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To have and to hold.

Sixteen years ago, I planned my own wedding. I remember very well what my color scheme would be, and what my order of ceremony would be.  I remember I wanted to be married at the age of 24. Unlike any other girls, I never want it to be grandiose. I wanted mine to be simple, solemn, and private. My guest list was short for all I wanted is to share that special moment with my family and closest friends, and future hubby’s as well.  I was thrilled by the thought that my marriage will be the same like my parent’s unbreakable vow.

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Say hello to my new body mod!

March 2, 2014: I went to Ayala Center Cebu to meet a new friend. He was really cool and we really clicked. We had coffee and talked about random things. We shared a few pieces about our lives. I’ve learned a lot from him. I’ve learned that even though there are perks when you’re part of the military, there are also heartbreaking difficulties. Our conversations were both serious and random. He is really cool and I am glad I didnt freak him out with my weirdness. When we were about to go separate ways to call it a day, he  suggested to go look for a pro who could do my “long-overdue-dream-piercing”. I really thought he was joking, but I guess it doesnt apply much to a military men because he was so dead serious. He said, we have to get it done today to commemorate our “friendship day”. Hahahaha.. We’ll something like that.

So we went around Ayala to look for a good deal. We went to the basement, as suggested by one of the sales girl, and look for Maanyag Spa. I am beyond thrilled! It’s been a long time since I got a piercing. So I excitedly filled up the form and went inside the booth. I actually wanted to do 3 piercings but I think my ears are too small. Even the girl who is did my piercing had a hard time doing the first stud. The piercing took about 30-45 minutes. And this is what my piercing looks like…

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Panaad sa Negros 2014 Schedule of Activities

The “Queen of All Festivals” is here! With this year’s theme:  “Organik na Negros: Rising to the Challenge of Globalization in 2015″

Panaad sa Negros 2014 Schedule of Activities

 

Pre-Panaad Activities

Search for Lin-ay sang Negros:

  • March 29 – Press Presentation & Skills Competition (Robinson’s Place Bacolod)
  • March 30 – Festival Costume Parade & Mall Fashion Show (Robinson’s Place Bacolod)
  • March 30 to April – Annual Derby/Panaad Bulang (Panaad Covered Court)

March 31, 2014: Monday, Day 1

  • 06:00am – Hataw sa Panaad w/ Ching’s Group (Panaad Football Field)
  • 06:00am – Mambukal Team Relay
  • 08:00am – Panaad Thanksgiving Mass (2F Panaad Stadium)
  • 09:00am – Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies for Daily Activities:
  • Panaad Tourism, Agri-Trade Fair & Exhibits @ LGU Pavilions
  • Organik na Negros Agri-Fest (GF Panaad Stadium, North Wing)
  • The Organic Village – Slow Food Convivium (LGU Pavilion Grounds)
  • Livestock & Dairy Products Fair (North area across Escalante-Toboso Pavilions)
  • Eco-Garden Show (South area across Candoni Pavilion)
  • Solid Waste Management Advocacy (PEMO Nursery Area)
  • 02:00pm – Motorcade/Floats Parade (Provincial Capitol to Panaad Park)
  • 02:00pm – 2nd Day, Annual Derby/Panaad Bulang (Panaad Covered Court)
  • 04:00pm – Opening Ceremony & Festival Dances Competition (Panaad Stadium)
  • 04:00pm – Fireworks Display
  • 08:00pm – Show/Event (Panaad Stadium) / (Panaad Park Stage)

April 1, 2014: Tuesday, Day 2

  • 06:00am – Hataw sa Panaad w/ Panaad Hot Bodies (Panaad Football Field)
  • 07:30am – Athletics (Panaad Field)
  • 07:30am – Chess (Stadium VIP Room)
  • 08:00am – Taekwondo-Weigh-in (up to 5p.m., 2nd Level North Wing, Panaad Stadium)
  • 09:00am – Organic Agriculture Forum @ The Organic Village (LGU Pavilion Grounds)
  • 10:00am – Daily Tourism, Agri-Trade Fair & Exhibits @ various venues (refer to Day 1)
  • 02:00pm – Boxing (2nd Level South Wing, Panaad Stadium; Weigh-in @ 7:30-10am)
  • 02:00pm – Championship, Annual Derby/Panaad Bulang (Panaad Covered Court)
  • 06:00pm – Paindis-indis sa Composo kag Rondalla (Panaad Stadium)
  • 08:00pm – Show/Event (Panaad Park Stage)

