Photo Wednesday: Enchanting Siquijor

Wednesday, 6 May 2015, 6:58 | Category : Philippines, Road Trip
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Larena, Siquijor

(‘Siquijor information from Wikipedia Website‘)

(Tagalog pronunciation: [sikiˈhor], Cebuano: Lalawigan sa Siquijor, Tagalog: Lalawigan ng Siquijor) is an island province of the Philippines located in the Central Visayas region. Its capital is the municipality also named Siquijor. To the northwest of Siquijor are Cebu and Negros, to the northeast is Bohol and to the south, across the Bohol Sea, is the island of Mindanao.

DOT Names Five More ‘crowd-less’ Beaches for Summer Vacation

Sunday, 12 April 2015, 11:55 | Category : News
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After naming five ‘crowd-less’ beaches earlier this week for tourists to check out this summer, the Department of Tourism (DOT) has added five more seaside spots perfect for some peace and silence.

Boracay, known for being a 24/7 party island, will almost never be crowd-less, but DOT has included Nagsasa Cove in San Antonio, Zambales; Britania Islands in Surigao del Sur; Gigantes Islands in Iloilo; The Subic Beach in Matnog, Sorsogon; and Kalanggaman Island in Palompon, Leyte to its earlier list.

Isla de Gigantes, Carles


On its new list, the DOT has named less popular beaches which boast of just about everything guaranteed to make any beach bum happy.


Panaad sa Negros Festival 2015 Schedule

Thursday, 12 March 2015, 10:15 | Category : Festivals
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Dubbed as the mother of all Festivals in Negros, the Panaad sa Negros Festival is set this April 13-19, 2015 at the Panaad Park and Stadium, Bacolod City. The Festival showcases the best of Negros Occidental.

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Bacolaodiat Festival 2015 Schedule

“Kiong Hee Huat Tsai” from the City of Smiles

Celebrate the Year of the Goat in Bacolod City’s very own Chinese New Year, the Bacolaodiat Festival. Bacolaodiat comes from the word “Bacolod” the name of the city, and “Lao Diat”which is a Fookien word for ‘Celebration. The festival started in the year 2006 and it is organized by the Negros Tsinoy. This year’s Bacolaodiat Festival theme is ” A Decade of Celebration. Lifetime of Harmony”.

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Bacolaodiat Festival 2015. Bacolaodiat photo from



The 18th ABS-CBN Massskara Festival

Friday, 10 October 2014, 4:40 | Category : Festivals
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The 18th ABS-CBN Masskara Village is now at the 2nd Level of Robinsons Place Bacolod City. This year Masskara Village houses 39 entries of colourful intricately designed masks.

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Masskara Festival 2014 Schedule of Activities (UPDATED)

Friday, 3 October 2014, 5:59 | Category : Festivals, Philippines
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October 1st marked the opening of the 35th Bacolod Masskara Festival. The year’s  Masskara Festival theme is “One Rhythm. One Bacolod. A Million Smiles.”.

Come and witness the mardi gras in the ‘City of Smiles’.

Here’s the schedule of activities for the 35th Masskara Festival:

October 1, 2014 (Wednesday)
October 1-31, 2014
5:30 am -Fun Masskara-Run, Jog, Walk, Bike & Skate
6:30 am -Zumbasskara and Opening Salvo
                -Opening GK Volunteerism Week
8:00 am -Thanksgiving Mass and Opening Program: Elderly Week
9:00 – 11:00 am – On the spot Mask making Contest
2:00 pm – Banda sa Masskara
6:30 pm – Masskaa Pagcor Night
                – GMA DANSSKARA Elimination Round
9:00-11:00 pm – MassKara Queen 2014: Day with Recovered Treasure
-Whole day Bacolod City Cooperative Dev. Council Business Conference
Jog and Run (Old Airport), PWD & Walk (Lagoon), Skate (People’s House), Bike (North Point)
@Public Plaza
@BAYS Center
@Public Plaza
@Public Plaza
@Public Plaza
@BAYS Center
@Kalipay Foundation
@Old City Hall Grounds
October 2, 2014 (Thursday)
October 2-3, 2014
1:00 – 4:00 pm – Symposium: 21stElderly Filipino Week Celebration
6:30 pm – MassKara Night sa barangay 2014: Bacolod City College Night
7:30 pm – 12MN – MassKara Metro Man Bacolod: Talent Night
-Wholeday GK Barangay Iwanan
@MSCC, Brgy. 16
@Public Plaza
@Payag Pit Shop
October 3, 2014 (Friday)
October 3-5, 2014
October 3-12, 2014
9:00 am – 18th ABS-CBN Masskara Village Opening
1:00 pm – 10th Bacolod History Quiz
1:00-4:00pm – Elderly Week Cultural Presentation
6:00 pm – Batang Bida sang Bacolod
                – Bacolod Night/Launching Masskara Fashion Week
6:30 pm – Masskara Teachers Night
1:00pm-9:00pm – Masskara Night sa Barangay
– Whole Night Masskara Food Village (SM:San Miguel) SMB Night
4:00 pm-6:00 pm – Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (9-day Novena)
@Robinsons Place
@Atrium, Gaisano City
@BAYS Center
@Peoples House
@Public Plaza
@Public Plaza
October 4, 2014 (Saturday)
October 4-5, 2014
October 4-8, 2014
8:00 am- 4:00 pm – BacolodNihan (Bacolod Bayanihan)
6:00 pm – Masskara Queen 2014: Talent Competition
6:30 pm – Sinadya sa Dalan lacson
-Whole day ABS-CBN 8th Newscasting Competition Elimination
-Whole day –Mayor Monico Karate Cup
8:00 am – 6:00 pm – The 2014 Regional Autocross Championship Series for Visayas
Whole day Rising Stars Philippines: Singing Audition Booth
@People’s House
@City-Walk Robisons
@Lacson Street
@BAYS Center
@Old Airport Strip, Bacolod City
@Gaisano City Bacolod
October 5, 2014 (Sunday)
October 5-11, 2014
8:00 am -12:00 pm – Thanksgiving Mass and Opening Program: Elderly Week
          – Masskara Queen 2014 Candidates Pampering
1:30 pm – Volleyball Goodwill Games (PWD & City Employee)
Whole day- Regional Autocross Championship Series 2nd Leg
     – 1st Mayor Monico Cycling Competition
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Masskara Night sa Barangay
     – Masskara Fashion Week
@People’s House
@Alta Essencia
@Public Plaza
@People’s House
@People’s House
October 6, 2014 (Monday)
3:00 pm – Motorcade Parade and Coronation of Elderly Queen
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Masskara Night sa Barangay
@BAYS Center
October 7, 2014 (Tuesday)
October 7-12, 2014
1:00 – 9:00 pm – Masskara Night sa Barangay
Whole day- Lakbay Aral: Senior Citizen
Whole day – Gov. Marathon Boxing Cup
@Brgy. 40
@BAYS Center
October 8, 2014 (Wednesday)
8:00 am – 11:00 am – Masskara Queen 2014: Media Tour
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Masskara Night sa Barangay
3:00 pm – Negros Island House of Prayer
6:30 pm – Military, Police, Security, Tanod Fire
@Bacolod TV and Radio Stations
@People’s House
@Public Plaza
October 9, 2014 (Thursday)
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Masskara Night sa Barangay
@Brgy. 7
October 10, 2014 (Friday)
October 10-11, 2014
October 10-12, 2014
4:30 pm – 25th Visayas Unity Ride
7:00 pm – Masskara Queen 2014:Coronation  Night
     – JazzKara 2014
Whole day- One Bacolod Trabaho Patrol
Whole day- 2014 Watchmen Daily Journal/Masskara Golf Club
Whole Night – Barangay SM (San Miguel):SMB Night
     – Negros Fish Keepers Group cooperative: Negros Breeders Cup 2014
@Public Plaza – People’s House
@St. La Salle Coliseum
@L’Fisher Hotel
@Gaisano City Mall
@SM Grounds
@People’s House Lobby
October 11, 2014 (Saturday)
October 11-12, 2014
Whole day – Vanz Masskara BMX
10:00 am – Rotary Day by Rotary Club of Bacolod- East
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Masskara Night sa Barangay
5:00 pm – Rapsskara 2014
6:00 pm – Masskara Market Vendors Night
     – Masskara Queen 2014: Presentation of Winners
7:00 pm – Watchmen Daily Journal:Concert Party
Whole day – Ultimate Smile Frisbee 2014
     – Volkswagen Auto Show
     – Mayor Monico Cup:Shooting Competition
     – Team Project MX: 1st masskara Motorcross
@People’s House
@People’s House Grounds
@Pta. Taytay
@BAYS Center
@Public Plaza
@Public Plaza
@People’s House
@People’s House
