This Laguna Itinerary Is Perfect for Every Weekend Warrior

Let’s give those hot springs and buko pies a rest, shall we? This bustling and colorful province two hours south of Manila contains more gems than it is given credit for. For years, Laguna arts and industry thrived below the radar to create some of the most interesting haunts in the region. Throw in some untouched natural beauty and renowned food, and you have a Laguna itinerary for every traveler’s taste.

Many natural and cultural offerings highlight the province. And thanks to this ever-growing list of things to do, Laguna is the perfect retreat for a weekend’s worth of arts, culture, food, and fun. Translation: this Laguna itinerary will keep you coming back for more.

Lake Pandin

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Said to be the cleanest of the 7 lakes of Laguna, Lake Pandin is surrounded by lush vegetation and maintained by a small community. For P500, you get a short hike to the lake itself, a balsa ride guided by local women across the lake (where you can get a view of Lake Pandin’s twin, Lake Yambo), and yummy home-style lunch. Strong swimmers can challenge themselves with the lake’s current, while the rest can hang on to the balsa and just chill in the fresh, clean waters. The best time to visit is at 10am, to make the most of the lunch package. They recommend to make reservations in advance to ensure there’s still availability.

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Find Paradise Near Manila with These Secluded Beaches in Quezon

by Julia Escano

Sure, the -ber months are upon us, which makes it the least ideal time to be going to the beach. Right? Not really. Before we feel the full force of the stormy season, we must enjoy to the fullest whatever sunshine comes our way!

Dips in the sea are cooling, calming, and fun, making them the perfect escape, whatever the season may be. But when half the city is sunbathing and swimming right beside you, it makes being in the beach feel more like a mall sale, less like a relaxing hideaway. Wouldn’t it be better to have a beach all to yourself, so you can laze around in peace while enjoying your buko? There are many secluded beaches near Manila that can give you just that.

Quezon province alone boasts of beaches less overrun by tourists than the busy shores of Batangas, Zambales, and Subic. Accessible, relatively secluded, definitely beautiful — here are 5 handpicked beach destinations you can go to. Enjoy them (and your buko) to the fullest!

Lukang Beach, Pagbilao

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Lukang Beach, more popularly known as Puting Buhangin, is a neighboring beach of Dampalitan. In spite of the proximity, many say that it is the more excellent beach because of its finer sands, more blue waters, and fewer tourists. Apart from being a fine beach perfect for picnics and sunbathing, Lukang Beach also has Kuwebang Continue reading Find Paradise Near Manila with These Secluded Beaches in Quezon

Farm Resorts Near Manila for Your Next Vacation

by Julia Escano

Beaches are a staple when it comes to weekends and short vacations out of town. Likewise, mountain climbing and camping have become a popular activity across the board. But too much of these and you can’t help but look for something new, something different, but something equally fun. In the past few years, farm resorts across the Philippines have grown in number. Soon they will probably become the next hot destination for weekend warriors and out-of-towners looking for a different experience.

Farm resorts are great in that they offer a different side of nature we rarely get to see, while providing all the creature comforts of a true getaway. Imagine the serenity of waking up in the morning and looking out into vast farmlands where you are protected from the hustle and bustle of the city. The following is a list of farm resorts near Manila, which offers a unique escape from the daily grind or the usual destinations.

Costales Nature Farms

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Located in Majayjay, Laguna, Costales Nature Farms was established in 2005 to cultivate premiere organic produce in the country. Now, it has also opened its Continue reading Farm Resorts Near Manila for Your Next Vacation

Discover Tagaytay: Attractions Beyond Restaurants

By Claire Marie Algarme

When the temperature hits red, and the city heat seems unbearable, the nearest place to Manila where one can cool off is Tagaytay City. Motorists drive to this town, which is an hour or two south of the capital, to enjoy the fresh air, the breathtaking view of Taal volcano, and the delectable food in restaurants that sprawl within and around the locality. But there’s more to Tagaytay and its vicinity than just Taal and great eats.

Discover Tagaytay more by finding out the other things you can do to explore its environs and various itineraries through the following:

1. Bike to Tagaytay from Manila via the Molino-Paliparan Route

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Save on gas, get some exercise and enjoy the scenery in one single activity. Ardent bikers and beginners find an excellent way to sweat it out and have fun by cycling from Manila to Tagaytay via the Molino-Paliparan Route.

