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World Cafe: Asia on Discovery Travel and Living featured Manila for its season premiere last night. There were already news months ago that WCA with host Bobby Chinn will be in Manila to shoot. I already had ideas that they would feature an episode on Manila as they were running teasers of episode on on the Discovery Travel and Living channel where Bobby was eating street food in Plaza Miranda in Quiapo, Manila. I was unlucky to miss half of the show but I was able to catch Bobby with a local chef cooking Chicken Adobo and with Marketman eating merienda (with halo-halo) in his home. I'll just wait for a replay.
It seems like our very own Filipino Cuisine is starting to get attention from foreign travel shows and chefs. And just months before, No Reservations with its witty travel chef host Anthony Bourdain finally visited the Philippines to shoot in Manila, Angeles and Cebu. I searched for episodes of it on Youtube since it would still take months before they would show it on a local cable channel. Marketman was also on that episode.
Trip na trip's episode last night mainly focused on Laguna's Anilag Festival. Anilag from "Ani ng Laguna" (Harvest of Laguna) wherein they presented the each of Laguna's cities and towns well known products and goods. It was interesting that I learned about some of Laguna's towns that I have never heard before like Bay, Kalayaan and even Alaminos (wherein the only Alaminos I know was in Pangasinan). So this prompted me to do a little research on this nearby province of Laguna.
According to Wikipedia:
"The Province of Laguna was named after Laguna de Bay, the body of water that forms its northern boundary. Laguna de Bay, in turn, was named after the town of Bay (Laguna de Bay is Spanish which means "Lake of Bay"), the first provincial capital.
Present-day Laguna shows a thriving economy. Peopled by 1,734,618 (1997 estimated population) industrious citizens and possessing a total area of 1760 km² of land, Laguna produces millions of pesos worth of coconuts, rice, sugar, citrus fruits, lanzones and other products. Tourists flock to its beauty spots, especially Pagsanjan Falls, Los Baños Hot Springs, Makiling National Park, Caliraya Lake and many others. Levels of development vary. The towns near Metro Manila have become industrialized whereas the inner towns continue to engage in agricultural production or pursue agri-based industries and cottage and small-scale industries."
And I got really curious about Laguna's Cities and Municipalities and got this list also from Wikipedia.
Municipalities: Alaminos, Bay, Biñan, Cabuyao, Calauan, Cavinti, Famy, Kalayaan, Liliw, Los Baños, Luisiana, Lumban, Mabitac, Magdalena, Majayjay, Nagcarlan, Paete, Pagsanjan, Paquil, Panguil, Pila, Rizal, San Pedro, Santa Cruz, Santa Maria, Siniloan, Victoria
It was also nice they showed a clip of Uma and Kat in Cebu wherein Uma was one of the Gawad Kalinga Ambassadors together with some celebrities during Singles For Christ's Conference. too bad I wasn't there.
Had fun watching this week's episode. Looking forward for next week's episode wherein they'll feature Surigao del Norte.
The Philippines' Award winning travel show "Trip na Trip" will visit Cebu and Laguna tonight together with trippers Kat de Castro Uma Khouni and Franzen Fajardo.
Trip na Trip airs tonight on ABS-CBN channel 2 after Bandila.
It was another first for me last weekend. Some friends together with photography enthusiasts went to Ilocos in a tour organized by Travel Factor. The trip was really tiring because we had to sit on the bus for hours on to get to Ilocos, walk and trek rivers, dried sharp corals. But it was worth it to see the simple and natural Ilocos Provinces.
- St. Augustine Church of Bantay & Bell tower
- Paoay Church
- Cape Bojeador's Lighthouse, Burgos
- Kapurpurawan Rock, Burgos
- Bangui Windmills
- Kabigan Falls
- Maira-ira Blue Lagoon
- Agua Grande
- Patapat Bridge
- Crisologo Street
Another good thing about this trip was I got to enjoy it with some good friends.
Already uploaded pics on my multiply, but will also share some pics here in Byahemj soon.