconut and the relatively cheap distillation process it goes through. The dance depict the popular “tagayan” – a tradition of simplicity handed down from one generation to the next. The float called Lambanugan was crafted from various materials from the coconut tree, and shows how and where lambanog is processed. Mangangarit are workers who climb the trees in the afternoon to prune the flowers and gather the sap in bamboo receptacles. In the morning, it is fermented to produce “tuba” which when distilled becomes lambanog. From a mere cottage industry, lambanog is gaining recognition and is now packaged in different flavors like mango, blueberry, bubble gum, and cinnamon among many others.

Mangrove Forest
See a thousand years old mangroves…(Check my pictures and you can see Giant Mangrove Trees!)

Watch various species of birds from those mangroves which serves as their habitat. (I actually caught one and had an opportunity to take a photo with her and let her fly again)

The Giant Fruit Bats of San Juan, Batangas
Watch With their meter long wing span in full spread.

Estrellas de Mendoza


Estrellas de Mendoza Infinity Pool


Here are the other resorts list in Laiya:

I’d been to Laluz and so far that’s the best resort in the place!

Office No.: (632) 240-2927
Email: balairesort@yahoo.com

Laiya, San Juan, Batangas Philippines
Landline: +63(2) 914-9640
TeleFax: +63(2) 667-3997
E-mail: info@sabangan.com
Office Hours: Monday – Friday: 9am – 4pm

Brgy, Laiya-Aplaya San Juan, Batangas
Fax Number: 658-2752
Cel No.: +63917-944-1731, +63920-9529517 , +63920-9329625

Cel No. +63920-928-9432, +63920-938-8425

Resort Address: Km.20 Brgy. Laiya, Aplaya, San Juan, Batangas
Tel. No. (043) 969-93702722
Makati Office Tel. Nos. (63-2) 894-1057 ; 892-6009
Fax No. (63-2) 894-1058

Manila Employee Extension
+632 726-6687 Jam Local 113
+632 726-4977 May Local 106
+632 726-7445 Baby Local 103
+632 727-7032 Cherry Local 109
Erna Local 110
Fax No. +632 748-8196
Cel. No. +63 (927) 993-8417, +63 (916) 394-4367, +63 (927) 777-7779
Office hours: 9:00 to 6:00 pm Monday to Saturday
Email Address: info@laluzresort.com
Facebook: facebook.com/laluzbeachresort

San Juan, Batangas, Philippines 4226
Cel No.: +639159001570, +639214667134
Email Address: gemma@triple-g-resort.com

Cel No. +63910-296-8323(PINA), +63917-800-7309(YING)
Current Account Name: Tivona Beach Resort; Account No. 8500-0008-81 BPI Silang, Cavite
Email Address: tivonabeachresort@gmail.com

Bgy. Laiya Aplaya, San Juan, Batangas
Office Hours: Weekdays: 8:00AM – 5:00PM
Weekends: 8:00AM – 5:00PM (Cell phone only)
Manila: +63 (2) 709-1470, +63 (2) 709-0115
Cel No.: +63 (917) 6279357 (Amy), +63 (917) 8963312 (Marlon)
Email : kabayanbeachresort@yahoo.com

Landline no. (632) 815-2584 or 815-2587
Fax (632) 817-6334
Cel No. +63917 813-1301
Email Address: sunkisd@pldtdsl.net
Office Hours are from: 9AM to 6PM (Mon-Thur), 9AM to 5PM (Fri)


Laiya San Juan Batangas

Estrellas de Mendoza Infinity Pool
Estrellas de Mendoza Infinity Pool
Estrellas de Mendoza
Estrellas de Mendoza
Sunset View Laiya
Sunset View Laiya
Laiya San Juan Batangas
Laiya San Juan Batangas


112 Brgy., Laiya Aplaya, San Juan, Batangas

Manila Office Tel No: (02) 9252562 or (02) 9269348
Fax: (02) 4250161
Cel No. +639212707660, +639235966733
Email Address: laiyawhitecove@yahoo.com

