Boracay is an island located in the Province of Aklan in the Western Visayas region. It is approximately fifteen to twenty minutes away via boat ride from Caticlan Jetty Port. It has transformed from being a far-flung island to one of the well-known ultimate vacation destinations and party places in the country. Though Boracay has now become very touristy, a lot of people, both local and international tourists, still have it in their bucket lists.
Tourism began in Boracay as early as the 1970’s. Twenty years later, it became a household name in the Philippines and started to make a name for itself and got noticed by the rest of the world.
Boracay’s claim to fame was its clear turquoise waters, its uber-powdery white sand beach that stretches for kilometers as well as the gracious people inhabiting the island paradise. It has been named among the top beaches and most beautiful destinations in the world over the years. Why not? It’s truly deserving.
You must have probably seen dozens of photos of Gigantes Islands also known as Higantes Group of Islands as you sift through some destinations in the Philippines over the internet. Tagged as the Scallop Capital of the Philippines, Gigantes Islands is a chain of ten islands off the northernmost coasts of the municipality of Carles in Iloilo. This group of islands have been luring local and international travelers alike in an impressive accelerated rate over the past few years. Gigantes Islands is part of Carles, Iloilo, but it is easier to be reached via Roxas City route rather than from Iloilo City.
Let us journey to this isolated paradise to discover and learn more about its awesome locals, go in and around the islands, revel in its unspoiled beaches, explore its caves and indulge in their freshest catch of seafood on every meal.
The Lighthouse of Gigantes Norte
Ruins of the Keeper’s House
Bakwitan Cave’s Natural Lighting
Cabugao Island – The most photographed island in Islas de Gigantes
Tangke Salt Water Lagoon – Jump Off Point
Baked Scallops – Fan Shell variety locally known as ‘Tikab – Tikab’
When someone from the metro hears of Capiz, most would think of the supernatural urban myths that have been connected to its name, myself included. But that was then, not until I’ve read other blogs and have been properly informed and made aware. Moreover, all those negative impressions have been replaced with nothing but wonder and high regard when I’ve set foot on it’s capital, Roxas City. Roxas City, is an emerging economic city, 460 kilometers southeast of Manila. Dubbed as the “Seafood Capital of the Philippines” supplying the nation with most of the freshest seafood.
Buttered Garlic Shrimp
Panay Church – Santa Monica Parish Church
Dako nga Lingganay – The Biggest Catholic Church Bell in Asia
Roxas City Banstand
Shrine of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Roxas City, Capiz
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Laguna is located just a few kilometres southeast of Metro Manila, a part of CALABARZON in the Southern Tagalog region. It was named by the Spaniards after Laguna de Bay, the largest lake in the country surrounding the province’s northern boundary.
The province is known to many as the birthplace of our National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal and where the majestic Pagsanjan Falls (Cavinti Falls) can be found. It is the land where hot spring resorts in Calamba and Los Baños are in abundance. But Laguna has much more to offer than those attractions that we’re so familiar with. In fact, missing out on a lot of it.
Laguna is a place of history, evidently seen in the old structures that were built since the Spanish era like the Underground Cemetery in Nagcarlan, red brick church of Liliw and the Ancestral Houses in Pila. Being at the foot of several mountains, it is home to a number of stunning bodies of waters tucked in the heart of the forest. There’s the Seven Lakes of San Pablo, Kilangin/Bukal Falls in Liliw/Majayjay, Bunga Twin Falls in Nagcarlan, Hulugan Falls of Luisiana and a whole lot more.
However, since most people are far more inclined toward beaches in farther destinations we tend to pay no heed to places that are closer but are packed with remarkably picturesque locations. So, what are you waiting for? Hop on those wheels and take a joyride to this scenic and historic place that is Laguna.
Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery
Inside the Undeground Cemetery
Kuya Bal’s Chao Fan @ Liliw, Laguna
Lechon Toppings at Kuya Bal’s Chao Fan
Path to Kilangin Falls a.k.a. Bukal Falls
Kilangin Falls a.k.a. Bukal Falls
It is one of the oldest provinces in the Philippines, having the Heritage Town of Taal and numerous century-old churches as proof. Batangas has the second largest seaport in the country and it is the gateway to the other southernmost provinces in the Philippines.
The proximity of Batangas from Manila had made it as one of the best choices to quickly escape the hectic life in the city. Nasugbu, Calatagan, Laiya, San Juan, Anilao, Tingloy and Bauan top the list of places in Batangas that have nice beaches and astonishing underwater world. You may find its clear blue waters hard to resist.
Its terrain is also mountainous. It is where Taal Volcano, which is one of the world’s smallest volcano can be found. Also, some of the minor climbs that are best for newbie hikers are spread among the municipalities of Cuenca (Mt. Maculot), Nasugbu (Mt. Talamitam and Mt. Batulao), Sto. Tomas (Mt. Manabu), San Juan (Mt. Daguldul), Anilao (Mt. Gulugod Baboy a.k.a. Mt. Pinagbanderahan) and Tingloy (Mt. Mag-Asawang Bato) to name a few.
Il Sogno Fish Sanctuary
Masasa Beach Tingloy
Sunrise at Mt. Mag-Asawang Bato Tingloy
Londrez and Pianono at Ka Idro’s Bauan
Johanna’s Grille Bauan