@Negros Sports Exchange Gun Club Firing Range
@Gaisano City Bacolod
October 12, 2014 (Sunday)
4:30 am – Munsterific Fun Run
9:00 am – Flat Boat Race
Whole day – Feast of Our lady of the Holy Rosary
     – 4th Masskara All-Breed Fun Match Dog
5:00 pm – Procession
6:00 pm – 2nd Masskara by the Sea
     – Masskara Queen 2014:Masquerade Ball
7:00 pm – 12:00 mn – Masskara Metro Man
@Provincial Capitol
@Pta. Taytay
@Public Plaza
@Transport Hub, SM City
@Baywalk/BREDCO Port
@People’s House
@BAYS Center
October 13, 2014 (Monday)
October 13-17, 2014
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm Masskara Night sa Barangay
7:30 pm – Masskara king
Whole day – Masskara Pasalubong Caravan
@Brgy. 31
@BAYS Center
@District North Point
October 14, 2014 (Tuesday)
October 14-16, 2014
7:00 pm – 12:00 pm – Mr. Bi Bacolod
Masskara 2014
1:00 – 9:00 pm – Masskara Night sa Barangay
Whole day – Eskrima sa Masskara 2014: 1st Bacolod National Arnis Championship
@BAYS Center
@Brgy. 29
October 15-17, 2014
8:00pm – 11:00 pm – 2014 Starting Line’s Motorcycle GP Clinic
8:30 – 5:30 pm – Philippine Airlines Masskara Ticket Sale
@Gaisano City Mall
@PAL Ticketting Office Agencies
October 16, 2014 (Thursday)
October 16-17, 2014
October 16-18, 2014
October 16-19, 2014
9:00 am – 3:00 pm – Petron Safety Seminar and Cooking Contest
5:00 pm – MassKara Zumba Fitness Street Party – Masskaraland
6:00 pm – Masskara na! May magic pa!
Whole day – City Employees Day
2:00 pm – Rising Stars Philippines:Singing Live Screening
5:00 pm – Bacolod for Jesus:PROJECT ABLAZE 2014
Whole day – Masskara Trade Fair
Barangay SM (San Miguel):SMB Night
@People’s House
@Lacson Tourism Strip
@People’s House
@People’s House
@South Capitol Road
@South Capitol Road
@SMX Convention Center
@San Juan Street and Lacson Tourism Strip
October 17, 2014 (Friday)
October 17-18, 2014
October 17-19, 2014
Whole day – Starting Line: Circuit Racing
12:00 pm – Masskara Love dance Festival 2014
1:00 – 6:00 pm – Masskara Street Dancing (School Category)
2:00 – 5:00 pm – BCCDF Forum
4:00 pm – ABS-CBN Salamat kapamilya
5:00 pm – Masskaraland
7:00 pm – GMA DANSSKARA Finals
                – ABS-CBN Electric Dance Masskara
                – Masskaraland
7:00 – 8:00 pm – ABS-CBN Masskara Village Parade of Mask
Whole Night – Masskara Invasion
Wholeday – Masskara Motor Drag Racing
                   – Masskara Loptta Age Group Table Tennis Championship
                   – Masskara City Trade Expo and Conference
@Gaisano City Bacolod
@Central District Football Field
@Paglaum Sports Complex
@Masskara Hall, People’s House
@Lacson Tourism Strip
@Public Plaza
@Lacson Tourism Strip
@Lacson tourism Strip
@Lacson Tourism Strip
@Bacolod Old Aiport
@Lopues San Sebastian
@SMX Convention Center
October 18, 2014 (Saturday)
October 18-20, 2014
2:00 am – 1st Bacolod Masskara Ultra Run
7:00 am – 4:00 pm – BCCDC Business Conference
1:00 – 6:00 pm – MassKara Street Dancing (Barangay category)
2:00 pm – National Taekwondo Champ
3:00 pm – La Consolacion College Arfien: Giant Puppet Parade
4:00 pm – Celebrity Basketball tournament
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm – ABS-CBN Kapamilya Caravan
5:00 pm – Masskaraland
6:00 pm – GMA Kapuso Fiesta
                – GMA Kapuso Bet ng Bayan Reginal Finals and Charter Day Countdown
7:00 pm – RAPCON 2014: Bacolod Invasion
                – BOMBO Radyo and Star FM Dance Show Down Competition
10:00 pm – 12:00 mn – ABS-CBN Kaleidoscope:Masskara Fantasy Night and Countdown to Charter
Whole day – Farrah Sequito Chess Women’s Open Championship
Whole day – Ala – Cobra Tunay na Lakas Boxing
Whole day – Masskara Loptta Age Group and Open Table Tennis Championship
@Capitol Lagoon
@MassKara Hall, People’s House
@Paglaum Sports Complex
@Gaisano City Bacolod
@Araneta Street
@St. La Salle Coliseum
@Gaisano City Mall, Parking Lot
@Lacson Tourism Strip
@People’s House
@People’s House
@BAYS Center
@Public Plaza
@Masskara Land, Lacson Street
@MKK Annex Building
@Gaisano City Mall / NOMPAC
@Lopues San Sebastian
October 19, 2014 (Sunday)
7:00 am – Misa ng Bayan
8:30 am – Boodle Breakfast
10:00 am – 12:00 pm – ABS-CBN MassKara Cake Decorating Competition
2:00 pm – Search for Ginang Alaska
1:00 pm – Charter Day Float Parade
5:00 pm – Ang Banwahanon Award
                – GMA Kapuso Mall Show
                – MassKa-ROCK 2014
8:00 pm – Electric MassKara and MasskaraLand
                – La Consolacion College Arfien: Giant Puppet Show
Whole day
               – Farrah Sequito Chess Men’s Open Championship
               – Philippine Guardians Brotherhood Inc. Guardian’s Day
@San Sebastian Cathedral
@Public Plaza
@Gaisano City Bacolod
@Public Plaza
@Public Plaza
@Lacson Tourism Strip
@MKK Annex Building
@BAYS Center




