Have you been to Iligan City? It is a highly urbanized city in the Northern part of Mindanao, Philippines. It is one of the 10 largest cities in the Philippines in terms of land area. Well, I’ve been here last December 2015. The City got my interest because of the numerous waterfalls located within its area. Iligan City is known as the “City of Majestic Waterfalls” and there are about 24 waterfalls in the city. Two of the most well known falls are the Tinago Falls and Maria Cristina Falls.
Name: Mt. Sembrano
Jump Off point: Malaya, Pililla, Rizal
Elevation: 745 MASL
Features: Grassland, mountains
and view of Laguna de Bay
Mt. Sembrano is my second mountain climb during the month of July for the year 2016. A day hike adventure for beginners that would take 3-4 hours hike to the summit and 2-3 hours descent. It is located in my own province of Rizal. It lies between the boundaries of the towns of Jalajala and Pililla in Rizal and the town of Pakil in Laguna. The mountain sits at the helm of Jalajala peninsula along the shore of Laguna de Bay and is surrounded by the lake on three sides.
La Union is a province in the Philippines located in the Ilocos Region in the island of Luzon. Its capital is the city of San Fernando which also serves as the regional center of the whole Ilocos Region. When it comes to food, most of La Union’s restaurants serve Ilocano cuisine with the country’s culinary traditions. Two of the best restaurants in La Union which I highly recommended are as follows:
A hotel restaurant right on the beach located at San Juan Surf Resort, Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union. It is a perfect place to hang out and eat a sumptuous local and international cuisine. It has nice, cozy, modern interior and summer vibe. It also has a great viewing deck of the beach. We came here for lunch and ordered their best sellers before swimming at the beach. The staffs of the restaurant welcomed us with a warmth smile and greetings. Though it’s one of the more “high-end” restaurants among the slew of food spots in San Juan, we were surprised to find the prices quite affordable and the foods are better than average. The foods we ordered were served after 20 minutes but it was worth the wait! A good value for money! Thumbs up!
Wow! It’s almost June and summer will end up soon. But wait! Since June 12 is Philippine Independence Day which falls on a Monday, there’s another long weekend lies ahead. So, here are some of the destinations I recommend for your “Huling Hirit sa Tag-Init.” Click the Book Now button for your accommodations with discounts.
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Name: Mt. Ulap or Cloud Mountain
Jump Off: Ampucao, Itogon, Benguet
Exit Point: Sta. Fe, Itogon, Benguet
Features: Grassland and Pine ridges
Elevation: 1846 MASL
Hello summer! We’ve been waiting for you to arrive and this is it. It is officially summer for the year 2017. My friends and I are so excited to start our bucket list for this year. One of the first travel destinations in our list is El Nido, Palawan. It is currently ranked #4 in Condé Nast Traveler‘s list of “20 Most Beautiful Beaches in the World.” It is also called the Best Beach and Island destination in the Philippines by a Lifestyle Travel Magazine for its extraordinary, natural, splendor, and ecosystem. El Nido is situated in Bacuit Bay covering a land area of 465.1 square kilometres (179.6 sq mi) in the northernmost tip of mainland Palawan. It is composed of 45 islands and islets, each has its own unique geological formations.
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Camiguin is an island most Filipinos heard of but never been to. When I got the chance to visit Camiguin, I did not know what to expect even I’ve already seen most of the popular tourist attractions on TV shows featured at Living Asia Channel. I was curious to find out more about the beauty of Camiguin province. Upon reaching the place, my friends and I had an island tour for the first day and a land tour for the second day. It really captured our thrill seeking heart as it was the best experience we had! We were totally amazed when we personally had the glimpse of Camiguin. Wow! We did not expect to see such a beautiful and enthralling place!
Well, I planned a perfect escapade to treat myself from busy schedule and pressure from work. Since I am an adventurer who also wanted to experience simplicity and diversity, I opted to visit Camiguin Island for two days tour. I just wanted to simply relax, let the days pass by and enjoy nature at the same time away from the hustle and bustle life of the city. There was no active night life in Camiguin Island just like what I have seen in Boracay Island. I really love the serenity and tranquillity of the place especially nature where the mountains and the sea meet in harmony.
Before 2016 ends, I decided to reserve a slot for Mt. Pulag trek. A year-end getaway on the cold month of December. Yes, you read it right! I climbed Mt. Pulag on the coldest month of the year. I wanted to experience the thrill of Mt. Pulag’s wind chilling and freezing cold weather. I needed a serious preparation for this kind of extreme adventure because of the unpredictable weather condition at the top of the mountain. This Mt. Pulag experience was the toughest yet the most humbling hike I ever had. An amazing climb that was worth the struggle. Yes, the struggle was real! One of the hardest and coldest but best climb I had for 2016.