Main Office: 8427 Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City 1209 Philippines.
Office Hours: Mondays – Fridays excluding Philippine Holidays 8:30am – 5:30pm (GMT+8 or PST+16)
Saturday excluding Philippine Holidays 8:00am – 5:00pm (GMT+8 or PST+16)
Landline +63-2-8978709, +63-2-3383279
U.S. Toll Free Number: +1-877-839-4128 (See office hours above)
Telefa +63 2 896-4678

Cel No. 0918-3163386 or 0915-7459396
YM id: greyzie_28
E-mail Address: greyzie777@yahoo.com

Balacbacan, Laiya Aplaya, San Juan Batangas
Cel. no. +639202215493

Cel No. +639206192060 (Aling Ely)

Landline: (+632) 775-85-67
Cell No : (+63) 0917-824-0024
Email: taramindu88@yahoo.com

Cell No: +63(917) 800-7309/ +63(920) 819-4941
Email: beach@trinalamide.com

Here are some pictures as I explore Laiya:

Laiya San Juan Batangas


Sunset View Laiya



New Filipino Words under PNOY

March 16, 2012

The new Department of Tourism promotion banner “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” is really working not just by photos but also based on the ongoing political events in the country. The recent NEW Filipino words being posted on Facebook and Twitter is really very creative and so real to feel the Filipino people’s unified messages addressed to the current government leaders. The new words sounds funny but the underlying meaning is truly relevant.

Here it is:

NOYNOYING – taken from the Philippines President nick name which means, doing nothing, just bored, lingering around, not focused, being present but mind is not there, sleeping while at work, being lazy, not acting to important details, etc. The word simply labels a person who is doing nothing or walang ginagawa.

YELLOWTARDS – from the root words Yellow and Retardate. Refers to President Noy followers and believers

NOYNOYMONS – from the root words Noynoy and Jejemon. A name combined with a group who has their own languages and spellings who flocks together promoting the new ways of texting, speaking and  even their fashion styles and hobbies.

WAH – from the root word Waaaah! an expression of crying due to surprise by depression and failure. Taken from a child whining situation. This popular term was used by Senator Miriam Santiago during an impeachment trial saying her speech of depression. After a fiery statement to the prosec panel (again. Doesn’t this lot just want to hide in shame?), Sen Miriam blurted a “waaah!”, an expression most of us would probably use either in surprise or frustration or anxiety.

This is a travesty! Ang sabi nyo, malakas na malakas ang ebidenysa nya kasi eight ang articles of impeachment. Bilangin mo, walo yun. Pagkatapos ng dalawang buwan pa lang , ah wala na. Tatlo na lang…kasi tama na yun panalo na kami [You said that your evidence was strong because you have eight articles of impeachment. Count it. That’s eight. And after only two months, they’re gone. And we’re down to three… That’s enough because we’ve already won]. Waaah!”  (laughter from the gallery!)

“I request the secretariat should record in our journal that I said waaah!” she said, making the crowd to laugh uncontrollably that Senate President had to bang his gavel several times. Impeachment trials are more fun in the Philippines!

PENOY a known Filipino food delicacy made of duck eggs which has a lot of soft egg yolks. However, this is now being termed to the President Noy instead of PNOY not called Penoy, meaning not fully matured, just a brain and nothing else.

That’s all for now guys. I will post more New Words and probably have a photo relating its meaning too soon 🙂 I am excited for New words for Ms Grace Lee!

Until Next!


Day 227/365: Biak na Bato National Park

Day 227/365: Biak na Bato National Park

August 16, 2011

Biak na Bato National Park is one of the premier national park being developed as tourist destination especially for local tourist. The place is an ideal environment exploration exposure with cave system, forest, river system, and mountains especially for first timers. It also has a lot of activities to offer like caving (lots of caves are located within the park area), hiking (trails for minor and major hikes can be made), climbing (Susong Dalaga of San Miguel from Mt. Mabio or the highest point, Mt. Silid at 1009 meters above sea level), rock climbing (I don’t know if somebody has already done this but the place has lot of limestone walls to offer), river trekking (from Yungib I to park entrance, it’s a fantastic experience), kayaking (again, nobody have done this but I tell, you, the rivers has a lot to offer), mountain biking (they have created mountain bike trails but haven’t seen one doing it), swimming (like the local tourists), camping (ideal for the whole family), rappelling (from cliffs to caves) and a lot more. A lot of local tourists come to this place during the weekend because there are picnics grounds available as well as swimming areas.

