Manaoag, Pangasinan: Travelled a Hundred Miles to say Thank You

I was asked by a friend why would I want to travel all the way to Pangasinan (which is about 105 Miles away from Manila) just to visit a church and attend a mass- when I could do just the same in any church in metro manila.

For a moment, I thought, she actually has a point.

But this hasn’t stopped me from going to Dagupan Bus Company terminal in Cubao and traveled for four hours to visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Manaoag.

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I took the bus with Manaoag/ Dagupan signboard (the route is actually Cubao- Dau- Tarlac- Manaoag- Dagupan) and it left by 2:30am. I was told that there are buses that leave the terminal every 30 minutes. For real time schedule and bus fares you can check their facebook page.

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A Day Well-spent in Baler, Aurora

Baler has always been on top of mind (aside from Siargao and La Union) when it comes to surfing in the Philippines. But do you guys know that there’s more to Baler than just surfing.

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Here’s how we spent a day in Baler:

1 AM: Travel via JoyBus or Genesis Airconditioned bus (Cubao Bus Station)
Fare and Schedule: Check their website or call their office for real time info (http://www.genesistransport.com.ph/)

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Red Letter Day: Blogapalooza 2014!!!!

Last Saturday, October 11, became a red letter day for most bloggers and businesses as WheninManila.com and Ourawesomeplanet.com held Blogapalooza 2014 at SM Aura in Taguig City. The highly anticipated event of the year was attended by more than 700 bloggers and a lot of both budding and well-known businesses in the metro.

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Game Face on at The Archery Academy

When I was in high school, I was always fascinated with the way College of St. Benilde cheerleaders incorporate the “archer-like-dance-step” (placing-the-arrow-in-the-bow-and-pull) in their routines. I always imagine myself doing the same thing (not the dance though but holding a real bow and arrow). Somehow it became a dream and later on became part of my bucket list. Katniss’ and Legolas’ characters were not even popular or were not even created yet- so to put it simply, Archery at that time was not a sport du jour (at least in the Philippines since most filipinos are into basketball and boxing).

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But now, it’s slowly becoming a craze. So I’ve done some research and later on learned about The Archery Academy in San Juan- a “school” that teaches the sport.
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Blogapalooza 2014!

“MU” or mutual understanding is not just for lovers, nowadays bloggers and businesses also has their own version of mutual understanding and this is embodied in the annual event which is Blogapalooza!!!

Aren’t you guys excited?!

So for those bloggers who haven’t signed up yet, follow this link, sign up and see you on the 20th of September at SM Aura in Taguig City.

http://blogapalooza.wheninmanila.com/bloggers/

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Many thanks to WheninManila.com and OurAwesomePlanet.com!

For questions and suggestions:
Email: mikeyongque@gmail.com
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Museo Orlina- A Testament to the Glass Sculptor’s Success in his Element

Who would’ve thought that after years of honing his craft and being shifted by changing times (or should I say difficult times- that is Martial Law during the late Marcos’ regime) from being an architect to a world-renowned sculptor, Mr. Ramon Orlina would be known as the Father of Philippine Glass Sculpture.

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PRESS RELEASE: Launching of HUAWEI Ascend G6

DISCLAIMER: PRESS RELEASES published in this blog are presented verbatim and without the blogger’s personal comments and insights. The Blogger also doesn’t usually feature GADGET/S in this blog unless we find it helpful to our fellow wanderers (in this case capturing memories by using the phone’s camera features).
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Huawei launches “P6 mini” with exciting freebies on May 31

Manila, May 29, 2014 – Fuel your creativity and capture memories wherever you go with the new Huawei Ascend G6, which will be launched Saturday, May 31, 2014 at SM North EDSA Annex Cyberzone. Gates will open at 10:00 a.m. The launch coincides with the official opening of Huawei’s brand shop in the Philippines.

An affordable version of the aspirational Ascend P6, the Ascend G6 will be available at a much lower price during the launch at PhP 8,990, instead of the PhP 9,990 suggested retail price. At that discounted price, you also get to take home a monopod and 8GB micro SD card.
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GrabCar, Changing the Way We Commute

When I was still working in a premier real estate company, I remember we used to have events and gatherings in hotels or decent venues that would make me buy my pair of suits and look the best possible. Knowing there would be premier clients, the least that I wanted to happen is to be dropped by a taxi in front of the venue where everyone will see me. In tagalog, “ang dyahe diba?” lol. Of course, aside from selling the projects that we have, I am also selling myself (I mean the brand, not the one that you’re thinking of lol) So the best solution is to be dropped by a taxi meters away and walk towards the venue as if I have just parked my car.

Sounds familiar? I’m pretty sure most of us have experienced the same.

Most filipinos don’t have a car. Let’s admit that. And since it’s not really a priority unless of course if you have the money, then taxis are better alternatives than taking the jeepneys, buses or trains. But in certain situations (just like my experience) even taxis aren’t really good alternatives.

For some, even if they have their own car, the idea of being stucked in traffic, parking their car, paying for gas, toll fees, parking fee and car maintenance, are all just hassle and not really as comfortable or convenient as we (people who don’t have cars) thought it was.

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GrabCar Official Press Release

*PRESS RELEASES published in this blog are presented verbatim and without the blogger’s personal comments and insights

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GrabTaxi offers new hassle-free private car rides with GrabCar
• Consumers can now grab an affordable private car without hassle of ownership
• This no-frills chauffeur service provides the same safety standard and convenience that is synonymous with GrabTaxi

MANILA, 21 May 2014 – GrabTaxi, the largest Southeast Asian taxi-booking mobile app, is launching GrabCar on the existing mobile app. GrabCar is a brand new service that provides an authorized on-demand private driver for anyone without the hassle of owning a private car.

This new service provides a new option for passengers and also expands the benefits of GrabTaxi to a new network of drivers. Like GrabTaxi, GrabCar offers private car drivers the opportunity to build on their income by providing them with a much wider user-base and an efficient driver-to-passenger matching.

Anthony Tan said, “What has ensured GrabTaxi’s success in Philippines has been its ability to adapt and evolve to meet our user’s needs. That’s why we are introducing GrabCar; we see that there is an opportunity to fill a gap in the industry without taking away business from our core user-base of taxis. GrabCar will give our passengers that upmarket personalized experience while ensuring a fun and authentic ride.”
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MMDA Pasig River Ferry System- Will it serve its purpose?

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Yesterday I’ve decided to try the MMDA Pasig River Ferry System which is still at their dry run stage (free ride extended until May 15). This newly reopened system and/ or type of transportation, for both locals and tourists, hopes to lessen passenger volume/ congestion and to lessen the heavy traffic that we are experiencing these days.
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