Archive for December, 2011


2011 is about to end and today until we officially end the year, I will be looking to the year that was — the blessings, joys, travels, trials and other activities/circumstances that I have encountered. So let’s start the countdown!

TOP 5 TRAVELS

5) PAGUDPUD-VIGAN


This was a fast decision for us to go to the famed Pagupud and legendary Vigan over the long weekend. And man was I amazed with how amazing the place is. The awesome beaches, the wind farm and the other places which we visited. That was quite a visit, just for 3 days, we have toured most of the places in Pagupud and Vigan. Merging culture, history, arts and environmental awareness is just what these places can offer when you get to this place. πŸ™‚

2) CORREGIDOR ISLAND

Can I just say that this was my first ever to be in the famed island of Corregidor. Thanks to Pakyaw.com’s offer for an adventure tour in the island, I was able to go there a lot cheaper to see the amazing island. Well since it was an adventure tour and we haven’t visited most of the places especially the Malinta Tunnel but yeah, Corregidor Island really mesmerized me and amazed me with how the Americans built and fortified the place to be used as a defense against the enemies.

3) HONGKONG-MACAU

Okay, this is actually my second time in HK and my first in Macau and I was with my brother. I guess the important part here is me and my brother seeing Disneyland HK for this first time. And of course, the most important thing is spending time with my little brother (well he’s not that little anymore) who seems so near yet so far (hahaha!).

2) CAGAYAN DE ORO – ILIGAN – BUKIDNON

Okay, actually this is not my first time too to be in CDO but in Iligan, yes. And at the same time, what made this trip special is that I was with my former officemates who I consider as my BFFs. And it maybe hard to admit but yeah we tried to follow the trail of KC Concepcion-Sam Milby in their movie Forever and A Day. We had fun around CDO especially whitewater rafting and then going around Bukidnon just to go zipline at Dahilayan Park. And then another important part of this trip was our shortest sidetrip to Iligan where my mom’s cousins are based. It is just simply a blessing to be in Iligan even for just a short time.

NOTE: With all the things that happened to CDO and Iligan, let us keep praying for comfort and healing for each people so that they might experience peace and happiness amidst the troubles.

1) BALI, INDONESIA

I told myself that I want to celebrate my 25th birthday the most special way and yeah I got what I wanted when I was given a gift of celebrating it at one of my top dream destinations, BALI. The culture, the places to visit, the food and the other amazing water events that we did made my birthday week one of those travels that I’ll forever remember. I will surely return to Bali soon and enjoy its sun and sand. πŸ™‚

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THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

The legendary conclusion to the well acclaimed C. Nolan series is set to hit theaters next year. So what do you think? Are you excited for this movie? It seems like Nolan has an INCEPTION reunion of casts here just lacking Leo de Caprio here but yeah I find the trailer cool.

As the year is about to end as we look forward to the new year, I am looking back with a grateful heart for a wonderful year that the Lord has given me. I cannot thank Him enough for His grace, for His strength and for His provision which were never late but always on TIME.

GOD YOU ARE AMAZING! πŸ™‚

Who could have thought that another rainy weekend in Northen Mindanao can bring such havoc and destruction in that side of our beloved country. Last Friday’s rains brought a devastating flood in Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City wherein almost thousand lives were lost and thousands of people were displaced due to this calamity.

Who would have thought that only a few days from now, these people who were preparing for a merry Christmas will be celebrating the season with sadness and in the dark – with lives lost, homes destroyed, businesses devastated. I am appealing to all who are reading this blogs and to everyone around both Filipinos and other nationalities who have the heart to help the victims of the flooding to keep those help coming in.

Please see the following links below where one can help:

WORLD VISION
http://www.worldvision.org.ph/content/helping-survivors-typhoon-sendong-washi

PHILIPPINE RED CROSS
Bank accounts for Donations
Banco De Oro
Peso: 00-453-0018647
Dollar: 10-453-0039482

Metrobank
Peso: 151-3-041631228
Dollar: 151-2-15100218-2

Philippine National Bank
Peso: 3752 8350 0034
Dollar: 3752 8350 0042

Unionbank of the Philippines
Peso: 1015 4000 0201
Dollar: 1315 4000 0090

All Check/Cash for the account of Philippine Red Cross (Swift Codes)
Banco De Oro
BNORPHMM

Bank of the Philippine Islands
BOPIPHMM

Metrobank
MBTCPHMM

Philippine National Bank
-PNBMPHMM

Unionbank of the Philippines
-UNPHPHMM

For your donations to be properly acknowledged, please fax the bank transaction slip at nos. +63.2.527.0575 or +63.2.404.0979 with your name, address and contact number.

