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September 2012

At the Earthdance Manila 2012

Music and Arts By September 29, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , 1 Comment

In support of Earthdance Manila 2012 and our friends who were participating in it, we went to Arts in the City at Bonifacio Global City on that September evening. I wanted to support as a volunteer but I had my daughter with me, so we just participated in the event. Lia had a great time in the Galactic Room with Diyosa and all the indigenous instruments and the artists and performers who were just jamming and hanging out. It was so much fun!

Click here for more photos of the event from Diyosa’s Facebook.

Earthdance Manila 2012 - Arts in the City BGC

We went around the bazaar and bought all kinds of things. But mostly, we ate a lot! It was more of a food trip than anything else. (I’ve taken to wearing my newest favorite shoes everywhere.)

Earthdance Manila 2012 - Arts in the City BGC

Earthdance Manila 2012 - Arts in the City BGC


Cebu Nihon Matsuri – Oct. 20, 2012

Cebu, Music and Arts By September 29, 2012 Tags: , , , , No Comments


 And here is the schedule for the day:

Event Venue Time
COSPLAY Competition Shopwise Rustan’s Shopping Center, Basak Cebu City 4:00-6:00pm
J-POP ROCK BAND COMPETITION Shopwise Rustan’s Shopping Center 7:00-9:00pm
JOB FAIR Shopwise Rustan’s Shopping Center, Basak San Nicolas 8:00AM-3:30PM
SHOUGI MINI TOURNAMENT (Japanese Chess) Shopwise Rustan’s Shopping Center, Basak San Nicolas 10:00am-12:00noon
Japan Work Ethics and Practices Symposium CIT-University 10:00am-12:00 noon
Ikebana, The Art of Flower Arrangement and Its beauty Shopwise Rustan’s Shopping Center,  Basak San Nicolas 10:00am-12:00 noon
Tea Ceremony Bible Study Center, Basak San Nicolas 2:00-3:00 pm
Japanese Film Screening  USJ-R 9:00am-12:00 noon
Anime Sketching Competition Shopwise Rustan’s Shopping Center, Basak San Nicolas 9:00am-12:00noon
Origami, Its techniques Shopwise Rustan’s Shopping Center, Basak San Nicolas 1:00-2:00 pm
Promotion of Japanese Language Shopwise Rustan’s Shopping Center c/o Ethos Corp. Booth 8:00-am to 9:00pm
Other traditional cultural activities (DEMONSTRATION OF HOW TO WEAR KIMONO & ETC.) Shopwise Rustan’s Shopping Center, Basak San Nicolas 3:00-4:00 pm
Japanese musical show, (eg. Dance presentations, songs, etc.) Shopwise Rustan’s Shopping Center, Basak San Nicolas between 4:00-7:00pm


For more information, visit this website:


Capari Resort, San Vicente, Palawan

Palawan By September 29, 2012 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

After getting lost a number of times, we finally found Capari Resort. I asked by the way why the sign says “Caparii” and was replied with, “The old name really had two i’s, we changed it to only one i.”

Capari Resort, San Vicente, Palawan

Capari Resort, San Vicente, Palawan

Capari Resort, San Vicente, Palawan

There were about fifteen people when we got to the beachfront – gorgeous Caucasian hunks to be quite honest, playing beach volleyball, football, as well as an Asian who was skimboarding. But shortly after, they all boarded a speedboat and went away – to some island we surmised, much to our sadness(!). Except for a family in another hut, the resort was completely empty.

Capari Resort, San Vicente, Palawan


Getting Lost in Panindigan, San Vicente, Palawan

Palawan By September 28, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , 2 Comments

It was another bright and extremely sunny day in San Vicente. Out in the balcony, we could see this white beach on the other side…

Peace and Love Resort, San Vicente, Palawan

We considered going there but were told it would take 45 minutes to drive there on a habal-habal (motorcycle). We decided to rent one and drive it ourselves.

Peace and Love Resort, San Vicente, Palawan

Steve, the owner of Peace and Love Resort where we were staying at, rented it to us at only Php300 for the entire day’s use.

Before doing anything though, we thought it was a good idea to check out “Beach 1” on the map, which was 10 minutes away from the resort.

