Maniwaya Island is about a 30-45 mins from Buyabod Port located in the town of Sta. Cruz, Marinduque. There are several resorts to choose from in the island. The beach is white but not that fine. The are is also littered with sea grass, hence not very ideal for swimming especially during low tide.
Like a scene out of Jurassic Park! This is Asik-Asik Falls, a hidden gem tucked away in Alamada Town, North Cotabato. Just recently discovered, this natural beauty was also featured in Fox News' list of Newly Discovered Wonders of the World. There were untold stories and the history of this place is still a mystery. Many folks said that this place is being inhabited by environmental spirits “Engkanto”.
The term “asik-asik” derived from visayan/ilonggo dialect for sprinkle. According to the locals, few years ago there's a big tree and its roots were attached to the rockies but when it fell off water from the rocks sprinkled and formed this 100+ meter wide spring falls. The water is cold and potable. This mystical falls is located in Sitio Dulao, Barangay Dado, Alamada, North Cotabato.
Hanging out in nature couldn't get any cooler in this big duyan. Last December, this park opened its doors to the public and became a traveler's goal. A home to massive limestone formations, and hundreds of plant and animal species, Masungi takes the spotlight as one of the best spots to visit.
Masungi Georeserve or, simply, Masungi – often misheard as Masungit or Masungki – is 1500+ hectares of conservation area whose most prominent feature is the 10-kilometer spine of limestone formations. The area is practically a maze of limestone, some of which are dated to as far back as the Paleocene and Eocene period – that's 66 million years old tops!
The Discovery Trail, despite being fully paved, offers the challenges of a minor climb, making it perfect for those who want to try mountaineering. The trail is for anyone looking to commune with nature while having a serving of adventure on the side.
Overall, Masungi Georeserve is the perfect barkada or family weekend getaway. You’ll learn a lot about their efforts to restore the beauty of the forests that were once destroyed by coal-making. Hopefully, the knowledge won’t stop there. Going to Masungi and hearing her story, I am definitely more conscious about how I impact the environment. Going to Masungi, I am more compelled to be proactive in trying to save Mother Nature.
Another spot and one of the coves from Zambales, this time it's a place called Talisayen Cove. Anything that is natural is beautiful. Squeezed in a short trip and trekked for about 15 minutes to see this view from the top!
If there's strawberry picking in Benguet, there's grape picking in La Union. Picking grapes in La Union? Drop by the Grapes Capital of the Philippines one of these days. The province of Bauang, La Union is considered as the birthplace of the Philippine Grape Industry. It was not unusual in the 80’s or 90’s to see locally grown grapes being sold in this part of the Ilocos region.
The Ma-Cho Temple is located in San Fernando La Union and was built on September 11th, 1975. It’s a Taoist temple and is built in the hills above San Fernando. It looks out on the China Sea and is a place where people of all kinds come to ask for luck from a Chinese Diety named Ma-Cho.
How to get to Urbiztondo, La Union
Step 1: Fly to Manila, Philippines (Ninoy Aquino International Airport)
Step 2: Take taxi to Partas Transportation Company Terminal: 816 Aurora Boulevard, Cubao, Quezon City
Step 3: Take bus to Urbiztondo, La Union
You’re there. Enjoy your stay
Getting to La Union from Manila is really easy and tourist friendly. The easiest way is to take the bus from Manila to San Juan, it is only a 6-7 hour ride depending on traffic and whether you leave day or night.
Partas Transport busses depart hourly 24/7 from Cubao, Manila to Laoag, a province of northern Luzon. Just tell the bus conducter that you want to be dropped off at Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union which is will drop you right in front of the beach front resorts. The fare is around 380 pesos.
Just a short trip to Rizal will lead you this unique farm filled with windmills. Located at Barangay Halayhayin Pililla Rizal the Bugarin Windmills in Rizal are on top of the hills overlooking the gorgeous plains of Tanay, Rizal on one side and Laguna on the other. This farm was built for the development of renewable energy and for the tourism in Rizal Province.
Pebble Beach has a never ending supply of colored stones. Locals say that they’ve been quarrying for years and the stones just keep coming their way. Even local children join in on the fun, placing tiny rocks in old water bottles to sell. On this beach you will also find the remnants of an old lighthouse, built during the Spanish period and used in WWII.