Kitchie: How to Beat the Summer Heat – Part II

•24 March 2008 • 2 Comments

Yes, we all need a time to get away from it all, don’t we? Pets included.

Introducing our spoiled bunso (youngest), Kitchie – a Japanese Spitz-Poodle mix breed.

When we took her with us to San Pedro Island in Hinunangan, Southern Leyte during the Holy Week break, she naturally took to the water like fish! 🙂

The photos show her in her energetic, hyper mode.


The bunso Kitchie at left, with the rest of the family – Miki, Nani, Marti & Ludette at San Pedro Island, Hinunangan, So. Leyte.











View more photos >>> Kitchie’s gallery 

How to beat the summer heat

•18 March 2008 • 7 Comments

Holy week has always been for me one hot, humid period specially in Tacloban and the Visayas region, which marks the beginning of summer. With the continued onslaught of La Niña’s unpredictable rains and thunderstorms lately, it seemed like this week was not going to be all sun this time.

Today’s weather, however, was something else – it suddenly turned hot, as if officially announcing: Summer’s here! The oppressive heat suddenly reappeared and the family now looks forward to having a summer break.

We were in Hinunangan, Southern Leyte recently and Ludette and I were fortunate to grab these shots of Butch, a friend’s pet of mix pedigree, showing us the way how to beat the summer heat.

Take it from Butch, here’s how he does it (at least 4 times a day we were told):







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calle Zaragosa Forums are up

•10 March 2008 • Leave a Comment

Have to plug this in 🙂

Just done setting up the finishing touches to its basic structure and it’s now up in the web – the brand new calle Zaragosa Forums are up!


For those who wish to be informed more on what’s happening in Tacloban City and elsewhere, and for those who’d like to post announcements, messages, etc., head on to

Cheers to all!


•6 March 2008 • Leave a Comment


San Antonio, Basey, Samar

A peek on the proposed new Tacloban Airport!

•5 March 2008 • 64 Comments

UPDATE June 21, 2012: For everybody’s information, the photos shown here were done during the time when the city government of Tacloban was proposing to handle the construction of a new airport terminal. This never got off the ground – in other words, it’s CANCELLED – as management of airports and terminals in the Philippines lies under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Department of Transportation & Communications (DoTC). The latest news update can be gleaned here >>>

The photos and blog remain here only for reference and posterity purposes.


Finally, it’s here!!!

After being on the drawing board for about 10 years now, the rehabilitation of the DZR Airport now seems to be preparing for final take off!

So, without further ado, (drum roll, please…) here’s a peek on the preliminary studies of the proposed new DZR Airport Terminal Building designed by Danilo M. Fuentebella, FUAP, of D. M. Fuentebella Architects & Associates.

I have to emphasize here, however, that these plans are still considered “preliminary studies.” Hence, everything is still subject to change. Nevertheless, while viewing the sketches shown below, I couldn’t help but wear a big smile on my face. 🙂 Man, about time, indeed!!!

The Tacloban City government has proposed to undertake the airport’s rehabilitaion project once it gets the MOA with the Dept. of Transportation & Communications (DOTC). Hopefully the City government could start the final drawings sometime this month as soon as the MOA is approved with the DOTC. Under the proposed scheme, the City will operate the terminal and the parking area while the DOTC will handle the runway and tower rehabilitation projects.

Construction of the the proposed new DZR Airport Terminal Building alone has been estimated to cost anywhere between PhP400M to 500M.





No less than President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo herself has reiterated the government’s commitment to upgrade the Tacloban Airport into Eastern Visayas’ first alternate international airport to boost the region’s bid to become a viable tourism destination.

The upgrade aims to improve the airport’s facilities to current aviation standards and cope with the increasing air traffic demand of Tacloban City and the whole of Eastern Visayas region.

The modernization of the airport has been repeatedly delayed after a botched financing plan which originally involved P1.3B funding from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation with the national government giving a counterpart fund of around P600M.

