Archive for May, 2011

Baguio with Kids

Posted: May 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

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Baguio with Kids
ITLog No.6
(21-22 May 2011)

Went to enroll my son on a Friday and stayed with me for the weekend, and after we pick-up my sister and her daughter at the airport on Saturday, we would be travelling up to Baguio for the weekend. We planned not to tell the kids about the trip so as to surprise them, and they could also visit their lolo and lola.

Arriving in Baguio past 1400hrs we headed to the house and then ate lunch and rested for a while and freshen up. By 1500hrs we headed to Tam-awan Village in Pinsao Proper uniquely blends indigenous aesthetics and exquisite Cordilleran craftsmanship with an artist’s concept for a village adapting to Baguio setting.

Chanum Foundation, Inc., founded in 1998, began to reconstruct Ifugao houses in Baguio with the view of making a model village accessible to people who have not had the chance to travel to the Cordillera interior. On a land near an abundant spring, the foundation started out with three knocked-down huts transported from Bangaan, Ifugao. Tam-awan village now has seven Ifugao huts and two Kalinga houses. Using the original materials and adding only new cogon roofs, traditional artisans reconstructed the houses and laid them out resembling the design of a traditional Cordillera Village.

An Ifugao house is compact and though deceptively simple, its architecture is quite sophisticated. Built by clever mortise makers without nails or hardware, it exemplifies the exactness of Ifugao construction. With the heavy hand-hewn timber elevated to about shoulder height by four posts usually made of hard wood, the house, with periodic re-roofing, can last several generations.

The Kalinga house is more spacious and is made with the same hand-hewn pinewood. The binayon is the traditional octagonal house of Southern Kalinga Province and Tam-awan Village is proud to present one the three remaining such houses in the country today.

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Then went to Easter Weaving Room is the right place to visit if you are interested in native fabrics and other handicraft. Here one can witness the actual process of cloth weaving as practiced by the natives of the mountain provinces for ages. Except for Christmas and the New Year, the Easter Weaving Room is open seven days a week even on Sundays and holidays.

At the Easter Weaving Room you will see for yourself the age-old weaving process at their work area and have a glimpse of the wide range of hand-woven articles such as: tablemates, wall hangings, bed linens, clothings, ethnic and ikat textiles, religious garments, bags, wallets, purses, Christmas articles, footwears, area rugs, etc. They also have woodcarvings, baskets, fashion accessories and many more.
Weaving was first started at Easter School in 1909 under the direction of Deaconess Hargreave who was interested in having young women learn weaving with the idea that they might someday earn their own living or help supplement the family income. The weaving classes were continued under various headmasters and headmistresses until it became an important and integral part of the school. The looms and other weaving equipment were destroyed during the 2nd World War but were again established in 1948 with the help of some women who had worked at the Weaving Room before the war. Weaving classes were again started.

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We then headed for La Trinidad, Benguet to the Strawberry Farm so the kids could see and pick raw strawberries.

A unique experience for the whole family, you get to pick fresh strawberries – right alongside the Ibaloi farmers – to bring home or consume while on vacation in the Summer Capital of the Philippines.

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Then we headed for Gibraltar Road to Good Shepherd to buy some pasalubong, but when we got there the place was already closed and there was a long line at the shop, so we decided not to buy there but instead headed to Elizabeth Hotel and ate at Bliss Cafe, we had some great vegetarian food like sisig and papadoms. Heading back home, we passed by Session Road and got Pancit at Dainty’s Eatery for our dinner

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Sunday morning, we heard mass at St. Vincent Church, then headed for the Café by the Ruins to look at the Exhibit there and buy some bread, then headed for the market to get some pasalubong, after which we headed for SM Baguio to eat our lunch and buy some groceries then went back to the house and prepared our things for our trip back to Manila. Stopping at the view deck, we took photos of Kennon Road, which was a tourist spot before, but less and less people go here now.

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Dutdutan X

Posted: May 7, 2011 in Uncategorized

Dutdutan X
September 24-25, 2010
World Trade Center, Pasay City
Philippines

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A Week’s End: Lipa

Posted: May 3, 2011 in Uncategorized

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A Weeks End: Lipa
ITLog No.5
(30 April – 1 May 2011)

After a long week of work we were scheduled to go to Lipa, Batangas and attend the Lomi Festval on April 30, 2011 (being the Lomi Capital of the Philippines). Leaving Manila by bus at 1200hrs, we arrived at Lipa and headed for Summer Hills in J.P. Laurel Highway, Lipa City, where our group were ask to judge the Lomi Festival.

Arriving at the activity area we walk around and saw all those Lomi and other food like barbeque, halo-halo, cuchinta, etc, and there was also a bingo game going on. While carol, cathy and dave judged the event I went around and took some photos on how they make Lomi and even tasted is (due to this, I would not like to eat any Lomi for maybe the next few moths)

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After the judging and awarding of prizes, we headed for Cintai Corito’s Garden in Balete, Batangas (just minutes away from Lipa City). This place is a Balinese-inspired sanctuary where I was awed by the place and even by the wooden gate that they have. Like their web site say, “Get ready to be mesmerized by Cintai Corito’s Garden”.

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With the sun setting we headed home and dave suggested we have a drink to flash out all the Lomi we just ate, after drinking and a lot of crazy stories we retired our selves to sleep.

Waking up late (because of laziness or the alcohol), we ate breakfast of rice with pork tocino and eggs and had a wonderful hot choco drink prepared by cathy. We were picked up by our ride and headed to Club Victorina, Base View Subdivision in Banay Banay to attend the reunion of the Maralit clan. Meeting the relatives of carol for the first time made me feel awkward because I did not know anybody there. After eating lunch we headed for Capuchin Retreat Center and visited my brother who is a capuchin brother (we visited this place some time ago), where they had a play that afternoon but since we had to get back to Manila, we just talked and ate some home-made ice cream (which was with cheese and langka) and after saying goodbyes to the brothers and fathers we headed back to town and bought bibinka to take home. Being dropped off the bus station, we rode the bus heading back to Manila and was scheduled to meet somebody but did not push thru, thus leaving us with time to laze and rest for the day

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Cintai Corito’s Garden
Cathy Maralit
Manager
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All photos are owned and copyrighted by Joey Rico (also known under these names: alien_scream).
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