Over the years, since it’s eruption in 1991, Mount Pinatubo gradually change its features and turned into a beautiful tourist attraction. It never fails to amaze tourists from different corners of the world by its Majestic Beauty.
August 16, 2008: Rajisha’s 9th Birthday
Rajisha is the youngest among my 3 daughters. We celebrated her 9th birthday at home together with the rest of the family, Her dad, Robin, her 2 elder sisters Jessica & Sabrina and her young brother Nonoy. Her cousins were also present in this simple occasion, Cherry, their favorite “ATE”<a Tagalog term for female relatives> was also with us. And of course, their nieces, KB and CJ.
This is just a very simple celebration, with spaghetti & sandwiches courtesy of my sister in-law Ate Evelyn.
We have a very tight budget so, for you Isha: I’ll make it up to you okay? When I received my payment from Odesk, I’ll treat you with cake and ice cream, promise:)
I was so busy this past weeks I had no chance to post recent family activites and they are asking me to post it.
Makulit na sila… Yung mga pics daw hehehe
E2 na yung mga updates. Minsanan na lang.
August 8, 2008 – KB’s Birthday
KB is my nephew’s eldest daughter. She’s close to us especially to my son Nonoy. They are buddy. She celebrated her 5th birthday on Friday of August 8. Nabusog ako ha, in fairness (I was full)
To KB: Wishing you a happy happy birthday!! Thanks for the cake & ice cream:)
I checked my dashboard for my statistics and I noticed that most of the tags used in the search are Luisita Robinson. So I decided to take a walk this afternoon to give my readers some update about it.
Luisita park is a few minutes walk from home. I usually walk here when I need some stretching from long hours of sitting infront of PC. Way back when I first came in Tarlac, as discussed in my previous posts, this area is full of tall grasses, carabao and trees; a typical provincial scenery. After 5 years of my stay here, this place has turned into a modern park with Hispanic touch. In my previous post, you will see some of the establishment such as Jollibee, Pizza Hut, Max’s and Starbucks. And if you will scroll below, you will see that Luisita Mall building is under construction.
Soon this building will be one of the many branches of Robinsons Mall. Well that will be good news to some of the families who can afford to shop here, but then, with the rising prices of basic commodities & devaluation of peso made us incapable to shop an extra aside from our basic needs.
Luisita Park is located at San Miguel, Tarlac City Philippines, 2 hours drive from Manila. If you are traveling to Baguio City, you will surely pass at this area.
Some of you who left last year, you will see a lot of changes when you go back. Last summer vacation, road widening has been implemented.
So folks, just stay tune and I’ll keep you informed with all the changes and update in our area.
I am not a Tarlaquena by blood. I am here because I was relocated here by the company where I worked 18 years ago.
I am a Bicolana by blood and left my hometown to work in Manila. My 3rd job was at Kawasaki Motors Philippines and after 2 trainings in Japan, I was transferred as pioneer employee to Tarlac to train the newly hired employees. I was only 20 years old then and single, probably that was the main reason why I accepted the relocation; I have no family to worry of.
Tarlac then was a typical province, no sign of progress. The road to my company- IWSPC (Int’l wiring Systems Phils. Corp) was a rough road. IWSPC was one of the first locator at Luisita Industrial Park, it is a Special Export Processing Zone located at San Miguel, Tarlac City Philippines. In my previous post about Mt. Pinatubo, I shared my experiences regarding my first days in Tarlac. I deal with loads of ashes lol!
It’s a new adjustment and I have to deal with it. I was cut from city life, no movies, no disco, no parks and I have to walk more or less 3 kilometers to reach the highway. I lived in a dormitory provided by the company beside the company premises. Transport are all inbound. No outbound transport and you have to walk if you want to reach the nearest town.
I don’t know how I endure living here, maybe because I met my hub here lol! But Progress came to us after 5 years and the old place with tall grasses and trees turned into a beautiful park. And the pictures below will show you the progress of once a sleeping province.
This is the famous Jollibee, a pure Filipino food chain. This has many branches nationwide and already reached the tongue of different countries including America. My kids loves this place. Sabrina, Rajisha and my youngest son Nonoy celebrated birthdays here.
This is Luisita Mall. I took some pictures for souvenir. You’ll never see this building again in the coming months for it is undergoing construction. Robinson Mall will occupy the site.
