• Atlantic Love Run 2015

  • 2nd PhilHealth Run

  • The Company Concert


Monday, January 26, 2015

The Atlantic Love Run 2015

Naga City - Sweethearts, partners, couples, grandparents and grandkids, parents and children, workmates and best friends–will come in droves to run for love in “THE ATLANTIC LOVE RUN” 2015, a Valentine event offering of one of Bicol's best brands, ATLANTIC BAKERY.

Happening on February 14 at 5:00 am, the run is designed for families, workmates, classmates and friends, this event will give the participants a chance to bond with their loved ones or pairs as they dash to the finish line. The event will culminate in the Plaza Quezon where there will be an after-run celebration entitled THE LOVE FIESTA. Registered participants will receive free entrance to this event and are invited to have fun and explore the different booths available such as inflatables for kids, food booths, game booths, giveaways, prizes and photo booths all for FREE to complete the fun experience.

Proceeds of the event will go to Atlantic Bakery's LOVE Fund to continuously support their scholarship, education and youth opportunity programs and advocacies in Naga City and its nearby towns.

There are two ways to join this one of a kind run: 
  • Pay the registration fee of P350.00, good for a pair, with one(1) bib number and two (2) Love Run shirts, plus FREE entrance to the Love Fiesta.
  • FREE Registration - using the Atlantic Bakery's Stamp Card promo, avail 20 stamps (with minimum purchase) plus FREE entrance to the Love Fiesta
Register now at any Atlantic Bakery branch. For more details you can contact (054) 473-9196 or 09399233649. See you at the run!

The ATLANTIC LOVE RUN is also brought to you by PEPSI, WILLPRINT, ALASKA, Parokya ni Bok and Absolute Options.

Atlantic Love Run 2015 Mechanics

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Bicol Strawberry

BeCool, Bicol, Buy Local! 
Fact: Strawberries are now being grown in Bicol soil.  Yep, you read it right IN BICOL SOIL. The first lowland strawberry plantation is here in Camarines Sur at Pinit, Ocampo. In this hot and humid part of the country, the agribusiness-graduate Libreja found a way to raise strawberries in the yard through experimentation.Read more about Libreja HERE.

I often feel homesick when moments hit me of my college days back in Baguio and strawberry is just one of them. Honestly I have not find time yet to visit the farm but last January 14, a partner blogger was very kind enough to bring me some harvest. 

In excitement I posted the photo of the strawberry on my personal Facebook account with a  caption that it's now grown in Bicol soil. My college friends were surprised and one of them gave me an amazing trivia. Did you know that the name of the place of the farm "Pinit" is a term used in Benguet and Mountain Province which means "wild berry"? Yes, it's true! Coincidence or not, it's an amazing trivia from someone who is born and raised in the highlands. It seems like it was meant to be that these strawberries thrive in this hot part of Camarines Sur.

Naga has it's own little Baguio like in Barangay Pacol as a local source of flower in the city and the region. The strawberry farm is now an addition to that. So when we crave for fresh strawberries, there's no need to travel all the way to Baguio. I look forward to picking my own strawberries at Pinit! More power to Bicol Strawberry Farm!

Like Bicol Strawberry Farm on Facebook, they make announcements there when strawberries are available for picking. 

Contact Number: 0907-520-3455

2nd PhilHealth Nationwide Run: Ready, TSeKap, Go

Naga City - PhilHealth will be holding its 2nd Simultaneous Nationwide Run for the benefit of Naga City Children's Home and the Agta- Tabangnon Tribe of Buhi, Camarines Sur. "Ready, TSeKaP, Go" is scheduled on February 15, 2015 at the SM City Naga grounds. This event also aims to promote PhilHealth's primary care benefits branded as TSeKaP (Tamang Serbisyong Kalusugan ng Pamilya) to be availed by PhilHealth Indigent members, Sponsored Members, OFWs, DEPED members, at the Naga City Health Office. For more details visit the nearest PhilHealth office or call (054)473-5632.

Visit PhilHealth Regional Office No. 5 Facebook HERE for more updates
All images are from PhilHealth ROV Facebook

'The Company' in Naga City for Valentines

A Valentines Dinner Concert with The Company
The Tent, Avenue Plaza Hotel
February 14, 2015

For reservations please call (054) 4739999 or 0918-823-9999

Event: Byahe Featuring Noel Cabangon

Byahe Featuring Noel Cabangon
The Tent, Avenue Plaza Hotel
February 20, 2015

A fund-raising concert for the construction of the altar ceiling of Parroquia de Nuestra Senora de la Porteria in Calabanga, Camarines Sur.

