Category Archives: Philippines

Davao in “hold and secure” state during Martial Law in Mindanao, WHAT THIS MEANS

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Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has announced that the city is currently in a “hold and secure situation” amid the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao. Mayor Inday Sara is the daughter of Philippine…

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DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: Joint Press Statement. Ph-Thailand. 21 March 2017

(Note from MindaNews: This is the Joint Press Statement of President Rodrigo Duterte and Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, released by the Presidential News Desk of the Presidential Communications Office) Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk JOINT PRESS STATEMENT OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE AND THAI PRIME MINISTER PRAYUT CHAN-O-CHA [Delivered at the Thai Government […]

USAID to continue helping PH on meeting SDG targets

WASHINGTON, D.C. (MindaNews/05 Feb) — The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will continue to support the Philippine government in attaining the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, USAID senior deputy assistant administrator Gloria Steele said. Steele told 10 Filipino journalists participating in the US-Philippines Bilateral Relationship Reporting Tour that they can […]

New fave Cebu hotel: Cuarto Hotel

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Every frequent traveler to Cebu knows this – it’s a continuous challenge to find spacious, well-fitted, affordable, strategically located hotel rooms that offer free delicious buffet breakfast. There will always be something amiss –…

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4 Places To Visit In The Philippines Even During The Rainy Season

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So, all right, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) guys may have declared the start of the rainy season but hey, who are we kidding? It’s forever summer here in the…

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ASEAN 2017 launched in Davao City on Jan 15

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 06 Jan) — President Rodrigo Duterte’s home city, Davao, will host the official launch of ASEAN 2017 under the chairmanship of the Philippines on January 15,  Communications Secretary Martin Andanar announced Thursday. Andanar said the Presidential Communications Operations Office has partnered with different agencies including the Department of Tourism “to create […]

Lorenzana on US-China incident in Philippines’ EEZ: “very troubling”

CAMP AWANG, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 19 Dec) – Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana described as “very troubling” the issue between the United States and China over the latter’s seizure of an underwater drone of the US within the Philippines’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) on December 15. Lorenzana said that while the matter is between the United States and […]

PH, Vietnam to establish 6-year action plan

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 Sept) — President Rodrigo Duterte and Vietnam president Tran Dai Quang will establish a six-year action plan that will take effect next year to strengthen the cooperation on security, defense and trade between these ASEAN countries. In his arrival speech at the F. Bangoy International Airport here early Friday, Duterte said […]

Take me back in time: Vigan Photo Diary (repost)

Originally posted: NOVEMBER 05, 2013


Going to Vigan has always been my dream! But now it is no longer a dream, but a reality. If you’re wondering why Vigan? Well, I always fancy vintage, something old and valuable. I see to it  when I visit every place, I venture to its iconic historical landmarks. 

Vigan – It’s a lifelong dream venturing in the walls of this place. I’m mesmerized and amazed of how beautiful this place is. Walking in the street of Crisologo is as if I entered a different dimension or time traveled. It brought me back in the Spanish era.

Everything is picturesque! Even the old chipped bricks, vendors sitting beside their stores, horses taking a break on the side of the street or the vines crawling in the walls are all very instagramable.

I found a lot of antique shops in this place, it’s filled with old furniture, jars, statues, old books, letters, and old postal stamps. I wanted to buy something, but I went out empty handed. Imagine the regret I felt afterwards… It’s heartbreaking!


A man driving a kalesa persuade my brother and I to ride his kalesa. We hesitated, but then agreed cos why not! And there were no regrets, he’s very knowledgeable, practically genius I must say, telling us stories about this and that building, houses, and establishments. Take note: with specific complete dates. I believe the people I met are the highlight of of my travels.


I don’t now how to end this post, i’m not good in conclusions either. But i’ll leave you with what Dr. Seuss said “Oh! the places you’ll go.”

Take me back in time: Vigan Photo Diary (repost)

Originally posted: NOVEMBER 05, 2013


Going to Vigan has always been my dream! But now it is no longer a dream, but a reality. If you’re wondering why Vigan? Well, I always fancy vintage, something old and valuable. I see to it  when I visit every place, I venture to its iconic historical landmarks. 

