Luzon

The Places of North Palawan

by on Nov.13, 2010, under Information, Luzon, Places, Sightseeing Spots

Roxas
The uninspiring town of Roxas is 135km from Puerto Princesa and specializes in roadside cafes for the steady stream of busses and jeepneys.
Roxas is best it known as the coastal gateway to cluster of lovely islands including Coco-Loco Island Resort.
Coco-Loco Island Resort is situated on a corner of its own island and has a collection of bungalows built from wood, bamboo and thatch that are basic but have some charm.
The island is naturally lovely.

Port Barton
Port Barton is the low key tourist haunt. The town itself is on an attractive beach with colorful sunsets. It’s certainly more relaxing than El Niño town to the north and a good place for families as the beach is sheltered and peaceful.
Greenview Resort is the most attractive and best maintain place in port Barton with a nice location on a relatively quite stretch of beach. The family cottages have a kitchen and this is the excellent place for families.
El Dorado Sunset Resort has several cottages located in a pretty and has a garden setting; this is the popular bar in the same complex. The cottages are clean and well maintained with private bathrooms.
Summer Homes Beach Bungalows this is another option for families and restaurant turns out some good place.
Swissippini Lodge and Resort is the long running friendly spot has a variety of cottages spread across its grounds.
Coconut Garden Island Resort this resort is located on lovely white sand on Cacnipa Island.

Taytay
Taytay is a quite coastal town dominated by two prominent relics of the town’s colonial.
Santa Isabel Fort and Santa Monica Church it is the colonial past of the town. The thick walls of the fort are fairly intact and you can go inside the enclosure.
Taytay is served by Sandoval Airport which is located at the northern end of Taytay Bay.

Apulit Island
It is less than 2km long the very private Apulit Island is home to Club Noah Isabelle, the accommodation here is in rows of well built water cabana’s that constructed directly over the water.
Club Noah Isabelle has a regular shuttle service from Sandoval Airport.

Flower Island
Flower Island Beach Resort the peaceful, utterly beautiful Flower Island home.
This resort has comfortable tastefully decorated cottages with bathrooms. There is also a very cool bamboo house with several nice rooms inside.
The restaurant is quite good and meals are included in the rates.
There are also diving and snorkeling equipment that available to rent.

Calabugdong  Island
It is south of the Flower Island, scenic Calabugdong Island is home to Casa Del Oasis.
It has three cottages all built in native style with room rates inclusive of three meals daily.
The dinner has a buffet style and eaten with the resorts organizers.
The resort faces west which allows for beautiful sunsets.

Icadambanuan  Island
Icadambanuan Island is located at the south end of Taytay Bay and it is the other little island paradise for those looking more than swimming, sunbathing and eating seafood.
Dilis Beach Resort is the only accommodation on the island. The rooms have attached bathrooms and are located in a breezy house on a hill.

Liminancong
A ramshackle fishing village, Liminancong doesn’t have much to attract the traveler.
During the wet season the road to Liminancong may become impassable.
Puerto Paraiso Inn and Restaurant the location here is nice right at the edge of the water but the accommodation is basic.
Munting Paraiso Eatery a place where you can choose from a variety of pre-prepared dishes on display. The restaurants also some have short order items such as vegetable curry and lechon kawali.

El Nido
El Nido is the gateway to Palawan’s greatest natural treasure the Bacuit Archipelago.
El Nido itself commands a stunning location, sandwiched between towering limestone karsts cliffs and Bacuit Bay.
El Nido Boutique and Art Café have everything you’ll need for making the most of the area.
The accommodation in El Nido is of a fairly low standard with most of it packed into the crowded foreshore.
Lally and Abet Beach Cottages this small resort has roomy balconied bungalows with fans and private bathrooms and rooms with shared bathrooms right by the water.
Tandikan Cottages there are three cottages here and these are the probably the nicest cottages on the beach with porches for sitting and admiring the lovely views of the Bay’s.
Cliffside Cottages is a decent choice with acceptable freestanding huts with fans and bathrooms.
There are many places to stay in the town that have their own restaurant.

Bacuit Archipelago

The Bacuit Archipelago is a fantastic sea scaped where Mother Nature appears to have let her imagination run wild.
It is the collection of jagged limestone islands that leap skyward from the crystal clear waters of Bacuit Bay. There are resorts on three of the island.
Maniloc Island
Miniloc Island is perhaps the most interesting of the island in the archipelago. The real attractions here are Big Lagoon and Small Lagoon the two of the most photographed sights in all of Palawan.
Big Lagoon is entered by an extremely shallow channel.
Small Lagoon can’t be entered by the boats, inside was a wonderful hidden world.
Matinloc Island
Matinloc Island is the western edge of the Bacuit Archipelago. It is neighboring the Tapiutan Island the walls of which offer some of the best snorkeling in the archipelago.
Matinloc shrine is a Christian shrine that located on the western side of Matinloc.

Cadlao Island
Cadlao Island is like a mini- Tahiti miraculously relocated to the Bacuit Archipelago.
Cadlao Lagoon is offers some good snorkeling in shallow coral gardens that lie off the beach at the head of the bay.

Other Island and Resort

Every island in the archipelago has the secret spots that await the adventure explorer.
Pangalusian Island has some first class snorkeling.
Pinasil Island holds the Cathedral Cave an aptly named cavern with climbing monitor lizards.
Helicopter Island has fine beach on its eastern shore.
Seven Commandos Beach is which is actually on the Palawan Mainland.

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The South Palawan

by on Nov.12, 2010, under Information, Luzon, Sightseeing Spots

South Palawan does not have as many famous attractions as the north but its still rewarding for adventurous travelers.

Quezon and Tabon Caves
Quezon is about 100km from Puerto Princesa is the nearest major town to Tabon Caves.
This extensive network of caves has yielded remnants of prehistory in the form of crude burials ground.
The caves complex is fascinating for its archaeological and anthropological significance and for the odd beauty of the limestone structure and jungle setting.
The caves are a half hour boat ride from Quezon.
Tabon Village Resort near in Quezon on Malanut Bay this is a relaxing place with several cottages in a garden setting and a restaurant built over the bay.

Brooke’s Point

Brooke’s point is the last major inhabitation on the southeast coast of Palawan.
The takes home its name from the 19th century British explorer James Brooke known as the White Raja of Sarawak, who is said to have landed here sometime around 1850. There are plenty of opportunities for trekking and exploring in the area including climbing 2085m Mt. Mantalingajan.
Mt. Maruyog Farms and Gardens
this offers basic, comfortable accommodation in rustic nipa and bamboo cottages in a garden setting. The grounds are beautifully landscaped with big lawn area and pockets lush exotic vegetation; there is also a tree house for the use of guest and visitors.

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The Central Palawan

by on Nov.11, 2010, under Information, Luzon, Philippines Island, Places

Puerto Princesa is the bustling capital of Palawan is generally regarded as little more than a jumping off point for excursion on the island.
This town has some decent hotels and good restaurant and has excellent base from which explore central and southern Palawan.
Puerto Princesa is really just an overgrown country town with the main street Rizal Ave as it long straight spine.
The Palawan Museum it is housed of the old City Hall building adjacent to Mendoza Park and has exhibits of Chinese trade pottery and Spanish relics that found in the province and ore historic artifacts from Tabon Caves.
The good time to visit this place is during the Baragatan Festival which takes place from 23 of May to 23 of June.
The one attraction that simply can’t be missed is the subterranean River in Sabang.
The islands of Honda Bay also make a nice day or overnight trip. Honda bay is dotted with Small Island that is ideal for snorkeling and island hopping.
Pandan Island, Cowrie Island, and the aptly named Snake Island a winding strip of white sand that changes shape with the tides.
Puerto has a good collection of restaurant and a great place to load up on calories before heading off for a rigorous bout of jungle trekking, snorkeling or diving.

Casa Linda Inn with its manicured garden courtyard and pergola, the rooms is tasteful mix of hotel style comfort and nipa hut style character.
Asiano is the best place to pick up some Palawan handicrafts like baskets, jewelry and wood carvings.
Dos Palmas Arreceffi Island Resort has 10 cottages built over the waters of Honda Bay and another 38 in garden settings.
On Starfish Island, the tiny Starfish Sandbar Resort has six primitive native style cottages. The cottages are built on stilts at the edge of a short sandbar which is the island only beach.

Sabang and Subterranean River
The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park contains one of the real highlights of Palawan; it is the world famous Subterranean River.
A journey into the darkness of this riverine cave is a truly unique experience.
The limestone cave that the river passes through is thought to be the longest navigable river traversed tunnel in the world.
At the Tourist Information and Assistance Center in the pier in Sabang, this office can also range boat transport to the river which is the easiest and best way to get together.
Another attraction in the area is the mangrove lined Poyuy-poyuy River which is at the north end of the main beach at Sabang. The park offers mangrove tours which involve paddling with a guide a few kilometers up the river.
The beach here is truly beautiful but there are sand flies in the afternoon on both this and main beach.
Michi Cottages and Restaurant has four native style cottages that good for three people and with ensuite shower and toilet.

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Calamian Group

by on Nov.05, 2010, under Information, Luzon, Places

Calamian Group
The Calamian Group is a concentrated version of the rest of Palawan.
Coron is the main town in the Archipelago, there are also many attractions that you will find there. The white sand beaches, great snorkeling and diving, the Private Island, dense rainforest and comfortable resorts are the attractions in Coron.

Busuanga Island
Diving and wreck diving is the main activity here.
There are three dive centers in Coron, which offers wreck diving and other diving courses.
Coron Town is the main town on Busuanga Island and the commercial and population center of the Calamian Group.
It is a convenient base for wreck divers, snorkelers, island-hoppers and other sun-worshipping explorers.
Discovery Island Resort is located on Decanituan Island, this is an excellent little resort that consists of well maintained, clean huts, and has a great view from the veranda.
Sea Dive Resort this place is popular with travelers and generally gets good reviews from readers. It is clean, fairly spacious rooms.
Most of the places to stay in town have their own restaurant.
Bistro Coron a retired French anthropologist, this excellent little bistro is easily the best place to eat in Coron Town.

Other Island In The Calamian Group

Coron Island this town is the most fascinating island in the Calamian Group. The island two main attractions are the magical Lake Kayangan and Lake Barracuda.
Lake Kayangan is a crystal clear lake with three arms nestled in the rocky jungle clad ramparts of Coron.
Lake Barracuda is of more interest to divers for its unique layers of fresh salt and brackish water.

Uson Island
Uson Island has decent cottages in different sizes and with varying amenities that sleep up to six people the Dive Link Resort.

