With its growing array of choices ranging from authentic and exotic Kapampangan dishes to international cuisine, from the original family recipes to food hybrids with unexpected twists, from your childhood kakanin to the more modern cakes and other sweets, Pampanga has strongly maintained its reputation as the Culinary Capital of the Philippines.
The province of Cagayan is located in the northeastern part of Luzon with the City of Tuguegarao as its capital, also considered as the regional center. Surrounded by the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Apayao, Kalinga and Isabela, as well as the Pacific Ocean, this province is situated in the valley between the Cordilleras and Sierra Madre. Farming and fishing are the main means of livelihood.
Old houses and settlements never failed to fascinate me. Famous for preserving how a town during the Spanish times were planned are the heritage towns of Taal in Batangas, Pila in Laguna, Silay City in Negros Occidental, and the UNESCO World Heritage City of Vigan in Ilocos Sur, which is also a candidate for being one of the Seven Wonder Cities of the World. But recently, an alternative destination has been offered to the public – Bataan’s Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar.
For those going to Sagada for a quick visit, this highland has destinations to offer that does not require that much time for you to explore. This may be compressed in a day or may be combined with other activities that need longer hours such as hiking, river or waterfalls trekking and spelunking. Continue Reading
Standing tall and proud since 1615, St. Jerome Church or Iglesia de San Geronimo or simply Morong Church is one of the Spanish churches that the province of Rizal is very proud of. With its very unique façade, every visitor of this famed church will fall in love to it instantly.
While it being of neo-baroque architecture, influence of Chinese craftsmen who were part of the construction of this magnificent landmark is very evident. To name a few are the two lion sculptures in the church’s entrance and the octagonal shape of its bell tower.
Although I have not done my research yet if this is the only church in the country of this design, its bell tower also serves as its façade or main entrance to the church, directing to the aisle up to the altar. On top of the three-storey bell tower is a cross with its light glowing at night which also serves as a lighthouse for local fishermen in the nearby areas.