Binondo, Manila turns festive every Chinese New Year. Days before Chinese New Year, the entire Binondo Chinatown area gets extremely busy.
Magellan’s Cross is probably the most important historical marker in Cebu City. There is nothing grand or extravagant about this tourist attraction, except that it symbolizes a very important event in history. On a day tour around Cebu, tourists are recommended to visit this site, where Christianity in the Philippines began. The giant cross housed inside a dome represents the cross that the renowned Portuguese explorer brought to the island of Cebu in 1521. Continue reading Magellan’s Cross, Cebu
On my return visit to Cebu, me and my friends went back to Basilica del Santo Niño to light a candle at the church. Candle-lighing at the church is part of the tradition in the city, reflecting the religious past of the people of Cebu. Continue reading Lighting a Candle at Santo Niño Basilica, Cebu
Pahiyas Festival is one of the most interesting and colorful fiestas in the Philippines. Held every May 15th in Lucban, Quezon Province, Pahiyas Festival is a special time when the locals give thanks to their patron saint, San Isidro Labrador, patron saint of farmers.
During Pahiyas Festival Lucban folks adorn their houses with colorful ornaments, all made of farm produce: fruits and vegetables, rice grains, eggs, coconuts and kiping, a wafer made of rice, said to be influenced and was a rice version of the Mexican taco shell. Continue reading Pahiyas Festival, Lucban, Quezon