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Sunday, May 29, 2011

New Testament Lesson 21: What is the Sign of Thy Coming?

by Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

(taken at SCTEX near Clark Exit)

Scripture Block: Joseph Smith—Matthew (Matthew 24)
Source of Texts:New Testament Teachers Manual, Lesson 21,Pages 86-89

This was how the sky looked like yesterday during our drive to Manaoag, Pangasinan. Just looking at the sky,we know that it will rain so we made sure we have food and water in my "72 hours kit",umbrella and jacket.

Predicting the weather is one situation in which we rely on signs to help us prepare for upcoming events. If we watch the signs, we reduce our chances of being caught unprepared. Similarly watching for the signs of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ can help us prepare for that great event. While the prediction about the weather may turn out to be wrong,but the prophecies about the Second Coming will all be fulfilled.

In teaching today's lesson, I used the texts in Joseph Smith - Matthew account as suggested in the New Testament Teachers Manual, to understand the events described in Matthew 24.

I learned that the prophecies in Matthew 24 were answers of Jesus Christ to the two-fold questions of his disciples who accompanied Him to the Mount of Olives: (i) impending destruction of Jerusalem and (ii) signs that will precede the Second Coming.

Joseph Smith - Matthew 1:5-20 is the Savior's answers to the first question while Joseph Smith - Matthew 1:21-55 is His answers to the second question.

1. Jesus foretells the impending destruction of Jerusalem (JSM 1:5-20)and warnings for the Jews.

Signs that the destruction of Jerusalem is near:

(taken at the Carancho House in Urdaneta,Pangasinan)

-Many shall come saying "I am Christ and shall deceive many.
-Jews shall be delivered to be afflicted,be killed and be hated of ALL nations
-Many false prophets shall come and deceive many
-Iniquity shall abound and love of many shall wax cold
-Abomination of Desolation speaking of by Daniel in the New Testament about the destruction of Jerusalem

Savior's Counsel for the Jews:

-STAND in holy places
-Those in Judea, FLEE into the mountains
-Those in the housetop, FLEE and NOT RETURN to take anything
-Those in the field, NOT RETURN to take his clothes

Although many Jews did not believe their great city and temple could be destroyed,the Lord prophecies were fulfilled in A.D. 70.Believing that the Messiah would come and help them in battle, the Jews revolted against the Romans in A.D. 66.Four years later the Romans had destroyed the entire city. Those who listened to the Savior and fled to the mountains were spared.Those who did not heed the Savior's counsel were scattered and destroyed.

2.Jesus describes the signs of the Second Coming

(taken at Hundred Islands, Alaminos City, Pangasinan)

- Arise false Christ and false prophets and shall show great signs and wonders,that even the elect shall be deceived
- Hear wars and rumors of wars
- Gathering of the elect from the four corners of the earth and this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world
-There will be famines,pestilences,earthquakes in divers places
-Fulfillment of the abomination of desolation being spoken of by Daniel in the New Testament
-sun shall be darkened, moon shall not give light, stars shall fall from heaven abd powers of heavens shall be shaken

The Lord's Counsels:

(taken at my room in Nova Romania, Valenzuela City)


By treasuring up the Lord's word (JSM 1:37) through a daily reading of the scriptures and following the counsels of the living prophet.


"The Lord is in control. He knows the end from the beginning. He has given us adequate instruction that,if followed,will see us safely through any crisis. His purposes will all be fulfilled,and someday we will understand the eternal reasons for all of these events.Therefore,we must be careful not to overreact,nor should we caught up in extreme preparations; but what we must do is to keep the commandments of God and never lose hope." - Elder M.Russel Ballard,Ensign Nov. 1992)

(taken at the Manila Philippines Temple in Whiteplains, Quezon City)

-STAND in Holy Places (D&C 87:8; 101:22)

"Holy men and Holy women stand in holy places,and these holy places include our temples,our chapels,our homes,and the stakes in Zion,which are ,as the Lord declares, "for a defense ,for a refuge from storm, and from wrath when it shall be poured out without mixture upon the whole earth" -President Ezra Taft Benson

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Summer Destination Wedding: Randy Serafica and Delilah Fernandez

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

I was thrilled to get a temple wedding invitation of Delilah Fernandez, my then first counselor in the Young Women Presidency of Don Antonio Ward. Whoaa,she beats me I thought. But so happy she has found the one and will be united with Randy Serafica for eternity in the heat of the summer haha.

