Visayas

Where’s Waddy? | The Last Irrawaddy Dolphins of Negros Occidental

Posted on October 23, 2017

It was the middle of August, and after weeks of monsoon rains at Negros Island, the weather finally relented and gave way to a sunny day. The dark clouds dissipated, and one could see as far as the distant mountains of Panay Island across the Guimaras Strait. The sea was calm. “It’s a beautiful day,” marine biologist Mark de la Paz beamed, as our bangka (outrigger canoe) departed past 7 AM from the black-sand beach of Pulupandan — a municipalityRead More

AirAsia Launches Manila-Iloilo Flights Starting at PHP 990!

Posted on October 5, 2017

AirAsia now flies three times daily from Manila to Iloilo, home of the rambunctious Dinagyang Festival. Hala bira! The World’s Best Low Cost Carrier for nine years running, AirAsia launched its Manila-Iloilo route last Sunday, October 1. The budget airline now flies three times daily to the gateway of Western Visayas on their fleet of Airbus A320s, which can accommodate up to 180 passengers. To celebrate the airline’s newest flight, promo fares for Manila-Iloilo from as low as PHP 990 all-inRead More

Urban Sands: A Resort-Style Oasis in the Heart of Iloilo City

Posted on September 30, 2017

The moment you step into Urban Sands Hotel in Iloilo City, you’re completely transported away from the buzzing city to – as its name suggests – a beach resort somewhere in Boracay or Cebu. You’ll quickly forget that you’re in the heart of Molo, the historic district known for its beautiful church, town plaza and mansions (all of these just a few minutes walk from the hotel), as well as being the place of origin for the dumpling soup, pansitRead More

Seda Atria Hotel: The Cosmopolitan Face of Iloilo City

Posted on September 29, 2017

In recent years, Iloilo City has been enjoying a renaissance of sorts: its heritage buildings are being restored, the Iloilo River revitalized with an esplanade, and new commercial districts are on the rise. It’s the reason why the city beckons me back time and again. I always look forward to what the progressive city has offer on every visit. It could very well rival Cebu City in the Visayas region sooner than later. My Premier Room overlooks the Donato PisonRead More

Liquid Dive Resort (Liquid Dumaguete): Discover Muck Diving in Dauin, Negros Oriental

Posted on September 6, 2017

Recreational scuba divers are typically attracted to coral reefs teeming with marine life like vibrant coral fish, sleek sharks and amiable sea turtles, but the more you dive the more you’ll appreciate the little guys. Those into macro photography in particular are drawn to barren dive sites of mud or sand in search of unique critters they can observe and photograph. The dark substrate provides an excellent backdrop for strange and colorful animals. This type of scuba diving is calledRead More

Sea of Clouds: The Newfound Marvel of Danao, Bohol

Posted on September 4, 2017

Aside from the reopening of Danao Adventure Park, where one can brave the world’s highest canyon swing, travelers have regained interest in the mountain municipality of Danao, Bohol for a whole new reason. A scenic natural phenomenon occurring in town, located three hours’ drive away from Tagbilaran City, has been popularized by social media and persuaded curious travelers to pay a visit to this off-the-beaten-track destination in the central highlands of the island province. If you want to combine aRead More