TRAVEL 101; Iloilo, Philippines

Early May of 2013, we booked a flight going to Iloilo from Manila. Cebu Pacific had a P1 sale during that time. Luckily, January 24-26 are still open and it’s Iloilo’s Festival Days, the Dinagyang Festival.

Here are our itineraries for the trip:

ILOILO CITY
1) Molo Church – Unfortunately when we visited the Church, it’s closed. We just stared at it and took photos outside.

Molo Church

2) Iloilo Esplanade – The Esplanade is just a walk away from Molo Church.

3) Calle Real – We rode a jeepney from Esplanade (forgot the signage of the jeepney) and just walk before reaching Calle Real because the traffic is building due to street parades. Luckily while walking along Calle Real, there’s a street parade. We passed by Roberto’s Siopao Store just before we reach Freedom Grandstand but we did not buy any.

4) Fort San Pedro – It was our longest walk ever going to Fort San Pedro, but it was worth it! Though we did not witness the sunset at the area (because of the long walk at Espalanade), still the view is exceptional!

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5) San Agustin Church

6) Iloilo City Hall (just a glimpse)

7) SM City Iloilo

8) Plazuela

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Kay Sarap Maging Bata!

Nakaka-miss maging bata! Habang nagmumuni, naalala ko lang noong Elementary palang kami. Bumabalik-balik parin ang mga masasayang alaala ng kahapon bilang mumunting bata.

Ang sarap nu’ng sopas na tinitinda ng canteen sa halagang tatlumpiso, na kukunin ng mga naka-assign sa araw na yun! At syempre, kung sino rin ang kumuha ay sila rin ang maghuhugas ng cups.

Pagdating ng recess, mayroon din kaming dalawang kaklase na naka-assign sa pagkuha at paglako sa loob ng klase ng “tray” na galing sa canteen ang mga tinda. Palagi kong binibili dun yung tag-limampisong chocolate cake o kaya naman yung tikoy. Kasabay niyan, may mga lalakeng kaklase rin kaming kukuha ng orders kung gusto mong mag-softdrinks. Ang saya!

Uwian na pero kami, nagpapaiwan dahil maglilinis pa ng classroom. Pagkatapos naman ay magpapraktis na kami ng sayaw o kaya kanta, depende sa okasyon kada buwan. Naalala ko pa yung na-compose kong kanta for Nutrition Month na isinali namin sa isang competition. “Bakit Bata?” ang title ng kanta, pinalitan ko lang ang lyrics ng kanta ng Sexbomb na ” Bakit Papa?” Kwento ito ng batang ayaw kumain ng gulay. Luckily, nanalo kami ng 1st Place! πŸ™‚

Naalala ko pa, maaga kaming pumapasok kapag kami ang nakatoka sa paglilinis sa corridor. Patingkaran talaga ng sahig nun! Parang may competition lagi! Todong kayod ng bunot kahit babae para lang mapakintab sa pula ang sahig namin. Fulfillment lang ang katapat kumbaga, dun kami masaya eh.

Nung sumapit naman ang ikahuling taon namin sa Elementary, madalas kaming magpraktis ng Marimba, kami kasi ang tutugtog ng Pambansang Awit at Lungsod Quezon Hymn sa Graduation day namin.

Walang limitasyon ang pagod namin dati bilang walang arte sa katawan at wala pang responsibilidad. Ngayon, nakaka-miss lang talaga na maging bata. Yung uuwi ka mula sa kalye, ang dumi-dumi mo pero masaya kang kakain ng hapunan at matutulog ng mahimbing dahil sa sobrang pagod kakalaro.

Champion pa kami palagi sa paglalaro ng Chinese Garter o kaya naman 10-20. Na-try ko ring maglaro ng Luksong Baka/Tinik pero parang panlalake kasi kaya pinaubaya ko na sa iba. Jackstone? Naku, magaling din ako dyan! Nagdadala pa kami niyan sa klase para kapag walang teacher, maglalaro kami.

Nakakalungkot lang sa ngayon, na imbes na mga larong pagpapawisan ang mga bata, ayun sila at nasa sulok, naglalaro ng computer games, laptop, etc. Sasakit na ang ulo nila, ang susungit pa kapag inawat mo na sa laro nila para kumain.

Recently, may 17 y/o na lalake na ‘di sinasadyang napatay ang lola niya dahil pinagalitan siya kakalaro ng computer games. Nakakalungkot. 😦

Sana habang bata pa, enjoyin nila, hindi yung nagmamadali silang magdalaga at magbinata. Masarap maging bata sa totoo lang.

Ngayon, hawak nila ay mga bagay na nakakapagpatanda sa kanila. Akala nila masayang tumanda nang hindi na-eenjoy ang pagkabata. Sa isang sulok, nagtetext, may ka-chat sa FB, etc.

Ang bente (P20) na baon namin nung high school, pan-load nalang nila ngayon, kulang pa nga yata. Ang oras namin noon sa paggawa ng assignments, oras ng galaan nila ngayon.

