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7 All-time Favorite Dishes Filipinos Serve on Christmas Noche Buena

7 All-time Favorite Dishes Filipinos Serve on Christmas Noche Buena

If there’s one vice that shouldn’t be eliminated, that would be eating. Christmas is a season of giving, fun, and renewed association and bond with family and friends, and LOTS of eating. We can say that it is during this time of the year that diets are out of the list. Here are some of the all-time favorite dishes Filipinos serve on Christmas Noche Buena.

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  1. Lechon

Who can ever forget this one in a Filipino feast? This has and will always be the star of any celebration. Also called litsong baboy, it came from the Spanish term that means “roasted suckling pig.” After seasoning, the whole pig is cooked by skewering the entire animal, entrails removed, on a large stick and cooking it in a pit filled with charcoal. The pig is placed over the charcoal, and the stick or rod it is attached to is turned in a rotisserie action. The pig is roasted on all sides for several hours until done. The process of cooking and basting usually results in making the pork skin crisp and is a distinctive feature of the dish.

It is the Philippines’ national dish, with Cebu being acknowledged by American chef Anthony Bourdain as having the best pig. The famous lechonmakers and sellers in the Philippines include Mila’s Lechon, Lydia’s Lechon, Aling Nene, Pingping, and Mang Tomas! You can even turn the leftovers into Lechon Paksiw so no part of the roasted pig ever gets wasted! Now, I’m hungry.

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  1. Spaghetti

This will forever remain a favorite dish, especially with children. It’s been with almost every event that you can sometimes get tired of eating it! The good news is that many people create their own versions of spaghetti! But while spaghetti is preferred by foreigners to be a bit sour, for us, we prefer it to be sweet! Meatier and cheesier too! Our taste buds just beg to differ!

  1. Christmas Ham

Probably the best alternative to lechon, ham takes the limelight of the food on the table during Christmas. It costs around Php 250 or higher, depending on the brand and the size of the ham. It is often bought as a gift as well. You might also consider it as a means of additional income during the Christmas season. Now isn’t that just great?

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  1. Fried Chicken

This is probably one of the most common dish on any Filipino occasion as well. Fried chicken is a crunchy, mouthwatering delight. The dish has created a large number of spin-off recipes which are commonly used around the world.

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  1. Fruit Salad

Christmas in the Philippines is rarely without fruit salad. This is very popular in the country because of the abundance in fruits. It is easy to prepare and considered a staple in parties and gatherings. Similar to the dessert Ambrosia, it differs in terms of the fruit ingredient. In the Filipino context, that usually means drained canned fruit cocktail and shredded fresh coconut tossed in a mixture of cream and sweetened condensed milk. But because fresh fruits cost a lot more than fruit cocktail, most Filipinos choose the latter.

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  1. Macaroni Salad

This is a salad that everyone seems to love. Like other pasta, Filipinos come to develop their own versions of this popular dessert from the west. Aside from the usual macaroni, cream and mayo, it can be packed with shredded chicken, cubed cheese and ham, raisins and crushed pineapple. We have just turned it into something much more delicious to the taste – our very own twist.

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  1. Leche Flan

Known by the world as the Spanish flan, leche flan is the one the wonderful ways to end the Christmas night with a bang. Leche, the Spanish for milk, is one of the dessert’s two main ingredients. Filipino leche flan is a rich steamed custard topped with a syrupy caramel. It is made with egg yolks, evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk. It is one of the most popular desserts served at parties, fiestas and other special occasions. This sweet dish is also popular in some Latin American and Caribbean countries. Among the Hispanic population of North America, leche flan is also known as creme caramel.

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How do you know that He/She is “The One”?

Jollibee’s New Ad

Remember the Jollibee ads that brought us all into tears? Well, “The Vow” segment takes us to a back story of meeting your perfect pair at the perfect time.

