Nov 30, 2012

Fiesta Delos Toros 2013 Schedule of Activities


Nov. 30, 2012 (Friday)
        11:00 AM - Pinangat Festival (Plaza De Roxas)
        7:00 PM - Harana c/o Kapit Damay (Plaza De Roxas outdoor stage)

Dec. 01, 2012 (Saturday)
        
         7:00 AM 12:00 NN - Mini Band Parade and Competition (Plaza De Roxas open grounds)
         6:00 PM Onwards - ALAMID mini concert and live bands.

Dec. 02, 2012 (Sunday)
        7:00 AM 12:00 NN - Bailar ala Toro (Street Dancing and 5-minute Dance presentation) (Plaza De
                        Roxas open grounds)
        1:00 PM - Grand Parade of Marching Bands (Poblacion, Nasugbu) and Band Exhibition and
                        showdown  (Plaza De Roxas open grounds)
        6:00 PM - Concelebrated Mass (St. Francis Xavier Parish Church)
        7:00 PM - Nasugbu Got Talent (Season 3) (Plaza De Roxas outdoor stage)

Dec. 03, 2012 (Monday)
        5:30 AM - 1st Mass (St. Francis Xavier Parish Church)
        6:15 AM - 2nd Mass (St. Francis Xavier Parish Church)
        7:30 AM - 3rd Mass (St. Francis Xavier Parish Church)
        9:00 AM - Concelebrated Mass (St. Francis Xavier Parish Church)
        11:00 AM - Grand Parade of Marching Bands (Poblacion, Nasugbu)
        2:00 PM - Amateur Boxing Tournament (Plaza De Roxas basketball court)
        5:30 PM - Anticipated Mass (St. Francis Xavier Parish Church)
        7:30PM - 8:00 PM - Fireworks Display (Plaza De Roxas)
        8:30 PM onwards - Live Band (Plaza De Roxas outdoor stage)

Sep 15, 2012

Preserving Mankind with Kojie.san Men


The 21st century presents a new challenge (as previous centuries have) to all of mankind. Previous centuries were defined by how men reacted to the challenges of their respective times. In this modern age, where the world is no more than a click in the virtual highway, mankind is faced with enormous challenges of globalization. With the advent of modern technologies, the world becomes smaller and borderless. History is witness to the fact that the human race became vibrantly intelligent in the past two centuries which propelled the development and advancements of the modern period.

Our era can be described as an age of modernity - due to technological advancements - liberal ideas and cultural influences flowed freely from within and without the defined territories of the world. Ideas of liberalism freed the modern man from the shackles of traditional dogmas and outdated philosophies. Cultural influences made society more adaptable to changes, it teaches the world to be tolerant and respectful of each other. Both phenomenon (liberal ideas and cultural influence) detest discrimination. Given this, the modern man becomes more assured of himself, confident of who and what he have despite the pronounced differences in culture, color, and religion. Say, for example, the issue on sexuality. The modern man does not cringe on this topic, rather, believes in the idea that even sexuality is fluid. Machismo is not anymore the name of the game where brawns rule the world. Hence, the modern man battles the challenges of life with an improved perception of the world and his environment. Muscles and dirt won't be the only category to define "manly". This time, the engagement is cerebral.

As challenges level up, so should the reaction of the modern man. With increased knowledge and powerful tools, the modern man battles life in a different light - psychological. The "self" is the center, everything in our lives revolved around the "self". Nowadays, it is very important to take care of the "self" as it radiates the inner warrior in each individual. A good sense of "self" radiates confidence in everything we do - spirits uplifted that translates to productive outputs. More than having a presentable "self", taking good care of it contributes to the entire sense of an individual's well-being. More importantly, a good sense of being is a vital ingredient of success.

To know more about Kojie.san's advocacy to preserve mankind, visit Kojie.san Men's Club on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KojiesanMensClub



Sep 7, 2012

Nasugbu Town Proper Road Map

     Getting excited for the upcoming sem break or Christmas Break? Or do you have plans in going to our town this weekend? Well it's easy to go around town if you're familiar with the place, especially the roads. And with the help of Microsoft's Bing Maps, I patched bits of images and created this high definition Nasugbu Road Map. I'm planning to make another one that indicates resorts, establishments and other attractions. And that deserves another post...;-)

For full resolution click HERE.




