Nature Tripping with the Kids

At the entrance of Botanical Gardens

A Visit to the Botanical Gardens

Last Sept 15, we took the kids to a visit at the Botanical Gardens inside the UPLB Campus. Together with Chona Aguilar Moneda and her family, we explored once more the beauty of the said gardens of UPLB. Instead of the usual mall trips, the visit was meant to introduce the kids to nature hehehe... The main objective is to reach the Center for Philippine Raptors and see a live Philippine Eagle in captivity.

Though a bit exhausted due to long walk just to reach the Center , the kids very much enjoyed their visit where they saw some of the different birds of prey that can be found in the Philippines. Though a bit disappointed because HARIBON is in its breeding season, thus we can't see the Eagle (only the stuffed one), they are still very happy to walk throughout the forest and gazing at the tall trees and listening to the chirping of birds and insects. We even found a dead green snake (more than 1 meter long) on our way to the center which caused the kids to scamper and take refuge to us, their parents.

The botanical gardens is still very much about nature. After the visit to the center, we walked through the inner pathways of the botanical gardens into the stream. We had planned to go from one place to the other trekking the inner pathways. But because it rained the previous day, the stream has water flowing which hindered us to cross it with the kids. We were forced to back off and take the road instead hehehe.

Miguel's 6th Birthday

Today, September 17, 2007, is the 6th birthday of our youngest, Miguel Emmanuel C. Maranan. Since it's a Monday, the celebration happened after school hours. We waited until 530 in the afternoon before celebrating the birthday of our BUNSO. Though its an exclusive family affair, the kids seem to enjoy the day. We had some time singing HAPPY BIRTHDAY for MIGS over the karaoke.

Some more pictures during the birthday celebration

Reunion with Fr. Fred Mislang

Madonna housemates with Fr. Fred Mislang

Other pictures during the activity
The gathering was the second one for the Madonna housemates followng the meeting at our house for the supposedly shower party for the wedding of Julie Ann Bernardo. This time around, Fr. Fred Mislang is also present at the gathering. Chona Aguilar Moneda with her family came all the way from Bicol just to attend the gathering. Children of the housemates were treated to a pool party as they swam from morning till night. The group ended the activity with a visit to the house of Jenny Geminiano Awitan at Mary Mount Subdivision.