Sangat Island
Located on a private beach on Sangat Island the Sangat Island Reserve is an excellent and well run resort with stunning location close to the wrecks, this place is offers a quite stylish beachside cottages.

Lamud Island
Lamud Island is home to relaxing Lamud Island Dive Resort is a simple place and has its own private cove.

Dimakya Island
Dimakya Island is a pocket sized tropical playground with a long white sand beach and a good house reef.
Club Paradise has a variety of rooms and cottages.

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The place of Mindoro Occidental

by on Nov.04, 2010, under Information, Luzon, Places

Mindoro occidental is the home of the indigenous Mangyans.
Mamburao is the capital of the Mindoro occidental.
Rice, corn, onions, salt, garlic and fishes are the some significant produced of the province. Peanuts also are grown in some parts of the province as well as cassava, sweet potatoes, ginger and other minor cultivars.
The province of the Mindoro Occidental is more isolated, less developed and much less frequently visited to the east.
The great majority of tourist here are make a beeline straight for Sablayan, the entry point for idyllic North Pandan Island and the diving Mecca.
Another attraction is ruggedly beautiful Mt. Iglit-Baco National Park is a popular hiking destinations and a home of the critically endangered tamaraw buffalo.

Abra De Ilog
Abra de ilog is the northern gateway to Mindoro’s west coast.
The named was derived from the Spanish verb abrir means to open and a tagalong noun ilog means river.

Mamburao
Mamburao is a dusty little town with a bad case of tricycle-itis.
Alii Beach Resort is a quite resort on the edge of a pretty beach cove with concrete cottages that are nicely laid out among rows of palm trees on a large lawn.
Mamburao river is the largest and longest river that’s surrounds the poblacion area.

Sablayan
Sablayan is the best leaping off point for those wishing to trek in Mt. Iglit-Baco National Park.
Sablayan is first class municipality in Occidental Mindoro; Sablayan was derived by the named Sablay, a Visayan term meaning wave convergence.
The means livelihood in this place was agriculture, fishing and farming. Mostly women are engaged though in weaving sigurang, a fiber derived from buri or nipa leaves.
There are a numbers of walks and waterfalls in countryside around the Sablayan.
Libauo Lake is very famous and it is famed fir its white lotuses and a nice spot or fishing and bird watching.
Sablayan Prison Farm which is an attraction the inmates’ farm and fish and make handicrafts that are sold locally.
Emily Hotel this is a friendly place with small and basic rooms, and has a restaurant that has a budget meal.
Adventure Camp has a clean beaches, good spot for snorkeling and the cabin rooms are large and comfortable.

North Pandan Island
It is a low key tropical paradise that is privately owned resort.
It has a long, curving, white sand beach with your choice of sand, sea grass and corals.
Day you can do snorkeling and also in the late afternoon, and there are also dive spot around the island.
The North Pandan is the ideal base to explore the nearby Apo Island.
Pandan Island Resort an idyllic combination of simple loving and pure tropical decadence. It has rudimentary rooms with a shared bathroom, comfortable bungalows, and delightful deluxe cottages.

Apo Reef National Park is the largest atoll-like reef in the Philippines. It is perfect for diving and the crystal clear water abound with life of 285 species of fish and 197 species of coral. It has also a good chance seeing of large marine animal’s likes hammerhead sharks, turtles, and manta rays.
Mt. Iglit Baco National Park this area is known for NPA- New People Army activity and it is very dangerous for the tourist. We can advise to make your own enquiries.
The climbing season is October to May.

San Jose
The southernmost town in Mindoro Occidental, it is a notable for having an airport.
San Jose airport is about 5km northwest of the town.

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Catanduanes Island

by on Oct.30, 2010, under Information, Luzon

Catanduanes is an island of the Philippines that located in Bicol Region. The capital of Catanduanes is Virac. The first adopt name of Catanduanes is Isla de Cobos.
Most of the visitors of Catanduanes are looking for surfing because of the best waves during the typhoon season especially between August and October.
It has also folk festival in this island that is part of local religious rituals that are unique traces of the Spanish colonization.
Kalbaryo or Calvary which is celebrated in every holy week a reenactment of the passion of the Christ.
Kagharong, Pantomina, Padadyao SA Tinampo and Sugbo Festival these are the festival that they held in every year.

Virac
Virac is the capital of Catanduanes that not much of travelers but there’s some of creature comforts. The town is bounded on the south and east by the Pacific Ocean. The main income of the people is the production of copra and abaca. It has also farming of rice, corn, banana and root crops. Fishing also is an essential industries and together with mining and lumber.
There are also few internet café in the town and bank that can exchanges money and has ATM.
Rakdell Inn the Virac’s latest and greatest offering has huge, immaculate doubles, which has also private TV and balconies.
Catanduanes Midtown Inn is a popular place with a pleasant coffee shop and there’s some has balconies.
Marem Pension House this is a mazelike building that home of many an aquarium.
The area of the southwest Virac is dotted with bushy humplike the formation of the Bohol’s chocolate hills. The only resort that still showing semblances of a pulse is the Twin Rock Beach Resort which look out on the peculiar, lampshade like a twin rocks.

Puraran
Puraran is the northeast of Bato, this is the an idyllic spot with coconut trees that swaying in the breeze, has a powdery white sand and a coral reefs that good for snorkeling.
Puraran is a home to Majestic.

West coast the road from Virac to Pandan is bumpy; it is a good way to see rural life with great views across the Maqueda Channel. There is no commercial lodging in Pandan.

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Around places in Batanes

by on Oct.29, 2010, under Information, Luzon

Batanes is the northern most and the smallest province in the Philippines Republic.
The people of Batanes are called Ivatan; they are also seafarers, fishermen and farmers.
They plant camote (sweet potato), cassava and Gabi. They are friendly and hospitable. They are also educated Ivatan that are migrated into urban centers or go to abroad.
The people there is barter their fish, garlic and other crops just only to meet their needs.
Y’ami the northern most islands of the Batanes that you can see the Taiwan clearly on a day. This island is like the tropical and more like the Scottish Highlands.
The traditional homes are built by meter thick limestone walls and bushy roofs that made of cogon grass.
The bushy headpiece that most of the women wear is called them vakul; it is made from the fiber of the voyavoy palm that is only found in Batanes. This item is longer into three weeks and it is the protection of women into the sun and rain.
The best time to visit the Batanes is between March and May that weather is good and relatively dry.
They preserved the traditional Ivatan lifestyle to promoting the tourism.

Batan Island
Batan Island is the capital and commercial centre of Batanes. Abad St. is the main drag of few restaurants and some sari-sari stores that are selling fruit and vegetables.
The island main road is called National Highway, flows the coastline anticlockwise from Basco to Imnajbu.
Diura is a fishing village this village is inhabited only during Dorado fishing season from March to June.
The beach of Batanes is mostly strewn with pebbles or boulders and to do surfing is can be dangerous. The beach of Mahato white beach is considered by safe of swimming.
Mt. Iraya is a dominant volcano that is last erupted in 505 AD, and it can be climbed in five hours.
Radar Tukon is the abandoned US weather station on a hilltop that almost 3km from Basco.

Shane Dels Inn is the coziest and cleanest place in town and by far the best value.
Batanes Seaside Lodge and Restaurant is the nicest rooms in Batanes
Ivatan Lodge and Batanes Resort the rooms here are pretty run down and have a good restaurant with a great view of the ocean.

Sabtang Island
The lifestyle there is amazing, the houses is with small limestone house villages, steeps mountain and deep canyons of the interior and has rocky coastline punctuated by the small beaches.
To hike around the island is amazing. Outside the town is an idjang a large rocky hill that in the pre-Hispanic times, the Ivatan villages were built on these hills.
Nights are quite in Sabtang.

Itbayat Island
This island is rich of seafood, the people live here is mostly fishing the main occupation.
There is nice view from the Mt. Riposed that is east of Raele.
Coconut, pineapples and garlic are the major produce of the island.
It is also a home of a coconut crabs.

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Interesting places in Bicol

by on Oct.27, 2010, under Information, Luzon, Places, Sightseeing Spots

Daet
Daet brings the new meaning to the term. Surfing is best when typhoons churn up the Pacific’s water between August and October.
When the weather is right Bagasbas Beach is a perfect place to learn surfing.
Canimog Hotel and Restaurant is quieter, nicer and newer in the center, the rooms are have wooden floors, has big TV, local artwork, and the toilet is worthy of the name.
Dolor Hotel is the decent value and clean, the rooms are spacious.
Mines Hotel and Restaurant is a very nice renovated room.

Naga
Naga is the city of the Philippines; it is located in the Bicol Region, a peninsula on the southeastern most tip of the island of Luzon. This region is locally known as the heart of Bicol. It is the commercial, financial, educational, religious and cultural center of the Bicol region, the resident of the city are called Nagueños.
In this region you can find the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral officially know as the Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist, the Peñafrancia Shrine, the Holy Minor Seminary, University of Nueva Caceres, Ateneo de Naga University, the Universidad De Santa Isabel and the Naga Collage Foundation.
Naga won the Philippines most friendly business city. The city is the center of the Roman Catholicism. Naga is also the home of the biggest hospitals in the Bicol Region.
In the month of September thousands of devotees will make pilgrimage to Naga for the Peñafrancia Festival in celebration of the Virgin of Peñafrancia a Bicol patron saint.
There are many accommodations in this place like the following;
Crown Hotel, Grand Imperial Plaza Hotel, Sampaguita Tourist Inn, Villa Caceres, Moraville Hotel and the Regent Hotel this are the accommodation in Naga that is served you a nice pleasant relaxing in your time of vacation.
The corner of Magsaysay Ave and Dayangdang St is full of trendy bars, clubs, restaurant and coffee shops.
Mt. Isarog is the Bicol second highest volcano. It has also hot springs, that has five pools the two are hot and the three are cold. These will offer a good way to relax after a trek in the park.

Caramoan Peninsula
This is a lonely wedge of land that about 50km northeast of Naga that offers stunning coastal scenery.
There are many beautiful white beaches here and some are open to the sea and others are protected coves with turquoise waters.
The white sand Gota Beach is lies just 4km from Caramoan town.

