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Small but Terrible

No one who could imagine, that this little volcano in Philippines would erupt after how many years of sleeping.

One of tourist spot in our country is Tagaytay because of the picturesque view of Taal Volcano and the cold breeze of the place. Tagaytay is the second highest sea level.

I remember last year, we were about to go to Tagaytay to pick-up some things from my best friend who are staying in Wind Residences. We were stuck in the middle of the traffic jam at South Luzon Express Way then we decided to stop at Evia Lifestyle Centre in Las Pinas to took our lunch. When we were about to finish, some of the people were talking about the ash fall on their windscreen. I checked my facebook account and saw all over my feeds that Taal had a big eruption. We cancelled our trip but I tried to contact my best friend if they were affected of the eruptions, luckily they were on the way back to Manila.

Taal Volcano is a large caldera, which was formed by prehistoric eruptions and filled by Taal lake located in the province of Batangas. It is the most second active volcano in the Philippines.

There were 43 recorded eruptions from 1572 to 2020. Some of them are as follows:

a. 1572 – recorded as 1st eruption

b. 1591 – mild eruption took place, featuring great masses of smoke from the crater

c. 1605 to 1611 – displayed such great activity that Father Tomas de Abreu had a huge cross erected in the brink of the crater

d. 1707 to 1731 – the volcanic activity shifted from the main crater to other parts of the volcano island.

e. 1707 & 1715 – eruptions occurred accompanied with thunder and lighting in Binintiang Malaki (giant leg) crater where as the most of the pictures from Tagaytay view.

f. 1709 & 1729 – minor eruptions occurred on western tip of the island of Binintiang Malaki

g. 1716 – a more destructive eruption happened last September 24, 1716, when the whole southeastern portion of the crater where opposite of Mt Maculot was blown out.

h. 1731 – eruption of Pira-piraso or the eastern tip of the island created a new island

i. 1749 – volcanic activity returned to the Main Crater on August 11, 1749 and it lasts till 1753.

j. 1754 – then came the great 200-day eruption which lasted from May 15 to Dec 12. This time, the Pansipit river was blocked causing the water level in the lake to rise and nothing was left except the walls of the church and convent in Taal province. Everything was buried beneath a layer of stones, muds and ashes.

k. 1790 – after 54 years it was erupted again.

l. 1808 – another big eruption occurred, the immediate vicinity was covered with ashes and brought great changes in the interior of the crater.

m. 1874 – on July 19, 1874, an eruption of gases and ashes killed all the livestock on the island.

n. 1878 – ashes ejected by the volcano covered the entire island

o. 1904 – when erupted a new outlet in the southeastern wall of the principal crater.

p. 1911 – last eruption from the main crater which creating the present taal lake. It was one of the devastating eruptions occurred in January 27 to 30, 1911.

q. 1965 – a huge explosion separated a huge part of the island, Mount Tabaro a new eruption centre.

r. 1966 – it reactivated on July 5, 1966 with another eruption from Mt Tabaro

s. 1967 – and followed similar eruption on August 16, 1967.

t. 1968 – 1st historical lava fountaining eruption

u. 1969 – another strombolian eruptions (with lava)

v. 1976 – had phreatic eruptions (explosion of steam water, ash, rock and volcanic bombs)

w. 1977 – another phreatic eruptions

x. 1991 to 2020 – it had shown signs of unrest with strong seismic activity and ground fracturing and with an alert level 1 to alert level 2 depends on the activity recorded.

y. 2020 – latest eruption that spewed ashes to Calabarzon, Metro Manila and some parts of Central Luzon and Pangasinan. Ashfalls and volcanic thunderstorms were reported and forced evacuations were made.

Taal volcano is located in the province of Batangas which consist of towns such as Talisay, San Nicolas, Tanuan, Lipa, Laurel, Agoncillo, Santa Teresita, Alitagtag, Cuenca, Balete and Mataas na Kahoy.

this picture has been published/issued by PHILVOCS.

P.S. All credit to the owners of the pictures.

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Posted in Manila, Philippines, Travel Blogs

Viva Nuestro Senior Nazareno

Every 9th of January, we are celebrating the Feast of Black Nazarene in Quiapo, Philippines. And there is a tradition that we called it TRASLACION. Doing the procession of the statue from Church of Saint Nicholas Tolentino. But this year, it’s really different because of the pandemic so the other churches help to celebrate the Feast. The devotee can go to other churches like Sta Cruz and San Sebastian to pray and pay respect.

How it’s started?? The January 9 procession reenacts a seemingly minor historical event, the 1787 solemn Translacion, or transfer, of the image from its original home, where Rizal Park is now located, to its present home at the basilica in Quiapo.

An image of the Black Nazarene, carved of mesquite wood by an anonymous Mexican sculptor, arrived in Manila in the mid 1600s. The statue was partially destroyed in 1945 during the liberation of Manila in World War II. The Archdiocese of Manila commissioned a renowned Filipino santero, or saint carver, Gener Manlaqui, to sculpt the present day replica, using the original head.

The Quiapo Church has been a minor basilica in the year 1988. Nuestro Señor Jesús Nazareno (a dark figure of Christ carved by a Mexican artist from black wood) whose image, reputedly miraculous, was brought to the country in a Spanish galleon in the 17th century.

