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  • "Useful Numbers
    Call 117 for Police assistance Flight Information: 877-1100; 833-8135

    Health Risks
    Among the most common diseases in the Philippines are dengue hemorrhagic fever, hepatitis and cholera. Wear long sleeves or bring plenty of insect repellant when visiting rural areas. Drink bottled water.

    Tropical with temperatures ranging from 23°C to 32°C. March to May is hot and dry. June to October is rainy. November to February is cool. Tropical monsoons and typhoons are common from June to November. Click here for 10-day weather forecast.

    Major Exports
    Electronic equipment and parts; machinery and transport equipment; other manufactures; garments, mineral and mineral products, coconut products, sugar, bananas, pineapple, mangoes

    Major Imports
    Capital goods; materials and accessories for the manufacture of electronic equipment; raw materials and intermediate goods; semi-processed raw materials (animal feeds, chemicals)

    Major Trading Partners
    United States; Japan, the Netherlands; Singapore; United Kingdom; Taiwan, Hong Kong; Malaysia; Germany

    Manila (Maynila in Filipino) is the capital city of the Philippines. The city stands on the eastern shore of Manila Bay on the largest and northernmost Philippine island, Luzon. Manila lies at the mouth of the Pasig River on the eastern shores of Manila Bay which is on the western side of Luzon The Philippines lies in the heart of Southeast Asia, off the southeastern coast of the Asia mainland at the western rim of the Pacific. It is one of the largest archipelagos in the world with about 7,100 islands and islets. It is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean on the east, the Celebes Sea on the south, and South China Sea on the west and north.

    Philippines: 91.1 million
    Manila: 9.9 million

    Ethnic Groups
    91.5% Christian Malay; 4% Muslim Malay; 1.5% Chinese; 3% other groups

    Pilipino is the national language. English is widely spoken and is extensively used in business and government, making the Philippines the third-largest English-speaking country in the world. Chinese and Spanish are other major languages spoken by some groups, aside from about 100 regional dialects.

    Literacy Rate

    Roman Catholic 83%; Protestant 9%; Muslim 5%; Buddhist and other faiths 3%. ....

  • Total Population of the Philippines 2012,

  • "... Almost 104 million people are living in the Philippines. Compared to the population of other countries, Philippines ranks as the 12th most populated country in the world and China as being the undisputed no. 1 most populated country. ...


    It's More Fun in the Philippines | DOT Official AVP


    -Benguet Province

    Benguet From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    "...Tagalog pronunciation: [beŋˈɡet], (Ilokano: Probinsya ti Benguet), (Tagalog: Lalawigan ng Benguet) is a landlocked province of the Philippines in the Cordillera Administrative Region in Luzon. Its capital is La Trinidad and borders, clockwise from the south, Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur, Mountain Province, Ifugao, and Nueva Vizcaya.
    Baguio, a popular tourist destination in the country, is located in the interior of the province, however, the city is independent of the province....

    =>Baguio City

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    "Uploaded on Feb 19, 2012 The City of Baguio is widely recognized as the summer capital of the Philippines. Panagbenga Festival is Baguio City's annual Festival.City of God and famous for its thousands of beautiful flowers.Recreation areas and tourist spots have restaurants and eateries nearby.Burnham Park is an urban park located at the heart of the City "

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  • Heritage Mansion
  • ~Attractions

  • City of Pines
  • Baguio City, Philippines

    "Uploaded on Jan 25, 2012 Baguio is a nice fact the nicest of all I have ever

    =>Mines View

  • Mines View Park: Traveller Reviews

  • Outlook Drive, Baguio, Luzon, Philippines

    Park in Mines View Baguio City

    Mines View in Baguio Pink Haired Horse


  • Brent International School Baguio

  • ~Geology


  • Quake hits Baguio; Phivolcs allays fears of damage November 16, 2012 9:54am

  • "...An Intensity III quake rocked Baguio City and the Benguet area Friday morning, but state seismologists allayed fears of damage caused by the tremor. Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology seismologist Winchell Sevilla said their initial reports indicate little chance of damage from the quake. "Naramdaman sa Baguio, Intensity III. Sa ganito medyo mahina," Sevilla said in an interview on dzBB radio. When asked if the quake could trigger landslides in the area, Sevilla said there is a possibility but the landslides would be small. "Posible magdulot ng maliit," he said....
    Baguio Earthquake JULY 16, 1990 Hyatt Terraces Baguio

    "Uploaded on Jul 15, 2011 Remembering the July 16, 1990 Baguio Earthquake Hyatt Terraces Baguio July 16, 2011 ( 21st Anniversary)

  • "...Looking back, it was exactly 4:26 p.m. on Monday, 16 July 1990, that a killer earthquake unexpectedly hit and extensively devastated the City of Baguio. As reported, the powerful temblor measured 7.7 in the open-ended Richter scale and lasted for 45 seconds. It was said to be the most destructive earthquake on record within the Cordillera Region. There were numerous aftershocks that followed and the strongest, which occured at 3:15 a.m. of July 18, lasted for eight seconds ... and measured 5.3 on the Richer scale.
    Fearing for their lives, many of Baguio's 120,000 people slept outdoors on Monday night. The city suffered the most in terms of destruction to properties and numerous deaths. Many commercial and government buildings, hotels, inns, and residences were heavily damaged. The death toll continued to rise as rescuers pulled more bodies from the rubbles. It was estimated that as many as 1,000 people were trapped and killed in damaged buildings. ....


    Mansion House Baguio

    The Mansion, Baguio From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    "...(also known as the Mansion House) is the official summer residence of the President of the Philippines. The mansion is located in the summer capital of the country, Baguio, situated around 5,000 feet (1,500 m) asl in the Cordillera Central Range of northern Luzon.....
    The Mansion was built in 1908 to serve as the official summer residence of U.S. Governor-Generals at the instance of Governor-General William Cameron Forbes. The name is derived from the summer cottage in New England of Governor Forbes whose administration the original Mansion House was built under. Architect William E. Parsons, based on preliminary plans by architect Daniel H. Burnham,[1] the planner of the city of Baguio, designed the mountain retreat following the tenets of the City Beautiful Movement.[2] In 1910, the meeting of the Second Philippine Legislature was held at The Mansion for three weeks.
    The house was badly damaged during the Second World War and was rebuilt in 1947. Since then, it has served as the holiday home and working office for each President of the Philippines during his or her visits to Baguio.[2]
    The Mansion House was also used as the venue of important events, such as the second session of the United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East (ECAFE) in 1947, the second session of the Food and Agriculture Organization in 1948, and the first meeting of the Southeast Asian Union (SEAU), more commonly known as the Baguio Conference of 1950, which was conceived and convened by President Elpidio Quirino.[2] More recently, The Mansion has been the site of a number of international conferences. ...


    Baguio City - 100 Years in the Making

    "Uploaded on Dec 26, 2008 Baguio is celebrating its 100th anniversary this 2009. This video shows over how Baguio has evolved over the century. Hope you will enjoy watching. "


    Botanical Garden Baguio

    "Published on Mar 12, 2012 CityTrails Corporation is a tourist service company that offers an all day transport pass to various tourist attractions located in one city. Visitors can "hop off" and investigate a particular place and take their time to enjoy it and then "hop on" again on the next van that comes along. The trail is designed to run on specific times and stop in specific areas. Each van is equipped with a television unit that will show originally produced informative video materials on each of the places on the route. "
    Wright Park

  • Wright Park,

  • "..., which is located at the eastern part of the city and fronting the main gate of the Mansion, is one of the many scenic parks in Baguio City. Its main features are a shallow elongated rectangular body of water known as the "Pool of Pines" and the park circle which is on one end of the park. Postcard-type photographs are usually taken at both ends of Wright Park and when going there it is best to bring along a camera.
    Tall pine trees and decorative street lights line both sides of the access road beside the pool. There are times that you will find at the park some Igorots dressed in their native attire and regalia who are willing to pose for a photograph ... of course, for a fee. Native handicrafts are also sold at the Mansion end of the park by a few Igorot peddlers. From the park circle is a walkway which leads to a wide stairway made of stones that descend to an area where ponies are rented out.


  • Ifugao, home to a bountiful heritage by: Jeaneth Bango

  • "Some would say that Ifugaos have tails. Others would say that Ifugaos are headhunters and witches. Others even consider us uncivilized and barbaric people who wear g-strings and tapis. Due to deprecations I personally experience whenever I go to other places, the prints of bitterness will always remain.
    Nevertheless, amidst all these criticisms, I will still strongly shout, "I am an Ifugao and I'm proud of being one!" In fact, Ifugao has many hidden treasures that will please every living being. For years, the ethnic Ifugao have been the object of curiosity and the subject of interest of cultural researchers and writers, all of whom are foreigners. ..


    "Uploaded on Apr 12, 2010 A spectacular festival of food, song and dance, high in the mountains of Ifugao territory, Baguio. Native dances and cooking a pig the traditional way. I didn't show it being killed. It was too gruesome! "


    Base of the 252 steps of the Lourdes Grotto sanctuary..

  • Centennial of the Lourdes Grotto Baguio City , Wednesday, November 21, 2007

  • "...When Fr. Algue built the grotto, Mirador was a barren hill characterized by limestone outcrops. Jesuits scholastics (seminarians) planted pine trees on the hill and on its slopes. They also built the stairs that would link the grotto to the base of the hill. They completed the work in 1918. In the grotto's early years, the steps were made of stone laid on the ground but in subsequent years, the stones were covered with cement. Its 282 steps are divided into a number of landings cut by a vehicular road that leads up to the Jesuit house on the hill.
    Little did Fr. Algue know that the Grotto would become an important site in Baguio visited by tourists and devotees over the years. ...

    Philippines 2011(Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto) Baguio City!!!


  • Kennon Road and Baguio by Ernesto R. Zárate, FPIA

  • The epic of Kennon Road is a part of the story of Baguio.
    Without it, Baguio would not have survived.
    "At an altitude of 1,500 meters, Baguio has recently been given the title of “City in the Clouds,” as well as “Skyscraper City,” despite the fact that there a no buildings higher then 15 stories in the area. These nicknames have replaced “City of Flowers” and “Honeymoon Center of the Philippines.” “City of Pines” is still often used by the tourist trade as an AKA of this mountain resort, the most popular tourist destination north of Manila.
    During the Spanish Era, although Benguet (and Baguio) was not a remote area for the Spaniards to explore, development was rather slow. The lure of gold, nevertheless, prompted the Spaniards to conduct numerous expeditions. Early explorers included Juan Salcedo in 1572 and Don Q.M. Quirante in 1664. But the many attempts made to subjugate the "Igorots" all failed until Commandante de Galvey finally succeeded in 1664 to establish a garrison at La Trinidad, Benguet. ...
    A cast of thousands
    According to records, between 2,300 to 4,000 workers were employed in the building of the road, all of different nationalities— American, Hawaiian, Indian, Mexican, Chinese, German, Irish, English, Swedish, French, Japanese and, of course, Filipino. Colonel Kennon is thus credited for employing the first overseas contract workers to the Philippines. A breakdown of the figures showed that 49 percent of the workers were Filipinos, 22.5 percent were Japanese, 17.5 percent were Americans and Europeans, 11 percent were Chinese, and the remaining 11 percent were from Latin America and other countries.
    Records also showed that less than half the number of workers survived the building of the road. Aside from accidents, many too, died of malaria. Some of the survivors stayed behind and settled for good in Baguio City.
    Colonel Kennon was a dynamic, untiring man. Under his leadership the area of Twin Peaks was soon bustling with activity. He was a compassionate person, a great organizer and an inspiring leader. The natives loved him. Under his guidance the road moved quickly towards completion. ....
    The most expensive project of the colonial government
    The Benguet Road was opened for regular service on March 27th of the same year. The cost of the road as of November 1, 1905, had been $1,966,847.05, and the cost of the heavy work in the canyon had been approximately $75,000 per mile (roughly P6,280,000.00 per kilometer in today’s rates).
    In addition to the roadbed itself, Colonel Kennon constructed 40 bridges—two of which were made of steel, the others of wood. Except for the use of dynamite to blast out solid rock, it must be noted that there were no heavy equipment then—work was done usually with ordinary picks and shovels. This was no small feat in 1905. Still, according to engineering experts, it was the most expensive engineering work at that time, a big drain on the colonial budget.
    The bull-cart ride from Twin Peaks to Baguio took all of 3 hours and 5 minutes. (Today, on a clear day, it takes a mere 45 minutes by car.) ...
    Nevertheless, it cannot be denied that the completion of the Kennon Road in 1905, just five years after the American colonial government authorized its construction, opened up Baguio and soon the rest of the Cordillera region to the world. More than that, it spurred the development of Baguio and nearby areas so that in 1920, the city was already a thriving population center.