Finding “The One”

Indeed, one of the most complicated, but most fulfilling experience in the world is to love and be loved in return. But inasmuch as we want to know sooner if he/she is the one, it most often does take time to know and feel. So, we wonder, how do we know? Well, we should have realistic expectations and realize that we marry potential and not perfection. Jeremy Goff shares five signs that they are the right one for you!

1) They put in effort.

If marriage is meant to be a two-way partnership, then dating needs to be a two-way road as well. If you find yourself in a relationship where you are putting in all, or almost all of the effort it is a red flag that the other person is either not right, or not ready.

One of the best pieces of dating advice I have ever been given was by my sister Paige. I was chasing a girl that I liked and Paige asked me, “Does this girl put in any effort?” She then continued “When you find the right girl, she will put in as much effort to making it work as you do. If she is not putting in the effort she is not the one.” I did not want to hear that because this girl was not putting in any effort. Eventually, the relationship fizzled out and I realized Paige was right. For a relationship to last, both people must be fully invested.

When you find the right one they will recognize what you are worth the effort. You will both sacrifice and both be willing to pay any price to be together. When you find the person that you are willing to do that for and who is willing to do it for you, then you’ve found the one.

“Just as harmony comes from an orchestra only when its members make a concerted effort, so harmony in marriage also requires a concerted effort.”

Russell M. Nelson

2) They put God first, but put you second.

This one is huge. Most people think that they need to put their spouse first, but God really needs to be number one. This will ground them to their core principles of honesty, faith, sacrifice, forgiveness, and most of all their commitment to keeping their promises. You not only need to find someone who puts God first but also someone who will not begrudge you for putting God ahead of them. In all things, our covenants to God must come first. Ask yourself, if I was to die, would they raise my family in the faith? A big secret in successful marriages is something called the marriage triangle, God is at the top and husband and wife are at the bottom corners. As a husband and wife draw closer to God they actually draw closer to their spouse. Happy couples put God first.

After God, your spouse should be a solid #2.  No one and nothing else, other than God, should come before your spouse. Too many Millennials are selfish, they put themselves before others, and even before God. This attitude will destroy any relationship. Lasting marriages have men and women who have put God first, but their spouse in front of themselves. They forgive each other, they serve, love, and desire to make their spouse feel happy and loved. So when you find the one who puts God first and you second, you’ve found the right one.

“Believe that your faith has everything to do with your romance, because it does. You separate dating from discipleship at your peril.”

Jeffrey R. Holland

3) They love you right now.

Your future spouse should inspire you to be more than you are. But they should be completely in love with you, not a future you that has lost those 15 lbs, not you without your nerdism, but you that you are currently. One of the biggest mistakes single people make is thinking that they need change the elusive ‘something’ to find the right one. I can’t tell you how many guys go to the gym to get a body to find a girl. Seriously, people, if they would not give you the time of day because you can stand to lose 15 lbs, then they are not the right one!

It reminds me of the scene in How to Train your Dragon where Hiccup is talking with his dad who says he needs to change and then just points at Hiccup. Who then replies, “You just gestured to all of me.” to which his dad replies, “deal?” Later in the movie, his dad says, “Turns out all we needed was a little more of…” as he points at hiccup.

Your future spouse will love you, all of you! No stipulations. Yes, they should inspire you to be better a better person, but they will never require it. They will accept and love you with all of your nerdisms and your quirks. They will love you for who you are, right now. Their love is not based on how you look, but who you are. They will love you as you grow and change over time. When you have found someone who loves you like that, you’ve found the one.

“Choose your love; love your choice.”

Thomas S. Monson

4) They Make Time For You.

One of the biggest lies we tell in dating is when someone asks you on a date and you reply “I am too busy.” This is a lie both to them and to you. They are not too busy for a date, but only a date with that person. If the person of their dreams called asking them on a date they would clear their schedule for them. The truth is that everyone is busy. However, they always make time for the things and people they care about. If they are unwilling to make time for you, they are saying they don’t care. As my sister, Jennifer once said, “Nothing is ruder than not giving someone the time of day.”

