Monday, January 13, 2014


This was posted at Pinoy Adventurista's site.

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The organizers of the longest running balloon event in Asia – the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF): “A Weekend of Everything that Flies,” maintains its decision not to hold the 19th PIHABF this year, but instead, prepare for a bigger event scheduled for February 12-15, 2015.

Amidst reports of a balloon event taking place in Clark, Pampanga in April 2014, spearheaded by Mr. Ronnie Tiotuico of the Department of Tourism (DOT) Regional Office, the PIHABF Organizing Committee has issued the following statement:

Preparation for the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is a major undertaking.

The decision not to hold a Fiesta this year was not undertaken lightly. From the perspective of the PIHABF organizers, our 2013 event (featuring more balloons than ever, the highly impressive Breilting Jet Acrobatic Team, and the myriad of other flying, ground and static events) would be a hard act to follow without allowing sufficient time to plan, prepare and book new and interesting activities.

We believe that by suspending the 2014 Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, allowing our organizing committee more time to secure a suitable venue for the fiesta and investing more time in planning, securing sponsorships and implementing enhancements, we can offer our public spectators a truly safe and world-class event in 2015.

The summer weather is not suitable in hot air balloon safety.

PIHABF will not be part of the April 2014 event in Clark, Pampanga. We will not participate in the planning, organization or staging of the event. We disclaim any association with the organization or management of the said event.

Safety concerns raised by PIHABF pending approval of CAAP for ‘The Philippine International Friendship Balloon Festival 2014’

We hope that the organizers of the April 2014 event, headed by Mr. Ronnie Tiotuico, have carefully looked into the many safety requirements and issues involved in staging an event of this scale. PIHABF is concerned that the length of time allocated for them to learn the processes and preparations for this kind of activity is too short. We also hope they are not misrepresenting their expertise in implementing an airshow to prospective sponsors, participants and especially the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

The PIHABF organizers have worked hard to develop operational and safety procedures. With an admirable safety record, we have built trust with event participants and other valued partners. We value this reputation, built on a foundation of 20 years of experience.

We recognize that the balloon fiesta is an activity that the international aviation community looks forward to. Any untoward incident would impact on the good name of PIHABF organizers and damage the reputation of the Philippines.

We assure the public that we are already working hard on the planning and preparation for a bigger and even better 19th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in 2015. We are excited for everyone to be a part of it.

For more information, you could send an email to:
PIHABF Organizing Committee

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Kamay Ni Hesus - Lucban Quezon

It has been a couple of months since I last visited Kamay ni Hesus located in Lucban Quezon.

Rev. Father Joey Faller, founder of the Kamay ni Hesus Healing Church visualized the church to give the sick and the spiritually weak a haven where they could feel and experience the presence of God.

At the church’s backdrop is a steep hill transformed into a picturesque Via Dolorosa Grotto of Healing and Purification, all of 310 steps, including the life-size statues of the 14 Stations of the Cross is leading to a 50-foot statue of the Ascending Christ —the third biggest in the world than can be seen miles away.

In honor of the Virgin Mary, the Luklukan ni Maria features life-size statues and scenes depicting the Mysteries of the Holy Rosary.  Life-size statues of saints are also scattered in the church compound.  Scenes from the Holy Bible are also brought to life, from Adam and Eve at the Garden of Eden and the Noah's Ark complete with life-size animals.

For inquiries and other information, e-mail Kamay ni Hesus Healing Church at or call the church office at (042) 540-2206.


Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Henry Hotel : A Museum Within a Hotel and a Hotel Within a Museum

It has been almost a month since I once again visited the queen city of the south: Cebu. I miss the hospitality of the Cebuanos, the clean air and Cebu's pride lechon. But before filling my stomach with Cebu's delicacies, the first thing that I had to do was to look for an accommodation. And when I say accommodation, it's not just a room where I can sleep and rest. I want something that is unique and will make me feel like I'm at home. Good thing there's The Henry Hotel.

Back of The Henry Hotel

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Hotel Review : Parque Espana Alabang

A month ago, I, together with blogger friends, made a reservation in one of the hotels located in the heart of Alabang. The reservation was made via voucher we purchased from a group-buying site. It was worth P18,000 but we got it for only P5000. And this my friend is my review about Parque Espana Alabang

Stay Details:

Check-In Date: May 19, 2013
Check-Out Date: May 20, 2013
Number of nights: 1
Number of rooms: 1
Room type: Suite with 2 Bedrooms good for 6

Price Breakdown:

Room Fee: P5000 because of Metrodeal Voucher
Maid Fee: P1000 refundable

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Puka Beach Boracay

Puka Beach - A quiet stretch of white sand along the northern tip of the island, Puka Beach is an image of what most people expect on a tropical island: white sand, azure water, and relatively empty. This is where locals gather the small puka shells for some of the jewelry that is sold on the island so expect the sand to be more coarse than on White Beach. The water tends to be a little rougher on this side of the island but it is much quieter. Similarly, there are fewer services -- at last count there was one restaurant but you likely won't have a problem getting a cold drink or an ice cream as there are a few vendors that patrol the beach. The main road in Boracay terminates at Puka Beach therefore you'll be able to hire a tricycle to get there in less than 10-15 minutes from central White Beach. Make sure you arrange a pickup if it is a quiet day and no tricycles are hanging around the beach. Most people experience Puka as one of their sailboat or banca stops during a day trip. This is a good spot for a picnic, but be sure to bring your trash home with you. -

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