Highlights: Squad Goals with Manila Brothers

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Well, for those who don’t know, I frequently go to Manila. How frequent? I can’t really answer that. But I can surely let you know that I am loving my every visit to Manila. Most of my visits in the Capital City, I spend it with my Manila brothers. Yeah, we’re in a long-distance relationship, but you see, I made a saying that is very perfect for us: Distance means nothing to friends who are worth keeping.

As what they all say, “A picture paints a thousand words.” So, here are the highlights of my trips in Manila together with my homies:

May 2013 – This was the first time that I got to meet my Manila batchmates. We trained together, them being the main class and us in Cebu as the remote class. This was also the first time I met Romeo and Laurence. From there, our friendship grew strong, and that’s where the bond started to get strong.

This was the first time that I got to meet my Manila batchmates. We trained together, them being the main class and us in Cebu as the remote class. This was also the first time I met Romeo (leftmost) and Laurence (next to Romeo). From there, our friendship grew strong, and that's where the bond started to get strong.

From Left: Romeo, Laurence, me, Yvonne (pink), Shermaine, Charles

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Remembering Kushida Shrine

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Last May, I was one of the lucky hopefuls to visit Japan as the Philippine representative for the JENESYS Programme. The trip to Japan was my all-time dream come true because I really wanted to visit Japan ever since highschool. When we were in Japan, we followed a strict schedule during our 9-day stay.

One of our destination was the amazing Kushida Shrine, situated at the heart of Hakata, Fukuoka, Japan. From the Gion subway, we head our way by feet to this magnificent structure of art that was founded in 757. Upon arriving, we were welcomed by the beautiful shrine gate of Kushida Shrine.

(In case you don’t know, Japan’s former dominating religion was Shintoism. Now, most Japanese practice Buddhism, but the belief of Shintoism still exists nowadays. And according to our tour guides/coordinators, one way to identify if the worshiping place in Japan is a shrine or a temple is the gate itself. Shrines have gates like the one below, while temples don’t have. Another info: Shrines are for Shintoism, while Temples are for Buddhism.)

How magnificent this shrine gate is!

How magnificent this shrine gate is!

Another look at Kushida Shrine's entrance.

Another look at Kushida Shrine’s entrance.

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OMG (Olango My Getaway) Tour Experiment

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It was an honor for me to be part of the test run for the OMG (Olango My Getaway) Tour, a project of the City of Lapu-lapu together with the Lapu-Lapu City SK Officials which aims to promote the ecotourism of Olango Island. Together with other bloggers, we stayed at the beautiful island of Olango over the weekend and did some awesome activities like bird watching, biking, and food tasting.

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Ka Bino giving instructions to us while we are on our way to Olango Island.

The fun tour started even before reaching the island. Ka Bino Guerrero gave us a not-so-ordinary orientation about OMG Tour. He also entertained us with his corny jokes before we arrived at the port of Olango Island.
Upon reaching the island, we made our way to our crib for the weekend, which is the house of the Barangay Captain of Barangay Tungasan, using the service vehicle of Olango Island which was provided by the City of Lapu-Lapu. Few minutes after arriving at the house of the Barangay Captain, the participants and the facilitators of the tour huddled for a getting-to-know you time and the introduction of the Whole itinerary by Jonji Gonzales, the over-all coordinator of OMG Tour.

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