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Saturday, April 18, 2015

A Trek to Malabsay Falls

Naga City -Malabsay Falls has been ranked No. 2 among the 11 Things to do in Naga City in Trip Advisor. Who would not be thankful to have a falls in a city? Though Malabasay is situated at the foot of Mt. Isarog, this falls has been very generous enough for us to enjoy Mother Earth's beauty reachable in just 30 to 40 minutes from downtown Naga. Other resorts in Panicuason like Sulat Pool, Panicuason Hot Spring Resort and Stonehouse Gardens Resort are very accessible and mostly visited in this Barangay. 

I have visited Malabsay Falls last year and it's just sad to see the bad side of tourism, well in this case, in our very own falls in the city. Plastic bottles, wrappers and the like are seen near the falls and it's a sad sight.

I know this happens anywhere and it's because of irresponsible tourists who after they enjoyed the place and just because they paid that it seemed like they're off the hook in keeping the surroundings clean as they go.

We often see this saying "Leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time" in many tourists destinations. As tourists, do we really follow that saying by heart? As part of NcD's advocacy, no matter how tedious it is to remind everyone, I would like to use my online presence to again remind my fellow Naguenos and Bicolanos to live up to this saying not only here in Naga but wherever we travel. The gesture of leaving tourist spots clean is not really for other tourists, but for us the locals because we are the direct stakeholders. If we practice it here in Naga, it would not be difficult for us to practice it anywhere we go. This is a good habit that each and everyone of us should imbibe in our own systems.

Leave no trail of trash in Mt. Isarog, do not carve the trees nor draw graffiti on any infrastructure, so that the future generation can still experience the grandeur of the place. And oh please, go immortalize "Juan ❤ Juana" somewhere else. Don't carve your names on the trees, you don't own any of them. Don't be selfish because you are actually hurting the trees. Instead, be a better partner to your special someone.

While most of you might be familiar with the route going to Malabasay Falls, this is for those who still don't know how to get there.

1. Jeepney ride. From downtown Naga, go to the Panicuason bound terminal near P. Caceres St./Padian Street just right beside Metrobank. Get off at the Girl Scout of the Philippines property in Panicuason.
2. From their, walk straight going to Mt. Isarog National Park's entrance.
3. Habal-habal going to the park's entrance. You also have an option to ride on a "habal-habal" from GSP.  TIP: Get the number of the habal habal driver to pick you up.
4. Pay entrance fee Php 10. (not sure of the rate now). Last year we were required to deposit an environmental fee of P100 (refundable after the visit to the Falls) to make sure that we leave no trash in the area. If you did not carry any trash after your visit you will not be able to refund the money. Quite ridiculous. If only people are mindful and disciplined enough there's not need for this deposit fee.

If worse comes to worse and more tourist arrivals, can the city government hire someone to keep the area clean? As in a permanent one especially during summer? Probably they have one or two but why would we still see trails of trash around?

Just recently, the City Government of Naga has continued to cement a portion of the road going to the gate of Mt. Isarog National Park, not sure though if it's already complete. Although it will be for the convenience of the tourists, this will mean more people, meaning more disturbance to the place and possibly more irresponsible tourists. I just hope the city government is prepared for that and maintain the natural beauty of Mt. Isarog.

This is the drop off point of the jeepney, Girl Scout of the Philippines lot.
To the left is Sulat Pool  also known as GSP and to the right is the road to Mt. Isarog National Park gate. 

Cars which can't travel further to the gate of Mt. Isarog National Park's entrance will have to park their car inside the GSP property. 

Signages have been updated by the Naga City Arts, Culture and Tourism Office. 
For emergencies you can call (054) 472300
This is the gate going to Stonehouse Gardens Resort

From the gate of the national park, you'll have to trek for around 10-15 minutes to reach Malabsay Falls. It's an easy trek so to speak. Going to Nabuntulan Falls has a more difficult trek. Apologies, I haven't been there yet.

We were given a little orientation before we started the trek, manong on duty reminded us that we should not leave any trash anywhere. 

Easy steps

Closer look of Malabsay Falls

Overlooking the Heart of Bicol. 