On the flip side, you have the person who makes time for you. Sure they are busy, they have obligations they need to fulfill, work, school, church, etc. But they find a way to make time for the people they care about. The truth is there are a lot of activities we do that if you wanted to make time for another person you could do it with them. You could cook dinner together, study together, go shopping together. If they make time for you, you’ve found the right one.

“Love is really spelled t-i-m-e.”

Dieter F. Uchtdorf

5) They Make Time For You.

Everyone has dreams. Pursuing a dream is a scary thing that requires the support of those around you. No one will be a bigger support than your future spouse. Finding someone who not only encourages you but also enables you to live your dream is vital. I learned this when my oldest sister was dating her now husband. When things got serious he told her, “I am ready to give up my art for you.” Confused, she asked him what he was talking about? He explained that his parents told him that when he finally found a girl he loved he would have to give up his art and get a ‘normal job’ for her. She replied, “I would never let you give up art.”

You’ve found the right one when you are willing to give up everything for them, but they would never let you do it. They see your dreams and realize that it is the essence of who you are. They are willing to sacrifice to help you reach your aspirations, and therefore enabling you to live your dream.

“You have always given me wings to fly, and I have loved you for it.”

Marjorie Pay Hinckley to Gordon B. Hinckley

 

Do you agree with these five signs? Have you found “The One”? What can you say on the new Jollibee Ad? Just comment below!

 

Source: 5 Signs They Are The Right One For You by Jeremy Goff

 

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I Wear Speedos | Despacitos Parody by Mikey Bustos

Despacitos Parody

You must have heard and danced to the tune of Despacitos a lot of times already, and you must have watched several parodies and covers of it. Well, we’re bringing you a Despacitos parody like no other. Featuring Mikey Bustos, here’s I Wear Speedos.

How was it? Comment below!
Born in Canada, Mikey Bustos has become a Youtube sensation for his parodies, tutorials, vlogs, and music videos. He has received these awards for his work:

  • WebTV Asia Awards 2015 – Most Popular Video (Philippines)
  • WebTV Asia Awards 2015 – Most Popular Youtube Channel (Philippines)
  • Influence Asia Awards 2015 – Top Youtube Personality 2015
  • Certified Canadian Gold Record 2003
  • Best Adult Contemporary Nomination – Toronto Independent Music Awards 2010
  • Globe Tatt Awards 2011 Winner of Video Slinger Category
  • Globe Tatt Awards 2011 Nominee of Youtube Creator Category
  • 2011 WikiPinoy of the Year
  • Youtube Silver Play Button

As per writing, the I Wear Speedos video has almost 2 million views on Youtube and 30 million on Facebook via The Erin M. Show.

Mikey Bustos Links

Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/mikeybustos/
Youtube Channel – https://www.youtube.com/mikeybustosvideos

 

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Christmas Party for Street Children in Davao City

Poverty is one of the challenges that the Philippines have been facing. Unemployment, education, economic crisis, and even natural disasters are just some of the causes, and unfortunately it is the children that suffer its utmost effects. But with help from you and people whose hearts reach out to them, more than 200 street children in Davao City felt joy and their burdens made light during Christmas. Indeed, we can make a difference.

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Food by Tapa King, Mister Donut, LV Ledesma Construction, Orillan Family, and Dr. and Mrs. Mangaoil
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Food by Tapa King, Mister Donut, LV Ledesma Construction, Orillan Family, and Dr. and Mrs. Mangaoil

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We would like to thank the following sponsors for making this event possible:

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Orillan Family

Duran Family

John Andoy

Jasmin Aaala

Johanna Ulangcuya

May Sheil Openyano

Caburnay Family

Lynore Macarayo

Dianne Joyce Aradani

Joseph Decritales

Maricel Sarmuyan

Mary Joy Andoy

Vanjo Eblamo

Roslyn Gorospe

Jacquiline Valenzuela

Marica Tinitgan

Mr. and Mrs. Abiera

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

Davao City. Photo by Bernardo Agulo
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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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.

