Tuesday, December 31, 2013

AirAsia Philippines and AirAsia Zest offers FREE SEATS to ALL domestic destinations

For this New Year, AirAsia Philippines and AirAsia Zest is offering FREE SEATS to ALL domestic destinations.


Let this 2014 be your year full of travels! Fly to your dream destinations and see for yourself the beauty of the Philippines!

Fly to/from Manila, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Kalibo (Boracay), Puerto Princesa and Tagbilaran (Bohol) from as low as P536, all-in!

Or fly to/from Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Davao and Puerto Princesa from as low as P552 all-in fares!

Booking Period: Now until January 5, 2014
Travel Period: January 1, 2014 to February 28, 2014

Note: Flights may be operated by Philippines' AirAsia or AirAsia Zest depending on flgith schedule and route. Terms and conditions apply.

AIRASIA SALES OFFICES:

  • Manila Sales Office – NAIA Terminal 4
  • Cebu Sales Office – Mactan Cebu Int’l Airport (West Wing, Domestic Area)
  • Boracay Sales Office – D’Mall, Malay, Aklan

AIRASIA TRAVEL & SALES CENTERS:

  • SM North Edsa – The Block
  • SM Mall of Asia (G/F, South Parking Building)
  • ATSC Angeles City – G/F Tune Hotels, Don Juico, Angeles City
  • ATSC Davao City – 2/L Gaisano Mall, Davao City
Book now at www.airasia.com

About AirAsia Zest

Filipino Low Cost Carrier ZestAir has been rebranded as AirAsia Zest to reflect its partnership with AirAsia, the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia and voted as the World’s Best Low Cost Airline in the annual World Airline Survey by Skytrax for five consecutive years from 2009 - 2013.

AirAsia Zest operates a fleet of 13 aircraft and currently servicing nine (9) domestic and four (4) international routes from Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). It is by far the Philippine carrier with most flights to and from Kalibo which is the gateway to the popular resort island of Boracay.


Cebu Pacific Air's "January Juan" New Year Seat Sale for as low as 20.14 pesos base fare

Start the year right with Cebu Pacific Air's "January Juan" New Year Seat Sale for everyJUAN!


Book Now for as low as PHP 20.14 base fare!

Sale Period: December 31, 2013 to January 1, 2014
Travel period: June 1 to September 30, 2014

The seat sale includes all domestic destinations and international flights to Bali, Bangkok, Beijing, Brunei, Busan, Dubai, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Incheon, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Macau, Osaka, Phuket, Shanghai, Siem Reap, Singapore, Taipei, Xiamen, Nagoya or Tokyo!

Book now until seats last at www.cebupacificair.com.

About Cebu Pacific Air

Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) is a low-cost carrier following to a large degree the concept known from other such carriers around the world. It operates a fleet of 37 Airbus (10 A319, 26 A320 and 1 A330) and 8 ATR 72-500 aircraft, the youngest fleet in the Philippines. Cebu Pacific Air offers the lowest year round Lite Fares for its destinations. CEB remains to be the pioneer in creative pricing strategies as it manages to offer the lowest fare in every route it operates.​​ Cebu Pacific is not just the leader in low fares but also in innovation and creativity!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Travel News: Skyscanner Bloscars 2014

The Bloscars Travel Award 2014 is an award given by Skyscanner to travel blogs from selected countries in Europe and Asia. It recognizes the excellent work of travel bloggers in informing and inspiring travelers by sharing their adventures and first-hand experience.


The competition will consist of three stages:
  1. The nomination period
  2. The voting and selection of the Best Travel Blogs from each participating country
  3. The selection of the international winner

Nomination

Nominating your favorite travel blog is simple.
  • Simply place in the URL of the blog in the form hosted in the Skyscanner news site (http://www.skyscanner.com.ph/news/skyscanner-2014-bloscars-travel-award)
  • If you are a travel blogger yourself and thinks that your blog deserves to be nominated, you may do so.

Nomination period will run from December 16th until December 31st. Skyscanner will then shortlist the nominees according to Skyscanner's visual and content quality criteria. The final nominees for the Best Travel Blog of the Year will then be announced on January 27th.

Let’s vote and throw our support to our favorite bloggers

Voting will start as soon as Skyscanner has announced the final nominees for the Best Travel Blog of the Year, so cast your votes wisely and support your favorite travel blogger!

You can cast one vote weekly and support more than one travel blog as well. Each travel blogger will have a profile page showcasing their work in Skyscanner, so that you can choose wisely. Remember that whoever wins the award will represent your country to compete for the International Bloscars Award!

Vote and tell us your best travel advice… and win a prize!

Got a useful travel tip that you want to share to the world? Tell us now for a chance to win free flights worth Php18,000!

What is at stake for the winners?

The winners for the Best Travel Blog from each participating country will each receive Php50,000 worth of flights. They will also be invited in to the Skyscanner regional headquarters in Singapore for the awarding. The international winner will receive Php145,000 worth of free flights.

NOTE: This is a press release.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Things To Do in Kalibo, Aklan


Home to one of the most extravagant fiestas in the Philippines, Ati-atihan Festival, Kalibo is the capital of the province of Aklan. Considered as one of the oldest towns in the country, Kalibo is a melting pot and transit hub of the province of Aklan. With one of the busiest airports in the country (Kalibo International Airport), it is the usual gateway to the world-famous beach of Boracay island which is just 2 hours away from Kalibo.


If you're planning a trip to Kalibo, here are some of the Things to do in (and near) Kalibo, Aklan.

  1. Pay homage to the Senyor Santo Niño by visiting Kalibo Cathedral also known as the Parish of Saint John the Baptist in downtown Kalibo.
  2. Learn more about Aklan's history and vibrant past by visiting Museo it Akean, a repository of the town's history and heritage. Several artifacts and memorabilia are on display in the museum.
  3. Take a leisurely but adventurous walk in the lush Mangrove forest at Kalibo's Bakhawan Eco Park. It is considered as the Philippines' most successful mangrove reforestation project.
  4. If you happen to visit Kalibo in the month January, experience and join the fervor, warmth and the fun celebration of Ati-atihan Festival, one of the most extravagant fiestas in the Philippines! This is certainly one of the best festivals in the country.
  5. Experience Christmas all-year long at Sampaguita Gardens located in Rizal Street, Poblacion, New Washington, Aklan - approximately 15 minutes away from the Kalibo Airport.
  6. Bask in the sand, swim and enjoy in Jawili Beach in the town of Tangalan.
  7. Swim and enjoy at the cool waters of Jawili Fall, also in Tangalan.
  8. Visit the century-old Tangalan Church, one of the oldest churches in the region.
  9. Visit the cottage industry of Piña or Pineapple fiber production. Bring home some as souvenirs.
  10. Trek to Tigayon Hill and cave.
  11. Visit the Freedom Shrine, a monument built to signify the heroic stand of Aklanons during the World War II.
  12. Go on a food trip at the different dining places and restaurants in Kalibo.
  13. Before going home, buy Aklanon pasalubong and souvenirs such as woven piña/abaca/raffia fabrics, tablewares, fashion accessories, clay-based items, abaca fibers and crafts, coco-based products, and processed foods at the OTOP and Pasalubong Center located at the Pre-Departure Area of the Kalibo Airport.

How to Get to Kalibo, Aklan

The fastest way to reach Kalibo is via a direct flight from Manila. Philippine Airlines / PAL Express, Cebu Pacific, Tiger Air Philippines and Air Asia Zest have have several flights daily to Kalibo from Manila and other parts of the country. You may also fly to Caticlan if you wish to visit Boracay first then just take a 2-hour trip by bus or van to Kalibo.

