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Laguna | St. Peter of Alcantara Parish Church of Pakil

In the town of Pakil in Laguna stands a beautiful church officially known as the St. Peter of Alcantara Parish Church, though most of the people simply call it as Pakil Church. This rural town may not be your usual destination when visiting Laguna, yet it is actually a good place to visit especially if you go on a Visita Iglesia of the great churches across the province.

Pakil Church in Laguna

Why you shoud visit Tenerife

You have probably heard about the Canary Islands: an archipelago of seven islands belonging to Spain that are located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Morocco. These islands are a very popular holiday destination: vast natural parks, golden and black-sand beaches, waves... If you want to enjoy a beach holiday filled with hiking trips and occasional museum visits, then Tenerife is waiting for you.

Laguna | The St. Mary Magdalene Church of Magdalena

Set in the beautiful town of Magdalena in Laguna, the St. Mary Magdalene Church is a great landmark to visit for all tourists visiting the place – not just for Roman Catholics.

Magdalena Church

Never a Dull Moment: Five Things Solo Travelers Must Do in Croatia

For some, the thought of going travelling on your own is daunting. However, flying solo gives you complete and utter freedom to do whatever, and go wherever you like. What’s more, there are certain destinations that are perfect for unaccompanied and intrepid travelers.

Take Croatia, for instance. From its historic cities like Zagreb and Dubrovnik to the magnificent coastal regions of Zadar and Split, the potential places and pursuits are vast. Along the way, you’re bound to meet up with like-minded tourists and backpackers.

Laguna | Things to do in Liliw

There are many beautiful places in Laguna that are often overlooked by tourists who have limited time and simply want to visit the most popular spots in the country. Many towns and cities in the Philippines have lots of great spots to offer yet don’t get recognized because of the lack of tourism promotions and ads.

Liliw Laguna Photograph

Favorite Places to Visit in France

The Christmas holidays are fast approaching – and what best way to celebrate the holiday season than to take a fun trip to a favorite destination, like France?

On the Spot | Lanzones Festival 2014 of Camiguin Province

Early today, I had the chance to witness and join this year's celebration of Lanzones Festival, an annual thanksgiving on bountiful harvest of lanzones here in Camiguin Island, the country's second smallest province.  

Lanzones Festival 2015 Photographs

Sinulog Festival 2015 Schedule of Activities

The organizers of the Sinulog Festival 2015 have already released the official schedule for next year’s activities. The month-long celebration offers several activities, though most of the tourists prefer to visit Cebu and watch the Sinulog Grand Parade set on January 18.

Aliwan Fiesta 2014

Laguna | Things to do in Nagcarlan

You don’t have to go very far to enjoy the great tourist spots in the Philippines. We toured Laguna to share some of these stunning finds with you.

Nagcarlan, Laguna

A Fun-filled Walking Tour of Metro Manila

Metro Manila is a bustling metropolis filled with plenty of sights and sounds, superb attractions, and contemporary buildings. As the country’s seat of power, Manila appeals to many tourists for its exciting prospects for fun. Aside from having some of the largest malls in the country, the metropolis is also home to top tourist spots that make the place truly a great place to visit anytime of the year.

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Top 6 Things to do in Granada, Spain.

The city of Granada is the jewel in the crown of the Spanish southern region of Andalusia. This city is mostly known for its architecture, which ranges from Arab buildings to large Catholic churches.

Manila | The Philippine Central Post Office Building

If you happen to be strolling along the Pasig River close to Jones Bridge, you might find yourself just steps away from the iconic Central Post Office in Manila. It is not just the central place for all mails but also serves as a landmark building.

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Travel Guide | Things to Do in Iloilo City

Iloilo City is a beautiful place to visit anytime of the year, though you might want to time your visit during the holiday season when the city comes alive with a burst of lights from the business establishments and schools laden with plenty of Christmas lights and festive ornaments.

Things To DO in Iloilo City

Iloilo City | Must Visit Ancestral and Heritage Houses in the City of Love

Iloilo City features several admirable ancestral and heritage houses, many of which date back more than a century ago. These beautiful homes showcase the period they were constructed in, providing tourists a glimpse of the past, including sharing a period of history we could not reclaim anymore.

Ancestral Houses in Iloilo City

PostCard Series | A Real Farm Scene

Farm Life Balingasag, Misamis Oriental


“Good farmers, who take seriously their duties as stewards of Creation and of their land's inheritors, contribute to the welfare of society in more ways than society usually acknowledges, or even knows. These farmers produce valuable goods, of course; but they also conserve soil, they conserve water, they conserve wildlife, they conserve open space, they conserve scenery.” 

