After visiting the Quiapo Church, we went ahead to Ongpin but before exploring the China Town, we stopped by first at one of the most notable churches in Manila ~ The Binondo Church. Binondo Church is also known as the Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz and Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish. It is located in the District of Binondo, Manila fronting Plaza San Lorenzo Ruiz. Interestingly this church was founded by Dominican priests in 1596 to serve their Chinese converts to Christianity. Lorenzo Ruiz (the first Filipino saint) was first trained here before he went on a mission in Japan where he is being executed.
The church is currently being renovated outside but upon entering the church, I found the main altar and the entire interior truly fascinating. The original structure has sustained damages during wars and various natural disasters. The current granite church was completed on the same site in 1852 and features an octagonal bell tower which suggests the Chinese culture of the parishioners.
Cheers! Finally, I was able to buy a pair of new guitar stands online and they just arrived yesterday. I have been aiming for this item for such a long time but I had a hard time finding it until a friend told me about a website and so I didn’t waste any opportunity and bought it right away. Here’s how they look and see how much space i was able to saved.
Well, it is not really a big deal and my top most priority of purchasing such item is to consume less space in my room. I got three guitars on my room right now and that doesn’t count the spaces consumed for my amplifiers and my keyboard as well. My mom is actually suggesting me to renovate the room to make the space even bigger or better yet use the spare room that we have downstairs. With these guitar stands, I no longer need to put the guitar into its case every time I’m done using them. I just hve to place them on top of the stand and let them stay there firmly. If I already have enough space at home, i guess i can start investing more with my instrument. I am planning to buy gibson les paul studio 60s tribute soon and I’m sure it would be nice to display it on my room along with my other guitars.
Few weeks ago, me and my friends went to Manila to visit two of its famous churches. We also grabbed that opportunity to visit Ongpin as they just celebrated their Chinese New Year. We went first to the famous Quiapo Church or also technically known as The Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene (canonically known as Saint John the Baptist Parish and colloquially known as Quiapo Church)
The basilica is famous home for the shrine of the Black Nazarene, a dark statue of Jesus Christ many faithfully claim to be miraculous. The parish is under the Archdiocese of Manila and its current rector is Rev. Msgr. Jose Clemente Ignacio.
The Franciscan Missionaries built the first church on the site, using bamboo for the frame and nipa palm as thatching. Saint Pedro Bautista, a Franciscan missionary and martyr, was one of the founders of the Quiapo Church and several other churches in what is now Metro Manila and Laguna. The original church burned down in 1639 and was replaced by a stronger edifice, which was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1863.
After attending the mass in Quiapo Church, we headed directly to the Binondo Church
(details on my next entry)
I am still on a verge of deciding whether to buy a new guitar or not. As far as the functionality is concerned, my old yet good guitar is still performing properly and satisfyingly. Well, I always make sure to keep it on good condition so that whenever I want to play the guitar, I can do it right away without worrying about those rusty strings or even those dusty boards. As far as my technical knowledge is concerned, I think my guitar is still working well and still getting the right tune. It never fails me ever since I bought it from a friend and I guess it would last for another three or four years. However, what I am aiming right now is to buy a new type of guitar. I do have an electric and a rhythm guitars at home but I want to explore more about playing bass guitars. I find it really interesting yet complicated at the same time and learning such instrument is definitely a challenge for me. Honestly I am the type of guitarist who doesn’t use a guitar pick to strum the strings. I use nothing but my bare fingers because in that way, I can manage to tune my guitar well. But I wouldn’t mind using guitar finger picks if it is really necessary for me especially when I play the lead tune or whenever by fingers are aching ^_^. I know most of you guys will find it weird but I actually prefer to play my guitar that way and I’m sure I’m not the only one alone here.
Just want to share these photos taken when we visited Ongpin few weeks ago. We decided to drop by at Eng Bee Tin (one of the oldest Tikoy shop in Binondo). They got this huge Tikoy where everybody is allowed to take pictures with and of course, I have to grab that opportunity too.
The entrance gate to China Town.
While checking the feeds on my Facebook awhile ago, I found and interesting post made by one of my former colleagues. He was selling his old guitar at a very interesting price and I was thinking whether to purchase it or not. The brand of the guitar is Lumanog and as you can see from the image below, it seems like the guitar is still in good shape. I am not going to reveal the price here but the amount is less than a half of its original price if you buy it brand new. Since I am so eager to learn more about guitars, I wouldn’t mind consider availing it but of course, I need some suggestions first before spending my money for it.