So there, enjoy the beauty of Mt. Isarog and please please please let's do our share in maintaining the beauty of our tourist spots here in Naga.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

NCD Turns 6 Anniversary Giveaway

Can't believe it's been six years! Six years of pure fun and adventure serving our online fellow Nagueños and Bicolanos with up to date events and happenings in and out of Naga City. At the end of the day it's not the number of likes that we have but the trust and interaction that we have with you online. Since it's NCD's 6th year anniversary and since we have good friends in the blogosphere, Sir Joey of Pinoy Tech Blog is very generous enough to share his goodies for you guys! 

For your latest tech reviews from phones, cameras, tablets, etc. just go to Pinoy Tech Blog. By the way, Pinoy Tech Blog is headed by a Nagueño too!

Pinoy Tech Blog
Founded in July 2005 and is considered to be one of the longest-running group blog about technology in the Philippines. Started by a dozen bloggers from various sectors of the IT industry in the country with the goal to provide an alternative coverage on technology news in the Philippines.
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How do you join the raffle? Just use the Rafflecopter Application below and make sure you are logged in on Facebook. If you are on mobile, please switch to desktop version to access the rafflectoper. You can also use the Giveaway Tab on our Facebook Page

PRIZES are as follows:

One winner of the following bundles: 
A. Bluetooth Speaker, Power Bank, Notepad, Tumbler
B. One 8gb USB Flash Drive, Power Bank, Notepad, Tumbler
C. One 1GB USB Flashdrive, Soundbooster, Notepad, Tumbler

But wait, there's more! After this giveaway, we will also be giving other items still on hand from Pinoy Tech Blog. A monthly giveaway would be nice right? So stay tuned and stay connected!

Giveaway for the Month of May
One 4gb Asus Flash Drive Swiss Knife

Saturday, April 4, 2015

All Hail The Trails

All Hail The Trails
April 18, 2015

2nd Edition of All Hail the Trails... A trail running event that will cover the lush green vegetation of the foothills of Mt. Isarog National Park the distances will be 3K 8K and 12K
Don Bosco Campus, Carolina
Registration Fee:
3K 200php
8K 300php
12K 400php
Registration opens on March 20 @ Res Toe Run Naga
Inclusive of Bib, refreshements, trail-food and All Finishers will be awarded with medal.
150php for Dri-fit limited edition trail-running shirt
More details to follow soon... for more information please contact 0915-770-8255 / 0917-835 4883

Visit the Facebook Event Page for updates. 

Anthosia Café: A Place of Passion, Intimacy & Commitment

Naga City - Different strokes for different folks. Perhaps this is why Nagueños continue to put up coffee shops in Naga catering to the different personalities there is in this small city. While the obvious thing is many of us love coffee, why do we still keep on having our caffeine fix outside the comforts of our home? A question where senior parents often ask to the young ones today. Many of us look for our "third place" (pardon Starbucks for borrowing your coined words) that is after our homes and school/work place. Secondary to the food and coffee, we value the experience that we get from the place, something that we don't get while having a cup of coffee at home.

September of 2014 a coffee shop along Panganiban Drive opened its doors to Naguenos named Anthosia Café mainly owned by a laywer and photographer, Atty. Allan Macaraig. It is a law office by morning and coffee shop by afternoon until night time. Now what is the café all about?

Though love is in a heart shape, Robert Sternberg's Triangular Theory of Love, that is love with PASSION, INTIMACY and COMMITMENT, fits Anthosia Café well enough because of the following reasons:

Passion for coffee and food.
Intimacy for customers. Customers are allowed to express and de-stress in an artistic way.
Commitment for local and national artists and their art in all forms.

Kape, tsa'a, at iba ang kwento ng pag-ibig. Anthosia is becoming a place for the romantics, hopeless romantics, the hopeful, the friend-zoned, the single, the taken and the taken for granted and ______(insert your current status and mood).

Organized mess. Anthosia has a "mess" that only people who loves art in all forms will understand. A mess that is positive that will let you appreciate anything that you see and hear inside the shop. The whole coffee shop is full of stories from all the four corners of the room, the walls and even the ceiling. The space is amazingly maximized. Old cameras, phone, interesting books, vinyls and a turntable, photos, paintings, toys that will bring you back to 90's and whatnots.

Little space means more intimate moments. Limited tables and chairs inside the coffee shop is something that the patrons of Anthosia got used to. The room is divided into four areas which can basically accommodate four groups of people with at least 4 to 5 persons. Sabi nga sa Dream Dad na teleserye, "Sa tamang panahon", in the right time you'll be able to own a corner in Athosia and have your me/we time and enjoy what Anthosia has to offer. In due time you'll surely chance upon a seat vacant for you, patience is a virtue. Anthosia did not dream of having too much space, having a small place will mean a chance for customers to gain new friends. Little space will mean more INTIMATE connection with the place itself and the people around you. 

