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Magalawa Island

Magalawa Island is located in Palauig, Zambales. Magalawa is a perfect location to just lounge around and commune with nature.

Magalawa is an island barangay in the municipality of Palauig, Province of Zambales, Philippines. The island covers an area of 56 hectares. Surrounding the island is the vast China Sea and in the north is the San Salvador Island of Masinloc and in the east is Sitio Luan, Lipay. Magalawa island is known for its beautiful beaches. 

Magalawa Island is Palauig's uncommercialized island. However, locals are no longer surprised when we inquired about transport going to it. Magalawa has cream-white sands with a dust of leaves here and there and its waters is ideal for swimming. If you get lucky you can see a school of fish and lots of red, blue, green and pink star fishes. The island is about 15 to 30 minutes away from Masinloc Municipality by local motorized boat. It has no facilities, hence, it is advisable to bring packed meals and bottles of water for day swimmers and lots of provisions for over night swimmers. So far, the island is open to the public at no cover charge. Not far from Magalawa, about 15 minute boat ride, is the island of San Salvador, which is more popular. This island is bigger and inhabited. Known to locals as Pulo, it boasts of a marine life sanctuary.

How to get to Magalawa Island thru Barangay Pangolingan, Palauig, Zambales. From Manila, take a Sta Cruz, Zambales bound bus by Victory Liner. Drop off point is Pangolingan, Palauig cor Radio Veritas Road. Take a tricycle going to Oslet Armada Fishdealer Compound in Brgy Luan. Tricycle fare is P25 per head. From Oslet Armada Fishdealer Compound, take a mini boat going to Magalawa Island. Boat fare is P50 per head. Parking Fee/Charges is P100 per vehicle. Then a boat ride will take  10 minutes.

How to get to Magalawa Island via Masinloc Fish Port. From Manila, take a Sta Cruz, Zambales bound bus by Victory Liner. Drop off point is Masinloc Public Market. Masinloc Fish Port is at the back of the Public Market. Take a boat going to Magalawa Island. Boat ride rates is P100 per head or negotiate with local boaters. Boat ride travel time will take 40 minutes.

Calaguas Island

The Calaguas Islands off the Pacific coast of Camarines Norte boasts of powdery white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters comparable to the best beaches in the world, unexplored and unspoiled.

Here, the idea of long weekend beach getaway is purely to commune with nature. Long days are spent lounging in the beach, reading under the shade of coconut trees dotting the shoreline, enjoying the breezy afternoon and listening to the ripples kissing the shores while waiting for the sunset. There's nothing in between, just you and nature in Calaguas Island.

Bohol Bee Farm

Bohol Bee Farm Resort and Restaurant gives you the best stay with their nice resort view of the beach, cozy resto and pool, livelihood farm activities such as organic plants tour, bee farm tour, weaving tour and the Buzz Ice Cream parlor with the known malunggay and spicy ginger ice cream flavor.

Camiguin Underwater Cemetery

Camiguin Underwater Cemetery

Camiguin is a small island province of the Philippines off the northern coast of Mindanao. It belongs to the Northern Mindanao region. Its capital is Mambajao and it is the second-smallest province both in population and land area. Only Batanes is smaller. The island of Camiguin is in the Bohol Sea about ten kilometers north of Misamis Oriental.

Direction to Balite Falls

Direction to Balite Falls

Another beautiful scenery in Cavite is the Balite Falls The falls is located in Barangay Halang which is roughly 3 km north of Amadeo. If you are travelling using private vehicle, you can take the South Luzon Tollway and exit at Exit 33 or Carmona and head southwest towards Carmona. Near Carmona, take the Carmona Bypass road so you do not have to go through Carmona town proper. This road actually leads all the way to Trece Martires and crosses Aguinaldo Highway, the more popular road to Tagaytay City coming from Zapote. About 7.7 km on this road from the Exit 33, there will be a junction to Silang. Take this road and head for Silang. At Silang, and at every major junction in Silang, you may need to ask directions from locals which way to Barrio Luksuhin. Follow the major streets of Silang with a southwest general direction until you hit the wide nicely paved roads of Aguinaldo Highway. 

The road to Barrio Luksuhin actually starts from a crossing point along Aguinaldo Highway on the section that now bypasses Silang. Follow this road to Luksuhin, through Luksuhin, Calubcob, Lit-lit and up to the crossing in Banay-Banay. At Banay-Banay, turn right northwestward while carefully taking note of your odometer reading at the intersection. When you are in Banay-Banay intersection, go 1.3 km northwestward then you will see a small dirt road on the left. Turn left on this dirt road and follow this road for about 1 km to the end. 

