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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

9th Naga City Inter-Collegiate Basketball Tournament

9th Naga City Charter Inter-Collegiate Basketball Tournament Schedule of Games
Round 1 - June to July 2013
Round 2 - August to October 2013
Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum

On this page you will see updates of the tournament

For team standings as of July 28, 2013 CLICK HERE

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Image Source: www.immultimedia.info

Image Source: www.immultimedia.info

Tanduay First Five 2013 Naga

Tanduay First Five
August 27, 2013
7:00 pm at LCC Mall Naga

Featuring Kamikazee, Wolfgang, Rico Blanco, Parokya ni Edgar and Sponge Cola

Image Source: Liberty Commercial Center Facebook

Photo by Rhyz Rockerz

Monday, June 24, 2013

37th Milo Marathon 2013 Naga City

37th Milo Marathon - Naga City Qualifying Race
July 14, 2013 4:00 AM
Source: http://aktib.ph/119-37th-milo-marathon-2013-naga-city

Registration Center: Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum, Triangulo Naga City
Mr. Justine Francis Barja (0919)390.9199 or (0917)655.1000
Registration will be on a first come first serve basis

Starting Line: Ninoy & Cory Ave., fronting SM Naga

Finish Line: Beside SM Naga


Registration Details: CLICK HERE

With this years theme: "Iba't-ibang hinahabol, Iisang Takbuhan."



3K Kiddie Run
Boy’s and Girl’s Divisions:
◘ Champion: P1,500 + Trophy 4th Place: P250+Medal
◘ Runner-up: P1,000 + Trophy 5th–10th Place: P150+Medal
◘ 3rd Place: P500 + Trophy 

5K Fun Run
Men’s & Women’s Divisions:
◘ Champion: P2,500 + Trophy 4th Place: P500+Medal
◘ Runner-up: P1,500 + Trophy 5th–10th Place: P250+Medal
◘ 3rd Place: P1,000 + Trophy 

10K Run
Men’s & Women’s Divisions:
◘ Champion: P5,000 + Trophy 4th Place: P1,000+Medal
◘ Runner-up: P3,000 + Trophy 5th–10th Place: P500+Medal
◘ 3rd Place: P2,000 + Trophy 21K Run (Eliminations)

21K Run (Eliminations)
Men’s & Women’s Divisions:
◘ Champion: P10,000 + Trophy 4th Place: P2,000+Medal
◘ Runner-up: P6,000 + Trophy 5th–10th Place: P1,000+Medal
◘ 3rd Place: P4,000 + Trophy 

21K Run (National Finals) Open Category
Men’s & Women’s Divisions:
◘ Champion: P15,000 + Trophy 
◘ Runner-up: P12,000 + Trophy 
◘ 3rd Place: P10,000 + Trophy

Local Category
Men’s & Women’s Divisions:
◘ Champion: P8,000 + Trophy 4th Place: P2,000+Medal
◘ Runner-up: P6,000 + Trophy 5th–10th Place: P1,000+Medal
◘ 3rd Place: P4,000 + Trophy 
Note: All 21-K finishers within the cut-off time will receive a medal and loot bag.

42.195K Metro Manila Elimination Race 
Men’s & Women’s Divisions:
◘ Champion: P50,000 + Trophy 4th Place: P10,000+Medal
◘ Runner-up: P30,000 + Trophy 5th–10th Place: P5,000+Medal
◘ 3rd Place: P20,000 + Trophy

42.195K National Finals Open Category
Men’s & Women’s Divisions:
◘ Champion: P300,000 + Trophy 
◘ Runner-up: P250,000 + Trophy 
◘ 3rd Place: P200,000 + Trophy 

Local Category
Men’s & Women’s Divisions:
◘ Champion: P150,000 + Trophy 4th Place: P30,000+Medal
◘ Runner-up: P100,000 + Trophy 5th–10th Place: P10,000+Medal
◘ 3rd Place: P75,000 + Trophy 

Additional Notes:
Fastest Filipino 42.195K winners (male & female) will be dubbed as the 2013 MILO® Marathon King and Queen respectively and will be given the opportunity to compete in an international race outside the country. All expenses will be shouldered by MILO. All 42.195K finishers within the cut-off time will receive a medal, a loot bag, and an exclusive finisher’s shirt.

