Gen Ad Now Available! – Robert Kiyosaki Live in Manila

Due to unwavering and insistent public demand, General Admission ticket is now available for Robert Kiyosaki Live in Manila! For 2,000 Php only. Hurry and get your ticket (here)

A lot of people have been asking me through my facebook and e-mail if there’s still available ticket for the most-awaited financial conference in the Philippines. But as of now, VIP, Gold and Silver slots are already sold out. 

Nonetheless, don’t worry because General Admission slots are now open! (Note: This is a limited slot only. Better to reserve your ticket ASAP) 

You still have the chance to see and learn from the masters of wealth and Robert Kiyosaki! Aside from Kiyosaki, who are you looking forward to see on the conference? What’s your expectation then? I would love to hear your thoughts! Just comment it below! 

If you are the kind of person who is waiting for the ‘right’ thing to happen, you might wait for a long time. It’s like waiting for all the traffic lights to be green for five miles before starting the trip. – Kiyosaki

 

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It’s More Fun in Ph: Adventure at Mt. Balagbag

Kay ganda ng Pilipinas!

Priceless and amazing beauty of nature

Priceless and amazing beauty of nature

If you are looking for extreme adventure while witnessing the awesome and priceless beauty of nature, then hiking is just one of the best options.

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Mt. Pulag, Mt. Apo, Mt. Pico De Loro, Mt. Banahaw, Kanlaon etc. These are just some of the eminent mountains that hikers come over for their extreme adventure.

But  for a budget-friendly and hiking destination just close to the heart of Metro Manila, you can try  Mt. Balagbag at Sitio  Balagbag San Isidro, Rodriquez Rizal

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Mt. Balagbag is just about 1-2 hr ride from Manila. You can ride a bus heading to Tungko. From Tungko, ride a jeepney going to Licao-Licao and the last stop of the jeep will be the way to Mt. Balagbag. Fare just cost round  200-300Php from Quezon City.

Because of the almost one-week holiday caused by APEC 2015, my friends explored some possible activities we can enjoy over the long vacation. After the long deliberation, we came up  hiking at Mt. Balagbag.

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Arrival at the foot of Mt Balagbag. I felt like we were in Baguio.

We planned to reach Balagbag at 6am, but since we left our friend’s house pass 7am, we reached Balagbag pass 9am already. 

Upon arriving at the foot of Mt. Balagbag, we were already stunned on its view. The scenery from the foot is just a motivation to finish the hike.

Trekking going to the registration

Trekking going to the registration

Before the trekking, we need to register first. We thought that the registration is just minutes away from the starting phase, but to our surprise, it took us 30 minutes to get there.

Trekking began going to the registration. We conquered the muddy and the rocky side. The locals told us that it will take us just 10 minutes to get there. But since we are first timers, stop over is so inevitable specifically that we don’t have any preparation and enough sleep for this.

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Once you see the Sitio Balagbag’s Health Center and its primary school, then you are on the right track for the registration. Locals there will tell you that it will just take you half an hour to get there at the summit.

The view from the registration

The view from the registration

Going to the summit, we were with other hikers. We encountered a 7-year-old guy hiking as well and he already hiked 8 mountains (Just wow!)

7-year-old yago who already climbed 7 mountains. Amazing!

7-year-old yago who already climbed 8 mountains. Amazing!

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It took us one and a half hour to reach the summit. The trip going to the summit wasn’t really easy especially for beginners. There is a cost before you see the majestic view at the top.

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Conquered. Mt. Balagbag’s summit point

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I just touched the sky!

I just touched the sky!

The scenery just took away all the muscle pain, gasping of breath, sun-scorched heat that we endured. Worth the hike!

With my college friends and the summit view on the back

With my friends and the summit view on the back

And since we wanted to make the most out of this adventure, we “tried” to go to Maranat. Most of the hikers that we met  encouraged us to go to Maranat after reaching Mt. Balagbag’s summit.

The idea sounds wonderful for us, so we asked the local about the way to Maranat from Mt. Balagbag’s summit. We understand the way going to Maranat from them, but they suggested that it is best to have a tour guide. Despite their suggestion, we decided to go to Maranat with just our instincts and the local’s instruction.