Legaspi
Legaspi is divided into Albay district and Legaspi city.
Albay District contains the provincial and city government, the airport, and the fancier restaurant and hotels.
Legaspi is very noise city, convoluted maze of street stalls, markets, girlie bars and the exhaust stained buildings.
Legaspi Tourist Inn is a modern place that has clean and well kept rooms with private bathrooms and is the best moderately priced accommodation in town.
Albay District has two legitimately top end hotels the Hotel Venezia and the Pepperland.
There are also several modern restaurants that clustered next to the Provincial Capitol Building in Albay District.
There here is the Mexican eatery that is called chicken.
Wayway Restaurant is the best place in southeast Luzon to try a coconut milk cooked Bicol specialties.
The Daraga Church is build like the baroque style; it is constructed completely from the volcanic rocks.
Cagsawa Church is a popular tourist attraction because of the terrific view of Mt. Mayon.

Hoyop-hoyopan Cave
Hoyop-hoyopan name means blow-blow in English.
To explore the caves you must have a guide to show you the ways, the guide is you can find in the entrance of the cave.

Mt. Mayon
Mt. Mayon is one of the Philippines most photographed sights.
Mt. Mayon rises dramatically up to 2462m in the flat Albay terrain.
The volcano name derives from the Bicol word magayon meaning beauty.
This volcano also is one of the worlds most dangerous and it is carefully monitored by the Philvolcs.
The Philvolcs do not recommended climbing the volcano if it reaches in the level 2.

Tabaco is the departure point for boats to Catanduanes
Tabaco Gardenia Hotel is the city newest hotel that is located near in the market.

Donsol is about 45km southwest of Legaspi and this place is become of one most popular tourist location in the Philippines. These places are good for spotting the sharks and do snorkeling and diving.
Woodland Farm Beach Resort this is a stylish place with tidy, comfortable duplex cottages a restaurant and a narrow brown sand beach.
Santiago Lodging House is located in the town that has a basically home stay with three good clean rooms in a beat up wooden house.

Sorsogon is the eponymous capital of Bicol southern most province lies in a beautiful area of endless beaches, natural springs and rice fields that sprawl beneath jungle clad.
This place also is the best for doing trekking on the provinces highest volcano in Mt. Bulusan.
Fernando’s Hotel the rooms here are spacious and the walls are tasty decorated with abaca and other indigenous fibers.
Rizal Beach Resort is has a huge rooms but the mattresses are so old.
Barcelona has seven kilometers south of Gubat. The Spanish built Barcelona Church has great view over the ocean. The Barcelona Multipurpose Cooperative sells a wide range of very reasonably priced boxes, placemats, sunhats and other products that made of natural fibers.

Bulusan Volcano National Park is about 16km south west of Barcelona.
Bulusan Lake is a popular picnic spot and there a walking trail around the lake that takes about one hour.

Matnog is one Road Town where you catch the ferry bound for Samar. The beautiful Tikling Island is 20 minutes from Matnog by Bangka; this island has a nice spot for snorkeling and a rare pink sand beach.

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Bicol

by on Oct.27, 2010, under Information, Luzon

Bicol is located at the southeastern stretch of Luzon, the largest island in the Philippines and surrounded by the natural barriers. The language that are spoken the people here is bicolano. This region is one of the most secular regions in the Philippines. Bicol is technically includes Luzon’s southeastern peninsula and the islands of Catanduanes and Masbate.

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Towns in Baguio

by on Oct.23, 2010, under Information, Luzon, Places

Kabayan
Kabayan has a nestled amid dramatic rice terraces slabs mountain terrain and watched over by its world famous mummies. Kabayan remains a virtually untouched jewel.
It is a nice place for hiking, stargazing, breathe in exhaust free air and marvel at the voluntary. Kabayan also the center of Ibaloi culture and Ibaloi traditions and animistic beliefs linger and especially in the surrounding hills.
This area is also known for strong Arabica coffee and a tasty kintoman.
You can get a good view of the history and culture of the region at the pint sized Kabayan Museum that 5oom west of the town.
There are two main sites where you can see mummies in the Timbac caves where so interesting and most difficult to reach, the mummies there are preserved at 700 years old.
There are 300 mummies in the two caves.
Kabayan weaving sells shoulder bags and other items woven in unique Ibaloi style.
The Mt. Pulag is considered as a sacred ground to the Ibaloi and Kalanguya is the second highest peak in the Philippines and anchors the Cordillera’s largest national park.

Sagada
Sagada is a tranquil mountain top town where you can walk down the middle of the road and occasionally passing by the vehicle.
During the harvest celebration the women wear a tapis while the older men do G-string and gather in the dap-ay; chicken are scarified, gongs are played and general merriment ensues.
Sagadans are of Applai ancestry and their native language is Kankanay and the rest of the Cordilleras, Ilocano and English are widely spoken.
Sagada has a wealth of top notch and famous hanging coffins on the limestone cliffs surrounding Echo Valley.
There are many interesting and panoramic views of the rice terraces and surrounding mountain from the Kiltepan Tower.
The small Bokong Waterfalls east of the town where you can take a refreshing dip.
Mt. Ampacao south of the town beyond Ambasing is a much easier conquest that rewards the climber with outstanding views.
The accommodation in Sagada is great value.
St. Joseph’s Rest house is probably the nicest place in town with a variety of rooms that has excellent views. The restaurant is nice and its swanky lobby festooned with artifacts.
Masferre Inn the rooms here are set around the cozy and warm inviting.

Bontoc
Bontoc is a lively bustling market town. In this place you still see the occasional old woman with tattooed arms and an old man in a g-string and today Bontoc is known as the gateway to Maligcong, Mainit and Kalinga.
The wonderful Bontoc Museum is quiet simply the best in north Luzon. There are some grisly photos of head hunters and their booty.
Maligcong has the towering sprawling stone walled rice terraces. Mainit has some scalding hot springs and several interesting dap-ay and backyard mausoleums adorned by
Kalabaw horns a symbol of the deceased wealth.
Barlig, Kadaclan and Natoni
The east of Bontoc is a village of Barlig, Kadaclan, and Natoni that has magnificent rice terraces. From Barlig it takes only about four hours to summit this region’s highest peak a Mt. Amuyao is one of the best two day hikes in the cordillera.

Kalinga Province
Kalinga is the place where weekends is a concept and a place where the animals are frequently scarified in cañao and a place where traditional law still trumps the laws of the modern world. The people of Kalinga are for the most wonderfully friendly.
Tinglayen is the best starting point for treks in Kalinga.
The dananao hike is the best combination with the demanding trek to tulgao. There are pleasant hot spring and 30m waterfalls near Tulagao.

Tabuk
Tabuk is the capital of Kalinga province is a flat, dusty, sweltering university town on the banks of the Chico River. The best hotel in Tabuk is the Davidson Hotel that is near in the city with small clean doubles.

Abra Province
A fork off the main road takes you through hidden Balbalasang-Balbalan Park and on into Abra province. The capital of Abra is the Bangued.
Balbalasang-Balbalan National Park was established to commemorate Kalinga opposition to government- backed logging operations in the area in the 1970’s. There also a couple of good camping spots is one of the best is along the river in Balbalasang and outstanding hiking in the area.

Banaue
The banaue rice terraces are part of the rice terraces of the Philippines cordilleras. These mud-walled rice terraces in North Luzon is most famous sight that have a pleasing organic quality that differentiates them from the stone walled terraces in cordillera. The rice terraces are built by the Ifugao. The Ifugao are skilled at carving wood as they were at carving terraces and their sacred wooden statues the bulol is still remain the icon of the Philippines.  Banaue is still remaining the center of the rich Ifugao culture, and tourism.
The Banaue Tourist Information is located on the main square that will give you the scoop on hiking area. There are souvenirs shops at most of this point and you can get a photo taken with old Ifugao ladies.
The Banaue Museum is owned by the descendents of anthropologist Otley Beyer, it is contains an interesting collection of Ifugao, Bontoc, and Kalinga artifacts.
The Museum of cordillera sculpture is next to the spring village inn where hundreds of bulol and other Ifugao woodcarving are on displays.
There are four rive terraces that are included in the Unesco World Heritage. Batad, Mayoyao, Hapao, and Kiangan these are the rice terraces that included in the UNESCO.

Batad
The batad rice terraces are widely considered the worlds most striking because of its amphitheatre like a stone walled rice terraces.
This is a place where you can lose yourself amid stunning scenery aura of isolation. The Environmental Tour Guides Association is a network of guides accredited
Tappia waterfall hike is 40 minute walk across the terraces and a 30m high, where you can sunbathe on the rocks or swim in the chilly water.
Batad bangaan hike you can relax and enjoy the stunning panoramas of the surrounding of mountains and rice terraces.
Batad cambulo pula banaue view point, pula is the tiny collection of the Ifugao houses on a hilly outcrop. There is a waterfall and a deep swimming pool under the bridge.
Pula Mt. Amuyao hike it is seven hour climbing up and it is the highest peaks in the region.

Hapao and Hungduan
The rice terraces of this village are dazzling. It is 17km northwest of Banaue. It has the spectacular view the Bacung spider web terraces and the six hour climb up of Mt. Napulawan and also the final hiding place of General Yamashita at the end of WWII.

Kiangan
Kiangan is where the Ifugao and American can troops helped force General Yamashita the Tiger of Malaya.
On May 1 Ifugao celebrates the Gotad Ad Kiangan festival that performing with traditional forms of singing and dancing and also chanting.

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Interesting place of Baguio

by on Oct.23, 2010, under Hotels & Restaurants, Luzon, Sightseeing Spots

Baguio is the disputed nerve center of the Cordillera. It is the escape of choice from the stifling heat of the lowlands for the Filipinos, and for the foreigners it is the primary gateway to backpacker bliss up north in Sagada, Banaue, and Kalinga.
Tourism is one of the Baguio’s industries; the city was constructed as a mountain by the US military forces in the early 1990’s.
The area’s that are original inhabitants is the Ibaloi and the Kankanay, long ago assimilated into Baguio city.
Baguio is airy and pleasant. There are plenty of restaurants, hotels, and bars in both areas.

Sights
Tam-awan Village
Eight traditional Ifugao homes and two rare Kalinga huts were taken apart and reassembled at this artist’s village, on the northwest edge of the city. On a clear day you can see the South China Sea.
In a hill overlooking session road is the twin spire Baguio Cathedral that served as a refuge for 5000 locals during the heavy bombing in the WWII.
The bell church is consists of several ornate, pagoda-roofed temples that near the border of Baguio and the La Trinidad.
The Buddhists can also worship at the hard to find Baguio Buddhist Temple which features a 6m sitting Buddha and has a interesting views of the city market area.
The Lourdes Grotto is established by the Spanish Jesuits in 1907, sits at the top of 252 steps, in the top is has a nice view of the city’s rooftops.
St. Louis University Museum this is very good and a newly renovated museum on the campus of the St. Louis University that is run by Ike Picpican, one of the country’s foremost authorities on the history and culture of the Cordillera people that is located in the basement of the campus library.
Camp John Hay a formerly US military rest-and-recreation facility, a 246 hectare Camp John Hay has been reinvented as a mountain resort with restaurant, hotels, shops and a fantastic golf course.
Mt. Santo Tomas the highest peak around in the Baguio just south of the city off the Marcos Highway.
Balatoc Mines Tour you can do a helmet and headlamp board an underground train and pretend like a miner.

