Malalison: A Secluded Island in Antique

by Shayne Zalameda

Antique is a destination often set aside by travelers due to its more famous neighbors in the Western Visayas region. It’s not easily accessible; currently has no direct flights, no direct land transfer from Luzon, nor Mindanao, and has no direct ferry routes. It is not your ordinary tourist spot because of its location, which makes it deserving of a place on your bucket list.

One of Antique’s pride is Malalison Island, an emerging tourist destination located in the municipality of Culasi. Here, you get a piece of the island that is just as beautiful as its neighbors, but only with a promise of being away from the bustling crowds.

There are no bars, restaurants, or hotels in this 54-hectare piece of land —only clear waters, powdery white sand, a 360-degree view of rolling hills, and some locals who are eager to show you their hospitality.

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7 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do In Boracay

by Shayne Zalameda

Boracay is famous for its white sand beaches, thrilling nightlife, delicious fruit shakes, and calamansi muffins. But here, we’ve listed down 7 things to make your stay in the island beyond the usual.

1. Ride a Flybike

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If you’re looking for a more thrilling water activity, try flybike. Here, you will learn how to fly 25 feet above sea level. They say that if you know how to ride a bike, you Continue reading 7 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do In Boracay

6 Amazing Spots to Swim with Turtles

by Shayne Zalameda

Put your flippers on, take a deep breath, and swim with one of the sweetest creatures that inhabit the sea —the pawikans. Here, we listed down six wild swimming spots that will surely make everyone happy.

1. Mindoro: Apo Reef

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Considered to be one of the top diving spots in the country, Apo Reef is the closest turtle spotting scene for those who live in Manila. Bountiful with soft and hard corals, plus some shipwrecks, Apo Reef is an interesting dive site to observe turtles and other big sea creatures such as sharks and manta rays. Not to be mistaken with Apo Island in Dumaguete, Apo Reef is located in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro.

How To Get There: Ride a ferry in Batangas pier going to Mindoro or fly directly to San Jose, Occidental Mindoro then ride a bus bound for Sablayan. Continue reading 6 Amazing Spots to Swim with Turtles

Your Insider Guide to Holi Festival of Colors

by Mark Go

As a traveler who have witnessed numerous festivals, I swear at the memorable experience I had at the Holi Festival in India back in March 2014. If you want to experience a festival that depicts a unique culture and a colorful religious tradition, then you should start planning on attending the upcoming “Holi” next March. Known as the ‘festival of colors’, it is held during spring time in many parts of India and is also celebrated throughout the world by Hindus. This ancient religious festival attracts travelers from all the world to different parts of India to witness a unique spectacle of celebrating a festival of love highlighted by throwing colorful powders at each other. The Holi festival celebrates the triumph of good over bad deeds, coming in the heels of the destruction and burning of the demoness named Holika, through the Hindu faithful’s continued devotion and faith to Lord Vishnu, the Hindu god of preservation. The practice of using powdered colors originated from the time of Lord Vishnu’s reincarnation; Lord Krishna, who used to play pranks with the village people by throwing colors and drenching them with water. The Holi also signify the end of winter and the celebration of the coming harvest season of spring time.

When is the Holi Festival Celebrated?

The Holi Festival takes place a day following the full moon every month of March. Continue reading Your Insider Guide to Holi Festival of Colors

Learn How to Make Ramen, Stamps and More This Week

 

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A group of UA&P Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) students collaborated on a project that aims to bring out the little explorer in everyone. The event will gather everything you will need for an exciting weekend: food, unique merchandise and entertainment. People can also look forward to a raffle draw where prizes and giveaways await.

February 6-7, 2016 | 10:00AM-10:00PM
U.P. Town Center, Diliman, Quezon City
Admission is free
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New Zealand Opens Working Holidays to Young Filipinos

by Janelle Almosara 

Nowadays, more and more young people are becoming interested in the idea of going on a backpacking trip around the globe. Most Filipinos who embark on long-term backpacking trips usually start exploring countries that are visa free and would allow them to go around for a month or two without having to worry about obtaining and paying fees for the renewal of their papers. However, backpackers who plan to travel for a long time usually needs work permits, and for third world passport holders, this can be a rather daunting challenge, especially if you are entering countries that comply with a strict set of rules. The good news is New Zealand is opening up its doors for Filipinos to finally obtain working holiday visas.

The working holiday visa is a specific type of visa that travelers could get so that they can apply for casual jobs while traveling and exploring a country. This helps out travelers who plan to stay in New Zealand for one to two years, giving them Continue reading New Zealand Opens Working Holidays to Young Filipinos

7 Underrated Getaway Spots near Manila

by Shayne Zalameda

Traveling to a slightly more obscure location can be quite a challenge but if you are looking for a relaxing getaway or just a simple weekend staycation away from the bustling crowd, these under-the-radar getaway destinations near Metro Manila deserve a spot on your things to do.

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The Ultimate 2016 Philippine Travel Bucket List

By Mikka Wee

Planning to explore the Philippine’s hidden wonders and enchanting getaway destinations? May this ultimate Philippine travel bucket list help you fill up your check list:

1. Check Out the Scenic Rock Formations at Biri Island

Ultimate Philippine travel bucket list: Rock Formations at Biri Island
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Biri Island in Samar is known for its breathtaking landscape thanks to the intricately shaped rock formations sculpted by the waves. Truly an idyllic sight to behold, the view from here immediately transports you to the rock formations in Tanah Lot, Bali, where you can just sit calmly and watch the sea from a distance.

When to Visit: The best time to visit Biri Island is during dry months (March – May). It may get hot, but a little heat is better than the prospect of getting stranded on the island during -ber months!

Pro-Tip: Make sure to fully charge your batteries and cameras! This place is too scenic that you wouldn’t want to stop taking photos.

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