    The Ambuklao Hyroelectric Plant is located in the mountains of Bokod, Benguet and is about 36 kilometers northeast of Baguio City. The plant was designed to provide 75 MW (megawatts) of energy to the Luzon grid. It utilizes the Agno River which is the longest waterway in the Island of Luzon. more....

  • The Ambuklao Hyroelectric Plant,

  • " located in the mountains of Bokod, Benguet and is about 36 kilometers northeast of Baguio City. The plant was designed to provide 75 MW (megawatts) of energy to the Luzon grid. It utilizes the Agno River which is the longest waterway in the Island of Luzon.
    During the 50's the Ambuklao dam was the highest and biggest in the Far East. It is made of earth and rockfull which measures 129 meters in height and 452 meters in length. The elevation of its crest is 758 meters and the roadway that runs through the top of the dam has an elevation of 756 meters. There are 8 Tainter radial gates at the dam's spillway. Each spillway measures 12.5 meters by 12.5 meters and is 127 meters in length. The gross storage capacity of the dam's reservoir is 327,170,000 cubic meters and it has a usable storage capacity of 258,000,000 cubic meters. The drainage area is 686 square kilometers and is 11 km long with a maximum width of 1 km.
    Upon the direction of Philippine President Manuel A. Roxas, the National Power Corporation, in cooperation with Westinghouse International, took a survey of the country's hydroelectric potential and prepared the Philippine Power Program in 1948. It's major undertaking was the Ambuklao Power Project. Construction of the project began in July 1950 when President Elpidio R. Quirino was at the helm of the Philippine government. It took six years and 5 months to complete the construction. Operation of this hydroelectric facility finally started on Dec. 23, 1956 during the administration of President Ramon F. Magsaysay. Selected as the contractor for the dam's civil works was the Guy F. Atkinson Company and the Harza Engineering Company of Chicago was hired as the engineering consultant.

    Ambuklao Hydroelectric Power Plant, A Journey Back

    "Uploaded on Nov 11, 2011 The Ambuklao Hydroelectric Plant is the Philippines' first hydroelectric plant. It is located in the mountains of Bokod, Benguet and is about 36 kilometers northeast of Baguio City. The plant has three 25 megawatt generating units that provide energy to the majority of the Luzon grid. It utilizes the the flow of the Agno River, the longest waterway in Luzon. In 2000, the facility had to stop operation because of uncontrolled and heavy siltation. However with ass "
    Ambuklao Dam From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    " a dam that supports a hydroelectric plant in the mountains of Bokod, Benguet province of Philippines. The development of the Agno River for purposes of hydroelectric power generation, flood control, and irrigation had been conceived as early as the late 1940s. Preliminary investigations for development at Ambuklao and Binga Dam sites were undertaken as early as January 1948. With maximum water storage capacity of 327,170,000 cubic metres (265,240 acre·ft), the dam, located 36 km (22 mi) from Baguio city, can produce 75 megawatts of electricity to Luzon grid. The main source of water comes from the Agno River which originates from Mt. Data....

    -Camarines Sur

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    Camarines Sur From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    " a province of the Philippines located in the Bicol Region in Luzon. Its capital is Pili and the province borders Camarines Norte and Quezon to the north, and Albay to the south. To the east lies the island province of Catanduanes across Maqueda Channel.
    Camarines Sur is the largest among the six provinces in the Bicol Region both in terms of population and land area. Its territory encompasses two cities: Naga City, the lone chartered city, is the province's and the region's religion and cultural center, while Iriga City, a component city, is the center of the Rinconada area and Riŋkonāda Language. Lake Buhi is where the smallest commercially harvested fish can be found, the Sinarapan or tabyos ...


    Caramoan, Camarines Sur From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    "...History and geography
    The name Caramoan has been officially used since 1619, the year it was named by a Spanish missionary friar, Francisco de la Cruz Y Oropesa. Fr. Oropesa penetrated the thick virgin forest of the Caramoan Peninsula and founded a small settlement in a place called Baluarte. This settlement was subsequently turned over to the administration of the Holy Bishopric in 1696.
    The small town of Caramoan is located at the tip of Caramoan Peninsula, a rugged place of land extending into the waters of the Maqueda Channel on the North and East and Lagonoy Gulf on the South.
    Prior to the arrival of the Spaniards, it was determined that the place was once called Guta de Leche, which was given by Dutch traders who operated a gold mine in Lahuy Island and who frequented the area to trade with the natives. The name was perhaps derived from the milkdrop stalagmites found among the rocks of Guta Port. Upon the arrival of the Spaniards, the place came to be called "Carahan" for the sea turtle, which was at that time to be found in great number along the shores of the Peninsula.
    Caramoan is one of the thirty-five municipalities of the Province of Camarines Sur and is situated at the heart of the Caramoan Peninsula at the southernmost tip of Luzon. It occupies the lower eastern portion of the Province of Camarines Sur. It is bounded on the north by the town of Garchitorena and the Pacific Ocean; on the northeast by the island province of Catanduanes; on the south by Lagonoy Gulf; on the east by the Maqueda Channel and on the west by the municipality of Presentacion.
    The municipality is situated between east longitude 1 and 13o46" north latitude. It covers approximately 27,741 square kilometers with approximately 71 kilometers of irregular coastline surrounded by the vast ocean, bay, seas and swamps. It is approximately 501 kilometers away from Metro Manila; 95 kilometers from the municipality of Pili, where the seat of the provincial government and the Pili Domestic Airport are located; and 110 kilometers away from Naga City, the heart of Bicol.

    Survivor Favorite

    Caramoan has been a favorite site for international franchises of Survivor. The place has hosted the Serbian version in two consecutive seasons. It has also hosted the Israel version of Survivor for three consecutive seasons. Bulgarian Survivor also filmed their fourth season there in May to July 2009. Robinson 2010, the twelfth season of the Swedish version of the franchise, was also filmed in Caramoan from May to June 2010.

    The 8th season of Koh-Lanta (French edition of Survivor), was also shot entirely in Caramoan. TV director Corinne Vaillant, stated that "the powdery sand, the coconuts on Gota beach and the neighboring islets are a 'dream' for the French people. We chose Caramoan because it’s really wild. It’s necessary that contestants don’t see anything other than nature for them to believe that they’re really lost in the wilds.”[1]

    The only season of Survivor India was also shot in Caramoan, Indian production crew spotted the area on March 2011.[2]

    The 25th season of the American version of Survivor has finished filming at Caramoan and the 26th season started filming on May 21st and finished in late June. Season 25 aired from September 19, 2012-December 16, 2012, then the 26th season will premiere in February 2013.[3][4] ...
    ‘Survivor’ USA shoots in Camarines Sur by Reyma Buan-Deveza, Posted at 03/27/2012 12:04 PM | Updated as of 03/27/2012 5:17 PM
    "..MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATE) The U.S. version of the hit reality TV show "Survivor" is now being shot in Caramoan Islands in Camarines Sur. This was confirmed by a member of the local production team working on the popular CBS series, as well as businesses in Caramoan, where it has become an "open secret." According to the source, many of the Filipinos who worked on the Philippine shoot of the Hollywood film, "The Bourne Legacy," are also working on the American version of "Survivor." "Actually may 'Survivor' doon. It's a really big production but I cannot (give more details) because I signed a confidentiality agreement. It's is being filmed right now and it's going to air in September," Camarines Sur Governor L-Ray Villafuerte told on Tuesday. He added that the shooting only started last week and will wrap up in August ..
    Survivor 25 Philippines opening credits (US) [HD]


    "Uploaded on May 15, 2010 beautiful islands of BICOL ( Caramoan )........ "

    -Cavite Province

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    Cavite From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    " a province in the Philippines located on the southern shores of Manila Bay in the CALABARZON region in Luzon, just 30 kilometers south of Manila. Cavite is surrounded by Laguna to the east, Metro Manila to the northeast, and Batangas to the south. To the west lies the South China Sea....


    "Uploaded on Oct 13, 2008 Official "Cavite" movie trailer. Original DVD copy at "
    Cavite (2005),
    "A young man unwillingly becomes embroiled in a terrorist plot in Cavite, a low-budget digital video project from Filipino-American co-writers/co-directors Ian Gamazon and Neill Dela Llana. The film, shot with a jittery hand-held camera that is almost constantly in motion, opens with a panic-stricken man bringing a bomb onto a Manila bus, then cuts to San Diego, where Adam (Gamazon) is working nights as a security guard and seems to be wasting his life away before he gets a call from his mother in the Philippines, telling him he needs to come home. He's sent off by a protracted transcontinental telephone argument with his American girlfriend, but things get much worse for Adam when he lands in Manila. His mother doesn't arrive to pick him up, and he soon discovers that someone has slipped a package containing a cell phone into his backpack. The phone rings, he picks it up, and his life is changed forever. On the other end of the line, a sinister voice tells Adam that his mother and sister are being held hostage, that his every move is being watched, and that if he doesn't do exactly as the voice tells him, his family will be killed. As he's led on a grisly tour of the impoverished Cavite region, Adam, a lapsed Muslim, soon realizes that his tormentor is a member of the notorious Abu Sayyaf terrorist group, which is fighting the Philippine government to get Muslim control of the southern section of the country. While sending him through his mysterious "assignment," the caller mocks Adam for his American ways, and his lack of awareness of his own culture. Cavite was selected by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art for inclusion in New Directors/New Films in 2006. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi ...


  • Angels Of Hope Orphanage Blog

  • "Angels of Hope Orphanage is a registered non-profit organization dedicated to helping neglected, abused, abandoned or orphaned children in the Philippines. It is mainly funded by Tita de Guzman Charitable Foundation based in California, U.S.A. Angels of Hope Orphanage is a member of Inter-Country Adoption Board (ICAB). Would you like to make a donation? .."
  • BEACON of HOPE Orphanage, Inc. – Philippines Posted by beaconofhope under Home

  • ".. We are located on the Island of Luzon, about two hours southeast of Manila, province of Cavite and township of Naic. In mid-2008, we will open the Orphanage in town then move into a facility we are building, which we refer to as the “Farm” (picture at the top). Our clientele which we will care for ranges from newborns to four years old. Adoption services will be available through ICAB, Inter-Country Adoption Board, with services provided by DSWD, Department of Social Welfare and Development. ..

