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12.12.12 — today is a special day not just because it is the last repetitive date you’ll see but because today is the birth date of someone dear to me. Her name is Len.

I supposedly to ship this to her office since she is based in MLA ang I am here in Batangas, but I did not make it to the cut off time of the courier so that the item would not be delivered today. :(( I then decided not to ship it anymore because I really wanted her to see it today. So here, making an alternative way so that she can see this gift today.

It was actually a CD with this as a cover:

Happy birthday Bangag! :)

Happy birthday Bangag! 🙂

It was a short video (na dugo’t pawis ko before ko nagawa) with a compilation of our pics together (some were cropped) as we strengthen our friendship. Here it goes:

Happy happy birthday Bangag! *Cheers*

meet my wild friends! ^____^ \/

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So many hands in 1 pack of chips

So many people on 1 bench

so much laughter on 1 stupid joke

so many plans for just 1 date

so many tears for 1 little fight

and..

so many mouth for a single bottled water.

That’s what we call — friendship.

Sinulat ko ang blog na ‘to kasi gusto kong ipakilala ang mga taong kilala yong totoong ako. Sabi nila, we have three personalities daw:

Tahimik ka if you’re with strangers,

Average – moderate ingay and jokes with the people whom you considered acquaintance
Then,
Wild and true ka if you’re with your friends.

And I want you to meet the 9 persons whom, I would say, totoo ako pag kasama sila.  :0

Unahin natin si Nadine Ruth Awitan, Canlubang Laguna.

Nadine Ruth “Bru” Awitan

Panganay sa tatlong magkakapatid.

I first met her sa classroom na Statistics (we both hate this subject but our professor in stat loves nadine. lol). Magkaklase kami sa dalawa o tatlo atang subjects noong irregular student pa ko. Would you believe na nth time niyang paulit-ulit tinatanong name ko eh duh A-N-A lang naman. Para-tatatlong letra eh di pa masaulo eh. haha. Tapos dahil pareho nga kaming shiftee (from Accountancy to Marketing) eh kami ang ‘medyo’ magkasama. Medyo lang kasi dahil nga irregular kami pareho, we varied other subjects din as well as we have different vacant period.
From then on, napagdesisyunan namin na kami ang magiging magkagroup sa lahat soon. We agreed though di pa kami masiyado magkakilala kasi siya lang nakakasama ko.

Fast forward…

Noong alam ko na halos lahat sa buhay niya at ganoon din siya sa’kin eh, we call each other ‘Bru’. short for lahat ng Bru—-BRUha, BRUtal.at kung anu-ano pa. Pero the real meaning niyan eh parang ‘bro’. ayaw naman namin na sis ang tawagan at masyadong girly. haha. Kaya ayon, Bru na lang.

Siya? Ai nakuuuuuu. Lahat tumatabi pag dumadaan siya. haha. Takot ata lahat. Hindi sa kaniya pupwede na kinakaya kaya siya kaya walang nagtatangkang awayin o asarin yan eh (kaya lagi akong nakadikit diyan eh. feeling ko kasi safe ako. haha)
Kaming sampu, kahit anong form ng problema (pero special mention ang love life haha) eh sa kaniya lumalapit. Why? Kasi she can give you advice na tagos kung tagos. Yong advices na mapapaisip ka talaga at mga payo na dapat mong gawin kasi yon ang tama at dapat.
Lagi kami magkagroup basta by friends ang grouping. hehe. Siyempre, we agreed with that nga before.Through thick or thin, in sickness and in health, from richer to poorer. haha.. kulang na nga lang pagdikitin kami ih. hihi
Meron din kaming McDo moments — kakain lang kami ng kahit ano, (pero laging may fries) then magkekwentuhan about anything under the sun. Hanggang abutin na kami ng ilang oras doon nang hindi namin namamalayan.
Ano pa ba?
Ayon! Iba ang creative side niyang si Bru. Sa mga papers namin, I go for the theoretical side tapos siya sa lahat ng mga collaterals look. I-eedit ko via Adobe then i-checheck ulit niya kung ok na ba or what.
Wanna know her more? You dare? Sige, batukan ka niyan. haha. Kahit nga yong pinaka mukhang bouncer room eh hindi makapagtanong diyan at natatakot. hehe. Enough with Bru. haha

Part of the wild si Marisole Trinidad, Sulpoc, Tanauan – Province of Batangas.

