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Albay: Embarcadero de Legazpi

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Located in the port district of Legazpi City in the province of Albay, Embarcadero de Legazpi is a premier waterfront establishment in the city.
During the Spanish era, galleons docked in the ports which brings livelihood and wealth to the city and its neighboring towns. Sadly, due to the events that happened in our history, the trade and income flow that once poured in the port area started to diminish. Today, Embarcadero de Legazpi once again brings back the glory to Legazpi's port district with its world-class dining, shopping, and entertainment experiences.
Embarcadero de Legazpi offers more than what usual malls in Manila does. Tourists could enjoy a variety of unique activities and amenities like riding a jet ski, water jeep, and even a helicopter that would take you around the city and even near Mayon Volcano.

Embarcadero de Legazpi also offers a wide range of food choices from its numerous fast food and fine dining restaurants. Due to its natural allure and ambiance, Emba…

Food Trip: Maruya

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Since the Philippines is a tropical country, banana trees grow abundantly on every corner of the country. What else would Filipinos do with the abundance of these fruits? Create wonderful dishes with them of course. As you see, we Filipinos love cooking and eating. We cook almost everything including fruits.)

One of the dishes made from bananas is the traditional dish called maruya. Also called Saba banana fritters after the variety of bananas used in the dish -the saba. A maruya is simply described as a fried dish of sliced saba banana mixed and coated with an egg-and-flour batter. 
So what do we need to make a maruya? I interviewed local maruya makers in the province of Albay to find out (if they have secret ingredients) Here's what I found out:

Ingredients: 
ripe saba bananasegg(s)all-purpose flourvegetable cooking oilsaltmilkcocoa leafsugar Upon learning the "secret herbs and spices" of the locals, let's proceed and make our own maruya. Here are the procedures:


Peel t…

Tagaytay - Nasugbu Roadtrip Adventure

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There are times when we wanted to get away from the stress from work. Then, other times we just wanted to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Well, my Tagaytay - Nasugbu Roadtrip Adventure was designed for both. However, when I undertook this trip with my family, it was actually my mom's birthday and it was a bonding time for the family. But believe me, I felt both before we had the trip.

Since it's a family bonding trip, the task of preparing and making our itinerary were given to me (as usual). My original plan was for us to drive to Lucban in the province of Quezon to see Kamay ni Hesus and visit their old church. However, I decided to shelf it for the Holy Week and plan a picnic-by-the-beach themed road trip... and the nearest beach in our place is located in the province of Batangas. I had to choose from the beaches in Laiya, Nasugbu, and Lian. 
Based from the comments and articles in the blogosphere, Nasugbu seems to rise from the rest and so I went for it. My itiner…

List of Festivals in the Philippines: December

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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 December
Then check out the list of popular fiestas or festivals happening this month.


Puto Festival
Location: Calasiao, Province of Pangasinan
Details: The festival is celebrated every 26th to 28th of December. Its highlight is the local delicacy called puto through dancing and puto themed art works. This festival is a way for the people of Calasiao to promote their major produce -the puto. The word puto is the local name for the rice cake.

Kasadyawan Festival
Location: Dumaguete City, Province of Negros Occidental
Details: The festival is celebrated every 12th to 14th of December. Its highlights are the colorful dance presentations and beauty pageants. This festival is similar to the mardi gras and is the longest established festival in Negros Occidental.

Kanyong Kawayan Festival
Location: Kidapawan City, Province of North Cotabato
Details: The festival is celebrated every…