Where To Eat In Pampanga: 10 Most Authentic Kapampangan Restaurants

Pampanga is known as the “Culinary Capital of the Philippines,” and rightly so. Foodies travel far and wide to taste some of the most authentic Filipino dishes. But just a two-hour ride from Manila is the haven of traditional and mouthwatering cuisine. Take a trip up north and do what the Kapampangans do best: eat until they can eat no more! Here’s a foodie guide of where to eat in Pampanga and 10 of the most authentic restaurants you’ll find in the province!

Test Your Stomachs

Everybody’s Café

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Have you ever tried betute, kamaru, or dinuguan? Well, if you’re up for frog legs, fried crickets, and pig’s blood, then this is the place to try them out! But don’t let those scare you. Everybody’s Café is home to comfort food dishes as well. Try the mami for those rainy day feels. It is composed egg noodles with shredded meat and broth and costs only PHP 140.

If you’re coming for breakfast, get the whole spread for PHP 550 that also includes longganisa and tapang kalabaw (cured buffalo meat that tastes like tocino, but a little more sour). Wash it all down with their signature tsokolate (PHP 95), a rich chocolate batirol that takes three hours to prepare! Everybody’s Café is true to its name for being a staple of where to eat in Pampanga because it’s simply for… everyone!

Everybody’s Café
Angeles Branch: 105-106, BPI Arcade, Nepo Mart, Angeles City, Pampanga
San Fernando Branch: MacArthur Highway, Del Pilar, City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Aling Lucing’s

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You can’t go to Pampanga and not have a plate of sisigPampanga is also known as the birthplace to this dish of fatty, sizzling pork bits. Its origin is Aling Lucing’s aka the Sisig Queen. She’s the woman who practically invented the indulgent delicacy back in the ‘70s so as not to waste any parts of the pig. When you ask, where to eat in Pampanga? Aling Lucing’s most likely the answer you will get. Many other provinces of the Philippines have tried to do this dish justice, but it just can’t compare to the Kapampangan way of cooking it.

Aling Lucing’s
Glaciano Valdez corner Henson Sts., Brgy. Agapito del Rosario, Angeles City, Pampanga
Open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

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ALTERNATIVE: Can’t make it to the pioneer Aling Lucing’s on your visit? Then head on over to its sister restaurant, Mila’s Tokwa’t Baboy! Mila’s is another household name that offers just as good of a savory hot plate at PHP 200. Also, try their crispy sisig version! Just don’t count your cholesterol afterward!

Mila’s Tokwa’t Baboy
San Andres St., Brgy. San Angelo, Angeles City, Pampanga
Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Modern Takes on Classic Filipino Dishes

Café Fleur

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Tucked into a home-like space, Café Fleur is Chef Sau del Rosario’s French twist to classic Filipino dishes. The café alone gives a pleasant vibe, but the reason this restaurant landed on our list of where to eat in Pampanga is that of its unique dishes! Upon visiting, you should try the pako salad, which is made light and zesty with watermelon as an appetizer. Then dig into theburo (fermented rice) and hito (catfish). The catfish is rolled in mustard leaves, giving it a strong yet satisfying taste that you can roll like sushi!

For dessert, take a bite of the Pandan Sansrival, which is Café Fleur’s popular dish and may not regularly be served. Other items on the menu include Crispy Pork Macadamia Kare-Kare, Lamb Caldereta with Kesong Puti, Tamales Mexico and Pampaguena and another delectable dish, Salted Egg Bibingka Cheesecakeall with a twist!

Café Fleur
L-463B Miranda St., Brgy. Sto. Rosario, Angeles City
Open on Tuesdays to Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Bale Dutung

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One of the top restaurants in not just the Philippines but also in Asia, Bale Dutung is the simple food concept of Chef Claude Tayag. It is a must when deciding where to eat in Pampanga not only because of its status but also because of its menu! You can choose from three standard ones: the Kapampangan SpreadLechon 5 Ways, and the Anthony Bourdain menu. Yes, Anthony Bourdain went here and featured it on his show, No Reservations—we weren’t kidding about status.

