Savvy Sojourns with Mabuhay Miles via Airphil Express



It will truly be a savvy sojourn for frequent flyers via Airphil Express as Mabuhay Miles is becoming part of their family. Mabuhay Miles has been known to be a miles earner for Philippine Airlines frequent clients and effective October 28 this year, Airphil Express flyers can start earning miles and eventually redeem flight tickets in any of their international and local destinations.





That's not all! From today, October 13 to November 13, you can get a bonus of 500 miles just by joining Mabuhay Miles. So what are you waiting for? Join Mabuhay Miles and continue flying with a brighter sky via Airphil Express for more savvy sojourns all-year-round.


My sincerest thanks for checking out this site and spending your precious time. Hope you continue to join me as I share my journey to a world of pleasurable discoveries only here at Savvy Sojourns.

I hope you will join me as I explore a larger world. Those who have seen my food blog Eat To Your Heart's Content know that for me, food comes first, but travel is equally rewarding that is part and parcel when in the hunt for delicious eats.

Your comments and suggestions are valuable for the development of Savvy Sojourns. Feel free to write at the comment box or email me at savvysojourns@yahoo.com or pierivera@savvysojourns.net.

Let's connect through these :



Hope you would also check out my food blog, Eat To Your Heart's Content for deliriously delicious dining discoveries.

Until next time, as I always say, Live Well, Laugh Often, Eat To Your Heart's Content!

Pie Rivera is a food columnist of Republic of 7107 Island Travel Magazine. For subscriptions to the magazine, you may email them at subscription@7107magazine.ph. You can also check their WEBSITE.
 
All photos in this site were captured by Pie Rivera unless otherwise stated.
All rights reserved 2011-2014. Savvy Sojourns.


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Savvy Sojourns Turns 1


Savvy Sojourns' first official post back in September 1, 2011

September 1st, 2011 will always be a memorable day for Savvy Sojourns as it made its first post in the world wide wide. Though it took several years before my travel blog came to life, its first year was not as smooth sailing as I envisioned it to be.


I admire other bloggers to juggle more than two blogs at a time. I have an aspiring food blog as well - something that was also conceptualized for years. Savvy Sojourns almost had the same path as my food blog, conceptualization wise. Unlike others which started on a whim or the existence of available time in their hands, my travel blog was the offspring of pure love for travel combined with the hope to share the beauty of my country - despitee the absence or lack of time and abundance of dinero to go on a travel spree.


Savvy Sojourns' first year had it's highs and lows. My three favorite spots across the archipelago graced the pages of my first year. Tagaytay City, the nation's second summer capital was introduced for my Luzon feature. Cebu City's landmarks and a Filipino Saint to-be (in the coming days) were highlights of my Visayan leg. Davao City - a city that is close to my heart was given exposure during my Mindanao posts.


Sadly, there were times when I could not attend to Savvy Sojourns - days became weeks and then it turns to a month or more. It has also dampen my spirits when I saw another travel blog of the same name only two months after I established mine. I was looking forward to a DOT COM domain after a year of Savvy Sojourns. I knew I would get that since nobody else was sporting my name. But as they say, SHIT HAPPENS and there are some people not just as creative enough to think of another name. Readers of this travel blog may have read how pissed off I am since November when this other blog appeared, two months after I published mine. Will I ever forget about this? Not in this lifetime you bet! But I believe my travel blog, www.savvysojourns.net has more meaning, purpose and depth with each post. This travel blog is not just some old random post of events or travels. It's a journey to a world of pleasurable discoveries - from the Republic of the Philippines, boasting 80 provinces and 7107 majestic islands. You can rain on my parade but nothing beats the beauty of this thriving nation.     


For its 2nd year, join me as I journey to a world of pleasurable discoveries only here Savvy Sojourns. Cheers!

My sincerest thanks for checking out this site and spending your precious time. Hope you continue to join me as I share my journey to a world of pleasurable discoveries only here at Savvy Sojourns.

I hope you will join me as I explore a larger world. Those who have seen my food blog Eat To Your Heart's Content know that for me, food comes first, but travel is equally rewarding that is part and parcel when in the hunt for delicious eats.

Your comments and suggestions are valuable for the development of Savvy Sojourns. Feel free to write at the comment box or email me at savvysojourns@yahoo.com or pierivera@savvysojourns.net.

Let's connect through these :



Hope you would also check out my food blog, Eat To Your Heart's Content for deliriously delicious dining discoveries.

Until next time, as I always say, Live Well, Laugh Often, Eat To Your Heart's Content!

Pie Rivera is a food columnist of Republic of 7107 Island Travel Magazine. For subscriptions to the magazine, you may email them at subscription@7107magazine.ph. You can also check their WEBSITE.
 
All photos in this site were captured by Pie Rivera unless otherwise stated.
All rights reserved 2011-2014. Savvy Sojourns.

PHILIPPINE FESTIVALS FOR AUGUST 2012

The Philippines is an archipelago filled with grand festivities, check out the list below for Philippine Festivals during August 2012 :



HOLY MONTH OF RAMADHAN
Regionwide
August



DURIAN FESTIVAL
Tagum City
August-September



ALMASIGA FESTIVAL
Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental
August 1



CABIBI FESTIVAL
Lal-lo, Cagayan
August 1-4



PADAGYAW FESTIVAL
Dumarao, Capiz
August 1-5



PANGAPOG FESTIVAL
Island Garden City of Samal
August 1-7



MERCEDES FISHTIVAL/MERCEDES KADAGATAN FESTIVAL
Mercedes, Camarines Norte
August 1-8



SAL-LUPONGAN FESTIVAL
New Bataan, ComVal
August 1-10



SELEBRASYON NG BUWAN NG WIKA
Batangas
August 1-31



KASUOTANG PILIPINO EXHIBIT & FASHION SHOW
Museo ng Makati, Makati City
August 1-31



UDYAKAN SA KABANKALAN/CHARTER ANNIVERSARY
Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental
August 2



ADLAW HONG BUTUAN / PALAGSING FESTIVAL
Butuan City
August 2



PALO-PALO FESTIVAL (GRAND CELEBRATION)
Basco, Batanes
August 4-5

   

