Archive for January, 2009

Piyaya / Piaya for Singles

Oh how I missed piaya.

I have been wanting to make these Negrense treat so I went ahead and googled for some recipe and found this very simple one from blueapron.
(Thank you!)

Since I am only feeding myself, I only made 1/4 of the recipe.

Here it is:

1/2 cup flour

1 tbsp butter

1tbsp water

1/2 cup of muscovado sugar; some call it raw sugar (i used up less than this)

sesame seeds (optional but better if you have these)


1. Mix flour and butter while adding water slowly until you will get this consitency. You must be able to form the dough.

2. Divide into 6, roll, and flatten. Fill the center with muscovado sugar. Seal and roll again to flatten. I don’t have a rolling pin, so I just pressed these by hand. No worries. (At this point, you can sprinkle in the sesame seeds before  you flatten the muscovado-filled piaya.)

3. Grill on a non-stick pan and brown each side. The sugar might ooze out. Be careful not to burn your piayas.

4. Serve hot! (Do not get too excited, though. You wouldn’t want to burn yourself!)


January 24, 2009 at 12:56 pm 6 comments

The Ruins (The Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson Mansion)

A relatively new addition to the Negros experience is (ironically) this old mansion in Talisay City which was opened to the public only in January 2008.

The Ruins, as it is known today, was the old mansion of Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson (1865-1948). Built after the death of his first wife, Maria Braga, it served as the residence of the sugar baron and his unmarried children. It was the largest and probably the most grandiose residential structure built during those times.

Unfortunately, during World War II, the mansion was burnt by the United States Armed Forces in the Far East (USAFFE), the US guerilla forces, to prevent the Japanese from using it as one of their headquarters. Its roof went down, the once 2-inch wooden floors were incinerated, and its contents were all looted. However, because of its robust  A-grade concrete frame, not all were consumed by the fire.

Today, the mansion’s frame stands as a testament of its stately past.

When the sugarcane plantation was divided among the relatives, Pacita Lopez Heredia inherited the 3.6-hectare farmland where the mansion stands. Not knowing what to do with the land, it was offered as a donation to a group of priests. Eventually, the offer lapsed, and Raymund Heredia Javellana, today’s owner, has been continuously rebuilding the place as a cafe and tourist attraction. “It is a work in progress,” he says. “Everyday there is always something new. People who visited before would come back and notice something they haven’t seen the last time they were here.”

The Ruins opens from 8:30 am to 8:00 pm daily. Fee is at 25 pesos per person. It has a cafe inside and a mini-golf course at the back garden for 50 pesos per game. The mansion plays host to various events such as weddings, tours, concerts, movie shoots, and a lot more. For more information, call +63-34-4952790 (landline) or +63-917-8326003 (mobile). You can also email at

January 17, 2009 at 10:14 pm 8 comments

Year 2009 Philippine Holidays

Schedule your trips if you are planning to have one this year!

Here are this year’s holidays as stated in Proclamation 1699.  The day for Fitr will be announced later.

A. Regular Holidays

April 6 – Araw ng Kagitingan (Monday nearest to April 9)
April 9 – Holy Thursday
April 10 – Good Friday
May 1 – Labor Day (Friday)
June 12 – Independence Day (Friday)
August 31 – National Heroes Day (Monday)
November 30 – Bonifacio Day (Monday)
December 25 – Christmas Day (Friday)
December 30 – Rizal Day
B. Special Non-Working Holidays

August 21 – Ninoy Aquino Day (Friday)
November 2 – Additional special (non-working) day (Monday)
December 24 – Additional special (non-working) day (Thursday)
December 31 – Last Day of the Year (Thursday)

January 11, 2009 at 11:09 pm 1 comment

Breakfast over the Holidays

I had this hearty breakfast on Christmas Day.

Pancakes made by Manang Lucy, tuna omelette, hotdog (one little piece), puto and bibingka made by our neighbor and ibos (sticky rice wrapped in coconut leaves) bought from the vendor.

It was great to be home.

January 6, 2009 at 1:07 am Leave a comment


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