Vigan – It’s a lifelong dream venturing in the walls of this place. I’m mesmerized and amazed of how beautiful this place is. Walking in the street of Crisologo is as if I entered a different dimension or time traveled. It brought me back in the Spanish era.

Everything is picturesque! Even the old chipped bricks, vendors sitting beside their stores, horses taking a break on the side of the street or the vines crawling in the walls are all very instagramable.

I found a lot of antique shops in this place, it’s filled with old furniture, jars, statues, old books, letters, and old postal stamps. I wanted to buy something, but I went out empty handed. Imagine the regret I felt afterwards… It’s heartbreaking!


A man driving a kalesa persuade my brother and I to ride his kalesa. We hesitated, but then agreed cos why not! And there were no regrets, he’s very knowledgeable, practically genius I must say, telling us stories about this and that building, houses, and establishments. Take note: with specific complete dates. I believe the people I met are the highlight of of my travels.


I don’t now how to end this post, i’m not good in conclusions either. But i’ll leave you with what Dr. Seuss said “Oh! the places you’ll go.”

Chiz Escudero to government: respond to Mindanao’s concerns quickly

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Following the successive bombings of NGCP towers here in Mindanao and even the lack of water (the Zamboanga City Water District has announced water rationing starting January 7, 2016!), I’m glad that Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero has called on the national government to focus its attention and support for the people of Mindanao. “Malacanang should have all hands on-deck with regard to the problems currently besetting Mindanao. The list is getting alarmingly long and there is apparently no end in sight for many of these problems,” said Escudero, the frontrunner in various vice-presidential preference surveys. Foremost among Escudero’s concerns was

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Rating system to intensify campaign for halal-friendly tourism practices

DAVAO CITY — The Department of Tourism (DoT) has solicited the services of a Singapore-based accreditation body to look into the readiness of Philippine establishments for halal tourism. Crescent Rating, which provides various services related to halal-friendly travel including a globally recognized rating standard, will undertake the initial assessment this year for free. “(Crescent Rating) … Read more

Malaysian official urges Philippines to tap Islamic tourism

DAVAO CITY – The director of the Islamic Tourism Centre-Malaysia has urged the Philippines to look into business opportunities from halal tourism within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as well as the younger generation of Muslims in other countries. Yuhaini Yusoff, speaking during the opening of the 16th National Convention of the Association … Read more

Escape from the city: Bag of Beans – Twin Lakes, Tagaytay

Whenever we want to escape the city, whenever we felt overworked, and felt the need of a short vacation (which is the least we could have due to our busy scheds), there’s this one place that will always cross our minds–our fave, *drum rolls* Batangas.
If you’re not a frequent visitor of the county, don’t worry. It’s not as far as you think. From Manila, it’ll just take around 2 hours to go to Tagaytay and just 45 more minutes to an hour to reach Nasugbu. Not that long for the sake of fresh air and a breathtaking view, either the beach or the Taal.

Last weekend, my husband and I suddenly wanted to hit the beach in the middle of the year, for a change. “Beach, please” as my husband calls it. Thanks to Canyon Cove Beach Resort, which always saves our itching soles from the need of the sand.

Anyway, on our way back, we’d decided to drop by our favest of all coffee/cake shops, Bag of Beans, as we heard that they recently opened another branch at Twin Lakes (along with Splendido).

My heart jumped and my eyes popped up as I entered the shop because of its Pinteresting theme. The other two branches are picture perfect as well but this one’s different.
I love white! I really do! So I eagerly took lots of photos of my favorite spots hungrily but discreetly!:p Glad that we visited on a Monday so there are lesser customers around, lucky me!

Here are some of my fave spots in the shop:


I know, the view from the balcony is amazing! Loved the cold breeze in the place which was way better than a typical air-conditioned tambayans!

Balcony (you can also eat and seat here)
Even their cashier / staff area is also picture perfect!
The dainty theme of the second floor, and the hand-painted tables are so awesome! I wanted to bring them all home! yay!

 
White, flowers, lamp, infused water lemon and more! So much love for this place!
Definitely, one of my inspiration to work hard and build our future home! In shaa Allah!