Biak na Bato national park covers a total land area of 658 hectares and is a part of the mighty Sierra Madre mountain range. It lies in the north east corner of Bulacan, at the edge of the Sierra Madre. The park has a total of around 16 named caves and a couple of unnamed and unexplored ones. This is due to the fact that large portions of the Sierra Madre are made of limestone a composition which is an ideal candidate for cave formation. These caves had been carved by nature via the rivers that flows from Calumpit Bulacan, which passes by the park and empties at Candaba Swamp in Pampanga. This had happened for millions of years before the present cave system came to be. But bringing people to these caves poses danger since lack of information can stop the evolution of these caves or worst, even vandalization of these beautiful natural phenomenon.


The place got its name from the distinctive natural environment that can be found in this area, which are mountain gorges with mountains resembling solid rock limestone cut by deep river gorges. “Biak na bato” literally means “split boulders”. The area earned a place in history when the Filipino revolutionaries against Spain particularly the first president of the Philippine Republic, Emilio Aguinaldo, used this place as their camp due to the natural cave systems and dense forest that helped them in securing the place. Here is where the famous historical event, the signing of a peace treaty between the Filipino revolutionaries or Katipuneros and the Spanish government happened. Eventually they called that event “The Pact of Biak na Bato”. From thereon, the place became a historical pilgrim place during celebrations such as Independence Day. It also played a large role during the recent centennial celebrations of the Philippine independence. Most places here can be connected to Philippine history. Some locations are named in accordance with their functions during the these historical days like the Aguinaldo Cave, the “La Mesa de Aguinaldo”, and the Tanggapan Cave where according to legends, the Katipunero’s receive their guest hence the name.

Day 227/365: Biak na Bato National Shrine


To go to the place, take a bus going to San Miguel Bulacan along North EDSA. It’s safe and convenient and is much advisable to take your private vehicle since there are lots of transfers if you will just commute. Parking spaces are available as well as people who can guard your car so you don’t need to worry. From the San Miguel Hi-way, Department of Tourism markers are situation along the road that will guide you to the place. If commuting, you have to get off from the hi-way where the marker and the access road to Biak na Bato are located and then take a tricycle ride to the park entrance. Park Entrance cost 15 pesos per head. Camping fee is around 150 if staying overnight.


As mentioned earlier, there are a lot of things to do and places to go to in this park but I advice for new comers not to consume the entire trip on all the caves alone. The Santol, Cuarto-cuarto, Bahay Paniki, Suklib Kabayo and Aguinaldo caves are the interesting ones to go to. Then consider other activities like river trekking after hiking from Yungib I, passing by deep portions of the river and some natural formations such as the “tulay na bato” towards the park entrance. You can also hike the backcountry and climb “Mt. Silid or Mt. Mabio’s Susong Dalaga”. San Miguel is a part of the historical province of Bulacan so there are lots of historical places to pass by like the Barasoan Church. There are also other “nature-adventure” destinations like the Pinagrealan Caves in Norzagaray, Madlum Caves in San Miguel, Angat Dam to Irid and Matulid River Systems in Angat as well as Doña Remedios Trinidad also in Angat.

Biak na Bato

Lenten Season 2011: The Way of the Cross (14 Churches of Rizal-Laguna)

Lenten Season 2011: The Way of the Cross (14 Churches of Rizal-Laguna)

April 22, 2011

Good Friday

Last year we had a Luzon Route from Cagayan Valley to Ilocos Region and made a footage of old churches that we passed by. This year, we decided to have the Laguna De Bay Loop and follow the Way of the Cross.

