to Plan Your VLs Around
There are very few things that can top the awesome combo of food and travel. Isn’t this what almost every VL aims to achieve? Leave cramming for some other project; start planning your food adventures now! Get friendly with your boss (and HR), plot the dates and sweat off some room for these local food festivals.
Leave all your tight clothes behind, and get ready to explore these beautiful places in the best way possible—through their best food forward, of course.
Suman Festival in Baler, Aurora
Suman isn’t only considered comfort food for many Pinoys, it’s also known to signify prosperity for the locals of Baler. Every February, they offer bundles of suman to San Isidro and throw pieces of suman from their balconies as the image of San Isidro passes their houses.
This festival is basically free suman heaven for you, coupled with awesome surfing that Baler’s very popular for. The date may vary, but keep the 19th on your radar.
Kesong Puti Festival in Santa Cruz, Laguna
Forget about Parmesan, Brie and Gouda this coming March. Kesong Puti will be the star in Santa Cruz, Laguna and rightfully so. This delicious native cheese is definitely a must-try if you haven’t and a must-pig-out if you have. Look forward to cooking showdowns featuring this wonderful ingredient and tons of other great activities.
Manggahan Festival in Guimaras, Iloilo
If you’re already smitten with the sweet-tart mangoes you source from your suki, then prepare to have your mango expectations leveled up in Guimaras. Known as the city with one of the sweetest mangoes in the Philippines and even in the world, experiencing Guimaras should really be a requirement for every mango-loving Pinoy.
Bawang Festival in Sinait, Ilocos Sur
Ditch the typical #Laboracay plan for Ilocos Sur’s fragrant and scrumptious Bawang festival, happening in May 1. Just imagine all the garlic-glorified dishes that you can indulge on instead of the dieting you have to do to maintain that (hypothetical) Bora bod.