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Vigan City Named One of Asia’s Top 13 Most Picturesque Towns

There are thousands of cities spread across the 48 countries in Asia. Thus, it is an honor for Vigan City to be picked among Asia’s top 13 most picturesque towns!

And while many of the towns and cities picked on the list showcased rugged mountains, beautiful rice paddies and countryside views, and tropical islands, Vigan City stands out with its gorgeous Spanish colonial-era architecture, the best you can find in Asia.

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Established in 1572 by Spanish colonizers, it is not surprising that the city features a lot of Spanish colonial-era architecture. But what is impressive is that the city was able to preserve many of these centuries-old infrastructures, most of which are placed around the city square.

The city owes its beautifully planned out structure to Conquistador Juan de Salcedo developed a grid-like plan that mapped out where everything should be placed. Set in the center of town, the white and yellow St. Paul’s Cathedral is a focal point that you should not miss when visiting this beautiful city. In front is Plaza Salcedo, the city’s central square.

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Around the park are many colonial buildings that are landmarks in their own right. Truly a picturesque place, there are plenty of picture-perfect spots across the city for the best Instagram post.

When in Vigan, don’t ever miss a tour of Calle Crisologo just a short walk from Plaza Salcedo. With kalesas (horse-drawn carriages) that actually offer rides and tours, you feel like you are transported back in time as you pass the well-preserved heritage houses along this old street that features cobblestone paths.

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Day or night, this place is magical. It is easy to envision Spanish conquestadors and beautiful mestizas still taking a stroll along this centuries-old calle, admiring the grand mansions.

Asia’s Top 13 Most Picturesque Towns

A UNESCO World Heritage City, Vigan City is truly a great place to visit. Its inclusion on the list makes it an even more exciting place to add on your bucket list.

The towns and cities that made it to the list, in alphabetical order:

  • City of Vigan, Philippines
  • Galle, Sri Lanka
  • George Town, Malaysia
  • Ghandruk, Nepal
  • Hoi An, Vietnam
  • Kampot, Cambodia
  • Kota Gede, Indonesia
  • Luang Prabang, Laos
  • Mawlynnong, India
  • Phuket Town, Thailand
  • Sai Kung, Hong Kong
  • Yufuin, Japan
  • Zhouzhuang, China

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One Guy Caught Cheating with Two Other Ladies after Girls Posted on “My Day”

One girl catches her boyfriend cheating with two other ladies – in the same restaurant and wearing the same clothes! She supposedly caught wind of his activities after the other ladies posted on their “My Day”.

Hannah Blaine Gaas, according to her Facebook profile, is a student of Cruise Ship Management at José Rizal University and lives in Parañaque but hails from Maasin, Southern Leyte. In the post on Valentine’s Day, she angrily slams a certain “Mark”, supposedly her boyfriend for cheating on her with two other ladies.

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She discovered the situation when the two ladies reportedly posted on “My Day” photos of their date with the same guy. He appears to have given them the same gift, a huge brown teddy bear, and even brought them to the same restaurant!

Nagkahulihan na sa Valentines! Sabi ko na ayaw ko mag myday baka pareho tayo ng jowa e. Tatlo pa kami pinagsabay dinala mo pa kami sa parehong lugar magkaiba lang schedule hanep! Ano na Mark?” Hannah wrote.

Soon, the other girls in the photos would react angrily to the post, angrily sharing their sentiments about catching their guy dating two other girls!

Photo credit: Hannah Blaine Gaas / Facebook

Kalma lang girls lahat ata tayo kabet,” one of the girls commented.

How he managed to date three different women on the same day at the same restaurant was rather puzzling! Moreover, a number of netizens are saying that he should have the decency to come clean to these ladies and to also change his clothes! It’s like he’s just trying to date everyone and check who’s the best.

Photo credit: Hannah Blaine Gaas / Facebook

But eagle-eyed netizens would soon realize that, perhaps, this is just a prank and that the three ladies might actually know each other and were together on the “date”. It seems that the three are actually good friends and just had fun taking photos with the same guy, creating the “cheating” story…

What’s “My Day”?

