Saturday, December 28, 2013

Davao City : A Glance of Abreeza Mall, with 7-Random Thoughts

I've been in Davao City several times, but not in one place like Abreeza Mall. Its my first time since the time it was fully operational in May 12, 2011. 

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Learn how to use GoPro Apps on your smartphones

Did you know that you can use your smartphone to help you use your GoPro camera? 

Thanks to the new GoPro App, you can now capture all sorts of incredible athletic stunts and hero shots with the help of your smartphone. Let’s take a closer look at how to use your smartphone with your GoPro camera to enjoy extreme sports.

Monday, December 16, 2013

G.I.V.E. Bukidnon : Waiting in Silence, Waiting in Hope

Da Carabao, Da Lake and Da Trekero.

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Photo Shoot : The Cold Spring Outlet of Duka Bay Resort

The outlet of cold spring in Duka Bay Resort

Friday, December 06, 2013

Photo Shoot : Appreciating Colors

A Flower like electric lamp was displayed in our workplace when I noticed the glaring mode of colors when it was lighted right in front of me. If we move the camera closer to this subject, it will look like an abstract to me.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Photo Shoot : Be contented with your smartphones, just be creative

Last week, the last day of November to be exact, we visited Cagayan de Oro City for a special intention. One is for the regular eye check up of my wife at the CUMC (Capitol University Medical Center).

Sunday, November 24, 2013

After the Storm, Run to Help YOLANDA SURVIVORS

Photo credit : Raph Heria of Iclique Fotografia and a fellow BPBS. Entitled this photo as "Together We Can Help".

"Everyone is involved. Or maybe everyone must get involve".

This is just a simple phrase that came to my mind when a priest, in the Diocese of Malaybalay, Father Robert, posted in his facebook wall the call to help our brothers and sisters who are survivors from the tropical depression YOLANDA that struck almost the whole Visayas peninsula. 

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

SPECIAL EVENT : The Jollibee's 800th Store is here in Malaybalay City-Con Tour Blog is one of the invited guests

If there are other milestones that can be considered as a remarkable one here in Malaybalay City, the capital of the Province of Bukidnon ever had, it was the installation of a 1,500 square meter and the opening of the Jollibee's 800th outlet in the Philippines. And this 800th store as they may called it was installed at the Heart and the major thoroughfare of Malaybalay City and located along Fortich Street. This store was installed and opened last October 18, 2013 or almost a month now.

Sunday, November 03, 2013

2014 List of Philippine Holidays

Here are the holidays for 2014, declared by virtue of Proclamation No. 655, s. 2013:

January 1, 2014, Wednesday – New Year’s Day (Regular Holiday)

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Photo Shoot : Sunrise in Duka Bay Resort

I woke up early in the morning at around 3:00 a.m. just to take this shot at Duka Bay Resort in Medina, Misamis Oriental last summer in 2013, this year. Chasing the Sunrise as I may call this one. I used the live view of my camera to test what I learned about the long exposure technique in taking photos on sunrise. Since this was only a practice on long exposure, at least I've learned that using ND Filter when there is still no light available is not recommended. I used ND8 Filter with 3 stops. 

Friday, September 27, 2013

London is Calling...

London is truly an awesome City to visit, full of fantastic sights and things to do. I regularly go for short holidays in London, because I have family who live in Ealing, which is in West London. From there the rest of the City is easily accessible via the London underground and other forms of transportation. The Olympics in 2012 lit the city up, and the whole atmosphere about London was completely different, despite the extra queuing to get to places.

Getting around in London

One of the best things that I noticed when I was travelling across London was the Oyster card. It’s a small blue contactless credit-card sized card which stores public transportation tickets. All you have to do is top it up every now and then, plus it is cheaper than buying normal paper tickets. Driving in London is really not recommended, firstly because the cost of parking is extortionate, and secondly because of the congestion charges in Central London. Realistically, the public transportation is so efficient in London; there is no need for cars.Things to do in London, activities and things to see

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Speaking Engagement about Volunteerism at Bukidnon State University

Photo Credits : Grace Galache
Yesterday, I was in the Bukidnon State University's auditorium, delivering my short testimony about my experience when I volunteered to safeguard the votes during the 1986 Snap Election. It was just short but I knew that I moved their spirit on what is to become a volunteer. 

