Happy Easter Sunday

Easter Procession – Good Friday

The Easter Procession in Dumaguete on Good Friday is always attended by thousands of Christians. The usual highlight of Good Friday is the procession of the Santo Entierro, a often wooden or resin sculpture of the dead Christ lying supine. 

Easter Procession in Dumaguete City

Easter Procession in Dumaguete City

Following some pictures of the Easter Procession 2014 in Dumaguete.

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Lemmy @ Eatern Friday-proseission

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Happy Easter Sunday

Happy Eastern 2014 to all of our Family & Friends

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tayada Dancers

Tayada sa Plaza – Quezon Park

Tayada sa Plaza is the name of an event which takes place most Sundays afternoon at Quezon Park in Dumaguete. Each week (weather permitting) a school or college performs on the big stage under the theme “Showcasing the Best of Dumaguete”.

tayada sa Queazon park Dumaguete

tayada sa Queazon park Dumaguete

The event starts usually between 04:00pm and 05:00 pm in the afternoon. It showcases various talents and skills which are developed at the schools in Dumaguete. The performances of the different groups vary and go from traditional dances to Hip Hop performances or theater dramas and comedy.

Folk Dance at Tayada sa Plaza

Folk Dance at Tayada sa Plaza

Tayada sa Playa is a great family event. The entrance is free of charge and limited seats are available. The event is organized by the Dumaguete Tourism Office.

Tayada sa Plaza Dumaguete  Hawain Dance

Tayada sa Plaza Dumaguete Hawain Dance

 

Tayada Sa Palza –  Dancers



The event is very popular with Dumagueteños and a good option to escape the almost weekly Sunday brownout (presented proudly by NORECO II). However, local and especially foreign tourists should not miss the Tayada sa Plaza. Visiting the event gives a good idea into the relaxed life-style of Dumagueteños and why we are called gentle people.

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Santa Claus Visits Provincial Hospital

Santa and his Helper went on the evening of December 23 to the Provincial Hospital in Dumaguete City. Like each year, they had some presents for all Children who were admitted to the Hospital for Christmas. This is the 3rd year the small group organizes the visit. Many helping supporters chimed in and made Christmas for the Children in the hospital a little bit better. The shopping started in October; and once again UniTops offered a 10% discount on all items, which simply means, that the donations go a longer way.

Dumaguete Project santa Thursday Club 2013

Dumaguete Project santa Thursday Club 2013

Shopping for Santa Claus:

Liza with Rechel Shopping for Project Santa 2013

Liza with Rechel Shopping for Project Santa 2013


Four different bags needed to be filled. Each bag had several hygiene items as well as toys and educational stuff.

60 gift bags for babies and newborns

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Project-Santa-50-babies-gift-packs

The 60 Christmas Bags for babies and newborn contained: Alcohol, Bath Soap, Face Towel, Comb, Baby Powder, Cotton Buds, Cotton, Coin Box, Manzanilla, baby powder box w/ sponge, Wet Tissue (Baby Wipes), Rattles (noise maker), Feeding Bottles, Baby Socks, Baby Gloves

70 gift bags for children between 2 and 5 years

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The 70 unisex gift bags contained: Alcohol, Bath Soap, Face Towel, Comb, Baby Powder, Cotton Buds, Cotton, Coin Box, Tooth Brush, Tooth Paste, Book (Reading and Coloring), Crayons, Bubbles, Ballon (pinguin), Spring Rainbow, Hair gel, Yoyo, Spiral Ruler

40 bags for girls 6 to 12 years

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Project-Santa-40-Girls-6-12-yr-old-gift-packs

The bags for the girls contained: Bag, Alcohol, Bath Soap, Face Towel, Comb, Baby Powder, Cotton Buds, Cotton, Coin Box, Tooth Brush, Tooth Paste, Book (Reading and Coloring), Crayons, Bubbles, Ballon (pinguin), Spring Rainbow, Hair gel, Yoyo, Cooking Set, Doll

40 gift bags for boys 6 to 12 years

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Project-Santa-4-Boys-6-12-yr-old-gift-packs

The boys got: Bag, Alcohol, Bath Soap, Face Towel, Comb, Baby Powder, Cotton Buds, Cotton, Coin Box, Tooth Brush, Tooth Paste, Book (Reading and Coloring), Crayons, Bubbles, Ballon (pinguin), Spring Rainbow, Hair gel, Yo-yo, Ball

The group met at Casablanca Restaurant and headed towards the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital.

Miss Dumaguete Lorrane Kendrickson & Rechel of DINS

Miss Dumaguete Lorrane Kendrickson & Rechel of DINS


All Children received their small presents. The left-over bags were brought to an orphanage.

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Project-Santa-the-helpers221

 

Merry Christmas

 

Christmas House in Dumaguete

The Christmas House of Dr. Absin

Since 25 years Dr Absin’s Christmas House opens the doors for visitors from the City, the Philippines and from all over the world. Everybody is invited to spend some hours at his property, to feel the spirit of Christmas.

Christmas House in Dumaguete

Christmas House in Dumaguete

 

Since years, the Christmas House is a “must” on our schedule. One does never get too old for a visit. The visit is not only about the decorations. Many of the figurines are antiques, which are arranged into beautiful sceneries. Each by itself is admirable.dumaguete Christmas Absint-House-080

The Christmas House is located on 143 Hibbard Avenue. In 2013 it is supposed to open on December 14.

Christmas House in Dumaguete Piapi

Christmas House in Dumaguete Piapi

The following pictures are just a few of the hundreds we took over the last years.

Dr. Absin Christmas House in Dumageuete

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Hope you enjoyed the pictures. If so, leave a comment.

Sandurot Showdown Competion 2013

Sandurot 2013 – Streetdance and Showdown

The most colorful event of each year’s Sandurot Festival is the Street-Dance Parade, which peaks in the Street Dance Showdown. The last years, the showdown was held at the quadrangle just in front of the City Hall. This year the organizers moved it to the main stage in Quezon Park.  Another change was made with the competing participants. Usually the Barangays were competing at the Sandurot Festival with each other. Sandurot 2013 saw six different schools in the competition.

Sandurot 2013 streetdance

Sandurot 2013 streetdance

The Sandurot Street-Dance Parade started a little bit too late. When the participants danced along Perdices Street it was already too dark. Without natural daylight, the colorful costumes and their details were barely to see for the thousands of spectators along the route of the Sandurot 2013 Parade. Nevertheless, all participants gave their best. Some costumes and choreographic were simply spectacular.

Sandurot 2013 – Showdown Competition

All seats in front of the big stage were stuffed and thousands were watching the Sandurot 2013 – Street Dance Showdown on the huge screens and the SKY cable live broadcast on TV.

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The Stage is ready for Sandurot Showdown Competition 2013

All six contestants were stunning and we were not be able to vote for one in particular. Each group had multiple WOW-moments. The entertainment factor was as high as it can get. Also the intermission numbers before the winner were announced did not fail to make the audience screen and shout. Therefore we simply post a whole lot of pictures below in no particular order. The real winner was once again everybody who had the chance to watch the Sandurot Street Dance 2013 Showdown at Quezon Park.

The Sandurot Showdown 2013 was certainly the highlight of a great Festival full of excellent events. Some of the experiment of the organizers worked out very good, some need a little bit adjustment and better organization. The big stage in Quezon Park was an absolute great invention as a center-piece of the Sandurot Festival 2013 and the Dumaguete City 65th Charter Day.

Miss Dumaguete 2013

The Miss Dumaguete 2013 Coronation Night took this year place in the Macias Convention Center instead of the Sports Complex. The eight finalists going through stressful weeks full of photo-shootings, interviews, visiting schools, tv- and radio station and charity projects. All that hard work led to the Miss Dumaguete 2013 night, where the candidates showed their best to become the successor of Frances Claire Vintola-Miss, our Dumaguete 2012.Miss Dumaguete 2013

The Convention Center was an adequate environment for the Miss Dumaguete 2013 Coronation Night and filled about half with the who is who in Dumaguete. Exactly at 8:00 pm (Filipino Time), the house-lights went out, to have the next 10 minutes in darkness, making all late visitors “guessing” for their place, as nobody had a torch to show them their seat. For all “normal” Dumaguetenos, who couldn’t afford the 100 PHP – 300 PHP entrance fee, SKY-cable organised a live-broadcast to Rizal Boulevard and Quezon Park, where a good crowd followed the event. Great Service, well done.

Miss Dumaguete 2013 Opening

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Here some pictures of the opening ceremony of Miss Dumaguete 2013 Coronation Night (click pictures to enlarge)

Miss Dumaguete Swim Wear

Next was the swim- wear round, which is always the favorite of all real men in the audience.

Following some pictures of VIPs, guests, organizers and acts on  stage. All were needed to make the Miss Dumaguete 2013 Coronation Night a great event.

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The traditional Filipinana dress was the theme for the gowns.  Each candidate was wearing a dress in the color of their birth-stone, at least the audiance was told, until one of the contestants announced that they picked them randomly. Not that it really mattered, as they all looked graceful and simply stunning

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Finally the judges made their decision and the moment of truth moment had arrived. After the awarding of the minor and major prices, it was time to celebrate Miss Dumaguete 2013. Congratulations to  …

Miss Dumaguete 2013 – Lorraine Kendrickson

Miss Dumaguete 2013 Grand Coronation Night

Miss Dumaguete 2013 Grand Coronation Night

 

Miss Dumaguete 2013 Lorraine C. Kendrickson CORONATION

Miss-Dumaguete-2013 AWARDING and Coronation Night

Folk dance competition at Sandurot Fiestival

Sandurot 2013 Folkdance and Harana Competition

The Theme “Embracing The Global Culture, Enriching Local Tradition” was brought alive during the Sandurot 2013 Folkdance and Harana competition. It is important to keep Filipino traditions alive, specially nowadays where the young generation is more into Hip Hop and Facebook.

Folk Dance Bamboo Dumaguete Sandurot Fiestival

Folk Dance Bamboo Dumaguete Sandurot Fiestival

This great event showed the beauty and significance to keep in touch with ones own roots. We hope you enjoy our pictures.

A great competition, which should not be missed next time.

Sandurot Dancesport-competition 2013

Sandurot Dance Sport Competition 2013

Due to heavy rain late afternoon, the Dance Sport Competition 2013 started with a delay of 90 minutes, a very wise decision of the organizers. The participants need for their steps a dry stage to make sure that nobody slips and ruins their performance, or even worse, getting injured. Five participating pairs were judged in Cha Cha, Chive and Rumba.

Sandurot Fiestival Dancesport-competition

Sandurot Fiestival Dancesport-competition

Pictures of the Dance Sport Competition 2013

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As it is a competition, there need to be winners. However, for us all participants were winner. Nowadays Dance Sport is not necessarily in the focus of the young generation; therefore it was great to watch this event and the enthusiasm for dance sport of all five pairs.

Sandurot Dancesport-competition 2013

Sandurot Dancesport-competition 2013

 

Miss Dumaguete 2013 – Talent Night

The Miss Dumaguete 2013 Talent Night was held last night in Quezon Park. The VIPs of Dumaguete and a good crowd witnessed the eight lovely ladies competing with their talent for the Miss Dumaguete 2013 title. The event started with only 30 minutes delay, which is already an outstanding performance by the organizer of the Miss Dumaguete 2013 event.

 

Dumaguete Mayor Manuel Chiquiting Sagarbarria declares the Dumaguete Fiesta 2013 opened

Dumaguete Mayor Manuel Chiquiting Sagarbarria declares the Dumaguete Fiesta 2013 opened

After the invocation and the national anthem all eight candidates presented their Festival Costumes.  Following the first round, our boss, Manuel “Chiquiting” Sagarbarria was called on Stage. He did not only declare the the 65th charter day celebrations and the Sandurot Festival 2013 opened, he also announced a generous 1 Million Peso donation for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda, which devestated some areas of the Philippine archipelago last Friday.

Miss Dumaguete 2013 - Wonderful Costumes at the Talent Night at Quezon Park

Miss Dumaguete 2013 – Wonderful Costumes at the Talent Night at Quezon Park

After the opening ceremony the talent portion started. The audience in Quezon Park saw a great show where all candidates for Miss Dumaguete 2013 showed to be capable to wear the crown.

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One word of critics might still be allowed. As it is understandable, that not all candidates have a special gift, which they can present on a stage (writing, chess or blogging as an example), they obviously need to listen to their choreographs  what to present on stage.

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The candidates simply relay on their choreographers. We believe those, who also get quite some money for that, should also come up with nice ideas and not warming up a performance, they made for another contest, which was held not even 2 month ago. One of the performances was a simple warm-up of a choreography of Miss Negros Oriental High School 2013, where thousands saw in a fully filled Maccias Sports Complex the exact same performance (and it wasn’t a very successful one at the Miss NOHS event either). This is not only laziness of the choreographer, it is also extremely unfair to the candidate, who probably pays good money to that person, to help her.

Miss Dumaguete 2013 – Talent Night

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The Miss Dumaguete Magic Three Best in Talent

The Miss Dumaguete Magic Three Best in Talent

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The Miss Dumaguete 2013 was a great event and closed the first day of the Sandurot Festival 2013.
For the Schedule of Events this coming week, have a look here:

 

Sandurot 2013 opening Fun Run

Sandurot Festival 2013 Fun Run

The Sandurot Festival 2013 started with the Fun Run  with City Government Officials, Employees and Tourism Stakeholders. While DumagueteInfo Net Service received a schedule where the start was announced at 5:00 am, Dumaguete Tourism Office, the organizer of the whole festival published a day before that the start will be at 6:30 am. So we went to the start at 6:25, just to see that the start was already done. Because of that false information provided, we were not able to take any pictures of the start. However, we still took some of the Finish-line and the runners, which stood up early to participate.

Sandurot 2013 opening Fun Run

Sandurot 2013 opening Fun Run

Enjoy the pictures of the Sandurot Festival 2013 Fun Run

All finishers which were not tired had the chance to participate in the Zumba & Healthy Dancing Session which took place just next to the finish-line of the Fun run

Zumba & Healthy Dancing Session Pictures