Ticket Outlets: Avenue Plaza Hotel (054-4739049), La Porteria Parish Office, Calabanga
For inquiries, please contact Shiela: 0927-705-9508, Parish Office 054-470-1959

Mt. Isarog Camarines Sur Enduro Lite Challenge 2015

1st Mt. Isarog Camarines Sur Enduro Lite Challenge
In partnershiip with ENDURO NETWORK
January 25, 2015 @ & 7 AM
Assembly area at Peñafrancia Resort

All Photos by Ryan Aspe

NOTE: no helmet no ride - Regostration fee: 450.00, minimum of 100mm fork travel and 1.90 tire size - hydration pack and full face helmet is recommended:

Contact No. 054-4728718 , 09155259675

Like Enduro Lite Challenge on Facebook HERE for more details

For more details visit https://bicolhotdeals.com/deals/enduro-lite-challenge-camarines-sur/

Monday, January 19, 2015

Peñafrancia Festival 2015 Schedule of Activities

On this page you will see the list of civic and religious events this Peñafrancia Festival 2015. Bookmark this page now!

September 11 (Friday) - Traslacion Procession
September 19 (Saturday) - Fluvial Procession
September 20 (Sunday) - Feast Day of Our Lady of Peñafrancia

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Pope Francis Papal Visit 2015 in the Philippines Live Stream

Live feed courtesy of RTV Malacanang

Day 2 January 16, 2015

January 15, 2015
Day 1 of Pope Francis' Vist in the Philippines

Sunday, January 11, 2015

"Aletheia Concert", A World-Class Experience

Last January 9, the Tent of Avenue Plaza Hotel was filled with world-class performers that has wowed Naguenos and music lovers. The University of Santo Tomas (UST) Singers with their brilliant conductor Prof. Fidel Gener Calalang Jr. performed their way to the hearts of the audience using their strong vocal prowess and stage presence.

All photos by nickastig.me

All photos by nickastig.me

Giving back to the community. Bringing the UST Singers to Bicol was a dream now fulfilled by the Tomasinong Bicolano, CamSur chapter, an association of UST alumni based in Naga City and in the province. Tomasinong Bicolano was revived during the quadricentennial celebration of the University in 2011. With more or less a hundred registered members, Tomasinong Bicolano were able to accomplish projects such as: Outreach Program with the Gawad Kalinga in Balatas, Naga City; Training Catechists in the Archdiocese with resource speakers from UST; Training Day Care Workers in Pili, CamSur; A 3-month Bulilit Health Workers Training Program for selected top 20 pupils of Naga Central Schools and other activities which were all recognized by the mother UST Alumni Association. The concert basically brought greater awareness to fellow Bicolanos of the Tomasinong Bicolano's spirit of SIMBAHAYAN, that is, Tomasinos para sa Simbahan, Bahay at Bayan. To be honest, I was amazed that the association have done so much already for our fellow Bicolanos in such a short period of time after the group was revived. Kudos to these Tomasinos for giving back to the community.

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"Aletheia Concert", a world-class experience. As part of the audience, watching the UST Singers who was awarded twice as the Best Choir of the World, made the night a world-class experience too. The UST Singers started with religious songs to international songs then to our own Filipino songs. It was a full-packaged line up of songs as they cover different aspects of choir singing. I am not a musician or a singer per se, but I really appreciate those who share their talents for the benefit of others. The organizers did so much to make this dream a reality in sharing the university's pride. I have seen many professors and students during the concert who I believe are music lovers too. It's absolutely possible that they  have been inspired more to do their own craft in music and to be able to perform worldwide.

Venue for musical events. It is my dream for Naga City to "cater" to musical events. Cater in a sense that while any venue may be able to accommodate such events, I believe that the Aletheia is a type of event that will be even more melodious in a huge auditorium, fit and well padded for us to hear every bit of music and tone the performers are producing. Don't get me wrong though, the Avenue Plaza Hotel has been always on top of the list when it comes to customer service. Generally speaking, the concert was another once in a lifetime event in Naga when a world-class choir performed on stage for us. It was a well-organized event and we need to see more events like this especially for the Bicolano youth.

