Intramuros ay [(Latin) intra: within; muros:walls]. The popular name given to the walled city of Spanish Manila. The name “Manila” (it is claimed) derives from nilad, a type of mangrove that bore white waxy flowers (Ixora).

Luneta Park

Park or Rizal Park is one of the historic destinations in the Philippines.

MOA Eye At Night

Last February 18, 2012 nagkaroon ng isang munting gathering ang mga Helios para sa 1st gathering nito para sa 2012.....


Its time of Photowalk again actually its on my plan talaga na magphotowalk sa buong Mall of Asia sa loob mismo ng mall kaso bawal nga magtake ng mga pictures with the permission........

The Sunset

Sabi ka ni Adriaan Kortlandt “Once I saw a chimpanzee gaze at a particularly beautiful sunset for a full 15 minutes, watching the changing colors [and then] retire to the forest without picking a pawpaw for supper.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Here comes another round of President Aquino bashing on the Net

Bulong-bulungan sa lahat ng dako ng bansa ang nangyari kaninan umaga kung saan mas binigyan umano'y ng pansin ang pagdalo ni Pangulong Aquino sa isang inauguration ng isang kompanya ng gumagawa ng kotse kaysa dumalo sa isang mahalang pangyayari sa ating bansa kung saan kasabay nito ang Arrival Honors ng PNP-SAF na nagbuwis ng buhay para lang ipaglaban ang dapat ipaglaban.

Kaya naman umani ito ng iba't-ibang mga komento mula sa mga netizens. Narito ang ilan sa mga komento nila patungkol sa bagay na iyan.

Here comes another round of PNoy bashing on the Net! And he has no one to blame but himself. What was supposed to be a dignified and heartfelt tribute to the PNP-SAF massacre victims and expression of sympathy to their grieving families and friends, became a long ra-ta-tat and blah-blah-blah on his version of the story even if he started with something like "What I will say is not final because there will still be an official investigation." Again, how disrespectful! First, the visiting pope, now the dead soldiers. Let's just pray for our President: May God give him the strength to face all the problems of this nation, and the enlightenment to see things clearly. - Robby Tantingco

Dear President Aquino, I don’t know how hard it is to be in your shoes and the weight of the responsibilities you are carrying into, but I really believe that this is one of the times that you need to make a stand and accept your duties (if not as a father of this country, at least as a Commander in Chief of the PNP), regardless how tough it is. The families of the fallen PNP-SAF needed your presence to console them but you chose to be in Laguna to deliver an inaugural speech? I just don't get it. Sad but I'm praying for you. - Jay Fajutag

This is YOUR (those who voted for him, not mine) president! (not even worthy of a capital letter) pwe!
Ayan nasa launching ng Mitsubishi, kaysa salubungin ang mga namatay na Bayaning SAF-PNP dahil sa katangahan nya bilang Commander in Chief.

Para sa akin lang naman, siguro I will demand Noynoy's resignation kung ang pinuntahan nya kanina ay walang kwentang sosyalan. Yes, it may be a bad call not to at least juggle time to go to Villamor, pero yung pinuntahan nya kanina sa Sta.Rosa ay inauguration ng planta na pedeng mag-create ng maraming trabaho para sa naghihirap na mga Pilipino. If it's not enough, masamang Pangulo nga siguro sya ‪#‎NoPerfectPresident‬ - Ron Mia

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Ten Worst Moments of the Pope's Visit

Written by Robby Tantingco

After the 10 Best Moments now come the 10 Worst, in ascending order:

10. President Aquino monopolizing the Pope upon his arrival at Villamor airport. The gracious thing to do would have been to greet the Pope then step aside and let the people welcome him, too. After all, he would still welcome him again the next day in Malacanang!

9. The Cabinet members who obviously used their position to secure access to the Pope. I saw them at the airport, saw them again at the palace, and once more at the Mall of Asia, tagging along different faces every time!

8. The Cabinet members (again!) who rented a private jet to tail the Pope’s plane to Tacloban. On the return flight to Manila, their jet skidded on the runway and got stuck in the mud, stranding the rest of the flights. Thankfully the Pope's plane had left 30 minutes earlier.

7. Our obsession with selfie. Instead of rosaries, we raised only smartphones and tablets. It's OK to record sightings of the Pope (I did, too), but it's better to drop our cameras and savor the moment with our five senses. And I’m sure the Pope wanted to see our faces, not our gadgets!

6. The starstruck priests who videotaped the Pope at the Mass that they were supposed to be concelebrating. They didn't care that he was the Pope who had urged priests to be prayerful and to lead simple, unadorned lifestyles.

5. Two awkward moments: (a) when the Pope faced the clergy and religious inside the Tacloban Cathedral to announce he was cutting short his visit, they responded with a loud groan so that Pope had to humor them before they let him go; and (b) the guy at the UST event who was busy looking for a letter he was going to give the Pope that he did not immediately see the Pope’s hand reaching for a handshake.