The wedding was held at the LDS Manila Philippines Temple at Greenmeadows, White Plains, Quezon City. I felt sad that i wasn't able to witness the temple ceremony (because I came in late and was not permitted to enter like the five foolish virgins haha).But I managed to still catch up with the picture taking outside the temple grounds. The color motif of purple and gold made the photos look real elegant and rich. How royalty my friend Delilah!

The reception was at the Pyramids of Asia in Manaoag,Pangasinan. We had to travel for five (5) hours from Manila. It was a good trip though because of the drizzle provided by Dodong. The typhoon.

We arrived at the reception venue in the evening. After the entrance of the entourage, we came to the most important part of every Filipino wedding reception - the dinner! Food was good and made delicious by the color motiff. Programs followed and we were entertained by the songs of Mark and Ruth.

Despite the distance, Delilah and Randy's friends were there. That's part of what makes this wedding special. We love you Delilah and Randy!!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Pangasinan Road Trip 12:Urdaneta City - Face to Face with the Best and the Beast!

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

I was very delighted to be among the LDS Church leaders and managers who paid a courtesy visit yesterday to the incumbent Mayor of Urdaneta City, the Honorable Amadeo Gregorio E. “Bobom” Perez IV.

Prior to the meeting, I know Mayor Bobom not personally - but by reputation learned through my frequent road trips to this fast rising metropolis in the province of Pangasinan.

For Urdanetanians, Mayor Bobom is a first termer city Mayor who has a long history of politics in his sleeves being the son of the former Mayor of Urdaneta, Amadeo Gregorio Perez Jr. He is noted for his work habit of working more than eight hours a day, a person who loves the environment through his anti-littering campaigns among many other zealous policies on environmental concerns and living simply (even making rounds at the market to buy the same kilo of fish he loves) when he wasn't yet Urdaneta City's chief!.

And the reputation gets even better! Now, I know a true public servant!

As we entered this City Chief's Office at the second floor of the old Urdaneta City Hall, I readily noticed the name plate on his desk (Amadeo Gregorio E. “Bobom” Perez IV - Public Servant). Yea, it is sans the word "Honorable" which other politicos sadly and self-servingly attaches to their names but far from truth.

But not Mayor Bobom. A few seconds later, I was face to face with a city Mayor who is very accommodating, easy-going nature, genuinely humble and down to earth. No need for prior appointments if you need to talk to him. As long as he is in his office, then you wil surely be able to come to him. This explains why our almost impromptu courtesy visit! Reminded me of the scripture where our Saviour Jesus Christ himself said: "Whosoever will be great among you,let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant"(Matthew 20: 26-27)

I totally enjoyed talking to Mayor Bobom. I see a very pleasant person. Dependable. Reasonable. Incorruptible. Honorable. To him I say, Mayor, you are simply Urdaneta's BEST!

And now, let me tell you about Urdaneta's BEAST! The carabao or the “beast of burden” for its strength, determination and resiliency and Urdaneta's fitting symbol being the "Cattle Capital of the Philippines"!

Since May 4, 2011, the carabao serves as a landmark attracting attention from passersby at the intersection going to the old Urdaneta City Hall.

Asked about why a landmark, Mayor Bobom relates: “It flashed instantly to my mind when the idea about the landmark came. When our constituents and visitors will come into the city, they will see the landmark reminding them that this city has really gone far of its development and transformation”.

Inscripted on the bronze carabao statue is message by the sculptor artist Ram Mamalio entitled “Metamorphosis”- “This sculpture symbolizes Urdaneta’s strong economy, its stability, its modernization. It also symbolizes the uncommon resolve of Urdanetanians, their abiding resilience in trying times, their heroic readiness to face challenges, constantly adapting to the ebb and flow of inconstant economic tides through good governance.”

I added cool smileys to this message... if you don't see them go to:

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Pangasinan Road Trip 11: Napping At Quaint Town of Binalonan

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

Looking for a place to spend the humid afternoon while in Urdaneta City led me to put my hands on the quaint town of Binalonan,Pangasinan located some 15 minutes away from the new Urdaneta City Hall.

Binalonan (which means “a place where people bring and eat their balon ("packed lunch")” is bordered on the north by the municipalities of Pozorrubio and Sison, on the south by Urdaneta, on the east by San Manuel and Asingan and on the west by Laoac.

We found ourselves at the Binalonan Town Hall which is quite old but I was immediately captured by the tree-house built on in one of the trees that made the area charming.I wanted to climb it but it was closed.

Seeing the huge trees, however, made me breath a sigh of relief knowing I found a perfect place to nap, while in the car parked under its breezy shades and let the winds lullaby me to sleep!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

New Testament Lesson 20: Woe unto You, ... Hypocrites

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

Scripture Block:Matthew 21-23; John 12;1-8
Lesson I learned: There are many kinds/forms of "hypocrites" ( people who try to appear righteous but who do not try to live righteously) and I should avoid hypocrisy in any form and strengthen my commitment to Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ condemns the sin of hypocrisy illustrated by the following examples:

1. tap water and distilled water - (object lesson) - one is medically pure but the other is chemically pure

2. Judas Iscariot - he criticizes Mary's action of anointing Jesus Christ with spikenard in abundance saying it should have been given to the poor ( he is actually not being righteoous in his heart but only concerned with the money)

3. money changers at the temple - going to a holy place for commercial purposes and not for worship

4. husbandmen in the Parable of the householder (promise to take care of the household - representing by the Jewish religious leaders of Jesus' days who does not "walk the talk"

5. second son in the Parable of the Son (said "yes" but "did not" do it) - representing the chief priest and elders who claimed to follow God, but rejected John's teaching and rejected Jesus even after they saw him in person

6. Herodians - tried to trap Jesus by asking the question "should we give tribute unto Caesar)

7. Sadducees -pretended to be concerned about marriage in the resurrection,but they did not believe in the resurrection

8. Pharisees and scribes - paid a great deal of attention to outward ordinances and actions that would make them appear righteous, but they were not as concerned with actually being righteous in their hearts

9. Fig tree - having leaves, it was deceptively barren.its utter barrenness coupled with abundance of foliage made of it a type of human hypocrisy.

10. praise seekers (John 12:42-43)- many people who believe in Jesus who would not admit to their belief because "they loved the praise of men more than praise of God"

Friday, May 20, 2011

Summer Road Trip 1: Laguna - Calamba City, Sta. Cruz and Pagsanjan!

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

What a better time to go on a road trip than in the summer. And the best place to go? Laguna, the province of the Philippines within the CALABARZON region in Luzon. Since the first town of Laguna is just an hour away from Manila,I often find myself in this notable province especially in the summer.

My recent trip to Laguna was last May 14, 2011 as part of our spontaneous side trips on our way to Lucban, Quezon via Sta.Cruz, Laguna. The group of friends we were meeting at the Calamba Exit took off late, so we proceeded to Calamba City then drove until Sta. Cruz and then finally met in Pagsanjan.

So for this first blogpost, I will focus on these three Laguna provinces of Calamba City, Sta.Cruz and Pagsanjan.

Calamba City - Gateway to southern provinces of Luzon

Calamba is a first class city of the Province of Laguna and is a gateway to the southern provinces of Luzon. It is bordered by Cabuyao to the north, Los Baños to the east, by Sto. Tomas,Batangas to the south, and by Tagaytay City and Silang,Cavite to the west.

Calamba City is home to Rizal Shrine, a reconstructed home where our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal was said to have been born. It is currently a museum which you can visit daily, without any entrance fee.

Sta. Cruz - Capital Town of Laguna

Sta. Cruz is a first class municipality and the capital town of the province of Laguna. It is bounded on the north and northwest by Laguna de Bay, on the northeast by Lumban, on the east by Pagsanjan, on the southeast by Magdalena , on the south by Liliw, and on the southwest by Pila.

We dropped by Sta.Cruz to buy its famous Kesong Puti while waiting for our friends who got stucked in traffic along Los Banos.

Pagsanjan - Tourist Capital of Laguna

From Sta.Cruz, we proceeded to Pagsanjan, a second class municipality in the province of Laguna. This municipality is also dubbed as the "tourist capital" of Laguna because of the Pagsanjan Falls (or Magdapio falls) famous among tourists. (I will have a separate post on the Pagsanjan Falls when I found my pictures!)

We found this arch to be a good place to wait on for our friends coz you can't miss the arch if you're going to Pagsanjan towards Cavinti and Lusiana. It is in itself a tourist spot!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Pahiyas Festival Bounties and Crowd Pleasers

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

As in every feasts, I expect to try delicious local fare during the Pahiyas Festival in Lucban, Quezon last May 14-15, 2011. Luckily, I did not expect in vain as Lucban has a lot to offer every visitors in town during this exciting feast day for San Isidro Labrador whose bounty the Lukbanins is celebrating.

Here's a plus! Ate the delicious bounties for free! Who says there is no such thing as free lunch? Oh well,maybe there isn't. But I can attest that there is such a thing as "free dinner-breakfast-lunch-dinner" during Pahiyas Festival! Thanks to Issa's family and the Salvan's family for satisfying my gastronomic pleasure.

Here's my personal listings of Pahiyas faves that are either yummy and filling or pleasing to the eyes and my shutter bug instinct--

1. Pancit Hab-hab

As in my second post Other Stars of Pahiyas Festival, Pansit Hab-Hab is actually an ordinary pancit miki guisado sautéed with pork meat, pork liver, shrimp, pechay and sayote. It becomes unique because of the way it is eaten - it is placed in a banana leaf, eaten strait with mouth without using any utensils (in Tagalog "hab-hab"). Normally drizzled with vinegar to enhance its taste.

2. Longganisang Lucban

I don't eat longganisa because of the sweet taste usually associated with this delicacy. But Longganisang Lukban is an exception! It has a garlicky,sour,salty taste perfect for my taste buds. And for more than a decade now (because I served as an LDS missionary in Tayabas (Lucena/Lucban areas),it has been my favorite pasalubong

3. Broas and Leche Flan

Broas and Leche Flan are just two of the mouthwatering "kakanin" of Lucban along with Tikoy, suman, otap, etc.

4. Buntal Hats, Bayong,

Colorful and intricate designs of handcrafted Buntal hats, bags and trinkets are so pleasurable to the eyes. I did not buy hat because I have tons of them at home already and I was wearing a cap that time. I bought a Buntal bayong though because Lucban is adopting the " NO Plastic Bag" policy! I am happy to contribute in my simple little way in saving our mother nature by not using plastic bags and using reusable bags for shopping! Go go Bayong!

5. Lucban's Fruits and Vegetables

I love this picture of the bountiful fruits and vegetables during Pahiyas taken by my high school friend Lanie Montano! Yummy--licious! Without transforming the fruits and vegetables into a work of art to be hung or something to adorn the house, the fresh fruits and veggies are truly fascinating by themselves!

6. Pahiyas Chandeliers

Another pleasurable to the eyes that I see only in Pahiyas are the different sizes and materials for the chandelier - shaped hanging decorations. I love the tomatoes (very creative), kipings, and rice stalks.

Other posts on this topic:

2. Other Stars of Pahiyas Festival

1.Kiping: Lucban's Pahiyas Tradition

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Pinoy Travel Bloggers "MY HOMETOWN'S ALPHABET": A Travelers' Guide

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

Atimonan, Bacolod, Batangas, Borongan & Guian, Bulusan, Cainta, Cateel, Dagupan, Dumangas, Janiuay, Los Banos, Magdiwang, Makati, Malaybalay, Mandaue, Manila, Montalban,Tagaytay, Talisay (Batangas & Cebu), and Vinzons. The places mentioned are the alphabetical listings of the twenty two (22) hometowns of the twenty four (24) Pinoy Travel Bloggers, featured in this 7th Edition of the monthly Blog Carnival for the month of May with the theme “My Hometown”.

Hometown is a generic term for the city or town where one grew up (or simply got old but never grew up like me! haha). It could also be a place where one was born, or where one's family is from as in your parents' hometown, or simply a place of one's principal residence.

Get a glimpse into these hometowns from its sons and daughters, travel writers/bloggers Olan Fernandez Emboscado, Jerik De Guzman, Earl E. Bolivar, Journeying James Betia, Bonzenti Panganiban, Ivan Briñas Cultura, Claire Algarme, Mhe-anne L. Ojeda, Nicely Rom, Nina Fuentes, Jerome Baluyut, Lili Ram, Bridgette Rebuca, Angel Juarez, Estan Cabigas, Cedric Solidon, Prime Sarmiento, Aleah Phils, Doi Domasian, ChinChan Latwatsero, Lloyd Lostboy, Marky Ramone Go, Brenna Bustamante and Darwin Miranda Cayetano, as they showcase through lens and pens, their very own paradise, researching its history, its legends,
promoting local tourist spots within its own backyard, recalling fond memories as they wander around, describing the many wonderful stories there, or simply savoring its quaintness, the simplicity of life.

As and by way of fulfilling our filial duty to where it all began for us as travel writers and at the same time provide you with more vacation destinations, we bring to you the story of “My Hometown”. With these many options to choose from, narrowing down your choices can be a bit tricky. Oh well, I'm sure you'll find the time to visit My Hometown, and if you do you'll surely have a wonderful pay-off!

To get you started, here's My Hometown's Alphabet...

Chinchan Lakwatsero, our Juanderful Pinoy is proud of the culture, heritage and history of his hometown ATIMONAN. In You Are Always On My Mind Atimonan, he takes us around this coastal, first class municipality in Quezon Province , and mentions its numerous attractions like the bituka ng Manok,etc.Click the link above.

Tidbits: Stayed in Atimonan for 6 1/2 months a decade ago, but only with the blogpost I learned that the people from Atimonan are called "Atimonanins" and that most Atimonanins are mix of Chinese and Spanish.

Claire Algarme of First Time Travels shared why her every visit to her hometown, BACOLOD CITY always feels like a first time. Read"Not a First-Time in Bacolod, Negros Occidental" to see the City of Smiles from a true blue Bacolodnon’s point-of-view with inputs from a local resident.

Tidbits: My 12-year old niece Mitch is one of the youth dancing the Masskara in this video.Nice to know from the blogpost that the colorful Masskara Festival was organized to encourage Bacolodnons to remain cheerful even when the sugar industry,their source of livelihood, crashed.

BATANGAS CITY is an easy day trip from Manila so Bridgette Rebuca, spends every summer vacation in her mother's hometown.In her blogpost, Bridgette sees the transformation occurring there year after year. But her comfort food will always remain the same. Ala eh! Read "A Tale from a Half-Blooded Batanguena Coffee Addict" to find out...

Tidbits: Ala eh! is the telling catchphrase everyone has associated with any Batangueno which is both passionate, proud, gallant, arrogant and can come off strong.

Cedric Solidon take us on a 110-kilometer ride south from BORONGAN to GUIUAN, two towns of Eastern Samar he calls home.He would love to see us there! Check his post "Eastern Samar Road Trip Diary" for historical facts and figures of interesting things. Convinced?

Tidbits: As a history major, it is nice to surmise the possibility that the first mass was held in Homonhon or in nearby islands, not in Limasawa.

BULUSAN is Nina Fuentes parents' hometown. Due to distance from Quezon City where she lives, Nina has visited this small town in Sorsogon only during Holy Week. Many a times, however, she was told off not to swim at Dulipay,Bulusan and Dancalan because it's Lent. Find out when she will head back to enjoy "My Bulusan" for real!

Tidbits: Next year's Holy Week would be your decade anniversary Nina!

Brenna Bustamante welcomed us to the quaint little town of CAINTA, her home for seven (7) years. Tiny and simple as can be, Cainta has a very interesting history including the Battle of Cainta and Legend of Cainta.Check this link to find out the "Five Reasons Why I Love Cainta" , says Brenna.

Tidbits: I will make sure to check out Aling Kika's and Ineng Brenna's when I pass by Cainta on my way to my aunts' place in Angono and Bingonan!

In "The Teller Traveler's Humble Beginnings" ,Olan Fernandez Emboscado traces back his passion for traveling from his birthplace, his home sweet home, his refuge - the charming little town of CATEEL, Davao Oriental. Why? Simply because Cateel has it all - beaches, coves, mountains, hotspring, waterfalls, caves, rivers, mangroves, people, culture!

Tidbits: Been to Davao for more than ten times, but have not seen the majestic Aliwagwag Falls with its series of 84 falls appearing like a “stairway to heaven”! Davao in August,anyone?.

A timely piece for Mother's Day is Jerick De Guzman's write-up about the place in the northern Luzon province known for white sandy beaches and first-rate marine sanctuaries, DAGUPAN, Pangasinan, the hometown of his soul-mate, the love of his life...his mother! He sketched a picture in his head of what he remembered about the Woman Born And Raised In Dagupan.

Speaking of our beloved mothers, Marky Ramone Go, took the opportunity of dropping by his mother's hometown of DUMANGAS (a town approximately 30-45 minutes away from Iloilo City) to see for himself the place where his mother spent her formative years. What Marky tell home mama about is in his blogpost Visiting My Mothers' Birthplace: Dumangas.

Another post that could well be in the genre of Mother's Day tribute is Jerome Baluyut's Tracing My Ilonggo Heritage where he shares his short but very memorable trip in his mother's hometown called JANIUAY in the province of Iloilo. During his long awaited visit to Janiuay, he learned many things about his heritage that gives him a feeling of completeness.

Tidbits: Even cemetery in Janiuay make it to the long list of the Nation's Heritage sites.Wow!

Journeying James, a backpacker/blogger since 2003 writes for the first time about LOS BANOS,Laguna , his hometown. Determined to no longer overlook the place where he grew up, James took us on a day tour in "Not Your Ordinary Los Banos" which tour you can also avail for only Php300 (all-in- within LB!)

Tidbits: eLBi is a long form of the short form LB of Los Banos.

"What I’ll Miss About My Hometown This Summer (are all in the photos)" is Nicely Rom's nice way of spending summer at “the beach” in her hometown, MAGDIWANG, Romblon. Due to prior work obligations,Nicely found solace in reminiscing good old summer days and sharing with us her previous photos that shows Life's a Beach! in Magdiwang!

Tidbits: Makes me want to climb Mt.Guiting -Guiting now! Call it a Nicely way of hinting hahaha!

Ok. We're done with the first half of the hometowns which I'm sure have gotten you all into that laid-back, rural feeling. We still have a number of hometowns blessed with nature's best-kept secret, but let’s keep that for later so I can reroute to the busy, big, crazy, exciting, historical, well-known, expensive, and so many other things -but never Bad of course. I speak of the neighboring cities of Makati and Manila .

