Tuesday, August 27

Sarao Motors Inc.

More than a decade ago I heard in the news that Sarao Motors Inc. were closing its doors to the automotive industry.  I mulled at this event since I was used to seeing colorful jeepneys plying the whole of the metropolis, intrigued by the many robotic horses crowding its hood and by the many flags adorning its front and rear.  An invite from a friend had me a bit surprised that this family-owned business did not actually rest for good.  They are thriving in the heart of Las Piñas City.  After our historic visit to the famous Bamboo Organ, we dropped by at Sarao Motors which was just one jeepney ride away.

Tuesday, August 20

The Force Within

The heavens were threatening to cry. The skies were overcast.   The large tree at the left of the churchyard overshadowed the grand old place of prayer.  Majestic and mystic just like every one I have visited,  St. Joseph Parish Church is home to Las Pinas City's Bamboo Organ.

A former nunnery sits adjacent to the church. Excited, I quickly took shots with my underwater camera while silently cursing myself for not bringing my DSLR.  My mind was elsewhere earlier that day. It was traveling across valleys and plains and places in faraway lands. It did not occur to me that we were to visit a church, and an antique one for that matter. 

The moment we stepped off our vehicle coming from friend Claire's early birthday party, I immediately prayed that it will not rain. I got anxious to start our museum tour upon seeing those old structures!  Old buildings are my weakness. My imagination goes wild as I picture the life of the past, of the those patient builders who helped shaped the tale of this historical place.

Saturday, August 17

Press Release: Murang Lipad

Murang Lipad offers travel assistance to passengers affected by flight cancellations

Here’s great news for travelers! Murang Lipad, a division of Triplestar Travel & Tours, announced that it is offering flight reservation assistance to passengers affected by flight cancellations. It services ticket reservation of all major carriers in the Philippines, particularly Tiger Air, Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, Air Asia and Jetstar.

            To avail of specialized travel assistance, passengers may call the reservations hotline at 849-0100. They may also call Murang Lipad for free by visiting www.muranglipad.com and clicking the WebTalk Button. Office hours are extended from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM daily to accommodate travel needs of affected passengers.

            Triplestar has 11 ticketing offices nationwide, particularly in Makati, Manila Domestic Airport, Quezon City, SM Clark, Cebu City, Cebu International Airport, Davao City, Davao International Airport, Puerto Princesa, Tacloban and Bacolod. All are strategically located to cater to passengers’ immediate travel requirements.

Tuesday, August 13

Las Piñas City's Bamboo Organ

It all started in the building of a church made from endemic bamboo.  St. Joseph Parish Church of Las Piñas City houses the Las Piñas Bamboo Organ. Father Diego Cera de la Virgen del Carmen of Pampanga, him and the locals started building the church in the late 1700s using adobe rocks.  

A sponsored visit with my travel blogger friends made the trip worthwhile.  Gani, our knowledgeable guide took us back in time as he told the tale of the world-famous Bamboo Organ.

The Bamboo Organ Foundation, Inc.
P. Diego Cera Avenue, Brgy. Daniel Fajardo, Las Piñas City, Philippines 1744

Tuesday, August 6

Coffee Break by the Lake at Cafe Lago

A small rustic cafe situated in a quiet location facing Sampaloc Lake, Cafe Lago is cozier and lovelier in the evenings.  However, due to schedule conflicts, I decided to visit the cafe in the morning where fewer customers are expected.

Cafe Lago facade

The courtyard
The cafe, which is also part of the famed Viaje del Sol, is very charming and unassuming. It has a small courtyard suited for intimate gatherings. Lush foliage surrounds the cafe inside and out.  They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The interiors are beautifully painted

Sampaloc Lake framed by the cafe's large window

Other customers doing some photo shoot
Having a break by the lake is really soothing.  A combination of fresh air and a relaxed atmosphere will definitely calm your nerves.  You don't need to order expensive meals!  An expensive (for me) 45-peso cup of coffee will do. 
Cafe Lago Menu
How to get here

From Cubao/Pasay/Manila, ride buses plying for the Lucena/Bicol route.  Ask the conductor to drop off you off at the fork in San Pablo going to the town proper.  Ride a jeepney with signage San Pablo at Php 8 each. From the fork or from the town proper itself, you can hire a trike going to Tahanan Ni Aling Meding.  You can also walk from here going towards  Sampaloc Lake.  Facing Sampaloc Lake, walk to your left and you will find Cafe Lago several lots before Tahanan Ni Aling Meding.

More Photos Here