#CBSTalks: Best Blogging Practices

#CBSTalks: Best Blogging Practices

Social media today has greatly changed the landscape of our society and how we view it. We can now access rich amount of data and resources available in the internet, like blogs, where people have the power to share their thoughts. But with this power, comes a responsibility.

It is important for new and seasoned bloggers to keep in mind what are the best blogging practices. One event that advocates this is the #CBSTalks: Best Blogging Practices presented by Cebu Bloggers Society (CBS), Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino and Smart Communications.

Cebu Bloggers Society will be holding the #CBSTalks: Best Blogging Practices which is one of their major events this year. It aims to promote best practices and nurture professionalism in blogging and social networking.

It is patterned after the rousing TED Talks where some of the best digital influencers from Cebu and Davao will share their personal inspiring stories. They will talk about best practices related to content, website management, ethics, and online interactions which will be captured on film and uploaded on Cebu Blogger Society’s YouTube channel, website and other social media channels.

Catch this FREE event on November 28, 2015, 9AM-4PM at the Jimei Room of Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino. Visit http://www.cebubloggers.com/cbstalks for more registration details. This is organized by the Cebu Bloggers Society, Cebu’s first and premier blogging organization, established on February 14, 2008.

CBSTalks Best Blogging Practices


Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) is the Philippines’ leading wireless services provider.

Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino is the official venue of #CBSTalks. The hotel is grandly situated at the heart of the city’s commercial and business district. A convenient 30-minute drive from the Mactan International Airport, the hotel is home to 561 guestrooms and suites, 10 wining and dining outlets, and is popularly known for its superior meeting and conference facilities. With a seating capacity of up to 4,000, the hotel’s Convention Center is outfitted with 4 function rooms and 2 grand ballrooms designed to host all event types and sizes.

Gold Sponsors

Megaworld Corporation is the Philippines’ biggest developer of integrated urban townships and the largest lessor of office spaces. As the country’s pioneer in integrated urban township developments, Megaworld now has 18 townships all over the country. The Megaworld Group has around 4,000 hectares of land in its portfolio. Around 80 percent have been dedicated for LIVE-WORK-PLAY townships or mixed-use communities, the concept of property development that Megaworld pioneered in the Philippines way back in the 1990s. The townships combine the residential, office, commercial, retail, recreational and institutional components to form mixed-use communities.

Cebu Pacific Air is the Philippines’ leading airline. It remains to be the pioneer in creative pricing strategies as it manages to offer the lowest year-round fares for all its flights. CEB currently operates a fleet of 47 Airbus (9 A319, 32 A320 and 6 A330) and 8 ATR 72-500 aircraft, one of the most modern aircraft fleets in the world.

Silver Sponsors

Islands Souvenirs revolutionized souvenir shopping by transforming cottage-industry type products and giving it a fresh take. It carved out a new niche for itself by providing premium quality souvenir items that are creatively designed and packaged in vibrant shopping environments.

Sheb’z Cakes and Brownies


The Spa by Omnia Bellus

Maison des Fleurs Cebu Flower Shop is a flower shop in Cebu city and your personal florist online. They offer flower deliveries, wedding giveaways and party souvenirs like wines and perfumes.

Program Flow

8:00AM-9:00AM – Registration
9:00AM – Welcome Remarks
9:10AM – Morning Session
11:40AM-12:40PM – Lunch Break
1:00PM-3:40PM – Afternoon Session
3:40PM – Closing Remarks

The Speakers

For full list of speakers, their topics and profiles, visit http://cebubloggers.com/cbstalks/.

So what are you waiting for? ADMISSION IS FREE! So register now at http://cebubloggers.com/cbstalks/

Parkmall’s Unique Indoor Park

Parkmall’s Unique Indoor Park

Parkmall has been known to be a game-changer when it comes to giving their shoppers and customers a satisfying experience. They have created an identity as a mall within a park and as the first pet-friendly mall. But wait, there’s more! They just opened their indoor park named Rediscover Life last November 7, 2015. This time, they have brought the real park experience inside the mall.

Another first in Cebu, the new Atrium is reminiscent of a park where families and friends can gather and enjoy a recreational ambiance. It gives shoppers the opportunity to take a breather and slow down amidst the fast-paced city life.

Left Rediscover Life Indoor Parkmall

People Behind the Indoor Park

The unique indoor park was conceptualized by Parkmall Managing Director, Arch. James Co and brought into a masterpiece by world-class Cebuano designers Arch Buck Richnold Sia and Miss Janice Minor. Truly, Parkmall celebrates Cebuano talents who have excelled not only in the local setting but also in the global scene.

