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9 Mouthwatering Dishes For Noche Buena

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This is one of the most awaited celebrations every year. Noche Buena is the Spanish-term for Christmas Eve and a term being used by Spain, Latin America and Philippines. It is believed that this tradition has started during the 15th century. Noche Buena is being celebrated by most Filipinos on the evening of the 24th of December. The main reason as to why people gather on this joyous occasion is because of the great family bonding and, of course, the feast! Here is a list of the most requested, mouthwatering dishes for our Noche Buena this Christmas!

 

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  1. Lechon Baboy (Roasted Pig)

This dish has always been a part of almost every celebration in Philippine History. This dish also took part in the history of Noche Buena. During the 15th century, Caribbean colonists hunted down pigs and roasted them whole as the family gathered for Christmas Eve. This certain tradition has been adopted by Filipinos because of the influence of Spanish colonization. Well of course, Lechon is still the Filipino favorite because of its crispy & tasty skin and juicy meat inside. I’ve heard that the best part are the ribs.

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  1. Christmas Ham

Christmas Ham is another Filipino favorite. It is a must have dish on your table during Noche Buena. There are a lot of ways on how to cook this dish but the most common way of cooking this is by glazing it with honey. This dish is best partnered with Queso de Bola or Edam Cheese. A lot of stores this season offers free Queso de Bola every time you purchase grocery packages.

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  1. Spaghetti

This dish is the all-time favorite of everyone in every party. Whenever you go to any celebration in the Philippines, expect that there will be a pan of meaty spaghetti on the table. Filipinos like Spaghetti in a curiously unique way. We like it sweet style. Filipinos are a big fan of sweet stuff that even on non-dessert dishes we add sweetness, literally.

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  1. Beef Caldereta (Beef Stew)

A Filipino dish inspired by the Spanish cuisine. Originally, Caldereta is Goat Meat Stew, but not everyone eats goat meat. The most common way to cook this is by using beef, which is another variation of this dish. The word Caldereta originated from the Spanish word caldera which is translated as cauldron.

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  1. Arroz Valenciana

A sticky rice dish which is originally a Latin American dish and is considered as a part of the Philippine cuisine. The dish is part glutinous rice and part regular rice with coconut milk, chicken, chorizo de bilbao, sliced hardboiled eggs, bell pepper, tomatoes and of course, spices. It looks similar with paella but is different in way of cooking and special ingredient. Arroz Valenciana is more of a stove-top cooking while Paella is more of baking. Paella also uses white wine for a more Spanish taste with a lot of seafood ingredients.

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  1. Crispy Pata

Whenever you mention the name of this dish to any Filipino, you’ll always see a smile on their faces as they imagine the crunchiness of the skin and the tenderness of the meat inside. This dish originated in the 1950’s when Sixta Evangelista Ongpauco, the owner of Barrio Fiesta Eatery, now a famous restaurant with branches nationwide, and her son, Rodolfo Ongpauco discovered this very special dish. Rod was on his way home, bringing pork legs which were unused in lechon houses and started deep frying it at home. That is when this amazing discovery turned out to be one of the original Filipino dishes. This dish is best partnered with a vinegar-based sauce.

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  1. Lasagna

If you’re thinking right now that this dish originated in Italy, well you’re wrong. This dish originated in Ancient Greece and has an Italian-like taste because the Lasagna that we know nowadays has traditional Italian ingredients. Lasagna’s name was derived from the Greek word Laganon which is a flat sheet pasta dough sliced in strips. Originally, Lasagna are just layers of pasta strips and sauce. This dish has also been a part of the menu of Filipino families today and include it in celebrations and events.

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  1. Buko Pandan

One of the most famous desserts in the Philippines which originated in Bohol. This dessert is a combination of grated fresh coconut and pandan leaves, mixed with gelatin, cream, condensed milk, sugar and pinipig.

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  1. Crema de Fruta

This is one of the Noche Buena favorites and has always been on the table of most Filipinos on Christmas Eve. This dessert is made with sponge cake, layered with custard filling and topped with fruit cocktail and unflavored gelatin. Nowadays, there are a lot of ways on how to make this dessert, even ways to make it without baking it anymore.

These are some of the Noche Buena favorites of most Filipino and now is the right time to start preparing for YOUR Christmas Eve feast. BayanMall Online Shopping, the best online grocery shopping store in the Philippines offers its new Noche Buena Packages for as low as 999 pesos! You can choose from pre-arranged packages or you can even combine items with our Combo Packages with prices starting at 280 pesos only! We also offer the most-delicious Lechon Baboy this Christmas! So, what are you waiting for? ORDER NOW and avail of our 10% OFF when you purchase Noche Buena and Grocery Packages only until December 17, 2016.

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Balikbayan Box: Most Requested Items

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As Filipinos, we always look forward for Balikbayan boxes or care packages from our loved ones abroad. Because of the internet and social media, we became more acquainted with famous imported products. The unique fragrance you smell as soon as you open the box makes us so excited to rummage inside it. I asked a few people on Facebook what they expect or want to see inside their Balikbayan boxes when they receive one. These are the common answers I got:

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Chocolates and Candies

When I asked them the question, the first thing they all answered were either chocolates or candies. This is the all-time favorite of Filipinos. You can never say it’s a Balikbayan box without chocolates inside. That is how Filipinos love sweets so much, especially kids. Chocolates from other countries are way cheaper compared here, that’s why it is in demand. Aside from the sweet chocolates, some Filipinos also like the sour candies and gummy candies which are not found locally.

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Clothing and Shoes

Normally, OFWs would send branded clothes because it can be purchased in a much cheaper price abroad. It wouldn’t matter if it’s brand new or slightly used as long as it’s been sent by their loved ones and has value. Some forms of clothing they would send are shirts, jackets, coats (even though it’s hot in the Philippines), shorts and more.

