Top 5 Pasalubong Items in Iligan City

Pasalubong is most popular Filipino tradition. Bringing home from your travel back to your family or to the host family/friend is deemed as a thoughtful gesture. It is deeply embedded in the Filipino culture that local products are produce for that reason.

So if you are planning to visit Iligan City (The city of majestic waterfalls), here are some list of the native delicacies in Iligan City:

1. Cheding’s Peanuts oven roasted peanuts

Cheding’s peanuts is most loved pasalubong from Iligan City. When you speak about Iligan City, people would cry for Cheding’s peanuts. It’s specially oven roasted peanuts are irresistible. You can’t find the taste from other peanut stores. Specially fromulated by Lola Cheding.

2. SUKA PINAKURAT

Suka Pinakurat is a special spicy vinegar that will get you addicted once you tried it. Suka Pinakurat is made from fermented coconut vinegar added with blended spices to make it spicy hot.

3.Madcow Pizza by Pizzarella Bistro

For short distance travels, you can bring home a box or boxes of Madcow Pizza to your destination. You can’t find it in other places since Pizzarella haven’t ventured to other locations just yet.

4. Piaya de Iligan

Their version of Piaya is something you should be looking forward for. It has a certain taste that would keep you wanting for more. It’s not sweet and best paired with a cup of coffee. They were pretty innovative that they were able to come up with different flavors of piaya. I love the durian flavor.

5. Palapa by Pater Al Kuwait

Palapa is an asian cuisine made differently in every country. This version of Palapa is of Kuwait style and well loved and popular for Iliganons. It is made of onion shutts and some spices making it smell and taste spicy chili hot.

Top 5 Delicious Delicacies in the Philippines

The food of the Philippines is quite the oddity in the culinary world. Filipino cuisine does not seem to want to follow the same rules as any other Southeast Asian country yet it seems to capture all of the essence of Asia’s culinary traditions.

so here are the list of the delicacies in the Philippines:

1. LECHON

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Amongst the variety of culinary treats the Philippines has to offer, nothing stands out quite like a pig roasted slowly over an open fire. Every region has their own style of cooking a lechon but all methods seem to identically captivate its audience of eaters. With its perfectly cooked golden brown, almost red-ish tint, this beautifully prepared delicacy is popular and can be seen at nearly every occasion, banquet, event, or fiesta that happens in the country.

2.  ADOBO

Adobo is a dish inspired by Spain. Adobo literally means sauce or dressing in the Spanish language. The method is simple – soy sauce, vinegar, bay leaf, garlic, peppercorns and your choice of pork or chicken (or both). Let that simmer for a couple of hours or until the meat is tender and you’ve got what some folks would consider the national dish of the Philippines.

3. LUMPIA

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This dish clearly expresses its Chinese influence but we love lumpia so much that we have invented so many different versions such as Lumpia Shanghai, Ubod, Sariwa etc..

4. CRISPY PATA

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This scrumptious dish is made by simmering the hoof whole for several hours until it is absolutely tender. It is then deep fried and served very crispy. It is usually accompanied with a very simple yet flavorful ‘sawsawan’ or dipping sauce. The sauce usually only consists of soy sauce, vinegar, onion and a chili pepper or two.

5. KARE KARE

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A stew composed of peanut sauce, variety of vegetables like eggplant, string beans, pechay/bok choy, ox tail, and tripe (stomach lining from a cow). This comfort food is normally served alongside some bagoong or shrimp paste and is a favorite all over the country.

TOP 5 TOURIST SPOTS IN VISAYAS REGION

Visayas is one of the three major islands in the Philippines. The primary islands are Panay, Bohol, Leyte, Samar, Cebu, Palawan, Masbate and Romblon. It is devided into 3 regions: Western Visayas, Eastern Visayas, and Central Visayas. It is a very calm region surrounded by beautiful beaches, caves, and mountains. It is a perfect destination for relaxation and is well known as the “Islands of Travelers” in the Philippines.

So if you are looking for a destination in the Philippines to relax, enjoy or party rock during night perhaps you can pin the Visayas in your list and visit amazing tourist spots in the Visayas.

