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Food Trip: Pili Nut

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This is the first time in my food trip adventures where I would talk about a nut ( well actually it's a fruit). Our spotlight today is focused on our food of the day -the pili nut.

A pili nut (fruit) is known for its soft pulpy core, covered by a thin skin which in turn is protected by a hard shell. The fruit is small which usually measures 4-7cm long.

The pili nut is an important product of the Bicol Region particularly the province of Camarines Sur. It comes from either the Canarium ovatum or the Canarium luzonicum species which is both locally called pili trees.
Once you visit the region, you would find how creative the locals get in marketing the pili nuts. The most common preparation is the roasted nut. It is similar to a roasted peanut. The pili nuts could also be pickled or cooked. The most popular is the sugar coated pili nut. But for me, I prefer to eat it raw. 

The nut is rich in ascorbic acid, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, riboflavin, sodi…

Food Trip: 1st Colonial Grill

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As a backpacker, I have a knack for the unique. Every time I travel, I try to stay away from fast food joints that are common in the big city. As much as possible I try out the unique dishes that the province has to offer. Hence, during our visit to Albay, I already had a list of food to try out.

The problem is, Albay has plenty of special dishes to offer. So if you're planning to taste most of them without transferring from one place to another, then I have a great restaurant for you - 1st Colonial Grill.
The restaurant is located in Villa Amada Building, Rizal St. Sagpon, in the town of Daraga and in the Ground Floor of Pacific Mall Landco Business Park in Legazpi City. What's special with 1st Colonial Grill is that they improve the common Bicolano dish and make it world class. Not only that, they also gained fame by making ordinary food to unique dishes and desserts.
One particular dish that created ripples in the blogosphere is the Sili Ice Cream. Sili is a close relative of …

Camarines Sur: Pasacao Beach

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Located in the municipality of Pasacao in the province of Camarines Sur, Pasacao Beach is known for its long stretch of brownish sand and its crystal clear waters. 


Pasacao Beach is rich not only in beauty but also in history. Little do people know that the beach played an important role during the Spanish colonial period. It serves as a Spanish port that serves both as a defense port against the Moro pirates and also as a trade port for the Galleon Trade. 
It didn't end there. The beaches of Pasacao were silent witnesses to the different eras in the history of the country. From the Spanish Galleon Trade, to the American occupation, World War 2, until the Post-Colonial era of the Philippines. Today, the port of Pasacao is still very much active. However, the tourism industry is still in its infancy. It's so rarely promoted that even my dad who lives in the region is unsure if there's something worth seeing there. That is until the beach was featured in a tourism segment of a…

List of Festivals in the Philippines: September

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Do you want to witness and be part of the exciting and colorful cultural activities in the Philippines in this month of September
Then check out the list of popular fiestas or festivals happening this month.

Diyandi Festival
Location: Iligan City, Province of Lanao del Norte
Details: The festival is celebrated every 1st of September until 2nd of October. Its highlight is the ceremonial dance offering of the union of the Maranao men and Higa-on women in marriage as well as the offering of their harvest to their patron saint. This festival is a means to promote cultural identity and to also honor the patron saint of Iligan City. The word diyandi means celebrate.

Dalit Festival
Location: Tangub City, Province of Misamis Occidental
Details: The festival is celebrated every 29th of September. Its highlight is the colorful street dancing parade. This festival serves to honor St. Michael the Archangel the patron saint of Tangub City. The word dalit means to offer.

Talakudong Festival
Location: Tacu…

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