― Wendell Berry, Bringing it to the Table: Writings on Farming and Food

Iloilo City | Jaro Cathedral

A visit to Iloilo City or anywhere else, for that matter, is never complete without a tour of the city and its stunning attractions. The city has its fair share of landmarks and tourist spots, including the grand Jaro Cathedral, also known as the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Candles and formally as the Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral.

Jaro Cathedral in Iloilo City

PostCard Series | Little Cowboy of Dahilayan

Bukidnon Cowboy

“A child on a farm sees a plane fly overhead and dreams of a faraway place. A traveler on the plane sees the farmhouse… and thinks of home.”
 – Carl Burns

Iloilo City | Madge Cafe in La Paz Market

Are you looking for the best-tasting coffee in Iloilo City? Then, you should head to the La Paz Public Market for a cup at Madge Cafe. The coffee shop is so famous in the area that you need not know its exact location. Just ask the cab driver to drop you off at the market and ask directions from anyone there.

Madge Cafe

WHERE TO STAY IN ILOILO CITY: Injap Tower Hotel

Traveling to Iloilo City? Stay at the Injap Tower Hotel. This hotel is no ordinary one. You will never miss this landmark hotel because it towers above the buildings of the city. So, even if you get lost in the City of Love and, by chance, forget the hotel’s name, all you have to do is to check the horizon for the tallest structure – that would be the hotel!

Injap Tower Hotel

Bacolod City | Masskara Festival 2014 Schedule of Activities

Who’s up for a fun-filled trip to Bacolod for the Masskara Festival this October? Considered as one of the liveliest and most colorful festivals in the country, the festival is definitely the perfect time to visit Bacolod City.

Masskara Festival by PinoyAdventurista.com
photograph by: pinoyadventurista

Plan Your 2015 Vacations Now, List of Philippine Holidays for 2015 Released by the Palace

Do you have a bucket list of places you want to visit, alone or together with friends and family? For 2015, why don’t you start working on that bucket list before you get too old to travel and enjoy these fabulous destinations?

The president already signed and released Proclamation No. 831, s. 2014, providing a list of the holidays across the country for next year.

List of Philippine Holidays for 2015

Surigao del Norte | Revisiting Surigao City and Discovering the Beautiful Looc Pebble Beach

Philippines is, indeed, a country of distinct and amazing natural resources. As a country of more than 7107 islands and gifted with tropical climate, we can claim and shout to the world that we are “one of the best destinations” on Earth.

Yep, 7107 islands means the best and the most pristine beaches. Beaches that come in many different colors – you can choose from white, pink, black or gray beaches!
Oh, I almost forgot, a pebble or rock beach must be on the list! 

Looc Pebble Beach in Surigao City

#PusoToTheMax: Watch our Gilas Pilipinas Live in Spain Promo

Get the chance to watch Gilas Pilipinas in the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain for FREE. Join the Max’s Restaurant #PusoToTheMax Fly to Spain Promo NOW! 

#PusoToTheMax

PostCard Series | A Street Scene in Iligan City

Iligan City

“I love walking down the street and seeing faces and drama and happiness and sadness and dirt and cleanliness…”
- Ric Ocasek

Camiguin Province | Sto. Nino Cold, Ardent Hot, and Bura Soda Spring Pools

Camiguin is a wonderful paradise filled with an assortment of natural tourist spots that would bring hours of fun throughout your trip. You can make the most of each vacation to this beautiful island by exploring every nook and cranny, searching for that perfect spot for taking a stunning selfie or a fun-filled groupie.

Aside from its wonderful white sand beaches, unique attractions such as the Sunken Cemetery, and majestic volcanoes, Camiguin is also known for its beautiful springs and waterfalls. Some of these have already been developed as tourist spots to allow us all to enjoy these beautiful works of nature.

Sto. Nino Cold Spring

PostCard Series| Rice Terraces of Midsalip

Midsalip Rice Terraces


“ 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

Camiguin Province | Stunning White Island

" Fine white sands, crystal clear blue waters, the amazing view of Mt. Hibok-hibok and Mt. Vulcan ... I Love You [naked] White Island!"

Even though summer is officially over, who said we can’t continue exploring the Philippines? After all, it’s More FUN in the Philippines! Don’t worry too much about the possibility of rain hampering a trip to Camiguin – there’s always a big chance that it won’t.

White Island

A Guide to Lanzarote, the Martian Canary Island

Lanzarote is one of the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago located off the coast of Morocco. The island is one of the most popular beach destination.

