15
Oct
08

St.Gregory the great church

St.Gregory the great church

St.Gregory the great church

Closer look of St.Gregory the great church

Closer look of St.Gregory the great church

Nicely restored interior of St.Gregory church

Nicely restored interior of St.Gregory church

Indang Church has its remarkable old rose-colored trompe l’oil paintings on the ceiling, its l8th century architecture and the very ancient convento with its wide windows and wrought iron work along the sides. The church’s patron saint is Saint Gregory the Great (San Gregorio Magno) and it sits on a well-defined and well-kept plaza at the end of the town. The Indang Church has kept its beautiful carved doors and choir loft balcony. Like many old churches, it has commemorative gravestones along the walls and some pillars dating from the turn of the century. Its traditional carved altar has three levels of niches for saints. Unfortunately, a heavy painting job has gone more for red with gold at the altar when echoing the old rose color of the ceiling would have been more charming. But indeed the church is well kept.

Different view of St.Gregory church

Different view of St.Gregory church

Unobstructed front view of the church

Unobstructed front view of the church

13
Oct
08

Indang Town

Spanish era homes

Spanish era homes

Indang is one of town of the province of Cavite which is now known as the coffee capital of the Philippines togeteher with eight (8) coffee-producing towns all situated in the Third District or the up-land areas namely; Amadeo, Silang, Tagaytay City, Mendez, Alfonso, Maragondon, Magallanes and General Emilio Aguinaldo. The Liberica, Robusta & Excelsa coffee varieties are the most commonly grown in these towns. To boost the coffee industry of Cavite, Don Robertos Winery came up with another first-of its kind: a taste to intrigue, an experience to treasure- Don Robertos brewed Coffee Wine, The first brewed Coffee Wine in the World!!

With the combined agricultural wealth and historical tradition of wine making, the possibilities are endless for the Philippines to become a true competitor in the global wine making industry.

Indang Town Plaza

Indang Town Plaza monument

There was a market here before

There was a market here before

There was big houses here before

There were big houses here before

Quite hot

Sunny afternoon

Jollibee Indang

Jollibee Indang

Indang town plaza

Indang town plaza nearby stores

Indang Town plaza

Indang Town plaza waiting shed

Indang Town Plaza, at the shed are natives of barrio Buna Lejos selling special delicacy(kalamay buna – made from glutinous powderized rice called malagkit mixed with coconut milk and panutsa – a molded mascubado sugar).

Indang town

Indang town

Indang Municipal Hall

Indang Municipal Hall

Indang Municipal hall

Indang Municipal hall

Indang Town Plaza

Indang Town Plaza

Bus from Indang to Baclaran

Bus from Indang to Baclaran

Welcome to Indang from Trece Martirez city

Welcome to Indang from Trece Martirez city side

Some folks selling their harvest pineapple along the road

Some folks selling their harvest pineapple along the road

Welcome to Indang

Welcome to Indang from Mahabang Kahoy Cerca side

Indang Municipal Hall (old photo)

Indang Municipal Hall (old photo)

Indang transportation (old photo)

Indang transportation (old photo)

17
Jul
12

World Master International Travel and Tours at Indang Cavite

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If you are looking for cheap airfare tickets and group tour packages please inquire at their branch at 028 Left H.Iligan St. Indang,Cavite situated just beside the Old Indang Town Municipal building.

19
Oct
08

Low cost Coffee Roaster by Ruel Mojica

No coffee can be good in the mouth that does not first send a sweet offering of odor to the nostrils. Thus, the famous line of Henry Ward Beecher, which has now found its way in the personalized coffee mugs sold nationwide.

Filipinos love to drink coffee. Drinking coffee is a favorite pastime and an engaging social activity for many of us. The sprouting of various coffee shops in almost every corner of the metro has become the most evident indication that the coffee shop industry is a thriving business.

Our love for coffee was basically brought about by the colonization of the country by the Spaniards more than two centuries ago when they turned our highlands into coffee plantations. They loved the perfect mix of heat, humidity and cold plus the wet and dry tropical climate that made the cultivation of coffee well suited in the Philippines.

Growing coffee became such a profitable venture that for a while, the Philippines was one of the leading coffee-producing nations during the 19th century. But due to the coffee rust disease such reputation was cut short. It was during this time that the Latin American countries battled it out and dominated the global coffee market.

