Friday, February 27, 2015

Colour's Landscape Photography Workshop with Randall Cipriano

Heads up Cagayan de Oro as Fujifilm X-Photographer Randall Cipriano will share his knowledge and skills on Landscape Photography this coming March 07, 2015 (Saturday) at Centrio Mall, Ayala Center, Cagayan de Oro with hands-on tutorials.

Randall Cipriano is a renowned Filipino Landscape and Architectural Photographer and a Brand Ambassador for Fujifilm Philippines. He has been documenting landscapes through photography since 2007. A proud X-Photographer, Randall's work of images with copyright license has been featured here in the country and acclaimed internationally. On a much recent work, Randall was one of the Award-winning Speakers of the successful Photo World Asia 2015 "Merging Technologies: Photo Show and Convention" with topics on the "Principles of Landscape Photography" last January 29 to February 03, 2015 held at Glorietta Mall, Ayala Center & (ACCM) AIM Conference Center Manila, Makati City, Metro Manila back to back with the Japanese X-Photographer Masaaki Aihara.

In addition, Randall is one of the pioneers of digital false-color infrared in the country which resulted in dynamic and surreal images imbued with his unique methods of post-processing and long-exposures setting.

According to him, he value the challenges of learning something new by visiting new places and revisiting the old; meeting new people, and looking for the chance to use tools and new technologies to improve upon the craft of photography. He treats photography as a journey and a path of continued learning and "that is my goal- to use whatever spare time to travel and explore; to see and capture the amazing show of landscape and light wherever that may be" as he added.

Follow him at to check his works.

Right Photo courtesy by Piolo Pascual

Brought to you by Colours and Fujifilm Philippines, all photographers are invited to join this event. The workshop is open to the public regardless of the camera brand someone uses. And what's more? The workshop is FREE!
Fujifilm X-T1, XF10-24mm F4 R LM OIS, Formatt-Hitech Prostop IRND 3 Stops,Phottix Aion

Important information to consider below are as follows:
- EVENT TYPE: Landscape Photography Workshop
         - Registration: 10:00am
         - Lecture: 10:00am to 12:00nn (3rd Level Foyer, Centrio Mall, Ayala Center CdeO)
         - Meet up: 01:30pm (Colours Centrio)
         - Hands-on: 02:30pm to 06:00pm (High-Ridge and Old Pier)
    - Digital Single Lens Reflex cameras and/or Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens cameras
          - Point and Shoot camera owners are also welcome to join.
          - Your creativity!
          - Yourself! Yourself! Yourself!

Again, this workshop is open to all. For inquiries and/or pre-registration, please register at Slots are limited.

Please do us a favor! Kindly spread this word to all your Canon user friends living in Cagayan de Oro City and nearby provinces!

See you on March 07, 2015!
Fujifilm X-T1, XF10-24mm F4 R LM OIS, 10mm F4 30s ISO2000, 240 frames stacked star trails (2 hours)
With built-in intervalometer of the X-T1
Disclaimer Policy:

Photos are owned by the Speaker himself (Randall Cipriano) and used for information drive only.

Monday, January 26, 2015

8 Summer Destinations Near Manila You Can Drive to

Next to a house, a car is one of the biggest and most useful purchases you will make in your adult life. Given the costs of the vehicle itself along with fuel, maintenance, and car insurance in the Philippines, you’ll naturally want to make the most of your investment.

A car isn't just for commuting to and from the office; you can also use it to take spur-of-the-moment outings alone or with your loved ones. And with summer fast approaching, now’s the perfect time to start planning your next road trip. Here we have a small selection of places you can drive to for the weekend.

1. Antipolo
By far the shortest journey on this list, Antipolo shows that you can find lots of fun places to visit right in Metro Manila’s backyard. Take a tour of the city’s old churches and religious sites like Via Dolorosa and Mystical Cave. You can also check out one of the city’s best-kept secrets: Hinulugang Taktak, a protected national park and waterfall.

