POTIPOT ISLAND, ZAMBALES (Updated Travel Guide)

Potipot Island
There are a lot of gorgeous beaches in Zambales, one of these is Potipot Island, an islet situated in Brgy. Uacon, Municipality of Candelaria; a few hours land travel from Manila. Before the coves of San Antonio were discovered, this island was first hailed as one of the finest gems of the province because of it's fine white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and relaxing ambiance. Since it is separated from the mainland and it is on a remote area, a few visitors can only visit.

BACOLOR CHURCH, PAMPANGA

Bacolor Church
Bacolor Church or the San Guillermo Church in Pampanga is considered as the Cagsawa of the North. More than twenty years ago, Mt. Pinatubo erupted and many municipalities were left devastated, including Bacolor. This church was built in 1576 and was named after their patron saint San Guillermo Ermitaño. Destroyed by earthquakes and fire then was rebuilt in 1886. CLICK TO WATCH MY VLOG
 

BORAWAN ISLAND, QUEZON PROVINCE (2021 Travel Guide)

Borawan Island
Borawan Island, a small island with a stretch of fine white sand shoreline, surrounded by crystal clear waters, cool and relaxing ambiance and amazing rock formation. It's name is the combination of Boracay, for its fine white sand, and Palawan because of the rock formation. A few years ago, this island once became a phenomenal island in the province because of its beauty. CLICK TO WATCH OUR QUEZON VLOG
 

CALLAO CAVE, CAGAYAN VALLEY

Callao Cave
In Tuguegarao City, we chartered a tricycle to one of the famous caves in the Philippines. Callao Cave is a seven chamber cave in Cagayan where scientists and experts discovered a 67,000 years old fossilized remains of a Callao Man in 2007, that's thousand years older than the Tabon Man in Palawan. This cave is situated on the Northern foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains. Peñablanca, the name of the municipality, is a Spanish word which means white rocks because of the limestone present in the area.

AGUINALDO SHRINE AND MUSEUM, CAVITE

Aguinaldo Shrine and Museum
Ang mansyon ng mga Aguinaldo o Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine sa Kawit, Cavite ay isa sa mga lumang istruktura na aking gustong maabot at ngayong araw, naabot ko rin ito sa wakas. Galing ng Baclaran, ang probinsya ng Cavite ay halos isang oras lamang  na biyahe dahil sa Cavitex na nagpagaan ng trapiko sa lugar. Sa post ko kahapon, ipinakita ko sa inyo ang maaliwalas na bakuran ng mansyon. Ngayon, loob naman ng mansyon ang aking ibabahagi.

CEBU METROPOLITAN CATHEDRAL, CEBU CITY

Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
The Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral is the center of the Archdiocese of Cebu City.  It was established as a diocese on August 14, 1595 and became the metropolitan archdiocese on April, 28, 1934, with its first archbishop Gabriel M. Reyes. The construction of the structure was interrupted due to the lack of funds and other circumstances. The facade features a trefoil-shaped pediment decorated with floral carves.

HERITAGE OF CEBU MONUMENT, CEBU CITY

Heritage of Cebu Monument
Heritage of Cebu Monument is situated at the original Plaza Parian.  It occupies a triangular portion near the end of Colon Street. This Monument showcases the significance and symbolic events in history of Cebu during the reign of Rajah Humabon.  It was a work of art by the National Artist Edgardo Castrillo on July 1997 in cooperation with Mayor Alvin Garcia and was inaugurated in December 8, 2000. CLICK TO WATCH MY CEBU VLOG

MAGELLAN'S CROSS, CEBU CITY

Magellans Cross
Magellan's Cross is Christian cross made up of wood erected by Ferdinand Magellan (a Portuguese explorer) during his exploration in Cebu, Philippines on April 21, 1521. This cross can be found inside an octagonal chapel in front of Cebu City Hall and beside Basilica Minore del Santo Niño.  This one of the most prominent tourist spot in Cebu. But, the current cross is a tindalo wood where the splinters of the original cross were encased. The wood of the original cross were deteriorated because the people were chipping some parts and making it as a souvenir in the belief that it's miraculous. CLICK TO WATCH MY CEBU VLOG

