Sunday, February 12, 2017

Pasinaya 2017 at the CCP

February is National Arts Month. And every February, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) holds its annual "Pasinaya Open House Festival" event. This year is our first time to attend.

As usual, it was my hubby Pepe who had planned for us to attend the fun event. Since he is the most artistically inclined in the family, he had really wanted us to go there. So off we went to the CCP last February 4, a Saturday. The event featured free art workshops. For only ₱50.00, one was entitled to attend different venues within the CCP to attend 30-minute workshops in dance, music, and other arts-related classes. My hubby's intention was to make our children fall in love with the arts. =) =)

It was just my second visit to the CCP. The first was was last August when I watched the documentary "Yaman" which featured my husband. It was also Krystal and Mómay's second time to visit. Their first was last October when their dad encouraged them to try it out in a casting call/open audition for the 2016 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival and Competition.

When we got there early in the morning, there was already a long queue which we really didn't expect. We realized that the event was going to be a big hit. At least, we knew right there and then that there are still several arts and culture lovers in Filipinas. =)

Can you spot us? ☺

Since we have a two-year-old toddler with us, we did not spend too much time falling in line. The organizers were considerate enough to let us through immediately. Thank you so much, CCP! =) =)

Our first stop was the Baby Ballet workshop which we intended for Junífera Clarita. It was held inside the Bulwagang Francisca Reyes-Aquino. Unfortunately, she didn't want to join the ballet no matter how hard we tried to encourage her. She got too shy. But we understood because it was her first time to join a group of total strangers. And she was also the youngest in class. Anyway, she got to watch the ballet workshop, and it's a good exposure for her.

Junífera Clarita on her father's lap with Juanito seated beside them as they observe Teacher Ela's ballet class for babies.

After the workshop, I got to meet the teacher, Ela Rodríguez of Ballet Philippines. She shared to me that it's normal for four-year-old children to not dance the first time they join dance classes like ballet. Some even cry. But Junífera Clarita didn't cry nor did she throw any tantrum. Teacher Ela was surprised when I told her that Junífera Clarita is just two-years old! She thought our baby girl was much older.

With  Teacher Ela after the ballet workshop for toddlers.

Teacher Ela's ballet class was very interesting and fun to watch. The kids who joined the workshop appeared to already know the basics of ballet, but they still learned some new moves for only less than an hour. I'm now thinking of enrolling Junífera Clarita in one of her classes. Why not? If only I had extra time coz my four other kids go to school.

For our next stop, hubby and our three boys split ways. Daddy Pepe attended the session for percussion instruments at the Silañgan Hall which was facilitated by Tusa Montes while Mómay, Jefe, and Juanito attended the "Arts Expression for Peace" facilitated by stage actor and TV personality Abner "Kuya Art" Delina, Jr. and the multi-arts group Black Canvas inside the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad ng Sining.

Tusa teaching techniques in playing percussion instruments.

All the seats inside the Silañgan Hall were already occupied when we arrived, so we just stayed at the back. My hubby Pepe was once a musician. He used to play the guitar and have organized a few rock bands in the past. In fact, he was once the musical director of our alma mater's theater group, Tinik ng Teatro. I remember one performance of theirs. He and the members of his musical group were able to play an ethnic production number using only junk materials, and he was the percussionist using a large plastic bottle!

My hubby didn't finish the percussion workshop because we had to wait for our three boys from their own workshop under Kuya Art. We were not allowed to peek inside the room during the session, but we were allowed to take photos afterwards. Our three boys came out of the workshop with much excitement on their faces. And as I write this blogpost while reviewing the handouts provided by the CCP staff, I found out that certain workshops have age limits. For example, the Arts Expression for Peace has an age limit from six to twelve years old. I checked the age limit for the Baby Ballet: it's three to five years old! No wonder Teacher Ela was surprised when I told her Junífera Clarita's age, hehehe!

Juanito, Jefe, and Mómay right across Kuya Art (photo courtesy of Black Canvas).

The last workshop was for Krystal. Since she loved dancing, she chose "Just Dance Hiphop" facilitated by Priscilla de la Cruz who is also from Ballet Philippines. The queue for this workshop was the longest because most of the participants were millennials, and many millennials love to dance. Unfortunately, Krystal did not make it. The dance workshop had limited participants. Actually, the number of participants is limited only up to forty, but since so many had wanted to join, the organizers allowed more to join. Those who were not picked were allowed to watch behind the participants, so at least we still had the chance "to groove" a little bit with them, hehehe! Oh, it was just me who was grooving, not Krystal, hahaha! Dont you worry, mi hija. You dance better, and so by just watching the workshop from the outside, I knew that you were still able learn and you enjoyed!

Since Krystal had a dental appointment in the afternoon, we were not able to attend the other workshops. We left by lunchtime, but not without taking pictures of ourselves in front of CCP's well-known façade.

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On our way to Krystal's dentist, I remember something that she told me when we were still at the CCP, that she wanted to go there every week if possible. Wow! For the lover of arts, that's something that's expected of them to say. So for you guys who love the arts, you have a special place that you can call your second home. And for those who are not that fond of the arts or who are just starting to appreciate it, feel free to visit the CCP. Every corner of the CCP is filled with art.

Before I end this, I want to share something funny: towards the end of one video clip, I accidentally referred to the CCP as "PICC" (Philippine International Convention Center), hahaha! It's because they both sound the same and are at the same site. Anyway, thanks to our late President Ferdinand Marcos (may he rest in peace) who established the CCP, our arts and culture has a patron and a home where they continue to live and inspire. ☺

Let's teach our youngsters to appreciate culture and the arts. Let's expose them to this wonderful world instead of bringing them to malls. Let's go back again and again to the Cultural Center of the Philippines! =) =)


DID YOU KNOW? The Tagálog word "Pasinaya" means "debut" or "inauguration" in English. 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Happy 60th birthday, Tita Gilda!

Today we celebrated my Tita Gilda's 60th birthday at Cabalen in SM Mall of Asia together with various family members from Bacoor, Cavite and Abra de Ilog, Mindoro Occidental. Tita Gilda is my mom's eldest sister.

Thanks for the treat, Tita Gilda!

Happy birthday, Tita Ninang! May you continue to stay young and sweet and generous. And remain pretty in your 60s! We love you!


DID YOU KNOW?: Tita Gilda is also my baptismal godmother, that's why I affectionately call her as Tita Ninang. And since I'm the eldest granddaughter in the Atienza clan, my younger cousins have imitate me in calling her as Tita Ninang as well even though she is not their godmother. ☺

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Enjoying the freezing clouds of Tagaytay

There's always a first time, right Clarita! 😊

Two Sundays ago, we revisited Tagaytay, our favorite city. Except for Krystal whose school held its recollection there last November, our family hasn't visited the place since 2014. I was still pregnant with Junífera Clarita at that time. And last year, on our way to Burot Beach, we just passed by the place. So technically, this is Junífera Clarita's first time in our country's second "summer capital".

We are always excited to go to Tagaytay even though we have visited it many times already. For those who do not know yet, my hubby Pepe loves cold places (he always changes the thermostat of our air conditioning to its highest, LOL!). He's the type who prefers the rainy season, including typhoons! He finds dark skies romantic, so don't wonder anymore if you see him very happy within a dark forest. 😊

A breathtaking view of  Tagaytay!!!! 

Misty flowers.

Whenever we want to enjoy a place for its cold weather, especially on the coldest month of the year, Tagaytay naturally comes to mind because it is the nearest to our place. Baguio takes several hours to reach, probably six or seven. Even the mountain town of Luisiana, a place which is also in the same province as ours, can take up to three hours, but reaching Tagaytay takes only two hours. One if the traffic is OK. We left our place after lunch and arrived in Tagaytay at mid-afternoon. We went straight to "People's Park In The Sky" or "Palace In The Sky". Anyway, the main reason why tourists go to Tagaytay is to enjoy its mild climate. So why not visit its coldest place?

My first time to taste strawberry taho. =)

At the entrance.

This used to be, PEOPLE'S PARK IN THE SKY. Now it's T F S. LOL!

Merienda time! =) =)

After paying for the entrance tickets (₱30.00), we bought strawberry-flavored tahô (silken tofu with sago pearls). It was my first time to taste it. It was delicious. Then we experience the clouds when we were already there on top and taking pictures and selfies. While the kids were playing within the mists covering the park, I was ordering our merienda: fish balls, chicken balls, kikiam, french fries, and hot noodles. After eating our snacks, the kids continued playing, experiencing the moment that is so soothing to the senses. They don't get to play that much in our place. The park is cold, romantic, and awesome! It was also drizzling from time to time as the cold clouds continued to envelop us. Most people say that the thick mist covering People's Park In The Sky is fog, but the truth is those are clouds because the park is on top of a mountain. Many people just don't realize it because there is already a road leading towards the park. There is really no more need to climb.

We stayed up there until it got dark. As usual, we were one of those who were last to descend, hehehe! Our kids have learned to love cold temperatures just like my hubby. Like father, like children. 😊 😊

My hubby is very happy up here. =)

Un gato blanco.

So if you want to experience clouds and a cold atmosphere, you better come and go to People's Park In The Sky. Who knows? We might even bump into each other up there. 😊

Real Selfies! =)

We ❤ Tagaytay!!!!!!!

Totally CLOUDY!!!!!!! 😊😊😊😊😊😊😊

DID YOU KNOW? The highest point in Tagaytay is Mount Súñgay, the place which everybody calls as "People's Park In The Sky" or "Palace In The Sky".  Its peak, according to Google Earth, stands at 2,351 feet above sea level.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

¡Feliz 10º cumpleaños, Jefe!

Happy 10th Birthday, Jefe!!!

We are not complete today because your Ate Krystal is currently on a field trip in Baguio City. But she still did not forget to greet you through Facebook video. I am so touched (¡Gracias, hija!) So, at the end of the day, in our hearts and minds, it is already a complete birthday for you, my son. We had a simple early dinner celebration for your birthday, a surprise video from your Ate Krystal, and that's it. We may not have a "bonggacious" celebration, but the love and care that we have within our family is enough to complete it.

Video clip 
courtesy of Krystal's friend, Melizza.

Happy birthday again, Jefe. May you continue to stay kind and God-fearing. And may the love and concern you have for your brothers and sisters always remain. GOD bless you, and we love you so much!!!! =) =)

Mommy Yeyette

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Tres Reyes Magos 2017

During olden times, Filipinos exchanged gifts not on Christmas Day nor New Year's Day but on the day of the Three Kings which is celebrated every January 6. But in the Novus Ordo calendar, this feast day is celebrated on the first Sunday of January. But for us who still preserve the old ways, we still celebrate it every January 6. Our simple dinner must begin first before exchanging gifts.

On this day, my mother was with us to witness how we celebrate Three Kings Day. We celebrated it in the evening because we had to wait for our kids to come home from school. We prayed first before eating our simple dinner, giving thanks to GOD for all the blessings that we have on our table, and for all the blessings we have been receiving each day. 

Then it's gift-giving time! So far, it was the happiest Three Kings that I have ever experienced. Of course I am on my happiest whenever I'm with my family, but today was extra special because my mother was here. The more, the merrier. We even planned to celebrate Three Kings in her place in Bacoor, Cavite next year.

So next time, join us so we could celebrate Three Kings Day more, and enjoy more for the greater glory of GOD. Happy Three Kings to all. =) =) =)     

All photos courtesy of my mother, Teresa Perey. Thanks much, Mommy!!! ❤ =)

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

¡Feliz Año 2017!

Media Noche.

Mañana, con el padre de Yeyette.

Imagen del Niño Jesús.

Misa de Nuevo Año.

Un belén grande fuera de nuestra iglesia.

Let's have a happy, healthy, and meaningful 2017, everyone! ¡Qué Dios os bendiga todos los días!


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Saturday, December 31, 2016

How we spent Christmas 2016

During Christmas season, I always listen to our family's one and only Christmas CD, Peter Carrol Singers and Orchestra. I am already very familiar with each and every song in that CD because I have been listening to it for about a decade already, hehehe! I love all the songs, but one song whose lyrics I really like is "The Most Wonderful Day Of The Year". It tells about everybody's excitement when Christmas arrives since it is "the most wonderful day of the year". Yes, very true. Even non-Catholics are excited for Christmas because we have been celebrating it for centuries. Christmas is a part of everybody's childhood and has been celebrated by our ancestors. In my opinion, as long as these non-Catholics feel the excitement that we Catholics have whenever the Christmas Season arrives, then they do affirm that there is only one true religion, and that is the Roman Catholic faith.

Whenever September comes, we usually hear fellow Filipinos say that it is already the beginning of the Christmas Season. September ushers in the so-called "Ber Months" (September, October, November, and December). But for Traditional Catholics, the beginning of Christmas really begins on the first Sunday of Advent and ends on the second of February the following year. Interesting, right? =)

My sisters-in-law, Jennifer and Jessica, invited us to have our Christmas celebrated in Light Residences in Mandalúyong City, our first time to spend Christmas in a condominium. We went there on the night of December 23 so that the kids could go swimming the following morning and spend more time with their aunties. All of us enjoyed our time in the swimming pools, with all the fun, pictures, and chit-chats attached to it, yehey! It's been a while since we have not had any swimming galore. The last time was last summer in Burot Beach. Though the water is cold in the swimming pool and a typhoon was coming, it was still tolerable. we care about our swimming time and the excitement it gives us that we should swim not only during summer because we can do it even during the rainy or cold season. Because, as I have said before, summer never ends, at least for me and my family, hehehe! ☺☺

Brunch time after swimming! My sister-in-law Jennifer's pancakes are the best ones I've ever tasted!

Noche Buena was very great too, with all of us enjoying our simple feast together. Plus the surprise gifts of my hubby's sisters for our family. There was also white wine and, of course, Daddy Pepe's favorite: Cerveza Negra! And we noticed that Junífera Clarita was fond of grapes! She almost ate up all of the grapes on the table, hahaha! It was a night of wonder! Very wonderful, indeed! ❤ =)

The next day, we attended our very first Traditional Christmas Day Mass at the side chapel of the Most Holy Redeemer Parish. Father Jojo Zerrudo was the celebrant. I was actually teary eyed when I saw him walking on the nave towards the altar at the beginning of the Holy Mass, maybe because he was the priest who officiated our Mozarabic wedding three years ago as well as having baptized Junífera Clarita last year.

We attended our first Traditional Latin Christmas Mass at the Most Holy Redeemer Parish in Quezon City officiated by Fr. Jojo Zerrudo.

Father Jojo's sermon discussed about choosing the light who is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, of course. I can't forget those words which he said, that "when the light comes, then there is no darkness",  "where there is light, there is life", and "everything that lives wants to remain alive". To read the full text of Fr. Jojo's Christmas Day sermon, click here.

After Mass, we all went back to the condo and stayed there for another night. The kids swam again that night (the typhoon didn't hit Metro Manila that hard). And we still had more white wine, cerveza negra, and other goodies to feast on. 

We had our Christmas Day at Light Residences, and Fr. Jojo's sermon was all about the light... is it just a coincidence, or was there a hidden message for us? No family is perfect, not even ours. Each family goes through a phase of darkness. Every family has its struggles. We had experienced that throughout the whole year. Does this mean that light is upon us? Hopefully, in GOD's time, and with His guidance. We hope that this is the light that we have been waiting for: a light of true joy, contentment, satisfaction, and a way to further learn God's teachings. ¡Feliz Navidad! =) =)


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