Baguio Flower Festival (Panagbenga) 2009

Courtesy of: ibaguio

Baguio Flower Festival (Panagbenga) 2009 launched


The Baguio Flower Festival ‘Panagbenga’ 2009 shall be a “big event, and to be done on a grand scale,” as to participation, activities and audience, as promised by Baguio Country Club’s Anthony de Leon during the simple launching ceremonies of the Baguio Flower Festival last Monday, Oct. 13.

De Leon is the Baguio Flower Festival Foundation, Inc. (BFFFI) Executive Chairman, tasked to manage the affairs of Panagbenga 2009.

With him were Congressman Mauricio Domogan and Mayor Reinaldo Bautista, Jr., who both promised “substantial support” for the activities.

The mayor emphasized that the event is “community-led and government-supported.” Members of the Baguio Centennial Committee (BCC) were also present to affirm their full support to the flower festival centenary version. Frequent coordination meetings were scheduled between the two bodies for activities to complement each other, BCC chairperson Virgilio Bautista said.

With the theme, “Our Festival…Yours Too!” the 14th version of Panagbenga shall have its grand opening on February 1, the Market Encounter from Feb. 1 to March 8, the Fluvial Parade on Valentines day, “Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom,” on Feb. 22, Abanao Nights from Feb. 26-28 and the most awaited Grand Street Parade along Session road on Feb. 28. The float parade will be on March 1, at the same venue.

Right after the street and float parades, Session road shall be cleared for the “Session Road in Bloom,” from March 2-March 8 where floral-themed accessories are sold and flower-inspired activities done within the area. Promenaders and café-goers shall also be allowed in the area.

On March 7, Baguio Pony Boys and fun riders shall have their day of exhibition rides, games and activities on horseback. Known as “Gymkhana,” the event is reminiscent of oldenBaguio days when horse afficionados would come together and prove their mettle on horse games. Horses then were the primary mode of transportation to and from the agricultural and mining areas.

Closing ceremonies shall be on March 8, de Leon said.

The extra week Innovations to the activities abound, de Leon added, including string quartet and ballet performances during the fluvial parade, usually done at the Burnham Park Lake. Additional activities are being awaited.

Activities are bigger due to the flower festival’s joint celebration with the centenary, de Leon clarified.

As to sponsored events, de Leon said that there shall be no sponsor dominance, nor commercialization for the festival.

Congressman Domogan also emphasized that the flower festival is meant to be a thanksgiving event, for the promotion of unity and to sustain the tourism industry in the city.

The congressman downplayed expectations of a house bill approval, a move to regulate festivals in the country due to the presently-felt economic crisis.

Schedule of Events (Taken from

Field Demonstration - Melvin Jones Athletic Bowl

February 1 – March 8 ENCOUNTER LANDSCAPING CONTEST - Burnham Park
February 14 FLUVIAL PARADE - Burnham Lake
February 22 Let A Thousand Flowers Bloom*** Melvin Jones
February 23 – 25 Legarda Rocks*** Legarda Road
February 26-28 Abanao Nights- Abanao Street
February 28 GRAND STREET PARADE Field Demonstration - Session Road Athletic Bowl
March 1 GRAND FLOAT PARADE - Athletic Bowl
March 2 – 8 SESSION ROAD IN BLOOM Session Road
March 8 CLOSING CEREMONY Athletic Bowl

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14th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF) 2009

Photo courtesy of Philskies

From Byahilo:

CLARK FREEPORT — At least 21 balloons from 14 countries are set to fly Clark skies in the upcoming 12th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF) to be held from February 7-10 at the ADAC of the Philippine Air Force here.

Clark Development Corporation (CDC) president Liberato Laus said this year’s 12th PIHBF is a highlight of the “Clarksiyahan” — a “packet of activities” to be held from February 8-10 at the CDC Parade Grounds.

Clarksiyahan, Laus furthered, would also feature a drag race, quiz bee, inter-school street dancing, PEP squad competition, locators’ product selling, bikini open, and the Johnny Walker rave party and fashion show.

Joi Roa, president of Air Ads and committee chairman of the PIHBF, said of the 21 balloons, 19 are flown by foreign pilots from 13 countries while the other two are flown by Filipino pilots.

