Girok: Erotika

December 16th, 2016 No comments

"Girok: Erotika" is an 250-page anthology of poems, short fiction, translations, a screenplay, a musical arrangement, and visual artworks by around 90 Bikolnon artists.

Published by Kabulig Bikol, Inc. with assistance from V.C. Igarta Foundation for the Arts, New York, U.S.A. It will be launched on 28 January 2017, on the occasion of the 5th Pagsurat Bikolnon to be held at the Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges, in Nabua, Camarines Sur.

"Harayo-harani an hiling, parong, tanog, namit, hapiyap kan puso asin sensibilidad. Ini an duon kan Girok: senswal sa laman, nangkikitik; senswal sa isip, nagpapangalas, nagpapalayog. Mateng-matè ta an arualdaw nagdadanay sa hararumon na bubon, sa dakulaon na natad. An tikwil kan dagâ nagigin osipon nin mundo. An sagid kan tagiti nagigin masulog na salog. An huringhuding kan panganuron sa banggi nagrarawitdawit kinaagahan. Ta girok man nanggad an duon kan sensibilidad Bikolnon. Pirmi nang may tama, may masiram na pulikat." — MERLINDA BOBIS

"An Girok bakong saro na naman sanáng katiripunan nin mga pagsurat Bikolnon kundi sarong napapalain na pagkadukay kun pànong an imahinasyon—urog na idtong napapalinya sa eros—pwedeng magin sarong paagi nin pasaysay na arte na malighang minakitik sa agimadmad kan parabasa, alagad minatukdo sainda na masabutan an kahulugan kan mga bagay-bagay na danay kutâ sanáng malibog asin harayo." — GREG CASTILLA
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Eco-park faces improvement to ensure optimal utilization

November 1st, 2016 No comments
The city government thru the Naga City Ecology Park Botanical, Zoological and Recreational Center Development (BZRCD) Task Force is finalizing the blueprint for the Naga City Ecological Park’s physical improvement to ensure its optimal utilization as recreation center.
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Bicol biz month all set for Nov. 7 opening

November 1st, 2016 No comments
The Bicol Business Month is an annual activity spearheaded by the Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry with the strong support of the City Government of Naga and various partner agencies from both the government and private sectors.
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Naga to operate action center vs natural, man-made hazards

October 23rd, 2016 No comments
The P10-M structure will also accommodate the central communication center’s sub-component called the Unified Rapid Response Team which is composed of personnel from different agencies each representing the police, medical and investigative, and that of other group of personnel who compose the standby force tasked to respond 24/7 to any emergency situations.
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Sayaw sa Butal poster

October 7th, 2016 No comments
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City keeps eye vs stray dogs, hot meat, illegal vendors

September 9th, 2016 No comments
This pilgrim city since last week began identifying roads and parcels of lots where ambulant vendors coming from outside of the city will be allowed to display and sell their wares.
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Albay lass is Miss Bicolandia 2016!

September 9th, 2016 No comments
Jian Cayla Salazar, a medical student, shone the brightest among the 19 other candidates who vied for the most coveted Ms. Bicolandia title in the region’s most prestigious beauty competition.
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Statisticians open today nat’l conference in Naga

September 2nd, 2016 No comments
Since 1952, the PSAI, a non-stock, non-profit professional organization, has been conducting annual conferences to discuss issues that need to be addressed by the statistics community and stakeholders of statics.
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Ms. Bicolandia 2016 reels off

August 5th, 2016 No comments
The preparation for the pageant is focused on recruitment of candidates that will go on until August 27 when the screening of candidates, which will be conducted at the Avenue Convention Plaza, is scheduled. Public presentation of the candidates will be held at the poolside of Avenue Plaza Hotel including the photoshoot on the same day.
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City commends outstanding Bicolana physician

August 5th, 2016 No comments
The Sangguniang Panlungsod of Naga recognized the exemplary works of Dr. Bombase through Resolution No. 2016-220, congratulating and commending her performance. The resolution was sponsored by City Councilors Cecilia V. De Asis, Elmer S. Baldemoro and Ray-An Cydrick G. Rentoy.
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Santorini Holiday & Wedding

July 19th, 2016 No comments
I was the best man..Yey

Not much words needed. The photos are a glimpse of how great the island is. 

This is not us, btw
 We did not take photos of the wedding as there was a photographer and we did what guest are supposed to do... celebrate and enjoy




 I did take photos of the island around the wedding day.