Make sure to bring a big group, though, so you can devour all ten mouthwatering dishes in the span of four hours and prepare a budget, too! The ambience and experience are definitely worth it!

P.S. The Lamang-Dagat Kare is to die for!

Bale Dutung
Villa Gloria Subdivision, Angeles City, Pampanga
By reservation only
+63917 595 0218

1956 Downtown Café

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As if Chef Claude Tayag couldn’t do enough, he created another restaurant inspired by Bale Dutung. Although this time, instead of signifying his Kapampangan heritage, he’s giving an ode to the year of his birth! 1956 Downtown Café is a retro-styled diner that serves dishes with a twist too like Pork Adobo ConfitLechon Tacos (Did someone say lechon? And tacos?), and the creamy yet refreshing, Halo-Halo with Crema de Pastillas!

We recommend for a full meal, best-selling Crispy Aromatic Spring Duck, the meat is tender and has a secret nine-spice recipe! And another crowd-favorite, Crispy Crablets with Pure Talangka on Rice! This dish may not be a full meal, but it’s an extra you have to go with!

1956 Downtown Café
Nepo Quad, Plaridel St., Angeles City, Pampanga
Open on Mondays to Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Different Cuisines in the Heart of Pampanga

Piccolo Padre

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When we say the culinary capital of the Philippines, Pampanga encompasses almost allcuisines, not just the local or native food. If you want to skip all the crispy and fatty goodness and load up on carbs instead, Piccolo Padre hits the spot. Get your fill of gnocchi, risotto, and pasta with recipes that date up to 80 years ago! Piccolo is not just a feast for the stomach, but also a feast for the eyes, given all the artwork on display! Although the meal course will set you back at around PHP 1,500 per head, the fine-dining experience is worth a stop on your trip!

Our recommendations for starters are the Ahi Katsu (PHP 450), silky tuna smothered with lemon-butter sauce, and the Live Oysters Inferno (PHP 680), both fresh and tart numbers! Then for the main course, try the Capellini de Angelo (PHP 950), red sauce pasta stacked with seafood or for the meat lovers, the Osso Buco Alla Milanese (PHP 950). The veal shank comes with a side choice, as do all the dishes whether you want veggies or more carbs!

Piccolo Padre
Prime Asia Hotel, Narciso Street, Angeles City, Pampanga
Open daily from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Binulo Restaurant

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What makes this a destination of where to eat in Pampanga is not what’s on its menu, but the way its dishes are cooked. Binulo is a traditional way of cooking food inside bamboo. The method is taken from the Aetas and makes the meat tender. Binulo Restaurant serves many Kapampangan dishes along with some American specialties like grilled steak, but their must-try is Pangat na Ulang. Think giant shrimps in creamy, sour sauce oozing from the end of a bamboo pole. Yuuuuum! It had us at prawns! Save some room for the Suman with Mango Ice Cream, and you’re one happy camper!

Binulo Restaurant
Bldg. 6410-6413, Manuel A. Roxas Highway, Clark Freeport Zone, Angeles City, Pampanga
Open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Cisan’s

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If you’ve heard of Historic Camalig, well, here is another creation by the Nepomuceno clan. Cisan’s is a Japanese-Thai-Vietnamese cuisine restaurant nestled into the new food hub, Nepo Quadrangle. You’ll get your usual spring rolls, curry, and pad thai, but if you want to go all out, you have to order the following off the menu. Grab the Beef Thai Salad as an appetizer and follow it up with the Grilled Pork with Bagoong Rice with a side of chicken satay or yakitori BBQ! That way you get a mixture of flavors and textures you can share with family or friends.

Bring a big group on your visit and order even more. Their Green Beef Curry is a great main, and their mango sticky rice is just perfect! Budget around PHP 500 per head seeing as the items are a little pricey but health is wealth, right? Don’t forget to get a sweet brewed Thai milk tea, too!

