Friday, August 28, 2015

I recently got the opportunity to try out HOOQ’s streaming services through a 30-day trial period thanks to their sponsorship of Cebu Blogging Community’s first anniversary celebration! HOOQ markets itself as a gateway to a world of unlimited entertainment. With just one app, you can stream, download and enjoy thousands of movies and TV series all from your phone, laptop or tablet.

I was pleased to see some of my favorite superhero movies and was amused with nostalgia a considerable list of local Filipino Movies and TV series!

HOOQ is definitely a must for those who are glued to one's mobile device 24/7. Aside from being able to download up to 5 movies or episodes offline, they also offer this feature where you can basically pick-up where you left off if your online viewing was suddenly cut short due to some circumstances. COOL!

About Hooq:
Hooq Philippines is Asia’s brave answer to the growing demand for online video streaming service with more than 10,000 titles of foreign and local movies and TV shows in its repository. Hooq, in partnership with Globe Telecom, is an esteemed brainchild that sprouted from the startup partnership between Singtel, Warner Bros. Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television.

Details are all in and try it for yourself, Happy Watching!

---Here's my general take on using Hooq

  • User interface is pretty straight forward and easy to navigate
  • Search box and that cool bandwidth signal indicator (red-yellow-green)
  • Description or synopsis of a movie/series you may not be familiar with


  • If streaming, it is highly dependent on your internet, so if you are on the move or travelling/commuting, chances are when the speed slows or signal is weak, it's gonna lag and pixelate the whole scene.
  • When downloading, I think one must turn off your phone's sleep feature since that may cancel-out, interrupt or stop the download
  • To be honest the movie library is fairly limited. Perhaps it's due to the free trial? Maybe the premium service one will have additional choices.

My entire viewing experience with Hooq was generally smooth as I watched/streamed two movies and downloaded one.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Another social media platform has been created called YAMBA - which is a new way to fast share your photos and connect the to world. Are you ready for the next big thing?

Yamba Beta Test
As Yamba’s beta tester, I was free to roam around and navigate the site as well as make a post, comment, sharing.

Yamba is a web based (currently) application that functions like Pinterest + Instagram (that's a simple example as to what Yamba is really about). As a beta application, Yamba is still coping with bugs and other flaws of their system. Nonetheless, using it was still convenient and I like how they combined the ideas from existing applications today and also because it was something different and new!

Though not perfect (that's why it's in beta) It is worth exploring as an alternative or if you are looking for something else, Yamba really does rock in it's own way!

Or better yet, try it for your self and register!!

Monday, August 03, 2015

I was researching for some non-mainstream sites, hidden spots and Cebu and I found this little known secret place just in Cebu City, specifically in Barangay Tagbao! One of Barangay Tagbao's secret spot is the Mangasang Falls aside from the local's preferred spot, the Liki Falls. It is not really well known since Tagbao sits at one of the borders or the farthest part of Cebu City (this is right after Barangay Taptap).

The Barangay Hall's Pokemon Gym!! :D
'Mangsang Falls', or also other wise known as Mangasang-a falls was only about 1Km but was a bit tricky in places and you were going to get your feet or your fall into chest deep ponds as well. Guests are required to write their name in the official barangay log book. Don’t worry, you don’t have to pay anything but we still paid the barangay tanod-guide for his efforts, we really appreciated his stories and of course for keeping us safe as well.

River Trail
The most tricky puddle-pond-pool-ish. This is where I fell in slow-mo since I was confident in navigating it and also where my bag took a dip. It was full of moss/algae like things and difficult to judge the depth of the water.
A view of the Mountain Trail
The guide said that we had two options: the river trail and the mountain trail. We took the mountain trail heading there and the river trail going back to the barangay hall. The mountain trail is pretty much what one would expect, lots of uphills, some downhills which pretty much takes your breathe away; of course some stunning farmlands and other mountain views. The river trail was very tricky with lots of slippery boulders, rocks, pebbles and all.

Level 2 of Mangasang Falls (unofficial)
There are multiple small drops or waterfalls along the way but there was one that stood out, which I'd like to call a level 2 of the Mangasang Falls. This is a very good shower type falls for the non-swimmers while the main falls is very deep, which our guide mentioned, and my cousins found out.