Filipinos are such big fans of shoes from abroad. The most common shoes we normally ask from our loved ones abroad are either running shoes, basketball shoes or casual shoes. We like shoes abroad, especially from the US, because we think that shoes and other products in US are of excellent quality.

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Toys

Whenever we send care packages to our families, kids would always look for the toys.  If you are receiving Balikbayan boxes from USA, you might have seen Ty™, the small-sized stuff toys brand, which is commonly found inside the boxes. I’ve always heard from kids that they wanted either Lego, Barbie or Gundam toys. Can you imagine the excitement and joy they would feel as soon as they open the box and see the toys they’ve always wished to have.

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Electronic Gadgets

Having the latest electronic gadget these days, especially for younger generation, is such a big deal. When OFWs would ask their children what they wanted, they would either request for video game consoles, smart phones, or tablets. As technology speedily upgrades, there are lots of new electronic devices in the market.

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Canned Goods and Other Food Products

This is where everyone becomes happy. It’ll never be a Balikbayan box without Spam. Food products in some countries are not that expensive so families would prefer all of these in the boxes. Be careful with packing too much because cans contribute a lot on the weight of the box and it could cost you a lot. Also, be aware that we are not allowed to send perishable goods and fluids.

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The fear of Balikbayan boxes going through the customs can already be laid to rest because there are lots of online grocery shopping stores where you can buy groceries online for your family without sending them overseas.

There are more unique things you can put inside your box. The most important thing here is, you try to make them happy and make up for the years that you weren’t physically there for your family. Sending care packages to your families is a great way to show love to them. Not because of the material things found inside that box, but because you’ve given every strength and effort to support and love them.

BayanMall.com, the best online grocery shopping store in the Philippines,  offers a wide variety of imported grocery items, electronic gadgets, and clothing just for your family. We can even prepare your Balikbayan box for your family.

We’d like to help you make your lives better even though you’re far from your loved ones. We help connect families together through the products and services that we offer, as if you’re the one shopping for them.

 

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Pre-Holiday Promo | BayanMall Online Shopping

Who said it’s too early for Christmas? When -Ber Months start, it sure feels like Christmas already here in the Philippines. BayanMall Online Shopping brings you a Pre-Holiday Promo! We’re giving out discounts and free delivery as an early treat for Christmas just for you! Here’s how:

Mechanics:

  1. Purchase P5,000 worth of groceries or above at BayanMall.com.
  2. Promo applies ONLY to grocery items and packages.
  3. Promo runs from October 17-31, 2016.
  4. Payment must be not later than October 31, 2016.
AMOUNT OF PURCHASE PROMO
P7,000.00 – Above Free Delivery* + 5% Discount
P5,000.00 – P6,999.99 Free Delivery*
P3,000.00 – P4,999.99 Freebie (2kg rice)

*Deliveries within the city are free. For deliveries outside the city, customer will get P500 off their total delivery charge.

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8 Benefits of Grocery Shopping Online

Nowadays, a lot of online grocery shopping stores are established and a lot more are coming in the market, especially, online supermarkets. For first timers, or even those who are into online shopping already, you may be reluctant to purchase online because of a bad experience or the cost in exchange for convenience and quality. To give you the brighter view, here are some of the benefits you get when you buy your groceries online.

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  1. 24/7 Ordering with Customer Service Assistance

You don’t have to wait anymore for the next working day just to place your order or if you have inquiries. Normally, online shopping stores have 24/7 customer service assistance to accommodate all customers who wish to purchase or ask about their products and services.

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  1. Goodbye Long Lines of Checkout Lanes

The traffic inside supermarkets, especially in peak hours, is heavy. So, spare yourself of the trouble of standing and waiting! Try shopping for your groceries with just the use of your computer or smartphone wherever you are.

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  1. Time Saver

Most people in these modern times are time conscious. As much as possible, we want convenience and efficiency. Purchasing goods online wouldn’t demand so much of your time. Unlike the actual store, you won’t be taking up time roaming around trying to find the products you want. In online grocery shopping, you can find the items you want in just a few clicks! They are also grouped in categories for better and faster finding! Use your time by spending quality moments with your family and let these online stores do the shopping.

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  1. No More Parking Hassles

Finding it hard to look for a space to park your car? No problem! Especially on holidays like Christmas, where all parking spaces are all filled in, you won’t even need your car when you shop online! You can choose to have your orders ready for pick-up or have them delivered at your doorstep. Simple.

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  1. Assured Product Quality and Freshness

Online shopping companies are obliged to provide the freshest produce and quality products available in the market. Products in poor quality are subject to returns, refunds, or replacement.

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  1. From Store to Door Delivery

You’ll never have think of leaving your house anymore just to buy groceries. All you have to do is sit back, relax and wait for your orders to arrive. Most online supermarkets would ask you to purchase your products 3-5 days ahead of desired delivery date to ensure availability and quality.

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  1. Lessens Unnecessary Spending

Most grocers would always have a list of items to purchase that fits their budget. When we go to the store, we often come across items that are so tempting to buy, cutting the budget we try to save. Oh, and don’t forget the food carts and stalls after you pay for your groceries in the checkout counter!

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  1. Avail Offers, Discounts and Coupons

Online shopping companies have various promos and discounts. These are visible on their site or given through e-mail when you subscribe to their newsletters. Most of these promos appear during holidays and other celebrations.

 

Here at BayanMall, we can offer you a wide selection of grocery items. So, what are you waiting for? SHOP NOW! Visit our website at BayanMall.com.

 

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We deliver door-to-door anywhere in the Philippines — Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao!

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BayanMall Free Delivery Promo, Extended!

