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Thailand for honeymoon?

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Thailand is one of the most beautiful country in southeast asia. Southeast Asian countries are known for their very rich and colorful cultures. If I were to ask what country in asia I would be excited to visit, It will be Thailand. I’m a big fan of thai movies so I’ve seen a lot of their tourist spots endorsed in the movies.

For newly wed couples, Thailand is one of best honeymoon spots around asia. I’ve never been there so I can’t give as much information as I would like to. I was looking for the best topic to endorse Thailand’s beauty and a honeymoon spot is the best that I come up with. Through google, I found this site that contains fresh and unbiased hotel reviews, Thailand Honeymoon Reviews, Itineraries and Information, tips for couples that is travelling to Thailand and other useful stuffs. The site also contains information about the  resorts, beaches or hotels that has an ongoing promotions that can give you a big discount for your limited budget. It has the list of top attractions, latest news and a sneekpeek in their language. Helpful english words that you would like to interpret in thai and a link to website that will give you more advance lesson in their language.

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One of the most famous tourist spot in Thailand is the Samui Island. It is very popular among other foreign countries because of the tropical weather. In the northern part of the island, the famous Big Buddha that was built last 1972 can be found and visited there. If you would like to visit and enjoy this amazing place, it is best to search for a good resort that will give you the full experience you’re looking for. Koh Samui Luxury Resorts reviews will give you a complete top 20 list of the best resorts around Samui.

I’m a Filipino. I love my country and the countries around it. Let’s embrace and learn the culture of the Southeast Asian countries. 🙂

Visit: http://www.thailandhoneymoon.info/ for more info.

Calgary Province of Alberta, Canada

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My cousin lives in one of the Calgary apartments in Alberta, Canada. Canada adapts the same American tradition wherein when someone reach his/her 17 or 18 years of age, they can live independently. Calgary is the largest city in Alberta and is considered as the cleanest city in the world and the 5th best city to live in.Calgary is one of the highly recommended cities because of its rich culture, industry, education and environment.

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If I were to live in Canada, I would like to live there. The only downside of the city is their weather. The summer there is really hot and the winters are extremely cold but the economy? It is booming and it is doing well in the job market. You can never go wrong in living in a city that have a lot to offer. Opportunities will be knocking at your doors. It is the richest province in Canada with the lowest unemployment rate. It is also one of three places in the world that has warming winds in the winter (Chinook). It is a native word for snow eater. It comes in over the Rocky Mountains and settles on the Calgary area warming the city.

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 Malacañang, 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

Festivals and Fiestas

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Here are the list of Fiestas that we Filipinos celebrate:

ATI-ATIHAN
Kalibo, Aklan
13-19 January

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The Ati-Atihan Festival commemorates the 13th century land deal between 10 migrating Bornean chieftains and the aboriginal Ati King Marikudo. It also honors the town patron, the infant Sto. Niño.

The ceaseless, rhythmic pounding of drums get to you, and before you know it you are on the street, shuffling your feet, shaking your head, waving your hands – and joining thousands of soot-blacked, gaily-costumed revelers in an ancient ritual of mindless merriment. A familiar battle cry reaches your ears, and amidst all this confusion you remember where you are: Kalibo, Aklan. “Viva, Sto. Niño!”

The Ati-Atihan celebration is echoed in many parts of the country.

SINULOG
Cebu City
18-19 January

Cebu City’s fiesta of fiestas. Characterized by its peculiar two-steps-forward-and-one-step-backward shuffle, thus simulating the Holy Child of the shores, the Sinulog is a century-old tradition observed in the part of Visayas region. The prayer-dance is synchronized to the beat of drums and shouts of “Pit Señor! Viva Sto. Niño!” Feel free to dance with the best of them, grooving all the way to the grand final presentation at the Cebu City Sports Center.

