I'm Maja, a traveler and a food enthusiast. I'm either sleeping to my heart's content or eating out with friends if I'm not gadding around the country with my travel buddies and new-found friends.
Diet is never in my dictionary. Eating delicious food makes me really happy. Take me to the simplest food stall to fill in my stomach and I'd be the happiest person in town. Hahaha! Sounds exaggerated right? but this is true. Little things make me laugh and happy. It's not hard to please me.
I'm a free-spirit and adventurous (I'd say). I love to travel because I don't want to regret the chances I didn't take. I'm a believer to this quote: "We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us." After all, we only get to live our lives once so might as well make the best out of it.
Just like any Saggitarian out there, I'm strong and determined. I love to look at the stars and hang out with my friends (call me sentimental or what have you). I'm just a girl and that's all I wanna be... Simply me... Simply Maja =)
I blog to share, to connect, to create and most especially to inspire. I hope my blogs (in some way or another) have inspired you guys somehow.
Who would have thought that an island getaway with family can turn a simple household dish into a business that’s starting to make a buzz in the city today? A menu that’s done out of cooking habits for the family and friends is now in demand not only in Dumaguete City but also across the country and even abroad.
I have been cooking this menu for a couple of months last year and I just give them away to friends and family. – Dimples
Bulad is a common Filipino dish otherwise known as daing or tuyo in other dialects. It’s made of sun and air-dried salted fish. NANAY’s Bulad Flakes is a sauteed ready-to-eat dried fish in a jar — an innovation to the simple Filipino bulad dish and definitely a gustatory delight for every Filipino!
The idea of making this bulad flakes into a business venture was coined during a family getaway in Siquijor Island May this year. Kristine Joyce Marcelino-Tionko also known as Dimples and one of the owners of NANAY’s Bulad Flakes brought with her the product she made few days back as part of their provisions on the trip. While brainstorming on their next travel destination and how to come up with their travel funds, the idea of selling the bulad flakes came to mind. That’s how NANAY’s Bulad Flakes came to life.
The product name is in honor of Dimple’s mother-in-law who passed away three years ago whom they all call NANAY. Bulad on the other hand is the Visayan term for this Filipino dried fish thus bringing the mother tongue to their product name; just right for a product name that’s to be known locally in time.
“Bulad flakes is from the idea of gourmet tuyo. The way I understand it, gourmet tuyo is vinegar based and the fish used is herring. That’s where I got the idea of making a recipe that’s pleasing to my palate” says Dimples who used to make this bulad flakes for personal consumption.
When asked what’s unique about NANAY’s Bulad Flakes, Dimples said that their product is unparalleled because of the cookware they are using called SALADMASTER, which is also the secret to this mouth-watering and delicious dish in a jar.
The women behind NANAY’s Bulad Flakes are also aware of the tough market competition, however, they did not falter because they are confident of their products quality and taste. In the future, aside from making the business big, they also want the people to think of NANAY’s Bulad Flakes when they hear about Dumaguete City wherever they are.
Aside from the Bulad Flakes, they also offer NANAY’s Cheezy Brazo Spread and NANAY’s Choco Brazo Spread. There’s also something new adding to their product line and Dagit Dumaguete Team is honored to be part of the first few people to get a taste of their newest addition NANAY’s Cheezy Pimiento Spread.
Dagit Dumaguete did some rounds in Facebook and Instagram to see what people who have tasted NANAY’s Bulad Flakes have to say:
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THANK you for patronizing our homemade product. If you have not taken a dose of NBF, then you are missing a lot! Get one now! – Dimples
You may visit their Official Facebook Page here or follow them in Instagram @nanaysbuladflakes. You may send them private message or direct message for your orders and inquiries or you can call or text their digits at +639066888638.
FUN FACTS: The business is owned and ran by Kristine Joyce Marcelino-Tionko a.k.a. Dimples, her sister-in-law Goldy Gonzalez-Tionko Ramas Uypitching, and first cousins of Goldy, Vanessa Gonzalez-Chua and Maria Antonia Gonzalez-Villarante.
Offering the classic delectable dimsum dishes, a new Harbour City Dimsum House opens in Dumaguete City on October 15, 2016. Harbour City Dimsum House is a homegrown restaurant in Cebu which brings with it the famous Hong Kong inspired classic dimsum and teahouses experience. Just like its famous tagline, it’s Everyday Hong Kong in Dumaguete now.
The restaurant is located at Silliman Avenue and with its big signage you’ll never have a hard time finding this dimsum house. Harbour City offers the widest range of dimsum choices, where the food is wheeled in by servers straight to the customer’s table-sides for convenient and fast selection. This unique way of serving the food to customers is practiced across all Harbour City branches in the Philippines. One cart is dedicated for steamed goods while the second cart is for fried goods and lastly the third cart is for the drinks. The servers roam around the restaurant so customers will just point whatever they like on the menu. The carts have burners so food temperature is maintained.
The servers were also trained for suggestive way of selling. For those who are not familiar with Chinese cuisine but are ‘in’ for the experience, worry less because Harbour City servers are good in suggesting the best food which goes well with the other dimsum dishes they are serving as well as the type of sauce that goes well with your food selection.
Nowadays, aside from the Filipino cuisine, Chinese cuisine is the second option. Now, they have a very wide selection of dimsum that we are very excited to offer Dumaguete says Aisha Nuñez, Marketing and Promotions Officer of Harbour City Dimsum House Dumaguete
Harbour City’s best sellers are the following:
Steamed Fried Rice which is a perfect combination of savory pork and shrimp toppings over seasoned fried rice.
Shaomai varieties like Shaomai and Quail Egg Shaomai with each bite full of chunky pork and shrimp pieces.
Spring Rolls and Garlic Pork Spare Ribs
For noodles, don’t miss to taste their Beef Sate Noodles or Lomi.
The training regimen of the restaurant’s cook is rigid explains Marketing and Promotions Officer Nuñez. They made sure that food safety and time-honored service are of great priority when dealing with their customers.
