Thursday, May 17, 2018

HideAway Dive Hostel


Twenty to thirty minutes away from the airport is a home for the divers which recently opened to backpackers and travelers.

Hide away hostel offers you a warm and comfortable home in the island of Mactan. If your goal in visiting Cebu is to discover the various pristine waters of the northern part of Cebu, then HideAway Dive Hostel is your number one choice. It just doesn't just offer you a room with a very reasonable price but it also extends its service for freediving courses.

At my back is one of the bamboo huts that accommodates three persons

Enjoying the heat of the sun


I was very fortunate to be invited to their relaunching last May 12, 2018 (Saturday) in which they get us to experience free diving. Diving instructor, David Webb made us do static breathing techniques ready for free diving. The best part of this day's adventure was the venue wherein we sailed two hours and thirty minutes to the North Sand Bar for the freediving course. It was a surprise for me to be able to know that I am capable of holding my breath to more than a minute underwater applying the breathing techniques of what coach Dave taught us.

On our way to the Mactan port where the boat that will take us to the North Sand Bar is waiting.

The port

 With my fellow digital Influencers: Glyth of Glitterzescapades, Jeane of ViajeraCebuana, Dilon of Byahe ni Dilon, Ly of Overrated Friday, Kim Charlie of I am Kim Charlie, and Orly- the Hideaway business consultant (from R- L)


 And look we are complete! The digital influencers with our dive coach: Dave and the owner of Hideaway Dive Hostel

with my fellow influencers

 So glad to have this trip with my fellow bloggers

 The North Sand Bar


Adding to the new lesson of free diving is the beautiful long stretch of North Sand Bar of Bohol which surprisingly was my first time to see this heavenly stunning sand bar. Good thing, we were given few minutes to take our photos.

And of course, I won't miss taking pic

 more pose

My turn for the static breathing exercise with coach Dave

 With all of us

Having pork and chicken barbecue for lunch


And our healthy boodle fight lunch


At four thirty in the afternoon, we arrived safely in Mactan. We were fetched by the van of Hideaway hostel back to its premises. We made ourselves ready for our dinner at the roof deck with a great sunset view where they put on carpets and pillows for us to be comfortable to sit in. 

Our view in going back to the city

we were asked to customize our Hideaway shirt

It's basically normal for us to help and work as a team

The view from the roof deck of Hideaway Dive Hostel

HideAway Dive Hostel relaunches its service as a one-stop shop for the divers, backpackers, and families. They also served healthy options for your meals. And because of their love for diving, they opened their diving museum where they showcased various gears, suits, cameras and a lot of stuff that you can use for diving.

The hostel has 6 rooms with room one offering bed space and 2 bamboo huts for families. For as low as P1550, you can already book their bamboo hut (with shared bathroom), good for three with continental breakfast. For their double room with a shared bathroom it's as low as P1450 with continental breakfast and for their bunk bed its P650 with breakfast. 

With this low prices offered only at the Hideaway Dive hostel, you can enjoy and try a lot of water activities in Mactan, Cebu.



Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Metro Fun Run



Who wouldn't be enticed with what Metro has in store for us, their valued customers?

Last March and April, Metro has made Summer very active for us. 
First, they had a Metro Cookfest Activity which you can read on my blog: http://www.glitterzescapades.com/2018/03/metro-cookfest-2018.html on March 24 & 25, 2018
And for their last Summer hurrah, they have the most extravagant and lavish Summer Fun Run ever.  At least for me, I have not attended a Fun Run event that gives a lot to the participants like medicines, Pocari Sweat, alcohol, Lewis cologne, Virginia hotdogs, rice, and a lot more.


The participants started to gather around at Ayala Terraces at around 4:30am on April 28, 2018 (Saturday). They started with a zumba to do stretching and warm ups. They all came from different age range as their categories were as follows:  

21 km Male and Female Category
10 km Male and Female Category
5 km Male and Female Category

