To make things clear first, we didn’t climb Mount Agad-agad, it’s some Luinab mountain, which at the peak of it can be seen the highest mountain in Iligan.
Since my residence is in Tominobo, I had to wake up at 4:00am for a hiking or running at a small mountain Barangay Luinab scheduled at 5:30am.
The hiking was about 8 kilometers long. We started at the Bahayan crossing, just in front of Abiol Store. Our exit area was at Caritas Village, still in Luinab.
The mountain with highest peak in this photo is Mount Agad-agad. I still haven’t climbed this mountain yet.
Yes, there are fogs in Iligan, but not as thick as what this photo says, Photoshop just enhanced it, just to be honest with you.
This is Mother Nature looking at her sons and daughters.
Saluting to God’s wonderful creation.
The left part of Mount Agad-agad.
Initially, I thought these white spots were plastics. But actually they’re spider webs.
Get out of your comfort zone, and join the adventure.
Last December 20, 2015, JCI Iligan Inc. together with three other chapters in Kulintang, Panguil Bay, and JJI Iligan went to Barangay Abuno to give out Christmas gifts to the residents there. But it’s not the usual giving of gifts, they also conducted a short trainings to the children, the youth, adults and the senior citizens.
A total estimate of 300 beneficiaries from the youngest to the oldest.
While waiting for the rest of the participants, I helped out preparing wrapping the gifts. These are notebooks, pencils and crayons.
The theme of this gift giving event is “We are one this Christmas”. This event also has a short training and feeding program for the children.
JCI officials giving their exhortation prior to the actual event such as training, feeding and giving out of the Christmas gifts.
Bernie Padilla, former secretary general of JCI-Iligan.
The Barangay Abuno youth listening to the quick training conducted by JCI members.
The seniors are not be left out. They too have their share of the gifts and training.
The JCI members from all the four chapters in Iligan and Lanao del Norte posing before the camera after the event.
Helping is like investing in a business. But investing in people is the best investment of all. Thank God for organizations such as JCI for being a positive influence to the city of Iligan.
After two months of renovation, Jollibee Gaisano Mall branch will open today. It is now bigger and has a new space beside the cashier counter. This new space would be probably my favorite, I personally call it “the cave” haha.
The lady in red is a Jollibee management staff with Iliganonko.com blogger.
The new store design concept is called Aura. The current design has an intimidating look and feel, a deviation from their usual red and yellow color designed specifically for kids.
Avid patrons will also get free items such as umbrella, pillows and mug. But only for the first 100 customers for each day from December 4 to 6.
The new cushion chairs below is similar to McDonald’s, probably from the same supplier.
The design has this same feel when you see the usual coffee shop, like Aruma and Coffee Works.
This is the cashier counter.
This is the center part of the main dining area.
This Jolibee outlet has seating capacity of around 150 seats, the second biggest of all four Jollibee branches.
Is this aesthetically emphasized part for lovers or for families? Either way, cushioned seats is difinitely good for the buttocks!
With fellow bloggers enjoying an afternoon of free food and conversations.
This Jollibee branch is officially the third outlet in Iligan City.
Hindang Falls is one of the few rarely visited but easily accessible falls in Iligan, although the distance in getting there takes a little longer. Probably about 30 minutes if you start at the crossing area in Barangay Kiwalan at the Granex gate.
The falls has 3 tiers. The middle one is not too high, and I have the video below. The first tier and the third about 10 meter high.
How to Get There?
Go to Barangay Kiwalan and stop right in front of the Granex vehicle gate. There is a small paved road or alley.
There are habal-habal drivers there.
I don’t have the exact fare information, but I say prepare 100 pesos for one way per person or a total of 200 pesos budget for transportation.
Born 2015 was a fashion show event for a cause. The proceeds of the tickets will go to the Tominobo High School cheer dance group.
I’ve heard several complaints about the modus operandi of these group.
First they give you some kind of card, then they would lure their victims into a makeshift kiosk under a big umbrella. Then the manipulation works there. Some have given 500 to 1,000 pesos.
A friend of mine gave 500, then a minutes after realizing how stupid she was, went back, but she had to raise her voice, so that the crooks had no choice but to return the money.
They usually operate near Emiat or Midtown bowling lane. The kiosk is located near the gasoline station in Badelles street.
Dako ug lawas.
Giving out a card. Asking their victims to go to kiosk, similar to the umbrella in this photo.
Man pointing the victim to the umbrella as a makeshift kiosk.
Two of the operatives.
Part of the scheme, this woman.
He probably does not know what he’s doing is wrong.
Man holding cards to give to the victims.
This woman in red circle is part of the group.
I was taking a stroll at Iligan Cemetery at night.
As the old motto of Department of Tourism: “Huwag maging dayuhan sa sariling bayan’. Don’t be ignorant of your own city. Going through unfamiliar places in Iligan City.
This is in a squatter’s area in Villa Verde, near Gaisano Mall.
There had been rumors about Pastor Cocoy Sabarre’s plan to run as mayor in the 2016 local elections. It started with the Facebook group May Pag-asa Ka Pa Movement. Pastor Cocoy posted photos of his charity works and other ministry especially in Barangay Santiago.
I was initially one of the skeptics of Pastor Cocoy’s political plans for several reasons. Even a number of members of his church in New Life Christian Center are mixed in their reactions, some are for, and some are against it.
He finally laid to rest the rumors by officially announcing in September 26 in Villa Sabarre that indeed he will be running for the top position in Iligan City in 2016.
Unique political platform
Pastor Cocoy’s platform is unique and different from what I’ve known from most political candidates. Most traditional candidates would often tell us about the usual “low prices of basic goods and commodities” and “peace and security”.
I don’t have the correct word about his platform, but i will borrow a term I learned in football (soccer) development , it’s basically about “grassroots development”: training young children to be good in soccer at an early stage of their lives. Training young children is effective than training adults.
It’s also the same with Pastor Cocoy’s platform. Planting the good seeds to young children, and this seed will grow with them as they grow to become good adults in the society.
Pastor Cocoy wants to build spiritually and mentally strong children, because it is easier this way than fixing broken grown ups.
Challenging the Davao-style peace and justice maintenance
Although the Duterte’s process of maintaining peace is working for them, but this method will not last long.
“What if the Dutertes no longer run Davao?”, “What if there are no Davao-style of justice would one day stopped?”
“Because Mayor Duterte did not focus on the “grassroots development”, the criminals would gush out like a spring water”, Pastor Cocoy challenges.
Pastor Cocoy’s grassroots development in Santiago dumpsite
After I heard pastor Cocoy talked about his platform, it brought me to his ongoing work in Santiago dumpsite.
He already have done this thing to some people there. He started his work 15 years ago, and indeed some children that he taught have grown to become good teenagers now.
Some families have become economically doing well who were once literally dirt poor, Nanay Dartha Simon is one example.
My initial skepticism now turned into support because of it. I do hope he would fulfill on this though once he becomes a mayor.
Honestly, I don’t know its official name, so the term Medical Center oval park is just my own words.
It’s painful, but feels good at the same time when I walk on these stones.