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Paskotitap Lights and Sound Float Parade 2018

By on December 13, 2018

The evening parade last Sunday December 9, 2018 was truly spectacular! It’s already my 8th year of featuring the biggest and most awaited Christmas Electronic Float Parade. Paskotitap Christmas Lights and Sound Parade is an annual holiday event and a combination of float parade and dance competition. This year’s Paskotitap Christmas Lights and Sound Parade features 14 animated movie-themed floats; Lego Ninjago, Aquaman, Teen Titans, Justice League, Ant-Man, Venom to mention a few. ..

As like the previous years, each float has a new theme and new dimensions accompanied by the dance performers from participating schools:

Kapitolyo High School
Rizal High School
Dela Paz High School
Pinagbuhatan High School
Immaculada High School
Sta. Lucia High School
Nagpayong High School
Buting Senior High School
Pasig City Science High School
Sagad High School
Santolan High School
Eusebio High School
San Joaquin Kalawaan High School
Manggahan High School

The parade route starts at Tiendesitas Pasig and moves down to Dr. Sixto Antonio Avenue all the way to Pasig City Hall for the dance competition. Paskotitap performers (High school dance troupe) wearing their lavish costume perfectly designed and tailored to incorporate float animated theme. All floats illustrate their own theme together with musical sounds, costumed characters and light flashing effects. Truly fantastic!

Paskotitap Lights and Sound Float Parade Schedule
December 9, 2018
6:00 pm
Tiendesitas Pasig City

This holiday event is a big treat to everyone, thousands of people lined up to watch the parade, it is really a big draw of all ages. All animated floats perfectly designed and built by famous artists and other props by the students.

My particular thanks to all Paskotitap organizers, artists, float designers, participating schools, All sponsors, Rotary Club of Pasig, Lion’s club and to our beloved Mayor Maribel Eusebio.

I would like to congratulate all Paskotitap Dance Competition Winners

1st Runner Up – Nagpayong High School
2nd Runner Up – Kapitolyo High School

Congratulations also to all dancers, choreographers and teachers. The Salayaw Dance Company is the official Dance Group of Nagpayong High School, Congratulations !

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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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Chinese Cultural Festival 2018

By on March 7, 2018

Chinese new year celebrations around the world is always welcomed by cultural performances, festive shows, fireworks display, lucky foods, good wishes in their own traditional way and Philippines is no exception to that. In connection with the annual New Year celebration at Shangri-La Plaza ( a world class shopping and dining mall destination)  Elegant Chinese pagoda on the ground level with an artistic modern looking designs of 12 animal zodiac. Of course! the reigning animal symbol for this year 2018 ”The Year of the Earth Dog”

The grand celebration at Shang Atrium last Sunday February 25, 2018 showcased the Chinese folk culture includes the thrilling high pole lion dance, Dragon dance, Wushu and Amazing drummers performed by multi-talented performers of Chinese Ling Nam Athletic Federation. Ling Nam Athletes performed at Chinese New Year and other holiday events.

The president and vice-president of Ling-Nam Federation with other prominent personalities

Chinese Ling Nam Athletic Federation and Fire and Rescue Volunteer, a non-governmental organization aims to promote traditional martial arts, they produced multi talented performers and received various awards from competition abroad.

With their own field of expertise, the Ling Nam Fire and Rescue Volunteers are very attentive and responsive to the needs of the community. Other projects includes the medical and dental mission. Over the years of helping the needy, their accomplishments has progressed with its vision and growing bigger and very popular. Congratulations and Thank you for continuing fine tradition of service to your fellowmen.

Master William Soon (center) and company

Master William Soon, the chief instructor of Chinese Ling Nam Athletic Federation is very smart and accommodating. He referred me to ‘’Aga’’ for a broad interview detailing the culture and history of the organization.

Playing the gong is Gumey Bautista, Wushu and Lion dance junior instructor.

Lion dancers all dressed with vibrant colors displaying their new year greetings and wishes for the year 2018 ”the Year of the Earth Dog”

Taking part in the photography and publishing level, I’ve excused myself last Sunday from other activities scheduled for the day just to attend the said event. It’s all done and worth it! So many good performers, I feel thrilled and excited more than exhausted.