***Child participant must present a Parents Consent for those running as individuals.***
Zumba before the run

Photo credit to Megawear

Photo credit to Megawear

Photo credit to Megawear

Photo credit to Megawear

Photo credit to Megawear
Prizes for Winners 

Category
Prizes
Other Inclusions:
Male
Female
5KM
CHAMPION - P2,000 worth of Metro GC 2nd Prize – P1,500 worth of Metro GC 3rd Prize- P1,000 worth of Metro GC 4th Prize- P500 worth of Metro GC 
5th Prize- P300 worth of Metro GC
CHAMPION - P2,000 worth of Metro GC 2nd Prize – P1,500 worth of Metro GC 3rd Prize- P1,000 worth of Metro GC 4th Prize- P500 worth of Metro GC 
5th Prize- P300 worth of Metro GC
First 50 finishers for Male and Female category will receive Medals
10KM
CHAMPION - P3,500 worth of Metro GC 2nd Prize – P2,500 worth of Metro GC 3rd Prize- P1,500 worth of Metro GC 4th Prize- P1,000 worth of Metro GC 5th Prize- P500 worth of Metro GC
CHAMPION - P3,500 worth of Metro GC 2nd Prize – P2,500 worth of Metro GC 3rd Prize- P1,500 worth of Metro GC 4th Prize- P1,000 worth of Metro GC 5th Prize- P500 worth of Metro GC
First 50 finishers for Male and Female category will receive Medals
21KM
CHAMPION - P5,000 worth of Metro GC 2nd Prize – P4,000 worth of Metro GC 3rd Prize- P3,000 worth of Metro GC 4th Prize- P2,000 worth of Metro GC 5th Prize- P1,000 worth of Metro GC
CHAMPION - P5,000 worth of Metro GC 2nd Prize – P4,000 worth of Metro GC 3rd Prize- P3,000 worth of Metro GC 4th Prize- P2,000 worth of Metro GC 5th Prize- P1,000 worth of Metro GC
All Finishers will receive medals

* All prizes are awarded with a plaque of appreciation 

The runners were all passionate in winning the prizes. I, personally was on the finish line to capture the victorious faces of the winners. Seeing them very happy with what they have gained from the run makes me think of how generous Metro is to their contestants.
Aside from the giveaways mentioned above, they also have fabulous prizes like: two bicycles, electric fans, rice and gift certificates.
One of the prizes for the Summer Metro Fun Run (photo credit to Megawear)

 Giveaways for the Summer Metro Fun Run (photo credit to Megawear)

 One of the prizes for the Summer Metro Fun Run (photo credit to Megawear)

The trophies for the Summer Metro Fun Run (photo credit to Megawear)

One of the winners of the Electric Fan for the Summer Metro Fun Run (photo credit to Megawear)

Winners for the 10k Male category for the Metro Summer Fun Run (photo credit to Megawear)

Winners for the 10K Female category of the Summer Metro Fun Run (photo credit to Megawear)

Winners for the 21K Male category of the Summer Metro Fun Run (photo credit to Megawear)

Winners for the 21K Female category of the Summer Metro Fun Run (photo credit to Megawear)





Monday, May 14, 2018

500 Year Walk About




I was deeply struck by the words of our own national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal when he said,


"He who does not know how to look back at where he came from will never get to his destination."

Those words made an inkling into my heart, thus made me ask myself these questions:
  • Why are we not so interested in visiting and knowing of our own Cultural Heritage?
  • Why are those not our priorities in terms of advancement and development?
  • Why are there more different nationalities eager to learn our history than our fellow countrymen.. it is very ironic.
  • Why do I see a non-Filipino giving a tour to their fellow countrymen, telling our history in their own version? Isn't it    odd to see them leading the tour?



We are all ready for the 500-year walkabout


When I asked an Englishman who joined our group in this tour on why he chose to spend his day signing up for this tour instead of going to the mall or staying at his hotel to rest (knowing that he is here for a business trip). His answer amazed me. He told me that there is no best way of knowing the people and the country without knowing their history. Wow! it made my jaw dropped! That was bull's eye!

How can he have that interest? I felt insulted but challenged! this is my country and I should be more knowledgeable than that of others. I should be the one nodding and feeling hurt hearing our history as it was not pleasant as it may sound. But, I saw this man's face disgusted and displeased upon hearing our painful history. I just don't want to settle for this. I hope we soon find in our hearts the real cry and purpose of us being Filipinos. I pray that we will be moved to do something to make our country a better place and to keep our history as motivation to create a battle cry for the next generation.

I am making this blog to give my readers an overview of our cultural heritage in Cebu especially if you haven't give yourself a chance to know more about your own home.

