Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Travel Guide: Malalison Island in Culasi, Antique


Malalison Island, situated off the coast of Culasi town proper, is slowly becoming a must-visit destination in the Province of Antique. Commonly called "Mararison" by local folks, this hook-shaped island with a total area of 55 hectares, is blessed with white sands, clear blue waters and picturesque hills and ridges. Previously off-the-radar of most tourists, Malalison caught media attention after the devastation of Super Typhoon Yolanda in November 2013.

The island and its residents has since then got back and recovered from the tragedy. Nowadays, Malalison Island, with its quaint and laid back beauty, offers an alternative getaway to its more popular yet crowded distant neighbor Boracay.

In this  Malalison Island Travel Guide, you will find out about how to get there, things to do, where to stay, where to eat, contact numbers, expenses and more travel tips....

Monday, May 22, 2017

Cebu City: 3 Reasons Why You Should Visit Temple of Leah at Night


Temple of Leah is considered as Cebu City's version of the Taj Mahal. Teodorico Soriano Adarna have it purposely built as a symbol of his undying love and ceaseless devotion to his late wife Leah Villa Albino-Adarna who died in the year 2010. Perched on the hills of Barangay Busay, just a few kilometers away from the city proper, this colossal edifice of Roman Architecture struck awe to those who visit it due to it imposing breadth and gigantic structures.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Review: The Ruf Resto Bar at Ferra Hotel Boracay

From our comfy room at the second floor, we took the elevator to Ferra Hotel's fourth and topmost level. It was past 7 PM and we were already hungry for some chow after a long day of exploring the island. As soon as we set foot in the hotel's roofdeck, we were instantly captivated by the Ruf Restobar's cool and breezy ambiance. It was the kind of chill and vibe that Boracay Island is famously known for.

Situated a few minutes of walk away from D'Mall, White Beach Station 2 and Bulabog Beach, Ferra Hotel is conveniently located far away from the noisy beachfront bars and crowd. The Ruf, perched on the hotel's roofdeck offers open air dining with its choices of Asian dishes and signature cocktails.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Cebu: Day Trip to Mantayupan Falls in Barili


The bus ticket indicates a 60-kilometer distance from Cebu City to the southwestern municipality of Barili. However, due to the heavy traffic from South Bus Terminal to Minglanilla, the bus ride took about 3 hours. We arrived in Barili past 12 noon then hailed a habal-habal motorcylce to take us to our daytrip destination: Mantayupan Falls.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

A Review of Ferra Hotel in Boracay

Boracay, situated in Malay, Aklan, has long been hailed as one of the world's best island destinations. Its 4-kilometer stretch of powdery white sands lined with world-class beach resorts has drawn both local and foreign tourists year round. Along with these are the rows of restaurants and bars, exciting water sports and lively parties which made Boracay the Philippines' top tourist attraction.

When in Boracay, it is important to choose the right accommodation to make sure you have a comfortable and enjoyable stay. With plenty of hotels, inns and pension houses sprawled around the island, the choices can be pretty confusing.

During our recent family vacation in the island, we were very fortunate to have been booked at Ferra Hotel. Situated at Sitio Bulabog in Barangay Balabag, Ferra Hotel offers comfortable rooms, excellent facilities and services and most of all, friendly and helpful staff.

Here's our experience at Ferra Hotel Boracay...

Friday, April 14, 2017

5 Less Popular Beaches You Should Visit This Summer


Time to soak up the sun as summer is officially here.  Being an archipelago consists of more than 7,000 islands, the Philippines boasts of stunning beaches ranging from world renowned to undiscovered off-the-beaten coves. Wherever you are in the country, there's always strips of sands and splashes of waves walking distance or a few hours  ride away.

While the Philippines takes pride of its world-famous beaches such as those in Boracay, Palawan and Bohol, it is also home to equally beautiful yet secluded and largely undiscovered gems. Having traveled to various provinces for a few years now led me to discover these beautiful beaches which are visitied by only a few tourists year round. These beaches are perfect for those who wish to shun the rowdy crowd and get away from the stressful hustle and bustle of daily life.

Here are my Top 5 Less Popular Beaches you should consider visiting this summer...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Bukidnon: 7 Reasons Why Kaamulan Festival Is The Only Authentic Ethnic Festival in the Philippines


Bukidnon's Kaamulan Festival recently concluded its 2017 edition highlighted by its most popular activity-the Ethnic Street Dancing Competition and Ground Presentation held last March 25 in the capital city of Malaybalay. As early as 5:30 AM, thousands of people flocked to witness the spectacle of traditional dances, lively tribal beats, colorful costumes and accessories and the grand floats which passed through the major thorougfare of Malaybalay City proper and ended at the Provincial Capitol Grounds. Kaamulan Festival, annualy held from the second week of February up to the third week of March, has always been Bukidnon's top tourist draw as it celebrates and showcases the unique culture and traditions of the province's indigenous people.

Here are seven reasons why Kaamulan Festival is considered as the only authentic ethnic festival in the Philippines....

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Business of Looking Great

Staying on top of your business life and personal life can be quite the juggling act, particularly with tax season coming to a climax! In today's professional setting there are so many different aspects that need to be accounted for. Now more than ever you are expected to represent yourself in a professional and classy way inside and outside of work.

With social media you have to always be conscious of your image and brand. But after dealing with everything life has to throw at you day after day it can be very hard for a young, working woman to have the time to handle the personal life that represents you in an intelligent as well as in a sophisticated way.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Bukidnon: Mad Scramble Trail Run at Lake Apo


Exactly two weeks after running 21K in Sagada Marathon, my wife and I joined another trail, this time in our home province Bukidnon. Mad Scramble Trail Fun Run is actually a side event of the main race, Altritude Off-Road Triathlon, a grueling swim-bike-run which is now on its second year of staging. Malou and I are both non-triathletes so we opted to join the trail run despite of its short 5K distance since it gave us the opportunity to run around one of Bukidnon's most popular tourist attractions: Lake Apo in Barangay Guinoyoran, Valencia City.

Lake Apo is a crater lake with a total area of around 24 hectares and a maximum depth of 26 meters. It was recognized as the cleanest inland body of water in Northern Mindanao sometime in the late 90s. With its picturesque and serene setting it became a favorite day trip and picnic destination. One week prior to the Altritude event, Lake Apo was featured in the popular GMA7 TV show Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho, as one of the most beautiful spots to visit in Bukidnon.

Here's a photo essay of our Mad Scramble Trail Run experience...

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