DINAGYANG
Iloilo City
25-26 January

Merry mayhem breaks loose in Iloilo City during this weekend, when Ilonggos leave everything behind to join in the fiesta of the year. All inhibitions are dropped: boring everyday clothes are exchanged for “Ati” warrior costumes and black body paint. Shields and “weapons” are held amidst the pounding rhythm of drums, the costumed Ilonggos put their best feet forward in celebration of…..Dinagyang!

PANAGBENGA
Baguio Flower Festival
23 February – 3 March

It’s flower season in the city of Pines – perfect timing for an all-out fiesta in the streets. The Baguio folk take a break on these days to revel in the cool climate and the unique culture of the city. Multi-hued costumes are worn, mimicking the various blooms of the highland region (or any of its 11 ethnic tribes). These are flowerbeds – disguised, of course, as the Panagbenga parade floats.

KAAMULAN
Malaybalay, Bukidnon
28 February – 1 March

Expect the Bukidnon to go tribal from the first to the second week of March, when the streets of Malaybalay take on that familiar fiesta theme. Banners, banderitas, and beer will be norm, as well as the sweet, haunting sound of native music. An early morning pamuhat ritual kicks off the festivities, to be followed by an ethnic food fest, trade fairs, and a lot of native dancing.

MORIONES
Marinduque
13-20 February

The island of Marinduque prides itself in being the “Lenten Capital of the Philippines”, and it is easy to understand why. Come the seven days of Holy Week, the people of the island take part in the age-old ritual of the “Moriones”. Colorful warrior costumes are worn, topped with finely carved masks depicting the fierce Roman soldiers of Christ’s time. All these are done to depict the story of the conversion of Longuinus, the centurion who pierced Jesus’ side – and his subsequent beheading.

CUTUD LENTEN RITES
San Fernando, Pampanga
16-18 April

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Prayer of a different meaning during the Lenten season, when villagers of San Pedro, Cutud, engage in the act of self-flagellation. This ancient ritual is performed in the morning of Good Friday during the Holy Week. Backs, arms, and legs are cut and then struck with burillo whips. The climax to this occasion happens at midday, when penitents are literally nailed to their waiting crosses.

PAHIYAS/MAYON/AGAWAN
Quezon
11-15 May

Flowers come out in May, but these aren’t the only things flaunted during this merry month. Down south in the town of Lucban, Quezon, there’s also the kiping – a colorful, translucent rice tortilla that serves as an edible ornament of sorts. You will see lots of these at the Pahiyas Festival, an annual celebration held to usher in a bountiful harvest, and smashing good times.

It’s a free-for-all, grab-all-you-can affair with suman-sweet, sticky native rice cakes-as the center of contention. It is also the grand prize, so feel free to join the fray. Rest assured, whether you get handfuls or just a mere mouthful, the Mayohan sa Tayabas will leave you wanting for more – suman, of course!

Sariaya’s own version of the San Isidro festival showcases the creativity and ingenuity of the townsfolk in their craft and culinary tradition.

FLORES DE MAYO / SANTACRUZAN
Nationwide
May

A parade of the town’s loveliest ladies, depicting the search and discovery of Christ’s Cross by Queen Helena and Constantine.

MUDPACK FESTIVAL
Murcia, Negros Occidental
24 June

Oneness with nature is the underlying theme behind Murcia’s annual mud-moving spectacle. Check on its murky highlight – a lively street dancing parade with the participant wearing nothing but mudpacks (well, almost…). It’s a surefire way to mix our ecological concerns with good, clean, cloddy fun – just be sure to shower afterwards!

PINYAHAN SA DAET
Daet, Camarines Norte
15-24 June

Sweet, succulent pineapple is the fruit of choice for the people of Daet, Camarines Norte. In fact, they loved it so much that they made a festival in its honor. Join the locals as they celebrate the Pineapple Festival featuring a colorful street presentation complemented by art exhibits, trade fair, cultural dances, and sport events. Feel rich when you go for a visit at Paracale Gold Mines, and be acquainted with some Bicol heroes like Vinzon and Panganiban and Lucban.

