A Peek on Filipino Fiesta Celebration
A Peek on Filipino Fiesta Celebration

No matter how big or small a town in the Philippines, it holds fiesta. While not uniquely a tradition in Philippines, fiesta is one of the main cultural events and religious celebration for Filipinos. Fiesta which means feast is one of the Spanish influences that has rooted in the Philippines. The roots go back during Spanish colonial rule where Pre-Hispanic Filipinos offered regular ritual to placate the gods. These offerings evolved into fiestas we know today. Today, every town and city in the Philippines has a fiesta of its own, a joyful excuse for locals to share their best food and their most potent potables with venturesome outsiders. The festivities generally coincide with the day of the Patron Saint of a particular place. Let us take a peek on Filipino fiesta celebration and how everyone is busy for it.

There are about a more than a hundred different fiestas and festivals celebration in the country every year. Every town, every province, every barangay honors different patron saints, which means that every fiesta celebration is unique and distinct. But if there is one thing in common amongst all of them it would probably be the extravagance of it all.

By tradition, preparations for the fiesta begin weeks before its actual day. One popular identity that fiesta is approaching is when the town begins to display or put up colorful banderitas. Towns would also start organizing different evens, activities, contests, and performance to be administered during the feast day.

Every family spends enough time for preparing fiesta may it be in terms of decoration, food, or invitation of guests. Filipinos are fond of food, so you can just think of a banquet meal that is spread or available every time the town’s feast day finally comes.

In Bohol

In Bohol, preparations for the fiesta already start long weeks before, renovating the house, landscaping, saving for food, and fattening the pigs. Fiesta in Bohol would never be complete without lechon baboy and of course Torta, a dessert inherited from Spaniards. So, if you are looking for torta, try the torta from Pabling – Herry Kinatloan & Torta at Torralba St., Tagbilaran City. They offer three different tortas, torta ensaimada, torta minasa and torta binatel. All are delicious. Each bite makes you feel extremely good. It tastes like oh heaven! You should try this!

Let's Discover Calape
Let's Discover Calape
Let’s Discover Calape

Bohol is one of the most venturesome islands in the Philippines. There are so many beautiful tourist spots and adventurous places to discover and enjoy. However, in this blog post, let’s discover Calape, one of its town.

Calape is a beautiful town located in western coast of Bohol, front pointing on the island of Cebu on the north. It is located at approximately 41 kilometers from Tagbilaran and is adjacent to Tubigon. The first settlers of Calape were immigrants from Cebu and from other Bohol municipalities.

The town of Calape is very proud of its 18th century church with Gothic style; a mocha painted structure with pointed towers that figures like a castle taken straight from a fairy book. The ground or plaza lies along the national road with a soaring image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus gracing it. In honor to their devotion, Saint Vincent Ferrer, their feast day falls on May 10. Calape formerly known as Cape, a specie of rattan that grow abundantly in the area. The name modified and finally changed to Calape after some years.

Calape has a lot of touristic places, beach resorts are famous here also. It has several resorts also where one can go swimming and enjoy in other aqua sports in Panggangan Island.

Let’s Discover Calape – Beach Resort

Panggangan island is absolutely flat with minimal vegetation. However, one can mostly see tall coconut palm trees and some portion of the land are planted with corn and cassava.The crystal clear water surrounding Pangangan Island is heaven for those who love beach resorts. Among those resorts are the Jav Beach Resort, Treasure Island, Isla Hayahay Beach Resort and many more. Aqua enthusiasts may enjoy also snorkelling, diving and fishing or enjoy boat riding around beyond or around Calape bay with friends or family.

If you’re in Calape, don’t dare to go home without tasting kinatloan, an original Calape delicacy. Kinatloan is very travellers’ snacks. It is very handy and healthy because of its natural ingredients and no preservatives. Eggs as its main ingredients can improve your vision and prevent heart attacks. If you haven’t tried them yet, visit Pabling – Herry Kinatloan & Torta at Torralba St., Tagbilaran City.

Beach Trip Essentials

Headed for a beach vacation? Are you ready with your beach trip essentials?

