New Php 100 Banknotes

I was withdrawing for some money from an ATM, when I noticed that the 100-peso bills’ colors are somewhat different from the ones that I had. I was thinking that the banknotes I got from the machine were fake, until I saw an article about the release of new 100-peso banknotes by the Banko Central ng Philipinas (BSP). The top bill shown in the picture below is the front side of the old 100-peso bill, bottom bill is the new 100-peso bill with a stronger violet color as compared to the former: Figure 1. Front side of the Php 100 … Continue reading New Php 100 Banknotes

El Chavacano: Lenguaje del mi lugar de nacimiento.

I have always been used to hearing our local dialect in my beloved city of Zamboanga: I was born and raised there basically. However, having been there for more than two decades, I had not spoken the dialect fluently until I stayed in Makati City in 2008, where I stayed in a boarding with my fellow Zamboangueños. I had to equip myself with the accent and some hondo palabra (deep words) to be able to adapt my fellow boardmates and other Zamboangueños whom I would be meeting then. A large percentage of Chavacano’s words came from Mexican Spanish, with influences … Continue reading El Chavacano: Lenguaje del mi lugar de nacimiento.

DEAR KUYA Opening Theme Song with Lyrics

DEAR KUYA Opening Theme Song with Lyrics NOTE: I still need to get the name of the composer and arranger of the song for CREDITS I listened to the song over and over again, until I came up with an idea of “transcribing” it from the song just by listening to it. And, so, here is the lyrics of the Opening Song of Dear Kuya, a radio program in UNTV Radio ( and 1350kHz on your AM Band). Bro. Eli Soriano is the Resource Person, and Kuya Daniel Razon hosts the program. Here it is: (Dear Kuya, wohoohooo) 3x Pambihira Kuya, … Continue reading DEAR KUYA Opening Theme Song with Lyrics

My Sisters

Such a unique situation when all of your siblings are female. Yup. You’re right. I am the only ‘thorn’ amongst the ‘roses’ in the siblings. And to top that, I am the eldest – a responsibility of which I am truly proud of. Next to me is my siter Elaine. She is almost 4 years younger than me. Next is Ella, almost 7 years younger than me. And the last one is the toughest of them all: Eleonor – girlie as she is fondly called by relatives and close friends – is almost 12 years younger than me. Elaine is … Continue reading My Sisters

December 2009: A Month to be Remembered

December 2009 is a month memorable to me. First, this is the 4th Quarter International Thanksgiving of the Members of the Church of God International worldwide, and I got to celebrate this very important event with my mother, my sister next to me Elaine and my youngest sister Girly. Second, I got to be with my mother and my youngest sister during our strolls in some parts of the metro. We visited almost all major malls and parks in Metro Manila – SM Megamall, SM North, SM North-Annex, Trinoma, Rustans-Shangrila, SM Mall of Asia, Ocean Park, Luneta and part of … Continue reading December 2009: A Month to be Remembered

Early Morning Smog (Pollution)

I went to the office very early in the morning and was shocked to have seen a layer of dark clouds covering part of Pasig City. I thought this was just an ordinary fog however when I took a very close look at it, it was a combination of fog and vehicular smoke. These images were taken from the 21st floor of the East Tower of the Philippine Stock Exchange Center (Tektite) in Ortigas Center, facing east. Shocking really. Very early in the morning, the the sky is already filled with polluted air. Oh what future may our children have … Continue reading Early Morning Smog (Pollution)

Offline Mobile ESORIANO Blogsite

Do you want to read the most sensible blog site by the most sensible preacher of the present dispensation in your mobile phone? If your cellphones or mobile phone are capable of installing Java applications, then this is for you.  To download the JAR file of the blog site of Bro. Eli Soriano, follow the instructions below. 1. Click this link ESORIANO Jar Blogsite 2. Now, click the download button found in the page. 3. Wait for about 10 seconds (a timer is shown to indicate the remaining seconds left). 4. If you see the CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THIS … Continue reading Offline Mobile ESORIANO Blogsite

Chocolate Hills

Chocolate Hills. I only see them in books, the Internet and other reading materials. And yesterday, I got to see these beautifully shaped hills with my own eyes. We went to Sagbayan Peak first to have views of the group of hills, then headed to Carmen (where some famous chocolate hills pictures are taken). The shots below are pictures of these hills which I took myself on top of another hill. Here they are: Continue reading Chocolate Hills

Aerial View of Taal Volcano

We were headed to Bohol Island, part of the Bohol Province in the Visayas region for an official business trip. As the Philippine Airline took off from Terminal II of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City, Philippines, I was lucky to have a view of the Taal Volcano from air without much cloud to cover the “smallest volcano” in the world. I never doubted to take shots of the said volcano. Images below are the the pictures of Taal Volcano, minutes after the plane took off the terminal in NAIA 2. Continue reading Aerial View of Taal Volcano

