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Tinapa


Tinapa is the Filipino term for fish cooked or preserved through the process of smoking. It is a native delicacy in the Philippines and is often made from milkfish, which is locally known as bangus.

Okay, story time. 

We weren't really the rich type in terms of financial status ~and as that a fact, we were not really eating the only-rich-can-afford foods so once in awhile we will be eating tinapa, daing, or tuyo. Some would not want these delicacy, but not me.

I have loved these smoked fish slash dried fish.

Actually, this is the time where I eat much carbohydrates! 

Adobo

Adobo is also the name of a common and very popular cooking process in the Philippines. It is considered a national group of dishes. Typically, pork or chicken, or a combination of both, is slowly cooked in soy sauce, vinegar, crushed garlic, bay leaf, and black peppercorns, and often browned in the oven or pan-fried afterward to get the desirable crisped edges. This dish originates from the northern region of the Philippines.

Adobo has gone mainstream in the last years. It became a band, a movie, and a name. It has reached the western countries, the deserts and the land down under. It has been chosen as part of birthdays.

It became famous for being famous.

Undas



UNDAS MY FAVORITE HOLIDAY
COPYRIGHT BY JOSEPH FORMANES AND EDDEN MARIE RIPARIP

November here it comes invades Metro Manila
The coolest celebration we're all waiting for.
Com'on every freaks let's all bring it on
It's Halloween tonight we're gonna' rock n' roll.

This is our last day...
This is our favorite day...
This is our freeway...
I did it my way...

UNDAS!!! My favorite holiday!!! (2x)
UNDAS!!! Religious men's worst nightmare
UNDAS!!! Relive our happy days...

Dumb people everywhere roam all over the city
Searching for a place where they can trick or treat
Zombies underground relive and all are happy
Rejoicing from a long and deep sleep.

This is our last day...
This is our favorite day...
This is our freeway...
I did it my way...

UNDAS!!! My favorite holiday!!! (2x)
UNDAS!!! Religious men's worst nightmare
UNDAS!!! Relive our happy days...

Sisig

Sisig a Filipino dish made from parts of pig’s head and liver. Served on a hot plate and seasoned with kalamansi and chili peppers. Kapampangans are known to prepare the best Sisig dishes.

Boracay Sandcastle

Sandcastle in Boracay beach. Everybody  loves the artistic work done by Boracay natives with their fine white powdery beach sand. Figures and items created on the beach are highly elaborate in detail and tourists show a great amount of admiration and awe.

Philippines Constitutional Convention

Philippines Constitutional Convention

Longganisang Lucban

Longganisang Lucban is a specialty of Lucban in Quezon Province. A local sausage in that place where the butcher will have a roasted suckling pig on display or garlands of longganisa.

Baguio Cathedral

Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral, better known as Baguio Cathedral, is a Catholic cathedral located at Cathedral Loop, adjacent to Session Road in Baguio City in the Philippines. It is distinct for its rose-colored exterior and is one of the most photographed buildings in Baguio City. It served as an evacuation center during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during World War II.

Dinuguan

Dinuguan is also called dinardaraan in Ilocano, or pork blood stew in English is a Filipino savory stew of blood and meat simmered in a rich, spicy gravy of pig blood, garlic, chili and vinegar. The term dinuguan comes from the word dugo meaning blood. It is recognizably thick and dark, hence the Westernized euphemism "chocolate meat." It is similar to the Singapore dish pig's organ soup, differing in that it does not contain vegetables and has a characteristically thick gravy. It is frequently considered an unusual or alarming dish to those in Western culture, though it is rather similar to European style blood sausage or British black pudding in a saucy stew form. It is perhaps closer in appearance and preparation to the ancient Spartan dish known as black gruel whose primary ingredients were pork, vinegar and blood. Dinuguan is often served with white rice or a Filipino rice cake called puto.

A similar dish is also known among the Bataks of Indonesia, called sangsang. Sangsang is made from pork or dog meat or more rarely, water buffalo meat, coconut milk and spices including kaffir lime and bay leaves, coriander, shallot, garlic, chili pepper and Thai pepper, lemongrass, ginger, galangal, turmeric and andaliman the fruit of a native shrub similar to Sichuan pepper.

Sangsang has special significance to the Bataks, as it is an obligatory dish in Batak marriage celebrations. 

Pili Nuts

I am the tastiest nut! Pili Nuts also known as the Philippine nut and considered the most important nut in the world.

Pagburnaya Pottery


Pagburnaya Pottery in Ilocos

Balot

A balut or balot is a fertilized duck egg with a nearly-developed embryo inside that is boiled and eaten in the shell. They are common, everyday food in some countries in Southeast Asia, such as in the Philippines, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Popularly believed to be an aphrodisiac and considered a high-protein, hearty snack, balut are mostly sold by street vendors at night in the regions where they are available. They are often served with beer. The Filipino and Malay word balut  means "wrapped" depending on pronunciation

Luneta Park

Luneta and Rizal Park is situated in the heart of the city of Manila, Philippines. It is at the northern end of Roxas Boulevard, overlooking Manila Bay.

