Friday, August 31, 2012

MassKara Festival 2012 schedule: Life's good in Bacolod!


Your chances of getting a room in Bacolod during the MassKara Festival week is slim (especially now with a month to go before the MassKara Festival). The most expensive hotel to budget pension houses to the cheapest accommodation in town have been booked since early this year I heard! Don't fret. Neighboring cities Silay (14 km.) and Talisay (7.3 km.) or some retreat houses in the fringes of the city could probably make room for one more traveler like you.


Arguably the grandest festival in Western Visayas, MassKara Festival in Bacolod has always outdone itself year after year. I couldn't wait for October to arrive and party like a rock star!

source: www.masskarafestival.com

Here's the schedule of the most festive long weekend in Bacolod:

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Bohollywood sign in Chocolate Hills, Bohol

At the moment, a source can neither confirm nor deny the existence of  this BOHOLLYWOOD sign in Chocolate Hills in Bohol. I am still contacting people I know who are based there to check if indeed this is true or this is just a hoax.


I stumbled upon the photo (screengrab above) shared by a certain Jason Jue in facebook and I must admit I was flabbergasted upon seeing it!

What do you think? Is this just photoshopped or it is what it is?


Cebu Pacific Air flies Cebu-Bangkok; Bangkok-Cebu starting December 2012


Good news to budget travelers! 


Bangkok is now just a flight away with the opening of Cebu Pacific Air route in December 2012. My most favorite city in Southeast Asia (for its food, people, culture and  most of all, good value for money), Bangkok is one city that I will keep visiting. 

I miss the pulsating energy of Khao San Road! And pad thai, too! 

Friday, August 17, 2012

28 youth leaders to represent RP in 39th SSEAYP


The National Youth Commission is sending twenty-eight (28) young Filipinos to represent the country as Youth Ambassadors of Goodwill to the Ship for Southeast
Asian Youth Program (SSEAYP) this year.

photo source

The youth leaders from various regions successfully completed a series of competitive selection
processes. Orientation in diplomatic affairs, and leadership workshops are just some of the
training highlights to prepare them to embody the best of the Philippines’ values and culture
during the international program from October 22 until December 14, 2012.

Friday, August 10, 2012

New York Writers Workshop Founder to Give Talk in Silliman


Writer Tim Tomlinson, co-founder of the acclaimed New York Writers Workshop, will be in Silliman University to give a talk about practicalities in the creative writing life. 


The lecture, titled “Now What: Life After a Writing Degree,” will be held on 13 August 2012, Monday at 5 P.M. at Room 1 of the Katipunan Hall of the College of Arts and Sciences. This talk is part of the Authors Lecture Series sponsored by the Edilberto and Edith Tiempo Creative Writing Center.

Monday, August 6, 2012

short term rental in Manila through roomorama

I know I've found my home in Manila (at least for a couple of days) when I stepped into Newcastle Properties' studio unit in the modern tropical mid-rise condominium called Sea Residences.


Located right in the heart of Mall of Asia complex, the unit is just a quick 5-minute walk to the best shopping, dining and entertainment experience in the bay area. Cab is easily available in the driveway just outside the lobby while bus and jeepney stops are just around the corner.

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