These picture were taken inside Luisita Park. That building is Max’s restaurant, one of famous Filipino restaurant that specializes in fried chicken. I love that place. Rajisha and Nonoy’s baptismal party were held here.
This is Starbucks, yes we also have a branch of that famous cafe here. This is a hotspot so if you want to enjoy free unlimited internet surfing while sipping your favorite blend of coffee, this is the place to go. I bet you also love this place.
This is Pizza Hut. In case you want a delicious pizza, that is also available at LIP park and of course, there is Greenwich too but because Luisita Mall is under construction, they moved temporarily near Maligaya Variety Store beside 7 eleven, infront of Camp Servillano Aquino.
Yes, this is a genuine train. A century old train used at the Sugar cane Plantation owned by Cojuangcos. It now turned as one of the Park’s attraction.
YES! I’VE CROSSED OVER! XD!!!
I moved here last night. I’ll watch my new baby grow here. This blog will be turning 2 months old on August 14, 2008. This is the first time that I will be blogging seriously:) I was so busy with other IT related activities in the past that I never had the chance to create a blog. I was so pre occupied with different projects for my clients that I deprived myself in doing the thing that I really love, writing..
I stayed with google & yahoo for many years and now I want to explore other horizon. I heard a lot of good comments about WordPress and now as I am organizing my old posts, I find it easy and user friendly.
I’ll be moving around in the next days to visit my neighbors here and I hope to find friends & bloggers from all walks of life. Please feel free to leave a comment & your link here as I will start filling up my blogroll.
See you around folks. Happy reading & Happy Posting:)
Ingat! > (a tagalog term for “take care”)
I just joined MyBlogLog last night and its cool. It’s a new Yahoo Service and you don’t have to sign up. We use our own yahoo account and password but we can make a new username. If you already have a blog, you will just have to add it and verify. MyBlogLog is where blogger of different communities meet. You can have instant friends and members. widgets are cool too. I just have mine on the right and you can easily track who visited you and who joined your community. MyBlogLog features your own blog for your members to read. If you’re a yahoo user, then give it a shot. IM me if you want me to guide you. No blog yet? It’s okay, MyBlogLog will be your startup blog and later you can make blogs from other hosts and get it linked to MyBlogLog.
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Today, I want to share my experience in Tarlac, how I reached this place and witnessed the horrific eruption and how this turned me into a Pinatubo Tour Operator.
Philippines, though categorized as a third world country, is very rich in natural resources. We have extensive sea coast with good bays and harbors, navigable rivers and lakes, mountains and caves, land rich in minerals and agricultural products. Back in 70s, Philippines is one of the richest countries in Asia.
There are many factors why we are one of the poorest now. The Government seat has full of corrupt officials who never serve the interest of the Filipino people. Our Political system is one of the the few things that I can never proud of.
As requested by some of my blogger friends and readers, I will be featuring one of the most visited tourist spot in my place, Mount Pinatubo. This mountain is an active volcano located in the island of Luzon and can be found at the intersection of the borders of the provinces of Zambales, Pampanga and Tarlac. The volcano’s recent eruption in June 1991, two weeks after I was transferred here from Manila (I’m not a local here, I was assigned to work here). This eruption came after 500 years of dormancy and produced one of the largest and most violent eruptions of the 20th century. This resulted to dislocations of thousands of families, destroyed many towns, houses, churches and millions worth of properties and resources. One of our indigenous people, the Aetas, who were living peacefully at the foot of the mountain, were evacuated against their will but some stayed in the caves and just waited there to die.
I was sleeping peacefully on that early morning of June 15, 1991 when my room mates woke me up and told me that Mt. Pinatubo had erupted and when we go out we saw that big smoke of clouds circling the part where Mt. Pinatubo is located. The next days were storms of ash falls and we had to wear masks. Our company, International Wiring Systems Inc. (IWSPC), a subsidiary of a Japanese company Sumitomo Wiring Systems stopped its operation and sent us home. Most of us were pioneer employees of Kawasaki Motors Philippines from Sucat, Paranaque. We were offered a relocation to Luisita industrial Park to man and train the newly hired workers from different municipality in Tarlac province.
After a week, we were back to work but we have to sweep and help clean the ankle deep ashes surrounding the entire building. Those were the unforgettable story of my first weeks in Tarlac. We spent almost a month of clean up operation. This really sadden me but not as bad as those who lost their families and loved ones. Most of them never had the chance to recover even the remains as the ashes wiped out the entire towns and buried the houses turning the place into desert-like area.
