Sinulog 2018: Schedule Of Activities And Novena Mass Schedules| Nhagzventures

Everyone are so excited to this another year full of swing and the Sinulog Festival is ready and lined up for you to get in. Check out the schedule of activities below and mark your calendars.






The Sinulog-Santo Niño Festival is an annual cultural and religious festival held on the third Sunday of January in Cebu City, and is the centre of the Santo Niño Catholic celebrations in the Philippines.


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Please read: How To Celebrate A Rainy Sinulog

This is Cebu! This is Sinulog


Hot and Spicy Treat at Mao Jia Hunan Cuisine

As one of the eight major cuisines of China, Hunan cuisine is famous for its hot and spicy. People may be confused that what the difference is between Hunan cuisine and Sichuan cuisine, for the characteristics of them are hot and spicy.

Sichuan cuisines are widely used chili peppers, especially prickly ash, giving it a distinctively spicy taste which leaves a slight numb sensation in the mouth, while Hunan cuisine doesn’t has. Hunan cuisine mainly originates from Dongting Lake area and western Hunan mountain area.



Aquatic food and poultry are main cooking materials of Dongting Lake area cuisine, which taste salty and spicy.


However, game and many kinds of meat are the main cooking materials of western Hunan mountain area cuisines, the tastes are salted fresh spicy and sour.




The cooking skills employed in the Hunan cuisine reached a high standard as early as the Western Han Dynasty, giving it a history of more than 2,100 years. Hunan is located in southeastern China along the middle reaches of the Yangtze River. It contains rivers, lakes, mountains, rolling hills, plains, and pools, which provide abundant delicacies, such as fish, shrimp, crab, and turtle. Making full use of these rich resources, local people created a wide variety of delicacies.



Hunan cuisine consists of more than 4,000 dishes, among which more than 300 are very popular. Hunan cuisine is characterized by its hot and sour flavor, fresh aroma, greasiness and deep color. ( Source: Top China Travel_)




Hunan cuisine, also known as Xiang cuisine, consists of the cuisines of the Xiang River region, Dongting Lake and western Hunan Province in China. It is one of the Eight Great Traditions of Chinese cuisine and is well known for its hot and spicy flavours, fresh aroma and deep colours.

If you want to have a hot and spicy dining experience, visit Mao Jia Hunan Cuisine, located at Crossroads, Brgy. Banilad, Cebu City. You may also visit their Facebook Page at Mao Jia Hunan Cuisine.

Special Thanks to Ms.Mars Espera for inviting me to this spicy food treat.

BLOG GIVEAWAY | Win an Overnight Weekend Stay at Malapascua Island, Cebu

Have you been to an island that has been considered as favorable to many? An island that has the charm where many have so often wished to find in a tiny isolated beach paradise.


As part of my Blog Anniversary, Nhazgventures in partnership with Lah Tira Cee Resort in Malapascua Island, Cebu is giving away an overnight weekend stay at the resort, not just for 2 people but for four individuals. This would be a perfect getaway to your family as the resort known as a family oriented resort in the island or even a barkada getaway.


I can still remember my last visit in the island and stayed at the resort. All I can say is Lah Tira Cee is one of the places I wish I could have stayed forever,because of the people who are working there.  The place is very comfortable to stay with.Let me get back to my memories and show you how unforgettable the place is during my stay in the resort.

To grab this opportunity is so simple:

  1.  Follow Nhagzventures and Lah Tira Cee on Instagram.
  2.  Like Nhagzventures and Lah Tira Cee on Facebook.
  3.  Share this post on Facebook and tag Lah Tira Cee, Malapascua Island and Nhagzventures with four of your friends.
    – Copy the URL link of this post generated at the top of the page and paste it on your Facebook wall with the caption ” I want to visit Malapascua, Island because…”
    –  Make sure to set this post in public for easy verification.


*Terms and Conditions:

This contest is open to any Cebu residents and will run for 3 weeks starting August 1 to 22, 2017. Winner will be picked using an electronic raffle via Facebook Live on the 29th of August. Winner will win an overnight weekend stay, good for four persons at Lah Tira Cee Resort in Malapascua island plus a 500 Php as an additional pocket money.

Winner can avail this overnight weekend stay at the resort on a specific dates only. (September 2 and 3, 2017- Saturday and Sunday).

Winner will also get a free morning smoothie and a welcome drink.

