Saturday, October 28, 2017

Thank You 7-Eleven Philippines

It's almost a month now and I forgot to relay my sincere thanks to 7-Eleven Philippines for the early Christmas gift which I got from them.  I was one of the lucky winners of their 3rd draw of e-raffle contest Awesome Rrrrrride promo.  It's a beautiful Yamaha MIO i125s scooter. This is really awesome and it's almost a month now I'm enjoying the joyride of my new beast.
 





     






Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Flowers In Bloom

It's the month of October and the whether is getting cold at night.  The start of the Christmas season has began and you can hear yuletide songs being played at the malls and radio stations. In addition, I had noticed that even my plants in the house are growing faster and blooming because of the nice whether.  Flowers are blossoming everywhere and it is a sight to behold to look at them. Here are some of the different flowers at the garden of the National Shrine of Saint Padre Pio at Sto. Thomas, Batangas.








Tuesday, September 26, 2017

People's Park In The Sky


Rain did not stopped me last September 20, 2017 when I reached People's Park In the Sky in Tagaytay City, province of Cavite.  It is considered the highest peak in Tagaytay City and sits atop Mount Sungay (aka Mount Gonzales). This is the first time I came to this place.  I was longing to see this People's Park long time ago and I got this chance to go there since it is only over a 1 hour ride from Imus, Cavite where I live (41 kilometers from Imus to People's Park, Tagaytay City). It is considered a must see place for every local and foreign tourist because it is where you can see and view Taal Volcano and Taal lake, the vast greenery of the area, the panoramic and majestic view of Tagaytay City.  There is an old unfinished mansion at the top of the hill, known as the Palace in the Sky built during the Marcos era. According to reports, then First Lady Imelda Marcos commissioned to build the mansion as the guesthouse of US President Ronald Reagan for his planned visit to the Philippines, unfortunately the visit was cancelled, so the unfinished mansion.

The moment I drop off on the jeepney that I rode, drizzling rain began to fall.  Its good that I had this folding umbrella on my backpack which I used to shield myself from the drizzling rain. Honestly, I was not able to enjoy my solo tripped because of this situation. But I was able to take pictures in any way I could. I'm planning to go back there in December with a friend to enjoy the colder temperature and hoping it will not rain. I like the park because of its cold climate and the panoramic view of Tagaytay City especially the Taal Volcano. The only cons I encountered during my visit is the thick fog that enveloped some areas of the place. I had some suggestions to the city government of Tagaytay to make some improvement of the site.  I had noticed that there are some signs of neglect of the park especially the "signage" of People's Park In The Sky, where you can find it dilapidated and the missing letters of the signage which is considered an eyesore to the visitors.  They should also trim down some grasses to make the place pleasing to the eyes. I believe, the unfinished mansion should be renovated as well be painted to preserve its design so visitors will appreciate the site.   

The long and winding road to People's Park in the Sky 

Going up to People's Park in the Sky 

The foggy view of Tagaytay City from the peak of People's Park 


Uphill battle to People's Park In The Sky (this is a very good exercise for us) 

The lone waiting shed going up to the People's Park in the Sky. 
It is a favorite place among tourist to take selfies and groupies


Shrine of Our Lady, Mother of Fair Love and statue of Jesus Christ

The small chapel of Shrine of Our Lady, Mother of Fair Love 

The incomplete and abandoned mansion at the top
of the hill, known as Palace in The Sky during Marcos era 

View of Tagaytay City, it was enveloped by thick fog, and you can't see Taal Volcano 

The side view statue of Jesus Christ at the top of the chapel of
Shrine of Our Lady, Mother of Fair Love

View from the small chapel of Our Lady, Mother of Fair Love 


Thick fogs enveloped the area below

The unfinished mansion and the Doppler Radar station of PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration)  

The relic of Our Lady, Mother of Fair Love, and its landmarker 

 The landmarker beside the relic of Shrine of Our Lady, Mother of Fair Love

The altar of Our Lady, Mother of Fair Love 


Stairways going to the Shrine of Our Lady, Mother of Fair Love  


The entrance ticket (30 pesos) of People's Park In The Sky

The neglected "People's Park In The Sky" sign. There must be efforts to improve the place by the city government of Tagaytay.  Proper maintenance of the place is a must, so people who paid 30 pesos as entrance fee could enjoy the site, not only the panoramic view of Tagaytay City


How To Go There:
If you are coming from Buendia LRT Station you can ride an air conditioned bus at DLBT bus terminal going to Nasugbu, Batangas or any other bus which has a placard sign of "Mendez" and "Tagaytay" route (these busses will pass through Emilio Aguinaldo highway). Drop-off point in Tagaytay City is the Olivarez Terminal (before reaching Tagaytay Rotunda) where jeepneys are located going to different spots of Tagaytay like Picnic Grove and People's Park In The Sky (ask the jeepney driver to drop you at People's Park, 17 pesos per pax). 


Saturday, September 23, 2017

Feast Day of Saint Padre Pio

September 23 is the feast day of Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina. He is one of the most famous saints in our times especially in the Philippines. He received the gift of stigmata and has done many miracles and healings during his lifetime. Today, hundreds of devotees, including me, flock to the National Shrine of Saint Padre Pio at Sto. Thomas, Batangas to hear mass in honor of him.




Monday, September 18, 2017

Caricature

I would like to thank Mr. Rendel Z. Lotino (Artist and Caricaturist) of Sta. Rosa, Laguna who created this beautiful caricature of mine. I love it! 


Saturday, September 09, 2017

Happy Birthday Mama Mary

Yesterday was Mama Mary's birthday. Catholics around the world celebrated the Virgin Mary's birthday on September 8.   As per historical documents, September 8, 20BC, is the birth of Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ.  Her birth establishes the hope and the light of salvation for the entire world.  I went yesterday at the National Shrine of Saint Padre Pio to hear mass dedicated to the birth of Mother Mary. It is my way of thanking Mother Mary for all the blessings that I had received in my life.