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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Araw ng Pasig 2015 in Pictures

Three years ago, I attended the Araw ng Pasig Celebration (439th Founding Day), and I was disappointed by the Grand Parade – how it’s full of government employees and appears to be an Alay Lakad.

A few hours ago, I attended the Araw ng Pasig 2015 (442nd Founding Day) and it’s even a longer line of people. It’s still as boring as ever and it’s like watching a procession of a famous dead person (on his way to the cemetery).

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Mayor Maribel Eusebio (in purple) and her husband, Bobby Eusebio (former Mayor of Pasig), in stripes.

There are very few bands playing, very few people dancing, and definitely a lot of Pasig City employees doing an Alay Lakad in their uniform (which is mostly in blue and red). I don’t know if these people are obliged to this every year.

After the government employees, it’s another wave of people – from the different elementary and high schools in Pasig City. The only float that I saw (that’s unique from the sea of people) was from Bagong Ilog. They have a replica of a boat with an image of the Virgin Mary.

How do we expect tourists from other parts of Metro Manila (and the Philippines) to go all the way here in Pasig City during the City’s founding anniversary, when all they would see, in the Grand Parade, are government employees?

The Tourism Office of Pasig (if such entity exists) should really consider modifying the Grand Parade. I'm sure I'm not the only one saying it’s boring, senseless and doesn’t help in the tourism drive of Pasig.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Square Ville HOAI and the CMP (Part 2)

Two years ago, the president of Square Ville Home Owners Association Inc (HOAI), Rodolfo Rabang, reported the status of Square Ville’s application to the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC). He gave the following steps on how to have an individual lot title for Square Ville HOAI:

  1. Filing of the subdivision plan to the Urban Poor Service Office (UPSO) of Pasig City
  2. Background Investigation of the site (in Nagpayong, Pasig City)
  3. Approval for Social Housing, through the SHFC
  4. Segregation of land title to individual lot owners

I don’t know where the problem is, but it took two years to jump from Step #1 to #2. It’s only today that representatives of the SHFC visited the Square Ville HOAI in Nagpayong, Pasig City to conduct a Background Investigation, on the home owners. I don’t know whether the officers of Square Ville HOAI are not doing their job/voluntary work or it’s the SHFC that has a lot of backlog.

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South Star Drug is the newest business establishment that opened its doors to residents of Square Ville Home Owners Association Inc in Nagpayong, Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City

The representatives of SHFC asked the home owners (as a group) the following questions:

  • Have you ever availed of the Community Mortgage Plan (CMP) before, in other places?
  • How many years are you residents of Nagpayong?
  • Why did it took so long before it was applied through CMP?
  • Are all home owners residing in these houses and not having it rented?
  • Do you have financial problems?
  • What’s the smallest and largest lot size in your association?
  • How much is the price per square meters?
  • How much are you paying monthly in your association (“butaw”)?
  • When is the schedule of your meeting? When was the last meeting?
  • Does your HOA issue receipts?
  • How many years is the term of your HOA officers?
  • Do you know your HOA officers? Who is the president?
  • Did you pay a survey fee?
  • How many are members of your Board of Directors?
  • Up to how many years is the loan? What’s the annual interest rate?

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The officers of SHFC also pointed out that under CMP, “ang utang ng isa ay utang ng lahat”. They encouraged the home owners of Square Ville to pay our dues diligently. For those who happened to have a “katukayo” (similar name), they have to file an affidavit saying that they never availed of the CMP yet. They also required that the member should be 59 years old and below.

Here’s a quick facts about Square Ville HOAI and how much will it cost to pay for the lot:

  • Square Ville Home Owners Association, Inc is registered December 1, 2011 to the Housing Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) with Registration # 19156.
  • Land is owned by Sunny Realty Corporation and the total land area is 7,068 square meters. The total price of the whole area is P15.5 million pesos.
  • The price per square meter is at P2,200.
  • TCT# 011-2014002880 and TCT# 011-2014002864 covers the area.
  • There are 185 beneficiaries/family that lives in Square Ville, Nagpayong.
  • Makawili Jay C Foundation, Inc is the CMP Mobilizer of Square Ville. The said foundation is located at #2 Paquita St, Brgy Gulod, Novaliches, Quezon City with Epitacio R Magbiro as Chairman. (Note: I can’t find their website or even their Facebook page)
  • Square Ville HOAI will borrow P14.2 million pesos from the SHFC.
  • The monthly fee will be P685.30 and the interest is 6% per year.
  • The Officers of Square Ville HOAI are: Rodolfo D Rabang (President), Nenita D Regalado (Vice President), Chona C dela Cruz (Secretary), Josephine R Ultado (Treasurer) and Irish D Zapata (Auditor).

Hopefully, after today’s visit by the SHFC, the loan being asked by Square Ville HOAI will be granted in the soonest time possible so that each home owner will begin paying for their lot, which they’ve occupying for more than 20 years.

This is how slow and expensive it will take for squatters (informal settlers) to obtain the lot they’ve occupying, the legal way. I hope there’s a faster way.

Monday, June 8, 2015

442nd Araw ng Pasig Schedule of Events

Here are the different activities in the upcoming 442nd Araw ng Pasig celebration. The main event is still the Grand Parade on July 2, 2015. I hope to see something new in this year’s celebration of Araw ng Pasig (Pasig City Day).

