Youth, the hope of the future


This photo of a young mangrove tree was taken in Balaisdaan in San Juan, Batangas.

Several of these mangrove “seedlings” are being grown here for replanting in the swampy coastal communities in San Juan and neighboring towns in Batangas.

This and similar initiatives in many other coastal places in the country  will hopefully reclaim the thousands of hectares of mangrove forests that have already been lost nationwide due to man’s habitation if coastal areas.

Mangrove forests are a natural habitat for several endangered marine animals. They are also a rich source of food for other animals endemic in coastal areas as well as a source for food and wood for people in these areas.

Tech Kids

THIS PHOTO was taken approximately one year ago, some time in December 2011.

Back then, our kids, Marielle (8 at the time) and Johan (6 at the time) would still borrow their mom’s and dad’s iPads or laptops whenever they wanted to play or look up something in Google or You Tube. Now we practically have to borrow our iPads from them. They have also grown so comfortable and proficient with computers that they automatically just google stuff that interests them. Read more

Among world’s most beautiful hospitals

I CAME across this online article quite by accident while searching for certain medical terms. It ranks St. Luke’s Medical Center in Bonifacio Global City number 11 among The 25 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the World.

The main criteria for the ranking, it appears, is the incorporation or integration of a hospital’s functionality with aesthetic design.

<Click here to read the full article and see the complete list>

Of course, St. Luke’s is quick to grab the opportunity to trumpet this around by posting an article about this article in their website.

<Click here to see what St. Luke’s has to say about this>

Now, that’s another reason for us, Filipinos, to be proud about.

Superb Cultural Dance Presentation @ Villa Escudero

Every day, the cultural dance troupe of Villa Escudero gives a world-class presentation to local and foreign visitors to this Filipino-culture-themed park near the boundary of Laguna and Quezon provinces.

My family visited Villa Escudero in May 2011. Villa Escudero impressed me a lot, so much so that I actually wrote and posted three articles about it in this blog. This one is the fourth.

I am very glad that my kids – Marielle (9) and Johan (7) and their cousin, Marian Rose (7), have been introduced to traditional Filipino folk songs and dances early on. And I am doubly glad that this introduction was by way of Villa Escudero, as it undoubtedly left only positive impressions on them.

Villa Escudero and its cultural presentation are definitely two must-sees by tourists and visitors. As a Filipino, they make me really proud.


In the photo with the the Villa Escudero cultural dance troupe members are my sister-in-law, Mary Ann (standing in the middle, wearing white shirt), my sister Orchid (seated, 2nd from left), Johan, my ever cool and beautiful Nanay Paz, my niece Marian Rose, and Marielle.


Revisiting PAHIYAS

I WAS married for just about half a year when I went to see my very first PAHIYAS Festival in Lucban, Quezon in May 2001 with my former girlfriend and now permanent ex-girlfriend, Marie. So I guess you can say that PAHIYAS was a big part of our HONEYMOON.

As you can see from our photos, the PAHIYAS seems an ideal event for honeymooners to go and see. At least it seemed that way to us some 11 years ago. :) Read more

Flying high in Chang Mai

I WAS sorting through a pile of some old stuff a few weekends ago and look what I found?!

This photo was taken in Chang Mai, Thailand.

I can no longer seem to pin down the date, however. In my recollection I was attending a regional conference conducted by the IBM Software Group at the time. Cross-referencing it against my job history in my CV I am guessing that it was some time between 2001 and 2003.

Nobody knew where I was and what crazy stuff I was doing at that very moment – not my family, not my colleagues in the conference, no one.

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The anatomy of gossip

THIS IS so true. Or probably reality is even worse than this. Not only do people reneg on their promise not to tell, they also embellish the facts – whether deliberately or not.

What I am extremely curious to know about is how Social Media plays into this. What role does gossip have, if any, in the age of Social Media? Or should it be the other way around? – What is Social Media’s role in the anatomy of gossip?

Cute Extreme Climber

I JUST thought I would share this. This lady climber is such a beauty to behold. She’s not only cute, she seems to be a very serious and a very proficient climber, as well. But what I like most about her is that she doesn’t seem to have those over-developed muscles – common among some lady climbers – that can make Arnold Schwarzenegger feel insecure. She’s still very much huggable. :)

Maybe somebody can recognize her and tell me her name. I’m a fan.

I no longer remember when, where, an how I got this photo. I serendipitously found it in one of my file archives. My re-discovery of it has inspired me to look forward to climbing again, and soon, if possible. Read more

A view from the pot

Pot Pool

Look what’s cooking?! Make that “Look who’s cooking?” or, to be more grammatically correct about it, “Look who is getting cooked?”

This is actually a very late post. Almost a year old now. I created it on first week of December last year, right after our family vacation in Pagudpud. Apparently I forgot to publish it and it was in my draft folder for the past 11 months. Silly me. Read more

The Extreme Water Slides of White Rock Subic

This will be my last blog post featuring my family’s recent visit in White Rock Resort in Subic, else other people may already think that I am being paid to promote the place. :)


STRICTLY SPEAKING, White Rock Resort in Subic is not a water theme park (like Splash Island along SLEx in San Pedro/Biñan, Laguna). But it offers a pleasant surprise to people who, not unlike myself, love the thrill of extreme water slides.

It features not one, not two, but three extreme water slides.

First is the Rampage Slide, which is simply a 45-degree slide from a height of approximately 50 feet (about the height of an 8-story building), and ends in a shallow pool.

Next is the Super-Bowl Slide, which starts from the same approximately 8-story platform of the Rampage Slide and goes down a long barrel slide which is about 80-100 feet long. The barrel slide dumps into a huge “bowl” where you continue to slide around a couple of times before getting literally flushed down the middle and into a 5-foot deep pool.

Lastly, there’s the See-Saw Slide which may look deceivingly “easy” to some, but guarantees a big scare with its initial “dead drop.” Read more

Missing Sagada

I FIRST visited Sagada with my xGF and our good friends, Eden and Justin Salimbot, way back in 2001.

I immediately fell in love with Sagada and vowed to visit it again in the not so distant future.

Well, it’s been 11 years. There had been attempts – or at least plans – to revisit Sagada in the past few years, but one way or the other it wouldn’t come to fruition.

Maybe what it takes is to get Eden and Justin to go with us again.


I wonder how much – or how little – the place has changed in the past decade. I do hope it hasn’t changed much. After all, the allure of Sagada is its ancient and timeless beauty. Read more