One of the biggest holidays in the Philippines is All Saints Day. Like Christmas, Holy Week and New Year, the first day of November is widely celebrated across the archipelago. Expect exodus of people specially to the provinces during this holiday. All Saints Day officially falls on the first day of November while All Souls Day is on the second. But it is Filipino’s tradition to visit their deceased during All Saints Day because Filipinos treat their departed loved ones as saints. During this day, all cemeteries in the country are filled with…Continue Reading “Four Cemeteries I Would Rather Be On All Saints Day”

Manila Metropolitan Theater

You may be passing by her everyday. She, who was a victim and managed to survive the war. She, who was a witness to the bombings, powerful calamities, and countless demonstrations. She, who stood still amid the ever changing cityscape of Manila. She, who was neglected and forgotten. The classic and beautiful Manila Metropolitan Theater. A landmark on her own right, the Manila Metropolitan Theater or simply the MET was designed by the great  Filipino architect Juan Arellano, the same man who designed the Manila…Continue Reading “A Glimpse of Manila Metropolitan Theater”

Leyte Landing Memorial

The province of Leyte will forever be remembered in history as the site where General Douglas MacArthur of United States Armed Forces fulfilled his promise to return after the Japanese forces occupied the Philippines in 1942. “I shall return!”, was the infamous line of General MacArthur. He indeed returned on October 20, 1944 and personally led the swift drive against the Japanese Imperial Forces in the country. His memorable comeback happened on the site known as Red Beach of Barangay Candahug in Palo, Leyte, situated…Continue Reading “Leyte Landing Memorial: A Memorial for a Fulfilled Promise”

Museum Negara / Terengganu State Museum Situated in a three hectare complex in Losong, Museum Negara or the Terengganu State Museum is considered as the biggest museum complex in South East Asia. It is the best place to go to discover the state’s colorful history and rich heritage. Getting there by Bus: Take the Hentian Bas (Bus Station) – Losong line of Waktu Perjalanan Bus and get off at the museum. Fare: 1 Ringgit Aman Tandaman Islam/Islamic Civilisation Park Dubbed as the world’s first edutainment…Continue Reading “Kuala Terengganu Attractions”

Luzon Datum

The province of Marinduque, dubbed as the “Heart of the Philippines”, is a heart-shaped island in the Southern Tagalog Region. Coincidentally, the island is also the geographical center of the archipelago and a stone marker marks its significance in Philippine geography. Known as Luzon Datum of 1911 or Station Balanacan, this piece of stone marker is located on top of a hill that locals call Mataas na Bundok or Mt. Mataas in Barangay Hinanggayon, town of Mogpog. It is the primary geodetic reference or origin of…Continue Reading “Marinduque: Luzon Datum of 1911”

Cape Engaño Lighthouse

The northeastern most tip of the main island of Luzon harbors a lonely yet beautiful sentinel of the sea – the lighthouse of Palaui Island, officially named Cape Engaño Lighthouse or Farol de Cabo Engaño by the Spaniards. The lighthouse of Cape Engaño is situated on top of a hill, overlooking a beautiful cove, a rolling hill reminiscent of Batanes landscapes, the nearby islands of Dos Hermanas and the vast sea where Pacific Ocean and Babuyan Channel meet. It was built in 1888 and first…Continue Reading “Farola Series: Faro de Cabo Engaño (Palaui Island Lighthouse)”