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Apple iPhone 6S, 6S Plus

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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.

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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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iOS 9 is the most advanced, intelligent, and secure mobile operating system in the world. Powerful new built-in apps, proactive suggestions, and enhancements throughout the system make it smarter and more essential than ever. Deep integration with Apple hardware makes everything work together beautifully. And the App Store is full of incredible apps that have been tailored to take full advantage of everything iPhone is capable of.

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Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra

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Every smartphone needs antennas but radio waves won’t pass through metal — that’s why so many smartphones designs are marred by ugly gaps. But not ZenFone 3 Ultra. Our world-class engineers’ pursuit of perfection and technical prowess ascend a new pinnacle with ZenFone 3 Ultra, integrating the antennas in such a way as to make them invisible. The result is gapless beauty and uncompromised signal quality. A sleek, diamond-cut wonder with an all-metal unibody that seems impossible — that’s ZenFone 3 Ultra.

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We start with finest aerospace-grade alloy, precision-milled with 0.18mm diamond-cutting technology to create the optimum balance of strength and sleekness for ZenFone 3 Ultra’s all-metal frame. We then abrade the surface with a hyperfine sanding process, polishing it to a beautifully smooth finish — just one of the 240 precision steps it takes to create perfection.

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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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Photo courtesy of Rain de Ocampo and Wikimedia

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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Philippine Festivals: July

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Sandugo Festival. Photo courtesy of PhilJa.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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From top left (Clockwise): Lubid Festival, Kinis Festival, Sagayan Festival, Banana Festival, Banig Festival. Photo courtesy of GMA Network, Floyd Evangelista Flores, TheAmazingAmado, TripWow Trip Advisor, and Joanna Mae Figues, respectively.

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.

