Nature-tripping, war memorabilia and of course the food! Puerto Princesa is the place to go!

QUEZON City, Philippines (Eagle News Service, May 22) – Undoubtedly the crown city of Palawan, Puerto Princesa is the place to be if you are looking for multiple doses of adventure. The World War II museum gives us a glimpse on this significant, albeit terrifying, part of our history. Carefully preserved war memorabilia invokes the tenor of the times. Puerto Princesa is also known as one of the most environmentally-friendly cities in the Philippines. A part […]

Bataan, where history and adventure meets

QUEZON City, Philippines (Eagle News Service, May 20) – Bataan. A province known for its historical importance during World War II. This fact is commemorated every April during “Araw ng Kagitingan”. Two of its municipalities bear witness to the courage of Filipino soldiers. Mariveles, which according to local stories is named after the fact that there is so many dilis can be found there (“Maraming Dilis” = Mariveles) has many markers in its roads that […]

It only just Vigan! Vigan City hailed as one of the New 7 Wonder Cities of the World

QUEZON City, Philippines (Eagle News Service, May 20) – Almost every Filipino is familiar with the image of the cobblestone streets, horse-drawn kalesas and old houses. This image is the first to come to mind at the mere mention of Vigan. The fact that the city was able to preserve this piece of 16th century intact is so incredible that the effort was rewarded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, which declared Vigan […]

What to do when in Zambales?

QUEZON City, Philippines (Eagle News Service, May 19) – Current a favorite spot for summer vacationers and beach enthusiasts, Zambales has become popular for its isolated beaches. Pundaquit, Anawangin, Nagsasa… these are just some of the well-known coves in the province. What sets the beaches of Zambales apart from other locations in the country is the blessed isolation. Just a few kilometers away from the Metro and you can get away with all the stress […]

What is in Alaminos, Pangasinan?

QUEZON City, Philippines (Eagle News Service, May 19) – Can anyone guess what we can find in Alaminos, Pangasinan? This city is the site of one of the most famous landmarks in the Philippines. The Hundred Islands! Every school child knows what the Hundred Islands is. The name is actually a misnomer because the islands number 124 during low tide and 123 during high tide. Of said islands, only three were developed for tourism: Governor Island, […]

World’s loudest purr

MAY 18 — The Guinness Book of World Records named “Merlin” as the cat with the loudest purr in the world, stating that its purr is comparable to a dishwasher. (London, England) (Eagle News Service Jay Paul Carlos, Dexter Magno, MRFaith Bonalos)

Nine archaeological sites in Mexico registered under UNESCO ‘protection’

MAY 6 (Reuters) — Nine of Mexico’s most emblematic archaeological sites have been registered for “special protection” by the United Nations, awarding the grand cities of Mesoamerica’s lost civilizations special status. Mexico’s Foreign Ministry announced on Tuesday (May 05) that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, registered pre-Columbian sites across the country including Monte Alban, Teotihuacan, Chichen Itza and Calakmul, amongst others. “Monte Alban together with the other eight sites that […]

Mountain-climbing as a metaphor for life, universe and everything… (Warning: Melodrama)

QUEZON City, Philippines (Eagle News Service, May 4) – It was still dark when the group decided to go up the mountain on our second day in Nagsasa. We trekked the long, sandy beach on our way to the foot of the mountain, and once we reached it, the climbing – with its accompanying epiphany -started. As I negotiated the steep path, the first thing that flashed in my mind is regret – regret that […]

Sun, surf and sand… Adventures in Nagsasa Cove, Zambales

QUEZON City, Philippines (Eagle News Service, May 4) – The first of May usually sees crowds of people taking advantage of the holiday to go to the nearest beach and have fun in the sand, soak up the sun’s rays while listening to the sound of the surf. Boracay, Puerto Galera, Caramoan… these are just some of the popular tourist destinations during Labor Day, but if you want to traverse the road less traveled, just […]

An adventure in Anawangin cove

By Aimee V. Mendoza “TRAVEL and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” It was quoted by Seneca, a Roman Stoic Philosopher. That’s why, I and my four office buddies, despite conflicting schedules and tight-budget days, strove hard to make an adventure happen and traveled to Anawangin cove in Iba, Zambales. The afternoon travel We had arrived at the bus station at 9am Saturday morning, but we had to wait for the bus […]

Summer vacation do’s and don’ts

QUEZON City, Philippines (Eagle News Service, May 4) – Just spent a weekend at Nagsasa Cove in Zambales. The serene isolation combined with pristine beauty made it one of the highlights of my vacation. Of course, my little summer experience left me with little lessons that I will now share to ensure that you have your own perfect summer vacation. These are in no particular order. 1. Do contact someone regarding parking space, boat rental […]

Pride of Bicolandia – The Beaches of Caramoan

QUEZON City, Philippines (Eagle News Service, April 30) – Located in the lower eastern part of Camarines Sur, the island of Caramoan is undoubtedly a pride of Bicolandia. Also called the “secret paradise”, the beauty of Caramoan remains relatively unexploited, untarnished by commercial tourism. Nature-trippers are in for a treat as Caramoan features a bounty of natural beauty – from its crystal clear waters, white sand beaches, tranquil lakes, deep caves and rich marine life. […]