“My Day” is a type of post on Facebook that is only posted for 24 hours as a “story”. It can be seen by the uploader’s friends for 24 hours before it disappears, unless the user sets the “My Day” posts to get automatically saved. In contrast, regular Facebook posts are permanent, unless the user deletes the items.

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Wise Mom Lets Kids Have the Phones They Wanted on an Installment Basis

Entrepreneur Michelle Mangahas has three kids: Mark, 14, Mika, 11, and Matthew, 6. Just like many other kids these days, Michelle’s children wanted to have a new smartphone that could take great photos, but she only gave them old phones in the past.

The single mom would later let the kids have the phones they wanted, as long as they agreed to pay on an installment basis. Yay or nay?

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Mommy Michelle told Smart Parenting that her kids actually have old phones when they asked to buy a new model that sells for Php10,000.

I told them I didn’t see a valid reason why a 14-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl would need such expensive phones. I also told them they already had phones, which should be enough for school research and a little bit of gaming,” she narrated.

But the kids reasoned out that their old phones weren’t so good. Mark said the phone that cost them Php2,700 to buy took “low quality photos”. Mika received hers for free from Mommy Michelle’s postpaid plan when she completed school as an achiever. But it’s 2 years old.

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I told my kids na hindi obligasyon ng magulang na bigyan ng phones ang anak nila. Ang obligasyon ko is to feed them and send them to school,” Mommy Michelle explained.

Although kaya ko naman sila bigyan, sinasabi ko sa kanila na ang daloy ng pera walang kasiguraduhan. Kailangan mag-ready sa posibleng panahon na walang gaanong income.

Because she had taught the kids, particularly Mark and Mika, early on to save money for future needs, they were able to fork out Php3,700 and Php5,000 in savings, respectively. This money went to their phone fund, but they are supposed to pay their mom in installment for the rest of the phone amount they borrowed from her.

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Although she doesn’t impose a strict deadline, she continues to remind them of their payments. So far, Mika is the one who pays up the installment faster despite getting a smaller allowance compared with Mark.

Mark has a harder time sa paghuhulog. Sabi niya malakas siyang kumain ‘di hamak sa kapatid niya, so mas kaunti natitira sa baon niya,” Mommy Michelle shared. She doesn’t mind as long as the kids are responsible enough to pay up when they can.

What a good way to teach financial responsibility.

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What’s the Difference Between Installment and Layaway?

Both are types of loan that is paid over time, with smaller amounts of scheduled payments instead of a one-time payment. However, the customer can already use or get the item while still paying for an installment loan while the layaway item can only be received once the full loan is paid up.

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Boy Who Kissed Random Girl He Met in Baguio, Marries Her after 30 Years

It was just a chance meeting, but a boy kissed a random girl he met in Baguio back when they were still kids. Who would have though that he would actually marry her after 30 years? Wow.

Barbie Atienza shares photos of the couple, first as kids who kissed at random in Baguio, then as a couple getting married some 30 years after that first meeting. It was destiny, many netizens agreed.

Photo credit: Barbie Atienza / Facebook

30 years ago this boy casually walked up to this little girl somewhere in Baguio, and kissed her on the forehead and then ran away. They never met again until a couple of years ago. They had absolutely no way of knowing that 3 decades after they would wind up as husband and wife. Amazing. Coincidence? Fate? Destiny? Thats the magic of love!” Barbie wrote.

“Mabuhay ang bagong kasal! Rex Byron Atienza Roxas Mela Rizo Kitten Zapata #lifemorebizarrethanmovies”

A lot of netizens loved their story, with many saying that it is sweet for these two to have met as kids, only to fall in love and get married when they meet again in the future as adults.

Photo credit: Barbie Atienza / Facebook

And while some don’t believe that such stories happen at random and thought that the two are just making up the story, the photos do show two kids kissing. For sure, the couple was able to verify with other photos that they were truly the kids in that photo a long time ago in Baguio City.

Other netizens urged their partners to check on old photos to possibly find moments that they had actually seen each other as babies or as kids.

🎵 got to believe in magic tell me how do people find each other in a world thats full of strangers 🎶,” one netizen commented.

Photo credit: Barbie Atienza / Facebook

What is the Meaning of Random?

Random means that something happens or gets picked without a specific, conscious decision.

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