Blanco Family Museum : Family of Artist in Angono, Rizal

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Blanco Family of Angono, Rizal is known as the family of Artist. The head of the family, Jose “Pitok” Blanco, influenced his wife and his seven (7) children to create variety of art work that depicts the life in Angono, memories about their travel, and subjects that interest them.

Portrait of Blanco Family while creating a mural for a church in Valenzuela.

The youngest Blanco, Peter Paul, started his work of art at the age of eleven (11) months. He grew up playing with colors, canvas and brushes at their family studio. He is the youngest artist that exhibited in the Cultural Center of the Philippines and to have a one-man show at the age of nine (9). Peter Paul's subject are his pets and his discoveries around the world.

Work of art of young Peter Paul.

One of Peter Paul's painting that is exhibited in the museum.

Gay Blanco is the youngest daughter of Pitok. Contrary to everyone,  Gay learned to draw first before  she could start writing. She was exposed as an Artist during the family exhibit  in Malaysia and Singapore.  In 1983, young Gay won an bronze medal on one of the exhibits that they participated in Hongkong. Gay loves to paint women and children.

A portrait of Peter Paul made by 8 years old Gay.

Maglola was painted by Gay when she was 24 years old.

Mangyan Mother and Child was painted by Gay at the age of 14.

Jan Blanco is the fifth child of Pitok. At a young age, Jan showed interest in painting birds. On his paintings he showed how birds are being domesticated and how some freely roam on the fields of Angono. Aside from birds, he is also active in making work of arts related to social concerns such as poverty and ecological balance.

Birds are one of the favorite subject of Jan. He painted this portrait at the age of 5.

Portrait of Peter Paul along with their chickens. Jan made this portrait at the age of 15.

A painting made by Jan when the family when to China.
Joy Blanco- Balcita is the eldest daughter of Pitok. Her favorite subject are people of all ages and in different walks of life.

Nine year old Joy made a portrait about Higantes.

Santa Cruzan by Jan Blanco.

Handog kay San Isidro was made by Jan when she was 17 years old.

Pitok’s third son Michael started to draw at the age of 10. Among all the members of the family, Michael has the most outstanding portraits. His portraits are detailed, precise and full of life. Aside from portraits, he also excel in landscape and genres particular to the daily activities of his folks.

One of Michael's portrait that shows activities of his folks. 

Escape to the Higher Grounds by Michael Blanco. 

Beginning of a New Day was painted by Michael at the age of 38.

Noel is the second son of Pitok. He loves all sorts of water form and mood. He consider it as his element and subject.

At the age of 17, Noel painted the Gantungan.

Naghihintay by Noel Blanco.

As the eldest son of Pitok, Glenn was challenged to follow the foot steps and standards of his father. As a young artists he joined local and international exhibits and contest. He loves to paint nature scenery and landscapes. He also mastered the art of drawing and painting tropical fruits, vegetable and flora of rare authenticity.

Harvest Tagaytay was painted by Glenn at the age of 20.

Venus of the Forest was made by Glenn at the age of 20.

Loreto Perez Blanco is the loving wife, support and nurturing guidance of the Blanco Family. She loves painting mature woman and mothers that incorporate her feelings and emotions towards raising their family.

Ang Aking Mga Apo by Loreto Blanco.

A portrait of a woman from Cordillera by Loreto Blanco.

Jose Blanco also known as Pitok Blanco is the head of the family. Pitok was born and raised in Angono, Rizal. He graduated in the University of Santo Tomas with the degree in Fine Arts. In 1971, He was able to showcase his work of art on a one-man show. It was also the year that he started to teach and impart his knowledge about art to his family. Pitok’s famous masterpiece is the “Angono Town Fiesta”. It is an oil mural painting that shows the jovial celebration of the San Clemente Festival.

Mural of a festival in Angono by Jose "Pitok" Blanco.

Carabao Festival in the eyes of Pitok Blanco.

Blanco Family Museum is open daily from 9 AM-12 PM and 1 PM to 5 PM. Admission Fee starts at Php 70.00 for children and senior citizen and Php 100 for adults.

