Traveling is great but I still need my coffee fix every now and then and most of the time, especially in the provinces, it’s hard to come by unless you don’t really have any other option but to have that 3-in-1 sachet or, if in Bongao in Tawitawi, the local coffee shops. But in Ozamiz City? I heaved a big sigh of relief when I came to know The Coffee Lounge! Ever since I was a child, I’ve already traveled to this city in Misamis…Continue Reading “Want a coffee fix and more in Ozamiz?”

Piles and piles of neatly arranged suman, a type of rice cake that is elongated and wrapped in banana leaves greets the visitors upon entering Clarin’s House of Suman. But what really brings in the surprise is discovering that there are several different kinds and fillings that make these native delicacies a treat. Clarin is a municipality in Misamis Occidental and just near Ozamiz City, the economic powerhouse of the province. For the visitor, this town is known for the suman and it is just…Continue Reading “Sumptuous rice cakes at Clarin’s House of Suman”

I specifically visited the catholic cemetery of Jimenez in Misamis Occidental to check if it has Spanish colonial era structures that I can feature in my Simbahan blog. It sure has with its ancient perimeter walls and entrance arch but I wasn’t ready for what I saw: the biggest and creepiest balete tree (banyan tree) I’ve seen in my life! Sure, banyan trees are stuff of otherwordly legends and stories but by the fact that it was at the center of the cemetery, surrounded with…Continue Reading “The creepiest tree I’ve ever seen in my life!”

For 333 years, Spain has colonized the Philippines and during that era, several stone churches have been built from Batanes to Mindanao. At present, these heritage churches in the Philippines are still standing, scattered around many islands and remote parts of the country. Most of these churches are difficult to reach. For example, Rizal Church in Cagayan takes 2 hours by jeepney only from Tuguegarao and there’s only one trip per day. For Agutaya, it takes minimum of three hours boat ride from Cuyo, its…Continue Reading “14 remote Spanish era churches you haven’t been to”

Have you been to the barko barko in Villaflor? Taz, a Facebook friend messaged me while I was online and in Oroquieta City. No. I answered. I googled it up and, swell, was all I could utter. The tricycle I rode to bring me to the barko-barko, the vernacular term that locals call the boat house in Barangay Villaflor, Oroquieta City motored at a moderate pace as I was looking out, admiring the many old houses built along the highway. One, two, three… and I…Continue Reading “Unique barko-barko house of Oroquieta City”