World Book and Copyright Day 2012

Me, together with RJ and my friends, went to Quezon Memorial Circle this morning for the kids to try the park’s new go-kart and paddle boat.  At the same time, it is in Planas garden of the said park where the World Book and Copyright Day is being celebrated so we dropped by because I have learned that there will be storytelling and puppet show that the kids would love to see.

Every year, the World Book and Copyright Day organizer which is the National Book Development Board, partners with Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines to promote reading, publishing and protection of intellectual property through copyright. This year, they came up with the high school-theme event “Summer Slam”, with picture taking, poetry performances, musical performances, rap contest, mini book fair, storytelling, puppet show and live bands…truly a great way to educate everyone about the copyright and encourage them, particularly young people, to read.

Sadly, we were not able to stay longer because of the scorching heat. Though the place is surrounded and covered by big trees, still we can’t stand the sultry air. How I wished it is held on a covered place with air coolers or Casablanca ceiling fans. Nonetheless, my daughter loved the event and preferred to stay with her dad.

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The Belmonte Underpasses

If you have been to Quezon Memorial Circle or Elliptical Road then most probably you’ve passed the Belmonte Underpasses that are named after the former Quezon City Mayor Sonny Belmonte. They connect major government offices to Quezon Memorial Circle on Elliptical Road and the City Hall.



Unlike most underpasses that are full of vendors, pungent, dark and scary, the Belmonte underpasses are well-guarded 24/7, well-lit and clean. Both feature granite flooring and cove-type ceilings. It is also a great idea to post the historical transformation of the city through old photo exhibits and descriptions posted on the bulletin boards. It is like visiting a mini-museum while making your way to Quezon Memorial Circle. How I wish all underpasses in the country are as hygienic as the Belmonte underpasses to ensure the safety and protection of the pedestrians.

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Our Favorite Place

We love parks. We love to spread mat on the grass and laze on it, watch the sky, the birds and the pines. We love to feel the cold wind brushing our face, breathe fresh air and to be away from the noisy busy streets of the Metro. We love fresh vegetables, strawberry jam and Good Shepherd’s halaya. In other words, we love Baguio City. The place that is close to our hearts. No, it’s not our hometown and I do not have relatives there. But this is the place where Rhonnel and I spent our first vacation together before we got married. It is also the mute witness to our honeymoon and it’s the place for RJ’s first out of town vacation. The place is relaxing, the foods are superb and the people are nice. Most of all, it’s the most accessible and affordable destination for a long “us time”.

Baguio City is our favorite place for vacations but of course we cannot go there every week. So if we want to unwind and breathe fresh air for a while we either go to Quezon Memorial Circle (the nearest park to our place) or U.P. (on Sundays only for the car-less oval). I just sprawl on the mat while watching Rhonnel and RJ play.

But we spend most of our free time in our small home, watching movies the whole day. That’s the best time I have with my family.

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