It’s true that when you become a parent yourself, there will be realizations wherein you would only understand once you are at that phase in your life. Until then will you only understand the deeper meaning of the love of the parents? Regardless if you came from a bad parenting or a traumatic childhood experience, I believe, there are still some great facets of your parents that you would like to carry out as a parent yourself – ideally or maybe partially.
Being a father is not similar to being a mother. Sometimes if not oftentimes, these dissimilarities affect or contribute to the welfare of the children. God created fathers and mothers for a specific role and specific purpose in the different areas of child development. However, with the breaking of the norm in the past decades, these roles are impacting most of the millennial children and Gen Z children of today. These impacts are affecting the sociological, intellectual, and emotional views both in positive and negative ways.
With the ongoing debates in child psychology, more children have shifted to a more pronounce and lax upbringing. Gender roles and expression, conservative and strict disciplining, gender equality, privacy, personal choices, and politically motivated ideologies among college students are some of the issues that have long been circulating. However, this era unlike its predecessors has been more liberating and expressive, breaking the stereotypes while challenging these issues.
During The Covid 19 Crisis
Covid 19 pandemic have invaded not just the health sectors in the government and communities, but it invaded the livelihood and financial stability of each family, to the point of losing jobs and income, and soon bankruptcy. Who is most affected by this? Who are mostly the breadwinners of the families? The fathers, the foundation of the family. I know some of you might raise a brow, but I just want to be more general, we all know that most of us have had fathers.
This pandemic (aside from the previous pandemics like Spanish flu etc) is something I might assume as the most difficult time for millennial fathers. This is the most burdensome event in raising a family, in sustaining finances and needs for the family, more stressful than the combined recession and losing a job.
Dads In Different Clothing
I didn’t literally mean the clothes worn by our dads. These are the single moms (or parents, father figures) that are working hard by themselves and at the same time raising their children. Like the fathers, they too carry the weight on their shoulders on how to provide for their families needs during this crisis. With dads having difficulties in these trying times, what more are these moms who are working their asses off to meet everyday needs?
The Essence Of The Father’s Day
Despite all these challenges, we should be thankful that our families have no coronavirus and are thriving every day. I know how hard it is to remain positive while listening to all the bad news and saddening covid 19 updates in different countries. I know how hard it feels to avoid giving alms, instead of helping other people. I know how tough it is to look for financial aid or jobs that will get you through the day for the past 3 months or so. These are possible because of the dads and father figures who are working hard to live especially during this crisis. Those efforts can never be done unconditionally, but it became possible by our dads.
So today, as we celebrate Father’s Day, I would like to at least encourage you my dear readers to tap your dads, maybe on their shoulders or backs, and tell them how grateful you are for having a special and hard-working dad like them. Most dads might not reciprocate since men are biologically created to show fewer emotions or father figures don’t want to show their frailty but I am definitely sure it was highly appreciated.
Happy Father’s Day to all dads and father figures around the globe. Dads, you are appreciated, you are loved, you are doing great in providing your family’s needs. You are your children’s superhero, your wife’s shoulder to lean on and your daughter’s first guy best friend. Please remain strong, positive, and happy despite the challenges of the covid 19 crisis.
Celebrating one of the Philippines’ national holidays this June 12 is the historical 122nd anniversary of the Philippine independence. However, unlike the previous years, and while the threat of the covid-19 crisis is rampant, it’s common knowledge that Filipinos will be celebrating it indoors, at the comfort of their homes.
With the softer General Community Quarantine (GCQ) guidelines in the NCR, it’s highly likely that many Filipinos would go out to celebrate the historical event (or at least in the areas with zero covid cases and less stringent protocols). For those Filipinos that would just stay home, do not fret, there are other ways that would make the celebration productive and enjoyable – that is binge-watching.
With more online transactions and activities during this pandemic, binge-watching some historical shows and films would make it worth your day and a well-spent Independence day. It’s also worth noting the importance of live streamings like Netflix, Iwant TV, and Iflix as it became the movie and show hub of the boring species. Of course, food is just one call away through Grab Food, Food Panda, Lalamove, and other home delivery services, that’s convenient!
We listed five (in no particular order) of the most recent Philippine Independence historical series and films that are worth your time, money, and effort. These series/films showcase the rich culture of the Philippines since the Pre-Spanish era, the courage of our ancestors, and the patriotism of our national heroes towards our freedom, our independence against all the countries that colonized our nation.
5 Series And Films That Will Capture The Heroism In You
The series is about the life of Dr. Jose Protacio Rizal Mercado y Alonzo Realonda a.k.a Jose Rizal portrayed by Alden Richards. Dubbed as the Philippines’ National Hero, he hid under the name of Jose Rizal in order to avoid the pursuit of the Imperial Spanish government against his mother, Teodora Alonzo, and his family. Jose Rizal, known also as Jose Mercado and Pepe, went to Spain to continue his education in college where he met other national heroes such as the Luna brothers, and Marcelo H. Del Pilar to name a few. During his stay, he and his fellow Filipinos managed to establish an organization, La Solidaridad that condemns the ruthless and inhuman acts of the Spanish armies in the Philippines, the geopolitical issues between the two countries, injustice, the tyranny of the friars, and the slavery of Filipinos under the Spanish regime. Jose Mercado later founded La Liga Filipina, a secret organization composed of another fellow Filipinos in La Solidaridad that aims to dismantle the rotten political system of Spain and end the oppression.
He wrote two books, the Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo which aims to show the gravity of oppression and the unjust practices between Indios and peninsular. These books created strong indignation that led the Indios together with the Philippine heroes to uprise and defend the Philippines’ independence against the Spanish regime.
With its great story and cinematography, it took home a finalist certification from PromaxBDA Global Excellence Award, a certificate in 2015 US International Film and Video Festival, 2015 NAMIC Excellence in Multicultural Marketing Awards (EMMA), won in PromaxBDA Asia 2015, and finalist certificates in 2016 New York Film Festival Awards.
