Author Archives: Ma. Rachel Yapchiongco

Angelina Mead King

Showbiz round-up: Love beyond gender, pregnancy rumors, drugs, and more

Thursday, 14 July 2016 | Written by
Angelina Mead King

The first half of July is abuzz with a controversial coming out, dating and breakup revelations, drug use, pregnancy rumors, and more.

From Ian King to Angelina Mead King

Angelina Mead King

Angelina Mead King

True love means embracing your partner’s happiness even if it means defying the norm. Model Joey Mead King proved to the world how much she loves her husband Ian King when the latter revealed himself as a trans woman. He dropped his former name Ian King in favor of Angelina Mead King.

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Ilog Pasig

Ilog Pasig: May pag-asa pa

Saturday, 9 July 2016 | Written by
Ilog Pasig

“Anak ng Pasig naman kayo
Kalat doon, kalat dito
Natakpan na ang langit kong ito
Nilason din ang Ilog ko
Anak ng Pasig naman kayo
Tapon doon, tapon dito
Di niyo alam ang tinatapon niyo
Ay bukas ko at ng buong mundo

Akala ko’y ganoon talaga ang mundo
Hanggang makakita ako ng lumang litrato
Di maniwalang Pasig rin ang tinitingnan ko
Kaibigan ano ang nangyari dito”

Ilog Pasig

Ilog Pasig

Simple ngunit tagos sa puso ang mga linyang ito na hango sa kanta ni Geneva Cruz na isinulat ni Jimmy Antiporda noong 1992.

Ano na nga ba ang nangyari sa Ilog Pasig? May pag-asa pa ba ito?

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July 2016 concerts

July 2016 concert line-up: Selena Gomez, Engelbert, The Beatles Bootleg, YouTube sensations, and more

Saturday, 9 July 2016 | Written by
July 2016 concerts
July 2016 concerts

July 2016 concerts

Shake the concert grounds this July with the following line of concerts and music festivals.

Own it! Concert with YouTube favorites – July 9

Ovation Productions is bringing some of today’s popular YouTube singers to Manila to perform in one concert. Watch Leroy Sanchez, Sam Tsui, Kurt Hugo Schneider, Max Schneider, and At Sunset on stage.

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Garmin Vivosmart HR+

Review: Fitness Trackers

Friday, 8 July 2016 | Written by
Garmin Vivosmart HR+

Many fitness trackers today are wearables; majority of which are worn on the wrist like a watch while others are clip-ons. Features of a typical fitness tracker may include the ability to count your steps, monitor your heart rate, monitor your sleep, and more.

There are different trackers available in the market. When choosing one, it is best to look for features that are ideal for your activities and lifestyle. Here are examples of popular fitness trackers.

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The Achy Breaky Hearts Poster

Movie review: The Achy Breaky Hearts

Monday, 4 July 2016 | Written by
The Achy Breaky Hearts Poster
The Achy Breaky Hearts Poster

The Achy Breaky Hearts Poster

The film “The Achy Breaky Hearts” gives a good glimpse of the pains and pressures of singlehood for a woman. Despite the advancement in science and technology and developments in various fields, there are just some things that remain backward. People may embrace modern ideologies but there are old notions that live on like stubborn stains that refuse to go away.

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Stained glass window

Bicol Road Trip – Part 2

Friday, 1 July 2016 | Written by
Stained glass window

Food tripping in Legazpi

Laing

Laing

One of the exciting parts of a road trip is tasting the local cuisine. Some of the restaurants we visited were Sibid Sibid restaurant, 1st Colonial Grill (home of the sili ice-cream), Bob Marlin restaurant, and DJC Halo-Halo & Snack Inn.

Topping our food list were Bicolano favorites like laing or pinangat (gabi leaves simmered in coconut cream and served with siling labuyo), Tilmok (mixed coconut meat and the crab meat wrapped in banana leaves and steamed), and Bicol Express (pork cooked in coconut milk with hot chili).

exotic ice-cream flavors

exotic ice-cream flavors

We enjoyed 1st Colonial Grill’s Tinutungang Manok (chicken stewed in coconut cream), Tinapa Rice, and exotic ice-cream flavors like sili, pili and calamansi.

Bicol's famous halo-halo

Bicol’s famous halo-halo

We tried the famous halo-halo in the area. Unlike the typical halo-halo, DJC halo-halo is served with a generous serving of cheese on top.

Our group had our fill of Bicol’s finest seafood including prawns, crabs, squid, shellfish and variety of fish.

Bicol feast

Bicol feast

Friends who reside in Legazpi also invited my family and friends to have dinner at their lovely home. They prepared a delicious feast on our last evening in Legazpi.

Visiting Bicol tourist spots

Our Bicol trip is not complete without visiting popular tourist attractions. We went to Daraga Church, Cagsawa Ruins and Ligñon Hill.

