Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Strangely, this is referred to as the day following Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. On the evening of the actual festival children head to open spaces carrying lanterns to see the full moon. For this reason, the following day is a public holiday. Illuminated lanterns make for a pretty sight during the festivities. I have witnessed the lanterns early prepared and decorated in Senado Square and at the St. Paul Ruins in Macau during the last week of August.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
This water falls was discovered in the year 1998 when the local government was looking for a good water source and took a photo of this natural wonder. Many people including members of US Peace Corps Volunteers were impressed with it and they began to explore this place. By word of mouth, it slowly became popular tourist attraction and was featured in some travel shows.
The name Kaangriaan was derived from the Ilocano word “naangri” which means stinky. The reason for arriving at this term is that there were some bat caves and the bat droppings made it stinky in the area. However, I have not smelled any odor.
It was so breathtaking and amazing. Rejuvinating is the effect of the sound of falling water. One can take a dip and experience the massaging effect of the water and be refreshed. It’s the best time to visit the place during rainy season to December. The water starts to become thinner in the months of January to summer time. The water runs all the way down to Dirique in Pasuquin out to the sea.
Monday, September 8, 2008
SSEAYP stands for Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program. This is an annual cultural exchange program sponsored by the Cabinet Office of Japan. Around 300 plus delegates from ASEAN 10 countries and Japan are invited to cruise around Southeast Asian countries and Japan on board the luxury cruise ship MS Nippon Maru for a period of two months.
Its exactly 6 years ago when our group from the Philippines Tambayayong 2002 consisting of 29 people flew to Japan to participate in the said program. We were billeted at Keio Plaza Hotel in Tokyo where we met the rest of the delegates. It was a life changing experience since we traveled the world meeting new friends and new families from these countries. Its truly a voyage of a lifetime since we were accommodated in a luxury cruise ship together with huge group of friends learning each other’s culture. We call Nippon Maru our second home. We shared so many memorable experiences.
I remember that Prime Minister Fukuda was the one who welcomed us delegates in 2002 during the opening ceremonies in Tokyo who was then the Chief Cabinet Secretary and just last week he resigned from his post as PM. It was disheartening since I admire him as a leader.
Anyway, we celebrated our 5th anniversary in Siem Reap Cambodia during the SSEAYP International General Assembly (SIGA). I met some of my friends from this program during the SIGA in Cebu last May 1-3 in Cebu. Hoping to celebrate our 6th anniversary on board the Nippon Maru when it docks in Manila for SSEAYP program.
Did you know that Vigan is an island which used to be detached from the mainland by the Abra River, Mestizo River, and the Govantes River. It was a coastal trading post in precolonial times. The Chinese through the Mestizo River came to barter exotic goods and most of them intermarried with the natives.
Since it is the only surviving colonial city, the Heritage City of Vigan was inscribed in the prestigious list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the year 1999. One can experience traveling back to the past in the present modern age where one can take the calezas and get around Calle Crisologo. One can observe the fusion of Asian, European and Latin American influences in the architectural designs of the antiquated houses and the cobbled narrow streets. Its truly another site to behold. A gem of the Ilocandia.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
The old city of Nueva Segovia was founded by Pablo Carreon in 1581 in the Cagayan Valley near the mouth of the Ibanag River or the Rio Grande de Cagayan. It was named after the old city of Segovia in Spain, the capital and principal port of the region.
At 3 pm, a symbolic cross was turned over by the delegates of Lallo Cagayan headed by Mayor Pascual to the group of Biguenos headed by Mayor Medina and Bishop Ernesto Salgado. The two groups met at Calle Quezon where a short ceremony was conducted citing the historical significance of the event. The two groups carried the cross way to the city hall for the unveiling of the marker of 250 years. Biguenos who were born on September 07 were awarded with commemorative medals.
The Cathedral of St Paul was built in 1602 by the Jesuits in order to spread Christianity in Asia. A college was also built adjacent to it. But a fire destroyed the entire church and college which started from the kitchen in the year 1835. The façade is the only survivor from the fire. The ruins became the popular landmark of Macau. In 2005 it became essential part of the Historic Centre of Macau which was enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The historic centre of Macao provides a unique testimony to the meeting of cultural, aesthetic, architectural and technological influences from East and West. With the historic street, religious, residential, public Portuguese and Chinese buildings made it to the prestigious list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the year 1999, same year as it was turned over by Portuguese government to China.
The name Macau was derived from A-ma Temple dedicated to the goddess of fishermen. Everytime they ask the name of the place the locals replied A-Ma-Gao.
From the airport we rode the shuttle bus of Emperor Hotel then we walked a few steps to Central Hotel where we checked in. We have seen the Largo de Senado at late afternoon at night time. We had dinner of noodles at a Chinese resto. I went to see Grand Lisboa Casino. Had registered for free and got a membership card. I just observed how they play in casino. The following day, we went around visiting the ruins of St. Paul Church, St. Dominic Church, San Malo market and did a little shopping.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
While my mom is taking a rest I went to Tomorrowland where I had a thrilling high-speed adventure that reached the universe in a dark space with the galactic forces, there was lightning, stars and constellations and then back to interstellar roller coaster. It was a great adrenaline pump. This is not recommended for people with hypertension or heart ailments.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Ilocano Birthday Song
Padapadakam’ a siraragsak a kumablaaw,
Ta nagtengan ti aldaw a pannakayanak,
Panagtaom a napuan gasat
Balangat a naurnos dagiti sabsabong
Nga umayi kenka isaad dita ulom
Kasta met nga iyawatmi kenka
Toy nainggasatan/(naindayawan) unay a palma
Tapnon isu ti mangipakita ti ragragsakmi
Amin a sangapada
Rag-o ken ragsakami nga agnanayon
Ta nagtengan manen aldaw a panagtaom
Sapay iti Dios ta inayonna koma ta salun-at mo,
Pia ken regta
Ken ta singpetmo a nagpaiduma nga ap-apalan
Dagiti kas kenka
Happy Birthday to you….