Visayas Region is the paradise of the Philippine Island. so here are the top 5 that you must visit:

  1. BORACAYBoracayLocated at the northwest corner of Panay Island and is categorized as part of the Western Visayas (Region VI). There are two beaches that serve as Boracay’s primary tourism hotspot. The first is White Beach and the second is Bulabog Beach. These two beaches are located on opposite sides of the narrow central area. Travellers can enjoy various water-based activities in the island including cliff diving, kite boarding, snorkeling, windsurfing and scuba diving. If those activities aren’t your cup of tea, then you can always just lounge around on the beach.
  2. GUIMARASGuimaras

Guimaras is an island province in the Western Visayas region. It has the distinction of being one of the smallest provinces with the capital being Jordan. The island was formally known as Himal-us before. There are several methods to reach Guimaras. The first one is Parola Wharf in Iloilo’s Buenavista municipality; it has been used exclusively when experiencing rough waters in other areas in the region. RORO or Roll-On Roll-Off ferries are also the more favored way of getting to the beautiful island province.

3. SIQUIRJOR

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Siquijor is situated in the Central Visayas region and is one of the truly enchanting places in the region. Some of the attractions that can be seen on the island include beaches, cave, waterfalls, a butterfly sanctuary and Bandilaan Natural Park. The place is also littered with white sand beaches, 102 kilometers of coastline to be exact. Tourists can take to the seas to see the magnificent coral reefs that have been one of the must-see sights for nature lovers and scuba divers.

4. El Nido

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El Nido is one of the first class municipality in the province of Palawan. It hosts towering marble cliffs, enchanting lagoons, lush jungles and white sandy beaches. The place has one been one of the top tourist destinations in Palawan and has even earned the nickname “The Philippines’ Last Frontier”. El Nido has such inane beauty that in the National Geographic Traveler’s November – December 2007 issue, it has been chosen as one of the best travel destinations in the world.

5. BOHOL

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Bohol is an island province of the Philippines located in the Central Visayas region, consisting of Bohol Island and 75 minor surrounding islands. Its capital is Tagbilaran City.  The province is a popular tourist destination with its beaches and resorts. The Chocolate Hills, numerous mounds of limestone formation, is the most popular attraction. Panglao Island, located just southwest of Tagbilaran City, is famous for its diving locations and routinely listed as one of the top ten diving locations in the world. Numerous tourist resorts dot the southern beaches and cater to divers from around the world. The Philippine Tarsier, considered the second-smallest primate in the world, is indigenous to the island.

Top 5 Tourist Spots in the Philippine

Located at the very eastern edge of Asia, the Philippines are home to more than 7,000 islands, which are inhabited by friendly locals and many indigenous tribes. From pristine beaches and marvelous natural wonders to interesting historic sites and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, the Philippines pack many exciting things to see and do.

To help you with your travel plans in this tropical hub in 2018, we’ve rounded up some of the best and most remarkable places to visit in the Philippines. Even though stepping foot on all the county’s 7,641 islands in one year is nearly an impossible feat, this list of places to visit in the Philippines will at least give you some inspiration and a good start to your adventure.

 

so here are the following best Tourist Spots in the Philippines:

 

1. BORACAY

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this Palm-studded island is a treat for sun lovers. A breathtaking stretch of white-sand beaches and crystal clear blue waters are just magnetizing, one wouldn’t want to end his stay. it caters both to those who are looking for relaxing atmosphere with lot of sun and those who are into water sports. This famous island in the Western Visayas, is the favorite social events venue. The place never gets lonely because it is packed with visitors all year around. Travelers from the opposite side of the globe have found their way into this beautiful island where the famous Filipino hospitality is top notch.

 

2. CHOCOLATE HILLS

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One of the top tourist attractions in the Philippines, The Chocolate Hills are unusual geological formations that consists of at least 1,268 individual mounds scattered throughout the interior of the island of Bohol. The almost symmetrical and same-sized formations range from 98 to 164 feet (30 to 50 meters) high and are covered in green grass. During the dry season the grass turns brow, hence the name. There is no consensus on how these giant mole hills were formed. One theory holds that the Chocolate Hills are the weathered rock formations of a kind of marine limestone on top of an impermeable layer of clay.