Call for Tomasinos all over Bicol Region. Calling all Tomasinos! Your alma mater needs you to continue your journey in being a Tomasino and that is to give back to your community. For more details visit Tomasinong Bicolano's Facebook Page HERE

Congratulations to Tomasinong Bicolano headed by Dr. Marimil Bombase for a very successful event. May your group continue to be a blessing to our community.

Special thanks for Ms. Sheila Basbas and Sir Irvin of F12 Events, Creatives and Design for the opportunity to watch the event, from NcD, Nick and Ms. Ivy.

The organizers, Tomasinong Bicolano.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Valentine's Day in Naga 2015

On this page you will see promos and offers for the upcoming Valentine's Day in Naga City. Bookmark this page now!
Atlantic Love Run 2015


Kapeng Barako Club
Dula ni Juan Ekis
Samahan ng mga Bitter @ Woodstone Kitchen & Bar 
4:30 PM Located along Basilica Road, in front of DWLV, Magsayay Avenue Naga City


Avenue Plaza Hotel will once again make your Valentines extra special and memorable! Join us on February 14, 2015 at The Tent for a Dinner Concert with the country's premier vocal group, THE COMPANY. We are now accepting reservations! Call (054) 473 9999 or 0918 823 9999 for more info.


"This February, fall in love again as M.Cordia brings you a night of good food, great music & an undeniably romantic feeling, serenaded by Naga City's very own "Lolo" Andy! So what are you waiting for, grab your tickets now!"
For tickets & table reservations: 
+63 917 826 6227 | +63 918 946 8648

Image Source: M.Cordia Facebook

Go Local: Bignay Juice Concentrate

You know you're getting old when you appreciate healthy food. I'm quite a fan of healthy drinks and D.I.Y homemade fruit shakes whenever I have time to make one. Whenever we are at the grocery, international brands can really capture your attention when it comes to packaging and unique flavor since they are not locally produced. But how about getting to know local products that are equally healthy (but of different nutritional substance) with that of the international flavors but way more cheaper?

Take for example the Bignay Juice Concentrate which is locally produced here in Camarines Sur and the international Old Orchard Apple Cranberry. The color of the Bignay juice when mixed proportionally with water looks actually the same with that of the apple cranberry. If you like cranberry juice then I think you'll also like the Bignay Juice. 

What are the health benefits of Bignay? "Bignay (Antidesma bunius), also know as “bugnay” or “burnay” has Vitamin B-complex content and resveratrol that acts as an antioxidant; may reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and bacterial diseases. It is also good for digestion."

Bignay Juice on the glass and an unopened Welch's Apple Cranberry 

26th Anniversary Procession of the Black Nazarene

Naga City - Now on its 26th year, the Holy Cross Parish in Tabuco commemorates the Quiapo Fiesta thru solemn novena and masses in honor of the Black Nazarene. From January 1 to 8 is Novena Perdon every 3:00 pm and a mass at 5:30 pm. On the feast day, January 9, there will be three masses at 6:00 am, 8:00am and 3:00 pm. The preacher and main celebrant of the 5:30 pm mass prior to the procession will be the Archbishop of Caceres, Most. Rev. Rolando Octavus Joven Tria Tirona. The procession will be around the main thoroughfares Naga with the replica of the Black Nazarene.

As part of the commemoration of the feast day, Iriga City's St. Anthony de Padua Parish also joins Quiapo through a procession which will start at 6:00 pm. -- by nagacitydeck

Photos during the procession by 


Monday, January 5, 2015

IdeaSpace Naga #Technopreneur Bootcamp

IdeaSpace Foundation, Inc. in partnership with Ateneo De Naga University supporting the technopreneurial ecosystem in Naga and fueling the start-up appetite of the community, bring the #Technopreneur Bootcamp @ Naga where participants are treated to a morning of technology and business talks from a lineup of industry experts and startup founders followed by an afternoon of relevant creation, brainstorming with help from mentors and a  pitching competition! The top startup ideas will get the chance to win cool prizes too!


For the event details CLICK HERE

19th AcadFest: “Withstanding the Wave: The Youth Response to Mitigating Calamity Risks and Optimizing Resources.”

19th UP Harong Academic Festival

    Born after typhoon Rosing ravaged our beloved region in November 1995, the University of the Philippines Harong (UP Harong), for almost two decades now, has served as an avenue for Bikolano UP Diliman students coming from the province of Camarines Sur and the cities of Naga and Iriga to give back to their mother province, as well as maintaining organizational solidarity among Bikolano students in the University. 

