The Walks of Kulot

August 10, 2012, 2:47 am

Pilipinas, Araw na natin to! Para magmalasakit sa kapwa at kalikasan. Para sa bayan. Chance na natin to, wag natin sayangin. (Philippines, this is our day! To show concern to our fellowmen and nature. For our country. This our chance, let’s not put it to waste)

Finally, the sun is up 🙂

July 25, 2012, 2:57 pm
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Last June 2012, WOK finally mounted its first mini exhibit. The photo display was held at Exile on Main St. – a newly opened bar & restaurant near Taft Avenue. With the encouragement of my friends at Exile I agreed to put up the display since I think the venue was appropriate for neophyte artists to showcase their works. After months of delay, the photo display finally opened last June 8. It was actually a small gathering, attended by my closest friends and some patrons of the restaurant.

People and Places poster.

People and Places poster.

The WOK photo display.

Another blessing.

Rouch Dinglasan, a good friend from GMA News saw the poster in WOK’s Facebook page and volunteered to write a feature article about the mini exhibit. I thought this would be a great opportunity to promote the places featured in the blog so I gave it a shot. Anyway, to read the complete article please click here.

Feature on GMA News online by Rouch Dinglasan.

Thank you.

This photo display wouldn’t be possible without the help, support and encouragement of my family and friends. I am really grateful that you pushed me to come up with this as it marks another milestone for my blog. To my new friends at Lowe and Open, thank you for sharing WOK to your friends! I appreciate it a lot. And of course, to my friends at Exile (visit their official Facebook page) – thank you for allowing me to gum tack your freshly painted walls. To Rouch, thanks for the wonderful article! WOK might not have thousands of followers in FB and a huge following elsewhere but being able to share my photos and articles to a few people is fulfilling enough. And to you, reading this Thank you very much!

To more travels and photos to share!

– Martin

May 30, 2012, 1:09 pm
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Pasalubong treats that keep on giving

One of the most clicked tags in my blog is Baguio’s Good Shepherd pasalubong. Some would even ask for the prices of the products. Unfortunately, I didn’t have it before. So during my previous visit to Baguio, I made sure to get the prices of the famous Good Shepherd treats and publish it here.

One of Mountain Maid's famous products - Ube Jam

The Religious of the Good Shepherd was established in the year 1912 in the Philippines. It was founded by St. Mary Euphrasia whose main mission was directed to the most neglected and marginalized. To concretize the mission, the Mountain Maid training center was established. Supervised by the RGS nuns, the training facility provides livelihood and education to chosen youth in the Mountain province area. They are also responsible for the production of Mountain Maid products. The sister’s strawberry Jam remains to be a favorite since 1953 when people from the convent’s neighborhood exclaimed that “the sisters made the best jam in town!”.

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Pinatubo once rebellious scattering its wrath has now come of age and gracefully turned out to be refined and elegant.

Lahar-filled Saturday

2:00 AM. At a very ungodly hour, I was cramming packing my things for a trekking trip to the crater of Mt. Pinatubo. Two weeks before, I got a text message from a good friend inviting me to join her and her officemates for a trek to the crater lake. I was apprehensive at first because I will be joining a group of ten whom I will be meeting for the first time but I told myself that this year will be all about new experiences – and meeting new people is one of them. I gave it a shot and off I went to our meeting place in Ortigas. The fast-food chain, which is the tour organizer’s unofficial meeting place was jampacked with enthusiastic climbers – mostly amateurs like me. It was the Saturday of a long weekend so it was expected that a lot will be joining the trip. Two tourist buses brought the group to the jump-off point in Capas, Tarlac where our adventure will begin.

Lahar dirt road going to the foot of the Mountain.

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Celebrating Chinese New Year at the Fo Guang Shan Mabuhay Temple

I have never attended a Chinese New Year celebration before. So when my friends invited me to join them at the Fo Guang Sha Mabuhay Temple in Manila for the Chinese New Year festivities I made sure not to pass out.

The Fo Guang Shan International Buddhist Center was founded by Venerable Master Hsing Yun whose main philosophy was to promote Humanistic Buddhism which actualizes the values of altruism, joyfulness and universality. Their main headquarters is in Taiwan but they also have temples in the Philippines (Manila, Cebu, Ilo-Ilo and Bacolod).

The main shrine at the Fo Guang Shan Mabuhay Temple in Manila.

The theme of this year’s Chinese New Year Celebration is the cultivation of the mind. The FGS Mabuhay temple has prepared various activities to those who attended the special celebration. At the temple reception area, I was given a sheet of paper with four blank circles and I was told that I have to visit the booths inside to complete four stamps to get a special prize. The activities included Prostrating to the Thousand Buddha, Sutra Transcription, memorizing three statements from Ven. Master Hsing Yun’s calligraphy exhibit and taking part during the incense offering.  Being a first timer I found these activities very engaging since this is something new to me. I was very enthusiastic to complete my stamps and I got a special golden envelope with Chinese prayers inside. I have no idea what it was for but it must be a lucky charm!

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It’s More Fun In The Philippines

After months of waiting, the Department of Tourism finally launched its new campaign with the tagline “Its More Fun in the Philippines” which I think is better from its predecessor – Kay Ganda.

It's MORE fun in the Philippines logo. Notice the banig (weaved) pattern of the Philippine map.

I have high respect for the advertising industry of our country most especially to the ad agency (BBDO) who came up with this campaign. I know how painstaking it is to come up with a BIG idea that will be easily accepted by the public. In every campaign there will always be bashers & haters but I think DOT Secretary Ramon Jimenez was right when he said that this campaign is actually “a people’s campaign.” Let’s stop hating and looking for its flaws — instead, why don’t we just embrace it as our own and start promoting our country the best way we could. Remember that the campaign is still new and I am optimistic that the creative agency has a lot of  succeeding plans for it. It still has to go a long way before we could tell if it was successful (foreign arrivals in the country). But for now, all we can do is support the campaign and let the world know why it is MORE fun in the Philippines. As DOT Secretary Jimenez said in a TV interview (State of the Nation):

“Believe in the beauty of your country. Sell it at every turn. Sell it on Facebook, on Twitter, on Multiply. Talk about your country because we deserve a visit from the world.”

Days after the launch, different versions/meme of the campaign came out and became viral on Facebook and Twitter. I am joining the #itsmorefuninthephilippine’s bandwagon and I created my own copy but still similar to the actual campaign/ads. Enjoy!

Finding your way out. More fun in the Philippines. (Photo: Cave Connection, Sagada, Mountain Province)

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