SILAY: BALAY NEGRENSE

Balay Negrense used to be the ancestral house of Victor F. Gaston.  The house was built in 1897.  The structure was used by Victor and his twelve children from 1901 until Victor’s death… Continue reading

DUMAGUETE: PUTO AND TSOKOLATE

All the stalls in the Painitan had the same menu,  at least those I have managed to read.  They all served Budbod, puto, pandesal, tsokolate (chocolate drink), and coffee (though we didn’t find… Continue reading

DUMAGUETE: BUDBOD

Relatives who frequented the Oriental side of Negros often brought with them Budbod for pasalubong.  I never paid much attention to it for I always thought it was a local version of Suman… Continue reading

DUMAGUETE: PAINITAN

A trip to Dumaguete will never be complete without having breakfast at the Painitan.  A lot of travelers say that in order to know the character of a town or a city, one… Continue reading

TAGAYTAY: IMPROMPTU

It was an impromptu trip to Tagaytay.  With nothing to do on a holiday, why not? Since I’m not not much on spontaneity, my mind wanted to cram and research the places we should… Continue reading

UNIGAMES: UST V FEU

The Philippine University Games or more know as the UNIGAMES, is a national collegiate sports competition in the Philippines.  The UNIGAMES is composed of fourteen (14) sports disciplines namely Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Football, Chess,… Continue reading

FILM: PHP-FACINE – I am looking for – By Pepper

I don’t think my mom was ever a fan of Lino Brocka’s films.  I can’t remember her taking me to see any of his movies.  My mom loved Filipino movies or maybe she… Continue reading

FILM: PHP-FACine – WapakMan – Topel Lee – 2009

In 2009, I was excited to watch the entries for the Metro Manila Film Festival for this was the first time I was watching during the festival week itself.  I was quite surprised… Continue reading

FILM: PHP-FACine – Namets! – Jay Abello – 2008

I guess, this is Masskara Hangover… NAMETS! is an entry to the 2008 Cinemalaya.  The film was shot entirely in Negros Occidental.  It’s a romantic comedy, which stars Christian Vasquez and Angel Jacob…… Continue reading

BACOLOD: THE CAPITOL PARK

My parents used to take me to the Capitol Park and Lagoon when i was a kid.  Like many children in Bacolod, I took my first steps or those wobbly steps as a toddler in… Continue reading

BACOLOD: THE SEAT OF POWER

The Provincial Captol of Negros Occidental was built on 1924 to 1935.  It has survived the Japanese bombing and occupation during World War II.  When the price of sugar dropped in the 70s,… Continue reading

BACOLOD: THE PUFFED-RICE VENDOR

It was nine o’clock in the morning.  Business was slow at this time of the day.  There weren’t too many people roaming around the Capitol Lagoon.  An old woman was sitting on one… Continue reading

OSLOB: TOSLOB/MAG-AMBAK FALLS

We were done with whale shark watching at a little past nine in the morning.  We got breakfast at one of the stalls in the beach — grilled whole chicken, liempo and rice.… Continue reading

BACOLOD: THE CAPITOL

The Capitol Park and Lagoon is a provincial park located in Bacolod City where one will find the 0 Km for the province of Negros Occidental.  Among the features of the park are the matching… Continue reading

OSLOB: SWIMMING WITH THE (WHALE) SHARKS

“Manong, may pating ba dito (are there sharks here)?” Maki nervously asked our boat paddler-guide as we were heading further away from shore.  There should be.  We have traveled through three provinces just… Continue reading

EN ROUTE: BACOLOD-SIBULAN-OSLOB

It started raining late in the afternoon in Bacolod.  The rain would pour hard for a brief moment and thin out as if it was about to stop… then it would start raining… Continue reading

ITINERARY: BACOLOD-OSLOB-DUMAGUETE

We’ve been planning a birthday getaway to Guimaras but at the last minute (more like two weeks) we had to change plans since we couldn’t get the desired number of travelers.  We needed… Continue reading

PHILIPPINE NATIONAL GAMES: 2012 DUMAGUETE

Dumaguete City hosted the 2nd Philippine National Games last 25-31, 2012.  It is a yearly national championships for all sports to assess the expanse of athletic potentials as by-product of your national programs, to… Continue reading