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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

Independence Day: Philippine Holiday

A crowd was waiting outside the home, located in Kawit, Cavite, of General Emilio Aguinaldo. It was 12 June 1898. Jose Rizal, who later became the national hero, was executed by the Spaniards two years earlier. Andres Bonifacio, another great son of the revolution, was also executed a year earlier, but this time by fellow Filipinos. All of them were fighting for the Philippines. Continue reading Independence Day: Philippine Holiday

Blue Lagoon at Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

One yardstick of a great destination, in my book, is when it’s somewhere I don’t mind driving straight for hours, get immersed in the splendor of the place for an hour or so, pack up then go home. Pagudpud (Ilocos Norte) definitely fits that standard, although the beauty of this destination is not limited to the wide open and smooth country roads, the nice views along the way, or the compelling history of the place and its people. Continue reading Blue Lagoon at Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

Time to Travel: Long Vacations and Holidays for 2009

Expenses for travel, leisure, vacations and whatever you want to call it are not necessities, so these expenses get crossed out in the family budget’s list in times of recession or financial crunch. Still, it wouldn’t hurt to know the declared long weekends for 2009. By way of summarizing the official list of 2009 regular and special non-working national holidays (through Proclamation 1699), the following are the list of the ten (10) long weekends (weekends tacked to the official national holidays): Continue reading Time to Travel: Long Vacations and Holidays for 2009

Baguio Trip: Travel Log and Tourist Spots

If you’re given an opportunity to visit Baguio City in the month of December, would you take it? Chilly wind, cold temperature, pine trees, nice view. I bet you would, the same thing with the hundreds of thousands of tourists who visited Baguio City in December 2008. We’re included in that thousands. Continue reading Baguio Trip: Travel Log and Tourist Spots

Baguio City: Summer Capital of the Philippines

Baguio City, which is perched on high elevation, is known as the “Summer Capital” of the Philippines because of its cold weather. The original blueprint of the city was made by American architect Daniel Burnham (which is the reason why the main park at the heart of the city is known as Burnham Park). It’s also known as the “City of Pines” because, well, pine trees dominate the landscape. It’s usually enough for me to stay in the hotel and just relax when I go there, but if you want to go around, here are some observations. Continue reading Baguio City: Summer Capital of the Philippines

Montevista Villas (Mimosa Leisure Estate, Clarkfield, Pampanga)

There was plenty of space to park and move around, maybe because we got there when the rest of those who spent their Holy Week vacation are on their way back to Metro Manila. The place, with huge trees generously dotting the entire landscape, is a welcome breather from the suffocating pollution in Metro Manila. Brown leaves of Mahogany, occasionally punctuated by twirling seeds, fall to the ground, sometimes gently hitting the windshield as you drive by. This is summer in Montevista Villas (Mimosa Leisure Estate, Clarkfield, Pampanga). Continue reading Montevista Villas (Mimosa Leisure Estate, Clarkfield, Pampanga)

Tips for Philippine Summer Vacation

It’s officially summertime. It’s going to be a very hot Philippine summer full of fun, sand and sun. It’s time to take time off from work or school, and relax even for a while. But before you go invading the resorts and hotels for the anticipated summer vacation with your family and friends, you need to go through the hassle of preparing, making travel plans, booking and reservation. Here are some unsolicited reminders: Continue reading Tips for Philippine Summer Vacation

Silent Night, Boracay

Each of us touched by Boracay has a special memory about this beach paradise. For non-divers, it could be the amazement of feeding fish while floating in the middle of the sea. It could be the fine white sand or various water (and air?) sports like the jet ski, banana boat ride and parasailing. It could even be as simple as the fresh seafood, the great fruit shakes or the sand castles with lighted candles inside. Continue reading Silent Night, Boracay