With the growing number of restaurants and the attention this emerging food destination is getting, Malabon City is definitely the next big thing on Metro Manila’s culinary scene. With its mixture of traditional and modern cookery, from the all-time favorites Pancit Malabon, Crispy Pata, Pichi-Pichi and Sapin-Sapin, to the recently added food fusions, foreign cuisine, pastries, and various beverages, Malabon is gradually building its reputation as a foodie haven.
It was a year of fulfilling travel aspirations, ticking off items on my bucket list, a year of widening my horizon and taking that leap of faith, a year of meeting new friends and strengthening existing relationships. As the year bid goodbye, let us once again relive the twelve wonderful months of 2014.
Most establishments and commercial complexes are now adorned for the Christmas Season with impressive themed decorations. But there are those locations that have remained the top of mind Christmas attraction choice in the metro. One of them is Policarpio Street in Barangay New Zuniga, Mandaluyong City.
The Philippines is known to have the longest Christmas celebration in the world, which usually starts after Halloween, or even during the start of ber months for some, and ends on the Feast of the Epiphany on January. This country has an endless list of attractions to visit during this season. Popular events and destinations include City of San Fernando, Pampanga’s Giant Lantern Festival, Tarlac’s Belenisimo, Cebu City’s Pasko sa Sugbo and the various displays in key cities. Metro Manila also has its share of attractions for the whole family to enjoy. Check out these seven Christmas sights and events in the metro.
The Ayala Triangle Gardens is once again adorned as “The Festival of Lights”, Makati City’s famed lights and sound show returns. Surrounded by Ayala Avenue, Paseo de Roxas and Makati Avenue, this oasis in the middle of the city has been one of the most favorite destinations in the metro during the Christmas season because of this free 5-minute show of lights synchronized with Christmas carols.
THE ASIAN CULINARY EXPERIENCE
Banawe Street in Quezon City is almost synonymous to car parts and accessories because of the long row of stores selling these products, earning its title as the Auto Parts Capital of the Philippines. But aside from these finds, the area has emerged as a prime destination in Metro Manila for foodies who are in search for a gastronomic adventure.
Maganda ang ilog at ang dagat sa kanilang bayan sa Laguna. Kulay bughaw na dulot ng kalangitan at may paminsan-minsa’y luntian na dala ng mga nakapaligid na kawayang tila sumasayaw tuwing naiihipan ng hangin. Nariyan ang mga bangkang may layag na tila mga puting paru-parong naghahabulan. Malaking tulong hindi lang sa pangingisda ngunit pati na rin sa mas mabilis na paglalakbay patungong kabilang mga bayan.
Sa isang araw na pamamagka ng batang si Pepe, nahulog ang isa nyang tsinelas. Sa sobrang bilis ng agos ay hindi na niya ito makukuha pa. Maya-maya, kinuha niya ang naiwan sa kanya sa pares ng tsinelas at pinaanod na rin sa ilog. Tinanong siya ng nagsasagwan kung bakit pati ang isa ay pinaanod. Ang naging tugon, walang magiging silbi sa kung sino mang makapulot ng isang naanod. Wala din naming magiging silbi sa kaniya ang naiwan. Pinaanod na rin niya ang natitira, para isang pares ng tsinelas ang magagamit sa kanyang paglakad ng kung sino mang makakita nito.
This is just one of the anecdotes in the life of our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. As the country commemorate his 153rd birth anniversary, let us once again relive these stories and know Pepe more, through the places he once stayed. The Restless Pinoy Traveler lists eight places that are significant to Jose Rizal.