The restaurant’s ambiance and atmosphere is very relaxing. The place can also accommodate big and small groups. Downstairs, they have a circular chair that can accommodate a group of 6-8 persons. They also have chairs with cushions as well as the regular chairs in the restaurants. Whether you’re going in groups or solo, Harbour City offers cozy, discreet, and unique atmosphere depending on the area you’re seated inside the restaurant.
The second floor will have three function rooms in the coming days. The room capacity will be about 25-50 people. The rooms are conjoined to accommodate those groups who opt to have a bigger space for their events or special occasions.
Harbour City is also geared up for the very competitive, wide and diverse market. According to Nuñez what’s unique about Harbour City is their menu, which have authentic, traditional recipes that are homegrown. The restaurant is also known for using all natural ingredients in their menu.
Operation hours is at 10am to 11pm daily. The restaurant is also looking at the angle of providing breakfast meals to customers hopefully in the coming months.
So why go far to experience Hong Kong? Visit Harbour City Dimsum House Dumaguete now where everyday is Hong Kong!
Here are some photos of the mouth-watering dishes Harbour City Dimsum House Dumaguete offers:
The restaurant also offers desserts of different varieties.
For more photos of their menu and the grand opening last Saturday head over to our Facebook Page to see the album or click here.
FUN FACTS: Harbour City Dimsum House is one of the flagship brands of Harbour City Dimsum House Co., Inc. (HCDHCI). HCDHCI also operates Ding Qua Qua Dimsum and Dimsum Break restaurants. Dumaguete branch is the newest baby of Harbour City and they are looking to put up more branches in Visayas and Mindanao.
They say a picture paints a thousand words. It is a captured moment in time which conveys emotional content to the viewer or to the photographer himself. The photographic technique is a plus. Today four of the local photographers in Dumaguete City whose made names not just locally but also across the nation and internationally come together for a photo exhibit this February.
VIVID: Photo exhibit will run from February 12-29, 2016 at the Paseo Perdices located at the Rizal Boulevard. The photo exhibit is available during Paseo Perdices’ mall hours. Let’s get to know the four photographers behind VIVID: A photo exhibit.
Let’s start off with Hersley-Ven Casero. Casero is a visual artist–photographer in the city. He received his BSC in Marketing and an Artist of the Year Award from Foundation University. Who wouldn’t know an artist who’s painted most of the wall murals around the campus of Foundation University?
As a natural artist, he fell in love and immediately got hooked into photography. Being born and raised in Dumaguete, the city has shaped Casero’s perspective as a visual artist. The city, being the center of culture and the arts of Southern Philippines has served as Casero’s stage for many of his paintings and photographs. He was the Champion of the first Buglasan Festival Photo Contest in 2006, finalist of the First Philippine Air Lines Photo Contest 2007, finalist of the Water is Life Photo Contest 2008, one of the Top 3 winners of the Philippine Sports Photo Contest 2010 and finalist out of more than 30,000 participants coming from 166 countries worldwide of the HIPA International Photography Award 2015 with his photograph “Golden Harvest”.
He has been featured in local and national publications including the Dumaguete Metropost, Negros Chronicle, Cebu Daily Inquirer, The Visayan Daily Star, The Freeman, The Philippine Star, Philippine Daily Inquirer, and the first Dumagueteño being featured in “Picture Perfect” of Manila Bulletin among others.
His works have also been recognized and published in international publications like front cover of Jaipur India Infomedia Magazine, the Lonely Planet, Cebu Pacific Smile Magazine, View magazine in Germany, National Publication in Denmark, Los Angeles Times, Stern Magazine and have been given due acclaim in various blogs, journals, e-magazines and online publications. Casero’s illustrations have also graced covers of books like “Dare to Win”, “Light Bearers” and “Heartbreak & Magic”. He motivates others by collaborating on art projects like the laughing boy “Ha? Project”. He is one of the photography instructors of the international South Pacific Photo Workshop. Currently, he is photographing twins for “The Twins” project and preparing artworks for upcoming shows. You can check his online portfolio at www.hersleycasero.com
Next in line is not other than Charlie Sindiong, who is an Electrical Engineer by profession. At present, he works as a production manager of the family-owned business, Dgte Asian Printers. Sindiong’s appreciation for photographs started at an early age. However, his passion for photography only made its break when he got his first Digital SLR in midyear of 2005.
Self-taught, and with his own calculated styles and principles, he is known to treat simple things or complex elements to a profound and powerful imagery. He imbues his character in every un-choreographed photo he makes.
From nature to still life, festivities and the streets, the smallest ground creature to the galactic beauty of the boundless sky, he handles every subject of interest with high respect, in-depth planning and careful execution. Thus, his distinct kind of work has gained recognition and has made through numerous publications in and out of the country.
Placer, Mudpack Festival Photo Contest, 2005
Category Placer Cebu Sinulog Festival Photo Contest, 2007
Finalist, Water is Life Photo Contest, 2008
Grand Winner, Buglasan Festival Photo Contest, 2010
Grand Winner, Kabulakan Festival Photo Contest, 2011
Third Placer, Sipong Festival Photo Contest, 2011
Category Winner, Buglasan Festival Photo Contest 2011
Category Winner, Sandurot Festival Photo Contest, 2011
Grand Winner, Buglasan Festival Photo Contest, 2012
Second Placer, Buglasan Festival Photo Contest, 2013
Finalist, Pagcor 3rd National Photo Contest, 2015
Since 2009 Sindiong has participated in five different photo exhibits excluding the latest one, VIVID: Photo Exhibit. Here are the exhibits he has participated:
Then we have Randy Bandiola, an Information and Communications Technology Specialist and an advocate, a teacher, and entrepreneur. He earns his keeps through their family company, Algorithm Computer Services.
He became a photographer by accident after his wife gave him a point and shoot camera. From there forward, his lenses and phone camera have captured landscapes, human interests, people, family gatherings, and the occasional selfie.