The dazzling glow of Shangri-La and colorful splendors of the lions.

Loud sounds of drums, gongs and cymbals filled the whole of Shangri-La plaza, it’s the instrument of expression to drive away misfortunes and bad spirits.

The Dragon Dance

The Lion dance

The drummers

Comic performers

Philippine Ling Nam Athletic Federation Dragon and Lion Dance Exhibition, Wushu and Drum Performance

Other pictures taken during the live exhibition

 

 

 

Welcoming the new year marks new beginning and good expectations, hopefully it will bring more blessings. It’s the year of the dog, please be more kind to your dogs and love all animals as well. Happy Chinese New Year 2018 everyone!

I would like to thank Master William Soon, to you Aga, to all performers, organizers and to all who supported the event. See you all again soon. Thank you guys!

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Happy Valentine’s Day 2018

By on February 13, 2018

It’s a practice believed that roses are  spice of love and soon it brings a spice for life, Clearly, it’s a symbol of love. Me, myself still receiving the same kind of flowers from the same person up to the present. It’s just like saying, I’m still lovely and sweet after all these years, honestly speaking and not to be proud off, still I am! LOL!

When getting to know more about someone, giving roses is a great way to catch attention or, you may want to start a relationship all over again. I’m sure you’ll earn a good impression while it lasts.

Here’s Live Life and Love wishing you all, ”Happy Valentine’s day”

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Botanical Garden, Baguio city

By on February 1, 2018

Following the winding road, will take you to the scenic Botanical garden. it’s just 15 mins drive from our place. I love flowers! Visiting the Botanical garden is the most exciting and enjoyable part of my vacation. Definitely, I’m beginning to enjoy the pleasures of family vacation. In here, you’ ll see all kinds of blooming flowers, beautiful flowering shrubs and trees. Plenty of surprises, so much beauty in subtle colors of perennial foliage as well.

Botanical garden is a beautifully-landscaped lowland park that features a wide variety of plants and flowers, designed specifically to showcase all the fascinating features in the garden, flowers begin to show so much life and lush growth abundantly covered through and brightly colored. There’s nothing more fun than being out to appreciate my favorites, I don’t get to see the same flowers everyday.

December month about to end, the garden surrounded by a star- shaped Christmas lights display.

This is a large garden, my starting point here. To begin with, I’m beginning to appreciate everything.

Chinese pavilion is a friendship pavilion between the Philippines and Chin (Hangzou city)

Igorot village

Truly magnificent showcase of   colorful and attractive dresses. Igorots have their own specific tribal mode of dressing. Woman are famous for their tube skirt. For picture taking with unlimited shots, you can rent a costume for only 20 pesos.

Ethnic minority Igorot woman wearing a distinctive headdress. She cute!

My hunting expedition for beautiful flowers as my subject of the day. What a relaxing experience to walk around appreciating and photographing all flowers in bloom. Of course! I have my own likes and dislikes too. I just hope you’ll appreciate clear quality pictures.

Most alluring attributes, a very graceful tree. It’s just like Cherry blossoms in the Philippines.

Feeling refreshed to choose my favorites from the wide range of offers perhaps, this is the right one for me, a colorful two-color combination is a brilliant one.

Attractive foliage and hybrid Dahlias along the pathways beautifully- arranged.

I never forget to include Baguio’s signature, the everlasting flowers also known as ”straw flowers”

A bit review and study viewing it with a how-tos question on my mind. I was looking for a proper species to plant so soon to develop my own when I get home but I don’t know yet what suit my needs.

I love this one! Oh yeah! all dull spots brightened with colorful perennials too.

Garden comes alive with all the outstanding display of seasonal colors and all season point of interest.

I think nothing beats this one for adding color to the surroundings.

 

Enhanced by yellow stamen in the center, very nice combinations of light pink and yellow.

 

 

 

 

What you can see here are not the only varieties available during that time. I‘ve selected only a few to post it here. It will not end here, my next posts would be my most amazing flower photography all done in the same place and time. See you next posts.. Thanks for reading my blog!

