Cotabato City

Did you know that Cotabato City doesn’t belong to the Province of Cotabato nor South Cotabato? It actually, politically and geographically belongs to Maguindanao Province. Apparently, the city’s geopolitical location is as complicated as its history, culture and reputation. A city clouded with fear, and living in the stigma of its history and impression. A place struggling to move away from its own shadow. But the truth is, like other Mindanaoan City, Cotabato is typically diverse, multicultural and generally peaceful. As the provincial capital of…Continue Reading “Travel Guide: Cotabato City”

Sambawan

For years, the Province of Biliran has been living in the shadow of Leyte, its parent province. It remained out of the tourists radar for such a long time until recently, when the world started to see the province’s natural charm. Well, true beauty has its ways of getting itself noticed and for a place as beautiful as Biliran, it is but inevitable for the world to not notice its allure. Biliran is composed of two major islands – Biliran and Maripipi, and smaller islands…Continue Reading “Travel Guide: Sambawan Island, Biliran”

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”

Sadanga

The mountainous region of Cordillera hides secrets that are far more than we know. Places and surprises that are generally offbeat yet overflowing with potential. You just have to explore beyond what the world knows to discover these hidden gems. Such is Sadanga! Tucked in between Bontoc and Tinglayan, Sadanga is a laid back town of Mountain Province overshadowed by its more popular neighbors including Tinglayan, Banaue, Bontoc and Sagada. A blessing in disguise for it has preserved its culture, heritage and natural beauty. Unknown…Continue Reading “Travel Guide: Sadanga (Mountain Province)”

Bulubadiangan Island

In the shadow of Gigantes Islands of Carles is another island group dotted with picturesque island beaches and beautiful sandbars scattered in vivid azure water of Visayan Sea… quite offbeat yet equally sublime. Say hello to the group of islands off the coast of Concepcion in Northern Iloilo! Approximately three hours from both Iloilo and Roxas City, the quiet coastal town of Concepcion is starting to break out and make its own name. Imagine a chunk of El Nido’s backdrop, a slice of Caramoans’s vast…Continue Reading “Travel Guide: Concepcion Islands (Bulubadiangan Island, Agho Island and More)”

Batanes

I guess no other place in the Philippines exudes much mystery and curiosity than Batanes, the group of volcanic island in the northern border of the archipelago. Apparently, every image of the place radiates unparalleled beauty, no wonder that it is in every local traveler’s bucket list. Its beautiful rolling hills, towering lighthouses, picturesque coasts, hidden coves of white sand beaches, unique culture, temperate weather, captivating sunrise and sunset, amazing people and other mesmerizing scenery deliver truly awe-inspiring stills. Situated in between Balintantang and Bashi…Continue Reading “Travel Guide: Batanes”