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Interesting places in Cebu City:
Cebu City Proper   Barangay Kamputhaw, Cebu City
CEBU UPTOWN AREA   Barangay Lahug, Cebu City
Barangay Capitol Site, Cebu City   Barangay Sambag 2, Cebu City
CEBU DOWNTOWN AREA   Barangay San Roque, Cebu City
Barangay Guadalupe, Cebu City   University of the Philippines - Cebu College
Barangay Hipodromo, Cebu City   Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebú
Cebu Port Center   Church and Convent of Santo Niño de Cebu
Cebu Business Park   Budlaan
Maria Luisa Estate Park   Barangay Sapangdaku, Cebu City
Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City   Monterrazas de Cebu
Barangay Luz, Cebu City   Cebu Port Authority - PMO4 Area
Barangay Kalubihan, Cebu City   Fuente Osmeña Circle
Barangay Lorega, San Miguel, Cebu City  

Cebu City is the center of a metropolitan area called Metro Cebu, which includes the cities of Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu, and Talisay. Metro Cebu has a total population of more than 2 million people. The Mactan-Cebu International Airport, located in Lapu-Lapu City is only a twenty-minute drive away from Cebu City. To the northeast of the city are Mandaue City and the town of Consolacion, to the west are Toledo City, the towns of Balamban, and Asturias, to the south are Talisay City and the town of Minglanilla. Across Mactan Strait to the east is Mactan Island where Lapu-Lapu City is located.

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Canada Embassy Cebu

Canada Embassy Cebu
Made by Omsel
Ok the steel door has opened and famous Canadian photog Omsel Adams sneeks a snap from just inside as the old one legged guard turns his back. Its all very confusing at this point as thoughts of the movie saw conjure up. But no the metal fabrication shop is only a security front and we are led down to those trees then turn left. Now proceed through the wood shop where they make chairs and stuff. The sawdust feels good on the toes with flip flops on, which my gf was most concerned i wouldn't meet the dress code with. No i said...i could walk in here naked with only a thong on and if they said boo about that there would be an international incident and Ottawa would besieged by newspaper reporters. They wouldn't dare, its cool. Finally to the office in the back its kinda ok. They got a logo and 2 pc's even, hooked up to Canada i guess. Even a huge painting of Morainne Lake on the wall which i quite admired. Some books on Canada you can buy for $20 Can too. The consulate was most efficiant i must say and had all the stuff done in 15 minutes...dam they even had their own zerox machine so we didn't have to search out a barber shop like the normal Filipino government office. In true Filipno style the atmosphere was laid back for certain but nothing i had envisioned. Expected those doors to open and 2 RCMP dressed in red surge to be standing at attention as we passed through. Some kind of marble walkway and signs all over warning Canadians the danger stuff to beware, but he told me just check out their website for that. He also added there was 1800 Canadians here and this place was quite busy. Well i didn't see anyone but maybe they are who knows. ANyway it was good to be home for 30 minutes and the wood shop brought back memories of our vast forests...dam i almost feel like singing the lumberjack song...but gonna let Monte do those honours. www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQOMxz-O7Sc&feature=related

Aztec Calendar

Aztec Calendar
Made by JoLiz
This antique stone carving has been hanging on our walls way before I was born and it was only when I took a photo of it a few weeks ago that I realized that it's the Aztec calendar. The Aztec calendar, is the calendar system that was used by the Aztecs as well as other Pre-Columbian peoples of central Mexico. It is one of the Mesoamerican calendars, sharing the basic structure of calendars from throughout ancient Mesoamerica. The calendar consisted of a 365-day calendar cycle called xiuhpohualli (year count) and a 260-day ritual cycle called tonalpohualli (day count). These two cycles together formed a 52 year century, sometimes called the calendar round. The xiuhpohualli is considered to be the agricultural calendar, since it is based on the sun, and the tonalpohualli is considered to be the sacred calendar. The calendric year may have begun at some point in the distant past with the first appearance of the Pleiades (Tianquiztli) asterism in the east immediately before the dawn light.[1] (See heliacal rising.) But due to the precession of the Earth's axis, it fell out of favor to a more constant reference point such as a solstice or equinox. Early Spanish chroniclers recorded it being celebrated in proximity with the Spring equinox. - Taken from Wikipedia. Read more here.

