For the first time in my adult life, I was able to experience Visita Iglesia, the catholic tradition of visiting 7 churches during Holy Week. I persuaded my Filipino-Chinese friend and travel buddy Doreen of GETS Travel to join me in this soul searching journey while I'm in Naga City,Bicol.
Our first stop was Carmelite Monastery which was in the outskirt of city center. This place is also very meaningful to me because of a little miracle that happened last January 2016 which led to a series of events in my life.
I introduced Doreen to Ate Lydia, the caretaker whom I met during my first visit in the Carmelite Monastery. She's the one who explained to me the significance of the devotion to the Scapular and how it is related to safety and protection. Since then, whenever I meet a Catholic when I'm travelling, I give them my spare scapular.
I first heard of this place called "Partido Riviera" during a sharing by DOT 5 Director Nini Ravanilla a few years ago. Our Department of Tourism officials said that it can even rival that beauty of "French Riviera" so I was really intrigued by it but it was only last February 2014 when I passedby this area coz it's really an off beaten path especially if you're coming from Naga City on your way to Legazpi City.
Whenever my dad is home and on vacation, he always take us to a road trip and the video below captured one of the most scenic view he really raved about; to the point that whenever I have friends visiting us, he always volunteer to drive from CamSur to Albay as long we take this road. And so it has also become one of my favorite "road less travelled" in Bicol.
If I'm not mistaken, my parents first discovered it a few years back when my sister had her immersion in one of the communities in Partido and they drove to this area to pick her as well as brought some goods to the foster family where my sister stayed. Since then, they had countless road trips in Partido because my dad really liked the view.
Google Map may help you find your way to this scenic road. From ANAYAN CROSSING, you have to go to turn left going to Partido area and once you reach TIGAON town turn right to Sagnay Road. Check the Google Map below for routes and full instructions.
Watch this video uploaded by Kim Honrado and shared by Naga City Deck
together with some snaps that will surely make you wanna take this road
next time you think of taking a joy ride!
These photos by Kim Honrado were shared by Bicol Deck on Facebook.
I was told that these aerial shots were taken by a drone.
Ohh how I wish I also have a drone! I'll definitely put that in my wishlist for 2016!
I also suggest you visit JOROAN Church in Tiwi and say a little prayer.
... especially if you're out for great adventure!
If you're looking for adrenaline rush this Wednesday, you should watch my #SSSelfieAdventures in 3 key places in the Philippines. Play the video below and don't forget to SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube Channel.
Havaianaticos in Bicol, this is your chance to personalize your favorite flip flops for a limited time only!
I've attended several MYOH events in Manila before and I really had a great time assembling my own Havaianas that's why I was thrilled when I got the news that there'll be a similar activity in Naga City. It's nice that my fellow Bicolano Havaianaticos can now have their MYOH experience too!
Now on it's 10 anniversary, Make Your Own Havaianas
or famously referred to as MYOH finally find its way to
ALL FLIP FLOPS Store in SM City Naga!
Confused? Clueless what to do?
Here's a short MYOH GUIDE for you.
Review your choices and once you're okay with it, pay for it at the cashier before you proceed to the assembling area.
These friendly and service-oriented Havaianas staff will make your day. They'll be happy to answer your questions and patiently wait until you finalize your order. :-)
Share the fun and fashion with your family and friends!
Compagnie de Catalina, the exclusive sub-distributor of the world famous flip flops brand Havaianas in South Luzon, is inviting all Havaianaticos to experience luau party at their ALL FLIP FLOPS store in SM City Naga.
Remember that #MYOH2015Naga is only until October 18 (Sunday) so make sure to visit the store this weekend and #SayAlohaBicol!
MAHALO Havaianas and Compagnie De Catalina team for my very special MYOH2015 pair!
Join me in supporting my fellow Bicolano entreprenuers! Today will be the opening of the annual regional trade fair called Orgullo Kan Bicol. This highlights the best of products and source of pride of region 5.
The opening ceremony will be at 10:30 in the morning, October 8, 2015 at the Megatrade Hall 2, 5th Level, Bldg. B of SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City. Fair is open during mall hours from October 8-11, 2015.
Throwback: To give you an overview what you can see at OKB, check this video on my YouTube Channel.