STA. CLARA FESTIVAL
Tigaon, Camarines Sur
August 4-13



EL SALVADOR (FIESTA)
El Salvador City
August 5



FEAST OF OUR LADY OF SNOWS
Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental
August 5

   

BAYOMBONG TOWN FIESTA
Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya
August 5-9



PAGPASIDUNGOG FESTIVAL
Panit-an, Capiz
August 6-10



NALUPON FESTIVAL
Lupon, Davao Oriental
August 8



BONGA
Sibonga, Cebu
August 9

   

MALIPUTO FESTIVAL
San Nicolas, Batangas
August 9



FRUIT FESTIVAL
Kidapawan City, North Cotabato
August 09-11



CORDOVA DINAGAT FESTIVAL (FISHING RITUALS)
Cordova, Cebu
August 10-16


   
PAVVU RULUN FESTIVAL
Tuguegarao, Cagayan
August 10-17



KAADLAWAN HAN SAMAR
Catbalogan Samar
August 11

   

KAAHAAN FESTIVAL (ARAW NG KINOGUITAN)
Kinoguitan, Misamis Oriental
August 11



ARAW NG CABANGLASAN
Cabanglasan, Bukidnon
August 11-13



SANTONES FESTIVAL
Barangay Calumpang, Liliw, Laguna
August 12-16



ARANDURUGAN FESTIVAL
Guinobatan, Albay
August 12-17



ARAW NG TAYABAS
Tayabas, Quezon
August 13



PASIGARBO SA SUGBO
Cebu International Convention Center, Cebu City
August 13 / 2nd Saturday of the month



PASAKA FESTIVAL
Tanauan, Leyte
August 14



CARO-TAO FESTIVAL
Mawab , ComVal
August 14


   
KALIBONGAN FESTIVAL (HORSE FIGHT & BLOOD COMPACT)
Kidapawan City, N. Cotabato
August 14


“KUMBIRA” (FOOD FESTIVAL)
Cagayan de Oro City | August 15-17
Food & culinary competitions sponsored by the Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Association (COHARA)


   
KALUBIHAN FESTIVAL
Jordan, Guimaras
August 14-20


KADAYAWAN SA DABAW
Davao City
August 14-21 (16-21)



LUBI-LUBI (COCONUT) FESTIVAL
Calubian, Leyte
August 15

   

FEAST OF OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION
Boac, Marinduque
August 15


   
PASAKA
Tanauan, Leyte
August 15

   

SIRONG FESTIVAL
Cantilan, Surigao del Sur
August 15

   

SUMAYAJAW FESTIVAL
Jabonga, Agusan del Norte
August 15


   
DINAGAT (BAKASI)
Cordova, Cebu
August 15-16



CORON FESTIVAL
Tiwi, Albay
August 15- August 17



KAUMAHAN FESTIVAL
Opol , Misamis Oriental
August 15-31



SUNDAYAG
Cagayan de Oro City
August 18



LUMIN-AWA FESTIVAL
Lubuagan, Kalinga
August 18



ARAW NG ALUBIJID (DIYANDIHAN FESTIVAL)
Alubijid , Misamis Oriental
August 18



QUEZON DAY/ANGONO DAY
Angono, Rizal
August 19

   

MANUEL LUIS QUEZON BIRTH ANNIVERSARY
Quezon City
August 19



COCO SABUTAN FESTIVAL/BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF PRESIDENT
Baler, Aurora
August 19



BANKATON
Lavezares, N. Samar
August 20



PILGRIMAGE TO JOROAN
Joroan, Tiwi, Albay
August 20



MANARAGAT FESTIVAL
Catbalogan City, Samar
August 23
   


ANNIVERSARY OF CRY OF PUGADLAWIN
Pugad lawin shrine, Brgy. Bahay Toro, Quezon City
August 23


   
24-HOUR MOUNTAIN BIKE ENDURANCE
National Bilibid Prison Land Reserve Area, Muntinlupa City
August 23-24



TSINELAS FESTIVAL
City of Gapan, Nueva Ecija
August 25

   

ILOILO CITY CHARTER DAY
Iloilo City
August 25



PASA-PASA IKAW FESTIVAK
Pasacao, Camarines Sur
August 25-30



ALCALA TOWN FIESTA
Alcala, Cagayan
August 26



DARAGANG MAGAYON
Daraga, Albay
August 26 - September 8



HIGA-ONON DANCE FESTIVAL
City Streets of CDO City
August 26

   

GOLDEN FLOAT PARADE
Cagayan de Oro
August 27



BAHANDI FESTIVAL
Alcantara, Cebu
August 27

   

CAGAYAN DE ORO GOLDEN FLOAT FESTIVAL
Cagayan de Oro
August 27



NATIVE “MANOK” FESTIVAL
Mabunao, Panabo City
August 27



MADYAW, HUGYAW SAMAL FESTIVAL
Davao del Norte, Brgy. Penaplata
August 27-28 (every last week-end)



JINAWA FESTIVAL
Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte
August 27- August 28


   
LAMBAGOHAN FESTIVAL
Cagayan de Oro
August 28

   

PALADONG FESTIVAL
Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur
August 28


   
KALUMUNAN FESTIVAL
San Agustin, Surigao del Sur
August 28

   

KAGAY-AN FESTIVAL
Cagayan de Oro City
August 28



KARIYAWAN FESTIVAL
Monkayo, ComVal
Aug 28-Sept 4



BUYOGAN FESTIVAL
Abuyog, Leyte
August 29


   
NATIONAL HEROES DAY
San Carlos City, Negros Occidental
August 29

   

NAGSABADO FESTIVAL
Pasig City
August 29



29 DE AGOSTO
Brgy. Hagdang Bato Itaas, Mandaluyong City
August 29

   

TILAW SA PAGKAONG NAN SURIGAONON FOOD FESTIVAL
Surigao City,Surigao del Norte
August 29-31



LOCAL HEROES DAY CELEBRATION
Municipality of Pateros
August 29



SILOY FESTIVAL
Alcoy, Cebu
August 30


   
KAYABA: GUIMARAS – ILOILO CROSS CHANNEL SWIM
Iloilo City
August 30

   

MANDAUE CHARTER DAY CELEBRATION
Mandaue, Cebu
August 30

   

TURUMBA
Teresa, Rizal
August 30

   

BATTLE OF PINAGLABANAN / ARAW NG PINAGLABANAN
Pinaglaban Shrine, Municipality of San Juan
August 30



EID’L FITR
Regionwide
August 30



BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF PRES. RAMON MAGSAYSAY
Iba, Zambales
August 31



CELEBRATION OF BUWAN NG WIKA
Capitol Site, Batangas City
August (no definite date)

   

GUILING – GUILING FESTIVAL
Siniloan, Laguna
August (no definite date yet)


My sincerest thanks for checking out this site and spending your precious time. Hope you continue to join me as I share my journey to a world of pleasurable discoveries only here at Savvy Sojourns.

