We began our day with the breakfast buffet in the hotel - food from the Philippines, India and Japan. I decided to try suman, which is a Filipino dish of sticky rice cooked in coconut milk, and wrapped in a banana leaf. They had a special coconut sweet sauce (it tasted like molasses) to drizzle over it and it was delicious! I also tried some dragonfruit, which looked a little strange but was very good. When I am with students next week, I will be asking them about their favorite foods. Please leave a comment with your favorite foods!
After breakfast, we went shopping at a local mall. The school year starts next week and there were a lot of "back to school" sales! The school year typically runs through March and the students are off in April and May, the hottest months of the year. I will be traveling to Oro Site High School in Legazpi on Friday, and am excited to be at the school for its first day of classes!
After our shopping trip, we visited Intramuros, one of the oldest parts of the city of Manila. The photo of the statue is that of Jose Rizal, a hero of the Filipino people.
To end our day, we ate dinner and saw a music and dance cultural presentation at Barbara's Restaurant. Click HERE to see one of the most famous dances in the Philippines, the Tinikling!
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I am a school librarian at Genesee Elementary School in Auburn, NY where I try to inspire students to be lifelong learners, critical thinkers and adventurers! In June, I am traveling to the Philippines with a group of amazing teachers from around the country as part of a Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellowship. I hope you'll join me on my journey!