The Coffee Republic: Affordability and delectability mixed in a cup

Uniqueness always makes you stand out; it makes you defined in a way that you’ll be remembered even time goes by.

This may be the secret of The Coffee Republic which has been continually brewing for seven aromatic years and counting in the coffee industry, making it one of the oldest coffee shops in the province. Indeed, its one of a kind setting and extraordinary food choices make the place stand out even if a lot of  cozier coffee and tea shops sprouted all over the province like mushrooms.

One of the noticeable differences of the shop among others is the look itself. Unlike other coffee shops that have modern interior, The Coffee Republic has the fiesta look. The kubo like setting plus the colorful banderitas hanging from the ceiling gives you a barrio fiesta feeling that is relaxing. Add to that the soft music playing while dining.

Aside from the typical coffee concoctions, The Coffee Republic has a variety of unique coffee combinations from hot to cold. One of these is Coffee Chips Frappe. The coffee blends well with chocolate. The drink is not too sweet and really tastes good. Coffee Chips Frappe is highly recommended! The aroma itself feels like you’re in heaven.

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Usually, coffee shops offer snacks only like cakes and pastries. The Coffee Republic chooses to be different; it serves diners with rice meals that are absolutely flavorful and salivating. I’m telling you, guys, their meals are a must try.

Their sisig recipes are delightful and undeniably delicious. The moist dishes do not make them boring to eat and will give you a creamy texture once a spoonful touches your tongue.

Aside from these unique offerings, The Coffee Republic also serves clubhouse sandwich and chicken fingers paired with potato fries with the skin intact. Isn’t it unique?! The owners said they don’t peel off the skin because of the nutrients it contains. 

Another thing that makes this coffee shop different from others is their pricing. You don’t need to pay high to experience the relaxing fiesta ambience and the mouthwatering food of the shop because their rates are really reasonable. You can have a cup of coffee for as low as P35.00. And for P80.00, you can feast on the place’s famed sisig which is good for 2-3 persons. The clubhouse sandwich, on the other hand, costsP60.00 while a platter of chicken fingers is P80.00—both good for 2-3 persons.

If you want to try how extraordinary The Coffee Republic is, visit it in Poblacion, Mangaldan, Pangasinan, a few steps from the municipal hall.

For reservations and inquiries, and to avail of their catering services, contact The Coffee Republic through the following numbers: 0915-443-5320, 0932-652-2927, 0908-381-222

Pangasinan churches to visit for Visita Iglesia [Photo]

Our Lady Of Manaoag Shrine - Manaoag, Pangasinan

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Sts. Peter and Paul Church - Calasiao, Pangasinan

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St. James the Great Church - Bolinao, Pangasinan

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Ephiphany of our Lord Church - Lingayen, Pangasinan

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Our Lady of Lourdes Church - Salasa, Bugallon, Pangasinan

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St. John the Evangelist Church - Dagupan City

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San Fabian Church - San Fabian, Pangasinan

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St. Raymond of Penafort Church - Mangatarem, Pangasinan
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Our Lady of Purification Church - Binmaley, Pangasinan
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Pilgrimage sites to visit this holy week in Pangasinan

Being a pre-dominantly Catholic country, the Philippines holds lots of religious activities, one of which is the observance of Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection.

Lenten season or Holy week is one of the most sacred times for Catholics. This is the time that everyone performs sacrifices and religious vows through different traditions like going to different pilgrimage sites.

In Pangasinan there are various pilgrimage sites to visit where everyone can spend holy week.

Listed are the most popular:

Natividad Sky Plaza

Natividad Sky Plaza is a park built on top of a hill beside the Caraballo Mountains in Bachelor East Natividad, Pangasinan.

A chapel and a 287-step concrete stairway leads to a grotto of the Virgin Mary and a 30-foot Holy Cross on near the hilltop.

From the cross is a winding trail leading to the mountaintop, where a 40-foot statue of Christ the Redeemer, called “Ayat ni Apo Jesus” (God’s Love) stands.
Jesus Christ’s fiberglass statue, which was erected in June last year, is 1,108 meters above sea level, overlooking the town
Bani Calvary Hill

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One of the most popular tourist attractions in Bani, Pangasinan especially during the Lenten Season is their version of Calvary Hill. The said place has a 1,000-step “Via Crusis” that leads to a gigantic cross.

