Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Cagayan de Oro City to join the 9thAnnual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk

Each year, photographers around the world gather on the same day to explore, photograph, share photos with one another, make new friend, and be a part of a great cause. This year, Scott Kelby announces the official date of his highly anticipated 9th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk™, the world’s largest photo walk! The event is happening Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 in thousands of cities all over the world.
The Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk, dubbed the world’s largest global and social photography event, has grown immensely in size and popularity since the inaugural walk in 2007. Last year (2015), more than 25,000 photographers of all walks of life and skill level converged to explore their corners of the world through photography and social community.

The concept of a Photo Walk is simple. Photo Walks are created by Walk Leaders in cities all over the world. Walkers meet up at a pre-designated location – downtown areas, zoos, business parks, you name it! – to spend a few hours socializing, capturing images and sharing with like-minded people. At the end of the photo walk, most groups convene at local restaurants or taverns to share their images and experiences over food.

This year, Cagayan de Oro City, Northern Mindanao, Philippines will be joining the worldwide photo walk once again led by Clement Dampal II, a Diversified Lensman based in the city who served as the Official Photo Walk Leader last 2015. In Cagayan de Oro Northern Mindanao Leg, the Photo Walk aims to promote the city itself from heritage to tourism, infrastructure to growth, and its people on a daily activity and provides opportunities to the participants to actively engage in programs and activities promoting the quality of life. It will start at Plaza delos Heroes, Divisoria around 7 in the morning on the said date.

Some of the areas/structures to be covered for CDO NorthMin Leg includes the City Museum (Water Tower), Casa Real (City Hall), Lourdes College, Plaza Divisoria, Kalye del Mar (Don Apolinar Velez Street), JR Borja Street, Cogon Market, Carmen Market, Bulua Westbound Terminal, Opol Beach.

Photographers joining the photowalk are requested to bring the following:
-Digital Single Lens Reflex/Translucent cameras, and/or Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens cameras
-Point-and-Shoot camera owners are also welcome to join
-A good tripod
-Extra shirt
-Bottled water
-Pocket money

In addition to the event, photo walkers will be able to upload their favorite picture to our popular Photo Walk contest for a chance to win a 1-year membership to www.kelbyone.com, a DSLR, gift cards, apps, camera bags and more. We will also name a Grand Prize winner and 10 finalists to be selected by Scott Kelby himself!

The event is free, but pre-registration is required and is limited to 50 participants only. Register at www.worldwidephotowalk.com, locate your city and complete the free sign up form.

Additionally, participants can connect socially before, during and after the event using the hashtag #WWPW2016 hash tag on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

About KelbyOne: Formerly The National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) and KelbyTraining.com, KelbyOne is the leading resource for online creative education worldwide. For more information, please visit www.kelbyone.com.

About Clement Dampal II: A Self-taught Diversified Lensman based in Cagayan de Oro, Northern Mindanao, Philippines who owns the travel site: www.bestspotsph.com. Currently the President of CDOPP (Cagayan de Oro Photographers Photoshoot), Clement is a 2nd-time Photo Walk Leader of the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk and also the City Ambassador for the 24 Hour Project- A worldwide documentary project. A Photo Journalist of Business Week Mindanao and Cagayan Times, Clement was featured at Manila Bulletin's Picture Perfect Photographer of the Week and a Finalist of Urbanlife’s Photographer of the Year (2016). He is also a Travel Writer and Photographer of Life and Living in Mindanao (Travel and Lifestyle Magazine), Travel Insider of CHOOSE Philippines, and a member of both Mindanao Avian Photographic Society and Canon Clickers Club.

Last year's Local Winner. Photo by: Abel Matthew Silawan.
The Cagayan de Oro Northern Mindanao Leg is brought to you by:
Event Partners: Colours Digital Foto, Canon DHUB, Modtrade, and Duka Bay Resort.
Sponsors: Clement Dampal Photography, 2GO Travel, Carl’s Buy and Sell, Dhanstore, Sovereign Skates, Nature’s Spring, Mabuhay Media Print, Hab-Hub Eat All You Can Pastry, Photo Warehouse Visayas, and Cagayan de Oro Photography Photoshoot.


In partnership with these following media: Business Week Mindanao, Mindanao Daily News, Best Spots PH (www.bestspotsph.com), Easy Rock 96.9 FM Station, CDO Bloggers, Inc., About Cagayan de Oro, Mimai Scribbles CDO, Mai Adventures, Cagayan de Oro Times, and Mindanao Star.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Magnifying the Filipino Spirit: A Photo Contest by CDC Holdings Inc in partnership with Fujifilm Philippines

Fujifilm Philippines in partnership with CDC Holdings Inc. is holding a photo contest in tribute to Philippine culture, showcasing to the world the beauty of the Filipino spirit.