Peace and Love Resort, San Vicente, Palawan

Going down this dirt road was a bit of a challenge for Lovely who was not used to driving in dirt roads… but we made it!

Beach 1, Long Beach, San Vicente, Palawan

Beach 1, Long Beach, San Vicente, Palawan

You can see how cloudless the sky was! We lathered on LOTS of sunblock but still… Regardless of the heat, it was quite a beautiful day!

The sea was calm, so much calmer than the afternoon before, and though Beach 1 is supposed to be the least pretty on the stretch of Long Beach, it was beautiful in the 10am light.

Beach 1, Long Beach, San Vicente, Palawan


Long Beach, San Vicente, Palawan

Palawan By September 27, 2012 Tags: , , , , 3 Comments

This is a map that we got from our Peace and Love Resort where we were staying. On this map (click here to view large size), you can see Poblacion on the left side and “Beach 1”, “Beach 2” and “Beach 3” in the middle. If you talk to the locals, these beaches have their own names, but since this is a map that we took from our German-owned resort, the beaches are only labeled by number.

Peace and Love Resort, San Vicente, Palawan

Just like in Boracay where they have Stations 1, 2 and 3, with the best sand being at Station 1, the best and finest sand can also be found at Beach 3. And Beach 3 is where we told our motorcycle drivers to take us to.

Here are some aerial shots of Long Beach from the official website of San Vicente, Palawan.

And this is an aerial shot of the beach where we found ourselves that Saturday afternoon. Except that the sand was of a yellowish color.

Long Beach, San Vicente, Palawan


Peace and Love Resort, San Vicente, Palawan

Palawan By September 26, 2012 Tags: , , , , 3 Comments

The sun was sweltering hot on that bright, cloudless afternoon that we arrived in the little town of San Vicente. Picardal Lodge was fully booked and we were directed to Peace and Love Resort, that, we were told, in the state of that afternoon, was not ideal to walk to. We got two motorcycle drivers, for the price of Php10 each, to bring us to the resort. That is not saying that you cannot walk to the resort, it is just a few meters away from the town proper on a semi-paved road that goes uphill, but we had my three-year old with me and quite a few bags.

Here is a map that was provided to us in our room by the resort. Click here to view a large version. On the lower left corner is Picardal Lodge, and on the upper left corner is Peace and Love Resort.

Peace and Love Resort, San Vicente, Palawan

The front building was being constructed when we were there last August 25, but we were told by the owner, Steve, that they will have finished all construction in three weeks. By now, it should look like this:

Peace and Love Resort, San Vicente, Palawan

Though, when we were there, it looked like this:

Peace and Love Resort, San Vicente, Palawan

That’s Lovely with the motorbike we rented for the day to go around the town with.

And the road really looks this way:

Peace and Love Resort, San Vicente, Palawan

So just imagine how unsure we were if we had the right place when we had to pass by the construction workers and I didn’t know where the reception was.

We were welcomed by the owners of the resort though and when I asked to be shown the rooms, he opened a door and this is what I saw.

Peace and Love Resort, San Vicente, Palawan

Peace and Love Resort, San Vicente, Palawan


Accommodations in San Vicente, Palawan

Palawan By September 25, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 4 Comments

I have a 2006 edition of Lonely Planet Philippines and in there, nothing about the town of San Vicente can be found. But then of course, there is Google. I had intended to stay at Picardal Lodge because it was recommended by a friend but when we got there, we were told the lodge was fully booked for that weekend. We asked them for recommendations and they recommended Peace and Love Resort.

While we are on the subject of accommodations in San Vicente Poblacion, I have to say that the choices are very limited. I did not get to go around anymore to check out all the other places because when I went to Peace and Love Resort, I was already in love with the place.

Here is a list of other accommodations though, with help from from Josiah’s blog at, click here for the link.

