• New Menu of Cafe Plazuela at the Avenue Plaza Hotel

  • Relax and unwind at La Huerta de Rosario Farm, Baao, CamSur

    Baao, CamSur

  • Travel Guide to Mercedes, CamNorte

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Benefit Concert for Thyroid and Breast Cancer Patients


A Benefit Dinner Concert for the Thyroid and Breast Cancer Surgery Patients
The Tent at Avenue Plaza Hotel
April 20, 2013

Featuring Juris, Luke Mejares, Kitchie Nadal
with Junior Master Chef Louise Mabulo to serve authentic Indian cuisine


YOUR 1,250 CAN SAVE & CHANGE THE LIVES OF 100 CANCER PATIENTS!!! ♥ ♥ ♥ 






Eggstreme Easter at SM City Naga


Please be guided of SM City Naga's Eggstreme Easter Carnival Adventure schedule for tomorrow, March 31, 2013. See you guys! For inquiries, you may call (054) 472 0330 local 119 or 108
Source: SM City Naga Facebook



FREE FACE PAINTING!
on MARCH 31, 2013 from 2pm - 5pm
with a minimum spend of *P200 in a single same day receipt at the SM Foodcourt

*purchase must come with one (1) 22 oz Coca-cola drink





Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Alay Lakad to Amang Hinulid


Every Maundy Thursday of the Holy Week, thousands of Pilgrims walk together from Naga City to Calabanga where Amang Hinulid lays. Upon arriving near the chapel, one has the option whether to stay and follow the queue just to personally touch the image. The line is long, very long.

CLICK HERE for Guide to The Village at San Bernardino, Calabanga

The distance from Naga City going to Calabanga is about 11 kilometers. Why does this journey differ from a fun walk or fun run? Well it should be different since this is like a "panata" or sort of a promise for people who believe in the miracle of Amang Hinulid. Grieving during the Holy Week or remembering Jesus' suffering is depicted by some who with all their might and strength walk from Naga to Calabanga, some even in barefoot.

The towns you'll be passing by are: Canaman, Magarao, Bombon, then Calabanga. 


I have only walked once going to Calabanga and it was a few years ago. It was an unforgettable experience both for my faith and literally for my physical endurance. My patience was tested and my endurance was surprisingly there even though there were no warm ups or other physical activities that can prepare me a day before. Waking up in the morning after that long walk with body aches all over is part of the experience.

Here are a few reminders for the alay lakad..
  1. Bring enough water to keep yourself hydrated. Candies perhaps to keep you alert. It's not a picnic. 
  2. Stop whenever you feel like you need to. Amang Hinulid will be there to wait. Wala namang medal ang first 10 finishers. No need to rush. Nandyan lang ang Calabanga pwede ka pa bumalik sa ibang araw kung 'di mo na kaya.
  3. If you are not physically fit for an 11-kilometer walk, don't force yourself. Make sure you have the energy to walk. There are other ways of how you can have a meaningful holy week.
  4. You are not going to a party, so dress simple.  We are talking about the clothes and accessories here. Ladies..do not wear high heeled shoes or sandals or even sexy outfits, we know you want to express yourselves with the latest fashion, but remember how Jesus and His followers dress up. Dress something light and comfortable enough. Don't wear jewelries baka ma snatchan ka pa. 
  5. Don't treat the Alay Lakad as a date with your partner. It's nice that you are with your bf/gf pero nagpaalam ba kayo sa mga magulang niyo lalo na sa mga minor?? Avoid or do not be an example of public display of affection. You have the rest of the year to show it to everyone.
  6. Stay close with your friends / companions. Always stay together para walang mawala. It's nice you are with your friends, PERO huwag makipag chismisan. Huwag pag usapan ang mga nakikitang di naayon sa paningin nyo na nasa number 4 at 5.
  7. It will be nicer if you are with your family. Remember the saying, "A family that prays together stays together"
  8. Bring your cellphone and have enough money for emergency purposes. A sling bag or body bag would be good bringing only what is necessary. Pero wag mag show off. Wag mag check-in ng mag check-in kung nasaan ka na. At higit sa lahat, iwasan ang mag Facebook, Twitter at kung ano ano pang social networks. Hindi kelangan ng madlang pipol na malaman na natipilok ka o dahil nakita mo si crush mo.
  9. Remember your purpose of joining the Alay Lakad. Who are you walking for and why are you walking.
  10. PRAY. Pangadyi asin penitensya bago ang selfie saka groufie. Pray for yourself and pray for others.
Dakol pa pong pwedeng mairemind sa mga tugang ta na ma alay lakad, magdagdag nalang po kamo. :)

Our expressions of faith may differ, but we have one same goal which is to remember how Jesus sacrificed for our sins and for us to be closer to God.

