Friday, January 20, 2017

Bukidnon: Kaamulan Festival 2017 Schedule of Activities

The Provincial Tourism of Bukidnon recently released the Schedule of Activites of the 2017 Kaamulan Festival. This ethnic celebration gathers the Seven Hill Tribes, acknowledged as the first inhabitans of the province. These are the tribes of Bukidnon, Higaunon, Talaanding, Matigsalug, Manobo, Tigwahonon and Umayamnon. Kaamulan comes from the word "amul" which means "to gather". The festival gathers the Seven Hill Tribes together to celebrate their colorful culture, practices and traditions. Kaamulan Festival is dubbed as the only Authentic Ethnic Festival in the Philippines.

Kaamulan Festival 2017 Schedule of Activities (Photo from Bukidnon Tourism Office)

Kaamulan Festival 2017 will be held from February 1 up to March 25, 2017. It is worth noting that most activities will be once again held at the Capitol Grounds in Malaybalay City. The previous two years, activities are held at the City Grandstand which drew mostly negative reactions from local residents. The Ethnic Street Dancing Competition, considered as the highlight of the festival will be held on March 25, 2017.

Visit this POST if you are searching for cheap accommodations in Malaybalay City. Do make your reservations early as hotels tend to get fully booked during the celebration.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Snapshots: Talubin Rice Terraces in Bontoc, Mountain Province

On our way to Banaue, Ifugao from Bontoc, Mountain Province, the jeepney we hired had a brief stopover in an overlooking spot along the highway. The driver purposely made the stop for us to see the beautiful view of Talubin Rice Terraces. Talubin is one of the barrios of Bontoc and is about 10 kilometers away from the town proper. The village is known as the Land of Clear Waters because of the natural spring waters which flow freely from its mountains and mossy forests.Talubin, in fact, is one of the water sources of Bontoc Central.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Bohol Travel Guide: Tricycle Tour Around Panglao Island

Panglao Island is a popular tourist destination in the Province of Bohol. It has an area of 80.5 square kilometers and is divided into two municipalities, namely Dauis and Panglao. As a tourist destination, Panglao is best known for its white sand beaches, hotels and resorts, world class dive spots and small islands such as Balicasag and Virgin Island.

Aside from its fantastic beaches, Panglao also has inland attractions worthy of your visit. One option in visiting these spots if you’re in a small group (3-4 persons) is to hire a tricycle for a whole day or half-day tour.  We availed the tricycle tour around Panglao during our family vacation in Bohol last summer.

Based on our experience, here’s a travel guide with essential information on the tricycle rate, contact person, places to see and what to expect during the tour…

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Pangasinan Travel Guide: Hundred Islands National Park Day Tour

Scattered in Lingayen Gulf and comprised of 124 islands and islets during low tide and 123 at high tide, the Hundred Islands National Park is the crown jewel of Pangasinan's tourism industry. A protected area located in Alaminos City, it has a total area of 16.76 square kilometers. The islands are actually ancient corals exposed to the surface due to the lowering of sea level and the distinctive shapes were formed by the eroding action of ocean waves. Operated and maintained by the City Government of Alaminos, Hundred Islands National Park is one of the Philippines' most visited tourist attractions.

I visited the Hundred Islands National Park a few months ago when I was in Dagupan City for a work-related assignment. Here's a travel guide on how to get there, entrance fees and boat rates and what to expect during a day tour at the Hundred Islands National Park in Alaminos City, Pangasinan.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Pangasinan: The Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of Manaoag

Standing on top of a hill overlooking the town of Manaoag, Pangasinan is the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of Manaoag. It is more popularly known as Our Lady of Manaoag Church. According to folk tradition, a middle-aged farmer witnessed an apparition of the Blessed Mother and she showed her where she wanted her church to be built. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Boracay: Magical Sunset in the World's Best Island

The small island of Boracay, off the northwest tip of Panay Island in Western Visayas, is undoubtedly the Philippines number one tourist draw. With its sugar fine white beach, azure waters, world-class resorts, hotels bars and restaurants, Boracay has been the top destination for leisure and relaxation. With its 4-kilometer postcard-perfect white beach, Boracay is known all over the world, having been voted as the Best Island in the World by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine in 2012.

When in Boracay, one of the must-do activities is sunset watching. With an ice cold beer or fruit shake in hand, White Beach provides the perfect seat to watch the sun slowly disappear in the horizon at the end of each day.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Photo Essay: Calle Real, The Royal Street of Iloilo City

JM Basa Street is a historic street in downtown Iloilo City. It is part of Downtown Iloilo City Heritage District, a declared heritage site lined with old buildings built during the Commonwealth era. It is more popularly known as Calle Real or Royal Street in Spanish.

The street is also dubbed as the "Escolta of Iloilo", with reference to the similar historic street in downtown Manila. Calle Real is known for its American era neoclassical, beaux-arts and art deco buildings.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Benguet: A Refreshing Dip at the Bridal Veil Falls

It was one of the most unique-looking and beautiful waterfalls I've seen. The first time I saw it was in a photograph posted on Facebook and the second was when I boarded a passenger van from Baguio to Dagupan City via Kennon Road. From afar, the falls do look like a long, bridal veil resting on a gigantic rock wall. The hanging foot bridge used to access the falls made it even look more dramatic. So while on a month-long work assignment in Dagupan City, I made sure to spare some time to visit and take a closer look at the Bridal Veil Falls.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Pangasinan: The Bolinao Tricycle Tour Experience

Bolinao is a third class municipality situated in the northwestern tip of Pangasinan, Province. While the Hundred Islands National Park in Alaminos City is undoubtedly the province's most popular attraction, Bolinao is slowly emerging as a tourist draw, owing to its beautiful beaches, waterfalls, caves, lighthouse and an old church.

I visited Bolinao on a solo backpacking trip and discovered its many wonders. Since the tourist spots are located far away from each other, the most convenient option is to hire a tricycle to visit these attractions all in one day. Hereunder are the places I explored during my Tricycle Tour in Bolinao, Pangasinan.

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