The Art Of Pottery Called Ugu Bigyan

If Ilocanos have Fidel Go in the art of pottery, Augusto Bigyan is also the popular potter of CALABARZON.

Ugu Bigyan, now well-known for his stone craft and design is from Tiaong, Quezon province. In fact his name Ugu Bigyan now synonyms to his works. It denotes his art.

Visit his home in barangay Lusacan and the impression of his artistry will come in your eyes. The wide array of his crafts are displayed all over his place and amazement will just become a normal reaction on your face.

All of his unique pottery craft bearing his signature. His crafts have gone a long way to homes, resorts, hotels and restaurants, making them soundly adorable and amazing cool.

His crafts include leaves, animals, birds and fishes, pots, earthenwares, kitchenwares, souvenir items among others.

He’s doing this since he was at 20s. And each years of his craftmanship adding also to his legacy in this kind of art. 

“Arts flourish during Imelda’s time (Imelda Marcos),” he said during interview where he was also flourishing as an artist. He’s decades into this business and said he’s been into hard times when the products are hard to sell.

He wants the millenials to appreciate his art aside from art patrons and those loyal to his crafts.

But it may be hard livelihood but he continue his potteries because he knows there will always be a time his crafts will be needed.


In step by step process he showed his works:

1. Mixed white clay together with silica and bullclay.

2. Soak with water for a week or more.  The longer the soak the better it is.

3. Drained the water to get the desired consistency of the clay.

4. Mashed very well so no bubbles will occur.

5. Ready for molding.

6. Mold to desired design.

7. After molding, trimming and cleaning.

8. Air dry (not sun dry because it causes crack)

9.Bring to fiing area and heat for 7 hours at 1,000 degrees centigrade.

10. Cool for one day.

11. He will put his signature. Wax.

12. Fire again for 10 to12 hours depending on colors or design.

13. Add some design, roots (if needed), pricing, display or deliver.

Let’s Ride Carabao Drawn Carriage In Villa Escudero

When was the last time you ride in your Apong Lakay’s ‘pasagad’ being pulled by his strong carabao. I doubt millenials have slendor experience that. But we, bagets and jeproks at that time have so much to tell.

Those were the days when carabaos and cows are the real kings of the road– umm, well, in the uncemented road. Today’s era is so much different now, the noisy trucks and speedy cars and big buses are the kings of the road now. 

Let’s escape from the traffic, escape from speed, from the noise and the view of the buildings. Lets bring back the time when you are enjoying the journey while riding the carousel and your neighbors are singing kundiman in guitar and ukulele. Where we call it journey and not a travel, where we call it ride and not a transportation.

Villa Escudero. In the border of Quezon and Laguna provinces.

Its where the luxury from nature is brought to you and the experience of what it’s like living in the past. When music and dancing is harmonized with the breeze of the wind of the hills and sways like the water flowing in the falls.

Its an exhilarating experienced for me to ride again in carabao drawn vehicle and listening to the folk songs while on traverse to the waterfall.

And my goodnesss, feels good to eat again with bare hand. The way we were. The original Filipino food are served and eating in the river. Then the water you drink are the original mineral water that you fill it up from clay water jar.

The way we were. Oh yeah, I’ve said it already. But can’t help it. Why? Because the music of rondalla still lingers in my ears now. As if I’m in hammock relaxing under the shade of the tree. And while my eyes are close I still watch the cultural dances of different regions in the Philippines. Oh, the performance is so great. The sways, the steps, the colors, the dresses and the laughters.

I have to sleep now and in my dreams the grandeur nature and the nostalgic experience will be reminisce again. 

What? How about the collections of religious artifacts that were displayed in church replica and the vintage collections of world war 2, and the mansions of the Escuderos’ who are still grand standing in the place? Why I wouldn’t write about it? Oh, let other explorers, caravaners, writers and bloggers featured them. We’re many participants in the Heritage Caravan of NCCA and PIA in Quezon, Laguna and Rizal or the CALABARZON, the phase 2 of Luzon Cultural Promotion with the theme Sulong Luzon, Yamang Kultura’t Sining”.

It was founded in 1880’s by Placido and his wifey Claudia Marasigan. It said to be a sugarcane plantation but converted by their son Arsenio as coconut plantation in the early 1900’s. And in 1981 it was open to the public.

It is now a prime tourists destination for locals, overseas Filipino and foreign visitors. Villa Escudero is the showcase of Philippine rich cultural heritage, offering the glimpses of its history, dress, cuisine and nature’s lavisgness.

My heart was left in Villa Escudero.

Sulyap, Taste Of The Past

Resort in nostalgia. 

Staying out of town now is not just about pristine nature, serene beaches and amazing mountains.

What’s in? Heritage. It’s all about the feeling of living in a period of time. Let’s say 18th century. Isn’t that reminiscing cool.

Sulyap, a boutique hotel built from materials olden materials like the woods, bricks, tin sheets among others. It is located in San Pablo, Laguna.