Sep 1, 2012

2013 PHILIPPINE HOLIDAYS


Proclamation No. 459, s. 2012

MALACA√ĎAN PALACE
MANILA
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES
PROCLAMATION NO. 459
DECLARING THE REGULAR HOLIDAYS, SPECIAL (NON-WORKING) DAYS, AND SPECIAL HOLIDAY (FOR ALL SCHOOLS) FOR THE YEAR 2013
WHEREAS, Republic Act (RA) No. 9492, dated July 24, 2007, amended Section 26, Chapter 7, Book I of Executive Order (EO) No. 292, also known as the Administrative Code of 1987, by declaring certain days (specific or movable) as special or regular holidays;
WHEREAS, RA No. 9492 provides that holidays, except those which are religious in nature, are moved to the nearest Monday unless otherwise modified by law, order or proclamation;
WHEREAS, RA No. 9849 provides that the Eidul Adha shall be celebrated as a national holiday;
WHEREAS, the EDSA People Power Revolution, which restored and ushered political, social and economic reforms in the country, serves as an inspiration to Filipinos everywhere as a nation and as a people:
WHEREAS, Saturday, 30 March 2013 falls between Good Friday and Easter Sunday; Black Saturday, falling between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, has been traditionally declared a special (non-working) day throughout the country because the observance of Holy Week is one of our people’s most cherished traditions and they must be given the full and uninterrupted opportunity to ponder on the significance of Holy Week and to properly observe its traditions with religious fervor, without prejudice to public interest;
WHEREAS, Saturday, 2 November 2013, falling between Friday, 1 November 2013 (All Saints Day) and Sunday, has been traditionally declared a special (non-working) day throughout the country;
WHEREAS, to give full opportunity to our people to properly observe All Saints Day with all its religious fervor which invariably requires them to travel to and from different regions in the country, Saturday, November 2013, may be declared as a special (non-working) day without detriment to public interest;
WHEREAS, in order to foster closer family ties and enable our countrymen to observe Christmas more meaningfully, it is but fitting to declare December 24, (Tuesday) as an additional special (non-working) day throughout the country;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BENIGNO S. AQUINO III, by virtue of the powers vested in me by the Constitution as President of the Philippines, do hereby declare:
SECTION 1. The following regular holidays and special days for the year 2013 shall be observed in the country:
A. Regular Holidays
New Year’s Day
Maundy Thursday
Good Friday
Araw ng Kagitingan
January 1 (Tuesday)
March 28
March 29
April 9 (Tuesday)
Labor Day
Independence Day
National Heroes Day
Bonifacio Day
Christmas Day
Rizal Day
May 1 (Wednesday)
June 12 (Wednesday)
August 26 (Last Monday of August)
November 30 (Saturday)
December 25 (Wednesday)
December 30 (Monday)
B. Special (Non-Working) Days
Black Saturday
Ninoy Aquino Day
All Saints Day
Additional special (non-working) days
Last Day of the Year
March 30
August 21 (Wednesday)
November 1 (Friday)
November 2 (Saturday)
December 24 (Tuesday)
December 31 (Tuesday)
C. Special Holiday (for all schools)
EDSA Revolution AnniversaryFebruary 25 (Monday)
SECTION 2 The proclamations declaring national holidays for the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha shall hereafter be issued after the approximate dates of the Islamic holidays have been determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar (Hijra) or the lunar calendar, or upon Islamic astronomical calculations, whichever is possible or convenient. To this end, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) shall inform the Office of the President on which day the holiday shall fall.
SECTION 3. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) shall promulgate the implementing guidelines for this Proclamation.
SECTION 4. This Proclamation shall take effect immediately.
SECTION 5. This Proclamation shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of thePhilippines to be affixed.
Done in the City of Manila, this 16th day of August, in the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Twelve.
(Sgd.) BENIGNO S. AQUINO III
By the President:
(Sgd.) PAQUITO N. OCHOA, JR.Executive Secretary