Faces of SINULOG 2011

Faces of SINULOG 2011
Made by bycane
Taken from this year's Sinulog festival. The SInulog is an annual festival held every January in the City of Cebu, in the Philippines. Being a predominantly Catholic country, the festival is held in honor of the patron saint of Cebu, STO. NIÑO or the child Jesus. The festival features some the country’s most colorful displays of pomp and pageantry: participants garbed in bright-colored costumes dance to the rhythm of drums, trumpets, and native gongs. Sadly, you're not going to see a lot of that festivity in my new photos, because I, in my infinite wisdom, decided to try a different focusing method that i am very unfamiliar with - and it failed miserably. 90% of my photos were out of focus - i am that smart, lol. So you are going to instead content yourself with a few portraits i took that day XD The photos that i took last year are here --> NOTE that these photos are candid street shots of these marvelous and dedicated people who participated, walked and danced in the city's streets of the grand Sinulog parade that started from sunrise and lasted way after sundown, amidst the rain and sunshine. Kudos to these street artists and performers. You are all winners! See more info of this grand celebration here --> SINULOG

lacquerware

lacquerware
Made by Farl
..Once I ticked the basic ones off my list (i.e., the Vietnamese shirts and caps), I scoured Ben Thanh for my personal favorites. And these are my must-buys in Vietnam. lacquerware. Who can resist the shiny and colorful practicality of tempered and melded wood? I can’t. For my wife, I chose 6 pairs of ruby red bowls with matching sleek black saucers, curled elegantly at the corners. Three large nesting flat trays completed the ensemble. Although the trays are supposed to be a set of a singular color, we were able to convince the vendor to get a different tray colors for our set. I chose a combination of 2 red trays and one black. The pieces come with a dainty pair of dragonfly design inlay. prices, after some haggling: bowl and saucer for 80,000VND (4.7USD) a pair and a set of 3 nesting trays for 330,000VND (19.4USD) check out my other must buys in Saigon, including sesame sprinkled peanut flatcakes, sesame-sprinkled candy squares, Vinamit peanut candies, sesame-sprinkled crispy wafers, rice papers with banana, in colloidfarl.blogspot.com/

Would you want to Live Here?

Would you want to Live Here?
Made by Storm Crypt
On , Mar 22, 2009 __________________________________________________________________ I remember this place so well. One of my best buddies live here(not exactly these houses, but within this area) until now. He's a good real estate businessman. We often come to this village for his birthday party. Very secured place. In our younger years, we used to disassemble some of his assault rifles just for fun. We often hiked to the nearby mountain side (part of pardo), when we were like high school with our other good friends. And at one time Cafgus we're running after us. We thought they were rebels so we eluded them, but they eventually caught up with us with their M-14s and M-1s pointed in our faces, and we were brought to the barangay hall and was later released. It was good to remember that. My buddy is now a pretty good businessman probably don't have any intention of doing that again(he's no longer physically fit to do that), except for me -- and my other good friend -- who's a ranger officer who currently finds joy in being assigned to Basilan. He never lost the fire in him. hahaha. I didn't too, but I got more interested in new technology. Maria Luisa Village Cebu City, Philippines

The Wondrous Gift

The Wondrous Gift
Made by JoLiz
“This is Christmas: not the tinsel, not the giving and receiving, not even the carols, but the humble heart that receives anew the wondrous gift, the Christ.” - Frank McKibben The Belen Another traditional Filipino Christmas symbol is the belen -- a creche or tableau representing the Nativity scene. Derived from the Spanish term for the town of Bethlehem, it depicts the infant Jesus Christ in the manger, surrounded by the Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, the shepherds, their flock, the Magi and some stable animals and angels. Belens can be seen in homes, churches, schools and even office buildings; the ones on office buildings can be extravagant, using different materials for the figures and using Christmas lights, parols, and painted background scenery. - Taken from Wikipedia. More info about Christmas Traditions in the Philippines here. The belen at my father's house during last year's holidays. Cebu City, Philippines.

the watch

the watch
Made by Farl
Since arriving in Cebu last Sunday, I was saddled with too much work. Too bad that it is the Sinulog fiesta this week, I really wanted to take some pre-mardi gras street scenes. I still am overwhelmed with corporate fires to fight but I needed to accompany some guests to see some seaweed farms. We were lucky- the sun was resplendently hot and the rains were shy for once. The tide was low- about 0.2 meters- so the boat had to wade slowly along the shore of Hilutungan island. Crouching, wet, but enjoying my downtime from work, I still was delighted that this was part of my official business of the day. Totally my kind of day. the Hilutungan Island, Cebu, the Philippines check out my Philippine Summer Destinations part 4- Hilutungan Island (Cebu), Batanes and Baguio in colloidfarl.blogspot.com/

