Category Archives: Tips and Reminders

Siargao Island, Surigao: Travel Tips and Itinerary for Land Trip

Siargao Island, located on the Pacific Ocean-facing side of Surigao, is a tiny speck in the Visayas-Mindanao geographical divide. It is accessible by air, sea or land. Direct flights from Cebu or Manila take a daily pilgrimage to this world-renowned Surfing Capital of the Philippines, landing on Sayak Airport, simply known as Siargao Airport. Continue reading Siargao Island, Surigao: Travel Tips and Itinerary for Land Trip

Want to Live Longer? Take a Vacation, a Study Says

A 40-year study study reveals that taking vacations can prolong your life. In fact, foregoing holidays can’t be compensated by simply having a healthy lifestyle. “Don’t think having an otherwise healthy lifestyle will compensate for working too hard and not taking holidays,” notes Professor Timo Strandberg of the University of Helsinki, Finland. Continue reading Want to Live Longer? Take a Vacation, a Study Says

Finding Charlie: Reminder for Divers to Protect Corals and Marine Life

Photos of a vandalized live coral in a Philippine diving site recently circulated in Facebook. A group of concerned divers, including Vince Tenchavez, found a set of corals etched with a name — Charlie — and the date. This is similar to vandalism found on cave walls and other sensitive ecotourism areas. Continue reading Finding Charlie: Reminder for Divers to Protect Corals and Marine Life

4 Reasons Why Today is the Best Time to Visit the Philippines

Perhaps you’re sitting in your office and thinking, “Where is the best place to travel where I can get the highest value for my money?” Well, you can join the increasing number of tourists flocking to the Philippines. The largest chunk of foreign arrivals in the Philippines, according to the Department of Tourism (DoT), is from Asia (61.11% of the total or 290,177 visitors in June 2017, including tourists from Korea, Japan and China). Tourists from North America come next, followed by travelers from Europe and Australasia/Pacific. So, why is it the best time to visit the Philippines today? Continue reading 4 Reasons Why Today is the Best Time to Visit the Philippines

Boracay October 26 Re-Opening: What We Know So Far

Like many of you, we’re looking forward to the re-opening of Boracay, scheduled on October 26, 2018. Since Boracay’s closure on April 26 this year, we’ve only seen glimpses of how this rested beach-paradise from news reports and government agency officials. While we do our countdown for the re-opening of Boracay on October 26, let’s summarize what we know so far. Continue reading Boracay October 26 Re-Opening: What We Know So Far

Typhoon Watch 2018: List of Typhoons in the Philippines

Our annual list of typhoons, updated as each typhoon enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), was way back in 2014. The last entry was Typhoon Ompong. It’s uncanny that the names for 2018 typhoons are exactly the same as in 2014, with Typhoon Ompong currently being tracked by PAGASA as of this writing (average of 20 storms visit the Philippines each year). It’s time to track these 2018 typhoons (see also the typhoon lists for 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009 lists). Continue reading Typhoon Watch 2018: List of Typhoons in the Philippines

Good News! Philippine Passports Now Valid for 10 Years

The validity period of Philippine passports, which was previously fixed at five (5) years, has been extended to ten (10) years, thanks to a new law signed today, 2 August 2017, by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. The new law, Republic Act No. 10928 (reproduced in full below), however, limits the validity period of passports for minors, or those below 18 years old, to five (5) years.  The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is tasked to implement a passport processing system that is seamless, convenient and pro-people. Let’s wait for the implementing regulations to be issued by the DFA. Continue reading Good News! Philippine Passports Now Valid for 10 Years

For Mothers’ Day: Wisdom I Learned from Nanay

If you’ve personally seen the beautiful Philippines, you might also have noticed that in addition to the Filipinos’ legendary hospitality, we are known to respect our parents, particularly our mothers (sorry, dad). We Filipinos call our mothers inay, nanay, mama or, more common nowadays, mom. Now, for the next paragraphs, look for a Filipino friend and ask her/him to translate (Google Translate can never fathom the nuances and context of the Filipino language). Here are some things we can truly relate — Mga ginintuang aral na napulot kay Inay. Feel free to share the nuggets of wisdom you’ve learned from your mother (or share this with your mother and family). Continue reading For Mothers’ Day: Wisdom I Learned from Nanay

The Philippines Ranks Higher among Tourist-Friendly Countries (2015)

There’s something to be more proud about the Philippines — the Philippines continues its consistent rise in the tourism world, ranked as No. 8 in the Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Countries for 2015. “Could this be the Philippines’ breakthrough year?”, Lonely Planet asks. It added: “With more than 7100 islands (compare that to Thailand, with a paltry 1430), the Philippines has one of the world’s most beautiful coastlines, fringed by dive-static coral reefs, sprinkled with sunbathe-ready white sand, backed by swaying palm trees and dotted with simple resorts of nipa-palm thatched huts, like Thailand used to be when the Beach Boys were still top of the charts.” First in the list is Singapore, followed by Namibia, Lithuania, Nicaragua, Ireland, Republic of Congo and Serbia. Continue reading The Philippines Ranks Higher among Tourist-Friendly Countries (2015)

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