Camiguin Province | Mantigue Island

" The moment I get-off the boat and saw her beautiful and perfect coastline of powdery-white coral sands, Mantigue Island obviously mesmerized me. The island is beyond its beauty.  Yes, she’s a beautiful [forever virgin] lady! " 

Camiguin is a favorite destination for many tourists, whether local or foreign travelers. This beautiful island, born of fire from a volcanic eruption, features a wide array of amazing spots to explore, places to visit. You’ll never run out of things to do when visiting Camiguin.

Mantigue Island

Travel Notes | Experience Philippines, Travel with Locals

I am living in a beautiful country of amazing 7,107 islands. I am 100% Pinoy, and I am living in The Philippine Islands. 

Known as the Pearl of the Orient, the Philippines is a tropical country in the Pacific with beautiful people inside and out; diverse cultures and traditions; and FUNtastic natural resources. Our nature is full of surprises and adventures. Interesting? Get your backpack, walk, swim or dive, breath and feel the ocean breeze, open your eyes, eat and live with locals… 

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Guide | Tips for Visiting Seville

The City of Seville is located in the region of Andalusia, in the south of Spain. Walk around the city center and enjoy the local architecture before succumbing to delicious tapas in the Triana District.

Misamis Oriental | Lagbas Ancestral House

Established in 1920's, Lagbas Ancestral Home  in Poblacion, Sugbongcogon was built by Don Benedicto Lagbas. This heritage home or I should say “one of the most beautiful ancestral houses" (I've ever seen) still stood today and serves as the residence of the other members of the Lagbas clan. 

Lagbas Ancestral House

Davao City | Kadayawan Festival 2014 Schedule of Activities

The Kadayawan Festival is among the most colorful festivals in the Philippines, featuring a wide range of cultural presentations and backgrounds especially because of its ethnic origins. This is also a harvest festival, with trade fairs and ethnic shows featured throughout the month. Although fairs often last for the entire month, many of the events begin only after the “Panagtagbo” or the Opening Ceremony which marks its official start.

Kadayawan Festival

#BFT2014 | Baguio City's Strawberry Taho

When you’re in the Summer Capital of the Philippines, Baguio, never ever miss to try their famous “Strawberry Taho”.  Yep, it's Pinoy's all time favorite “Taho” with a twist -  made from soya beans (fresh soft/ silken tofu), topped with sago pearls or tapioca and sweetened with generous amount of strawberry jam instead of  the usual arnibal or caramelized sugar syrup.

Strawberry Taho

#BFT2014 | Where to Eat in Baguio: Le Chef Restaurant at the Manor

Best known as one of the top dining options in Baguio City, Le Chef Restaurant at the Manor is a fantastic place to dine while visiting the country’s Summer Capital. Set within Camp John Hay, the restaurant features a log cabin atmosphere but serves a wide range of gourmet dishes to ignite your palate.

Le Chef at the Manor

#BFT2014 | Where to Eat in Baguio: Alfoncito’s Place

There’s a place in Baguio City where you can indulge your palate with authentic Italian dishes: at Alfoncito’s Place. Owned by a family whose patriarch, Alfonso, worked in a cruise ship where he learned how to cook Italian cuisine, the restaurant is a great place to dine in.

Alfonsito's Place

On the Spot | Aliwan Fiesta 2014 Photographs

Tagged as the “Festival of Festivals" or “Festival of Champions”, Aliwan Fiesta is an annual gathering of the grandest and most colorful festivals in the Philippines. 

Aliwan Fiesta 2014

Snapshot | Linggo ng Palaspas

Palm Sunday

SnapShot | "Linggo ng Palaspas" or Palm Sunday marks the beginning of the Holy Week, the week of events leading to Jesus Christ’s death. It is a celebration of Jesus Christ’s arrival in the holy city of Jerusalem  for the Jewish festival of Passover. The people waved palm branches and shouted “Hosanna!” which means  “Save Us Now!”
Photograph was taken in front of Black Nazarene Church in Cagayan de Oro City (Misamis Oriental), April 13, 2014.

#BFT2014 | Where to Eat in Baguio: Rancho Norte and Happy Tummy in Ketchup Food Community

Baguio City is well known for its wonderful landmarks, cool weather, pine trees, and excellent food choices. You’ll find several of these great dining options at the Ketchup Food Community.

Ketchup Community

#BFT2014 | Where to Stay in Baguio : Azalea Residences

A trip to Baguio City is definitely a wonderful item to add to every traveler’s bucket list, especially this summer as temperatures are expected to rise high. What better way to escape the sweltering heat than to go up to the City of Pines, also best known as the Summer Capital of the Philippines?

Azalea Residences Baguio

#BFT2014 | Where to Eat in Baguio : Rasa Pura

Baguio City is not just a great destination known for its fantastic landmarks but also for its wide array of cuisines and delicious dishes. Today, a plethora of restaurants offer diners with many different choices to indulge their palate.

