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

13 Valentine’s Promos in Manila for an Unforgettable Celebration

It’s that time of the year once again. Roses seem redder, chocolate seems sweeter, and the sky looks bluer. Whether you’re under the spell of Cupid or not, Valentine’s is always a great excuse to head out and have some fun. And with these Valentines promos in Manila, it’s pretty hard not to.

Take your sweetheart, your BFF, your barkada, or even your whole family and enjoy these awesome treats that are sure to make your Valentine’s more memorable.

The Henry Hotel Manila

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Pull out all the stops with The Henry’s extra special romantic package. If you stay between February 10 to 19, not only do you get an intimate dinner at the hotel’s old-world courtyard, you also get breakfast for 2, couples massage, a bouquet of flowers, and a complimentary bottle of wine. This comes with an overnight accommodation for 2 in their stylish suites, where old-world charm and modern comforts are sure to give your stay an extra special ambiance. Reservations start Continue reading 13 Valentine’s Promos in Manila for an Unforgettable Celebration

5 Rooftop Bars in the Metro That Won’t Break Your Budget

by Geninna Ariton

When you hear rooftop bars, you immediately think, ka-ching ka-ching, you need to bring a lot of moolah because it ain’t going to be cheap.  And why shouldn’t it be expensive? Most rooftop bars in the city will leave you breathless. Especially with sunset and city views that you can only see if you own a top floor condo in a highrise tower. And these rooftop bars are usually found in hotels, or fancy office towers meant to target the people working there whose salaries go higher than a thousand bucks a month.

But don’t fret, we’ve found these rooftop bars that will let you enjoy local beers (from P50- P85) and cocktails (less than P230 per glass) on a budget. Imagine that! Without further ado, here are rooftop bars all around the metro where you can enjoy affordable drinks and scenic views of the city.

BunkBar

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This place has the cheapest drinks, ever! Local beers are just P50 and cocktails range from P80-P120. You cannot get a better deal than this. Plus there is this artsy vibe, complemented by the astonishing murals and the decor. They have bean bags and banigs if you feel like lying down and watching the stars. Not to mention they have events like poetry reading and live entertainment, just check out their FB page.

The location isn’t hard to find either. Although there will be no signs up front, look for Jovan Bldg. along Shaw Blvd., in front of PCSO. Do not be misled by the guards and do not ask them about opening hours and such. Bunk is open from 5pm, and the last call is 12mn, though you are welcome to stay until 3am, Tuesdays to Continue reading 5 Rooftop Bars in the Metro That Won’t Break Your Budget

13 More Unlimited Wine Promos for your Vino Obsession

Just can’t get enough of those oaky reds and buttery whites? Fret not because we heard your plea. Since you loved this list of all-out wine promos in Metro Manila, we’re giving you even more! Choose from this updated roster to satisfy your tongue and satiate your soul (yes, your soul). Whether it’s for your brunch cravings, post-dinner drinks, and weekend unwinding, these unassuming wine meccas are waiting for you with open arms.

Motorino

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Motorino is a Neapolitan-style pizza place with beautiful interiors, freshly made pasta, and a pizza menu to die for! For starters, you might think that pairing pizza with wine is sacrilegious as pizza’s most common alcoholic buddy is an ice-cold bottle of beer, but prepare to get your mind blown when you wash down a slice of their Quattro Formaggi with a chilled glass of Montepulciano, among others. It’s a partnership made by the Neapolitan gods.

The Promo: Wine All You Want

Possibly the most affordable unlimited wine option on this list, Motorino’s wine buffet costs only Php395. The only catch is that this is only good for the first 90 minutes, and then you’ll have to buy your wine by the glass or by the bottle. But hey, an hour and a half of their wine aren’t bad for such a low price! You can avail of this promo in Motorino’s BGC, Greenbelt 3, and SM Mall of Asia branches. Their last call for the promo varies per branch so make sure to call ahead of time to check!

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No Reservations

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The once-secluded and borderline abandoned United Street of Kapitolyo has now become a bustling hub for foodies and drinkers alike. No Reservations is one of Continue reading 13 More Unlimited Wine Promos for your Vino Obsession

Enjoy Nature in Style in These 8 Glamping Spots Near Manila

by Julia Escano

Most of us are guilty of it. We romanticize camping, thinking it’s a cool way to show we’re hardcore outdoorsmen. We get it: the idea of lying outdoors with nothing between you and the stars does sound romantic. Then come the first few mosquitoes, the ants that find their way into our tent, and that annoying piece of rock that keeps digging into our backs as we sleep. While camping certainly has its charms, there is an alternative to enjoying nature without having to get rough and dirty.

Enter glamping. The concept of “camping with glamor” has been around for a while, and finally, it’s becoming a bigger thing in the Philippines. With glamping sites near Manila sprouting regularly year after year, it’s only a matter of time before it becomes a crowd favorite for city dwellers. What’s so great about glamping is that it marries the best of both worlds: the rustic beauty of nature, and the creature comforts of luxury. What more can you ask for, right? So if you’re looking to kill two birds with one stone on your next weekend or holiday, here’s a list of the best glamping sites near Manila that you can enjoy.