BASILICA MINORE DEL SANTO NIÑO, CEBU CITY

Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño
The Basilica Minore del Santo Niño or Minor Basilica of the Holy Child is one of the minor basilicas in Cebu City. It is one of the oldest Roman Catholic churches in the country. Its current structure is situated on the same spot where the image of Santo Niño was found in 1565 by the Spanish explorers led by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. The said statue is the same with the statue given by Ferdinand Magellan to the wife of Rajah Humabon, 44 years later, as a gift during their baptism on April 14, 1521 at the exact location of Magellan's Cross today.

TINUY-AN FALLS, SURIGAO DEL SUR (Updated Travel Guide)

Tinuy-an Falls
Tinuy-an Falls is the top tourist destination in Surigao del Sur. It is a huge waterfalls with cool and crystal clear waters and is surrounded by greens that creates the area a gorgeous and relaxing landscape. The ambiance is so cool, with the fresh air blowing. By the way, most part of the waterfalls are accessible, including the pool area. Water rafts, with a guide, can be rented. CLICK TO WATCH MY VLOG

TINALISAYAN ISLAND, MASBATE (BURIAS UPDATED TRAVEL GUIDE)

Tinalisayan Island
Tinalisayan Island was our second destination during our adventure from the Alibijaban Island to Burias Islands. Traveling from Animasola Island to this island takes an hour, but among the three islands we visited, this is irrevocably number one. When I jumped off the boat and landed on the shallow crystal clear water, I easily felt the relaxing feeling because the water was really cool, a contrary to the heat and UV rays from the sun. Our boat was parked by the tip of the sandbar, so walking on the long stretch of a fine and powdery  white sand, with the other visitors on their colorful swimming attire, was just awesome! This long sandbar always greet the visitors with breathtaking beauty. CLICK TO WATCH MY VLOG

ZAMBOANGA CITY TOURIST SPOTS + UPDATED TRAVEL GUIDE

Zamboanga City Tourist Spots
"The Latin City of Asia" was given to Zamboanga City because of their language called "chavacano," similar to Spanish. The city is situated on the Southern side of the Zamboanga Peninsula and on the Northern side of Basilan. Aside from their language, the city is also prominent with their "vinta," a colorful and stunning sailboat or watercraft that is usually used by the locals. Using Google Maps, had a walking tour to their top tourist spots and destinations.

PALAUI ISLAND, CAGAYAN VALLEY (Updated Travel Guide)

Palaui Island
Cagayan is not just about the beauty of the Callao Cave and the historical impact of the Callao Man, this province has hidden spots where the magnificence of nature can be found - two of these are the world famous Palaui Island and the almost perfect Anguib Beach. The province is situated on the North East side of Luzon and due to its topographical location, the serenity and the breathtaking beauty are well preserved.

ANGUIB BEACH - A COVE IN CAGAYAN VALLEY

Anguib Beach
Less an hour boat travel from Palaui Island is a cove that hides a breathtaking beauty - they call it Anguib Beach. It has a long-curvy-stretch of fine white sand landscaped with greens on the side. The sand has a mixture of colorful shells, pebbles in different shapes and living crustaceans running back and forth. From the quiant cottages by the beach, the crystal clear water and emerald seas are visible separated by the horizon from the blue sky. Its preserved tranquility can definitely make your day a lazy day. CLICK TO WATCH MY VLOG

THE RUINS, TALISAY CITY (from BACOLOD)

The Ruins Bacolod
I was at the entrance The Ruins, in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, when I saw its artistic and gigantic shadow. With my backpack, of course on my back, that’s why it’s called backpack because it’s really on my back, right? Upon paying the entrance fee, I headed to the fountain area, sat on the bench and was staring at the structure for 20 minutes. The ambiance was relaxing because the area is surrounded by gorgeous landscape. Below are the facts written on the printed materials on the wall - courtesy of the Management.

