Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Spirit Never Ends

December 27, 2011

The Christmas Spirit just never ends on the 25th Day of December especially here in the Philippines. Just like this LED Christmas Tree on Plaza Samonte at Cavite City Proper never fades as it continues to shine bright! The lights are still on, Carols still on the airwaves and the joy in everyone's faces are still aglow anywhere you go.

Christmas in the Philippines is truly the most celebrated and really the longest. Christ does live within all our hearts as we Celebrate and Commemorate his coming 2011 years ago. Merry Christmas Everyone!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve

December 24, 2011 - Christmas Eve

This is my Christmas Village at Night. It has just been two years since I started building my annual Christmas Village and my friends and family are delighted by it! This always reminded me of Christmas Eve in movies that I watched when I was younger mostly about Christmas!

Everybody has been busy preparing for their Christmas Celebrations and this is the very last day to do those. But here in the Philippines, Christmas Starts at the night of 24th wherein families start gathering together for their Noche Buena or their Christmas Eve meal.

The Noche Buena is a Christmas Tradition of having a Good Dinner with the whole family wherein the tables are filled with Hams, Cheese, and fruits and everyone has a good time. In lesser fortunate families, even small meals are made festive because the true spirit of the Noche Buena is not the number of foods nor how delicious those are but being with the whole family.

It's sad though that a lot of families have been mourning this Christmas Season due to the Typhoon Sendong that struck Cagayan De Oro and nearby cities of Mindanao in the Southern part of the Country. We are all saddened by the incident and it was heart breaking. But as the true spirit of the Filipino people, they recover fast and in a way, they will still celebrate a happy Christmas because of everybody's helping them rise up.

I would like to take this opportunity to give thanks to all the people and to all the countries who have expressed their deep sympathy to the victims of Sendong Particularly France, Japan, USA and Spain. And to all the Caviteños and Filipinos who shared their love through all types of help like monetary, actions and prayers.

Christmas really is a time to give not just gifts but thanks to our Lord who has always been watching and taking care of us! MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Lola's Christmas Special - Morcon

December 23, 2011


Each and Every Christmas season, My Grandma, Lola Bebang, prepares and cooks her specialty, the Morcon. Morcon is a Festive Dish only served during Christmas, Fiestas and very special occasions due to its complexity and ingredients. It is made up of long and lean slices of beef rolled with celery, scrambled eggs, liver, sausages, Chorizo de Bilbao, Chinese Chorizo and Pork Fat then tied and cooked for a long period of time.

This has always been a specialty of my Grandma and I cannot argue with it, nor be biased, because I have tasted so many Morcons but my Grandma's THE BEST! 2 Days To Go! Merry Christmas Everyone!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Remembering Mom

November 12, 2011


Every November 1st, Filipino Families flock out to their Family Graves to remember their loved ones and reunite with the whole family in observance of the All Saint's Day. Every Year, I always go to my Grandfather's Grave but this year is a different story.

My Mother died earlier this January 2011. It was a very sad moment for her to leave but in a way it was quite a relief for me as well because I realized that to ask the Lord for more and more years for her to live is very selfish of me because that will mean more years of agony for her through dialysis and all the hurt that her kidney failure is giving her. But of course, I grew close to my mom so I miss her so much! But the fact that she is now with the Lord, free from all sickness and hurt, it does relieve my heart in a way.

I Love you Mommy! I hope you are proud of me! I'll make sure you are and you will be.

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Feast of Saint Jude Thaddeus

October 29, 2011

The annual Saint Jude Thaddeus procession was held last night here at the General Trias Town Proper in commemoration to the feast day of the Disciple Jude Thaddeus. This Statue of Saint Jude is my brother's and every other year, this statue is the one being paraded and venerated along the streets of General Trias.

Saint Jude Thaddeus, as like as other Hispanic countries like those in the Central and South America, is an important patron Saint of the Philippines and is venerated by many Filipinos here and abroad. He is also the Patron of the City of Trece Martirez here in Cavite. He is the Patron of desperate cases and situations.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Muffins and Donuts


October 21, 2011

I am so into breads like most Filipinos are. We like it sweet and tasty and these are usually part of our snacks because our meals are mostly of rice. These donuts and our own version of the muffin from a local Bakery, the Kababayan, is truly a delicacy because of its sweet and moist texture which is very good especially when hot. But even if it's not, we still love our Kababayan and this will always be a great merienda.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Prairie

October 20, 2011 - The Prairie

I always call this part of the Town of General Trias in Barangay Tapia the Prairie! Well it just reminds me of the Pictures and videos I saw of South Dakota when I was still a youngster. Fields like these are truly common throughout the Province but now, it is greatly diminished due to construction of numerous subdivisions and residential sites.

