Banao Protected Landscape: A Travel Guide to Kalinga’s Ecotourism Paradise

Posted on June 21, 2023

The mountain province of Kalinga in northern Luzon has attracted tourists primarily through its cultural attractions, particularly through the indigenous tattooing of centenarian tattooist Apo Whang-od from Buscalan village in Tinglayan. A majestic river valley in the northwest area of the province, however, potentially could be the next big thing in terms of ecotourism in the Cordillera Administrative Region. Legislated in 2022, the Banao Protected Landscape (BPL) is a new protected area that merges Balbalasang-Balbalan National Park and the BanaoRead More

My 10 Best Adventures In The Philippines Over The Past 10 Years

Posted on June 14, 2018

2018 marks a milestone for my travel blog! It’s the 10th year anniversary of EAZY Traveler, since I started this online travel journal on March 2, 2008 – urged by the burning desire to see more of my homeland, the Philippines. Since then, my travels have taken me across all corners of the world’s second-largest archipelago on personal trips, sponsored media tours, and for commissioned assignments as a freelance travel journalist – many of them for Smile, the inflight magazineRead More

Kalinga: Land of the Last Headhunters

Posted on September 13, 2010

September 10-12, 2010 A three-day exploration of the remote villages of Tulgao and Butbut in Tinglayan with Benjamin Espina of visitsagada.com, documenting the vanishing generation of tattooed Kalingas. Once the fiercest headhunting warriors of the Cordilleras, the Kalingas are on the brink of completely losing their ancient way of life to modernization, including the art of tattooing. Most of the tattooed individuals are in their 70s and 80s. If efforts won’t be made to preserve this art form and otherRead More