Sunday, March 31, 2013

Let's Go: Philippine International Pyromusical 2013 Competition Photos

Pyromusical Competition 2013: It's much-awaited fireworks competition in the country every once a year and been a tradition of every Filipino in the country to witness the show at SM Mall of Asia By the Bay, Pasay City. Now on its 4th year from now, I preferred myself to be a fireworks fanatics and photography enthusiast. We got a gold free tickets from a friend, the spectacular light show above the sky and within the water of Manila Bay. The event was so magical and I never would have thought something this beautiful is possible. You have to see it yourself to believe it. That time it's the country of Taiwan ( Yung Feng Firecrackers & Fireworks Co, Ltd) & Spain (Brunchu Pyro Experience) performed that night. How amazing the presentation of two country was. Spectacular! 


Thursday, March 14, 2013

How to get to Monasterio De Tarlac in San Jose

Going to Monasterio De Tarlac or How to commute & direction to Monasterio De Tarlac in Barangay Lubigan San Jose, Tarlac:

For Typical Commuters: If you're going from Metro Manila, take a bus bound to Tarlac or Pangasinan via NLEX & SCTEX and exit at Hacienda Luisita then turn right at MacArthur Highway going to the city proper. Turn left at the road junction right after SM City Tarlac. Note: there's a McDonald's at right and Mercury Drug in front). From there when you see another McDonald's, make a left from the highway. You can ride a jeepney going to Lubigan for non-vehicle. Follow the road and always make sure to check signage along the way and just choose to turn right whenever you see a Y-intersection. After crossing the bridge above the Tarlac River, prepare to make a left turn at the next intersection. Following the Barangay Lubigan in San Jose. From there ask the Barangay Captain to refer you a vehicle going up to the monastery. There will the road signs leading you to the Monasterio De Tarlac, it's easy driving from there on. Happy Trip!


Roaming around Monasterio De Tarlac & Castle

The area is filled with trees, flowers and other ornamental. Served as the home of the Servants of the Risen Christ Monastic Community and pilgrims as well. A perfect place to acquire of mind, happiness, feel God's presence and feel to be the top of the world. I saw different structures of houses in the area, mountain ranges, rice fields and plantation. Kuya Bert, advised me that this place is the center of Tarlac & Zambales province, on my left is Tarlac Province and the other one is Zambales Province. You can create your own choices doing some activities like meditate, pray, hike, food trip, relax and taking a lot of photos. Complete Location: Mount Resurrection, Eco-Park & Tourism, Barangay Lubigan (San Jose Eco-Park), San Jose Tarlac. 


Tarlac: Church of the Risen Christ in Monasterio De Tarlac

After visiting the big statue near the hill, I immediately went to their church and take some photos. That time, there are many people inside the church because they are celebrating the feast of Holy Cross, twice a year. Every 30th of January and 14th of September. Most people visit the shrine are devotees and pilgrims of the church. These monastery can only be reached by private vehicle because of its secluded and hilly location like the road in Baguio City, Benguet. There a lot of foods stand during my first visit and they have a lot of tables and picnic areas to enjoy all day long. I had experienced the most solemn and heartfelt within the area of the church. I feel the presence of the lord in these mountain hill. It's already 4:00 pm that time and need to hurry up in order me to find last trip of the public jeepney going back to Tarlac City proper. Check out soon on how I get there via public transportation. Thanks -Bisayang Manlalakbay around the Philippines.


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Enriching Monasterio De Tarlac in San Jose Tarlac

The Monasterio De Tarlac and this eco-tourism park is located at Barangay Lubigan, San Jose Tarlac. The church is currently holds the only one relic or authentic fragment of the Holy Cross is kept. It's one of the reason why people visit the shrine. Going there is not so easy because you need to bring your own vehicle and there is no public transportation going up to the monastery. That time, I rented a habal-habal cost about P100 pesos for 2 way per person. Thanks to Miss Grace of the Barangay Secretary, Lubigan Barangay Hall for accommodating and facilitate me to recommend Kuya Bert (Driver). You will seeing zigzag road, tall trees and cold wind breeze. So finally, saw a 30 foot statue of the Risen Christ which is remind me of Brazil's Christ the Redeemer stands at the edge of a hill. I took so many photos and roamed around the area. This is located at the top of the mountain. Everyday the church is celebrates solemn masses and open to public. You won't get lost as you will be seeing marker indicating Eco-Tourism Park and going to Monasterio De Tarlac. 


