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Bacolod City | Masskara Festival 2016, the Beat, Colors and Smiles!

This year, I had the chance to witness and photograph one of the most colorful and most alive festivals in the Philippines, the MassKara Festival of Bacolod. For 2 days, October 22 and 23, I joined thousands of people in the streets of Bacolod, enjoyed the spectrum of colors, multitude of smiles and the beat! Yep, that song “tong-tong-tong pakitong-kitong” still lingers in my ears.

Masskara Festival 2016

Surigao del Norte | Lapsay Lagoon, a Paradise in Tagana-an

A newly-introduced destination is now becoming a rising tourism gem in the province of Surigao del Norte, the Lapsay Lagoon located in Tinago Island of Tagana-an.

Lapsay Lagoon in Tagana-an, Surigao del Norte

Davao Oriental | Aliwagwag Falls of Cateel

Heaven won’t seem so far away once you go to Aliwagwag Falls. A must visit destination in Davao Oriental; known as the “Curtain falls” or the “Stairway-to-Heaven”; Aliwagwag falls is the highest waterfalls in the Philippines and is composed of more than 100 cascading waterfalls. Towering with the total of 1,110 feet in length and 20 meters in width, this interesting spot is a place that is heaven on earth and what better way to lose yourself in paradise.

Aliwagwag Falls in Cateel, Davao Oriental

Surigao del Sur | Libuacan Cold Spring in Tagbina

A haven is defined as a place of safety or refuge. Last September I had the chance to visit a beautiful spot in Tagbina, Surigao del Sur which locals consider as their safe haven. Libuacan cold spring is a quiet, peaceful and serene safe haven. It is a place that could relieve stress and will definitely give its visitor a breath of fresh air.

Libuacan Cold Spring

Guest Post | Palawan’s Best Outdoor Activities

Palawan is known to be a tropical paradise in the Philippines. Such title has been given due to the profusion of the island’s natural wonders. With the abundance of natural beauty, the finest moments are best spent time in the wide open spaces of Palawan where the splendor of nature is well-exhibited.

Secret Lagoon, El Nido

Misamis Oriental | The Largest Ostrich Farm in the Philippines

An attraction that is perfect for a family outing or a hang out with friends that are fellow animal lovers, Philippine Ostrich and Crocodile Farm was established during 1998 and is located in Brgy. Malanang, Opol, Misamis Oriental. This farm has created its own name in the “must visits” list of not only students but also tourists. The farm was able to brand their animals as “Big Bird” and “Crocs”, which gives it a friendlier approach for kids and a cute nickname for adults.

Ostrich Farm in Opol, Misamis Oriental

Bacolod City | Masskara Festival 2016 Schedule of Activities, Things to Do and Travel Guide

Philippines – known for our surreal beaches and our joyous and magnificent festivities. A lot of people are aware of what our country can offer in terms of fun, sceneries, and serene surroundings but some still doubt and some are still in the sphere of wonder of what the Pearl of the Orient Sea can give them.  

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photograph courtesy of my photographer friend Rob  of Palibut.com

Davao del Norte | Monfort Bat Sanctuary, the World’s Largest Geoffrey’s Rousette Fruit Bats Population in a Cave

Philippines is definitely a beautiful country with a lot of tourists’ spots for visitors all over the world. Mostly, they visit spots such as lakes, beaches and other water bodies where Philippine’s nature is truly rich at. Other than that, there are more natural richness Philippines have. One of those is the Monfort Bat Cave. It is now a designated key eco-tourism site of the region.

Monfort Bat Sanctuary in Samal Island

Davao City | The Philippine Eagle Center in Malagos

I had the chance to visit The Philippine Eagle Center in Malagos, Davao City early this year. This unplanned and quick visit helped me understand the real situation of the country’s mightiest bird (or I should say “one of the most vulnerable species”), the Haribon or simply called the Philippine Eagle.

Philippine Eagle Center in Davao

Iligan City | Dodiongan Falls

The Philippines is home to the best and the most breathtaking places that will definitely be worth of your visit. Places like Palawan, Boracay, Cebu, and many more would definitely make you want to go back more once you see them. Iligan City is one of the places and it is where some of the most mysterious and gorgeous sceneries reside; waterfalls, rivers, you name it!

Dodiongan Falls

Zamboanga City | Yakan Weaving Village in Asia’s Latin City

Zamboanga is a highly urbanized city dubbed by some as “Asia’s Latin City” because of the obvious Spanish influences, not the least of which is the wide use of Chabacano, a bastardized form of Spanish. While there are lots of fun things and educational to do in Zamboanga City itself, for a truly unique travel experience and a rare glimpse of an indigenous people, you should make a point of going to the Yakan Weaving Village, situated in Upper Calarian, about 7 km west of the city itself.

Yakan Weaving

PostCard Series| Bacalan River in Zamboanga Sibugay

Bacalan River, Zamboanga Sibugay

Planning a European Vacation This Summer? Places You Must Visit

For many people travelling Europe and visiting places is the dream of a lifetime. So in case you have any plans to visit the land of historic beauty, here is a list of places you must visit on your trip.

Top 5 Summer Holiday Destinations

With winter behind us and the days of spring dwindling in number, more and more people are looking to the future and making travel plans for summer. While the choices are endless, here are five of the top holiday destinations.

