Tagged: History

Tirad Pass National Park, Gregorio Del Pilar, Ilocos Sur 9

Del Pilar: Trek to Historic Tirad Pass

Located in the mountainous town of Gregorio del Pilar, it is the site of the infamous Battle of Tirad Pass where valiant Filipinos led by General Gregorio del Pilar defended General Emilio Aguinaldo from the advancing American forces. It is...

Botolan Lahar Watchpoint 2

Botolan: Lahar Watchpoint Stopover

Until now, remnants of the lahar flow that resulted from the Mount Pinatubo eruption of 1991 are still visible in some parts of Pampanga and Tarlac. But it is in the town of Batolan in Zambales where a large swath...

Millennium Tree, Ma. Aurora, Aurora 1

Ma. Aurora: Creepy Millennium Tree

When people say balete, first impressions come to mind are frightening, spooky, and mysterious. It’s often associated to urban legends, Filipino folklore, and horror stories. That’s why when we learned that one of Tupang Gala’s sidetrips in Aurora is a...

Edo Castle (江戸城 Edo-jō) Tokyo, Japan, History, Japanese 1

Tokyo: Edo Castle AKA Tokyo Castle (江戸城)

A visit to a Japanese city is not complete without visiting its landmark castle. A visit to these Shogunate-era structures are among the favorite activities of the flock. And to our excitement, we learned that the Japanese capital, Tokyo, has...

Zojoji Temple, Tokyo Tower, Minato, Japan 1

Tokyo: Zojoji Temple and Tokyo Tower

In the Minato ward of Tokyo are two sites worth visiting: the Zojoji Temple and the Tokyo Tower. These two sites, respectively representing the traditional and a more modern side of Japan, are located adjacent to each other, so you...

Shibuya Intersection, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan 8

Tokyo: Shibuya Scramble

Watching the street with pedestrians passing through is no fun, unless it’s the famous Shibuya Crossing. Shibuya is a ward or division of Tokyo, but also pertains to the popular entertainment and shopping place around the Shibuya Station. Shopping malls...

Akihabara (秋葉原) 5

Tokyo: Akihabara, Otaku’s Paradise

You might have watched the Yowamushi Pedal anime where the lead character Onoda Sakimichi is so addicted to anime that he frequently visits Akihabara to buy anime stuff. Akihabara is well known in Japan and overseas for being the center...

Hamamatsu Castle (浜松城 Hamamatsu-jō), Hamamatsu, Japan 2

Hamamatsu: The Black Castle of Hamamatsu (浜松城)

Another hilltop castle (浜松城 Hamamatsu-jō) can be found standing on a small park accessible by a short bus ride from Hamamatsu Station. One of the most distinguished feature of the castle is the black paint on the castle keep. Though it...