Cisan’s
Nepo Quad, Angeles City, Pampanga
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The Oldies But Goodies

Didi’s Pizza

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Didi’s Pizza has been serving Filipino-style pizza since 1972. That makes them one of the oldest establishments in Angeles City that serves over 200 boxes of pizza a day. They’re so popular that there is a line to get your hands on the rectangular-shaped, locally produced, cheesy goodness. With sweet tomato sauce and tons of toppings, we’re pretty sure it’s easy to finish off a 16-piece pie! Didi’s prides itself in not tasting like your regular Italian pizza, but being unique with orders like the Combination Pizza and the Pizza Burger. These won’t cost you more than PHP 279. You should also try their Didi’s Tacos, barbecue ribs, and pancit canton!

Didi’s Pizza
#237 MacArthur Highway, Balibago, Angeles City, Pampanga
Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Susie’s Cuisine

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Also established in 1972, Susie’s Cuisine is a great place to get dessert and last on our list of where to eat in Pampanga! Famous for its signature Pampango kakanin (sweet, sticky rice), you should grab your pasalubong treats here: the mochimaja blanca, and leche flan are Susie’s specialties! While you’re waiting for your goodies to be wrapped, sit and have their delicious palabok!

Susie’s Cuisine
MacArthur Highway, City of San Fernando, Pampanga
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BONUS: Angeles Fried Chicken

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Or popularly known as AFC (kind of like KFC), is the oldest running restaurant and is a staple in Kapampangan authentic cuisine. Of course, their menu offers a variety of food, but you shouldn’t leave without ordering a bucket of fried chicken. Locals frequent the house-like establishment, and foreigners come to visit for some “heavenly tasting” fried chicken. You can get a family-sized serving for just PHP 425 to satisfy your cravings and can choose from crispy or deep fried regular chicken. Angeles Fried Chicken is a must-try for all fried chicken lovers out there!

Angeles Fried Chicken
#1992 Marlim Ave., Diamond Subdivision, Balibago, Angeles City, Pampanga
Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
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Ten, no, eleven of the most authentic restaurants in Pampanga probably can’t be covered in a day’s trip. That only gives you a reason to go back again and again! One thing any foodie will tell you when scouring the Pampanga scene for good places to dine is that more so than the food, the owners and staff complete the experience.

All of these restaurants have been around for a long time or are well known and loved for their hospitality. The quality of the food is excellent, the servings are huge, and the prices are affordable—and that’s the real bonus there. Eating in Pampanga is incomparable to other cities and provinces, and there’s no bias in that statement. A food trip up north is just one of the many things you can do on a long weekend, too!

Did we miss any places? Any other suggestion on where to eat in Pampanga? Leave your comments below and until then, mangan tana!

Sinulog Festival Guide: Here’s What to Expect at Cebu’s Biggest Festival

Do you claim to be the life of the party? Well, there’s only one way to test that. Happening once a year is the country’s largest festival, Sinulog Festival, and it’s right around the corner! Every third weekend of January, you can expect party upon party in the Queen City of the South. Of course, the festival’s main purpose is to celebrate the Sto. Niño, but any religious gathering in the Philippines is also another excuse to get out of town!

Since you’ve already booked your tickets, it’s time to pack your bags, and get ready for the wildest weekend down in Cebu! Here’s how to survive Sinulog Festival 2017. Pit Senyor!

A Little Party Never Killed Nobody

If you’re arriving a day ahead of the Sinulog festival, on a Thursday, you can jump into the pre-Sinulog parties to prepare for the weekend madness. There are a lot of things to do in Cebu beside drinking and dancing, and taking a day to explore is a good idea, too! But here’s what’s happening on a weeknight.

Liv Superclub and Sentral

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Check out these establishments, and you’re sure to see a Manila-based DJ you’re familiar with. Most of them, like DJ Mars Miranda or Ace Ramos, arrive ahead of time to hype up the crowd. If you’re in the mood for hip-hop, Sentral is the newest bar in Cebu that dishes out the classics and modern R&B. Want to pump your fists in the air to Top 40s and EDM? Liv Superclub has the reputation as Cebu’s most frequented nightclub in the city.

