One trait of a Filipino traveler is the strong adherence to the time-honored principle of pasalubong, or the irresistible urge to bring home an item — be it food or other knickknacks that is associated with the destination. Another trait would be the sweet tooth. The Philippines is a haven of everything sweet. These are the reasons why, we’ve recently realized, it’s surprising that we haven’t featured any food item as Photo of the Day. This has to change, we thought, when we came across this beautifully strange photo by @cjaypatron (check his instagram account for more photos). It reminds us of the rich colors of the Philippines, from fun halo-halo to traditional capiz-square windows. @cjaypatron found this colorful treat in Lucban, Quezon (which is famous for its Pahiyas Festival), a cross between pastillas and marshmallows. Pastimallows, in short. Now, give it a try next time you’re in Lucban. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Pastimallows, Anyone?
We came across a list of top 5 restaurants in the Philippines, compiled by the It’s More Fun in the Philippines website — KaLui (Puerto Princesa, Palawan), Abe, Chocolate de Batirol (Baguio City), La Preciosa (Laoag, Ilocos Norte), Cafe Juanita (Pasig). We’ve visited all these restaurants (and then some) and we can humbly say that other restaurants should be in that list (Lantaw of Cebu, for instance). So why don’t we have our own list? We can start with the Top 5 Festivals that everyone must visit, see and experience this year, 2014. Continue reading Must-Visit Philippine Festivals in 2014
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear of Lucban? Yes, that’s the one in Quezon Province. And yes, it’s the home of the kiping and the famous Pahiyas Festival celebrated every May, but what comes to mind after that? Uhm, yes, the pansit habhab and Buddy’s Restaurant probably comes next, but what comes after that? Well, you won’t probably get to what we’re trying to point to. We didn’t have a clue, either. Until we received a can of Campita’s Broas (lady fingers). We’ve been to Lucban and visited the Pahiyas Festival but we didn’t notice that broas is a Lucban delicacy. Continue reading Campita’s Broas (Lady Fingers) of Lucban
We’ve been planning to visit the colorful and renowned Pahiyas Festival in Lucban, Quezon province. Yet, for years, we said “perhaps next year”. Conflict of schedule, weather and distance are some of the reasons for the hesitation. The San Isidro Pahiyas Festival is celebrated every 15th of May, which means that it could very well fall on a work day. This year, 2011, the festivities fortunately fell on a Sunday. Continue reading Colors and Tradition of Pahiyas Festival, Lucban