TopView Rediscover Life Indoor Parkmall

View of the park from the 2nd floor

Let’s take a look at the features of the indoor park and what makes it one of a kind.

Discovery Tree

Naturally, a refreshing park is best represented with the presence of trees. That is why at the heart of the mall stands what they call the Discovery Tree. It resembles a Talisay tree which is very Cebuano and evokes nostalgia from the summer days spent with the family at the province.

Talisay Tree Rediscover Life Indoor Park Parkmall

The Discover Tree that resembles a Talisay tree.


Mostly, parks are great for picnics so they usually have that snack bar for food and drinks. They have that too. According to Mr. Neal Co, initially they plan to transfer their concierge on this area. Then maybe later, they will make it a juice bar and serve refreshments. During the opening, it served cocktail drinks to the guests and gave us a glimpse how it can be a multi-purpose facility.

Bar Rediscover Life Indoor Parkmall

An area that can be a bar or concierge

Wooden Platform

The benches and platform is purely made of wood which makes it child-friendly. Kids are expected to be roaming and jumping around the place so it’s one thing less to worry.

Kids Rediscover Life Indoor Parkmall

Kids already enjoying the park

Artificial Grass

What’s a park without the grass? Probably the favorite feature is their artificial grass which is very relaxing to the eyes. It is a rare sight to see grasses inside a mall and it makes you want to walk and even roll on it, as a kid. Even pets will surely be interested to play on it so owners please watch out for their deeds. 🙂

Doggy Rediscover Life Indoor Parkmall

Curious doggy is enjoying the grass

Unique Indoor Park

Overall, the indoor park is an eye-candy with its creative and intricate design. It answers the shoppers’ common dilemma, a place to sit down and relax after hours of strolling. It is even more fun when you can let your kids play around.

Shoppers Rediscover Life Indoor Parkmall

This indoor park is another testament to their tagline, “Life is a Walk in Parkmall”. Have you visited their new Atrium? Share your thoughts and spread good vibes! 🙂

Introducing Emjae Fotos Version 2.0

Introducing Emjae Fotos Version 2.0

Most successful people have been through a lot of challenges and failures in life. Some may have started from the bottom, but now they managed to make their way to the top. It takes a lot of patience, perseverance and self-improvement to support your main driving force, that is passion.

For me, passion is the light that helps us find our purpose and guides us towards the journey. Let me share a quick background how Emjae Fotos has transformed so far. Allow me to answer why I blogged, and what keeps me blogging.

Emjae Fotos 1.0

It was in September 28, 2014 when I purchased the domain name EmjaeFotos.com. Prior to that, I have been blogging for 7 months already under a different name which until now I can’t imagine how I came up with. Honestly, I am so shy to share my blog posts with that name so I started to get insecure and slowly lost interest in blogging.

Emjae Fotos header

First Banner Image

Just when I needed the most, I was invited by the Cebu Blogging Community to attend a blogging summit with other bloggers and aspiring ones. After the inspiring talks and sessions, it was in that event that I decided to finally get a domain name. However, it was not an easy decision to choose a custom name. Do I use my name or create an anonymous brand?

It could have been an easy decision to choose an anonymous name. It sounds more professional and I don’t have to post something personal. But after a series of soul-searching, I realized I’ve already been branding the photos I share on Facebook by putting a watermark. So why not use it to brand my photo works?

Actually the main reason that I started a website is to create a portfolio of my photos. If you have read about me, I aspire to be a professional photographer. Yeah, that is my dream to make a living out of photography where I could travel places and have freedom of my time.

Blogging and Photography

But in most cases, part of reality in photography is that in order to get the big bucks, you got to have the big guns. For a starter, I still lack the gears and high-end equipment to handle big time events. So for now, I use blogging as a platform to hone and improve my skills. In the end, photography is not about the camera but about the shooter. It’s how you put creativity and art into a photograph.

Through blogging, I got to practice being creative in sharing photographs. Anyone can take a snap of an event or an adventure but as much as possible, I try to capture more than meets the eye. I look for a different perspective than an ordinary traveler sees. And not only that, blogging has turned me from simply documenting an activity into a storyteller.

That’s it! It’s my passion to share the stories I see through my camera that brought me and keeps me into blogging. As I look back to my first ever post, it was the intention to share a social good activity we did that pushed me to blog. I will always look back to this activity when I ask myself why do I blog.

