I went to Baguio City, Philippines last March 3rd - 4th to experience the last weekend of Panagbenga Festival 2018.
Baguio City is the "Go-to" place during summer (Which is around March to May) in the Philippines because of its cold weather which the locals love. It is also known as the Summer Capital of the Philippines
It is located at the Cordillera region of the Philippines which is also the mountainous region of the country.
BUT WE ALREADY KNOW ALL OF THAT!
But what we don't know is that Baguio city is starting to be a melting pot of culture here in Asia because of the people who are currently living here like Koreans, Chinese, Indians, Filipinos, and even Iranians. In my opinion, it is even more diverse than most of the places in Metro Manila.
Many locals come to this city not only for the cold weather but also because of the beautiful sceneries and places that you can visit with your family and friends. Come on! how can you resist the weather here!
You can also score awesome "ukay-ukay" items here or Thrift clothes that are being sold on a very very very low price!
If you get hungry, do not worry! There are a lot of local restaurants to visit here in Baguio city! If you really want to experience the TRUE LOCAL Baguio food, visit the Carinderias there. They serve the best Sinanglaw, Pigar-Pigar, Papaitan, and Pinikpikan.
I highly suggest you visit Farmer's Daughter restaurant located at 367 Tam-awan, Longlong, Benguet 2600 Baguio City
Phone number: 0746614384
They're open Mon - Sat 9am-8pm and on Sun 9am-3pm (MNL time)
HOW TO GET THERE:
You can ride bus from Cubao, Quezon City in Victory Liner Bus Terminal. Ticket range is between 420Php -740Php (8.70 - 14.19USD)
it depends on what type of bus you are going to ride.
It's a 3 - 4 hours of ride via interconnected highways.
Come, check out the video on my Facebook page
Music by Reese Lansangan💕🌻🌞
I love the place so much!
The Garden is home for numerous species of flowers ans ornamental plants. The place also has a little zoo. Unfortunately we weren't able to visit it because we arrived there at around 6PM but nevertheless, the place is still or even more beautiful at night becausw of the fancy lights installed literally i every corner of the garden.
I highly recommend this place if you are going to date your loveone not only because of the picturesque view of the the garden with Philippine Arena as your background but also because of the location from Manila. Literally away from the hustle and buzzle of the city. Truly really romantic place to hangout!
The place also has a restaurant where you can order good food and non-alcoholic beverages.
What's good about this place is that it is open for the public!
The Garden is located at Ciudad De Victoria in Bulacan, Philippines!
Home of the Largest Mixed use Arena in the world, The Philippine Arena.
For more info, check the official facebook page (Official: Philippine Arena) 👌😊 #Travel#Philippines#itsmorefuninthephilippines#Migrationology#TripNiJof#LargestMixUseIndoorArena#CiudadDeVictoria#PhilippineArena#TheGarden#TravelGuide#Date#Flowers#Hangout#MyBulacan#PhilippineSportsStadium#Trip
Reunited with my mentor/coach/boss, miss @kaidolor and my ate from my BPO life, ate @kristinehartgonzales with her babygirl Maxine during Kalliope's 7th birthday😊🎂🎉
I'm glad that Kalli likes my little present for her 💕
Shakey's Katipunan Ave., Quezon City
(Last photo is from Ms.Kai)
Here's a photo of my brother after he got inked by the legend herself, Apo Whang-od.
Whang-Od is a 95-year old woman, a native from the Buscalan, Kalinga, Cordillera mountain provice in the Philippines.
History accounts the province as the home of the great tribal warriors (the name Kalinga means “headhunters”). And for the fiercest men in the tribe, tattoos symbolize their bravery and courage. For women, tattoos portray beauty and elegance.
Many of these mambabatoks have passed away, and the last living traditional artist who is still practicing the craft is Apo Whang-od from the Butbut tribe of Buscalan. Getting to Buscalan is likened to a pilgrimage by travelers who have been there. The 10-hour travel time from Manila followed by a 3-hour topload (riding on top of a jeepney) then another 3-hour trek will exhaust your energy even before you get a tattoo from Whang-Od.
Apo Whang-Od is already in her mid-90s, but her craft in tattooing is still as impressive as ever. Her whole body is covered with tribal patterns. These patterns were etched on her skin a long time ago, but its tint and design are still dominant and clear.
