There were no words to describe the beauty and atmosphere that envelopes the paved streets of the city’s arterial streets especially during the night. The sound of horses’ hooves and kalesa drown the conversations of people walking around to shop, eat, or drink. We went back to our inn in the wee hours of the morning intoxicated by the eternal beauty of Vigan’s historical heritage.
The region of Ilocos has always been one of the most intriguing places in the country for us. We learned in school that it is the place where the saga of Lam-ang took place as told by the epic poem Biag ni Lam-ang (The Life of Lam-ang). It is also the birthplace of some of the most controversial personalities in the history of the Philippines: talk about the Marcoses, the Luna’s (Antonio and Juan), and Chavit Singson, among others.Read more "Byaheng Norte Part 1: Finding the True North"
When we finally arrived at the cafe, we were shocked and frightened by what we saw. No light emanated from the building and the doors looked closed. Mist and clouds were so thick that we started to shiver in the cold and visibility is very poor. Did the staff trick us? We were about to find out. We called her up and we were even surprised when she asked us: “Are you the boyfriend, Sir?” What was she talking about?Read more "Cafe in the Sky in Tuba, Benguet: On Unexpected Twists and Turns"
A short visit to the Valley of Colors in La Trinidad, Benguet taught us one important lesson worthy to be brought home: that is if all members of a community put their hand together to give a helping hand, a piece of art and even more, can be easily achieved in no time.Read more "Valley of Colors in La Trinidad, Benguet: A Feast of Color for the Eyes"
Our visit to Basiao Beach in Ivisan, Capiz was unexpected but worthwhile, we would say. Basiao Beach may not be as touristy as that of Boracay in Aklan or Isla de Gigantes in Iloilo, it is, however, a gem in its own right. The calmness and serenity of the surroundings, the warm hospitality of the locals, and the unblemished, natural beauty of the islets when taken together make Basiao Beach worthy to be called “Capiz’s Hidden Gem.”Read more "Basiao Beach in Ivisan: A Hidden Gem in the Province of Capiz"
These two river tours do not only provide a livelihood for locals every day of their lives, but they are also testaments to the locals’ effort to promote their culture while taking care of Nature itself, the giver of all that sustains us.Read more "Palina Greenbelt Ecopark and Cadimahan River Tours: Because Life is Better on the River"
Whenever you hear the word Capiz, what are the first thoughts that come into your mind?
Let’s face it. Capiz is oftentimes associated with “aswangs” or shapeshifting monsters that possess a combination of traits of a vampire, a witch, a ghoul, a beast, or all of them combined altogether in one entity. But whether this folklore is true or not, Capiz is one the cities in the Philippine archipelago that always arouses mystery, intrigue, and sadly, even suspiciousness.Read more "Pueblo de Panay: A Rising “City Within A City” at the Heart of Philippine’s Seafood Capital"
Change is almost on the horizon in Olotayan Island but it should never forget to protect its natural beauty that captured our hearts and the hearts of those who set foot in that slice of paradise here on earth, in the land we call our home.Read more "Olotayan Island: Where Horizons Are Never Far"
Some people say we are crazy for spending what supposed to be our rest time, tiring ourselves with conquering mountains . Nevertheless, it’s a worthy sacrifice.Read more "Happy Campers: Discovering Igcabugao, Igbaras in Iloilo"
Because Roxas City is only a bus ride away from us, we thought we “knew” all about it already. But in this trip, we came to realize that every place on earth has always something new to offer, no matter how familiar you are of it.Read more "5 Spots and an Island You Shouldn’t Miss Visiting in Roxas City, Capiz"
Looking back from my own experiences while on the road, I came to realize that on top of all the breathtaking sceneries, wild parties, and exotic festivals I saw and be part of, it is the people I met and knew better along the way that made those experiences meaningful and unforgettable.Read more "How Travel Changed My Life and How It Can Change Yours"
I believe that everyone has their own fair share of “first times.” First kiss, first love, first heart break…and the list goes on an on.Read more "The Last Time I Did Something For the First Time"
Paradise, islands, epic festivals, wild parties…they don’t mean much if you’re not connected and you’re not sharing with the right people.Read more "The Sweetest Things That Negros Occidental in Negros Island Region Can Offer"
One of the ubiquitous things that you’ll see, hear or most of the time smell when you are somewhere in the island of Cebu is “lechon.” Lechon is a pork dish which most food historians and experts believe to have originated in Spain and introduced to its former colonial possessions all over the world, including the […]Read more "Do Not Leave the Island of Cebu Without Tasting Cebu Lechon in All Its Flavor and Glory"
The season of summer or dry season, which begins in March and ends in May, is the second most-awaited season of the year in the Philippines, next to the season of Christmas and New Year. Well, who doesn’t love summer? For a country blessed with over 7,000 islands scattered all over the archipelago, locals and tourists […]Read more "Why You Should Prioritize Tour C Island Hopping in El Nido, Palawan?"
The island of Panglao in Bohol became our first home away from home. It was one of the first places in the Philippines that we explored and relished its beauty. We found our stay there short (and we’re planning to go back there soon), but that shortness actually reminded us that life is short too, yet beautiful. And we’ll have just to make the most of our stay here while we can.Read more "Panglao Island, Bohol: A Place That is So Pure, So Gentle, and Raw"
An hour of cruise of the Loboc River did not only make the pictures we saw from our textbooks came into being, but it reminded us some of the most important life lessons.Read more "Loboc River Cruise: Sailing Through Loboc, Bohol’s Culture and History"
Their “Going back to the basics” catchphrase is a testament to the resort’s aim to make their guests forget about the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy a moment of grace and solitude.Read more "Travel Budget Guide: Cabugan Adventure Resort in Guimaras Island"
All these things taken together validate Bucari’s now ubiquitous title: The Summer Capital of Iloilo. It’s the best place in Iloilo to retreat into the mountains for a while, experience the simplicity of rural living, and explore places that inspire owe and wonder.Read more "Bucari in Leon, Iloilo: Retreat into the “Summer Capital of Iloilo” for Less"
It is there we realized that in order for us to become more productive in our respective careers, we needed to make ourselves feel loved, appreciated, and respected.Read more "Sugar Beach in Sipalay, Negros Occidental: A Sweet Refuge for Weary Souls"
It’s a place where you can allow yourself to fall in love for a moment and just let it pass, knowing that she will always be there waiting for you to come back anytime soon.Read more "Lakawon Island Resorts and Spa: Fall in Love and Come Back Anytime Soon"
One of the most common questions that our friends, work colleagues, and of course our relatives ask us every time we travel is “How much do you spend?”Read more "Travel Budget Guide: 3D3N in El Nido and Puerto Princesa, Palawan in 6,000 Pesos or Less (Including Airfare)"
There’s so much to bring home from Palawan. For us, the most fascinating thing we brought home is our agreement to Travel+Leisure’s declaration: Palawan, by all standards, deserves to be named as The World’s Best Island.Read more "3D2N in El Nido, Palawan: 2016’s World’s Best Island, Explored"
We went back to the boat that would take us back to the resort with a big smile on our faces, and a blue starfish on our heads. We thank the Heavens that once in our lives, we witnessed one of the most glamorous, breathtaking, and marvelous feasts on earth. Thank Heavens for that! ThanksRead more "Balicasag Island: The Most Bountiful Underwater Feast We’ve Been Part Of"