New Zealand Opens Working Holidays to Young Filipinos

by Janelle Almosara 

Nowadays, more and more young people are becoming interested in the idea of going on a backpacking trip around the globe. Most Filipinos who embark on long-term backpacking trips usually start exploring countries that are visa free and would allow them to go around for a month or two without having to worry about obtaining and paying fees for the renewal of their papers. However, backpackers who plan to travel for a long time usually needs work permits, and for third world passport holders, this can be a rather daunting challenge, especially if you are entering countries that comply with a strict set of rules. The good news is New Zealand is opening up its doors for Filipinos to finally obtain working holiday visas.

The working holiday visa is a specific type of visa that travelers could get so that they can apply for casual jobs while traveling and exploring a country. This helps out travelers who plan to stay in New Zealand for one to two years, giving them Continue reading New Zealand Opens Working Holidays to Young Filipinos

Learn the Art of Coffee, Tonic, Salsa and more in this Week’s Event Line-up (Jan 20-26)

Here at Ellry, we’re all about making everyday feel like an adventure. We’ve got ideas on how to make the most of your time, even when you’re not leaving town! Find out what’s happening in Manila with Ellry’s weekly guide:

coffee-championship2016 Philippine Coffee Championships

Coffee lovers, take note. This is the most caffeinated event of the year. Watch as the finest baristas in the country battle it out for the title of Philippine National Barista and Philippine National Latte Art Champion. The event also coincides with the Resorts World Manila’s Coffee Festival, which showcases the latest in coffee innovations, products and services from some of the best café suppliers in the Philippines. For the full championship schedule, check out their Facebook page.

January 20-23, 2016 | 11:00AM – 10:00PM
Atrium, Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila, Pasay City
Admission is free
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Why Moalboal is Cebu’s Next Adventure Destination

by Anj Santos

Cebu is world-renowned for its white sand beaches, spectacular diving sites and bustling energy. There’s Malapascua in the north for thresher shark sightings, Bantayan further up for blinding white beaches, and good ‘ol Mactan for island hopping and city life.

South of Cebu is Moalboal (mo-ahl bo-ahl), a sleepy town 3 hours away from the city, which is now a fast growing tourist hub. It doesn’t have awe-inspiring beaches and malls and bars to speak of, for its real beauty is hidden under the sea and deep within the forests. Straight up, it’s not a place for lazy beach days – there is some physical effort and sweat equity involved in truly enjoying what it has to offer. If you’re after more than just a trip and want an adventure, Moalboal, Cebu sure delivers!

Here are some of the activities waiting for you in Moalboal, Cebu:

1. CANYONEERING

Canyoneering or canyoning involves travelling down streams, creeks and boulders in between mountains. The excursion would involve trekking and climbing, and depending on your trail, some free jumping into water and rappelling from waterfalls.

The easiest trail in Moalboal is Kawasan Falls, which does not require the use of climbing gears. It does involve swimming through rapids and Continue reading Why Moalboal is Cebu’s Next Adventure Destination

What’s Up Manila: Jan 13-19

Here at Ellry, we’re all about making everyday feel like an adventure. We’ve got ideas on how to make the most of your time, even when you’re not leaving town! Find out what’s happening in Manila with Ellry’s weekly guide:

what's up manila Jan 13-19


bentoBentobyKat’s Creative Bento Box Class
If you have kids, and they’re picky eaters, or you simply want to give your everyday packed meals a creative twist, this may be the class for you. Kat Maderazo creates amazingly designed bento boxes for her kids (and manages to hide veggies in them) — this workshop will teach you some of her tricks.

January 17, 2016 | 1:00PM
Back of the House, FCL Center, 15 Xavierville Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
P1,800 per person or P3,000 for 2 people
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SPACE

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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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The Ultimate 2016 Philippine Travel Bucket List

By Mikka Wee

Planning to explore the Philippine’s hidden wonders and enchanting getaway destinations? May this ultimate Philippine travel bucket list help you fill up your check list:

1. Check Out the Scenic Rock Formations at Biri Island

Ultimate Philippine travel bucket list: Rock Formations at Biri Island
Photo by Edge Genciagan/ CC BY

Biri Island in Samar is known for its breathtaking landscape thanks to the intricately shaped rock formations sculpted by the waves. Truly an idyllic sight to behold, the view from here immediately transports you to the rock formations in Tanah Lot, Bali, where you can just sit calmly and watch the sea from a distance.

When to Visit: The best time to visit Biri Island is during dry months (March – May). It may get hot, but a little heat is better than the prospect of getting stranded on the island during -ber months!

Pro-Tip: Make sure to fully charge your batteries and cameras! This place is too scenic that you wouldn’t want to stop taking photos.

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The Global Scavenger Hunt Could Be the Trip of Your Lifetime

by Anj Santos

“To go around the world … in such a short time and with the means of transport currently available, was not only impossible, it was madness.” – Jules Vernes, Around the World in 80 Days

These days, circumnavigating the world is no longer a remote possibility. Rather, it’s a challenge reserved for a brave few who are willing to test the limits of their endurance, spontaneity and determination. If you’re up for that challenge, then this might just be the trip that you’re waiting for.

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Manila’s Potluck Essentials for Christmas 2015

by Carlo Fornier

As the holidays are just around the corner, groups from all circles squeeze in their merry little gathering with the annual kris kringle, the laughing at one’s attempt to hit that high note during the karaoke sessions, the presentation of the prize for the most creative get-up with relation to the party theme, and of course, the indulgence of what everyone will be feasting on with the food selection on the table.

Whilst many think that they should leave all the planning to the restaurants who quote exorbitant rates just to close out a corner for your little shindig, more people are taking things to a more practical level by inviting everyone to their little abode for some merry-making. It doesn’t take a professional chef who graduated from Le Cordon Bleu to prepare your menu for the evening; in fact, you have a beautiful assortment of choices from these handy homemakers whose specialties would keep those faces (and if a tummy had a face) grinning with glee all the way until the fireworks of Chinese New Year. Start calling your friends to do a potluck contribution and provide them with these suggestions:

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