Archive for May, 2008

fashion salvo

Posted in events, lifestyle with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 28, 2008 by mijodo

It is another round of Philippine Fashion Week for all style afficionados. Last night, with the kind help of Davao clothes genius, Ronan Opina, I was able to get inside SMX and take a sneek peek on what could be fashionably exciting for months to come. Twelve were able to present their collections. They were Benjie Panizales, Butz Fuentes, Catherine Cavilte, Czarina Villa, Emi Alexander-englis, Happy Andrada, Jerome Lorico, Nholie Pilapil, Nicky Martinez, Noe Reyes Nolie Vineza, and Ronan Opina. It was a mixed bag of ethnic inspired, retro, avantgarde, couture, and a lot of in-betweens. Pretty interesting.

chair man of the board

Posted in interior design, lifestyle, people with tags , , , , , , on May 24, 2008 by mijodo

With many years and experience tucked neatly under his belt as part of the company that creates fine furniture, Architect Noel Suarez makes the bold decision of making it on his own. Together with the able help of his wife, Claire, Noel provides handsome art for his home furnishing, using mainly wrought iron, abaca processed rope, mahogany and palochina wood as materials. In his design studio, Grooves and Lines in Quezon City, he shows finely crafted interior sets, particularly modern house chairs which appeal to the high sense of aesthetic taste. The collection is decidedly Asian inspired. The home pieces are strong, heavy and sometimes massive, yet have that paradoxically, delicate  touch. For inquiries on his home furnitures, you may want to call his number at 09178044084.

pigging out

Posted in artifacts, events, food, locales with tags , , , , , on May 22, 2008 by mijodo


Yes, of course. It is about time. After having always been the centerpiece of every Filipino fiesta’s gluttonous celebration, the famous Lechon should be honored with its own festival, replete with a parade and bugle band. And there ain’t no other place that can give higher courtesy to such delicacy but in La Loma (Quezon City) where every corner restaurant dishes out whole roasted suckling pig skewered usually on bamboo.

Last May 18, many of the famous brands that sell Lechon offered free servings to guests and neighbors. Politicians and even the Military partook as well, munching on the crispy golden brown skin covering that only the Lechon can offer. Such merriment of food intake is said to bode well of good life. But for those having bad cholestorol days, I say “good luck.”


Posted in events, people with tags , , , on May 20, 2008 by mijodo

If there was an event where most photography afficionados talk about and would likely participate, then it would be the yearly Aliwan Festival. The festivities would be akin to the Olympics – particularly the Opening Ceremonies – full of color and regalia. Amateurs and professionals would swarm to this event and would do anything to snatch even one photo which hopefully they can boast for many years to come.

Some photographers would bring an arsenal of lenses. Some could go with a camera and a simple kit lens. Some needed a tripod; some needed to use a ladder to perch on. Some ran to cover and shoot an interesting moment. Some just stationed themselves in one spot for that perfect moment to pass by.  All for the glory of one great pic. And this is what Aliwan always does to us camerabugs.

not to be sidelined

Posted in artifacts, food with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2008 by mijodo

I am quite certain that the concept of having a “sideline” where a person earns a living by having a business aside from having a day job, is universal. Furthermore I know that having a sideline has been a prevalent coping strategy among  Filipinos to alleviate the economic pinch afflicting many parts of the world, including even Western countries.  Now more than ever, when crude oil has reached unprecedented values in the international market, and when the scarcity of rice grains has increased its price at its highest, the Filipino families try to find ways in doing something financially significant as not to be overwhelmed with the new economic demands. 

The resiliency of the Filipino will shine through again as each responsible family person will seek new methods of putting food on the table. Dad will be a freelance insurance agent while he double works in his day job. Teacher Mom will sell tocino, longganisa, and tapa to coworkers and students. Surely, the children should do their share as well – offerring cellphone credit loads to classmates and friends to finance their own cellphone habits.

In my case, among other sidelines, I sell biscuits, cookies and chocolates wholesale. The return is not much but it can signficantly help in my day to day financial needs. And of course in doing so, those who get such in bulk are blessed as well as they distribute the goods to others. It is a neat sideline for many of us.

At the moment, only the wise and the hardworking have better chances of surviving.

no secret garden

Posted in locales with tags , , , , , , , on May 11, 2008 by mijodo

As today is Mother’s Day (Happy Mother’s day, Mom) and as this month is all about the traditional Flores de Mayo (Flowers of May), I am reprising the article I made for Mabuhay Magazine (February 2008 Issue), the Inflight Magazine of Philippine Air LInes. The article is all about flowers and the place called, Dangwa.