He is a great believer of Ansel Adams’ famous photography quote “There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.” Since then his photos are his expressions of the simple everyday things and encounter we take forgranted, which can subconsciously convey messages that stir emotions and feelings. Bandiola’s photography hobby has become his medium of advocating care for people and the environment.
Bandiola has also actively participated in My Negros Oriental 2009 and My Negros Oriental 2010 photo exhibits.
Luigi Anton Borromeo
Completing the list is Luigi Anton Borromeo, a registered nurse who graduated from Silliman University. As a student-nurse, Borromeo dabbled in photography through shooting college events and experimenting on portraits and landscape shots. Borromeo’s fascination for this form of visual art must have exponentially intensified that by the time he obtained his license as a professional nurse, he seemed to have temporarily tucked away his nursing equipment and made full use of the shutter machine as a professional photographer.
His dedication to his craft was soon rewarded with the establishment of his photography studio, Creative Stills, and his subsequent recognition as an accomplished photographer in the region winning awards such as Buglasan Festival’s 1st place Contingent Category, 1st place Festival Portrait, and among other awards in 2010. In addition, Borromeo has clinched national and international exposures through various publications.
He was chosen as Top Photographer for Amir Sali’s Search for the Next Top Model, and his coverage of the typhoon Sendong was featured in National Geographic Online. Borromeo continues to be among the sought after wedding, fashion, and portrait photographers in Negros. On top of that he still dips his hands on travel and landscape photography.
Dagit Dumaguete Team had the chance to tour around the exhibit area during the opening on February 12, 2016. True enough, the exhibit name VIVID holds true of the images the four photographers have decided to showcase this exhibit. If you check the meaning meaning of vivid, you can come up with a lot of things associated to its definition. If there’s one thing in common that we have gathered from the exhibit, it is how the photos of each photographers have vividly produced strong feelings and emotions as you look at them. We can say the exhibit itself is VIVID!
Each photographer selected their nine best photos to include in this exhibit. Yes, given these photographers achievements and experiences, we all can assume they must have captured a lot of pictures through the years. However, for VIVID: Photo Exhibit the four decided to stick with nine photos each all arranged in the same manner and layout. The team were also hands on in making the ground floor area of Paseo Perdices turned into an area which has a photo gallery ambiance and feel with its lighting effects. Not only that, the team behind the exhibit spent some sleepless nights to make the exhibit possible, not to mention they must have spent some ample time deciding which nine photos will make to the exhibit.
The photo above are entries from Hersley-Ven Casero. When we had the chance to ask him if he has his personal favorite among the nine, he said all nine photos are his favorites and could hardly decide to choose one if he is asked to.
We moved next to Randy Bandiola’s exhibit whose photos mostly had to do with water. According to Bandiola, it was hard coming up with the nine photos for his exhibit. He wanted his photos to have something to do with water but he also consulted the other three photographers to help him finalized his nine entries. His personal favorite among his nine photos is the pump boat reflected on calm waters. He likes how serene the water is and by looking at the photo it also gives you a calming feel. However, Bandiola said that he can’t miss out the photo below his favorite one. The photo where a child looking downwards was walking on the sea. It gives out an emotion different from the serene water. The photo feels lonely he said which we all agreed looking at it. Bandiola shared that both photos were taken on the same place somewhere south of Negros Oriental during sunrise. He remembers vividly when he took these photos and how the fine weather felt that day.
Next, we dropped by Luigi Borromeo’s exhibit. He shared that he considered giving out a summer vibe in selecting his nine photos for the exhibit but he can’t miss out on some of his festival shots. According to Borromeo his festival photos will always have a place in his heart because that’s where he started. He shared that he used to join the other three photographers doing photo walk and covering festival events and activities within the province. When asked to select his memorable photo among the nine, he chose the first frame on the left side where a naked child was happily jumping off a boat. Borromeo narrated that the photo was taken on the wharf of Siquijor. On the day he went to Siquijor for some landscape photo shoot, he happened to be on board this specific boat, whom someone committed suicide by jumping off the boat when it was few kilometers away from Dumaguete already. The incident made it to the news. The body of the person who committed suicide was never found. He said he captured this boy’s moment because of how reality hits him from witnessing a shocking moment of losing a person’s life to how happiness takes over after the rain as if nothing happened.
Even with the success of his business Creative Stills which mostly covers events like weddings and the likes, Borromeo said it always feels good to have something to go back to. For him, it is his passion for landscape photography and festivals. Taking landscape photographs serve as his anti-burnout activity from his busy schedules and appointments with Creative Stills. What he likes most about it is how he owns his time. Compared to covering a wedding where he and his team are expected to come up with an output to meet deadlines, Borromeo said that with his passion in landscape photography, he can take all the time he needs without having to worry of putting down one’s expectation or considering beating a deadline.
Lastly, we ended up at Charlie Sindiong’s photo exhibit which are a mixture of everything — from the technical aspects of taking a photograph down to the emotional content of the photo in its entirety. We asked him the same question to choose one photo among his exhibit. He came up with two. One for the story behind the photo which touched our hearts after hearing the story (will not spoil the photo because will be making spotlight entry for that) and one for its technical aspect. The last having said, he chose the photo on the upper right corner where a silhouette of a bird on a branch against the rising moon was captured. He liked that photo because of its technicality. He said to capture such moment one has to be at the right place and right time. It only takes few seconds for the moon and the bird to fall in one line given the moon is rising and the bird may fly anytime. One has to be ready for that picture perfect moment considering the time, the angle the photo has to be taken and the other elements that make up the entire photograph.
Sindiong emphasized that personally for him he wanted to capture those un-choreographed moments without losing the artistry value of the picture. He said he wants to play with the viewers mind. He wants the viewers to be personally involved when they look at his photographs by making them ask through their minds how the photo was done or how the moment was captured when they see his pictures.
