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Busuanga, Palawan, Philippines
Discovering shells on the beach made me realize that I'm just another tiny puzzle piece in the universe.
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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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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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711 Tomas Mapua St, Binondo, Manila, 1003 Metro Manila, Philippines
The Philippines may be Asia's best-kept secret among travelers, a land of sun and smiling faces. Home to a culture that blends Spanish, Mexican, Malay, Chinese, Japanese, and other influences, the Philippines has been called “the melting pot” of...
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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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Taal Volcano, Talisay, Philippines
Located in Tagaytay in Luzon, just an hour and a half by car from Manila, Taal Volcano has a complex and unique landscape and offers one of the most picturesque views in the Philippines. Taal Lake is a freshwater lake that partly fills the Taal...
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If San Francisco has Alcatraz, we have Corregidor :-) Corregidor Island sits by the entrance of the Manila Bay and is just about 50 kilometers away from Manila. During the Japanese invasion in World War II, Corregidor was the headquarters of the...
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36 Polaris, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines
Makati's Salcedo Village is abuzz with the energy of Manila’s creative circle. The coffee at Commune, undoubtedly, fuels this buzz. The community-minded café is a hub of activity at all times: Mornings see neighbors schlepping in for their sleepy...
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During my trip to the Island of Palawan in the Philippines with Intrepid Travel, I spent two nights in Hibiscus Garden Inn in Puerto Princesa. The hotel is just as its name suggests: a quiet oasis surrounded by towering trees, handmade hammocks...
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Intramuros, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila, Philippines
Intramuros plays an important part to our country's history and it is one of the popular destinations for a visitor to our hometown. It is the oldest district and is called the Walled City. Historically, it is the seat of the Spanish government...
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Bohol, Philippines
Often mistakenly dubbed as the "world's smallest monkey," the Philippine Tarsier ranks as one of the smallest primates in the world. Closely related to lemurs, these shy, delicate creatures literally fit in the palm of your hand. This was taken at...
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Danjugan Island, Cauayan, Philippines
Danjugan island, about 3kms off the coast of Sipalay, Negros Occ. in the Philippines is a marine reserve that is little gem off the beaten path. I went here last August with my family for a very (sadly) short weekend. On our way back to the camp...
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Batason, Buruanga, 5609 Aklan, Philippines
Ariel's Point is, by far, the best day trip from Boracay Island. That is, if you can manage to peel yourself off its beautiful beaches. What you get: A full day of Cliff Diving into the beautiful dark blue waters of the Philippine Sea. There are 4...
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Kalinga, Isabela, Philippines
Whang Od is said to be the last living (traditional) tattoo artist of her generation. She comes from the Botbot Tribe, one of the many sub-tribes in the Kalinga Province in the Philippines. Her father passed on the craft to her when she was a...
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El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
El Nido, Palawan, Philippines: A close friend of mine, a surfer dude, once told me, "You can always tell where you are in the world by the color of the ocean." In the Philippines, the waters are a deep, aquamarine. So clear, you can see all the...
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Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
We stopped for lunch on this floating restaurant off of Cebu where we ate whatever seafood was caught for the day - lapu-lapu, ablaone, conch, etc. As we ate, these 5 children floated by on rice bags stuffed with styrofoam to sell necklaces to us...
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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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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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Coron, Palawan, Philippines
The Palawan archipelago in the Philippines is a tropical paradise known for its natural beauty and limestone cliffs. One of my favorite experiences was the afternoon we hired a banka to explore the northern part of the province. After visiting...
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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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Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines
Spelunking? What an odd-sounding word, I thought! Half-way on our way to visit one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, Palawan's famous Subterranean Underground River, we made a side stop to Ugong Rock for spelunking. It is only then that I learned...
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Mangenguey Island, Busuanga, Philippines
Mangenguey Island is literally the perfect island getaway. Here, you get to experience island life, go back to nature, while still getting the best gourmet food. Although some people associate it to a luxury hotel, this is definitely not one of...
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Sabang, Cabayugan, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines
In Sabang you must pay a visit to this huge underground river in which you can find amazing countless figure-liked stones. The guide will tell you a lot of stories made based on the shape of them. An outra-astro experience!