Swimming with the Butanding in Donsol, Sorsogon

Butanding Encounter1

Butanding Encounter1

One of the highlights of our trip was the Whale Shark Interaction Tour in Donsol, Sorsogon.

After a short briefing and orientation, we boarded a small boat. Our group was divided into two boats. Each boat was accompanied by four guides composed of one boat master (driver), one spotter, one BIO (Butanding Interaction Officer), and one assistant.

Unlike in Oslob, Cebu were whale sharks are fed to lure them closer to waiting boats, the Butanding Encounter in Donsol, Sorsogon allows the whale sharks to swim naturally.

We swam with different sizes of whale sharks. The biggest one we saw must have been close to the size of a school bus.

Butanding Encounter2

Butanding Encounter2

My friend was so overwhelmed by the sight of the huge mouth coming towards her that she quickly returned to the surface. A butanding’s enormous mouth is lined with thousands of tiny teeth, which it surprisingly doesn’t use for chewing or biting. It feeds almost exclusively on plankton and, thus, harmless to humans.

Swimming with the gentle giants of the sea was an unforgettable experience… something that we ticked off from our bucket list.

Island hopping in Caramoan

Caramoan

Caramoan

It was another long drive from Legazpi to Caramoan. We were supposed to stay for two days and one night but we decided to extend our stay to three days and two nights.

Caramoan Islands is located at the far eastern end of Camarines Sur in Bicol region. We explored several beautiful islands with white sands and stunning limestone formations; frolicked at the Manlawi sandbar; discovered starfish in shallow waters; and swam in pristine waters.

Part of the tour was visiting Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, Mother of Peace Grotto. It was a journey of 524 steps (530 if landing is included) that leads to the 26-foot image of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Pasalubong shopping

Aside from the usual souvenir t-shirts, native wallets, keychains, and refrigerator magnets, we also bought Bicol goodies like pili nuts, pili bars, pili tarts, peanut brittle candies, assorted dried fish, frozen Bicol Express, and frozen laing. Others bought baskets, native place mats and woven trays.

Stained glass window

Stained glass window

Offering prayers to Our Lady of Peñafrancia

We went to The Peñafrancia Minor Basilica or the Minor Basilica of the Our Lady of Peñafrancia located at the outskirts of Naga City to pray for a safe journey home.

It’s a beautiful church with huge colorful stained glass windows. We took the stairs behind the altar leading to the image of the miraculous Our Lady of Peñafrancia. We had the opportunity to touch her veil and offer prayers.

Read Part I here.

 

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Rachel Yapchiongco, also known as Rach to her friends, is a Psychology and Marketing Management graduate of De La Salle University. Rachel is a mom to a charming boy and married to an entrepreneur who has a passion for cooking. She shares parenting experiences and slices of everyday life on her personal blog called Heart of Rachel.

Jump shot at Mt. Mayon

Bicol Road Trip – Part I

Thursday, 30 June 2016 | Written by
Jump shot at Mt. Mayon

Our road trip to Bicol was truly a rewarding experience. It was our first long road trip as a family. Traveling with friends made the journey twice as fun and exciting.

Taking our first glimpse of Mayon

First glimpse of Mt. Mayon

First glimpse of Mt. Mayon

It was a long drive! We left around 9:30 in the evening and arrived at Bicol a little after 7:00 in the morning.

Catching the first glimpse of Mt. Mayon on the road somehow eased the aches and pains of our tired bodies.

I’ve seen Mt. Mayon countless times on photos and videos but there’s something magical when you see the majestic volcano with your own two eyes for the first time. Its beauty is truly breathtaking. We were enthralled by its perfect cone and undeniable splendor.

They say Mt. Mayon doesn’t always show her regal beauty to first timers. Some people who visit Albay to see Mt. Mayon leave disappointed. Town folks say that Mt. Mayon is moody just like a woman. According to locals, she only reveals herself to those of pure hearts. We were blessed because her grandeur greeted us with open arms.

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Love Marie exhibit

Pinoy celebrities who have passion for visual arts

Thursday, 30 June 2016 | Written by
Love Marie exhibit

Some Pinoy celebrities take a break from the lime light to indulge in their passion for visual arts. Many of them consider art as a self-expression and a way to reduce stress.

Solenn Heussaff

Solenn Heussaff is a model, host, actress, fitness enthusiast, entrepreneur, and an artist. Last April 8 to May 8, 2016, Heussaff showcased 25 of her paintings to the public at the Pineapple Lab, 6071 R Palma Street, Poblacion, Makati.

Heussaff took different kinds of art and crafts classes when she was growing up including painting using various mediums, tapestry making, and pottery.

