Thursday, November 27, 2014

Balayong Festival

Balayong Festival
by: Ciara Manglapus 5

On march 4 during my last trip in Palawan, they have what they called balayong festival. balayong is like a cherry blossom festival here Palawan, I was so happy to see all the amazing preparation going through that festival here in Palawan. I always love to go in every kind of festival in the Phillippine, during in my tour in Palawan. I was so excited to see what balayong festival looks like but I know people in Palawan preparing a lot to that festival. Let me share to you what I'm experiencing to that most happiest day during in my trip in Palawan.

This festival are the most memorable events to the "Palawenyo" and for us tourist, this kind of festival shown us the importance of the anniversary of the City of Puerto Princesa, for us to see the true nature of Palawan, they have street dancing that all of us can see how amazing the dance it is that they will perform and colorful floral parade. The Palawan also know to their cherry blossoms from which the festival derived its name.

It's like I'm dreaming went I saw the beautiful, colorful dresses they make, and the props. all of the people joining the events are amazing on what they saw. Its like a different kind of event, that they have, a sports fest and a thanks giving celebration for the good harvesting during the month of the yield, for us tourist they have a blessing for a safety trip during the last day of the others tourist planing to go home.
After a long week of celebration the balayong festivals is the awarding of miss Puerto princesa the most wanting event for us tourist because I know they are so many beautiful ladies here in palawan on what I see during my past tour inside palawan.

After the busy day, It was Fun. There’s a lot of people joining the Balayong festival it amaze me for What I see in that day so please if you will go here in Palawan come on march 4 for celebrating this incredible festival, Too late for me I'm gonna go home from manila I will miss Palawan a lot because of too much stress in manila, all of my stress have been gone since I came here! "what you see is true" try to come in Palawan and see what culture they have.

Lake Barracuda

Lake Barracuda
by: Ciara Manglapus 4

Hickers! Good news! Did you know that in Palawan they have this island called Lake Barracuda?

What is Lake Barracuda? for me lake barracuda is a stress reliever for us tourist during our trip with my friends. this is a good place to you for relaxation during your trip here. it's like a painting for me because this is a good for taking pictures and selfies with your friends.

I really like going to this place because it gives me freedom and clean atmosphere. me and my friends can get enough for taking selfies they have this beautiful scenery all over the top view on this beautiful mountains and forest. Specially the most famous lake barracuda it can be a scene for a movie.

After taking selfies the rest of my friends are tired of walking, good to know that they have a zip line going to the other mountain. it was so scary but fun to ride the zip line, it's not my first time to ride the zip line but the cliff are too deep. I'm sooo scared.
Before we go to the restaurant we have to walk again and again because the restaurant is far from that mountain, it was too tired to walk but even though we are all tired one of my friend Ian was making jokes while we are walking down to that restaurant. We are hungry to death.

After a long walk in the lake barracuda, finally it was so beautiful seeing the mountains and rivers in Palawan. I love Palawan because of the true nature and amazing attraction here in the Lake Barracuda is a stress reliever after seeing those views in the top of the mountain. So please try to look after the most beautiful attraction, nature in palawan to those who are in their stress of work try to come in
Palawan I surely to you it was worth it.

KaLui Restaurant

The Best Among the Rest
by Nathania Laforteza 5

Your tour in Palawan would not be complete if you have not visit KaLui Restaurant. It is the most famous restaurant in Puerto Princesa. The reason why people always come to KaLui is because it provides the best customer service. Once you enter the restaurant, you will be greated by their friendly and most welcoming staff. It is also famous for it's unique architecture. KaLui is made of a native wood house. Its floor is clean and well-polished, you would not mind walking in barefoot because it is required to be barefooted once you enter the restaurant.

This popular restaurant has probably the best seafood on the island. Their menu consists of Sashimi, Crabs, Grilled Shrimps and many more amazing underwater delicacies! You would not want to miss all the delicious and tastiest food there! The food is amazing at KaLui and the price is ridiculously low for the quality. 

As you can see, the place is really beautiful. The ambiance is very relaxing and you would really feel at home once you are there. You would not just have a happy tummy but your eyes would feel the happiness too. The whole place is decorated with beautiful artworks. Mostly paintings of native Filipina and fish sculptures.

They have a very unique bathroom design. I know that most of us are fascinated and are excited to roam around a restaurant that has  great designs. I promise you that you would be so happy and would take a lot of Mirror-Selfie at KaLui's bathroom. It actually looked more of a living room than a bathroom. It's very fascinating, clean, and the smell is just fantastic! 

It is just 10 to 15 minuets away from Puerto Princesa Airport. You must call first for reservation before going because rest assure that the place is always jam-packed with tourists from different countries. Book your flight now and fly to the most amazing restaurant in Puerto Princesa!

Cashew Wine

Cashew Wine
by Nathania Laforteza 4

Did you know that Palawan is not only known for its breathtaking sceneries and crystal-clear waters? It is also known as the number 1 producer of Cashew Nut in the Philippines!

Palawan is considered the "Cashew Capital of the Country" supplying 93 percent of nuts all throughout Philippines. Most people, when they talk about cashew, they can only refer to the nuts. But there's more to a Cashew than just the nut itself.

