the firstborn is 8

Happy Birthday to our firstborn.
How time flies, you our now eight years old. And as you proudly say it... you are on your pre-teen.
Oh please don't grow so fast our Zai Angelo.

eight years old and proud!

celebrate like how world champions are! lol

final dose:
you will always be the number one, our son.


die hard die mannschaft!

Danke Germany.
World Cup Champions 2014!

cheers for the champions! Deutschland!

on the way to watch the finals game. Germany all the way!

final dose:
until the next world cup, let's do it all over again!


the joys of a 2nd grader and a father

this post in pictures for now...
created on the mobile device, to be edited soon...


of vacation and celebration

it has been customary that we usually spend the celebrations we have on the first week of june in an out of town trip.

this year was just that - a whole week vacation in luzon - to end summer  in the summer capital, to have birthdays in seperate locations and celebrate the anniversary in the nation's capital.

more pictures to follow...

final dose:
this post will be edited the moment the author gets a break from watching the worldcup games.


happy mother's day

To the superhero without a cape.
The one with the hardest job in the world.
The one to contend with the family and me.

To the mother of my two sons.
The one who disciplines.
The one with a caring heart.

Happy Mother's day - Allison.

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Wifey Alli with the two boys - Azi & Zai.
boys bonding time surely is all smiles when spent with you.

final dose:
hope you like my present.



April is about to end; and this summer has been quite eventful to say the least.

 photo summer2014_zps75050983.jpg  this has been Summer2014, so far.

We have been to a handful of beach outings -- early trip to Sumilon Island, Boracay, Maribago, Cebu Beach Club, Seaview beach resort in Sibulan, Negros for the Holy Week.

And this is not counting a couple more beach trips come May.

So yeah, summer has been the -- B.E.A.C.H. Sunkissed skin, Sand and Fun. 

final dose:
cheers to all beach lovers, enjoy summer 2014!



This family blog usually gets left behind when everyone is busy. Updating it on a weekly basis just does not get squeeze in the schedule. So February went by without us sharing our trip to Sumilon Island and our early five day summer trip to Boracay.

And the culprit, for the busy excuse.... business.
Yes, business is booming and I mean projects have been keeping me sane and insane. 

We got two residential projects on the way, one just started with the stake out last week and the other is to start in two weeks time. Plus one more interior fit-out project for a culinary school also to start pretty soon. 

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a residential project for a lawyer couple.
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a residential project for a good friend.

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an interior fit-out project for a culinary arts school.

All these have taken it's time on me, but I am happy to share these right here. Like I said, 2014 will be a great year.

final dose:
hope to close a deal on two more interior projects. cross fingers.
visit the A.Cortes Architecture + Design to view other works.


sampit pasalamat

Here we go again. 

So I thought I could keep this blog updated at least once a week for this year, but you see time is scarce. 

The start of the year dump in a lot of stuff right away. The past two weeks alone had me juggling two new projects. horray for me!
I can't help but be grateful for this January blessings, I hope it will be like this until the next year. yay!

So allow me to shout Pit Senyor! As a way of thanking.

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The Corteses during the Pit Senyor Celebration at Sto. Niño Village.

♪♫ Sinulog, isyagit ug kusog; (Pit Señor, Pit Señor) tanan magsaulog
Sinulog, isyagit ug kusog; (Pit Señor, Pit Señor) tanan magsaulog
Sisisinulog, sisisinulog
pit senyor kang lolo kini, pit senyor kang lola kini, 
pit senyor kang tatay kini, pit senyor kang nanay kini ♪♫ 

and oh...visit Cortes Architecture + Design and view our works gallery for updates on new projects. 
go to

final dose:
the year of the wooden horse will lead me to the golden course.


bring it on 2014!

It has been a  (insert any descriptive word) 2013! 
You can put any word you wish to describe the previous year, what ever it may be, let's all be happy we survived. Here we are now with twenty fourteen, the new year.

There will be new things to look forward to, the year will be full of hope - hopefully full of blessings and of love and of joy. So yeah, we welcome you 2014, bring it on!

 photo Bc4RgrDCUAA0FEf2_zpsc20efbf0.jpg Happy New Year greetings from The Corteses
Alli - Toni - Zai - Azi

 photo Bc4RgrDCUAA0FEfblack_zps44b53898.jpgHappy New Year greetings from A.Cortes Architecture + Design

final dose:
this family blog site has been up since 2007.
The Corteses will be blogging on its 7th year now. yay!