Emjae Fotos 2.0

Since then, I only took blogging for fun and as a means to share what meets my eye. But now, I believe I have improved myself by surviving the Cebu Blogging Community’s 30-Day Blog Posting Challenge. I have learned a lot of things and was able to appreciate the great opportunities of blogging.

With this, I am taking this blog, again, to the next level and pursue to make it a recognized brand. This image below will be my official logo and I call it, Emjae Fotos version 2.0.

Emjae Fotos Logo 2.0

I will consider this day as a milestone in my blog life. This marks my renewed passion in photography and blogging with a new goal, to turn this passion into paychecks. I’m not aiming to be successful in this career but I just want to enjoy it. There is nothing rewarding than earning from the things you love to do. Still Emjae Fotos is here to share what meets my eye and to continue spreading good vibes. So watch out for more creative contents! 😀

This is my Day 30 entry for the CBC 30-Day Blog Posting Challenge. I would like to thank the partners: CebuDomain.org, KalamiCebu.com, Zuprome.com, Channelmarie.com, PIA, iNewMedia.org. And to my fellow challengers  ChannelMarie.com, ZupRome.com, FueledbyCaffeine.net, WhyCebu.com, and WonderfulCebu.com, please do check their blogs as well.
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The Mandaue-Mactan Bridges

The Mandaue-Mactan Bridges

Mactan Island is known for its export processing factories, mass production of musical instruments, an international airport and a diverse collection of tourist attractions. These things makes it a viable place to live in and is considered as Philippines’s most densely populated island. But this economic and social boom couldn’t be made possible without the help of infrastructure, the Mandaue-Mactan bridges.

Aerial View Mandaue Mactan Bridge

Photo from tourism-philippines.com/cebu/

The two Mandaue-Mactan bridges paved way for the island to be easily accessed from the mainland province of Cebu. Both bridges have become iconic landmarks of Cebu. It connects Lapu-lapu City to Mandaue City, another progressive city in Metro Cebu, across the Mactan Channel. Let’s take a look at these two bridges and its brief history.

First Mandaue-Mactan Bridge

Its official name is  Mandaue-Mactan Bridge but when the second bridge was constructed, it is more commonly called as the First Mandaue-Mactan Bridge or the Old Bridge. It is 846 meters long (2,775 feet) and 9 meters wide (29 feet) and is categorized as a box truss type of bridge. The construction costs 65 million pesos which began in 1970 and was inaugurated in 1972 during the term of the late President Ferdinand Marcos. One impressive fact about it is it was wholly designed and created by Filipino engineers.

Worm View 1 Mandaue Mactan Bridge

During the Sinulog Festival in Cebu, people flock on top of the Mandaue-Mactan bridge to witness a very special and sacred activity. It is the Fluvial Procession of the Senor Santo Nino from Mactan to the mainland Cebu. Aboard a galleon, the Holy Image of the Child Jesus will cruise along the Mactan Channel and under the first bridge. Several motorboats and bancas will follow the galleon which a great sight to see from the top of the Mandaue-Mactan bridge.

Balloons Mandaue Mactan Bridge

People releasing balloons after seeing the Sto. Nino

First Fluvial Above Mandaue Mactan Bridge

People on top of the bridge to witness the fluvial procession.

People Fluvial Above Mandaue Mactan Bridge

Do you know that this bridge initially had toll booths on both sides? It was until the late 1980’s when the toll fee collection was stopped. The toll booths were then demolished and removed which makes the travel across the bridge smoother.

Marcelo Fernan Bridge

Eventually, the volume of people and vehicles rose which led to the congestion of the first bridge. To help ease the problem, the second Mandaue-Mactan Bridge was constructed. It is named after a former senator and Chief Justice of the Philippine’s Supreme Court, the late Marcelo B. Fernan. The bridge has a total length of 1,237 meters (4,058.40 feet) with a center span of 185 meters (606.96 feet).

Worm View Mandaue Mactan Bridge

The Marcelo Fernan Bridge began its construction in 1998 and opened in August 1999 during the term of former President Joseph Estrada. It is an extra dosed cabled stayed type of bridge and is considered as one of the widest and longest bridge spans in the Philippines. This was made possible with the help of the Japanese Government as a symbol of friendship between the Republic of the Philippines.

Center Shot Above Mandaue Mactan Bridge

One great feature of the bridge is the walkway on both sides of the bridge which makes it safe for pedestrian to walk across the bridge. Because of this, it is also a favorite spot for joggers because of the slope which is a good exercise and training routine.

Jogging Above Mandaue Mactan Bridge

At night, you can have a wonderful view of the Marcelo Fernan Bridge lights from a mini-park underneath situated on the Lapu-lapu City side. The mini-park has benches for people to chill and enjoy the sea breeze while some even jog around the walkways.