“La Tira Cee– A Perfect Place to Experience Island Way of Life”










Pick It Up and Clean It Up: The Annual National Mountain Clean-Up Day

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As a traveler, camper, and trekker, I always believe that trekking won’t be complete without the cost of love and respect for the mountain environment. I want to inspire people and share to them about that keeping our mountains clean is of supreme importance.


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The Summit of Windows XP


Mountains are friends to all. They are not just soil, forest, birds, and animals. They provide us with the most essential things in life. I also agree that mountains are also generous sources of recreation, pleasure, and delight. The joy of watching the sunrise and sunset with your fellow trekkers.


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Adventurose and Social Climber @ the Summit of Mt.Lanaya


However, many people seem to have taken them for granted. It is disheartening to see a dump of garbage on the trail and slopes.  Most of us don’t know the proper system to handle the garbage, especially in mountain villages. Putting them in dustbins is not enough. Burning them or throwing it into the streams is not a good practice. If we are not bringing back our non-biodegradable things-plastic bottles, wrappers, foils, etc back to cities, we are littering the mountains.

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I don’t expect that city-dwellers to come and clean all the mess in mountains. But I do expect them to not litter. That alone can be a good example in cleaning up of the mountains.


From the day that I’ve entered the blogosphere and learned to appreciate the beauty of the world, I always wanted to join any activities that have something to do with environmental awareness.


Last July 8-9, 2017 was the 4th National Mountain Clean-Up Day. It is an annual activity initiated by Pinoy Mountaineer to clean up the mountains and to remind the importance of having a clean mountain environment.   An activity that gives a great opportunity that I am longing for.  Lucky me, I am surrounded by friends with the same interests as me. We have a group called, Tribu Hugawan. A small group who would like to see beautiful things around the world through wandering. These are the people who want to inspire people that it is very important to get to know and respect our planet.



These are the awesome people of Tribu Hugawan, from left Tboy, me, Lovely and Belle. We are actually missing one creature. 🙂


So these friends of mine decided to participate in such annual activity with Laagan Pilipinas at Ablayan Peak, Boljoon Cebu. As we meet the group in the particular area, we began to felt awkward. Thus, we manifested the trails of Mt. Lanaya in Alegria, Cebu.

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Upon arrival at Alegria, Cebu, we prepared our trash bag that is tied around the hands. At the trail, all the non-biodegradable waste that we saw along the trail goes into the trash bag. We picked the litter from the trail and keep it in our trash bags until we reached the campsite of the mountain.

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Before proceeding to the peak of Mt.Lanaya, we bring the garbage down and take it to a nearby house who collects garbage where there is a proper system to manage the garbage.

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I understand that there are some trekkers feel that it is very difficult to be committed to picking up litter in a day especially when they are struggling to climb. Yes, I completely understand that! It is difficult to pick things up on the trail.

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After taking the garbage down to the house, we then proceeded to the assault of Mt.Lanaya. Meanwhile, the ascending trails of the assault going to the summit of Mt.Lanaya were quite clean which gives us the best time to explore the area. It was truly fulfilling that you have already explored your beautiful surroundings while helping it to make the mountain environment clean.


I’ve been to many cleanup drives but this was my first time to join the National Mountain Clean-Up. 



After cleaning the site, we proceeded to a place where it will bring us a perfect nostalgia. And since we feel tired and hungry of our explorations, so we decided to jaunt Cangkalanog Falls to give some sort of shake.

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Just by looking at it will bring you an instant nostalgia. It is a complete mixture of Kawasan Falls in Badian and Enchanted River in Surigao. A scenic bluish-green color of the water will make you jump and shout for joy.

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No one will do the same thing at their own house. I think the fundamental reason is the lack of responsibility towards Mother Nature. They feel a sense of duty when it comes to keeping their house clean, but they don’t feel the same towards nature.

So, there is an immediate need to make the trekkers feel responsible by telling them the consequences of their actions. Our Green Trails goal can only be achieved if trekkers feel responsible towards the mountains.


“Keeping the mountains ‘clean’ is not just our duty, but a necessity”


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Ormoc City’s PIÑA FESTIVAL: A Congenial Celebration of Beautiful People

The first Piña Festival of Ormoc City last 25th of June of this year was truly a notable celebration of beautiful people as it celebrates beauty. The event coincided with the feast celebration of their patron saints, St. Peter and St. Paul. Meanwhile, The festival seeks to promote not only Ormoc’s very own sweetest queen pineapple but to recognize Ormocanon’s beautiful and breathtaking natural attractions.


