Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Blood Moon

A fuzzy blood moon photo, but it's there. Missed the moonrise, this was taken around midnight of the 28th, in Siquijor.

Facebook exploded with photos of the blood moon over the weekend.

Apparently, Tagbilaran and Bohol had great blood moon sightings. And there's that haze that amplified the reddish hue. The total lunar eclipse comes quite rarely, this won't happen again for another 18 years. We wonder what FB or the social media would be like by then. Scary thought.

We hope you enjoyed the lunar phenomenon and had your rose quartz energized. 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

After the earthquake: McDonald's

The golden arches rise in Tubigon, Bohol
Legit question to a local: Unsa na'y mga nakita ninyong nangahuman nga mga post-earthquake projects diri sa inyo? (referring to the DILG-funded projects)

Her epic reply: Uhmmm, McDonald's?

#LOLBohol #bohol
#longroadtorecovery #bangonbohol #2yearson

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Happy Eid!

Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice), the second of two religious holidays celebrated by Muslims worldwide each year, honors the willingness of Abraham (Ibrahim) to sacrifice his son (Isaac), as an act of submission to God's command, before God then intervened, through his angel Jibra'il and informs him that his sacrifice has already been accepted. (Wikipedia)

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Calamay Redux

Jagna (Bohol) Kalamay, bought at P50 in Jagna.

A few will argue that the trusty kalamay is the quintessential Boholano delicacy.

The Bohol kalamay's signature bagul or coconut shell container makes it more appealing visually. When cracked and stretched open, the delight of unraveling the gooey goodness adds to the overall gustatory sensation. (Seriously, no?)

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Puddle Trouble

Malabon in Tagbilaran
On our way to a trip out of town, a friend pointed out this flooded area at Tagbilaran's Integrated Bus Terminal. He said it's been here for ages, the water, never drained, and seem to just be ignored by the authorities.

Talk about a breeding ground for mosquitoes, bacteria and other such disease-causing what-not's.

While that area out front of the Integrated Bus Terminal which used to be the problem-pool, ignored, left to turn green and disgusting, has vanished, now comes this new puddle.

There seemed to be someone digging something on the side, which looked like a sewerage manhole.

We hope this problem will get fixed. Soon.

Update (1 October 2015): The great puddle, unfortunately, was still there.

Heneral Luna: Adelante!

The student discount didn't count.
Heneral Luna, the independent film by Jerrold Tarog is the first Filipino I watched in the cinema since Eric Matti’s On The Job. Sadly, I only knew of it after reading raving reviews from Facebook and Twitter friends. Marketing budget was perhaps nil, which is unfortunate because these sorts of movies are exactly what Filipinos need, young and old. I watched a matinee showing at the Tagbilaran Island City Mall on its last day, and expected a full house. But alas, despite the 50% student discount (regular price is P120), the theater was mostly bare saved only by a string of senior Tagbilaranons enjoying their free movie passes c/o the city government. Where were the students?

Monday, September 7, 2015

In Photos: SidlaKasilak 2015

SidlaKasilak is an offering of dance and lights to Loon's patron saint the Lady of Light.
It was fortunate that we got the chance to again witness one of our favorite dance festivals in Bohol, Loon's SidlaKasilak Festival of Lights.

"SidlaKasilak is a combination of the words sidlak which means to rise, just as the sun rises to break the darkness of night, or to rise from life’s adversities; and kasilak, which means light. Collectively, SidlaKasilak expresses the Loonanons’ resilience amid challenges, hardships and suffering, and their ability to shine with their talents, capability and creativity." (Monreal, 2015)