MT. MANTALINGAHAN, PALAWAN

Mt. Mantalingahan
Mt. Mantalingajan or Mantalingahan is situated in Rizal, Palawan, more than 4 hours travel from Puerto Princesa City. Since Manta (another name given) is located on a secluded municipality, its beauty remains hidden to many hikers, thus, its richness is well preserved. A few hikers I met said that it is a combination of Mt. Halcon in Mindoro and Mt. Guiting-Guiting in Romblon. CLICK TO WATCH MY VLOG

MOLO CHURCH, ILOILO

Molo Church
Molo Church or the St. Anne Parish is situated in front of the town plaza.  Molo is actually one of the seven districts of Iloilo City which formerly called Parian (Chinatown) because the residents here were mostly Chinese. Then it was changed into Moro because of the frequent arrival of Muslim pirates from Mindanao, but later evolved in this name – Wikipedia.com.

JARO CATHEDRAL, ILOILO

Jaro Cathedral
Jaro Cathedral is another example of the historical baroque architectures in the country. Built in 1864 by the order of Mariano Cuartero, who is the first bishop of Jaro. In 1948, this structure was destroyed by earthquake and was restored in 1956 by the order of the first archbishop Jose Ma. Cuenco. The famous orator, Graciano Lopez Jaena was baptized in this church. In 1976, this church was proclaimed as Historical Landmark by the National Historical Institute.

SULU MUSEUM

Sulu Museum
Some of the works of Abdulmari Asia Imao, a National Artist for Sculpture.
The provincial museum of Sulu is a two-story building that houses the relics, documents, paintings and other historical memorabilia of Sulu. Previously, this building housed the Library of Sulu.What's interesting inside are the Chinese wares and documents such as the 1878 Land Lease Agreement between the sultanate of Sulu and British North Borneo Chartered Co. CLICK TO WATCH MY VLOG

BANGUI WINDMILLS, ILOCOS NORTE

Bangui Windmills
Bangui Windmill is the place that converts wind energy into electrical energy situated in Bangui, Ilocos Norte. This wind farm has 20 units of 70-meter high wind turbines, stretching along the 9 kilometres shoreline of Bangui and is facing the South China Sea. Each of the turbines are 326 meters apart. CLICK TO WATCH MY ILOCOS VLOG

KAPURPURAWAN ROCK FORMATION, ILOCOS NORTE

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
Kapurpurawan Rock Formation is a limestone formation located along Bangui Bay. Because of the pressure of the waves and acidity of the water, the limestone by the hill was shaped into something artistic. Today, is one of the famous landmark and attractions in in Ilocos Norte.

PAOAY CHURCH, ILOCOS NORTE

Paoay Church
Paoay Church is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Philippines. The structure is made up of baked bricks, coral rocks, tree sap and solid lumber. The 24 buttresses were also placed on each side of the church for support; the reason why it is still standing after the earthquakes in the 17th century up to this generation. 

GUIMBAL CHURCH, ILOILO

Guimbal Church
Guimbal Church is situated by the highway of Guimbal, Ilo-Ilo, can easily be recognized because of its unique facade. After my visit at Miag-Ao Church, I traveled around 30 minutes to Guimbal. According to my research, Guimbal Church or St. Nicholas of Tolentino Church  doesn’t have any record to when I was erected or established, however, it was completed between 1769 and 1774 under Friar Juan Campos. In 1893, it was further enlarged but later destroyed by fire during the Revolution in 1896 to 1898.

RIZAL SHRINE AND MUSEUM, DAPITAN CITY

Rizal Shrine Dapitan
The Rizal Shrine in Dapitan City was the place where Jose P. Rizal, Philippine National Hero, was exiled by the Spaniards in 1892. It was also the place where he worked as a doctor, sculptor, farmer, teach and many other activities. Rizal purchased this land after winning a lottery in 1892. Later, his mother, sisters and relatives transferred here from Calamba, Laguna. However, on January 15, 1897, all of his property was confiscated by the Spanish authorities. This property was converted into a park in memory of Rizal and was declared as National Rizal Park in 1940 by President Manuel L. Quezon.