When the weather is heating up, trip to the beach is a popular way to spend the day.  It will be a great fun, especially when it’s a trip to Bohol. It’s no secret that many tourists drove to Bohol to see its world’s popular attraction, the Chocolate Hills. But more than scenic land formations, the province is also a famous tourist destination for white sand beaches.

Creating memories with friends and family is invaluable. Freeing yourself from tension and anxiety and at the same time having leisure time is something we need to have. Beach vacations are super cool. But they can also be sometimes hard, as little injuries like cuts, bruises and many other are common. And, you don’t definitely have the things to treat them like you usually do.

That is why to ensure your next beach trip a relaxing getaway, try this suggested beach trip essentials. Here, we provide hacks and tips to help you pack everything you need.

Beach Trip Essentials – Luggage

Your beach luggage must be lightweight and breezy. Especially for a beach escape, make sure you don’t pack too much. The goal is to relax, not to add stress.

Keep Organized on Your Beach Packing Essentials

You should keep yourself organized, from sandals and walking shoes to sunscreen and shades. Use packing organizers and compressed your clothes to save space. To keep your clothes nice and neat without getting worried of wrinkles, use folders.

Basics Beach Trip Packing Essentials

Though the plan is to lounge on the beach only, there are some items that must be included. These are sunscreen, sunglasses, bathing suit , good book, sandals, tank tops  and shorts. It is also a need to include hat , cell phone and charger , underwear, pajamas, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo and conditioner.

Other fun things to take to the beach are toys (children), goggles, snorkel, towel and umbrella. For entertainment purposes, you should consider packing laptop or tablet, headphones, camera and electrical converters or adapters

Health

Remember to bring along any medications your family need. Prepare also an emergency kit. Because of course, you don’t want to have a medical emergency while you’re away from home.

Extras

Above all, consider your safety when you travel to peculiar places. Plan for thirsty and extra-hungry situation. Since staying in the beach under the sun will get you dehydrated easily, always bring you bottled water.

If you’re packing for the beach trip it’s inevitably a very good idea to have some healthy snacks on hand. There is nothing more important than to bring along as much sustenance food as possible. If you are in Bohol, don’t go home without tasting kinatloan, a Boholano cookie delicacy from Pabling – Herry Kinatloan & Torta. Kinatloan is very good as beach snacks. It is very handy and healthy because of its natural ingredients and no preservatives. Eggs as its main ingredients can improve your vision and prevent heart attacks. If you haven’t tried them yet, visit Pabling – Herry Kinatloan & Torta at Torralba St., Tagbilaran City.

sikwate

Hands up if you love chocolates! Are you craving for something sweet or possibly a chocolate drink during your meal or snacks? In the Philippines especially in Bohol, we have cacao farm and grow them to locally produce a ball of ground-up chocolate, the tableya. Many people mention that tableya or tablea is from the Spanish word, “tablet,” a reference to the food’s shape. Some may also say that it comes from the Spanish word tablear, which means rolling and dividing. This is an allusion to the way in which the balls are formed. By tradition, tablea is used to make Filipino hot chocolate or sikwate. Unlike most European-style hot chocolates, the Filipino version is of stronger and higher quality because it uses the whole roasted cocoa bean. It is not just cocoa powder nor processed couverture.

It is traditionally whisk manually with a batidor (or molinillo – a wooden hot chocolate stirrer). You whisk and whisk, until your arms and wrists sore. You whisk and whisk, until the hot chocolate bubbles and turn to a thick, smooth consistency. And it’s sweet heaven when the chocolate smell drifts up.

Sikwate is a thick, foamy and bubbly, with its bittersweet taste of dark and slightly granular chocolate which sets it apart from other versions. This is one of my very favorite treats. So much love when it is tempered with milk and sugar.

Paired with kinatloan, a delicious Boholano cookie delicacy , it is the breakfast you crave for and miss the most. Because of its natural ingredients, mild sweetened taste and an aromatic flavor, it is best as perfect partner for sikwate. This kinatloan can be purchased at Pabling – Herry Kinatloan & Torta. Along with it, you can also buy torta and mamon which are also good to be paired with this sikwate.