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Thursday, July 23, 2015

YSOBEL Art Gallery Celebrates the Art of Pottery in Mga Putikero

YSOBEL Art Gallery brings together an extraordinary group of prominent clay artists in, “Mga Putikero”. This group exhibit is on view from July 25 – August 3, 2015.

Bound for their love of clay, seven of the most respected names in Philippine pottery have come together to share a bit of their story in, Mga Putikero.
The exhibition features Jon and Tessy Pettyjohn from Laguna, Joey De Castro of Metro Manila, Pablo Capati III from Batangas, Pampango Benjie Ranada and Bacolod locals Joe Geraldo and Holtz Javier.

The exhibit will explore the meaning, beauty and craft of ceramic art. These artists will present a strong selection of pieces ranging from the rough terracotta sculptures to the strong tradition of wood fired stone wares. Intense craftsmanship and mastery of materials will be evident in the display of works. The exhibit highlights the facets of ceramic art. Ceramics is the mother term for any clay fired to permanence; these enduring works become the legacy of the Putikero who moulded it. These masters have captured the raw and inspiring pulchritude of the Earth and forged it into indelible impressions of beauty.

Opening and artist reception will be on July 25, 2015 ( Saturday), 6pm at YSOBEL Art Gallery, 2nd flr., Shops at Serendra,Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Show will run until August 3, 2015.

For more information you may call 09285071117/09332227952/ 5764758 or email

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Dennis Gonzales: Convincing God To Sit With The Devil @ Nova Gallery

Exhibition date: July 11 - Aug 1, 2015

Dennis Gonzales appropriates his latest works with Nova Gallery as a struggle between the good and the evil. He depicts that within all of us and with every matter we face, the "yin" and "yang" factors are always inter-playing with our urges, emotions, and choices. There is a definite aura of light verses dark in his works that isn't represented in the most literal sense. It is always suggested but never said. Dennis has always treated his art as a juxtaposed reality with many perplexing layers. The harsh contrasts of lights and shadows, the stillness of implied actions, combined with the dangers facing the unaware - sets the undertaking mood for his latest works.

"Convincing God to Sit with the Devil" incorporates a new milestone in Dennis' career as an artist as he begins this new chapter in his series of works.

8 new works by Dennis Gonzales will be displayed from July 11th until August 1st including a large 8x6 ft oil on canvas work entitled "The Other Side". The exhibit will open on July 11th (Saturday) at 5pm with drinks and cocktails to follow.

Nova Gallery is located at Warehouse 12A La Fuerza Plaza, 2241 Chino Roces Ave., Makati City.

For more information about the artist or his art prices, please contact us at or call us at 659-3697 from Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 7pm.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A Cultural Study Tour by Museum Foundation of the Philippines

A Cultural Study Tour of Gota de Leche, FEU, San Sebastian Basilica
and Bahay Nakpil Manila
4 July 2015, Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Organized by the Museum Foundation of the Philippines, Inc.
Member’s Fee: Php 1,500 / Non-Members Php 1,800
Inclusive of transportation, lunch, merienda, entrance fees and tour guides

Join the MFPI for a cultural study tour of four notable structures in Manila’s University Belt!

Gota de Leche which means “drop of milk” was founded in 1906 to feed children who were victims of the Philippine American War. Its feeding program has continued without any interruption until today. The heritage building designed by the architects Arcadio and Juan Arellano was completed in 1914. The building is modelled after Brunelleschi’s Ospedale degli Innocenti, Florence, and is considered a successful adaptation of Italian Renaissance architecture to the tropics. It has three markers from the National Historical Commission and a UNESCO Asia-Pacific Cultural Heritage Award. Architect Augusto “Toti” Villalon will tour the group here.