In between the level 2 shower and the main falls was this really big rock/boulder.
Just to give you a perspective view of the falls with people in it. The pool is that big.
Our guide mentioned that it was once used as a training area for special forces and even the Philippine Army. Indeed, the main falls isn't mainstream or preferred by the locals because it is difficult to get to, and quite deep. It is best to have a guide to go there for safety purposes, even if one can swim. Fresh water is more heavy, meaning it is more dangerous than salt water because, well it takes a lot more effort to float which is a bit more easier in salt water.

Groufie view in the shower level 2
Another view from Mangasang Falls
This place is quite isolated and best kept that way, to not only respect the locals but also maintain it's pristine raw beauty. In short, Leave No Trace! So much more alternative falls and hidden spots in Cebu City!!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Fun, Food and some Booze well, also community. That pretty much sums up the scene during the Cebu Blogging Community's 1st Anniversary. The Cebu Blogging Community had its 1st anniversary at some bar in Mabolo Cebu, City.

The event was well attended by the Cebu Blogging Community members, as well as representatives of the sponsors. Everyone was smiling and accommodating in their own way.

So let's just get on with some of the Photos shall we?

Let's not forget to thank the following:
Major Sponsors

About Cebu Blogging Community:
The Cebu Blogging Community is a community-driven group formed to unite bloggers in Cebu under a collective purpose. CBC aims to establish camaraderie among bloggers, improve blogging skills of members and provide support to bloggers aspiring to reach the top of their respective niches.

Photo Credit: Kiat Cebu.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

It's been a while since I blogged something education related since I've been busy with my financial literacy/education blog I've heard and have been exposed to CBE ever since YMA - Young Minds Academy since one of our mentors was from CBE - Coalition for Better Education.

There is a lot of challenges, issues, and problems in the Philippine Education system. From teachers, school maintenance, dilapidated facilities, lack of books, system budget release and distribution, K to 12 and many more. Now multiply that to 40,000 elementary schools and 7,000 high schools in the Philippines? And about 95% of the total 47,000 are public schools. We have yet to even include or factor in Colleges and Universities.

And this is where Coalition for Better Education (CBE) comes in. Their main focus is on public schools for its education development advocacies, because they "believe in the power in numbers" - according to CBE National President and One Meralco Foundation President Mr. Jeffrey O. Tarayao, together with Ms. Marilou C. Flores, during CBE Blogger's Forum.

In that event, they also launched what you called a "Energy Flashcards". It is one of the newest project with Meralco’s Energy Education Program. These Energy Flash Cards will be used by public schools across the country. These are Project-Based Learning (PBL) Do-Cards activities meant to be used in times of disaster.

How can CBE help Educators?

There are a lot of benefits in becoming a part of Coalition For Better Education. The members can have access to educational information and can attend some brainstorming and even acquire a scholarship. Aside from meeting new people with same interests, members can also join some short-term enhancement programs such as:

  • ICT Intergration with PBL Approaches
  • Education Leadership in the 21st Century
  • ICT Applications for 21st Century Learning
  • Authentic Assessment
  • Play for K to 3

In its mission to create empowered learning communities, they conduct training and development programs as follows.

Degree and Certificate Programs:

  • Master of Arts in Instructional Design & Technology
  • NCII Certification: Housekeeping, Bartending, Commercial Cooking, Bread and Pastry, Front Office Service, and Food & Beverage Service

Short-term Enhancement Programs:

  • ICT Integration with PBL Approaches
  • Education Leadership in the 21st Century
  • ICT Applications for 21st Century Learning
  • Authentic Assessment
  • Play for K to 3

CBE Partner Insitutions:
CBE partners with big organizations and companies in realizing its mission to help our teachers. These include Aboitiz Foundation, RAFI, DepEd, Microsoft Partners in Learning, PBSP, VECO, One Meralco Foundation, RP Energy, Globe, Unionbank, BCPD, City Savings, and JP Morgan Chase & Co.

