GETTING INTO ‘FOREVER’ FEVER- My La Presa trip

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Like what I’ve mentioned on my last post, It was a surprise trip when my friend Redz and I decided to see La Presa. La Presa (originally known a Sitio Pungayan) is located in Sto. Tomas in Tuba Benguet. Tuba is a nearby town in Baguio about an hour trip away from the city proper. La Presa is where the famous ABS-CBN teleserye FOREVERMORE was shoot for about 8 months (October 2014 until May 2015). It was starred by the heartthrob Enrique Gil and the modest gorgeous girl Liza Soberano.

At Bakakeng are, On our way to Sitio la Presa, This beautiful view have enticed me to take a photo of it.
At Bakakeng area, On our way to Sitio la Presa, This beautiful view have enticed me to take a photo of it.

From Bakakeng, where we stayed overnight with Redz, We took a cab to La Presa for only 200php. Not like during the peak of the visits, The cab is costing 400php to 500php one way. The cab driver was nice. Since Redz and I were speaking in Iloco dialect like him, we had a strong connection since the start of the trip. He even taught us how to get back to the city.

Since I'm a huge fan of Enrique, here's the result. :P
Since I’m a huge fan of Enrique, here’s the result. At the entrance of the Sitio. 🙂

From a simple house owned by a simple resident of Baguio City, it now turned out to an iconic house where tourist from all over the Philippines are extremely fascinated to see it. There is an entrance fee for 20.00php though but worth it. Some stores are also scattered all over. We bought some souvenirs like purse, chains and shirts. Other than that, there are also stores where to buy goods for pasalubong, good thing is I won’t need to go to Baguio town proper to buy those like what we’ve initially planned. From there, there’s a jeepney  going straight to Baguio. This indeed has somehow helped the tourism in the Philippines and hopefully it would last to help the business owners too.

At the house where memories in the Forevermore story started. :)
At the house where memories in the Forevermore story started. 🙂
My favorite shot for Redz who supported all along my crazy trips. :)
My favorite shot for Redz who supported me all along my crazy trips. 🙂

It was a 23rd of November, Monday when we visited La presa. It was expected that the place should be populated, but surprisingly, It was quiet with only few visitors. Was it because it’s a weekday? Or probably because the fascination is getting frail now? I had a little chat with  some residents and I’ve learned that during the shoot, the place was crowded. One of the T-shirt vendors even bragged that he earned about a million in a month in the store he was just renting. Now he bought a property where he can resume his souvenir business. Great one Kuya! A huge Kudos to you!

The strawberry farm where some scenes where also taken. :)
The strawberry farm where some scenes where also taken. Sorry for the distracting cable wires. 🙂

But my question is, how long will the people be addicted to this place? One thing is, the place doesn’t have much ways for sanitation. How can they supply water all over the place? I hope the government would look into this, if by chance, tourism in this place would continue to burn on. These things needs to be seriously considered to keep mother earth safe too. Then again, shouldn’t we need to consider cleanliness everywhere? 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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REFRESHING MY HEART AND SOUL – My Baguio Trip

I worked in Baguio from 2007 until 2010 which made me earned circle of great fabulous friends. I left Baguio mainly because I need to scour better opportunities and started working in April 2010 in Manila. I’d say It was a great stay because other than having such a good experience in my career, the perfect bonus was priceless – my friends.

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My view on my window whilst approaching Baguio City. Houses seemed on a bird’s eye view from afar.

The last time I went for my Baguio visit was in July 2010. Due to time constraints, I never had a chance to catch sight of them again until last November. Other than my thirst for a fresh and cold air, I need to see them too to meet and greet after half a decade of not seeing each other physically.

November 21, I left Manila at about 7:00 am and arrived in Baguio at about 2:00pm. It was quite warm outside when my friend Noah fetched me & went straight to Bonifacio St. at my grandma’s house. I never expected the warmth but not as the scorching heat here in Manila.

Photo taken along Bonifacio Road, Overview of Irisan, Aurora hill, Trancoville, etc.
Photo taken along Bonifacio Road, Overview of Irisan, Aurora hill, Trancoville, etc.
This was taken at Irisan, The road where our beloved Manny Pacquiao usually jogs before his fights.
This was taken at Irisan, The long curve road where our beloved Manny Pacquiao usually jogs before his fights.
Enjoying the relaxing view at the Burnham lake.
Enjoying the relaxing view at the Burnham lake.