Bonus Prizes for Local Runners:
P50,000 bonus for the first runner who breaks the 2:15:00 invisible time barrier
P20,000 bonus for the first runner who breaks the 2:18:53 men’s course record of Eduardo Buenavista
P20,000 bonus for the first female runner who breaks the 2:48:16 women’s course record of Jhoan Banayag
Finishers in all categories within the cut-off time will receive a certificate of finish.

Friday, June 21, 2013

PBar at Magsaysay Avenue

The Location: None other than the entertainment strip of Naga City, Magsaysay Avenue
Open Daily: From 5:00 PM onwards

What does Pbar mean to you? Others might say that it's like the common bar for a drinking spree, but it's seriously more than that. Mind you, they serve good, quality food at an affordable price. In the European and Western countries, beer or wine is usually part of the meal. Here in Naga, we are not so much fond of that, yet. Magsaysay strip is a testimony that Naguenos love to eat and drink. Perhaps with good food like that of Pbar's and the BBZ to match it with, maybe we can also have that culture here in Naga and maybe Pbar can be an avenue for that. Remember that it's not all the time that we really want to get drunk  and mag happy happy lang, sometimes we also want to eat good food matched with good beer just like the BBZ.

Now, what to expect  in this feature post?
Unique Menu 
Bar Keep
Dancing Crew
and of course the Beer Below Zero (BBZ)

BRIEF BACKGROUND: Pbar is a product of leisure and friendship, over ice and beer from among a group of 5 friends. Before Pbar, there was Panganibar and before Panganibar there was Iceworxx (a store that basically sells ice). From Iceworxx, they tried adding beer, not just any other kind of beer, but the Beer Below Zero which is worth mentioning, a brainchild of three Bicolanos (from Pili, Camarines Sur) too getting popular nationwide and now going worldwide. Ain't that cool? They should also be given recognition for that in the business industry don't you think?

Panganibar along Panganiban Drive was getting the hype for serving BBZ. Though it was a bar, it was described like a hole in the wall that even the owners openly admitted about it. It was quite dim, a back ended bar and very simple just for any ordinary Nagueno to have a bottle or two of beer with pulutan on the side. After almost 5 years, Panganibar is now known as Pbar along Magsaysay Avenue by March 2013. From the hole in the wall type of bar, Pbar has a better ambiance comparing it from the previous one and is highly competitive in terms of ease and comfort among the bars in Magsaysay. 

THE CROWD: Combination of yuppies and young adults with a little of mid-adult type of crowd. 

Day or night, the signage is already catchy. The red color stimulates our senses that's why this is already a head turner along Magsaysay. If you are familiar with their new location, in this same old spot, there were a lot of bars that closed down after months of operation. With great menu, good ambiance, good service and strong foundation of friendship that the owners have, we're pretty sure that Pbar will change the old "bad luck" area into a lively and positive place. If there's one thing Naguenos are particular about, we are after a good quality service just right around the budget and Pbar at present have it.

Apart from the security guard, the bar is also fully equipped with CCTVs  wherein the management can monitor the bar real time where ever they may be. This is for the customers and management's safety of course.

The right side with the pool table has a brighter light to accommodate those who really want to eat dinner. While on the left side, it's a bit dim for those who are on a drinking spree.
They also have scheduled gigs with live acoustic bands.

Just in case you want to play billiards, you can pay at an hourly rate.

BUDGET: Food - for as low as Php 45 up to Php 240.00 Very AFFORDABLE indeed!
Beverages from Php 30 up to Php 1,500 for bottled liquors. Still very affordable! They also accept orders for take out. In case you want to bring your family with your children the best time to visit Pbar is on a Sunday. 

Nacho Mucho, appetizer palang yan pero masiram na.

