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Intramuros, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila, Philippines
Located in Intramuros (the Walled City), the oldest part of Manila, this is the oldest stone church in the Philippines. Construction began in 1586 and was completed in 1607. I truly consider this to be a miracle church after all it has been...
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...
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...
Tagaytay, Cavite, Philippines
Taal Volcano, an island in Taal Lake, is the smallest volcano in the world. This area presents one of the most picturesque and attractive views in the Philippines. It is located about 50 km south of Manila. Although it was partially overcast on...
Hollywood St., Hollywood Subd. Tolentino East, Tagaytay City, Santa Rosa - Tagaytay Rd, Tagaytay, Cavite, Philippines
A visit to Tagaytay is not complete without a stop at Museo Orlina. From a beautiful point above Taal Lake and volcano, this small museum houses the artist Ramon Orlina’s collection of his work. An architect turned sculptor, Orlina’s glass...
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...
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...
Barangay Buck Estate, Alfonso, Cavite, 4123, Alfonso, Cavite, Philippines
If a getaway in lush mountainside is your cup of tea, consider lodging at Sonya's Garden in Tagaytay. Sonya's prides in the Art of Doing Nothing, and appreciating the small things in life. The bed & breakfast is a perfect combination of comfort...
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...
Calamba, Laguna, Philippines
A cultural immersion at its finest is what you'll find as you make your way from Manila south toward Batangas, Taal Volcano, or the outer islands. It's amazing how you'll stumble upon view like this one on the way. And don't forget to stop for...
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...
Malapascua Island, Daanbantayan, Malapascua Island, 6013 Cebu, Philippines
What Malapascua lacks in breweries, it more than makes up for in sand and surf. Roll onto bounty beach, toss a chair or a blanket onto the endless stretch of white sand, and order a beer from the Hippocampus beach bar. Most of the little bars...
One Mango Mall, General Maxilom Ave, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu, Philippines
Arriving alone and hungry in the Philippines, I checked into my hotel and immediately asked for a dinner recommendation. After some thought by the staff, I was directed to Zubuchon for some authentic Filipino food; but not just any food: Lechon....
P. Burgos St, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
The spot, where in 1521 Portugeuse explorer Ferdinand Magellan placed his cross to claim the islands for Spain and named it the Philippines in honor of King Philip II. When you look closely, the original cross is encased in a Tindalo wood cross....
Punta Engaño Rd, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, 6015 Cebu, Philippines
The first time I had the pleasure of finding this treasured fruit was in a visit to beautiful island of Cebu in the Philippines. I went to have breakfast at one of the best buffets in the city... the best way to start the discovery of unusual...
Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, Philippines
Vigan City is one of the last few hispanic towns left in the Philippines and has been named a world heritage site by Unesco. Walking along this tiny cobbled street aptly named Heritage Row, you would find yourself nostalgic at a time that was. The...
Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, Philippines
A trip to Vigan City, Philippines is not complete without having an afternoon snack or as the Spanish would call "merienda" at the plaza. And the snack of choice? Definitely one or two (must save room for dinner) of these mouth watering empanadas....
#26 Quirino Blvd., Gen. Tinio, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, Philippines
Philippines - Luzon - Vigan Villa Angela is like staying in a museum. Colonial house is full of old furniture and even Tom Cruise liked staying here (Cuarto del senor), when the movie Born on 4.th July was filmed in this part of Luzon.
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