After seeing the vivid photos of the four photographers and talking about the different emotions conveyed through their pictures, we asked them which is more important for them: emotional content versus photographic technique.
According to Bandiola the camera is just a tool. How you use this tool is what’s important. For him personally, you don’t need to have those extravagant camera’s to tell a wonderful story and convey feelings and emotions through photographs. You just need to have an eye for the perfect picture moment. He said both elements should always come together, however, the photographic technique will be useless if one doesn’t know how to capture an emotional photograph.
Borromeo, on the other hand, said that with Creative Stills they sometimes have to juggle with both elements. It always pays to capture the raw emotion of a moment and being able to relay that to the viewers while also making them feel the emotions existing when the photo was taken. At other times, they just have to stick with photographic techniques depending on the situation and needs.
Moreover, for Sindiong he wants both emotional content and photographic technique to be balanced at all times. According to him the subject is already given especially when you’re made up on what to shoot but with proper photographic techniques involved in capturing the moment, a photographer can intensify the emotions he wants his photo to convey to the viewers.
So if you guys have nothing to do, don’t forget to check out their VIVID: Photo Exhibit at the Paseo Perdices up until the end of February.
Meet Concepcion Caballes the famous woman in the downtown area of Dumaguete City who offers typewriting services for a living.
It was September of last year when Mrs. Caballes’ story came out in Rappler.com after Lorence Valencia, a third year law student from the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJR) sent her photo to MovePH. Mrs. Caballes’ story highlighted on her typewriting business and service amidst the fast-growing and changing technologies today. For those of you who missed out her story in Rappler you may read it here.
Indeed, who would be using typewriters especially with today’s generation who has easy-access to computers, smartphones, laptops and other electronic devices which help us out in our daily grind? For Mrs. Caballes the story is different.
Dumagueteños who have lived long enough in the city and frequent the downtown area would surely recognize her in an instant. Back in the old days, Mrs. Caballes and her husband have established their identity in the downtown area of Dumaguete City for their typewriting business. Back then, the couple stayed in a small room tucked between Handumanan, which is still in the same area offering native products and then Nijosa.
In recent times, you would see her around the area just across Nijosa outside a pawnshop along the sidewalk. Yes, she still offers typing job but the once small room cramped with mounds of paper has changed into a single yellow-desk and the old shelves have turned into an envelope of stack papers. Dagit Dumaguete had the chance to talk to her for a few minutes before 2015 ended. However, the lesson and the inspiration we gathered from her remained in our minds and continued to touch our hearts up until today.
After all, it is never too late to share such an inspiring story. It was one of those days when the city street around downtown wasn’t busy and most of the establishments were closed for the holiday when we decided to go around the area to check if she was there for the day. We saw her sitting beside her desk with her typewriter locked up and covered with an unused banner. She was simply enjoying the view of a quieter downtown area. We were hesitant to approach her at first because she looks strict on first impression. However, when we introduced ourselves and told her (in vernacular)“Te, did you know that you came out of Rappler? It’s a social news network in the internet” and she laughed out loud remembering how a guy took a photo of her. She must be referring to Valencia.
The next thing she said cracked us up. “How do I look in my photo?”, Mrs. Caballes asked us with a wide smile. She told us she remembers being photographed and intentionally covered her face with the paper she was holding. True enough, if you checked the story in Rappler, her faced was half covered.
Mrs. Caballes related that around 1966 she and her husband dominated the typewriting business in Dumaguete City. When computer was out of the picture and only a buzz word in the city their business was brisk. The couple offered typing job for school reaction papers, term paper, thesis and documents.
If she thinks about it, Mrs. Caballes said that they’ve been running the typing business for more than 50 years now. She furthered that when they were still in their old place (between Handumanan and Nijosa) papers cramped the tiny space. That was their normal daily scene before computers boomed. She said even on ordinary days a lot of people most especially students would drop by their place to have their projects done.
“We had a lot of sleepless nights reading different kinds of works, topics and even different handwriting styles” she added. The couple would type these projects till dawn breaks without complaining. According to her their busiest days usually fall on month ends where people swarm their little room to send in papers for typing as well as people who are collecting their finished files to beat deadlines.
When computers kicked in the typing business slowed down. There was no need for the couple to work double time since students now prefer to go to computer shops to get their papers and projects done. So when technologies came in full blast, the average earnings per day lowered to Php200.00. According to Mrs. Caballes this is insufficient with the family needs.
However, the slowing down of business came at a very convenient time for the family she added. Through their typing business both her children finished their studies and earned their respective degrees at Silliman University.
“I had to stay up late until 4 am before. Every paper I finished meant the future of my children. They wanted to study at Silliman University. I wanted to give them the best education they can get.” the typing master narrated. Today, one of her children is working in Dumaguete City Water District while the other one teaches in South Western University in Cebu City.
“I am very thankful to the Lord Almighty for giving us the chance to send our children to school to get proper education and degrees before computers came.”
Today, she only does forms like deed of sale, bio-data and other application forms that need to be typewritten. Her rate per page is Php25.00 for double space and Php30.00 for single space. She added there are still customers who prefer their forms to be typewritten. “As long as people like them exist, the city still needs our service” she discloses.
Now that her husband has joined the Creator above and both her children have their own lives to live and work of their own, she only spend few hours a day on her little work station along the side walk. Apart from the typing job, Mrs. Caballes still serves as the Barangay Treasurer of Barangay Motong for three terms now. She reports to work in their Barangay Hall every morning and comes around 12:00 noon to her typing work station downtown of Dumaguete.
Mrs. Caballes explained that she goes to her post at the downtown area in the afternoon to check on her things. As a typewriting master she uses her typewriting skills on the paper works her barangay needs at no additional cost. She added that at times she frequents government offices running errands as their barangay treasurer.
Mrs. Concepcion Caballes remains a hopeful and happy woman with all the things she has accomplished today for the love of her children and family. May her story continue to inspire people to reach for their dreams.