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FREE DELIVERY CHARGE PROMO

DISCOUNT OFFER

  1. All new and returning customers who will purchase products from the BayanMall Website during September 25-30, 2016 (Philippine Standard Time) will get Php 500 OFF their delivery charge.
  2. Minimum purchase is worth P7,000.
  3. Promo applies to ALL ITEMS purchased at the BayanMall website.
  4. Interested participants need to access www.BayanMall.com and place their order. The promo code of “100%off” must be used upon checkout.
  5. The promo applies to deliveries within city limits only. Additional charges will be collected for deliveries outside cities.
  6. Payment of the products ordered must be done not later than September 30, 2016 (PST).

So, what are you waiting for? SHOP NOW! Visit our website at BayanMall.com. We deliver door-to-door anywhere sa Pinas!

If you have any questions about this promo or about BayanMall Online Shopping, CLICK HERE.

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10% Discount on all Grocery Items!

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Berrrrr months na and here’s a special treat to warm up the start of the cold season. We’re giving out discounts for you! Read further for more details!

 

DISCOUNT OFFER

  1. All customers will get a 10% DISCOUNT on all grocery items purchased from the BayanMall Website during September 12-15, 2016 (Philippine Standard Time).
  2. Promo applies to ALL GROCERY ITEMS ONLY, either individual or by packages. Please note that all other items such as appliances, gadgets, furniture, cakes, lechon, and other packages are NOT INCLUDED.
  3. Promo period will be from September 12-15, 2016 (PST).
  4. Payment of the products ordered must be done not later than September 20, 2016 (PST).

So, what are you waiting for? SHOP NOW! Visit our website at BayanMall.com.

If you have any questions about this promo or about BayanMall Online Shopping, CLICK HERE.

 

BayanMall Online Shopping. Malayo ka man, kapiling pa rin.

We deliver door-to-door anywhere in the Philippines — Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao!

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10 Reasons Why Davao City is Safest and Most Liveable City in the Philippines

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With the new president of the Philippines, President Duterte, the spotlight has turned its way to Davao City with more and more Filipinos getting interested on visiting or even living in Mindanao’s premier city. Three times bigger than Metro Manila, six times the size of Cebu, and one of the largest metropolitan areas not just in Asia but in the world, the Philippines’ fastest-growing city has earned nicknames like “The Singapore of the Philippines.” Davao City continues to bring in lots of testimonials and news about its safety, low cost of living, and the best mix of things to do and nature. So, what is the fuss really all about? What’s in Davao City that makes it the safest and most liveable city in the Philippines? Here are 10 reasons why:

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Davao City’s Municipal Hall by OSOmniMedia Design Studio

1) Rules and regulations are strictly being implemented.

A favorite destination for study tours, Davao City is regarded as a model for other cities in the country. The local government is much admired not just nationally but also internationally. It has led in crafting landmark pieces of legislation, pioneering innovations in local governance, strong political will in implementing policies and programs, a high level of self-sufficiency; and its pluralist and liberal political climate result in significant grassroots and civil society participation.

Even with a population of over 1.3 million and an urban density estimated at 2,400 persons per square kilometer, Davao City’s crime rate still remains among the lowest in the country. This has earned for Davao City the distinction as the Most Peaceful City in the East and Southeast Asia for a number of years already.

The city contains also numerous medical  facilities, both private and public, with highly competent medical practitioners. There are three public hospitals: Southern Philippines Medical Center, Paquibato District Hospital and Camp Panacan Station Hospital, in addition to more than 30 private hospitals, excluding clinics and lying-in centers. Some hospitals are capable of performing complex operations from kidney transplants to heart surgeries, as well as providing luxurious medical tourism facilities.

The city also has an Anti-Smoking Ordinance implemented in 2002. Primarily, the intention is to protect the public  from the hazard of second-hand smoke.

The city has policies to keep its remaining environmental frontiers intact and rehabilitate those which have been destroyed by development and lack of concern. These are in the form of ordinances and issuances, prominently among them the Watershed Code, the Marine Protected Area Ordinance, the Ordinance Banning Aerial Spraying of Farms, and the Anti-Smoke Belching Ordinance.

It has also affiliated with the Clean Cities Coalition of the Energy and Clean Air Project of the United States Agency for International Development or USAID to be able to create the necessary mechanisms to help address the issue of global warming.

It also leads the Davao Gulf Management Council, which is now undertaking the Environment Sensitivity Index (ESI) on the city’s gulf water. The ESI is a combined satellite, aerial imaging and ground truthing which identifies areas where sea creatures including coral reefs and sea grasses thrive and those that should be protected.

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Davao City’s 911 by Rodincouch of SSC Davao

2) 911 Team always on-the-go.

Davao City is the only Asian city that has an integrated emergency response system similar to that of the United States and Canada, the difference being that in Davao City, the service is absolutely for free and totally subsidized by the local government. Central 911 responds to all kinds of emergencies : medical, fire, police assistance, natural or man-made disaster. The Davao City Disaster Coordinating Council has been cited as the best prepared disaster coordinating council in the country.

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Davao Light by Davao History Blog

3) Potable and safe water and abundant supply of power are available here.

Davao City’s tap water has been tested for quality and was adjudged as one of the best in the world in terms of cleanliness, safety, mineral content, and taste. No need for boiling, distilling, purifying, adding of minerals. The Davao City Water District (DCWD) is the number one water utility company among the 50 water utilities in the Asia- Pacific region.

Also, being the third largest privately-owned electric utility in the Philippines, Davao Light & Power Co. is the country’s most efficiently run power utility. The city is also the first in the country to have an  adaptive traffic signalization system and has a state-of-the-art traffic system similar to the system in Los Angeles, California, USA.

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Davao Police by Philippines Lifestyle News

4) It has high police visibility, low crime rate and vehicular accidents.

