A Stroll Along Legarda Road

If you have been staying here in Baguio for quite some time, you might have presumably heard about Legarda Road, a major road in Baguio City that is a few-minute walk from Session Road.

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Source: Google Map

Some students call it “Korea town” because of the road’s features swamped by foreigner students, mostly Koreans,  as they enjoy the neighboring establishments located along the area on a typical and care-free weekend. If you’re a newbie in this city and looking for a place to wander, these are some of the establishments along Legarda Road you might want to give a try:

  1. Restaurants

There are more or less 10 Korean restaurants, one Japanese restaurant, and cafes along this road that you can choose from. Red Station, Kubo Grill, Camping Date, Le Vein Bakeshop, Pearl Meat Shop, Uijeongbu, Chil Cheon Gak and Jijimi are just a few.

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Unlimited Samgyupsal at Kubo Grill

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Experience eating in a tent at Camping Date

 

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Red Station

  1. Grocery

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Seoul Shopping Center is situated just beside Kubo Grill. Going there is like a taste of Korea as it is packed with Korean products – from ice cream, snacks, souvenirs, and soju to cooking ingredients such as dried sheets of sea weed, crab meat and some vegetables.

  1. KTV 
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Everybody loves a good entertainment and going to karaoke is always on the list. Luckily, there’s a KTV called Apple located at The Zone Vill Condominium which has a song list that caters Korean, Japanese, Chinese, and English songs. Enjoy an hour of singing for only Php 400. You may also opt to buy beverage at the counter as well as snacks. Perfect for group hang out!

If you plan to explore Legarda Road, you can go there from Monol by taxi or jeepney and get off across Baguio City Hall. This area is ideal for Friday night, just be sure to come back at the academy before midnight!

Students Bag Awards for Winning the Photo Essay Contest

Monol International Education Institute – Six students, two from each level, were awarded for having had submitted exemplary photos and essays at the Photo Essay Contest organized for Group B students.

Hard work and a little pinch of creativity do pay-off. Although summer has finally ceased this month, the students’ were efficiently able to submit snaps and tales about what they love about Baguio City, their summer experience in the Philippines, and what motivates them to study English. Winners received cash and certificates at the said event held at the End-of-term party on June 9 this year.

Photo Essay Contest for Term A students will be held next month. Keep posted for more updates!

Click on the image below to view the winning entries.

PHOTO ESSAY WINNERS

 

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!).

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A Taste of Filipino Food

“What food do you recommend?”

This is one of the most common questions teachers receive from new students during the first day of classes.

This is not bizarre because majority of people love food and if you are someone who is visiting a place for the first time, you would probably ask the same thing. The spectacular thing about food is, it doesn’t only help us survive and accomplish our daily tasks. When you think about it, certain types of food could tell us more about the culture, the people who prepared the food, as well as the geography the locale has based on the resources used.

Having Monol weekend trip twice a month and being able to go out of the academy after 5 pm are opportune moments to try out Filipino foods at some local restaurants. The following are some delectable cuisines for starters:

  1. Longanisa
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Longanisa resembles sausage. It has variety of flavors ranging from sweet, sour, and sometimes with garlic and black pepper. This food is usually served during breakfast with egg and fried rice. If you happen to visit Hundred Islands, or Vigan, you could try their local-made longanisa.

Where to: Volante, Rufo’s Tapa

  1. Halo halo
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Halo halo is a literal translation of Filipino word to English. ‘Halo’ means ‘mix’ and as the name suggests, it is a mixture of different fruits, nata, sago, beans, crisped rice, topped with crushed ice, milk and custard or sometimes with ice cream. Perfect for summer!

Where to: Mang Inasal, Chowking, Kubong Sawali

3. Adobo

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Adobo is one of Pinoy favorites. This meal consists of pork, chicken, sometimes string beans, together with vinegar, salt (or soy), black pepper, garlic. Some modifications may involve adding liver spread, pineapple, boiled egg and potato.

Where to: F.O.T.D., Rufo’s Tapa

4. Turon

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A perfect combination of crispy and soft, turon is made with banana and caramelized sugar, sometimes with jackfruit or sticky rice, rolled in spring roll wrappers, and deep fried to achieve crispness.

Where to: SM Supermarket, Mang Inasal, Dencio’s Bar and Grill (SM)

5. Lechon

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Lechon almost all the time signifies festivity and celebration. This is often served during festivals and special occasions like weddings. For most people, the skin is the most sought-after part of lechon as it becomes so crispy and tasty, infused with smoky aroma that will surely boost your appetite.

Where to: Baliwag Lechon, Andok’s, Good Taste, Kubong Sawali

6. Sinigang

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Sinigang is one of the dishes perfect for any weather be it rainy or summer. Fish, pork, or shrimp is boiled together with tamarind or kamias (tree cucumber) making the soup taste sour. Leafy vegetables are added few minutes after the meat has been cooked and voila, sinigang is ready to be served.

Where to: Kubong Sawali, Dencio’s Bar and Grill (SM), Point and Grill

Indulge!

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The Cafe You Should Probably Visit Today

Eat. Study. Talk. These are the things that most students do at a café after class hours or on weekends. Luckily for us, there is café in Baguio that has just changed the game. By game, we mean literally.

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Raduno Café and Resto offers almost all other cafes has to offer — good food, relaxing ambiance, and good service — plus one. They also incorporate desk games such as Jenga, chess and card games that you can enjoy alongside the food and a good company. Apart from these, the menu’s price range is quite affordable and the serving size would surely fill you up. So if you’re burnt out after class and wants to break free, luck is on your side ’cause you just found the right place to secure study-life balance.

Raduno Café and Resto is located at 2nd Floor Lachica Bldg. #111, Jungletown Rd, Baguio City. This café opens at 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, right in time for Monol’s curfew.

What you might not have known about the Philippines

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The Filipinos during the Spanish colonization.

The Philippines is known to be the home of Indo-Malay and Chinese merchants a long time ago. According to history books, the Philippine archipelago was settled a hundred thousand years ago from “wave migrations” that were believed to have happened during those times. Since industry trade with the Chinese has also been practiced, Filipinos have, thus, believed that they have a mix of Indo, Malay, and Chinese descent. Continue reading

The Philippines: Pearl of the Orient Seas

The Philippines is an archipelago that is made up of 7,107 islands with beaches that stretch to more than 15,500 kilometers. It is part of Southeast Asia, bounded by the vast waters of the Pacific Ocean, Bashi channel, and the Sulu and Celebes seas. There are three geographical areas: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, Luzon being the largest among the three and is the location of the nation’s capital, Manila. Continue reading