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Pampanga Food Trip: Must-Try Kapampangan Dishes

Pampanga is a province rich in heritage, fertile soil, rich culture, and most of all delicious and authentic foods. When in Pampanga, you need to try all their original dishes that you wouldn’t usually be able to try in other parts of the country. However, if you’re pressed for time try these 8 authentic Kapampangan dishes instead.


Every single story about Sisig from Pampanga will tell you that “Aling Lucing” or Luciana Cunanan from Angeles, Pampanga is the “Queen of Sisig” for she prepared the famous dish in a way that no one has done yet during her time. She used a hot sizzling plate and everyone loved the crispy version of this pig head parts and liver specialty and the rest is history.


Okay, this dish is for the brave ones. It’s an exotic dish made of mole crickets and it’s justifiable if you feel queasy about sampling it but do give this tasty dish a try and you won’t be sorry. They cook this in adobo style and deep fry it. They use soy sauce, vinegar, tomatoes, onions, and garlic to create a spicy flavor while it gets its crunchy texture from frying. It’s a delicacy and everyone is encouraged to try this dish at least once in their life.

Betute Tugak


Tugak is a Kapampangan term for frog and Kapampangans love it just like anyone who grew in the “bukids and barrios” of the Philippine provinces. If you want to immerse yourself in Kapampangan taste, you should eat Tugak. The frogs are stuffed with ground beef, seasoned well, and deeply fried. It may not be for the faint-hearted but it’s also worth the try.

The Best Food of Pampanga! (Filipino FoodTrip)

It’s a Pampanga foodtrip in the Philippines with the bisaya speaking irish foreigner Daniel Marsh and Haley Dasovich! Today we travel around Clark and Angele…

It’s a Pampanga foodtrip in the Philippines with the bisaya speaking irish foreigner Daniel Marsh and Haley Dasovich! Today we travel around Clark and Angeles to taste the best Kapampangan food. We visit two filipino restaurants including Matam-ih and Historic Calamig Restaurant with Armando’s Pizza and come up with our reviews. We eat crocodile, sisig, adobo, and other types of filipino foods. A delicous, masarap, and day of food coma. Vlog 141 Sub to Daniel Marsh:… Instagram: @DanielCMarsh Sub to Haley Dasovich:… Instagram: @HaleyDaso Instagram: @wil_dasovich Twitter: @wil_dasovich Facebook: Wil Dasovich Other Youtube Account: Wil Dasovich Snapchat: WilDasovich Send us stuff 🙂 703 N Joya Tower, Rockwell Center, Makati, Philippines 1210 Soundtrack: (Jeff Kaale)


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Places across the globe are beginning to ease their coronavirus restrictions. Businesses are reopening, as are some schools and sports leagues. But everything looks much different than what we are used to.

Many of us are still working from home. Others have lost their jobs and are looking for new ones. We continue to keep our distance from one another, whether it’s in a park, out shopping, or in our places of worship.

Meanwhile, the death toll continues to climb as the world rushes to find a vaccine. Even the way we mourn has been affected, as many funerals limit the number of people who can attend.

These images show just how much our daily lives have changed because of Covid-19.

People going outside wearing masks.

Social distancing is observed while waiting in line for shopping.[/caption]

Salons and barbershops are open. Ready of service with protective garments and mask on.

Fast foods available for drive-thru only.

Essentials like foods and services are available in the market still safety measures applied.

During a funeral mourners spaced apart. Only 10 are allowed to attend the service.

A customer has his body temperature scanned before entering a shop.

Elementary school students sit at desks spaced apart.

Mom work from Home.


Sports Stadium -The Soccer field.

A traveler sits next to chairs with social-distancing markers on them inside the Airport.

The government has allowed some Businesses to reopen with protective restrictions in place.

People wait in line for Covid-19 testing.

Social distancing in the  greenfield.

A taxi driver has a plastic sheet around him.

Connect with friends and family virtually.


The impact of this virus has darkened all our lives. It is imperative that we do not let down our guard. But physical distancing, lockdowns, and other measures to slow down and stop transmission are affecting lives and livelihoods. People are rightly asking: How much do we have to endure? And for how long? In response, governments, and health authorities must come up with answers to identify when, under what conditions, and how we can consider a safe transition through a gradual shift in measures.

In the coming period all efforts should be made to control and suppress the spread of COVID-19, strengthen and maintain health services, and support each other to stay safe, healthy, and well.

The new normal will be anything but ordinary.



Netflix and Amazon Prime aren’t your only options, and you don’t necessarily have to pay for a subscription to watch plenty of excellent films.

Openculture has a great list of 1150 free films you can watch online right now. If you have an eligible university or library card, you might also have access to Kanopy which offers thousands more film options for free.


If you’re in the mood for something a bit more cerebral, there are a few websites that give you access to free documentaries.Whether you’re into sharks, revolutions, or serial killers, you’ll find something interesting to watch during lockdown. Some great sites include Documentary Tube. Top Documentary Films, and Documentary Heaven.


Is it time for you to create rather than consuming?

If you’ve always wanted to write a novel but never found the time or inspiration, this is your chance. Apparently Shakespeare wrote King Lear in isolation during the plague, so maybe this lockdown is when you’ll write your opus.

If you’re not really sure where to start, we have a free course on how to start writing fiction to get you on the right track.


One good thing about being home a lot is that you can finally spend time cooking things from scratch.

You can find great recipes online, even if you’re on a limited budget. Jack Monroe’s recipes are specifically created for people on strict budgets or relying on food banks, while Miguel Barclay is best known for his one pound meals.


Board game lovers will be pleased to know that there are ways to play your favourite games online, so you don’t have to wait for the lockdown to end to try out your new Scythe strategy or to finally play Terraforming Mars with a friend.

Websites like Tabletopia have free accounts for players, but you may need to pay to play some of the more popular or newer games.