Accordingly, this year's theme is "Magnifying the Filipino Spirit", photos that captures the essence of Filipino culture and the beauty of the Philippines.

NATURE: (Photos of the following)
- Phil. Flowers
- Phil. Beach
- Phil. Leaves
- Phil. Sunsets
- Phil. Fruits

PRODUCT: (Photos of the following)
- Phil. Embroidery
- Phil. Jewellery
- Phil. Objects
- Phil. Indigenous Products

ARCHITECTURE: (Photos of the following)
- Phil. Architecture
- Architectural Abstract Details
- Iconic Phil. Landmark

Winners will be chosen based on the following criteria:
- Adherence to the theme: 40% 
- Technical Quality: 15%
- Composition: 15%
- Creativity and Originality: 30%

For a total of 100%.

Winners will get the chance to exhibit their photos and will be entitled to an overnight stay in a Studio Apartment at Citadines Millennium Ortigas subject to the following conditions:
1. Complimentary stay is valid for one year from the date of opening of Citadines Millennium Ortigas.
2. Complimentary stay is non transferable.
3. Two weeks advance reservation is required to avail of the complimentary stay.
4. Complimentary stay is NOT for sale.
5. No Show and cancellation within 48 hours of arrival will forfeit the complimentary stay.
"A mock up room of Citadines Millennium Ortigas. The goal to make this serviced apartment a living gallery of arts thus we are approaching photographers and art schools." - Glenn Magalang

In addition, according to Glenn Magalang of Citadines Millennium Ortigas, "Winning photos will be used as part of the hotel room artwork. Name of the photographer will be put in the artwork as well. This is only the first of the series of activities we will be doing in partnership with Fujifilm. We will also hold thematic exhibit from time to time in the hotel lobby." 

For more information, please check the poster and/or visit Fujifilm's official facebook fanpage at Fujifilm Lifestyle.




Monday, August 15, 2016

Four Historical Tourist Spots of Pampanga

"I cannot look at modern buildings without thinking of historical ones." - Kevin McCloud

Considered as the culinary capital of the Philippines, Pampanga is well-known for things other than their delectable food. In fact, the province is teeming with culture and is a remarkable place for tourists with a penchant for history. It has been said that over the years, Pampanga has developed a uniqe culture all its own and aside from the must-try wide array of gastronomical dishes, this has also been a long-standing aspect that adds to its overall allure. Undoubtedly, Pampanga's history is rich and multifaceted which as a self-respecting Filipino; one should thoroughly explore, and you can do so by commencing your next trip by visiting these places.

St. Augustine Church, Lubao, Pampanga
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Constructed in the early 17th century, St. Augustine Church of Lubao Pampanga is considered as the province’s oldest church made out of brick and sand, mixed in egg white—a contribution of the townsfolk of Lubao. It was initially founded on 1577 in Barrio Sta. Catalina but was proved to its present site about thirty years later due to incessant inundation. It was primarily headed by the Augustinian priest Antonio Herrera. The church’s façade is typical of most Filipino churches where it consists of the main church building which is adjoined by the belfry and the convent.

Museo Ning Angeles
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History enthusiasts with a proclivity towards ancient artifacts and relics should never miss a visit to Pampanga’s well-known museum. The museum recently opened its doors to local and foreign visitors in 1999 and had since then featured a wide selection of various photos, paintings, artworks and dioramas all representing the pride of the town. In June 2012, the museum was acknowledged and honored by being recognized as an “Important Cultural Property of the Philippines” by the National Museum of the Philippines. Today, the museum features a coffee shop with coffee made from the town’s finest beans which you can enjoy while taking a break from your historical artifact appraisals.
Kamikaze East Airfield
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  Photo by Gino T. Manalastas
Located east of Mabalacat Pampanga, the Kamikaze East Airfield was a single runway built by the Americans and was used by the Japanese during the Japanese occupation. Semantically, the word Kamikaze is associated with the word “suicide mission” with its origins coming from the Japanese aircraft filled with explosives and tasked with a mission of crashing into the target. The Kamikaze East Airfield used to be the base of such. Although the airway has been stripped away today, a memorial shrine can be found in the airfield which was built as a stringent reminder that such incident should never happen again.

