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…

Gulugod-Baboy camping experience

BATANGAS — Anilao is often associated with diving activities because of its diverse marine life. However for hiking enthusiast, the town is the starting point of trekking the hills that traverse Calumpan Peninsula of Mabini, Batangas.  Rising at 525masl, Gulugod-Baboy is rated as Minor Climb by PinoyMountaineer with 2/9 difficulty and a trail class of…

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…

Behind these Pink Walls

By Gian Gutierrez There were nights inside these walls I sleep in tears Questioning why am I living, for what do I exist? They say all I am is not what should it be Who I am is wrong and I cannot be freed I lay myself crying again behind these walls They keep pushing…

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….

7 time preserved wonders of Luzon

MANILA– In a country stepping forward to modernization and internet dependency, specially in Luzon,  many are puzzled that the country still has a lot of time locked spots in the island.  For those who are seeking a short break from our fast phased ‘online life,’ I suggest that you visit these seven wonders in Luzon that…

Maranat Falls of Bulacan

MANILA–Located on the southeast edge of Bulacan, bordered by Rodriguez, Rizal, Maranat falls is one of the famed tourist destinations in this spot of the province. Usually planned as a side trip after Mt. Balagbag (777+masl) traverse from Rizal, we’ve decided to camp and solely enjoy the falls. The clear and cool waters are ideal…

The #Panagbenga2015 Experience

By Gillian Gacuma | Photo by Philippine STAR’s Andy Zapata Jr. Baguio City, Philippines– Two decades of blossoming together, the city welcomed a large number of tourists from all over the country to celebrate the annual flower festival that is Panagbenga last February this year. While most of us are aware that it’s a display of…