Category Archives: Places to Go

The 24/7 Beach Paradise: Boracay, Philippines

There’s only one thing better that being one of the world’s best beaches like Boracay — a 24/7 beach paradise. Just like, you guessed it, Boracay! (You might be interested to know that this clip is now part of the Visit the Philippines 2015 campaign of the Department of Tourism). Watch and share this short video below:: Continue reading The 24/7 Beach Paradise: Boracay, Philippines

Cliff Jumping Paradise: Ariel’s Point, Boracay (Video)

We love Boracay. Who doesn’t love Boracay? One or two souls maybe, but we absolutely love the world-famous island paradise called Boracay. From its hotels (let’s have less of those humongous hotels please), calamansi muffins, fruit shakes, pizza and other smokin‘ hot cuisine. It’s fine, white sand of course. And clear waters. We’ve seen the fire dancers and tried parasailing, and, mind you, we’re just beginning to scratch the surface of Boracay fun. We can also tell you at least 5 reasons why, despite all the downside that naturally comes with development, we still love Boracay. Heck, we’ve even survived its underwater-world and international mermaid school! What we haven’t tried, and what we seriously intend to do before our bones get too brittle with time (and milk-to-alcohol imbalance) is the cliff jumping in Ariel’s Point. Yes, Boracay, we’ll conquer your cliff jumping challenge. We’ll see if the 15-meter cliff jump is enough to challenge us (uhm, the 3-meter option is technically doing the jump, yes?). In the meantime, watch this video of the Ariel’s Point jump through the eyes of fellow travelers: Continue reading Cliff Jumping Paradise: Ariel’s Point, Boracay (Video)

Top 5 Thoughts While Standing on the Rolling Hills of Batanes

It’s easy to wax nostalgic, or reflect on one’s life and the future, while perched on top of the rolling hills of Batanes. This breathtaking destination, with its majestic view of the ocean, rests a few kilometers north of Basco, the capital of Batanes (the Rolling Hills is different from the marlboro country, another Batanes destination with breathtaking view). We’re not sure with you, but here are the five things that entered our minds when we arrived on the rolling hills of Batanes. Continue reading Top 5 Thoughts While Standing on the Rolling Hills of 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 15 Tips for your Batanes Travel

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 12 Ordinary Things that Look Gorgeous in Batanes

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

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 White Paradise in White Island, Camiguin

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 Off the Beaten Track at Anawangin Cove (Zambales)

The Sunken Cemetery of Camiguin

Let’s have the usual game we play here at VisitPinas: what first comes to mind when you hear “Camiguin“? Sweet lanzones, correct. Next? Volcanoes, yes. Next? It won’t certainly be the White Island (it’s ok, we also didn’t know anything about White Island until we went to visit Camiguin). You’re probably thinking of the Sunken Cemetery. Continue reading The Sunken Cemetery of 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 Mantigue Island (Magsaysay Island) of Camiguin