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A cozy second home in Makati

A cozy second home in Makati

When I was in the big city last week for WordCamp Philippines 2009, my organizing team and I stayed at a delightful little hotel in Makati, Jupiter Suites. Honestly, I had never heard of it before (even though my mother’s family hails from Bel-Air Village in Makati), but I’m certainly glad I know about them [...]

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Sarangani BayFest 2009

Sarangani BayFest 2009

The people of Sarangani Province are gearing up for their annual summer festival, which will take place in the last week of May 2009. Everyone is welcome! In fact, a group of bloggers from Davao, General Santos and Metro Manila are going to join this year’s celebration of the Sarangani Bay Festival 2009. Below are [...]

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Events, Out-of-Town   3

Lemlunay – paradise in Sarangani

Lemlunay – paradise in Sarangani

I’ve found paradise! Nestled atop a precipice overlooking Sarangani Bay in Maasim, Sarangani Province, is an alluring place called Lemlunay, which, in the B’laan and T’Boli tongues, roughly means “the good place one goes to in the afterlife”. The Lemlunay Dive Resort is a countryside getaway that will take your breath away, with its rustic [...]

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Hop to Tagum

Hop to Tagum

Talking about coffee shops recently, a friend and I drifted towards those cafés we hadn’t been frequenting yet. One of which was Miko’s Brew, in Davao, located on Chavez St. (which is more known for lechon than coffee). And then another friend said that this coffee shop actually comes from Tagum, and that this city [...]

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CityScape, Out-of-Town   4

In Cagayan de Oro

In Cagayan de Oro

I arrived in Cagayan de Oro City last night, having traveled by car with Rodney Jao and Ray Rubio. Rodney has a speaking engagement for Microsoft at this software giant’s roadshow on mobile applications development. Ray and I just came along for the ride (literally). After checking in at a hotel near the Limketkai Mall, [...]

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Community, Out-of-Town   9

Missing Manila and food

Missing Manila and food

My last stay in Metro Manila was my busiest this year, even counting my stay in the nation’s capital for the WordCamp Philippines event on 6 September. On the plane back to Davao last Saturday, I was mildly surprised at my count of the number of restaurants I’d gone to: 18! My new favorite cheap, [...]

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Dayo sa Mundo ng Elementalia

Dayo sa Mundo ng Elementalia

For the very first time in my life, I plan to see one of the cinematic offerings of the Metro Manila Film Festival this year. The movie is a full-length animation called Dayo, and the reason I want to watch it is to give support towards this unique Filipino enterprise. Last 4 October, a group [...]

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Post-WordCamp de-stressing

With WordCamp Philippines 2008 successfully concluded, I took the chance to wind down, hangout with good friends here in the Metro and explore new places. Thankfully I have a place to stay in Makati. After finally ridding myself of the Manila Pavilion (a hotel that I vehemently DO NOT recommend to anyone), my buddy Eric [...]

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MediaNation5.2

Last weekend, I was in Tagaytay City to attend MediaNation5.2, where there gathered the country’s top journalists and media decision-makers. In the words of the event’s organizer and host, pagbabago@pilipinas, MediaNation is the only forum in the Philippines where mainstream media organizations come together as one. It’s a coincidence that I am actually part of [...]

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The Davaoeño in Cebu

The Davaoeño in Cebu

Contrary to expectation, I had a very enjoyable and restful stay in Cebu — exactly what I’d been pining for. The Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City provided a relaxing respite for a stressed-out worker bee who hadn’t had a vacation in more than a year! The Waterfront in Lahug is one of the largest hotels [...]

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