    -Cordillera Pronvince

  • Mt. Pulag National Park

  • ".. lies on the north and south spine of the Grand Cordillera Central that stretches from Pasaleng, Ilocos Norte to the Cordillera Provinces. It falls within the administrative jurisdiction of two (2) Regions: Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Cagayan Valley (R2). The whole park is located within the Philippine Cordillera Mountain Range and is very rugged, characterized by steep to very steep slopes at the mountainsides and generally rolling areas at the mountain peak. Mt. Pulag National Park is the highest peak in Luzon and is the second highest mountain in the Philippines with an elevation of 2,922 m. above sea level. The summit of Mt. Pulag is covered with grass and dwarf bamboo plants. At lower elevations, the mountainside has a mossy forest veiled with fog, and full of ferns, lichens and moss. Below this is the pine forest growing on barren, rocky slopes. Falls, rivers and small lakes mark the area. The Park has a large diversity of flora and fauna, many of which are endemic to the mountain. Its wildlife includes threatened mammals such as the Philippine Brown Deer, Northern Luzon Giant Cloud Rat and the Luzon Pygmy Fruit Bat. One can also find several orchid species some of which are possibly endemic to Mt. Pulag, and other rare flora such as the pitcher plant. Mt. Pulag is an important watershed providing the water necessities of many stakeholders for domestic and industrial use, irrigation, hydroelectric power production and aquaculture..."


    Ifugao From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    " a landlocked province of the Philippines in the Cordillera Administrative Region in Luzon. Covering a total land area of 262,820 hectares, the province of Ifugao is located in a mountainous region characterized by rugged terrain, river valleys, and massive forests. Its capital is Lagawe and borders Benguet to the west, Mountain Province to the north, Isabela to the east, and Nueva Vizcaya to the south.
    It is named after the term "i-pugo" which means "i" (from/people) and "pugo" (hill), thus people of the hill.
    The Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras and Banaue Rice Terraces are the main tourist attractions in the province. These 2000-year-old terraces were carved into the mountains, without the aid of machinery, to provide level steps where the natives can plant rice. In 1995, they were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. ...

    Banaue Rice Terraces


    Isabela (province) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    " the second largest province of the Philippines next to Palawan. It is located in the Cagayan Valley Region in Luzon. Its capital is Ilagan City and borders, clockwise from the south, Aurora, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao, Mountain Province, Kalinga, and Cagayan. This primarily agricultural province is the rice and corn granary of Luzon due to its plain and rolling terrain.
    It is the Top 10 richest province in the Philippines last 2011, being the only province of Northern Luzon to be included in the list. The province has four trade centers in the cities of Ilagan, Cauayan, Santiago and the municipality of Roxas...

    => Cauayan, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    " a 1st[1] class city in the province of Isabela, Philippines. Cauayan City is the Agro-Industrial Capital of Cagayan Valley and the Commercial Center of Region 2. According to the latest census, it has a population of 114,254 people in 21,143 households....

    Next year, SM Prime will open a new mall in Cauayan City, the SM City Cauayan located at San Fermin, National highway, Cauayan City, the former location of Isabela Colleges..


  • Felicita's Pancit Cabagan Canciller St.,, Cauayan City, Isabela, Philippines

  • ...

    =>San Mariano

    "..Our town’s lush environment where the wild populations of the Philippine Crocodile, the most severely threatened and endangered crocodile species in the world are thriving; its strategic location as a gateway to the ecologically rich Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park (NSMNP); its accommodating and hard-working people; and its promising economic future are just some of the many features of our town that we want to share to everyone through this website..."

  • San Mariano, Isabela From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia San Mariano, Isabela

  • -Agriculture
    Green Future Innovations, Inc,
    "...a newly formed venture among Japan's Itochu Corp., JGC Corp., the Philippine Bioethanol and Energy Investments Corp., and Taiwanese holding company GCO, aims to contribute to the domestic supply of renewable energy through a 54 million liter ethanol plant in San Mariano, Isabela that is poised to be fully operational by 2012..."

    Releasing crocodiles back into the wild in San Mariano


  • Isabela

  • Pure Gold, grocery store

  • Gangman Style(from Psy of South Korea) at Grocery Store in Isabela -Philippines

    "This was taken unexpectedly when visiting this grocery store (Pure Gold) in Isabela-Philippines..."
    *Merry Christmas/Maligayang Pasko



    -Caloocan City

    Caloocan From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    "..It is a major residential area inside Metro Manila. Located just north of the capital City of Manila, Caloocan is the country's third most populous city with a population of 1,489,040 as of the 2010 census.[3]...
    bonifacio monument | Tumblr
    Andrés Bonifacio From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    ".. Andrés Bonifacio y de Castro (30 November 1863 – 10 May 1897) was a Filipino nationalist, and revolutionary. He is often called "the great plebeian," "father of the Philippine Revolution," and "father of the Katipunan." He was a founder and later Supremo ("supreme leader") of the Katipunan movement which sought the independence of the Philippines from Spanish colonial rule and started the Philippine Revolution.[2][3] He is considered a de facto national hero of the Philippines,[4] and is also considered by some Filipino historians to be the first President, but he is not officially recognized as such...

    Nickname(s): The Only Divided City in the Philippines...
    Andrés Bonifacio 1863-1897
    " Andrés Bonifacio was born in Manila in 1863, the son of a government official. When both his parents died in the 1870's, he left school to support his five brothers and sisters. By the mid-1880s, he had become a fervent Filipino nationalist; when José Rizal established the Liga Filipina in 1892, Bonifacio was one of its first members. After the Spanish arrested Rizal in July 1892, Bonifacio decided that the Philippines would only achieve independence through revolution. On July 7, he founded the Katipunan, a secret society open to both peasants and the middle class that employed Masonic rituals to impart an air of sacred mystery. It insinuated itself into the community by setting up mutual aid societies and education for the poor. By 1896, the Katipunan had over 30,000 members and functioned at the national, provincial, and municipal levels. Following the execution of Rizal in 1896, Bonifacio proclaimed Filipino independence on August 23, 1896. This time, the Spaniards moved against him, forcing his flight to the Marikina mountains, while other forces headed by Emilio Aguinaldo were more successful and won control over some towns. When Bonifacio tried to rein him in, Aguinaldo ordered him arrested and charged with treason and sedition. He was tried and convicted by his enemies and executed on May 10, 1897. Today he is regarded as a national hero....
    Biography of Andres Bonifacio

    Philippines Bonifacio Day: November 30 Bonifacio Day is a Public Holiday in Philippines,
    ".. Andrés Bonifacio y de Castro (November 30, 1863 – May 10, 1897) was a Filipino nationalist and revolutionary. Bonifacio’s birthday on November 30 is celebrated as Bonifacio Day and is a public holiday in the Philippines. He was a founder and leader of the Katipunan movement which sought the independence of the Philippines from Spanish colonial rule and started the Philippine Revolution. He is considered as a national hero of the Philippines. Bonifacio is also considered by some Filipino historians to be the first president of the Philippines, but he is not officially recognized as such...

    Manila City


  • Manila,

  • What about Metro Manila?
    " Metro Manila is the total urban area that is composed of different cities and the surrounding urban fringe. The proper city Manila is only one of the big cities of this urban agglomeration. Metro Manila, or the 'National Capital Region' as they say in the Philippines,
    is a real metropolitan area. On 636 square kilometer live more than 10 million inhabitants. The biggest city in this metropolitan area is Quezon city, with more than 2 million inhabitants. Manila, as the second biggest city within Metro Manila, counts 1,58 million inhabitants in 2000...
    What's in the name Manila?!
    The name 'Manila' has a special meaning. The original name was "MayNilad". It was the name of the pre-colonial Moslem settlement. Already before the Spaniards came to May Nilad, the place was a small but prosperous trading port. The name means: 'where the blossoming water plants grow'. ...



  • City of Manila

  • Manila City Hal...
    Manila City Hall From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    " one of the distinct landmarks in the capital city of Manila, in the Philippines. The edifice, with its hexagonal tower with three red-faced clock on three of its facets, received unfavorable reviews in its initial years because of its austere architectural design, lack of entrances and the placement of the clock tower. The building's floor plan had been dismissed as similar in shape to a coffin or, in the other end, like the shield of Knights Templar.
    Nowadays, many critics praise the design of the City Hall for the same reasons the complex was vilified.[1] The building is located in the center of tourism area where major government buildings and landmarks, are located. The National Museum, Museum of the Filipino People and the Department of Tourism are located just south of the city hall. Rizal Park, the largest city park in the country is just south of the museums. The city hall is also located just outside the oldest and most historic part of the city of Manila - the walled city of Intramuros. ....


  • Intramuros Manila Philippines

  • "..the walled city multifaceted built by the Spaniards upon their occupation of Manila, is a marvelous way to spend the day in Manila. It is located along the southern bank of the Pasig River and was built by the Spaniards in the 16th century and is the oldest district of the city of Manila, the capital of the Philippines. The name is taken from the Latin, intra muros, literally "Within the walls", meaning within the wall enclosure of the city/fortress, also describes its structure as it is surrounded by thick, high walls and moats. During the Spanish colonial period, Intramuros was considered Manila itself.
    It is constructed almost completely of stone blocks and possesses the same architectural traits one can see in other Spanish defenses like the Caribbean. It has been attractively landscaped with abundant tropical flowers and plants, and it is a relief for many families looking for shade in ever hot and muggy Manila. One can walk around the paths or use the pleasingly decorated horse drawn carriages. Some of the features of this park are old gunpowder rooms used as recently as World War II, seminaries and chapels, the Manila cathedral and museums. It is recommended that if going for the first time, a driver or guide be hired from your hotel. This is a gigantic area neighboring Rizal Park, and it is not recommended to hire an amateur guide loitering near the entrance...

    Behind the trees are the historical site-Intramuros..

    Manila, Philippines Travel Guide - Medieval Intramuros


    1322 Golden Empire Tower
    *666 feet!


  • 'Bourne Identity' film scenes to be shot in PHL September 10, 2011 4:59pm

  • "Some scenes from the upcoming fourth installment of the "Bourne Identity" series of movies will be shot in the Philippines, Oscar-nominated John Sayles said. Sayles disclosed the plan to Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia Jr. during a recent call in connection with the Filipino film "Amigo." "He informed the Ambassador that some scenes in the fourth installment of 'Bourne Identity' will be filmed on location in the Philippines in January," the Philippine Embassy said in a news release. Sayles also said he wished that more films about the history of the Philippines, in particular the establishment of the Philippine republic, will be made. The Bourne series of spy films started in 2002, and loosely based on Robert Ludlum's novel. A sequel, "The Bourne Supremacy," was shown in 2004, while the third installment, "The Bourne Ultimatum," was shown in 2007. Sayles had worked on the film Amigo, a Philippine movie on the Philippine-American war in the early 1900s. Earlier, Sayles and producer Maggie Renzi visited the Embassy of the Philippines and called on Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia Jr. During the call, Renzi and Sayles said they “loved working in Bohol" and they had “great actors and wonderful crew." Renzi said that in the Philippines, “in every other area, work is exemplary." Sayles added the Philippines has the infrastructure to make beautiful films, but many US producers are not aware of this. — LBG, GMA News"
    Bourne Legacy
    THE BOURNE LEGACY (2012) Trailer # 2 (with PHILIPPINE Scenes) from

    ".. Published on May 31, 2012 by DCRJMovieTrailers Recorded and uploaded to YouTube by DCRJ (Dan C Rivera Jr) Philippine scenes shown in this trailer includes...Jones bridge in Manila (motorcycle chase), Ramon Magsaysay ave. in Sampaloc Manila (motorcycle chase), Navotas fish port (motorcycle chase), Leveriza St, Malate, Manila (Renner jumping off the roof), Philippine Navy Yacht Club at Roxas boulevard (assassination scene) "


    Manila Chinatown, Philippines

  • Manila Chinatown, Philippines,

  • "...The Chinese traded in Philippines long before the arrival of the Spanish. However, the founding of Manila Chinatown in 1594 was a product of the Spanish colonial policy towards to the Chinese population....
    Manila Chinatown is known by various names reflecting its multiple functions and layers of meanings. To the tourists, it is known as Chinatown, a common reference to an area where there are a lot of Chinese or Chinese businesses. To the Filipinos, the area is known as Binondo. When the Filipino Chinese communicate among themselves, they refer to the area as “Chi Lai”, 市内, Hokkien term for inner city....