You can make a lot of delicacies with the Cashew Apple. It can be a Cashew Nut, Cashew Peaunut Butter, Cashew Cake and many more! But the most unusual product that can come out of a cashew is the Cashew Wine. Yes, you've read it right! Cashew Wine is one of Palawan's best "pasalubong" (souveneir/something to take home for your loved ones) It is a ery healthy wine an would bring a lot of good benefits. 

The Cashew Wine is not only good for parties or special occasions, but it is also good for your health. The wine is said to be a great help in cleaning the heart. Every sip contains energy, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins that are essential for robust health. Cashews are good for your skin and would help prevent cancer which means that the wine would not be bad if you drink once in a while. It may taste diferrent from your regular wine but it is one of the best thing that you could ever drink! 

The wine is sparkling yellowish-brown when fermented from the juice extract of the cashew apple and becomes reddish-brown upon aging. It gets better when it has been stored for quite a long time. It really tastes good and it only contains 10-12 percent of ethyl alcohol which means that it is good for your health and would not be a harm to your body.

If you are really in to something new, taste Palawan's Cashew Wine and have a cheers with your friends and relatives! Buy 1 for pasalubong for only 200 pesos! 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Native Crafts

Native Crafts
by Marcharel Sarmiento 5

A Rattan mat is called the Biday which can be used as blinds, wall decor, divider or just a siimple floor mat at your front doors. A Biday is one of the NATRIPAL (Nagkakaisang Tribo ng Palawan or United Tribal People of Palawan) various native product in the Philippines especially in Palawan. It is for the tribal to be supported by others.

In Palawan you can see a culture farms but their "Pearl Jewelry" is not being produced in local Jewelry making but it was being made with the original pearls that they get in the south sea. The most Huge area for souvenir items in Palawan is Located in San Miguel, Palawan, Along the National Highway.

Palawan is also known for it's Cashew or Kasoy. The nut still has the milky texture when it is being roasted or baked. Though there are also a Cashew nuts in Cagayan De Oro when it is being made, the texture of the cashew nut is not as milky like Palawan's. 

Did you know that they also eats Sea foods like Seaweeds and it is called Seaweed lato from Cuyo Island. the seaweeds never lose it's kind of veggies that has a healing properties such as Leaves, Seeds, Fruit veggies, Root crops and sprouts.

Visiting those places, souvenir shops would make you satisfied and you'll be able to tell it to your friends so that when you plan to come back they will also have the same feeling like you did for the first time.

Island Tour

Honda Bay Island Tour
by Marcharel Sarmiento 4

Honda Bay Island is located in the mid-eastern coast of the city where you could see the stunning Island with its white sand beaches. In Honda Bay Island there's a different thrills but it is specially for the swimmer's and snorkeler's and those places are Luli Island, Starfish Island, Pandan Island and Cowrie Island.

You are lucky to spot other varieties/species in Starfish Island because the most popular species that you would be able to see honda bay island is the "STARFISH" a symmetric five-armed orange Star fish and it is also available in other colors but its not usually being seen because it is hard to look for it.

The perfect place for "sun questers" and those people who's passion are in snorkeling and diving, Honda Bay is the perfect spot for you to do those things because you shouldn't miss any tourist stop when you visit Palawan, Island hopping may be one of your forgetable moments.

There's also a private island with just one small resort and it is in Pandan Island, it offers a stunning view from the Honda Bay. The only structures that you would be able to see are only woods, nipa cottages and stores selling drinks and offering massages.

Honda Bay Island is not just an ordinary place for you to go to. why? because you'll be sleeping on the beach houses floating around but not literally floating because the style of the resort is like a stick houses. the house foundation is based on the stick and you don't need to worry because it is safe and you won't regret that you've tried these kinds of places that would make you feel comfortable and stress free.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Balayong Festival

Balayong Festival

by Marcharel Sarmiento 3

Balayong festival is intended to be like a tree planting ceremony to others for them to save their nature and would appreciate the planter's does when gaining those kinds of trees, all the efforts that they've put just to get their intention.

The Events intention is approximately for their beloved farmers that gives them a nutritious rice, Fisher folks that gives them seafoods, traders and buyer's for them to enjoy the festival and be able to promote merrymaking through Singing and Dancing on the streets. It is also a mixture of historical and sports activities are in the run events part and running is very "Fun" didn't you know that? it can help you to be physically fit.

Tabuan parade simply wants to showcase the products and reveal it to the others in a different kind of market place for those first timer to go in that kind of festival as a thanksgiving for blessing and pleasing to the eyes of the runners while running.

Did you know that they also have a band, but not just an ordinary band but also a life savior, it is known in Palawan as the Philippine Air Force Band. While the Philippine air force band is playing their piece there's also a electric tricycle that roams around so that the people would be notified that the Philippine Air Force band is playing.

The Balayong Festival is held every march 4 of the year, The week celebrates with the ceremonies for women's who gives effort for being the outstanding representative for  the Puerto Princesans and their accomplishments in fulfilling theirs dream to be crowned as the Ms. Puerto Prinsesa.

Bringing the tourist in these kind of festival can make their day memorable in visiting our beloved place which is the palawan because it has many places to go to and you can also have an adventurous vacation in staying here and after your adventurous day you can have some relaxation in one of their resorts.