I enjoyed the 1st Piña Festival so much and it was truly an exceptional celebration, same with the Sinulog Festival in Cebu.It is a celebration both solemn and festive since that was the first time that it has been done in the City of Ormoc, I didn’t expect that it will be a tremendous celebration as it was exalted with pomp and pageantry.


Arriving the day ahead before the festival, on a Saturday, I was able to sneak into their “Food Bazaar” situated fronting the Ormoc Bay/ Plaza, where everyone can enjoy great foods while listening to the live bands played on stage.T’was like a weekend madness for me! After taking the delightful Taco’s by La Lucha Taqueria, I took a quick look at the performers on stage and briskly headed back to the hotel on where I stayed, the Hotel Don Felipe.


As Sunday took place, which is the official day of the festival. I’ve got everything set for a quick morning photo walk at the Ormoc Bay as a warm up since the street dancing will start in the afternoon. After an hour of shutter bugging in the plaza, I instantly brought myself in one of the fast food restaurants nearby the area because I felt ravenously hungry.  And I took a catnap inside the hotel room after a well fed of satisfaction.


Few more minutes to go and the colorful festivity of the City will officially start. As a preparation, I had a sumptuous lunch together with other bloggers and media from Cebu and Manila at Big Roy’s Resto owned by Maria Estrella Pangilinan, who is also the Chairman of Ormoc Festival and Cultural Foundation. I had the chance as well to meet with the event organizers and other local officials of Ormoc City.


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After teeming with an overflowing and bursting sustenance, we went out into the sun-drenched streets of the New Ormoc City Hall where the 8 contingents coming from different school assembled for their street dancing parade going to the Ormoc stage plaza.


As we set ourselves in the stage plaza waiting for the first part of the activity which is the street dancing showdown to start, we are having a good time listening to the danceable beats of Ormoc Piña Samba Jingle. It has a meaningful lyrics which creates the vibes into an atmospheric festivity, really! To add more grandeur on the street parade, there’s a group of people creating some noise using the beat of the drums. I was also surprised with the huge people that are also waiting for the 8 contingents to arrive. A few minutes later, the participating floats and the 8 participating contingents have finally arrived.


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Everyone was so excited and greatly cheered with the arrival of all the contingents. The audience is giving a loud and cheering up to their each representing contingents as encouragement and to give fire with every performance. In which, my eyes were immediately impressed how the locals are very supportive with the first Piña Festival.


Queen Pineapple giveaway along the street plaza


A quick capture of Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez and Vice Mayor Toto Locsin

During the street dancing competition, the 8 participating contingents are only allowed to showcase their dance performance using the official Ormoc Pina Samba Jingle. Surprisingly. all groups are well prepared as they showcased their performance. From dance choreography to their brilliant and lively props were all eye-openers.


I never thought that the event would be that colorful and festive the same with Cebu’s Grandest Festival, the Sinulog Festival and other colorful festivities in the country. Because of what I’ve seen during the grand parade, it was obvious that people of Ormoc especially the Local Government official were helping hand in hand in preparing the celebration.


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Surely, the Piña Festival will be recognized by both government agencies, since festivals are based either on the locals’ religion, history and culture and/or local produce.


The Piña Festival seeks to promote not only Ormoc’s very own sweet queen pineapple, but will manifest every Ormocanon’s beautiful and sunshine-y nature—that despite the challenges portrayed by the fruit’s thorny exterior, we are able to overcome these challenges and grow a crown over our heads as symbols of our triumph over all adversities.


During the Grand showdown, contingents from STI College-Ormoc captured the 1st place award of ritual/showdown. Aside from that, their festival queen Cherry Mae Duterte went home the title of the Festival Queen and they also captured the 1st place award of Best in street dancing.


Western College Leyte took the 2nd place in the ritual showdown, followed by the third place which is the Eastern Visayas State University-Ormoc.  Meanwhile, the Ipil National School was the second placer in the street dancing competition and captured the Best in Costume award, while WLC is the third places of the said category.


