Tamilok Philippines

Weird Eats: Woodworm or Oyster? The Filipino Tamilok

Woodworm or Oyster? As part of Travel Tramp’s new Weird Eats series, I sample the unusual Filipino delicacy known as Tamilok. Part woodworm, part oyster, Tamilok is a rightly bizarre culinary treat. “It tastes like chicken”, says Rey as he leads our group through the dense mangroves towards a Tamilok cultivation farm along the coast of Panay, in the Philippines. …

Pina Weaving Philippines

Pina Weaving, Making Clothes From Pineapples

In the Philippines, ingenious weavers turn the leaves of a wild pineapple into high-end, fashionable clothing. I visited Aklan province on the island of Panay to find out how. “This is the red pineapple”, Phats de la Cruz Tambong explains as he pulls long, green leaves from the ground in front of us. “It’s a wild pineapple”, he adds. “It’s …

Roxas City Seafood

Roxas City: The Seafood Capital of the Philippines

‘We’ve got the funk’ is loudly playing in the background, as the fish farmers ready their nets on the side of the wooden jetty.  ‘We’ve got the fish’, would be more appropriate, but it’s still a strangely fitting song to hear, as the fishermen wade out into the water, and in a well practised, synchronised routine begin to herd the …

The Best Things to eat in Pampanga

The Best Things to Eat in Pampanga, Philippines!

The Philippines is well known for its weird and at times, admittedly whacky food – Balut, anyone? – but the country isn’t exactly known as a top foodie destination when it comes to travelling around Southeast Asia.  One province could be set to change that reputation though, because Pampanga, the culinary heart of the Philippines, has some delectable cuisine to …

Hanging Coffins Sagada

Dark Tourism: The Hanging Coffins of Sagada

When I reach the bottom of the deep valley, I can see the unmistakable shape of faded, wooden coffins.  The coffins are out in the open, but they aren’t being prepared for burial below ground. These coffins are hanging from the face of the tall limestone cliffs that rise vertically upwards, precariously secured beneath a sharp undercut of jagged rock …

Elmer Tadeo Bamboo Musician Malibcong Abra

The Bamboo Musician of Malibcong

Weary, tired and caked in layers of mud, dust and dirt, our four by four rolled slowly into the village, while a small crowd began to gather, excited and amused by the sight of outsiders clinging to the back of the jeep as it bounced along the rough path.  After 5 hours in an open-topped pickup truck, I was bleary-eyed …

Diplomat Hotel Baguio

Exploring The Abandoned Diplomat Hotel in Baguio

In the rolling hills above the Philippines’ Summer Capital, the Diplomat Hotel Baguio stands crumbling and forlorn. All that’s left is the shell of what was once a high-end hotel, which since the 1980s has lain completely abandoned. The Diplomat Hotel in Baguio City has a dark history. It’s said to be one of the most haunted locations in the …

Philippines Crucifixion

Crucifixion in the Philippines

Ruben Enaje hardly even flinched as the nails were driven into the palms of his hands before he was raised high on a heavy wooden cross under the beating Good Friday sun in the Philippines. This was his 33rd crucifixion, and now he says, he longer feels the pain. Like countless other Filipinos, on Good Friday each year, he chooses …

Donsol Philippines

The Whale Sharks of Donsol

“When I first arrived in Donsol, the only way to get around was by Carabou!” Elmer Quizon, a whale shark interaction officer exclaimed with a laugh when I asked him if this small town on the southern coast of Luzon was benefiting from tourism. “Now, thanks to the whale sharks, we have paved roads and they even built this information …