TribesAndTreks Philippines

13 Merry Ways to Enjoy the Philippines this December

Here at Ellry, we’re all about making everyday feel like an adventure. We’ve got ideas on how to make the most out of your time, wherever in the country you may be! Find out what’s happening in the Philippines this December with Ellry’s monthly guide!

great-apo-expeditionThe Great Apo Expedition

Cap off the year by conquering great heights – the greatest one in the country, to be specific. At over 3100 meters above sea level, Mt. Apo is the tallest peak in the Philippines. Experience breathtaking beauty from its peak as you explore the mountain’s new landscape after being ravaged by fires earlier this year. Because it’s still healing, it’s very important for hikers to leave nothing but footprints not only for the mountain’s sake but for the benefit of all the people dependent on its biodiversity.

December 2-5, 2016 | 4:00AM onwards
Mt. Apo, Digos City, Davao del Sur
Registration: Php7999
Website | Facebook 

tagaytay-degustationTagaytay Degustation

Tagaytay City is a favorite for weekend visits and food trips. The first ever Tagaytay Degustation, presented by the Tagaytay Tourism Council in cooperation with Tagaytay Chefs Society, creates the perfect event for foodies and weekend warriors alike. For one day, get a taste of some of the classic flavors you flock to Tagaytay for. Over 40 participating restaurants and their chefs will be serving up local favorites for everyone to enjoy. Participating restaurants include crowd favorites such as Bag of Beans, Carmela’s Banana Cakes, Amira’s Buco Tart Haus, and Siglo, among many others. Early bird tickets are available at Green Olive Cafe for Php500.

December 3, 2016 | 10:00AM – 10:00PM
Tagaytay International Convention Center, Tagaytay City
Admission: Php650 (door charge)

tribes-treks-islandsTribes, Treks, and Islands

MAD Travel, or Make a Difference Travel, is all about giving back to the environment and helping small communities thrive. Along with Circle Hostel Zambales and Hineleban Foundation, they are organizing a meaningful trip that lets you give back to the local community while enjoying what San Felipe’s nature has to offer: Explore the ancestral land of Aetas and immerse in their culture; Help rehabilitate a forest that sustains local communities; Finally, relax in white sand beaches and engage in other activities after a long and fulfilling day. The Tribes, Treks, and Islands tour offers several packages, from day trips to multi-night options. Choose from the available dates below!

December 3, 10, 17, 27, 2016 | 7:00AM onwards
San Felipe, Zambales
Registration starts at: Php1500
Website | Facebook

blacklight-runColor Manila Blacklight Run

Throughout the year, Color Manila has organized some of the funkiest fun runs around. Join them as they close out 2016 with a bang with what could possibly be their biggest fun run yet! Unlike early morning fun runs, the Blacklight Run happens in the evening. It’s meant to give a fuller effect and a party vibe for the LED lights that all participants are running with. Apart from these lamps, deluxe race kits also include a race shirt, race bib, and color packets. Rockstar race kits are also available with additional towel and drawstring bag. The Color Manila Blacklight Run comes in 3k, 5k, and 10k categories.

December 3, 2016 | 6:00PM – 11:00PM
CDC Parade Grounds, Clark, Pampanga
Registration starts at:  Php650
Website | Facebook

mindanao-filmfest12th Mindanao Film Festival

What started in 2003 as a showcase for workshop participants has since evolved into one of the longest running independent film festivals in the country. The 12-year-old Mindanao Film Festival (or 14-year-old Guerrilla Film Festival, as it was originally named) showcases the works of the region’s upcoming filmmakers. This year, over 20 short films are featured across 3 categories: Filmathon, featuring guerrilla filmmaking; NABIFILMEX, features from the Nabunturan Indie Film Exhibition; and OHANA, featuring films with the theme of family bond.

December 7-13, 2016 | 11:00AM onwards
Gaisano Mall of Davao Cinema
Admission fee: Php135
Website | Facebook

wvitf1st Western Visayas International Travel Fair

Gear up and go exploring with the 1st Western Visayas International Travel Fair. Find great deals and exciting steals from dozens of participating tour companies and travel agencies offering both local and international adventures. There will be homegrown travel-related brands as well as global names offering up good sales on gears and items. Food booths and entertainment will also be present to complete the mood of excitement. If you’re looking for an excuse to go out there and travel again, this is your sign. So come early for the best deals around!