How to get to Isdaan Floating Restaurant in Gerona Tarlac

For Commuters Going to Isdaan Floating Restaurant, Tarlac from Manila:

Located at National Road, McArthur Highway, Gerona Tarlac, a town in between of Paniqui & Tarlac City which is known to be a new landmark in Philippine Cuisine Halfway to the North and a place of smiles and mabuhay greetings. From Cubao, Quezon City, ride a bus at Five Star Bus Terminal bound to Tarlac or Pangasinan via SCTEX then ask the driver to drop you off to Gerona Tarlac about 2-3 hours travel time. Then going back to Tarlac City Proper is very easy. In front of the restaurant you can ride a jeepney bound to the city proper or public market. Travel time is 15-20 minutes. 

Travel Expenses: 
(Jeep) Paranaque to MRT Taft - P17.00
(Mrt) MRT Taft to Cubao - P14.00
(Bus) Cubao to Gerona Tarlac - 225.00
(Jeep) Gerona to Taclac City - P12.00
(Tricycle) Proper to Bus Terminal - P10.00
(Bus) Tarlac City to Cubao - P200.00

Total Expenses : P478.00


Isdaan Floating Resto in Gerona Tarlac - The Half to the North

It was a solo backpacking trip up north when finally made my footstep at the place called "ISDAAN FLOATING RESTO-FUN PARK" and was conceptualized by the owners of Barrio Fiesta. I would expect Filipino foods to be served at their pavilion, then ordered my lunch meal before going to Monasterio De Tarlac about 30-45 minutes away from the city. There are a lot of food selection at their menu board but I picked lechon kawali platter (binalot sa dahon) with mango juice and the food is great and tasty as well. Luckily the place is not crowded that time, you can also dine to their floationg kubo/ gazebos. I enjoyed touring and taking photos in the whole area of the resort, basically the place is relatively safe and secure. For the kids, enjoy free face paint, free balloon, free candy and free fish food. Here's the address: National Road, Mc- Arthur Highway Gerona Tarlac. Contact Number: (045) 491-2219. 


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Bata Batuta Park in Tarlac

Bata Batuta Park is the newest activities park in Isdaan Floating Restaurant and has changed people's view about the place because it's just not for eating and relaxing but for enjoyable fun-family bonding experience. Visit this place while traveling to Baguio City, this stop over would make you forget that you still on your way to your destination. About the park, it's so much cool, relax-experience and better view of some other parks.  Since they have a promo free everyday which all kids and teenagers will have a free balloons, candies and free fish foods. I like the angry bird figures and fish koi ponds in different colors and varieties  They have also some packages and free parking space. Just visit them soon. Located at Gerona Tarlac, Philippines.



Big Statues & Sculptures at Isdaan, Gerona Tarlac

It's about 30 minutes away from Tarlac City, you can reach this resto-fun park in Gerona Tarlac. Don't miss to check their huge and gigantic statues inside the restaurant. This was a Mayan-inspired statues. A long the way as you enter the area, you will see different statues all over the place and they are so nice and perfect to some photo enthusiast and traveler like me. They have a good service and I saw a lot of bamboo cottages floating at the big ponds (native ang design ng area). Photo sharing below. Happy Trip!



Tarlac: Tacsiyapo Wall at Isdaan Floating Resto, Gerona

After eating my fully loaded lunch ( busog meal ) at their restaurant, I immediately went to the famous wall in Isadan Floating Resto-Fun Park and that "Tacsiyapo Wall" or Release your Anger ( Ilabas ang sama ng loob). Does anyone need to release anger? hehehe! I saw this line - For effective release of anger. Just shout "Tacsiyapo" before smashing your plates etc... against the wall. You can buy ceramis and glas mugs, wall clock, television, plates in different size, shape and prize. This Tacsiyapo Wall is almost featured and already seen in more than 20-30 tv shows and channel which is encouraging people to try this kind of activity. Given this attraction I was amazed with the big buddhas and big scuptures. Next post : Isdaan Floating Resto-Fun Park, Gerona Tarlac.



Friday, March 8, 2013

20th Travel Tour Expo 2013 at SM Mall of Asia - "Getaway to Getaways"

Last February 17, 2013 - We spent our day at SMX Convention Center to check out some promos and frebies as well. This year's 20th Travel Tour Expo 2013 " Gateway to Getaways" was conceptualized by PTAA which showcase the products, services, promos and events of their members. We decided to pay the entrance fee cost Php 50 pesos per person. In this travel expo you can get as much as 50% discount to airfare, hotels, resorts and other facilities. Good to know? Because this is the biggest and crowded fair of the month and tourism in the country is here once again, in full swing. We collected free magazine in different country like, Hongkong, Japan, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Sabah, Vietnam, Guam and as well as Philippines. You can get brochures, maps and leaflets all for free of charge. 


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