The National Museum of the Philippines: Beyond Art and Culture

Art is an effort to create, beside the real world, a more humane world.”
-Andre Maurois

Our country is enriched with culture and art. As our history unfolds, art serves as a proof that our country boost significant details and artifacts that preserves our rich heritage.

One of the living proofs that our country do exhibit rich heritage is the National Museum of the Philippines.

A government agency museum, The National Museum of the Philippines (NM) preserves, exhibits and fosters scholarly study and appreciation of works of arts, specimens and cultural and historical artifacts of the Philippines.

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So last July 19, my office mates and I, decided to visit the said museum. The museum is located at P. Burgos Drive, Rizal Park, Manila. So knowing that it is now free of admission, off we go.

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The museum has its branches which includes the National Art Gallery, Museum of the Filipino People, Planetarium and Regional Museums.

Apparently, we’ve only visited the the National Art Gallery and Museum of the Filipino People branches. But still, we’ve enjoyed our trip inside the museum.

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As I said, admission is free to all, both local and foreign visitors. There is no need to present an ID. You just only need to register at the desk. It is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You can take pictures inside the museum but there are few reminders you should observe. So, to ensure the safety of the visitors, as well as those artifacts, just follow those simple guidelines and prohibitions and enjoy your experience.

To go to National Museum, just follow this  direction.

For more information and inquiries, kindly visit their website and Facebook page.

Cold Summer Escapade: The Baguio Adventure

“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” ~ Miriam Beard

T’was a very joyful and memorable journey to remember experiencing the cold and peaceful city of Baguio.

Baguio, The City of Pines, or much nice to say, “Summer Capital of the Philippines” really proved to us how fun it is to visit the city.  Each tourist destinations here comes with genuine beauty that every Filipino will be proud of.

So, our adventure to the said City comes with a rush plan. It was on February that we, my friends/office mates (Ms. Angie, Rozette and Ms. Jena) decided to find some cool place to visit and luckily, we found one after searching through the internet. It comes with two days and One night accommodation in Baguio, with La Presa Sidetrip for only P2500 each (4 pax). It was a blessing, of course! 🙂

Our getaway was booked on March 21 and 22 and alas! It was really cool.

We assembled in McDonalds Mindanao Avenue (in front of Trinoma) and departed at 2:00 in the morning.

While waiting for our service at McDonalds Mindanao Ave. :D

While waiting for our service at McDonalds Mindanao Ave. 😀

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Apparently, we’re too sleepy to enjoy the road. By 4:00 a.m., Mang Adonis (our handsome driver), decided to have a stopover in Pangasinan and there we took our breakfast.

So, our journey starts just as the beautiful sun rose in Baguio City. 🙂

Here comes the sun. :)

Here comes the sun. 🙂

DAY 1 (Saturday)

  • La Presa Sidetrip (Sitio Pungayan)

It was really cold in Sitio Pungayan. We took pictures of the beautiful landscape of the said place. We’ve also enjoyed taking pictures in front of Agnes’ house (Forevermore fanatics will surely know this) and every corner of it. The entrance fee is P20.

La Presa <3

La Presa ❤

We also rent an Igorot costume for P20.

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After which, we tried the famous Strawberry Taho (P20) plus we decided to buy pasalubong consisting of chocolate crinkles, peanut brittle, lengua de gato and others (8 pieces for P100).

Strawberry taho

Strawberry taho

Baguio Delicacies

Baguio Delicacies

  • Burnham Park

There are a lot of people in the park as we set our feet here. The park is really beautiful with different activities you can enjoy. Here we became instant flower photographer because you can see different flowers around.

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What I really enjoyed here is renting a pedicab (P50). For one hour, you can enjoy exploring the park here and there (though we only used it for 30 minutes because of our limited time).

