Philippines

Paranas, Samar: Torpedo Boat Extreme Ride at Ulot River

Posted on November 8, 2018

Joining the ranks of sought-after destinations like Palawan and Batanes, Samar is one of the last wild frontiers of the Philippine archipelago, but unlike its counterparts somehow doesn’t receive as much attention and still remains largely off the beaten track. It exudes raw and rugged natural beauty. The third largest island after Luzon and Mindanao, this limestone landmass is riddled with the country’s biggest caves and bordered by powerful surf breaks pummeling from the Pacific Ocean. Inland, primary forest stillRead More

Liloan, Southern Leyte: Uncharted Beach Paradise in Eastern Visayas

Posted on November 7, 2018

Despite its relative proximity to the “world’s best island” of Siargao, Southern Leyte lies outside the tourism radar and unfortunately only makes it to the national news when a natural calamity such as a typhoon or landslide hits this remote province in Eastern Visayas. It is this obscurity that got me excited on the first day of our Samar-Leyte tour organized by the Tourism Promotions Board of the Philippines when we departed Tacloban City and made it as far asRead More

SM City Legazpi: Shop, Dine & Marvel at Mayon Volcano!

Posted on October 31, 2018

There’s a brand-new lifestyle hub that you shouldn’t miss on your next tour of Albay. SM City Legazpi has opened its doors in the regional center of Bicol, offering a one-stop destination to shop, dine and sightsee! I flew to Legazpi City for a day last October 13 to experience the shopping mall firsthand (the biggest in the region since SM City Naga opened in Camarines Sur), visiting selected establishments, dining at some of the best restaurants, and marveling atRead More

Onçe Islas: Your Complete Guide to Zamboanga City’s Eco-Cultural Isles

Posted on October 3, 2018

Dubbed “Asia’s Latin City”, Zamboanga City has long flaunted its strong Hispanic heritage as seen in its most famous historical landmark, the 17th-century colonial fortress Real Fuerza de Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragoza, and the Spanish-based Creole called Chavacano used as a lingua franca among the different ethnolinguistic groups in the city. Onçe Islas or Eleven Islands, however – a cluster of mostly uninhabited islands and islets belonging to the remote barangays of Panubigan and Dita, 40km northeast of theRead More

The Mini Suites at Eton Tower Makati: Cozy and Convenient Stay at Legazpi Village

Posted on August 5, 2018

After having reviewed The Mini Hotel, an affordable boutique hotel by Eton Properties on Hong Kong Island, I was thrilled to hear that the Mini hotel brand was opening in Makati City, Philippines! Housed in the 40-storey Eton Tower Makati, The Mini Suites is the only hotel conveniently linked to the Dela Rosa Pedestrian Overpass, providing easy, direct access – rain or shine – to neighboring office towers like The Enterprise Center and the Greenbelt shopping malls. Greenbelt 5, for example,Read More

Seda Capitol Central: The Place to Be in Bacolod City

Posted on July 31, 2018

Rising next to the Capitol Lagoon, it’s hard to miss Seda Capitol Central, the newest hotel to open its doors in the heart of Bacolod City. The 155-room hotel  is one of the key developments of Capitol Central, a rising government complex centered on the Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol, currently co-managed by Ayala Land, which has bought up and leased properties in the area for various developments, including the soon-to-open Ayala Capitol Central Mall, located just a short walk away fromRead More