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New Iloilo City Port transfers to New Location 2014

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New Iloilo City Port transfers to New Location 2014

Travelling from Iloilo Ferry Terminal in Brgy Obrero, Lapuz

Travelling from Iloilo to Bacolod

Travelling from Iloilo to Bacolod

For many years, if we compare Bacolod’s Port with Iloilo City’s port, you will find the Iloilo’s Terminal wanting. And that is an understatement. The Sea port of Iloilo is so bad, even Caticlan’s Port is significantly better. Of course Caticlan is the gateway to Boracay.

Iloilo Bacolod Ferry Terminal

Iloilo Bacolod Ferry Terminal

But recently this is going to change as Iloilo has opened the Iloilo Ferry Terminal in Barangay Obrero in Lapuz, Iloilo City. The new facility was inaugurated by no less than Senator Franklin Drilon. The new terminal houses passengers plying the route to nearby city of Bacolod. The old terminal hosts seperate areas for Supercat, Weesam and Oceanjet. But these terminals are very much congested due to the huge increase in passengers.

If you need to find an architect or designer to build your house or Building, you can contact Archian Designs Architect Studios in Iloilo City.

New Iloilo Ferry Port Terminal - Supercat, Oceanjet, Weesam

New Iloilo Ferry Port Terminal – Supercat, Oceanjet, Weesam

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Iloilo River Esplanade Landscapes and Lamps

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Urban Public Spaces: Iloilo Jogging and Bike Trails

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Public Urban Spaces: Iloilo Jogging and Bike Trails

Iloilo promotes Biking - Healthy Lifestyle

Iloilo promotes Biking – Healthy Lifestyle

Walking Together

Humans have been walking for thousands of years. Since man started to walk, he has discovered its therapeutic ability to calm one’s emotion, to regulate blood circulation and maintain balance for the body. It is a journey, an activity enjoyed in isolation or in fellowship with friends and family.

As cities grew into urban settlements, the availability of open urban spaces has been threatened by the necessity of commercial activity. The increasing demand for services and goods resulted in the Industrial Revolution. And as earnings and production was the focus, it wiped out the remaining open space in major cities in Europe. As the cities’ greed for more economic prosperity, people’s health and well-being were compromised. Only the rich upper class could afford to have gardens and so the disappearance of the Urban Public Space. With the mass production of cars, people began to walk less and do “office” jobs – managing production.

Iloilo River Esplanade Landscapes and Lamps

Iloilo River Esplanade Landscapes and Lamps

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My experience with Tarantulas

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My Firsthand Experience with the Giant Spider

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My Firsthand Experience with the Giant Spider

Tarantulas are a spiders under the Theraphosidae family. These large and hairy arachnids are the of horror movies because of their repulsive qualities – dark and hairy. The Tarantulas are a large family of which approximately 900 species are identified.Most species of tarantulas are not dangerous to humans, and some species have become popular in the exotic pet trade.  And that’s how this story started;)

My experience with Tarantulas

My experience with Tarantulas

The Meeting

Meet Tanti, she is 2 years old and is already potty training. After reading a lot about this mysterious spiders, I found out that some have venom enough to cause discomfort for a few days but there is still no report of human deaths resulting from a bite from the Tarantula.

In truth, I haven’t really thought about it during the moment and I guess, this creature looks menacing. One thing I learned in handling spiders is that unless you push or threaten them, they would follow you to the match-box “Posporo”. So I handled the Tarantula delicately and voila. Continue reading

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The Gift of Ramadan: A Second Chance هدية رمضان هو فرصة ثانية لتصل إلى الآب.

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“The Gift of Ramadan: A Second Chance to reach the Allah”

Ramadan in Middle East نعمة رمضان في الشرق الأوسط

Ramadan in the Middle East نعمة رمضان في الشرق الأوسط

جعل آدم أعظم خطأ. وقال انه قد كسر بوعده. وعصيانه قد دمر تماما له اتصال فقط مع خالقه. وقد وفرت القوانين الجديدة أنه بسبب هذا الخطأ، ونحن يمكن الاتصال عن طريق التضحية

ولكن التضحية هي دفعة مؤقتة. يتم تدمير العلاقة تماما. يمكن طاعة الطريق عن طريق القيام الصلوات والصدقات حياتنا اليومية تساعدنا يشعر نحن ندفع ديوننا. ولكن هذا هو السبب بالذات أن الله يشعر غائبة وبعيدة. لا يمكن أن الذبائح الحيوانية دفع العبء وإزالة الشعور بالذنب من أي رجل. Continue reading

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The Confidence and Freedom of Being a Son

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I came here on this Tagged Service for different reasons. I came to be refreshed. I came to hear a word.

It’s fascinating to see the strobe lights and the fog machine and how the smoke fills up the room as we worship. We see students from every corner of the city, ready to welcome the presence of God. But the lights and the students is not why I have come.

When your life gets consistently down without hope of changing soon you’re doomed, you wonder when its going to go up. Perhaps I’m plain bored. I’m doing poorly and look for a challenge.

UST Crowd of Students

UST Crowd of Students

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Wild Horse Stallion

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Quest for Love: Christian True Stories 1

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I can’t sleep again tonight. For all the reasons. . . .

