TRAVEL Spots in the Philippines
Inaugurated in 1937, the Nielson Airport stood on a 42-hectare piece of land owned by Ayala y Cia. The land was originally part of Hacienda San Pedro de Macati (part of which is present-day Ayala and Paseo de Roxas Makati), a large estate owned by the Spanish-Filipino Ayala family. Nielson Airport was a venture of Laurie Reuben Nielson, a British businessman based in the Philippines, along with his partners. The airport served commercial flights and became the gateway between Manila and the rest of the country, and later between the country and the rest of the world. However in 1941, due to the expansionist plans of Japan’s military which posed […]
Behold visual artistry spanning three centuries at the Yuchengco Museum as it exhibits the private collections of RCBC Chairman Alfonso T. Yuchengco. Showcased here is a vast anthology of visual art works from the 19th century to the present with the finest international as well as local, cultural, historical, and design exhibits and programs. Aimed at fostering art appreciation among the public, the museum first opened its doors in 2005 and has since attracted visitors as it brought fine arts near them, right at the heart of Makati City. Tony Gonzales and Tes Pasola Site-specific installation (recycled pulp) Variable measurements 2014 Its collections include the Masters Gallery that highlights, among […]
The park was created by Ayala Land in 2006 in honor of the esteemed accounting firm magnate Washington SyCip. This verdant park shuts off the noise and bustle of the city with its charming gazebo, rustic landscape, and calming atmosphere. No wonder this urban paradise is loved by both locals and expat office workers. No smoking area. No pets allowed.
Experience old Japanese ambiance in Laguna. Makiling Onsen Hotel feels like a typical Japanese hotel from 30 years ago. You can find Japanese pieces in the hotel rooms such as tatami mats combined with a lighting that gives off a very Japanese ambience. Here, you can enjoy relaxing in a stone-designed hot spring as much as you can. It also offers a three-hour hot spring bath for people who don’t plan to stay overnight for P 300. You can enjoy an authentic Japanese-style hot spring bath even if you don’t plan to stay overnight (P300 for three hours)
Pagsanjan Boat Ride Tour Marvel at the breathtaking Pagsanjan Falls up close through a boat ride with the Friendship Tours and Pagsanjan Riverview where you can enjoy your lunch after the exhilarating adventure trip. Experience their colorful boats that bring you to the waterfall basin. Schedule 6 p.m. Meet up at the Dusit Hotel lobby and depart 10 a.m. Arrive at Pagsanjan Riverview 10:15 a.m. The boat ride tour that will take you to the waterfall basin 12:15 a.m. Lunch at the Pagsanjan Riverview 1:15 p.m. Depart from Pagsanjan 4:00 p.m. Arrive at Dusit Hotel Price for the tour With a guide (more than […]
About 5 minutes of walk south of Basilica De San Martine is the Taal market. Here you can find a wide range of local products like butterfly knives (Balisong), rice cakes (Suman), longanizas, dried sardines (Tawilis) and barongs (embroidered formal shirts) made from pineapple leaf fiber. A beautiful barong dress sells for just P1500. Photo from FilipinoScribbles Perfect for souvenirs, these products draw customers from as far as Manila and beyond.
This largest hotel in Batangas boasts of a spacious American-style Lobby, excellent friendly services, and world-class amenities like sauna, outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre. Perfect for either leisure or business, the exquisite hotel is accessible to conveniences like a nearby supermarket. Price for Premium Room P7,200, Deluxe Room P8,200, Terrace Suite P11,200, Suite P12,200. P1,500 for each additional person
Original Buko Pie (P200) ‘Buko’ means young coconut. Aside from hot springs, Laguna is also famous for its yummy buko pies. This favorite pie delicacy is filled with mildly sweet cream and juicy buko. The balanced taste of sweetness and the soft texture of buko make it a favorite pasalubong (gift) of people traveling to Laguna. – Kesong Puti (P200) Kesong Puti means white cheese. This Laguna delicacy is made from cow’s milk and is perfect for salads, pasta dishes and pizzas. – Goat’s Milk (P100) Enjoy their creamy and tasty fresh goat’s milk that also comes in chocolate flavor. – Mochi Ice Cream (P25 each) As the name suggests, […]
Experience Filipino cuisine in a fun-filled environment An enormous gorilla statue. Isdaan Floating Restaurant and Fun Park is an Asian-inspired restaurant that feels like an amusement park. It has an interesting mix of giant figure displays like the Buddha standing alongside some Disney and Hollywood characters, as well as animals from dinosaurs to gorillas all put together in one place in the company of sumptuous meals. Enjoy the feel of an amusement park inside the restaurant. There are also entertainment shows held every day like music bands and pantomime artists who drop by at your table to perform while you wait for your food. The restaurant offers Filipino dishes at […]
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’ […]
