30 November 2010

November 30 : Andres Bonifacio Day

     Today, November 30, we pay tribute to one of the greatest Philippine hero Andres Bonifacio as we celebrate his 147th birthday. Since grade school we were taught that he was the Father of the Philippine Revolution and one of the founder of "Katipunan" or  "Kataastaasan Kagalang-galang na Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan" (KKK). His undying courage became an inspiratin to all Katipunero's to fight against the oprressors leading to the country's freedom on June 12, 1908.
     In the present time, every where you look there are so many unnoticed heroes. People who would go beyond what they normally do just to help the country or their fellow countrymen. Some who have given a great impact on the soceity were given international recognition for their endeavor,  like Efren Penaflorida who have won the CNN Hero of the Year 2009 for his "pushcart classroom" to educate poor children who can not afford formal education. Our country, sad to say is still on a bondage, not from oppressors but from poverty. And we Filipinos are still waiting for the "hero" to rescue us from this enslavement and can bring the whole country to prosperity. But while waiting for this hero to come we should start being a hero to others and the country. Each one of us can be a hero in our own small ways. The traffic policemen on the streets, our teachers in school and overseas Filipino workers are some of our  modern day heroes. These people are working hard for their family and country are not looking for recognition or popularity.
     But how to be a hero? Do you have to die first before you become a hero? I think, being a good example to others, following rules and caring for others and the environment are some small ways but if several persons doing it, altogether, will have a great impact and effects to the world.

26 November 2010

Photo Friday: Nature

Taken in Boracay Island last July while we are island hopping. =)  This is supposed to be my entry for Audrey Rose'  My Dysfunctional World photo Friday but I could not get the code for some reason its giving me error 404 not found. I don't want to bother Audz anymore, she's preparing for her trip to Iloilo tomorrow. Anyway, I still want to share it with you guys.

24 November 2010

San Diego Parish Church in Silay

     I heard mass today. What's funny is that I traveled almost 30 minutes all the way from Bacolod City to San Diego Parish Church in Silay City just to hear mass. Silay City is 14 kilometers north of Bacolod.  It was raining hard when I left Bacolod and good thing that the rain stopped when I reached Silay and just in time for the mass to begin. One couldn't hardly notice this massive edifice as you passed by the main street of Silay.

22 November 2010

Safety Driving on a Hot Weather

       Driving on an extremely hot weather is different from a normal weather condition. There are few things you have to keep in mind  in order to keep your self and your love ones safe while driving on a hot weather.
     Check your tires. Before leaving your house make sure that your car tires are in good condition for long travel. When driving on a hot weather, as air temperature rises, the pressure inside the tire also increases. Too much pressure could blow your tire to pieces.  Always check your tire every 100 miles or a couple of hours. If you think the tire gets too hot, stop over by the side of the road and allow your tire to cool down for a few minutes.
     Make sure you have enough engine oil.  Engine oil helps in keeping your engine cool for better performance. Go for synthetic oils for extreme temperature protection, durability, all round performance and longer oil change interval.
     Before going out on a long journey, make sure that your car's engine cooling system works perfectly well.  Keep an eye on your temperature gauge, if the gauge goes to high immediately pulled off the road to a safe place-- DO NOT! yes, do not attempt to drive any further. Driving with an overheated engine causes damage to your car engine. 
     Make sure that your air conditioning system is in perfect condition before setting out on a road trip. You don't want to find yourself sweating all throughout the journey.
     Extreme temperatures (hot or cold) affects the life of your timing belt. It is advised that if you change your timing belt have your water pump changed as well.
     Lastly, have you car regulary check in an auto repair shop. If you are residing in Arizona, given its hot climatic conditions, its best to have your card check by the experts like Houston auto repair. All you just need to do is visit their website, RepairPal.com, and they will give you the nearest repair shop in your area. You don't want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere with your new Ford Expedition or Lexus don't you?

21 November 2010

Photos from Canon Shoot and Run 2010 Photo Challenge

Theme 1:  Beauty of Bacolod
We went around Bacolod's famous spots to shoot; the New Government Center and Provincial Capitol Lagoon

The newest seat of the government of the people of Bacolod City.

20 November 2010

Shoot & Run 2010: A Photo Challenge by Canon dHUB

     Canon Digital Hub in SM City Bacolod held Shoot & Run photo challenge earlier today as it turned one year.  The contest was open to all professional or amateur photographers and I was lucky to be one of the participants.
     The event started at 12:00 noon with the registration of the participants. Audrey Rose of lagawan , Ruel of Surimi Goes To and Chino was already there when I arrived. We were given Canon T-shirts and ID to be worn during the competition. There were three categories given: Beauty of Bacolod, Cultural or Spiritual, Fashion in Motion and the bonus category SM Eco Bag.  On each category, we were given one and half hour to take photos including the download time. We can take photos anywhere we want provided we have to check in before the time ends and have the best photo downloaded as your entry for that specific category.  We have to be back on time or else we will miss the announcement for the next category. One  winner for each category will receive a Canon Pixma MP497 printer. Snacks and energy drinks were provided to the participants as well. Pretty neat huh.

