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Experiencing the Hype that is SM City San Mateo

The accessibility of SM City San Mateo from our  place is a tempting condition to visit the newest mall near Marikina. So, despite the photos I saw on Facebook where the mall appeared over crowded and flocked by mallers or mall goers, my family decided to go to SM San Mateo on its 3rd day of operation.

True enough, the traffic to the mall was heavy and although we rode a jeepney where we are supposed to get off right in front of the mall, we decided to just walk the short distance where traffic congestion became quite unbearable.

A funny encounter at SM City San Mateo –

You know you’re in a provincial SM City Mall when the guard at the entrance asks you not the usual: “Ma’am, pa-open po ng bag (please open your bag for checking)…”

Instead, he asked: “Nanay, pa-open po nung bag ninyo (Mother, please open your bag)…”


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Celebrate Month of May Feasts and Events in the Philippines

For tourists who wanted to experience local festivities in the Philippines, May is the best month to visit.

Local fiestas and celebratory festivities happen in May. One of the much-awaited event in towns and cities are the “Flores de Mayo” (flowers of May) or Santacruzan (or Santa Cruzan). It is said to be the “Queen of Filipino Festivals as it features the parade of the most beautiful and esteemed lady young towners in their lovely embroidered gowns and they walk under floral-decorated arches. They are usually escorted by handsome young men, too. Read More

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SM San Mateo Rizal Opens Tomorrow!

Another SM City mall is opening tomorrow and this one is very close to home!

SM San Mateo Rizal will open its mall doors to the public tomorrow, May 15, 2015. The newest baby of SM Prime Holdings is located along General Luna Avenue, Barangay Amprid 1, San Mateo Rizal, near Budget Lane Supermarket. To grace the opening event are showbiz artists JM De Guzman and Julia Barreto. JM will be at the Mall Atrium at 11:00AM while Julia will be at the same venue at 4:00PM. Read More


A Melodic Life

This week is particularly stressful for me. My blood pressure shot up which affirmed that my stress level was really a cause for warning. For three (3) days, I was feeling nauseous and heady. On the fourth day, I decided to take a day off from work and rest fully.

Part of my relaxation activities is simply sleeping. For a working mom, sleep depravity is a typical issue and a leisure activity. After the doctor’s check-up, I immediately went home and tried to get quality slumber. After the nap, I did another relaxing activity (at least for me), making DIY hand-sewn pouches and bags  from scrap and recycled fabrics. Read More


Watch Mayweather vs Pacquiao Fight Live in Marikina

Mayweather Vs Pacquiao fight Live in Marikina

 (poster photo by PIO Marikina posted at their official FB page)

Marikina has always been supportive of Philippines’ Pambansang Kamao boxing champ Manny Pacquiao and shows it by hosting citywide free live streaming telecast for its constituents and even non-Marikeños who wish to watch for free.

For the boxing event of the century, the Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao bout, which will happen this Sunday, May 3, 2015, Marikina is again giving FREE LIVE STREAMING in the following open venues in the city: Read More


Marikina Food Trip: Bronze’s Shabu Shabu Samgyupsal and Shrimp by the Pound

Some of the best things in life are — sharing good food and good chats with good friends. Good thing, you’ll find some of the best eating places in the Metro right here in the city I live in and love  – MARIKINA.

One of the best “tambayans” (hangout place) I’ve been to in Marikina is the “food dungeon” of a groupe of high-spirited young entrepreneurs from U.P. Diliman. I met one of them and loved her immediately– Aya, a media practitioner and environment and animal welfare advocate. She became our instant friend after a couple of hours of stories and passions sharing over a liter of Vietnamese coffee and mouth watering and stomach filling meals. Ohhhhhh… This dungeon food place is a must visit not only for friends but also for families, couples and even when you are alone and wanting a quick, superb meal!

Let me give you a round-about of our Shabu Shabu Night food experience in Bronze’s Shabu Shabu Samgyupsal and Shrimp by the Pound (Oh I know, the name of the restaurant is long and tongue-twisting!).

Bronze's ShabuShabu

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Visiting Philippine Science Centrum Makes It More Fun in Marikina

Science is Fun! Science is a Family Event! Science is a Bloggers’ Event!

This is the truth my family and my friend bloggers and their families discovered and realized when we experienced (or reexperienced) the Philippine Science Centrum in Marikina City.

Philippine Science Centrum is a premier hands-on Science Center Museum housed inside the E-com building of Marikina Riverbanks Center, Barangay Barangka, Marikina city. It offers interactive exhibits and galleries and educational activities that encourage learners or visitors’ interests in Science.

Philippine Science Centrum

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Marikina Day Grand Parade Route (Traffic Advisory)

Marikina is celebrating its 385th founding anniversary on April 16, 2015. Among the celebratory activities is the grand parade tomorrow, at 3:00PM. Marikina Public Information Office (PIO) announced via its social media account on Facebook a traffic advisory to the motorists that shall be affected by the expected heavy traffic in parade routes. Read More


Marikina Free Summer Sports Camp 2015

Marikina Summer Sports Camp 2015 Free Registration(poster design courtesy of marikinanews.wordpress.com)

Once again, summer vacation is on! The Marikina City Government thru the Marikina Sports Center  Office is offering a range of FREE SPORTS COURSES for Marikina youngsters  7 to 16 years of age.  Classes will be held these Months of April and May at the Marikina Sports Center. Read More


Marikina City Hall Job Opening for Data Collectors or Enumerators

The City Government of Marikina is in urgent need of fifty (50) enumerators or data collectors  for the Community Based Monitoring System (CBMS) Survey. See succeeding information for details:


Work description: Facilitate the collection of data needed in CBMS through a household survey. Enumerators will be tasked to completely interview all households in the assigned area or barangay. Read More