Saturday, September 5, 2020

Lloyd's family posted a statement to Facebook confirming his death.

But no cause of death has been officially announced at this time.

The internet is mourning a tragic loss, as beloved YouTube and Facebook personality, Lloyd Cafe Cadena, passed away at 26 years old, according to Today. The Filipino vlogger and social media star, who had more than 5.3 million Youtube subscribers and 6.8 million followers on Facebook upon his passing, brought joy to countless fans with his upbeat lifestyle videos since he began posting on YouTube in 2011. The loss was announced by his family on Facebook on Sep. 4, 2020, who did not share the cause of death.

Lloyd Cafe Cadena, a popular Filipino personality many hailed as "one of the pioneers of YouTube vlogging" in the Philippines, has died. He was 26. 

Cadena's YouTube presence featured "daily vlogs, travel & adventure, and all other crazy random things he'll get into as he curiously explores the world," as one of his channels describes. Cadena, also an author and a radio DJ, according to E! News, had many videos devoted to charity and giveaways, especially around the Philippines. 

Cadena's family announced his death in a statement posted to Facebook Friday. 

"It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that we announce the untimely demise of our beloved brother Lloyd Cafe Cadena," reads the statement shared to his nearly 7 million Facebook followers. "My family and I ask for your prayers, respect, and privacy during this time."

Although the statement didn't share a cause of death, his family said they hope Cadena will be "remembered for all the joy and laughter he shared with everyone" worldwide. 

"It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that we announce the untimely demise of our beloved brother Lloyd Cafe Cadena," their statement read. "May he be remembered for all the joy and laughter he shared with everyone. My family and I ask for your prayers, respect, and privacy during this time."

How have people responded to his death?

YouTube stars and fans alike took to social media to express their devastation over Lloyd's sudden death.

“This breaks my heart. You made so many people so happy and have touched many lives including mine. Gone too soon 😞 you will be missed Llyod," fellow Youtube star Andi Mazano Reyes wrote.

One social media user wrote: "It can't sink in my mind I am just currently watching his vlogs and then I saw this please tell me that I am just dreaming."

Another said: "'I'm really crying right now. Why all of a sudden? I couldn't accept it.

Rest in Peace Lloyd.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

My friend sent me this excellent list for aging . . . and I have to agree it's good advice to follow.  The guy who sent this hi-lighted #9.

1. It’s time to use the money you saved up. Use it and enjoy it.  Don’t just keep it for those who may have no notion of the sacrifices you made to get it. Remember there is nothing more dangerous than a son or daughter-in-law with big ideas for your hard-earned capital. Warning: This is also a bad time for investments, even if it seems wonderful or fool-proof. They only bring problems and worries. This is a time for you to enjoy some peace and quiet.

2. Stop worrying about the financial situation of your children and grandchildren, and don’t feel bad spending your money on yourself. You’ve taken care of them for many years, and you’ve taught them what you could. You gave them an education, food, shelter and support. The responsibility is now theirs to earn their own money.

3. Keep a healthy life, without great physical effort. Do moderate exercise (like walking every day), eat well and get your sleep. It’s easy to become sick, and it gets harder to remain healthy. That is why you need to keep yourself in good shape and be aware of your medical and physical needs. Keep in touch with your doctor, do tests even when you’re feeling well. Stay informed.

4. Always buy the best, most beautiful items for your significant other. The key goal is to enjoy your money with your partner. One day one of you will miss the other, and the money will not provide any comfort then, enjoy it together

5.  Don’t stress over the little things.  Like paying a little extra on price quotes. You’ve already overcome so much in your life.You have good memories and bad ones, but the important thing is the present. Don’t let the past drag you down and don’t let the future frighten you. Feel good in the now. Small issues will soon be forgotten.

6. Regardless of age, always keep love alive. Love your partner, love life, love your family, love your neighbor and remember: “A man is not old as long as he has intelligence and affection.”

7. Be proud, both inside and out. Don’t stop going to your hair salon or barber, do your nails, go to the dermatologist and the dentist, keep your perfumes and creams well stocked. When you are well-maintained on the outside, it seeps in, making you feel proud and strong.

8. Don’t lose sight of fashion trends for your age, but keep your own sense of style. There’s nothing worse than an older person trying to wear the current fashion among youngsters. You’ve developed your own sense of what looks good on you – keep it and be proud of it. It’s part of who you are.