Have a holiday in the city that boasts of having one of the lowest crime rates (averaging 0.8 per 10,000 population per month). The Davao City Police Office has consistently been chosen as the Best Police Office in the entire country. The Davao City Peace and Order Council has been elevated to the Philippine Hall of Fame for consistently being the best performing in the country.

From Top Left (Clockwise): Mangosteen, Philippine Sashimi, Durian Fruit, Kinilaw. Photos by OSOmniMedia Design Studio and Women Daily Magazine
From Top Left (Clockwise): Mangosteen, Philippine Sashimi, Durian Fruit, Kinilaw. Photos by OSOmniMedia Design Studio and Women Daily Magazine

5) Low cost of living.

In Davao City, the ideal quality of life does not come at a high cost! When in Davao City, you enjoy the freshest and highest quality agricultural produce. It exports large volumes of banana, pineapple, orchids, and tuna. Its pomelo, durian, and mangosteen are sought-after by many, yet these remain affordable and accessible to the locals on a daily basis.

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Davao City: Clean and Green by OSOmniMedia Design Studio

6) It has maintained cleanliness in its surroundings.

Davao City takes advantage of environmental laws which ensure proper collection and disposal of garbage. The city is known for its well-disciplined residents plus a localized version of Ecological Solid Waste Management Act which is now being implemented. A huge sanitary landfill in place, regular and systematic collection of garbage from fixed points, and proper segregation have maintained cleanliness in the surroundings.

Zumba in the Park – People’s Park, Davao City by Br. Jeff U. Pioquinto, SJ

7) Low mortality rate. Healthy lifestyle.

Live a wholesome and healthy lifestyle in Davao City! The city pioneered the regulation of smoking in public places in the Philippines that gave birth to the National Anti-Smoking Law. Davao City has been a recipient of the prestigious Red Orchid Award of the Department of Health in 2010 and 2011 during the World No Tobacco Day. It has tough policies against dangerous drugs, violence against women and children (including prostitution and human trafficking), and environmental pollution. It has addressed the concern over aerial spraying in large plantations and banned the use of firecrackers and similar pyrotechnics. It leads in the conservation of endangered species such as the country’s national bird, the Philippine Eagle, as well as the protection of the city’s watershed, coastal areas, rivers and gulf. Davao City boasts of having one of the most progressive and comprehensive reproductive health program in the world.

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8) It’s business-friendly.

Surveys and evaluations on the best places for business have always cited Davao as among the best performers. These include distinctions as being the Top 10 Asian Cities of the Future by the FDI magazine of The Financial Times, the Most Competitive Metro City in the Philippines with the Best Quality of Life by the Asian Institute of Management and a long list of numerous recognition and distinctions as the city has received in the recent years. All these are proof of the continuous and decisive strides in making Davao City a home for many productive ventures and endeavors.

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Mount Apo by Byahero Snapshots

9) Davao City is the Food Basket of the Philippines.

Harvests are bountiful in Davao City. The cultivation and propagation of natural resources dominate the economic landscape of the region as the city is surrounded by many different plantations and stock farms supplying both local and export markets. With the richness of agribusiness opportunities in and around the city, it’s no wonder that Davao City is considered the Food Basket of the Philippines.

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Davao City. Photo by Bernardo Agulo

10) It’s a great place to live, work and play.

Davao City has been cited in Asia for its high livability index, where residents can easily switch between fast-paced business transactions and soothing relaxation options. It is considered a major tourist destination in the East Asian region with an increasing number of international visitors since the 1990s.

The designation of the Tagurano-Catigan-Eden Tourism Development Zone as the Mountain Resort and Agro-Tourism Capital of Southern Mindanao illustrates determined efforts leading to the desirable transformation of the city as the Summer Capital of the Philippine South. Additionally, the presence of world-class beach resorts both in the city and on nearby Samal Island (30 minutes away by boat ride) has allowed Davao to offer a complete tourism package for all visitors.

Beyond just visiting, Davao is also seen as a retirement haven for people seeking a slower pace, due to its relaxed atmosphere, low cost of living, and numerous recreational options.

 

So, what are you waiting for? Come to Davao and experience it yourself!

References: Davao – Life is Here and Trending News Portal


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Search for the Best Mobile Phones of 2016

We live in a fast-paced world and technology seems to be getting more and more advanced by the day. In a matter of years, what seemed to be impossible before has been surpassed and we are now looking forward to a future of great possibilities. But, let’s take a look at the thing that comes in handy — mobile phones. Here’s a list of this year’s best mobile phones of each brand (as of August 2016) to help you decide before switching or upgrading to a new one.

Acer Liquid Jade Primo

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Acer-1The beauty of Jade

This powerful phone continues the design excellence of the Liquid Jade line of smartphones. Its dynamic curves and hairline-brush finishing make this one of the most attractive phones, ever. The Jade Primo doesn’t just look great, it also feels great in your hands.

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Ultra-tough Gorilla Glass strengthens the phone’s structure and protects one of the best displays you can get on a phone. This 5.5″ Full HD screen features AMOLED and Zero Air Gap technologies to deliver vivid colors (100% NTSC) and crystal-clear visual experiences.

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A powerful 64-bit hexa-core processor and a whopping 3GB of RAM work with Continuum features to deliver laptop-like work
productivity. Seamlessly create and edit MS Office documents one your phone. Use your phone to show a presentation on any big screen while doing other work on the phone’s screen!

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Powerful computing requires powerful cooling to make sure the phone does not overheat. That’s why the Jade Primo features an advanced cooling system consisting of metal piping that dissipates heat much more effectively than standard technologies.

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The Jade Primo uses miniaturization technologies to pack all its computing power into an ultra-slender phone that fits perfectly in your hand. For instance, On-Cell Touch tech reduces the number of display layers and Laser Direct Structuring merges the antenna with the back cover to save space.