Trying to go to Maranat

Trying to go to Maranat. Going down with this kind of course was pretty challenging

But as we are on our trip to Maranat, we are unsure if we are heading the right way, so we just decided to come back on the summit. And going back to the summit, we met other hikers going to Maranat as well and they told us that we are on the right trail.

We just resolved to push our Maranat escapade to our next travel since we are running out of time going down to reach the 6pm and last trip of jeep. We went down by pass 4pm with our legs literally in pain.

Going down from the summit

Going down from the summit

When we reached the registration once again, we decided to ride a tricycle which we just trekked going up to send us to the Jeep’s Terminal.

pass 5pm view at the foot of Mt. Balagbag

Pass 5pm view at the foot of Mt. Balagbag

Riding a tricycle is still extreme! We felt like we were riding on a roller coaster with the sudden ups and down due to the course road.

Hiking is a stress relieving adventure. But despite its fun, there are still reminders that you should consider before trekking particularly for beginners. (I learn this the hard way!) 

  • PREPARE YOUR BODY before the hike.
  • PACK THE IMPORTANT THINGS including drinking water, sunblock, extra clothes. Don’t underestimate your drinking water; it is the first thing you’ll look when you wanted to just go back from the start. hihi.
  • EXERCISE,JOG, and have LONG WALK. PREPARE YOURSELF
  • If you are not familiar with the way up, better get a tourist guide to help you. It will save time from discussing with your fellow what trail is right or not
  • TALK WITH THE LOCAL PEOPLE and you will learn a lot from them. Don’t be snob on them.
Met this determined little girl goi

Met this determined little girl going down the mountain. 

Angelica Ambrocio, 9 years old, is just one of the kids I encountered while hiking. Despite her petite figure, she still managed to walk religiously for her class everyday. You can never hear any complains from her. She’s already in her 4th grade, but she looks like a 5-year-old little kid.

 Very adorable little girl!

Very adorable little girl!

I want to know more her story. The journalist inside compels me to come back. I hope the local government and NGOs will extend their hand for Sitio Balagbag particulary the children here. 

Don’t just hike for fun, learn from locals there and get to know more with their stories. 

Love local: Marikina’s Best – Shoes. Food. Places.

Love Local – the other way to tell everyone to love our own. Love our very own Philippines.

And if there’s someone who should  patronize our local product or Gawang Pinoy / Tatak Pinoy that should be us, Filipinos.

Let’s show our support to local craftsmanship and to all the raw talent of Filipinos behind the local product by patronizing our own. Like the annual Sapatos Festival 2015 of Marikina which started last October 26 and will last until December 30 of this year only.

Love local!

Love local!

Known from durability and high quality footwear, Marikina is currently handling the the annual Sapatos Festival 2015.

The event will not only promote  world-class shoes but will also promote the hand-made bags and other local products from the Shoe Capital in the Philippines

Why you should go to Sapatos Festival 2015?

  • You will witness MEGA SALE of shoes of locally made brand shoes.
  • You can contribute to the local shoe industry of the Philippines and  appreciate the craftsmanship of Filipinos
  • These local products are perfect gifts for your loved ones

So two weeks ago, I was invited by the Marikina Public Information Office with the help of my friend to be part of the Marikina Grand Tour.

Through the grand tour, I got to experience the best of Marikina including its historical landmarks, shoe factories, and food establishment.

With my fellow bloggers and Mr. Brian Tenorio, renowned shoe designer.

I was with other bloggers and was ushered by none other than Mr. Brian Tenorio, renowned fashion shoe designer. Here are our destination:

  1. Valentino Shoes

Valentino stores are located at Marikina Shoe Gallery, The Landmark, Shoe Mart – Valenzuela, and Marikina Shoe Trade Fair . Photo by: Queenie Vinluan

Valentino Shoes Inc started way back 1932 but it was registered as family owned corporation 0nly on 1973. The third generation of the Family is currently handling the business.

Ms. Dolora Dela Paz, head of the operation of Valentino Shoe Inc, admitted that their sales slackened over the years as imported brand of shoes penetrated the country.