Leyte–You shall return

Leyte–You shall return

“Land of History.”  True to its name, Leyte has been very well part of Philippines’ history. In the Spaniards’ exploration of spices, mineral wealth, and to spread “Christianity” they happened to stumble upon the shores of Limasawa–an island of Leyte. Fast forward to modern times, it was the turn of the American forces to set foot on this island during World War II to help the Filipinos free themselves from the Japanese invasion. It was during this time that Gen. Douglas MacArthur fulfilled his promise of “I shall return.” And the rest is history.
Leyte is the seventh largest island in the Philippines by land area, located in the Eastern Visayas region. It is mostly heavily forested and mountainous. In the north, it nearly joins the island of Samar, separated by the San Juanico strait. The island province of Biliran is also north of Leyte and is joined to Leyte island by a bridge across the narrow Biliran Strait

The province’s capital is the vibrant city of Tacloban. It is home to approximately 1.9 million Leyteno’s  who speaks either Waray or Cebuano and almost everyone can speak and understand the English language. Most of its inhabitants rely on farming rice, maize, coconuts, abaca, tobacco, bananas and sugarcane. For those that live near the sea, fishing is the primary source of income. The main staple is rice and fish. 

Leyte also has been notable for geothermal electric power plants near Ormoc.

Leyte boasts its longest bridge that connects it to its sister island Samar, the San Juanico Bridge. It was completed in 1972 and has been a great boost to the economy of Leyte and its sister island, Samar. The bridge offers a magnificent view of the skies and the sea especially during sunset. It is an hour travel from the airport to this bridge. Your visit to Leyte would never be complete without visiting this pride of Leyte.  

                                           San Juanico Bridge also known as “Bridge of Love”

An hour travel away from San Juanico Bridge, lies the MacArthur Leyte Landing Memorial National Park in Palo. This park commemorates the historic landing of General Douglas MacArthur in Leyte Gulf. This park has a life-sized statues of Gen. MacArthur along with other historic personalities.

                                     MacArthur Leyte Landing Memorial National Park

At the heart of Tacloban lies The Sto. Nino Shrine and Heritage Museum. It boasts the painting of the fourteen stations of the cross done by Filipino artists and a bas-relief of the legend of the first Filipino man and woman (Malakas and Maganda).

If you want to take a plunge in the cool waters, Leyte has its share of beautiful lakes and beaches. First off, there is Lake Danao located in Ormoc City. It is a two hour drive from Tacloban. It has a beautiful violin-shaped lake hemmed by cloud-capped mountain ranges. 

                                                                            Lake Danao

Not to be taken off the list of course is the beautiful Kalanggaman Island. Its turquoise waters and white sand makes the one hour travel by boat all worthwhile. It has been a secluded island but because of its gradual recognition, it has welcomed numerous tourists both foreign and local into its shores. Sometimes during weekends, the island may be swarming with tourists making it a little crowdy. But during weekdays, one can indulge in its beauty–its majestic sunrise and sunset along with pure quiet and star studded nights during the night. At the break of dawn, one can even simply walk along the beach and indulge in the turquoise scenery and the sound of the lapping waves. Truly a destination for those who are weary of the noise in the cities.

                                                                           Kalanggaman Island

Unfortunately on November 8, 2013, the strongest typhoon ever recorded in history hit the province destroying 70-80% of the province’s structures and left 10,000 casualties. Nonetheless as the people of Leyte may be naturally resilient, it has stood its ground. The strongest typhoon may have destroyed their homes but not their spirit.  


So next time you are planning to travel, why not include Leyte in one of your destinations? Besides meeting its resilient people, you will surely enjoy visiting this island of the Philippines.

What is Freelancing?

Freelance doesn’t mean FREE

Freelancing is a different way to work. Rather than working in an office with 9 am-5 pm schedule, you can work in your way, whether it is part-time or full-time at your preferred work station.

Freelancing is a profession wherein most of the jobs are done remotely. Freelancers are the people who conduct specific tasks to their clients but not employed in the company. They offer services on a per-task basis, charging hourly or daily rates for their work.

Some of the freelance jobs are data entry, lead generation, bookkeeping, web design, graphic design, and many more. There are various jobs you can apply online as long as you have the right skills. The more skills you have, the higher rates you can raise for your work.

The Life of Kobe Bryant

Who Was Kobe Bryant?

Kobe Bryant spent his early years in Italy and joined the NBA straight out of high school. A dominant scorer, Bryant won five NBA championships and the 2008 MVP Award with the Los Angeles Lakers. Although later seasons were marred by injuries, he surpassed Michael Jordan for third place on the NBA all-time scoring list in December 2014 and retired in 2016 after scoring 60 points in his final game. In 2018, Bryant earned an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for Dear Basketball. On January 26, 2020, he was in a helicopter crash that killed Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gigi and seven others.

Early Life

Kobe Bean Bryant was born on August 23, 1978, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Named after a city in Japan, Bryant is the son of former NBA player Joe “Jellybean” Bryant.

In 1984, after ending his NBA career, the elder Bryant took the family to Italy, where he played in the Italian League. Growing up in Italy alongside two athletic older sisters, Shaya and Sharia, Bryant was an avid player of both basketball and soccer. When the family returned to Philadelphia in 1991, Bryant joined the Lower Merion High School basketball team, leading it to the state championships four years in a row. With an eye on the NBA, he also started working out with the 76ers.

NBA Career

In his second season with the Lakers, Bryant was voted a starter for the 1998 All-Star Game, becoming the youngest All-Star in NBA history at 19. The shooting guard then teamed up with superstar center Shaquille O’Neal to win three consecutive NBA championships and was voted first-team all-NBA from 2002-2004. He also inked multi-year endorsement deals with Adidas, Sprite and other top sponsors.

