Reviews

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

Blood Red Launches The 2017-2018 Seven Seas Collection

Posted on September 11, 2017

Ahoy there! For the third year in a row, I’m excited to be partnering once again with Blood Red Clothing, a Cebu-based international lifestyle brand that’s been innovating sailing-inspired apparel and gear for men, women and children since 2007. This year, the decade-old brand launched its 2017-2018 collection inspired by the “Seven Seas” and opened its first concept store located in Cebu. For the past month, I have road-tested their new watersports apparel – particularly the new rash guards – duringRead 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

Sta. Monica Beach Club: Your Relaxing Seaside Getaway in Dumaguete City

Posted on August 31, 2017

Located five kilometers south of the heart of Dumaguete, Sta. Monica Beach Club may be away from the action but, on the other hand, provides a quiet beachside getaway that’s still accessible from the city. Managed by One-Of Collection, the same guys behind Amorita Resort in Bohol and The Funny Lion in Coron, the boutique resort has roomy quarters and a contemporary-rustic ambiance that feels exclusive yet low-key. The property sits right along an east-facing gray-sand beach facing Cebu andRead 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