Pedicab with Tet :)

Pedicab with Tet 🙂

  • La Trinidad Strawberry Farm

Here, we were able to see the strawberry farm and different vegetables planted by the hardworking people of Baguio. You can picked strawberry yourself but you have to pay P450 for every one kilo of it.

We bought here strawberries (3 baskets for P100) and variety of vegetables for P100 (3 kilos).

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What I enjoyed here is the Strawberry Ice Cream for P20. It is really delicious! 🙂

  • Bell Church

You can find here designed arches and buildings with dragons, bells and flags. It also has lovely gardens around.

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  • Lourdes Grotto

One of the famous Catholic Shrines which tourists love to visit. It is a 252-step to the top where you can find the image of Our Lady of Lourdes. And I am really recommending that you visit the said place because it is really peaceful here.

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After our day 1 adventure, Mang Adonis sent us to Sandoval Residences, a transient house, for us to rest and enjoy our free time. At 6:00 in the evening, we decided to take our dinner outside. 🙂

So rode a jeepney to Burnham Park and we took a walk towards the famous Session Road. We enjoy the cold breeze that’s why even if we walked so long (we really don’t know where we are heading), still we don’t break a sweat. Lol! 😀

Luckily, we found a fine Filipino restaurant, Solibao, along the road. I ordered Inihaw na Liempo for P105 and we added Salmon sa Miso for P199. The food is really delicious and affordable. And our tummy can attest to that.

Dinner at Solibao Restaurant. :)

Dinner at Solibao Restaurant. 🙂

After eating, we again decide to walk around the city and waited until 9:00 p.m. for the Night Market.

Night Market is Baguio’s version of Divisoria. Though here, people sell more of ukay-ukay products at affordable prices. We have bought long sleeves (3 for P20) and souvenir shirts (2 for P150).

We took a taxi after which and we really don’t expect that it only costs us P57. 😀

Our day 1 tour is superb! 🙂

 

DAY 2 (Sunday)

  • Baguio Cathedral

One of the most visited landmarks in Baguio. It is really applicable that our first stop is the said church for us to hear the Sunday mass. Best way to start your day: Pray. 🙂

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  • The Mansion

With its beautiful garden, The Mansion is also one of the most visited place in the city. You can enjoy picture taking in the facade of it.

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  • Botanical Garden

This is where you can find the famous Igorot tribe. Unfortunately, we were not able to take pictures with them because of our limited time. But, here you can find different plants and variety of flowers around.

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  • Mines View Park

If you want to see a breathtaking view of Benguet’s gold and copper mines, you should not missed visiting Mines View Park. Here you can find spectacular mountains though you need to be extra careful because the place is narrow. You can also find different pasalubong area here.

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  • Good Shepherd Convent

After our visit to Mines View Park, we were told to just walked to Good Shepherd Convent. This place is popularly known for the different products made by the Good Shepherd nuns. Among the items sold here are fruit preserves, strawberry and ube jams, cashew and peanut brittle, and coco jam. I bought Ube Jam which costs P200.

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  • Camp John Hay

We were able to see part of  Camp John Hay historical core inside this 690-hectare property. It took us P60, entrance fee. Here we were able to visit a restored house, cemetery of negativism and others. Though we weren’t able to finish the tour around the place, we enjoyed our adventure here.

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  • Lion’s head

Our last stop. Located along the Kennon road, you should never missed taking your picture in the famous Lion’s head. 🙂 Your visit to Baguio City will never be completed without it. 😀

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I surely enjoyed Baguio City. With its beautiful landmarks, I learn how to appreciate our country more. Philippines is really full of lovely place to visit. With this, I added another goal in my life. This is to travel more. Because through traveling, I became free. I’ve got the chance to explore beautiful scenery and appreciate God’s creation.

