Drinking is an old age tradition here in the Philippines. Whether to cap the night off or a grand celebration, we, Filipinos drink. There’s even an old practice of coming into a community settlement while drinking and it’s the tagayan ritual in Quezon province. The tagayan ritual gathering is called “umpukan” where everyone is welcome, … Continue reading Tagayan sa Quezon Province
A city preserved somewhere in time.
Vigan’s charm goes beyond Calle Crisologo.
Mindoro Sling is the first thing that comes to my mind whenever I hear Puerto Galera. It’s a concoction of rum, clear soda and orange juice with mango and grenadine. A drink that reminds me of an endless summer. The weekend getaways I had with my older sister. My first ever tattoo, fine just henna, … Continue reading Forever Summer in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro
Earth shattering and deafening noise of colliding rocks were seldom heard in the mountains of San Mateo. It’s said to be caused by someone with enormous footprints along the riverbanks, a giant named Bernardo Carpio. A story any kid would remember while living in the province of Rizal. I recently visited Rodriguez and the story … Continue reading Unearthing the Legend of Bernardo Carpio in Wawa, Rodriguez, Rizal
”Slow food, slow life; fast food, fast life.”
Know before you go. 1,338 hectares of visually appetizing mountainous forest park. Home to a total of 89 species of birds, 23 species of mammals, 13 species of amphibians, 13 species of reptiles,(1) and at least 105 Philippine flora endemics. (2) And crystal clear river system. Truly a nature tripper’s paradise. No wonder why Balbalasang, … Continue reading Travel Guide: Balbalasang-Balbalan National Park
From an outcry to a celebration of the town’s creativity and artistry.
In the search for the bush food of Kalinga. Tucked in the north-west mountainous slopes of Kalinga province and bordering Abra and Apayao provinces, lies the humble barangay of Balbalasang in the town of Balbalan. A settlement to the Banao tribe. Right in the green heart of Balbalasang-Balbalan National Park and by the riverbanks of … Continue reading Gastronomic Hike to Balbalasang – Balbalan National Park
Tourism development, where do we draw the line?