Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Bongalon: Hidden Paradise of Sagnay, Camarines Sur

Friendship never ends...with Jessie Boy Mapa and Emily Torreja (Melai or Red Apple) during my  radio days @ Bombo DZDR (now DZNG Naga) and DZLW/DWWL stints for my "Dear Kuya Ino Radio Show"
Leap into the  water

Onboard a yatch at the dockyard
Bongalon... a hillside  barangay overlooking Atulayan island.

Flashback: I've been here a decade ago...part of my past have been imprinted  here...being young and adventurous...trying to fathom the depth of Bongalon bay. My closest friend/radio fan Emily"Melai" or Red Apple (R.A.) Torreja invited me and other friend-listeners to visit her  domicile.

The camaraderie was  quite overwhelming. I ventured adjacent places along with them, Sibaguan, Odiongan, Patitinan and of course, Atulayan island. Much more the adjacent barangays of Joroan and Mayong of Tiwi. 

That was the late 1990s of my life, being part of my radio life and listeners' active  involvement on my show.

Now...I'm back, being  invited as host of the 1st ever Maskuladong Magayon.
The rehearsal and makeover of Maskulado 'beauties
The Atulayan island, reachable by  eyes but still miles away from Bongalon shore

And there's more..I got to rekindle old memories of friendship and swam at the shore of Bongalon.

Locals are  careful trekking the storm-ravaged dockyard but still frolick on it everyday for baiting groupers (herring, etc,) that are abundant underneath the waters.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Accidental Tourist features 1st COLONIAL GRILL

My Annex Alma Mater, MARINERS' Polytechnic Colleges Foundation, Inc. Legazpi City
Appreciating the morning view from the rooftop of Gateway 21 Dormitel, infront of Mariners' Polytechnic Colleges, Rawuis, Legazpi City, Albay BICOL Philippines.

My stay in Legazpi City saw me participating at the upcoming indie full-length movie "MAGAYON" , written, directed and produced by fellow Bicolano Kevin Justin Tan Ang (but this is another story).
After the main camera's 'wet' fate on Monday night, February 20, 2017, the bigwigs of the production decided to use the drone next morning. I was out from the succeeding sequences, so, the producer paid my dues.\For my part, I bade goodbyes and thank you's to the staff and crew who are already awake.I rode the available jeepney which is bound to Tahao road or the downtown of Legazpi city, making my stop infront of the Pacific Mall.It's time for brunch (breakfast and lunch, around 10:00 AM.My target: 1st COLONIAL Grill as the enticing HOT!HOT!HOT! SILI ICE CREAM lured me to enter the dine-in area. I was ushered by the waiters immediately, given the menu and the cold drinking water.

Posing for posterity as my cp was clicked by the frontliner. Salamat!
here's what happened to me before and  inside the 1st COLONIAL Grill...

BAHAY KUBO Salad derives its name from the mentioned veggies in the said folk song.

PINK SILI ICE CREAM..only in the Bicol region, especially in Legazpi City Albay PH


Bicol’s ‘sili’ ice cream wins online contest

as reported by Sarah C. Imperial on Dec.3, 2016.

She wrote: 
Sweet but fiery, a delicious contrast in taste, and a year-round blockbuster for the homegrown restaurant 1st Colonial Grill, its sili ice cream won as the Best Panghimagas (dessert) under the Best Dish category in the Choose Philippines Awards held the other night at the Dolphy Theater of ABS-CBN in Quezon City.Bong Aspe, owner of the 1st Colonial Grill, said the award came as a surprise as even the nomination was a surprise in itself.
In her conclusion:
Now being dubbed as the “Pambansang Ice Cream,” the Sili Ice Cream of 1st Colonial Grill, now with a branch in Tagaytay City, its first out of Bicol, has become an iconic dish drawing not only Bicolanos to the restaurant. There are four levels of the sili ice cream’s kick, the fourth called the volcanic level attracts the boldest and most daring.
Well, what can I say? I think, I'll have a repeat of what I've experienced in Legazpi City, here in Naga City.
Tara na! MAKAKAN Kita! SIRAM!!!

See you soon, MAGAYON!!!

(c) Ireno A. Alcala, Feb.21,2017

Travel Advisory:
I you will rent or ride a van from Naga City, it will only take 1-1/2 hr or 2 hours just to be in Legazpi City. Pacific Mall is walking distance from the Legazpi terminal. You can buy souvenir items along the way. Or if you're in a jiffy, you can ride a tricycle but the fare will be P20.00 if you want to ride alone.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Looking for your Match in Life

Me (The Matchmaker) and my relative during a wedding

This blog aims to help others post their wants, likes and dislikes for a partner in life.

Forever is elusive in this world but having a companion or partner during our temporary lives will be a better way to spend our lifetime on Earth.

So,start looking now for your prospective partner. He/She may have flaws, but at least he/she will be perfect for you.


1. State your name, address and some personal info.2. Or if you're in doubt that your account will be used by other person for vicious plans, you can put your pseudonym or alias instead.3. Be true to your wants in searching for a perfect match. He/She is just waiting for your to make the move.4. Intimate conversation can be done with your personal e-mail address.5. Be polite always.

(c) IAA, Nov.5,2016