ASIK ASIK FALLS, NORTH COTABATO

Asik Asik Falls
Hiding in the mountainous area of Upper Dado, Alamada, North Cotabato is a spectacular-curtain-like waterfalls called Asik-Asik Fall. Its unique landscape and breathtaking beauty spread online which captured the eyes of the world. Who says "no" to its majestic walls 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.

PACO PARK AND CEMETERY, MANILA

Paco Park Manila
Paco Park is a recreational garden area and served as Manila's municipal cemetery during the Spanish colonial period. This structure was built in the 18th century and was completed in 1822. Its original design is to be a municipal cemetery for the influential and aristocratic Spanish families living in Manila and Intramuros but also served as the peaceful dwelling place for those victims of the cholera epidemic.

FORT SANTIAGO, WORLD TOURISM DAY

Fort Santiago
This is part of Celebrating the World Tourism Day 2017 in Intramuros; Fort Santiago was my first destination. Walking beside this gigantic wall is absolutely remarkable as it embarks the significance of the past to current. Just by reading on the writings placed by the management in different corner, you can foresee what have transpired inside this wall centuries ago. Also, we can distinguish who are the prominent people imprisoned and tortured here, like Jose Rizal. Photos below will give you more excitement.

SAN SEBASTIAN CHURCH, MANILA

San Sebastian Church
San Sebastian Church or Basilica Minore de San Sebastian is a Minor Basilica in the City of Manila. The very first structure of this church is situated on a land donated by Don Bernardino Castillo, a devotee of Saint Sebastian, in 1621. It was made up of wood, but was burned in 1651. So it was then replaced by a structure made of bricks but was destroyed again by fire and earthquakes.

MANILA CATHEDRAL, INTRAMUROS

Manila Cathedral
Manila Cathedral or the Manila Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica is situated in the district of Intramuros in Manila. Originally, this church was the "Church of Manila" which was established and under the management of the Diocese of Mexico in 1571, but later in 1579 it became a separate diocese. 

SAN AGUSTIN CHURCH, MANILA

San Agustin Church
San Agustin Church in Manila is considered as the oldest church in the Philippines, recognized by the NCCA and UNESCO historical landmark. Like the other old churches in the Philippines, this church faced several natural disasters like earthquakes and was burned several times. The very first structure was built in 1571 made of nipa and bamboo but was destroyed by fire during the invasion of Limahong, a Chinese pirate, in 1574. The same spot, a new structure was built and was made of wood. In 1586, a new structure made of adobe stone was constructed, lead by the Augustinians.

MARARISON ISLAND: ANTIQUE TOURIST SPOTS + TRAVEL GUIDE

Mararison Island
Malalison Island or locally pronounced as Mararison is one of the must visit islands in the Province of Antique. It can be considered as a fishermen island because most of the resident’s are in fishing, as their livelihood. Its breathtaking beauty captured the attention of the travelers after being hit by the Typhoon Yolanda. Aside from the world class beauty of the Boracay Island, in Aklan, Mararison can also be the next frontier or Panay because of its fine white sand beaches, crystal clear waters with a diversity of aquatic flora and fauna – it is truly a perfect diving paradise.

CAPE BOJEADOR LIGTHOUSE (Burgos Lighthouse), ILOCOS NORTE

Burgos Lighthouse
Cape Bojeador Lighthouse (Burgos Lighthouse) is situated in Burgos, Ilocos Norte.  It is a cultural heritage that was erected during the Spanish era in the Philippines.  It's a 66-foot-tall octagonal stone tower on Vigia de Nagpartian Hill with an overlooking scene of Cape Bojeador. This lighthouse was first designed by Magin Pers and Pers in 1887 and finished by the Lighthouse Service under Guillermo Brockman.