Marisole “Anesli” Trinidad

Panganay rin sa apat na magkakapatid.

Akalain niyong classmate namin siya ni Bru during our irregular days. Kaso, since she’s part of the regular students, hanggang ‘by-name’ ko lang siya kilala —-hep! saka pala, maingay at madaldal. haha. grabe.
At first, kahit si Bru, naririndi sa kaniya. As in, I and Bru can’t imagine na magiging kaberks namin siya.
Hmmmm,
hanggang naging classmate ko siya noong one required summer class and I found out na mabait naman pala siya at minsan tumatahimik rin, hihi. Tapos, humiwalay siya sa section niya kung saan na siya regular. Gusto niya ata ng bagong environment. Kaya, after noong summer class, nagbukas kami ng bagong section, and doon siya nag-enroll. Tapos, ayon, kaming the wilds eh dun lahat nagkakila-kilala.
I actually call Sole (short for Marisole), ‘Honestly’ with the spelling of ‘Anesli’. bakit? kasi may isa kaming kilala na madalas gamitin yong Honestly at Frankly na word. So from then on, I called her Anesli and she called me back as Frankly. haha. cool di ba?
Si Sole? Bagay sa kaniya tumakbong officer ng student council! bakit? eh kasi naman sa tuwing naglalakad kami sa campus, bawat lakad namin, may binabati/bumabati sa kaniya. Yong paglalakad namin na dapat 5-minutes lang eh nagiging 10 minutes kababati niya. haha.
Enough with the ‘bati’ thing. Hmmmm, kahit ganiyan si Sole, matutuwa ka diyan! Lahat nang favor mo sa kaniya, basta kaya niya, ginagawa niya. Kahit nga may ginagawa siya, basta may nagpasama sa kaniya na bumili ng ganito, mag-CR, pumunta dito, may kukunin doon, eh sama agad yan.
Tapos, ayaw na ayaw niyang na-aagrabyado ang kaibigan niya. Pag sinabi niyang ayaw niya sa tao, ayaw niya. Tapos ang usapan. Siya yong tipo ng taong pag may kaaway ka at nasa side mo siya, manahimik ka na lang at siya na ang bahalang mang-away. hehe.

Ngayon, she works in a bank na mukhang pang stewardess ang uniform. lol.

Si Arianne Paulino naman. hehe. From San Pablo, Laguna

Arianne “Maan” / “Poise” Paulino

May kapatid siyang foreign-ger. May kuya rin yan. Uhm, actually, kahit ganiyan name niyan, Maan talaga nick name niya. Kaso, ako, ‘Poise’ tawag sa kaniya. At ako lang ang tumatawag sa kaniya ng ganiyan. haha. Poise tawag ko kasi poise siya maglakad. hehe.
I met her then sa summer class na required na yon. Galing siyang Computer Science tapos she shifted nga sa Marketing. (anlapit di ba? haha).
Tahimik lang ‘yang si Poise. Tapos, laging go with the flow lang. Pero, huwag ka, talented yan! lahat ng organization, sinalihan na ata niya. haha. member siya ng dance group ng school, ng discipline marshall, ka-YFC ko rin siya, may AIESEC Philippines pa ‘yan, tapos pati Jr Mrktg Assoc siyempre (may nakalimutan pa ba ko? haha). Bilib nga kami kung pano niya nababalance time niyan eh. hehe. May lovelife pa yan na inaatupag. haha. oha, talking about time management, siyang siya na! 😀
Magaling rin siya sa technicalities. hehe. Kapag may video editing at kagroup mo siya, solve ka na’t wala nang problems.
Kaso, Californian Girl na siya ngayon. She was petitioned na kasi doon. Namimiss na namin siya dito. lalo na ni Toshi. Yiii.
Uwi ka na 🙂

Next, si May Flor Austria, Dita, Cuenca – Province of Batangas

May Flor “Maya” / “Inay” / “Ninay” Austria

Ilan nga ba kayong magkakapatid? Tatlo ba? Pero sure akong, hindi siya panganay. hehe.

