Posts Tagged ‘Iloilo’

I can barely remember the times when I have had my vacation- I mean not related in any way of work and studies. I guess this trip has compensated the things that I was lacking just right after graduation- friends, adventure, and me-time. Though I was surrounded by sets of lovers, just then I thought that I can enjoy everything that comes my way without someone. Thanks to Jelah/Joshua and Bridgette/Francis for making me fathom that being alone doesn’t mean I’m lonely.

I fell in love with Cebu several times. Of course, we prepared for this trip several months ago. Me, Jelah, and Joshua agreed to implement the rule “no-restaurant-eating” during the entire trip, to lessen the expenses and use the money instead exploring all the things possible in Cebu. We seldom use the cab and ride the jeepey (which costs Php 8.00-12.00 every trip), ferry boat (Php 12.00), and motor cyclye (Php 20.00) instead, to reach our itinerary every day. The mode of transportation in Cebu since the jeepneys have number coding (e.g. 12I, 1k, 12J) so if you’re in a hurry, taxi should get along your way.

When we arrived, we were starving, a lot, and decided to eat Ginat-an along the streets. We had meat soup, rice and soft drinks, just enough to satisfy us. With our stomach full, we only paid Php 280.00 and there were five of us. The entire trip was this thrifty but worthy, and we never expected the trip to be two times as thrifty as we expected.

Here’s an overview of where we went:

The Mactan Shrine

This was me in Mactan Shrine :)

This was me in Mactan Shrine 🙂

Cebu IT Park

Cebu IT Park now vibrantly brings together top-class talent and technology in a community that was master-planned as a convergence of Asian architectural warmth and efficient Western functionality.

Cebu  IT Park also strives to preserve its beautiful environment through well-maintained landscape and greenery to complement the high-rise infrastructure of its global locators. Tall buildings, brightest lights ever!

Fort San Pedro

Squad goes to Fort San Pedro

Squad goes to Fort San Pedro.

Fuerza San Pedro, the fort is described as built of stone mortar with a terraplein where guns are mounted. The fort contains the necessary buildings. The largest of these buildings was the “Cuerpo de Guardia” where the personnel that manned the fort lived. Adjacent to it was the “Vivende del Teniente” which was the living quarters of the lieutenant of the Fort.

Basilica Menor del Santo Niño

Sorry for the wrong dress code :)

Sorry for the wrong dress code 🙂

“Basilica Minore del Santo Nino Cebu” is the oldest Roman Catholic Church of 16th century in Cebu city. Located in the center of the city and is a perfect example of combination of three different architecture styles . The church was built at the exact location where the image of Santo Nino that means the Black Holy Child Jesus was found. Unfortunately, we were not able to go inside the church since we wore improper dress codes for a religious institution.

Magellan’s Cross

Me with my anak, Jelah :)

Me with my anak, Jelah 🙂

This cross is housed in a chapel next to the Basilica Menor del Santo Niño on Magallanes Street (Magallanes being the Spanish name of Magellan), just in front of the city center of Cebu City. A sign below the cross describes the original cross is encased inside the wooden cross that is found in the center of the chapel. This is to protect the original cross from people who chipped away parts of the cross for souvenir purposes or in the belief that the cross possesses miraculous powers.

Rainforest Park Cebu

Rainforest Jungle Adventure

Rainforest Jungle Adventure.

The first of its kind in Cebu of a well-thought unique concepts that encloses an inspired mix of entertainment, adventure, leisure, educational, dining and unwinding for the entire family.

SM City Cebu

SM City Cebu with these girls.

SM City Cebu with these girls.

We went to SM to have snacks and God, it was a hell of a shopping mall!

Butterfly Sanctuary

Me, my eye bags and the preserved owl butterflies.

Me, my eye bags and the preserved owl butterflies.

Prof. Jumalon amassed a vast collection of butterflies through his travels worldwide and by trading local Philippine species with foreign ones. Jumalon’s fascination with Lepidopterans did not just end in having them preserved and framed. He wanted the butterflies close by especially the rare ones. So to invite these insects he planted his residence with butterfly food plants. He also caught live specimens and released them in his garden. His butterfly collection is known to be the oldest and perhaps the biggest in the Philippines. So amazed by the little creatures I’ve witnessed. Wonderful were the masterpieces made out from dead butterflies.

Taoist Temple

The Taoist Temple.

The Taoist Temple.

The temple is the a center of worship for Taoism, the religion which follows the teachings of the ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao Tze. You can see Taoist devotees following their traditional rites and rituals on Wednesdays and Sundays, as they climb the 99 steps of the temple to light joss sticks and have their fortunes read by the monks. Took a lot of pictures because the aura was so Chinese. I felt Chinese back this time.

Ayala Center Mall

The nice thing about Ayala Mall in Cebu is if you need a break from shopping you can go sit at one of the many shops on the Terraces and just relax and have a drink or dine on one of the many different cuisines that are offered on all levels. Ayala Mall Cebu is located near the IT Park and in the heart of the Cebu City Business Park. Ayala Mall Cebu is the area’s most beautiful and comfortable mall to go shopping and dining with live entertainment events on the ground floor almost daily. We ate lechon for snacks, and oh, the mall was pretty much big!

Crown Regency Hotels Crown Regency Hotels and Resorts Sky Experience Adventure

Our jump shot after 6 exciting activities.

Our jump shot after 6 exciting activities.

We were asked to wear an orange jumpsuit and white sneakers before stepping out in the platform. There were also guides that walked us through the edge of the building aside from the harness as support of course. I briefed myself not to look down because it may just take away the little courage I have left. Fortunately, nothing bad happened to me after that but still my fear of heights is still present until now.