Sleeping and Eating
Red Lion the main draw of this popular choice is it bar which serves great steaks and is the preferred watering hole for Baguio expat community.
Iggy’s the best value in Baguio, peace and quite has a decent view, a good restaurant and a local art everywhere.
Burnham Hotel the old fashioned hotel in the city centre has a wonderful common area with indigenous handicrafts, antiques and old photos.
Bloomfield Hotel this is a snazzy new place that has tastefully austere rooms with duvet covered beds.
Ridgewood this is newly constructed wood and brick themed lodge.
PNKY has a gorgeous common room that decorated with items for sale from the art and handicrafts store downstairs.
Manor ones of the Baguio fanciest hotel that has gotten a superior serve and mountain side location, it has a spa, gym, superb restaurant, immaculate rooms and everything you expect in the high class hotel.
Café by the Ruins the most beloved restaurant that is remains of the former residence of the governor of Benquet.
Kusima Ni Ima Restaurant the down home place of exotic Kapangpangan specialties like the sweet and sour kalabaw, frogs stuffed with chicken and pork, frog adobo and the camaru or crickets adobo deep fried with garlic.
O’ Mai Khan is the several eat all you can Mongolian in the town.
My Diner a classic 50’s style diner with waitress on roller skates, this restaurant is decorated of Elvis photo on the walls, and a late night eats.

Baguio is a shopping Mecca known as woodcarvings, traditional weavings, baskets, silver and the temperate fruits and vegetables like strawberries and cabbages.
There you can watch also the Ifugao craftsmen that doing their thing.
Teresita’s and Sabado’s are sell similar carvings like antique and fine local arts.
Narda’s and Easter Weaving Room has genuine Igorot weavings and garments, each carry board selection of a high quality. They sell everything from hand woven bookmarks to tapis.
Mines View Park has a row of souvenir stands where you can find jam, peanut brittle and various other edibles and knick-knacks.
There are several silver shops in the town the being is the Ibay’s Silver Shop and the Pilak that both are has outlet at the Mines View Park.

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Cordillera

by on Oct.23, 2010, under Luzon, Places

The Cordillera was located in north Luzon, the name of Cordillera is come from the Spanish word cordilla which is diminutive of cuerda or cord.
The people live in Cordillera as known as Igorot, which own a fascinating culture that is reflected in the area’s varied and multitudinous attractions.
There are ten words for the road in the Cordillera;
1. Begnas a traditional Kankanay or also known as a pakde.
2. Bodong a peace pact, the singing of bodong is usually followed by a cañao.
3. Cañao a ritual feast.
4. Dap-ay in the Bontoc area dap-ay is called ato.
5. Gansa gongs used in a begnas or cañao.
6. G-string the common names ascribe to the thong like woven garments that traditionally worn by men.
7. Mumbaki known in some tribes as a mambunog, akin to a priest and mumbaki communicates with the spirits through the innards of freshly sacrificed animals during cañao.
8. Pinikpikan a popular chicken dish in which the birds is first beaten alive, then killed.
9. Tapis beautiful woven wraparound skits worn by the women.
10. Tengao days of rest in the Bontoc region called by village elders, it is also known as an obaya in Sagada.

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Southeast Luzon places

by on Oct.22, 2010, under Luzon, Places, Resorts

Aninuan

Aninuan is just a 15 minute walk from the White beach along the main road.

Aninuan Beach Resort this resort has a pleasant nipa huts and native style rooms with balconies that look out to the sea.

Talipanan

Talipanan falls is a popular place for swimming and there are some great trekking to be done in the nearby mountains like the Mt. Malasibo and the Mt. Talipanan.

Bamboo house is a friendly place with pleasant light filled rooms in a building made of bamboo. There are also concrete rooms in an annexed out of back, the food there is great value.

GM’s Resort is a friendly home stay place with cheery antique décor.

CALAPAN

Calapan is the bustling capital of Mindoro Oriental, is a convenient feeder port for Batangas. It is also a good hiking formidable Mt. Halcon and a plenty of adventure in the Apak Outdoor Shop.

Mt. Halcon is the country’s fourth highest mountain and according to the climbers it is the toughest mountain to climb.

Calapan Bay Hotel is very close to the pier and it has a large cheerful room, windows are looking out over the bay.

Microtel Inn and Suites has a helpful staff, comfortable, well kept rooms and has a large pool in lush grounds and a very reasonable priced restaurant.

Anahaw Island View Resort this friendly resort is a good choice, with cute, nautically themed nipa huts and views over the beach.

ROXAS

This is only paved highway in Mindoro. Roxas is a drab town whose presence on the tourist circuit.

The Strong Republic Nautical Highway is the interlocking road sea route that runs trough Luzon, Mindoro, Visayas and Mindanao.

Roxas is the main connector port for Caticlan, Panay. It is also has services to Romblon.

Roxas hotels are all clustered around the market.

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Resorts in Big La Laguna

by on Oct.22, 2010, under Information, Luzon, Resorts

Big La Laguna has a nice beach but not real nightlife and restaurants.
La Laguna Beach Club has lovely beachfront, plain, tired looking rooms that are oriented inwards, towards the pool.
Miller’s Corner a humble and pleasant well kept cluster of rooms on the eastern point of the beach that has a great views
Coco Beach Resort is perfect for family bounding; it is idyllic with 96 nipa hut hidden among the palms. There are two pools, tennis courts, all manner of pampering options and a games and activities for the kids.
White Beach is a very popular destination for Filipino holidaymakers.
There is no end of places to stay at white beach.
Coco Aroma has a relaxed charm, cute and rustic nipa huts that are set in a pretty garden at the quite western end of the beach.
Mindorinne Oriental is the most up market place to stay in at White beach, it has a comfortable, motel style rooms and rates the same ground of year.
Lenly’s Beach Resort has a dozen cottages in large grounds at the posh end of the White beach.

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Resorts in Small La Laguna

by on Oct.22, 2010, under Hotels & Restaurants, Luzon, Resorts

El Galleon Beach Resort has charming native style rooms that set in a meandering terraced garden.
Club Mabuhay Resort the building is Spanish mission meets hotel that is still terrific option. Most of the rooms are has a good views across the pool to the sea and there is a relaxed alfresco restaurant that has a great food.
Nick and Sonia’s Cottages has a great value place that has a immaculate rooms and friendly management.
Deep Blue Sea Inn has cleaned rooms and with shared balconies and has an ensuring great view. The restaurant has good cheap meals and brewed coffee.
The Point is strategically placed on the path between Small La Laguna and Sabang.
Full Moon Restaurant has a cheap burgers and Australian steaks and a well stocked bar

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Sabang

by on Oct.22, 2010, under Hotels & Restaurants, Information, Luzon, Sightseeing Spots

The Sabang beach front is jammed with hotels, restaurant and dive centers.
Diving is the king in Sabang because of its preserved reefs that is good for diving and snorkeling.
There are plenty of other dive centers in Sabang and surrounding beaches that all are offer dive and accommodation packages.
Sabang Inn Dive Resort has a spacious room that has a great views and friendly staff. There is a Padi dive center that offering a good packages deals.
Villa Sabang has family friendly apartment and huge, plain, powder blue rooms. It has also a restaurant, pool tables and bar.
Atlantis Resort Hotel the grand old dame of Sabang and a Spanish mission style Atlantis has the town priciest restaurant, and has an idyllic terraced garden with pool.
Tropicana Castles it looks like a giant jumping castle, the rooms have four poster beds, faux antique furniture and marble bathrooms.
There are also many restaurants like the following;
Hemingway’s a selection of Spanish and Caribbean dishes.
Relax Thai Restaurant located in heart of Sabang that is covered lanes that gives an exotic bazaar vibe.

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North Coast Resorts in Puerto Galera

by on Oct.22, 2010, under Information, Luzon, Resorts

The resort towns around the Puerto Galera each have their own particular characteristics.
Sabang is the biggest, the brashest, the smelliest and the seediest.
Small La Laguna’s beach is much less suspecting the majority of its inhabitants.
Big La Laguna is the cleanest beach of the three resort towns.
New Encenada Beach Resort that is set on a private white sand beach, it include convivial hosts, it has also a pool table, a bar, a dining deck that overlooks into the beach and a dive center.
Kalaw Place this is supremely tasteful native style villa that has a glorious look out into the Puerto Galera. It is an apartment annexes and has a wonderful place to relax.
Tanawin Beach Resort is the most international resort of the north of Puerto Galera; the style is stone and thatch design that includes the architectural delights.
Franklyn Beach Resort it has a comfortable nipa style rooms that has a great views.
Coral Cove Resort and Dive Center has neat comfortable rooms and a small private beach.
Sinandigan Lodge it is located behind the Coral Cove Resort, this place has a lacks views and atmosphere. The rooms are clean and well kept and air-con rooms that have cable TV.

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Sleeping and Eating Places in Southeast Luzon

by on Oct.22, 2010, under Hotels & Restaurants, Luzon, Places

Badladz the rooms are plain and all has cable TV and some are air-con rooms that have views, and the others are fan room that is very close behind into the main building.
Coco Point is a pier side location and very different into the Badladz, it is pleasant appeal in the rattan lined rooms.
Melxa’s Greenhill’s Nipa Hut is on the hill in the town that overlooking in Balete Beach it is storey apartment that has a killer views and cooled by the sea breeze, if you will stay long they can give you discount.
Bahay-Pilipino Pension House has plain rooms, rooms that are fans and a shared bathroom.
Fishermen’s Cove Italian Restaurant and Resort a secluded beach and pretty nipa huts, the main attraction is through the three fine Italian meals a day, including the handmade pasta.
Pier Club Pizza with painted wooden beams and checked tablecloths, they serve a thick fruity pancakes and a surprisingly good pizza.
Puerto Galera Yacht Club is hidden in the trees to the west of the pier, the food is average.

