Category Archives: Philippines

Mranao royal house: the Torogan

Here is a newspaper article I wrote on the Torogan, the Mranao royal house. I had posted this before in my websites and in my blogs. I stopped maintaining my websites while some of my blogs just vanished for whatever reasons. This is a snapshot of my lost blog with its Torogan post: Now, it’s… Read More Mranao royal house: the Torogan

Eid al-Adha is on 10th Dhu’l Hijjah based on local time, not Makkah time.

For several years now, there has been a move to have a Universal Hijri Calendar — one calendar to serve for the whole Ummah. Saudi Arabia wants to be the one to fix the dates of the Universal Calendar. But Turkey, the former Ottoman Empire, also wants to be the center of this calendar. The … Continue reading Eid al-Adha is on 10th Dhu’l Hijjah based on local time, not Makkah time.

Eid al Adha must be timed locally as it is separate from the Hajj

For several years now, there has been a move to have a Universal Hijri Calendar — one calendar to serve for the whole Ummah. Saudi Arabia wants to be the one to fix the dates of the Universal Calendar. But Turkey, the former Ottoman Empire, also wants to be the center of this calendar. The… Read More Eid al Adha must be timed locally as it is separate from the Hajj

Changing Narratives: Federalism for All

The Mindanao problem is ultimately a POWER problem – the power of one group over another. It is a problem of colonization. The fact that there was a law called the Legislative Act 4197 or Quirino-Recto Colonization of Mindanao Act, which was enacted on 12 February 1935 is very telling. The Commonwealth considered the Act… Read More Changing Narratives: Federalism for All

Kaamulan Festival | 2018 Schedule | Bukidnon Authentic Ethnic Festival Philippines

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The yearly festival in the Province of Bukidnon, the Kaamulan Festival, will be a month-long celebration again this year. Kaamulan Festival 2018 will be held the entire month of March. An annual gathering of the 7 hill tribes of Bukidnon, the Kaamulan Festival derived its name from the Binukid word…

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#FeelCamiguin

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By now, I’m hoping you’ve already watched that viral #NoWords promotional video for the Province of Camiguin. That truly has gone viral – so viral that as of this writing, it has now garnered 922,000 views and over 15,000 shares on Facebook alone. This will surely help bring in not…

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MINDANAWON ABROAD: People-to-People Relations

BERN, Switzerland (MindaNews / 27 Oct) — This year is the 60th year of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Switzerland. We already know that, and many events of this year already highlight those official links between our two countries. But what about the non-official or to put it in another way, the people-to-people relations […]

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