Here’s another heritage cause worth supporting.

I’m all out in my support for  using culture and the arts in improving the quality of life of our people

and I think this project is definitely on the right track.

Please show your support by attending.


As we celebrate our half-a-decade anniversary at Old Manila Walks,

May we present…

Five months, five thousand steps and fifty-thousand calories in a making!

This is  the  new BIG Binondo Food WOK Map, your souvenir-companion guide to our signature WOK-ing tour of Chinatown.

A handsome and handy D-I-Y map which brings to you the best of Binondo’s cultural/culinary experience.  It contains restaurant and shop listings, heritage trail, coupons, FREEBIES and more!

Now, you can  explore and eat your way through Chinatown – on your own two feet!

*available FREE to all those join the BIG Binondo Food WOK tour starting January 2010

*For regular tour rates only.


by mail order by local courier*

*Rates start at P70.00 for shipment within Metropolitan Manila. Provincial rates vary.


at the following selected retail outlets for P100.00/piece

in Manila

1. Bahay Tsinoy Museum (Intramuros)

2. La Monja Loca Store (Intramuros)

3.  Silahis Arts and Crafts (Intramuros)


in Makati

4. Libros Filipinos Bookshop (Filipinas Heritage Library)

5. The Ayala Museum ( at all gift shops)

6. Team Manila Store (Rockwell)

in Quezon City

7.  Popular Bookstore

8. Team Manila Store  (Trinoma Mall)

in Pasay

9. Team Manila Store (Mall of Asia)

Email us or text +63918-962-64-52 (that’s 0918-9-MANILA)  for ordering  inquiries.

It’s summer and much as I like walking the streets of Manila, I do need to get out ones in a while and have  change of scenery.

Well,  I’ve just found a reason.  Old Manila Walks, in partnership with Ultimate Philippine Tours brings to you our flavors of the month with these special tour treats.

Ultimate Beach Culinary Tour of Anawangin – Bolinao – Hundred Islands


Tour Description:
Frolick under the Philippine sun as we visit three of the best beaches along the western coast of North Luzon. We drive down to Zambales and take a boat to its best kept secrets: Anawangin Cove and Capones Island. At night, we will watch a classical concert at Casa San Miguel. Then we troop to Bolinao and visit its famous lighthouse and enjoy the sunset at Patar Beach. For our last day,  We’ll boat around the Hundred Islands and enjoy the white sands of Quezon Island.
The best part of the trip is savoring the culinary surprises and treasures of Zambales and Pangasinan. We will enjoy leisurely Picnic Beach Lunch in Anawangin Beach, Sunset Dinner at Bolinao and Barbecue Lunch at Papaya Island.
Date/Time: April 25, Saturday 4am to April 27, Monday 7pm
The tour fee is PHP15,000 per person all inclusive of:
– transportation,
– overnight accommodation at the best resort in Pundakit –  Punta de Uian (San Antonio)
– overnight accommodation at the best resort in Bolinao –  Puerto del Sol (Bolinao)
– boat rides to the Hundred Islands, Anawangin Cove and Capones Island
– full board and all meals.
-and more!
Limited 20 slots.
For inquiries  and reservations, email

The ABCs of  Ilocos:  Antiques, Bagnet and Churches!


Tour Description:
In Ilocos, nature and history is intertwined but at Ultimate Philippines, we think this is combo best savored with bagnet and beer so we’re exploring this provincial belle  – our style. Let’s journey onto the Northern plains and take a time-warp through the colonial city of Vigan. We’ll walk through cobbles,  munching our way through  the town’s traditional street fare, from yummy empanadas to tasty longganisas.. More historical bites as we take a peek at the life of ex-strongman Ferdinand Marcos in the town of Batac and admire two masterpieces of Ilocos’ unique  ‘earthquake baroque’ architecture- Paoay and Santa Maria Church. Capping off, we’ll surf through the waves of Maira-ira beach in Pagudpud ending our journey in time to join the revelries of the annual fiesta in Vigan.
Tour Route:
Sabangan Cove* La Union* Paoay Church* Santa Maria* Marcos Museum* Cape Bojeador Lighthouse* Bangui Windmills* Pagudpud* Blue Lagoon* Vigan Fiesta
Date/Time: (Leaving April 30 9pm) May 1, Friday to May 3, Sunday
The tour fee is PHP15,000 per person all inclusive of:
– bus transportation, (one can opt to fly for additional fees)
– overnight accommodation at the best resort in Pagudpud –  Kapuluan Vista Resort
– overnight accommodation at the heart of the heritage town of Vigan –  Vigan Hotel
– full board and all meals.
– and more…
Limited  20 slots.
For inquiries  and reservations, email:

what I think is the best in the lot!