STO. NIÑO COLD SPRING, CAMIGUIN

Sto. Niño Cold Spring
Sto. Nino Cold Spring is one of Camiguin’s top tourist destinations. By its name, you can easily expect for a fresh and cold spring water. I no plans to get wet, especially with the temperature of the water, it was really a NO NO. Because of its super dupper clear water, I dipped into the water and experienced how great this cold spring is. I was also stunned by the bottom of the pool, there are no silts because it is made of concrete.

SODA SWIMMING POOL, CAMIGUIN

Soda Swimming Pool
Soda Swimming Pool is also by the highway. I know you're wondering why they call it Soda, correct? It is simply because the water coming out from this spring tastes like a soda and it is safe to drink. Like Sto. Nino Cold Spring, Soda swimming pool also has cool, refreshing and crystal clear water (photos below are proof).

OLD GUIOB CHURCH RUINS, CAMIGUIN

Guiob Church Ruins Camiguin
Another tourist destination in Camiguin is the Old Church Ruins (photo above). This church was damaged by the volcanic eruption happened centuries ago, damaging the other structures in Camiguin island. The ruin is composed of a meter wide walls and huge columns. These walls and columns are made of coral stones and are now covered with mosses and plants.

CALLE CRISOLOGO, VIGAN CITY: ILOCOS SUR TOURIST SPOTS

Calle Crisologo
Vigan City is the top tourist spots and destinations in Ilocos Sur
Calle Crisologo or Mena Crisologo Street is name after Mena Pecson Crisologo who is the most respected sons of Ilocos. He actually wrote Mining wenno Ayat ti Kararwa which is compared to Jose Rizal's Noli Me Tangere; he is also the author of Don Calixtofaro de la Kota Caballero de la Luna and Codigo Municipal.

ARDENT HOT SPRING RESORT: CAMIGUIN TOURIST SPOTS

Ardent Hot Spring
Ardent Hot Spring was our last destination in Camiguin. Situated at the base of Mt. Hibok Hibok. Ardent has a wide land area composed of trees, plants, cottages, and other structures. Tourists usually make this hot spring as their last destination to soothe their tired muscles and it is really true. Spent an hour here and had a relaxing feeling while my body is submerged in the warm water. CLICK TO WATCH OUR CAMIGUIN VLOG

SUNKEN CEMETERY, CAMIGUIN TOURIST SPOTS + UPDATED TRAVEL GUIDE

Sunken Cemetery Camiguin
The Camiguin Sunken Cemetery is one of the must visit tourist spots, attractions and destinations in the province. Before, it was a resting place but now it's a tourist place that gives money to the government and jobs to the locals. This spot has a huge cross perched in the water. Tourists can cross and step on the base of the cross using boats, of course NOT for free. Souvenir shops and stores are available by the entrance. CLICK TO WATCH MY VLOG

COLON STREET, CEBU CITY

Colon Street
Colon street is said to be oldest street and shortest road in the Philippines. It was name after Christopher Columbus who bears different names (Spanish: Cristobal Colon, Italian: Cristoforo Colombo, Protuguese: Cristovao Colombo.) It was established by the Spanish arrived in Cebu in 1565, led by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi (a Spanish conquistador.) The local government erected Colon Monument in the intersection of the street. CLICK TO WATCH MY CEBU VLOG

MALAMAWI ISLAND, BASILAN (UPDATED TRAVEL GUIDE)

Malamawi Island
Malamawi White Beach is one of the hidden paradise and the top tourist spot in Isabela City, Basilan. It is a privately owned resort in the island with a long stretch of fine white sand shoreline. To see its beauty, from Zamboanga City port, I rode on a ferry to Isabela City. Then, a motorised banca to the port of Malamawi and a 20 to 30 minutes motorcycle ride to the white beach.

LA UNION: THE SURFING CAPITAL OF THE NORTH

La Union Tourist Spots
Basilica of Our Lady of Charity - Agoo, La Union

While in the car, an old bell tower captured my heart and soul. According to wikipedia.org, this church as founded and completed 1578, by Franciscan friars Fray John Baptist Lucarelli and Fray Sebastian de San Francisco. The original church was destroyed by the 1892 earthquake and repaired in 1893. The present church was designed by Architect Ignacio Palma Bautista.