My Baguio Adventure is truly one of a kind. And I swear, I will surely return to this wonderful city sooner than later. 🙂

It was a blast, indeed! 🙂

Historical Beauty of Manila

You can’t bring an unwritten place to life without losing something substantial. Manila is the cradle, the graveyard, the memory. The Mecca, the Cathedral, the bordello. The shopping mall, the urinal, the discotheque. I’m hardly speaking in metaphor. It’s the most impermeable of cities. How does one convey all that?
Miguel Syjuco, Ilustrado

Far from the noisy streets, restless people and filthy surroundings of Manila, there are stories worth telling. Stories far beyond the horrendous scenarios we often hear and see. Because beneath all of the unappealing notion of this place, there is a story beautifully carved — something worth discovering.

Manila is beautiful. This I can prove so true, the very moment I let myself drowned inside it.

It was a beautiful experience traversing the streets of Manila. Here, I have seen spectacular views, landmarks and places which makes the place meaningful. With Ms. Angie, my dear friend, we enjoyed seeing things I never thought Manila can offer.

  • Manila Cathedral
The beautiful Manila Cathedral

The beautiful Manila Cathedral

Inside Manila Cathedral

Inside Manila Cathedral

  • Fort Santiago

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  • San Agustin Church

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  • Casa Blanca

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I never regret spending my day exploring Manila. T’was a unforgettable experience. A great masterpiece we all need to see as a Filipino.

Ms. Angie and I, enjoying our trip. :)

Ms. Angie and I, enjoying our trip. 🙂

Manila is indeed fabulous. We only need to take some time to appreciate all its hidden beauty and the history it tells us. Manila is really the heart and soul of the country.

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One sweet Christmas in Tagaytay

Do what makes you happy, be with who makes you smile, laugh as much as you breathe, and love as long as you live.”
Rachel Ann Nunes

Escaping the hustle and bustle of city life is best spent in Tagaytay. The two-hour ride going to this beautiful place is worth it.

Tagaytay, the little Baguio as they call it, makes your vacation spectacular. There are different places you can go, and attractions to see. But what catch us among those is the Residence Inn.

Residence Inn is located far-end of Tagaytay. So we took a bus going to Alfonso. We alighted at Olivarez and there took a jeepney.

The place offers breath-taking view of Taal Volcano (which I really enjoyed), a mini-zoo, and other fun activities. We really enjoyed our stay especially the cold breeze. 🙂

So here our some of the places, activities, and other things we enjoyed while staying overnight. 🙂

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Taal Volcano

Taal Volcano

Beautiful nature

Beautiful nature

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Facade of our room

  • Residence Inn
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Cable car experience :)

Cable car experience 🙂

  • Residence Inn Mini Zoo
Mr. Owl :)

Mr. Owl 🙂

That big snake....

That big snake….

Hello, Mr. Horse!

Hello, Mr. Horse!

  • Paradizoo
Paradizoo signage

Paradizoo signage

House of bees

House of bees

Cemetery for well-loved animals

Cemetery for well-loved animals

  • How to get to Residence Inn
Route map to Residence Inn

Route map to Residence Inn

So, we really love our stay here, memories, eating session, sight-seeing and all of it. Tagaytay never failed to amuse me.

I love Tagaytay! 🙂

Tagaytay is Happiness. :)

Tagaytay is Happiness. 🙂

Summer Lovin’: The Quezon Escapade

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” 
― F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Great Gatsby

It was a last minute plan going to Quezon province.

Just as the summer is on, my mother (who, in the first place, is not a fan of getaway activities), engaged my sisters to take her to Kamay ni Hesus in Lucban, Quezon.

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Kamay ni Hesus is a famous tourist destination for visitors because it was known to be a healing church. This five hectare shrine was a good place to reflect and pray for it showcase the 50 feet statue of Jesus Christ on top of the 300 plus steps to a hill.

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The feeling of satisfaction will rule you after you get to the top because there, you can see the refreshing view of the province plus the spiritual satisfaction after taking difficult steps just to get there. It was awesome. I love it there. 🙂 And for the record, my mother really enjoyed it. It made me happy, of course. 🙂

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Next, we took the route to Real, Quezon.