Although the Lakers struggled after O’Neal left in 2004, Bryant performed brilliantly. He scored 81 points against the Toronto Raptors in January 2006, the second-highest single-game mark in NBA history, and led the league in scoring that year and the next.

In 2008, Bryant was named Most Valuable Player and carried his team to the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Boston Celtics. In the 2009 NBA Finals, the Lakers beat the Orlando Magic to win the championship. Shortly afterward, Bryant was part of the memorial service to honor friend and music superstar Michael Jackson. The following year, the Lakers won their second straight title by defeating the Celtics.

Bryant played on both the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic teams, winning consecutive gold medals with teammates Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, among several other top players.

After suffering a torn Achilles tendon in April 2013, Bryant worked hard to return to the court before fracturing his knee just six games into the 2013-2014 season. The veteran All-Star surpassed Michael Jordan for third all-time on the NBA scoring list in December 2014, but his season ended due to injury for the third straight year when he sustained a torn rotator cuff in January 2015.

Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant during his final NBA game on April 13, 2016 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. He scored 60 points against the Utah Jazz.       Photo: Harry How/Getty Images


Although Bryant returned in time for the start of the 2015-2016 NBA season, he personally struggled alongside his young Lakers teammates. In November 2015, he announced that he would retire at the end of the season. “This season is all I have left to give,” he wrote on The Players’ Tribune website. “My heart can take the pounding. My mind can handle the grind but my body knows it’s time to say goodbye.”

The announcement drew a strong reaction, particularly from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “With 17 NBA All-Star selections, an NBA MVP, five NBA championships with the Lakers, two Olympic gold medals and a relentless work ethic, Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest players in the history of our game,” Silver said in a statement. “Whether competing in the finals or hoisting jump shots after midnight in an empty gym, Kobe has an unconditional love for the game.”

On April 13, 2016, Bryant dazzled a sold-out crowd at the Staples Center and fans everywhere in the last game of his career, scoring 60 points and leading the Lakers to a win against the Utah Jazz. It was Bryant’s sixth 60-point game of his career.

After the game, Bryant spoke to the crowd. “I can’t believe how fast 20 years went by,” he said. “This is absolutely crazy … and to be standing at center court with you guys, my teammates behind me, appreciating the journey that we’ve been on — we’ve been through our ups, been through our downs. I think the most important part is we all stayed together throughout.”

An all-star lineup of Laker icons also paid tribute to Bryant, including O’Neal, Phil Jackson, Pau Gasol, Derek Fisher, Lamar Odom and Magic Johnson. “We are here to celebrate greatness for 20 years,” Johnson said. “Excellence for 20 years. Kobe Bryant has never cheated the game, never cheated us as the fans. He has played through injury, he has played hurt. And we have five championship banners to show for it.”

Academy Award for ‘Dear Basketball’

In November 2015, Bryant announced his upcoming retirement from the Lakers with a poem on The Players’ Tribune website, titled “Dear Basketball.” The athletic great soon sought the best in other fields to turn his poem into a short film, including Disney animator Glen Keane and composer John Williams.

The result was a beautifully rendered five-minute, 20-second film, which debuted at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. Oscar voters took note, leading to the unexpected sight of Bryant accepting an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 2018 ceremony.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science‘s short films and animation branch also extended an invitation for Bryant to become a member of the organization. However, in June 2018 it was revealed that the Academy’s governors committee had rescinded the invitation, saying the retired basketball great needed to show more efforts in the field before being considered for membership.

Dear Basketball

Sexual Assault Charge

In July 2003, Bryant was charged with one count of sexual assault on a 19-year-old female hotel worker in Colorado. Bryant said he was guilty of adultery but innocent of the rape charge. The case against Bryant was dismissed in 2004, and he settled the civil lawsuit filed by the hotel worker against him out of court.


Among his philanthropic endeavors, the basketball great has partnered with the non-profit After-School All-Stars as part of the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation. He also runs an annual summer camp called the Kobe Basketball Academy.

Kobe Bryant's family
Kobe Bryant poses with his daughters (L-R) Gianna, Bianka and Natalia and wife Vanessa (left of Kobe) during halftime after both his #8 and #24 Los Angeles Lakers jerseys are retired at Staples Center on December 18, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images

Wife and Kids

Bryant married 19-year-old Vanessa Laine in April 2001. The couple is parents to four daughters: Natalia Diamante (b. 2003), Gianna Maria-Onore (b. 2006, d. 2020), Bianka (b. 2016) and Capri (b. 2019).


On January 26, 2020, Bryant was onboard a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter that crashed in the Los Angeles suburb of Calabasas. Nine people, including Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna “Gigi,” college baseball coach John Altobelli and wife Keri and daughter Alyssa, died. The helicopter was on its way from Orange County to Thousands Oaks, California where Bryant was scheduled to coach a tournament game at Mamba Sports Academy.

Breakthrough : A Mother’s Deep Faith and Love

Last March 2019, I have lost the first man I loved, my father, during those time I felt deeply devastated because I never expected that on that exact month I will never see him again physically. One month has passed, I was able to see a trailer of the movie named Breakthrough and decided to watch the movie.

I was moved by the mother’s deep faith to God and deep love to his son who was announced 45 minutes dead after he fell into an iced lake that has accidentally cracked. She prayed to God so deep that after 45 minutes after declaring dead, his son revived from the dead just as similar to Lazaro the dead whom Jesus as stated in the bible just woke up from the dead, for me, which indeed was a miracle. When a person dies, it is believed that you are already in the afterlife but because of the mother’s deep faith to God, God returns her son from the dead to his mother which I also believed that it wasn’t her son’s time yet.

Miracles do happen when you believed deeply in God. He is in favor of those who pray to him deeply because that is what God wants us to be – to have a relationship with him.

I rate it 99.9% because, during that time, I can relate because my father passed away and it moved me, my emotions and all. Pray and believe that you are always heard, it may not be your time now but I know God has better plans than what we have. He knows everything before you even know it. Believe in proper timing because everything in this world happens for a reason. You will not know now but eventually, you will know at the right time.