Friday, September 13, 2013

A Coffee Shop at the Middle of Agri Land

I sometimes contemplating to quit on sharing my travel experiences nowadays. For reason(s) that there are still some places that I considered that are not safe for a traveler like me. I am a family man. A lone breadwinner for a family of two kids. I don't want to leave them behind because of the reason that I risk myself in visiting a place where bomb threats and war are present. I do love to travel from one place to another. Not because I just want to see these places in person but also to discover more on our Philippine's gems. I love visiting places where festivals are uniquely celebrated. Exposing to the world on how colorful our festivals are and on how hospitable Filipinos are.

Sunday, September 08, 2013

I always value the Point and Shoot Camera, find out why?

Almost two months ago, I wrote a blogpost about our Photowalk and its benefits among the participants which I entitled as Photowalk is the other way of sharing your knowledge on Photography. It is also the other way to learn photography.

And one reader and a friend of mine leave his comment that made me ponder more about my passion and just enjoy what we are doing.

Before you continue reading the comment below written by one of my good friends and a fellow travel blogger based in Vigan of Northern Luzon, Edmar Guquib (the TownExplorer of please read first the blog post about the 1st Photowalk in Bukidnon for further appreciation of his comment.

Friday, September 06, 2013

The Wild Side of Miami

Miami is a melting pot, not just because of the heat. With such a confluence of cultures, Miami has gained a reputation as an international playground for the rich and famous. Most depictions of the City involve glamorous visitors dancing until dawn, indulging in mouth-watering Cuban food and sipping cocktails at world class hotels. 
Photo Credits : Abir Anwar-Miami Beaches

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Love Travel, Love Flexibility - 6 Tips for Unplanned Traveling / Backpacking

While some travelers like to have their holidays planned from the moment they arrive to the moment they leave, others crave a more spontaneous experience. If you belong to the latter group, you probably get a thrill from arriving to a new destination with no fixed itinerary, departure date, or place to stay. Traveling with this degree of flexibility can leave you open to having some truly unique experiences and memorable interactions with the locals. Sound like a blast? Here are my top 6 tips to help you stay flexible while travelling:

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

What to visit in Granada?

There are lot of questions that may rise once we visit a certain place, like Granada. One of these is What place to visit in Granada. What are the places that we are going to visit in Granada? Knowing and identifying the places to visit in Granada are essential things to do in order to maximize and enjoy your whole stay in this place.
Beaches at the Almuñecar. Photo Courtesy,

Sunday, September 01, 2013

The Santa Cruz Carnival

Photo Courtesy : Tenerife Dot Com

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

New adventures across the Pacific: outdoor attractions in Cuba

There are many remarkable sights to behold within the Philippines. Pristine and white beaches, cities that are rich in culture and excitement, incredible trekking and fascinating underwater worlds like in Tubataha Reef and Palawan diving sites. These attractions are impressive, but were Archipelagically spread out over many islands, separated by sea and with long hours of travel if by commercial ship.  Other islands right now had already its own airports except for some that can only be reached by boat.

Holidays to Cuba offer adventurous visitors a rare chance to experience incredible geographic and cultural diversity within a relatively compact island. Within a few hours you can travel from the vibrant cosmopolitan culture of Havana to the remote wilderness of the Sierra Maestra. Cuba is so much more than beach clubs and coconut cocktails and for outdoor enthusiasts, there are several highlights to choose from. Take the Viñales Valley: a broad flat area featuring beautiful and unusual limestone karst hills called mogotes. 
Photo Credits : David Bacon

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Photo Shoot : Unexpected Result

I actually about to go home when I spotted these littered flowers from a so-called "Golden Tree" at the Provincial Capitol Ground and just wanted to try a couple of shots and test the result using my Samsung Champ cellphone. Upon seeing the big stone just rested at the nearby, I then checked the possible composition of the photo.  