An hour and a half ride was a challenge of course. The curves, from time to time, made our heads ache (especially to the kids, who vomitted in the middle of the trip). But those little discomfort was worth it after we saw the beach.

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Yes! the beach. Though the sand was not white like those in other places, we’ve got to enjoy the place. Star of the Sea, the resort’s name, has allowed us to pay 500 pesos for the cottage. No entrance fee. Affordable indeed!

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We took our time swimming in the sea and going along with the waves. It was a nice feeling. I’ve enjoyed being one of the waves even though many times I was left drowning (lol). The heat of the sun do not stop us from playing with the water. The kids loved the sand. It was amazing. 🙂

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The heat is on! And just as summer displays its toll, seize every moment. Enjoy nature. See how far it will take you. 🙂

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Real Cove Resort: Nature’s hidden beauty

Taking the long road to Antipolo is such a sweet treat at all.

If you want to escape the noisy and busy city of Manila, Antipolo can surely offer you the best resorts ever. And I, for sure, can attest to that.  Because just as you traverse the road, it will lead you to something beautiful. Something worth spending the summer with.

Located at Brgy. Dalig, (Teresa, Rizal boundary), Real Cove Resort offers affordable yet amazing summer adventure you can never imagine. Honestly speaking, I don’t know that this resort exists at all, not before my bestfriend’s boyfriend suggests to spent overnight swimming there.

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And the resort didn’t failed us.

For 120 pesos per person (overnight swimming) plus 500 nipa hut cottage, we have enjoyed our night away. Here you can find huge swimming pools and other amenities. They also offer reservation for private activities.

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Though we’ve experienced some disappointments because of the unorganized system when it comes to payments or even request (the admin had been insensitive for they are pointing fingers as to where we need to request for this or that), still we kept our heads cool and just have our good time.

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And just before the sun rose, the management let us take the popular 460 steps to the mountain top.

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It was really exciting. I enjoyed every step I take even though my legs ached from time to time. What made it fun as we go up is that we can see the beautiful landscape of the city. We were surrounded by nature’s beautiful gem. And at the top, all was worth it. It was as if we are one with mother nature. It was a satisfying experience. 🙂

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I never regretted going to Real Cove Resort. It was a fun and challenging trip to remember. Thumbs up for this! 🙂

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Living with Magic: The Enchanted Kingdom spectacles

“That’s the thing about magic; you’ve got to know it’s still here, all around us, or it just stays invisible for you.” ― Charles de Lint

I hold on to the belief that magic really exists.

There is always something out there worth looking for. There are magnificent moments in life to live. There are remarkable memories to cherish. Because in a world where things always repeat itself, we have the power to discover some magical moments.

After eight years, I was able to come back to the place where I believe magic really lives, Enchanted Kingdom.

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It was a two-hour ride going to Sta. Rosa, Laguna. But the trip was really magical in every step of the way. There, I was able to spent my Saturday with my God-given sister (my super close office mate), Ms. Angie, together with her family. Good thing she invited me to go with them (I was so grateful!) 🙂

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We arrived in EK at 2:00 in the afternoon after leaving Manila at 12:30. We enjoyed every rides we take and was overwhelmed to the easy access to such (because the lines were not that long).

Enjoying the rides? Well, that’s what we do best. 🙂

  • Grand Carousel

Grand carousel

  • Up, Up and Away

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  • Roller Skater

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  • Flying Fiesta

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  • Rialto Theatre

Rialto Theater

  • Wheel of Fate

Wheel of fate

I also decided to try Jungle Log Jam and Rio Grande Rapids. Unfortunately, I back out the last-minute because I discovered how wet I will be, after trying it. 🙂

Other rides include Disk-O-Magic, EKstreme Tower, Space Shuttle, Anchors Away, and other kiddie rides. I was not able to dare try these rides because I haven’t had the courage for extreme rides (but maybe I can try it  some other time). 🙂

