Cebu

[Sinulog #4] a Pilgrimage to Sto. Nino de Cebu Basilica


A pilgrimage to the Basilica of Sto. Nino is a must if you are a devoted Catholic and specially if this was your first time to the Sinulog. They say that you should make three prayer wishes (3) every time you make your first visit to a new church and they will come true. I truly believe in this and with the miraculous power of the Sto. Nino de Cebu, it will be granted. Remember, that Sto. Nino de Cebu is the link between Philippines Pagan Past and our country’s Christian present. You can see the original Sto. Nino de Cebu which was given as a baptismal gift to Hara Amihan, wife of Cebu’s Rajah Humabon coverted the first Christians in the Philippines archipelago. Most people go to the Sinulog not only for the grand parade but also to do this pilgrimage to the Sto. Nino de Cebu.

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Cebu

[Sinulog #3] The Sinulog’s Grand Parade


Map courtesy of Sinulog.ph

Originally, I thought that you could witness the entire parade in a few hours but I underestimated the sheer number of participants in the parade. A total of 93 participants broken down into Sinulog-based participants (3), Free Interpretation (9), Float (20), Higante (21) and Puppeteers (9). Although the number of participants is already reduced by 25% versus 124 participants in 2005, you would have to watch it the whole day just to see all the contestants. This reminds me of the Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras in Australia with its sheer number of participants, colorful and artful displays and shows.

The parade starts in P. del Rosario to Gen. Maxilom Ave. to Fuente Osmena circle then finally to the Ceby City Sports Center. You practically have to walk the entire time if you want to follow the parade. It is best to bring a cebu city map, and a camera. The parade kicks off at 9am and enters the Cebu City Sports Center starting at 1pm onwards. Every dances to the Sinulog which is a dance ritual in honor of the miraculous image of the Santo Niño. The dance moves two steps forward and one step backward to the sound of the drums. The best view of the parade is to be IN the parade where you can take photos as close up as possible while the street dance are happening.

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Welcome to my Jumbo Kingdom!

Jumbo Kingdom is one of the most misunderstood structures in Manila Bay. A lot of people are intimidated with its magnificent floating restaurant structure and often mistake it to be a casino (which was rumored during Erap’s time). In 2000, two tugboats crossed from Aberdeen Harbour in Hong Kong to Manila Bay just to bring to manila one out of three Jumbo Floating Restaurants. It’s claim to fame is not only its magnificent sculpture, precise workmanship and intricate detail but also its delicious Cantonese Chinese restaurant! Jumbo Kingdom boasts of 11 VIP rooms equipped with videoke, a Fine Dining Restaurant, Crystal Banquet Hall and the Jumbo Music Lounge on the top floor (which is the place to be). This is definitely worth a visit if you have visitors/ balikbayans — the food is definitely good but the desserts were disappointing 🙂

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Cebu

[Sinulog #2] Essential Guide to the Sinulog Fiesta


When attending the fiestas in the Philippines, you should have a game plan on how you would best experience it. Sometimes, it would take insiders who really know the Sinulog’s activities to be able to help you out in your game plan. In this essential guide, I would give you how to best experience Sinulog based on what worked for me during the festivities and what would I do differently when I visit Sinulog next year.

How to best experience — Sinulog!
1. Watch the Grand Parade in the Streets — The parade is soo huge that it starts at 8am until 7pm in the evening before you are able to watch the entire parade. Its soo grand that you just hope that you get to watch the best parts. You can watch it in the Grandstand in the Cebu City Sports Complex but I find it pretty boring but it is like watching the best cultural shows in the south part of the Philippines. In the Streets, don’t watch it in the sidelines behind the line boundaries. It is best that you bring a camera and act like a photographer so that you can walk on the streets while the performance is going on.
The best area to watch the parade is in the Fuentes Circle where the epicenter of the entire grand parade is located. This is one of the stops before the Grand Stand show where they practice their performance to the crowd. It is also where a lot of booths are located and street dancing is happening.

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Cebu

[Sinulog #1] Sinulog — The Best Fiesta in the Philippines!

I’m back loaded with stories and pictures to share about Sinulog which is so far the best Fiesta in the Philippines! I’ve always been fascinated with the Philippines Fiestas and I’m hoping to be able to blog all of them. People from all over the world visits Cebu to witness this Phils’ “Mardi Gras” in Cebu City and it would be a shame if we, Filipinos, will not be able to experience this awesome fiesta at least once in our lifetime. This year’s Sinulog has the biggest crowd ever and I literally have to walked all over Cebu during the entire day just to experience it.