sesame-sprinkled candy squares (me xung vung)

sesame-sprinkled candy squares (me xung vung)
Made by Farl
For gifts, I then proceeded to the food and candy sections. I live off exotic sweets. A plus is that the packs often have price tags already and there is practically no haggling involved. The prices are cheap! sesame-sprinkled candy squares (me xung vung). These peanut-laden sesame-sprinkled sweets are on the tough and chewy side but they are fast becoming my favorite dessert munchies nowadays. The candies are made of rice flour, barley, sugar, peanut chips, sesame seeds and flavored with vanilla. price: 13,000VND/pack of 6 candies(0.8USD) check out my other must buys in Saigon, including sesame sprinkled peanut flatcakes, sesame-sprinkled candy squares, Vinamit peanut candies, sesame-sprinkled crispy wafers, rice papers with banana, in colloidfarl.blogspot.com/

2-month birthday

2-month birthday
Made by Farl
Today is a special day. Cacing is two months old! Time is stealthy. Next thing we knew our daughter is already big. She squirms in bed nowadays and soon she should be able to turn on her side. When she lies on her stomach, she can already lift her head on her own and turn it side to side (we still support it just in case). She now vocalizes frequently and engages us in a conversation with her oi, indi, oo and aw. phototip: Plan the shot. As a two month old baby still cannot support her head, Cacing had to be propped on the arms of her nanny. I used my left hand in pushing the cake in front of her while my free hand was holding the camera. I had to be patient in waiting for the moment when Cacing got interested and pursed her lips, as if to blow the candles. more birthday pics in the Cacing diaries #6

gangha-an

gangha-an
Made by Farl
The GATE of the Metropolitan Cebu Cathedral was opened halfway in the morning of the grand procession, perhaps to control access to its front parking yard. Parking is most difficult in the entire week of the Sinulog and no day will be more difficult than the Saturday when practically the entire city center will be closed for the 5-hour procession. Although the procession starts at 1:30PM, we always go to the city by 10AM to get a select spot that is close enough to the church but just outside the perimeter route of the procession. Procrastination is never a game in the family anyway. the Metropolitan Cebu Cathedral, Cebu City, the Philippines revisit the Sinulog 2006 fluvial and grand religious processions in colloidfarl.blogspot.com/

Veronica

Veronica
Made by Farl
As I took the pictures I realized one glaring fact, that the icons of the holy women were not identified. However, one could identify the images based on the religious symbols that they bear... There are some symbols though which are irrefutable conventional knowledge. The handkerchief with the imprint of the face Jesus is unmistakably carried only by Veronica. No arguments there. The white linen and bottle of perfume is almost always clutched by Mary Magdalene. the images of Veronica (Porcia family) and Maria Magdalena (Codoy family), Good Friday procession, Talamban, Cebu City phototip: The assembly was in the local school so the background of buildings, electric wires could be distracting. Try to set an image against another, if possible. more on the Talamban procession in Viernes Santo 2008

Godiva Raspberry premiere biscuits

Godiva Raspberry premiere biscuits
Made by Farl
... Upon inspection, I realized that I unconsciously stocked up with German and Belgian chocolate candies last Christmas! This really was no surprise as who else could offer the best? Looking at the pictures again makes me want to raid the pantry. Godiva Raspberry premiere biscuits. Godiva chocolates are not meant for the tropics and these biscuits melt at will in Cebu's room temperature. The wafers are so delectable that they dissolve in the mouth in seconds, sending me to chocolatey heaven. This is a splurge at 28 USD for a 100g box of 15 biscuits. Calorie rating is 164cal/5 biscuits, which I did not mind at all. see how my chocolate stash went German and Belgian last Christmas in colloidfarl.blogspot.com/

the priest is a flickr addict?