I feel really sad that these eye-relaxers are being turned away to concrete that is the main cause of floods. I just hope that it will not bring back the destruction as fast as Mother Nature is currently showing. Well I guess the officials never really learn.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Repairs on High

October 18, 2011

Photo above shows the General Trias Rescue truck making some repairs around 30 feet above to fix a broken street light.

My Dad drives this Municipal rescue truck and he is in charge with the street light repairs throughout the whole of General Trias. He works really hard for the betterment and for the service of the people to ensure that every street is illuminated especially in the dead of the night. I am very proud of my Daddy and his hardwork together with our Electrician Kuya Louie.

Monday, October 17, 2011

All Time Favorites

October 17, 2011

Bicol Express (Left) and Kaldereta (Right) are just some of the All Time Pinoy Favorites in every Table.

Bicol Express is made up of thin slices of pork cooked over a creamy sauce of coconut milk and ginger with all kind of spices that gives it the great combination of creamy and tangy. Then you have the Kaldereta which is traditionally Prepared with chunks of Goat Meat, but most of the time due to less availability of goat meat, beef and pork is being used. But this one is made up of Fresh Goat Meat cooked over a spicy chili and tomato sauce with chunks of carrots and potatoes.

I am such a Foodie and I do love taking shots of foods I prepare or enjoy eating. Stay tuned for more Caviteño dishes that I will be sharing with the world.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Fiesta Games


October 12, 2011

A boy is betting on a gamer to win a prize. These carts are very common throughout Cavite and our neighboring provinces whenever the town fiesta is at hand. boys and girls, even ladies and gentlemen, bet on small white papers that when dipped to an inked solution reveals the number that corresponds to a certain prize. Most of the time, bets are priced from one to ten pesos which may win you prizes like little toys and candies, and sometimes, just like in the photo above, little snails, baby chickens and ducks and for special prizes, baby rabbits!

Children of all ages (including yours truly) are thrilled whenever the Town Fiesta is about to come. Two months before the Big date, a carnival is being set up on the Town Proper wherein people come to and have a great time with their families and friends. All the games like The Color Game, which is one of my favorites wherein three dices, each side represents one of the six colors, are being rolled and the winning colors are presented and your bets may be doubled or tripled depending on the results. On another booth, Bingo games are being held each night and everyone screams and shout whether because of their joy of winning or the depression of losing. These little games and fun moments truly are a big part of the Caviteño culture to bring townspeople together and family and friendly bonds tighter.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Banda Matanda

October 5, 2011

Photo above was taken during the General Trias Town Fiesta 2011's Grand Pasayo. Banda Matanda was one of the Twelve bands who participated during the said event.

Historically known as Banda San Francisco de Malabon, Banda Matanda, General Trias' oldest band and probably the most important band in Philippine History. Banda Matanda was the first band ever to play the Philippine National Anthem or Lupang Hinirang written by Jose Palma and musical composition by Julian Felipe. The Banda Matanda played the Philippine National Anthem during the proclamation of Philippine Independence at Kawit, Cavite on June 12, 1898.

Up until now, Banda Matanda is still on its practice of playing wonderful music for Caviteños and to all Filipinos.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

General Trias Town Fiesta

October 4, 2011

Photo above features one of General Trias' Prime Bands, the Saint Francis Band.

October 4th is the day, the people of General Trias has all been waiting for every year but this year is extra special. Today marks the Birth of Saint Francis of Assisi, my beloved Hometown's Patron Saint. Every year, there are celebrations and feasts in every house on the Town's Poblacion.

But as I have told earlier, this year was extra special because of the Grand Pasayo, Twelve Bands representing the Twelve Barangays in the Town Central or Poblacion Area from different parts of the Province. These bands all paraded and marched along the streets of the town in their beautiful flags and costumes complete with their Band Majors and Majorettes. I always loved watching these Band Parades since it gives me so much joy, not just for me but for my fellow Caviteños as well.

Monday, October 03, 2011

Abbey Road

Abbey Road

Five Geese and a Gander went passing by the road on a clear sunny day. As the Children play along the road, these wonderful fowls created somewhat their own version of the famous The Beatles photo on Abbey Road in England. My Dad is a big fan of The Beatles that's why this sight truly caught his attention while I was shooting it as we stopped by to let the pass by the road.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Street Ball

October 2, 2011

Basketball has been a big part of the Filipino Culture and is popular to Men and Women of all ages whether they are spectators or the players themselves. Just a ring and some teammates you can play Basketball anytime just like these boys playing ball on a Clear Sunday morning. It is almost the new National Sport of the Philippines in my opinion because this is where we truly excel together with boxing. Even if Filipino men are not that tall just like men from other nations, Speed is our key factor for winning sports.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

No To Mining In Palawan

No To Mining In Palawan


This is me and my dad two years ago along the entrance to the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River in Palawan, the Most Beutiful Place I have ever been to!

