Monday, July 28, 2014

Magat Dam is one of the largest dams in the Philippines, second only after San Roque Dam. It is located in the town of Ramon in Isabela. It is a large rock-fill dam and was constructed in 1975 and completed in 1982. It has two primary purposes: as a source of irrigation water and as a provider of hydroelectric power. It is one of the prominent tourist attractions in the province of Isabela.

Last May 2014, I visited Magat Dam and I was amazed how big it is. It was almost dark when I went there on my way back to Santiago City from Mayoyao in Ifugao. I informed the bus driver to drop me to the junction going to Magat Dam. 

I arrived in the junction in the town of Ramon, Isabela around 5PM. I chartered a tricycle for P250 (two-way) going to Magat Dam. The driver assured me that we will be able to get to Magat dam before it closes. After about 20 minutes, we arrived at Magat Dam and I immediately took my camera and started taking photos. 

There was not enough water when I went there. It was summer and it was not raining for the past weeks. The trike driver told me that it is better to come during rainy season as the water rises and it looks better. Probably, I should do it again soon. I'm coming back, Magat Dam.

How to Get To Magat Dam

From Santiago City take a jeep or van going to the town of Ramon. Tell the driver to drop you at the junction going to Magat Dam. From the junction, take a tricycle for P25/each or P125 if you charter a trike one-way.
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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Mother's Cake House is more than just a cake shop. It also offers Filipino favorite dishes and desserts at very affordable prices. It is located along Marlim Avenue, Diamond Subdivision, Balibago, Angeles City. It's just few steps away from the famous Angeles Fried Chicken.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Mayoyao Rice Terraces are among the five clusters of the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras included in the UNESCO World Heritage inscription. It is one of the least visited cluster due to its remote location. The most visited probably is the Batad cluster due to its accessibility and it is closer to popular tourists destinations like Sagada.

During my birthday week, I decided to pay a short visit at the Mayoyao Rice Terraces in the town of Mayoyao in the province of Ifugao. I didn't know how to get there so I did my research and I was already warned that the trip from Santiago, Isabela going to Mayoyao is butt-numbing not to mention it would take about six hours to reach the place. I looked at the map and it seemed like it was just close. I thought it would be crazy if it will take 6 hours to reach Mayoyao.

I arrived at the terminal very early in the morning from my Baler trip. Actually I came in straight from Baler. I only slept a bit in the bus and I decided to go straight to the Santiago City Bus Terminal instead of checking-in in a hotel. The first trip to Mayoyao was scheduled at 6AM. I was already at the terminal at around 4AM, it was quiet and there were only few people. 

At 6AM, I hopped on the bus. I was praying that it would leave soon. It did, and I was happy but after about an hour it stopped again somewhere in the town of Ramon in Isabela. The driver was waiting for passengers for around 2 hours. If it was a private car, it would have taken about 3 hours only. But, I had no choice but to be patient. 

We finally arrived in the town proper of Mayoyao around 12NN. I didn't have time to take lunch so I bought some bread from the nearby grocery store from the terminal and brought it with me while exploring the town. I was informed that the bus would leave around 2:30PM so I over two hours to explore the town. I hired a tricycle and the driver became my instant tour guide. He brought me to the municipal hall and the market and then later on we visited the Mayoyao Rice Terraces. The view was amazing. Going down was pretty much easy but of course going up was another story. It was hard especially for me.

After almost two hours of exploring the town, I decided to go back to the terminal so I wont miss the bus going back to Santiago. If I had enough time, I would have stayed overnight. Unfortunately, my scheduled was so tight so I had to leave on the same day. One day, I'll go back to Mayoyao and spend more time appreciate this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Where to Stay in Mayoyao?
Pfalay Ta-o’ Inn, Poblacion, Mayoyao (2-storey, 4-bedroom house) with hot shower, Php250/pax 
Milcah Lodge, Poblacion, Mayoyao (4 rooms share T&B, 1 room en-suite) no hot shower, Php250/pax

How to get to Mayoyao:
From Santiago City: Take a bus from Santiago City Integrated Bus Terminal, first trip is at 6AM and second trip at around 11AM. Travel time 6 hours

From Solano/Banaue: Buses from Solano to Mayoyao pass by Banaue between noon and 1PM just right in front of People’s Lodge. 

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Angeles Fried Chicken (AFC) is probably one of Angelenos favorite places to eat. It has been in the business for several decades and it is considered as one of the oldest restaurants in Angeles City. Aside from their famous Angeles Fried Chicken, they also serve a variety of dishes that will surely capture one's taste. 

I am from Davao so I haven't really heard about Angeles Fried Chicken. I didn't know what type of dishes they are serving. I was expecting of only eating their famous fried chicken but I was surprised as they served us with a lot more from their menu. Yeah, when I say a lot, I mean it. They served us with all their best-sellers. I'd say I liked almost all of them.

