14 Ways to Soak Up Some Sun This April

Here at Ellry, we’re all about making the most out of every opportunity. And come summer-time, there will be opportunities a-knocking as parties, festivals, and workshops start happening left and right. Don’t miss out on any of these awesome events this April that are sure to give you the hottest summer ever.

bangusBangus Festival

No Filipino fiesta is complete without drumbeats filling the streets and an overflow of delicious food. In the case of Dagupan’s famous festival, the center of the celebrations is the fish every Filipino knows and loves: bangus! Tickle your tongue with the worldwide flavors of bangus at the cooking contest, let the rhythm flow through you and join in the street dancing or simply chill and listen to the steady flow of live bands playing.

April 1-30, 2016
Dagupan City, Pangasinan
Contact: (075) 523-1007 / (075) 515-8060

extreme-sportsfestExtreme Sports Fest

Take your workout to the water with Leg 2 of the Fuego Open Water Challenge in Nasugbu, Batangas. The friendly competition is open to swimmers of all levels, looking to conquer the open ocean. If an adrenaline rush is what you’re looking for, the 5th Club Punta Fuego and Rider Cliff Diving Invitational Challenge happens on the same day. Watch as divers from all over the world twirl, twist, and drop from high up in the air – or who knows, maybe it could be you!

April 2, 2016 | Open Water 10AM | Cliff Diving 3PM
Club Punta Fuego, Nasugbu, Batangas
Contact: (02) 751-4027 or Email
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batolusongMt. Batolusong + Kay-ibon Falls Hike for a Cause

If you’re outdoorsy and an animal lover, there are few excuses to let this event pass. For a fee of P800 you get to hike through Mt. Batolusong, swim around Kay-ibon Falls, cross rivers, commune with nature, meet new friends and get to help shelter animals in need. Organized by itinerary.ph and Sabit Wanderer, all event proceeds will go to the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) for the purchase of cat food and other medical needs.

April 3, 2016 | 3:30AM – 4:30PM
Brgy. San Andres, Tanay, Rizal
P800 per person
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batanesBatanes Photography Safari

With stunning vistas, iconic stone huts, a landmark lighthouse, and warm people, Batanes is a photographer’s paradise by all accounts. Through Vision2Adventure’s photo tour, participants not only immerse in the rich and distinct culture of the Ivatan or see the natural beauty the country’s northernmost region has to offer. They also get to share it with fellow photography enthusiasts who understand that travel is about creating memories.

April 6-10, 2016
Batanes, Cagayan Valley
Contact: (0906) 308-9436
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summer-sirenSummer Siren Festival

Nothing says “summer” better than sick beats on the beach, a steady sea breeze, and that tickle of sunshine on your skin. If this is sounding like paradise to you, then it’s time to head back to the 3rd Summer Siren Festival happening in Crystal Beach, Zambales. With over thirty of the country’s best bands and DJ’s, this three-day affair is sure to get your heart pounding, your mind roaring, and your skin suitably sun-kissed. Bum on the beach, party ‘til you drop, and just live the perfect summer life.

April 8-10, 2016
Crystal Beach, Zambales
Contact: (02) 746-5119
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mountaineeringBasic Mountaineering Course

Are you ready to take your mountain climbing to new heights? If you think you’re ready to graduate from casual climber to a more serious mountaineer, then this course is just for you. This two-day program teaches the basics of first aid, ropemanship, orienteering, jungle survival, and water safety. It also involves zip-lining, mudsliding, rappelling, and conquering an obstacle course. Participants are sure to come out more confident in their mountaineering skills and even more amped up to go on that next climb.

April 9-10, 2016 | 5:00AM – 8:00PM
Tanay Adventure Camp, Rizal
P1,200 per person

cebu-reggaeCebu Summer Reggae Fest

The biggest reggae event in the country just keeps getting bigger. This year, headlining acts include Jamaican quintet and Grammy winner Inner Circle, as well as American reggae/pop band Big Mountain. If that’s not enough to get your soul jiving to the reggae beats, the festival will also feature Cebu’s best reggae bands. The festival’s other features include a car show, skateboard and BMX exhibitions, and Tattoo Mania. Tickets are now available at smtickets.com.

