A Top-of-the-Line Food Tour with Scania Philippines

When preparing for a vacation, one of the many factors that we consider is the mode of transportation that we're going to take and the convenience that it provides. I've done quite a number of solo travels by land, water and sea, and I must say that since I have no one to look after me on these solo trips, I always make sure that I get the most convenient, trusted on safety, and if possible, most affordable way of travelling.

In a developing country like the Philippines where the mode of transportation is still limited and most of the time costly, I'm just thankful that there are some reliable companies that provide convenient and top-of-the-line transport vehicles to its customers like the PNO Transportation.

Recently, PNO Transportation rolled out its new sets of buses that are built not just for the safety of the its passengers and drivers but also for the goodness of the environment.

Made by Scania, a global company that offers sales and services in more than 100 countries and production units located in Europe, South America and Asia. Scania takes pride on its unique modular product system for trucks, buses, coaches and engines, which are developed over several decades.

For the PNO Transportation buses, which will ply soon from Manila to Naga City, its carries the Scania K360 model, a 49-seater bus with 13-litre engine and powered by Euro 4. Euro 4 is a globally accepted European emission standards for vehicles that require the use of fuel with significantly low sulfur and benzene contents. Euro 4 provides cleaner fuel, which means cleaner emissions and less pollution in the environment.

Through the generosity of PNO Transportation and Scania Philippines, I was able to enjoy a day of Kapampangan delights and dishes as they tour us around the Province of Pampanga to try authentic and really delicious meals.

Our day started at the Scania Showroom in EDSA-Balintawak. While waiting for other participants, I had the luxury of appreciating the Transformers-like trucks of Scania. Scania started way back in 1968 in Luleå, Sweden’s city of steel, where Scania Ferruform has gone from being a manual workshop to a high-tech center of production for rear-axle housing, side members and pressing of chassis details for trucks and buses.

We left the showroom a little past 7 in the morning to go straight to our first destination, the Alviz Farms, for some local and hearty breakfast. Alviz Farms is located in Sta. Rita, Pampanga. We were welcomed by Ms. Cely Alviz, owner of the farm and we were joined as well by a local tour guide and Chef Poch Jorolan, owner of Everybody’s Café, for this tour.

We were held back a little at Alviz Farm, but after almost two hours of enjoying the lush and serene Alviz Farm, our group were taken next to Everybody’s Café where Chef Poch shared a little bit more of Kampapangan heritage as well as the history of their business.

Inherited from her great grandmother, Chef Poch is the third generation owner of Everybody’s Café. A must-visit food destination most especially if you are looking for some exotic Kapampangan dishes such as Batute (frogs) and Camaro (crickets), Everybody's Café filled out tummy with more appetizing and truly remarkable Kapampangan dishes that reminded me on my Kapampangan roots.

As much as I would love to stay longer at this homey restaurant and devour their delicious Morcon and Fermented Fish with Mustard Leaves and Fried Catfish, our next destination is waiting for us.

Betis Church or The St. James the Apostle Parish Church in Betis, Guagua, Pampanga is called the "Sistine Chapel of the Philippines" due to its remarkable ceiling mural, which was done by the famous painter Simón Flores. Currently, this church is considered as a National Cultural Treasure through the preservation and protection efforts of National Museum and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

From one historical church to another, our group went next to San Guillermo Church in Bacolor, Pampanga. One of the few structures that survived the wrath of Mount Pinatubo in 1991, the church that is half buried in lahar, thus gaining attention from local and intentional tourists of the province.

After some minutes and group photos in this site, we hurriedly went next to Ocampo-Lansang House, the house that was made famous by delectable Turrones de Casuy and Sansrival.

Mr. Ramon Ocampo-Lansang

It's very humbling to meet people like Mr. Ramon Ocampo-Lansang, who inherited business from his mother, but kept it intact, running and stay true in delivering quality products for all customers. I enjoyed watching their hardworking staff and I managed to buy some pasalubong from their mini store.

Last on our itinerary was the old PNR train station in San Fernando, Pampanga. Though there were no more rail tracks visible in this station, the local government turned the station into a mini museum sharing some noteworthy information about the province and its people.

Pampanga never disappoint when it comes to food, history and colorful activities and people, just like the new bus of Scania Philippines that will soon fill our roads in the provinces and Metro Manila - comfortable, built to last and adaptable.

Thank you, Scania Philippines, for this tummy-filling and enjoyable trip! Until next time!

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