Month: June 2014

I So Love Japanese Food!

Izakaya Cowan

I visited Izakaya Cowan with two friends a few days ago and I must say I had never had that much fun eating. Everything about the place and the menu just feels and tastes so authentic!

Izakaya Cowan

Izakaya Cowan has been around since 2002, with Chef Nolan serving the best of what Japan has to offer our local taste. I had the pleasure to meet him and he shared some of his stories, being an expert of the cuisine for 17 years now. Here’s his salmon maki.

Salmon Maki Izakaya Cowan

To date, it stands as the only Japanese restaurant in the Province of Tarlac to originally be established by a true Tarlaqueño.

Off their menu are other Japanese dishes that sure are mouth-watering. I haven’t tasted everything yet, but I really plan to. The restaurant is really a great place to dine in. Of course, the price is not as low as those from other Japanese fastfood places, but it is definitely affordable. Besides, the taste actually compensates for the figures.

Izakaya Cowan

Notice how my friends are too camera-shy? LOL

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So we have Mykie, the Photographer, and Archie, the Basketball Player (non-pro. yet.).

And here’s the food-loving me, with Chef Nolan.

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Will be taking more pictures of the great food once I return. Which is soon, I hope. Been craving since I have too much stress lately. Hahahahaha

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Shrine of a Thousand Heroes

Every Filipino knows what happened during the Bataan Death March of 1942. It was when the Japanese Imperial Army forcibly transferred about 80,000 Filipino and American prisoner-soldiers from Bataan to the Province of Tarlac during the World War Two. Characterized by various physical abuse and torture, the inhumane treatment of the Japanese army then resulted to thousands and thousands of deaths.

The 106KM Death March Marker

The 128-km march started in Mariveles, Bataan. In Pampanga, many of these Filipino and Japanese soldiers were loaded into boxcars and transported to Tarlac. At the 106km mark, a lot of them were already dead and buried right there in Sto. Domingo, Capas. An inverted-V marker stands proud to this day to remind the Filipinos of it.

At the bottom of the structure is a sculpture that depicts the Japanese forces’ inhumanity towards their prisoners then.

Death March Marker

Death March Marker Capas

 

In the 1980’s, a new shrine was built in Barangay O’Donnel in Capas, where Death March had ended. Bones of the dead soldiers buried under the Death March Marker were transferred to this monument so that every 9th of April, Veteran’s Day, all of the perished were commemorated.

Capas National Shrine

Inside the 90-hectare land are thousands of trees that represent each of the perished soldier and an obelisk that point to the heavens. Surrounding this obelisk is a three-segment black wall of heroes, where all the names of the perished may be read.

Capas Shrine Obelisk

 

Capas National Shrine

 

 

 

A little trivia. And this one is hair-raising. Standing on one end of the wall, I whispered something and my friend on the other end heard it perfectly. He answered me back and it was like he was standing right behind me. Our voices were clear and deep. Cool huh?

Wall of Heroes

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One of the boxcars that transported the soldiers then still survives and remains to be a mute witness of what happened. It gives me the creeps just looking at its picture. Imagine how my friend and I walked beside it to take pictures.

Death March Boxcar

Death Boxcar

 

Also inside the compound is a museum called Hall of Defenders built by a group of Americans. The museum holds photographs of the actual Death March and paintings depicting the lives of the soldiers and the Filipino during WWII.

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Near this hall is an area where tombstones for the perished Americans soldiers, whom they called “Battling Bastards of Bataan,” sit quietly. Other tombstones represent other foreign prisoners and officials who have fought for the liberty of the country.

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So here’s a piece of my history.

When you visit my home province, the Province of Tarlac, be sure to drop by this historical place!

Wall of Heores

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