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


Cebu Century Plaza Hotel, A Place To Stay in Cebu


More and more people are discovering the benefits of a staycation as a cheaper and less stressful alternative to going inter-island or abroad.  A Cebu City staycation is quite feasible because of numerous luxury yet affordable hotels in the area that offer so many options for a wonderful R&R (rest and relaxation) away but not too far from home.



After all, who in their right mind wants to spend hours at the airport and what-feels-like an eternity pinned into a tiny seat on a long-haul flight? So make the smart and great choice and plan a perfect place to stay when visiting the Queen City of the South, Cebu!



Cebu Century Plaza Hotel offers all its guest utmost relaxation. whether staying for a while or for a longer period.This Cebu accommodation will always look after the guests experience in comforts.



Cebu Century Plaza Hotel is located at the heart of uptown, Cebu. It is just 2 to 3 minutes walk from one of Cebu City’s Pioneering shopping center which is Robinson’s Fuente and about 5 to 10 minutes ride to Ayala Center Cebu.


The hotel has a resident restaurant, the Okinawa Heat which offers various of Japanese meals. But if you are not into Japanese cuisine, nothing to worry about because there are various restaurants just around the complex.


The moment you walk through out your door, you’ll think you’ve just been transported to the best nightlife scene in New York City. Sample the contemporary local brews and browse the bar’s renowned whiskey collection. 

Just 2 minutes walk from the hotel is the best place to hang out in Cebu and the epi-center of Cebu’s nightlife, the Mango Square Avenue. The place is fast growing in popularity as a place to go to when you’re looking to party the night away, shake those booties or belt your heart out to the tune of your choice.




All rooms inside the hotel are newly renovated and freshly refurbished. They have the most spacious and biggest rooms compared to other hotels in Cebu City.


The hotel was also designed for PWD guests and they are also a very-child accommodation. You can also work or turn the guest rooms as your office as they have a very stable Wi-Fi connection.





Cebu Century Plaza Hotel is the Cebu’s first barrier-free hotel to offer Universal Design to support in PWD guests. They are surrounded with most reliable hospitals in the heart of Cebu. They are just a 2-minute walk to the corner of General Maxilom Ave. (the old Mango Avenue) where business, banking, restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and other services are just a stone’s throw away, where the Sinulog Parades always pass by.


When visiting Cebu, book your accommodation at Cebu Century Plaza Hotel. For inquiries and bookings you may contact them at (63) (32) 255-1010) and (+63-917-320-3535). You may also visit their Cebu Century Plaza Hotel or visit their Facebook Page.

Special Thanks to Sir Ricky for the great experience at Cebu Century Plaza Hotel!



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.

An Awesome Traverse To The Manutu River in Toledo City, Cebu

Are there magical places out in the wilds of the world? One of the questions I always asked and I always ended up an answer depending on who I asked. Although it is still uncertain that if magic really exists in the world, there are certainly fantastic and extraordinary places on our planet that certainly seem to make one entertain the idea that it just may.


After our overnight camp at the charming Mt.Tagaytay, we had an awesome side-trip to the surprising river of Toledo, City. Traversing to Mt. New Bucau, there is one such place that lies in the quaint rain-forest in the City, an achingly beautiful and mystical river that has long been surrounded by legend locals.


Moments in MT. Taytaytay


The Beautiful Mt.New Bucau

This is the Manuto River, a place where it is said to be mysterious and which indeed mesmerizing enough to make one believe that magic is real.


The Wet and Wild Manutu River 

There are many rivers in the country that are so wrapped with mystery and magnificence. According to Miss Beth (our host for this weekend adventure) has the same view of Tanay River and Marmol River in Tuburan, Cebu. It is also connected with the Malubog Lake that is marked by its folklore.


A very welcoming river!

Upon arriving at the river, I was surprised with the cold as ice waters flowing continuously the river and this combined with the reflection of palm trees.


