Month: March 2017

Throwback: Pahiyas Festival 2015

Yesterday, while taking a look at some old photos saved in my computer, I came across a folder containing images from Pahiyas Festival in 2015. It was quite a memorable experience. Imagine, it was my first time to attend the festival, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Yet, I had to have presence of mind throughout the day trip, since I was sent there to cover Nikon Club’s Pahiyas Festival Photowalk for WhenInManila.com. Anyway, here are some of the photos I took during the event: I was also able to attend last year’s festival but failed to take a lot of photos because of the limited time we had. (We were stuck in a traffic jam, so we were late for the event.) And I hope I could join this year’s festivities, too.

Sulok Cafe: My New Favorite Tambayan in Antipolo City

Before 2016 ended, I was able to meet Rod and Andy of Sulok Cafe in Antipolo City for a WhenInManila.com feature. I had a lot of fun that afternoon because the millenial couple was so cool. I learned that they were also in their 20s and both of them used to hold corporate jobs. Last year, they decided to quit their jobs to put up their very own cafe. Guess what? They even used the money they originally intended for their wedding and married life to start this business, which opened just last July. It was a huge risk, sure. But to be honest, I really think that they made a great decision. Sulok Cafe was a great place, we thought. We were impressed by its nice vibe, as well as the fact that it encouraged people to be who they really were. It could be everyone’s sacred corner. We also noticed that the cafe was serving a wide array of dishes and drinks at affordable rates. That time, I was with my two sisters and …

Where We’re All Heading To

I haven’t written a poem in a long time. Besides the fact that work has been draining my energy and creative juices for the past few months, my self-doubt has also been so strong that I always question myself and my ability to write. No wonder, I feel amazed whenever I find poems I wrote in the past. Usually written on pages of old notebooks or saved in old folders in my drive, these poems give me hope. They may not be perfect (in fact, I find some of them too amateur), but they inspire me to be the person who I used to be–someone who was so confident in creating art. Anyway, he’s “Where We’re Heading To”, a poem I wrote two or three years ago: Territorial boarders, skin color, and language barriers define alienation: We are not from the same country, we differ in skin color, and speak different languages; we are not the same.  Your concerns are different from mine and it is easy not to care at all. It’s great, I can eat …

My Coffee Harvest Tour Experience

I joined Cordillera Green Network’s Coffee Harvest Tour last December 10, 2016 in Benguet. And yes, I could say that it was a life-changing experience. Since the tour was set to begin early, I decided to travel to Baguio the night before the event. I booked a room at TALA Share & Guest House, managed by the same NGO. I arrived at around 10pm on December 9 and was welcomed by Kanami and Iuko, whom I became friends with immediately. They were so helpful and friendly. They even offered me coffee, which I learned was free for guests. Then we started talking about a lot of things right away. It was a great surprise, since I am an introvert and I usually find it hard to feel comfortable with people I have just met. I also fell in love with Tala and was sure that it would be my new home in the City of Pines. I decided to sleep around 1am, excited for the following day’s activities. I loved how cozy my room was and I was …