 

3. BANAUE  RICE TERRACES

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No trip to the Philippines could be complete without seeing the spectacular Banaue Rice Terraces. Carved from the mountain ranges about 2,000 years ago without modern tools by the Ifugao tribes, these magnificent farm terraces resemble giant steps reaching up to the sky. Locals to this day still plant rice and vegetables on the terraces, although more and more younger Ifugaos do not find farming appealing and emigrate to the cities.

 

4. PUERTO PRINCESA UNDERGROUND RIVER

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Located on the northern coast of the island of Palawa, Puerto Princesa is a nature lover’s paradise. Home to unspoiled landscapes rich in wildlife, this lovely town also lays claim to one of the world’s most unique natural phenomena, an underground river known as the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River. Protected within a national park, this natural wonder is the world’s longest navigable underground river. Guided paddle boat tours show intriguing rock formations and fluttering bats.

 

5. SIARGAO

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Siargao group of islands is paradise! It is best known for its ginormous waves during its season. Surfers from all over the world come together to ride the waves of Cloud 9. There’s an international surfing competition being held annually making this island paradise a much loved destination for amateur and pro surfers. Best time to go to Siargao if you want to surf would be the months of August-September. But there is more to Siargao than just surfing! Siargao Island is the biggest landmass in the island group of the same name. The entire island group is composed of nine municipalities including Socorro, where Bucas Grande Islands or Sohoton Cove is located. The other eight municipalities are located in mainland Siargao.

 

 

 

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TOP 5 TOURIST SPOTS IN MINDANAO

MINDANAO A LAND OF PROMISE!

Mindanao island, the second largest (after Luzon) in the Philippines, in the southern part of the archepelago, surrounded by the Bohol, Philippines, Celebes, and Sulu seas. The island is marked by peninsulas and is heavily intended by the Davao and Moro gulfs in the south and by Iligan Bay in the north. Mindanao has a lot of palces to visit that are very suitable for relaxation and fun. Though many people thinks that Mindanao is the place we should avoided because there are lot of wars that is happening but in the real life Mindanao is a peaceful province and the people who lived there were still very friendly and approachable; it has lot of natural wonders and rich of natural resources that are waiting to be uncovered. This is also a best place to spend a cheap yet fun week and get away.

So here are the list of the top 5 tourist spots in Mindanao:

1. TAWI-TAWI

According to historians, early traders used to call the islands “jaui-jaui” (far away).Tawi-Tawi is the Philippines’ southernmost province; it’s one of the places in the country that is farthest from the capital Metro Manila. Tawi-Tawi is famous for they called sacred mountain the ‘Bud Bungao’ locals make it a habit to climb the mountain believing that it can heal diseases. Also the ‘Chinese piers’ it is the place where Chinese traders used to exchange goods with the locals.

2. CAMIGUIN ISLAND

Camiguin White Island is a sandbar of white powdery sands that is surrounded by clear turquoise water which is just one of the many sandbars in the entire 7,107 islands of the country. Also, camiguin is famous for their diving sites if you want to see something different try diving to see their giant clams. The sunken cemetery is also located at Camiguin the sunken cemetery is the remains of that havoc which had once beset the island and almost swept it out of existence. It is represented by a huge cross of what have been old chapels.

3. MT. APO

Mount Apo is a much-known destination for mountain climbers and adventure seekers out there. There are many rivers, boulders, and forests along the way. It is considered as the most technical and interesting trail because of its narrow and different type of trails. Boulders of Mt. Apo is one of the famous features which would lead to a breath taking experience by ascending the crater of sulfur deposits and vents. Also, there are seven different peaks that can be seen at the summit of Mt. Apo and peak hopping is the best thing to do.

4. ENCHANTED RIVER

Hinatuan River or enchanted river an amazing hidden place for many it is located at Surigao del Sur 8 hours drive away if you are coming from Davao city. Enchanted River is the spot that draws so many tourists, local and foreign because of its natural spring, the color of glistening sapphire and emerald water. This majestic blue lagoon is safely nestled in a forest within a mountainside.

