Panay 2015: Kalibo’s Ati-Atihan Festival Video


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The video is right at the bottom…

The first time that I’ve been to Ati-Atihan was more than 12 years ago. That time, I wasn’t exactly too keen on observing the beautiful parades, costumes, festivity highlights and so on. I went there from an invitation from my college buddy, Carlo Opay who was also my dormmate. Yes, I went for the fun and drinks and my memory about my first Ati-Atihan experience was in short… not sober. More than a decade past, armed with a bit of awareness, appreciation and adventure together with my travel-bugged girlfriend Leia, we decided to satisfy a tiny fraction of our wanderlusting curiosity for Ati-Atihan once and for all. Our first visit together to Kalibo, Aklan was 2011 of December.

It was more like a flying visit because I wanted for us to meet Carlo before we go straight ahead to Boracay the next day. That was also the first time I’ve met his pretty and wonderful wife, Lyza and their super cute son, Uno. I also got to introduce Leia to my old buddy. The last time me and Carlo we’re together, our partners were no other than beer bottles of saintly names. Ati-Atihan is celebrated on the month of January but that December we already smelled the aroma of Ati-Atihan, not to mention the hypnotic drumbeats that was truly inviting. More about our 2011 Kalibo visit here

Fast forward to 2015, after months of saving up to have a month travel vacation (2 weeks for Leia)… I contacted my good friend Carlo again that me and Leia we’ll be coming over for the Ati-Atihan Festival 2015. It would be our first time documenting the whole fiesta event on film together (my 1st time alone was Sinulog 2014). The best part, we were not filming on the sidelines but right in the smack of everyone in the middle of the street. That’s what makes Ati-Atihan sort of unique, when the tribes are competing for the best parade, dance, costumes, drumbeats, etc. People follow right behind and party along. Heck, not just a hundred people but in tens of thousands as the whole town people and tourists dances along with the tribes in a “smorgasbord” party larger than most rave event.

Though we’re not professional filmmakers but shooting and making videos is a whole new dimension in capturing wonderful and memorable moments in our adventures. I am so glad we get to take both photos and videos of Ati-Atihan. Thank you Lord!

More about Ati-Atihan, photos of eccentric but beautiful costumes, old guys crossdressing and Leia’s point-of-view here.

Here’s the video (May not be viewable on some mobile devices due to music issues despite the attribution, please view the video on a laptop or desktop… sorry for the inconvenience guys)

p.s. I would to thank Carlo and Lyza again for lending us a room in their place, for the awesome food and for the wonderful and surely unforgettable Ati-Atihan experience.

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Roxas City Immaculate Conception Metropolitan Church and a visit to my “Alma Mater”


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The church beside the school were I graduated from highschool.

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Yep, this is my Alma Mater though I only had my one and final year in highschool here. My 1st four years in highschool was in MSU-IIT IDS or Mindanao State University Iligan Institute of Technology, Integrated Developmental School (Iligan City).. Whew!

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I got in thanks to my old college “kabarks” (close circle of friends) and  Capiznon best bud Jorge who’s an IT teacher here. I used to slack with those concrete benches like those students in the background 16 years ago. Nostalgic!

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Yep, that’s Jorge doing selfie with my phone before he took my shot. He’s not exactly a selfie junkie though.

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I’m currently in Roxas City since last Jan 4 and I’ll be leaving for Iloilo next week. Leia will be with me in Iloilo on the 16th then we’ll be heading to Kalibu, Aklan to witness the Ati-atihan Festival!

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Bo’s Coffee @Centrio CDO


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Expresso Crumble

 

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I think this was Numi Tea.

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super close friends: Erica and Leia

From our 38th monthsary celebration in CDO.. chilling at Bo’s Coffee Centrio with Erica.

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Midway White Beach Resort, Initao


An old man looking out his kid.

An old man looking out for his kid.

There were two cable ziplines that I took out because it was ruining the beautiful backdrop.

There were two cable ziplines that I took out because it was ruining the beautiful backdrop.

Notice the two cable ziplines which I took out from my previous shot.

Notice the two cable ziplines which I took out from my previous shot.

What a majestic view of the sea, clouds and sky.

What a majestic view of the sea, clouds and sky.

Initao's lovely gem of a beach.

Initao’s lovely gem of a beach.

I hitch a ride with them. Giancarlo, his lovely wife Orlane and two of their handsome kids, Giullian (left center) and Gavin.

