Monthly Archives: January 2014

Batanes Package

Batanes Barkada Packages

Make this vacation as one of your most memorable moments with your barkada!

BARKADA PACKAGES
Rate is on a Per Person Basis
(Minimum of 7 Persons)

3 Days/2 Nights – Php 6,650
4 Days/3 Nights – Php 9,200
5 Days/4 Nights – Php 10,850

Tour Inclusions:

-Hotel Accommodation (Options: Batanes Seaside, Dive Batanes, Amboy Hometel, Shandels Inn, Brandon Lodge)
-Basco Tour
-Batan South Tour
-Sabtang Island Tour (only included to 4D/3N and 5D/4N Packages)
-Airport Transfers
-Full Board Meals (Breakfasts, Pic-Nic Lunches, Dinners)
-Private Land Transport
-Boat Transfers
-Private Tour Guide
-Municipal Fees
-Tax Inclusive
-All Tour Fees

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Batanes

From emerald pastureland to windswept massif, stunning cliffs rising above exposed beaches and astonishing roads carved out of mountainside — wherever you go you will find exquisite scenery in Batanes.

To date, Batan Island still has a few remnants of the Spanish rule, seen its its old fashioned edifices, centuries old Spanish churches and an old Spanish bridge.

Rent a bike and wing through sweeping panoramas of rugged terrains, gorgeous valleys and coastline repeatedly under attack by waves.

Say hello to Racuh Apayaman, touted as the Marlboro Country, a communal pastureland. Marvel at the undulating valley, hills and green meadows where water buffalo, horses and cattle roam freely.

The ancient coastal village of Diura is also worth checking especially during the fishing season when they perform the Kapayvanuvanua ritual.

If you are up for more adventure, you can hike up the dormant Mt.Iraya in Basco, just coordinate with your hotel for a local guide.

Cross to the well-preserved Sabtang Island where you will find well-preserved Ivatan Culture.

Wander around Savidug and Chavayan for the stone houses.

Take home the remarkable hand-woven vakul from Sabtang Weavers Association.

Do not leave Sabtang without exploring the astounding natural arch formation on its shores.

Batanes is bathed in serenity and dramatic scenery. No wonder it has virtually zero crime rate – a testament to which is the Honesty Coffee Shop.

Drop by anytime!

Source: http://itsmorefuninthephilippines.com/batanes/

Photo sources: http://www.driftwoodjourneys.com / http://www.philippinetrails.com

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Dinagyang Festival 2014 Schedule of Activities

Dinagyang 2014 Schedule of Activities

December 13, 2013, Friday

3:00pm – PAMUKAW (Bonifacio Drive)
January 5, 2014

4:00pm – Ms. Iloilo Dinagyang Fashion Show of Summer Collection (SM City Iloilo)

January 7, 2014

9:00am-10:30am – Dinagyang Food Aid Program for School Children (A. Mirasol Elementary School, Mandurriao)

January 9, 2014

9:00am-10:30am – Dinagyang Food Aid Program for School Children (Hibao-an Elementary School, Mandurriao)

January 10, 2014

4:00pm – Ms. Iloilo Dinagyang Fashion Show of Summer Collection (Robinsons Iloilo)

January 11, 2014

8:00am-1:00pm – Dinagyang Medical Mission (Brgy. Sooc, Arevalo)

3:00pm – Ms. Iloilo Dinagyang Jet Ski Exhibition & Pre-pageant Swimwear Competition (Iloilo River Esplanade)

January 13-26, 2014

10:00am-8:00pm – Dinagyang Information and Assistance Center (Robinsons Place Iloilo Fountain Area)

10:00am-9:00pm – Dinagyang Information and Assistance Center (SM City)

January 14, 2014

9:00am-10:30am – Dinagyang Food Aid Program for School Children (Sto. Niño Sur Elementary School, Arevalo)

January 15, 2014

5:00am – Walk with Mary (Diana from San Jose Church to the 5 Barangays of the Parish) (San Jose Parish Church)

5:30am – Turning over of Outgoing Hermanos to the Incoming Hermanos of 2014 (San Jose Parish Church)

January 15-25, 2014

6:00am – Sto. Niño Mass in Ilonggo (San Jose Parish Church)

