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?
Another version of this legend states that the beautiful lady’s name was Lagkunawa.
Just days before the sought after reopening of “one of the best islands in the world” after being on hiatus for the last six months, due to its “smelly problem,” the island will be open to only a few and with a hefty price tag. And party island no more. ©️CNN Philippines Since the island’s … Continue reading The Price of Sustainability: Boracay Will Be Exclusive and Expensive
An Igorot culture appreciation that will never go out of style.
The merry month of May is dubbed as the Queen of Filipino Festivities. Well, to be brutally honest, my whole summer is one big staycation. But it doesn't mean there's nothing to do, actually, there’s more to do especially in the kitchen! Summertime brings in a lot of amazing produce that's suited for heirloom dishes … Continue reading Festivals Born of Flores de Mayo