Fortune Island

Located off the coast of the town of Nasugbu in Batangas, Fortune Island is is 27-hectare private property that is fast becoming a go-to place for those aiming a quickie island escapade specially for those in Metro Manila and Southern Tagalog. Fortune Island boasts of white sand beaches and rocky cliffs in the backdrop of its rich turquoise waters. But the island’s most prominent features are the ruins of old columns and statues that aptly resemble the Parthenon of Greece! These ruins are remnants of…Continue Reading “Fortune Island: Travel Guide, Sample Itinerary, Budget & More”

Kalanggaman Island

*First Publication 23-April-2010; Updated 20-August-2017 I never thought that an island named Kalanggaman exists. Not until my friend Tatz posted some photos of the place in her Multiply in 2009. To my surprise, the island is part of Palompon in Leyte, the hometown of my mom. When I learned of it, I quickly approached my mom and asked if she knows Kalanggaman Island. She answered positively in Cebuano, “atbang sa Palompon” or off the coast of Palompon. Wow! I excitedly Googled it and found some interesting articles and…Continue Reading “Kalanggaman Island: Leyte’s Hidden Gem”

Iloilo

I have a weird eating habit and quite absurd palate. I usually skip meals but I always indulge on a feast when engaged on the table. I do not eat beef but I can devour a whole slab of back ribs in just one sitting. I rarely eat rice but I can’t resist the urge of sugar. I despise oily food but love pizza and pasta and olive oil! I prefer to start and end my meal with a dessert – cakes, pastries, ice cream……Continue Reading “Where to Eat in Iloilo City”

Mount Arayat

South Peak Mount Arayat, Pampanga Towering at 1,026 meters above sea level is Mount Arayat, an extinct stratovolcano and the only mountain in Pampanga. Dubbed as the roof of the province, it proudly stands in the middle of a flat land bordered by the towns of Magalang and Arayat. According to local folklore, Mount Arayat is home to the mystical fairy Mariang Sinukuan, sister of Mariang Makiling of Laguna. But for adventurers, it is a playground! An ideal day hike for mountaineers based in Metro…Continue Reading “Mount Arayat: The Roof of Pampanga”

10000 Roses Cafe

The island of Cebu has countless attractions, natural or even man-made, enough to entice everyone. But a new attraction is always a welcome development such as the 10,000 Roses Café in the Municipality of Cordova. Approximately 13 kilometers away from downtown Cebu City, the 10,000 Roses Café is one of Cebu’s newest craze. The café features thousands of LED-powered white roses on its garden, the first in the Philippines. It opened in February 2017 and with its unique theme, it instantly became a hit. The Korean-owned…Continue Reading “The 10,000 Roses Café of Cordova, Cebu’s Newest Craze”

Calayan Island

It was the longest boat ride of our lives. A wild six hours of waiting for uncertainty… waiting to die, waiting to live. And we live. We live to tell the stories… our Calayan stories. Situated in between Batanes and mainland Luzon, Calayan Island is part of Babuyan Group, a collection of islands and islets in Northern Philippines. Balintang Channel separates the island from Batanes, but it shares the same features with the northernmost Philippine province; and although it is bigger in terms of land…Continue Reading “Calayan Island: A Virtual Diary of Our Epic Journey”