By Melvin Machado Bicol Mail Poon sa Noviembre trenta ngonian na taon mababa na sa saindang puesto an gabos na mga opisyales asin miembros kan Sanggunian kabataan sa bilog na nacion matapos na dai isabay ang saindang eleccion kan nakaaging pirilian sa barangay kan Octubre 28. Sa Ciudad nin Naga, tinawan nin oras si SK [...]
By Paul John F. Barrosa Bicol Mail NAGA CITY — Exhausted with the perennially inefficient and unsatisfactory delivery of electric power services by the Camarines Sur II Electric Cooperative (Casureco II), the city government here has formed a Renewable Energy Development Committee (REDC) to undertake studies and recommend actions on possible alternative sources of electricity [...]
By Paul John F. Barrosa Bicol Mail NAGA CITY — Consistent with the H2ELP your CiTy agenda of the present administration, the legislative council here passed on Tuesday the first ever ordinance in the country that promotes donation of organs from deceased individuals. Ordinance No. 2013-051, otherwise known as The Organ for Life Ordinance of [...]
Bicol Mail NAGA CITY — A walk-for-a-cause event, dubbed as “Paglaom para sa Zamboanga” (Hope for Zamboanga), was held in the morning of Saturday, November 23, 2013 in this city, the acknowledged Heart of Bicol. From the Eagle’s Park along Panganiban Drive, the Walk passed through Magsaysay Avenue, Peñafrancia Avenue, Santonja Street, Bagumbayan Street, Ateneo [...]
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|Good location and okay breakfast. |
It's kinda sad that I've been abroad first before I've gone to the Visayas. To remedy that I spent two whole weeks pledging to be a proper tourist in this part of the country. My first stop was Iloilo. A friend, who came from this neck of the country, was happy to show us (me and a Cebuano friend) around. As most Pinoys, his mum was very hospitable and was too shy of her beautiful home that she booked this newish hotel. We still crashed at her house for a lovely dinner though.
Smallville 21 Hotel was our base for a few days. Smallville itself is a quaint part of the city. The name alone is super. :)
It was in a good place; I think this is where all the night life is happening. It's near the river so it was cooler than most places and they've got convenience stores that functions as cheap bars as well. I mean there are proper seats and tables outside - throwing up is extra.
Right opposite the hotel is a branch of Coffee Break. It's their version of Starbucks - ours is the Coffee Bean, ain't it. There's actually a lot of branches around the city. The first one we tried was in the city centre.
Their coffee is a bit sweeter than Starbucks; Perfect for the typical Pinoy. I would have loved it better if the coffee was stronger but when it comes to price and sweetness; I'd ditch Starbucks for Coffee Break.
|Cakes! Nothing special though tasted a bit mass produced, eh like Starbucks|
|Had the Almond Frap; almond bits. Yey!|
Time to head out.
We went to the famed UNESCO World Heritage Miag-ao Church. It was a bit of a drive from the city. It was well worth it though.
It is a very unique church with its design and purpose. Apparently, it used to function like a fort as well hence the big foundations and walls.
It was raining but being proper troopers we didn't really care. The town itself seemed seemed a bit small but multi-purpose. Besides the church I think UP-Visayas has a massive campus in the area that focus on Fisheries. We had appointments back in the city so couldn't (probably can't anyway) go around the town and the university properly.
By Paul John F. Barrosa Bicol Mail NAGA CITY — The city government here, nationally and internationally well-known for its good governance practices, has again broken another ground for introducing for the first-time in the Philippines a reward system for barangays which have fully disclosed their governmental processes and financial and budgetary documents. Ordinance No. [...]
Bicol Mail Mawot lingawan muna kan tolong familia gikan sa Barangay 59, Ciudad nin Tacloban an grabing trauma sa saindang lugar na mismo saindang sinapo asin sa barangay na haros mayo nang paglaom huli kan dakul nagkagaradan asin mahiwas na destroso kan Super Typhoon ‘Yolanda’, nagpaataman muna sa City Hall antes naglarga viajeng Manila. Si [...]
Bicol Mail An local na gobierno kan Ciudad nin Naga, Archdiocese of Caceres, NGO, mga privadong escuelahan, estaciones nin radyo asin television asin iba pang sectores sa Camarines Sur maging agencias de gobierno, nagpapadagos kan saindang campaña sa pagtipon nin mga donacion nganing ipadarang ayuda sa mga victima kan super typhoon ‘Yolanda’ sa provincias kan [...]
Bicol Mail Yaon na sa poder kan mga jefe ejecutivo local an pagdeclara kan pagsuspendi nin mga klase sa gabos na levels asin sa gabos na escuelas publica asin privado base sa section 2 kan Executive Order No. 66 na pinaluwas ni Presidente Benigno S. Aquino III kan Enero 9, 2012. Ini an paliwanag ni [...]
By Juan Escandor Jr. Bicol Mail NAGA CITY — Responding to the catastrophic outcome of supertyphoon Yolanda in the Visayas, many ordinary folks here who wanted to remain anonymous came to a local radio station and offered small donations with great sympathy. Lawyer Angel Ojastro, a civilian volunteer organizing relief response for the victims of [...]
Bicol Mail NAGA CITY — This city, known for its innovations on accountability, transparency and people-empowerment, will be launching this coming Tuesday, November 19, a new program, called Sangguniang Panlungsod Student Participation Program (SP-SPP) aimed at educating and engaging the youth in the affairs of the legislative branch of the city government. During the upcoming [...]
It was my first time in Boracay last October, a friend from Iloilo offered to show me around and I took him up on the offer.
I went to Iloilo first, did the tourist stuff, and after that it was only a short-ish bus ride to Caticlan.
It was lean season so accommodation was affordable and we were able to stay at the beach front in Station 2.
It was a packed holiday. As it was my first time in Boracay the days were obviously too short for me; especially as I get up nearer ten-o-clock in the morning. Here are the pictures of Day 2. It was actually raining on and off but fortunately only in short bursts.
I give credit to my camera for making it look sunnier than I remember.
We had to grab an late dinner to catch one of the shows which was apparently on its last leg. It was a bit baffling that the bulk of their show was done during the lean season but hey ho.
There were still a lot of foreigners though - Koreans, Chinese, Japenese but being Filipinos we got a wee bit of a discount.
A lot of miming but it was a fun cabaret show.
Dream Girls. Dream probably. Girls uhummm
Probably seen a bit too many Bayanihan dances. It was fun though.
Korea! I'm not really a big fan of K-Pop but if this is the folk dances of Korea, wouldn't mind seeing them.
|Buy 1, Get another 1 on the fans. |
We went to a buffet after. It was where all the dancing chefs were. Unfortunately, I was too hungy to take a video. So I have shamelessly grabbed this Youtube video to give you a glimpse..
Food wasn't bad either. :)