"My hometown" Sariaya by monina_c

Sariaya Travel Guide: 9 reviews and 44 photos


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I consider this my hometown since my dad built his house here after his retirement in late 90's. I go home to Sariaya most weekends that i don't have travel or appointments in Manila where I spend my workdays.

Sariaya is an old town. There's a lot of colonial architecture and since it is situated near the sea, it is a popular summer destination for locals.

Our Street

This is the street where I live. Almost everyone knows everyone and consequently, everybody else's business. It makes for a certain degree of comfort, knowing that in case of emergency, neighbors will be there to help you.

The picture shows some neighbors preparing for the "Paagaw" (translated loosely this means "snatch") during the barrio fiesta. Each family cuts a length of bamboo which the locals call "bagakay", and hang candies, toys, school supplies, etc. in its branches and puts it up in front of their house. After the late afternoon procession, the bagakay will be let down slowly so the kids can snatch all the goodies that they want. Mondo fun for the kids!

The Church

Sariaya is a predominantly Roman Catholic. It's inhabitants are deeply religious and participate actively in the different church activities. Its church is deemed to be one of the oldest in the province and is always included in the Visita Iglesia during the Lenten Season.

If you want to know more about how religion has added color to the life of my townfolks, please check:
Flores de Maria
Mystical Mt. Banahaw
Use of plants and herbs as "medicine"

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Good roads, good food, nice people
  • Cons:Traffic on the SLEX and Maharlika H-way!
  • Intro Updated Jul 25, 2007
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  • davidjo's Profile Photo
    Oct 15, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    First time I have read about your hometown, looks nice

    • monina_c's Profile Photo
      Oct 15, 2015 at 11:50 PM

      i hope you enjoy your little trip :)
      better call the local historical group so you can get an entre to the historic houses. they require advance notice so they can ask the homeowners for permission to tour you inside the private houses which surround the town square. try calling: +63(49)5590981 -- number for the local museum -- they can contact the homeowners for you.

    • davidjo's Profile Photo
      Oct 16, 2015 at 2:24 AM

      Thank you for the suggestion

  • ukirsari's Profile Photo
    Feb 17, 2012 at 3:49 AM

    fingers crossed to see you and donsol soon, nina *bug hugs*

  • pattypoo's Profile Photo
    Mar 24, 2011 at 3:09 AM

    Monina. I suffer from uper respiritory infection and cough for weeks and weeks when I get ill. I will now be trying Oregano when I next cough..thank you mwah xxx

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Dec 8, 2010 at 9:25 PM

    nice page

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Oct 21, 2009 at 1:14 AM

    Nice introduction to your home town. Glad you like my motto!

  • icunme's Profile Photo
    Sep 5, 2009 at 12:23 AM

    Hi Monina . That beach is cooling me off just looking at it. Grazie for a lovely tour of your town, Carol <(•¿•)>

  • robertgaz's Profile Photo
    Aug 25, 2009 at 10:11 PM

    Lovely architecture Monina :)

  • AusPinay's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2009 at 8:23 PM

    Thanks for reminding me about this legendary mountain dear, I climbed it when I was a Forestry student at UPLB, must post something about it some time, cheers, what's new w/ ya?

  • Apr 6, 2009 at 1:09 PM

    be there this coming Holy Week for our summer camp in Guisguis! this would be my first time there and im now excited!

  • Tijavi's Profile Photo
    Jan 11, 2009 at 9:50 PM

    Greetings from cloudy Iloilo. I'm having La Paz batchoy (yes, the real stuff!!!) later for merienda!

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