Lakad Pilipinas

The hunt for the perfect Pancit Batil Patong continues. After being disappointed with Pasig’s Pancit Center and Bruno’s Pancit Batil Patung in Kamuning, we were still on the look out for a restaurant that can really do justice to this Tuguegarao noodle favorite. This time, our feet led us to Muñoz in Quezon City to find if Rapsatodits can finally satiate our mad cravings for that elusive dish.
I first saw Rapsatodits while speeding along a jeepney bound for Muñoz. Unable to stop, I simply noted its location and Googled it on my way back home. But as we finally got to visit the place, the carinderia seemed to have vanished into thin air.

Our fears were allayed though when we were told that they’ve simply moved to a much more affordable location, albeit, a harder to find one.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Best of the Best Philippines Coffee Table Book

Violin notes sweetly filled the room as giant pawikans swam through the background of a room somewhere in Makati City.
We were at the Sage Bar in Shangrila and I cannot help but feel overwhelmed and underdressed as the who’s who of the Philippine society started to pour in at the bar for the launching of Eastgate Publishing’s (the same guys that do the legendary Mabuhay Magazine) Best of the Best Philippines coffee table book.

Best of the Best Philippines Coffee Table BookSo what was I doing here again in my typical printed black shirt, black trek pants and muddy trail shoes? Actually, I was invited here (imagine that), not to write about the event but to simply attend it since I actually have a few photographs tucked inside the pages of the said book.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Monday, April 21, 2014
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Google Travel and Adventure Philippines

Every traveler worth his salt has probably watched an episode of the popular reality TV show The Amazing Race even once. I was addicted to that show even before the travel bug hit me and it always crosses my mind how it would be like to actually participate in it.
Google Travel and Adventure PhilippinesA few weeks ago, I got an e-mail inviting me to be part of something very similar to the Amazing Race. Google Philippines set off a Travel & Adventure event titled Google Café. It would have teams competing on race from Manila to Tagaytay City with no one guiding the competitors along except cryptic clues and cell phones glued to Google.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Saturday, April 19, 2014

Tarlac Travel Guide and Itinerary

The province of Tarlac in Central Luzon is really not known for tourism. In fact, some people even jokingly dub it as the toilet stop of Luzon; the area being frequented only by motorist needing to relieve themselves on their way to another province. But my visit to Tarlac opened my eyes to its many tourist spots and food places unbeknownst to even some of the most veteran travelers in the country. Tarlac has a lot of tourism potential; it has historical places, museums, adventure parks, religious destinations, hiking and biking trails, waterfalls and gastronomic places.

With this travel guide, allow me to help you get lost in Tarlac.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Friday, April 18, 2014

The Mt. Pinatubo Crater Lake

The Smashing Pumpkins were rumbling through the chorus of Today on my iPod as I climbed the final steps towards the viewing deck of Mount Pinatubo. I was panting a bit, not really used to hiking for hours in the shape I’m in. I stepped towards the chasm that looked down upon the crater of the volcano that has caused so much trouble to people of Central Luzon and suppressed a gasp.

Everyone knows what a cliché it is to have a view take one’s breath away. But you won’t care about that once your eyes lay upon Mount Pinatubo’s glimmering emerald crater.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Can you imagine quality restaurant cuisine being served at a fraction of the price? This restaurant located at Barangay San Vicente in Tarlac City does so. No, they’re not on sale, nor are they closing up; that’s just how they price their servings. And they do it every single day of the week.

Welcome to Primadeli Ristorante, one of Tarlac City’s best kept gastronomic secret.

This open-aired fine-dining restaurant started serving Tarlaqueños with their Sicilian-inspired cuisines two years ago. The kitchen crew is orchestrated by Chef James, the very hands-on restaurant owner, who whips a fusion of Italian dishes mixed with Western and Asian flavors.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Friday, April 11, 2014

ATV at the Tarlac Recreational Park

My ATV rumbled through the arid dirt track of the Tarlac Recreational Park. I sped past a dune buggy; my hands shaking wildly as the ATV bounced through a rough patch of the road. The sun was gloriously shining above, the wind whipping through my whole body, my camera dangling just below my neck; the only thing missing was an AC/DC song blasting through as soundtrack and everything would’ve been rock n’ roll perfect.Lakad Pilipinas at the Tarlac Recreational Park - Photo by Dandi GalvezThe change from absolute calm to supreme mayhem couldn’t be more jarring.

Our group from Microtel Luisita’s Tara Quin Tarlac Tour has just visited the hilltop sanctuary of Monasterio de Tarlac before heading to the Tarlac Recreational Park. It is arguably the hub of sports activity this side of the province.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Risen Christ at the Monasterio de Tarlac

A thirty-foot statue of the Risen Christ towered over the rolling landscape of the Province of Tarlac. We were at the hillside retreat of Monasterio de Tarlac for Tara Quin Tarlac, a familiarization tour spearheaded by Microtel Luisita to open the floodgates of tourism in the region.

A Monk at the Monasterio de Tarlac

A monk from the Servants of the Risen Christ Monastic Community approached us, welcoming us to the Mountain of Resurrection where the monastery is built on. We asked a few questions and he gamely answered, explaining the origins of their order and the monasterio itself.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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