TAAL BASILICA: 2020 TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, HISTORY, BUDGET, HOW TO GET HERE, AND WHAT TO DO

Taal Basilica
I am eager to visit Taal Basilica because of what have happened few months ago in this historical structure; an earthquake created a crack on part of this church. This church is known as the Minor Basilica of Saint Martin of Tours situated in the municipality of Taal, Batangas. It is considered as one of the largest catholic church in Asia which measures 96 meters long and 45 meters wide as per taal.gov.ph.

MANUEL UY BEACH RESORT: 2020 TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, HOW TO GET HERE, AND WHAT TO DO

Manuel Uy Beach
Looking for a gorgeous place to relax near Metro Manila? How about a beautiful landscape by the beach, sounds interesting right? Stunning beaches and resorts near the metro can be found in the province of Batangas in Southern Luzon; Manuel Uy Beach Resort is one of the must-visit place in the Calatagan, a 3-4 hours road travel from Manila. Travel time might be tiring but our journey to our destination was unforgettable. More photos and read our story below:

BUROT BEACH: TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, HOW TO GET HERE, AND WHAT TO DO

burot beach
Looking for a place to relax and at the same time wants to experience adventure? Burot Beach is the perfect place for you. It is situated in the Municipality of Calatagan, Batangas – just few hours travel from Metro Manila. It is another spot that this province can be proud of. History: Burot Beach was formerly known as Elizalde Beach, because it was previously owned by Elizalde family - a wealthy clan in the Philippines and then bought by the SM Group of Companies. Today, it is privately owned by the SM Group and still open to public.

SILANGUIN COVE: 2020 TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, HOW TO GET HERE, AND WHAT TO DO

Silanguin Cove
The province of Zambales is facing the West Philippine Sea, so it is well known for its gorgeous fine white sand and crystalline waters. Silanguin Cove is on the top of the list because its beautiful coastline is highlighted by the amazing slopes of the mountains on the background. Other prominent beaches are Crystal Beach, Anawangin Cove, Talisayin Cove and Nagsasa Cove. Who doesn't know about the Scarborough Shoal, it is just few kilometers from here.

AGNAEM COVE, ZAMBALES: TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, HOW TO GET HERE, AND WHAT TO DO

Agnaem Cove
Our group, group, Batang Hamog Mountaineers, is now at 8! The original plan was to celebrate in Talisayin Cove, in Zambales, however, due to inter-tropical convergence zone and a typhoon in Northern Seaboard, the Coast Guard did not allow all small motorized sea vessel to go farther. Instead, we were brought to Agnaem Cove, a secluded area which 10-15 minutes boat ride from Pundaquit.

2020 TOP SUMMER DESTINATIONS IN THE PHILIPPINES

Boracay Island 2020
Today, just noticed that the weather is changing, from the cool air to a warm humid air - this is a proof that summer is coming. Now, I listed some of the must visit summer destinations in the Philippines. First is the world famous Boracay Island. It is one of the best beaches in the world, that’s according to the travel agencies, websites, blogs, magazines and other people’s reviews and I can say “yes it is one of the best!.” The fine, white sand on the shoreline can be compared to a baby powder.  The pristine, crystalline water is really adorable, as it serves as a mirror of the blue skies. More photos here: Boracay Island

Top Summer destinations in the Philippines:

ANAWANGIN COVE AND CAPONES ISLAND: TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, HOW TO GET HERE, AND WHAT TO DO

Anawangin Cove 2020
It was in 2012 when I discovered the happiness in hiking; we traversed Mt. Pundaquit to Anawangin Cove during a super hot summer vacation. And after half a decade, I finally made a come back and witnessed the other side. Among the coves of Zambales (such as Nagsasa, Talisayen and Silanguin) Anawangin is the most prominent and most visited place creating this gorgeous spot a tent city during summer. But this time, we camped at the right spot!

SURFING IN LIW-LIWA, ZAMBALES: BHM Freedom Surf

Liwliwa Zambales
Our group, Batang Hamog Mountaineers, has been participating the annual celebration of the Philippine Independence by creating an activity focusing on #Kalayaan, #Kasarinlan, #Freedom, or #Independence and this year's event was Freedom Surf 2018 held at Home Break Hostel, one of the simple resorts in Liwliwa, Zambales. If you're unfamiliar with this spot, it's normal because prominent surfing spots usually are Siargao, Baler, La Union and many other. Now Liwliwa, in Zambales, is the newest addition to the list.

