Monthly Archives: April 2014

Colon by Night tour joins global walk festival


The Colon by Night walking tour is joining hundreds of other walking tours in over 100 cities the world over in an annual global walk festival.
Organized locally by the Galleon San Pedro Tours, Colon by Night seeks to reacquaint participants to Cebu’s rich cinematic past along Colon Street, the first street established in the Philippines.
“We are participating in this year’s Jane’s Walk global festival to make heritage and cultural tours more accessible to the public,” said Galleon San Pedro Tours founder and President Doris Mongaya.
The global walk festival from May 2-4 is coordinated by Jane’s Walk, an international movement of free, locally-organized walking tours inspired by writer and activist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) who pushed for a fresh, community-based approach to urban living.
Set on May 3, Saturday, the Colon by Night walking tour around the downtown area will be led by renowned heritage tour guide Ka Bino Guerrero.
The international organizers hope that the global walk festival will encourage local residents to familiarize themselves with the places where they reside and work and instill the importance of grassroots participation in making cities more livable.
“Why downtown? If you spend too much time uptown, you’re missing the thrill of the sights and sounds downtown which remains Cebu City’s main commercial district for many Cebuanos,” said Ka Bino.
The Colon by Night assembly time is 5:30 PM at the meeting place in-front of Jollibee, 138 Mall in Colon Street. The walk with Ka Bino will begin in the direction of Gaisano Metro.
It will then take a turn to Tabo sa Banay where you will see mom-and-pop shops dishing up exotic dishes of lansiao (with horse testicles as main ingredient) and bakasi (saltwater eel). 
Another turn will lead to a narrow passage to Manalili Street, haven for shoppers on the lookout for cheap ready-to-wear clothes. 
A stone’s throw away is the Carbon Market, the oldest and largest farmer’s market in the city with its wide array of vegetables and neat line-up of containers showing the proud United Colors of Bagoong (shrimp paste).
Quite near is the Freedom Park, a witness to so many anti-martial law rallies during the Ferdinand Marcos dictatorship before it was turned into a market — complete with ingenious native kitchen wares made of recycled materials.
Under the stars, you will walk by some old downtown buildings whose walls reverberate with Cebu’s rich heritage. Then when you go home, you will come to appreciate the Queen City of the South.
The Colon by Night walking tour is for free. “We can only accommodate up to 50 guests on a first come first serve basis but anyone seeking to discover Cebu City’s hidden side can join the walk,” said Ka Bino.
Pre-registration for the walking tour can be arranged by calling Galleon San Pedro Tours Coordinator Tryscha Bautista at (032)412-2422.
For online registration click here

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GT inaugurates Bright Academy

INSPIRED by the success of its beauty products, GT Cosmetics Manufacturing Inc. has opened an educational institution for preschoolers and elementary pupils in time for the 2014-2015 school year in Liloan, Cebu.

The GT Bright Academy, located along Gemelina st. in Tayud, Liloan, was inaugurated on March 29, this year.

Liloan Mayor Duke Frasco cut the ceremonial ribbon and delivered an inspirational message along with Department of Education’s Division Coordinator for Private Schools Mr. Isaiash Wagas during the inauguration.

“I welcome this very significant development made by GT Cosmetics,” Mayor Frasco said. “Education is an advocacy close to my heart and it is among my priorities here in Liloan.”

Wagas, for his part, said: “Education is an investment that you may not be able to reap in terms of money, but you will surely reap fulfillment as you see your graduates leading productive lives in the society.”

Other VIPs who graced the momentous affair were the municipal vice mayor, members of the municipal council, and other local government officials.

“We felt it is time for us to give back to the community and contribute to the betterment of the society,” said Engr. Leonora B. Salvane, GT Cosmetics founder and national manager. “And what better way to do this than to open a school that would promote academic excellence and positive values.”

Salvane said they have hired the best teaching staff, headed by GT Bright Academy principal Cecilia Lamoste, Phd, who would mold every student’s intellect, enhance the pupils’ moral and spiritual values t”o the highest level, and produce academically excellent individuals in the future.

Tuition fee in all levels is uniformly pegged at P60,000 per year, but pioneering students will only pay P50,000 per year until they finish Grade 6.

Enrolment for the coming school year will be on a first-come-first-served basis since GT Bright Academy still only has 15 classrooms available. All rooms are equipped with motorized projectors.

The five classrooms for preschoolers, Grade 1, and Grade 2 are fully air-conditioned, while the rest of the rooms located on the second floor are well ventilated and equipped with electric fans. Rooms for Play Group (1-3 years old) and Nursery (3-5 years old) are likewise carpeted.

Salvane said they are also limiting the number of students to 25 for each classroom so as to maximize their students’ learning capacity.

The GT Bright Academy will also apply a unique ID/Portal system, wherein students will have to swipe in their ID cards upon entering or exiting the school premises and parents will be notified of their children’s entry/exit at the same time through SMS.

According to Salvane, the ID cards can also be used to purchase snacks and school supplies from the canteen.

