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Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery : The Only Underground Cemetery in the Philippines

“It’s creepy. It’s eerie. And why would I like my photos taken underground with the dead? Pang- IG ba?”, my daughter asked me.

“Then let’s see”, I said.

My daughters stayed inside the car while hubby and I together with some friends crossed the street from the gasoline station where we parked. “Ayaw talaga!”

Greeted us is the baroque arched gate and stoned walls embellished with iron grills. There’s this “Intramuros  feels” in it and I said this is a good spot where I can I have my photos taken. “Finally, mapapalitan na ang Cover Photo!”


It’s 9 am and there was no other tourist except us. Somebody approached us, which I believed from the tourism office because he acts as our tour guide and lead us inside the church which is a chamber.



After death.
A photo gallery entitled “Recuerdos de Patay” is strategically located inside the church. Reading at the information about the “Recuerdos de Patay”, it says that the photos are a good source on reconstructing the people’s mental template on death and afterlife. The photos show not only the culture’s valuing of afterlife (ie. kabilang buhay), but also the deep perception by Filipino about life as whole.

Napaisip ako dun.



Underworld.
Domed ceiling, bricks, adobe and river stoned walls in complex patterns can be seen inside the chamber. And yes, from the stairs going down the chamber made me chill a bit.  I feel like I am a character from a movie about underworld, occult, and exorcism. My husband has been telling me, “mabigat ano? na-feel mo yun?”

I guess he was referring to that creepy feeling. It was dark, and the thought of being inside a cemetery with the remains of dead people in the 18th century is something not fun, but scary. “Pinoy eh!”

After a test shot from my mobile phone, the lighting is just perfect. “Picture-an na!”



Not your ordinary cemetery.

Dubbed as the only underground cemetery in the country, the Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery or the Libingan sa Ilalim ng Lupa ng Nagcarlan is a national historical landmark and museum in Brgy. Bambang, Nagcarlan Laguna supervised by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.


Built in 1845 and was established as a public burial site. But despite of its being a public cemetery, its underground crypt is exclusively for Spanish friars and elite Catholic family during that time.

There are no entrance fees to pay. The Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery is open on Tuesdays to Sundays 8:00am to 4:00pm.

Pwede bang magpicture? Yes. You may take photos but these should be for your personal use only. No flash photography allowed.
  


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What are the Requirements for Chinese Visa (for Philippine Passport Holders) ?

Before buying that down jacket you’re crazy about and booking that 5-star hotel in Nanjing you’ve been dreaming of, be sure to get first a Chinese visa.

Most Filipinos get intimated easily in getting visas because of the fear of being disapproved. Sayang nga naman ang processing fee if ma-disapprove lang. But the reality is, that fear and or anxiety is coming from the lack of information.

Photo Credit : Leriza Catiis - Castro
Lamang ang may alam, as they say is actually true!

Let me guide you on the steps to be taken and the requirements to be submitted for a tourist visa for China (for Philippine passport holders).


For Philippine Passport Holder – First Time Applicant

1. Application form

2. 2 pieces photo (please see photo specification below)

3. Original valid passport

4. If valid passport was issued 2014 onwards, need to submit most recent old passport.

5. IF EMPLOYED, Original Certificate of Employment plus photocopy of latest ITR or BIR FORM 2316 & photocopy of company ID

6. If with BUSINESS, photocopy of Business Name Reg./DTI/SEC plus latest company ITR

7. Original Bank Certification of with official receipt/debit memo/certification of waived fee. The type of account which is acceptable are savings and current account from commercial or rural banks only and the account should be opened at least 6 months prior to applying for visa. The account should have an average daily balance and to-date/current balance of at least Php 100,000.00 per applicant.

The Bank Cert. should indicate the following:

·         Account Opening Date
·         Type of Account
·         Average Daily Balance and to Date / Current Balance
·         With Check Write
·         In addition to Bank Certificate, submit the original Bank Statement or Passbook of the said account detailing transaction for the last 6 months

8.  Airline confirmation

9.  Hotel confirmation

10. For those working in Non-Government Organizations (NGO), Religious organizations, Media, Entertainment Industry (Talents & Production Crew), Seafarer/Vessel Crew, submit guarantee letters from the applicant and form his company/employer. Both letters must state that the applicant will not conduct any task related to his profession/job, that the trip is for tourism purposes only and that he will fully abide the laws of the Chinese government.
  