Her nickname is actually Maya pero we call ‘Inay’ kasi 30 yrs old este, siya yong pinakamtanda sa amin. hehe. Pero ako, I call her Ninay. Why? Kasi Ninang + Inay = Ninay. Kinuha ko kasi siyang ninang sa kumpil ko. xD haha. wala lang trip ko. pero, we are all in the early 20’s pa naman.
Soccer varisty yan. OO, maniwala ka na! Alam niyo ba, noong sinabi niyang soccer varsity siya, hindi talaga ako maniwala. Payat at maamo (?) mukha niya at mukhang hindi nga sporty tapos varsity? hanggang, nakita ko na nga siya mag-soccer. In fairness, parang ibang Maya yong naglalaro sa loob. haha. We (I and my wild friends) watched one of her official friendly match at draw ata yong result.
She was also one of the players during intrams in my sport, baskteball. Magaling yang mang-agaw ng bola. hehe.
Hmmm, actuallty, she was a transferee from PATTS. Naging classmate ko rin siya noong summer na required then naging classmate na hanggang 4th yr.
Medyo naging close kami noong summer dahil friend na siya ni Bru noon tapos ako friend din ni Bru. We share the common friend ika nga.
Inay is perfectionist and she admits it. She wants everything in an organzied manner. Siya yong tipo nang taong hindi mapakali pag may mali/may hindi siya gusto sa ginawa niya/nilang paper. Well, magaling naman siya eh. Ok lang na ganoon personality niya. 🙂
She also gives her point/side sa lahat ng oras. Kahit hindi ma-follow yon, hindi naman siya nagagalit. Basta, nabigay niya opinion niya, ok na sa kaniya yon.
Tapos, pabalik-balik lang yan ng Hong Kong. Parang Php. 8.50 lang pamasahe eh kung makapunta ng HK. ikaw na inay! haha

Yan eh probinsiyanang Makati girl. She works there at a French company. Yes, she speak French well. Kaya nga dati noong Foreign Language subject namin, sa kaniya kami nagpapaturo ng pagbasa (grabe naman kasi ang pronunciation pg French. daming silent at kakaibang sounds) at pagsulat na rin (kalayo kasi ng spelling ng French words vs the way it should be read). Buti na lang nasa likod ko siya sa seating arrangement noon kaya pag-nag-rerecitation si sir Train (French professor) eh natatanong ko siya ng tamang sagot 🙂

The wild din si Jinnie Medina, Lipa City — Province of Batangas

Jinnie “Jinniebels” / “Mayor” Medina

Panganay rin to. haha. Halos lahat pala kayo eh oldest. Nakakahiya naman sa ming hindi. haha

Jinniebels siya kung tawagin. Pero, dahil naging Mayor (class president) namin siya, Mayor naitawag ko sa kaniya. haha. (napansin ko lang, kung anu-ano palang itinatawag ko sa the wild) haha.

I met her not in the summer class na but sa regular classes mismo. Sa section din namin siya nag-enroll kasi shiftee siya from engineering.

Si Jinniebeles? Nakuuuuuu. NAPAKAbait. ah ah. go lang siya sa lahat. Parang kahit mayor namin siya, ngiti lang siya ng ngiti. Parang walang kaproblema problema. She takes it easy halos lahat ng bagay. Which is good kasi madadala ka sa positive and good vibes niyang aura.

Sporty din to. I can still remember noong intrams kung saan player kami for our course. We played baskteball. Ayaw pa nga niyan pumasok sa first five kasi hindi daw talaga siya marunong. Then, poof! First shot of the game, first two points via jump shot from her! haha. hindi ko talaga malimutan ‘to. Pati yong anggle ng tira niya, kitang kita mong magsu-shoot talaga.
Si Jinniebels din eh kagroup ko sa service plan. Since we are groupmates, kasama ko rin siya sa OJT (yong gagawan kasi ng service plan eh yong company na pag-o-OJT-han). Kaya tuwing galing akong manila, namimis ko naman siya. Siya kasi kasabay ko umuwi every Friday.
kaso, like poise, nasa US of A na yang si jinniebels. Uwi ka na rin. hehe.

