Monday, July 23, 2012

My Liliw

After 5 years I finally set foot again on the happiest place on earth. No, it's not Disney World. DW isn't definitely the happiest place on earth - it is Liliw!
At the boundary of Liliw and Nagcarlan town proper.

A small town in the province of Laguna about 3 hours away from the city of Manila. It is located in the big island - Luzon. It is where I was raised and grew up. I have lived all my life in this small town at the foot of Mount Banahaw. A small town where everybody knows everybody and everyone's business [wink* you know what I mean]. It is in this small town where I dreamed dreams and where dreams come true - at least for myself. This is the home of my parents and the people I love. This is Liliw... and this is my root.
The TOWN PLAZA. This is the place... which used to be a playground, where I spent most of my childhood playing "bubuka-bubuka ang bulaklak" [the flower will blossom] with my siblings and cousins. The statue of Gat Tayaw [the town's founder] and his dog Bantay [as we came to know it] witnessed the joy of my childhood [so many] years ago.
The yellow house used to be our old house where I grew up. It is located just on the left side of the plaza along Gat Tayaw Street. It is now owned by my mom's brother's family.
The Municipal Building is located next to the old playground and facing the Trade Fair.

The TRADE FAIR CENTER. Liliw is famous for it's high quality but affordable footwear, thus dubbed as the slipper capital of My Philippines. We take pride of our unique and quality craftsmanship.
Rising tall at the corner of the plaza is this now famous sign-age of the town declaring and asserting our claim as the Slipper Capital of My Philippines.
The Trade Fair Center is located in Gat Tayaw Street which is considered as the town's main street facing the Municipal hall. It is where all the footwear stores are located and where our famous products are on display and for sale.
Some of the slipper products on display.
One of the famous and pioneer in the town's slipper industry.

In two-week's time I will be going back to my adopted home in the U.S. I will once again leave behind my hometown. But I will not leave without bringing some of those footwear, of course - to bring with me and to my family and friends in Maine.

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Monday, July 9, 2012

My first Pinoy Breakfast

After 5 years of being away from home, I finally got the chance to revisit "My Philippines". The trip was long and bumpy. The waiting seemed endless. And the longing was frantic.

I arrived past midnight of June 27th and was met by 3 of the only 4 people who knew I was coming home. I left Maine with a hurricane and arrived in My Philippines with a storm.

My cousin, her husband, my brother and I had a lot of catching up to do. But since I was so tired we just had a little updating till 3 in the morning. And I woke up to a hearty breakfast of longanisa (local sausage), fried egg and sinangag (fried rice)...
with matching hot cup of homemade cocoa or as our dear Lola Mina used to call it "tabliya".
This is my very first Pinoy breakfast in 5 years. This is the start of my journey back home and 5 lbs. weight gain in 5 days period.

This is another Entry for Food Trip Day.
Food Trip Day No. 13
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This is regular weekly post for MY PHILIPPINES. For more interesting story about the beautiful "Pearl of the Orient"... click HERE.