More than a decade after, the trees started to grow, people started to build their houses again. That raging volcano turned into a beautiful tourist spot that is now visited by many tourists from parts of the world.
A local tourist from Manila will reach Mount Pinatubo in 5 hours depending upon the traffic and trekking speed. 2 hours travel time via private car, more than 1 hour off road ride and 2 hours trekking.
There are public bus going to North. To name a few are; Victory liner, 5 Star, Dagupan Bus, Philippine Rabbit heading to Dagupan or Baguio City. The exact destination is Capas, Tarlac. That is at least 200php- more or less $5.
If you are interested to book a trip, just visit my business website, www.pinaykeypoint.org.
When our company offered an early retirement program, I immediately grabbed it on October 2005. I started to work online and open a home-based printing shop. I personally designed the ID card of almost a hundred Mount Pinatubo Tour Guides and most of them were Aetas.
Pinatubo Local Tour Guide ID
Where to eat and stay at Tarlac
There are low cost hotels and transient houses at the adjacent areas surrounding Mount Pinatubo. Some range from 1000php/day- or at least $25/day but first class hotels range from $50 and up. Food from local food chains & restaurants like Jollibee, Max’s, KFC, Shakeys, Pizza Hut, & Mc Donalds range from $3-5/meal per person.
Another attraction is the Mud Spa, Hot Spring, Volcanic Sand Spa and Massage Spa
Our services were availed by different establishments here such as
advertisement banners, flyers, tarps & posters.
Because of the overwhelming response of my readers here, I included Mount Pinatubo Tour Guiding as part of our services.
Please click the link to see our First Mount Pinatubo Trek
For further inquiries, detailed info, trek schedules and itineraries please visit my other blog:
RECENT UPDATE: AS OF AUGUST 13, 2012
WE ARE NOW ONE OF THE MOST RESPECTED GROUP IN THIS FIELD.
SINCE I POSTED THIS POST, I WAS ABLE TO ARRANGE NUMEROUS TRIPS TO THIS DATE 😉
BLOGGING is indeed a very fulfilling activity. This blog has given birth to PINAYKEYPOINT.ORG
Though, am am guilty that I almost abandon this blog. Each time I log in, it seems that this blog stared at me asking WHY DID YOU ABANDON ME?
I replied: NO! I WAS JUST BUSY GROWING OUR KID 😉
A BIG HUG TO MY BLOG! 😉
My daughter Sabrina who is in her 5th grade was more happy and proud that they won the 2nd Place in Cheerdance Competition. According to her, it was a very tight fight. I was glad seeing the lights shone in her eyes. Her everyday practice prior to that event has paid off and shes looking forward for their next competition, The Aro Cup sponsored by the Mayor of Tarlac City, Aro Mendoza. How I wish I was there to take the pictures but I have a small son to attend to, and since they are all there, I can do nothing but to stay home and wait for their news.
I am glad and proud of my kids. I am doing all I can to support their activities although life in the Philippines nowadays is very hard. We’re surviving the unstoppable Oil Price Hikes that triggers price increases in basic commodities and services making us to tighten up our belt to make both ends meet.
I just wish we can survive all these and hope that the Government will be sensitive enough for the needs of the common people.
At a brief glance at the map, you will notice how strategically my country is located with reference to Southeastern Asia and the Indonesian Islands.
Our Archipelago guards the approach to these regions by sea from the North and from the East. This is both a handicap and an asset to us Filipinos.
A Handicap to us in case war involves nearby countries, as powerful nation with plans to launch war against them may attempt to conquer our country first so they can use us.
We had learned this disadvantage during the second world war. At the same time, the Philippines strategic control over the northern approaches to the China Sea, and indirectly over the eastern approaches to the Straits of Mallaca, has advantages too. It adds to our Political importance among the nations of the world and above all, it makes Philippines commercially, an ideal center for the distribution of goods throughout Southeastern Asia. The Philippine archipelago comprises 7,107 islands. The total area of the Philippines is 115,600 square miles. I will share to you the poem I composed for my homeland.