For Philippine Passport Holder – With previous Visa (previous visa is used and issued within the last 10 years)

1.    Application form

2.    2 pieces photo (please see photo specification below)

3.    Original valid passport

4.    If valid passport was issued 2014 onwards, need to submit most recent old passport.

5.    Original passport with previous China Visa if current passport has none

6.    Airline confirmation

7.     Hotel confirmation


After you have the requirements ready, head to the embassy which is located at

Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
2nd floor, The World Center
330 Senator Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City
Visa Application Hours :  9 am to 11 am, from Monday to Friday

or you can call your travel agency to assist you in the application which comes with a minimal fee of course.

Basic Fees and visa processing
The usual processing time is 4 days. The fees are:
  • Single Entry: P1,400
  • Double Entry: P2,100
  • Six Months Multiple Entry: P2,800
  • More than Six Months Multiple Entry: P4,200
I didn’t have any problems with my visa application, the process is simple for as long as you have to present all the requirements and avoid the usual “pwede nayan”.
 Photo Specification

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Celebrate 2017 National Music Week with the NAMCYA

The National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) National Finals Week coincides with the National Music Week celebrations on the last week of November.

To be held on November 21-26, 2017, the Cultural Center of the Philippines shall welcome young artists, musicians, trainors, and teachers who have reached the finals level in a nationwide competition that started early this year. Six ensembles presenting their region’s local traditions will also be presented in the Traditional Music Concert.

With generous support from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the week-long events will include competitions, outreach performances, and culminating and awarding concerts for solo instrument winners and group winners. Newly-Commissioned Works by Filipino composers will also be premiered during the Final Competitions.

The NAMCYA 2017 Finals Week Schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
2:00 PM Opening Ceremonies, CCP Little Theater
5:00 PM Senior Woodwinds, CCP Little Theater
5:00 PM Senior Piano, CCP Main Theater

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
5:00 PM Senior Voice, CCP Little Theater
5:00 PM Senior Strings, CCP Main Theater

Thursday, November 23, 2017
2:00 PM Children's Solo Rondalla Instrument, CCP Little Theater
5:00 PM Youth Rondalla Ensemble, CCP Main Theater

Friday, November 24, 2017
5:00 PM Children's Choir and Adult Choir, CCP Main Theater
6:00 PM Weeknights@6: Outreach Performance, Rizal Park Open Air Auditorium

Saturday, November 25, 2017
10:00 AM Traditional Music Concert, CCP Little Theater
5:00 PM Concert of Solo Instrument Winners, CCP Little Theater

Sunday, November 26, 2017
5:00 PM Concert of Group Winners and Closing Ceremonies, CCP Main Theater


Admission is free for all events. For inquiries, please call the NAMCYA Secretariat at (02) 836-4928 / 836-4929 or visit www.namcya.com and our Social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  #galingNAMCYA #NAMCYA2017

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Yellow Fin Seafood Restaurant : Lamian Nga Imo Gyud Balikan

A trip to Davao would not be complete without sampling their seafood, particularly their tuna. Thank you to our gracious host Mr. Boy Angeles for inviting our team for dinner at Yellow Fin Seafood Restaurant.

Yellow Fin Seafood Restaurant is strategically located at Quimpo Boulevard, Matina, Davao City. You can find great selections of seafood here cooked in different Filipino style dishes. 

The Place
Just 2 minutes walk from Viajeros Inn, you can already have a taste of Davao on a plate. You will be welcomed with a  karendirya /cafeteria-style dining, take more steps and you can see their separate air-conditioned dining area for customers who preferred that restaurant feel.

The restaurant also features a photo gallery of "Old Davao" which adds to that "mala-museum appeal". Yellow Fin is indeed a pride of Davao.





The Food
For starters, we had imbao soup - a clear clam soup with ginger and lemongrass. It's light and refreshing and a perfect starter for a seafood main dish. A clam soup for the soul.

