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Asia » Philippines » Pampanga May 23rd 2010

Last May 22, 2010, we were invited by my officemate Henry to his hometown, Sta. Rita, Pampanga for the celebration of their annual town fiesta in honour of St. Rita of Cascia. St. Rita is known as the patroness of impossible causes. Kampampangans are really religious and traditional. Going to Sta. Rita was a challenge. We were stuck in a NLEX heavy traffic (Traffic #1) - four hours from Clover Leaf to Valenzuela. The cause of the traffic was just the on-going construction of a new exit. We arrived at Henry's cousin's house in Guagua, Pampanga at 2:30 PM to eat our late lunch. The usual Filipinos "handa" during fiesta were served. Kare-kare, Menudo, Lumpiang Ubod plus my favorite Mangga with Bagoong were among the "handa". After the late lunch, we went to Henry's house in ... read more
Henry and Lhea
Dan, Lhea, Cel and Me
Festive mood

Asia » Philippines » Pampanga April 9th 2010

Three reasons why I consider myself in a way as a Kampampangan: (1) My grandfather was from Bacolor (trivia: Bacolor was the former capital of Pampanga before it was transferred to San Fernando), (2) I can speak and understand Kapampangan but I must admit I can understand more than I can speak and (3) my surname is Angeles (hehehe). I have discovered the answers why I should be a proud Kampampangan during our Pampanga Tour last July 2009. Discovery #1: Kapampangans are good cooks and love exotic dishes. We ate our breakfast at Bale Capampangan in Dolores, San Fernando. Take note at a price of Php 100 we had a filipino style buffet meal partnered with a sooo chocolatey hot tsokolate (so redundant!). It was one of the best breakfast I ever had, but the El ... read more
Bale Capampangan
San Guillermo Parish Church
inside Betis Church

Asia » Philippines » Laguna December 26th 2009

I remember when I was on my grade school; we used to visit century-old churches in Rizal during Holy Week for our annual Visita Iglesia practice. I was surprised back then that in just an hour drive from our home lays a rich cultural and historic heritage yet to be discovered by my young mind. After 10 years, I went back to those churches I had visited in Rizal when I was still a kid and in addition, some of the churches in Laguna and Quezon. In an early Saturday morning some time March 2007, I was so excited for our tour that I didn't able to eat breakfast properly so we stopped at a Tropical Hut Restaurant in Morong, Rizal. We decided that we went straight first to our hotel in Sariaya before doing our ... read more
Another jellyfish
St. Francis of Assisi Church, Sariaya, Quezon

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