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“I Love Baguio City” - My Travel Story in the Summer Capital of the Philippines

The Strawberry Farm, Burnham Park, Mines View Park, the Mansion, Wright Park, Lourdes Grotto, and Session Road; these are among of the popular landmarks in the more commonly known “Summer Capital of the Philippines” – Baguio City. Why so? Well, the temperature here seldom exceeds 26 degree centigrade. During the cold season of December to February, the temperature falls down to even below 10 degree centigrade. The record low temperature was 6.3 degree and that was on January 18, 1961.

How to Travel to Baguio City?
Going to this cold city in the mountainous province of Benguet, Philippines is a six to seven hours travel by passenger utility bus from Manila. Starting from EDSA, traversing the NLEX, entering SCTEX, exiting the province of Tarlac and going through the neighbouring provinces of Pangasinan and La Union, and then exploring the zigzag road of either the Marcos Highway, the Kennon Road or the Naguilian Road, the coldest place in the Philippines will be reached. Baguio is about 2…
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Made in China

China products are everywhere, even to the remotest barangay in the Philippines. Filipinos buy products with Chinese characters they couldn’t understand. This is just the obvious part of the bigger problem. There are more alarming truths underneath.





From the Filipinos Perception
Before we go over the complicated "Made in China" thing, let me first share with you this short conversation among Filipinos.

This conversation with my co-barangays in Batangas about substandard quality of products being sold and used in the Philippines by the Filipinos started on a morning cooking session for a despedida party. One guy complained:

“Ano ga naman yan, ano gang pagkakanipis naring siyansi na are! Pag may kaunti pang diin ay pihong bali.”
(What the heck, why this spatula is so thin! Some more pressure and this will surely break.)

This guy is in-charge of frying fish and tofu and he’s not satisfied with the kitchen turner’s ability to do its thing.




Then another guy said this:

“Pag mahinang klase…

How Filipinos are Loosing their True Identity

What happens to the Filipinos foods?

Haven’t you noticed, foreign foods are invading the Philippines by storm? International restaurants serving foreign cuisines are everywhere. Culinary arts, the way Filipinos look at it, is just becoming a trendy topic. Chefs, food blogger, culinary experts, food architect - goodness, are they soon to replace the simple “kusinero” and “kusinera” words that best describes our real identity as Filipinos in terms of cooking?




Globalization shapes the future of the country, particularly the food landscape. There is nothing wrong with innovation. I’d been a waiter for quite some time in a popular catering business and if its about food preparation, I’m really impressed with the way our cooks and kitchen staffs do it. Those garnishing, decorative artwork, and plating styles, they really add beauty to the foods we serve. Even an authentic Filipino food, they make a twist making it lovely and attractive to the hungry eyes.

Those terms like “buffet”, “a la ca…