On both sides of this dirt road would be coffee farm or plantation. The end of the road will be a sudden descent to a clearing which serves as the parking lot for visitors to the falls. The Balite Falls would just be a few meters south of the clearing behind the trees.

Matukad Island in CamSur

Matukad Island is found in Caramoan Peninsula, Camarines Sur has a short stretch of fine white sand beach.

Photo by Tony Hidalgo

Strawberry Farm

In La Trinindad, Benguet there is this farm which only produce the strawberries. Strawberry Farm produce the Philippines supplies of this berries. You can buy different food made up of strawberry, the fruit itself, wine, jam, keychain, and you can also pick your own strawberry directly from the plant.

Hunongan Cove of Camarines Sur

Hunongan Cove is a place in Caramoan, Camarines Sur.

Lie in this place is a refreshing beach and sandplace. I really envy people who resides here  as they are closer to nature's gift. How to go here, I actually forgot. I am sleeping all the way, yeah know!

Going to Caramoan will take a long ride or a plane trip to Naga City, a shuttle to the town of Sabang, and almost two hours boat ride to the final stop.

Because Caramoan is not commercialized travel spot, there is no single resort in the area. There are, however, a couple of pension houses and a few homestays in the town center or the Sentro. Prices of homestays start at P150 pesos per head per night, depending on the facilities and haggling skills.

The first highlight of the trip would be the most accessible beach from the Sentro, Gota Beach, where you get to experience the strongest and most consistent waves in your entire beach life. The shores were in fact facing the Pacific Ocean and had amazing rock formations from both sides, with a few caves in certain areas. According to some..

Another spot worth visiting is the white patch of land called the Lajos or Lahos Island. From afar, the island looks like a flat white sheet, with two almost identical rocks on both sides. The Hunongan Cove is also a great beach if you want privacy among companions. Its sands are ideal for camping and frisbee, but whose waters are unfortunately surrounded by schools of jellyfish.

There is the Gotang Malaki, a bigger cove beside Gota beach, where some would decide to spend the night. A huge orange moon may appear brightly between two giant rock formations during fullmoon, and dozens of seagulls in the morning, speeding their way from the rocks to the clear blue waters of the beach.

Sabitan Laiya is one of the most popular spots in Caramoan because of the long stretch of white sand and large rock formations. About an hour away from Sabitan Laiya is Tayak Island, an island with an eerie lagoon in the middle. 

Our last stop would be Matukad Island, with sharp and layered rock formations similar to those in Lajos. Whether as a tourist or a backpacker, new destinations especially with great company and lesser crowds can really give a sense of energy and utmost fulfillment.

Arreceffi Island

Arreceffi Island is nestled in the waters of Honda Bay, northeast of Palawan's Puerto Princesa. It's a serene world unto itself, an island retreat far away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and yet easily accessible.

Puka Beach of Boracay

Puka Beach is situated along the island's northern end, this 800-meter beach is made up of puka shells bleached white in the sun. Relatively uncrowded, the location gives you a feeling of remoteness, enhanced by towering craggy cliffs clad in coconut trees. Oh yes, it is. Pure nature for you, bro. It can be reached in 30 minutes by hired boat from White Beach of Boracay. What an easy!

In Pinoy's language, Puka means a small shell with a hole. Also known as Yapak Beach, this part of the Philippines is popularly known as Puka Beach due to its abundance of puka shells bleached white under the growling sun.

That's why when you buy a puka shell necklace, it'll surely has lots of holes in them. A story goes like this: The reason I am telling you this is because when I was up at Puka Beach on Boracay a few weeks ago, I heard an American girl ask her boyfriend “What does a wild puka look like?”

Bugasok Falls

Bugasok can be reached by walking upriver along forested cliffs and solid boulders. Hidden far deep in Argao's mountain barangay called Cansuje is the town's majestic Bugasok Falls. A nice place to picnic and refresh yourself, also be amaze in the place with nature.

Tambobo Bay

Tambobo Bay in Dumaguete. A natural marina encompassed by mangroves and bamboo, the bay is a haven for more than two dozen sailboats and yachts from all over the world.

Matukad Island

Matukad Island is found in Caramoan Peninsula, Camarines Sur has a short stretch of fine white sand beach.

Matukad Island is one of the small islands found in Caramoan Camarines Sur. This island is pristine or unspoiled by commercialism, I call this my haven or paradise. Matukad Island has powder like fine white sands, school of fishes swimming are abundant in the area. Matukad Island also have a hidden lake inside the rock formations in the island.