Picardal Lodge, San Vicente, Palawan


Located in front of, and across the street from, the market as well as the terminal, this lodge is very accessible. It has a nice garden and its own restaurant, and really friendly and helpful staff. If you want to know more about the lodge, there are pictures and more details here:

It has good reviews for its rooms and customer service but DO NOT take the description found on its Facebook page literally. “Picardal Lodge is surrounded by pristine beaches, shores with plenty of corals and exotic fish, huge open sea for deep sea diving, sport fishing, and sailing, virgin forest with plenty of waterfalls and caves, vast mangroves, challenging highlands, clean sea breeze, and has the longest white sandy beach in the Philippines – the 14-kilometer Long Beach.”

It is NOT on the beach itself but in the heart of town, surrounded by concrete. In its description, it might be taking into account the entire town of San Vicente. The 14-km long beach is outside of town and best accessed by renting habal-habals/motorcycles.

I did not get to see the rooms because they were all occupied.

Php400/night/room and Php600/night/room

Contact Information:
Cel. No.: +63 919 2392224 (Francis Picardal)
+ 63 920 476 4854 (Nelita B. Picardal)


Going to San Vicente, Palawan

Palawan By September 24, 2012 Tags: , , , , , 6 Comments

One of the places that I always wanted to check out is the town of San Vicente in northwestern side of the island of Palawan. It is posed to become the next big destination because of its 14-km long beach.

Classified as a first class municipality, San Vicente is bounded by the South China Sea in the West, the municipality of Taytay in the north, Roxas in the East and City of Puerto Princesa in the Southwest. (Source)

We we’re coming from El Nido so we took a bus bound for Puerto Princesa. Roro buses have regular schedules of every 2 hours coming from both directions. In between Puerto Princesa and El Nido are two towns, or what you would call stop-overs: one in Roxas and another in Taytay.

Taytay, Palawan

Roro bus schedules from El Nido look like this:

4:00 AM*
6:00 AM – airconditioned
8:00 AM
10:00 AM – airconditioned
12:00 PM*
2:00 PM – airconditioned
4:00 PM
6:00 PM – airconditioned
10:00 PM – airconditioned

*As of writing, these airconditioned trips have been cancelled.

Fares are Php 483 for airconditioned and Php350 for non-aircon buses.

Each town is also two hours apart. So the buses that leave El Nido and Roxas at the same time ideally get to Taytay at the same time; and the buses that leave Puerto Princesa and Taytay at the same time get to Roxas at the same time. We had our first stop-over at the bus terminal in Taytay.

Taytay, Palawan


The Chongkeys at the Gala Magazine Launch at B-Side Makati

B-Side, Music By September 23, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , 3 Comments

I was at Balay Tubay* one Friday night when I heard the band play a cover of The ChongkeysDiksyonaryo, and I thought, “Oh wow, I miss the band! I should come see them in one of their gigs when I come back.”

I flew in to Manila from Puerto Princesa on September 13th, and that night, I was at B-Side. Already! Looking really tan and shiny too!

The Chongkeys at B-Side, Makati

The Chongkeys at B-Side, Makati

The Chongkeys at B-Side, Makati


Simizu Island, El Nido, Palawan

Life in El Nido, Palawan, Photography By September 22, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Shortly after lunch at Entalula Island, we noticed that rain clouds were fast approaching. Afraid that the rain clouds will get to us and spoil all the fun with all those photo ops, we quickly boarded our boat and headed to our next destination – Simizu Island.

We, somehow, outran the rain clouds and found the beach, sunny and completely empty! All the other boats filled with tourists have also already boarded their boats in pursuit of another sunny destination and we had the entire beach all to ourselves for the rest of the afternoon.

Lovely still wanted to go to Vigan Island (also known as Snake Island) on this trip but we spent hours doing all kinds of things much to the entertainment of our other friends Janice and Lors who were just there sitting under the shade of trees, that before we noticed it, it was already four in the afternoon.

Here is a panorama of the beach: 


Simizu Island, named after the Japanese diver who died in an underwater cave exploration, has always been one of my favorite destinations. I cannot count how many times I have been here, though I was surprised that I did not see a lot of photos of it when I went through my archives.

The island is popular for 1. picnic lunches on the beach, and 2. snorkeling and fish feeding.

