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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Siete Paobras and Encanto by Que Pasa Naga

Naga City - The Siete Paobras of Que Pasa Naga was recently launched to showcase seven Bicolano artists who will translate a literary work of a Filipino or Spanish poet to visual art through the seven portals of the restaurant.

Last June, the featured artist of the month was Maestro Dennis Gonzaga, a Bicolano artists, educator and a family man. Maestro Dennis had the whole month during weekends to work on the portal. It was challenging on his part because according to him, murals are not really his forte. At first Maestro Dennis eyed on Miguel de Cervantes' Don Quixote, but the academic nature in him made him choose a Mexican poetess, Sister Juana Ines de la Cruz of the Spanish golden age. Sister Juana was born in Mexico but was educated in Spain. According to Maestro Dennis, Sister Juana wanted to celebrate artistry but there were a lot of restrictions in being a nun back then. But despite all these restrictions she was still able to become an artist in her own ways. She was a woman ahead of her time and Maestro Dennis felt the need to celebrate that.

"Detente, sombra de mi bien esquivo" is the poem of Sister Juana which is all about how a person deals with one's own shadow and coming to terms into the light and hope. The mural is in monochromatic with black and yellow color representing light and shadow. Words "Sombra" for Shadow and "Luz" for "Light" which represents as the conservative side of Sister Juana and as an artist respectively. The sun on top represents the presence of God as witness to our passions and shadows of the soul. The tower of shadows on one side with lightning represents the struggle and on the other side is the tower of reasons where there is light and peaceful waters.

Ms. Bidibi and the 2nd portal for the month of July. 
For the month of July, Ms. Bernadette Delos Santos or famously known as Ms. B or Ms. Bidibidi, an artist from Baao, will be completing the second portal of Que Pasa. Daunted and privileged on her part to paint the second portal of Que Pasa, she will interpret Laura Esquivel's 'Para Tsokolate' (I hope I got it right) which is about two ladies fighting for one man. Ms. Bidibidi is known for her floral paintings and La Huerta Farm in Baao. 

Awarding of the Plaque of Appreciation to Maestro Dennis Gonzaga

In celebration of the Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day, an art exhibit, workshops, on-the-spot painting and art sale were held at the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral Grounds. The event was spearheaded by Salingoy Art Group and Naga Excursions of the Arts, Culture and Tourism Office of the City Government of Naga. From June 30 to July 4, a Kalesa Ride was organized to see the old-world charm of Centro Naga at night.

Grand Opening of Que Pasa Naga

Unveling of Encanto by Que Pasa

A night full of music

Our lovely host for the evening. 

Mr. Carlo Buenaflor, Bigg's Inc. CEO on his message during the unveiling of Encanto

Dr. Danilo Gerona sharing his knowledge on the importance of Naga during the Spanish period specifically the Galleon Trade. 

The Grand Opening of Que Pasa Naga was a night full of music, art, history and food. Encanto by Que Pasa is a bar offering cocktails, beer (imported and local) and "tapas" (finger food) such as the Gambas, Beef Salpicao and Sisig. These three should definitely be on your must-eats in Que Pasa. All are equally flavorful and delicious. My personal favorite would be the Sisig. Among the three the spiciest would be the Beef Salpciao. Perhaps you can request to level down the hotness if you can't handle too much pepper. The tapas are best served with a cold bottle of beer or any cocktail of your choice.  Trust me, one time I had to order a bottle of San Mig Apple even if it was three in the afternoon. Read more about the food in Que Pasa in our first blog post HERE

The Sisig has three sides when served namely: cheese, special sauce and a garnish of tomato, pineapple, green pepper and white onion. 

Beef Salpicao with potato marbles and lots and lots of pepper.

Encanto by Que Pasa Menu
(Art Work by Pen Prestado)

The drinks and cocktails are fairly priced in the bar. Try the "Aswangita" with a slice of sili on your drink for a change. 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Miss Bicolandia 2015

Miss Bicolandia 2015 Updates

Image Source: Miss Bicolandia Beauty Pageant Facebook Page

What are you waiting for? Join the search for this year's Miss Bicolandia Beauty Pageant.

The recruitment team will be at the following LGUs this week:

July 15, 2015 - Province of Camarines Norte and some parts of the province of Camarines Sur (Sipocot, Lupi, Ragay, Libmanan, Pamplona, Pasacao, San Fernando, Milaor, and Minalabac)

July 16, 2015 - Province of Camarines Sur (Canaman, Magarao, Bombon, Calabanga, Tinambac, Camaligan, Naga City)

Visit your local tourism office and the Office of the Mayor for the guidelines and application forms.

