First Anniversary Wishlist


A week and a few days from now, it’s going to be the First Anniversary of República Negrénse. While I would not write about the story of the blog, which was actually born out of a heartache, I am giving you my wishlist for the New Year of 2012 and the next twelve months that this blog will be heading. The query goes of why choose to write about it today instead of New Year’s Day? For those who do not know yet, today is the New Year for those who are still traditionally using the Julian Calendar especially in countries that adhere to the Orthodox Christian faith. My wishlist reflects reflects some of the longings I have even before República Negrénse was even started. I have five items on my wishlist and on…

Batanes Islands is the northernmost province of the country and is the homeland of the Ivatan people. The Capital Town of Batanes is Basco, a town named after Governor-General Jose Basco y Vargas, a Spanish Count. Because of the Islands’ seclusion, the northernmost islands of Batanes boasts of being the only part of the country with four seasons. Southeast Asian Airlines or SEAir and Sky Pasada regularly flies from Manila to Basco Airport with Sky Pasada flying a service onwards to Itbayat Airport on another island in Batanes. The weather is cool and serene with friendly people and so it is not surprising that this province has a virtually zero-crime rate. From the northernmost province of the country, my wishlist now goes southernmost and on…

General Santos City, or what is popularly called GenSan, is the southernmost Highly-Urbanized City of the country. As many of us already known, General Santos is home to the iconic fishing industry that exports my most favorite fish, yellowfin tuna. Because I love tuna so much, a visit to tuna heaven is a must. An interesting fact is that South Cotabato, the province it was once attached to, is home to Mindanao’s largest community of Hiligaynon-speakers which makes it a place close to home and also home to the vast pineapple plantations of Dole. The food here is a curious mix of Ilonggo, Negrénse, Cebuano, Ilocano and Mindanaoan flavors which is a consequence of migration. When it comes to food though, I prefer spicy kinds and on…

Seoul is the Capital City of South Korea and the heartland of Korean culture. Despite being a Filipino with Chinese and Spanish heritage, I coax well with Korean cuisine and is becoming one of my top 5 choices in global cuisine. My wish to go to Seoul was also inspired by the fact that ZestAir now flies twice a week from Bacólod-Silay International Airport to Incheon. Though a lot of Korean restaurants have already sprouted in Metropolitan Manila and Metropolitan Bacólod, I still find it best to experience the cuisine where it would be surely free from any form of culinary “bastardization”. The phenomenal growth of  Christianity in Korea amazes me too. A unique experience of faith though would be to set foot on where it first laid ground and on…

Close to a Jew or Christian’s heart is the Holy Land, most of which is now the State of Israel. This little piece of land on the edge of the Middle East had a privilege of being called home or homeland by the great men of the Bible. May it be traversing Via Dolorosa, or visiting the Sepulcher where Jesus was once buried, such is a once in a lifetime experience that one must grab if one has the means or chance. There goes as well experiencing the unique Jewish kosher cuisine that dates back from the time of Moses. This unique experience deserves to be captured in photo or video, that is why on…

Capturing precious moments on camera is one thing, but capturing them in their best is a bigger premium and that is why my no. 1 wish is a new dSLR camera. Though my current slim Nikon CoolPix S5 has been a loyal companion in most of my blogging trips but I am always disappointed that it cannot take non-daylight shots well and does not do justice on the scenery. In order to capture my blogging trips the best especially rare ones, I am putting this one on my top list. I hope the year 2012 and the next 12 months of this blog would fare well as new adventures awaits for us at República Negrénse.

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About Mark Mayo - Magallanes

MARK MAYO - MAGALLANES – blogger by passion, cook by hobby, student by life, theater actor by fate, writer by work, and Christian by grace. Part Filipino, Chinese and Spanish by blood, he is proudly 100% Negrénse. His love for his home Island of Negros, heritage and lifestyle has led him to write much about it and full-time, all-time. View all posts by Mark Mayo - Magallanes

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