Top 5 Reasons Why you must visit “Province of Batangas City”

There are many reasons why tourists love Batangas. I may not be able to list them all down here since you might have your own reasons for it. But for me, here are my TOP 5 reasons:

Top 1: The Beaches

Tourists who are staying in Manila and those who would want a cool dip in the sea and would not want to fly off to the other islands of the country, I would definitely recommend you to head down to Batangas City, so you would experience the relaxing and coziness of the beach resorts there.

Please refer to the link below for more of the beach resorts ideas around Batangas area that you could able to choose from.

Top 2: The Good Food

There are a variety of good foods that you could see and experience when you drive along the way of Batangas City. These are Special Bulalo, the comforting LOMI and GOTO which people from other places would definitely crave for. Here is the sample vlog.

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Top 3. Accommodating “Batanguenos”

The people who natively live in Batangas City are called “Batanguenos.” And with Batanguenos, you will definitely love to stay in the province since almost all of them are very friendly, hospitable and accommodating.

Top 4: Various Activities to Do

What trip are you up to? It it recreational, religious, historical, environmental, gastronomical? Name it and you will absolutely have it!

Tourists can do all these here in Batangas.! Please watch below exciting Vlog.

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Top 5: A “JUST-DO” Tourist Destination

To wrap it up, Batangas for me is just a wonderful place to be at. So, if you happen to read this and you haven’t been here in our province, feel free to leave us a comment. Ask us where’s the best place to visit in Batangas and we’ll give you a fair list to choose from. Thank you!

How to manifest anything! ~ A very powerful tool!

You know manifesting works for other people, but you feel as though you’re missing something to make it work for you.

The number one reason most people get stuck while manifesting is they don’t know every vital step to manifest and co-create with the universe.

Here are the seven steps to manifest anything you want — including money.

Step 1: Get clear on what you want.

If you don’t know exactly what you want, you can’t actually take steps to make it happen. To manifest something, you must know what you desire.

To get started with this step, create a list of 20-25 things you want to manifest. Get specific about what you want and list the attributes in the positive (aka avoid using the word don’t).

“I want a car” might land you a 1965 El Camino without a working engine.
“I want a used SUV with less than 30,000 miles on it that’s priced under $15,000” streamlines your search quite a bit.

Side note: As you create your list, give yourself permission to want what you want today and be open to changing it tomorrow. Judgement of yourself doesn’t help you manifest anything.

Step 2: Ask the universe.

Once you have your list, it’s time to amplify your signal to the universe by asking for what you want. When the universe is clear on what you want to manifest, then it can help you. If you don’t ask, it will still try to help you, but it guesses as to what you truly desire.

Don’t leave what you receive up to chance, ask for what you want.

There are a lots of ways to ask including prayer, meditation, visualization, and vision boards. An easy way to ask for what you want is to write a letter to the universe.

Step 3: Work toward your goals.

Manifesting is the art of co-creating with the universe. Working toward your goals increases your chances of receiving what you want. It’s also fun.

Write down 3 actions you can do today to bring you closer to your goal. If you don’t know what to do, use Google to figure out what actions you can take. It’s likely someone has struggled with the same issue and has written about it. Let yourself be inspired by what others have done.

Start taking action and keep taking action until you’ve reached your goal.

Why E-sports has become a thing

Why E-sports has become a thing

Traditionally, Basketball Volleyball Soccer and Rugby to name a few are the famous physical sports yet always watch by many folks around the world.

but when technology got in. many youngsters up to people who are into technology get to play their favorite games and got to develop games as well. And when we talk about games. A lot of people play their favorite games I mean who doesn’t love to play games sometimes especially when we get bored right? but game developers nowadays stepped up their game.

They have made games such as DOTA (Defense of the Ancients) LOL (League of Legends) Call of duty and Fortnite and many more. However, these games that are being mentioned have their own respective developers.

Until some games such as DOTA and LOL have entered the Online tournament(E-sports). It later became very popular since these games are being played by many gamers across the world and I’m one of those who play these games, however, quite a few professional E-sports players globally have formed their teams to compete internationally.

League of Legends

But hold on, it doesn’t end there since those games mentioned above can only be played thru PC and/or Gaming Laptop, however, “Mobile Games” are becoming a thing right now and there’s a game that exists and is being played by most people in Southeast Asia by way of using their smartphones.

and this is Mobile Legends, this game can be played anytime( nope don’t play it during your shift at work) and anywhere for as long you get a strong connection from your carrier if you’re using mobile data unless you’re connected to a WiFi.

Mobile legends had a tournament as well that took place way back 2017. The game has become popular in Southeast Asia and will be a medal event at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.

For more information as to why E-sports are now exploding

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Behind Maragusan Valley

Behind Maragusan Valley

Maragusan is a landlocked municipality and located in the mountainous province of Compostela Valley soon to be Davao de Oro. It is formerly named as “San Mariano”. The municipality is known as the “Summer Capital” in Davao Region ( Compostela Valley soon to be Davao de Oro, Davao del Sur where Davao City belongs, Davao Orriental which City is Mati City, Davao del Norte which Tagum City is their City and Davao Occidental which City is Digos)It’s a hidden gem perfect for those adventure seekers and nature lovers.

The town celebrates “Pyagsawitan Festival” its a thanksgiving celebration for bountiful harvests and the rich cultural heritage of the Mansaka tribe. Best time also to try Mansaka tribe Lotlot(  traditional food for Mansaka warriors known before as bagani. For the entire festival, every visitor can taste every sort of lotlot that can be made- from pork, chicken, fish and even, snails!) Also Bya-is Festival of Barangay Poblacion (Bya-is is a warrior wine of the Mansaka made from Pangla, a native variety of ginger mixed with honey and sugar fermented in 6-8 months in old jars and covered with a sweet smelling leaf. This is a must-try wine when in Maragusan). Apparently, the municipality has a lot to offer to the tourists from majestic waterfalls down to springs. Beautiful scenery of hills and mountains, overlooking views and stunning landscapes.

