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Giant Toog Tree - Agusan Del Sur

UPDATE: Good news, the Giant Toog Tree is given another lease of life after the mayor listened to the pleas of concerned citizens. 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. Giant Toog Tree Giant Toog Tree Details: 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. Agusan Des Sur's Giant Toog Tree The marker tells the story of this particular tree. Toog Trees are known for their 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 Phil

Agusan Del Norte: Diosdado Macapagal Bridge

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 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. Diosdado Macapagal Bridge - Butuan City, Agusan Del Norte The bridge on a nice day! We first crossed the bridge during the night. Thanks Japan! Heading to Butuan City from Cagayan De Oro 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!) The bridge a

Ilocos Norte: Patapat Viaduct

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 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. Jump Shot! 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. Great for backdrops. 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. The bridge gives you a great view of the sea.

Food Trip: Flavor of the Road

Filipinos love sweets. Especially when it is served cold on a very hot summer day. Today our food trip brings us back to my 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 this delicious dessert let's call it by its other name - Flavor of the Road . 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...  The Flavor of the Road : Cheese-Mango I have to taste this one. Trying out the Flavor of the Road in Mindanao Yummy! 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

Manila: Basilica of San Sebastian

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. Basilica of San Sebastian  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. Church facade  National Historical Landmark Church history 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. Church interior (all metal) beautiful stained windows from Germany Another stained window one of the six marble holy water fonts The prefabric


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