Brush and Shutter Art Exhibit

Mr. Public Service, Kuya Daniel Razon will be showcasing 56 paintings on canvas by Tala Gallery artists, from the original photography works of Mr. Public Service and four more other paintings on different concepts. The gallery will be opened to the public on September 28-30, 2009 at Tala Gallery, 100 Scout de Guia Street, Kamuning Quezon City. Proceeds of the said exhibit shall be for the free college education of the La Verdad Christian College (LVCC) scholars. The map below shall location of Tala Gallery. Click the image below to show a bigger image of the map. The orange lane … Continue reading Brush and Shutter Art Exhibit

Ortigas Center Business District Map

The second most important business district next to Makati Central Business District is the Ortigas Center. I have been monitoring the search strings being typed by surfers that somehow lead them to my site. In my previous post, I placed the map of the Makati Central Business District. Since there were many search strings for Ortigas Center, I decided to place a map of it as well, included its adjacent locations. Below is a high-resolution image of the map of Ortigas Center Business District (1908 pixels X 2088 pixels). Please feel free to click the map to enlarge it. CLICK … Continue reading Ortigas Center Business District Map

Manila Bay Dusk

I always wanted to take a photo of the sunset via Manila Bay perfectly. I mean I need to see the sun set before my eyes on the horizon and capture that moment. Whenever there are instances I feel that the day would be great and that clouds will not be filling up the horizon part where the sun sets, I would take time to go to MOA (Mall of Asia, Pasay City Philippines) and wait for the right time to take photos of the moment. However, never in my time that I was able to take the “perfect sunset.” … Continue reading Manila Bay Dusk

YConCon – The Sequel: Isang Araw Lang!

The Araneta Coliseum was jam-packed on last Monday’s (August 17 2009 7PM) concert dubbed as YConCon (Youth Concert Convention) – The Sequel – Isang Araw lang! Various music Philippine bands participated that shook the venue. Breadcrumbs gave the first number, to be followed by the Play band. The following are the renowned Philippine bands played and sang their respective songs: 1.  Shamrock Shamrock 2. Hammilan and Ms. Coney Yanga Hammilan doing solo Hammilan and Ms. Coney duet Hammilan with Ms. Coney duet 3. Itchyworms Itchyworms’ turn 4. Nina Nina sings ‘Love Moves…” 5. Sugarfree Sugarfree doing their thing 6. Pupils … Continue reading YConCon – The Sequel: Isang Araw Lang!

Zamboanga City Hall

The construction of this Hispanic building started in 1905 and was completed in 1907 by the Federal Government of the United States for the American Governors of the area, which included Leonard O. Wood, Tasker H. Bliss, Ralph W. Hoyt, and John Pershing of World War I fame. Today it serves as the City Hall of Zamboanga, where the City Mayor holds office. It is located right at the heart of Zamboanga City. (Source: Wow Philippines). Zamboanga City Historical Marker Zamboanga City Hall Zamboanga City Hall with yellow ribbon (in honor of the late President Aquino) The Offical Seal of … Continue reading Zamboanga City Hall

At Fort Pilar, Zamboanga City with Dante and Elmar

I came back to mi ciudad de Zamboanga to have my one-week vacation in this wonderful city of mine, also called now as Asia’s Latin City. Dante and Elmar fetched me in Upper Calarian at the main opening going to the Armed Forces of the Philippines Logistics Command (AFPLC) of the Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom). Then at the city proper, we passed by the Zamboanga City Hall, built during the American era. Then, we headed straight to Fort Pilar, a fortress that guarded Zamboanga City from the invading groups of people from different waves. Historical marker Main entrance to Fort … Continue reading At Fort Pilar, Zamboanga City with Dante and Elmar

At Fort Santiago, Manila with My Friend Sir Ruben

We went to one of the government agencies in Intramuros area and visited that agency for something we have been doing for months now. After having stayed for awhile, Sir Ruben invited me to have a walk inside Intramuros of which I accepted right away. I took some shots but was not satisfied with it – there were many students! Then we decided to went back to his car and rode to Fort Santiago of which he also invited me to go there. Sir Ruben, at the Fort Santiago Park, Fort Santiago, Manila Me, at the Plaza Arma Park, Fort … Continue reading At Fort Santiago, Manila with My Friend Sir Ruben

Ayala, Half-Mast for Cory

Sunday, August 2. I went to Ayala to buy pasalubong for my parents and  sisters in Zamboanga City. I passed by the Philippine Stock Exchange plaza in Makati City along Ayala Avenue – a day after the death of former President Corazon C. Aquino. The flag at the plaza was in half-mast, and at the background of the flag pole is a yellow banner dedicated to the late president: While walking along Ayala Avenue going to go to Greenbelt, The Landmark and Glorieta, I noticed that the street was filled with yellow ribbons tied to metal railings along the avenue. … Continue reading Ayala, Half-Mast for Cory