9. ALWAYS stay up-to-date. Read newspapers, watch the news. Go online and read what people are saying. Make sure you have an active email account and try to use some of those social networks. You’ll be surprised what old friends you’ll meet. Keeping in touch with what is going on and with the people you know is important at any age.

10. Respect the younger generation and their opinions. They may not have the same ideals as you, but they are the future, and will take the world in their direction. Give advice, not criticism, and try to remind them that yesterday’s wisdom still applies today.

11. Never use the phrase: “In my time.” Your time is now. As long as you’re alive, you are part of this time. You may have been younger, but you are still you now, having fun and enjoying life.

12. Some people embrace their golden years, while others become bitter and surly. Life is too short to waste your days on the latter. Spend your time with positive, cheerful people, it’ll rub off on you and your days will seem that much better. Spending your time with bitter people will make you older and harder to be around.

13. Do not surrender to the temptation of living with your children or grandchildren (if you have a financial choice, that is). Sure, being surrounded by family sounds great, but we all need our privacy. They need theirs and you need yours. If you’ve lost your partner (our deepest condolences), then find a person to move in with you and help out. Even then, do so only if you feel you really need the help or do not want to live alone.

14. Don’t abandon your hobbies. If you don’t have any, make new ones. You can travel, hike, cook, read, dance. You can adopt a cat or a dog, grow a garden, play cards, checkers, chess, dominoes, golf. You can paint, volunteer or just collect certain items. Find something you like and spend some real time having fun with it.

15. Even if you don’t feel like it, try to accept invitations. Baptisms, graduations, birthdays, weddings, conferences. Try to go. Get out of the house, meet people you haven’t seen in a while, experience something new (or something old). But don’t get upset when you’re not invited. Some events are limited by resources, and not everyone can be hosted. The important thing is to leave the house from time to time.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

China has urged the Philippines to ban online gaming to support its crackdown on cross-border gambling, which it said foreign criminals had used to embezzle and launder funds as well as illegally recruit workers.

When Diokno was asked if he thinks online gambling firms were being used as money laundering conduits, he replied "not necessarily".

Benjamin Diokno, who is governor of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and head of the Anti-Money Laundering Council, has ordered the agency and the central bank's financial stability team to "put some sense to this online gambling".

The Philippine gaming regulator has stopped issuing licenses to online gambling firms, and lawmakers and some ministers have called for tighter controls on Chinese visitors, saying many are illegal workers whose presence raises security concerns.

Gambling is officially illegal in China, and Chinese officials know that these firms target the mainland and thus skirt the core of the Chinese gambling ban. This makes it difficult for them to formulate policy on POGOs outside of the binary outcomes of tolerance or closure.

But the rise of the POGOs is also a lesson for the Philippine government and industry on how to not disregard the social effects of large flows of migrant workers, whether for temporary employment or otherwise – especially in sectors such as tourism or construction.

POGOs primarily provide marketing, customer service and IT support for online gambling sites, mainly by hiring Chinese employees. The Philippine government estimates that there are about 130,000 of these imported workers in the country, but the number could easily be twice that. POGOs are primarily located in Manila and Makati. They can be found clustered in large condominium developments, residential subdivisions or re-purposed buildings, and are driven around in dedicated staff vehicles.

Clothing retail, food and other commercial businesses that have benefited from the growing offshore gaming industry in the country are likely to take a hit from the ongoing crackdown on the controversial sector

This developed as property giants assured their investors that their exposure to the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (POGO) industry is limited and would unlikely have a significant impact on them if regulators suddenly decide to shut down offshore gaming operations in the country.

But this view was too narrow and neglected the political and social dynamics that now drive perceptions of the industry.

When China looks at gambling, it sees mainly social and financial risks. Beijing is averse to people and families losing their savings or falling into debt. It is also likely concerned about the domestic backlash if Chinese workers here become victims of crime and extortion, in much the same way that the treatment of Filipino OFWs can become a national rallying cry.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Mayroong dalawang matandang mag-asawa, at marami silang anak at puro malalaki na at mayroon ng kanya-kanyang pamilya.

pagkaraan ng maikling panahon ay namatay ang matandang babae, at sa sitwasyong ito ay kinakailangan ng matandang lalaki na tumira sa isa sa kaniyang mga anak upang mayroon siyang kasama at mayroong mag-aalaga sa kanya.

