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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.