A series that tackles the history of the Philippine society Katipunan. It’s an organization of Indios against the tyrant Spain that took place when Jose Rizal’s second book El Filibusterismo was published. Helmed by Andres Bonifacio (Sid Lucero) who also attends secret meetings of the Freemasons. Tension escalates as Indios were awakened from Spain’s oppression of the natives, they started a revolution to end the grueling and rotten political system of Imperial Manila and defend the democracy.
This series took home a nomination and award from Asia Image Apollo Awards and a finalist certificate at the 2015 New York Festival.
Ang Babae ng Balangiga (ABS-CBN)
A hidden heroine in the face of adversity that played an important role in the Philippine – American war. This documentary narrates the story of a Visayan heroine named Casiana Nacionales in the historic encounter at Balangiga in 1901. This documentary earned a certificate under the documentary history category in the recently concluded US International Film and Video Festival.
Played by John Arcilla, this film depicts the story of Antonio Luna. A general that led the Philippine Revolutionary Army against the American colonization in the Philippine – American war. He has received awards in a variety of major categories at the Luna Awards and the 39th Gawad Urian Awards.
Lapu – Lapu
Dubbed as the first Filipino hero who led the native army at the Battle of Mactan against Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan which was said to be wounded in the leg with a poison arrow. Datu Lapu-Lapu (played by Lito Lapid), was the rival of Humabon during that time. Facts about the life of Lapu-Lapu were recorded in the Aginid chronicle. The film received a few awards from different categories at the FAP Awards.
With all the political, social, and health issues that the Philippines is facing right now, it’s important to be unified. Everyone has a say on something. However, let us not forget the essence of independence and the lives that were slain, all in the name of freedom. Let us not be divided by our personal ideology just because we think we are superior or we think the government is anti-poor or vice versa. Let’s support the importance of meaningful discourse with the government and come up with timely solutions and/or suggestions. Let’s respect both sides of the fence. The battle for oppression and injustice will continue unless we have the unity to counter it all together, the unity to be heard in a peaceful manner, and the unity to achieve the reality we want the future generations to live, as unified Filipinos. We are better than this.
What historical series or films have you watched? Let’s chat in the comment section below.
Honestly, I have a liking for musicals. Given the right blend of songs, the performance, and of course, the story. Watching “Ang Huling El Bimbo,” brought me back to the nostalgia of my youth, in my High School days when we performed our school’s musical play, “Just Teen”. I could sense how these people have been totally attached to their characters and co-actors. I could imagine how fun it is while doing the play. And how hard it is to let go of the characters and the relationships developed along the way until it ended. Rehearsals alone are fun and exciting. Especially when all your co-actors are fun to be with and enthusiastic. There will be no boring days and I saw that from those actors.
I wouldn’t divulge on the technical aspects of the play because it’s not my line. But I’ll throw in what I thought about the song choices. I wouldn’t go for specifics, but what I will point out in this review is its overall outcome, my thoughts, and the story of the musical. I felt compelled to write a review, for such creativity as this musical play.
We were all once a child. We all at one point had that rich mind full of dreams and ambitions. Going back, did you imagine yourself fulfilling that degree you were aiming at that time? Or the job you thought was cool and practical that made you decide your chosen career path today? Maybe it was triggered by your youthful passions and naivety. Now, have you accomplished it?
Joy, Hector, Anthony, and Emman are just typical teenagers. They represent all of us, during our youths going through our adolescence and teenage years. Their achievements, hardships, and frustrations are that of a typical youth. Imagine, we were all excited for all the new things in our life. We are young. Hopeful. And untainted from all the filth in life. We feel joy from the simplest things. We sympathize with the sad things that our eyes could only perceive. We have a great time without having to worry about anything.
We join organizations without thinking if it will benefit us in the future or just feed our rebellious side of personality. We are wrapped up with our emotions. We just want to fight for our rights inside the box we only knew. Or do we just join and search for peers because we want acceptance and validation? Hector, Anthony, and Emman created their bond because they were all roommates sharing the same aspirations and the youthful angst of being in control of themselves, of their life now that they are in college. Despite their differences, they managed to create a brotherhood without joining fraternities which is prevalent in the 90s.
Hector, who wants to prove something and pursue his passion in arts, thus, becoming a director. Anthony, who wants to become an entrepreneur but hiding his real identity from his macho dad. He did manage to become a businessman and managed to tie the knot but at the expense of being trap forever. Emman, who created a liking for activism that may have originated from his obsession for his girlfriend, then later dumped him. But he managed to become a government employee. Joy, our lovable Joy, your typical girlfriend who easily falls in love because she is also lacking in it herself. She has the typical ambition of finding the right guy and settling down.
Just like them, we haven’t had any clue about the enormous difference in the statuses. We haven’t had any clue about the harsh realities and adversities of life that await us. We make instant decisions out of our emotions that we aren’t able to support nor sustain in the long run. Creating regrets and broken dreams in the future. We are living in front of a great curtain that will unveil once we enter the real world. We are living in a world of comfort created by our parents and the school system. We thought that we are free from the consequences of our life decisions. We just live in the moment (YOLO!).
Our youth, those were all great memories. Just like the scene atop of the car. Hector, Joy, Anthony, and Emman thought that it was the best time of their lives. Priceless. However, the naivety in life we know is as dangerous as pointing a gun at our heads, (the pivotal scene – rape scene). Those we thought trivial will dig our graves in the future. Those we don’t pay attention to will leave a scar in our personality, in our self, and in our society. Those betrayals will fill us with doubts, and fears. Being impulsive comes with a price. Guilt, stocked over time will make you its slave. An invisible slave of deceit. It cripples you inside until it becomes part of your system. Guilt binds you and hinders you towards your personal freedom. It takes away your optimism in life to a dead end. And because of guilt, you could sever one of the most important connections in your life.
Delusion. Depression. Choice. Misfortunes. Self-Worth. The Process. The Stage. The reality we created.