Roa assured spectators that this year’s event would be highlighted by new and colorful balloons which include two novelty balloons — an octopus from Japan and a tiger from Germany.

The pilots participating in the event come from the Philippines, Sweden, the United States, Hungary, Thailand, Malaysia, Germany, the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Finland, Japan, Switzerland, England, and South Korea.

Also, the event would feature four paragliders, three from Malaysia and one from France, who are flying thrice daily for the whole duration of the event, Roa said.

Aside from the paragliders, Roa said planes and a chopper from Kuala Lumpur and Thailand would be flown into the country to participate in the four-day event.

Other new highlights of this year’s PIHBF are carnival rides and ATVs (all-terrain vehicles) where spectators would have the chance to ride an ATV in a dirt area that would also serve as an exhibit venue.

Laus said the 12th PIHBF is expected to outdo last year’s event, which hoarded more than 100,000 spectators.

He added that reports reaching his office revealed that last year’s balloon fiesta has doubled by more than 100 percent based on the more than 100,000 gate receipts collected by event organizers. (RGN)

Schedule of Activities (courtesy of Daigdig Pinoy)

14th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF) 2009 Schedule PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 10 January 2009

Clark Field Pampanga will be filled with people once again as they celebrate the 14th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta on these dates.

February 12 (Thursday)
Hot Air Balloon flight
5:30-7:00 a.m.
Opening Ceremony — Phil Army Flag Jump/Phil Marine Drum & Bugle Exhibition 6:00 a.m.
Start of “Art in the Sky” Kite Painting Exhibition by OWG, NCCA and AAP 7:00 a.m.
Paragliding Exhibition 7:00-7:30 a.m.
Ultralight Aircraft Formation Flying 7:30-8:30 a.m.
Angeles City Flying Club Ultra-Light Fly By and audience participation w/ bomb dropping
8:30-9:30 a.m.
Skydiving Exhibition 9:30-10:00 a.m.
Kite Flying Exhibition 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Light Airplane Balloon Bursting Competition 11:00-1:30 p.m.
Sky Diving Exhibition 1:30-2:00 p.m.
Army Jeep Club Demonstration 2:00-2:45 p.m.
RC Demonstration Flying 3:45-4:30 p.m.
Citation Mustang Jet Fly By 4:30-5:00 p.m.
Ultralight Formation Flying 5:00-5:20 p.m.
Hot Air Balloon Fly-In 5:20-6:00 p.m.
February 13 (Friday)
Hot Air Balloon flight
5:30-7:00 a.m.
Paragliding Exhibition 7:00-7:30 a.m.
Ultralight Aircraft Formation Flying 7:30-8:30 a.m.
Angeles City Flying Club Ultra-Light Fly By and audience participation w/ bomb dropping
8:30-9:30 a.m.
RC Helicopter Show 9:30-9:50 a.m.
CIAC Fire Fighting Exhibition 9:50-10:20 a.m.
Radio Control Aircraft Flying 10:20-11:00 a.m.
Sky Diving Exhibition 11:00-11:30 a.m.
Angeles City Flying Club Ultralight Bomb Dropping
11:30AM-12:30 p.m.
Kite Team Philippines Choreographed Kite Flying
12:30-1:30 p.m.
AOPA Aircraft Flyby 1:30-2:30PM
Aircraft Balloon Bursting Competition 2:15-3:15 p.m.
Aerobatic Show 3:15-4:00 p.m.
Airplane vs. motorcycle race
4:00-4:30 p.m.
Paragliding Exhibition
4:30-5:15 p.m.
Hot Air Balloon Flights
5:30-6:00 p.m.
February 14 (Saturday)
Hot Air Balloon flight
5:30-7:00 a.m.
Paragliding Exhibition 7:00-7:30 a.m.
Angeles City Flying Club Ultralight Aircraft Flyby
7:40-8:30 a.m.
Aerobatic Flight Display
8:30-9:30 a.m.
Phil. Navy and PNP Sky Diving show
9:30-10:15 a.m.
Phil Coast Guard Search And Rescue Demo
10:00-10:30 a.m.
Skydiving Exhibition 10:30-11:00 a.m.
Light Airplane Balloon Bursting Competition
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Ultralight Flying Display
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Agricultural Plane Spray Demo
2:30-3:15 p.m.
Skydiving Exhibition
3:15-3:40 p.m.
Aerobatic Display 3:45-4:30 p.m.
Airplane vs. Motorcycle race 4:30-5:00 p.m.
Ultralight Fly By
5:00-5:30 p.m.
RC Airplane Flying Demo
5:30-5:45 p.m.
Hot Air Balloon Flight 5:45-6:15 p.m.
Hot Air Balloon Night Glow 6:45-7:30 p.m.
February 15 (Saturday)
Hot Air Balloon Flight 5:30-7:00 a.m.
Higantes Parade from Anggono 7:00 a.m.
Paragliding Exhibition 7:00-7:30 a.m.
Angeles City Flying Club Ultralight Aircraft Flyby
7:30-8:30 a.m.
SIL Helio STOL Demo 8:30-9:30 a.m.
RC Helicopter Show 9:30-10:00 a.m.
Helicopter Flying Exhibition 10:00-10:30 a.m.
Skydiving Exhibition 10:30-11:00 a.m.
Light Airplane Balloon Bursting Competition 11:00-12:30 a.m.
KiteTeam Phil Choreographed Kite Flying Exhibition
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Angeles City Flying Club Ultralight Flying Display 1:30-2:30 p.m.
RC Airplane Flying Demonstration
2:30-3:00 p.m
Aerobatic Exhibition 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Airplane vs. Car Race 4:00-4:45 p.m.
Search and Rescue Exhibition
4:45-5:30 p.m.
Hot Air Balloon Flight 5:30-6:45 p.m.
Crew and Awards Night Party 7:30 p.m.