There are also tables and chairs outside the coffee shop, right enough for customers who smoke. As of writing, a long table has been added outside to better serve the increasing number of customers.

Care to add more books? Yes you can donate!

Love can be as simple as one solid and one liquid. Choosing your food in Anthosia is very simple. Drinks in hot or cold, food in pasta, pizza and a little bit of pastries. Limited choices does not mean poor options because just like love, it shouldn't be complicated. It's easier to choose in an unassuming menu, but true to Anthosia's desire, they can give you their best PASSION for food and coffee.  The theme of Anthosia basically covers Philippine heroes, honored Bicolanos and artists both local and national. Just look at how the food were ingenuously named.  

Anthosia offers Coffee, Tea, Pizza and Pasta and everything in between.

Pricing is VERY affordable. All you need is at least P50 for the drinks and a pasta or pizza for only P120. I must say that their pasta so far has the most ample serving size for a price of P120 among the coffee shops in Naga City. 

"Pan de Oriang", the heart-shaped pizza of Anthosia named after Andres Bonifacio's wife. This is one of the best sellers of the shop. Not only that it's VERY affordable but it also tastes good. On the photo is the "Lakambini" version. They also serve "Salawahan" Pan de Oriang, with two flavors in one. Now you know why it's called salawahan.

Drinks are now served in Mason Jars. 

Maria Pasta Suplada (Linguine + tuna + marinara + Paprika + Parmesan)

Kape Senyorita (Espresso + Chocolate Milk + Macadamia)

Tarraleaf is Anthosia's House Blend Cold Tea. The classic glass were now replaced with Mason Jars. This was during my first visit. Pinoy fries bears the Ph flag of course! 

Hasta Pasta Siempre
(Linquine + tuna + white sauce, sweet + parmesan)
Spanky Rigor (Pasta)

A poem written on the ceiling and a blackboard for special and "limited edition menu". 
I was able to try the Spanky Rigor pasta before and it was good (Photo below)

Spanky Rigor pasta 

Two of my favorite displays in Anthosia, the turntable and the classic telephone. Though the turntable is a new one with digital features, I could not help but miss our own turntable with stereo when I was little. We still have lots of vinyls at home and maybe one day I could buy a new turntable for my parents.  We all know that a sound from a vinyl is entirely different and for me it touches the soul of a person in a different kind of way. To satisfy my curiosity, I used the phone and called our office, it's in perfect condition!

Do they look familiar to you?  

Express and De-stress. If you are aware of Displacement as a defense mechanism which involves taking out frustrations on people or objects that are less threatening, one can somehow do it in Anthosia. How? Let's say someone broke your heart, you can:

1. Order a Pan de Oriang, the heart-shaped pizza and be the one to slice it. Imagine that it's his/her heart and not yours please. Remember that it's only a symbolic way of taking out your frustrations.  
2. Write a note or a poem for that someone. Like this -->
3. Browse the notes and scribbles of the customers. You'll be relieved that you are not alone, others might have a more heartbreaking experience than yours, be thankful.

Remember that you can write or draw anything, if you're feeling fine, then write something positive, your happy thoughts and illustrations can brighten up someone's gloomy day. But then again, at the end of the day continue to fight those negative emotions, Anthosia will not solve your problems, they will only give you an avenue to express and de-stress. 

Commitment to local artists. While well known artists are enjoying the limelight, Anthosia has been very supportive to local artists. They feature artists every month and this strengthens and inspires Naguenos and Bicolanos in a very good way. Get in touch with Anthosia and share your art.

Check out this campaign for the month of April
In the spirit of promoting literature and the arts, Anthosia Café will accept, from April 1-30, 2015 (National Literature Month), a poem or a drawing in exchange for a cup of brewed coffee, tablea, or hot tea. Please ask the barista for the Kaperaso notebook (270mmx380mm sketch pad with the above as first page).Mabuhay po kayo!
Kape + Tsa'a: Obra sa Baso
Special mention to Direk Kristian Cordero for sharing with us this worthy exercise
SOURCE: Anthosia Café Facebook Page

I'm not a poet nor an artist, I hope I gave justice to what Anthosia is worth. This is the only way I can help spread the worthy cause of the café. I hope I also get a cup of coffee for this? Haha But kidding aside, I can truly say that Anthosia is more than the coffee. Oh and by the way, I have recently noticed that Anthosia is also promoting other coffee shops in Naga through their Facebook page. This gave me the perfect sign to finally feature them. I have been following the growth of Bicol Brands ever since I started NCD. Correct me if I'm wrong, but Anthosia is the first coffee shop who promoted it's supposedly competitors in the café industry here in Naga. I truly admire Anthosia for this move.

