Bohol travel memories

It was an apt beginning of that year. A Bohol travel to start 2020. After doing minor features for an inflight magazine, I was given this major story to shoot: Bohol through the eyes of a local. So, together with him and the writer from Manila, we went around Tagbilaran and nearby municipalities with Carmen the farthest we visited. 2020 Bohol travel Although I’ve been visiting Bohol every year either for leisure or business, the 2020 January trip was my last. We all know what…Continue Reading “Bohol travel memories of 2020, looking back”

National Museum Bohol

It was a delightful experience as I entered for the first time the Old Provincial Capitol of Bohol in Tagbilaran City. In its current form, it is the new exhibition and office space of the National Museum Bohol. The structure is bright and airy. Spacious and fully airconditioned. But it wasn’t always like this. The Old Provincial Capitol was constructed in 1860 to house the tribunal and garrison of the Spanish forces there. Construction materials included coral stones, lime, bricks, roofing tiles and banaba beams….Continue Reading “The National Museum Bohol is at a beautiful home in Tagbilaran”

Manila, the ‘Distinguished and ever Loyal City’ was the capital of the Philippines. It was in Intramuros where the seat of the Spanish colonial government ruled. With both sword and the cross, most of the country was subjugated and Christianity was one of the great hallmarks of Spanish colonization. Within this city, five historic Manila churches still stand as testament to the faith and piety of the Filipinos that has continued to flourish to this day. San Agustin Church Originally St. Paul Church, it was…Continue Reading “5 Iconic and historic Manila churches you should visit”

chocoron

I got curious. What? Chocoron? Inquisitive. What in the world is a chocoron? I went closer to the display inside Balay Pasko in Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort and found tubular plastic canisters filled with dark irregularly shaped chocoron. I took a bite and chewed a sample. There was chocolate. And then, crunch! Chicharon (deep fried pork rind). At first, I was a bit confused of the flavor. Sweetness followed by something familiar but I wasn’t sure yet. Then that chicharon taste flooded. My taste buds…Continue Reading “What’s better than a chicharon? Of course, chocoron!”

bluewater maribago

Ah, Pasko. And what’s better to start it than with the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at the Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort. Guest of Honor Mayor Ahong Chan of Lapulapu City turned on the ceremonial switch that lighted the Puno ng Pagasa last Saturday. With the mayor’s family, friends from media, some other guests and Bluewater officers Domiku Ugarte, VP Rhyz Buac and staff, it was one intimate and meaningful event that kicked off the festive season. I’m familiar with the Bluewater resort group, having been…Continue Reading “Bluewater Maribago kicks off season with Christmas Tree lighting”