Iloilo City Tour in Pictures

For those who have not been to Iloilo City, I tell you it’s one piece of big land. I mean, roads are just wide and more so, points of interests are like far apart. Try walking — and it would seem like forever before you could reach your destination. Seriously.

Most of their taxis are SUV types, maybe to compliment their roads

Just look at how wide their roads are! Okay, perhaps I am just not used to such wide roads in the country. So let’s go and explore!

While the Riverside Boardwalk and Esplanade is a must-visit when you are in Iloilo City, there are several other places that are just as fascinating — like the Molo Church. Or should I say, the Molo region as here you would find the Molo Mansion and the Molo Park aside from the Molo Church (also known as St. Anne Parish Church) and its convent. Wow, 4-in-1, sounds something like coffee! Haha.

Molo Church or the St. Anne Parish Church
Molo Park
Molo Mansion

And these pieces of art does not stop at the Molo region! Hey, if you are on the way to SM City, you would certainly appreciate Plazuela de Iloilo — and the Nelly’s Garden which is just further across SM.

Otherwise, you could also visit the Museo Iloilo which is just about 400 meters away from the Provincial Capitol of Iloilo.

Plazuela de Iloilo
Museo Iloilo is along Bonifacio Drive with the Provincial Capitol just behind it
Nelly’s Garden

By the way, you would need to book a tour if you plan to visit Nelly’s Garden. So in case you just showed up, do not be surprised if there’s no one at the gate. Hence, just better continue your exploration.

At the end of all this though, there was some place I actually wished to have checked out — more than the Ateneo de Iloilo which is just in between SM City and the Esplanade, I should have gone to..

The Iloilo International Airport could be reached in 31 minutes by car from Iloilo City proper

Yes, the airport. Guess I missed this one because it is already outside the city, like 20 kilometers from the city proper — Cabatuan, Iloilo.

And you know, I traveled by land and sea on this adventure so..

Iloilo Fastcraft & Roro Terminal

Anyway, did you know that this airport is actually ranked 12th Best in Asia by “The Guide to Sleeping in Airports”?! Really. It has even outranked the airports of Cebu, Davao and Clark in Pampanga.

Well, next time for sure.. I’ll be there.


Batangas City News Today In Pictures

Batangas City News Today: What we have here are choice pictures of one of the fastest urbanizing cities of the Philippines..

And a YouTube video below that explores our subject, Batangas City.

Port of Batangas

Did you know that the Batangas International Port is one of the busiest passenger and container terminals in the Philippines?

Batangas Provincial Capitol
A work of art on the grounds of the Provincial Capitol

While the architecture in Batangas capitol looks like other provincial capitols as well, the landscaping is good and spacious..

Downtown Batangas City

which could have also been used by the downtown only if. Hmm.

Ancestral House in the corner of Tirona and Atienza Streets

More than the famed kapeng barako and balisong, the city got some cool heritage or ancestral houses like this one..

Calumpang Bridge

And some landmark that I heard a lot as a kid, the Calumpang River; well, it’s the bridge in the picture but under it is the river. Haha.

Lyceum of the Philippines University -Batangas

One of Batangas’ top schools is the LPU — and it is just located in between Calumpang River and SM City Batangas.

Santissima Trinidad Church

Incidentally, Santissima Trinidad is just beside SM City Batangas.

Basilica del Immaculada Conception

What’s a Philippine province without a beautiful cathedral?!

Finally, here’s a secret that’s no secret..

Bus going to Iloilo?

Did you know that you could actually travel in a bus from Manila to Iloilo — straight?!? Yeah, you only pay around P1,500 for the whole trip that would carry your bus on a ship on the way to Iloilo City. Thing is, you do not really get to enjoy the places you pass by.

Life is an adventure. Stop and smell the flowers!

Last Leg: Luzon to Visayas in two weeks (December 2017, Part 5)

So, we are now in the final segment of our Luzon to Visayas adventure trip — and what a ride it has been! Yes, just one more sea travel and two land trips then finally, we’re back to Cebu City; but not after a few memorable days in Bacolod City, of course.

Anyway, while traveling by plane is cool — as you get to your destination faster and thus have more free time when you arrive — traveling by land and sea are simply much better. After all, if it’s adventure you really seek, then long land and (at times rough?) sea travels would get really your juices flowing right off the bat — yep, whether locally or internationally!

