Been There – Manila

Here is the mug for the capital of the Philippines, Starbucks Been There – Manila. With around 120k people per square mile, Manila is the most densely populated city proper in the world. The initial settlement existed even before Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi founded the Spanish city of Manila on June 24, 1571, hence it is home to many historic sites.
– The Manila City Hall is the official seat of the government of the City of Manila.… Read more

Been There – Cebu

Starbucks Been There – Cebu is a mug for the province of the Philippines located in the Central Visayas. It consists of the main island and 167 surrounding islands and islets. Its capital, Cebu City, a.k.a. “the Queen City of the South”, is the oldest city and first capital of the Philippines. The origin of the province name is probably coming from the old Cebuano language, where “sibu” or “sibo” means “trade”. Metro Cebu is the second-largest metropolitan area in the Philippines (after Metro Manila) with Cebu City being one of the busiest seaports in the Philippines and the second-largest air hub.… Read more

Been There – Cavite

Starbucks Been There – Cavite is a mug for a province on the southern shores of Manila Bay, Philippines. It is considered “Historical Capital of the Philippines” and one of the most industrialized and fastest-growing provinces in the country.
These are some points of interest to visit:
– Fort San Felipe is a military fortress built by Spanish military in 1609 for the protection of the city. Less than half of the original historic structure survived through years
– Naval Station Sangley Point was a communication and hospital facility of the United States Navy
– The Emilio F.… Read more

Been There – Cagayan de Oro

Starbucks Cagayan de Oro – is a city mug from Philippines. The name of the city can literally be translated as “River of Gold”. The addition of “Oro” might be related to the gold mining in the 1500s that were present in the barrios around the settlement of Cagayan.
From the mug:
– White water rafting or kayaking activities are popular along Cagayan de Oro River and are being promoted as major adventures of the region.
– The MacArthur Memorial Marker is a landmark at Macabalan Wharf (the peaked cap on the front of the mug).… Read more

Been There – Bulacan

Starbucks Been There – Bulacan is a province mug from the Luzon island in the Philippines.
The hanging bridge and the mount covered with trees is a reference to Biak-na-Bato National Park that was declared as such in 1937. More than a hundred caves of varying sizes and crystalline mineral formations are spread across the park. Among the most explored caves are the Aguinaldo Cave and the Bahay Paniki or Bat Cave, said to be home of at least six species of winged mammals: kabag-kabag, ngusong kabayo, bungisngis, sibsib, bayakan and pakibu.… Read more

Been There – Batangas

I am not exactly sure, whether Starbucks Been There – Batangas is a mug for Batangas province or the city of Batangas. Either way, here are some points of interest worth visiting/knowing about:
– Snorkeling/diving (1), Tilapia Fish (3), Tawilis (6) – a popular activity in this region, thanks to the clear and calm waters that host colorful species of fish, wildlife and corals. That is pretty much all you need for an amazing snorkeling experience.
– Lambanóg (2) is a traditional Filipino distilled palm liquor made from coconut or nipa palm sap
– Taal Volcano (4) is located in the middle of the Taal Lake just 40 miles from Manila and poses a real danger since it’s the second most active volcano in the Philippines.… Read more

Been There – Davao

Starbucks Been There – Davao is the mug for the largest city in the Philippines in terms of land area.
From the mug:
– A huge crocodile on the front seems to be Pangil – a massive 18-foot saltwater crocodile, the largest in the Philippines. He lives in Davao Crocodile Park which is a popular touristic destination. There are many more crocodiles in the park as well as some other animals.
– The People’s Park hosts 1,101 species of plants and trees, both indigenous and non-indigenous.… Read more

Been There – Pampanga

Starbucks Been There – Pampanga is a mug for a province on the northern shore of Manila Bay. Pampanga is rightfully considered as the Culinary Capital of the Philippines. Kapampangan cuisine is known for having exotic dishes such as Crispy Camaru (fried crickets) or Betute (stuffed frog) but if you’re just at the beginning of your food journey, there are other amazing dishes you can start with:
– Morcon (Stuffed Meat Loaf) – made from pork with the sausage and boiled egg inside
– Sisig – is made mostly from pig’s head.… Read more

Been There – Makati

This is a city-mug for a financial center of the Philippines – Starbucks Been There – Makati. The city is home for many multinational and local corporations, major banks, the Philippine Stock Exchange as well as foreign embassies. This is reflected on the mug in the form of tie and collar (2), Central Business District (4), Laptop (IT District) (8), Shopping (6).
Here are other key elements from the front of the mug:
– The Estrella–Pantaleon Bridge (1), a.k.a. the Rockwell Bridge is a two-lane bridge crossing the Pasig River
– Legazpi Sunday Market (3) – a weekly market that is known for homemade local and organic food and other products.… Read more

Been There – Iloilo

Starbucks Been There – Iloilo is a mug for a province in the Philippines.
Local food to try:
– Iloilo (La Paz) Batchoy – the pork noodle soup which is prepared with pork offal and topped with crushed chicharron, pork cracklings that found its way into the local cuisine via Spain. Chicken stock and beef loin could also be added.
– Pancit Molo is a soup with wontons that are stuffed with ground pork and shrimp. A very important ingredient is roasted garlic used for garnish which makes this soup something special.… Read more

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