MAKATI is such a fine city to live in and not a concrete jungle, claims Lloyd Lostboy in his post, Makati: The City of Lifestyle and Creativity. As he elegantly pictures and sketches a lifestyle you can either love for its finesse or hate for its pretentiousness,he leaves the choice to us to take our pick!

If there is a runaway winner for this month's most written about hometown,it would definitely be MANILA as we have three (3) proud Manileños taking us to its historic streets, its alleys, sidewalks,structures, buildings, halls, walls,tombs and old glory, just to prove that Manila, their hometown, is more than what we usually see.

For Angel Juarez the Lakwatsero,MANILA is where he was born, spent his childhood, grew up and living up to now - which makes him a true blue Manileno.Click on his post, My Manila, My Hometown to see more of our dear country's capital city more than its century old churches and historical spots which he surmised we already know.

Prime Sarmiento switch us between past and present, with her trip down memory lane appreciating the beauty of OLD MANILA – that all encompassing term for the districts of Tondo, Binondo, Quiapo and Intramuros. Let us walk through Old Manila and take in history lessons with her post Tales From the Old Manila Girl .

Ivanlakwatsero chose a personal route of MANILA with his photoblog collage and gave us a glimpse of Intramuros Walls where he discovered the traveler in him and Plaza Miranda Quiapo where he first traveled. Find out where he wants to get married and more in his post Manila,My Home.

From a broker and a runner came the runner-up (pun intended!)for the most featured town in My Hometown - the capital city of the province of Bukidnon, MALAYBALAY CITY.

In Earl E.Bolivar 's post "Let Me Take You to My Hometown: MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon", he jogs us around a small yet progressive city dubbed as the "South Summer Capital of the Philippines" with its gently rolling hills, pine trees and green, green grasses. Check out his post and head out to have a scent of pines and fresh air!

No itinerary in Bukidnon's Capital City yet? Don't fret! Bonzenti Panganiban's post I Wanna Grow Old With You My Home, My Town, My Hometown sings to the tune of ten (10) good sites for every tourist to consider in visiting Malaybalay City, which our broker/engineer calls his second home!

No more snobbing Doi Domasian's long post on MANDAUE CITY: My Hometown, that takes us to a time long before those Spanish conquistadores to know where Mandaue in Cebu got its name. As you read her post, you'll know that the vine has branched out huge to be one of the highly urbanized cities in the Visayas Region and the industrial zone of the province of Cebu.

Speaking of huge, Solitary Wanderer Aleah Phils exclaims that "everything looks huge in her small hometown, MONTALBAN, Rizal. Irony? Nah. Find out what she really means by huge in A Day Trip To Wawa Dam In Montalban! Yes! this town that lies in the Sierra Madre mountain range is a good place to visit being only an hour or two from Metro Manila.

Another must- daytrip spot is tita Lili Ram's favorite place, that holds many of her happy childhood memories - her hometown TAGAYTAY. And because "there is always something to do in Tagaytay other than just taking in the view, I now understand why mamu say she Will Never Grow Tired Of Tagaytay.

Just a stone's throw away from Tagaytay is Darwin Cayetano's birthplace, his hometown TALISAY in Batangas. Let's join Darwin enjoying one fine, sunny, windy weekend dipping in the Taal Lake or simply watching the water sparkles in gold as the sun hides in the western hill. Indeed, There’s No Place Like Home:A Pause From Traveling And City Life.

Another TALISAY is in Cebu which is featured in Estan Cabigas' post Talisay: There’s Nothing Like Home. In this post, our blog carnival father declares that TALISAY CITY is his home, where his heart and soul (and even his mouth and hand) is, as he eats the best lechon with bare hands alternated with puso!.

And last, but definitely not the least, is my hometown VINZONS in Camarines Norte.My recent visit was a discovery that my hometown has so much to offer every tourists - beaches, pristine islands, and history. Click on VINZONS: My Hometown - With Places of Interest For Everyone! to find out what's for you!

So what are you waiting for? Come and visit “My Hometown”!Hope to see you there soon!

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