I was never fond of posting Non-Cavite Photos and Stories here at Cavite Daily Photo but I really really feel I should do this. Palawan has been famous around the world through its Natural Beauty and its ecosystem that is truly one of the richest around the world. Even the Natural Wonders of the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, is located on it's heart, and the colorful Tubbataha Reef spreads across the waters of the Island Province.

But today, all these wonderful sights and sounds are in the grieve danger of being just a was. Something that will just be on Photos and Videos, something good that will just be a memory, because of the threat of Mining. Mining that damages all the beautiful mountains, poisons its waters, and kills its people. But it is never too late if we work altogether to stop these greedy monsters from exploiting these natural treasures.

I have never in my life seen such green mountains, towering limestone karsts, beautiful smiles and the Freshest Seafood since being in Palawan. I just hope ou can all help me, help Palawan, Help ourselves to Save Palawan! To the Filipinos who will be directly harmed if we don't unite ourselves to save our country from thorough devastation, This is our chance, let our voices be heard! And to all our brothers and Sisters from all Nations, Palawan is just waiting for all of you to be seen and discovered. You can help us save the Province and you can help yourselves by doing a favor to save something you should visit and see with your eyes!

NO TO MINING IN PALAWAN!

Visit the Site and see the ways how you can help stop this Threat at http://no2mininginpalawan.com

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Prinza Dam

September 27, 2011

The Prinza Dam is a Spanish Era made Dam located in the heart of the town of General Trias. It was said to be built within the 18th to 19th Century which stops the water from the Upland Parts of Southern Tagalog and especially the Laguna de Bay Area. Though today, the dam is not very functional as a real dam but it still is strong enough to guard of water from overflowing.

During the Typhoon season, this dam does overflow just like the photo shown above. But during the Hot Summer days, the river bed turns dry.Sadly, some vandals especially the once left during the last elections did remove some of the beauty and serenity that the dam creates and gives the people passing by but most of us still thinks its a great sight to see.

Today, Typhoon Pedring caused a big casualty to the Country with its strength of 130 - 150 kph and speed of approximately 20 kph. Classes are suspended as it sent out inches and inches of flood and devastating winds. Even the Town of Noveleta here in Cavite did not get away as they declared themselves in the State of Calamity. Please Pray for the Philippines and all the Filipinos who are still suffering from the Typhoon. God Bless us all.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Saint Francis of Assisi Parish Dome

September 21, 2011

The Dome of the Altar at the Saint Francis of Assisi Parish in General Trias, Cavite is a depiction of the Pentecost. The Pentecost happened after the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ when the Holy Spirit came down upon his Disciples. The event that happened Two thousand years ago is also known as the Birthday of the Church.

This Magnificent Painting was a masterpiece of Rolly Acuña and Boy Maclang, both are proudly from General Trias, proudly from the Province of Cavite.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Magallanes Church

September 20, 2011

The Nuestra Señora de Guia Parish or the Our Lady of the Way Parish in Magallanes, Cavite is located at the Heart of the Mountain town of Magallanes. Magallanes is located at the edge of the province of Cavite bordering the neighboring province of Batangas. It was named in honor of the Portuguese Explorer Ferdinand Magellan who discovered the Philippine Islands for the Kingdom of Spain in the 16th Century.

The Mint Green Walls deviate the usual adobe stone walls that are the once used in most churches around the province and in most of the Country.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Happy Birthday Mama Mary

September 8, 2011 - Happy Birthday Mama Mary

The Philippines and the whole world is Celebrating the Feast of the Birth of our Mama Mary! You have always been there for everyone since Jesus gave you to us from His cross. We will always be grateful and forever be thankful for the Love you give unconditionally. You will always be what a Mother is defined to be.

Continue praying for us and looking upon us! Let me share everyone my Favorite Song about Mama Mary, Birheng Maria, Tala sa Umaga (Virgin Mary, Star of the Morning)


Birheng Maria, Tala sa Umaga
Noon pa man ay itinangi ka.
Ang 'yong liwanag ang takdang lulupig
Kay Satanas, Tao'y ililigtas

Iyong tunghan, kaming nananambitan
At ang lupang iyong tinapakan
Tulong mo'y ilawit sa'min Maria
Ngayon at sa aming kamatayan

Happy Birthday Mama Mary!

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Inside Maragondon Church

September 7, 2011


During my last post about the town of Maragondon, I have featured about the famous Maragondon Church and its reconstruction. And by request of a friend from Eagan Daily Photo, Leif, Here I present everyone the Interior of the Maragondon Church. Whitewash walls surround this magnificent interior that truly creates the feeling and aura of safety and security inside the church.

