Duration : 1-2 hours
Budget : A minimum of Php1,500 for a group of 6
Bummers : The need for free tap water to drink – they don’t have that
You’ve never been in Isdaan if you haven’t thrown anything at the Tacsiyapo Wall.
If you travel to the north, there is an 83% chance that you’ll pass through the province of Tarlac. And when you do, don’t miss out on having a quick pit stop at Isdaan.
Many people say that Isdaan is owned by the family of Heart Evangelista. I wasn’t really sure but after googling it, I found out that the restaurant is owned by the same owners of the chains of Barrio Fiesta – the Ongpauco’s, which is Heart’s real surname. Make the connection.
What you shouldn’t miss here is the place. With giant Buddhas, lots of Koi fishes, the huge monkey statues, and the Tacsiyapo Wall, the place is not only amazing, it is awesome! Strike a pose and spread some awesomeness.
Fun fact, Isdaan is built on approximately 2 hectares of land. You can walk around the place and find different themed locations. At one side of the restaurant, you can find the famous San Kilo Bridge. This bridge is popular for having a contest where a customer crosses the very steep bridge and when he successfully does this, he is given one kilo of fish for free. If you don’t succeed, you will fall in the water filled with Koi fishes. I have seen JC Tiuseco fail this challenge in Unang Hirit.
Just around the corner, near San Kilo Bridge, you can find the Tacsiyapo Wall. This wall has contributed a lot in the popularity of Isdaan. This wall is painted with different kinds of people whom you might have grudges with. For less than Php10, you can throw a plate into the wall while shouting “Tacsiyapo!”. This can help you release your anger without hurting anyone but the wall. The wall was under renovation when we came so we weren’t able to throw anything to the wall but we were allowed to get up close and personal with it. Fun fact, tacsiyapo is a Kapampangan expression for “Shame on you”.
On another side of Isdaan, you can find giant statues of monkeys imitating actions of “The Blind, The Deaf, and The Mute”. Another challenge is available there called “Unggoy Unggoyan” where a customer needs to survive the spitting and urinating monkeys for a kilo of free fish. I just don’t think that this involves real monkey spit and urine though because that would be really, really gross.
One last side of the restaurant showcases giant Buddha statues. One giant is located on a pedestal where you need to go upstairs to see it. Near the Buddha is a wishing bell where they say you can make wish and strike the bell for it to come true. On the farther end of the restaurant is a bigger Buddha which can take pictures with. This gives a feeling like you’ve been in Thailand.
Spread some awesome..ness..