Where to Date for Monol Magic

It’s February again and that means Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Here in the academy, it’s also the season of Monol Magic! Students may have found the right one in a person called ‘classmate’, so it’s the perfect time to hang out together for those feelings to bloom like the flowers just in time with Panagbenga!

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Either too cheesy or too much love in the air, you’ve got to check out these lovey-dovey destinations for a memorable date:

For the Artsy Couple:

Love is beautiful and so is art! As a student, a museum date is very fulfilling in both romantic and academic aspects. You get to immerse yourself in art, discover different cultures, and spend quality time with your partner. Situated at Km 6, Asin Road, the museum holds the works of national artist Benedicto Cabrera, hence the name BenCab.

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Cafe Sabel (Photo: https://lostandwonder.com)

Here you’ll also find exhibits from other artists, as well as the famous erotica gallery and a garden where you can stroll around. To finish it all off, you can grab a bite to eat at the museum’s Cafe Sabel, named after BenCab’s muse in his paintings, where they serve home cooked dishes with farm fresh ingredients.

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Cafe Sabel (Photo: https://lostandwonder.com)

For the Outdoorsy Pair:

It’s a given that Baguio’s scenery is definitely a feast for the eyes. Plus, with the outdoors, there’s so much to discover! Step outside campus and enjoy a lovely picnic under the pine trees in Camp John Hay, and afterward take part in trekking an eco-trail and zip lining. If you’re up to a challenge, you can also try hiking popular mountains near Baguio like Mt. Yangbew/Jumbo or Mt. Kalugong, both located in La Trinidad.

If you’re into simple and close to town activities, you can always ride a bike and go boating in Burnham Park. This date idea is like the equivalent of the traditional ‘I love you!’ plus it’s a must-experience in Baguio. Don’t forget to try out Burnham delicacies like ice cream and ice-scramble.

For the Ultimate Food Date:

As they say, food is a love language, and Camping Date located in Legarda Road translates that into Korean cuisine and unique dining experience. Customers ‘camp’ indoors while enjoying specialties such as Korean chicken and pizza. It’s both a gastronomical adventure and a date to remember. It’s also a nice change of pace from campus food.

But if you really want to treat your partner to some chocolate for the heart’s day, Tsokolateria (Upper Session road) is a great cafe where you can enjoy the best Filipino hot chocolate. It’s made from roasted cacao beans and you can partner it with mouth-watering food from their menu.

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Vizco’s Strawberry Shortcake (Photo: http://www.carizzachua.com

To top it all off, you can celebrate the end of a wonderful date by grabbing a bite of cake. Vizco’s, located at Session Road, is famous for their cakes especially their Strawberry Shortcake. A sweet ending to a delightful Valentine!

 

 

Jeepney 101

Jeepney is considered as one of the Philippines’ national symbols. Each said vehicle is usually air brush-painted with colorful designs and decorations, outwardly reflecting the diverse socio-cultural system of the country.

However, the first jeepneys weren’t all festive. Its history could be traced back in the 1940’s during the World War II where the original version was initially used as a military car accommodating a number of people. The remains of these vehicles were left by the Americans as the war subsided and was modified by the locals for public transportation.

The Jeepney Culture

The Philippine culture could not only be seen on the surface of these then military transportation. What happens inside the jeepney would tell you a lot more about the custom of bayanihan where people give each other a hand when needed.

One observable example is, as soon as you hand the fare, passengers would pass it on until it reaches the driver’s coin chest. If you have a change, passengers would receive it from the driver then pass it on until it reaches you back. At times when the driver forgets about the change, other passengers, even if you don’t know them, would remind the driver about it. These people seem to have a given understanding about how this custom works.

Accessible and cheap

Among the vehicles in the Philippines, jeepney, unlike taxi and tricycle, are accessible both in rural and urban areas. Here in Baguio, some jeepneys have cut-off until 9 pm whereas others rove until 12 midnight or even 24-hours straight.

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Monol students riding a jeepney on their way to an outdoor activity

Monol is located along Tacay Road, Pinsao Proper, a 10-15 minutes ride from town. Both jeepneys and taxis traverse just in front of the academy. The practical thing about jeepney is being able to arrive in town for only 8.50 pesos, around four times cheaper than the flag down rate of taxi. However, unlike taxi, the jeepney has certain routes so if you opt to ride one, knowing the destinations where jeepneys would travel would help a lot (and save you bucks!).

**featured image from http://www.anistransport.com