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Tayabas In Prespective

When I was a young child Tayabas was a place I rarely visit. This was because during that time the roads from Lucena to Tayabas was not paved well. I only frequented the Baranggay of Wakas because firstly our protestant church was situated there (UCCP) and my music teacher lived there at that time.

Trips to the Tayabas market to get carabao meat (a family favorite) were an adventure and were relished by myself. This one done using our family owner-type jeep and the only other means was to either take the large jeepneys or take the minibus up to Tayabas.

Times have indeed change from those days Tayabas now is an easily accessible City and has even an FX taxi service. The ever famous 7-11 exist and so do other franchise establishment. Even with all this the City still maintains the rustic and secluded aura that makes for a town in between the past and the future.


September 26, 2008 Posted by | Rant, Tayabas, Travel | , , , | Leave a comment

Where does the best Lambanog come from?

There is an ongoing debate that still rages today among the Lambanog drinkers of Southern Tagalog. This has waged on since the invention of the drink and probably will keep on going till all the coconut trees are cut in the region. Where does the best Lambanog come from?

Many proponents would support the premise that Lambanog from San Juan, Batangas is the best and they would stake their lives and honor to prove this point.

Personally I prefer the Wakas, Tayabas variety of Lambanog. It has a less bitter taste than the batangueno drink which is due to the milder clime of Wakas, Tayabas compared to the hot and harsh environment of San Juan, Batangas.  It is colloquially known as “Chivas Wakas”.

I believe my townsfolk and clansmen of San Juan, Batangas wil disown me after they read this post but hey I will stand up for what I think is right. 🙂

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September 24, 2008 Posted by | Food, Rant, Tayabas | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

City of Tayabas turns a new Page (web)

If you find wikipedia’s entry of the City of Tayabas sparse a for you needs you can aptly go to the City’s web page located at It contains information such travel destinations, hotels, restaurants, food & drinks, events and other pertinent information about the City of Tayabas.

It has more detailed information than the entry in wikipedia and has a less wikish look. Try and visit it sometime if ever you need to find information about the City of Tayabas

September 24, 2008 Posted by | Tayabas, Travel | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Kalye Budin of the City of Tayabas

Tayabas has always been one bastions of Quezon’s limited but tasty cuisine. In fact a particular area is named after one of its famous cassava cake know in Quezon and nearby province as Budin. This area is located in and around Emilio Jacinto street of the City of Tayabas and is colloquially known as Kalye Budin (Budin street).

Kalye Budin is filled with stalls that sells Quezon delicacies such as Budin (a baked cassava/tapioca/manioc pudding), Espasol (sticky rice snack), Tikoy (the Tagalog steamed variety not the Chinese one), Nilupak (cassava or banana pounded to a sticky pudding consistency) and assorted biscuits and candies.

There are other things you can but at Kalye Budin like Lambanog ( a coconut spirit), Longganisang Lucban (Lucban Sausage), many types of chicharon such as chicharon baboy (pork rind withy fat), chicharon bulaklak (fried pork intestines), chicharon manok (fried chicken skins) , also a selection of fried noodles (singaling) can be seen in the stalls.

This place is not a tourist trap and most stalls welcome a healthy dose of haggling and negotiation. Most sellers can understand a bit of English just mind that you must speak slowly and clearly for some of the vendors to understand.

Kalye Budin has its share of tragedies like fires & floods but still continued to prosper just like the spirit of the residents of the City of Tayabas.

Pictures courtesy Qtechbpo.





September 23, 2008 Posted by | Food, Tayabas, Travel | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Runescape sets a record

Guinness World Book of Records officially recognizes Runescape as the largest free MMO and the second largest MMO. There are about a million paying members and about five million free account users and since Runescape those not separate players per server it is possible though not plausible to meet them all.

Many changes were applied since I started playing but IMO these changes are for the best in order to avoid an imbalance game economy and discourage cheater though the said same changes have eliminated some of the features that I hated and loved (hated: PVP ambushes, loved: pricing way too low or high).

Runescape does not require the latest CPU or is not a memory hog but having a good PC does help in game play and factor in a fast internet connection however these are not necessary unless you are an ultracompetitive player.

This is not a game for eye candy or jump-whilst-I-chop-your-head-with-a-twisting-slash lovers but this is for people who likes to plan ahead and live in a semi real world.