Liv Superclub
City Time Square, A108, Mandaue City

Sentral
#2 Norkis Cyberpark, A.S. Fortuna Street

LifeDance

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If we haven’t completely outdated the word Yolo, LifeDance embodies this term precisely. This year, they’re taking it up a notch by having three stages, adding one specifically for indie bands. With a mix of international and local acts, it’s exciting to see the most talked about event in Sinulog expand their musical taste to the likes of Up Dharma Down, and Jensen and the Flips. All attendees can get a fair share of DJs and bands this January 13!

Sinulog Festival Activities

Taking place on Saturday and Sunday are official activities that you can look forward to. During the whole month of January, Sinulog Festival hosts different competitions, marathons, concerts and even masses! But of course, we can’t forget the Filipino favorite, beauty pageants!

Beauty Queens and Fireworks

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After two very successful MMFF entries about pageants (Die Beautiful and Sunday Beauty Queen), it’s safe to say Filipinos just looove their pageantry. Falling on a Friday night (January 13), you can watch in anticipation who will be crowned the newest Sinulog Festival Queen 2017! After all, Cebuanos take pride in their representatives to national competitions, and she may just be the one! In addition to this, admire more beauty and magnificence on Saturday night (January 14), when the Sinulog Fireworks Competition takes place in SM City Cebu at 7:00 p.m.

TIP: It’s best to get a good night’s rest on Saturday night, seeing as the Grand Parade starts early the next morning on Sunday. And you’re going to need all the energy!

Sinulog Grand Parade

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The Sinulog Grand Parade is a cultural feast for the eyes! From native dances to elaborate costumes and floats, you can watch the parade as it marches throughout the city. This showculminates all activities leading up to it and has never failed in its grandiosity and liveliness. If you’re in Cebu for the whole week, this is the ultimate way to cap it off before you hit the streets!

READ: Cebu Itinerary: From North to South of Cebu In Just 4 Days

Sinulog Invasion

Annually, street parties during Sinulog Festival have grown bigger and bigger that a few years ago that they had to be banned. Fortunately, however, Spectrum made a way to keep the tradition alive by staying in Mango Avenue. Sinulog Invasion is the most anticipated event of the festival for partygoers and tourists alike. The party is actually a tour in all cultural festivals of the Philippines, starting with Sinulog, then Dinagyang in Iloilo, Masskara in Bacolod and lastly, Kadayawan in Davao. This year’s Invasion features regulars, Nix Damn P, Martin Pulgar, and Kat DJ!

Survival Essential Tips

  1. Travel in a group. Sinulog Festival is not the time for a solo trip! You should gather a bunch of your friends and come up with an itinerary for which activities in Sinulog you want to do.
  2. Bring extra clothes. It’s hard to say when they’re going to get dirty, but they will get dirty. Particularly at outdoor events.
  3. Purchase a phone bag and sturdy backpack. Walking around the parade or party, you never know when you might accidentally drop or lose your belongings. So secure those.
  4. Keep hydrated. Water is essential, and with the amount of drinking and frolicking you’ll be doing, you need that H2O.
  5. Bring extra cash and secure a way back to your hotel. Write your hotel address on your shirt if you must! It’s going to get busy and packed. You don’t need the hassle of always trying to find an ATM or use your card, and it’ll be hard to catch cabs on the street. Book Uber in advance or make sure to book a hotel/hostel near your planned events!

We hope you find this survival guide helpful on your upcoming Sinulog trip. If you need a complete Cebu itinerary, we also have one for you!

One Beat. One Dance. One Vision. Visit sinulog.ph for more information on Cebu’s most colorful festival!

Cebu Itinerary: From North To South In Just 4 Days

If it’s your first time to visit the Philippines or to visit Cebu specifically, a week is the most ideal amount of time to get your share of island hopping, food tripping, and sightseeing! Known as the “Queen City of the South,” Cebu is so huge, it’s basically considered the second capital after Manila. But what’s amazing about Cebu is whether you go up north or down south, the island will offer you something entirely different! Buckle yourself in for a 4-day Cebu itinerary!