TRAVEL TIP: Airfares tend to shoot up during Ati-atihan Festival season, your next best option (if you're on budget) is to fly-in via Roxas City or Iloilo City, which would take about 2 and 4 hours by van or bus to Kalibo, respectively.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Things To Do in Sagada


Sagada is located in Mountain Province, it is a haven for tourists, travelers and backpackers wanting to relax, unwind and stay away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Here are some of the Things To Do and experience in Sagada!


1. Take a look at Sugong Hanging Coffins
2. Visit Lumiang Burial Caves
3. Appreciate the Beauty of Kapay-aw Rice Terraces
4. Spelunking at Sumaguing and Luminag Caves
5. Climb Mt. Ampacao
6. Zip lining over Kapay-aw Rice Terraces
7. Visit St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church
8. Trek to Echo Valley
9. See the Hanging coffins up close
10. Take a tour at the Ganduyan Museum
11. Savor on the Flavors of Sagada (Dont miss: Salt and Pepper Diner, Yoghurt House, Sagada Lemon Pie House, Log Cabin and Vincent's Coffee and Grill)
12. Marvel at the beauty of Marlboro Country and catch a glimpse of the wild horses
13. Trek and swim at the cool waters of Bomod-ok Falls (Big Falls)
14. Trek to Lake Danum
15. Visit the Sagada Pottery House
16. Sunrise viewing at Kiltepan Viewpoint
17. Trek and swim at Pongas Falls
18. Visit Sagada Weaving
19. Try Sagada coffee
20. Pass by Fidelisan Rice Fields on your way to Bomod-ok Falls
21. Visit the Cemetery and Calvary Hill at the town center
22. Orange picking at The Rock Inn and Cafe
23. Bike to Besao and witness the sunset
24. Cultural Immersion - Sagada Grand Bonfire Festival (Panag-apoy Festival)
25. Walk around town, visit the market especially on a Saturday (market day) and buy pasalubong

How to Get to Sagada, Mountain Province

Via Manila-Baguio-Sagada: From Manila, take a bus bound for Baguio. Travel time from Manila to Baguio is about 6 hours and fare is around 400 pesos. Upon arrival in Baguio City, go to Dangwa Bus Terminal and look for the Lizardo bus bound for Sagada. Normally, the earliest trip is at 5:00 am and the last one is at 1:00 pm. Travel time from Baguio to Sagada is about 5 to 6 hours and fare is around 220 pesos.

There are still a lot of things to do and experience in Sagada. Add it on the list by leaving a comment below!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Boracay Tourist Spots and Attractions


Boracay is a tropical island paradise located in the Province of Panay, Philippines. The world-famous island the Visayas one of the most popular tourist destination in the world with its powdery white sand beaches as its major tourist drawer. White Beach with its white sand and crystal clear blue water is consistently voted as one of the best beaches in the world.


Here's some of Boracay's famous tourist spots and attractions you shouldn't miss.

Boracay Tourist Spots and Attractions

  1. Boracay White beach (Stations 1, 2 and 3)
  2. Puka Shell Beach (Yapak Beach)
  3. Bulabog Beach
  4. Mount Luho
  5. Crocodile Island
  6. Boracay Butterfly Gardens
  7. Ariel's Point
  8. The Bat Caves
  9. Balinghai Beach
  10. Punta Bunga Beach
  11. Diniwid Beach
  12. Kar-Tir Shell Museum
  13. Ilig-Iligan Beach
  14. Crystal Cove Island
  15. Manoc-Manoc Beach
  16. The Dead Forest of Boracay
  17. Willy's Rock

HOW TO GET TO BORACAY

From Manila: There are several flights daily from Manila airport to Caticlan or Kalibo Airport. From Caticlan airport it is just a 10-minute ticycle ride to Caticlan jetty port followed by a 20-minute outrigger boat ride to Boracay Island's Cagban Port and another 20-25 minute land trip to the resorts in White Beach. From Kalibo Airport, it is a 1.5 hour - 2 hours bus ride to Caticlan jetty port.

From Cebu:There are daily flights from Cebu airport to Caticlan or Kalibo Airport.

Want to add a tourist attraction? Leave a comment below!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Win a 3 days, 2 nights Holiday for Two at El Nido Resorts, Palawan

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For more details, please visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/elnidoresorts


About El Nido Resorts

El Nido Resorts is a group of eco-resorts located in the El Nido-Taytay municipalities in northern Palawan, Philippines. The resorts offer genuine, local hospitality and unique and enriching experiences amidst the beautiful natural landscape.

Location: El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
Email Address: holiday@elnidoresorts.com
Telephone Number: +63(2) 813 0000
Website www.elnidoresorts.com


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Cebu Tourist Spots and Attractions


Cebu is one of the most progressive and highly urbanized provinces in the Philippines. Cebu City as its capital is one of the main centers of commerce and business which forms part of the Cebu Metropolitan Area together with four neighboring cities of Danao City, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City and Talisay City and eight other local government units.


It is home to the annual Sinulog Festival, one of the grandest festivals in the Philippines in honor of the Senyor Sto. Niño held every 3rd week of January. Its many pristine white sand beach, dive spots, centuries old churches, rich history and awesome food makes it one of the top tourist destinations in the Philippines and a must-visit among local and foreign tourists.

Traveling for the first time in Cebu City and still don't know where to go? Don't worry! As the Philippines' most iconic travel destination and home to an amazing array of tourist spots, sights, activities and events, you'll certainly not run out of things to do and experience in Cebu City. Here's a list of the must-see tourist attractions in (and near) Cebu City.

1. Magellan’s Cross Magallanes St. Cebu City

2. Basilica Minor Del Santo Nino Downtown Cebu City

3. Mactan Shrine, Punta Engano, Lapulapu City

4. Taoist Temple Beverly Hills, Cebu City

5. Cebu Metroplolitan Cathedral Downtown Cebu City

6. Fort San Pedro Pier Area, Cebu City

7. Taboan Market Cebu City

8. Casa Gorordo Museum 35 Lopez Jaena St., Cebu City

9. Cebu Provincial Capitol Osmena Blvd., Cebu City

10. Fuente Osmeña Osmena Blvd., Cebu City

11. Colon Street Downtown Area, Cebu City, the oldest street in the Philippines

12. Fort San Pedro National Museum Legaspi Ext., Cebu City

13. Malacañang of the South (Malacanang sa Sugbu) Pier Area, Cebu City

14. University of San Carlos Museum P. del Rosario St., Cebu City

15. Heritage of Cebu Monument Plaza Parain at Colon St., Cebu City

16. Yap-San Diego Ancestral House 155-Lopez Jaena corner Mabini Street, Parian District Cebu City

17. Guitar Makers Lapu-lapu City

18. Plaza Independencia Near Fort San Pedro, Pier Area, Cebu City

19. Mactan bridge Mactan-Lapu lapu City

How to get to Cebu

By Air
The fastest way to reach Cebu is by plane. Cebu City, being one of the most urbanized cities in the Visayas, it can be reached on affordable flights from Manila and other key cities in the country such as Davao, Bacolod, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, Kalibo, Puerto Princesa, Boracay, Clark, Siargao, Zamboanga, Cotabato, Camiguin, General Santos, and Tacloban, among many others. Mactan-Cebu International Airport, located in Mactan Island, is the second busiest airport in the country. Philippine Airlines, PAL Express, Air Asia Zest, Tiger Air Philippines and Cebu Pacific Air have several flights daily to Cebu making it one of the most accessible city in the country.

