Boracay is the first island to put our country on the tourist map. It became popular among backpackers in the 80s; by the 90s, its beaches were being acclaimed as one of the best in the world.
But much has changed since then. The surge of tourists and explosive business growth has led to the island’s over commercialization and considerable damage of its once teeming marine life. With its-authenticity seemingly lost, tourists have been hard-pressed to find what they once sought in Boracay – postcard-perfect stretches of sand, beautiful sunsets and crystal blue waters, far away from the madding crowd.
Venture Weekend Market A group of UA&P Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) students collaborated on a project that aims to bring out the little explorer in everyone. The event will gather everything you will need for an exciting weekend: food, unique merchandise and entertainment. People can also look forward to a raffle draw where prizes and giveaways await.
Getting dinner table reservations and finding a date place that’s not crammed full seem to be part and parcel of celebrating Valentine’s Day.
If you want to avoid the usual hassles of this holiday, and give your special someone a unique experience this year, try these date ideas that are absolutely out of the (chocolate) box.
1. Go back in time at Las Casas, Bataan
Go old school and travel centuries back in time at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar. The open-air museum and park showcases the Spanish-era of the Philippines with heritage houses that were carefully restored and transported from different parts of Luzon. If you think you’ll be spending an entire day touring dingy houses, you’re mistaken, as there is much to do inside Las Casas!
Here at Ellry, we’re all about making every day feel like an adventure. We’ve got ideas on things to do during your sweet downtime, from out-of-town trips to feed your wanderlust or workshops that help you nurture that passion. Declare your February booked with these weekend activities happening around the Philippines:
Single and Unattached
Spend your Valentine’s weekend with four days of sun and four nights of fun at this year’s Single and Unattached. This is your chance to see the best of the best surfers battle it out in the country’s one and only classic longboard contest. Aside from watching top local and international surfers paddle thru a single fin logs and leg ropes unattached, you can also mingle with other log lovers and enjoy the beach party.
A total solar eclipse happens when the moon passes directly between the Earth and the sun, covering the sun entirely and casting shadow over our skies.
This rare and spectacular event is visible only on a narrow strip of the planet, and lucky for us, it will be fully visible in the neighboring island of Indonesia this year. Combined with a curated list of music acts, the best visual and performing artists, plus the stunning nature of the tropics, this could be the coolest music festival you’ll ever attend.
Eclipse Festival 2016 will take place in the island of Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia from March 7-11, 2016. This is a five-day event with various activities and workshops in music, arts and astrology to welcome and celebrate the appearance of the eclipse on March 9, 2016.
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 things to do in Manila with Ellry’s weekly guide:
Sunset Beats and Eats
Enjoy good food and music as you watch the sun go down at The Grove by Rockwell. Exciting offers await as The Grove Retail Row’s restaurants serve up delicious treats that are sure to tickle the taste buds. There will be musical performances by True Faith to keep you entertained through the night.
It was no surprise when Conde Nast Traveler named Palawan “The World’s Best Island” for the second straight year in 2015. Cebu and Boracay were also on the list at No. 19 and 15, respectively. Home to dozens of beaches with blinding-white sand, crystal clear waters, and healthy marine life, this trifecta is an island-hopper’s dream.
While they remain top-of-mind for the average traveler, there are other beaches in the Philippines’ 7,107 islands that have yet to be placed on the international scene. If you’re after smaller crowds and untouched nature, and ready for some roughing-it, try going to these unspoiled beaches:
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.
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:
2016 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.
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:
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.