My Birthplace, My Hometown Piat Cagayan

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Beautiful Sunrise Over the Clouds

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Beautiful Monarch Butterfly Landed On Flower

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Nipple Hill of Piat

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My Birthplace, My Hometown Piat Cagayan

By on December 3, 2018

It’s been a long time since I went back to my hometown, I haven’t visited my birthplace for almost 5 years. My hometown is just a small but peaceful town where my ancestors were born. I never forget the place where I came from, the place where I grew up and it will always remain as my 2nd home. Piat is a 4th class municipality in the province of Cagayan and I can firmly describe my own hometown as the ”land of the religious and hospitable people. Basílica Minore de Nuestra Señora de Piat is one of the 12 Basilicas in the Philippines, a catholic pilgrimage site considered as holy and spiritual land of devotion because of great number of devotees visiting Piat.

Once again, I’m back to my roots, Piat Cagayan. What a warm welcome surrounded by relatives recalling sweet moments of my childhood and the non-stop get together invitations to join my cousins for lunch and dinner. Feeling grateful, Thank you cousins for the sumptuous lunch and wonderful dinner, that was a very delightful bonding. The people of Piat and that includes me, they have this kind of special breed, the desirable two, they are notable for their exceptional generosity and hospitality.

Getting new updates after sometime. Piat Cagayan is now in full bloom, I was pleasantly surprised to see new developments; Welcome landmarks, Piat hill, Black Water lagoon, Road widening and Sidewalks improvement, Aquib Dugayong bridge, Basilica diversion bridge and many more… Fascinated and has turned my attention towards here resulting into a good blog feature, good enough to be published in details.

I am really Blessed here in Piat

Basílica Minore de Nuestra Señora de Piat

A Glance Back to the Hey-day of Piat
In those days early 70’s, since its first settlement, Piat has prided itself on just remaining as a simple town by the hills and mountains. Houses has few stores, few retail signs, no street names, no electricity, no parks and other recreational facilities, poor transportation and rivers and lakes have been used as a source of water temporarily. Years after, pumping water station essentially set up but to make matters worse, the pump has stopped losing suction standing idle for months causing the delay of water supply. It makes life miserable for the great bulk of people. Life was hard, I was only 14 years old that time and in the midst of loneliness, bad thought occurred to me that future in Piat is uncertain however, my wishful thinking in the mood of optimism giving myself a better impression holding on to hope that someone would come up with something that would improve quality of life as we all know, a successful town is providing people what they need and we all have needs in common. After a year revealed a continuing improvement, so big hope is coming over.. One beautiful attraction to adore around, an old housing types during the Spanish era. The only yearly event is the Feast of our Lady of Piat which is now the ‘’Sambali Festival’’ I can still remember the crowded sidewalks with tiangges (bazaars) side by side as they sell everything you would reasonably need , shopping is good once a year is the only consolation. Kiddie-sized carnival, temporary movie tent, live magic shows, clown performances and temporary amusement parks. Another beautiful event is the ‘’Garden day’’ (as far as I can still remember those good old days…) native products and artworks beautifully displayed, native baskets and bountiful harvest. Thousands of people flock to Basilica church for a miracle prayer. At least today, gave more insight into a much better life. Piat now is completely opposite from before, oldies aren’t the lucky ones, the new generation are luckier than us…

If you haven’t been to Piat recently, you’re in for a surprise! Piat now is a blossoming mélange of beauty.Today, Piat seems to have outgrown from a simple town to a stunning one! You can see the changing scene. Piat is now a fast growing town and there is always new to discover. One recreational highlight in Piat is the beautiful Black Water Lagoon, you’ll enjoy a leisurely walk around, boating, biking, fishing and Zip Line biking. You’ll be reinvigorated by the freshness of the atmosphere around. The Zip line is a must try for every visitor to experience the thrill and excitement.The Black Water Lagoon name probably derived from the old ground, it was once an idle land filled with black stagnant water, (muddy and dirty) ground used as rubbish receptacle.

The Black Water Lagoon is a part of People’s Integrated Agri Tourism Center.(Piat Center) An easy to follow, An easily visible landmark frequented by locals for picture taking it’s just 1o mins walk from Basilica Minore Nuestra Senora De Piat.

Part of the fun going to Piat Center is the way to get there. The wideroad is somewhat clean and spacious, you can enjoy driving without encountering a single stop and there’s a large parking area nearby.

