Posted in Advises & Inspirations, Recommendations

A Letter to the First Time Voter

I am writing this, for my nephews, nieces, godchildren, and grandchildren, especially those students who are emotionally affected by the results of the current election.

I can say that your generation is more vocal (or more bashers) than ours. I observe how you react, comment, post, and re-post on your Social Media accounts. And I am quite worried, maybe this is how my father felt when I started to exercise my right to vote. Because he knows that teenagers have the characteristics of being aggressive and adventurous.

Way back year 1998, I was in 3rd-year college and I am also like you, excited to do the right thing. The election day is always the second Monday of May as stated in our Constitution. And normally, it’s summertime or school break, so I choose to register in our province and join the PPCRV (Parish Pastoral Council For Responsible Voting) to be a watcher. And it’s a national election with a President to vote and a lot of candidates/nominees such as (President) Joseph Estrada, Jose de Venecia, Raul Roco, Lito Osmena, Alfredo Lim, Renato de Villa, Mirriam Defensor Santiago, Juan Ponce Enrile, Santiago Dumlao, and Manuel Morato. So many political people really want to serve and be a leader of our country, it’s almost the same in the current election.

I accompanied my Auntie to line-up in Elementary School where our names has been listed. I took the sample ballot given by the people at the entrance of the school but we had our own list of candidates to vote for. Same as today, we wait for how many hours under the bright sun till our time to enter the respective precinct room to vote.

At 4pm we assemble in the church to check our designated area and timing to start to observe or watch the counting of votes where the teachers are doing it manually. Unlike today there are machines that will do it for them and consolidate. It took us overnight and that experience has a lot of realization for me as a teenager. To be responsible, not only for my vote but to watch and observe the environment in which I exist.

Everyone keeps on waiting for the result based on the people, friend, and neighbor together the other media like television and radio for the national candidates. Now, we can access it on Social Media and everybody within your friend list/friends can comment or discuss it over your timeline. Back then, we can discuss it with those who are watching tv with me, mostly my family or friends only. No violent reactions or unfollow or unfriend is happening, if we have a disagreement or opposite votes, we just tease and smile afterward. But now, it’s a big deal if someone bashes you or comments if you are in opposition and you really feel bad about it.

My father always told me, that if I will do any decision, I need to set aside my emotion. I need to think twice or thrice not to respond based on my emotion, especially on political topics. Yes, most activists people will open your emotion by way of provoking words so that you really feel how the world / or your environment is happening. Teenagers are like that, quite aggressive and uncontrollable sometimes, so we need to learn how to control our emotions and respond accordingly.

My mother is the one who sits down as a teacher and is in charge of one of the precincts or barangay in Tondo. I know the sacrifices they made every election day. She always told me not to be affected by the results, just be proud because I do the right thing. And it’s not the end of the world, just continue what you are doing. Maybe because she was a History Teacher and she knows that no matter what regime the Philippines will have, it really repeats its history but in a different scenario and people.

Hey kiddo, you are right, you need to express yourself and voice out. But remember in everything we do there are consequences and limitations even if we have a democracy or freedom of speech. Therefore do not be like an onionskin, accept others’ opinions and respect them. Do not be aggressive, set aside your emotion and think radically.

Posted in Bohol, Recommendations, Travel Blogs

4D3N Bohol Summer Getaway

Inclusions:

*Airfare Manila – Tagbilaran – Manila via Air Asia or equivalent with 7kg handcarry

*4D3N Hotel Accommodation in Dumaluan Beach Resort with daily breakfast

* Roundtrip airport to hotel transfers (8:00am-5:00pm)

* Bohol Countryside Tour + Mirror of the World w/ lunch: (8:00am pick-up time) includes local guide driver, entrance fees, lunch at Loboc River Cruise. Tour highlights: Tarsier Sanctuary, Bilar Manmade Forest, Chocolate Hills, Phyton Butterfly Habitat & Souvenir Shop, Mirror of the World

* Bohol Island Hopping : (6:00am pick-up time) Includes Entrance fees, environmental fee, boat fee, snorkeling gears, fish feeding guide & hotel pick-up/drop-off within Panglao & Tagbilaran area only – Tour Highlights: Dolphin watching, Balicasag Island, Virgin Island White Sand Bar

Exclusions:

* Meals & Transportation other than the above statement.