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The cross is perched on a plateau overlooking the West Philippine Sea. Bani’s Calvary hill also has other structures to be used for other religious activities on the site.

Mt. Zion Pilgrimage Mountain

Located in Brgy. Laguit Padilla, Bugallon, Mt. Zion Pilgrimage Mountain is a 52-hectare religious site that holds structures for pilgrims to perform their Lenten traditions.

Aside from the retreat house and the chapel, the said pilgrimage site’s life-size statues portraying the Passion and Death of Christ are the reason why it is one of the most visited sites in the province during the Lenten season.

Pista’y Dayat 2014 Schedule of Events

April 4 (Friday) -2:00 PM
Kalutan Ed Dalan
Bayambang, Pangasinan
April 5 (Saturday) – 7:30 AM
Thanksgiving Mass
Capitol Plaza
April 5 (Saturday) – 9:00 AM
Commemorative  Program
Capitol Plaza
April 5 (Saturday) – 3:00 PM
Parada na Dayew
NRSCC to Lingayen Baywalk
April 5 (Saturday) – 7:00 PM
Asna Awards and Grand Ball
Sison Auditorium
April 5 (Saturday) – 8:00 PM
Paliket ed Aplaya
Capitol Beachfront
April 11 (Friday) – 8:00 AM
Opening of Trade and Tourism Expo
PTDC Compound
April 11 (Friday) – 4:00 PM
Photo Exhibit and Competition
April 16 (Wednesday) – 3:00 PM
Stations of the Cross
Capitol Complex
April 25 (Friday) – 8:00 PM
Limgas na Pangasinan Pre-Pageant
Capitol Plaza
April 26 (Saturday) – 7:00 AM
Launching of Skim Boarding
Capitol Beachfront
April 26 (Saturday) – 8:00 AM
Palaro sa Dagat
Capitol Beachfront
April 28 (Monday) – 3:00 PM
Paboksing ed Gulpo
Capitol Beachfront
April 28 (Monday) – 7:00 PM
Takayan na Dayew
Sison Auditorium
April 29 (Tuesday) – 3:00 PM
Soccer Competition
Capitol Beachfront
April 30 (Wednesday) – 8:00 AM
Sand Sculpting Competititon
Capitol Beachfront
April 30 (Wednesday) – 1:30 PM
Doypuay Kalangweran
Capitol Beachfront
April 30 (Wednesday) – 4:00 PM
Sayawan ed Aplaya (Street Dancing)
Capitol Beachfront
April 30 (Wednesday) – 7:00 PM
Limgas na Pangasinan Pageant
Capitol Plaza
April 30 (Wednesday) – 8:00 PM
Acoustic Night
Capitol Beachfront
May 1 (Thursday) – 7:00 AM
Thanksgiving Mass
Capitol Beach front
May 1 (Thursday) – 8:00 AM
Banca Parada
Bantayan to Banaga Bridge, Bugallon
May 1 (Thursday) – 9:00 AM
Pakar Awards
Banaga Bridge, Bugallon
May 1 (Thursday) – 9:00 AM
Dragon Boat Exhibition
Banaga Bridge, Bugallon
May 1 (Thursday) – 9:00 AM
Capitol Beachfront
May 1 (Thursday) – 9:00 AM
Water Sports Activities
Capitol Beachfront
May 1 (Thursday) – 9:00 AM
Doypuay Kalangweran
Capitol Beachfront
May 1 (Thursday) – 9:00 AM
Sand Sculpting Viewing
Capitol Beachfront
May 1 (Thursday) – 9:00 AM
Drum and Bugle Exhibition
Baywalk, Capitol Beachfront
May 1 (Thursday) – 9:00 AM
Beach Volleybelles Competition
Capitol Beachfront
May 1 (Thursday) – 9:00 AM
Rubik’s Cube Competititon
Capitol Beachfront
May 1 (Thursday) – 6:00 PM
GMA 7 Kapuso Night
Capitol Plaza
May 2 (Friday) – 8:00 AM
Capitol Beachfront
May 2 (Friday) – 9:00 AM
Beach Volleybelles Competition
Capitol Beachfront
May 2 (Friday) – 9:00 AM
Concert at the Beach
Capitol Beachfront