CBSi: 6 Years of Promoting Cebu through Blogs

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With continuous promotion of Cebu through the use of blogs and social media, how does the members of Cebu Bloggers Society celebrate its 6th year anniversary?

CBSi Family

CBSi Family

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Honing new Debaters

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Friday night, I went straight from work to the gathering of my colleagues in debate instead of going straight home to join the WOE (War of Emperium) scheduled by my guild in Ragnarok New Iris Server. I stayed of approximately 30 minutes then went home to join the WOE, but decided to go back because I wanna chill on that night because work made me insane for that week stretch.

The moment I came back to that resto-bar where they are happily drinking booze while playing darts, one friend of mine asked me if I will be around tomorrow for a debate workshop to the students of Cebu Technological University – Danao Campus. At first I was hesitant and what was in my mind that time was my routine/piece for the MOVE Audition in Accenture. But thinking that it might be fun, even with my little knowledge and experience in debating, I said to that friend of mine that I will be there. Shocked when he told me about the call time, which is 7:30 AM, but when he mentioned that it will be FREE, then I’m assured, because of the fact that I am on a tight budget because of my 2 trips coming April.

7:30 AM came, and I thought I am already late and my friends already left me because they already hit the road going to Danao City, but to my surprise, no car from our coach was there yet. So I took the chance to grab something to eat because I left the house without any food on my tummy. The moment our coach arrived at the meeting place, we immediately went our way to CTU Danao Campus, with some stop-overs to pick up others. We arrived at the school and was welcomed by our contact person. She took us to a room and was offered with a hearty breakfast which I think was prepared by the students themselves. The food was so great, I almost felt that I already ate all the meals for the entire day. Continue reading

Pizza Treat for Cebuanos from Greenwich

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Cebuanos, like me, really love to eat. And because of our love for food, we tend to seek for the best dishes, but not sacrificing the budget.

My VIP Pass

My VIP Pass.

Being one of Cebu’s favorite food destination, Greenwich gave out a big pizza blow-out exclusively for Cebuanos on the eve of Sinulog. Held at SM City Cebu Event Center, Greenwich proudly presented 2 new additions to their family that will surely make not just the Cebuanos, but also the Greenwich fans all over the country, to crave more and visit Greenwich throughout the entire 2014. Yours truly got the chance to witness this awesome treat from Greenwich.

You’ll definitely want more of Greenwich’s Hawaiian Overload goodness starting at P99.00 for solo size pizza.

You’ll definitely want more of Greenwich’s Hawaiian Overload goodness starting at P99.00 for solo size pizza.

Greenwich’s Hawaiian Overload Pizza will take you to an entirely different experience. With its combination of sweet and juicy pineapples, cheddar and mozzarella cheese, different salts and spices, and now topped with crunchy bell peppers, Cebuanos must really try this mouthwatering pizza. I’ve tried it, and it had me bought another box after I had my first slice. Continue reading

Tamilok Face-off: Fresh versus Breaded

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If travelling in a different place, one must consider trying out what’s best and what’s recommended in there. Things that are not found in your place of origin and something that truly identifies the place you’re in. I think this is an unspoken golden rule to travelers alike.

That folks, is what we did when me and my office friends paid a vacation to Palawan last August 2013. While in Palawan, we never failed to try the things they are so proud of. One of which is trying out their famous delicacy: Tamilok.

Tamilok (shipworm) is actually a saltwater clam with soft, naked body that loves to bore holes on wood that is immersed in water, including docks, wooden piers, and wooden ships. No wonder why it is called shipworm. It is popular in Palawan today as a favority culinary delicacy that is enjoyed by everyone.

A dried specimen of a tamilok (shipworm). Photo from Wikipedia.

A dried specimen of a tamilok (shipworm). Photo from Wikipedia.

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Camera Trick, Puerto Princesa Style

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If you just came from the magnificent tour to the Underground River, or still waiting for your cue to ride the boat that will lead you there, then better try this:

The props

The props.

