The colors of T’nalak Festival 2015

I have to admit. I have been planning to experience the T’nalak for so many many moons and countless meteor showers, until this June when I finally got invited by the Department of Tourism RegionXII.
T’nalak is Festival held every 18th of July. It has a pretty fixed schedule, coinciding with the founding anniversary of the province of South Cotabato. The main event of the Fiesta (streetdancing competition) is traditionally held in the capital, Koronadal City.
The streetdancing competition has three distinct categories namely: Madal Be lan, Kadsagayan a Lalan and Kasadyahan sa Kapatagan.
Madal Be’Lan showcases the rich traditions and dances of the Blaan and T’boli people. They usually have the most stunning costume design.

Madal Be'Lan performer
Madal Be’Lan performer

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Apartelle de Andrea/ Viajera Dine and Cafe Koronadal


Fresh from our Zipline activity in Lake Sebu, we headed straight to Koronadal City. Since it is my first time to spend a night in the capital of South Cotabato, I really had no idead where to go. So I didn’t expect anything at all.

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Halal Goodness: The Flavors of Eid’l Fitr (part2)

it was the feast of Eid’l Fitr. Early morning i can see women fully clothed in traditional Muslim wear silently walks along the hotel corridor. Later I learned that an early morning prayer was held just beside the hotel premises.
Careful not to disrupt to ceremonies, i took some snapshots before I had my breakfast.

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The Colors and Flavors of Eidl Fitr

Part 1

Its a celebration like no other. Far from the blaring sounds and the deafening drum beats im so used to during Festivals. It was my first ever experience of the Eid’l Fitr or the end of the holy month of Ramadan for Muslims.

I received a message through my Facebook messenger telling me to fly to Cotabato the next day for a media event. I was clueless.
It was only when I checked in at Al Nor Business Hotel that I learned that there will be a Halal Goodness Culinary Tour.

The event, first of its kind, was organized by the Department of Tourism RegionXII and the City of Cotabato.


Weird as it may seem, Cotabato City is actually part of Region 12 collectively known as the SOCCSKSARGEN region but the regional center and Administrative hub of the ARMM region is also located in this city.

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Southern Tagalog Kulinarya Caravan Day 2

Southern Tagalog Kulinarya Caravan Tour Day 2

It’s the second day of the tour and we’re even more excited to explore the culinary secrets of the rest of the Southern Tagalog Region.


Our day started early in Lucban, known to be the Arts and Cultural Capital of Quezon Province. From hotel we moved to Kamay ni Hesus for quick prayers photo op and pasalubong shopping.

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Ring in your kid’s school year like a pro

Ringing in the new school year is a big event for kids. For mothers, however, this time of the year entails strict preparations to make sure their little ones get the right start they need for their new journey. The usual school checklists aside, a comprehensive back-to-school plan is something that every mother should have.

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A healthy start

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Photo-ready smile

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Prim and proper

Give kids a good shot at the most tidy award at the end of their school year. Make sure they look ready for their big day with spotless, creaseless uniforms.

The Philips Steam Iron makes straightening clothes effortless. It has an Ionic DeepSteam feature that removes the toughest of creases by releasing small steam particles that reach deep into the fabric. It can also be used for a variety of textiles (from cotton to linen) and comes with a premium soleplate that glides easily and smoothly.

According to Reah, “Starting the year right can be quite daunting especially for mothers. But with the right partners, it is easy to ensure that they cover everything down to the smallest details.”

RJ closes, “Getting the right start to the school year can give kids the encouragement they need to perform well. As mothers, it falls within your responsibility to make sure they are well-prepared for their new journey.”

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Unlocking the culinary secrets of the Southern Tagalog Region.

Part 1

I have always been wanting to go on a culinary journey somewhere in the southern Luzon. Until recently I received an invitation from the Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA) to embark on a culinary adventure in the provinces of Laguna, Quezon and Batangas.

At first I was hesitant to join the trip as i have conflicting schedules. Until I finally I confirmed to reserve my slot.

I was. More than excited!

April 27 i left home pretty early and headed to Manila Intercon Hotel to meet the other media joining the tour. Because of the Aliwan Fiesta i only joined thr second leg of the tour.

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Aliwan Fiesta 2015 contingents

here are the confirmed contingents of Aliwan Fiesta 2015

Panagbenga of Baguio City, Benguet;
Sakuting festival of Dolores, Abra;
Pamulinawen festival of Laoag, Ilocos Norte;
Bato Art festival of Luna, Isabela;
Halamanan festival of Guiguinto, Bulacan;
Desposorio festival of Malolos, Bulacan;
Pandang Gitab festival of Oriental Mindoro;
Candle festival of Candelaria, Quezon;
Boling-Boling festival of Catanauan, Quezon;
Sinulog festival of Cebu;


Mayaw-Mayaw festival of Pinabacdao, Samar;
Manaragat festival of Catbalogan, Samar;
Kalivungan festival of Cotabato;
Shariff Kabunsuan festival of Cotabato City;
Sambuokan festivalof Mati, Davao Oriental;
Meguyaya festival of Upi, Maguindanao;
Sagayan festival of Datu Piang, Maguindanao