BEGA FALLS, AGUSAN DEL SUR: TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, AND HOW TO GET HERE

Bega Falls
The Bega Falls is the newest tourist destinations in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur. Its name is derived from a local word "Bega" which literally translates to "flirt" in English. According to the local folk story, the area is the home of the mystical women. One that is sure, Bega falls is picture perfect because of its a majestic landscape. From the crystal clear waters free flowing from the towering limestone cliffs carpeted with ferns and mosses. The strong water pressure created a natural pool at the base that serves as a swimming pool.

SIARGAO ISLAND FOR 3000 PESOS, INCLUDES TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, PLACE TO STAY AND HOW TO GET HERE

Siargao travel guide
Siargao Island is the "surfing capital of the Philippines." This tear shape island is the top destination in the province of Surigao del Norte. It is indeed a surfers paradise because of the gigantic waves but if you're not into surfing, like me, you can still enjoy the pristine beaches, explorable caves, fresh surrounding, and unique island lifestyle. With time pressure, from the province of Dinagat Islands, I traveled to Siargao to discover its beauty. Below are the three destinations I visited:

DINAGAT ISLANDS: TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, HOW TO GET HERE, EXPENSES AND WHERE TO STAY

Dinagat Islands Travel guide
Yes, Dinagat Island is a province and it is dubbed as the "Mystical Province of Love" situated in the Northern tip of Mindanao, just beside the world famous Siargao Island. Until today, the beauty possesses by this newly appointed province is still hidden. With that in mind, the alluring rock formations perched on the crystal clear waters, the fine white sand shoreline, and the vast diversity of flora and fauna are considered as untouched.

NORTH COTABATO: TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, EXPENSES AND HOW TO GET HERE

North Cotabato travel guide
A spectacular-curtain-like waterfalls. Yes, that's Asik-Asik Falls hiding in the mountainous area of Upper Dado, Alamada, North Cotabato. Its unique landscape and breathtaking beauty spread online which captured the eyes of the world. Who says "no" to its majestic wall covered with lush green vegetation, such as moss and ferns, highlighted by the hardwood trees and the clear blue skies. And in between these hanging ornaments are cold and crystal clear rushing water naturally falling on a shallow rocky pool surrounded by artistic rocks and boulders. Such a perfect place to relax and distress.

MAGUINDANAO: TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, HOW TO GET HERE, AND A PLACE TO STAY

Maguindanao Travel Guide
The province of Maguindanao and the independent city of Cotabato holds the gigantic and the stunning mosques in the Philippines. These structures were built as a place of worship but its breathtaking beauty and spectacular architectural design captured the eyes of the travelers, regardless of religion. With that in mind, these two mosques are on top of the list of the tourist destinations in the province.

SULTAN KUDARAT Provincial Capitol - one of the best in the Philippines.

Sultan Kudarat travel guide
The provincial capitol of Sultan Kudarat is situated in Isulan and according to reviews, it is one of the most beautiful capitols in the Philippines - it's definitely a big YES for me. The capitol compound is 9.2 hectares covered with well maintained landscape, while the artistic structures is based on Islamic architecture, painted with white and gold. On the other hand, in the middle of the capitol ground, there's a gigantic golden statue of Sultan Kudarat whom the province was named after.

LAKE SEBU, SOUTH COTABATO: TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, HOW TO GET HERE, BUDGET AND WHERE TO STAY

Lake Sebu Travel guide
The hidden beauty and charm of Lake Sebu, in South Cotabato, is hard to resist. For sure, it is one of the "traveler's bucket list." Also, their culture and traditions are not just being preserved, these are still intact and still being practice. With the natural wonders, culture and traditions combined, Lake Sebu was recognized by the UNESCO as a cultural landscape.

ISLA JARDIN DEL MAR, SARANGANI: Travel Guide, Itinerary, How to Get Here, Where to Stay and Budget

Isla Jardin del Mar
Upon arrival at Island Jardin del Mar, I easily heard the relaxing rushing waves hitting the shoreline. After paying the entrance fee, with excitement, I headed to the side where the sound came from and found a stretch of fine white sand and playful crystal clear water. Not only that, the emerald seas, the coconuts, and the trees by the beach serve as a perfect backdrop. By the way, the wind is cool and fresh and the area has a relaxing ambiance - perfect for family outing and weekend getaway.