Regada Water Festival 2016

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After weeks of short blogging hiatus , I am finally back!  Here comes an overdue post about the most recent festival here in my hometown! Regada Water Festival is seemingly starting to make name and is now being recognized in other parts of the country. Regada is one of the most festive events in Cavite City and is being celebrated annually in honor of St John The Baptist.IMG_0074tTracing its roots, Regada Water Festival is relatively new. The festival started in 1996 during the term of the late mayor Tim Encarnacion. The festival is often being compared to San Juan Batangas’ Wattah Wattah Festival which started during the term of Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada (1969). The term Wattah Wattah however just came up in early 2000 during the term of JV Ejercito. Although both Fiesta shares a lot of similarities including the date and the way the event is being celebrated, Regada is special on its own way. The term itself (it came from a Spanish word “Regar” which means “to water or the sprinkle”) make this festival a lot more distinctive from the famous water festival of Batangas.IMG_0075tOne of the most interesting highlights of this two-week celebration is the “Basayawan” where they close the street and install sprinklers. The event currently hold the longest sprinkler installation in the country which reaches up to 1 kilometer. 13548822_489568307905020_981714425_otAside from the water sprinklers and water splashing activities (where people armed themselves with water guns ) the main event has a lot of interesting activities to offer.  You’ll find activity booths from one end to another. You’ll get a chance to listen to different bands performing, you can also participate with various contests and more. 13548868_489567384571779_1279469987_otThis guy in his flamboyant costume is one of the participants in Regada’s costume contest!13555576_489567414571776_1524882539_otCreativity and resourcefulness at its finest!13570108_489566961238488_1598674578_otThis one can go unnoticed!13570040_489567421238442_1728329771_otHow about this colorful costume? You can really tell how much effort they offered just to come up with such flamboyant costumes right? 13555663_489568394571678_1227000703_ot13556020_489567651238419_268633850_otMuch like the previous celebrations, there were street dancing competitions which involves different representatives from different schools and baranggay!IMG_0089tIMG_0091tAs expected, people gathered on the event area and the crowd was simply overwhelming!IMG_0093tSprinklers in action!IMG_0087tYou’ll find waterguns for sale almost ever where and if you are on a tight budget, you can avail water-filled plastic bags for just a peso or two!IMG_0085tAside from the Sprinklers, you can also find fire trucks splashing overwhelming amount of water to people!IMG_0080tJust look at these kids having a blast!13588970_489568417905009_78023940_otMy brother armed himself with his own watergun!13588836_489566484571869_1719179156_otPeople cheering and begging the firemen to splash more water to them!13582349_489565661238618_1590887180_ot13582326_489566631238521_745981953_otFiretrucks splashing water generously to people!13570340_489566574571860_58763029_ot13555682_489565601238624_18606421_otMe and my family had so much blast this year! 13555771_489566607905190_506504904_otAnd I bet this kid too!13549313_489566844571833_2032572876_otAnother activity that took my attention is the Skimboarding competition!13570370_489565597905291_707580680_otIt was indeed a great Regada festival this year! Not to mention their celebrity guests that added more hype including Maria Ozawa and Gloc-9!

Amazing Toys And Cosplayers At ToyConPh2016

IMG_0425trFinally, here comes the last part of my ToyConPh2016 experience. We’re done with the main stage events and also with the most exciting booths! Now, I will share you some of the most interesting toys featured in the event and so as the CosFanX Cosplay Contest. This post also includes random cosplayers who attended the event and so as those life-size and huge Funko Pop Statues.

LEGOs
IMG_0125tAs soon as you enter the SMX Convention center, one of the exhibits that will welcome you are these huge collection of LEGO toys brought by PHLUG (Philippine Lego User Group). The Philippine Lego User Group was founded on December 12, 2012 and was the first Lego User Group to be officially recognized in the country.
IMG_0127tConsidering how detailed each piece is, you’ll wonder how much time and effort these lego users inputted just to end up with such masterpiece!IMG_0148tJust look at these very detailed “Pinoylug Stadium”! Can you guess how many characters there are in this miniature stage? The stadium is filled with some of your favorite characters from Batman to Micky Mouse! 20160612_104444tHow about this min Lego version of the Palace of Westminster in UK?

NBA Action FiguresIMG_0133tAnother eye-catching collection of toys that will surely take your attention upon entering the SMX center are the NBA Stars action figure. These are well detailed action figures showcasing your favorite NBA Stars. Here’s Michael Jordan on his Formal wear. Displayed at his back is a cabinet filled with his minature custom made trophies!IMG_0137tScottie Pippen, Michael Jordan and Dennis Rodman Action figures.IMG_0139tStephen Curry and LeBron JamesIMG_0141tMichael Jordan in his signature dunk
IMG_0145tA huge diorama of Warhammer 40,000 brought by Warhammer Philippines. Warhammer 40K is a tabletop miniature wargame.

Max Collector BoothIMG_0154tAction figures of different toys of different sizes can be found at Max Collectors booth. They showcase various characters from different comics and films including the StarWars!
IMG_0155tLife Size statue of Star Wars’ Boba FettIMG_0156tAquamanIMG_0157tIron Patriot Armor20160612_105607tIMG_0166tWolverine

17 Most Exciting Booths From ToyConPh2016

AAASSSAAAside from the main stage events that feature performances and live interview from different celebrities and personalities , one of the most entertaining highlights of the ToyConPH2016 are the exhibitors booth. These exhibits are the main reason why people and hardcore toy collectors are patronizing the event. This event allows brands to showcase the best of their products. This year, the event has so much to offer. I really had a blast and now, allow me to list down some of the most exciting and most interesting booths from the recently held Toy convention.