* Tips for the Tour Guides.

* Phillippines Travel and Airport Tax (if any)

* Travel Insurance and RTPCR Test if required

Itinerary:

Day 1: (Manila – Tagbilaran); meet by Tour Coordinator then Check-in to the Hotel at 2pm

Day 2: Bohol Countryside Tour + Mirror of the World (Whole Day)

Day 3:  Bohol Island Hopping (Whole Day)

Day 4:  Free  & Easy until Departure (Tagbilaran – Manila)

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Posted in Advises & Inspirations, Recommendations

Touch Me Not

I remember the famous novel of Jose Rizal, Noli Me Tangere. In high school, we studied that it’s all about the cancer of society, which is the most powerful person in the land have the advantage to do what he wants and the Indios trying to lift up their lifestyle, but still an Indio for the eyes of an Aristocrat.

I’m wondering what’s the cure for it. A lot of politicians still doing the same things in different persona and ways. And still unknown causes that make it exist in our society.

And I just realize, that kind of sickness is really hard to detect the causes, and it will surprise the people, environment & the society itself. Seeking for cure is really a great sacrifice for all and a miracle from the above. Why most ignorant people are the victim?

The victim per se will shout “touch me not.” By undergoing the pain, made by the illness as well as the pain from the treatment. It really feels irritated if somebody wants to ‘touch’ him, but what he really wanted is the ‘healing touch’ from the one that loves him.

This is not in what generation we are in. We all know that we don’t deserve this kind of pain & treatment. We can’t blame the factors creating it, even if it’s like a norm for the others. We only need to act, to move, and to be stronger to resist the bad system of society as well as the system of our body. Because not all that has been ‘used to’ is normal, as long as we know what is right and believe and have faith in our capabilities.

So ‘touch me not!’

(Disclaimer: Originally Published on my Facebook account last 27th January 2012, exactly 10years ago)

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Beauty Pageant a Platform for Self-Confidence and Social Responsibility.

The Philippines are known as one of the countries creating Beauty Queens. As we all know that Filipina has a Queen Quality, we have brains, beauty, and talents.

We mold our girls to be good models and fine ladies. And two popular beauty camps can train them. They are Aces & Queens and Kagandahang Flores. And there we call a BIG FOUR National Beauty Pageant in the Philippines that they can compete, Binibining Pilipinas, Miss Universe Philippines, Miss World Philippines, and Miss Philippines Earth.

When I was living in Singapore, one colleague asked me how come you Filipinos are fascinated with this Beauty Contest. Well here are the reasons why:

  1. This is the time that we can boost our self-confidence and be trained to be prim and proper.
  2. This is the time also that we can practice our brain for the Q&A portion and think a lot of possible questions that may ask in contest proper.
  3. This is the time also that we can show to the world rather the universe 🙂 our talent and skills, as we all know Filipinos are good singers, musicians, and artists.
  4. This is the time to mindset and actively practice the “Social Responsibility” for our nation. To be charitable in heart and mind.
  5. This is also a stepping stone for a career in show business, journalism and broadcasting, and others.

Now, I am encouraging you to support and vote for my cousin, Sam Frank, she is competing for the Miss Phillippines USA on Nov 19 at Pasadena Hilton in California USA. Here are the links that you can like and share:

Posted in Cebu, Recommendations, Travel Blogs

Sinulog 2020 before the Lockdown start

As I grew-up in Tondo, Manila and in 28 years of my life I only experience the Sto. Nino Festival or Fiesta in Tondo and Pandacan. Being in a Sinulog Festival in Cebu is a dream come true for me. My family and together with my best friends experience this once in a lifetime activity of the Saint we adored.