Long Exposure Mandaue Mactan Bridge

The night lights of Marcelo Fernan Bridge.

A Third Bridge

But wait, there’s more! Do you know that a third bridge, with a span of about seven kilometers, is on the work? A proposed P16.88-billion Cebu City – Cordova bridge project officially broke ground on January 1, 2015 on Shell Island, Cordova town.

The Mandaue-Mactan bridges have greatly facilitated the transport of people, goods, services and opportunities between Mactan Island and mainland Cebu. A third bridge would surely help decongest Mactan Island, again, and a good sign of economic development in Cebu. I just hope for the success of this project as well as the welfare of our environment and natural resources.

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Cebu Heritage Sites At Night

Cebu Heritage Sites At Night

Cebu is the oldest city in the Philippines and is know for its rich culture and heritage. Aside from the many attractions such as beautiful islands, white sand beaches, luxury resorts, it is also visited for its historical spots. It is considered the Queen City of the South and center for commerce in the Visayas .

The best time to visit Cebu heritage sites is during the Gabii sa Kabilin, an event that showcases Cebu’s rich culture through museums and historical buildings. Check out a few of the sites you can visit and how the spots look like during the night.

Yap-San Diego Ancestral House

This is one of the oldest houses in Cebu which was built in the late 1600’s. It was built by a family of Chinese merchants out of coral stones and wood. The Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House is now a museum and houses a lot of antique furniture. Because of it’s vintage look, it is mostly visited during heritage tours as well as photo shoots like wedding engagement sessions.


Cebu Heritage Monument

Just across the street from the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House is the Cebu Heritage Monument. It is a work of national artist Edgardo Castrillo which was started in July 1997 and inaugurated on December 8, 2000. It depicts the history of Cebu which shows scenes of the city starting from the time during the Spanish colonization as well as the modern-day scenarios. It is a great piece of located at the end of the oldest street in Cebu, Colon Street.


Archdiocesan Museum

The Cathedral Museum of Cebu is a museum situated next to the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, and not far from the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño. The building was one of the few extant structures in downtown Cebu City that was totally spared from the ravages of World War II. It was first the parish convent of the Cathedral, then a school of the University of San Carlos, then a cooperative store, and even as a temporary chapel during the renovation of the Cathedral.


Casa Gorordo

The Casa Gorordo Museum is a 19th century lifestyle museum which was built in the 1850’s. It has a massive stone walls around and parts of the buildings were made of corals. You can see wide windows with translucent shells and huge posts of molave for a strong foundation. It has undergone several renovations to strengthen aging elements and preserve it as a National Landmark.


Lapu-lapu Shrine

The shrine of Lapu-Lapu was erected to celebrate Chief Lapu-Lapu as the first Philippine national to resist foreign rule. It was when Ferdinand Magellan made a historic journey to the Philippines and convinced the locals to convert to Christianity. Eventually, there was conflict of interest that ended into a Battle in Mactan. Lapu-lapu then beat Magellan and killed most of his troops.


Magellan’s Cross

Though he is considered the villain at Battle of Mactan, Magellan is also honored for bringing Christianity to the Philippines. He brought the symbol of the Santo Nino (Child Jesus) to the Philippine islands and had a sucessful run in baptizing majority of the people to Christianity.

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Fort San Pedro

Fuerte de San Pedro, also commonly known now as Plaza Indepedencia, is a military defence structure during the time of the Spanish colonization. It was built under the command of the first governor Miguel López de Legazpi. At the end of the 19th century, it was attacked and taken by Filipino revolutionaries which they used as a stronghold at the height of the Philippine Revolution.


University of the Philippines Cebu

The University of the Philippines Cebu was founded on May 3, 1918, ten years after the founding of UP in 1908. It is an autonomous unit of the University of the Philippines system which is located in Lahug. There are a lot historical events and stories about UP Cebu and that includes the spooky ones. It served as a camp during the war for American and British civilians and later occupied by the Japanese troops.

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First stop for the #GabiiSaKabilin.

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Cebu Capitol Building

The Cebu Provincial Capitol is the seat of the provincial government of Cebu located at the north end of Osmeña Boulevard. The building’s architectural style was designed by famous a Filipino architect Juan M. Arellano which is neoclassical in spirit. The most distinctive part of the façade is the central concave pavilion with an inscription, “The authority of the government emanates from the people. Erected A.D. MCMXXXVII.”

