Against the Current

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Against the current. Fermar Andrada, a junior student, does not mind people passing against him while doodling his favorite characters on the pavement. Every Sunday people of Baguio releases their creativity with chalks while enjoying a walk. The single lane on Sundays at Session Road had united the people of the city on these days.

Ever since that Session Road closes one lane from motorists every Sunday, people are seen coming together to enjoy the freedom to stroll, and conduct different activities. A common idea exist among creative individuals of Baguio who find the street as a blackboard or a canvas to paint and sketch doodles, pictures, or any expressions on the pavement using colored chalks.

Meet, Fermar Andrada, a third year college student who spent his time this afternoon


finishing drawings of his favorite online game characters. The street served as his big canvas for him to release some stress and anxiety he felt before the examination week begins at the university he goes to.


Fermar did not mind people passing against him. He drew as mush as he could. People could see his passion while doodling on the solid round.

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Crisp in the air & Camote Pie to celebrate: @ Arca’s ( Mother’s Day Post)

Arca’s Yard signature dish is this Sweet Potato pie ala mode… Made with all natural pure sweet potato……Made into a cake.. This blows out all expectation to a crop based pie. It is not too sweet…and not bland… Surprisingly tasty… is natural…perfect for everyone… Love it..! Camote has never been this adorable in a plate. The mom loved it . It’s both healthy and delicious…😋

For this Mother’s Day … For those home-away-young-adult… Having the family here coming up at the cooler elevated region of the country, to visit and for them to chill…is simply an awesome moment.

The crisp air and moist weather are enough to bring the cold; and a family time is just what’s lacking to bring out the warmth.  It is always best to have yourself ready where to give a sister, brother, or a mom and dad a nice experience when they came for a very short visit…



camote pie and tarragon tea
Arca’s oriental Salad

What the mother enjoyed. Partnering that decadent camote pie is a tarragon tea. Fresh tarragon leaves seeped in to tea on a mug of hot water… A must try!

Since when in Manila… fruits and vegetables are rarely fresh… A salad is just what completes the visitors’ taste buds and health buff cells… Arca’s Yard’ s famous oriental salad is a mixture of season fruits in a bed of lettuce! For sharing to the whole family. 🙂

This camote pie is a best seller which served less than a hunded a slice. Made with pure camote as the cake… Laid on a crust out  of graham …a scoop of vanilla flavored ice cream perfectly matches the pie’s dense and rich sweet potato taste. Yummy!

Because its mother’s day… We dedicate this post to all moms out there… This is the first of our series of posts giving you short glimpses of what to look for an amazing dining and family moment when coming at the city of pines.


Honey Glazed Salmon…. The sister’s choice. She knows what she wants…And a good and nicely cooked salmon is hard to find… a seafood lover is hard to please, so to serve this from a place of mountains and thousands kilometers away from the waters… This seafood dish from Arca’s is worth a five star!


.. Happy Mothers day y’all mothers out there!!!🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷

“Dissecting the Blades”: ‘Mang Yuli’ Leaf Blade


Barung – Leaf blade and the Gigunting – Long grass knife; these are traditional Filipino blades. Forged in fire by hands of a true legend, a real master of blade arts, GM Yuli Romo (follow his story …).

These blades, lesser known in the Filipino culture dissect a long lived and long kept tradition of our fellow Filipinos from Cebu … in Camotes Islands particularly… The art of blade fighting, a practice of original Filipino settlers in the south hundreds of years ago.




The Master Yuli Romo is not only a legendary bladesmith, he is also a true blade fighter, an heir to an indigenous tradition of bloodline of warriors from a clan among Tausugs…

Know more about GM Yuli and his traditional art in our feature story: “Finding an Ancient Art…”. 

There is more about Filipino’ History you need to know. Stay tuned and follow our stories for more discoveries yet to be told.

Connect with us for more info about #GMYuliblades. Email us, comment below to know how to get customize and personal blades of GM Yuli. 🙂

Connect with GM Yuli @ GM Yuli Romo page







Creative Sleepy

Creative Sleepy.Malcolm Square, Baguio City. 2018 (Nikon 3100)

Too much to drink? No ride home? Or just being creative?

‘Cause why not? In this city where it is full of creative individuals, you can be also creative in your sleep. 🙂 Individuals taking a nap at the benches set up at Malcolm Square in Baguio City is not unusual. This place welcomes people from all sorts of background, artists and sleepers alike! :))

Sleep tight my friend! 😉


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Seen & Stare

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Serenity turns nimble

As dawn wanes

Hours ago

Life on the streets

Begins. Everybody’s

On the go

Surged on the scene

One early morning

Merged among the hustles

Of scurrying furs

And muscles

I’ve seen.

One corner stales

Tip of an eye

The one on the left,

Caught something

Someone squats still

The hurrying blurs

Suddenly focused

Someone stares

In an omnibus.

I had seen.

Is it a greet,

Or a grin.

His eyes blink enigma

Captured another stigma

The lenses

Of this borrowed camera

Only prints a porn

A little drama

A riddle, an illusion

All entertaining

Through illumination

Back to enigma.

Standing still

Trying to find focus

His veins turned

Gaze slurred

Shutter burned

I was shunned.

The enigma was real.

Reality slammed finally

As arms, boots, and elbows

Shook me.

Back to enigma

Is it a greet,

Or a grin.

Is he still

or had too much

to feel.

He kept still.

Only his gaze

His grin

His scene

Is moving, bustling

His own enigma.

Only he can tell

If it’s a greet

Or a grin

Or he grits

For he doesn’t

Choose this scene

Is it a smile

Is it a whine

Or he warns

I’ve been seen.

And stares deemed,

I had seen, and stare

From those who

scrolled pass him

It’s sinister.

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Street Sweeper

via Street Sweeper

Street Sweeper by Grassroots’ Advocate

Strictly Street…

Found here are photos I took from the streets.To tell my story I have to tell it from the street, strictly street.

About the Sweeper’s journey…

I’m a trying hard, undergrad, amateur… novice student of Photography… I’m an advocate. I learn by doing and and grow through failing. Not my best masterpieces, even so… Welcome to my gallery! – grassrootsadvocate