This is one of the saddest parts when Hector, Emman, and Anthony turned their backs away to Joy. The friends you admired, respected, and loved. And it happened in the worst part of her life. You see, in life, these are common scenarios that everyone would experience. It will test your expectations. There will be unexpected things that we are unable to endure. Battles that we are unable to fight. Joy’s positivity in life suddenly became a delusion. It bled her to no end becoming a misfit, and misguided heading to a pitfall, a catastrophic pitfall I might say.
We conform to what we think is practical and allowed ourselves to just be taken away by the currents of societal norms. The reality will slap you big time in a manner that you will feel the scorching flames of hopelessness, poverty, corruption, unfair practices, injustice, and miserableness. In a manner that you won’t be able to get out. Similar to Joy, our predicament sometimes affects our choices. On her part, Aunt Dely tried to convince her to return in the province. Indeed, she has a choice. But what did she do? Honestly, we all have this “Joy mentality”. We have these misconceptions that there is no future in suburbs and countrysides. That there is no life in the province. We were brought up to believe that, going to the countryside is only for leisure. No! Remember that we make our choices in life. I am telling you, there are self-made millionaires in the province.
Joy allowed herself to sink in her misfortunes. She chose what she thought was practical. What she thought was inevitable. Repeating the cycle of bondage to her daughter, Ligaya. The same fate she tries to evade. She resorted to clutching unto the blade of the knife, engaging to clout with false hopes. Becoming promiscuous by using her body like it’s just casual, and allowing herself to be a vehicle of drug cartels. To a point that it disgusts her to the depth of her bones. That is not survival! She allowed herself along the process. She set her own stage into her own trap.
Hector, Anthony, and Emman managed to create a better future because they were able to graduate. Honestly, they are the epitome of millennials today. There are some people who should get off their high horses. They sever ties and connections with you because you are no longer relevant to them. You have no purpose anymore. However, in their cases, their minds were clouded with guilt. This guilt severed everything they all once shared with Joy. Leaving the latter without resolve. No apology. No console. She was left alone, the most realistic circumstance one would feel in life. That guilt affected all of them and made them distant, despite that Joy tried to reach out.
We all have been to that point in our life. Joy’s chosen path is relatable to most of us. Remember, we create our own path. We have the option of setting our own rules and goals in life. It’s unavoidable that you will experience the shittinesss of life. But what transpired in her is that hope, the strength to go on, and the willingness to change. She was in fact, human after all. Sadly, it was too late for her. And I think, it was in all honesty, the rightful demise for her. The law of nature only took its turn.
Think of yourself right now, I know that there were decisions and negligence that you wished you could have done something. You can’t change it, that’s a fact, but just like Joy, you have the power to redirect your path. Remove the guilt, reach out to a friend. Stay connected regardless of your differences. Never burn bridges to the people that came along in your life. You have the power to do it right this time.
Moral Of The Play:
For every promise, there is a price to pay. ~Jim Rohn
This is the message of the play that was not emphasized or understood by some reviewers. And this is the loophole of the play. Going back, Hector, Anthony, and Emman made a promise to Joy in Act 1. This promise was broken when an unfortunate event happened. They promise to protect her, to be with her, and to love her no matter what. However, those unfulfilled promises turned into guilt, remorse, and abandonment of a once dear friend and a loved one. Those broken promises made all their life miserable. It was the cause, and what they were reaping are the effects.
And the ironic part is, or I don’t know if the playwright was aware of it, they broke their promises to Joy at the height of their youth, and then made a new promise to Joy’s daughter in the end. Like what? Promising for the sole purpose of fulfilling an unfulfilled promise? That’s an awful ending for a dear friend because of their own guilt and fault. Joy could have changed her misfortune if Hector, Emman, and Anthony didn’t sever the tie. Although, we’ve seen that Joy was indebted to Anthony for some reason.
Overall, the play was almost perfect. It gave you that consistency from start to finish leaving you wanting more. The song choices were decent and did a different approach to the other songs. Some arrangements were astounding, while some were mediocre. This falls down on preference. The characters were portrayed well. Especially the character of young Joy, she gave justice to the role. There is lacking in terms of acting for the part of the three younger versions especially young Hector. But I love their enthusiasm, it didn’t bore me a bit. Of course, the adult casts did a great job as well as all the supporting roles, production, and the entire ensemble.
What part of the play were you deeply related to? Were you able to relate with the misfortune of Joy or the rest of the three? Did the hit musical play, Ang Huling El Bimbo satisfy your curiosity and willingness to watch it again? Tell us in the comments section below.
Rarely do I go to the trending places featured in social media? That’s because it’s either too far or I can’t afford to. Traveling is one of my hobbies that I would like to explore more. For years, I was stuck in some places due to my work overseas, so I wasn’t able to travel. However, now that I am able and I have the time, it’s my finances that are limiting me not to. So, traveling is both a struggle and a luxury for me, at this point.
Signage before going to the View Deck
There are natural wonders and historical locations near me. That is something I can definitely be proud of. That is something I can afford to go to as I have the means. Recently, there is this trending spot that took social media by storm. With a lot of good reviews from both travelers, riders, and locals, you will find yourself wanting to see this viral natural beauty located at one of the mountainous regions in Pangasinan.
A 5-hour drive from Manila and home to one of the best-produced exports of the Philippines, the mangoes. Thus, the Ilokano coined “Manga ken Tirem”, meaning mango and oyster, got the name of Mangatarem. With natural rainforests, enchanting hills, and scenic terrains, it’s no wonder why this wonderland got the attention of tourists and netizens.
Daang Kalikasan, a 54-kilometer road stretching near Mangatarem town proper to its neighboring province Zambales, has some fascinating hills to tease the growing local tourism and foreigners in the country. A natural wonder with airy sunny weather for almost the entire year, the blue sky and the landscapes that are molded by zigzag roads along the rough hills make up the hype.