I’ve been looking for an insider’s account on what to expect in Sinulog but you would have to talk to locals so that you can fully understand what happens there. As a starting point, there is an official website where you can find the official schedule, history of the Sinulog, and winning photos in the past years (Sinulog is a perfect time for photography).

Sinulog is a dance ritual in honor of the miraculous image of the Santo Niño. The dance moves two steps forward and one step backward to the sound of the drums. This resembles the current (Sulog) of what was then known as Cebu’s Pahina River. Thus, in Cebuano, they say it’s Sinulog. I will attempt to give an experiential account on Sinulog 2006 and maybe, I would be successful in convincing you that this is the best fiesta in the Philippines and you should take the next chance of witnessing this in Cebu. It is always scheduled on the third sunday in January.

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Conti’s Finally Expanded in Greenhills!


After 8 years of being Paranaque’s pride and best kept dessert secret, Conti’s pastry shop and restaurant finally opened in Connecticut, Greenhills last mid Nov 2005. I kept this on my list to blog about every since Tanya mentioned this in her blog. For some time, Conti’s has been our caterer in the office for special lunches with VIP visitors, and you would crave about how good the food is. So for all those who don’t know yet what’s the fuss about Conti’s opening at greenhills, then read on. Otherwise, I have food shots of the Baked Salmon and Mango Bravo that would surely make you head over at connecticut on your next greenhills shopping. Thank you Carol Sumulong, for finally branching out in Ortigas!

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a regrettable Lavigne Bistro dinner


I’ve been hearing raves about Lavigne for sometime now, but my gut is telling me that there is something wrong with this place. First, everytime I pass by Yakal on my way home, there were only a few cars versus Bianca’s or Carpaccio which is along the same street. I thought the place was intimidatingly expensive. Second, I noticed that they changed names from Anthony’s to Titania and at some point there was a healthy restaurant here. Finally, last January 5, we celebrated Rommel and Jinky’s birthday at Lavigne. The ambiance and service was great, however, the food was regrettably bad. Sorry for this but we were served with seafood bouillabaisse that was not fresh that tasted it was frozen for ages and cooked for us, the only customer on a Thursday night. Of course, we did not pay for its P850 price and we did not let that ruin our entire night, so we shoot the night away 🙂

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Viaje del Sol

[Viaje del Sol Series.3] “Starbucks” stop @ Jay’s Kinabuhayan Cafe

I’ve always wanted to check out Kinabuhayan Cafe’s rustic homey ambiance and it is renowned for being the jump off point for trekkers of Mount Banahaw. Since we just came from Kusina Salud, we decided to make this our starbucks stop during the tour. The ambiance of the place is enough to create headaches for Photographers because it is charming in any angle you shoot and it challenges you to create that perfect composition. The best part about it are the windows where it would act as picture frames of the live scenes happening behind the windows. Jay Herrera was there to greet us and give us a hospitable welcome and later on toured us to the Kubli springs. Jay is the co-owner of the place with Winston and he is also the chef behind the delicious innovative food in Kinabuhayan.

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Family

a Frances Gloria Regression Experience

Here’s the second blog posts of my brother, Enzo. We went to Frances Gloria, who is the co-anchor of Jaime Lichauco in Inner Mind on Radio every Sunday at 7pm. We don’t generally believe in this stuff but check out this regression experience based on my brother’s account.


Last December 28, my brother Anton said that he will give me a surprise treat. He instructed me not to drink any coffee or chocolate on that day. All the while, I thought we will go to some unique spa. But when we were driving towards the south, I was surprised we exited in Merville and found myself in #1
Long Beach cor. Riviera Sts., Merville Park, Paranaque City, Philippines

The session with Frances started off with a 10 minute introduction of the “healing” methodology. She will basically conduct what you call a regression and a progression. Regression is a process where your mind is guided down to the Alpha level to access a state where your consciousness can have inputs from the sub-conscious to see the past. Progression, on the other hand is similar to regression but you will be guided to see the future. In both process, you will be totally awake and aware of your surroundings. She will be asking you questions and from what you see, hear, feel or impressed by the sub-conscious you will provide the answer for her to note down. The whole process will take about two hours and this will set you back Php2,000.00

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