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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Want an IPhone 6? Join the Yamba Beta Test!

I want an IPhone6! I am sure a lot of you would want one too! Right? Well, a new social networking website is giving away a brand new IPhone6 to 3 lucky beta testers.  If you love social networking apps like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest, I am sure you are going to enjoy using Yamba.

Here is the 2 simple steps that will lead you to your newest phone:


Head to!/register and create an account.

Step 2: POST

Post as many videos, photos, and links to your Yamba account.


The Beta Test ends on July 25, 2015 and Yamba will award the beta tests with:

1. The most number of posts at (then post away)
2. The most number of followers (then invite away)
3. The post with the most number of views 

How much do you want a new iPhone6 ??? Add me and cya at Yamba.Rocks

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

University of the Visayas High School Batch 1965 Golden Reunion

UV High School Batch '65 Golden Reunion
My mom went home recently to celebrate her high school batch 50th year anniversary. She has always been a proud graduate of University of the Visayas High School and I always enjoy listening to her when she talks about her adventures in high school. 

UV High School Batch '65 Golden Reunion
 She was quiet happy to see her old barkada led by Tita Annete Son, Tita Loly Avila and Tita Maria Luz Operation-Aung Thwin.
UV High School Batch '65 Golden Reunion
 Some of their teachers were also there.
UV High School Batch '65 Golden Reunion

UV High School Batch '65 Golden Reunion

UV High School Batch '65 Golden Reunion
There were about 15 graduates who attended the reunion and it was night full of joyful reminiscing and celebrations.

Congratulations UV High School Batch 1965 on your Golden Reunion!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

It's More Fun in the Philippines: Lake Danao, Ormoc City, Leyte

Ormoc has a special place in my heart as it is the birthplace of my mom.  We have been to Ormoc City several times and we just usually stay in the city.  In my mom's recent vacation to Ormoc, we decided to check out the beautiful places that the city is known for.  One of the first places we visited is Lake Danao National Park.  We were accompanied by my aunt and cousins from Ormoc when we went there. We were able to have a lunch that is full of laughter and good food.

 Lake Danao is about an hour away from Ormoc city proper.  It is located in the mountainous portion of the city. The guitar-shaped lake is very popular among locals and tourists especially during summer.  The entrance fee is only 10 pesos.

Monday, June 1, 2015

#Summer2015 Adventures: A Day in Palompon, Leyte

When my mom decided to have a vacation this summer, one of her chosen destinations is the beautiful island of Kalanggaman.  To be able to go to the island, you either have to pick Cebu (Malapascua or Maya Port) or Palompon, Leyte as your jump off point.  Since my mom also wanted to visit Ormoc, her hometown, we decided to pick Palompon .  We spent one day in the town and it was eventful as we were able to experience Palompon up close.  Here are some of the things that we did while in Palompon.

1. Lunch Day & Night Catering Services

It's more fun in Palompon, Leyte, Philippines

From Ormoc, our van trip took about 2 hours going to Palompon. Our driver chose the path via Villaba.  We left for Palompon at around 10 a.m. and we arrived around 12 noon. Our contact in Palompon is my wife's friend in medical school Camille Lequin.  Since we arrived during lunchtime, she suggested that we have lunch at her uncle's restaurant. Day & Night catering services is one of the popular catering businesses in the town and the owner has an eatery that features their delicious specialities.

Friday, May 29, 2015

It's More Fun in the Philippines: Kalanggaman Island, Palompon, Leyte

Carlo Andrew Olano at Kalanggaman Island, Palompon, Leyte.  Best beaches in the Philippines

 It has been almost 2 years since +Francine Camille Lequin , a friend of my wife, has been inviting us to visit Kalanggaman Island.  Camille is usually animated when she talks about how beautiful the island off the coast of her hometown of Palompon, Leyte.  There were times I thought that she was kinda overhyping the place.  I finally got to see the island when my mom had a vacation from Australia a couple of days ago.  Camille was not lying as the island was simply awesome and my visit to Kalangamman Island became the highlight of my #Summer2015. 

 Kalanggaman Island, Palompon, Leyte.  Best beaches in the Philippines
Kalanggaman Island is a 90-minute boat ride from Palompon Port.  Tourists need to register at the Palompon Ecotours Office before they can go to the island. During peak season, you might need to register a week before so that you can book a boat that will take you to Kalanggaman Island. You may contact the Ecotours Office at +63 917 303 7267. 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

#Summer2015: Visiting the Temple of Leah

Temple of Leah, Busay, Cebu City
The Temple of Leah is fast becoming one of the most popular tourist attractions in Cebu City. This Greco-Roman inspired "temple" was built as a tribute to the late Leah Albino-Adarna, the matriarch of the family behind the Queensland Hotel Group.

Temple of Leah, Busay, Cebu City

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Having fun while visiting Robinsons Homes Cebu Project

As a Business Director for Robinsons Homes Cebu, one of my jobs is to make work fun for my team. I have been in the real estate industry for almost a decade and over the years my Rainmakers Sales teams are known for its fun factor.  We always have fun in what we do. In good times and in bad times, we still to manage to smile and enjoy what we do.  A few months back, we visited both our projects to take some awesome pictures thanks to my Sony Xperia Z1. Above is Geneve Baldos, Lindaflor Cadusales, and Ariane Alejandro "taking off" towards greater heights.  The photo was taken in Aspen Heights Subdivision in Consolacion Cebu. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

5 Cars I want to Own after going to the BPI Auto Madness

BPI Auto Madness Ayala Center Cebu
I went to the BPI Auto Madness last week to check on the cars that are being offered to the Cebu market. There were 19 car brands competing for attention and there were 5 cars that caught my fancy. 

No.1 on my list is the 2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.  They say bad boys attract the girls well, if a bad boy were a car, it would be a Jeep. It had bad-ass looks and it features are really suited for an adventure.  Some might brand this car as nice, but the appropriate adjectives should be tough and strong.  This off-roader will be a perfect partner for road trips to the mountain areas of Cebu. The design is still classic.  You can always see the similarities to its previous incarnations. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

My Food Blog's 10 Best Posts in February 2015

Lately, I have been busy focusing on my food blog.  I used to post all my food adventures and it became so many so I decided make a separate blog named Kalami Cebu.  The main reason why I migrated most of my food posts to the new blog is mainly due to the free space that Google provides in my other blogger account.  I have been making a daily post in my other blog for almost a month and the traffic for Kalami Cebu has overtook this site's traffic.  With the help of some Cafe owners who shared my posts, I was able to generate over 10,000 site views last month for the new blog. 

Here are the Top 10 blog posts of Kalami Cebu in February 2015:

10.  Treat Street Cafe -  This cafe in Ayala serves really delicious Illy coffee.  They also have a variety of desserts.

9. Cafe Racer - This new diner in the North Reclamation Area is one of the best looking new restaurants in Cebu. 

8. Obihiro Butadon - A Butadon place opened near our house and we were one of the first ones to try it.

7.  Tazza Cafe and Patisserie - I loved the 1 Peso desserts here if you order a meal and drink. ;)

6. Gibb's Hot Wings - My favorite Wing place in Cebu.

5.  Burger King Panagdait - A new fast food restaurant has opened in F. Cabahug Street.

4. Ironbound Coffee - I enjoyed drink the syphon coffee here. 

3. Carnivore -  One of the best restaurants to go to when I crave for meat. ;)

2. Yolk - One of the newest all-day breakfast places in Cebu. Another gem in the Mabolo-Panagdait area.

1. Camia Street Cafe - This is my number 1 post thanks to the promotion made by the owners of the cafe. 40% of last month's traffic came from the FB promote by the owners of Camia Street Cafe. I really love the Ostrich dishes there and their Yema cake. ;)

For more of my foodie adventures please visit Kalami Cebu

Friday, February 27, 2015

Food Trip: Ngohiong sa Carlos Special Ngohiong!

Ngohiong, Fried Chicken, Poso, Fried Batikon, Fried Liver

Two years ago, I wrote about a Ngohiongan in Fairlane, Guadalupe that has been one of my favourite places to have lunch. This time, I will be writing a long overdue post about another favourite place for ngohiong for Cebuanos.  Carlos Special Ngohiong is another small house-based eatery similar to
Doming's Ngohiong.  It is located in Mambaling but they now have branches in Mabolo and Guadalupe.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Sinulog 2015: The other side

Aside from the religious aspect of the Sinulog and the a-la-Mardi Gras parade, there has been one other aspect that has grown over the years.  Sinulog is known among the younger generation as the grand street party of Cebu.  For the past couple of years, the crowds has swelled for the parties at the side streets.

A lot of production companies and establishments have taken advantage of the revelry and they have organized rave events and many stores offer good promos for beer and liquors during the season. Instead of watching the grand parade, many young people cram themselves in the narrow side streets and enjoy being face painted, given shots, taking free hugs and kisses, and greeting strangers Pit Senyor!
Boy from Siargao had a great sinulog 2015

party at Sinulog 2015

It is wet, wild, crowded and dirty but nobody really cares because everyone is having so much.  If you are the type that is claustrophobic then I strongly suggest never to go in the Juana Osmena area and the side streets going to Baseline, Redemptorist Church, and the back of STC because you will end up crushed specially past lunchtime. Some people even make a mistake of parking their cars in the area and complained later as their cars somehow got vandalised with poster paint.  Also, I really suggest that people with cars should not be stupid enough to go to that area in the afternoon because  most likely you will stuck for hours and there is a big possibility to you will run over liquor and beet bottles. You have to learn how to walk to enjoy the Sinulog to the hilt especially in that area.

street invasion at Sinulog 2015

Maan Reyes, Lot Gripo, and Carlo Olano at the Sinulog 2015 Robinsons Homes team

Some might not like this aspect of the Sinulog but for many, it is the very definition of Sinulog.  Sinulog for some is all about the paint, the soiled clothes, the drinking, and the dancing.  Some might try to control this aspect but  it is actually what makes Sinulog memorable for many.  A lot of young people now save up to come to Cebu, not only to watch the contingents or go to Church but they also want to party like nobody is watching. My friends from other provinces even wondered why their city do not hold such fun event. #PartyPaMore