Here are some of the hidden gems to visit in Maragusan;

  1. Sea of Clouds and Mountains
If you’ve been to Bali, Indonesia then by just looking to this picture you will remember the instagramable Wanagiri Hills but instead of twin lake background it’s a sea of clouds behind. Yes, you read it right; it’s a sea of clouds. A place for early riser if you want to catch this scenic view because when the sun rise the clouds will slowly faded. Best time to get there, as early as 5am to start your first cup of coffee.

Early scenic view at Calamba farm Sea of Clouds, Mapawa, Maragusan
If you want to wake up to this kind of view then why don’t you bring your tent and do camping with family and friends.
Maragusan, Compostela Valley
Major jumpoff: Marangig Falls, Brgy. New Albay, Maragusan
LLA: 7°21’0″N; 126°4’38″E; 2402 MASL (#29)
Days required / Hours to summit: 3 days / 12-14 hours
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 8/9, Trail class 1-5
Features: Mossy forest, river crossing, waterfalls

2. Waterfalls

It’s a 30 minutes trekking thru muddy trails and slippery slopes,you will felt tired but relieved and enticed when you saw what lies in the middle of the forest. Clear icy cold water and relaxing view of Miyaya Falls definitely refreshes your soul. Situated at Barangay Mapawa, Maragusan

This beauty located at Barangay New Albay, Maragusan
Tagbibinta Falls located at Barangay Coronobe, Maragusan

3. Hot and Cold Resorts

If you want to get wet and cold during summer then this place is a good choice to take a dive. If you like to be tickle then try also their fish spa at Aguacan Cold spring resort.
If you’re interested for a warm night swim or warm dive during cool season then Canlawig hot spring will spoil you.
If you want to go up on hike or try the cable car of Maragusan then Haven’s Peak is a place to be.

How to get there:

  1. From Davao City, which is the entry point to Maragusan in Compostela Valley Province.
  2. Best way is to catch a bus/van right in front of the airport. Actually, those bus/van pass there are going north of Mindanao.
  3. Just take a bus/van going or passing in Tagum City. The fare is around Php80-120 and took you an hour of getting there.
  4. When you reach Tagum terminal, take/ride a bus/van with a sign “Maragusan”. The fare is around Php130/head and took you another hour to reach the said place.
  5. Or else, from Davao catch a van directly to Maragusan. They actually pass at the airport and the fare is around a Php220/head basis. (Davao Van terminal is located in Gaisano Mall of Davao)
  6. From there, tricycle “pedicab” and motorcycle “habal-habal” are available to rent depends on your point to point destination. The town minimum fare is Php8 by tricycle.

Note: These tourist spots are both closer to the town or in neighboring Barangay So always ask the locals.

Where to stay:

If you wish to stay there a night, there are a lot of accommodation to choose from and most of them are resort type. One of the town’s pride is the “Heaven’s Peak Highland Resort” it’s an overlooking resort offers many options from a tribal room down to dorm type accommodation. They also have a restaurant for your meals and amenities like swimming poolNext on the list is the “Kanlawig Hot Spring Resort” it’s another ideal place to stay a night in the town offers affordable cottages, in-house store for your needs, and perfect warm water to relax your evening. For details and inquiries. And lastly, the resort that offers a natural cold water pool the “Aguacan Cold Spring Resort” they also offered accommodation to those who wanted to stay and for the rest of the night. A restaurant is also available in the resort and other amenities for you to enjoy.

Note: Just in case you want to bring your own tents, those mentioned resorts will allow you but have to pay for a certain amount as space rent.

Things to do:

  1. Heaven’s Peak (Php30 entrance fee)
  2. Tagbibinta Falls (Php30 entrance fee)
  3. Kanlawig Hot Spring (Php50 entrance fee)
  4. Aguacan Cold Spring (Php40 entrance fee)
  5. Pyagsawitan Festival (25th of November)
  6. Mt. Candalaga (Rafflesia Mira – known as the largest flower in the world)
  7. Sea of Clouds Farms (beautiful landscapes, sceneries, and views)

Best time to visit:

  • Weekdays or lean days (to avoid the influx of tourist)
  • Summer (for its cool weather)
  • Pyagsawitan Festival (25th of November)

Before heading off for an adventure;

  1. Research the area first before going there. (safety and security first, availability of transportation, accommodation, foods and etc.)
  2. Itinerary for the sequence of your travel. (where first, stop for your meal, activities in the area, the time you’ll be spending in that area, the most important is where to stay and etc.)
  3. Budget. (the cost or expenses of your travel.)
  4. Things to bring. (camera, phone, power bank, charger, necessities or travel kit, your medicine, tent if you are camping in the beach/island, and more important to bring.)
  5. If you travel in a group better to seek a rented van or what depends on you so that you can go with your itinerary directly and less budget of course.
  6. If you’re a solo traveler, you own your time so better to have a map or guidelines and extra money of course.
  7. Take note for the travel time and your length of stay.
    Season and events (summer, the influx of tourist and the most important is the weather as Maragusan is a cool place but really gets cold during Ber seasons until March).
    Lastly, preparation (when, where to seek and what to do in case of Emergency) so that travel is enjoyable and safe.

So have fun and Welcome to MARAGUSAN!

Buhay OFW

OFW are truly hero. A sacrifice that is hard to define. Some are lucky and few has its own battles. They had to adapt to almost everything like language, style of living , foods and many to mention. Filipinos did not care the discrimination of other country, instead they remain humble and put it into positive energy.

