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Dim's Resto in Tuguegarao City

Every morning, our measly complimentary breakfast meal at the Holiday Plaza Hotel in Tuguegarao City always left us wanting for more. So after finishing everything off in a single minute, we’d head over to the nearby Dim’s Resto, a tapsihan near the hotel, to continue our meal.

Dim's Resto Tapsilog in Tuguegarao City

One would think that finding a tapsilog place in a bustling city like Tuguegarao would be a piece of cake, well, we thought wrong. Here, panciterias rule. It took us quite a bit of hunting to find a place selling a good old tapsilog. During our three-day stay, we only found a single eatery selling our favorite morning fare.

Dim’s Resto is a simple carinderia along Blumentritt Street. It has no air-conditioning, has a bare concrete floor complemented by colorful wood furniture. It seemed popular enough with the locals, so we instantly sat down to check their menu.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Saturday, April 18, 2015

Pensione Joselina Tuguegarao

About two years back, coming from an week-long trip from the towns of Claveria, Pagudpud and Calayan, we made a quick decision to drop by Tuguegarao City as we were about to board a bus bound to Manila. Since it was such a spur-of-the-moment move, we scrambled across the web, scouting for the cheapest accommodation we could find before our bus passes by the city.

Pensione Joselina was the first one we found and a quick call from our cellphone confirmed us for the night.

We arrived at Tuguegarao City at around eight in the evening. Finding Pensione Joselina was easy enough. After a few questions for directions, we were at the inn’s gates in less than five minutes.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Thursday, April 16, 2015

Jomar's Pancit Batil Patong Tuguegarao

I became obsessed with Pancit batil patong after trying out a plate at a roadside panciteria in Tuguegarao City a couple of years back. I’ve scoured Manila since then, trying to find that perfect eatery that serves the same pancit dish. It wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be; looking for a restaurant selling one was hard enough, finding one that has the same legit flavor as those in Tuguegarao was nearly impossible.

Jomar's Pancit Batil Patong Tuguegarao

After several restaurants, I thought I finally found the perfect one at Jibs Pancit Batil Patung in Manila. My taste buds thought it has that same zest as those in Tuguegarao City where this particular noodle dish came from. But during my recent trip to this city up north, I tried out the pancit being offered at Jomar’s Pancit Batil Patung, and realized I thought wrong.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Pancit Batil Patong Hawker Bonifacio Tuguegarao

It was literally along the street of Tuguegarao City where I first had my taste of the region’s famous pancit batil patong noodle dish.

We arrived in the city’s downtown area around eight in the evening, bought a few cans of Red Horse from a grocery store, and before going back at Pensione Joselina where we were staying, we passed a makeshift, hawker-style eatery set along one of the main avenues of the city. And since it looked quite popular with the locals, we decided to try it out for ourselves.

The rest, as they say is history.

Bonifacio Avenue Tuguegarao City

During our recent visit to Tuguegarao, we were determined to find this guerilla-type pancit batil patong stall again, not only to relive that first moment where I tasted my now ultimate favorite noodle dish in the country, but also to have another taste of their offerings.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Sunday, April 12, 2015

Tuguegarao Cathedral

Tuguegarao City holds the record for having the hottest climate in the Philippines. And on in this particular day, we really can’t quite dispute that. We were sweating buckets as we moved through the city’s busy streets, walking through shades and sprinting along open areas as we made our way to the Tuguegarao Cathedral.

Tuguegarao Cathedral Details

The baroque-style cathedral stood proudly against the midday heat. A handsome brick sentinel, watching guard over the whole city. On its symmetrical facade, framed by Solomonic twisted pilasters, we could glean cryptic clay casts; two bolos with a six-pointed stars, roosters, mysterious characters topped with crowns.

Church architecture aficionados were quite particular with the cathedral’s broken and crested pediment, a style they said, typical to Cagayan churches.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Friday, April 10, 2015

Ed's Panciteria Pancit Batil Patung Tuguegarao

I tasted my first pancit batil patong dish the night before at a guerilla-type roadside eatery. I was instantly hooked.

This was about two years ago and it was my first time to visit Tuguegarao City. The next morning, we hunted for a proper panciteria, asking locals as we went along. They were all saying the same thing, go to the Tuguegarao Cathedral, there’s one along its left wing. We followed their advice and we found Ed’s Panciteria.

Ed's Panciteria Pancit Batil Patung Tuguegarao

It was basically a shack with a bare ceiling, unfinished floor with a few plastic chairs and makeshift tables. The thing that made us decide to eat there was the number of locals having their fill of their noodles, a good indication that this place serves a mean dish.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Holiday Plaza Hotel Tuguegarao

What we really wanted to do right after arriving from a grueling twelve-hour bus ride from Manila to Tuguegarao City was to gobble up a plateful of pancit batil patong from Jomar’s. But it simply wasn’t possible, we were too doggone tired and all we wanted was to stretch out and sleep.

And that was exactly what we did. From nine in the morning, all the way to the late afternoon, we did nothing but snooze our heads off at Tuguegarao’s first international hotel, the Holiday Plaza Hotel in Tuguegarao City.

Holiday Plaza Hotel Tuguegarao

The four-storey, four-star hotel became our home for our three days of food-trippin’ through Tuguegarao’s panciterias. We were welcomed by two beautiful gals from the front desk and were escorted to our third floor room with no fuss. They have an elevator, so no need to trek all the way to our designated room.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Monday, April 6, 2015

Pancit Cabagan Eddie's Panciteria

My favorite noodle dish in the Philippines has always been Tuguegarao’s pancit batil patong. But I’ve always been curious about its kissing cousin, the pancit cabagan, an almost similar noodle cuisine found about an hour or so from Tuguegarao City, originating from a town whose name it came from.

Pancit Cabagan Noodles

Coming from another town in the province of Isabela where we visited the Tumauini Church, we decided to drop by the municipality of Cabagan before heading to Tuguegarao City. Our only purpose in doing so was to have a taste of its pancit. It can’t get more authentic than having my first taste of pancit cabagan at Cabagan itself.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Saturday, April 4, 2015

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