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!

3 Amusing Reviews of Popular Metro Manila Tourist Attractions

User-generated reviews are seen as an honest, unfiltered opinion of a certain product or service. The influence of user-generated reviews is so powerful that they has already replaced manuals, guidebooks, and even experts, as an online article pointed out.

But there are those few that are beyond ridiculous that you’d immediately think that they’re fake.

Unfortunately, some of them aren’t. Here are 9 more of them that we have found regarding some of the tourist attractions in Metro Manila from Tripadvisor.com.ph:

1. Fort Santiago

The fort is one of the most important historical sites in Manila. Several lives were lost in its prisons during the Spanish Empire and World War IIJosé Rizal, one of the Philippine national heroes, was imprisoned here before his execution in 1896. The Rizal Shrine museum displays memorabilia of the hero in their collection and the fort features, embedded onto the ground in bronze, his footsteps representing his final walk from his cell to the location of the actual execution.

2. Plaza Rajah Sulayman

Plaza Rajah Sulayman, also known as Rajah Sulayman Park, is a public square in MalateManila. It is bounded by Roxas Boulevard to the west, San Andrés Street to the south and Remedios Street to the north. The plaza is considered the center of Malate as it fronts the Malate Church, the main church of the district.

3. Chinese Garden, Ermita

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Best Hot spring Near Manila

Asin Hot Springs

Travelers in Manila looking for a quick escape from the stress of the city would usually opt for a retreat to Baguio. Here, the weather is cool and pine-tree fringed roads are free from the usual traffic. Baguio is well and good, but for those looking to tread along the road less traveled, a trip to Benguet is more like it.

Hikers will be happy to know that the third highest mountain in the country, Mt. Pulag, is here. If you’re here for an overnight trip, you’re in for a treat. Camping affords a spectacular view of crystal-clear skies and the cold weather is a welcome break from Manila’s blistering heatwave.

Once your legs grow tired from all the hiking, it’s time to relax.  Sinot Asin Hot Spring Resort in Benguet amps up the relaxation level with great amenities and five sulfur thermal pools. These pools are fed by warm water coming from nearby mountain springs. These pools are said to have various therapeutic properties, but one thing’s for sure: they’re perfect to dive in after a day of strenuous hiking.

 Dona Jovita Garden Resort

Just an hour’s drive from the capital, Laguna is studded with numerous hot spring resorts that boast various amenities at different price points. Near the foothills of the gorgeous Mt. Makiling in Calamba, Laguna lies Dona Jovita, one of Laguna’s best hot spring resorts. For weary urban-dwellers.

Dona Jovita Garden Resort is a 25-acre paradise that’s fully attuned with nature. The flora and fauna of Mt. Makiling finds its way within the verdant acre – now a natural habitat for peacock, koi, and horses that may be rented to explore the premises. A variety of flowers and plants lend vibrancy to the area, as well as numerous fruit trees and bushes.

Hidden Valley Springs

Hidden Valley Springs in Laguna may be the closest you’ll ever get to a nirvana near the city. Just an hour’s drive from Manila, Hidden Valley Springs is a secluded resort situated right smack in the middle of Mount Makiling and Mount Banahaw, Laguna’s two most famous mountains. It’s a tropical paradise that spans 110 acres with three spring pool areas, century-old trees, giant ferns, wild orchids, and a gorgeous waterfall tucked in the resort’s center. The greenery here is so thick it’s almost impossible not to relax.

Mineral pools surrounded with thick foliage feature varying temperatures, so it’s easy to find one that suits you. The Soda Pool features calming waters that were found to be comparable to Fuji and Vicki waters of Japan. The Lovers Pool, so concealed and secluded that it’s easy to miss, features numerous pools that may only be accessed by treading down a narrow trail half a kilometer long.

Mainit Hot Spring

Try a sampling of the city’s famed cassava cake, guzzle on homemade coconut wine, experience the annual Mayohan Festival in May, or visit cultural destinations like the Minor Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel or the Mortuario de Cementario de Los Indios.

Once you’re done with culture-tripping and sampling all the city’s famous fares, it’s time to take a dip. Head to Mainit Hot Spring with the family and enjoy wading in therapeutic pools that are good for both the mind and body.

Hot springs with sunroofs allow hours and hours of dipping without getting sunburned in the afternoon.