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Photo Shoot : Can-ayan, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon

I've got a chance to visit again this part of the City of Malaybalay wherein the site is the most visited place for some outdoor enthusiasts, like trekking activity. This is located within the Barangay Can-ayan of the City of Malaybalay. It is just about a 7 kilometers trek to the so-called two-trees from the Kaamulan Provincial Tree Park or from Gawad Kalinga Subdivision.

Friday, August 09, 2013

Photo Shoot : Morning Light on the rocks

If I may be asked on why I love photography so much, my answer then would be like this, 

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Photo Shoot : Frontyard Flowers

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Photo Shoot : The Image of Humility

I was on official travel to Barobo, Valencia City when I saw this single bamboo at its bending state. I was so stunned with its simple and yet imposing scene when I roamed around inside a compound of a poultry site in this part of the City of Golden Harvest. It was really an amazing sight to me. 

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Photowalk is the other way of Sharing...

In Focus - "Bulls-eye"
In the field of photography, you may be a newbie, an enthusiast, an amateur or even professional photographers, one of the things we kept in mind on why we endure and sustain our desire to pursue and continue with this kind of hobby, no matter what others would say, no one can pull you down in following your PASSION. Some might say its an expensive hobby. Yes indeed it is true. But why people keep on buying cameras, like DSLRs.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Schedule of Kadayawan Festival 2013

 Kadayawan Festival 2013

Kadayawan Agri-Trade Fair
August 1-27, 2013 | 8am-8pm
SM City Davao Parking Area

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Its another invitation to judge a Photo Contest...

Entry #82-bagged the 1st Place  and won P5,000.00. "Snack" by Edang Jose, Jr. 
People's Choice Award - P 3,000.00
People's Choice Award - P 3,000.00
Entry #82
People's Choice Award - P 3,000.00
Entry #82
Here's my photo description when I put my ratings..."Looks like not scripted. Its really an unguarded shot. My favorite in Photography. The subjects in this image really captured well by the photographer. The smile of both subjects conveys their true feelings, may either they are satisfied with what they're doing or satisfied with what they've eaten." - Bonzenti Panganiban ( Judge, I love South Cotabato Photo Contest 2013)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

What to do in Barcelona?

The City of Barcelona is located in the Northeastern Region of Catalonia in Spain. The City has many urban beaches and is known for its Architecture. Going to this City, there are many flights connecting Barcelona to other Cities.

Enjoy the City's Architecture.
Photo Credits : Architecture About Dot Com 

Friday, July 19, 2013

Photo Shoot : Bukidnon : Palaopao Hills the "Sleeping Giant"

Palaopao Hills can be seen with imposing view in Kisolon, Sumilao, Bukidnon. It can closely be seen once you stop over the Sumilao Bus Terminal.

Monday, July 08, 2013

Photo Shoot : The Light Bridge

The light bridge is most likely one of the elements added to make this photo a better composition. This was taken when we were having our 2nd summer vacation with my family after our summer jaunt in Sarangani.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Making Memories…

Adults and children alike will be overwhelmed, excited and delighted by all the wonders and amazing times to be had on a fantastic trip to Florida. If you’re considering taking the family on a holiday of a lifetime to the sunny state of Florida renowned for its top theme parks and gorgeous beaches, then make sure you prepare before you go. There is so much to see and do that it’s unlikely you will fit it all in just one visit but you can take a look at what’s on offer before you go. Check out prices, deals and the areas where parks are situated so you can plan your visit well. Thomas Cook has a great selection of affordable accommodation in great spots near the top attractions. Once you’ve planned your trip you can look forward to a fun-filled adventure!