2. Bulacan
Located just outside Metro Manila, Bulacan offers plenty of choices for those with an avid interest in history. Visit places you’ve read about in textbooks, such as Barasoain Church in Malolos. The province is also home to natural wonders such as Biak-na-Bato National Park, Verdivia Falls, and Pulilan Butterfly Haven.

3. Pampanga
In addition to serving as a gateway to nearby provinces like Bataan and Zambales, Pampanga boasts fun activities you can try with your family. Make time in February for the annual Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta at Clark Freeport Zone, where you can also visit parks like Paradise Ranch, Deca Wake Park, and the relocated Nayong Pilipino. You can also try your hand at exploring Mount Arayat, or unwind at Abe’s Farm in Magalang.

4. Tarlac
Tarlac is fast making a name for itself in both history and eco-tourism. Head on down to Capas to see the Capas National Shrine or to embark on a trek to Mount Pinatubo. You can also visit the municipalities of Bamban, Mayantoc and San Jose for nature hiking, or dine at the whimsical Isdaan Restaurant in Gerona.

5. Tagaytay
Tagaytay is a popular road trip destination for ManileƱos, especially during peak season and Holy Week. Enjoy the city’s iconic view of Taal Lake, take your kids to local hotspots like the Picnic Grove and Sky Ranch, or get in touch with your inner nature spirit at Sonya’s Garden. Don’t forget to sample the area’s fresh fruits and buko pie while food-tripping along Aguinaldo Highway.

6. Laguna
While Laguna is home to the world-class theme park Enchanted Kingdom, there is so much more to the province in terms of native attractions and handicrafts. Drive down to Calamba and see the childhood home of Jose Rizal, watch expert woodcarvers at work in Paete, tempt fate with the local legends of Mount Makiling, or take home a pair of native slippers from Liliw. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can also attempt paying a visit to all of the Seven Lakes of San Pablo.

7. Cavite
You may be surprised to hear that Corregidor Island, the island fortress that played a key role in World War II, is technically considered part of Cavite. The province is located just south of the Greater Manila Area, and is home to historic sites like the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit and the Andres Bonifacio House in General Trias. Along the Cavite side of Manila Bay you can also find beach resorts like Puerto Azul, Caylabne Bay, and Pico de Loro Country Club.

8. Batangas
Drive a little further past Tagaytay and you will reach Batangas, where you can get a taste of the province’s native chocolate and authentic kapeng barako. Charter a boat to Taal Lake in Talisay and explore Volcano Island on foot, or drive as far south as Mabini to the coast’s many beaches and dive spots. The province also has its share of old churches and ancestral homes for those who want a glimpse into the country’s past.

Before embarking on any road trip, you must always have all the necessary precautions in place to prepare for your long drive out of town. If you’re travelling with a group, you can take turns driving or plan your route (rest stops and all) beforehand. Don’t forget to invest in a good car insurance plan and carry emergency supplies in case of road accidents. And above all, drive safely and have fun!

Is your car protected yet? Visit and check out the Car Insurance portal to compare the most affordable rates in the Philippines. For more budget and finance tips, don’t forget to give the MoneyMax blog a quick peek.

Note: This article is a guest post contributed by Kyle Kam. Additionally, the attached photo was submitted for reference. Please check below information about the author.

Kyle Kam is an online marketing specialist for Moneymax, the Philippines’ leading financial comparison website. Whenever he’s not working, he’s busy at home watching MMA videos the whole day. You may follow him on Twitter @undisputedkyle

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The PTAA's 22nd Travel Tour Expo 2015

The Travel Tour Expo organized by the Philippine Travel Agencies Association, Inc. (PTAA) will once again showcase the products and services of its members on February 13, 14 and 15, 2015 at the SMX Convention Center, Seashell Drive, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Metro Manila in connection with the #VisitPhilippines2015 Tourism campaign by the Philippine Department of Tourism this year.

