Vigan

If you’re a fan of history and preservation, Vigan is the place to be. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is a unique place in the Philippines, because aside from its immense space, it is only the only known surviving historic city that goes back to at least the 16th Spanish colonial period. It it’s so beautifully preserved and well taken care of that you’’ think you’re taken back in a time where both you and I are probably not born yet. The cultural elements is intact and you’ll get to learn a lot in a day by visiting and going around the city.

Let’s jump right in and talk about how Vigan is a treasure that both Filipinos and tourists alike will love. If you crave some fascinating look and firsthand immersion at the history of the time before, then you should head to Crisologo Museum. When I say that the way they preserved everything inside is just magnificent, I mean it is just amazing. You have to see it to believe it. From the rocking chairs that millennials may not even know of to the paintings and portraits of the family members, and even books and certificates are so delicately well taken care of that it puts some of us to shame when it comes to taking care of our own things. You’ll take a lot of time if you want to really enjoy and see everything inside, but it’s well worth it.

Afterwards, you can enjoy a nice stroll along the Calle Crisologo. If you fancy yourself a souvenir or two, or just want to talk to the locals to know more about the life in Vigan, you can also do that, but the best time is at night, when everything is closed and it’s just you, the quiet street, and feeling like you’re in a fairytale or something.

Of course those are not the only places you should go and visit when in Vigan. You should also add to the list the beautiful Mestizo District, St. Paul Cathedral, and Juan Luna shrine. Vigan is magical, and if I could just pack a bag and take a weekend vacation somewhere, it would be there.

Now when it’s about food, the famous Pinakbet and Empanada are the ones you should really try. If you’re a sweet tooth, then go for their Royal Bibingka. It’s very popular as it is one of Vigan’s specialties. It’s authentic and scrumptious that you’ll keep coming back for more. I would know, since I’ve tried their delicacies.

Vigan is an important part of our country and the history it holds within. If you’re thinking of going there, please be mindful of what you say and do.

Baguio City

Going to a cold and quiet place in the country may be impossible for some people, but actually, it’s farther from the truth. Somewhere in the mountainous area of Northern Luzon, Philippines, is a city so magnificent and relaxing that you’ll want to head there when you want to stay somewhere cold, since the Philippines is a country with tropical climate.

That’s where the Summer Capital of the Philippines, Baguio City comes in. With pine trees, orchids, and mossy plants, it’s not just a haven for people who want to stay somewhere chilly, but it’s also a place for nature lovers. Not only will you get to enjoy the scenic view of the city, but also appreciate how well they preserve their city.

One can immerse themselves in places where even the locals frequent, whether it be the museums or the parks. The culinary scene is just as equally splendid as the city itself. Baguio City boasts a wide range of restaurants and eateries that will satisfy your craving. From the bulalo steak down to the popular strawberry shortcake they serve with careful hands and love. You’ll love the culinary journey that is Baguio City.

When it comes to tourist spots in Baguio, their museums are one of the top things you should put on your list, as they’re rich in culture and history, evidently seen by the number of museums they have. From learning about the indigenous people of the Cordilleras, to enjoying the dioramas and exhibits documenting the growth and changes that Baguio underwent.

As someone who enjoys the scenic view and tranquility of the environment, this part has got to be my favorite, because it’s all about Baguio’s parks! Now, you may have heard of Burnham Park and say it’s overrated, but it’s actually not. It’s a popular destination for locals and tourists because not only do you get to enjoy the outdoor activities like boating and biking, but you can also just have a picnic and enjoy everything that’s going on around you. Sometimes, it’s all about that!

As someone who enjoys the scenic view and tranquility of the environment, this part has got to be my favorite, because it’s all about Baguio’s parks! Now, you may have heard of Burnham Park and say it’s overrated, but it’s actually not. It’s a popular destination for locals and tourists because not only do you get to enjoy the outdoor activities like boating and biking, but you can also just have a picnic and enjoy everything that’s going on around you. Sometimes, it’s all about that!

Davao City

Roxas Avenue

If you’re already thinking of visiting the Philippines but still can’t decide which specific city to choose, I suggest you head towards the southern part of the country and go to Davao City.

Famous for its natural attractions, which are accessible within the city, Davao is a place to be to explore somewhere new without being overwhelmed by noise and rowdy people, since it’s not nearly as saturated or crowded compared to other popular destinations in the country. There are a number of museums for you to visit to immerse yourself in the culture and history of Davao, and the spacious parks if you’d rather just walk around and enjoy the warm breeze at night.

The most famous and perhaps iconic thing in Davao would probably be the durian fruit. The city is filled with stores and shops selling durian with both foreigners and locals enjoying it, especially at night. Something about it feels relaxing and easy, if you can bare the smell, as some people may not like it.