Indeed, when I first snorkeled here in 2005, it was absolutely breathtaking! The sheer number and variety of fish were overwhelming. Through the years though, the effects of the El Nino phenomenon, coral bleaching, and extensive tourism have taken its toll on the coral life on this island, and that first snorkeling experience became just a memory that have never, even to this day, been replicated. I would now say that the best snorkeling experiences can be had at the snorkeling sites in Coron (North Cay Island, for example) and Balicasag Island in Bohol; lowered expectations for El Nido.

Snorkeling in Simizu Island, El Nido, Palawan
Snorkeling in Simizu Island, El Nido, Palawan
Snorkeling in Simizu Island, El Nido, Palawan

My very first camera was a Pentax Optio WP point-and-shoot camera that I bought in 2005. It was waterproof and I could take it to depths of 1.5 meters. I took it with me on every beach trip until 2010, when it took its last underwater video in Balicasag Island. I found these photos (above and below) and video clips from my May 2007 visit to El Nido.

Snorkeling in Simizu Island, El Nido, Palawan


Entalula Island, El Nido, Palawan

Life in El Nido, Palawan By September 21, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

It was a 4-day-long weekend and we planned on going to San Vicente, Palawan to check out the long beach BUT we were told we were going island hopping that Saturday, and we never say no to that.

It turned out to be a very beautiful sunny day!

Bacuit Bay, El Nido, Palawan

Bacuit Bay, El Nido, Palawan

Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

The sea was calm and I took photos of Pinagbuyutan Island (also known as Ellis Island, above) and Miniloc Island (below) as we were passing by.

Miniloc Island, El Nido, Palawan


EARTHDANCE Manila 2012 – Sept 23

Music and Arts By September 20, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

One whole day of *Art+Culture+Music+Dance+Prayers+Ritual+Workshops+Eco Bazaar*

This year we come together once again in celebration of the annual Earthdance 2012 Global Festival for Peace, aligned with the International Day of Peace, held in 500 locations and 80 countries around the world, including the Philippines. Since its inception in 1997 it has become the largest Dance and Peace event in the world.

This year, we’re inviting you to dance your way to a cleaner Philippines. With our city under water after only a few minutes of strong rain, never has it been more obvious that our attitude to trash needs a serious overhaul. It’s time to ditch the junk once and for all and get funky. We have a great line up of local and foreign bands, music and workshops, a solar powered dance-floor, a trash converter and much much more. All proceeds from this year’s festival will go towards the “Litter-Free/Flood-free Country” Project. For starters, we mean to buy enough proper garbage bins to give to every home in Metro Manila. “EarthDance Festival Manila 2012: More Funk, Less Junk.” Let’s get moving!

**ACTIVITY Line up**
Global Synchronized Prayer for Peace
Indigenous Unity Blessing and
Interfaith Prayers
Live DJ’s and World Music Performances
Fire & Hoop Dancers
Interactive Art Installations
Drumming Circles
Film Screenings
Green Market and Organic Food Bazaar
Green Smoothie Drinking Contest by Sunshine Daydream
Tribal Wine and Elixirs
Indigenous Healing Therapies
Early Morning Tai Chi & Yoga
Children’s Creative Space
Eco Wellness Workshops
Art & Culture Workshops
Exhibit of Sustainable & Recycled Art Pieces
Showcase of Filipino Inventions

Visit the official website:


Brazil Film Festival 2012 at the UP Film Center

Movies By September 20, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2012 – 5:00pm – Friday, October 5, 2012 – 9:00pm


Sep 20 Thu 5pm
Cine Adarna, UPFI Film Center

The memories of Guiga, from early childhood to young adulthood: his family, relatives, friends, fears, dreams and reality in a still provincial city of Salvador, Bahia, from the 50s to the 70s.

