Café Breton: a spot of ‘France’ in Diliman

MANILA — Lucky for Kyusi (Quezon City) residents, the Diliman area has many good food choices — Maginhawa Street, Town Center, food stalls inside UP campus, and Krus na Ligas area. My friends and I recently visited U.P. Technohub and came across Cafe Breton. Initially, I thought it was just another ripoff version of French-themed…

How to book Taiwan Highspeed Rail tickets online and how to claim it?

BOOKING YOUR TICKETS ONLINE Step 1 Visit Taiwan Highspeed Rail ‘s official website and select English as your preferred language.  Step 2 Tap “24hrs Online Booking”. Step 3 Fill out the necessary information then click “search”. *Taipei: Taipei Main Station *Taoyuan: Taoyuan International Airport *If you are traveling with someone, click “none” on Seat Preference so the system…

Online Martial Law museum launched vs historical revisionism

MANILA — A team from Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) recently launched an interactive ‘online museum’ in their effort to educate the public on late Ferdinand Marcos’ reign as Philippine President and his implementation of Martial Lawwhich runs for another decade. Still in Beta versionthe site is easily accessible to everyone through any up-to-date internet…

Jomalig Island: Maldives of PH

MANILA — Located far off the eastern coast of Quezon province, Jomalig Island continuously  amuse every guest that will step on its pinkish sand and beautiful landscape. Not to mention its clear and blue waters, it’s undeniable that this island offers an amazing weekend getaway. To be honest, of all the beaches that I’ve been…

The quiet town of Candon

MANILA – You might have heard of Candon before, especially if you’re traveling to well known spots in Ilocos Norte or Sur. A month ago, I was assigned for a 4 day seminar in Ilocos Sur and fortunately my team agreed to my plea of staying in the city, than the usual hotels in Vigan. …

PHOTO: Cowrie Island, Palawan

PUERTO PRINCESA– We went to Cowrie Island for a day trip, our hotel (Aziza Paradise Hotel) arranged the trip for us but the boatmen told me that a day tour in the island cost Php 1,500 ($30). The Island is truly awesome, and Honda bay is simply a paradise to lounge in. We had our…

Beach camping experience at Playa la Caleta

MANILA — Summer is still far from reality and we just had the holiday breaks but for travelers like me, every weekend is always an opportunity to discover new destinations.  Located at the edge of  Morong, Bataan, Playa La Caleta is a rising beach destination that boast an amusing tropical scenery and clear sea waters abundant with diverse marine…

LU’s halo-halo haven

LA UNION — The season of chasing waves is back with this year’s Surfing Break. Attracting varied markets from college students on semestral break to families and buddies with interest in surfing. Plain sports spectators are welcomed too.   If there is one thing that I love about the coastal heat, it’s not the vibe…

Fiesta Garden Hotel Resort and Spa: Vigan’s refreshing stay

MANILA — Vigan is a favorite holiday destination, as visitors explore the rustic ambiance of this World Heritage city. However, Vigan trips now can be more than the usual stroll along its calles (streets) lined with old houses. Located just five minutes away from Vigan’s heritage village, Fiesta Garden Hotel Resort and Spa is a…

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…

Wonder Waterfalls of Mt. Romelo

MANILA– Located in Siniloan Quezon Province, Mt. Romelo (240+masl) is one of the famed easy-dayhike destinations near Manila, not just for one reason, but five. Lanzones, Batya-Batya, Buruwisan, Old Buruwisan, and Sampaloc falls that surrounds the mountain is the real highlight of the trip. All of these are easily accessible from the campsite above Buruwisan falls. Although beginners…

Let…love…In! Filipinos unite for Metro Manila Pride festival

MANILA– Family, friends and members of the LGBTQIA+ community gathered in front of Lapu-Lapu Shrine last June 25, 2016 to call for an end to discrimination and hate. The event which is packed with features like open marketplace that sells Pride merchandise and freebies, was also attended by members of the press and foreign tourists. “Love…