UP Diliman Lantern Parade 2018

Note: This is a late post.

The University of the Philippines Diliman held its Lantern Parade last December 14, 2018 and the best lanterns were judged based on adherence to the theme (20%), creative use of materials (30%) and presentation and visual effects (50%).

Here are the winners: School of Urban and Regional Planning’s diorama lantern took the grand prize of P50,000. The Institute of Islamic Studies lantern was awarded the second prize and P30,000 while College of Arts and Letters’ lantern won third prize and P20,000.

Special mentions lanterns were the CS Diwata micro-satellite inspired lantern and CA pawikan float.

In the competition among College of Fine Arts classes, the Most Beautiful Lantern was awarded to the “Kasaysayan ng Kagitingan” pop up book. The second place went to “Lumad” while “Banig” and “Dragon” tied for third place.

 

 

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Exploring Beijing, China

Location: Beijing, China
Date:  December 21-24, 2018
Itinerary:  (Checklist of places we visited)
GREAT WALL OF CHINA (Juyongguan Great Wall)
FORBIDDEN CITY
SUMMER PALACE
TEMPLE OF HEAVEN (World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO)
 WANGFUJING SHOPPING DISTRICT
BIRD’S NEST (2008 SUMMER OLYMPICS)
BEIJING ZOO
Beijing Acrobatic Show
Jade Shop
Chinese Foot Massage
Latex Celestial Memory Foam Store
Jewelry Shop

I went to Beijing, China with 12 of my friends via the tour package we got from Royal Kites Travel & Tours.  The travel dates were from December 21-24, 2018 and the tour package costs Php 21,888.00. The travel agency arranged everything for us including the airfare, group visa, travel tax, accommodation, food, and of course, the guided tours. The hotel where we stayed for three nights and four days was at the Ease Cloud Hotel.

My trip in Beijing gave me a lot of “first time” experiences that I will treasure forever. To name a few: 1) It was the first time that I joined a group tour consisting of 38 people (including our 13-pax group); 2) First time to see and touch the snow; 3) First time to see a giant panda, and 4) First time to see and climb the Great Wall of China.

Every aspect of this tour is like a dream come true for me. I have seen things that can only be seen before from  history books and television shows like the National Geographic and Animal Planet. I am so grateful for this opportunity to travel while I still could. Looking forward to another travel adventure in 2019! ❤

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Seen/Scene in black and white

I am currently fascinated in mobile photography since I can capture what I want in an instant.

Moreover, I particularly like taking photos in black and white. Seeing my surroundings in monochrome through my phone camera somehow lessen the stressful reality I usually face on the road almost everyday. It gives the subject a different perspective. Black and white photography either makes it more dramatic or mysterious.

Below are some of the photos I captured this year while on the road or in a coffee shop.

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MRT Moshpit
5/10/2018 | 8:32 p.m.

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“De-construction”
6/4/2018 | 7:34 a.m.

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“Alone”
9/7/2018 | P2P Bus

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“Caffeine fix”
9/8/2018

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Traffic JAM
9/8/2018

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Going home
9/13/2018 | 9:35 p.m.

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“Magallanes Flyover”
9/18/2018

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“Inception”
9/29/2018 | Starbucks Reserve ceiling

ONE OK ROCK Pinoy fans give back to Payatas kids

ONE OK ROCK Pinoy fans give back to Payatas kids
Text and Photos by: Haidee C. Pineda

Tomoya Kanki Ph at Payatas (5)

(JULY 21, 2018) — Rain or shine, the Tomoya Kanki PH (智也神吉) admins, together with the five members of the UP Diliman student organization UP Tomo-Kai, and two other volunteers, went to Lupang Pangako, Payatas, Quezon City on July 21 to distribute school supplies, uniforms, shoes, raincoats and bags to 15 grade school children.

The Tomoya Kanki PH is a nonprofit fan club in the Philippines created by five Filipino fangirls to show their support to Tomoya Kanki, drummer of the popular Japanese rock band ONE OK ROCK. The group yearly celebrates Tomoya’s June 27 birthday through ticketed events such as mini concerts or concert screenings. All proceeds to the events go to their chosen community or institution as part of their gift giving project which started in 2015.