Lea Anne “Leahang Bangag” Saniel

Wala na, tapos na ‘to. haha. Joke. Meroon pa pala. Sige na nga. haha. Ang dahilang kung bakit naging classmates kami lahat — si Lea Anne Saniel na nag-ayos ng summer class namin at eventually ng new section ng Marketing. From Bauan — Province of Batangas

Actually, pareho kami niyan ng birth order—middle child. (kuya,kuya,kami,lalaki,babae). galeeeeeng no?

I actually call her Leahang Bangag. haha. Eh lagi kasing lipad ang isip at hindi mawari kung nasaan. Yon pala eh inlove lang. Kanino? Sa kapatid ko. hihi.

Si Leahan? Ayan frustrated na sa work niya sa *** kasi Rest Day siya pag ordinary week day/working day at nagwowork siya kapag Holiday or Sunday. Tss. Malas lang. Hindi naman yan makaalis kasi magbabayad ng thousandssss kapag hindi naka-1 year exp sa present job niya. Pero, konting tiis na lang naman niya’t makaka-1 yr na siya.

May creative side yan kahit ganiyan. Choir siya before at kumakanta rin. Kaso, ayaw ilalabas ang talent kaya kakaunti lang may alam niyan (ilagay ko kaya dito ang version mo ng Terrified with video pa? haha).

Hmmm, thoughtful yan. Lagi ng may kung anu-anong pakakulo. At dahil na rin siguro sa Kuya ko (na bf niya), natututo siyang mas umintindi at mas umunawa sa lahat ng pagkakataon. bwahaha (compliment ba to?)

Sa lahat ng the wildssss, kami siguro ang may pinakamaraming bonding memories. haha. bodning with friends (Cafe de Lipa moments) at family bonding siyempre. Naabutan na niyan akong bagong gising, nagtatakaw, petix, paalis ng bahay, etc. Aba’y biglang nasulpot sa amin eh. haha.

(leftmost) Jaysica Rita “Ica” Sanchez / (next to Ica) Charlaine “Laine” Aguilera

(wala kaming picture ni Ica ta Laine together T_T )

Meron pang the wild. si Jaysica Rita Sanchez! Bunso ‘yan. 🙂 From the Province of Batangas

OOOOps, katunog lang ng name nia ang pangalan ng American Idol contestant pero hindi siya yon.lol

Ica tawag nila sa kaniya kaya ako eh naki-Ica na rin. haha. Short for Jaysica ang Ica.
She is one of the persons na laging nakangiti lang. haha.

Actually, matatawa kayo kasi hindi naman namin siya kapareho ng course yan kasi Management Technology ang course niya. Pero huwag kayo, sumasama yan sa amin kapag nag-oovernight kami because of school requirements. Anong ginagawa niya sa overnight? Wala. Taga-dala namin ng pagkain. Bwahaha. Saka tagapahiram ng laptop niya para gamitin namin. 🙂

Kapag programming, sa kaniya ka magatanong at siguradong alam niya. Marami yang kapamilyang lawyers. Kaya nakakatakot awayin. Haha.

Ang naalala ko lang diyan eh nagawa niyangmamuhay sa iisang bubong (as her dormate) yong taong dadating super close niya, kaso, nagka-gap sila. Grabeh lang. Kaya niyo ba yon? Ako kasi, pag ganiyan, araw-araw ng badtrip for sure. Pero, nakakabilib lang na waley na waley lang kay Ica at nagagawa pang mag-smile. hehe. ikaw na Ica!

At nga pala, walang lalaban nang inuman diyan. Grabeh! Ginagamitan lang naman ng straw ang paglaklak sa RedHorse. Parang juice lang eh! tss.

Siyempre si Charlaine Aguillera, from Laurel  — Province of Batangas eh part din ng the wild.

Pangalawa lang yan. Tatlo sila. Pero hindi ko pa nakikita kuya niya kaya akala ko dalawa lang sila. hehe. By nickname ko lang din siya natawag.

hmmm, siya? Siya yong tipo nang taong, go lang ng go. Pag gusto niya, dapat magawa. Wala ng kasi kasi. Wala ng pero pero. Eh gusto eh.  Kaya, like Ninay Maya, parang Php.8.50 lang ang pamasahe puntang HK. Pabalik-balik. haha.