BRODER (2010)
Sep 20 Thu 7pm
Cine Adarna, UPFI Film Center

In the slum of Capão Redondo in São Paulo, the twenty-third anniversary of Marco Aurélio a.k.a. Macu will be celebrated with a “feijoada” (a typical Brazilian dish of black beans and pork) and beers promoted by his mother Dona Sônia and their closest friends. Among the guests are Macu’s childhood best friends Jaiminho, who plays soccer in Spain and is waiting to be summoned by the coach to the national team, and Pibe, who has a baby and is living with Macu’s former girlfriend Claudia. Macu owes money to the dangerous criminal Serjão and Napão and will host a boy that will be kidnapped by the delinquents in order to pay for his debts. Along the day, Macu stays with Jaiminho and Pibe recalling their childhood together. By the end of the day, Serjão and Napão tell Macu that they have changed their plans and the kid will not be kidnapped, but Jaiminho instead. Further, he shall meet the powerful Dr. Venceslau for further instructions. Now Macu is to be on the horns of a dilemma between his friendship for Jaiminho and the fear for the gang of his slum


Penafrancia Festival 2012 Schedule of Events

Camarines Sur By September 7, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

(Today is September 7 and Traslacion happened earlier today. I have been so busy to be in the loop but I am still posting this for the sake of posting. Credits to Naga City Deck for all the information that I basically just copied and pasted.)

Penafrancia Festival 2012
Schedule of Events

On this page you will see the schedule of activities and events for September 2012 (both religious and civic). Schedules are subject to change without prior notice.

Source: and

August 30 – September 03
Bicol Fashion Week

September 1

Clean up Drive

8th Inter-Collegiate Basketball tournament (Cross Over)
Naga City Coliseum | 2:00PM

Little Miss Bicolandia Talent Competition
LCC Activity Center | 3:00PM

Duwang Camarines Singing and Dancing Contest
Plaza Quezon | 4:00 – 11:00PM

Perdon Pentitential Procession
from Peñafrancia Church | 7:00PM

September 1-2

1st Junior Chamber International – Naga Funshoot
CIDG Firing Range, Concepcion Grande | 2:00PM
September 2

2nd Naga City Higland Triathlon
Metro Naga Sports Complex, Pacol | 5:00AMLittle Miss Philippines-Bicolandia Talent Competition
LCC Activity Center | 2:00PM43rd Miss Gay Bicolandia
Plaza Quezon | 6:00PM

September 3

22nd Little Miss Bicolandia
Plaza Quezon | 6:00PM

Perdon Pentitential Procession
from Peñafrancia Church | 7:00PM

September 3-6

Imaheramun Photo Exhibit
SM City Naga | 10:00AM – 9:00PM

September 4

Civil Service Commission Fun Run

Art Forum
by GNN TV 48 and UNC
UNC Instrucitonal Media Center | 8:00 am

Charity Day of Miss Bicolandia CVandidates
LCC Activity Center | 10:00AM

Little Miss Philippines – Bicolandia
Plaza Quezon | 6:00PM

20th Ginoong Bicolandia 2012
Plaza Quezon | 9:00PM

September 5

Pretty Boy Bicolandia Talent Competition

LCC Activity Center | 3:00PM

Miss Bicolandia 2012 Pagaent Night

Naga City Coliseum | 7:00PM

September 6

Senior Citizens’ Day

20th Pretty Boy Bicolandia
Plaza Quezon | 6:00PM
Peñafrancia Regional Dance Showdown
Plaza Quezon | 9:00PM

September 6-16

3rd Bishop Francisco Gainza Trade Fair
Elias Angeles St. (infront of Phil. Veterans Bank)

September 7

Peñafrancia Church | Pontifical Mass – 5:30AM

Traslacion 2012
Community Mass – 2:00PM Plaza De Covarrubias (Peñafrancia Parish grounds)
Procession – 3:30PM from Peñafrancia Shrine to Naga Metroplitan Cathedral

Fireworks Display
SM City Naga

September 8

Sarong Banggui Assembly
Naga City People’s Hall

Penafrancia Marathon 2012
Starting point – Peñafrancia Shrine | 2:00AM – 5:00AM


The WPPP goes to Penafrancia 2012

Photography By September 7, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

One of the most exciting events happening at this year’s Penafrancia festival is a wedding photography workshop from the masters themselves!

Registration fee is Php2,500 (regular) and Php1,500 (students).

Check this set out for the speakers’ portfolio:

Like the Wedding Portrait Photographers of the Philippines (WPPP) Facebook page for more information and updates.

The workshop/seminar venue will be held at The Avenue Plaza Hotel located at Magsaysay Avenue, Naga City.

This is the Facebook event page: