Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Great Recipe for the New Year

Hot from MBM Kusina, try this one.

Pork B-B-Q with Spicy Peanut

Pork BBQ
1. 1/2 kilo pork pigue or kasim, sliced
2. 1 tbsp rock salt
3. 1 tsp black pepper

Peanut Sauce
1. 2 tbsp oil
2. 1/2 cup peanut butter
3. 3 cloves garlic, chopped
4. 1 small onion, chopped
5. 1/2 cup chicken broth
6. 1 thum ginger
7. 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
8. 1 tsp sesame oil
9. 1/2 piece green-chili, sliced

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Tanini Gone Wild @ Digos



I never thought they could be this hot. May friend alryan asked me to help him get the band into the padigosan festival in digos city. i was hesitant at first because i actually did not saw them perform live yet. i only knew they were good in handling the crowd. so i talked to local officials and they agreed.
June 19, 2008, 3:00 pm, the organizer of padigosan festival was already looking for us. we were at the station yet waiting for claudette. our schedule at digos is at 5:00 pm but sir bebot, the padigosan chair, told us to come earlier becuase they are running out of activities.




on our way, i still worry about the show. when i got there, i asked the emcee, marlan malnegro, to annouce that the band is already in the plaza and will be performing in a few minutes. so marlan announced, "taud-taud, makauban na nato ang... TALIGSIK BAND.
people hurriedly converged in front of the stage, screaming, clapping...
it was a relief, they knew the band... when i went up the stage, i saw a huge audience. the rizal park was full from the stage to the other side. the fans went wild when the uncanny trio came out of the van and went up the stage. they even knew their songs, i couldnt believe it.
the show went on perfectly as planned. claudette centino was also the crowd's favorite...



after the show, all of us cant believe what just happened. i thought i was in "woodstock concert." that was also the first time taligsik band performed all of their compositions, and can be considered their first major concert...

Monday, December 29, 2008

Hof Gorei

If your looking for a place in Davao Region fora vacation, i suggest Hof Gorei Resort.
Here's why. I reposted this from their site:
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WHEN jetsetter Ms Jeanne April Celerio-Kroelle (a relative of the late and famous Levi Celerio) decided to retire in the Island Garden City of Samal, she and her husband built a resort within 18 months to cater to foreign tourists who are looking for the peaceful island vacation but with complete amenities to their tastes.

Thus, Hof Gorei Resort was born.

Hof Gorei got its unique foreign sounding name from a picturesque, small dairy farm in the Alps of Salzburg, Austria.

Originally designed for the family's hideaway only, the cottages were made for family guests on short holiday in Davao . However, it slowly transformed into a private beach resort for travelers and tourists.

Its accessibility is approximately 45 minutes by boat from the mainland Davao 's Sta. Ana pier to Kaputian in Igacos right after Pearl Farm Beach Resort. The resort's location has a mountainous terrain which affords guests an elevated view of the coastal area, the white sand beach, the Davao Gulf and the majestic Mount Apo.

Hof Gorei

If your looking for a place in Davao Region fora vacation, i suggest Hof Gorei Resort.
Here's why. I reposted this from their site:
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WHEN jetsetter Ms Jeanne April Celerio-Kroelle (a relative of the late and famous Levi Celerio) decided to retire in the Island Garden City of Samal, she and her husband built a resort within 18 months to cater to foreign tourists who are looking for the peaceful island vacation but with complete amenities to their tastes.

Thus, Hof Gorei Resort was born.

Hof Gorei got its unique foreign sounding name from a picturesque, small dairy farm in the Alps of Salzburg, Austria.

Originally designed for the family's hideaway only, the cottages were made for family guests on short holiday in Davao . However, it slowly transformed into a private beach resort for travelers and tourists.

Its accessibility is approximately 45 minutes by boat from the mainland Davao 's Sta. Ana pier to Kaputian in Igacos right after Pearl Farm Beach Resort. The resort's location has a mountainous terrain which affords guests an elevated view of the coastal area, the white sand beach, the Davao Gulf and the majestic Mount Apo.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Zipped @ Camp Sabros

A friend from the Digos City Police Office invited me to join them at kapatagan for the first try of what is dubbed as the longest zipline in the country. Becuase i did not understand what he said, i just knod and said, "maybe next time.
A month after, my friend once again invited me to try the zipline. H e showed me thier pictures an i got thrilled by the thought of flying.
I scheduled a a visit for a friday feature for tvpatrol southern mindanao.
When we got there, Edwin Sacdalan, the owner welcomed us and brought us to their restobar.
I loved the place, its like a cowboy place with billard hall, cartwheel chairs, bonfire place, lots of wine, and chimes with little cows dangling accents.
Then the best part, edwin introduced us to the zipline.



Sabros means Sacdalan Brothers. This camp is a resort, furnished with cottages. One of the cottages located at the eastern side, offers a full view of Mt. Apo, as well as a clear angle to witness the much talked about zipline and the cable lift.
At first i said no, i have fear of hiehgts. Few minutes later, I found myself hanging, zipping and hanging from a 400-meter cable, passing through a 150-feet drop of pine trees, valley, ravine and treacherous boulders, an experience considered a self-challenge, and no amount of money can buy.
I felt like im basking through clouds on wings, hehehe.


My first ride was the best. And i came back a lot of times for more.
After showing it on TV, i got so many calls inquiring about the zipline.
Would you like to try? Contact Edwin at 09208750015.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Welcome the new year with MBM

Maayong Buntag Mindanao welcomes the new year with a bang. MBM prepared an episode specifically designed to give our audience a glimpse of the year ahead. Most of the segments on January 1, 2009 will feature, fad, facts and entertainment as the year of the ox opens a new year.







Here are some facts about the year ahead.

According to the Chinese Zodiac, the Year of 2009 is the Year of the Ox. The Ox, or the Buffalo sign symbolizes prosperity through fortitude and hard work. Those born under the influence of the Ox or Buffalo are fortunate to be stable and persevering. The typical Ox is a tolerant person with strong character. Not many people could equal the resolution and fearlessness that the Ox exhibits when deciding to accomplish a task. Ox people work hard without complaints at work or at home. They know that they will succeed through hard work and sustained efforts, and do not believe in get-rich-quick schemes.

Friday, December 26, 2008

FYI: Additional second of your time this year

Before the year ends, you should know that a second will be added to our time this year. Here's how and why.

"A leap second will be added to atomic clocks worldwide at 23:59:60 (or near midnight) at Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) on December 31, 2008. This is the 24th leap second to be added since the first leap second was added in 1972. This is also the first leap second in three years.
Leap seconds are added to keep the atomic clocks synchronized with the Earth's rotation. This is because the Earth rotates at a slower pace over time while the atomic clocks do not slow down. Therefore, the leap second adjusts the clocks to ensure that civil time (used by clocks) is as close as possible to mean solar time (the mean sun’s hour angle)." (www.timeanddate.com)



Just one second, but it counts. Just a thought. If you are given a chance to have an extra second of your life. what would you do? Me? I think i'll spare it for a second breathe. Why? Because, for a second, i'd like to feel the essence of life.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas @ Luda Apartment

I've been spending Christmas a work since i woked with ABS-CBN. I opted to work during Christmas so i can spend my new year with my family. Sad but hey, ce est la vei.




Anyways, i was assigned for the morning shift on 24 but i stayed on untill seven in the evening for the live remote hook-up. After work, i hurried home with the crew. Its bumper to bumper situation at the downtown and its so hard to get a ride. I decided not to do some last minute shopping. When i arrived at the apartment, my padmate was already busy preparing for our noche buena. I got few good from the station like ham, queso de bola, salad mix, and red wine. Good enough for the three of us. Aside from my two pad mates, five other renters were home alone this Christmas. We decided to share food and booze at midnight. We had simple celebration but it was worth it.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

You might have missed the blessing today

I always believe that God finds a way to help us in everything we do. I have a bestbriend in college who like me, came from a poor family. Everytime we ran out of allowance, we have nowhere to go. Almost all students studying in our school came from less fortunate family. When our stomach crumble becuase of hunger, we just sang together, "God will make a way." A little later, we found ourselves picking up camote tops from our own garden at the back of our boarding house, or sometimes, our rather richer boardmate would share food to us. We simply refused at the first invite, but swallowed all the left over during the second invitation.
Upon graduation, i wanted my mom to give me a cellphone. Instead she gave me a t-shirt. I was a little disappointed but accepted it anyway. Afterall, its a gift from mom. My dad passed away when i was at the second year college, so i thought he never left some for me when he passed away.

While i was working, mom saw me at the television wearing the shirt she gave me.
That morning, i recieved a text from mom. That was your father's gift. He saved it for your graduation. I don't want us to shed tears during your graduation so i decided not to tell you."
My tear fell. The next day, i went to the church and offered a candle to my dad, along with the prayer and i whispered, thank you dad.

Afterall these years, i can't forget what dad had taught me, "How many times do we miss God's blessings because they are not packaged as we expected?"

You might have missed your blessing today, so look around.
Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Story to ponder this Christmas Eve

THE BRICK

About ten years ago, a young and very successful executive named Josh was traveling down a Chicago neighborhood street. He was going a bit too fast in his sleek, black, 12 cylinder Jaguar XKE, which was only two months old.

He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something. As his car passed, no child darted out, but a brick sailed out and - WHUMP! - it smashed Into the Jag's shiny black side door! SCREECH..!!!! Brakes slammed! Gears ground into reverse, and tires madly spun the Jaguar back to the spot from where the brick had been thrown. Josh jumped out of the car, grabbed the kid and pushed him up against a parked car. He shouted at the kid, "What was that all about and who are you? Just what the heck are you doing?!" Building up a head of steam, he went on. "That's my new Jag, that brick you threw is gonna cost you a lot of money. Why did you throw it?"

"Please, mister, please. . . I'm sorry! I didn't know what else to do!" Pleaded the youngster. "I threw the brick because no one else would stop!" Tears were dripping down the boy's chin as he pointed around the parked car. "It's my brother, mister," he said. "He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can't lift him up." Sobbing, the boy asked the executive, "Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He's hurt and he's too heavy for me."

Moved beyond words, the young executive tried desperately to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat. Straining, he lifted the young man back into the wheelchair and took out his handkerchief and wiped the scrapes and cuts, checking to see that everything was going to be OK. He then watched the younger brother push him down the sidewalk toward their home.

It was a long walk back to the sleek, black, shining, 12 cylinder Jaguar XKE -a long and slow walk. Josh never did fix the side door of his Jaguar. He kept the dent to remind him not to go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at him to get his attention. . . Some bricks are softer than others. Feel for the bricks of life coming at to you. For all the negative things we have to say to ourselves, God has positive answers.


(source: )

Monday, December 22, 2008

Pagsabadan @ Don Marcelino

Got nothing to do this weekend? Visit Don Marcelino Davao del Sur. Come and join the celebration of the Pagsabadan Festival 2008, an annual event celebrated by the Municipality of Don Marcelino, Davao del Sur, enhanced with some exciting activities and shows that will leave our visitors incomparable experience.


Pagsabadan, a native word which means "to unite" is a celebration of different cultures and traditions in the area hoping to portray the peace loving people of the town. This year's celebration is guided with the theme "aim big, fly high Don Marcelino." Various activities are carefully set for the weeklong event.



To showcase the town's produce, the coconut, Pagsabadan Festival highlights the various forms of products derived from the coconut like "buko pinaka" or the biggest buko contest. For salad lovers, this event is a treat for you as thousand of coconuts will be prepared in the Buko Salad Grand fiesta. And of course, mardigras is always an added attraction to the celebration.



