"Escape". This place has been in my bucket list for so long that the first remark I asked when I finally visited the place was "Bakit ngayon lang kita pinuntahan?"("Why did I visit you only now?"). Every nook and cranny of Batan and Sabtang Islands that I visited were picture-worthy, from the rolling hills to the old stone houses, from the light houses to the pebbled beaches and more. I just can't get enough of this place.
"Paradise". A place of many natural attractions spearheaded by the twin lakes of Barracuda and Kayangan. One of the best snorkeling sites in the Philippines and a shipwreck diver's haven too. Its white beaches and limestone cliffs are just some other attractions worth visiting.
"Idyllic". The place where the sweetest mango can be found and a perfect place for gastronomic trip with its Mango Pizza, Adobo Twist (Chicken Adobo with mango) and Bulalo with Mango to name a few. Has numerous beaches and century-old churches too. It also has the country's smallest park recognized by Guinness Records.
"Backpack Getaway". Much has already been written about this little piece of paradise off the coast of Zambales. Although not as popular as Anawangin and may not be as interesting as Capones, Nagsasa Cove hold it's own as one of the most scenic and at the same time laid-back place where you could easily get lost to its beauty and not mind anything at all.
"Back In Time". Bacolod has The Ruins" while Silay boasts of thirty-one ancestral houses. A travel to these places literally transforms you to the era where calesa rule the cobbled-stone roads and where ladies wear baro at saya and the men wear barong or kamisa se tsino. Of course, a trip to Bacolod would not be complete without a dose of Chicken Inasal and sugarcane juice.
"Countryside". How is waking-up with a beautiful sunrise over fine-sanded beach sound like? What's more is that you can have it for just a little more than a couple of hours away from the bustling noise of Manila. Sounds interesting? Then, Bagac in Bataan with its numerous coves and splendid landscape might just be the place for you.
"Historical". 'Of Bombs, Big Guns and Lost Gold: WWII Tales Declassified ' is the 6th installment in the Old Manila Walks historical tour series. This is a collaboration between Corregidor's main logistical and tour provider, Sun Cruises and Old Manila Walks- the city's leading historical/cultural tour outfit. Unlike the bus tour which takes you on a general overview of the whole island, this historical hike is essentially concentrated on the war memorial zone (aka the historic core) of the island and uses this setting as a backdrop in the discussion of the WWII theme of the walk.
"Christmas". Jaro exudes a catechistic character thru its modest Church, the oldest one in Panay Island, the Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral. It was built in 1864 and was visited by Pope John Paul VI who conducted a mass in 1982. But the structure that steals the show in my trip to Jaro was the lighting of the Lizares Mansion of the Angelicum School. The entire mansion was all lit-up with colorful lights and lanterns that blinks to the beat of Christmas carols -a sight and sound to behold in Jaro.
"Sweeping". Within a couple of hours from Manila, you will be in some of Batangas' popular beaches from the likes of Nasugbu and Matabungkay but endure a couple of hours more and you will be in a total level-up beach that is Laiya. Picturesque place specially when the sun sets in the beach with a mountain backdrop - so sweeping.
"Angels Cry". Angeles is a name synonymous with sex industry in the Philippines. The strip of tacky clubs and bars is strung-out along Fields Avenue in Barangay Balibago. The most popular strip of which is the The Walking Street where rows and rows of girlie bars are located.