source: http://www.gov.ph/2012/08/16/proclamation-no-459-s-2012/

Aug 5, 2012

2012 Philippine Holidays (UPDATED)


By virtue of Proclamation No. 295, signed last November 24, 2011 and Proclamation No. 455 signed Aug. 13, 2012 in the city of Manila, Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa, Jr. and President Benigno S. Aquino III declared the regular holidays, special (non-working) days, and special holiday (for all schools) for the year 2012.

Regular Holidays
New Year’s Day ------------------- January 1 (Sunday)
Maundy Thursday ---------------- April 5
Good Friday ----------------------- April 6
Araw ng Kagitingan -------------- April 9 (Monday)
Labor Day ------------------------- May 1 (Tuesday)
Independence Day -------------- June 12 (Tuesday)
National Heroes Day ------------ August 27 (Last Monday of August)
Bonifacio Day --------------------- November 30 (Friday)
Christmas Day -------------------- December 25 (Tuesday)
Rizal Day -------------------------- December 30 (Sunday)


Special Non-working Days
Chinese New Year ---------------- January 23 (Monday)
Eid'L Fitr -------------------------- August 20 (Monday)
Ninoy Aquino Day ---------------- August 21 (Tuesday)
Eid'L Adha ------------------------ October 26 (Friday)
All Saints Day --------------------- November 1 (Thursday)
Additional Special (Non-Working) day – November 2 (Friday)
December 24 (Monday)
Last Day of the Year ------------- December 31 (Monday)
Special Holiday (for all schools)
EDSA Revolution Anniversary ---- February 25 (Saturday)

            

Jul 30, 2012

Coming Home To Mandaue Foam


Wake up at 6:00AM, take a bath, go to work, some meetings here and there, lunch break, back to office/meetings, go home at 7:00PM. That's the usual things I've been doing for the last couple of years. And when I arrived home, the only "right" thing to do is REST. Because usually, my "job" doesn't end in the office. But when it's time to rest, I make it sure that it will not just rest my body but also my mind. That's the reason why I started looking for my own private space. And part of looking for a personal pad is to look for furniture that will compliment the space and my own personality. And this is where Mandaue Foam helps a lot. These are the three essential furniture that you will surely find in my future pad that I found on Mandaue Foams website:
XG2012 OFFICE TABLE
CINDY SECTIONAL WITH PULLOUT SOFA BED
NEW CYPRESS 5PC SET
 Why I chose that three? Well since I like working overtime and overnight, the sofa bed is a perfect compliment to the office table when I get tired of sitting because of work. Also I can entertain friends while working on my Sofa Bed. The Cypress table is for home meetings and of course dining. For a limited space, which the usual condominiums offer, these three furniture will surely fit the budget. And with Mandaue Foams, you can make Your Home, Your Imagination!




Jul 13, 2012

Cebu Pacific Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge





Calling students 18 years old and up! 

Want to travel around the Philippines for free? Join the Cebu Pacific Juan For Fun Backpacker Challenge! 6 destinations, 5 teams, 5 days. 

Find out how to join through www.juanforfun.com!

Deadline for video entries answering "How far will your team go for a fun adventure?" is on August 16, 2012.

Cebu Pacific Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge is from August 29 to September 2, 2012. See you there!

Supported by: Citibank, Canon, Sun Cellular and Department of Tourism

Mar 30, 2012

It's More Fun in the Philippines Domestic Jingle

        The Department of Tourism finally released their NEWEST Domestic Jingle to promote It's More Fun In The Philippines. So is Pilipinas, Tara Na! out of the loop now? Anyway here's the latest jingle and i'm hoping they will make a new music video soon...;-)



Lyrics by Tin Sanchez
Music by Mike Villegas
Arrangement by Angelo Villegas
Lead Vocals by Jay Padua
Back-up Vocals by Jingle Buena
Additional Vocals and Shouts by Daryl Reyes and Cyril Carbonay
Recorded and Mixed by KC Caballero and Mark Villar at Hit Productions
Produced by Jing Abellera and Ino Magno


Feb 24, 2012

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Jan 31, 2012

Nasugbu Landing: D-Day 67 years ago!