How to Get to Cebu City

No matter what part of the world you’re coming from, you’ll initially land in the Mactan-Cebu International Airport. From there, you can take a cab or book an Uber to your hotel/first destination. This is what we recommend:

Day 1 in Cebu City: Sightseeing and Food Tripping

1. Check into one of Mactan island’s beachfront hotels and lounge for a while.

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It’s only fitting that once you start your stay in Cebu, you make the most of their shores by checking into a beachfront hotel.  Since you’ll be landing in Mactan Island, there’s a slew of beachfront hotels to choose from here. You can also check out more of the beautiful beaches in Cebu if you wish to extend your stay.

2. Try Cebu’s best Rico’s Lechon for lunch!

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Cebu, in general, is known for its love of lechon, but if you want to try the pioneer restaurant, you must go to Rico’s! You can even taste their spicy lechon version, which is so lip-smacking good. Rico’s is just one of the many restaurants where you can go to get your fill of lechon, but you can try other places, too!

Rico’s Lechon is at F. Cabahug Street in Mabolo and at Mactan Promenade near the Mactan International Airport.

3. Do some sightseeing at the Mactan Shrine, Magellan’s Cross, and Basilica del Sto. Nino.

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These are all famous landmarks that signify various historical and religious events that have shaped Cebu, and the Philippines into the city and country they are now. Mactan Shrine can be found in Lapu-Lapu City, while Magellan’s Cross and the Basilica del Sto. Nino are in Cebu City. It takes a 1 hour and 10 min ride to get from one city to the next.

Mactan Shrine is at Punta Engano in nearby Lapu-Lapu City, while Magellan’s Cross and Basilica del Sto. Nino are along Osmena Blvd. in Cebu City.

BONUS: If you think you can squeeze in more attractions, you can also check out Fort San Pedro, a military defense fortress, and the Taoist temple, which boasts of its multi-colored and tiered shrines.

4. Have some BBQ for dinner at Larsian!

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If you want to try authentic Cebuano food, scrounge their street market! Larsian has around 30 stalls offering grilled meat and seafood 24 hours a day. It’s Cebu’s favorite BBQ place and is located at the Capitol Site of the city.

5. Test your fear of heights at the Sky Experience Adventure.

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Well, you might want to make this your number four before your dinner, but this is definitely one of the highlights of the city! The Sky Experience based at Crown Regency Cebu features rides like the Edge Coaster (yikes!) and adrenaline-boosting activities such as the Tower Walk and Urban Zipline!

6. Let the night wind down at Mango Square.

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Also around the area of Fuente Osmeña is Mango Square! A lively strip of bars and music clubs that’s perfect for a nightcap (if you still have the energy) and a chance to talk and laugh about all your activities of the day before tomorrow’s island-hopping!

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ALTERNATIVE: Enjoy a wine evening at La Vie Parisienne.

If you prefer a classy wine night, try dining at La Vie Parisienne. For just PHP 200–300, you have many options to choose from in their wine cellar. Pair this with one of their famous croissants (they are also a bakery) and admire their romantic setting of a garden when all the lights are turned on.

How To Get To Malapascua Island from Cebu City

From your hotel, take a trip to Cebu’s most northern point via taxi to the North Bus Terminal. Take the Ceres bus bound for “Maya Bagay.” The first bus leaves the terminal at 5:00 a.m. and every hour thereafter. Maya is about four hours away from Cebu, which is your stop to take the boat to Malapascua Island. The bus ride will cost you PHP 190 (air-conditioned), PHP 150 (non-air-conditioned), and the boat will cost PHP 80 with porter fees on both ends.

Leave early to make it to the port before 3:00 p.m., that’s when the last ferry trip will leave from Maya to Malapascua. Beware of scammers who will try to jack up the prices if you’re not willing to wait for the boats to fill up first, which is why there’s no fixed schedule for departures. If you’re with a group, you can opt to take a private boat, but you shouldn’t have to pay more than PHP 1,500.