The Travel Tour Expo which was conceptualized by PTAA in 1994 is already on its 22nd year and considered to be the biggest and most awaited event for the travel and tourism industry in the Philippines.

Accordingly, the Travel Tour Expo 2015 will occupy the entire SMX exhibition halls; all four halls of the ground floor and the four function rooms on the second floor.

This year 2015 might be the biggest travel event in the Philippine Tourism as the Travel Tour Expo will showcase 257 exhibitors and 5 Sponsors/Media Sponsors within the Halls 1 to 4 of the Ground Floor and 1 to 4 Function Rooms. According to their official website, as of October 21st last year, there were 261 exhibitors occupying the 640 booths. There are 701 total number of booths being prepared for this event.

Below are the profiles of exhibitors:
23 - Airlines
70 - Travel Agencies and Tour Operators
103 - Hotels & Resorts
16 - Food Concessionaires
12 - Government / Local and National Tourist Organizations / Travel & Tour Associations /
6 - Theme Park / Entertainment
5 - Cruise Liner
5 - Travel Insurance
12 - Merchandisers
5 - Travel Related Entities
5 - Sponsors/Media Partner

The total number of anticipated visitors for this year might double the last year's performance of 70,000 which includes Holiday Travelers, Incentive & Convention Planners, Government and Business Leaders and Direct Buyers and Investors. Last 2012, there were more than 65,000 travelers/visitors recorded which had 492 booths occupied by 255 firms. Additionally, as per TTE last year 2014, the total generated sales was P517,788,004.78 by all exhibitors.

Aside of the products and services offered by its members, accompanying events will also showcase such as raffles, entertainments, games, and even Exhibitors and Sponsors' Presentations. Even cultural presentations from different countries will add the spice to it.

What are you waiting for? Buy your tickets now and make your schedule today!

For more information, contact the organizer/event manager below:

Philippine Travel Agencies Associations, Inc.
12-1G EGI Rufino Plaza, Taft cor. Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Pasay City, Philippines
Tel No: +632-8310124, 9049280, 5520026 and 29
Fax No: +632-5520030
Email Address:

Contact persons:
Ms. Jeanine G. Oliverio
Ms. Pearl Joy B. Moreno

Or check their website:
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Monday, December 22, 2014

Philippines Travel Guide for the Holidays

Nothing beats the Christmas spirit of the Filipinos. From the simbang gabi tradition, the Christmas carols down to the Noche Buena or the Christmas Eve’s dinner. But nothing tops the effort and creativity of the Filipinos when it comes to their Christmas decorations. Hundreds of Christmas lights to illuminate the Christmas spirit, enormous Christmas trees and who can ever forget the Nativity scene or known as Belen.

During the holidays, different cities have their way of celebrating the Christmas traditions. Here are some holiday-themed places to visit during the Christmas break. Bring the family or the barkada, we’re sure that these places will not fail your holiday spirit.
Photo by: Marc Gerard Del Rosario of Flickr

1. Ayala Triangle Gardens, “The Festival of Lights” For the fifth year, the City of Makati once again decorates the Ayala Triangle with thousands of LED lights to be the center of attraction at the Makati Central Business district this Christmas Season. This year’s Rio de Janeiro Carnivale- themed inspired show features dancing lights in the music of Christmas carols. Watch the lights come to life in every 30 minutes from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Admission is free.

2. Belenismo Festival- The city of Tarlac or known as The Belen Capital of the Philippines has just recently opened their seventh year exhibition of life sized Belens. Started in 2007, the Tarlaquenos sparks the bayanihan spirit and creates life size Belens to showcase the creativity and craftsmanship of the different towns by using only recycled materials. This yearly tradition illuminates the Christmas spirit in the whole town. This year’s theme for the Belnismo Festival is inspired by the Disney movie Frozen. The Belenismo Festival exhibit is located at the Town’s Plaza.

3. Giant Lantern Parade- Every Saturday before Christmas Eve, the city of San Fernando Pampanga held its Giant Lantern Festival. The festival features giant lantern competitions among its barangays. Each lantern was made by the residents of the barangays. Because of the popularity of the festival, the city has been called the "Christmas Capital of the Philippines”.