7:00am – Sto. Niño Mass in English (Pilgrims: Parishes of Vacariate of St. Paul) (San Jose Parish Church)

8:30am – Sto. Niño Mass in English (Pilgrims: City Schools) (San Jose Parish Church)

5:00pm – Chaplet to Sto. Niño (San Jose Parish Church)

5:30pm – Sto. Niño Mass in English (Pilgrims: Private Entities & Government Agencies) (San Jose Parish Church)

January 16, 2014

9:00am-10:30am – Dinagyang Food Aid Program for School Children (Rizal Elementary School, City Proper)

January 16-17, 2014

6:00am – Dinagyang Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament (Iloilo Golf & Country Club, Inc.)

January 17, 2014

5:00am – Walk with Jesus (Diana from San Jose Church to the 5 Barangays of the Parish) (San Jose Parish Church)

2:00pm – Opening Salvo Mass with the different Tribe Dancers (San Jose Parish Church)

3:00pm – OPENING SALVO (City Parade Route – Circuit Eight)

January 18, 2014

8:00am-1:00pm – Dinagyang Medical Mission (Brgy. Lanit, Jaro)

8:30am – Sto. Niño Mass for the barangay children (San Jose Parish Church)

9:30am – 30-minute catechism for the barangay children (San Jose Parish Church)

10:00am-11:30am – Parlor Games and snacks for the children (San Jose Parish Church)

2:00pm-4:00pm – Seminar to Mothers on breastfeeding, child care and responsible parenthood (San Jose Parish Church)

January 18-19, 2014

6:00am – Dinagyang Bamboo Tee Golf Tournament (Iloilo Golf & Country Club, Inc.)

January 19, 2014

4:00am – Dinagyang Half Marathon (SM City Iloilo)

8:00am-12:00am – Medical and Dental Mission (San Jose Parish Church)

January 20, 2014

10:00am – Healing Mass and Lunch Date for the Aged , Sick, and Abandoned (San Jose Parish Church)

January 20-26, 2014

10:00am – Iloilo Travel Mart (Amigo Event Center)

January 21, 2014

7:00am – Arrival of the Pilgrim Image of Señor Santo Niño from Cebu City (Procession from Iloilo Port to San Jose Church)

9:00am – Santo Niño Mass in English (San Jose Church)

10:00am – Re-enactment of the Finding of the Image of Señor Santo Niño (San Jose Church)

10:30am – Motorcade to St. Therese MTC-Colleges, LaPaz (Mass & Public Veneration follow) (From San Jose Church)

4:00pm – Iloilo Arts Festival: Folk Dance/Binalaybay/Latin Dance Sports (SM City Carpark)

7:00pm – Tribute Concert (San Jose Restoration) (San Jose Parish Church)

January 22, 2014

9:30am – Motorcade of the Pilgrim Image to the Universiy of San Agustin (Mass/Public Veneration) (San Jose Parish Church)

10:00am – Visitation of the Pilgrimage Image (Towns and Entities who requested) (San Jose Parish Church)

5:30pm – Re-enactment of the Coronation of Queen Juana and Niño Dinagyang 2014 (San Jose Parish Church)

7:00pm – MISS ILOILO DINAGYANG 2014 CORONATION NIGHT (San Agustin Gym)

January 23, 2014

6:00pm – Pilgrim Image visits Cofradia del Sto. Niño de Cebu-Oton Chapter, Trapiche, Oton (San Jose Parish Church)

January 23-24, 2014

6:00pm – Sineng Pambansa (SM City Cinema)

7:00pm – 4th Dinagyang Pyrolympics 2014 Luces in the Sky (SM City Parking Lot)

January 23-26, 2014

5:00pm-onward – DINAGYANG IHRRA FOOD FESTIVAL (Delgado Street)

January 24, 2014

7:30am – SALVO OF A THOUSAND DRUMS (Arroyo Fountain Area)

8:00am – TAMBOR TRUMPA MARTSA MUSIKA (From Bonifacio Drive to Freedom Grandstand)

9:00am-12:00nn, 5:00pm – On-the-Spot Painting Contest and Awarding (Museo Iloilo)

3:00pm – FLUVIAL PROCESSION (Fort San Pedro to disembark in Iloilo Customs House; Solemn Procession follows from Iloilo Customs House to San Jose Parish Church)