Kinuha siya ng kanyang panganay na anak at pinatira sa kanilang bahay kasama ng kanyang pamilya, at dito sa malaking bahay ng kayang anak ay nagsimula ang kanyang katandaan, lakad ng lakad, ikot ng ikot sa bahay, nagtatanung sa lahat ng bagay atbp…

Dahil dito ay naisipan ng kanyang anak na doon siya ilipat at manatili sa kwarto ng kanilang driver sa gilid ng kanilang bahay, at pinalipat naman ng kwarto ang kanilang driver.

Ang matanda ay hindi nakipagtalo pa, dahil alam niya kung bakit siya ililipat ng kwarto ng kanyang panganay na anak.

Dumaan ang panahon at minsan ay dinadalaw siya ng kanyang anak, isang beses sa isang araw, isang beses sa isang lingo hanggang minsan ay isang beses nalang sa isang buwan,
at bumili din sila ng isang plastic para sa lalagyan ng pagkain para sa matanda upang hindi rin ito mabasag at ang nagbibigay sa kanya ng pagkain ay ang kanilang katulong araw-araw.

Pagkalipas ng maikling panahon ay namatay ang matandang ito,
At pagkatapos ng pagdadalamhati, ay nagtungo ang lalaki na ito sa kwarto ng kanyang ama, upang linisan at ibalik muli dito ang kanilang driver.

Nakita ng lalaki na ito na hawak hawak ng kanyang batang anak ang plastic na kinakainan ng kanyang lolo.

Sabi ng tatay na ito sa kanyang anak: bakit mu hawak hawak ang plastic na yan, ipapatapon na yan sa ating katulong.

ngunit hindi pumayag ang kanyang batang anak at nagsabi: ito ay itatago ko.

Nagtaka ang kanyang tatay at nagsabi: at bakit mo naman itatago yan, luma na yan at anu mapapala mu jan?

Sabi ng kanyang anak: itatago ko po ito para sayo, para kapag ikaw ay matanda na, ay dito kudin ilalagay ang pagkain mo tulad kay lolo…

Agad napaiyak ang lalaki,at halos hindi siya matigil sa ka-iiyak dahil sa kanyang narinig, ngunit huli na ang lahat dahil wala na ang kanyang tatay.

Bilang isang anak ,ay nararapat sa atin na maging mabuti sa ating mga magulang, bigyan natin sila ng oras, ng panahon, pagmamahal at pagpapahalaga.

Maging mabait sa iyong mga magulang.
kapag ang isa sa kanila o kapwa silang dalawa ay umabot sa katandaan sa iyong buhay,huwag magsalita nang walang pag galang, o pagalitan sila,bagkus mangusap sa kanila sa paraang marangal..

- Kung nabasa at nagustuhan mu po ang story ay paki-sahre para mainspire din ang iba. Salamat po.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Senator was smiling, looking fit and trim and feeling jovial to be sure.

After the 37-year-old ring warrior retired on April 9 following his third fight with Timothy Bradley — an impressive victory — he knew, possibly in a matter of minutes, that he had made a mistake.

“First, when I hung up my gloves and I realized, I feel lonely because when you are thinking that the sport you love, you’re no longer active, I felt lonely and thinking about it over and over that boxing still likes me. Boxing loves me and I love boxing,” Pacquiao said. “So why should I stop my boxing career? That’s why I changed my mind. So I decided to continue my journey as a boxer.”

This will not be a one-shot deal, either, says the man who knows Pacquiao better than most, longtime trainer, friend and confidant Freddie Roach.

“Working in the Senate is not easy while you’re training,” said Pacquiao, a freshman senator in the Philippines. “You manage your time and that’s what I did in training for this fight.”

Pacquiao won’t have to juggle two jobs for at least a few weeks, with the Senate now out of session. He arrived in Los Angeles over the weekend, eager to finish final preparations for yet another fight in a pro career that has stretched 21 years.

What remains to be seen is how eager boxing fans are to see him against a relatively unknown boxer who isn’t given much of a chance to beat him.

“We’ve dealt with distractions, but that’s what he likes,” Roach said. “A full plate is great for him, so now we need time for the senator, the trainee, and for basketball until four weeks before the fight. But I’ll make sure everything’s in place and he’ll have time to get ready for the fight.”

Roach said Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) is the only man he would uproot his life for like this.

Most of those training sessions were at night, as Pacquiao fulfilled a campaign pledge to be in the Senate each day it was in session.

“This is the best I’ve seen Manny in a long time,” Roach said. “He’s been a lot more aggressive. The old Manny Pacquiao is coming out.”