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Sunlight Guest Hotel, Malvar Road, Puerto Princesa, 5300 Palawan, Philippines
Getting chances to see the beautiful sky at Puerto Princesa ferry terminal is easy. A good place for sky watchers and nature photographers.
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Rizal Avenue, Barangay San Miguel, Puerto Princesa, 5300 Palawan, Philippines
In Puerto Princesa, you may have chance to watch fire masters playing fire during a ceremony or evening gathering.
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Intramuros, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila, Philippines
Manila, like many other large Asian cities is taxing on the nervous system. It can be brutally hot and humid, it is extremely polluted, and the traffic is some of the worst I have ever experienced (I would compare it to that of Bangalore, India)....
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62 Gen. Luna St. Intramuros, Manil, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila, Philippines
In the oldest area of Manila, known as the Intramuros district, history can be felt through its weathered buildings. There is a makeshift sign indicating the garden is closed, but you'll likely see curious travelers taking a peek beyond this...
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San Antonio, Pasig, Kalakhang Maynila, Philippines
Wow! Our fruit basket at home is filled with a variety of special tropical fruits which I eagerly await its harvest season every year. I'm always excited when the summer season (March to May for the Philippines) arrives, not just because it's...
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1766 Nicanor Garcia, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines
I came to Som's with my great friend, a chef, who suggested it knowing the big foodie I am and how much I enjoy spicy gravies! Som's is a local "hole in the wall" cash-only thai restaurant. You are served on a table in the street with the cars...
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Talisay - Laurel Rd, Talisay, Batangas, Philippines
I've always wanted to go sailing at least once in my life, and I mean on one of the hobie cats where I can participate in and not the big party sailing yachts. I used to live in San Francisco and enjoy watching the small sailboats go out on the...
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Taal Lake, Philippines
Lake and volcano Taal is a must to visit in this part of Luzon. The best way to reach the volcano in the middle of the crater lake is by boat from Talisay. The most convenient budget accommodation is Villa Manolo (20 USD), simple bungalows just at...
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Tiaong, Quezon, Philippines
It is wort to spend a weekend at Villa Escudero South of Manila, near San Pablo. The former coconut estate welcomes guests in rustic bungalows and idyllic sorroundings near artificial lake. Beside peace and quite (and romantic evening serenades by...
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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
A trip to the Philippines will not be complete without trying our Philippine mangoes, and I'm not talking about the popular dried mangoes, but our fresh yellow mangoes. Not meaning to be biased, but I've been to a lot of countries and tried the...
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Taguig City, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Almost a decade after WWII, the United States asked the Philippines for a piece of land in Metro Manila and assembled the largest war dead cemetery and memorial for American troops (including unknown soldiers and those still classified as missing...
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San Antonio, Pasig, Kalakhang Maynila, Philippines
My cousin and aunt has been staying with me for the past couple of weeks. Having lived abroad for more than 5 years already and coming back to our hometown for a short visit, they had requested to have their list of must-not-miss favorite foods...
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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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Brgy. Pancian, Pagudpud 2919, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
Upon the recommendation of a friend, I braved the 10 hour bus ride from Manila to Pagudpud, where I stayed at Pannzian Resort. Leave any hopes for cell service or wifi behind in Manila and come up here to get away from it all. I rented one of the...
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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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Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines
Beautiful area! From Banaue you can explore Hapao, Sagada and Batad easy and cheap. You arrange for a driver to take you around (there are plenty of drivers in Banaue). In Hapao you will find beautiful rice terraces. In Sagada you have the...
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Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines
Nestled in the hills above the Hapao Rice Terraces on northern Luzon in the Philippines is a resort called the Native Village Inn. The resort is built on a hillside with a majestic view looking up a valley of vibrant green rice terraces. The rooms...
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Babatngon, Leyte, Philippines
As a lover of nature - or someone who is always in awe with marvellous creations -any adventure suchlike is never to be forgotten. This unruffled place rather ranks at the top of my list owing to its stealthy feel and soothing atmosphere. If you...