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
Photo Credit: dapitancity.gov.ph

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
Photo Credit: bulacan.gov.ph

 

 

Culinary Journey: Top 5 Food trucks in California

A culinary trip across California won’t be complete without catching one of these diners on wheels. These trucks serve various takes on local cuisine as well as street food. Let’s kick things off with the 5 essential food trucks to catch in California.

  • The Lobos Truck

Serving up a savory take on American comfort food, The Lobos truck offers a wide range of food from premium burgers to mac & cheese as well as their own take on hot wings. Next time you see this red truck make sure to get wachos (waffle fries nachos).

Lobos Truck 2

Lobos Truck 1

See their schedule here.

  • Kogi BBQ Truck

KOREAN TACOS! The meaty yet savory with a hint of sweetness from the Korean barbeque can now be eaten with a Mexican twist. Be sure to sample their kimchi quesadillas as well as their best seller the spicy pork tacos.

Kogi BBQ 1

Kogi BBQ 2

See their schedule here.

  • The Grilled Cheese Truck

We have to admit, nothing beats the comfort of feasting on melted cheese between two perfectly toasted pieces of bread. This food trucks offer various takes on the American classic with fixins such as pork BBQ and mac & cheese.

Grilled Cheese Truck 1

Grilled Cheese Truck 2

Visit them here.

  • Coolhaus Truck

Now for something sweet. Nothing beats the California Sun that a perfectly made ice cream sandwich. Yes you heard that right ice cream served as a sandwich. Pick your ice cream as well as the vessel for this snowy treat. The flavors range from the classic vanilla to the more exotic Thai Tea. You can also choose the cookie from the classic chocolate chip to the more playful Maple Flapjack.

Coolhaus Truck 2

Coolhaus Truck

Find them here.

  • The Greasy Weiner

No streetfood list will be complete without the classic hotdog in a bun.  This foodies truck offers authentic New Jersey style dogs with a twist. Their signature brats and buns will almost always make you wanting for more.

The Greasy Weiner 2

The Greasy Weiner

See their schedule here.

*All images taken from featured food trucks’ websites and Facebook pages.

Explore the Rockies

Canada has become insanely popular of late because of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The charismatic 23rd PM of Canada has made waves with his modern views and very personable personality. It’s not a far thought that he would come from the Great White North.

It’s time to explore the Canadian Rockies which is filled with inspiring scenery of lakes, mountains and glaciers. The peaks of the Canadian Rocky Mountains can be found between Alberta and British Columbia where there are beautiful sights to see. Here are a few you must not miss if you should find yourself in the Rockies.

Lake Louise

Photo Credit: Pixabay hansiline
Photo Credit: Pixabay hansiline

Banff

Photo credit: Pixabay SHAWSHANK61
Photo credit: Pixabay SHAWSHANK61

Jasper

Photo credit: Flickr ilya_ktsn
Photo credit: Flickr ilya_ktsn

Athabasca Glacier

Photo credit: Flickr Lukes_photos
Photo credit: Flickr Lukes_photos

Icefields

icefields Flickr Gary Ullah
Photo Credit: Flickr Gary Ullah

eGetinnz Goes to Travel Madness Expo 2016

eGetinnz was at the recently concluded Travel Madness Expo 2016 held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

It’s the 5th Travel Madness Expo and the 3 day expo featured various travel related companies offering discounted flights and travel packages for local and international destinations. 

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The expo is the perfect opportunity to create travel plans and get significant discounts and savings.

There were package tours for dream destinations such as Europe, New York and more. Even discounts on travel visas.

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From discounts on flights to accommodations and package tours the travel expo madness has plenty to offer.

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Watch out for the next one!

Entrance:

General Admission Php50.00
Senior Citizen & PWD Php40.00

Traditional Irish Food

Ireland is a mystic land that has greatly influenced western culture. From its vast lands to its welcoming people Ireland surely has a lot to offer. Yet aside from the culture and the people Ireland also has a lot of succulent and savory dishes that are native to Ireland. Here’s a few of the tasty treats that you have to try once you visit the Emerald Isle.