Crispy Chicken Salad (P135.00)
Our meal started with this appetizing salad. I must say I enjoyed it a lot. The ingredients were fresh and the dressing was just perfect. The salad is a mixture of fresh lettuce, carrots, water chestnuts, green capsicum, slices of orange and topped with crispy breaded chicken slices. It was really a perfect appetizer.

Chicharong Bulaklak (P175.00)
One of my favorites when I was not still on a diet. I liked its taste. It's not too salty and the sauce complements the crispy chicharon. It's good to be paired with beer but that night, I ate it with just the sauce. Yummy, indeed!

Sizzling Sisig (P175.00)
AFC's sizzling sisig is more meaty than the usual sisig that I have tried so far. It has the right amount of spices and it was sumptuous. 

Chicken Barbecue (P135.00)
AFC's charcoal-grilled chicken barbecue is juicy and tender. It is served with potato wedges on the side. It tasted good but not my favorite.

AFC Fried Rice (P120.00)
Their fried rice has generous amount of vegetables, eggs and shrimps. It's a good pair for their "heavenly tasting" fried chicken.

Shrimp with Cashew Nuts (P225.00)
I like the presentation of this dish. It is made up of shrimps, vegetables and cashew nuts in a creamy sauce. The taste is mild and the cashew nuts added texture and flavor to the rich sauce.

Shanghai Lumpia (P145.00)
There's nothing special in their lumpiang shanghai recipe but I still liked it. It is made up of the usual ground pork and spices, wrapped in lumpia wrapper and then deep fried. It was still hot and crispy when it was served to us so I was able to enjoy it.

Camaron Rebosado (P225.00)
It's the Filipino version of the famous Japanese tempura. It is shrimps dipped and coated in batter and then deep fried. It is served with sweet and sour sauce which made the dish delightful.

Pancit Canton (P145.00)
There is nothing special in their pancit canton. It's the usual stir-fried noodles that you can buy anywhere. 

Japanese Fried Chicken (P195.00)
It's deep fried chicken with generous amount of garlic. It is served with their in-house special sauce. A must-try dish at Angeles Fried Chicken Restaurant.

Angeles Fried Chicken, (Family Size / 9 pieces) – (P425.00)
The restaurant's very own delectable and tasty Angeles Fried Chicken. It's definitely the star of the night. It's juicy and tender and it has the right spices and seasoning. I'd definitely go back to Angeles for these fried chicken. It's a must-try when visiting Angeles City, Pampanga. It is served with bread or rice and coleslaw on the side and paired with their delicious gravy. 

It was definitely a delightful night at Angeles Fried Chicken Restaurant. The food were sumptuous and they are very affordable. So when you visit Angeles City, Pampanga, eat at Angeles Fried Chicken Restaurant.

Angeles Fried Chicken 
Address:1992 Marlim Boulevard, Diamond Subdivision, Angeles City, Pampanga 
Store Hours: Mon to Sun - 10:00 AM - 12:00 MN 
Contact Numbers: (045) 6257644 / (045) 3224448 / (Globe) 0927-616-0561 / (Sun) 0923-806-3061 / (Smart) 0919-960-3788 
Instagram: @angelesfriedchicken 

Disclaimer: AFC is one of the partner-restaurants of #MetroAngelesFoodTour2014
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Important things you need to know about Baler, Aurora : Where to Stay, Where to Eat, Things to Do and How to Get There.

The town of Baler in Aurora is an emerging tourist destination in the Philippines. It is is famous of its giant waves ideal for surfing. It is about 5-8 hours away from Manila and is accessible by public transport or private vehicle.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Planning for your trip next year? Here's the list of Official Regular and Special Holidays in the Philippines in 2015 as per Proclamation No. 831, s. 2014 signed by the President.  

A. Regular Holidays
New Year’s Day-1January (Thursday)
Maundy Thursday-2April
Good Friday-3April
Araw ng Kagitingan-9April (Thursday)
Labor Day-1May (Friday)
Independence Day-12June (Friday)
National Heroes Day-31August (Last Monday of August)
Bonifacio Day-30November (Monday)
Christmas Day-25December (Friday)
Rizal Day-30December (Wednesday)
B. Special (Non-Working) Days
Chinese New Year-19February (Thursday)
Black Saturday-4April
Ninoy Aquino Day-21August (Friday)
All Saints Day-1November (Sunday)
Additional special (non-working) days-2January (Friday)
-24December (Thursday)
Last Day of the Year-31December (Thursday)
C. Special Holiday (for all schools)
EDSA Revolution Anniversary-25February (Wednesday)
Wondering where to go? Browse this blog for ideas where to spend your holidays. Cheers to more travels!

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The second stop of Metro Angeles Food Tour 2014 is at the Historic Camalig Restaurant. It is the home to the famous Armando's Pizza. It is a heritage restaurant and one of the must-visit places in Angeles, Pampanga. 

Armando's Pizza of the Historic Camalig Restaurant