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6 New Places to Eat & Drink in Coron, Palawan

Posted on January 12, 2024

Located in the northern Calamianes islands of Palawan, Coron is an idyllic tropical destination that lures travelers far and wide with its incredible seascape crowned with soaring karst cliffs. Coron Town on the Busuanga mainland is homebase for most visitors who venture to Coron Island and other smaller islands on day excursions for beach-hopping, snorkeling and scuba diving. With the growing popularity of the destination, the past decade has seen an economic boom with more and more dining establishments poppingRead More

7 Great Reasons to Stay at Coron Natural Farms

Posted on January 7, 2024

Together with El Nido, Coron is one of the must-see destinations of northern Palawan in the Philippines, beguiling visitors with its island-hopping excursions amidst jaw-dropping karst seascapes. It’s no surprise that this idyllic tropical paradise always finds its way in travel magazines and influencer content! Over the New Year holiday, I spent my fourth visit to Coron with family visiting from the US, and extended my stay for four more days to explore places outside of the main town. IRead More

Alab Petroglyphs: 3,500-Year-Old Philippine Rock Art is Vanishing

Posted on December 14, 2023

Mountain Province in northern Luzon is best known for Sagada, a highland tourist destination known for its laid-back town atmosphere and outdoor adventures like hiking and caving. Unknown to most, however, is that the province also harbors a rare cultural treasure at risk of disappearing. Alab Petroglyphs are prehistoric rock art carved on a remote outcrop in the provincial capital of Bontoc. Discovered by science in 1972, it is only one of two documented ancient petroglyphs or rock engravings foundRead More

G1 Lodge: Cozy and Beautiful Boutique Hotel in Baguio City

Posted on September 24, 2023

Baguio City, the pine-dotted hill station in the Cordilleras, has long been the quintessential escape for lowlanders including myself, whenever I’m based in Metro Manila. The cool-weathered city is conveniently linked by frequent buses from the capital. Tourists are drawn to the city’s public parks, cultural museums, indigenous crafts, and lively food scene. On my last visit last month, I got to stay at G1 Lodge Design Hotel, a relatively new boutique accommodation conveniently located at #2 Leonard Wood Rd,Read More

Balabac, Palawan: A DIY Travel Guide to the Main Island

Posted on August 9, 2023

Balabac, the southernmost municipality of Palawan Province, has gained popularity as a tourist destination only in the past ten years. Fortunately, it remains non-touristy as compared to the northern destinations like El Nido and Coron. This is largely due to its remote location. To get to Balabac island from Puerto Princesa International Airport, one has to take a six-hour van ride to Buliyan Port, then transfer to a speedboat (1 hour) or ferry (2-3 hours) to the main island. MostRead More

Puerto Princesa, Palawan: A Heritage Walking Tour

Posted on July 13, 2023

The provincial capital of Puerto Princesa City — and the rest of Palawan — may be known foremost for its natural beauty, but a handful of historic sights is worth visiting at the city center. The provincial capital is the gateway to the Palawan mainland by air and sea, and most travelers often make a beeline to the World Heritage-listed underground river or the island-hopping paradise of El Nido. However, it’s worth staying in the city center for a nightRead More