Tuesday, October 10, 2006


Cebu time warped to the 80's, looking around i found myself surrounded by oversized shirts, leggings, skinny jeans and disco lights.

Timezone, Ayala Center Cebu ---> just the disco lights but no skinny jeans in sight! whew!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006


Cebu is famous for handcrafted guitars with inlaid shells which can be compared to the best in the world. You can find these craftsmen in Maribago, Mactan island but if you're a regular here in Cebu, you will spy some of them in Lapu- Lapu City. Shown here is a bar owner's collection. The owner makes custom guitars called HARANA - mind you, not very cheap guitar but its worth your money.

Sunday, October 01, 2006


Finally, its October!

Its the time of the year -- season's huge sale, midnight madness, outdoor bazaars, colder nights, twinkling lights and yes, Oktoberfest! Party time all over the country!

October wouldn't be complete without this popular beer-drinking festival. Though this year, it actually started last September 17, it is only during this month that the festival climax into a one big party. With the large influx of European expats and tourists here in Cebu, almost all hotels and smaller breweries have their own version including bringing in authentic Bavarian musicians. Other restaurants and bars put up their own big tents and adopted Oktoberfest Pinoy-style and extended it to a month long festival. Instead of sausages and sauerkraut, we have grilled pork belly, chorizos, pork and chicken barbecues, tuna, blue marlin, calamares, etc with the local version of sauerkraut- achara - a bit more sweet than sour taste.

Shown here is San Mig Light, a light lager with less alcohol and well, calories (hence the name Light) the choice beer of twenties to forties age group here in the Philippines. Its " refreshingly flavorsome, smooth, less filling light beer with a calorie content of 80 per serving. With well balanced bitterness and foam that exhibits a finely beaded lace." - its on the label.

San Miguel Corporation beer products are known worldwide as it is also exported to other countries. It is the largest publicly listed food beverage and packaging company in the Philippines. Founded in 1890 as a brewery, the company has over 100 facilities in the Philippines, Southeast Asia, China and Australia. Yes, there's also a company and brand in Spain (Maybe a bit of help from our friends in Spain, anyone?), and another one in Scotland. Same brand but different taste. They said the best tasting San Mig Beer is from the Philippines. And i absolutely agree.

If there is one good thing Filipinos have done for the world, its San Miguel Beer... Proudly Philippine made.

All right, brain, I don't like you and you don't like me - so let's just do this and I'll get back to killing you with beer. -- Homer Simpson

You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer. -- Frank Zappa

If you ever reach total enlightenment while drinking beer, I bet it makes beer shoot out your nose. -- Deep Thought, Jack Handy

Thursday, September 28, 2006


Not in Japan... these are not from Akita or Tokyo or Kyoto.

These guys participated in a fiesta parade, and to promote a newly opened Japanese technology company here in Cebu, and well, probably for fun... Hmmmnnn. Looking at their faces, they're way too serious for the parade. Hahahaha! But during the event, it was different... they were all smiling. Perhaps they don't feel comfortable wearing layered yukatas under the unforgiving tropical sun. I think i captured the wrong moment?

Tuesday, September 26, 2006


A Cebuano boy "portrait" =P

Friday, September 22, 2006

Friday Night Jammin'

Cebu City nightlife is shaking things up with chic events, new places and hot parties to keep the good times rolling through the rainy season until the much-anticipated ASEAN summit. And yes, Christmas, which actually starts when the "ber" months come in... and of course, the Sinulog festival in January. All these keep Metro Cebu alive and vibrant but making it harder to find a Friday night chill-out place as techno babies dominate most of the newer bars.

Luckily, in our favorite OUTPOST, you'll seldom find the frenetic techno crowd. In this wee funhouse of a restobar, jazz, bossanova, samba, reggae, 70's, 80's and 90's music dominate the scene. A funky place where indie and chichi crowd mix. Now who would ever thought of that? Outpost is a cool place when you’re in the mood to feel like you’re in-the-know.

The members of our favorite band (they're not even a band! they just jam every weekend!) are not your regular artists. The lead guitarist/singer, Graeme is a prosecutor. To his right, Jonks, the owner of Outpost is an architect/professor/adventure sports enthusiast. Really funny lot but great mix of personalities and talent.