A variety of amenities and attractions offer fun for people of all ages: fish ponds, slides, gardens, as well as sculptures are scattered all over the place.

 Puning Hot Spring and Restaurant

At your destination, a paradise awaits. Puning Hot Spring features various thermal pools, lush greenery, and charming nipa huts. The location offers some of the best hot springs in the Philippines. You’ll find a total of 13 thermal pools to choose from, all with various temperatures ranging from 40 to 70 degrees.

The hot springs are sure to give you the relaxation you’re looking for, but if you’re looking for more ways to unwind, head to Station 2 where you can experience a real sand spa. Here, guests are buried lying down with heads exposed in a pile of volcanic ash.

Baguio City Bucket List

The Lion Head Baguio City
Baguio Public Market Pasalubong Shopping

During the dry and cool months in Baguio City, people can buy strawberries in the public market or at Burnham Park. You may also want to visit La Trinidad Benguet and pick the berries themselves. All the fruits and vegetables in this city are cheap and freshly picked every day.

Strawberry Taho (soft/silken tofu)

Strawberry taho is a special drink in Baguio city. It is available at a cheap price of 10 – 15 pesos per cup. Taho is a local delicacy prepared from soy and sweetened using liquid sugar. Tapioca balls are also served together with this drink. This special mix is topped with strawberry syrup and whole strawberries.

Horseback riding in Baguio

There are several horseback riding spots in Baguio City but the most popular one is in Wright Park. Some of the horseback riding trails are also available near Baguio Country Club, Camp John Hay, and Mines View Park.

Baguio Lourdes Grotto

It is located on a high hill in the western part of the city where you will find the image of the Lady of Lourdes. The grotto is a favorite pilgrimage site destination during Holy Week most especially during Holy Thursday and Good Friday. You can reach the image of the Lady of Lourdes by hiking up 252 steps or by driving a light vehicle through a winding, narrow and steep asphalt-paved road.

Stopover at StoBoSa Hillside Homes Artwork

Houses in Barangay Balili in La Trinidad, Benguet were turned into a colorful mural. Photo courtesy of Department of Tourism – CAR

The paintwork of multiple houses composes the single artwork.

Strawberry Picking in La Trinidad

Strawberry Picking is one of the most popular activities in La Trinidad, Benguet – a town located right next to the City of Pines. They also enjoy picking the strawberries themselves. The best months to come here is April, March and may, because its the strawberry peak season.

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Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival

Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival

The Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival will definitely make you excited. This is an annual 4-day event andthe biggest and longest-running aviation sports event in the Philippines. This is held between January and February at the Pampanga’s Clark Freeport Zone. The event highlights multicolored hot air balloons with more than a hundred balloon pilots from around the world which would definitely be a sight you couldn’t miss. Aside from these multicolored hot air balloons, there are also skydiving, flag jumps, microlight and rocketry demonstrations, small plane fly-bys and fly-ins, remote-control airplane and helicopter flying exhibitions, freestyle aerobatics, precision maneuvers, light airplane balloon bursting, ultra-light flying formation and flour bomb dropping, kite-making and choreographed kite-flying, and so much more.

          This event has expected a more a hundred thousand of visitors including local people and tourists from around the world. And if you’re one of them, you definitely cannot forget your camera. With all the eye-catching colors flying in the air, it is definitely a magnificent sight to behold. Aside from watching these hot air balloons of all shapes, sizes, and designs fly through the skies, people can also participate in a variety of fun activities like tandem paragliding and riding in a helicopter. However, the event would not definitely be for free as you have to pay for a ticket which ranges from 500.00 to 6,500.00 per head for a day. Nonetheless, it is definitely worth it.

            Moreover, if you have acrophobia, you could still enjoy the event by watching paragliding performances, stunts, helicopter maneuvers, radio-controlled aircraft, and fireworks display. You could also bring picnic mats and food to further enjoy the event while having a comfortable and leisure atmosphere. It is also encouraged to dress up in light clothing together with your hats and sunglasses.

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MALDIVES

Tourism in the Maldives did not flourish until the early months of 1972, after the first resort opened in the country. Maldives’ fairly recent involvement in the tourism industry makes the country some of the lesser-known tourist destinations in the world. However, the Maldives’ tourism continues to blossom yearly, making up an average of 30% of the country’s GDP.

