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”

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”

Concepcion Iloilo

Concepcion Iloilo, Philippines Approximately three hours from Iloilo City and Roxas City is the town of Concepcion, a laid back coastal town dotted with white sand island beaches and sandbars that are scattered over the beautiful gradient of blue of Concepcion Bay and Visayan Sea. It is a small chunk of paradise overshadowed by Gigantes Islands of Carles in the north, generally offbeat yet equally sublime. Bask under the tropical sun of Agho, Sipol or Malangaba Islands; feel the earth under your feet at Bulubadiangan Sandbar; trek Pan…Continue Reading “Iloilo: Concepcion’s Offbeat Beaut”

Buntot Palos Falls

Buntot Palos Falls Pangil, Laguna Hidden in the verdant landscape at the foot of the southern Sierra Madre Mountain Range is Buntot Palos, an 80-meter high waterfalls in the town of Pangil, Laguna, one of the grandest and highest waterfalls in the province and even in the country. The cold water cascading on its geometrically beautiful wall comes from the upper slope of Sierra Madre, dropping to layers of huge rocks before flowing into a deep natural pool ideal before flowing into Pangil River that ends in Laguna Lake. Also called as…Continue Reading “Snapshot: Buntot Palos Falls of Pangil, Laguna”

Milford Sound

Milford Sound Fiordland National Park, South Island, New Zealand A long and winding scenic road with alpine view of the northern Fiordland National Park of New Zealand’s South Island will lead you to this country’s famed and most iconic attraction – the Milford Sound. Milford Sound or Piopiotahi in Māori language is 16-kilometer long fjord located in the northern part of Fiordland National Park. It is a long narrow inlet surrounded by sheer rock faces rising at 1,200 meters or more on either side. Its most famous peak is Mitre…Continue Reading “Snapshot: The Fascinating Milford Sound of New Zealand”

Maligcong

Before the rise of Baguio City, Bontoc is believed to be the center of Cordillera Region, a melting pot of culture and tradition as it sits near the boundaries of the the old Mountain’s sub-provinces of Abra, Kalinga and Ifugao. Bontoc today is a town making its own name and carving its own proud identity as the bustling capital of the present day Mountain Province. As with the other towns in Mountain Province and Cordillera, Bontoc is dotted with panoramic rice terraces. One of which…Continue Reading “Maligcong: Paradise Reborn”