BJ Snack House: Great Family Heirloom Dishes

BJ Snack House is one of the local restaurants within San Miguel, Bulacan province which specializes in goto ( rice porridge) and pan de carne. These are heirloom family dishes. The original recipes were handed down from their grandmother.


l-r fried dried fish ( tuyo na tamban), fresh carabao’s milk, boiled okra, boiled eggplant, fried tofu, buro, adobong atay (liver), hard boiled eggs, lechon kawali, fried intestines (chicharon bulaklak) , pan de carne and goto

BJ Snack House


The restaurant was established in the middle part of 1979 by Mr. Vivencio Cruz Chico ( who is a public servant and together with his wife Mrs. Felicidad Ligon Chico. The husband and wide tandem established a home-style eatery that mainly serves “Gotong Baboy” and best match with ” Pan de carne” to cater the people within the town.


childhood friend and business partners Jam Dimacale and Lei

In 1982, the eatery was named after Billy Johnson (BJ) for short, the eldest grandchild of the household. Ms. Jacklyn Jose ( Filipino actress ) is one of the celebrities who dine at the place.


Mr. Billy Johnson

Through word of mouth and distinct flavors of the goto, more people from far flung towns like San Ildefonso, San Rafael, Doña Remedios Trinidad shortened as “D.R.T.” and even as far as Nueva Ecija would come and eat the famous goto.


Unfortunately, BJ Gotohan closed in 2007. Through the years that it was closed, many customers are still craving the taste and asking for the original Gotong Baboy. This is the reason why Jam, the youngest son of Gracita decided to open the restaurant again.


The goto is not salty and is best paired with these toppings like hard boiled eggs, adobong atay ( liver), lechon kawali, fried tofu and deep fried intestines (chicharon bulaklak).



Together with his childhood friend, Lei supported him, in loving memory of Gracita who acted like her second mother.


pan de carne

This is the well- loved pan de carne, locals would pair this with their favorite goto. the bread crust is crispy in the outside and one can taste the butter and meat. MUST TRY!



bikers from San Ildefonso congregate at the restaurant

The purpose of re-opening the business is not just earning money but they want to relive the memories and continue the family legacy. The ground floor can accommodate between 35 to 40 people at any given time, while the second floor which also double as bar area can sit around 40 people at any given time.

dsc_00071Aside from goto and pan de carne, the restaurant also serves lomi, pares, lumpiang shanghai, mojos , lechon kawali, calamares, pasta, sandwich and pancit palabok.


buro (pickled or fermented fish) is best accompanied by steamed bitter melon ( ampalaya), okra and eggplant. The buro is well-seasoned with the balance of sweet, sour, little salty and umami. Not the typical ones which had a bad after taste.


San Miguel Water District is just beside the restaurant

BJ Snack House is just beside SANMIBUL Water tower and near the plaza. They also accepts catering for events and special functions.

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bloggers, media and local organizers ( photo courtesy of Mr. Jam Dimacale)

Note: They have a promo ” GOTO Overload ” which starts at Php 49.00 with 3 kinds of topping to choose from.

For more information about their latest events and promos- Please try to like, share and visit their FB page and instagram


Instagram: @bjsnackhouse

BJ Snack House

Address: 328 Victor Street, Poblacion, San Miguel , Bulacan, 3011

Contact : +63 (916-250-6995) /0917 637 2011, (044) 309040-88

Operational Hours- Everyday : 6:30 am to 8:00 pm


Grow and Show Plant Bazaar Talk from September 21,22 and 23, 2018

Philippine Horticultural Society Inc. in partnership with Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Management Bureau , Department of Natural Resources and together with Manila Bulletin presents to the visiting public the Grow and Show Plant Bazaar. The bazaar also features interesting topics and lectures series.

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The original date of the plant bazaar was moved from September 14, 15 and 16 to September 21, 22 and 23, 2018 because of the typhoon and bad weather.

There are over 50 plant booth selling different items from figs trees, mangoes, tillandsia, orchids, ferns, bromeliads, cacti and succulents, herbs among others.

September 22, 2018, Saturday 10:30 AM
–“Giving the Oomph: Cactus and Succulent Staging and Grooming for the Showtable by Mr. RON APOSTOL

September 22, 2018, Saturday 12:30 PM
–” Tilly ArteCulture” by Ms. DOREEN DOFITAS
Materials can be purchased onsight but Attendees may bring their own tillandsias, mounting base, accessories etc.

The Philippine Tillandsia Society Inc. with the organizers of Grow and Show will also be hosting causal competitions for the following:(Open to All)
1) Tillandsia Ionantha Competition.
There will be 2 categories : Ionantha Species and Ionantha Hybrids. There will be 1 winner for each category to receive a trophy, Php 500.00 cash and an ionantha species for the Sp. category and an Ionantha hybrid for the Hybrid category. Registration starts at 10 AM – 2 PM. Voting will be 60 % by judge’s scoring and 40 % by popular votes. Awarding will be at 5:00 PM that same day. No limit on the number of entries. No entry fee.
2) Best Tillandsia Staging
Tillandsias are versatile so it can be staged in a thousand and one ways. bring over and register your staged Tillandsias and get a chance to win a trophy, Php 500.00 and a pack of accessories.

Coke Philippine Plant Tour

Cola Cola Collector’s Club of the Philippines together with Coca-Cola Philippines had hosted a coke plant tour last September 7, 2018 at the Canlubang Coke Plant.