PhilippineFood
Photo courtesy of Rain de Ocampo and Wikimedia

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

DAY FESTIVAL LOCATION DESCRIPTION
1-10 Banana Festival Tagum City Street dancing, agri trade fair to highlight Davao del Norte as “banana country”
1-31 Sandugo Festival Tagbilaran City, Bohol Bohol’s annual commemoration of the Blood compact (mardi gras parade) between Rajah Sikatuna and Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. Highlights of the festival are the Sandugo street dancing & Mardi Gras. These dances depict the theme of “friendship among equals and international diplomacy” expressed in the participating group’s traditional culture.
1-2 Feast of our Lady of Guibang Gamu, Isabela Annual feast day of the Miraculous Lady of Guibang
1-2 Feast of our Lady of Piat Piat, Cagayan Annual feast day of Our Lady of Piat highlighted by the procession of the Marian Image being venerated for centuries.
1-7 Gatas ng Kalabaw Festival Cabanatuan City A celebration in promoting Nueva Ecija as the source of Carabao’s mil, with 5 cities / municipalities as top producers of Gatas ng Kalabaw namely: Science City of Munoz, Llanera, Talavera, San Jose City and  Sto. Domingo.
1 San Carlos Charter Anniversary San Carlos, Negros Occidental Usually celebrated with a Thanksgiving Mass, sports activties, concerts, parade, beauty pageant and awarding to the city’s achiever of the year.
1 Araw ng Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental Digos City, Tagum City, Mati Celebration of the division of Davao into three provinces. Consist of agro trade fair, civic military parade, sports competition, horsefight, tribal dances, beauty pageants, etc.
1 Sinugdan Festival Maasin City, Southern Leyte A religious street pageant as homage to the Holy Child Jesus,  with its theme – “One Beat, One Faith, One Southern Leyte” features the different festivals of Maasin City and the 18 Municipalities of the province.
1 Tanggogoan Festival Digos City Celebration of Araw ng Davao del Sur every July 1. Highlights of the celebration are Search for Mutya ng Davao del Sur, street dancing and tribal dance competition.
2 Araw ng Pasig Pasig City A grand celebration of the Pasig day highlighted by different activities like the Mutya ng Pasig Pageant, Dancing Parade, Outstanding Pasiguenos Night, Arts & Literary Competition, Palarong Pinoy, Kusina Pasigueno, etc.
3 Banig Festival Badian, Cebu In celebration of Badian’s Annual Fiesta, the festival showcases the Cebuano & Badianganon culture, tradition, delicacies & local products especially its famous “mats” (banig).
3 Feast of the Holy Cross of Wawa (Pagoda sa Wawa) Bocaue, Bulacan The feast features the Pagoda, which is a gaily-decorated structure riding on a huge banca that glides along the Bocaue River.
4 Sagayan Festival (Maranao War Dance) Tubod, Lanao del Norte This festival depicts the rich Maranao culture pageantry war dance performed by warriors & fan dance by the Maranao maidens held during Araw ng Lanao del Norte.
4 Phil-Am Friendship Day Baguio City Revival of friendship among Filipinos, Americans & other Nationalities accented with the sale exposition of variety products.
5 Araw ng Hagonoy Hagonoy, Davao del Sur Executive Order No. 596 creating Hagonoy into a municipality last July 5, 1953. Highlights include parades, field demonstration, trade fairs & traditional festivities.
8 Alegria de Isabela Isabela City A festival based on a legend that tells how the early townsfolk survived a raging storm, where St. Isabela was seen blocking a giant wave. Celebrated with a regatta & procession of the image and merry- making beside the cathedral
12-16 Lubid Festival Malilipot, Albay A weeklong celebration showcasing abaca hemp – locally known as lubid which the municipality is known to be the region’s major producer. Various activities are highlighted by a street dance parade where participants are colorfully dressed in abaca costumes.
12 Hudyaka Festival Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental Street dancing competition which depicts the historical events of how Laguindingan become one of the municipalities of Misamis Oriental
13-18 Tinalak Festival Koronodal City, South Cotabato An annual celebration of the Province of South Cotabato that demonstrate the importance of T’nalak cloth as the cultural image of the Province.  The variety of activities of the festival mimics the T’nalak cloth, being a piece of cloth weaved to varied designs.  The festival activities are characterized by its focus on people and development anchored on tourism, history and culture and Arts.
14-15 Sinarapan Festival San Buenaventura, Buhi, Camarines Sur Showcase the world’s largest fish locally known as “sinarapan” which is found abundant in the area.  Various activities are lined up highlighted by the float competition.
15-16 Subayan Keg Subanen Festival Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental A week-long trade fair/ street dancing depict songs, dances and other forms of simulated social expression of the rich Subanon cultural heritage
15-30 Cordillera Day Baguio City / CAR Provinces An annual celebration of the creation of Cordillera Administrative Region.
