Friday, December 11, 2009

why we travel

We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again—to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more. --Pico Iyer, "Why We Travel"

Monday, December 7, 2009

Philippines: ASEAN Cultural Capital for 2010, 2011

               file photo: Buglasan Festival 2009 in my other hometown--Dumaguete City

I holed up in my hut the whole afternoon today. The sound of roosters crowing and dogs barking a quarter past four woke me up. The whole nine yards of my campus is but one deserted place save for some hands pulling earth to make way for a landscaped footpath. 

From my desk, occasionally punching my mobile keys  whilst skimming through, I've run through this information about arts: 
 ... to build audiences and unleash the creative power of our people, not by compulsion, but by persuasion and not by force, but by art. In short, arts in living, living in arts.

Together, unified in the Asean region, we shall overcome and win the war against poverty and environmental degradation to assure the survival and dignified life on earth of our children and coming generations said presidential adviser on culture Cecile Guidote-Alvarez.

"And where politics almost certainly divides, arts can unite and heal, bond and cement a nation together and an entire global community," Alvarez noted.

The Manila-based NCCA has "designed as a poverty alleviation program the Kalahi cultural caregiving services for marginalized groups in prisons, havens for abused women, youth and children, rehabilitation centers for drug dependents, refugees from armed conflicts, victims of natural disasters, the elderly, the sick, the orphans and the widows, the differently-abled, and physically handicapped," she said.

Under the program, they are given free training in the visual arts, dance, drama, poetry, comics, media arts, as well as martial arts, to discover their abilities.
Here's what's on top the pyramid:
MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines has been named "cultural capital" of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) for 2010 and 2011, according to presidential adviser on culture Cecile Guidote-Alvarez.
Asean has passed a resolution which designated Manila, host of next year's Asean culture ministers' summit, as the region's cultural capital during the next two years. Singapore has been chosen Asean cultural capital for 2012 and 2013.

Read the whole story here...

Sunday, December 6, 2009

cheap thrills: flights to Hongkong and Macau

Still groggy from sleep, but when I whacked the inbox button of my email, the seat sale alert by Cebu Pacific sure made me jump out of bed, scampered for my debit card and punched the book button in record time!

So, see you on the road! Meanwhile, enjoy the remnants or whatever is left of the sale while you can.

A P999 Christmas Seat Sale for Domestic and International destinations!

For January-March 2010 travel

Tis' the seat sale to be jolly with our P999 Christmas sale for domestic and international destinations! The seat sale starts now until December 6, 2009, for travel from January 1 to March 31, 2010.

All our 32 domestic destinations are up for grabs at the ‘Go Lite’ seat sale fare of P999. This includes direct flights from Cebu to Butuan and Surigao, as well as flights from Manila to Kalibo (Boracay), Naga, San Jose (Mindoro) and Laoag. We also fly direct from Davao to Zamboanga, Iloilo and Cagayan de Oro.

Avail of P999 ‘Go Lite’ seats from Manila to Taipei and Kota Kinabalu, and from Clark to Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and Bangkok.

Flights from Manila to Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh, Macau and Guangzhou, and flights to Hong Kong and Singapore from Manila and Cebu are also available for only P1,499.

You can fly for only P1,999 to Incheon from Manila or Cebu, and to Busan from Cebu, or opt to travel from Manila to Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur or Jakarta.

Manila-Osaka seats are also available at the ‘Go' fare of P1,999.
Hurry, grab your Christmas seats for P999, book now at
photo lifted from the web

flights to Boracay and the rest of the Islands, Philippines

                               your front row seat to the best beach in the wOrld

Fellow wanderlusts, sun worshippers and beachcombers! Your attention please. Getting to Boracay (and the rest of the Philippines 7,107 islands) from Manila and Cebu is now much easier than ever:

Starting December 1, Air Philippines resumed its flights to Boracay gateway Caticlan.
In a statement, Air Philippines said the flights resumed after the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) lifted its ban on the limited use of Caticlan airport. It said its Bombardier Q300 turboprop aircraft is used in this route.
Air Philippines flies eight times a day to Caticlan from Manila and twice a day from Cebu.

Other destinations being served by Air Philippines:
With the deployment of the Q300 turboprop to Caticlan, Air Philippines also announced the adjustment of its schedule to other domestic destinations:
* twice a day flights Manila to Busuanga reduced to daily;
* daily flights Manila to Calbayog reduced to thrice weekly;
* daily flights Manila to Catarman reduced to four times weekly;
* four times a week Cebu-Dipolog service reduced to thrice a week; and
* suspension of Cebu-Butuan, Cebu-General Santos, and vice versa service.
The new domestic schedule also took effect December 1.
Air Philippines currently uses a fleet of three 50-seater Q300 and five 76-seater Q400 turboprop aircraft which fly from:
* Manila to: Busuanga, Caticlan, Calbayog, Naga, Ormoc, San Jose (Mindoro), Tuguegarao, Virac, and vice versa;
* Cebu to: Bacolod, Caticlan, Cagayan de Oro, Dipolog, Iloilo, Kalibo, Ozamiz, Tacloban, Zamboanga and vice versa; and
* Zamboanga to Davao and vice versa.
For further details on the revised Air Philippines flight schedule, passengers may call their 24-hour reservations hotline at 855-9000 or log on to their website.

This information was lifted from 
See you in paradise island by summer!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Sipalay weekend escape

When your life begins to move in a circle, a long weekend at month's end is a beautiful pain. Like a wound about to heal. Don't you just love to scratch it?
And for lack of better words, deliciously itchy when you have to satisfy the lust to be in-between terminals and there is no other choice but juice whatever is left at the tail-end of a payday and fill your backpack with barely enough to last for two nights in a place lying in some corners of a dream. 
You can actually go anywhere. A shelf sitting by your door has every weekend escape ready at a drop of a hat. The night before, an island at the edge of the world, somewhere between love and pain presented itself in a recurring dream. Deserted beach. Swaying palms. And it is quieter than the confines in the attic of your silence.
On the day of your departure, the sky refuses to hang low. And you said to yourself, this weekend promises to get you out of the cycle that, in some point, erratic as it had been, and there was no way of telling, put you down deep into the damps.
The bus, half-empty, left past eight and in no time, the whole stretch of gray that had been your route for several times changed to aquamarine. And as if written in some forgotten page browned by time, you had to take the long way, stopping once in awhile, to take-in the view which is more scenic than it appeared in photos.
Under the piercing heat of the midday sun, with the five-kilometer-beach at your back, you find two small boats and a pea-green tidal river. As the boat cuts the calm waters, you uncover rolls of scenes ripped from the movie reeling inside your head.

to be continued...