San Guillermo Church
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 Photo by JanMichael Marasigan
Apart from being one of the oldest churches in Pampanga, San Guillermo Church has another unique facet to it that makes it worth the visit. San Guillermo Church has been known for its resiliency—in fact, the church was able to survive innumerable natural calamities which struck the town. During the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo back in 1991, half the size of the church was buried. As a result, it took quite a while before the community was able to restore it to its original façade and structure. To honor and commemorate its restoration, many locals and travels come to visit it.

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Note: This article is a guest post contributed by Glenn Domingo. Additionally, the attached photos were submitted by the guest writer for reference with photo credits. Please check below information about the author.

Author Bio: Glenn Domingo is a Filipino Blogger that loves to travel and write about the unique places in the Philippines, mostly in Pampanga (his hometown) to share the importance and attractiveness of it. He is currently writing for Alviera.

Friday, August 5, 2016

5th Mindanao Fashion Summit: Solidifying the Fashion Community of the Land of Promise


Presented by the Oro Fashion Designers Guild (OFDG) together with the Designers’ Assembly, the Mindanao Fashion Summit (MFS) officially opened its 5th edition yesterday (August 04, 2016) at the Rotunda Limketkai Center, Cagayan de Oro City.
Ms Nicole Inovero wearing the gown designed by Boogie Musni Rivera
Considered as one of the core events of the city’s Higalaay Festival 2016, The 5th Mindanao Fashion Summit is a 3-day gathering and convergence of some of the most artistic and sought-after fashion designers of Mindanao showcasing their intricate yet creative designs on a runway to the audience starting from August 04 to 06, 2016. This year, the MFS participating designers are said to become more connected to their crafts and confident in showing their imaginative craftsmanship, hence, solidifying the fashion community of Mindanao.
Dress designed by Mavy Cooper De Leon
The first day officially kicked off the Mindanaoan Collection, Menswear Collection, and the Ororama Orange Collection. Accordingly, the fabrics used came from the resuscitate community of local weavers from the island of Mindanao imbued with the inventive talents of these notable fashion designers to create an incomparable yet outstanding style.

Participating Fashion Designers who presented their designs on the opening are as follows:
1. Ann Semblante
2. Benjie S. Manuel
3. Boogie Musni Rivera
4. Gil Macaibay III
5. John Mark Magallanes
6. Joshua Guibone
7. Juniel Doring
8. Kiko Domo
9. Mark Christopher Yaranon
10. Mavy Cooper De Leon
11. Alma Mae Roa
12. Angela Soriano

Second day will feature a guest designers collection, Fashion Institute of the Philippines Collection, and the Loop Lifestyle Fashion Show while on the 3rd day, a holiday grand collection is expected.


Ms Vika Nin, a Russian model wearing Gil Macaibay III's dress
5th Mindanao Fashion Summit Ribbon cutting.
Ms Nicole Inovero wearing the gown designed by Boogie Musni Rivera
The inventive design of Juniel Doring with Ms Charinna Gamaya Barro (Miss Cagayan de Oro 2015) creating an incomparable yet outstanding style.
Ms Charinna Gamaya Barro wearing Juniel Doring's gown
Ms Charinna Gamaya Barro wearing the gown designed by Juniel Doring
Ms Charinna Gamaya Barro wearing the dress designed by Juniel Doring
Dress designed by John Mark Magallanes
Ms Charinna Gamaya Barro wearing the dress designed by Juniel Doring
This dress is designed by Mavy Cooper De Leon
Ms Charinna Gamaya Barro together with Ms Nicole Inovero
Dress designed by Benjie S. Manuel
Dress designed by Gil Macaibay III
Dress designed by Kiko Domo

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Top 10 Restaurants with the Best Sisig in Luzon