Going to Daang Kalikasan
Depending on where you will come from, you can easily find your destination without any confusion. Whether you take the route from Zambales, bus trip directly from Manila, or coming from the North, it’s entirely a straight road. So easy! However, once you reached your destination, you are cautioned to take an extra measure as the Daang Kalikasan boundary is mainly a steep, sharp curved mountainous slope. Similar, if not elevated to the road in Baguio. And if you are lucky riding in a nice brand of the vehicle with a powerful engine, you won’t have to walk the steep slope towards the Daang Kalikasan View Deck where most of the tourists park their cars and the highlight of the landmark.
The scenic spot is still under construction as there are no amenities, toilets, hotels, and restaurants present or near the area. Due to the flock of local tourists, the fad made an astonishing record but somewhat a disappointing experience once you are there. Disappointing in the sense that the place might have a lot to offer but there are constructions going on.
It will take some time before it will become a tourist getaway. In the meantime, you can climb the hills and take pictures of the valleys and terrains. An Instagrammable-worthy background for your next profile picture. But there is a catch, you have to climb the steep with a lot of sweat and dirt. You will have to catch your breath and drink a lot of water before reaching the top. There are three summits that you can climb, but recently they closed one summit for renovation. So, if you think you are an adventurous type of person, willing to climb a hill, then Daang Kalikasan is definitely for you.
As of the memorandum from the Local Government Unit (LGU), Daang Kalikasan was temporarily closed for the public. This is to address and fasten the ongoing construction on the site to cater to the growing numbers of the crowd. Just recently, there are two reported accidents as of this writing.
There is always this tranquility and peace when you go to this kind of place. The mountain view is something to admire especially for nature lovers. Where have you been lately for an outback adventure? Have you been to Daang Kalikasan? Tell us your experiences in the comments below.
lycklig Alla hjärtans dag, Hyvää ystävänpäivää, Alles Gute zum Valentins Tag, Valentines dydd yn hapus, Kekasih hari gembira, Joyeux Saint-Valentin, Masayang Araw ng mga Puso or Feliz Dia De San Valentin. These are words with the same meaning, but spoken in different languages — Happy Valentine’s Day!
A tradition that is mostly celebrated every 14th of February, Valentine’s Day is as special as an anniversary for married couples or in a relationship. Lovers tend to be aggressive and overly romantic during this day. It’s likely that you would bump into many couples along your way and if you are single, you’ll be dying in envy. For many, this is the only day where they can explicitly express their love to their crush or partner. In some countries, you won’t be surprised if hotels and restaurants are fully booked. That is, you know what comes next after the date, right? However, there are also couples who aren’t as enthusiastic and aggressive. There are anti-social couples out there who don’t bombard their newsfeed with their romantic getaways and cheesy Valentine ideas.
Japan has one of the most peculiar Valentine celebrations. It may be known to some, but in case you haven’t known, every Valentine’s Day, it’s the woman that gives chocolates or sweets to the guy. Sounds interesting? Well, while most of the countries’ traditions portrayed men as the shining armor, the gentlemen and romantic that give gifts to women, Japan, however, gave chances to women to show their creativity and artistry in chocolate making and wrapping by showing their affection to their guy crush, guys they admired or boyfriends (Honmei-choco). However, if you are the type of Japanese woman who doesn’t know how to bake, the only thing you can do is buy ready-made chocolates at the candy shops which you can give to your male office mates or guy friends (Giri-choco).
While most Filipinos tend to celebrate Valentine’s Day similar to Americans — with all the flowers, chocolates, eating at the restaurants, and booking for hotel suites, one thing that stands out in Philippine Valentine tradition is the Valentine event of the year. It may be a party like the sponsored event Loovapalooza, where couples kiss their partners simultaneously, or a government-sponsored event such as the grand mass wedding, where hundreds or thousands of couples come together for matrimony.
While most of us are celebrating Valentine’s Day specifically only during February 14th, This passionate nation managed to add a bit of spice to their tradition. Other than the one-day Valentine celebration, they have this whole week which they called the “Sweetness Week” sometime in July where kisses are exchanged for some sweet treats. Isn’t that sweeter?
South Africa followed the history of Valentine’s Day. Lupercalia, where it was celebrated as an ominous ritual for many centuries happened to coincide with Valentine’s Day. Thus, this ominous ritual consists of “sacrifice or act of sacrifice” became part of Valentine’s Day. While it’s still debatable and unclear for historians whether it has something to do with Valentine’s Day or if there is a relationship between the two, the Lupercalia festival is known as its earliest festival ancestor. The early festival was intended to enable fertility and is also associated with the matchmaking lottery, thus, why the correlation hypothetically existed.
Valentine’s Day was widely associated with St. Valentine, a Roman saint in the third century that was commemorated on February 14. He is the patron saint of epilepsy and his Saint’s day was traditionally associated with courtly love. Thus, where the celebration name originated. Today, we are celebrating this romantic occasion all over the world. What’s the best way to celebrate it is to give presents like chocolates and flowers to your loved ones.
However, as there were spikes of creativity among different individuals, there are other extraordinary gifts you can give to your partner or spouse without following the norm. These alternatives can add additional affection, or sweetness factors to the relationship.
Most women like to have their own scent. The scent that will be remembered by their partner or separate them from the other girls. With variants similar to the sweet smell of chocolate, velvety vanilla, or as fragrant as the flowers, it will surely attract leaving a lasting impression.
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Every women’s dream and men’s nightmare (pun intended). Shopping has been correlated to women and men shouldn’t dare to contradict. Whether it’s a piece of jewelry, a trendy dress, branded shoes, and bags, you name it. It’s every women’s must-haves. Give your girlfriends or wives a lot of lovin’ by giving them your credit card or some cash and you already survived the Valentine’s Day horror.
BOOK OR JOURNAL
Books are great presents especially when the recipient loves to read. These are turn-ons for your bookworm partners whether your partner is into business books or fictional characters. Women tend to use journals than men, they are more organized when it comes to schedules and timely tasks than men.