I hope you will join me as I explore a larger world. Those who have seen my food blog Eat To Your Heart's Content know that for me, food comes first, but travel is equally rewarding that is part and parcel when in the hunt for delicious eats.

Your comments and suggestions are valuable for the development of Savvy Sojourns. Feel free to write at the comment box or email me at savvysojourns@yahoo.com or pierivera@savvysojourns.net.

Let's connect through these :



Hope you would also check out my food blog, Eat To Your Heart's Content for deliriously delicious dining discoveries.

Until next time, as I always say, Live Well, Laugh Often, Eat To Your Heart's Content!

Pie Rivera is a food columnist of Republic of 7107 Island Travel Magazine. For subscriptions to the magazine, you may email them at subscription@7107magazine.ph. You can also check their WEBSITE.
 
All photos in this site were captured by Pie Rivera unless otherwise stated.
All rights reserved 2011-2014. Savvy Sojourns.


Information and rates indicated in the articles are accurate at the time of visit by this writer.

SAVVY SOJOURNS : PRELUDE TO THE PROVINCE OF CEBU

The iconic statue of Lapu-Lapu at the Mactan Shrine in Mactan Island, Cebu


Readers of this young blog know that I have a soft spot for the province of Cebu. While I have featured some notable landmarks around Cebu City in previous posts, the entire province of Cebu is another thing.


This month, I shall feature some favorite spots around the province of Cebu that  I have been to. Not to mention some deliriously delicious dining destinations and leisure activities you and I will surely enjoy over and over. 

Is Cebu one of your favorite destinations too? Feel free to share your thoughts.


My sincerest thanks for checking out this site and spending your precious time. Hope you continue to join me as I share my journey to a world of pleasurable discoveries only here at Savvy Sojourns.

I hope you will join me as I explore a larger world. Those who have seen my food blog Eat To Your Heart's Content know that for me, food comes first, but travel is equally rewarding that is part and parcel when in the hunt for delicious eats.

Your comments and suggestions are valuable for the development of Savvy Sojourns. Feel free to write at the comment box or email me at savvysojourns@yahoo.com or pierivera@savvysojourns.net.

Let's connect through these :



Hope you would also check out my food blog, Eat To Your Heart's Content for deliriously delicious dining discoveries.

Until next time, as I always say, Live Well, Laugh Often, Eat To Your Heart's Content!

Pie Rivera is a food columnist of Republic of 7107 Island Travel Magazine. For subscriptions to the magazine, you may email them at subscription@7107magazine.ph. You can also check their WEBSITE.
 
All photos in this site were captured by Pie Rivera unless otherwise stated.
All rights reserved 2011-2014. Savvy Sojourns.


Information and rates indicated in the articles are accurate at the time of visit by this writer.

PRELUDE TO THE PHILIPPINES' MOST LIVEABLE CITY


BY PIE RIVERA

It seems time flies at the speed of lightning. It has been eleven (11) months since I first published an article here at Savvy Sojourns, but it has been a number of years since I have tinkered on putting up my own travel blog. Difficult as it may seem back then, though I got to travel in the last decade, I did not have much that documented my travels. So in recent years, being bitten by the travel bug, I am always armed with a handy digital camera wherever I go - it was not just a must, it has been a necessity. 

This month of August, Savvy Sojourns will be doing a feature on the Philippines' southern most part - Mindanao.



Tagaytay City is my favorite vacation spot in Luzon, Cebu City is my second home in the Visayas region. And for Mindanao - well, this month's feature would probably be the closest to my heart. An old tune which goes "I left my heart in San Francisco" has the same effect on me about my favorite city in Mindanao - and I am referring to Davao City.



Davao City is tagged as Asia's most liveable city. It is one of the most peaceful cities I have been to and one of the cleanest aside from Subic Bay Freeport Zone in Olongapo. Davao City happens to have some of my favorite fruits such as pomelo (suha) and mangosteen. I also love the fact that Samal Island is just about five to ten minutes boat-ride away, with numerous affordable beach resorts to boot. Two of the best reasons that make me come back are the numerous deliriously delicious dining destinations and the friendliest people I have ever met.

Without further ado, Savvy Sojourns' August offering brings you to another marvelous Philippine destination - Davao City.      


Is Davao City one of your favorite destinations too? Feel free to share your thoughts.


My sincerest thanks for checking out this site and spending your precious time. Hope you continue to join me as I share my journey to a world of pleasurable discoveries only here at Savvy Sojourns.

I hope you will join me as I explore a larger world. Those who have seen my food blog Eat To Your Heart's Content know that for me, food comes first, but travel is equally rewarding that is part and parcel when in the hunt for delicious eats.

Your comments and suggestions are valuable for the development of Savvy Sojourns. Feel free to write at the comment box or email me at savvysojourns@yahoo.com or pierivera@savvysojourns.net.


Let's connect through these :



Hope you would also check out my food blog, Eat To Your Heart's Content for deliriously delicious dining discoveries.

Until next time, as I always say, Live Well, Laugh Often, Eat To Your Heart's Content!

Pie Rivera is a food columnist of Republic of 7107 Island Travel Magazine. For subscriptions to the magazine, you may email them at subscription@7107magazine.ph. You can also check their WEBSITE.
 
All photos in this site were captured by Pie Rivera unless otherwise stated.
Information and rates indicated in the articles are accurate at the time of visit by this writer.