According to the movie actor and Ormoc City Mayor, “The significance of the piña is that Ormoc is known for its great pineapples. For the longest time, this has been recognized. Everywhere you go in the country, they know that one of the best-tasting pineapples can be found in Ormoc City. That’s the reason why we are bringing back the Piña Festival,”


With Congresswoman Lucy Torres and Mayor Richard Gomez

“We hope that the Piña Festival will be a great start to a new and better identity for all Ormocanons—a cultural heritage that will embody our common aspirations, while enriching us as one people desiring to get Ormoc City as one of the top major tourist destinations in the country,” Pangilinan said.

Tara! Maglipay Kita! 

See you next year sa Piña Festival!

I would like to thank the following people who gave me the opportunity to witness that colorful festival of Ormoc City! 

Mayor Richard Gomez, Vice-Mayor Leo Locsin, Ormoc City Local Government, Ormoc City Tourism Council,Lalaine Jimenea, Pocholo Aragones Franco, Maria Estrella Pangilinan and to all the City officials.

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“Best Places To Visit With Family and Friends In A Long Weekend”

As our Muslim brothers and sisters worldwide will observe Ramadhan to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad. Thus, many of us will enjoy this long weekend.Some people take advantage of the three-day weekend to make trips and adventure with friends. There may be some congestion on roads as many people use the long weekend to make trips.Public transport services may be reduced or not run at all.

I know that you may start asking yourself on what to do over the long weekend? I’ve rounded up some of the beautiful natural wonders that you might consider a “paradise” and best events to keep you and the family busy all weekend long.

So these are the places that you can visit with your family and friends to spend and to make the most of your long weekend.



Cambais Falls

Obviously, Cebu never runs out of water escapes to offer its visitors and every single attraction makes the guests truly satisfied and they just can’t really get enough and wanting for more.
One of the best waterfalls to chase in Cebu are the Cambais and Cankalanog falls situated in the heart of Southern part of the Province of Cebu.


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If you have some friends or even in the family member that has an adventurous soul and would love to go on trekking.Well,  these two waterfalls will indulge their thirst of adventure.

Click here on how to get there!



Canyoneering in Badian and Alegria is fast becoming one of Cebu’s biggest tourist draws. We took the plunge to see what the fuss is all about.Fifteen feet might not sound like a giant leap, but when you have to jump into celadon waters in a part of a canyon that’s barely 2m wide, walls of jagged rock on either side, it can feel like the final moment of your life. Your breath quickens, your heart pounds, your throat closes up as your knees lock. In what is becoming one of Cebu’s most popular outdoor activities, fear is the devil you need to defy.

Click here for Canyoneering tips!



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If you and your friends are looking for a different level of adventures then you better try hiking and trekking in the stunning mountain of Mt.Lanaya in Alegria, Cebu.

Mt.Lanaya is a hundred meters away from the town proper of Alegria. Towering around 700 MASL, Mt. Lanaya stands almost at a stark contrast to the surrounding mountain ranges near it.

Click here to know more about this adventure!


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Have you been into a Wet and Wild World of River Trekking?

River trekking is relative to canyoning, that was established as a kind of sports in parts of the world. Relatively, this kind of sports is somehow new in the Philippines. And who could have thought that this kind of sports can be found in the northern part of Cebu?

Click here to see these mesmerizing cascades!



If you would like to spend your three-day weekend outside the beautiful island of Cebu. Well, here is another hidden water attraction in Eastern Visayas that you and your family will fall in love.

The Sayahan Falls is now considered as one of Ormoc City’s main natural attraction because of its crystal clear, emerald green and water as cold as ice.  This waterfall is located in the majestic mountain of Sitio Maglahug, Brgy Ga-as and it is 30 kilometers from the City proper of Ormoc.

Click here on How Did I Fall in Love with this Falls

ALTO PEAK (Mt. Amenduin )


Are you the type of person that is truly wicked? Do you have friends or even family members that has a different level of bravery and adventurous soul? Well, you better conquer this highest peak in the whole Region 8 to test your limits.

To read more click here.

What do you do for fun during a long weekend? And how do you plan for it?

Each one of us has its own different way to get out from boredom and most of all a long weekend without emptying our wallets. And here are my personal list on how to enjoy a three-days weekend.

“Make the most of your long weekend, whether you’re up for relaxation, sightseeing, adventuring and partying.”