Kung kantahan lang din ang hanap niyo, aba’y kay Laine na ko. She sings well. She made those birit songs so easy for her to sing. Kaya nga partey people yan eh! right?

Naalala ko tuloy yong research paper na napunta sa kaniya. Nakagroup ko kasi siya sa Thesis during our Junior Year.  Tapos, ako, siya at si Bru(siyempre) eh naghati-hati nga gagawin. (Thesis major paper namin to qualify for the Senior Year and yong final paper naman namin to graduate eh Marketing Plan). Pinagresearch ko yan ng some topic about Logistics. Aba’y good sources ang nakita niya and yon yong mga sources na iilan lang ang makakahanap talaga.

From Accountancy to Marketing din siya. Kaya siguro mabilis rin naming naka-jive ang isat isa.

Palaban din ang isang to (napansin niyo ba, parang naghahanap ng away mga wild friends ko? bwahaha)

Next na nga…

(2nd from the left) Mara Jessa “Mara” Adarlo

At dahil wala kaming pic ni Mara together na kmaing dalawa lang, yan na lang. haha.  (l-r) Bru, Mara, Me, Leahang Bangag, Poise, Ninay Maya

The last but not the least siyempre eh si Mara Jessa Adarlo from Bolbok — Province of Batangas.

Actually, ahead siya sa amin ng isang batch. Kaso, may naiwan ata siyang subjects kaya naging kabatch namin.

Honestly, hindi kami close masiyado. hehe. Pero, sa moments namin all together, I see her na lookharet din na may sense of humor…one proof of Mayamang Batanguena na mabait.

Actually, sa una, kahit sino, mahihiyang lumapit sa kaniya. Kasi may golden spoon yan sa bibig eh. hehe. Parang ang layo layo niya. Yong feeling na nakaka-insecure tumabi sa kaniya. And you’ll feel na pinagkaitan ka ng Diyos. haha. Ganoon. Until, nagretreat ang section namin, and sa’min siya sumama. Her roommate was actually Anesli. Tapos, naging ka-table ko siya (Ako, Bru, Anesli, at siya plus others) in our 3-day retreat at Batulao. Doon, mas nakilala namin siya.

Tapos, ayon, during our grad practices, kasama namin siya kumain. Sooooooobrang down to earth niyan and humble. Founder yan ng Heels on Wheels (HOW) na org ng mga girls with tsekot and sa kanila yong Jessa’s Peanut butter. Binenta namin yan noong third year kami. Este, si Bru lang pala nagbenta at hindi kami marurunong. haha.

Kung si Laine at si Maya eh HK girls, etong si Mara, kung saan saan nakakarating. Makikita mo nalang sa fb niya na andito siya, adon, andiyan, She is currently employed sa isang multinational co and enrolled sa culinary lessons.

Hayan. ang aking wild friends. haha.

We varied from ugali siyempre. Nag-aaway rin, nagkakatampuhan at lahat ng nararansan nang ibang barkada diyan. Basta, ang alam lang namin, hanggang sa huling hininga eh magiging wild friends pa rin kami. Sama-sama naming susubaybayan ang buhay ng bawat isa. Through ups and downs, through thick and thin, for richer and for poorer, til death do us apart :*

Marketing plan mates (l-r): Bru, Me, Jinniebels

They are one of the reasons why I am blessed. Thank you Lord for this set of wild friends. ❤

Alitagtag

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Some of us have lived here in Batangas all of our lives.

And there is no doubt how great this province is.

But have you ever tried to explore the places here? Me? I was once given a chance. And that chance is one of the opportunities I grabbed that I would never-ever regret for I learn. I learn something about the festivities that the people there really look forward to and I had found out who had been the maker of the gigantic and marvelous floats that I saw during parades. No other than — Alitagtag.

Dwelling of Festivities

When the feast of Sta. Cruz, patron of Alitagtag, is at hand, Alitagtagueños are actually having a 3-day celebration. This includes the Salubong sa Mahal na Poon and Sublian festival celebrated on May 2, Binukulan festival on May 3, and the main celebration, the town fiesta, on May 7.