Experiencing the city is unlike any other areas in the country, which one can mostly attribute to the calm and homey feeling of visiting a place that feels so familiar, but new at the same time. With the locals being so friendly and hospitable, you’d feel as if you’re part of the family and not just a stranger or guest. You can go around the city and just approach people to ask for directions, restaurants you should try, and even the secret spots that only locals know of.

If you finally want to just unwind and relax under the sun, there are also beaches that you can easily reach within the city, but if you want someplace different, you can go to Samal and try out the different resorts there as well.

Davao city is a must-visit destination for everyone, young and old. The locals are cheery and hospitable, so don’t be afraid to approach one! Once you get a full experience of the city, you’ll want to come back. After all, it’s not known as the land of promise for nothing.

Boracay

Travelling is an exciting journey for many, may it be for people doing it for the first time or someone who has been doing it for a long time. The world is a beautiful place to explore, with lots of distinct cultures to discover, food to taste, and people to meet. For millennials such as myself, we ought to find that specific location to take aesthetically beautiful photos to post on our Instagram accounts.

beautiful white sands

When thinking of a place to visit, one would usually consider the most popular destinations like Japan, Korea, and France, to name a few. But if you’re one who wants to experience the tropical country with a plethora of the most stunning beaches you’ll ever see, then the Philippines is for you. It is home to approximately 7,197 islands, so that in itself is not only amazing, but it makes it hard for one to decide which ones to visit.

In this article, I am going to recommend one of the most beautiful islands in the country that is widely-known not only to the locals but also to people around the globe.

To most people who have ever been to Boracay, the first thing they’ll probably tell you is about the stunning white sand beaches and clear blue waters that surrounds it. It became even better after the six months rehabilitation process it underwent to protect the island from over-development and to resolve certain issues that’s damaging the beauty of the island.

Boracay can be a safe haven to everyone who visits it. You’ll feel the serenity the calming waves bring and meet the warm and friendly locals who treasure the island. Not to mention that you get to enjoy the different water sports and activities that will take up most of your time, which is a good thing since you’re there to enjoy the beach. Afterwards, you’ll realize that the fun doesn’t end when the sun sets. The nightlife is colorful with many restaurants and bars for you to chill and cool down after a tiring but exciting day.

If you’re planning on going there either alone or with your friends or family, you’ll surely enjoy Boracay not just as an island for one to visit, but also to feel like it is your home away from home.

Famous Restaurant In The Philippines

Villa Escudero Waterfall Restaurant

Have a nice meal, right beside the waterfall. And by beside we mean literally by the falls. The Labasin Waterfalls Restaurant* is one of the center-pieces of Villa Escudero. Enjoy our traditional Filipino buffet lunch, kamayan style, while soaking your feet in the shallow running water.

La Cocina de Tita Moning

La Cocina de Tita Moning is stellar and in it’s A game if we’re talking about Filipino food! Right when you enter the house, the waitress offers you a complimentary lemongrass iced tea and grilled queso de bola bites on pieces of bread to tie you over for the house tour.

LULU Restaurant

LULU specializes in breakfast and brunch. It is a popular destination for healthy yet comforting food. Although it has an impressive selection for vegetarians, the restaurant is also known for its quality steak and small bites giving you little tastes from a variety of cuisines. 

Vikings

Vikings is the absolute best buffet experience in the country, featuring a cornucopia of flavors that can’t be found elsewhere. Gather up your friends and family. This restaurant is located in, SM Lanang Premier, Upper Ground Level, The Fountain Court, J.P. Laurel Ave, Agdao, Davao City, Davao del Sur.

Surfing Capital of the South: Dahican Beach Resort

It’s so easy to fall in love with Dahican! A 7-km stretch of open beach surrounded by tall coconut trees, fine sand and powerful waves, Mati’s best-kept secret is not much of a secret anymore. Popular with surfers, skimboarders and plain beach enthusiasts alike, who continuously flock to the crescent-shaped coastline to enjoy this simple, unspoiled slice of paradise. Local government strives to keep the area protected as it’s also a sanctuary for sea turtles (pawikan). In fact, the name “Dahican” is derived from “dahik,” the word locals use to describe their act of coming in from the sea to nest.

A tropical bohemian getaway, a cozy beachfront room with an al fresco dining area and sun lounge

Experience Dahican like never before. We’re excited to share with you another side of Dahican, away from the crowds and bustle even on the weekends. It’s the same beautiful Dahican you’ve grown to love except more intimate and exclusive, oozing with tropical bohemian vibes all over.

Whether you’re a solo traveler seeking some quiet time to think, a family on vacation or a couple looking for a romantic time, Somewhere in Dahican is perfect for you.

Every inch purposefully curated to make your Instagram dreams a reality.

