Exploring some of Samar’s best adventure spots

CATBALOGAN — Samar is finally receiving its well-deserved attention when it comes to tourism. And just a year ago, my friends from other publications were able to see and enjoy what this province has to offer. The trip which is initiated by the former governor of Samar to bring the province to the map of…

Camping at Mt. Ulap

MANILA — It’s no doubt that Mt. Ulap rose as a new hiking destination in upland north. Roofing at 1,846 MASL it peaks through the Lingayen gulf in Pangasinan in the west, Mt. Arayat in the south and the some of the famous Cordillera mountains on the east. Average temperature here ranges from 10 to 15…

Feast of Filipino Hospitality

MANILA — Homecoming means happy memories with family and friends. It also means carefully prepared dishes for loved ones from abroad, and this is what Filipinos have become known for – a warm and cheerful welcome for our guests. Nestled within the quiet street of Ortigas in Pasay City, Mabuhay Manor is a sanctuary for…

Mt. Balagbag of Rizal

MANILA–Bordered by Bulacan and Rizal, Mt. Balagbag is one of the minor climb destinations which is relatively close to Manila.  With the elevation of 770 MASL, the unpaved road with mostly ascend wide and open trail will take you 2-3 hours before reaching the summit.  Although locals recall a past when the mountain was covered…

10 things you shouldn’t miss on your first Batanes trip

By Harry Bayona BASCO– The northernmost and smallest province in the Philippines, the island of Batanes is also dubbed as the “Nature’s Playground” as it boast rare flora and fauna, undulating terrain, limestone cliffs, stretches of white and cream-colored sandy beaches and clear waters. Although accessible by scheduled flights from Manila, accessibility is still an issue…

Uber Manila to introduce new ridesharing option

By Gillian Gacuma MANILA–  Famous ride sharing app, Uber Manila is now on foot to bring a new ride sharing option in Metro Manila. The new option matches the rider with other Uber riders in the same area, going the same direction, at the same time. The option will be available starting June 15, 2016.  The…

Classic bridges of Manila that we wish we have today

By Gillian Gacuma | Resources: Rafael Minuesa and Robert S. Gardner MANILA– Flyovers, bridges and soon, double-deck elevated highways are ordinary sights in today’s metropolis. Crisscrossing our roads and connecting districts with its pale grey cement and metal railing look, passing through it will be at the cost of just cutting travel time.  However, back in the day, bridges are…

TRENDING: Video show 100 years of beauty in the Philippines

MANILA– Filipinas are beautiful, that’s undebatable. The round dark brown eyes and charming smile has been capturing the heart of the world through the years–testified by their dominance in various international beauty pageants.  In a 4 minute presentation posted by Watchut Video, anthropologist Chris Santo Domingo Chan explained the progression of definition of Filipina beauty in the…

Leap of ‘fate’ in the canyons of Alegria and Badian

CEBU– It has been told before that it takes one big leap forward to explore the wonders of life and takes guts to perform it. Well, I advice you to pack as many guts as you can when you include canyoneering in your bucket list.  Note: Two days ago, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and…

Kapit Bisig sa Jomalig 2016

By Gillian Gacuma | Photo by Agatha Lee Ruadap REAL– Located off the coast of Luzon, Jomalig is a sixth-class island-municipality composed of five barangays located on the far eastern end of Polilio Islands in Quezon. It has a land area of 51 square kilometers and a population of over 6,000 in 2011. The island is regularly exposed…

Fast facts: The Philippine flag

MANILA–Celebrated every 28th of May, the Philippine flag was first unfurled on that day in 1898 after the Philippine Revolutionary Army defeated Spanish forces in a battle in Cavite and was formally presented to the people on June 12, 1898. And here’s what you need to know before flying high the stunning flag of the Filipinos….