Rasa Pura Singaporean Restaurant

PostCard Series| Baikingon Rolling Hills

Rolling Hills

"After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb..."
                                                                                                                     -Nelson Mandela

#BFT2014 | Side Trip to BenCab Museum

The BenCabMuseum is quickly becoming one of the must-visit attractions of Tuba Benguet, with a wide range of interesting works of art for visitors to admire. Although the museum complex is the main attraction in the property, visitors can also enjoy great spots such as the man-made pond with a gazebo in the middle.

Bencab Museum

SURF & SHARE Your #AYOSnaSUMMER Wish, WIN Summer Siren Festival Passes for your BARKADA

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A total of 35 Summer Siren passes and 10 limited edition Ayos Loudbasstard speaker docks will be given away to lucky Ka-Ayos who will share their #AyosNaSummer wish on AyosDito.ph. Join to get the chance to meet great people at the Summer Siren Festival happening on April 4-6 at Crystal Beach, Zambales! It’s very easy to join and win the ultimate beach adventure for your barkada. Tara na!

#BFT2014 | Where to Eat in Baguio : Sage

One of Baguio’s newest restaurants, Sage Café features a surprising combination of great food choices and a wonderful ambiance for diners to feel good throughout their meal.

Sage

#BFT2014 | Where to Eat in Baguio : Tradisyon Restaurant at Azalea Residences

On the second day of Baguio Food Tour 2014, Azalea’s Tradisyon Restaurant treated us on breakfast with their  sumptuous Pinoy comfort foods.

Tradisyon Restaurant

Baguio Food Tour 2014 | The Trip, The Tour and the Bloggers

I breathed the coolest air of the City of Pines – for the first time! Yeah, I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the participants in the annual Baguio Food Tour.

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Moriones Festival 2014 Schedule of Activities

Moriones Festival is an annual religious festival held during Holy Week (starting Palm Sunday up to Easter Sunday) in my home province- Marinduque. During the Holy Week, the streets of Marinduque come alive with scary-looking masked people who are decked in a replica of the garb of biblical Roman soldiers.

Moriones Festival 2014
photograph by: pinoyAdventurista 

Travel Diaries | Divine Mercy Shrine in El Salvador, Misamis Oriental

The Divine Mercy Shrine is a Catholic pilgrimage site located in El Salvador, Misamis Oriental. It is set on the Divine Mercy Hills and features a 15.24 meter (50-feet) statue of the Divine Mercy Jesus, said to be the tallest of its kind not just in the Philippines but also across the world.

Divine Mercy Shrine

Travel Diaries | A Day in Davao Crocodile Park (Pasay)

Last month (January) I've got the chance to visit Davao Crocodile Park in Pasay City. Yeah, you've heard it right, the famous crocodile park or I should say “conservation center” in Davao has its own version in Metro Manila.

Davao Crocodile Park

Travel Diaries | Binondo Church in Manila

Formally called the Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz or the Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish, the Binondo Church is set in the District of Binondo in Manila.

Binondo Church

Travel Diaries | Pagsanjan Falls of Laguna

The Pagsanjan Falls is one of the most popular and famous waterfalls in the Philippines, with many mistakenly thinking that it is the highest of all the waterfalls in the country. In truth, it might belong to the top 10 but there are at least 6 other waterfalls that are taller or higher than Pagsanjan. Of course, that does not make this stunning water body less majestic and it still holds the distinction of being the most visited and best known.

Pagsanjan Falls

SnapShot | Abot Kamay Si Lolo Uweng

Lolong Uweng

SnapShot | Catholic pilgrims pay homage to the Shrine’s miraculous patron - “Lolo Uweng"Jesus in the Holy Sepulchre. Lolo Uweng is the holy and miraculous image of the Black Nazarene in The Shrine of The Black Nazarene in Barangay Landayan, San Pedro, Laguna. Photograph was taken one Friday afternoon of December 2013.

Meeting and Spending Vacation like a Celebrity in a Cruise Ship

Treat yourself to an exciting vacation where you are pampered at all times. Why settle for a boring trip when you can enjoy a fantastic vacation and feel like a celebrity aboard a cruise ship? If you are lucky, you just might find yourself elbow to elbow with a real celebrity while partying the night away, listening to funky soundtracks with Fatboy Slim spinning and dancing to the beat!


Travel Diaries | The Vega Ancestral House in Balingasag, Misamis Oriental

I had the chance to visit the humble Town of Balingasag in Misamis Oriental during my usual work+travel itineraries on September 2013. The town is notable for its ancestral houses built in the 18th and 19th century.

Vega Ancestral House