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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Guimaras: Roca Encantada

A summerhouse owned by Lopez family built in 1910 on top of a huge rock. It overlooked the legendary islets of the seven sins or the Siete Pecados with the 18th century lighthouse built on one of the islet and at on the other side is the two miles beach area of El Retiro Beach Park. The National Historical Institute declared it as a historical house on August 14, 2002. This summerhouse was already renovated and reclaimed for easy access to the main land.

Roca Encantada
San Miguel, Buenavista, Guimaras

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Sagada: Church of Saint Mary the Virgin

The Church of St. Mary the Virgin is located in the town center of Sagada. Epicsopal Diocese of Northern Philippines. Founded in 1904 and became a parish in 1962.

Church of St. Mary the Virgin,
Poblacion, Sagada
2619 Mountain Province

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Cagayan de Oro: San Lorenzo Ruiz Church

San Lorenzo Ruiz is a Chinese-Filipino Catholic Community Church located at the hilltop of Gusa in Cagayan de Oro, a  fully air-conditioned church.

Patron Saint, Lorenzo Ruiz is the first Filipino saint. He is also the first Filipino martyred for the Christian Faith. Lorenzo Ruiz was a layman, married, and had two sons and a daughter. Born in Binondo, Manila. He was educated in the school of the Dominicans. He served as an altar boy and later was a helper and clerk-sacristan in the church of Binondo. He was a member of the Confraternity of the Rosary. He made his living probably as a calligrapher.  He and the fifteen companions, martyred in the same persecution, were beatified by Pope John Paul II in Manila on February 18, 1981 and elevated to full honors of the altar by canonization on October 18, 1987 in Rome. Their feast day is on September 28th.

 San Lorenzo Ruiz Chinese-Filipino Catholic Community Church,
Megaheights, Gusa,
Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines 9000

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Guimaras: Guimaras Island

Guimaras is an island province of the Philippines located in the Western Visayas region. Among the smallest provinces, its capital is Jordan. The island is located in the Panay Gulf, between the islands of Panay and Negros. To the northwest is the province of Iloilo and to the southeast is Negros Occidental.

Guimaras is well-known for its agricultural crops, particularly mangoes, where some 50,000 of these trees are planted. The Guimaras Island is famous for producing the sweetest mangoes in the world. Guimaras' largest event of the year is The Manggahan Festival (the Mango Festival). The variety of mangoes produced are also best for making dried mangoes, jam and other delicacies.

Guimaras is subdivided into 5 municipalities:Buenavista,Jordan, Nueva Valencia, San Lorenzo and Sibunag

Guimaras Island became a tourist attraction and known for beautiful beaches, falls, spring, caves, religious site and adventure site.

Iloilo City is the gateway to Guimaras. Guimaras can be reached by air and boat from Manila and other origins, via Iloilo City and by pumpboat in Pulupandan, Negros Occidental. The island province is 20-30 minutes by motorboat or ferryboat from Parola, Ortiz, Muelle Loney or Lapuz wharves in Iloilo City. Direct travel to Guimaras is possible by light planes, which can land at the Guimaras Feeder Airport.

Major point of entry
Credit: Guimaras Gov.

Jordan Wharf (Brgy. Rizal) – From Ortiz Wharf, Iloilo City
– Daily Trips from 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM (every 15-30 minutes)
– Travel Time = 15 -20 minutes
– Regular Fare = Php13/pax

Jordan Port San Jose / Ro-Ro Wharf (Brgy. Hoskyn) – From Lapuz, Iloilo City
– Chartered Pumpboat can dock but will be charged a Terminal Fee of Php 25/pumpboat
– Chartered Vans and Jeepneys can fetch guests at RO – RO wharf but will pay the Terminal Fee of Php 10/vehicle

MacArthur’s Wharf (Sto. Rosario, Buenavista) – From Parola, Iloilo City
- Daily Trips from 5:30 AM – 9:00 PM (every 15-30 minutes)
- Travel Time = 15-20 minutes
- Regular Fare = Php13.50/pax

All the five (5) municipalities and most barangays within the province are accessible by land transport. However, three island barangays can only be reached via pumpboats and about 10 inland barangays are only accessible by using four-wheel drive vehicles and motorcycles due to poor condition of roads.