The Binukulan festival, a festivity of miracle, is actually a celebration wherein people from different places came to Alitagtag in order to drink a water from the Annubingo tree which is said to be miraculous.

According to the heard myth of Marasigan, a woman named Juana who is always getting water from a very far sea had been helped by the fairies of Annubingo tree. This tree produced more than enough supply of water to Juana. From then on, the place became sacred. Later on it was called on as Binukulan festival as the Annubingo tree produces the miraculous water (bumukal) every time people asked for it during its festival.

Also, Alitagtag is referred as the “Home of the traditional Parade Floats”. It is actually the only place in Batangas who make floats that are commonly use during parades. Because of this, during the end of May, from 6:00 in the evening, the Tapusan festival is being celebrated where there would be a procession of gigantic and religious floats, Carozza, in honor of Mama Mary and served as the end of the Flores de Mayo. In the morning, Kaligaya festival, street dancing, is being celebrated.

Not only would those festivities would make me come back to Alitagtag. But, the unique construction of houses —  slanted houses. Strange? Quite.

Balindis houses

Balindis is actually the term that Alitagtagueños used that refers to us as the slanted houses.

Through the hospitality of Rannie Rey Marasigan, barangay kagawad of Pinagkurusan which is one of the 19 barangays at Alitagtag, with the coordination of Diony Ilagan, executive assistant of Hon. Mayor Guillermo Reyes, and Engr. Sofronio Catanyag, Alitagtag municipal engineer, I discovered logical and classical reasons why houses are slanted.

Logical

The former national road was actually the one that would pass by Barangay Dalipit, Alitagtag, San Jose then Banay-banay. Seeing it as a long road to travel, the government tries to find a way on how travelers would reach Banay-banay from Alitagtag in a shorter period of time. It was May 18, 1987 when the blueprint of the Cadastral Map was approved by Leopoldo Ulanday, Regional Director of Region IV, with the citation of Coo.834 Case-14 CM 13 523 on 121 0130t Sec.2 and a scale of 1:200. This blueprint showed the new implemented diversion road connecting Barangay Pinagkurusan, Alitagtag and Cuenca then to Banay-banay without passing by Barangay Dalipit and San Jose anymore. The road is actually a road of Dominador East and West. Seeing it as a more accessible road, later on it was recognized as the new national road. Thus, it was also became the national road since the former national road is too narrow to the extent that when a truck passed by, it would become a single-liner road.

Before the implementation of this new national road, the lot of the houses in Barangay Dominador was already divided in a rectangular form. So, when the new diversion road was implemented, the rectangular division of lot, outdone by the division, became diagonal lot. As a result, when the owner of the lot built their houses, they followed the form of their lot so that they would be able to maximize the space of it.

Classical

In order to maintain the traditional Balindis, the rest of the owner of the houses in the Dominador East and West followed this tradition. In fact, though many of the slanted houses can be seen along the new diversion road, Barangay Dominador East and West, some houses in Alitagtag were also slanted not because their lot was also diagonal in form but rather they just want to follow the Balindis building of houses and as to be able to follow with the pattern of houses which means unity among them.

Furthermore, since Alitagtagueños believe that slanting their houses would mean good lucks and fine fortune as it does not follow the regular construction of houses in Batangas. In fact, Alitagtagueños who have slanted houses facing the east and west believe that as soon as the sun rise sets, their houses are being more and more blessed each day as an extraordinary construction of house would mean extraordinary blessings from above.

Having skewed houses

Quarters of pride

Alitagtag is a certified home of professionals. There are doctors, lawyers, engineers, and other professionals that is from Alitagtag. Thus, in fact, two of the former Chief associate justice of the Supreme Court, Angelina Gutierrez and Cancio Garcia were from Alitagtag.

Moreover, the suman, a native dish, of Alitagtag is not like any other suman since it is a ready-to-eat food as compared to other suman which needs sugar as to achieve satisfying taste. This suman is made from the four barangays of Alitagtag — Concepcion, Balagbas, Tarlac, and Pinagkurusan

Alitagtag is also a national awardee for eco-waste system under Republic Act (RA) 9003, and a hall of famer for blood letting go, 2005-2009. It also belonged to the top 10 in peace and order municipality in Region IV.