Cheers to Piat! (me with my sis Elvie) Jumping with joy

The Black Water Lagoon invites leisurely exploration.

If you are a trill seeker, brave the Bike Zipline. Here’s EJ riding a bike zipline over the Black Water Lagoon.

The Black Water Lagoon is now a favorite park for both residents and visitors and a favorite Sunday venue of the pilgrims who would picnic around and relax in a peaceful setting.

On a beautiful day, benches lined with people relaxing. By the afternoon, elders gather for bonding and good conversation while youngsters romp in the playground.

The beautiful Black Water Lagoon on a clear day, it’s a gathering and strolling park of all ages. Around the lagoon area, some residential area, the Dragon Fruit Farm from the left.

Hike around the lagoon to see the cool and green Dragon Fruit Farm.

The Black Water Lagoon at night.

If the Black Water Lagoon is beautiful daytime, it is more spectacular at night, it is a lively center for night stroll.The view of the whole center looks like a magical town, the artificial outdoor led cherry blossom lights illuminates the whole area, it was a magnificent night glow.

Note: More photos of Black Water Lagoon next posts, don’t miss it!

The Piat hill is an Itawis landmark, an easily visible landmark uphill, it is one of the most photogenic attractions in Piat. To explore the main trail, climb up high the Piat hill.

Other Attractions to Visit

Beside the Basilica is Mary’s Garden, a gated entrance with a life-sized image display of the Mysteries of the Holy Rosary. It is a place of prayer and meditation.

Rizal-Piat Cooperation Bridge, Basilica diversion road from Piat to Baung

Aquib-Dugayong Bridge. All 2 bridges to cut travel time for the pilgrims.

The Chico River

Super Jumbo Special Pancit Cabagan. Carmela’s Panciteria serves a Super special Pancit Cabagan for only 50.00, Super Jumbo Special for only 70.00 php and Overload for 100.00 php. It’s Super Jumbo delicious!

Piat is a hill town but the mountainside provide exceptional views of the surroundings.

Piat to me, the town where I was born has given me proud identity as one of its citizens. For thousands who come to Piat, Our Lady of Piat is the big reason to go. You can reach Piat by land, 3o to 4o mins from Tuguegarao which is 32.6 Km and from Tuguegarao airport to Piat is 42 Km. Visit our peaceful town.The feast day of Our Lady of Piat is celebrated on July 2 at the Basilica Minore in Piat. Come and be with Our Lady of Piat. Most people consider Piat to be of paramount importance as well more information about this place. The people of Piat celebrates the Sambali festival from June 23rd to July 2nd, a week long festival that reflects the culture, tradition and history of Piat. This blog is a complete guide planning your next destination or if you plan to travel to Piat in the near future.

For more information
Department of Tourism
Regional Office No.02
29-A Rizal street, Tuguegarao city, Cagayan

I would like to thank our beloved Mayor of Piat Atty. Carmelo Villacete, Councillors, Engineers, volunteers for your consistent efforts, hard work and the beginnings of a Modern Piat. Loudly applauded! Mabbalat kan ikayu ngammin cha Piat. Thank you so much!

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My Indoor and Outdoor Photography | Travel and Adventure

Beautiful Sunrise Over the Clouds

By on November 30, 2018

With every sunset, there is also sunrise, top 5 among the world’s most photographed subjects of photography. Up close and personal, I have managed to capture the sunrise over the clouds from an airplane window while heading to Bali, Indonesia. Early morning flight schedule gave me the opportunity to capture the beautiful sunrise. At such a fast rate of speed, so quickly to rush, only just a moment to enjoy the sunrise.

My first experience to capture the early morning light that signals the beginning of the day. Up high looking down from an airplane window, it seems the trees and mountains looks so very small but I’m enjoying the stunning valley floor most splendid when the fog fills the meadows and drapes the surrounding cliffs and sentinel peaks.

The incoming sunrise

Blanket of clouds at sunrise, it’s a worthy wonders of nature.

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Gardening/Greenery/Garden Insects | My Indoor and Outdoor Photography

Beautiful Monarch Butterfly Landed On Flower

By on November 27, 2018

I love the ideal condition outdoors. Today is a generous morning! One valued feature and visual element that makes the garden attractive are the presence of both beautiful garden delights; the beauty of flowers and the surprising variety of butterflies. If your garden is equipped with attractive features, they provide a splash of colors. Butterflies of different varieties, they are much evidence this month, a good source of morning delight.