15 S’lang Festival Malungon, Sarangani Province A municipal celebration that gives importance to the B’laanl Culture and traditions being the original inhabitants of the place.
16 Pahinungod Festival Carrascal, Surigao del Sur Highlights include a Mardi Gras performed around the streets of Carrascal in honor of their patroness, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.
17-23 Binuhat Festival Tagum City An advocacy celebration recognizing the rights and social contributions of the gay community in different fields of endeavors from technical aspects, business, academe, creative and performing arts that foster acceptance of their gender in the society.
18-25 Kinis Festival Panganiban, Catanduanes Panganiban is one of the municipalities that host natural sanctuaries for hard-shell crabs or locally known as  “kinis”. Dubbed as the “Crab Capital” of the island, the town celebrates its annual ‘Kinis Festival’ on the month of July. The highlights of the festival include the street dance competition, crab racing and trade fare (One Town One Product) that aims to promote the town’s crab industry.
19 Padigosan Festival Digos City The day is utilized to commemorate the founding of Digos as a municipality.
22-25 Libon Paroy Festival Libon, Albay Katalingkasan which means freedom and rebirth, is held in conjunction with the Libon Town Fiesta and the feast of its Patron Saint, St. James the Greater. The festival aims to revive the rich cultural heritage of the town and at the same time promote local tourism.
22 Kaliga Festival (Street Pageantry) Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental Street dancing, trade fair & cultural presentations in observance of the City Charter day.
22 Birth Anniversary of Apolinario Mabini Talaga, Tanauan An annual celebration commemorating the birth anniversary of our Sublime Paralytic.
23 Ibid Festival Caibiran, Biliran Ibid Festival portrays how the town of Caibiran got its name from the species of monitor lizard locally known as “ibid”.
23 Araw ng Nabunturan Nabunturan, Compostela Valley Province Founding anniversary of the municipality.
23 Subilan Festival Batangas City An annual celebration wherein a ritual dance is being done to pay homage to the Holy Cross as a sort of thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest.
24-25 Kinabayo Festival (Battle of Covadonga) Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte A re-enactment of the Spanish-Moor wars, particularly the battle of Covadonga.
24 Sinulog de Tanjay Tanjay, Negros Oriental A street dancing with mock battles between Moros and Christians followed by a reconciliation through the intercession of the patron Señor Santiago.
July 25-Aug 1 Buganihan Festival Compostela Valley Celebration of Buganihan
25-31 Balikcarcanmadcarlan Cantillan, Surigao del Sur Week-long activities participated by all Balikbayans.
25 Kadagatan Festival Cortes, Surigao del Sur A yearly thanksgiving of Cortesanons done through street dancing. Costumes and props of dancers symbolize marine life.
25 Panagsogod Festival Sogod, Cebu A celebration which traces back the roots of the Municipality of Sogod where the white and black sands in the area provided early settlers a productive livelihood.
25 Kutoo Festival Cateel, Davao Oriental Pre-harvest ritual of thanksgiving.
25 Saint James the Apostle Fiesta Compostella Valley Feast of St. James the Apostle celebration.
July 26-Aug 2 Tourism Consciousness Week Butuan City Several tourism-related activities are lined-up for the week such as Nightly Cultural show, Palagsing Festival, Laro ng Lahi, Photo Exhibit, Speech Contest, Quiz bowl, Sining contest in Butuanon Competition; Mountainbike, Motocross and BMX exhibitions.
26 Pakapya-Agtike Socorro, Mindoro Oriental The festival is being held annually to commemorate the town fiesta.  It is a ceremonial tradition practiced by Tadyawan Mangyans as a thanksgiving ritual to praise the Almighty for bountiful harvests.
26 Sta. Anang Banak Taguig River Festival Municipality of Taguig A fluvial parade in honor of the town patroness St. Anne. The thrills and excitement of the fishers are replayed after year by the “pasubo” where fluvial parade participants in Colorful boats and spectators by the riverbanks toss goodies of fruits and native delicacies to each other.
26 Kaumahan Festival Barili, Cebu A festival of revelry where merry making and showcasing of Barili’s agricultural products takes center stage which give rise to the tow’s agricultural and economic development.
30 Anniversary of the Battle of Paye Balimbing, Boac, Marinduque The first officially recorded encounter between the United States troops and the Filipino Revolutionary forces in the island of Marinduque wherein the latter in spite of poor weaponry emerged victorious.
31 Kahimoan Abayan Festival Butuan City A riverside festivity in honor of Saint Anne, Patroness of Agusan River highlighted with baroto races and indigenous games for men, women and children capped by a fluvial procession.
31 San Ignacio de Loyola Fiesta Monkayo, Compostela Valley Province Celebrating the feast of San Ignacio de Lotola.

Credits: Wikipedia.org

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