Please don’t hesitate to share your tips on how you will enjoy during long weekend! Feel free to provide it on a comment section below. 🙂















Gabii Sa Kabilin 2017: Pag-handuraw Sa Karaang Sugbo (A Night Of Reminiscing The Old Cebu)

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.
-Marcus Garvey-


@ Casa Gorordo

Wala ko damha nga mahimong usa ka espesyal sa akong kinabuhi ang Buwan sa Mayo. Espesyal, mahitungod sa usa ka kahigayunan nga akong nakita ug natuki ang Sugbo sa karaang panahon. Onse ka tuig na ang milabay gikan sa pag- mugna niining maong kalihukan nga gidalit sa Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc, kung asa atung mabisita ang nagkalain-laing musiyo sa Syudad sa Sugbo apan atung makita ang istorya sa Sugbo sa karaang panahon. Kini mahimong pagasalmutan sa publiko sa katapusang Biyernes, buwan sa Mayo. Ang maong kalihukan gi-inspirar gikan sa nagkalain-laing nasud sama sa Germany, Europa ug uban pa.


Cultural performers from different Universities

Nganung ako man nabat-unan nga kini espesyal sa akong kinabuhi?

Isip usa ka Sugbuanon, gihigugma ko ang Sugbo! Ako nagahatag ug importansya sa Sugbo hilabi na sa kaagi niini. Sa tibook kung kinabuhi, karong ko lang natagaan ug kahigayunan ang akong kaugalingon sa pagtuki ug pag-handurawan ang Sugbo sa karaang Panahon.


Kabilin Photowalk with Drift Stories (Groupie with Joseph and Aldrin)

Sa laing bahin, sa wala pa ko nisalmot sa maong kalihukan. Usa ka Cebuano blogger ang nagmugna ug usa ka aktibidad nga ginatawag ug “Kabilin Photowalk”. Usa kini ka kalihukan kung asa naga tapok ang mga ginatawag ug “Mobile Photography Enthusiasts”. Mao kini ang pag sikop (capture) ug usa ka imahe gamit ang kamera sa ilang selpon ( mobile phone camera) samtang nag lakaw-lakaw.


Ang maong aktibidad, nasugdan gikan sa Museo Sugbo, Plaza Independencia, Compania-Maritima, Senior Citizen Park, Magellan’s Cross, Basilica Minore  Del Sto Niño paingon sa Cebu Heritage Park. 

Sa among pag-abot sa Cebu Heritage Park, among naatlan ang taknang alas-sais, diin mahimo na namong magamit ang among mga indibidwal nga tiket sa Gabii Sa Kabilin 2017. Wala gayud nag langay-langay ang grupo ug una namong gibisita ang maanyag nga Casa Gorordo Musuem.


Casa Gorordo Museum

Sa among pagsulod sa maong musiyo, among nasaksihan ang usa ka presentasyon mahitungod sa kinabuhi sa unang mga Bisaya hilabi na ang ginatawag ug Gingharian Sa Sugbo (Rajahnate of Cebu). Sa maong presentasyon, akong nakita ang paagi sa pagpuyo sa Hari nga si Rajah Humabon. Gawas niini, nadungagan ang akong dyutang alamag mahitungod sa kasaysayan sa Sugbo.



Gawas niana, giduyog usab akong kasing-kasing inubanan sa mga maanindot nga presentasyon nga giandam sa mga cultural dance performance gikan sa nagkalain-laing unibirsidad sa Sugbo.


Cultural Show Presentation @Casa Gorordo Museum

Pagkahuman sa maong presentasyon, wala kami nagdugay sa paglakaw paingon sa sunod nga musiyo. Sunod namong gibisita mao ang Museo Parian-1730 Jesuit House.

Samtang kami naglakaw paingon sa sunod namong bisitahon, usa ka grupo sa mga kabatan-unan ang nihatag nako ug usa ka dakong pahiyom. Nakita ko ang ilang pag-plano kung unsa ang una nilang bisitahon sa ilang pagsalmot sa Gabii Sa Kabilin. Nakita ko ang ilang kahinaman sa pag libod sa nagkalain-laing musiyo.


Sama usab sa akong gibati, ako mismo naghinam-hinam nga muabot sa 1730 Jesuit House kay mao kini ang unang higayon nga akong masulod ang maong musiyo ug sa akong pag-sulod niini murag nagambak-ambak akong kasing-kasing sa kalipay sa dihang akong nakita ang mga maanyag nga hulagway sa nagkalain-laing rebolto sa Santos.