Male the Capital of Maldives

Today, the Maldives is starting to be recognized for having some of the best beaches, diving, and snorkeling spots in the world. Only 185 of its islands are inhabited; majority of the uninhabited islands are dedicated for tourism and agriculture. Each island is unique, and there’s so much to explore and do in the Maldives. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, read on. This is the travel guide for you.

Floating Cottages – Maldives

As a tropical country, the Maldives are hot, sunny and humid all year round, with average temperatures of 23ºC-31ºC. The best time to visit the Maldives is between November and April, these are the months with less precipitation. The peak season falls between December and March. If you want to maximize your vacation, avoid visiting the Maldives during the monsoon season from May to October.

Flights to Maldives
How to get there

Cebu Pacific and AirAsia are two of the local carriers that offer flights from Manila (MNL) Philippines to Malé (MLE), Maldives’ capital. Cebu Pacific’s Malé flights stopover at Singapore (SIN), while AirAsia’s Malé flights stopover at Kuala Lumpur (KUL).

Both carriers land on Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, which is alternatively called Velana International Airport or simply Malé International Airport.

Maldives Seaplane Transfer Prices and Schedule

Riding a seaplane is the generally preferred method of travelling between islands and atolls in the Maldives. Riding a ferry is less expensive, however, ferries travel less frequently. Speedboats are similarly a less-preferred mode of transportation, as they can become really expensive despite the convenience they offer.

Is it Expensive to Visit Maldives?

In most cases, the answer is YES. A vacation in Maldives can be cheap and it can be expensive too. It really depends on the type of accommodation you book, the food you eat and the activities you prefer to do on this island paradise.

Maldives Travel Tips
  1. The Maldives is a predominantly Muslim country, therefore you have to make sure to observe its customs. Specifically: observe the dress code in public areas. Women and men should cover their thighs, and women should cover their shoulders. This should be strictly observed when you plan to visit mosques. On the other hand, most resorts allow any kind of clothing. Make sure to always consult with your accommodation about this.
  2. Don’t schedule flights that arrive on a Friday. Friday and Saturday are weekends in the Maldives. Most modes of transportation and local establishments close during these days to observe custom. Make sure to consult with your travel agency so that you arrive on a weekday morning.
  3. Riding a ferry is the cheapest mode of transportation, and is more culture-immersive. Seaplanes are generally for the tourists. The downside of ferries is that they travel infrequently per island, and stop operating completely on the weekends. However, if you chance upon one, it will give you the best Maldivian experience.
  4. The Maldives is a tropical country, so expect that March will be the hottest month and January the coldest. August and September are generally the rainy months, and there will be lesser crowds. If you plan well enough, you might chance upon a nice, rainy weather on a weekend, and enjoy the seclusion of one of the resort islands as if you own it.
  5. There are relatively few ATMs in the country, so make sure to bring ample money. If you plan on staying in a resort during your entire stay, then money won’t be a problem. However, if you plan to explore more of the country, then make sure to have enough to cover you up. Most local, small-time shops won’t accept dollars.

Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly.

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Top Resorts In The Philippines

Hidden Island Resort

Hidden Island Resort ensure a pleasant stay for guests. This hotel offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning guest.

The ambiance of Hidden Island Resort is reflected in every guestroom. non smoking rooms, air conditioning, balcony/terrace, satellite/cable TV, shower are just some of the facilities that can be found throughout the property. Throughout the day you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the fitness center, garden, water sports (non-motorized). Discover an engaging blend of professional service and a wide array of features at Hidden Island Resort.

Two Seasons Coron Island Resort & Spa

Presenting a haven in the middle ground of fine luxury and raw nature, Two Seasons Coron is also a turtle and giant clam sanctuary, and known as the first eco-friendly luxury island resort in Coron.

Luxuries abound in its thoughtfully furnished, high-ceiling bungalow accommodations that carry a distinct contemporary Filipino tropical design. Perfect for the adventurous are the island tours and dive courses offered at the resort’s Pawikan Aqua Sports Center. You may also discover the beautiful underseas of Coron in the lap of luxury with the Molokini transparent kayaks and HydroBOB submersible scooters.

Two Seasons Coron Island Resort & Spa enchants and excites while maintaining idyllic havens and quiet spaces of relaxation to create the infinite balance for a holiday in paradise, perfect for honeymooners and families alike. Our staff, with warmth and the renowned wholehearted Filipino hospitality, looks forward to welcoming you to the island.