Rates

  • Php 2,800 couple (two persons)
  • Php 800 per extra person
  • Kids until 5 years old, free of charge
  • Kids 6 to 11 years old, 50%
  • Can accommodate a maximum of 8 persons

Inclusions and Amenities

  • Fully air-conditioned
  • Private toilet and bathroom
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Beachfront lounge area
  • Includes a house assistant ready to make your stay more convenient whether it’s cooking your meals or helping arrange surf lessons.

How to get there:

Catch the Bachelor Express bus to Mati at the highway outside Davao City airport or at the Ecoland Transport Terminal (around P250, 4-5 hours). You can also ride a van at Gaisano Mall or Victoria Plaza (P220, 3-4 hours). From Mati City Bus Terminal, hire a habal-habal or tricycle to take you to Dahican (P40 if you haggle well, 15-20 min.)

Contact
For inquiries and reservations please contact us at +639561555097.

Top Food In The Philippines

Chicken Adobo

Filipino Chicken Adobo Recipe

The dish gained popularity because of its delicious taste and ease in preparation. It tastes just right and the cooking time is around 30 minutes. The best way to eat chicken adobo is to have it with warm white rice. The combo is simply known as Chicken Adobo and Rice. Pouring some of the adobo sauce over rice before eating is a good idea.

Adobong manok, often called “chicken adobo,” is often considered the national dish of the Philippines. Although the origins of its name are are with the Spanish colonizers adobo is the Spanish word for a marinade Filipinos have been making tart, vinegar-based dishes since time immemorial.

Balut

Balut is a developing bird embryo that is boiled and eaten from the shell. It is commonly sold as street food in the Philippines The Tagalog and Malay word balot or balut means “wrap”. The length of incubation before the egg is cooked is a matter of local preference, but generally ranges between 14 and 21 days.

Kare Kare (Oxtail & Tripe Stew In Peanut Sauce)

Kare Kare is a classic Filipino slow-cook stew, usually using oxtail and/or ox tripe, with deliciously thick deep yellow peanut sauce with some vegetables. It has a very subtle taste because it is traditionally unsalted, allowing the flavors of the peanut sauce and the meat to surface and be enjoyed. It is usually served with some shrimp paste to make up for the lacking saltiness in the stew itself.

Kinilaw

It is more accurately a cooking process that relies on vinegar and/or acidic fruit juices to denature the ingredients, rather than a dish, as it can also be used to prepare meat and vegetables.

Lechon

The word “lechon” came from the Spanish term that refers to a roasted suckling pigLechon is a skewered whole pig roasted over charcoal, a popular dish in the Philippines. The production of lechon is a thriving business in Cebu.

Tapsilog

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Tapa is dried or cured beef, mutton, venison or horse meat, although other meat or even fish may be used. Filipinos prepare tapa by using thin slices of meat and curing these with salt and spices as a preservation method. Tapa is often cooked fried or grilled.

Halo-halo

Halo-halo, also spelled haluhalo, is a popular Filipino cold dessert which is a concoction of crushed ice, evaporated milk and various ingredients including, among others, ube, sweetened beans, coconut.

Durian In Davao

Davao City also known as the Land Of Promise. At one time, Davao City was known as Durian Republic because the fruit can be bought any parts of the metropolis. Durian trees can be seen in nearby areas, particularly Toril and Calinan.

Next wildlife sanctuary, tourist destination: Turtle Island, Zamboanga del Sur

Have you ever dreamt about seeing a real moving sea turtle? Or have you ever been dreaming about swimming with them? If you do,then come and visit Panikian Island of Pitogo, Zamboanga del Sur Philippines.

Panikian Island also known as Turtle Island is Located at Pitogo, Zamboanga del Sur which is a one and half hour from Pagadian City. The island is also 30minutes away via Boat ride from the Municipality of Pitogo.

Panikian Island is an island where sea turtles lay thier eggs and reproduce.The island is covered with white fine sand and beautiful natural Coral Reefs. The island is not that big, in just 15 minutes you can already explore the entire area. Also if you’re lucky you can see and swim with 2 or more sea turtles (Direct Contact is not allowed).

In terms of food, there is an available market at the Municipality where you can grab Fresh Meat and Sea Foods. Sugba and Kinilaw one of the best food suited for the trip .Also, there is no available restaurant in the Island so everyone is required to have thier own food before departing the Municipality.

In Terms of travel funds and fare.
The Van from Pagadian to Pitogo is 100php or 2USD.Then the boat ride from Pitogo to the said island is around 200-400php or 8USD (back and forth).The price of the boat varies on the number people in the Boat ride (the more the cheaper). Overall, having 1000php is already enough for the fun considering if you are from Pagadian. I can give you a tour if you want.

