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Pag-IBIG Fund holds 'Araw ng Pag-IBIG' for more than 1,500 couples


Today, February 14, Pag-IBIG Fund holds its eight "I Do. I Do! Araw ng Pag-IBIG," a mass wedding for Pag-IBIG member-couples.  More than 1,500 couples are expected to participate this year in 13 venues nationwide.

"This is how we celebrate Araw ng Pag-IBIG on Valentine's Day.  The mass wedding is our way of helping couples formalize their union and reminding them that Pag-IBIG Fund membership comes with benefits that can help in their lives.  We are one with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's directive of helping  Filipino families make the most of social benefits provided by government institutions like Pag-IBIG Fund," said Eduardo D. del Rosario, who serves as the Chairperson of both the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and the Pag-IBIG Fund of Board of Trustees.

This year's " I Do. I Do! Araw ng Pag-IBIG" will be simultaneously conducted in Pasay City, Mandaue City, Davao City, General Santos City and Zamboanga City.

"Since 2012, Pag-IBIG Fund has assisted 20,297 Filipino couples through this activity.  The "Araw ng Pag-IBIG" is a lighthearted way to capitalize on our name but there is the serious objective of encouraging more Filipinos to enjoy the benefits of being a Pag-IBIG Fund member.  It is our vision for every Filipino worker to save with Pag-IBIG Fund, so they can have access to high-yield savings and affordable home loans," said Pag-IBIG Fund Chief Executive Officer Acmad Rizaldy P. Moti.

The "I Do. I Do! Araw ng Pag-IBIG," was awarded with the 1st Philippine Quill for a Government Communication Program in 2013.  It also grabbed the Bronze Award for Advocacy Communications under the category of Responsible Parenthood at the Araw Values Award, and cited by the TV show, Philippine Book of Records, as having the "most number of couples in a nationwide mass wedding'" in  2014.

World Class Glass Sculptures at Museo Orlina

Pagkailangan natin na mag quick get-away at kailangang makatakas sa gulo at ingay ng Meto Manila, hindi mawawala ang Tagaytay sa listahan. 

Just 1.5 hrs away from the Metro, we can now experience the cool breeze of Tagaytay. More than the weather, the food, at sa napakaraming convents in Tagaytay for soul searching, matatagpuan din dito ang mangilan-ngilang art galleries tulad ng Museo Orlina.

It was my former boss who introduced me to the artistry of Ramon Orlina. One time, he hand me over this blueish green glass and told me to display it in his office.  I remember him saying, "JLo, ingatan mo yan, Orlina yan!" 

Fast forward 15 years later, here I am standing inside the Museo Orlina in awe while looking at the wonderful crafts of Mr. Orlina.

About Museo Orlina

Museo Orlina is the showcase of the artistry of internationally acclaimed Ramon Orlina, pioneer and foremost practitioner of glass sculpture in the country. Before Orlina, glass was largely appreciated only for its utilitarian function: as drinking vessels, window glass panes or automotive windshields. A visionary, Orlina saw beyond the humble origin of this industrial glass residue. The result is an exultant body of works that, through the decades, have dazzled the art scene and prized by numerous collectors. Triumphantly, Orlina has transformed the medium by elevating it to the dignity and respectability of art.

The Museo Orlina opens its door to the public, where they can view superb examples of Ramon Orlina’s scintillating artistry to their delight and enchantment.

General - Php 100.00
Students and Senior Citizens with valid ID - Php 80.00

Museo Orlina
Hollywood Subdivision Road,
Brgy. Tolentino East, Holywood Subdivision 
Tagaytay City

Mobile  : 0995-7354462
Tel No. : (046) 413-2581


Here are some of the photos during our visit. Syempre hindi mawawala ang mala-pictorial kong mga shots. :-)

Seeking Hiroshima : 8 Things To Do / Places to Visit in Hiroshima, Japan

If you have a day to spend in Hiroshima, chances are you will have difficulty in deciding where to go to first. One day is not enough to enjoy what Hiroshima has to offer, but let me help you with my Top 8 things to do / places to visit in Hiroshima.

1. Ride a JR Ferry to Miyajima Island
Are you a JR Pass holder? Then you can get to Miyajima island by riding the JR Ferry for free.  Miyajima island is one of the top three spots in Japan and if you are visiting Hiroshima for the first time, make sure to check on this island.

2. Try Hiroshima Oysters
Hiroshima is famous  for Oysters and Miyajima is a great place for oyster lovers.  How can you not resist a big, succulent, sweet Hiroshima oysters? 

