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General Santos City, South Cotabato, Philippines
No doubt I'm addicted to beaches. I love spoiling myself on the shore. Taking the time to just listen to the sound of the sea. Savoring the scenery before my eyes. Or just admiring and remembering every detail. If I could just keep these views in...
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Batad Rice Terraces, Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines
Still in use today, the Ifugao Rice Terraces were carved into the hillsides of Ifugao Province by hand some 2,000 years ago, and are fed by an elaborate irrigation system that captures water from the forests above. While many people explore this...
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Quezon, Bukidnon, Philippines
Pure and real nature - love the undeveloped area!
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Loay Interior Road, Carmen, Bohol, Philippines
One of the more bizarre landscapes in the Philippines is Bohol’s Chocolate Hills, a 20-square-mile area that contains some 1,700 hills. To date, these natural formations still baffle geologists, though legend claims the hills are rocks once...
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Sitio Regta, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
Travel on the large island of Luzon, in the Philippines, can be rough, to say the least, due to traffic-congested roads and road blocks, but if you can make your way to the farthest point north on the Philippine Archipelago you will be rewarded by...
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Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
On any visit to the Philippines you can see people crowding into bright colored automobiles called the Jeepney. They are the most popular mode of public transportation in the Philippines! I became completely obsessed with the Jeepney upon my first...
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Mabini, Batangas, Philippines
It was the end of January 2011, I was in the middle of one of the worst winters in New York. One day I decided enough is enough, put all of my things in storage, left my job and apartment, and bought a 1 way ticket to Asia (leaving only 2 weeks...
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El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
I’ve always wondered what it would be like to explore far-flung islands and experience life as a castaway or something like it. My fantasies became reality when I discovered Tao, an organization in the Philippines offering adventures to the...
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Pamalican Island, Sulu Archipelago, Agutaya, Palawan, Philippines
Occupying its own island in the Cyuo Archipelago—where members of the animal kingdom outnumber humans by some comical order of magnitude—Amanpulo is the consummate artist’s escape. Adding to the resort’s castaway cred is...
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Intramuros, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila, Philippines

One of Intramuros's main tourist attractions, Fort Santiago and its beautifully landscaped grounds on the bank of the Pasig River make for a wonderful escape from the bustle of the big city. Originally built by the Spanish in 1590,...

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Apo Island, Dauin, Negros Oriental, Philippines
The Philippines is an archipelago made up of more than seven thousand islands, many have never been named and only about one thousand of them are inhabited. These locally made outrigger boats known as a Bangka can vary in size and are widely used...
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Logon, Daanbantayan, Cebu, Philippines
Everything changed when I found the skull. Bobbing softly in the surf, nestled between two blackened boulders, the unmistakable visage of a bleached skull stared at me and I stared back. I thought it must be a monkey, or a canine or some unknown...
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Dumaguete, Negros Oriental, Philippines
Near the Silliman University on Silliman Avenue, this quaint coffee shop with its variety of customers has a delectable French toast coated with chocolate syrup and whipped cream with banana and mango toppings. It made for a good brunch meal,...
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Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
This was taken from my last vacation in the Philippines in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. We had the beach to ourselves that week. And we did everything, including eat our meals, by the ocean.
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Coron, Philippines
The mountainous Coron Island, just northeast of Palawan, is part of the officially designated ancestral domain of the indigenous Tagbanua people (possibly descendants of the original inhabitants of the Philippines). They steward the land and sea,...
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Boracay, Malay, Philippines
Even during the low season White Beach on Boracay Island is full on. Dance music blares out of clubs and bars. Restaurant hawkers shout out their daily deals in front of massive seafood buffets. Korean tour groups block the beach path and touts...
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Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines
Puerto Princesa Underground River is set in a protected area of the St. Paul Mountain Range in Palawan. It’s a five-mile stretch of the Cabayugan River that runs through a huge limestone cave and directly into the West Philippine Sea near...
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Early this year, we went on a mini trek to Mt. Pinatubo, a volcano which erupted in 1991 and was one of the largest eruption in the 20th century. It lasted for nine hours and caused major earthquakes. As a result, the entire summit collapsed and...
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Kayangan Lake, Coron, Palawan, Philippines
Kayangan Lake is dubbed as the cleanest lake in Asia. It can be found in Coron and the Calamian Islands, in Northern Palawan. Loved the views there, the word "breathtaking" appropriately describes it. The lake is quite deep, has crystal clear...
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National Rd, Ivana, Batanes, Philippines
This is the saying on one of the signs inside the Honesty Cafe, a small little cafe near the port in Ivana, Batanes. Joe and Elena own this place and because they were so busy with many other chores elsewhere, they often had to leave their little...
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White Beach Boracay, Malay, Aklan, Philippines
About 4 kilometers long, White Beach is the highlight of Boracay. Its immaculately white and soft sand strand is dotted with resorts, hotels, and lounge chairs where you could spend the happy hour sipping Piña Colada as the sun sets. That...
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Look 2nd, Malolos, Bulacan, Philippines
If you find yourself in the Philippines over the Holidays then you must try bibingka, a cake like dessert made of rice flour with coconut milk and topped with butter and sugar, and also try puto bumbong, a purple colored dessert made of glutinous...
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San Roque, Angat, Bulacan, Philippines
Whatever you're looking for, this small market in Malolos probably has it. Try to get there early because the crowds can get a bit overwhelming. Grab a few souvenirs, taste some street food, and enjoy the frenzy!
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4013, Cavinti Bridge I, Cavinti, 4013 Laguna, Philippines
Pagsanjan Falls is quite well known for Shooting the Rapids which is an exhilirating experience as you ride on a small wooden local canoe that brings you upstream along the narrow gorge to reach the Falls. What makes it special is that 1) the...
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San Antonio, Pasig, Kalakhang Maynila, Philippines
Visiting the Philippines without trying "Halo Halo" won't be complete. Everytime I have friends or relatives from abroad come visit, I would bring them out to have Halo Halo. Halo Halo came from the Tagalog word for "mix" which is what it is. Halo...
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Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
White sands, clear azure blue waters, and a sunny day are the perfect ingredients for a wonderful day at the beach like in Pagudpud, Philippines.
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South East Asia
The Philippine islands are so diverse and so expansive, there is always something undiscovered and beautiful to find. Hire a motorbike and explore the back roads and hidden jungle paths of the smaller islands and you are sure to find something...
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General Luna St, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila, Philippines

