Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Seascape and Hilltop: The Best of both at Gulugod

Sunset at the Campsite
Most of us prefer to go to the sea to relax as the sound of the waves crashing to the shore really hits that moment of peace away from the stress of the city. There are of course those who loves a hike in the hills or mountains as it soothes the body with a breath of fresh air and a good view of the setting sun. For those who loves to enjoy the company of nature, well, you can enjoy both at a place called Mt. Gulugod Baboy.

Weekend with Sand Bars and Bakawan: Alibijaban

San Andres Port
A paradise of sand bars and mangroves lie at the tip of the Quezon Province, in the town of San Andres, in the island called Alibijaban. We've traveled 7 hours by land from my hometown Nagcarlan to the town of San Andres. The first stop is the market to buy some fish for dinner. Then, we headed for the boat and to our surprise, a seemingly brand new port sits along the shores of the town. As we were told to bring water to the island, a few meters away from the port is a purified water station where you can fill up water containers for safe drinking and cooking. To get across to the island we have chartered a boat to take us to the island. If you are wondering how much the boat costs don't worry, prices aren't that steep here.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Mami Chronicles: Nagcarlan

Food is everywhere. Towns and cities often get identities based on the local cuisine and delicacies but when it comes to cyclists and travelers, there is one that stands out; the "Mami". For bikers like me, the "mami" is a good source of energy on the go. It is filling but not too heavy and because of its rich soup, it is quickly absorbed by the body as a source of energy for more biking. There are many mami houses in Nagcarlan as well as the nearby towns and here in this blog, join me as I discover them all. Brace yourselves my friends, this will be a long one. Let us awaken our taste buds for the "Mami Chronicles:Nagcarlan", and try not to drool while your at it.. :D

First up, Ampy's Bikers Mami House. Situated somewhere along the road going to Brgy. Calumpang, Aling Ampy's mami is as far as I can tell, the best Mami in the outskirts of Nagcarlan.

Next is the one I grew up with, Mario's Mami. This is somewhat the Legendary Mami of Nagcarlan. Located near the heart of Nagcarlan, this mami house sits at the corner of the Market street and the street going to Liliw. I grew up eating their mami every once in a while and whenever on soft diet.. :)

Spending time by the Municipal Hall is how I found the next one. On the street going to Brgy. Yukos, M. Doria St., is a Mami House open only in the morning. It's a spot for those who rise up early for a morning walk or a jog to Brgy. Palayan for some fresh air. Unli-Soup here guys! :D

At the canteen of the Municipal Hall is another spot for hot Mami. Tarits is what we call her (short for Tita Rita), she manages the coop canteen. Here is where you eat if you have to spend long hours at the Municipal Hall.

At an intersection along Brgy. Palayan road is our next spot. Mang Nery's Mami. A good mami spot if you happen to pass by with soup-hunger. :)

Next up, for as far as I know, this is the only Chicken Mami in town. Ate Nieva's Canteen. There are many delicious choices available here but I strongly recommend her Chicken Mami. You can find the canteen at Rizal Avenue near Rizal Standard Academy, beside Angel Photography.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Luisiana: A town of Pandan, a Giant Waterfall called Hulugan and a Cafe named Ustingan

From now on, I'll be posting adventures from Nagcarlan and my other adventures from beyond my hometown. This will now be "The Man of Stills: Nagcarlan and Beyond".

This will only be the first Beyond Nagcarlan adventure that I will post so expect more to come.

Recently, I had an extraordinary waterfalls experience in a town founded by Don Luis and his Wife Doña Ana, the "Little Baguio of Laguna" as they call it, Luisiana (Luis Y Ana).

         During the 17th century, there was an area of land in Laguna known as Terreno de Nasonog (Lupaín ng Nasonog in Tagalog). In 1678, Terreno de Nasúnog was divided into three parts: Nasúnog de Lucban, Nasonog de Cavinti, and Nasúnog de Majayjay.
          Nasonog de Majayjay later became the town of Luisiana. It was only on April 3, 1854 that ecclesiastical independence was granted to Nasonog by the Governor-General (the Marqués de Novaliches) with the corresponding approval from the Archbishop of Manila, having Don Marcos Bartolomé as its first interim parish priest. Because of the role of Don Luis Bernárdo and his wife Doña Ana, the town was named 'Luis y Ana', later changed to 'Luisiana' (Source: Wikipedia)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Nagcarlan Talahibing River: A Non-Distant Paradise

      Living in Nagcarlan as a kid, I grew up spending my summer days swimming in the rivers of the town almost everyday. Me and my childhood friends often go picnic with our lunches and take dips to the rivers cold waters. If you're hungry for water adventures during summer days, Nagcarlan will surely be an interesting place to go. Here I'll let you take a glimpse of what is for the taking at the waters of Nagcarlan.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Old and Historic : The St. Bartholomew Parish Church of Nagcarlan

There are many old churches in Laguna. Among them is the St. Bartholomew Parish Church. Both historic and magnificent, the church can be found in the town of Nagcarlan, about 103km south of Manila. Built in honor of St. Bartholomew the Apostle, the architectural design of the church is Baroque-inspired.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Waterfall Hidden behind the Adobe Wall: Brgy. Tipacan

The Tipacan River
Have you ever wondered how a church was built? In the Spanish era there were no power tools of any kind. Here, I tell a story of how the St. Bartholomew Parish Church in Nagcarlan, Laguna came to be. In Brgy. Tipacan, you can find an adobe wall where the stones used to build the church was carved from, and hidden behind it is a nice, cool waterfall.

About 2-3 Kilometers north of the town of Nagcarlan,  Brgy. Tipacan is home to clean rivers and betel nuts(used in making "nga nga" or "betel chew"). But what's good here is that the riverbed is not made of sand, instead it's made up of "dape" or clay used in making adobe bricks.