Day one, after few hours of resting, Noah & I went to see our landlady in Loakan (where we resided for over 2years). Day two was well spent because we started the day walking along Session Road to feel the cool breezy air and went to seeing Ukay-ukay since I want to buy myself a pair of boots. Ukay-Ukay for those who doesn’t know it yet, Those are ready to wear goods which are slightly used which were imported from different parts of the world which was made familiar mainly in Baguio.

My solo shot at the Baguio Cathedral stairs going down the Session Road.
My solo shot at the Baguio Cathedral stairs going down the Session Road. Sorry for the bad photo quality. 😦

After lunch, we then went to Burnham park and experienced riding on the boats (150php/hour) & bikes (40.00php/hour). We’ve spent about 4 hours in the park then we went walking again in Session and dropped by Cathedral.

At the Burnham park crunching a bit of childhood memories on that bike.
At the Burnham park crunching a bit of childhood memories on that bike.

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The road was bit crowded since lots of Manileños came there due to the long weekend (As we have APEC summit ongoing here in Manila then). The third day, It was an ambush when we decided to see La presa. More of it on my next post. My three days stay was tiring but it was a fun filled experience. My friend Noah and Redz where the most I’ve counted on during my stay but I thank all my friends there who wanted to see me too but we failed. Lastly, hats off to those cab drivers who were very polite and giving me back my change up to the last cent. Baguio people really are awesome! May the dear LORD bless you more for your greatness. Next time around my dearest treasures! 🙂

 

 

EARLY SUMMER ESCAPADE AT BOSAY RESORT

10th January: T’was Saturday afternoon about 4ish when we got up and prepared for a night swimming celebrating my cousin RJ’s 23rd birthday. Not because we have much time and money to spend, but it was his wish on his day aside from just having a typical food trip and drinking session at home. My cousin is fond of outdoor adventures. And because it’s his day, about 6 of us decided to come with him. Himself prepared pork adobo, shanghai, pansit, fried chicken, fruit salad for our desert and a lot more.

We took a cab from Eastwood to Antipolo. Since we were not familiar with the route, my friend Kaye had turned her GPS on to serve as our guide along the way. Surprisingly, the GPS had misled us on the wrong path. Haha! Credits to Kaye Beltran for the hard work on the GPS. 😀 Then we just decided to ride a tricylce bound to the resort, which is luckily just few minutes away from where we were (on the cab).

This is just one of the attractive numerous pools I was able to take a photo of other than the disco pool as the battery cam went drained haha!
This is just one of the attractive numerous pools I was able to take a photo of other than the disco pool as the battery cam went drained haha! They call it turtle pool.

At the resort, Pauleen (RJ’s friend) has been waiting for us, already arrived there ahead of us since he just reside just nearby. Had a funny experience along the way as he (Pauleen) is a gay person and is fun to be with. What a fun-filled experience it is to be with them. After few minutes of resting in the resort, Other friends also came (Sam and Angel) with the drinking session and all that.

Our group photo to start the night while waiting for Sam & Angel. :)
Our group photo to start the night while waiting for Sam & Angel. 🙂

We also experienced the disco pool. Never had a chance to stay long as it’s a bit cold and I had cough then so I just decided to join the drinkers’ session. Had a taste of wine but not much though. Half of the group decided to spend much on the pool but some had to drink or stay at the room to take rest.

My friends at the disco pool (from right to left) Henry, Ate Mitch, Pauleen,  Kaye, with the birthday boy at the middle. :)
My friends at the disco pool (from right to left) Henry, Ate Mitch, Pauleen, Kaye, with the birthday boy at the middle. 🙂
There random guys I took a photo of at the disco pool. The disco lights should've had a better effect without the camera flash but it's kinda blurry so I decided not to put one 'ere.
These random guys I took a photo of at the disco pool. The disco lights could’ve had a better effect without the camera flash but it’s kinda blurry so I decided not to put one ‘ere.
At the disco pool with the disco music accompaniment.
At the disco pool with the disco music accompaniment. That funny ones with his mouth wide open is Pauleen. 😀
That birthday boy needs to be at the front. :)
That birthday boy needs to be at the front. 🙂

