Bantayan Island, found in the northernmost part of the Province of Cebu may be a test of patience as you need to endure the long travel via air (if you are coming from Manila), land and sea before reaching this island paradise. Located more than 200 kilometers from Cebu City, this island consist of three municipalities – Sta. Fe, known for its white sand beach; Bantayan, the largest municipality and home to the century old Saints Peter and Paul Church; and Madridejos (locals at times use its old name, Lawis), a popular place to watch the sun as it sets.
Dubbed as the only of its kind in the Philippines, the Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery in Barangay Bambang, Nagcarlan, Laguna is a National Historical Landmark with a underground burial chamber 15 ft. beneath the chapel. It has only 36 tombs exclusive for friars and prominent citizens from the elite families of the town.
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.
The colorful festivals of various municipalities in Pampanga once again gathered in the City of San Fernando to showcase their culture, including their products, as the province held the Street Dance Competition, the culminating activity of the Sinukwan Festival.
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.