Valentino only have 65 employees and  can only produce at least 3000 shoes a month

Aling Alita Morez, Valentino worker

Aling Alita Morez, Valentino worker

Aling Alita, 58, is one of the 65 employees of Valentino Shoe Inc. She’s been working in the factory for 28 years already.

Though she admitted how her work is affected on the struggling shoe industry, she has no option but to remain on the factory since that’s the only job she’d grew up with.

“Hulmahan” in Valentino’s factory

3. Gibson’s shoe factory

Gibson is known for its military shoes. It is the supplier of military footwear products of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.


This just one of the shoe branches of Gibson's

This is just one of the shoe branches of Gibson’s

Gigantic machine from Gibson's shoe factory

Gigantic machine from Gibson’s shoe factory.

Gibson’s is one the successful local shoe brands and  they are also importing to our neighboring countries! (Proud Pinoy here!).

From my observation, the key factor of their success is their hunger to innovate their product and being a risk taker to bid and sell their brand.

They maximize their strength and were able to saturate different agencies and private companies for their product.

3. Marikina Shoe Museum 

Welcome to Marikina Shoe Museum!

Welcome to Marikina Shoe Museum!

Inside the Marikina Shoe Museum

Inside the Marikina Shoe Museum

The museum features the world class shoes of Marikina. The Different types of shoes from designer, stiletto, sandals, doll shoes, wedge, and other shoes worn by celebrities, politicians, and other influential personalities can be seen in the museum. It also showcased the hundreds of shoe pairs of former first lady Imelda Marcos.

Shoes worn by influential personalities

Shoes worn by influential personalities

Some pairs of shoes of Former First Lady Imelda Marcos

Some pairs of shoes of Former First Lady Imelda Marcos

You can visit the museum from Monday – Sunday 8am to 5 am with an affordable fee of Php 50.00. It is located at J.P Rizal St. Marikina near Our Lady of the Abandoned Church.

To wrap up our tour, we experience Marikina’s cuisine with the help of Industriya Marikina

Cozy ambiance and scrumptious food that's what Industriya Marikina will offer you!

Cozy ambiance and scrumptious food that’s what Industriya Marikina will offer you! Photo by: Ms. Kara Santos of http://www.travelling-up.com. Visit her wonderful travel and adventure blog.

Inside the Industriya Marikina

Inside the Industriya Marikina

Industriya Marikina’s Chef made their marikina recipe for us. Take note: These food are not on their menu.

Love Local: These are the main course

Love Local: These are the main course

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Kakanin with langka, ube, and others inside

Their very own bibingka!

Their very own bibingka!

Appetizer!

Appetizer!

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You can also have your event here at Industriya Marikina. Here is their sample venue

You can also have your event here at Industriya Marikina. Here is their sample venue

More than the beauty of Marikina and its rich history, the tour allowed me to see how we can boost the local shoe industry of our country. If you are aware enough on the news about how our shoe industry has struggled over the past years due to the competition of imported shoe brands and shoes that are made in China, you then know what I mean.

If all imported shoe brands will continue to penetrate our country, our local shoe industry will soon die down. But of course, we won’t allow  that unfortunate event to happen. I know I’m not alone with this effort to promote and love our own.

Because if that happens, the livelihood of Filipinos depending on this industry will be affected. Like the photos below:

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Aling Alita Morez, Valentino worker

Aling Alita Morez, Valentino worker

Our local shoe industry has a GRAND POTENTIAL to make it once again be on the top market. But how will this happen? It needs COLLECTIVE EFFORT. The government can’t do it alone neither the local brands. We need each and every one.

Let’s run a campaign to boost our local shoe industry. Let the government, Filipinos, media be united for this.  If you are one with me, let’s start this campaign.

It’s a slap on me if I didn’t contribute something. This experience helps me to put up a blog focusing on promoting our very own – loving local.

Let’s love our own 💝

P.S: The idea of putting up a blog about loving local or our own is still on the process. If you are willing to collaborate and help, shoot me a message at airamaeguerrero@gmail.com

I know you are amazed with the qualities of the photos. Most of the Photos came from my friend, Queenie Vinluan, a very talented photographer/ layout artist. Check her Instagram account (@kweeeni)