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Monday, April 27, 2015

Antipolo Maytime Festival

Here’s the schedule for the upcoming Antipolo Maytime Festival. I’ll definitely attend the Grand Parade on May 9, 2015.

Antipolo Maytime Fstival

April 30, 2015 Thursday

Pagdalaw ng Ina sa Anak – Motorcade from Antipolo to Quiapo – 7:00 AM

Alay Lakad (Penitential Walk) – Quiapo Church to Antipolo Cathedral – 7:00 PM

Red Horse Pasiklaban – CMA Grounds Cogeo – 6:00 PM

May 2, 2015 Saturday

Suman Innovation – SM Masinag – 10:00 AM

Launching of Longest Suman sa Ibos – SM Masinag – 1:00 PM

May 3, 2015 Sunday

Pacquiao vs Mayweather – Ynares Center – 8:00 AM

May 5, 2015 Tuesday

Procession Mass – Going to Pinagmisahann Hill – 7:00 AM

May 9, 2015 Saturday

Grand Parade Street Dance Competition and Float Parade – Sumulong Park – 2:00 PM

Sumakah House D├ęcor Competition Final Judging – City Poblacion

Maximum Drive Auto Show – Ynares Center – 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM

May 10, 2015 Sunday

Agri Tourism Fair – Super Metro – 9:00 AM

Kalokalike – Sumulong Park – 8:00 PM

May 15, 2015 Friday

Talentadong Antipoleno Elimination Round (Dance) – Robinson’s Place Antipolo – 2:00 PM

May 16, 2015 Saturday

Cosplay (Nyancon) – Robinson’s Place Antipolo – 10:00 AM

Gilas Antipolo – Ynares Center – 3:00 PM

Queen of Antipolo – CMA Grounds Cogeo – 6:00 PM

May 17, 2015 Sunday

Grand Sagala – Sumulong Park – 8:00 PM

May 20, 2015 Wednesday

Talentadong Antipoleno Elimination Round (Sing and Dance) – SM Masinag – 2:00 PM

May 22, 2015 Friday

Talentadong Antipoleno Elimination Round (Sing) – Robinson’s Place Antipolo – 2:00 PM

May 23, 2015 Saturday

Dog Show and Fun Match – Sumulong Park – 4:00 PM

Musiclaban – CMA Grounds Cogeo – 6:00 PM

May 24, 2015 Sunday

Antipolo Gay Kamao – CMA Grounds Cogeo – 8:00 PM

May 30, 2015 Saturday

Talentadong Antipoleno Grand Finals – Sumulong Park – 8:00 PM

May 31, 2015 Sunday

Antipolo Marathon – Hinulugang Taktak – 4:00 AM

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Malabon Food Trip (Part 2 of 2)

The Malabon Tricycle Tours is a project of the City Government of Malabon headed by Mayor Antolin A Oreta III. It has two versions – the Malabon Food Trip and the Heritage Tour. We availed the P600 Food Trip and we were toured to 6 of Malabon’s finest food destinations – Lugaw Xperience, Hazel’s Special Puto, Jamico’s Restaurant, Dolor’s Kakanin, Betsy’s Cake Center and Nanay’s Pancit Malabon.

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After our lunch at Jamico’s Restaurant, we also visited the Concepcion Market, which is part of the Heritage Tour, on our way to Dolor’s Kakanin. There is a bit of politics regarding Dolor’s Kakanin, regarding the use of trademark and colored boxes, but my attention was diverted from the tour guide to the delicious meryenda and Kakanin. We had a taste of all the kinds of Kakanin that they offer – Pichi-Pichi, Sapin-Sapin, Puto, Maja Blanca, Kuchinta, etc. Dolor’s Kakanin are so famous that it’s being sold in malls around Metro Manila.

Betsy’s Cake Center is near the San Bartolome Church and it reminds me of the famous Calea of Bacolod City. The one included in the Malabon Food Trip package is their famous Broas. They also gave us samples of their other specialties including a very delicious Ampalaya Atchara.

Last stop to our Malabon Food Trip is Nanay’s Pancit Malabon. It’s the very first Pancit Malabon and was recently awarded by Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho the title of “Best Pancit Malabon”. I was a bit surprised though that it’s the most plain-looking Pancit Malabon I've ever seen. I guess they really maintained the first and original version of Pancit Malabon. It’s delicious but I prefer the other versions from other stores.

Nanay’s Pancit Malabon also offers a unique version of the classic Palitaw – they put Leche Flan inside the Palitaw! It’s a very delicious dessert indeed.

There you have it – the 6 best food stops in Malabon City included in their Malabon Food Trip. We’re very happy to visit Malabon and took part in this wonderful project. I can’t wait to see a similar version of this here in Pasig City. For now, I highly recommend that you visit Malabon for their Food Trip Tour. It’s worth the travel, time and money.

By the way, we also availed their Malabon Heritage Tour and I’ll post it soon.

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Several varieties of Kakanin in one package, from Dolor’s Kakanin.

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The trademark “bull’s eye” Dolor’s Kakanin.

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These kakanin are from Nanay’s Pancit Malabon.

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The Plaque from Malabon City Government that was awarded to Nanay’s Pancit Malabon.

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The distinct title of Best Pancit Malabon from Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho.

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Betsy's famous Broas.

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I love this Ampalaya Atchara that they provided us.