Have a meaningful Holy Week fellow Naguenos and Bicolanos!


Guide to Aguirangan Island and Side Trip to Kinahulogan Falls


Sun, Sand, Stone, Sea-renity

Date of Travel: February 25, 2013
Budget for Transporation: P500 each for a group composed of 9 persons.

From Naga City CBD II Van terminal, take a van (FilCab) ride going to San Jose, Sabang port for Php 100.00 per person. Travel time is approximately 1 hour and half. It's better to leave Naga City earlier like around 6:00 am, it means you have to be at the terminal earlier  than 6am to have a good seat. Van does not leave until all seats are taken. This is pretty much the same way going Caramoan if you'll be taking the van and Sabang Port as the exit point.

* Check out the Guide Going to Caramoan CLICK HERE*

Scroll down and see how much it will cost you to have an adventure
at Aguirangan Island and Kinahulogan Falls.




San Jose Municipal Building


We rented a boat from The Gulftide Resort for Php 2,000.00
http://www.thegulftideresort.com/
I think are no regular trips going to Aguirangan island, just special trips. Not unlike the regular trips going to Caramoan where the fare is only Php 120.00 (March 2012 rate). Plus, renting your own boat for your group is very much advisable so that you'll have no worries on how to get home. The more persons in the group the cheaper the transportation expenses.

Since we were nine in the group..
Php 2,000 / 9 persons = Php 222.22



From the port, approximate travel time going to Aguirangan Island is 40 minutes or less depending upon the water current. 



Since summer was about to start during our travel, waves were a bit strong but still tolerable when we docked on the island. Notice how manong is holding on to the boat?





Cottages are available on the beach front and on the upper level of the island covered with trees. From afar you cannot even see that there are still cottages on this part of the island. A comfort room is available in this area for your personal necessities but you'll be using sea water to flush 'em. Manong caretaker will brief you were to swim and not to swim as well. Entrance fee is Php 35.00 (day rate) per person and cottage rental is Php 250.00 (beach front). Overnight fee is just a few peso higher than the day time rate. Manong caretaker is really keeping the island clean as possible. So for us excursionist, have a trash bag with you and never ever leave your garbage anywhere on the island.




Go 360 degree round the island for a photo shoot or perhaps look for sea creatures like what we did. When it's low tide, rocks on the other side of the island are visible. 



I love this part, the sky...the mountain, the sand, the rocks and the rushing water as your background.




Fisheye photo
Iphone lens by Picksure Picksure 

Sea urchins were a minimal during our stay, that's why we had to look for them. Haha
Shells embedded on rocks, star fishes hiding under the rocks still amazes whenever I am on beaches. 


This is at the back part of the island, opposite side of the beach front. 


A macro shot of the sand.
Iphone lens by Picksure Picksure

Around 3:30 pm we left Aguirangan Island and went on a side trip to one of the known falls in Barangay Kinahulogan, Lagonoy Camarines Sur for about a 20 minute boat ride. From the pebbly shore, a 5 to 10 minute walk will bring you to the Kinahulogan Falls. 

Entrance Fee of 10.00 per person.

Half way you will see the unpaved road going to Presentacion. From San Jose Lagonoy, Kinahulogan can be reached by motorcycles or perhaps off-road cars. I have not tried taking a road trip going to Presentacion or even Caramoan that's why I have nothing to share about this road yet.



As you reach the end, you'll see the flowing water from the falls.



The water is icy cold and clear, the rocks on the sides are just mesmerizing. There's one little girl who kept on jumping back and forth into the water . See the child under water in red shirt in the photo. The water is a bit deep at the center.


According to the locals, there was an american before who fell into that falls that's why it was called "Kinahulogan Falls" kinahulogan siguro nung Americano hehe. So perhaps it's one urban legend in this place.




From being soaked in sea water the whole day, you'll definitely enjoy the fresh water from the falls.