December 9-11, 2016 | 10:00AM – 11:00PM
SM City Iloilo
Admission is free

masquerade-datingElite Masquerade Dating 

Are you single and ready to mingle? Try out this unique dating concept organized by Full Circle, a Cebu-based events organizing company. Attract a potential partner (or even just a new friend or work contact) through your attractive mask and shining personality. This is a chance for single Cebuanos and visitors to expand their horizons, meet new people, and just have fun. Tickets include 2 shots of Bacardi Gold, light munchies, and a night filled with wonder and endless possibilities.

December 10, 2016 | 8:30PM – 12MN
Politics, Escario Central, Cebu City
Admission fee: Php650

overland-expo1st Overland Philippines Expo

Pack your bags, load your 4×4’s, campers, RV’s or bikes and join the 1st ever Overland Philippines Expo. Overlanding is a method of travel done purely overland with a self-reliant and self-sufficient approach – and it’s fast gaining a following! For the weekend, overland enthusiasts will come together as they celebrate their journeys, swap stories, and share spaces with each other. Each participant will be allocated a 9x7m of space for their setup. Participants are also encouraged to prepare food and snacks to share with the community.

December 10-11, 2016 | 2:00PM – 6:00PM the next day
Southwoods 4×4 Park, Southwoods City, Laguna
Admission is free

north-swell-balerCelebrate the North Swell

Calling all surfers! The north swell is coming, and we all know what that means. With beautiful barrels and perfect waves comes an excuse to celebrate. Join Circle Hostel Baler for a weekend of film screenings, live music, artistic pursuits, beach-side drinks and great company as they usher in a brand new surf season. You may even end up with a permanent souvenir from Sentinel Inks! Make sure to book your hammocks, bunks or rooms in advance to get yourselves the best spot in the house.

December 10-11, 2016
The Circle Hostel, Baler
Admission starts at: Php450

symphony-of-wineSymphony of Wine

Suit up for a night of culture at the iconic Antonio’s, Tagaytay with Symphony of Wine. Organized by Wine Depot, the country’s biggest importer and distributor of wine, it is an event designed for connoisseurs and novices alike. Whet your palate with the wines of legendary Chateaunnef-du-Pape, from the Rhône region of Southern France, one of the most renowned wine appellations in the world. As you enjoy the rich flavors, let the Manila Symphony Orchestra serenade you with a live performance.

December 10, 2016 | 4:00PM – 10:00PM
Antonio’s Restaurant, Tagaytay
Registration fee: Php5500/ pax
Website | Facebook

funrun-for-sped1st Balloon Fun Run for SPED

Bring the whole family on a fun day for charity in Corregidor Island. The 1st ever Balloon Fun Run is aimed to raise awareness and encourage funding for children with special needs. Three race categories offer participants of varying skill levels different options for joining. You can participate solo or with your whole family in 3k, 5k, and 10k categories. Registration fee includes discounted ferry transfers, lunch, a race kit, and swimming fee in the South Beach area. You can also opt to just buy tickets for the run alone, however this wouldn’t get you discounts on the ferry to and from the island. After the run, you can also enjoy the different activities and cultural tours offered on the island, for an additional price.

December 11, 2016 | 4:00AM – 2:00PM
Corregidor Island, Cavite, Philippines
Registration starts at:  Php750

ilongotIlongot Project

The Ilongot Project is a community development initiative organized by Project Lingap. Also known as Voluntourism PH, Project Lingap is a community of volunteers that make their way into far flung areas and immerse with indigenous peoples in order to contribute in building a sustainable livelihood for them. They also work to create ready access to clean water and better education. Their volunteer projects are a way of inviting others to join in their efforts, while getting the experience of a lifetime. Participants not only get to visit beautiful and untouched natural sights during missions, but also see firsthand where there hard work and contributions go. As Project Lingap puts it, it’s adventure with a heart.

December 16-18, 2016 | 10:00PM onwards
Maria Aurora, Aurora
Registration fee: Php2500

vinceroVincero: A Night of Opera Arias and Musical Masterpieces

Revel in a night of classical music and operatic pieces in this event hosted by the Negros Cultural Foundation. It is a fundraiser to aid in the schooling of Emmanuel Aller, a local talent who has been given the opportunity to study in St. Paul University Manila, College of Music and the Performing Arts. It also coincides with NCF’s goal to promote music appreciation to the general public and especially to young kids. This even aims not only to help someone meet his potential, but also to invite the audiences into the magical and transporting worlds of music.

December 19-21, 2016 | 6:00PM onwards
The Negros Museum
Admission: Php200

Got a tip for something hot happening next month? Let us know and it might just make our list!

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