Thursday, May 24, 2012
Here in the Philippines, fiestas or festivals wouldn't be complete without the famous roasted pig locally known as lechon. Its crispy golden brown skin and juicy, tender meat just make the whole town go crazy once it is served on the table. But here in La Loma, Quezon City, lechon is not just some dining table masterpiece, it is also the star of town's most anticipated parade of the year!
Boys and girls, let's dig in to La Loma's Lechon Festival!
Dubbed as the country's Lechon Capital, La Laoma has been celebrating their town fiesta for years now in honor of their patron saint. And since, we, Filipinos celebrate festivals to give thanks to our God for a bountiful harvest or something, La Loma, Quezon City do this "celebration" thing by parading lots of roasted pigs in a very unique and funny way!
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Its been years since I last experienced this festival - the song, the dance, the craze - this is indeed one of the Philippines' best festivals that is worth experiencing! And now, as I set foot again on this humble town of Obando, Bulacan, no time has to be wasted and no rhythm has to be missed, because once they started singing the Sta. Clara hymn, you have to sway your hips with your arms in the air - NO MATTER WHAT YOU ARE! Hahaha!
Last Friday, I decided to take a leave from work to visit and experience Obando, Bulacan's Fertility Festival once again. Though I know that being getting pregnant is waaaay to impossible, I still went to see the event since I considered this festival as one of the many inspirations in my life why I travel all over the country.
You see, I first experience this festival when my high school teacher who lives here invited me and the rest of my classmates to come to their place. Despite of our knowledge that this festivity is really for husbands and wives who are longing to have children, we swayed along to the dance-y rhythm of their music while singing Sta. Clara's hymn and enjoyed the whole experience. Tiring, really tiring, but I considered this as one of the many best high school memories that I have, really.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
When it comes to having vacation, people at my age usually spend their precious out-of-town trips with friends. I'm guilty to such thing, and I won't deny it. First, it is really more fun to be with people who have the same "harot" as yours. You wouldn't get intimidated, and rest assured that whatever you do, naughty stuff included, will be kept really good. But last year, when I have no friend to take with me on this nurturing treat that I won in a contest, I asked the best woman in my life to go with me - MY MOM.
I honestly can't remember when was the last time I took my mom on a real vacation. So, when I asked her to go with me, she was really excited, AS IN! She won't admit it actually, but I can feel that she wanna try Nurture Spa Village for a very long time, since she's a frequent here in Tagaytay City.
Our itinerary was to spent a night at Nurture Spa, a prime tourist destination here in Tagaytay City, have a taste of their sumptuous and healthy meals, try their signature massage, and when we checked out, attend a mass at the nearby church, buy some pasalubong at Mahogany Market and then see our relatives who live here in Tagaytay.
Monday, May 7, 2012
Crowded streets, food stalls here and there, lucky charms dangling from every window and rising tall condominiums blocking the sunlight - these are the things that you can see at Ongpin Street in Manila now. Also known as Manila's Chinatown, this one of the oldest Chinatowns in the world has been the heart of Manila for centuries. But with these current developments, is there really a place for the Ramada Manila Central?
Just recently, I was invited to check out this newly opened place in Chinatown. Famous in the Chinese region, Ramada Hotel just opened its Manila Central doors giving a modern twist to the oldie and crowded Manila's Chinatown.
Officially opened its doors last April 27th, Ramada Manila Central is located a stone-throw away from the Minor Basilica of San Lorenzo Ruiz or more popularly known as Binondo Church. Ramada Manila Central is the latest addition to this historical street, and with their breath-of-fresh-air outlook that aims to give local and international tourists a more pleasing and relaxing place to stay during their visit here in Manila, they are assuring that everyone will enjoy Manila more than they'll ever know.