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Puerto Galera

by on Oct.22, 2010, under Information, Luzon, Sightseeing Spots

The town of Puerto Galera proper is centered on Muelle pier.
Puerto is Spanish for port of the galleons. It deep natural harbor is sheltered on all sides and was the favored anchorage of ocean going vessels centuries before the Spanish arrived in 1572.
This town is well known among tourist its white beaches, many snorkeling are and diving spots. Puerto Galera area is the highest diversity of marine species in the world and it is also one of the main technical destinations in Asia.
The closet ATM’s are in Calapan.
There are many variety trips and treks in Puerto Galera area, one of this is the;
Tamaraw Falls it is very popular on every weekend especially on Sunday because the admission is free. Tamaraw Falls is a cool mountain waters plummet 30m into a natural pool beside the road. You can bring your own packed lunch and watch and enjoy the views. There is toilet and at the entrance there is many selling snacks, soft drinks and beer.
The Excavation Museum is a humble, single room museum with displays of ancient Chinese porcelain, Thai burial jars and Filipino pottery. The museum is inside the Immaculate Conception Church.

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Mindoro Oriental

by on Oct.22, 2010, under Information, Luzon

Mindoro oriental is province of the Philippines that located in the island of Mindoro under the MIMAROPA region of Luzon.

Of the two provinces of the island Mindoro Oriental is by far the wealthier and more populous.

Oriental Mindoro is producing the large quantities of rice, corn, coconut, vegetables, and fruits like calamansi, banana, rambutan, marang, lansones and durian.

It is still the banana king and calamansi king of the region.

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Information of Marinduque

by on Oct.22, 2010, under Hotels & Restaurants, Information, Luzon, Places

Marinduque is a sleepy little island province that is comes alive in every Easter of the Moriones Festival. The name of this place was formed as a consequence of a tragic love affair between two people Mariin and Gatduke. Marinduque is an agricultural province primarily growing rice and coconuts. It is also a place for handicrafts that now is being expanded in the world; fishing is an important of the economy here.
Boac is the capital of Marinduque.
The Moriones festival is began in 1807 when Padre Dionsio Santiago, a Mogpog parish priest organized a play based on the story of Longinus, one of the Roman centurions assigned to execute Christ.
Boac is abundance of pot plants, and the streets are lined with attractive, dilapidated Spanish-era wooden houses that give the Marinduque’s capital a touch of character. The beautiful cathedral in this place was built on 1792 on the hill of the center of the town and it is attached convent.
Tahanan Sa Isok located on a quite side street just off Magsaysay St. this is the best value in town with clean simple rooms and a nice garden restaurant.
Lucky 7 Pension House has clean rooms and in the rooftop there is a restaurant that has a great view.
Kusina Sa Plaza this is a cheap buffet style that opposite the museum serves unique Filipino specialty and pasta dishes like the baked macaroni.

Gasan
In this place there are motley selection of the beach resorts that spans 17km from Boac to south of the town proper of Gasan.
Katala Beach Resort is the German run establishment that 3km south of Gasan proper. The rooms are in good shape and you can enjoy the sound of the waves that is lapping the shore and you can watch the sunset from your private balcony or in the restaurant which is serves German sausages.
Sunset Beach Resort is about 2km north of the Gasan proper. This is a very good restaurant and a dilapidated tennis court.

Buenavista
This town is 15km south of Gasan that has a great view of the Tres Reyes Island, which has the wonderful names of Melchor, Gaspar, and Baltazar. Gaspar Island is a marine reserve and you can do snorkeling off the northern beach.
Buenavista is where the beautiful coastal drive around Mt. Malindig begins.

Santa Cruz today this place is rapidly assuming the aura of a ghost town. This place also you can find the Bathala Cave that is privately owned, and these caves are terrific.

Poctoy is the whitest and longest beach in Marinduque, the White Beach in Poctoy. There are also views of Mt. Malindig’s conical snout. There is also resort here that has a peaceful spot.

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Northeast of Luzon

by on Oct.22, 2010, under Information, Luzon, Places, Sightseeing Spots

The northeast is dominated by the fertile Cagayan Valley which is crisscrossed by the Cagayan River and bordered by the Cordillera and Sierra Madre. The northeast also includes the provinces of Nueva Viscaya, Isabel and Quirino.

BALER
Baler is the capital of Aurora province, and bests it known as the location of the surfing scene in Apocalypse Now. Baler is basically a one trick town that good for hiking and beach exploring.
This town is hosting the Aurora Surfing Cup in every February on the Sabang Beach.
You can see some interesting photos and exhibits on the history and culture of the area in the Museo de Baler.
In the Digisit you can do snorkel off in the reef.
Dicasalarin is where the nice white sand beach is.
The accommodation of Baler is in the Sabang;
Bahai de Baler Garden Hotel is the nicest rooms in the town that has large, neon lit restaurant and good seafood.
Bay’s Inn is a lively beachfront restaurant that has a yummy tacos and a grungy post punk play list and the rooms are okay.
Amco Beach Resort this is a large colonial building set well off the beach.
Coco hut and Maharajah has live music every night.

Nueva Vizcaya
This province is west of the Cordilleras is usually passed by the travelers.
The capital of Nueva Vizcaya is Bayombong; Nueva Vizcaya is located in the Cagayan Valley region of Luzon. Every last week of May this town celebrated their Ammungan festival.

Solano is a fairly typical commercial center.
Governor’s Garden Hotel one of the nicest place to stay in Solano.
Sheila Marie has a couple of nice rooms set amid strange pools.
Ayuyang is a cluttered and comfortable bar with a nautical theme.
The Alayan Caves is to be the fifth largest cave system in the Philippines is in the Capisan a barangay of Kasibu that east of Solano.
Ambaguio a Kalanguya mountain town that 25km west of Solano is good for hiking in six hours into the Mt. Pullol where there are excellent views of the Luzon’s highest peak Mt. Pulag.

NORTHERN SIERRA MADRE NATURAL PARK
There are many endangered animals living in this park, the endangered Philippine eagle is also here and the world’s most endangered crocodile also lives here. This region was also a refuge for the last remaining rebels during the Philippine revolution.
There are a couple places that you can get guides and information. The DOT region II office can set up our guides into the park and the DENR.
The Cagayan Valley Program for Environment and Development at the Isabela State University in Cabagan has a crocodile conservation project.

TUGUEGARAO
Tuguegarao is the politically and commercial of the Cagayan province. The city is a convenient base for forays into the country’s largest cave system.
There are more than 300 caves that have been discovered in the municipality of Peñablanca, like the Callao cave, Sierra cave and the Odessa cave.
The seven chambered Callao Cave and the challenging Sierra Cave, is reached by walking up 184 steps.
There are also series underground waterfalls, the Blue water Cave and falls.
Tuguegarao has only restaurant, the Elim’s Court which has a good coffee, steaks, and a relaxed atmosphere and internet access.
There are also resort and places that you can stay;
Callao Caves Resort is a sprawling compound on the bank of the Piñacanauan. There are also few restaurants in the right next door.
Hotel Delfino is a little bit old but the rooms are big and cleaned. It has also a Chinese restaurant that the best eat in town.
Hotel Lorita the rooms are the same in the Hotel Delfino.
Hotel Roma this newly renovated that has a nicest and most modern hotel in the town.

CLAVERIA AND THE BABUYAN ISLAND
The small coastal town of Claveria has a long pretty and cleaned beaches that surrounded by the mountain this town are located in the northwest of Cagayan. This place is good for relaxing a fine place for travelling.
Fuga Island is near in the Babuyan Island. It is completely undeveloped island that has white sand beach and there’s no accommodation.
You can watch humpback whales in the Babuyan Island in every February to June.
And you can also spot dolphins there.
The Bay view Inn and Restaurant is where you can get fresh seafood meals.
Ocean Inn the cleanest and most modern room that is motel style and restaurant is substandard.
The Cabicungan Inn Beach Resort is the last place on the east end of the beach.

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Information of Places in Ilocos Region

by on Oct.10, 2010, under Hotels & Restaurants, Information, Luzon, Places, Resorts, Sightseeing Spots

Ilocos this province is composed of four provinces, the Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, and Pangasinan.  This province is the historical homeland of the Ilocano’s including the former president of the Philippine Ferdinand Marcos.

Ilocos Sur is the province of the Philippine that located in the Ilocos region. Vigan City was the capital. Ilocos Sur is bordered by the Ilocos Norte and Abra to the north, mountain province to the east, La Union and Benquet to the south and the South China Sea is to the west.
Vigan is the best preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia.
The Syquia Mansion was the residence of former president in the Philippine Elpidio Quirino that is located in Vigan. Vigan is an island which is separated from the main land by three bodies of water the Abra River, the Mestizo River and the Govantes River.  There are the hallmarks of historic in this place the Spanish-era mansion, cobblestone and the kalesa which is drove by horse in carriages.
Vigan became the center of the political, religious and commercial activities of the north,
Vigan has a two main square that is located in the near north in the end of the town.
The plaza Salcedo is donated by the St. Paul Cathedral, and the lively plaza in Burgos.
St. Paul Cathedral this church was built in earthquake baroque style.
Mestizo District is the Vigan old town that is popularly known as in the past as Kasanglayan that is contains the largest concentration of the ancestral homes and other colonial-era architecture. Mostly of the colonial mansion here are built by the Chinese merchants by the 19th century.
The Crisologo museum is the Vigan’s most prominent political dynasty that is converted into their home into a strange but interesting family shrine.
Museo San Pablo is recently opened in the St. Paul Cathedral that has a religious theme and is a good place to see the old saints.
The Padre Burgos National Museum is built in 1788, is an ancestral home of Father Jose Burgos, one of the three martyr priest that is executed by the Spanish in 1872.
The Vigan weavers are known for using the Abel is a locally produced cotton fabric.
The Vigan Festival of the Arts is a grand celebration of the town cultural heritage.
There are street dancing, a fashion show, and a kalesa parade.
The Vigan town fiesta was held in the third or fourth week of January.
Grandpa’s Inn is a rustic restaurant and two rooms that style in a kalesa form, the restaurant is a popular late night watering the hole.
Cordillera Inn is located in the right heart of the Mestizo District it is a theme colonial style beds and furniture and a grand wooden staircase.
Gordion Inn its bright blue and yellow façade, the rooms here are basic that has Viganesque touches like an old four poster canopy beds and has a vegetarian restaurant.
Café Leona is serve excellent Japanese and Ilocano specialties and offer different fixed price eat all you can menu.
Vigan is one of the few remaining towns in the Philippines that where the kalesa are still in use.
The Santa Maria Church this is a Unesco World Heritage site that is built on 1769 is a massive baroque structure, is unique in the region.

