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Historic Vigan

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Last June 7, 2013, with friends Ting and Dadong, I embarked on a tour to historic Vigan in Ilocos Sur. From Iloilo, we boarded a Cebu Pacific plane to Manila, and from there we took a Partas bus in Pasay. The bus left the station at around 4:00 pm and its a 10-hour ride with at least 3 stopovers passing through Pampanga, Tarlac, Pangasinan, and La Union provinces. Look for accommodation in  Iloilo , Manila ,  Pasay  and Ilocos Sur . Upon arrival, we checked in at Green R Hotel. It is a cost-effective hotel located near the Partas Bus terminal and in front of the public market. The only negative thing about the room is there's just enough space for an extra bed which makes moving around cumbersome. Exhausted, everyone immediately went to sleep. Search for the best hotels in Vigan City . The very next morning, after taking breakfast early, the excitement prodded us to immediately explore the city. We haven't even taken bath or changed our clothes! The first notable place we stumb

Scenic Ilocos Norte

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After our Vigan trip , Ting and I decided to proceed to Laoag, Ilocos Norte on June 9, 2013. Search for best hotels in Laoag City . We boarded a Partas Bus at around 1 pm and reached Laoag roughly 4 pm. We checked in at La Elliana Hotel. Although it is considered a budget hotel, the room is very spacious and could very well accommodate up to 6 people. We wasted no time and immediately took off and went to Museo Ilocos Norte, but we barely looked around when they closed and we have to cut short our visit. Walking distance is the Sinking Bell Tower, it used to be one of the tallest bell towers in the country. It is sinking because it was built on a sandy foundation. Nearby still is St. William’s Cathedral where Ting and I lit candles, prayed and briefly listened to the day's sermon. From St. William’s Cathedral, we took upon ourselves to look for the missing Aurora Park. We described it as "missing", because we have asked a lot of people but none of them could tell us where

At The Ruins, Talisay, Negros Occidental

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I came across several interesting news feeds regarding The Ruins in Talisay, Negros Occidental. Search for best hotels in Talisay . Seeing pictures and reading the reviews about it got my curiosity aroused and decided that I need to see the place up close and personal. Last Dec. 7, I invited my friend Ting to come with me. We left Bacolod around 12:30 PM via Bata Libertad jeepney. Great accommodations in Bacolod City . Upon arriving at Bata roughly 20 minutes later, we boarded a tricycle going to Hacienda Santa Maria. On the way, we were treated with the vibrant landscape full of sugarcane which is the main produce of the island. Oddly, the road we took is the same road going to the International Airport, which explains the presence of traffic lights in the middle of sugarcane farms! I find it odd as there's no traffic. A few more minutes and the remains of the mansion came into view. The Ruins used to be the biggest and grandest mansion in the province. The structure sits on a tot

At One With Nature In Guimaras

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Last Dec. 30, 2013, just a day before the new year, Ting and I went for a little adventure at Camp Alfredo , Guimaras. Search for great accommodation in Guimaras Island . We left Iloilo at around 9 am via ferry boat at Brgy. Ortiz. Its roughly a 15 minutes ride on rough seas. Stay in Iloilo City's best hotels . Upon arrival at the Jordan pier, we jumped into a Jordan jeepney making sure the driver knows where we are going and where he will exactly drop us. It's supposed to be less than 30 minutes ride, but our jeepney made a long stop at San Miguel market. However, the long wait is rewarded by the green scenery and fresh air when we resumed. As expected, we were dropped right in front of Camp Alfredo at Ravina. The concrete signage is a welcoming sign. You can immediately feel nature inviting you to come in. We climbed down a flight of stairs towards the session hall and bar. The session hall also doubles as a resto. We asked the person in charge of some questions about the zip

Lake Sebu, A Thrilling Experience Like No Other

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Me and my travel buddies: Ting, Doods, and Joy, planned for an adventurous Mindanao break away. Doods, a well-traveled dude who spent some time in Surallah, South Cotabato proposed that we include Lake Sebu in our itinerary. Search for great accommodation in Lake Sebu . At first, I was skeptical as it is a considerable distance from Davao. But after researching online, my doubts cleared and all of the sudden, Lake Sebu must be our first destination. Experience the best hotels in Davao City . We touched base at Francisco Bangoy International Airport on Feb 21, 2014. Upon disembarkation, we immediately went straight for the Bulaong Bus Terminal. We took a quick lunch at a resto just across, then we prepared ourselves for the long bus ride ahead. I can sense the urgency to reach our destination and the excitement building up. After a few minutes of waiting, our non-stop travel towards Koronadal kicked off. Along the way, we noticed that there's a lot of road construction going on, ver

Quickie Trips In Negros Island

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Ting had a seminar in Dumaguete, Negros Oriental last May 28, 2014. I resided in Bacolod for more than 3 years but never explored the other side of Negros island. I jumped on the opportunity to join her four days later. Search for best hotels in Dumaguete City . I took a Ceres bus in Bacolod's South Terminal. The shortest trip towards Dumaguete is via Mabinay route which is about 6 hours of travel time. Negros is mountainous and the road is winding up and down following the contours of the rolling hills. My eyes were treated with the beautiful landscape. Man, Negrosanons plant sugarcane everywhere and I mean everywhere, even at the very edges of the hills! I arrived in Dumaguete City at around 7 PM and went straight to Go Hotels to meet Ting there. After I checked-in, we hurriedly took a tricycle and went to Lab-as Seafood Restaurant and indulged on the fresh seafood that the place is known for. The resto's location is ideal for relaxing too because of the cool breeze and idyl

Enjoying The Mangrove, Bistro Ocean City And Red Paprika In A Day

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Did you know that the Philippines has the second-highest number of mangrove species in the world? However, more than 70% of the total area has been lost to land development, pollution, and deforestation. This is a catastrophe as mangroves play very important roles in the ecosystem. Mangroves act as home and nursery to a large number of aquatic animals. According to studies, there are more fish in areas with mangroves compared to those that don't. Mangrove plants are also a source of wood, fuel, and medicine to locals and fodder to cattle. Recently it is also used in the commercial production of pulp, wood chip, and charcoal. Compared to an artificial seawall, mangroves offer natural protection against coastline erosion caused by waves and sedimentation. It may not stop storm surges but it minimizes the destruction and loss of life by absorbing most of the impact. During super typhoon Yolanda in Leyte, the town of Palompon suffered minimal losses due to the presence of mangroves . S