April 15, 2016 | 3:00PM
SM Seaside City, Cebu
P800 Gold Ticket or P2,000 VIP

imadeitI Made It!: A Hands-on Weekend

Dip your fingers into some creative juices at the Crescent Moon Café and Studio Pottery this April. Participate in up to three workshops ranging from calligraphy, painting, pottery, photography, bike mechanics, and healthy smoothie preparation for a fun-filled, productive weekend. Not only will it work your hands and tease your imagination, but at the end of the day you can go home with a creation that is proudly yours.

April 16-17, 2016 | 9:30AM – 5:00PM
Crescent Moon Café and Studio Pottery, Antipolo, Rizal
P1,800 per person

bayani-challengeBayani Challenge 2016: Barangay Walang Iwanan

There are few things more rewarding than fulfilling our civic duties and helping our countrymen in need. This year’s Bayani Challenge is another opportunity to contribute to the improvement of indigent communities around the country. Throughout four days, participants will help build homes, go on clean-up drives, attend youth conferences and health missions, and join sports programs. It’s a rare chance to build a community firsthand and touch lives.

April 20-24, 2016 | 4:00PM – 7:00PM
Cabiao, Nueva Ecija
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costales4th Organic Harvest Festival

Organized by Costales Nature Farms, one of the country’s premiere agri-tourism destinations, the month-long festival aims to promote appreciation and patronage of organic produce. Its culmination from April 22-24 will feature various art and green exhibits, film screenings, lectures, competitions – such as vegetable-carving and centerpiece design, and, best of all, eating and drinking feasts. It’s set to become a celebration of healthy options, clean food, and hearty, wholesome fun.

April 22-24, 2016
Costales Nature Farms, Majayjay, Laguna
Admission is free
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boracaySkyathon Boracay Beach Run

Fun runs can be great on their own, but when you pair it with the stunning views of White Beach, Boracay, it becomes something else. This summer, sizzle in the sun as you dash along powdery sand with the crystal waters (and beach bodies) as your view – all in the name of saving the island. The race has two categories, 5k and 10k, perfect for fun runners and those with a more serious running itch as well.

April 23, 2016 | 5:00AM
Epic Beach Front, Station 2, Boracay
P600 for 5K or P750 for 10K
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sky-lanternsSky Lantern Festival

No need to travel all the way to Thailand for the Loi Krathong, when you can witness the beauty of floating lanterns right on our shores. With a backdrop of the beach and the night sky, watch as tens – if not hundreds – of lanterns, each containing an individual’s hopes and dreams, go up into the heavens and linger there. This meaningful and scenic event is perfect for couples looking for a romantic beach getaway.

April 23, 2016 | 6:00PM – 9:30PM
Ulong Beach, Mogpog Marinduque
P100 per lantern

yoga-surfAll Girls Surf and Yoga Summer Camp

Imagine this: waking up to the sound of the waves crashing on the shore, getting up to do some yoga stretches, stuffing yourself with a hearty meal, then spending the rest of the day on the surfboard catching breaks. At the All Girls Surf and Yoga Summer Camp, exactly this awaits. Master your surfing skills with a local expert or just get your stoke on with a local guide. In the meantime, learn yoga stretches that could improve you both on and off the surfboard. Bring your girls or make new friends, and make meaningful memories.

April 29 – May 4, 2016
Sagana Resort, Siargao
P29,500 per person

midsummer-nightsMid-summer Night’s Dream

If your dreams are made of electro-pop beats, flashing neon lights, and dancing bodies, then hop on over to Puerto Princesa to watch your dream unfold before your very eyes. For one night only, this electrifying event, brought to you by EVO Philippines, brings together some of the country’s best DJ’s for an all-nighter dance party along this paradise-city’s bay walk. Sounds like the perfect cap to your time in paradise.

April 29, 2016 | 4:00PM
Baywalk Park, Puerto Princesa, Palawan
P300 General Admission or P600 VIP

Main Photo by Justin Ornellas / CC BY

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