18th-century Yap-Sandiego ancestral house: Photo was taken when we are on our way to 1730 Jesuits House .

Gawas niini, akong nakita ang mga maanindot nga karaang butang sama sa telpono, typewriter, lamesa, bangko, camera ug uban pa.


The view of Parian Church before it was demolished

Apan usa sa mga nipasubo sa akong gibati mao ang akong pagkakita sa Sa Juan Bautista Church o Parian Church. Gibati ako ug kagool sa dihang akong nabasahan ang kasaysayan niining maanyag nga simbahan. Makingon kita ug sayang apan wala na kitay mahimo kung dili atung pasalamatan ang mga kaagi ug atu kini tagaan ug importansya.


The Parian Church


The sculpture of Saint Ignatius Loyola

Pagkahuman sa among pagduaw sa maong musiyo.Ang grupo ni desisyon nga mulahos sa JRG Halad Museum. Kini usab mao ang unang higayon nga akong madungaw ang maong musiyo ug ako nahikurat sa akong pagsulod sa maong lugar. 


Samtang ako nag-libod sa ikaduhang andana sa musiyo. Adunay usa ka imahe sa balaang bata nga akong nakita nga ginama sa kahoy ug ivory. Nasorpresa ako ug dako niini mahitungod sa ka dugayon sa maong imahe. Apan, mas nahikurat ko ug dako sa dihang akong nahibaluan nga ang JRG Halad Museum mao lamang ang nag-inusarang musiyo sa Kabisay-an mahitungod sa musika hilabi na Cebuano music and composers.

Sa akong pagsaka sa ikatulong andana sa musiyo adunay laing presentasyon nga nipapukaw sa akong kasing-kasing kung unsa kaanindot ang mga kanta ginama sa bisaya. Nipakpak ug kusog akong duha ka mga kamot human ko nabati ang kantang Usahay nga giduyugan sa UV Chorale.


Hearing the amazing voices of UV Chorale

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Usa ka dakong ngisi akong nahiaguman human ko masaksihan ang kasinatian sa mga babaye kaniadto. Ilang gipakita sa maong pasundayag ang kalipay ug kahugyaw kaniadto kung sila manglaba sa sapa.


Pagkahuman sa maong pasundayag akong gidool ang usa sa mga performers ug ako kining gilamano. Wala ko kasabot sa akong gibati sa dihang nigawas na kami sa maong musiyo.


Human sa taas nga adlaw sa paglibod sa mga musiyo malipayon ko nga nakasalmot sa maong kalihukan kay akong napaghandurawan ang maanyag nga Sugbo! Gikan sa tradisyon, kultura, musika ug uban pa. Nadungagan usab ang akong nahibaluan mahitungod sa kaagi o istorya bahin sa Sugbo. Istorya nga angay idalit sa uban ilabi na sa kabatan-unan.


Cebu Bloggers and Photo Enthusiast joins Gabii Sa Kabilin 2017

Sa akong pagsalmot niining Gabii Sa Kabilin, dili ko gayud pagasipyaton nga ako musalmot niini matag tuig.

Maayong Gabii Sa Kabilin Sugbo!

Disclaimer: I wrote this blog in dialect in order for every Cebuano readers feel the essence of being a Cebuano and how beautiful it is. If you want to read this article in English. Just look for the translator tab/button on the page.

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Chill | Party | Laugh @ Ubeertime Comedy + Music +KTV

It is very essential to anyone who lives in a fast pacing lifestyle, working in a stress environment and living in various problems to laugh. Spontaneous laughing despite of predicaments is a great gift to each oneself.


Laughter is a part of human behavior regulated by the brain, helping humans clarify their intentions in social interaction and providing an emotional context to conversations. So therefore Laughter is the best medicine and we deserve to laugh genuinely.


Moreover, Expressing of lively amusement is the main goal of this newest place in Cebu where you can escape from your daily work routine and to experience a delightful feeling outside from the work place.



Fortunately, one of my Facebook friends invited me to visit the bar to help out their marketing engagement with the public, so I’ve met the business owners and they treat us some drinks. Thanks! 🙂



Ubeertime Comedy +Music +KTV is one of the several comedy bars in Cebu City. The place is not too big but surely you will enjoy your visit due to the reason of their Happiness Ubeerload where you can sing with their prof-sound karaoke system. Also, they have their in-house Comedian and Biritira/Singers.