Alitagtag was actually called as Alitaptap. As time passed by, it became Alitagtag. It was in January 1, 1910 when Alitagtag was proclaimed as a municipality. On 2010, it would be a centennial celebration of Alitagtag.

Alitagtag is now a 4th class municipality. It is bordered on the north by Taal Lake, Cuenca and San Jose to the east, Santa Teresita and San Luis to the west and Bauan and San Pascual to the south.

As Marasigan said, “May okasyon man o wala, welcome ka sa alitagtag!”

Make money this summer

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Cannot wait to shelve those mind-freezing academic books and start to chill under the sun without thinking of anything but fun? Well, do not worry! Summer is nearly at our hand! It marks the warmest time of year as it begins the ‘batugan’ mode for most of the students. Yet for some, it is justa another set of boring days of their lives as they stay home doing the routine of sleeping, eating and watching the television the whole summer period. I am sure they want to go to nearby resorts and do their amazing butterfly strokes there, or to Tagaytay and try the coolest newly offered zip line and cable cars there or to the summer capital of the Philippines, Baguio, and roam around while feeling the freezing temperature there! But how would they go there if, upon shaking their piggy banks, there is no sound of tinkling coins nor upon opening their wallet, no three-people-blue-square nor sign of Roxas’? Too bad! But do not worry, I have some suggested activities on how you can earn money this summer…

1) Summer delicacies seller

Of course, since it is the hottest days of the year, cold products will really attract people. You can sell the Filipino’s all time favorite, the Halo-halo. It only requires minimum capital. Eight to twelve number of ‘sahog’ will do. You can modified your Halo-halo’s ice by adding sugar in it while it is still water and by adding food color as to be unique from any other Halo-halo. Also try other presentations—ice at the bottom will do.

Plus, I remember that Japan is known for its cold soup. Why not try to sell it? Anyway, the recipe of this is only an internet away. Cool summer soups are a refreshing addition to warm-weather menus. <I’ll actually try this one this summer since I love to cook>

2) Sports Equipment Rental Owner

Many people actually like to hang out with friends and have these so-called reunions. But due to lack of money, resorts and other places that will require expensive payment are not in their choice. If you have those bikes, rollerblades, skateboards, scooters, different rackets, sports balls, and any other sports equipment, you can start your moneymaking business by having a rental shop. Just make sure that you are in the right place and at the right time. And to make sure that they will return it, let them pay first thrice the actual rental amount of the equipment so they will be force to return it on time. After they have returned the equipment, return the excess payment and give them a ‘thank you, rent again’ small card to catch their attention and be encourage to rent again.

3) House/Pet Sitter

Since a lot of people like to travel during summer, they will need someone to look after their houses and/or their pets when they are on their vacation. By simply receiving mails, bills or newspapers and by feeding and taking a bath their pet, you will have an assurance that it will make money. Plus the fact that you will have a place to live during summer. <hahaha>

4) Computer Wizard

If you are technologically savoir-faire, why not use your talent this summer? Refix troubleshooting computers! Also, instead of playing DotA and any other computer games that will just sacrifice your eyesight, edit videos or remix songs. Do also photo editing! Accept CD/DVD burning services or even typing jobs.

5) Instructor

Talent blessed-being? Well, it is your time to shine! Conduct workshops that you know you have the capability to do so. If you are a swimmer, then applause for you. Swimming is actually one of the click lessons that most people enroll in. Or, if not a simmer, exercise your ability in music. Be the instructor in guitars, piano or even in vocals. If you do not have the talent to do so, teach aerobics or martial arts. Also, bike riding, driving or horse-back riding are of your choices. By this, you would not only reminiscence your skills since it is vacation, but also, share your talents to others. And by the way, if you are academic-blessed child, you may conduct tutorials in the later part of the summer as to refresh your students’s mind regarding their subjects, that, I am sure, have already forgotten by them.

6) Garage-geek seller

Well, since it is summer, it is time for us to unwine those closets and arrange our rooms. As you do this, collect those shirts, blouses, pants and shorts that will not be fitted for you anymore but still can be used by others. You can actually have your own garage sale! Just be sure to modify those clothes by adding some accessories that will sharpen its beauty towards the eyes of the soon-customers. With this, you gain two benefits—one, your room has been clean and second, this is just another moneymaking business.