By Sea
Cebu City can also be reached by sea through ferries coming from Manila, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Bohol, Leyte, Iligan, Negros, Butuan and Ozamis among many others.

If you're planning to go to Cebu, make sure you include these tourist spots and attractions in your itinerary.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Win a Trip for 4 to Singapore from Jollibee


Like the Jollibee page and register! Get a chance to win a trip for 4 to Singapore.



If you're already a fan, all you need is register.

Visit this link to join: www.tinyurl.com/LikeJollibeePH.


HOW TO JOIN

  • The promo is open to all interested participants (male or female, of legal age, residing within Philippine territory, valid passport holders) nationwide who have liked the Official Facebook Page of Jollibee Philippines (https://www.facebook.com/JollibeePhilippines) and registered to the Promo within the promo duration November 25 to December 25, 2013.
  • Participants may click on Facebook Promo Ads or on the Promo Tab seen on the Jollibee Philippines Facebook Fan Page (https://www.facebook.com/JollibeePhilippines) where they will be directed to the promo site.
  • Participants will be asked to register the following personal information in order to qualify in the promo:
    • Complete Name (First and Last name)
    • Birthdate (YYYY-MM-DD format)
    • Complete Mailing Address
    • Valid E-mail address
    • Gender
    • Contact Number (Mobile and/or Landline)
  • Only participants who have liked the Facebook Page and registered to the promo within the promo period 12:00 AM of November 25, 2013 to 11:59 PM of December 25, 2013 shall earn a valid entry. A participant may register a unique Facebook account only once and earn an equivalent of one (1) raffle entry.

NOTES:

  • From all entries received from 12:00 AM of November 25, 2013 to 11:59 PM of December 25, 2013 one winner will be drawn to receive the Grand Prize of a Trip Package for Four (4) to Singapore amounting to a total of PHP 135,602.44.
  • The Electronic Raffle Draw will be held January 7, 2014 at 5:00 PM at the Hot Air Balloon Digital Group, Unit 1604, The Centerpoint Condominium, Julia Vargas Avenue corner Garnet St., Ortigas Center, Pasig City in the presence of representatives from Hot Air Balloon Digital Group and DTI.
  • Names of winners will be posted within 24 hours from time of raffle draw through the Promo website. Prizes unclaimed after 60 days from date of notification shall be forfeited in favor of the sponsor with prior DTI approval.
  • The Package trip must be availed within 6-months from date of awarding.
  • All winners will be notified through electronic mail, registered mail, and a phone call from a Hot Air Balloon Digital Group representative.

Disclaimer: TripGrocery.com is not in any way connected in running this promo.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Zero Fare Seat Sale from Tiger Air Philippines

TigerAir.com has an ongoing seat sale on ALL DOMESTIC FLIGHTS for PHP 0 base fare. Promo is available from today until December 18, 2013!


Booking Period: December 16 - 18, 2013
Travel Period: January 10 - March 25, 2014

*Terms and conditions apply.

What are you waiting for? Book now with Tiger Air Philippines and avail of their latest seat sale and airline promos!

Book now at www.tigerair.com!

Celebrate the Holidays in "Narra Pool Villa Style!" for PHP 19,200++ per night including Gourmet Dinner for Two at The Farm at San Benito

The Narra Pool Villas are nestled on the ridge running along the stream, beside the Master Villa, towards the South Pool. Each Villa offers a private 3 meter x 8 meter heated swimming pool with hydro jets, outdoor & covered terraces, bedroom, day bed, palatial bathroom with double sinks, shower, bathtub and two individual toilets! Private gardens surround the Villa with breathtaking views of the San Benito ridge and surrounding jungle.


For more information please call: (+632) 884-8074 OR email: info@thefarm.com.ph

Inclusions:

  • Daily Breakfast and 1 x ALIVE!
  • Gourmet Dinner for two (2) persons
  • Afternoon Tea and Healthy Snacks
  • Participation in Complimentary Daily Fitness, Movement and The Farm Activities


Terms & Conditions:

  • Maximum Occupancy: 2 Adults and 1 Child under 12 years OR maximum of 3 Adults
  • Children Policy: Children 12 and under are permitted within maximum occupancy. An extra bed may be added to the room at no additional cost. Meals are not included. Additional Adult Policy: One adult 13 and over can be added in addition to the double occupancy for a fee of Php 3,050 nett per person per night inclusive of extra bed and breakfast
  • Rates are valid until January 5, 2014.
  • Villa Facilities and Amenities include:
    • Heated Swimming Pool with Hydro Jets.
    • Super King Size Bed with Quivera Linens
    • Energy Saving Inverter Style Air Conditioning
    • International in house SAT TV 42″ with USB port & DVD Player
    • iPad Docking Station
    • High speed Wifi Connection
    • In-room Safety Deposit Box
    • Handmade Bath amenities: coconut soaps, lemongrass, sea salt & coconut oil body polish, and virgin coconut oil produced from The Farm’s organic coconut plantation. Shampoo & hair conditioner.
    • Hairdryer
    • Bathrobes and slippers
    • Yoga Mat
    • Complimentary pure “Love and Thanks” drinking water
    • Hot Water Kettle & Herbal Teas
    • Fresh Seasonal Fruit Selection

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Disclaimer
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AirAsia Zest's "Book Now, Fly Now" Christmas Seat Sale until December 29, 2013

Book Now, Fly Now! Here's a Christmas Seat Sale from AirAsia to many domestic and international destinations.


Fly to/from Manila (Terminal 4), Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Kalibo (Boracay), Puerto Princesa and Tagbilaran (Bohol) from as low as P688; Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Miri, Macau, Shanghai and Seoul from as low as P1,960 – everything’s all-in!

For your immediate holiday travels, book now at AirAsia Zest!

Booking Period: Now till 29 Dec 2013
Travel Period: 20 Dec 2013 – 28 Feb 2014

Note: Flights may be operated by Philippines' AirAsia or AirAsia Zest depending on flgith schedule and route. Terms and conditions apply.

AIRASIA SALES OFFICES:

  • Manila Sales Office – NAIA Terminal 4
  • Cebu Sales Office – Mactan Cebu Int’l Airport (West Wing, Domestic Area)
  • Boracay Sales Office – D’Mall, Malay, Aklan

AIRASIA TRAVEL & SALES CENTERS:

  • SM North Edsa – The Block
  • SM Mall of Asia (G/F, South Parking Building)
  • ATSC Angeles City – G/F Tune Hotels, Don Juico, Angeles City
  • ATSC Davao City – 2/L Gaisano Mall, Davao City
Book now at www.airasia.com

About AirAsia Zest

Filipino Low Cost Carrier ZestAir has been rebranded as AirAsia Zest to reflect its partnership with AirAsia, the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia and voted as the World’s Best Low Cost Airline in the annual World Airline Survey by Skytrax for five consecutive years from 2009 - 2013.

AirAsia Zest operates a fleet of 13 aircraft and currently servicing nine (9) domestic and four (4) international routes from Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). It is by far the Philippine carrier with most flights to and from Kalibo which is the gateway to the popular resort island of Boracay.

Skyscanner Study Reveals Top Travel Trends for 2013


According to the annual Travel Trends report of Skyscanner, the world’s fastest growing global travel search site, Asian countries are still popular travel destinations, with Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan making it to the top five outbound summer destinations for 2013.