It was getting dark and we had to go back and I noticed some locals making soft brooms.
The barangay is known as makers of walis tambo. 

The kids playing near the breakwater. 

The sound of the water rushing through the stone is very relaxing.

Since we arrived at the Sabang Port a little bit late, last trip for both jeepneys and vans already left. Plan B was to rent a jeepney going to Goa and from there vans and buses are still available at the terminal. Jeepney was Php 300.00, again we were 9 so roughly 30 pesos each. Fare from Sabang to Goa is  20 to 30 pesos perhaps.

And so we reached the van and bus terminal going to Naga. Filcab van fare is Php 80.00, just in case you want to take the bus, the fare is definitely lower.


The total transportation expenses were:
Php 100.00 - Naga to Sabang (Van)

Php 222.22 - Boat Rental  Php 2,00.00
Php 35.00 - Entrance Fee Aguirangan Island
Php 27.78 - Cottage Rental Php 250.00 
Php 10.00 - Kinahulogan Falls Entrance Fee
Php 33.33 - Jeepney Rental Sabang to Goa 
Php 80.00 - Goa to Naga (Van) 
TOTAL: Php 508.33 

Note: If you reached Sabang port with vans still available, it means less the jeepney ride going to Goa making it Php 100.00 again for the van fare going directly to Naga making it Php 495.00 total expenses for the transportation. 

For a day we were able to forget about work and stress and just enjoyed the Sun, Sand, Stone, and Sea bringing us serenity.

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We had a pot luck for our lunch and brought our own utensils and drinking water which is very important when you are in Aguirangan. Cost of food may be around 200 to 300 per person depending upon the type of meals that you have and of course the snacks. All in all a Php 700 to 800 worth of adventure for a day in an island  and freshwater escapade is really worth the budget. 


Just in case you still have time to visit the church at San Jose, drop by and be amazed by its beauty. From the high ceilings and spacious isle. This church has been a favorite to many to those who visit the Partido area. This is just beside the Municipal Building.

Beside the church is a seminary.







ENJOY your SUMMER VACATION!!!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Official List of Candidates in Camarines Sur Congressional and Provincial Positions


Official/Certified List of Candidates in Camarines Sur Congressional and Provincial Positions

CLICK HERE for Naga City Official List of Candidates
CLICK HERE for Sample Ballot Templates then Look For Region V then Camarines Sur

CLICK HERE for Camarines Sur Congressional and Provincial Position Election Results

Source: http://www.comelec.gov.ph/uploads/Elections/2013natloc/ListOfCandidates/CAMARINES_SUR/CAMARINES_SUR.pdf

Click on the photo to view list






Official List of Candidates in Naga City for May 2013 Elections


Official/Certified list of candidates in NAGA CITY Local May 2013 Elections

CLICK HERE for the official list of candidates in Camarines Sur Congressional and Provincial Positions
CLICK HERE for the SAMPLE BALLOT TEMPLATE

CLICK HERE for Election Results in Naga City

Source: http://www.comelec.gov.ph/uploads/Elections/2013natloc/ListOfCandidates/CAMARINES_SUR/NAGA_CITY/NAGA_CITY.pdf

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Life Story of Jesse Robredo on MMK



Life story of the late DILG Sec. Jesse M. Robredo featured last March 23, 2013 on Maalaala Mo Kaya.

JMR was played by Jericho Rosales and Atty. Leni Robredo was played by Kaye Abad.

Here's a link of the full episode on MMK

 http://vimeo.com/62509366
http://www.iwantv.com.ph/TV/Video/Maalaala-Mo-Kaya/54/11992
For iwantv.com.ph, first you have to create an account in order to watch the shows.




Summer Class / Lessons in Naga 2013


Looking for a perfect leisure time for your kids? Well we have a lot of summer classes / lessons in the city ranging sports, music, cooking and a lot lot more that will surely make the summer vacation of your children fun and worthwhile.

IMPORTANT: Contact the office concerned if you need more information. Click on the photo to view details and check back for updates and more offerings.

KARATEDO


DANCE


SPORTS
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Swimming
Olympia Gym and Sauna at Avenue Plaza Hotel

Villa Caceres Hotel Poolside
http://villacacereshotel.com/


Football /Fusal



COOKING

College Preparation / Reading / Academics
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Academic Enhancement Lessons, Guitar and Violin Lesson