In the Philippines, the coffee plantations are mostly concentrated in the mountains of Batangas, Bukidnon, Benguet, Cavite, Kalinga-Apayao, Davao , Claveria, and Misamis Oriental. Approximately 60,000 – 80,000 families with roughly 120,000 hectares of productive land grow coffee. These lands are both home and production unit for our local coffee growers.

The Key to Good Coffee is Bean Roasting

In a recent market study conducted by Ronald Mark G. Omaña of the Center for Food and Agri Business University of Asia and the Pacific, he cited “coffee bean roasting formula as the critical factor” among major specialty coffee shop owners in the Philippines as “ it is this stage where the coffee bean releases its fullest flavor potential. Poorly roasted beans would yield poor-tasting coffee drink.”

For coffee connoisseur and self-confessed addicts, the difference always lies in how the coffee was prepared. Before, we were used to drinking instant coffees, simply because they are ubiquitous and are easy to prepare.

But with the emergence of specialty coffee shops both foreign and local brands, even the tongue that was once used to drinking instant coffees are now craving for the “real coffee”—made from coffee beans grown in ideal climates and prepared according to standards, thus the distinct rich taste and flavor.

Before your rich coffee ends in your favorite mug and be enjoyed, it must first undergo several processes, one of which is roasting.

Roasting coffee is the process of applying heat to transform the chemical and physical properties of green coffee beans into roasted coffee products. By applying heat, impurities in the beans are dried off for oxidizing products. This process is integral in producing a savory cup of coffee. Right amount of heat, right timing, in a uniform manner are required to achieve the desired flavor from the beans.

The Heat Problem in Coffee Roasting

Coffee shops in the Philippines continue to thrive by the numbers. But most of them are under franchising arrangements with big, foreign companies. These franchising companies can afford expensive roasters and other costly equipment.

With huge processing equipment, an ordinary coffee grower cannot compete with them. There might be a few available coffee roasters for smallscale roasting but they may not turn out as efficient as the expensive ones, resulting to poor quality roasted beans.

Since coffee roasting involves proper heat application, common problems encountered include the uneven distribution of heat inside the roasting chamber and the lack of insulating materials which results to excessive heat loss.

There is, therefore, a need for locally manufactured coffee roaster specifically for smallscale roasting purposes to boost the smallscale coffee growers in the country.

Low Cost Coffee Roaster for Smallscale Business

Responding to this problem, Engr. Ruel M. Mojica of the Cavite State University (CaVSU) and Dr. Engelbert K. Peralta of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) developed the first ever batch-type coffee roaster that can be used for small-scale roasting.

The coffee roaster was designed and fabricated at the College of Engineering and Agro-Industrial Technology in UPLB wherein the machine’s performance was also evaluated. The prototype coffee roaster is made up of six major parts: roasting chamber, outside drum, auger, heating plate, and burner. Parameters used during the evaluation included: auger speed, roasting time, valve opening, and fuel consumption.

Results of the performance evaluation, showed that the machine had varying levels of auger speed. However, the varying speed made no significant effect on all the response variables. They also found an increase in roasting time which decreased the weight and moisture content of the roasted beans.

Varying the levels of valve opening was found to have significant effects on the weight and moisture content of the roasted beans as well as the fuel consumption of the machine. No significant effect was noted on the roasting capacity of the machine.

In terms of sensory evaluation, coffee obtained using treatment combination of 40-rpm auger speed, 60-minute roasting time, and 3/4 open valve obtained the highest coffee rating of 86.1.

In the cost and return analysis, results showed that using this coffee roaster for smallscale custom work can be a profitable business venture with a potential net income of P63, 451.49 annually.

Some Innovations

The prototype model of the batch-type coffee roaster was first completed in 2005 but further innovations are being done to further improve the capability of the developed machine.

These are:

  1. evaluation of the machine using other coffee varieties (e.g. Arabica, Liberica, etc.);
  2. development of a microcontroller-based temperature control unit and software that would control the operation of the machine for a given period of time,
  3. evaluation of the machine using other crops (e.g. cacao, peanut) aside from coffee; and
  4. use of Response Surface Methodology (RSM) to determine the optimum operating conditions of the machine.

For more information, please contact the project leader, Engr. Ruel M. Mojica at the Department of Agricultural and Food Engineering, CaVSU at telephone no. (046) 415-0021 or fax no. (046) 415-0012 or through his mobile number: 09272510497 or e-mail him at ruelmojica@yahoo.com

Author: Rita T. dela Cruz, BAR Digest. This article was based on the study, “Development and Evaluation of Batch-type Coffee Roaster for Small-Scale Roasting” by Engr. Ruel M. Mojica of the Cavite State University (CaVSU), Indang, Cavite, Philippines.

