Saturday, September 28, 2013

Memories of Casa Rap

This blog is dedicated to a Virginia-based cousin with a Philippine home in San Pablo City, Laguna, and who is always in search of good country food and knickknacks.

The photos were made possible when friend Mariel Francisco took me to Batangas sometime last year. On our way back to Manila, we stopped by to say hello to her pal Sister Emma who owns Casa Rap, a restaurant tucked in a small corner (you might miss it so watch out for the sign) along Kilometer 90 National Highway, Barangay Banay-Banay, San Jose, Batangas City. When my cousin comes home again for another of her rejuvenating balikayani visit, I'll persuade her to visit kay-sarap-ng-buhay-sa Casa Rap. 

Pathway leading to the restaurant
A few words to guests
Town's patron, St. Joseph with the Christ child
Marian image with actual cloth covering head of mother and child
Image of boy glued on a slab of old wood
Angel figurines (above and below) hanging on capiz wall dividers 

Capiz lanterns light up the dining area
Delicate ceramic plant holder
It's a lamp shade with fresh flowers and an angel figurine.
The famous halo-halo with just a few fresh ingredients given a nice kick by a shot of lambanog (a very Batangueño touch)
The halo-halo must be eaten with a side dish of suman laden with latik and crunchy pinipig.
Warm Sister Emma
Photos by Babeth Lolarga

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