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members and international delegates group photo ( courtesy of Mr. Sonny Chua and Ms. Anne Ong)

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wacky shots

The delegates had their first hand experience in the coke plant facility and a small reception was also hosted by the club.  Coca-Cola Philippines was established in 1912.   The first soda fountain store was located within Escolta street, Manila.


Los Baños Horticultural Society Show set from October 5 to 14, 2018

Los Baños Horticultural Society will be having their mid-year garden show slated from October 5 to 14, 2018  at the Senior Social Hall within University of the Philippines -Los Baños campus.

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This year’s theme is very festive with wonderful ornamental plants, fruits trees, flowering plants, orchids and among others.

One of the highlights of the show is the landscape exhibit competition, individual plant competition, lectures/ talk and trade bazaar.

There will be over 60 stalls selling different agricultural products, plants, potteries and regional products.

For more information about the show, Please visit Los Baños Horticultural Society group

Ms. Wilma B.Dumayas -contact person
09297694554 smart
09369860187 globe

Note: There is a minimal entrance fees of Php 25 for the general public and Php 20.00 for students, senior citizens and pwd’s.


Highlights of the 1st Coca Cola Collectors Fair 2018

Coca-Cola Collectors Club of the Philippines in close partnership with Coca-Cola Philippines had conducted a highly successful 1 day collectors fair at the Fisher Mall in Quezon City.

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Coca-Collectors Club of the Philippines members group photo

The opening program started at around past 10:00 am with a short program, group photo of the special guest of honors which included former Senator Ana Dominique Coseteng ( also a coke collector), Miss Jonah De Lumen – Pernia Dir. Public Affairs and Communications Coca-Cola Philippines, Miss Rosbel Q. Bunag of Stratworks PR agency and representatives of Fisher Mall.


top view

There are about 50 to 60 table exhibitors at the fair. Coke collectors from different parts of Metro Manila, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Quezon, Laguna, Tarlac, Pampanga and Batangas provinces were all out with their support for this fair.

Mr. Jacque M. Ruby country head of A+E Network ( HistoryconPH organizer) and some local celebrities also attended the fair later in the afternoon.


Mr. Christopher C. Bonsay and Mr. John Carlos L. Piramide of GNB Collectibles Hangout

Mr. George Bonsay also had a shop located at Greenhills Shopping Center. I would buy banknotes, coins, postcards and coke advertisement cards at his store.

George N. Bonsay Hangout

Shop Address: Greenhills Shoping Center, San Juan , Metro Manila

SMART  #0939-6367312 GLOBE # 0915-11-32-555

Email :


Mr. Franco Giorgetii ( A Swiss national) started his hobby on photography in 1986 and had been collecting coke memorabila and limited collectible items for more than 22 years.


Coca-Cola collectors from Indonesia and ROC ( Taiwan)


Taiwan Coca-Cola Collectors Club


Ms. Macel Pascual

Ms. Macel Pascual is a coke collector for several years. She had a lot of unique items exhibited during the fair. This includes coke bags, kitchen utensils, coke bottles and advertisement posters.


Mrs. Adelina Almirol

Mrs. Adelina Almirol is a coke collector from Marikina. She collects thematic items such Christmas coke village, bottles, flip-flops, miniature coke vending machine and had a cute coke sari-sari store. The miniature coke sari-sari store was created thru the help of Mr. Geraldo Reyes.

She was also featured several years ago, when she hosted a swap meet of Pinoy Coke Fanatic   last March 1, 2014. She also gave me and interesting form of Dendrobium aphyllum ( aka fairy sanggumay ). 


Coca-Cola Collector’s Club -China Chapter

Coca-Cola Collectors Club – China had one of the most number of coke collectors not only in Asia but also in the world. Among the collectible items included 2008 Olympic bottles and cans.


Coke miniature bottles, coke studio headset


customized coke jeepney

International Delegates

Other delegates includes Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, Singapore, Hongkong, Taiwan, Macau, Japan and China.

The general public expects a bigger crowd and more exhibitors at the next coca-cola collectors club fair.

The author would like to “Thank” Mr. Arjay Mendoza, Ms. Anne Ong, Mr. Danreb Recio, Mr. Gerardo Reyes , Ms. Macel Pascual, Mr. Norman Lontoc and Mrs. Adelina Almerol and all the coke collectors at the fair.

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AquaCon 2018 at U.P. Town Center

AquaCon 2018 organized by Monster Fish Keepers Philippines at the University of the Philippines Town Activity Center,Phase 2 Activity Center in Katipunan, Quezon City from September 7, 8, and 9, 2018.

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The event is OPEN to the public. There will be talks, lectures and on the spot games.

Miniature beer and liquor bottle collection

The author was invited by a friend who lives within Barangay Talipapa in Novaliches, Quezon City.


miniature liquor , beer, vodka and soft drink bottle collection

Both husband and wife tandem are collectors and sellers of some vintage stuffs. Some of their haul are from Japan , United States, South Korea, Taiwan and some Southeast Asian countries.


some of the miniature bottles does not have any content

They gladly showed me some of their miniature liquor, beer and soft drink  bottle collection. They have more than 30 miniature bottles. Some were still unopened and in almost mint condition.


a few still have corkscrew 

Some of their visitors sometimes would randomly open their miniature liquor bottle collection and drink the content out of it.  They would put padlock to secure their collection.

It took them several years to gradually built-up their collection and They were able to collect some miniature soft drink bottles from coca-cola.

According to the husband and wife tandem which collects miniature bottles, It is not easy to maintain a collection. Some over eager visitors would take them home as souvenirs. But they will still try to maintain their collection as long as they are happy and people visiting their house appreciates them.

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