“Don’t let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.” – Richard L. Evans
If you have read our first installment of our three-part blog post regarding Dumaguete City’s 67th Charter Day and Annual Fiesta Celebration, you would know that an airsoft tournament is expected to take place this year. Though airsoft teams and tournaments have long been existing in our community, it is the first time for Dumaguete City Fiesta Committee to offer an airsoft tournament as one of the many activities we can look forward to on a 10-day fiesta celebration. For those who missed out Part I of our Dumaguete fiesta coverage, you may read full story here.
Dumaguete City alone has a few airsoft teams existing for quite a while now. These teams have joined multiple regional competitions. Others even go for national ones. However, members of these teams are often only acquainted with each other and the teams that do the same sport as them. The city takes a leap this time as it introduces airsoft sport to our community.
Airsoft is a sport that uses airsoft guns and played either indoor or outdoor. Combat scheme may differ depending on the organizing team but military tactics are used and involved to achieve objectives set for each game. Tournament scenarios can be close combat, bivouac, or military simulation.
Today’s gameplay is going to be a military simulation (MilSim). What’s more exciting about today’s game is how the mission will run through. As mentioned in our first post, the tournament will take place in the city. Military Simulations will take place at the South Sea Resort, along the entire length of the Rizal Boulevard, Silliman Avenue going to Cervantes Street and finally ending up at Robinsons Mall.
Curious about what exactly will happen? Dagit Dumaguete Team had the chance to talk to the organizing team of this year’s airsoft tournament. However, to avoid spoiling the fun and excitement we won’t be revealing the exact details of the military simulation that would take place within the city.
This airsoft tournament is organized by Force Recon Airsoft Group – Dumaguete or FRAG – Dumaguete. The airsoft community in Dumaguete would definitely know this team. FRAG is an international airsoft group. FRAG also exists in Ireland and Hong Kong as well as other parts of the world.
Charlie Agunod, one of the FRAG – Dumaguete members, shared that the group’s founder is from Cagayan de Oro in Mindanao thus their mother group is from the said place too. After organizing the groups here in the Philippines, the founder then moved to Ireland where he spread about FRAG too and created another group based in Ireland. Today, FRAG groups are now located in different countries.
As for FRAG – Dumaguete the group has existed for more than a year now. According to Juvenal P. Piñero, another FRAG – Dumaguete member that we had the chance to talk to, this year’s tournament feels like a comeback for the group since the last tournament they organized in Zamboanguita last September somehow failed short of their expectations due to bad weather and circumstances beyond their control.
Both Piñero and Agunod also asserted that they are all individually active in their respective airsoft teams. FRAG – Dumaguete members are part of different airsoft teams here in Dumaguete. Through FRAG they are able to unite.
“We’re here for the love of the game. It’s having another avenue to continue what we love doing.” discloses Piñero.
Pretty much most of us know that airsoft is a game where people bring airsoft guns and compete who’s best among them by wiping out all the members of the opposing team/s. However, this isn’t just the case especially to those who are really into this kind of sport. Airsoft sport is more on the honor system where one person who’s hit is expected to call himself out whether or not anyone saw it happen. It’s all about integrity and discipline.
Since the tournament will happen around the city, we asked Tourism Officer Woodrow Maquiling, Jr. about the safety of the spectators and he said that streamers will be put up around the city to promote awareness that a military simulation is happening since all participating teams will be in full combat gears during the tournament.
Piñero also assured that for the parts where the teams are required to walk around the city, they have strictly ordered airsoft gun magazines of all players to be pulled out and safety switch to be on the entire time until their next mission.
“It’s mags out, safety on” assures Piñero.
Agunod also added that game marshalls, police patrol, tourist police, rescue team as well as the Traffic Management Office (TMO) will be full-forced in making sure that spectators will not be harmed and no one outside the game will be able to interfere and take advantage.
There will be a grading system to determine the winning team. The tournament is not about who gets to the finish line first but rather who gets the highest score in the grading sheet they have provided for all missions accomplished. Winning team will receive trophy and certificates. FRAG – Dumaguete said there will be no cash involved in the prizes to avoid the game from heating up.
Registration will start at 6AM at the Quezon Park and the game proper will start at 7AM. Registration fee is PHP250.00 per pax and a minimum of eight (8) and maximum of twelve (12) members is allowed in each participating team.
“We are expecting at least 8 teams to participate” added Agunod.
Big Group with Big Hearts
FRAG – Dumaguete which currently has around 30 members are not just about having fun in the battlefield-inspired games and closed combat games. Though this is the second time that the group has organized an airsoft tournament, this airsoft group in Dumaguete has also done quite a few humanitarian activities the past months.
Joyce Salabas and Raste, both members of FRAG – Dumaguete, narrated how much the group wants to give back to the community. Salabas shared that they sometimes get financial allocation from the mother team and they want to share their blessings to the people in the community too.
The group’s into feeding programs. Last time they went roving around the city and feeding street children as the go along. Recently they coordinated with Camanjac National High School to feed around 162 students. The group has also volunteered to help out with Gawad Kalinga in one of their feeding activities.
Moving on, the group is also eyeing on a tree planting activity in the near future.
Seven airsoft teams participated in yesterday’s event. See group photos below. The photos are arranged according to the group who came first to the last Mission area.
Photo credits to Mark Anthony Trayvilla of Trials ra Na Photography in Facebook for the photos of each participating team during the tournament.
Dumaguete City takes another milestone this month in time for the 67th Charter Day and Annual Fiesta Celebration of the city. Sister cities Dumaguete and Alameda in California, United States will sign the actual Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) as official sister cities.
Let’s get down the timeline. Last June 2015 Tourism Officer Woodrow Maquiling, Jr. together with Dumaguete City Mayor Manuel “Chiquiting” Sagarbarria went to the US so the latter can sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Alameda City Mayor Trish Herrera-Spencer recognizing the Sister City Relationship of Dumaguete City and Alameda City.
