Bicol — coco and spice, and everything nice

“Halos lahat ng pagkain dito, may gata (almost every dish we prepare has coconut milk)”, says our gracious host, Ate Eben, as she sets down a bowl full of laing. I never ate so much laing in my life! We had it for two meals (dinner and lunch the following day), but I craved for…

Christmas in Albay after the storms

I couldn’t see their agony because they were all smiles when they saw us coming. I immediately felt the warmth of these battered people of Bacacay, Albay. They never complained the entire time that we were there despite the long, lazy lines and the humidity. Even the 10-minute drizzle didn’t dampen anyone’s spirit, giving us…