In the almost decaying and decrepit part of Manila’s Sampaloc area where
University of Santo Tomas, Asia’s oldest academic bastion is also located,
there lies a place that delights the sense of sight and maybe even the
smell.  Just beside the Dangwa Bus Terminal at Dimasalang St. and

Dos Castillas St., rows and rows of virtual feast of flowers implore you to take
a break and embrace the experience.The Dangwa Flower Market is Manila’s enchanted garden. This is where variety of floral produce is unloaded from Baguio (as transported by Dangwa Bus to its nearby terminal).  A small stall would have densely packed bundle of vanilla colored baby’s
breath (P50 per kilo). Malaysian mums (P70 per dozen) in strikingly deep hues are tightly fastened and placed lazingly in plastic pails. Fresh Dendrobium Orchids (P350 per dozen) in purple and violet are delicately displayed in plastic wrap. Green foliage litter the
red brick floor of the newly fixed up market that evokes the setting of old Manila.

Naturally,  this flower market has roses of all sizes and shades.  Need to
seduce a paramour – how about big bulbs of American roses (P150 per piece)

in velvet red, presented as a bouquet draped in Japanese paper. Want to uplift grandma’s
spirit – let the shopowner come up with floral arrangement teeming of
sunkissed orange and yellow rose blooms (P350 for two dozens).  Now how about having that one stem of dyed blue rose (P50 for the dying process) for the ultimate crush.Thankfully, Manila has  these lovely yet affordable flowers for the taking. Very likely, prominent flower shops of the Metro would order their merchandise from their suking vendors. It is not a wonder if this sliver of an area heaves with people even if it is not Valentine’s Day.






guide me, mr. weatherman

Posted in people with tags , , , on May 8, 2008 by mijodo

As early as setting foot on Banaue, I got bus tickets for departure to Manila in three days.  This was the earliest advice Alex Ordillo had given me. I did not know the man, yet in due time he became our (me and my companions) guide for the visit. A little pushy to say the least to get our business, but he was amiable enough to accommodate our meager travel budget. Instead of getting one jeepney for our sidetrip, he was smart enough to recommend us to use two tricycles (my sole body needed my own trike) thus a better deal for us.

During the trip, he asked that we go to his ancestral area at Hiwang. And lo and behold, it was worth the visit afterall. I would have wanted to say what it was, but it is better that readers get to witness it for themselves. Just brace yourselves.

Alex seems to be popular among the locals afterall he was once an elected town councilor, and now is the Parent Teacher Association Prexy, and Chairman of the Tricycle Drivers Cooperative. This guy would not hesitate to sing a native ditty as he gave out details of the life and culture of the Ifugaonons.  And during the three day stay when we always had rains every afteronoon to spoil our visit, Alex would even give us a little lecture about the weather. Afterall, he was once a weatherman trainee at PAGASA.

For those going to Banaue, and interested in Alex’s service, call 0906317-3627/0916994-2390/0919229-6161.



whirl, twirl, swirl

Posted in events with tags , , , , , , on May 6, 2008 by mijodo


At the Aliwan Festival 2008, there was no stopping the stomping despite the heavy downpour. Members of each contingent just had to show us their moves in the street dance competion from Luneta Granstand  and which was capped with a field demonstration at the Aliwan Theater Grounds.

Proclaimed winners were Lumad Basakananon of Cebu (a threepeat!), Tribu Paghidaet of Iloilo (crowd favorite) and the Carmen contingent of Cebu for first, second and third places respectively.


Posted in events with tags , , , , , , , , on May 4, 2008 by mijodo

As predicted, rain poured in. Undeterred, I went to Quirino Grand Stand maybe foolishly risking my health and my camera. But there was pride in what I was about to do afterall, this is the Aliwan Festival where the best 24 regional dance troups perform for the one million peso pot.

But more than bragging rights of who wins the top prize (there has always been a very fierce rivalry between the Sinulog representatives of Cebu and the Dinagyang delegates of Iloilo for years), each contingent just beams with pride to showcase who they are as a people.  For each group, there is real pleasure to present their own culture and heritage using their ethnic costumes and tribal moves. As such, it gives me esteem to be truly Filipino.

anticipating aliwan

Posted in events with tags , , , , , on May 2, 2008 by mijodo




Thinking that some of the regional groups would perform officially today, I went to the Aliwan Festival Grounds at the CCP complex. Too bad every magical thing will be done tomorrow. Yet some of the troups shared a sampling of what can be anticipated on the final day. I saw contingents from University of Cordillera, Carmen (Cebu), and the grand winner for the Kasadyahan Competition of the Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo rehearsed their blockings for the street dancing competition. Yes, the pulsating percussion rhythm, the complex choreography and the ornate production design just whetted my appetite for more. Tomorrow, rain or shine, I shall be there.