Pacquiao’s star has faded some since he lost in boxing’s richest fight ever to Floyd Mayweather Jr., and putting him in the ring with Vargas is a tough sell. Arum has added three title fights to the undercard and is going on his own in trying to sell it on pay-per-view.

As part of that sales job, Arum is holding out the possibility that Pacquiao will fight unbeaten Terrence Crawford next spring should he beat Vargas.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

*Si Juan ay matatanggap na sana sa bago nyang trabaho bilang Janitor*


Manager: Congratulations Juan! tanggap ka na bilang janitor dito sa XYZ COMPANY, prepare mo na lahat ng gamit mo, mga papers na kaylangan, pati pahingi ng email address mo.

Juan: Sir, lahat po ng papers meron na po ako pinagawa ko sa asawa ko, kaso Sir, pasensya na po wala akong email address.

Hindi ko po kasi alam kung paano mag computer at internet, high school graduate lang po kasi ako.

Manager: Ha?? wala kang email?!!! makabago na ang panahon ngayon!
Eh kung wala kang email at hindi ka marunong mag-computer. HINDI NA KITA TATANGGAPIN BILANG JANITOR!

Juan: Sir? hindi na ako tanggap dahil sa email??
maawa na po kayo wala ng makain ang pamilya ko.. (umiiyak)

Manager: OO!! sa iba ka na lang mag apply Juan dela Cruz!! (tinapon sa basurahan ang application form ni Juan)

*Walang magawa si Juan, wala na siyang kapera pera, yung huling pera nya pinanggastos niya para sa application form.
(isip siya ng isip sa kanyang asawa at dalawang anak)

Juan: Pano na pamilya ko...... (umiiyak...)
*habang naglalakad si Juan may napulot siyang 100 pesos*

Juan: (nagdasal) Lord salamat sa 100 pesos pero pano ko po ito pagkasyahin, kulang pa po ito panggatas ng bunso ko.. (umiiyak)

*habang naglalakad pauwi si Juan may nakita siyang mansanas "SALE 10PESOS nalang, sa kabilang bayan 30pesos"*

Juan: (napaisip si Juan) Isasakripisyo ko tong 100 pesos na huli kong pera, isusugal ko.. (habang iniisip ang pamilya)

*bumili ng mansanas 10, nilakad ang kabilang bayan at binenta ng 30pesos, tumubo ng 200*

*napangiti si Juan*

Juan: Salamat Lord! (SMILING
(iniisip pamilya nya at naging inspirasyon niya)
THANK YOU LORD!

*AT NAGSIMULANG NANGARAP SI JUAN*

*nilakad ulit yung tindahan kung san sya bumili ng mansanas, bumalik sa kabilang bayan at binenta, lumalaki na ang kita ni Juan*

*Araw-Araw nya yun ginawa, at hindi niya namamalayan nagiging NEGOSYANTE na siya!
Hanggang sa nagkaron na ng pwesto, nagkaron ng truck pagkalipas ng isang taon*

*Hindi nya na malayan na 5years na niya itong ginagawa at SOBRANG LAKI NA NG NEGOSYO NYA, nakabili na sya ng malaking bahay, madaming kotse, at nagkaron na ng KOMPANYA ng distribution ng mga PRUTAS*

*Isang araw si Juan bumisita sa COMPANY niya, nilapitan siya ng empleyado niya*

Empleyado: Sir, meron po nagaaply bilang manager ng COMPANY natin.

Juan: Ok papasukin mo sa opisina ko.

Nag-aapply: Sir, magandang umaga po mag-aapply po sana ako bilang MANAGER.
Nanggaling po ako sa isang malaking COMPANY.

Sa "XYZ COMPANY" po Sir..

Juan: Ah..! XYZ COMPANY?

Yun ba yung hindi tumtanggap ng applicant na walang email?
(habang naka-ngiti)

Nag-aapply: Yes Sir, ako po ang MANAGER nun, ganun talaga ako magpatakbo.
Sa sobrang dami kong alam at dahil graduate ako, hindi po talaga ako tumatanngap ng walang email, kahit janitor pa.. (nakangiti)

4 years din po ako dun sir.. (pahabol pa niya)

Juan: Ahhhhhh.. Naalala mo pa ba yung Janitor na nag mamakaawa sayo kasi wala ng makain ang pamilya niya?

Na nag-aapply para maging janitor? eh kaso walang email, kaya hindi mo tinanggap??

Nag-aaply: OO NAMAN SIR! SI JUAN DELA CRUZ yun.. Ewan ko ba kung saan na yun nagtatrabaho bilang janitor?

