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December 02, 2016

LUMIANG TO SUMAGUING CAVE: Conquering Sagada's Cave Connection!

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Aside from its coveted weather and otherworldly landscapes, Sagada is blessed with stunning limestone caves filled with millennia worth of history. The most popular locations for caving activities are in the Sumaguing, Lumiang, and Balangagan Caves. Here, adventurers can test their limits while exploring ancient burial grounds and magnificent rock formations.

Most tourists opt for the 2-hour course at Sumaguing; this is the quickest and most scenic route that's ideal for visitors short on time. We chose the 4 to 5-hour Cave Connection course, which starts at Lumiang and ends at Sumaguing, to have ample time to explore the inner beauty of Sagada.

Here's how we conquered the Cave Connection Challenge…

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LOG CABIN: A Cozy Retreat in Sagada (A 2016 Review)

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Log Cabin has made a name for itself as a favorite among both locals and tourists in Sagada. This rustic home was transformed into a bar, restaurant, and then lodge in the 90’s by Dave and Janice Gulian.

In its early stages, Log Cabin was a bar exclusively for foreign dignitaries. Food was incorporated into the menu after Dave and Janice returned from Switzerland and experimented with the European palate. A fusion of European and Filipino elements eventually made up the 5-set menu we know today.

Log Cabin is most recognized for its Saturday buffets prepared by French Chef, Philippe Heyer, who has had more than two decades of culinary experience all over the world. Alas, Chef Aklay (his Igorot name) is no longer part of the Log Cabin Family, but the buffet still carries on every week.

 

LOG CABIN SAGADA
Poblacion, Ato, Sagada, Mountain Province
Mobile: +63 915 671 7949
Email: sagada_logcabin@yahoo.com
Facebook: @logcabinsagada

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December 01, 2016

PAWIKAN FESTIVAL: Help Save the Turtles!

By Abigail Javellana

Pawikan Festival: Bataan

The Pawikan Festival is held yearly at the Pawikan Conservation Center in Morong, Bataan. The main activity here is the releasing of the baby pawikan, which are hatched in the conservation center.

Every year, during the festivities, they invite visitors and thousands of students from the provinces to promote awareness and also be treated to some street dancing, sand sculptures, a showcase of local products, and witnessing how the hatchlings go back to the sea.

 

Bataan Tourism
Pawikan Conservation Center, Nagbalayong, Morong
Mobile: +63917 6716995
Landline: (047)237-4785
Website: http://bataan.gov.ph/tourism
Email: bataan_tourism@yahoo.com
Facebook: bataan.tourism

 

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Manila's 8-Hands Dinner to Celebrate CCA Manila's 20th Anniversary Milestone!

by Abigail Javellana

CCA Anniversary Gala

The Center for Culinary Arts (CCA) "8-Hands Anniversary Gala Dinner" is the kick-off event for a week of different celebrations commemorating CCA Manila's 20th year as the leading professional culinary school in the Philippines.

With the theme "Old, Gold, and Bold," four of the country’s top chefs joined hands for a collaboration dinner that reinterpreted international gold prize-winning dishes of CCA students. Each course was made exquisitely bolder by CCA Culinary Director Chef Sau del Rosario, Michelin-starred French Master Chef Christian Tetedoie, Disciples Escoffier International Chairman Robert Fontana, and EDSA Shangri-La’s Executive Pastry Chef Martin Frowd.

Here's a photo essay of the dinner...

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November 29, 2016

BLUEWATER MARIBAGO: Authentic Cebuano Staycation Experience! (Photo Essay)

by Abigail Javellana

Bluewater Maribago

Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort is one of Cebu's high-end resorts situated on the 7-hectare tropical paradise of Mactan Island, Cebu.

You'll get that Filipino lifestyle experience whenever you're staying at Bluewater's group of resorts. From indulging in their Pinoy-themed buffets and staying in their modern Filipino rooms, down to the warmest greetings from their fully employed all-Filipino staff.

We love the resort because of its family-friendly vibe, multiple pools, white sand beachfront, and sumptuous themed dinner buffets. Here's a photo essay of our stay...

Bluewater Maribago
Buyong Maribago, Lapu-lapu City, Cebu Philippines
Phone: (63 32) 492 0100
E-mail: maribago@bluewater.com.ph
Website: www.bluewatermaribago.com.ph
Facebook: BluewaterMaribago
Twitter: @BlueMaribago

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CIRCA 1900: Casa Uno - Cebu's Romantic Colonial Dining Destination!

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Circa 1900 is a casual dining restaurant that focuses on incorporating local technics and ingredients into international cuisine. Circa 1900 offers an eclectic menu with plenty of choices that range from the familiar to the exotic.  

Cebu City
has always drawn skilled chefs to the local culinary scene, many of whom are continually carving out their reputations in the "Queen City of The South," making Cebu one of the Philippines' gastronomic hotspots.

One such chef who has made a name for himself here is Steve Shrimski, an Australian-born chef who's career stretches nearly 30 years. He resides in Cebu with his Cebuana wife and Business Partner, Eya.  

The pair has enjoyed success with the opening of Canvas Bistro Bar and Gallery in October of 2009. Circa 1900, their second and equally successful venture, was opened in 2014.   

Circa 1900
Sanjercas Ville Ext Rd
Cebu City, Cebu
(032) 239 6265 or 0923 279 5616
Restaurant Hours 
Daily From 11am - 12 am
Email: info.circa1900@gmail.com
Instagram: 
@circa1900 
Facebook: facebook.com/CircaCebu 
Webpage: circa1900cebu.com

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November 23, 2016

THE FRUIT GARDEN 2016: Luxurious Christmas Dreams, Orange Gingerbread Marmalade, and Toile de Jouy Packaging!

by Abigail Javellana

The Fruit Garden by Pierre Marmonier is an artisanal jam brand, famed for using natural local and international fruits cooked in traditional French-style recipes.

For this festive season, the company produced Christmas-themed jams in a lovely Toile de Jouy packaging, perfect for gift giving.

Here's what's to expect from the Fruit Garden's 2016 Festive Collection...

 

THE FRUIT GARDEN
295 Haig Street, Mandaluyong City
Telephone: +632 621-4603
Mobile: +63 920 945-3565
Email: info@thefruitgarden.net
Website: http://www.thefruitgarden.net/

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November 21, 2016

TOKYO MILK CHEESE FACTORY: Japan's Popular Milk Cheese Cookies now in Manila!

by Abigail Javellana

Tokyo Milk Cheese Fatory

Finally, Japan's popular confectionery Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory is now open in Manila!

They are known for their luxurious treats made from the finest ingredients--Hokkaido milk and the world’s best cheeses. Light, crispy, and melt-in-your-mouth, these cookies are sure to get you hooked!

In addition to their signature Salt & Camembert, Honey & Gorgonzola, and Porcini & Gouda Cookies, they also brought their French & Hokkaido Milk Cheese Cakes.

Here's what to expect at their newly opened stores...

Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory
Fashion Hall, SM Megamall; Greenbelt 5 Manila, Philippines
Website: www.tokyomilkcheese.com
Facebook: tokyomilkcheesefactoryph
Instagram: @tokyomilkcheesefactoryph

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