Seven Must Try Dishes at Hai Chix and Steaks Restaurant

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East meets West that's what Hai Chix and Steaks Restaurant can provide to foodie lovers in Metro Manila. Hai Chix and Steaks Restaurant offers wide variety of dishes that are mostly  found in Southeast and West Asia.  Their specialty are Hainanese Chicken and Steaks.


The restaurant has a homey and relaxing ambiance with a modern touch. The ambiance of the restaurant is perfect for lunch out and dinner after a day full of work and errands.

Must Try Dishes

Since Hai Chix and Steaks offers wide variety of cuisine, Travel Eat Pinas listed seven dishes that shouldn't be missed when visiting the former.

Butter Garlic Shrimp

Butter Garlic Shrimp of Hai Chix and Steaks has chewy and juicy plum shrimp cooked in butter, spices and generous amount of minced garlic. This dish is oozing with flavor that blends well with each other. Butter Garlic Shrimp costs Php 295.

Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips is composed of fish fingers in batter, standard cut french fries and two dressing.  The fish inside the batter is juicy,  perfectly seasoned and flavorful enough even without the dressing. The french fries on the other hand is not saggy even if you leave the dish for a couple of minutes. Fish and Chips costs Php 295.

Hainanese Chicken Rice

Hainanese Chicken Rice is served with boiled and soft chicken meat, oily rice and three dipping sauce- chili, ground ginger and dark soy sauce. The chicken has a tinge of sweet and gingery taste. The dipping sauce on the other hand spices up the chicken.  Hainanese Chicken Rice costs Php 280.

Ribeye Steak Paella

Ribeye Steak Paella is served with Paella and topped with Ribeye Steak. The Steak is juicy, tender, and perfectly seasoned. The Paella is flavorful and blends well with the Steak. Ribeye Steak Paella costs Php 550.

US Angus Ribeye

Angus Ribeye is one of Hai Chix and Steaks specialty. This steak has soft meat, oozing with juice and flavorful. This dish is served with minced steak meat that is more flavorful than the Ribeye. Definitely a MUST TRY!  US Angus Ribeye costs Php 1450 for 330g and Php 2750 for 650g.

US Angus Porterhouse

Hai Chix and Steaks also offers a healthier steak alternative with US Angus Porterhouse. Like the Ribeye Steak, Porterhouse has soft meat, ooizing with juice and flavorful. This dish has generous servings and can be eaten by 3-4 person. Angus Porterhouse and Ribeye is served  with rice and corn.

Bbq Back Ribs

Bbq Back Ribs has fall off the bone and juicy meat. This dish has a mixture of smokey and sweet flavor perfect for Filipino tastebuds. Bbq Back Ribs is served in half and full rack along with fries and corn. Half Rack  costs Php 450 and Full Rack costs Php 800.

To date Hai Chix and Steaks Restaurant has three branches:

Salcedo, Makati City

Ground Floor, Signa Designer Residences,
Valero Corner Rufino Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City
Monday to Thursday 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM, 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Friday to Saturday 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM, 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Greenhills, San Juan 

Second Floor , 6 Missouri Street,
Greenhills, San Juan City
Monday to Thursday 12:00 NOON to 3:00 PM, 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Friday to Saturday 12:00 NOON to 3:00 PM, 6:00 PM to 12:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 NOON to 3:00 PM, 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Ugong, Pasig

Ground Floor, Techno Point Building,
Julia Vargas Avenue, Ugong, Pasig City
Monday 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Tuesday to Saturday 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, 5:30 PM to 11:00 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM

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Filipino Favorite Dishes at Joy Ride Food Truck by NutriAsia

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Filipino cuisine with a twist at Joy Ride by NutriAsia.

Last January 12, 2017, Joy Ride by NutriAsia let Filipinos savor Pinoy comfort food at Burnham Green, Luneta Park, Manila.

Joy Ride by NutriAsia.

NutriAsia and Gala Stars Culinary headed by celebrity Chef Ernest Reynoso Gala team up to create Joy Ride Filipino Menu that compose of Filipino comfort dishes with a twist and easy to prepare cuisines  that were made even more tastier and flavorful with NutriAsia’s leading  condiment products, Datu Puti and Mang Tomas.

Chef Ernest’s Joy Ride Filipino Menu sampler.

