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Sunday, September 30, 2012

In Pictures: 9th Anniversary Celebration of Ragnarok Online

I just got home from attending Ragnarok’s 9th Anniversary Celebration held at the Skydome, SM North EDSA. The event was a blast and jam-packed with loyal players from the country’s first MMORPG: Ragnarok Online.

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The highlight of the celebration is the Ragnarok Philippine Championship (RPC) 2012 Final 8 Tournament. This event determines the two teams that will battle each other for the finals to be held at Level Up! Live 2012 on November 3-4, 2012 at the World Trace Center.

We arrived at the Skydome around 1:30 PM and witnessed the battle between Sentinels and Legion of Doom (L.O.D.) of New Loki server. Legion of Doom won. We also watched the battle between Lux Lucis (New Iris server) and Chromosomes where the latter became victorious. So the two teams that will compete for the finals are Legion of Doom and Chromosomes.

Sentinels and Lux Lucis also battled each other for 3rd place where Lux Lucis emerged victorious. There is also a new game that was introduced today: Brawl Busters. The website describe it as “a quick and wild, third-person fighting game set in a cartoony 3D urban world”. I guess it resembles R.O.S.E. Online. Check it out here: http://account.levelupgames.ph/BrawlBusters/

There were a lot of cute guys in the Mr. Ragnarok 2012 competition! It started out as a popularity contest on Facebook similar to Mr. Pogi. The buffed guy in red definitely was a stand-out and he’s just 22 or 23 years old. Of course, most of the crowd cheered for the candidates of the Ms. Ragnarok 2012 and there was even a competition for the bekis (gays) called Chixilog ng Bayan 2012. Chixilog is usually a guy in real life that has a female character online.

Other events in today’s celebration include the Headgear Contest (there was a Poo Poo Hat) and Cosplay Competition which focuses only on Ragnarok characters.

We also witnessed the performance of Moonstar88 who sang “Senti”, “Panalangin”, “Sembreak”, and “Ligaw” (Lost). I first heard the band Moonstar88 when the Ragnarok patch “Amatsu and Kunlun” was released years ago. It came up with an audio album that featured a lot of songs for Ragnarok.

Kamikazee also performed “Narda”, “Martyr Nyebera”, “Doobidoo” and their signature song for Ragnarok Online, “Chixilog”. We sang with them in all their songs and their performance is definitely a blast. Most of the crowd stayed for this performance of Kamikazee and it’s worth it.

I hope to see you guys at the Level Up! Live next month. Until then and keep playing Ragnarok Online!

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Taken around 1:30 PM. These are the loyal Ragnarok players. The crowd doubled and went wild when Kamikaze performed.

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It’s Legion of Doom vs. Chromosomes in the finals!

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Moonstar88 performing some of their hit songs. My eyes are glued on the guitarist. He’s such a cutie.

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Some of the candidates for the Mr. Ragnarok 2012 competition.

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The crowds definitely cheered for the Ms. Ragnarok 2012 candidates.

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Kavog divah? Wagi! Smile

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The candidates of Ms. Ragnarok 2012.

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He’s the guy that represented our server, Valhalla.

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He’s definitely an eye-candy, right?

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Bamboo Garden, Fort Santiago

If Rizal Park has the Chinese Gardens, Fort Santiago in Intramuros has the Bamboo Gardens. It features different species of bamboo and offers a tranquil place to spend the afternoon.

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What I like about visiting our historical parks is that they usually have a garden in the area. I specially love it when it’s a Japanese-inspired garden when it gives you the look and feel of a Zen Garden.

If ever you’ll visit Fort Santiago, don’t forget to spend some time at the Bamboo Gardens and reflect on some of the things that bother you. I’m sure, you’ll feel relax and rejuvenated after spending some time here.

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Happy 9th Anniversary Ragnarok Online!

I can’t believe that I’ve been continuously playing this online game for 9 years now! Time truly flies so fast. Level Up! Games (LUG), the distributor of this Korean game, is celebrating this momentous event with a bang!

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Let’s watch Kamikaze and Moonstar88 at the SM North EDSA Skydome on September 30, 2012 as we celebrate the 9th Anniversary Celebration of Ragnarok Online in the Philippines.

There would be (the usual) Early Bird Promo, which has the Hair of the Strong Headgear a.k.a. Super Saiyan Headgear as reward. There’s also a Door Prize for all the attendees, Headgear Festival, Cosplay Competition, Zeny o Bayong, Mr., Ms. and Chixilog Ragnarok of the Year 2012 and the RPC 2012 Final 8 Tournament.

Like in the previous Ragnarok events held at the Skydome, I’m sure that the tickets would once again be sold out and it would be a jam-packed event. So let’s be early and enjoy this Rok On event! See you there!

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

One Direction: Live While We’re Young

The video tells it all. The song Live While We’re Young is taken from One Direction’s second album entitled Take Me Home. I love the youthful and vibrant atmosphere that One Direction is giving.

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The Fabulous 5 at Germany.

Youthful fun by One Direction

Monday, September 17, 2012

My Second Visit To Fort Santiago (Part 3 of 3)

Most of these last set of pictures are taken at the Falsabraga de Santa Barbara. This is the portion of Fort Santiago that’s on the banks of Pasig River. You’ll have a great view of the Binondo district (Manila) opposite the river.

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You’ll see a stairway to Baluarte de Santa Barbara where the Rizaliana Furniture Exhibit is located. This is the highest point at Fort Santiago.

On my way out of Fort Santiago, I passed by the Dulaang Rajah Soliman on the way to the Bamboo Garden. Opposite the Bamboo Garden is the central plaza called Plaza Moriones. You’ll see two beautiful fountains here as well as several black statues of the Three Filipino Martyr Priests Gomburza (Gomez, Burgos, Zamora) and President Quezon with General McArthur.

I had a great time visiting Fort Santiago for the second time. I’m sure I’ll be back soon, hopefully with a lover, to make it even more memorable.

Would you accompany me back to Fort Santiago?

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Binondo District (Manila) opposite the banks of Pasig River from Fort Santiago.

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Baluarte de Santa Barbara

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Pasig River and Roxas Bridge.

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Rizaliana Furniture Exhibit on Baluarte de Santa Barbara.

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An Intramuros guard in Casa del Castellano.

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Dulaang Rajah Soliman

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St. James (Santiago), patron of Spain.

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You’ll see the dome of the Manila Cathedral in the distance.

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Late President Quezon and General McArthur. 

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Plaza Moriones

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By the way, if you want to visit Fort Santiago, you may contact the government agency who manages this park:

Intramuros Administration

5/F Palacio del Gobernador, Gen. Luna Street corner A. Soriano Jr. Avenue

Intramuros, Manila, Philippines

Tel. No. (+632) 527-3138, (+632) 527-3155, (+632) 527-2961

nationalparksph@gmail.com

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