April 2, 2014: Wednesday, Day 3

  • 06:00am – Hataw sa Panaad w/ Panaad Hot Bodies (Panaad Football Field)
  • 07:30am – Athletics (Panaad Field)
  • 08:00am – Chess (Panaad Stadium VIP Room)
  • 08:00am – Taekwondo Competition (up to 5 p.m., 2nd Level North Wing, Panaad Stadium)
  • 09:00am – Organic Agriculture Forum @ The Organic Village (LGU Pavilion Grounds)
  • 10:00am – Daily Tourism, Agri-Trade Fair & Exhibits @ various venues (refer to Day 1)
  • 01:00pm – Taekwondo (2nd Level North Wing, Panaad Stadium, weigh in @ 9-11am)
  • 02:00pm – Boxing (2nd Level South Wing, Panaad Stadium; Weigh-in @ 7:30-10am)
  • 03:00pm –.Latin Dance Sport (NOMPAC Gym)
  • 07:00pm – Philippine Folk Dances Competition (Panaad Stadium)
  • 08:00pm – ABS-CBN “M.O.R.” Show (Panaad Park Stage)

April 3, 2014: Thursday, Day 4

  • 06:00am – Hataw sa Panaad w/ Panaad Hot Bodies (Panaad Football Field)
  • 06:00am – 3K & 5K Road Race (Panaad Stadium)
  • 07:30am – Athletics (Panaad Field)
  • 08:00am – TESDA Livelihood Skills Olympics (Panaad Covered Court)
  • 08:00am – Chess (Panaad Stadium VIP Room)
  • 09:00am – Organic Agriculture Forum @ The Organic Village (LGU Pavilion Grounds)
  • 10:00am – Daily Tourism, Agri-Trade Fair & Exhibits @ various venues (refer to Day 1)
  • 02:00pm – Boxing (2nd Level South Wing, Panaad Stadium; Weigh-in @ 7:30-10am)
  • 05:00pm – “Little Lin-ay sang 2GO” Pageant (Panaad Park Stage)
  • 03:00pm – Technical Rehearsal, Lin-ay sang Negros Pageant (Panaad Stadium)

April 4, 2014: Friday, Day 5

  • 06:00am – Hataw sa Panaad w/ Panaad Hot Bodies (Panaad Football Field)
  • 08:00am – ABS-CBN’s Halad sa Kapamilya (2nd Level Center Panaad Stadium & Park Stage)
  • 08:00am – Organic Agriculture Forum @ The Organic Village (LGU Pavilion Grounds)
  • 10:00am – Daily Tourism, Agri-Trade Fair & Exhibits @ various venues (refer to Day 1)
  • 04:00pm – Boxing (2nd Level South Wing, Panaad Stadium; Weigh-in @ 7:30-10am)
  • 04:00pm – Provincial Capitol Employees Day w/ ABS-CBN-“Baranggayan” (Panaad Covered Court)
  • 07:00pm – Lin-ay sang Negros Pageant (Panaad Stadium)
  • 07:00pm – Concert, Yamaha School of Music Students (Panaad Park Stage)

April 5, 2014: Saturday, Day 6

  • 06:00am – Hataw sa Panaad w/ Panaad Hot Bodies (Panaad Football Field)
  • 06:00am – Murcia – Panaad Run
  • 08:00am – Farmers Day Celebration & Farmers Forum (Panaad Covered Court)
  • 10:00am – Daily Tourism, Agri-Trade Fair & Exhibits @ various venues (refer to Day 1)
  • 10:00am – Boxing (2nd Level South Wing, Panaad Stadium – weigh-in @ 7:30-10am)
  • 04:00pm – Outstanding Farmers, Fisherfolk & Livestock Raisers Awards w/ ABS-CBN (Panaad Stadium)
  • 06:00pm – ABS-CBN’s Kapamilya Fiesta Caravan (Panaad Stadium)
  • 07:00pm – NPC-KBP Media Night (Panaad VIP Room)
  • 08:00pm – “Organik na Negros” Show (Panaad Park Stage) – to be confirmed

April 6, 2014: Sunday, Day 7

  • 06:00am – Hataw sa Panaad w/ Ching’s Group (Panaad Football Field)
  • 10:00am – Daily Tourism, Agri-Trade Fair & Exhibits @ various venues (refer to Day 1)
  • 01:00pm – Drum & Bugle Competition, Elementary Level (Panaad Football Field)
  • 05:00pm – Closing Ceremony w/ Awarding & Presentation of Winners (Panaad Stadium)
  • 08:00pm – Panaad Drumbeating Showcase/Fireworks Display (Panaad Stadium)
  • 08:00pm – 303rd Philippine Army Band Concert (Panaad Park Stage)

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Be inspired. Don’t lose hope.