Far Eastern University was founded in 1928 as the Institute of Accounts, Business and Finance to enable Filipinos to take a four year course in Accountancy, which was previously unavailable in the country. The complex houses five exemplary Art Deco buildings designed by National Artist Pablo Antonio between the years 1939 to 1950, marking the architect’s personal transition from Art Deco to the International style. For the preservation of these buildings and the blending of newer ones with them, FEU received the 2005 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award for Culture Heritage Conservation. Beyond the buildings, FEU also has rare works by other National Artists such as Vicente Manansala, Fernando Amorsolo, Carlos “Botong” Francisco and Napoleon Abueva. Martin Lopez, FEU President's Committee on Culture Director and also an MFPI Trustee will tour the group along with members of the FEU Guides, an organization composed of students from the University’s Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management.

San Sebastian Basilica is one of only a few all-metal churches of this scale in the world, and the only all-metal building in the Philippines. The building’s metal parts were forged in Belgium, transported on nine steamships, and assembled locally in Quiapo. Another notable feature of this church is its original interiors from 1891, one of the last remaining authentic church interiors in the country. The basilica has 56 stained glass windows (over 300 square meters in area) and embellished with over 100 figural paintings, and with background of painted metal in masonry faux finishes. The basilica corroding heavily, which poses a unique set of conservation challenges. The tour is given by Tina Paterno, a conservator for historic buildings. She has spent the last decade as a conservator, including work on the United Nations Complex, Apollo Theater, and Metropolitan Museum of Art, all in New York. She is the Executive Director of San Sebastian Basilica Conservation and Development Foundation, Inc., and is an MFPI trustee.

Bahay Nakpil was built in 1914 on land where two Nakpil houses previously stood. A typical Filipino house, it was built with bricks on the ground floor and wood on the second to withstand earthquakes. From a Viennese furniture set given as a gift by the Prietos to Dr. Ariston Bautista and Dña. Petrona Nakpil, the couple asked Architect Arcadio Arellano to pattern the Art Nouveau / Viennese Secession influence on the mansion. Volunteers will conduct the tour. 

Proposed Itinerary
8:00 am Call Time, Sanctuario de San Antonio Church, Forbes Park, Makati City
8:30 am Leave Makati
9:30 am Arrive at Gota de Leche Heritage Building, S.H. Loyola Street, Sampaloc, Manila
10:30 am Leave Gota de Leche; Walk to FEU
11:00 am Arrive at FEU, N. Reyes Street, Sampaloc, Manila
12:00 nn Lunch in FEU
1:00 pm Leave FEU; Go to San Sebastian
1:15 pm Arrive at San Sebastian Basilica
2:45 pm Leave San Sebastian
3:00 pm Arrive at Bahay Nakpil; Tour
4:00 pm Merienda at Bahay Nakpil
5:00 pm Leave for Makati
6:00 pm ETA Makati

For more inquiries, call 404-2685 (Elvie Magpayo/Mae de Leon), 697-9509 (Elvie),
or text/call 0949 3338211 (Elvie), 0927 8484680 (Mae). 

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Halili Cruz Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary In Resorts World

The Halili-Cruz School of Ballet (HCSB) celebrates its 30th founding anniversary through three grand concerts-cum-exhibit on May 23, 2015 showcasing the prestigious ballet company’s journey on how it blossomed into an outstanding institution of dance in the Philippines and the world. HCSB is internationally awarded and is a pride of the Philippines.

Ms. Anna Kathrina Halili-Cruz , Ms. Grace Perez, and Ms. Anna Balmadrid, HSCB’s artistic team, ballet teachers and choreographers took the lead in organizing and conceptualising the 30th Anniversary Concert.

On May 23, 2015 at the Newport Performing Arts Theatre at the Resorts World Manila, 700 Halili Cruz ballet dancers and alumnae will perform classical ballet, neoclassical , hiphop, tap , modern jazz and contemporary dance. HCSB friends and supporters will be there. Dance directors and educators from England, Malaysia, Korea, Japan, Thailand, China, USA, Russia and Australia will be there to witness and join the "30th Anniversary Concert: The Legacy Continues..."

This grand concert is a tribute in honor of the respectable and well - loved school’s founder, Ms. Shirley Halili Cruz.

The event will be held in three parts. The Summer Divertissement Groups 1 and 2 will be performing at 11 am followed by the Summer Divertissement Groups 3 and 4 at 3 PM. At 7:30 PM, the grand anniversary concert will ensue.