1st Station: The Last Supper
Church: Shrine Of Our Lady Of Peace And Good Voyage
Location: Antipolo City, Rizal

2nd Station: The Agony of Jesus in the Garden
Church: Sta Rosa De Lima
Location: Teresa, Rizal

3rd Station: Jesus Faces the Sanhedrin
Church: St. Joseph Church
Location: Baras, Rizal

4th Station: The Scourging and Crowning with the Thorns
Church: San Ildefonso Parish
Location: Tanay, RIzal

5th Station: Jesus Accepts his Cross
Church: St. Mary Magdalene Parish
Location: Pililla, Rizal

6th Station: Jesus Falls because of the Heavy Cross
Church: Our Lady of Candelaria Church
Location: Mabitac, Laguna

7th Station: Simon Helps Jesus Carry his Cross
Church: Our Lady’s of Nativity Parish Church
Location: Pangil, Laguna

8th Station: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem
Church: St. Peter of Alcantara Parish Church
Location: Pakil, Laguna

9th Station: Jesus is Nailed to the Cross
Church: San Santiago Apostol Church / St. James Parish Apostle
Location: Paete, Laguna

10th Station: The Repentant Thief
Church: St. Mary Magdalene Church
Location: Magdalena, Laguna

11th Station: Virgin Mary and John at the foot of the Cross
Church: St. Gregory The Great Parish
Location: Majayjay, Laguna

12th Station: Jesus Died on the Cross
Church: St. John The Baptist Parish Church
Location: Liliw, Laguna

13th Station: Jesus is Buried in the Tomb
Church: St. Bartholomew Parish
Location: Nagcarlan, Laguna

14th Station: Jesus Rise from the Dead
Church: Cathedral of St. Paul
Location: San Pablo City

2011 Lenten Season

 Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage
Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage
 Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage
Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage
RIzal Laguna Churches, Antipolo City
RIzal Laguna Churches, Antipolo City
Sta Rosa De Lima Parish
Sta Rosa De Lima Parish
Sta Rosa De Lima Parish
Sta Rosa De Lima Parish
Saint Joseph Husband of Mary Parish Church
Saint Joseph Husband of Mary Parish Church
Saint Joseph Husband of Mary Parish Church
Saint Joseph Husband of Mary Parish Church
Saint Joseph Husband of Mary Parish Church
Saint Joseph Husband of Mary Parish Church
San Ildefonso Parish Church
San Ildefonso Parish Church
San Ildefonso Parish Church
San Ildefonso Parish Church
San Ildefonso Parish Church
San Ildefonso Parish Church
St. Mary Magdalene Parish Church
St. Mary Magdalene Parish Church
St. Mary Magdalene Parish Church
St. Mary Magdalene Parish Church
St. Mary Magdalene Parish Church
St. Mary Magdalene Parish Church
Nuestra Señora de Candelaria Church
Nuestra Señora de Candelaria Church
Nuestra Señora de Candelaria Church
Nuestra Señora de Candelaria Church
Nuestra Señora de la Natividad Church
Nuestra Señora de la Natividad Church
Nuestra Señora de la Natividad Church
Nuestra Señora de la Natividad Church
San Pedro de Alcantara Church
San Pedro de Alcantara Church
San Pedro de Alcantara Church
San Pedro de Alcantara Church
San Pedro de Alcantara Church
San Pedro de Alcantara Church
St. James the Apostle Church
St. James the Apostle Church
St. James the Apostle Church
St. James the Apostle Church
St. Mary Magdalene Parish Church
St. Mary Magdalene Parish Church
St. Mary Magdalene Parish Church
St. Mary Magdalene Parish Church
St. Gregory the Great Parish
St. Gregory the Great Parish
St. Gregory the Great Parish
St. Gregory the Great Parish
St. Gregory the Great Parish
St. Gregory the Great Parish
The Saint John The Baptist Parish of Liliw
The Saint John The Baptist Parish of Liliw
The Saint John The Baptist Parish of Liliw
The Saint John The Baptist Parish of Liliw
The Saint John The Baptist Parish of Liliw
The Saint John The Baptist Parish of Liliw
St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church
St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church
St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church
St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church
Cathedral of St. Paul
Cathedral of St. Paul
Cathedral of St. Paul
Cathedral of St. Paul