4th Bagasbas Surf Festival: Last Call

by Joey Cuerdo, event organizer Haven’t got that much cash but still itching for a wild summer adventure? Got summer class or limited work leaves but still want to get thoroughly stoked? This summer, test just how far your 800 pesos and a 3-day weekend can go. If you’ve heard of the Bagasbas Summer Surf Festival,Continue reading “4th Bagasbas Surf Festival: Last Call”

I Know What You’re Gonna Do This Summer!

I bet you don’t know why I know this.. Let’s be psychic for a moment..  We know that this year 2011 is the Chinese Year of the Metal Rabbit and that it means it will be a year of prosperity especially for those with businesses dealing with metal and alloy.  In other words, those whoContinue reading “I Know What You’re Gonna Do This Summer!”

Bagasbas Surf Festival: BUY NOW

… at http://www.pakyaw.com.ph The buying dates are from March 30 to April 2, 2001.  Buying starts at 12:01am March 30. A lot of people have been harassing the Pakyaw office demanding for the date of selling, wanting to be one of the first to buy, in case the 300 slots run out 🙂 So nowContinue reading “Bagasbas Surf Festival: BUY NOW”

Of Earthquakes and Tremors II

There was another earthquake today at 1:32pm.  It measured a 4.5 magnitude and its epicenter was determined to be somewhere south of Gingoog City.  If you look at a map, you’ll see that it was close, just over Mt. Balatucan.  It was felt both here in Manolo Fortich and in Cagayan de Oro and I’mContinue reading “Of Earthquakes and Tremors II”

My Love Affair with Camiguin

I have been going to Camiguin for as long as I could remember. The very first visit was in 1981, I think.  I was 7 years old.  Back then, there was only one barge company in operation, bringing passengers to and from Balingoan Port to Benoni Port twice a day – one in the earlyContinue reading “My Love Affair with Camiguin”

Famous Faces and Me

You know what I really like about this business of promoting local tourism?  We get to meet a lot of famous people.  And if we don’t meet them, well, we can at least stand next to them or get a closer look. Two and a half years ago (Sept 2008), we were given the rareContinue reading “Famous Faces and Me”

Update: 4th Bagasbas Summer Surf Festival – April 15 to 17, 2011

by Joey Cuerdo, event organizer Summer is so near you can really feel it!  Billboards on EDSA have shifted to showcasing bronze bodies and everything about the beach.  Kids are whining about the last days of school and exams… and talk is continuous about plans, of what to do, where to go, what sport toContinue reading “Update: 4th Bagasbas Summer Surf Festival – April 15 to 17, 2011”

Of Earthquakes and Tremors

I woke up briefly to a tremor this morning around 3:00am.  It was just a short one, lasting about 3-4 seconds, enough to make me hear the ornaments on the wall rattle.  I think the last time I remember waking up to a tremor like that was a few years ago and I was beginningContinue reading “Of Earthquakes and Tremors”

The Kaamulan Festival: A Dance of Life

Just got back from a long day at Malaybalay.  We watched the Kaamulan Festival Ethnic Street Dancing Competition and then went shopping.  To summarize it all, it was a beautiful day! The dancers were talented and well-choreographed; the floats were well-decorated and artistically amazing; and though it rained (several times) nothing could mar the excitementContinue reading “The Kaamulan Festival: A Dance of Life”

The Kaamulan Festival: A Story of Life

Kaamulan comes from the Binukid word “amul” meaning to gather or a social gathering.  It could be anything from a datu-ship ritual, a wedding ceremony, a harvest thanksgiving, or a peace pact (http://en.wikipilipinas.org/index.php?title=Kaamulan_festival).  So this gathering, held annually every 3rd week of February to March 10, is the time when the seven (7) tribes ofContinue reading “The Kaamulan Festival: A Story of Life”