SMS and G-Cash

SMS
Text REDAMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4143 (Smart)

G-Cash
Text DONATEAMOUNT4-digit M-PINREDCROSS to 2882

You can donate the following denominations:
Globe: 5, 25, 100, 300, 500 or 1000
Smart: 10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 or 1000

Through your generosity, we can stand prepared for disasters. We appreciate your continuous and unwavering support. Thank you.

Email us: fundgeneration@redcross.org.ph

Call Hotline 143
or (+632) 527.0000

NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS
Bonifacio Drive, Port Area
Manila 1018, Philippines
Email: prc@redcross.org.ph

ABS-CBN BROADCASTING CORP’s SAGIP KAPAMILYA
Sagip Kapamilya accepts donations in cash or in-kind.

For donations in kind, you can drop them off at:
ABS-CBN Foundation Sagip Kapamilya Warehouse #137 Mother Ignacia Ave., Quezon City
Warehouse

For cash or cheque donations, you may go to:
ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc.
Mother Ignacia Avenue corner E. Lopez St. Brgy. South Triangle, QC
Office tel. no: +632-411-4995 or +632-415-2272 loc 3765

or deposit to:

Peso Account:
Bank Name: Banco De Oro
Bank Account No.: 393-011-4199
Bank Account Name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya
Branch: Sct. Albano, Quezon Avenue, Quezon City
Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Dollar Account:
Bank Name: Banco De Oro
Bank Account No.: 393-008-1622
Bank Account Name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya
Branch: Sct. Albano, Quezon Avenue, Quezon City
Swift Code: BNORPHMM

* For confirmation of donation, please fax (+632-411-4995) or email (sagip@abs-cbn.com) copy of transmittal slip with complete donor’s information.

I believe that Christmas is the time for us to share especially with our fellow Filipinos who are suffering from the calamity that struck them. And aside from the financial resources or things that we can offer them, let’s remember them in our prayers that our Lord will be their source of comfort. They may not find any reason for experiencing this way and they may see a bleak future after the calamity, but may our great God comfort them.

God bless everyone! πŸ™‚

Celebrating Life!!!

Well actually this our (me and my friends) way of celebrating Christmas with children who have cancer. I don’t know what gathered us together to support this cause but it seems that we have one common thread among us where a loved one was diagnosed with cancer and eventually some of them passed on. The organizers of this Christmas activity dubbed this as “Celebrating Life!”, now on it’s fifth year of bringing joy to these kids “suffering” from the dreaded disease and we are just a few group who volunteered for this amazing cause.

I have always wondered if the theme Celebrate Life is something applicable to these kids because of the things that they are going through but when you see them, bald and a bit weak, dancing to the tune of BOOM TARAT TARAT and singing jolly songs like they don’t have cancer, it just simply melts your heart. For two years now, these kids have been my peg for celebrating life. I know life has never been easy for them, I know some of them do not have the luxury and even enough comfort in life but their SMILE is like heaven. Celebration of life with these kids is just awesome that instead of feeling pity, your heart will just be filled with joy because of how happy they are, not really caring of the chemotherapies scheduled, blood transfusions and other tests.

I was especially blessed when I asked one parent last year since her child has been diagnosed with leukemia at age 5. She said Bernie was a gift but at the same time God’s amazing creation too in which she cannot question whatever HE wills in her son’s life. Bernie was such an amazing young boy that even with leukemia and on a therapy, he was able to sing Justin Bieber’s Baby completed with a dance. I looked at the boy and I saw yes, that is how he celebrates life and I want it too!

Fast forward to first week of December as we are preparing for the gifts, I believe me and my friends were so excited to see Bernie once more in this event since last year he was like the life of the party but as they say God’s plan has always been a mystery to us, sometime unfathomable yet it’s His timing. And so today, we bid you Bernie goodbye. That was 7 amazing years Baby Bernie! You were one great warrior! Great job baby boy! Now, take your rest in His embrace. Your kuyas and ates will surely miss you but we will be seeing you soon young man!

Thank you for that December you reminded us to celebrate life like a child.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year once more! And who would have thought that 2011 is about and we are about to usher the dreaded year, 2012. But who cares before we party like it’s the end of the world. We have a wonderful season to celebrate and that’s Christmas. And a few days, later it’s the New Year.

Whoa! This has been quite a year and yes I am thankful for this year but I’ll reserve that for a separate post.

So what are we doing? Let’s celebrate with DECEMBER with great joy because of CHRIST and with hope anticipating what the 2012 will bring us.

Happy December everyone! πŸ™‚