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Based on local folklore, the islands of Mararison along with Maniguin and Batbatan are siblings separated from their parents – Mount Madjaas and Mount Kanlaon – by their envious neighbor Mount Baloy. Seen from above, the three islands seem to be reaching out to their grieving mother, Mararison is the closest and just within reach. Just fifteen minutes boat ride from mainland Antique, Mararison Island (also called Malalison Island) is a small fishing village off the coast of the town of Culasi. But the tourism boom is quickly changing...
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Beyond the vibrant surfscape of Baler is the laid back town of Dipaculao in the north, a town blessed with panoramic beaches, mountains, caves, waterfalls and river systems and more. A town dotted with numerous natural attractions sans the touristic crowd, Dipaculao has recently been in the spotlight due to its proximity to the famed capital of Aurora which is just about an hour away. Its serenety makes it an ideal escape from the busy scenes of Sabang. The town’s most popular spot is the long...
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Last December, while tip-toeing the challenging trails of Manang going to Tilicho Base Camp in Nepal, it struck to me that while I frequent the trails of Himalayas, I have summited only a handful of Philippine glorious peaks. I could count it with my fingers – Pulag, Tarak, Tirad, Marami and Arayat, and a couple of minor mountains and hills across the country. Whatever happened to my dream of climbing Apo, Halcon, Guiting-Guiting, Mantalingajan and other prominent peaks in the Philippines? I didn’t have an...
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The town of Samboan in southern Cebu is dotted with numerous waterfalls that rival each other in terms of grandness or uniqueness. One that has really stood out is Dao Falls in Barangay Suba. With a height of approximately 120 meters, Dao Falls is acknowledged as the tallest waterfall in Samboan. Its water comes from the outflows of Candayvic Falls upstream gently cascading into an almost vertical limestone wall down to a beautifully turquoise circular catch basin. There’s no easy way of getting to Dao...
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The Protected Area Management Board of Mts. Palay-Palay/Mataas Na Gulod Protected Landscape has announced its reopening starting March 30, 2019. This is after the self-imposed moratorium on all hiking activities in the area that started in October 2016 to give way to its rehabilitation. Mt. Palay-Palay/Mataas Na Gulod Protected Landscape is a scenic mountain range in Maragondon, Cavite, bordering the towns of Ternate and Nasugbu in the Province of Batangas. It is famous for the iconic Pico de Loro, named after a protruding rock that...
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At one point in your life you will feel exhausted, bored and tired of your routinary life. When that day comes, just step out of your comfort zone, move away from your usual self and see your life from different perspectives. Travel and seek for adventures! Head out to the endless horizon and discover the world, go places and meet new faces, explore to understand new cultures, get lost to find yourself! In the end you will realize that traveling is not only about learning...
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The booming district of North Reclamation Area between Mandaue City and Cebu City is now the stage for one of the biggest hotels in the Philippines. This is with the full opening of Bai Hotel Cebu, a 100% homegrown brand providing world class experience. Named after the Cebuano word for a male friend, Bai Hotel Cebu aims to redefine the word to become an epicine term of endearment. It promises local flair of a global caliber, the best of Filipino hospitality in a world-class luxury....
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The deep green river of Kansalakan is Negros Oriental’s answer to the deep blue Enchanted River of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur. The river is situated between the villages of Banwague and Balogo in the highland of Guihulngan City, approximately 137 kilometers away from Dumaguete City and 100 kilometers away from Bacolod. Kansalakan Enchanted River features a deep and clean river with small cascades and circular holes.  The river is easily accessible as it crosses the main road of the village, making it a popular...
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Good coffee, mountain view, sunset hues. All these and more in the highland of Cebu City! Dine with a view at 21 Kilometers Coffee, the latest addition to the city’s myriad of interesting spots! 21 Kilometers Coffee is a specialty coffee shop offering variety of coffee and fruit-based drinks, pastries and all-day breakfast menu. But more than the food, the place is popular for its panoramic view overlooking the mountains of Sudlon National Park and surrounding Central Cebu Protected Landscape. The coffee shop is situated...
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The deep green river of Kansalakan is Negros Oriental’s answer to the deep blue Enchanted River of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur. The river is situated between the villages of Banwague and Balogo in the highland of Guihulngan City, approximately 137 kilometers away from Dumaguete City and 100 kilometers away from Bacolod. Kansalakan Enchanted River features a deep and clean river with small cascades and circular holes.  The river is easily accessible as it crosses the main road of the village, making it a popular...
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