Celebrating World Tourism Day in Intramuros

World Tourism Day
You might be thinking about the location where this photo taken from; I have no money to travel abroad so it's not from the ancient Greece or Rome. It is one of the tourist spots and must visit attractions in Manila. Okay, it is from Intramuros or the "Walled City" one of the sites that has significance in Philippine history. I was captivated by the Intramuros Open House in Celebration of World Tourism Day. Entrance fees are for free on three of the must visit spots inside the walled city; these are Fort Santiago, Baluarte de San Diego, and Casa Manila. Not only that, there are free bicycle tour at Plaza Roma, and picnic with performance grounds, food and art at Baluarte de San Diego.

It is Simple to Process a TIN ID Replacement

BIR Form 0605
Personal Indentification is one of the most important thing that you should bring if you're going somewhere; more important than your cellphone. If you have business transactions in any financial institutions or banks, government and private agencies, and even employment, government issued IDs are necessary. Some of these are SSS, Passport, BIR TIN ID, NBI and the other. Today, just want to share my experience how simple to request a replacement for my lost TIN ID is. Here's what I did:

Medicard Quezon Avenue in Filipino Time

Medicard Quezon Avenue
After getting a job offer, second will be pre employment requirements that usually include bank forms (for salary), school records, NBI clearance, government mandated documents and most important your pre-employment medical examination. Most of the pre-emps medical includes XRay, fecalysis, urinalysis, physical examination, CBC and a drug test. Without passing these pre-emp medical you can't continue with your employment.

Ang Mahiwagang "Puting Ding-Ding" sa Aguinaldo Mansion

Multo sa Aguinaldo Shrine
Dahil gugunitain nanaman natin ang Araw ng Kalayaan ng Pilipinas sa susunod na lingo, naisipan kong bisitahin ang isa sa mga pinaka sikat at makasay-sayang mansyon sa bansa -  ang mansyon ng mga Aguinaldo sa Kawit, Cavite. Dito lang naman iwinagayway at ipinahayag ang Kalayaan ng Pilipinas noong ika-12 ng Hunyo 1898. Ang larawan sa itaas ay kuha sa ikalawang palapag ng mansyon, kapansin-pansin ang mga antigong kagamitan at muwebles  na kadalasan hindi nawawalan ng mga nakakakilabot na mga kuwento.

Parang may Nagbago dahil sa Pag-Byahe at Pamumundok

darwin dalisay accepted puberty challenge
 Antagal kong itinago ang mga larawang ito, subalit sadyang may mga taong mapangahas at gustong halukayin ang aking nakaraan. Nais nilang magkaroon ako ng isang post para sa #PubertyChallenge. Interesting, yun lang ang palaging nasa isipan ko, tatangapin ko ba ito o tatangapin ko? Mahirap hanapin ang sagot. Pero ngayon, ito na ang inyong hinahanap. Ang mga larawang niluma na ng panahon ngunit dala ay ang sinasabi nilang BEFORE and AFTER.

Pure Bass Sound with JBL T210 In-Earphone

JBL T210 Earphone
As a replacement for my Hoomia earphones, I searched online for the best and affordable earphone in the market. A lot of choices were given, from brands, usage, quality and special features. Personally, I am looking for a not so expensive earphones but can give me a superb pure bass sound. It was a challenging task to choose for the right one especially if you're searching online because you can't do a testing. According to feedback and customer reviews, JBL T210 in-earphone is one of the best, so I purchased one.

Treating Gingivitis with Colgate Periogard

Colgate Periogard for treating Gingivitis
It's been a while since my last visit with my dentist. So, a week ago I visited her for my an oral prophylaxis. She said that my teeth are still good but the only problem is Gingivitis or an inflammation of the gums. Had no idea on what she was talking about. According to her, if not treated it can result to a more serious infection so she gave me a Colgate PerioGard. After using for a week, bleeding during brushing my teeth stopped. Now, I have a healthy teeth and gums and can confidently eat anything without thinking about bleeding.

