Travel Notes | List of Philippine Holidays in 2016

The Malacañang has officially released the list of official holidays in 2016! This is surely a joy to many of us who love to travel and explore places. We could now plan our trips around long weekends and holidays plus avail of great discounts from tour packages and airline tickets by booking much earlier. 

philippine holidays in 2016

Peñafrancia Festival 2015 Schedule of Activities and Events

Peñafrancia Festival of Naga City is one of the Philippines' largest religious celebrations honoring Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Bicol region's patroness.  The festival begins on the second Friday of September when the image of the Virgin of Peñafrancia is carried by hundreds of male devotees from its shrine to the Metropolitan Cathedral of Naga City.

This year's highlights of the celebration are scheduled on: September 11 (Friday),Traslacion Procession; September 19 (Saturday), Fluvial Procession; and September 20 (Sunday), Feast Day of Our Lady of Peñafrancia.

Penafrancia Festival

Streets or Summits: Determining your Travel Preferences

When it comes to booking the travel experience of a lifetime, it is best to plan your itinerary according to what you are passionate about. If you love nature, you are likely to have very different priorities from people who enjoy spending time in big cities. To help make the decision easier for you, here is an overview of the typical things fancied by nature lovers and urban explorers.

Camiguin | Tuasan Falls

Satisfied with my street dancing shots, I decided not to witness the showdown performances of contingents from five municipalities of Camiguin in the annual Lanzones Festival at the provincial Grand Stand in Mambajao. Instead of braving the scorching heat of the sun to witness the colorful display of costumes and the rhythmic-ethnic dance moves of the participants, (unplanned) I headed to Catarman to check its latest tourism offering- the Tuasan Falls.

Tuasan Falls

Top 10 Photos of Must Visit White Island in Camiguin

Thanks to this year's long weekend on the second week of June, I had the chance to spend my post summer get-away in the paradise province of Camiguin...

The island of Camiguin is a beautiful place set in Mindanao, surrounded by the provinces of Bohol, Misamis Oriental, and Surigao del Norte. The province is considered as the country’s second smallest both in land area and population. 

White Island is one of the most visited spots in the province for many tourists, whether local or foreign travelers. This beautiful island is C-shaped during low tide but the sea partially covers the edges during the high tide, reducing it to an “I”. Still, no matter the tide, the island is great to behold. Take a swim in its refreshing waters teeming with a delightful array of tropical marine life.

The sands and shapes, its crystal-clear waters, the locals and food, everything - I totally fell in-love with the island's charm and beauty! Why? Here are my Top 10 Photos of this must visit Camiguin's White Island.

1. Fresh Morning and #VitaminSea!

White Island in Camiguin

PostCard Series| Greens and Hills of Claveria

Claveria, Misamis Oriental

“ Living in a rural setting exposes you to so many marvelous things - the natural world and the particular texture of small-town life, and the exhilarating experience of open space…”
                                       -   Susan Orlean

Bacolod City | Masskara Festival 2015 Schedule of Activities

The Masskara Festival is something to look forward to this October. Yep, I know it is still a long way to go before October comes but it is always best to prepare ahead of time.

photograph courtesy of my travel blogger friend Rob of