November 26, 2014

Iloilo: Guimbal Church

One of the oldest churches in the Philippines.

            Guimbal Church or the San Nicholas of Tolentino Church is one of the oldest churches in the country. There was no specific year when the Church was built but it was estimated in the late 1730s to 1740s under the guidance of Friar Juan Aquado. The construction took around 3 decades and it was completed between the year 1769 and 1774 by Friar Juan Campos.

In 1849, it was then enlarged by Friar Jose Oranguren but by the Second World War, the Church was destroyed. It was rebuilt but by 1948, an 8.2 magnitude earthquake hit the Panay Island and the Guimbal Church was damaged.

November 19, 2014

Iloilo: Miag-ao Church

Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Church, also known as Miag-ao Church, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site included in the 4 Baroque Churches of the Philippines (together with San Agustin Church in Manila, Santa Maria Church in Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur, San Agustin Church in Paoay, Ilocos Norte).

            “Construction of this Church began in 1787 while Fray Francisco M. Gonzales O.S.A. was Parish Priest on this town and Domingo Libo-on was Gobernadorcillo. The Church was completed in 1797. It served as fortress against Muslim Raiders. In 1898, during the Revolution, the Church was destroyed. Subsequently rebuilt, it was damaged by fire in 1910. It was badly damaged by earthquake in 1948. Restoration work begain in 1960 and completed in 1962. During the term of office of Most Reverend Dr. Jose Ma. Cuencio, D.D. Metropolitan Archbishop of Jaro, of Msgr. Fernando S. Javillo, O.P. Parish Priest of this town and Dioscoro Mueda, Municipal Mayor.”

            The Miag-ao Church began construction in 1787 under the supervision of Fray Francisco Gonzales. It was completed in 1797 with a Baroque Romanesque architectural style. The church was built with 2 things in mind: First, as a worship place and second, as a fortress and defensive tower against Muslim raiders. The church also stands on the highest point of Miagao to serve as a watchtower.

November 15, 2014

The Ruins in Talisay

The Taj Mahal of Negros

Built in early 1900s, The Ruins is a testament of love of Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson to his wife, Maria Braga.

            Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson is a sugar baron, the owner of 440 hectares of sugar farm in Talisay. When the baron traveled to Macau, he met Maria Braga, a Portuguese who will later be his wife.

November 13, 2014

21 Restaurant in Bacolod

The best batchoy I've ever had!

             Last October, I was in Bacolod with my high school friends for the Masskara Festival. But instead of getting more excited with the festival, I am more excited with the food. Before I researched for food finds in Bacolod, I only know of inasal and piaya but after asking out and reading online materials, my food list came to 2 pages of my little notebook: Calea’s cakes, Pendy’s half moon and napoleones, Aida’s Manokan, Hyksos Pala-Pala, Virgie’s Pasalubong, Café Bob’s gelato and grilled ensaymada, El Ideal’s Guapple Pie (Silay) and 21 Restaurant’s Batchoy to name a few.

            Since the Masskara Parade is in Lacson Street, we decided to go for the restaurant along the street, so 21 Restaurant it is.

November 11, 2014

Bacolod's Cafe Bob's

            After having a sumptuous lunch at 21 Restaurant, we decided to hang out at Café Bob’s which is just across 21 in Lacson Street.

            Café Bob’s is not just a café which the name misconstrues but it is an establishment in its own. Inside Café Bob’s is the restaurant and cafe which serves pizza, pasta, a lot of cakes and pastries and a multitude of coffee and tea concoctions; Cab, the gelato corner; and Deli, the gourmet shop which offers cold cuts, cheeses, wines and other epicurean food.

            A friend suggested we ordered Café Bob’s famous grilled ensaymada.

Grilled Cheese Ensaymada. The ensaymada is toasted to perfection. It has a really crispy exterior and still retains the soft interior of the customary ensaymada. There’s also a very generous amount of cheese under the thin layer of brittle sugar on top.

            The only thing I don’t like about it is the serving time. Our coffee and tea were already tepid when it arrived, so it was about 30 minutes.

            One of my friends ordered this beautiful cake. I don’t know the name of the cake but it was light and sweet. Best paired with a hot coffee.
            After about an hour, finally, the rain stopped. So Masskara Festival, here we come!!

Café Bob’s
21st Lacson Street
Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
Tel: +63.34.7091091
Operating Hours
Sun – Thurs: 8am to 11pm
Fri – Sat: 8am to 1am

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