Sariaya is a popular summer destination for locals because of its numerous beach resorts. One of our favorite resorts is the Paradise Beach Resort in Guisguis. The staff is friendly and they keep a close eye on the kids.
Sariaya is a typical colonial town. The residences of the rich are constructed in the area around the municipal hall and the church . The old land-owning families built their mansions to last and some of them are still in use up to now. So if you have extra time, it will be worth your while to walk around the town of Sariaya. There are a lot of old houses and buildings that can give you a glimpse on the different eras of philippine architecture.
If ever you are in Sariaya, it will be worth your while to drop by the St. Francis of Assisi Parish Church which was built in the 18th century.
Plaza de Shalom is a good place to get budget meals. We took the kids out for merienda (mixed noodles, chicken sandwich and cola for 5 pax) and it only cost us P205 . The crew serve hot, filling food and would even recommend items which can save you some money if you ask them!
You can also go swimming in the pool on the restaurant's patio for a minimal fee of P50 ($1)
Favorite Dish: mixed noodles
The Del Monte Land Transport Bus Company (DLTB) is the ressurected version of the old BLTB. They took over the management of the latter after it went under. They have a fleet of buses that ply the Southern Tagalog, Bicol and Samar route. As with JAC Liner, they also have free WI-FI on board. From my experience, the DLTB conductors are very courteous and helpful.
Their station is quite convenient if you are coming from the airport or Cavite side of Manila. They have trips from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Location: 650 EDSA, Malibay, Pasay city, 1300 Pasay, Philippines
Destinations: Laguna, Batangas, Quezon, Legaspi, Naga, Daet, Matnog, Calbayog, Tacloban, Ormoc and Maasin.
Telephone Numbers: (02) 227-1933, (02) 227-2115
:) they don't have a website yet but i found them on FB. Just type DLTB on your search box.
It is very easy to go to and from Sariaya, Quezon. It takes about 3 - 3.5 hours to get there from Metro Manila. There are several bus companies plying the route. All you need to do is get on a bus going to Lucena or Gumaca or Calauag and tell the conductor that you're getting off Sariaya. The fare from Manila to Sariaya is P198.00 (US$4 ++) and v.v.
JAC Liner is my favorite bus company. Their trips are:
Mon - Thurs: 2:00 am - 11:30 pm
Fri - Sun: 2:00 am - 12:45 am
They are the first bus company in the Philippines to provide free WI-FI on board! All you have to do is ask the conductor for the password. :) it works!!!
Location: Kamias, Quezon City but they also have a station in Ali Mall in Cubao and EDSA-Taft in Pasay City.
Destinations: Laguna (Binan), Quezon (Lucena, Mauban), and Marinduque
Telephone Numbers: + 63 2 927 4745, 0917-JACLINE 0917-836RENT,
The Municipal Agriculturist's Office of Sariaya is keen on developing the organic farming potential in the town so they established an organic famers' market in front of the Municipal Hall. Every Friday, the farmers from all over the town bring their produce to the market. One can buy herbs, black rice, vegetables and food products made from organic ingridients.
Villamater's Bakery is an institution in Sariaya. It is a small family-run bakery . They are best known for their broas (ladyfingers), pianono (sponge roll) and giant favoritas. The owners pride themselves in putting their own twist to local favorites.
The last time I bought pasalubong for my officemates it is heartening to note that the tradition of Villamater's is secure for another generation, the son of the current manager has started his "apprenticeship" : )
What to buy: 1. Broas
What to pay: P150 ($3)