The Trail inside the church is probably one of the longest in the Province which is one of the reason most weddings are being held here beside the beauty and the historical value of this church. The trusses on the whitewashed ceilings have encrypts of Latin prayers.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Under the Mango Tree

September 6, 2011

The shade that a Mango Tree gives cannot be understated. Filipinos especially the Farmers have their afternoon siestas under these sturdy and shady trees especially in the hot and humid summers or even on cloudy days like this one on the Highlands of Magallanes, Cavite. Greenery Everywhere on this untouched town located in the mountains of Cavite just a few miles away from the Province of Batangas.

This is probably my very first post of Magallanes here in Cavite Daily Photo because all myt life, this has been the very first time I have been to this remote Town in my Province, Yes! Ever in my Life! I hope you stay tuned to my future posts about this magnificent and peaceful town in the Upland Cavite.

Also, I am inviting you all to visit my Personal Blog at http://stevenque.blogspot.com/ This is where I share all my Life's Stories and my Travel Rants with everyone! Hope to see you guys there and may you enjoy the stories I share with everyone!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Foggy Roadside

August 29, 2011


When the sky decided to halt the rain a bit, the Fog on the roadside at Alfonso, Cavite created a blanket of fluff along the grasslands up to the homes. This is a common sight in the Tagaytay-Alfonso Area due to its high altitude and wet climate all year round.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Maragondon Church

August 28, 2011 - Maragondon Church


The Parish of Our Lady of the Assumption in Maragondon, Cavite is probably one of the most famous Landmarks of the Town of Maragondon, Located at the Mountain Districts of Cavite, Maragondon is truly one of the historical sites where Andres Bonifacio have been brought to be judged and executed in Mount Buntis (Pregnant Mountain).

The Church is built with River rocks during the Early 18th Century by the Jesuits. Also, the Maragondon Church is the main inspiration for the overall design of the Chapel of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in De La Salle University - Dasmariñas. Currently, the Church is undergoing Minor reconstructions in the facade.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Typhoon Mina

August 27, 2011 - Typhoon Mina

Photo Shot this morning at Alfonso, Cavite.

Tall Coconut Palm Tress swaying along the streets around the Town of Alfonso in Upland Cavite while me and my Dad went around the mountains this morning in the midst of the storm. Even if Cavite and Metro Manila are not raised to any storm signal, we are not exempted from the gusty winds that Mina has been slapping around Luzon.

Typhoon Mina just got inside the Philippines just a couple of days ago yet it has raised up Storm Signals to it's maximum level. Signal Number 4, which is very rare, is posted in the Northern Province of Cagayan. And almost the whole part of Northern Luzon is under Storm Signals. I hope and pray that God will watch over the Filipinos especially the ones in the Northern Provinces and guard them with His loving arms.


Friday, August 26, 2011

Serenity at Lake La Salle

August 26, 2011

Shot earlier at noon showing a man serenely paddling along the waters of the University Lagoon, or as most of us call it, Lake La Salle, in DLSU-Dasmariñas.

The Lagoon at the Heart of De La Salle University - Dasmariñas has truly been one of the landmarks of the institution. Just like most places around the Campus, the Lagoon has been featured in so many Soap Operas in Philippine Television. It gives a great setting to any romantic scenes that lightens up any dialog between the actors.

But for the people of De La Salle University - Dasmariñas, this has been a symbol of being a part of the LaSallian Community. A lot of memories have been shared with these waters and truly gives a lighter mood to anyone that passes by this lake.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Cavitex at Night

August 14, 2011


Photo shot at the Cavitex or Cavite Express Tollgate at Kawit, Cavite at Night time.

Even in the midst of the evening sky, hundreds of cars and buses pass through the Cavite Express each and everyday. Even if it is a bit pricey for the others 58 Pesos (approx. 1.50 USD) for cars, with the efficiency it gives to the motorists especially those that are raving for more sleeping hours, this is probably a great choice in going home to Cavite.

The Silvery light coming from the Lamps just gives a bright feel taht refreshes and alerts the motorists passing through this Expressway in the middle of a Reclaimed area in Manila Bay.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Skywatch Friday: Open Canal

August 12, 2011 - Skywatch Friday

A Sunny sky at the Open Canal Road greets us all a warm Good Morning!

The Open Canal road stretches from Pasong Camachile in General Trias, passing through Imus and ends in Molino in Bacoor. Since this road was opened to vehicles, it has been a big cut to the travel time for Cavitenos in the Heart of the Province, going to the Dasmariñas City Area, Imus, Bacoor and Muntinlupa City in Manila.

In times of Long Heated summers, the Canal at the left part of the Photo is dry and grasses grow in it. But in rainy days, the Canals fill up and a slow current brings the Water to the Agricultural Areas of Cavite such as Imus, General Trias and Tanza.

This is a Skywatch Friday Entry and just one of the hundreds of shots from around the world! To witness other spectacular views of the Sky, Just click on the Image Link Below.