This year, the group’s beneficiary is the Salt Payatas Foundation Philippines, Inc. (SPFPI).

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SPFPI is a Japanese non-governmental organization (NGO) engaged in social work and community development that provides educational support and livelihood projects to the residents living in the Payatas dumpsite. For more information about the foundation, visit their website at http://primer.ph/column/genre/ngo/salt_payatas_foundation_philip/.

 

Tomoya Kanki Ph at Payatas (2)Held at SPFPI’s Likha Shop, the volunteers prepared a short program, fun-filled games and prizes for the children. During the program, the children also introduced themselves and their dreams when they grow up. Some of them wanted to become a doctor while others said they wanted to be a policeman, nurse and teacher.

 

 

Tomoya Kanki Ph at Payatas (1)Of the 15 children, only 12 were able to attend the event. Also present were Salt Payatas representatives Hanna Grace Abella (Coordinator), Catherine Mendoza (Program Manager), Jocelyn Romero (Executive Director), and Elsie Radoc (Literacy Program Coordinator); two teachers, resident volunteers and some mothers of the gradeschoolers.

 

 

Tomoya Kanki Ph at Payatas (6)Before the end of the program, the children sang a heartfelt rendition of “Salamat” by popular OPM singer Yeng Constantino to express their gratitude to the volunteers and all the donors.

 

Prior to the gift giving event, Tomoya Kanki PH, in partnership with One Ok Rock Ph, The Beginning and One Ok Rock Ph, celebrated Tomoya’s 30th birthday on June 30 at the Cowboy Grill in Malate, Manila. The birthday tribute showcased performances by indie bands Silver Notes, Shizuka, Placeholder, Unraveled, Takairockz, and X No Romeo. Guests were also treated to some games and raffles.

 

The event was sponsored by Pulp Magazine, Warner Music Philippines, 392 Majokkomachi, Band Patches PH, Fangrl, Amuse Team Philippines, and Philippines’ One Ok Rockers.

 

Venue: Lupang Pangako, Payatas, Quezon City
Event: Tomoya’s Heart Gift Giving Project 2018

Farm trip

Date: April 8, 2018
Location: Oriental Mindoro

My family and I went to my uncle’s house which is near a farm. It was the first time for my nephews and niece to visit a farm and see farm animals up close and personal. So, they requested me to take some pictures. Here are five of the photos I took during our vacation.  (^_^)

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Nibaliw Beach, Pangasinan

Date: March 17-18, 2018
Location: Nibaliw Beach, San Fabian, Pangasinan
Camera used: Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro mobile phone

We went to San Fabian, Pangasinan last Saturday (March 17) to celebrate my grandfather’s 90th birthday. Our entire clan was able to rent several cottages that were able to accommodate all the attendees of Lolo’s birthday celebration at the Nibaliw Beach.

The Nibaliw Beach is very photogenic with its powdery light brown sand and spectacular sunset. However, I think the local government should start regulating the construction of establishments there because the shoreline is starting to get crowded especially in the area near the main road. We were just fortunate to book a resort located at the farthest and less crowded part of the beach that’s why I was able to capture these beautiful photos.

Nonetheless, for those who would like to get a dose of Vitamin Sea or just have a weekend getaway with family or friends somewhere outside Metro Manila, I would recommend this place since you can reach  it via land trip for about 4 to 8 hours depending on the traffic or season.

Below are some of the photos I took during our family reunion.

Note: The panoramic shot is clickable to get a larger view of the photo.

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Super Blood Moon (1/31/2018)

I was fortunate to take photos of the Super Moon and Blood Moon last  January 31, 2018. However, I failed to capture the total eclipse that night. I was busy with work when the eclipse happened.

Anyway, below are the collage of my photos of the super blood moon using different camera settings.

Date: January 31, 2018
Time: 9:37 p.m.
Location: View from UP Diliman, Quezon City

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