A Glimpse of Vietnam

Tourist Attractions in Vietnam
As what I have mentioned with my Aliwan Fiesta 2017 post, my DSLR wasn't me with because Thes, ang maganda kong pinsan (medyo napilitan ako sa statement na yan huh), brought it to Vietnam. In return, I'll publish some of her photographs here so we can have a glimpse of Vietnam is and their tourist spots and destinations. Every time I hear Vietnam, I am always thinking of Vietnam War and Leah Salonga performing Miss Saigon. Let's see and widen our minds with the photos she captured at the Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Received my Action Cam from Lazada

4K Action Camera
 Today, the spread of action camera is really fast. Started by GoPro, now there are a lot of action cameras in the market that can be purchased at a very low price. I ordered one from Lazada and after receiving, I can't stop exploring what this low cost action camera can provide. So much excited because of its size, features, video and photo quality, usage, and accessories.

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

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

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.

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:

Second Visit to Jose Rizal Monument

Rizal Monument
Rizal Park is the well known landmark in the Philippines because of its historical values and beautiful landscape, near Intramuros in Manila. Its name is derived from Dr. Jose Rizal as a tribute to our national hero's patriotic act. It is also called Luneta (Lunette) because of its shape and was previously called Bagumbayan. This was the place where Rizal was executed by the Spanish Colonial Forces on December 30, 1896 which sparked the fire of the Philippine Revolution against the Spaniards.

Kalamansi for Pimples?

Removing Pimples
Pimples or acne on the face is one of the most common problems by the teens and even other adult. But in my case, this problem started when I was twenty one years old. I thought it was just a problem with my beauty regimen. Since pimple is usually caused by bacteria, I changed everything, including pillow cases and towels. Consulted 3 dermatologists, applied everything they suggested but still the same. For three years, I was singing: "mga tagyawat sa ilong, at sa pisngi, at sa noo, at sa batok, at sa baba......." I am still getting pimples every now and then but it's not severe like before, but it still lower my self esteem.

Requesting for NBI Clearance the Fastest Way

NBI Clearance
I can't hide my happiness because for the first time, got my NBI clearance within 30 minutes, unlike before - may forever sa pila sa pag-process ng NBI clearance. First step, I filled out the online form and generated the online transaction number. TAKE NOTE: To save money, you don't necessarily to print it out, print screen or screen shot or write down the transaction number will do. Step 2, go to payment or bayad centers nationwide, LBC or SM/Robinsons Customer Service. I recommend bayad center or LBC, mas-mahal kasi ng 25 pesos sa Robinsons customer service. Step 3, Bio-metrics at the NBI kiosks. Step 4, Printing.

Benefits of Getting a Beep Card

Beep Card
 I am planning to work for a company in McKinley Hill, Taguig and daily commuting is a bit challenging. Imagine, from Rizal I need to take a ride in an FX to Ayala and alight in Kalayaan and then a jeepney ride to Market Market or I can also wait for those with a direct route to Market Market. From there, I have to ride again in a jeepney to Lawton Avenue, McKinley Hill and wait for the shuttle roaming around area. As part of my plan, just purchased a Stored Value Beep Card at the MRT Ortigas station, costs 100 pesos with 80 pesos wallet value, to be used for my daily commuting. What can I get from this Beep Card?

Manila Cathedral After Dark

Manila Cathedral
Manila Cathedral or the Manila Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica is situated in the district of Intramuros, City of Manila. Originally, this church was the "Church of Manila" which was established under the management of the Diocese of Mexico in 1571, but in 1579 it became a separate diocese. Been here several times, but it's my first time to see the stunning golden lights on its structure after dark.

Cucumber Benefits | Now I Know

Cucumber Benefits
We have a small farmland in the province, during rainy season we usually plant rice and string beans but during summer we plant water melon, melon, squash,  eggplant, and many other vegetables that grow without too much water; wait, I almost forgot pipino or cucumber. Among those veggies I mentioned, I usually rate cucumbers as the lowest because I seldom see them as important as the water melons and the others and usually forgot what they can give to people.

Mt. Talamitam | BHM on 3rd

Filipino Mountaineers
Our original plan was Mt. Maculot, but two days before the climb, it was changed to Mt. Talamitam in Nasugbu, Batangas. Night trekking was certainly full of fun since there was no problem with the harmful sun UV rays. Talamitam is covered with cogon grass and shrubs; no hard wood or trees that can protect the hikers from the sun rays. Its highest point measures 630+ MASL with a gorgeous ambiance on top. There's one hundred meters assault to the summit which added an amazing adventure to the hikers. Mt. Batulao and Mt. Pico de Loro were just two of the well known mountains nearby.

