Sebucal, Oroquieta City

The invitation from Councilor Ruvy Alay was tempting. Visit the village of Sebucal, the last barangay of Oroquieta City, during their patron’s feast day with clergymen, lay ministers and city officers.  There will be a mass, distribution of food and supplies and activities done by locals. Although I was a bit concerned about the initial brief: 8 hours walk to the village, being more concerned about my knee, Councilor Alay’s assurance that there are seniors who will also be doing the trip assuaged me a…Continue Reading “A journey to Sebucal, Oroquieta’s farthest and remote barangay”

It was gorgeous. A white, probably a 50s or 60s two storey wooden house with an austere facade whose architecture is dominated by planes and lines and squares. Beautifully mounted at the center of a white space, the red script of Payling’s was bold, contrasting with the smaller font of the Restaurant located below it. The spacious front as the establishments parking lot was wide that, without parked vehicles, it added to the charm of the house. Payling’s Restaurant opened later last year in Oroquieta…Continue Reading “Delicious home cooked food at Payling’s”

I got hungry from going around the heritage town of Jimenez, admiring the many heritage houses and structures within this beautiful provincial place. And there was only thing in my mind, eat at Shanghai Noodle House. In the three times that I’ve been to this municipality, I’ve always made it a point to cap a visit with food in this quaint restaurant. READ MORE: An afternoon around the heritage town of Jimenez Shanghai Noodle House is just along the road, several meters right side when…Continue Reading “Hungry in Jimenez? Check this local resto out!”

People can be forgiven if they tend to pass off the town of Jimenez as another nondescript Misamis Occidental municipality on their way either to the cities of Oroquieta, the provincial capital or Ozamiz, the financial hub. Come to think of it, vans and buses just pass this town and sometimes, make a brief stopover at the terminal. And there’s really nothing much to see. But for those in the know, Jimenez is a gem, unpolished, waiting for its time to shine. And for heritage…Continue Reading “An afternoon around the heritage town of Jimenez”

I’ve been in and out of Ozamiz for quite a number of years but it was more of either in transit to Tangub City, where we used to have a farm lot and where my father is from, or either going to Dipolog or Pagadian. Or cross Panguil Bay to or from Kolambugan in Lanao del Norte and I am always amazed at the view of the Malindang Range with Bucagan Hill near the coast during the approach to Ozamiz. Of course, I’ve been to…Continue Reading “Roaming the sidestreets of Ozamiz City”