19
Oct
08

Cavitenos of Southern California-from Indang

Welcome to the Indang Cavite Website Home Page!!!

http://www.cavitenosofsoutherncalifornia.com/Indang__Cavite.html

EXECUTIVE OFFICERS 2006-2008

President………………………………………………………………………Dr. Dan Zenarosa
Executive Vice-President………………………………………………Dr. Virgilio Rojales
Ist Vice-President………………………………………………………….Andy Rotairo Huerto
2nd Vice-President……………………………………………………….Menandro Del Mundo
Secretary……………………………………………………………………….Nora Zenarosa
Treasurer………………………………………………………………………Mayette M. Huerto
Auditor…………………………………………………………………………..Remy Nazareno
Business Managers……………………………………………………..Norma Del Rosario
Fidel Umali
Chee Bonifacio
Press Relation Officers…………………………………………………Rey Batac
Lito Del Mundo
Valerie Banez
Vanessa Bonifacio
Marshals………………………………………………………………………..Glen Vida
Ed Sierra
Albert Dirige
Andy Ernacio

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chairman: Nonong Mojica Dy *Mila Costa *Sonny Costa
Dr. Amy Belli *Teresa Burns *Adolfo Ocampo
Irene Huerto * Bayani Austria *Severino Rodriguez
Dr. Noemi Rojales * Rey Huerto *Sixto Nunez
Leo Crook * Lourdes Baes Erni

19
Oct
08

Senior Spotlight:Consuelo Panganiban

I was born on July 25, 1948, in Manila, Philippines. I am the second child in the family. I have three brothers and three sisters, all married and having their own family. One brother lives with his wife in New York working as a security officer.

My father’s name was Ruperto Diga Panganiban and my mother’s name was Petionila Ferolino Panganiban. Both were born in Daine Indang Cavite and are now deceased. My father was a military man who fought during the World War II outbreak. He joined the U.S. Armed Forces of the Far East and was ranked a 2nd Lieutenant.

My mother became a housewife and brought up her children to be good and well educated.

When I was in elementary and high school, I joined the Glee Club and we competed with other schools. I was an active student and joined lots of school activities.

I finished my Bachelor of Arts degree at Centro Escolar University in Mend Iola, Manila, in 1969, majoring in history. I received my master’s degree as a government scholar at the University of the Philippines located in Diliman, Quezn City, in 1972. I majored in social studies. I became a college professor of social sciences at St. Louis University from 1969 to 1972 at the age of 19 after my graduation in 1969.

I’m single and living alone. I like traveling, so when my sister asked me to join her in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, I did not hesitate and I joined her. She was the head of the radiology of Mafraq Hospital, as a doctor. She was sent by the department to study MRI at UCLA in Los Angeles. I came along with her and was granted a visa.

My sister has been here for more than 20 years as a nurse and an American citizen. She asked me to stay with her and help her with her children, so I became a babysitter of my three nephews. My nephews are all grown up now and can take good care of themselves. My duties were to pick them up from school and back to their home on school days and be with them while my sister and brother-in-law were working. I also did some household chores like cooking, cleaning and the laundry. I did tutoring, too, with my nephews’ assignments. I taught them to read the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, the value of the book in life and the importance of believing in God.

While I was in the Philippines, I was a missionary worker from 1989 to 1998. I was a Bible teacher, teaching to all walks of life from younger children to adults.

My sister became my sponsor and I came to the United States June 29, 2001. I felt so excited and happy coming to the United States of America. I am a legalized immigrant with the INS.

I applied as a caregiver, was accepted, was hired and am presently working with a client.

My hobbies are singing karaoke, listening to good music, watching TV and movies, and dancing in my spare time.

I joined the choir of the Community Bible Church in Clovis and volunteered to watch the children while their mothers are learning about the Bible. We watch Christian videos and I also teach them about the Bible.

I enjoy coming to the Clovis Senior Center because this is the way and the place we can meet other people and make my client happy and her life active.

I have seen the city of Cairo, Egypt, Alexandria and experienced the reality of the pyramids of Egypt, the Nile River and other historical spots of the country in 1999. Traveling to other countries lets me see their history, the beauty of the country, its historical spot and I get to experience their customs and traditions. It is one way of learning indeed.

