Summer Vacation Part III: Feast of St. Ignatius de Loyola

The feast of Saint Ignatius de Loyola is celebrated on July 31. Saint Ignatius is the patron saint of the soldiers, the founder of the Jesuits (Society of Jesus) and he is also one of the patron saints of Liloan Southern Leyte.

It’s not my first time to celebrate the feast of St. Ignatius de Loyola in Liloan because my mom is from there and we have relatives there as well.

Anyway, we arrived in Liloan 2 weeks before the fiesta and it was raining (July is rainy season in the Philippines) but it wasn’t that bad compared to Manila. I’m thankful because the sun shined a couple of days after the arrival so we got the chance to go for a sightseeing and swimming. Then every morning, the sound of drums and lyres woke us up-yes there’s parade everyday before the fiesta! My cousins said that they celebrate their patron saint for a week and there are lots of activities before and during the fiesta. Like for example, the Lilo-Lilo Festival and the beauty pageant.

As a girl who grew up in Manila, I find fiestas outside the city more lively and more fun because people are cooperative and care about their community.

Stavanger Gladmat Festivalen 2012

It has already been a tradition for me to go to the annual food festival in Stavanger. Without this festival, summer is incomplete in Stavanger (in my opinion). This is the most visited time in Stavanger. Fortunately, the weather is cooperative unlike last year it was rainy. So I made time yesterday after my work even though my body was protesting about it and besides there’s food!!!! 🙂
Lots of people!

Walking in the midst of these crowd and finding where to eat is no joke here. You may find what you want to eat but then you gonna have to stand in long queues! Hence my requirements for a satisfactory Gladmat experience:  Empty stomach, patience, cash and a camera!

MSC Magnifica
There were 4 cruise ships at Stavanger bay that day. They’re not just big, they’re ENORMOUS! 

Grand Princess

Chocolate fountain! 

They also have a white chocolate fountain 😀 

Norwegian sausages

Date of visit: July 26 2012

Welcome to the Christian World Baby E!

It’s been 2 years now since I last stepped on a Catholic church’s ground. If not for the baptism of my friend’s daughter, I wouldn’t be here. The number one reason for not coming here is that I don’t practice the Catholic faith anymore. I’m a converted Protestant by heart now for some personal reasons, nevertheless I still respect the Catholic church. And besides I do believe that we all have the same God. 
Anyway, the baptism was held at St. Svithun Catholic Church in Stavanger at 3pm last Saturday.
The cosy little chapel.
Father giving baby E the blessing. Welcome to the Christian world baby!! 🙂

 After the ceremony, we headed off to my friend’s apartment for the reception. Too bad I forgot to take pictures of Mrs Ø’s homemade Filipino spring rolls and pancit.

Mmm… Calorie bombs! I really liked ’em!

The girliest cake I’ve ever seen in my life! It tasted good too. 🙂

Thank you Mr and Mrs Ø for inviting me to your daughter’s special event. 
Till next time! 🙂

Celebrating Valentines with Filipinos in Rogaland Norway

F.A.R stands for Filipino Association in Rogaland. It has been established in 1987 to connect Filipinos in Rogaland. For more information about this organization, visit: http://filrog.wordpress.com/f-a-r/
My friend Michelle invited me to F.A.R’s Valentines Day Celebration at Quality Airport Hotel at Sola. It was my first time to attend a huge Filipino event here in Norway and I can say that it was really fun. I met new and old people, gained new friends and  met a couple of old aquiantances. I took my bf with me too and I’m glad that he enjoyed the party.

Before the party started we sang the national anthem of Norway and the national anthem of Philippines. After that, we witnessed the induction of the new officers of F.A.R., listened to the guest speakers, fell in love with Engr. Pabelico’s song number, ate dinner, danced and etc.

Anyway here are some of the shots we took:

Enjoy! 🙂

Me and the hosts Michelle and Jebb posing for a picture before the party started.
The induction of  the newly elected officers of F.A.R.

Bottle of wines given to both the new and former officers.

Dancing time!

The DJ! Isn’t he cute? 🙂

Sweet dance game
Raffle

Stavanger Gladmat Festivalen 2011

The Gladmat Festival is held anually in Stavanger during summer. It is the biggest food festival in Norway and in the Nordic countries.

We went to Stavanger last Thursday (21/07) and watched the spectators, checked the booths and tasted the mouth watering foods.

 

I found Hellstrøm! FYI he is one of the famous chefs here in Norway.

Last year Gordon Ramsey was here.

 
Fashonistas in the town.


At first, I was a bit hesitant to go in that crowd.

 
This is the scene every year. Lots and lots of people!


Some people are so slow especially the ones with strollers. Geesh! Sorry to say this but I got irritated yesterday by the people who were stopping in the middle of the road with their strollers. I don’t mind if they have their kids with them, but please show some consideration for other people too.

 

Long  ATM queue.

 
We had to withdraw money since the food booths only accept cash.


Discussing what to eat.


Viking football players giving out loaves of bread.


A kabab booth

 
The grilled fish booth


Frying salmon

 

 

More boats=lots of tourists

 
 
One of the six cruise ships we saw yesterday.

The boat leaving for Bergen

 
Sushi Bar booth!

The weather was great and there are lots of foods to choose from. Unfortunately, the last day of the event got cancelled because of the bombing incident in Oslo and shooting incident at Utøya.