Maquiling even brought the good news of signing the MOU through his personal Facebook account when he was in the US to personally witness this event. See posts below from his Facebook account.
You may also check our previous post here to know more.
This month the Mayor of Alameda City will be coming over Dumaguete on the 21st along with 20 other diplomats from the US for the signing of the MOA. Not only that, another Mayor from our sister city in East Asia is coming over too to witness this milestone and historical event in terms of Dumaguete City reaching out to the world.
Yeongdong, South Korea Mayor is expected to arrive in Dumaguete on November 22nd to join this big event in the city along with 10 other diplomats from Yeongdong. This is not the first time for our sister city from South Korea to set foot here in Dumaguete. The Yeongdong-gun Council visited Dumaguete October last year headed by its Chairman Yeo Cheol Gu to celebrate Buglasan Festival of Festivals with us. The sister-city agreement with South Korea happened last June 26, 2008 at the Dumaguete Session Hall with top government and school officials from both the Philippines and South Korea
Two continents across the world will gather together to highlight the 67th Charter Day celebration of Dumaguete City and all this will happen this November 24, 2015 during the Flavors of Dumaguete event at the Rizal Boulevard. We will be having 30 international visitors’ at least official dignitaries to grace our festivities starting on the 21st.
“We wanna do it again because for the first time we will have two sister cities mayors arriving and joining us in our fiesta celebration” explains Tourism Officer Woodrow Maquiling, Jr. referring to Flavors of Dumaguete event.
It was September of this year when Dumaguete City Tourism held Flavors of Dumaguete as a way of commemorating World Tourism Day. This is the first flavorful culinary event held in Dumaguete showcasing the city’s best and top chefs and restaurants.
The event in September was a huge success with the number of locals and tourists swarming almost half the length of the Rizal Boulevard to witness, experience, and taste the different cuisines prepared by the various local restaurants, food establishments and culinary school and programs within Dumaguete City during the cooking extravaganza.
“What we did in September, we did it for the first time. There’s a public demand to bring it back” shares Maquiling during an interview. He also said that other chefs and restaurant owners within Dumaguete expressed their interest and intent to take part in the said culinary extravaganza.
“We wanted to showcase our Flavors of Dumaguete to international visitors on top of our SANDUROT Festival here.” – Woodrow Maquiling, Jr.
Flavors of Dumaguete was produced by the Dumaguete Tourism Team since a lot of people come to Dumaguete because of our food. In fact, one of the reasons why Dumaguete City is one of the best places to retire in the world is the affordability of wide variety of international and local cuisines available in the city.
“We wanna give food the highlight which has been the precursor of tourism in our city” disclosed Maquiling. Since it’s fiesta time and food has been a very good element of tourism in Dumaguete, Flavors of Dumaguete is once again happening this month to take part of the city’s breakthrough in strengthening friendly relations and economic ties internationally as well as putting Dumaguete City on the map for the best place to be in.
“Since we have official dignitaries to grace our festivities starting on the 21st, it’s nice that they can taste the world in one city during Flavors of Dumaguete.” – Maquiling
On the other hand, a turn-over ceremony will also take place aside from the signing of the MOA between Dumaguete and Alameda cities. The 40 computers coming from Korea will be turned-over by Yeongdong, South Korea Mayor to our own Mayor. The donated computers will be distributed to schools and other government offices in the city according to Maquiling.
Together let’s take pride of this achievement Dumaguete City coveted and join Flavors of Dumaguete at the Rizal Boulevard on November 24, 2015 at 6:00pm to witness and impart this milestone the city attained.
Dumaguete City will once again showcase the city’s innate hospitality and friendliness this month as we commemorate the 67th Charter Day celebration of our beloved Dumaguete City. Of course, let us not forget one of the highlights during the 10-day fiesta celebration the Sandurot Festival 2015.
This year’s fiesta celebration will be held November 20-29, 2015. Three venues will be used this year for the entire fiesta celebration; the Quezon Park, the Boulevard and Robinsons Mall Dumaguete.
Dagit Dumaguete had the chance to talk with City Tourism Officer Woodrow Maquiling, Jr. to find out what’s in store for us this month. Truly, there are new things to expect this month as we celebrate our city’s charter day.
One of the many new things to expect this year is the Sandurot Festival 2015 Street Dancing and Showdown Competition. Compared to previous years celebration, Sandurot Festival 2015 will be held on the exact Charter Day Celebration of the city on November 24, 2015. Yes, this will go together with the annual Charter Day Parade after which the Showdown Competition will take place at the Quezon Park.
“Will probably make the Charter Day Parade shorter this time. Sandurot will come last after the Charter Parade,” says Tourism Officer Woodrow Maquiling, Jr.
Since 2013, Dumaguete City Tourism has already engaged different schools in the city to compete for Sandurot Festival. This year, six (6) schools are expected to compete for the street dancing and showdown competition.
Sandurot Festival 2015 will still showcase the re-enactment of how Dumaguete City entices foreigners to come and stay in our place through song and dance presentation.
“Sandurot is DAGIT,” added Woodrow Maquiling, Jr. He also narrated that the SANDUROT contingent in this year’s Buglasan Festival of Festivals 2015, which won second place and best in street dancing depicted the story line on DAGIT. Dumaguete City’s name after all was coined from the vernacular word dagit.
Participating schools get a subsidy and prizes will be given to the street dancing competition winner as well as the showdown winner.
“This is not yet final but we already sent out a letter to Bacolod City Mayor inviting the winner for this year’s Masskara Festival to join the street dancing parade as guest performers. This is in view of the Negros Island Region,” disclosed Maquiling.
The fun doesn’t stop there because this year new events will be introduced. One event people can look forward to is the SANDUROT Airsoft Tournament which will take place on November 22, 2015 at the Boulevard.
“This is something new,” says Maquiling. According to him the organization of airsoft enthusiasts in the city approached them and wanted to expose themselves and make people know what airsoft game is.