This speech was delivered by a La Sallian engineer in one of the graduation ceremonies at the UP College of Engineering.

“Ngayong araw na ito, sa ating pagtatapos, mayroon akong dalang Transcript of Record. Ang estudyanteng may-ari ng transcript na ito ay nag-aral sa De La Salle University. Sa unibersidad na ito, kapag ikaw ay isang undergraduate, may ID number ka na nagsisimula sa “94”at pataas, kung lumipas ang isang buong school year at umabot ka sa 15 units na bagsak, masisipa ka sa paaralan.

Ang transcript na hawak ko ay mayroong 27 units ng bagsak. 12 sa mga ito ay tinamo ng estudyante sa iisang schoolyear lang. Ang isang subject ay kadalasang may bigat na 3 units. Kung iisiping mabuti, isang subject na bagsak na lang ay pwede na masipa ang estudyanteng may-ari ng transcript na ito.

Ang speech na ito ay hindi ko ginawa para i-acknowledge ang paghihirap ng ating mga magulang sa pagpapaaral satin. Hindi ko din ito ginawa para maghayag ng political statement,o kumbinsihin kayo na huwag umalis sa bansa at tulungan itong makaahon. Ang speech na ito ay para sa mga normal na estudyante na kagaya ng may may-ari ng transcript na hawak ko, dahil madalas, wala talagang pakialam ang unibersidad sa mga achievements nila. May mga awards na gaya ng “Summa Cum Laude”, “Best Thesis Award” at “Leadership Award.” Pero ni minsan, hindi pa ako nakakakita ng unibersidad na nagbigay ng “Hang-on and managed to graduate despite nearly getting kicked-out during his academic stay” award.

Maaaring isang malaking kagaguhan ang konseptong ito para sa karamihan. Bakit mo pararangalan ang isang estudyanteng bulakbol, bobo, tamad o iresponsable? Hindi ba dapat isuka ito ng unibersidad? Ito yung mga tipo ng estudyanteng walang ia-asenso sa buhay, hindi ba?

Ayun. Natumbok niyo. Iyun na nga ang dahilan. Madalas, pag ang isang estudyante ay may pangit na marka sa paaralan, lalong lalo na sa kolehiyo, nakakapanghina ito ng loob. Nandiyan yung tatamarin ka mag-aral, nandyan yung iisipin mo “Ano pa kayang trabaho ang makukuha ko? Call center na naman o clerical? Ba’t kasi ang bobo ko. Kung matalino lang ako, sana, sa Proctor and Gamble ako, o kung saang sikat na kumpanya.”

Mas mahirap ang dinadaanan ng mga estudyanteng bumabagsak. Kahit na sabihin mong kasalanan nilang bumabagsak sila, hindi ninyo alam kung ano ang pakiramdam ng ganun. Madaling sabihin na “Kaya mo yan, mag-aral ka lang,” pero alam ba natin talaga ang sinasabi natin?

Kapag ang isang estudyante ay bumabagsak sa unibersidad, nandiyan yung tatawanan niya lang yan. O di kaya naman, ipagmamalaki niya pang “TAKE 5 NA KO!!!” o “Pare, magpi-PhD na ako sa Anmath3/ Calculus/etc.” Pero hindi alam ng mga isang Summa Cum Laude kung ano ang nasa isip ng isang normal na estudyante sa tuwing matutulog ito at alam niyang pag-gising niya, kailangan niya na namang ulitin ang isang subject na nakuha niya na sa susunod na term.

Kaya ngayong graduation, ang speech na ito ay inaaalay ko parasa mga estudyanteng lumagpak, muntik-muntikan nang masipa o yung sa lahat ng paraang pwede,ginawa na para lang makatapos. Gagawin kong patas ang mundo para sa inyo kahit isang araw lang. Kahit ano pa ang sabihin ng ibang tao, kesyo kasalanan mo man na pangit ang marka mo o muntik ka nang makick-out, saludo ako sa hindi mo pagtigil sa pag-aaral. Saludo ako na may lakas ka ng loob na harapin pa rinang mundo kahit alam mong hindi ito magiging patas sa iyo. Saludo ako na kahit pangit ang transcript mo, taas noo ka pa rin ngayong graduation at proud na proud sa sarili mo.