Matukad island, an island with two shores and has 3 small beaches then we went to Lahus Island and Island also with two shores then we went to Hanungan Island where the crew of Survivor French edition stayed. In front of Hanungan Island is another Island about 400 meters far.

We found a small coral reef and we were amazed because we did not expect that there's a reef in Matukad Island. We also found another small beaches on the side of the island. We also climb on the walls of the Island using every rock as the holds and steps. We were shocked for what we saw, A secret lagoon in the island. Before you reach the lagoon you have to climb the rock formation and go down on the other side.

Panlaitan Island in Coron

Panlaitan Island in Palawan.

I have a friend who stays at this awesome place. You'll actually forget your city life full of blinking lights, cool buildings, shopping malls and traffic signs. Unlike your urban way, life here is very much different. Instead of the usual lamp posts at the metro, here in Panlaitan, trees are everywhere.  Plus, we have the ocean as our neighbor.

Yeah, it's actually different than your normal urban life. But 'this' difference is worth the stay for a couple of days for you to enjoy the sand and the sun.

It's lovely. Palawan surely will captivate your soul.

Magellan's Cross

Magellan's Cross is a Christian cross planted by Portuguese, and Spanish explorers as ordered by Ferdinand Magellan upon arriving in Cebu in the Philippines on April 21, 1521.

Photo by Eazy Traveler

Canyon Cove View

Canyon Cove in Nasugbu, Batangas is a two and a half drive away from Manila via South Luzon Expressway on an ordinary day. Expect to add another hour on your travel time though, especially on a weekend where traffic is sometimes heavy southbound. The Canyon Cove beach’s white sand and clear water is likeable, though swimming just a few meters away, it already gets rocky. If you don’t like to swim, you can go kayaking, jetskiing or snorkeling just ask the staff of Canyon Cove.

Eagle Point Beach

Eagle Point Resort is the Philippines' Premier Dive Resort in Batangas.

Capas in Tarlac

Tinago Falls in Iligan City

Majestic Tinago Falls, Iligan, Lanao Del Norte by Mel Dumagdag - Tinago Falls is a waterfall in Iligan City, Lanao del Norte in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. It is one of the main tourist attractions in Iligan, a city known as the City of Majestic Waterfalls.Tinago is a Filipino term meaning "hidden", the falls being hidden in a deep ravine. Trekking to the falls requires approximately 500 descending steps called the winding staircase.The falls is high, its very cold waters cascading beautifully into a deep and calm basin-like pool which appears like a blue-colored lagoon. Under the falls is a small cave where people can enter and listen to the rumbling waters. 

Crocodile Island

Crocodile Island, as its name suggests, this island from a farther view appears likes crocodile. It is located near the tip of barangay Tambobong and characterized by it’s wide plateau. From its rear end facing the West Philippines Sea is a scenic cave and beach teemed with various seashells. 

Siete Pecados in Coron

After 30 minutes of boat ride we arrived at our first destination for the Coron Island Loop. Our first stop Siete Pecados Marine Park. The waves and winds are strong and our boatmen advise us to abandon it if it will still remain that way but we want to see the beauty underneath so we still proceed.

Not much picture here because of the strong winds and wave. This is one the best marine park I have ever been, rich in corals and lots of different species of fish and lots of sea urchin too. The beauty underneath makes Siete Pecados one of Coron's best sites for snorkeling.

Bantayan Island

Bantayan Island is an island in the Philippines located at the western portion of the northern tip of Cebu Island. It is politically a part of the Province of Cebu. The island can be reached by ferry from Hagnaya Wharf in San Remigio, Cebu, or from Cebu City, or from Cadiz City in Negros Occidental.

Photo by Tomas Anderson

The Mansion

The Mansion in Baguio City is the vacation home of the President of the Philippines. Mostly, President stay during Christmas season. Visitor or tourist cannot go inside the premises.

Tourist can take picture only the gate and garden part. The guards let the people go inside but for picture taking purpose only. Aside from that there are many Sagada orange selling outside The Mansion.

Would like to visit The Mansion when the President is around. But for now, I just have to look afar from this place.

Sugong Hanging Coffins

I have been to Baguio and Benguet many times. But I really like to visit and have some vacation on Sagada. Sagada is a six hours ride from Baguio. And there are lots of nice place to visit in there especially when the weather is hot.

