Byaheng Norte Part 2: History in Every Nook and Cranny That is Ilocos Sur

There were no words to describe the beauty and atmosphere that envelopes the paved streets of the city’s arterial streets especially during the night. The sound of horses’ hooves and kalesa drown the conversations of people walking around to shop, eat, or drink. We went back to our inn in the wee hours of the morning intoxicated by the eternal beauty of Vigan’s historical heritage.

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Byaheng Norte Part 1: Finding the True North

The region of Ilocos has always been one of the most intriguing places in the country for us. We learned in school that it is the place where the saga of Lam-ang took place as told by the epic poem Biag ni Lam-ang (The Life of Lam-ang). It is also the birthplace of some of the most controversial personalities in the history of the Philippines: talk about the Marcoses, the Luna’s (Antonio and Juan), and Chavit Singson, among others.

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Cafe in the Sky in Tuba, Benguet: On Unexpected Twists and Turns

When we finally arrived at the cafe, we were shocked and frightened by what we saw. No light emanated from the building and the doors looked closed. Mist and clouds were so thick that we started to shiver in the cold and visibility is very poor. Did the staff trick us? We were about to find out. We called her up and we were even surprised when she asked us: “Are you the boyfriend, Sir?” What was she talking about?

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Basiao Beach in Ivisan: A Hidden Gem in the Province of Capiz

Our visit to Basiao Beach in Ivisan, Capiz was unexpected but worthwhile, we would say. Basiao Beach may not be as touristy as that of Boracay in Aklan or Isla de Gigantes in Iloilo, it is, however, a gem in its own right. The calmness and serenity of the surroundings, the warm hospitality of the locals, and the unblemished, natural beauty of the islets when taken together make Basiao Beach worthy to be called “Capiz’s Hidden Gem.”

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Pueblo de Panay: A Rising “City Within A City” at the Heart of Philippine’s Seafood Capital

Whenever you hear the word Capiz, what are the first thoughts that come into your mind?

Let’s face it. Capiz is oftentimes associated with “aswangs” or shapeshifting monsters that possess a combination of traits of a vampire, a witch, a ghoul, a beast, or all of them combined altogether in one entity. But whether this folklore is true or not, Capiz is one the cities in the Philippine archipelago that always arouses mystery, intrigue, and sadly, even suspiciousness.

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Do Not Leave the Island of Cebu Without Tasting Cebu Lechon in All Its Flavor and Glory

One of the ubiquitous things that you’ll see, hear or most of the time smell when you are somewhere in the island of Cebu is “lechon.” Lechon is a pork dish which most food historians and experts believe to have originated in Spain and introduced to its former colonial possessions all over the world, including the […]

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Panglao Island, Bohol: A Place That is So Pure, So Gentle, and Raw

The island of Panglao in Bohol became our first home away from home. It was one of the first places in the Philippines that we explored and relished its beauty. We found our stay there short (and we’re planning to go back there soon), but that shortness actually reminded us that life is short too, yet beautiful. And we’ll have just to make the most of our stay here while we can.

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