Deep and High motivation is  big the word for  survive. And it pays forward to a brighter future of their families.  Unfortunately , the family they left in the Philippines, but not all, does not acknowledge the hardship and aloneliness in the new world they are in . They tend to buy new stuff to impress or to feed their own desires and satisfaction. Not knowing, it is a hard earned money and should in return give a great value like putting it on business or an investment. 

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PROVINCE OF ANTIQUE, where mountains meet the sea.

ANTIQUE is the Province of the Philippines located in the region of Western Visayas. The province capital is San Jose de Buenavista, the most populous town in Antique. 

Binirayan Festival is a month-long celebration of Antique Province every month of December. The festival celebrates Antique’s rich history and tradition. It also commemorates the Antiqueños roots which are the Malays and Atis.

The Province is also known for its white sand beaches & resorts and some small islands. It is situated along the shore so most people’s main source of income are fishing.  Lately, there are news that lots of fish are caught along the shore of the province and some of them are tulingan or “aloy” as what Antiqueños call it.

Known Tourist Destinations are:

  • Tibiao River in Tibiao
  • Duyong Beach in Pandan
  • Bugang River in Pandan
  • Aningalan Strawberry Farm in San Remigio
  • San Juan Nepomuceno Church in Anini-y

Visit the Province of Antique and feel the fresh air of nature and at the same time the hospitality that Antiqueños in store for you.  




The ‘Patience Challenge’

Patience is not simply the ability to wait, it’s how we behave while we’re waiting”

~ Joyce Meyer

I have watched a lot of challenges that popped out all over social media – but my favorite is the Patience Challenge!

The challenge, that is also being called the chocolate challenge or fruit snack challenge, has parents place the child’s favorite snack in front of them and tell them not to eat it until they return from another room.

The adorable reactions of children are captured as they try to resist eating the snacks – and some just can’t help themselves.

Here are some video clips of lovable kids who took the challenge.

Stormi Webster Learns A Lesson About Patience

Kylie Jenner is teaching her two-year-old daughter Stormi Webster about patience. Will she pass the test?

So proud of Thomas Rhett’s daughter’s self-control during the fruit cup challenge l GMA Digital

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Top 3 Things to do in Phuket, Thailand

Top 3 Things to do in Phuket, Thailand

Things to do in Phuket Island, Thailand

Similan Islands, Phuket Thailand

Island Hopping

Phuket Old Town Night Market

Night Markets

If you’re planning to go to Thailand for your next holiday, I recommend to do our night market shopping in Bangkok for clothes, bags and accessories but for food adventures I recommend to do it on Phuket. Their night markets are very fun and lively until 12 midnight. You can enjoy Phuket style dimsums, Pad Thai and Moo Ping (Thai-style Barbeque perfect with sticky rice). You can also enjoy the famous coconut ice cream while observing the busy streets of Phuket. Feel free to visit Phuket Old Town night market during weekdays and Naka Market on weekends. This is a must if you’re in Phuket, Thailand!

Bangla Walking Street, Phuket Thailand

Night Life

Last but definitely not the least, it’s a must that you will try their night life in Phuket, Thailand. Bangla Walking street is the most famous area for bars and clubs. Some of the international DJs such as DJ Snake is one of the regular performer in Bangla road. Drinks inside the club might be expensive so I highly suggests to grab your drinks in 7/11 or Family mart to save some Thai Baht. This road is also famous for their “Kway Toey” (Thai style beef noodles) to cure your hangover.



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It’s okay not to be okay! Life is not perfect. It’s like a roller coaster ride. There are times that the situations happening to us seems difficult to comprehend. And we feel discouraged and disappointed. It seems that there’s nothing we could do to stay focus and to be hopeful for the future.

But here are some ways you can do to live a happier life even in the midst of adversity or heartaches:

1. Don’t bottle up your feelings


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Have you heard of anyone who just suddenly started to fight? Or all of a sudden gets angry for no reason, while that person is known to be quiet and kind? It might be you that person that suddenly burst out bad words from nowhere. It’s because of the bottled emotions you’ve kept for a long time, an hour or maybe 10 years ago.

When you feel sad or discouraged, let others know it. Let others see what you really feel and how you feel inside. Don’t pretend you’re okay, then you still have unsettled issues even before. Let them know what’s inside your heart. Express yourself.

“Eyes are the windows of our soul”.

Even though you smiled widely and laughed loudly, it can be seen in your eyes that you are not good at all.  

Don’t let your feelings bottled up! Look for a trusted friend that you can talk to either chat or phone call. There are also other means to release what you feel. At the top of the mountain, shout out what you feel! Burst out all your frustrations and disappointments. And it works for others, maybe it would work to you also.

2. Stay fit and healthy


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Health have a huge effect on your behavior and disposition in life. You feel wonderful when you’re healthy and fit. And because you feel good to yourself, it could be seen physically, it will definitely help to boost your self-confidence. With what you’ve put into your body makes you healthy and fit.

What do you feel when you see yourself in front of the mirror, blessed and contented? Or unhappy, full of regrets?

“Being sexy is all about attitude, not the body type. It’s a state of mind.”

— Amisha Patel

You don’t need to be sexy or should have a glass skin to fall into this category. Being healthy and fit are not only talks about physically good looking, but it’s how you feel coming from inside. It’s how you confidently carry yourself and to handle every situations in life, how difficult it might be.

3. Avoid Idle Mind


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If you do not make good use of your thought, it might lead into a destruction… destruction to your own self. The mind is so powerful. It commands the parts of the body to move or react. It triggers other parts of your body to function. When you think about bad things, your actions are going to the wrong path as well. While good actions were coming from good thoughts.

Look for the things that will get your mind’s attention. You could study online courses such as the VABootcamp of Sir Jason Dulay. You could watch tutorials on YouTube and try new recipes you could find there. The bottom line is, don’t let your mind become idle. Oftentimes, bad deeds start with an idle minds.