HCSB has been a renowned ballet school in the country. They have received more than 300 awards internationally including the “Most Outstanding Ballet School of Asia” since 2000 to present.

It has also been recognized by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ annual Ani ng Dangal Awards for their multiple achievements in various dance competitions here and abroad the past years. The HCSB has also been closely partnering with the NCCA in their various dance programs.

The 30th anniversary grand event is a tribute concert in honor of HCSB's Founder and Artistic Director, Ms. Shirley Halili-Cruz, who has been an outstanding personality in the field of ballet. She has, through her efforts as a multi talented ballet teacher and dance educator, promoted the art of dance throughout the whole country and abroad. The multi-awarded and world-class Ms. Halili-Cruz formerly served as Head of the NCCA’s National Committee on Dance.

For more inquiries please call 4130804, 3713519, 09175296946 and ticket world in Resorts World Manila.
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Monday, May 18, 2015

PETA hosts Children’s Arts Festival

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) closes its 47th Theater Season by hosting the 2015 PETA Children’s Arts Festival. This year, through the generous support of PETA’s Arts Zone Project (Advocate Right to Safety Zone for Children), the PETA Theater Center will once again open its doors to children and young people.

The 3-day festival will be filled with play areas, workshops, film showing and performances. The festival will feature one of PETA’s longest running musical for children Christine Bellen’s “Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang” and an advocacy musical that discusses the issues of Corporal Punishment Liza Magtoto’s “Rated-PG”

Performances from PETA ArtsZone Regional partners will also be featured in the Festival. YATTA’s “Aah Bakus” from Dumaguete, Sining Banwa’s “Si Al Buda an Tsinelas” from Legazpi, and Teatro Guindegan’s “Istoryahe lang ta” from Ozamis.

Also part of Festival are performances from, St. Gregory Elementary School, Las Piñas East National High School, Polo National High School, Tanghalang SLU, FEU Theater Guild, Maria Montessori, Palo Culture and Arts Organization.

Bring your kids and teens for they will surely enjoy the different workshops such as storytelling, shadow puppetry, visual arts, creative sound and music, creative drama, hip-hop dancing and creative writing to be facilitated by PETA Artist-Teachers and Members.

The festival will be held on May 29-31, 2015 at No. 5, Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City. Tickets are Php 100 (performance pass), and Php 200 (performance and workshop pass). For tickets contact PETA at (02) 725-6244 or TicketWorld at 891-9999

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Visit Yuchengco Museum for Free on May 18

Yuchengco Museum will celebrate International Museum Day on Monday, May 18. Enjoy free admission from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to the all the galleries as well as the special exhibit, The First Philippine Republic & the United States: 1898 – 1907.

What's on view on the 18th

See works by Filipino master painters
View prints, paintings, and sculptures by Filipina artists at Likhang Pinay: Women Artists from the Yuchengco Museum Collection
Interact with digital art and select pieces from the museum collection at the Samsung Digital Gallery
Explore maps and memorabilia from the Philippine-American War in The First Philippine Republic & the United States: 1898 – 1907
Discover more about our National Hero Jose Rizal

For more information, visit or call (632) 889-1234.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Lecture Series: First Philippine Republic & the United States

Exhibit Talks

The First Philippine Republic
& the United States
Lecture Series

Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 12 noon

The First Philippine Republic & the United States exhibit covers nine significant years of Philippine history—a period when the first democratic republic in all of Asia revolted against a superpower. In line with the exhibit, the Philippine Map Collectors Society presents a series of exhibit talks by map enthusiasts and historians who will talk about the transition from Spanish to American colonial rule.

May 23
The Opening Battles of the Filipino-American War
Dr. Benito Legarda, Jr.

June 6
General Emilio Aguinaldo: General and President
Dr. Serafin Quiason, Jr.

June 20
The Transition from Spanish to American Colonial Rule

July 4
Socializing with the Tafts
Martin Tinio, Jr.