Day 2 in Malapascua: Snorkeling and Wandering

1. Have some brunch at Oscar’s!

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You’re going to need lots of energy for the day, so get some brunch in first at Oscar’s Bar and Restaurant. This British-owned and themed restaurant serves a Full English breakfast, fresh fruit pancakes, and a wide assortment of coffee. Oh, and they also accept credit card!

2. Scuba or free diving (or simply snorkel) at Ocean Vida Resort.

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This will definitely be an all-day activity so prepare yourself for some lessons that you can take at Ocean Vida Resort. It has been rated number one for four consecutive years, and it is also home to the Sea Explorers that teach first-time divers. Free diving programs are offered at the school, too.

3. Take a motorcycle ride to the lighthouse.

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Or what the islanders call a habal-habal. You can find these motorbike drivers around the island who will gladly take you to the lighthouse or anywhere on the island for PHP50/trip. After a 5-minute trek up a hill, you’ll be able to access a panoramic view of Malapascua and other surrounding islands.

 4. Laze around Bounty Beach and watch the sunset.

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After a tiring day, laze around on the beach and make new friends while sipping on some juice. Or maybe even dance the night away with the locals and foreigners, who frequent the island to watch the beautiful twilight of a sunset, which can only be seen on Malapascua Island. The best views of the sunset can be seen at either Tepanee or Blue Coral Resort, both of which have happy hours!

5. Cap off your night with a bountiful dinner at Angelina’s.

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Angelinas’s is the proud Italian restaurant of Malapascua that offers homemade pizza and pasta. It is another perfect location to watch the sun go down and while away the rest of the evening.

Day 3 in Malapascua: Kalanggaman Island and Thresher Shark Diving

1. Take a boat tour all the way to Kalanggaman Island.

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Although most tourists go to Malapascua for the diving thrills, many also visit to capture the beauty of one of the Philippines’ treasure islands: Kalanggaman. If you’ve already heard of this place, then there’s a good reason why!

Bordering the province of Leyte, Kalanggaman is famous for its crystal clear water, fine white sand, and vast sandbars stretching on both sides of the island. It’s a 2- to 2.5-hour boat ride from Malapascua, and the island only allows 500 tourists per day. You can either go overnight camping or just spend the whole day swimming and chilling out in a native hut! Note though that the rates are quite expensive if you’re not traveling in a group, starting at PHP 3,500 for the boat ride.

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ALTERNATIVE: See the thresher sharks up close! Diving pros can take the plunge at Monad Shoal where the shy thresher sharks are regularly seen. That is if you’re willing to go 98 feet below. You can extend one more day for this, seeing as thresher shark sightings start as early as 4:30 a.m to 5:30 a.m. If not, you can always buy the souvenir lookalikes at gift shops on the island (pasalubong idea)!

How to Get to Cebu City from Malapascua Island

Ride a boat back from Malapascua to Maya Port. The first trip leaves at 7:00 a.m. while last trip going back to Maya Port is at 2:00 p.m. This will again cost you PHP 80 for public boats. Once you’re back at the port, take a Ceres bus bound for Cebu North Bus Terminal. The bus fare will cost you PHP 150 (non-AC) to PHP 190 (AC). Upon arrival, you’ll want to recharge for the rest of the day because the next one will be an extreme adventure.

How to Get to Badian from Cebu City

From your hotel, take a taxi to South Bus Terminal. The taxi ride will cost you around PHP 100.

At the bus terminal, ride a Ceres bus bound for Bato via Barili (not Bato via Oslob!). The one-way bus fare is PHP 120 for a non-air-conditioned bus and PHP 147 for an air-conditioned one. The first bus leaves at 4:00 a.m. and every 30 minutes thereafter until 6:00 p.m. Travel time is around three hours.

Tell the bus driver or conductor to drop you off at Matutinao Church in Badian where the Kawasan Falls jump-off point is. Right across the church is Kawasan Canyoneering’s headquarters. Do not transact with unaccredited coordinators!