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I had really a great time in Enchanted Kingdom. It was an amazing experience. For the second time, EK has fulfilled its mission of giving fun to people in such a splendid way. Because I believe that in EK, the fun never stops. 🙂

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MAgical Fireworks

Magic truly exists, if we just choose to believe it. 🙂

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Marine Life Exploration: The Manila Ocean Park Adventure

Christmas is really awesome this year! Yeah! Because I, together with my boyfriend, had decided to spend our holiday in the so-called “country’s first-world class marine theme park” which is no other than the “Manila Ocean Park.”

Ocean park facadeOn the 22nd of December, we’ve had walked our way towards the said place located just behind Quirino Grandstand, Manila. Our trip started with a long walk after we alighted in Luneta. Our sweat was really worth it!

guide mapBy 10 in the morning, I let RJ bought tickets for us. We availed the park’s “Pacific Sky Wonder” promo consisting of nine attractions worth 900 pesos each (never did we regret choosing it because as a matter of fact, we really save our money for this christmas date) 🙂

Pacific Sky Wonder TicketsAnyway, the nine attractions I am talking about are (1) oceanarium, (2) sea lion show, (3) marine life habitat, (4) musical fountain show, (5) jellies exhibit, (6) all star bird show, (7) birds of prey kingdom, (8) penguin talk show and (9) trails to antartica.

We started our adventure inside the Oceanarium. What to expect? Of course, different kinds of sea creatures plus dolphins dancing over your head. 🙂

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Life inside the OceanariumAfter that, we took a short break because we’re waiting for the clock to strike 11:00 a.m. for the Sea Lion Show. I really enjoyed the said show because the two sea lion, Izzy and Isabel are really awesome to watch. They are also amusing. I end up laughing and clapping. 🙂

sea lion showNext, we go to the Birds of Prey Kingdom. What to see? A number of  wild hawks. Good thing, we’ve got to take a picture of one of those hawks comfortably resting in the corner. But you know what? It is not advisable to take pictures inside this attraction because it is really dangerous. So take your own risks. 🙂

birds of preyAnother enjoyable attraction we’ve enjoyed is the Jellies Exhibit. Inside the place features different kinds of jelly fish swimming with colorful lights. I found it beautiful. 🙂

jelly fish everywhere We’ve taken our lunch after which. 🙂

By 2:00 p.m., we’ve literally ran towards the All Star Bird Show. There, we watched how talented parrots are. 🙂 Those parrots deserve our claps. 🙂

all star bird showNext, we go to Penguin Talk Show. What to expect? A talking penguin in a movie-like drama. Well, that penguin has relay on us additional facts about their lives. Great! 🙂

penguin talk showWe go ahead the Marine Life Habitat, next. This is where the sea lions lived. This is where Izzy and Isabel freely swims inside a big aquarium. 🙂

marine life habitatLast but not the least (because this is the real reason why I want to go in this theme park), we excitedly go to Trails to Antartica. This cold place filled with snow is what I really enjoyed most. It’s really cold inside but I was disappointed because I haven’t tried all the attractions inside like taking picture with the real penguins and to slide down snow-capped land. Why? Because I excitedly go inside the snow village, not knowing that it is the last place to go because next will be the exit. 😦 I also slipped inside the snow village (my back and hips ached for two days).

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trails to antartica with himThough we decided not to watched anymore the musical fountain show (6:30 p.m. is the scheduled time), overall, I really enjoyed our adventure. Ocean Park (though I’ve expected too much with this place) has taken away my stress. It gave me the reason to enjoy nature and to care for marine habitat. 🙂

More than the tiresome activities, I will surely not forget the happy memories inside this theme park. Because happy memories will never fade like that. It will be etched forever inside your mind and heart, as long as you want it to be. 🙂

We love it here! <3