Yakan Weaving Center Upper Calarian Zamboanga City A popular tourist shopping area, the Yakan weaving center showcases Basilan’s indigenous tribe, the Yakan, with their wonderful weaving tradition which is marked by geometrical shapes and linear multicolored patterns. Woven textiles are also made into functional items like bags, wallets and table runners. There are also Maranao and Tausug handicrafts. READ MORE: Where to shop for souvenirs and crafts in Zamboanga City GETTING THERE: The Yakan Weaving Cente is quite accessible and closer to the city center…Continue Reading “Where to shop for souvenirs and crafts in Zamboanga City”

I’m now on my third cup of long black coffee here at a cafe in Zamboanga City. The clock’s ticking and I’ve been here since three hours ago, working, blogging, writing, editing photos, all the while waiting for my flight back to Manila at 2020H. I’ve visited Zamboanga City and Tawitawi several times but the almost 15 days that I’ve been here, it was the most memorable. Why? I had a great experience shooting for five days in Sitangkai, that island at the edge of…Continue Reading “Beautiful days spent in Zamboanga City and Tawitawi”

The smell of freshly made roti and curry filled my space as the waiter was about to place one of my orders on my table. Who can resist such a smell? It only made me hungrier that once the roti tulul, roti filled with scrambled egg and folded, I delved in, cutting a piece and dipping it in the curry sauce with minced beef bits. Keyo’s Little Kitchen in Zamboanga City used to be found in Nunez Street but when it’s contract expired, it moved…Continue Reading “Interesting find at a Zamboanga City restaurant”

There’s an interesting exhibit that opened last May at the National Museum branch at Fort Pilar in Zamboanga City. In the newly refurbished Structure D, with its newly whitewashed (?) facade, is a two section exhibition entitled: Trade and Exchange in Southern Philipines: Borderless Intersections of Geography, Culture and History. This is an important exhibition, focusing on historical and contemporary trade as it put the spotlight on the very crucial role of Mindanao and the so called Sulu Zone in the historical development of southern…Continue Reading “Interesting exhibit at the National Museum Zamboanga”

It’s October and that only means one thing: OCTOBERFEST!!! But will you just go to any Octoberfest celebration in the country, especially in Metro Manila? Of course, no! Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila and the German Club (founded 1906 in Manila) will be hosting the 76th Octoberfest and it will be one fun filled event that you should not forget! If last year’s two day event is any indication, just think about the numbers: 31,200 Maß beer (traditional one liter mug) consumed in a span of…Continue Reading “Where to celebrate true Octoberfest in Manila”