Exhibit talks come free with admission.
(P100 for adults, P50 for students, P25 for children and seniors)
Free for PHIMCOS members.
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Friday, May 01, 2015

Cagayan de Oro and Bukidnon Cultural Study Tour

Cagayan de Oro and Bukidnon Cultural Study Tour
6 to 9 May 2015
Tour Fee: Php 27,800 for MFPI Members; Php 31,500 for Non-Members

• Return airfare on Philippine Airlines with 10 kg baggage allowance.
• Airport transfers and land transportation between tours
• Entrance Fees
• Local Tour Guide
• Tour Leader
• Accommodations for three nights at the exclusive Bukidnon Country Lodge on sharing basis
• Breakfast at the Bukidnon Country Lodge
• Packed lunch for the picnic at the Tuminugan Nature Sanctuary
• Snacks and water between destinations

Does not include:
• Airport Terminal Fee
• Cost of rides at the Dahilayan Adventure Park.
• All dinners. A Menu from the Bukidnon Country Lodge will be provided in advance.
• Lunch at Prawn House Restaurant and the Rancher’s Steak House. Menus will be provided in advance
• Generally, all tips and porterage.
• Excess baggage allowance for the return trip to Manila. It is advised that each passenger request for extra baggage allowance for the return trip especially if shopping for pottery/ ceramics.


Day 1, Wednesday, 6 May: Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental
Divine Mercy Shrine
Prawn House Seafood Restaurant
The Stoneware Pottery
Capitol University Museum of Three Cultures
Bukidnon Country Lodge

Take a morning flight to Cagayan de Oro City on PR 2521 departing at 9:35 am. Arrive in Laguindingan International Airport at 11:10 am. Laguindingan International Airport in Misamis Oriental serves both Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City. Collect luggage at the arrival area.

A representative designated by the Bukidnon Country Lodge will meet the group and take them to a waiting van. Before proceeding to Bukidnon, the group will make some stops to experience some of the highlights of Misamis Oriental.

Divine Mercy Shrine, El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental
The first stop will be at the Divine Mercy Shrine in El Salvador, Misamis Oriental centred on a 50-foot statue of the Divine Mercy atop a hill overlooking the Macajalar Bay. The statue is said to be the tallest of its kind in the world and has become an important pilgrimage site. Conversions and healings have been attributed to the Dancing Sun Miracle, which was witnessed by 10,000 pilgrims on the feast of the Divine Mercy on 7 April 2013. There is also a fountain of holy water, which is said to bring about healing.

To enter this religious site, there is a strict dress code and all must be dressed modestly. No sleeveless shirts, shorts, tightfitting clothing. Women in trousers will be requested to wear a sarong or malong around them. These are also available for rent at the entrance. (Website:

Prawn House Seafood Restaurant
From Divine Mercy Hills, the group will be taken to the Prawn House Seafood Restaurant for lunch. The restaurant is by the sea and boasts of a wide array of fresh seafood. Expect a cool breeze as you enjoy fresh crabs, prawns, shrimps and other seafood delights cooked in different ways. Participants with food allergies or dietary restrictions should give advance notice.

Stoneware Pottery
After lunch, visit The Stoneware Pottery, where fine wares are made with clay from Germany, lead-free glazes and Filipino craftsmanship and expertise. Some of the potters may be working that afternoon and will demonstrate their skills. The store will be open for those who would like to buy a few of their products.

For those who know of the Stoneware Pottery’s excellent work, you may wish to browse through their website to select items you may wish to purchase. It will also give you more information on the products at The Stoneware Pottery. Stoneware Pottery supplies hotels and restaurants in the country and elsewhere including the Amanpulo Resort.

Capitol University Museum of Three Cultures
The last stop in Cagayan de Oro but not the least- will be The Capitol University Museum of Three Cultures. It features Mindanao's three cultures of the Maranao of Marawi, the Iligan of Cagayan de Oro and the Indigenous Peoples of Northern Mindanao. (

The Museum displays the soil paintings of the Talaandig, one of the seven tribes of Bukidnon. Some of these may be for sale.

