Friday, December 26, 2014

Festival of Lights at the Ayala Triangle Gardens

Merry Christmas.

Condè Nast Traveler picks Christmas lights display in Philippines' central business district as one of the best in the world. It is listed as one of the seven places where you could see spectacular Christmas lights together with Tivoli Gardens (Copenhagen Denmark), Champs-Elysées (Paris, France), Somerset House (London, UK), Silver Dollar City (Branson, MO), Kobe Luminarie (Kobe, Japan) and Christmas Market (Jena, Germany).

The popular US magazine described the Ayala Triangle Gardens as "natural haven with a diverse population of trees, including kamuning, golden palms, and fire trees. The gardens are a courtyard for the surrounding business district, and started as a way to brighten up the evenings for the workers. As you make your way through the park, Christmas hymns and songs are synchronised to the lights to create an immersive holiday experience."

The Festival of Lights at Makati City is presented by Ayala Land in partnership with HSBC. It is inspired from the Rio De Janeiro Carnivale with music collaboration from Watusi Manila, namely Anna Piramide, Jazz Nicolas and Mikey Amistoso.

The lights and sounds show runs every 30 minutes from 6pm to 10pm every night until January 4, 2015.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

3D/2N Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte Itinerary

Almost ten hours of land travel to explore the Northern Philippines. Three days on non-stop fun, adventures and new discoveries. One memorable summer escapade. The best travel experience of my summer 2014.

DAY 00
09:00pm     Assembly at Caltex gas station in front of Trinoma
10:00pm     ETD from Trinoma to Ilocos

DAY 01
05:30am     ETA at Vigan, Quick stroll at Calle Crisologo
07:00am     Breakfast Hidden Garden
08:00am     Tour around Baluarte, Crisologo Museum and Burnayan
10:00am     ETD from Vigan to Batac
11:30am     ETA Batac, Lunch
01:00pm     Tour around Marcos Maosoleum, Paoay Church, Malacanang of the North, Sand Dunes                        and Cape Bojeador Light House
04:30pm     ETA at Bangui Windmills
06:30pm     ETA Saud, Check-in, Dinner

DAY 02
06:00am     Wake-up call. Breakfast
07:00am     Tour around Patapat Viaduct and Paraiso ni Anton 
11:00am     Bantay Abot Cave
11:30am     ETA Blue Lagoon, Lunch
12:00pm     Lunch, Swimming, Explore Blue Lagoon
02:30pm     Treking to Kabigan Falls
05:30pm     Return to Saud
06:00pm     ETA Saud, Dinner

DAY 03
05:00am     Wake -up call
05:30am     Breakfast, Check out
06:00am     ETD from Pagudpud
07:00am     Kapurpurawan rock formation, explore and picture taking
09:00am     Juan Luna Shrine
11:00am     Bantay bell tower
11:00pm     ETA to Vigan, Lunch, walk around Calle Crisologo buy pasalubong and souvenirs
01:00pm     ETD from Vigan
11:00pm     ETA Cubao

This trip was made possible by PH First - the country's biggest travel agency that offers variety of tour package around the Philippines at a cheap price. It costs me Php 3,750 for this trip plus the expenses for the food, souvenirs and pasalubong.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

The 5th Philippine International Pyromusical Competition

The 5th Philippine International Pyromusical Competition is an annual event of lights and colours that brightens the sky of Manila Bay, it opens every February in SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. Each Saturday, two countries will showcase their spectacular firework displays accompanied by music using the theme of their choice. I was able to witness the third instalment of the competition wherein Japan and France showed their awesome and breathtaking pyromusical masterpieces. You should go and watch this event, it's worth the money and time.

TIP: Get the P500 VIP ticket for a better view of Manila Bay and the firework exhibition. Be an hour or an hour 1/2 early at the venue to get the front seat spot. Food and beverages are available inside. Other ticket prices are P1500 (Patron with dinner), P300 (Gold) and P100 (Silver). You can by your tickets at the venue and around SM Mall of Asia during the event, you may also check Ticketnet and Ticketworld online.

The Journey of Water
Brezac Artifices

Heavenly Universe in the Sky
Tamaya Kitahara

Other competing groups are Australia, Spain, United Kingdom, China, Germany, Finland, Canada and USA. Platinum Fireworks of the Philippines is part of the opening and closing exhibition. 

5th Philippine International Pyromusical Competition 2014 Schedule

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Sto. Niño de Malolos Fiesta

Every last Sunday of January is the feast day of Sto. Niño de Malolos, the patron saint of Barangay Sto. Niño or formerly known as the Kamestisuhan street where old houses and mansions can be found. The event was organized by the Sto. Niño de Malolos Foundation and attended by almost two hundred images of little Jesus in different form and sizes coming from different parts of Bulacan and nearby provinces like Pampanga and Nueva Ecija. There are also images coming from Manila, Cebu, Dumaguete, Isabela and in the other part of the globe like America and Canada. The feast day is a celebration of light and colours as seen in the beautifully designed and lighted carrozas. Sto. Niño de Malolos Fiesta is said to be the most celebrated procession and the greatest tribute to the Child Jesus in Luzon.

The procession starts at 6 in the evening, this is after the 5PM mass and a small program in the stage setup at the patio of the Cathedral. Each carroza will pass by the stage and the image will be introduced to the public before it go around the Malolos town proper. 

Sto. Niño de Malolos

Upper Left: Sto. Niño de Salvacion

Lower Right: Sto. Niño de Buena Salud

Lower Right: Sto. Niño de Praga de Baliuag

Upper Left: Sto. Niño Dormido
Lower Right: Niño Divino Jesu Innocente

Lower Left: Sto. Niño de Morenito

Upper Left: Sto. Niño de Guerero

Upper Right: Sto. Niño de Pandacan
Lower Right: Sto. Niño de Cebu

Lower Right: Sto. Niño Hiyas ng Bulacan

Lower Left: Sto. Niño de Perdido

Upper Right: Sto. Niño de Baliuag

Upper Right: Sto. Niño de Dumaguete
Upper Left: Sto. Niño de Paombong

Lower Right: Sto. Niño el Rey

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

A weekend of everything that flies - the tagline of the longest running balloon event in Asia. The Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF) is an annual event in Clark, Angeles City, Pampanga that exhibits colourful hot air balloons in different form and sizes, kite flying activities, paragliding, skydiving, aerobatic show, Breitling Jet Team and many more.

Unfortunately, the committee decided not to hold the 19th PIHABF this 2014 but they promise to prepare for the bigger event on February 2015 in a much suitable venue to provide a truly safe and world class Hot Air Balloon fiesta.

Sharing with you a photo diary of my Hot Air Balloon Fiesta experience last February 2011. Me and my friends arrived at the venue at 5AM to secure the best spot near the barricade to take photos of the hot air balloons preparation and flying. Around 530AM when the pilots started to setup their balloon and they begin flying one by one until 8AM.

Flag Raising Ceremony

Crowded Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

Setup and Preparation

Ready to Fly

Up, Up and Away

Animal Farm

Barrel Man