My neighbor and best bud Giancarlo, his lovely wife Orlane and two of their handsome kids, Giullian (left center) and Gavin.

Another awesome view.

Another awesome view.

Lovely place to chill.

Lovely place to chill.

I just love the intermarriage of blue, whit and dark brown colors.

I just love the intermarriage of blue, whit and dark brown colors.

Lovely view from an empty pool.

Lovely view from an empty pool.

On the way to the lone cottage sticking out at the beach

On the way to the lone cottage sticking out at the beach

A great place to sip some cocktail.

A great place to sip some cocktail.

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The zipline tower looks like a soar thumb sticking out to ruin every serious beach shutterbug mood. It still looks beautiful though, but could have been perfect.

The zipline tower looks like a soar thumb sticking out to ruin every serious beach shutterbug mood. The beach still looks beautiful though, but could have been perfect.

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ReyJohn's Mr. Olympic pose.

ReyJohn’s Mr. Olympic pose.

A view of Initao's simple but beautiful beach.

A view of Initao’s simple but beautiful beach.

Two of my best buddies and neighbors.

Two of my best buddies and neighbors.

Is that you Tony Stark? Oh and that's the bare skeletal zipline tower at the background.

Is that you Tony Stark? Oh and that’s the bare skeletal zipline tower at the background.

Hollywood poster pose.

Hollywood poster pose.

Reyjohn and his lovely wife Gina, and Piper the birthday celebrant.

Reyjohn and his lovely wife Gina, and Piper the birthday celebrant.

Post nuptial shot? hehe

Post nuptial shot? hehe

Reyjohn's son Parker enjoying the beach.

Reyjohn’s son Parker enjoying the beach.

Birthday cake for Piper's 6th birthday!

Birthday cake for Piper’s 6th birthday!

Some fisherman looking for something?

Some fisherman looking for something?

Moonbay white beach, name of the resort I guess.

Moonbay white beach, name of the resort I guess.

Banca

Banca

Kids trying to find some hermit crabs I guess.

Kids trying to find some hermit crabs I guess.

Not exactly all sand and clear sunny weather. Storm is coming from that direction.

Not exactly all sand and clear sunny weather. Storm is coming from that direction.

Two ladies under a cloudy late afternoon.

Two ladies under a cloudy late afternoon.

Walk on water.

Walk on water.

Midway white beach resort hotel building.

Midway white beach resort hotel building.

From the left side of the small stony pier.

From the left side of the small stony pier.

From the right side of the small stony pier

From the right side of the small stony pier

The lone cootage.

The lone cottage.

Cottages with mosquito nets.

Cottages with mosquito nets.

Another mosquito netted cottages.

Another mosquito netted cottages.

They fixing this wooden boat.

They fixing this wooden boat.

A view from the back.

A view from the back.

I'm sorry but I have to take a GoPro selfie shot once in a while.

I’m sorry but I have to take a GoPro selfie shot once in a while.

This was Reyjohn’s daughter Piper’s 6th birthday celebration last Saturday held at Midway White Beach resort. I also took the opportuniy to shoot with my recently aquired (Last May 2014) 2nd hand Canon 60D with a 24-70 L lens from a good friend of mine. I used to borrow a lot Leia’s humble but always handy Nikon D3000 but then I though of getting one myself for both video and photos so finaly I got my own gear to snap around with.

The beach is an amazing place to practice shooting with your camera especially in sunny weather. The dominating hues of blues of the sky and sea, the greens of leaves from the trees to the algae rich rocks and the brownish powdery white color of the sand is a great palette to train your eyes for color composition. In short I just love to hangout at the beach even way before I had my first camera.

Midway White Beach Resort is a 30 minute ride from either Iligan City or Cagayan de Oro City (depending how much you can floor your pedal). If you’re tired of seeing black coal colored sand beaches along Iligan Bay and Camiguin Island is just too far or Boracay is just too expensive at the moment, get a feel of white beach sensation under your toes at Midway White Beach Resort. You can also enjoy their jet-ski ride, banana boat ride, ziplining or karaakoe at the beach aside from dipping and swimming in it’s pristine blue sapphire colored sea water with the scenic majestic clouds as a backdrop.

Thanks to Giancarlo and Orlane for the ride and most of all to Reyjohn and Gina for inviting us.

 

P.S. Leia was invited too but decided to stay home to take care of some things.