On its 19th year, Orgullo kan Bikol (okB)-Gayon Bicol positions our micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the global trade. OKB-Gayon Bicol Regional Trade Fair has evolved from a purely marketing event into an annual socio-cultural affair. It has become the venue for budding MSMEs to find new markets and graduate to better capacities; an opportunity for them to develop new product designs attuned to and compliant with market demands.
DTI-Bicol Regional Director Jocelyn L.B. Blanco said, “the OKB-Gayon Bicol, through the years, has provided opportunities for our homegrown entrepreneurs to develop, find new markets and become more competitive. This annual marketing event offers wearables and homestyle products, processed foods, ceramics, furniture, fine jewelry, and other products that will surely delight the buyers. It displays Bicol’s best products made from finest handcrafted materials to prime food delicacies, bringing the Bicolano entrepreneurs distinctive skills in weaving, innovating, and producing new products and designs for discerning markets; domestic and foreign”.
One hundred eleven exhibitors (111) from all over the region are joining this year’s fair. Thirty-three (33) comes from Albay, twelve (12) from Camarines Norte, twenty (21) from Camarines Sur, 11 from Catanduanes, 9 from Masbate and 25 from Sorsogon. It features thirty-eight (38) new entrepreneurs, who are given full marketing assistance by the DTI via this trade fair. It also features one hundred sixty (162) new products resulting from DTI’s product development activities prior to the event. As in the past, this marketing event is a convergence activity. DTI partners with the Department of Tourism (DOT), OKB Association, Inc., and the Local Government Units (LGUs).
By way of this trade fair, DTI enjoins domestic and foreign buyers to take a closer look and become more aware of what these micro, small and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs) produce. As DTI commits to provide its clients – the MSMEs – better avenues to promote their fine products, they are also encouraged to explore the global market.
Let’s support the Bicolano entrepreneurs. See you at SM Megamall!
CAFE PLAZUELA offers all day dining with an A la Carte and Buffet dish selection of varied culinary twists and flavors for your discriminating pallet. At night, you can indulge in sumptuous dinner while you listen to heart-warming live piano entertainment.
While I will miss my old time favorites like the Pili and Herbs Crusted Norwegian Salmon and chocolate layered ice cream cake Excellente, I am definitely looking forward for the official launch of the newest culinary creations by Avenue Plaza Hotel's Executive Chef Rudy Velasco and Pastry Chef Paul Oraa this coming Tuesday, September 8, 2015.
CAFE PLAZUELA is located at the ground floor of Avenue Plaza Hotel,
Hmmm, thinking now WHAT TO ORDER?
Here are some of the items on their new menu which I personally recommend for a 5 course meal especially when you want to reward yourself or indulge your loved ones. ;-)
Gambas ala Venetian for Entree
For Hot Entree, order the GAMBAS ALA VENETIAN. The generous serving of the prawns marinated in garlic olive oil and sauteed in light spicy tomato concasse with basil will surely warm your tummy.
I think one order of this entree can be shared by 2-3 persons.
In terms of salad, I always go for the CLASSIC CEASAR SALAD and I was pleasantly surprised when I also tasted a hint of anchovy fillet on it aside from the usual crispy bacon.
The quail egg got me by surprise! For someone like me who doesn't know how to cook properly, I was amused by the CHICKEN ESSENCE SOUP with coriander quenelles and quail eggs. I scooped two half cook quail eggs and I really wonder how chef managed to make sure that the yokes are still intact...Oh it must be his perfect timing and culinary skills, 2 things I don't have! haha :-p
Now, for the main course, I highly suggest you check what's on their GRILLED MEAT and order your steak! Cafe Plazuela is known to serve the best steak in the city! Rare, Medium Rare, to Well Done, they'll serve it the way you want it!
I ordered medium rare AUSTRALIAN TENDERLOIN STEAK with potato mousseline, fresh vegetables and creamy mushroom sauce. You can always savour the steak with your own choice starch and sauce.
Ohh that crispy bacon wrap was an added delight to my appetite!
For dessert, I ordered EXOTIC FRUIT GRATIN. The fresh fruits in season on bed of crepe gratinated with grand marnier sabayon topped with strawberry ice cream was a delicious way to cap my culinary journey that night! I had my dose of fruits at the same time indulge into little sweet
Celebrate the Good Life at Avenue Plaza Hotel
in Naga City and venture into a new world of culinary creations! Visit Cafe Plazuela especially if you'll be in
Bicol for the Penafrancia Fiesta.
