World Cafe: Asia - Manila

World Cafe: Asia on Discovery Travel and Living featured Manila for its season premiere last night. There were already news months ago that WCA with host Bobby Chinn will be in Manila to shoot. I already had ideas that they would feature an episode on Manila as they were running teasers of episode on on the Discovery Travel and Living channel where Bobby was eating street food in Plaza Miranda in Quiapo, Manila. I was unlucky to miss half of the show but I was able to catch Bobby with a local chef cooking Chicken Adobo and with Marketman eating merienda (with halo-halo) in his home. I'll just wait for a replay.

It seems like our very own Filipino Cuisine is starting to get attention from foreign travel shows and chefs. And just months before, No Reservations with its witty travel chef host Anthony Bourdain finally visited the Philippines to shoot in Manila, Angeles and Cebu. I searched for episodes of it on Youtube since it would still take months before they would show it on a local cable channel. Marketman was also on that episode. 

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Laguna on Trip na Trip

Trip na trip's episode last night mainly focused on Laguna's Anilag Festival. Anilag from "Ani ng Laguna" (Harvest of Laguna) wherein they presented the each of Laguna's cities and towns well known products and goods. It was interesting that I learned about some of Laguna's towns that I have never heard before like Bay, Kalayaan and even Alaminos (wherein the only Alaminos I know was in Pangasinan). So this prompted me to do a little research on this nearby province of Laguna.

According to Wikipedia:

"The Province of Laguna was named after Laguna de Bay, the body of water that forms its northern boundary. Laguna de Bay, in turn, was named after the town of Bay (Laguna de Bay is Spanish which means "Lake of Bay"), the first provincial capital.

Present-day Laguna shows a thriving economy. Peopled by 1,734,618 (1997 estimated population) industrious citizens and possessing a total area of 1760 km² of land, Laguna produces millions of pesos worth of coconuts, rice, sugar, citrus fruits, lanzones and other products. Tourists flock to its beauty spots, especially Pagsanjan Falls, Los Baños Hot Springs, Makiling National Park, Caliraya Lake and many others. Levels of development vary. The towns near Metro Manila have become industrialized whereas the inner towns continue to engage in agricultural production or pursue agri-based industries and cottage and small-scale industries."

And I got really curious about Laguna's Cities and Municipalities and got this list also from Wikipedia.

CitiesCalamba City, San Pablo City, Santa Rosa City

Municipalities: Alaminos, Bay, Biñan, Cabuyao, Calauan, Cavinti, Famy, Kalayaan, LiliwLos Baños, Luisiana, Lumban, Mabitac, Magdalena, Majayjay, Nagcarlan, Paete, Pagsanjan, Paquil, Panguil, Pila, Rizal, San Pedro, Santa Cruz, Santa Maria, Siniloan, Victoria

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It was also nice they showed a clip of Uma and Kat in Cebu wherein Uma was one of the Gawad Kalinga Ambassadors together with some celebrities during Singles For Christ's Conference. too bad I wasn't there. 

Had fun watching this week's episode. Looking forward for next week's episode wherein they'll feature Surigao del Norte.


Cebu and Laguna tonight on Trip na Trip

The Philippines' Award winning travel show "Trip na Trip" will visit Cebu and Laguna tonight together with trippers Kat de Castro Uma Khouni and Franzen Fajardo. 

Trip na Trip airs tonight on ABS-CBN channel 2 after Bandila.

Blog Prayer Brigade for the election of the Future President of the Republic of the Philippines

-copied from my blog, newemj.

Panginoon, salamat at binigay mo sa amin ang bansang Pilipinas na pagsilbihan at protektahan. Ang bansang lubos naming mahal. Ang bansang ilang beses na nadapa't nasubsob subalit nakatayo pa rin dahil sa mga Pilipinong matatag at tapat sayo.

At sa pagpili namin ng bagong mamumuno sa aming bansa sa susunod na taon, gabayan Niyo ang bawat isang Pilipino sa pagpili ng nararapat at karapatdapat na pangulo ng Republika ng Pilipinas. Ipinagdarasal ko rin ang mga Pilipinong nawawalan na ng pag-asa, ang mga walang pakialam, ang mga kabataang unang beses na boboto, ang mga taga-paghatid ng balita at impormasyon, ang COMELEC na mamamahala ng botohan, ang mga magbabatanday ng boto, ang mga kandidatong planong tumakbo at lahat ng Pilipinong makikibahagi sa darating ng eleksyon.

Panginoon, dinggin mo ang aming panalangin.


I, Jordan Lazaro, support the cause of the Blog Prayer Brigade for the election of the Future President of the Republic of the Philippines and I do solemnly promise to recite the prayer, which I wrote, in my own convenient time and regularly as possible until the 2010 Presidential Election commences. Let it be written, let it be done.

I am now tagging GeraldLeryRakelOgieSamAce and Jamie.


Copy these rules including the logo above and paste in on your blog as is:

1. Write a short, sincere and meaningful prayer, (in your own words and according to the customs of your religious affiliation) about asking God in guiding our country and fellowmen in choosing the right candidate to vote for in the coming 2010 Philippine Presidential Elections. It can be in your own vernacular, and can be short and long as you please. Remember, the goal of the prayer is not only for Peaceful Election but most of all “for the guidance of choosing the right Presidential candidate to vote in the election

2, Publish the prayer for everyone to Read in your blog.

3. Go to the Blog Prayer Brigade Main Page which is located here, and get one of the badges or banners for the brigade. Place the badge or banner in your Sidebar until the 2010 Presidential Elections commence.

4. Make an oath by filling the blank below with your handle/or name

I, _____________________(name) support the cause of the Blog Prayer Brigade for the election of the Future President of the Republic of the Philippines and I do solemnly promise to recite the prayer, which I wrote, in my own convenient time and regularly as possible until the 2010 Presidential Election commences. Let it be written, let it be done.

5. Tag at least 7 Pinoy bloggers you know who haven’t done this before so that the prayer will spread wherever there is a pinoy blogger present.

6. Keep you promise of praying for the Presidential Election so that God may guide us in choosing the right leader for our country.

7. in January 2010, we will gather all the names and prayers of each participants and publish all their prayers in one Blog. We will also feature in the blog the most beautiful prayer ever composed in this project.

————–COPY ENDS HERE————–

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Ilocos Photoholic Tour

It was another first for me last weekend. Some friends together with photography enthusiasts went to Ilocos in a tour organized by Travel Factor. The trip was really tiring because we had to sit on the bus for hours on to get to Ilocos, walk and trek rivers, dried sharp corals. But it was worth it to see the simple and natural Ilocos Provinces. 

  • St. Augustine Church of Bantay & Bell tower
  • Paoay Church
  • Cape Bojeador's Lighthouse, Burgos
  • Kapurpurawan Rock, Burgos
  • Bangui Windmills
  • Kabigan Falls
  • Maira-ira Blue Lagoon
  • Agua Grande
  • Patapat Bridge
  • Crisologo Street
Another good thing about this trip was I got to enjoy it with some good friends.

Already uploaded pics on my multiply, but will also share some pics here in Byahemj soon.

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain

See beyond.  Understand sincerely.