4. Policarpio Street, Mandaluyong City- This Street may seem to be oddly normal during the first 10 months of the year. But when the holidays are just around the corner this Street transforms into a Christmas attraction. Nativity scenes, Christmas lights, Santas in all shapes and sizes are found everywhere. This Street became famous because of their houses covered with thousands (or even maybe millions) of Christmas lights. Yes, covered, not just decorated. The most famous house in Policarpio Street would be the House of Santa Claus. It showcased thousands of Santa Claus in all shapes and forms. Policarpio Street is open to public from 6 – 10 PM.

5. Casa Santa- Located at Antipolo Rizal, Casa Santa is an exhibit that shows the different forms of Santa in every imaginable shape, sizes and configurations. Over 3,000 Santa Claus figurines from around the world are showcased in this exhibit. Ranging from life size, singing, talking and even Winnie the Pooh Santa can be found in this exhibit. Owned by collector, Jardin De Miramar, Casa Santa started as a small collection until it grew in size that the Santa Claus’ needs their own home. Casa Santa can e visited by appointment from 2- 4 PM. Admission is P180 for a minimum of 5 person, children ages 3 years old and below are free and a 20% discount is given for the senior citizens.

Note: This article is a guest post contributed by Gilbert Bermudez. Additionally, the attached photo was submitted for reference. Please check below information about the author.

About the author:
Gilbert Bermudez is a blogger for CashCashPinoy, one of the Philippines’ best online deal site for getting the service vouchers and discounted items for travel packages. During his past time, he also read books and online trends about travel especially in the Philippines.You can check out his updates on his Facebook.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Apple Tree Resort and Hotel- The First Hotel to Inagurate a Christmas Tree Lighting Event in Metro Cagayan de Oro

The spirit of the Yuletide Season kicked off last December 01, 2014 at Opol, Misamis Oriental as the Apple Tree Resort and Hotel launches the First Christmas Tree Lighting Event in Metro Cagayan de Oro with their special recipient- The kids from the Children's Joy Foundation, Inc.
Photo courtesy: Shaun Alejandrae Uy

It has been a tradition to everyone especially the Christians to light up their Christmas Trees with different decors as to signify the start of the yuletide celebration in the country. Filipinos are even proud to have the longest and merriest Christmas season in the world starting from the BER month, that is September and ends on January, after the 3 Kings Celebration.

The history of the Christmas Tree Lighting specifically the custom of putting strings of lights on trees can be traced back in 1882 when the Associate of Thomas Edison, Mr Edward Johnson wired red, white and blue bulbs together and placed them on an evergreen tree. The tradition started then when President Grover Cleveland followed suit and decorated a Christmas Tree in the White House with stringed lights in 1895.

Christmas tree lighting is an industry tradition where a hotel introduces the year's Yuletide promotions and beneficiaries to the press and high society. The Christmas tree lighting event initiated by the Apple Tree Resort and Hotel is considered to be the first of its kind in the Hotel Industry in Metro Cagayan de Oro as stated by the COHARA President Ms Nelia Lee (Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Associations) and confirmed by Ms Nollie, the Executive Secretary of the Organization.

The event started with a thanksgiving mass held at the Pavilion of the hotel at 3 in the afternoon and followed by the program proper which was commenced with a live song performance of Mr Steve Norman Ebonia, Head Waiter of the Hotel (Right image attached)

Ms Maria Joslyn D. Alvaro and Mr Alfonso Antonio Rodano being the Emcees introduced the next presenters from the Housekeeping Department, followed by the kids from the Children's Joy Foundation and a dance number from the Foods and Beverages Service Department as they graced the audience including the Department of Tourism Region 10 Tourism Officer Ms Cha Ladera, Hotel guests and valued customers, the Media Team, TESDA 10, and COHARA Officers.

