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WOWBatangas 2012, a Flashback

The year 2012 came with a lot of questions. Coming in first was this: will the world end on December 21st?

But it didn’t. And I’m about to write my probably second to the last article for 2012.

It has been another great year for WOWBatangas, primarily because of YOU! Whatever we have done for 2012, we did them all to make you happy and to return the goodness you’ve been extending to us for the last three or four years.

So ano nga ulit ang mga nangyari sa amin ngayong taon? Saan nga ba kami nakarating at anong mga adventures ang naging highlight ng aming 2012?

Let’s take another look on the things that highlighted our calendars the whole year round.

In January

Ang January yung parang ‘settling’ period pa. Yung feeling Christmas pa rin sa sobrang lamig. And we start each year with the fiesta celebration of Lipa City.

January - Lipa City fiesta

In February

Love month. Kami ay nagmahalan. Haha. We released our collection of couple shirts available anytime of the year on WOWBatangas Store.

February - WOWBatangas Couple Shirts

In March

We covered our first pageant for 2012 – Binibining Tanauan. The crowned candidate, Kristel Guelos, won this year’s Mutya ng Batangas Kalikasan.

March - Binibining Tanauan pageant

In April

We climbed Mt. Maculot and reach the Rockies! It was a Holy Week slash summer endeavor na hindi planado pero panalo. 🙂

mt maculot via wowbatangas (34)

In May

It was our first time to cover the events of Sigpawan Festival in Lemery.

May - Sigpawan Festival in Lemery

In June

Suki na kami sa Lomi Festival ng Lipa City at syempre kasama na dun ang Miss Lipa Tourism.

June - Lomi Festival in Lipa City

We will never miss out the happenings in the merriest festival in Batangas – Parada ng Lechon in Balayan!

June - Parada ng Lechon in Balayan

In July

Pormalan at seryosohan sa State of the Province Address ni Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto.

July - SOPA - Batangas

Then came JR and Gerlie’s quick trip to Sepoc Island with the Provincial Tourism people. Buong team na ang bumalik nung October.

July - Sepoc Island

One important cultural event we should not miss – the Sublian Festival (this one is in Batangas City).

July - Sublian Festival in Batangas City

Noong July din nangyari ang nakakakilig na pag-attend namin sa gala night ng ‘Sta. Niña’, ang Cinemalaya 2012 entry ng crush ng bayan na si Coco Martin.

July - Cinemalaya

In August

Lipa Academy for Math and Science (LAMS) hosted the 1st Lipa Academy Fencing Trophee held at Mt. Malarayat Golf and Country Club last August 18 and 19.

August - Lipa Academy Fencing Trophee

In September

Ever ran on the runway? Approximately 2,000 runners joined the first Batangas Runway Run in Fernando Air Base, Lipa City organized by the Air Education and Training Command of the Philippine Air Force.

September - Runway Run

In preparation for the Film Fest, one of our managed events for the Ala Eh! Festival 2012, a Film Clinic with Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Mr. Ed Cabagnot was held on September 8.

September - Film Clinic

The 1st Batangas Provincial Photography Workshop followed a week after. This was like a prelude to the Ala Eh! Festival Photo Contest. The resource speakers were from Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation (FPPF) – Mr. George Cabig, Mr. Amir Alba, and Mr. Elwin Noche.

September - Photography Workshop

In October

Humabol kami sa awarding ng Division Schools Press Conference kung saan daan-daang mga young campus journalists ang nagpagalingan sa iba’t ibang categories tulad ng news writing, editorial writing, editorial cartooning, at marami pang iba.

October - DSPC

A week before Undas, we went to Eagle Point Resort in Anilao, Mabini and Sepoc Beach in Maricaban Island, Tingloy. The trip was really fun and we’re grateful we were able to experience the fine service and hospitality of the resort staff.

October - trip to Eagle Point Resort and Sepoc Beach

In November

We discovered an authentic Japanese restaurant called Minori-Tei at First Philippine Industrial Park in Sto. Tomas. Naging memorable ang food trip na ito kasi hindi namin inexpect ang sobrang daming Japanese dishes na inihain para samin. Tatanggi ka ba naman kung libre? 🙂

November - Minori-Tei food trip

In December

Syempre, hindi kami mawawala sa Ala Eh! Festival 2012. We got ourselves busy with the Photo Contest, the Film Fest, the Photo Exhibit, Photobooth, and our own Trade Fair booth. Isang linggo rin kaming naging mga batang Tanauan. Ang saya lang!

December - Ala Eh Festival 2012

Kabakahan Festival ng Padre Garcia ang kauna-unahang festival na nai-cover namin mula ng mabuo ang aming Team. At ngayong taon, kami ay nagbalik at muling nakisaya sa pagdiriwang ng festival na ito ng mga Garcianos.

December - Kabakahan Festival in Padre Garcia

Just like any of you, we knew we needed to take a break. So after a year of bringing you these exciting events and new interesting discoveries, we took some time off a week before Christmas and traveled to the world-famous island of Boracay!

WOWBatangas Team goes to Boracay

It has been a great year for us here in WOWBatangas. Whatever we do, wherever we may be, remember that all these things happen because of your endless support in our endeavors.

Here’s hoping that the coming year would be better than any of the past not just for our team, but for all of us Batangueños and Filipinos in general.

This has been your WOWBatangas Team in 2012. See you in 2013 folks!

About Publisher

JR Cantos is the Publisher of WOWBatangas.com. Some of the articles here on the website have been contributed over the years, so please just email us at help (at) wowbatangas.com if you have any concerns. Salamat!

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