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Jesse Robredo Remembered on his First Death Anniversary

Camarines Sur, Other Events, RMAF By August 18, 2013 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

I remember this day quite well from last year. I remember that it has been raining for days and we were all busy trying to make exams for our students, when I got the news, and I was just crying and staring into space for a few days, hoping and praying that he would be found alive. Yes, I was that affected. August last year was quite eventful, and now every time August swings by, I am awashed with both good and bad memories and feelings.

Today is Jesse’s Day. For all those in Naga, come and join the celebration. For those, who are not, come and join in remembrance. Because a guy likes this deserves it.


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Lia and her Mama at Stonehouse Gardens

Camarines Sur, Family, MOMents, Photography By January 1, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

Having finally decided that Lia and I will never come back to live in Bicol, we embarked on a road trip to haul all of our stuff back to Manila. We used to travel together every two weeks when Lia and I were both based in Bicol in 2011 but this was Lia’s first return trip to Bicol after leaving nearly ten months before. We allotted two out of the three-day long weekend for just driving the 900+ kilometers back and forth, and only one day to stay and roam around the area. This mainly meant having coffee at Starbucks Magsaysay, dropping by Bigg’s Diner and Red Platter, having kinalas and puto bucayo. Of course we could have done more but with the limited time, we had to prioritize the ones I missed the most.

I have always wanted to go up and visit Stonehouse Gardens, and because we had no plans of ever coming back, it was imperative that we go this time.

Finally.

We arrived a few minutes before four in the afternoon on the first Saturday of December. The sun was nearly at the horizon and behind the clump of trees by the fence. After refreshing ourselves with glasses of juice served by the resort and take-out food from Bigg’s Diner, we went on a walk around the place and took photos. The setting sun gave just the right light for what would become some of my favorite photos for the year 2012.

At Stonehouse Gardens Resort

At Stonehouse Gardens Resort

At Stonehouse Gardens Resort

At Stonehouse Gardens Resort

At Stonehouse Gardens Resort

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Stonehouse Gardens Resort, Naga City

Camarines Sur, Photography By December 31, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , 7 Comments

One of the very first things I learned about when I first arrived in Naga last year was the existence of a semi-private mountain resort nestled in the foot of Mt. Isarog, Stonehouse Gardens Resort. I have vowed, and repeatedly tried in the course of many months, to get there, only to be stopped by typhoons, floods, time constraints and my general need to move about the country all the time. One December weekend though, we finally made it. And this was the result. A few hours of shoot time on a cloudy day while playing peek-a-boo with the setting sun.

Stonehouse Gardens, Panicuason, Naga City

Stonehouse Gardens, Panicuason, Naga City

Stonehouse Gardens, Panicuason, Naga City

Stonehouse Gardens, Panicuason, Naga City

Stonehouse Gardens, Panicuason, Naga City

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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: penafrancia.net and naga.gov.ph

August 30 – September 03
Bicol Fashion Week

September 1

Clean up Drive
6:00AM

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
5:00AM

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

Feast of DIVINO ROSTRO
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

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2nd Penafrancia Tattoo Arts Festival – Sept 2012

Camarines Sur, Music and Arts By September 6, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

The first Penafrancia Tattoo Arts Festival was held at the Wharf Galley in Avenue Square in September 2011. I was really proud of Celsa, the woman behind Whuatt?!!! Production, as I am now. Please support.

Like them on Facebook for more details and updates.

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Ramashinta Resort and Spa, San Felipe, Naga City

Camarines Sur By June 21, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , 9 Comments

One gloomy and rainy July morning, I found myself in Naga without a place to stay at. Hotel check-ins are usually at two in the afternoon, and my bus pulled in at the Central Business District (CBD) Terminal of Naga City at six in the morning.

One of my friends’ family owned this little resort and spa in San Felipe, and this is where I found myself for 12 hours.

RAMASHINTA RESORT AND SPA

Ramashinta Resort and Spa is a Balinese-inspired spa-resort that boasts of a grand recreational pool, children’s pool, fully equipped cabanas with majestic interiors, exclusive massage rooms for men and women, a charming garden, a multi-purpose function room, and a clubhouse/ restaurant that serves a wide array of delectable dishes. A Balinese paradise right in Naga City.

Ramashinta Resort and Spa at night, photo from Facebook page

I was in need of a little nap and a swim, so I headed over to the little resort. They gave me one of the cabanas. Mine is the one with the slightly open doors and yellow curtains.

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Bikol Churches – 1941

Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Photography By November 28, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

I saw this post on Facebook from Planet Naga about four months ago. I had been too busy though to post it on my blog (or post anything actually). Today I am taking the time to share these beautiful photos. Much thanks for all these.

 

Pre-war Bicol. Bicol Region is known as one of the strongest bulwarks of the Catholic Faith since Hispanic times. In fact, during its inception, the prelate of Manila was under the Diocese of the Nueva Caceres. in This album, we shall explore the different Catholic churches all over the region, their different architectures and physical structure before war invaded Bicol in 1942.

