A Celebration of Culture and Unity: Buglasan Festival 2023 Review

In the heart of the Philippines, the vibrant province of Negros Oriental recently played host to the much-anticipated Buglasan Festival of 2023. This annual celebration, deeply rooted in the rich cultural tapestry of the region, brought together locals and tourists alike for a week-long extravaganza of music, dance, art, and culinary delights. As I had the privilege of attending this year's festivities, let me take you on a journey through the captivating moments and highlights of the Buglasan Festival 2023. Cultural Extravaganza: Buglasan Festival is renowned for its diverse array of cultural performances, and this year was no exception. From traditional folk dances to contemporary theatrical productions, the festival showcased the province's cultural heritage in all its glory. The energy and passion displayed by the performers were infectious, creating an atmosphere of joy and unity among the spectators. One of the standout events was the street dancing competition, where dif

The Simala Church - The Castle Near the Heavens

  The Simala Church - The Castle Near the Heavens The Simala Church It was close to 8-years ago since I last visited the Simala Church. I was happy that I was able to make the trip to Simala this week, and I was surprised to see a lot of changes. The church made huge renovations and I can notice more vendors now compared to before. The traditional sellers of bracelets, rosaries, and miracle water are still there. While the younger generation of vendors are selling tourist souvenir items. For those who are not familiar, Simala Church is a church in Sibonga, owned and operated by the Marian Monks of Eucharistic Adoration (MMEA), and its main patron saint is Mama Mary. It is famous among Catholics because of the countless miracles it offered, and the letter testimonies of these encounters are exhibited inside its halls. But, over the years, the visit to the Simala Shrine has not been exclusive to religious intents and is more like tourism. And in my recent visit, I have two observations t

The Importance of Physical Health: Why Governor Chaco Sagarbarria Should Prioritize Weight Loss

Why Governor Chaco Sagarbarria Should Prioritize Weight Loss Governor Chaco Sagarbarria of Negros Oriental is an influential figure entrusted with the responsibility of governing the province. As a leader, he serves as a role model for the community and has the power to inspire positive change. One area where Governor Sagarbarria could greatly benefit from personal improvement is his physical health. In this article, we will explore the potential impacts of his weight on his work and highlight the importance of setting a good example by maintaining good physical health. H ealthier Lifestyle, Greater Productivity: Carrying excess weight can lead to various health issues, such as heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. These conditions can significantly impact one's overall well-being and productivity. As the Governor, Sagarbarria's role involves making critical decisions and managing a wide range of responsibilities. By prioritizing weight loss, he can improve his phys

Unleashing Dumaguete's Charm: Steps to Boost Tourism in the City

  Unleashing Dumaguete's Charm: Steps to Boost Tourism in the City Steps to Boost Tourism in the City Dumaguete is a beautiful city in the Philippines that attracts tourists from all over the world. Its natural beauty, cultural heritage, and friendly locals make it a popular destination for travelers. However, to maximize its potential as a tourist destination, the City of Dumaguete must take steps to improve its tourism industry. Here are some ways that the City of Dumaguete can improve its tourism industry: Developing tourism infrastructure One of the key steps to improving tourism in Dumaguete is to develop its infrastructure. The city needs to improve transportation options, build new accommodations, and develop new tourist attractions. Transportation: One of the biggest challenges faced by tourists in Dumaguete is transportation. While the city does have tricycles and jeepneys, they can be unreliable and uncomfortable for visitors. The city should consider developing a more mo

Day 1 Blog: Do the People of Negros Oriental Fear Congressman Arnie Teves?

This is day one in my effort to write a blog daily. The goal of this blog is to improve my skill in writing because I am very much aware that it sucks. And the topic of my first daily blog is a bit political. I will be taking off from the statement of Congressman Arnie Teves during the Senate Hearing. He was accused of striking fear in the people of Negros Oriental, and he responded that it was false because of the thousands of followers he has on Facebook, there are countless people he helped, and citizens also treat him as a celebrity and have pictures with them. And from my understanding of his defense, he is not feared or creating fear because of the thousands of accounts where Congressman Arnie Teves considers himself approachable. Will the Senate accept his defense? That I do not know. But what we know for certain is, Congressman Arnie Teves, does give financial aid to his constituents when asked. I believe hundreds if not thousands can prove this claim. Because anyone from the 3

Who Killed Roel Ragay Degamo?

Who Killed Roel Ragay Degamo ? That is probably the biggest question inside the mind of the residents of Negros Oriental .  On March 04, 2023, armed men stormed the house of the Governor, where he was shot and killed along with other innocent victims. The Governor's death became part of the growing statistics of death related to an alleged conflict of political interest. It was shocking that this type of crime happened inside the home of the Governor, and innocent civilians were caught in the crossfires of rivalry. The barbaric act of including civilians gained sympathy from the people of Negros Oriental, who wished for the perpetrators to be caught and brought to justice soon.  Most of the suspects are now under the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) custody. It was a quick response from the Police, compared to the previously unsolved killings in the Province . And it was indeed an applaudable effort that justice can be swift if the PNP will bring forth conviction in serving it. T

Everyone is Selling on TikTok, and it's not HELPING!

 A lot of us love TikTok. The platform has fresh content creators, and the videos are not too long.  It is the ideal Social Media if you want to chill while watching videos on the internet.  Then suddenly, TikTok introduced the TikTok shop. At first, I was astonished by their move. They made the platform complete - content and eCommerce all-in-one. But lately, when I open the app, I'm no longer excited because all I see are online sellers.  The sudden barrage of online sellers may benefit someone who visits the platform to buy something. But for me, who only wanted to watch videos, each scroll was a complete waste of time.  Sadly, the algorithm prioritizes promotional videos, and it is annoying.  And to make matters worse, the TikTok shop has an affiliate program.  Now everyone is an affiliate.  Instad of making entertaining videos, they make promotional videos in hopes of a commission.  Then, there are black hat schemes that benefit sellers. A paid creator uses a filter to edit th