Bakit nyo po pala natanong Sir??

Juan: Ok may email ka naman diba?

Nag-aapply: Opo sir, SIYEMPRE

Juan: Pasensiya na, hindi ka tanggap.

Nagaapply: Ha??! Sir, bakit po? Ang dami naman ng experience ko..

Juan: Sa iba ka nalang mag-apply.

Nag-aapply: ... (nalungkot at umiiyak)
Sir? Wala po kasi akong naipon bilang empleyado,mhuling baraha ko na po ito..

Juan: Ahhhh ok lang yan, MAY EMAIL KA NAMAN at maraming tatanggap sayo..

Nga pala.., SALAMAT SA LAHAT..

Nag-aaply: Sir, bakit po kayo nagpapa salamat???

Juan: Alam mo ba itong Kumpanya na ina-applyan mo?

Nag-aaply: Opo Sir, JDC INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION...

Juan: YUP TAMA! JDC.. " JUAN DELA CRUZ INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION"

Nga pala, AKO SI JUAN DELA CRUZ.

 HUWAG KA NG MANG-RAPE
YUNG DATING JANITOR..

NAALALA MO YUNG WALANG EMAIL??

LESSON: Si Lord laging naka-tingin yan mula sa taas.
Nakikita nya lahat ng ginagawa mo at ang totoong motibo mo..

Ibibigay nya yan, lalo na kapag NANINDIGAN KA AT PINAGLALABAN MO ANG MGA PANGARAP MO PATI NA ANG PAMILYA MO..

Hindi porket wala kang pinag aralan, walang tinapos, highschool graduate o kahit janitor ka pa, eh wala ka ng pag-asa umasenso..

KAHIT WALA KA PANG EMAIL, BASTA IMPORTANTE MAY PANGARAP KA!

HUWAG MONG HAYAAN NA MAWALA YAN NANG DAHIL LANG SA MGA TAONG MINAMALIIT KA!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Sen Lito Lapid lead by 4% over incumbent Mayor Ed Pamintuan in the latest local preference survey conducted by Bloggers Partylist Philippines.

In a media release on Friday, Bloggers Partylist Philippines announced the results of its latest local preference survey in Angeles City indicating that Lapid (scoring 43.78 percent) and Pamintuan (38.68 percent).

It said the rankings of the local candidates in the January study remain basically unchanged in the survey it conducted from February 22 to 27 this year.

Vice Mayor Vicky Vega scoring only 9.56 percent.

Meanwhile, 43.88 percent of the respondents backed the candidacy of Councilor Bryan Matthew Nepomuceno, Mamac scores 26.02 percent, Suller got 10.42 percent, Rivera 9.98 and Madlambayan scores 1.35 percent.

Bloggers Partylist Philippines said the study involved a multistage probability sample of 4,970 registered voters 18 years old and above, with biometrics, and that the survey has a ± 2% error margin.

On the other hand, the study showed differences in voter preferences in various geographical locations.

In AC riverside area, the leading vice mayoralty candidates are Councilor Nepomuceno (38.61 percent), brgy Captain Tony Mamac (34.57 percent), and Councilor Suller (9.32 percent).

Lapid leads in the rest of High Density are with 49.07 percent supporting him and Nepomuceno also scores 44.67 percent, while Pamintuan was preferred by 36.13 percent of the respondents while Mamac on vice mayoralty race scores 23.95 percent, Suller 12.11 percent Rivera 10.53 percent and Madlambayan got 2.48 percent.

Meanwhile, Carmelo Jonjon Lazatin tops the congressional race in Angeles City (52.86 percent) and Cong. Yeng Guiao who scores (39.44 percent). Lazatin scores 55 percent on Class B area while 34 percent on Guiao.

Monday, January 18, 2016

A survey by the IPolls Research Group shows Vice President Jejomar Binay is leading the presidential race based on the trust and approval ratings gathered by students here during a 10-day survey from December 12 to 21.
The survey did not focus on the winnability of the candidates but on their acceptability by voters, based on the lone question "Sino sa mga sumusunod na kandidato ang inyong pinagkakatiwalaan?" (Whom of the following candidates do you trust?)

In the random survey conducted on 3,360 respondents in the city's 27 barangays, Binay garnered 738 or 22 percent followed by Liberal Party bet Mar Roxas with 682 or 20 percent. Senator Grace Poe came in third with 573 or 17 percent; Rody Duterte with 544 or 16 percent; Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago with 505 or 15 percent; while 318 were undecided.

