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OCTOBER 3–For the first time, I joined a large-group photowalk, the 8th Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk. I was clueless what to expect, but after watching Scott’s videos on the essential preparations–charge the battery, pack light, bring sunblock and a bottle of water, review the basics of taking sharp, cool, captivating shots–I was ready for whatever adventure would come my way.

The photowalk’s destination: the town of Liloan, a first class municipality north of Cebu City. The first time I’ve been to this place was on that sleepy morning when I joined my trainees celebrate their second month at work. At Papa Kit’s Fishing Lagoon, we tried the zipline, wall climbing, fishing, and had a sumptuous lunch. And then there was a second visit in February, and then this photowalk, the third.

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Photographers in action.

A few minutes past six, I reached the municipal hall of Liloan. I took a selfie at the marker #liveloveliloan until the rest of the photowalkers arrived. Shortly, the action started. The group was divided into two batches, each with a different direction. 

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FOOD HAVEN
To the foodie and the hungry, the town plaza is heaven. The area close to the municipal hall gets busy early in the morning and turns to a bustling gastronomic destination close to lunchtime. Complete with the smokey ambiance to make your street dining experience dramatic, this is street food dining at its best.

It’s easy to tell what’s roasting in the grill: fresh seafood, from oyster to fish and squid, and the grill staples–pork barbecue, chicken barbecue, and everything else that can be pushed on a stick. Name your choice, there’s all sorts of food from the many stalls at the sidewalk, all at irresistibly low prices.

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Just like all matters of the heart, food is something the Cebuanos take seriously. Thus, the name “puso”, rice cooked in special heart-shaped casing of coconut leaves.

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Budbud, a ricecake made from glutinous rice wrapped in banana leaves.

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One of the many rolling stores for lechon-manok.

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The food stalls sell grilled seafood, barbecue, boiled sweet potato, pickles, and seaweeds wrapped in plastic.

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This boy sells the ubiquitous “masi”, a ricecake stuffed with ground peanut and caramel.

THE BISCUIT WITH A HOLE
This town is also the home of the legendary rosquillos, those adorable “biscuits” you grab at the airport and take home for your friends and colleagues. Titay’s has been baking this goody since 1907, a legacy passed on by its original baker Margarita Frasco (Titay) to  her children. Now, after more than a century, Titay’s has already made a name for quality baked treats including include torta, ensaimada, pastries, and assorted breads.

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“Wear it around each finger. Dip it in coffee. Titay’s Rosquillos is an all-time favorite.”  © Titay’s Website

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Unlike the round-holed biscuits, Rosquillos de Corazon has a heart-shaped hole. © Titay’s Website

A TAKE ON THE NON-FOOD
And then I realized, I was looking at the world as either food or non-food. Getting my thoughts back to photowalk mode, I started checking the surrounding and tried to make my brain a little creative. There were plenty of sights to capture.

Like these boys who gather every weekend to sell ricecakes.

IMG_4858IMG_4861These colorful plastic wares hoping to be taken home soon.

IMG_4838The solitary chair waiting in vain.

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This still-life ensemble by the shore.
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IMG_4929-010HOW TO GET TO LILOAN
Liloan is about 30 to 45 minutes from Cebu City depending on the time of the day that you take the trip. That’s roughly 19 to 25 kilometers using the real measures of distance. If taking public transport, either take a jeepney with a 25 marker or hire a habal-habal which can cost you a few hundreds of pesos. The jeepneys in Cebu, also called as multicab, can be uncomfortable for the less adventurous as passengers sit face to face and knee to knee most of the time. Of course, you can also take a cab. The road to the north is also not a difficult route, so taking public transport, using Google map and asking around will be a great adventure.


In the next post, see more of Liloan’s treasures: a watchtower, a lighthouse, and an old church. In the meantime, don’t forget to vote for D’yan lang in the Bloggys 2015 Awards. Get a hobbit to the Bloggys!
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ArisMape

ArisMape is a travel insider at ABS-CBN's Choose Philippines. He loves orange, halo-halo, and PowerPoint, and hates beef, slow internet, and long taxi lines. His pastime is watching people watch other people. He swears on the power of smartphone. His half-life? Thirty.