Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Weekend Getaway: Urdaneta-Tayug

Lisland Resort
Urdaneta, Pangasinan
March 17-18, 2012

We were waiting for Kuya Jojo at the waiting area. He arrived at 12:30 MN and we were still up, energetic and excited to enjoy the weekend.

My parents greeted us at the gate as we arrived at around 5 o'clock in the morning. They started preparing our packed lunch and meryenda, pork adobo/mangga with mum's bagoong/spaghetti, while we took a rest. By 11 AM, we hit the road to Urdaneta City. Below are pictures from Lisland Rainforest Resort. Entrance Fee: Adults @ Php100, Kids @ Php80 and Regular Picnic Huts @400. The resort has one large 4 to 6ft deep pool and a small one for kids. It also has a playground. I love the trees surrounding the place but the Comfort Rooms and Showers were not that good at all.

At night, since it was our town's fiesta, we went to the plaza to have fun. Gi tried the strike zone and luckily she striked the tower of bottles with only two balls! 

We slept in tents. Here, we had a photo op with our adorable dog, Smile. =)

We had Itlog na Maalat with tomatoes, steamed Katuray and eggplant, tuyo and rice for beakfast. Then, we went to the market to buy pork liempo for lunch. Ramon and Raven did the job of grilling the meat and Cecille mixed the bagoong rice! And mum prepared the chocolate ice scramble for dessert!

Smashville Smashers

Badminton High 2012 Tournament
Smashville, Ortigas
March 11, 2012

My partner and I didn't get the medal but I did gain a lot of friends =)

My Partner: Sir Eric.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Photo published in PDI!

Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI)
March 16, 2012
Front Page

Ate Mona, our lady guard informed me of the good news Friday morning. I rushed into the CEO's secretary to check on the newspaper and there it was! It was indeed published! I was so happy and so are my officemates =D I was an instant celebrity for a day. hah!
I want to thank Mr Raffy Lerma, Senior Photojournalist of Philippine Daily Inquirer for appreciating my work and for having it published. I AM TRULY HONORED. =)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Weekend Getaway: Cagbalete Island

PS&MIS Team Summer Escapade 2012
Cagbalete Island, Mauban, Quezon
March 02 to 04
The Main House.

 Game Facilitators and Guest Judges.

 The Energizer. Ha. Haha. By Blue and Yellow Teams
Red Flash Team.

The Balls Team.

Team Games.

Somebody likes Me?! hmmmm...

Night Swimming.

The Great Jump Shot at the Background.

The Whole Product Support and MIS Team!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Weekend Getaway: Nasugbu, Batangas

Summer bonding with Bigtime Peepz
Maya-Maya Resort
March 2-3, 2012

Friday, March 9, 2012

Ten Photos to Shake the World Photo Contest, a wonderful experience!

I was browsing for an online photo competition when I finally came across with ASSIST's Nationwide Photo Competition on the Environment. I joined and submitted two entries but there were no expections whatsoever at all because it is an open competition and I know there are lots of good photographers out there. All I want is to share this magnificent view I took from Mt Pico De Loro's peak and luckily, one of the photos made it to Top 24.

I love nature and I love taking pictures of breathtaking views of Philippines' best destinations. Through this contest I was able to show one of the best sceneries I've seen.

'Ten Photos to Shake the World' is a National Competition organized by an International non-government organization, the Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST). It was launched June 30, 2011, in search for Ten compelling photos to shake the world and promote awareness on the state of the world environment.

My Entry. Mt Pico De Loro's Peak. Cavite.

On February 20, 2012, I was invited to join the Awarding Ceremony to be held on March 6 at the Filipinas Heritage Library, Ayala Triangle, Makat City.

My friend and I came in a bit early giving us time to look at the gallery. I started having butterflies when I saw my entry hanging on the wall. I just can't believe it was there. It was my very first photo competition so I don't know what to expect.


The place was filled with foreigners. Ms May Nguyen, from ASSIST, came over to our table and had a conversation with me. At first, I thought she's a Filipino but later on I learned she's Vietnamese! =)

The ceremony started with National Anthem, followed by an opening remarks, talk about the Philippine Environmental Situation, an animation entitled Higante't Tutubi then a slideshow featuring all entries.

The winners were then announced:

First and Second Prize: Mr. Danilo Victoriano Jr. (Entry #57 and #56, respectively)
Third Prize: Mr. Joel Forte (Entry #19)
Fourth Prize: Mr. Jonathan De Vera (Entry #16)
Fifth Prize: Mr. Gregorio Dantes Jr. (Entry #52)
Sixth Prize: Mr. Edgar CastaƱeda (Entry #36)
Seventh Prize: Ms. Lui Ladio (Entry #12)
Eighth Prize: Mr. Jimmy Domingo (Entry #59)
Ninth and Tenth Prize: Raniel Jose CastaƱeda (Entry #32 and 31, respectively)

7th Place? Not bad for a first timer and amateur photographer =P

In a battle for the Most Popular Entry through Facebook, I came up short, second only to Mr Mark Henrich Go who got the most number of 'likes'.

All Top Ten winners received Certificates, Cash, Gift Certificates and Gift packs from sponsors - Petron, Kraft and Nestle.

The Judges and I  =D
One of the best moments came, when the first and second placer, Mr. Danilo Victoriano Jr.asked me how I took the shot and one of the judges, Philippine Daily Inquirer(PDI) Senior Photojournalist, Mr Raffy Lerma, asked me to send him a copy of my entry and he would try to have it published in PDI newspaper. I'll pray hard for that! =D

I was the youngest, unexperienced and the only female among the Top Ten winners. Makes me feel really good about it! nyaha... and I don't even own a camera! Bittersweet. =D


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