When I arrived, I noticed right away the attractive lights on the entrance. And a signage that will welcome you from outside.


As I walked inside, I was surprised by their big screen where you can see the entire lyrics of the specific song in karaoke. Since it was Thursday night, the venue was not overcrowded. The Bar is air-conditioned and a non-smoking area. The lights are very colorful and festive. The audio is great and appropriate for the size of the entire bar. If you are occupying the tables outside, no worry for visual because TV monitors are provided for those who are not sitting closer to the stage where the big screen was placed.



Ubeertime Comedy Music and KTV will also cater events:


How to get there?

Ubeertime Comedy Music and KTV is located at St. Patrick Square R. Aboitiz Street Cebu City (Fronting STC main gate (back portion) Near Redemptorist Church and Baseline)

For inquiries and reservations you may call or text ( 032) 415-1030 and 0928614127 and look for Rick. You may also visit and like their FB page

Conquering the highest Peak in Region 8- ALTO PEAK


On May 5-9, 2017, I was invited by Pocholo Franco, the VP of Tourism council in Ormoc City to explore the hidden gems of Ormoc City. I was on the impression that these are only water escapes. When he sent to me the itineraries, my adventurous spirit was surprised because it was more on mountain climbing/trekking. There are two peaks that I need to conquer with his proposal and those are the Sulpatara Peak and Mt. Aminduen also known as Alto Peak. This peak is known as the tower of the East since it is highest peak not only in the Province of Leyte but in the whole Eastern Visayas Region. This would be my first time scaling a peak with an impressive elevation of 1332 MASL.



It was 4PM when I exactly arrived at Brgy. Cabintan, City of Ormoc and the sky was alive because of the heavy rain. Upon arriving at the  community of Cabintan, Fregie(habal-habal driver) dropped me off at Kuya Ramil Morales house (HEAD of Brgy. Cabintan Tourism Council).


While waiting for Jeramil, my trail guide. I’ve got the chance to speak with Kuya Ramil and he presented me the Cabintan’s trail map. He also told me to prepare myself because it is gonna be an uphill battle. And what a battle indeed.


When Jeramil arrived, we quickly prepared our backpacks and started to trekked at exactly 4;30PM. Kuya Ramil told me that it was a good pre-climb preparation going to Alto Peak Camp Site even though the weather is not that friendly.


The first segment of the trail to the well pad of interest was wide and off-road. Up to a road junction, the trail to Alto Peak Camp Site sharply bends to the right. An evidence that the road hasn’t been used much was the overgrowth of moss that seemed like grass carpet.


The trekking part was enjoyable since the since the sun is hiding at it was really cold. Sometimes, the rain seem to disappear and the views of Jaro, Leyte can be seen with some islands at the background.



During the mid portion of the trail, there was a sulfur mountain standing around 80 degrees of cliff and it is bounded by these wild strawberries. It seems that the trail going to the camp site was just literally a walk in the park.



wild strawberries.. Yum! yum!

Definitely a good warm up for our next day assault. We reached the campsite around 7:00 PM. Since we already have our packed dinner, we don’t need to worry to cook. We set-up our camps and took our dinner, we immediately have our rest and call it a day. We have to recharge ourselves for the exciting trek awaits.


dinner is served


campfire is  🙂

After our dinner, we ended up a quick camp fire for me have a simple chit-chat with Jeramil. Because I believe it is a great idea to look forward for a new friend.


The following morning, it was 4AM and Jeramil was already doing some noise outside the tent and I believe he is preparing a good breakfast. I took a chance to prepare as well my stuff and it was around 5:30AM when I clearly see the campsite. The view has a huge landscape and surrounded by perfect greens view. Water source is also available in the campsite, especially on rainy seasons.


another day of adventure

It was still bit dark when we started our trek around 6:30 AM going to the assault. The first 10 to 15 minutes trail is not difficult but it has a lot of Cogon grass and ferns from your left and right. Afterwards, the assault greeted us and the trail becomes really narrow.



As we reached the assault of Alto Peak, the trail is more difficult, with the surrounding filled with slippery roots, steep assaults continuous uphill that elevates to up to 80-90 degree at some point. The terrain’s certainly ain’t getting any easier .



During the mid portion or the trail, there was around 80 degrees of cliff so we used a rope to climb up. Then the next part would be roots and more root climbing until we reached the grassy part of the mountain which was the peak.


