Cape Bolinao Lighthouse, Pangasinan

cape bolinao lighthouse in pangasinan
One of the famouse lighthouses, Cape Bolinao in Pangasinan is the second tallest lighthouse in the Philippines after Cape Bojeador in Ilocos Norte. Build atop of the rocky hill Punta Piedra Point, this lighthouse overlooks South China Sea and is about 351 feet above sea level.

Cape Bolinao Lighthouse was constructed in 1905 by American, British, and Filipino engineers to guide ships and boats plying Cape Bolinao in order to prevent sea disasters.

Full Armor

What happened to our country Philippines has been a saddening event. When, justice protectors should have been our democrat defenders, a police officer has been a cause of our country’s trouble. But we will not carry a help if we, the Filipinos, are the ones who make excessive display of negative reaction about the issue. When instead, we are doing something that could lift the mood of our country.

I am sad, but definitely not ashamed being a Filipino. God has placed us to each of our home countries to carry a legacy of being the true blooded borns. To share a patriotic passion, to uphold government’s cause, and carry the traditions and culture of who we really are – Christian, God-fearing, the little pearls of the ocean. I am really sorry for the Chinese people who died during their supposed happy vacation. I am in great distress knowing they value to see the beauty of what Filipinos can offer but experienced a tragic event.  I am sorry for the hijacker who ruined his life and ruined the name of this country.

To those who has the heart, which I believe we all have, let us stop pointing fingers and stepping to another’s foot and start and/ all over continue to do good and carry each others burdens. It is a high time to pray and fight the good fight of faith.

As an individual, it is our work to be the torch bearer of peace – to be ambasssadors of harmony and love.

We have rejoiced in the winning of our beloved countyman in the field of boxing, let us also share the burdens of the poor and the anxious.

Let us put down the armors of war and raise the banner of peace.

God bless the peacemakers foe they will be called sons of God. Matthew 5:9

These words come from the book of Ephesians –

Wear in us the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

Pampanga’s Best

Pampanga is one of the provinces of the Philippines located in the north. Based from the history, its name was derived from la Pampanga.
The name ‘La Pampanga’ was given by the Spaniards who found the early natives living near the river banks – pampang (In tagalog, malapit sa ilog)

This province has been the culinary capital of the Philippines. Its delicacies are variety and delightful.

The province is home to two air bases under the Philippine Air Force. They are the Basa Air Base in Floridabalanca and the former U.S. Clark Air Base in Angeles City.

Pampanga is a home of:
1. many festivals
( Sisig Festival, Giant Lantern Festival, Hot Air Balloon Festival, etc);
2. heritage churches and shrines;
3. recreational facilities and leisure parks;
4. historical landmarks;
5. natural parks(Mr. Arayat Park, Mt, Pinatubo crater)

Some notable people who lived here are
Jose Abad Santos
Disdado macapagal
Philippines 13th president Gloria macapagal Arroyo
Gil j. Puyat
Efren Bata Reyes
Donita Rose
Lea Salonga
Chris Tiu
Brillinate Mendoza

To name some of my friends living here are Michael Galang, now a councilor of Pampanga; Sheirry Manalili who grew in Floridablanca; Jae Ocampo, my nurse friend who studied at Holy Angel University and now works in a hospital.

The inhabitants of Pampanga are referred to as Kapampangan. Their language is one of the major languages of the Philippines. Their language – kapampangan is really cool!

Some words in Kapampangan:

Numbers
1-isa/metung
2-adwa
3-atlu
4-apat
5-lima
6-anam
7-pitu
8-walu
9-syam/siyam
10-apulu


Sentence:
My name is Rencel-Rencel ing lagyu ku
I am here!-Atyu cu queni
Where are you?-Nukarin na ka?
Who are you?-Ninu ‘ica?

Words:
I-acu
You-ica
we-icami
us-itamu
all of us-itamu ngan
love-caluguran/lugud
angry-mimwa
beautiful-malagu/masanting/manayun
beauty-lagu
ugly-matsura

Some Common Phrases & Sentences
Kumusta na ka? – How are you?
Masalese ku pu. – I’m fine.
Mayap ku pu. – I’m good.
Nanung lagyu mu? – What is your name?
Malagu ka talaga! – You are really beautiful.
Kasanting mo! – You are so handsome!
Wa – Yes
Ali – No
Me keni. (from ‘Ume ka keni’). – Come here.
Bisa kung maglolo keka. – “I want to court you.”
Tabalu keka- literally “I don’t know with you.” (expression)
Eku balu.- I don’t know.
Mako na ku. – I am going.
Mangan ta na, mangan tamu. – Let us eat now, let us eat.

On the 31st of July 2010, my friend Cheche invited CAM members and KKBs to celebrate with her birthday and her tito’s bon voyage party in Floridablanca. Going north is one of the best travels as the NLEX is now wider and accessible. The road travelled is like one straight line going to your place. No zigzags. It could render you a good sleep going home if you live there. It took us the usual 1.5 hours going to Pampanga. The place is really hot during summer.  The wide land area is covered with dust and ashes from Mt. Arayat’s eruption sometime in 1991.

Farming and fishing are the two main industries in the province.  Cheche’s family owned a fish pond where they harvest tilapia every 4 months.