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Cavitex

August 6, 2011


Photo above shows the Toll Plaza of the Cavite Expressway on Kawit, Cavite.

Inaugurated on the 27th of April, 2011, the Cavitex or Cavite Expressway marked its way to the New Cavite. Stretching from the heart of Kawit, Cavite, thru the Manila Bay and ending at Bacoor, Cavite, Cavitex cut down the Travel time from almost an hour into just 7-12 minutes from Point A to Point B. The end of the Cavitex marks the beginning of the Coastal Road which is the main link between the Province of Cavite to the National Capital Region.

This has been a phenomenal change in the lives of every Caviteño, especially those that work in Manila. Instead of Passing by the Whole of the towns of Kawit and Bacoor, The Government made an expressway built above the waters of Manila Bay which is truly of tremendous help to the Public. But for me, one of its wonderful feature is the magnificent view of the Manila Bay as you pass by Cavitex will truly capture your hearts and you will never get over it even if you pass by it every day.

Friday, August 05, 2011

Skywatch Friday: Blazing Clouds

August 5, 2011


Clouds are ablaze on an afternoon just before the Heavy Rain poured down. It was a beautiful sunset over the Gorgeous Manila Bay at the Recently Opened Cavitex Expressway that stretches from Kawit to the edge of Bacoor, Cavite opening its way entering the National Capital Region.

These Fluffy Clouds looks like a Blaze of thick grey smoke from a jet which gave a beautiful effect on the Colorful Sunset Sky.

This Skywatch Friday post is just a Single Frame of Hundreds of Snapshots of the Sky all around the Globe! To witness other spectacular views of the Sky, Just click on the Image Link Below.


Thursday, August 04, 2011

Rising up after the Rain

August 4, 2011


Men started cleaning the sides of the roads and working the Mud out to clear it out of the streets while the Beautiful Green Fields and Bright Sunshine Glimmers around the Town.

People around Cavite woke up to the Sunny Daylight this Morning. All the Dark Rain clouds vanished and Clear Periwinkle Skies are in charge. Everything went back to normal even if some thing have been wrecked by the rain, as always as true Filipinos, we continue to live with a smile on our faces and take over the world like nothing happened.

I will always be proud of each and every Filpino because that is one of the things we are famous for. After each and any Storm, Earthquake, Fire, Recession, our faces never ever be out of smiles! I just hope that instead of scrutinizing each and everyone, teh Government would give even a slight focus to developing the lives of the Filipino, especially the Poor because that is what the country needs and no other Personal Matters. Corruption even of the past leaders really is a serious issue but the leaders should always put in mind that it is just a Pinch among the mountains of problems in the country!

Mabuhay ang Pilipinas! Mabuhay ang Pilipino! Kaya natin ito!

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Lechon Kawali

August 3, 2011


Lechon Kawali is another Filipino Favorite. Made up of deep fried Pork Belly, which makes it very delicious as it is yet very very high in Cholesterol. This is different from the Philippine National Food, Lechon which is Roasted Whole Pig because this one is usually made from just the Belly of the Pork and it is Deep-Pan Fried.

Dipping Lechon Kawali in a Special Commercialized Gravy Brand Mag Tomas will make any Lechon Kawali a Kitchen Wonder. This one is also by Lola Idang's Pancit Malabon Restaurant at Dasmariñas.

Monday, August 01, 2011

August Theme Day: Postcard Worthy

August 1, 2011


Photo above features the Magnificent Altar of the Saint Francis of Assisi Parish at General Trias, Cavite

I chose this photo to feature for this Theme Day, Postcard Worthy, since as a Caviteño, I can say that Churches are truly the most beautiful and historical sites that are still seen and at full function. It is a very good Symbol of Cavite and the Hispanic Culture of the Philippines which is absolutely, Postcard Worthy!

This is my first Theme Day after a very long time and I am very happy and proud that I finally had the chance that Cavite Daily Photo joined again this time. And together with all other Theme Day Photos around the Globe, you can check them all out and have your own Postcard Collection by clicking the following link: Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

And also, I would like to take the Opportunity to thank each and every Blogger Follower and Facebook Liker of Cavite Daily Photo! You are all the reason why this Blog is still pushing through and proudly sharing the sights all around Cavite! I hope your support will never unwaver as I continue to bring you all Cavite in the comforts of your Screens.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Lumpiang Shanghai

July 31, 2011


The Lumpiang Shanghai or Spring Rolls in English is a Filipino Delicacy that came from the Chinese. It is made up of ground pork, carrots, onions, leeks and all other yummy ingredients rolled into very thin pastry and then deep fried into perfection. It can be dipped in a variety of sauces such as Ketchup, Mayo and Sweet Chili Sauce, just like the ones shown above.

