Mindanao

Garden Orchid Hotel: A Classy Choice in Zamboanga City

Posted on December 25, 2017

Established in 1993, Garden Orchid Hotel is one of the landmark hotels in Zamboanga City. I was billeted in this four-star hotel by the city tourism during the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival. Through the years, the hotel has expanded. Now it consists of a main hotel building and much newer annex building, both structures sandwiching a garden and swimming pool. It’s the biggest hotel in the city with 205 rooms! More than its size, what stood out for me with thisRead More

Zamboanga Hermosa: A Festival of Faith in Zamboanga City

Posted on December 23, 2017

It all started with my desire to see a vinta, a traditional paddleboat with multicolored sails. The most recognizable cultural icon of Zamboanga City often seen in postcards, I assumed it was an everyday sight, but after having visited the city a few times I realized that one could only see it on special occasions, most especially during the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival – also known as Fiesta Pilar – held every October. Unlike most other Philippine festivals which occur over aRead More

Mount Hamiguitan: Hiking to the World’s Largest Pygmy Forest

Posted on July 8, 2017

The mountain wasn’t revealing its beauty too easily. We had to earn it. A sudden downpour bombarded our initial ascent from the trailhead, which in itself was an arduous undertaking: we had to crisscross a shallow stream, battle thorny foliage and clamber up steep slopes for hours to reach the first lantawan (lookout). By the time we got there, we were soaked to the bone in rain and sweat. Nevertheless, the entire climbing group — writers, forest rangers, local tourism officials, policeRead More

Green Windows Hotel: Budget Stay in Davao City Starts at PHP 188!

Posted on February 24, 2017

Looking for an affordable but decent stay in downtown Davao City? Look no further than Green Windows Hotel, a budget-friendly stay housed inside FTC Tower, a green-windowed commercial building along Mt. Apo Street. I think the best thing going for this hotel is its central location. Tourist attractions within the city center are just a short walk away such as People’s Park, Saint Peter Metropolitan Cathedral (Davao Cathedral), Museo Dabawenyo and Aldevinco Shopping Center. For a DIY guide to exploring theRead More

6 Awesome Reasons Why You Should Overnight at Mt. Apo Highland Resort in Kapatagan, Digos City

Posted on March 19, 2016

With scenic views of Mount Apo – the tallest peak in the Philippines – the cool-weathered plateau of Barangay Kapatagan in Digos City, Davao del Sur sure makes an amazing day trip from Davao City. It’s a great way to see and enjoy Mt. Apo Natural Park for casual travelers, or a starting point for serious multi-day trekking to the summit of Mt. Apo. But there’s nothing like spending more time here to really immerse in the place, especially when you check-inRead More

5 Amazing Reasons Why You Should Stay at The Continental Club of Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City

Posted on March 18, 2016

After a most enjoyable overnight trip to Agusan Marsh, I had a few days to spend in Davao City before heading farther south. One of the best hotels in town – if not the whole Mindanao – the Marco Polo Hotel Davao offered me and fellow travel blogger Fra Jamir of Takaw Travels a two-night stay at one of the hotel’s exclusive upper-level rooms at The Continental Club.  Located right at the busy intersection of C.M. Recto and Roxas Avenues,Read More