Laya Bataan

Laya Bataan

Baguio Bonnet



It is very rare to see someone wearing a bonnet especially in a tropical country such as Philippines. Baguio is one of the places in the Philippines where the climate is cold all year around. So Baguio is the place where you can use your bonnet. Aside from its practical use, bonnet here in Baguio is one of the best selling pasalubong!

This fashion actually gives birth for fancy dresses in the said town. You'll see them wearing sweaters and jacket and this cutey hat. The summer capital of the Philippines has lots of bonnets to offer ranging form different colors and different style. 

I've wear this one time, but they thought I'm a criminal. Yay.

Dyipney Horse

These horses are usually a designs in jeepneys. Commonly located in front of jeep that draw attention to the passengers.

Filipino Traditions

Filipino or Pinoy tradition is a mix of several different tradition. From our ninuno such as Lapu Lapu, Rajah Solayman up to Spanish, American, Japanese tradition.

The Filipino way is an attitude that is unique to the 7,197 islands of the Philippines.

Humor is one. Filipino is gifted with sense of humour and you'll see this in their everyday life. There are lots of stand up comedian and funny artists.

Bahay Kubo

This is a protype of a bahay kubo that you will usually find ina resort or park across the Philippines. Mostly used as a shade and table is different beach and swimming pool resort. It is small but cute and a ten person family or friends can squeeze in!

Tacsiyapo Wall

Tacsiyapo Wall is one destination that makes Isdaan famous. Aside from the fish farm and asian motif of the place, Isdaan is widely known on their wall. It is not an ordinary wall as you've think of. This is a hate wall as I call it. If you are so angry that you want to throw something, make sure you will throw it on Tacsiyapo Wall. A wall that accept anything you throw he he.. From cup, saucer, plate up to television set, anything you can throw!

I had fun breaking a plate in the Tacsiyapo Wall! Anger Management, goodbye to my anger! I recommend you guys try this in Isdaan in Pampanga.

The Tacsiyapo Wall was featured many times on TV and on print. Guests buy a mug or plate for P8-15 or even a functioning TV P1,500. Once you’ve chosen your weapon, take a deep breath, then throw your weapon unto the wall, break it into pieces and release your tension along with it.

Tacsiyapo is a kapampangan word which means P.I. in tagalog, you know what i mean,. The well-renowned restaurant named Isdaan is famous for having Tacsiyapo Wall wherein there is a large wall with common names placed in a cartoon dialog box, and you can throw a piece of plate or a tv in a particular dialog box in order to release your anger. What a way to release your anger. Just be sure that you don't hurt anyone in the process.

Sinking Bell Tower of Laoag




Sinking Bell Tower of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte. This centuries old 45 meter tall bell tower built by the Augustinian Friars in 1612. The Sinking Bell Tower of Laoag City in the province of Ilocos Norte is one of the first things you may spot upon entering the city proper.

Ferdinand Marcos Museum

President Ferdinand Marcos Museum

Dia Del Galeon Andalucia



Dia Del Galeon Andalucia, the Filipinos built and modified the galleons. As many as 8,000 men cut and hauled tress to shipyards in Cavite and other parts of the country for construction or refitting. Out of 108 ships built, 30 sank.

Hinagdanan Cave

Hinagdanan Cave is a cave that is a naturally lighted cavern with a deep lagoon and many large talactites and stalagmites on Panglao, Bohol.

The Hinagdanan Cave is lit by sunlight which filters through holes in the ceiling. The underground lake is a popular swimming spot, but it has been known to test for high levels of various pollutants, since it is fed by ground runoff.

Suman

Suman is a rice cake originating from the Philippines. It is made from glutinous rice cooked in coconut milk, and often steamed in banana leaves. It is served wrapped in buli or buri palm  or Corypha leaves and usually eaten sprinkled with sugar.

Pahiyas Festival

Pahiyas is the harvest festival and is observed in the towns of Lucban, Candelaria, Tayabas, Sariaya, Tiaong and Lucena City in honor of San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of farmers. Considered one the Philippines’ biggest harvest festivals, it is deeply rooted in the traditional celebration of thanksgiving for bountiful harvests.

Lucban is nestled at the foot of Mt. Banahaw and is about 26 kilometers from Lucena City, the provincial capital of Quezon Province. Bounded on the north by Luisiana, Laguna, on the west by Majayjay, Laguna, on the east by Sampaloc, Quezon and on the south by Tayabas, Quezon.

The town is approximately 160 kilometers from Metro Manila via Lucena City and 133 kilometers from Metro Manila using the Sta. Cruz-Pagsanjan route in Laguna. The average travel time is three and a half hours.

