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27 years later, from something that once rocked the country and shocked Southeast Asia, Mount Pinatubo is now hailed as one of the country’s top tourist destination with its dangerous yet aesthetically beautiful sight. Best known for its June 1991 eruption, the most intense eruption in recent memory, second only to when Krakatoa blew its top in 1883. It almost wiped the province of Zambales off the map but has since become dormant, offering spectacular views of the caldera created in the aftermath of its eruption. Although considered as a dangerous sight, its beauty sparked interest to people and foreigners, making trail hikes to Mount Pinatubo part of everyone’s itinerary.
If you’re looking for a place to stay in Baguio, check out this exquisite hotel called The Manor. STAYCATION. See these beautiful rooms at the Manor where you can have a picturesque view on the terrace. The Manor at Camp John Hay was once the U.S. camp’s officers club. It now serves as a hotel to delight visitors with the awesome beauty of nature around it. It has 176 well-appointed rooms and 52 elegant suites that exude luxurious warmth and comfort. THE MANOR. Enjoy your stay in Baguio with a wide-open space hotel room. There are Superior Room, Deluxe Room, One-Bedroom Suite, and Two-Bedroom Suite to choose from which are […]
If you’re looking for the best in Baguio, check out Baguio Country Club. Excellent service, great vacation experience, and unforgettable dining galore – these things best describe what Baguio Country Club is all about. Baguio Country Club is famous for being a historic establishment nestled in the summer capital of the Philippines. It has a hundred years of history which is why aside from being a beautiful establishment; it is recognized as part of Baguio’s rich culture. With its longevity, Country Club became home to many aristocrats in the Philippines and also, it has hosted various numbers of special gatherings in its long run. This most admired exclusive club has […]
Visit the vast collection of art works from the renowned Philippine National artist Benedict Cabrera and many other artists gathered in one museum. The BenCab Museum was founded in 2009 where contemporary artworks of various artists and collections of traditional crafts are exhibited in an open space. Handicrafts displayed are also produced by mountain tribes such as Ifugao and Kalinga. Enjoy viewing great master’s art works Aside from galleries, visitors can stay at a café called Café Sabel that offers fresh and natural food with ingredients directly from BenCab’s organic farm. It offers a signature coffee blend called BenCab’s Brew that is made from coffee trees in the farm. This […]
Discover the indigenous group’s heritage and art by visiting Tam-Awan Village. This art village is located in the area where the agricultural people of Ifugao used to reside. It was a vast pastureland with a nearby spring that once served as a source of watering hole for cattle. The village was later on developed by reconstructing Ifugao houses in Baguio with an aim of making a model village accessible to people who wanted to have a chance to witness the Cordillera interior. Unique art works are everywhere There are seven Ifugao huts and two Kalinga houses present. The former is made compact and simple but with quite sophisticated interior. The […]
An overnight trip to Baguio calls for some shopping of food, clothes, and souvenirs especially for tourists. Fortunately, there’s a way to save more time and effort for other outdoor activities as all of these items can be found in one place—at the Baguio City Market, located in the heart of Baguio city. Bright red strawberries (P350 / kg) Here, you can find Baguio’s famous strawberries known for its perfectly balanced sweet and sour taste. In fact, for only P200, you can purchase 1kg of strawberries. There are also other products made from strawberries available like fruit jam for only P100 per 3 to 5 jars. Also, don’t miss the […]
Experience nature loving at Fun Farm Sta. Elena Lush greens welcome you at the farm’s entrance. As you enter Fun Farm, you will be welcomed by the lush greens which will give you that wonderful nature vibe. At Fun Farm, you can experience the charm of rural living where humans, nature, and animals mingle in harmony. Here, you can ride a horse or a carabao to transport you around the place. Aside from that, you can also try riding a boat and go fishing at the lake. Bond with cute rabbits up close. The expansive 2-hectare farm lets you enjoy having close interaction with animals like rabbits, guinea pigs, piglets, […]
Enjoy wakeboarding while communing with nature! Republ1c Wakepark has a spacious facility set amid nature giving you an invigorating feeling while wakeboarding through the wind and water. The wakeboarding facility started in February 2012. It features a clean and safe man-made lake which can be rented for wakeboarding for P800. There are also beginner and advanced courses available. The beginner course allows you to practice by going back and forth the lake in a straight line several times. The facility’s highly-skilled instructor patiently teaches and guides the students the right way to do it. The more challenging advanced course on the other hand features circular laps, obstacles, and elevated platform. […]
Relax your mind in hot springs and a private Jacuzzi. Choose and take a dip in any of their four hot spring pools Splash Mountain Resort has three hotels you can choose from: Splash Hotel, Splash Oasis, and Splash Suites. The standard suite rooms in Splash Suites have hot springs that you may use anytime at your convenience. SplashOasis, on the other hand, feels like a private resort as it is located at the farthest part of the facility. Enjoy a private time in a hot spring and Jacuzzi at the comfort of your room (Standard Suite room is available for P3,300) In front of the hotel are the 24-hour […]
Enjoy a relaxing hot spring bath along the cool mountain slopes. Witness a breathtaking view from the mountain. Sol Y Viento Resort and Hotel is a high-end hotel set along mountain slopes that offers a large hot spring pool that’s open for 24 hours, along with a massage spa. You can also try their zipline and trekking course for some outdoor adventure. Feel refreshed in the hot spring surrounded by green mountain ranges. Have a taste of the crispy and juicy ‘Crispy Pata’ (P695) Its fine restaurant offers various dishes such as the Fried Chinese Water Spinach dish; the hearty friend pork leg ‘Crispy Pata’, and its best-selling dish ‘Kare-Kare’ […]
Museum poster outside Walk around the museum and follow the light and sound. As the name suggests, the museum uses full visual and sound effects, and exhibits of life-size wax dolls, showing the major historical events in the Philippines – from the pre-colonial times to the life and death of Dr. Jose Rizal. Introduction of the Philippine heroes Life-size dioramas of indigenous people The show costs around P1000, so better come here with a bunch of friends. This museum is 1,800 square meter huge, making it the largest within Intramuros. Rate is P150/person (minimum of 10 persons).
