Lunch at the Malatapay Wednesday Market
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Its our Day 3, our third day waking up early and sleeping late due to so many activities we have to attend but just to clarify… I’m not complaining at all. For me traveling is something that never gets old or tiring and this is something I want to do for the rest of my life:)
Ocean Jet Ferry in Tagbilaran Bohol
From our respective resorts, we headed to Tagbilaran Port to catch the earliest ferry bound for Dumaguete. In Dumaguete we will be meeting other Fam Tour participants and we will then visit the Malatapay Wednesday Market in Zamboangita, Negros Oriental.
Island’s Leisure Boutique Hotel
We didn’t wait too long and in less than 30 minutes at the port, we finally boarded the Dapitan bound Ocean Jet Ferry to reach Dumaguete. Our Ocean Jet Ferry experience is horrible, for some reasons the front rows of the ferry where we were all seated has no air conditioning.. that means two hours of humidity inside an average looking ferry. Oh by the way, there are seats available at the back with functioning aircon but its right next to the comfort room….
Upon arrival in Dumaguete, we passed by Island’s Leisure Boutique Hotel (separate review soon) to fetch other travel agents who will participate in the second leg of PHILTOA Central Visayas Familiarization tour. We had a short hotel inspection then we boarded the bus to reach Zamboangita for our lunch at the Malatapay Wednesday Market.
Malatapay Wednesday Market
Malatapay Market is only busy during Wednesdays where livestock growers, local farmers, handicraft makers, Dried fish vendors and fishermen converge in the area to sell their fresh produce. Aside from live stock and other farm produce, there are also other vendors who display an array of merchandise such as plastic wares, household items, garments, slippers, toys and even cooked food like Lechon and Puso (steamed rice wrapped tightly in coconut leaves).
Lechon from Malatapay Wednesday Market
Theres also one souvenir shop that sells accessories like earings, bracelets, tshirts, and wall decors like masks and various wood carving art.
Souvenir Shop in Malatapay
We stopped at the small port for our lunch. Our group occupied two long wooden tables and in no time, our table was already full of local dishes. There was an overflow of Lechon and some of which was even brought to Antulang Beach Resort for our dinner.
Banig Vendor in Malatapay
I love their Jack Fish sinigang and their Kinilaw (raw fish cooked in tuba vinegar). They also served their own version of Lechon.. I hate to compare it but their lechon is as good as Cebu’s version.
Right after the feast, we headed to the busy streets of Malatapay to checkout the tabu-an (a cebuano term for makeshift marketplace) and to have some serious shopping. I planned to buy a colorful woven pandan “Banig” but since I have planned trip to Eastern Visayas next month, I decided not to buy it in Malatapay since the ones in Eastern Samar are much known for its intricate design.
Fried Fish (this is called Surahan in Jomalig Quezon)
We were only allowed to shop for only 30 minutes to make sure that we are continuing right on schedule. After shopping, we traveled for more than an hour to reach Antulang Beach Resort where we will be staying overnight. On our way to the resort, we passed by a rolling hills just to have a magnificent birds eye view of Tambobo Bay – a Yacht docking area for Yacht owners living in Negros Oriental.
Few minutes after, we finally reached Antulang Beach Resort. We had a short briefing followed by a resort and room inspections then the keys were distributed to us. We had a cliff hanger room located literally at the northernmost tip of the resort. After unpacking our bags and having a quick shower, we headed back to the resorts reception area to gather for our scheduled Sunset Cruise.
Painter in Antulang Beach Resort
Upon reaching Tambobo Bay, we boarded Antulang’s huge boat that is complete with air-conditioned cabins, two restrooms and spacious decks. We were not that lucky to catch a colorful sunset due to the cloudy skies but the overall experience was really good.
Infinity Pool at Antulang Beach Resort
We headed back to the resort after the cruise and prepare for our dinner by the pool. We had such a nice buffet candle light dinner by the pool and after our dinner, we enjoyed swimming in the pool till midnight.
Beautiful Cat at the Port
The resort was really a perfect hideaway, this is the place for people who wants peace and serenity. Proudly the first and only accommodation of its kind in Negros Oriental, Antulang’s Premier Pool Villas offer guests that elusive factor when on holiday: guaranteed privacy in paradise (full Antulang resort review soon).
Sunset in Tambobo Bay
Our six day Central Visayas Familiarization Tour was hosted by PHILTOA and local stakeholders based in Central Visayas. The Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA), Inc. is an organization of tour operators and allied members actively involved in the promotion of Philippine Destinations.
Sunset Cruise with PHILTOA (photo courtesy of Maeh Abasolo)
PHILTOA members are composed of travel agencies, hotel, resorts, transportation companies, handicraft stores, and other tourism-oriented establishments and association. For more information on the 23rd Philippine Travel Mart, please visit www.philtoa.org
Philippine Travel Mart 2012 will be on August 10-12 at the SMX Convention Center located in the Mall of Asia Complex.
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