Philippine Azkals to the Rescue – Sendong Charity Game

A football lover that I am more so an Azkal fan, I've been hearing this buzz for some days now and feeling the same wish story I published in my running blog, I am hopeful that this will materialize.  Thank heavens it did!         
“‎#Sendongcharitygame Please can you help share the poster, thanks.”EVENT: "Dili Kamo Nag-iisa" (‘You Are Not Alone’)
              Sendong Charity Game
DATE: January 07, 2012, 4:00PM
VENUE: Rizal Memorial Stadium

I was thinking this may not need posting from a blogger like me considering the popularity of the team as well as the organizers and its partners no other than LBC, The Philippine Red Cross and the ABS-CBN Foundation.  But following my heart’s desire to reach out just even a bit of what I can do, I am obliged to bring this subject to my humble number of followers and readers.  More so upon seeing that the event poster is followed by “‎#Sendongcharitygame Please can you help share the poster, thanks.”
The good news for football fans is that the organizer made an initial announcement that the ticket cost can be bought "for a minimum ‘meaningful’ donation".  You can refer to Azkals Facebook Page for further updates about this charity game,

Daghang salamat futboleros!  Go score that goal!
“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” Francis of Assisi

The 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival


A blog about Manila is not complete without posting the fabulous Metro Manila Film Festival which is on it’s 37th year now. 

A few years back a good friend neighbor used to drag us to Roxas Boulevard to watch the Parade of Stars.  I’m not much of a showbiz person but I support anything that promote the Filipino talents, and I have always been amazed on how the floats of each participating movie is exhibited.  It is a great experience seeing how the float designs improved each year both in artistry and technology. This year I am lucky to catch some floats being set-up just before they are lined-up for the Parade of the Stars.

finishing touches for "Ang Panday 2" float
more flowers for "My House Husband" float

Here are the film entries for this year’s MMFF:

Ang Panday 2
Cast: Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Marian Rivera, Iza Calzado, Rhian Ramos, Philip Salvador, Eddie Garcia
Genre: Fantasy/Action /Adventure
Producer: GMA Films
Director: Mac Alejandre
Writer: RJ Nueva
Enteng ng Ina Mo Movie Poster
Enteng ng Ina Mo
Cast: Vic Sotto, Ai Ai delas Alas, Eugene Domingo, Bing Loyzaga, Aiza Seguerra, Amy Perez, Oyo Sotto, Jose Manalo
Genre: Fantasy/Action /Adventure
Producer: Star Cinema/M-Zet Films/APT Entertainment/Octo Arts Films
Director: Tony Reyes
Writer: RJ Nueva

Manila Kingpin : The Asiong Salonga Story
Cast: George Estregan Jr., Carla Abellana, Valerie Concepcion, Philip Salvador, Baron Geisler, Ping Medina
Genre: Action
Producer: Viva Communicatons, Inc. / Scenema Concept Int’l.
Director: Tikoy Aquiluz
Writer: Roy Iglesias and Rey Ventura

My HouseHusband (Ikaw Na!)
Cast: Judy Ann Santos, Ryan Agoncillo, Eugene Domingo
Genre: Comedy / Action
Producer: Octo Arts Films
Director: Jose Javier Reyes
Writer: Jose Javier Reyes, Mel del Rosario
Segunda Mana
Segunda Mano
Cast: Kris Aquino, Dingdong Dantes, Angelica Panganiban
Genre : Horror
Producer: Star Cinema/MJM Production/Agosto Dos Pixtures
Director: Joyce Bernal
Writer: Joel Mercado

 Shake Rattle & Roll 13
Cast :
“Rain, Rain Go Away”: Eugene Domingo, Jay Manalo, Edgar Allan Guzman, Boots Anson Roa
“Tamawo”: Zanjoe Marudo, Maricar Reyes, Bugoy Cariño, Celia Rodriguez and introducing Ervic Vijandre
“Parola”: Kathryn Bernardo, Louise de los Reyes, Sam Concepcion, Hiro Magalona, Dimples Romana, Ina Raymundo, Ara Mina
Genre : Horror
Producer : Regal Entertainment Inc./Regal Multimedia, Inc.
Director : Chris Martinez, Jerrold Tarog, Richard Somes

YTT-375Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
Cast : Maricel Soriano, Gabby Concepcion, Ronaldo Valdez, Agot Isidro, Jericho Rosales, Lovi Poe, Dennis Trillo, Carla Abellana, Paulo Avelino, Solenn Heussaff, Eula Caballero.
Genre : Drama
Producer : Regal Erntertainment, Inc.
Director /Writer : Jun Lana

These movies will be shown in Philippine theaters starting December 25, 2011 and will have a two week run.  During this period not a single foreign film can be shown in any movie house in the country.  The culmination of the 37th MMFF event is during the awards night dubbed as “Gabi ng Parangal” on December 28, 2011 at the Resorts World Performing Arts Theaters.

