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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The Heritage Town of Taal Batangas

I was in owed when I recently visited the heritage town of Taal, Batangas.  It's like going to the past wherein more than one hundred heritage houses are preserved.  Taal has many tourist spots like Taal Basilica or St. Martin of Tours.  Then also a healing well of Sta Lucia.  There are still a lot more.

Please watch my vlog about Taal Batangas.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Binondo: Find Out Where to Buy Lucky Charms and Dimsums

I've been in Binondo for many times. In this video I am sharing my experience on this place. You can buy some lucky charms, stones and souvenir items. Try their special delicacies and dimsums.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Pasig River Ferry Boat Ride

You can ride a ferry in Pasig River. The Pasig River Ferry Service currently has 12 stations from Pinagbuhatan, Pasig to Intramuros, Manila. It is managed by MMDA or Metro Manila Development Authority.

Please watch my vlog about riding a ferry at Pasig River.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

One on Juan Vlog: Baluarte de San Diego and Fort Santiago

This is the continuation of my travel vlog for Intramuros. I went to Baluarte de San Diego and Fort Santiago. It was such an amazing experience seeing this bastion in Baluarte de San Diego and all the ruins at Fort Santiago.

Monday, July 29, 2019

One on Juan Travel Vlog at Intramuros

I recently went to Intramuros to shoot for my first travel blog.  It talks about the place, life at Intramuros and some of the people's life aspect.  Intramuros as one of the tourist spots in Manila, it's little history, a vendor who sells ice cream at Barbara's and a pedicab driver who, not just only earn a living through driving but also he works as tourist guide at the same time. Please watch and don't forget to subscribe on my channel.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Vlog on Intramuros

My first video log or vlog featuring Intramuros.  I am so excited to do more vlog on travel, people, life and taste.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

First Anniversary of JJMadrigal Travel and Tours

Last June 9, 2019 marks as the first anniversary of my travel and tours business.  It was just only a celebration in our house with a cake that symbolizes success since its first inception.  I am really looking forward that my travel and tours business will soar up high, and there are still more plans in the future.  I aspire to be recognized in this field of endeavor and prove that I can make it big. Well, I am wishing for the best to come.

Friday, May 31, 2019

What's My Next Plan

I was quite busy for the past few weeks working for the tour packages for my clients.  My travel and tours business was picking up and will be turning one year over the next month which is based to my DTI registration.  Well it worked for me, and better than selling perfumes haha. But I thank God for giving me this such opportunity.

I already planned this business for the past 8 or 9 years and it's just only last year that came to bloom.

So what's my next plan? I have a lots of plans for this year and one of them is to travel in Asian countries.  I have put my plan in going to U.S. in the shelve since I know that going to the States would cost me a lot of money.  But I really miss New York and I really wanted to go back there.  After all, the last time I was in New York was in 2010.

I just want to concentrate first with my business doing some marketing stuffs.  I know it will cost me money in marketing and that's where I have to put my heart.

I was quite a bit quiet in my blog but wishing that I can go to out of town within the coming months.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The Heritage Houses of Pila Laguna

Holy Week was a promising one when I, together with my siblings had a road trip taking the Tanay route going to Laguna. This happened during the Maundy Thursday, April 18, 2019.  It was an unexpected tour.  We visited different churches starting off at the church in Lumban and ending the 7th church in Calamba, Laguna.  I can't name all those churches but most importantly is we have completed the Visita Iglesia.

On the 3rd church that we visited we dropped by at Pila, Laguna where we had an amazing experience because the houses in Pila were declared as heritage houses. I never thought that Pila was a national historic landmark until I read some of the articles and blogs about this town. And this I promised myself to come back in Pila as soon as I can.

On Sunday, April 21, I decided to go to Pila. From Cubao Edsa, I rode a bus going to Sta. Cruz and told the conductor to drop me off to the town of Pila. It was a 2 hour drive from Cubao to Pila, Laguna.

The layout of this town has been preserved with traditional Spanish style.