Adding to the magical quality of the place is the plentiful indigenous flora and fauna lining the cold waters.



While walking along the river, I saw a lot of spots that are picturesque, really! Thus, I made a lot of stops. Along the way, I saw boulders and gigantic rocks that made me feel I’m back to the place where I drifted my wandering soul, the Marmol Cliff in Tuburan, Cebu.


After almost 30 minutes of walking along the river and climbed those bouldering rocks, we finally reached the spot where we can swim and take our lunch. A few minutes later, the weather became unfriendly. Unfortunately, a steady falling of water from the sky washes us away.



These three are just like walking in the park!

” If the rain continued pouring down heavily, kindly go back to the area where we had a quick stop”, Miss Beth said.


An awesome view after climbing the boulders


The guys are having some fun swimming at the cold as ice waters surrounded by the boulders. 


According to Miss Beth, if there is rain, the streams that flow into the main river receives greater amounts of water that will instantly cause the river flooding.  So, we decided to get back to the place where we can shade, loosen up, and take a brunch.



Truly breathtaking 

As we were making our way back to the area where we can meet Beth and RJ, the downpour is continuous and we are really struggling because each one of us is having some stuff in our hands which is our food.


Rain? Who cares? I have the food in my hand, lol!


Despite the rain falls, we continuously trek until we reached the area. Upon our arrival, we instantly took our lunch because as what have the locals advised to us, there will be no habal-habal driver that can take us to the jump-off area of General Climaco (Malubog) especially if there is a heavy rain.


After taking a quick brunch, things got even worse.downpours got heavy!Since I’m very weak in cold temperature, I was really freezing that moment. So we quickly took a motorcycle ride going back to Barangay Malubog and the cold winds really tendering our body. Adding to that chilled ride was a bumpy and rocky road that is seemingly an endless adventure.


The Rocky Road

After that bumpy ride, a few minutes later we finally reached the jump-off area of Barangay Malubog with the courage, haha! And I thought that was the end of our adventure, it wasn’t!


Top loading 


Topload is FUN! FUN! FUN!


As we said our goodbyes to Beth, we rode a jeepney going back to Toledo Bus Terminal. We took a “top-load” ride where you need to go up and occupy the roof of the jeepney. No comfortable chair! No protection ceiling! Everything is OPEN! This is my second time to go on top loading and it is really fun and extreme! I found this challenging, really! Because you need to sit down on hard metals under the heat of the sun for long hours.But in our case the pour down slowly stop and we’re lucky enough!


Overall, this is one of the best adventures I had in Toledo City, Cebu. Thank you so much to Miss Beth for organizing this Friendship Climb. I had so much fun and thankful seeing those beautiful natural gifts in Toledo City. Hoping that these places I’ve visited will remain to exist and be seen. The river is really a dreamlike beauty and hope it will be preserved for many future generations to come!:)



Mt.Tagaytay |Humble and Charming Peak in Toledo, Cebu

Weekend, Yay! One humble afternoon and I met up again the lunatic group called Tribu Hugawan, Lol! Another hiking adventure that’s full of fun through the mountains of Toledo, City Cebu.


Getting there was a bit extreme motorcycle ride as we crossed the rocky road river. While I am on the ride, I remember the moment when I visited the Marmol Cliff in Tuburan, Cebu.


Getting a good view from the summit of Mt.Tagaytay is not difficult. Even on rainy days, the mountain’s summit will always give you the opportunity to see the entire City of Toledo and also the enchanting Malubog Lake. 

We started our hike at around 3 o’clock in the afternoon, which is late, as the recommended time starts in the itinerary is 1:30 PM. The hike starts at Barangay Malubog right next to Barangay Casoy where we took a habal-habal ride.


I could tell that the day was going to be a scorched hike as the heat of the sun really blast. Even at the foot of the mountain which is surrounded by many trees, I was already starting to sweat. The first part of the trail passed a cemented road in a small community, a row of houses, a field where cows were grazing, then a steady but gradual uphill;l climb trail that seemed to wind around the mountain.


