TNALAK FESTIVAL 2012: 15 Reasons Why It’s More Fun in South Cotabato, Amo na ya!

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I shielded my eyes from the glaring heat of the sun. From afar I could hear the distant sound of the forest, the chirping of the birds, and the rustling of the leaves as they danced with the wind. I’ve been a traveler long as I could remember.  I’ve been to a lot of places, seen various faces, and indulge myself in worlds all foreign to me.

But today is different; I don’t know where I am yet my heart feels at home.

In front of me is a majestic, cone-shaped mountain with luscious rainforest that literally beckons every climber to climb it.

1. The Towering Mt Matutum

The Pride of South Cotabato: The Picturesque Mt Matutum. Photo Courtesy of Atty Nonoy Rojas

I know I’ve seen this before. If only I survived that bungee jump long ago in one of my outdoor adventures, I wouldn’t have to undergo that brain surgery that damaged my memory. Nevertheless I still thank my God for keeping me alive. And now here I am with my travel buddies alike whose names I can no longer recall, on a tour they say could help me remember. Continue reading

2012 T’nalak Festival: The Grand Street Dancing Parade

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In the much anticipated Street Dancing Parade yesterday T’nalak Festival culminated its weeklong celebration that started last July 13.

T’nalak, hailed as the province’s ultimate cultural emblem, is a traditional masterpiece of geometric patterns dreamt to life by T’boli weavers who translate their dreams into intricate patterns of intensely colored abaca fiber. Celebrated in July, this festival anchored on the t’nalak is timed with the province’s founding anniversary and has become the biggest, brightest and most colorful celebration in South Cotabato. Continue reading

Let’s Get Loud: T’nalak Festival Cheerdancing Competition!

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Koronadal City, South Cotabato — The T’nalak Festival cheerdance competition takes centerstage Saturday with the Saravia National High School going for its second straight crown at the South Cotabato Sports & Cultural Center.

The Winning Team Saravia National High School

Five  more teams joined the loud and vibrant competition.

Cheers and yells filled the jam packed Cultural Center as  people trooped to support their teams in their magnificent performance. Continue reading

T’nalak Festival 2012: Amo na ya!

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One of the biggest, grandest, and brightest festival in the province of South Cotabato – the 13th T’NALAK FESTIVAL has already started last July 13 and will continue it’s week long festivity until July 18.

This year’s celebration has the theme “South Cotabato: Making a Difference, Amo Na ‘Ya!” Continue reading

A Symphony of Lights, Victoria Harbour Light Show, Hong Kong

On our last night in Hong Kong after shopping for pasalubong at Tsim Sha Tsui Night Market, we decided to witness one of Asia’s grandest light show – the Symphony of Lights.

Symphony of Lights / Victoria Harbour Light Show

This spectacular multimedia display, already named the ‘World’s Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show’ by Guinness World Records, has been further expanded to include more than 40 buildings on both sides of Victoria Harbour. The show creates an all-round vision of coloured lights, laser beams and searchlights performing a stunning, unforgettable spectacle synchronised to music and narration that celebrates the energy, spirit and diversity of Hong Kong.

The Symphony of Lights Show & The Clock Tower

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Stunning Views fromThe Victoria Peak, Hong Kong

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For an unforgettable nightlight Hong Kong experience, we’ve decided to take a peak into one of Hong Kong’s popular tourist destinations – the stunning views from the Victoria.

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The Victoria Peak is located in Central Hong Kong. For you to be able to get to the Peak, you have to ride the Peak tram, one of Hong Kong’s oldest trains. Getting there you just have to remember that the Peak Tram lower terminus is just near St. John’s Cathedral, one of the most known landmarks in Hong Kong.

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Insightful Dialogue In The Dark Experience

Sight is what we see with our eyes, Insight is what we gain without seeing.

Months before our trip to Hong Kong, as I was making the travel itinerary, I’ve come across a new attraction at TripAdvisor.com. As a matter of fact, it’s not just ‘your ordinary’ destination for it is rated as the #1 among all must dos in HK.  This instantly drove me to include it in our itinerary. Immediately I booked tickets for it online (FYI there are only 2 English Tours in a day that’s why advance booking is required, and each tour group has a limit of 8 people, so better hurry up if you have plans!)

So what is this that I’m talking about? No other than the Dialogue in the Dark experience. Continue reading

Nan Lian Garden & Chi Lin Nunnery

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On our last day in Hong Kong, our itinerary included a visit to the scenic, Tang Dynasty-style influenced garden in Diamond Hill, Kowloon.

Picturesquely designed with hills, water features, trees, rocks and wooden structures, the Nan Lian Garden (南蓮園池) is a Chinese Classical Garden with an area of 3.5 hectares. Continue reading

Dream Come True: Jason Mraz Live in Hong Kong

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Luck was really with us, for even though the promo tickets that we’ve bought from Cebu Pacific to Hong Kong were booked 3 months in advance, we were surprised to know that the dates we’ve chosen included the date for this one awaited concert – Jason Mraz “TOUR is a four letter word” Concert in hong Kong. Continue reading

Hong Kong Disneyland Adventure

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Disneyland here I come!

Finally a realization of one of my childhood dreams (that I guess almost all of us had). Hong Kong Disneyland has that positively addicting charm that effortlessly draws the young and equally attracts the young-at-hearts! It’s a Nirvana for family bonding, food indulgence and lots of fun!

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