UP FAIR 2016

When I was younger, during my High school days, we used to attend the UP Fair event. There was a time when we attended the event on a daily basis, even though we had school in the afternoon. I was studying in Caloocan and the event was 1 hour away from my school. After school, my friends and I would gather together to attend the event. Even at my age of 27, I still want to go – not to join the moshpit (because I’m old hahaha) but just to listen to some old school music. This year 2016, as usual, the line up is really great and here is the list of bands playing at UP fair 2016.

kasama ka sa trip


Press Play: UP Fair Tuesday | February 9
Oktaves with Ely Buendia
Ang Bandang Shirley
Ourselves The Evels
Square One
Jason Fernandez
Joyce Pring
Bea Valera
Kio Prise
DJ Tek & CD

Overdrive: UP Fair Wednesday | February 10

UP Dharma Down
Silent Santuary
Banda ni Kleggy
Lunar Lights
Dhruva Tara
Ang Bandang Shirley
Flying Ipis
Join the club
Maya’s Anklet
Midnight Meetings
Fifteen Months Away
Oh Flamingo
Jek en poy

Elements: UP Fair Thursday | February 11

Free Fall: UP Fair Friday | February 12
Brownman Revival
The Ransom Collective
Tanya Markova
Barbie Almalbis
Save Me Hollywood
BP Valenzuela
Taken By Cars
Rusty Machines
Quarter Moon
Built To Crash
Hug Us We’re Trees
The Chosen Ones

Roots Music Festival: UP Fair Saturday | February 13

Parokya Ni Edgar
Giniling Festival
Ebe Dancel
Tanya Markova
Bullet Dumas
Ang Bandang Shirley
Jensen and the Flips
Lunar Lights
Better In Bed
The Gory Orgies
Maya’s Anklet
Sour Cheeks
Shirebound and Busking
Sound Architects

I’m still thinking about which events to attend. Please take note that the tickets are cheaper compared to a regular rock festival event. Only 150 pesos each for non UP students and 120 pesos for UP students. 🙂


Welcome 2016

Another year has gone, good bye 2015 and hello 2016!

Last year I wasn’t with my family and I celebrated New Year’s eve at my boyfriend’s house. This time, I celebrated it with my family, too bad my other sister is in Caloocan and she can’t travel to Bulacan. Anyway, I prepare Macaroni Salad and a Carbonara. I did few searches before making my Carbonara with a twist. Usually the Carbonara toppings only include bacon, ham, parsley etc., I added Corned beef and MaLing and then cut into squares (I didn’t mix it with the Carbonara sauce).


I woke up early and worked until 19:00 my time, then I started preparing our food. We didn’t have a lot compared to last year, I’m broke because we’ve been fixing our house since last November. I’ve been waiting and I called my older sister so they can join us.

Before I forget, my youngest sister just gave birth last month! I thought it would be the same as my father’s birthday but she delivered afterwards.


We waited until the clock turned to 23:59… We were counting down, then we started yelling, “Happy New Year”. We celebrate our New Year while drinking and doing karaoke. Filipinos really really love karaoke, it’s like any of our events wouldn’t be complete without karaoke.

We all got drunk and they kept going. I can’t catch up to them and finally slept around 03:00.

Happy New Year everyone!

The Holy Week (Mahal na Araw) and “Alay Lakad” Pilgrims in the Philippines! – Part 2

Good Friday – “Biyernes Santo”
The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death, in the Philippines, we also called it Senakulo. It is also the day of fasting, where you can only eat a small regular meal. I grew up with the tradition where we are also are not allowed to take a bath after 3:00pm (15:00) in the afternoon.

Some provinces celebrate this by Crucifying themselves or “Senakulo” – a reenactment of the passion of Christ. Some people disagree about this because Jesus already paid for our sins and these acts might cause them to believe differently

Here’s a sample video of how the Philippine Crucifixions occur:

Mass for the commemoration of Jesus’ Seven Last Words

An Activity after the Seven last word

An Activity after the Seven last word

Holy Saturday – “Sabado de Gloria”, Black Saturday”, “The Great Sabbath” or “Easter Eve”

This is the day where we reminisce over Jesus Christ’s body being laid in the tomb. It’s also the preperation for the Easter Vigil. In Eastern Orthodox culture, it’s called The Great Sabbath because it’s the only day where Jesus Christ rested in a tomb. Holy Saturday lasts until dusk or until the sun goes down and then Easter prayers start. A Blessing of Fire and Water is held at 6:00pm.