The Outpost is located in Nivel Hills, Lahug, Cebu City.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

parting is such sweet sorrow

Feeling a little stir crazy now that its raining hard and stucked in the city almost every weekend, I'll console myself with one of my summer photos to remember the fun days.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Salon Day

I love my salon days... hair cut, manicure, foot spa.... I always feel refreshed after "the works". I love the warm reflection of the light. The yellow wall makes it even brighter and warmer. Call me vain, but I love my reflection on the mirror, its flattering. Actually, that’s the reason why I love this place. My companion took this; can you guess where I am?

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Church of San Miguel Arcangel of Argao

You might notice that my shot was almost the same as in this Argao Church link! We could actually play "Spot the Difference". =)

Argao Church, the second oldest church of Cebu Island and one of the oldest in the country. It was constructed in 1734 and finished 1788. The facade of the church is the most decorated with a touch of Rococo elements blending with Baroque.

The original paintings on the ceiling are still intact including its original pulpit. Unfortunately, I cannot capture the painting due to poor lighting. The heavy doors were closed as it wasn't time for service when we got there. A good number of religious artifacts are still in the church, and you can still touch the angels on brass portals which was part of the church for 200 years.

This church is now under the protection of the National Heritage Conservation Society in a joint effort with Cebu Provincial Government. Hopefully, the organization can get enough funding for its preservation.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Waiting for a ride

Something about this photo that made me think like it was on a stage production. Don't know why but it seems theatrical to me. Something about the placement of elements, i guess. Can you tell me what you think of this photo?

Monday, September 11, 2006

Blogger Problem

Sorry guys!

I want to comment on your sites but the beta version isn't working! =( Can you explain whats going on? Thanks!

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Moalboal neighbor

Our resthouse neighbor is well.. very eccentric! This house is Moroccan inspired but the roof is very Filipino "Bahay Kubo". D

Saturday, September 09, 2006

"mis" communication

Totally exasperated and bored with all the coding, designs and dealing with my staff, i finally decided to go the mall (again!) for some retail therapy. My excuse: buy a new bag. My favorite bag looked so disfigured, groaning around the bulges and the leather bottom almost fading. I guess using it almost everyday for three years will shorten its lifespan, eh?

I know, this got nothing to do with the photo above.

So off we go to the mall, as always got my camera ready for some traffic shots. (No, I don't use the camera when cruising, i figured that most of you will have a heart attack just thinking about it!) I was driving and totally absorbed with John Mayer's sensitive voice, happy thoughts... happy thoughts... When suddenly a clicking spree began... No, its not me - our 4-year old companion gleefully clicking away. She took this shot to see if she can see the camera flash through the closed window, instead she captured an interesting everyday sight - tangled electric and telephone lines!

I'm curious, do you still have these line systems in your city?

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Mall Ad

Just an everyday view in Ayala Center Mall.

Its been raining whole week in a tropical kind of way, not the stormy kind. You know, a little bit of sun, no wind but long and large drops of rain. Its really comforting and refreshing - I wish i could capture the falling rain... and now i wish for a powerful camera.

Now, back to the grind...

Monday, September 04, 2006

Sunday Mass

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Barefoot Weekend - Part 2

Barili Town from a cliff -- On our way to MoalBoal

Monday, August 28, 2006

Barefoot weekend - First Part

Low Tide: MoalBoal Beach, Cebu

Friday, August 25, 2006

For Guimaras

To the people of Guimaras Island - There is always hope.

Seedling: Mangrove Forest, San Fernando, Cebu

Articles: Guimaras Oil Spill

Philippines Getting Help With Oil Spill
Greenpeace Statement

Photo Ariel Catubig/AP
The Guardian

Monday, August 21, 2006


You know that stress got into you as the rainy day blues would creep in and suddenly found yourself that you manage to have at least five bouts of tantrums, make your assistant cry, yell at your partner and even went Naomi Campbell to your coworker.

Perhaps you notice that my last post was a week ago - this and my other blogs. I'm really, really swamped with projects - it seems everybody wants to change their websites - and i couldn't get myself away from my laptop, which by the way, it suddenly shown its blue ghost of death for the nth time this week. Not that I'm complaining, really happy to have these projects, its just that i noticed that i lost track of the days. I even thought last Friday was still Wednesday! Goodness! I really need a break!

Instead of biting everybody's head off, i decided to at least curb all those negative energies to something more useful or rather convert it to something positive like joining the hippest yoga studio in town.

So as a beginner I enrolled in Intro and Level 1 Ashtanga Yoga class. Whatever, all i can remember are the following: cobra, warrior, mountain, downward dog, etc. And the breathing techniques -- No techie stuff as Vinyasa ( I don't even know the meaning of this word) or other things like that yet. Okay I promise to be serious about this!