Can not wait for summer to come? Do not worry, summer is really on its way! Start your own business this summer. While others are still looking for a summer job, your own small business will already be upbeat and running – and making money for sure…

7 Churches for reflecting Christ’s passion and death

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Visita iglesia is a yearly tradition for Catholic Filipinos. Every Maundy Thursday, we visit 7 churches, some fourteen, as we reflect on Christ’s passion and death. It is said that our wishes or petitions will be granted if we had managed to visit all seven churches.

Notably, Filipinos would look for different churches during Visita Iglesia. Most of Filipinos would really travel miles to miles just to complete the 7 hurches. But Lipa City is blessed as there are many churches here. In fact, starting from Brgy. Pinagtong-ulan and ending up in Brgy. Balete made you visit more than 7 churches. But I have suggested 7 churches to visit as these would be easier to find.

St. Benedict Monastery

Located at Brgy. Pinagtong-ulan, this chapel of the Benedictine Sisters of the Incarnate Word, is the one of the most visited chapel in Lipa City during Visita Iglesia because the monastery has the garden for Catholics who want to have a Via Crucis or Way of the Cross that is located just beside the chapel. This chapel is known for its quiet ambience during its ordinary days. Its patron saint is St. Benedict Man of Miracles.

Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Vincent Ferrer

Because of the patron saint who is healing the sick children, St. Vincent Ferrer (SFV), this church located in Banay-banay is also one of the good churches to be visited during Visita Iglesia. With its newly established vigil room named as the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, people may now reflect Christ’s passion and death as the theme of the vigil room is one with nature — all woods. People may also do their Way of the Cross inside the church at the Wood-carved Stations.

Divino Amor Redemptorist Chapel

Divino Amor Chapel found in M.K. Lina street, or simply known as redemptorist, is run by the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer or better known as Redemptorist Missionaries. Though this church is not as big as Cathedral nor Carmel Church, its novena for Our Lady of Perpetual Help had made this church known. In fact, last year, there is a presumption that Our Lady of Perpetual Help embodied itself to one of the cut branch of tree at the said place. During Visita Iglesia, Via Crucis can be done outside the Church as prayers are being held inside.

Divine Master Chapel

Being the private chapel of one of the congregation of the sisters, Daughters of St. Paul, this chapel is only open for the public every Maundy Thursdays. Located just beside the Redem, it would be an easy access for the Catholics who do the Visita Iglesia. According to one of the sisters I had interviewed, the peaceful ambiance of the chapel sets the mood of every Catholic who would go there. The chapel was built in the 1960’s but had opened for public in 2007.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

The feast day of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mediatrix of All Grace, is the same date when Carmel in Lipa was established. From being just a monastery for the Carmelite sisters, the church had opened its door to the public. The national pilgrimage held at this church made this church a famous church not only in Lipa but in the whole Philippines as well. Thus, many Catholic go to this place every Maundy Thursday and do their Via Crucis inside the Church.

San Sebastian Cathedral

Standing tall at the heart of Lipa, this church is rarely empty. Many Catholics go to this church every Maundy Thursday. Its life-sized statues of the reenactment of the 14 Stations of the Cross made the Church also one of the most visited church in Lipa.

Marian Orchard

Overseeing the Taal Volcano from this famous place of Bo. Malabanan, Balete, the Marian Orchard had became one of the most visited place every Maundy Thursday not only by Lipeños but also by other Catholics. With the life-sized statues of the reenactment of Jesus’ way to Golgotha, in the Marian’s Prayer Garden, Catholics may feel like they are one in Jesus’ suffering. Thus, the orchard has also a mini-station of the cross for Catholics who has no capacity to make their Via Crucis at the Prayer Garden. The Garden of the Divine Will that is for the people who want to meditate, Sto. Niño’s White Chapel, the 45-stepped Tower of Mary, 28-stepped Tower of Christ the Redeemer, wishing well, and the wishing jar (located in the Tower of Mary) had also added up to the serene beauty of this orchard as it is one with nature.

Well, whatever churches you would visit, it would still be the manner on how you reflect Christ’s passion and death during the Visita Iglesia that would matters…