This story is taken from the Book Quest for Love. I will be sharing this story about a Christian Couple that inspired me to trust God and hopefully, you too. If you liked this please share, and thank God I couldn’t sleep tonight. :)

“God Knows How to Tame Wild Stallions”

The Lord will guide you always;
He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.

Isaiah 58:11

Wild Horse Stallion

Wild Horse Stallion

Before Fred Malir became a Christian, he was already engaged – to a Christian. She took him to hear the gospel and his conversion was followed by a call to missionary work. Here was a whole new direction, not one in which his fiancee was prepared to participate. “I don’t want to be the wife of a missionary,” she said, and that was that.

“A civil war began in my heart that lasted six months,” wrote Fred. He lost his joy in the Lord. He felt he could not possibly give up the girl, and the thought of her marrying someone else drove him crazy – but, as he later learned, “God knows how to tame wild Stallions.

Patiently He began to soften Fred’s Heart as he prayed to be made willing to relinquish his beloved. Continue reading

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My First Long Poem: Rites of Passage

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Read on the night of February 12,2003
upon passing the Architecture Board Exams

“Behold, children are a gift from the Lord
The fruit of the womb is a reward
Like arrows in the hands of a Warrior
are children born in the prime of one’s youth…”

My dad is a seasoned warrior
He handles skillf ’lly the bow & spear
My mom is a royal mentor
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From Inkblots to Dark Stained White Art Exhibit 2

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I remember as a kid drawing eyes on a peice of paper. The eyes are perhaps the most expressive and delicate feature in the human mind’s recognition circuits. Doing anything for positive or negative impact starts with the eyes. And I would try to master them. I researched how Chinese, Nordic, European, Malay and South European (Basically Mediteranean People) would look. I’d love to have the Blue Panda pen create its magic as I to be better and better everyday. It added to perhaps about some 30-50 eyes alone. And that was one page that day, for the whole month it might be hard to count how many.



The Artist near the Burj Al Arab

My goal at the time was not to perfect drawing the eyes but to create a perfect girl on paper. And as m personal legend would put it: find that girl wherever she is. I never just drew eyes, there were the typical stuff, biceps and chest, arms and legs.

Like Voltron. :) I guess that really reveals my age.

It’s been a long way since those days. The tradgedy was, I seldom created something significant. I was always practicing and felt that any work should be perfect from its first line. This explains some of my philosophy behind the title Dark Stained White.

Dark Stained White Part 2 - La Salle Museum

Dark Stained White Part 2 – La Salle Museum

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The Philippines Lead Asean to Global Economic Growth: It’s a Season

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There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

     a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
     a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,          Ecclesiastes 3:1-3

A Time for Everything under Heaven

A Time for Everything under Heaven

“There is a time for every season.” First of all, I don’t want to sound anti-nationalist and I don’t want to sound like a business expert. This is just my opinion. There are cycles in life that should be respected. Sowing time, harvest time, waiting time and working time.

The Philippine Economy was certainly on its way up in 2013, the news was rosy and all the money kept pouring in. Continue reading


Toastmasters Speech 4: Satiety by Michael John Casipe

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Toastmasters Speech 4: Satiety

Bacolod – Barangay Chapter, Sugarland Hotel, March 28


I will be featuring a speech by a Toastmaster colleague – Michael John Casipe about living healthy. Hope everyone likes it. Ian B.


Last Sunday, I went to La Salle to attend my brother’s graduation. As a tradition, a baccalaureate mass must be held. Well, I can really compare the atmosphere between the baccalaureate mass and graduation. As I walked into the La Salle coliseum for the mass, I can vividly see the vacant seats, more or less 2/3, in the bleachers. Also, the faces of the students were not as colorful as I expect. Well, I’m talking about their makeup for that. But when graduation comes, I can hardly pass through the entrance. I literally squeezed myself amidst the crowd and, with awe; I can see the coliseum filled with the parents, friends and relatives of the graduates.

After the ceremony, the most awaited event is:


Filipinos Love to Eat!

Filipinos Love to Eat!

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Bacolod Conference: Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Franchising

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Bacolod Conference: Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Franchising

A month ago, a message came from a classmate in the Masters of Business Administration from the University of St. La Salle – Bacolod City. I, for one, have come to admire the value of business education in the Philippines. Lots of foreign students go to our schools to study business. Looking at the local environment, Filipino communities are not so enterprising. Many that dominate our market are not native inhabitants (Malays / Negritos) but ethnic Chinese, Fil-Spanish, Indians, Americans, and Koreans from all over Asia. (No offense intended)

How could they not? We are just a loveable race that foreigners can resist. :) Most of these cultures have completely  integrated into Filipino society and are part of the beautiful symphony of cultures in the Philippines.


Enter Business Power Talk Seminar in Business Inn – Bacolod City

Marketing and Business Power Talk Bacolod

Marketing and Business Power Talk Bacolod

As the program opened, dreamers from all over Bacolod filled the seats of Business Inn in Bacolod City. The program was hosted by the Masters of Business Administration of La Salle, a whole diligent and tireless lot. Continue reading

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39 Lessons to be the Man You Want to Be

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39 Lessons to be the Man You Want to Be

Here’s a repost from my brother Jerry. Thanks. These are some timeless quote might sound simple, but their value is priceless!

