The New Year and Fiestas in Manila

We Filipinos truly love festivities.

We are known to have the longest celebration of Christmas and still, it’s seems like there is always something to celebrate all year round.

In January alone, a week after celebrating New Year’s Day , people from all walks of life gather in Quiapo, Manila to join a procession celebrating the Feast of the Black Nazarene. The week after that, people dance in the streets of Cebu to celebrate the popular Sinulog Festival.

It is also ordinary to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, job promotions, and family reunions in every Pinoy home. I guess it’s a tradition to celebrate even the littlest accomplishment or any milestone we encounter in our humble lives. Maybe that’s why, Filipinos, as some research studies previously showed, are the happiest people in the world.

So on our recent vacation in Manila, we made merry-making and dining on top of our “to do” list. Here’s a photo collage of our “EATscapades” with the whole fam.


On the table: Sinigang na Salmon Head, Classic Crispy Pata and (group meal) Tali Beach – Grilled chicken, inasal big bbq, steamed white shrimps, grilled tilapia, grilled tahong, crabs, grilled squid, grilled tomatoes, lato, mangga, pakwan with steamed rice


On the table: Grilled Combo 1 – Inihaw na Pusit, Pork BBQ, Inihaw na Manok, Chopsuey, Platter of Rice; Sizzling Combo 2 – Sinigang na Baboy, Sizzling Garlic Mushroom Chicken, Sizzling Bangus ala Pobre, Pork Sisig, Platter of Rice


On the table: Bilao Platter – Inihaw na Liempo, Inihaw na Pusit, Inihaw na Hito, Laing, Steamed Rice and pinoy street food – Isaw (Grilled Chicken and pig intestine).


On the table: Pinakbet Pate and Talong Chips, Club Binagoongan Special, Ginataang Kuhol and Magang Hilaw sa Bagoong.


Hungry? Here are the online links to the Filipino restos we’ve been to and check on their mouth-watering food choices:

Seafood Island

Gerry’s Grill

Claire Dela Fuente Grill and Seafood

Bagoong Club


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