Top Outbound summer destinations
(Bookings for travel between March-May 2013)
Countries
United States
Singapore
Hong Kong
United Kingdom
Japan
Thailand
United Arab Emirates
Canada
South Korea
Australia

The Travel Trends list based on actual flight searches conducted on the travel website and its mobile apps this year revealed that the top ten outbound destinations visited by Filipinos in 2013 were Singapore, Hong Kong, the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, Thailand, Australia, Malaysia, South Korea, and Canada. The following key cities in the Philippines also received quite a number of domestic tourists: Manila, Cebu, Kalibo, Puerto Princesa, Davao.

"The trends we saw this 2013 prove that Filipinos are becoming more reasonable yet adventurous travelers," says Janet Ranola, Skyscanner Philippines Manager. "The popularity of travel search engines such as Skyscanner makes flight search easier, possible, pocket-friendly, and convenient with just a click of a button."
Top Domestic Destinations 2013

Manila
Cebu
Davao
Puerto Princesa
Iloilo
Kalibo
Bacolod
Tagbilaran
Cagayan De Oro

While Manila is still the most popular Philippine destination, provinces known for its pristine beaches make it to the top ten local destinations.

It isn’t that surprising that Kalibo and Caticlan make it to the list as its local government announced a 1.5 million tourist target this year, following the 1.2 million registered last year. Other popular provinces, Cebu and Puerto Princesa, Palawan, which have been attracting quite a few travellers over the past few years, receive top marks by making it to the top five destinations.

Looking into the New Year, Asian destinations still remain to be the most favored with Singapore taking the top spot as the leading outbound destination for Holy Week 2014. Joining that list are already popular destinations Hong Kong, Japan and Thailand. But Filipinos are venturing to other parts of the region with Malaysia, South Korea and Indonesia making it to the top 10. Due to the recent announcement of national flag carrier, Philippine Airlines, it comes as no surprise that the United Kingdom makes it to the list as the third long haul flight option after the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Top Domestic Destinations 2013

Manila
Cebu
Davao
Puerto Princesa
Iloilo
Kalibo
Bacolod
Tagbilaran
Cagayan De Oro
"The results of our study show that traveling is already part of the Filipino lifestyle," adds Ranola. "In 2014, we are expecting an increase in the number of Filipinos booking and searching for top destinations and must-see places around the world."

For more information and updates on cheap flights, hotels, holidays, and deals, visit www.skyscanner.com.ph, like Skyscanner on Facebook, or follow @SkyscannerPH on Twitter.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

How to Get To Siquijor, the "Island of Fire"

Edowed with stunning and breathtaking landscapes, prestine beaches, centries-old churches and gorgeous diving spots, Siquijor is an idyllic tourist destination that most people would describe as majestic and enchanting.


The "island of fire" is one destination you shouldn't miss when traveling to the Visayas region. Come let's go to an island paradise that is distinctively Siquijor!

Here's a list of routes on how to get to Siquijor:


How to get to Siquijor from Manila
  • There are no direct flights from Manila to Siquijor, you have to take a 1-hour flight from Manila to Dumaguete City, Philippine Airlines/PAL Express and Cebu Pacific have daily flights to Dumaguete from Manila.
  • From Dumaguete City airport (Sibulan airport), take a tricycle to Dumaguete port where fastcrafts going to Siquijor can be found.
  • Ride a ferry or fast craft to Siquijor which usually takes about 1 hour and fare is around 160 pesos.

How to get to Siquijor from Cebu
  • From Southbound Bus Terminal, take a Ceres bus bound for Bato (via Lilo-an) in South Cebu. Travel time is about 3 hours depending on traffic and fare is around 200 pesos for air-conditioned bus and 170 pesos for ordinary buses.
  • At Lilo-an ferry terminal, take a fast craft bound for Sibulan Pier. Fare is 62 pesos (including terminal fee) and travel time takes about 15- 20 minutes.
  • Upon arrival at Sibulan Terminal, you could take a tricycle or a jeepney that will take you to Dumaguete City. Jeepney fare is 10 pesos, travel time is about 15 minutes.
  • At Dumaguete Port, take a ferry or fast craft to Siquijor which usually takes about 1 hour and fare is around 160 pesos.

How to get to Siquijor from Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte
  • Make your way to Dapitan Pier.
  • At Dapitan Pier, take a ferry to Dumaguete City. Travel time is around 3 hours and fare is about 350 pesos.
  • From Dumaguete City Port, take a ferry bound for Siauijor. Travel time is about an hour, fare is around 160 pesos.

Friday, December 13, 2013

What are the tricks Filipinos do to avoid jetlag?


According to a recent survey by Skyscanner, a leading global travel search site, 54% of Filipinos have flown with long distance transmerdian flights. This often results to desynchronisis or what is commonly known as jet lag, which results to poor sleep upon arrival, poorer mental performance and increased fatigue.


“In an ideal world, to prevent jetlag we should begin taking on the habits of destination time zone before we leave home,” says Tony Gherardin of National Medical Adviser at the Travel Doctor – TMC. “That is, eating at the same time and sleeping or resting at the same time as what you would be doing at that destination. Of course this isn’t always possible at home or even while flying.”

From changing their body clock to adjusting their alcohol consumption, Filipinos have tried various means to combat effects of jet lag. Skyscanner has identified practices that Filipinos use before or after they take long haul flights.

Most Filipinos rely on their health when it comes to jetlag. In a survey conducted with 1000 respondents, majority of Filipinos (45.8%) choose to eat a light diet of healthy fresh food. Other health conscious activities include exercising and stretching on the plane (44.7%) or get as much exercise and fresh air on the day of travel as they can (27.6%).

Others adjust their sleeping habits, which include those who change their time to destination time when they board the plane and sleeping according to this time zone (35.3%) and those who try to stay awake all flight and sleep only when I arrive at my destination (24.5%).

Some Filipinos adjust their alcohol consumption. There are those who drink alcohol to fall asleep on the flight to wake up refreshed (12.5%), while others go the other way and avoid alcohol 24 hours before the flight until landed (25.4%).

Some Filipinos use the help of medicine and take sleeping tablets (14.5%) or anti-jet lag pills (8.5%), herbal remedies (8.3%) or melatonin (4%). Others even go as far as taking Viagra (0.7%) just to avoid jetlag.

“While most Filipinos take only a day to recover from jetlag,” says Janet Ranola, Philippines Marketing Manager of leading travel search site, Skyscanner. “It takes two to five days for some, which is probably why there are those who try various methods to avoid it.”

This is a Press Release.



Where to Eat in Legazpi City: Kouzina Tyche Seafood Restaurant's Holiday Season Buffet for only 400 pesos!

Celebrate the holiday season at Kouzina Tyche Seafood Restaurant at Tyche Boutique Hotel and be the first to experience and taste their new and authentic dishes on a dinner buffet on December 20, 2013 starting from 6:00 PM onwards for only 400 pesos.


Kouzina Tyche Seafood Restaurant is the in-house restaurant of Tyche Boutique Hotel that offers mouth­watering seafood, Chinese, Filipino and Bicolano cuisines. The restaurant has a seating capacity of up to 100 persons and accepts various event reservations such as functions, seminars, meetings, weddings, baptismal and birthday celebrations. Open daily from 6:00 AM until 10:00 PM, they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.

For inquires and reservations, you may call: +63 (52) 480-7799 /480-5555 or at their mobile number at +63 0917-5590566.

