7 Realizations from Bataan's 75th Araw ng Kagitingan Celebration

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My father has taught me to appreciate history because we can learn from the mistakes from the past.  I thought I have grasped our Philippine history to a significant depth.  But, perhaps not... I had no idea that I could have so many realizations from Bataan's 75th Araw ng Kagitingan Celebration.

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Realization 1: The Value of Friendship
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Just as its our human nature to make mistakes, we can also strengthen current friendships (US-Philippine Allegiance) and form new ones (Japan-Philippine Diplomacy).

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Photo Credits to my travel blog Travel Tripsters IG
I am very amazed by Japanese Kenji Mori who spent millions for the prizes for the Drum and Lyre Competition, Poster-making Contest and the 25-minute long with75,000-shot fireworks during The Grandest Pyromusical.  To find a man with deep pockets is not unusual.  But, to find one with a sincere modesty, generosity and boldness to personally show himself and do the judging and purchasing by himself is quite rare.  It made me think of who is more fortunate?  Is it Bataan and other donees or Kenji himself who has the capability to change lives and touch the hearts of millions as he goes around places including Philippines to donate supplies and equipment for the benefit of kids? 

Realization 2: The Fight Continuous
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Just as Former Defense Secretary Gilberto (Gibo) Teodoro stated, only we, Filipinos, can look out for ourselves so we always have to be ready.

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President Rodrigo Duterte also stated that although the war is over, the fight continuous as enemies just take different forms such as drugs, terrorism and crimes.

Realization 3: We are all human
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Whether it is combatants or civilians, we are all human.

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Philippine Marines Drum and Bugle Team
Each life is valuable.  We all have our own dreams, values and skills like how the army and air-force showcased their talents in playing with synchronicity.

Realization 4: Bataan's story continuous
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Parade of Floats

In Bataan, lies a greater story among the people of what truly happened pre-, during and post-world war II.  Bataan is a province exactly where a relevant hallmarks of our Philippine history such as the Death March took place.

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While history refers to the past.  Bataan's story continuous as 75 years later, history accumulates and its lessons are passed on...

Realization 5: The Youth is the Future
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Drum and Lyre Competition
In Bataan, the youth are passionate, lively and determined.

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For each and every one of them know and value how much the war veterans have sacrificed for their future.  
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With a wisdom and understanding that is beyond their generation, lies within them a more powerful and courageous spirit that can fly high to reach their dreams.

Realization 6: From Destruction Follows Progress
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Concert with Local Artists
As the saying goes, there is no other way but up.  Bataan that was once destroyed is now a progressive province filled not only with a computerized education system but also filled with arts and music.

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I've always believed that culture is a good sign of literacy.

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And, Bataan's local artists have truly shone with its performance.

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My favorite part is the Aeta Choir.  Their voices in harmony is so angelic.



Realization 7: Each Sacrifice has its Own Reward
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During the 75th Araw ng Kagitingan Celebration, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the release of 6 billion pesos for the veterans’ pension.

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The wait for the release was really long.  Most of the veterans have grown impatient.

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But, in the end, their sacrifices and wait have been rewarded.


Watch the Video Below for Highlights of  Bataan's 75th Araw ng Kagitingan Celebration

E-Hydrate Protein-on-the-Go

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I'm not really a fan of energy drinks because of the loaded sugar, artificial colors and whatever suspicious ingredients mixed in.  Before encountering E-Hydrate Protein-on-the Go, I usually just bring a bottle of water on my weekly jog.  I bet you're wondering what made me try E-Hydrate right?


For one, the summer sun is so intense reaching up to 29 degrees even on as early as 7 am in the morning.  I found myself drinking water more than working out.

I knew I needed an energy, protein and electrolyte boost.  Luckily, Healthy Options offered E-Hydrate - an energy drink that clean with little or no sugar and has more protein than other energy drinks.  E-Hydrate Protein-on-the-Go comes in 5 different product lines:  Protein-on-the-Go Premium, Kids Protein-on-the-Go, Protein-on-the-Go ACTIVE, Natural Drink Mix and Kids Natural Drink Mix.


I especially found the Protein-on-the-Go Premium quite convenient because I just drink it with me in addition to my bottle of water.  Then, I just fill it up to drink.


Directions
1.) Twist off cap to open pouch.
2.) Squeeze side of bag to loosen settled product.
3.) Fill pouch to 50% FULL line and replace cap.
4.) Shake (up to 1 minute) until fully dissolved.
5.) Remove cap, fill to 100% Full line.
6.) Replace cap, shake again before consuming.