Ano ngayon ang mangyayari sa mga graduates pagkatapos nitong graduation? Ayoko nang puntahan yung pwedeng mangyayari sa mga Cum Laude. Baduy. Alam mo namang may patutunguhan ang buhay nila e. Pero dun sa mga lumagpak, ano ang meron?

Maaring makakuha kayo ng mediocre na trabaho lang. Pwede ka rin swertehin, baka makapagtrabaho ka sa magandang kumpanya. Madami pang pwedeng mangyari. Huwag kayong mawalan ng pag-asa. Kung nung college, nagtiyaga kayo e ba’t titigilan niyo yung pagti-tiyaga ngayon?

Pwede ring ganito: Mag-aral ka ulit. Ipakita mo sa kanila na kung sisipagin ka lang, malayo ang mararating mo. Subukan mong patunayan sa kanila na kapag pinilit mo, kaya mo ring abutin yung naabot nila. Na hindi ka bobo, kundi tinamad ka lang.

Baka sabihin ninyo, drowing lang ako.

I’ve been on both sides. Naranasan ko na ring lumagpak, at muntikan na din akong masipa. Naranasan ko na ang umulit ng 4 na beses sa iisang subject. Naranasan ko na ang masumbatan ng magulang, kapatid at kung sino-sino pang propesor na walang pakialam sa pakiramdam ng estuyante.

Naranasan ko nang hindi makatulog ng maraming gabi sa pagiisip kung paano ko na naman sasabihin sa magulang ko na maybagsak na naman ako. Kaya alamko ang pakiramdam ninyo.

Akin ang transcript na ito.

Pagkagraduate ko ng college, ano ang ginawa ko? Eto. Nagtrabaho muna ng konti, taposaral ulit. Kuha ng Masteral sa kurso ko. Hindi para sa trabaho o kung ano man. Kundi para patunayan sa sarili ko na noong mga panahong bumabagsak ako, tinatamad lang ako.

This is a rebellion. I raise my middle finger to every professor, over-achiever, naysayer and detractor THAT TOLD ME THAT I CAN’T MAKE IT. I raise my middle finger to every valedictory or graduation speech that only gratifies the university, those who were achievers in school or those who gratify the country when it’s supposed to be the graduate’s moment of glory. You are supposed to acknowledge EVERYONE. Even those who failed many times.
Kaya sa inyong mga graduates na medyo hindi maganda ang marka, para sa inyo ito. Kung kinaya ko ito, kaya niyo rin to. Imposibleng hindi.”


Tequila’s Note

I saw this on a Facebook page a year ago.

Sinulog 2014

Sinulog 2014
Schedule of Events
 

December 1, 2013 – January 31, 2014 Sinulog Street Fair, Osmena Blvd.
December 30, 2013 Sinulog Fun Run

January 9, 2014 (Thursday) — Opening Salvo: Walk with Jesus
4:00 a.m. Assembly Time (Area) Fuente Osmena
4:30 a.m. Start of Walk from Fuente Osmena Blvd. to Basilica del Sto. Nino
5:30 a.m. Installation of Hermano and Hermana Mayores 2014

January 10, 2014 (Friday) — Sinulog 2014 Kickoff
2:00 p.m. Solemn Mass (Basilica del Sto. Nino)
3:00 p.m. Launching Parade (Basilica del Sto. Nino to CCSC)
7:00 p.m. Opening and Launching Program, Fuente Osmena
8:00 p.m. Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmena Circle)
9:00 p.m. Street Party Bands

January 11, 2014 (Saturday) — Sinulog sa Kabataan – Lalawigan
1:00 p.m. Parade of Participants, Capitol Site to Cebu City Sports Center
2:00 p.m. Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan, Cebu City Sports Center
6:30 p.m. Cultural Show (Fuente Osmena)
7:00 p.m. Ms Cebu 2014 Presentation at Ayala Activity Center
8:00 p.m. Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmena Circle)
9:00 p.m. Concert at the Fuente O, Street Party Bands

January 12, 2014 (Sunday) — Sinulog sa Kabataan – Dakbayan
4:00 a.m. Cebu City 2014 Marathon — http://www.cebumarathon.com
1:00 p.m. Parade of Participants, Plaza Independencia to CCSC
2:00 p.m. Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan, CCSC
6:00 p.m. Grand Finals of Sinulog Choral Competition
6:30 p.m. Cultural Show (Fuente Osmena)
8:00 p.m. Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmena Circle)
9:00 p.m. Concert at the Fuente O, Street Party Bands

January 13, 2014 (Monday)
6:30 p.m. Cultural Show (Fuente Osmena)
8:00 p.m. Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmena)
9:00 p.m. Concert at the Fuente O, Street Party Bands

