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

Been There – Boracay

Starbucks Been There – Boracay is a mug for a small island in the central Philippines known for its resorts and beaches. No wonder that the design of the mug pretty much reflects the following activities, sorted from “easy” to more “adventurous”:
– Flip-Flops (3), Sand Castle (5) – experience full relaxation at one of many island’s beaches. You might choose White Beach for its fine white sand and amazing sunset views.
– Willys Rock (4) – a nice rock in the middle of the shallow water.… Read more

Been There – Bacolod

Starbucks Been There – Bacolod is a mug for the City of Smiles because of its Mardi Grass-like MassKara Festival with a spectacularly vivid mix of dance, color, and music.
It is also a “football city of the Philippines” with its Panaad Stadium which is used for tournaments and sports events. That’s why you see soccer players on the front of the mug.
You might also want to visit Bat Sanctuary when in town. It’s not something you get to see on a daily basis.… Read more

Been There – Quezon City

Starbucks Been There – Quezon City is a mug for a city which was the capital of the Philippines between 1948 and 1976. It was founded by and named after Manuel L. Quezon, the 2nd President of the Philippines, to replace Manila as the national capital. It looks like the main reason for that was to have government buildings further from the bay and hence from the reach of naval artillery.
– An oval frame with the trees on the front of the mug symbolizes Quezon Memorial Circle I believe.… Read more

Been There – Laguna

Starbucks Been There – Laguna is another Filipino mug for a province located on Luzon island.
– Pagsanjan Falls, a.k.a Cavinti Falls a.k.a. Magdapio Falls is one of the major tourist attractions of the region, and one of the most famous waterfalls in the Philippines.
– The horse on the front of the mug refers to Taka (paper mache) – a famous local craft, a toy that can be your perfect souvenir to take back home.… Read more

Been There – Tagaytay

Starbucks Been There – Tagaytay is a mug for a city in the province of Cavite, Philippines. Along with Baguio it is considered to be the second Summer capital of the Philippines thanks to a cooler climate due to elevation. The views of the Taal Lake and Taal Volcano Island are landmarks of the city attracting tourists all year round.
Here are some symbols of the city and points of interests worth visiting:
– Ferris Wheel (1) is a part of Sky Ranch – a network of amusement parks in the Philippines
– Ilog Maria Honeybee Farm (2) – a nice stop with a variety of local honey related products including lip balm, wax candles, soaps, etc.… Read more

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