Kouzina Tyche Seafood Restaurant

Address: Gov. Forbes St. corner Rizal St., Baybay, Legazpi City
4500, Albay, Philippines
Phone Number: +63 (52) 480-7799
Mobile Number: +63917-559-0566
Facebook: Kouzina Tyche Seafood Restaurant
Email Addresses: kouzinatyche@gmail.com
Website: www.tycheboutiquehotel.com

About Tyche Boutique Hotel

Tyche Boutique Hotel in Legazpi City, Albay is located right in the middle of the city's downtown area. It is the very first and only boutique hotel in the entire Bicol Region. It offers 24 well-appointed rooms which feature modern, classy, comfortable and top-notch accommodation designed for business and leisure travelers.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Book your Holidays with Air Asia Zest's Seat Sale Christmas Promos

It's few days to go before Christmas! Here’s another SEAT SALE from AirAsia Zest! Book now until December 15, 2013 and fly immediately from December 20, 2013 until January 31st, 2013. That's including Christmas and New Year!

Fly this holiday season from as low as P200 base fare!

Fly from Manila (NAIA Terminal 4) to Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Kalibo (Boracay), Puerto Princesa and Tagbilaran from as low as PHP 872; and Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia), Miri (Malaysia), Macau, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul and Shanghai from as low as PPH 1,760 – everything’s all-in!

Fly from Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Manila to (All-in-fare from):
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Puerto Princesa (Palawan) PHP 1096
Cebu PHP 1096
Tagbilaran PHP 1096
Cagayan de Oro PHP 1320
Davao PHP 1320
Shanghai PHP 1980
Seoul PHP 2400
Macau PHP 1960
Kota Kinabalu PHP 1760
Kuala Lumpur PHP 2680
Miri PHP 2260

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Puerto Princesa (Palawan) PHP 777
Davao PHP 777
Manila PHP 1113
Kuala Lumpur PHP 1180

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Fly from Cagayan de Oro Airport, Cagayan de Oro to (All-in-fare from):
Cebu PHP 577
Manila PHP 1249

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Cebu PHP 577
Manila PHP 1249

Fly from Kalibo International Airport, Kalibo to (All-in-fare from):
Manila PHP 689

Fly from Puerto Princesa International Airport, Puerto Princesa (Palawan) to (All-in-fare from):
Cebu PHP 577
Manila PHP 913

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Manila PHP 913


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Travel Period: December 20, 2013 to January 31, 2014

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  • SM North Edsa – The Block
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  • ATSC Davao City – 2/L Gaisano Mall, Davao City
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About AirAsia Zest

Filipino Low Cost Carrier ZestAir has been rebranded as AirAsia Zest to reflect its partnership with AirAsia, the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia and voted as the World’s Best Low Cost Airline in the annual World Airline Survey by Skytrax for five consecutive years from 2009 - 2013.

AirAsia Zest operates a fleet of 13 aircraft and currently servicing nine (9) domestic and four (4) international routes from Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). It is by far the Philippine carrier with most flights to and from Kalibo which is the gateway to the popular resort island of Boracay.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Festival in Iloilo: Complete Dinagyang Festival 2014 Schedule of Activities


Celebrated every fourth weekend of January, Dinagyang Festival is the grandest festival in Iloilo City in honor of the Senyor Sto. Niño. The highlights of the festival are composed of the Ati-Ati Competition, the Kasadyahan Festival, the foot and fluvial procession, and the religious sadsad or religious street dance.



Dinagyang Festival 2014 highlights will be on January 24-26, 2014. Here is the Schedule of Activities and Highlights of Events. Be sure to save the dates of the festival and plan your trip ahead.

December 2013
13 December (Friday)
3:00PM – Pamukaw (“Awakening” activity)

January 2014
January 17, 2014 (Friday)
3:00PM – Opening Salvo along the Street Parade Route (refer to festival route map for details)

January 22, 2014 (Thursday)
7:00PM – Miss Iloilo Dinagyang Festival Coronation Night at University of San Agustin Gym

January 23-26, 2014 (Thursday to Sunday)
5:00PM onwards – Dinagyang IHRRA Food Festival at Delgado Street

January 24, 2014 (Friday)
7:30AM – Salvo of a Thousand Drums at Arroyo Fountain Area
8:00AM – Tambor Trumpa Martsa Musika from Bonifacio Drive to Freedom Grandstand
3:00PM – Religious Fluvial and Solemn Foot Procession of the image of Santo Niño de Cebu. From Fort San Pedro to Iloilo Customs House, followed by solemn foot procession to San Jose de Placer Church (refer to foot and fluvial procession map for details)

January 25, 2014 (Saturday)
8:00AM – Kasadyahan Regional Festival along the Street Parade Route (refer to festival route map for details)
2:00PM – Sponsors Mardi-Gras along the Street Parade Route (refer to festival route map for details)
7:00PM – Religious Sadsad at San Jose de Placer Parish Church

January 26, 2014 (Sunday)
6:00AM – Concelebrated High Mass at San Jose de Placer Parish Church
8:00AM – Iloilo Dinagyang Ati Contest along the Street Parade Route (refer to festival route map for details)
7:00PM – Awarding Ceremonies at Freedom Grandstand


Hala Bira! Viva Senyor Santo Niño!


HOW TO GET TO ILOILO CITY

The fastest way to reach Iloilo City is via a direct flight from Manila. Philippine Airlines/PAL Express, AirAsia Zest, TigerAir Philippines and Cebu Pacific have several flights daily to Iloilo from Manila, Cebu or Davao. By plane, it takes 55 minutes from Manila, about 25 minutes from Cebu, and 1 hour from Davao. Iloilo Airport 30 minutes away from Iloilo City, to get to the city proper you may take a taxi or the shuttle service with drop-off point in SM City Iloilo.

By sea, it takes about 20 hours from Manila to Iloilo by ferry. It can also be reached from Zamboanga (16 hours); Cagayan de Oro (14 hours); Cebu (12 hours) or Bacolod City (1 hour).

TRAVEL TIP: Airfares to Iloilo tend to shoot up during festival season, your next best option (if you're on budget) is to fly-in via Bacolod or Roxas City which would take 1 hour (by ferry) and 3 hours by van or bus to reach Iloilo City, respectively.

Photos were used with permission from Rob Pinzon of www.palibut.com.

King Faisal Mosque in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur

The King Faisal Mosque is located inside Mindanao State University in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur.


The mosque was named after the former King of Saudi Arabia, King Faisal, who supported and financed its construction, as well as the establishment of the Islamic, Arabic and Asian Studies Center inside the campus.

This is one of the must-see destinations when visiting the Islamic City of Marawi.

HOW TO GET TO MARAWI CITY, LANAO DEL SUR

  • If you're coming from outside the Philippines, your entry point should be Manila.
  • From Manila, take a 1.5 hour flight to Cagayan de Oro City. Philippine Airlines/PAL Express, AirAsia Zest, and Cebu Pacific have several flights daily from Manila to Cagayan de Oro City.
  • Upon arrival at Laguindinga Airport (CDO), take a taxi or shuttle van to Iligan City.
  • The mosque is located inside Mindanao State University in Marawi City. At Southbound Terminal in Iligan City, take a jeepney bound for MSU-Marawi. Travel time is about an hour and fare is 50 pesos. King Faisal Mosque is within walking distance when you're already inside the campus. There are also tricycle that can take you around MSU for 8 pesos per ride.

Waterfalls in Iligan City: Mimbalut Falls

Located at Barangay Buru-un, near the boundary between Iligan City and the municipality of Linamon, Mimbalut Falls is a favorite among locals and tourists because of its accessibility from the national road.


At approximately 90 ft high, this breathtaking falls with cool refreshing waters is an ideal place for swimming and picnicking. Enjoy its strong water gushing from the top and lush greens sorrounding it which makes it more alluring.