Among the candidates for vice president, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. topped the survey with 842 or 25 percent followed by Senator Francis Escudero with 763 or 23 percent. LP vice presidential bet Leny Robredo landed at the third slot with 614 or 18 percent; Senator Allan Cayetano with 315 or 9 percent; Senator Gringo Honasan with 263 or eight percent; and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV with 92 or three percent. A total of 471 or 14 percent were undecided.

Reelectionist First District Representative Joseller "Yeng" Guiao bagged 2,031 or 60 percent while rival Jonjon Lazatin hauled 1,076 or 32 percent. About 253 or eight percent were undecided.
Meanwhile, the same respondents gave their approval and confidence to incumbent Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales who garnered 2,117 or 63 percent of the respondents followed by Noel Castro with 846 or 25 percent. Board Member Cris Garbo of Kambilan landed in the third slot with 213 or six percent; Pyra Lucas with 79 or two percent while 105 or three percent were undecided.

The positions for governor, vice-governor and vice-mayor of Mabalacat City were not included in the survey since the reelectionists have no opponents in the upcoming polls. 

Monday, September 21, 2015

I was just at the right place, at the right time.

I was heading to Midsayap recently on board the van of my friend.  Since he knew that I’m looking for human interest pictures, he just navigates his van at a speed of about 40-50kph so that it would be quick for us to halt should we’d spot some interesting subjects. That’s always our drill whenever we travel together.

He knows what I need, he knows how to spot human interest pictures,too. He’s an experienced driver, he has been ferrying journalists , especially TV crews, around Mindanao during major events — war, disaster,etc.

As we were approaching, the junction of Paco (Kidapawan City) and Pres. Roxas, he slowed down to allow some motorcycles to cross the highway. Besides, there were barricades on the side of the road.

First, the construction of a gas station at the corner caught my attention. And then the giant billboard. In my mind, what is this giant billboard doing here. When I turned my head to see what’s on that billboard, there were two guys peeing right in front of billboard…right in front of Roxas’ face. Interesting! I quickly grabbed my camera and took some shots.

Kaya pala nag number two sa pinaka bagong bayad na survey ng SWS si Mar Roxas, wala kasing tigil ang advertisement nito mula Luzon hanggang Mindanao, mula radyo, t.v, print ad, social media at mga tarpaulin sa kalsada! Ang tanong saan ba niya kinukuha ang pera para sa maagang pangangampanyang ito?

WALANG BOBOTO SA MARKANG EPAL NA TULAD MO!



Wednesday, March 4, 2015

We hitched our way back to the sanctuary and after arranging everything with our guide; she gave each of us a pair of binoculars. I declined mine since it was kinda hard hoisting two cameras along with it.

According to our friendly guide, the Pelayo Resthouse, the one found at the Candaba Swamp and not the one in town, is available for overnighters for a minimal fee. There are no rooms and beds here though and visitors who wished to stay overnight should bring their own sleeping materials. They then have a choice of either sleeping on the available benches or on the cold hard floor. There’s also no place to buy food here, this is in the middle of a farmland, so you’d have to bring your own. For those afraid of the dark, be sure to bring a lamp as it can get quite dark come sundown, there is no electricity at the compound.

We’re willing to endure all of those just to experience a sunset / sunrise combo at the Bird Sanctuary and this was really where we should have stayed for the night instead of at the comfy resthouse in town. It was apparent that a huge miscommunication regarding the house we were gonna stay in was the cause of much wasted time and money and I guess I’ve only myself to blame for not researching more.

Anyways, what’s done is done and after much trouble, we’re finally going to see them birds.
 
The Doña Simang Bird Sanctuary is a 70-hectare protected land decreed by Candaba’s The Pelayo Resthouse at Candaba Swamp Mayor Jerry Pelayo as farming started to encroach Candaba’s lowlands. The area is now a safe haven for birds migrating from Alaska, Russia, Japan, Korea and China.

The tour however, does not cover all 70 hectares, the birding trail circles only a small portion of the reserve.

The path is lined with six-foot tall bamboo fences with small peepholes every few feet. The fence, according to our guide, keeps the visitors from disturbing the migrant birds and at the same time prevents any disease that the birds might carry from being transmitted to the visitors.

The fence was installed during the bird flu scare of previous years, but as our guide explained, contacting disease from the migratory birds was quite a long shot since infected birds would not have survived the grueling miles of migration. Logical, if you really think about it.

The sun was already heating up; it was at last time for our bird tour!
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