The Bataan peninsula fell after months of fighting between the Philippine and American armies and the invading Japanese. The united Philippine-US army, depleted of food, medicine and ammunition, was forced to surrender to the Japanese on 9 April, 1942. The now prisoners of war consisted of 68,000 Filipinos and 11,796 Americans. The Japanese, unprepared for the large number of prisoners, decided to move them by foot from Bataan to another base located 140 kilometres away in San Fernando.
On this forced trek, known as the “Death March of Bataan”, many prisoners died due to starvation, disease, dehydration and exhaustion on their way to San Fernando. Many prisoners were also murdered along the way. However, the prolonged defense of the Bataan peninsula hindered the Japanese army’s progress, enabling the Filipino and US forces to prepare for subsequent battles and ultimately win the war against the Japanese.
This gruesome period during the war is used as a reminder of the courage tenacity and willingness to sacrifice to the point of death by the Philippine and American forces. It also is a day to remember Filipinos who continue to fight for freedom on behalf of the Philippines.
Many parades are held involving World War II veterans in different cities. The main event is held at the Mt Samat Shrine in Pilár, Bataan where the President of the Philippines and other dignitaries give speeches honouring the country’s veterans.
Fariñas Ilocos Empanada, located at Dayton Food Park, Ayala Highway, Lipa City, is one of a handful of genuine Ilokano Restaurants in the province of Batangas. They serve authentic Ilocos Empanada and the all-time Filipino favorite Bagnet in a variety of savory and delicious dishes.
The Manila branches of Farinas Ilocos Empanada are doing really well, as observed by the Tiu Family of San Jose, Batangas who are the main supplier of eggs in all the branches. When the opportunity came, the Tiu Family grabbed it and decided to introduce the brand here in Lipa City. It was an immediate hit, as most Batanguenos have been to Vigan and Ilocos Province, and already knew of the tasty Ilocos Empanada.
The restaurant which can be seen along Ayala Highway is a combination of modern materials and the traditional flair of Vigan houses. There are a few tables on the first floor and a very spacious second floor for a lot of families and friends to fit into. The kitchen is very clean and the cooks all have the proper tools in preparing the food.
Immediately we dove into a handful of Ilocos Empanada and were inundated with the musky taste of the longganisa and the rich texture of the papaya and egg fillings. The crunchy exterior gave a fulfilling-sound to every bite, and if you close your eyes it is as if you are transported in the streets of Vigan.
Aside from the empanada, you might want to try the bagnet dishes as well, like the sisig and the pakbet. Another hit is the savory Poque Poque, a dish made of eggs, tomatoes, onions and eggplant.
|Ordinary (1 egg ,vegetables)||50|
|Special (1 egg ,1 pc.longganisa,vegetables)||60|
|Extra Special (1 egg 2pcs.longganisa ,vegetables)||79|
|Super special(2 egg 2 pcs longganisa,vegetables)||90|
|Ultimate empanada (1 egg ,1 pc longganisa, Crunchy bagnet vegetables)|
|Sulit Meal (2 pcs longganisa sliced tomatoes, Salted egg or fried egg)||90|
|Bagnet Meal (Bagnet ,sliced tomatoes, Salted egg or fried egg)||160|
|Combo Meal (Bagnet,2pcs longganisa , Sliced tomatoes, salted egg or fried egg)||180|
|1 Kilo Beef Tapa||550|
|Soft drinks : Coke ,Coke Zero, Royal, Sprite, Rootbeer||50|
|Houseblend Ice Tea||35|
|Fruit Shakes : Mango, Watermelon, Melon||90|
|San Mig Light||55|
|Pale Pilsen Long||55|
|San Miguel Flavored Beer||50|
|Andy Player Whiskey and Cola||69|
|Bucket of Beer||330|
|Good for 15 Persons||2599|
| 1 kilo longganisa
1 kilo bagnet
1 sizzling bagnet
1 igado ala carte
1 pinakbet w/ bagnet
1 poqui poqui
5 special empenada
4 platters of rice
3 pitchers of iced tea
| Good for 3-5persons
1/4 kilo bagnet
1 crispy dinuguan
1 poqui poqui
1 platter of rice
5 iced tea
|Good for 10 persons||1799|
| 1/2 k longganisw
1/2 k bagnet
5 special empanada
1 poqui poqui
1 pancit bagnet
2 plattere of rice
2 pitchers of iced tea
|Bonuan Boneless Bangus||115|
|Ilocos Beef Tapa||120|
|Salted Egg Bagnet||190|
|Crispy Boneless Dilis||155|
|Pinakbet with Bagnet (Good for 3)||200|
|Bagis (Chicharong Bulaklak)||115|
Very soon the Ilocos Empanada and Bagnet that you love will be delivered straight to your homes and offices. They are also planning to sell longganisa and bagnet by the kilo so watch out for that.
Imagine this: Lush forest of green and thick trees, a breathtaking view of Taal Volcano and lake alongside with Tagaytay Ridge. All of those are equipped with lots of grounds to linger.
That’s what Shercon Resort and Ecology Park can offer you.
4 adult pools
3 kiddie pools
3 differently architectured Pavillions
Club Manuel Cabins
Sophia’s Duck Pool
Address: Brgy San Sebastian, Mataasnakahoy, Batangas
Reservations and Inquiries: (0917)506 1204 / (0922)838 5293