31 Oct 2010
in Personal Tags: anniversary, family, friends
I just remembered, as we were in the car, headed out to the Cultural Center of the Philippines for H’s surprise, which turned out to be a performance of the Philippine Madrigal Singers with the special participation of the instrument ensembles from the Philippine Montessori Center and Temple Hill International School with PMCIE ’09 NY Tour Group, where we were exactly the same day last year.
We were at JMa and Nick’s joint birthday party at the now-non-existent 9 Mile Bar in Kalayaan Avenue. Unlike this year when I turned up with an all black ensemble, befitting of a patron-of-the-arts (according to Nick) hobnobbing with the elite members of the Manila society and the vice-president himself (eventually to end up in Cubao X for the Meiday event), I was in a flimsy little ecru dress in powdery blue wings, in my best attempt to be in costume-but-not-really so.
With the birthday girl, Janice and Ktin, who is now in U.K.
31 Oct 2010
in Camarines Sur Tags: Bicol, Camarines Sur, church, family, Naga Cathedral, Naga City, photography
The Naga Cathedral in Naga City, Camarines Sur was erected of Padia-an when the Diocese of Nueva Caceres was created by a Papal Bull of August 14, 1595. The cathedral was destroyed by fire in 1768. The construction of the present cathedral in Spanish-Romanesque style began in 1808, led by Bishop Bernardo dela Concepcion. It was finished and blessed by Mons. Tomas Ladron de Guevara in 1843. It was damaged by typhoon in October 1856 and restored by the very Rev. Fray Francisco Gainza in 1862-1879. It was damaged by an earthquake in 1887 and repaired by Obras Publicas under the direction of Bishop Arsenio Campo and Engineer Ricardo Ayuso in 1890.
31 Oct 2010
in Camarines Sur Tags: Avenue Square, Bicol, Camarines Sur, Camarines Sur National High School, Magsaysay Avenue, Naga Cathedral, Naga City, Naga City Hospital, SM Naga, tricycles, Universidad de Sta. Isabel, Wharf Galley Rock Cafe
I made a visit to my birthplace in February 2010 and took some time to go around the city, just to take photos here and there.
I took the bus from Pili, which is about 15 kilometers and 30-45 minutes away, and got off at the Central Bus Terminal – a short walk away from the recently opened SM City Naga.
Judging from the number of motorcycles in the parking lot, it seems that the motorcycle fever has hit the Nagueños.