  • Binondo Church, Manila, Philippines,

  • "..The original structure of the Binondo Church, formally known as Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish or The Minor Basilica and National Shrine of San Lorenzo Ruiz, was constructed in 1596. Founded by Dominican friars, it is one of the oldest places of Christian worship in the Philippines. One of its significant early architects was Domingo de la Cruz Gonz�lez. Although repeatedly damaged from earthquakes (1645, 1863, 1880), typhoons and war the often rebuilt Binondo church still reflects its historic Spanish and European Baroque style and retains many elements of its original character. The octagonal bell tower, however, is the only significant remaining part of the original structure ...


    A Brief History of Chinese in the Philippines


  • Peace Hotel in Binondo, Manila’s “Chinatown” Reviewed May 23, 2012 by GOIloilo My Philippine Life - Personal perspectives on retirement life in the Philippines

  • "..Peace Hotel Review. The Peace Hotel is located on Soler Street in Binondo, Manila’s “Chinatown”. It is perhaps the most deluxe of the economy hotels of Binondo and one of the best in Metro Manila. The Peace Hotel is perfect for Chinese visitors doing business in Binondo and Manila."

    => Shopping


  • " Welcome to the mall of fortune - 168 SHOPPING MALL! The mall is conveniently located at the heart of Divisoria along Sta. Elena and Soler Streets and considered to be the newest, most modern and convenient wholesale and retail shopping mall that houses various stalls offering all kinds of commodities, from novelty items, bags, shoes, toys, hardware, RTW's and others.
    At 168 Shopping Mall

    PopTalk May 29, 2012 Divisoria Malls Episode, 1 of 4


  • Manila Bay From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  • " a natural harbour which serves the Port of Manila (on Luzon), in the Philippines.The bay is considered to be one of the best natural harbours in Southeast Asia and one of the finest in the world. Strategically located around the capital city of the Philippines, Manila Bay facilitated commerce and trade between the Philippines and its neighbouring countries,[1] becoming the gateway for socio-economic development even prior to Spanish occupation. With an area of 1,994 km2 (769.9 sq mi), and a coastline of 190 km (118.1 mi), Manila Bay is situated in the western part of Luzon and is bounded by Cavite and Metro Manila on the east, Bulacan and Pampanga on the north, and Bataan on the west and northwest.[2] Manila Bay drains approximately 17,000 km2 (6,563.7 sq mi) of watershed area, with the Pampanga River contributing about 49% of the freshwater influx. With an average depth of 17 m (55.8 ft), it is estimated to have a total volume of 28.9 billion cubic metres (28.9 cubic km). Entrance to the bay is 19 km (11.8 mi) wide and expands to a width of 48 km (29.8 mi). However, width of the bay varies from 22 km (13.7 mi) at its mouth and expanding to 60 km (37.3 mi) at its widest point.[2]...


  • Rizal Park, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  • "...also known as Luneta Park or colloquially Luneta, is a historical urban park located in the heart of the city of Manila, Philippines, adjacent to the old walled city of Manila, now Intramuros. Since the Spanish Colonial Era, the park has been a favorite spot for unwinding, socializing, an urban oasis for family picnics on Sundays and holidays. It is one of the major tourist attractions of Manila.
    Located along Manila Bay, Luneta has been the site of some of the most significant moments in Philippine history. The execution of pacifist Dr. José Rizal on December 30, 1896, sparked the fire of the Philippine Revolution against the Spanish colonizers, elevating the martyr as the national hero of the country. ...

  • Rizal Monument in Luneta Park, Manila March 22nd, 2011 by Mark Anthony Maranga Posted in Manila

  • "... The place is guarded continuously by official soldiers known as the Kabalyeros de Rizal (Knights of Rizal). People try to mock at the two ceremonial guards but they couldn’t get any response from them. The focus of the two soldiers is awe-inspiring because no movements can be seen unless they take their 15-minute break every couple of hours or so...

    Dr. Jose Rizal is notably known for being a patriot and the most prominent advocate for reforms in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial era. When he was exiled in Dapitan, he bought a 16 hectare estate in Barangay Talisay. The site is now known as Rizal Shrine in Dapitan, visited by hundreds of domestic and foreign tourists.
    West of the Rizal Park Monument at Luneta Park...

  • "...Having traveled extensively in Europe, America and Asia, he mastered 22 languages. These include Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Malayan, Portuguese, Russian, Sanskrit, Spanish, Tagalog, and other native dialects. A versatile genius, he was an architect, artists, businessman, cartoonist, educator, economist, ethnologist, scientific farmer, historian, inventor, journalist, linguist, musician, mythologist, nationalist, naturalist, novelist, opthalmic surgeon, poet, propagandist, psychologist, scientist, sculptor, sociologist, and theologian....
    He was an expert swordsman and a good shot. In the hope of securing political and social reforms for his country and at the same time educate his countrymen, Rizal, the greatest apostle of Filipino nationalism, published, while in Europe, several works with highly nationalistic and revolutionary tendencies. In March 1887, his daring book, NOLI ME TANGERE, a satirical novel exposing the arrogance and despotism of the Spanish clergy, was published in Berlin; in 1890 he reprinted in Paris, Morga’s SUCCESSOS DE LAS ISLAS FILIPINAS with his annotations to prove that the Filipinos had a civilization worthy to be proud of even long before the Spaniards set foot on Philippine soil; on September 18, 1891, EL FILIBUSTERISMO, his second novel and a sequel to the NOLI and more revolutionary and tragic than the latter, was printed in Ghent. Because of his fearless exposures of the injustices committed by the civil and clerical officials, Rizal provoked the animosity of those in power. This led himself, his relatives and countrymen into trouble with the Spanish officials of the country. As a consequence, he and those who had contacts with him, were shadowed; the authorities were not only finding faults but even fabricating charges to pin him down. Thus, he was imprisoned in Fort Santiago from July 6, 1892 to July 15, 1892 on a charge that anti-friar pamphlets were found in the luggage of his sister Lucia who arrive with him from Hong Kong. While a political exile in Dapitan, he engaged in agriculture, fishing and business; he maintained and operated a hospital; he conducted classes- taught his pupils the English and Spanish languages, the arts....

    The sciences, vocational courses including agriculture, surveying, sculpturing, and painting, as well as the art of self defense; he did some researches and collected specimens; he entered into correspondence with renowned men of letters and sciences abroad; and with the help of his pupils, he constructed water dam and a relief map of Mindanao - both considered remarkable engineering feats. His sincerity and friendliness won for him the trust and confidence of even those assigned to guard him; his good manners and warm personality were found irresistible by women of all races with whom he had personal contacts; his intelligence and humility gained for him the respect and admiration of prominent men of other nations; while his undaunted courage and determination to uplift the welfare of his people were feared by his enemies.
    When the Philippine Revolution started on August 26, 1896, his enemies lost no time in pressing him down. They were able to enlist witnesses that linked him with the revolt and these were never allowed to be confronted by him. Thus, from November 3, 1986, to the date of his execution, he was again committed to Fort Santiago. In his prison cell, he wrote an untitled poem, now known as "Ultimo Adios" which is considered a masterpiece and a living document expressing not only the hero’s great love of country but also that of all Filipinos. After a mock trial, he was convicted of rebellion, sedition and of forming illegal association. In the cold morning of December 30, 1896, Rizal, a man whose 35 years of life had been packed with varied activities which proved that the Filipino has capacity to equal if not excel even those who treat him as a slave, was shot at Bagumbayan Field.

    -Lapu Lapu

  • Biography of Lapu-Lapu (1491–1542),

  • "...Caliph Pulaka also known as Lapu-Lapu is celebrated as one of the first persons of Mactan to resist colonization. A descendent of a royal family he was born a King in the year 1491. Known for his courage and skill in warfare, he is regarded as the first Bayani of the Visayas. Lapu-Lapu was believed to be an extraordinary and admired leader. His personal and environmental background shaped him not what he wanted to be but what he needed to be – a fighter for freedom from colonialism. His sense of achievement was high due to his independent thinking. Lapu-Lapu became the forefront to the many Bayani’s to come who resisted colonization. He believed in not becoming a slave of another culture, but to be free to live among one’s own culture. He assumed that if he surrendered himself to colonizers, the people of the Viasayas and its neighboring islands would suffer greatly under oppression. "
  • Film on first Pinoy hero Lapu-Lapu shown in Portugal September 2, 2011 1:01pm

  • "...A full-length feature film on the life of the first Filipino hero Lapu-Lapu, who led a battle against Portuguese explorer and conqueror Ferdinand Magellan, was shown in Lisbon, Portugal.
    The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the showing of the film on Lapu-Lapu was part of the Filipinos' celebration of Philippine National Heroes' Day on August 25.
    Lapu-Lapu (1491–1542) was a ruler in Mactan in the Visayas. He is recognized as the first Philippine hero for being the first known native to have resisted the Spanish colonization.
    On April 27, 1521, Lapu-Lapu led 1,500 Muslim warriors in a battle against Portuguese Magellan who led about 49 soldiers during the Battle of Mactan. Magellan and several of his men were killed....

    Quirino Grandstand (Manila),
    "...Named after former Philippine President Elpidio Quirino. This is where Presidents of the Philippines traditionally take their oath of office and deliver their first address to the nation (Joseph Estrada broke with tradition and had his inauguration at Barasoain Church, site of the drafting of the Philippines' first democratic constitution). Many important political, cultural and religious events in the post war era have been held here, including the mammoth festivities that capped the 1998 Philippine Centennial Celebration. Marking a hundred years since the declaration of independence from Spain, the festivities culminated in the greatest fireworks display ever witnessed over Manila Bay. ...

  • Manila Ocean Park

  • "... is the All-Season Holiday Destination within the city. An integrated resort facility with marine life attractions, themed hotel with entertainment and lifestyle facilities, the park can now be considered as an all-season, all-weather holiday destination for locals and tourists. Definitely a venue for all ages to enjoy....


  • Manila Hostages: Rolando Mendoza, Ex-Cop, Held Tourists On Bus (VIDEO, PHOTOS) First Posted: 08/23/10 09:38 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 06:25 PM ET

  • "...A 12-hour hostage stand-off on a hijacked Philippine bus ended in bloodshed Monday, with officials saying at least seven Chinese tourists were dead along with the disgruntled ex-policeman who seized their vehicle in a bid to get his job back.
    At least six captives survived, four of whom were seen crawling out the back door of the bus after Philippine police stormed it Monday evening when the hostage-taker started shooting at the 15 Chinese tourists inside, said police Senior Superintendent Nelson Yabut.
    He said the hostage-taker was killed with a sniper shot to the head after he wounded a police sharpshooter.
    Police and ambulances were lined up next to the vehicle in the pouring rain after the standoff ended. Local hospitals reported seven bodies of hostages were brought in. One other hostage was hospitalized in critical condition, and five others were unharmed.....