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30 Reasons to be Grateful

30 Reasons to be Grateful

Thank you is the simplest thing you can give that can bring the biggest impact. Sometimes we are too distracted with a lot of things that we forget to be grateful of the little things we have. We sometimes forget the little help from the people around. But a simple thank you can make the good karma continue to flow in us.

Today, I would like to say thank you to 30 people/places/things that have been part of my journey both in daily and in my blogging life. Here are 30 reasons to be grateful:

  1. First of all, I would like to thank our dear God for all the blessings He has given to me. Thank You for keeping us safe and sound from day to day from the moment we wake up until we go to sleep. For the guidance and enlightenment during making decisions and doing what is good for your greater Glory.

  2. Dear Jane, thank you for being there to support me in my endeavors. For being my companion and partner in everyday conversation. For having patience in my imperfection and for laughing out loud on my jokes.I hope you don’t mind if I want to make you laugh and smile everyday. I may not be the perfect husband but I will always be your Mr. Right.

  3. To my sweet little Aya, thank you my little princess for being so adorable. Your smiles and giggles are heaven to me. It fills my heart with joy and relieves me of all the stress. I wouldn’t mind carrying you even you’re getting heavier now. You always have my back for a piggyback ride.

  4. I’d like to thank my parents who are ever supportive and never fail to check on me. Though I already have my own family, thank you for asking how we are and for giving some words of wisdom. Your advises are always my guiding light and inspiration towards a happy marriage.

  5. Also to my sisters, oh yes I have 2 siblings and I’m the only guy, thank you for the little chitchats. I miss our random food trip. Being with these ladies taught me how to respect and understand the opposite of me.

  6. Thank you to my full-time job, you have made this 30-day blog posting challenges really difficult. But I have no choice because you have brought food to our tables. I hope someday in the future, blogging will. For now I will cherish the 3 years with you.

  7. To my office mates, thank you for the little conversation and the random outing. I badly miss the quarterly dinners and team building. A lot has changed lately but I still look back to the fun times with you. Not only inside the office but also outside especially to my basketball mates.

  8. To my friends, well I’m actually unsure who to mention specifically. Lately, I think most of us are going through what we call midlife crisis. A lot of us are getting married, torn between jobs and too busy making a living. Still, thank you for the random invites over a karaoke and booze.

  9. I’d like to thank a few people in our neighborhood. Thank you for supporting and attending during my daughter’s simple birthday celebration. It is also fun having conversations with you about the weather, the news lately, sports and anything under the sun.

  10. To the strangers, ahmm this is strange. Well to those random strangers I meet everyday who are showing some random act of kindness, I really appreciate the good vibes you are showing.

  11. Thanks to my precious DSLR camera for being my best buddy during photo walks, photo shoots, travel and events. You are one of the main contributor to Emjae Fotos blog. I enjoy capturing the outside world through you.

  12. Thanks to my smartphone also for being so handy when my camera is not around. Because of you I can still capture random events and even create a blog post with your snaps. You are a very useful tool for sharing what meets my eye.

  13. To my personal computer and laptop, thank you for the bonding moments together during editing photos and writing a blog. Honestly, I am comfortable writing with you guys rather than in a smartphone or tablet.

  14. Thanks to the music I hear that sets the tone of my day. Many times you have made me smile through your love songs, you have made me dance to the beat, you have calmed down my emotions and inspired me through the day.

  15. To my travels both nearby and away from home, thank you for the experience that is more than what meets the eye. You have taken me out of my comfort zones and taught me how to be matured. You have shown me the beauty of nature and the fun of being with people you care.

  16. For the weddings I have attended and covered, thank you for reminding me how sacred is the marriage of two people. You have made a witness of another love story that has come to a new chapter.

  17. Thanks to my bicycle for the simple joys you bring. You have taken me through places and been very useful in certain situations.

  18. To my backlogs, I had a nice time with you. Now it’s time to say goodbye coz finally you are now published. Thanks to you, I did not ran out of blog ideas.

  19. Thanks to the syndication team for the traffic that my blog is getting. I love reading your blogs and I’m happy for paying a visit and your lovely comments.

