Abels are Ilocos regions's traditional wooven textile made from yards of cotton. Abel textiles are produced into blankets, bedsheets, pillow cases, washcloths table napkins, bags and purses, table runners... the list goes on! You can get your abel from the Vigan public market or Calle Crisologo. Since I wanted to see first hand how abels are made, I just have to get mine from one of the local weavers Rowilda's at barangay Camanggaan. Prices are just about the same in Calle Crisologo, unless you are buying in bulk.
I bought table napkins, wash clothes and blankets for pasalubong, however, when we reached Manila, I can't seem to part with abel buys. I decided to keep them all (hahaha). The blankets are well made and very soft ~ I regret not buying more!
A trip to Momarco Resorts turned into a kiddo's day out for my kids. My boys, especially my youngest is crazy about playgrounds. He was so excited when he found out Momarco has one. Right after we have settled in our cottage, he begged for a visit to the playground.
I love dolls! A visit to Hong Kong Disneyland's "It's a Small World" attraction was my kind of thing. I am not really sure, however, if my boys enjoyed the show as much as I did :P The set up was just amazing! There must have been hundreds of dolls making up these collections. The dolls (wearing costumes representing nationalities of people from the different parts of the world) twirl and dance around an elaborate podium with cultures and customs of various countries and continents around the globe as backdrop.
I was sad to see the "Paalam" signage! I honestly wanted more... :C
Three hours away from Manila and just about an hour away from Tagaytay is Nasugbu Batangas. I got a weekend deal from a group buying site and ended up 110kms South of Manila in Canyon Cove Residential Beach Resort, The drive to Nasugbu was a breeze... all thanks to the C6 shortcut via Taytay out Bicutan (also saved us a couple of bucks on toll fees).
The resort lobby was flooded with guests. It was understandable that it would take the receptionist another hour to get everyone settled in. We were led to a 2nd floor superior room with 2 twin size bed and a bay bed (spacious enough for 5 adults). It took my kids just seconds to warm up to the beds. The room is quite comfortable ~ I could just stay here for the rest of the day and sleep inside this well-airconditioned room.
The room opens to a balcony with a view of the beach below. We just love, how, the rooms are situated and with direct access to the water excitement below. Our view of the beach (unfortunately blocked the trees out…
Burnham Park still is the best place for your kids to mingle and socialize with other children when in Baguio. There are lots of activities for your tots to enjoy and do!!! (1) Race your kiddos on rented Bikes (2) Do sight seeing and take tons on pictures
(3) Take a leisurely boat ride at the Burnham Lagoon (get a boatman to enjoy the ride more) (4) Get a book, sit under one of the pine trees while the kids roam the playground. You need not spend a gazillion to have fun-quality time with your kids.
Part 2 of our North Luzon road trip is Vigan City.
Day 1 (Maundy Thursday) 10am - Left Baguio (we were hoping to reach Vigan by 2 pm via the Naguilian-Bauang La Union Road) 12nn - Stopped for lunch at Rose Bowl in La Union 3pm - Lovely pristine Suso Beach, Sta. Maria Ilocos Sur stop over4pm - Finally Vigan City after 6 hours (4 hours trip obviously is just a wishful thinking if you travel on a Holy Week). Check in at Hotel Felicidad5pm - Dinner at Hidden Garden (went there via a kalesa - it would be faster by tricycle, but I wanted my kids to experience the kalesa ride). We requested manong kalesa to wait for us, since it was already dark and ride back might be difficult. 7pm - Calle Crisologo8pm - Coffe and dessert at Dulcelise9pm - Back to base Day 2 (Good Friday) 8am - Hotel breakfast9am - Baluarte tour11am - Heritage River Cruise (the place was closed when we got there, we contented ourselves to taking pictures with the bancas as our backdrop)1130am - Rowilda's Handloom Weaving…
We have always wanted to do a road trip to Northern Luzon with the kiddos.
The plan was a 3D/2N stay in Baguio as an entry point to our 3D/2N stay in Vigan.
We could pushed further North, but the traffic exodus out of Manila on a Holy Week was just unbearable.
The first phase of our trip up North is Baguio City. The summer capital of the Philippines. I was seven (7) months pregnant with my second son, when we last visited Baguio and my second son is now 4 years old. It has been that long and I was quite excited to go back.
As this was just a 3D/2N trip and with kids, we had to plan in advance on where to stay and what to do, to make the most of our Baguio visit. We also had to skip some of the usuals in our agenda for a more child friendly itinerary.
Day 1 (Holy Tuesday) 5am - left for Baguio (the plan was to reach Isdaan in Gerona Tarlac for breakfast)10am - Isdaan sa Gerona Tarlac - arrived an hour later than expected. We were tempted to grab a quick fastfood bite in NLEX. It wa…
How could one not stop and admire the pristine beauty of Sta. Maria's "Suso Beach"? Uhm yes, it has an amusing name, left me wondering myself, why it was named Suso Beach... This is an absolute must see on your road trip to Ilocos. The beach is spotless, stretch of sand clean and the view was just magnificent...
Before we left we saw of group of locals cleaning and picking up scraps and trash left by visitors. I think it was so noble of these local boys to be thinking of keeping the area clean for everyone to enjoy... kudos guys! Stop, look and splash a while! Your kids will love it...
Calle Crisologo stop is a must in your Vigan itinerary. Your Vigan experience is honesty incomplete with out a stroll along its cobbled stone streets. The famous Calle Crisologo is a sight to behold - truly pictureque and charming (be it day or night)!
The street was busy and crowded when we went there. Good souvenier buys in Calle Crisologo:
(1) "Abel's" cotton-loom wooven textile - although I got mine at Rowilda's, however, I noticed difference is not that much. Rowilda's is quite a distance from town and if you are not buying much, shopping at Calle Crisologo will be more convenient.
(2) Native "pamaypay" fan - you should buy this before you begin your tour of Vigan, will come in handy against the humid Vigan weather.
The "STAR" of our Vigan tour is our kalesa ride. My kids just can't get over these horse drawn carriages. Real "patok" with the kids and yet not so hard on the budget. Cost of a kalesa ride is P150/hour and you would have toured the entire of Vigan City within 3 hours or less. There are ofcourse other means of transportation, but hey you are in Vigan - so might as well enjoy the kalesa ride all you can.
If you are looking for a family resort in Tanay Rizal, Momarco Resort may just well be the one you are looking for.
I was here last April for an impromptu summer getaway with my family.
Momarco Resort is a haven surrounded by the lush forest of Tanay. I was immediately drawn to the well manicured garden, the resort's huge pool.
It was a hot sunny day, but the forest that surrounds the resort creates breeze, enough to cool the place. If there is a hammock near by, I would have laid down and taken a doze off.
The gazebos are very maintained and the place surprisingly clean - despite the volume of guests. I saw a couple of resort staff regularly roaming around and taking after trash left over by slob guests.
Tips: (1) If you are a busy mom and hates packing baon, Momarco has a restaurant that services guests. Food price is reasonable with hefty servings. Order in advance and agree on a pick up time, so that you need not wait long for your orders to finish. (2) There are plenty of se…