The municipality of Pulilan is just less than 50 kilometers from the center of Metro Manila and it seems, most visitors overlook this interesting municipality of Bulacan. Founded in 1796 as town, it was supposed to be named as San Isidro in honor of its patron saint but for many, the town was known as Pulo ng Ilan. Eventually contracted to Pulilan. And that name stuck to this day. Although not as popular with other bigger municipalities in Bulacan, I like its good mix of…Continue Reading “8 Things to do in Pulilan”

Pulilan Kneeling Carabao Festival

May 15 is an auspicious time for farmers and those in the traditional agriculture industries, as far as Catholic Filipinos are concerned. It is the feast day of St Isidore the Laborer, or San Isidro Labrador as we come to know him. His feast day is marked with celebrations of which the Pahiyas in Lucban is one of the well known festivities. In Bulacan, the town of Pulilan has been celebrating the Kneeling Carabaos Festival but on the eve of the saint’s feast. The Kneeling…Continue Reading “Pulilan celebrates Kneeling Carabao Festival”

Makilala marang

It has been more than a decade since I visited North Cotabato when I was still working as a telecoms engineer and based in Davao City. Although I only passed by this province a few times, my fond memories of the place have been about the very good quality marang (terap in Malay) that one can buy along the highway in the municipality of Makilala. Yes, Makilala marang is one of the best that I have tasted. Speaking about their marang evokes images of luscious…Continue Reading “Makilala marang is plump, luscious and a must eat”

capsule hotel in kuala lumpur

I have a confession to make. I am not a hostel person. Much more staying in dorm type rooms is out of the question. But last month, during a budget travel to Malaysia and Thailand, I tried an exception. It looks like a hostel, its arranged like a dorm type accommodation but provides you the privacy of a hotel room. Yes, the Sim Capsule Hotel in Kuala Lumpur’s Bukit Bintang. I’m no stranger to hostels. In fact, when I was in Singapore for ten days…Continue Reading “Why I love this capsule hotel in Kuala Lumpur”

A cacophony of drums and shouts of merriment came out of nowhere, breaking the lazy morning vibe. I just finished my breakfast of banban, a smorgasbord of traditional Tausug delicacies often served in the coffeeshops of Tawitawi. The sounds grew louder as three boats locally called timpel and used around the shallow waterways of Sitangkai emerged from just behind a stilt house, passed under one of the many wooden footbridges between houses and disappeared into a bend.  It was loaded with people with a few…Continue Reading “Photoessay: Sama circumcision, a Sitangkai ritual”