Picnic tables were set up near the falls for those who want to while away some time, enjoy the quiet scenery and listen to the sound of the strong water rushing down the stream.

This is another must-see destination in Iligan City!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

AirAsia PHP 1 Base Fare Seat Sale from Cebu


AirAsia has PHP 1 base fare Seat Sale from Cebu (Mactan International Airport) to Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Puerto Princesa and Kuala Lumpur!


Fly direct from/to Cebu (Mactan-Cebu International Airport) for as low as PHP 554 all-in one-way fare.

Booking Period: December 10 – 15 2013
Travel Period: August 1 - November 30, 2014

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  • Manila Sales Office – NAIA Terminal 4
  • Cebu Sales Office – Mactan Cebu Int’l Airport (West Wing, Domestic Area)
  • Boracay Sales Office – D’Mall, Malay, Aklan

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  • SM North Edsa – The Block
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  • ATSC Davao City – 2/L Gaisano Mall, Davao City
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About AirAsia Zest

Filipino Low Cost Carrier ZestAir has been rebranded as AirAsia Zest to reflect its partnership with AirAsia, the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia and voted as the World’s Best Low Cost Airline in the annual World Airline Survey by Skytrax for five consecutive years from 2009 - 2013.

AirAsia Zest operates a fleet of 13 aircraft and currently servicing nine (9) domestic and four (4) international routes from Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). It is by far the Philippine carrier with most flights to and from Kalibo which is the gateway to the popular resort island of Boracay.



Health and Wellness: Reflexology Massage in Surigao City Park

Want to ease out those tired and aching muscles after a long day of visiting Surigao City's tourist spots and attractions? Head to Surigao City Park for a relaxing massage.



Reflexology is mainly focused on applying pressure to "reflex" points on the feet or hands which correspond to organs, glands, and other parts of the body. It may feel painful while it is done but it will surely give you very a relaxing feel afterwards.

No need to go to a spa! In Surigao City, there are reflexologists stationed at the city park which provides a relaxing reflexology service. There are no fixed amount for the massage, you just have to give them any amount you think is commensurate to the service provided. If you don't have oil and towel, you could have it from them for an extra cost. A foot reflexology session would last for about 30-45 minutes.

It's better than a spa-like experience! The therapists are well-trained and go beyond an extra mile of providing excellent service to their clients. You'll certainly feel calm, relaxed and rejuvenated after the massage.

Where to Go in Ozamiz City: Cotta Fort


Cotta Fort was built in 1756 by Father Jose Ducos as a Spanish outpost in the area. Located along the shores of Panguil Bay in Ozamiz City, the stone fort is rectangular in shape typical to many Spanish fortresses built during the time. It has four bulwarks named as San Ignacio, San Fernando, San Jose and Santiago.



The west gate is the main gate entrance facing the city of Ozamiz which has an image of Apostle St. James (Santiago), Patron Saint of Spain. Below the image is the year 1756, the inception of the construction of the fort.


It is also called Fuerte de la Concepcion y del Triunfo where a chapel was built inside the walls of the fort and an image of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception in the pink and blue attire was enshrined. It is located outside the fort on the wall facing the bay. It is believed to be miraculously growing and has been the object of pilgrimage of the locals and tourists visiting the city.

As one of the four Spanish fortresses built during Spain's occupation in the Philippines, Cotta Fort is one of the must-see places when visiting Ozamiz City.

Entrance Fee: 5.00 PHP

How to Get to Ozamiz City

  • Philippine Airlines / PAL Express and Cebu Pacific Air have direct flights from Manila, daily. Travel time is about 1.5 hours.
  • Cotta Fort and Shrine is located near Ozamiz City Port. From the airport, you could take tricycle to the city center or directly to the fort.
  • If you're already at the city center, you can take a leisurely walk to the fort for about 10-15 minutes or take a tricycle and the driver can bring you there for 10 pesos each.

Festival in Cebu: Complete Sinulog Festival 2014 Schedule of Activities


Cebu's Grandest Festival, Sinulog 2014 is one of the country's biggest and most attended festivals in honor of the Senyor Santo Niño. Here is the complete Schedule of Activities and Highlights of Events.


December 1, 2013 – January 31, 2014 — Sinulog Street Fair, Osmena Blvd.
7 a.m. — Elimination of Sinulog Dance Crew and Musicfest, CCSC

December 30, 2013 — Sinulog Fun Run

January 9, 2014 (Thursday) — Opening Salvo: Walk with Jesus
4 a.m. — Assembly Time (Area) Fuente Osmena
4:30 a.m. — Start of Walk from Fuente Osmena Blvd. to Basilica del Sto. Nino
5:30 a.m. — Installation of Hermano and Hermana Mayores 2014

January 10, 2014 (Friday) — Sinulog 2014 Kickoff
2 p.m. — Solemn Mass (Basilica del Sto. Nino)
3 p.m. — Launching Parade (Basilica del Sto. Nino to CCSC)
7 p.m. — Opening and Launching Program, Fuente Osmena
8 p.m. — Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmena Circle)
9 p.m. — Street Party Bands

January 11, 2014 (Saturday) — Sinulog sa Kabataan – Lalawigan
1 p.m. — Parade of Participants, Capitol Site to Cebu City Sports Center
2 p.m. — Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan, Cebu City Sports Center
6:30 p.m. — Cultural Show (Fuente Osmena)
7 p.m. — Ms Cebu 2014 Presentation at Ayala Activity Center
8 p.m. — Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmena Circle)
9 p.m. — Concert at the Fuente O, Street Party Bands

January 12, 2014 (Sunday) — Sinulog sa Kabataan – Dakbayan
4 a.m. — Cebu City 2014 Marathon — www.cebumarathon.com
1 p.m. — Parade of Participants, Plaza Independencia to CCSC
2 p.m. — Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan, CCSC
6 p.m. — Grand Finals of Sinulog Choral Competition
6:30 p.m. — Cultural Show (Fuente Osmena)
8 p.m. — Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmena Circle)
9 p.m. — Concert at the Fuente O, Street Party Bands

January 13, 2014 (Monday)
6:30 p.m. — Cultural Show (Fuente Osmena)
8 p.m. — Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmena)
9 p.m. — Concert at the Fuente O, Street Party Bands

January 14, 2014 (Tuesday)
6:30 p.m. — Cultural Show (Fuente Osmena)
8 p.m. — Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmena)
9 p.m. — Concert at the Fuente O, Street Party Bands

January 15, 2014 (Wednesday)
9 a.m. — Airport Welcome (Balikbayan Flights)
6:30 p.m. — Cultural Show (Fuente Osmena)
7 p.m. — Ms Cebu 2014 Coronation Night, Waterfront Lahug Hotel
8 p.m. — Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmena)
9 p.m. — Concert at the Fuente O, Street Party Bands

January 16, 2014 (Thursday)
9 a.m. — Airport Welcome (Balikbayan Flights)
6 p.m. — Balik Cebu, Welcome Party at Ayala Center Cebu
6:30 p.m. — Cultural Show (Fuente Osmena)
Sinulog Festival Queen Runway Competition and Photoshoot
8 p.m. — Sinulog Idol Grand Finals (Fuente Osmena)
Handumanan at Ayala Terraces
9 p.m. — Concert at the Fuente O, Street Party Bands