BUHI, CAMARINES SUR - 1941

LABO, CAMARINES NORTE - 1941

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Bl@h’s Ipis

Camarines Sur, Music, Wharf Galley Rock Cafe By August 20, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , 2 Comments

This is so far, my favorite Bl@h song, and really, I.do.not.know.why. This song just makes me happy. Maybe it’s all those days I spent chasing after cockroaches in that cockroach-ridden apartment my brother and I shared with an old lady and her grand daughter in Kalayaan Avenue, Quezon City back when I was a freshman in college. All those days I spent chasing after cockroaches not because I wanted to kill them all, but because I needed them, alive and kicking mind you, for my Biology 11 laboratory class. The irony of them cockroaches scampering and flying about when I have no need for them and their being all absent when I needed to catch a bottleful for my cockroach dissection activities. So funny. Loved those days.

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Rock & Skate 4: Naga City

Camarines Sur, Music, Wharf Galley Rock Cafe By August 19, 2011 Tags: , , , , No Comments

This was an idea we started playing around with as early as May 28, the Goodleaf Dub Pilipinas gig at Wharf Galley Rock Cafe, and who would’ve known we’d actually do it?

Thank you TJ of Machine, Machine and Slicksurf Pilipinas for making this event happen. This is all your doing! I just helped in any way I could. I have loved working with you and I hope there would be more of Rock N Skate in Naga City.

This is going to be one awesome night! Thanks to all the bands who will be participating at the awarding ceremony and rock party at Wharf Galley Rock Cafe.

P.S.
Konti na lang magi-skate na rin ako. *winks*

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The [Bicolano] Tourist

Camarines Sur, Travel By June 25, 2011 No Comments

Someone was inviting me to take a cross country train ride in some part of Asia, I forget who that is now, but then somehow, images of dining on a train just persist in my mind. Maybe its from watching too many movies with trains, who knows?

I have about a thousand images culled from Asian movies with trains, but the titles are elusive, and I am left with no other movie title in mind but a Hollywood one – one that I can’t seem to forget because people tease me about my e-cigarette.

June 29 will be the inaugural run of the Bicol Express Naga-Manila and Vic Nierva just won’t stop teasing us with photos of the train… and now the dining car. Too bad, there would be no day trips until later this year so we can actually experience “dining” during breakfast and lunch. But until then, these photos will suffice.

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Where to this Sunday?

Camarines Sur, Travel By June 25, 2011 2 Comments

I count, looking up the gray sky, in the fingers of my two hands the number of godchildren I have the moment I read a text message asking me if I can attend a baptism this coming Sunday. I think to myself, “I’m supposed to be leaving for Manila this Thursday,” followed swiftly by a question I keep asking myself, “Why oh why can’t I just leave for Manila soonish?”

I of course have this urge to say No I can’t but my own mother (God bless her soul) told me to never say no to being godparent, it is a blessing. To say no is bad luck, if not a curse.

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Wharf Galley Rock Cafe: Cinema Mondays

Camarines Sur, Wharf Galley Rock Cafe By June 24, 2011 No Comments

Because Wharf Galley is not just a rock cafe….

We are premiere-ing with a Nick Olanka night (also known as the Angeli Bayani night), with his short film, Lunes ng Hapis (Cast: Angeli Bayani and McDo Bolano)

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Lunes ng Hapis
Nick Olanka, UPFI

TRT: 12min.
Genre: Fiction
Theme: War and peace

Virgie and Ismael are lovers in the midst of a military offensive in Sta, Filomena; Virgia is a teacher of a local elementary school and Ismael is a captain of the troop assigned to infiltrate the rebels. Every monday, they meet and make love passionately and violently. One day, Virgie’s student Tikoy asks her to help find his missing father, Mang Lino, a rumoured rebel symphatizer. Events unfold and point to Ismael as being responsible for Mang Lino’s disappearance, because of this Virgie is overwhelmed by guilt. The next monday, as they make love, Virgie chooses between her love for Ismael and her love for her community.

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What’s in store for Wharf Galley Rock Cafe this July

Camarines Sur, Wharf Galley Rock Cafe By June 23, 2011 No Comments

First off, we will be releasing our menu next week (oh it isn’t July yet next week) Tentatively, June 29, Wednesday. Photography was done by Gouldian Colours and lay out by Pencionados DesignPlus. The highlight of this menu would be the release of Wharf Galley’s cocktails by Don Topetito.

July 4 would mark the start of Cinema Mondays at Wharf Galley. And of course, who else would be featured that night but the great Nick Olanka. So July 4 is officially Nick Olanka night. We are showing his Lunes ng Hapis short and his full-length Cinemalaya film Huling Araw ng Linggo. Watch out for more films from Dada Docot, Ray Gibraltar, Raymond Lee, Sigrid Bernardo, Roxlee and other friends. This is going to be exciting!

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