5. DAVAO CITY

Known to be the largest city in the Philippines Davao city. This is also the hometown of our newly elected President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte. Well, Davao city has a lot of showcases when we talk about tourism. Davao is a home of the Philippine Eagle and known as the Durian Capital in the Philippines since this is the city where you can find varieties of Durian. The Samal Island is one the most visited tourist spots in the spots in the City when it comes to relaxation and recreational activities. In fact, there are around 70 resorts and world class accommodations that are being offered in Samal Island.

CHOOSE PHILIPPINES, CHOOSE MINDANAO!

Top 5 Best Iligan Restaurants

We Filipinos love to explore lot of things and places around the world, but Filipinos also love to explore different kinds of foods. Iligan City’s foods option has entirely ballooned with different kinds of food establishments that serves a mouthwatering foods for Iliganons and also for all the tourist in our City.

So, here are the top 5 best Restaurants in Iligan City:

1.   TITA FANNIES LIEMPO AND CHICKEN HAUS

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Tita Fannies in one of the best Resto in Iligan City that serves the tastiest Liempo ever in town. It is located at Zamora Street in Iligan City, Tita Fannies Liempo and Chicken Haus has enjoyed exponential growth and popularity. Other locations in Iligan can be found on Tibanga Highway near Elena Tower Inn and also at one end of the Gaisano City Mall at the corner of Roxas Ave. and Villaverde Rd. Roasted Liempo and Litson Manok (“Roasted Chicken”) are the house specialty of Tita Fannies, their liempo has unique taste. Not the typical liempo that other establishments serve. The secret lies in the local herbs and spices embedded in the family recipe.  Its aroma is so captivating that you couldn’t help but be curious of its taste.  The skin is crunchy and the meat is well-cooked and addictively tasty.

2. DELECTA DINER AND CAFEILIGAN-CITY-WHERE-TO-EAT-FOOD-REVIEW-BEST-BLOGGER-4

Delecta Diners & Cafe is located at Gen. Aguinaldo St., Iligan City infron of Abalos Blg. and in the STRIP branch in Pala-o. Be it for lunch or dinner Delecta has all to offer you, They have the best and tastiest BABY BACK RIBS in Iligan City, they serve several kinds of Filipino cuisine. Their food is great and delicious, the ambiance of the place is great with very cozy seats.  Their foods are pocket-friendly, it is very affordable compared to other Restaurants in ILIGAN CITY.

 

3. LAI-LAI YEUNG CHOW RESTAURANT

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It is located at Mariano Badelles Sr. St, Poblacion, Iligan City. If you love fresh Filipino-Chinese food at low prices this is the best resto that I will recommend to all. Lai-Lai Yeung Chow Restaurant is where most of Iliganon order some Filipino-Chinese delicacies if they have some celebrations like birthdays and other parties. Their best seller foods are their  Lumpia SHanghai, Pancit, Buttered Chicken and their Kinilaw.

 

4. ARUMA COFFEE LOUNGE

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It is Located at  G/F Preface Building, De Leon Corner, Burgos St., Poblacion, Iligan City. Aruma offers Delectable sweets partnered with coffee, If you wanted to have some chitchat with your friend or have pure relaxation while having a perfect coffee, this is the best place that I will recommend to all. The white walls makes it very conducive for business meetings and meet ups. It is also good to hang out on a lazy afternoon with  your friends or with your family. Its one of the place here in Iligan where you can just sit, relax and encapsulate your moment as the time passes by. The food is great and the place is clean which will make you come back for more. If your in for some coffee and need some space then aruma is for you.

 

5. D-DHON’S BISTRO

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It is located at Timonera Building, Quezon Extension Avenue, Villaverde, Iligan City.  D-dhon’s Bistro offers the bests of local and international cuisines at the most affordable price. Their place has a very nice and has a cozy, hip cafe feel to it. The food was all great with all the regular Filipino food choices as well as diner/cafe style drinks such as huge milkshakes and frappe which were definitely a highlight to their business. All their foods were  delicious as well as being a pocket-friendly to most of the Iliganons.

