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-

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@ 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Parian Church
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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

If you’re a proud Cebuano please do share this on social medias. Also, don’t forget to follow me on Facebook  and Instagram.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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! 🙂

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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.

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

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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.

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Ubeertime Comedy Music and KTV will also cater events:

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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 https://www.facebook.com/ubeertime/

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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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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What else to see in CEBU? 10 Facts You Shouldn’t Love About Cebu

Mt. Lanaya in Alegria, Cebu:Trek With A Cause

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Aside from its peaceful environment, fine beaches and mesmerizing waterfalls of Alegria, Cebu.Who could’ve  thought that there is such mountain define by knife-edges slope facing the west. My third visit to the town of Alegria, Cebu was such an exciting an inspiring twist, a day hike traverse and tree planting ! Our route to its summit was through Legaspi trail.The angle of ascent throughout the trail averages 50-60°.

FB_IMG_1493271297877[1]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.

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We started our trek via Legaspi trail and it is covered with loose stone, soil, and rocks which makes a climber slide down more often when not assisted but successful climbing without the aid of ropes is possible.

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Fortunately, the majority of the trail features landscape for secure footing, although it is still unforgiving in its steepness. Only one climber at a time can climb through the huge rock safely, as behind the rock face a steep drop-off exists.

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Those who are keen on witnessing the picturesqueness view of Alegria during sunrise may opt to spend two nights in the mountains, however, that will entail more planning and a bigger pack on your back.

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Personally, I prefer extended day hikes (hikes that take more than 5 hours). I find it more enjoyable because you can focus on the scenery without lugging a heavy pack on your back and have more time for side trips once you get down.

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Ram here!

For this adventure, I was happily met the group of travelers from Destination Dream lead by Ram.

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We started our hike at around 10 am . We started  a nice warm-up for the long hike. The terrain was even and how I wished it was the same the entire way.   We passed a section with huge trees and forest-covered on both sides and for a while, I forgot how grueling the next few hours would be.

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After the challenging trail of the first camp we had our lunch at Kalo-kalo Peak. It’s not technical, just a very long steep trail with some pine needles scattered on the ground which made it slippery.

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At this point, my companions were around 20-30 minutes ahead of me but the trail was easy to spot so I didn’t mind the solitude. It also enabled me to take photos of trees, although I couldn’t take as much as I wanted because it started drizzling and stopping for a break made the cold unbearable.

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Emerging from the mossy forest, I was welcomed by chilly winds and light drizzle, making my trek to the saddle camp, very cold. I ran into another cheery group and it felt nice to see their warm smiles as I began to feel miserably cold. After a few more steps, I stopped and marveled at some beautiful view on the top.

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After a good 30 minutes or so of assault, climbers we finally break through the summit clearing and move on towards Kalo-kalo Peak. The stone structure is dotted with plants, and climbers must take care in scrambling up the rock because there is limited space. For a 700-meter mountain, the view from the top is extremely rewarding. During clear mornings, try to look for a hint of your shadow cast onto the expansive Tañon Strait.

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My travel buddy, Gari!
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Disclaimer:  We are not able to jaunt the mesmerizing Cancalanog falls because the group enjoyed swimming at the beautiful Cambais Falls .

Heres the full video on how we enjoyed the trail and conquered the summit of Mt.Lanaya.


I would like to thank Destination Dream especially Ram for the warm welcome of the group. It was a pleasure adventuring with you guys! Looking forward to more travels and adventures.

#DNDMLanaya #DNDM #TatakDNDM #DestinationDream

How To Travel More, Spend Less This Summertime!

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It’s summertime! Traveling can do your life wonders experience different cultures, pick-up new traditions or customs, learn new languages, meet people and many more! Before getting that adventure of a lifetime. Be a smart “bakasyonista” by learning a few tricks to go traveling on a budget!

Here are travel on a budget tips to make your travel money worth spending:

Write down your bucket list of places you want to go.

Much like a financial plan, write down the list of places you want to go. Include the months when you can file your vacation leaves and plot those with holidays as well. From there, narrow down your top five or top six destinations of your choice. Then, write down the corresponding budget you’ll need to allocate on each of the vacation spots. The good thing with planning is that you’ll have a clear itinerary of your wanderlust travel list for 2017.

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Know the season of the places you want to visit.