On the Activity: Instilling Disaster Preparedness in the Bikolano Youth

    Primarily, our advocacy has taken the form of holding our annual flagship project, the Academic Festival(or AcadFest, as it is popularly known) which aims to contribute to social and academic development among the Bikolano youth. It is the single biggest educational endeavor ever created by any youth organization in Camarines Sur. For the past nineteen years, it has served as a training ground for the Bikolano youth where they are empowered to further mold their talents and potentials.

      In the light of the recent calamities that befell our nation and our region, UP Harong’s 19thAcadFest seeks to instill in the Bikolano youth the value of giving back to the homeland that nursed our infancy and being prepared for the natural calamities that may happen—the very circumstances in which our Organization was born. Hence the theme: “Withstanding the Wave: The Youth Response to Mitigating Calamity Risks and Optimizing Resources.”

On the Theme: Withstanding the Wave

For us Bikolanos, natural calamities have mostly defined our history as a people, with the frequent typhoons and volcanic eruptions, making resilience a regional trait. The relative frequency of such disasters even led one commentator to exclaim that with Bikol, with its kind people and rich land, the Almighty had to invent these natural disasters “to even things up.” With the prospect of a looming ecological crisis and climate change affecting our planet, one can say that the advocacy for maintaining an active role in withstanding this wave would be of crucial importance.

This year’s AcadFest is precisely anchored on this remarkable sturdy character of the Bikolano, and the youth’s role in actively promoting the mitigation of risks and being prepared for these calamities in the future 

On the Events: Adopting an Attitude of Awareness

       UP Harong’s 19th Academic Festival will be held at the Camarines Sur Capitol Convention Center, Pili, Camarines Sur, from 7-10 January 2015.

   The individual events comprising this year’s AcadFest include: the 19th Tingogninrason Debate Tournament;the 17th BoseskanJovenes Public Speaking Contest;the 13th HarongninDunong Quiz Bee;the 12th Sural Essay Writing Competition;the 11th GayonBikolnon Poster Making Contest;the 7th LadawanninKabikolan Photojournalism Contest;the 5th IstoryangSuanoyCompetition; Gala Night; and the 2nd HerassaBanwaan Radio Broadcasting Tournament -- by John Carlo M. Navera, 3rd Year B Library Information Science  

Sunday, January 4, 2015

19th UP Harong Academic Festival

Naga City - On January 7 to10, 2015 at the Camarines Sur Capitol Convention Center, the University of the Philippines (UP) Harong, a duly recognized organization of UP Diliman students from the Province of Camarines Sur will be holding their annual Academic Festival (AcadFest) now on its 19th installment channels for enhancement of academic potentials, and to develop awareness of and commitment to the province. For many years, UP Harong had never stopped doing the best that it could to keep the Bicolano youth concerned with alarming social issues around them. This year, UP Harong aims to encourage the youth to partake in reducing disaster risks and promoting the common good through eliminating apathy.

The theme for this year's AcadFest is “WITHSTANDING THE WAVE: The Youth Response in Mitigating Calamity Risks and Optimizing Resources.” The AcadFest serves as a venue of intellectual discourse and meaningful exploits for more than 100 students coming from different schools in the Bicol Region. It is composed of various academic contests like debate, quiz bee, public speaking, essay writing, photojournalism, etc.

A culmination of academic prowess, skill and determination among the cream of the crop in high schools all about Camarines Sur and beyond through the Bicol Region Bolstering the ideals of fortitude and civic commitment, this year’s theme for the event reminds all people the plight brought about by the wrath of natural forces, as made evident by recent hardships experienced by our fellowmen, in the hope of increasing support and awareness for this matter.

This event is co-presented by: Provincial Government of Camarines Sur, City Government of Naga, Municipal Government of Pili,  Center for Youth Advocacy Network. In partnership with: Asiawise Study Center

Also brought to you by: Cong. Rolando Andaya Jr. Special Thanks To: ParaPrint Digital Printing Services | Sen. Lito Lapid, Cong. Ma. Leonor Robredo, Perfecto's Bar and Resto. With official media sponsors: Circuit Magazine, M.O.R. 93.5 Naga, Bikol Reporter, DWRB Radyo ng Bayan, 95.1 Home Radio Naga , ABS-CBN Bicol, Naga City Deck, Bicol Standard

For more updates:
Visit the AcadFest Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/acadfest 
Follow AcadFest on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/upharong

Schedule of Activities