Brgy Magdugo- where we took our habal-habal ride going to the jump-off

Because it was a hot afternoon hike, so we did not have a lot of stops to take photos. After of almost an hour hike, we reached the house of Miss Beth Dacuma. She’s actually our assigned guide for this weekend hike and camp-out in Mt.Tagaytay.  There, we cease our hike real quick in order to relax.


After 15 minutes of loosening up, we then resumed our hike going to Mt. Bucau. In this part, the trek was still a gradual uphill trail. As we reached the mountain of Mt. Bucau I instantly grab my camera because of the picture-perfect view. I just can’t afford of not to take photos with the scenic background of Malubog Lake no matter how scorching hike it was.


Reaching the Mt. Bucau will give you the best background of Malubog Lake



The trail going to Mt. Tagaytay wasn’t tough and exhausting. This time, I did a lot of stops to take photos with the natural greenery background. I was so amazed by the surroundings as it will give you the best view of the mountains that surround around Malubog Lake.



Over that scorched hike, we finally reached the expansive field of Mt. Tagaytay. It was an eye-opener for me since that was really my first time to see a pleasant plateau.


Everyone can roll and ramble because it is spacious, really! That was my first time also see a camp site as big as Mt. Tagaytay.


A surprising view at the top of Mt.Tagaytay. It is spacious, really!

Since we arrived Mt. Tagaytay at around 5:00 PM, we quickly pitched our tents for us to chase the sunset. Everyone is really busy preparing their cameras to take a photo of the beautiful yellow-reddish daylight that slowly fades away in the mountain, lucky enough!



From there, I’ve got the best panorama shots of the entire Toledo City. Everywhere in the mountain is really surrounded by the beautiful backgrounds.



After getting those awe-inspiring shots, we then prepared our dinner and had a leisurely talk/socials with the group.


We’re so lucky to get our foot in Mt.Tagaytay as we are the first group to set up a camp in this private and spacious area. Thanks to Miss Beth and RJ for taking good care and organizing this weekend climb!



The next morning is another day to rise up for a new journey to the summit Mt. New Bucau.






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:

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  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…”
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*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”










Marmol Cliff | Stunning And Enchanting Rock Formations in Tuburan, Cebu



Grabbing a bike in the town to enjoy the scenery of the sea.

Many of us will just bypass the quite Municipality of Tuburan, Province of Cebu. Who could have thought that this peaceful town got some places to visit. Aside from its famous Molobolo Spring which has been considered as the favorite destination both locals and tourists. Another famed attraction that will make you fall in love in the town is the granitic Marmol Cliff. A stunning and enchanting rock formations of two cliffs with a river that flowing naturally between them. Getting there is an extreme adventure, really! Whether you go on foot or ride a motorbike, you will be river trekking.The motorbike is literally a breathtaking ride.


The start of our rocky road journey 🙂

Well, let’s get started with what brought me here and why I’ve got here? Every time I will see my traveler friends posting about this place in social media, my adventurous spirit will get envy. It’s almost one year that I am longing to see this amazing beauty of nature provided by the beautiful marble rocks. Over the weekend, I had best opportunity to visit the Land of Springs and Hope, Tubaran! My officemate, Angelo a proud Tuburanon, invited me to experience the hidden beauty of Tuburan. We visited the place with high expectations and we were not disappointed.


Coron, No! This is just the simple yet majestic rock formation 🙂

Seriously, it is a beautiful rock formation that looks like a getaway to another world.It is a majestic site that is worth traveling. My adventurous spirit was satisfied with the marble rock as it offers me an ultimate pleasure of yearning Mother Nature’s heart.


I am so inlove with these beautiful cliffs in front of me!