Travel Guide | Top Things to Do in Bukidnon Province

Bukidnon is known as both the watershed of Mindanao (six major rivers run through it) and the food basket of Mindanao (major rice and corn producer). Taste the sweetest pineapples and freshly-harvested fruits such as dragon fruits. You can get a beautiful view of the Del Monte pineapple plantations from Manolo Fortich (formerly Maluko). 

Things to do in Bukidnon Province

6 Things Everyone Must Do in Tasmania

Tasmanian residents often say that they live on an "island of inspiration." Simply because national parks and reserves occupy as much as 45 percents of the territory. Such numbers really mean something and suggest that in Tasmania you will always find what to do. For those who are not in the mood of flip through travel guides, today Travel Ticker team from the website where you can find the best hotel deals will tell about the best six things you should definitely do in Tasmania.

Travel Guide | Tagaytay City (Things to Do, How to Get There, Where to Stay, Basic Information)

Do you know why the main road of Tagaytay City is called Aguinaldo Highway? It is said that back in the 1920s, General Emilio Aguinaldo often rode horseback on that route. Of course, back in the day, there wasn’t anything there, not even Taal Vista Hotel, which was built in 1939. The credit for that indirectly goes to President Manual Quezon, who wanted to develop the area as a tourist spot, and suggested it to the management of Manila Hotel at that time. The site of Taal Vista Hotel now was then known as “ilong Kastila,” (Spanish nose) referring to the shape of the land, which locals said, resembled a nose. Nowadays, Tagaytay City is definitely a thriving tourist spot, as evidence by the terrific traffic jams that clog the aforementioned Aguinaldo Highway every weekend. If you are planning to visit Tagaytay anytime soon, you should head there late Friday night or early morning Saturday to avoid the rush. Plan to leave before lunch on Sunday to do the same. Here are some of the top things to do in Tagaytay.

Sky Ranch

Press Release | Smartphone brand Elephone arrives in the Philippines exclusively through online retail giant Lazada

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – April 2016 – Innovative and user-friendly, superior in quality and performance, elegance in design, and great value for money– these are the pillars that best define the latest smartphones from the fast-growing Chinese smartphone manufacturer Elephone (HK Elephone Communication Tech Co., Limited). Elephone has been committed to developing high-end smartphones and making it affordable to global customers. With years of development and innovation, Elephone now has gained a very strong market traction in Europe and Southeast Asia. 

Elephone’s exclusive partnership with Lazada Philippines will provide both superior product quality in tandem with best-in-class shopping experience to many Filipinos.

Elephone

Laguna | Hulugan Falls, A Newly Discovered Tourism Gem in Luisiana

The Philippines has many natural attractions that draw local and foreign tourists alike. Some are more famous than others, but all are equally wonderful. With 7,107 islands, it is not surprising to discover yet another hidden attraction in some far-flung area with very few inhabitants. However, to find one in the Luisiana, a municipality in Laguna with a population of more than 20,000 and just a couple of hours away from Manila is a little bit unusual. 

Hulugan Falls in Luisiana, Laguna

Misamis Oriental | Spectacular Sagpulon Falls of Jasaan

If you’re into chasing waterfalls as the song goes, the Philippines is a perfect place for your wandering heart. There is always a new one yet to be explored especially in the island of Mindanao.  

Travel Guide | 8 Things to Do in Zamboanga City, Asia's Latin City

Zamboanga City is one of the most underrated cities in the Philippines. Concerns about peace and order situation in the south is mainly the reason for this. But as soon as you set foot in this city, you will quickly realize how undeserving it is of the negative impression it has.

Things to do in Zamboanga City

Zamboanga City | The Quiet Beauty that is Merloquet Falls

Beautiful things don’t seek attention. This is perhaps why the most scenic waterfalls in the Philippines are deeply hidden in its interiors. One such waterfall is the Merloquet Falls down south. Located in the northeastern part of Zamboanga City, this captivating waterfall is the face of Zamboanga’s eco-tourism program, having been featured in Philpost’s 2014 Philippine Stamps, Waterfall Series.

Merloquet Falls

What to Do in Manila: Top 6 Places to Tour

When you visit Manila, the Philippines' capital, with its diversity, irrepressible vitality and a large collection of architectural and cultural landmarks, you will never pass even a single day without having something to do or somewhere to go! In addition, you will definitely love Manila’s all-heady and rich cultural mix of traditional Filipino, Malay, Chinese, Spanish, American and even Arabic influences. First of all, though, remember to take care of your budget by using coupons for Hotels.com to get attractive discounts on the flights and accommodation. And when planning the itinerary, look at our guide below on what to do in Manila and in its adjacent cities as you tour:

CASINO Lovers Guide to the Philippines

The city of Manila and its adjacent cities known as Metro Manila have always been popular tourist spots. But did you know that Manila is quickly becoming a gambling hotspot? Casino gaming has become one of the Philippines’ fastest-growing industries. The introduction of the integrated resort, or mega-hotel-casino property, has helped boost tourism. Many of these integrated resorts contain entertainment venues, shopping malls, and spas. Stock prices in various Filipino casino companies skyrocketed over the summer of 2015.

Zamboanga del Sur | The Simply Majestic Pulacan Falls of Labangan

A more or less 30-minute ride from the capital city, Pagadian, will lead you to a must visit or a should say a “worthy stopover spot”, just along the national highway covered by Barangay Upper Pulacan in the municipality of Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur. Yep, I’m talking about the simply majestic Pulacan Falls!

Pulacan Falls