It’s also a museum gallery of the owner’s collections of old religious artifacts and statues, vintage bottles and kitchenwares, old things used by the early people.

Mr. Roy Impalmado, the architect of the houses and buildings and curator of the collections said its his actually his passion of collecting artifacts, remnants and things of the past. 

Sulyap, indeed the window of heritage and the window of the past. Staying in the bahay na bato/kahoy brings back you to the early period of Filipino living. 

You stay vintage-themed house and tour to the museum. Enjoy the nostalgic ambiance and reminisce the past in the almost two hectares area with the function hall, restaurants, cafe and hotels.

“Sulyap kasi… sulyap sa nakaraan,” Roy said in an interview.

He said the first project is the museum. So while in the museum he dreamed of old houses and sketch and that’s it, the rise of Sulyap resort.

“I want them to experience the past in modern times, with the use of modern living.” He said.

The restoration and refurbishing might be costly and time consuming but its all worth for him.

So the next time you want the snapshot of the past and relive the way our old folks way, taste the past in Sulyap.

The Moro Watchtower Of Ilocos Sur

If there’s one intact edifice of watchtower in the Philippines, one of them can be seen in barangay Bateria, San Esteban, Ilocos Sur.

Just like all the moro watchtower this is located along the coastal area, just near the port of this town.

Ilocos have many watchtowers but many of the structure are damaged through the course of time. The government is trying to rehabilitate some of them.

This watchtower was believed to be built in 15th century by the Spaniards and the oldest landmark of the said town.

The moro watchtower was built as part of defenses of the village of that time against moros or pirates who used to ransacked the people and goods at that time.

The was builr in round shape with a height of around 7 meters. There’s one entrance and the walls facing the sea have holes where the canons are placed there.

In fact, the name of the barangay which is Bateria gots its name from the row of canons at that tower.

Today, the site was already as tourist destination by the the Philippine Tourism authority and was also listed in the National Historical Institute of the country.

Though renovated and flourished with the park and the stairway going up the tower, only few visitors were still going here maybe because its not yet known to the tourists.

Still, those who knew the place had their piece of historical pose in the tower.

Turismo Iti Northern Philippines


The Santa Maria church of Ilocos Sur is one of the two World Heritage Site of the province.  A distinction of Ilocos Sur of having 2 great tourism spot.
The Santa Maria church of Ilocos Sur is one of the two World Heritage Site of the province. A distinction of Ilocos Sur of having 2 great tourism spot.

No iti pintas, buya ken pakasaritaan, adda met maiparangna.  Ngem apay ngata a maud-udi latta ti Ilocandia no turismo ti pagsasaritaan.

Iti kalkalpas Sinulog Festival ti Cebu, riwriw ti nagbuya a turista a gangganaet ken turista a local.  Maysa punto dua a milion kano ti nagturong iti Cebu tapno laeng buyaen ti naisangsangayan nga streetdancingda.  Kalkalpas met met ti Dinagyang Festival ti Iloilo City ket kaskasdi a riwriw ti nangimatang.

Ken siempre, no turismo met laeng ti pagsasaritaan, isudan ti adda iti ngato ti listaan.  Boracay, Davao, Cebu ken dadduma pay.  Uray sitayo nga adda ditoy amianan, kayattayo met mapadasan magna iti white sands ti Bora.  Kayatda agdigos idiay resorts idiay Davao.  No dadduma pay ketdin, dagiti meeting kada conference, ket idiayen ti pangipanan tapno laeng madapasanda ti rikna ti dayta a lugar.

Milion ti mapmapan a gangganaet.  Milion met laeng ti mapmapan a local tourist. Milion dayta a kuarta a busbusenda a makatulong iti negosio ken ekonomia ti maysa a lugar.

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Pres. Elpidio Quirino Museum

The presidential table of the late President Elpidio Quirino
The presidential table of the late President Elpidio Quirino



In Vigan City, some famous museums that tourists usually visit are the Father Jose Burgos Museum and Syquia Mansion museum.  Burgos museum is so famous with the traditional, religion and cultural window of Ilocano heritage including ways of living of tribal community of northern Philippines.  Syquia Museum is famous as the mirror of old Ciudad Fernandina.

Have you ever visited the President Elpidio Quirino Memorabilia Hall?

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Masimpa Ti St. William the Hermit Church

St. William the Hermit Church. Maysa a buya iti uneg ti Magsingal Church a maysa kadagiti National Cultural Treasures ti Pilipinas

Babaen ti tulong ti National Commision for Culture and the Arts, masimpa ti St. William the Hermit Church iti ili a Magsingal.

Daytoy ti impakaaammo ni Ma. Luisa Salvador, chairman ti Heritage Committee ti nadakamat a parokia bayat ti ibibisita ti grupona iti opisina ni Gov. DV Savellano.

Partikular a masimpa ti atep ken bobeda ti simbaan usar ti 493,000 nga impaay ti NCCA iti Heritage committee.

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