Pagsanjan Falls – worth the visit

QUEZON City, Philippines (Eagle News Service, June 1) – Every elementary student knows about this tourist spot, the famous Pagsanjan Falls in Laguna. The 91-meter falls possesses a rugged beauty. One can take a scenic one-hour boat ride to visit Pagsanjan. Plying the Bumbungan and Balanac rivers on your wooden canoe, you can take in the beauty of native trees, vines and wildlife.   The river ride back down is even more exciting as your […]

Commuters we all wish to avoid

QUEZON City, Philippines (Eagle News Service, May 29) – Most Filipinos go from one place to another by the ever-popular method – the commute. There are many modes of public transportation that we can choose from – pedicabs, tricycles, jeeps, taxis, the MRT, the LRT, the ferry – so we can arrive safely to our destination. Another mode of transportation that gained popularity by leaps and bounds in the pass year is the express-service type […]

Tagaytay – a cool getaway

QUEZON City, Philippines (Eagle News Service, May 26) Known as the second Summer Capital of the Philippines due to its cool climate that lasts all year long, Tagaytay City is truly a cool getaway for those who want to go far from the madding crowd. Because of its proximity to Metro Manila, Tagaytay is a favorite spot for weekend tourists, a quick go-to place for those searching for a whiff of fresh air. There are […]

Rice fields all around – Gapan City

QUEZON City, Philippines (Eagle News Service, May 27) – Found in the Rice Granary of the Philippines, Nueva Ecija, it is not surprising to find Gapan City surrounded by seemingly endless fields of green, with rice stalks, swaying in the wind. It is certainly a novel experience to try one’s hand in plowing the fields and planting rice. The same goes for taking care of farm animals like ducks. There must be something in the […]

Cavite – a province of generals and martyrs

QUEZON City, Philippines (Eagle News Service, May 26) – Neighboring Metro Manila is the southern province of Cavite. A province known for its significant contributions to Philippine history, Cavite is one of the eight provinces that first revolted against Spanish rule and has earned the honor of being one of the eight rays of the sun in the national flag.   Many municipalities in Cavite have been a site of some important battle or historical […]

Camiling, Tarlac – in search of delicious chicharon

QUEZON City, Philippines (Eagle News Service, May 27) – For a town named after a tree ubiquitous in the area, Camiling, a municipality in the province of Tarlac, has made a name for itself.   Found in the Tarlac-Pangasinan border, Camiling straddles a strategic location and served as a center of trade and commerce between the two provinces. Like many municipalities in Central Luzon, Camiling is mostly an agricultural town, surrounded by numerous green fields. […]

A city on the mountain top – Baguio

QUEZON City, Philippines (Eagle News Service, May 25) – What a started as a summer vacation spot for the Americans during their 40-year rule over the Philippines, Baguio City has grown into one of the most popular metropolises in the Philippines. There’s much to do in the summer capital of the Philippines. Visit the usual tourist spots of Burnham Park, Camp John Hay and Mines View Park and hang-out and take in the city’s vibe. […]

Bulacan – a province steeped in history

QUEZON City, Philippines (Eagle News Service, May 25) – Steeped in history, Bulacan is proud of its varied contributions to the Philippines. Many are the historical events that occurred within the confines of this province. Bulacan is one of the first provinces to revolt against Spanish rule. As such it was given an honor as one of the eight rays of the sun in the Philippine flag. The province also served as the home of […]

The Candaba Wetlands – a bird watcher’s paradise

QUEZON City, Philippines (Eagle News Service, May 22) – Who would have thought that the quiet, sleepy town of Candaba will soon become famous? The wetlands or “latian” came about as the town served as the catch-basin for the overflowing rivers of Pampanga. Measuring 32, 000 hectares, the Candaba swamps is teeming of wildlife. Hearing of the various kinds of ducks and other migratory birds making the place their resting point, bird enthusiasts flock in […]

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 […]

This is not a drill! PHIVOLCS issues map of West Valley Fault

QUEZON City, Philippines (Eagle News Service, May 21) – Recently, the world was shocked by the earthquake that hit Nepal. Reaching a magnitude of 7.8, the earthquake killed more than 8, 000 and injured 19, 000 more. Another literal earth-shaking event occurred in Japan in 2011. The magnitude 9.0 undersea earthquake caused a tsunami that killed which killed almost 16, 000 and injured 6, 000 more. What is more chilling is the fact that earthquakes […]

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 […]