Drive to Bukidnon
After the sightseeing in Cagayan de Oro, expect a scenic drive - at least before sunset - towards the Bukidnon Country Lodge in Manolo Fortich, which will be home for the next three nights. (

The Bukidnon Country Lodge maintains the same warmth and services of a private home and exudes the graciousness of its former residents. It has a large living and dining area, an expansive garden with exotic flora, pathways for strolling or jogging, a swimming pool, two outdoor gazebos and a highly experienced and dedicated staff that will make this a veritable home away from home. The Lodge offers home-made international cuisine, prepared exclusively for the guests. Guests will be asked to make their meal choices in advance to allow the kitchen to source choice ingredients.

Guests will be welcomed at the Lodge by Ms. Paula Perrine. A welcome drink from locally grown pineapples will refresh the travellers. Paula will also give a brief background of the place and the Del Monte story.

The Lodge also has a huge table filled with mats woven by indigenous communities, abaca bags and accessories, hats, Hinebelan coffee, organic peanut butter and other products from the area. Guests are drawn to this table from the first moment they arrive. You can put some products aside until the last day when you would settle your account. Dinner will be served followed by dessert and tea or coffee.

Day 2, Thursday, 7 May: Tuminugan Nature Sanctuary & Plantation Tour
Tuminugan Nature Sanctuary/Hineleban Foundation
Dahilayan Adventure Park
Camp Phillips/Kampo Juan
Bukidnon Country Lodge

Breakfast at the Lodge

Tuminugan Nature Sanctuary
Today will be a day of immersion in nature. Leave the Lodge by 8:30 am for Tuminugan Nature Sanctuary ( “Tuminugan” is a Binukid term taken from an epic which tells of a paradise that has sprung from nothing. This paradise image describes a once barren area transformed into a nature sanctuary where a diversity of species of flora and fauna has returned and a rich biodiversity thrives once again.

The Tuminugan Nature Sanctuary is part of the Hineleban Foundation’s initiatives in reforestation and biodiversity conservation in cooperation and partnership with Mindanao’s diverse ethnic and cultural communities. Tuminugan’s tree nursery is dedicated to Hineleban’s rainforestation efforts and has become a model of “Transformational Business Practices” involving indigenous peoples and communities.

Guests will see - among other things - the flower terraces, livestock, demonstration of the Honey-Bee production, the natural Horse Training, the organic vegetables project and go on a comprehensive tour of the 100% Arabica Coffee Production of the Hineleban Foundation. This includes coffee tasting. Learn about the work of the Foundation and its cooperation with the indigenous people of Bukidnon. Artisanal crafts made by indigenous communities that reside in the mountains will be shown and sold here as well as products from the farm.

At the end of the tour, enjoy a picnic by the lake. It is a beautiful place for taking photos and to relax and enjoy.

Dahilayan Adventure Park / Camp Phillips / Kampo Juan
After lunch, finish the Plantation Tour by passing by the Dahilayan Adventure Park. (https:// The Adventure Park is not far from the farm. It is famous for its zipline and other daredevil rides, a major reason for the increasing number of tourists in Bukidnon!

You would descend from the mountain passing through Camp Phillips, the Del Monte Pineapple Plantation in the Philippines. Slers, famous for their ham products, will be on the way. So will the other Adventure Park, Kampo Juan, before returning to the Lodge. Dinner at the Lodge.

Day 3, Friday, 8 May: Monastery of the Transfiguration & Banig Weaving...
Monastery of the Transfiguration Souvenir Shop
Rancher’s Steak House

Breakfast at the Lodge. At 9:00 am, leave for The Monastery of the Transfiguration in Malaybalay. Arrive in Malaybalay City at 10:15 and stop at the Pines Hotel to use the comfort room. During the drive, more information on the sights of Bukidnon will be given as well as on the vestment collection at the Monastery of the Transfiguration.

Monastery of the Transfiguration, Malaybalay
Arrive at the Benedictine monastery after a further 20-minute ride. On the way in to the Monastery, stop at the Souvenir Shop before it closes for lunch. The shop carries some religious items including small replicas of the statue of Our Lady of Monserrat which is enthroned at the Monastery chapel. Apart from these religious items there are also biscuits, coffee and other products made in the Monastery.

