Friday, January 30, 2015

Farewell, #Fallen44

(This article originally appeared in Blog Watch of the Philippine Online Chronicles today, January 30, 2015. Check out the article in: Farewell, Fallen Forty Four)

Image from @MisterBanatero. Some rights reserved

They chose to become policemen.
They strived to be the best they can be.
They didn’t really want to be heroes.
They just wanted to do the job they loved to do.
And that job is to defend the country and their countrymen.

They lived by their core values of Service, Integrity and Excellence and their motto is “By skill and virtue, we triumph.”

Thursday, January 22, 2015

5 Basic things I learned from the Pope's visit

(This article originally appeared in Buhay Pinoy of the Philippine Online Chronicles on January 22, 2015 entitled Thoughts on Pope Francis by a social media desaparecido.)

Like many Filipinos, I have been bitten by the Pope Francis bug, caught the pope fever and got hooked to the papal visit euphoria. There was just one thing I wasn’t able to do during the 5-day visit of the Pope last January 15-19, 2015. I didn’t get carried away by social media. You see, I deleted my Facebook account around 3 months ago. (Read Confessions of a Facebook junkie.) I have a Google+ account where I only have a handful of friends in my circles but I didn’t camp in that one. What I’ve learned about the Pope I’ve learned the old-fashioned way: from watching television.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Earnest thoughts on the Pope’s Arrival

(This article originally appeared in Blog Watch of the Philippine Online Chronicles today, January 16, 2015. Check out the article in: Earnest thoughts on the Pope’s Arrival)

My family and I live in Mindanao. The only way we could see Pope Francis was through the live coverage on television of the Pope’s arrival and other activities. My husband and I were in front of the set as soon as the Sri Lankan plane wheeled into Villamor Airbase. We did so after we heard the bell of our nearby church peal to signal the coming of the pope. It felt like we were waiting for a relative coming from abroad. I had my phone camera ready to shoot away as if I was right there at the airport.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Enchanting Kayangan Lake

This is Kayangan Lake in Coron, Palawan. It is dubbed the cleanest lake in Asia. 

Bewitching Enchanted River

Enchanted River is one of the famous tourist destinations of Surigao Del Sur. It is located in Barangay Talisay, Hinatuan Surigao del Sur.

Raging Tinuy-an Falls

Tinuy-an Falls is a waterfall which is the main tourist attraction in Bislig City, Surigao del Sur. Located in Barangay Borboanan, the falls are 95 m wide and 55 metres (180 ft) high. Tinuy-an is a white water curtain that flows in three levels and is said to be the widest waterfall in the Philippines. This falls is located 14 kilometers from the highway of the city where one passes through a reservoir of PICOP along the way.

Savoring Sarangani Highlands Garden's Beauty

One of the places to visit in General Santos City in Southern Mindanao is the Sarangani Highlands Garden. It is a multi-functional place with a restaurant, function rooms, hotel and most of all a refreshing garden on top of a hill that looks out into Sarangani Bay and Mt. Matutum and Mt. Parker beyond. 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Lemlunay, a Haven in Sarangani

One of the places our family loves to visit time and again is Lemlunay Resort located in Barangay Maasim, Sarangani Province. For us, this is like a haven, a place to relax and enjoy the simple pleasures of life.

"Lemlunay," in the B’laan and T’Boli tongues, roughly means “the good place one goes to in the afterlife”. It's a good place to go to even in this life.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Leyte Lakwatsa, a Lookback

The visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines especially to Leyte this January 2015 sparked nostalgic memories of a land trip my family took a few years ago. That was way before Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) made its own "visit" in November 2013. We went in December 2010. The following were some of my thoughts back then.

Lights, camera, smile!

Hey, it's another year again; another year of blessings, another year to smile once more. Let me share this article I've written which originally appeared in Buhay Pinoy of the Philippine Online Chronicles on November 6, 2014.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Philippine Countryside Travel Destinations in 2015

Happy New Year to one and all!

The holidays are over but it doesn't mean that the travels are done. There's still a whole year ahead to explore our beautiful Philippines. May 2015 usher in brighter hopes and more fruitful endeavors for all of us. May this be a year to marvel at man's creativity and ingenuity and our country's God-given beauty.

Here are some of the travel destinations you may consider for 2015: 
(Just click the highlighted names of places and browse the blog entries.)

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