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Our Pretty Pinay Niece’s Pre-Debut Photo Shoot

Our niece, DenDen, is turning 18 soon. DenDen is our oldest niece in Guimaras, the island province we call home. As the following pictures will attest, she has grown into a beautiful young woman. At age 18 a Filipina will have a coming-of-age celebration, a debut, an “18 Candles” ceremony, if you will.

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Rudy Giuliani Playbook: Over 7,000 “Loafers” arrested in Metro Manila

While waiting for my favorite Filipino television show, Ang Probinsyano,” to begin, I’ll flip to TV Patrol news on ABS CBN so I don’t miss the start of “The Provincial Man.” Now if ABS CBN’s shows would adhere to a strict schedule and time slot, I wouldn’t have to switch to the network so I don’t miss the start of Coco Martin’s action show. However, this is the Philippines and even the network programs are on “Filipino Time.”

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Grand Guimaras Garden Reflections

Grand Guimaras Garden Reflections

While checking out some recycled flower pots hanging from one of our cashew trees, I decided to take the following photographs of my better half’s spacious garden.  If you live in the Philippines, we moved here from Central Illinois almost nine years ago, you can have a garden 365 days a year. For a gardening fanatic like my wife, seen in the next photo with her long-sleeved work clothes, it’s a dream come true. 

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Guimaras Motorboat Trip Shortage Strands Passengers

pump boats at Ortiz in Iloilo

The Panay News reported last Sunday that Guimaras Motorboat Trip Shortage Strands Passengers. Guimaras, home of the sweetest mangoes in the world, is the island province we call home. Jordan Mayor Ruben Corpuz wants to know why there aren’t enough boats operating.

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Manggahan 2018 Sizzles! Street Dance Competition

It’s the 25th Silver Anniversary of the Manggahan Festival in Guimaras, the island province we call home. Manggahan is the annual celebration of the mango. Guimaras Mangoes are the sweetest in the world and known for its sweet-sour taste. Frankly, if any province in the Philippines, claims to have sweeter tasting mangoes, they have been consuming way too many bottles of Red Horse Beer. “Manggahan 2018 Sizzles! Street Dance Competition” is the first in a series of posts that deal with my adventures in this year’s Mango Land celebration.

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Another Summer Day in a Paradise Called the Philippines

lots of people on the beach at boracay

It’s almost 2:00 pm. The temperature is hovering around 33°C, 92° F, with a “feels like” temperature of 39°C, 102°F. The humidity is a “mild” 54%. “Mild” because the average annual humidity in our island province of Guimaras is around 86%. “Another Summer Day in a Paradise Called the Philippines.”

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Late Night Karaoke Ban Looming in the Philippines

A tower of speakers at the Guimaras fiesta

Will a new bill being discussed in the Philippines House of Representatives finally end late night karaoke sessions in the Philippines? Anyone that have lived in the archipelago has been exposed to extreme noise pollution coming from local fiestas, birthday parties, loudspeakers, karaoke bars, etc. It’s a law that’s been long overdue in the Philippines. 

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