the priest is a flickr addict?
Made by Farl
Who knows? The photo father-with-the-camera took may just be for an album. After all, getting close to the real 400yr+ Senor Santo Nino Cebu image doesn't come by often enough. In our case, we have to wake up early to be able to go to the office by 5:30AM. We are luckier than most as our office is the direct route of the dawn procession of the Virgen of Guadalupe (Patron Saint of the Philippines) and the Senor Sto Nino whose fiesta is celebrated this weekend. The sea of humanity who always accompany the image is astonishing and the number is increasing each year. the Ouano private wharf, Mandaue City, Cebu, the Philippines revisit the Sinulog 2006 fluvial and grand religious processions in colloidfarl.blogspot.com/

choco ensaymada

choco ensaymada
Made by Farl
I don’t drink coffee so pastries are the only reason I would visit any coffee shop. When I saw the choco ensaymada, I knew I gotta have it. I forgot how much it was, it should not be more than P35. The reward is the same comfort goodness of the ensaymada I know: puffy bread with almost melt-to-the-mouth lightness and sinful cheese (the original local bakeshop variety I am used to only has table sugar and margarine). The twist of rich chocolate flakes did not hurt either. Gloria Jeans Coffee, Osmeña blvd, Cebu City, the Philippines phototip: I was in a hurry to eat this, so I did not bother cleaning up the specks of cheese and chocolate from the saucer. Hey, a little mess on the saucer can be construed as art. blogged in sugar rush in Cebu

pag-agi

pag-agi
Made by Farl
More than a hundred thousand faithful attend the religious procession on Sinulog Saturday every year. It always starts early at 1:30PM but the Sto Nino carroza only emerges from the Sto Nino Church only at past 3PM, just when the head of the procession arrives. Being part of the early pack, we had time to attend mass at the nearby Cathedral. I even had an hour to burn before the Sto Nino finally passed by at 6:30PM. Enough time to take pictures of scenes of people waiting for the Sto Nino to pass by. the Metropolitan Cebu Cathedral, Cebu City, the Philippines revisit the Sinulog 2006 fluvial and grand religious processions in colloidfarl.blogspot.com/

party!

party!
Made by Farl
From here on, it's a constant stream of Christmas parties somewhere in the Philippines. Tonight, I just attended one- thrown by an entrepreneur friend for her hardworking employees. Food, and music flowed. I got 2 party favors which amuse me no end. Hey, for P20 each (<$0.40), the blinking necklaces are divine. So while my friends were beginning to fail the awfully high notes of the songs in the karaoke, I decided to throw the 2 freebies inside an empty crystal ice bucket and took some photos. No arrangement needed. The colors and lights did the choreography. Mandaue City, Cebu, the Philippines more of my Christmas nostalgia at www.colloidfarl.blogspot.com/

bloom

bloom
Made by Farl
Party pulls. These are hanging cardboard boxes filled with favors like candies and toys which have cut windows that can be opened by pulling on the ribbon at the bottom. We made 5 in various shapes and sizes (diamond, round, squares) and covered with different paper cutout or pattern designs. Having seen that the commercial party pulls available in the stores are generic and mediocre, I designed not one, not two, but five party pulls. I had them covered with paper flowers, tapes, mosaic and patterns in colors that Cacing loves: reds, pinks and yellows. more do-it-yourself party preparations in the Cacing Diaries in colloidfarl.blogspot.com/

Mantawi

Mantawi
Made by Farl
The city of Mandaue is trying to rev up promotions for the Mantawi Festival which was first organized in 2002. Its date of celebration has been moved several times to fall on the city’s charter day to the last week of August and recently on the town fiesta in May. City officials are heavily hyping the celebration as Mandaue is a neighboring city of Cebu and Mantawi can then complement the big fiestas of Sinulog and Kadaugan sa Mactan. more pictures of the Free Interpretation contingents in the Sinulog 2009 street frenzy, part 3 in colloidfarl.blogspot.com/

Martha

Martha
Made by Farl
In the Talamban procession, the woman with the broom is Martha, she who is often associated with household items. However, in the Philippines, the broom is also associated with Maria Cleofe/Mary of Clopas or Cleophas. The name is the Greek equivalent of the Latin Maria Jacobae or Jacobe. I guess it doesn’t hurt to have more than one representation of the same Mary! Plus, there are towns in the Philippines where it is Salome, another holy woman, carries the broom. Never easy to fix an attribute! the Good Friday procession at Talamban, Cebu City, Cebu, the Philippines more on the Talamban procession in Viernes Santo 2008

080808

080808
Made by Farl
Today is a special day. It is the 080808 and this happens once every hundred years or by other nitpicky accounts, every thousand years. So we tried to make the best of it. My daughter is in her usual giddy self. Like any half year old, she is excited each day. It is discovery time all the time. Each sight to behold, each flavor to taste, each sound to listen, each texture to feel is new. Now we know she likes avocado. She takes to nibbling a stick of Pocky. Her favorite object to tug nowadays is hair- her mother’s, her nanny’s, anybody’s! a special 080808 post of the Cacing Diaries in colloidfarl.blogspot.com/



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