January 5, 2011
Backpacking with a Book

Bacolod: Signs

January 5, 2011

The “I” in Bacolod

January 5, 2011
Backpacking with a Book

Boiling Mambukal

Rivers are storied places. . . . Rivers tease the imagination. They are an important part of the remembered landscapes of youth.—Resil Mojares, “Remembering Rivers” A place mostly originates its name from a unique character it possess. Mambukal, from the root word bukal, which  means boil in Cebuano. Magpabukal og tubig. To boil water. Perhaps it derived its name from the famed hot spring. It is not surprising to find one in the area since it is the entrance to Mt. Kanlaon through Wasay trail, considered as the toughest route. Unfortunately, I haven’t had the chance to journey this route—optimistically looking […]
January 6, 2011
Backpacking with a Book

Burping at Joed’s Lutong Hapon

Familiarizing, knowing one’s neighborhood has a number of advantages. A friend mentioned there is an affordable Japanese restaurant in the neighborhood. We basically live in the same area. “Imagine, sushi for P65.” “Ows?” She wasn’t joking. With other nocturnal creatures mostly composed of artist friends, it became  a regular midnight rendezvous. Then it extended to workmates since there is no better conclusion for our nights than food. I wondered why the owner called it izakaya (drinking bar). People frequent the place not for a drink but for its burp-worthy food with its pocket-friendly prices. LOCATION Juan Luna St., Mabolo, Cebu […]