San Antonio de Padua Church

The first one that caught my eyes is the church we visited during Maundy Thursday, The San Antonio de Padua Church.  Then I came across to one of those ancestral houses just beside the church which turned out to be one of the commercial places.

Inside the church

Some of the ancestral houses were converted to commercial place which are prominent to see along the main road of the town where you can see stores like 7-Eleven and Mercury Drug Store.

One of the ancestral houses which was converted into Mercury Drug outlet

Since it was noon time, I decided to find a restaurant that I need something to eat for a lunch. Just 300 meteres away from the plaza was a fine dining restaurant of La Cosina Antonio which can be found at the main road of the town.  I think this is the most popular restaurant in this town where they served their own specialties.

La Cosina Antonio

One of their best seller
After lunch I went back to the Plaza and then I found a coffee shop and restaurant Churrolateria Victoria and is unique because the theme of this restaurant is about royalty. Every table has it's own chess board placing a crown on top of it.
chess board on the table on top of it is a crown

at the wall

Then my last stop over was the Pila Municipal Center. It was open to the public during Sunday and I had the chance to go inside and went to the second floor.
Pila Municipal Center
At the second floor inside the Municipal Center


The mayor of the town
I'm loving this town. It was so quiet and maybe it happened to be Sunday and it was Easter, the time which celebrates that our Lord Jesus has resurrected.

I found one of the treasures that can be found in Laguna. Pila is worth visiting for and has something to offer when it comes to heritage houses. A place to see a remnant of the past.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Seems So Quiet

March seems so quiet for me and today is the last day of the month. Perhaps one of the reasons I cannot write a blog is because of so many things I am trying to figure out. Well let's get to the point this April and how I wish I can really start to go out of town. In fact I have some clients that need to be assisted for this coming months.

But I will keep my fingers crossed and hoping that I can start my blog this summer.

I need to buy few things like drone and start my own vlog. Well let's see.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

The Boso-Boso Church in San Jose, Antipolo

For the past few days I’ve been looking for a nearby place which I can visit and one thing that crossed my mind is to find a church that is seldom visited. I stumbled in one website that features Boso-Boso Church as it is located In Antipolo.  This church is not in the usual place that can be found in the city, just like the Antipolo Church.  In fact, it is found in a different direction.
Boso-Boso Church is known as Nuestra Senora de la Anunciata and was a newly restored church from the remnants of Spanish regime which was restored during the second world war.

Nuestra Senora de la Anunciata

How to Go to Boso-Boso Church
From Tropical Hut (across Sta. Lucia Mall) in Marcos High Way, get into a jeepney ride that go to Cogeo 2 (Labas). The fare is 15 pesos.  Then take another jeepney ride that go to Paenaan and the fare starts at 23 pesos to Boso-Boso Highland Resort.  Do not go down at the resort, just tell the driver to drop you at Boso-Boso (dulo) and when you get there, you will see an arch sign of San Jose Antipolo.  Turn left and If you have patience to walk, it will take 2 kilometers to reach the church. There’s also a tricycle and the fare is 10 pesos/person. For special trip, the cost is 40 pesos. The arch is on the left side. 

Along the high way in San Jose Antipolo

It will take approximately one hour to get into the place.

In my case, I made a mistake and asked the driver to drop me at Boso-Boso Highland Resort which is beside the Boso-Boso Hotel.  The store owner beside the hotel told me it’s still far and there’s no way you can take a walk from the hotel going to the church so I had to ride another jeep and told the driver to drop me of at the tip of Boso-Boso

From Marcos High Way, going to Boso-Boso will take you around approximately one hour to get there.

When I got there at Boso-Boso church, there was a funeral and I had to exclude posting the front photo of the church as it displays the car for funeral service and also as a respect for the grieving family.

The town of San Jose, Antipolo has a simple ambience. Antipolo is indeed a huge municipality that is not just covered the main city and you won’t miss out Boso-Boso if you go to Tanay via Marikina-Infanta/Marilaque High Way.