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No more dinner dates at the restaurants or one night in hotels. Traveling together is beneficial for both of you. Will it be better to relax and escape the busy city life with your partner this Valentine’s Day? Whether it’s a local or flights international, being together while traveling will strengthen the relationship.
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Health is the most underrated concern of most couples. It’s always best to look your best and be at your best state. That way, both of you will become more confident with each other and live longer without being stressed out because of your relationship. Why not give your partner a new fitness machine, a supplement, a massage or enroll together for a new diet plan?
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Valentine’s Day celebration doesn’t have to look grand and spend a lot of money. Your love isn’t defined by how much money you spent or how much is the present worth. Sometimes, couples don’t always need material things. And these non-materials things are priceless.
What did you give your partner this Valentine’s Day? Share us in the comments below.
These places are perfect alternatives for that boring and usual Yuletide celebration at home every year.
Christmas is in the air, and many people are traveling to their provinces to spend the Christmas celebration with their families. In the Philippines, you know it’s Christmas once the BER months entered. Why? Because it’s the moment where you will hear LSS Christmas songs (Good luck with that!). It has become partly a tradition that Christmas songs are played by the local radio stations and on-air. Even in the rural areas, you will hear Christmas songs played in most establishments and stalls. That’s why the Philippines has been known even by some foreigners and long-time tourists that the Philippines is celebrating a long Christmas festivity starting from early September to the celebration of the Three Kings in the first week of January.
There are also some tourists who prefer spending the holidays here in the Philippines. There is always a heart-warming feeling on how Filipinos tend to celebrate this joyous occasion once every year. Immigrants and those who have Filipino spouses will attest to it. With many places to offer, the Philippines is among the busiest countries with a lot of tourists and immigrants during December. However, it also comes with a disadvantage as tickets are ridiculously expensive in the whole month of December. So, if you are planning to spend the holiday here, better to book ahead of time or check your local travel agencies for flight deals and promotions.
Known to many, Christmas is also a day to travel and spend the vacation in other countries. Some wealthy Filipinos and frequent travelers are taking this opportunity to travel to their favorite destinations and spend the holiday there. This is in a way their meditative routine to detoxify from the whole year’s workload.
For the average Filipinos, their home is simply the only place they will spend Christmas Eve. With their relatives returning home from the city, it became a reunion and a get-together from distant relatives and long-time friends who haven’t seen each other for a while. Family ties among Filipinos are tight, thus, it’s a culture that makes the Filipino tradition unique and that you wouldn’t find in other nations.
There are actually many places in the Philippines that could be an alternative to the usual Christmas home celebration. Some of the places might not be new to you. But for those who don’t, we round up some places that might be an alternative and will eventually break your usual holiday celebration.
Boracay has been known both as a local and international tourist destination spot. It has been included in the world’s best travel destination numerous times even landed in the top spot according to a famous travel magazine. Famous destination of local celebrities not only during Yuletide season but also in national holidays like Holy Week and summer breaks. Who wouldn’t try a Christmas Eve under the stars, sands, and open seas?
Rizal National Park
If you are a city dweller, chances are you have spent your Christmas Eve in this park at least once in your life. Famous for other heritage sites, Rizal Park or Luneta Park always have that “family get-together vibe” outside your homes. Manileños will just bring with them their packed holiday meals, picnic baskets and assemble them in the area as they watch fireworks prepared by the local government on the eve of Christmas day. However, be ready to face a crowd of families that will also spend Christmas with you. With that being said, thousands of locals from far-flung provinces dreamt ongoing in this famous park in Manila. And would it be nice if that lifelong dream can achieve this holiday season?
One of the most well-loved famous destination spots in the north, Baguio City. The famous city of pines should be on your bucket list. For international tourists, the weather in Baguio City reaches 16°c dropping to a 10°c record from this December until March next year. Burnham Park, similar to Rizal Park in Manila is a famous park in Baguio City and a great alternative to the city’s humid atmosphere. There is always something on a cold Christmas day. It gives that holiday chill effect of the winter like the other countries but not as freezing since there is no snow. Great when you are with your partners, spouses, and first Christmas together for newlyweds.
Mall Of Asia
Dubbed as one of the biggest shopping malls in the world, it’s likely that city dwellers might see this as a perfect alternative from Rizal Park. With a lot of events within the stretch of Mall of Asia on the eve of Christmas, plus the view of an open sea along the seaside area, the smell of the sea almost seems perfect to start the midnight of December 25th or end the Christmas evening.
This is probably the most adventurous Christmas you will ever have this year. Wait! This doesn’t mean you have to spend Christmas on top of Mt Apo. A match made for those who are thrill seekers who love adventures and outdoor fun. Why not rent a cabin near the site? Enjoy the chill of the pre-Christmas celebration in the mountainous region of Davao and start the whole day holiday celebration hiking with your friends greeting the sunrise of the morning of the 25th.
Another of the famous international beaches in the Philippines next to Boracay and home to the UNESCO heritage site as one of the seven new wonders of nature, the Palawan Underground River. Similar to Boracay, Palawan has a lot to offer for both local and international travelers in events such as Christmas. If you find Boracay as a crowded spot, why not book your holiday in Palawan instead?
One of the treasures of Mindanao and dubbed as the surfing capital of the Philippines. Currently among one of the top 20 Best Destinations in 2019 according to Conde Nast. For sea lovers who love the waves and the growling of the open sea. Spend the Christmas evening with a wine-drinking under the moon with your significant others.
The Philippines is known as one of the countries with a lot of Catholic devotees, different denominations, and religious beliefs. Pilgrims have the option to bathe in the presence of God contemplating and thanking God for the blessings that happened for the entire year. Catholic devotees could spend the Yuletide season in historical churches in the Philippines, the pilgrimage of Christ the Savior in Hundred Island National Park in Alaminos, the St Vincent Ferrer Statue in Bayambang, Regina Rica in Rizal, Kamay ni Hesus Shrine in Quezon, Monasterio de Tarlac in Tarlac, the pilgrimage in GarinFarm Resort in Iloilo. And there are also prayers mountains like Mary Ridge Retreat House in Tagaytay, Touch of Glory Prayer Mountain in Antipolo Rizal, Tamayong Prayer Mountain in Davao, and TAYAK HILL in Laguna. It always refreshing to spend Christmas and end the year in a religious manner.
