Thursday, August 25, 2016

3 Easy Weekend Getaways from Manila

Want to go on a well-deserved vacation but don’t want to deal with super long flights and extravagant expenses? If you live in Metro Manila, then you actually have a lot of choices for an accessible and affordable weekend getaway, as long as you know where to look. In this article, we’ll discuss a few of the best possible places to go, and why they may be perfect for your vacation needs.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Davao City: Kadayawan Festival 2016 Street Dancing Photos

I was fortunate to be assigned in Davao City this month, just in time for the 2016  Kadayawan Festival. The feast is held annually to celebrate life, nature and abundant harvest. The festival derived its name from the local dialect "madayaw" which means "precious" or "valuable". Among the festivity's highlight is the "Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan" or Street Dancing Competition, which I witnessed first hand last Saturday, the 20th of August 2016.

We stayed in a budget hotel along C.M. Rector Street (formerly Claveria).  Our location gave us strategic access to the competition since it is part of the street dancing route. It was my first time to witness Kadayawan and I was amazed with the participants precise dance steps following the lively rhythm and beats and their colorful costumes, accessories and props. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Last Minute Bookings- The Best Way to Save on your Hotel

Last minute travel plans are always exciting. Making a proper travel plan beforehand is not always possible. Hectic work schedules and other priorities in life make it difficult to make proper travel plans. Unplanned trips lead to adventures and pave the way to see the unknown. It has its own charm that attracts travelers a lot. The benefits of last minute booking are as follows:

Saving money

The array of discounts and deals allows you to save a lot of money. Hotels, airlines and travel deals are cheaper and they offer the best rates during the last few days or hours. Everybody wants to fill their sales quota so deals for flights, hotels and vacation packages are cheaper than usual. Saving money by bagging the best deal is not a problem when you go for last minute bookings. In this competitive market, you will come across lucrative offers and packages that would help you save a lot of money while you are planning for your trip.

Monday, June 13, 2016

The Guimaras Island Hopping Experience (Part 1)

The Island Province of Guimaras is a favorite summer destination in Western Visayas. Its proximity to Iloilo City (less than 15 minutes by boat) makes it an ideal weekend getaway for tourists, backpackers and wanderers. Aside from its sweet mangoes, wind farm and lighthouse, Guimaras also boasts of exciting island hopping adventures to white sand beaches, coves and rock formations.

We spent a night at Raymen Beach Resort in Alubihod, Nueva Valencia and availed their island hopping package the next day. Standard rate for a boat with a maximum capacity of 10 persons is P500.00 for the first hour and P150.00 per succeeding hour. The rate is definitely cheaper compared to island hopping in other places.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Pangasinan: The Crowded Patar Beach in Bolinao

I arrived late in the afternoon and immediately realized that I came at a wrong time the moment I spotted the multitudes of gathering at Patar White Beach in Bolinao, Pangasinan. It was a summer weekend and tourist season was still at its peak. The tricycle driver I hired assisted me in finding a place where I could stay for the night. At first we scouted the cottages along the roadside as he tipped me that it is much cheaper to stay there than those along the beach. But even these modest accommodations were already full.

Left with no choice, we extended our search at the beach front. What I saw was far from what I imagined Patar Beach would be. As described and pictured in many travel blogs, Patar Beach is considered as the Hidden Jewel of the North, serene, untouched and away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. In fact, not a few declared it as the best beach in Pangasinan. While in transit from Dagupan City, I already imagined sitting on the sands and quietly watching the sunset with an ice cold beer in hand. But with what I saw on my arrival, I know I will be having none of that.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Bohol: The White Sand Alona Beach in Panglao

During our recent summer family vacation in Bohol, we stayed for 2 days in the island of Panglao.
Our first day was spent doing the famous Countryside Tour while on the second day we hired a tricycle to tour Panglao's inland attractions. Afternoons were then spent at the white sand Alona Beach. Our accommodation was provided by Twin Tides Panglao which was only a few minutes walk to the beach.

Alona Beach is located in Barangay Tawala. Owing to the beach's popularity, this barangay became the most progressive area of the island, with plenty of commercial establishments such as hotels, restaurants, bars and convenience stores.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

San Lorenzo Wind Farm in the Island Province of Guimaras

The Province of Guimaras is best known for its sweet mangoes, captivating islets and white sand beaches. Yet a new attraction has recently boosted both tourism and development in this island: the San Lorenzo Wind Farm developed by Trans-Asia Renewable Energy Corp. (TAREC).

Situated in the fifth class municipality of San Lorenzo, the wind farm officialy commenced operations on December 27, 2014. Two months before that, though, it already started delivering power to the Visayas power grid. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Bohol Countryside Tour Part 3: Baclayon Church and Museum, Bohol Python and Blood Compact Shrine

This is the third part of our Bohol Countryside Tour series. Click PART 1 and PART 2 to read the previous posts.)

It was already past noon time when we left the Loboc River wharf. The sweltering summer heat was further intensified by the El NiƱo phenomenon. Thankfully we were on an airconditioned tourist car skillfully Edwin as we made our way to our next destination: Bohol Python And Wildlife Park. 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Iloilo: The Grandeur of Miagao Church

It was the day before I am scheduled to leave Iloilo when I decided to go to Miagao to visit the Church of Saint Thomas of Villanueva. More popularly known as Miagao Church, it is one of the four Baroque Churches of the Philippines and is also a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site. With my short stint in Iloilo Province about to come to an end, I just could not let it pass without paying a visit to this significant place of worship.

I was just in time to catch the Caticlan-bound aircon Ceres bus before it left the transport terminal in Molo District, Iloilo City. After settling down on the window side seat to the right, I turned on my cellphone's GPS app just to make sure I know where will I disembark upon reaching the town of Miagao.


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