Ilocos Norte this province is located in the Ilocos Region in Luzon. The capital of this province is Laoag City. This place is the birth place of the former president of the Philippine Ferdinand Marcos. This place is also known as the northern tourist destination of the location of Fort Ilocolandia.
The native Ilocano is a weaver, wood caver and pottery expert. This place is specializing the products and industries, in agriculture rice, corn, garlic, legumes, root crops, tobacco, and fruits and vegetables.
Laoag
Long before Laoag was established in 1580 with St. William the Hermit as the patron saint, the Chinese and Japanese are visited in the area which is renowned for the gold mines.
The Italian Renaissance style St. William’s Cathedral was built in the 1870’s.
The Museo Ilocos Norte has a large collection of Ilocano, Igorot, and Itneg cultural artifacts.
The Fort Ilocandia is the main attraction of this place. The Fort Ilocandia Resort and Casino is the complex that was originally built by the Marcos family. The rooms and the services here are good and have several restaurants on the premises.
Batac
Is where the body of Ferdinand Marcos embalmed, in the Marcos Museum and Mausoleum is laid out on a mattress and lit by the lights in other wise dark room.
Paoay
Paoay is the famous church home of north Luzon, the Paoay church was built in the classic earthquake baroque style that with a massive brick.
The Malacañang of the north is the opulent former residence of the Marcos family.
This is impressive house with its cavernous sala, capiz-shell windows and other colonial touches that provides a glimpse into the family lavish lifestyle.
Pagudpud
Pagudpud is actually consisting of three vast beaches strung along Luzon northern edge and hemmed in by huge points out into the ocean. In the coconut palm is where Saud Beach. The Maira-Ira is known as Blue Lagoon. The Pansian beach is near in the boarder of Cagayan province.
In the Villa Del Mar have a poolside standard rooms that are basic and the deluxe cottages, with stone floor and capiz-shell windows that are loaded with charm.

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Sights and Places in North Luzon

by on Oct.10, 2010, under Hotels & Restaurants, Information, Luzon, Places, Resorts, Sightseeing Spots

Lingayen Gulf (leen-gay-en) is the birth place of Philippine national hero Jose Rizal.
This island has a most famous island which is in the Hundred Island National Park.
The main industry here is the fishing and salt making.

BOLINAO and PATAR BEACH
Bolinao is a municipality in the province of Pangasinan.
The Cape Bolinao Lighthouse at Patar that is built by the Americans in 1903, this lighthouse still sends signals to vessels that passing by.
The  is only walking distance to Cape Bolinao lighthouse.
The Church of St. James was built by the Augustinians in 1609; there is also a wooden statue on the façade of the church that is very rare in the other church.
El Piscador this hotel is the best deal in the town that has attractive dark wood trim and furniture that is good enough for the two people.
Sundowner is the finest restaurant in Bolinao, it has a third floor rooms that are spotless and private occupied.
Patar Beach
A treasure of Bolinao is a luxury resort that is has marble floors, ocean views and exquisite furniture. There is also pool that is surrounded by the cottages.
Bing’s Beach Resort is the best place that is closet to the White Beach and you can bring your own food in this place.

Hundred Island National Park is coast of Alaminos and 35km southeast of Bolinao.
This friendly park is on the wharf in barangay Lucap. The best way to experience the park is in a tandem kayak. The three most popular islands are Quezon Island, Governor’s Island and Children Island. You can snorkel also and you can find the giant clam that is very rare.

Lingayen is the provincial capital of Pangasinan that known as the site where the US troops came to liberate Luzon in January 1945.
Lingayen comes alive in every May 1 that has a raucous waterborne parade in the celebration of Pista’y Dayat.
The small open restaurant Lingayen Gulf Memorial Museum is on the beach front near in the capital building. This museum contains the pictures of US landing and some interesting photos during the wartime.

San Fabian has many beaches that are more inviting and has better facilities. The next in this town is the proper barangay Nibaliw that is where are few resort flank a wide and grey sand beach on one side and has a river on the other.
Sierra Vista Beach Resort the rooms here are far superior from the others and it is slightly expensive. There is a pleasant restaurant that is served elaborate fruit cocktail.
Lazy a Beach Resort the rooms here are ordinary but the restaurant has decent that is serve Mexican and American dishes.

San Fernando (La Union)
This provincial capital of La Union is best known as for have a dozens resort that is dot on the coastline north and south of the city.
The striking Taoist and Catholic Chinese Ma-Cho Temple is sits atop on a hill in the north of San Fernando.
The Freedom Park was near in the provincial capitol building that has a spectacular view of the city.
Sea and Sky Hotel and Restaurant has a spectacular ocean view from the restaurant balcony and the basement rooms are comfortable and the staffs are friendly.
Oasis Country Resort is the most modern and services in the entire Lingayen Gulf area, it has a sizeable pool.

San Juan
Sunset German Beach Resort is a small lush resort that has a few attractive rooms.
SeBay Resort this is a popular place to hang out with a couple of pool tables and darts boards on the ground of the Viganesque main lodge.
Surf Resort this is a surfing HQ resort. It is run by the Aussie Brian Landrigan.

Bauang
Long Beach Resort Hotel is a place that plenty of ideal spot. The rooms here are large and have a comfortable beachside restaurant that has nightly live music and times meals.
Bali Hai Beach Resort this resort has a beach front restaurant that is offers German, English and Indonesian specialties.
Oasis Sushi Bar this is a yummy restaurant that has nightly eat all you can buffet.
Mandarin this is a spot for good Chinese food in San Fernando.
Café Esperanza this a overlooking town the plaza, this café is serve sandwiches, pastries and coffee in a nice relaxed atmosphere.
Zigzag Music Lounge is a scenic lounge that serves Filipino food and sashimi.

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Interesting Places around in Zambales Coast

by on Oct.10, 2010, under Luzon, Places, Resorts, Sightseeing Spots

Zambales is the second largest among the seven provinces of the Central Luzon. This province is abundant of mangoes in every January to April. Zambales is served by the Subic Bay International Airport which is located in Cubi point.
Masinloc was the first capital of this province and now changed into Iba. The province named cane from the word Zambal which is Hispanized term for Sambali. Many Sambals are still believed in Superstitious and mysteries.
This province is rich of source form nickel and chromites.
The provincial capital of Iba will celebrate the Mango Festival in every April. The Domorokdok festival is held in every May in Batolan.

PUNDAQUIT
The Capones Island in barrio Pandaquit, San Antonio is home to a Spanish Light House that built in during the 1800’s.
This island is has a good snorkeling and has a beautiful white sand beach.
Crystal Beach Resort was located in barangay San Narciso is about 7km from north of San Antonio.

BOTOLAN and IBA
Iba was the capital of the Zambales. This two place are has the best hiking spot and has a good and beautiful beaches in Zambales.
The most famous destination in this area is in the Mt. Tapulao, is the highest mountain in the Zambales range.
The Koto Mining River and the many waterfalls and the Aeta village of Cabatuan are also the spots that you enjoy most.
In the place of Botolan the beaches here are clean, nicer and quieter than the Iba.
Rama Beach Resort is a decent accommodation and has attractive grounds. They have also a nice restaurant with a library and a pool table that are highlights of this Australian owner of the resort.
Botolan Wildlife Farm has a created humane sanctuary for an array of rescued beast and including the massive Siberian tiger. The rooms here are having shared balconies with a great view of the animal pens and the mountain beyond.
The resorts in Iba are in the north in barangay Bangantalinga.
Palmera Garden Beach Resort this is a large open air restaurant and the rooms here are well kept and maintain.
Lindamar this resort is bright, has funky rooms and the surroundings are an attractive.

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Places and Information in North Manila

by on Oct.10, 2010, under Hotels & Restaurants, Information, Luzon, Manila, Places, Sightseeing Spots

Bataan Peninsula is the destination for those wishing to recall the fateful 1942 Death March. The Bataan Peninsula is a rocky extension of the Zambales Mountains. This province is part of the Luzon region.
Mt Samat on the top of Mt. Samat there is a Dambana ng Kagitingan a shrine valor. The center piece of the shrine is a 90m high crucifix with battle scenes carved around the base. There is also a small museum that captured weapons from the Japanese when the American returned in 1945.

Balanga is the capital of Bataan province; this is a friendly place that has hotels, a cathedral and a busy market.
Hillside Garden Mansion this is a large place that contains 24 elegant rooms and all has private Jacuzzi and private bathrooms.
Elison Hotel this hotel is near in the cathedral and in city hall. This has 31 rooms that others are still renovating.
Lou-is is a little compound in the town and a best place.

OLONGAPO and SUBIC BAY
Olongapo is a highly urbanized city that is located in the province of Zambales.
The city hall is located in the Rizal Ave, and the Olongapo museum is contains the dioramas, artifacts and paintings about the history of the city.
Subic Bay is a bay forming part of Luzon Sea; it is now a location of an industrial and commercial area known as the Subic Bay Freeport Zone that is under the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority. The best attractions here in this place are scuba diving.
The Jungle Environmental Survival Training Camp is where the indigenous people of the area are Aeta.
The Subic Bay Natural Park is an ecotourism destination; this park has trails through bamboo forest and mangroves and has some interesting sights. Include the 50 year old US Navy bunkers and the driftwood garden.
Subic Park Hotel is a good choice in the SBFZ the rooms here are large and comfortable and has good views in the expensive ones.

San Fernando (PAMPANGA)
San Fernando is the capital of the Pampanga province; it is a busy industrial town.
The farming and fishing are the two main industries of the province, rice, corn; sugar cane and tilapia are the major products. The province also has thriving cottage industries that specialize in wood carving, furniture making, guitars and handicrafts. This province is famous for its sophisticated culinary industry.
Tourism is also growing industry in this province. It is the first province and the richest spoil created by the Spanish in 1571. The Indung Kapampangan River is the largest river in the former empire.

ANGELES and CLARK SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE
Angeles city is locally classified as a first class, high urbanized city; it is located in the province of Pampanga. Angeles is served by the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport that is inside the Clark Special Economic Zone which is located in the northwestern part of the city.
Angeles is a name synonymous with the sex industry in the Philippines.
The Santo Rosario Church was converted into a 2nd division hospital by the American troops during the Philippine revolution. It was constructed from 1877 to1896 by the Polo’y Servicio.
There are dozens of cheap hotels in this place and also bars.
Clarkton Hotel is a large and comfortable; the rooms are nice and have a decent restaurant.
Oasis Resort Complex this resort has 124 rooms and has huge pool, the resort has a modern amenities.

MT. PINATUBO
Mt. Pinatubo is one of the volcanos in the Philippines which is an active and located in the island of Luzon. The word Pinatubo means grown in Tagalog and Sambal.
The Aetas had lived on the slopes of the volcano and in surrounding areas for the several centuries. They are the hunter gatherer people who are extremely successful in surviving in the dense jungles of the area. Some of the Aetas are stayed in the mountains, hiding in the caves.