Aside on their well known cave, Sagada is known for Hanging Coffins. One of them is the Sugong Hanging Coffins. But you cannot go near those coffins because of high stones and cliffs you will encounter. Up to now, people from Sagada still hang their coffins on this hills and cliffs.

Photo by Rita Willaert

Mount Samat Cross

Mount Samat, Dambana ng Kagitingan, is located in Pilar, Bataan. It is a national monument dedicated to the victims of the Battle of Bataan. The centerpiece feature of this shrine is a 92 meter high white cross where people can actually climb into and go up, via elevator, to the viewing deck within the cross’ arms. And since the shrine is on top of Mount Samat, which is about 550 meters high, the view from the cross is quite impressive and the cross is also seen from miles around. 

There are also other structures surrounding the cross, including a helipad and the colonnade, which houses the museum. And basing from the zigzag road connecting the colonnade and the cross, there is some considerable climbing to do! 

Guiob Church

Ruins of Guiob Church that was destroyed at the same instance when the Sunken Cemetery sank. Ruins of the 16th-century old Guiob Church. The church’s columns are the only remaining remnants of the 1871 volcanic eruption. 

Rizal Park

Rizal Park is also known as the Luneta Park located at the heart of Manila. Almost all Manileno already visited this place. Because this is not just a park. The Philippines National Hero 's statue can be found in here, Dr Jose Protacio Rizal.

Aside from that Luneta Park is strategically located on the center of different well known place in Manila such as Quirino Grandstand, Manila Ocean Park, US Embassy, different schools and campuses..

I have been to Luneta Park many times. Not just a park but as a place to meet up ith my classmate.

Crisologo Museum

Crisologo Museum and Memorabilia in Vigan, Ilocos Sur is a nice place to reminisce your history. One of the best known museum up north, Crisologo lets you go back in time

Mount Tapyas Cross

Mount Tapyas is the mountain with cross on top, with a view deck overlooking Coron town and nearby islands.. It is more than 2,000 feet above sea level. It will take 35 minutes to hike to the top, 717 well paved concrete steps. A gift to the town from Governor Reyes of Palawan a local of Coron. It is noted to have the best sunrise and sunset view from Coron.

Pinatubo Crater

Mount Pinatubo is an active stratovolcano located on the island of Luzon, at the intersection of the borders of the Philippine provinces of Zambales, Tarlac, and Pampanga. It is located in the Cabusilan Mountain range separating the west coast of Luzon from the central plains, and is 42 km west of the dormant and more prominent Mount Arayat, occasionally mistaken for Pinatubo. Ancestral Pinatubo was a stratovolcano made of andesite and dacite. Before 1991, the mountain was inconspicuous and heavily eroded. It was covered in dense forest which supported a population of several thousand indigenous people, the Aeta, who had fled to the mountains from the lowlands during the protracted Spanish conquest of the Philippines which first commenced in 1565.

The volcano's ultra-Plinian eruption in June 1991 produced the second largest terrestrial eruption of the 20th century and the largest eruption in living memory. The colossal 1991 eruption had a Volcanic Explosivity Index of 6, and came some 450–500 years after the volcano's last known eruptive activity , and some 1000 years after previous VEI 6 eruptive activity. Successful predictions of the onset of the climactic eruption led to the evacuation of tens of thousands of people from the surrounding areas, saving many lives, but surrounding areas were severely damaged by pyroclastic flows, ash deposits, and later by lahars caused by rainwater remobilizing earlier volcanic deposits: thousands of houses and other buildings were destroyed. 

The word 'pinatubo' means 'to have made grow' in Tagalog and Sambal, which may suggest a knowledge of its previous eruption in about AD 1500, although there is no oral tradition among local people of earlier large eruptions. Pinatubo might instead mean a fertile place where crops can be made to grow. An indigenous group of people, the Aetas also spelled as Ayta, had lived on the slopes of the volcano and in surrounding areas for several centuries, having fled the lowlands to escape persecution by the Spanish. They were a hunter-gatherer people who were extremely successful in surviving in the dense jungles of the area. These people also grew some staple crops such as wheat, barley and rice.

Bangui Windmill

Here is a place where beauty and practicality coincides. Bangui Windmill provide the power and electricity to most of Ilocos Region. Due to their windy weather, windmill is very effective power source.

Bangui Windmills in Ilocos Norte, 15 windmills 70m hight lined up in the bay Bangui a state of the art structure built by Northwind Power Development Corporation. One of the most visited places in Ilocos Norte.

Aside from that, this place has become a tourist spot not only for local but international crowd. I had seen a lot of prenup pictorial done in Bangui Windmill.

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