Sagada – for some people, this is the place where broken hearts go; where people travel to witness Kiltepan’s beautiful sunrise; where they could simply just chill and enjoy the wonders of nature. However, this place isn’t only just that. Amidst all the trees, the fog, and the clouds is a place that is also rich in history and in culture.
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 […]
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 […]
What’s magical in Boracay, you ask? It’s Spider House. The amazing Spider House Known as a unique accommodation, Spider House is a favorite among tourists who want a piece of Boracay. It’s not like your ordinary hotels that you can see in the place because it’s something more. As you walk through the place, you will be greeted by a cave-like entrance that will tell you that this is a truly special place in Boracay. Inside the place, you’ll see a thatched roof that will make you feel like you’re in a jungle. The place looks like a huge tree house that will make you feel the island vibe more […]
For those who would want to see the serene part of Boracay, head on over to Puka Beach. PUKA BEACH. The serene part of Boracay Not all those who go to Boracay like the hustle and bustle that the White Beach offers. Some travelers prefer to see the part of Boracay where there are not much commercial establishments, less crowded, and quieter—just the way islands are supposed to be. Here, we introduce you to Puka Beach, the island paradise. PUKA SHELLS. The shells found along the beach where it was named after Puka Beach is named after Puka shells which you can find scattered along the powdery sands of the […]
Spectacular sunsets are always a part of every trip to Coron. Whether it’s from your fourth floor hotel room or right on the beach, sunsets are a great way of ending a day in Coron. They are good, but there’s one place in Coron considered by many as the best place to see a sunset: Mt. Tapyas. FROM THE SEA Mt. Tapyas is a 210-meter mountain located in the town of Coron. It’s the second highest place in Coron, giving its visitors a complete view of the town from its view deck. The summit can be seen from almost every part of town, thanks to the large cross […]
The Coron Youth Club beach Coron, Palawan is one of the places in the Philippines blessed with an exceptional marine life adorned with vast underwater creatures, stunning rock formations, and clear blue waters. With its amazing biodiversity, Coron continues to emerge as one of the best spots when it comes to the beauty of nature, most especially because of its captivating landscape of what life has to offer. ROCK FORMATIONS. You’ll see interesting rock formations around the beach Being the third largest island in the Calamian Group of Islands, Coron takes pride of its crystalline bodies of water loved by many tourists, divers, and especially their locals. […]
After the tour in Kayangan, the second spot in the island tour was the Smith Coral Garden. Just 10-15 minutes away from the Kayangan Lake, the tour guides will let you swim and explore the corals underwater. The undersea will make you feel like you are in a world of corals, as its beautiful structures will make you love the spot more. For 15-20 minutes, you may swim in the middle of the sea to explore stunning corals you have never seen before. Make sure to wear your snorkeling gears so you would have a better experience. Smith Coral Garden, a haven of stunning corals Float away! Swim […]
One of the most popular spots in the island hopping tour when in Coron, Palawan is the Kayangan Lake. It’s a must-see, most especially because of its crystal turquoise water which is why it was dubbed as the cleanest lake in Asia. To get to the Kayangan Lake, it will take a 30-45 minute boat ride from the pier. As you arrive in the lake, you will be able to see steep limestone cliffs that surround the area. You will need to go through a 10-minute climb to reach the docking area to Kayangan Lake. THE KAYANGAN VIEW. At the peak of the trek, capture postcard-perfect shots of the […]
Wanderlust is defined in a myriad of ways across several dictionaries, but they all center around one thing: a strong desire to travel. For most people, this means getting lost somewhere in Europe, Asia, or the Americas (North or South). For some, it’s as simple as a getaway to somewhere you have not been… like an island. If you’re looking to satisfy your wanderlust, then check out our list of five under the radar islands in the Philippines: 1. Fortune Island, Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippines PHOTOGRAPHER’S HAVEN. Our own version of Acropolis + sunset/sunrise = beautiful scenery. Photo courtesy of idreamlikecrazy via flickr. Fortune Island, located 15 kilometers off the […]
Davao City is one of the most recently popular travel destinations in the Philippines. It has lately attracted a lot of tourists ever since presumptive president Duterte was known to serve as the City Mayor there. Now, a lot of locals have started to explore what makes the city worth the visit. MOUNT APO SUNSET. A beautiful sunset view awaits you in Davao. (Photo grabbed from Jeff Pioquinto via Flickr) As the most highly-urbanized city in Mindanao, Davao City is packed with a lot of attractions that make the city more known. Davao is also known to be the home of Mount Apo, the highest mountain in the […]
