This bingka in Talisay is a classic and a delicious local delicacy that Estrellita Villaver has been cooking and selling for the past 35 years. I grew up with this delicacy and we used to buy it from an ambulant vendor who pass by our house every afternoon. Every November 1 and 2, for All Souls Day, there are several stalls selling this along the narrow road leading to the Talisay cemetery. This is so common and a hot, steaming bingka is one of the…Continue Reading “Where to buy hot and delicious bingka in Talisay”

I no longer know how many times I’ve visited Cagayan province ever since I first set foot on June 2005. For more than a decade, there’s always something to experience and learn everytime I’m there despite the long bus rides. I’ve marveled at its religious heritage, was in awe of its natural wonders and always delighted in partaking its culinary offerings. And always, in my mind, I ask myself, when I should go back, especially if I’m craving for pansit batil patung. A rich religious…Continue Reading “Why I visit Cagayan province, again and again”

Travelling is always a joy. But you shouldn’t need to go halfway around the world to mix it up at meal times. After all, you can bring the taste of the world right into your own home with the right recipes. In this list, we’ll be picking some of the best exotic chicken dishes for you to try, even if you’re staying home. This list pulls from everywhere from Latin America to Sri Lanka, as we’ve picked out the absolute best of what you should be trying out in…Continue Reading “Top Chicken dishes from Sri Lanka, Brazil and more”

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”

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”