             This is another historical post about Nasugbu during World War II. The following excerpt is from Success Beyond Expectation by Chris Antonette Piedad-Pugay during the 63rd Anniversary of the landing.

 "In the last few months of 1944, the Hunters ROTC Guerilla group made a final reorganization because of the increasing number of independent guerilla units overwhelming the provinces of Cavite and Batangas.  The Manila-Laguna-BatangasTayabas area was divided by an imaginary line,  areas in the east of the imaginary line were assigned to the 44th Hunters Division under the leadership of Lt. Col. Frisco Manuel while those found in the west, fell under the jurisdiction of 47th ROTC Division under Lt. Col. Emmanuel de Ocampo.  The two infantry division reported to Col. Eleuterio Adevoso.

                In a conference held at the camp of Capt. Bernard Anderson (USPIF) attended by selected officials of both Anderson and Adevoso organization, Lt. Com. Charles parsons forwarded the  information that Gen. Douglas MacArthur showed interest in Cavite and Batangas coastal areas as potential landing areas for the Liberation Campaign.

                Keen with the said statement, Adevoso guerillas conducted a study and produced a report and took possible control of the China Sea coast of Cavite and Batangas; Secondly, Adevoso established his command post in Nasugbu.

                After the triumph of the Leyte Landing on October 20, 1944, the Liberation Force advanced to the north and by the month of December eventually established airfields in Mindoro in order to place Manila within the range of American war planes.

                Finally on January 31, 1945, after few bombardments and assaults, the troops of the 1st Battalion and the 188th Glider of the Infantry of the Airborne  Division headed by the US 8th Army took the shores of Nasugbu unopposed.  At exactly 11:15 of that morning, Lt. Gen. Eichelberg, Commander of the US 8th Army commented that the reconnaissance-in-force was “successful beyond expectation."
The American Forces in front of the Old Municipal Building
The Pre-Landing and Landing Participation of the Hunters ROTC Guerillas
 The Hunters ROTC Guerillas played a vital part in the pre-landing and landing operation at Nasugbu, Batangas.  First and foremost, the American Army Force in the last few weeks of January 1945 assigned them the task of supplying them updated information and soundings of the sea bottom of the Nasugbu Bay.  Complying with the task was Lt. Com. George Rowe of the Intelligence Penetration Team with Lt. Col. Domingo Angeles of the 1st Battalion, 49th Infantry under de Ocampo’s division.

 Moreover, two days prior to the landing, 1st Battalion Commander Maj. Calixto Gasilao ordered a full force survey to determine the depth of the water and the extent and nature of Japanese installations on shore.  The task was dutifully performed by the Hunters guerillas headed by Lt. Col. Marcelo Castillo with an American counterpart from the 11th Airborne Division.  Afterwards, an exchange of intelligence reports took place followed by the outlining of the necessary plan of action for the January 31 landing.  The rest…is history."

And now presenting, the actual footage of the famous Nasugbu Landing.


More photos from Nasugbu.ph Facebook page.
Some Photos from History of Batangas


Jan 26, 2012

Nasugbu Liberation: The Plan


        On January 31, 2012, the beautiful town of Nasugbu will be celebrating the 67th Anniversary of the famous Nasugbu Landing that eventually led to the liberation of Manila on Feb 03, 1945. The following article is from MANILA: The Approach March by Robert Ross Smith which I got from Battle of Manila.