Lantanas has its own intrinsic beauty with cascading colors open to the prettiest pink, yellow and fuschia flowers.

A monarch butterfly landing on a flower and flying away…

A monarch butterfly sips nectar from a cluster of Lantana flowers. They pollinate the same way as the bees.

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Gardening/Greenery/Garden Insects | My Indoor and Outdoor Photography | Travel and Adventure

Feather White Pampass Grass Farm / Piat Cagayan

By on November 19, 2018

We passed by Feather White Pampass Grass Farm on our way back to Piat from Tuguegarao. I was amazed to see the feathery grasses, I can’t pass without taking a few shots, it’s just so great not to miss these gorgeous shots for a simple souvenir.

From the attractive edge on a bright sunny day, what a dramatic backdrop by the view of the orange-purple glow of the sun above, I’m enjoying hiking trails into the areas set amidst a roadside under laid with beds of ornamental grasses.
Gorgeous photos taken on a bright sunny day, it’s particularly unique and full of life. I don’t see the same kind of ornamental grasses everyday.

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My Indoor and Outdoor Photography | Travel and Adventure

The Scenic Piat Hill

By on November 9, 2018

Piat sign is now a prominent Itawes landmark that offers a scenic view of the town. The awe-inspiring scenery above the hill attracts many visitors, the view on top is spectacular!

For a dramatic setting, go during twilight hours, the skyline is quiet colorful and vibrant overlooking the Basilica Minore Nuestra Senora De Piat belfry, Chico river and the towering mountains down to the beautiful Black water Lagoon.

The arrival of new development in Piat, you’ll be energized by its variety of offerings and new attractions. Piat Cagayan is the land of the religious and hospitable people.

Thank you mayor for your consistent efforts and hard work. Municipal Mayor of Piat Atty. Carmelo Villacete

Stairs and trails leading to the hilltop

Aerial view from the top of Piat hill

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My Indoor and Outdoor Photography | Restaurant Review

Harbor View Restaurant

By on October 5, 2018

Me and my brother decided to have an early dinner, he just arrived from the province and this is the only time for us to bond together. Absolutely, it is a wonderful place to feel the warm and welcome at Harbour View Restaurant. The floating restaurant has a rooftop terrace, it is such a perfect setting to view the sunset, the twinkling night view of the city lights and Manila bay. Be with my brother is a great bonding and very relaxing, our conversation, ambience and the delicious medley of flavors that food contributes equally to enjoy.
What we ordered here will highlight our old favorites since childhood. On the menu, some are completely a reminder of my own home-cooking specialty. Our courses are a mouthful of sea flavors garnished with shredded carrots and garlic but I didn’t see any parsley or lemon slices or wedges around.The taste that we want is something that exceeds our expectation.



Harbour View Restaurant
offers Filipino, Asian, International, Fresh seafood, Grill and many more.

Refreshing Mango Shake and Sweet Iced tea

The Seafood Fried Rice is pleasingly just right.



Steamed crab
, the simple presentation is just as good as it taste.
Of course, I ordered my favorite crabs that comes in 2 orders to make it just enough for the four of us, I know it would come out to be a bit costly but it’s worth the price to have at least a special food that will satisfy our cravings.

One crab is barely enough for two.and we are four. Crab prices depends on the size and gender. Female is more expensive than the male. Price of crabs in a restaurant is much higher than the average price in the market, they will weighed the crabs in front of you and it’s up to you if you agree with it.

The Garlic Prawns is quiet good and crunchy.

The Prawn Tempura is light golden brown on all sides.It is very tasty.

Baby Squid in Olive Oil is so yummy.

Sizzling Tanigue Steak is just right but soft but my brother loves the taste.

We had a wonderful dinner experience and happy night together. This is a great place if you are a seafood lover. Cheers to the good food and more delicious ideas to come! Goodnight Everyone!

Harbor View Restaurant
Address: South Dr, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila
Hours:
Open 10 AM Closes 1AM
Phone: (02) 710 0060

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Arts/ Home Ideas

My First Cross Stitch Creation “Ice Boating”

By on October 3, 2018

It’s just a simple pleasure to share something that includes time and talent that’s sure to be cherished. I’ve been keeping this precious item for such a long long time, I’m happy to show my first cross stitch creation 15 years ago, it’s fun and exciting to feature it here.

