Thursday, July 18, 2013

Dee (13) During AMTC 2008 In Orlando, Florida

Dee's Snapshot with Daddy Bob preparing for her "Creative Runway Category".

DeAnn showcasing as a "Spokesmodel Category".

AMTC showed DeAnn's chosen pose for her "Photography Category" on a big screen.
Group picture...
"Kids Award Night"

Big night event that everyone is looking forward for is the "Dinner Night" at the Grand Ballroom. Time to loosen up and get this party started...
Well, the kids still have a lot of energy after the hectic schedules during AMTC Talent Showcase Event. Still feel positive and showed great attitude! Picture taking at the airport waiting for our flight to board back to Las Vegas. "Cheese" everyone!!!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Like Mother Like Daughter...

Like the saying say's "Like Mother Like Daughter". My daughter DeAnn is a gift of love! She may outgrow my lap, but she will never outgrow my heart. My little girl who grows up to be a friend! She was the happy memories of the past, the joyful moments of the present, and the hope and promise of the future. She is a day brightener and a heart warmer. She is my gender partner, my closest ally in the family confederacy, an extension of myself..!



Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Our Hawaiian Family Getaway

Aloha! Finally, the family were able to go for an Hawaiian get away! This was our family dream vacation and we had so much fun! We drove around the Island, enjoyed every moment and had a wonderful time! It's like being in a paradise, white sand, clear blue sea, beautiful scenery, so laid back and very relaxing. Oahu's North Shore is the surfing capital of the world, and the historic town of Haleiwa is always the culmination of any North Shore trip. There are some very memorable sunsets to be seen on the North Shore, especially at this harbor. During our vacation everyday we made sure we do activities, adventures and not to miss any fun. We took a lot of pictures with my daughter pointed "The Diamond Head Crater", one of Hawaii's world-renowned icons, Diamond Head has been a welcoming symbol for the Islands since tourism's earliest days, dating back to the turn of the 20th century. The profile from the resorts meca of Waikiki is perhaps the best known image of the volcanic crater.



We also visited the Pearl Harbor Memorial Park. A place to pay respect to our late "American Heroes" during the World War II. Definitely, we all look forward to visit that historic place again...

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Message To My Husband On Our 23rd Wedding Anniversary


Dear honey.. 

There aren't enough words to express about or us. All I know is how much I'm grateful for you! I know God has kept us together through storms, quite a bit of bumps in the roads, the challenging ups and downs that we have gone through in our lives and of this marriage. God has taught me how to love unconditionally. Because of Him I can love you the way he loves all of us! Thanks for all you do and I know God is going to restore the years to us that we lost and was destroyed by others and so much more... I just have to tell you how much I love you and how so very proud I am of you for all you do. You are such a wonderful husband and a wonderful dad and I feel so very highly blessed to… 

Happy 23rd wedding anniversary to us.. In this special day, I wish us more blessings, good health, love and happiness.. Cheers..!!! 

Always and forever, 
Your wife Ann

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Cebu Sinulog Festival 2013 "Viva Pit Senyor"

The Basilica De Sto. Nino Cebu

Since 1521, devotion to the Santo Niño has grown and has taken root in Philippine popular piety, particularly in the Visayas; pilgrims from different parts of Cebu and the rest of the Philippines make their yearly journey to the church to take part in the procession and festival. Starting in 1980, the Cebu City government organized the Sinulog Festival and eventually gave incentives to tribal dance groups. The first Sinulog parade was held in 1980, organized by Dávid Odilao, then Regional Director of the Ministry of Sports, and Youth Development. The parade was composed of students dressed in Moro costumes, dancing the Sinulog to the beating of drums.

The idea caught and thus, under the direction of the Cebu City Mayor Florentino Solon with the help of several influential Cebuanos, Odilao turned over the Sinulog project to the Cebu City Historical Committee under Kagawad Jesus Garcia. It was the task of the Committee to conceptualize the Sinulog festival and make it into a yearly event from then on.

In 1981 the following year, the concept of the Sinulog Parade was actualized involving not just Cebu but also representatives from other provinces in the Philippines . Marking its difference from another popular festival, the Ati-Atihan in Aklan, the Sinulog focuses not on the ritual itself but on the historical aspects of the dance, which, as it has been said, represents the link the country's embrace of Christian faith.
Fluvial Parade

THE FESTIVAL

The Sinulog is an annual festival held on the third Sunday of January in Cebu City. The festival commemorates the Filipino people's pagan origin, and their acceptance of Roman Catholicism. The Sinulog celebration lasts for nine days, culminating on the final day with the Sinulog Grand Parade. The day before the parade, the Fluvial Procession is held at dawn with a statue of the Santo Niño carried on a pump boat from Mandaue City to Cebu City, decked with hundreds of flowers and candles. The procession ends at the Basilica where a re-enactment of the Christianizing (that is, the acceptance of Roman Catholicism) of Cebu is performed. In the afternoon, a more solemn procession takes place along the major streets of the city, which last for hours due to large crowd participating in the event.

 
 

The word "Sinulog" comes from the Cebuano adverb "Sulog" which roughly means "like water current movement;" it describes the forward-backward movement of the Sinulog dance. The dance consists of two steps forward and one step backward, done to the sound of drums. The dance is categorized into Sinulog-base, Free-Interpretation. Candle vendors at the Basilica continue to perform the traditional version of the dance when lighting a candle for the customer, usually accompanied by songs in the native language.

The Sinulog dance steps are believed to originate from Rajah Humabon's adviser, Baladhay. It was during Humabon's grief when Baladhay was driven sick. Humabon ordered his native tribe to bring Baladhay into a room where the Santo Niño was enthroned, along with the other pagan gods of the native Cebuanos. After a few days passed, Baladhay was heard shouting and was found dancing with utmost alertness. Baladhay was questioned as to why was he awake and shouting. Pointing to the image of the Santo Niño, Baladhay explained that he had found on top of him a small child trying to wake him and tickling him with the midrib of the coconut. Greatly astonished, he scared the child away by shouting. The little child got up and started making fun of Baladhay. In turn, Baladhay danced with the little child and explained that he was dancing the movements of the river. To this day, the two-steps forward, one-step backward movement is still used by Santo Niño devotees who believe that it was the Santo Niño's choice to have Baladhay dance...