Last rest for the ascent

The assault took me 1 hour and 25 minutes to reach the peak.The summit has a limited space. I believe only 1 tent is enough to pitch on the area.


The peak was just around maybe 15 meters in diameter and cliffs on the sides. There were small trees on the center so we can hide from the cold wind.


It feels good to be at the top of the world


Various insects and flowers can also be found in the forest, abundant insect that was totally different from other mountains. Breathtaking views awaits for you once you reach the top. Always remember that it’s not the destination but it’s the journey .


This plant called Pitsel-pitsel or Pitcher plant. Surprisingly, it can be your source of water.




I feel so blessed when we reached the summit even though the weather is not that perfect. I saw some sea of clouds but in just a few seconds the fog will covered it.


My climbing experience to Alto Peak brought back some sense to me.

We had a simple snacks and a quick rest. Few pictures taken and down we go to the camp site for our lunch and see explore the other hidden gems at Barangay Cabintan.


 “I now resolved to go to bed early, with a firm purpose of also rising early the next day to revisit this charming walk; for I thought to myself, I have now seen this temple of the modern world imperfectly; I have seen it only by moonlight.”

Alto Peak in Ormoc, Leyte. The highest in Eastern Visayas (Region VIII), Alto Peak stands majestically on a beautiful realm, the Lake Danao National Park, home to a rich variety of fauna and flora. The domain is also home to farming communities whose vegetable plantations – and cool clime – are somewhat reminscent of the Cordilleras.

LLA: 11.1061 N, 124.7097 E, 1332 MASL (unverified)
Days required / Hours to summit: 3-4 days / 11-14 hours*
Specs: Exploration, Major Climb, Difficulty 6/9, Trail class 3 with unestablished trails

Source: Pinoy Mountaineer

Come and visit the beautiful Alto Peak, situated in Brgy. Cabintan Ormoc City.

More stories about my Ormoc adventure soon!

A great thanks to Mr. Pocholo Franco, the VP of Ormoc City Tourism Council. Ormoc City Tours by Fran-con Viaje International , Supercat by 2Go Travel , Cabintan Local Eco Guide especially to the Morales Brothers and family. Most of all, to Mayor Richard Gomez and Ormoc City Government for making this adventure possible.

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KAPLAG Festival 2017

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“Kaplag”which means finding in Cebuano, recalls the discovery of the image of Snr. Sto. Nino by Spanish soldier Juan Camus on April 28,1565. He found the image burned inside the nipa hut after Spanish forces set fire to the village.


Without the Kaplag Festival, there will be no Sinulog. The festival was celebrated more for its history and religious ties due to the commercialization of Cebu City’s Sinulog Festival.



The first Kaplag celebration was held in the late 1990’s. Meanwhile, a first festival organized by the vendors of Taboan Public Market on 1994 and will offer discounts for dried fish during the festival.

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What is the connection of Snr. Sto Niño and Dried Fish?


Kaplag Buwad Festival, a combination of two celebrations in Cebu, commemorates a historical event and the other is a thanksgiving for the blessings received through their main livelihood.


Kaplag Buwad Festival is celebrated every last week of April at Brgy. San Nicolas, Cebu City. Hundreds and even thousands, both foreign and local tourists, gather to witness the yearly revelry in honor of Cebu’s patron saint, Señor Santo Niño.

Kaplag” is a Visayan word for “discovery” while “buwad” is a local term for “dried fish.” From the 2 words, you already get the idea on what the festival is all about.


Kaplag is the celebration of the finding of the Señor Santo Niño image 40 years after the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan died. It is focused more on the second expedition in 1565 of Miguel Lopez de Legaspi in the Philippines where the Señor Santo Niño was found in the fire ruins at San Nicolas.

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Buwad is a thanksgiving celebration of the abundance and benefits received from the dried fish industry bestowed by the Señor Santo Niño. The barangay is known as a major supplier of buwad and you’ll find baskets full of these being sold at Taboan Street.



In celebration of the Kaplag-Buwad Festival, vendors sell their products at a lower price. The dried fish and dried pusit are marked down or at a discounted price. There are also free tastes of buwad for customers.


Don’t forget to buy pasalubongs. The usual favorites are dried fish, dried squid and dried mangoes.


Disclaimer: Article about What’s the connection of Sto. Niño and Dried Fish was originally written by Belle Piccio of ChoosePhilippines


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