  • Irish stew

Nothing makes you feel more at home than a steaming pot of stew. Irish stew makes the experience more homey and rich with the use of succulent mutton as the protein for the dish. Add in a variety of herbs and veggies and you have a deep dish that will make you feel at home in Ireland.

Irish Stew Flickr jeffreyw
Photo Credit: Flickr- jeffreyw
  • Coddle

With the name taken from the act of coddling, Coddle is a homey Irish dish that makes use of left overs plus pork sausages and onions to boot. The ingredients are then slowly stewed in an oven to mix up all the savory flavours that make up the dish.

Irish Coddle Wikimedia Commons
Photo Credit: Wikmedia Commons
  • Irish Soda Bread

Soda bread is an Irish staple which makes use of sodium bicarbonate as the rising agent (hence the name). Soda bread is a good match for the hearty Irish stew or even Coddle.

Photo Credit: Flickr- Jim Lukach
Photo Credit: Flickr- Jim Lukach
  • Corned Beef and Cabbage

Keeping up with the homey theme of Irish cuisine, Corned Beef and Cabbage is an Irish staple that would satisfy one’s cravings.

Corned Beef and Cabbage Flickr Matt Johnson
Photo Credit: Flickr- Matt Johnson
  • Black Pudding

A type of blood sausage, Black pudding is a breakfast staple for Irish families. This sausage mix of blood, pork meat and fat mixed with various other ingredients is sure to make a pleasant start for any person.

Black Pudding- Flickr Alpha
Photo Credit: Flickr- Alpha

Visiting Australia: Sydney Start up

No visit in Australia is ever complete without a visit to New South Wales, Sydney.  The city is a mix of both culture and excitement as it offers various things that is sure to enchant and invite new tourists and adventure seekers alike. These are but a few of the sights and sounds that Sydney has to offer.

  • The Sydney Opera House

What seems to be the world-known image for Australia, the Sydney Opera House is an iconic staple in the canvass that is the Sydney Harbour. Make sure to check the various tours that are offered to fully appreciate this architectural wonder.

Photo credit: Pixabay- skeeze
Photo credit: Pixabay- skeeze
  • Royal Botanic Gardens

Enjoy tranquility and serenity amidst the buzzing metropolis that is the Royal Botanic Gardens. The Gardens is a home to various collections of herbs, foliage, as well as flowers and succulents. After a long and relaxing walk, tourists can relax and unwind in the cafes or enjoy a lovely picnic with a wonderful view.

Photo credit: Flickr- David Berkowitz
Photo credit: Flickr- David Berkowitz
  • The Art Gallery of New South Wales

From contemporary and classical works by European artists as well as Asian creations to traditional Aboriginal works, the Art Gallery of New South Wales has a vast collection that caters to museum goers as well as tourists looking to see the culture that Sydney has to offer.

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons
Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons
  • The Rocks

This suburban area has a historic feel that makes it popular among tourists. There are numerous offerings within this area such as weekend markets, pubs, museums, as well as art galleries that’s sure to pique the interests of new comers and tourists visiting Sydney for the first time.

Photo credit: Flickr- Mohd Hafiz Noor Shams
Photo credit: Flickr- Mohd Hafiz Noor Shams
  • Bondi Beach

To top off the list is Bondi Beach. No trip to Sydney is ever complete without going to its pristine beaches. Bondi Beach offers the essentials for a perfect surfing beach. Excellent waves, cafes, and a laid back vibe make Bondi Beach a must go for all you surfing junkies out there.

Bondi Beach karlnorling Flickr
Photo credit: Flickr- karlnorling

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

Jinyou

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

Riverfarm

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.

Riverfarm
Photo credit: iFilm Productions

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

Midway

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