  1. Harley Quinn’s Tattoo Parlor

IMG_0172tYou might have heard the buzz about those badass Suicide Squad-tattoo-themed posters released by their official Twitter account recently. As part of their marketing plan, they even built a real life tattoo parlor dedicated to one of the Suicide Squad members no other than Harley Quinn. Interestingly, ToyCon created the same theme! IMG_0170tThe booth is giving free water based tattoo similar to the Suicide Squad designs they released on Twitter. How cool it is to walk down the convention wearing any of those badass-looking tattoo right? Too bad I didn’t get a chance to have it since the queue was too long and I am wearing long sleeve hoodie that time! ZZZZZZZZZLocated beside the Harley Quinn’s Tattoo Parlor is the life-sized standees of the so-called “worst heroes ever” – the Suicide Squad. The movie is about to hit the theaters this coming August 4 and I’m pretty sure that it is going to be a big hit!

2. Gaming Library
ZZZZZZZWhile most kids today are so engaged with their gadgets (smartphones, tablets and more), Gaming Library booth will show them that there are more interesting things we can play with other than those video games and mobile game apps.  The aim of this very interesting booth is not just to showcase their new table top games but also to revitalize the boardgames in the Philippines. I do believe that it is really about time to bring boardgames back to their former glory.ZZZZZZZZZzaThe booth provide enough space for interested gamers to play boardgames for free. They introduced various card games inspired from different fantasy series like Game of Thrones and other related shows. Their magazine (distributed to every ToyCon goers) also noted that the future of Boardgames in the Philippines is bright considering we now have many boardgame Cafes that brings boardgame playing to an all new level of entertainment.

3. Microcosmic Arts and Crafts (M.A.C)XXXXXXXXThis exhibitor is only occupying a very small space but it doesn’t really matter at all because the product they are showcasing are also miniature. MAC is a company founded by Engr. Jose Israel B, Resurreccion which mainly caters items like miniature terrains and figurines that are mostly inspired from Medieval era. These items are very suitable for tabletop wargaming and dioramas. zzzzzzzzI was really fascinated by their works and I find all those intricate details very impressive. It somehow reminds me of Ragnarok game at some point! The inner kid in me suddenly pops out and I imagined myself playing with these cute figurines like what I used to do when I was a kiddo.
zzzzzzzI wonder how much time it will cost just to make one of these houses.  For those who are wondering, most of the items here are cast from Epoxy Resin.
zzzzzzzzWow, just look at the details! If I can only shrink like Ant-Man, i would love to spend time exploring this place as if you are taken to another dimension or something haha. ZZZZZZZThe price for each piece will vary depending on the size and whether you want to avail those only with primer coating or already painted. The price ranges from Php300 to Php4000 except for the minuature props and creatures which can be availaed for as low as Php50 (feel free to check their site here http://www.microcosmicartsandcrafts.com/)

4. This Booth by “Zaldy”zzzzzzzzI am actually not aware of the shop’s name or it’s probably just a private vintage toy collector. I asked one of their attendants and she told me that their booth is “186-187”. At first I thought, it was an odd name for a shop until I realized that she was just referring to the number of the booth slots they occupied. I later learned that the booth is registered under the name of “Zaldy” but I cannot find any related details to them.ZZZZZZZWhat I really love about this booth is that it offers so much nostalgia that brings so much of my childhood memory. The booth features old school game consoles which are still functioning including a Nintendo 64, PlayStation 1 , Nintendo Super Family Computer and more.ZZZZZZZZJust look at these old yet still in good condition ROM Cartridges!

A Dream To Become A Musician

Ever since I was a kid, I have always dreamed of becoming musician. I remember visualizing myself performing in front of great crowds embracing the overwhelming response from my imaginary fans. When I grew up, I did exert some effort to learn how to play at least one musical instrument but I just end up with so much frustration. Well, I have learned the basics but I have to accept the fact that it is impossible for me to turn those ambitious dreams of mine into a reality.P1202380Since I am not a fast learner when it comes to this matter, i am quite hesitant to invest money to buy musical instruments yet. I believe that my knowledge in music is not good enough yet to treat myself with these stuffs. Luckily for me, I have a cousin who got his own set of instruments including this bass guitar which I always borrow from him. Interestingly, bass guitar is not always the first choice for those who wanted to learn guitar but little did they know, bass guitar player plays plays a crucial role in every band. The bass player’s role in the band is to maintain the rhythmic groove.  Bass guitars, however, cannot be appreciated easily if it is not accompanied by equipments like amplifiers. It takes a lot of juice plus hefty speakers to accurately reproduce the output of an electric bass, and there’s a vast selection of gear available to meet those requirements. Basic guitar amplifiers may work effectively for bass guitars but it would be more ideal to use a specialized bass amp like mark bass for example.

I may not be a great musician today or in the near future but this wouldn’t stop me from doing what I love. Playing instrument, after all, is a skill what we can all learn. With right amount of determination and passion, everything is possible.