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41 posts categorized "TOURS: Food, Festival & Pilgrimage Tours"

September 03, 2014

Announcing... AWESOME TAIWAN FOOD TOUR with Anton Diaz on November 21-23! @JeronTravel

Favor: Please share this with your friends and family who might be interested to join this awesome food trip in Taiwan :)


Dear Our Awesome Planet friends,

Greetings from Our Awesome Planet!

I would like to invite you to an Awesome Food Tour of Taiwan this coming November 21 - 23, 2014 :) It would be an awesome weekend food trip to remember in Taipei!

I love Taiwan! I've been to Taipei a couple of times and I fell in love with the people, its history and most specially the food :)

I partnered with Jeron Travel, the leading travel agency in the Philippines specializing on travel to Taiwan, to create an itinerary of my favorite places to see, the yummiest food to eat, and the best route to experience all of these in one weekend.

During the trip, we will visit the awesome destinations in Taiwan which include:

    • Ximending and Shilin Night Market
    • Chang Kai Shek Memorial Hall
    • Toilet Restaurant, Tian Wai Tian, Du Yue
    • The original Din Tai Fung
    • Jiufen Tea House 
    • Eslite Bookstore and more!

Check out the Awesome Taiwan series in the blog:

TAIWAN: Guide to an Awesome Experience in Taipei! #CometoTaiwan

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January 03, 2014

FESTIVAL GUIDE to the 10 Most Awesome Fiestas of the Philippines!

If there's one thing you should know about me (besides my fondness for food and travel), it's that I love fiestas. And after 9 years of blogging, I've compiled a list of Top 10 Fiestas that every Filipino should experience to get a deeper appreciation of our own culture and traditions.

It wasn't an easy process since each festival has its own style and unique charm, but I wanted to come up with something to help kickstart your festival journey this 2014. So here's my definitive guide to the 10 Most Awesome Fiestas of the Philippines (based on our own first-hand festival experiences):


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What is it? Dinagyang means "Merry Making" and its a celebration held in honor of the Santo Niño
Type of Festival: Religious, Cultural, and a Spectator-Type Festival
When is it Held: 4th Sunday of January (one week after Sinulog and Ati-Atihan)
Main Highlights:

  • Ati-Atihan Dance Competition on Sunday (all day starting 9am), and 
  • Kasadyahan Street Dancing on Saturday (all day)

Iloilo's Dinagyang: Hala Bira! Viva Señor Santo Niño!

A lot of festival enthusiasts believe that Dinagyang is one of the BEST Festivals in the Philippines.

Although the celebration still has that quaint, provincial city-feel, the Ati-Atihan dance productions are among the best I've seen in street dance festivals in the Philippines. They are the Grand Champions in the Aliwan Festival (Manila-based competition for all the street dance festivals).

Dinagyang is the best time to go to Iloilo!

Read More: Iloilo's Dinagyang: Hala Bira! Viva Señor Santo Niño!

Festival Power Travel Tips:

  1. Make sure you have confirmed reservations preferably outside the main city for less noise.
  2. Secure your tickets to watch the performances from the grand stand
  3. The entire city is closed to vehicular traffic so make sure to walk around and explore the city. 

For more info, visit Official Websitehttp://dinagyangsailoilo.com/

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November 28, 2013

TUSCANY at Mckinley Hill: An Awesome Secret Foodies Tour (A Photo Essay)

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Thank you to all our media and blogging friends for joining the kick-off of our food tour at Tuscany, Mckinley Hill! Special thanks to my Mercato Centrale partner, RJ for hosting the event. :)

The food tour is a 20-course degustation, going to 8 restaurants in 3 hours, for P1,000.

Here is a photo-essay of what we've dubbed An Awesome Secret Foodies Tour...

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January 10, 2013

An Invitation to a 7-Day Culinary, Cultural & Pilgrimage Tour of Northern Italy: Pilgrimage to San Antonio de Padua, Romantic Tour of Venice and Verona, & Shopping in Milan and Outlet Villages!


I would like to personally invite you to join us for a 7-Day Culinary, Cultural & Pilgrimage Tour of Northern Italy!

I'm personally excited about this trip because we will be going on our first European Food Trip in 2013 from Milan, Padova, Venice, Bassano, Verona and Vicenza in the Northeastern Part of Italy.

Also, I'm excited to go finally to a Pilgrimage to my Patron Saint -- Saint Anthony of Padova (Padua in English). Saint Anthony is popularly known as the patron saint of lost articles but little do people know that he also helped a lot of Filipino entrepreneur devotees with miracles in their businesses. We will have a Sunday English Mass at Saint Anthony Basilica:)

Finally, we will go on a romantic tour of Venice, the city in the sea and Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet :)  Of course, there will be enough free time to do your own shopping!

Here is the detailed itinerary of our trip to Northeastern Veneto Region in Italy:

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November 27, 2012

LIGLIGAN PARUL 2012 + BALE DUTUNG Christmas Tour! (Dec. 15, Saturday)

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Mangan Tamu! Ligligan Parul! The Ultimate Pampanga Food and Heritage Tour

Journey to the central heartland as we immerse ourselves in things Kapampangan!

From Buro to Baroque, it's a fun-filled day as we poke around and get intimate with the very best of Pampanga's cultural offerings. Gaze at the jewel-box of a church in Betis while wading through the lahar-buried town of Bacolor. 

We'll stuff ourselves silly with a pre-Christmas Kapampangan noche buena fare by one of the country's best known Kapampangan chefs! And to it cap it off, get a front row view of the most dazzling display of Kapmpangan artistry the Ligligan Parul (Giant Lantern Festival) of San Fernando! It's a tour with nothing but Kapampangan cool!

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March 04, 2012

George Tapan Workshops - Learn from the BEST Travel Photographer of the Philippines!

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I would like to invite you to join us for the George Tapan Workshops this summer 2012!

In this workshop, George Tapan will reveal his secrets on:

Minimum Requirements to join the workshop:

  • Digital Camera (even a Point and Shoot would do)
  • Photo hobbyists and enthusiasts (no professional experience required)

Related George Tapan Blog Posts:

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