MT. ARAYAT
This volcano is no record for eruption. The volcano was located in a flat agricultural region. This is the legendary home of the Diwata Maria Sinukuan. There are also stunning views in this volcano over in the Pampanga province.

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Places and Information in South Manila

by on Oct.10, 2010, under Hotels & Restaurants, Information, Luzon, Manila, Places, Resorts, Sightseeing Spots

Las Piñas is 29km south of Manila. The principal attraction here is the bamboo organ that is in the San Jose Church, this famous organ was built in 1821 during the period of the Spanish priest Padre Diego Cera.
This city was also known as the cleanest city in the Metro Manila because of that this city was have an award by the Philippine government as the clean and green hall of fame.
They celebrate the Bamboo Organ Festival in every second week of February.

Cavite is a protected harbor; it was 35km south west of Manila. The city is the home of Philippine navy.
Cavite is named as the historical capital of the Philippines. Cavite got its named from a tagalong word kawit which means hock, and this place is a historic, picturesque, and a scenic province.
Tagaytay city is the main tourist center.
You can also visit the Aguinaldo House it was in the village of Kawit, 23km south of Manila. In this place General Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed the Philippine Independence on June 12, 1898, the house now is the shrine and you can also tour the Aguinaldo’s private rooms. The general was died in 1964.

Ternate has a few resort lines that coast the south of Cavite.
Puerto Asul is a popular golf course set among the hills along the bay. The accommodation is in reasonable cottages on a grey-sand beach, there is also a huge pool.

Nasugbu has some of the most popular beaches that close in Manila.
Maya-maya Reef Resort is the most attractive beach in this area; it has 134 cottages that sit in a quite cove and has café and bar that has nice views of the marina.
Shorebirds this is a simple place on the beach that has clean rooms.
Alix Bayside Beach Resort is other simple resort that has nine fan cooled rooms that built around a large pool.

Matabungkay has a floating picnic rafts that is called balsa.
Most of the places were you like to stay are close together in the beach.
Lago de Oro is small but clean and has 26 rooms that are modest and the food is excellent and many European visitors are kept happy, this sprawling place includes a large lake popular with water-skiers.
Greendoors Cottages it is run by the truly people and it is suited in lush, leafy grounds, it has 24 rooms that are simple but it was large.
Matabungkay Beach Resort this resort contains 85 rooms that are comfortable and the restaurant is excellent and offering the good pizza and tasty banana splits.
Coral Beach Club this is resort is near in the pier, it has 21 rooms that has nice grounds and the deluxe rooms are well equipped with fridges, cable TV and large bathroom.

LAKE TAAL and TAAL VOLCANO
Lake Taal is a truly marvel to behold.
The entire area is part of Taal Volcano one of the world’s smallest and deadliest.
The most active crater is the Mt. Tabaro on the west side which saw a dramatic lava flows in the late 60’s and middle 70’s.
Tagaytay is a place short morning walk along the ridge and long afternoon siestas; this is a place of gardens greenhouses, and a place to sit an hour along the ridge, and watching the mist tickle the multiple craters of Tall Volcano. This town is very popular with upscale weekenders form the Manila.
People’s Park in the Sky this park is offer a spectacular 360 degree views of the area, and it is 7.5km east of the rotunda.
Sonya’s Garden has elegant cottages that featuring shower stalls with pebble flooring, wall to wall screening and the grounds are festooned with gazebos and decorated with exotic plants.
Estancia Resort Hotel this hotel has bamboo nipa huts that are set in the jungle with balconies that overlooking the lake, there are two pools and has a lake views if you request a room on the east side.
MC Mountain Home Apartelle it is about 13.2km west of rotunda, the rooms here are small but immaculate and has a nice views of the valley and mountains to the northwest, there is also spa and golf course in this hotel.
Keni Po is valley sides place that 3.5 east of the rotunda; it is a best place of budget hotels.
Leslie’s this place is known as for fried tawilis (small fish), kare-kare (oxtail with peanut sauce), sinigang (tamarind soup) and other Philippine delicacies.
Antonio’s this is continental restaurant that offers the chance to rub elbows. The décor here is a mix of Filipino and Mexican.

Talisay was on the edge of Taal Lake, a small town that is centered on the junction of the road; it is a wonderful place to chill and most of the simple and serene places to stay are in west.
The bog activity here is the Bangka trip out to Taal Volcano. This volcanic island offers of several hikes into the Binitiang Malaki.
Taal Lake Yacht Club has a good selection of water spot equipment that you can hire including the small boats and kayaks.
Talisay has several simple yet charming lakeside retreats.
Gloria de Castro has one of the best boats to Taal. They has six rooms has nice view s and air-con.
San Roque Beach Resort this clean and relaxed place with 11 comfortable rooms. There’s swimming area was on the lake.
Talisay Green Lake Resort this is a long established resort that has a good six good rooms with TV and has a private bathrooms.

TAAL is a historic small town with a number of old Spanish colonial buildings. The Basilica of St. Martin de Tours is built in 1849-65, that dominates the Taal Park at its base. This town has many shops that sell the famous balisong a butterfly knife.

Anilao is about 20km south of Tall on a small peninsula and the most popular diving spot for the people that came from Manila. In this place there are dozens of diving resorts that strung along the rugged coastal road that south of the village.
Most of the dive site here are the coral gardens, and there are three places here in Anilao that has good dive site the Balayan Bay, around in the Sombrero and in the Maricaban Island.
Balai has a 15 rooms set in its own little cove and the design is modern and has many decorative touches especially in the breezy common areas.
Planet Dive has small beach in front and has instructors on the site and offers certification program for the divers.
Aqua venture Reef Club in this resort has 20 units that is well established compound and which overlooks a small bay, the units here is comfortable and this resort has its own a Padi dive center.

Batangas is one of the most popular tourist destinations near in Metro Manila. This province has many beaches and famous excellent diving spot. The first recorded name of this province was Kumintang. Pineapples are also common in the province. Sugar also is a major industry and also rice cakes. The Batangueño are very regionalistic and most people are farmers and fishermen and sell their products in the markets.
Batangas also the main jumping point for the extremely popular resort town of Puerto Galera on Mindoro.
Mac-Ro Lodge this is a modern place which is clean, comfortable rooms and has a nicest choice locally.
Travelers Inn the best cheap place that has 25 very basic rooms and the deluxe rooms has already TV which is cable.

Calamba is a southeast of Manila on the shores of the Laguna de Bay, it was the birth place of the Philippine national hero Jose Rizal and it was a much restored Spanish colonial houses where Rizal was born that is now venerated as the Rizal shrine. This establishment displays the numerous items of Rizal memorabilia.
Enchanted Kingdom is the Luzon’s most popular theme park that has a good selection of thrill rides and it was open in many weekdays during the holiday times and I’m sure kids will love it.

Los Baños is a southeast of Calamba that has trade heavily on its natural hot springs and many resorts that offering water slides, Olympic sized pools, spas, and the hotel rooms are has private spas.
Monte Vista Hot Spring Resort this is a huge place with numerous pools, spas and water slides. The rooms here are has an air-con and private bathrooms and the best ones has a private pools.
City of Spring has a good pool, restaurant and a common area with restful lake views. This property is quite and well maintain.

San Pablo is 15km east of Alaminos, this place is known for its volcanic lakes whish has some pleasant walks. There are also several restaurant which sells tasty tilapia (carp). In the second week of January San Pablo celebrates their coconut festival that shows dancing and showcases the coconuts that are very famous product in this area.
Sampaloc Lake Youth Hostel it ahs four rooms and the place are very friendly and very helpful.
Alaminos area outside the Alaminos is the Hidden Valley Springs Resort is a jungle resort with lush tropical flora, hot springs and has seven naturals’ pools for swimming. This resort has 30 rooms that all have varnished wood furnishing, windows that are overlooking the forest garden and has a private bathroom.

Pagsanjan this town is about 100km southeast of Manila that has became synonymous with the Magdapio Falls, the starting point for a popular canoe ride through the rapids of the Pagsanjan River.  This is the major tourist attractions and boat trips along the river in the Luzon’s.
La Vista this new place is right on the river in town, it has four rooms that is very clean and the rooftop penthouse sleeps four, and the deck has fabulous views that you can enjoy.

Lucban has a annual festival that is celebrated in every 15 of May and it was the feast of San Isidro Labrador, this festival was called Pahiyas.
It is a great festival and the best of all. In this town there are many old Spanish townhouses.
The Church of St. Louis of Toulouse dates from 1738, though it sits atop the ruins of several churches dating back to 1595.
The other thing that is much known in Lucban is the Longganisa a Chinese style pork sausages and the pansit a fried noodles. There are also little shops that sell the handicrafts around in the plaza.
Patio Rizal Hotel is a modern and situated in the center of the town. This place has an excellent café that overlooks the small plaza, and the rooms are international standard and more quite and comfortable.

Tayabas is an attractive and well preserved town that built at the base of the mountains.
The Michael Archangel Basilica which is built in 1856 over the ruins of a 1585 and it is about 3km from the Tayabas, on the road to Mauban.

Lucena is a pleasant stop before you will continue your journey into the south.
Quezon Ave is the main shopping street in Lucena that has numerous restaurants and the San Ferdinand Cathedral. There are also several banks that are near the corner of Gomez and Granja Sts.
House of Halina Hotel this is a sprawling place that has a huge variety priced rooms that is set in a large compound.
Eastern Treasure this is a cavernous place serves up excellent Chinese Filipino fare.

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Restaurants around in Manila

by on Oct.10, 2010, under Hotels & Restaurants, Information, Luzon, Manila, Places

Illustrado is constructed Spanish-era house and has a popular coffee shop which is open for launch and dinner.
Barbara’s the food here is traditional combination of Spanish and Filipino. There launch buffet is popular.
President Restaurant one of being the oldest restaurant in the China town, and you can order off the typically ginormous menu.
Mandarine Place one of the big restaurant in China town, their specialties was seafood in dinner.

Manila is a bargain hunter’s paradise; it is the largest variety of stores, shopping malls, and excellent markets.
The Barong Tagalog is the traditional dress shirt that wears by the Filipino men; it is very popular purchase among the tourist. The barong is made from pinya, a fabric woven from the pineapple fibers.
Manila has reputations as an arts and crafts center. Shells are popular purchase.
The traditional markets are found in the oldest part of town.