3. Take a selfie at O-Torii Gate
Spend a picture-perfect morning in Miyajima island and have a photo with the sacred O-Torri Gate on the background.

4. Say hello to the friendly local deer
Deer and human in Miyajima live together side by side, and they are really really friendly and kawaii.

5. Shop for souvenirs and Foods at Miyajima Traditional Craft Center 
A kilometer walk street offering different kinds of foods from fishcakes to oysters for your discriminate taste and also offers souvenirs for your eyes to feast on.

6. Understand the effects of Nuclear bomb at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, visitors can learn about the bombing of Hiroshima and the city's restoration from the countless number of artifacts that were left in its wake.

7. Learn history at the World Heritage Site, The Atomic Bomb
Approximately 160m from the Hypocenter, the hall took severe damage from the bomb and resulting fires that swept the city.

8. Pay tribute to the victims of war at the Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims
An underground hall dedicated to the victims of the A-bomb, visitors can see a collection of memoirs and views of the city from the hypocenter. A panorama of tile representing the total number of victims the first year after the bomb dropped can be seen.

A Guide to See Mt. Fuji in its Full Glory

Our 10-day trip to Japan includes Mt. Fuji in the itinerary. We decided to stay for a night at Fujiyoshida so we can be early and grab a nice spot in anticipation of that perfect moment with Mt. Fuji.

So we travel from the City lights of Tokyo to the Country-side, to the laid-back Fujiyoshida.

How To Get There:
Take the JR Chuo Line and go west to Otsuki Station, then transfer to Fujikyu Line. If you are a JR Pass holder, the Fujikyu Line is not covered by your JR pass and you need to pay 960 yen each from Otsuki to Gekkoji Station. Travel Time from Otsuki to Gekkoji is about 45 minutes.

Where to Stay:
We stayed at Mt. Fuji Hostel Michaels. The hostel comes with a view of Mt. Fuji and is a 4- minute walk from Gekkoji Station and 3-km from Fuji-Q Amusement Park.

We stayed at their ryokan style room with futon-style beds and chabudai dining table.

Best Spot to see Mt. Fuji:
They say that there is a higher chance of getting that picture perfect moment with Mt. Fuji in the morning. As early as 5:45am, we trekked to the iconic Chureito Pagoda on the hilltop facing Mt. Fuji in Arakuyama Sengen Park.

After 400 steps, the snow white-capped Mt. Fuji welcomed us in its full glory.

15 Things To Do / Places To Visit in Tokyo

Minsan nangarap akong magkaron ng sariling travel show. Dahil hindi naman ako celebrity, nag self-produce nalang ako :-)

Inspired by Sandy Daza's Food Prints and Travel Channel's Pacific, I asked my husband to take videos of me and follow my lead during our 10-day travel in Japan. (hindi lang producer, director na din!)

Click here for the 10-day itinerary

We stayed in Tokyo for 5 days and here is our itinerary:

Day 1
Check-in at Hotel Horidome
Shibuya Crossing
Kabukicho, Shinjuku
Day 2
Tokyo River Cruise / Sky Tree
Day 3
Ueno Park
Tokyo Imperial Palance
Sensoji (Asakusa) Temple

Day 4
Tokyo Disney Sea

Day 5
Travel to Fujiyoshida

The video below highlights our Tokyo trip. It was tiring yet happy that we were able to pull this off without any guide. Hindi kami naligaw! yahooo!

Tips and Tricks 

1. Buy a 4G Unlimited internet SIM. It is easy to get lost in Tokyo. You need google maps for directions and local train schedules and apps like Hyperdia for shinkansen schedule. Thank me later!

2. Buy a 72-hr Tokyo Subway Metro Card. It will save you money and a lot of time than buying train tickets using the machine.

3. If you are visiting more than 7 days in Japan and will also be traveling to Osaka, get a 7-day JR Pass. It actually depends on your itinerary and length of stay, pero if magpapabalik balik kayo, this is super sulit.

4. The average meals in Japan costs around 1,000 yen or 500 pesos, sa mga nagtitipid, you can get real meals at 7-11 for only 150 to 500 yen or 75 to 250 pesos. Try also Yoshinoya, our comfort restaurant in Tokyo. 

5. Good Luck!

 1 Chome-10-10 Nihonbashihoridomecho, Chūō, Tokyo 103-0012, Japan

What I love about this hotel is that they provide their guests free use of smartphone with unlimited internet which you can use outside during your stay in the hotel. But of course, you have to return it upon check-out.

It is also near subways which will take you about 10 to 20 minutes walk
Comment here and please feel free to ask questions, I'll be very happy to make chicka with you.