Sirenna's Boracay Travel Guide
|Experience Filipino Delicacies!
February 6, 2005.
Roasted pig - party time!
While you are here, you may be asked to try some of the more
unusual local specialities. One popular delicacy is Balut -
a young duck embryo cooked in its shell. While this is
certainly not to everyone's taste, it's worth a try - it's
not as bad as it sounds. In fact, it is rumoured to be an
aphrodisiac! You can buy it from one if the vendors on the
beach in the evening, they usually have bags of peanuts and
pork crackling (known as chicharon, served with spicy
vinegar, goes well with beer!) for sale too. Another thing
you may not be familiar with is Lechon - a whole pig roasted
on a spit. These are usually eaten at parties (for obvious
reasons), and the crispy skin is a popular treat, although I
find the meat very fatty. You may come across siopao (a sort
of white bread bun filled with meat and gravy sauce), which
I think is pretty tasty. But be prepared to see a chicken's
foot or a strip of intestines on a stick for sale at a
barbecue stand! Be adventurous - have a try, but if you
really can't, remember to refuse politely so as not to
|Tribal Music / Jamming
February 11, 2005.
Experience native Filipino tribal music, with bongo drums,
rain sticks and native instruments! You can often see tribal
music at the Plazoleta, and the Red Pirates Pub , near boat
station 3, occasionally have jamming sessions in the evening
- you can even bring an instrument & join in. The guy in the
picture, Diango, has a small shop at the Plazoleta on White
Beach, selling drums, leather bags and other hand-made
crafts - stop by for a chat to learn more about tribal music
and find out where to watch the next show.
|Eggs With Legs!
September 3, 2005.
As seen on Fear Factor! No trip to Boracay would be complete
without experiencing the 'delicacy' that is Balut - it is a
soft boiled egg containing a partially formed duck embryo.
Otherwise known as the 'Treat with Feet', Balut are rumoured
to be an aphrodisiac. I have eaten them myself, and all I
felt afterwards was queazy! If you are brave enough to try
one, flag down a passing vendor on the beach in the evening
and you can buy one for around 12 pesos. Eat it with salt,
and have a beer (or several) handy to wash it down with!
It's best to peel it gradually, not all at once. Should you
feel amorous afterwards, be aware that your breath now
smells of duck abortion.
|Ati-Atihan festival in Kalibo
February 26, 2005.
This is a week long traditional festival celebrated on the
3rd week of January in honour of the 'Santa Nino' (holy
infant Jesus). Hoards of people dressed in fabulous,
flambouyant costumes dance through the streets, faces
blackened with soot, and marching musicians play drums and
xylaphones. The highlight of the festival occurs on the last
day, when groups representing different tribes compete.
Costumes, including the headdress, are made of abaca fibers,
shells, feathers, bamboo, plant leaves, cogon, sugar cane
flowers, beads, trinkets and an assortment of pieces of
glass, metals and plastics. Much drinking and merrymaking
goes on in the streets, and you'll be offered drinks on
every street corner. Bring your camera, but take good care
of it as there is always a risk of theft in a large crowd.
Kalibo is an hour and a half away from Boracay, take a bus
or taxi from Caticlan.
July 16, 2005.
Wanna see my cock?
This is one of the Philippines' favourite sports (besides
basketball). It is certainly not to everyones taste, and
fights can be rather gory. If you particularly wish to see a
cockfight, just ask a local. There are a couple of small
arenas in Boracay, and many local people breed roosters in
their back gardens. You'll see (and hear) them almost
everywhere on the island.
|San Miguel Beer
February 26, 2005.
Beer - now there's a temporary solution!
San Miguel is the most popular beer in the Philippines - its
on sale everywhere. This is not a bad tasting beer
considering how cheap it is (usually less than 50 pesos).
San Mig Light is also available in most bars - this is
actually stronger than regular San Miguel but lower in
calories. Other beers you might come across are San Miguel
Super Dry, Blue Ice, Cerveza Negra and Red Horse. Beware of
the last one as it produces fierce hangovers!