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

It will come, it will come...a BENRO Tripod Review

One of my sincere desire in my life as an amateur photographer is to acquire a brand new BENRO Tripod. It cannot be denied, BENRO is one of the best recommended tripods by among some of the veteran photographers in the Philippines today, especially among travel bloggers. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Mt. Matutum

While we were in transit to General Santos City from Tacurong City, I spotted this imposing and beautiful view of Mount Matutum of South Cotabato which I didn't wasted my time to take a snapshot. Luckily, the road was part of the important elements in going to that beautiful mountain and adding to other elements in this photo are the riceland and the clouds that looks like a spewed smoke from the volcano's crater.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

What to do in Madrid?

Located in the central plateau in Spain, Madrid is a city filled and rich with culture. Visitors will be able to walk around the historic city center and visit the city's museums before enjoying some tapas.

Art museums

The Prado Museum, the Reina Sofia Museum and the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum are the city's three main art museums. These three museums form the Golden Triangle of Museums, located near one of the city's main train station, Atocha

Sunday, June 23, 2013

LAZADA secures $100 million of funding and launches a new mobile shopping platform

LAZADA, Southeast Asia’s largest online shopping mall, today disclosed that Verlinvest, a Belgian family-owned, consumer-focused investment holding company, has joined the company as an investor. Existing investors Holtzbrinck Ventures, Kinnevik, Summit Partners and Tengelmann Group also participated in the financing round that injected about $100 million of fresh capital into LAZADA’s German holding company.

“We are extremely happy to have finalized this investment round shortly after our 1st year anniversary and to again focus 100% of our attention on what we enjoy most: providing an amazing shopping experience to our customers” Maximilian Bittner, CEO of LAZADA, commented. “The interest in joining this round and its quick closing has exceeded all our expectations” he added. “We are thrilled to join LAZADA as a partner of Rocket Internet and an investor, the company’s scale and achievements after only one year of operations are highly impressive. Given the management’s track record and the region’s macro outlook we are very confident in LAZADA’s future” Frédéric de Mevius, Chairman of Verlinvest, said.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Issues and Concerns on the new Airport in Misamis Oriental

Photo Credits : Tan Tyra Cinco (facebook)
There are lots of apprehensions or critiques on the new Airport in Misamis Oriental when it was opened last June 15, 2013.

"Loose security measures, "colorum" or illegal transport service, cleanliness and lack of trash bins are just some of the main issues and concerns raised by the commuters in the recently opened Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental"-as Sunstar's reporter Abigail C. Malalis stressed out on her article entitled" CAAP's Challenge : Laguindingan Airport Woes.

But Bukidnon commuters who are bound for Manila or to any other key cities in the country raised some issues that the travel time in going to the Laguindingan Airport from Bukidnon will now be extended for another minutes thus prolonging also the agony and inconvenience in commuting. However, this is only applies to the commuters. But those who has service vehicle, they will also experience a prolong driving time in going to the new airport.

Some Bukidnon residents, especially those that are residing in the Southern Bukidnon, raised also their options that its better to go to Davao International Airport than going to the new airport in Misamis Oriental.
But it is more convenient that the proposed Bukidnon airport as cited by Bukidnon News (sourced also from CAAP) will be realized as soon as possible in order to expedite the delivery of goods and cut the cost in transporting them.  The Feasibility Study is expected to be done on July 2013, further stressed out by the CAAP personnel and hopefully that this will not take 22 years to build as cited by Interaksyon about the Laguindingan Airport.
But it is more convenient that the proposed Bukidnon airport will be realized as soon as possible in order to expedite the delivery of goods and cut the cost in transporting them.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Lazada AndroidTM App is Finally Here!

Lazada, the biggest online shopping mall in South East Asia, launched its mobile app in the Google Play Store last June 10th, 2013. The free Android app allows users to browse through Lazada Philippines’ 20,000+ products and order via their mobile devices.