4. The emcee at the Quirino Grandstand whose annoying voice actually made me change channels. However, CNN and EWTN were using the same live TV feed from Manila so there he was again, shouting for all the planet to hear, “Okay pa ba kayo dyan?? Let’s do the Pope Francis Wave one more time, one, two, three! Now let’s sing Papa Francisco, Papa Francisco…”

3. Typhoon Amang, which literally rained on the Pope’s parade and sabotaged the organizers’ best-laid plans. Hundreds of thousands suffered from hypothermia and sleep deprivation, and were in desperate need of thick blankets and hot soup. By the time the Pope arrived at the Quirino Grandstand, the crowd had thinned in the middle quadrants—quite embarrassing for organizers who needed to break the 1995 record for the biggest papal crowd.

2. PNoy’s shockingly discourteous welcome speech at Malacanang. He lectured the Pope on the role of the Church in the colonization of the Philippines, made sumbong about bishops who supported Marcos and Gloria, and told two very inappropriate jokes, one about a bishop criticizing his bald head and another about the security nightmare the Pope’s visit was causing his government. Then he showed off his knowledge of Scripture by quoting not one but two passages from St. Matthew's Gospel (complete with chapter and verse numbers) to defend his RH program which he knew the Pope opposes. Didn't they have a private meeting where he could have unburdened all these?
And worst of all...

1. PNoy comparing himself with Pope Francis in the same speech. He told the Pope that they "both see things as they are and are unafraid of asking 'Why not?'" and that they are "both instruments of God through which His Kingdom is allowed to flourish." Therefore, he said, he and the Pope must be (gasp) kindred spirits! PNoy named their other kindred spirits: Cardinal Tagle, Fr. Catalino Arevalo, SJ and Sister Agnes Guillen who "have always been voices of reason, and who are spiritual people who will always be natural allies.” He said he “would like to think that even more will join us in the truth in the fullness of time.” Bolstering further his claim of kinship with the Pope, he said he hoped there would be more like them “in the fight to transform society.”

Photos credit to the owner

Saturday, January 24, 2015

My Top Ten List of the Pope's Visit

Written by Robby Tantingco and Photos by Martin San Diego 

Now that the Pope’s visit is almost done, I drew up my 10 Best Moments and 10 Worst Moments in ascending order of importance. Please don't argue, but you may suggest, or give your own list smile emoticon


10. The efficient and elegant translating of the Pope's speeches by his official translator. Does anyone know his name?

9. Cardinal Tagle's sparkling-clear speeches which always put the events in perspective, articulate our thoughts and show the Pope (and the world) our best qualities as a nation

8. That part of the Mass at the Manila Cathedral where the Pope walked to the front pews to greet the retired priests and the wheelchair-bound nuns. He squeezed his way between the wheelchairs to reach to the farthest nun, and the handle of one wheelchair even caught his vestments. Like any regular guy!

7. The solemnity of the concluding Mass at Luneta. Even CNN noticed it: "It was festive but the moment the Mass began, millions of Filipinos hushed down and turned into a prayerful mood. Amazing!"

6. The incredible patience of Filipinos who stood in the rain for hours (or tens of hours), shivering and starving, to wait to get a glimpse of the Pope--a glimpse!

5. The security for the Pope, which succeeded in protecting the world's most important leader from dark forces lurking in the dark. I can imagine how many bottles of antacids these guys consumed every time the Pope rode into the night in his non-bulletproofed popemobile!

4. The Pope's departure from his English speeches and homilies so that he could speak from the heart. Can you imagine the irony and miracle of a pope shifting to a language we don't understand (Spanish) to be understood?

3. The unannounced encounter with the street children after the Manila Cathedral mass. It marked the end of the cold, uptight "state visit" and set the warmer, more relaxed tone of his "spiritual journey"

2. The gut-wrenching moment at the UST program when the little girl broke down and asked the question which even the Pope himself said he had no answer for: “Why does God let children suffer?”

1. The bravery of this Pope who proceeded with his trip to Tacloban despite the real danger of the approaching typhoon. I held my breath from the time the plane took off at 7 a.m. until it landed safely back at 2 p.m. "You are the reason I made this trip to your country," the Pope told the Yolanda victims. "I am sorry I don't have the words to say to you, but I am here." That, to me, was the very soul of Pope Francis revealed for all the world to see.

Next: Top 10 Worst Moments

Friday, January 23, 2015

Reason to Watch Manhid of Ballet Philippines

"Tao Ngayon Ba Ay Manhid?" 

Tao ngayon ba ay manhid na sa lahat ng bagay na nangyayari sa ating paligid? Dahil sa dami na pinagkakabalahan ng bawat tao mula sa mga problema nila sa bahay, paaralan, trabaho o maging ang kanilang buhay pag-ibig, kaya hindi na nila binibigyan ng pansin ang mga nangyayari sa paligid ngayon?

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Cookbook Launch : What Happens when the Farmers meet the Chefs

Sabi nga nila sa panahon ngayon dapat maging maingat ka na lalo na sa mga pagkaing kinakain mo, dahil di mo alam kung anung nakahalo doon, hindi ba?

