Discover Aurora Province with These Fun Side Trips from Baler

We all love Baler. The long stretch of Sabang Beach, mountain-cool waters of Mother Falls, and laid-back vibes of the town has long enticed surfers and non-surfers alike. But it turns out that Baler is only one gem in Aurora province’s crown. Just a few hours away are several activities near Baler you can take while you’re in the area. They’re just as scenic, maybe even more exciting, and a unique glimpse into a place we all know and love.

Diguisit Falls rappel


Adrenaline junkies have more than just Baler’s famous waves to get them stoked. Rappelling down the 40-foot high cascade of Diguisit Falls is a worthy source of a rush as well. Located just off of the highway, about 10 minutes from Baler town proper, Diguisit Falls is composed of two sets of multi-tiered cascades sitting a few meters apart. It takes some effort to get to the bigger cascade, with a hike up slippery rocks and trickling water. And to get down, you can strap yourself onto some ropes and meet the ultimate challenge. There are few things cooler (literally Continue reading Discover Aurora Province with These Fun Side Trips from Baler

Must-do Batanes Activities Outside the Usual Tours

Here’s what blogs gloss over. Batanes, beautiful though every angle might be, is very small. As such tours only take a half day, leaving the rest of the day and the night pretty empty. Since it’s laid-back and quiet, there’s no semblance of nightlife on the islands either.

But don’t take that to mean it’s boring. On the contrary, it gives us city-folk all the opportunity to bask in the province’s natural wonders. So when you find yourself back at the hotel with a whole afternoon in front of you, remember these spots where you could kill time and revel in Batanes’ beauty all by yourself!

Sunrise at Valugan Beach

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Because Batanes is a group of islands, pretty much its entire eastern coastline is a great spot for sunrise. But Valugan Boulder Beach is something special. Just picture the sun rising on the horizon, right where the mountain and the sea meets and slowly lights up the giant boulders that make the shore. Top that with tall waves and their soothing sound, and you got the perfect start to Continue reading Must-do Batanes Activities Outside the Usual Tours

Fulfill Your Artsy Barkada’s Fantasies in these Spots near Manila

Picture this: you and your barkada of creative souls and inquisitive minds are looking to get some inspiration. Sure there are museums and galleries abound in Manila, but maybe you’re looking to get out of the city too. Is there a place you can go where your creative juices can be stirred without the stresses that come with traveling in the city? The answer is a resounding yes, there are awesome barkada destinations near Manila that artsy groupies like you can venture.

Not only are there quaint galleries and museums to be discovered outside the metro, but there are also places where you can get your hands dirty and let the creative juices freely flow. Bonus points: many of these spots entail a road trip and some good food too!

Ugu Bigyan’s Pottery Garden and Restaurant

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Established in 2000, Ugu Bigyan’s Pottery Garden and Restaurant has remained an underrated destination in Tiaong, Quezon. But for aspiring potters, hungry foodies, or just admirers of finer things, this place can’t be missed. Ugu Bigyan is a renowned Filipino pottery artist who decided to open his lovely home and even more delightful garden to the public.

Artsy barkadas can come here to participate in a pottery workshop, where they can learn the basics of the art. You can come here to shop Ugu Bigyan’s exquisite Continue reading Fulfill Your Artsy Barkada’s Fantasies in these Spots near Manila

Taiwan Long-weekend Itinerary for Foodies and Culture Vultures

Hurray, Filipinos are now officially visa-free when traveling to Taiwan! As reported by Philippine Star in this article, for the trial period starting on June 1, 2017 to July 31, 2018, Filipinos can stay in Taiwan visa-free for up to 30 days. With such a rich culture, mouth-watering food, and gorgeous landscapes, who wouldn’t be flocking here as soon as possible right? We know most of you are already itching to go, and some of you have probably booked your flights. So check out this Taiwan itinerary perfect for the next long weekend and have the (food)trip of a lifetime.

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Maokong Mountain
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Get a sweeping view of Taipei on your first day for a real feel of its landscape. Maokong is a town just at the edge of Taipei that is famous for its tea plantations and panoramic city views. Explore the town through winding footpaths that take you around scenic tea fields and quaint streets or just sit back and relax in one of the many teahouses.

How to get there: Take the MRT to Taipei Zoo, and from here take the famous Maokong Gondola up to the top. Each cabin has a glass bottom for truly Continue reading Taiwan Long-weekend Itinerary for Foodies and Culture Vultures

The Ultimate Visa Guide to Caribbean Countries for Filipinos

Ever dreamed of wandering the time-warped streets of Havana? Or maybe you always wanted to experience authentic reggae and dub poetry in the streets of Kingston? Or, just lounge around on the gorgeous beaches of Grand Bahama? If you’ve been nurturing grand fantasies of the gorgeous Caribbean islands, then you’re in luck. We’ve compiled all you need to know in this ultimate Caribbean visa guide for Filipino travelers just like you!

Antigua and Barbuda

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Why visit: Antigua and Barbuda are twin islands sitting right in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. While it’s famous for its reef-lined beaches (ideal for snorkeling and diving) and lush jungles for outdoor explorers, its capital city of St. John also offers a bustling, rustic, quintessential Caribbean charm. After a day of sunbathing or strolling around the colonial streets, you can take your pick from its many resorts, catering to every style and level of traveler.