Meanwhile, Filipino delicacies were also served on hand during the socialization part. These foods includes Queso de Bola and Ham Combo, Chicken Finger with Teriyaki sauce, Tuna Canape, Sweetened Sticky Rice with Coconut Milk Reduction and Mango Puree most commonly known as the Biko, Cassava Rolls with Sweetened Coconut or the famous Suman, Cheesy Torta, Chocolate Brownies, Watermelon Lemonade and the Sikwate. Ham with Pineapple sauce were on the action station while Bam-i, Chicken Adobo, and Vegetable Lumpia were included on the Chafing Dish.

Queso de bola and Ham Combo
Chicken Finger with Teriyaki Sauce

Apple Tree Resort and Hotel Management chose the Children's Joy Foundation, Inc. as the sole beneficiary of the event as they have been with the hotel for the past years caroling and singing their medley yuletide songs during the Christmas seasons. The Children's Joy Foundation, Inc. is a non-stock, nonprofit organization to help the abandoned, neglected and surrendered children in some urban areas. It was established in Davao City and was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 15, 1998. It provides temporary care for children and youth needing rehabilitative and developmental services.

The foundation seeks to assist the neglected, abandoned and surrendered children and youth in achieving their dreams through better education, physical and spiritual nourishment, above all God-loving and God centered individuals. 

As what its name stands for, the Children's Joy Foundation Inc., seeks to assist marginalized children to enjoy life to the full in a protective and caring environment, with a Godly fear oriented heart.

The official lighting of the Christmas Tree was commenced as Ms Greanne Trisha Mendoza, a Regional Star Patroller of ABS-CBN Northern Mindanao brought the television audience live to the actual event countdown in 3-2-1 together with the kids of the Children's Joy Foundation and the Apple Tree Resort and Hotel Team being the forefront of the scene singing the Kapamilya's "Thank you, ang babait ninyo" 2014 Official Christmas station ID song. The local edition of TV Patrol also covered the event live during the 5:00pm-5:45pm newscast while local newspaper Media Team such as the Mindanao Daily News, Goldstar Daily News, CDO Times, Businessweek Mindanao joined the event.

The Christmas Tree stands at 13 feet with approximately 8 feet in circumference. The Christmas Tree alone have 2,000 pieces of golden-colored series of light which is made up of modern and colorful decors like Christmas balls, and flowers located at the grand lobby of the hotel.

The event officially ended after Santa Claus gave his bundles of joy to the kids of the Children's Joy Foundation.

Ms Bjanesha M. Emphasis, the new General Manager of the Apple Tree Resort and Hotel said that this is the beginning of the Christmas Tree lighting event of the hotel and will surely be an annual traditional event to celebrate with love, peacefulness and forgiveness, joy and and aims to put the Christmas season to the everyone's heart as the true meaning of the festivity- to give and to share your blessings.
The Apple Tree Resort and Hotel Team

P.S.: Photos during the Christmas Tree Lighting Event. All photos are owned by Clement Dampal II (unless otherwise stated) and is under Copyright law. The use of the photos without the consent of the owner is prohibited and will charge accordingly.
The Christmas Tree Lighting Event started with a Thanksgiving Mass.

The Housekeeping Department showcasing their Talents to the audience.

The Foods and Beverages Department with their energetic moves.


Chicken Adobo

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Behind the Scene shot before the official countdown
From Left to Right: Ms Maristela Maape (Admin & HR Supervisor),
Mr Ed Ayunting (Councilor- El Salvador City), Ms Bjanesha M. Emphasis (General Manager)
and Ms Lorna Nacua (Operations Manager)
Ms Bjanesha M. Emphasis with the COHARA Officers
Ms Bjanesha Emphasis with the DOT-10 Representatives and Mindanao Daily News
From Left to Right: Ms Bjanesha M. Emphasis, Ms Miles Bernedo
(Area Sales Manager- ABSCBN NorthMin) & Ms Cha Ladera (Tourism Officer, DOT-10)
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