One of the shops located at the 400-year-old chamber inside The Fort Santiago is The Manila Collectible Co. Opened in 2013, this souvenir shop offers a wide range of unique items which are from indigenous groups, Filipino artists and local brands. The shop also promotes Philippine history as the staff can give a quick tour of the store, explaining the history of the various items for sale. *Fort Santiago. Inside is a wide range of retail items from different local brands that promote 100% Philippine-made products. Some items available here are replicas of Philippine artifacts.
The Fort Santiago is one of the oldest forts and historic sites in Manila. It was heavily fortified and used as a defence fortress during the Spanish Colonial period. Originally built in 1571, a year after Manila became the capital of the Philippines, Fort Santiago was only a structure of palm logs and earth until it was destroyed during an attack by Chinese Pirates. The fort was then rebuilt and was made of thick and high stonewalls. A moat was also used to stop invaders from accessing the fort. This lasted until the Battle of Manila in 1945. Entrance fee for adults is Php 75 and P40 for students and […]
The premier hotel in the Philippines, Manila Hotel is a 5-star hotel that embodies sophistication and luxury making it the primary choice for hosting historical events. It has also housed world leaders and famous personalities from all over the world throughout its illustrious decades of operation. Manila Hotel has four dedicated restaurants all conducive to holding meetings. Dine in at Café Ilang-Ilang for a chic casual dining. For those seeking a royal-like ambiance, there’s the Champagne Room famed for its grand interiors and impeccable service. Those craving for Chinese cuisine can proceed to the Mabuhay Palace where guests can experience what a lavish Chinese dining experience is truly like. For […]
Explore the 400 years of history in Intramuros with electric chariots offered exclusively by White Knight Tours. Those who want to explore Intramuros in the least time possible can opt for the 30 minute budget tour that will cost Php500 per person with a minimum of 4 per group. But those looking to experience the rich history of Intramuros fully may opt for the Grand Intramuros Tour that will span for an hour and will cost Php1000 per person with a minimum of 4 per group. There are 9 sights in store in the tour such as the famous San Agustin Church, Clam Shell, and the Muralla Wall. Book your […]
If you happen to visit Cebu City and would like to see an actual piece of Filipino history, visit the shrine of Magellan’s Cross along Magallanes Street. This small shrine is set in a busy downtown area, near Cebu City Hall and the historic church of Sto. Niño Basilica Minore, Magellan’s Cross is a huge wooden Christian cross that marks the arrival of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in the island of Sugbu (now Cebu) roughly 500 years ago. He and his crew were the first Europeans to come to Philippines, on a mission to search for the spice islands of Molucca for the King of Spain. Magellan met and befriended […]
A Chinese museum with a touch of Filipino heritage, Bahay Tsinoy shows the relation of Chinese and Filipino during the early times from their first visit up to World War II. Life-size diorama worth seeing Their collections consist of Ching Ban Lee Porcelain Gallery (Chinese ceramics found in the Philippines), Ang Siu Cham Collection of 19th Century prints and photographs (rare prints and photographs showing the Chinese living the Filipino way), and other interesting artifacts. Famous Filipino personalities with Chinese heritage Century-old photos of China town Address: KAISA-ANGELO KING HERITAGE CENTER, 32 Anda cor. Cabildo St., Intramuros, Manila Telephone: 02-526-6796/02-482-0512 Business: Tuesday to Sunday, 1:00pm to 5:00pm Holiday: Monday Admission: […]
The Rizal Shrine in Fort Santiago was built in honor of the Philippine’s national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. Fort Santiago in Intramuros used to be a Spanish military fortress that imprisoned many Filipinos and Americans during the Spanish Colonial Period and World War II. The most famous prisoner was Rizal. The museum was built in 1953 and was modernized in 2013. In the Rizal Shrine, memorabilia such as Rizal’s books, medical instruments, coat, hat, even business cards and many more are displayed. Left: the trial of Rizal, Right: Rizal’s calling cards in Hong Kong Left: Rizal’s coat, hat and other belongings, Right: Rizal’s fencing uniform, sword and a photograph of […]