Plaza Salcedo - Ilocos Sur

Located in front of Saint Paul's Cathedral in Vigan City in the province of Ilocos Sur, Plaza Salcedo is a very important and historical part of the Heritage City of Vigan. Plaza Salcedo Plaza Salcedo Details Plaza Salcedo is named in honor of the Spanish conquistador Juan de Salcedo . He was the one who subdued the natives residing in the territory now known as Vigan City . Afterward, he established a colony named Villa Fernandina in the location in 1572. Plaza Salcedo - Vigan City , Ilocos Sur That's Dr. Jose Rizal, not Juan Salcedo Plaza Salcedo is specifically designed to show the typical Spanish urban design. In the center of the plaza, you'd find the Salcedo Obelisk . A lagoon was added in the seventies not only for aesthetic purposes but for protection. As you can see, because most of the houses are made from wood, fire brings plenty of destruction to Vigan throughout history.   Vigan Cathedral is just in front of Plaza Salcedo The plaza served plenty

Foodtrip: Suman ng Quezon

Suman , for most Filipinos, is a common food served for meriendas or snacks. It is usually made from glutinous rice cooked in coconut milk, then wrapped in Buri palm leaves before being steamed then consumed afterward. However, some prefer to dip the suman into sugar before eating it to give it a sweet taste. Suman ng Quezon Common Suman Ingredients: Glutinous Rice Coconut Milk Sugar Brown sugar Banana leaves It's as long as your middle finger so don't point it to people Cooked rice ready for wrapping The main ingredient of the suman -the glutinous rice  Suman is cooked this way... Since it is a common food throughout the Philippines , it got for itself different variants and in some places different ingredients and even names.  From my travels in the province of Quezon, I managed to try for myself three variants of suman . These are variants are the Infanta Suman ,   Tayabas Suman, and the Tamales ng San Antonio . Infanta Suman Yummy! Like m

Pila Church - Laguna

Located in the municipality of Pila in Laguna, Pila Church is one of the many well preserved Spanish-era churches in the province. Pila Church Pila Church History Also known as  San Antonio de Padua Parish Church , like what its name suggests, it is dedicated to St. Anthony de Padua who is also the patron saint of travelers, pregnant women,  poor people, and even animals. Pila Church is also the first Antonine parish church in the Philippines. It was founded in 1578 using the cane plant as the primary material. In 1599, Pila Church was reconstructed using stone.  Pila Church - Pila, Laguna Old photo of Pila Church Shocking as it might seem, it actually took 18 years before the reconstruction of the Pila Church and its rectory was finished.  Due to the persistent flooding caused by Laguna de Bay, the church was transferred stone by stone to its present location in 1800. Only the ruins of the bell tower were left in its original location in Pagalangan (now part of Victoria, L

Nacpan Beach and Calitang Beach - Palawan

Located in El Nido in the province of Palawan, Nacpan Beach is known for its pristine azure waters and powdery white sand. While on the other end of it is an area called Calitang Beach , known for its unique dual-sided beach. These two beaches are usually referred to as the Twin Beaches by several bloggers.  Nacpan Beach and Calitang Beach Nacpan Beach and Calitang Beach Details Although not part of the four island hopping tours of El Nido, Nacpan Beach is usually clustered in the inland tour packages of some travel agencies. The beach is several kilometers away from downtown El Nido and it would probably take you 15-20 minutes to reach it by land of course. (Although I haven't heard of a tour to Nacpan Beach by boat, it is still very possible.) Nacpan Beach - El Nido, Palawan Even the dogs love its waters Can you spot the crab? Beautiful white sand in Nacpan Beach Nacpan Beach is quite popular with foreign tourists because of the unperturbed solace offered

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