Ever stayed in a hotel and museum all at once? Along the streets near Calle Crisologo, we found the only museum-like hotel in Vigan—Hotel Luna. Built during the 188os by Don Jose Florentino, for his daughter Doña Carmen Florentino, this Filipino old house with a touch of sophisticated Spanish interiors has been rebuilt, extended and restored into a high-class museum-hotel.
Hotels may be plentiful in the city of Vigan, but most of them are heritage homes that have been given an upgrade. They may retain the aura of a heritage house, but they can’t be compared to Villa Angela Heritage House in terms of being a true heritage of Vigan City. See what Villa Angela has to offer that made Tom Cruise choose this as his very own accommodation.
Reopening on January 15 is Enchanted Kingdom (EK)’s newest attraction – Agila: The EKsperience. Featuring a 6D theater experience, 100 motion seats, and a giant screen, Agila is said to be the first and the largest flying attraction in the country. Image grabbed from Enchanted Kingdom’s website. The attraction will take people on a flight around 20 breathtaking locations around the country – from Batanes to Cagayan de Oro – showcasing all the beautiful spots they offer. This is while giving the illusion that they are eagles soaring and getting a (literal) bird’s eye view of all the destinations that the country has to offer. Aside from being an educational […]
Amidst the towering heights, bustling façade and busy streets, Makati also hides some of the most sought-after art galleries that houses art events and exhibits from time to time. Here is the list of some art galleries in Makati that you can go to the next time you’ll opt for some art-admiring adventure. 1. Altro Mondo Established in 2010, Altro Mondo is a commercial art gallery which exhibits contemporary art from the Philippines and abroad. Image grabbed from altromondoart Address: 3rd Level, Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City Gallery Hours: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm daily Contact Number: (632) 501– 3270–71 Facebook: altromondoart Read more: AltroMondo 2. MO_Space MO_Space is an […]
When you hear someone mention “Makati,” the first thing, probably, that comes to mind would be the tall buildings standing from left to right, thus comprising the “urban jungle” we call today. Known to be Metro Manila’s Central Business District, Makati houses the offices for both the local and the multinational companies.
A place that used to be a spring field is now one of Banaue’s best places to stay. If you’re looking for serenity without being too far from the town proper, then Spring Village Inn is a good choice. Spring Village Inn can be considered a heritage inn, being one of the oldest in Banaue. It used to be the family home of the owners, but was turned into an inn when tourists started flooding into Banaue. HOMESTAY IN BANAUE. Home away from home. It got its name because the place where it stands used to be rice terraces that belong to the ancestors of the owners. It […]
Banaue has no shortage of culture and heritage. Their elders keep traditions going, including the spectacular rice terraces. However, there are people who are not satisfied with talking to elders. For people who want to know more about Banaue, make sure you visit the Banaue Museum. The Banaue Museum is owned and operated by the same people that run Banaue View Inn, which can be seen right beside the museum. It houses a collection of artifacts that come from generations of Ifugaos who have lived in Banaue. Most of the artifacts in the collection belong to Henry Otley Beyer, an American anthropologist who is known as the Father of Philippine […]
When people go to Banaue, they think of one thing: the rice terraces. They want to make sure they have a great view of the terraces, so they head for Banaue Viewpoint. Inns with views of the terraces are also common, but none of them have a more picturesque view than Banaue View Inn. A HAVEN FOR BACKPACKERS. It’s not like the hotels in beach destinations, but then again why would you go to Banaue and choose to stay cooped up in your room. Banaue View Inn was once the family home of Mrs. Lily B. Luglug, the granddaughter of renowned anthropologist Henry Otley Beyer. A surge in […]
In Ifugao, it may not be rare to see children running beside narrow rice terrace paths or to hear the sound of gong echoing over green, wide fields of rice. This is why admiring Hapao Village in the peaceful municipality, can be a one-of-a-kind experience in and of itself. This alone carries Hungduan's persona. Find out more about it with Philippine Primer!
Banaue is famous mostly for its rice terraces. Sweeping views of these manmade wonders are everywhere, but there is one more thing that Banaue is famous for: the Hanging Bridge. DAILY FOR THEM. It is a journey that is not for the faint of heart. Banaue’s hanging bridge may not stun most people, but it does attract a lot of attention from people who go to Banaue for the first time. It’s a simple bridge that connects the local market/town center with the rest of Banaue. In particular, it connects the town center to Brgy. Bocos, home to the Immaculate Conception School. THE SHORTEST WAY ACROSS. The hanging […]
The first thing you’d want to do when in Banaue is to get the most magnificent view that you can get of the Banaue Rice Terraces. After all, you went there to see what this so called “Eighth Wonder of the World” looks like. VIEW POINT. Get off and enjoy the view at these viewpoints! The Banaue Viewpoints are the stopovers where you can see the best view of the Banaue Rice Terraces. Along the main road, several viewpoints are set up for the tourists to be able to see the beauty of the manmade terraces up close. To go to the viewpoints, you can ride a tricycle […]
What’s a trip to Banaue without seeing the 2,000 year-old Rice Terraces, up close and personal? BATAD TREK. From here, the 5-hour trek shall start As one of the most famous terraces in Banaue, Batad Rice Terraces is a well-known attraction where people can trek and see the wonderful lush forests and rugged terrains that the place is celebrated for. According to locals, Batad can be visited throughout the year. However, it’s best to go here during dry season (December to June) so that it wouldn’t be rainy and you’ll be able to see the transition of colors from green to gold (golden season) during harvest time. […]
A food crawl unlike any other Chinatown may be small, but it is a hub for some of the best Chinese restaurants in the country. If you want to sample the best, then The Big Binondo Food Wok is for you. The tour starts with registration and taking of attendance at Binondo Church. You’ll then move to Ramada Hotel where you can take your last pee break. After a brief and humor-laced account of Binondo’s past, you’ll then be taken on a food crawl through 5 Binondo restaurants. The restaurants change from one tour to the next; this means you won’t visit the same restaurant twice, even if […]
Filipinos love Christmas. They have the longest Christmas season in the world, spanning 5 months (September – January). If that’s not enough, or if you’re one of those who can’t wait for Christmas, there’s Casa Santa in Antipolo. Casa Santa is a 365-day Christmas exhibit located in Jardin de Miramar. It used to be the house of the owners of Jardin de Miramar. Built in the 1950s and remodeled in 1992 by Architect Ning Encarnacion-Tan. 2008 saw the façade get a facelift from the town’s best muralist, Alfred Galvez, while in 2014, dramatic lighting was added throughout the house by renowned international light designer Shoko Matsumoto. Casa Santa gets its […]