Calle Crisologo

Calle Crisologo Vigan City, Ilocos Sur Walk back in time and feel the old-world charm of Vigan, one of the very few remaining Hispanic towns in the Philippines and a UNESCO World Heritage. Established in the 16th century as Villa Fernandina, Vigan is endowed with its timeless and well preserved beauty and the heart of it is Calle Crisologo, the city’s show window. Calle Crisologo is a short (approximately 500 meters long) cobblestone thoroughfare filled with old Spanish-style houses and shops that evoke a bygone era. The street is bustling with…Continue Reading “Snapshot: Daybreak at Calle Crisologo”

Awao Falls

Those who have been to Mindanao will agree that the “Land of Promise” is also a land of majestic waterfalls, home to the grandest and most beautiful waterfalls in the country. The Tinuy-An Falls of Bislig, Tinago Falls of Iligan, Asik-Asik Falls of Alamada and Aliwagwag Falls of Cateel are among the most famous ones. But aside from these, there are more hidden in the offbeat places of the island that are equally if not more enchanting. Compostela Valley hides some of it. There are…Continue Reading “Awao Falls: The Prized Attraction of Monkayo, Compostela Valley”

Mandalay

Mandalay is the largest city of Myanmar, a vibrant and modern city that still exudes the old world charm. More than a gateway to Bagan, Mandalay has its own share of attractions like the Mandalay Hill and the nearby U-Bein Bridge in Amarapura that offers great views of sunrise or sunset. Other places of interests include Mahamuni Temple which is regarded as the holiest pagoda in the country, the Kuthodaw Pagoda which is dubbed as the largest book in the world, Sanda Muni Paya, Grand…Continue Reading “Backpacking Myanmar: Mandalay Quick Travel Guide”

Mabua Pebble Beach

The Philippines, being an archipelagic country at the heart of the Coral Triangle, never really runs out of underwater surprises. They come in a form of offbeat dive site, the less touristy and non-commercialized ones yet overflowing with potentials. In chase of these hidden gems of Philippine depths, Ate Claudia and I set foot in Surigao City to explore its underwater treasures. Surigao lies on the north-easternmost coast of mainland Mindanao, surrounded with bodies of waters that are known to be rich in biodiversity. One…Continue Reading “Surigao: Scuba Diving in Mabua”

Tirad Peak

Tirad Peak Tirad Pass National Park, Gregorio del Pilar, Ilocos Sur Every Filipino surely has an encounter with Tirad Pass, this whether as a student or as a mountaineer. Tirad Pass is an area in Mount Tirad known in Philippine history as a battle site between 60 Filipino soldiers and over 500 Americans forces during the Philippine-American War. This battle costed the life of 52 Filipino men including the great Brigadier General Grerorio del Pilar. The Filipinos may have lost on this battle but it…Continue Reading “Snapshot: Summiting Tirad Peak”

Boracay

Boracay once again took the center stage as Condé Nast Traveler hailed the island as the best in their World’s Best Islands of 2016 list, thanks to more than 300,000 readers, subscribers and fellow travelers who took part in the 29th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards Survey of this US-based travel publication. Admittedly, Boracay used to be an expensive destination. But with the advent and popularity of budget hostels, Boracay evolved into one of the country’s top budget destinations offering best of the best experiences –…Continue Reading “Budget Stay in Boracay: W Hostel Boracay”