January 24-25, 2014

6:00pm-onward – Iloilo Dinagyang Street Party (Delgado, Valeria, Ledesma, & Iznart Streets and Bonifacio Drive)

8:00am-5:00pm – 7th Iloilo Dinagyang National Age-Group Swimfest (Iloilo Sports Complex)

January 24-26, 2014

7:00am – Dinagyang Taekwondo (Ateneo de Iloilo Gym)

8:00am-5:00pm – Dinagyang Bastonero (Arnis) (Iloilo Sports Complex)

January 25, 2014

7:00am – Mass for Kasadyahan Contestants (San Jose Church)

8:00am – KASADYAHAN REGIONAL CULTURAL SHOWCASE (The Best of Western Visayas Festivals) (City Parade Route – Circuit Eight)

2:00pm – SPONSORS MARDI GRAS (Parade from Freedom Grandstand)
4:00pm – Kapamilya Karavan (ABS-CBN)

7:00pm – RELIGIOUS SADSAD (San Jose Church) *8:00am – 4th Mayor JPM Bowling Cup (SEBBA)

January 26, 2014

6:00am – Concelebrated High Mass (San Jose Church)

8:00am – 2014 ILOILO DINAGYANG ATI CONTEST (City Parade Route – Circuit Eight)

8:30am – Regular Sunday Masses (San Jose Church)

7:00pm – AWARDING CEREMONIES (Freedom Grandstand)

7:30pm – Fireworks Display (Freedom Grandstand)

January 27, 2014

5:30pm – THANKSGIVING MASS (San Jose Church)

(source: http://www.dinagyangsailoilo.com)

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Dinagyang Festival 2014

Iloilo Dinagyang Festival is a thanksgiving for and a celebration in honor of Sr. Santo Nino. But it prides itself as a festival of excellent folk choreography, a showcase of Ilonggo heritage and culture. It is as grand as Iloilo’s old churches and mansions

Highlights of the Festival
The religious highlight is the fluvial procession along Iloilo River. The cultural highlights are the Kasadyahan and the Ati-atihan parades and competitions.

The fluvial procession is on a Friday of the Dinagyang week. Devotees carrying assorted images of the Child Jesus ride in motorized bancas from the mouth of the river towards the pier area where the foot parade would start and then back to the church.

Held on a Saturday, Kasadyahan is a cultural parade. The presentation is theatrical and in local color.

The Ati-atihan contest on a Sunday, is a big event. Participated in by at least twenty groups or tribe, the warriors wipe brown body paint all over their body and dance to the drumbeats.

The festival was first started to celebrate the feast of the Sto. Nino. From a parish church festivity to honor the Child Jesus, the celebration has evolved to become a religious-cultural activity. It is now a vehicle to promote Iloilo as a tourist and investment destination.

Dinagyang Song tells of how Iloilo got its name, how it was sold by the aborigines to the Borneans led by a Datu Paiburong. It also describes Ilonggos’ proud heritage, industry and peaceful existence. It spells out hope and progress through Dinagyang.

The performances have awed audiences because of its spectacle – the choreography, costumes and music are very impressive. Especially, the choreography which has been noted by no less than the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts (NCCA). The commission has tagged Dinagyang as the “Festival of Excellent Folk Choreography”.

Through the years, the festival has gained national prominence and recognition by winning the national street dancing competition. Now, people know that Dinagyang is Iloilo, and Iloilo is Dinagyang!

Source: https://www facebook.com/dinagyangfestival.iloilo/

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Cherry Blossoms Hotel

Room Rates:

SUPERIOR​(Single/Dbl/Twin) – ​Php 2,350.00 net​ per night
DE LUXE​(Single/Dbl) – ​Pho 2,750.00 net per night ​
2-LEVEL SUITE​(Single/Dbl) – ​Php 2,950.00 net​ per night
SUITE​(Single/Dbl/Quad)​ – Php 3,950.00 net​ per night
EXTRA BED/Person – Php 1,000.00 net per night

INCLUSIONS:
• Free breakfast
• Above room rates are valid until March 31, 2015.