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Iconic Philippine Destinations You Can Recreate Near Manila

by Julia Escano

The Philippines is gorgeous, no argument there. Because of that, it’s not hard to get overwhelmed when planning for trips – especially when it involves picking a spot amongst 7,107 beautiful islands and the logistics that involves. Between that, busy workdays, and limited time, sometimes we arrive at our destination more tired about the journey than excited to be there. But what if we told you that you didn’t have to go through all the headaches of trip-planning just to see some of the iconic spots in the country?

If you have limited time or a limited budget, but just want to go out there and explore, there are great spots near Manila that more than just suffice. Thanks to these spots, you can experience some of the most iconic Philippine destinations, just two or three hours away. Perfect for weekend warriors and budget adventurers!

Bangui Wind Farm, Ilocos Norte vs. Pililla Wind Farm, Rizal

Philippine destinations near Manila #1: Bangui Wind Farm, Ilocos
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Where Ilocos Norte’s famous windmills stand in line the ocean, Rizal’s counterpart bores down on you from tall ridges of winding hills and sprawling earth. Located in Barangay Halayhayin, Pililla, Rizal, these 27 wind turbines are segmented into three clusters throughout a loop accessible via Manila East Road or Barangay Sampaloc, in Tanay, Rizal. The whole loop was only opened in Continue reading Iconic Philippine Destinations You Can Recreate Near Manila

Why Rizal Should Be Your Next Day Trip Destination

by Julia Escano

Despite its proximity to Manila, Rizal province still doesn’t enjoy the same tourism draw of places like Tagaytay or Subic. For many, a list of things to do in Rizal exclusively contains mountains and hikes.  But what most Manileños may not know is that the cities and towns of Antipolo, Angono, Montalban, and Tanay – which are only an hour or two from the metro – are also fast-growing cultural hubs.

A quick drive through the length of Marcos Highway from Katipunan leads you to the edge of Antipolo while taking Ortigas Extension takes you to the heart of Antipolo itself. Once there, it becomes a game of “Choose Your Adventure.” Whether you’re looking to commune with nature, eat your heart out, or get more cultured, there’s a Rizal province activity that’s perfect for you. Even better, you can mix and match activities and get a small dose of everything in one weekend.

If you think you’re ready to explore Rizal, read on to create your perfect weekend day trip.

GET IN TOUCH WITH HISTORY IN RIZAL PROVINCE

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Skip the Hotel: 7 Unique Airbnbs for Group Outings Near Manila

Are you gearing up for your family or barkada getaway?

It’s likely that everybody else will be on holiday, too. So for a change, skip the crowded hotel and resort, and book your own little hideaway via Airbnb. We did the homework for you and sought listings with unique concepts, stunning views, close proximity to nature activities, and rock-solid reviews, too.

Stay in one of these to make the most of your summer:

**Click the title of each lodging to be redirected to their respective Airbnb page. 

1. Modern Kubo with Private Pool Overlooking Taal
    Narra Hill, Tagaytay

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THE GIST A bed & breakfast overlooking Taal Lake where you can rent a kubo, or the entire venue.
P9,041.00 / night
1 night minimum stay
THE SPACE Accommodates: 5
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 3
RATING 5 stars (26 reviews)
AMENITIES Free Breakfast, served by staff
Free Parking
Pool
Air-conditioning
Wireless Internet
Family and Pet Friendly

We all know how Tagaytay can be crowded, especially on long weekends. But guests of Narra Hill say it makes you feel like you’re on a different side of town.

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6 Camping Sites Near Manila that Will Take Your Breath Away

There are a lot of amazing destinations to go camping near Manila. They’re all easy to access and offer stunning views that’ll satisfy your wanderlust. If you feel that the bustling city streets and pollution are taking its toll on your well-being, these breathtaking camping getaways will surely give you the relaxation you deserve – minus the long hours of travel.

1. Dampalitan Island: lets you enjoy beach camping at its most serene.

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Tranquility is the first word that comes to mind when you see the pristine shore of Dampalitan Island, is situated in Padre Burgos, Quezon Province. The Continue reading 6 Camping Sites Near Manila that Will Take Your Breath Away

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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