Here are some more photos on my MMFF 2011 adventures
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The Giant Ferris Wheel – The MOA Eye


Jogging at the SM Mall of Asia for almost every other day or about four to five times a week for several years now made me see all the changes and developments of the place.  I witnessed the Mall of Asia’s “development”, from the time the first foundations of the first establishments were put-up until its inaugurations.  Before the new shops, attractions and almost all the establishments are launched to the public I witnessed almost all of them built from scratches. Because of this it got me into considering putting a special category in this blog titled “Dissecting the Mall of Asia” (nice idea isn’t it?).  I am one lucky “urbanista” having to live conveniently near the SM Mall of Asia.  It is not only an awesome place to go but for me, it is also very informative.

And as usual during my regular running routine at MOA’s bay area, sometime in September of this year, I saw these humongous metals piled up in the bay area and I was wondering what are those for.  Again, I witnessed how it was put-up one by one and how it materialized into one huge form of a giant ferris wheel.  I never failed to gasp each running morning when I see that a new metal installment is added. It was really one exciting experience having to witness such a huge structure built right before my eyes.  Unfortunately, my camera was not with me during those runs as I usually run “light” when I’m doing serious running.  Luckily though two days after it’s lightning ceremony on December 16, I have with me my camera and I am able to take some photos and here I am sharing them with you, plus the details about the Giant Ferris Wheel at the Mall of Asia also known as The MOA Eye.
    • It is called The MOA Eye, The Tallest and Biggest Ferris Wheel in the Philippines.  It was named after the “London Eye”.  It is also called the “observation wheel”
    • It is bigger than the Enchanted Kingdom’s Wheel of Fate in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, Philippines
    • It measures 55-foot tall (175 feet) with 36 air-conditioned gondolas, each capable of seating up to six persons,  averaging 10-15 minutes full circle.
    • a 10 minute ride will cost you PhP 150.00
    • It is located at San Miguel Bay City breakwaters of Manila Bay in the SM Mall of Asia amusement complex
A really nice photo opportunity Winking smile
View from afar and it really looks like an “ooooh-some” wheel!
Some flowers from the lightning ceremony are still here, while workers doing some touches.
Some touches after the lightning ceremony.
Here’s a video from YouTube.
The Giant Ferris Wheel at the SM Mall of Asia / The MOA Eye

When we have the opportunity to ride this giant ferris wheel, I will share with you again my experience and probably some more beautiful photos taken while on top. Hope I will capture and record the "ooooohs"  and the "aaaaahs"!

Simbang Gabi (Dawn Mass) å la Vicita Iglesia

San Isidro Parish Church at around past 4AM, my first parish for this year’s Misa De Gallo.100_8106
I’m not sure how it started in Christmastime of last year that I started attending the dawn masses in different parish churches. I know it’s very un-ordinary because we usually attend dawn masses to the church that is most nearest to us considering the time that we need to wake up and prepare. I guess I was checking the schedules from each church within my home vicinity and I ended up attending mass to each of the churches.

A good friend of mine is asking if I will do the same this year hopping from one church to another to complete the nine novena masses.  She told me that she wishes to do the same but the distance of churches from the place where she lives is inconvenient.  Well that’s another advantage for my being an “urbanista”.  I feel lucky that I dwell in a place that is conveniently accessible to many important public facilities like malls, supermarkets, wet markets, airport and even churches.

My friends knew about how I completed my dawn mass novena last year because I used to post about it in my Facebook, plus the food I ate after each mass.  So it’s a sort of rewarding myself a good eat for celebrating each dawn mass from different parishes.  The comments in my status during those posts were all amusing.  Thanks to the Facebook timeline I was able to retrieve my dawn mass story last year.  C’mon take a peek!
Dawn 1 - Our Lady of Sorrows Parish
(coffee & brownies :)
Dawn 2 - Sta. Clara de Montefalco Parish
(kape at nilagang saging na saba :)
Dawn 3 - The Shrine of Jesus, The Way The Truth & The Life Parish
(coffee & "Bauli Il Panettone" cake :)
Dawn 4 - San Isidro Labrador Parish
(coffee & pancit canton :( )
Dawn 5 - San Rafael Parish
(coffee & brazo de mercedes :)
Dawn 6 - (back to) Our Lady of Sorrows Parish
(coffee & mocha roll)
Dawn 7 - (back to) The Shrine of Jesus, The Way, The Truth & The Life Paris
(J'bee's coffee, sausage n egg, & pancake :)
Dawn 8 - (Back to) San Isidro Labrador Parish - Rai as server
(coffee & blueberry oat cookie)
Dawn 9 - (back to) Sta. Clara de Montefalco Parish - Viel as server
BIBINGKA! at PUTO BUMBONG! sa wakasss yey! at tsokolateng swiss miss he he
.. last dawn mass in 2010! Thank you God for making me feel tired that I need to retire at night & for giving me strength to wake up & face another day!
Fun! Isn't it? 

This year 2011, I'm currently doing the same plus I'm taking some photos before and after each mass and I want to share them with you.  All of these photos are taken between 4AM to 5:30AM.  I tell you the city has never been soo beautiful in my eyes.

