Places to Visit in Zambales

Magalawa Island
Just recently, the province of Zambales became more popular because of the issue about the West Philippine Sea arbitration case with China. The long stretch of shoreline, facing the West Philippine Sea, has fine white sand, the water is crystal clear, the ambiance is absolutely refreshing, and more to offer. Having said that, since it is already considered as tourist destinations, beach resorts created variety of water activities like scuba diving. Here are just some of the famous beaches in Zambales:

Places to Visit in Tarlac

Camiling Parish Church
 The province of Tarlac is situated in Central Luzon, surrounded by the provinces of Zambales, Pangasinan, and Nueva Ecija; a 2 to 3 hours travel from Metro Manila. Tarlac is also one of the provinces that hold a huge part in Philippine history. When I visited part of this province, the wide rice fields and mountainous areas are very noticeable. The entire area, even the city, is surrounded by the relaxing green colors. Photo above is the St. Michael The Archangel Parish Church or the Camiling Parish Church.

Giant Lantern Festival in Pampanga

Giant Lantern Festival
The Giant Lantern Festival is an annual festivities held in December in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines. The festival features a competition of giant lanterns. Because of the popularity of the festival, the city has been nicknamed the "Christmas Capital of the Philippines".

Places to Visit in Bataan

Tourist Spots in Bataan
Historically speaking, Bataan is one of the provinces in the Philippines that has a huge contribution to Philippine history, political or not. Bataan belongs to Region 3 or commonly known as the Central Luzon provinces. This province is separated by Manila de Bay from NCR and Cavite. During my visit in the province, I noticed that the people are accommodating and are living in simple way. Aside from that, Bataan also has a lot to offer in terms of tourist destinations. Let’s start with:

Old Churches in Bicol - a Must Visit

San Francisco Church in Naga City
Naga City is famous in terms of religious fluvial procession that usually starts and ends to a church. Speaking of which, did you know that Bicol region also has their own historical and heritage churches? Let’s start with the San Francisco Church in Naga City. I wasn’t able to touch or enter this old structure because we literally passed by this church. Good thing that my shutter was quick and was able to capture this gorgeous church. I did a research online and found out that this church was erected in 1578. Same as with the other old church in the Philippines, it was made up of bamboo, wood then reconstructed into a brick in 17th century. The structure that we are seeing today was constructed in 1957, after  the Second World War. Historically speaking, the church’s parish served as the interrogration and persecution site during the Spanish colonization in the Philippines.

Aim For 81 Project

81 Provinces in the Philippines
Aim for 81 is my personal agenda for the next few years. Its main purpose is to Save money to be used for visiting and discovering the hidden treasures that can be found in the 81 Provinces in the Philippines. I totally understand that it will not be as easy as with my previous backpacking but, I will give the entire 2017 for my preparation.

Best Bicolano Delicacies

Best Laing Delicacy
When we visited Caramoan islands in Camarines Sur, Bicol region, tasting their very own and unique delicacies was part of our itinerary. I am not chef or a cook but according to some friends, I have good and active taste buds. So for the first time I will be a food critic. First is the famous Laing. This is a spicy dish with dried taro leaves, siling labuyo, and coconut milk as the main ingredients.There's a linamanam factor and the texture is smooth inside my mouth.

Caramoan | Camping by the Ocean

Caramoan
Caramoan became popular in the world when few of the Survivor franchise had their challenges on some of its islands. This beauty is situated in the far side of Camarines Sur, almost twelve hours form Manila via land. But the stress you’ll feel because its half day travel will be replaced with enjoyment – thanks to the beauty of Caramoan. Here’s our story:

The Heart Shape of Manlawi Sandbar

Caramoan
Manlawi Sandbar is one of the “must visit” in Caramoan. This sandbar has an amazing shape, sometimes forming a heart, that captures most of the tourists eyes. However, visiting Manlawi sandbar is very crucial because it literally disappears during high-tide. Our bangkero knows the accurate time (12NN), so we experienced its goodness for thirty minutes.

Amazing Rock Formation of Minalahos Island

Minalahos Island Caramoan
 Minalahos is a small island in Caramoan group of islands. It has a limited space for visitors due to its undersized shore line but the shape and rock formations are stunningly gorgeous. The plants and hanging on the rocks also added a beautiful landscape. If you’re fond of rock scrambling, I highly suggest to bring outdoor sandals for the sharp edges of the boulders.

The Long Stretch of Fine White Sand in Sabitang Laya

Sabitang Laya Caramoan
 The island of Sabitang Laya is one of the Caramoan islands. It is typically almost the same as the other islets; it has a crystal clear waters, amazing rock formation but the only difference is that it has longer stretch of fine white sand. By the shoreline, there’s a wide stretch of greeneries with trees and grasses.

Lahos Island and its Fine White Sand

Caramoan
Lahos island is one of the prominent among the Caramoan group of islands because of its amazing rock formation, fine white sand beaches and crystal clear waters. On top view, it appears like a two boulders on the waters connected by the white sand. Don't mind the dried sea weeds in the area because we visited this island after or while the typhoon Marce is still inside Philippine Area of Responsibility, so the water wasn't calm. It was already tiring so we went back to the mainland for our lunch.

The Mystical Creature of Matukad Island, Caramoan

Caramoan
Matukad Island is special among other islands in Caramoan because of its long stretch of fine white sand, crystalline water, surrounded by greeneries and the wind is delicate, cool and fresh. Instead of renting an air-conditioned room at Brgy. Paniman, we camped by the beach and stayed here for about twelve hours, enjoying its goodness.