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PACQUIAOwin Natin Ang Parangal!

Filed under: Features — admin at 10:14 pm on Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Pacquiaowin nating Pilipino ang palakpak ng mundo.

We deserve it. Manny Pacquiao is a Filipino, and the whole world claps for  him. Thanks to Pacquiao, our national pride has been raised another notch. Pang-Guinness Book of world records na siya!

Manny is the only man in the whole world that has won in seven different weight divisions ( flyweight, super-bantamweight, featherweight, super-featherweight, lightweight,  junior welterweight, and welterweight) in the history of boxing.

According to 79-year old Top Rank  promoter  Bob Arun, “I am now on record to say Manny Pacquiao is the best boxer I have ever seen and that includes Muhammad Ali, Sugar Rey Leonard, or Marvin Hagler. I have never seen anyone like him. “

Even the bandits in Mindanao had decided to free Irish Columban priest Michael Sinnot so that they could go down the mountains to watch the fight of Pacquiao. Hindi ba nakakalokah? Nang tinanong kung sino ang dapat niyang pasalamatan sa kanyang paglaya, ang sagot ni padre, “Manny Pacquiao.”

After  one month in captivity, sleeping under a tarpaulin-covered tent, and walking the woods every day for six hours, Fr. Sinnot—who has a two million dollar ransom on his head—was freed just like that. His captors wanted to watch the Pacquiao fight.

I watched the fight via pay-per-view (no commercials) with my family and my best  friend Ina Raymundo. We were holding hands, screeching and screaming like were watching a horror movie. After every round, I kept on saying, “I need a commercial break to recover.”

In fairness to Miguel Cotto, he put up a good fight. After the first round when Miguel Cotto threw in double left jabs that made Pacquiao a little off balance, I prayed to God for Manny to win the game. Never akong nagdasal for Manny kasi alam kong kayang-kaya niyang manalo.

Si Ricky Hatton nga, pang-two rounds lang kay Pacquiao. Sabi ko sa sarili ko, “Naku baka mga manalo si Cotto. Nag-HEAD AND SHOULDERS lang kasi si Pacquiao. E, pang dandruff lang yun. Di ba niya alam na Cotto (kuto) and kalaban niya? “

But Manny was not only  strong. He was smart. He made Cotto feel too confident by doing the rope-the-dope technique. Nagtataka ako bakit pumapayag si Manny magpa-corner sa ringside, sumandal sa ring ropes at magpasuntok kay Cotto. I didn’t know it was a technique  (Muhammad Ali is known for this technique) so that Cotto will forget his powerful jarring left jab and concentrate on moving in to unload short-range bombs.

It was risky for Pacquiao but smart. Just when Cotto was feeling more comfortable unloading power shots to Pacquiao on a close range in round four, Pacquiao gave him a vicious left hook in his jaw that made Cotto drop to his knees.

After Cotto endured 336 punches from Manny, the referee Kenny Bayless decided to halt the fight seeing Cotto full of blood and being punched consecutively by our idol.

Seeing this billboard in Union Square, San Francisco is overwhelming and heart-stopping. Dati-rati, taga-linis lang tayong Pilipino ng billboards sa Amerika. Ngayon, Pilipino na ang nasa billboard!

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Time Magazine
has only featured a few Filipinos on their cover—President Ferdinand Marcos, President Cory Aquino, and now, Manny Pacquiao. Truly you have to be SOMEONE in your TIME and make a difference before you can be a cover of Time magazine.

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What good news Manny Pacquiao brought to a grieving nation. After Ondoy, Pepeng, and news about politicians being tried on corrupting and malversing the funds of the Filipinos, we deserve to hear good news. MABUHAY KA, PACQUIAO! SALAMAT!

Budget Vacation Hotels (Sem break Part 1)

Filed under: Features — admin at 10:54 pm on Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Yehey, sem break!

That was always my battlecry since grade 1 to high school in Poveda Learning Center. My favorite time of the year, aside from Christmas and Holy Week, for an obvious reason of course.

Now that I’m a parent, these breaks are chances to make memories for my children, so I really make it a point to bring them around everytime I get the time a chance. Here are some budget vacation spots that are totally worth it. Kumbaga sa  atin, SULIT NA SULIT!

To fly to these places, make sure you book three months in advance to avail cheap fares or go by boat or RoRo.

BOHOL. I LUV IT! That was my first reaction when I saw our hotel room, which was as big as a bungalow house, and it was only for 3,000 pesos per night. When my daughter Lia saw the pool, she immediately took her clothes off and jumped in it.