Southern Secrets in a Spoon Full Part 2 : Quezon Province, Viaje de Sol and San Isidro de Labrador Festival


Photos from Our Awesome Planet


Tour Description:
Quezon Province and the San Isidro Labrador Festival    It’s fiesta time in this month of May and what better way to drink, eat and be merry as we head south to explore charming Quezon  province. It’s the best time of the year as the as join in the revelry and celebrate feast of San Isidro de Labradorl! First off, to the town of Lukban and Pahiyas festival where we’ll feast our eyes over a smorgasbord of food, music,artistry and local color! Then on to the neighboring  town of Sariaya to join the street celebrations of the Agawan Festival. Along the way, we’ll follow the ‘way of the sun’ – Viaje del Sol- and discover the the quaint dining establishments, meet the personalities and immerse ourselves in true Tagalog hospitality!
Tour Experience:
Kusina Salud* Ugu Bigyan’s Atelier* Kubli Springs* Lucban Pahiyas Festival* Sariaya Agawan Festival* Sulyap Gallery Cafe
Date/Time: May 14, Thursday 5.30am to May 15, Friday 10.30pm
The tour fee is PHP8,000 per person all inclusive of:
– transportation,
– overnight accommodation at the best bed & breakfast place in San Pablo, Laguna –  Casa San Pablo
– full board and all meals- just bring yourself!
Limited 30 slots.
For bookings inquiries and  reservation, email

Something interesting. Do walk by if you can.




Sunday, 15 March 2009 at 9:00 a.m.

Meeting Place: LICHAUCO RESIDENCE ( 2315 Pedro Gil Street,  Sta. Ana, Manila)

Tour Guide: Ms. Sylvia Lichauco de Leon


An ancestral house being destroyed

Xavier House

Plaza Calderon

Sta. Ana Church (Camarin of our Lady)

Lola Grande House

Plaza Hugo

Little streets in the area

Minimum Donation: P250

Lunch at Mrs. Lichauco’s house

Organized by: Heritage Conservation Society, Museo ng Maynila

Sponsored by: Manila Historical and Heritage Commission

Manila Tourism & Cultural Affairs Bureau

Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila

Limited slots available!!!

Reserve now @ 5212239 / 0917 866 8853

That went by really a quick.

In 2007,  I hosted my first Pampanga tour with fellow enthusiasts Anton of Our Awesome Planet, Ivan Henares of Ivan About Town and Spanky of Manila Boy.  It’s been close to year now since we cooked up that REALLY wicked tour.

Well, we loved it so much that we’re at it again! On December 20, me and my Pampanga cohorts are cooking it up once again, may I present to you

The ULTIMATE Kapampangan Show-Off 2008!

Journey to the central heartland as we immerse ourselves in things Kapampangan!

From Baroque to Betute, its fun-filled day as we poke around and get intimate with the very best of Pampanga’s cultural offerings. Gawk at the jewel-box of church in Betis while wading through the lahar-buried town of Bacolor.

We’ll stuff ourselves silly with the best Kapampangan fare by one of the country’s best known Pampango chefs! To it cap-off, we’ll have front-row view of the most dazzling display of Kapmpangan artistry- the Ligligan Parul Festival of San Fernando! A tour with nothing but Kapampangan cool!

Rate:  P4,800.00/head (full board, includes: transfers, meals,tour, Lantern festival seats and some SERIOUS food binging!)

The Tour Experience
Betis Church* Town of Bacolor* Claude Tayag’s Bale Dutung Restaurant* Pampanga Specialty Shops* Giant Parul Festival in San Fernando*


Just to whet your appetite, seafood Kare Kare from last years tour.

This year, we’ll be having  five-ways Lechon!


Tragic beauty. Bacolor’s half-buried  church from a distant.

All photos from Ivan Henares.


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