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Nanay’s Pancit Malabon – nothing fancy, but delicious noodles.

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This version of Palitaw from Nanay’s Pancit Malabon is the best Palitaw ever. It’s filled with Leche Flan.

The Malabon Food Trip (Part 1 of 2)

Last week was my first time to visit the City of Malabon. Our photography friend mentioned the City Government’s project, the Malabon Food Trip and we decided to give it a try. The Malabon Food Trip is all about visiting some of Malabon’s famous eating places via tricycle, that’s why it’s also called the Tricycle Tours.

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We started the tour at San Bartolome Church, which is walking distance from the modern City Hall of Malabon. The church is built in 1614 and last year, celebrated its 400th year anniversary. The design of the church is Neo Classic – using Greek columns and design. It’s one of the most beautiful churches I've ever seen.

Going back to the Food Trip, our first stop is at Lugaw Xperience where we had a taste of their famous Arrozcaldo. The place is small but the taste of their Lugaw is very nice. One of the best Lugaw I've ever tasted. You can choose which part of the chicken will be included in your Lugaw – thigh, breast or wings. Lugaw Xperience is just across one of the famous landmarks of Malabon – the Ibaviosa House.

The Ibaviosa House (according to the marker) is originally made of bamboo and nipa. This pre-war house owned by couples Manuel Ibaviosa Sr and Maria Cruz-Ibaviosa was completed in the early 1940s on this 2,200 sq m lot, due to the family’s success in Malabon Patis (fish sauce). The structure which provides a glimpse of the past endured the Philippine-Japanese war, preserving its living room with marble floor finish, French windows, artistically decorated ceiling and overall eloquence. According to locals, the house was used in several soaps and films.

Next stop to our Malabon Food Trip is Hazel’s Special Puto. This I can say is the best puto (and puto pao) I've ever tasted. This can really be a reason to visit Malabon since they don’t franchise their special puto. Their puto is so “fine” in the sense that they might have used the finest variety of rice available in the market or they might have grinded it very well.

According to the plaque given by the Malabon City Government, Haze’s Special Puto is “Ipinundar noong taong 2000, lumaganap ang kakaibang timpla ng mga produktong pagkain nito sa mga suki mula sa iba’t-ibang dako ng rehiyon. Pangatlo sa limang magkakapatid, ipinagpatuloy ng nagmanang si Hazel M Faustino and noo’y payak na hanapbuhay ng kanyang inang si Rebecca Monfiero. Ngayo’y patuloy na tinatangkilik ang Hazel’s Puto hindi lang ng taga-Malabon kundi pati rin ng taga ibang lugar.”

Our next stop to our Malabon Food Trip is Jamico’s Restaurant: Home of Judy Ann Crispy Pata (since 1972). This is where we had our lunch. I can also say that this is where I tasted the best Crispy Pata. It’s been featured in several TV Shows already and is already a landmark in Malabon. Like Hazel’s Special Puto, they also don’t franchise their famous Crispy Pata so that we’ll have a reason to visit Malabon.

No other than the owner of Jamico’s Restaurant greeted us on our visit and even showed us the entire pata so that we could take a picture of it. Jamico’s Restaurant is founded by Remeyno Antonio and is managed by siblings Susan Antonio-Corvera and Judy Ann Francisco. They also serve other dishes like Ampalaya con Carne, Lumpiang Shanghai, Lechon Macau, Tokwa con Lechon, Bistek Tagalog, Chicken Pandan, Shrimp Embotido, Torta Alimasag, Calamares, among others.

Our next destinations include Dolor’s Kakanin, Betsy’s Cake Center and Nanay’s Pancit Malabon. That’s on Part 2 of our Malabon Food Trip.

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San Bartoleme Church – the starting point of our Malabon Food Trip

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Some of the members of the Malabon Tourism Office that conducts the Malabon Tricycle Tour.

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Our tricycle driver for our Malabon Food Trip.

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The Ibaviosa House across Lugaw Xperience

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The Lugaw Xperience – the best Arrozcaldo in Malabon.

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One of the best Arrozcaldo I’ve ever tasted.

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The price is very affordable for such tasty puto and puto pao.

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The best puto and puto pao I’ve ever tasted.

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This is the one included in the Malabon Food Tour.

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This is the entire Pata which is priced on their leaflet at P550.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Kneeling Carabao Festival 2015

The town of Pulilan, Bulacan will be celebrating their annual Carabao Festival, which they renamed to Kneeling Carabao Festival, on May 14-15, 2015. I was advised by the organizers via Facebook that on May 14, the program will start at 2:00 PM.

The Kneeling Carabao Festival is in honor of San Isidro Labrador (Saint Isidore), the patron saint of farmers. I lived in Baliuag during my school days but I’ve never been to this festival. This year, the Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation (FPPF) declared the Kneeling Carabao Festival of Pulilan as one of the 4 On-The-Spot (OTS) of the Federation. I’m definitely going to this festival.

Viva! San Isidro Labrador. Viva! Fiesta Pulilan 2015.

Kneeling Carabao Festival 2

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Calendar of Activities for Pistay Dayat 2015

Here’s the calendar of activities for the 435th Agew na Pangasinan and Pistay Dayat 2015. I hope to attend these activities. I wonder who to contact if in case I need a photographer’s pass.

Pistay Dayat 2015

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