A TRIBUTE TO MY DEAR LAND PHILIPPINES
By Juliet B. Corpuz 122096
We were living peacefully in this land called ‘Pearl of the Orient’
Our land was so rich and green
We have our gold, our seas and mountains
We have nothing to ask for
Everything is provided by mother nature
Then a galleon came with these foreign men
By their power, they took everything
Our land, our gold, our freedom
Our forefathers were divided
By their sword and cross, the Pearl was conquered
For 300 years they had stayed
Our ancestors became slaves
Our great grandmothers were raped
Millions of our fellowmen were killed
And all over the land, their blood had been scattered!
Then a cry of freedom rang In the ears of Balintawak!
Our Great father had stand and urge us to fight
With his bolo and great bravery,
He shouted:”We have to fight for our freedom!
We have to freed our land!”
We were almost there but then we were divided again
Some of our forefathers stood
On the side of these foreign men
By their selfishness we were weaken
Until we were conquered again.
The kind of sufferings that we experienced from these Whites
Will never be forgotten as long as we live
Millions of casualties, cities were destroyed
Their flag were victoriously hanged
Above the Pearl that mourned
While the Pearl was mourning
Another battle hits again
This time the Tiger Japs
Snatched the Pearl from Whites
By their bayonets, the land was bathed by blood.
The exploitation and slavery of our motherland
Seems like heavy rains storming its inhabitants
Freedom was just a dream
To a poor Filipino man
Then the movement had risen
To fight for our freedom
They were tag as “Huks” heroes of Japanese times
The struggle continues
We have to topple these men
As the Japs were cornered, the Whites suddenly entered
Because they claimed that it was their promise
To return as Mc Arthur said
The wise whites had shared with us
The victory that must be ours.
That was the great history of our Mother Pearl
With her beautiful feature
She is always jailed
In as much that she longs for freedom
But she was always conquered
My dear fellowmen Do we really gain the freedom?
Which been long so much by our motherland?
Do we really escape from the clouts of these Whites?
Who conquered us during those early times?
The Echo of Balintawak
Can still be heard in the wind
The way they shouted for freedom
Was like a thunder in the mountains
The cry of our forefathers were like a storm and hurricane!
How long shall we sleep?
How long shall FREEDOM be a dream?
Did you feel my anger in this piece?
This poem was posted in our company newsletter and a local magazine.
I was very active as a labor union leader when I composed this piece. I was one of those who march on the street with clench fists asking to make a difference…
Warm greetings to you! yea, you who exert an effort and time to visit my blog. Whatever is your purpose of reading this post, I want you to know I’m glad and appreciate that out millions sites in the cyberworld, you stop here to read my posts.
You see this is an overdue account… yea overdue because, I’ve been writing since grade school, composing poems, drawing and writing… writing a lot! school organ, diary, journal, newsletter… writing on a tissue paper while waiting on an appointment… I am writing in any sheet of paper at any moment in my time. Why? because I love to write.. It’s my outlet.. my bestfriend.. my tears when I’m sad, my laughter when I’m happy.
Why overdue? because I started using PC in my first job in 1988 but then I never save anything in that hard drive. I bought my first PC in 1996 and learned internet browsing the year after, and yet I never created my blog. I learned photoshop, flash, frontpage, dreamweaver and designed websites for my clients but still I have no blogsite. The first time I browse the internet 10 years ago, I told myself, oh well, now I have my chance to write everything that I want to… my poems, my opinions, my articles, my activities, my feelings… my anger!
But then I was so preoccupied of learning different programs that I forget my dream to write, not to mention my job, my family and other activities that I’m into. Those things ate my time and let me forget my passion in writing.
Last week I’ve been posting a lot of ads for my IT business and I came across this interesting blog that I read until midnight and that’s it! It makes the fire burning! I told myself, hey! that’s what you want all these years.. why can’t you stop and write your thoughts?
That’s why I’m here writing. An oldie in PC but newbie in blogging lol!
So to fulfill my innermost passion, I will write today. I’ll write tomorrow and the day after and until the day that I die. (I just hope I can really sustain this despite of my busy schedule:) But I have to! I owe this to myself!
So what shall I write?
Based on my title, A Glimpse to the Pearl, I will discuss diversified issues on parenting, relationship, activism, health, social issues, poverty and governance. These are all in the context of Philippine setting because I want to give my readers a glimpse to the Filipino way of life. Some posts may be an occasional discussion about my personal experience in the past, my jobs & struggles, local current events and tourist attractions.
I also hope to gain a fair number of readers and thank you for being one 🙂