Thursday, April 14, 2016

Thursday, April 14, 2016
Statue of Andres Bonifacio at Plaza Bonifacio


Pasig City is not as glossy as its skyscraper-dotted neighbors and it's a good thing. In some areas, it still has the old Rizal province charm way back when it was still part of the latter before it officially became a town. Now that it's dubbed as a "green city" by local authorities, the area is also in a transition from being a mix of a homespun and modern landscape to one that's smart and ready for an unknown future. It isn't enough that trees are kept where they are or that the riverbanks are fortified for inevitable floods. A lot of innovative projects are being developed to prepare the city for what lies ahead.

Should you visit it and want to know what's to enjoy in the area, the city is tourist-friendly. You just have to know where the attractions are. As a long-time resident of Pasig, I can confirm the buzz about Kapitolyo as an exciting food district to be true. And, yes, there's no shortage of museums to visit as well. You can even walk around the city proper to view some heritage houses up close. For affordable overnight stays, you can also count on a few budget hotels that are located in major thoroughfares of the city.

Buffalo Swing Cafe

Schedule an overnight soon and visit the following destinations in Pasig City:

Pasig City Museum
Lopez Museum & Library
Enrich Your Mind Visiting Two Museums

The Pasig City Museum is located at the city proper. Once known as Concepcion Mansion by old residents, it evolved into a public library and museum in the '80s until it finally became a museum in 2001. In essence, a visit of the structure is not only an exposure to the culture of the city way back when it was still a town of the province of Rizal. It's literally a trip back to the past as the mansion that houses the museum has been kept to its original condition from its facade to its interiors.

For a more modern museum experience, check out the Lopez Museum & Library at the Benpres Building in Ortigas Center. It's no accident that the museum is terribly close to the site of a meteor fall or crash which is now known as the Tektite Towers (Philippine Stock Exchange). Art and art history aficionados continue to gravitate towards the museum as much as it lured the Lopez-owned hub away from the destructive, salty air of the Manila Bay. It still houses the original Filipiniana materials and rare artifacts that founder Don Eugenio Lopez, Sr. envisioned to exhibit to the public in 1960.

(right) The marker for Valentin Cruz; (left) Parian Creek
Landmarks To Look Out For

Apart from serving as direction pivots, city landmarks can also be a source of interest when it comes to knowing the rich past of an area.

One such landmark is the old Plaza del Pariancillo which is now known as Plaza Bonifacio for having the only known equestrian statue of revolutionary leader Andres Bonifacio in the Philippines. Elsewhere, monuments for him depict the slain hero to be standing.

In the same area, the old Parian Creek once flowed to provide old residents access from neighboring towns aboard small boats. Today the area is being maintained as a creek with kid-friendly pathways on both sides to remind new residents that it was where Andres Bonifacio and his generals once docked to secretly plan with Pasig resident and Katipunan general Valentin Cruz the Philippine Revolution of 1896. Just a stroll away from creek in Barangay San Nicolas is a marker for Valentin Cruz that you can also visit.

Bahay Na Tisa
Heritage Houses At The City Proper

While you're at the city proper, grab at the chance to have a walk tour of its residential area and you'll easily spot old houses scattered in different street corners. One such old structure to visit is the 1850-built Bahay Na Tisa that's along P. Gomez Street.

The Exchange Regency hotel room
Stay At Fancy Budget Hotels

You don't have to stay at a five-star hotel when in Pasig City to enjoy the place. Three affordable budget hotels can be found in the area to cater to travelers who want to spend more than a day in the green city of Metro Manila. Located along Shaw Boulevard near Kapitolyo is the three-star Privato Hotel which has a kid-friendly swimming pool that has a spectacular view of the nearby Capitol Commons. Also along the same boulevard near the border of Mandaluyong City is Red Planet Hotels Ortigas. In Ortigas Center, you can opt to book an overnight stay at The Exchange Regency for budget rates that are as low as P2,000+.

Buffalo Swing Cafe wings
Neighborhood Restaurants For Delicious Meals

Although Kapitolyo is popular for having inventive restaurants that serve various international cuisines (and two of them are Pomodoro Pizza and Wishbone), the city proper of Pasig can also be a surprising dining destination. Barangay Malinao has the decades-old Ado's Panciteria which serves chicharon-topped pancit that residents love. Kapasigan has the almost century old Dimas-Alang Bakery and the newly-opened seafood restaurant called Calle Preciousa. Finally, Barangay Caniogan has the neighborhood diner called Buffalo Swing Cafe where you can dine over flavored wings, pasta, pizza, desserts and more.

Time To Join The Buffalo Swing Cafe Meal Certificate Giveaway!

In partnership with Buffalo Swing Cafe, is giving readers the chance to win a meal certificate! Three (3) winners will each be chosen to win a P1,000-worth meal certificate, P700-worth meal certificate, and P500-worth meal certificate. Simply join the raffle contest using the Rafflecopter app (see at the bottom of this blog post).

Raffle Contest Mechanics (THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED)

For a valid raffle entry, follow these simple steps:

Step 1 - 'Like' the Buffalo Swing Cafe fan page on Facebook and follow buffalo_swing_cafe on Instagram.
Step 2 - From the Buffalo Swing Cafe fan page and Instagram account, share this post either on your Facebook timeline or Instagram account, tagging Buffalo Swing Cafe and using #buffaloswingcafe as hashtag... 

Step 3 - Click on the Rafflecopter widget found at the bottom of this blog post to submit your information.

Terms and Conditions:
• Contest period is from April 15, 2016 to May 31, 2016.
• The contest winners will be entitled to a free meal based on the amount of the meal certificate prize to be won. The prize can only be used on a visit based on the hours of operation of the restaurant.
• Three (3) contest winners will be drawn using the Rafflecopter app.
• The contest is open to Metro Manila residents only. Only valid entries will be considered. Simply follow the raffle contest mechanics to qualify.
• The announcement of the winners will be done days after May 31, 2016 via the Buffalo Swing Cafe Facebook fan page and on this blog.
• The winners will be notified through email regarding the processing details of the prize.

To see the Rafflecopter contest widget below when using a mobile phone, view this post on web version. 

Buffalo Swing Café

Address: #363 Dr. Sixto Antonio Avenue, Caniogan, Pasig CityPhilippines 1606
Hours of Operation:
(Mon-Sat) 10:00am - 10:00pm
(Sun) 11:00am - 10:00pm
Phone: (02) 641-2561


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