Published in http://www.clovisindependent.com

19
Oct
08

Senior Spotlight:Alex Cosio WWII Veteran

Alex Cosio was only 18 years old when Japanese fighter planes swooped over his school in Indang, Cavite en route to Manila. The date: Dec. 8, 1941, just hours after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

“I was in my senior year in high school when the planes passed by our school. There was a panic. Nagkahiwa-hiwalay na ang mga estudyante, pinauwi lahat kami (The students scampered in different directions and the school officials sent us all home),” Cosio told abs-cbnNEWS.com.

Cosio and his family struggled to make ends meet while hearing the horrors of what was going on during the invasion of Manila and other parts of the country.

He said he finally joined the guerilla movement on Dec. 20, 1942 after being approached in secret by recruiters. “When the Japanese finally came to Indang, Cavite to take over in 1943, we were ready for them,” he said.

Life in the guerilla movement during wartime was neither glamorous nor easy, Cosio revealed. Because of his youth, he was assigned to spy on Japanese soldiers while evading fellow Filipinos who acted as spies for the invaders. Nicknamed “salapsap”, he said the spies were sometimes even more feared than the Japanese soldiers because the guerillas did not always know who they were.

Cosio said his first taste of an actual gunbattle was in the early part of 1945 after hearing news that American troops were coming to the Philippines.

“We had orders to fight Japanese soldiers in Ternate, Cavite. The enemy was only 50 meters away and the only demarcation line was a river. A lot of Japanese were killed then,” he said.

After their victory in Ternate, guerillas from Indang Post moved on to Mount Maculot in Cuenca, Batangas and joined paratroopers of the US 11th Airborne that had just arrived from Nasugbu. Together, American troops and Filipino guerrillas fought side by side until the surrender of Japanese forces later that year.

Francisco San Miguel, secretary-general of the Veterans Federation of the Philippines, said guerilla fighters under the Markings Unit led by Marcus Villa Agustin were instrumental in the victory in the Battle of Ipo Dam on May 17, 1945.

“The Japanese wanted to bomb the dam, which was a major water supply in Manila. But Agustin was able to lead Markings guerillas to capture the dam and defeat the enemy,” he said.

San Miguel, who was 18 at the time of the battle, said Agustin was later castigated by his superiors for not following orders and going to the south side of the dam. To which, Agustin replied: “I do not need anybody’s permission to fight for my country.”

Waiting for benefits

Cosio said all guerillas from Indang Post were summoned to the 11th Airborne’s headquarters in Tagaytay where the Taal Vista Hotel is now located.

“They gave us discharge papers, which indicated when you joined the guerilla movement, your rank, what you did and when you left,” he said. He added that his papers were signed by a certain Major Vanderpool and Major Schumer on Feb. 3, 1945.

Ironically, however, the same piece of paper that would have granted Cosio benefits as a veteran of the Second World War would become meaningless a year later after the US Congress signed into law the Rescission Act of 1946. Under the Rescission Act, the service of Filipinos “shall not be deemed to be or to have been service in the military or national forces of the United States or any component thereof or any law of the United States conferring rights, privileges or benefits.”

It stripped thousands of Filipino fighters of their eligibility for full veterans’ benefits, limiting the veterans to compensation for service-related disabilities or death.

Cosio, who is now 84 years old, says the Act “is an injustice that needs to be rectified.”

“Without the guerillas, American paratroopers would not have known where to strike. We knew enemy positions and how strong they were. We also sabotaged communication lines,” he said.

“We’re not asking for much. We just want to be recognized that what we did was important in winning the war. We want future generations to know the sacrifices we gave for our country,” he added.

By David Dizon – abs-cbnNEWS.com

“On my point of view I sincerely sympatized what Mr.Cosio feels.It’s very hard to be an spy and to have gun battle on those times.Hence being neglected after all.

He is our “Scout Master” during my high school days in Saint Gregory Academy.In spite of being a volunteer he is hard working and very disciplined.We have learned so many things from him.I was a platoon leader back then.By this writing I am thanking him for all those nice experienced together with fellow scouts-Nelson C.”