A word of thanks also to RJ for the table reservations whenever I and my friends visit Anthosia. 
More power to Anthosia Café! Mabuhay ang mga Bicolano artists!

So there you go guys, if you haven't visited Anthosia yet, it's never too late!

Anthosia Café
Panganiban Drive, Naga City (in front of NIA)(+054) 881 1805
Instagram: @anthosiacafe #anthosiacafe

Law Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 am - 12:00 nn
Café Hours: Mon-Sat 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Visita Iglesia in Naga City

What is a Pilgrimage? It is a religious journey: a journey to a holy place, undertaken for religious reasons.
What is it not? It is not an educational tour, it is not a party and it is not a picnic.

Objectives of the Lenten Pilgrimage: To have prayerful journey in unity of the sufferings of Christ and to reflect on the sufferings of Christ. 

Here's a prayer guide that you can use  for your visit iglesia. Please do take note that it's not limited to these prayers. If you will visit 14 churches, you can also make use of the Stations of the Cross

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The top four churches usually visited by Pilgrims are Basilica Minore, Our Lady of Penafrancia Shrine, Naga Metropolitan Cathedral and San Francisco Parish Church. There are other churches that you could visit while in Naga, they are all equally important in the Archdiocese of Caceres. You can choose only seven churches from this list.

Starting from the South of Naga, we have:

A. Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus - Concepcion Grande
B. Carmelite Church - Carmelite Monastery Concepcion Pequena
C. Immaculate Conception Parish Church - Concepcion Pequena
D. Holy Cross Parish Church - Tabuco
E. Our Lady of Fatima Church - The only Chinese Catholic Church in Naga City located in Brgy. Tabuco, walking distance from Holy Cross Parish
F. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel - University of Nueva Caceres Campus (might be closed for the Holy Week), J. Hernandez Avenue, Naga City
G. San Francisco Parish Church - Brgy. San Franciso 
H. Naga Metropolitan Cathedral
I. Christ The King Church - Ateneo de Naga University Campus, Bagumbayan
J. Our Lady of Penafrancia Shrine - Penafrancia Avenue
K. Penafrancia Basilica Minore - Balatas Road
L. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel - Brgy. Carolina

Overview of the Churches in Google Maps (Approximate location only for some Churches)

Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus
Concepcion Grande, Naga City
Photo by Jun Villegas
Easter Vigil at St. Jude Thaddeus Church

Carmelite Church
Caremelite Monastery, Concepcion Pequena, Naga City

Immaculate Conception Parish Church
Concepcion Pequeña Naga City (near Rotonda)
© NagaCityDeck

Michael Jude Ong Jacinto Photography

Photo by Flip Vision Productions

Holy Cross Parish Church
Tabuco, Naga City
Photo by Jun Villegas

Our Lady of Fatima Church
Tabuco, Naga City
Riverside View of the Our Lady of Fatima Church
Photo by: PIO9ID.blogspot.com

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel
University of Nueva Caceres, J. Hernandez Ave. Naga City
(This chapel might be closed by Holy Week)
UNC Chapel
San Francisco Parish Church
Downtown, Brgy. San Francisco, Naga City
Photo by Pedrito Ensomo
San Francisco Church's altar

Naga Metropolitan Cathedral
Elias Angeles St. Naga City
Naga Cathedral and the Patio

Photo by Sean Jamir
Christ The King Church
Ateneo de Naga University, Ateneo Avenue, Bagumbayan Sur, Naga City
Photo by Sean Jamir
Our Lady of Peñafrancia Shrine 
Peñafrancia Avenue, Naga City
Our Lady of Peñafrancia Shrine from afar
Our Lady of Peñafrancia Shrine up close

Our Lady of Peñafrancia Shrine main altar
Basilica Minore
Balatas Road, Naga City

If you still have time, you can go uptown Carolina
Photo by SSC CamSur
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
Carolina, Naga City

Photo by: SSC CamSur