But the most fun part is, when someone fell off from the huge dinosaur statue after the disco pool session. Everyone was already drunk when some of us went to the pool. We had so much fun that night but that moment was the highlight among all. 😀

That giant statue where someone fell off from it. :D (That very moment of the photo shoot!)
That giant statue where someone fell off from it. 😀
That very moment of the photo shoot for the awkward moment! Haha!
That very moment of the photo shoot for the awkward moment! Haha! 😀

What an exciting night indeed. For adventurers within Manila, this is one of the best recommended place I can give since it’s affordable. Our entrance costs 180php each, cottage of 2,100php & the room where we secured our things is costing about 2000php overnight. It took us just about 45 minutes or so to reach the resort. Not bad! About 7ish in the morning when we left the resort after a nap. Thanks again Jenefer Belarmino for lending me your beautiful DSLR cam. But of course, not too late. Happy birthday to my gorgeous cousin, Stay nice and humble. Mabuhay everyone! 😀

 

 

GIVE TODAY! A Virgin Media’s Charity Journey

I was extremely blissed hearing that Virgin Media had initiated a Charity day to reciprocate selfless giving to our needy fellows. From  the 24th of June until the 5th of July, with the fabulous efforts of the whole LOBs, everyone came together to generate 30,000php from a small 1,800php capital, which was shelled out by the operations team.

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From wrapping sandwiches, boiling bananas, bringing some nachos, chips, chocolates, drinks, and preparing food for lunch and putting it on the Sari Sari table on the 21st floor  is such an enormous effort that the operations specially, have shared to come up with this great huge funds. Some teams have also bought some groceries to put on the sari sari table.

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Cable collections SMEs also contributed funds to add on the income. This is when I felt that everyone have shared the true spirit of oneness, team work and generosity for a noble deed. Despite the tedious and busy days at work trying to catch up on their log in hours and to also manage their break schedules, everyone is helping one another just to contribute with the funds. What a fun-filled experience it is and a good spirit of team bonding for everyone.

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Games was also set in the pantry which includes bowling, Hoola hoop and bowl catch. Myself also got involved in the games. The camaraderie of all teams is overwhelming thinking that everyone does what they can in their own idiosyncratic way to touch lives of the less fortunate people. Our dedication and teamwork was a plus for us to grab an immeasurable joy and fulfillment to make these possible.

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Giving without expecting anything in return is what makes you feel more thankful for the blessings you have  from above. It’s emotionally rewarding to help others giving them an instant result to lift their spirits and see how valuable you were for them to change their lives as individuals. Then again, shouldn’t every day be a Charity Day?

POTIPOT ISLAND ESCAPADE

My colleagues’ main addiction is to have excursion out of town but I never involved myself due to the fact that I prefer to stay at home and sleep the whole day long, or probably spend my time at timezone, watch my favorite TV shows or just mainly browsing the net during my free weekend days. Never did I wish to go out of town for swimming as I can go home to my province (Cagayan Valley) instead to do such as we have plenty of beach and nice falls to visit. My workmates whom I can’t resist to come with are the culprits why my feet had landed to one of the best Islands I’ve seen so far haha!

Sunday morning at about 3ish, using a huge white van, about twelve of us went on a 6-hour trip to Zambales heading the Island. We dropped by at Lubao, Pampanga at about 5ish to witness the hot air balloon but wasn’t lucky at all as undeniably, it will really eat an hour of our time to wait for it until 6,  therefore we just decided to continue the trip straight ahead. In Candelaria Zambales, we arrived at about 9ish.

The boat where I'm at from Dawal resort to Potipot Island. Woohooh!!!
The boat where I’m at from Dawal resort to Potipot Island. To ride this boat, it was fabulous and magnificent to see  the blue water splashing against her. Woohooh!!!
On our destination, we're getting out of her.
On our destination, we’re getting out of the boat.

Potipot Island  located in Uacon, Candelaria, is about 6 hours drive from Manila. Before we reached the Island, we checked in at Dawal resort which is in the mainland. The accommodation is pretty much affordable and it’s where we bought our food to bring to the Island. The resort itself is like an ordinary resort which has only 2 pools (for adult and for kids). To reach the Island, we have to ride a boat costing to 180Php back and forth which took us about 5 to 10 minutes to reach it. The Island is literally small and we can’t see any establishments other than the nipa huts for rent and the restrooms. No stores to buy food or anything but those who walk along selling tahoes (soy milk), ice creams, sweet yellow corns, etc.

