In Lapu Lapu, Cebu, where Lapu Lapu Shrine is located, there is a garden and plaza area, where several shops and souvenirs are located ....
One of them is my favorite, as u can choose any of the key holders, bracelets, cellphone holders etc presented and they write down ur name or anything u want on it .... As its handcraft, value gift for someone u care ... Takes about 15 mins to be ready and prepared, as u r walking around the other shops at the area, very recommended as a special gift to bring back home overseas ... :)
In early 2000s in the Philippines, there is a phenomenon that took the country by storm, videoke. This machine is capable of playing 2000+ songs. It has a mini-speaker system which is capable of producing quality sound and has a 21” to 27” inches TV that display the karaoke screen which has the song’s lyrics and an additional background. These videoke machines have coin slots where you can insert a coin per song. There is the karaoke machine that is wireless and portable. It only requires a TV with audio-video output; even the lowest quality sound from a television will allow this portable karaoke to play. You can just plug it in and there you have your karaoke playing already. The microphones are wireless so you can stay in a position far from the portable videoke machine.
Probably every bar or every street in the Philippines have these machines.
Philippines is probably the most supporting country when it comes to videoke. They support the product really well; every afternoon in a Filipino community you will hear someone singing with his or her videoke machine. You can also see a karaoke session in a multi-purpose hall or community basketball court where there are a lot of people watching a videoke singer singing delightfully.
The Philippines are often described as the most musical country in Asia, Filipinos are known as happy people and great lovers of music, they like to party and to sing and therefore it is no surprise that Karaoke is an ultimately part of daily life and undoubtedly a national tradition.
Its a lot fun, that people get together, eat drink and sing ...
Even u dont trust ur voice so much, just give a try and enjoy .... :)
Danggit is salted dried fish and is mainly made from rabbit fish which are aboundant in the region which are caught and salted and sun dried at bamboo stilts near the shore for a few month and then sold in pack to all around the country as the cebu "danggit" is popular all over the philippines (although there are many fish and seafood varieties that are similarly dried and sold around the country). this dried fish is available everywhere and is best eaten with plain or garlic fried rice and with the pinakurat (vinegar) as dipping sauce. buying then at the markets or shops, they are vaccumed packed in plastics and a small size (about 250 grams) will cost 100 pesos.
Its my first time to see this kind of shell creature.....In Cebuano..they call this sasang.....
I tried it in one of the Carenderia at the front of Lapu-Lapu City Hall
and the taste....its like a squid.....but slimmy....;):)
I drank some soda to get rid of the after taste....;):)
I was walking along the streets of Lahug...and I saw this eating space....not place.....they just have this looooooong table and a looooong chair (which in Filipino is Bangko).....
By the way, Pongko-Pongko in English is "to sit"...I hope the Cebuano friend gave me the correct translation..:):)
Now along the long table lies fried food....like sausages, longganisa, rice warpped in a trianggular wrapper....I forget the name for it...:(
They said that the space is for the call center agents (who worked near the place) who became hungry in the middle of the night.
Whats the good thing about this is that there's no spoon...no fork all you have to do is to ask for a plastic bag and put it in your hands.....and be eady to eat with your bare hands.
Alert...theres no water to wash your hands...you have no choice but to grab the bag..:):)
The place is nice....its along a busy street....I loved the experience..:):)
Poso, pronounced having the stress on the 2nd syllable, is a rice wrapped in weaved banana leaf. Eating poso is one of the most unique things you’ll ever experience while in Cebu. You can eat it like a bread. This is very convenient to eat with other viands while staying in the beach, resort or just anywhere! You can buy Poso in canteens, food stalls or even in bakeries. Poso costs 3Php-10Php (depends on the size).
"Kamay" is a traditional way of eating literally by the use of hands. We used to eat that way when we're at home and if we just feel to... but I was surprised when I got to Cebu.
I observed while dining in canteens/food stalls that upon ordering a meal, you’ll not be given a spoon/fork. On the table, there is a small transparent plastic bag inserted on the body of bottle/glass. My friends and I asked the lady in the canteen if she can give us utensils but she just pointed out her finger in the plastic bag on the table. Then we realized that, we have to eat using our hands only, literally and insert the plastic bag first for sanitation purposes.
I really enjoyed kamay first because it’s a normal thing and especially that I experienced it to do on public! I dunno what makes it enjoying but it seems like if I’m eating that way, the food becomes tastier, yummier & more delicious!
This religious event is celebrated every third Sunday of January which celebrates the festival of the Santo Niño. The old relic given to Hara Amihan later named Juana during her baptism became a famous religion icon in the island.
The Sinulog is a dance ritual of pre-Hispanic indigenous origin. The dancer moves two steps forward and one step backward to the rhythmic sound of drums. This movement resembles somewhat the current (sulog) of the river. Thus, the Cebuanos called it Sinulog.
Lots of street dancing with their very colorful costume, contest and parade.
You will hear people shouting "Viva Pit Señor!" (Hail Mister) everywhere. Other provinces adopted the festival with different name and concept.
as for cebu's old tradition, the food street for locals is called makdo' (makdukoduko) where you can eat along with other people from street sweepers, students, promos, bank employees to office managers sharing one table and sometimes one sauce bowl... Here, its the lechon that has been feasted.
Not because its the best thing ive ever had, but when in Rome... Actually its not that bad, its just a little chewy and knowing what it is made me a lil sick. Yeah i know, i could never be on fear factor. Im sure there are plenty of things around the world that are alot worse... Anyways its 1 day old chick. its a delicacy in Cebu. Ive mentioned it in my restaurant tips. I tried it at a restaurant called Mr. A's. It was nothing to my friends who live in Cebu, but i dont think i can eat it again. Well im not absolutely sure how it works, but i believe right after the chick hatches, you cut the head off and deep fry the rest of it. Once its cooked, stick that bad boy in your mouth and eat it up...