    -Pasay City


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    Giant Ferris Wheel  from a distance at Pasay City...

  • Biggest ferris wheel in PH opens Posted at 12/22/2011 3:17 AM | Updated as of 12/22/2011 9:12 AM

  • "MANILA, Philippines – Just in time for Christmas, Pasay City introduced a ferris wheel which is said to be the biggest in the country.
    It is 160 feet tall and has 36 gondolas, all air-conditioned.
    At the top of the ferris wheel, one gets a bird's eye view of Manila bay as well as nearby cities and suburbs.
    Each person must pay P150 for a ride.
    “This is the biggest in the Philippines... Soft launch lang ito kasi marami na ang gustong sumakay. It's also very safe,” said marketing manager Alyne Ikutanim.
    Aside from the giant wheel, the entertainment center in Pasay City also offers kiddie rides like bump cars, flying bumble bee, astro liner, mini galleon ship and a grand carousel. – Report from Winnie Cordero, ABS-CBN News ...

    PH's 'highest' ferris wheel is in Pasay


  • Ninoy Aquino International Airport From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  • "...(Filipino: Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Ninoy Aquino) or NAIA ( /ˈnaɪ.ə/), also known as Manila International Airport (IATA: MNL, ICAO: RPLL), is the airport serving the general area of Manila and its surrounding metropolitan area. Located along the border between Pasay and Parañaque, about seven kilometers south of Manila proper, and southwest of Makati, NAIA is the main international gateway for travelers to the Philippines and is the hub for all Philippine airlines. It is managed by the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), a branch of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).
    Officially, NAIA is the only airport serving the Manila area. However, in practice, both NAIA and Clark International Airport, located in the Clark Freeport Zone in Angeles, Pampanga serve the Manila area, with CIA catering mostly to low-cost carriers that avail themselves of the lower landing fees than those charged at NAIA. In the long term CIA is set to replace NAIA as the primary airport of the Philippines.[2] The airport is named after the late Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr., who was assassinated at the airport in 1983. In 2009 the airport saw growth of 11.4% to 24.1 million passengers.[3] In 2010, NAIA terminal carried 27.1 million passengers, making it to the top 50 of the world's busiest airports by passenger traffic. In 2011, all terminals at NAIA handled a record breaking annual passenger traffic of 29,552,264 making one of the busiest airports in Asia. ..

    New NAIA Airport!


    [HD] SM Mall Of Asia, Pasay City, Philippines

    " Uploaded on Nov 30, 2010 Christmas shopping at SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City (Metro Manila), Philippines. One of the most beautiful mall in the world. Kodak Zx1 Category Travel & Events License Standard YouTube License "

    Quezon City


  • Ali Mall

  • "..Strategically located at the intersection of two major transport intersections and directly linked to the two major mass transit systems (MRT3 and LRT2), Araneta Center offers maximum accessibility to its more than 1,800 retail, food, entertainment, and office spaces. Araneta Center is in the midst of a Master Plan that will transform it into the country’s Largest Mixed-Use Real Estate Development. New developments are underway to create a mixed state-of-the-art retail, entertainment, commercial, hotel and residential uses in a complementary, transit oriented development pattern within a lush “garden city” environment that will attract a wide range of public and private activities. Integrated in the development will be an information technology backbone to nurture the development of new, information technology oriented companies and business process outsourcing firms. Guided by a vision to be the Best Shopping and Entertainment Center in the Philippines, Araneta Center moves forward according to the demands of the advancing pace of today’s urban lifestyle right in the heart of the metro. ..


    Makati City , PHILIPPINES

    " Today the city is one of the most modern cities in the country and the Philippines' major global economic competitor in Asia.[citation needed] However, it faces challenges due to the disparate gap between the new city in the west, which contains the Central Business District, and the old city in the east, which is largely poor and where most of the city's slums are located..
    Makati,From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    " the financial center of the Philippines. As the host of various embassies, it is also an important center for international affairs. With a population of 529,039, Makati is the 16th largest city in the country and ranked as the 41st most densely populated city in the world with 19,336 inhabitants per square kilometer. Makati became the financial center of the Philippines during the 1960s. Makati is home of the Philippine Stock Exchange and the Makati Business Club. Makati is being known for its cosmopolitan culture because of its major shopping centers, condominiums, financial hubs, hotels, and entertainment hubs are located around the city. Although the city is noted for its cosmopolitan culture, it faces internal tensions owing to the wealth gap between residents, workers in and visitors to the newer part of city in the west, which contains the central business/financial district, and residents of the older part in the east, which is largely poor and where most of the slums are located. ..


  • Ayala Triangle: Makati’s newest hotspot ,

  • "12/04/2010 1:14 AM Ngayong palapit ang Pasko, may bagong bukas na pasyalan sa Makati! Tampok ang nakakaaliw na dancing lights show, at pwedeng mag-foodtrip sa iba't ibang restaurant! Magbabandila si Apples Jalandoni. Bandila, Biyernes, Disyembre 3, 2010 ...
    Dancing Lights in Ayala Triangle Makati

  • Christmas magic begins in Makati (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 7, 2012 - 12:00am

  • "The main thoroughfares of the Ayala central business district are ablaze with over a million LED lights after the traditional ceremonial lighting in Makati City. Leading the opening of the Christmas season are (from left) Dave Balangue, MACEA president; Marjorie de Veyra, city administrator; Jaime Zobel de Ayala, chairman emeritus of Ayala Corp.; and Tony Aquino, president and CEO of Ayala Land."
    Christmas magic begins in Makati  (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 7, 2012 - 12:00am main thoroughfares of the Ayala central business district are ablaze with over a million LED lights after the traditional ceremonial lighting in Makati City. Leading the opening of the Christmas season are (from left) Dave Balangue, MACEA president; Marjorie de Veyra, city administrator; Jaime Zobel de Ayala, chairman emeritus of Ayala Corp.; and Tony Aquino, president and CEO of Ayala Land....Maganda (Beautiful) lights  along Ayala Avenue...


  • Peninsula Manila, 5-star hotel

  • The Peninsula Manila From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    *cousin told me to "look this up" online during my time at Makati
    "..Manila Peninsula Siege
    The Manila Peninsula rebellion occurred on November 29, 2007. Detained Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, General Lim and other Magdalo officials walked out of their trial and marched through the streets of Makati City, called for the ousting of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and seized the second floor of The Peninsula Manila along Ayala Avenue. Former Vice-President Teofisto Guingona also joined the march to The Peninsula Manila Hotel as well as some of the soldiers from the Armed Forces of the Philippines. The siege was ended after the military stormed the lobby and the second floor where Rizal function room was located and Trillanes was seized.
    The lobby of the hotel sustained much damage because of gunfire that rattled through its walls, windows and the main glass door was obliterated by an armored personnel carrier on the assault to serve Trillanes et al. their arrest warrants.
    On December 4, 2007, David Batchelor, general manager of the hotel, announced the filing of damage suit within 10 days, as some estimated the damage at US$ 1.2 million or P 50.766 million. Meanwhile, even before the reopening, it already received guests’ bookings or 51% room occupancy. The Peninsula Manila is 77% owned by the Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels Limited.[2] ...

    Peninsula Manila Hotel.. The site of the 2007 rebellion takeover..
    Manila Peninsula rebellion From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    " The Manila Peninsula rebellion occurred on November 29, 2007 at The Peninsula Manila hotel in Makati, Philippines. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, Brigadier General Danilo Lim, and 25 other Magdalo (mutineers) officers walked out of their trial and marched through the streets of Makati. The mutineers called for the ousting of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and seized the Rizal function room on the second floor of the Manila Peninsula Hotel along Ayala Avenue. Former Vice-President Teofisto Guingona, Jr. as well as some of the soldiers from the Armed Forces of the Philippines joined the march to the hotel. After several hours, Trillanes and Lim surrendered to government forces after a military armored personnel carrier barged into the glass door of the hotel lobby and the hotel walls and windows sustained weapons damage. Trillanes and the mutineers were arrested while several journalists covering the event were detained. The journalists were subsequently released...
    manila pen takeover

    "abc-5 story on the manila peninsula takeover"

  • Shangri La, 5-star hotel
  • ~Parks

  • Ayala Triangle Park

  • " a sub-district of the Makati central business district, comprising of the parcel of land between Ayala Avenue, Makati Avenue and Paseo de Roxas, as well as the buildings on those streets. Many multinational companies, banks and other major businesses make their home on the triangle, noted by the many skyscrapers bounding the Triangle. Ayala Avenue and Paseo de Roxas also house the distinction of being the runways of the former Nielson Field, Metro Manila's main airport in the 1930s.

    Ayala Triangle’s spot is the center of Makati’s business district but has remained undeveloped over the years. During the last quarter of 2010, a newly-opened commercial area opened with a strip of posh restaurants, bakeries and cafes which became an instant hit in Makati: Ayala Triangle Gardens. Situated right smack in the middle of along Paseo de Roxas, Makati Avenue and Ayala Avenue that forms a triangle. ...

  • Ayala Triangle Gardens, nagningning sa lights and sounds show Date posted: Nov 16, 2012 9:20pm Reporter: Mark Zambrano

  • Foods:
  • Restaurants at the Ayala Triangle Gardens Posted by Noemi on Dec 18, 2010 in Celebrations, Family Restaurant, Restaurants | 4 comments

  • "“Restaurants at the Ayala Triangle Gardens” is located at the heart of the Makati Central Business District and surrounded by three major thoroughfares– Ayala, Paseo and Makati Avenues . It is always busy during the weekday, either lunch and dinner time. Expect to wait at least an hour to get a seat. Well, the trick is to come on a weekend when there are relatively lesser people dining at the restaurants....


    Makati (HD)

    ".. The City of Makati is one of the 16 cities that make up Metro Manila, one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world. Makati is the financial center of the Philippines and one of the major financial, commercial and economic hubs in Asia. As the host of various embassies, it is also an important center for international affairs. With a population of 510,383, Makati is the 16th largest city in the country and ranked as the 44th most densely populated city in the world with 18,654 inhabitants per km2. Makati was founded by Spaniard Miguel López de Legazpi, who dismissed Makati as a worthless swamp. According to folklore, Legazpi asked for the name of the place but, because of the language barrier, was misinterpreted by the natives. Pointing to the receding tide of Pasig River, the natives answered, "Makati, kumakati na," literally meaning ebbing tide....
    PBcom Tower Makati, Philippines

    "Located at Ayala Avenue corner V.A. Rufino Street, Makati City, and is the tallest building in the Philippines. It has banking facilities, a business center, and even a food court with an outdoor garden café. "

    -Quezon City

    Quezon City Philippine Tour

    Quezon City From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    " Quezon City (Filipino: Lungsod Quezon) is the former capital (1948–1976) and the most populous city in the Philippines. Located on the island of Luzon, Quezon City (popularly known to Filipinos as QC) is one of the cities that make up Metro Manila, the National Capital Region. The city was named after Manuel L. Quezon, President of the Philippines, who founded the city and developed it to replace Manila as the country's capital. Quezon City is not located in and should not be confused with Quezon province, which was also named after the president.
    Having been the national capital, Quezon City is the site of many government offices, including the Batasang Pambansa Complex, the seat of the House of Representatives, which is the lower chamber in the Philippine Congress. The main campuses of two noteworthy universities, the Ateneo de Manila University and the country's national university, the University of the Philippines Diliman, are located in the city...

