We Filipinos are known for our “Bayanihan” culture. The act of helping fellow kababayan in need without asking something in return. And this attitude is what makes us Pinoys unique.
In the wake of super typhoon Yolanda which devastates several provinces in the Visayas, Filipinos in different parts of the country and even abroad immediately mobilized and started different relief operations. True to the spirit of Bayanihan, many cause oriented groups, NGOs and even ordinary people have go out their way and exert all their efforts in helping the victims.
Pinoy Pride is shining bright and soaring high again.
In the recently concluded World Championship Of The Performing Arts held in Hollywood, California USA, the Philippine flag was raised to the highest level again as we dominate its 2013 Grand Championship.
Dubbed as the Olympics of the Performing Arts, WCOPA is an annual event showcasing different talents from all over the world. And for this year Filipino’s again proved that we are the nation to beat when it comes to talent competitions.
With much optimism and good economic conditions, Philippines again proved that indeed it is rising and moving forward as its economy emerged to be one of the best performing in Asia.
After being given 3 investment rate upgrades from 3 known credit rating agencies Fitch Ratings, Standard and Poors and Japan Credit Ratings Agency, Philippines again surpassed economic expectations as it grew 7.8% in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the 1st quarter of 2013 beating ASEAN neighbor economies and slightly edging China’s 7.7% GDP growth.
It was an exciting weekend, after 9 months I was back to trekking/mountain climbing again. That weekend trip was a long-time plan, we had the tour purchased last year but since our schedules didn’t jive, it took several months before we came up with the tour date. And on Saturday (March 2, 2013) the date we long waited for happened, a trip to Mt. Pinatubo.
Mt. Pinatubo is known for its eruption in 1991 which was named as the 2nd largest terrestrial eruption of the 20th century. It originally stands 1,745 meters before the eruption and currently measured at 1,486 meters. It is located in Central Luzon bordering the 3 provinces of Zambales, Tarlac and Pampanga.
The Department of Tourism yesterday unveiled its latest TV ad in connection with its banner tourism campaign It’s More Fun in the Philippines.
The TV commercial dubbed as the “Lovers” projects The Philippines as a new major wedding and lover’s haven. Shot at one of the best beaches in the country and the world, Boracay. The latest TV ad shows a romantic couple wherein the man proposes marriage to her girlfriend using colorful boats.
In an interview, DOT Secretary Mon Jimenez said, Philippines has becoming a favorite place for weddings and honeymoons. With our world class beach resorts and hotels, many foreign tourist are enticed to visit the country to personally experience that romantic feeling. That is why this commercial was created, to encourage more more tourist to come over and experience why “Romance is more fun in the Philippines”.
The TV ad is set to be shown in line with the coming Valentine’s season also according to Jimenez.
With the back to back record highs of the Philippine Stock Market, the great economic growth evidenced by good rise in the country’s GDP, the upgrades on credit ratings by several credit rating agencies and increase in tourist arrivals, these are just some facts pointing towards Philippines’ vibrant economy in this coming years. There is no doubt that the Philippines is in the positive zone of growth for this year 2013 and beyond. The “Sick man of Asia” is now cured and is ready to conquer again the Asian or even the World economy as it is then.
Liliw, Laguna is well-known for its beautiful and affordable tsinelas. Their tsinelas industry gave them the name in the footwear industry of the Philippines. And with that strong tsinelas market, Liliw Tsinelas Festival became a yearly celebration in the town during the month of April.
But Liliw is not only about tsinelas, shoes or sandals, they also have a small but terrible treasure worthy to be discovered especially by the foodies.
Last weekend, me and my 2 friends went on a joy ride to Laguna and Quezon Province. It was sunny morning when we depart from Manila down south. We trailed the South Luzon Expressway then Maharlika Highway up to San Pablo City. It was on that area that the weather started to become gloomy. And we’re not mistaken as it started to drizzle until we reach Nagcarlan, Laguna. Because it was their first time in the area, I told them to drop by the Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery which is just along the highway.
Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery is the only underground public cemetery in the country making it unique and worthy to visit. It has been declared as National Historical Landmark on July 11, 1978 by the National Historical Institute through Presidential Decree 1505. The underground cemetery is believed to be used by the Katipuneros in 1986 as their meeting place thus earning it the historical landmark. The NUC is a walled area with large beautifully managed lawn inside. There is also a small church inside used before for the final blessing of the dead before laying them to the tombs located under it. The tombs are located 15 feet under the chapel and there are more or less 30 tombs available there. The tombs are is lighted by small incandescent bulbs which makes it more dramatic. While other confined places are hot the underground cemetery is cold.