If you love seafood, then the seafood platter is perfect for you. The plate is filled with an assortment of seafood, such as Tuna Belly, Pusit, Shell fish and the famous "Bagaybay" (a local term for fish sperm....wahhh!) smothered in garlicky buttery goodness that melts in your mouth.

The sizzling meat platter is also to die for. Filled with beef, pork, chicken bathed in that special gravy sauce. Sauce palang ulam na!
Another best-seller is their Tuna Buntot. The locals loves that "litid" part of the tuna buntot. Pero hinay hinay din sa pagkain, it's more on the fatty side and like eating that crispy pata litid.



They also offer a variety of fresh fruits shakes too. We had durian, pomelo, apple, cucumber and mango shakes.


Daghang Salamat Yellow Fin Seafood Restaurant. Lamian Nga Imo Gyud Balikan!

ABOUT YELLOW FIN SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
Yellow Fin Seafood Restaurant is a family-owned business based in Davao City, Philippines.

Serving a wide variety of fresh seafood and Filipino dishes and is now noted by many as the pride of Davao City.

Yellow Fin, Deliciously Davao!


Yellow Fin - Ecoland branch
Address: Sandawa Plaza, Quimpo Blvd., Ecoland, Davao City
Telephone: (+6382) 297-8777, (+6382) 298-0299
Operating Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-2pm; 5pm-9:30pm; Sunday-Closed

Yellow Fin - Torres branch
Address: F. Torres St., Prime Square II, Davao City
Telephone: (+6382) 222-0338
Operating Hours: Mon-Sun 10am-2pm; 5pm-9:30pm

Yellow Fin - Jetti Lanang branch
Address: JP Laurel Ave., Davao City (Fronting SM Lanang Premier)
Telephone: (+6382) 234-4255
Operating Hours: Mon-Sun 10am-2pm; 5pm-9:30pm

Yellow Fin - Phoenix Lanang branch (near Grand Regal Hotel)

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The Breath-Taking Highlands of Bukidnon

If you are traveling from Cagayan de Oro to Davao or vice versa via Bukidnon-Davao route, you couldn’t ignore this area along the highway.

Located at Davao - Buda National Highway, Quezon, Bukidnon, the Overview Nature and Culture Park is worth your time to stop over, take a rest after long hours of driving and enjoy the breath-taking view of the mountain ranges of Bukidnon.


Walk a few more steps and you can see statues of indigenous people which show their way of life.



The main attraction of this park is the view of the mountain ranges, beautiful rolling hills, and plains of Bukidnon. How can you not be mesmerized by its grandeur?
Go down further in order to see the long and winding road. Seeing the 360 degrees view of the horizon while feeling that gentle and fresh Bukidnon breeze is indeed another validation that the Philippines is truly blessed. I am in awe. "Nakakawala ng pagod!"


About The Overview Nature and Culture Park
The Overview Nature and Culture Park is a public park maintained by the Department of Works and Highways (DPWH). No entrance fee, free cottages. What else can you ask for?


How to Get There (via Public transport)
From Cagayan de Oro, take a bus bound for Davao City. The park is along the highway so you can see it right away as you're approaching from either point. Or simply tell the driver or conductor to drop you off at Overview Park in Quezon, Bukidnon.

More Photos from our trip








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All-Filipino cast performs on the RWM stage for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Press Release

Resorts World Manila in cooperation with Ultimate Shows Inc., opened its latest theater production Ian Fleming's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for the first time in the country, at the award-winning Newport Performing Arts Theater (NPAT).



Thirty-four years after its movie version was released in 1968, the English musical was the first staged at the London Palladium in 2002 and became its longest running show ever with a three and a half year run. A UK tour also run from 2005 until 2008.

Prior to the Manila production, the musical was also staged on Broadway, New York; the Capitol Theater Sydney; the State Theater, Munich; and Singapore's Esplanade, among others.



Known to deliver world-class productions that champion Filipino talent, RWM showcases another all-Filipino cast led by stage actor Gian Magdangal who comes back to the country after three years of performing theater roles in Hong Kong Disney's the Gold Mickey and Minnie and the Wondrous Book, and as one of the main performers for Universal Studios in Osaka, Japan.

Gian takes on the role of eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts, while young yet seasoned actress Yannah Laurel plays his love interest Truly Scrumptious.