Other events include broadway bikini open, float parade. grand motorcross challenge, bonga arangkada motor show, hiyas ng yamang dagat, cheer dance competition and many more.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Life in the outskirts

It was about eleven in the morning when i got the news. A militiaman was shot dead by more or less ten rebels while he was preparing his land for planting at sitio Managa, Bansalan, DAvao del Sur. The news spread accross the barrio when the laborer hired by the militiaman survived the ambush and was able to seek help.
My team immediately went to the area but the military stopped us from entering the site. Military fears rebels might just be around the site for another round of ambuh. We were advised to wait for the camp commander for further instructions. Eager to get the exclusive story, my team waited for more than two hours before the military officer arrived.



Within that period of waiting, i was able to talk to some militiamen in the camp. I discovered, the incident is the fourth attack the rebels made this year, and the fourth death among their comrades. As we talk, i could not avoid to see the sadness in their eyes. But they do'nt want people to see that. People should percieve them as alert and active all the time. At night, as they lay, their body is at rest, but their mind and senses are alive in case of eventualities. With the increasing number of casualty among them, the soldiers are still determined to fight for the country. One soldier showed me one of his secret weapon. He said, it kept him alive since he entered the military. He pulled it out of his pocket and raised it in my face. The soldier said, He gives me strenght and courage in defending my fellowmen.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Fillipino Obama



My boss stanley sent me this picture with the subject, the Filipino Obama. Cool, they really look the same. A little thiner though compared to the original. He has become popular in the Middle East, visiting workers' camps, signing autographs.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Metro Party

Party, party, party. Just can't get enough of it this Christmas.
I had a wonderful experience last night with my gym buddies at Metrolifestyle. I was hesitant to join the party at first. I came alone. I know a few at the gym but most of them, i know them through their faces. I got a chance to mingle with few familiar faces and had fun.



This year, the management of Metrolifestyle decided to hold the party at the Club House of a known subdivision at Tulip Drive. I posed for some shots at the photo wall for souvineer. Then i treated myself with sumptous food they prepared at the kiosk. After eating, i joined some friends for a bottle of beer while watching the ledge dancing contest.







Thursday, December 18, 2008

Kapamilya Party

Admit it. Inspite that we think of Christmas as a season of sharing and loving, one of the things we look forward to is party time. We had our party at the station last night. I think that was the most hippiest and happiest party yet the station has ever prepared. Everyone was intoxicated, dancing and headbanging with inhouse bands Taligisk, Big Joe and company, and editors jeffrey and totong. Here are some of the highlights of the event.


(joy, pooh, marj, ej, al and me)


(ever supportive fans, dimple just came back from wedlock)


(more lively fans jamming with Big Joe and Co., headed by deng)


(Big Joe in his own rendition of macarena)


(at the lobby with dance guro bimbo and maam deng fuentez)


(waiting in line for "bunot-bunot" / me, marj, al)


(philip, christine, michelle, and francis at the registration booth)


coffee and cream (tv patrol anchor melanie severeno)



(josol matalam, the weather girl, our official photographer)

Merry Christmas Kapamilya!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Christmas in Davao

Its Christmas time! Filipinos are known for the longest celebration of Christmas. At the onset of "ber" months, Filipinos start to show the spirit of Christmas by setting up christmas lights and decorations. The long celebration usually end after three kings in January.


(December nights @ Davao City Hall)


I've been in Davao for three christmas season already. Christmas eve of 2005, the higher management of ABS-CBN relocated me here. I and my cameraman arrived in the city Firts hour of december 25. On our way here, i was asleep so i did not notice we were in the city already. Half awake, i saw people on the street, kids with horns while adults banging tin pans. I was sad to see happy families together while im on the street celebrating the happiest seaon.
I expected to see some fireworks and pyrotechniques as i enetered the city, but to my dismay, not a sight of flare. I was shocked. its not the same place where i came (Butuan City, Cagayan de Oro) where merry making is highlighted with grandeus firework display. My cameraman tony is from Davao so i asked him how they celebrate the season here. Tony told me, using firecrackers is banned here.

(free rides and free lugaw at rizal park)

Davaoenos celebrate Christmas in a different way. During this season, videoke is in demand. the local government always finds ways to make it better. This year, free rides and free "lugaw" are set up at rizal park for less everyone.

Davao is solemn every december. Unlike before, i like it here now, because families will have a quality time together in celebrating the season.