BUY THE Acer Liquid Jade Primo NOW! Just CLICK HERE.

Source: ACER Philippines

Apple iPhone 6S, 6S Plus

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The next generation of Multi‑Touch.iPhone-2

The original iPhone introduced the world to Multi-Touch, forever changing the way people experience technology. With 3D Touch, you can do things that were never possible before. It senses how deeply you press the display, letting you do all kinds of essential things more quickly and simply. And it gives you real-time feedback in the form of subtle taps from the all-new Taptic Engine.

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The 12-megapixel iSight camera captures sharp, detailed photos. It takes brilliant 4K video, up to four times the resolution of 1080p HD video. iPhone 6s also takes selfies worthy of a self-portrait with the new 5-megapixel FaceTime HD camera. And it introduces Live Photos, a new way to relive your favorite memories. It captures the moments just before and after your picture and sets it in motion with just the press of a finger.

A9. The most advanced chip ever in a smartphone.iPhone-4

iPhone 6s is powered by the custom-designed 64-bit A9 chip. It delivers performance once found only in desktop computers. You’ll experience up to 70 percent faster CPU performance, and up to 90 percent faster GPU performance for all your favorite graphics-intensive games and apps.

A breakthrough design. Pushed even further.

Innovation isn’t always obvious to the eye, but look a little closer at iPhone 6s and you’ll find it’s been fundamentally improved. The enclosure is made from a new alloy of 7000 Series aluminum — the same grade used in the aerospace industry. The cover glass is the strongest, most durable glass used in any smartphone. And a new rose gold finish joins space gray, silver, and gold.

Advanced security. Right at your fingertip.iPhone-5

Using a highly advanced fingerprint sensor that’s now faster and better than ever, Touch ID makes unlocking your phone easy and secure.

Faster 4G LTE. Faster Wi‑Fi.iPhone-6

iPhone 6s features 4G LTE Advanced with speeds up to twice as fast as the previous generation.* It supports more LTE bands than any other smartphone. And when you’re connected to Wi‑Fi, iPhone 6s lets you do things like browse the web and download apps at speeds up to twice as fast too.

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Philippine Festivals: August

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Street dancers from Mati City, Davao Oriental won the Indak Indak sa Kadalanan street dancing competition and the cash prize of Php500,000, August 16, 2014 in Davao City. Photo by Erwin Mascarinas, InterAksyon.com.

Parades, street dancing, theatrical plays, religious or cultural rituals, trade fairs, exhibits, concerts, pageants and various games and contests – all these and more give color and life to fiestas around the nation. These celebrations honor the moments in history that has defined identity, culture, and locality in the areas where they occur. They highlight traditions indigenous to the locale.

Philippine Festivals came with Christianity, during the Spanish rule. Many of the communities in the country had a patron saint assigned to each of them. Fiestas were days in honor of them. It became a key to spreading the Catholic religion throughout the nation.

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Left: Pasigarbo sa Sugbu Festival Queen 2012. Photo by Archie Mercader. Top right: Manaragat Festival. Photo by Government of Catbalogan. Bottom right: Cordova Dinagat Festival. Photo by Archie Mercader.

Now, there are so many Philippine festivals. And they mean food – lots of them. Usually, houses are open to anybody who wants to eat. It feels as if everyone are friends with each other. Also, festivals could mean day-off to most employees as they are declared as public holidays.

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Here’s a list to help you experience festivities this August:

DAY FESTIVAL LOCATION DESCRIPTION
1 Almasiga Festival Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental Governors celebration in the town.
Aug 1-4 Cabibi Festival Lal-lo, Cagayan The patronal town fiesta of Lallo, the former Cuidad Nueva Segovia – the capital of Cagayan during the Spanish colonial period is highlighted with street dancing, trade fair, Balikbayan tribute, among many others.
Aug 1-5 Padagyaw Festival Dumarao, Capiz Being held every year mirrors the spirit of unity and cooperation of its people. One of the few is the street dancing and pista ng bayan. These are the concrete example of group effort. From one fermented idea of planners, action men, and executions, they have translated their ideas and concepts into mass action of well rehearsed and well executed play, dancers, and graceful rendition of songs and dances. A delight to the eyes of the heart.
Aug 1-7 Pangapog Festival Island Garden City of Samal A thanksgiving festival celebration bountiful harvest features parade, indak-indak sa dalan, cultural presentation etc.
Aug 1-8 Mercedes Fishtival/Mercedes Kadagatan Festival Mercedes, Camarines Norte It is a fishermen’s celebration of thanksgiving for the blessings and bounty during the seafaring, fishing expedition and fish farming endeavors. The fishtival is also a moment of retrospect and recognition of Mother Nature for having endowed Mercedes with a gift of vast fishery resources, magnificent shorelines and other aquatic potentials and the wise utilization and preservation of ecological balance for the attainment of environmental dignity and beauty.
Aug 1-10 Sal-lupongan festival New Bataan, Compostela Valley Province Celebrating the fiesta of sal lipongan.
Aug 1-31 Buwan ng Wika Batangas A month long activity celebrating “Buwan ng Wika”. The activities undertaken are campaign for using Pilipino as a medium of instruction, hanging of streamer and short program.
Aug 1-31 Kasuotang Pilipino Exhibit and Show Museo ng Makati, Makati City A yearly exhibit mounted at the city’s museum featuring the evolution of Filipino costumes per region in celebration of the month of Filipino Costumes.
2 Udyakan sa Kabankalan/Charter Anniversary Kabankalan City A weeklong celebration by an agro-industrial fair showcasing the indigenous products of the farmers and the cooperatives. Creative booths that display these products are constructed by the different barangays at the city plaza.
2 Adlaw Hong Butuan Butuan City It’s the charter day celebration of Butuan City. It is highlighted by the thanksgiving mass, motorcade recognition of outstanding Butuanons & City employees night.
2 Palagsing Festival Butuan City A competition for the longest and the best tasting palagsing
Aug 4-5 Palo-palo Festival Basco, Batanes A cultural presentation of the different municipalities of Batanes, showcasing their ethnic group”s rugged yet storied existence.
Aug 4-13 Sta. Clara Festival Tigaon, Camarines Sur A celebration held in honor of Patron Saint, St. Claire of Assisi. Various activities are lined up including cultural shows, job fair, concert, fairworks display, beauty pagent, firworks display, battle of the bands and the highlight activity which is the Sta. Clara devotional dance.
5 Feast of our Lady of Snows Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental Nuestra Señora de los Nieves is the patron saint of the city. Parishioners celebrate the event with the Holy Mass and a procession around the city streets and capped with a cultural show in the local catholic school.
5 El Salvador Fiesta El Salvador City Agro-Fair/Parade/cultural show.
Aug 5-9 Bayombong Festival Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya The four day event features a typical fiesta with fireworks display, parade, peoples night, streetdancing and a beauty pageant competition. August 8 is also the feast day of St. Dominic, the town’s patron saint.
Aug 6-10 Pagpasidungog Festival Panit-an, Capiz Meaning to honor. The Panitan Municipal Government gives honour and recognition to every Paniteño who has given something for the social, cultural, educational and economic development of this town. Pagpasidungog honors those whose successes in life give inspiration to our young generations. This festival also honors their “KASIMANWAS” who brought fame, honor and recognition for Panitan.
8 Nalupon Festival Lupon, Davao Oriental Celebrating the feast Rean Daanoy
9 Bonga Festival Sibonga, Cebu The celebration is in honor of the town”s patron saint, Our Lady of Pilar and Santa Filomena. Among its highlights is the street dancing and ritual/showdown competition. “Bunga” is a Cebuano word which means fruit in English. This festival is a form of thanksgiving for all the blessings and graces the Sibonganhons have received for the abundant fruits found in their town.
9 Maliputo Festival San Nicolas, Batangas The festival is a showcase of local maliputo (Caramax Ignobilis) and its contribution to the growing industry of fish in the area. The people of San Nicolas enduring efforts to promote and cultivate the maliputo as a source of income to local residents is highlighted by a streetdancing parade showcasing the different concepts and themes of maliputo fish.
Aug 9-11 Fruit Festival Kidapawan City, North Cotabato Kidapawan takes its fruit growing industry to the streets literally as the city celebrates its annual fruit festival. There are cultural shows, a parade of local fruit products, a bevy of exhibits, street dancing competition and selected lectures on fruit preparation.
Aug 10-16 Cordova Dinagat Festival Cordova, Cebu The celebration honors the town’s most prized source of livelihood-fishing. “Dinagat” means “anything” pertaining to the sea”. It showcases Cordova’s distinctive cultural heritage though authentic traditional rituals and dances.
Aug 10-17 Pavvu Rulun Festival Tuguegarao, Cagayan The patron fiesta of Tuguegarao City. It is being celebrated yearly in honor of St. Hyacinth, which is being venerated at the Ermita de San Jacinto. Pav-vurulun which means comng together allows all members of the community to join in the celebrations from the well applauded street dancing competitions, drum, bugle and lyre competitions, beauty pagent, agri-trade fairs and job fairs, among many others. The highlight of the event is the outdoor cooking and pancit eating contest of the Pancit Batil Patung, a local noodle delicacy in the city.
11 Kaadlawan Han Samar Catbalogan, Samar Festivities to commemorate the foundation day of Samar
11 Kaahaan Festival/Araw ng Kinoguitan Kinoguitan, Misamis Oriental Display of various agri- products of the municipality Kinoguitan, Misamis Oriental.
Aug 11-13 Araw ng Cabanglasan Cabanglasan, Bukidnon Agro-Fair/cultural show.
Aug 12-16 Santones Festival Liliw, Laguna A five day festivity featuring the sweet santol and lanzones fruits raised in the locality.
Aug 12-17 Arandurugan Festival Guinobatan, Albay The festival is held to coincide with the town fiesta and as a form of thanksgiving for the bounties from the land. Various activities are lined up to drumbeat the affair.
