Philippines

7 Secret Places to Discover in Batanes

Posted on July 25, 2017

Batanes may be the smallest province in the Philippines, but these remote islands provide a wealth of wonders for travelers. While most of its natural and cultural attractions are covered by packaged tours, rewarding surprises await those who venture off the beaten track. Here are seven secret places worth discovering on your next trip to the northernmost reaches of the archipelago: Nakamaya Burial Site The often-shrouded peak of Mt. Iraya greets plane passengers upon touching down at Basco Airport. BesidesRead More

Blood Red Clothing Opens First Concept Store in Cebu City

Posted on July 20, 2017

Ahoy there! The long wait is over. Sailing-inspired clothing brand Blood Red finally opens its first concept store in Cebu City on July 24 (Monday). While the brand has been sold nationwide through retailers in the Philippines, Hong Kong, Thailand and Canada and via their online store, this is their first standalone concept store, since they started out in 2007. In celebration of this milestone, a big sale will be held on the store’s opening day – with 70% offRead More

TRAVEL GUIDE | Kalanggaman Island in Palompon, Leyte

Posted on July 20, 2017

The revelry of the Sinulog Festival still throbs in our head as my friends and I board a pump boat in Palompon, a laid-back mangrove-fringed town, an hour’s drive northwest of Ormoc City. A rowdy weekend of partying has taken a toll on us, and we badly need a beach getaway — a healthy dose of “Vitamin Sea” so to speak — to recuperate from festival fever. The weather was inviting: the late morning sun beamed, accompanied by the saltyRead More

Tao Philippines Sailing Expedition: The Palawan Adventure to End All Adventures

Posted on July 14, 2017

The portentous weather of a passing storm delayed our departure from El Nido in northern Palawan, the pencil-thin Philippine province repeatedly lauded by glossy travel magazines as the #1 best island in the world. The clouds finally surrendered to the midday sun, spotlighting a scenery that I thought only belonged to the realm of dream sequences or desktop wallpapers. A deserted islet lay before us, fringed with coconut trees sprouting from talcum-white sand and embraced by water that glimmered inRead More

7 Best Things to Do in Cebu

Posted on July 12, 2017

Linked to the rest of the archipelago and across the world through a modern international airport, Cebu makes for the perfect gateway to Philippines. One can find a great mix of metropolitan areas steeped in history, quick nature escapes (as beaches and mountains are never too far away) and, of course, lip-smacking food. Before you scoot off elsewhere, this booming paradise most definitely has lots to offer. While things come and go in this progressive province, I’ve listed down theRead More

The Funny Lion: The Coolest Boutique Hotel in Coron

Posted on July 10, 2017

Developed by the same young-at-heart team behind Amorita Resort and Momo Beach House in Panglao Island, Bohol, The Funny Lion is one of the newer additions in Coron, Palawan by the One-Of Collection boutique hotel group. Located in the quiet outskirts of Sitio Jolo, the brand-new establishment stands out as a relaxing retreat for both couples and families wishing for a private nook away from the hustle and bustle of the town center. It’s only a 10-minute drive by van orRead More