Easter Sunday – “Salubong”, “Resurrection Day”, “Linggo ng Pagkabuhay”

At exactly 4:00pm (16:00) a “Salubong” Ceremony is held in Catholic Churches. It’s the central feast for Jesus Christ who lived, died, and then rose again after the 3rd day of his cruxifixion. It’s also the most important mass/liturgy of the year.

See: The Holy Week (Mahal na Araw) and “Alay Lakad” Pilgrims in the Philippines! – Part 1

The Holy Week (Mahal na Araw) and “Alay Lakad” Pilgrims in the Philippines! – Part 1

The Holy Week (Mahal na Araw) and “Alay Lakad” Pilgrims Day!

Holy Week, also known as “Mahal na Araw“, “Semana Santa” and “Cuaresma“, is an annual religious festival in the Philippines. During this holiday, most TV Stations air religious shows, and many of the radio some stations close down.

Since it’s a public Holiday in the Philippines, which means there is no work except for private companies, people take this time as an advantage to go and visit their family, relatives or friends in their provinces. As for me, sometimes I questioned this holiday to myself, “Holy Week, why is it holy? when everyone wants to go on vacation or swimming”. I truly understand these desires by people, but I really hope that they still know what we are celebrating during this event – “Mahal na Araw”.

When I was young, I thought holy week was a week of vacation to visit my relatives in Pampanga. But then later, I realized it was about the Passion of Christ until the day he resurrected.

Lenten Season Schedule

Palm Sunday “Linggo ng Palaspas”

Palm Sunday marks the start of Holy Week, even though the date keeps changing every year. It is the time to reminisce about when Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem. Filipinos are celebrating this by carrying decorative Palm Fronds.


After they celebrate mass, the “Palaspas” are normally hung on doors or windows. As for me, I put mine on our Door 🙂 My mom told me that Palaspas wards off the evil spirits. Some people make fun of it, like “how about warding off bad humans?” XD

Holy Monday – Wednesday (“Spy Wednesday”)
These days are the preparation and/or processions for the passion of Christ with daily Masses in the Churches. They also call this “Spy Wednesday” because it is also the time where Judas betrayed Jesus Christ for money.

One of the most popular places to witness a procession of the Passion of Christ is in the province of Pampanga.

Maundy (Washing of the Feet) Thursday “Huwebes Santo”
Commerates the Maundy or Washing of the Feet and the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles.

It is also known as the day of “Visita Iglesia” or “the Church Visit”, where Filipinos visit either one, seven or fourteen churches in total. Normally people visit seven churches to meditate in the way of the cross.

Some people don’t visit different churches, instead they join the Pilgrims “Alay-Lakad” where a church that they are visiting has 14 Stations of the Cross.

My first time to join the Pilgrims was when I was 13 years old, we started to walk in Caloocan, Monumento. The pilgrimage ended at Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto Shrine, in Bulacan.

The estimated time to go from Caloocan Monumento to Grotto Shrine is about 5-8 hours, depending on how many stop overs you have. My friends and I were able to arrive at the Grotto Church after about 6 hours with 2 stop overs. I wished I had a camera that time to show how many people are helping all over. While walking on the street, so many people offered free water, some even gave us bread. Back during that time the water was safe to drink compared to today, where I rarely see people accept the free water on the streets.

It’s very safe to walk but I still do not recommended people to bring important gadgets. You can’t predict what will happen. Once you reach the Church, you need to wait until someone leaves their spot. Normally, there is no place to sit down, as there are people everywhere. People stay and sleep until the sun rises the next day.

Before the Maundry Thursday

During the Pilgrims (Maundry Thursday)

For more photos of Stations of the Cross/Holy Week in Grotto Shrine Bulacan, please visit this link: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.357472154294851.75555.126702857371783&type=1