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There are many places in the Philippines named Pandan. There’s Pandan in Catanduanes, in Occidental Mindoro & Iligan. Then there’s Pandan in Palawan & Pampanga too. But googling it, there’s one distinct town of the same name that stands out — Pandan Antique. This coastal town in Antique is...

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Are you ready to get wet & wild? Brace yourselves as the festivals in the Philippines in June bring you lots of water fun & more artery-clogging food trips! June signals the coming of the rainy season. However, celebrations of the feast of St. John the Baptist, the saint...

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Anyone who’s been to Batanes always returns with impressions that the Ivatan people are cheerful, kind & honest. Yes, they are true. But they’re also self-sufficient, industrious, typically shy & calm. Not much is known about the Ivatans. And the little things we know about them also leave us...

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Nestled in a mountain range, Aningalan breathes among age-old trees, wildflowers & clouds. With its sweeping panorama & chilly weather, could this be Antique’s prettier answer to Iloilo’s Bucari Leon? Or is it poised to steal the spotlight from other highland getaways in Western Visayas? In the recent years,...

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Magalawa Island is one of the highlight destinations of tourists exploring the northern side of Zambales. Its claim to fame is its tiny but pretty sandbar plus a camping by the beach experience. Just off the shores of Palauig in Zambales, Magalawa is actually an island barangay mostly inhabited...

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When you dine at Alpas, the fish on your plate may have just gotten through its backdoor sea & those vegies picked right outside its walls. And yes, the ladies serving your lunch may just live right off the fence or you might be sitting on an upcycled chair....

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Chances are, Sapang Dalaga isn’t on any traveler’s bucketlist. But if you give this charming li’l town a chance, you’d be delighted to find some of the allures of Misamis Occidental. Sapang Dalaga is a quiet coastal town in the northern part of Misamis Occidental. The placid waters of...

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Ripped from the coast of Culasi, Mararison Island is beyond reason, one of the most stunning travel destinations in Antique. And just 20 minutes by boat from the mainland, indeed, it’s an easy breezy getaway. Before 2013, Mararison Island was still out of any tourist radar.  It was a...

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Nowhere are the festivals in the Philippines more colorful & abundant than in the month of May. Yes, May celebrates many fiestas throughout the country mostly in honor of San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of farmers. But it’s not only harvest festivals that heat up our summer. There...

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Ideal for those who seek intimate escapes that offer both the beach & the wilderness, Lagen Island Resort is smack right dab at El Nido’s most coveted getaways. They’re exclusive but never intimidating & luxurious but comfortably casual. This 51-room resort tickles sophistication at every glance where aesthetics scream...

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The festival phenomenon is surely sweeping the Philippines by storm. And yes, it happens even in the northernmost islands of the archipelago.  The Ivatans of Sabtang in Batanes call it Vakul-Kanayi Festival. Vakul & kanayi are traditional all-weather farm wears made of shredded voyavoy leaves or Philippine date palm....

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If only you decide to take strides further than the neon-lit side of Angeles City, you would end up in a townscape saturated in stories of the past. These are narratives told in heritage architecture, heirloom food finds, age-old scripts as well as other exquisite art. Angeles City’s growth...

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Subic adventure isn’t only about the usual trips to the zoo or to the waterpark. It is neither only about duty-free shopping nor basking down in the beach. It is also about tribes, treks & many things about adventures that care. Subic is a huge place. This includes the...

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It’s officially summer! And yeah, you know what it brings — beach vacations & more fiestas! This month, the best festivals in the Philippines are a mix of the religious, cultural & harvests. So get yourselves dolled-up for these exciting fiestas happening back-to-back around the islands. With the Holy...

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The Philippines is known for many things wonderful & we aren’t shy about celebrating it. From the religious to cultural & from crafts to harvests — name it, we rejoice it! And nowhere is a humble mango given so much revelry than at Dinamulag Festival in Iba, Zambales! Well,...

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Camping doesn’t have to mean always roughing it out. In fact, with today’s sophisticated traveling styles, camping takes on a whole new comfort through glammed-up set-up. In the Philippines, Glamping Siquijor is one that surely tickles the fancies. Known for its mystique, Siquijor Island is a sought-after travel destination....

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Places in the Philippines that claim to do cultural festivals must look into how Bukidnon stages Kaamulan Festival. It is one of the perfect examples of how to keep a celebration spectacular without losing the integrity of the ethnic culture it represents. Simply, they’re just doing it right. Kaamulan...

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