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Hotels in and around Manila

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Manila Hotel one of the Asia’s grand hotel, it has been a place of history from MacArthur to Marcos.
Pension Natividad is the pick budget place. It is perfect for meeting and has an inexpensive coffee shop.
Mabini Pension one of the gracious residences and this is a long running pension that has 30 rooms.
Adriatico Pensionne Inn is has 29 dark but sparkling clean rooms and others have fans there is also a little café that is attractive in entrance.
Ermita Tourist Inn has 30 rooms that are clean and has a private bathroom and air-con.
Hotel Miramar this is the pick of the neighborhood’s midrange places, the rooms are smartly furnished and fully modern.
Pearl Garden Hotel is fairly new and has 83 well appointed rooms, has a mini bar and more entertainment.
Rothman Hotel most of the rooms here are have balconies and the décor is motel standard.
Las Palmas Hotel it has 89 modern rooms with comfortable and have a bright décor and recently renovated.
City Garden Hotel the 160 rooms are well equipped and large, there is a spa and whirl pool. Have also a small and nice sushi bar.
In Makati also there are many five star hotels that you can stay like the following;
Herald Suites, Charter House, AIM Conference Center, City Garden Hotel,  Tower Inn, Best Western Astor Hotel, Sunette Tower, Oxford Suites, El Cielito Inn, Citadel Inn, Regine’s Hotel, Great Eastern Hotel, Fersal Inn, Peninsula Manila, Makati Shangri-la, Mandarin Oriental Manila, Dusit Hotel Nikko, New World Renaissance
In Pasay also;
Orchid Garden Suites an excellent and elegant choice, it has a modern tower and has 89 comfortable rooms and some has balconies. There is also a lobby, bar, and restaurant that are located in a 1930’s mansion.
Westin Philippine Plaza has a lagoon shaped swimming pool, has an 18 hole putting green and tennis court, the rooms are quite and comfortable.
Century Park Hotel with well maintain rooms and has stunning balconies that is overlooking in the verdant pool area.
Traders Hotel Manila has a large and 219 rooms, this hotel is very popular with Japanese business travelers and boast a high level of service and a front view of the CCP.
In the Quezon City;
New Camelot Hotel has 127 rooms.
Rembrandt Hotel this is a good choice if you have business in the area.
Sulo Hotel is the business hotel with excellent service and you have discount if you will stay longer.

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Historical Places around Manila

by on Oct.10, 2010, under Information, Luzon, Manila, Places, Sightseeing Spots

China Town
China town is demarcated by Goodwill Arches. The main street is Ongpin. In this place you can find dozens of goldsmiths, herbalist, and teahouse, and shop that selling moon cake, incense, paper money to burn for ancestors, trinkets and other curios things.
Binondo
Binondo Church is an unusual octagonal structure dating back to 1596. The church is modern and inside there is the lurid statue of a bloody Jesus. The west of the old Binondo area is parts of Manila that survived the war intact.
Ermita and Malate
Ermita Church is modern structures that replace the original hermitage that is destroyed during the WWII, is home to the Nuestra Señora de Guia or Our Lady of Guidance.
Malate Church house of the greatly image of the Virgin Mary that is called Nuestra Señora de Remedios, it was first built in 1588. Nearby was the Remedios Circle is the bull’s eye for numerous good restaurants, cafes, and bars.
Manila Zoological and Botanical Gardens is home of a diverse collection of animals.
Cultural Center of the Philippines is referring to the collection of the white elephant and the performing arts center.
Chinese Cemetery is where the wealthy Chinese citizens buried; there are mausoleums with crystal chandeliers and very modern cemetery.
Malacañang Palace is the official residence of the President of the Philippines; it was originally s Spanish grandee’s summer house.
Museo ng Malacañang which displays the memorabilia that related in the Philippines past President and it’s including also the old photo of the Manila.
Makati
Makati is the business center of Manila and a nightlife center.
There is a famous Ninoy Aquino Statue showing him right before he was shot. It’s built on the spot where many pro-democracy rallies took place in the 1980’ and 1990s.
Down by the river the Museo Ng Makati is a classic old Manila house from the 1800’s.
Ayala Museum is an excellent museum with exhibits on Filipino culture, arts, and history.
Quezon City
Quezon is known as the vibrant nightlife along the T Morato Avenue.
Quezon Memorial Circle is particularly on Sundays people will come to stroll, jog, cycle, fly a kite, you can also do practice in dancing like ballroom.

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Sights in Manila City

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Intramuros as Legaspi’s walled city came to be called; Intramuros was the exclusive preserve of the Spanish ruling classes. Within its massive walls were imposing government buildings, stately homes, churches, convents, monasteries, schools, hospitals and cobbled plazas.
San Agustin Church and San Agustin Museum the San Agustin Church was the only building left after the destruction of Intramuros, it was built between 1587 and 1606 and it is the oldest church in the Philippines. This church is active and it very demands for wedding and other ceremonies. The San Agustin Museum this is a treasure house of antique things that can make the visitor tantalizing glimpses.
Fort Santiago it was once seated of the Spanish military power. It is a memorial to all Filipino’s who have died that because for the freedom.
The Rizal Shrine the building that where Rizal was incarcerated and it is contains very much various displays of Rizal memorabilia, including his novel the Noli Me Tangere that means touch me not, and the original copy of Mi Ultimo Adios that means My Last Farewell.
Manila Cathedral was been destroyed in WWII, it is looks the suitably ancient with its Romanesque façade and a graceful cupola. Inside are a gilded altar that has 4500 pipe organ and a rosette window with beautiful stained glass.
Casa Manila this is the other project of Imelda Marcos, it is faithfully restored the Spanish colonial home that is offers a window into the opulent lifestyle in the 19th century, this house is furnished with antiques from the period.
Bahay Tsinoy it is features three dimensional dioramas and a vast collection of photos that shows the role played by the Chinese in the growth of Manila. Tsinoy came from the half Chinese and Filipino.
Rizal Park it is known as the Luneta since it was officially changed in the 1950’s, it is a spread out over 60 hectares of open lawns, it has ornamental gardens, paved walks and a wooden areas that is dotted with monuments to the almost every Filipino hero. Everyday hundreds of Filipino people came here to stroll; jog, picnic, sing and play music, and other also escaped that swarming traffic. This park is dedicated to the Philippines national hero Dr. Jose Rizal who was been executed by the Spanish colonial authorities on December 30, 1896 for the inciting the revolution.
National Museum of the Filipino People this museum is full of vast collection and the skullcap of the Philippines earliest known inhabitant, Tabon Man. It has a large display of devoted from porcelain, plates, coins, jewelry, and to the recovered wreck of the San Diego, a Spanish galleon that sank off the coast of Luzon in 1600.
National Museum of the Philippines this museum is a home of amazing collection of Filipino arts.
Binondo, Santa Cruz, and Quiapo there is the oldest parts of Manila, it was always the center for trading and it has a numerous markets. The entire area is a great place to explore.

Quiapo Church is a home of the Black Nazarene; it was rebuilt in 1933 because the older structure was destroyed by the fire. It is cream colored edifice that design along the baroque lines and this church is one of Manila best known landmarks. In the front of the church lies the Plaza Miranda where the common folk came to watch the beauty contest, political rallies, various events and festival. The Plaza Miranda has been renovated into a Roman style square with pillars, arches, and decorative urns.
Bahay Nakpil Bautista is where Andres Bonifacio lived after his death, he was the father of revolution, and the house is used only for the occasional cultural exhibits.
San Sebastian Church is a gothic structure that is constructed of prefabricated steel.
Golden Mosque it is used to stand and serves the growing Muslim that has settled in the vicinity.

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Information of Bookshops in Manila

by on Oct.10, 2010, under Information, Luzon, Sightseeing Spots

There are numerous bookshops in Manila.
Bibliarch located in the ground floor of Glorietta 3, Ayala center of Makati. This selection is focused on arts and architecture and has a wide array of foreign magazines.
Datelines Bookstore located in Marikina Shoe Expo, Gen. Romulo Ave, in Cubao. It is small but carefully chosen collection of used Western and Filipino books.
Filipinas Heritage Library Bookstore this is small bookstore that is the one of the best places to go for books on all aspects of the Philippines.
National Bookstore they sell books, magazines, and a lot of stationary products. Has an excellent copying services and they has branches in allover in the city.
Popular Bookstore this is electric shop that sells new and used books.
Power Books the poshest bookstore in the town with a huge selection and has a little café with tables that overlooking the park, there is also another location in nearby the Tower Records and also in the Ayala Center.
Solidaridad Bookshop it is owned by the award winning Filipino author Francisco Sionil Jose, it is well stocked with books on topics from history to existentialism.
Trade winds Books varied assortment of books on the Philippines and Asia that including out of print or hard to find volumes.

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Information about Manila City

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Manila or the City of Manila is the capital of the Philippines and one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world. It is located in the eastern shores of Manila Bay in the western side of the island of Luzon.
Manila proper is the second most populous city in the Philippines that behind neighboring Quezon City. The city is divided into six legislative districts and consisting sixteen districts: Binondo, Ermita, Intramuros, Malate, Paco, Pandacan, Port Area, Quiapo, Sampaloc, San Andres, San Miguel, San Nicolas, Santa Ana, Santa Cruz, Santa Mesa, and Tondo.
Binondo, Quiapo, Ermita, and Malate are the places that you will find some a lot of fun and a certain raw energy and unique, markets.
Makati is the center of modern and the commercial center for the country.
The place of Intramuros is still been recovered because of the WWII that mostly of the part are wipe out, it is also the area of the traditional center of Manila. It is also a good place to explore and hang outs because of the bones of its past.
Manila is the home of the three other basilicas namely; the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz and the Basilica Minore de San Sebastian.
Roman Catholicism is the primary religion of the city. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila is the oldest archdiocese in the country and the primate of the Philippines. This archdiocese is located in the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Intramuros.
Protestantism is the second largest religion in the city; the city also is the site of some larger and older Protestant churches in the Philippines.
At first Manila was known as Ginto means land of gold or Suvarnadvipa by its neighboring provinces and it’s officially the Kingdom of Manila.
In the Spanish time Manila is known as The Pearl of the Orient is the jewel of Spain’s empire in the Pacific.
The Manila was colonized by the Spaniard named Miguel Lopez de Legaspi in the 1571.
Manila has the pre-historic name of Maynilad, May means there is, and Nilad a mangrove plant that is grew with abundance on the banks of the Pasig River.
There are several notable events in the city. Manila Day (Araw ng Manila) was first proclaimed by the vice mayor of Manila on June 24, 1962. The feast of the Black Nazarene was celebrated every January 9 that is thousands of devotes will attend.

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