The photo from above is just located a few steps away from the dock where the boats that will take you to the Subterranean River line up. These are just normal things that are piled and placed on top of mountain-formed sand. It may seemed ordinary, but just by the first glance, you will surely think that this is perfect for a fun cam-whoring session. We thought of the normal way to use it, until 1 guy approached us and oriented us how to use these. Continue reading

Weaving products at Binuatan Creations, Puerto Princesa City

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Buying stuffs that are proudly Filipino made is just a good choice for souvenir items. But making one is a better choice than buying it.

Binuatan Creations, located in Rafols Street, Sta. Monica, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, is a haven for weaving aficionados and for people who want to try weaving. Just 11 minutes away from Puerto Princesa International Airport, you can now be part of the makers of some wonderful hand-made souvenir products such as bags, wallets, wall decors, etc.

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Binuatan Creations in Puerto Princesa City

The factory...

The factory…

and what's inside.

and what’s inside.

When I visited Palawan, Binuatan Creations was the last part of our entire tour. I personally didn’t know that this activity is included in our itinerary. After knowing that is a weaving factory, I got excited, and tried the weaving myself.

Insert a thread...

Insert a thread…

and pull to tighten it.

and pull to tighten it.

The lady who taught me how to weave said that the material that I just weaved will be used to make a bag. And I bet, the person who will buy that bag will be overfilled once he/she will buy it. And I am proud to say, I am part of that bag’s creation.

Why I love the drop at Gilutongan Island

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This is really embarrassing! I have been freediving since March 2013, but this is my very first freediving blog post. Shame on me! Hahaha

Oh well, better make it nice then.

Just like I mentioned, I have been freediving a lot since March 2013, where a fellow blogger/good friend of mine Johnn Mendoza invited me. Since I really love to swim ever since I was a kid, to the point that somehow, I learned to swim on my own, I gave it a shot. The feeling of diving without the tanks (as if I have experienced scuba diving! hahaha) is really addicting. Since then, I have been freediving a lot, now with my freediving group “Dive Ta Bai!”.

Then there’s this one great idea from our diving group: to go freediving at Gilutongan Island. Gilutongan Island is a small island which is part of the Cordova territory in Mactan, Cebu. Travelling by boat to Gilutongan Island from mainland Mactan takes about 45-60 minutes, depending on your boredom tolerance. But for us, we didn’t mind the time, because going there is already a fun-filled trip.

Note: All photos in this blog are courtesy of Doi Domasian of The Travelling Feet.

On our way to Gilutongan Island.

We have reached our destination.

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Free call for Cebu ferry disaster survivors

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I was really saddened when I heard the new about the collision between MV St. Thomas Aquinas of of 2Go Shipping Lines and MV Sulcon Express 7, a property of Philippine Span Asia Carrier Corporation (PSACC, formerly called Sulpicio Lines). The collision took away the lives of more than 30 people, including the young and the helpless ones. It really gives me pain in my heart everytime I see this tragedy in the television, and read some of the updates over Facebook News Feeds and different Internet sites. As a freediver, I honestly want to take part in the search operation, but with my current skills in freediving, it is impossible for me to reach the 100 feet sea bed, where the MV St. Thomas Aquinas is lying right now.

But as a blogger, this is my way of helping the victims of the tragic incident: to share a very helpful way for the survivors to communicate with their families who are really worried about their situations.

Free call for the ferry disaster survivors.

Free call for the ferry disaster survivors. (Photo from Globe)

Globe has actually set up areas where survivors can call their love-ones from any local, national and international numbers for free. The first Globe Libreng Tawag Center is located in Pier 4 Terminal in Port Area, where about 300 passengers are temporarily staying right now. The second Libreng Tawag Center is situated in Sugbutel, a hostel which also gives shelter to other passengers who survived the collision. Calls and texts made at any Libreng Tawag Centers are free of charge and will be stationed at the mentioned sites until the situations gets stable.

I salute Globe for having this wonderful idea. This is really indeed helpful especially for the victims of the tragedy for them to relay to their families and friends that they are safe and sound. With these Libreng Tawag Centers, communication between the survivors and their families is not a problem anymore.