Kaya naman mas mainam na dapat ang bawat kinakain mo ay alam mo kung saan nang galing o nagmula. Kaya naman noong imbitahan ako ng isang blogista na pumunta sa isang di ordinaryong lugar at event ay kaagad na umoo ako, di dahil malapit lang ang venue sa akin kung di alam ko na may malalaman ako sa aking pagpunta doon..

Monday, January 12, 2015

Mangan Ta Na : Rekados Cafe and Restaurante

Rekados Cafe and Restaurante the best place to eat in the south! Yan ang nasabi ko pagkatapos ko magfoodtrip sa  Rekados Cafe and Restaurante kasama ang ilan sa mga malalapit na kaibigan sa mundo ng blogging, bakit ko siya nasabi? Simple lang alam naman natin lahat na mahilig ako sa mga lumang architecture at membro rin ako ng isang heritage organization kung saan binibigyan halaga nito ang kahalagaan para sa kasaysayan.

Kaya naman noong unang kita ko pa lamang sa lugar na ito ay nainlove ako sa ganda ng pagkakagawa at ang pwesto pa nila sana pagitan lamang ng Cavite at Tagaytay kaya naman walang hassle kung pupuntahan mo ang lugar na ito lalo na ngayon, masarap kumain dahil ang lamig ng klima.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Tradisyunal na pahalik sa Itim na Nazareno magsisimula na

Isa sa mga naging tradisyon tuwing sasapit ang pista ng Itim na Nazareno ay tinatawag nilang pahalik kung saan hudyat na ito na malapit o magsisimula na ang isang mahaba ngunit makabuluhang paglalakbay ng Itim na Nazareno o mas tamang sabihin na traslacion na magsisimula Quirino Grandstand patungo sa kanyang tahanan sa simbahan ng Quiapo.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Hot Spot : Martin Jhudiel San Diego

Martin San Diego is one of the kind, hindi biro lang but seryoso isa siya sa masasabi kung proffesional hobbyist pagdating sa larangan ng photography. Oo aamin ko minsan gusto ko din gawin yung mga kuha niya iba kasi yung timpla ng mga tirada niya eh. Mahusay, malinis at alam mo agad na may mensahe sa mga kuha niya.

Kaya naman naglakas loob ako na tanungin siya kung maari ko ba siya mainterview ng mabilisan sapagkat alam ko naman kung gaano kabusy ang isang Martin San Diego at marahil nakulitan siya sa akin kaya naman napapayag ko siya na mafeature sa aing munting Hot Spot kung saan binibigyan ko ng mga halaga ang mga gawa at kuha ng isang taong nagugustuhan ko pagdating sa mga tirada nila sa photography.

Tara samahan mo akong kilalanin ng mabuti kung sino nga ba si Martin San Diego sa mundo ng photography at bakit nga ba siya napasok sa mundong ito.

Full Name and Alias: Martin Jhudiel San Diego
Twitter: @martinsandiego
Instagram: @martinsandiego
Location: Quezon City
Age: 23
Education: BS Computer Science major in Network Engineering, DLSU-M

Genre of your Photography:
Sports, Events, Music, Weddings

Tell me about yourself that people don't know:
I learned photography by practice. I never took any classes about photography. I read a lot from the Internet especially when I was just starting out.

Monday, January 5, 2015

YouTurn : Henrick Dulin

Muling nagbabalik ang isa sa mga most interesting feature section ng AXLPPI ang Youturn kung saan ipinapakilala ang ilan sa mga masasabi kung magagaling mula sa mundo ng illustration.

Tara samahan mo akung kilalanin ang unang feature illustrator para sa taong 2015 na walang ba kundi si Henrick Dulin.

Sa di inaasahang pagkakataon ay nagkaroon ako ng isang munting pagkakataon para mainterview ang isa sa mga mahuhusay na illustrator sa mundo ng tumblr, oo mahusay sapagkat napapahanga niya ako sa kanyang aking galing. Di ko naman masasabi na kilalang-kilala ko siya sapagkat bihira lamang kami magkausap ni Henrick, marahil dala na siguro ng kabusihan sa iba't-ibang mga bagay.

Kaya naman naisipan ko bakit nga ba hindi ko bigyan ng puwang si Henrick Dulin sa aking YouTurn tutal mahusay naman ang kanyang mga gawa. Kaya ito tara kilalanin natin ng masinsinan o ng mabuti kung sino nga ba si Henrick Dulin sa mundo ng illustrator.

Full Name: Henrick V. Dulin
Alias: Hench; The Creative Chaos; Henchenrick
Twitter: @henchenrick
IG: @henrickdulin
Location: Tuguegarao City, Cagayan Valley
Age: 18
Education: Currently studying BS Entrepreneurship

Genre of your graphic illustration: Typography; Vintage / Grunge

Tell me something about yourself that people don't know:
I am Hench and I am one crazy goofball.

What is your current state of mind before we continue with the interview?
Calm, thanks to my chill OPM mix~