After afterparty


We did have a chance to relax later on



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I love me my Calamari

I'm sure this is a Bouganvilla but e flowers seemed bigger and the thorns smaller

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JM X JUDY

June 13th, 2016 No comments

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THANK YOU > JENNY DO | JEAN CARMELA | HERLINA | THE WINERY, SURRY HILLS_

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The Lake District

May 22nd, 2016 No comments
While, not as big as the great lakes of the United States, the Lake District in Cumbria is as beautiful. It's oddly popular with Chinese and Japanese tourist and the odd Pinoys. It is wonderful. I know some Asians are stereotyped with liking bodies of water to bring luck but there IS something soothing about being close to a body of water. If I get the chance I would like to live near a lake; I'm moving to Manchester instead because it's more convenient for work. 
A distant relative lives in Lake Buhi and I've only been once but I did think it was a nice place to be. Tranquil and everything seemed to be at peace. 
Buhi. Just kidding; some rich person's villa



Snow capped mountains in the distance. It's wonderful. I am told a large part of the lakes are walk able hills.
Some British people I've talked to said they have created a sub type of leisurely walking to describe the experience in the lakes; fell-walking. It must be a very fulfilling experience; one man (Sir Wainwright) wrote a seven-volume book series on how to do it.
We didn't get chance to do much fell-walking though. We didn't plant this trip so we were wearing the wrong shoes, wrong clothes and just not prepared for any type of seven-volumed level of walking. 

The views by lake were enough though. This was taken in Bowness-in-Windemere. We brought a car and for ease of your visit bring one; there are tour buses and they do encourage walking but if you've got a kid and lazy kids-at-heart a car is a good idea.




We parked our cars in one of the free parking places around the park; you have to move it every two hours and there are paid all day parking if you don't want the hassle. We just didn't think we would stay that long. We were dead wrong.
On the way back, we stumbled to this part of the lakes. The park was run by the National Trust ,a charity run to conserve the national beauty of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. I think it would have been a good idea if we have something similar back home. Retirement is at 65 and some people go downhill right after; I think partly because they feel they have lost purpose and are housebound. I think older people have a lot to offer and organizations like this could them a reason to get up still, be active and help give voice as well as manage our natural treasures. 



My friend said bring a pebble to make sure I come back. I was like, I'll take a photo but don't really want to bring a stone back home. It's gonna look a bit odd.
I shall be back though...
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Luis & Stephanie

May 19th, 2016 No comments

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| LUIS & STEPHANIE | HONGKONG |

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| LUIS & STEPHANIE | THE VERANDAH at REPULSE BAY _ HONGKONG |

Bride’s Gown > Rosalyn Lagdameo | Groom’s Attire > SAM’S | Hair + MakeUp > EMPHASIS Salon | Accesories > Wynn Wynn Ong | Invites > NIMRAT BRAR x MANOLI GUIDOTTI | Flowers > ANGLO Chinese | Planning > BESPOKEN for Weddings

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THE PHILIPPINE NATIONAL SITUATION (14 MAY 2016)

May 15th, 2016 No comments
Politics is at the center of our national consciousness, for the moment. How are we doing?

It seems that the 2016 national and local elections stirred more than the usual partisan divide among the people.

One, there was an uprising of largely unorganized, volunteer electoral machineries that supposedly delivered votes for their respective candidates.  This seemed evident in the cases of Duterte and Robredo. Duterte run under the PDP-Laban but it was observed that most of his campaign materials and supporters were not part of the party itself. In some regions for example, tarpaulins were printed and set up by volunteers themselves. Robredo, although running under the administration LP, was also propelled by networks of volunteers including farmers, urban poor, etc. who were never members of the party.

Two, the regions delivered the votes for the winning candidates. Although a huge chunk of the voters are from Metro Manila, It should be noted that the most defined volume of votes delivered for the leading candidates came from the Mindanao and Visayas islands, while the Metro Manila and Luzon votes were divided over the various contenders. An evident manifestation of a growing clamour by regions in the countryside to get political and economic power from the Metro Manila. A sensible message to the elected officials: focus your efforts towards regional development that can ultimately propel the political and economic upliftment of the nation.

Three, the people elected a president and vice president that stands for and represent a sentiment towards change. So the status quou is never perfect and there have always been talks of social change. But this is the first time that the sentiment for change manifested in a vote for both the president and vice president. Duterte is anchored on his unorthodox approaches and staunch anticrime stance while Robredo is very vocal on her advocacy for transparency and peoples empowerment towards participation in governance.

So somewhere in these must be a message from the people. Probably any of the following? (1)Dismantle oligarchs and political dynasty so that genuine political discourses focused on ideological and developmental paradigms, programs, and issues can be at the hear tof electoral campaigns. (2)Review the political and economic empowerment of the countryside vis-a-vis the monopoly of power and resources by the national capital region.(3)Enhance government service with efficiency, effectiveness, transparency, and peoples participation.

Anyway the next six years will be a period of continuing discernment and hopefully, national development.

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