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This and Last Weeks' Purchases

Hi! I havent been able to post anything lately since Im too swamped with work. I had been assigned to work on some priority one issues and those little issues take a whole lot of my time. Anyway, now that I'm back, just wanna share you images of my recent purchases. Well, it hasnt been that many for the past two weeks, but over the weekend I'll be posting more pics since most of my items are gonna arrive either Friday or Saturday.

I got a manicure and had Caronia's A Touch of Tan all over my nails. Since Im all out for the neutral look, if I can do it on my face, might as well do the same thing on my nails. =)

My bestfriend got me 4 Nichido Girls' Night Out Eye Pencils, and those are Bronze Glow, 24K, Smoke Green, and Cool Blue. Stupid lil ol me forgot to do some darn swatches again. But these are really pretty. Long lasting, and great for smudging too. Howell, I'll just update you guys once I have them posted.

And the best part? Here is the PINK cutlery holder that I got from a plastics retail store at EDSA Central. This concept was courtesy of Sis Aika, and I do wanna thank her for that. =) This way of storing my brushes will protect my them from being dust magnets. Anything that you put or use on your face MUST be spotless clean, otherwise you'll be saying hello to what we call ACNE. (Sorry bout my brushes, they're kinda dirty, I havent washed them yet when I took this picture.)

So there you go, I hope you were able to grab something from here. Till next post! ^_^

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Happy Mail Day... on a Sunday!

Sundays are normally a drag for me, because aside from the fact that there's nothing much going on nowadays, I also have to do my laundry on that day as well. Since I was so darn tired from my shift last night, I decided to just call the laundry pick up service in our area to do the washing for me. So I went all through my stuff and counted them before handing it over to the laundry woman. I lied down on my bed and started my sleeping melody when suddenly, someone knocked on my door. It was my maid, handing me over an envelope. I thought it was weird. Mail on a Sunday? My then sleepy looking eyes suddenly turned wide when I saw that it was from Coastal Scents. yey! It came in earlier than the date when I was expecting it to arrive. And best of all, I didnt have to go to the PO to claim it! Weeee! Such a happy day for me.

The package looked like this when it came in..

My invoice... Check on my comment, and how they responded to it.

My babies are here!

As always, they send you a freebie with every order.. this time, it's in a sample baggie, not in a container.. Effect of economic recession?!

My long awaited Pink Kabuki replacement.. I missed you dahlin.

Pink Oval Fluff Shadow Brush.. I ordered 2, but they sent out 3 because they sent me the wrong brush when I ordered from them during the Thanksgiving Sale.