Wishing you all a blessed Yuletide season and a hopeful year ahead! God bless you!
What other places have you been that are not included in the list and would like to share with your fellow readers? Comment in the section below so people will include it in their Christmas must-haves.
Wishing everyone a peaceful Thanksgiving celebration!
Celebrated every fourth of November in the United States while it’s the second Monday of October in Canada, this is a festive national holiday celebrated with different turkey entrees, desserts, and wines. However, most people are looking forward to the day next to it, which is tomorrow, Black Friday, famous for its Black Friday Sale event where thousands gather in Target, Walmart, and other stores for the grand promotional items.
Thanksgiving represents the blessing of the harvest. Similar to Christmas in other countries, this is the opportunity for many Americans to meditate and look back to all the blessings that happened the entire year while looking optimistic about the next year ahead.
Turkey Of This National Holiday
There are many stories on why turkey had been the favorite roasted meat on Thanksgiving Day. Some said that it was because of Alexander Hamilton, while others believed that the turkey is large so it could feed many people. Regardless of its rich history and tradition, be thankful for all the blessings the entire year and appreciate all the people who have helped you endure the entire year.
For that, I want to get this opportunity to thanked you guys, my dear readers for all the support and continued love. My sincerest thanks from the bottom of my heart. Please support me in my future endeavors. Enjoy the holiday. God bless you all!
Italy is one of the most iconic and romantic spots in the world. Venice, a city that captivated the world with its rich watery beauty, canals, and Venetian Gothic architecture. It’s when art meets the water world clashing together into a beautiful, live, panoramic canvas. Dubbed as the “Floating City”, it has a lot of canals and bridges built under wooden platforms enabling it to stay afloat, thus, the name.
Those canals that made Venice an eye-catching, romantic getaway of lovers and adventure seekers created its little home at the heart of Taguig, in the Philippines. Venice Piazza is the living replica of Venice, it’s a feast of a Venetian Gothic style and Architecture. It’s so stunning that you would honestly think that you have been transported to Italy yourself, or it could have been the other way around?
Going to Venice Piazza is not as complicated as it may seem. If you came from Pasig City, you could ride in jeepneys. Tell the driver to drop you at Signal or Signal Village. From there, you ride in a red color-coded tricycle terminal with signage going to C5 Waterfront. Once you reach the destination, the last vehicle you will ride is another jeepney going to McKinley.
There is also a route if you are coming from Guadalupe, Makati City. This is much easier than coming from Pasig City. At Guadalupe, you only need to ride a jeepney going to Housing McKinley traveling in Bayani Road. Tell the driver to drop you off at McKinley.
The place has its way of making you want to explore all its nook and cranny. Who would have thought such inspiration of a city would have its little abode in a bustling and busy strip in the metro? Who would have thought that such romantic escapade is possible in a tropical country of sun and monsoons? Not to mention a food haven in every corner you look.
Haven Of Food And Wall Artistry
The corridors and pavements are embellished with a lot of Gothic inspiration. The walls were designed to corroborate the view of real Venice in Italy. Situated within large buildings, it’s synchrony of both food and art that doesn’t just feed your appetite with the restaurants and bars on the side but lets you feast your eyes on the elaborate and meticulous placement of each crafted wall murals and design of the entire building and its surroundings. It caters to different taste buds and is a perfect hangout to unwind and fall in love with the arts.
Adding to the festive decorations were the colorful Christmas decors, the giant Christmas tree situated at the middle of the lagoon, and assorted flowers such as poinsettias were placed all over to feel the warmth of this coming Yuletide season.
I missed the days when I was courting you The days when I felt like time is so limited Where all I can think of was you, and — we are so inlove, like tentacles wrapped up together.
I missed the day when we became lovers The days we spent alone eating, watching, laying on the floor rolling over Where we were contented with each other’s company and — we just don’t care how time passed by.
I missed the days whenever I go home seeing you in the kitchen, The day when you have that baby bump and cooking, wearing cute mittens Where we will eat together, talking what happened to our days and — we had long conversations while watching television.
I missed the day when the baby was excited to go out The day when I told that angel to wait for me but she didn’t listen. Where she just came out with nothing at all and — we had a rough day because I was only on my way home…
I missed the days when our angel is growing up The days when I had to check her out while playing because we were at the 2nd floor Where she was pushed by a girl her age, I got mad and — we didn’t allow her to play with that little girl again.
I missed the day and regretted that day I had to leave you both for work The day when local job cannot provide our needs. Where I have to leave you with a broken heart and — we have to communicate through calls and text messages.
I missed the day and regretted that day I left The day when our relationship started to fall and there were a lot of temptations Where emotionally I was cold and physically it was freezing in winter and — we had to make it work.
I missed the day and regretted that day that we always had a fight on the phone The days when I have to bring my mobile to work and patch things up Where I have to argue with you because of our lack of communication and — we repeated the cycle over and over.
I missed the day and regretted that day when I went home with nothing The day, a painful day that I wasn’t prepared to leave the foreign land Where I trusted my superior for false hopes and nothing and — we rekindled again at home but the situation was dire for both of us.
I missed the day and regretted that day when I have to leave you again The day when I and our angel became aloof to one another Where no matter what I try, it doesn’t make any sense and — we have to pay the price of me working abroad.
I missed the day and regretted that day when I let you leave for our future The day where I thought we made the right decision because it was our goal Where it created a wall to our relationship, little by little and — we are falling apart making a fool out of each other
I missed the day and forgot the day when I started to question myself The day when I am questioning many things about us that I shouldn’t Where the trust was nowhere to find and — we, or should it be you denying and hiding some things from me
I missed the day and forgot the day when we first created our future The day when your family matters more than our relationship Where both of us, no longer knew each other and — we keep on fighting until I requested it quits.