January 17, 2014 (Friday) — Visual Merchandising Contest (Dept. Stores and Malls)
4 a.m. — Walk with Mary from Fuente Osmena to Sto. Nino
9 a.m. — Solidarity Meeting (All competing contingent/Floats/Higante/Puppeteers) at CCSC gym
6 p.m. — Sinulog Dance Crew and Musicfest Grand Finals, CCSC
7:30 p.m. — Sinulog Festival Queen 2014, CCSC
8 p.m. — Cebu Popular Music Festival, Cebu Coliseum

January 18, 2014 (Saturday)
6 a.m. — Fluvial Procession of the Miraculous Image of Sto. Nino
9 a.m. — Reenactment of the Baptism of Queen Juana and Rajah Humabon — Basilica del Sto. Nino
2 p.m. — Solemn Procession of the Miraculous Image of Sto. Nino
7 p.m. — Street Party at Fuente Osmena and Plaza Independencia
8 p.m. — Kasadya Nite Mardi Gras at Ayala Center Cebu
9 p.m. — Musicfest Grand Finals


January 19, 2014 (Sunday) — Sinulog Grand Parade
4 a.m. — Mananita Mass at Basilica del Sto. Nino
6 a.m. — Pontifical Mass with His Eminence Ricardo J. Cardinal Vidal
9 a.m. — Sinulog Grand Parade Carousel Kickoff
7 p.m. — Grand Finale and Grand Fireworks, CCSC
7:30 p.m. — Street Party Bands, Fuente Osmena

January 20, 2014 (Monday)
1 p.m. — Awarding Ceremonies, CCSC

January 24, 2014 (Friday) — Hubo
4 a.m. — Hubo Mass Ritual at Basilica del Sto. Nino

January 25, 2014 (Saturday)
1 p.m. — Screening of Finalists for Short Film/Video Documentary Contest
Sinulog 2013 Photo Contest Winners Exhibits
6 p.m. — Awarding Ceremonies Photo Contest and Video Documentary Contect at SM City Cebu

February 3 – February 10, 2014 — Photo Exhibits “Winning Photos Sinulog 2014″ at SM City Cebu


Pit Senyor! Viva Senyor Santo Niño!


How to get to Cebu

By Air
The fastest way to reach Cebu is by plane. Cebu City, being one of the most urbanized cities in the Visayas, it can be reached on affordable flights from Manila and other key cities in the country such as Davao, Bacolod, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, Kalibo, Puerto Princesa, Boracay, Clark, Siargao, Zamboanga, Cotabato, Camiguin, General Santos, and Tacloban, among many others. Most local airlines have several flights daily to Cebu making it one of the most accessible city in the country.

By Sea
Cebu City can also be reached by sea through ferries coming from Manila, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Bohol, Leyte, Iligan, Negros, Butuan and Ozamis among many others.



Photos were used with permission from Rob Pinzon of www.robinspinzon.com.

Waterfalls in Iligan City: Maria Cristina Falls

Maria Cristina Falls is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Iligan City. The waterfalls is part of the Agus River, a major source of electricity in Mindanao.


At at 320 - feet high, it is considered as the second highest falls in the Philippines and is sometimes called "twin falls" because the flow of the water in the falls is separated by a rock at the edge of the waterfall.


The waterfall is one of the primary sources of electric power generated by the Agus VI Hydroelectric Plant. Visitors and tourists may climb the viewing deck at the 3rd floor of the power plant building to have a grand view of the waterfalls. From here, the view is truly jaw-dropping!

Maria Cristina Falls is just one of the must-see destinations in the "City of Majestic Waterfalls" - Iligan, Lanao del Norte.

Entrance Fees and Schedule

Adult - PHP 35.00
Children and Senior Citizen - PHP 20.00
Shuttle Ride - PHP 10.00
The park is open from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM everyday

NOTE: Visitors are asked to fill-up a form and present an identification card upon registration, be sure to bring any identification card.

HOW TO GET TO MARIA CHRISTINA FALLS

  • If you're coming from outside the Philippines, your entry point should be Manila.
  • From Manila, take a 1.5 hour flight to Cagayan de Oro City. Philippine Airlines/PAL Express, AirAsia Zest, and Cebu Pacific have several flights daily from Manila to Cagayan de Oro City.
  • Upon arrival at Laguindinga Airport (CDO), take a taxi or shuttle van to Iligan City.
  • The falls is located at about 8.5 kilometers away southwest of Iligan city proper. From the city proper, take a jeepney bound for Buru-un. Tell the driver to drop you at the crossing going to Maria Cristina Falls. Fare is about 12.00 pesos and travel time is around 15-20 minutes.
  • From the crossing, it's just around 5-10 minutes walk to NPC Nature's Park complex where Maria Christina Falls is located.

NPC Nature's Park

Telephone Numbers: (063)221-9033 / (063)221-3988
Email Address: npc_npark@yahoo.com
Website: http://npcnaturespark.com

Monday, December 9, 2013

What to Do in Puerto Galera: Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival 2014


Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival is held in the natural amphitheater that is Mount Malasimbo. Endorsed by the Department of Tourism, it is the first international music and arts festival of its calibre in the Asia-Pacific region.


Every year, the festival features some of the most exciting local and international performers and artists. It is definitely one of the festivals to watch out for, next year.

Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival will be on February 27 (Thursday) to March 3, 2014 (Monday) at Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro Philippines.

Watch out for the following artists:

  • Jose Gonzalez
  • Robert Glasper Experiment
  • Roy Ayers and Lonnie Liston Smith
  • Mad Professor
  • Osunlade
  • Omar
  • Greg Wilson
  • Mark de Clive-Lowe
  • Low Leaf
  • June Marieezy
  • Jordan Rakei
  • Heavy Boogie

Tickets will be on sale very soon!

Formore details and updates, visit www.malasimbofestival.com.

Celebrate MUSIC, ARTS and NATURE at Malasimbo Festival!


How to Get to Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro

  • From Manila, take an air-conditioned bus going straight to Batangas pier via CALABARZON Expressway. Travel time from Manila to Batangas pier is about 2 hours depending on traffic condition and the fare is less than 200 pesos.
  • Upon arrival in Batangas pier, go to Terminal 3 and find the ticket booth of the ferry going to Puerto Galera. Pay the Terminal Fee of 30 pesos per person and the Environmental User Fee of 50 pesos per person.
  • Puerto Galera has 4 major points of entry, namely, Sabang Pier, Muelle Pier, Balatero Pier and White Beach. If you are going to Sabang, choose the ferry that will go directly to Sabang Pier. If you are going to White Beach, make sure that the ferry will go to White Beach. So, make sure you're riding the correct boat. Fare is around 250 to 280 pesos, one-way.
  • Please note that the first ferry trip to Puerto Galera is at 7:30 AM during regular season with one hour interval. Last rtip is at 4:30 PM.


This post will be updated as soon as the detailed schedule comes out.

AirAsia's 8 pesos Base Fare Seat Sale for December 9, 2013


AirAsia has an ongoing seat sale for 8 pesos base fare! Booking period is from December 9 to 15, 2013 for travel period from August 1 - November 30, 2014.


Fly to/from Manila (Terminal 4) to Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Kalibo, Puerto Princesa and Tagbilaran from as low as PHP 545!