All I'm after is the euphoric feeling after a good work out -

Of all the things yoga i can't stand is the headstand! No, not for me...yet. Sorry about the picture, it was actually of the studio opening demo performance. My phone cam did not capture the lights - i hope you forgive me for that poor photo. I'll make up for it next time.

Yoga One Studio Opening demo: Yoga One Studio, Banilad Town Center

Monday, August 14, 2006

Birthday Moon and Coconuts

For Lisi and Edwin : - Happy Birthday!

This is my birthday moon - I took this night shot of the city on my birthday last May.

After a long week of endless rain, finally, the sun peeked for about 3 hours, giving us the chance to see the city in a different "light". Though not the usual tropical sunshiney kind of way but warm enough for some refreshing buco (coconut). Have a great week!

Sunday, August 13, 2006


Cozy isn't?

Especially on rainy days... all you need is a pot of warm tea, relaxing background music and a good book... a perfect rainy day!

One of the nice places I never miss to visit every weekend is Cagnaan Bookstore in Banilad Town Center. This place is a treasure! I love books, in fact, if I'm in malls we spend more time in bookstores (and restaurants!) than in department stores .
My favorite bookstores: Kinokuniya @ Takashimaya, Singapore, Fully Booked in Rockwell, Manila and Page One in Alabang Town Center, Manila.

The photo is kinda blurry because i used my mobile phone camera. Will try to go out next week and hopefully capture some blog-worthy photos.

Saturday, August 12, 2006


Band stand: Outpost

Good friends, yummy food and great music!

Friday night @ The Outpost, Nivel Hills, Lahug, Cebu City

Monday, August 07, 2006

Perfect Weekend Getaway!

Sunset, MoalBoal resthouse - MoalBoal, Cebu

After a very stressful week, what could be more fun than a weekend romp in our fave beach?

Thursday, August 03, 2006


Mangrove - Olango Island, Cebu

Very, very busy week...

Monday, July 31, 2006

The World is Flat

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

I'm late....!

I thought i could post this for July 25... I got problems uploading the image so instead of posting it for yesterday, i skipped a day!The blogger site is giving me a headache as it was too slow loading images. It's weird but the past few days, it was really slooooow - it took....20...40 minutes to upload this image.

This building is the Ayala-FGU Center located in Cebu Business Park. Its one of the prime business address here in the city. The photo was kinda gloomy because the day was very dark and rainy due to the typhoon. I tried working on the photo to make it little brighter but its not as crisp as the original copy.

Its quite stormy here in Cebu but its okay as summer was really HOT! At least the hills are greener now. Have a nice day!

Monday, July 24, 2006

A little paradise...

At the heart of Cebu City is the premier mall, Ayala Center Cebu where this little paradise is located. It is a place where friends and families meet for afternoon coffee and catch up on each others lives.

This is our Friday afternoon place, it is where friends usually go for dinner, watch movie, shop or simply sit in café and watch people and make up stories. :P

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Old House - Barili Town

This shot was taken from the car, i took at least three fast shutters and I think this is the best angle i got for this particular subject while in a moving car. Its one of the old houses in a little southern town called Barili. it was our first time to pass that area, so the houses were totally unexpected. If i've known that they have these treasures i could've spent more time here.

Along the main road abound these ancient houses. I think they are over hundred years old. But it is really sad that the government can't do anything to preserve these National Heritage. Majority of the houses converted the ground floor into shops - bakeries, tailoring shops, barber shops, mini-eateries, etc. The above picture got a funeral parlor on the ground floor.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Bagacay Lighthouse - Liloan

I want to divert my attention from the depressing news on cable, so i decided to go to one of the nice beaches near the city and try to look for interesting subjects for my blog. Unfortunately, as we approach the Liloan Lighthouse - the weather suddenly changed... I thought its gonna be sunshiney day today! Instead of a nice light, we got imposing rain clouds and that did not give justice to this photo. Argh.

Bagacay Lighthouse - Built by the Americans in 1904, this lighthouse can be found in the municipality of Liloan. The place is around 18 kms. north of Cebu City. Liloan is the local term for "place of whirlpools".

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

after the storm

this time, let's take a moment to reflect and pray for all the people who are directly affected by war, natural disasters and diseases. I only pray for three Hope, Peace and Love. Sounds too far out but at the moment, i feel thats what we really need. God bless.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

last sinulog post

The Grand Sinulog Parade features the different faces of Cebuanos. These gentle, cheerful people of my "adopted" city are known all over the world as industrious and talented performers.
When you go to a hotel, bar or board luxury cruise ships and you hear a great band performing, chances are these performers are Filipinos and most probably in a group of 7 band members 3 or 4 are Cebuanos. :) I'm sure Simon Cowell will never say any mean words when he sees them perform.