SAVVY SOJOURNS GIVEAWAY WINNERS

Savvy Sojourns Giveaway

As promised, Savvy Sojourns will announce the TWO (2) WINNERS of the Burgoo and Gumbo Giveaway today, August 5, 2012.


Participants were picked from random draw. Each valid entry for those who LIKE the Savvy Sojourns FB Page, followed SavvySojournsPH over Twitter, publicly shared the FB message and retweet the twitter message, etc.


And the winners are ...


LOTUS ANG
ONE (1) SET OF GUMBO COUPONS


DANNICA VIDAL
ONE (1) SET OF BURGOO COUPONS


GUMBO COUPONS has a total value of Php 12,245 that would be your maximum savings the moment you consumed the Gumbo Coupons in any of their four (4) branches!
BURGOO COUPONS has a total value of Php 8,987 that would be your maximum savings the moment you consumed the Burgoo Coupons in any of their four (4) branches!


Coupons are valid until January 31, 2013.


To you Lotus Ang and Dannica Vidal, CONGRATULATIONS!!! Hope you will both enjoy this super savings coupon!


Winners will be notified through the contact details they provided.


Until the next Savvy Sojourns Giveaway!


Thank you for your support :) 


My sincerest thanks for checking out this site and spending your precious time. Hope you continue to join me as I share my journey to a world of pleasurable discoveries only here at Savvy Sojourns.

I hope you will join me as I explore a larger world. Those who have seen my food blog Eat To Your Heart's Content know that for me, food comes first, but travel is equally rewarding that is part and parcel when in the hunt for delicious eats.

Your comments and suggestions are valuable for the development of Savvy Sojourns. Feel free to write at the comment box or email me at savvysojourns@yahoo.com or pierivera@savvysojourns.net.

Let's connect through these :



Hope you would also check out my food blog, Eat To Your Heart's Content for deliriously delicious dining discoveries.

Until next time, as I always say, Live Well, Laugh Often, Eat To Your Heart's Content!

Pie Rivera is a food columnist of Republic of 7107 Island Travel Magazine. For subscriptions to the magazine, you may email them at subscription@7107magazine.ph. You can also check their WEBSITE.
 
All photos in this site were captured by Pie Rivera unless otherwise stated.
All rights reserved 2011-2014. Savvy Sojourns.


Information and rates indicated in the articles are accurate at the time of visit by this writer.

SAVVY SOJOURNS LIKE, ADD, FOLLOW, POST AND WIN



SavvySojourns.net giveaway!

How would you like to SAVE Php8,987.00 and Php12,245.00 at Burgoo and Gumbo? Read on if you're interested!

Savvy Sojourns celebrates another month of highlighting a featured place. During our soft launch, we featured Tagaytay City, Cebu City and Davao City. This month of July, Savvy Sojourns celebrates two things. One, I am ecstatic to announce that Savvy Sojourns can now be found via www.savvysojourns.net. Though I would like for my site to be seen via dot com, since I started this site last year wherein DOT COM was available, a new blogger used the same name as mine only months after I first published my initial post. Well, so much for her lack of originality that she even did not bother to add another word from my original SAVVY SOJOURNS name.


Another thing to celebrate is that in this month of July we shall be highlighting my city where I grew up in - Manila, Metro Manila to be exact. I shall be featuring some deliriously delicious dining destinations (as I always say in my food blog Eat To Your Heart's Content) and sights where we can simply enjoy city living.

So to celebrate these two wonderful occasions, Savvy Sojourns launches its first-ever giveaway! SAVVY SOJOURNS LIKE, ADD, FOLLOW, POST AND WIN.

Details of this savvy giveaway as follows, please read carefully and you may just bring home a fabulous prize!


1. LIKE the official Savvy Sojourns Facebook Page via https://www.facebook.com/pages/Savvy-Sojourns/247812055289359 .

2. ADD Pie Rivera as your Facebook friend via https://www.facebook.com/pie.rivera.14.

3. FOLLOW Savvy Sojourns Twitter via @savvysojournsPH.

4. BE A MEMBER at Savvy Sojourns via Google Friend Connect (GFC). CLICK "JOIN THIS SITE." Just go to my site, www.savvysojourns.net

5. COPY the Savvy Sojourns post link and PASTE it on your FACEBOOK WALL saying "I WANT TO WIN SAVVY SOJOURNS BURGOO AND GUMBO COUPON GIVEAWAY VIA @savvysojournsPH #savvysojournsPHgiveaway" Make sure to TAG Savvy Sojourns via my Pie Rivera account at Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pie.rivera.14). ADD the Savvy Sojourns Post link (http://www.savvysojourns.net/2012/07/savvy-sojourns-like-add-follow-post-and.html) in your STATUS WALL MESSAGE and MAKE THE POST PUBLIC. PASTE the FB permalink on your comment to this post.


6. TWEET "I WANT TO WIN SAVVY SOJOURNS BURGOO AND GUMBO COUPON GIVEAWAY VIA @savvysojournsPH #savvysojournsPHgiveaway" followed by the LINK (http://www.savvysojourns.net/2012/07/savvy-sojourns-like-add-follow-post-and.html)


7. BELOW THIS POST, COMMENT with your COMPLETE NAME AND VALID EMAIL ADDRESS, plus the FB permalink as stated in #5 and the tweet link as stated in #6.


Remember, only those who followed the above-mentioned details will be eligible to win! So LIKE (1point) the official Savvy Sojourns FB page, ADD (1point) Pie Rivera as your FB friend, FOLLOW (1point) @savvysojournsPH at Twitter, JOIN (1point) Savvy Sojourns at GFC for a chance to win the BURGOO OR GUMBO COUPON GIVEAWAY! The more points, the more chances of getting any of the two Savvy Sojourns giveaway!


The BURGOO and GUMBO Coupon is prized at Php399 each. Burgoo Coupons has a total savings of Php8,987.00 while Gumbo Coupons has a total savings of Php12,245.00. Each coupon set has a free dish for you. One Large N'awlin's Classic Platter valued at Php475 is free at Burgoo while One Large Spaghetti with Meatballs worth Php525 is free at Gumbo. Plus everytime you dine-in at Burgoo and or Gumbo using the coupon, you can avail of a FREE ENTREE OF EQUAL OR LESSER VALUE. What's more, this coupon is valid until JANUARY 31, 2013.


