This is Prohibited

The Filipino people is feeling the election heat! And aside from that, we are experiencing the usual eyesore.

Banners are scattered everywhere. Posted on walls, nailed on poor trees, and pasted virtually on any surface that is visible to the public.

This photo was taken on Quirino Highway in Quezon City and MMDA just told us this: "Bawal Ito" (This is Prohibited).

So if this is "bawal" then what should we do with political posters like these?

As for me I will peel them off the walls whenever I got the chance.

How about you, what will you do on eyesores like this?

Getting Under the Sun

100 kilometers of roads to walk for one month.

4:00 o'clock AM waking time and 11 o'clock PM sleeping time.

Less than 4 millimeters error difference for a survey line.

These are the numbers that I have to live by for the whole month because of a project that my office assigned me to. I am literally feeling the brunt of El Nino because I have to work under the sun and walk for many miles just to collect the data that our office needed.

I am not complaining, but I just wish that the clouds conspire to block the sun and give us a respite from its heat during the whole duration of the project.
The sweltering heat of the sun!

What only makes me sad is that I couldn't visit this blog and my friend's blogs every day and I do not have the time to check the updates of my Facebook.

Too bad for me that El Nino strike early. This project will make me end up as burnt as a charcoal. :-(

That is my update for now.

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A Tour of Cebu Churches

Whenever I am traveling, I make it to a point to visit a church located to the place that I am visiting. Churches are important buildings in the Philippines since it serve the focal point of the Filipino people’s faith. Churches, especially in the provinces, were built in antiquity and served as the witness of the goings on of many towns in the Philippines. The Philippines have many old churches that date to the era of Spanish colonization. Because of this, many churches in the Philippines are worth the visit for a local tourist like me.

My visit in Cebu is not an exception and I made sure that I visit the churches that could be found in Cebu City and in Mactan Island. Cebu City is one of the country’s oldest Spanish settlement areas and is good place to go to when you are in love with old churches. Cebu City is also the best place to see the great faith of that the Filipino people with their world-famous Sinulog estival, which honors the Santo Niño. So, if you are in Cebu, I suggest that you visit Cebu churches.

In my travel, I just got a little time to visit three Cebu churches there. One is located on Mactan Island and the other two are located in Cebu City.

Mactan Church


This church is located in Lapu-Lapu City on Mactan Island. This church is the biggest  Cebu church that could be found on the island. To know more about this church, please read my article entitled Mactan Island.

Minor Basilica of the Santo Niño

One of the entrances into the Basilica

The basilica of the Santo Niño is the most famous Cebu church and is located in Cebu City. This is the home of the most revered image of the Santo Niño. It is just few walks away from the Cebu Cathedral and the shrine for Magellan’s Cross. I will write more about the Minor Basilica of Santo Niño in the next blog post.

Cebu Cathedral

 The ivory white Cathedral of Cebu

If the Minor Basilica of the Santo Niño is the most visited Cebu church, the Cebu Cathedral, on the other hand, is the largest church that could be found inside the city. The Cebu Cathedral is located at the heart of the city and is accessible to major means of transportation like jeepneys (multicabs) and taxis. Luckily, I got the chance to attend the morning mass on the day that I left Cebu for Manila.

Cebu Cathedral is a beautiful and clean church. The white paint used for the church’s interior and exterior walls adds to the image of purity that is the characteristic of the Church. What I like about Cebu Cathedral is the ornate designs placed on the church, which is the very characteristic of old churches found throughout the country.

 The altar is too far away...

What I like about Cebu Cathedral is its serene atmosphere, which is very unlike with atmosphere that pervades the Basilica of the Santo Niño. The lack of tourist in Cebu Cathedral is a hidden blessing because there are few bystanders who mill about the place and take pictures of the church and anyone inside it. Because of this, the serenity of the church is preserved and its atmosphere will let you communicate with God better.

Here are other images that I took for the Cebu Cathedral.

Mother Mary and other saints.

Jesus is the centerpiece of the cathedral's garden.

 Here is another view of the Cebu Cathedral.


This blog post is the continuation of my travels in Cebu last December, which started at Mactan Island. Looking for a place to sleep, read my post about Mactan hotels.

Block and Hide

Blog posts ago, I mentioned about a friend of mine who cut off all means of communication between her and me. Guess what, I just discovered that she blocked me in Facebook. She "unfriend" me in Facebook and enabled its blocking mechanism against me. Thus, from my account, I am not able to see her Facebook page. She does not also appear in the friend's lists of my other friends who are her friend too. If I search her name in Facebook, the only result is a man with this profile picture.

So there goes my very first time to be blocked by a friend (or ex-friend) in Facebook. It is amazing that she will go to that effort just to evade payment of her debt. She could do that but the world is too small for her to hide forever.

Visit Ahab Reviews and Tips and read about my tips on how to block earblocks will riding an airplane.