Eyelash Comb.. used to get rid of mascara clumps and to separate your lashes.

2 disposable Kabuki brushes.. they're $0.79 a piece.

I love the bag that it came with... PINK!

Thanks to Kathy of CS for making us beautiful thru her brushes! You made my day extra special! ^_^

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Saturday trip @ Landmark Makati

If there's one thing that I kinda don't like about my work, it's the fact that there will be times that we'll have to go to work on Saturdays. I mean, I LOVE my job, but it's the split restdays that makes me not want it on some level. But anyway, enough for my non sense rambling and on to my interesting blog entry. Before dragging myself to work last Saturday, I went to Landmark Makati to get myself some Goolai vegetable salad after meeting up with the buyer of my Coastal Scents 88 Ultra Shimmer Palette. I got what I wanted. A very appetizing salad with one of my favorite dressings -
cranberry vinaigrette.

I decided to dropby Landmark Department store to check out some makeup brushes. And look what I got! L&C Round Crease brushes! I've been craving for these brushes for the longest time and that's actually one of the reasons why I bought crease brushes off CoastalScents' website.


  • L&C brushes are dirt cheap; these babies sell for only P39.75 a piece.
  • L&C brushes are available locally; No need for online purchases and drama sequences with the Post Office. LOL.
  • They are almost as good as other drugstore brand brushes.


  • Since they're dirt cheap, they sell really fast. So once you've discovered that they're back in stock, boy, you need to do a lot of hoarding. Seriously.
  • These little devils are big time shedders. Yes, they shed really bad during washing, that's why you need to purchase plenty of them. Make sure you also have something to de-clog your sink with after washing these babies. Teehee.

So there. After my purchase, I trekked down to my office. And since Ayala Avenue was closed to traffic last Saturday, I had to walk from Landmark to Paseo de Roxas and I arrived late.. again. Sheesh.


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A Post Christmas Gift from Ate Czel

Thanks sissy.. I love it! ^_^

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Finally... Coastal Scents 28 Piece Neutral/Bridal Palette

I was in awe when I first got it... Then, I fell in love with it, LOL.
FOTDs will follow.

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*Pond's Age Miracle Cream as moisturizer
*e.l.f. Tone correcting concealer in Light
*IheartMinerals Shimmer foundie with yellow undertone
*IheartMinerals shimmer finpow with cool undertone
*e.l.f. radiance blusher in Glow


*Artdeco Eyeshadow base as primer
*e.l.f. elements eyeshedow in Pink Ice applied from the inner corner up until 2/3 of the eye, this was also used as the highlight color on the browbone, and on the tearduct area
*e.l.f. elements eyeshadow in Moondust applied on the outer V and blended up to the crease line, the same color was used to apply color on the lower lashline
*Avon eyeliner darkbrown topped with Nichido Girls' Night Out eye pencil, smudged
*Avon SuperFULL Waterproof Mascara
*Geo Contact Lens in Green (three toned)


e.l.f. Super Glossy Lip Shine with SPF 15 in Goddess


*Charm Duo Fiber Stippling brush (foundation)
*e.l.f. eyeshadow brush (eyeshadow)
*Coastal Scents Italian Badger Round Crease Brush (eyeshadow - Outer V and creaseline)
*Coastal Scents Mini Contour brush (tearduct area and lower lashline)
*Charm Pencil brush (for smudging the eyeliner)
*Charm Blending brush (to blend out harsh lines from the eyeshadow)

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Just chillin' out with my co workers @ JP Morgan..

Some of my pics with my officemates.. BTW, I love my blush on this pic (e.l.f. Glow)
Kulitan moments @ Dencio's - Paseo Center

Me and Goddess Lei

Drunk look

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Goodbye, my little Princess.. =(

The word Goodbye... Why is it so hard to say it out loud?

If you're one of those who read my recent posts on GT, then you'll have an idea on who I'm referring to at this point.

I'm referring to my baby, my Coastal Scents Pink Kabuki brush. I lost her during our Christmas party at A.Venue on Makati Avenue last December 13, 2008. I guess it fell out of my glittery, metallic pink pouch. I brought her with me because it matches the color of my pouch. I only realized that she was missing when I washed my brushes on Sunday morning. So tragic and sad...