The Lazada Android app is equipped with an advanced internal search engine, allowing users to explore products by categories, brands, price and more. Customers can also discover the latest promos, use discount vouchers, and get exclusive updates on special arrivals. The Lazada app also features full screen views of product images, product reviews, and ratings. Customers can enjoy flexible payment terms through Cash on Delivery and credit / debit cards.

Lazada’s mobile app is poised to revolutionize every Filipino’s shopping experience. Shop whenever and wherever with this app available for all Android mobile devices!

Lazada on Mobile E-Commerce

An estimated 794 million smartphones in Southeast Asia at the end of 2012 (expected to jump to 1.29 billion by 2016) has made Lazada optimistic about the future of mobile e-commerce. With the growing accessibility of the Internet and the increasing popularity of online shopping, the company believes that the introduction of an Android app among its market will further boost its business. In Southeast Asia, the Philippines is the second most mobile-payment-ready nation followed by Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia.

About Lazada

Already the most talked about retail and consumer merchandise page on Facebook globally with over 3.5 million subscribers on the social media site, having 1.1m fans in the Philippines, Lazada has already established leading positions in the countries where it operates within just a year.


Download the app now and get ₱500 off your total purchase (with a minimum spend of ₱2,000) when you order through the Lazada app. Lazada will also be raffling off 5 tablets to the first 100 downloads. Don’t miss out on this exciting new giveaway! For more details, visit

Friday, June 14, 2013

A peek behind Cherry Mobile new Quad Core tablet (CM fusion Bolt)

Today, in this new era, technology has introduced another gadget. A new gadget which likely become so useful to the new generation. One of the newest form of innovations, like in sending communication in fastest means is through the use of Tablet. 

The first time I've heard about "Tablet", since I am no longer belong to the younger generation, I am referring to a tablet that medicine had introduced to us. But when I took a peek on what was that all about, its just simply an electronic gadget. Just like Cherry Mobile's most formidable tablet to date.

I have a phone right now, but I am now more interested of buying an affordable tablet like the Cherry Mobile new Quad Core Tablet, The Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt at a price of a $100 or P3,999.00, a reduced price from P5,389.00. This is for the reason that this tablet aside from its affordability, it is packed with features that will suit my present lifestyle, which is travel and photography. 

Speaking of affordability, I am more likely on a practical side. Its price in a world of competitive  market with practical, useful and functional features is by far my consideration of buying one. The Cherry Mobile new Quad Core Tablet, the Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt has that features that suit my taste.

For a quick tour, let me show you on what's inside;
 Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt Tablet – P3,999.00 ($100)

7" HD IPS display (1280 × 800 resolution, 216ppi)

    Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

    8 GB internal storage (up to 32 GB expandable microSD)

    1GHz quad-core Actions Semiconductor ATM7029 processors, 1GB RAM

    Wi-Fi ready

    2 MP rear camera + VGA front camera

    Vivante GC1000+ GPU, Super HD 2160p

Other Specifications of the Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt Tablet (Black)
SKU       CH015EL04DQXANPH-67766
Color     Black
 Back part of the unit
 Left Side
 Right Side of the Unit

Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt Tablet has the power of 1 GHz Quad-Core Actions Semiconductor ATM7029 processors, with 1GB Random Access Memory or RAM and will surely enjoy its 4.1 Jellybean Android Interface with a 7-inch display. You can do a multi-tasking by opening its apps all at the same time, like Android Games while you are surfing the net and at the same time scanning your files or even scanning your photography pdf files.

The Fusion Bolt is packed with a Super HD screen for a best viewing experience and espoused with 2 Megapixel rear camera. It has a battery life before recharging time of 8-10 hours. But if you are not satisfied with the 8 GB internal storage because you are a hardcore user and you are finding the storage a bit low with your personal requirement, you may have the option to expand it up to 32 GB, so you can expand the usability of the unit such as storing Pdf Photography Files .