September 16, 2008 Posted by | Rant, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Cuisine of Quezon

Cuisine of Quezon is not as rich as say the other provinces but it can hold its own it taste of rather than in quantity of dishes.



The most famous amongst Quezon’s dishes are pancit habhab (the act of eating directly from a plate or leaf without using one’s hands or utensils) also know as pancit Lucban, longganisang lucban and the colorful yet tasteless kiping which is basically rice flour colored and formed using a leaf as a mold.

Lucena and Tayabas (there isa a debated who started which first) has its lechong lugaw which is a lugaw topped with lechon and adobong lechon.

Pancit Lucban aka Pancit Habhab

Pancit Lucban aka Pancit Habhab

Then there is Lambanog which is common in coconut growing provinces such as Batangas and Quezon and another beverage is Nipa wine aka tuba ng sasa which is basically fermented nipa sap.

Lucena also has its love affair with noodles like Lomi and its famous Chami which right now I am missing terribly.

September 12, 2008 Posted by | Food, Travel | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lucban’s Sausage aka Longganisang Lucban

Longganisang Lucban

Longganisang Lucban

Longganisang Lucban is a sausage native to the Quezon Province in the Philippines and as it is named probably originated in Lucban, Quezon. The recipe is designed for a long shelf life and basically the sausage is self contatined since you don’t need oil to cook it.

The commonly this sausage is manufactured lovingly in the towns of Sariaya, Tayabas, Lucena and Lucban in either backyard industries or large scale operations.

The usual recipe would be like this , do keep in mind recipe varies from household to household

1 kg of cubed (as opposed to chopped or ground) pork with fat.

¼ cup of oregano extract (can be more or less depending on taste)

1 teaspoon of paprika

1 teaspoon of salt

1 cup of chopped garlic (acts as the preservative)

Sausage casing (pork intestines preferred)

How to cook

Get a pan place the sausages in it and add water till the sausages are half covered. Boil the sausages and prick them so that the casings won’t explode. Cook till the water is all evaporated and what remains is the oil from the sausage.

Longganisang Lucban is best eaten hot either in itself as a viand or part of the infamous longsilog(longganisa, sinangag at itlog). Some prefer to dip it in vinegar with garlic though my personal preference is to dip it in brown sugar.

September 12, 2008 Posted by | Food | , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Personal memories of 9/11

It was between 8 PM and 9Pm then Philippine time and I just came from teaching a class and was walking home when a friend texted me to look at the TV and I was thinking it could just be another one of those useless show in the Philippines.

When I reached home my mother was watching TV and I saw a view of the twin towers from the water. One of the towers was burning and I was in shocked. I’ve always dreamed of going to the World Trade Center since I was a small boy and this bastion of my aspiration was burning. I keep my cool since I remembered that the tower had survived a bomb attack during the 90’s and I did not expect anything worse than a couple of burned floors.

I asked the people in my house what happened and they replied that a plane collided with the building and before that statement was finished another airplane collided with the building. As shocked as I was I watched the entire proceeding until one of the buildings collapsed.

I knew then that the world we live in would never be the same again.

September 10, 2008 Posted by | Rant, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Dreaming of Lucena’s Chami

The reason I hate travel is because of noodles. Don’t get me wrong I love noodles (pancit) but I want it cooked the Lucena way.

Chami is like lomi with less broth and it is cooked stirred fried and has become a signature dish of areas near Lucena city such as Tayabas, Sariaya and Pagbilao.The noodles used are fresh egg noodles and usually pork or chicken stock is used to flavor it during cooking.

I won’t get into its origin and how it is cooked because there are hundreds way to cook just like Adobo, every household have their own way of cooking it.

It is a shame that wikipedia has an entry for Lomi but none for Chami. Hope somebody updates wikipedia soon 🙂

September 10, 2008 Posted by | Food, Travel | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Lipstick on a Pig

I am not an American citizen so I can’t understand why people are reacting to what Obama said about a putting lipstick on a pig won’t affect the pigness of the pig.

People read too much meaning into it. However if Obama was implying that Palin was a pig then that is indeed offensive to Palin but if he was referring to to some Republican poltician aside from Palin then I believe that is an insult to the PIG

September 10, 2008 Posted by | Rant | , , , , , , | Leave a comment