You may also send a Private Message (PM) for the guidelines and application forms to the Miss Bicolandia Beauty Pageant Facebook Page

Please use the hashtags:
#MB2015 #MissBicolandia2015

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Google I/O 2015 Extended Camarines Sur

The Google I/O Extended Roadshow is finally here in Naga, Camarines Sur on July 26, 2015 
at the Ateneo de Naga University.

The Google I/O Extended Roadshow is a series of FREE community-organized workshops and talks centered around the technologies announced during the Google I/O 2015.

- Basics of Android Development
- Polymer (Web Development)
- Design Thinking
- Google Cardboard

For more information visit: http://ioextended.gdgph.org/
Register here: https://goo.gl/P23DdJ
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1597484857173474/

Run for Peace 2

Run For Peace 2
July 26, 2015
4:30 am @ CamSur Police Provincial Office
Concepcion Grande, Naga City

Run Route: CamSur PPO - Brgy. Del Rosario - Cararayan then back to CamSur PPO
Registration Fee: P250 for 5k and 10k with Bib and Singlet
Registration Site:  CamSur Provincial Police Office
Contact Person: PO3 Ely Langitan

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Lani Misalucha in Naga City

Asia's Nightingale will be performing LIVE in Naga on July 31, 2015 8PM at the Avenue Plaza Hotel. Proceeds of the concert will be for the projects of Philippine Pediatric Society - Bicol Chapter. 

Tickets are available at Bigg's Diner, Que Pasa, Avenue Plaza Hotel. For ticket inquiries please contact Sheila at 09277059508. 

 Update: July 21, 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

11th Naga City Charter Inter-Collegiate Basketball Tournament Schedule of Games

11th Naga City Charter Inter-Collegiate Basketball Tournament 
Schedule of Games

Image Source: Naga City Sports Office

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Robinsons Place Naga

On this page you will see the construction updates of Robinsons Place Naga located at corner Almeda Highway, Roxas Avenue Naga City

Photos by camsurstaystray.blogspot.com

Go Hotel Naga

Sunday, June 7, 2015

67th Naga City Charter Anniversary

Image Source: Naga Smiles to the World Facebook Page

June 8

Bloodletting Program
Naga City People’s Hall |8:00AM – 5:00PM

June 8-14

Water Safe & Rope Rescue Training
Metro Naga Sports Complex

June 9

[NCF] Start of Classes for Basic Education

LGU Naga City Strategic Performance Management System (SPMS) Workshop
Starview hotel | 11:00AM

Flag Awareness Seminar (National Historical Commission)
Villa Caceres Hotel | 8:00AM – 5:00PM

June 9-14

Provincial Safety Institute Water Safe and Rope Rescue
Metro Naga Sports Complex

June 11

[NCF] HS ORSEM – Freshmen Orientation of HS Freshmen and Transferees

Blessing, Inauguration and Awarding Ceremonies of Nego Karts to beneficiaries
Plaza Rizal | 2:00PM

June 12

Plaza Quince Martirez | 7:00AM (formal attire)

Repo Caravan 2014
Racal South Motorsales Corp.

June 12-13

Government Services (Job Fair, Diskwento Fair, Medical Mission, Seedling distribution, NFA rolling Store, LTO services)
Plaza Quezon, Kinastilyohan, Plaza Rizal | 8:00AM – 5:00PM

June 13

[NCF] Death Anniversary of NCF’s Founder (Lolo Mel)

Trade Fair
Plaza Rizal

June 13-14

[NCF] COLLEGE ORSEM – Freshmen Orientation of College Freshmen and Transferees

June 14-18

Pilimania Food and Agri Fair
Plaza Rizal | 9:00AM

June 15

Endurance Run (bike, plant, run)
from Pilimania Park to Panicuason

Arbor Day (Tree Planting) and Pilimania Relaunching
Plaza Quezon | 6:00AM onwards

June 16

[NCF] Start of Classes for College

Free Civil Registration Services
Naga City People’s Hall | 8:00AM – 5:00PM

June 17

[NCF] ELEMENTARY ORSEM – Grade 1 Orientation Program

Honda Cars Camarines Sur
motorcade – 8:00AM

June 18


Opening of Intercollegiate Basketball Tournament
Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum | 8:00AM