With my husband. Alhamdulillah for another year here in dunya.
And May Allah bless you with healthy and happy life here and the hereafter.

Perks of visiting during weekdays: Uncrowded and you can choose your seats!


This place has really caught me! Oh, my love for bikes and white walls! Classic!



Stairs going to the first floor!
The lovely details from ceilings to the floors.

Hands down for their unique theme even here in the first floor!
 The seats and tables are so beautiful!

Outside the store is an overlooking view and a perfect spot for couples like us!
See those wooden chairs and table? Isn’t it perfect for a romantic date with your wife or husband? 🙂

 And oh, don’t mind me! I’m busy with my ootd. Haha! :p


Next time, small doors/entrances would be a warning to me!
The inside was really unexpected!
 

I will definitely go back here! Cheers to more sweet escapes away from the city! It will be a great treat for yourselves after work or school! :))



Review: High Ridge overlooking CDO Philippines

High Ridge CDO offers a panoramic view of the city. High Ridge is where you go when you want that “overlooking CDO” experience. Unfortunately for those who want to mimic that ala-Angelica Panganiban “hugot” screaming bit, that might be difficult since people have been visiting this place in droves since it re-opened last year. High Ridge CDO reminds me of Jack’s Ridge and Shrine Hills in Davao City. There’s a spacious al fresco area, small landscaped areas and airconditioned function rooms. I was with my family last weekend and we decided to have dinner at High Ridge. This is the

Definitely Dahican.

When you’re planning to go on a trip, make sure to indulge yourself and live to that moment. As what others would say “YOLO”, make the most out of it. Experience is one of the best things especially when you see new things. The common reasons why people go to the beach is of course […]

Bobson opens first ever Philippine boutique in Cagayan de Oro Mindanao

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Japanese brand Bobson has opened its first ever Philippine boutique in Mindanao, Philippines. Located at the First Level, West Concourse, Limketkai Mall, Cagayan de Oro, the Bobson flagship store also has its own tailor shop inside its premises. Known for its array of quality unisex Japanese denim jeans and shirts, …

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BIMP-EAGA trade fair and business gab clinch P8.9 billion in sales, investments

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As if to solidify my previous blog entry about the success stories at the 2nd BIMP-EAGA international trade fair, I received word recently that the event actually cornered a total of Php 8.9 billion in sales and investments. Absolutely exciting news! According to event organizer Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), the …

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Success stories at the 2nd BIMP-EAGA International Trade Fair #EAGAIMT2014

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Thanks to the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), I was able to cover the 2nd BIMP-EAGA IMT-GT International Trade Fair and Business Leaders’ Conference last October 22 to 25, 2014 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang in Davao City, Philippines. I’ve always wanted to witness a BIMP-EAGA event and I’m …

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Covering the BIMP-EAGA International Business Leaders Confab and Trade Fair

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Very excited to share with you all that I have just been invited to cover the 2nd BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT International Trade Fair and Conference in Davao City this October 22 to 25, 2014! This is a very important international event especially in terms of trade, investments and even tourism …

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norte is philippine bet to oscars

The Film Academy of the Philippines has chosen Lav Diaz’s opus Norte: End of History to represent the country in the bid for a nomination for best foreign-language film at the Oscars next year.
Ahead of the October 1 submission deadline for countries to name their official submission, 2014’s field of international Oscar hopefuls is starting to come into focus. Norte faces tough competition. Belgium, for instance, has fielded the Dardenne brothers’ neorealist work, Two Day, One Night, while Canada has chosen Xavier Dolan’s Mommy which won a Jury Prize in Cannes this year. Turkey has high hopes for Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep which beat Mommy in Cannes and took home the coveted Palme d’Or.

After premiering in Cannes last year, Norte enjoyed positive critical reception at nearly all the world’s major festivals including Karlovy Vary, Locarno, Toronto, New York, Busan, Tokyo, Rotterdam and Hong Kong. Whether this is enough to get a slot in the Oscars foreign language film category remains to be seen.

The Philippines has regularly submitted films for Academy Awards consideration since 1953, but none have been nominated.