What you need: For a visa to Antigua and Barbuda, Filipinos must submit necessary documents to the nearest Embassy of Antigua and Barbuda. In this case, the choices are Hong Kong or Tokyo. For Continue reading The Ultimate Visa Guide to Caribbean Countries for Filipinos

Rediscover Puerto Galera with These Fun Activities

Who doesn’t associate Puerto Galera with beaches? But while its white shores get filled up by people, there’s more to this favorite destination than meets the eye. Rediscover this tourist town by going deeper into their rich landscape. Check out these fun and exciting alternative Puerto Galera activities you can enjoy apart from beach-bumming and sunbathing.

Tamaraw Falls

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Looking for a different way to cool off? Take a dip in the freshwater pool of Tamaraw Falls in Barangay Villaflor. Its 423-foot tall cascade is made up of a series of smaller cascades that merge into one grand fall at the base. Around it are also cottages perfect for picnics and chilling. To get here, you can take a tricycle from the beach areas of Puerto Galera to the Calapan Terminal, and then a take a jeep that will pass by the falls. The good news is it’s right on the road, making it Continue reading Rediscover Puerto Galera with These Fun Activities

Go for a Geek-fest in these Manila Spots for Geeky Barkadas

So you and the gang aren’t quite outdoorsy. The mountains don’t call out to you, and the beach is only fun when you have it all to yourselves. You don’t like malling either and find sifting through the crowds tedious. And those “tugs-tugs” clubs – let’s not even go there. So what do you guys do on a Friday night or a free weekend? Check out this list of Manila spots for geeky barkadas to find your answer!

Table Taft Board Game Café

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Normal meals getting too boring for your barkada? Give it a geeky twist at Table Taft Board Game Café. A fave hangout spot for Taft Avenue students, Table Taft, has a wide selection of games you and the gang can enjoy over awesome affordable food. Compliment Cards Against Humanity with their bowls, or joust over Jenga with their ice cream shakes. Whatever mood you guys are in, there’s a board game – meal combo for you. Just make sure you don’t have classes after because you might not Continue reading Go for a Geek-fest in these Manila Spots for Geeky Barkadas

This Secret Spot in Batangas is What You Need this Summer

Batangas is one of the go-to easy escapes for Manila dwellers. That’s probably why its beaches, like Matabungkay and Calatagan, are always jam-packed. But just because you want a quick getaway doesn’t mean you have to endure the crowd, especially when there’s still an undiscovered town waiting to be enjoyed. Case in point: Lobo, Batangas.

Sitting between Batangas City and San Juan, this coast town is a quiet gem filled with surprises. If you’re a nature lover and an avid explorer, check out Lobo, Batangas while you can still have it all to yourself.

Dive in untouched reefs

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Lobo, Batangas may not share the same fame as Anilao, but it shares the same rich underwater life. Lobo has vast reefs brimming with sea fans and giant bouquets, as well as critters perfect for macro photography. Some of the more exciting dive sites are the Lumbangan Underwater Cave, a 60-foot deep tunnel which gets its only light from a small crack overhead, and the Malagundi Point Coral Wall, which is an 80-foot drop covered in vibrant underwater life. Continue reading This Secret Spot in Batangas is What You Need this Summer

Feel a Different Kind of Thrill with This Capas ATV Adventure

Calling all thrill-seekers, aspiring thrill-seekers, and ambivalent thrill-seekers alike! If you are looking for a rush of adrenaline, without the crazy life-threatening risks involved, you might want to check out this fun activity in Capas, Tarlac. Only a few hours away from Manila, Capas ATV Adventure offers different packages designed to satiate your need for speed while taking you through some breathtaking experiences. Curious? Here’s what to expect when you go for a ride of a lifetime.

Choose your adventure                   

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Capas ATV Adventure has 4 different packages, catering to varying levels of experience (or guts!). The Lahar Short Trail is the cheapest and easiest, ideal for beginner ATV riders or those who have limited time. The Tambo Lake drive, meanwhile, is a good balance between relatively easy riding through lahar planes, streams, and short rivers. It is 2-3 hours long and ends in peaceful Tambo Lake, where you can relax and even opt to go fishing. The third option is to Maruglo Falls, a 10 km long ride lasting 3 hours. And for those with real determination, the Pinatubo Crater ride is 7 hours long and is a more hardcore Continue reading Feel a Different Kind of Thrill with This Capas ATV Adventure

Try this Laguna Visita Iglesia Itinerary for a Memorable Holy Week

Visita Iglesia is an intrinsic part of Filipino culture during Holy Week. Visiting 7 churches not only appeals to our piety, but to our natural penchants for lakwatcha as well.  Thus over the years the traditional Visita Iglesia has evolved into a family or barkada affair that also involves travel and adventure. So this year, try out this Laguna Visita Iglesia itinerary for a prayerful and cultural Holy Week.

San Pablo 

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One of the largest cities in the province of Laguna is San Pablo. It is most famous for its Seven Lakes, which are a major daytrip destination. For a quick trip, visit the largest of the lakes, Sampaloc Lake, which is just behind the city hall. Take a quick stroll around the lake or have a bite at Café Lago for a sweeping lake view. Continue reading Try this Laguna Visita Iglesia Itinerary for a Memorable Holy Week