This exciting Savvy Sojourns giveaway will run from JULY 1 TO 31, 2012. TWO WINNERS (1 Burgoo Coupon and 1 Gumbo Coupon) will be announced on AUGUST 6, 2012 via www.savvysojourns.net

Those with legitimate Facebook, Twitter and email accounts are eligible. Facebook and Twitter Accounts should be up and running since January 1, 2012. Only Philippine residents with valid shipping address are eligible to join.

So what are you waiting for? Hurry join SAVVY SOJOURNS LIKE, ADD, FOLLOW, POST AND WIN GIVEAWAY!!!

My sincerest thanks for checking out this site and spending your precious time. Hope you continue to join me as I share my journey to a world of pleasurable discoveries only here at Savvy Sojourns.

I hope you will join me as I explore a larger world. Those who have seen my food blog Eat To Your Heart's Content know that for me, food comes first, but travel is equally rewarding that is part and parcel when in the hunt for delicious eats.

Your comments and suggestions are valuable for the development of Savvy Sojourns. Feel free to write at the comment box or email me at savvysojourns@yahoo.com or pierivera@savvysojourns.net.

Let's connect through these :



Hope you would also check out my food blog, Eat To Your Heart's Content for deliriously delicious dining discoveries.

Until next time, as I always say, Live Well, Laugh Often, Eat To Your Heart's Content!

Pie Rivera is a food columnist of Republic of 7107 Island Travel Magazine. For subscriptions to the magazine, you may email them at subscription@7107magazine.ph. You can also check their WEBSITE.
 
All photos in this site were captured by Pie Rivera unless otherwise stated.
All rights reserved 2011-2014. Savvy Sojourns.


Information and rates indicated in the articles are accurate at the time of visit by this writer.

SAVVY SOJOURNS TO DAVAO CITY'S ZIGUDO RESTO BAR

BY PIE RIVERA


I'm not much of a party person, but for the sake of getting to know more about a place that I am visiting, I prefer to go the distance - from walking down the busy streets of their downtown, getting to know about their past by visiting museums, island hopping whenever available, trying out their local dishes & delicacies and checking out what life is like during the night.

Zigudo Resto Bar at Prime Square

During one of my visits to Davao City, my beau suggested that we go to Zigudo Resto Bar at the Prime Square at Torres Street in Bajada area - this is now Davao City's most happening place to date. Inside a huge compound is a gamut of night spots from one door to the next. You could literally bar hop without leaving the compound.

The stage is set for nightly performances and events 
at Zigudo Resto Bar

Zigudo Resto Bar is a young and vibrant place. Established in March 2010, it has managed to be Davao City's most vibrant night scene providing numerous events and comedic performances. 






During our visit, a monthly local modelling competition was being held. Aspiring male and female models strut the stage besting out each others' moves. Some where strikingly inviting to the sight while others were down right hilarious, particularly during the question and answer portion. No offense meant to contestants, but bear in mind that winning a beauty or talent search does not involve looks and talent alone - remember to sharpen your minds as the Question and Answer portion is always part of the equation.  Just a tip, brush up on your speaking skills and general knowledge to avoid embarassment in front of a huge crowd. It's a no-brainer come to think of it!

I'm sure the younger crowd will enjoy Zigudo Resto Bar with its nightly offerings not to mention that they have quite an affordable line in the menu and reasonable alcoholic beverages. As for me, I would prefer to chill-out in one of Davao City's hundreds of cafes.
     
ZIGUDO RESTO BAR


Prime Square
Torres Street, Bajada
Davao City


Join me this month of June, as I bring you more of the majestic land in Southern Mindanao - Davao City. 

My sincerest thanks for checking out this site and spending your precious time. Hope you continue to join me as I share my journey to a world of pleasurable discoveries only here at Savvy Sojourns.

I hope you will join me as I explore a larger world. Those who have seen my food blog Eat To Your Heart's Content know that for me, food comes first, but travel is equally rewarding that is part and parcel when in the hunt for delicious eats.

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Until next time, as I always say, Live Well, Laugh Often, Eat To Your Heart's Content!

Pie Rivera is a food columnist of Republic of 7107 Island Travel Magazine. For subscriptions to the magazine, you may email them at subscription@7107magazine.ph. You can also check their WEBSITE.
 
All photos in this site were captured by Pie Rivera unless otherwise stated.
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SAVVY SOJOURNS TO DAVAO DENCIA'S RESTAURANT



BY PIE RIVERA


Dining at Davao Dencia's Restaurant was not the plan. Originally, I wanted to treat my beau to his favorite Japanese restaurant. Unfortunately when we got there, the Japanese restaurant was still closed and we were terribly famished after a day of roaming around Davao City's downtown that we could not wait for an another hour for it to open. My beau then suggested we try Davao Dencia's Restaurant which was just a stone's throw away.


A case of serendipity perhaps, that Davao Dencia's Restaurant was one of the most memorable dining destinations I have been to when in Davao City. For starters, I wanted to eat everything that was in their menu - not sure if it was because I was really hungry, but they offer an array of well-loved dishes at very affordable prices. Some dishes under Filipino cuisine are Hilabos na Hipon for Php90, Sinigang na Lapu-Lapu for Php97, Lumpiang Sariwa for Php25 and Crispy Pata for Php350. They have a dozen of Egg and Omelet varieties, breakfast meals, sandwiches, shakes and desserts. They also have Chinese dishes, noodles, grilled meats, seven kinds of Chop Suey, seafood dishes and other extra dishes to boot. This was going to be an eating-spree to the max!

The perfect pair - Arroz Caldo and Tokwa't Baboy

We ordered a number of dishes - from soups, to pork dishes, side dishes and desserts. But I am going to highlight three that left quite an impression on me. Davao Dencia's Arroz Caldo (Php55) and Tokwa't Baboy (Php58) are to die for! This dynamic duo is overflowing with absolute goodness. Just thinking about them makes me want to book a flight for Davao City - pronto! (if only I do not have an event tomorrow!) The Arroz Caldo served piping hot in a huge bowl is filled with huge pieces of chicken meat while the Tokwa't Baboy has more meat than pork fat and is tender in every bite. The mixture of their sauce, some chillies and onions has a mild sweet taste so it was pleasing for my tummy. Davao Dencia's Arroz Caldo and Tokwa't Baboy is probably the best congee in the entire Davao City and comes close to my favorite congee in Manila.