Take note of the peak seasons of the countries or places you are visiting as peak seasons are expensive.Meanwhile, take advantage of discounts during off-peak, because even tho seasons change, the experience do not. Plus,off-peaks are the best as there are fewer crowds.

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Have a travel buddy or join a group travel.

Ideally, you can save by sharing an accommodation and food costs with someone. A good number of travel buddies are a pair to a group of four. Keep heads up, because some hotels check the number of guests within the room. If you travel in large groups, it is highly suggested to have someone arrange your accommodation to avoid extra bed charges.

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When travelling alone, use free travel accommodation networking sites  to save on accommodation.

Accommodation is where the bulk of costs come from. Social networking sites like Couch-surfing provides free accommodation for travelers. This is one popular way to save a lot of money while traveling.
Also, bring local snacks and give it to your couch surfing hosts as a form of gifts. Save some for your flights as well, because the money spent for in-flight meals, can serve as a budget for gifts to new friends on the destination your heading.

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Ask the locals.

Finding your way in a foreign country eats chunks of your time and money. Prior to your travel, have some plan route by downloading  subway map apps and other map applications to get through your way.While you come prepared, don’t entirely rely your way on technology, back it up with primary sources, and go ask the locals instead. If you have a locally trusted friend, have them take you to places ad show you the easiest way.

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Final word

Don’t forget to enjoy. While travelling is something you want to brag on your social media accounts, it is the life experience that counts.

Observance Of Silence On Good Friday- One Filipino Tradition

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In Philippine rural areas, people are encouraged to turn off their radios and televisions on Good Friday that marks the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. Through this complete silence, it is believed that people will be able to communicate with God through devotional prayer.

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ALTAR OF  REPOSE

A day before the death of Jesus Christ which is the Holy Thursday. Devotees will commemorate Jesus Last Supper through the  Mass of the Lord’s Last Supper. Also, the priest will performs the washing of the feet ritual with 12 people like what Jesus did with his disciples.After the Mass, the altar will be stripped bare and the church bell will not be rung until the Easter vigil.

The Blessed sacrament will be repositioned at the Altar of Repose where the hosts consecrated during the Mass of the Lord’s Last Supper  are placed.

After hearing the Mass, churchgoers can pray these reposed during the Visita Iglesia . A Filipino Lenten tradition where people can visit  seven or fourteen churches to pray before the Blessed Sacrament during Maundy Thursday.

On Good Friday, some people will go through the Station of the Cross.  Later in the day, the church remember Jesus’s “Seven Last Word” where priest share their reflections on each the 7 expressions of Jesus Christ while on the cross.

At 3 pm, around the time Jesus was said to have died, the Veneration of the Holy Cross is observed.

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Afterwards, the procession of the Santo Entierro – a wooden sculpture depicting the dead body of Christ – and other holy images is held.

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Santo Entierro:Which means the Holy Burial.The image of the dead Jesus Christ. This the most important character in the Byernes Santo or Good Friday street procession.

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Some of the important characters during the Holy Burial Procession.

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Saint Peter, also known as Simon Peter, Simeon, or Simōn, according to the New Testament, was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ, leaders of the early Christian Great Church.

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La Mujer Veronica: Saint Veronica was a pious woman of Jerusalem in the first century AD, according to Catholic Tradition.

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Maria Magdalena or Mary Magdalene, literally translated as Mary the Magdalene or Mary of Magdala, was a Jewish woman who, according to texts included in the New Testament, traveled with Jesus as one of his followers.

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In some churches in the country, it is followed by the procession of La Soledad, which means a sorrowful mother dressed in black that is  grieving.

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Black Saturday

The church is in a state of mourning after Jesus’ death. The cross over the altar remains covered by a black cloth. (Some parishes cover the cross for the entire Lenten season or from Ash Wednesday, while others do it only from Palm Sunday.)

The Easter Vigil commences at night. The Paschal candle – representing the resurrected Christ, the light of the world – is lit at the start of the vigil. Adults and children may also receive the sacrament of baptism during the vigil.