Badian is the most popular southern part of the island that should be part of your Cebu itinerary!

Day 4 in Badian and Dalaguete: Canyoneering and Hiking

1. Try a beginner-friendly canyoneering experience.

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You and your friends can book a tour at Kawasan Canyoneering, a reputable agency that provides safety equipment and accredited guides for each group. Downstream canyoneeringwill start at Alegria and go through the Kanlaob River all the way to the Kawasan Falls in Badian. This route is very beginner-friendly! If you avail of the package, other activities such as rappelling, rock hopping, down climbing, cliff jumping, water slides and swimming are included for just PHP 1,500 per person.

Kawasan Falls is made up of three levels of waterfalls. You can opt to stay at the first and second stages, which are swimming-friendly areas, or be very adventurous and climb to the third from where you can jump 60 feet off the edge!

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ALTERNATIVE: If you are not up for the canyoneering adventure, you may opt to head straight to Kawasan Falls from the jump-off point. There’s a minimal entrance fee of PHP 10. If you want to get closer, you may rent a raft for PHP 300. If you prefer this route, make sure you have some packed lunch with you because prices at the falls can get pretty steep.

PHILIHAPPY PRO TIP: As you alight the bus at the jump-off point, tour guides will offer you guideship services. You don’t need to hire a guide! The way up is along an easy and well-established trail that will only take you around 15–20 minutes to walk!

2. Go all the way up to Osmeña Peak.

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You might as well since you’re already so near! Take the habal-habal ride to Osmeña Peak base camp in the town of Dalaguete. This will cost you around PHP 500, plus the registration fee at the Tourist Assistance Center in Dalaguete. From the base camp, it will only take you around 15–20 minutes to the peak, thanks to the habal-habal! Standing at 1,013 meters above sea level, Osmeña Peak is the highest peak in Cebu. Resembling the Chocolate Hills of Bohol, the beautiful sharp peaks and the 360-degree view of the Southwestern coastline of Cebu are really worth the extra hike.

How to Get to Cebu City from Dalaguete

Ride a habal-habal back to Dalaguete junction, and then from here, you can ride a bus bound for South Bus Terminal. The habal-habal ride costs around PHP 150 per person, while the bus fare is around PHP 170.

1. Grab a snack and get the best siomai in Cebu.

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Keeping in trend with the Chinese tradition, you can’t leave Cebu without trying the best siomai in town! Ground pork or beef wrapped in wanton, this is a popular Cebu snack food you can find on the streets. But you haven’t tasted the best till you get Siomai sa Tisa! Squeeze some calamansi and chili on top and bite into the juicy, meaty goodness! This is best enjoyed with some puso (hanging rice)! And guess what? It’s open 24/7 so you can go at any time!

2. Pack yourself some lechon-to-go!

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You can’t end your 4-Day Cebu Itinerary without buying some lechon to bring with you or to gift your family and friends at home. No need to look around before your flight out, Mactan International Airport has a small kiosk of Cebu’s Ayer Lechon across the terminal gates in the domestic departure area. You can also try some native Filipino dishes like bopis, dinuguan, and paksiw at their restaurant before leaving. Ayer makes sure that even after you’ve landed, their dishes of lechon stay fresh!

Extend Your Trip! Attend the Sinulog Festival! (Optional)

Cap off your 4-day Cebu Itinerary by partying the weekend away on the streets with all kinds of tourists, paints, of course alcohol, and music! Remember the words: Pit Senyor!

Travel during the third week of January (which means you should book earlier a year before) so that by the end of it, you won’t miss Sinulog Festival: Cebu’s annual festival in celebration of Sto. Nino. It just happens to be the biggest festival in the country too!

Party at LifeDance!

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Usually landing on a Saturday night, LifeDance is the Philippines’ first outdoor party. It starts at 7:00 p.m and tickets will cost around PHP 750 to PHP 1,500 for Patron depending on when you buy them. Lifedance lures people from all over and Asia (and the world) who come to join in the fun, dancing to international DJ sets, drinking and even watching fireworks throughout the night!

