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Cafe by the Ruins Breakfast!

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I can still remember the story when Cafe by the Ruins was about to close down: They announced the last day of operations, and then a lot of Manileños decided to go up to Baguio and pay tribute to the restaurant.

Ever since that time, they were touched by how much foodies love Cafe by the Ruins, and the next generation decided to continue it. As a thank you gift, they released their first cookbook entitled, “Café by the Ruins: Memories and Recipes“.

This is one of the few remaining restaurant institutions in Baguio and the only reason we would brave the traffic of the commercialized area of Session Road.

I’m glad that the boys were able to experience it, and I do hope more Filipino generations can visit it for years to come.

Here is our breakfast experience in Cafe by the Ruins…

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HAPPY TUMMY & Wright Park

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Happy Tummy is a Thai resto hidden just across the horseback riding area in Wright Park.

The first time we went to Wright Park, we did not even notice that there was a good place to eat nearby. (Thanks to JP Alipio for the tip about Happy Tummy!)

I loved this combined experience of horseback riding + eating home-cooked Thai food. It is one of our best experiences in Baguio. 🙂

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#Philippines, #Restaurants, #Travel, Baguio, Food

HILL STATION & Mt. Cloud Bookshop, Baguio

[Update 03/06/13]HILL STATION: One of the BEST Restaurants in Baguio! (Revisited)

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Hill Station Tapas Bar & Restaurant is one of the hottest restaurants in Baguio. It was voted as one of Asia’s finest restaurants in The Miele Guide 2011/2012.

Mitos, the owner (and also the secret behind the success of Mario’s in Baguio), decided to set up her own restaurant in the old Casa Vallejo hotel. It serves the best of Asian and Continental cuisines from other Hill Stations around the world.

I met Mitos in an Artist Mafia gathering in Baguio. The people there are the ones who are campaigning and giving life to the authentic Baguio (vs. the commercialized Baguio) experience.

Mitos is a close friend of the owners of Cafe by the Ruins, so it’s no surprise then that a visit to Baguio is not complete without dropping by Cafe by the Ruins and Hill Station.

Here is a glimpse of our trip to Hill Station…

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#Philippines, #Travel, Baguio

The BENCAB MUSEUM Experience

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The BenCab Museum is one of the most awesome museums in our country today.

It houses our National Artist Ben Cabrera’s art collection in a four-level building. This is also where BenCab lives and where his actual workshop is located. Exhibits of exciting contemporary artists in Manila can be found here, too.

What I love about this place is that it showcases the authentic old Baguio experience.

We were able to go to the museum as it celebrated its third year anniversary with three simultaneous exhibits. I would like to share with you our BenCab Museum visit…

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#Philippines, #Restaurants, #Travel, Baguio, Food

CAFE SABEL @ BenCab Museum

Read this First: The BenCab Museum Experience

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Cafe Sabel is the in-house restaurant of the BenCab Museum, named after BenCab’s famous muse in his paintings.

Here you can enjoy recipes by BenCab, farm fresh ingredients, and home-cooked dishes by the chef.

You can also buy the jams, marmalades, native chocolate, and homemade atchara that they sell.

Here is our experience of Cafe Sabel…

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Rodel Tapaya’s Prism and Parallelism

Read this First: The BenCab Museum Experience

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I’m starting to develop an interest in young Filipino Artists who are making waves in the international art scene.

One of those artists is Rodel Tapaya who won first prize in the Asia-Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize in 2011 for “Baston ni Kabunian, Bilang pero di mabilang”.

Prism and Parallelism is Rodel Tapaya’s latest solo show featuring 13 acrylic on canvas works. His paintings are about popular folklore stories of the Cordilleras and Central Luzon that are made relevant to our present lives.

I found them a bit dark, intriguing and patriotic. No wonder all the paintings were sold out before the exhibition. This is probably the last time you’ll see this collection in one room.

Check out Rodel Tapaya’s Prism and Parallelism in the BenCab Museum (until April 15, 2012)…

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Strawberry Picking in Benguet: Strawberry Fields Forever …

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Picking fresh strawberries is one of the most awesome experiences on the outskirts of Baguio. It is a fun activity for your family, especially for the kids. 🙂 They also get to appreciate and learn where strawberries come from.

I’d like to share with you our Strawberry Farm experience in La Trinidad, Benguet. 🙂

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#Philippines, #Restaurants, #Travel, Baguio, Food

MAMA’S TABLE: Chef Vicky Tinio Clemente’s Private Dining

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(L-R: Rache Diaz, Chef Vicky’s Mother, Chef Vicky’s brother Gaby Tinio, Pat and Marivic Silva)

I’ve heard yummy stories about Chef Vicky’s private dining in Baguio from foodies raving about the experience. We met Chef Vicky in Mercato Centrale, with her stall selling her yummy goodies from Baguio, when we first opened in 2010.

She offers an 8-course, French-inspired, strictly-by-reservation private dining in her lovely home in Baguio. She only accepts strictly one group at a time, with a minimum of 6 persons.

There is no menu, so just be prepared to be surprised with the 3-hour, 8-course Degustation Meal.

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#Philippines, #Travel, Awesome Festivals, Baguio

BAGUIO’s PANAGBENGA Flower Festival

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PANAGBENGA is a local Kankana-ey term in Cordillera, which means “a season for blossoming; a time for blooming“, coined by Ike Picpican, curator of the Saint Louis University Museum in 1997.

It is a month-long celebration in February/March during the business-lean months to attract tourists to the City of Baguio after the holidays and before the peak Summer Season.

It culminates with a Grand Flower Float Parade, held usually on the last Sunday of February.

The Flower festival symbolizes the rise of Baguio from the city’s devastating earthquake disaster on July 16, 1990.

To kick off the BEST of Baguio series, here’s my first-timer’s take on the Panagbenga experience…

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#Travel, Iloilo

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

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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-Ati dance productions are among the best that 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) in 2010 and 2011.

Dinagyang is the best time to go to Iloilo!

Here are the things you need to know to have an awesome experience in DINAGYANG:

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