A Letter by President Marcos: On Aquino

While I was looking around the memorabilia house of the late president, I found pieces of documents which were handwritten by President Ferdinand Marcos himself. It was written on March 21, 1986 after his ousting as President of the Republic of the Philippines . He was referring to Mrs. Aquino then. Also, a newspaper in the United States published  some of the statements of the late president. The documents I took pictures of are the actual handwritten documents of President Ferdinand E. Marcos. Here they are, together with the transcript: The transcript of the letter is below in case you … Continue reading A Letter by President Marcos: On Aquino

Batac and Paoay: Places to Visit

I had fun really the previous day since I already did what were supposed to be done on that day. I woke up very early today at my hotel and readied for the things to be finished, if there were. I sent a text message to my boss if there were still things to be done. He just told me to send the report. Nothing more. My friend here in Laoag told me that  he would be fetching me from my hotel along P. Paterno street. Our first stop: BATAC CITY. My friend is from this place and he knows … Continue reading Batac and Paoay: Places to Visit

A Stroll to Remember: Laoag City, Ilocos Norte

I arrived here at Laoag City via the Philippine Airlines yesterday, July 27, 2009 at around 6:40PM from  Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 in Pasay City, Metro Manila for an official business with an agency here in this City. It was a bit raining in Metro Manila when I left, and was a fair weather here in Laoag City when I arrived. Laoag International Airport Then I asked for an assistance from the Philippine Tourism Authority help desk at the airport to help me find a place to stay until Wednesday night. The lady assisted me and I decided … Continue reading A Stroll to Remember: Laoag City, Ilocos Norte

Isang Araw Lang at PICC, Pasay City

It was an opportunity  last night to have seen the ISANG ARAW LANG The Movie, a digital film directed by no other than Mr. Public Service himself, Kuya Daniel Razon through Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International Incorporated, the media entity that holds and manages the Public Service Channel, UNTV 37. The 4PM batch and the 7PM batch of movie playing at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City was both flocked by many and were satisfied by the movie itself. It was filled with comedy, drama and action, all put into a movie. It is highly recommended for … Continue reading Isang Araw Lang at PICC, Pasay City

Pasyal with Rommel

I was supposed to accompany Meng (or Rommel), a co-boardmate in one of the boarding houses in Bangkal, Makati City, to Pier 2 (Zaragoza Gate) since he was supposed to be designated as one of the programmers (C#.Net) for one  shipping lines in the north harbor area. Luckily, his new assignment was canceled and thus he was retained to his main office in Legazpi Village, Makati City. Since we were supposed to go to the City of Manila I persuaded him to go with me strolling in Makati Central Business District. This was also an idea for me to show … Continue reading Pasyal with Rommel

Arshtershtas de Zamboanga

(Chabacano de Zamboanga) Este el di mio maga cumpanero na Apalit, todo se came estaba na cuidad de Zamboanga, como famoso ahora na nombre “Latin City” o “Ciudad Latina” aqui na entero Asia. Uno por uno ya guinda came aqui na Manila para busca trabajo, y gracias con el Creador porque ya tiene came buenamente trabajo aqui. Cada Sabado, ta anda came todo na Apalit para atende el Pasalamat, de nuestro congregacion, el Members, Church of God International que el Hermano Eli ta presida en este tiempo. Left to right: Bro. Tarro, Bro. Raffy, Bro. Rommel, Bro. Dante, Bro. Elmar … Continue reading Arshtershtas de Zamboanga

What a day this day

Whew. I woke up very early today for work, then it rained hard – very hard – that it was difficult to find a jeepney to take me to Paseo de Roxas along Pasay Road (Arnaiz). I tried to get a taxi cab, but then all of them weren’t vacant. So, you know what I did? I walked  my way to office from Barangay Bangkal near South Super Highway (Sergio Osmena Highway), crossing the super highway to Estacion street. Then from Estacion Street, I walked near-mile to Pasay Road (Arnaiz). Then from there, I walked until I reached Makati Square … Continue reading What a day this day

Girly: Before, While and After Eating

These were taken last year December 2008 when my sisters came with me in Manila to attend the International Thanksgiving of the whole Congregation we are part of. After having attended the International Thanksgiving, I strolled them around in some Metro Manila places and Trinoma in Quezon City was one of the malls we’ve visited. I decided to take them to Tokyo-Tokyo, a Japanese restaurant which has branches almost in all major malls in Metro Manila. I was playing around with Ella’s mobile phone, for it has a camera. I haven’t bought yet at this time my current Canon Powershot … Continue reading Girly: Before, While and After Eating