Aside from the canteen, other GT Bright Academy facilities include two school buses, a library, administration building, principal’s office, teachers lounge, and a clinic, which are all full air-conditioned. CCTV cameras have also been installed in all strategic areas of the campus.

Salvane said they are also providing parents an air-conditioned waiting room, where they can view their children’s activities in the Play Group, Nursery, and Kindergarten through a screen monitor.

The GT Bright Academy is also offering Infant Care (2 months-1 year), giving priority to working mothers who have to go back to work after giving birth.

Parents need not worry of their infants as they will be attended to by a pediatrician, a nurse, and a baby sitter, and their needs – medical, vitamins, food, bath, etc. – will be provided by GT Bright Academy.

The GT Bright Academy stands on a 5,500sqm compound and still has a lot of space for expansion.

GT plans to open a high school level next year and also plans to put up a swimming pool and a gymnasium big enough to accommodate a standard basketball court.

“And, of course, we will also be building a chapel to give honor and glory to God, who is the true owner of GT Bright Academy,” Salvane said.

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Leon Kilat: and then all went quiet on the Carcar front (Part I)

CARCAR FAMILIES: A Genealogy Blog for Carcar

Leon Kilat: and then all went quiet on the Carcar front
a dummy's guide to leon kilat, carcar and the philippine revolution (First of Three Parts)

To more easily rein in the innumerable islands and unrelated tribes, Spain administered las islas as one nation. Significant was calling the entire islands by one name, plus the giving out of surnames to non-Spaniards in it. This unification success in turn may have also opened the eyes of indios to governance, to uniting themselves as one as the Spaniards had.

For some days immediately after their tres de Abril (1898) victory, the Cebu Katipuneros have the Spanish forces and civilians reeling and seeking refuge at the Fuerza San Pedro, and the revolucionarios take over the ciudad. Why the rebels didn’t make a wholehearted go for the fort itself, to end the struggle once and for all –– but they content themselves…

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Leon Kilat: and then all went quiet on the Carcar front (Part II)

CARCAR FAMILIES: A Genealogy Blog for Carcar

Leon Kilat: and then all went quiet on the Carcar front

a dummy’s guide to leon kilat, carcar and the philippine revolution (Second of Three Parts)

With that backdrop, by the 7th, the Spanish gunboat, Paragua, had already been dispatched for Carcar and was on its way, too.

The friar lays down the bottom line: “You know a bombardeo from the gunboat can annihilate your town – entonces, it’s Carcar or this Villegas. And it’s up to you.”

The story goes that the revelations were done through the confessional. The friar confessor may have been bound by the seal of the confessional but not the penitent – and was it even a confession? Be that as it may, it was up to Noel to gather together the important personages of his town to form a consensus. The ball was in his court, so to speak, and, so to speak…

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Farewell Harry Gaser


Sanciangco, Cebu City.

I learnt of the demised of Harry Gaser from my Facebook Newsfeed.

Many of the teen may not know him, but my generation and those ahead of me, Harry is a household name. He is the guy that delivers the news straightforward, no hype and no embellishment. With a well modulated authoritative voice, perfect enunciation and a very confident posture .

I used to what him in our Jurassic cabinet type black and white Zenith TV, until dad bought a new 12 inches Sony Tv (still Black and White), we only got a colored tv after my uncle got one, then papa got one also.

I was a bit luckier than other kids who had to go to other houses to watch Tv. There were only 3 or 4 houses in our neighborhood with TV, and all were my relatives.

During that time only RPN9 was airing on TV, Cable was still a light years away.

I love Harry Gaser, the is the best news anchor that time, oh well he is the only news anchor that time.

Then after the news there was John en Marsia, Superstar, Flordiluna, Champoy, Bagong Kampion. The closest to Nat Gio Or Discovery was David Attenborough’ Life on Earth series. Sex Million Dollar Man was my superhero and McGyver and his pocket knife was my everyday man. David Hassellhoff drives a car that talk before he chased those girls in bikini. And I don’t know why I keep on watching that Chinese lady cooking.

OMG how time flies.. More than half in the office where I wrote this blog can’t relate with what I am talking.

Farewell Harry Gaser, thank for the memory.

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Drilon supports for the Construction of New Palace of Justice in Cebu.


Cebu Country Club.

In a luncheon with University of Cebu’s Bar passer, Senate President Franklin Drilon revealed to Members of Cebu Media, what he and Cebu Governor Jun Davide and Vice Governor Agnes Magpale had discussed over diner the night before. The senate president urge Magpale to submit a Provincial Board resolution urging the congress to allocate 500 million in the 2015 annual budget, for the construction of Palace of Justice.
When asked, as to where would the Palace of Justice be, and would it still be carrying the name of Chief Justice Marcelo Fernan, the senator said,
“it is not important at this time to discus the details, what is important is to allocate in the budget. When you allocate something in the budget, you just put the amount and you don’t need to include detailed engineering drawings.”

The Senator is in town, he was the commencement Speaker of the University of Cebu Graduation Rites, held at the New Cebu Colosseum.

And of course this #Selfie generation…



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