A nice and neat business hotel that’s centrally located and easy to access. Junior Suite Room with a bathtub and a kitchen (available for P 3500 per night) Royal Superior Room with a kitchen and a shower room (available for P2400 per night) Green Glass Boutique is located at the center of Calamba City. It has great accessibility to many places such as convenience stores, restaurants, and a large shopping mall. Cleanliness is something that is highly observed in this hotel that has fully-equipped rooms that feature a 24-hour security system, hot shower, and Wi-Fi connection. Some rooms also have bathtubs and kitchens. This place is ideal not only for […]
Relaxing setting. Cool climate. Absolute fun. Caliraya Mountain Lake Resort is all about these making it the ideal destination for those who love nature in all its beauty and life in all its essence. Here, you can relax, reflect, and rejuvenate in many different ways. The place has picturesque views of the enchanting Mount Banahaw, the sparkling Lake Caliraya, and expansive green landscapes. Obstacle courses, fishing, astro camps, golf, horseback riding, kayaking, bicycle rentals and ziplining are just some of the activities that you can enjoy in this resort. The resort boasts their Arnold Palmer 18 holes golf course that will surely give their guests an experience like no other. […]
Sports and leisure activities? Enjoy them with nature. Caliraya Resort Club is an expansive resort facility that’s within 20-minute drive north of Pagsanjan town. Facing the Caliraya Lake, it provides an array of leisure water activities such as kayaking, jet skiing and wakeboarding. Other sports facilities include horse riding and fishing, and the new Sky Bicycle. Its new Wave Pool shifts the excitement gear up along with other adrenaline-pumping indoor and outdoor activities perfect for the active and adventurous spirit. Experience the thrilling Sky Bicycle For some exhilarating fun, try the Banana Boat! There are also many options for accommodation ranging from comfortable and well-equipped hotel rooms to lake-side […]
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).
Active Fun is one of the favorite children’s play and party places in the metro. Located in many malls in the city, it is a fun play area for children that offers plenty of toys, games, and plays equipment such as a slide, hanging bridges, trampolines, ball pool and others. It is a wholesome and safe place to leave your children for a while as you go around the mall to shop. Its newest branch is located at the 5th floor of the Mega Fashion Hall in SM Megamall. It provides entertainment to kids and supervised by a highly-trained staff. – This post is related to: Active Fun: Children’s Play […]
For 14 years Subic Bay Marine Exploration, a Philippines Corporation, has owned and operated Ocean Adventure and Camayan Beach Resort. Ocean Adventure has earned the reputation as a premiere attraction in Southeast Asia. They pride themselves as being the leaders in animal care and welfare, true environmentalists and conservationists, and in providing wholesome family entertainment that is both enjoyable and educational. Park Attractions Dolphin Tales Lear About these amazing dolphins while being thrilled by their grace, agility,and power. This presentation is packed with action, smiles, interesting information with important conversation message. Sea Lion Show Our sea lions want to do their part to help conserve the environment, so they formed […]
The Binondo Church has been an iconic place in Chinatown since it was built in 1596. It was constructed for Chinese settlers who converted to Christianity. Its patron saint is San Lorenzo Ruiz, a Filipino martyr of Chinese descent. Mass in this church is usually held in English, Tagalog and Chinese. The church is also known as Minor Basilica of San Lorenzo Ruiz.
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.
If you walk down southeast of General Luna Street from San Agustin Church, you will find a 3-storey souvenir shop which is the largest in Intramuros. The Silahis Center offers a wide variety of Philippine-made products– from largefurniture and decors to small accessories and other personal items. The shop aims not only to promote Filipino lifestyle and culture through indigenousitems but also the Filipino craftsmanship as most products are handmade.
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 […]
A bastion that was built by the Spanish army in order to fight back against its enemies. The stone path creates historical ambiance as you enter the historic garden entrance. The beautiful garden is located at the very south end of Intramuros. However, it was destroyed by the invasion of the British army in 1762. Although the bastion has been restored, the ruins of the fortress that was built during the period of Spanish rule still remain. The garden is now a landscape of beautiful flowers and greenery, and you can have a view of the skyscrapers of Manila from the fortress on the hill. It can be a perfect spot to relax as well. […]
Visit Rizal’s newest attraction. Have you always wanted to visit a wind farm, but still haven’t got the time to go to Ilocos? Now, you may do so as Rizal offers yet another tourist spot with their wind farm at Pililla. Like any other wind farm, the Pililla Wind Farm was constructed to provide additional electric capacity to its neighboring areas. To be more specific, it is a 54-megawatt wind farm project by Alternergy Wind One Corporation in Pililla, Rizal. – – Aside from the benefits of the renewable energy, the 27 towers are also expected to gather local and international tourists, especially now that it has been open for […]