Mt. Maculot: Hiking Guide

2019 mt maculot
Mt Maculot is one of the mountains lying in southern Luzon which is prominent to mountaineers because of its special feature. Maculot is one of the best options for day hikes because of its minor trail type, terrains that are covered with trees and surrounded by grass and shrubs, the air is fresh, cool ambiance and a perfect location for a stunning shot with the world famous and most active Taal Volcano on the background. The rockies is one of the best and famous part of Maculot.

Faces of Mt. Apo

Mt. Apo
 Mt. Apo is the tallest mountain in the Philippines, 2,956 MASL. It was a tough journey, but absolutely a life changing experience for us. Despite of its technical factors like the assault and steep trails, extreme coldness, tiring hike and etc. that measured my strength, I was able to conquer my own fears. It's hard to tell and explain, so these photos below will explain more.

The Sides of Ortigas Center

Unionbank Plaza
When  I was still in Romblon, I didn't  expect that my career will boost here in Metro Manila, particularly in Ortigas Center, Pasig City. It was in 2008 when I started working in a BPO but it's my first time to add this area in SirangLente or TravellingCup. Ortigas Center has a lot to offer, from the five star hotels with world class facilities, restaurants serving mouth water delicacies made by the people from different parts of the world, call center companies serving different languages and many others.

Tourist Spots in Cebu

Tourist Spots in Cebu
Cebu City is situated on the eastern shore of Cebu Island, which is also the city capital of the island. Cebu is one of the largest islands in the Philippine Archipelago.  It is considered as the “Queen City of the South” because of its economic stability and other factors. So in terms of Philippine history, this province can contribute more, especially in religion.

Getting a Copy of NSO Birth Certificate at SM

NSO Birth Certificate
NSO Certified Birth Certificate  is one of the most important document that you should furnish from the government. Birth certificates are needed for employment, school, and for requesting other ID's from the government. Despite of the fast technology, let's accept the reality that requesting documents from the government agencies needs more time and effort. To resolve this old problem, government agencies like NBI, SSS, PhilHealth, Pag-ibig, DFA, and other offices placed their kiosk inside the SM Supermalls and Robinsons nationwide.

CAVITE: TOURIST SPOTS (2020 TRAVEL GUIDE)

tourist spots in Cavite
If you are in Metro Manila, Cavite is one of the most accessible provinces in southern Luzon, two to three hours travel from Metro Manila. The province has a huge contribution Philippine History and a few of the standing witnesses are those historical sites in Kawit. Aside from those historical sites, if you’re into nature, don’t worry Cavite also has a lot to offer. Here are some of the tourist attractions and destinations in Cavite.

Memories with my Olympus Tough

Olympus Tough
My Olympus Tough digital camera is now five years. With this span of years I was able to capture beautiful, stunning, and vibrant memories because of its lens. Regardless of scenes, either mountains, historical sites, beaches, underwater, nature, and many others, Olympus Tough is really strong in bringing a great outcome. Photos below are just some of the dramatic images taken outdoors using my Olympus Tough TG-320.

Reasons Why You Should Visit Mindanao

Mt. Kitanglad
 Our original plan is to hike Mt. Dulang-dulang and Mt. Kitanglad, but because of the question: “gusto nyo ba?” it was changed to backpacking in Northern Mindanao. It happened for a very very short time. So from Malaybalay, Bukidnon, we rode on a bus with Cagayan signboard and alighted at Agora Terminal. At the terminal, we rode in a bus with Butuan signboard and alighted at Butuan Terminal. Then, another bus ride to Mangahoy, Bislig, Surigao del Sur. Here are some of the Mindanao’s finest, from days 1 to 5.

A Portrait of Love in Romblon

Romblon Tourist Destinations
My plan for the first week of January 2017 was to travel and visit all the islands of Romblon, capture stunningly gorgeous photos and publish them. What a good coincidence, my first photo for 2017 is not about gorgeous tourist spot or historical landmark – it is about love. These photos were taken when I was en-route to Romblon, inside a RoRo vessel, traveling on Romblon straight, with a not so calm weather.