For Those who are not aware about the brand. Lumanog is a famous local brand here in my country.According to some of my friends, Lumanog is such a good way to start your guitar skills. The sound of it is not too big and the tones are very desirable. It won’t give you boomy or twangy sound either. It is a good guitar indeed but of course, for those who are willing to take guitar seriously, then you might consider looking for bigger and internationally known brands like Fender or Yamaha. This Lumanog guitar offered by my friend is indeed very tempting and even though it is not as good as the exceptional yamaha fg720s at guitar center, I think it would be a good way to start my yielding my skills in playing guitars. So what do you think guys? Should I grab it or not?
Good day, I just want to share one of the photos I have taken during the Feast of the Black Nazarene in Cavite City. Nope, this is not the major event in Quaipo and Quirino that is traditionally celebrated every 9th day of January. This is the very own version of our hometown organized by the Aglipay Church. It is celebrated every third Sunday of January.
The Black Nazarene derives its name from Jesus’ hailing from Nazareth in Galilee, and the image’s very dark complexion unusual among most Philippine religious images. Similar to the main event in Quiapo, the image of the Black Nazarene is placed on top of the Andas and is being carried by a group of devotees. The andas is attached to two big nylon rope and it is being pulled by an overwhelming amount of devotees. This is actually our second year to attend the event and it is really really overwhelming.
After attending the recently held Legion Congress (an event for a mandated church organization [Legion of Mary in particular] that is held every two years), i was able to take a good shot of the St Michael Church at Bacoor Cavite. This picture actually encouraged me to explore more of the great churches here in my country and one of my very first goal is to visit the well-known St Joseph Parish in Las Piñas City and witness their stunning and spectacular Bamboo Organ. It is basically an 19th century church organ with unique organ pipes that are almost entirely made of bamboos. The organ has become unplayable after numerous calamity and disaster but the government decided to restore the organ and in fact the organ was declared as national treasure of the country. I personally enjoy hearing those soothing music made by those musical instrument that are made out of natural materials like those well known percussion instrument like the majestic marimba and other variety of xylophones.Their sounds are very distinctive above the rest and that is what I like the most.
Our family had some wonderful dinner at Kenny Rogers Roasters few weeks ago. It is a post celebration of my mom’s 53rd birthday. is was one satisfying dinner indeed and we really have a blast. Here’s my little brother waiting for his order.
Just a brief info,Kenny Rogers Roasters is a brand which covers a chain of chicken-based restaurants. It was founded in 1991 by country musician Kenny Rogers and John Y. Brown, Jr.The menu of Kenny Rogers Roasters was originally centered on wood-fired rotisserie chicken. Anyway, this is actually my first time to dine in Kennys (because I used to visit Max’s or KFC instead). We ordered four “Solo Plates” and what I like about it is the fact that you can customize your own order (the side dishes in particular).
A standard Solo Plate usually consist of 1/4 Roasted Chicken, 1 Regular Side (Steamed Vegetables, Corns & Carrots, Macaroni Salad, Fresh Fruits and more), one cup of rice and a muffin ( I don’t like the taste though).
What I like about Kennys is the fact that they promote healthy living. Most of their classic meals are exclusively for diet-conscious people. They got High Fiber, High Protein and Low Calorie Meal too. For the Desert , we tried their Fruit Yogurt. Anyway, you can check more of their menu here http://www.kennys.com.ph/
I am not getting any younger and there is nothing more I can do about it. Of course, as I grew up, I started to think about my future since I know I am going to deal with it very soon. I am actually aiming to start a business but I just don’t know what , when and how to start. I was watching a business-oriented show last night when they started talking about possible investments that will give you a paramount success. Interestingly, they mentioned something about recording business. It is indeed a sizable investment and you can even start with a very simple recording studio at home or even those inexpensive computer based studios. However, if you are going to start such business, you have to spend much money in buying credible instruments and some necessary recording equipment like tascam 1800 and some credible high quality speakers and amplifiers for example. Well, this is indeed a challenging business but I personally want it to be considered on top of my plans. I might need to double my effort to earn enough money to make this dream come true. Wish me luck.