Solenn Heussaff Art

Solenn Heussaff Art

Her first solo exhibit called “Our People” is a product of three years of painting. It’s a dream come true for the lovely artist.

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Matos and Geisler's fight

Showbiz roundup: Geisler and Matos’ fight ends in a draw; Kendra Kramer’s royal birthday and controversial showbiz break-ups

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 | Written by
Matos and Geisler's fight

Here are some of the latest showbiz buzz as the month of June draws to an end.

Matos and Geisler's fight

Matos and Geisler’s fight

Baron Geisler and Kiko Matos fight ends in a unanimous draw

Actors Baron Geisler and Kiko Matos agreed to settle their dispute by participating in the Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC) Fight Night last June 25, 2016 at the Valkyrie Club in Bonifacio Global City.

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rainbow flag

[A Day of Hate] Orlando Mass Shooting Worst in U.S. History

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 | Written by
rainbow flag

Rainbow flag

Forty-nine people lost their lives and at least 53 people were injured last June 12, 2016 when Omar Mir Seddique Mateen went on a shooting rampage inside a popular gay club called Pulse nightclub. News agencies call it the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

According to The Telegraph, Mateen, stormed into the club after 2 a.m. and began shooting people. The gunman took hostages for three hours. Orlando police later penetrated the building with an armored vehicle and stun grenades and killed Mateen.

The lone shooter was carrying an AR-15 assault rifle, a handgun, and an unknown device which police initially feared was a type of explosive.

US citizen Mateen, 29, of Fort Pierce, Florida, was questioned by the FBI in 2013 and 2014 but was not found to be a threat. He was born in 1986 in New York,

Most of the victims of the shooting were men between 18 to 50 years to old. Majority of the people who died were in their 20s and 30s. The names of the 49 victims have been published in The City of Orlando website.

CNN reported that President Barack Obama thinks that the attack seems to be “homegrown terrorism”. The gunman used legally purchased firearms and there is no current evidence associating Mateen with any terrorist network.

“We know enough to say this was an act of terror and act of hate,” President Obama said. He also added that it was a heartbreaking day for the LGBT community.

However, BBC reported that Mateen called 911 before the attack and pledged allegiance to the ISIS. CNN also reported that Mateen mentioned Boston Marathon bombers when he called the emergency services.

During an interview, Mateen’s father Mir Seddique said that the incident has nothing to do with religion. He believes that His son’s actions were mostly likely triggered when he saw a gay couple kissing in Miami.

Nations express their sympathy

The world pays tribute to the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting.

The US President ordered flags on federal buildings to be flown at half mast until June 16, 2016.

The day after the shooting, thousands of people gathered in Orlando to pay tribute to the victims of the senseless shooting.

Vigils were held in California, Illinois and Texas. In New York, the lights of the Empire State Building were turned off as a sign of sympathy.

One World Trade Center lit up in rainbow colors as a sign of respect for the victims of the Orlando tragedy.

In New York, comedian James Corden opened the 2016 Tony awards with a tribute to the victims. “All around the world people are trying to come to terms with the horrific events that took place in Orlando this morning,” Corden began his speech. “On behalf of the whole theater community and every person in this room, our hearts go out to all of those affected by this atrocity. All we can say is you are not on your own right now. Your tragedy is our tragedy.”

“Theater is a place where every race, creed, sexuality and gender is equal, is embraced and is loved,” he continued. “Hate will never win. Together we have to make sure of that. Tonight’s show stands as a symbol and a celebration of that principle. This is the Tony Awards!”

On June 13, 2016, thousands gathered for a vigil in honor of the victims in Old Compton Street, London, the heart of London’s gay quarter. Restaurants and pubs shut down so that people could go out on the streets to offer 2-minute of silence for the victims. The silence was broken with cheers and applause. People waved the rainbow flag and released balloons into the skies, one for each victim. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Tom Watson, deputy leader of the Labour Party were present during the vigil.

Eiffel lights up for Orlando victimsOn the same day in Paris, the Eiffel Tower was illuminated in the colors of the rainbow to show its solidarity with the LGBT community.

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted: “Paris stands with Orlando. Tonight, The Eiffel Tower will be illuminated in the LGBT colours in honour of the victims #lovewins.”

Paris City hall also displayed the US flag and draped the colors of the rainbow to express compassion, solidarity and love.

A vigil was held in Sydney to pray for the people who perished in Orlando.

Pope Francis was saddened by the tragic loss of lives. The Pope prayed for the victims and their families.

“The terrible massacre that has taken place in Orlando, with its dreadfully high number of innocent victims, has caused in Pope Francis, and in all of us, the deepest feelings of horror and condemnation, of pain and turmoil before this new manifestation of homicidal folly and senseless hatred,” the Holy See Press Office said in a statement.

 

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