When people talk of going on vacation up north, they usually speak of Baguio City, Vigan, Baler, or Ilocos Norte. It’s a surprise that not many people know about one of the north’s hidden gems: Minalungao National Park in Nueva Ecija. ENCHANTING. The perfect word to describe Minalungao National Park. Situated in the small town of General Tinio, Minalungao National Park is one of the province’s natural wonders. Limestone formations are the name of the game in Minalungao as it dominates the park’s 2,018-hectare area. THE WONDERS OF NATURE. These limestone formations, going as high as 16 meters, are the highlight of any visit to Minalungao National […]
See Manila’s oldest district, the known “walled city” of Intramuros, as you go on an exciting tour through Bambike Ecotours. As a well-known tourist attraction in Manila, many people flock to Intramuros, the historical city where one can learn of the beauty and story of the Spanish conquest in the Hispanic period. With the emergence of ecotourism activity in the place, more guests are now keen in seeing more of this great place which tells more of the country’s history. As part of promoting ecotourism, Bambike was born. Bambike is a “socio-ecological enterprise that hand-makes bamboo bikes. These bikes are made by Gawad Kalinga, a community development organization […]
Ask anyone in the country about Siargao and you’ll surely hear the words “Surfing Capital of the Philippines.” With near-perfect surf conditions year round, both local and foreign surfers flock to this island off the coast of Surigao del Norte. SURFING IS THIS ISLAND’S thing. No other island in the country is as closely tied to surfing as Siargao Island. (Photo via wayph.com) This doesn’t mean that the island can only be enjoyed by surfers. Non-surfers can have as much fun in Siargao sans taking surf lessons. Where to stay General Luna is deemed as the place to stay in Siargao. Accommodation will never be an issue; […]
When people talk of Ilocos, there are a few things that usually come to mind: the city of Vigan in Ilocos Sur, the Bangui Wind Farm in Ilocos Norte, and one of the country’s best beach destinations up north, Pagudpud. BLUE WATERS, CLEAR SKIES. Expect these once you visit Pagudpud. (Photo by Adrian Enriquez via pixabay) Pagudpud is the northernmost town in the island of Luzon. Surrounded by waters from the West Philippine Sea, it’s a must-visit for anyone who’s headed north yet wants to stay in the island of Luzon. It’s known for its scenic views and miles upon miles of coastlines, as well as an appetite […]
Famous for being a diving destination in Cebu, Malapascua has become one of Cebu’s major tourist destinations this summer. MALAPASCUA ISLAND. From sunrise through sunset, you’ll love how fascinating this place is. (Photo via commons.wikimedia.com) This charming island in Cebu called Malapascua, is known for its underwater attractions, most especially for being a diving desitnation. Its name Malapascua has been said to be derived from “mal” a Spanish word for “bad,” and “Pascua,” for Easter. According to locals, the island was named by Spaniards when they arrived there during a stormy Easter. THRESHER SHARK. Dive into the deep waters to see this pelagic creature. Photo grabbed from […]
One of the country’s top tourist destinations, people just can’t seem to get enough of Mactan Island in the province of Cebu, and with good reason. A PREMIER ISLAND DESTINATION. If you’re headed south, don’t miss the chance to visit Mactan Island. (Photo courtesy of Cebu Fest) Located just off the coast of the island of Cebu, Mactan Island is home to most of Cebu’s best beaches and high-class resorts like the Shangri-La, Plantation Bay, Crimson Resort and Spa, and the Movenpick Hotel. There’s no shortage of restaurants either, although you will need to go into town if you’re looking to save money. Divers will also find Mactan […]
Find out why Camiguin Island stands out among the Philippines’ 7,500 islands. CAMIGUIN ISLAND. Have a great summer escapade with one of the islands in the Philippines. Photo from Wikimedia Commons Camiguin Island is an island located in the northern part of Mindanao. Aptly called as an “Island Born of Fire,” this island has seven volcanoes, with two still considered as active. With its scenic natural beauty, many tourists flock to this island to see what Camiguin is all about. KATIBAWASAN FALLS. One of the attractions you can also see in the place. Photo from Wikimedia Commons When in Camiguin Island, you will be able to […]
Are you ready for summer? Apulit Island takes you to a one-of-a-kind summer getaway you’ll surely love. APULIT ISLAND. Take a break away from the bustling city and marvel at this paradise-like island. (Photo via elnidoresorts.com) Tagged as the eco-adventure Island, Apulit became famous for being a dragon-shaped island. Formerly known as Club Noah, this island now owned by the El Nido and Ayala Group decided to use the name Apulit, which means “napadpad” or “carried by.” And since it takes pride of its eco-adventure offering, many activities can be done here that will surely be enjoyed by guests such as climbing and rappelling down the 60-meter limestone […]
As one of the most popular falls in the Philippines, Maria Cristina Falls still captivates people with its mesmerizing beauty that one needs to see when in Mindanao. MARIA CRISTINA FALLS. This falls serves as a main source of power in Mindanao aside from being a tourist spot. Photo by Ric Samanion grabbed from https://www.flickr.com/photos/ricsamanion/5852241453 Not many people know that this famous falls can be found in Iligan City, known as the “City of Majestic Waterfalls.” Aside from being a natural beauty, Maria Cristina Falls powers the Agus VI Hydroelectric Plant which provides the power supply for Mindanao among other plants. This 98-meters high waterfall has always been part […]
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.