TAAL BASILICA, BATANGAS

Taal Basilica Batangas
I am eager to visit Taal Basilica or the Minor Basilica of St. Martin of Tours because an earthquake hit Batangas and it created a crack on the wall of this church. By the way, it is considered as one of the largest catholic churchs in Asia which measures 96 meters long and 45 meters wide, as per taal.gov.ph.

VISITA IGLESIA: 9 HISTORICAL CHURCHES IN METRO MANILA

Visita Iglesia
This day is so special and really productive, because it’s my first time to do a day tour using the public transportation in different parts of Metro Manila. Together with Ate Bing, we were able to reach 9 Century Old Churches in Metro Manila. Check our destinations below:

PHILIPPINE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, MANILA

National Museum of Natural History
Recently, the National Museum of Natural History just opened with a bang! Opening their doors, cases and glass cabinets to everyone with items that are extremely rare and can only be found here - absolutely for FREE. The National Museum staff and researchers exerted their effort to preserve and keep these items for the next generation. It is my and your wealth! So, what are you waiting for? Tara na sa National Museum of Natural History.

CHINESE GARDEN, LUNETA, MANILA

Chinese Garden Luneta
Chinese Garden is one of the tourist spots, attractions and destinations in Rizal Park, Manila. This garden can give you an amazing feeling of what's inside a typical Chinese parks and temples. I was searching for the National Museum Planetarium but Google Map gave me an idea about this place. When I saw its entrance, I was amazed by the artistic and colorful gate, with Chinese characters.

NATIONAL MUSEUM PLANETARIUM, MANILA

National Museum Planetarium
Just few days ago, the National Museum Planetarium opened its door to the public for FREE until April 30, 2017, so money is not a problem to see and appreciate the wealth inside its dome. By the way, there are daily presentation showing the facts about planets, satellites, stars, sun, milky way, galaxy, solar system and many other things around the sun that will definitely wake up your sleeping interest about celetial bodies and Science and Technology.

CATTLEYA RESORT, ANTIPOLO CITY, RIZAL

Cattleya Resort Antipolo
Rizal is a neighbor province of Metro Manila; very accessible for commuters. Aside from Maytime Festival, kasuy and their local delicacies, they are also well known about their resorts with a gorgeous Manila golden skyline, others call it "overlooking." So, if you're planning to visit the City of Antipolo and looking for a place to stay, Cattleya Resort is a perfect place for you.

BALUARTE DE SAN DIEGO, INTRAMUROS, MANILA

Baluarte de San Diego
This is part of Celebrating the World Tourism Day 2017 in Intramuros. From Manila Cathedral, I used Google Map to locate the exact location of Baluarte de San Diego, didn't notice that I already  passed by the gate of this historical landmark. Anyway, I planned to visit this side of the walled city but due to its entrance fee and I am in a financial hardship status, this plan didn't pushed through. But today, finally made it!

FORT SANTIAGO, INTRAMUROS, MANILA

Fort Santiago
Fort Santiago  is one of the historical landmarks inside Intramuros. It's a fortress which is a part of the structures of  the Walled City. This historical structure was first built by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi for the newly founded City of Manila. This fort is the most important historical sites in Manila as Dr. Jose Rizal was imprisoned here before he was executed in 1896.

QUIAPO CHURCH, MANILA

Quiapo Church
The Quiapo Church or the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, canonically known as Saint John the Baptist Parish is one of the famounst churches in the Philippines. The first structure Quiapo Church was made of bamboo and nipa palm, built by the Franciscan Missionaries. But in 1574, the pirates lead by Limahong, destroyed and burned the church. In 1588, Fr. Antonio de Nombella, a Franciscan friar, founded this church and declared it as the Parish of St. John the Baptist. It was again burned in 1603 and took over by the “Society of Jesus” or the Jesuits. In 1686, the full construction was started initiated by Gov. Gen. Santiago de Vera.