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”

Khao Rang Phuket

I really didn’t plan to go up Khao Rang Phuket the last time I visited this island. But since I was doing Ingress missions wherein I need to hack portals at the summit, I flagged a taxi and went up it’s winding road a few minutes from the center of Phuket Old Town. It was a little past noon, very hot and humid that I bought overpriced durian flavored popsicle and a bottle of mineral water to cool down. So close to the town Khao…Continue Reading “Khao Rang Phuket for great panoramic views”

Masjid Al-bukhari

Closer to the southern border of Thailand than to Kuala Lumpur, the state capital of Kedah has interesting architecture that the traveler can visit. Alor Setar Architecture is mostly historic and heritage enthusiasts will definitely enjoy these old structures. Apart from these heritage buildings, there are also a few modern ones worthy of mention. Masjid Al Bukhary The Masjid Al Bukhary in the Al Bukhary Complex is an impressive Alor Setar architecture. The mosque’s white walls topped with beautiful lapis lazuli domes make it a…Continue Reading “Beautiful Alor Setar Architecture for a memorable visit”