June Bride (Civil Wedding)
Plaza Quince Martirez | 9:00AM

2014 Mayoral Awards
Avenue Convention Center | 1:00PM

Naga Metropolitan Catheral |4:00PM

Charter Day Parade
from Naga Metropolitan Cathedral grounds to Plaza Quezon | 5:00PM

Plaza Quezon | 6:00PM

June 19

Birth Anniversary of Dr. Jose P. Rizal (National Hero)
Wreath Laying
Plaza Rizal | 7:00AM

City Development Council Meeting
Villa Caceres Hotel | 1:00PM

June 20

Unilab Free UTI Screening for City Hall employees
City Hall | 8:00 – 9:30AM

DTI SME Roving Academy (SMERA) for Naga City QUEEN members
Seminar on – Kayamaman sa Basura, Negosyong click, Money-gement
Naga City People’s Hall / PESO Pavilion/ Blue Room | 1:00 – 5:00PM

Unilab Free Digital Rectal Examination for City Hall employees
City Hall | 1:00 – 3:30PM

June 20-22

78th Camarines Sur Medical Society Annual Convention
Villa Caceres Hotel

June 21

Barangay Triangulo Job Fair
8:00AM – 5:00PM

June 28

Unilab-MDC Health and Wellness Diagnostic Test and Medical Consultation
Naga City People’s Hall | 7:30AM – 12:00NN

CASURECO II Annual General Membership Assembly
Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum | 1:00PM

June 30

Philippine- Spanish Friendship Day

Thursday, June 4, 2015

A Challenge to Change - From Smoking to Triathlon

Naga City, Philippines - Did you know that June is declared as the National No-Smoking Month under the Presidential Proclamation No. 183, s. 1993? The government through the Department of Health and non-government organizations never ceases to campaign against smoking which is hazardous to the health of both the smokers and non-smokers. Taking it to the local perspective, Naga City also partakes in upholding this proclamation and other city ordinances for the benefit of the Naguenos. Let's hope they are being implemented well. 

Smoking as a habit starts as a choice. "Choices become actions, actions become habits, and habits become our character". If you choose to smoke, it can become your habit, and your habit becomes who you are, a smoker. I don't smoke, never tried it even once, but my father smokes and I have friends who does too. We non-smokers should play a role too in this advocacy.

A Challenge to Change. Smokers usually involve conflicting attitudes, beliefs or behaviors. There are people who smoke and at the same time know that it is hazardous to their health which might even lead to cancer but still they continue to smoke. The pleasure side always gives in. But are you up to the challenge to quit and change for the better?

#WhereItAllBegan to quit smoking. There are a lot of means in order to combat smoking. With a resounding yes, Kevin Tiambeng, a local celebrity athlete competing in the upcoming Challenge CamSur on June 13, was able to kill his habit of smoking. Triathlon in particular has made Kevin physically fit, kept him sharp, goal-oriented, pushed his limits and overcome his fears. By joining triathlon events, Kevin was able to challenge himself to defeat smoking. Training in this sport is #WhereItAllBegan for him to stop smoking and continue contributing to society by organizing and joining sports events. It is in his own little way that he is able to inspire others to be productive citizens rather than just being smokers. You can also be productive even if you are a smoker, but you are definitely not as healthy as a non-smoker or someone who gave it up.

Kevin Tiambeng with Local Elite Triathlete
Andreco Primero and Challenge CamSur
 Race Director Jumbo Tayag.

Quitting to smoke starts with a choice. If smoking started as a choice, there's no other way to quit than to choose firmly to quit. Taking it step by step, how little it may be to battle the addiction is a sign of courage especially if the support group is strong. It's easier said than done but progress is progress. 

The best part of quitting to smoke is reclaiming a healthier lifestyle plus earning the bragging rights for having successfully defeated smoking. Let us not forget that you can now be an instrument of change to other people just like Kevin Tiambeng.

Watch Kevin and other triathletes push their limits in the Challenge CamSur next week. Get ready for the fastest and hottest course in the Philippines and one of the fastest in Asia with #ChallengeCamsur! If you are an athlete you can still join the Sprint Category (1km swim, 30km bike, 6km run) on June 13. Registration is extended until June 11. You may register HERE.


To know more of Challenge Family, please visit: www.challenge-family.com.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Bratanella Patisserie