Mass transit service like the LRT also adjusted their schedules to accommodate the church goers.
”City after dark” - Macapagal Avenue 100_8122
“Bukas bente-kuatro oras!” (24 hours fast food alley)100_8123
Our Lady of Sorrows Parish Church
Here’s some important facts about “Simbang Gabi” (Dawn Mass / Misa De Gallo) that I got from the website of the Archdiocese of Manila.
SIMBANG GABI is one of the longest and most popular among the Filipino traditions in the country. It is when Catholic churches across the nation start to open their doors shortly before the break of dawn to welcome the faithful to the Simbang Gabi mass.
Simbang Gabi or Mass at Dawn is a nine-day novena to the Blessed Mother. The novena begins December 16 as early as 4 in the morning and culminates with the “Misa de Gallo” on Christmas Eve to welcome the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. In some churches, the panuluyan is reenacted showing the effort of Joseph and Mary to find a suitable birthplace.
Simbang Gabi traces its roots in Mexico when, in 1587, the Pope granted the petition of Fray Diego de Soria, prior of the convent of San Agustin Acolman, to hold Christmas mass outdoors because the Church could not accommodate the huge number of people attending the evening mass.
During the old times, the pre-dawn mass is announced by the ringing of the church bells. In some rural areas, an hour before the start of Simbang Gabi, a brass band plays Christmas music all over the town. It is also believed that parish priests would go far knocking on doors to wake and gather the faithful to attend the misa de gallo. Farmers as well as fishermen wake up early to hear the Gospel before going to their work and ask for the grace of good harvest.
The changing of times does not break the preservation of celebrating Simbang Gabi although it is celebrated in new ways. Still, the tradition of Simbang Gabi continues. Part of it are the colorful lights and lanterns that fill every streets. Beautiful parols are hung in every window. Songs of the season are played everywhere to warm the hearts. Families, friends and even individuals find its way going to the nearest church to attend the nine-day novena. Shortly after the misa de gallo, families gather in their homes to celebrate Noche Buena and feasted on various delicacies like queso de bola, bibingka, puto bungbong, or a drink of salabat or hot chocolate.
Churchyard scene during dawn mass (modern time)100_8129100_8133
Simbang Gabi has become one of the most popular traditions in the country. But it is not just a tradition that is celebrated because we need to do so. It is a significant moment not only because it strengthens relationships among family members but also because it is the time where our faith is intensified. This is the time where we mostly feel the presence of the Lord because it is the spiritual preparation for Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ. It does not matter if one has the stamina to complete the novena or not, what really matters is what is inside the heart. The blessing does not depend on the number of mass attended, but what is important is the disposition of the person who receives the Lord’s blessing.

11th World Bazaar Festival “Da Best and Pasko ng Pilipino”

One thing I love living in the city is the ampleness of BAZAARS especially during the holiday season!  There’s almost a particular bazaar for every occasion and they are everywhere.  Here’s one exciting and huge bazaar that I want to share with everyone so better hurry up and catch this!

The World Bazaar Festival at the World Trade Center in Pasay City dubbed as “Da Best and Pasko ng Pilipino” running from December 2 to 18, 2011This is a partnership between Worldbex Services International and ABS-CBN for the benefit of the ABS-CBN Foundation.  Here are the best reasons why you should not miss this one!

Affordable Admission Fee at PhP50.00 per head only.
Touted as the longest and grandest Christmas bazaar in Manila.
Open from 12:00NN to 10:00PM from Mondays to Thursdays and from 10:00AM to 12:00 MN from Fridays to Sundays.

You can choose from over 600 booths of fabulous finds, everything from accessories, toys, giftware, Christmas decors, books, musical products, housewares, handcrafts, novelties, clothing and almost everything!

Best “bargain” prices on all items especially on Christmas decorations. Here's a photo of my friend and her find, "Santa with a Christmas Tree" that we got for PhP 1,000.00 only (50% off).  Just put some tiny twinkling lights around the cute Christmas tree and voila! You have an instant Christmas décor.

They have celebrity booths (Kapamilya stars) selling a number of products and shoppers will have the chance to meet and greet them.

It features various show launches, musical shows, fashion shows and a celebrity pavilion.

Kids can write their Christmas wishes in the Make A Wish card and hang them in the giant 30-foot Christmas tree located at the lobby. Every Friday, a card will be chosen from the giant Christmas tree and the lucky kid will have his or her special request granted by the World Bazaar Festival organizers.
“Woobie”, the official World Bazaar Festival mascot will serve as the Santa Claus for the event and will be giving away toys, appliances and showcases to chosen families as an early Christmas treat.

The World Bazaar Festival will also showcase an Appliance and Gadgets Craze that will run from December 13-15 at the WTC East Wing Tent.
Appliance, Gadget Craze
Christmas shopping in a Filipino fiesta mode.
There are lanes of foods open until midnight selling yummy treats such as bibingka and puto bumbong.  And most importantly there are ample parking spaces.

And for you my dear readers, I made some special albums for you to view so you’ll have an advance idea  what to buy from this bazaar.  Don't miss-out any album so check it out down to the bottom!  O di ba? Da Best ang Pasko ng Pilipino!


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