Biyernes, Oktubre 21, 2016

BLOGGERS APPRECIATION TOUR OF PAMPANGA

It was such a sunny and perfect day of September 3, 2016 for the Bloggers Appreciation Tour of PAMPANGA. It was an opportunity to see Pampanga from a new perspective, such as land development from the beautiful build houses from Northpine Land Montana Views, culture which is one of the culinary capital of the Philippines.
As we had tour around and enjoyed some of the places we visited, i realized that The Kapampangans have done a serious job in preserving their cultural identity as a people.

Pretty sights and radiant places filled with opportunities with a thriving economy, home of the famous cooks, with stunning views undiscovered. In line with properties away from the polluted Metro Pampanga has a lot to offer that is waiting to be shown to people from Manila. I had discovered different establishments such as malls, amusement parks and businesses, lifestyle and real estate. And since it is my first time to roam around Pampnga i was amazed with the discoveries i witnessed, i only knew Pampanga as a place where most of Mayon Volcano had hit the most when it erupted other than that nothing else aside from of course known restaurants in the Metro where most of the chief and restaurants originated from.

RICHARD BURGOS
Host
With over 30 exciting years of experience in Public Relations and Communications, He actively does brand management, events management, social network, research and heritage tourism among others. His interests incude heritage tours, music and art. He is fluent in Ilonggo, Cebuano and Spanish.
  • Currently the Director of the Science and Technology Information Institute (STI) under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
  • Chief of staff at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (CRISAT), Hyderabad, India, in 2012-2015.
  • Worker for International Corporations such as HP, IBM and Sun Microsystems.
  • Took graduate courses at the University of the Philippines Los Banos and Escuela Diplomatica in Madrid, Spain.
  • Earned his Special Executive Masters Programme MBA fromt he Metropolitant School of Business and Management in Dubai.
  • Volunteers for NGOs namely, Bahay Tuluyan, Resources for the Blind Inc. and Adaptive Technology for Rehabilitation, Integration and Empowerment of the Visually Impaired (ATRIEV).
Pickup point is none other than at the perfect coffee shop were breakfast took place Starbucks!

Since i woke up late i came in late hehehe but that doesn't stop me of not going because i am full of excitement that i rushed to Starbucks for the pick up location.
Starbucks is where bloggers also do there blogging works while having a cup of coffee whether its a latte or a brewed coffee, to help you be inspired of writing more.


Introducing NorthPine Land’s maiden property development in Central Luzon. The Montana Views where the captivating sunrise can be seen. A home where you can sleep in or relax at your leisure. Picture yourself living close to nature while enjoying a picturesque view of Mt. Arayat right at your doorstep.

ABOUT NORTHPINE LAND, INC.
NorthPine Land, Inc. (NLI) is one of the leading and most trusted real estate companies in the Philippines. We are committed to providing premium communities to the middle-income market. At NorthPine Land, it is our dream to let your dreams come to life. Contact us today.

Montana Views is a residence of promise with its gorgeous line-up of Modern American Country model houses and attractive amenities such as pocket parks, basketball court and swimming pool.  Amid its soothing environs is its proximity to the city proper which is only 6.5 kilometers away.

A stunning property nestled in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga, new residential project is NorthPine Land's maiden project in Central Luzon. For over 20 years, NorthPine Land has carved its niche with its landmark developments in the South Luzon and Eastern Manila areas.

MODEL HOUSES
Montana Views is a residence of promise with its gorgeous line-up of Modern American Country model houses, Aven, Bryn, Kendra, Lindsey and Quincy.

