One of the best souvenirs that you may bring home from your trip to the Philippines are clothes that are locally woven and made. By bringing these home, you carry the Filipino Heritage with you. Here are some of the fabrics that you might want to check when you are in the Pearl of the Orient.
The tapis is usually a piece of cloth that is wrapped around one’s body as clothing. The “Alampay” of the North is a kind of handwoven fabric that is used to wrap one’s waist.
This fabric from the T’Boli tribe in the southern part of the Philippines, particularly in Mindanao, is a rare product, since the weavers aren’t as numerous as before.
Jusi and Pina
These two are both from the pineapple plant, and are traditionally used to make Barong Tagalogs, or the Philippine National Costume for Males.
The Abaca is one kind of Filipino Fabric that has been known worldwide for the longest time. Strong and strudy, this expensive fabric is usually made into slippers and ropes.
Made from “sagut” or a locally grown cotton fabric, this kind is also found in the northern part of the country. This handmade fabric may be made into garments, bags, and others.
Viva! Pinas is a series that features some Philippine Festivities to help you plan the itinerary of your next vacation to the Pearl of the Orient. This time, we feature some of the festivals during the month of July.
1. Sandugo Festival
This is a festival that is celebrated every July in celebration of the friendship between Datu Sikatuna and Spanish Miguel Lopez de Legazpi.
2. Kinabayo Festival
This colorful festival is held in Dapitan every July to commemorate the city’s conversion to Christianism during the 1600’s.
3. Cordillera Day
Cordillera Day is celebrated with colorful dances and good food in commemoration of the founding of the Cordillera Administrative Region.
4. Pagoda Festival
This is celebrated every July, in commemoration of the Holy Cross of Wawa. The Cross is paraded in a special pagoda along the Pasig River, accompanied by other pagodas in a parade.
La Union is one of the most visited provinces in the Northern Philippines. Being welcomed by a picturesque seascape and a taste for adventure, this province in the Ilocandia is also considered as the Surfing Capital of the North, with people from all over the world flocking to its surfing spots.
But of course, all the surfing and the adventure will make you hungry for good food. Here we have listed 10 spots that you should not miss dining at when in La Union.
Halo Halo de Iloko
Offering Filipino food and dessert, Halo Halo de Iloko is the spot to cool down after a hot day of surfing and roaming. When dining here, one must try their Halo-Halo – a Filipino dessert made with shaved ice, sweetened beans, ice cream, gelatin, rice crispies, milk flan, sugar, and milk.
Address: Zandueta St., San Fernando, La Union
If you are in search of good Korean food during your stay in La Union, Jinyou is the place to go. Located in the Metro, this Korean restaurant serves the best Samgyupsal in the province.
With calming and serene landscapes, Batanes really is a must in one’s travel itinerary to the Philippines. From breathtaking sights to Philippine heritage, it really captures the hearts of people that go there. Combine that experience with food that fills your body and soul with the Batanes spirit. Here we have listed some of the places you should eat at when visiting the Philippines’ frontier in the North.
Café de Tukon
Café de Tukon, located at the Fundacion Pacita Batanes Nature Lodge, uses locally grown organic ingredients. They also offer traditional food from Batanes.
With a view of one of the ports in Batanes, Shanedel’s Inn and Café gives you both good food and a breathtaking view of the sea. However, dining here is by reservation so grab your phones and set them now!
Address: National Road, Kaycharianan, Basco, Batanes
Pension Ivatan serves authentic Ivatan cuisine, or the cuisine of the local ethnolinguistic group of Batanes. Some of their must try food are grilled tanigue or grilled fish, and the Ivatan Platter which consists of several different seafood delights.