SNAPSHOT: Kings of the boulevard

About 150 riders from around the Philippines brought their motorbikes to Dumaguete City to participate in the 8th annual Riding to Help Children fundraiser.
Harley-Davidson Road Kings from as far away as Manila converged on the boulevard to kickoff the fun ride south to Bayawan. They started the roughly 80-kilometer ride on Rizal Avenue early Saturday morning.
The party started Friday night in at least two bars on the boulevard where the riders displayed their Harley-Davidson motorcycles. It was an impressive display of American machinery.
Prom city nights
February must be prom season because we’ve had a prom held in our hotel every night since we arrived. I suppose since they are nearly at the end of the school year that now would indeed be the time.
Throw in a wedding or two and our hotel was gown central. It was nice to see men wearing the formal barong though, which Meg said looked sharp.
Prawns, more prawns and bangus belly
The storm that blew through Dumaguete early Saturday afternoon nixed our plans of getting manicures on the seawall. So we hopped on a tricycle and decided to go local and find a good sinugba (grilled) meal.
A five minute ride from our hotel and we were at Labas (pronounced lab-us, I was told) in the neighborhood of Looc. Meg wanted to experience how Dumaguetenos prepare seafood and has been craving sugpo (tiger prawns).
So sugpo it was — grilled and pan fried in garlic. Delicious. We also ordered adobong kangkong (water spinach with squid in garlic). And since we were at a sinugba joint, we ordered the grilled bangus belly. Of course we had kinilaw (raw fish in coconut milk and lime) with our San Miguels.
And for dessert it was back to the boulevard for a thick slice of Sans Rival’s delectable concord cake, a mound of chocolate goodness. I have to say Dumaguete has more than its share of fabulous bakers.
“Eating like this every day… we would be so fat,” Meg said.

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