The bibingka in Baliuag, other delicacies like puto bumbong & bicho-bicho featured in a public food park in Bulacan from September to December every year.
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”
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”
The massive three tier colorful structure built atop three boats started its engine and slowly, it sailed around the Bocaue River as the townspeople looked on, cheered and paid their devotion to the Mahal na Poon sa Krus sa Wawa. After 21 years since a tragedy happened in 1993, the Pagoda sa Bocaue sailed again. July 6 found me in Bocaue, leaving Makati before the break of dawn and meeting with a Facebook friend, Bryan, who invited me. I’ve long heard about the Pagoda, back…Continue Reading “After 21 years, the Pagoda sa Bocaue sails again”
Heritage towns in the Philippines are becoming rarer and rarer. With the apathy of most local governments and Filipinos, much have fallen or disappeared. But there are just some towns and cities that have preserved their own historical architecture, and with heritage awareness, these ten towns and cities enumerated here are must visits. Although many other places around the country should have been included, my objective is to give a more balanced list of places that can be found in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. I…Continue Reading “10 heritage towns outside Metro Manila you should visit”