Davao Dencia's addicting Mango Float dessert

For dessert, I opted for Mango Float (Php58) consisting of three layers of rich and thick cream flavored with mangoes plus three layers of graham crackers. The Mango Float possess the right sweetness to end a feast. Although, if I still have more space in my now full tummy, I would have tried their Blueberry Cheesecake (Php75) and Dencia's Special Halo-Halo (Php70).

Dencia's Restaurant was founded by Olegarito Brito Sr. with his wife Soo in Manila in the 1950s and eventually decided to open Davao Dencia's Restaurant in the 60s.

Davao Dencia's Restaurant is another reason why I keep coming back to Davao City. On your next trip to Davao City, I suggest you try it too! Kain na!
    
DAVAO DENCIA'S RESTAURANT, INC.
General Luna St.,
Davao City
Open daily from 7am to 9pm
Contact : (082) 2264336 / (082) 2278867 / (082) 2276777
www.davaodencias.webs.com
    
Join me this month of June, as I bring you more of the majestic land in Southern Mindanao - Davao City. 

My sincerest thanks for checking out this site and spending your precious time. Hope you continue to join me as I share my journey to a world of pleasurable discoveries only here at Savvy Sojourns.

I hope you will join me as I explore a larger world. Those who have seen my food blog Eat To Your Heart's Content know that for me, food comes first, but travel is equally rewarding that is part and parcel when in the hunt for delicious eats.

Your comments and suggestions are valuable for the development of Savvy Sojourns. Feel free to write at the comment box or email me at savvysojourns@yahoo.com or pierivera@savvysojourns.net.

Let's connect through these :



Hope you would also check out my food blog, Eat To Your Heart's Content for deliriously delicious dining discoveries.

Until next time, as I always say, Live Well, Laugh Often, Eat To Your Heart's Content!

Pie Rivera is a food columnist of Republic of 7107 Island Travel Magazine. For subscriptions to the magazine, you may email them at subscription@7107magazine.ph. You can also check their WEBSITE.
 
All photos in this site were captured by Pie Rivera unless otherwise stated.
All rights reserved 2011-2014. Savvy Sojourns.


Information and rates indicated in the articles are accurate at the time of visit by this writer.

BLUGRE COFFEE IS DAVAO CITY'S LANDMARK COFFEE SHOP


BY PIE RIVERA


Choose from a wide variety of brew at Blugre Coffee

Pleasant memories are rekindled when I think of Blugre Coffee. This is the first coffee shop I have been to during my first visit in Davao City. I was with a team of fellow producers, marketing associates and our male TV host that had a Mindanao leg for our TV reality cooking show. It was a fun-filled yet exhausting week for all of us.  After our event, our executive producer who originally came from RNG Davao suggested that we spend the night going around Davao City. We were treated to a sumptuous Davao feast, checked out the infamous Seawall (which I will be featuring in the coming posts), exchanged laughs at the Matina Town Square (MTS) grounds and when we were chilling out, we transferred to Blugre Coffee Shop.

Blugre Coffee's version with Durian fruits

My executive producer commended Blugre's coffee and insisted that we should try the Durian-flavored coffee. To be honest, I was too afraid what my coffee would taste like if spiked with this exotic fruit. Too bad I did not know what I was missing. So during my return in Davao City, after getting approval to do an article about Durian from my Editor-In-Chief at 7107 Island Travel Magazine, the Durian Coffee at Blugre Coffee shop was top of my list.

Another brew of Durian-flavored coffee at Blugre

Some things are worth the wait, as Blugre Coffee delivers what I hope it would. My executive producer was absolutely right! The Durian-flavored coffee is rich and creamy. The marriage of the two ingredients - coffee and durian compliments each other. Just a dash of cinnamon on top and you're ready to enjoy this refreshing brew.

Durian Tart at Blugre Coffee

Blugre Durian Coffee is best paired with, what else - Durian Tart. It may seem to be thin, where the durian tart topping resembles an apple crumble pie, but the serving is just right. Creamy durian custard awaits your every bite. I like this version of Durian Tart with its mild durian taste - good for novice Durian eaters like me.


One of Davao City's pioneer in the coffee shop industry, Blugre Coffee Shop opened its doors in 1998 by a couple - Gatchi and Larcy Gatchalian. Soon food-related magazines where featuring them left and right. It was one of the best places to unwind and has now became one of Davao City's landmarks in the cafe industry. Blugre Coffee has grown over the years. Now with three Davao City branches, at MTS, Landco Corporate Center and SM City. In recent times, boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao and wife Jinkee opened a franchise outlet in General Santos City.


BLUGRE COFFEE

Branches : 
Matina Town Square (MTS), Landco Corporate Center and SM City
Franchise : 
General Santos City - Pacquiao Building and Robinson's Place
www.blugre.com

Join me this month of June, as I bring you more of Durian and the majestic land of Davao City. 

My article "Durian The King Of Fruits" was published by Republic of 7107 Island Travel Magazine, Issue 1 Volume 3. For back issues or subscriptions, kindly click the link www.7107magazine.ph   



My sincerest thanks for checking out this site and spending your precious time. Hope you continue to join me as I share my journey to a world of pleasurable discoveries only here at Savvy Sojourns.

I hope you will join me as I explore a larger world. Those who have seen my food blog Eat To Your Heart's Content know that for me, food comes first, but travel is equally rewarding that is part and parcel when in the hunt for delicious eats.

Your comments and suggestions are valuable for the development of Savvy Sojourns. Feel free to write at the comment box or email me at savvysojourns@yahoo.com or pierivera@savvysojourns.net.

Let's connect through these :



Hope you would also check out my food blog, Eat To Your Heart's Content for deliriously delicious dining discoveries.

Until next time, as I always say, Live Well, Laugh Often, Eat To Your Heart's Content!