The vanilla flavor is just fine with me but those who prefer a sweeter and more flavorful drink will like the chocolate flavor more.  I bet the kids will also enjoy it. 

Price-wise and health-wise, I think the Natural Drink Mix and Kids Natural Drink Mix is a better option though, it has no sugar (only stevia) and it's also easy to use since you can just pour the mix on your bottle of water.

I think it's great that they have different types and flavors.  They even considered the kids.  E-Hydrate is definitely a introduction for the kids on protein shakes.  I will bring some of these on my hike trips too.

12 Annual Padyakan Sa Bataan at Karagatan Bay View Peaks Mariveles Bataan

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When I first heard about Padyakan sa Bataan, I actually thought it was some sort of tricycle race.  Then I saw the poster for the Padyakan sa Bataan 2017 and realized it was a bike race.

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To my surprise, this is the 12th Annual Padyakan sa Bataan.  Aside from being free registration, there are trophies, medals and cash prizes for each category where there are 3 to 5 winners.

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We arrived at around 7 am and registration was still going on.

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Fox is one of the official sponsored and they have a booth set up.  They were really generous in providing cool raffle prizes like Dry Fit Gloves, Dry Fit Shirts and more. 

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They also provided Pump Trucks.

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At around 8 am, the program began with the push bikes. 

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This is my first time to encounter push bikes so I found it interesting. 

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The kids were really competitive. 

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They were so adorable.

The push bike race was sponsored and organized by Strider.  

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I've been told that this is their first time to do this.

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But, it looks like they can keep this going right?

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There are bigger kids too. 

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But, they were few.

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They also look like they struggled more than the little kids.

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But, they all made it through.

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The program continued to small bikes.

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There were a lot of categories: Age Category, Fun Category, Heavyweight, Fat Bike and Single-speed categories.

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There are also fun races and more competitive races.

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The bikers are so lucky because it was a cloudy day. 

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The sun was not intense and showed up only around the afternoon.

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The short races had 3 rounds each.

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Most of the bikers joined the fun race.

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In sum, around 670 bikers joined this year.  That was around thrice from last year.  The highlight of the event was the downhill race for pro bikers. 

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The awarding was hosted by Mariveles Mayor Ace Jello Concepcion.   Kids were awarded a medal and 500 php prize.  While the adults up to veterans of 69 years old were awarded trophies, medal and 3,000 php prize each.  The awarding lasted until 11 pm but everyone was still rowdy even then because of the hundreds of raffle prizes (which include bike gears, biker gears and Max's gift certificates) and fun programs such as the dance number by the Mutya ng Mariveles candidates and Miss Bataan 2016 Ambassadress of Investment and Industries Ms. Charlene Versoza.

Congratulations Bataan Tourism for such a successful event!

Master of Art (MOA): Timepieces with a Soul

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Master of Art is a special breed of timepieces with a soul.  According to its main designer Frances Kay, she walked the street of Geneva to search for timepieces and noticed that they all offered the usual designs that for her represented mundane things.  This inspired the young lady to design watches of her own based on life moments depicted by different art elements. 

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Frances whose name means "the free one" believes in shaping ones life.  Although we cannot control every circumstance in our lives, we can choose how we can react to it.  Thus, life is an art where everyone is an artist in shaping one's destiny.  

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I was fortunate to have met Frances Kay herself as she shared her story and inspiration for her art pieces.  I also believe in her concept of life.  As a blogger, I would like to believe that everything I write is my very own masterpiece.  What I see, write, express and compose moments of my life with my post that is forever etched in the world wide web archives is purely mine.  The photos I take and share on Instagram is like that too.  When I reread my posts or I review my Instagram photos, memories I  want to remember rush to my mind.  I can personally say the same with things and objects we purchase and wear like timepieces.  When a person is gifted a watch, every time he/she is glances upon it for the time, he/she is reminded of that person and of the moment.  When one choses a watch, it symbolizes himself/herself and he is reminded of that as he/she looks upon it.

Aside from Frances Kay, Master of Art also collaborates with other designers such as World-Renowned Fashion Designer Francis Libiran.  I am a proud owner of the Evantris 51 mm watch of the Francis Libiran Collection.


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Evantris 51 mm
Look at how sleek the design is?  It also comes with a 3-year warranty.

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The design gives off a sophisticated yet synergistic look.  The date is easy to see.

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It is made of high-grade stainless steel and water resistant up to 100 meters.

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Even the hypoallergenic rubber strap has a unique pattern.  The buckle has a brand logo too.

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The black and rose gold combination is just perfect.  Because it is made of hard plastic, it is like yet durable for every day use.

You can check out more of Master of Art collection at Attigo.com.ph or MOAtime.com