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Naga tops tourist arrivals

April 29th, 2014 No comments
Albay and Legazpi City combined may have registered the highest growth rate in tourist arrivals at 66.93 percent in 2013, but Naga City, although a landlocked and non-traditional tourist city, remains to be the top performer in terms of tourist arrivals during the same period, besting all the 6 provinces and 6 other cities in Bicol.
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Naga’s LGU, DepEd to send athletes to 2014 Palarong Pambansa

April 29th, 2014 No comments
The city government here, together with the Division of City Schools, is sending 50 young athletes to the 2014 Palarong Pambansa which will be held in Sta. Cruz, Laguna on May 4-10, this year.
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The Sea of Tears

April 29th, 2014 No comments
Marian’s head is on my chest, her ear pressed against my heart, listening to every beat as though in the silence of the night I have a confession to make, a revelation that cannot wait for sunrise,...

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Naga hosts 1st national confab of single parents

April 28th, 2014 No comments
Learning from this city’s good governance practices, around 650 solo parents converged at Naga Regent Hotel here here last Friday (April 25) until Saturday (April 26) to discuss the consequent problems that solo parenthood faces, such as poverty, lack of employment, children deprived of education, and juvenile delinquents.
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Pact on migration development in Bicol signed

April 22nd, 2014 No comments
The Philippines ranked third among countries receiving migrant remittances after India and China, according to Maurice Dewulf, country director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as he addressed stakeholders during the signing of agreement with Naga Mayor John Bongat on Tuesday, April 22 at Villa Caceres Hotel here that formally launched the second phase of the Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI 2).
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Keenan & Monica

April 20th, 2014 No comments

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Belfast: Tour Highlight

April 7th, 2014 No comments
King William in Carrickfergus Castle

Decided to give Belfast a try before summer starts. It's cheaper and not that crowded.
I went with my mates (guys) who  at least can claim some lineage with the emerald-isle (binge drinkers). hehe
Northern Ireland is peculiar as it reminds me more of Scotland than Dublin but that's probably because of its proximity.

Stayed in a budget hotel in the city center - Premier Inn. It's about a ten minute walk from the actual city center (shops, pubs) but for the price it's pretty good.



So here are the highlights of the coach tour we did. First, we stopped
at Carrickfergus.
It has a statue (allegedly life-sized) of King William III and is important in the history of Ireland.

Game of Thrones: Castle Black
 One of the exciting bit of the tour for me was sites used in the HBO series Game of Thrones. Being a bit of a fan, I didn't mind the Game of Thrones side notes one bit., na-ah!
The rest of the tour was a scenic drive around the coast. It was actually still quite nice despite it being a big of a foggy day at the start, the views were stunning.
What a quaint village. I wonder if I can retire here?

Scenic and winding drive

...and it's on the left side of the road!

Ruined Castle

The Giant Causeway 



One of the main points for me, especially as it was on my bucket list was the giant causeway. Originally, because it looks so unnatural. In nature, you see a lot of round and smooth objects and this is where the  uniqueness of the the millions of hexagonal rocks in the Giants Causeway stands out.



It's not all hexagonal rocks, though.
There's this camel shaped mound which kinda reminded me of what used to be called the Elephant Island in Marinduque. Of course now, it's called Bellaroca and it's very, very pricey but I'm digressing.
The site is operated by a group called the National Trust

You get a brief science lesson and the fable of how the Giant Causeway came about.
Tectonic plates, moves me.

It would have been nice to see the sun set among these rocks but the drive to Belfast would take about two hours and we had booked other stuff to do that night.
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Social Network

April 5th, 2014 No comments
Sharing a link:

What is the connection between Social Networks and Being Lonely?
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The Innovation of Loneliness from Shimi Cohen on Vimeo.
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Mayor Bongat tops 1Q satisfaction rating

April 3rd, 2014 No comments
MAYOR John G. Bongat obtained the highest net satisfaction rating among public officials in the city, according to the results of the 2014 First Quarter Naga City Poverty and Governance Opinion Poll. The survey was conducted by the Ateneo Student Researchers Poll of the Ateneo Social Science Research Center.
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Bali High {Prenup Marathon}

April 1st, 2014 No comments

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City Government of Naga pushes for an ICLEI-ACCCRN seminar-workshop

April 1st, 2014 No comments
The City Government of Naga is organizing a seminar-workshop that will further the knowledge and understanding of the participants on disaster and calamity resiliency.
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Mayor Bongat at Lee Kuan Yew School of Policy

April 1st, 2014 No comments
MAYOR John. G. Bongat left for Singapore to attend a regional conference on governance and disaster preparedness and resiliency from March 31 to April 1, 2014.
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