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Mayor Bongat in Doha, Rome for OFW fora

November 27th, 2014 No comments
Mayor John G. Bongat left for Doha, Qatar Wednesday, Nov. 26, to attend a forum in preparation for the forthcoming Third Global Summit of Filipinos in Diaspora in February 2015 in Manila and the Regional Summit of Filipinos in the Middle East in 2016.
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November 27th, 2014 No comments
You and I. 1.If time had a taste, you’d be the flavor of every season there is, and they turn into the drops of sweetness exploding in my tongue as the final days of November ease the cold of the...

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People’s Mall also practices segregation at source

November 20th, 2014 No comments
HAVING a reputation then as one of the dirtiest public markets in the region, the Naga City People’s Mall (NCPM) now exudes an ambience of well-orderedness.
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‘Go Negosyo Center’ at Naga City People’s Mall

November 17th, 2014 No comments
Stressing before a crowd of stallholders at the Naga City People’s Mall that one of his legislative concerns is to pass measures that will improve the status of small and micro entrepreneurs, Senator Benigno “Bam” Aquino said that he will work with Mayor John G. Bongat in setting up a Go Negosyo Center in the city.
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Not just rehab, but upgrading for PNR

November 14th, 2014 No comments
THE Philippine National Railways Southern Line (Manila to Bicol) must be upgraded and not just rehabilitated to insure that it will truly serve the needs of the people and that the billions of pesos earmarked for it will not go down the drain.
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Batang Pinoy Luzon leg reels off in Naga

November 13th, 2014 No comments
Gold medalist bowman Danielle Jasmine Espiritu is one of the 5,000 athletes, technical and delegation officials who trooped to this city for the 2014 Batang Pinoy’s Luzon qualifying leg from November 11-15, this year.
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Pre-Xmas bazaar and agro-trade fair to open at city hall

November 11th, 2014 No comments
More than 20 small- and micro-entrepreneurs under the GrOW Negosyo program of Mayor John G. Bongat will set up tents and booths inside the city hall grounds starting next week for their Pre-Christmas Bazaar and Agro-Fair.
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Archbishop Ledesma, ex-Sen. Alvarez to frontline climate change dialogue in Naga

November 10th, 2014 No comments
Prominent personalities and resource persons on environment and climate change will spearhead the lineup of speakers during the Interfaith Dialogue on Climate Change at Fernando Hall of the Ateneo de Naga University here, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on November 14, Friday this week.
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Paris, I know your tourist site like the back of Google Map

November 9th, 2014 1 comment
Paris is like a yuppie, always fun, prepped and confident. My brother who hasn't traveled as much as myself wanted to see Europe so after prodding from my mum, I agreed to accompany him to Paris. We traveled with his partner so I was the official photographer..ho hum. 

Got the Lonely Planet Guidebook so that I can fulfill my tour guide duty.
 First stop was Notre-Dame which to my surprise had a Metro station beneath it. The last few times I went I alighted at St Michel and had a leisurely walk to the Church. The walk is worth it though, near enough the Latin Quarter.
Notre Dame is a working Catholic Church but as it was French and my French sucks so I decided to skip mass. Why oh why didn't we have a foreign language in High School, Ateneo, pourquoi oh pourquoi?

Went for a walk to the Shakespeare & Co bookstore nearby the queue was long so chilled in a square nearby

Paris has its share of people who god-knows-what they are doing. The fun is in doing ad libs ..

The better view, for myself, is behind the church. There are a lot less tourist but there is a busy road so just keep your eyes open.
Also, Paris being the 'City of Love' has an urban myth that if you place a lock in this bridge (I swear someone told me it was somewhere else) and throw the key in the river Seine your love is bound forever.
The city does remove the locks every now and again how many keys are in the river now is beyond me.
On the way to the next stop of my guided tour. The place to chill and people watch and probably spend kilig moments with partners.

Jardin des Tuileries

Always, takes my breath away especially when the sun is out.
On the end of this grand garden is the Louvre which we don't have time for today as it will take entire days to see all of the exhibit.

And to cap the day at the largest and most photographed rotunda (round about) in France, the Champs Elysee
We were staying just outside the city near Montmarte - where all artsies and hippies gravitate to. It was walking distance to the Sacré-Cœur.

My brother and his partner bought unlimited train tickets, I got the Carnet. The carnet is a booklet, which has ten tickets valid in the Metro (train). Basically, I paid about 13 euros for getting around the city while they paid close to 27.

That means they get to ride the Furnicular (the whole 15 seconds) while I had to walk to get to the church as I don't think it was worth it and more importantly I think it's part of the experience.

Mag Flanax ang may rheumatism

European cities have character, aint' it?

Eiffel Tower, the ultimate French symbol...

...unless it's their mastery of cooking canards (duck).

I want to be a cool tourist with a scooter.

Pro tip: Buy your ticket online and jump the queue if you want to get to the top.

The view on the second floor.

I decided to walk around the building near the Eiffel tower. There is a museum nearby but as my luck would have it - it's closed.
Trocadero has the most picturesque view of the tower.
As the sun was setting, I decided to leave my brother and his partner alone and just told them I'll meet them at the apartment. I felt like they deserve a little time for themselves.
That feeling crept to the next day when I went on my own to soak up some culture while they went to the Paris Crypt. The Louvre was close that day so all the queues were long.
Fortunately enough, the line for Rodin musuem wasn't. I didn't know why. Maybe he wasn't that popular now. In any case I was happy.

Gates of Hell
'Let's meet at the Gates of Hell.' One of expressions you can say to a friend without sounding that weird in the Rodin Garden.

The Pensive

Musee D'Orsay
One of the perks of going to the Rodin exhibit is that you can skip the queue for Musee D'Orsay as they sell combined tickets.

This impressive museum used to be a train station so it was impressively massive, bright and airy.
The actual  Gates of Hell by Rodin

I met up with my brother as I showed him some other points of interest nearby. I was hinting they go to Les Invalides just to see Napoleon but I couldn't get him to go. So we just walked around.
On the last day, my brother wanted to do the River Seine Cruise I told them where to go but I've already done it and wasn't keen on doing it again. I do want to go to rooftop bars like the one I found in London. I looked at the bible (Lonely Planet) and the best panoramic views are on top of department stores.
Oh well.

Views from Galeries La Fayette


Views from Printemps

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Naga City Healh Office expects 100% child vaccination program compliance

November 7th, 2014 No comments
THE Naga City Health Office (CHO) is expecting a100% compliance with the vaccination of children under the ‘Garantisadong Pambata’ program of the Department of Health.
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Hello, Love

November 6th, 2014 No comments
Us. Suddenly I find myself consumed by the kind of happiness that speaks a thousand languages my lips do not know where to start. The alphabet is not enough, nor will the numbers ever be. And so I...

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Outstanding Lupong Tagapamayapa

November 4th, 2014 No comments
TO REPRESENT BICOL IN NATIONAL LEVEL. Members of the Lupong Tagapamayapa ng Barangay Del Rosario, shown here with Mayor John Bongat, Vice Mayor Nelso Legacion and the city councilors receive for their group a Plaque of Recognition and P50,000 cash incentive from the City Government of Naga.
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Naga City marks Children’s Month with proud achievements

November 4th, 2014 No comments
Ending the Children’s Month of October with his State of Our Children Report to highlight the administration’s impressive achievements for the welfare of children, City Mayor John G. Bongat said the city government has been implementing measures that made the “Maogmang Lugar” a Lakbay-Aral destination when it comes to child welfare and protection practices.
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