The original list, is in the image below, credits to I had to change around some of the quote and putting in some of mine.

I hope this list inspires you to be a better man! :)

1. Go for the Women you Perceive to be “out of your league.” You’ll surpries yourself.

2. Never have sex with anyone that doesn’t want it as much as you.

3. Never hit anyone unless they are an immediate threat.

4. Faint Heart never won fair lady. Now faint mind never won great money!

5. Never take her to the movies on the first date.

6. Nothing looks more badass than a well tailored suit!

7. Always look a person in the eye when you talk to them.

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Condominiums: Secrets of the Philippine’s Top Entrepreneurs

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Following last years List of the Top Entrepreneurs, it would be beneficial to analyze the structure of wealth creation in the Philippines. We can see from Forbe’s list of Billionaires,  that the the Ayalas (Jaime Zobel de Ayala & Family) are strangely not on the list and Henry Sy’s net worth is a few hundred million dollar$ lower this year. :)

In the past, it has been the landed and the ruling families that were dominating the market. Today, they still are. But newer players and companies are rising to take their place in Philippine business.

Philippine Entrepreneurs

Philippine Entrepreneurs in 2014

In the 1960s and 70s, the landed families are cashing-in from agriculture, fishing and garments and manufacturing. The earnings came from the working class, whether from sugar in Negros or rice, coconut or tobaco in North and Central Luzon. In 1974, the US closed its market for sugar imports. For the next decade, local produce from developing economies threw a stiff competition of subsidized agricultural imports with Philippines local produce.

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Your Promised Land

Your Promised Land

When the 10 spies came back to Joshua from the Promise Land, it took 2 men to carry the clusters of grapes. If that’s how big the grapes are, imagine how big the people living there who are eating it.

Principle: “The bigger the produce you are believing for, the bigger the problem that typically comes in front of it.”

Jim Lafoon

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The Path of Law and Obedience, Of Love and Sacrifice

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The Path of Law and Obedience, of Love and Sacrifice

Muslims fast because it is required by their law.

That is obedience.

They do it in the month of Ramadan where, for 40 days, they wouldn’t even drink water from sunrise to sunset. Any thing less is sin for them. Yet the law provides equity because some people are exempt: the pregnant, the sick and those below 12 years old. At 12 years old, I am just thinking that this severe discipline will probably leave a mark and a strong impression on the child.


Muslim Prayer and Obedience

Muslim Prayer and Obedience

And no wonder why they will be willing to face certain death for the sake of their faith. They will eat before sunrise and after sunset, where they prepare a feast! Think about the power of millions of people doing this civil obedience. Compare these to the rallies of civil unrest and disobedience in the US. They number in the thousands. They stand for their rights: “human rights”, “labor rights”, lesbian and gay rights, but few will be willing to die for their cause. (Some probably will.)

Jesus came two thousand years ago. He went into fasting for 40 days and 40 nights. Yes, it was in obedience but it was something more: it was also a sacrifice. He was brave and committed, and was willing to face death. Not for obedience but for love.

I am now in my second day since my last meal. What keeps me on is love for God and faith. I am not saying that I am perfect. On the contrary I oftentimes faulter.

When you start thinking about it, you will never sacrifice for someone you don’t know. We always find it hard to to give a little extra for someone we don’t quite know. It’s too uncomfortable, and rightly so. Would you give a tenth of your earning? Would you give up a job? A relationship? A hobby? But those in relationship will find it easy to give up their own money, their time, their sleep, their comfort for pain. A father will wake up late in the evening to change diapers. There is connection, there is love, there is relationship.

That’s Love.

Love Equals Sacrifice

Love Equals Sacrifice

What drives your faith? Law or Love?

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Global Building Typologies: Tropical Vernacular Architecture

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Global Building Typologies: Tropical Vernacular Architecture

Final Presentation: Due Nov 29 (for Friday Meeting) and Dec. 2 (for Monday class)

  • Group yourselves into groups of 5. Again – 5 Only. If your group member was chosen to be the videographer, you will technically work as 4 for this Presentation.
  • Select a Leader who will be assigned a Region.
  • Investigate the different Building Typologies for your selected region of the world.
  • Each class needs a Videographer and Videoeditor. They will be excused from their Group’s Presentation.

0. South and Central America – by the Instructor
1. Central and Southern Africa
2. Middle East, North Africa and Mediterranean (Spain, Greece, Italy, etc.)
3. Australia and Oceania (Polynesia, Micronesia including Guam, Hawaii, New Zealand.)
4. Scandinavia (Germany, Netherlands, Russia, Finland, Denmark, Sweden)
5. South and Central Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka)
6. South East Asia (Malaysia, Thailand, etc.)
7. Carribean Countries
8. Canada

A. Presentation – Powerpoint Slides or Selected Presentation Tool.

Please create a MINIMUM of 30 Slides. Simplify your text font. (Recommended to use Times Roman, Arial or Calibri).

Everyone should dress nicely for the Presentations. (Only a scene of the whole class will be video’d plus My Introduction Speech – the speech is for each Region / Group).