We tried the bucketlist challenge which includes Skywalk, Edge Coaster, 6D Theater, Tower zip, Wall Climbing, and Vertex. Oh my gosh, amidst the heights, we made in in 5 hours! You guys must visit if interested. The activities are a little bit expensive. However, the experience will be worth the price, I tell you.

Karancho Beach Resort

The lovers.

The lovers.

Karancho is a nice and spacious resort located in Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City on Mactan Island, Cebu Province, Philippines.

It is a resort that is friendly to family picnics and group gatherings. And, it is a great place for parties, event venue, and obviously a beach resort with facilities for various activities. We had so much great times here since girls did the grocery and the boys made all the cooking- which is something I’m proud of. We went boating and of course, swimming!

Of all the food we tasted, the Tuslob Buwa (Deep Bubbles) was my favorite. It was made out from pig’s brains (yep, you read it right), liver, onions, and oil. Amazing it is since we were the ones who cooked for it and it tasted like so heaven. It;s the first time I tasted it and i will never get tired of dipping the puso (steamed rice cooked in coconut leaves). Really one of the best!

This is how a tuslob buwa menu looks like

This is how a Tuslob Buwa menu looks like.

Me and my friends waiting for the Tuslob Buwa :)

Me and my friends waiting for the Tuslob Buwa 🙂

Traveling is not for the rich. Traveling is for the people who wanted to see the world and to explore new things- going out of their comfort zones and see what the universe has to offer. Honestly, I didn’t bring too much money but I’m glad I still have enough when I get home. Travel is giving yourself a chance to relax and the chance for the world to know you more.



(Note: Some of the historical descriptions were grabbed from the internet)

Taken at Maruja Flora's Island Paradise

Taken at Maruja Flora’s Island Paradise

7.2 Magnitude

Posted: October 19, 2013 in Articles, Experience
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I have been a frustrated singer. I always sing in the bathroom instead. But when I was having my concert in the shower one day, I found myself rolling on the floor.

Never did it come in to my mind that an earthquake will come and visit my place. I should have known so I should’ve postponed my concert, kidding.  Seriously, that earthquake happened in Visayas was the strongest among those I have experienced. In my 18 years of existence, I only witnessed how a glass breaks on the floor, how the altar shakes and how students scream in the canteen when a mild earthquake is happening. But this one is different, really.

In just 30 seconds of earth’s dancing, Billions of infrastructures had been dissolved, hundreds of lives vanished, and numerous historical places have been damaged. Thank God that Iloilo has encountered lesser damage than Cebu and Bohol did. But we are still scared since series of aftershocks still happens and we could not deny the fact of having phobia.

One of the major damage that the earthquake has left was the ruined churches in Cebu and Bohol. They were made decades ago and they were like existing for more than 400 years. In just half a minute, they were destroyed. I guess, this is just one of Mother Earth’s warning.

Even the famous Chocolate Hills in Bohol revealed their vanilla filling. It is quite sad to know that the Chocolate Hills, which is known to be one of the Philippines Tourist attractions, has became a danger zone to all. But believe me, Bohol will get back in track in no time.

As of now, Bohol experienced 1,800  aftershocks(according to TV Patrol) and I only wish the safety of every humankind who experienced the tragedy. I am just so thankful that Iloilo, though experienced the same occurrence but not the same intensity and magbitues since we just experienced magnitude 5.0, has been spared for that earthquake holiday.

In Iloilo, classes have been suspended the following day since building in schools were checked by the city government as to secure the condition. Good thing the government has done a good deed on this aspect.

For now, what we can do is to pray. Pray harder that Almighty God would help us in facing this kind of endeavor. Of course, this will be a warning, too. Warning for people who do not calculate their deeds involving mother nature.


Wet Socks

Posted: October 16, 2013 in Articles, Journalism
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                Corruption in the Philippines is as old as the Stone Age. It continuously poisons a lot of people and causes them to hurt their countrymen. In Iloilo City, many projects are planed but only few are put in to work.

                The drainage system in the City is now causing a lot of hassles to Ilonggos. Those projects like the road reconstruction is a big hindrance for everybody as they always deal with them every day when they go to work. Now that the rainy season has come, the drainage system is a big question for all of the people. No kids arrive home without getting their socks wet. This problem has questions what the causes are, how it will be solved and who are liable for this? The way I see it, I can see anomalies.

                A certain project must be approved before it should be implemented. There should be target duration of work and proposed amount of work. In this sense, I believe that the workers should really do their part in doing their job in such a way that they meet the deadlines and the quality of the work they are doing is more than satisfactory. The money that is used to pay them are the taxes- which the countrymen pay by the way, thus, giving them the accountability.

                I could not imagine how this project-turned-problem is happening right now. Projects implemented are supposed to be the remedy on all the problems that we are encountering. But what happens now is that these projects contribute to the burden that we carry every day. I myself would like to appeal on this matter that these project should be done with seriousness and should be taken with the principles on giving importance to the convenience of the people. Now, I disagree on what PNoy said, “kayo ang aking Boss” where in the first places, troubles are what the administration gives.

                Talking about corruption, what I would like to emphasize now is that, if we only have responsible leaders elected, this will not happen. The delays of the projects and the inefficiency of the drainage systems will not happen. Just so you know, the failure of the drainage systems causes us to have floods even if the rain pours just a minute. Most especially in the major roads that undergoes construction, number of people get annoyed of the water reaching above their ankles. To shorten words, if there is no corruption, all is going to be well.

                But in my existence, never did I experience that the government has taken an action to correct their wrongdoing. They continue to implement projects that they think are always beneficial. I guess the problem will have 1 basic answer. Be honest.