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Agusan Del Sur: Giant Toog Tree

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Found in Barangay Alegria, San Francisco (San Franz), in Agusan Del Sur, This Giant Toog Tree also known as Philippine Rosewood is considered as the oldest and tallest in the country.



This particular Toog tree stands 318 feet with a diameter of 7 meters at its base. From a distance the tree  looks like a towering giant amidst a crowd. The tree was judged as the tallest of all toog trees by the Tree Preservation Foundation of the Philippines inc. in 1980.

Toog Trees are known for its toughness. It was said that during the olden times, man couldn't cut down the toog trees. Axes and manual saws are useless against its thick trunks. However, when the technology improved and machines were introduced to the Philippines, the mighty toog trees finally met its match. The once numerous giants slowly dwindled in number and seldom does the trees reach the same height that it once had. 



Today, this Toog tree found in Alegria remains a lasting symbol of environmental conservation not only to the p…

Agusan Del Norte: Diosdado Macapagal Bridge

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Located in the outskirts of Butuan City in the province of Agusan Del Norte, Diosdado Macapagal Bridge is the longest bridge in Mindanao.
Diosdado Macapagal Bridge was completed in May 2007. The bridge is three kilometers long and connects the Butuan-Cagayan-Iligan Road and the Philippine-Japan Friendship Bridge.
The bridge was a project funded by Japan Bank for International Cooperation for the people of Butuan. However, it took several years before the project started (three presidential terms to be exact). It was lobbied to former President Ramos, then was approved by former President Estrada, and finally implemented during the time of former President Arroyo. (Talk about a very charitable neighbor country. Thank you Japan!)

Despite the setbacks, the bridge made a big difference to the life of the people of Butuan. Not only did it lessen the traffic, it also made transportation of products and goods to other provinces easier.Aside from that, the bridge adds up to the number of tourist…

Ilocos Norte: Patapat Viaduct

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Located in the municipality of Pagudpud in the province of Ilocos Norte, Patapat Viaduct is a concrete coastal bridge that connects Ilocos Norte to the province of Cagayan. Patapat Viaduct is the fourth longest bridge in the Philippines. The bridge measures roughly around 1.3 kilometers long. It is elevated 31 meters above sea level. Aside from that, the bridge is said to be the northernmost bridge in the Philippines. Anyone planning to visit Ilocos Norte, especially Pagudpod, should take time to visit this architectural structure. Trust me, the bridge would present a beautiful backdrop to your photos.
What I like about Patapat Viaduct is the scenic environment around it. The view of the bridge snaking towards the area of Cagayan is truly amazing, not to mention the relaxing atmosphere brought by the sounds of the waves lapping to the coast of Ilocos Norte.

With my visit to the 4th longest bridge in the country, I'm hoping that one day I would be able to come up with a blog about the …

Food Trip: Flavor of the Road

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Filipinos love sweets. Especially when it is served cold on a very hot summer day. Today our food trip brings us back to our favorite childhood food -ice cream. However, this particular ice cream is different from the ones you buy in malls. Some call it Dirty Ice Cream but to give glory to it let's call it by its other name -Flavor of the Road.




Unlike the ones sold in the markets, this ice cream is home made. What makes it stand out is that instead of/ aside from cow milk it is also made from breast milk...


JUST KIDDING! Now that I got your attention, what really makes the Flavor of the Road  unique is that it is made from coconut milk (which is abundant in a tropical country like the Philippines). Like most Filipino favorites, this food is also peddled in the streets much like the taho and the balot. The ice cream peddlers are called sorbeteros. In some provinces, you could order a "sorbetes keg" for special occasions like what we did in Agusan Del Sur during the dedicat…

Manila: Basilica of San Sebastian

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Located at Plaza del Carmen in Quiapo, Manila, Basilica of San Sebastian is known as the only all-steel church or basilica in Asia and is claimed to be as the only prefabricated steel church in the world. The Basilica of San Sebastian is better known as San Sebastian Church or Basilica Minore de San Sebastian. It is the seat of the Parish of San Sebastian and the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. The church was constructed on September 11, 1890 and was completed in 1891. The church has a Gothic architectural design. It was designated as a National Historical Landmark by the Philippine government in 1973 and was also included in the Tentative List of possible designation as a World Heritage Site on 2006. The prefabricated steel sections were ordered from Societe Anonyme des Enterprises de Travaux Publiques in Brussels and were manufactured in Binche, Belgium. In all, 52 tons of steel sections were transported in eight separate shipments from Belgium to the Philippines. The first …

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