"I was very excited when I got the part. I'm really a fan of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and it was a big part of my childhood," shared Laurel. "It will appeal to Filipino audiences because it's a spectacle of a show, the music is beautiful, and for those who are unfamiliar, it's going to be an exciting treat for them because every single number is a producton number," added the two-time Aliw Awards Best Actress in a Musical nominee.

For the roles of the Potts children, 12-year old Noel Comia, a two-time Aliw Awardee for Best Child Performer alternates with 11-year old Albert Silos who has also been cast in several stage productions in the past including RWM's the King and the Cinderella.

Isabeli Araneta-Elizalde also returns to the NPAT stage as Jemina Potts, after her breakthrough performance in RWMs Annie which won her the Discovery of the Year award in last year's Aliw Awards. Alternating with Isabeli is Zoey Alvarade who herself has performed in numerous stage productions including It's a Giant World, Jewel of Antilles:Two Worlds, One Island; Seussical Jr; Wizzard of Oz, and Greased Lightning.

Also cast in the production are Mako Alonso as Boris; Reb Atadero as Goran; James Paollei as Grandpa Potts; Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo as the Baroness; Raymund Concepcion as Baron Bomburst; Michael Williams as the Toymaker; and Lorenz Martinez as the Childcatcher.



Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is directed by Jaime Del Mundo, with assistant direction by Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, artistic direction by Michael Williams, and the musical score provided by the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Rodel Colmenar.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang runs until November 12, 2017 at the NPAT in RWM. Visit www.rwmanila.com or call (632)908-8833 for more upcoming news on RWM's 8th musical production.




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What to Expect during "Shooting the Rapids in Cavinti Falls" on a Rainy Season

Laguna is also known for spectacular waterfalls. As matter of fact, just in the town of Cavinti alone, there are still numerous falls that has yet to be discovered.

13th October (Friday) - Tropical Typhoon "Odette" entered PAR leaving the Northern part of the Philippines in danger. Continuous rain in the Laguna province also led to flooding on Saturday (14th October) which makes the Shooting the Rapids not safe for tourist. 

Following the "Safety First" motto, we decided to re-schedule our adventure the following day.

15th October (Sunday) - This is my third time meeting this mighty falls, but I have never seen how mighty and powerful she is until this day.

Watch the full video below and see how the boatmen struggle against the water current.


It was an awesome, adventurous, fun and thrilling adventure for us.




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Life Coaching 101

Do you think you have what it takes to be a Life Coach? or do you think you need one?


Life Coaching is an occupation where you work with individuals who wish to make a change in their lives by evaluating their lives on a personal, professional, and spiritual level. They also help individuals to make realistic goals and establish the necessary steps required to reach those goals.


I've been introduced to 3 life coaches just this year alone. And I've seen some of my mentors / friends who are also taking this path. I'm not their client (yet), but just having a conversation with them over a cup of coffee makes me think and re-think what is it really for me. I've been thinking about "Opportunity lost" lately and there something inside that keeps on nagging me. Is it really time to check out that little voice?

So I'm sharing with you guys this Life Coaching 101 (Introduction to Life Coaching) talk happening on October 14, 2017 at D'Cup Coffee Republic.



About D'Cup Coffee Republic

D'Cup Coffee Republic is a book cafe and events venue in Mandaluyong City inside Pioneer St Market. It has a spacious dining area that can comfortably accommodate 80 persons, plus a book lounge area good for 20 persons, and an enclosed function hall good for up to 100 persons, making it a perfect venue for meetings, workshop classes, special gatherings.

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Successful Launch of Travelooza with Regina Victoria Y. De Ocampo of Yamaha & Upcoming Events of TAG Media


Last September 28, 2017 from 10AM to 5PM at Makati Sports Club along Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati, the first convergence of tour operators and travel agencies was launch to promote the Philippines as the premier travel destination in the world. Travelooza is the current theme of Asia Digital Marketing Expo which is celebrating its 3rd year anniversary.



