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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Dinagyang and Kasadyaan Festival 2016

Kasadyahan Festival 2016 is set on January 23, 2016 while the Dinagyang Festival 2016 is on January 24, 2016.

Mark your calendars. See you guys in Iloilo City!

Dinagyang 2016 b

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Grand Marian Procession 2015

The annual Grand Marian Procession will take place on December 6, 2015 Sunday 4:00 PM at the same venue, Plaza Roma in front of Manila Cathedral, Intramuros, Manila.

More than 100 images of the Virgin Mary will be showcased in this event. Definitely worth attending, specially to all the Marian devotees and photographers.

Marian Procession 2015

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Philippine Holidays 2016

Here are the Philippine Holidays for 2016. Let’s mark our calendars and prepare out out-of-town trips!

Credits to Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Philippine Holidays 2016

Regular Holidays (Legal Holidays):

New Year’s Day – January 1, 2016

Maundy Thursday – March 24, 2016

Good Friday – March 25, 2016

Araw ng Kagitingan (Fall of Bataan) – April 9, 2016

Labor Day – May 1, 2016

Independence Day – June 12, 2016

National Heroes’ Day (Cry of Pugad Lawin) – August 29, 2016

Bonifacio Day (Birth Anniversary) – November 30, 2016

Christmas Day – December 25, 2016

Rizal Day (Death Anniversary) –December 30, 2016

Special Non-Working Holidays:

Chinese New Year – February 8, 2016

EDSA Revolution – February 25, 2016

Black Saturday – March 26, 2016

Ninoy Aquino Day (Death Anniversary) – August 21, 2016

All Saints’ Day – November 1, 2016

Additional Special Non-Working Holidays:

Additional to January 1 – January 2, 2016 (Day after New Year)

Additional to November 1 – October 31, 2016 (Halloween)

Additional to December 25 – December 24, 2016 (Day before Christmas)

Additional to December 30 – December 31, 2016 (Last day of the year)

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Giant Lantern Festival 2015 Schedule

I’m looking forward to this – Giant Lantern Festival 2015! Here’s the schedule of activities:

Giant Lantern Festival 2015

Exhibition Dates:

December 20-21, 2015 – 6PM at Robinsons Starmills

December 22, 2015 – 6PM at Essel Park, Telebastagan

December 23, 2015 – 7PM at Greenfields, Sindalan

December 24, 2015 – 11PM infront of San Fernando (Pampanga) City Hall

December 26-27, 2015 – 6PM at Marquee Mall

December 25-30, 2015 – 7PM at Robinsons Starmills

December 31, 2015 – 6PM at Clarkfield, Pampanga

January 1-6, 2016 – 7PM at Robinsons Starmills

Competition Proper

December 19, 2015 (Saturday) – 6PM onwards at Robinsons Starmills, Pampanga.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

10th Housing Fair 2015

The 10th Housing Fair 2015 will be on October 16-18, 2015 at the Megatrade Hall 1, 5th Level, SM Megamall Bldg B, Mandaluyong City.

This year’s theme is “Disenteng Pabahay, Maunlad na Buhay” (literally, “Decent Housing, Productive Life”). I would definitely attend this event sponsored by HUDCC, Pag-IBIG, HGC, HLURB, NHA, NHMFC, SHFC, BSP and SSS.

I currently have two issues related to housing that I’m expecting to be answered by this event – the Community Mortgage Program (CMP) here in Nagpayong, Pasig City and the housing loan from Pag-IBIG (or SSS) for the renovation of my house in Bulacan.

Housing Fair 2015

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Singkaban Festival 2015

The Singkaban Festival 2015 of Bulacan Province is on-going, with this year’s theme: Bulacan, Dangal ng Bansa! Lahing Bulakenyo, Ating Ibandila!

This year’s Singkaban Festival marks the 437th Founding Day of the Province of Bulacan. Here are the rest of the activities for Singkaban Festival 2015:

Singkaban 2015

September 13, 2015 – Sunday

Hari at Reyna ng Bulacan Coronation Night 2015 – 7PM to 9PM at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium

September 14, 2015 – Monday

Kalutong Bulakenyo with Chef Boy Logro – 1PM at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium

Araw ng Ginintuang Gulang featuring Rey Valera – 5PM at The Pavilion, Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center

September 15, 2015 – Tuesday

Ika-117 Guning Taong Anibersaryo ng Pagbubukas ng Kongreso ng Malolos – 7AM in front of the Barasoain Church

Dangal ng Lipi 2015 – 6PM at The Pavilion, Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center

Weeklong Celebrations:

September 12-13, 2015

Bulacan Fancy Pigeon and Chicken Show Exhibit – 8AM to 5PM at the Mini Forest

September 12-14, 2015

Bulacan Events Expo (Kasalan at Okasyon) – 6PM at the Robinsons Place Malolos

September 13-15, 2015

Kumperensiya sa Bulacan 2015 (Sampaka) – 8AM to 5PM at the Balagtas Hall, Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center

The Singkaban Festival 2015 is spearheaded by Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado and Vice Governor Daniel R. Fernando and the Bulacan Provincial Council.

Blogapalooza 2015

One of the country’s major blogging event, Blogapalooza 2015, is happening on October 25, 2015 in Pasay City.

Blogapalooza Seasons will start from 10AM to 9PM and will be held at One Esplanade, SM Central Business Park, Seaside corner Bay Boulevard, Pasay City. It’s supported by When In Manila.

Hope to see you guys there!

Blogapalooza 2015

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).


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 attend 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.

[Edit: There is a Facebook page for Pasig City Cultural Affairs and Tourism Office. I also posted a link to this blog post. I hope they’ll listen.]

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.


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?


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.

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