4. Be appreciative


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There are things you don’t know that others could do well. The truth is, you are not good in everything. You don’t know all.

So, be appreciative of the success of others. Be happy with what they could achieved in life. Don’t let envy reign in your heart. 

If other has done good to you, be grateful and appreciate his efforts and kindness. Even if you don’t really like what she/he did, saying a simple ‘thank you’ is a good way to appreciate.

5. Reward yourself

Sometimes you are frustrated or discouraged because of burned out in work, in school, or in the obligations to your family. It is important that you also give yourself a little time. You should have a ‘me alone’ moment.

Pamper yourself once in awhile. Have some body massage. Go to beauty salon, have that latest hairstyle and trending hair color. Buy expensive perfume or signature apparel. Watch a movie or do K-drama marathon.

Whatever you do, simple or extravagant, free or paid, that enjoys you a lot and could make you smile, then do it. If you haven’t do that yet, then it’s the right time to make a bucket list and try it out starting this month.

6. Learn to share

Sharing is caring. It feels good when you practice to share with other. Whatever you share to others truly brings joy to your heart. When others became happy because of what you gave them, you’ll feel like ‘heaven’.

You could impart your knowledge that could benefit others also. For example; how could they earn money online, or how to create DIY projects. This could also be a quality time you can share with your family and friends. It could be an advise or inspiring words.

7. Do Social Media Distancing

Social media provides latest information and entertainment. But if it would cause you to be worried and stressed, it’s much better to get rid to social media for a while.

Turn off yourself from social media by deactivating your accounts in a while until your focus brings back.

It’s not bad when you deactivate your social media channels for a little while and you might think that your friends will say negative about you. You need to do it for yourself and not for everyone else.

Silence is the best thing to do when you need some refreshment from toxic stuffs. It’s not a sin, you’re just doing yourself a little favor.

8. Be happy at small things


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When you heard your puppy barks and wag its short tail, what would be your reaction? Would you say ‘corny’ and ignore your husband’s joke? Would you reject your toddler when she/he asks to dance ‘baby shark’ with you?

No need to attend in the famous comedy bar or to watch comedy movies to laugh at the top of your belly. In fact, you could find it anywhere and in anytime. 

Let your childlike shows up sometime. Play around with your children and pets, have a sweet dance with your husband, and do some crazy stuffs that would make you and your loved ones laugh. Avoid being stiff and serious all the time.

If you’re a C.E.O. in a company or a well respected school principal, leave that position in your working place and avoid bringing that job title to your home. Laugh when you feel like laughing, let nothing hinder you to do that.

9. Accept failures and corrections


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No one is perfect. Everybody commit mistakes. It is impossible that not even one experienced failure. It’s a must! Mistakes made you a better person. It fueled you to do your best and to strive more harder. So it’s okay to have frustrations and failures in life. It will help you to know yourself more, to know your strength and weakness.

Don’t get mad when someone corrects you too. It means that they are concerned to you. When your boss criticized your work performance, don’t think that he/she is angry to you. To correct your work is part of your boss’ obligations anyway. So don’t make it personal. Make it as your motivation to excel more.

However, if you’re the boss, a simple tap on your employee’s shoulder would help boost their self confidence, especially when they did great job. And it would help them to be more productive and efficient at work.

10. Dwell in GOD’s Words


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GOD’s Word is the best foundation people must have and that strong foundation could find only in the Bible. The Word of God teaches, empowers, and corrects people. It is a guidelines in life and in eternal life.

When you dwell in the Word of the Lord, every point listed here are attainable. It will show-off naturally without pretentious, without you exerting too much effort. You’ll become more loving, patient, kind, and will learn to have self-control. Changes won’t happen overnight, it is a long process. But if you are willing and have the heart to let God guide you, it’s not impossible to takes place in a short period of time. HE is powerful, HE can do everything.  

16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for [a]instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 | NKJV

Submit and commit yourself to Jesus Christ, accept HIM as your personal God and Savior. Let HIM change and design you according to HIS will and purpose.



In this life, we can experience both frustration and celebration, heartache and happiness, failure and victory, sunset and sunrise, rain, and sunshine. Adversity is inevitable. We can’t excuse ourselves not to face conflict and struggle in life. 

However, there are so many ways to stay positive in the midst of adversities we’re facing. We just have to be firm in our faith, strengthen our emotions, and trust in God. Always reminisce the goodness of the Lord, on how HE helped us 5 years ago is the same help HE would give us today and every day.

Do you know other ways to stay positive despite the difficulties in life? Please share it to us. Sharing is caring. 

GOD bless and stay safe everyone! 


~ Virtually Carmee Sierra  💗

From Reef to Ridge: a Date with Nature

Living this life is challenge enough, we definitely deserve some days out. There aint a lot of days in a weekend so we better make the most out of it. The sun’s right up, and so should we. And what a better way to kick-off but to run to the summit. When the mountains’ calling, it’s just hard to say no.

It has been my second time climbing the Kan-irag peak – a highly suggested peak for beginners standing at around 600 MASL(meters above sea level). With numerous trails going to peak, getting lost is improbable. Regardless though, hiking is more than just about the destination, but more of a hikers’ bond and appreciating nature. As the path of mud and stone rises ahead in rugged perfection, the beauty of nature starts to unfold. Upon the mountain floor one could see, the carefully woven ancient tree roots seem to align. After an hour of hike, the trail becomes slick under the summer rains and the muddy puddles remains to be the clue to the path. But then no matter the terrain, that’s for me to deal with. A trail is a trail, so whatever comes, I keep going 😉 Almost reaching the peak, my footfalls become my heartbeat and my sight becomes a sense of wakeful dreaming. And as I reach the top, I just can’t help but stand atop a rocky surface and raise my arms in victory. With eyes wide open as I stare off into the distance, this place is just so beautiful.

