Category Archives: Places to Go

Cow in Batanes

15 Tips for your Batanes Travel

We’ve finally visited one of the places in our Philippine bucket list, Batanes, an absolutely gorgeous province consisting of a few islands (for starters, see the 12 Ordinary Things that Look Gorgeous in Batanes). Before heading out to Batanes, we had some notions on what it would look like and what we should expect; confirmed a few and reconsidered most of those Batanes notions. We thought we’d share our realizations with the VisitPinas community: Continue reading

Beautiful Batanes

12 Ordinary Things that Look Gorgeous in Batanes

First things first — not everything in this list are “things”. Let’s not nitpick on the words and focus on the heavenly and awe-inspiring views of Batanes. And, yes, we’re not professional photographers. There may be more gorgeous views in and around Batanes, but we had to make the most out of a very quick trip (see also 15 Tips for your Batanes Travel). We’d love to revisit Batanes in the near future and spend more time taking photos of this nature-paradise. Continue reading

The Sandbox Adventure Park at Alviera (Porac, Pampanga)

5 Reminders to Enjoy the Sandbox Adventure Park by Alviera (Porac, Pampanga)

Every kid enjoys the sandbox, literally a small box filled with sand. Imagine exploding the size of the sandbox and the vastly increasing the number of fun activities in it, and you have The Sandbox Adventure Park right in the middle of Alviera, out here in what used to be a quiet, lahar-stricken portion of Porac, Pampanga. Because we can’t resist the usual sneaky way of having fun with the intent of presenting our experience here in VisitPinas, we devoted one whole weekend day to explore The Sandbox. Continue reading

Sandbar slowly going underwater at White Island, Camiguin

White Paradise in White Island, Camiguin

The island-province of Camiguin. It’s the second smallest Philippine province both in area and population, second only to Batanes (factor in the favorite pastime of some politicians,  gerrymandering, and we could be wrong). Yet this small island hosts a number of volcanoes; 7 volcanoes if we’re not mistaken. It’s practically a volcano island, come to think of it — dangerous by some standards, surprisingly beautiful by any other. This small island also hosts an even smaller White Island, more properly a sandbar, under the imposing stare of Mt. Hibok-Hibok. Continue reading

Beach and Pine Trees at Anawangin Cove, Zambales

Off the Beaten Track at Anawangin Cove (Zambales)

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? What we thought is a purely philosophical question appears to be the subject of scientific debate as well. And what we thought to be a question that we can sweep under the rug, or anchor under the sea, came to face us in a slightly different form. If there’s a place of beauty, and there’s bound to be such a place in and around the 7,000-plus islands of the Philippines, would it still be beautiful if no one is around to see and admire it? Take, for instance, the Anawangin Cove of Zambales. Continue reading

White sand of Mantigue (Magsaysay) Island, Camiguin

Mantigue Island (Magsaysay Island) of Camiguin

On travel brochures and on maps we’ve seen in Camiguin, this white beach in Camiguin is called Magsaysay Island. After visiting the island, or when talking with residents and the boatmen, we got to know this white beach as Mantigue Island. This pricked our curiosity, more than the the puzzle of having a white island beside a black, volcanic island. Continue reading

Over the Sea Cottages at Stilts (Calatagan, Batangas)

Sunset at Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort

We’ve seen flamingos, with their long, slender legs sticking out high above the water. In the Philippine setting, because we haven’t seen flamingos in this side of the equator, we’ve seen herons, their long, slender legs similarly sticking out ricefield paddies, their white bodies reflected by the calm waters. Replace the heron, or the pink flamingos, with white cottages that glow orange-red with the glorious sunset, and you have the Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort. Continue reading

Eternity Pool at Crimson Resort and Spa (Mactan, Cebu)

Luxurious Refuge at Crimson Resort and Spa (Mactan, Cebu)

It’s amazing how a lot of resorts and destinations in Mactan Island — conveniently located just beside, and connected by two bridges from, the main island of Cebu — are hidden from plain sight. We won’t be surprised if a lot of our readers, even those living in Mactan and Cebu, haven’t heard of Crimson Resort & Spa. We certainly didn’t know Crimson Resort existed, not until Doc Aldrin brought us there. Navigating the narrow roads of Mactan made us realize why Crimson Resort should be labeled a hidden paradise. Continue reading