Okay, okay, adventure is out there in your intended destination — whatever part of the world it may be — but really, aren’t they just mostly beaches or slices of nature? See?? Then why not make the Philippines part of that experience? Yeah, especially if you’re a local, otherwise, a foreigner who is already in the country or planning a vacation somewhere on earth. See for one, the Philippines’ got thousands of islands to hop around and consequently beautiful sceneries and beaches to relax and enjoy! So.

Last Leg: Bacolod to San Carlos to Toledo.. then eventually Cebu City

Bacolod City to San Carlos City. Bus. 2h 20m. P153. Now while San Carlos is still part of Negros Occidental, understand that it is almost 80 kilometers away from Bacolod, so you got to get to South Ceres Bus Terminal first which is in Luzuriaga Street for that bus ride.

In this trip, you would be passing by the towns of Murcia and Don Salvador Benedicto before reaching San Carlos. There are actually some nice sceneries and tourist spots (like the Negros Chocolate Hills, mountain resorts and some man-made forest of sorts) along the way that if you are traveling by car and got some spare time, you could actually stop first and make some memories. I was in a bus, so the most I could do was take pictures on the go. Not bad.

Rich sugarcane fields of Murcia, Negros Occidental

San Carlos City to Toledo City. Fastcat. 1h 10m. P150 + P20 terminal fee. It was about 4:10PM when the bus arrived at the San Carlos bus terminal. And I found out that there were still two trips scheduled for Toledo City, 5PM (Fastcat) and 6PM (Lite Ferries) — and so, I started asking around about the place like accommodation, malls, places of interest and stuff. You know, maybe I could spend even a night or two first before boarding the ship to Cebu. Haha.

Gaisano San Carlos City

Then again, I’ve just been away too long and it’s already a new year so okay, better next time since I am also planning to climb Mount Canlaon (2,435 meters in Negros Occidental) anyway. Yeah, hopefully sometime this year I’d be at its peak. Hopefully.

Port of Toledo City, Cebu

Toledo City to Cebu City. Van. 2h. P100. Here I took the 5PM trip to Toledo and arrived after an hour. Yeah, it’s nighttime once again. And they say there are only two Ceres buses that ply Toledo that by the time I arrived, only vans remain for trips to Cebu City. And so, after taking some pictures, I then joined some of the ship’s passengers in the tricycle (P10 per head) to the van’s terminal.

20 minutes later, our van left Toledo for Cebu City.

Bacolod City: Luzon to Visayas in two weeks (December 2017, Part 4)

After more than a couple of days in Iloilo, I could not really say anything negative except for how I wish I could stay there a little longer? Haha. Indeed, I liked the place. Urbanized yet still maintains that cozy atmosphere.

Still, if I would extend my stay, I’d just end up getting behind my schedules so it was simply time for me to pack up and head for Bacolod City, yes, another of those key cities in the country.

Iloilo Fastcraft & Roro Terminal

Iloilo City to Bacolod City. Fastcraft. 2h 20m. P200 + P30 terminal fee. With maximizing time in mind, I took the 10:30AM trip to the City of Bacolod and after a little over two hours, our ferry safely arrived at the port of Bacolod, Negros Occidental. Hmm. Looking at the map, it’s actually like just a stone’s throw away from Iloilo City, however, since we were coming from the river of Iloilo plus we need to navigate around Guimaras Island province, such explains why these fast ferries take over two hours of travel. Right.

Iloilo City to Bacolod City route

Anyway, unlike my earlier trips, I’m fresher here having had a few days of rest and leisure in Iloilo — that in fact, right after I arrived in Bacolod, I just dropped off my luggages in my hotel room and left for “The Ruins” right away. Yeah, The Ruins! And that landmark is even like outside of Bacolod City already!

Of course, I needed to eat lunch first. And so after having Bacolod’s specialty in Chicken Inasal, I was ready and off to The Ruins!

Leaving The Ruins though is more of a challenge since it’s isolated and there are not many tricycles that ply the road out there, so do not be surprised if you are asked for a P50 fare going back to Bata terminal — yeah, even with somebody else on board. I was.

Anyway, we’ll be having a special blog about The Ruins — in pictures!

TRIVIA. Did you know that it was in this tourist spot that I had the most “selfies”? And would you believe that I literally had a thousand photographs in all of this 2-week travel escapade?? Unbelievable, that if I do not be selective and just post each one of these pictures daily, that’s good for like a 3-year spread in social media! Wow!

