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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Valentines Dinner Show

Eat, Laugh, Love
February 14, 2014
Valentines Dinner Show at Avenue Plaza Hotel. Treat yourself and your love ones to a special 5 course dinner and a live stand-up comedy show.

For those who would like to avoid the Valentines' Day rush, Avenue Plaza Hotel still have something else for you at #CafePlazuela available any time and any day this February!!! 

Try our #APHrodisiac Chef's Special Foie Gras (Goos Liver) limited menu or order your favorite #SteakinTheCity. 

For those who wants to have an afternoon date, they have 3 sets of #AfternoonTea for you to choose from. 

For inquiries and reservation, you may call Avenue Plaza Hotel  at 4739999. 

CLICK HERE for other Valentine Promos in Naga

Update: February 11, 2014

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

MAKitakbo Fun Run 2014

MAKitakbo Fun Run 2014
In celebration of the 6th Year Anniversary of Marhay na Aga Kapamilya

Naga: January 25, 2014
Legazpi: February 01, 2014

Registration Site: ABS-CBN Stations, SM City Naga Food Court, Nagaland Emall
Registration Fee: Php 350.00 with limited MAK Flexi T-Shirt

For details visit MAK Facebook https://www.facebook.com/makrngbicol

11th FPPFI Youth Leadership Conference


The Francis Padua Papica Foundation, Inc., (FPPFI) in partnership with the JCI Naga Carinosa, presents:


The 11th Francis Padua Papica Foundation, Inc. (FPPFI) Youth Leadership Conference on February 1, 2014, 8:00 AM - 5:00 A.M., at the Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum in Naga City.

Theme: Youth 2014: Frontliners for Change.

Featuring various speakers of national prominence together with Maestro Ryan Cayabyab and the winners of PhilPop 2013. The school with the largest number of delegation wins P25,000.00 and other various prizes given during the event.

This event is brought to you in partnership with the JCI Naga Carinosa together with the City Government of Naga, The Avenue Plaza Hotel, Cafe Plazuela, The Rotary Club of Naga, The Rotary Club of Naga East, Bigg's, Bob Marlin, Chef Doy's Gourmet Restaurant, Atlantic Bakery, SkinSystems by Mary Jane Uy, M.D.; Ear to Hear by Diosdado Uy, M.D.; P. Aldana Cellphone O+USA, Olympia Gym, Avenue Square and Stars and Stripes Bar and Grille.

Media partners: DWNX, Bicol Mail, Manila Bulletin, ABS-CBN Naga, and GNN

Jose Maria Panganiban Commemoration Day

The parade was participated by Government Officials, Barangay Councils, School Representatives with students and faculty and other NGO's. 

Pictures during the parade going to Naga Central School are posted below. 

Mayoral Proclamation No. 2014-001 declared the 23rd of January 2014 as Commemoration Day in honor of Jose Maria Panganiban in the City of Naga. By virtue of the said Proclamation, activities such as Foot Parade along Panganiban Drive, wreath-laying ceremonies in the monument built in his honor at Naga Central School I, as well as exhibit about his life and heroism at the Holy Rosary Minor Seminary will be made. Source: Naga Smiles to the World Facebook Page

Source: Naga Smiles to the World Facebook

Jose Ma. Panganiban y Enverga (February 1, 1863 - August 19, 1890) was a Bicolano propagandist, linguist and essayist whose life was tragically cut short, an event that caused great mourning in the Filipino community in Spain. He is one of the main writer and contributor for La Solidaridad, writing under the pen names "Jomapa" and "J.M.P." Read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jose_Maria_Panganiban

Monday, January 13, 2014

Re-Opening of Master Square

July 4th of 2013, we were all shocked with one of the biggest fire incident in Naga City. As memories became ashes, Naguenos still hoped for Master Square's return.And so they shall return.. 

* On this page you will see photo updates of the new Master Square.

Soft Opening today Jan 28, 2014!

Photo as of January 26, 2014
Teaser Signage is almosy complete

Photo as of January 11, 2014

As of December 16, 2013

The aftermath of the fire...
July 4, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Roadtrip: Lita's Carinderia

Born and raised by a family who loves to go on a "south road", every trip to the suburbs of Manila has always been a bumpy ride. It's either when the Bicol Road is under construction then the Quezon road is in good condition or vice versa. To avoid boredom, we usually pack up with snacks and enjoy stop overs whenever we need to. Road trips gives me a feeling of freedom, freedom to see every bit of scenery there is that undergo changes through the years. Same road but different experience each time.

Talking about food, let's admit it, at present there are very few "presentable" stop overs especially when you reach the Bicol grounds. Not unlike when you go North and travel via NLEX and now plus the SCTEX and TPLEX right? Countless complex with high end shops, restaurants and convenience stores are everywhere. Here in Bicol, most of us take the Andaya Highway (aka Quirino Highway) where all you see are trees and mountains around you. On the other hand you'll be able to buy harvested fruits or crops along the way which also offsets whatever they have in the north. Taking also the Sta. Elena - Cam Norte road will only add up to the usual long number of hours of the trip.

