Balitok ti Alicia from Isabela

Aliwan Fiesta 2018
Balitok in Ilocano means gold, from which the festival Balitok ti Alicia drew inspiration  as they gratefully celebrate the golden era of the town of Alicia, Isabela.  Being one of the prime palay producers of the province, the festival honors rice as the  golden grains that helped this humble town, formerly called Angadanan Viejo, to become a prominent business hub in Central Isabela. It shows how its hardworking people put their heart in the tedious, muscle numbing work in the fields for the golden grains to be served on the tables for the whole year. Info from Aliwan Fiesta Website

Niyogyugan Festival from Quezon Province

Niyogyugan Festival
From the  words, “niyog” and ”yugyog,” the Niyogyugan Festival  combines all the colourful fiestas of Quezon Province like the “Pahiyas” of Lucban, “Arana’t Baluarte” of Gumaca, “Tagultol” of Atimonan, “Maubanog” of Mauban and others. A province-wide celebration that celebrates the “Tree of Life,” Niyogyugan pays tribute to the coconut industry’s glorious past, which bore fruit in the form of lambanog distilleries, oil millers, heritage houses, and the vast resort-plantations. NIYOGYUGAN FESTIVAL was created to move, shake and bring back the vigor and dynamism of the industry and to promote the products, places, the talent and creativity of Quezonians. Info from Aliwan Fiesta Website

Manaragat Festival from Catbalogan, Samar

Manaragat Festival
Catbalogan City celebrated last year its 400 years of establishment as the capital of the whole island of Samar, from a small fishing village before in 1616 and promising city now in Eastern Visayas. The Manaragat Festival of Catabalogan City is celebrated every year for the whole month of August to pay homage to its Patron Saint – Senyor Bartolome whose feast day falls on the 24th of August. Most of all, this festival is an ongoing call for people to remain resilient despite the odds and to keep moving forward. Info from Aliwan Fiesta Website

Cinco de Noviembre Festival from Negros Occidental

Cinco de Noviembre Festival
Sigabong sang mga Kanyon means “explosion of cannons.” It is also  part of an annual Fiesta dubbed as “Cinco de Nobyembre” by the City of Bago, Negros Occidental, commemorating the uprising of the Negrenses and the rather   “explosive” true story behind the province’s independence. History accounts relate the siege of Bago City, then a poblacion, which was liberated by the Philippine revolutionary General Juan Araneta in the early hours of November 5, 1898.  Info from Aliwan Fiesta Website

Manggahan Festival of Guimaras

Manggahan Festival
Guimaras is one of the small island province in the Philippines but with a huge a vibrant culture, breathtaking tourist attractions, and world class mangoes. Having said that, the province created Manggahan Festival every May to showcase their gift. In this presentation, Binagtong, which means anything that is wrapped by a katsa or patadyong, will be featured to show its usefulness as an accessory to export mangoes and other products by using this piece of cloth in the hands, shoulder or head. To be included in the presentation are the unique and exciting countryside experience for tourists  – from agri eco adventure parks to bike circuits, historical sites, religious events and other cultural activities. Info from Aliwan Fiesta Website

Maytime Festival is the Pride of Antipolo City

Maytime Festival
Tayo na sa Antipolo Maytime Festival promotes the city of Antipolo as one of the pilgrimage sites in the Philippines, celebrated every first Tuesday of May and ends on the first Tuesday of July. This colorful festivities include Unang Prusisyon, Santacruzan and Katapusang Prusisyon, together with the beautiful street dancing competitions. Antipolo's native delicacies like suman, manga and kasoy are always part of the event to showcase the wealth of their city. The art and colors signifies their colorful culture. Info from Aliwan Fiesta Website

The Stunning Colors of Inaul Festival

Inaul Festival 2017
Inaul or Inol literally translates to "Weaved" in English. It is a hand woven fabric by the Maguindanaon women weavers. It is traditionally used as a "malong" or a "Bara-Bangsa," which describes to royalty. Before, the use of Inaul reflects the status symbol of the wearer in the society. These fabrics are woven with stunning colors with its own meaning. Yellow and orange signifies royalty, red is for bravery, green is for peace and harmony and white for purity. The use of the gowns made from Inaul during Miss Universe 2016 pageant made this local product a world class fabric.

Meguyaya Festival in Aliwan Fiesta 2017

Meguyaya Festival in Aliwan 2017
Meguyaya is a Teduray term for thanksgiving for the bountiful harvest. The Creator blessed blessed them with fertile soil and great climate making them to produce tons of corn. This annual festivities includes street dancing competition showcasing different culture of Teduray, Muslim and Christian celebrated every December in Upi, Maguindanao. One of the most awaited event is a long stretch of corn grillers placed by the roadside where everyone enjoys roasting, a symbol of togetherness and feasting.

Tugtog ng Aliwan 2017

Aliwan Festival 2017
This travel wasn't planned, Jean, my high school classmate, messaged me to witness this grandest festival battle in the Philippines. We were thinking that today April 20, 2017 is the street dancing competition and unfortunately we're wrong but it's fine because this day is the Tugtog ng Aliwan 2017, where the contingents from different  regions in the country compete with their unique and distinct sounds using their native instruments. Since it's unplanned, I don't my have my DSLR camera, so these photos were captured using my not so expensive phone.

Centuries Old Churches in Negros Occidental and Ilo-Ilo

Miag Ao Church
 This Lenten season, one of the cultural practices by some of the Filipinos is Visita Iglesia or visiting several churches. Here are some of the Centuries Old Churches in Negros Occidental and Ilo-Ilo. Let's start with Miag-ao Church, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Construction began in 1787 while Fray Francisco M. Gonzales. O.S.A. was the parish priest of Miag-ao and Domingo Libo-on  was the Gobernadorcillo. The Church was completed in 1797 and it served as the fortress against Muslim Raiders. During revolution, this church was destroyed but was rebuilt. Like other heritage churches, it was damaged by fire and earthquake. Restoration work began in 1960 and was completed in 1962. More photos, Click Here >>>

Walang Drone? Pero Gusto ng Drone Shot?

Drone Settings
Photo above: Britania Island, San Agustin, Surigao del Sur. This generation, technology evolution is really fast especially with cameras. I can still remember the classic words like Fujifilm, AGFA as endorsed by Aga Mulach, analog/film camera, rewind, pa-develop, pa re-copy, wag buksan baka ma-expose and many others. It was in 2002 when I was able to use and capture a picture using my friend's digital camera. After fifteen years, here were are with the touch screen technology, hundred Millimeter lenses, filters, image stabilizers, underwater capabilities, more memory, and of course the latest which is the flying capabilities.

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
Cape Bojeador Lighthouse (Burgos Lighthouse) is situated in Burgos, Ilocos Norte.  It is a cultural heritage that was erected during the Spanish era in the Philippines.  It's a 66-foot-tall octagonal stone tower on Vigia de Nagpartian Hill with an overlooking scene of Cape Bojeador. This lighthouse was first designed by Magin Pers and Pers in 1887 and finished by the Lighthouse Service under Guillermo Brockman.

Reason Why You Shouldn't Miss Kanidugan Festival

Kanidugan Festival
Kanidugan Festival is one of the most awaited festivals in the Philippines. This festivities is celebrated on the first week of April in Odiongan,  Tablas Island, Romblon. The street dance parade and ground demonstration is composed of participants from the baranggay level. Each of the participants is wearing their best and colorful costumes made from the coconut products. It is showcasing the importance of coconut or "niyog" in Filipino or "nidog" a local term where its name came from. Photos below will describe why you shouldn't miss Kanidugan Festival 2016: