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Give Me Money Moon ~ A Wish for Blessings

A famous line in Cebu ‘Moon... Give Me Money Moon’ whenever the moon shines bright and big. Over the weekend, I asked my husband, my Tagalog friends, and a friend from Leyte, and nope, they are not familiar with it. And I'm so surprise “Really? You haven’t heard of it? You’ve never said it at all?!” Myyyyy. I do, and I still do at times especially when the moon looks enticingly beautiful, full of promises like tonight. I don’t know if it’s a Cebuano thing or just in our place in Lapu-Lapu City that folks utter the line when it’s full Continue Reading

It’s Pabasa For Holy Week!

2:47 AM after switching on the electric fan because it was a little stuffy tonight I got back into bed. I was almost drifting back to sleep again when all of a sudden I can hear ladies voices murmuring in earnest, twas faint at first, then gradually it becomes more and more distinct, building to a crescendo then again grows faint. Nagpapakiramdam ako, was thinking maybe it was just my imagination but no the up and down tempo of collective voices I could not mistake, it's the same tone of novena praying during wakes. I checked the time, it is Continue Reading

Liliw Laguna Home in the Highlands

It’s my second morning here in Liliw and for two days in a row, I’ve woken up early. Right now it’s 6 AM, I usually wake up in Cebu at 8:30 AM or later. Lol.  =) The town comes alive at an early hour. The mamang magpuputo just passed the side of our house,putt, putt, putt. errrr I don’t know the sound name that mamang magpuputo makes hahaha.  Down below on the adjacent house to ours there is a pile of tree branch cuttings, probably a remnant of Typhoon Glenda last July. The wind here is chilly, feels like December that I had to put Continue Reading

ONE JOURNEY – Thank You for the Blessings!

After the wedding celebration wrapped-up my long-time friends asked me ‘so Cecilya is this what you dream your wedding day to be?. I replied I really didn't dream anything in details but everything far exceeds any expectation I may have. Our family and friends, our wedding suppliers from Cebu and Manila, and especially my husband Titus – all have given me something so wonderful that words fail me. Thank You God for this day! Thank You for letting us experienced so much joy. Thank You for leading our paths towards each Continue Reading

Summer Rising in the Philippines!

Sobrang init karon, gahapon, sa usang adlaw og murag mas init pa dyud ni in the comings weeks. Aghhhhhh. My newsfeed is peppered with similar sentiments, yours too? :) I have been following weather reports lately, found it fascinating learning how hot it’s going to be in the coming days, it's  my cue to say with exasperation and haggard expression “grabe ka init! di matabang!!!” Lol. Cebu and nearby provinces is looking at average temperatures of 33 to 34 degrees Celcius this May, says PAGASA. Manila environs hit 36 degC two days ago Continue Reading

The Rain Song for Rainy Cebu – Sinulog 2014

Lulled to early sleep by the pitter-patter of rain drops on the roof, I was expecting the rain would have stop by the time I wake up, but nope, not a chance. For the past few days it’s been raining non-stop here in Cebu, and based on the latest weather updates this gloomy, wet weather will likely continue on for the next week or so. So Cebu is bracing for a wet Sinulog 2014 celebration but rain or no rain, nothing will prevent the Sto Nino devotees from attending the novena, Traslacion and the Fluvial parade. Rain won’t also stop the Continue Reading

Pasko Na! What’s your Christmas Wishlist this 2013?

I love Christmas, I adore the season. I’ve written so many topics about this holiday season in the last three years that Penfires exists and am always ecstatic and inspired every time I write about Pasko topics. =) Christmas to me is more on giving back and sharing all the blessings I’ve been blessed with and I have been truly blessed in many ways that I can count, and for that I really thank God for the shower of gifts and blessings. Just this evening I was out with my Lolo and Lola, took them for a little shopping, ang saya saya ng feeling Continue Reading

BOHOL CEBU EARTHQUAKE October 15 – We Will Rise Again!

 There are families who have lost love-ones on this tragedy and nothing can ever bring them back. Our heartfelt sympathy and condolences goes to them. Please let us all continue to pray for all the victims of this October 15 earthquake. By now, you probably have seen the damages this 7.2 magnitude earthquake did to the famous heritage churches of Bohol and the Sto Nino Church in Cebu, it's so sad. These are centuries old churches, these are the safe havens of thousands and millions of Catholics for hundreds of years. But despite all these Continue Reading

Fiesta in the Philippines: This is How We Celebrate!

Delve into the country’s traditional fiesta celebrations! Get intimate with Filipino culture; experience the sights, sounds and amazing scenes during this much awaited occasion across the Philippines. ***************** Last week, I've been asked by several kin if I am going to go visit Valencia this October. ‘Am not sure, I’ll see’ was my usual reply. I also asked back ‘are you going?’  They all replied in the affirmative. You see in less than a month, in October 12, is the town fiesta of Valencia in Negros Oriental, my lola’s hometown on Continue Reading

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