Photo Guide Tours: KAAMULAN FESTIVAL

Located in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon Kanak ha Banuwa! This means “Bukidnon my home!” in the native dialect used by the Indigenous Peoples of Bukidnon, or Binukid. The Kaamulan Festival is the annual coming together of the Seven Tribes of Bukidnon, namely, Bukidnon, Higaonon, Manobo, Matigsalug, Talaandig, Tigwahonon and Umayamnon, to celebrate and showcase their traditionsContinue reading “Photo Guide Tours: KAAMULAN FESTIVAL”

Photo Guide Tours: IMPASUG-ONG COMMUNAL RANCH

Impasug-ong Communal Ranch Located in Impasug-ong, Bukidnon Owned and managed by the Municipal Government of Impasug-ong, the Communal Ranch is used as a cattle-grazing and roaming area for cattle owners who do not have space of their own. The cattle are housed in a stable, fed a proper diet, brought out for grazing, and broughtContinue reading “Photo Guide Tours: IMPASUG-ONG COMMUNAL RANCH”

Living with Alzheimer’s 13 (a series)

Happy Easter, Mama Diaries Fans! Mama’s Daily Schedule: 5:00am – Mama starts waking up G and E, demanding breakfast 6:00am – E gets up and prepares Mama’s breakfast (lugaw) 7:00am – Mama is still eating breakfast reluctantly and lamenting that she wants to sleep. G administers her meds. after, Mama sleeps for about 10 minutesContinue reading “Living with Alzheimer’s 13 (a series)”

A Time for Bonding

At Short Notice Our third trip to Bicol was planned at really short notice. Joey and I had an unspoken agreement to bring our elderly mom home to Albay regularly so that she could visit her equally aging brothers and sisters. We hadn’t been very consistent with the dates but had somehow managed to makeContinue reading “A Time for Bonding”

Kampo Juan Eco-Adventure Farm

Location: Sto. Nino, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon Coordinates: N 08*23′ 42.2″ E 124*50′ 50.9″ Are you itching for a thrilling adventure but can’t find one that’s accessible? Look no further. At Kampo Juan Eco-Adventure Farm, you get the thrill, the awe and a new understanding of how man should really treat nature. The Must-Try: ANICYCLE –Continue reading “Kampo Juan Eco-Adventure Farm”

A HERO FALLS UNEXPECTEDLY

Why does a hero have to die when things are going so well? When Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, the idea of democracy in the US was becoming a way of life. When Ramon Magsaysay died in a plane crash, the people of the Philippines were learning to live a corruption-free lifestyle. When Mario Okinlay wasContinue reading “A HERO FALLS UNEXPECTEDLY”

A Sheltered Life

Growing up in Cawayanon was different. There were only a few families, about 30 in all. We went to a different school and played with just a few kids. Many of them were American, hence our spoken language was English. Sometimes, we would be introduced to some teachers from OLLES (Mr. Vismanos, the Scouting Teacher;Continue reading “A Sheltered Life”

Turning 40

Normally I wouldn’t give a damn.. but my high school batchmates have been posting articles about this milestone since January that I guess it rubbed off on me.. just a little bit. In fact, I don’t feel forty. They say you’re only as old as you feel. Well, if I said I feel 18, youContinue reading “Turning 40”

My Philippine Adventure (Cawayanon Reunion) by Karen Haycox

Sometimes in our effort to entertain, we run out of words to express ourselves. Yes, folks, it is called Writer’s Block. But just about the same time, another writer comes into out midst and saves the day. I am posting my friend’s experience – with her permission, of course, and a few corrections (c”,) –Continue reading “My Philippine Adventure (Cawayanon Reunion) by Karen Haycox”

Writer’s Block

Writer’s Block is a term used when writers can’t think of anything to write, though this is not for lack of topics. Since my last post in February, almost two months ago, I’ve had every opportunity to write about: the Kaamulan Festival, the history of Bukidnon, Missy Bon Bon (the restaurant where I spend mostContinue reading “Writer’s Block”