QUINCY
Total Floor Area: 130 sq.m.
Lot Area: 120 sq.m.
Standard Features:
Living Area
Dining Area
Kitchen
Service Area
Porch
Three (3) Bedrooms at 2nd Floor
Three (3) Common Toilet and Bathroom
Lanai
Carport and Balcony
Family Hall
Provisions:
1 Telephone Outlet at Ground Floor
1 Cable TV Outlet at Ground Floor
1 Aircon (ACU) Outlet at MBR
1 Aircon (ACU) Hole at MBR

LINDSEY
Total Floor Area: 120 sq.m.
Lot Area: 120 sq.m.
Standard Features:
Living Area
Dining Area
Kitchen
Service Area
Porch
Three (3) Bedrooms
Three (3) Common Toilet and Bathroom
Carport and Balcony
Provisions:
1 Telephone Outlet at Ground Floor
1 Cable TV Outlet at Ground Floor
1 Aircon (ACU) Outlet at MBR
1 Aircon (ACU) Hole at MBR

LINDSEY
Total Floor Area: 95 sq.m.
Lot Area: 120 sq.m.
Standard Features:
Living Area 
Dining Area 
Kitchen Service 
Area Porch 
Two (2) Bedrooms 
Maid's Room 
Three (3) Common Toilet and Bathroom 
Carport
Provisions:
1 Telephone Outlet at Ground Floor 
1 Cable TV Outlet at Ground Floor 
1 Aircon (ACU) Outlet at MBR 
1 Aircon (ACU) Hole at MBR

BRYN
Total Floor Area: 85 sq.m.
Lot Area: 100 sq.m.
Standard Features:
Living Area 
Dining Area 
Kitchen Service 
Area Porch 
Two (2) Bedrooms 
Maid's Room 
Three (3) Common Toilet and Bathroom 
Carport
Provisions:
1 Telephone Outlet at Ground Floor 
1 Cable TV Outlet at Ground Floor 
1 Aircon (ACU) Outlet at MBR 
1 Aircon (ACU) Hole at MBR

AVEN
Total Floor Area: 60 sq.m.
Lot Area: 100 sq.m.
Standard Features:
Living Area 
Dining Area 
Kitchen Service 
Area Porch 
Two (2) Bedrooms at 2nd Floor
Common Toilet and Bathroom
Family Hall
Provisions:
1 Telephone Outlet at Ground Floor 
1 Cable TV Outlet at Ground Floor 
1 Aircon (ACU) Outlet at MBR 
1 Aircon (ACU) Hole at MBR

The best thing about Northpine is that their mission is to make dreams come to life by providing homes and purposeful areas that improve the quality of life and their vision is to be one of  the country's trusted property developer of the finest middle-income communities.

The expansive property where Montana Views is currently being developed offers a refreshing view of the majestic Mount Arayat and is blessed with an abundant sunrise. A new kind of lifestyle for future residents in Pampanga, it is a home for bright opportunities in life, “Life shines anew”.

The expansive property where Montana Views is currently being developed offers a refreshing view of the majestic Mount Arayat and is blessed with an abundant sunrise. A new kind of lifestyle for future residents in Pampanga, it is a home for bright opportunities in life, “Life shines anew”.

Future expansion and development should be expected for Montana Views. When completed, the neighborhood will have stylish and well-functional amenities such as pocket parks, basketball court and swimming pool. The development for Montana Views was set in motion early this year. Situated at Brgy. Calulut City of San Fernando bordering Mexico, Pampanga, the property is just a few turns away from MacArthur Highway. This makes daily destinations accessible as San Fernando’s city proper is just 6.5 kilometers away.

REASONS TO STAY IN PAMPANGA

BETIS CRAFTS, INC.
Established in 1972 by Jose Bituin, a native of San Miguel, Betis, Guagua, Betis Crafts, Inc (BCI) has over 44 years experience in crafting furniture for a variety of customers all over the world. BCI has mastered this art that captured the taste of world-class designers, hotels and restaurants in many parts of the world including Europe, Middle East and the USA.
I had never been in a Crafts factory before and I was amazed when I first saw all the different designs and well world class styles of the different sofa, beds, tables and a lot more from Betis Crafts.
The word "Betis" originated from the name of a very large tree, 'betis' (bassia betis merr) which was then growing at the site where the church now stands.
Get smittin witht he esquisite beauty of world-renowned Betis furniture and crafts. Let you eyes feast on the intricate delicately designs and delicately carved by the expert hands of local Betis craftsmen.
 Living Room Showcase

Betis Crafts Inc. Finishes all types of:
High Gloss Finish 
Duco Finish
Matte Finish
Natural Finish
Weathered Finish
Chalk Finish
Shabby Chic Finish
Distressed Finish
Rustic Finish
Crackle Finish
 Bedroom Showcase
Collection of stylish chairs
The Bituin residence-turned-showroom and workshop is a haven of Victorian pieces you would want to keep for yourself.