If you would like to know, the Lumpiang Shanghai is truly one of my Favorite foods Ever! Filipinos like me enjoy it over rice for dinner and some would even have them as is. The Lumpia above is served at Lola Idang's at Dasmariñas

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Dawning from the Storm

July 28, 2011


Let me share to the world the Fantastic view from my bedroom window the moment after the Typhoon Juaning. It was quite a strong Storm and millions of Filipinos across Luzon have been affected especially in the Bicol Region and Eastern Parts of Northern Luzon. Classes are suspended from the Noon of Tuesday up until Wednesday due to strong winds and flood.

The morning sky greeted me as I rise up from my rest and reassured that in every storm, a magnificent dawn awaits anyone who continues to hope. May God Bless the Philippines as a new Storm is about to approach.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Pancit Malabon

July 27, 2011

Pancit Malabon is one of the Philippine Delicacies that is truly a favorite in every Event and Celebration. As it signifies Long Life in the Chinese and Filipino culture, the Pancit or Noodles are truly a magnificent symbol in any occasion.

Pancit Malabon is composed of thick noodles with a thick spread of shrimp paste sauce. Filled with yummy treats like squid, shrimps, leafy greens and boiled eggs. But my favorite part of it is when you pinch the Calamansi (Native Citrus) as it gives a soury, tangy goodness in every spoonful. This was taken from one of the Best Pancit Malabon Makers I have ever tasted, Lola Idang's Pancit Malabon in Dasmariñas City, Cavite

This is my first Food Post in a long time since my first food posts are not that successful, that is why I asked my cousin Caren first if this was a good shot and she said Yes. Hope you guys like it as well and then I'll bring you more filling treats from Cavite!

Monday, June 27, 2011

McDonald's Tanza

June 27, 2011


McDonald's Tanza in the town of Tanza is one of the firsts and oldest McDonald's in Cavite that opened during the late 90's. It is located at the heart of the Town just a few blocks away from the Municipal Public Market of Tanza. It undergone quite a number of renovations to give way to the changing image of McDonald's here in the Philippines.

McDonald's Tanza or simply "McDo", as we Filipinos call it, has so much memories on my mind. I can still remember the days that I was collecting the Snoopy World Tour (I wanted to study about the world ever since I was a child, it was my play to read and learn Geography and Cultures) and my Parents have always been very supportive of it. It was a stormy day and we got no classes at school so instead of staying home, my Dad, my older brother and my cousin went to McDo Tanza which is a 20 minute drive from home and we bought ourselves Happy Meals to add up to the Collection. With my Mom and Dad's Support, I managed to Collect all 28 Countries and even at my age, I still play with them. Whenever I visit a Country, I always bring the Philippine Snoopy and the Country I was visiting just like when I went to Thailand, I brought Snoopy Thailand with me as well :)

Saturday, June 25, 2011

A Man and a Foggy Night

June 25, 2011


Shot at Tagaytay City on a Night with Heavy Fog.

Foggy Nights at Tagaytay City truly amazes me each and everytime. As my Family went dining I just can't stop shooting and shooting until I got this shot. I really Love this shot because I captured the silhouette of the man looking above the signs and the headlight and all other elements that gave this dark photo so much light.

This will be one of my most favorite shots ever on Cavite Daily Photo. For me at least :)

Friday, June 24, 2011

Water

June 24, 2011


Photo above shows ripples on the puddle made by the rain, pouring non stop for days.

Today, the Philippines Celebrate the Feast of Saint John the Baptist or as we call him, San Juan Bautista. Saint John is the cousin of Our Lord Jesus Christ who is responsible for baptizing Him at the River Jordan. In the Philippines, during this 24th of June, people are splashing everyone with water using Water Hoses, Water Guns, Buckets and all the likes to celebrate this fun feast. I can still remember last year on my way to school, I was all dressed up for my afternoon class and then people started throwing buckets of water inside the Jeep so when I arrived at school, I was all drenched up!

Also, rain has been non stop due to Tropical Depression "Falcon" who is still in the Philippine Area of Responsibility at this moment. Classes are suspended, except for my school, due to strong winds, excessive rain that resulted to floods in different areas of the Country.

Water is not just a symbol of Blessing but it is a blessing itself. We should always remember to do our best in saving water because we will truly never know its importance until the last droplet of clean water has been used.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tejero Bridge

June 21, 2011 - Tejero Bridge


The Tejero Bridge is the structure that connects the Historical Towns of General Trias and Tanza. Once included on the Same town of Malabon Grande, these Towns are separated by a long deep river which is regarded as the Border of the two towns. Everyday especially on afternoons until the evening, this bridge is flooded by thousands of vehicles passing through and from the Town of Tanza heading to their destinations.