I always had a love for stitching but this one, It took some time to finish it. Way back years ago, from tens and thousands cross stitch photos and illustration showing sample design, I’ve chosen,’’Ice Boating’’as my first creative hand-sewn project. My pattern is simple but to work for it? It is a complicated complex.


Ice Boating, a scene of winter delights come to life, it looks frosty and delightful.
Striking design techniques used to show beautiful blocks of winter colors using a pattern of different cross stitch variations that covered the background completely. What a tough journey to finish this item and dealing with time restraints, I almost gave up.

Cross Stitch is a form of embroidery and absolutely, a satisfying pastime. The best way to display your finished cross stitch is to put them in a frame. Finally, my hand-sewn works of art is here, you can see my creation in the living room perhaps, you’ll see more if time permits…

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My Indoor and Outdoor Photography | Travel and Adventure

Sunset Beach Nasugbu Batangas

By on September 28, 2018

A very beautiful beach with both combinations of rocky and sandy, this place is my favorite spot to capture the sunset. The peaceful moment, you can even watch the sun as it sinks completely below the horizon while swimming, that would be quiet memorable.

Previously, I have favored Marina beach to be the best however, sunset beach graceful formation of rocks with the stunning sunset background and waves washing ashore commands a spectacular site, it’s a compelling attraction to take panoramic scenes.

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My Indoor and Outdoor Photography | Wildlife/Animals/Pets

Frosty, a Male Shih Tzu~Newest Member of the Family

By on September 14, 2018

Owning a puppy requires a big commitment to love and care for the next 15-20 years of life. Aside from commitment, the number two prerequisite for adoptive families, you will  remain committed to treat him as your own but in the end, you’ll be rewarded by unconditional love and eternal grateful to your love and kindness.

Before Frosty arrived, we made sure our house is safe and hospitable for him, we removed everything that will harm him like bottles of pesticides or anything toxic to dogs. We want to give him a safe environment as possible. Because he is still a puppy, it requires more time for basic training and to learn proper command.

The First Night

We were all very excited to welcome the newest member in the family. The first night was memorable. it was so difficult  for a 3 month old puppy to be away from his family for the very first time and I’m sure, not accustomed to sleep alone. I can’t take heart-wrenching cries and I was tempted to comfort him putting him on my bed to minimize night stress.

The Eww Factor

One most difficult to handle, picking up a poop, wiping stringy pee. For sure, it’s my responsibility but there’s the other one most difficult to handle is during teething stage, when he misbehaves, I will correct it firmly with gentle words.

Note: ( Using an Eww factor just as an expression of disgust, it also means”yuck”)

Teething Behavior

This is just normal for a puppy, we all experienced bad behavior during this time. He once rolled the whole toilet paper pulling from the toilet down to the kitchen, dining room ended in the living room, that was merely 8 meters away. The destructive chewing is the problem here, he likes to chew everything, he chewed more that 8 shoes and 10 slippers, books, ear headphones and furniture. So much and we gave Frosty an appropriate toy to chew to soothe his itchy gums. Puppies go through teething stage just like babies.

Frosty is a 9-month-old male Shih Tzu with a typical colors of crystal white with 3 light brown spots and black on both ears. The good impression of overall appearance is a ‘’handsome figure’’ He is friendly, loving and sociable but naughty playful which is just normal for puppies. We have 3 dogs; 2 Labrador breed and Shih Tzu as the latest one, we give them quality time; spending good time walking as a regular scheduled activities, giving them proper diet, daily grooming and a regular veterinary check-up of eye, ear, coat and dental care too.

Frosty First Bath

Giving everything needed, Frosty just completed all his vaccinations. I have a complete grooming supplies; metal pin brush, nail trimmers, dog shampoos and many more.

Aside from jumping, we also play lively game of squeaky toys but soon he will learn the basic obedience training and commands like; heel, sit, stay and many more..

Just like me, Frosty loves to smell the flowers in the garden.

 

Frosty loves to bond with fellow housemate, the Labrador Moo Cow

Moo Cow is a big Labrador breed and Frosty is just a toy dog but they get well together.

2-Month-Old Frosty  He is so cute!.

3-Month-Old Frosty

Another stunning shots for my baby!

I will always think of the health benefits being a dog owner and they are my best friends relieving my stress. They will change my life forever. And you?  Are you ready  to be a pet master?

 

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