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    Random Thoughts and Reactions to APEC 2015 Summit in Manila

    ...and now ‪#‎APEC2015PH‬ is done and really successful; even if I see many of my friends, who were inconvenienced, whining about it on social media;
    even if protesters were shown on TV which is still a symbol of our democracy

    For the past four days, Manila was shown to the whole world as the venue where world leaders met, listened to our music, dined our cuisine, wore traditional dresses, imbibed our culture and got a taste of our unique hospitality

    May this event translate to improved tourism, trade and economy as intended

    Kudos, Filipinos and Philippine government!

    Hope to see the next installment after two decades with better infrastructure, that I need not drive my car to work and use trains
    or it be held outside Manila with the needed infrastructure in place

    I see both negatives and positives in our country but I'm patient and understanding.
    I chose to stay put even if I know I can be better off in a foreign land

    for this one, I'm proud to be a Filipino!

    Read more after the jump!

    posted by backpacking philippines @ 6:05 PM, , links to this post

    Sharks and Rays Encounter at Manila Ocean Park

    An attraction inside Manila Ocean Park where you can touch, interact, take pictures and even swim with sting rays, manta rays and sharks, Sharks and Rays Encounter is an educational experience for children.

    the entrance to the attaction is near the main entrance, there are locker rooms to store your clothes and belongings if you want the actual wet encounters. Beside the attraction is Liquid Eat All You Can buffet

    Entrance fee/admission is usually bundled with other attractions but you can also visit just this attraction. Free picture comes with wet encounter admission price.

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 8:54 PM, , links to this post

    Victory Liner Bus Terminal Pasay to NAIA Terminal 1, 2, 3, and 4 (Manila Airport)

    Here's good news for travellers from the north going to NAIA for their flights out, you can just proceed to Victory Liner bus station on EDSA Malibay in Pasay City then board na HM Transport bus to your airport terminal destination

    herewith are the details:

    Start of operations: October 9, 2015

    Bus schedules: From 5am to 10pm, with one hour interval between trips
    Bus Fare: PhP20.00

    No information yet if you can also take the HM Transport bus from the airport going to Victory Liner as this is also very important for visitors disembarking from the airport

    there's news though that the LTFRB has approved franchise route extension of several city buses to proceed to NAIA Terminal 3 to take NAIA Road from Roxas Boulevard, Domestic Road, then Andrews Avenue to load/unload only at Circulo del Mundo near NAIA Terminal 3. Other buses with signboards MIA already pass by NAIA Terminal 1 and 2

    Related Posts:
    Victory Liner Deluxe Bus to Baguio
    Bus Terminals in Cubao Bus Station in Pasay/Taft/LRT Buendia
    Bus Stations in Pasay Taft EDSA Rotonda

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 8:12 PM, , links to this post

    Paet-Taka Festival Schedule of Activities (Paete, Laguna)

    Paet Taka Festival is an annual festival in Paete, Laguna in the month of September showcasing the town's products, arts and crafts.

    herewith is the schedule of activities for 2015 edition

    Paet, from whom Paete got its name, is a straight edge chisel used by carvers while taka is paper mache, two of the town's signature products

    Should you need more information about Tutubi's hometown, just leave a comment, post on Facebook, or just email :)

    Paet Taka Festival 2013 pictures:
    Paet Taka Festival


    Read more after the jump!

    posted by backpacking philippines @ 11:45 PM, , links to this post

    Which Comes First, "Nineteen Kopong Kopong," "Panahon Pa ni Mahoma," Or "Noong Bata Pa Si Sabel"?

    Tutubi was once asked by a foreigner about the meaning of "panahon pa ni Mahoma" heard from his Filipino friends to which he has a ready answer. The same question is now being discussed at a certain Facebook group discussing "panahon pa ni Mahoma and "Panahon ni Kopong Kopong"

    In this post, we will discuss these two "times" plus another time called "noong bata pa si Sabel (when Sabel was still young)"

    1. Panahon Pa Ni Mahoma:

    People usually associate this with Gen. Masaharu Homma, commander of the Japanese invading forces during World War 2 under whose watch the Bataan Death March happened (to which he was sentenced to die by an American court by Gen. MacArthur even if he did not order the march nor the cruelty to captured American and Filipino prisoners-of-war (POWs). He was executed in Los Banos, Laguna (the site visited by Tutubi a few months but still unblogged as of this time) and his remains later shipped to Japan and interred at the (in)famous Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo. (Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita was condemned together with Homma in a Manila trial and was also executed in Los Banos, near UPLB, the site of Baker Hall, a former POW camp and site of the daring UPLB dawn raid similar to what happened in World War 2 Raid at UST and Cabanatuan)


    Mahoma in this expression came from Muhammad (sometimes Mohamed), prophet of Islam, who lived from the year 570AD until 632AD

    2. Panahon ni Kopong Kopong

    Who's Kopong Kopong? There's nobody in Philippine nor in World History named Kopong Kopong.


    Kopong is an old Tagalog word for none or zero. When you say nineteen kopong kopong, it means 1900 literally.
    Somebody though should be credited for coining the funny expression "panahon pa ni Kopong Kopong" which stuck though.

    3. Noong Bata Pa Si Sabel

    Literally means "when Sabel was still young" but who's Sabel? It's not about an old movie (that Tutubi has yet to see)


    Sabel refers to Queen Isabella II of Spain who ruled Spain from 1833 to 1868. Her name is tied to the history of Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) which was founded in 1851 as El Banco Español Filipino de Isabel II (Spanish-Filipino Bank of Isabel II).

    The province of Isabela in Cagayan Valley is also named after her, a gate of Intramuros called Puerta de Isabel II near the Bureau of Immigration and National Press Club and the the Bridge of Isabel II in Imus, Cavite completed in 1857, the site of the Battle of Imus River in 1896.

    Queen Isabella II is also "to blame" for the Filipinos use of word "pera" to refer to money instead of the Spanish word dinero for money or treasure.

    Intramuros' Puerta de Isabel II monument

    According to Ambeth Ocampo, "the late Alejandro Roces who said that “pera” originated from the coins that carried the profile of Isabel II whose legitimacy was challenged by her uncle Carlos, resulting in the so-called “Carlist Wars.” Roces maintained that Isabel’s detractors referred to her as “La Perra” (The Bitch), hence the coins that bore her image became known as “perra,” a name that caught on to become our “pera.”

    There you go, wo you now know which dates comes first "Nineteen Kopong Kopong," "Panahon Pa ni Mahoma," Or "Noong Bata Pa Si Sabel" plus the origin of the pera (money) in Filipino language :)

    Read more after the jump!

    posted by backpacking philippines @ 6:22 PM, , links to this post