Coming up, the last leg of our holiday travel spree!

Iloilo City: Luzon to Visayas in two weeks (December 2017, Part 3)

After finally deciding on not pushing through with a Boracay adventure, unlike my other stops, I then immediately took the bus to Iloilo City — yeah, before I change my mind and head to Boracay instead. Ow. After all, it’s really tempting..

Especially when you think of spending the night first in Caticlan! Remember, Boracay is just 15 minutes away. And since I only slept for an hour in the ship to Caticlan, I thought I might get dizzy (you know how the bus could smell when its freshener and aircon are mixed with different odors) if I would just go straight to Iloilo.

225 kilometer route from Caticlan to Iloilo City (estimated time by car travel)

Caticlan to Iloilo City. Bus. 6h. P387. One might say just sleep in the bus since it’s a looong trip to Iloilo, then again, I couldn’t get to really close my eyes that long — since everything around me was new! Oh yeah, I did sleep in my trip from Manila to Batangas but I already know Manila and Batangas was nowhere in sight yet. So.

Halfway to Iloilo City, a nice breakfast stopover

Nonetheless, the trip had a stopover for breakfast which was good considering not just the long trip but for those passengers who wish to refurbish their energy levels. And yes, the bus had free WiFi on board but what’s the use when my phone was almost empty at 10 percent — so better preserve its power for some shots along the way. Still, what’s nice about this bus (which was actually a Ceres Liner) was that it had a toilet on board, certainly convenient so as not to interrupt long trips. It’s located at the middle part of the bus and aligned with the luggage compartment. So just imagine the elevation of the passenger seats and the height of the bus itself!

After six hours of land travel from Caticlan to Iloilo, I immediately sought to check-in to my hotel to unload my luggages then leave for lunch — yes, before returning and taking a brief rest as my phone’s also dead; and so, I could not really take photos of anything yet.

While there were many places I checked out in Iloilo City, guess one of the highlights of my stay was the Iloilo Riverside Boardwalk in Mandurriao. Unfortunately, I visited this wonderful tourist spot right after my lunch at SM City Iloilo the following day. So, why “unfortunately”? Because I was not on the mark for the Iloilo Esplanade River Ride. Notice the schedules in the video?

Anyway, we would be having pictures of my Iloilo trip and the rest of my adventures in the coming blogs once the whole trip back to Cebu has been completed, so stay tuned.

Next up, Part Four of our continuing travels!

Consumer Info: HIV and Sexuality

When one hears of the term HIV, what does normally come to mind? AIDS? Well yes, obviously, since it is the precursor of the dreaded disease. And now, with the continued rise of such cases in the Philippines as in 1,013 new cases as of June 2017 — where 969 of which comes from sexual contact – maybe it is time to especially check on society’s sexual behavior.

But first, a few facts about HIV.

  • HIV was believed to have originated from SIV-infected monkeys in Congo back in the 1920s. It was transferred to humans through ‘hunting’, like, as a result of monkeys being eaten or their blood getting into cuts or wounds of people hunting them.
  • Symptoms which normally appear between 1-2 months include: fever, fatigue, head ache, swollen lymph nodes, achy muscles, joint pains, skin rash, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, dry cough, and night sweats. Yes, while these symptoms may sound ordinary, notice that they do appear in many other illnesses as well — since these are signs that one’s immune system is being attacked. Thus, if you are unusually experiencing any such sign, make sure to have yourself checked by a physician.
  • At risk groups include partners of people with AIDS, or those who inject drugs, or hemophiliacs (one with serious disease that causes a person who has been cut or injured to keep bleeding for a very long time) as well as homosexuals.
How HIV/AIDS is spread

Now, sexual behavior. Okay, more than a means to procreate — sex as we may put it is a biological need, thus, even the Bible suggests that one gets married so as not to commit sins of the flesh such as fornication and orgies. However, man would only listen to his urges and those who shares his views. Yet they even pride themselves of having a personal relationship with God?? Worse, ’cause of people’s desire to be appreciated, “in”, or trendy in their styles — they even accuse others of perversion when they are the ones who actually instigate their so-called perversion. Talk of sticking more mud.