 Fort San Pedro

 Paintings at Fort San Pedro Museum

 The Entrance of Fort San Pedro

 At Fort San Pedro Museum


Experience walking on the road made of shells by the locals 

We met and started our tour at Fort San Pedro at 3:30 pm. We were introduced to the paintings with the faces of Lapu-Lapu, Ferdinand Magellan, Pigafetta, and a lot more. Also, we were given a glimpse of the old Cebu through old pictures that were preserved.

1. Fort San Pedro is the oldest triangular structure that was used to be the home and built as a form of defense of the Spaniard named Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. 

It was intended to be triangular in shape with two sides facing the sea and one side fronting the land to safeguard the first governor from the pirates and the Filipinos.

With our tour guide, PG

At the roof deck of Fort San Pedro

2. Malacañang sa Sugbu is located in Pigafetta street, just before the entrance of the SRP near Fort San Pedro. It is the official resident of the President of the Philippines in the Visayas.

Malacañang sa Sugbu
3. Compania Maritima Building is the residue and a proof of the early trading system of the Cebuanos and the Chinese. It was the center of trading in the olden times and even the first building with an elevator at that time.

Compania Maritima Building


4. Magellan's Cross is Cebu's landmark and a proof the arrival of the Portuguese and Spaniards in 1521. It is where the strength of Catholicism began. With the paintings on the ceiling showing the baptism of Rajah Humabon and Queen Juana.
Magellan's Cross 

Magellan's Cross

Candles for sale at Magellan's Cross
The woman we bought the candles from prayed for us through a dance

This is where masses are held daily at Basilica del Santo Niño
Basilica del Santo Niño

5. Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral  is one of the first churches in the Philippines. It is where the Jubilee door is found. The door on the left portion of the cathedral signifies the passage from sin to grace. It will only be opened every 25 years.
The Jubilee door of Cebu Metropolitan Church


6. Statue of Rajah Humabon is to commemorate the first Filipino chieftain who embraced Christianity in the Philippines. He is regarded as the bravest and wisest man in the island of Cebu.

The statue of Rajah Humabon

7. Heritage of Cebu Monument is a representation and illustration showing the significant events of Cebu from the past to the present. The scenes demonstrated in the monument are the conversion of Rajah Humabon and his followers to Catholicism, the local revolution against the Spanish rule, A Roman Catholic Mass, and the fateful fight on April 15, 1521, in the island of Mactan where native chieftain Lapu-Lapu killed Ferdinand Magellan. It also includes the Basilica Del Sto. Nino, Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, The Saint John the Baptist Church, Magellan's Cross, a Spanish Galleon, Statues of Sergio Osmena Sr. and Saint Pedro Calungsod.

This shows our original features as Filipinos (left) and on the right, the invaderrs


 This part of the monument shows the history of the Philippines



 This is Lapu-Lapu, our hero who fought and killed Magellan.


This shows the Sinulog dance

This shows Sergio Osmeña and Saint Pedro Calungsod

8. Yap- SanDiego Ancestral House is one of the oldest house in the Philippines. Built in the late 17th Century, the ancestral house has remained in its original state and was deliberately preserved by Mr. Val SanDiego, the great great grandson of Doña Maria Yap- SanDiego.

Yap-San Diego Ancestral House


9. Casa Gorordo Museum was originally a house built in the mid 19th century that is owned by Juan Isidro de Gorordo. It has been declared a national historical landmark of the Philippines. The house is built using massive and tough coral stones and also a lifetime museum that features altarpieces, antique furnishings, and paintings. We also had a tour guide from RAFI who was able to give us a glimpse of the past scenery and diorama of the old Cebu. Lastly, we were able to witness two cultural dances.



Casa Gorordo Ancestral House

 Mini Theatre of Casa Gorordo

  The Living Room of Casa Gorordo

This is the part of the house where the family offer masses at Casa Gorordo


One of the rooms  of Casa Gorordo
The pasillo of Casa Gorordo

The 500 Walk about tour served as an awakening to me... why? because it made me realize and made me angry at the fact that we are still thinking slave as Filipinos. Why do we allow mediocrity in all aspects of our life? Why are we very complacent with settling for less if we can do better? We are made to be great! We are born warriors! We shouldn't lose our identity for that will always determine who we are as Filipinos.

I want to encourage each and every one of us to get to know our country more as this is what we all have. This is our land and this is the only thing that we can leave to the next generation. The season may change but our history never will.






Care to share your thoughts!