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Dinner at Centrio’s Italiannis


This is a super duper short blog. We had dinner at Centrio’s Italiannis resto in CDO just less than hr before watching Allison Harvard’s Style Origin show (or so i think). It was a good day to unwind the stressful week.

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Leia’s 25th Birthday Celebration


Okay, I’ve been gone like for almost 9 months now from my blog. So many backlogs I’m not sure how I can post them but I’ll start with Leia’s 25th birthday. Yep, It was Leia’s birthday last month and she wanted to have rainbow-themed milk tea birthday party. Not the grand massive birthday party but just a small and simple party good for close friends of hers. Most of her friends are no longer in town so the venue Cozy Cup Milk Tea Shop with its small yet pretty and well lighted place is just perfect for a  milk tea party.

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I recently got myself a 2nd hand Canon 60D with a Canon 24-70 mm L-series lens which I used to make a montage video of the event. I’m an aspiring film maker I guess.. haha

Here’s the video link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMSuQbU2fxY

You could also check out Leia’s blog post about her birthday here: http://reiyakhu.tumblr.com/post/88816428925/my-rainbow-unicorn-sugar-fantasy-party

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Gina’s BBQ Xpress


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Gina’s BBQ Xpress in my opinion is now the king (or rather queen) of BBQ in Iligan City. Well, for me their BBQ is the best in town and last night (yep, last night Sept 18, 2013), me and Leia got invited for a taste test because they offered a number of new dishes on the menu. They also transferred to a new place which is just right in front of their old location (right across the street) and last night was their 2nd night opening.

Oh yeah, their pork barbeque is really super good plus their liempo (pork belly), pork chorizo, chicken pecho and grilled bangus is also a must try. Last night though was kind of a special night because they introduced two of the most favorite pinoy dishes that are especially good with beer (though I rarely drink even just a bottle these days) – Pork Sisig and Lechon Kawali. Yup these two are the new dishes on the menu plus the GBX fried chicken (fried chickens are everywhere) also.

Basically the three dishes were still on the testing stage so our (and other close friends) feedbacks were particularly important to improve their dishes. Oh, did I mention that Gina (the owner, hence the name) is actually a cousin of Leia? I guess not, so without further ado, here are the goods that filled my stomach to new width:

(btw, don’t mind my watermark – I’ll explain at the bottom of this post why it’s yobzleia 2012)

Gina's BBQ Express Food

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The Classic Pork Barbeque and Gina’s Barbeque is perhaps the best in town.

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Grilled Bangus – if you want to get a break from pork and chicken

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Pork Chorizo – Nomnom!!!

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Atchara – pickled unriped papaya which is my fave side dish for grilled dishes

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GBX Fried Chicken – A bit more salt then this one is a winner too.

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Lechon Kawali (Deep Fried Pork Belly) – best paired with Mang Tomas Sauce

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Lechon Kawali – up close and personal

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Fried Chicken – Everybody’s party staple

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Pork Steak – with creamy gravy

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Sizzling Pork Sisig – a Pinoy delicacy!!!

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Isaw – grilled chicken intestine, our fave too! Yum!

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Chop Suey – to balance the meaty diet, I love it!

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Imagine all the food we had in that table… miracle!!!

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from left to right – Mary (Gina’s younger sis), me, Leia, LJ and Gina

Gina's BBQ Express Deco

The subtle deco you’ll find in milky tea shops here surprisingly seems to compliment well with the overall interior design.

So there you have it, if you’re looking for some grilled dishes or barbeque to go with your beer or dinner then Gina’s BBQ Express would be the first place I would recommend you to check out. Oh and one more thing, I also enjoyed the cooler which is an orange juice with apple and mango tidbits.

You won’t miss Gina’s BBQ Xpress along Quezon Avenue Extension (road going to the Strip, City hall, City Hospital and Vmart) besides DTI.

For more information, you could Like their FB page at: https://www.facebook.com/GINASBBQXPRESS

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This post is not a backlog, but because it’s been like a year that I posted a blog about food/food joint, I totally FORGOT that I used my outdated watermark (yobzleia2012). Somehow it didn’t register, and I just realized my mistake when I was about to finish this blog. I thought of changing the watermarks, but it seems easier for me to write a note instead than take down all the photo uploads to change all the watermarks on each photos. Yup, I almost slapped my face. Argghhhhh! Oh well, I hope you enjoy my first food blogpost in a long time!

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