San Rafael River Adventure, Bulacan 

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Along the stretch of the Angat riverbanks in the town of San Rafael, is a retreat that’ll make you feel like the city isn’t just two hours away. While amenities like an infinity pool are a major draw, the real attractions are the expanses of bamboo and the serene Angat River naturally defining the landscape. The best part is San Continue reading Enjoy Nature in Style in These 8 Glamping Spots Near Manila

Farm-to-Table Culinary Adventures in the Philippines

by Anj Santos

You’ve probably noticed the growth of farm-to-table restaurants in the food scene lately. If you’re wondering what it means, it is quite literal – these restaurants get their produce directly from the farm where it was grown. Not from the market, the grocery, or from any third-party supplier. Sometimes, the restaurants grow their own produce too, to ensure the best quality!

While the concept has been around since the 80’s (as a dissent to the then-rising fast food industry), interest in farm-to-table dining has grown in the recent years as people become more health and eco-conscious. Fans go to these restaurants for the assurance that there are no canned or processed ingredients in their foods. The meats, vegetables, and fruits are also healthier since they were harvested at the peak of their ripeness, and go straight from the farm to the restaurant, giving less time for nutrients to dissipate.

But, if you want to get close to the source, here are some 8 of the Philippines’ top farm-to-table tours to try, as well. You’ll see for yourself how the produce was grown, harvested and produced and get to enjoy the end-products right at the farm!

Try these tours for a trip that’s both sensory and educational:

1. Organic Vegetables and Meat
Costales Nature Farms, Laguna

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These Idyllic Mountain Towns Are the Perfect Rainy Day Getaways

by Julia Escano

With temperatures cooling down and rains coming in almost every day, beach bumming season has come to a close. But that doesn’t mean our wanderlust and thirst for exploration has to end too! Apart from seaside getaways, the Philippines is also rich in lush mountain destinations that don’t always get noticed.

Find your perfect escape in these idyllic locales nestled in the country’s lush mountain regions. Rainy days (and Mondays) don’t always have to get you down!

Bontoc, Mountain Province

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The town of Bontoc may only be 45 minutes away from Sagada, but it has yet to enjoy the same fame. Walking through the streets of Poblacion, Bontoc is much like walking through the town center of Dagdag, Sagada from 10 years ago. Instead of hordes of tourists milling around, you see locals coming to and from the market, interacting with each other, and going about their daily lives. It paints a picture of authentic local color, which is a breath of fresh air.

Just like its neighboring town, Bontoc’s attractions are in the outskirts, where nature is relatively untouched. Bontoc’s stretch of the vast Chico River is calm and crystal clear, making it a great spot for swimming. A short tricycle ride plus a long hike will take you to some of the most breathtaking rice terraces in the region, such as the Palali Rice Terraces. Along the way are the Alab Petroglyphs, which Continue reading These Idyllic Mountain Towns Are the Perfect Rainy Day Getaways

Breathtaking Philippine Honeymoon Getaways for Adventurous Couples

By Claire Marie Algarme

That time together after the wedding is one of the most awaited event in a newly married couple’s life. They call it as the “honeymoon.”  And for adventurous couples who want to have a mix of romance and adrenaline rush, your honeymoon in the Philippines can be extra special as countless honeymoon destinations offer exciting activities with a touch of romantic escapes.

Wouldn’t you want to spend your honeymoon where you can bond with your partner in the most exhilarating way? Make this moment memorable by taking the road less traveled. Spend your days doing a few thrilling activities and cap them with a quiet interlude in a magnificent hotel or resort while sharing a toast for this beautiful union. If you’re looking for the best places where you can spend your exciting honeymoon in the Philippines, consider these breathtaking honeymoon destinations for a romantic getaway while satiating your adventurous spirits as a couple.

Camiguin Island: Snorkel at the giant clam sanctuary, cap the day with a dip in the hot springs, and stay at the Volcano House overlooking the island

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Unlimited Cocktail Promos to Bring Out Your Inner Hemingway

by Mich Escultura 

If you’re a hardcore drinker who can keep up with the likes of Hemingway, Van Gogh, and Marx, you’ve probably already noticed the glaring dent your alcohol cravings have inflicted on your wallet. But spending more on drinks doesn’t necessarily mean you get a bang for your buck. Sometimes, what you should be after is the perfect promo where you can pay just once to get all the cocktails your liver can handle. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of unlimited cocktail promos in Manila!

Loved our unlimited wine article but you now want a taste of free-flowing cocktails? This list was made for drinkers like you!

1. Agave Mexican Cantina

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When it comes to unlimited margaritas and mojitos at a super affordable price, Agave Mexican Cantina is one place that delivers. Plus, their menu also has the best grub to complement those cocktails with dishes like their belly-busting chimichangas and party platters like their Plato Supremo. Continue reading Unlimited Cocktail Promos to Bring Out Your Inner Hemingway