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The Humble Silhig Lanot from Cebu Made it on TV – Make this your next pasalubong!

The Voice Kids Silhig Lanot from Cebu

It’s a common sight at the Cebu – Mactan airport to see passengers carrying boxes of Shamrock Otap, CNT, Ayer’s, Zubuchon Lechon, dried mangoes and danggit. And why not? These are the popular pasalubong from Cebu.  I do too, but aside from these usual items, I also bring with me silhig lanot.

I really do, as in haha.  Cebuanos we should make this our mission to make our silhig lanot famous! Unsa man, agree? Hehehe

The first time I brought this broom on my trip back to Manila last 2006, there were 3 big ones sticking out of my duffel bag. My mom and dad were amused, remarking that “tan-awon dyud ka sa mga tao

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Lumban Barong Tagalog for Made to Order and Ready to Wear!!!

macalagay embroidery lumban

Special occasions and events usually require guests to don on formal garb. For the lady you can go really traditional and have a baro’t saya Filipiniana gown, while for the men barong tagalog is the top choice. The upcoming President Aquino’s SONA on Monday would be the prime occasion to watch a parade of elaborate and bonggang tradisyonal na kasuotan.  But for us normal folks, usually gowns and barong tagalog are reserve for occasions such as weddings.

You agree?

Last week Titus and I went to Manila and Laguna armed with a list of must-do items. One of them is to look for a store in Lumban to place several orders for barongs. Lumban and Taal in Batangas are the top two sources of high quality, lovingly handmade barong tagalog in the Philippines. I don’t know if these places have counterparts in the Visayas and Mindanao. Would you know?

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Cebu Pasalubong Recommendations For You

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Lechon, chorizo, utap, dried mango, danggit, pusit in your baggage – we definitely know where you’ve been! Gikan ka sa Cebu and these items are your pasalubong from the Queen City of the South. =)

In the Philippines vacations are synonymous to pasalubong. It’s almost unthinkable to go home after an out of town trip and not to be bringing anything special from the place you’ve just visited. There are different pasalubong choices when you are in Baguio and other Philippine provinces. If you need ideas to fill your Cebu pasalubong shopping bag, here is a useful list for you.

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Tara Na Sa Divisoria! For The Love of Bargains and Good Buys

Divisoria 168 Mall

“Can we go to Divisoria? We should go to Divi!”

Urges me whenever I am planning a trip to Manila and luckily for me I almost always made it to this bargain mecca before I go back to Cebu.

Have you been to Divi? =)

I clearly remember the first time I was there, I was with a Divisoria neophyte too and we were bringing a car. Clueless and warned repeatedly that ‘parking is horrendous. Park as soon as you can find a space”, an image of us just going round and round the area without finding one stuck on my head.

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Lumban Laguna Embroidery: Barong Tagalog, Terno, Wedding Gowns and More

Handpainted fabrics and beadwork Lumban Laguna

Laguna is close to my heart for I call it home for almost half a decade. I remember almost every other Wednesday I take to the road and drive through the outskirt towns, what we also call “Upper Laguna”. Lagi kong binabaybay yun all the way from Calamba – Los Banos – Calauan – Victoria – Pila – Sta Cruz – Pagsanjan – Lumban –  Kalayaan – Paete – Pakil – Pangil and end my field work in Siniloan.  These road trips passing through old towns, verdant greens and seeing Laguna Lake at some points are a welcome break from the more chaotic and industrialized “Lower Laguna”.

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