Wednesday, July 02, 2014

On 9:21 PM by Mich Borlagdan in , , , ,    8 comments
It's the season of indie films again. This year, on its 10th year, Cinemalaya will once again discover, encourage, and honor cinematic works of Filipino independent film makers.
Cinemalaya 2014

Cinemalaya 2014 will run from August 1 to 10, 2014 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Pasay City. Some films will also be shown in selected cinemas in Greenbelt, Trinoma, Fairview Terraces, and Alabang Town Center.


* 1st Ko Si 3rd by Real S. Florido

* Dagitab by Gian Carlo Abrahan V

* K'na the Dreamweaver by Ida Anita Del Mundo

* Mariquina by Milo Sogueco

* Bwaya by Francis X.E. Pasion

* #Y by Gino Santos
* Ronda by Nick Olanka
* Separados by GB Sampedro
* Sundalong Kanin by Denise O'hara/Janice O'hara
* Dayang Asu by Bor Ocampo

Short Films Category:

* The Ordinary Things We Do

* Ina-Tay

* Mga Ligaw na Paruparo by J.E. Tiglao

Director's Showcase:

* Hustisya by Joel Lamangan

* The Janitor by Michael Tuviera

* Kasal by Joselito Altarejos

* Asintado by Louie Ignacio
* Hari ng Tondo by Carlos Siguion Reyna

General Ticket Information:
Regular Price: Php150/head per screening
For Students: 50% off (CCP Screenings only)
For Senior Citizens & PWD: 20% off
For Govt & Miltary Personnel: 20% off

For more information about the Cinemalaya 2014, visit

Monday, June 30, 2014

On 9:23 PM by Mich Borlagdan in , , , ,    No comments
3 days to go!!!

Do not miss this year's Travel Madness Expo - an annual travel sale set to provide the biggest discounts on travel deals, travel packages, luxury holiday houses, and more.
Travel Madness Expo 2014

The Travel Madness begins this coming July 4 to 6, 2014 from 9:00 am - 8:00 pm. Venue is at SMX Convention Center, MOA Complex. Entrance Fee is Php50.00.
Travel Madness Expo 2014 Sponsors

So, if you're mad about travel, this sale is for you.
See you there!

Monday, June 23, 2014

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Once again, the most awaited season of travel enthusiasts is here as PHILTOA (Philippine Tour Operations Association) opens the biggest travel sale in our country - Philippine Travel Mart: 25x It's More Fun in the Philippines and Beyond.

It will be held on September 5-7, 2014 at SMX Convention Center, Seashell Lane, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.
Photo grabbed from Lamudi

Various travel packages for local and Asian destinations will be available. This year's Travel Mart will surely bring more tourists in our country's vacation spots and emerging destination gems that will also solidify the current stature of the Philippines as the country with the fastest growig tourism industry in Asia.

So save up and book your dream holiday trips here.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

I have been hearing about Baler a couple of times but I had not been captivated until I saw it on Kris TV. I got to watch it with my parents and they kept on bugging me to check this new summer destination. (Well, my parents started to love my idea of road trips and long bus rides when we went to Calaguas, Baguio, and Burot. After those trips, they bid goodbye to the idea that only hotels, private pools, and luxurious resorts can give a family a best vacation experience).

For a month, I have been looking for the best places to stay in Baler. I tell you, booking an accommodation in Baler was a tedious task since most of the resorts were fully-booked as early as February.

And to make your lives easier, I came up with my own list of 'Where to Stay in Baler'. This was the same list I used when I was looking for one; pictures were taken while having my morning bike ride around Baler.


Aliya Surf Camp
Location: Brgy. Sabang, Baler, Aurora
Contact Nos: 09399390929
Details: Beachfront, rate starts at Php4500/night/4pax
photo grabbed from

Friday, May 23, 2014

On 4:11 PM by Mich Borlagdan in    1 comment
Are You a Traveler or a Tourist? That is the question I just tried to answer myself. I have been seeing a lot of people in social media condemning one another by being a traveler or vice versa. Well, I really don't care.

In my attempt to identify which side I belong, I tried to take an online quiz but there were a lot of questions, I aborted it. Why would I even want to answer it when all I really want is to travel and go places (I think I really do not need to make my passion be complicated). Yes, I just simply want to travel, travel, and travel. To be exact, to travel places like a local.

Travel Like a Local
Before I chase a certain place, I make sure that I do a little research about it. A perfect example was when I went to Sagada last year for my birthday trip. I browsed the website of Saggas to learn about the proper attire I should be wearing while roaming around the town and the best clothes that I could wear for spelunking. Just like what they say, we may look chick and cool (for photo ops purposes) without disturbing the local community's culture.

Actually, I have been traveling solo for sometime and survived, probably because of my attempt on talking like a local, traveling like a local, and dressing like a local. (Just another safety tip for backpacking women).

A Big Help Coming
If you are someone who do not mind about the comforts of 5 star hotels may bring (bed, linens, personal fridge, and room service), if you are someone who would prefer to stay in a local's home, then this is definitely for you.

Withlocals is a peer-to-peer marketplace where local people offer experiences and their skills as travelers. Their mission is to connect people and cultures through food and unique experiences. Instead of spending hundred bucks in a famous resto, one can experience dining with a local family in their home. Instead of having selfies at different famous destinations, one can experience having the tours of their lives by visiting places that are not mostly seen or detailed in travel books. Places that are usually known by locals only, how about that?
Experience home-cooked meals

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Location: National Hi-Way, Brgy. Patimbao, Sta. Cruz, Laguna
Contact Nos.: 09495013490, 09223375292
Facebook Page:

Sunday, March 30, 2014

On 6:20 PM by Mich Borlagdan in , , , ,    12 comments
Baler Itinerary, please?
Where to Stay in Baler?
How much was your budget for Baler?

These are the questions that flooded my FB after posting a bunch of Baler photos over the weekend. Some even took time to send me SMS. :)

So, since I'm in the mood to be nicey-nicey today, I'll share our secret on how we were able to go to Baler for less than Php2500.
Chasing Waves at Baler, Aurora