What usually comes to your mind when you hear the word "Sisig?" Perhaps, a lot of us would think about  Pampanga– The Culinary Capital of the Philippines. Pampanga is not just known for its exotic foods, but it is also a home for Kapampangan signature dish – Sisig. As what most people know it, sisig is made from chopped parts of a pig's head such as the ears, cheeks, and snout) and liver served on a sizzling plate. But the word sisig is originally referred to a Kapampangan way of cooking meat with slightly sour seasoning. That is why there's nothing more satisfying than a Food trip in Pampanga.
Naturally, we often find ourselves drawn to restaurants that offer delectable meals. But locating a good restaurant that serves the best sisig can also be a little bit tricky. There are actually various restaurants in the Philippines that offer delicious sisig. And we list down the top ten of them below.
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Sisig Hooray is known to be a franchising food chain that serves freshly prepared sisig. The restaurant actually serves different versions of sisig. They have the original recipe pork sisig, smokey steak sisig, chicken sisig, pusit sisig and bangus sisig. Sisig Hooray is a place where most sisig lovers go. Moreover, they also offer promos such as the solo meal and the barkada size, which is good for three. Aside from their bestsellers, you can also try their different dishes found on the menu. It is easy for a food enthusiast to find the restaurant, Sisig Hooray is all over Metro Manila.
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Located in Pasig City, Cafe Juanita is known for its organic and sustainable products all throughout their menu. The restaurant also has their own version of sisig referred to as the "sisig on tofu' where the dish is mildly hot crisply fried pork minced with chicken liver, onions, seasoned with calamansi and chili, and served on a bed of soft tofu. You can also try their sizzling tuna sisig.
#8 Aysee
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Aysee is a Filipino restaurant located in Pasig City that is known for bringing traditionally made and downright decadent sisig to their customers. Aysee's bestsellers are Sisig (served on a sizzling plate) and Papaitan (served in a hot pot). Of course, you can also try other dishes on their menu, where you can choose from sizzling meals, specialties and pulutan, Aysee inihaw, soup and rice meals.


#7 Leony's Ihaw-Ihaw
Located in Cabanatuan City, Leony's Ihaw-Ihaw is also a popular restaurant that serves sisig. They also have their own version of sisig where most people would love to try. And aside from sisig, they also serve manok, liempo, pork barbecue, chicken barbecue, lumpia, tilapia, hito, bangus, and many more. Moreover, Leony's Ihaw-Ihaw also accept delivery requests from their customers.
#6 Cirkulo Restaurantcirkulo.JPG(photo from hungryballerina.com)
Cirkulo Restaurant is known to have a more fun approach to every meal. It offers a pleasing and casual dining experience. The restaurant's signature dishes are the sisig, slow roasted U.S Beef Belly with horseradish cream sauce and the Paella Montana with Portobella mushrooms, whole roasted garlic, truffle oil and asparagus. The restaurant is located in Makati City.
#5 Trellis
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(photo from divine_viva)
Trellis is also a popular restaurant when it comes to sisig. Most people paired the dish with an ice-cold beer, which is also perfect for a relaxing meal after work. Aside from sisig, they also have some bestsellers such as the lechon kawali, crackling liempo, inihaw na liempo with KBS, arroz ala cubana, kangkong in oyster sauce, mini drumstick, crispy pata and many more. You can visit Trellis in Quezon City and try their best dishes found on their menu. Moreover, trellis also offers services such as delivery.
#4 Kubo sa Lawn
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(photo by Mea in Bacolod)

Kubo sa Lawn in Bacolod also has its own version of sisig. The restaurant serves either pork or squid sisig that is served on a hot sizzling plate. The dish also includes chopped white onions, with squid that are tender and fresh. You will find a cluster of open-air native huts, which is a perfect place to unwind especially during night time. You can also try other dishes on the menu such porkchop and kinilaw.



#3 Mely's Barbeque
In Mely's Barbeque, they serve a large cut version of sisig. Although the pork is cut into a bigger size, the dish has still a tender texture of it. And unlike with the typical plating where sisig is served in a sizzling hot place, in Mely's Barbeque, it is served in a bowl. Aside from their bestseller sisig, they also have a delicious tocino barbecue. Mely's Barbeque is located along the roadside in Pampanga, so it is easy to stop over.
#2 Luring's BBQ House
Luring's BBQ House is also known for serving tasty Filipino viands in Pampanga. Of course, one of their bestsellers is the sisig. The restaurant is best when you are craving for comfort Filipino foods. And aside from sisig, they also serve barbecue and other grilled meat products.
#1 Aling Lucing Sisigsisig.jpg(photo by Mac Centeno)
Yes! the best Sisig If you want to try and know where the sisig originated, then head to Aling Lucing Sisig in Pampanga. It is in this restaurant where the sisig is born. Aling Lucing's version of sisig is slightly sour and less oily than any other versions of sisig. They serve the dish on a sizzling plate with a savory and cholesterol-icious treat.



One way to enjoy sisig is to try different versions of it. And as a food enthusiast, this is also one of the many ways you will know which of the restaurants you have tried serves the best sisig in town. Well, we can definitely enjoy every version of it, since we all have different tastes buds.

Note: This article is a guest post contributed by Glenn Domingo. Additionally, the attached photos were submitted by the guest writer for reference with photo credits. Please check below information about the author.


Author Bio:
Glenn Domingo is a freelance writer and blogger for Alviera. He is a traveler who loves to experience the uniqueness of different places and food trips here in the Philippines.
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