Photo from www.battleofmanila.org
        "Plans for the employment of the 11th Airborne Division on Luzon had undergone many changes. At one time the division, commanded by Maj. Gen. Joseph M. Swing, had been prepared to drop in the Central Plains in front of Sixth Army forces driving south from Lingayen Gulf. GHQ SWPA had abandoned this plan when, as the Lingayen target date approached, the Allied Air Forces reported it would have neither sufficient airfields nor transport planes to lift the entire division at the time its employment would be most meaningful. Next, MacArthur's headquarters made plans to use the division in a series of minor, diversionary operations along the southern and southwestern coasts of Luzon, ultimately narrowing the series to two RCT-sized landings on the south coast. But the employment of highly specialized troops for minor operations seemed wasteful and would tend to create almost insoluble problems of supply, command, and administration. Even two landings, one at Nasugbu on the southwest coast 45 miles from Manila and the other at Tayabas Bay, 75 miles east of Nasugbu, produced one major problem. To achieve desired results and to assure that the Japanese would not destroy the two RCT's in sequence, the landings would have to take place simultaneously. The Allied Naval Forces, however, could not provide sufficient escorts and fire support vessels for two simultaneous landings. If, on the other hand, the 11th Airborne Division made a single assault at Nasugbu, the Allied Naval Forces could make both fire support ships and escorts available. The Navy could solve the support problems even more easily if the airborne units landed at Nasugbu shortly after XI Corps went ashore on Luzon's west coast north of Bataan, for many of the same support vessels could participate in both operations.

        A single landing at Nasugbu promised to produce other desirable results. For one, it would tend to pin Japanese forces in southern Luzon, preventing them from redeploying northward to oppose Sixth Army's drive to Manila. For another, from presumably good beaches at Nasugbu the 11th Airborne Division could drive toward Manila, fifty-five miles distant, along an excellent road. Upon reaching the shores of Laguna de Bay, a large fresh-water lake lying southeast of Manila and separated from Manila Bay by the narrow Hagonoy Isthmus, the division could cut the main southern routes of reinforcement and withdrawal to and from the capital. Again, the Nasugbu beaches might prove an excellent place to land the 41st Infantry Division, a GHQ Reserve unit that was scheduled to move to Luzon to reinforce Sixth Army. Finally, the 11th Airborne Division could easily secure the Nasugbu beachhead against Japanese counterattack, since all the approaches to it ran through narrow passes in rugged hill country. No other landing points in southern Luzon combined the obvious advantages of Nasugbu Bay.

        On 20 January, having weighed all the pros and cons, General Eichelberger recommended to General MacArthur that the 11th Airborne Division make a single landing at Nasugbu Bay. The Eighth Army's commander intended to send the division's two glider-infantry RCT's ashore in an amphibious assault and then push them inland about twenty miles along Route 17 to Tagaytay Ridge where the highway, having come east across steadily rising ground, turns sharply north and runs gradually downhill to Manila Bay. Two or three days after the landing at Nasugbu, the 11th Airborne Division's 511th Parachute Infantry would drop on Tagaytay Ridge to secure it for the foot troops and to seize nearby stretches of Route 17 before the Japanese could assemble to defend the highway. Once the entire division had assembled along Tagaytay Ridge, it would make ready to drive northward to Manila.

        While approving Eichelberger's plans for a single assault at Nasugbu, MacArthur's concept of the 11th Airborne Division's employment was by no means as ambitious, at least initially, as Eighth Army's. Instead, MacArthur directed Eichelberger to land one RCT at Nasugbu Bay in a reconnaissance-in-force to ascertain Japanese strength, deployment, and intentions in the Nasugbu-Tagaytay region. If it appeared that the Japanese had relatively weak forces at Tagaytay Ridge, then Eichelberger could assemble the entire division there and reconnoiter to the north and east to determine Japanese dispositions and to contain Japanese forces throughout southwestern Luzon--rather a far cry from mounting a drive to Manila. MacArthur set the date for the Nasugbu assault for 31 January, two days after XI Corps was to land north of Bataan.

        The organization and missions of the forces involved in the small-scale Nasugbu landing were similar to those of previous amphibious operations undertaken within the Southwest Pacific Area. Task Group 78.2, under Rear Adm. William M. Fechteler, loaded and landed the assault troops. The task group numbered about 120 ships and landing craft of all types, its largest vessels being APD's and LST's. Fire support was provided by Task Unit 77.3.1, which consisted of a light cruiser and two destroyers. Planes of the 310th Bombardment Wing, based on Mindoro, provided air support.