This particular shot was taken from the General Trias side going to the Tanza Side. As you can see, on a closer look on the middle part of the photo, you can see the long wall with the Signs and Brands featured on my post Yesterday.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Signs and Brands

June 20, 2011


These Colorful Signs painted on Whitewash walls are located in the Town of Tanza on the coasts of Cavite. These Whitewash walls are the backs of the Municipal Cemetery of Tanza. It is one of the First things that anyone would be passing through on their way to the Highlands of Cavite if ever you are from Manila passing through Bacoor, Kawit and General Trias.

Theese large painted signs features Coca-Cola Products that are locally sold here in the Philippines. Since thousands of cars pass by these streets each and everyday, it is no wonder why Coca Cola chose this spot to paint and advertise.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Hotel del Oriente - College of International Hospitality Management

June 19, 2011


Hotel del Oriente is the very first hotel in the Philippines. It is the subject and the main concept of the College of International Hospitality Management Building at De La Salle University - Dasmariñas in Dasmariñas, Cavite. It is currently the newest Building in the University and is home to the Tourism and Hotel and Restaurant Management Departments.

This Building has been featured on several TV Shows and Advertisements and is currently one of the symbols of DLSU-D. It features an open Square in the center where most events of the College are being held and a large number of Air-Conditioned Classrooms that houses hundreds of Students each and every day.

As you enter the massive entrance, it would really feel like you are entering not just the building but being warped to the Philippine Spanish Era. Future Plans for the Building includes a Cruise Ship Room and an Airline Room.

This post is actually in line with what the country is Celebrating right now. It is the Philippine's National Hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal's 150 Birthday! The man that is responsible for ending the Spanish Rule in the Country together with other Heroes. Thank you so much Rizal for doing everything for the sake of our Country! I hope we can continue living your dream for the Philippines.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Just Another Rainy Day

June 18, 2011


Photo above shows a wet windshield of a Jeepney battling the rainy winds on my ride home. Almost Every Filipino Catholic Vehicle has a rosary on the mirror hanging as a prayer for safety along the road and along the journey.

It was a rainy afternoon all around Cavite. The sky started to darken up very unusually starting at around 12 noon. It was really Dark and it's darkness is really a first in quite a long time. Then at around 2 in the afternoon, the rain started to pour softly and gradually gaining strength until we had quite a hard time hearing what the teacher is saying on our First Day of Classes at Education School.

I just hope that the rain will bring more blessings and prosperity and not tragedies among the Families on Cavite and throughout the Country. God Bless Cavite, God Bless the Philippines.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Gray Skies and Green Fields

June 17, 2011


It was a rainy afternoon when I shot this photo and luckily I have my Camera with me on my way home from school. This Photo of a blissful pasture reminds me of Southern New Zealand as I see it on photos and TV Shows. The sad and quiet gray skies and the vibrant greens of the grasses gives a cozy feeling to anyone that passes by them.

Through a closer look at the middle-right part, you can see a Carabao bathing along the Mud and a beautiful drifted tree at the center gives a dramatic feeling to it. As I went home I decided to take a bath in the rain which I haven't done since childhood and it was a great experience for me! When it rains in your place, Why don't you try it?

Here in our country, just like the skies you see, it is a sad fact that It never seems to have Seasons anymore. We only get Weather reports that are good just for another day because sometimes it gets too hot when it's in the months of cool weather and suddely it rains so hard in the middle of summer. I just hope and pray there's still a chance for the Environment to cope up with all these damage.

This is Cavite Daily Photo's Entry to Skywatch Friday! If wish to see other snaps of the skies from different Angles, Seasons, Latitudes and Longitudes, Visit Skywatch Fridayby clicking the Image Link Below! Enjoy Skywatching!


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Pretty Perched

June 16, 2011


A Beautiful Brown Fully Breasted Bird perched on a sturdy Branch. This was taken from a large cage that's more like a small aviary to describe it the least. This Aviary houses like Ten Birds of around 4 species on a Coffee Shop in Amadeo, Cavite.

The Bird look very healthy and calm in the cool mountain weather of Amadeo, Cavite. It is said that during the afternoon, these birds create beautiful hums and tweets that relaxes everyone who wants to take a break and sip a cup of coffee in the Shop. Nature will always be the simplest and just the Best form of Entertainment anyone can enjoy.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Cafe Amadeo

June 15, 2011 - Cafe Amadeo


Amadeo, Cavite is famous for its Wonderful Coffee Industry and is even hailed as the Coffee Capital of the Philippines. It is Home to the Cafe Amadeo, a Barako Variant Coffee which is very strong yet it has this fruity hint in every brew. These coffees sold in these cute little rag sacks are made from locally grown coffee beans which are truly the pride not just of Amadeo but the whole Province of Cavite.

The Pahimis Festival is an Annual event which gives tribute to the bountiful coffee industry of Amadeo wherein free Coffee are brewed to everyone who likes to take a cup and savor the freshness of the cool, Mountain weather of Amadeo.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Fireworks

June 14, 2011 - Fireworks


Photo Shot during the Closing Ceremony of the Hijas de Maria.