Maquiling said there will be a mock war. Participating airsoft teams during the tournament will be in full gears and real encounters will be set up. The mock war will cover the boulevard, a few spots in the city and will end up at Robinsons Mall.
Streamers will be put up around the city to alert people of the mock war event so Dumagueteños will not be surprised if war games happen around the streets of Dumaguete.
Also, there will be a SANDUROT Festival Queen Costume Expo at the newly opened Paseo Perdices in Rizal Boulevard. The production number of this year’s Miss Dumaguete will showcase the SANDUROT Festival Queen costumes. The 10 costumes will be displayed at Paseo Perdices on November 22-29, 2015 during mall hours. (Please stay tuned for our MISS DUMAGUETE 2015 blog post. Dagit Dumaguete will make a separate blog post about this.)
Lastly, the Fiesta Directorate Committee will once again bring back Flavors of Dumaguete as one of the main events this year. If you remember, Dumaguete held its first food expo, Flavors of Dumaguete September this year in celebration of the World Tourism Day. The event was a success and a lot of chefs and business owners in the city showed interests in bringing back the food expo during the fiesta celebration.
International visitors and diplomats will be coming over the city too to celebrate with us. The Mayor of Alameda City, sister city of Dumaguete in the US and the Mayor of Yeongdong, South Korea, another sister city of Dumaguete will come to the city to celebrate with us. (Please stay tuned for our SPOTLIGHT blog post about this. More details will be provided.)
When asked how this year’s charter week celebration will differ from the previous years, Maquiling said that this year’s 67th Charter Day celebration will be very historic since we have diplomatic visitors coming over to celebrate with us.
“It’s a milestone in terms of Dumaguete City reaching out to the world especially that we are signing the Memorandum of Agreement between two cities,” explained Maquiling.
“We enjoin everyone to join the festivities. This is not just our fiesta celebration. Not just the people who work for the government but everybody, every single citizen here or even visitors we enjoin them. We invite all to participate and take pride of what Dumaguete has become after 67 years since it became a city.”
Here’s a copy of the calendar of activities for this year’s Charter Week celebration. Changes may apply to this calendar of activities.
This year’s 67th Charter Day Celebration theme is: “Dumaguete City: Celebrating 67 years of service, from community to the world.”
Water is vital and necessary for survival. Water contributes greatly to improvements and growth in the many aspects of our lives both personal and social across the globe. It has served as a source of power economically as well as personally.
The earth’s surface is mostly covered with water. However, water is a scarce resource in most part of the world today. Ironic as it may sound but this is true. The oceans hold almost 97 percent of all earth’s water. The remaining fresh water is even rarer at less than one percent because more than two percent is locked up in ice caps and large glaciers. In order to survive, we need this teeny bit of fresh water.
The surface water which comes from rivers, lakes and ground water is the only available water resource for human use. Though surface water is naturally replenished, we can’t deny the fact that human activities today along with globalization has greatly contributed to hastening up the scarcity of our fresh water resource aside from its natural lost through evaporation and discharge to oceans.
In the Philippines, water shortage is a public concern. Just recently the quest for the center of excellence for water management in the entire Philippines was put up and we are proud to say that Negros Oriental is eyed as the water capital of the Philippines.
Water Excellence Philippines (WEP), a non-government institution promoting inclusive growth through sustainable efforts in agribusiness, water efficiency, and tourism recommended to make Negros Oriental the water capital of the Philippines considering the province’s consistent and notable track record of water resource management.
Other cities like Davao and Cebu were also considered by the group but Negros Oriental was their obvious choice because of the province’s access to potable water and the numerous number of surface water resources found in the island like rivers, waterfalls, watersheds and streams to name a few.
Water Capital of the Philippines
On August 5, 2015 the province held its first Water Conference at the Silliman University to discuss and support Negros Oriental as it steps up to the challenge of being the water capital of the Philippines through sustainable development of its water resources and making water as the main source of its future progress.
During the conference, Executive Order (EO) 15-11 was signified by the provincial government along with the stakeholders and different sectors present during the conference. The EO stipulates the province’s full support to Negros Oriental’s rise as the water capital of the Philippines. This includes all the projects and activities needed to be implemented to live up to the water sustainability excellence challenge.
Integrated Water Resources Management Council (IWRMC)
The provincial government has re-established the Integrated Water Resources Management Council (IWRMC) to partner with WEP in gearing up the province to be the water capital of the county.
IWRMC was implemented back in 2008 under the leadership of former Governor Emilio Macias. The council was implemented to protect, rehabilitate and sustainably develop the shared water, land and related resources in the Island of Negros.
Also, the involvement of the academic sector of Negros Oriental in water sustainability through research and studies is notable.
Together IWRMC and WEP will come up with the implementing rules and regulations that will serve as a guide for the council in attaining the goals of this said water sustainability campaign in the province.
In an article published by http://www.bworldonline.com (link to full article here), it stated that Dumaguete City which is the capital city of Negros Oriental has 100% access to potable water even with the city’s striving industrialization in progress.
Aside from this most cities and towns outside the capital has a high percentage in terms of access to potable water. Indeed Negros Oriental has an abundant supply of water resources thus making the water in the province cheap.
Making it possible
According to the news article published by Metropost, one of the local newspapers in the city, the provincial government headed by incumbent Governor Roel Degamo has called out to the locals, the farmers, the entrepreneurs as well as the government officials and other relevant stakeholder to take part in this campaign and make the difference. (link to full article here)
WEP on the other hand has been actively promoting through their official Facebook Page how one can make a pledge and participate in making NegOr the water capital of the Philippines. Check out their official Facebook Page below.
A few celebrities in the country has also shown their support to Negros Oriental in becoming the water capital of the Philippines. Check out posts from Biance Gonzalez and Drew Arellano who personally visited the province to shoot for Biyahe ni Drew by featuring the Negros Oriental as it gears up to be the water capital of the county.
