Category Archives: Beauty

St. Bartolomew Parish Church in Nagcarlan Laguna

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This church is one of the oldest church we have in the country. It was done in Baroque-style which is created by the Franciscans in the year 1500-1700. The famous T.V series “Kampanerang Kuba” ¬†used this place as one of their main setting/location. It was reconstructed last 1845 after the massive fire that partly destroyed its facade last 1781. The church is well maintained and many devoted can be seen here every Sunday. It also have a mini park and comfort rooms for men and women to use. It is just right after Nagcarlan Market where fresh and low price vegetables and fruits can be brought.

*I always visit the church every month because my dentist’s clinic is located near the place. ūüôā

New coral species discovered

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A Filipino marine scientist cite the discovery of at least four new species of coral in the Philippines.

Dr. Edgardo Gomez, University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute (UPMSI) professor emeritus, said the continuous survey of coral reefs conducted in Philippine waters showed ‚Äúabout four to five new records of coral reef.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúThe total number of species of corals is increasing. Particularly, more coral diversity is being discovered,‚ÄĚ Gomez said during a press conference on the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) Conference held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Manila in Quezon City yesterday.

He also cited the discovery of a new species of coral called Leptoseris kalayaanensis, which was discovered by marine biologist Dr. Wilfredo Licuanan in the waters off Kalayaan islands in Spratlys a few years ago.

Gomez, who is currently the coordinator of the Center of Excellence for the Philippines and Southeast Asia under the Global Environment Facility/World Bank Coral Reef Targeted Research Program, where he also serves as co-chair of the Restoration and Remediation Working Group, noted there are about two to five metric tons per square kilometer of coral reef damaged annually.

American zoologist Dr. Kent Carpenter said corals are damaged usually because of sedimentation, poor land use, overfishing, and dynamite fishing.
However, Gomez said that with the protection and conservation of remaining coral reefs, about 25 to 30 metric tons per square kilometer of coral reefs yearly will reach its excellent condition.

Kennon Road in Baguio

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Kennon Road was ordered built by American governor general William Cameron Forbes in 1901. Although originally called Benguet Road, it was named after U.S. Army Colonel Lyman N. Kennon who was its final builder. With the labor of Igorots and some foreign workers, the road was completed in 1903 and has since become a major route to Baguio City.”

This is another pride of the city and the heritage of American soldiers who came the city. kennon Road is also one of the amazing place in the country. Every time someone is passing by this beautiful road, the reflection of history plays back how many decades ago.

“According to records, between 2,300 to 4,000 workers were employed in the building of the road, all of different nationalities‚ÄĒ American, Hawaiian, Indian, Mexican, Chinese, German, Irish, English, Swedish, French, Japanese and, of course, Filipino. Colonel Kennon is thus credited for employing the first overseas contract workers to the Philippines. A breakdown of the figures showed that 49 percent of the workers were Filipinos, 22.5 percent were Japanese, 17.5 percent were Americans and Europeans, 11 percent were Chinese, and the remaining 11 percent were from Latin America and other countries.”

The history shows that Filipinos have great contribution during the making of the road. It shows also the unity of the different races towards one thing. We can’t name them but we can see them by appreciating their work. The work that may last for century or even forever. Kennon Road symbolizes the richness of the Philippines in terms of historical places.

 

Source : http://www.readablog.com/feed23745.aspx

Amanpulo in Palawan

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Amanpulo is an escape from the markings of mankind and is a dive into island life where nature has been unashamedly boastful. The island is secluded, being private, and offers a variety of sea, sand and tropical island-retreat‚Äďpleasures, in exclusive comfort and in traditionally styled accommodation. Amanpulo or,¬†

‚Äėpeaceful island‚Äô, honours its island host, respecting the natural elements with a profoundly ‚ÄėSouth Seas‚Äô interpretation. The 40 Beach, Hillside and Treetop Casitas are modelled on authentic bahay kubo dwellings, each with its own golf cart for island exploration.

This romantically remote island caters for those who wish to ‚Äėhammock‚Äô and beach comb their days in paradise, and for those who¬†

seek an active agenda, involving a myriad of maritime adventures as well as tennis, a high-tec air-conditioned gym, and taking languid lengths in the resort’s 30m serene pool. The open-air Garden and Beach Salas are discreetly secluded for pleasurable holistic body treatments.    

Source :  http://www.amanresorts.com/amanpulo/resort.aspx

I was really amazed when I saw the pictures of this island resort. A family friend introduced this site and place to me. Beautiful isn’t it?

Barong Tagalog

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Q. What is a Barong?

A. Barong is actually short for Barong Tagalog, which describes the formal men’s wear of the Philippines. It is properly referred to as the ‘Baro ng Tagalog’ (dress of the Tagalog). Contracting the first two words

Barong Tagalog sa Pilipinas

Barong Tagalog sa Pilipinas

produces ‘Barong,’ which literally means ‘dress of.’ So, if we want to be correct, we wouldn’t say just ‘Barong.’ But, the slang way of referring to one of the beautiful formal shirts is simply Barong. Yes, the Barong Tagalog is a dress, a garment, a coat in itself. It is not merely a ‘shirt’. If it were, then it would need a coat or a jacket over it to qualify as formal wear and would have to be worn tucked inside the trousers.