    ~Entertainment/Sports Venue

  • Araneta Coliseum

  • Smart Araneta Coliseum From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    "..The arena is primarily the home arena for the Philippine Basketball Association and the UAAP basketball leagues. The facility has also hosted the 1975 Thrilla in Manila, 1978 FIBA World Championship, and the 2007 Philippines World Pool Championship.
    It annually hosts every PBA Basketball Championship, NCAA Basketball Championship as well as UAAP Basketball Championship.
    The coliseum is one of the three arenas as the main home of the PBA, the other being the Mall of Asia Arena and the Ynares Center.
    Also the coliseum is currently the secondary venue for the UAAP, after the Mall of Asia Arena...

    NBA All Stars versus Smart Gilas July 24, 2011 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Part 1 (AKTV on IBC 13)

    *see Sports- Basketball NBA, NCCA, WNBA, etc... Outreach
    My Christmas Prayer by Don Moen Nov 8, 2012 Manila

    *see Music-Hymns, Praise, Worship, etc...

  • SM North EDSA

  • SM City North EDSA From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    " SM City North EDSA, located at the intersection of North Avenue and Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) in Quezon City and the largest shopping mall in the Philippines, third in the world in terms of leasable area (496,878 square meters).[1] The mall operated by SM Prime Holdings, a local company in the Philippines, and the biggest retail and mall operator in Southeast Asia. SM City North EDSA opened on November 25, 1985 with an original concept offered a variety of tenants and flagship stores. The mall's redevelopment began with the opening of The Block in July 2006, went into high gear with the launching of newly modernized Annex in December 2008, and the opening of the Sky garden in May 2009. The Car Park Plaza transformed into a lifestyle center on 2009. SM City North EDSA, a work in progress with the renovation of the City Center, and the development of the North Link. SM City North EDSA constructed at a challenging period in the Philippines' political history with a gross floor area of 120,000 square meters in 1985.[2].."


  • Tallest buildings in Makati,

  • # Building Height
    1 PBCOM Tower 848 ft
    2 Gramercy Residences 820 ft
    3 Knightsbridge Residences 722 ft
    4 G.T. International Tower 713 ft
    5 Petron Megaplaza 689 ft

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  • Phil Bank of Communications

    " PBCOM Tower is prestige redefined. The tallest building in the Philippines is a portrait of distinction, soaring at 52 storeys high plus an 8-level radio tower at the very vein of Makati City, the country's premier financial center. Peerless architecture and prime location are primary in its prized image as the newest esteemed corporate address. Furthermore, it shares a history derived from the Philippine Bank of Communications, which holds a 6 decade-long reputation of the time-tested strength, stability and innovation. PBCOM Tower is every global businessman's dream that opens new portals of success for professionals driven to make it to the top. It proudly houses a cyber-intelligent, e-commerce capable business center. For such world-class quality, PBCOM Tower commands premium value. It is an investment that paves the way for excellent results, a core advantage built into each PBCOM Tower unit. "
  • Petron Megaplaza
  • Valenzuela


    *see Bible

  • Evangelical Leadership International

  • El Church Valenzuela
    "EL Radio Ministries DYLA 909 AM, Cebu City EL Church-Forest Hills Morning Worship Service Sundays @ 8:00 AM"



    Philippine Children's Ministries Network
    "...a child and youth focused organization envisions a participatory, holistic development of poor families and communities utilizing their full potential, and experiencing the love of God..."


  • SM Hypermarket - SM Valenzuela Branch ,

  • " 2nd level, SM Supercenter Valenzuela, Brgy. Karuhatan Mc Arthur Highway, Marulas, Valenzuela Store Manager : Imee B. Lima Operating Hours: 10:00AM – 9:00PM "

    SM Center Valenzuela From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    "..formerly known as SM Supercenter Valenzuela, is a premier mall that is part of a chain of malls owned and operated by SM Prime Holdings, Inc.. SM Center Valenzuela opened on October 28, 2005. It has a land area of 25,000 m2 (270,000 sq ft), and a floor area of 61,460 m2 (661,500 sq ft)...

    -Nueva Ecija Province

    Nueva Ecija From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    "....These first settlers included tribes of Ilongots or Italons, Abaca and Buquids. Settlements were built along the banks following the river's undulations. The Ilongots, meaning people of the forest, were the fierce headhunters and animist tribes who occupied Carranglan and the mountainous terrain of Sierra Madre and Caraballo.[2] The head hunting communities were nestled along the riverbanks of Rio Grande's tributaries in the north. Abaca and Italon were subgroups of Ilongots meaning river settlers. Ilongots survived mainly by fishing and hunting. Food production was a secondary occupation. The agriculture-based community of Caraclans and Buquids[3] were settled in Bongabon and Pantabangan along the riverbanks of Rio Grande's tributaries in the northeast.[4] ...

    =>San Jose

    San Jose, Nueva Ecija From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    " a second class city in the province of Nueva Ecija, Philippines. It is the northernmost city of the province. According to the Philippine census of 2010, it has a population of 129,424 people in 23,191 households.
    Before the city was founded by the Spaniards, it is known as Kabaritan, named for the plant commonly seen in the area.
    With its wide plains, agriculture is the main source of livelihood in the city. It is part of the rice granary of the Philippines. But the agricultural produce of the city also includes vegetables, fruits and onions. It is now a leading producer of onions in the country. Every year the Tanduyong festival is held on April coinciding with the annual fiesta to celebrate this. Tanduyong is a variety of onion grown in the area.
    The city has two pronounced seasons, rainy season from the months of May to November and the dry season in the remaining months.[2] ...


    Ilongot people From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    "...In Michelle Rosaldo’s study in 1980 of the Ilongots , she described “gender differences related to the positive cultural value placed on adventure, travel, and knowledge of the external world.” Ilongot men, more often than women, visited distant places. They acquired knowledge of the outside world, amassed experiences there, and returned in order to share their knowledge, adventures, and feelings in a public oratory in order to pass on their knowledge to others. The Ilongot men received acclaim as a result of their experiences. Because they lacked external experience on which to base knowledge and expression, Ilongot women had inferior prestige....

    -Nueva Vizcaya Province

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    "...More than mountain peaks, breathtaking waterfalls and the mystical caves, the province of Nueva Vizcaya offers a unique cultural experience with our multi-ethic and indigenous people. You may choose to commune with nature, marvel at our cultural and historical attractions or simply appreciate the Vizcayano ingenuity in the arts and crafts. Gifted with a temperate climate and agriculturally rich lands, Nueva Vizcaya is likewise a major producer of high value crops, vegetables and cutflowers. Indeed, the Province of Nueva Vizcaya has evolved to be the transformation of ethnic diversity into a rich amalgam of a resilient culture that responds well on the dynamic requirements of social change and development. Warm friendly and hospitable Novo Vizcayanos await you. Welcome to Nueva Vizcaya! ....

    Nueva Vizcaya From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    " a province of the Philippines located in the Cagayan Valley region in Luzon. Its capital is Bayombong. It is bordered by, clockwise from the north, Ifugao, Isabela, Quirino, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, and Benguet..."

    =>Solano City

    Solano, Nueva Vizcaya From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    " a 1st class partially urban municipality in the province of Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 56,244 people in 11,205 households. Solano is the central business district in Nueva Vizcaya. The only town so far where giant fast food chains such as Jollibee, Greenwich, McDonalds, and Chowking set up shop in the province. "


    Mang Inasal... Philippine's fastest growing barbeque fast food chain, serving chicken, pork barbeque and other Filipino favorites, was first established on December12,2003 in Iloilo City. Currently, there are 445 branches nationwide and with over 10,000 employees system wide. MANG INASAL is doing its share in alleviating the unemployment burden of the country. The presence of every MANG INASAL in a certain area provides not only employment but also opportunities to community members including suppliers of kalamansi, charcoal, banana leaves, vegetables, bamboo sticks, and other ingredients. It also indirectly gives income - generating activities to many. MANG INASAL is operating at the following areas: Bacolod, Iloilo, Roxas, Laguna, Bicutan, Metro Manila, Davao, Cagayan De Oro, Koronadal, Ozamiz, Iligan, Surigao, General Santos, Pagadian, Batangas, Lucena, Naga City, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Tagaytay, Palawan, Tacloban, Ilocos Sur and Tarlac. MANG INASAL is targeting to open 500 stores by 2012

    -Pampanga Province


  • Clark International Airport

  • " The Clark International Airport (CRK) is located at the heart of Central Luzon, making it the most viable and convenient airport of choice for travelers from ..."
    Diosdado Macapagal International Airport

    Clark International AirportFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    "... formerly known as Diosdado Macapagal International Airport, is the main airport serving the immediate vicinity of the Clark Freeport Zone and the general area of Angeles City in the Philippines. It also serves the northern and central regions of Luzon; and, being 85 kilometers (53 mi) from the older Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) that serves Manila, DMIA also serves Metro Manila and its immediate vicinity. It is located on an area of the freeport zone formerly utilized as the Clark Air Base, which was closed in late 1991 by the U.S. Air Forces after the eruption of Mount Pinatubo.
    The airport is managed by the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC), a government-owned and/or controlled corporation. ..


  • PAMPANGA: Exploring its Beauty ,

  • "Pampanga, which derives its name from “pampang” or “pampangan” (river bank), is a rich and fertile valley in Central Luzon. On the western and northwestern side rise the foothills of the Zambales range. To the west, covering almost one-fifth of the land, grow the thick nipa groves of the Candaba swamps.
    The French historian, J, Mallat, in his Les Philippines, (Paris, 1846) aptly called this land of Pampanga “ plus ballet et plus riche de Philippines” (the most beautiful and the richest in the Philippines). Except for the majestic Mount Arayat, the land is one fertile plain. Its soul has made it one of the principal sugar and rice producers in the country.
    Plains and Valleys attract civilized settlers, and colonizers are no exception. The Spaniards, who came to the Philippines in 1521 no doubt, made a survey of this land, which is accessible, both by land and by sea. Access from the sea is the navigable delta which one enters from Manila, an older settlement, through southern Pampanga. Until before the war steamboats plied this channel up to the Guagua pier just a short distance from the town plaza. ...

    =>Angeles City

    Angeles, Philippines From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    ".. located within the province of Pampanga in the Philippines is locally classified as a first-class, highly-urbanized city.[2] It is bordered by Mabalacat City to the north; Mexico to the east; San Fernando to the southeast; Bacolor to the south; and Porac to the southwest and west. The city administers itself autonomously from Pampanga and, as of August 2007, it has a population of 314,493.[3]
    Angeles is served by the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Clark Freeport Zone (formerly Clark Air Base). [4][5][6][7] As the former home of the largest United States military facility outside of the continental United States, it was significantly affected by the base pullout brought about by the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1991 as the economy of Angeles was heavily dependent on the American base at that time.[8]
    But in 1993, a full cleanup and removal of volcanic ash deposits began and the former U.S. base re-emerged as Clark Special Economic Zone (CSEZ).[9] The creation of CSEZ has helped to offset the loss of income and jobs previously generated by the presence of the U.S. base in the city. Today, Angeles and Clark form the hub for business, industry, aviation, and tourism in the Philippines as well as a leisure, fitness, entertainment and gaming center of Central Luzon.[10]
    Angeles City ranked 15th in a survey by MoneySense Magazine as one of the "Best Places to Live in the Philippines" in its March–April 2008 issue.[11] In August 2007, the greater metropolitan area centered around Angeles, called Metro Angeles, which includes San Fernando, Mabalacat, Porac, and Bacolor, was also mentioned as one of the 12 Metropolitan Areas in the Philippines by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and named as one of the six region-based metropolitan areas with relatively high GDP rates, with Metro Angeles garnering 8.5%.[12]...


