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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Kinabayo Festival 2008

I just came from a 3-day vacation from Dapitan City, which is also known as the Shrine City of the South. Last July 25, 2008, Dapitan celebrated its annual Kinabayo Festival as part of the Feast of Señor Santiago or St. James.

Kinabayo Festival is a colorful celebration re-enacting the Spanish-Moorish wars, mainly the Battle of Covadonga where the Spanish forces under General Pelagio took their last stand against Saracan. They were able to overturn the tide through the miraculous spirit of St. James. The addition of local color and modernism has made this annual celebration a popular attraction which brings thousands of tourists to the Dapitan City.

The Festival was highlighted by a street dance and showdown which were participated by 3 teams. Barangay Bagting of Dapitan City bagged the grand prize.

Enjoy my pictures of the Festival Dance showdown held in Jose Rizal Memorial State College last July 25.


Monday, July 21, 2008

Trip to Laguna

It has been a while since my last post. I was busy for the past months and had difficulty in updating this blog. But I'm back now. :) Earlier, I got a text message from my student because he liked this travel blog. I was encouraged to keep on posting here.

Last week, I went to San Pablo, Laguna to attend a strategic planning session of the Animation Council of the Philippines. It was my second time to be in Laguna. The first time was six years ago when my friend Patrick and I had a joy ride towards Los Baños.

The planning was conducted in Casa San Pablo which is a haven at the heart of San Pablo City, Laguna. I liked the place especially the interior design of the dining area. Sculptures and artworks provided it with interest. There was also a swimming pool for enjoyment. Unfortunately, we had no time to savor the stay as the planning schedule was so tight and we only had to be there for just an overnight.

Before we left San Pablo, we passed by Kusina ni Salud for a sumptuous lunch. It was my first time to try carabeef which was cooked in "gata" (coconut milk). Aside from the delicious food in Kusina ni Salud, I also enjoyed taking pictures of the sculpt works displayed in the restaurant.

For sure, I'm going to be back in Laguna in the future. Hopefully, I will have enough time to visit its beautiful scenery and enjoy what it has to offer. Read more...