It’s dark and rainy today in Metro Manila, but we’re not at all gloomy because, for one, we have enough Philippine sunshine in our travel memory bank and, more importantly, we know very well that the sun shines abundantly crisp somewhere in the rest of the islands. We won’t be surprised that the giraffes of Calauit Safari in Palawan are happily lounging under the morning sun, lazily munching on their favorite leaves, with visitors and tourists safely tucked somewhere in the scene — too close for comfort, at times, as we see in this photo by Anne (check her Instragram acount, @bae__con, for more photos). Look for her, she’s somewhere beautifully camouflaged in that photo. So, next time you visit Palawan, remember that it offers more than great beaches and amazing underwater sights. Go island hopping, as you should do when in Palawan, with the Calauit Safari as one of the stops. Enjoy! Click the photo to enlarge.
A destination oftentimes presents a welcome surprise, a deviation from the usual image associated with it. Take, for instance, Clarkfield in Pampanga. Foremost that may come to mind is the U.S. airbase, long gone, and the existing economic zone. There’s the Macapagal airport, hub of budget airlines. It’s the venue of the annual hot air balloon festival. It’s hard to think that an educational establishment like the Nayong Pilipino and ecotourism site would be found here. Continue reading Zoocobia Fun Zoo and Paradise Ranch (Sacobia, Clarkfield, Pampanga)
What is a zoo? Could we consider Calauit Island Game Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary (Palawan) a zoo? Is the best zoo in the Philippines? My choice? That’s pretty obvious from the title of this post. But I’m not talking about Ark Avilon Zoo, located beside Tiendesitas, Ortigas. I’m talking about it’s sister zoo, the bigger Avilon Zoo in Rodriguez, Rizal. Continue reading Avilon Zoo (Rodriguez, Rizal)
We’ve read somewhere that there’s a “cool” zoo just beside Tiendesitas. A zoo beside Tiendesitas is a bit strange because aside from the fact that Tiendesitas is a place to shop and eat, it’s beside a mall (SM). Also, we regularly pass through the Malabon City zoo, just behind Potrero elementary school along McArthur Highway (that’s a few meters from Monumento, Caloocan), but we never had the desire to go in a zoo, and we’re not really sure if it’s proper to qualify a “zoo” with being cool. The Ark Avilon Zoo beside Tiendesitas (sister zoo of Avilon Zoo, Rizal) made us rethink that. Continue reading Ark Avilon Zoo, Fun Ranch and Tiendesitas