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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Buklod sa Dapitan

I was blog hopping when I saw Flisha's post about the new site for Dapitan City. Buklod sa Dapitan is a website of a travel agency for tourist who would like to visit my hometown Dapitan. The website is pretty simple but it is very informative as it shows the prime toursit spots of the city as well as a guide to get to Dapitan.

Christmas time and the Handuraw Festival is coming soon and most hotels and pension houses will be fully book. I suggest you book your visit early to avoid the hassle and enjoy the beautiful and historic Dapitan.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

MYMP in Asia’s Latin City

Pep Talk by Dante Corteza

One of the country’s best bands, Make Your Momma Proud or a lot famous as MYMP, performed in Zamboanga City Coliseum to an enthusiastic crowd last October 9. It was part of the grand celebration of the Zamboanga 2008 Hermosa Festival. And it was made possible by St. Joseph School (SJS) High School Batch ’83, the school jubilarian honoree this year.

MYMP is the author of the sweetest, softest and most soothing music the Philippine Music Industry could have. Pairing up the guitar work of Chin Alcantara and the most angelic voice of Juris Fernandez is truly heaven’s work. This tandem, together with their other band mates, has brought fans and listeners everywhere great music and pleasant times both with their wonderful personalities and their heart-warming songs.
The band’s female singer Julie Iris Fernandez (better known as Juris) hails from Davao and took her early education in Ateneo de Davao. She comes from a family of doctors and took BS psychology in Miriam College as a pre-medicine course. Although she graduated a BS psychology student, she pursued a career in music as a vocalist despite having no formal training in singing. Her cool and soft voice was eventually loved by the airwaves and the fans. Her quiet, simple and sweet appearance has made her appeal to the fans in their bar gigs and on TV. But despite all her success, she remains kind and fun-loving at heart. She is a great person to know and an even greater friend to have.

Chin Alcantara, born on March 12, started learning the guitar when he was 15. His talent and skill blossomed and with the support of his Dad, pursued a career in music. His musical influences are Jimi Hendrix, SRV, Mr. Big and Led Zepelin. His friendly and funny appeal makes him a crowd and fan favorite on and off the stage. He finished his college degree in communication arts in Miriam College. Here are some of his favorite things: favorite movies are Legends of the Fall and Star wars, favorite cartoon character: Sponge Bob and favorite book Thick face Black Heart.

Juris sang a duet with Asia's Latin City Mayor Celso Lobregat

St. Joseph High School Batch'83 with City Mayor Celso Lobregat

Thanks, SJS, for bringing MYMP to Asia’s Latin City.

More pictures at the photo gallery of What's on Zamboanga. Read more...

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Lupang Hinirang

I bumped to this video at Jayvee's blog. This video has indeed moved me as it reminds me of how proud I should be as a Filipino. The message of the video is very simple, yet it touches my heart.

With all the controversies surrounding the Philippines this days, I hope that we would be able to revive the patriotism and love for our country.

This rendition of Lupang Hinirang is intended for reflection. It is not meant to replace the official anthem normally played as a march.

Recently a talented and nationally known film director, Mae Paner, crafted a new and moving version of our national anthem. This unusual audio visual presentation of “Lupang Hinirang”* has been shown many times in various events and has consistently touched the hearts and minds of viewers to the point of tears of awakening and gratefulness.

Because of its consistent positive impact, PAGASA and Ehem! have decided to make this version of “Lupang Hinirang” available nationwide as a reflection piece to trigger a deeper awareness of oneself in relation to the country and encourage the emergence of positive images of the Philippine future.[source and video link]

Monday, November 3, 2008

Ateneo Fiesta 2008 Schedule of Activities

The Atfest fever is once again here. Here is the schedule of activities for this year's festivities.

