Most Manileños would know where Pasay City is exactly located in Metro-Manila.

But am pretty sure many are also unaware, and one would still hear arguments whether this or that is still Pasay territory or not.

Let’s set aside the technicalities on the exact boundaries of the city.

Suffice it to say that Pasay City is where most of Metro-Manila’s major tourist attractions are located.

And more!

Without further ado, let’s get on and have a mini rolling tour featuring some of Pasay City’s building landmarks – some old, some new…

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Paco Park was once Manila’s municipal cemetery during the Spanish colonial period. It is located along General Luna St. and at the east end of Padre Faura Street in Paco district, City of Manila.

It was where Dr. José P. Rizal was interred after his execution at Bagumbayan.

It’s also the final resting place of the three Filipino martyr priests, Jose Burgos, Mario Gomez and Jacinto Zamora, who were executed by the Spanish in 1872.

The park was converted into a national park in 1966. Paco Park’s grandeur was slowly restored after the war and since then has remained as a public park and promenade for many young couples who could spend quiet moments along the park’s benches and private alcoves.

It is also a popular venue nowadays for weddings, debuts, birthday parties and small-sized intimate musical concerts.

I have been to Paco Park on several occasions.

I never had the chance, though, to take good photographs of the place.

Specially with a model.

Until last week.

It was really a great opportunity we had when one of our favorite models told us she was available for a shoot at one of the old landmarks of Manila – a cemetery at that.

Thanks to Jinggay Lantajo de la Cruz (Model/Stylist/HMUA) for the instant photoshoot!

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It was a rare treat for the young student leaders of Region 8 to interact with one of the nation’s highly respected and regaled business icons.

The Guest of Honor: Mr. Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ayala Corporation.

The occasion: Opening Ceremonies of the 6th Eastern Visayas Student Council Leadership Conference last September 01, 2011 at the Leyte Normal University Gymnasium, Tacloban City, Philippines.

A sampler banter during the ensuing Open Forum after Ayala’s keynote address:

STUDENT LEADER: Sir, how would you describe yourself – are you highly intelligent than most people or just plain smart?

[Audience: Laughter]

AYALA: Hahaha! I certainly would like to think I am not stupid!

[Audience: More laughter]

On a more serious note, Ayala’s main message: Leadership should be value-based and should emanate from good core values and anchored on principles.

Inevitable was the reminder for the youth of being Rizal’s “Fair hope of the Fatherland!”

Participants to the 3-day conference organized by An Waray Partylist were student council leaders – more than a hundred of them – coming from colleges and universities from all over Eastern Visayas.

The conference’s theme this year: “Never Too Young to Change the World:  Braving Together the Challenge of Transformational Leadership”

Whoa! Maybe there’s still hope for the nation!

Cheers to that! :)

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The family spent the recent long weekend with a visit to Cebu City.

It wasn’t much but we all enjoyed the much-needed break. And time to meet up with relatives.

Here’s what I got…

The much welcome, traffic-free, toll-free express drive south to the bustling municipality of Minglanilla, 15 kms away, via the newly-completed tunnel section of the Cebu South Coastal Road.

What used to take like a one-hour drive from the city to Minglanilla we managed to make in only 15 minutes! Whew!

The tunnel passes underneath historic Plaza Independencia near the city’s harbor section and leads unto the scenic Cebu South Coastal Road which stretches all the way to Talisay City.

Above, Brgy. Pasil, Cebu City viewed while driving along the coastal road

The South Road Properties along the coastal road is the area where Shoe Mart plans to build its next giant mall to rival the Mall of Asia!

Below, shots taken at Park Lane, the hotel where the family stayed – a stone’s throw away from the Ayala Terraces commercial center…

 

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