About CBE:
The Coalition for Better Education is a national organization based in Cebu, which focuses on education development in the Philippines. Founded in 2001, they will be celebrating their 14th year Foundation Day on August 8th, with the theme: "Imagine, Innovate, Inspire".

Coalition For Better Education is a membership based group that is now on its 14th year dedicated on improving the education by conducting training, research and development to some teachers.This coalition consists of different sectors and professionals.that helped together to come up with great ideas in sustaining improvements. It also provides policy and action research, school audit, and curriculum development services. Another thing is they also administer Mind Share Sessions, events, exhibits, and fora in relation to Education.

CBE Pillars

  • Shared Governance - iNCUBE, Global Filipino Schools
  • Research, Training, and Development - Center for Teacher Excellence, Global Filipino Teachers Program, Monitoring Evaluation
  • Advocacy - Support for K to 12, Education for All, 10-Point Philippine Education Agenda
  • Institutional Development
CBE is a membership organizition (Php300/year) which is open for all and needs more members from the media sector. If you are interested in this cause for better education, you can visit their website at You can also visit their office at Center for Teacher Excellence, G/F Arts & Science Bldg., Cebu Normal University Campus.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Hidden in the baranggay of Jaclupan lies the Igotan or Igutan falls and cave. There are two waterfalls in Igotan, technically - one outside and also inside. Yes, a waterfalls inside the cave (photo above is the outside one). The Igutan waterfalls outside isn't that 'strong' but the tricky thing about smaller waterfalls is that they are most active during the rainy season. I have visited twice already but it was only during the second time that I saw a small volume of water falling ('gamay or hinay og agas' - don't take a dip there unless it's the rainy season since it's murky or stagnant most of the time).

But one thing is for sure, Igotan Cave and Waterfalls is a favorite of locals and visitors because of its so-called therapeutic falls. The falls inside seem to be the opposite of the one outside, it streams constantly during summer or rainy seasons.

Mananga River in Jaclupan side
Take a photo of this fairly long foot/motorcycle bridge
Igotan Cave is at the other side of the Mananga River and we had to cross it using this rusty bridge. The locals also use this footbridge to carry goods from one side of the river to another but during summer, most just use the river bed since it's dried up..

Read and follow the rules of the place before entering the cave
Because there's a waterfalls inside, expect a very damp and wet cave unlike most
Prepare yourself for some crouching, maneuvering, spelunking but you won't need to crawl in navigating Igotan
The Igutan Cave is a fairly small with narrow passageways. There are even some areas of the cave that are narrow; you have to crawl and twist, bend your body to be able to pass through. Probably the most beginner, cool and natural-cave you can visit here in Cebu!

Tales about Igotan Cave and Waterfalls:
Locals have various superstition, stories or legends about this cave. Some say that during the Japanese presence in Cebu, many of these invaders used the cave as their hiding place during the Second World War.

The stories of WW2 may be plausible since the Dead End - Atrium part where the inner Igotan Waterfalls is fairly large
Some locals say that they could feel something eerie and can feel spirits of elementals (enkanto, fairies, and the like) or even the dead in the area being haunted. Well, that makes it more fun and interesting to really check out, isn’t it! I did somewhat felt a 'presence' that I could not describe there as well.

Igotan Cave - Waterfalls - I wasn't able to take a photo inside the first time but I bough some more flashlights the second time and with many attempts to take a picture of this with my Xperia
Don't let that photo fool you, it still quite forceful for one's back
Other people have mentioned (our habal2 driver) that the cave holds a therapeutic power inside it. Well yeah, I could agree but depending on the season (rainy or summer). If it's rainy, the force of the waterfalls is much stronger, hence more painful). But perhaps who knows, it is nature revealing itself and its healing powers perhaps.

My alalays the second time around - admiring the Igotan cave walls, stalactites and stalagmites
Along the narrow way
In the atrium-like place near the Igotan inner waterfalls
Fun Fact: Before there was some lights inside, it has now been taking down because it could electrocute people and was deemed unsafe by the DENR.

Spend = Transpo + Food & Water + Entrance = Php100.00 Max :D