January 14, 2014 (Tuesday)
6:30 p.m. Cultural Show (Fuente Osmena)
8:00 p.m. Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmena)
9:00 p.m. Concert at the Fuente O, Street Party Bands

January 15, 2014 (Wednesday)
9:00 a.m. Airport Welcome (Balikbayan Flights)
6:30 p.m. Cultural Show (Fuente Osmena)
7:00 p.m. Ms Cebu 2014 Coronation Night, Waterfront Lahug Hotel
8:00 p.m. Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmena)
9:00 p.m. Concert at the Fuente O, Street Party Bands

January 16, 2014 (Thursday)
9:00 a.m. Airport Welcome (Balikbayan Flights)
6:00 p.m. Balik Cebu, Welcome Party at Ayala Center Cebu
6:30 p.m. Cultural Show (Fuente Osmena)
Sinulog Festival Queen Runway Competition and Photoshoot
8:00 p.m. Sinulog Idol Grand Finals (Fuente Osmena)
Handumanan at Ayala Terraces
9:00 p.m. Concert at the Fuente O, Street Party Bands

January 17, 2014 (Friday) — Visual Merchandising Contest (Dept. Stores and Malls)
4:00 a.m. Walk with Mary from Fuente Osmena to Sto. Nino
9:00 a.m. Solidarity Meeting (All competing contingent/Floats/Higante/Puppeteers) at CCSC gym
6:00 p.m. Sinulog Dance Crew and Musicfest Grand Finals, CCSC
7:30 p.m. Sinulog Festival Queen 2014, CCSC
8:00 p.m. Cebu Popular Music Festival, Cebu Coliseum

January 18, 2014 (Saturday)
6:00 a.m. Fluvial Procession of the Miraculous Image of Sto. Nino
9:00 a.m. Reenactment of the Baptism of Queen Juana and Rajah Humabon — Basilica del Sto. Nino
2:00 p.m. Solemn Procession of the Miraculous Image of Sto. Nino
7:00 p.m. Street Party at Fuente Osmena and Plaza Independencia
8:00 p.m. Kasadya Nite Mardi Gras at Ayala Center Cebu
9:00 p.m. Musicfest Grand Finals

January 19, 2014 (Sunday) — Sinulog Grand Parade
4:00 a.m. Mananita Mass at Basilica del Sto. Nino
6:00 a.m. Pontifical Mass with His Eminence Ricardo J. Cardinal Vidal
9:00 a.m. Sinulog Grand Parade Carousel Kickoff
7:00 p.m. Grand Finale and Grand Fireworks, CCSC
7:30 p.m. Street Party Bands, Fuente Osmena

January 20, 2014 (Monday)
1:00 p.m. Awarding Ceremonies, CCSC

January 24, 2014 (Friday) — Hubo
4:00 a.m. Hubo Mass Ritual at Basilica del Sto. Nino

January 25, 2014 (Saturday)
1:00 p.m. Screening of Finalists for Short Film/Video Documentary Contest
Sinulog 2013 Photo Contest Winners Exhibits
6:00 p.m. Awarding Ceremonies Photo Contest and Video Documentary Contect at SM City Cebu

February 3 – February 10, 2014 — Photo Exhibits “Winning Photos Sinulog 2014″at SM City Cebu

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Surprise! Surprise!

 THIS IS MY YEAR!

I have a lot of things to be thankful for this year and I know that I couldnt make it without the love, support, and effort from my parents. My parents are always with me, supporting me with whatever decisions I made and encouraging me every step of the way. And though I am already an adult, they dont think twice in scolding me whenever I needed one. And yes, those scoldings and “serious talks” made me a much better person.

I wanted to thank my parents in a much more special way, other than just giving gifts. I wanted to do something special for them, as they’ve already done a lot of special things for me. I want them to feel very much appreciated. I want them to feel they deserve the best. And so, on the 22nd of December, I’ve decided to give them a surprise! :)

 

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My One Choice

Two days ago, I saw this video during an event at work. It really moved me and motivated me about taking a risk and embracing risk. The title of the video is  One Choice and yes, all you need to do is click on the hyperlink and it will redirect you to it. :)

These past few days, I’ve been actually thinking if I’ve made the right decision about leaving home and living life on my own. When I made this decision, all I have in mind is the thought that I get to do things on my own and explore places with only rules of my own. I didnt quite consider things like boarding house fee, getting food on my own, doing laundry, and spending wisely the money in my pocket. So imagine how culture shocked I was when I arrived here in Cebu.
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