Pie Rivera is a food columnist of Republic of 7107 Island Travel Magazine. For subscriptions to the magazine, you may email them at subscription@7107magazine.ph. You can also check their WEBSITE.
 
All photos in this site were captured by Pie Rivera unless otherwise stated.
All rights reserved 2011-2014. Savvy Sojourns.


Information and rates indicated in the articles are accurate at the time of visit by this writer.

SAVVY SOJOURNS TO DAVAO CITY'S SEAWALL



BY PIE RIVERA


 Golden sunset at Davao City's Seawall

On the last day of one of my trips in Davao City, my beau brought me to what the locals call the Seawall. I have almost forgotten this place (my previous executive producer for a TV reality cooking show first brought me year) located at the Times Beach and what locals also refer to as Baywalk. It resembles a small Roxas Boulevard where the open water is at arms-length and a magnificent sunset can be witnessed (only the sunset here is at the right side whereas as in Manila's Roxas Blvd. it's fronting the seawall). But the similarity ends there as Davao City's Seawall has so much more to offer - to locals and tourists alike.

Davao City's Seawall


 Baby sharks as if guarding the statue of David


Towering statue of David, a replica found in Davao City

It's quite an infamous place for conservative locals as a naked statue stands towering at about 30 feet. To some who see this erection (pun intended) as vulgar and indecent, for generations this statue has been regarded as one of Italy's greatest masterpiece. The original statue I am referring to is David, created by Italian artist Michaelangelo and was unveiled in September 1504. What stands at Davao City's Seawall is obviously a replica of the original statue of David in the Renaissance era. The replica has been painted and shimmering in gold. In front of the statue is a structured body of water surround by plants and has live baby sharks swimming, as if guarding the statue. I honestly do not see why some locals would maliciously tag the statue of David as indecent when in fact, it is quite a blessing for the locals to see such an art, without going to Florence in Italy where the actual statue is displayed for over 500 years. Two other replicas where built around the globe - one is London and the other in Brisbane, Australia. 

A replica of The Little Mermaid, 
originally found in Copenhagen, Denmark

Another statue was created  on the shallow waters at the left side of the Seawall. I'm sure you are all familiar with Copenhagen's Little Mermaid. The legenday statue has been used in many location shootings in Hollywood films. The Little Mermaid sits on a rock at the Churchill Park in Copenhagen, Denmark for about 100 years and for Dabawenyos, they do not have to fly to Denmark just to see something like this. A replica of the Little Mermaid, facing the sea, can be found at the Seawall.


Apart from these two world-renowned replicas, at another part of the Seawall are caged animals -  a number of ducks and elegant ostriches roam around. My beau and I just enjoyed these international statues and a breathtaking sunset while some locals prefer to catch some fresh fish.

Davao City's Seawall is just one of the many reasons why you should visit Davao City and the entire Mindanao region. What are you waiting for? Isn't it more fun in the Philippines?


SEAWALLEcoland, Times Beach
Matina Aplaya, Davao City
Philippines

*The Seawall in Ecoland is near SM City and Queensland Motel

My sincerest thanks for checking out this site and spending your precious time. Hope you continue to join me as I share my journey to a world of pleasurable discoveries only here at Savvy Sojourns.

I hope you will join me as I explore a larger world. Those who have seen my food blog Eat To Your Heart's Content know that for me, food comes first, but travel is equally rewarding that is part and parcel when in the hunt for delicious eats.

Your comments and suggestions are valuable for the development of Savvy Sojourns. Feel free to write at the comment box or email me at savvysojourns@yahoo.com or pierivera@savvysojourns.net.

Let's connect through these :



Hope you would also check out my food blog, Eat To Your Heart's Content for deliriously delicious dining discoveries.

Until next time, as I always say, Live Well, Laugh Often, Eat To Your Heart's Content!

Pie Rivera is a food columnist of Republic of 7107 Island Travel Magazine. For subscriptions to the magazine, you may email them at subscription@7107magazine.ph. You can also check their WEBSITE.
 
All photos in this site were captured by Pie Rivera unless otherwise stated.
All rights reserved 2011-2014. Savvy Sojourns.


Information and rates indicated in the articles are accurate at the time of visit by this writer.

SAVVY SOJOURNS TO THE LAND OF THE KING OF FRUITS



BY PIE RIVERA

I cannot express my fondness for Davao City. Even before I met my Dabawenyo beau five years ago, I have heard wonderful news about this paradise in Mindanao. My mom would often tell me that celebrities like Margie Moran and Dawn Zulueta resides in Davao City and one of my favorite fruits, pomelo (suha) are locally produced in Asia's largest city.

Davao City is blessed with the abundance of Durian fruits


One of my trips to Davao City brought me to one of the wonderful reasons to be (moreso to live) in Davao City. As a food columnist for an internationally published magazine, my editor-in-chief at 7107 Island Travel Magazine gave me a go signal to produce an article about the king of fruits - Durian.

Durian's thorny, protective husk with delicate flesh

Rich and creamy in texture, Durian will always have a love-hate relationship with anyone who takes a bite at this exotic fruit. Quoting the author of Kitchen Confidential Anthony Bourdain, "it's taste can only be described as... indescribable, something you will love or despise... your breath will smell as if you've been French-kissing your dead grandmother."

Savor Durian's delicate and creamy flesh


Repugnant to many, but for those who appreciate its heavenly taste, despite possessing a striking scent, the Durian fruit is probably one of God's precious creations. In 1856, a British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace wrote that "to eat Durian is a new sensation worth a voyage to the east to experience... as producing a food of the most exquisite flavor it is unsurpassed."

Very low prices of Durian at downtown Davao City

The abundance of Durian fruit in Davao City is truly amazing. What you can buy in Manila for Php250 per piece, I actually bought it for only Php45. When Durian is in season (from August to October), this fruit can be bought for Php30 to Php45 per kilo.

Durian, the king of fruits, is one of the reasons you would keep coming back to Davao region. I know I would, as there are numerous concoctions that Dabawenyos have made from this magnificent exotic fruit.

Join me this month of June, as I bring you more of Durian and the majestic land of Davao City. 

