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Monday, December 16, 2019

Cainta's Sumbingtik Festival 2019

I had a chance to see the Sumbingtik Festival in Cainta last November 29 and 30. But actually, the grand fiesta happens December 1 every year.  Sumbingtik is a combination of suman, bibingka and latik and they came up with the words sumbingtik.  I didn't know that these kakanin started in Cainta before Antipolo had these and they sourced it out in Cainta.

Here's my vlog about the highlights of the fiesta. Please subscribe to my channel. Thanks.

Highlights of Angono Higantes Festival 2019

I had a chance to witness the Higantes Festival in Angono in separate days a few weeks back and it started from the Itik Cooking Contest, then the Itik Eating Contest, Higantes Marathon.  It was a indeed a colorful festival. Then came the bisperas where I witnessed the parade on November 22, 2019.  It rained though, but it was worth watching for. Here is the video:

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Side Trip: Dagupan to Calasiao in Pangasinan

The other day I went to Dagupan and to a nearby town called Calasiao. It was just only a 15-20 minutes ride going to Calasiao from downtown in Dagupan.

Calasiao is popular in their "puto" and they call it Calasiao puto. It is a small town and you can also find the red church called St. Peter and St. Paul Church.

The plaza is a hub for some of the vendors selling puto and other kakanin.

Please watch my video.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Araneta Center Cubao: The Center Is Now A City

The Araneta Center in Cubao used to be dark and usually all stores and restaurants closed at 9pm during those old days and it's not quite safe if you stay late at night.  

But time has changed and you'll get to see BPO companies operating at night, fast foods like 
Wendy's, KFC, Mcdonalds, etc are 24 hours open.  With Manhattan Gardens, hotels and newly built buildings, the center that used to be dark is now full of lights.

It has evolved a lot.  The center is now officially a city. A city within a city, and that is Araneta City!

Here's my vlog to watch to unleashed the beauty of Araneta City.

Friday, October 18, 2019

1919 Grand Cafe at Juan Luna in Intramuros

Not long ago I went vlogging in Intramuros, Manila. I found a cafe somewhere at Juan Luna St so I decided to make a vlog about this cafe.

Love the ambience of this place, it's big.  It's an old building and was built during the 1940's and throughout the years of its existence they keep on renovating the building.  It's one of the historical landmark in Intramuros.  It used to be an HSBC building.

Please watch my vlog about 1919 Grand Cafe:

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.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

The World in Macro Photography

I started to become more interested in photography in 2011 when I had my first DSLR Canon 550D camera. Prior to that, photography was already my passion and I bought my point and shoot camera in 2010 before I went to New York.

I had my work shop for landscape in "Chasing Light" and this type of photography has been first love that up to this day I still do it whenever I feel to do landscape in a sunset or sunrise shore.  But then, this has become my ticket of making money for events, portrait and glamour shots.  I was able to buy some studio lights and gears because this has become my profession.

Photography collaborates with my travel blog the reason why I am still on this endeavor.

Just lately I had my chance to buy a macro close up filter which I got from Lazada.

Now I have just started my macro photography and still mastering it.  There's a lot of things that you can see in this tiny world which I have come to realize that it was indeed BIG! Those things you can't see from a naked eye is being magnified through macro filter lenses.

As a start up enthusiast for macro photography, here's the magnified shots of some insects like ants and caterpillars:


Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Exploring Binondo, Manila

First of all, let me greet everyone a Happy New Year! Time flies fast and we are already in 2019. My personal blog turns 10 years this year and this is something to celebrate!

For the past few years, there were not enough blog in my site and as much as I want to update my blog site, several things happen for a reason. Not that I was quite busy it's just that few things that I've been fixing around when it comes to my personal moments.

Today I decided to go to Binondo, Manila and it just happened that it was new year! I should have gone to this place a few days ago but unfortunately due to the rains it prevented me to go to Binondo.

According to Wikipedia, Binondo is a district in Manila and is referred to as Chinatown and is the world's oldest Chinatown. Its influence extends beyond to places of Quiapo, Santa Cruz and San Nicolas.

BPI Old Building
The start of my tour was the BPI Old Building. From Hidalgo St. in Quiapo I walked until I reached Isettan. Then across the mall is the Santa Cruz Church and you will see the fountain in the middle of the road, between the church and Binondo ark sign.

Sta Cruz Church
The Fountain serves as the landmark that you already reached the entrance of Ongpin St.

Then when you see the arch you are entering Ongpin St., the most popular street of Binondo where you can walk from the main entrance until you reached Quintin Paredes road.

The Arch of Goodwill, which serves as the main entrance of Ongpin St.
The main street of Ongpin
I walked the main street of Ongpin and the first thing I have noticed are the side walk vendors selling some lucky charms.

The vendor spinning the singing bowl with a stick
Singing bowl and inside is a lucky bracelet
Lucky Charm
As I continue to walk along Ongpin St, I entered another arch which was Ongpin North Bridge. This has more profound exploration that you are indeed at Chinatown  and it extends to the whole district of Binondo.

Ongpin North Bridge
Mr. Ube Rice and Noodle House
My first stop after the tiring walk was Mr. Ube Rice and Noodle House, obviously a restaurant with its own kind of food delicacies. At the main entrance is a store where they sell hopia with different flavors and some other delicacies.

Hopia of all sorts

One of the hopia flavors
Then came to my next stop and is a small altar at the street and you can light an incense and pray for your supplication.

Little altar in one of the streets in Ongpin

My next stop would be Eng Bee Tin, A Chinese Deli chain founded in 1912 at Binondo. They built a new building and it only operated six months ago

Eng Bee Tin one of their branch
New Building at the corner

First Floor

Second Floor where the restaurant is located

Second Floor where they sell souvenir items
The Great Budhha located at the second floor

The Staff of the Great Budhha

At the Entrance
The Great Buddha, which is the fine dining restaurant is just located at the second floor where you can find some souvenir items and a restaurant.

As I continued to walk, finally I reached at the end of Ongpin St. Quinton Paredes road is just right on the end where you can explore more of Chinatown.

Finally, I was able to see the San Lorenzo Ruiz Church in Binondo which is also located at Ongpin St and Quintin Paredes.

Calesa is still traditional in Manila up to this day

San Lorenzo Ruiz Church

Candles and Prayers

Inside the church of San Lorenzo
After the tiring walk to Ongpin St. I went back and rested my feet, sitting at the fountain. Then I met some of the visitors too where they had selfies and then I asked to take them pictures.

Joshua and Joan
That was the end of my first part of exploring Binondo, Manila.  Chinatown is big and in my part two are some of the places that are interesting to go. I missed out visiting the temple but surely on my next visit.