Top 5 Tourist Spots in Iligan City

Iligan City is one of the progressive cities in Mindanao in fact it is a highly urbanized city. Filipinos that are living here are mostly Cebuanos.  There are around 23 waterfalls in Iligan which became famous by the name “City of Majestic Waterfalls.” If you happen to visit Iligan City especially this summer and you are not yet sure about your travel list, let me help you by listing here the best tourist spots in Iligan City.

Top 5 Tourist Spot in Iligan City:

  1. TINAGO FALLSTinago-Falls-2

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Tinago Falls can be found in Barangy Buru-un, Iligan City and it is considered as one of the primary tourist attractions in the City, a metropolitan recognized as the City of Majestic Waterfalls. The moniker Tinago Falls was coined from a Tagalog word which means concealed or hidden since the falls requires an estimate of 500 downhill, winding steps before it can be reached.

2. Maria Christina Falls

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Maria Cristina Falls is often referred to as the ‘twin falls’, as the flow of water is separated by a rock at the brink of the fall. Some describe it as the ‘now-you-see-now-you-don’t falls’, as often times 90% of the flowing water is utilized for the generation of hydroelectricity by the power plants. Still, the grandeur and natural beauty associated with the cascading torrents is splendid and alluring enough to draw the attention of many visitors. The fall is open to public viewing only on Sundays, and other days of special occasions, when the power plant is shut for an hour or so, allowing the river to return to its full flow. There is also a viewing deck on the third floor of the NPC (National Power Corporation) building, from which tourists can catch a great view of the falls, even if they are not in full flow. Also one can find lots of pictures of the Maria Cristina Falls in an adjacent glass room, in the same building. Swimming here is strictly prohibited, due to the fact that currents can become unexpectedly and uncontrollably strong.

3. Timoga Cold Spring

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If you are looking for a wonderful thibg to do in Iligan City, you must Visit Timoga spring pools. The waters are fresh spring waters, cold and clean. Iliganons and tourists love this place in spite of the increasing entrance fees and table/cottage charges.

4. Paseo de Santiago

Paseo de Santiago is located near in Talipapa (Santiago Market), it is privately owed area that has been turned into seaside complex with open seating, several food stall, a mini stage for nightly events, a wide view of Iligan Bay, lots of bench where you can watch the sunset and  huge “Iligan City” and “Philippines” sign.

5. Macapagal Macaraeg Ancestral House

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The Macaraeg-Macapagal Ancestral House is considered as the first house in the Philippineswhere two of the country’s Presidents lived. Diosdado Macapagal, the 9th President of the Philippines and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the 14th President of the Philippines, used to live in this, then, rest house as a Vice-President Father and Daughter. The Macapagal-Macaraeg Ancestral House has been declared a heritage house by the National Historical Institute last August 14, 2002.

Now, the Macaraeg-Macapagal Ancestral Houseis considered as one of Iligan’s tourist destinations. Although, not a lot of foreigners are eager to see this place because of the security issues in Mindanao, this is still visited by a lot of locals, mostly by students from nearby provinces who are in a field trip and/or doing research work.

Research really freaked me!

RESEARCH PAPER. yes i already through this thing we called research paper  but one thing is i am not happy and make our research paper unsure  last school year wast the teacher of our did not introduce/teach/give us knowledge or background about what do we need to do in doing our research paper. We as a beginner researcher last school year and don’t have any background of it so we just look for an example research paper to the google and so we just base it as our example but I think that time we do a horrible, not sure, and i think a joke research paper we did ever.

What does it feels like writing our Chapters 1-3 in Research? To be honest? I feel so DRAINED, TIRED and EXHAUSTED, because we don’t have any laptop or PC to use permanently for our research paper. So in the first day of making our research paper was very “KUTI” because the netbook we use in that time was not really that good to use because it very “LAAAAAAAG” because the netbook was almost memory full of lots  files so in that time we just use our phone to search for other theories and other related to our studies and use the last research paper of my co-partner as our guide because in that time also we didn’t find a WIFI  to connect (I find it so struggling in that day) so after an hour we decided that we will just divide it for this to be easy for us and we go home early and meet again tomorrow again. After that day is the worst because one of our partner was not there and we don’t have any netbook to use but that time I bring the my IPad so that we use as an alternative for netbook just to continue making our research but before that time we are very undecided where do we go to continue making our research paper. In our walking through the street I saw a sign in Chowking “FREE WIFI” we were so blessed to see that sign earlier, so we order there and ask for the password to their WIFI. But the struggles is not yet done we do use the IPad *the alternative for netbook for we just continue the research paper. That day was make me so annoyed also because my brother scolded me one that night without knowing first why I came home late but I just didn’t mind him and go directly to the house of my aunt because one of my cousin is having her birthday in that day and also that time was our last day of making our research paper and I  eat a lot of foods for my energy to boost again (kung sa bisaya pa pang  bawi sa nawalang kusog hahaha).

