HARANA, A Musical Cultural Journey of Authentic Filipino Music

Finally, Philippine Opera is restaging HARANA, which got a long standing ovation and emotional applause when it was shown last year. Harana is a courtship tradition of the Filipinos, where the suitor sings underneath a woman’s window to win her heart.

MESA, Filipino Moderne, Greenbelt 5

I would never trust a politician, especially if he/she set up a restaurant (even if it was promoted by Sharon Cuneta herself). That’s the reason why I’ve never been to Lamesa Grill, which opened in the SM Mall of Asia. Recently, though, the Lamesa Grill group (owned by Kiko Pangilinan and friends) opened the high-end Modern Filipino restaurant called MESA in Greenbelt 5.

Chef Laudico Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet!

Chef Laudico’s Weekend Buffet is brilliant and different. For P788 net per adult and P488 for kids 10 years and below, you can order from over 50 popular dishes and desserts from the buffet menu. The food is cooked and served as you order them…

Santo Entierro Procession: Good Friday Traditions of San Fernando, Pampanga

Kapampangans are proud of the 6pm Santo Entierro (meaning Holy Burial) Procession in San Fernando. The Crucifixions in Brgy San Pedro Cutud finish around 3pm. People would then have a late lunch or merienda and rest before the 6pm procession in the San Fernando Cathedral.

Cutud Crucifixions: Good Friday Traditions of San Fernando, Pampanga

Spanky once said to us that we need to experience the Cutud Crucifixions before we can be certified as adopted Kapampangans. Our family went to San Fernando, Pampanga on Good Friday to see the 50+-year old solemn tradition of crucifixions in San Pedro Cutud, Pampanga.

My First Day in AIM


Happy Easter! Our family stayed in Manila except on Good Friday when we immersed into the Good Friday tradition of San Fernando Pampanga. I’ll share some more about it in succeeding post.
It is my first day teaching in AIM. I’m excited and I do hope I can impart my knowledge effectively.
We discovered a lot of foodie goodies over the long holidays and I’ll share with them to you soon 🙂

Ultimate San Isidro Festival and Viaje del Sol Culinary Tour

Laguna/ Quezon Province and the San Isidro Labrador Festival. It’s fiesta time in this month of May and what better way to drink, eat and be merry as we head south to explore charming Quezon province. It’s the best time of the year as we join in the revelry and celebrate feast of San Isidro de Labrador!

Ultimate Culinary Tour of Pagudpud and Vigan

In Ilocos, nature and history is intertwined but at Ultimate Philippines, we think this is combo best savored with bagnet and beer so we’re exploring this provincial belle – our style. Let’s journey onto the Northern plains and take a time-warp through the colonial city of Vigan. We’ll walk through cobbles, munching our way through the town’s traditional street fare, from yummy empanadas to tasty longganisas.. More historical bites as we take a peek at the life of ex-strongman Ferdinand Marcos in the town of Batac and admire two masterpieces of Ilocos’ unique ‘earthquake baroque’ architecture- Paoay and Santa Maria Church.