My article "Durian The King Of Fruits" was published by Republic of 7107 Island Travel Magazine, Issue 1 Volume 3. For back issues or subscriptions, kindly click the link www.7107magazine.ph   

My sincerest thanks for checking out this site and spending your precious time. Hope you continue to join me as I share my journey to a world of pleasurable discoveries only here at Savvy Sojourns.

I hope you will join me as I explore a larger world. Those who have seen my food blog Eat To Your Heart's Content know that for me, food comes first, but travel is equally rewarding that is part and parcel when in the hunt for delicious eats.

Your comments and suggestions are valuable for the development of Savvy Sojourns. Feel free to write at the comment box or email me at savvysojourns@yahoo.com or pierivera@savvysojourns.net.

Let's connect through these :



Hope you would also check out my food blog, Eat To Your Heart's Content for deliriously delicious dining discoveries.

Until next time, as I always say, Live Well, Laugh Often, Eat To Your Heart's Content!

Pie Rivera is a food columnist of Republic of 7107 Island Travel Magazine. For subscriptions to the magazine, you may email them at subscription@7107magazine.ph. You can also check their WEBSITE.
 
All photos in this site were captured by Pie Rivera unless otherwise stated.
All rights reserved 2011-2014. Savvy Sojourns.


Information and rates indicated in the articles are accurate at the time of visit by this writer.

SAVVY SOJOURNS HONORS CEBU'S BLESSED PEDRO CALUNGSOD

Cebu's Blessed Pedro Calungsod


As I was researching for various churches in the province of Cebu, I came across the website of the Cebu Archdiocese which highlights the coming canonization of Blessed Pedro Calungsod. I could not pass up the opportunity to be as elated as the Cebuanos are, and I felt that it is a must for Savvy Sojourns to share this wonderful news. Beatified in March 5, 2000 by Pope John Paul II, Cebu's native will be canonized in October 21, 2012 as announced by Pope Benedict XVI.



This is absolutely wonderful news not only for the Cebuanos but the entire Filipino Catholics in the entire globe.


I hope to be posting more updates in my future posts.

I would like to thank the Cebu Archdiocese and Msgr. Ildebrando Leyson who allowed me to upload the photo of Blessed Pedro Calungsod.



My sincerest thanks for checking out this site and spending your precious time. Hope you continue to join me as I share my journey to a world of pleasurable discoveries only here at Savvy Sojourns.

I hope you will join me as I explore a larger world. Those who have seen my food blog Eat To Your Heart's Content know that for me, food comes first, but travel is equally rewarding that is part and parcel when in the hunt for delicious eats.

Your comments and suggestions are valuable for the development of Savvy Sojourns. Feel free to write at the comment box or email me at savvysojourns@yahoo.com or pierivera@savvysojourns.net.

Let's connect through these :



Hope you would also check out my food blog, Eat To Your Heart's Content for deliriously delicious dining discoveries.

Until next time, as I always say, Live Well, Laugh Often, Eat To Your Heart's Content!

Pie Rivera is a food columnist of Republic of 7107 Island Travel Magazine. For subscriptions to the magazine, you may email them at subscription@7107magazine.ph. You can also check their WEBSITE.
 
All photos in this site were captured by Pie Rivera unless otherwise stated.
All rights reserved 2011-2014. Savvy Sojourns.


Information and rates indicated in the articles are accurate at the time of visit by this writer.

SAVVY SOJOURNS TO THE HERITAGE OF CEBU MONUMENT



BY PIE RIVERA

Though I am constantly armed with a map of the area I go to, maps are just guides so it is always highly recommended to look around, observe, ask if you must (only to decent looking individuals or preferably at the local tourism office) and walk to get a feel of the place.

Colon Street is famous for being one of the oldest streets in the Philippines and once my beau and I stepped into this historic path, I felt the need to walk it out and just experience it's ancient beauty. Since we were headed to one side (where the Colon Marker is standing) all we could see were the establishments that lined up. We did not get to marvel at some of the olden architectural landmarks of famous ancestral homes. But what we saw after the Colon Marker was equally enthralling.


The Heritage of Cebu Monument is a collection of various historical events and places all over the province of Cebu. This is said to be the work of art by famed sculptor Edgardo Castillo which was completed at the turn of the 21st century. This tableau, as the name suggests, showcases notable events giving a glimse of Cebu's colorful past which dates back from the era of Rajah Humabon to the Cebuano martyr Pedro Calungsod who is yet to be canonized late this year. Made of brass and concrete, the Heritage of Cebu Monument is said to stand the test of time.   

GETTING THERE

The easiest way to go get to The Heritage Monument is ply to Colon Street. You can opt to take a cab which is fairly available throughout the city. But to get here, we wanted to experience just like the locals. So from the Cebu South Terminal (coming from another well-loved Cebu province which I shall be featuring in the coming months), we boarded a jeepney bound for Colon Street. Certain jeepney codes that directly ply to Colon Street can guide you, decent locals gladly help. If you're coming from Parkmall or SM in Mandaue, take the "01K" jeepney code.

If you are coming from SM Cebu, you can opt to take the jeep with route code 10H. The jeepney passes by Cebu Cathedral which is not far from Colon Street and the Heritage of Cebu Monument.


My sincerest thanks for checking out this site and spending your precious time. Hope you continue to join me as I share my journey to a world of pleasurable discoveries only here at Savvy Sojourns.

I hope you will join me as I explore a larger world. Those who have seen my food blog Eat To Your Heart's Content know that for me, food comes first, but travel is equally rewarding that is part and parcel when in the hunt for delicious eats.

Your comments and suggestions are valuable for the development of Savvy Sojourns. Feel free to write at the comment box or email me at savvysojourns@yahoo.com or pierivera@savvysojourns.net.


Let's connect through these :



Hope you would also check out my food blog, Eat To Your Heart's Content for deliriously delicious dining discoveries.

Until next time, as I always say, Live Well, Laugh Often, Eat To Your Heart's Content!

Pie Rivera is a food columnist of Republic of 7107 Island Travel Magazine. For subscriptions to the magazine, you may email them at subscription@7107magazine.ph. You can also check their WEBSITE.
 
All photos in this site were captured by Pie Rivera unless otherwise stated.
Information and rates indicated in the articles are accurate at the time of visit by this writer.