Without Apo Whang-Od, the tradition might have been forgotten.
This is the famous ISAW 😉
Isaw is a popular streetfood here in the Philippines. It is made of chicken intestines that are slightly boiled and skewered on small bamboo sticks.
While they grill the Isaw, they damp it with pork fat, sometimes soy sauce seasoned with salt, pepper, calamansi, and garlic or oil with banana ketchup.
It's tender, savory, sweet and It's almost similar to Malay Satay.
The taste really depends on the person who's cooking it but nevertheless, Isaw has been a Filipino favorite since the Spanish colonialization.
According to some food historians, during the Spanish occupation, only the rich mestizos and the Spanish people can afford to buy chicken meat, beef, and pork. So the regular Filipinos back then only relies on what they can get from their backyards and on what they can collect from the slaughter houses and markets which are the "inside meat" of the chickens, pigs, and cows.
That is the reason why the grilled streetfood here in th Philippines became a symbol of Filipino's creativity and recilience.
Perfectly served with spicy vinegar or vinegar with chilis and onions👌😉
(Credits to the owner of the photo)
Anawangin Cove in Zambales, Philippines is such a paradise!
(SEE BELOW HOW TO GET HERE)
It’s a favorite for city folk looking for a relaxing day trip. Luckily, it’s very easy to get here whether you’ll use your own car or opt for public transport.
Anawangin cove is 192km away from Manila and the travel time by land is approximately 3-4hours. But of course, the travel time will depend on what day, season, and time you leave Manila.
Avoid peak seasons, holidays, and long weekends as you will surely meet traffic.
You don't like that LOL
Via private vehicle:
1. Drive along NLEX until you reach the Dao exit.
2. From the Dao exit, drive along SCTEX.
3. Make sure you’re on a path bound for Subic.
4. Take the exit at Subic. When you see the Olongapo Public Cemetery, turn left. You will pass by Subic Town, Castillejos, and San Marcelino.
Once you reach an intersection leading to Iba or San Antonio, turn left for San Antonio.
5. When you’re in San Antonio, turn another left at the end of the main road.
6. Simply follow signs leading to Pundaquit.
Via Victory Liner Bus:
1. At the terminal, proceed to the Olongapo ticket window and purchase a ticket bound for Iba & Sta. Cruz. Tell the ticket booth officer that you will only be going up to San Antonio. The travel time from Manila to San Antonio is around 4 hours.
2. If you’re in a hurry, or there is no bus bound for Iba & Sta. Cruz, don’t worry. You can take the bus going up to their Olongapo terminal. The travel time from Manila to Olongapo is around 3 hours.
3. Once at the Victory Liner terminal, transfer to any bus bound for Iba & Sta. Cruz. Tell the conductor that you will only need a ride up to San Antonio. The travel time from Olongapo to San Antonio is around 1 hour.
4. When you arrive in San Antonio, take a tricycle to Pundaquit Beach. This is where Anawangin Cove is. The travel time from San Antonio to Pundaquit is around 15 minutes.
I would love to hear from y'all! 🌊🌞🌺
There is nothing more local than eating on a local Carinderia-style restaurant here in Manila, Philippines!
This is a local streetfood/restaurant in Divisoria, Manila that offers a wide variety of Filipino cuisine. They serve delicacies from the northern to southern parts of the Philippine archipelago.
It's a makeshift Carinderia restaurant located beside a busy street of Recto - Divisoria area. They serve hot and fresh food and you can actually see the owner and the crew as they prepare and cook the food.
According to the owner of this Carinderia, they start cooking food around 3pm and they are open from 4pm to 11pm to cater those people who just got out from school and people who are about to go home from work.
(As you notice, some of their chafing dishes are not yet filledup with food because it was just around 3:30pm when I arrived at the place)
You can order some food and have it for "take-out" or "to go".
They also have dining tables so you can just pick and choose on whatever food you want to order. The best part of it is that you can enjoy your meal together with the locals!
Price range is from 50PHP to 100PHP only per order (1 USD - 1.90 USD)
Aside from the noisy street, which is actually normal, the place is surprisingly clean and the owner and her crew are very friendly 👌😋