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December 2010

The 2010 Christmas Tree

Family, MOMents By December 31, 2010 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

This season has not been as merry as all the others that went before. It is unlike all the other Christmases gone by. My mom spent Christmas in the hospital. The kids weren’t able to celebrate with us because all our kids are below 7 and are not allowed in the hospital. My brother spent Christmas in some other country, hopefully not freezing all the way down to his toes. Before all this came about, we had all planned on coming home to my parents’ house in Bicol like we have done in all these past years. I did not set up the Christmas tree.

But on the 24th, after grocery shopping, in preparation for the simple Christmas dinner we were going to spend at the hospital, I came home and suddenly, wanted to put up the tree for Lia. This is her Christmas too. She and I together put the tree up.

Christmas 2010

Christmas 2010

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Daan Bantayan, Cebu

Cebu By December 31, 2010 1 Comment

A third-class municipality (town) in the island-province of Cebu, about 130 kilometers north of Cebu City, the drab town of Daan Bantayan is the gateway to the islands of Malapascua and Bantayan via the wharf in the northernmost point baranggay of Maya.

This used to be where the bus terminates, then you take a hubel-hubel or tricycle ride to the wharf in Maya; but when I was there February 2010, the buses go straight to Maya. I took the bus back to Cebu right where I got off the boat.

Daan Bantayan, Cebu 2010

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Sights In and Around Malapascua Island, Cebu

Cebu By December 30, 2010 5 Comments

On my first day in Malapascua, I found a boatman to take me around the island for the afternoon. I did a bit of snorkeling here and there, but found nothing impressive. I was told the island used to have great snorkeling spots but now they’re almost gone. I had not a diver’s license just yet so diving was not an option. Next time, I promise I will not leave Malapascua without seeing the thresher sharks. No, make that, I will not go to Malapascua if I don’t have a diver’s license. They’re quite strict there.

Malapascua Island, Cebu

I had loved seeing those boys jumping off the craggy little cliff into the water. They looked like they were having so much fun. They were totally naked too. I had wanted to jump off the cliffs too, though I would rather have something on.

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Bounty Beach, Malapascua Island, Cebu

Cebu By December 30, 2010 2 Comments

Bounty Beach is where the majority of resorts and dive centers are located. In 2008, a survey by telegraph.co.uk chose Bounty Beach as Philippines Best Beach. It has outdone Boracay, the Philippines’ most famous beach and one of Asia’s and world’s best beaches. Malapascua’s powder white sand, clear water and laid back atmosphere makes it look like Boracay fifteen years ago. That makes this beach a haven for those who seek tranquility. Many tourists come to the island to relax, swim, and bask under the sun. (Source)

Bounty Beach, Malapascua Island, Cebu

Bounty Beach, Malapascua Island, Cebu 2010

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Places to Sleep in Malapascua, Cebu

Cebu By December 29, 2010 2 Comments

There are a lot of places to stay in Malapascua, but here are a few of the places I happened to have taken photos of. For a complete listing of all lodging available in the island, here is a very helpful site.

LOGON BEACH

1. Logon Beach Resort

I had wanted to stay at this resort but when I sent an inquiry via email, I was told they were fully booked. I did not find that surprising though since they only have a few cottages (4 or 5?). Located on a high rocky point at the end of Logon Beach, next to Tepanee and Angelina Beach, this place is very quiet and secluded.

Malapascua Island, Cebu 2010

Malapascua Island, Cebu 2010

Going up the hill to the resort from the entrance near Angelina

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Places to Eat in Malapascua, Cebu

Cebu By December 28, 2010 8 Comments

LOGON BEACH

1. KOKAY’S MALDITO

Right in the middle of Logon Beach is Kokay’s Maldito. A restaurant, bar, disco, music lounge with billiards and internet. The restaurant has a great selection of local and international food, from early breakfast, light lunch or even a romantic dinner at the seaside and even up to late snacks.

Kokay's Maldito, Malapascua Island, Cebu

Kokay's Maldito, Malapascua Island, Cebu

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Going to Malapascua Island, Cebu

Cebu By December 27, 2010 2 Comments

Before the year ends, I should be able to post some travel backlogs from this year. Here is the start of a series of blog posts from the trip to Malapascua Island, Cebu in February 2010.

From Cebu City, it is about 3-4 hours by private car or bus to the pier in Maya where you will take a boat that will bring you to the island of Malapascua.

MAYA PIER

Going to Malapascua Island, Cebu

This is the turn-around bus trip, from the Maya pier back to Cebu City

Going to Malapascua Island, Cebu

Garbage segregation at the port

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Photos from the U.P. Dulaang Laboratoryo’s Medea

Photography, Teatro Pilipinas, Theater By December 26, 2010 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

This is Mara Marasigan’s thesis production, Medea held at the Teatro Hermogenes Ylagan at the Faculty Center in U.P. Diliman. These photos were taken during the December 12 8 pm show.

Directed by Mara Marasigan
with Ms. Irma Adlawan, Roeder Camanag & Dolly Gutierrez

also with Sarah Salazar, Jihad Mariano and Dreps Tatad

Mara Marasigan's Medea

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Lia and her Mama at lil Gio’s Christening

Family, MOMents By December 22, 2010 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

One of my bestest high school friends, Lizzie, had her son’s christening last Sunday at Mary the Queen Parish. I am godmother to her son as she is godmother to my daughter. We arrived late as we had to wait for Lia to wake up from her nap and had some time to ourselves – buying fruits from the Sunday little parish market, chasing after cats and taking some photos here and there.

Lia at Gio's Christening

Lia at Gio's Christening

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The Kaladkarin Christmas Party 2010 [Part II]

Travel Factor By December 21, 2010 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Here are the photos from my camera from the Travel Factor Kaladkarin Christmas Party 2010. Click here to view the entire set on Flickr. This is especially posted for Ver who avidly (and successfully) shuns Facebook.

TF Kaladkarin Christmas Party 2010

L-R, Maya and AJ, Eric, Ryan, Ver, Ced, Cha, Louie, Sheila, Charles, Mhef

Come in either a bow tie or necktie, and these are our bow tie peeps.

TF Kaladkarin Christmas Party 2010

Charlie and Cha

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Save the Date! The Travel Factor New Year’s Party!

70s Bistro, Travel Factor By December 20, 2010 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Save the date, Jan. 8, 2011!

This 2011, get ready to rock and roll your way to adventure! On January 8, 2011, Travel Factor is proud to invite all of you to

We Know Adventure
The Travel Factor 2011 Launch

Happening at the legendary rock house, 70’s Bistro, start the year rocking with Pedicab, Peryodiko, Johnoy Danao, Pumping Pluto and more.

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