PARADA NG LECHON
Balayan, Batangas
24 June

A different sight and flavor are introduced in June with a festival in Balayan, Batangas, popularly known as the “Parada Ng Lechon”. These succulent roasted pork form the highlight of the occasion, decked out in their platforms with all kinds of décor. Since the festival coincides with the feast of St. John the Baptist, be prepared to get wet as people observe the feast by repeating the ritual of baptism – pouring water.

TACLOBAN PINTADOS FESTIVAL
Tacloban City
29 June

Back during pre-Hispanic years, tattoos signified courage among the natives of Tacloban. These days they symbolize a cultural revival, and a wild, wacky fiesta called the Pintados. Join the town residents as they deck themselves out in body paint, mimicking the warriors of old while dancing to the frenetic beat of drums.

SANDUGO FESTIVAL
Tagbilaran City
1-2 July

The Spanish colonization of the Philippines began with a blood-sealed peace treaty on the shores of Bohol. This historic event is remembered today with an all-out fiesta at the island’s capital city. Check out the Sandugo street dancing parade featuring ten colorfully-dressed groups dancing to the beat of drums. There’s also a traditional Filipino carnival, a martial arts festival, and Miss Bohol Sandugo Beauty Pageant, among the dozen of other exciting activities.

KINABAYO FESTIVAL
Dapitan City
25 July

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An exotic and colorful pageant re-enacting the Spanish-Moorish wars, particularly the Battle of Covadonga where the Spanish forces under General Pelagio took their last stand against Saracan. They were able to reverse the tide through the miraculous apparition of St. James. The addition of local color and innovation has made this annual revelry a popular attraction which brings thousands of visitors to the city.

KADAYAWAN SA DABAW
Davao City
20-24 August

Davao’s annual festival, Kadayawan Sa Dadaw promises another weekend of fanfare and fun – tribal style. Watch as the festivities reach a glorious climax on Saturday morning: that’s when the Kadayawan parade is held, featuring colorful, orchid-bedecked floats and more than a dozen “ethnic” groups dancing to the beat of wooden drums.

BONOK-BONOK FESTIVAL & SILOP CAVE ADVENTURE
Surigao City
9 September

Behind Surigao’s multi-faceted culture is its original tribal background. The Surigaonons go back to their roots this month as they celebrate their heritage with a loud, rowdy street dancing parade.

PEÑAFRANCIA VIVA LA VIRGEN
Naga City
20 September

Bicol Region’s biggest celebration is an annual affair that combines religion with culture and tradition, packing it all in a 9-day fiesta of biblical proportions. Stay until sundown for stirring climax: the fluvial parade as it makes its way down the river, surrounded by a sea of glowing candles – a fitting end of this truly spiritual occasion.

ZAMBOANGA HERMOSA FESTIVAL
Zamboanga City
10-12 October

All roads in Mindanao lead to Zamboanga, as the “City of Flowers” celebrates its grand, annual Hermosa Festival. The vintas, those colorful native sea boats, once again make their appearance in a fast-paced, race-till-you-drop regatta. There’s also a wealth of cultural and flower shows, art exhibits, and trade fairs. It’s an all-out celebration of life – Chavacano style!

MASSKARA FESTIVAL
Bacolod City
14-21 October

The festival that made Bacolod famous began as an event to inspire the locals to face the hard times with a smiling face, thus masks with smiling faces are worn by revelers who join the parade. Street dancing, drum beating, drinking, eating and just being merry – all this show the resiliency of Negrenses and their zest for life.

source: http://www.tourism.gov.ph/discover/festivals.asp

Davao City

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Davao is a region in south eastern Mindanao, Philippines that boast of its natural beauty and resources.

