Tuesday, July 31, 2007

A Wedding in Bacolod

Last week I went to Bacolod City to attend the wedding of a high school buddy - one of the last in our batch to get hitched. It was tiempo muerte when I arrived in Bacolod; the sugar centrals in Negros were idle, the canefields fallow and people are generally more "relaxed" (for want of a better word). My friend's wedding became a sort of a mini-reunion of my high school barkada in Don Bosco-Victorias, many of whom I haven't seen in years. After the wedding, our group decided to have a night out at Piazza Sorrento (located at the corner of Lacson and 13th Street) which seems to be the new "in" place in Bacolod City. When we arrived, Sorrento was packed: aside from locals there were also many Koreans and a sprinkling of Caucasian-looking people. The crowd at Piazza Sorrento would put Malate or Timog to shame. You have to hand it to the Negrenses - they do know how to have a good time.

The following day I went on a "pilgrimage" trip to Victorias Milling Company to visit old friends and to see once again the place where I grew up. I then went to the VMC Golf Course to play some golf but it was drizzling so I wasn't able to play. Still, I was able to get some goods shots of the course here:

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Pictures of the New Iloilo Airport

Last week I got my first glimpse of the new Iloilo Airport and I would like to share some of the pictures I took here:

Basically, the airport facility looks and feels like the PAL Terminal 2 in Manila: spacious, airy and clean. There are also coffeeshops and stores where one can make last-minute pasalubong shopping inside the terminal.

If you ask, people will generally say that the new airport is about 30 minutes away from Iloilo City but it took me about an hour to travel from Villa, Iloilo City to the airport which is located in the boundary of Sta. Barbara and Cabatuan towns. So as a rule, it is best to allot at least one hour travel time before your flight because traffic in Iloilo City sometimes could get worse especially during rush hours.