Also available (one-way all-inn fares):
Kota Kinabalu from as low as PHP 1048
Kuala Lumpur from as low as PHP 1568
Miri from as low as PHP 598
Shanghai from as low as PHP 1568

Fly from Francisco Bangoy International Airport, Davao to (one-way all-inn fares):
Cebu from as low as PHP 354
Manila from as low as PHP 362

Fly from Mactan-Cebu International Airport, Cebu to (one-way all-inn fares):
Cagayan de Oro from as low as PHP 554
Puerto from as low as Princesa (Palawan) PHP 554
Davao from as low as PHP 554
Manila from as low as PHP 562
Kuala Lumpur from as low as PHP 681

Booking Period: December 9 – 15 2013
Travel Period: August 1 - November 30, 2014

AIRASIA SALES OFFICES:

  • Manila Sales Office – NAIA Terminal 4
  • Cebu Sales Office – Mactan Cebu Int’l Airport (West Wing, Domestic Area)
  • Boracay Sales Office – D’Mall, Malay, Aklan

AIRASIA TRAVEL & SALES CENTERS:

  • SM North Edsa – The Block
  • SM Mall of Asia (G/F, South Parking Building)
  • ATSC Angeles City – G/F Tune Hotels, Don Juico, Angeles City
  • ATSC Davao City – 2/L Gaisano Mall, Davao City
Book now at www.airasia.com

About AirAsia Zest

Filipino Low Cost Carrier ZestAir has been rebranded as AirAsia Zest to reflect its partnership with AirAsia, the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia and voted as the World’s Best Low Cost Airline in the annual World Airline Survey by Skytrax for five consecutive years from 2009 - 2013.

AirAsia Zest operates a fleet of 13 aircraft and currently servicing nine (9) domestic and four (4) international routes from Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). It is by far the Philippine carrier with most flights to and from Kalibo which is the gateway to the popular resort island of Boracay.

Bato Church in Catanduanes


Bato Church

Bato, Catanduanes is a quaint town located on the southwest part of the island. It is most well-known for its lovely, century old church built on a small hill facing Bato River and greets everyone upon entering the town.


According to some sources, the church took about 53 years and six different parish administrations (from 1830 to 1883) to build.


Church's interiors

The church is dedicated to St. John the Baptist. It is more commonly known as Bato Church, which has thick and massive walls made of mortar and coral lime stones designed to withstand the strong typhoons visiting the province every year. The church had retained its old colonial look despite the natural calamities that struck the province in the past.

Bato Church is one interesting landmarks that shouldn't to be missed when visiting the island province of Catanduanes.

How to Get to Bato, Catanduanes

By Air: Catanduanes in Bicol region is an island province located in the easternmost fringe of Luzon. Cebu Pacific Air and Sky Jet Airlines offer direct flights from Manila to Virac, the capital of Catanduanes several times weekly. Travel time is about an hour from Manila to Virac.

By Land and Sea: From Manila, take a bus bound for Legaspi City which takes about 10-12 hours. From there, take a jeepeney to Tabaco City port and take a RORO to Virac. Ferry leaves at 6:30 AM in Tobaco City and 1:00 PM from Virac daily. Fare is about Php 220.00 per person.

Upon reaching Virac, you may take a tricycle or jeepney going to Bato. Travel time is about 15-20 minutes.


Sunday, December 8, 2013

Homestay in Batanes: Marfel's Lodge


Bedroom for 1,000 pesos per night

Where to stay in Basco, Batanes? Checkout Marfel's Lodge!



Spacious living room

A great way to experience the genuine Ivatan hospitality when visiting Batanes is to stay in the many home stay facilities in Basco.


Amenities

Marfel's Lodge is one of the newest homestay facilities in Basco, Batanes. Owned and managed by a local resident Felomena Fitero, it is a 2-story house located just a few meters away or an easy 5-minute walk from the airport.


Dining Area

FACILITIES AND AMENITIES

The 2-story house has 2 bedrooms at the 2nd floor which could accommodate up to 3 persons per room. Each bedroom has 1 queen-size and one single-sized beds. Other amenities include a common toilet and bath, a small living room and a terrace at the 2nd floor, a kitchen, living room and dining area at the 1st floor. Television set, refrigerator, cooking set, dining utensils and WIFI connection are also available.


Kitchen

ROOM RATES (as of May 2013)

  • Air-conditioned Room: 1,000 pesos per night (good for 3 persons)
  • Fan Room: 700 pesos per night (good for 3 persons)


The rooms at the 2nd floor

Marfel's Lodge is definitely an ideal budget accommodation in Batanes!

Marfel's Lodge

Operator: Felomena Fitero (Ate Fe)
Address: Basco Batanes
Mobile Number: 0908-8931475


Planning a trip to Batanes? Read this Travel Guide on: "How to Plan a Trip to Batanes on a Budget"

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Resort in Siquijor: Coco Gove Beach Resort in San Juan


Looking for a beach resort in Siquijor? Check out Coco Grove Beach Resort!



Coco Grove is a huge beach resort located in San Juan, Siquijor. The resort is marvellously designed with well-manicured gardens that blend with the natural setting of the trees and the beach. It has two lovely swimming pools, one of which has a pool bar. Both are nice and well-kept. It has day beds, outdoor dining tables and louging areas scattered all over the pool side. The resort also has a restaurant at the beach area with a breathtaking view of the beach.


The resort's WIFI access is free, though it can only be accessed near the reception area. Staffs are all friendly, polite, attentive, sweet and cheerful. Everyone greets you with a smile all the time, their personalized service is a plus point of this resort. They have an 800 meters of white sand beach surrounded by turquoise water offering its guests with complete relaxation and rejuvenation.


Coco Gove Beach Resort's Cottages and Villas are mostly made of native materials, set within tropical gardens. Each cottage has its own private veranda, with the much needed amenities such as private toilet and bath, 32 inch flat screen LED TV with cable channels, air-conditioning unit and mini bar.


Room Rates:

Standard (good for 2 persons) - PHP 2,700
Deluxe (good for 2 persons) - PHP 3,100
Executive (good for 2 persons) - PHP 4,100
Family Deluxe (good for good for 4 persons) - PHP 4,100
Executive Deluxe (good for 4 persons) - PHP 4,500
Executive Special (good for 2 persons) - PHP 4,700
Executive Deluxe Cottage (good for 4 persons) - PHP 4,800
Royal & Golden Orchid (good for 2 pax) - PHP 5,100
Sunset Vista (good for 4 persons) - PHP 5,800
Executive Family Deluxe (good for 6 persons) - PHP 5,800
Suite Villas with Bath Tub (good for 4 persons) - PHP 6,900
Suite Villas with Jacuzzi (good for 4 persons) - PHP 8,700


Facilities and Amenities

  • 42 rooms for couples, families and groups
  • 2 swimming pools
  • 2 restaurants
  • Garden and Pool Bars
  • Satellite Internet and Wi-Fi area
  • Function Hall
  • Boutique Souvenir Store
  • Dive Shop and Dive Center


Services Offered

  • Island Tours and Island Hopping
  • Dive Tours and Diving Courses
  • Massage and Reflexology
  • Footspa
  • Manicure / Pedicure
  • In-House Laundry Service

COCO GROVE BEACH RESORT

Address: Tubod, San Juan, Siquijor Island, Philippines
Telephone Numbers: (+63) 915 253 5130 / (+63) 939 915 5123
(+63) 035 225-5490 / (+63) 035 422-9663 / (+63) 035 422-9820
Website: www.cocogrovebeachresort.com

How to get to Siquijor from Manila

  • There are no direct flights from Manila to Siquijor, you have to take a 1-hour flight from Manila to Dumaguete City, Philippine Airlines/PAL Express and Cebu Pacific have daily flights to Dumaguete from Manila.
  • From Dumaguete City airport (Sibulan airport), take a tricycle to Dumaguete port where fastcrafts going to Siquijor can be found.
  • Take a ferry or fast craft to Siquijor which usually take about 1 hour and fare is around 160 pesos.