Thursday, March 22, 2018

Cavite Day

Today is Cavite Day. We are commemorating the 149th birth anniversary of General Emilio Aguinaldo, the first President of the Philippines. It's a special non-working day in the province of Cavite as declared by the President of the Philippines under Proclamation No. 446, s. 2018.

General Emilio Aguinaldo monument at the Cavite Provincial Capitol
at Trece Martires City

Monday, March 19, 2018

Proud to be Imuseno

I never regret living and residing here at the City of Imus from the province of Cavite. It is considered the flag capital of the Philippines. The City of Imus is rich with historical places, museums, and old churches which every visitor will enjoy and learn upon visiting them. You can visit the Battle of Imus Monument, Alapan Flag Monument, Cathedral of our Lady of the Pillar (known also as Imus Cathedral), Imus Heritage Park where you can see the 104 feet tall flagpole of Philippine flag, the General Licerio Topacio Plaza (which is right in front of the city hall), and many more historical places which I also need to explore. Come and visit the city of Imus and experience the hospitality of its people and its beautiful places.

 General Licerio Topacio Plaza at Imus City, Cavite

 Replica of an old artillery canon displayed at the Imus Plaza (behind is the old municipal building of Imus (right) and the new city hall (left) 

 Another old artillery canon displayed in front of General Licerio Topacio monument

Imus Plaza (behind is Cathedral of our Lady of the Pillar)

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Stations of the Cross

Last Wednesday (March 14), I visited and attended the 12:00 am mass at the National Shrine of Saint Padre Pio at Sto. Thomas, Batangas. After the solemn mass the priest announced that a newly built stations of the cross was already opened at the back of the church for the churchgoers to see and visit it. This is timely for all the devotees as the celebration of Holy Week is nearly approaching and they can visit and offer prayers for each stations.  I was very lucky to take pictures of the stations of the cross without too much people around. 

Entrance - Stations of the Cross

 1st Station - The Last Supper

2nd Station - The Agony in Gethsemane

 3rd Station - Jesus before the Sanhedrin

4th Station- Jesus is Scoured and Crowned with Thorns

5th Station - Jesus Carries His Cross

6th Station - Jesus Falls Under the Weight of the Cross

7th Station - Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus to carry His Cross 

8th Station - Jesus meets the Women of Jerusalem 

9th Station - Jesus is nailed to the Cross

 10th Station - The Repentant Thief

 11th Station - Mary and John at the Foot of the Cross

 12th Station - Jesus dies on the Cross

 13th Station - Jesus is Laid in the Tomb

14th Station - Jesus Rises from Death

Friday, March 09, 2018

Summer is Here

The month of March is normally the start of the summer season in the Philippines. As the days goes by, we can already feel the scorching heat of the sun from 10:00 am up to 4:00 pm.  Everybody is preparing and excited to go to the beach resorts to relieve the hot weather. Even the garden near the market place where I used to buy plants, flowers, and soil, the caretaker is ready to water the plants so as to make them hydrated and fresh during the day.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

MRT 3 Woes

I had been riding the MRT 3 everyday. This is the only mode of transportation which I believe can bring me to my destination in a fast way without traffic. But as the days come, the MRT 3 system is becoming worst and inefficient. Before, 15 trains are being used to accommodate the riding public, but now it has only 7 trains running to accommodate the 250,000 daily commuters. It is a pity that people need to push and force themselves to get in even the train is already full of passengers. The tremendous long lines in each station which will take you about 20 minutes to wait just to get in is also a suffering for the commuters to endure everyday. There are many times during the rush hour that trains will stop in the middle of the railway and passengers need to off-load and walk to the nearest station. To add insult to injury, some air conditioning system of the trains are not working and this makes people more inconvenient.  This is the everyday ritual and challenges that the riding public has to experience to the worsening situation of the MRT 3 system. The government should take an immediate action and solution to this situation especially to its numerous train malfunctions, system failures, electrical failures, and lack of power supply, etc. The riding public are becoming fed-up to the promises that it will take the necessary action to solve the problem.  The MRT 3 system is the only answer to the worsening traffic situation particularly in EDSA. It is the only mode of transportation that the people see will bring them to their destination without traffic, and I believe so if only all the trains are running in good condition. I hope in the coming days, the MRT-3 administration will find an immediate solution to solve these problems. 

 Long queue's at MRT 3 Taft Station

  Commuters rushing to get in the train

Commuters need to squeeze themselves in the train

 Commuters in queue waiting for the train to arrive

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Chowking Super Sangkap Halo-Halo

Its only in the middle of February and I can feel that summer is fast approaching. The heat during afternoon is unbearable. I believe summer season is beginning to make its presence.  Its time to relieve ourselves from the scorching heat by drinking cold, refreshing colas and juices.  But what is more satisfying is the popular Filipino dessert during summer which is halo-halo. Super sangkap halo-halo from Chowking is the answer to satisfy our cravings to relieve the heat. It consists of mouth watering ingredients in freshly-shaved ice and sweet creamy milk top with leche flan, pandan jelly, red sago, buko fruit, and crunchy pinipig. So what are you waiting for, lets go to Chowking and avail ourselves of the super sangkap halo-halo with its affordable price.