Read more about Avenue Plaza Hotel on my blog series this month of September to discover the many reasons why I love this place and the team behind it under the leadership of Sir Allan S.Cu, President and General Manager.
I ♥ AVENUE!
SUPER EXCITED! I'm going home to Bicol tonight to prepare for the start of Penafrancia Fiesta and work on the upcoming #BiGFEST2015 event by BicolBloggers. I'll make sure to dropby again at Cafe Plazuela to try these menu on my "must try food list" :
LAING LASAGNA and BAGNET AVENUE STYLE
SEE YOU IN NAGA CITY THIS SEPTEMBER!!!
#PTM2015 officially opened yesterday. I had my dose of Friday fun roaming around SMX convention center looking for some of the best travel deals for my family and friends. Here are some of the amazing deals you shouldn't miss!
BORACAY or BAGUIO?
There's a special AZALEA room promo for you!
Stay in a DELUXE ROOM of AZALEA BORACAY for as low as Php 4,100 or have your After Summer at AZALEA BAGUIO for only Php 3,250!
Looking for Tour Package plus Airfare?
SAVE TIME, RELAX & BOOK IT ALL IN ONE BOOTH!
#ShroffTravel offers exclusive travel deals, free and easy land arrangements, issues ALL airline tickets and
other affordable tour promos!
TIP: Shroff Travel Booth has a coffee vendo machine and they give
FREE COFFEE to those who will inquire and visit their booth!
Check these CORON super sale from
K-Grill Travel & Tours for your next island getaway.
One of many reasons why I also attend PTM is to be with my good friends in the travel and tourism industry. I got reunited with my BATTO family!
I'm very happy when I saw that both ALMASOR and TRIPLE C are present in this year's Philippine Travel Mart. Please make sure to dropby at these booths. They offer different packages, activities and FOOD tasting too.
Ohh I love the Pili nuts from CamSur, Sili Ice Cream and Pinangat from Albay, Latik from Catanduanes
and many more. Make sure to visit this weekend and
savor some the best delicacies we have in Bicol!
Don't forget to take your photo with this
(with Daet Mayor Tito Sarion and DOT Bicol Director Nini Ravanilla)
Yey, it's time for me to go back to SMX so that I can explore more areas and hunt for more travel deals! See you at the 26th Philippine Travel Mart! They are open until 9pm today and tomorrow will be their last day.
Check my tweets @solessoul or Sole Searching Soul FB Page for more #PTM2015 updates.
THIS IS YOUR #BiG CHANCE TO MEET & GREET HIM! I'm very happy to share that my fellow Adober Lloyd Cadena accepted our invitation for him to grace our #BiGFEST2015. He will also have a Book Signing session so make sure you have your own copy of his books. Join us on September 18, 2015 at the Avenue Convention Plaza for a day of fun and exciting activities.
Interested Participants please take note that REGISTRATION will be officially open on SEPTEMBER 5, 2015. Make sure to register early because we only have limited slots. Please check our BicolBloggers.com blog and social media accounts (@bicolbloggers on IG/Twitter/FB Page) for updates and #BiGFEST2015 official announcements.
Online sensation, comedian and book author LLOYD CADENA of the very famous Llyod Cafe Cadena has already expressed his support to be part of #BiGFest2015. LC has 35,000 followers on Instagram, 88,000+ on Twitter, 729,000+ Facebook Fans, 250,000+ subscribers and almost 28 million views on YouTube.
I first met him in person when he invited us to be part of his recent video about Barkada Problems. Ohh I admire his energy and fun vibe! Despite his popularity online, LC is just fun to be with especially with his unstoppable witty remarks!
YOU CAN STILL BE ONE OF OUR
For those who are interested to connect with Bicol audience and work with local influencers, please email us firstname.lastname@example.org
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We highly encourage interested event sponsors to sign-up as soon as possible. You may me on my FB profile Apple Allison on my mobile # 0917 739 8227 / 0947 560 6111
to discuss how you can be part of this BiG event and
explore how we can bring you closer to Bicolanos.
MORE SPONSORS WILL BE ADDED THIS WEEK!
We'll release the list on Friday. Thank you for your support.
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