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Yes, we rented the whole island just for the four of us for only 6,000 pesos. 

Being in quarantine for so long takes a toll on our physical and mental well-being. My husband and eldest daughter were also are covid survivors now. After successfully won their covid battle last March, my husband and I together with two friends decided to take a rest last June and rented the whole island just for us for this long-awaited breather.

Check out my vlog to see what the island looks like. Sarap buhay mga friendship!


    Hindi man naging maganda ang takbo ng taong 2020 sa ating bansa maging sa buong mundo, hindi ibig sabihin na titigil na sa pag-ikot ito. Ika nga, it’s  time to move on at harapin ang mga bagay bagay at problema ng may panibagong pananaw.  Pero may isang lugar dito sa Pilipinas na parang tumigil ang panahon at parang nag time travel ka nuong panahon ng mga Kastila. Kung ultimate throwback ang trip nyo, samahan nyo akong mag time travel sa panahon ng mga kastila dito sa LAS CASAS FILIPINAS DE ACUZAR.

    Ang kaisa-isang heritage theme park dito sa Pilipinas, with 400 hectares beside the West Philippine sea, ito ang Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar.  Ang ibig sabihin ng mga salitang ito  sa tagalog ay  Ang mga bahay Sa PIlipinas ni Acuzar. Owned by Mr. Jose Rizalino “Jerry” Acuzar of The New  San Jose Builders. Nagsimulang magkolekta ng bahay si Mr Acuzar nuong year 2000, at nabuksan lamang para sa publiko ang Las Casas nuong 2010.

    Year 2019 nuong una akong bumisita dito sa Las Casas. Punong puno ang aming mga mata, puso at isipan nung mga panahong iyon. Panahong pwedeng magdikit-dikit at mag party party!  Kaya naman excited akong makabalik muli.  Halos isang taon ding hindi nakapag-travel ng dahil sa pandemia, kaya naisipan naming bumisita muli at balikan ang kasaysayan ng nakaraan dito sa Las Casas.


    Alamin ang mga kwento sa likod ng mga lumang bahay dito sa Las Casas. Bawat kwarto at bawat sulok ng mga ito  ay mga nakatagong istorya. Mga piping saksi ang bawat pader, o haligi na para bang naghuhumiyaw ibahagi sa atin ang kanilang mga nakaraan. 

    We joined the Heritage walking tour. At kahit second time ko na, echoserang frog parin ako sa mga mga ilang kwento na nababalot dito.

    Natapos ang aming maghapon ng pagod ang aming katawang lupa pero busog ang aming mga puso. Masarap balikan paminsan minsan ang mga aral ng nakaraan. Nakatutuwang isipin na ang mga lumang mga bahay na ito ay mga saksi sa mga pinagdaanan ng ating mahal na Pilipinas.

                Sa pagtaas ng araw, 
                kasama nito ang aking dalangin,
                na makamit parin ng aking Inang Bayan
                ang Kalayaan.

                Kalayaang maka alpas sa tanikala ng kahirapan.
                Kalayaang makapagpahayag ng sariling pananaw.
                Kalayaan ng mga musmos na lumaki ng maayos at masagana.

                At sa paghimbing nitong gabi, 
                ilang oras na lamang ay sisikat na magmuli.
                At sa ating muling pagkikita,
                kasama mo ang pag-asa na lahat ng aking dalangin ay makakamit.


If you are looking for a place near the Metro where you want to see a 360 view of Metro Manila, Rizal, and Laguna, then you should visit Cloud 9 Sports and Leisure Club located in Antipolo, Rizal

And if you want some adventure, why don't we dare you to cross the 360 hanging bridge. For only Php 60, get to experience and challenge your self, but the fee is waived if you will dine in their restaurant.

We came early and we had tocilog and tapsilog for breakfast at their in house restaurant while enjoying the view. We go straight ahead to the hanging bridge right after. There is less crowd in the morning compared at night time. So take this chance to have a photo or video without the photobombers.

Check out my vlog here and please subscribe as well. 

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Why Igorots in Metro Manila directly source goods from farmers

Two pesos a kilo for cabbage. Four pesos for cucumber.

After spending money to bring their produce to the nearest vegetable trading post in the last week of July, Cordilleran farmers were given a cruel rate, crushing their hope of raising cash to buy seeds for the next harvest. 

A Sad Story for New-Gen Farmers

Shereen Umayat and Jessica Dapliyan, two young farmers from Sagada, had a cheaper option for their next maturing vegetables- let the plants rot in the farmland to stop having additional expenses. 

Asked how much she has spent for her cucumber, Umayat computed it to be at least P40, 000.

While there are active programs like Sustainable Sagada and Rural Rising organized to help ease the situation, not all produce in the remote Mountain Province town can be accommodated.

Dapliyan, a former innkeeper who shifted to farming following travel bans, started giving away her cabbage produce for free in September after unsuccessful attempts to sell what her family has been working since community quarantine restrictions were implemented. 

Trying the Metro Manila Market 

For generations, farmers in Sagada and other towns of the Cordilleras have been trading in marketplaces within the mountainous region and going to the lowlands is not part of their regular routine. But as they run out of options, they are forced to seek help outside the highlands.

Tapping Metro Manila-based Cordillerans or Igorots was the first move. Upon learning about the crisis, Christian Aligo, a Marketing Communications practitioner living in Quezon City, started the “The Sagada Harvests Project” on Facebook. 

With the assistance from Umayat, Menchie Buking of the Department of Agrarian Reform Mt. Province (DAR MP) and other concerned locals, The Sagada Harvests Project is able to sell out about three tons of produce in its first two runs.

Alongside Aligo are other Metro Manila-based Igorots including Luisa Gay Pugong, Jenny Lyn Likigan, Bing Podes Laguipen, and Hector Ngales who transformed themselves into vendors after their day job to help address the crisis.

Joining the force is the couple Atty. Pio and Noemie Jeanet Daoas who now spend their weekends on vegetables. With the help of dedicated riders, the couple deliver the goods within Taguig City at only P20. 

A Trade Friendlier to Farmers

As agreed, it is the farmers who set the price of their produce. Currently in marketplaces, it is the multi-level middle-men who dictate the price and get a bigger portion of it.

When the rate at the La Trinidad trading post for cabbage was P2 per kilo, The Sagada Harvests Project purchased the vegetable at P20 per kilo-- as dictated by the farmers.

To further assist the Igorot vendors, DAR’s Sagada Linksfarmers Consolidation Center opened its doors to help screen quality produce prior to shipping. 

Recently, the regional office of the Department of Agriculture (DA) also offered transportation assistance to help lower expenses.

Meanwhile, local food producers Gabay Wines and Food Preserves and Masferre Country Inn & Restaurant have been doing experiments for delicate items like wild blueberry, wheat bread, and goat cheese products to check on the shelf-life of the products when offered in places with a warmer climate.

To know more about The Sagada Harvest Project and a list of Igorot vendors who directly source their goods from farmers, contact Aligo at 0956-174-8464 (Globe) or visit now.

HOME OFFICE MAKEOVER : How To Maximize a Small Office Space

    We decided to DIY our home office makeover. Maximizing a small office space is quite difficult if you are do not know anything about designing and engineering. But with the help of these suppliers, we were able to pull it off.

    Check out my latest vlog below.