Research Paper? hahahah  I ran out of vocabulary  and make my brain drained but i am feel so blessed because we done it on time but the thing is we are not done yet setting the exact spacing of the file but still happy to finished it.

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My Kind of Christmas!

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Christmas day was known as to remember the birth of Jesus Christ our savior and this was the most awaited day of all the people! Because Christmas is Always a day where their family and some of their relative to be united to each other.

My Christmas last year was fun. It was nice to see that we were united as a whole family even though it was only once for a while and even though my aunt, my cousin and my brother and other relatives of ours who work abroad well, there is no way for us to communicate with them we do call them through Skype to be connected with them through the time. Me and my cousin were enjoying the company at that time, we do watch the fire works and other fire crackers of our neighborhood together. Our parents didn’t buy any kind of fire crackers for us because it is for our safety, for us to be far from harm. We eat together, chatting anything about waht happen to our lives and the crazy things we do while we were with our friends, and watching different kinds of movies. Our celebration of Christmas was quite simple as long as we are complete “okay na”.

The Christmas is now fast approaching, well I hope that in this coming Christmas it will be one of my memorable day, just like the Christmas when we were still a little. It was full of surprises before and its more fun and I hope that it will be done again this coming Christmas, the Christmas I wanted to be happen again this year.

SCM Kasaulogan 2016

 

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EUCHARISTIC CELEBRATION (DEC. 5, 2016)

In this year 2016, St. Michael’s College celebrated its 101st foundation day and it was also known as a KASAULOGAN. KASAULOGAN is a Bisaya word means “celebration”. The celebration was classified into different color teams (Green Team, Pink Team, Blue Team, Red Team, White Team, Grey Team, yellow Team, Orange team, Violet Team and the Rainbow Team)

In the opening of the known celebration is was first started with a Eucharistic celebration and was followed by a motorcade in the afternoon. The motorcade was started in the main campus until to the Basic Education Department Campus. And After arriving to the BEd department the program was started to open the said celebration. Then some of the students showcase their different kinds of talents and also before they presented their talent the RVM Sisters with Sir Romero light up the torch to symbolize the goodwill and harmony of the game. In that day I have also interviewed some of the Michaelite about their experience and this was their comments:

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Danna Gwyn Reponte – STEM student

“My first day of kasaulogan was very amazing makita nko na na nag enjoy ang ma styudante esp mga color team iya iya ug cheer ug pasakitay tas busog kay dghan lami baligya 😅😅😂😂.”  –Danna Gwyn Reponte

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Renah Fernandez – ABM student

“Kasaulogan 2016 was kinda fun and enjoyable. Everybody seems happy, bisan pag lain lain na departments ang ga sagol sa isa ka color team makita jd nimo na ga unite sila ug nagka sinabtanay. Sa opening pa lang nindot na kay gi sugdan jod ug mass sa cathedral. Ang parade lang jd ang wala nako nasabtan kay mura raman tog ni sakay me gapakusog ug dagan din abot na sa bed boring siya gamay pero sa last kay enjoyable na kaayo ang mga games ug contests kay nindot pod.” –Renah Fernandez

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Adrian Frederick Tandoc – HUMMS student

“Being part of the Kasaulogan 2016 was my one of the best experienced in my life, especially I’m a part of the Michaelite family, In the kasaulogan I experienced such an enjoyable Programs, I cheer loud for my Team Color and lastly I amused on how the faculty and Staffs run the whole program.” –Adrian Frederick Tandoc

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