18
Oct
08

Ilog Maria Honeybee Farm in Silang

Ilog Maria Honeybee Farm is located in Silang, Cavite that produces natural and organic products ( yes, no SLS, parabens, and chemicals whatsoever ) ranging from, soaps, body wash, facial scrub, feminine wash, lip balms, to even wood polish! Anything that can be made from the by-products of bees, using the most natural method, for they believe that products are more effective when made using natural methods and not processed at all. They believe that the benefits that keeping honey pure, and unprocessed lets it retain is “healing and nutritive properties.”

Virgin honey, is of course, their number one product!

http://ilogmaria.com/index.asp – Visit their website for more information

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm-bees in action

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm-bees in action

Ilog Maria Virgin Honey is produced by Italian honeybees who collect nectar from avocado, sunflower, mango, coffee, citrus, fruit trees, and wildflowers. A 500 gram bottle of honey is made out of the nectar from over 5 million flowers. Who knew that bees were such hard workers? It takes around eight weeks for honey to ripen in the beehives. Once eight weeks have passed, the bee farmers choose only the ripest honeycombs for the best honey. The honey is then bottled and sealed to preserve its nutrients and healing properties

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm colonies

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm colonies

Besides its medicinal uses, the Ilog Maria Virgin Honey also has a distinct flavor you might never taste again. That’s because they migrate their beehives to different farms every summer so that the bees can collect honey from trillions of different flowers. The texture, taste, and color of the honey bees produce all depends on the kind of flowers they forage, giving you as many as 3 dozen unique and subtle flavors.

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm signboard at the entrance

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm signboard at the entrance

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm soap products

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm soap products

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm soap products

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm soap products

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm lip balm products

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm lip balm products

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm Honeymilk lotion and Sublime massage oil products

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm Honeymilk lotion and Sublime massage oil products

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm aroma therapy oil products

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm aroma therapy oil products

Ilog Maria Honeybee cider vinegar products

Ilog Maria Honeybee cider vinegar products

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm products

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm products

Sarap

Sarap

Ilog Maria Honeybee Museum

Ilog Maria Honeybee Museum

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm owner-Joel Magsaysay

Ilog Maria Honeybee farm owner-Joel Magsaysay

Believe it or not, bees can also be mans best friends! However, many people are afraid of bees’ sting although actually bees don’t sting unless they are frightened or hurt.

For instance, bees are the only insects that produce food eaten by man. Likewise, we use beeswax to produce candles, soaps, lip sticks and all sorts of things. We also use honey in cooking and as a sweet spread on our bread.

Above all, trees and plants would become extinct if the bees weren’t there to help them pollinate.

As a frequent traveler to Tagaytay, I would always see the sign that says, “Ilog Maria Honeybee Farms” along Aguinaldo Highway in the stretch of Silang, Cavite. Finally, during Holy Week, I had a chance to visit the place and it was quite a discovery.

The sign indicates that the honeybee farms are 700 meters away from the highway. That is a long walk, if you’re going by foot like trekking through a mini jungle of trees and wild growth. Further down the road are seven natural springs.

So, take the car over the dirt road to the Magsaysay residence and honeybee farms.

A one-story building with huge glass windows with a spacious terrace in the front awaits visitors to Ilog Maria Honeybee Farms. The place is so peaceful, a wilderness of pineapple, coconuts, coffee, papaya, mangoes, langka trees and other plant species. It makes you want to linger.

People come from all over the country and even parts abroad to check out the products of Ilog Maria, a wide selection of soaps, shampoo and conditioners, candles, massage oils, facial scrub, fly repellent, lip balm, coffee, cider vinegar, wine, royal jelly and bee pollen. And they’re all made from honey and beeswax.

These products have been considered “marvelous” as each of them has its own phenomenal purpose.

The bee propolis for example, is what Ilog Maria calls “nature’s most powerful antibiotic” because it carries natural antibiotic action that strengthens the immune system. It also fights bacteria, viruses and fungi; combats arthritis; rheumatism and hypertension and is rich in Phytochemicals.

The Bee Pollen is best for increasing stamina and alertness. It can also boost one’s mental capacity. Likewise, it’s good for losing, gaining and even maintaining weight.

In addition, it aids in eliminating fatigue, hypertension and is believed to alleviate impotence and prevent prostate cancer.

Virgin honey promotes health, vitality, strength, stamina, growth and healing. Furthermore, it activates the body’s chemical reactions, principally in digestion. It is an effective burn and wound dressing because it accelerates healing while minimizing infection and scar tissues.