PROMO RATE:​Php 2,500.00 net with Breakfast for two (Standard Room)
​Single/Double Occupancy

Airport Transfers:

CAR – ​Php 1300.00/person (Airport-Hotel)​
VAN​- Php 1,500.00/person (Airport-Hotel) ; ​​​Php 1,500.00/person (Hotel-Airport)

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Ati-Atihan 2014 Schedule of Activities

Ati-Atihan 2014 Schedule of Activities

Ati-Atihan 2014 is here!  Check out the schedule of activities prepared for this special event!

January 10-19, 2014
•9-Day Devotional Novena @ Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
•Paeapak @ Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

January 10, 2014
•7:00PM — Mutya ng Lakan it Kalibo Ati-Atihan Pageant @ ABL Sports and Cultural Center

January 13-19, 2014
•Aklan Products Showcase @ Kalibo Pastrana Park
•8:00AM — Kalibo Ati-Atihan Street Bazaar @ Veterans Avenue
•Visual Arts Exhibit @ Museo it Akean
•Kaean-an sa Plaza @Kalibo Pastrana Park
•6:00PM — Hala Bira Ati-Atihan Nights @ Kalibo Magsaysay Park

January 13, 2014
•2:00PM — Aklan Festivals Parade @ Major Streets of Kalibo

January 14, 2014
•2:00PM — Viva Señor Sto. Nino @ Major Streets of Kalibo

January 15, 2014
•5:00PM — Ati-Atihan Trajjic Jam Car Show @ Kalibo Pastrana Park

January 15-17, 2014
•Sinaot sa Calle @ Major Streets of Kalibo

January 16, 2014
•2:00PM — Aklan Higante Contest @ Major Streets of Kalibo

January 17, 2014
•Sadsad Pagpasaemat kay Senor Sto. Nino @ Major Streets of Kalibo

January 18, 2014
•4:00AM — Dawn Penitential Procession @ Major Streets of Kalibo & Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
•8:00AM — Ati-Atihan Tribes Street Dancing Contest — Assembly Area: Mabini St. & Desposorio Maagma Sr. St.
•12:00NN — Hornada @ In Front of Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
•3:00-9:00PM — Street Dancing @ Major Streets of Kalibo & Cathedral Parish of St. John the Baptist

January 19, 2014
•9:00AM — Transfer of Sr. Sto. Nino de Kalibo Image and Pilgrims’ Mass @ Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
•9:00AM — Musyon ga Ati-Atihan ag Mag Sto. Nino @ Major Streets of Kalibo
•3:00-9:00PM — Religious Procession and Street Dancing @ Major Streets of Kalibo & Cathedral Parish of St. John the Baptist

 
Photo credit:  http://cushtravel.com/culture-festivals-make-boracay-magical-place/

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Sinulog 2014 Schedule of Activities

Sinulog 2014 Schedule of Activities

Viva Señor Sto. Niño! Pit Senyor!

Schedule of Activities

January 10-31, 2014 at Fuente Osmeña

December 1, 2013 – January 31, 2014: Sinulog Street Fair (Osmeña Boulevard)

Dec. 30, 2013: Sinulog Fun Run
•05:00am – Elimination of Sinulog Dance Crew and Musicfest (CCSC)

January 9, 2014: Opening Salvo: Walk with Jesus
•04:00am – Assembly at Fuente Osmeña
•04:30am – Start of Walk at Fuente Osmeña Boulevard to Basilica del Sto. Niño
•05:30am – Installation of Hermano and Hermana Mayores 2014

January 10, 2014: Sinulog 2014 Kick Off
•02:00pm – Solemn Mass (Basilica del Sto. Niño)
•03:00pm – Launching Parade (Basilica del Sto. Niño to CCSC)
•07:00pm – Opening and Launching Program at Fuente Osmeña
•08:00pm – Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
•09:00pm – Street Party Bands

January 11, 2014: Sinulog sa Kabataan – Lalawigan
•01:00pm – Parade of Participants (Capitol Site to Cebu City Sports Center)
•02:00pm – Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan (Cebu City Sports Center)
•06:30pm – Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña)
•07:00pm – Ms. Cebu 2014 Presentation (Ayala Activity Center)
•08:00pm – Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
•09:00pm – Concert at Fuente Osmeña , Street Party Bands