‘Baro’ = Word for ‘dress’ in the Philippines, Tagalog dialect
‘Baro ng Tagalog’ = ‘dress of the Tagalog’ describes the formal ‘dress’ or upper garment for men in the Philippines
‘Barong Tagalog’ = contracted form of the above
‘Barong’ = literally means ‘dress of’ – but commonly used to refer to the formal men’s wear in the Philippines

Q. How the Barong Tagalog Evolved In History?

A. As the Philippines’ national dress, the Barong Tagalog enjoys a distinction all its own. Its fine needlework or hand-painted designs in cool cotton or handwoven pina or jusi have given it a flair that has won international recognition and acceptance.

President Ferdinand E. Marcos, who has worn the Barong Tagalog with such impeccable grace and searing devotion, underscored its prestige when he issued in 1975 a decree proclaiming Barong Tagalog Week (June 5-11) and more significantly, officially designating the Barong Tagalog as “the national attire”. The presidential act was meant to focus nation-wide attention on the Filipino national dress to wider use and enhance its export potential. As it is, both the wide use and export potential of the Barong Tagalog have been explored , its full impact just a matter of time.

What deserves another look is the manner the Filipino national costume has evolved and grown, picking up and shedding features fashion-related or otherwise in its journey from pre-Hispanic native wear to national dress. But first, a few things have to be straightened out. Barong Tagalog is properly referred to as the “Baro ng Tagalog” (dress of the Tagalog) and it cannot be contracted to simply “Barong” since that would be equivalent in English to saying “He is wearing a dress of”. The word “Barong”, one realizes, means “dress of”. If one wishes to shorten the phrase, then it would be “Baro” or “dress”. Yes, the Barong Tagalog is a dress, a garment, a coat in itself. It is not a “shirt”. If it were, then it would need a coat or a jacket over it to qualify as formal wear and would have to be worn tucked inside the trousers. The Earliest Baro The earliest known fact on the “Baro ng Tagalog” discloses that the natives of Ma-I (the Philippines as it was called before the Spaniards re-discovered the archipelago), and in particular, the Tagalogs, who lived in the island of Luzon, wore baro.

Hundred Islands National Park

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Alaminos is undeniably a growing trade, commercial and educational center of Western Pangasinan. Owing to its strategic location and with the presence of the world-famous Hundred Islands National Park, and with its abundant natural resources, the municipality is one of the growth centers in Region I. With such inherent strengths, traders and businessmen continue to come to Alaminos.

Investments propelled the economic development of the town.

With a booming economy, Alaminos was reclassified from fourth to third class municipality in July 1991, the only one in the province and one of the five (5) municipalities in Region I. Its reclassification is based on the provisions of Executive Order No. 249 and Finance Department Order No. 79-91 dated July 1991. Six years later, with continuous economic growth, Alaminos, was again reclassified into a first class municipality in May 7, 1997 by virtue of the Executive Order No. 294 and Finance Department Order No. 79-91 dated July 1991.

However, it was in 1994 when then Mayor Alipio Fernandez, Mayor of Dagupan City, first broached the id

ea to the then Mayor Leon M. Rivera, Jr., of converting Alaminos into a city due to its strategic location in Western Pangasinan.

In July 1997, Mayor Rivera convened the Municipal Council led by the then Vice Mayor Eduardo F. Fontelera, who later became City Mayor, where conversion of Alaminos into be

coming a city was seriously discussed. After its deliberations, with an overwhelming support from the Sangguniang Bayan, Kgd. Orlando R. Go sponsored a resolution converting the municipality into a city.

Rep. Hernani Braganza, then congressman representing the First District of Pangasinan in the 10th Cogress, filed House Bill No. 10275 in November 1997. Unluckily, particular bill was not calendared for reading in January 1998 because of time constraints brought about by the forthcoming national elections scheduled in May.

In the 11th Congress, with Congressman Romeo Candazo as the Chairman of the Local Government Committee, the

local officials lost no time in securing and updating all reference materials that they have prepared previously. After all the requirements were properly complied with, Congressman Braganza, then in his second term, immediately filed House Bill No. 4898 on October 21, 1998.

Last public hearing conducted for this purpose was held in October 21, 1991 at the Don Leopoldo Sison Auditorium which was participated in by a huge crowd representing the pro and anti citihood movement.

It is in December 1999 when House Bill No. 4898 was finally approved by the House of Representatives during its third and final reading.

In February 8, 2001, consolidated House Bill No. 4898 and Senate Bill No. 2257 was passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate. To be enacted was RA 9025, an Act Converting the Municipality of Alaminos, Province of Pangasinan into a Component City to be known as the City of Alaminos.

And so, in March 5, 2001, at the Kalayaan Hall in Malaca√Īang, the local government officials have witnessed the signing of RA

9025, the law converting Alaminos into a city by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. But it is only in March 28, 2001 when finally, more than 85% of Alaminians voted affirmatively in making Alaminos into becoming the fourth city of the Province of Pangasinan.

source : http://www.alaminoscity.gov.ph/thecity/cityprofile.aspx

Pandanggo sa Ilaw

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Pandanggo sa Ilaw is commonly liked dance of grace and balance from Lubang Island, Mindoro Occidental. The term pandanggo is derives from the Spanish word fandango, a dance described by lively sterps and clapping that changes in rhythm in three-fourth time. Pandanggo sa Ilaw consists of three tinggoy, or oil lamps, balance on the head and the back of both hands.

Ossiwas is a dance characterized by swinging and circling a lighted lamp. In Pangasinan, it means swinging. Being the only one of its kind, this colorful dance needs skill in balancing an oil lamp on the head while circling in both hands a lighted lamp enclosed in a fishnet or porous cloth. The waltz-style music of this dance is having qualities in common to that of Pandanggo sa Ilaw. Waltz is a dance in which couples glide to music having three beats to a measure.