La Carmela De Boracay

When all the day’s fun and excitement settles down, our accommodation is the  perfect place to unwind. Each Room includes simplistic charm and warmth, and is tastefully designed with classic furniture and equipped with simple conveniences to ensure your comfortable stay.  

We have an International Cuisine Restaurant that serves local and European food. Our Bar is always fully stocked with your favorite Cocktalils and  Drinks. The pool area is perfect for them relaxing moments when you want to put your feet up and watch the world go by and Our resort is fully powered by solar energy

Paradise Island Park & Beach

What started out as a weekend picnic destination back in the seventies, catering mostly to friends and their families has become what it is today as not only the preferred island getaway for families but is also the byword for those growing impulsive groups who are so busy and yet wise enough to squeeze – in leisure in their hectic schedules at the spur of the moment.
Having a shoreline of almost eight hundred meters (800 m), it is the only place in this part of Samal Island that has maintained its shores by feeding the fishes, clean them with having periodic “Scubasurero Activities”, and has placed a “safety pole” to ward off jelly fish and rubbish, discouraging anglers from poaching the area and encouraging its visitors to enjoy the marine life and leave the same so that others may also enjoy them. Its white sand beach as well as its surroundings are combed and cleaned throughout the day giving a pure and clean ambiance for its visitors and workers alike.

Pearl Farm Beach Resort

Pearl Farm Beach Resort was once home to a pearl farm, where precious pearls were nurtured and cultivated as the ocean’s most beautiful gems. Today, it is Samal Island’s jewel; an exceptional destination just off the coast of the bustling Davao City.

Luxurious comfort, breathtaking Filipino design, a protected natural environment, and the rich culture of the southern Philippines meet. Together, they create a relaxing, private retreat unlike any other in the Philippine archipelago.

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Sagada is a place that one cannot forget. Its a small town in the Mountain Province, Philippines. Sagada is famous for its “hanging coffins”.

Sagada is one of the ten municipalities of Mountain Province in the Cordillera Administrative Region. Sagada lies in a small valley at an elevation of 5,000 feet above sea level in the Cordillera mountain range of Northern Luzon, 415 km. from Manila via Baguio and 18 km. from Bontoc, which is situated in a larger valley beside the Chico River.

Sagada is a town in the Cordillera Mountains, within the Philippines’ Mountain Province. The nearby Sumaguing Cave has unusual limestone formations. To the north, Bomod-ok Falls has a natural swimming pool. Rice terraces are carved into the area’s surrounding mountainsides.

How to get to Sagada?

From Manila:

There are very few bus lines that offer direct trips from Manila to Sagada.

Buses leave from their terminal at Cubao, Quezon City at 9PM daily. The route passes through the provinces of Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, and Ifugao.

For bookings, you can contact:

Coda Lines: Telephone – 0927-559-2197 or 0929-521-3229.

Language in Sagada

The People of Sagada speak a language called Kankana-ey. It was referred to Igorots (people from the mountains). They are sturdy and industrious.

Learn Few Kankana-ey Words

Gawis ay agew mo [Good Day to you!]
Gawis ay agsapa [Good Morning.]
Gawis ay masdem [Good Afternoon]
Gawis ay labi [Good Evening]
Nalpuam? [Where did you come from?]
Umayam? [Where are you going?]
Entako. [Let’s Go.]

Sagada Travel Trips

  • All tourists who arrive in Sagada are required to pay Php 70 for the tourism fee at the tourism office. They will issue a receipt, which you should keep with you to give you access to tourist destinations like Samaguing Cave, which requires a guide.
  • Bring your own pocket Wi-Fi. Internet access is not too stable, poor signal.
  • If you are more of a card person, get used to bringing along paper money. All establishments here (souvenir shops, restaurants, accommodation) only accept cash for payment.
  • Conserve water. Like Baguio, the supply of water in mountainous Sagada is limited and expensive.
  • Bring your own water bottle. Let’s help our environment by minimizing the consumption of beverages in plastic bottles.
  • Do not go out too late in night. Some roads are not installed with lights, and the rocky terrain will make it difficult and very dangerous to walk around at night.
Shout out all your frustrations in Sagada <3

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