ST. JAMES THE APOSTLE PARISH CHURCH OR BETIS CHURCH
Declared as a National Cultural Treasure by the National Commission for Culture and Arts, St. James the Apostle Parish Church or Betis Church is a prided architectural and religious site in Guagua.
Betis Church, also named "The Sistine Chapel of the Philippines", was built around 1607 under the Augustinian priests. It is well-known for its detailed and striking ceiling murals by celebrated Filipino painter, Simon Flores.
A masterpiece

KUSINA NI ATCHING LILIAN
Meet Atching Lilian dubbed as the gatekeeper of Kapampangan cuisine. Travel back in time as this affable lady tells storie from long ago that explain how native Kapampangan diahes came to be.
Atching Lilian

The sumptuous and delicious dishes that Atching Lilian served during our visit to her Kusina!
Sisig
Papaitan
Inihaw na Hito
Steamed Ampalaya & Inihaw na Talong w/alamang
Chicharon Baboy
Pansit
Hulmahan ng cookies
Atching Lilian teaches how to make the cookies

Get comfortable in her cusinang matua or old kitchen as your tastebuds sing to the flavors of the meals cooked from the heart.
Tour inside Kusina ni Atching Lilian

With Atching Lilian
Atching Lilian's Book

PAMINTUAN MANSION
Museo ng Kasaysayang Panlipunan ng Pilipinas

The 125-year-old Pamintuan Mansion in Miranda Street, Barangay Sto. Rosario will be host to hundreds of people on August 25 as it will then be inaugurated as the Museum of Philippine Social History.
The museum aims to show the wealth and diversity of Filipino culture and the many influences, both local and foreign, as a result of successive colonial experiences. Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan stated that this is a dream come true for all Angeleños, as the museum highlights the citizens’ appreciation of local heritage, history and culture.
The National Historical Commission of the Philippines allotted P22- million for the restoration and curatorial work of the museum which was the site of the first and only public Independence Day celebration under the administration of former President Emilio Aguinaldo on June 12, 1899 and served as a former branch of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.
Pamintuan Mansion Entrance

The museum has nine galleries focusing on the history of the mansion from its construction in 1890; various Philippine textiles, accessories, and weaving tools; and Filipino clothing styles. The museum also has a music room, where visitors can listen to songs recorded as early as 1896, as well as an e-learning room.
Pamintuan Mansion

The iconic mansion has become a witness to many historical events. Built during the 1880s by Don Florentino Torres Pamintuan and Valentina Torres, it was a wedding blessing to their child Florentino, who later became the mayor of Angeles under the American rule.
The Philippines' battle against the United States' administration, General Emilio Aguinaldo, the first President of the republic, briefly moved the seat of government from Kawit,Cavite to Pampanga, making the mansion his headquarters.

The historic house changed its ownership several times since 1899. In June 12, 1899, Aguinaldo also led the celebration of the first anniversary of Philippine Independence and waved the Philippine flag from the second-floor balcony of the mansion. The building likewise served as the town's municipal hall. Later, the property was procured by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).


We had the privileged to go to the top area or rooftop of the Mansion, but we were told that it is an off limit area. I was amazed and realized the reason why it is off limits to the public because on top of the mansion is a scenic view of the town itself you see everything within the reach of your eye and i wonder how wonderful it is to see the sunset on the top....
The stairs going up to the off limit area
Facade of the Pamintuan Mansion

CENTER FOR KAPAMPANGAN STUDIES AT HOLY ANGEL UNIVERSITY
Holy Angel University pioneered in founding three museums that hold a plethora of relics that connect visitors to cultural and historic wonders of the region.
 

