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Pahiyas

PAHIYAS: 8 Tips for an Awesome San Isidro Labrador Fiesta!

Pahiyas is one of the most awesome fiestas in the country. It falls on the feast day of San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of farmers to show gratitude for a good and abundant harvest. It is celebrated in Lucban (most popular and commercialized), Sariaya, Tayabas and other towns in Quezon.

The Pahiyas Festival is always observed on a fixed date — May 15 — and this year, it’s a Sunday. It will take another 5 years (on May 15, 2016, to be exact) before it is celebrated on a weekend again.

For those joining the Pahiyas festivities, here are 8 Tips to have an Awesome San Isidro Labrador Fiesta!

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Bicol

Candelaria’s Crispy Pata!

Candelaria is known for having one of the best crispy patas in the country. 🙂 You’d be hard-pressed to find good crispy pata like this (cooked the old-school way) in Manila.

On your next road trip to Bicol, don’t forget to stop over for Crispy Pata — either in the main town of Candelaria or in San Antonio Village.

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Palawan

Apulit Island Resort : How to Get There?


Thanks to the awesome staff of Apulit Island Resort and Chef Rey! 🙂

It is not that easy to reach Apulit Island Resort. As with most adventures, you have to choose between the easy route (but with a prohibitive flight cost) or the harder route (i.e. cross the waters of Taytay via bangka).

The latter one was the adventure that we chose. Here is a photoblog of our experience…

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Apulit Island Resort Experience (formerly Club Noah) [1of3]
Apulit Island Resort: What to Do and Eat in Apulit? [2of3]
Apulit Island Resort: How to Get There? [3of3]

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Palawan

What to Do and Eat in Apulit?


The West Beach of Apulit Island Resort is where we enjoyed the most. Since there were only a few people in the resort then, we got to have the whole beach to ourselves. 🙂

The resort just opened after years of being abandoned, so it would take some time before the marine life will be abundant again.

The waters were a bit rough during the December season and there were no island-hopping activities, so we just stayed within the vicinity of the island.

What to Do in Apulit?

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Palawan

Apulit Island Resort Experience (formerly Club Noah)

Apulit Island Resort opened last December 2010. Formerly known as Club Noah, it is now owned by the El Nido & Ayala Group and they decided to use the actual name of the island. We’ve been long-time fans of El Nido resorts — both Miniloc and Lagen, and now the budding Apulit Resort in Taytay, Palawan.

I’ve never been to Club Noah, so we decided to immediately check out its new reincarnation, Apulit Island Resort, when it opened. Here is our experience…

Related Blog Posts:

Apulit Island Resort Experience (formerly Club Noah) [1of3]
Apulit Island Resort: What to Do and Eat in Apulit? [2of3]
Apulit Island Resort: How to Get There? [3of3]

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#Philippines

TOP 10 World Renowned and Must-See Places in the Philippines!

Whether you are a local traveler or foreign tourist just starting to discover the beauty of the Philippines, here’s a list of places you shouldn’t dare miss:

WORLD HERITAGE SITES OF THE PHILIPPINES


Mouth of Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

1. Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is one of the must-visit places among the World Heritage Sites of the Philippines. Its natural 8.2 km navigable underground river is believed to be the world’s longest. The river can be found beneath a beautiful limestone karst mountain called St. Paul (named after one of its peaks that resembles the dome of St. Paul Cathedral in Italy). 

This national park is one of the centers of biodiversity conservation in Palawan. In fact, you can see monkeys and large monitor lizards greeting you on your way to the mouth of the cave. Currently, it is one of the strongest contenders (out of the top 28 world finalists) for the 7 New Natural Wonders of the World Competition.

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#Philippines

Cemento’s Cobra Reef, Baler! (3 of 3)

Surfing in Cobra Reef in Brgy. Cemento, Baler is the number one motivation for hard-core surfers to troop to the area. From the main Sabang beach, it is 15 minutes away by car or 30 minutes away by walking along the beach through the barangays.

The most ideal time to surf here is when there is no wind (usually in the morning). Surfers like the waves glassy — smooth in texture and appearance because there’s no wind to mess up the look.

I decided to hang out with the surfers along with Aidan. This is our experience, from a non-surfing-observer’s point of view…

OAP | Baler, Aurora, Quezon Series:

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#Philippines

Top 10 Food in Baler (2 of 3)

The food in Baler was surprisingly good. 🙂 Here are the 10 that stood out:

1. Baler Suman

 
Baler Suman (P50 for 10)

This is actually the perfect suman for me. It is a bit sweet already so no need to dip it in sugar. It is light, as big as a finger but  a little longer, and wrapped artistically well.

It is made fresh everyday so you can only buy them in the morning. It costs P5 a piece and is sold in bunches of 10. It comes in two versions — the basic white and the ube-colored one made with rice coming from Dilasag, Aurora.

This is the only suman that the kids love, and they eat it like a banana, one after another. I love it too. We just couldn’t get enough of it (hindi nakakasuya).  You can order it from Bahia de Baler, in the Rolling Stores or in the Baler Market every morning.

OAP | Baler, Aurora, Quezon Series:

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The Allure of Baler (1 of 3)

Master photographer George Tapan would often invite people to have a photo shoot in Baler. He held two workshops last year in the area (which I missed). I’ve always been curious about Baler ever since. 

Baler is a top destination for hard-core surfers who love Cemento’s Cobra Reef but remains relatively unknown among Manila’s travelers. We just decided to go there 2 weeks before the actual Baler trip and we were able to reserve a room easily during the peak holiday season (December 29-January 1).

But what is it about Baler that keeps people (surfers, photographers and travel enthusiasts) coming back to it? I was smitten by Baler’s allure and we all fell in love with it.

OAP | Baler, Aurora, Quezon Series:

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#Philippines

Philippine Currency: The New Generation

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BSP | The New Generation Philippine Banknotes
KAAKBAY | Another look at the New Philippine Banknotes
The POC | BSP defends ‘errors’ on new peso bills

I’m proud of our new Philippine currency despite the criticisms, which can be easily corrected in the next print run.  It is about time that we launch the new Peso bills, which symbolize new hope and a stronger economy in 2011 and beyond.

I’m proud of it because…

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