442nd Araw ng Pasig Schedule of Activities

Medical Mission and Tree Planting

June 6, 2015 (Saturday) 7:00 AM

Eusebio Bliss 1, Jenny’s Avenue, Maybunga

Eusebio Bliss 3, Westbank Road, Floodway, Maybunga

Eusebio Bliss 4, Karangalan Village, Manggahan

 

Pasig City Aero Zumba Competition

June 13, 2015 (Saturday) 5:00 AM

Rizal High School Oval

 

Barangay Cook Out Challenge

June 14, 2015 (Sunday) 6:00 AM

Carless Lane at M. Caruncho Avenue

 

Trabaho Para Sa Pasigueno – Pasig Mega Job Fair

June 18, 2015 (Thursday) 8:00 AM

Rizal High School Gym

 

Opening of Exhibit at Plaza Rizal

June 18, 2015 (Thursday) 5:00 PM

Plaza Rizal

 

Poblacion Culinary and Historical Tour

June 20, 2015 (Saturday) 7:00 AM

Pasig City Museum

 

Takbuhan sa Araw ng Pasig

June 21, 2015 (Sunday) 5:00 AM

Carless Lane at Manggahan

 

Palarong Pinoy with Boodlefight

June 26, 2015 (Friday) 4:00 PM

Various Barangays

 

Pasig City’s Quiz Bee

June 26, 2015 (Friday) 5:00 PM

M. Eusebio Quadrangle infront of Pasig City Hall

 

Bike for a Cause (Bike Ride)

June 28, 2015 (Sunday) 5:00 AM

Carless Lane at Emerald Avenue, Ortigas

 

Street Mart sa Pasig “Galing ng Gawang Pasig”

June 30-July 1, 2015 6:00 AM-7:00 PM

Garden Walk, Mutya ng Pasig Market

 

Pasig City Mega Wide Sale “Diskwento Pasigueno”

July 2, 2015 (Thursday) 6:00 AM

Various Barangays and Establishments

 

Thanksgiving Mass

July 2, 2015 6:30 AM Sta Clara de Montefalco

 

Grand Parade

July 2, 2015 7:00 AM C. Raymundo Avenue, infront of Sta Clara de Montefalco

 

Parade of Barangay Fiesta Festival

July 2, 2015 7:00 AM

C. Raymundo Avenue, infront of Sta Clara de Montefalco

 

Libreng Sakay sa Araw ng Pasig

July 2, 2015 5:00 AM-5:00PM

Market – San Joaquin – Marikina

 

Street Dancing Competition

July 4, 2015 (Saturday) 5:00 PM

Infront of Pasig City Museum

 

Galing ng Pasig Awards

July 8, 2015 (Wednesday) 3:00 PM

Tanghalang Pasigueno

 

Pasigkatan… Variety Show

July 11, 2015 (Saturday) 5:00 PM

Infront of Pasig City Museum

 

Kasalan Bayan “Araw ng Pasig Bride”

July 18, 2015 (Saturday) 8:00 AM

Sta Clara de Montefalco

 

SOCA (State of the City Address)

July 22, 2015 (Wednesday) 9:00 AM

Tanghalang Pasigueno

 

City Wide Earthquake Drill

July 30, 2015 (Thursday) 6:00 PM

Central Business District, Ortigas Avenue

Sunday, June 7, 2015

My First Time At The La Mesa Ecopark

When my coworkers from our call center in Libis invited me to join them on their picnic at the La Mesa Ecopark, I immediately said yes, since I've never been to the place. I first heard about the La Mesa Ecopark from one of my fellow photographers. La Mesa Ecopark is one of the two most popular pre-nuptial shoot venue (the other being the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife). The La Mesa Ecopark is literally a good place to have “a stroll in the park”. It’s beautiful, green and wide.

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The La Mesa Ecopark is part of the bigger La Mesa Watershed – an ecological nature reserve site in Lagro, Quezon City. From our call center in Eastwood City, Libis, we rode a jeep to Cubao and then another jeep to Lagro. We then rode a tricycle to the La Mesa Ecopark. The La Mesa Ecopark has so many facilities for different activities like biking, Zipline, fishing, paintball, bungee fan, horseback riding, among others. It also has such facilities like the Ipil Pavilion, swimming pool, Narra Pavilion, multi-purpose hall, Butterfly Haven, Drilon Orchidarium, Petron Amphitheater and boating pavilion.

There’s a P50 entrance fee that goes as a donation to the Save The La Mesa Watershed Project. So every visit to this park adds up to the fund used for maintaining this park. The La Mesa Ecopark indeed is a place for pre-nuptial shoot since we saw a lot of photographers and couples. The Drilon Orchidarium is also beautiful with its wide collection of orchids. It’s good to know that in spite of the modern city we live and work in, there’s always a patch of green that we could visit within the Metro, to unwind, relax and get in touch with nature.

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Stairs leading to the La Mesa Watershed.

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Statue of a couple (Malakas and Maganda?) on the back of a giant turtle.

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The park has so many tall trees.

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The La Mesa Ecopark is an ideal place for picnics.

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The Orchidarium is dedicated in honor of Atty Violy Drilon. It has a wide collection of orchids.

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The La Mesa Ecopark is full of beautiful flowers.

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A unique tree.

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Geese roaming around the La Mesa Ecopark.

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There’s a souvenir shop at the La Mesa Ecopark that offers henna tattoo and sells dream catchers and other tribal ornaments.

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The different activities (and facilities) that you can do at the La Mesa Ecopark.

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