I missed the day, I no longer know if that day will come again The day when I wanted to do something just to see you Where you keep on making alibis not for me to come and — we or it was just me returned home because of our goals, but I was alone
I don’t miss that day, we became civil to each other and we no longer have a future The day when we were both cold and I don’t know you anymore Where we fought the battle but white flags are waving at both of us and — we never imagined how did it become like this.
I missed …. my old self I missed…. the old you I missed…. us! I missed…. our once happy family. But… I can no longer remember that time. I can no longer remember when, what, how and I forgot myself along the process.
And now.. I don’t know what the future holds for us. I no longer knew you You no longer know me I missed…I don’t know what I miss anymore.
I was actually thinking of making this comparison back then but I often have forgotten. And I feel like, it’s not the right time yet. Fast forward, now that I think about it, I came to the conclusion that this has to be the right time. Not because I have an issue with Shopee as of this writing. Curious? I will tell you about my experience. But for now, this post needs to be done. (Haha).
In some countries particularly the United States, online shopping has been implemented and it actually worked quite well. With such big names like Amazon of US and Alibaba of China, these are legit testimonies of how a one-man force became the world’s richest billionaire in the persona of Jeff Bezos of Amazon. But of course, there will be online shopping horror stories and failures. I believed it’s actually happening but just a few isolated cases. Regardless of whether you are in the first world or third world countries, these incidents are evident.
Through social media alone, one can easily post his sentiment against a normal person, a celebrity, or a corporation. It might a hassle for the opposing end but on a regular basis, it helps a lot so people can be easily informed of any anomalies and fraudulent acts.
Okay, I know for a fact that there are advantages and disadvantages to the use of social media. But this article intends to give light about the posts, and reviews of this online shopping fiasco. Those are legit, guys. It’s not meant to degrade or tarnish anyone’s reputation. Online shopping fails are failures. Period. They’re not hoaxed. It’s not made up stories unless either of the party has had pending criminal records or convicted with a related crime.
Legit Online Shopping Failures
I tried to search a hashtag in Instagram #onlineshoppingfail and yep, the telltales of unhappy, dissatisfied, and morbid online shoppers. Their excitement that turned into a disaster. It’s actually happening and as a consumer, this is an issue we need to addressed and stopped. Exposing scammers, fake items, failed delivery and failed products are important. Yea, I get it! You got the money, so what? This is for ordinary people who worked their ass off just to save that amount. Just as the world has had their fair share of online shopping horrors, the Philippines is no exemption.
The rise of online shopping in the Philippines flourished in recent years. Two of the giant online shopping companies in the Philippines are battling it out for the online shopping supremacy. To start off, Lazada is one of the actual pioneers of the online shopping industry. Thanks to this company, the online shopping industry had shown potential and Filipinos are just as busy and hardworking as our international neighbors. Reigned for 3 years until the existence of Shopee came head to head against Lazada. For your information, both Lazada and Shopee are primarily a Singapore-based e-commerce platform.
Launched in 2012, Lazada is the number-one online shopping and selling destination in Southeast Asia – present in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. As the pioneer of the eCommerce ecosystem in Southeast Asia, Lazada has 155,000 sellers and 3,000 brands serving 560 million consumers in the region through its marketplace platform, supported by a wide range of tailored marketing, data and service solutions. With 300 million SKUs available, Lazada offers the widest range of products in categories from consumer electronics to household goods, toys, fashion, sports equipment, and groceries. Focused on delivering an excellent customer experience, it offers multiple payment methods including cash-on-delivery, comprehensive customer care, and hassle-free returns through its own first and last-mile delivery arm supported by approximately 100 logistics partners. Lazada Group is majority-owned by Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA). HERE
Type of business
27 March 2012; 7 years ago
Alexander Samwer, Marc Samwer, Oliver Samwer
Peng Lei (Executive Chairwoman) Pierre Poignant (CEO)
36,775 (September 2018)
Shopee is a Singaporean e-commerce platform headquartered under the Sea Group (previously known as Garena), which was founded in 2009 by Forrest Li. Shopee first launched in Singapore in 2015, and since expanded its reach to Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines. It serves users in Southeast Asia and Taiwan to buy and sell products online. Due to the mobile and social element built within the concept, Shopee was described as one of the “5 disruptive e-commerce startups we saw in 2015” by Tech In Asia. HERE
Type of site
English Indonesian Japanese Korean Thai Chinese Vietnamese Tagalog
2015; 4 years ago
5 Science Park Drive, Shopee Building, Singapore 118265
Lazada has its own share of product lines. Being ahead of the online shopping industry in the Philippines compared to Shopee, they have a robust selection of both generic and branded items through LazMall or Lazada Mall. These branded items are also offering discounts where some are Lazada’s exclusive deals.
That being said, having some of the branded names in the industry is a one-point feat against its competitor. However, not everyone came to these online shops to look for branded names. Despite that those are legit brands, it also reflects the prices of their items. Believe it or not, most of the shoppers aren’t even interested in these branded items.
Some are sellers that venture into online business. These sellers bring their products under Lazada or Shopee. So technically, these two companies are just mediums benefitting from these sellers’ products. Now, what’s the edge of Shopee against Lazada? Despite that Lazada came out first and they have branded items under their belt, Shopee has managed to exceed the number of products that Lazada is selling. That was their greatest feat considering that they are younger than Lazada.
They don’t have specific categories for branded items but Shopee has legit sellers that also offer branded items. It just so happened that the categories of Shopee are more generic, unorganized and they don’t have dedicated stores for branded items, unlike Lazada. They have Celebrity Club, but I wouldn’t consider it as brands but it’s more of a celebrity endorsing or celebrity own product selling. It may be also because Shopee might have a loose business system and they just accept any sellers.
Unlike Lazada who probably has stricter guidelines limiting the same products. And just as I previously mentioned, the online shopper’s generally don’t care about the brand as long as they liked it and the product isn’t so bad.