  20. To the followers of my blog and social media accounts, thank you for your number.

  21. To JL Mainit who is the very first blogger I met.

  22. To Jhanis who is the person who convinced me to purchase a domain name.
  23. To Chanel who is very approachable during events and acknowledges my presence.
  24. To Ruben for the inspirational and fun talks that inspires us to do social good.
  25. To Ka Bino for the wit.
  26. To Gay and Mary for being great role models
  27. To Jeph who makes every event fun and exciting.
  28. To Bjornson who have inspired us to level up in blogging.
  29. To my fellow 30-day challengers for the camaraderie.
  30. And to the whole Cebu Blogging Community for being instrumental in keeping my passion in blogging, THANK YOU VERY MUCH! 🙂

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The Perks of Blogging Daily: 30-Day Challenge Highlights

The Perks of Blogging Daily: 30-Day Challenge Highlights

On the month of October 2015, the Cebu Blogging Community initiated a 30-day blog posting challenge. It was a challenge to blog daily with additional tasks and twists. When I heard about it, I was hesitant to join but there was something inside of me that says, you can do it!

As of this writing, we are still on the 26th day of the challenge and yes so far I have made it. I believe that this challenge will only make us better in blogging. Let me share to you 3 benefits that I have gained in accepting this challenge. I will be posting the blog title and their corresponding day when it was posted.

1. Learned Different Blogging Styles

The best takeaway about this challenge are the different techniques and blogging styles introduced to us. From the tips to increase SEO ranks, social media sharing and the different types of content that can engage readers to love your blog. Here are a few types of post I came up.

Just Do It Emjae Fotos

  • Just Do It [Day 10]

This was a plain blog post and written from my whereabouts. If not for the challenge, I don’t think I would post something without a photo. Well first of all, this is a photo blog so as much as possible I want to emphasize on photography. In this post, I talked about the things I learned so far in the challenge which is writing my thoughts, beating the deadline and just doing it. With this, I realized I could give myself a break with all the photo editing process and just give some time to express my thoughts. It may be my life lately, an observation or random topics under the sun.

The task is to create a link round-up for our posts on the first week of the challenge. We learned that this technique can be helpful for curating a set of posts you have. Some people will find it helpful and there is a possibility of bookmarking your page too.

Have you heard of content curation? Most people find it convenient to read articles that are well curated. For this post, I curated a number of photographers that I find interesting to follow on Instagram. I based it on the creativity and impact of the photos they share.

Using infographics on your websites makes it easier for people to get the whole picture. Well it takes a careful gathering and analysis of data to create a meaningful infographic. Here, I made a quick comparison between choosing a camera especially when traveling. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using a DSLR or a smartphone.

2. Checked Off My Backlogs

Probably the best reason why I joined the 30-day challenge is to get rid of my backlogs. It was my main motivation and an assurance that I will not run out of topics to blog. These are the events and travels I had that I was too lazy to start writing. Normally it would take me a week before I could finalize on the title and finish editing the photos. But here I managed to check them off one at a time within a day.

Sunrise Danao Coco Palms

In one of our spontaneous getaways, we visited a third class city in the province of Cebu, Danao City. It is known for its good class of events and destinations like their festival, adventure park and resorts. One is the Coco Palms Resort which is a mix of quiet and dramatic getaway for a needed recreation and relaxation. Personally, I love their infinity pool especially the view of the city lights at night. The place is convenient for big events or gatherings like weddings, company outings and team building activities. It is a great location for fun shoots which the prime reason why we checked out the resort.

For my first entry of the 30-day challenge, I wrote about my appetizing experience in a restaurant the offers the best chicken hot wings in town. Gibbs’ Hot Wings. have been popping in my news feed lately that time so i was curious to try it. Luckily, I won a blog giveaway which is a gift certificate for Gibbs’. The more reason I must try their spicy and mouthwatering dish. If you want, you can check out branch in Streetscape Lifestyle Mall, Paseo Saturnino, Maria Luisa Park Banila, Cebu City.

When was the last time you requested a copy of your NSO birth certificate? For busy persons like me, probably you have availed of the online services that delivers your documents. But this service takes you 3-5 days and double the amount to be paid. If you can spare a little time, thirty minutes is all you need to process a birth certificate at the new National Statistics Office in Gaisano South Capital, Colon Street. I should say I’m impressed! The new location is much bigger, air-conditioned and more convenient than the previous one in M.J. Cuenco Avenue.

Are you afraid of cemeteries? Well yes I do! But after joining a walking tour through a few cemeteries in Cebu, I got to witness that there are people literally living with the dead. CemenTOURyo is derived from merging the words tour and sementeryo, a Cebuano term for cemetery. It was lead by Cebu’s best heritage interpreter and tour guide, Ka Bino Guerrero. That day, we checked out 3 nearby cemeteries, Donya Pepang Cemetery, Carreta Cemetery and Cebu Chinese Cemetery.