January 12, 2014: Sinulog sa Kabataan – Dakbayan
•04:00am – Cebu City 2014 Marathon – http://www.cebumarathon.com
•01:00pm – Parade of Participants (Plaza Independencia to CCSC)
•02:00pm – Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan (Cebu City Sports Center)
•06:00pm – Grand Finals of Sinulog Choral Competition
•06:30pm – Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña)
•08:00pm – Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
•09:00pm – Concert at Fuente Osmeña , Street Party Bands

January 13, 2014
•06:30pm – Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña)
•08:00pm – Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
•09:00pm – Concert at Fuente Osmeña , Street Party Bands

January 14, 2014
•06:30pm – Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña)
•08:00pm – Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
•09:00pm – Concert at Fuente Osmeña , Street Party Bands

January 15, 2014
•09:00am – Airport Welcome (Balikbayan Flights)
•06:30pm – Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña)
•07:00pm – Ms. Cebu 2014 Coronation Night (Waterfront Lahug Hotel)
•08:00pm – Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
•09:00pm – Concert at Fuente Osmeña , Street Party Bands

January 16, 2014
•09:00am – Airport Welcome (Balikbayan Flights)
•06:00pm – Balik Cebu, Welcome Party at Ayala Center Cebu
•06:30pm – Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña)
•06:30pm – Sinulog Festival Queen Runway Competition and Photoshoot
•08:00pm – Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
•08:00pm – Handumanan at Ayala Terraces
•09:00pm – Concert at Fuente Osmeña , Street Party Bands

January 17, 2014: Visual Merchandising Contest (Department Stores and Malls)
•04:00am – Walk with Mary (Fuente Osmeña to Sto. Niño)
•09:00am – Solidarity Meeting (All Competing Contingent/Floats/Higante/Puppteers) at CCSC Gym
•06:00pm – Sinulog Dance Crew and Musicfest Grand Finals (Cebu City Sports Center)
•07:30pm – Sinulog Festival Queen 2014 (Cebu City Sports Center)
•08:00pm – Cebu Popular Music Festival (Cebu Coliseum)

January 18, 2014
•06:00am – Fluvial Procession of the Miraculous Image of Sto. Niño
•09:00am – Re-enactment of the Baptism of Queen Juana and Rajah Humabon Basilica del Sto.Niño
•02:00pm – Solemn Procession of the Miraculous Image of Sto. Niño
•07:00pm – Sinulog Fireworks Competition (SM City Cebu)
•07:00pm – Street party (Fuente Osmeña and Plaza Independencia)
•08:00pm – Kasadya Nite Mardi Gras (Ayala Center Cebu)
•09:00pm – Musicfest Grand Finals

January 19, 2014: SINULOG GRAND PARADE
•04:00am – Mañanita Mass (Basilica del Sto. Niño)
•06:00am – Pontifical mass with His Eminence Ricardo J. Cardinal Vidal
•09:00am – Sinulog Grand Parade Carousel Kick Off
•07:00pm – Grand Finale and Grand Fireworks (Cebu City Sports Center)
•07:30pm – Street Party Bands (Fuente Osmeña)

January 20, 2014
•01:00pm – Awarding Ceremonies (Cebu City Sports Center)

January 24, 2014: “HUBO”
•04:00am – “HUBO Mass” Ritual (Basilica del Sto. Niño)

January 25, 2014
•01:00pm – Screening of Finaslists Short Film/Video Documentary Contest
•01:00pm – Sinulog 2013 Photo Contest Winners Exhibits
•06:00pm – Awarding Ceremonies Photo Contest and Video Documentary Contest

February 3 – 10, 2014: Photo Exhibits “Winning Photos Sinulog ’14 (SM City Cebu)

Photo Source: http://basilicasantonino.org.ph

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Happy New Year to everyone!!!

We wish everyone a…

Naragsac nga Baro nga Tawen! Masaganang Ba-gong Taon! Bulahang Bag-ong Tuig! Mahamungaya-on nga Bag-ong Tuig! Mahigugmaon nga Bag-ong Dag-on! Masadya nga Bag-ong Tuig! Malipayong Bag-ong Tuig! Masayang Bayung Banua! Maliket ya Balon Taon! Masayang Ba-yon Taon! Maogmang Bag-ong Taon! Mainuswagon nga Bag-o nga Tuig! Manigong Bagong Taon! Happy New Year!

~from your Silver Phoenix Travel Family 🙂

Photo by Gay Calaranan.

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