My friends while resting. :)
My friends while resting. 🙂
My cousin RJ on his marvelous jump shot.
My cousin RJ on his marvelous jump shot.
My gay friends talking about what poses to wear hahaha!
My gay friends talking about what poses to wear hahaha!
Unanimous decision. Their pose! But someone ruined it I guess… Hahaha!
Unanimous decision. Their pose! But someone ruined it I guess… Hahaha!
On a wrecked tree.
On a wrecked tree.

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My cousin RJ who tremendously loves jump shots.
My cousin RJ who tremendously loves jump shots.
Not sure what this is I caught on my camera.
Not sure what this is I caught on my camera.

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Just walking along with them with the camera I was tasked to hold haha.
Just walking along with them with the camera I was tasked to hold haha.
My cousin RJ who tremendously loves jumpshots.
My cousin RJ who tremendously loves jump shots.
The boats.
The boats.
Who did the crime? Haha! My friend Henry who doesn't care about his ears, mouth and nose filled with sands while sleeping haha!
Who did the crime? Haha! My friend Henry who doesn’t care about his ears, mouth and nose filled with sands while sleeping haha!
We roam around the Island and this views we saw at the back part.
We roam around the Island and this views we saw at the back part.

This place is really good for picnic. It’s a must to bring bunch foods to eat to get rid of starving. It’s like a paradise indeed, all you can hear is the gentle ocean waves crashing, woods cracking, and the strong wind  blowing and that seemed like whispering in your ears how nice the nature is and to let you know the feeling relaxing and unwinding after a long tiring week at work. If you look around, what’s visible for you are people on their best bikinis and swim wears shouting, running or taking their group photos in the seaside. Kids also have their own yayas or parents while they’re enjoying the water in the middle of the sun.

The huge tree we weren't sure how it fell on the ground looks like ages ago.
The huge tree we weren’t sure how it fell on the ground looks like ages ago.
Geared with this towel gifted by someone who's one of my closest friends, I was able to equip myself when the strong wind blows and my colds strikes me badly. :( Thankks again Tita Bunso for the beautiful towel.
Geared with this towel gifted by someone dear to me, I was able to equip myself when the strong wind blows and my colds strikes me badly. 😦 Thanks again Tita Bunso for the beautiful towel).

We ended our Island trek at about 4pm and went back to the resort and I got myself plunged  into the pool as I wasn’t able to swim in the Island, had spaghetti for the snack at about 8pm and  took a rest until about 9pm for our dinner. Aris bought our dinner outside the resort as it’s a lot cheaper (only about 1,800Php with the snack). We had pansit bihon, grilled fish and shrimp sigang. We woke up at about 7am and left the resort at about 8ish. Initially, we planned to drop by the Ramon Magsaysay ancestral house in Olongapo but we failed as Manong Ricky (our driver) took a different route. One thing I’ve been wanting to see but I guess we’ll be there some other time instead. We arrived in Manila at about 2pm ready for the 3pm work (for some) but for me my shift starts at 6pm. It was an awesome journey that anyone shouldn’t miss. Other than the convenience of having an affordable transportation, It wouldn’t be that tiring and you could drop by anywhere you want. We spent just about 2,500Php in total for the astonishing 1-day trip.

Our dinner about 9pm at Dawal resort.
Our dinner about 9pm at Dawal resort.

Thanks Jennifer Belarmino, (one of my closest workmates) who allowed me to take care of her Nikon DSLR camera having this awesome photos, To Aris who managed everything from transportation  and all, To my colleagues who pushed me to be there and to GOD above all who grant us safety all throughout the tour. Hasta luego muy bonitos! :))

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROCK WITH G-FORCE THIS SEMBREAK

It was about 7ish Sunday when my housemates and I decided to go for a walk and burn some fats a bit as we were bored at home after a long tiring week at work. We headed towards Robinson’s supermarket but our first target is to buy some eyelash growers at Watson’s as Henry (my housemate/workmate) accidentally damaged Eden’s (another workmate) eyelashes. Haha! What a crap Henry! 😀 Next destination is to go to Robinson’s supermarket to buy food as we’re running out stocks at the fridge.