"Panbobola" @ Php 200.00 *One of the Best Seller*
Cheese stuffed meatballs with pomodoro sauce
The sauce is talk of the town, seriously

"Fillet Mignon"
Bacon wrapped tenderloin with mushroom gravy with vegies on the side and mashed potato

What restaurant serves good mashed potato in the city? Personally, we can say that it's Bigg's Diner,  (aside from the usual KFC mashed potato) but here comes the "Potato Mash" of Pbar, all we can say is, may katapat na ang Bigg's. This is a good competition by the way.
"Par-Madya-Na" @ Php 170.00
Crusted chicken fillet with melted cheese on top with vegies on the side and mashed potato

Tuna Steak @ Php 170.00
Pan-grilled tuna fillet in lemon garlic oil

The Majestic @ Php 160.00
Deep fried whole pangasius with special soy dip

DRINKS / BEVERAGES: The Beer Below Zero is not a new brand of beer, it's your choice of beer served below zero degrees. The usual beer is served around 8 degrees and we ask for ice  to make the beer more colder.  Huwag lang yung parang beer na may lagnat at bucket na ng ice ang ilalagay mo sa baso mo. When conversations between friends/colleagues last longer, your beer tends to become blunt and the ice adds up to the beer making it not so nice anymore. Nag beer ka pa! But then for men, I assume beer is still beer. Lol. But for women, they like it ice cold but without the ice which is really  a plus point. Indeed, BBZ has changed that state and your 30 pesos is all worth it.

There's a trick for you to check if the beer served is a BBZ. Hold the bottle upright on the table, tap it with a spoon or fork and behold, the wonders of Physics is right in front you as the beer crystallizes like snow flakes. Beer in easy slush is wayyyy better than beer with ice.

A liter of cocktail drink ranges from Php 150 to Php 180. Just look how chilly these are. A bit frozen more or less slushy when poured out and will last until a few hours just right for good exchanges of conversations.

Margarita on the left and Bluer Than Blue on the right. 

Looks good and definitely taste good.

Now listen up, this is something VERY UNIQUE in Pbar, they have a service called BAR KEEP. What is it? In case you ordered hard liquor and you weren't able to consume all of it, you can have it safely kept at the bar with your name on it and come back whenever you want to finish it.  Correct us if we're wrong and we are no party hoppers from one bar to another, but we think this service is not yet being offered to any other bars in the city. Are there any bars that have this Bar Keep? If there are feel free to comment below.

A crew with a sizzling hot plate is quite a sight too 
And oh, if you're celebrating your birthday at Pbar, there's a treat for you with matching dancing crew to cheer you up.

We met the people behind Pbar and damn they are very down to earth who really know what they are doing in the business as well as in managing their crew. 
With Sir Mike and Ma'am Cathy

This area was dim-lit before, not so alive and so quiet, but now? It's full of cars and motorcycles, an indication that this part of Magsaysay is now alive and kicking. 

Pbar does not end here, there's a lot to explore especially on their menu. At the end of the day, it's still you who can say if the place is worth coming back to. But for us, this bar is one of a kind and worth visiting while you are in Naga City. NCD is no food expert all we do is show you what the bar can offer plain and simple. Kill the curiosity, visit Pbar, enjoy the food and the beer! Pbar is a new star along Magsaysay Avenue.

Thank you very much Pbar for having us. More power and God bless!

PBar Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/panganibar?fref=ts

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Holy Relics of Arma Christi in Naga City

The Holy Relics of the Arma Christi and others are here at the Naga Metropolitan for 3 days (See image below for schedule). Nagueños and Pilgrims wait in the long queue just to see the relics up close and venerate. 

Photos taken June 20, 2013

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Reasons Why We Love Being a Nagueño

Naga City celebrated its 65 Charter Anniversary last Monday and here are some noteworthy posts from NCDeckers on our Facebook page.

Happy 65th Charter Anniversary Naga City!!

