BACOLOD: MASSKARA FESTIVAL

It's that time of the year again when Bacolod plays host to first time travelers and returning visitors who flock to the city to watch smiling masked dancers in flamboyant and colorful costumes dance to upbeat music in the streets.  It's also that time of the year when the traffic gets really crazy (by Bacolod standard... Continue Reading →

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BACOLOD: SHOOTING WIDE

It's one of those days... you get up and realize you're missing something badly.  You do what you got do, right? Something I learned when I was reviewing for the Bar Exams.  Even though it was late in the morning, I decided to pick-up my camera bag and head to Downtown Bacolod.    Didn't really have... Continue Reading →

BACOLOD: PORTRAITS OF STRANGERS

How do you photograph strangers? Do you go up to them and ask? Or you just simply fire away? Every now and then, I encounter people (or events) where I find it hard to resist not to take their photographs... a face that makes me look twice, something out of the ordinary, or something that... Continue Reading →

BACOLOD: COMFORT FOOD

Has the rainy season started? I doesn't matter... whether it's the changing of seasons or just summer rain, the respite from the heat of the past months is more than welcomed.  And there's nothing like a steaming bowl of batchoy to comfort one's soul during the rain filled afternoons.  What's in this Ilonggo noodle dish... Continue Reading →

BACOLOD: THE NEW GOVERNMENT CENTER

The New Government Center or the NGC is now one of the new landmarks of Bacolod City.  It stands on a 5 hectare lot donated by Fernando F. Gonzaga, Inc. and Angela Estate, Inc.  Inaugurated in July 2010, it replaced the old City Hall at Araneta-Luriaga Sreets.  It costed the City and its people almost 400... Continue Reading →

BACOLOD: WHITES

Roses are red... well, not necessarily.  I'm not fond of any particular flower... though I love white roses or any flower that is white.  Maybe it's the simplicity... or the peacefulness it evokes.  Walking past the flower stalls at the Bacolod Public Plaza were buckets (and buckets) of roses waiting for someone to take them somewhere...... Continue Reading →

SILAY: ANCESTRAL HOUSES

I've been wanting to visit Vigan and Taal, Batangas, which are both known for their heritage sites.  After doing some research , I realized that I should first pay a visit to Silay City.  Not that I have never been to Silay... but to take a closer look at the old charm of this city.  Dubbed... Continue Reading →

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 in 1927.  It was left unused and abandoned in the mid-1970's until the Negros Cultural Foundation was able to acquire the house... Continue Reading →

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