For a fastest means of purchasing this new innovation of Cherry Mobile, one of the best options is to purchase online and Lazada Philippines is the trusted name on online purchases and your biggest online shopping mall nowadays.
What's in the Box :
  • Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt Tablet
  • Charger
  • Manual
  • Warranty Card
So, what are you waiting for? Be a Lazadian now.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

How to Cut the Cost of Travel Insurance

When you're going away, you should know that arranging appropriate travel insurance is an essential part of your holiday. Without it, you could be liable for huge medical bills if you have an accident or fall ill while you're abroad - so it certainly pays to take out the right level of cover. First and foremost, you should make sure that the policy you choose is adequate for your needs and will cover you should the worst happen. But if you're hoping to find cheap holiday insurance, there are a number of ways to help keep the costs down.

For starters, make sure you're only paying for what you need. For instance, there's no need to take out annual cover if you're only going away once this year, and equally, don't buy single trip cover if there's a strong chance you'll go abroad again within the next year or so, otherwise it will cost you much more in the long run.

Another way to find cheap holiday insurance is to use a comparison website. This can help you to get a good idea of the market and to weigh up the policies available across the majority of key travel insurance providers. It can also helps you to compare the prices too, which is a helpful way of finding out which is the cheapest - and which offers the best value for money. Make sure you opt for reputable sites, and equally, only consider high quality insurance providers - after all, if you need to make a claim, you want to make sure you have the best chance of receiving the pay-out.  

Find out more about travel insurance online through tour operators like Thomas Cook. Visit their insurance information page here for further details on their range of policies and to find out how to book:

Guest Post Written by : Catherine Lavinia

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Featured Photos in Rappler

Photographed by: Bonzenti Panganiban
Photographed by : Jeanette F. Panganiban

These two photos were featured in Rappler in their article entitled as Unspoiled white beaches : Mindanao, written by Claire Madarang of Traveling Light travel blog and a fellow travel blogger.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Sarangani : A quick stop at Alabel, the seat of the Provincial Capitol of Sarangani

If you are into photography right now, and you have stumbled this type of rare structures in our country through the net, chances like this one and you are on this place or will pass to this place en route to General Santos City from Gumasa White Sand Beach, you would not waste this rare chance to take some snapshots on this beautiful Provincial Government Building of Alabel, Sarangani.
Alabel is the seat of the Provincial Government and it is the Capital Municipality of the Sarangani Province. It has 5.0 has more or less of total area covering the Capitol's compound.

I was able to ask another favor from Doc Remo Aguilar, a fellow travel blogger in Mindanao, who serviced us from our jaunt in Gumasa White Sand Beach, a quick stop just to take some snapshots of this awesome architecture of this town. The architectural design itself is a tourist eye captivating site.
Some places of interest and activity when you visit the Municipality of Alabel :

Montana Resort- a resort which is ideal for a family vacation and weekend getaway. Alabel town is the first town you will pass if you are from General Santos City and Montana resort is the first tourist spot when visiting the Province of Sarangani.(photo credit : Sarangani Government Site).
Kasadyaan Festival. It is scheduled every September of each year.
Kasadyaan Festival contingent. 

Related stories of our Ridge to Edge Blog Series :

Friday, June 07, 2013

Photo Shoot : Sunrise in San Jose, Malaybalay City

Sunrise in San Jose, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, I can say is really of spectacular sceneries that I've shot in this Region. 

Seeing a vast area of corn and sugarcane field with clouds kissing the mountain ranges and the sun's rays like this one is really an amazing and soothing to the eye.  Its just like communing with nature and talking to our Creator.
I volunteered last time as one of the official event photographers stationed at the 21 km during the San Miguel Half Marathon sports event, organized by Panahik Adventure Centre

Its just hitting two birds in one bullet. I chose to stay about half kilometer from the turning point of the 21 km station when I saw this beautiful view of sunrise.

Camera                 : Nikon D5100
Aperture               :  f/7.1
Exposure Time   :  1/25 sec.
ISO-Speed           :  ISO-160
Metering Mode   : Pattern
Exposure Bias    :   0 step
Focal Length       :  18 mm
Lens                      :  Nikkor 18-55 mm DX Afs VR 

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