THE BLACK PIG is aCharcuterie (shop for prepared meat products), Bar & Restaurant by Chef Carlos Garcia, former chef at London-based Michelin Star French Restaurant, Gauthier Soho.
He — together with first time restaurateur couples Steve & Tricia McDonald and Anton & Berna Garriz — teamed up to offer well-curated, European-inspired dishes with Spain’s black Iberico pig as the highlight. They also offer signature draft beers and a good selection of wines.
The Black Pig has already been making waves in the foodie community. I couldn’t believe that such a place could exist in the Alabang area at first, but it’s great that it’s located in the south for a more casual feel. It’s also great that they’re family-oriented and most importantly, affordable.
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):
1. DINAGYANG, ILOILO
DINAGYANG FESTIVAL 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
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).
Our Definitive Guide to Philippine Holidays, Philippine Festivals, Philippine Fiestas, Liturgical Events, and Awesome Events! byOur Awesome Planet
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1NEW YEAR’S DAY | Wednesday (Every 1st of January) | Philippine Regular Holiday. Solemnity of Mary Mother of God HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION
9FEAST OF THE BLACK NAZARENE| Thursday | Quiapo, Manila An intense, day-long festival highlighted by a mammoth procession through the streets.
19 ATI-ATIHAN 2014 | 3rd Sunday |Kalibo, Aklan Commemorates the 13th century land deal between 10 migrating Bornean chieftains and the aboriginal Ati King Marikudo. It also honors the town patron, the infant Sto. Niño.
26DINAGYANG FESTIVAL 2014 | 4th Sunday | Iloilo City Street dancing characterized by frenetic stomping of feet and hypnotic drumbeating. It is a colorful whirl of thousands of people dressed in unique costumes dancing & chanting all day and night.