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Jonash's Pancit Batil Patong in Quezon City

Metro Manila was covered with lashing, umbrella-bending rain, but it was not enough to keep us from checking a Pancit Batil Patong place we saw on Facebook. Tucked at an unknown street deep in the heart of Quezon City, we braved the flooded roads and risked breaking our umbrellas; we simply got to know if Jonash Panciteria and Carinderia offers an authentic version of our favorite noodle dish from Tuguegarao City.

Jonash Panciteria and Carinderia in Quezon City

It wasn’t hard to find the place, although I had to walk some minutes from the KFC at the corner of Roosevelt and Mindanao Avenue amidst the roaring rain; there simply was no other way to go at the said panciteria. Taxi is of course not an option for me.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Thursday, August 28, 2014

Pacquiao Statuette at J.J. Sports Bar in Parañaque City

A display cabinet filled with boxing, football, racing and basketball mementos—some even signed by their respective sport heroes—stands right at the heart of a sports bar at one of the unlikeliest places in Parañaque City.

I was invited to cover this bar’s opening, which was graced by not a few PBA basketball stars, but I was on the northern part of the country, busy revisiting Vigan City. A few weeks after, en route to Terminal One of the Manila International Airport for a flight outside the country, I decided to visit the bar rather than wait at the airport and see what the fuss was about.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Huts at ATC Ihawan in Dagupan

I’ll take over that mic and sing once the sun sets, so says J as the song book was pushed into his hands. It was the last day of our Pangasinan trip and we were at a stilt-hut standing over a fishpond somewhere in Dagupan City. After enjoying the air-conditioning and coffee at Yellow Tree Café, we decided to end our journey by having a couple of beers and belting out songs away from the glimmering lights of the city and the curious ears of strangers.

Pathway to the Huts at ATC Ihawan in Dagupan

We were quite particular on the hut we wanted to spend our last hours in Dagupan in. It has to be over a fishpond and it must look very local. We wanted nothing too polished and touristy.

After checking out a few of the restaurants situated at the ponds along Judge Jose de Venecia Highway, we were almost ready to give up. Good thing M remembered a place she bought some soft drinks on during the city festival a few months back that perfectly suited our requirements.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Old Dagupan Cathedral

Like a gem hidden behind the busy modern facade of Dagupan City, the old Dagupan Cathedral shines with its old regal architecture. Resurrected from the ruins, it now towers as a testament to the city’s foregone era; before malls lined its streets, before concrete paved its highways.
Historical Marker at the Old Dagupan CathedralEven masked by a concrete veneer, one can clearly see the history behind the facade of Dagupan’s Neo-Classical Sanctuario de San Juan Evangelista.

According to historians, the original church along with its convent was burned down in 1660 by Andres Malong, a rebel during the Spanish era. The cathedral has been rebuilt and renovated numerous times since due to earthquakes and flood.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Monday, August 25, 2014

Frappes at Dagupan’s Yellow Tree Café

Is there a legit coffee shop here in Dagupan? C asked M who’s been the resident blogger of the city. Hmmm… There’s a newly opened Starbucks here, but you probably don’t really want that. I know just the place.

Still not knowing where to go next, we decided to regroup and have some chill moments first at a café somewhere within the city.
Dagupan’s Yellow Tree CaféFrom Hotel Le Duc, we rode a tricycle and alighted at a stately building just a few minutes from our hotel. It didn’t look like a coffee shop at all. From a winding and carpeted spiral staircase, we emerged on the second floor where our query awaited, the Yellow Tree Café.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Sunday, August 24, 2014

Calasiao Church Facade

When one mentions Calasiao, the thing that immediately comes to mind are its small, bite-sized rice cakes or puto. It was the same for me; that was until I actually visited the town, which is located in Pangasinan. While hunting for some pasalubongs to bring back home, we stumbled upon another of Calasiao’s treasure, its heritage Baroque church.
Puto Calasiao VendorGetting there was easy enough, from the Dagupeña Restaurant, we simply rode a jeep and alighted at Calasiao’s Poblacion where the numerous puto and kutsinta vendors are centrally located. Calls immediately rang out, the vendors all vying for our attention.

Puto Calasiao’s difference from most putos is that it is fermented for days on jars before being processed. A plastic of the delicacy cost a measly Php20.00, about 1/4 kilo, and is very addictive.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Saturday, August 23, 2014

Dagupeña Restaurant in Dagupan City

Where to go next was really not the question that was being asked during our recent Dagupan tour, but rather, where to eat next. Our trip was becoming more and more like a food tasting trip rather than a sight-seeing tour. Our next stop only proved it to be so. We’re going to one of Dagupan’s pioneer food place, Dagupeña.

Window Details of Dagupeña Restaurant in Dagupan CityFounded in 1928 by Ignacia Cahoha Bernal, this iconic restaurant started out as a small carinderia set up to support the education of her eight children. It grew through the patronage of not only regular Dagupeños, but also the prominent personalities of the province.

A cook by heart, her daing, sinigang, egado, inasin and pinakbet became a legend in the region.

And that legend was what we were after.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Friday, August 22, 2014

Pigar-Pigar at Great Taste Restaurant

When in Dagupan, eat as the Dagupeños do.

But really, what else do you eat in Dagupan besides the obvious bangus dishes that the city is known for?

Well, how about Pigar-Pigar? Okay. Pigar what?

Great Taste Pigar-Pigar Restaurant

Cruising along Galvan Street near the market at night, one cannot deny how popular this dish is with the locals of Dagupan City. The sidewalks are filled with makeshift tables and benches; and with each patron, a dish of Pigar-Pigar on hand.

But what exactly is this Pigar-Pigar?

We went to the nearby Great Taste Pigar-Pigar Restaurant to find out.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Thursday, August 21, 2014


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