One of the popular tourist destinations in Puerto Princesa City is the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center or commonly known as Crocodile Farm. It serves as a center for research and studies for conservation of the endangered species in Palawan. This post is one of the backlogs that is already 5 months due and again thank you to the 30-day blog posting challenge for clearing it off.

  • The Way of the Cross in Banawa Celestial Garden [Day 18]

This is probably the oldest backlog dating 6 months back during the Holy Week. Even if it is still half a year before the next lenten season, I still wanted to post my experience so I could finally move on without pending posts. The Celestial Garden in Banawa Hills is most visited by Cebuanos and Roman Catholics during the Holy Week is one of the prominent gardens in Cebu City. The gardens, which is actually a memorial park, is set on 12 hectares of rolling hills that is famous for their life-size statues depicting 14 stations of the passion of Christ.

3. Blog Recent Events

One good thing about the challenge is it has improved my work flow in blogging. I have proven that I can post a blog of a recent event after a day or two. Back in the day, it takes me days to weeks before I could come up one until it gets dragged even farther to the point that I lost interest in writing about it. The articles below are the examples.

Live Love Liloan Humans of Liloan Cebu Photowalk

This year’s Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk kicked off last October 3. It’s an annual photo event where groups of professionals, amateurs and hobbyists walk around a location and capture snapshots. One of the thousands of photowalk locations was Liloan in Cebu, Philippines. It was really a fun day to photograph a place, its people and its history. I believe I took good shots that day so I was more inspired to blog about is soon. My blog post was up 2 days after the event, a feat I am proud of.

This is part 2 of the photo walk event in Liloan on October 3. Since I took a lot photos that day, I created a separate post featuring portraits of people. It was fun capturing photos that tell a story of random people of Liloan. I learned a few history about the place and their daily living. Personally, I would love to create more posts related to this featuring another town or city soon.

Those were a few of the articles I had during Day 1 to Day 20 of the CBC 30-day blog posting challenge. It was really fun catching up with the tasks and the daily deadlines but thankfully I have survived until Day 26. Whatever happens, I am already happy enough to have learned a lot and filled my blog with this much posts in a short span of time. 🙂

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Best Instagram Photos of Cebu

Best Instagram Photos of Cebu

The social network has revolutionized the way we communicate and interact through different social media platforms. Sharing experiences, news, photos and more has never been easier today. Just like in Cebu, there are lots of tourist destinations that are being visited and discovered through social media.

One of the top social media platform today is Instagram. Here, you don’t have to be a photography expert to share beautiful photos. You just need a decent camera,  take a snap, apply a few photo effects and share to the world.

There are hundreds of awesome destinations in Cebu but let me share only 10 Instagram photos that best show how beautiful the Queen City of the South is.

Bantayan Island

One of the top island destinations in Cebu is the Bantayan Island in the northern part of the province. It boasts of crystal clear waters and fine white sand beaches.


Malapascua Island

Another island famous for white sand beach in the northernmost tip of Cebu is the Malapascua Island. But wait there’s more, it is actually more visited by scuba divers because of its diverse marine life.


Whale Sharks

Speaking of marine life, an underwater creature also known as gentle giants can be encountered in Oslob. This whale shark watching is a popular activity in the Southern part of Cebu.


Tumalog Falls

After swimming with whale sharks, you can enjoy a refreshing dip and shower at the majestic Tumalog Falls of Oslob.


Kawasan Falls

When we talk of waterfalls, perhaps the common destination is the Kawasan Falls in Badian. One of the trademark activity here is riding on a bamboo raft and into the waterfalls.


Dau Falls

Honestly, I really love waterfalls so I’m kinda biased in featuring more on this freshwater adventure. The Dau Falls in Samboan has a unique feature that is very interesting and at the same time stunning.



So when in Samboan, you should also try canyoneering. This is the recent trending activity now in Cebu for adventure seekers and adrenaline junkies.


Osmena Peak

For adventure seekers, you can also try the highest peak in the province, the Osmena Peak. Honestly, the journey to the top is not that challenging which means it is suitable for beginners. What gives you the thrill is the magnificent view of the hills and the horizon.


Temple of Leah

If you want a have a great view of the horizon without going out of the city, then you should try to visit the Temple of Leah in Busay. Currently, it is the hottest attraction because of it’s Roman-inspired architecture.


City Lights

There are lots of beautiful spots around Metro Cebu but I picked this photo just because it is one of the famous landmarks. I love the light trails and I am inspired to take shots like this soon.


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Top Places in Cebu for Landscape Photography

Top Places in Cebu for Landscape Photography

Cebu offers a wide variety of postcard-worthy photos. From the white sand beaches, old heritage sites, natural wonders and even the urban jungle, these will definitely showcase the beauty of Cebu.