  • MarQuee Mall | Facebook

  • PSY - Gangnam Style Flash Mob At Marquee Mall

    "..Published on Oct 25, 2012 Gangnam Style Flash Mob by Fiesta Communities employees and students from different schools like Angeles City National Trade School and Holy Angel University ..
    My Christmas Experience @ Marquee Mall; Angeles, Pampanga


  • Mount Arayat National Park, Philippines,

  • "Deep in the forests of Mount Arayat, legend has it that an angry goddess lurks. Mariang Sinukuan was once a generous spirit, keeping watch over the nearby villagers, but once spurned by their greedy plunder of her mountain home, she became a menacing presence. Today, stories of this mystical creature are an added benefit to visiting the Philippines’ most accessible park, Mount Arayat National Park. The park, which is just 45 minutes north of Manila, offers an inactive volcano as a dramatic landmark that rises more than 1,000 meters from the surrounding pancake-flat landscape."

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    Mount Arayat Hiking - April 10,2008
    Mount Arayat From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    " an extinct stratovolcano on Luzon Island, Philippines, rising to a height of 1,026 metres (3,366 ft) There is no recorded eruption of the volcano, and its last activity probably dates to the Holocene era.[1]
    The volcano is located in a flat agricultural region at
    15°12′N 120°45′E. The southern half of the mountain lies within the municipality of Arayat, Pampanga, while the north half and the mountain summit lies within Magalang, Pampanga. Ten miles to the west of Mount Arayat is Angeles City and the former Clark Air Base. Mount Pinatubo is located a further 16 km (10 mi) west. The Volcano is a popular Tourist destination for people visiting the central plains.
    It is considered a mystical mountain, the legendary home of Aung/Aring Sinukuan/Sinkuan/Suku or the Fairy known as diwata Mariang Sinukuan depending on which version of the story the readers or listeners prefer, but in ancient Kapampangan folklore as well as the research known to have been gathered by Kapampangan students of Henry Otley Beyer, it was and is the abode of Apung/Aring Sinukuan, rival of Namalyari of Mount Pinatubo, who is in varying versions, the son of Cargon-Cargon who was mortally wounded in a fight with a giant from the Zambales Mountain Range which is said to be the home of Apu Namalyari. ...

    Mt. Arayat

    Tuesday, October 13, 2009 Pinatubo and Arayat (2 of 3) Between Heaven and Earth ,
    "....Many of the accounts of the battle between Malyari and Sinukuan do not actually mention Pinatubo by name. Often "Mount Zambales" or a more vague reference to the Zambales mountains is mentioned instead. H. Otley Beyer recorded many of these in his unpublished Philippine Folklore, Social Customs and Beliefs Vol. IX (Pampanga), a collection of papers written by his students during the early 20th century. In many cases, the accounts are clearly mixed with other folk material. For example, the tale of Sinukuan's friends including Carguin Cargon and Supla Supling are taken from the Spanish legend of Lucifer's Ear.

    Here are some of the stories of the battle between Sinukuan and his opponent from Zambales. ....



    The Lakeshore in Mexico, Pampanga

    "Uploaded on Feb 10, 2009 For more information please visit the project website at Locate world-class communities by the Philippines' top property developers at Learn about our other value propositions at For more products and services please visit our Google profile at "

    =>San Fernando

    "Pampanga Food and Cultural Tour" Rjdemp's photos around San Fernando Pampanga, Philippines

    "...Acting on the petition, Arandia promulgated an orden del superior gobierno on August 16, 1754, in line with plans drawn up by cura parrocos of the two towns. He ordered the establishment of a new town that would be called San Fernando, which was most probably named in honor of King Fernando VI, who was king of Spain at that time. Two hundred taxpayers from Bacolor and four hundred from Mexico were assigned to San Fernando to assure the necessary income for the new cura parroco. Thus, the new pueblo of San Fernando was born in 1755. It was said that the first families in the town were those of Arrozal, Catacutan and David. ...

    San Fernando, Pampanga From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    "..(Kapampangan: Lakanbalen ning San Fernando/Siudad ning San Fernando; Filipino: Lungsod ng San Fernando) is a first class, component city in the Philippine province of Pampanga. It is the capital city of Pampanga and the regional center of Central Luzon (Region III). The city is well known for its giant lanterns and is also popularly known as the "Christmas Capital of the Philippines." The annual Giant Lantern Festival is hosted by the city every December.
    According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 285,912 people.[1] It is located 67 kilometres (42 mi) north of Manila, 50 kilometres (31 mi) east of Subic Bay in the Zambales province, and 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) south of Clark Air Base in Angeles City. The city is positioned at the crossroads of Central Luzon. The city is named after Fernando VI of Spain and placed under the patronage of Ferdinand III of Castile, King of Castile and León, whose feast is celebrated every 30 May. ....



    Giant Lantern Festival - San Fernando Pampanga

    "Uploaded on Jan 29, 2010 Christmas lantern festival in the Philippines "

    -Pangasinan Province

    "... The third biggest province in the whole Philippine Archipelago, derived its name from salt or “asin” in the vernacular. Owing to the rich and fine salt beds which were the prime source of livelihood for the province’s coastal towns, PanagASINan or “Pangasinan” which means “where salt is made” came to be its name....

    Current census (Year 2000) figures place the population at 2,434,086 distributed in the province’s 44 towns, four cities and 1,364 barangays. English and Filipino are widely spoken and are the mediums of instruction in all schools. Ilocano is the major dialect, spoken by a greater portion of the population in the western and eastern areas. There is some fear that the Pangasinan dialect, spoken predominantly in the central areas, is losing its hold on the local tongue. Bolinao, at the northernmost tip of western Pangasinan has a unique language of its own, also called Bolinao."

    Pangasinan From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    " a province of the Republic of the Philippines. The provincial capital is Lingayen. Pangasinan is located on the western area of the island of Luzon along the Lingayen Gulf and South China Sea. It has a total land area of 5,368.82 square kilometers (3336.030 sq mi). According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 2,645,395 people in 477,819 households. The total population is projected to rise to 3,039,500 in 2010.[1] According to the 2007 Philippine general elections, Pangasinan has a voting population of 1,360,807, which is the second highest in the Philippines. Pangasinan is the name for the province, the people, and the primary language spoken in the province. Indigenous Pangasinan speakers are estimated to number at least 1.5 million. The Pangasinan language is one of the officially recognized regional languages in the Philippines. Pangasinan is spoken as a second-language by many of the ethnic minorities in Pangasinan. The most significant minority ethnic groups in Pangasinan are the Ilocano, Bolinao, and Tagalog. The name Pangasinan means "land of salt" or "place of salt-making"; it is derived from the prefix pang, meaning "for", the root word asin, meaning "salt”, and suffix an, signifying "location." The province is a major producer of salt in the Philippines. Dagupan City is known for its bangus or "milkfish" festival, named after the fish that has made the city famous. A kingdom called Luyag na Kaboloan existed in ancient Pangasinan before the Spanish conquest that began in the 15th century. The ancient Pangasinan people were skilled navigators and the maritime trade network that once flourished in ancient Southeast Asia connected Pangasinan with other peoples of Southeast Asia, India, China, and the Pacific. Pangasinan occupies a strategic geo-political position in the central plain of Luzon, known as the rice granary of the Philippines. Pangasinan has been described as a gateway to northern Luzon and as the heartland of the Philippines. ...

    Mana beliefs and rituals
    The ancient Pangasinan people, like other Austronesian peoples, believed in mana, an Austronesian concept which can be describe as the essence of every being and everything that exists. To the Pangasinan people, mana can be inherited or acquired, like from an ancestor or something in nature. They practiced Shamanist or animist beliefs and rituals, and worshipped a pantheon of anitos ("deities"). Their temples or altars were dedicated to a chief anito called Ama Kaoley (“Supreme Father”) who communicated through mediums called manag-anito. These mediums wore special costumes when serving an anito and they made offerings of oils, ointments, essences, and perfumes in exquisite vessels; after the offerings were made, the anito is supposed to reply in a secret room to their questions.


  • Hundred Islands National Park

  • "... and its home, Alaminos City, is a great diversion from the hustle and bustle of the busy, urban life. Breathe in the refreshing views - rice paddies, azure sea - and the rustic and peaceful lifestyle as you make your way to Alaminos City.And upon arrival, savor the city's unique and dynamic spirit, friendly atmosphere and especially, the beauty and adventure that lies in the hundred wonders that is Hundred Islands. more...
    Hundred Islands National Park From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    ".. The Hundred Islands National Park (Pangasinan: Kapulo-puloan or Taytay-Bakes) is in the province of Pangasinan in northern Philippines. It is located at Alaminos, Pangasinan. The islands (124 at low tide and 123 at high tide) are scattered in the Lingayen Gulf and cover an area of 18.44 square kilometres (4,557 acres). They are believed to be about two million years old. Only three of them have been developed for tourists: Governor Island, Quezon Island, and Children's Island. The islands are actually ancient corals that extend well inland, in an area previously comprising the seabed of an ancient sea. Lowering sea levels have exposed them to the surface and the peculiar "mushroom"-like shapes of some of the islands have been caused by the eroding action of the ocean waves. ..
    Philippines Adventure: The Hundred Islands

    Giant sculpture of farmer & carabao-Bugallon, Pangasinan
    Giant sculpture of farmer & carabao-Bugallon, Pangasinan ... is

    Lingayen Airport
    ".. (Filipino: Paliparan ng Lingayen) (ICAO: RPUG) is the airport serving the general area of Lingayen, the capital of the province of Pangasinan in the Philippines. It is one of two airports in the province: the other being Rosales Airport. It is classified as a community airport by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines. The airport was built by the Americans in 1945...
    touch and go in Lingayen Pangasinan


  • Pangasinan, Philippines - Religious Services and Organizations,

  • Living Temple of God in Christ Jesus Christian Fellowship Labrador Pangasinan

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    Rudy-Jing Eatery Aug 2011 23 posted by Stef dela Cruz on Food

    =>San Carlos City

    San Carlos City..
    San Carlos, Pangasinan From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    "...The place now called San Carlos City was already a flourishing community since pre-colonial times. It was previously part of a former town called Binalatongan. Binalatongan was the capital of Luyag na Caboloan, an ancient kingdom (now comprised by the provinces of Tarlac, Zambales, Nueva Ecija, La Union, Pangasinan, and Benguet) ruled by King Ari Kasikis. The name of Binalatongan was derived from the abundance of mongo (mung bean) plants along the San Juan riverbanks.
    Caboloan is the name of the primitive Pangasinense dialect, of which its purest form was spoken by the natives of Binalatongan.
    In 1718, Binalatongan was renamed (the Municipality [town] of) San Carlos. During the 1960s, the Municipality of San Carlos diversified into two precincts. In 1965, the smaller precinct became legally incorporated as the Municipality of Basista by virtue of RA 4866. In 1966, the larger precinct became legally incorporated as San Carlos City by virtue of Republic Act No. 4487....

    Christmas tree!
    San Carlos City in Pangasinan province...