        The 11th Airborne Division, which had been seasoned during the Leyte Campaign, numbered approximately 8,200 men. Its two glider-infantry regiments, the 187th and 188th, had about 1,500 men apiece (half the strength of a standard infantry regiment) and each contained two battalions of three rifle companies each. The regiments had no heavy weapons, cannon, or antitank companies. The 511th Parachute Infantry totaled about 2,000 men distributed among three battalions, each of which contained only three rifle companies. Artillery consisted of two 75-mm. pack howitzer battalions, a 105-mm. howitzer battalion armed with a short barrel howitzer that lacked the range of the 105's of a standard infantry division, and an airborne antiaircraft artillery battalion armed with 40-mm. and .50-caliber guns. Reinforcements included the Cannon Company of the 24th Division's 21st Infantry; Company C of the 532d Engineer Boat and Shore Regiment, the 2d Engineer Special Brigade; two antiaircraft automatic weapons batteries; and various service units. A Mindoro-based battalion of the 24th Division's 19th Infantry was available on call.

        The 11th Airborne Division expected to meet 7,000 Japanese in the Nasugbu-Tagaytay area, the bulk of them from the 17th and 31st Infantry Regiments, 8th Division. The airborne unit believed that about 500 Japanese defended the shores of Nasugbu Bay and that the main Japanese force, some 5,000 strong, held Route 17 at Tagaytay Ridge and a defile a few miles west of the ridge where the highway passed between the peaks of two extinct volcanoes.

        The estimates were correct in general but wrong in detail. Shimbu Group, responsible for the conduct of operations in southern Luzon, had entrusted the defense of the region south of Manila to the Fuji Force, a composite unit under Col. Masatoshi Fujishige, who also commanded the 8th Division's 17th Infantry.

        Numbering some 8,500 men, the Fuji Force was composed of the 17th Infantry, less 3d Battalion; the 3d Battalion, 31st Infantry; a battalion of mixed artillery; and combat engineers and service troops of the 8th Division. Co-operating with Colonel Fujishige (and soon to pass to his direct command) were about 5,000 troops of the 2d Surface Raiding Base Force, a Japanese Army organization made up of suicide boat units, called Surface Raiding Squadrons, and their base support units, designated Surface Raiding Base Battalions. The Raiding Squadrons, on paper, each contained 100 suicide boats and a like number of men; each Base Battalion numbered about 900 troops, most of them service personnel. Five or six of theRaiding Squadrons, which had lost most of their boats to Allied air and naval action before or shortly after the 11th Airborne Division's landing, ultimately became available to Colonel Fujishige, as did an equal number of the Base Battalions. Normally, the squadrons were amalgamated with their support battalions to form a single entity for ground combat operations.

        With a large area and an extensive coast line to hold, Fujishige originally deployed the bulk of his troops for defense against an Allied attack from the south rather than the west. In the area of immediate interest to the 11th Airborne Division he stationed his West Sector Unit, an organization of 2,250 troops built on a nucleus of the 3d Battalion, 31st Infantry. The West Sector Unit's largest concentration--600 infantry with artillery support--held the defile just west of Tagaytay Ridge, while another 400 infantrymen defended a southwestern nose of the ridge. The West Sector Unit had only 100 troops at or near Nasugbu; the remaining men were scattered in small garrisons throughout southwestern Luzon."



Jan 25, 2012

PEBA 2011


        This is a late post but still worth sharing. Last Dec. 09, 2011 I’ve attended my first blog nomination awards night at Trinoma Mall in Quezon City. This is for PEBA or The Pinoy Expats/OFW Blog Awards (PEBA), Inc. "It’s a non-profit, non-stock organization of international Filipino Bloggers located from different parts of the world & duly registered in Securities & Exchange Commission and Bureau of Internal Revenue.  It has grown to have liaison offices in the Middle East, South East Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe and North Africa.