13 Araw ng Tayabas Tayabas, Quezon Designated as the day for commemorating heroism of Tayabasins. The event calls for unity, strengthens social bonding and encourages Tayabasins to renew its commitment to service. Araw ng Tayabas pays tribute to the historical event in August 13, 1898 when the Spaniards surrendered to the revolutionaries of Tayabas.
13 (2nd Saturday) Pasigarbo sa Sugbo Cebu City In celebration of the province’s founding day, the Cebu Provincial Government stages this event where the best of what Cebu can offer is showcased. From world-class furniture and handicrafts, to the different delicacies that Cebu is well known for, this event showcases the talent and diversity of the Cebuanos to the world. The event is capped with the presentation of the different festivals in Cebu and fireworks.
14 Kalibongan Festival Kidapawan City, North Cotabato August 14 marks the celebration of the Kalibongan Festival. Kalibongan is a manobo term for a Grand Festival which is celebrated yearly in Kidapawan, Cotabato. The Manobos, Bagobos, and other highland tribes from the different parts of the province go down to Kidapawan to show off and proudly display their tradition and cultural heritage. The natives display thier own version of “party” with a traditional horsefight, a “blood compact” peace ceremony, etc.
14 Pasaka Festival Tanauan, Leyte Pasaka is a waray word meaning invitation to progress, health and luck for the inhabitants for the coming year. Religious homage, cultural dance parade in honor of Our Lady of the Assumption. A form of thanksgiving for the blessings received and a way of welcoming the visitors.
14 Caro-tao Festival Mawab, Compostela Valley Province Feast Celebration.
Aug 14-16 Kumbira (Food Festival) Cagayan de Oro City Food & culinary competitions sponsored by the Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Association (COHARA).
Aug 14-20 Kalubihan Festival Jordan, Guimaras Celebrated in support to the National Coconut Week Celebration in recognition of the efforts of the coconut farmers and other stakeholders of the province. Activities include “karituhan”, a parade of caritos artistically decorated with coconuts and its products, poster making and painting contests. Hataw sa Kalubihan-games and cultural presentation, food festival and highlighted by a coronation of “Nanay sang Kalubihan.”
Aug 14-21 Kadayawan sa Dabaw Davao City Celebration of the thanksgiving, this cultural festival’s highlights include street dancing, floral float parade, cultural shows, exhibits, etc.
15 Lubi-lubi (Coconut) Festival Calubian, Leyte The humble coconut tree gets its day in the spotlight as the town celebrates its Lubi-Lubi Festival.
15 Feast of our Lady of Assumption Boac, Marinduque A celebration in honor of Our Lady of the Assumption.
15 Pasakan Festival Tanauan, Leyte Religious homage/ cultural dance parade in honor of Our Lady of the Assumption
15 Sirong Festival Cantilan, Surigao del Sur A war dance between Muslims and Christians, reflecting the Christianization of the early Cantillanons
15 Sumayajaw Festival Jabonga, Agusan del Norte Held during the town fiesta of Jabonga. It is a thanksgiving celebration for the bounties showered by the Heavenly Father through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Lady of Assumption.
Aug 15-17 Coron Festival Tiwi, Albay “Coron” is a Bicol dialect meaning clay-pot or potteries of which the town of Tiwi is popularly known for. Thus, the festival’s main feature is the municipalities pottery industry which is done with skills passed from parents to children and perfected through long years of practice without the benefit of written manuals.
Aug 17-19 Kumbira Culinary Foodshow and Competition Limketkai Atrium, Cagayan de Oro City A yearly culinary show and competition usually participated by hotels, restaurants, and schools.
18 Sundayag Festival Cagayan de Oro City A showcase of the Best of Northern Mindanao featuring Agriculture, Trade, & Tourism destinations.
18 Lumin-awa Festival Lubuagan, Kalinga A festival that showcases a parade, cultural presentations, fashion show, and field presentations from different barangays of Lubuagan.
18 Araw ng Alubijid Alubijid, Misamis Oriental Street Dancing competition
19 Quezon Day/Angono Day Angono, Rizal Anniversary of Independence , the residents of Angono led by the Municipal Tourism Office, prepare a weeklong celebration characterized by trade fairs, arts exhibits, symphonic band concerts, cultural presentations, etc. Flower offering to the statue of President Quezon is being observed, as it is also his birthday.
20 Pilgrimage to Joroan Joroan, Tiwi, Albay Held every 3rd Saturday of August to pay homage to the miraculous image of Our Lady of Salvation, Patroness of Albay. It is highlighted by a maritime procession where the image is carried by the menfolks down to the beach where a large and well-decorated trawl boat is docked. An entourage of similarly decorated pumpboats follow, carrying the pilgrims and devotees to the shores and village at Sogod where a concelebrated mass is held.
20 Bankaton Festival Lavezares, Northern Samar Exciting motorboat race in honor of the town’s patron saint
19 Coco Sabutan Festival/Quezon Birth Anniversary Baler, Aurora Celebrated every year in honor of the Patron Saint of Baler, San Luis Obispo, and in commemoration of the birth of a great leader and statesman, President Manuel Luis Quezon. The long week celebration features Coco-Sabutan Festival, street dancing, Search for Little Ms Baler and Binibining Baler, Historical Quiz Bee and merry making activities.
Aug 21-25 Sabutan Festival SanLuis, Aurora Province Highlights the importance of growing palm trees locally called Sabutan on the community’s economic wellbeing. The raw material is used to weave a variety of useful products and ornamentals like hats, placemats, fans and even native dress. The festival features native dance presentation among school children, trade fair, cultural shows and exhibits.
23 Anniversary of Cry in Pugadlawin Pugad Lawin Shrine, Brgy. Baha Toro, Quezon City Another historical event celebrated yearly with a flag-raising and a wreath-laying ceremony followed by a civic parade and a program.
23 Manaragat Festival Catbalogan, Samar Manaragat is the local dialect for fishermen. This festival honours St. Bartholomew as the miraculous Saint who maintained the richness of Maqueda Bay as a major fishing ground of the province of Samar. It is interpreted by colours, dances and the sound of drums that echoes through the deep culture of the fishing industry that stayed long in the history of Catbaloganons.
Aug 23-24 24-Hour Mountain Bike Endurance national Bilibid Prison Land Reserve Area, Muntinlupa City A competition among the elite and amateur mountain bike outdoor sports athlete from across the country. The event will test the competitor’s mountain biking skills in the varied crisscrossed paths of the NBP Land Reserve Area.
25 Tsinelas Festival Gapan, Nueva Ecija To mark the anniversary of the town’s cityhood, Gapan City holds its annual Tsinelas Festival, with street dancing, parade of floats decorated with regular to gigantic 7 ft. slippers the famous slippers bazaar. The festival is aimed at bolstering the new city’s claim as the North Slippers Capital.