Price: Lazada Vs Shopee
This is probably the major determining factor for some. But honestly, the prices of both Lazada and Shopee are almost the same or the marginal difference is too small to notice the difference. Unless if it’s a branded item. And the real reason is, it’s upon the sellers’ discretion of the amount they will incur. Lazada and Shopee don’t care about how these sellers are making their price list. However, there is a major factor why despite their prices are the same, yet, in terms of overall pricing one company doesn’t make the cut.
Winner: Both Overall Pricing Winner: Lazada
Shipping and Delivery: Lazada Vs Shopee
This is the major factor why Lazada stood out as the overall pricing winner. Why? Because of the delivery charge. These two don’t offer the same delivery charge. It’s worth noting that the base price of the products of these two are almost the same, and it’s solely dependent on the seller’s pricing. However, Shopee charges more than Lazada. The minimum delivery charge of Lazada is 50php compared to Shopee’s 100php minimum. So, despite that, the base product prices are the same, as a consumer which will you prefer? Of course, I would choose the low delivery charge any time of the day.
The delivery schedule is almost the same. But somehow, Lazada could make it by 2 days depending on the product you ordered. I’m saying this out of the experience.
Edited: It has been a year since I wrote this article and there has been a great change when it comes to the shipping fees. Lazada removed their based-line shipping fee of P50. It will now depend on the weight of the product the same as what Shopee does.
Quality: Lazada Vs Shopee
This is something sort of a case to case basis if there are irregularities. Since most of their generic products are made from China, so you wouldn’t expect more or more disappointment. I am not against China products btw, as I do have products that I am using that are shipped from China. Just a clarification. There are incidents that even in countries like the United States and China have failed in the product quality of their items.
Service: Lazada Vs Shopee
This is now about the part I mentioned earlier. I experienced bad service thrice in Shopee that I never experienced in Lazada. It’s about missing items. I can definitely justify this based on my personal experiences that sellers in Shopee are twice as bad as in Lazada. And they suck in service as much as the sellers in Lazada. As of this writing, I have an on-going dispute case against one of Shopee’s seller in China. The bad part is, I am their regular customer. The Shopee is handling it professionally but still, bad service is a bad service. I don’t tolerate bad service.
I added something that I just encountered recently with Lazada when I opened an online store. This is not about the product but more of its service feature. This is only meh so don’t take this against Lazada. I’m not the type of getting calls randomly just to promote their seller hub. So, I hate it when Lazada will call me numerous times to announce something new or if they have promotions ahead of time. That is good for some seller, but I don’t personally like it. It’s just similar to going to a mall and this sales clerk keeps on bugging me. I will approach them if I need something.
If you are waiting for an important call, say job interviews, business-related calls ore meetings, you wouldn’t want a random number popping up in your screen and realizing it’s just the Lazada customer service. On the business side, that is marketing. but like I said for me it isn’t. Maybe Lazada should push for email marketing campaigns which they do while Shopee RARELY to never do, instead of calling the person. Or they should ask ahead of time if it’s okay to call for updates so the person should save the number.
Vouchers And Promotions: Lazada Vs Shopee
When it comes to promotion, the good about these two is that both of them are like actively interacting with one another. Both are implementing the same promotional stints whether it’s a 10/10, Christmas sale, New Year’s sale, end of the month sale, end of the year sale, Halloween Sale, Flash sales, and other sales you can think of. They are also offering Free Shipping for all the products worth 500php (this has changed) up ordered in the same seller and not generally as separate purchases from different sellers. They also have vouchers and discounts. But, again, what makes Lazada stand out is, it has promos and discounts in its branded items.
Live Selling: Lazada Vs Shopee
This is not a surprise as both platforms have their own way of engaging customers by allowing the sellers to sell via live streaming included inside the platform. They have their own ways of using this live selling feature to tease the customers who are often into online selling. With all the pandemics going on, these have been the avenues of some entrepreneurs that are affected by the pandemic.
Seller Hub: Lazada Vs Shopee
This is an addition as I just recently venture into online business. Creating an online shop in these platforms become common nowadays. With the pandemic that made everyone lose their jobs, WFH (Work from Home) or venture into online business. It’s inevitable that you wouldn’t encounter this in the Philippines. There are of course other platforms that you can use. There are Facebook Marketplace, Shopify, Etsy or even setting up an online store in your website (if you have one).
When it comes to setting an online store, there are two differiating factors between the two. Lazada created their stand-alone app dedicated for the Lazada Seller Hub, while Shopee’s Seller Hub is inside the Shopee app. If I want something simple an my smartphone isn’t cut with a high internal storage, Shopee has the advantage. The Lazada Seller app is battery and memory space consuming. When it comes to setting the app, Lazada requires your real DTI certificate and Business information whereas, you can easily set-up an online shop in Shopee.
For credibility’s sake, that is a good feature from Lazada. It allows legit sellers with the intent to sell and not some kind of a bogus seller or scam. This issue is rather a case to case basis, so it will not necessarily reflect the integrity of the shops. However, if you are to create your virtual shop now, you can’t with Lazada. You need your business to be registered with the DTI’s business number. That’s the advantage of Shopee; it will allow you to create your shop with ease. The downside is, you wouldn’t know whether the shops inside Shopee are legit.
Lazada: ⭐⭐⭐ Shopee: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ I don’t discourage you to use Lazada or Shopee. At the end of the day, it’s up to you whose service you are satisfied with, whose products cater to your preference, whose delivery is you comfortable and the list goes on. I for one, use these two online shopping companies. I go for Lazada for the same product I am using. And I also order in Shopee for the products I am using that aren’t found in Lazada. I use both of their seller platforms but I mostly update my shop in Shopee.
* 1 – 5 stars – 5 as the highest and 1 as the lowest
What are your online shopping horror stories? Let’s talk it out in the comment section.
Disclaimer: Neither Lazada nor Shopee paid me for doing this review.