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.