We are thankful also with Payoneer, Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission, Victoria Court, Tupperware, VV, Sunlife, The Artist League, Marv Ragamarv, Zoomanity Group, Tree Top Adventure, Light Network, Elabram Systems, Alveo, Crown Regency, E- Hotels & Resorts, PNB, Citibank, morethanjobs.ph and Tresmore.

For this year 2017, according to the company website, after 50 years, G. A. YUPANGCO & CO., INC., through its present complement of 31 stores and 35 music school centers across the Philippines, continues to serve the needs of the Filipino musician and music enthusiast, providing the state of the art in musical instruments and sound reinforcement technology and the finest in music education while Zoomanity Group, the theme park management headed by her brother, Robert Laurel Yupangco is the number 1 theme park destination and is expanding in the Philippines.

One of the leaders in the Philippines supporting Travelooza is no other than Ms. Regina Victoria Y. De Ocampo of Yupangco Group of Companies the grand daughter of the former Philippine President, Jose P. Laurel. According to her, supporting these kind of events can create awareness on our beautiful country, and a destination like no other.

The next events under Tag Media and Public Relations will be the biggest this year. Two events are lined up already and as follows;
  • Asia Leaders Forum in Real Estate 2022 & Beyond will be on December 14, 2017 at Makati Shangrila Hotel from 10AM-4PM with leaders as speakers from different chamber of commerce, business and government officials with the partnership with Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission and Malaysia Chamber of Commerce.
  • Socialooza is the annual event under Pinoy Blogger Team which is created by Tag Media and Public Relations simultaneous with the annual Christmas Party of the group. Partial list of speakers are as follows;

RJ Nieto
Thinking Pinoy | DFA Consultant | Political Blogger
Sonnie Santos
Presidential Communications Operations Office Consultant | Corporate Blogger

Ericsson Moredo
Multibiz Inc. Head | Lifestyle Blogger
Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas
Tag Media & PR Co- Founder | Corporate Blogger

Ailene Co
A-List & Partners Consulting Group | Co-Founder of Trend Hotspot Online Magazine
Jaypee David City of Dreams Manila
CARE
Sr. Executive | Digital Marketing and Multimedia | Travel Blogger Rod Magaru
Regional Finance Supervisor for Middle East & North Africa |
Entertainment Blogger
For more info and to register at Tag Media & PR next events (Asia Leaders Forum and Socialooza), please send inquiries to events@travelooza.asia or call 09166299381 or 02 9170213

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9 Things You Need to Know Before Going to Minalungao National Park

Minalungao National Park is a protected area of the Philippines located in the municipality of General Tinio, Nueva Ecija in Central Luzon.



The park is considered as one of the few remaining natural environments in this region north of Manila. It is promoted by the local government as an ecotourism destination offering breath-taking scenery of green pristine river and unique rock formations. A system of unexplored subterranean caverns have also been identified as potential attractions. Facilities for picnics, swimming, fishing, raft riding and cliff diving have likewise been put up to draw more visitors

Interested? Before asking your friends to join you this weekend, here are some things that you should need to know before going to Minalungao National Park.

1. The river gets crowded at lunch time. Be sure to be at the park on or before 7 or 8am on a weekend or holiday.


2. There are a lot of areas perfect for photoshoot. Prepare your OOTD and get that IG-gramable perfect look.



3. Rent a balsa for 600 pesos for 4 hours. Each balsa can only accommodate max of 8 pax. Make sure your lunch is ready before riding the balsa to save time. Grilling in the balsa is no longer allowed.



4. Real life "the boat is sinking game". If you will be renting 2 balsas for 16 pax, make sure to master your balancing skills so you can go back and forth from one balsa to another



5. You can buy buko salad while swimming. For only 15 pesos, you can taste the famous ice candy of mamang magbubuko. Sigaw lang ng "Pabiling ice candy!"



6. The park features a steel hanging bridge.


7. And zipline that you can enjoy.


8. Clean as you go. With the influx of local tourist from Luzon, I'm worried that the river might be exploited in the years to come.


9. Very limited shower rooms. There will be a very long line in the shower room between 2 to 4 pm on a weekend. You need to make "igib igib" the tubig using tabo and balde in the big water container first. Your muscles will be put to a test.


Address : General Tinio, Nuueva Ecija
Phone : (056) 606-3352 / 0908-3678094 



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