Saturday, October 19, 2013

Exploring Pampanga.

October 19, 2013, Saturday

As we all know Kapampangan's are really popular with their great tasting cuisines and one of it is "Sisig". For today's post, I'll be featuring two (2) of the famous sisig houses in Angeles, Pampanga.

We supposed to leave home by 9:00 in the morning but since there's a little delay, I took my "selfie" shot and some random things in my aunt's/grandma's house.

  Me, Canvass pictures of my grandma, aunt (Tita B) and cousin Achee, Baby pictures, a view from my cousin's room window

Going forward, we started our search for the famous sisig. On our way, we passed by Bacolor, Pampanga - the sunken church (caused by lahar) caught my eye and my aunt asked me if I want to see the church, without any hesitation I answered her a big yes with excitement. She immediately maneuvered the car to our 'not in the plan destination' - the San Guillermo Church. This church is also featured/the setting of the hit tv show "May Bukas Pa" which more popularly known for its main child character named "Santino".

San Guillermo Church facade
                                                                         The Blessed Sacrament's room

In one of the rooms in the church, you can pray at the Blessed Sacrament yet you have to stoop your head to the entrance since the church is half buried. Also, you should remove your foot wear before entering the room as a sign of respect to the Blessed Sacrament.

 In the other room, you can see some of the pictures of the activities/festivities they are celebrating at their parish, relics of the Santo Entierro, Nazareno and a beautiful picture of Jesus praying in the garden of Gethsemane.

 The hallway of the museum to the church with the church's timeline and relics

 The church bells' room

 Inside the San Guillermo Church

 The souvenir shop just outside the museum and church

Outside the church

Hae (my sister) and me

A jumpshot for an awesome place

I never expected to stop over this lahar sunken church today but it is an amazing place worth visiting. It is full of stories to tell and culture to share.

Going back to the sisig hunt, we hit the road again for our today's agenda. Turning to the mega dike, we even stopped just to take this photo of mine. As per Tita B, they built the mega dike to prevent the lahar from reaching the other towns of Pampanga. Bacolor has been the sacrificial town for the lahar.

Mega dike - Pampanga

After several minutes of drive, we've finally reached the Mila's Store in Angeles, Pampanga where we took our lunch for the day.

Mila's Store

The place is really simple, but my concern is more on the food. We (me, sister, and Tita B) have sisig, tokwa't baboy (served with soy sauce and onions) - their specialty, chicharong bulaklak (served with a really good tasting vinegar) and rice. All good for sharing for reasonable price. The food is delicious and we are satisfied with the tastes of everything we ordered. Upon exiting the "carinderia" type store, we are really full.

Me outside Mila's store tokwa't baboy

We hopped our full stomachs inside the car once again to hit Aling Lucing's Sisig "The Original Sisig Queen".

Aling Lucing "The Original Sisig Queen"

As how Tita B described, Aling Lucing's sisig place is another "carinderia" type place and on the road side.  Since we just ate and really really full from Mila's, we just bought an order of the famous sisig queen's sisig. On the walls of the store are the pictures of Aling Lucing as well as the showbiz people who visited her sisig land.

After the quest, it's time for going to the malls. We went to the Marquee mall then to SM Pampanga to meet some relatives.

(L-R) Hae, Jethro, Dete Eyang, Dete Riva, Renz, Tita B and me - Having Krispy Kreme's Kroissants at Red Ribbon

*Outfit of the day (ootd) = Hipster look - Cray tank top, Uniqlo twill shorts, Chuck Taylor's converse shoes, m UST alumni Dominican cross, Forever 21 fashion ring, and a hipster eyeglasses.

***photos in this post are all under my ownership.

Thank you.

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