Two of Manila’s most famous churches can be found in close proximity to each other within the historic walled city of Intramuros. The 16th-century San Agustin Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the oldest church in the Philippines and...

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Tarsier Sunctuary Rd, Corella, Bohol, Philippines
The province of Bohol seems to encourage the bizarre. It contains one of the world’s strangest landscapes, a collection of some 1,700 hills in a 20-square-mile area called the Chocolate Hills. It is also home to a peculiar creature called...
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Baclaran, Parañaque, Metro Manila, Philippines
I come to Manila several times a year for work, which has given me the fortune of developing a great group of friends that have helped me experience the Philippines from the pure and honest perspective that only locals can offer, starting with...
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South East Asia
After a night out drinking or partying on Friday and Saturday, give Mercato Centrale in Fort Bonifacio a try. A good mix of food such as burgers, steaks, meat on a stick, ice cream, gelato, dim sum and different flavors of fruit juices that can...
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Tiaong, Quezon, Philippines
Spend a weekend at Villa Escudero South of Manila, near San Pablo. The former coconut estate welcomes guests in rustic bungalows and idyllic surroundings near an artificial lake. In addition to peace and quiet (and romantic evening serenades by...
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Anawangin Cove, Pundaquit, San Antonio, 2206 Zambales, Philippines
Picture turqouise waters and a long stretch of sand dotted with only a few palms but a lot of pine trees --- that's Anawangin Cove for you! There's no electricity, no cellphone signal, and no hotel rooms, only you and the glory of nature. Spend...
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White Island, Philippines
An overnight trip to the Island Born of Fire, Camiguin, is definitely a short but sweet escape. The island is rather quiet but bursting with natural charm and friendly locals. For an island so small, it is amazing how many beautiful spots it...
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Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines
Banaue Rice Terraces is regarded as the 8th Wonder of the World. Going further, one can reach the Batad Rice Terraces, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the Batad Village, it takes roughly an hour or two of walking along narrow walkways of the...
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2277 Chino Roces Ave, Pasong Tamo Corner Amorsolo Street, Makati, Legazpi Village, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines
Little Tokyo is small in scale, but rich in a charm you won't find in any of Metro Manila's malls. Entered via symbolic red bridges and neat, bonsai- and greenery-lined alleyways from either side of the Makati block that surrounds it, Little...
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El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
There is no shortage of beaches in El Nido on the long island of Palawan, Philippines. While most are best accessed by boat or kayak, Las Cabanas Beach is reached on foot or tricycle (the Filipino motor-taxi or tuktuk). We had heard that the beach...
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National Highway cor, Wescom Rd, Barangay San Miguel, Puerto Princesa, 5300 Palawan, Philippines
Having sea food with Chinese descendants' family in Puerto Princesa is like a good combination of excellent cook with authentic fresh material - as you can see in the picture.
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The Landmark Building, Ayala Center, Makati Ave, Makati, 1200 Metro Manila, Philippines
Jollibee is the ubiquitous fast food chain found throughout the Phillippines. There's something for everyone - burgers, fried chicken, spaghetti and more. Of course everything comes with that blob of rice that's at every Filipino meal. Oh..and...
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Tagaytay - Calamba Rd, Tagaytay, Cavite, Philippines
Guidebooks and locals recommend seeing this, but it has clearly seen better days. The park has picnic tables and some gift shops but the building that formerly housed restaurants and performance spaces is practically in ruins. You can take some...
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Baguio, Benguet, Philippines
The jeepney can be considered the "national vehicle" of the Philippines. These brightly-decorated car-bus combos can be found throughout the country, in cities large and small. Each ones seats 8-12 passengers. Although there are specific routes,...
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This is a must-see attraction for anyone in or near Manila. Take an early morning ferry ride (about an hour) and then, through the ferry company, join the tram tour of the island, which lasts much of the day, not returning to Manila until...