From the shop, the group will visit to the church where one can experience the peace and tranquillity of a sacred space. The pyramid shaped church was the last project of Architect Leandro Locsin.

Visit the Museum of Liturgical Vestments and see the vestment collection designed by Dom Martin de Jesus H. Gomez, OSB (formerly known as Manila fashion designer Gang Gomez). The vestments are made with Philippine textile materials enhanced with indigenous patterns and designs.

It is the result of the work put together for an exhibition at the Ayala Museum in 1999 called “Worship and Weave Towards Filipino Liturgical Vestments.” Dom Martin describes how he “travelled to more than 20 ethnic communities to research on textiles and to guide the production of the design motifs that they (the communities) were willing to accommodate.” The book “Worship and Weave Towards Filipino Liturgical Vestments” gives detailed descriptions of the vestments in the collection. It is available at the Ayala Museum Shop in Makati.

After the visit at the Monastery, the group will be taken to the Rancher’s Steak House for lunch. It is a ranch styled restaurant overlooking hills with horses grazing, a pleasant and charming Bukidnon scene. The menu includes a good choice of meat, chicken, pork and fish dishes. After lunch drive back to Manolo Fortich and the Bukidnon Country Lodge. There will be time for those who wish to refine or add more items to the products they had selected initially from the Lodge’s “shop.”

Day 4, Saturday, 9 May: Departure Day
Leave Bukidnon Country Lodge
Drive to Cagayan de Oro City
Lunch in Cagayan de Oro City
Depart for Manila

Wake up at your leisure. After breakfast, drive to Cagayan de Oro City. Departure time will depend on what you would like to do in Cagayan de Oro City before taking the mid-afternoon flight back to Manila. If you opt for some market shopping for malongs, food pasalubongs and the like in Cagayan De Oro City, departure from the Lodge will have to be timed accordingly. Lunch will be in Cagayan de Oro City.

Depart on PR 2526 at 16:35, arrive in Manila at 18:05.

For inquiries and reservation, please email and/or You may also call 404 2685 or 697 9509. Text/call Elvie 0949 3338211 or Mae 0927 8484680. Thank you.
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Filipino Heritage Festival Pampanga Tour

Filipino Heritage Festival Inc.

In Celebration of National Heritage Month 2015
Heritage Pilgrimage Tour on 09 May 2015

PISAMBÁN: Pamangan Caladua at Catauan (Food for the Soul and the Body)
A Heritage Pilgrimage Tour of Pampanga
[by Lord Francis D. Musni]

Pisambán is how the Capampañgans call their massive stone churches built by the natives under the supervision of Augustinian missionary friars who not only gave them the gift of faith but left indelible marks on their culture and language as well. Despite earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, typhoons and floods, and callous neglect, many of these structures stood the test of time and space. They serve not only as houses of worship for their ancestors but has also become vessels of their history and culture, they have become indispensible elements of their heritage. They also stand as proud monuments of their faith and repositories of the best examples of local arts and crafts.

Join us on a pilgrim’s visit not only to pay homage to the gift of faith that lives within these walls but also witness how the people of Pampanga have shown their strong faith in the sheer massiveness and beauty of these structures but also in the cultural treasures abounding in them. Along the pilgrim route, nourish your soul with visual catechetical images in paint, wood and stone, while we take stops to nourish our body with the best offerings of a province touted to be the Gourmet or Culinary Capital of the Philippines. Its cuisine renowned for its rich, elaborate and tasty offerings, is a product of the melding of influences, Malay, Chinese, American but most especially, Castilian, one will easily be convinced that a Capampañgan is not only born to eat but is also born to cook as well.

So come with us on a rare pilgrimage to fete the body and feed the soul.
Tara pu mangadi tamu at mangan! (Come with us to pray and eat.)


Leave Makati-Santuario Church area at 7 AM

1st stop :
Gosioco Gardens / Salaria 1849 : Capampangan Breakfast and Tour
San Vicente, Sta. Rita, Pampanga

Commonly referred to as Salaria, the Gosioco Ancestral House is believed to be the oldest house in town, built in 1849. Salaria is one of the surviving homes in Sta. Rita, Pampanga. A historic landmark of the town, Salaria comes from the Spanish word “Serreria”, which means a place for candle making.

