Monday, December 31, 2012

official Philippine national holidays for 2013

Have you plotted your travel plans for 2013? This table of Philippine regular, special and special non-working holiday for next year will definitely come in handy:

Philippine National Holidays table courtesy:

 Seat sale, where are you?

Sunday, December 30, 2012

monkey forest at Santa Catalina, Oriental Negros

Discovering this monkey forest hidden deep in the rolling hills of Santa Catalina, Negros Oriental was by chance, if not a beautiful accident for me.

Endemic monkeys, about a hundred of them, roam wild and free in this protected pocket of a forest.

Sinulog 2013 photo contest general info, rules and code of ethics

In a few weeks, it's going to be the country's grandest mardi gras once more! Sinulog 2013! Photographers (hobbyist and pros alike) from all over the country will share equal space with the hope of capturing that award-winning photo. And if all odds will be in the photographer's favor, it will be a whooping Php100,000.00 grand prize money! 

Here are the rules/guidelines of the Sinulog Photography Contest 2013:

Friday, December 28, 2012

the crown jewel of Sulu Sea: Danjugan Island Marine Reserve

Holiday cheer from Danjugan Island Marine Reserve! 

Danjugan Island is located in Negros, Southern Philippines. There are flights from Manila to Bacolod or Dumaguete, both cities are in Negros Island. For cheap flights, book at flighthub.

this photo was taken in the windswept hills of Santa Catalina, long after my overdose of the Danjugan Island experience! :)

Like a cinematic opening from a season premiere of Survivor reality show, the outrigger boat moved swiftly toward a beach called Typhoon Beach just in time for the resident eagle (which hovered a while back) to land on its nest on top the tallest tree in the island!

Danjugan Island, a marine reserve, is a deserted island that would easily fit the bill as the next location of the reality show Survivor.  Aside from the eagle, there is also a resident hawk, bats in thousands and snakes among other species. In certain time of the year, baby sharks go near the shore to catch some sun!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Sinulog 2013 Schedule of Activities

Sinulog 2013 Schedule of Activities
(Fuente Osmena, January 10-31, 2013) 

 Pit Senyor!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

U Pension in Dumaguete City

I had the chance to catch some zzzs in the newest pension house in town--U Pension. While the complimentary room (2 single beds, a writing desk, en-suite toilet and bath, free wifi and flat screen CATV), our home for two nights, was a tad cramp, the windows made up for the small space. It was good that the windows empty to the scenic Silliman campus. The bed, I must admit, was first-class. In no time, I fell asleep!

Between catnaps, I took some photos for the magazine (coming out in January. watch out for it!). This is Ron, the editor-at-large.

Then, late into the night, my fellow writer Magenta arrived. She was dressed to the nines. I just had to take her photo at the roofdeck.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Pasta King Cafe di Roma for an authentic Italian cuisine

U|TOWN Magazine staff luncheon meeting today at Pasta King! What an extended Dumaguete fiesta with an Italian vibe! La dolce vita!

First off, the gourmet antipasti or hors d'oeuvre. Or in simple terms, appetizer or starter :)

 Antipasti. Anti means before. So, it means before the pasta or meal. #just saying :)

Then, we had pasta and risotti for the main course. There was a back rib dish, too! Sarappissimo!