shariff kabunsuan festival

I’ve been wanting to witness the Shariff Kabunsuan Festival in Cotabato City for its colorful guinakit boats. And thanx to an assignment, I was there for the 22nd iteration of this beautiful local Muslim festival. The colorful five-day event last 15-19 December 2019 was a celebration of Islamic heritage, local culture and products. Guinakit Fluvial Parade opens the festival Early in the morning, I headed to the city port where the Guinakit Fluvial Parade will happen. This is a reenactment of the arrival of Shariff…Continue Reading “Colorful Shariff Kabunsuan Festival in Cotabato City”

Club Paradise - Luxury resort in Coron

Club Paradise, a luxury resort in Coron is a whole island on to yourself and maybe some friendly monitor lizards. Travel writer Johanna Michelle Lim sojourns to this beautiful place and share her experiences in Langyaw.com. When it comes to beautiful islands, Coron has a surplus of them. With over 300+ islands and islets on the South of Palawan alone, you can easily make one of them your own if you’re brave enough to conquer Palawan’s virgin frontier. But if luxury is what you’re after,…Continue Reading “An escape to Club Paradise, a luxury resort in Coron”

That pampered feeling when you spend a few hours at the spa: a much needed foot scrub and massage and relaxing full body hilot. A very much welcome treatment for the tired body and sole. And that was what I did at Afternoon Tea Spa in Mandaue City which is at the ground floor of Chong Hua Hospital. Opened in September 2016, Afternoon Tea Spa offers a therapeutic approach to wellness in a British inspired setting. Royal blue walls, paintings in gold frames and delicious…Continue Reading “Relaxing at Afternoon Tea Spa in Mandaue”

I no longer know how many times I’ve visited Cagayan province ever since I first set foot on June 2005. For more than a decade, there’s always something to experience and learn everytime I’m there despite the long bus rides. I’ve marveled at its religious heritage, was in awe of its natural wonders and always delighted in partaking its culinary offerings. And always, in my mind, I ask myself, when I should go back, especially if I’m craving for pansit batil patung. A rich religious…Continue Reading “Why I visit Cagayan province, again and again”

Bambanti Festival

It was nice to be back in Ilagan City, Isabela’s capital, up in North Luzon as we visited to witness one of the grandest celebrations in this part of the Philippines: the Bambanti Festival. I first witnessed this unique festival back in 2017, paying homage to the bambanti, or scarecrow. I was amazed at the pomp and pageantry, including the big budget productions being mounted. Being an agricultural province, the scarecrow has been an important part of the vast lands devoted to corn, tobacco and…Continue Reading “Bambanti Festival, Ilagan’s biggest celebration”