Just recently, another artist posted her support for Negros as the water capital of the county. Check out post below:
As Dumagueteños let’s all be responsible and in our own little ways try to help out in making this possible. Let’s all make Negros Oriental bloom as the Philippines’ water capital.
So Buglasan Festival is over and pretty much most of us set aside our diet routine for that ten-day celebration of good food on top of the usual activities anticipated yearly during Buglasan right? Tell me you didn’t feast on at the food area in Kagawasan Avenue where the different LGU booths are put up? Or even at the Sidlakang Negros Village where you can also dine in and get a taste of the different delicacies from each town and cities of Negros Oriental?
Well, I am quite guilty of this and I bet some of you are too. (LOL) Have you weighed yourself recently? If you’re one of those who might have gained a few pounds from the festivity this month, I think it’s time for you to do something about that extra weight before another celebration kicks off in November which is the Sandurot Festival.
For this week’s ‘Where To’ section let’s talk about another way we can stay fit here in Dumaguete. If you wanna check out Part I of this, you may click link here. In our previous blog post we talked about the Macias Oval Complex. Now let me take you to a water sport this time. Yes, I am taking about swimming! Swimming is another way you can do away with those extra weight and go back in shape before the city fiesta hits on.
Did you know that Dumaguete City holds the biggest public swimming pool in the entire Negros Oriental? The Lorenzo G. Teves Aqua Center or commonly called by locals here as Aqua Center is an Olympic size swimming pool with eight lanes.
Aqua Center is open to the public from 8:00am-6:00pm from Tuesday to Saturday at a minimum fee. The pool is close to the public on Monday because of its scheduled maintenance. Aqua Center is maintained by the provincial government under the Aqua Center Management Office located at the fourth floor of Convention Center. Entrance fee is Php20.00.
Separate shower rooms for men and women are available. The shower rooms are well-maintained too inspite of some non-functional showers, the entire room is clean. Lockers are available but you would have to bring your own padlock since the management does not provide you with one. The lockers are placed inside the shower room which is a floor underneath the swimming pool area. If you are not comfortable leaving your things inside the locker you may take it with you and place it on the bleachers on each side of the pool. However, you would have to be responsible for your valuables. The center will not be liable for any loss things and belongings.
A second pool is also available for diving with diving platforms at 3m, 5m, 7m and 10m respectively. The diving pool is 20 feet deep. Life guards are deployed around the pool area to watch over people swimming especially in the deep pool. Kick boards are placed on the poolside for everyone to use whether for practice or convenience. There’s no additional fee for using the kick boards.
Since Aqua Center is open to the public a lot of locals come here including foreigners to spend few hours doing swimming lapse or practicing. Most schools around the city which do not have their own swimming facility inside the campus spend their swimming classes and training here too.
Proper swimming attire is required in this public pool and usage of swimming cap is strictly followed most especially to women. The center has their own set of house rules for people who come to the facility. The house rules and regulations is available at the pool area for everyone to see and follow.
Aqua Center also serves as training ground for kids every summer. You can enroll your kid/s to take swimming lessons here every afternoon. You just have to visit the provincial government office/capitol at the Kagawasan Avenue which is a walking distance from the center to inquire how you can enroll your kids to swimming lessons every summer.
If you also want to learn how to swim you can also visit the center and talk to the swimming instructors Aqua Center have for availability and rates. Usually hourly rate may apply.
So what are you waiting for? Chop-chop! Time to get back in shape. 🙂
Dumaguete City representative Trixia Marie S. Maraña was crowned the first ever Miss Negros Oriental 2015 last October 16, 2015 during the Grand Opening Celebration of Buglasan Festival of Festivals 2015.
Inspite of the scattered rain showers we had last October 16, Buglasan Festival of Festivals 2015 did not back down with its Grand Opening Day last Friday sticking to the itinerary as planned.
The streets of Dumaguete City were crowded with spectators for this highly anticipated annual event every October. Just like every Buglasan Festival of Festivals grand opening yearly, last Friday was no exception to the usual set of events lined up for the grand opening salvo of the grandest festival in Negros Oriental. One of the highlights during the night was of course the first ever Miss Negros Oriental 2015. (You may visit link here for our previous blog post on Miss Negros Oriental 2015)
The first ever Miss Negros Oriental 2015 was held at the Lamberto Macias Sports and Cultural Complex unlike the previous pageants of Miss Negros Oriental Tourism where it took place at the Freedom Park Main Stage.
Maraña bested the other 12 candidates vying for the crown of Miss Negros Oriental 2015. She also got two awards for Best in Swimsuit and Miss Karrisma respectively.
Following Maraña was Hazel Mae C. Trasmonte who represented Sta. Catalina and won first runner-up for Miss Negros Oriental 2015. Trasmonte also brought home most of the awards last Friday. This beautiful Sta. Catalina representative won Best in Gown, Miss Photogenic, Miss Power Print Smile, and Texters Choice awards during the pageant.
The other runners-up were Renelyn A. Deguit who represented Ayungon, Racquel Leah Jade Trozzi from Valencia, who also won Best in Talent and Best in Interview awards and Joanna Mae Gajigan of Bais City who won 2nd, 3rd and 4th runners-up respectively.
Miss Tayasan representative Angela B. Uy also won Miss Professionalism and Miss Congeniality awards.
The program was divided into five parts where it kicked off with a production number of the 13 lovely candidates wearing what looked like a Victoria Beckham’s hit color dresses patched.
It was then followed by the swimwear competition which highlighted the coronation night since the previous pageants never had this portion. The ladies also had their solo time as they each showcased their talents to the spectators that night. Prior to the Question and Answer portion of the pageant was the Evening Gown presentation where the ladies walked their elegant evening gowns gracefully.
From the Dagit Dumaguete Team, congratulations to all the winners and to Trixie Marie Maraña for winning the crown for the first ever Miss Negros Oriental 2015.
For more photos of Miss Negros Oriental 2015 pageant you may visit Dumaguete.com gallery from here.
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