We still blessed to experience the joy of this festival. We witnessed on how you would feel the happiness while watching the parade or procession even you were perspiring to squeeze in a lot of crowds. Many celebrities join the Sinulog parade to promote their upcoming movies or tv programs and this is your chance to be a big fan girl/boy. You can join the street parties too while watching the Grand Street Parade, just dance wherever you are with the beat of Sinulog song or parade song besides nobody will know who you are. Enjoy while it lasts 🙂 The only tip I can give if you will attend this kind of celebration is bring some food and drinks in your bag as most of the restaurant were full. But do not forget to enjoy the food in Cebu like lechon. You can watch the fireworks at night or have some hennah tattoo. And wear your comfortable dress and shoes. I am hoping that after this pandemic of Covid19, we still experience this kind of tradition in our country. Next in my bucket list is the Ati-atihan and Dinagyang Festival.

You already in a province with beautiful tourist spot and beaches therefore after you join the Sinulog you can also enjoy their beaches and have sightseeing.

Some of us are wondering how this festival started in Cebu and why it is quite famous in our country. It’s a part of Philippine history when Spain first colonize our country. And of course because of tourism and religion purpose.

This minor Basilica of the Holy Child of Cebu was founded 456 years ago by Father Andres de Urdaneta and Father Diego de Herrera. It is the oldest Roman Catholic Church in the country. It was built because they found the image of Santo Nino de Cebu during the expedition of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi in that place where the church located. This image is the same one given by the famous world explorer Ferdinand Magellan to Rajah Humabon upon the birth of Christianity in the country and christening of his family on April 24, 1521.

When the holy image was handed over to Queen Juana, the wife of Rajah Humabon, it was said that she danced with joy holding this image of the Child Jesus. Then the other locals of Cebu followed her example and this event was the first Sinulog dance. And the dance step of Sinulog was choreographed by Baladhay, Rajah Humabon’s adviser. He was dancing the movements of the river that’s why there is a two-steps forward and one-step backward. And they are shouting while dancing because they were tickling by baby Jesus.

Sinulog comes from Cebuano word “SULOG’ means like water current movement or river movement.

Below are some of the pictures I took from the Grand Street Parade of Sinulog Festival last year.

For this Year 2021, the Cebu City government and the Basilica Minore Del Sto. Niño De Cebu encourage everyone to attend mass and novena virtually or online. And expecting the devotees to cooperate and have some discipline to prevent the spread of the virus.

Some of the links that will help us to know and join the Virtual Sinulog Novena, Mass and Festival are below for your reference.

https://www.facebook.com/BMSNCebu https://santoninodecebubasilica.org/

And to those who will miss the noise, sounds, songs, colorful props, costume and dress of the people who join the Sinulog parade, here is the video I saw in youtube. All credits are to the rightful owner of this video / pictures.

Viva Pit Senior Sto. Nino!!!

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Posted in Recommendations, Travel Blogs

A Little Faith with a Big Leap

Every Catholic Filipino is holding on some thing to hope for a better year. And every January aside from Nuestro Senior Nazareno, we are adoring this little boy Jesus to give us more blessings.

Sto Nino Jesus, how it become a symbol of hope and joy for us? It was started 500 years ago when Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese explorer who worked for Spain and had an expedition to circumnavigate the world in search of spices and expand their Spanish territory. They reached our country on March 16, 1521. They celebrated the first Catholic mass on Limasawa Island in Leyte on March 31, 1521. And when they went to Cebu Island, where He put a big cross which is the famous “Magellan’s Cross” and gifted the Filipino native or Rajah’s with Sto. Nino image as a symbol of peace.

From this time, Sto. Nino is the most recognizable religious image, you can see it every where from the Filipino catholic houses, churches and to the marketplace. Almost Filipinos from Luzon, Visayas and MIndanao celebrate the Sto Nino Festival in every 3rd week of January such us Sinulog Festival in Cebu, Lakbayaw Festival in Tondo Manila, Ati-Atihan in Aklan and Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo to name a few.

Most of us will miss to celebrate this tradition of joining the street procession and dancing while holding our little Sto Nino. But our little faith will have a big leap specially on this time of pandemic. We still believe that inspite of what’s happening right now, we can still pray our novena at home and holding our Sto Nino to bless us for this Year 2021. May he helps us to cope up this pandemic and stop to spread the virus and give us a good vaccine for Covid19.

Viva Pit Senior Sto Nino!

  • credit to the owners of the Sto. Nino collections who were exhibited last year at Ayala Centre Cebu.

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