You can rent vans or jeepney as a mode of transportation for a day of exploring and discovering the natural wonders  that surround the Province of Guimaras.

Other related topic:
Trappist Monastery

For more information on Guimaras Tourism

Bonifacio Drive, Iloilo City
Tel. No.: (033) 3375411    Fax No.: (033) 3350245

GTIC Bldg., Provincial Capitol, San Miguel, Jordan Guimaras
Tel. No.: (033) 2371134 / 2371556

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Kim Hyun Joong: Announced Plans for Japan Tour

SS501’s Kim Hyun Joong successfully completed his Japanese showcase on July 29th at the JEPP Tokyo.

Over 1,800 fans and reporters from 200 different media outlets showed up for the promotional “Break Down“ event. Although Kim Hyun Joong performed in Japan before with SS501, it was his first time appearing as a soloist. “Even so, I’m not nervous,” he said as he smiled at the crowd.

After performing a total of seven songs, the 4D leader cracked up the audience as he confessed, “I want to sing more, but I don’t have any more songs to sing.”

Concluding the concert, he revealed, “In response to all of the Japanese fans who showed so much love for my solo album, I will be planning a nationwide tour in Japan.”

Kim Hyun Joong will be releasing his second solo album this fall, and will embark on a seven-city tour across Japan in November.

Credit: VitalSign AllKPop
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Metro Manila: Bonifacio Global City

Fort Bonifacio / Bonifacio Global City has emerged as a major global destination for nightlife, shopping, and luxurious living within the south pacific.

Serendra, is a two-level esplanade and is a destination for distinctive international food and retail concepts, situated within a dynamic mixed-use development. Serendra recreates the landscape of the lifestyle experience, combining modernism of a global village and the tranquility of a natural environment. Located at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines.

We dine at Contis Pastry Shop and Restaurant at Piazza, Serendra. They are known for their most delectable cakes and dishes like pink salmon

Bonifacio High Street sets the stage for new encounters along a main street full of diverse cuisine, the latest fashions, even street performances, redifines the mall experience as a walk in the park.  Located in the City Center of Bonifacio Global City.

Coffee at Seattle’s Best Coffee

City Center, Bonifacio Global City
1634 Taguig, Philippines

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Laguna: Enchated Kingdom

Enchanted Kingdom is a theme park in the Philippines. It is located in Santa Rosa City, Laguna, about 29 kilometers (16.1 miles) from Manila. It has a land area of 17 hectares (41 acres). The park is divided in 7 zones.

The Victoria Park is inspired by the era of Queen Victoria's rule and displays it in elegance. Entertainers leisurely stroll around the park dressed in costumes inspired by Queen Victoria’s era. The Enchanted Kingdom’s mascot named Eldar will be among the ones welcoming you. A Grand Carousel  as their main attraction.

Boulderville is a zone in Enchanted Kingdom that’ll be a sure treat for the kids. This zone has a prehistoric theme with dinosaurs as main characters. Children of any age will be delighted with Enchanted Kingdom’s play facilities like Petreefied House and Rock Quarry. Puppet shows and dinosaur mascots will entertain you in this zone.

The Midway Boardwalk is colorful and carefree zone inspired by in Coney Island, known as "America's Playground" in the 1930s. Other attractions that you are sure to enjoy are the performances of mime artists, jugglers, and clowns.
Attractions: Anchors Away - Pirate Ship Ride, Bump N' Splash, Dodgem - Bumper Cars, Midway Games, Roller Skater - Mini Roller Coaster, Steeplechase Arcade - Arcade Games, Up, Up and Away - Balloon Ride, Wheel of Fate,Tower Ride - drop tower

The Jungle Outpost offers a jungle adventure. It was designed after the Amazon jungle. A tranquil Swan Lake, Safari Shootout, the exciting Jungle Log Jam, and Amazon Hoop Shot are among the adventures that you’ll enjoy there.
Attractions: Amazon Hoops, Jungle Log Jam , Swan Lake, Safari Shoot Out, Tropics Trading Post