Let me share to you few of the places that you can visit for some landscape photography. Take note that the images included are for illustration purposes only and not the best of shots I have. Actually, these items are my photography goals so soon I’d like to capture a better shot of these places.


Cebu has plenty of beautiful old churches like the Basilica Santo Nino or the Metropolitan Cathedral. These churches are rich in history and has contributed to the colorful heritage of Cebu.



The two bridges that connects Mactan Island to Cebu are very iconic landmarks. The combination of its architectural masterpiece and the seascape of Mandaue City makes a landscape photo unique to Cebu.



Probably the most picturesque peak in Cebu, is the Osmena Peak. Not only that the place is one of a kind but the journey to the top is suitable for beginners. There are quite a few mountain ranges in Cebu but this is probably the most visited one.

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Cebu won’t disappoint in terms of beautiful white sand beach destinations. From a few resorts in Mactan Island, you can go up North and enjoy the beautiful islands of Bantayan and Malapascua. Down South, you have Tingko Beach in Alcoy, Lambug Beach in Badian and beaches in Barili and Moalboal.



The Capitol building is one of the structures around Cebu that is beautiful to capture. It has great architectural design. Another structure that is gaining popularity today is the Temple of Leah which brings you to a different country like Greece or Rome.


Again these are just few of the places, that in my opinion, are great for landscape photography. There are lots of awesome places in Cebu that I want to capture and I hope to visit them soon. What other places that best showcase Cebu’s beauty? Share your thoughts and spread good vibes! 🙂

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Summer Adventures with a Smartphone

Summer Adventures with a Smartphone

I used to own a DSLR and I love using it, but the advancement of smartphones made it easier for me to take nice photos in different places. The smartphone is now my default camera because of its portability and ease of use. Here are my 7 most memorable adventures with a smartphone.

Caloy’s Top Adventures with a Smartphone

7. Going to Bohol

Bohol is my dad’s hometown and last year, my brother and I checked the Chocolate Hills a few months after the major earthquake. My Xperia Z1 smartphone has a decent burst called Timeshift Burst which allows me to amazng jumshots. My bother and I were able to some crazy jump shots using just my smartphone.

Bravo Summer Adventures Caloy Olano

6. Island Hopping Mactan

Smartphones are really more than decent when there is enough light which makes it very useful when you go to an island hopping adventure during the summer. The TimeShift Burst allowed me to take some awesome hair whip shots with Caohagan Island in the background.

Nalusuan Summer Adventures Caloy Olano

5. Badian with my Sales Team

One of my favorite “Free” Beaches in Cebu is at Lambug, Badian. We had a summer outing there and we practically Lambug Beach during our stay. I was able to take a nice group jump shot using my smartphone.

Jump Sand Summer Adventures Caloy Olano

4. Movenpick Resort

My wife’s friends from medical school went to enjoy one of Cebu’s top resorts. Even if we just used a smartphone, the pictures were quite awesome.

Jumpshot Summer Adventures Caloy Olano

3. Vising UP Diliman

I went to my college alma mater alone last year. I was able to take a selfie of the sunken garden at UP. I have not visited the place for around 7 years and I was glad I was able to take some photos of landmarks in my old school that I just took for granted while living in Manila.

Diliman Summer Adventures Caloy Olano

2. Sumilon Island

I love using the smartphone when I go to remote resorts like Sumilon Bluewaters. Since my phone is waterproof, I am very confident to take photos while the pool or at the beach. When I was using a DSLR, I always get a bit cautious while shooting at the beach or pool which makes the vacation feel more like work than play.

Infinity Summer Adventures Caloy Olano

1. Underwater Shots

You may buy Go Pro to shoot underwater, but a decent underwater option would be a waterproof phone as long you do not go too deep. I was able to take some underwater shot while fish feeding at Nalusuan. My smartphone did not have issues after dipping it in water.

Underwater Summer Adventures Caloy Olano

If you like travelling during summer, a good alternative to the bulky DSLR is the smartphone. A lot of smartphones now are capable of producing stellar shots as long there is decent light. I have several adventures with a smartphone and I have a lot of nice pictures to show how fun they were.

How about you? Do you have some awesome vacation pics taken from a smartphone? Share it by commenting on this post. 😉

“Summer Adventures with a Smartphone” is a guest post by Caloy Olano of Kalami Cebu and Why Cebu as Day 23 entry for The CBC 30 Day Bloggging Challenge.

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