The Last Weekend, Part 2: Saturday Stories (In which we travel to Pampanga and back on a three-stop roadtrip...and a movie!)






October 4, 2008.

After Betis Church, the food trip started! I had been told about Guagua's legendary chicharon, and had once been to the store that sold it - a tiny, hole-in-the-wall, blink-and-you'll-miss-it kind of place. It took us a while to find it - it turned out to be the most difficult place to locate out of the entire trip! But it was super worth it. The place is called Galan's Gen. Merchandise, and they sell Galan's Chicharon (naturally). Here's the address:


Galan's Chicharon
#06 San Roque,
Guagua, Pampanga


They sold different varieties of chicharon at Galan's - even one with reduced fat! But we figured, we weren't going to be coming back to Galan anytime soon, and it wasn't like we ate Galan's chicharon everyday, so we said so long to "eating healthy" and went for the original, contains-all-the-oil-and-fat-in-the-world, my-nape-will-be-hurting-from-this-but-to-hell-with-it Galan's chicharon. We also brought some as pasalubong for our families - my parents were thrilled.


After our heart-stopping, cholesterol-inducing quest for the famed Galan's Chicharon, it was time for another I'm-going-to-need-a-bypass-surgery-next-year destination: Aling Lucing's Famous Sisig Place!

A few months prior to our road trip, tragic news broke about Aling Lucing, the woman who invented the sisig recipe in the 1970's. I'm not sure how it affected her sisig's popularity, but in any case, we were still looking forward to eating roadside and trying the sisig that started it all - these days Papanga is well-known for its sisig, so much so that they have a Sisig Festival every December to celebrate it!

Aling Lucing's Sisig place is literally situated on the side of a busy intersection in Angeles, where the old railroad used to be - it's not for the squeamish. I don't mind eating at carinderias and roadside stalls and buying food from street vendors (except when I'm in Manila - I have to think twice about those things when I'm in Manila. Maybe it's because I grew up in the province and was rased to believe that Manila streets are dirty, bacteria-laden places. I love the isaw in UP though! But more on that later.), so it was no problem at all, and the whole look of the place got me a little excited - eating at a place like that wasn't something we did everyday.
After lunch, we decided to drive back to Manila, but not without stopping at the gas station where we ate Razon's halo-halo. We could've gone to the original, but I hadn't a clue where it was found in Pampanga. Besides, there was more to be done in Manila!

It didn't take long to drive back from Pampanga to Manila, where we hung out at the Marikina Shoe Expo in Cubao and bought random trinkets - a necklace with a massive masquerade-ish mask pendant for me, and a favorite romance novel title for mabz (there's always a serendipitous moment waiting to happen at a second-hand bookstore, and don't you just love it when it really does happen?). After checking out a number of stores, we were off again, this time to UP Diliman, where we were to meet our friend Aldous to have some isaw and dessert at Chocolate Kiss!
Overall, a road trip with friends is probably one of the best things to do on a Saturday. And the best part is, you don't need to spend a lot of money or do a lot of planning to actually make it happen!

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