From Naga these are the towns you'll pass by: Milaor, San Fernando, Pamplona, Libmanan, Sipocot
Turn left to Andaya Highway, Lupi, Ragay, and Del Gallego. The first Quezon town which is still part of Andaya Highway is Tagkawayan. Then most travelers stop at Calauag with gas stations and enough stores around, after which is Lopez. If you leave Naga early in the morning, then Gumaca is the perfect stop over for your lunch or early lunch perhaps. But even if you go on a night trip you can still eat at this place, a midnight snack will always be welcome, right?

When I was a kid, this carinderia was made up of light materials like a typical kubo but with enough space inside. Over the years, I have seen this place grew and develop into this good looking restaurant. They do not need much of a posh interior because the set up matches the scenery in front, a seaside view.

Lita's carinderia is well known for their Cocido / Sinigang na isda, yellow fin to be specific (photo below). The fish I believe is always a fresh catch and is served the whole day. By this we mean anytime of the day especially for travelers. The cocido is just so worth ordering even if  it is for your merienda. I'm turning 29 this year, all I can say is, the codido has never changed its taste ever since I was a kid. I have appreciated it even more this time when I started going on a road trip with my family, simply because this time I'm no longer a passenger. Para sa isang driver, nakakawalang pagod ang cocidong ito.

They also serve other dishes which you can add to your cocido. If in case you are not much of a "fish" person, you can always opt to take the unlimited "sabaw". Same taste of goodness with that of the cocido but without the veggies and yellow fin.

I believe the 2nd floor is still a dining area or a function hall maybe, but the chairs and tables are that of the crazy-cut type.

One serving as of my last trip (December 17 and 19, 2013) costs Php 100.00 with your choice of body part of the yellow fin. 

I'm not really sure if she is Aling Lita, feeling ko lang po siya nga. hehe

The restroom (inset) has improved a lot, way way better than before because it was situated outside the carinderia.

So there, don't forget to drop by this carinderia/restaurant. The cocido is a must try! Have a safe trip!

P.S. I'll try blogging other stops that are worth featuring next time during my free time.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Feast of Black Nazarene in Naga City on its 25th Year

Black Nazarene devotees flock to Naga City for the Feast of Black Nazarene which is now on its 25th year. A holy mass will held at 5:30 today at the Holy Cross Parish Church at Barangay Tabuco Naga City. After which the procession will start at the downtown area of Naga City.

Bookmark this page for the photo updates later during the procession. 

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Nagueno Jovy Bequillo Wins Mister Philippine Youth 2014

Mister and Miss Philippine Youth is an annual personality and character search for the Ambassador and Ambassadress of Goodwill for the Youth in the Philippines. Out of 47 male contestant from all over the Philippines, JOVY BEQUILLO of Tabuco, Naga City won the title MR. PhilippinesYouth 2014 last January 5, 2014 held at Philippine International Convention Center.

Congratulations Jovy! Thank you for giving pride to our city especially the youth!

© Ritch Charvét 2014


Sunday, January 5, 2014

NCD Supports National Time Consciousness Week

In accordance with Republic Act 10535 (AN ACT TO SET THE PHILIPPINE STANDARD TIME (PST) IN ALL OFFICIAL SOURCES..), let us synchronize our timepieces, phones, tablets and other gadgets to the Philippine Standard Time by checking the current time at http://kidlat.pagasa.dost.gov.ph/ourtime.shtml 

Let's get the Ball Rolling for 2014

Feels like the first day of work even though it's not. Let's get the day pumping with this "mashed-up" songs of 2013. It's pretty neat actually. I do not listen a lot to mainstreamed songs but I am familiar with most of them (at least) so that I can relate with others whenever they listen or sing along with them. I like how the video was edited too.

You can download the track here... https://soundcloud.com/robinskouteris/poplove2013

Let's get the ball rolling!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

LTO Naga

LTO Naga is now located beside LCC Mall Naga. The building was formerly the home and furniture center of LCC. You can now do all your transactions for your license and registration at the new site. The former Driver's License Renewal Center at the Parking Lot of SM CIty Naga is now closed. On the right side of the building is also a one-stop-shop service with Drug Testing and Medical Check Up. The building is also air-conditioned.

I hope the same convenience will be experienced especially when renewing the driver's license back when the satellite office office at SM was still open.

CLICK HERE for Tips on How to Renew your Driver's License at LTO Naga.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Chevrolet Naga

Chevrolet Naga
Located at the ground floor of the former Royal An Hotel building
Maharlika Highway, Concepcion Grande, Naga City

On this page you will see photo updates of Chevrolet Naga

Photo by Kim Bol Jon of SSC CamSur
As of February 10, 2014

Photo by Kim Bol Jon of SSC CamSur
As of December 20, 2013