FRIDAY: Free Day!

It all started with this flyer that 2 girls are giving out in SM North this morning while we line up for the fx .. They offer free ride .. At first I was hesitant coz it was a program of GMA News TV .. What if they'll be doing an interview and show it on television .. its a no no .. but when I saw that their program started since July 25 then its  a Go! It just means that no more interview and so on since it has been days already .. 

WEEKEND: Market/Bazaar Hopping

I've heard about the Sunday Market/Bazaar at Eton Centris Walk just beside Quezon Ave. MRT Station it happens every Sunday morning that ends at around 2 P.M. .. I've been planning to check on it since its not that far from me but laziness always have its way on me .. lol .. one Sunday I and some friends went on a Market/Bazaar Hopping .. We start at Eton Centris Walk at 9 A.M. .. How to start a day? A CAROUSEL RIDE!!! for P50.00 .. :)
Well the child like in us .. :)

San Sebastian Cathedral

 Right in the heart of Lipa City, Batangas lies San Sebastian Cathedral or as the others call it "Lipa Cathedral" while the other Batangueño simply call it "Katedral". 

A Short Trip to Baguio City

I was invited for my cousin's baby 1st birthday and dedication at Baguio City just perfect enough to leave Manila with its scrotching heat weather .. I planned to leave Manila a day before than planned scheduled to be able to go around Baguio .. But due to some laziness I wasn't able to catch the earlier bus in Victory Liner the next trip to Baguio is 1 P.M. so I transferred to Dagupan Bus to be able to catch an earlier schedule .. Fare for Dagupan bus from Cubao to Baguio costs P432.00.
With me is my travelling buddy Angel ..


I was craving for a buffalo wings .. for weeks i've been ordering from different establishment but still my craving hasn't been satisfied .. and I remembered Sarsi Wings @ The Real Thing Diner .. :) .. so I invited a friend along with angel my travelling buddy bear .. :)

CINEMALAYA 2011 goes to UP Diliman

Cinemalaya Philippines Independent Film Festival is held annually to develop and promote Filipino Independent Film.

Cinemalaya 2011 has already started since July 15 and ends on the 24th of July. But it will also be shown in UP starting on July 26 until August 05, 2011. And since my location is much nearer in Up Diliman than in CCP and Greenbelt I opt to missed the past weeks that it has started.

SUBIC : Island Hopping!

For a beach weekend getaway we (along with colleagues from work in different department - they just invited me .. lol) went to Subic .. In one of the resort along Baloy Beach, Barrio Barretto .. sorry I wasn't able to get the name of the resort but there are a lot of resorts to choose in that long shortline of Baloy Beach .. On our first day exploration has not been done .. it was more on enjoying the water moment and eating and drinking .. It was on the second day that I had a walk along the long shoreline of Baloy .. wishing that I might see the sunrise .. the beach has a semi-fine sand in gray to near white ..


Something new's in Sky Garden .. it's HAPADOG! .. they offer japanese style hotdog
for their establishment's design i find it cozy except if the weather way too hot ..

Hahalapeño Burger @ BIG BETTER BURGER!

While walking in SM North Annexl i bumped with CURIOSITY when I saw an establishment named Big Better Burger .. How big can it be? .. got curious whats the difference of their  burger from the others ..

CEBU TRIP : Mactan Shrine / Lapu-Lapu Shrine

When I first stepped in Cebu City some years ago .. I really wanted to visit/see the Mactan Shrine and meet Lapu-Lapu but they'll always say its far .. And since I was with my parents I didn't insist .. And one reason I choose Cebu this time is the Mactan Shrine .. yeah I wasn't able to get over it .. lol .. I asked from the hotel personnels how to get to Lapu-Lapu Shrine or better known as the Mactan Shrine .. The first answer I got "it's far" .. and for the question how to get there? The answer that I always get is "take a cab" .. but it'll cost you a lot .. what I did was research :) .. on how to commute going there .. 

After the DIY Cebu Walk I went straight to Pier 3 .. in Pier 3 there's a ferry boat for Bohol as well as Ferry for Mactan .. So I went to the area for Mactan I paid P12.00 for the ticket and P1.00 for the terminal fee .. I find it funny coz the P1.00 terminal fee is printed on a nice paper that looks much expensive that the fee itself ..

CEBU WALK: Casa Gorordo

Casa Gorordo is a house built in the mid - 19th century by Alejandro reynes y Rosales and was brought by Juan Isidro de Gorordo, a Spanish merchant in 1863. Four generations of the Gorordo family lived in the house, including the first Filipino bishop of Cebu in 1910-1932, Juan Gorordo.

CEBU WALK: Yap - San Diego Ancestral House

The Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House is one of the oldest residential houses in the Philippines. It was built sometime between 1675 and 1700 which is originally owned by a Chinese merchant named Don Juan Yap and Dona Maria Florido.