Monday, June 10, 2013

SM Savemore Pili

SM Savemore Pili
OPENS ON JULY 4, 2013 at 3:00 PM

As of June 10, 2013
Photos by 김볼존

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Isarog Lines Sleeper Bus S1

Isarog Line is under the Bicol Isarog Transport System Inc (BITSI). A little background of the company from the bus company website...
Bicol Isarog Transport System Inc. is a bus company that was established in March of 2011 by its President and General manager Mr. Geraldo C. Abano and Executive Vice-President  & Treasurer Jose Marco H. del Pilar. The idea of setting up BITSI started when Mr. Abano and Mr. del Pilar acquired Isarog Line on March 24, 2011 from the Cu family of Naga City which was represented by Steve Cu.  After this, BITSI was formally incorporated in the SEC on April 19, 2011.  While operating Isarog Line, BITSI then acquired RSL Bus Transport on April 7, 2011 from Governor Joseph Cua of Catanduanes who was signified by his daughter Elaine Cua. Then on June 27, 2011, the company was able to obtain their third and biggest acquisition, Penafrancia Tours & Travel Transportation, Inc. from brothers Bonifacio L. Cu, Jr. and Bonifacio Bryan L. Cu, also from Naga city.  Though the company is newly formed, our bus lines whose routes are from Manila and all over the Bicol province and vice versa have been in the business for over 20 years and now the strongest. To know more about BITSI visit http://www.bicolisarogtransport.com/

Check out my review of Skybus Premiere, the only bus going to Naga with a massage feature. 

I had the chance to take the sleeper bus last end of May 2013. It was Thursday night and I thought there would be enough trips going to Manila, but to my surprise every bus and bus type that I usually patronize were fully booked. After checking in other bus companies, I came back to BITSI's ticketing office and luckily there was one ticket open, but for the Sleeper Bus. Since I haven't tried this type of bus from BITSI, pikit mata nalang ako sa presyo haha. and of course because I need to travel that night and honestly I don't really like other buses. Lower deck costs Php 1,200.00 and the upper deck costs Php 1,100.00 (Naga to Manila). I don't know if it was luck that I got the lower deck or not, but I'm good with long trip bus travels without getting nauseated or because it would cost me a hundred peso higher than the upper deck's rate. I got the ticket around 6pm and went home immediately to pack and yes I was excited.

The Sleeper Bus (if i'm not mistaken) only travels Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. 

CLICK HERE for more photos

The isle has less space than ordinary buses but then making your bed/room / cabin (or whatever you may call it) very specious for a regular person. There were even mother and kids in one cabin, I just don't know if there's an additional charge for that. The maximum number of passengers is 20. 

Check out my review of Skybus Premiere, the only bus going to Naga with a massage feature. 

The "cabin-like" room has it's own AC vent and lights that you can switch on and off. Once you recline the upper part of the bed you can literally curl up and roll your hearts content while on the bus. You can really sleep well and wake up that you might forget you were on a bus once you arrive Manila. But still it will depend upon your sleeping habit when aboard buses, like me who rarely sleeps deep when traveling on buses. The air condition was a bit cold and there's a restroom for your own personal convenience. Bus stop is only at McDonald's Villa Escudero at San Pablo Laguna like any other buses of BITSI. 

In between cabins are plastic-made partitions, giving you enough privacy together with the curtains on the side. See the door in front? It's actually the restroom.

Windows on the side which are not like any other regular bus. This pic was taken along SLEX.

This is how the Sleeper Bus (S1 in particular) looks like from outside. The ones orange curtains (up and down) are the ones that you can peek at while inside the bus. 

Photo by Alvin Lo

Photo by Alvin Lo

So there, it was a very worthwhile experience that I may still patronize the Sleeper Bus if ever I have an extra budget and luxury of time. Other than the Sleeper Bus, I am an Isarog and Penafrancia Bus commuter ever since. 

For booking inquiries (Bicol Area)
Naga - 09175935928
Legazpi - 09175204896
Sorsogon - 09175234367
Tabaco - 09399571511
Virac - 09993579933

For booking inquiries (Manila Area) - Pls.call 727-8194, 381-0840, 0917-8894713 (EDSA); 0917-5204893 (Shopwise); 0917-5936012 (Alabang)
Add BITSI on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bicol.isarog?fref=ts

Just to sum up important details:
Rates for Naga - Manila and Manila - Naga 
Up: Php 1,100.00
Down: Php 1,200.00
With Restroom
WiFi on board

Facebook: Bicol Isarog
Website: http://bicolisarog.com/

For contact details visit http://bicolisarog.com/contact-us/