While Sitting at a Park

After having gone from the 25th floor of the new Citibank tower along Paseo de Roxas in Makati City, I walked my way to a park in Makati Central Business District near Union Church along Legazpi Street, passing through several underground passageways in Paseo de Roxas and Ayala Avenue. I got tired and so, I sat for a while in the park where joggers do their thing at the park for their regular exercise. While sitting on one of the concrete benches in the park, I noticed the color of the sunset reflecting to RCBC Plaza and GT Tower in … Continue reading While Sitting at a Park

GMA7: Unbalanced News, Biased Views

The case of Bro. Eli and the alleged rape thing that he allegedly has done to one excommunicated member of the Church of God International is still currently being heard at the courts. The case has not been closed yet and both parties involved in the case are not allowed to talk about the case since it still under hearing. GMA 7 has aired over their television network program CASE UNCLOSED the case of Bro. Eli Soriano and Mr. Daniel Veridiano who is also known as Puto (the word “puto” is a male counterpart of a female whore in Spanish). … Continue reading GMA7: Unbalanced News, Biased Views

Some Metro Manila Buildings

Makati and Mandaluyong Buildings as shot from Pacific Plaza in Ortigas Makati Buildings as shot from Pacific Plaza in Ortigas Ortigas Buildings along San Miguel Avenue and Emerald Street in Ortigas Center SM Mega Mall in Mandaluyong, and St. Francis Square in Ortigas Center EDSA Shangri-la and Shangri-la Plaza (Rustan’s) in Mandaluyong City (shot from Pacific, Ortigas) PBCOM Tower along Ayala Avenue, Makati City GT Tower and RCBC Plaza along Ayala Avenue, Makati City (shot from Gil Puyat) Citibank Tower along Valero Street (and Paseo de Roxas) in Makati City Continue reading Some Metro Manila Buildings

Cebu Scenic Spots I Visited

These are the images I took myself during my three-day stay in Cebu. After having done our tasks for each  day in Cebu, we find time to stroll around and visit some of the city’s historical and scenic spots. The images are as follows: A Shrine dedicated to Ferdinand Magellan (Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan) A Shrine dedicated to Ferdinand Magellan (A Fernando Magallanes – “To Ferdinand Magellan”) (Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan) Lapu-Lapu Monument at the Lapu Lapu Shrine (Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan) Lapu-Lapu Monument at the Lapu Lapu Shrine (Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan) Magellan’s Cross (Cebu City) Magellan’s Cross Marker (Cebu City) This houses … Continue reading Cebu Scenic Spots I Visited

Shots from Subic and Cebu

May 27, at around 2PM, we went to Subic for an official business in one of the government agencies there. Our group came from Manila with our transportation going to Olongapo City. the images below are but some of the pictures I took while I was there. The scenery was actually refreshing and breath-taking: Lighthouse along Subic Bay Lighthouse and Subic Bay Subic Bay Seaport Subic Ants (Hahahaha) Wednesday, June 3 was day I have to depart for Cebu from Manila for another official business with the same government agency there. But before having to arrive at Cebu, the weather … Continue reading Shots from Subic and Cebu

MRT Rush Hour

Whew! from a day’s work from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, I and Mr. Ruben Lao, Chief Technical Officer of Eurolink, the company where I am connected with, went straight ahead to the Philippine Stock Exchange East Tower (Tektite) in Ortigas Center, and stayed for awhile there and had our coffee in the tower’s 4th floor area. After having sipped and finished our coffee, we went our own ways and I went to SM Megamall to buy ID holders and pink notebook, then went to MRT Shaw Boulevard station in Mandaluyong City on the crossing of EDSA and … Continue reading MRT Rush Hour

A Stroll at Old Manila

I was strolling along P. Burgos in Manila from the Bureau of Immigration yesterday and the day after yesterday. My usual routine is to walk from the Bureau of Immigration in Intramuros Manila to the Central Terminal of the Light Railway Transit (LRT) Station. This usual routine lets me walk by the Philippine Postal Office (PhilPost). I decided to take a shot of it from afar, from its fronting plaza with fountain. The place where I usually eat somewhat is near to the Palacio del Gobernador and the Manila Cathedral. After having eaten one day, I decided to have a … Continue reading A Stroll at Old Manila

Learning Digital Photography

Since I bought a new digital camera, I have been reading anything about photography, especially ISO numbers, modes and lighting. I actually love taking pictures, and having read so much articles about ‘beginning photography,’ I learned that having to have a digital camera is not enough to take breath taking photos.  Some of us might just be shooting at a desired subject without considering the ISO to be used, the existence of a flash and the angle of the shot to name a few. Before, I was thinking that a great photo is taken when using ONLY a good digital … Continue reading Learning Digital Photography