If you feel you should have more part in the video, request it from the assigned videographers in the class. You can only request for your own video. Please don’t stalk your classmates. I am assuming that all students do not want to be in the video. (But I do. :) )

The video will be posted in my Youtube Channel. Please do not repost this video in your FB wall or public space but you can share this with your classmates through your private FB groups. (Basi magsikat ko – Seriously.)

1. Present the members of your Group (first slide) and your Assigned Region.

2. Highlight a Map of the Area (show in your first slides)

3. Find examples of Native or Vernacular Houses and Architecture

Vernacular architecture = is a category of architecture based on localized needs and construction materials, and reflecting local traditions.
This evolve over time to reflect the environmental, cultural, technological, and historical context in which it exists. While often not thoroughly and academically planned, this kind of architecture played and still plays a major role in the history of architecture and design, especially in local settings.

4. Identify 4-5 unique Building Sub-typologies – either by country or by area in the region. Present their characteristics / elements. Each group member will report on a building typology. It would be great to give examples of both Residential and Community Architecture.

5. Provide Description for each Building Sub-Typology. Do not put the description on the slides but you may read it from your cue. Only titles of the description may be displayed.

B. Written Report.

The Group Written Report will include description and the ‘building elements’ below. No need to print the pictures.

Written Report will be submitted on December 6. Powerpoint must be submitted Nov 29 for Fri and Dec 2 for Mon Class (just give thru usb)

Identify the following elements: (Presentation verbally and file in your written report only. No need to individual slides on all of below)

a. Roof – type and material
b. Walls – type and material
c. Windows and Doors – type,size and material
d. Interior – ceiling height, unusual features
e. Floor Plan – describe the features
f. Landscape, Waterscape, Other Features.

The powerpoint slides will be converted to video format that will be shared in youtube. If you do not want to show your picture as part of the Group Reporters, please remove your Group Picture before giving the Powerpoint to me in USB.

Guys, this will be our only major activity before the prelims. Sadyahon ta ni!

If you have questions , please ask your President and Secretary to ask me, immediately. We meet once a week. Our next meeting will be reporting already.

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Architecture Steel Design of Diagrid Structures

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Architecture Steel Design of Diagrid Structures:

Systems, Connections, Details

The word “Diagrid” is a blending of the words “diagonal” and “grid” and refers to a structural system that is single thickness in nature and gains its structural integrity through the use of triangulation. Diagrid systems can be planar, crystalline or take on multiple curvatures. Diagrid structures often use crystalline forms or curvature to increase their stiffness. This differentiates a diagrid from any of the three dimensional trangulated systems such as space frames, space trusses or deodesic structures, although it will be shown that some of the developments of diagrid structures have been derived from the details of these 3D Systems.

In this slideshow, Architect Terri Boake discusses the use and advantages of diagonal grids in high rise structures..

Terry Boake is currently a Professor at University of Waterloo, in Saskatoon, Canada.

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I Now Stand Here

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I Now Stand Here
by Arch Ian Jay Bantilan

Three years into this goal, feeling battered is an understatement.

Written August 31, 2013 after HRM MBA Class. 

I now stand here in this wide field in the University where I have grown, studied and learned when I was a kid. Where I gaze, used to be endless fields of grass fenced by Eucalyptus, Pines and the eternal sky. Now I see fields of green disciplined by constant mowing for the purpose of Sports. This is a game of strength and will of which no other use of body but head and foot. In this Grandstand, I have witnessed formidable teams and mythic clubs who battled for supremacy in this arena.
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Strategies in Selecting Marketing Media

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Strategies in Selecting Marketing Media

Find oppurtunities for your Product Service

Find oppurtunities for your Product Service

Considering the creativity and freedom of any Marketing Professional, his weapons can be endless. A marketing specialist can create a dynamite marketing plan or a brilliante creative strategy but there are a lot of places you can go wrong. One of these is to run the right advertising in the wrong media. And how do you tell the right media from the wrong one?

Here are the different Marketing Media and their Comparative Strengths.

Radio Marketing Media

Radio Marketing Media

1. Radio.
Radio is the most intimate of the media, which allows you to spend time in one-on-one situations with your audience. Sometimes your audience can be in the offices with thier friends or they’ll be alone in their cars or homes, alone. Continue reading

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The Perfection Myth – An Introspective Look at Passionate Obsessions

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The Perfection Myth – An Introspective Look at Passionate Obsessions

Arch. Ian Jay Bantilan

Movements of Ideas in a Creative Mind

Movements of Ideas in a Creative Mind

I want to share what happened to me yesterday.

“I was getting ready for a client meeting yesterday, so I took a bath, and chose my clothes. I passed by a book I wanted to take, “The Life You’ve Always Wanted” by John Ortberg, got it, and went back to choosing my wardrobe. I went out of my room and gathered my Laptop and things I would need for the meeting.  Without my knowledge, my mom came in to my room and placed in some clothes in my closet, thereby covering the book I was to bring. This is in case my client would be late for the meeting, which I thought would be a nice read . . .”

“And so began the longest, most desperate, very frantic, highly hysterical, feverishly frenzied Book Hunting episode you will ever see in the 21st Century. That may be an overstatement, but the fact remains: it was frantic, it was hysterical, it was as passionate as the expedition to find the North Pole!” Continue reading

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Manila at 4th, Bacolod City back at 94th of Top 100 Outsourcing Cities in 2013

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Manila at 4th, Bacolod City back at 94th of Top 100 Outsourcing Cities in 2013

IT Hub for Outsourcing in Bacolod City

IT Hub for Outsourcing in Bacolod City

After a long hiatus in 2011 and 2012, Bacolod City comes back to the prestigious list of the List of the Top 100 Outsourcing Cities in the World for 2013.

At the Top of the list are the two greatest Information Technology Cities in India, – Bangalore and Mumbai. Their strong competitive advantage is having English as their second language. This is followed by our beloved Manila, in 3rd place – one notch higher than before. What is interesting in the list is that it is dominated by India followed by China. Continue reading

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The Bootsrapping Guide to Jumpstarting your Business

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The Bootsrapping Guide to Jumpstarting your Business

In a culture dominated by spending and keeping up with the Joneses, finding a band of penny-pinching entrepreneurs is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Instead, what you would find are savvy bargain hunters – professionally skilled and trained in making a shopping purchase like it was an Olympic challenge. Because of this, our communities have seen a growing Chinese Merchant community that has been integral in our development as a nation. In recent years, a growing number of Indians are migrating here because of a stronger consumer market. Ask my neighbor. :)

Entrepreneur - Shoe Bootstrap a business

Entrepreneur – Shoe Bootstrap a business

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Masskara 2014


October: Bacolod’s Masskara 2014 Fever is Here!

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October: Masskara 2014 Fever is Here!

The Masskara Festival is an annual celebration of festivities in the City of Bacolod, Philippines. Bacolod City is one of the most beautiful cities in this tropical archipelago.

This 2014, the celebration is even bigger as the City showcase their brightest, their loudest, their funniest and their best. The streets are filled by the lights and sounds of Bacolod City. Welcome to the Masskara Festival 2014.

Let me be your ultimate guide on where to go at what time in the liveliest City in the Philippines this October! Read on!

Below are the Schedule of Activities.

Masskara Festival 2014 1 - Masskara Night, Pre-pageant Oct 1 2014

Masskara Festival 2014 1 – Masskara Night, Masskara Queen Pre-pageant Oct 1-2 2014

September 27, 2014 (Saturday) 1:00 – 9:00 pm – MassKara Night sa Barangay @ Brgy.18 2:00 pm – Press Presentation and Pre-pageant Swimsuit Competition @ L’Fisher Chalet
5:00 pm – Opening of MassKara Festival Site @ People’s House, Barangay San Miguel, Baywalk – Opening of Carnivals @ People’s House, SM Grounds, Baywalk

September 27-28, 2014 Whole Night Barangay SM (San Miguel): SMB Night SM Grounds
September 28, 2014 (Sunday) 4:00 am – 8:00 pm – 38th Milo Marathon @ People’s House 8:00 am – 4:00 pm – DZMM Bunt= Congress L’ Fisher

October 1, 2014 (Wednesday) 5:30 am – Fun Masska-Run, Jog, Walk, Bike & Skate © Old-Airport (Jog and Run), Lagoon (PWD &Walk), People’s House (Skate), Northpoint (Bike) 6:30 am – Zumbasskara and Opening Salvo; – Opening GK Volunteerism Week @ Public Plaza 8:00 am – Thanksgiving Mass and Opening Program: Elderly Week @ BAYS Center 9:00 – 11:00 am – On-the-Spot Mask Making Contest @ Public Plaza 2:00 pm – Banda sa Masskara @ Public Plaza 6:30 pm – MassKara Pagcor Night © Public Plaza – GMA DANSSKARA Elimination Round @ BAYS Center 9:00 – 11:00 am – MassKara Queen 2014: Day with Recovered Trea-sures Kalipay Foundation

October 1-31, 2014
Whole day Bacolod City Cooperative Dev. Council Business Conference @ Old City Hall Grounds
October 2 ,2014 (Thursday) 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Symposium: 21st Elderly Filipino Week Celebration @ MSCC, Brgy.16 6:30 pm – MassKara Night sa Barangay 2014: Bacolod City College Night @ Public Plaza 7:30 pm – 12 MN – MassKara Metro Man Bacolod: Talent Night @ Payag Pit Stop

Masskara Festival 2014 2 - Fashion Week, Boxing,Masskara Queen Talent & Coronation,  Oct 2-10 2014

Masskara Festival 2014 2 – Fashion Week, Boxing,Masskara Queen Talent & Coronation, Oct 2-10 2014

October 2-3, 2014
Wholeday GK Barangay Walang Iwanan @ City-Wide
October 3, 2014 (Friday) 9:00 – 18th ABS-CBN MassKara VillageOpening @ Robinsons 1:00 pm – 10th Bacolod History Quiz @ Atrium, Gaisano City 1:00 – 4:00 pm – Elderly Week Cultural Presentation @ BAYS Center 6:00 pm – Batang Bida sang Bacolod @ People’s House
– Bacolod Night/ Launching Masskara Fashion Week
6:30 pm – MassKara Teachers Night @ Public Plaza 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm – MassKara Night sa Barangay @ Mansilingan

October 5-11, 2014
Masskara Fashion Week @ SM
October 6, 2014 (Monday) :00 pm – Motorcade Parade and Coronation of Elderly Queen @ BAYS Center i1:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Masskara Night sa Barangay @Handumanan

October 3-5, 2014
Whole Night MassKara Food Village (SM: San Miguel): SMB Night

October 3-12, 2014
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (9-day Novena) @ Public Plaza
October 7, 2014 /I (Tuesday) 1:00 – 9:00 pm – MassKaraNight sa Barangay @ Brgy. 40 Whole day – Lakbay Aral: Senior Citizens @ Campuestuhan

October 4, 2014 (Saturday) 8:00 am – 4:00 pm -BacolodNihan (Bacolod Bayanihan) @ People’s House
6:00 pm – MassKara Queen 2014: Talent Competition @ City-Walk Robinsons 6:30 pm – Sinadya sa Dalan Lacson @ Lacson Street Whole day – ABS-CBN 8th Newscasting Competition Elimination @ Robinsons
October 4-5, 2014
hole Day Mayor Monico Karate Cup@ BAYS Center :00 am – 6:00 pm – The 2014 Regional Autocross Championship Series for Visayas @ Old Airport Strip, Bacolod City
October 4-8, 2014

Whole Day Rising Stars Philippines: ‘Singing Audition Booth @ Gaisano City Bacolod

Whole October 7-12, 2014 PI Whole day – Gov. Maranon Boxing Cup@ BAYS Center i

October 8, 2014 (Wednesday) 8:00 am -11:00 am – MassKara Queen 2014:Media Tou @ Bacolod TV and Radio Stations 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Masskara Night sa Barangay @ Tangub 3:00 pm – Negros Island House of Prayer @ People’s House 6:30 pm – Military, Police, Security, Tanod, Fire @ Public Plaza

October 5, 2014 (Sunday) 8:00 am – 12:00 pm – Thanksgiving Mass and Opening Program:Elderly Week @ People’s House
– Masskara Queen 2014 Candidates’ Pampering @Alta Essencia 1:30 pm – Volleyball Goodwill Games (PWD & City Employees) @ Public Plaza Whole day – Regional AutoCross Championship Series 2nd leg @ People’s House 1st Mayor Monico Cycling Competition @ People’s House
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm – MassKara Night sa Barangay @ Cabug

October 9, 2014 (Thursday) 00 pm – 9:00 pm MassKara Night sa Barangay @ Brgy. 7

October 10, 2014 (Friday) 4:30 pm – 25th Visayas Unity Ride @ Public Plaza -People’s House 7:00 pm – MassKara Queen 2014: Coronation Night@ St. La Salle Coliseum
– JazzKara 2014 @ L’ Fisher Hotel

Masskara Festival 2014 3 - Fashion Week, Boxing,Masskara Queen Masquerade Ball, Oct 10-17 2014

Masskara Festival 2014 3 – Fashion Week, Boxing,Masskara Queen Masquerade Ball, Oct 10-17 2014

October 10-11, 2014
Whole day One Bacolod Trabaho Patrol Gaisano City Mall

October 10-12, 2014
Whole day – MassKara Softball Competition – MassKara Golf Competition @ Marapara Golf Club Whole Night – Barangay SM (San Miguel): SMB Night @ SM Grounds – Negros Fish Keepers Group Cooperative: Negros Breeders Cup 2014 @ People’s House Lobby

October 11, 2014 (Saturday) Whole day – Vanz Masskara BMX @ People’s House 10:00 am – Rotary Day by Rotary Club of Bacolod – East @ People’s House Ground 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm – MassKara Night sa Barangay @ Pta. taytay 6:00 pm – MassKara Market Vendors Night @ Public Plaza – MassKara Queen 2014: Presentation of Winners @ People’s House 7:00pm – Watchmen Daily Journal: Concert Party @ Public Plaza

October 12, 2014 (Sunday) 4:30 am – Munsterific Fun Run @ Provincial Capitol 10:00 am – Mass Whole day – Feast of the Lady of the Holy Rosary @ Public Plaza – 4th MassKara All-Breed Fun Match Dog Show @ Transport Hub, SM City 5:00 pm – Procession 6:00 pm – 2nd MassKara by the Sea @ Baywalk/ BREDCO Port – MassKara Queen 2014: Masquerade Ball b@ People’s House 7:00 pm – 12:00 mn – MassKara Metro Man @ BAYS Center

October 13, 2014 (Monday) 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm MassKara Night sa Barangay @ Brgy. 31

October 13-17, 2014
Wholeday – Masskara Pasalubong Caravan @ District North Point

October 14, 2014 (Tuesday) 7:00 pm – 12:00 pm – Mr. Bi Bacolod MassKara 2014 @ BAYS Center 1:00 – 9:00 pm – MassKara Night sa Barangay @ Brgy. 29

October 14-16, 2014
Wholeday Eskrima sa Masskara 2014: 1st Bacolod National Arnis Championship@ NOMPAC

October 11-12, 2014
Whole day – Ultimate Smile Frisbee 2014@ People’s House
– Volkswagen Auto Show @ People’s House – Mayor Monico Cup: Shooting Competition @ Negros Sports Exchange Gun Club Firing Range – Team Project MX: 1st MassKara Motocross @ Gaisano City Bacolod

October 15-17, 2014
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm – 2014 Starting Line’s Motorcycle GP Clinic @ Gaisano City Mall
8:30 – 5:30 pm – Philippine Airlines MassKara Ticket Sale @ PAL Ticketting Office, Old Airport, Bacolod-Silay Airport, Authorized Ticketting Agencies

Masskara Festival 2014 4 - Masskaraland, Masskara Dance Festival, Parade of Masks, SMB Night Oct 16-19 2014

Masskara Festival 2014 4 – Masskaraland, Masskara Dance Festival, Parade of Masks, SMB Night Oct 16-19 2014


October 16, 2014 (Thursday) 9:00 am-3:00 pm – Petron Safety Seminar and Cooking Contest @ People’s House 5:00 pm – MassKara Zumba Fitness Street Party – MassKaraland@ Lacson Tourism Strip 6:00 pm – MassKara na! May Magic pa! @ People’s House Whole day – City Employees Day @ People’s House

October 16-17, 2014
2:00 pm Rising Stars Philippines: Singing Live Screening @ South Capitol Road

October 16-18, 2014
5:00 pm Bacolod for Jesus: PROJECT ABLAZE 2014 @ South Capitol Road

October 17, 2014 (Friday) Whole day – Starting Line: Circuit Racing @ Gaisano City Bacolod 12:00 pm – MassKara Love Dance Festival 2014 @ Central District Football Field 1:00 – 6:00 pm – MassKara Street Dancing (School Category) @ Paglaum Sports Complex 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm – BCCDC Forum @ MassKara Hall, People’s House 4:00 pm – ABS-CBN Salamat Kapamilya @ Robinsons 5:00 pm – MassKaraland @ Lacson Tourism Strip 7:00 pm – GMA DANSSKARA Finals @ Public Plaza – ABS-CBN Electric Dance MassKara @ Lacson Tourism Strip – MassKaraLand @ Lacson Tourism Strip 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm – ABS-CBN MassKara Village Parade of Masks @ Robinsons

October 16-19, 2014
Whole day – MassKara Trade Fair @ SMX Convention Center a Barangay SM (San Miguel): SMB Night @ San Juan Street and Lacson Tourism Strip 6:00 pm -12:00 am – SM Event @ SM Barangay San Miguel

October 17-18, 2014
Whole Night – Masskara Invasion@ Lacson Tourism Strip

October 17-19, 2014 Wholeday – MassKara Motor Drag Racing 2014@ Bacolod Old Airport – MassKara Loptta Age Group Table Tennis Championship @ Lopues San Sebastian – MassKara City Trade Expo and Conference @ SMX Convention Center

Masskara Festival 2014 5 - Street Dancing, Parade, Giant Puppets, Rock Festival, Electric Masskara Oct 18-19 2014

Masskara Festival 2014 5 – Street Dancing, Parade, Giant Puppets, Rock Festival, Electric Masskara Oct 18-19 2014


October 18, 2014 (Saturday)

2:00 am -1st Bacolod MassKara Ultra Run @ Capitol Lagoon 7:00 am – 4:00 pm – BCCDC Business Conference @ MassKara Hall, People’s House

1:00 – 6:00 pm – MassKara Street Dancing (Barangay Category) @ Paglaum Sports Complex

2:00 pm – National Taekwondo Champ @ Gaisano City Bacolod

3:00 pm – La Consolacion College Arfien: Giant Puppet Parade @ Araneta Street 4:00 pm – Celebrity Basketball Tournament @ St. La Salle Coliseum

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm – ABS-CBN Kapamilya Caravan @ Gaisano City Mall, Parking Lot

5:00 pm – MassKaraland @ Lacson Tourism Strip

6:00 pm – GMA Kapuso Fiesta @ People’s House – GMA Kapuso Bet ng Bayan Regional Finals and Charter Day Countdown @ People’s House 7:00 pm – RAPCON 2014: Bacolod Invasion @ BAYS Center – BOMBO Radyo and Star FM Dance Show Down Competition @ Public Plaza 10:00 pm – 12 mn – ABS CBN Kaleidoscope: Masskara Fantasy Night and Countdown to Charter @ MassKara Land, Lacson Street Whole day – Farrah Sequito Chess Women’s Open Championship @ MKK Annex Building Whole day – Ala – Cobra Tunay na Lakas Boxing @ Gaisano City Mall / NOMPAC

October 18-20, 2014
Whole day Masskara Loptta Age Group and Open Table Tennis Championship@ Lopues San Sebastian

October 19, 2014 (Sunday) KAADLAWAN SANG BACOLOD
7:00 am – Misa ng Bayan @ San Sebastian Cathedral

8:30 am – Boodle Breakfast @ Public Plaza

10:00 am-12:00 pm – ABS-CBN MassKara

Cake Decorating Competition @ SM

2:00 pm – Search for Ginang Alaska @ Gaisano City Bacolod

1:00 pm – Charter Day Float Parade @ City-wide

5:00 pm – Ang Banwahanon Award @ Public Plaza – GMA Kapuso Mall Show @ Robinsons

- MassKa-ROCK 2014 @ Public Plaza

8:00 pm – Electric MassKara and MassKaraLand @ Lacson Tourism Strip – La Consolacion College Arfien: Giant Puppet Show

Whole day – Farrah Sequito Chess Men’s Open Championship @ MKK Annex Building
– Philippine Guardians Brotherhood Inc.: Guardian’s Day @ BAYS Center

Sri Vijayan - Traditional Costumes

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The Rulers of Iloilo and the Lost Empire of Panay I

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The Rulers of Iloilo and the Lost Empire of Panay 1

History, Legends of the Lost Empires in South East Asia and the Birth of Iloilo City

Angkor Watt - Sri Vijayan Empire

Angkor Watt – Sri Vijayan Empire

In my next posts, I will be posting a little of history to warm up to my next posts about Iloilo City. I hope I can, through in a little legend and imagery, to light up the glorious history of the Ilonggos. I hope you enjoy it.   – Archian

Hindu Malay Kingdom

Hindu Malay Kingdom

Legend has it that the Island of Panay was inhabited by the Negritos. In the 13th Century, a group of Datus or Tribal Leaders traveled from Borneo, headed by Datu Puti, by way of the sea. The brave leaders brought with them their families to escape the tyrannical rule of the Sultan Makatunao.

Legends of the Lost Empires in South East Asia

Legends of the Lost Empires in South East Asia

Another version has it that the datus were fleeing Pannai, a state in the island of Sumatra. Pannai was a nation who were allies of the Sri-Vijaya Empire that ruled the warring tribes in Malaca Region in Modern day Indonesia. These were the extension of the Hindu Kingdoms extending from Thailand to Bali in Indonesia. Modern day name of Visayas, the middle region of the Philippines, was derived from the Srivijaya (also written Sri Vijaya, Sanskrit: श्रीविजय) a Buddhist Empire that ruled South East Asia.

Pre Spanish - Sri Vijayan - Traditional Clothing

Pre Spanish – Sri Vijayan – Traditional Clothing

The Sri Vijayans were skilled warriors, they are able to defeat larger sea vessels which seek to dominate the waters of South East Asia. This was until the Malacca Strait was taken over by the Chola. Under the ruler Rajaraja Chola, the Chola destroyed the state of Pannai. Yet the people of Pannai refused to submit to Chola’s rule. The scholars, soldiers and nobles of Pannai took their belongings and fled to other islands to set up their own government.

Sri Vijayan - Traditional Costumes

Sri Vijayan – Traditional Costumes

Sailing northward from Borneo along the coast of Palawan, the ten Datus from the Sri Vijaya, crossed the sea, and reached the island of Panay. The datus landed in Siwaragan River and found the island inhabited by dark-skinned Negritos (Atis). The island was originally called Ananipay, and ruled by the tribe cheiftain Marikudo and his wife Maniwantiwan.

Malay Warriors

Malay Warriors

Datu Paiburong, one of the Malay datus negotiated the purchase of the island for one gold Saduk (wide-brimmed hat), Salakot and a Manangyad (a long gold necklace). The Atis agreed to settle on the mountains while the foreigners occupied the coast.

Of the ten datus, three remained in Panay but the rest of the datus sailed northward and settled in the northern parts of the Philippine archipelago. Datu Sumakwel, Datu Bangkaya and Datu Paiburong divided the island into three Sakups (districts): Hamtik (Antique) under Sumakwel; Aklan which included the province of Capiz under Bangkaya; and Irong-irong under Datu Paiburong, where the province of Iloilo got its name. From their settlement in Panay, the Confederation of States grew to be one of the most powerful in the region, rivaling the neighboring states – the Rajahnate of Cebu, the Kingdom of Tondo and the Sultanate of Sulu in terms of prestige and wealth.

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Date my Daughter Form

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Application for Permission to Date my Daughter

After reading Pr. Dennis Sy’s Blog act like a man, there was an article that caught my eye, and found it’s mark in my funny bone.

Daddy's Rules for Dating My Daughter

Daddy’s Rules for Dating My Daughter

It’s the Form for Dating My Daughter. I am certainly single and do not have a daughter but just for the sake of sharing, whether a laugh or a peice to think about, ( some parents ought to have these !) Continue reading

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Arch Ian Bantilan: Featured in UST Varsitarian Issue

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My Art Exhibit Featured in UST Varsitarian Issue

A few months ago, my alma matter’s publication the Varsitarian conducted an interview about my exhibit. They have published that interview. I have also collected some pictures from the event from my media supporter which I will post here. I never knew other people would appreciate my art. I am just happy they do. Thanks Mone and Cat. ;)

Dad and Tito Arne, you too are mentioned in University of Santo Tomas’ News Publication.

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Bantilan Art Exhibit Featured in UST Varsitarian Issue 2014 (2)

Entrance to the Dark Sained White Exhibit in USLS

Article by: Mone Virma Ginry P. Gumapac and Catalina Ricci S. Madarang

THIS architect always had a way with words, not just with numbers.

Architecture alumnus Ian Jay Bantilan launched the second installment of his art exhibit titled Dark Stained White II last April 24 to May 22. The exhibit showcased both his drawings and poetry at Museo Negrense de La Salle in Bacolod.

“I’m really happy about this exhibit because this was something that I have been dreaming of for a long time now,” said Bantilan, who initially conceptualized the project 10 years ago and made it happen at the first exhibit in SM Bacolod in 2012. Continue reading


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