Pitogo is also known for its beaches. So if you want more then Explore Pitogo for it can offer you a good moment that worth reminiscing.

Travelers and Beach lovers should not miss the Island if they want fun and adventure. Well,summer is coming. COME AND EXPLORE THE BEAUTY OF MINDANAO.That’s all and Thank you for reading

TABINA BEACH RESORT

Tabina is a 5th class municipality located on the southernmost part of Zamboanga del Sur. It is about 63 kilometers away from Pagadian City, the province’s capital. Its boundaries are the municipality of Dimataling on the north, the Celebes Sea on the south, the municipality of Pitogo on the west, and another body of water, Illana Bay, on the east. Tabina can be reached via land through a provincial road passing through five municipalities so those who are thinking of going to Tabina should prepare for a long journey through rural places. The municipality has a land area of 8,690 hectares and these are distributed to the municipality’s current 15 regular and de-facto barangays. As of the 2000 census, Tabina has a total population of 21,882 people in 4,017 households.

Historically, the earliest settlers of Tabina were the Subanens who have settled in the different parts of the Zamboanga Peninsula. They are followed by the Muslims, and then the Christians. The name itself has many different origins, open to interpretation. One states that it comes from the inhabitants’ expression of “tabi-una”, a polite expression meaning “excuse me”.  Another points out to the inhabitants’ characteristic expression of being talkative which, in the local tongue, is being “tabi-an”. Meanwhile, the Muslim immigrants were said to be attracted by the abundance of local seashells known as “binga” in their native tongue. It also happened to be called “ubina”. The Christians who happened to pass by Tabina inquired about the name of the place and, always hearing “bina”, modified it to “Tabina” and the name has stuck ever since.

Most of Tabina is characterized as having steep mountains and undulating hills. The majority of the barangays tower to about 50 to 200 feet above sea level. There are no coastal plains or valleys in the municipality; the coasts themselves run down to shores and high cliffs.

There are several tourist attractions in Tabina as well. There’s the Tambunan Beach and Marine Sanctuary, the Barangay Malim and Marine Sanctuary, Talisay Beach, and the Pod-ok Mangrove Boardwalk.

TAMBUNAN BEACH

Witness the beauty of Tambunan Beach of Tabina Zamboanga Del Sur, make it one of your destination list to relax and adventure summer memories with your dabarkads and family, Its more fun in Tabina inspiring natural wonder beach ,sand and fresh wind. it takes 4 hour from Pagadian to Tabina.

  Tambunan is a very nice place and there is white sand and beautiful scenery and there is clear water.

TALIZAY BEACH RESORT

NEW TALIZAY BEACH RESORT KNOW AS TALISAY BEACH MALIM TABINA Spend your time at  TALIZAY Beach Resort – Reduce Stress, Boost Creativity, Reduce Depression, Change your Perspective in Life. Come enjoy your summer getaway and rejuvenate at TALIZAY BEACH RESORT. Let’s indulge in the beauty of nature, white sand, fresh air and a very relaxing sound of waves.
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TALIZAY BEACH…

People’s Park

People’s Park is a cultural theme park created in 2007, which is the brainchild of them Mayor Rodrigo Duterte if Davao City. The name People’s Park was coined by Romeo Sardon, a retired electrician, who wom the “Name the Park” contest.

The 4-hectare park is adorned with large sculptures representing what Davao is known for. It is an open plaza with landscaped greenery which is called “Philippine Rainforest” where you can see pigeons around as you enjoy a family picnic at the grounds. There are also benches where you can sit to have a relaxing time inside the park.

Interesting sculptures include the huge Philippine Eagle replica, the Durian Dome, patterned with Davao’s popular fruit, which serves at the main entrance where you can see legendary Mindanao works through pictures. Well-known sculptor Kublai Millan is the one who crafted these artworks, including the Lumads (indigenous people) of the town. Inside the park you can also see the Children’s Library where kids can read books. The People’s Park is also a perfect spot for joggers for it has a rainbow-colored track which you could use for a good run. A Dancing Fountain can also be seen in the park for a visual entertainment.

Kids will surely enjoy their stay at the park as there is a children’s playground where they can play. CCTV cameras are installed around the park to ensure safety of the park-goers. It’s one of the must-visit places in Davao because it is after all, free of charge. You just need to present a valid ID at the main entrance.

Have a wonderful experience at Davao City’s People’s Park with your family and friends!

Details:

Address: Palma Gil St., Poblacion District, Davao City

Operating Hours: 5:00 am to 8:00 am (Jogging Time); 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm Monday to Thursday and Sunday; 1:00 pm to 11:00 pm (Friday and Saturday); (Non-residents of Davao are free to enter anytime, just present ID at the main gate)