Watch the Sinulog Grand Parade.

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Appreciate what Sinulog Festival is all about by waking up early on Sunday to catch the parade as it marches through the city, showcasing beautiful costumes, floats and native dances of the Cebuano culture. And then grab a spot on the street (although not along the parade route since this has been banned) with your friends and party all afternoon till night! Expect to get dirty at Baseline’s Sinulog Invasion, a street party that can get very rowdy with all the paint and colored powder being thrown around.

TIP: Buy a Sinulog shirt or bring any white shirt you don’t mind throwing away after (or keeping for memory’s sake). Extra pro tip, bring your own jugs to pour alcohol in and share with your friends, seeing as lines for liquor will be long.

Cebu boasts of being not only a metropolis where there’s much to see and do from landmarks to nightlife but also of being one of the most beautiful islands with pristine, virgin beaches in the country. And if you have four days, you can explore both sides of the Queen City of the South!

If you want to make Sinulog Festival the center of your Cebu itinerary, then add the weekend but make sure to appreciate Cebu and its other rich parts where you can go on new adventures, pig out, and most importantly, have the best time of your life!

6 Long Weekends Left in 2017 For You To Travel

We are already in the second half of the year, can you believe it guys? After all that work, which in these times can be crazy, you’re still alive. Good thing we still have a lot of long weekends to book out-of-town trips! Here’s a roundup of the remaining holidays and long weekends in 2017.

  • August 19 (Saturday) – 21 (Monday) Ninoy Aquino Day
  • August 26 (Saturday) – 28 (Monday) – National Heroes Day (Regular holiday and long weekend)
  • October 28 (Saturday) – November 1 (Wednesday) – All Saints Day (Special non-working day and long weekend)
  • November 30 (Thursday) – December 3 (Sunday)– Bonifacio Day (Regular holiday and long weekend) 
  • December 23 (Saturday) – 25 (Monday) – Christmas Day (Special non-working day and long weekend)
  • December 30 (Saturday) – January 1 (Monday) – Rizal Day (Regular holiday and New Year long weekend)

Plan a trip to the North for culture and food

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No weekend is complete without any fun-filled and relaxing activity! On the two long weekends in 2017 of August, plan a trip to Dambana ng Kagitingan (Shrine of Valor) in Bataan to commemorate the soldiers who fought and died during World War II. The shrine is located on Mt. Samat. There’s also Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar.

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Then, you could go to Pampanga and trek up Mt. Pinatubo and food trip at all the authentic Kapampangan restaurants there! Sisig’s to die for, friends!

Spend Halloween somewhere spooky

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On your last October long weekend in 2017, scare yourself a little by visiting places rumored to be haunted like the Diplomat Hotel in Baguio. Here, you can also check out the Laperal White House and Baguio Cathedral.

Go on a historical trail out of town or in Manila

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For your Bonifacio Day long weekend, why not go historical by checking out the Heritage Tour of Taal in Batangas? You’ll see plenty of ancestral houses and the biggest Catholic church in all of Asia! That or one your long weekends in 2017 can be spent in Manila staycation-ing or exploring Old Manila by bike. Go through Intramuros for a day and take a side trip to try all the food in Chinatown!

Spend the holidays somewhere nice and cozy

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Probably the Filipinos’ favorite time of the year, the Yuletide holidays, gives you more time to relax and spend the season with your family and friends. But you can always plan a trip with them to some place like Tagaytay or Laguna! Reserve a unique accommodation in advance and book a hot springs date to cure the chill in Calamba!

Plan a beach trip for the New Year

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Of coursethe final day of the year should be celebrated with a bang! Many of you might be saving up for your long weekends in 2017 specifically for New Year. There are other places besides Boracay, folks! Ride up to either Baler, La Union or Zambales and go surfing! You can camp by the beach, cove and island hop, plus of course, simply relax.R

Excited yet? You should be! No need to go on leave just to go on trips; the long weekends in 2017 have already done that for you. Get your calendars now and start planning your escapade.