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Typhoon Watch 2012: List of Typhoons

Here we go again. Year 2011 is over, with its 19 typhoons (see list of 2011 typhoons). As we start with 2012, we again note that the state of the weather affects our travels, vacations and pretty much everything that we do. We should always be mindful of severe weather conditions, like typhoons or tropical storms (called cyclones and hurricanes somewhere else in the planet). Considering that an average of 20 storms visit the Philippines each year, it may be worth something to list down the typhoons as they hit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR). Please check from time to time for more updates (presented in reverse chronology; see also 2011, 2010 and 2009 lists). Continue reading Typhoon Watch 2012: List of Typhoons

It’s More Fun in the Philippines!

Getting upstairs is more fun in the Philippines, through the scenic view and cool atmosphere of the Banaue Rice Terraces. Commuting is more fun in the Philippines, through the clean and crystal-clear waters of Palawan. Even status updates are more fun, with underwater photos of you diving after a huge whale shark in Donsol. Continue reading It’s More Fun in the Philippines!

The Manor at Camp John Hay, Baguio City

They say the early bird gets the worm. True. But there’s more. Those who rise early get to discover that this early, the first week of November, there’s fog in Metro Manila. Yes, fog, not smog. A truly wonderful sight. It’s so beautiful (well, at least for those with roof over their heads), with the blinking red light on top of the nearby cellsite greatly muted and dispersed. It’s like being in Baguio City. Except nothing really substitutes for Baguio. Continue reading The Manor at Camp John Hay, Baguio City

Exploring Fort Santiago and Rizal Shrine in Intramuros, Manila City

“You haven’t been to Fort Santiago?” And so my wife started chiding for not having visited Fort Santiago, like it’s a national sin. Last weekend I had my unplanned tour of Intramuros, particularly Fort Santiago. I made a quick stop to search for Kilometer 0 and to take photos of the Cory/Ninoy Aquino Shrine. Continue reading Exploring Fort Santiago and Rizal Shrine in Intramuros, Manila City

The First Automated Philippine Elections

In this blog we talk about food, places and anything that has to do with travel to and in the Philippines. Politics is farthest from the subject matter and thrust of VisitPinas.com. But the 2010 election holds a special place in Philippine history and not because it’s a national holiday (see full list of 2010 holidays). Continue reading The First Automated Philippine Elections

World Heritage Sites of the Philippines

The Philippines has a number of World Heritage Sites, classified as cultural and natural, declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). There are other sites submitted for inclusion, but we shall feature them here once they make it to the list of World Heritage Sites. In the meantime, here are the existing five (5) sites on the list: Continue reading World Heritage Sites of the Philippines

VisitPinas Top 5 Reasons to Travel and Visit the Philippines

There’s a reason for everything. While some things cannot be explained, and the continued belief of which we characterize as faith, we human beings constantly search for explanations. Not that somebody asked us; we’re just trying to validate and check if you see it the same way. These are the Top Five Reasons why we love to travel in and around the Philippines (probably the same reasons why you’d want to visit the Philippines). Continue reading VisitPinas Top 5 Reasons to Travel and Visit the Philippines

Tourism Act of 2009 (RA 9593): A Primer

You may have noticed the schedule of the next big sale at the mall. But you may not have noticed that on 12 May 2009, the President signed the Tourism Act of 2009 (Republic Act No. 9593; full text). We have a prior discussion on Philippine tourism, so it’s surprising that we missed discussing this related law. But let’s make up for it by having this long series of discussions on RA 9593, also  known as the Tourism Act of 2009. Continue reading Tourism Act of 2009 (RA 9593): A Primer