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It’s More Fun in the Philippines: Davao’s Kadayawan 2014 Festival

This week is Davao City’s Kadayawan festival. The Kadayawan sa Dabaw is among the most popular festivals in the Philippines and is well-flocked by tourist from different parts of the city and the world.

As a Davao local said, the Kadayawan Festival is big deal for Davaeños as it is the time of the year where the locals are excited preparing for the grand event and tourists from everywhere flock Davao to experience the famed festivity. To mark the importance of the event, Malacañang Proclamation No. 89 declared August 15, 2014 as a special non-working day in Davao. Read More

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Rudyard’s Jungle Book and the Monkey Business of Kipling

If there are two things I love doing, they are reading and shopping. Reading is a long-time, since the day I can read, hobby of mine. I am a voracious reader which empowered my imaginative mind and led me to the love for writing. Shopping is my favorite past-time, ironically a relaxing activity which at the same time makes my pulse racing and my blood running wild. Shopping is fun for most women. I dig it a lot, yeah.

Now, combining my passion for reading and my affinity for shopping brought me to liking so dearly the bag collection of Kipling, a globally popular women’s bag collection known for its signature furry monkey key chains or bag charms.

Where’s the connection?

As a child, I grew up reading Rudyard Kipling. Joseph Rudyard Kipling was an English story writer who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907. His legacies include Just So Stories, Gunga Din, and the well-known to Pinoys story, The Jungle Book. Read More

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Renewal of PRC License for Teachers 2014

Very recently, I renewed my  license for teachers at the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). Prior renewal, I googled online the fine for late renewal and I was sad when I read in a blog post that the amount was Php300 per year. My PRC license expired in 2011 so readied myself in paying a hefty sum.

Recognizing my prior experiences when going to PRC, I took a leave of absence from work since I’m expecting long lines and waiting hours. I came there on a Friday morning, about 9:00 am and and in less than an hour, smiling and satisfied, I’m out of the PRC building holding my newly renewed PRC license. Yes! All in less than an hour of dealing with pleasant and assisting PRC personnel!

Here are the easy steps to renew your PRC license: Read More

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Get Ready to Travel: Official 2015 Philippine Holidays

The Philippine government issued early the official calendar of holidays for 2015. This will give the Filipino people a heads-up in planning for travels and activities for next year.

Proclamation No. 831, signed on July 17 by President Benigno Aquino III declared the regular holidays, special non-working days and special holidays for schools for year 2015. Read More

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Amazing Filipino Talents

Last night’s grand finale of the talent show ‘The Voice of the Philippines’ Kids Edition trended on social media as the four grand finalists were truly amazing. Our family roots for different contenders as all of them are brilliant singers and performers in different, unique ways. Read More

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Travel: Noah’s Leisure Park in Rodriguez Rizal

If you’re looking for a quick getaway very close to Metro Manila, Rizal resorts and hotels are good options.

Noah’s Leisure Park is a nature-themed resort and hotel with facilities for  family, group (barkada) outings and even business or organizational meetings/conferences/events. It’s an hour or two drive from Quezon City or Pasig City and definitely close to Marikina. It is located at Bgy. San Isidro, Rodriguez (formerly Montalban), Rizal, beside Avilon Zoo.

The resort was featured at PopTalk of GMA News TV Channel 11 hosted by Tonipet. The blogger made an ocular inspection of the resort as a potential venue for a seminar she’s organizing. Below are the photos taken of Noah’s Leisure Park facilities: Read More

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#WalangPasok Advisory: Suspension of Classes in Marikina for July 18

As per Marikina Public Information Office (PIO), Mayor Del R. de Guzman suspended classes for elementary and high school students from public and private schools for tomorrow, July 18, 2014, Friday.

The declaration was made to give schools time for cleanup after the onslaught of typhoon Glenda Read More

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Typhoon Glenda in Marikina

The last two (2) days were devoted by Filipinos, especially those from Luzon area, worrying about and preparing for typhoon Glenda.

Glenda’s wrath brought in very strong winds and large amount of rainfall. Marikina local government closely monitored the  river and was quick to issue information and reminders to its residents. The height of Marikina river rose to 16 meters which prompted the LGU and Marikina Barangays to ring the second (2nd) alarm siren. Evacuation of residents from low-lying or flood-prone areas in Marikina starts at 14.8 meters.  Read More

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Work Suspension for Government Offices July 16 2014

In anticipation of heavy raining due to typhoon Glenda, Malacanang Palace thru Executive Secretary Ochoa announced the suspension of work in government offices in Metro Manila for tomorrow, July 16, 2014.

From the Twitter account of Malacanang official Abigail Valte, @Abi_Valte:

ES Ochia suspends work in gov’t offices + classes in all levels in NCR and all areas under Signal#2 for July 16,2014 except for agencies involved in delivery of basic/health services, disaster/relief operations, other vital public services… Memorandum Circular 67 will be uploaded on the Official Gazette @govph website shortly. Read More

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#WalangPasok Advisory: Class Suspension as of July 16 2014

Due to typhoon Glenda, the Department of Education already came out with consolidated list of cities/municipalities in Metro Manila and Rizal which local government units already suspended classes in all levels.

Among in the list are: Marikina,  Manila,  Quezon City, Taguig,  and San Mateo.

To  see the complete list, type #walangpasok in twitter or search Department of Education page in facebook.

Stay safe!