The Mystique ‘Tangke’ of Islas de Gigantes

Tuesday, 8 April 2014, 12:16 | Category : Philippines, Travel
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If you want to experience how it feels like when time stops and the feeling of from a different world, then no need to travel to far places. ‘Tangke’ is the most popular tourist attraction in Islas de Gigantes. Visitors of Islas de Gigantes never failed to mention how they have been bewitched by this mysterious place. Located in Islas de Gigantes Sur, ‘Tangke’ as commonly called by the locals is a saltwater lagoon surrounded by high limestone cliffs. From the outside, one would never know that there is a hidden gem inside, a magnificent creation of God. People who have visited the place could somewhat compare it to El Nido of Palawan or Thailand. It’s just so breath-taking.

Isla de Gigantes, Carles, Iloilo

Boracay : Famed White Paradise Island

Monday, 31 March 2014, 16:52 | Category : Philippines, Travel
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Yes, dubbed by Travel and Leisure in 2012 as number one (1) World’s Best Island. For the past several years, it has become a top tourist destination because of its pristine and white sand that has captured every visitor’s heart both locally and abroad. So let’s get to know the world’s best island getaway.


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Must-Haves Beach Essentials

Friday, 7 March 2014, 14:06 | Category : SPR, Travel
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Summer is just around the corner so I’m pretty sure you’re already looking forward to that getaway vacation at the beach. But before you head out to your dream beach destination, here’s a checklist to make sure you got everything you need to enjoy the sun, sand and sea.

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Summer Destinations in The Philippines

Saturday, 1 March 2014, 16:50 | Category : Philippines
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Lately, I’ve been busy managing my schedules: from running errands to making a living that I haven’t noticed it’s already the first day of March. In a few days, school will be over and summer vacation will officially start. It’s going to be two months of fun under the sun. For me, summer is synonymous to vacation, fun and beaches. Oh! I can’t wait to hit the road for my next summer getaway vacation. The thought of relaxing and having fun somewhere interesting made me excited. So I’ve made a list of top summer destinations in the country. I’ve been to some of the places and would still love to go back there and some are still on my bucket list, waiting to be explored.

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