National Museum


The National Museum of the Philippines is the official repository established in 1901 as a natural history and ethnography museum of the Philippines. It is located next to Rizal Park and near Intramuros in Manila. Its main building was designed in 1918 by an American architect Daniel Burnham. Today, that building, the former home of the Congress of the Philippines, holds the National Art Gallery, natural sciences and other support divisions.

The adjacent building in the Agrifina Circle of Rizal Park, formerly housing the Department of Finance, houses the Anthropology and Archaeology Divisions and is known as the Museum of the Filipino People.

Traysikel

Next to the king of the road is the famous tricyle or traysikel. Trike, a shortcut name for tricycle, is commonly use for short distance commute. Usually a five seater transpo including the driver but seven or more people can fit in and out of the trike. With their different colors and loud noise usually attract passenger and tourist to try the trike.

Bolinao Souvenirs


Almost any place you visit here in the Philippines at least represents one famous souvenir. And this cute little turtle made of sea shells is what Bolinao is known for. Sea shells washed ashore and an artistic mind is all the maker need and you can take home the turtle sea shell pasalubong! Aside from that, there are lots of other intricate design you can choose.

Rosquillos Festival




It all started when this girl was making of these little ringlet cookies date back to April 3, 1907, when the then 21 year old Margarita “Titay” Frasco was tinkering in her kitchen with her baking ingredients and made her new culinary creation.

Kneading the dough manually and using a wooden eggbeater, some baking tins and a clay oven, little did the 21 year old know that she was starting a product that would put her little town in the national and international map of gastronomic delight.

The market for her unnamed cookie started with her neighbors and passersby who were offered the snack as a freebie for every purchase of a bottle of soda. It was then Cebu Governor Sergio OsmeƱa, who later became Philippine president, who gave it the name rosquillos after the Spanish word rosca. As years passed, people going to northern Cebu have made it a habit to drop by the store to buy the rosquillos. It is also a known fact that those who couldn’t visit Cebu would ask friends who are in Cebu to buy some for them.

Rosquillos have become a household name, a product that is aptly celebrated in a festival that Liloan could call its very own.

Dahilayan Adventure Park

Dahilayan Adventure Park is located in Cagayan De Oro, Philippines and has the Asia's longest zip line.  Tourist and visitor can enjoy the following rides such as Launch Tower, Elevation and the famous Dual Zip Line. People will surely enjoy the rides and the tour on Dahilayan because aside from the activities, you can also enjoy the park and view the place has to offer.

Tarsier of Bohol

Tarsier is the smallest primate that can only be found in Bohol Island. It is also been said that this little primate is a suicidal that is why it is not advisable to have this cute animal as a pet or to be put in cage. Almost everyone who visit Bohol also include their schedule to visit the world renowned  tarsier.

Spices

Common Filipino spices are the bawang, sibuyas which is being mixed in any ulam. Aside from that paminta, patis, toyo are also famous to add taste. Hot and spicy in a bottle and other flavoring mixes become famous such as Knorr Magic sarap, Knorr cubes that comes in different flavors sauch as chicken, beef, shrimp and also vetsin.

Inihaw




Almost every street here in Manila has a barbeque stall selling the Pinoys famous barbeque consist of isaw isaw, dugo, pig and chicken intestine, chicken head, fish specifically bangus and pork or baboy barbeque. After marinading the the pork or fish it is time to expose it in blazing coal.

One of the famous barbeque place here in the Philippines is  located in Cebu. The Larsian Fuente is a place where different barbeque stall and offering the delicious and different grilled food.

A Drink of Alamid Coffee

Coffee Alamid is Philippine Civet Coffee from wild civet droppings on the different forest floors of Philippine Mountains specifically in Batangas. Coffee Alamid is a blend of Philippine's finest Arabica, Liberica and Exelsa Beans. When roasted, it exudes an almost musical, fruity aroma. It has a strong, sweet, dark chocolatey taste that is perfect for that morning kick or high power meetings. Definitely a clean cup.

Alamid Coffee is the most expensive and best tasting decaf coffee in the world. Won the prestigious coffee award. Its home grown and beats all coffee in the market in terms of taste according to coffee experts.

Cebu Market

Cebu Market is not a park or any entertainment place but tourist flock to this place to buy pasalubong. Souvenir and pasalubong that can be found in here are danggit, gitara, shirt and other item worth to be remembrance from your trip in Cebu.

Guitar Store

Filipinos are very incline to music. Almost every home in the Philippines has a videoke. And almost all teen had the chance to hold a guitar or play guitar once in their teen years. Guitar is one of the famous musical instrument here in the Philippines. Especially when the banda became well known on the 90's. Cebu is one of the place where quality guitars are being sold. It ranges from 2000 php or higher. With assorted color and sizes, you can find it all on the guitar stores.

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