Around Argao

Argao is a place where many great people hailed from. The incumbent governor of the province of Cebu, Junjun Davide, for one, traces his roots to Argao. His father, Hilario Davide, was former chief justice of the Philippine Supreme Court. The late Cerge Remonde, press secretary to former Philippine president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, was also from Argao. Continue reading “Around Argao”


Colors, Scribbles and Architecture at MC Briones St.


The Senior Citizens’ Park in Cebu City is located at MC Briones Street. The street also offers many unexpected interesting sights and colors that I captured before capping our walk with an afternoon snack of buko shake and street pizza. Continue reading “Colors, Scribbles and Architecture at MC Briones St.”

Cebu City’s Senior Citizens’ Park


The senior citizens’ program by the Cebu City Government is one of the reasons why I love living in this city. I am not yet a senior citizen so I don’t know what it feels like receiving the benefits of the program, but the feedback from people who are members of the program is a testament of how successful the program is. Also if you’ll check the Cebu City Government’s page on how senior citizens can get their IDs, they indicated the amount of time each step of the process takes. I don’t know if the process is really that efficient, but at least senior citizens can have a basis for their complaint if their application takes longer than what was indicated in the web site. Continue reading “Cebu City’s Senior Citizens’ Park”

Small Town Girl Diaries: Lazi Fiesta 2013

This is a belated post, and I had second thoughts about publishing this. But because I already spent some hours researching and writing this, here goes:

Last year, I made a blog entry on our town’s fiesta. Please expect that I will be writing about the fiesta every year. The fiesta is a significant event in our town. We celebrate it on the 15th of May and members of the Roman Catholic Church dedicate the day to honor St. Isidore, the Farmer. St. Isidore, the Farmer, is our town’s patron saint. Continue reading “Small Town Girl Diaries: Lazi Fiesta 2013”

The Summer Solstice

June 24, the feast of St. John, was one of the very few times we were allowed to bathe in the sea (the other time being Good Friday to ward off evil spirits). My grandmother, who was a survivor of a tragic sea accident, never loved the sea and always discouraged us from swimming. Now, a grown up, I don’t have a love affair with the beach, the sea, or the ocean. In fact, I fear it just as I fear heights. Listening to my grandmother’s stories on her ordeal (seeing the eyes of whales, and watching people die and disappear), it’s always at the back of my mind that when Mother Nature unleashes her wrath, no one will be spared. We are at the mercy of no one. So I fear the water. Continue reading “The Summer Solstice”

Sepia in Carcar

One Wednesday afternoon last summer, my sister and I boarded a bus at the Cebu South bus station to go to Carcar. Our goal was to meet up with our friend who was working there and have dinner. One good thing about Carcar is that all government offices, the church, and it’s major university are located within walking distance between each other. Although we arrived at the city past 5PM, which meant all government offices and museums were already closed, we had a satisfying 30-minute tour of the historic area. Continue reading “Sepia in Carcar”

Small Town Girl Diaries: Happy Fiesta!!

In our hometown, in Lazi, Siquijor, we celebrate our fiesta on the 15th of May in honor of the patron saint of the farmers, St. Isidore.  Our town fiesta is an important part of our lives.  Most of us (okay, me) treat the fiesta as the start of a new year.  The fiesta is a celebration, especially of friends and families, and of blessings and abundance.  To illustrate just how important our fiesta is, most Lazihanons count the years (especially of being away) by the number of fiestas they’ve missed.   Continue reading “Small Town Girl Diaries: Happy Fiesta!!”