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.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Davao

Armbar, a signature move in BJJ

Brazilian jiu-jitsu (Bjj) is a martial art and combat sport system that focuses on grappling. It has a particular emphasis on ground fighting. It was developed from Kodokan judo ground fighting (newaza) fundamentals that were taught by a number of Japanese individuals. Bjj eventually came to be its own defined combat sport through innovations, practices, and adaptation of judo – Wikipedia

Bow and Arrow choke, one of my favorites

All over the Philippines, there are places to practice the art, Even here in Davao City. It’s place is conveniently located in the core of the city. Near it is a hospital and many fast food places. Even a 711. There are also pharmacies near it. A nice location.

If you are a member then your monthly payment for unlimited classes will have significant discounts. Choosing unlimited classes gives the most bang for your buck if you are serious about learning the sport.

Ffion Davies demonstrating the Arm Triangle

Bjj advocates the concept that a smaller weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger, heavier opponent by using technique, leverage, and most notably, taking the fight to the ground, and then applying joint locks and chokeholds to defeat the opponent. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments in self-defense situations. Sparring (commonly referred to as “rolling”) and live drilling play a major role in training and the practitioner’s development. Bjj is considered a martial art, sport, method of promoting physical fitness and building character, and a way of life. – Wikipedia

You can practice Bjj in Davao City. There is a place right next to Davao Doctor’s Hospital.

Gaisano Mall of Davao

This is one if not the most, biggest malls in Davao City. Here you can buy almost anything to suit your needs. From food to animals. It would take a while to tour the whole mall. Playing hide and seek here will indeed be a challenge.

In this mall there is a Jollibee, Chow King, PizzaHut, MangInasal, Tapa foods, Mcdonalds, Shawarma stalls. There is also a Burger King outside the mall. There are also some other restaurants nearby.

On the highest floor, there is a pet shop where you can buy animals ranging from mice to rabbits. It is right next to the collectibles store. These pets can be as low as Php 200 or less or more than Php 10,000.

On the highest floors is an entrance to the outside, where one can see the view of the city. There are a few restaurants here. There is also a chapel that is usually open for mass on Sundays.

The mall is near Ateneo de Davao University. It is within walking distance. It is also in the same jeepney route that leads to these malls: Abreeza, Victoria Plaza, SM Lanang.

The stage is on the ground floor. It is a wide area where events are hosted. From concerts, presentations and all the likes. Near that area are optical shops for your glasses.

There are lots of food places that sell tasty delicacies all over the mall. From the popular fast food to the traditional Filipino cuisine, they are there.

The Gstore provides many items like clothing, sports equipment, musical instruments, appliances and many more. The mall provides you with a one stop shopping experience.