Davao is composed of four provinces namely: Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley and the City of Davao. Collectively, they are designated as Region XI of the Philippines. Davao is a major producer of gold, and its mining resources include silica, silver, copper and elemental sulfur. It is where the highest peak (10,311 feet) in the Philippines is located – Mt. Apo, where only the brave dare climb.

Davao City is the most important city in Mindanao and the largest city in Asia in terms of land area – occupying more than 244,000 hectares. Its population according to the 2000 Census is 1,147,116. It’s international airport and seaport is one of the busiest cargo hubs in the southern Philippines. Davao City is also one of several cities in the Philippines that are independent of any province. The city is also the regional center for the Davao Region.

There are many places to go and things to do in Davao. Just 5 kilometers north of the city is Lanang Golf & Country Club with an 18 hole course. To the south of the city are Apo Golf & Country Club and New Davao City Golf Club. The region has many hotels and resorts to relax and unwind. For the gourmet, Davao offers a wide variety of local and international cuisines at very reasonable prices. Davao is known for its fresh seafood, notably the grilled yellow fin tuna, tiger prawns, barbeques and other delightful specialties. Not to be missed when in Davao is the Durian, the fruit that smells like hell but taste like heaven!

Some of the more popular places of interest in Davao:

Samal Island – unspoiled and pristine, the island prides itself for its white sand beaches with vacation facilities for different kinds of water sports.

Tourist attraction of DavaoPearl Farm Beach Resort, is the most famous tourist destination in Davao. The Pearl Farm is located on Samal Island just a short boat ride from Davao City. The 11-hectare resort was once a real pearl farm that cultivated oysters imported from the Sulu Sea, and produces some of the best pearls in the country. Now the white sand beach resort is a top tourist attraction in Davao with cottages inspired by the Isamal native design.

Philippine Eagle National Center, where the endangered Philippine eagle is bread in captivity. The Center provides shelter to some 19 Philippine eagles as well as other birds, animals.

Tourist interested in local handicrafts will find artwork and various handmade products made by indigenous ethnic tribes of Davao namely the Bagobos, the Atas, the Mansakas, the Mandayas, the the Kalagans, the Mangguangans and the Tagakaolos. Their crafts can be found in local stores and museums in the city.

One can get to Davao City from Manila by land (by bus via the Pan-Philippine highway), by sea (daily ferry boats) or Air.

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Lanuza – Surfing gateway of the Phil.

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Lanzuna river

Known as the surfing gateway of the Philippines, the town of Lanuza is definitely making waves in terms of being a prime tourist spot in the country. A province of Surigao del Sur, Lanuza is a simple town that could provide a memorable time as guests surf its local waves. Aside from surfing, Lanuza has recently added new sets of nature activities making it one of the most complete adventure spots in the country.

Anchored by its famous waves, what makes Lanuza stand out from other surfing spots are its diverse surfing grounds. Doot Poktoy is the most famous among these surfing grounds that has a soft sand bottom which makes it ideal for beginners. Yet it could also satisfy amateurs looking for a thrill ride. What makes it even more enticing is

how these waves are conveniently accessible in front of the town.

“Aside from Doot Poktoy, various surfing grounds are located adjacent to the town. Lanzuna

Around one or two kilometers away are seven reef breaks, namely, Castor Reef, Habag, Punta Left and Punta Right, Sibahay, Badjang, and Cagmino. The waves in these Reef breaks could reach up to 10 feet from October to April,” expressed Lanuza’s Mayor Algerico Irizari.

The waves in Lanuza have been host to national and international surfing events. In 2002, the town held a local surf camp and organized the first ever National Surfing Festival which has become an annual festivity. In 2004, Lanuza’s surfing festival added the International long board invitational, which is a three-day international event for surfers.


The National Surfing Festival also held competitions for short boards in different brackets, namely, for seniors, juniors, and grommet (below 12 years old). The event has been flocked by surfers coming form Siargao and mostly in nearby province in Luzon such as Bicol, Baler, and Aurora.

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