Everything has changed, ika nga nila. Pero ako, proud na batang 90s. Sarap eh! Nandiyan ang mga larong “Teks” na may prints ng favorite cartoon character mo, Jackstone sa mga babae, Patintero na para sa lahat, Trumpo, Taguan Base, atbp.

Simple lang naman maging masaya noon, at mga simpleng bagay at laro lang din ang katapat. Hay… Kay sarap maging bata!

Instrumental Woman

I love music (well, everybody loves it). But I feel incomplete as music lover because I can’t play any instruments before, until I joined the Marimba Band when we were in grade school.

MARIMBA BAND.

Bamboo Organ: The Table

Bamboo Organ: The Table

The marimba is a percussion instrument consisting of a set of wooden bars struck with mallets to produce musical tones (Wikipedia).Β To be exact, I joined the band when I was in Grade 5 together with my other classmates. As newbies, we held the Tonic first until my classmates shifted to playing the Lire. I, together with my other three classmates, we were chosen to take place the seniors’ post since they are about to graduate. We were chosen based on our skills on playing the marimba, that’s why they gave us the spot to play the Table (melody and bass). Camille and I played the bass while Abigail and Joan played the melody.

Everytime we had school programs, we always play Lupang Hinirang and Quezon City Hymn. We also played in our graduation day πŸ™‚ Now I missed Ma’am Barba (our Marimba band adviser).

HIGH SCHOOL DAYS.
During 3rd year High school when OPM bands boomed and rocked the country with their greatest hits, I learned how to play the guitar (thanks to my friend Carla). It was just a jamming session when we had no class that time. Luckily, she brought to school her guitar and she insisted that I should try to learn the guitar. Since I’m a fast learner (buhat ng sariling bangko moment), within 24 hours, I knew how to play the guitar then. No joke. I can now play the song Same Ground by Kitchie Nadal. During that time, that song was very popular alongside Jeepney, Narda, etc.

Since we have many free time during 3rd year High school (and I can’t remember why), I used it to share what I learned. I taught my classmates how to play the guitar (most of them were boys). Now, they are more skilled guitar players than me, can now do plucking and not just simple strumming of the guitar, etc. Wow, I’m a proud teacher! πŸ™‚

COLLEGE DAYS.
So what instrument did I try to play during College days? Yes, I tried the piano and it’s so hard!

Now, I don’t have the time to play any of it: Marimba is not popular these days and I can’t see schools with Marimba band 😦 We have guitar yes, but I don’t know what song to play.. And the piano? Duh, it’s really hard! It can be compared to the Table (marimba) because of melody and bass, same with the piano. But I’ll find time, I promise! πŸ™‚ Who knows, I can be a great guitarist one day, playing my own composition infront of many people. Well, it’s possible!

Playing the piano way back 2011 :)

Playing the piano way back 2011 πŸ™‚

I used to play my own composition way back 4th year High school. It was our English month and I was given the chance to showcase my talent as a singer. During that time, I already composed a song titled “Blaming.” I made it New Year’s eve of 2006. Haha funny thing was, I can’t remember the lyrics (di pa kasi uso computer sakin nun!) But I can compose another one, if I have the time, and if I am inspired to do one.

There was a time when I also taught of having a band, with me as guitarist and also the lead vocals πŸ™‚ That’s when I admire Danita Paner. My favorite song of her was “Lunod” and I sang it during an audition for a Glee Club in College.

Proud PUPian, Proud Kapamilya

I’m proud to be a PUPian! I’m also proud to be working with ABS-CBN, my Kapamilya. It’s overwhelming to be part of an award-giving body where both of them are involved.

The first PUP Mabini Media Awards was held last Thursday (February 13, 2014) at the Bulwagang Balagtas, Ninoy Aquino Learning and Library Resources Center (NALLRC). It also coincided with the 3rd Young Communicators’ Congress, attended by PUP-College of Communication students.

PUP awarded ABS-CBN as the Television Station of the Year for 2013, based on the votes of students via Student Information System (SIS). Since our boss will accept the award in behalf of Maam Charo Santos, he invited us to also come in the event since we were alumni of the university.

Entering Teresa St. to the university gate, seeing the catwalk, the Pylon, it brings back memories of my four years in PUP. On the way to Bulwagan, I saw a lot of students chatting about the event, seeing Mel Tiangco and other personalities who attended the event, made me imagine myself when I was still like them. We used to be starstrucked with news personalities because we idolize them.

Inside the Bulwagan, we seated two rows from the stage. Beside me were Winnie Cordero for Umagang Kay Ganda and Gus Abelgas for SOCO.

The whole experience was memorable. It will always remain in my heart that once upon a time, I went back to my Alma Matter and accepted an award for my beloved company.

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My First Hug

When there’s first kiss, there’s also my first hug. Yes, and it’s from Enrique Gil again!

Sharing with you one of my bestest moments of January 2014, a “pasabog” before the month of January ended.

Thank you so much for being accomodating, Quen. God will bless you more of His blessings. Just be good to your followers and fans.

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