The Spaceport is inspired by sci-fi films and the NASA space program of the 1960s. These features 11-story-high Space Shuttle will let you experience an upside down turn six times. This is the first coaster ride of its kind in the Philippines.
Attractions: Bandstand, Eldar's Tent, Kart Trak ,ATV, Launch Time, Space Shuttle Max, Boomerang roller coaster and Spaceship Race

Brooklyn Place is a theater and shopping zone designed after 1940s Brooklyn, New York where slapstick comedies and silent movies are reminisced.
Attractions: Broadway and Brooklyn shows, Funhouse Express, Parade at the Cobblestone street and Rialto - Simulator Ride

Portabello is a replica of Portabello, a place in Panama in the Caribbean Sea where the riches of the Incas were shipped by the Spaniards. It features treasures hidden by the Spanish sailors. Enchanted Kingdom’s largest attraction, a wet and wild adventure for the family. Other attractions in Enchanted Kingdom’s Portabello are the Flying Fiesta, giant swing ride, Xtreme Paintball, Portabello Show, and 4D Discovery Theater.

Carousel Ticket: Free admission to the park grounds and unlimited access to the Grand Carousel, Bumbling Boulders, and Boulderville Express.
Weekend / Holiday Rate: Php 150.00, Weekday Rate:Php 150.00

Regular Day Pass: Enjoy unlimited use of all the Park’s rides
Weekend / Holiday Rate: Php 500.00, Weekday Rate: Php 400.00

Junior Day Pass: Applicable to children between 36” to 47” tall. Children 35” and under are FREE. Enjoy unlimited use of all the Park’s rides Weekend / Holiday Rate: Php 320.00,Weekday Rate: Php 250.00

Weekdays: Thursday and Friday
Time: 12:00 NN to 7:00 PM

Weekend: Saturday & Sunday
Time: 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Off- Peak Schedule may subject to change without prior notice

Enchanted Kingdom
San Lorenzo South, City of Santa Rosa, Laguna.
Tel . No. : (02)584-3535
Tel . No. : (02)584-4326 to 29
Fax No. :  (02)584-4332

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Metro Manila: Exploring Fort Santiago and Rizal Shrine

Fort Santiago is a defense fortress built for Spanish conquistador, Miguel López de Legazpi. The fort is part of the structures of the walled city of Intramuros, in Manila, Philippines. José Rizal, the Philippines' national hero, was imprisoned in the fort before his execution in 1896. His final footsteps representing the walk from his cell to the location of the actual execution.

Fort Santiago is part of the Walled City of Intramuros who played a key role in the history of the Philippines especially during the colonial times.

Fort Santiago is a tourist attraction in Manila for foreign and locals as well.  It is open daily from 8am - 6pm.  An Admission fee of php75.00 for adults, php50.00 for students/children/teachers, free of charge for disabled and senior citizens. Students, teachers and seniors must bring a valid I.D. 

You can take an option for a guided tour or you can take a leisure walking alone, exploring Fort Santiago or have a picnic in some areas.

Today the fort serves as a museum which houses well-preserved legacies of the Spanish government, the Rizal Shrine, and the prison dungeons for criminals used by the Spanish officials.
Among the Fort’s most well-preserved attractions are the Japanese-era M4 Sherman tank, WWII artillery and underground tunnels used by the Japanese, the former Spanish dungeon of the main square or Plaza de Armas, and national hero Jose Rizal’s former prison, Rizal Shrine. The bronze footsteps on the fort’s ground represent the final steps Rizal took from his cell to his execution site. There is also a light and sound museum narrating the heroic life and the final poem (or Mi Ultimo Adios) of Rizal.
Plaza Armas. Dr. Jose Rizal, National Hero of the Philippines
View of Pasig River
Apart from its history, the fort is also a renowned wedding and picnic destination for its well-manicured gardens, traditional Kalesas or Spanish-era horse carriages, and guardia sibil or guards dressed in their original attire during the Spanish colonial rule.

You can take a traditional Kalesa for a minimum fee for a tour around the main plaza.

Visiting Fort Santiago is like getting closer to Philippines History.

Fort Santiago
Gen Luna St. Intramuros Manila, 
Luzon 1002, Philippines
63 2 527 1572

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