CEBU WALK: Heritage of Cebu

The Heritage of Cebu is the heroic contribution of the Cebuano People and the saga events which happened to the island of Cebu in the Philippines. It showcase the significant and symbolic events in the history of Cebu.
It is a tableau designed by Eduardo Castrillo and was commissioned by the Archdiocese of Cebu.
The construction and fabrication of the artworks started in July 1997 and it was completed on December 08, 2000.

CEBU WALK: Colon Street

Colon Street the first and the oldest street in the Philippines. It is located in the downtown area of Cebu City. it was built by the time of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and was named after Cristobal Colon or known as Christopher Columbus, a navigator and explorer from Italy. The place became the center of commercial activities with a wide varity of commercial sites such as shopping malls, restaurants, theaters, and schools. It was in Colon where the first business establishments and offices where built in Cebu. It become a witness to the rise and fall of cebu's economic and political competence over the years. Sometime during the mid-year season and December, a "night market in Colon" is being held wherein they sold the items at a very affordable price.


CEBU WALK: Plaza Hamabar

The Plaza Hamabar is dedicated in honor to the wisest and bravest man of Cebu, Rajah Humabon. It is located just in front of Cathedral Museum.
the obelisk
Rajah Humabon was the first chieftain to embrace Christianity in the Philippines. When Ferdinand Magellan arrived on April 7, 1521, he made a blood compact  as a symbol of their newfound friendship. But on April 28, 1521, Magellan's troop voyage to Mactan and engaged in a battle with the native chieftain Lapu-lapu. With the battle it made Rajah Humabon lose trust to the Spaniards that he ordered his people to kill all the Spaniards who remained in the island to avenge their rape of the Cebu's women. Rajah Humabon became the first Filipino to avenge the honor of women.
Rajah Humabon was tattooed with fire in various designs. He wore only a cotton cloth before his private and a scarf embroidered with a needle about his head. A necklace of great value hanging from his neck and two large earrings fastened in ears set round with precious gems.

Rajah Humabon

CEBU WALK: Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

The Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, located along P. Zamora St., Cebu City, is just less than or the most is 5 minutes walk away from Basilica Minore del Santo Nino. It is the ecclesiastical seat of the Metropolotan Archdiocese of Cebu.
The construction took long due to frequent interruptions suchs as the death of the incumbent bishop, lack of funds, and other unexpected events.
the architectural is squat and with thick walls to withstand typhoons and other natural calamities. The church was once ruined by the Allied bombing during the World War II with only the belfry, the facade, and the walls as the remains of the church.
the holy door

In 1982 a mausoleum was built at the back which serves as a final resting place for the remains of Cebu Bishops and clergy.
Situated just next to the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral is the Cebu Cathedral Museum. The building itself is one of the few extant structures in the city that was totally spared from the ravages of world war II. Built in the early 1900's during the incumbent of Cebu Bishop Santos Gomez Maranon. It houses photographs and illustrations about the growth of Catholic faith in Cebu and memorabilias of Cardinal Ricardo Vidal and collection of statues. It also exhibits tabernacle, gradas, and altar panels made of wood encased in etched silver.


Just along Osmeña Blvd., and close to the Magellan's Cross Chapel stands the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino, one of the oldest church in the Philippines. It stands right in the spot were the image of Santo Nino is found.
The very day the Legazpi-Urdaneta expedition arrived the Basilica was founded by Fr. Andres de Urdaneta. The first church structures built in 1566 that has been built was destroyed by fire. Two more has been built but still destroyed by fire. In February 29, 1735 another was built with better materials which until now stands.
The materials used are stones that were quarried from Capiz and Panay, and the molave wood came from the mountains of talisay and Pitalo.

The oldest religious relic in the Philippines is kept in the parish convent, the Santo Nino. This was given by Magellan to Juana the wife of Rajah Humabon on April 14, 1521. A soldier named Juan Camus, found the image od the Santo Nino unsathed when they set the village on fire. And since then it became the Patron of Cebu. 

The Basilica Del Santo Nino Museum within the area showcase the history of Cebu's Christianity. On displays are the Sto. Nino's old cloaks, vestments, images that has a part of Cebu Christianity's history, and other century-old furnitures.



Just right in front of the Cebu City Hall is a chapel where it shelter's the Magellan's Cross .. For most when you say Cebu what comes first in mind is the Lapu-lapu and Magellan history and the Cross of Magellan which already become one of the significant spots in Cebu

As read, the cross was planted by Portuguese and Spanish explorers as ordered by Ferdinand Magellan on early 1521 to celebrate the baptism into the Roman Catholic religion of island chief Rajah Humabon, his wife Juana, and some 500 of their followers.
within the area there are devotees selling candles in different colors with particular meaning to be offered and if you're going to have some they'll do the prayer dance "sinulog dance"
As stated in the lower part of the cross, the original cross is encased inside the wooden cross that is erected in the center of the chapel to protect it from people who chipped parts of it for souvenir or with their beliefs that it possesses miraculous power.