The San Augustine Cathedral is the oldest in the Philippines. It is an absolutely gorgeous structure, and there are tons of portraits and sculptures which are placed a bit randomly in the hallways.There was a wedding taking place in the cathedral, which we were able to observe from the upper balcony in the back. The ceremony was breathtaking, and we saw the bridal party walk up the aisle in pairs.Then the bride arrived, and everyone started taking pictures. The train of her dress was very long. It was beautiful but seemed very awkward to handle, especially when she got up to the altar and needed 4 helpers to assist in arranging and managing the fabric. Both her mother and father accompanied her up the aisle and "gave her away" to the groom.
Later during the day we went to Rizal Park, which is where many historical moments took place. The gaining of Filipino Independence took place here, as well as the execution of Rizal, who was a leader in the movement for Independence. It's a great place to relax on a Sunday - there were many families here walking around and enjoying the greenery. Tourists also are common, hence the many individuals who tried to sell us photos, tours, and rides on horse-drawn carriages.
Sarsa Kitchen + Bar
Sarsa Kitchen & BarSARSA by Chef JP Anglo is a legendary joint providing Filipino and Negrense Food with contemporary touches. He is best known as a judge for the Master Chef Pinoy Edition and for his modern resto bar, MuShu Asian Restaurant &amp; Lounge in Bacolod. The Forum, Federacion, BGC, Taguig, Manila; +63-927 /706-0773
I was so disappointed upon seeing what Pandin Lake looked like. Gone are the days when I can walk to the lake without breaking a sweat. Tall trees used to shield visitors from the harsh sun. A private land owner decided to announce his/her presence by fencing their piece of land using modern materials like yero. Several houses have also sprouted on the sides of the lake. Gone are the days where a beach-like lake shore can be enjoyed. I also noticed that ropes were being used to pull bamboo rafts for tourists. Picnicking is also possible aboard roofed bamboo rafts. Locals sell fresh buko juice too. You can also bring your own food and just enjoy the rest of day. No need to hurry.
El Bandar suez
The food is amazing, one can get every thing from pizza, to pasta, exotic ice-creams to deserts. Local cuisine is also good, veg and non-veg options, both are available. The scenery is breath-taking too. If you are in Suez this place is recommended. Money-Wise: Its good food at affordable prices :) penny wise
I am most familiar with Kalibato lake next to Sampaloc lake. A friend of mine has a house nearby and my first visit here was back in 2004. Just like the rest of the lakes, tilapias are also raised here. A small waterfall can also be found at one side. During my initial visit, my friends and I were able to bathe and relax here. The lake pool looked like small jacuzzi.
The last lake we visited and the least scenic one in my opinion. This is located near San Pablo town proper in Brgy. San Cristobal. Residential houses sprouted like mushrooms right on the lake, obscuring the view. It is sad how the local government do not see the potential of the seven lakes as a prime tourist destination. The first half of our day ended at around past 1 pm. We paid Kuya Boyet P700 (for 5 persons) and wished him well on this day. I asked him earlier to come with us for lunch but our next stop was out of the way since he did not heed my initial instructions - Kalibato Lake being the last lake we should have visited. I figured out that was to save on gasoline. Oh well, P 700 was more than enough to buy him a hearty lunch though. :-)
Sto. Domingo is a town in Albay named after its patron Saint Dominic of Guzman. This scenic town is known for its black sand beaches and the grandeur of the view of the Albay Gulf. Although Sto. Domingo is only a small town, it is a place that has been wonderfully planned. The Cathedral sits at the heart of the town and surrounding it are the public market, the public plaza and the school.
Soil Modern DiningA new restaurant which seems to take up the best of the industrial trends still prevalent in 2016 Manila. Chef Lorenzo Pimentel, who has spent time in Singapore’s Pollen and Esquina among others, uses a modern plating technique-oriented combination of Asian avours in European dishes. Unit 16, Molito Lifestyle Bldg, Madrigal Ave. cor. Alabang- Zapote Road, Alabang, Muntinlupa.