    -Tarlac Province

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    Tarlac From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    "...The economy of Tarlac is dominantly agricultural. Principal crops are rice and sugarcane. Other major crops are corn and coconut; vegetables such as eggplant, garlic, and onion; and fruit trees like mango, banana, and calamansi. It is among the biggest producers of Rice and Sugarcane notably grown in Hacienda Luisita in Barangay San Miguel, Tarlac City which is owned by the Cojuangco Family.....


    Camp Aquino Park - Tarlac City philippines

    "Uploaded on Sep 30, 2008 I took this video while walking to Luisita Park "

  • The Aquino Center Museum,

  • "... is dedicated to the late Sen. Benigno “ Ninoy” Aquino Jr. and his wife the late President Corazon “Cory” Aquino.
    The center houses all the past memorabilia of the Aquino Family. A walk through the past depicting the death of the late senator, the People Power revolution to the Presidency of Pres. Cory. It embodies the celebration of Philippine independence through a timeless capsule of Philippine history...

    "> ~Military

  • Armed Forces of the Philippines - Tarlac

  • Philippine Military Superiority (Armed Forces of the Philippines)

    "... In the beginning of 1945, combined American & Filipino military forces with the recognized Aringay Command guerillas liberated Camp O'Donnell. The Raid at Capas resulted in the rescue of American, Filipino and other allied Prisoners of War.
    On January 20, 1945 to August 15, 1945, Tarlac was recaptured by combined Filipino and American troops together with the recognized guerrilla fighters against the Japanese Imperial forces during the liberation. In the early 1950s, Tarlac was the hotbed of the Hukbalahap, a local communist movement. It was suppressed at first but had resurgence in 1965. ...


  • Sugar cane harvesting performed manually in Philippine province December 2, 2012 at 4:10 PM by AHN ·

  • "..Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor Manila, Philippines (4E) – Sugar cane harvesting is still done manually in the Philippines. In a scene at a sugar cane plantation in Tarlac province in northern Philippines, workers are distinguished by the heavy covering of their bodies to protect their skin from getting cut while cutting sugar cane stalks. Cut sugar canes are then carried and loaded into trucks that bring the crop to the sugar refinery also located in the province. Vintage World War II trucks are still being used for hauling sugar cane from plantations to sugar refinery. Article © AHN – All Rights Reserved ...


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    Zambales From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    " a province of the Philippines located in the Central Luzon region. Its capital is Iba. Zambales borders Pangasinan to the north, Tarlac and Pampanga to the east, Bataan to the south and the South China Sea to the west. With a land area of 3,714.40 km2, Zambales is the second largest among the seven provinces of Central Luzon. The province is noted for its mangoes, which are abundant from January to April.
    Zambales is served by the Subic Bay International Airport, which is located in Cubi Point in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. The Freeport Zone is host to many tourist attractions which include casinos, beach resorts, parks, beachside huts and cottages and historical sites
    The province's name came from the word zambal, which is a Hispanized term for Sambali. Zambal refers to the language spoken by the early Austronesian inhabitants of the place. A contending version states that the name was derived from the word samba, meaning worship, because the Spanish supposedly found the native inhabitants to be highly superstitious; worshiping the spirits of their ancestors.
    Zambales Day is celebrated every August 30. ......


    =>Olongapo City

    Olongapo City

    "..Uploaded on Oct 18, 2008 This feature story about Olongapo City was assigned to our group in our journalism class. I wrote the script and Hasmin did the narration. ..

    Olongapo From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    According to popular legend, there once was a group of warring tribes who lived in the area in and around what is now the modern city. A wise old man, seeing the perils of disunity, exerted great effort toward uniting the warring tribes. There were, however, some who bitterly opposed his idea, and one day the old man just disappeared.
    After a long search, the old man's body was found, but with the head missing. It is said that the tribesmen launched search parties to locate the severed head of the man; to the Sambal, decapitation was the only permissible form of assassination.[5]
    These efforts proved to be futile, and the search was eventually called off. A boy, however, vowed to himself that he would not stop searching until he found the elder’s head. He searched for weeks, but found nothing. Then, one day, he chanced upon what appeared to be the old man’s head, resting on top of a bamboo pole. The boy ran back to his people crying, “Olo nin apo! Olo nin apo!” (“head of the elder” in Sambal; translates as “ulo ng apo”[6] in Tagalog), running hysterically from village to village. The phrase stuck, and that, according to legend, is how the area got its name, Olongapo.
    To this day, the old man’s head acts as a symbol of unity of the people in what is now a modern city. ....


    Olongapo Now and then
    "Uploaded on Jan 11, 2010 facebook fan page: This video is for all Batang Gapo from past to present, wherever you are. We Rise then fall but eventually we proved them that thesse challenges are what made us all,, Batang Gapo stronger.. "


    -Air Force

    Subic Bay, USS Independence, Olongapo Philippines, Navy , from
    "Uploaded on Sep 17, 2010 USS Independence arrives at US Naval Station Subic Bay Philippines in March 1992, for the last visit by a US Aircraft Carrier prior to base closure in September 1992. Carriers Airwing puts on an Airshow (*only 3-6:00min mark). CW03 Don Welty and ATCS Tim Miskel on Liberty at Viva Young on Gordon Avenue, Olongapo Philippines. Walking back to the base after liberty. USS Independence departing Subic. Video by ATCS Miskel. This was the life of Sailors in Westpac (Western Pacific) "


    Olongapo City - SM in the making



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  • The Philippines Goes World-Class with Clark, Subic Tarlac Expressway (SCTex) Opening Clark Freeport - Tuesday, March 18, 2008

  • "....Gone is the experience of countless tricycle sidecars, slow jeepnies, dangerous 20 ton buses and semi-trucks playing chicken with you, and without the usual, arduous, frustrating fume-filled travel. Now, you can travel to Subic Bay in absolute total splendor and freedom, with much-improved safety and high-speed via a brand new, guardrail separated, super-expressway built to international standards. ...
    Philippines - SCTEx Joyride (TARLAC Route)

  • Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  • ".. The Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) is a 94-kilometre (58 mi) four-lane expressway north of Manila, in the Philippines. Its southern terminus is at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone in Zambales, it passes through the Clark Freeport Zone in two interchanges: Clark North and Clark South. The expressway is linked to the North Luzon Expressway through the Mabalacat Interchange, and its northern terminus is at Brgy. Amucao in Tarlac City, Tarlac.
    Construction on the expressway began in April 2005, and opened to the public three years later...




  • NAIA-Clark high-speed rail project to cost $2B By Tonette Orejas Inquirer Central Luzon 11:49 pm | Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

  • "CLARK FREEPORT—A new high-speed rail project in place of the suspended NorthRail linking the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) here would cost about $2 billion, Transportation and Communications Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II said here Tuesday. “The estimate is $2 billion, which is a table-top estimate. The exact amount is uncertain in the absence of a detailed engineering design but the Chinese government said it is open to funding this,” Roxas said. He joined President Aquino in the groundbreaking rites here for the Philippine Academy for Aviation Training of Cebu Pacific and the Canadian aviation company CAE. The preliminary cost of the proposed new rail is double the revised cost of the NorthRail, a report showed. Roxas said talks between the Philippine and Chinese governments have been continuing since Chinese officials informed the government last year that it could provide bigger funding for a high-speed rail. He said negotiations were ongoing for the “unwinding of the current contract” of Sinomach, the Chinese contractor of NorthRail. “The point here is, which company has the expertise [to make a] high-speed [rail], different from the capacity of Sinomach. It will unwind and there will be a bidding to determine which company will build the high-speed [rail],” Roxas said. What Sinomach has so far built from Caloocan City to the City of Malolos in Bulacan is only 10 percent of what was stipulated in the contract agreed upon during the administration of President Arroyo, he said. In a report to the Subic-Clark Alliance for Development, North Luzon Railways Corp. said that as of July 2011, Phase 1, Section 1, of the NorthRail (31.93 kilometers from Caloocan to Malolos) was only 22.94-percent finished due to right-of-way and other claims. “The original [contract required] a high-speed rail link. Sinomach has no experience [in doing this]. Zero, zero experience in rail construction, zero as in no knowledge. We were made a guinea pig. What it did, because it has no experience, is a commuter rail, which is slow. It’s not acceptable that it would take two hours to reach Clark. So we will have to change the specifications,” Roxas said. This was why the timetable of the transfer of NAIA operations to DMIA would depend on the completion of the rail project, he said. “We would have to coordinate all the infrastructure projects to ensure the success of [NAIA’s] transfer,” he said. As for the new terminal at the DMIA in the Clark Civil Aviation Complex here, Roxas said the Aquino administration was studying whether the immediate priority was to expand the present terminal as a facility for low-cost airlines or to develop a larger, permanent terminal for DMIA’s development into the country’s leading international gateway. Consultants from Japanese, Korean and Singaporean companies are preparing studies, he said. "



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  • Malapacao Island, El Nido, Palawan 5313, Philippines
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  • Globerider Philippines Day 5-7 Malapacao

    "Uploaded on Dec 11, 2011 Das Video ist in Deutschland nicht verfügbar? Bitte klicke hier: und füge den Link des Videos oben ein. Three adventurous days on Malapacao Island trying to catch fish, eating leaves and continuous hunger. Leeann Cruz may have the best of intentions but the therapies or hygienic circumstances may not be for everyone. If you consider going to Malapacao please read this first: "



  • Mount Apo : Climbing, Hiking & Mountaineering : SummitPost,

  • "...Towering at 2954 meters above sea level, Mount Apo is the highest mountain and volcano in the Philippines. The first successful climb to Mount Apo was led by Don Joaquin Rajal, a Politico-Military Governor of Davao with Datu Manib of Sibulan as their guide, dating back to year 1880. Apo's last eruption, however, is unknown and sulfuric craters spewing toxic fumes can be found on the boulders section, on the way to the summit.
    The stratovolcano is home to 270 bird species, 100 of them endemic. As one of the highest land-based biological diversity in terms of flora and fauna per unit area, it is marked for the UNESCO Tentative World Heritage List...

    Mount Apo sunrise from the peak

    " Uploaded on Jul 26, 2009 Beautiful sunrise from Mount Apo - the highest mountain in the Philippines. The climb up to the peak of Mt Apo is something everyone should have a chance to experience ! It is such a beautiful hike and can be done inexpensively. "
    Mount Apo From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search
    " a large solfataric, potentially-active stratovolcano in the island of Mindanao, Philippines. With an altitude of 2,954 metres (9,692 ft), it is the highest mountain in the country and is located between Davao City and Davao del Sur province in Region XI and Cotabato province in Region XII. The peak overlooks Davao City 40 kilometres (25 mi) to the northeast, Digos City 25 kilometres (16 mi) to the southeast, and Kidapawan City 20 kilometres (12 mi) to the west.
    Apo, which means "ancestor", is flat-topped mountain with three peaks and is capped by a 500-metre-wide (1,600 ft) volcanic crater containing a small crater lake. The date of its most recent eruption is unknown, and none are verified in historical times.
    The volcano is one of the most popular climbing destinations in the Philippines with the summit, on the average, takes two days to reach. The first recorded climb was on October 10, 1880, by a party led by Joaquin Rajal, then Spanish governor of Davao.....


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  • Comparing The United States to Philippines,

  • "....With its 99,900,177 people Philippines is the 12th largest country in the world by population. It is the 72nd largest country by area with 300,000 square kilometers....
    What state in the us can you compare the Philippines to?,
    "..the land area of the combined islands of the philippines is less than half the size of texas, about the same size as arizona or new mexico; and a little smaller than florida and georgia combined; georgia is the largest state east of the mississippi river; while florida is most similar to the philippines with hot tropical weather, abundant beaches, shorelines, and wetlands ....
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