Meanwhile, Ilog Maria’s soaps are made from pure honey, beeswax and propolis from the beehive along with high grade essential oils that are ideal for cleansing, healing, moisturizing and even skin whitening.

“Honey cider vinegar and virgin honey” are recommended for diabetics and people who want to lose weight. Believe it or not, these products work as excellent agents for losing weight.

Because their products are so good, the owners don’t see the need to market them in Metro Manila or at the malls. Their reputation is purely “by word of mouth.”

And evidently, “word of mouth” has reached all the way to the United States, Europe and other Asian countries because orders come in from abroad and the owners Joel and Violaine Magsaysay will gladly ship it for you wherever you are.

You may wonder how can something as sweet as honey can be transformed into vinegar.

“You mix honey with mineral water in a bottle, put a little bee pollen in it, close it and it will ferment because pollen has yeast and honey is simple sugar….after it stops bubbling, you’ll have ‘honey wine’ but if you want to have vinegar all you have to do is leave it open and you’ll have vinegar,” explains Joel.

Joel has been propagating the bees for about 25 years together with his brilliant wife, Violaine, who formulates all of Ilog Maria’s products.

Although the business has been around since 1979, Joel considers 1987 as the year that Ilog Maria was born. It was also start of Magsaysays’ blessings.

“It was in February 1987 (I wasn’t married yet), when we experienced the first ‘El Nino’. It didn’t rain for five months and so our plants started dying. It got so bad that one day, my mother asked me to pick her up in Mandaluyong and drive her to our farm in Silang. She said she would pray that it would rain.” So, Violaine who was then my girlfriend and I picked her up and went to the farm,” Joel relates.

According to Joel, her mother began praying at 10 a.m. in their house at the farm and continued doing it so till the afternoon. Well, it started to downpour at 3 p.m.

“My mom’s prayers were heard…It wasn’t ordinary rain; in fact, it was hailing hailstones with thunder and lightning. My mom cried and she kept on crying. When she stopped crying, the rain immediately ceased as well…” he continues.

After 45 minutes of nonstop rains, Joel together with Violaine and his mom decided to go back to Manila. Ironically, when they reached the main road they realized that it didn’t rain because the road was dry.

Joel registered the business under the name of “Ilog Maria” because he and his family believed that the virgin Mary has blessed them.

From 1979 to 1998, Ilog Maria only produced honey. But as Joel puts it, “ We hit the jackpot in 1998 when we started to come up with all these other products that we have now…”

Before long, Ilog Maria will come up with shaving soap, wood polish and propolis toothpaste. And you can expect more ‘inventions’ to come in the future because Violaine never stops experimenting in the basement of there house. Although she took up fisheries in college, Joel believes “ she must have been an alchemist in a previous life.”

Joel, by the way, took up engineering in college

18
Oct
08

Residence Inn mini Zoo at Tagaytay

Residence Inn Mountain Resort and Zoo is small and more of a petting zoo. At the entrance, they sell fresh fruits and other food that the animals eat … the animals that could be fed that is.

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Parrots and cockatoos are the first animals you’d see. Some of the birds are actually out of the cage – tied loosely to their perches. Visitors can take pictures with these animals.

Past the grotto, you’ll find the monkeys and apes.
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This is one agitated monkey. It screams at you when you stare at it too long.
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This zoo actually surrounds Residence Inn. Personally, I wouldn’t choose staying at an inn which is in the middle of a zoo. How much sleep can one get if you could hear the growling of the big cats, chirping of the noisy cockatoos/parrots, and the noise the hyperactive monkeys make? Maybe the air conditioned rooms filter out the sound… maybe.

The last time I visited a zoo was when I was doing a paper for Ecology during my college freshman year and had to go to the Manila zoo. I found the place depressing because I think the big animals do not have enough space to stretch out/roam in their cages.

The animals’ quarters are much smaller in Residence Inn.
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The rooster and the peacock roam the place freely – they didn’t need cages.
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The hen roamed freely too. The pony was tied and kids can have their picture taken with him.
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Seeing the llamas made me think of the Sims2 computer game.
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At a lower level were bigger cages. Sam and I were both afraid of the steep hillside stairs that we never got past the owl cage.
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Near the entrance is the building where the reptiles and fishes are.
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This snake looked bored.

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This fish has an odd hump at the back.

2006oct 062A tiger cub is also at the entrance … but visitors must pay to take pictures of the tiger. If you do pay, the handler allows you to have your picture taken holding the cub.




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