But then it doesn’t end there. How can someone miss to visit the beach on a day out? Such a perfect way to end the day. Approximately 4 hours from the city proper, Cebu’s beaches in the south never disappoints. Walking along the dove-white shoreline on a summer day, it is impossible not to adore the salty air. With the silent heat, lacy waves and setting sun, they all seem to whisper, “Thank God, the day still ain’t done”. With every step of the elegant arc of sand in the shoreline, the sand shifted. Just how I wish the chaotic scene of the city be permanently eliminated. There’s undeniably a strong sense of calmness I grew to love, how I wish I could stay forever in that spot.

New Normal in Education

The world is facing an unprecedented global health, social, and economic emergency with the COVID-19 pandemic according to World Tourism Organization. Aside from these, the educational institution is also facing a change on the way they educate millions around the world. Almost all educational institutions have shut their schools in efforts to slow the transmission of the virus. It has been a time of difficulty for all of us.

Will you stop your child from being educated?

We should not stop learning. Learning must go on!

The Department of Education (DepEd) is bracing for the “new normal” in education amid the COVID-19 situation in the country. It will allow schools to choose the “best and most appropriate” methods to deliver education to the learners under their care when the classes for School Year (SY) 2020-2021 start on August 24. It has devised various modalities to ensure that there are several options in this new learning environment. These options include Blended Learning, Distance Learning, Homeschooling, Apprenticeship, and Face-to-Face Learning subject to approval of the Department of Health (DOH) and the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).

Blended Learning, as explained by DepEd, “allows for a combination of face-to-face, online, and modular learning delivery.” Among its features is that it limits face-to-face learning delivery, it affords social distancing, and it decreases the volume of people outside the home at any given time.

Distance learning, on the other hand, is delivered through online platforms, through educational programs on television and radio, and in printed modules. For DepEd, this is the “most viable for independent learners and learners supported by periodic supervision of parents or guardians.”

Another learning delivery modality is homeschooling, which “provides learners with equal access to quality basic education at home to be facilitated by qualified parents, guardians, or tutors who have undergone relevant training.”

PH to adopt alternative learning options under ‘new normal’

Schools in the country are set to make use of different learning delivery options as the country plans for the so-called “new normal” amid the fight against …

 “It is our ultimate goal to facilitate the safe return of our teachers and learners to schools without the worry for COVID-19. But until such time is already possible, we will do everything in our capacity to carry on so that basic education will still be available despite the crisis,” – DepEd.

Sources: Manila Bulletin and DepEd

“Unique Restaurants, Beautiful Tourist Spots and Delicacies in Quezon Province”

Welcome to Province of Quezon, the “Cocolandia” of the Philippines.

Quezon is southeast of Metro Manila and is bordered by the provinces of Aurora to the north, BulacanRizalLaguna and Batangas to the west and the provinces of Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur to the east.

What can I buy in Quezon province?

From various KALAMAY (Rice cakes) to a variety of delicacies like BROAS, LADY FINGERS (camachile), PASTILLAS, CASSAVA CAKES, and BOAT TARTS, there’s never a shortage of selections for someone with the sweet tooth. Quezon is also very popular for its LONGGANISANG LUCBAN

12 Best Tourist Attraction

12 Best Tourist Attractions in Quezon Province Philippines

Quezon is a province of the Philippines in the Calabarzon region of Luzon island. The province was named after Manuel L. Quezon, the second President of the …

5 Unique Restaurants:

If you want to know more about their menus, just click on the restaurant’s name to be directed to their website.

  1. Silangang Nayon Park and RestaurantBrgy. Bantigue, Pagbilao
  2. Catalino’s Restaurant- Villa Javierto, Gulang-gulang, Lucena City
  3. “Ugu” Bigyan Secret RestaurantLusacan, Tiaong
  4. Kamayan sa PalaisdaanTayabas City (along the highway between Tayabas & Lucban)
  5. Ana Belai RestaurantCorner of Allarey Street and Gomez Street, Lucena City

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Ipads everywhere!

Let’s face it. We are actually used to seeing it so much that it does not bother us anymore. We see it in the malls, in the park, even on the dinner tables….it is everywhere! Name it, and you see it!

How about the millennial parents? Kids are crying, and parents are pacifying them with such technology as ipads, iphones, tablets, and the like.

Well, when kids are crying, it is because they only need one thing….their ipads!

Is it Helpful or Not?

According to Layne Raskin, a licensed clinical psychologist and co-founder of Everyday Parenting Psychology, there is often not necessarily one right answer for parents whether or not to let their kids use an ipad. There are some conflicting researches which complicate the decision-making process of the parents. 


iPads can be educational. It can help kids learn, whether colors, numbers, letters, sounds, or words.

iPads can be a good time out for parents. Some parents allow their kids to use ipads for them to finish their household chores, complete office tasks, and even attend to another child.

iPads can be an excellent bond for parent and child. Being involved is the key.

iPads can help improve kids’ cognitive level skills. Touchscreens enable toddlers to develop sensory stimulation, and cognitive ability like make memories, imagine, etc.


iPads can affect social skills. Interaction with others is an excellent way of learning, and too much exposure to screens can hinder their social skills and even emotional development.

iPads are bad for the eyes. There’s a high risk of severe eye damage due to blue light emissions from the devices. 

iPads used as bribes. Parents usually give ipads to ease their kids’ boredom, with that kids will not learn how to deal with their emotional skills.

iPad apps/games sometimes are not always age-appropriate. The best thing to do is to check the app’s content to ensure that it is appropriate.

It is hard these days not to get involved with the new technology.

We cannot deny the fact that using ipads is more fun, enjoyable, and can be an excellent learning tool. Just pay attention to how to handle the new technology for our children. It is ok to let them use, but make sure not to use it simply to pacify them. Make them learn the way of life. Make them realize that they cannot get everything they want.

Let them see the real world and learn themselves. Though, giving the kids the much-needed attention and some quality is still the most important.