My father is one of the devotee of Poon Nazareno. I still remember him going to that Church a day of the Feast or the day itself early in the morning just to join the procession and throwing white towels to the statue. He believes that this can help to throw away all the worries and can help us solve the problem or cure sickness. He had a big faith for the Black Nazarene and I also believe in it.

For the pictures below, the first one you can see at Sta Cruz Church and the other two pictures has been taken two years before this lockdown. And it’s a normal busy place for all the people in any walks of life.

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Posted in Tagaytay, Travel Blogs

Tagaytay Day Tour Getaway Package

DAY TOUR TAGAYTAY GET-AWAY  –

Php6,500 for 8-hours tour package (peak season cost) – for 4pax

Inclusions:

* with roundtrip service vehicle, pick-up from preferred Tagaytay accommodation/hotel to the tourist spots and back (8-hours)

* tour guide

* bottled water

* tourist spots as below but the entrance fees stated here is not included in the tour package cost.

TOURTAGAYTAY TOURIST SPOTSADULTSENIOR CHILD 4 TO 7 YRS OLDREMARKS
 MORNING TOUR (CHOICES OF 2 )    
1PUZZLEMANSION     100.00 14 YRS BELOW NOT ALLOWED
2PARADIZOO 
3YOKI’S FARM     300.00     240.00210.00 NO AGE LIMIT
4RESIDENCE INN MINI ZOO 
5REPTILAND     100.00                                 120.00 FOR KIDS WITH PLAY AREA AND TRAMPAULINE
6GINGERBREAD HOUSE     100.00                                     80.00 KIDS ARE ALLOWED
 AFTERNOON TOUR    
7MUSEO ORLINA     130.00 
8PICNIC GROVE        50.00 
9PEOPLE’S PARK IN THE SKY        50.00 
10CHRISTMAS VILLAGE @ CROSSWINDS   

Exclusions:

* Meals & Transportations not stated above

* Entrance Fees

* And other incidental expenses

Itinerary:

DAYTOUR
DAY 19:00PICK-UP AT WIND RESIDENCES
10:00CHOICES OF 2 TOURIST SPOTS FOR TOUR 1 TO 6
11:00
12:00LUNCH TIME
13:00
14:00CHECK-IN TIME
15:00MUSEO ORLINA
16:00PICNIC GROVE / PEOPLES PARK IN THE SKY
17:00CHRISTMAS VILLAGE
18:00

To inquire and book please message this:

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Posted in Bataan, Travel Blogs

A Light to Enlighten Every Christmas Season

In our country, whatever happens, we always celebrate Christmas in this holidays. Make it simple or grand, together with family and friends is really important for us.

Every town/villages has their own Christmas decorations and most of them are Parols/Lanterns and creations from Christmas Lights. The pictures here was taken last year when I was visited my relative and friend in Bataan. With this pandemic of Covid-19, it would be hard to travel from one place to another, but I am sure that in the same place, they put a different style or design of Christmas decors and light.

This will symbolize that after this darkness from Covid-19, there will be light to look forward to on the next year to come. We are all praying that the vaccine will really cure this virus.

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Posted in Advises & Inspirations, Recommendations, Travel Experience

Forgotten Door

In the days of lockdown because of this pandemic of Covid-19, I activated my Social Media Platforms that almost years I never touch, one of this is twitter. Suddenly, I received a message from this account which fortunately a band from Las Vegas. They sent me a sample of their masterpiece which is “Far Far Away”

I love their song, reminds me when I’m working overseas and miss all the sweet moments of my family and friends in Philippines. Everytime I’m going back home, there’s an excitement to see them and hug them. And their song is really fit to those people who really wants to spend quality time with their family but separated by miles and oceans away.

If you have a long travel or a road trip you can listen to their songs and it’s worth the drive. I know most of us will going back to our provinces because of this holiday season then try to play this.

“.. going far far away,

im going back home

to the hills and sky of blue

I’m coming to you..”

This is just for entertainment purpose only and no copyright infringement intended. All credits to the rightful owner.

For more info regarding this band, here’s the link of their website.

https://www.forgottendoor.com/copy-of-johndale-stanley
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Posted in Recommendations, Tagaytay, Travel Blogs

A Glassy Artistic Sculpture

When I travel in one place, I normally look for a museum that would tell me everything about the place or about the people or person.

I’ve been in Tagaytay for quite sometime and I just try to check this Museo Orlina. I am amaze on the artwork, the glass sculpture of Architect Ramon Orlina.

Glass sculpture is a creative but dangerous way to express oneself. You will need a protective gear and equipments because of the process with a certain degrees of heat to form that glass on what design you want. Some they do molds from clay. Most of the process in glass sculpture are Glass blowing, Hot Sculpting and Cold Working. The artist will do a variety of techniques to create a masterpiece.

How to go to Museum Orlina? If you come from Sta Rosa Exit going to Tagaytay Flower Market, It’s near Econo Hotel and a small street going down, you can see a Signage at the corner. But if you come from Olivarez, you can ride a jeepney going to People’s Park and tell the driver to drop you off at Museo Orlina.

There is an entrance fee for general admission it will cost P130 and for the PWD, Student and Senior Citizen will be P100. You can check the link below for more info/details.

https://www.museo-orlina.org/museo-orlina.html

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