        Originally, PEBA serves as an award-giving body that recognizes and honors the exemplary work of blogging Filipino Expats and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW); to present their blog work and bring out their creative talents through the power of cyberspace.

        It has evolved to become a respectable new media network through its affiliate KABLOGS, the gateway portal of PEBA, Inc., an online journal of OFW experiences and stories.

        PEBA is engaged in Blog Awards for both local (Philippine based bloggers) and OFW and Expats Bloggers (International), and the International OFW Photo contest."

        I was nominated to the Trabyaheng Blog (Travel Blog) Category of the Any Blogger Anywhere contest. I know that I have a slim chance of winning but I still attended to know more about PEBA and the people behind it. And sure it was a perfect decision for me as they’ve got so many surprises for everyone including this opening number:


        Great flash mob style opening number. And now some pictures from the event:

The stage at Trinoma Activity Center
Mr. Jim Paredes giving an inspirational message
Some winners at PEBA 2011
More winners at PEBA 2011
 Mr. Jebee Kenji Solis the founder of PEBA
        Thank you again to PEBA for one unforgettable evening. I won a PhP 1000.00 worth of Ayala Malls gift card from the raffle. Others won Nokia phones and other stuffs from different sponsors. Until this year PEBA. Hopefully I’ll be nominated again...;-)

        To know more about PEBA visit their website at www.pinoyblogawards.com


Jan 6, 2012

It's More Fun in Nasugbu: The FOOD!

       In line with the newly unveiled tourism campaign by the Department of Tourism, and challenged by the question on twitter by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), what really makes the Philippines more fun? More fun than Switzerland and Philadelphia may I add, is the FOOD. So without further ado, my hometown's finest!

  • Indian Mango with shrimp paste (Manggang Hilaw with Alamang) - if you go to Nasugbu during the months of February to April, you will see along the road hundreds of Indian Mango bearing trees. Left and right you can just practically stop and pick one for yourself or you can buy from sidewalk vendors their own home grown Indian Mango with home cooked special Alamang. Also, jeep-loads of sacked Indian Mangoes being transported to Manila (Divisoria and Baclaran in particular) is a regular sighting.


  • Sapin-sapin - this colorful layered of glutinous rice with coconut flakes on top is a staple in Nasugbu Market. But you have to come early to buy it because they only sell it in the morning.


  • Bibingkoy - this one too, i think they only sell it in the morning. The yummy bibingkoy. Glutinous rice with sweetened mongo inside. My favorite among the "kakanin" of Nasugbu.


  • Pancit - Balita, Carding or Mang Mar's the Big Three when it comes to the best Pancit in town. You have to taste it to tell the difference. The picture below is from Mang Mar.


  • Halo-Halo - Arguably the best Halo-Halo in the country. Celing's Halo-halo by Celing's Refrehments, the one food/dessert every local knows and the one food every tourist must taste. The creaminess of this halo-halo makes you think that you're eating "ginataan". One spoonful and you can't just stop eating until there's no more. I thinks this is also the most popular dessert in Nasugbu. Celing's Refreshments is open from 4pm until 10pm only....;-)


  • Sea foods - I know, the sea foods in Visayas and Mindanao are cheaper. But I can say that Nasugbu's sea foods are as fresh. This sampler here is from Kainan sa Dalampasigan. Their specialty, Tanigue Steak(sorry no picture yet)! But the one below is their Inihaw sampler. Good for 3-4 persons, with their other specialty - the Baked Tahong. Very yummy. Very Cheesy...;-)


  • Pinangat - not to be confused with Bicol's pinangat aka Laing. This one here is a tuna wrapped with banana leaves boiled with dried kamias. Pinangat na Tulingan it is, but you can use different kinds of fish (dilis, galunggong, tawilis). I can say that this is truly one of Nasugbu's specialty dish. And rightfully so, the town is celebrating the Pinangat Festival where each Barangay send their best "Pinangat maker" and compete in a half day Pinangat cooking competition. The festival is being held days before the annual feast of St. Francis Xavier - the town Patron.