November 29 - December 1
7:30 AM /Sports Elimination /MPCC

December 3
2:00 PM /University Mass
Organization Shirt Contest
3:30 /PM University Parade
Float Competition
5:00 PM /Opening Ceremonies
Cheerdance Competition
Modern Dance Competition /MPCC

December 4
5:00 - 8:00 AM /5KM Run
9:00 AM /Debate
1:00 PM /Dance Sports Competition /Brebeuf Gym
6:00 PM /Grade School Night /MPCC
7:00 PM /College Night /Brebeuf Gym

December 5
6:00 AM /Golf Tournament Tee- off /Zamboanga Golf and Country Club
8:00 AM /Alumni Registration /Grade School Waiting Shed Area
9:00 AM /Quiz Bowl
4:00 PM / Jubilarians and Honoree's Mass /Sacred Heart Chapel
Alumni Torch Parade
Lantern Contest
Christmas Tree Contest
7:00 PM /Welcome Program
Alumni Fellowship Night /Backfield

December 6
3:00 PM /Awards Ceremony /LRC Garden
6:00 PM /High School Night /MPCC
7:00 PM /Singing Competition /Brebeuf Gym
Evening Individual Batches Fellowship

December 7
8:00 AM /Alumni Homecoming Mass /Sacred Heart Chapel
9:00 AM /Breakfast, Musical Program /LRC Garden
11:00 PM /General Assembly /CDCH
4:00 PM /Festival Dance /MPCC
Awarding /MPCC
6:30 PM /Blue and White Dinner

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Tita Caling’s Chocolate Cake

In celebration of its’ 25th Silver Anniversary in the cake and pastry industry, Myrna’s Bake House launched a new chocolate cake in honour of the late Congresswoman and Zamboanga City Mayor Maria Clara Lorenzo-Lobregat last October 3.
Named as Tita Caling’s Chocolate Cake, it is a premium moist chocolate cake exquisitely filled with buttered rum raisin and topped with smooth dark chocolate walnut mousse.

The formal acceptance ceremony was witnessed by her son and Zamboanga City Mayor Celso Lobregat and other top city officials at the conference room of Zamboanga City Hall. According to Mayor Lobregat, chocolate was one of her favorite desserts. Tita Caling’s trusted aide, Benita Feliciano, said the late and the first woman mayor of Zamboanga City loved the chocolate cakes of Myrna’s Bake House ever since.

Tita Caling’s cake is frosted with high quality bitter sweet chocolate (has a high cocoa content that makes it chocolaty and very tempting to the palate) according to Myrna Incocencio, founder of Myrna’s Bake House. And the top design of the cake is engraved with the initial MCLL (Maria Clara Lorenzo Lobregat) with the used of supreme white chocolate, she furthered described it.

It is so far one of the best chocolate cakes baked by Myrna’s Bake House since 1983. “Made of the finest ingredients, it has been thought passionately for a long time and had undergone several changes before the final product outcome,” the cake creator Ivy Inocencio-Simbajon said. Mayor Lobregat approved of it as it went several revisions before it was made officially presented to the public.

Ivy Simbajon describing Tita Caling's Chocolate Cake

Simbajon described that Tita Caling Chocolate Cake is composed of two layers – the upper portion is made of smooth dark walnut mousse (that taste like soft delicious ice cream), and has a solid and firm lower base made of rich moist chocolate cake to support it.

She explained that the upper portion of the cake represents her feminine side – very cool and refined. The lower portion solid base cake represents her strong convictions and firm values in life that has made her one of the most respected and loved ZamboangueƱa in the history of Asia’s Latin City.

Like her charming personality, Tita Caling Chocolate Cake is a mouth-watering master piece that attracts and gives a delightful eating experience, Myrna’s Bake House boasted. It is now available in their four outlets.

Like all other Myrna’s Bake House products, the ingredients used in Tita Caling’s Chocolate Cake are manufactured and purchased from big and reputable companies and suppliers in the Philippines.

Myrna’s Bake House has always been known for its best tasting cakes and pastries for the last 25 years. It has been named as one of the biggest consumers of Nestle, Anchor, Magnolia-San Miguel, and other popular and reputable brands in the market.
City Mayor Celso Lobregat accepted the first chocolate cake named after his late mother Congresswoman and City Mayor Maria Clara Lobregat

Top city officials at the launching of the Tita's Caling Chocolate Cake