The Balangay or Balanghai Festival is a month-long celebration in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte to commemorate the coming of the early migrants that settled the Philippines, on board the Balangay boats. Balangay is a wooden boat used for cargo and looting purposes during early times. When the first Spaniards arrived in the 16th century, they found the Filipinos living in well-organized independent villages called barangays. The name barangay originated from balangay the Austronesian word for "sailboat”.
Do you want to get out of the soggy British summer, where it's perennially umbrella and welly season? Why not take a trip to Malaga this summer, where wading in the Spanish sunshine is about as depressing as it will get. There's plenty of summertime activities in Malaga to gladden the heart, and literally melt the stress off your bones.
Lucky old Kiev. Ukraine’s capital city, set beside the Dnieper River in the country’s central northern region, is not only surrounded by an area of outstanding natural beauty but also boasts an immensely rich historical and cultural heritage. Visitors to this stunning city are bombarded by cultural highlights and landmarks from the moment they arrive. Culture vultures that have devoured the cultural riches of Rome, Paris and Milan will discover untold joy in Kiev: the city contains sufficient artistic, architectural, theatrical and historical treasures to amaze, inspire and satisfy even the most dedicated aesthete. Which begs the question: could Kiev be the ultimate capital of culture?
April 13,2013. I am presently here in Siargao Island of Surigao del Norte for usual NGO and Social Development works. I arrived here on Tuesday and planning to stay up to Sunday morning. If only I don't have scheduled commitments in Butuan and Cagayan de Oro next week I will choose to just stay and do my works here. Got addicted and truly deeply in-love with Siargao’s charm and beauty. No other place in the Philippines can replace Siargao in my heart. I consider this beautiful island as one of my comfort zones. White-sand beaches, amazing rock formations, vast green mangrove forests, turquoise water, enchanting lagoons, surprisingly full of adventure caves, beautiful places and people equals Siargao Island!