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

Awesome Waterfalls Near Manila for Cool Summer Daytrips

Summer is well on its way, and with it comes the face-melting heat we all know and love (not really). Thankfully, we’re also blessed with a ton of natural resources which provide instant relief from the sun. Apart from beaches and lakes, we also have dozens and dozens of waterfalls – some in one province alone!

Just an hour or two from Manila are a plethora of choices for a relaxing and refreshing summer day trip. Check out these waterfalls near Manila for your next barkada adventure.

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Dahoyhoy Falls, Mauban

Dahoyhoy Falls is merely 1 of a rumored 20 waterfalls in the town of Mauban. Along with Hagdan-hagdan Falls and Alitap Falls, Dahoyhoy is one of the more popular falls thanks to its accessibility and natural beauty. Getting there is a scenic hike through rice fields and hanging bridges, though it is relatively easy thanks to a cement pathway. There are stone picnic tables and lots of shade right beside the basin, perfect for a relaxing lunch by the waterside. Despite its accessibility, the falls still aren’t overrun by tourists, which means that if you’re Continue reading Awesome Waterfalls Near Manila for Cool Summer Daytrips

Redefine Wellness With These Spa Retreats in the Philippines

Is the world getting you down? Perhaps you’ve spent far too much time stuck in traffic. Or maybe work is piling on your shoulders faster than you could bear. Or you simply need an escape from the chaos of everyday life. If you think this is you, then you probably need a spa retreat.

Picture this: waking up to fresh air, filling your body with the freshest and healthiest forms of nourishment, and freeing your mind of any stressors. The best part is you can enjoy the luxuries and benefits of these spa resorts in the Philippines. That’s right; you can find your center and live happy right on our own shores. Check these out!

Nurture Wellness Village, Tagaytay

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Rated as one of the top spas in Asia by CNN Go and Asia Spa Magazine, Nurture Wellness Village in Tagaytay caters the whole nine yards of wellness retreats. You can pick from a variety of international massage therapies if you need a quick soothe. You can avail of detox services, on top of holistic weight loss programs if you want to take cleansing and living healthy to the next level. You can even enlist meditation gurus and lifestyle counselors for a complete mental and psychological turnaround. You can experience all these amidst the backdrop of lush organic gardens, unique accommodations, and the cool air of Tagaytay. Continue reading Redefine Wellness With These Spa Retreats in the Philippines

These Underrated Spots in Ilocos Norte will Redefine Your Vacation

by Julia Escaño

Ilocos Norte, the northwestern-most province in the island of Luzon, has become synonymous with windmills and white beaches. Rightly so, we think, with these popular sights truly a breathtaking experience. But while tourists crowd all the usual spots, there are lots more to see in this rich and laid-back province. Check out these underrated spots in Ilocos Norte for a one-of-a-kind trip (and unique selfies!).

Cabo Bojeador Lighthouse, Burgos

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Also known as the Burgos Lighthouse, the Cabo Bojeador Lighthouse was first lit in March 1892 and is still operational up to this day. It marks the northwestern-most tip of the country and serves as a beacon for ships entering our waters from the north. The lighthouse offers commanding views of Cape Bojeador from its hilltop location. It’s perfect for sunset selfies against the structure’s beautifully preserved Spanish colonial architecture. The lighthouse’s volunteer staff also offer short guided tours where guests can learn all about its Continue reading These Underrated Spots in Ilocos Norte will Redefine Your Vacation

These Scenic Drives in Luzon Will Leave You Breathless

The US has the Pacific Coast Highway; Canada has the Columbia Icefields Parkway, and Australia has the Great Ocean Road. But you don’t have to go abroad just to see beautiful drives and breathtaking highway views. The Philippines has its fair share of gorgeous routes, starting with the most scenic drives in Luzon.

With these vistas, the journey truly becomes half the destination (if not more!) So check your tires, gas up, and pack your car chow as these scenic drives around Luzon give a whole new meaning to road trips.

Halsema Highway to Sagada 


When talking about scenic drives in Luzon, Halsema Highway is perhaps the most famous – and for a good reason. Now that Sagada is a tourist hotspot, Halsema Highway is becoming just as busy. This stretch from Benguet to Mt. Province first became famous for its rolling terrain and sharp zigzags, where the mountain falls off on either side of the road and transforms into rice terraces, small fields, or quaint little villages. It’s also famous for its gasp-inducing turns, where you don’t see the road beneath your car when you look out the window. Another attraction on the Halsema Highway are the rickety old buses speeding like rocket ships, which add a whole new layer of excitement to the experience.

Tabuk to Tinglayan, Kalinga

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Officially, the almost 3-hour-long route is called the Mt. Province-Tabuk-Enrile-Cagayan Road – a mouthful. And when driving through its winding mountainous highway, the road is an eyeful as well. Some turns would reveal verdant rice terraces carved on the mountain ranges as far as the eye can see, while some turns would unveil sparkling blue rivers snaking through the thick forest below. This is one of the most common routes to Buscalan, where the now legendary Apo Whang-Od, the mambabatok, lives. It’s also possible to commute this way by taking a Victory Liner bus from Kamuning to Tabuk, then taking a jeep to Tinglayan. When passing through this road, make sure to keep your windows Continue reading These Scenic Drives in Luzon Will Leave You Breathless

Have this Unique Manila Daytrip by Taking the Pasig River Ferry

Think you’ve seen and done it all around the Metro? Think again! The Pasig River Ferry service may have been opened in 2007 (and reopened in 2014), but it remains to be a secondary and oft-forgotten means to get around the city. With this Manila day trip itinerary, however, not only will you evade traffic, but you’ll also get to discover another side to the city itself.

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Operating from Mondays to Saturdays from 6:00AM to 4:15PM, the Pasig River Ferry includes the stations of Plaza Mexico, Escolta, PUP, and Sta. Ana in Manila; Guadalupe in Makati; and San Joaquin and Pinagbuhatan in Pasig. For rates and Continue reading Have this Unique Manila Daytrip by Taking the Pasig River Ferry