I will definitely get a replacement for her, but not now.

Goodbye baby. I hope you're doin' okay wherever you're at right now. Mommy will always love you. sniff.

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Waxing: Is it worth the pain?

Okay, so I was searching thru when I came across this product called Strip It All Natural Ready to Use Cold Hair Wax Remover (whew, that was a mouthful!). It caught my attention because of two things: One,because it's made out of natural ingredients, and two, because it's a bit cheaper compared to Epillin, which is locally available at Watsons and other drugstore outlets. I have been reading bits of info on waxing at GT and on the Internet and since then I became very interested with it because I was into shaving from the day I found out on what a razor can do. So I purchased the 150g trial tub of the said product and tried it on my underarms and on the hair growing on top of my fingers. Here is what I can say about it.

Product Description:

Strip Tease wax comes ready to use. No heating, no mixing, no irritating smell…no mess. It is made from all natural ingredients so it is safe to use for your entire body including sensitive areas such as face and bikini lines. With waxing, hair takes longer time to regrow because hair is removed from the roots. Waxing slowly reduces the growth of hair, so the more often you wax; hair regrowth will appear much sparser, softer and finer textured.

Waxing exfoliates the skin while removing hair; dead skin cells and impurities are removed, thus leaving skin soft, smooth and clean. Strip Tease wax is completely water-soluble, so it rinses away instantly with water.

The best part about being able to wax yourself is that you can do it in the comfort of your own home; and if you’re prone to shaving in times of emergency, once you learn how to wax yourself you will not have to touch a razor ever again! So start right now and discover the beauty of waxing with Strip Tease wax. Satisfaction guaranteed!

Kit contents: 350g Strip Tease wax
15 pcs. reusable strips
wooden spatula
instruction leaflet

Available in 2 sizes: 150g - P160.00
350g - P295.00


  • It's cold wax, therefore, there's no heating required, unlike Epillin.

  • It comes with a spatula and cloth strips that you could use to put on wax and to take out hair from wherever you wanna remove it.

  • It takes out hair just as good as Epillin would.

  • It is made out of natural ingredients, hence there are less chances of getting skin irritations after.

  • It only costs Php 160.00 (approx $3.34) for a 150g tub which will last you for quite a long period of time, if will be used on small areas.


  • It is not available at drugstores like Watsons or Mercury Drug. I purchased mine at Ebay, and I think you could see this being sold at Bazaars only.

  • Since it's made out of honey and brown sugar, it attracts ants, so be careful with storage.

  • If you're a newbie with waxing (just like me), it may take some time before you get used to the pain of pulling hair from within. So taking an Advil or any brand of Mefenamic Acid 30 to 45mins before waxing may be a very important tool for you, especially if you have a very low threshold for pain.

Will I repurchase?

Yes, until the day comes when I learn to make my very own homemade wax. ^_^

Personal Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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A gift from my Boss..

To live up to the Christmas spirit, we decided to have an exchange of gifts amongst ourselves (the officers of the Company) and to spice things up, we decided to post a wishlist. For me, I decided to ask for a Cover Girl Lash Blast Mascara in Black. I have seen reviews on it on YouTube and I decided that it'll be a very nice gift for Christmas. It turned out that it was my boss who got my name and on December 31st, just before I left for our New Year break, this is what I got from him..

Personal Rating: 4 out of 5 stars for packaging and quality

Will I purchase one for myself once it's all used up? Definitely, this is one of the best mascaras that I have tried in my entire life! It definitely gave volume and length to my forever dull lashes. ^_^

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Yeah, it's been awhile..

Yeah, I know. Im guilty and Im really sorry for not being able to put up something for the past couple of weeks or so. Aside from the tons of workload that I have to deal with, I lost Internet connection at home which made me computer illiterate during those days,lol (blame PLDT for cutting down wires by mistake near our place approximately 3 days before Christmas...grrr). Anyway, I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays with their loved ones and dear friends. I did make the most out of it with my family and some of my friends and officemates. I did shop around for some stuff during the holidays and got some gifts as well. I'll post the pics once I get hold of my flash disk (which I let my officemate borrow so he could give me copies of pics during our teambuilding cum team drinking, hehehe. I'll be posting pics of my recent purchases soon, but for now...

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