Last week, me and my whole family flew back to Manila for a whole week for a vacation with my our relatives back home and to celebrate the first birthday of our youngest daughter Jade. And where else do celebrate it? None other than the happiest place for kids in the Philippines, Jollibee.
Well, I guess it has become sort of a tradition to many Filipinos to celebrate their kids’ parties in Jollibee. Jollibee is well loved by Filipino kids and adults alike mostly due to the food they serve that is very close to the Filipino taste, plus their mascots. Jollibee is the most famous fastfood brand in the Philippines beating McDonald’s.
Jade was born on 8th of July but we have booked her party on a 14th in the Shangri-la Mall branch in Mandaluyong City. We have invited relatives and some close friends to join us. Well, the party is more for the kids and so we booked and made sure that Jollibee’s 5 mascots will be there to join us.
Located at the southern eastern coast of the province of Batangas, lies the small and remote town of Laiya. Remote as it can be but the town has become known due to the exclusive beach resorts that opened up along its beach, as well as a jump off point for people wanting to dive into the rich corals reefs off the coast of Batangas. Batangas province, aside from its coffee, is known for its dive resorts most specially in the town of Anilao.
To reach Laiya from Manila, one will have to drive south through the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) all the way to the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR) Expressway and take the exit to Lipa City. From Lipa, one will need to pass through smaller roads that leads to Candelaria in the province of Quezon until reaching the San Juan-Laiya Road.
So far, I have been to Laiya twice. First was with my wife’s family where we went for a swim in Laiya’s public beach which I’ll talk about on this blog and a year later on in our company team building in the Acuatico Resort on the other side of Laiya.