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Easter Sunday

The culmination of the Holy Week is full of rejoicing, as Catholics commemorate Jesus Christ’s resurrection.Early morning of Easter Sunday, parishioners perform what is called a salubong

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The Amazing Cave: A Unique Swimming Experience in the Crystal Clear Waters Of A Cavern

After jaunting within the beautiful spots of Cebu City and tried the adventure of Canyoneering in Kawasan. I suggested my friend, Millie, to explore the beautiful island of Camotes instead in Bantayan island for some reasons. She’s quite reluctant about it but I insisted. Because I am very much concerned about the time that will be consumed getting there.  Though it is not my first time to jaunt Camotes island, Cebu but I  am still eager to wander the place because of its island way of life and peaceful surroundings.

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We departed from Cebu City to Camotes island at exactly 6:00 AM via Ocean Jet. As we were in the middle of the sea all of us are worried because of the weather. It was raining and the waves really slap the boat.

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At exactly 8:00 AM we arrived at Poro Port and hurriedly rented a tricycle for our day tour in the island. We paid the tricycle rent for 1000 PHP.

So we first visited the beautiful white sand beach resort in Camotes which is the Santiago White Beach Resort. Since we are just for a day tour, I promptly brought them to the public area of the resort instead of staying in the Santiago Bay Resort. Around 10:30 AM, we had our sumptuous in lunch in one of the economical restaurants in the area.

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Before proceeding to our next destination, we make sure that we will have enough memories to leave. So we took a lot of pictures in the beautiful rock formations under the Santiago Bay resort.

Well, enough for that personal stuff, Lol! I know all of you are all excited with the Amazing Cave. So here is our next spot! The Amazing Island Cave and Resort. It’s good that I asked our driver, (I forgot his name) if what are the other beautiful spots to visit on the island aside from the famous Lake Danao, Mangudlong and whatsoever. So it was our driver’s idea to see visit the cave. According to him, the cave was opened 3 weeks ago.

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And here you go! The photo above is the main entrance going down to the cave. For you to see the beautiful and pristine cavern you have to prepare 25php for without life vest and 35Php with the vest. So we took the 35Php entrance since one of our friends is not that good in swimming.Lol!

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Amazing island cave is one of the eight natural caves and new in the island. This prominent cave is interestingly located on the island of Camotes on its northeastern side.

A lot of versions of interesting stories surrounding this cave can be heard from locals and those who claim to knowledge about this cave’s story.

At present, the cave is only basically developed to accommodate visitors from various places.
To keep the surroundings and the internals of the cave pristine and natural, only very few ‘developments’ are allowed to be implemented, such as making concrete steps from the entrance leading down towards the inside. This makes it safer for visitors to climb up and down, especially among children and older visitors.

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Stalactites and stalagmites. These are signs that the cave is old and the usual attraction feature for caves in general. They are not huge compared to other popular caves in the world but interesting enough to explore with this cave’s size.

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Here’s a quick peek on how I enjoyed swimming in the crystal clear water of cavern.

A post shared by Nhagz Torrecampo (@nhagzventures) on Apr 3, 2017 at 1:52am PDT


ABOUT THE AMAZING ISLAND CAVE AND RESORT

THE AMAZING ISLAND CAVE & BEACH RESORT IS LOCATED IN LUCBON,CONSUELO SAN FRANCISCO CAMOTES ,CEBU,PHILIPINES ,ITS PRIVATELY OWNED BY FRIENDLY, NATIVE, POOR,.SIMPLE & CHRISTIAN LOVING FAMILY.
THE CAVE IS CONNECTED TO THE OCEAN. THE WATER IS ALWAYS FRESH, CLEAN & COOLED. WHEN THE OCEAN IS IN HIGH MOOD THE WATER OF THE CAVE CAN BE VERY DEEP IN SOME OR MOST PARTS OF THE CAVE.PROTECTIONS , SIGNS ARE INSTALLED & LIGHTNING & SO AS LIVE GUIDE PERSON IS ALWAYS AVAILABLE …
INSIDE THE CAVE THERE’S A BEAUTIFUL & AMAZING SMALL ISLAND IN THE MIDST OF ALL These ROLLING WATERS WHICH IS PEACEFUL & VERY GOOD FOR RELAXATION & YOU CAN SEE THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF THIS WONDROUS CREATION OF OUR CREATOR.

The Cave is located in Consuelo San Francisco Camotes.
FOR MORE INFO PLEASE CALL:
Edith – 63 – 9126 – 374848
Jc – 63 – 9482 – 200403
Emma-63 – 9195 – 679175
Jmmy-63 – 9302 – 239770


Special thanks to Miss Millie Morales for the all paid expense trip

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