Example. If a girl wears kind of revealing clothes (plunging necklines, high slits, short shorts, et cetera) or even doing something that could show more skin than usual, men would generally look at her. Is that being a pervert? No. Why? It’s human nature. Men would always be men. And it is by no means shielding the folly of man. Because you should not have worn such clothing in the first place if you do not want to be stared at. Hey, even the Bible suggests to dress modestly, 1 Timothy 2:9. If you do not follow the Word, you sin. Simple.

Tell me who your friends are and I’ll tell you who you are. Better be with a few who are righteous.

So see, society’s adamance and misguided beliefs has simply caused even more sexual harassment and rape cases these days.

Still, more than other influences like drugs and alcohol – being with ungodly people (or those who do not really try to follow the Word) only encourages the weaker souls to fall for just about every kind of sin there is, 2 Corinthians 6:14 – my, what with technology being a vehicle of lust and materialism?! And so, powerful, scheming men then just capitalized on this worldliness.

While technology offers convenience and entertainment, it’s also a vehicle of worldliness.

In the end, don’t you think HIV was simply God’s mysterious way of bringing wrath to immorality? And don’t say you use protection or there’s a cure – ’cause God has a million ways to get to offenders.

Consumer Info: All About Brain Aneurysm

Brain Aneurysm. Heard of it? Understandably so, it must be foreign to many — yet because of the recent showbiz news that shocked many in the country, the ordinary Juan Dela Cruz became even more curious about this.

Aneurysm is the ballooning of a blood vessel particularly in the arteries resulting from the weakening of the vessel wall. Now, if you add “brain” to this then it would be self-explanatory that this is a medical case that pertains to the head. And so, let’s proceed.

Brain aneurysm can be ruptured or unruptured — so, imagine the danger it presents if such a bulge inside one’s head would just burst?! Coma. Brain damage. Even death.


Illnesses such as Marfan’s syndrome, some traumatic brain injuries, serious systemic infections, and autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease contribute to brain aneurysm. Moreover, the chances of rupturing increases through smoking, drug abuse, atherosclerosis and high blood pressure.


If any of the risks or symptoms apply, have a check up

While brain aneurysm can develop in anyone at any age — women over 40 years old are at a higher risk for developing this condition especially if she has a family history of it. Yes, not to mention those who are dealing with diabetes, obesity and copper deficiency could be at risk as well.


Signs of a ruptured brain aneurysm includes: Severe headache, stiff neck, blurred or double vision, sensitivity to light, drooping eyelids, numbness, seizures, fainting, confusion, nausea and vomiting.

Now, while approximately 40 percent of those with ruptured brain aneurysm results in death, 50 to 80 percent actually do not rupture. Take note though that some unruptured brain aneurysm can cause pressure on the brain and lead to headaches, blurred vision, neck pain and speech changes. Thus, so long as one gets screened sooner than later, more so regularly, then something could still be done.


Many times, surgery may be risky so listen to your doctor
  • The suspected patient should undergo a CT scan or MRI to verify the condition.
  • Treatment depends on the size, location and severity of the aneurysm.
  • Pain medications are prescribed to treat head and eye pain. Prescribed medication is also used to prevent blood vessel blockages or to relieve cranial pressure.
  • Surgery is also an option and this is to cut off blood flow to where the brain aneurysm is or to make repairs — that is, only if the aneurysm is accessible.


  • Understand that an unruptured brain aneurysm is hard to detect, thus, especially if there were at least 2 in your family that has had aneurysm — it would be good if you have yourself checked every 5 years once you reach the age of 40.
  • A change in lifestyle would be necessary to minimize the risk of developing brain aneurysm, therefore, quit smoking, eat healthy, exercise regularly, use drugs the right way, have enough rest and if you drink, just drink moderately.
  • Monitor your overall health particularly your weight, cholesterol, blood glucose and blood pressure levels.
  • Manage stress levels. Don’t push too hard but take time to relax — life should be a blessing not a burden.


Lifestyle change is necessary for managing health

Take a low dose of aspirin daily to prevent the build up of arterial plaque that can weaken blood vessel walls — however, consult your doctor first if this kind of treatment would be right for you.

Recovery After Treatment. If the brain aneurysm was ruptured then at least a 3-week rest would be necessary before one could resume daily activities. Otherwise, if it was not ruptured, a full week of good rest would be sufficient.

Remember, to be healthy — live healthy.

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