Located in one of Pampanga's biggest and oldest universities, a place to get a handful of knowledge from Pampanga's past.
Death Mask of Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr. and Fernando Poe Jr.

The Macabebe Brothers



Take a look inside the Vicente Manansala Art Gallery. On display are personal effects and early sketch works of the famous artist, donated by the Manansala family. Not known by many, Manansala is Kapampangan. He was born in the town of Macabebe.
Works
Madonna of the Slums
Jeepneys
Kalabaw (Carabao), oil on canvas, 28.5 inches x 38 inches, 1965
Murals "Stations of the cross " in the Church of the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice
Bangkusay Seascape. 1940. Oil on canvas. 14 x 18 inches.
Pila Pila sa Bigas (Left and Right), 1980. Oil on canvas. 51 x 84 inches.
Planting the First Cross
Seal of Arellano University
Slum Dwellers
Bayanihan
Balut Vendors
Jansen Rodriguez
Honored as National Artist in Painting in 1981, Vicente S. Manansala is considered the country’s pioneer in Cubism. He was one of the Thirteen Moderns led by Victorio C. Edades, and was one of the Big Three in the modernist movement, along with Cesar Legaspi and H. R. Ocampo. In addition, he formed the group of Neo-Realists together with Romeo Tabuena and Anita Magsaysay-Ho.
Manansala was born in Macabebe, Pampanga on January 22, 1910. He was the second of the eight children of Perfecto Q. Manansala and Engracia Silva. At the age of 15, he studied under painter Ramon Peralta while doing work painting movie posters at a shop in Manila. He entered the University of the Philippines School of Fine Arts in 1926 and graduated in 1930. 
He continued his studies under a UNESCO grant at the École de Beaux Arts in Banff and Montreal, Canada in 1949, and under a French government scholarship at the École de Beaux Arts in Paris in 1950. His training did not end there. In 1960, he received a grant from the United States to study stained glass techniques in New York. He also trained at the Otis Art Institute in 1967, and received another grant in 1970, this time from Germany, to study in Zurich.
Manansala developed transparent cubism and his works were done mostly in the figurative mode, reflecting the society and the local environment. He favored the styles of Picasso and Cezanne, and believed that the true beauty of art lay in the process of creating it.
Manansala worked as an illustrator for the Philippines Herald and Liwayway and as a layout artist for Photonews and Saturday Evening News Magazine in the 1930’s. He held his first one-man show at the Manila Hotel in 1951, and then went on to work as a professor at the University of Santo Tomas School of Fine Arts from 1951 to 1958.
At the Pinatubo Museum, one will learn the woes brought by the Pinatubo tragedy. Admire the courage of Kapampangan as shown in one of the world's strongest disasters to date through artworks and other memorabilia.
The first-ever museum commemorating the eruption of Mount Pinatubo will be inaugurated on June 14 on the eve of the 25th anniversary of its cataclysmic eruption.

TOLL HOUSE
Sweets and comfort foods! What a way to end such an exciting and adventurous learning day!
Their baked mac has been a hit since 1988

Everything at Toll House is special, guaranteed to give you a happy tummy.

I will never forget this event (one of the best bloggers out of town event) because simply it is such a #Winner from the staff in which they're very accommodating and friendly. It was one of those events i can keep on sharing and telling to my family and friends over and over because it was all almost perfect (for me ha) it was relaxing i had my own seating area i mean space hehehe.

We were also given a Halo-Halo and an Okoy as in very yummy

It was also my first time to travel with other co-bloggers that i haven't personally meet yet just through facebook. And oen of the reasons why it took me so long to finish this blog is because sometimes the best ones are really hard to just write easily because when i was writing this i re-imagine everything plus it was my first tiem to explore Pampanga as a City.
Looking forward of going to different places again with the same team of PR and of course bloggers. Kudos to everyone!
 The whole team of Bloggers Appreciation Tour of Pampanga


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