MARMOL CLIFF: A Majestic Site That Is Worth Traveling

This Tuburan Weekend Getaway with Angelo was truly an unforgettable one. We met up at JY Square Mall, Lahug at around 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon. We took our journey via Cebu Trancentral Highway and it was raining with overwhelming quantities. 🙂 We traveled for around 2 hours from Cebu City to Municipality of Tuburan.  Since we arrived there late afternoon and it was raining that time. Thus, we decided to visit the Marmol Cliff the next day so I had the opportunity to roam around the town plaza.


An old street clock that was placed along the street of Town Plaza


Angelo enjoying the stunning scenery of Tuburan Port

It was a bright and sunny Sunday the next day, a great time to jaunt the Marmol Cliff. It took us 30 -45 minutes ride on a motorbike before we saw the enchanting marble rock formation. That was literally a breathtaking ride for us as we crossed the rocky road rivers in a motorcycle and sometimes we need to trek for us to get to the other side of the river. There are many gravels gathers along the way. There’s a wide water expanse, the flow narrows and in some parts deeper.That was the most challenging motorcycle ride I had in my life.I become an ugly rascal, Lol!


Just go with the flow..hahaha! That was not easy tho.


We need to hike for us to cross to the other side of the banks.


And we’re getting closer to you Maria Joaquin

After that intense ride, we finally saw the majestic two cliffs standing with the natural waters running between them. The sound of birds is much apparent now with the sighting of colorful feathers flying above from time to time.


I finally saw you…You are so beautiful in my eyes

Unfortunately, due to the heavy rain, the river burst it banks the and water was not clear and bluish-green that moment.



Between these two gigantic Marmol rocks, is a deep portion of the stream where you can take a ride in the raft if you want to get to the other side of the river.


I had the best opportunity to get close to these Marmol rocks


An aerial view of the deep portion of the stream

As we reached the center of the bouldering rocks, there’s a portion where you can climb and enjoy the scenery up there. There’s also an unwritten lore where Maria Cacao and Tang-an story lies behind these beautiful cliffs.


Enjoying the childish spirit in me 🙂


After we took photos at the other end of the cliff, we instantly proceeded to the other side where there is a small opening cave.According to the locals, during the World War II, it was used by the Cebuano Katipuneros because of its expansive and ample space.


The opening small cave.


Until now, I can’t get enough with the beautiful Marmol Cliff! Standing tall and high.The setting was so magical and picturesque.


Planning to see this Stunning and Enchanting Marmol Rock?


Via A Public V-Hire:

Take a V-hire via Balamban-Tuburan from Ayala Terminal. One way fare is 140 Php. Inform the driver to drop you off at Tuburan Town Proper ( You can drop-off at 7/11 convenience store fronting San Antonio De Padua Church ). Travel time will take around 3 hours. From Tuburan Proper, look for a motorbike or habal-habal that will take you to Sitio Marmol, (Marmol Cliff). The fare is 100 Php and travel time would take 30-45 minutes.

Via Public Bus Transit:

Just go to North Bus Terminal and take a bus bound for Balamban-Asturia-Tuburan. Tell the driver to drop you off at Tuburan Proper and look for a motorbike that can take you to Brgy. Marmol (Marmol Cliff ). Travel time would time around 4 hours.


Additional Tips/Reminders:

1.  You can negotiate a motorbike driver to wait for you while you are exploring the beautiful Marmol Cliff.
2. Make sure to wear proper attire because there will be trekking/hiking that needs to be done to cross rivers.
3. Respect the community and environment. Avoid creating loud noise that could possibly disturb the area.
4. Make sure to bring enough water and avoid bringing loads because you will be enduring a rough rocky ride.
5. Be friendly



















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

Gawas niana, ila usab gipakita ang kinabuhi ang kinabuhi sa mga babayeng bisaya pinaagi sa pag-sayaw ug “Palo-Palo Dance”.IMG_20170526_204143-01.jpeg


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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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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photo from Choose Philippines

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Ram here!

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


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.



My travel buddy, Gari!


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.

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