TABACO CITY’S TABAK FESTIVAL 2017

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Tabaco City is located an hour away from Legazpi City and is the home of well-crafted “Tabak” or Bolo” .   Funny as it is, I have to admit, that yes, I was so wrong with my initial impression about Tabaco City.  It turned out Tabaco is well-known for its swords, scissors and bolos.  The mastery of this craft is considered family heirloom and is transferred from generation to generation.  With the recent developments though such as free education up to vocational courses levels, the number of masters in the craft dwindled. So, there’s a possibility that one day, not a single member of the family of those masters would want to continue the tradition of making bolo. After all, it is easier for them and their body (katawan lupa) to just study and look for employment elsewhere rather than to sweat it out at the factory of bolo where one had to do hard labor for hours just to make one single bolo. Video to be inserted here.

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My best friend ate Rocelle got assigned in Metrobank in Tabaco for many years when she was still alive.  I always thought Tabaco has acres and acres of tobacco plantation. Lol. Well, for some reasons, I never visited her in Tabaco, maybe because she always visited us in Manila.  And it seems, that there is no need for me to visit her in Tabaco during that time.  Maybe because our friendship was time-tested.  That no distance, travels and years of not seeing one another could break our ties. The ties that binds. She is a friend closer than a sister.  Our friendship went beyond the typical barkadahan in laughter and fun alone.  We had so much more. From crying in pain to crying in sorrow ( she always make it a point to be there for me and I for her, especially during those times when she broke up with her former boyfriend and when I lost my parents).

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I believe, everything happens for a reason.  I lost all the pictures and videos I took together with my micro sd card during the recent Tabak Festivities in Tabaco City. Followed by my laptop refusing to power on.  Oh, did I mentioned that my Sony RX-100 camera had conked out the moment I reached Tabaco?

But God is an almighty God.  August seems to be really good to me.  I felt so blessed since day 1 of August.  Maybe because it is my birthday month.  Yesterday, all I did the whole day was to recover pictures and videos from the roots of my phone and my clouds. That’s the beauty of this so called clouds! It automatically upload all the pictures I took during the event to my private cloud.

The pictures I took using my phone, may not be of topnotch quality but they’re all mine. Please bear with me, as I try to clean the pictures.  I would like to thank the people who invited me to Tabaco City most especially Mayor Cielo Krisel Lagman- Luistro, Sir Eric Valeriano of Tourism Office,  Sir Rome Candaza of Malilipot Albay.   Thank you also to the Vice Mayor for sending us a Japanese cuisine for dinner.  Salamat ( thank you also) to the drivers, tourism employees, the local government of Tabaco City and most especially to the people of Tabaco City who lent their time to tour us around and answer our questions.  You give us a memory of a wonderful Tabaco City. Dios Mabalos sa saindo gabos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROXAS CITY, CAPIZ: Coco Veranda

COCO VERANDA SEAFOOD PAELLA

When in Roxas City, Capiz you should not miss the opportunity to feast on seafoods.  And one of the best restaurant in that city for me is Coco Veranda.

Coco Veranda is an open air casual dining restaurant that serves different Filipino as well as some international cuisine. They’re quite popular both with the locals and tourists in Capiz.   I think that’s primarily because of their yummy seafood offerings.

The restaurant offer freshly caught seafoods for a very reasonable price.  Whether you’re alone or with a big group they’ll treat you like royalty! Their staff is very attentive and friendly. They serve with a big smile on their faces.

Their Seafood Paella is a complete meal by itself. I super love it! Imagine the goodness of paella flavored with the glorious catch from the sea, such as a generous serving of crabs, shrimps, oyster, squid and even eggs on a bed of spanish rice! Yummy!

Rating: 5 Stars                                5 STARS

COCO VERANDA CRABS

This Ginataan crabs is very fresh because it is so tasty! Yes, I could taste the difference between a frozen seafood vs. a freshly-caught one.  This particular dish reminds me of the crab I had in Kota Kinabalu.  The crab was bathe in a sea of “gata” or coconut milk.  It is best to order plain rice to appreciate this.  Its coconut milk goodness sips through your senses.

Rating: 5 Stars                                5 STARS

COCO VERANDA BAKED TALABA

The highlight of my meal is their baked oyster topped with cheese, pimiento, pepper and garlic! I could taste the good quality of butter that Coco Veranda used.  It is so delicious that I finished this one whole plate in a matter of minutes. Lol! I super love it!  I could go back any day and finish off one or two whole plate, lol!

Rating: 5 stars                                  5 STARS

COCO VERANDA SEAFOOD FEAST

Their steam fish is so soft! I love it. It is not rubbery. I almost finish off the whole fish. Very delicious.

Rating: 5 Stars                                  5 STARS

How to commute to Baybay,  Capiz

From the city center of Roxas you could ride a tricycle going to Baybay,  fare is Php14 per person.

Overall impression: Good .  A must visit restaurant in Capiz!  Not to be miss when in Capiz!

Ambiance: I love how you could hear the crashing of the waves and breath the soothing ocean breeze while you dine in and if you’re there before sunset, you’ll be able to witness one of nature’s gift to mankind– the majestic sunset while enjoying your seafoods with gusto!

All of the dishes were freshly-caught, served hot and was nicely arranged and was served with a smile. What else would you look for?

Coco Veranda Grill and Bar Restaurant
Lawis, Baybay, Roxas City
Capiz Province, Philippines

Phone Number
(036) 621 6185, 0918 930 9087
Opens daily, 10 AM-11 PM