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Boating Experience at Burnham Park

By on January 23, 2018

A crowd-pleasing park located in the downtown area. It is a spacious center city park with a man-made lake designed for boating however, the water seems blurry and muddy in color. I’ve noticed a huge improvement this year. I remember there was once, Baguio faced one of its most trying times when a disastrous earthquake left other areas in ruins, that was in the year way back 1990. Clinically, far from before, it has a new look now which is more captivating, inviting and tourist-friendly city.

 

Lovely photos taken at the boating area of Burnham park

 

 

 

 

 

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My Trip to Baguio City, the City of the Cool Sun

By on January 19, 2018

I’ve been keeping a daily journal of my past activities during our stay in Baguio city, it was a holiday vacation for family bonding. Now, I’m back home keeping track of the memorable moments of what my mood is each day. I remember there was once, a cold Tuesday morning, temperature drops at 12 degrees Celsius, I was in the balcony on the 5th floor wearing a bonnet and a hood to protect myself from cold.

With a hot cup of coffee on hand catching the glimpse of the entire city. My peaceful mind and relaxing feeling viewing from afar, I’ve seen a part of ‘’Camp John Hay’’ and the stunning foggy mountains as the sun is about to rise dramatically between them.

It was a moment of serenity and a quiet contemplation to welcome the start of the day  appreciating the beauty of Baguio as my location serves as the best area to watch the sunrise. Visually, it’s been a cold paradise, the city of the cool sun surrounding all tourist attractions.

My trip to Baguio was a wonderful cultural experience. To record and document all fruitful memories from behind is a good hobby. The February ‘’Panagbenga’’ festival 2018 {Saturday, Feb. 24 – March 24, 2018 Baguio city} is fast approaching and be back there again soon… just to cut this short for my next posts, see you there!

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Paskotitap Christmas Lights and Sounds Parade 2017

By on December 12, 2017

December 10 is a beautiful Christmas evening, the annual and the most spectacular parade held every December in the city of Pasig is the ‘’Paskotitap Christmas Lights and Sounds Parade, This year’s yuletide parade showcased 15 different animated movie- themed floats of seasonal delights such as Dragon heart, Mulan, Mother Goose, Sing, My Little pony, Paw patrol to mention a few.

This is now my 7th year of covering this Disneyland electrical parade. What’s new? The Christmas tunnel beside Tiendesitas, it is the Christmas musical street dancing light tunnel  lighted the way to a more Christmas cheer with the warm glow of dazzling lights, it  provides a welcome spot for parade watchers as they positioned  themselves on both street sides of Ortigas East.

With a great audience, the parade started moving around 6 in the evening from Tiendesitas near SM Hypermart followed a route all the way to Pasig city hall for the High school Dance Competition. Earlier, Pasig released traffic advisory to give way to all float routes, it was all cleared and thanks for that!

Past years Paskotitap, Click this link > Paskotitap 2015

Congratulations to all Paskotitadance winners 2017

Champion – Eusebio High School

Ist Place –  Nagpayong High School

2nd  Place – Immaculada High School

15 Paskotitap Floats 2017

 Dragon heart float

 

Kapitolyo High school performers

 

Tsu-tsu train

 

Mother goose float

 

 

My Little Pony float

 

Mulan float

 

 

 

Note:all photos taken before

 

Sing Float

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I would like to thank all high school performers, thank you for the hard work and dedication. That is truly a memorable yuletide fun!  My particular thanks to all Paskotitap organizers, float makers and designers, participating students and Schools, All sponsors, Rotary Club of Pasig and to our beloved Mayor Maribel Eusebio.

Thank you to the good record and service projects. Thank you, thank you Rotary Club of Mutya ng Pasig. Ang babait ninyo! Looking forward to another Yuletide parade soon of 2018.

Merry Christmas Everyone! 

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Happy Mid-Autumn Festival 2017

By on October 4, 2017

It’s Mid-Autumn Festival today, according to the 2017 Chinese calendar, it falls on the 15th day of the 8th month so that is today and it’s a moon cake celebration for us. It is a tradition for my family to enjoy the sweetness of moon cakes  served on the table, we got 6 different kinds of moon cake with different fillings, each flavor was perfectly good. Here’s the first one,the ”Delicate Present Moon cake”given by our friends from Taiwan. Thank you guys out there! What a special festive gift, the tastes was really great however, other moon cakes has their own unique flavors too.

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