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Traveling is my favorite hobby. The former enables me to learn and be mesmerized with the culture, tradition and beauty of my country, the Philippines. Who wouldn't love this country? Beaches with white, pink, black, fine and grainy sands can be found on the  7,107 islands of the Philippines. Along with the beaches are mountains and hills  that you can trek and later on can provide you a breathtaking scenery. Each island has different culture, heritage and delicacies that you can learn and savor. Philippines is full of inviting paradise that needs to be uncovered. But, I must admit that along with the learning and the amazement of traveling the Philippines, comes the costly travel expenses.


Aerial shot of Metro Manila, Philippines



Whenever I travel, I want to feel relax, comfortable and experience all sorts of activities  that can be done on my desired destination because I’m not sure if I can go back to the former again. I also bring all my travel necessities and gadgets that I can use to feel comfortable and capture every single memories that I will encounter on my trip. Doing my travel routine is a bit expensive but it changed when I become a smart shopper because of ShopBack.


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Art Day Tour in Angono Rizal

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Known as the Art Capital of the Philippines, Angono Rizal is the home town of National Artists Lucio San Pedro, National Artist for Music, and Carlos “Botong” Francisco, National Artist for Visual Arts.  Aside from producing National Artists, Angono is also the perfect location to  witness the work of art of emerging masters in the field of sculpture, carving and painting.  Angono also houses the oldest known work of art in the Philippines that was declared a National Cultural Treasure in 1973.


Higantes Festival in Angono, Rizal.

A day tour in the Art Capital of the Philippines can lead you to four destinations that incorporate the art and beauty of Angono.


Angono Petroglyphs

A man made cave serves as the gateway to Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs. The cave is dark, cold and a bit mysterious. The cave is followed by a three minute trekking. Luscious trees and bushes line up at the side of the pathway leading to the National Museum Site.


Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs.



Museum Docent welcomes and orient the guests before heading to the actual site of the rockshelter. The orientation educates the guests about the history on how the Petroglyphs was discovered by National Artist Carlos “Botong” Francisco and how it was declared a National Cultural Treasure in 1973.

National Museum Docent who educates the guests about the Petroglyphs.


The petroglyphs is carved at a shallow rockshelter that measures sixty three (63) meters wide, eight meters deep and the highest point is at five meters. One hundred twenty seven (127) primitive drawings are visible in the rockshelter. Most of them are clustered  and are in the forms of animals, person and other linear or circular figures.


Prehistoric drawings located at the rockshelter.


Unfortunately, some guests vandalized the rockshelter and wrote their names and other figures near the primitive drawings. To put an end to this unnecessary actions and to preserve the cultural treasure of the Philippines , the museum made a view deck where in an appropriate distance between the guests and the drawings is implemented.



OPERATING HOURS    
Monday to Sunday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

ADMISSION FEE       
Student and Senior Citizen Php 10.00
 Adults Php 20.00 



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


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.


Carlos "Botong" Francisco's studio.



Photographs of Botong along with prominent personalities like the former First Lady Imelda R. Marcos were displayed at his studio. Along with the photographs are some of medals and recognition as an Artist. The paintbrush that he used on his artwork along with some painting materials remains at his studio.


Carlos "Botong" Francisco along with prominent personalities during the Marcos Regime.


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


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.


Concrete Murals along the street of Carlos Francisco.



HOW TO GO

                                    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.


OPERATING HOURS    
Monday to Sunday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

ADMISSION FEE       
None




Balaw-Balaw  Restaurant and Art Gallery


Balaw-Balaw Restaurant and Art Gallery is located at 11 Don Justo, Justa Village, Angono Rizal.
Balaw-Balaw is known for its Filipino and exotic dishes. The restaurant exhibits the artistic side of Angono with its native nipa hut concept and distinct interior design.


Balaw Balaw Restaurant



To date the restaurant serve  twelve (12) kinds of Sinigang, exotic dishes such as itik, ginataang  kuhol, sinabawang balut, and fares made of fishes that can be caught in Angono- kanduli, hito and dalag.


Minalot.



Adobong Itik.



An art gallery with sculptures, paintings, and illustrations are displayed on the other side of the restaurant.



Interior of Balaw Balaw Restaurant.



HOW TO GO
                                           From Ortigas Extension

                                           1. Ride a jeepney going to Binangonan. Fare costs Php 20.00
                                           2. Alight at Don Benito Street, Angono Rizal
                                           3. From Don Benito Street, turn right to to Dona Aurora.
                                           

OPERATING HOURS
Monday to Sunday 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM


AVERAGE COST FOR TWO PERSON 
Php 1,000.00


MODE OF PAYMENT
Cash




Blanco  Family  Museum


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 art work  that depicts life in Angono, memories about their travel, and subjects that interest them.


Blanco Family creating a mural for a church in Valenzuela City.



The youngest Blanco, Peter Paul, started his work of art at the age of eleven (11) months.He grew up playing with colors and turning them in his own masterpiece in their family studio. Gay 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.


Peter Paul and the family's chicken.



Jan is the fifth child of Pitok. He shows interest of making paintings of bird. On his paintings he showed how birds are being domesticated and how some freely roam on the fields of Angono. Joy Blanco- Balcita is the eldest daughter of Pitok. Her favorite subject are people of all ages and in different walks of life.


Pahiyas Festival.

Pitok’s second son Michael started to draw at the age of 10. Among all the members of the family, Michael has the most outstanding portraits.  Glenn is the eldest of Pitok. 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 Season.
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.


Angono Town Fiesta.


Jose Blanco also known as Pitok Blanco is the head of the family. Pitok was born and raised in Angono, Rizal. Pitok’s known work of art is the “Angono Town Fiesta”. It is an oil mural painting that shows the jovial celebration of the San Clemente Festival.


HOW TO GO
                                           From Ortigas Extension

                                           1. Ride a jeepney going to Binangonan. Fare costs Php 20.00
                                           2. Alight at M L Quezon Avenue, Angono Rizal.
                                           3. Walk right to Mauricia Diaz.
                                           4. Then turn to Ibanez Street.

OPERATING HOURS    


Monday to Sunday 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

ADMISSION FEE       
Children and Senior Citizen Php 70.00
Adults Php 100.00



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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.


Ambiance


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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