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“Easy Lia, parang ngayon ka lang nakakita ng pool.” The bungalow houses behind us are for only 3,000 pesos each per night. Bongga sa barato divah!

Casa Filomena has hotel rooms (two houses) only, so the privacy of the pool and bayview is all yours.

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Each room is so spacious it can actually house four to five persons. Bagay na bagay ito sa mga artista or anyone who values privacy kasi di ka i-chi-chismis ng mga staff. I was with my family anyway so wholesome ako like my blog. Hehehe.

The owners of Casa Filomena also own a nipa mansion in Pamilakan island, an island off Bohol. I say nipa “mansion” because the nipa-inspired house is so big and classy, with first-class furniture, that you would think you’re in the Maldives. The best part is you get to own this two-room nipa house that can actually house 15-20 people for only 6,000 per night. You get a seaview in your bedroom, a landscaped mountain view in your breakfast lanai, a seaview in your dining room, and a wonderful living room where you can bond and play with your family and friends for only 6,000 pesos.

Pamilakan island greeters are dolphins in the morning and a friendly staff and crew for your disposal if you fail to wake up earl y and see the dolphins.

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You virtually own the island because there is only one nipa house with two rooms, so if it’s the privacy you want, you will have all of the privacy in the world. Bagay na bagy ito sa naba-blind item na artista at politician-boyfriend niya. Ooopps. Dami palang ganoong blind item.

You have a white beach in front of your house, and for a nice quiet walk in the garden trail, you get to bask in another stretch of white beach with cabanas. Again, these cabanas are for your disposal only with matching security guard to watch you.

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Since the island was all ours, I was planning to go mooning to make my daughter laugh. Kaso napagtanto ko na kapag pinakita ko ang maputi kong pw*t sa anak ko, makikita din ng security guard na nakabantay sa amin. Hahaha!

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Soledad Suites will be the hotel for you if you’re not really fond of swimming and plan to do the whole Bohol tour. A Bohol tour comprises of a trip to  the Chocolate Hills, having pictures with my long lost brother, the “tarsier,” the smallest nocturnal animal in the whole world, having lunch in the Loboc river while being serenaded by Yoyoy Villame songs of  the Boholanos that just love to sing.

(Fyi, I’m half Boholano. Lolo Luis was mayor of Clarin for 20 years. Pero pobreng Mayor kasi hindi marunong kumurakot pamilya namin. Okay lang, at least may dangal. Kaya ang ending naming mga apo: ASPU—anak sang pobreng uten!).  Soledad business suites are only 2,000 pesos per night.

All three hotels—Casa Filomena, Pamilakan Island House, and Soledad Suites—are owned by Bohol’s most single and available debonair,  Jun Lim.

For  reservations in any of these hotels you may call  (+6338) 4113074 or  (+6338) 5017421 or email soledadsuites@mozcom.com  for your inquiries and reservations. Hindi po iyan ang number ni Jun Lim sa mga ambisyosang gusto makapag-asawa ng mayaman. Hahaha!

CEBU. Everybody thinks that a hotel fronting the white Mactan beach is always expensive. To my surprise, Mactan Micrtotel Suites only charges 2,900 pesos a night. The Mactan Microtel is the only boutique hotel in Cebu, and is found in the row of Abaca Hotel, Hilton, and Shangri-La Mactan.

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Its lobby and floor furnishings are designed by Kevin Cobonpue and other popular furniture designers in Cebu.

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It has a beautiful  seaview from your hotel window and a large pool where your kids can play. But the best part for me are the white sands and beach area, with matching jetskis. Yahoo! Play all day!

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For bookings call 63-32-2368888 (Cebu) or 632-671-7171 (Manila)/Mobile number 0917888-1800/email: mactan@microtelphilippines.com

BORACAY. Station 1 hotels always look grand and imposing and definitely expensive, like the Discovery Hotel and Fridays. But our family have always loved their neighboring hotel—White House. Owned by the most amiable man is the world, Lenard Tirol, White House has always been the “celebrity’s favorite.”

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Two years ago, I bonded with Maja Salvador and Brazilian Mariana del Rio because we were all staying in White House. I recall one summer that was so celebrity packed—Janno Gibbs, Bing Loyzaga, Mylene Dizon, Bianca Gonzalez, and Alyssa Alano. Rooms are not that expensive—only 5,500 per night and can accommodate 6-10 persons!

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You can go to their website: http://www.whitehouseboracay.com , or call  their Manila office at 632-6312049.