Nowadays, in every major celebration or Parties here in Cavite, Fireworks are always displayed on the dark night skies not like before, we can only see these fountain of lights during the New Year's Eve Celebrations. It also becomes a good status symbol for people of higher classes on how many Fireworks they can light up on various celebrations.

Also today, I would like to take the opportunity to shout to the world and greet my Cousin and my Best Friend Ate Judy Lozares who is celebrating her 22nd Birthday Today! We both Love Fireworks so together with my featured photo, Here is my Birthday Message:

"To Ate, I will always be here for you and we will never part no matter what! Thank you so much for being there for me and being proud in all my accomplishments and successes just as much as I am with you! I am very happy that you also enjoy my Passion for Travel and that you are my favorite travel Buddy! We may not have the powers to fly to Korea, Greece, Italy, France or Spain and a lot more places just like how we dream of but I am sharing all my dreams of it with you! May you have many more Birthdays to come Ate and God Bless you!"

Today marks the First day of classes on my School DLSU-Dasmariñas! God Bless to all the Students and Teachers like me! Back to School!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Philippine Independence Day

June 13, 2011 - Philippine Independence Day


Photo shot on my Birthday Celebration last June 4th as part of my Flag Collections.

Yesterday here in the Philippines, Today, in other Parts of the World, June 12th marks the 113th Anniversary of Philippine Independence. On this Day, the Filipino People celebrates and commemorates the National Heroes of the Past and the Present. I have always been a Proud Filipino and will FOREVER be Proud to be Pinoy!

May I teach you the Filipino Word which means Long Live! It is "Mabuhay". Long Live the Philippines, Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!

In celebration of the Independence Day, I made a short Essay which I dedicate to all the Filipinos across the Nation and Across the Globe. It is Entitled "Munting Handog ni Sir Steven sa Bawat Pilipino" or in English, Sir Steven's (I'm a Teacher and people call me Sir ^^) small offer to Every Filipino. It is written in Filipino to give respect to our own Language. To all the Filipino's, This one is for you all.

MUNTING HANDOG NI SIR STEVEN SA BAWAT PILIPINO

Kung bibigyan ako ng Diyos ng Isang Milyong Buhay, Ang aking Hiling ay Isang Milyong Beses nya ako gawing PILIPINO! Napakalaking Karangalan ito para sa akin! IBA ANG PINOY! IPAGPATULOY NAWA NATIN ANG NASIMULAN NG MGA TUNAY NATING MGA BAYANI!

Hindi dahil hindi ka sangayon sa Pangulo at sa kanyang mga pinapakita, ay hindi ka na kikilos! KUMILOS KA PARA SA IKABUBUTI NG BANSA! KUMILOS KA PARA SA MGA KABABAYAN MONG MAHIHIRAP AT NAGUGUTOM! Aking Hiling ay matutunan ng bawat Pilipino ang maging Pilipino, Pilipinong para sa Pilipino! Hindi kailanman magmamaliw ang pagibig ko sa Bayan ko kagaya na lamang ng walang maliw kong pagsusulat ngayon bilang pagdiriwang ko sa araw ng Kalayaan!

Hindi dahil sukdulan ng aking mga pangarap ang marating ang bawat nasyon sa mundo at maikot ang buong daigdig ay nagiging traydor na ako sa aking bansa. Sa totoo lang, kaya ko din gustong maglakbay ng maglakbay ay upang ipakita ko sa buong Mundo kung ano ang isang TUNAY NA PILIPINO! Nagawa ko na ito sa paglalakbay ko noong Marso at masasabi kong naipakita ko ang isang halimbawa ng tunay na Pilipino. May respeto at paghanga sa ibang kultura, ngunit taas noo at ipangunguna ang bansang PILIPINAS!

Sana ay mamayani sa puso ng bawat Pilipino ang pagaalab ng TUNAY AT WAGAS na PAGMAMAHAL SA PILIPINAS. Sapagkat Kahit na sino pa ang umupong Pangulo at mga opisyal natin, kung wala tayong TUNAY na PAGMAMAHAL SA BAYAN, walang pagbabagong magaganap. Napakalaki padin ng paniniwala kong babangon ang Pilipinas ngunit kailangan itong magsimula sa BAWAT ISANG PINOY! MABUHAY ANG PILIPINAS!!!

Ipagmamalaki ko hangang sa kahulihulihan kong hininga na ako ay Pilipino!

MABUHAY ANG PILIPINAS, MABUHAY ANG PILIPINO!

Stevenson Masdal Que
Guro


Mabuhay ang Pilipino! Mabuhay ang mga OFW's! Mabuhay ang mga Bayani! MABUHAY ANG PILIPINAS!