25 Iloilo Charter Day Iloilo City Iloilo City received its charter on August 25, 1937 during the American Commonwealth Government in the Philippines.
Aug 25-30 Pasa-Pasa Ikaw Festival Pasacao, Camarines Sur The festival showcases the town’s rich cultural heritage forever reminding its people of the significant contribution to the socio-economic development of the province of Camarines Sur and the region, in general.
26 Alcala Town Fiesta Alcala, Cagayan The local government unit of Alcala has highlighted the agricultural products of Alcala town like corn and rice presented a lcoal street dancing versino and the colonial past of the town depicted in its centuries-old church – St. Philomene Church.
26 Higa-onon Dance Festival Cagayan de Oro City St. Dancing and Tableau presentation of Higa-onon dancers. a festival participated by diff. groups showcasing Higao-non tribal dances & culture.
Aug 26-Sep 8 Daragang Madayon Daraga, Albay A historical and religious celebration in honor of the town’s patron saint, Our Lady of the Gate. It aims to showcase tha cultural life of Daragueños. Various colorful activities are lined up for this celebration.
27 Native Manok Festival Mabunao, Panabo City One of the highlights of Brgy. Mabunao’s araw, this festival is in thanksgiving of the bounty given as the Native Manok is one of the major products of Mabunao.
27 Bahandi Festival Alcantara, Cebu A street dancing celebrated during the town”s fiesta honoring the town”s patron saint, Señor San Augustine. The dance expresses the town people”s joy for the Bahandi (Treasure from the environment) that were given to the municipality.
27 Cagayan de Oro Golden Float Festival Cagayan de Oro City A float parade and competition highlighting the historical and cultural interpreted into colorful and unique floats. The event is participated by government organizations, civic organizations and various academic institutions in the city.
27 Kaumahan Festival Opol, Misamis Oriental Series of activities such as beautification , parade of farm products , agro and trade fair, cultural shows.
Aug 27-28 Madyaw, Hugyaw Samal Festival Peñaplata, Davao del Norte Festival of thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest and blessings.
Aug 27-28 Jinawa Festival Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte A local rendition of the classic Christian-moro conflict interpreted through songs and dances.
28 Lambagohan Festival Cagayan de Oro City A fluvial parade and a river festival with fully decorated outrigger boats complete with live band musician & ethnic dancers usually participated by various barangays of the city; this is also held to honor St. Augustine, the Patron Saint of the City.
28 Paladong Festival Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur A festivity of arts and rituals. The art of performing the ritual of “ladong” conducted by a “landongan”, a person who has the power and ability to cure as medium to call the spirits and relay the wishes to the clients through an offering.
28 Kalumunan Festival San Agustin, Surigao del Sur A reunion of relatives and friends during town fiesta of San Agustin celebrated through street dancing.
28 Kagay-an Festival Cagayan de Oro City A street parade and competition showcasing the Higaonon and Maranao influences of the city participated by various schools and groups.
28 Kariyawan Festival Monkayo, Compostela Valley Province A thanksgiving for the municipality’s rich agricultural harvest and abundant mineral resources. It features street dances depicting its wealth of cultural heritage and trade fairs.
29 Buyogan Festival Abuyog, Leyte “Buyog” (bees) dancer depict the origin of the town’s name in a well choreographed dance.
29 National Heroes Day SanCarlos City, Negros Occidental A celebration paying homage to people who fought for freedom, usually held with a cultural program and flower offering at the foot of the Unknown Soldier Monument.
29 Nagsabado Festival Pasig City A re-enactment of the revolutionary action against the Spaniards leb by Valentin Cruz and Andres Bonifacio in 1896. The historic revolution happends to fall on a Saturday that”s why the event is called “Nagsabado”.
29 29 de Agosto Brgy. Hagdang Bato Itaas, Mandaluyong City Travel back to history as the city observes its First Cry of Revolution against Spaniards in 1896. A commemorative program and an evening of Kundiman are special activities for the occasion.
Aug 29-31 Tilawng SaPagkaong Nan Surigaonon Food Festival Surigao City, Surigao del Norte A celebration of Surigao City’s diverse bounty of seafoods and unique Surigao flavour and food culture. An annual event designed to provide opportunity for caterer’s / food handlers and individuals to showcase their culinary talents as they create their own Interpretations of a uniquely Surigaonon dish. It is also an avenue for the restaurant staff and students to showcase their skills and expertise in basic restaurant services.
30 Siloy Festival Alcoy, Cebu The festival promotes the Mag-abo forest with its famous Black or Siloy, the town”s scenic white sand beaches and dive spots and in honor of the town”s patroness Saint Rose of Lima.
30 Kayaba: Guimaras – Iloilo Cross Channel Swim Iloilo City A cross channel swim to create awareness to preserve the Iloilo river, promote tourism in Guimaras and Iloilo and encourage endurance swimming as a competitive sport.
30 Mandaue Charter Day Celebration Mandaue City, Cebu The Mandauehanons celebrates this eventful anniversary with parades, games and variety shows. The Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry spearhead the holding of the Mandaue that will start off on this day.
30 Turumba Festival Teresa, Rizal This is done every year during the feast of Saint Rose of Lima called “Turumba sa Birhen” which means a unique dance dedicated to Saint Rose of Lima, the patron saint of Teresa. Song and dance rites are practiced during the turn of the 19th century up to this time. It is participated by children, young and old who dance with the accompaniment of the musical band. They are clad in colorful costumes with big salakot decorated with multi colored Japanese papers and dance their way from the church to the different barangays of the town. They get hold of any branches of trees and shrubs found on their way to use as their swaying instruments for the dance.
30 Battle of Pinaglabanan Pinaglaban Shrine, Municipality of San Juan National / local celebration of the Battle of Pinaglabanan, a Battle which sparked the Philippine Revolution of 1896. There will be mass at 7:00 am followed by wreath-laying ceremony
31 Birth Anniversary of President Ramon Magsaysay Iba, Zambales Morning activities which consists of flag raising, flower offering to the monument of the late Pres. Magsaysay. After the celebration infront of the Pavilion, the celebration was continued to the Ancestral House of President Ramon Magsaysay for the program.

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