19 November 2010

Photo Friday : A Friday of No Theme

My entry for today's photo Friday is this.

This piece of scribble was drawn by my little baby brother Michael. He told me that the one on the left is our mom mopping the floor and the one on the right was me sitting in front of the computer. I couldn't stop on praising him for his small work of art.

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17 November 2010

Giant Christmas Tree in Bacolod Lighted Up

     It's the most wonderful time of the year.  Yes, christmas is just around the corner.  Some shops, offices and homes are starting to decorate their place for a festive mood.

     888 Chinatown Square mall is all set up for the yuletide season as it lighted its giant christmas tree on November 15.  The biggest tree in the city of Bacolod was set up right in front of the mall's main entrance. 

      Underneath is a nativity scene of comprised figurines depicting the birth of Jesus Christ with Mary, Joseph, three wise kings and the shepherd.  Not only the lights from the tree brightened up the place but the whole structure itself is a display of colors.

15 November 2010

A Day in San Carlos City

     When Audz and Porsh asked me if I wanted to go with them to San Carlos City to watch the Pintaflores I did not give it a second thought. It is going to be our first time to experience it so everyone was excited to go including Ruel when I told him about the plan.
     We departed Ceres terminal in Bacolod at 8:30 in the morning, took the Don Salvador route to shorten our trip and arrived in San Carlos before 11:00. The paved road and the scenery along the way made the whole trip smooth and pleasant.


12 November 2010

Photo Friday Entry

This is my entry for the Photo Friday themed Colours. Got this from the recently concluded Pintaflores Festival 2010 in San Carlos City. Probably the most colorful festival I've seen.

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10 November 2010

Traversing Don Salvador Benedicto Highway

     Last Friday I went to San Carlos City together with Ruel, Audz and Grace to witness their colorful Pintaflores Festival. We left Bacolod at 8:30 in the morning. We took the bus to San Carlos City via the Don Salvador route to cut down our travel time.  Don Salvador Benedicto is a municipality situated high up on the mountain. The temperature remains cool all throughout the year that is why the provincial government named it the "Little Baguio" of Negros. I can still feel the chilly wind even though its already 10 o'clock in the morning.

09 November 2010

More photos from Pintaflores Festival 2010...

     As promised, here are the rest of the pictures that I took from Pintaflores Festival 2010 in San Carlos City. I'm already looking forward for next year's Pintaflores Festival.

08 November 2010

Pintaflores Festival 2010, Vamos San Carlos

     Last November 5, me and Ruel with Audrey Rose and Grace went to San Carlos City to experience their very unique festival, the Pintaflores.  The concept of the costumes, props and body paints are all flowers that is why Pintaflores is called the "Dances of Flowers". I was overwhelmed by the colors and the beauty that I had seen. And I can say that this got to be the most colorful festival I've ever seen in my life.
     The highlight of the celebration is the street dancing and the ritual dance competition and the music came from the beat of the drums and other musical instruments. The street dance started at one in the afternoon under the scorching heat of the sun but that could not stop the people from flocking the streets witness this astonishing event. Since it is my first time, I took the time to take pictures from this amazing festivity.
     Here are some of the pictures from my camera. I hope you'll enjoy it like I did.

04 November 2010

Remembering Our Departed Love Ones

     Every November 1 the whole country celebrates the All Saints Day or also known as Undas.  On this day the people goes to the cemetery to lit candles and offer flowers and prayers on the graves of their departed loved ones.
     Every year its has become a family tradition to visit our grandparents graves no matter how far they are.  This is the only time that we can visit out of town relatives too.  But why do we do this?  Why do we tire ourselves of long travel hours just to visit them?
     For our family, its a way of showing respect and to letting them know than even in the after life they are still remembered and loved.

03 November 2010

Bewitching in SM City-Bacolod

     "Witches Brewing and Magical Spells" was this years Halloween theme which was held in SM City Bacolod last October 31.  Children ages four to twelve dressed as witches and wizards were treated an afternoon of trick or treating from the different shops in the mall. Not only that they get to go home with free goodies but three kids with the most creative, scariest and funniest costume will win Php3,000 worth of gift certificate.
     Since I was a kid I always wanted to experience Halloween. It's not commonly celebrated here in Bacolod but some malls or company are starting to make them a yearly celebration. I wish next year there would Halloween costume party for grown ups too.

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