Monday, February 28, 2011

Panagbenga Festival 2011,Baguio City, Philippines (Pictures)

As promised in the last post here are some pictures of the floats during the PANAGBENGA FESTIVAL held in Baguio City, Philippines last February, 2011. These pictures are courtesy of Marlene Arcilla-Manlapaz. More to come next post.


Above is the float by LBC, one of the fastest mailing services in the country.
















Panagbenga Festival Float Parade 2011

MORE NEXT POST.

Panagbenga, Baguio's Pride, Philippines 2011



Panagbenga Festival in Baguio, Philippines which happened on February 26 and 27, kicked off with streetdancing in Session Road. Panagbenga Festival showcases the rich culture of the Cordilleras with several tribes and villages joining in the streetdance.

The experience is surely an unforgettable one for visitors as colorful costumes and flower floats parade in full regala.



The Benguet, Bontoc, Kalinga-Apayao and Ifugao tribes presented dazzling costumes and dancing skills as they show off their unique cultural attributes to the delight of thousands of local and foreign tourists.

The following day, the float parade took place, which culminated at The Oval in Burnham Park where the beautiful and awesome floats stood side by side.

WATCH OUT FOR BEAUTIFUL PICTURES IN THE NEXT POST.

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER


The photographs are courtesy of Marlene Arcilla -Manlapaz, a District Manager at Novartis Healthcare Philippines Inc.

A young, beautiful and successful career woman and mother, Marlene is the epitome of the new and multi-talented Filipina woman.


Thanks Marlene for the photographs.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Miss Kalinga 2011 Winners



During our time, there were still no Beauty Pageants. It may be because; the Kalinga people then were unaware of the beauty that lies amidst them. And I’m not talking about physical beauty but of a loveliness and pureness of heart that spring from within the depths of the soul that radiates to the outside to make a person beautiful.

The Kalinga people have always been beautiful to me. In Tabuk, Kalinga, A beauty pageant was held and these are the dazzling Kalinga women who won in the pageant.

Thanks again to Jerry Tieng for the pictures.



ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER



JERRY TIENG works with Titanium Technologies. Some of his hobbies- aside from photography- are scuba diving, history, geo-politics and mountaineering. He is a multi-talented person.

He describes himself as:

Bootstrap entrepreneur, photographer, web apps developer, database designer, business analyst, frustrated architect, mountaineer wannabe, proud dad of 2 girls...


His photographs are works of art that ought to be displayed to a wider audience. You should visit his website and photo gallery or his Facebook page - facebook.com/jerrytieng.

This generous young man had readily agreed to "lend" me his photographs.

Thanks Jerry for allowing me to use these awesome pictures.


Monday, February 21, 2011

Lubo and all the Memories It Brings

I previously lived in Taloctoc, a far-flung barrio in the heart of Kalinga. Taloctoc has neighboring villages like Lubo and Mangali. These villages or barrios are an hour or two away from Taloctoc; Mangali is a one hour hike for me, while Lubo, well , I do not know yet, because I’ve never been there. It would only be an hour's trek for seasoned hikers. For me, perhaps 2 to 3 hours?

But I had always wanted to visit Lubo. It was my heart’s desire. Why? Let me tell you a little secret- my puppy love and first love has resided there…lol…. Oooops, that seems like a thousand of eons ago, in another planet..the first emotions of young love are sometimes fascinating.

I am smiling as I write this because I remember how naïve and dreamy-eyed I had been thinking that he could sweep me off my feet and carry me to Wonderland in his shining armor.

In some ways, he did, but had eventually left my young, vulnerable heart broken and torn apart, that I never thought I could recover from. Young hearts may grieve tremendously; however, there is nothing that time cannot heal.

Eventually, I met my one true love - my better half, and realized that my doubts about being able to allow my heart to beat again, is all for nothing. Young arteries and vascular veins heal with the passage of time.

I don’t regret though what had happened then; I had experienced life to its fullest with my moments with him. It was a joyful, thrilling and once-in a lifetime ride.

Up to this day, the shadow of this person from Lubo visits me now and then, and I smile as the memories flood over. After all, he has been part of my wonderful life!

His name? I have forgotten now.

I'm kidding...hmmmm, shall I reveal it? I guess it's safe already. I have silver hairs and gnarled hands now. Old age can give you the license to be "brutally" candid.

It starts with a letter "P". LOL

N.B.

I was overjoyed when I saw this picture taken by a very skilled and talented photographer, Jerry Tieng, who has extensively traveled to Lubo ( I envy you) and has taken numerous stunning pictures of the place. This is a view of Lubo from the mountain top, courtesy of Jerry.



ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER



JERRY TIENG works with Titanium Technologies. Some of his hobbies- aside from photography- are scuba diving, history, geo-politics and mountaineering. He is a multi-talented person.

He describes himself as:

Bootstrap entrepreneur, photographer, web apps developer, database designer, business analyst, frustrated architect, mountaineer wannabe, proud dad of 2 girls...


His photographs are works of art that ought to be displayed to a wider audience. You should visit his website and photo gallery or his Facebook page - facebook.com/jerrytieng.

This generous young man had readily agreed to "lend" me his photographs.

Thanks Jerry for allowing me to use these awesome pictures.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Spending Less and Managing My Budget Plan

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Based on this easy automatic money management, you will be spending less, because the program will identify which are your financial weaknesses and strengths. Budgeting will also be a breeze because you can have a bird’s eye view of the whole financial picture.

Now, it does not matter whether I reside in the boondocks, as long as I have my laptop and Internet broadband with me, I can easily peruse the status of my finances through this extremely useful program.

Living in the mountains after all, does not denote that I deprive myself of my little pleasures.


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