All posts by Teenee

Teenee and the Giyahero love to travel and explore. They are not connected with any of the establishments and products featured in VisitPinas. This is where they join fellow Filipinos in exploring the Philippines and invite non-Filipinos to visit the country. Read more.

Durian (Davao)

“Durian, the king of fruits, has a special place in the hearts of Davaoenos. It is, after all, one of the greatest attractions of Davao City, luring thousands of visitors to come see these shores to experience the fruit that, some say, “tastes like heaven but smells like hell.” But more than just an attraction, the durian is a delight to the Davaoenos, especially to the lumad community who were surely the first to enjoy it. It is also a “thorny” reminder that there is much to be thankful for in this land. The abundance of nature is never more obvious than during durian season, when the streets overflow with the fruit and locals can be found squatting on the sidewalk to enjoy a simple — truly incomparable — feast.” Continue reading Durian (Davao)

Massimo (Tagaytay)

Tagaytay is not exactly near Metro Manila, specially considering the added traffic brought about by the South Luzon Expressway [re]construction, and anyone must have a darn good reason to go up there. When somebody invited us to try Massimo’s, saying this “hidden” restaurant serves great Italian food, I figured that it’s reason enough to go back to Tagaytay. Continue reading Massimo (Tagaytay)


It’s probably one of the foods I’ve came to know after milk and infant food. In our place where the sea is just around the corner, kinilaw is usually present at the dining table, and no beach occasion or drinking session is complete without it. In “Kinilaw: a Philippine Cuisine of Freshness” (1991), Edilberto N. Alegre and Doreen G. Fernandez deliciously described kinilaw in this manner: Continue reading Kinilaw

Kalui, Puerto Princesa (Palawan)

While it may sound like an exotic location somewhere in Hawaii, Kalui is actually a restaurant located in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. It’s really not much to look at from the outside, but wait till you get inside. The paintings and art installations, coupled with the cool lights and local-themed interior, create a perfect ambiance. You could choose to sit on the floor and eat with your hands, which we did, and you won’t even notice that there are also other people eating there. Everything else is immaterial — just you, the place and the food. Continue reading Kalui, Puerto Princesa (Palawan)