The original project envisioned the construction of a new two-storey passenger terminal building equipped with two passenger loading bridges, departure and arrival baggage conveyors, one escalator, three elevators, a flight information display system and security equipment.

Besides the passenger terminal building, a separate new and larger cargo terminal building is also being planned to cope with the demand. All necessary new air navigational facilities and equipment will also be installed to certify the facility as one of the country’s secondary international airports.

The country’s other alternate international airports, according to the Air Transportation Office, are at Laoag City in Ilocos Sur, General Santos City, Zamboanga City and Davao City.

In the Eastern Visayas region, the Tacloban Airport is considered a ‘‘trunkline’’ airport with secondary airports at Catarman, Calbayog and Ormoc and ‘‘feeder’’ airports at Biliran, Borongan, Catbalogan, Guian, Hilongos and Maaasin.

My special thanks to Architect Danny M. Fuentebella, FUAP, for allowing me to post these sketches for the benefit of this blog’s readers.

Update (March 10, 2008):

Many are asking what’s the current status of the proposed project. Arch. Danny Fuentebella says City Hall is just waiting for the MOA to be signed between them (Tacloban City Government) and DOTC. PGMA already expressed her nod on the project when she came to Tacloban last December.

Tacloban’s new Bus Terminal

•5 March 2008 • 24 Comments

My post on the current Robinson’s Mall development as well as on Gaisano Tacloban’s plans has generated a lot of interest from this blog’s readers. Naturally, our kababayans, specially those currently based in faraway places are just too eager to hear “development” news from home.

I also learned that there are still those who are unaware of the operation of the new Tacloban Bus Terminal located at Brgy. Abucay, Tacloban City which has rerouted city-bound public transpo traffic coming from all over the region.

This multi-million-peso project of the city government, financed through a loan from Land Bank of the Philippines and Postal Bank, is among the largest transport terminals in Region 8 and is expected to accommodate the anticipated growth of traffic in the city and hopes to decongest traffic in the Rizal Avenue and Real Streets.

A road has been constructed from the Leyte Progressive High School in Anibong, Tacloban and connects to the Diversion Road in Brgy. Abucay.

Buses are no longer allowed to enter the main city thoroughfares; those coming from the south turn at the Coca-Cola rotunda towards the Diversion Road and on to the new terminal, while those coming from the north go straight to the terminal. There are PUJ’s (Multicabs) which ply the Downtown-Bus Terminal route.

The new bus terminal includes a Commercial Building, a Wet Market, as well as Dry Market buildings some of which are still under construction.

Here are some photos of the new “Tacloban Land Transport Terminal” which actually started partial operations August 15, 2006.






Photos taken September 10, 2007.

Here’s a Google Earth view of the site’s exact location in Tacloban City (click for larger view):


  • With thanks to Google Earth.

Tacloban’s mall aspiration: Update

•3 March 2008 • 78 Comments

View latest update posted April 09, 2008

So I was not alone in my assessment on Tacloban’s need for a decent shopping center, even just a small mall. If my site’s statistics feedback is any indication, my post, “Tacloban’s mall aspiration” is currently among the top 5 visited posts!

So acceding to the request of many for updates on this development, here are the latest photos of Robinsons Mall Tacloban (yes, I went up again for some aerial shots!) 🙂




The building in the upper-left side of the photos above is not part of the mall development; it is a warehouse mart.



Photos above of Robinsons Mall Tacloban development taken Saturday, March 01, 2008

As expected, this development has prompted a response from the competition. A Taclobanon posted this reply on Gaisano Tacloban’ s plans to renovate its store at Justice Romualdez and also mentioned about plans to build another branch somewhere along Real St (exact location still unconfirmed).

Here’s the architect’s rendition of the proposed new Gaisano Capital Mall Tacloban:


View Architect Domark Ybañez Paquibot’s site here

View my earlier post on Tacloban’s mall aspiration