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The handsome G-Force member who teaches some dance moves to the crowd.

 

Along the way, we spotted G-Force, the famous dance group who has variety of performances, one particular at ASAP every Sunday at ABS-CBN Channel 2 who showcased their fantastic performance at Eastwood Libis. The group instructed some basic zumba dance steps to the crowd who was present that night at the venue.  Was able to take a photo of their lead teacher G, who gave me some flyers to introduce their upcoming semestral break project which will run from August to October. The project is dubbed ‘G-FORCE PROJECT 2013 SEMBREAK’ which will be scheduled every Saturday for 12 sessions of intense dance workshops with recital. Fees are 6,500 and 7,500 for solos (kid or adult) and 12,500 (for a Kid and one parent) for 12 sessions including recital. Take note, dance instructors will be the good looking G-force members? Wooohoooo! I find this so interesting indeed!

With my cousin RJ and G-Force Teacher G.
With my cousin RJ and G-Force Teacher G.

But wait,just to share, I also met the famous actor Albert Martinez who was with crowd dancing on his very light but cool moves. Just as I saw him at the big screen, I can’t help taking my eyes off him as I just loved looking at him dancing. After the session, I dauntlessly went ahead to approach him and had a pose with him. 😀 People at Libis weren’t that fanatical anyway so It wasn’t a struggle for me to come close to him for a photograph.

Going back to G-Force workshop, If you have questions, just reach them at 0917-843-6723 for interested students. You can also visit them physically at G-Force Dance Center, Unit 104 & 105, Corporate Building, 101 Mother Ignacia St., Quezon City.

Twitter:twitter.com/gforce_official
Facebook:facebook.com/gforceofficial

 

IBLOG9: 2013 BLOGGING SUMMIT

Iblog9 is the 9th blogging summit held at UP Diliman Campus on May 31 and June 1, 2013. I am really gratified being a part of this spectacular blogging summit I’ve known since last year. This is my second time by the way to attend this event. Though I am not yet that savvy into blogging, and not yet known to be a blog guru, (Hmmm… :D) In short, I have nothing much to brag about yet compared to those who really are blogging for 3 to 10 years or more! Nonetheless, I believe in what they say that, you will never run out of passion as long as you love what you are doing. And those people whom I’ve seen with diverse and brilliant perspectives towards blogging really inspired me a lot to continue whatever I have started.

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At Day 1 (May 31), Since I just came home from work at around 5:00 am, It was really a challenge for me to just take a nap for less than an hour or so since I need to travel from Makati to UP Diliman and thank God, I wasn’t late! At the registration, I was just totally shocked that my friend’s blog page was the ones printed out on my ID instead of mine, I got curious about it haha! But never mine, at least I was registered to be one of the participants.

At day 1 I met Patty, a former UP student who served as my tour guide within the UP Campus.
At day 1 I met Patty, a former UP student who served as my tour guide within the UP Campus.

It really pretty amazing that foreign people would also want to see this event and it’s really nice seeing them. At day 2, I met Shelly Guyton from San Franciso California who is a researcher/blogger. I also saw Jennifer Sevilla, the former sexy actress and for you to know, she is also a blogger, unfortunately I was not able to take a photo of her before she left. 😀

Shelley Guyton, a scholar from San Franciso CA.
Shelley Guyton, a scholar from San Franciso CA.

The discussion started by a gold fish addict named Ben Francia who tacled about “Blogging as an effective content” where I learned that being remarkable is one of the best way for your blog to stand out. And we need to also focus on the content that we wanted to share and as passion will sustain, it will just turn to opportunities. Ms Janeth Toral also discussed how your blog would stand out and I was challenged on her ending question, “Now that iblog is almost a decade now, did you also evolve?” A question that really captured my attention, to somehow think and figure out if there was really an evolution of my blog page for it’s couple of years of existence. This really challenged me a lot! Hell yeah!

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To top it all, the entire summit was fun and never got tired listening to to those speakers and the questions being asked after each discussions. I really learned a lot! Both days ended with raffle draws, and at day 1, I was lucky to get a white Iblog shirt. To top it all, the event was fun and meeting those people whom I’ve learned a lot is really priceless. See you all again on Iblog10! Cheers!