My home province Marinduque is most famous for Moriones during Holy Week. However, not many people know that here lies an island which holds treasures that can bring joy and exhilarating feelings to any traveler. Maniwaya Island, despite being a new travel destination, has some of the most breathtaking and stunning shores, water, and rock formations I’ve seen here in the country. It brings a certain serene and quiet atmosphere because of its isolation.
Tired of the daily grind? Why not breathe some magic into your life with a getaway trip to Marinduque? Lucky for you, Marinduque is now more accessible more than ever. Before, you would have needed an 8 hour-long trip through land and through sea to reach this place. Now it’s just less than one hour away via air travel. And when you arrive at this hidden gem, you’ll be spoiled with choices for all the things you can see and do. You can schedule your trip and attend the exciting Moriones Festival, unwind at the beautiful Poctoy White Beach, be one with nature at Mount Malindig, and many more!
One of the gems of the Philippine landscape is certainly the Batad Rice Terraces of Banaue in Ifugao Province. Its importance is not merely for the fact that it’s a sight for sore eyes, but that it represents so much of what the Filipino culture and heritage stands for. The terraces were built by the Ifugao ancestors two thousand years ago almost entirely by hand in order to combat the erosion brought about by heavy rains during the monsoon season. When rain falls, the water will flow gradually from terrace to another until the water is evenly distribute to all the rice plants. This irrigation system stands and lasts till this day – a testament to just how hardworking and innovative the Filipino people can be.
Bandung, the capital of West Java, is a beautiful city sought as a refreshing getaway from the typical hot and humid weather. It boasts of a cool climate all year- round which makes it a popular tourist destination, especially for neighbors in the tropical region. Ciwidey lies within the southern portion of the city which is one of the coldest places in Bandung. Tourists know Ciwidey for being a host to a plethora of activities ranging from adrenaline-pumping adventures like river boarding to more laid back ones such as strawberry-picking.
Indonesia is one of the must-see travel destinations in Asia. This country is filled with rich culture and beautiful sceneries, which feature the beauty of history, nature, and religion. One of the majestic tourist spots in Indonesia is the Borobudur Temple in Kedu Valley, Central Java.
One of the most treasured and visited locations in Indonesia is a temple which holds a rich history and a thriving expression of culture; the Prambanan Temple, or also known as the Roro Jonggrang Temple in Indonesia, or also the “Temple of the Slender Virgin” is located in Yogyakarta. It is a temple that was built during the 9th century, which holds a mystical charm that entices its visitors and gives such an exotic atmosphere. It has eight shrines in total, three of which are the main shrines that are for Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma.
Yogyakarta, also referred to as Jogja, is an autonomous province located in the Southern Java Island of Indonesia. It is one of the most historically and culturally rich locations in region, known for its ancient Javanese artifacts and remnants of the Dutch colonial rule. If you want to experience the best arts and music scenes of Indonesia, this is the place to visit. Its history stays so strong that it’s still rules by a monarchy to this day! Jogja’s diverse past is influenced by the Western culture combined with Hindu and Buddhist roots, making it wonderful destination to visit and explore – the only question is, what to do first when the possibilities are endless?
For most people, the first thing that comes to their mind when they hear the word “Cordillera” is the Banaue Rice Terraces. It is a famous tourist spot known all around the world and was even called as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Officially, there are only Seven Wonders of the World which are must-see natural and man-made structures or places. The Eight Wonder is a place, structure, or natural creations comparable to the official Seven Wonders. The Banaue Rice Terraces has been nominated as an Eighth Wonder of the World because of its beauty, perfection, use, and antiquity. The Banaue Rice Terraces was built by hand almost 2,000 years ago by Ifugao ancestors. There are still debates as to the real age of the rice terraces because the stones used to hold the soil trace back to a much older date. The rice terraces cover several mountainsides, carved from the top down to the bottom of the mountain. It was an ingenious farming method devised by the Ifugao people due to lack of flat terrain to plant rice. It also makes watering more efficient as water from the top would flow down to every layer. Each layer is bigger than the layer before it, forming a staircase like pattern, which earned the Tagalog reference “hagdang-hangdang palayan.”