The Cebuanas are known for their beauty, grace and charm. I should say so because my mom is a Cebuana!

Sto.Nino Parade
This will be my last post of Sinulog as I saw the sun peaked this afternoon promising a sun shiny day tomorrow. I hope to get wonderful shots tomorrow. Until then!

Sunday, July 16, 2006

let's dance! hala bira!

My laptop zonked out on me a couple of days ago and that cost me two precious days of work. I was researching for some articles when it gave me the blue- ghost- of- death screen. I desperately backed up all my files, fortunately all files are safe now... whew! But then, i need to format it and re-install everything.

Anyway, as promised, i will post pictures of the festival parade. I thought I should start with the Philippines' grandest festival - Sinulog. These photos are stored in my archive - a glimpse of the last Sinulog Festival. Hope you enjoy this one! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Festival Princess

Festival Princess in costume. I love my Canon PowerShot A95! I know the photo is too "commercial"! But it was the perfect time of the day when that photograph was taken. Might as well give it to WOW Philippines so that they can use it for Sinulog promotion. Sinulog - the biggest festival in the whole Philippine archipelago is just 6 months away!

Do check Anne's blog for more Philippine snapshots. Also try to visit a new place today... I discovered this wonderful place - Albuquerque.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The Cebuanos

For this week, I will feature a series of Cebu portraits - at least show you glimpses of the many faces of Cebuanos. Rainy season just started in this little tropical country and the sun isn't cooperating nowadays. I tried yesterday but the photos were not exactly what i had in mind. So, here's one from my archives.

The man is watching a parade of floats and dancers as reflected on his sunglasses. You can say through the man’s expression that he is jaded probably saw a lot of fiestas in his lifetime. Or just tired with all the activities. What’s bad about some of Philippine town fiestas are the proliferation of product endorsements. You can see that companies will try to cover all bases to gain exposure.

Here in Cebu, we celebrate the world-famous Sinulog every third Sunday of January. It is a dance ritual, a grand Mardi Gras of sort in honor of the Santo Niño. People from all over the world would flock to this little city to celebrate the Sinulog with us. Sinulog comes from the word sulog which means current. The dance is like Cebu’s Pahina river current – move 2 steps forward and one step backward. More so, it depicts the pact of native Filipinos between the Spaniards when they visited this little archipelago more than 400 years ago.

Monday, July 10, 2006


Sombrero peddler

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Candle Offering

Candle offering outside the church.

Friday, July 07, 2006


I know... ok this will be my last photo for MoalBoal. I just can't resist posting this. I really like the different shades of blue...

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Refreshing Kawasan Falls

After a kilometer of walking under the scorching summer sun, the cool mountain water will refresh you. I just want to stay!

One of the smaller upper-level falls.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006


These amazing creatures were grouped together when some kids found it. They are so fascinating! The sharpness of the color made it more attractive.

I did not give justice to the color as I'm still a newbie taking photographs -- tried working on it on Photoshop but I've got to learn a lot before i can get the desired effect. I would really love to learn a few things on photo editing -- its just that i didn't have the time to study. I know, I'll find time for this...

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

time to slow down...

Ah! Moment of peace.

After a day of swimming and bumming around, finally, i found time to stroll along the beach. The cool breeze, the setting sun and the gentle water soothed this tired body and uplifted the spirit.

Dusk at MoalBoal, Cebu, Philippines

Monday, July 03, 2006

Orange sail

A morning stroll along the beach, you'll find fishermen hurrying back with their catch. I like this small banca because of its sail. The orange sail stood out in the bright morning sun and the blue water.

The mountain range at the background is the Negros Island. The night before, we saw a huge fire on the mountain top and I felt an incredible sadness thinking of the precious wildlife devoured by the fire. On the other hand, it could be nature's way of renewing itself. How the fire happened? We cannot tell but the rain will soon quench the dry ground to bring forth life again.

Morning sail in MoalBoal, Cebu

Boljoon Church

One of the oldest churches in the Philippines. Boljoon Church is situated in the southern part of Cebu Island. It was built by Spaniards in the year 1599. The church is facing the sea thus the weather-beaten look. Some groups, like SM Cebu (notice the HUGE billboard), help in the restoration of historical landmarks like Boljoon Church. Might help if they remove that billboard.