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Dalitiwan Resort in Majayjay – Cold Spring and River

Is it oppressively hot and humid where you are at? Like you’ve just step off the shower yet beads of perspiration makes a neat trail on your brows and back? Now, imagine you are slowly submerging your body in freaking cold spring water that goosebumps appears in your arms.  And when you look around you, you see mountain walls with its big trees and lush greens. You close your eyes, letting time, worries and the scorching summer heat melt away… Wouldn’t you like that? :D I know I would hehe. Summer is stifling hot in the Philippines, we Continue Reading

Nagcarlan Bunga Falls and A San Miguel Beer Commercial

Did that get your attention? :) When Titus and I were discussing places to explore in Laguna, Nagcarlan’s Bunga Falls was among the destinations on the table. What sway the vote in favour of this “twin falls” in Nagcarlan? The San Miguel Beer Commercial in the 1990s. “Baby yung falls na yun pinakita sa San Miguel Commercial” “Talaga?! Hanapin natin sa Youtube!” Lol. I was excited because heyyy this falls was on a product commercial! It is nearby our place in Liliw. Plus the time was ripe to go on the road and have another Continue Reading

Christmas Décor Shopping in Paete: Santa Overload!

Ber months shopping in Paete is fun and worthwhile, first because you can buy more affordable Christmas decors compared to those for sale in the malls, second the distance between you and the local craftsman is shorten, you can even go to the makers themselves and buy direct from them, supporting them, supporting their family in a more direct way. Third, there are items that you can’t find in the mall. Fourth, you can haggle for discounts especially if you are buying in bulk. Straight from the factory ~ Paete handicraft cottage Continue Reading

Laguna Food Trip: Joel’s Town in San Pablo City

What foodie place you shouldn’t miss when in San Pablo? I got to say its Joel’s Town restaurant. :) Ang lagi kong binalik-balikan sa kanila is their Liemposilog with chopsuey. It’s a hole-in-wall type of establishment, not a posh place, it’s more like a big size carenderia. It does not have fancy decors, no aircon but they definitely deliver on what counts most - delightful food offerings. Think Pinoy food favorites like pancit, sisig, lumpia, liempo, silog meals, they have it and it won’t cost you arm and leg to order a serving or two. Continue Reading

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

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 Continue Reading

St John The Baptist Church – Beautiful Old Church of Liliw in Laguna

One of the hallmarks of the 300 plus years of Spanish colonization of the Philippines is the introduction of the Roman Catholic religion and one of its most lasting physical evidences are the century old churches, basilicas and religious centers that lay scattered across the islands. These wonderful structures and architectures are amazing to behold especially if you consider that these beautiful buildings were built without the aid of heavy construction machineries! You will see some of these remarkable old churches in the province of Laguna Continue Reading

Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery – National Historical Landmark

Beads of perspiration were trickling down my forehead; my shirt was also getting damp. We have just walked all the way from Nagcarlan’s  St Bartholomew Parish, passed by Presidencia, the town’s municipal hall and now faced the commanding facade of this town’s most famous national historical landmark, the Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery. It’s not my first time to visit this famed underground cemetery, the only one of its kind in the Philippines.  It was during Lent 2009 on the way to Laguna’s old stone churches for Visita Iglesia  that me, Continue Reading

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

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 Continue Reading

Paete Laguna for Your Christmas Shopping, Decors and Gifts

Today is what 32 days before Christmas? Hapit na dyud ang Pasko! Are you excited? I know I am hehe  :mrgreen: What I’ll miss though for this Christmas is not being able to visit big bazaars in Manila like Noel Bazaar and World Christmas Bazaar. I don’t buy much but I like bazaar window shopping and checking out items on bargains hehe. Some of the best finds I’ve had from these bazaars were decorated Christmas boxes and a Sagrada de Familia carving but that was like 2 or 3 years ago. When I saw those special Christmas theme decors especially Continue Reading