Fabrics and Culture: Some of the best Fabrics in the Philippines

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.

  1. Ifugao Tapis

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.

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Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons
  1. T’boli T’nalak

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.

Tboli Tnalak Flickr Constantine Agustin

  1. 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.

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Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons
  1. Abaca

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.

Photo credit: Flickr Ronald Tagra
Photo credit: Flickr Ronald Tagra
  1. Abel Iloco

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 | Filipino Festivals in July

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.

Sandugo Festival
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2. Kinabayo Festival

This colorful festival is held in Dapitan every July to commemorate the city’s conversion to Christianism during the 1600’s.

Kinabayo Festival
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3. Cordillera Day

Cordillera Day is celebrated with colorful dances and good food in commemoration of the founding of the Cordillera Administrative Region.

Cordillera Day
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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.

Pagoda Festival
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10 Places to Dine at in La Union Philippines

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.

Halo Halo de Iloko

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.

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Address: Thunderbird Resort, Poro Point, San Fernando, La Union

Olives Restaurant

Olives is the restaurant for Italian food in La Union. One of their must-try entrees is the 4-Flavored Pizza.

Olives Restaurant

Address: Thunderbird Resort, Poro Point, San Fernando, La Union

S.O.U.L Café

A ‘Spice of Urban Life” as they call themselves, S.O.U.L Café is the place to either grab a quick snack or stay over for coffee.

S.O.U.L. Cafe

Address: Camp One, Rosario, La Union

Surf Shack

Combining good food with the surfing experience, Surf Shack is the place to go to for sea surfers and adventurers alike.

Surf Shack

Address: Brgy. Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union

La Roca

Located along Surfer’s Road, this restaurant and hotel offers travelers good food with the great view of La Union’s seascape.

La Roca

Address: Brgy. Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union

Sugar Artisan

Sweet toothed? Sugar Artisan is the place to grab some really good desserts. From parfaits to crepes, they have it all here.

Sugar Artisan

Address: McArthur Hwy, San Juan, La Union


For those that are craving for fresh seafood, Riverfarm is the place for you. This restaurant serves catch-to-plate food that is fresh every time.

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Address: Km 232, Baroro, Bacnotan, La Union

Makkan Ilokano Restaurant

Serving authentic Ilokano food, Makkan is the place to go to complete your Ilocandia experience in La Union. One of their must-try entrees is their Crispy Dinuguan.

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Address: Sta. Barbara, Agoo, La Union


When craving for baby-back ribs in La Union, Midway Grill is the place to go.

Midway Grill

Address: Añez Building, MacArthur Highway, Carlatan, San Fernando

5 Places to Fill your Tummy and Soul in Batanes

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.

Fundacion Pacita Batanes Nature Lodge

Address: Fundacion Pacita Batanes Nature Lodge, Brgy. Chanarian, Tukon, Basco, Batanes, Philippines 3900

Shanedel’s Inn and Café


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!

Shanedels Inn Cafe

Address: National Road, Kaycharianan, Basco, Batanes

Pension Ivatan

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.

Pension Ivatan

Address: Basco, Batanes 3900

Octagon Bed and Dine

Combining the view of the sea and good food, Octagon Bed and Dine is surely not to be missed.

Octagon Bed and Dine

Address: Sitio Disong Brgy. Kaychanarianan, Basco, Batanes

Beehan Cafeteria

Beehan Cafeteria is another place you should not miss. From traditional dishes to everyday food, this place will satisfy any craving.

Beehan Cafeteria

Address: Lizardo St., Kayhuvukan, Basco, Batanes