Experience the ambience of a traditional ancestral home, see a good collection of beautiful, well- preserved old Capampangan kitchen tools and implements used by the Gosioco household members from generation to generation.

A hearty Capampangan breakfast of empadados, tamales/bobotu, suman tili, pandesal con pistu suclati, and “sopas” – a crispy mammon which is served together with hot soup; thus the term “sopas”.

There will also be a cooking demo of ASADUNG MATUA (Old-Fashioned Pork Asado) – also called Asadong Paski, Asadong Barrio and Abo-abo in Pampanga. This dish is not typically served in restaurants.

A popular local sherbet maker, Paguio’s will serve sherbet at the Salaria. Sta. Rita is renowned for its sherbet which is made under two-types of preparation : a) sherbet for refreshment – thin ; and b) sherbet as dessert – thicker and sweeter.

Lansang Turrones Factory
San Jose, Sta. Rita

Cooking of the nougat starts at 4:00 am. The group can take snap-shots of what we can still catch at this time. Wrapping of the turrones, stretches into the afternoon, and the sans rival is prepared later in the afternoon.

Galan’s Chicharron Factory
San Roque, Guagua

Witness the preparation of Galan’s popular chicharron and see the different variants of chicharron.

Lapid’s Hornong Liempo
See the unique “pugon”-style cooking of the much sought after Liempo at Lapid’s, a popular fare in Western Pampanga.

Parish Church of Santiago Apostol
Betis, Guagua

Betis Church in Guagua is the next stop. It is referred to as the Sistine Chapel of the Philippines because of its hand-painted interior. It also boasts of the finest woodcrafts the town of Betis is famous for. There is a museum on the ground floor of the old convent. The Church has been declared as a National Cultural Treasure (NCT) by the National Museum in 2001.

The town of Betis is also famous for its guitar-making industry. Betis artisans are known to have produced the wooden chandeliers installed in Malacanang Palace.

David Ancestral Home (a few meters away from Betis Church)
The David Ancestral Home is owned by the family of Sociologist Randy David, Atty. Dante David and Bishop Pablo David. See how the Davids were able to salvage their ancestral home from lahar threat by employing “jack-technology.”

Capampangan Lunch : at Henson-Panlilio Ancestral House
Parian, Masangsang, Mexico, Pampanga

Lunch will be hosted by Tita Lilian Borromeo-Lising, a culinary heritage cook. A hearty treat of select
Capampangan dishes, and a tour of the old Capampangan cocina awaits the group.

There will be a cooking demo of heritage recipes like pan de saniculas, dulce prenda and brazo de maiz in an open kitchen filled with ancient Kapampangan cooking tools and implements.

A side demo of traditional tamales/bobotu and suman preparation will be done by Ms. Mhye from Bulaon.

Parish Church of Sta. Monica
Minalin, Pampanga
The Sta. Monica Parish Church or commonly called Minalin Church is one of the oldest churches in Pampanga which was erected by the Augustinian architects and engineers in the 17th century.

Declared as a National Cultural Treasure (NCT) by the National Museum in 2011, the Church is overflowing with artistry and ingenuity as exposed by its retablo-like-facade; significant decors of the Coat of Arms of Bishop of Spain at that time on the base of the window ; escudo of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the main entrance ; lantern like kampanilya and a 1619 mural painting which measures 89 inch wide and 113 inch tall depicting an old map of the town.

The church is also the only one of its kind with intact capilla posas at the four corners of its atrium.

Pottery Shops
Sto. Tomas, Pampanga

Home to many traditional potters, Sto. Tomas is the place to go for its decorative clay jars, classic
earthenware and assorted potteries. Here in Sto. Tomas, where clay remains abundantly available, this ageold art continues to thrive.

Nathaniel’s (JASA) : Merienda and Pasalubong Shopping
San Fernando City

Return trip to Manila, 4 PM

For inquiries and reservations, please contact Ms. Tonie Bautista 0916 4788163 or 333 2215.
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