The menu of NutriAsia and Chef Ernest for Joy Ride includes Adoburrito or adobo in a burrito. Adoburrito has two variants, the Spicy Adobo and Humba Adobo. This dish is perfect for people  
who are always on the go and loves adobo!

Adoburrito sampler.

Bagnet in a wrap is another creation of Chef Ernest for Joy Ride Food Truck. This dish is made of crispy bagnet, Mang Tomas Siga, Datu Puti Vinegar and cucumber. Mang Tomas Siga gave this dish its spicy flavor while Datu Puti Vinegar gave it a tinge of sour taste that blend perfectly with the bagnet. The cucumber on the other hand provide an additional crunch to the dish.

Bagnet Wrap sampler.

Along with Siga Bagnet Wrap is  Pinoy Chicken Slider. The slider is made up of chicken fillet drizzled with Mang Tomas Siga in between Filipino staple bread, pan de sal. Mang Tomas Siga, the spicy version of Mang Tomas sarsa, made this simple dish more flavorful.

Pinoy Chicken Slider.

Another Filipino  favorite is the deep fried chicken skin. Chef Ernest along with NutriAsia’s Golden Fiesta Big Crunch Fry and Shake upgraded the usual chicken skin by making it more crunchier and adding three variations of it- smoky barbecue, sour cream and cheese.

Skinny Chix barbecue flavor.

Skinny Chix sour cream flavor.

Aside from the flavorful dishes of Chef Ernest, NutriAsia’s Filipino inspired beverages can also be tasted at the Joy Ride Food Truck. This beverages are made from the natural juices of fruits in the Philippines like Kamias, Mangosteen, Guyabano, Kalamansi and Dalandan.

Locally Blended Juice Drink by NutriAsia.

Filipinos will be given a chance to savor Gala and Nutri Asia’s flavorful Filipino dishes as Joy Ride Food Truck visit food parks, BPO, bazaar, university, college and events in Metro Manila starting this month. Dishes served at Joy Ride Food Truck ranges from Php 40 to Php 80.

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Carlos “Botong” Francisco's Ancestral House and Angono Street Murals

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Muralist and National Artist for Visual Arts, Carlos “Botong” Francisco’s ancestral house is situated at Dona Aurora Street, Poblacion Itaas, Angono Rizal. His house serves as his museum where in his studio and belongings are well taken care of.


From Ortigas Extension

1. Ride a jeepney going to Angono. Fare costs Php 20.00
2. Alight at M.L Quezon Avenue
3. Walk until you reach E. Dela Paz Street.
4. Continue to walk at Dela Paz Street and turn left to Dona Aurora Street.

Carlos “Botong” Francisco is known for reviving and practicing the art of mural for almost three decades. He is fond of using rural scenes and town folks as his subject. His famous work of art includes the Portrait of Purita, The Invasion of Limahong, Bayanihan, Fiesta and Sandugo.

Carlos "Botong" Francisco's second version of Bayanihan. 

Aside from being a muralist “Botong” is also a poet and a scriptwriter. He wrote scripts for Genghs Khan, Tatlong Labuyo and Puto na Kampilan.

Memoirs of National Artist Carlos Francisco.

Memories of Carlos Francisco along with prominent people during the Marcos regime.

His grandson Carlos “Totong” Francisco II manages the museum, like his grandfather, “Totong” also serve as one of Angono’s artist and pride.

Studio of Carlos Francisco.

Actual work desk of Botong Francisco.

Along Dona Aurora Street lies the murals dedicated to Angono’s pride and homegrown artists, Carlos “Botong” Francisco and Maestro Lucio San Pedro.

Concrete murals based on  the actual paintings of Carlos “Botong” Francisco about rural life were installed on almost all the houses at Dona Aurora Street. Along with the works of Francisco are the lyrics and notes of the famous “Sa Ugong ng Duyan”  of Maestro San Pedro.  Charlie Anorico, Gerry Batang and Ebong Pinpino were the hands behind the concrete murals in Angono.

Ceramic murals along Dona Aurora Street in Angono, Rizal.

Ceramic murals of Carlos "Botong" Francisco's work of art.

Murals along Angono, Rizal depicting activities of their folks.
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