7D6N Surigao Itinerary & Travel Tips

7D6N Surigao Itinerary

Three provinces, a dozen islands, church ruins, a water village, mangrove areas, a lagoon, tidal pools, water falls, rivers (enchanted and not), all kinds of beaches, endless van and boat rides, and butt-numbing habal-habal rides. All these in this 7D6N Surigao itinerary that even includes a chill day in Butuan…

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Pico de Loro Hamilo Coast

Pico de Loro Hamilo Coast

A couple of hours away from Manila lies Pico de Loro of the Hamilo Coast in Nasugbu, Batangas. Guaranteeing the chance to do some beach bumming, swimming pool lounging and access to various sports facilities, this residence-resort promises a complete vacation package. Although it is ideally a destination exclusive to homeowners…

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Rogue Diaries: Holy-day Trip to La Union

Day Tour La Union

Doing a day trip to La Union is indeed possible. How? First and foremost: leave Manila at 3am or even earlier. Then, take the NLEX, SCTEX and the TPLEX. Five hours later, you’ll find yourself in Bauang, La Union (yes, this already includes an hour-long stopover at Petron NLEX for…

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Enchanting El Nido Inland Tour

El Nido Inland Tour

It was my birthday and I just had to spend it somewhere special.  El Nido, Palawan was an obvious choice, given all its accolades from various sources affirming over and over how heavenly it is.  Planning was haphazard with me avoiding looking at photos – I didn’t want to look too…

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Exhilarating El Nido Island Hopping Tour C

El Nido Island Hopping Tour C

El Nido, Palawan.  The “Philippines’ last frontier”. Inspiration of the famous movie The Beach. Home of various European versions of the reality game show Survivor. Setting of Leg 12 of the Amazing Race 5. Location of the ending scenes of the fourth Bourne Legacy movie. Always included in lists that say “Most Beautiful Beaches” in the Philippines/Asia/the world.…

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Nagsasa Cove Love

Nagsasa Cove Love Zambales Philippines

While everyone else was attentively watching the Pope make his rounds in the Philippines, I took the opportunity to finally visit one of the places I’ve been wanting to go to since I could remember: Nagsasa Cove. The Nagsasa Cove is one of Iba, Zambales’ no-longer secluded coves, the other…

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Montero Diaries: Sampaguita Beach, Batangas

Sampaguita Beach Batangas

Once again Google fooled us into embarking on a “1 hour and 22 minute drive” from Alabang to a virgin beach in Batangas: Sampaguita Beach. Deducting the time we spent on getting some diesel and buying some additional food at the market, we spent a total of 3 hours on…

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Montero Diaries: Malabrigo Beach

Malabrigo Beach

Summer means outings and trips to the beach. Searching for “best beaches near Manila” in Google would lead you to the Malabrigo beach in Batangas. I know I have been reposting my old article about the disappointing Batangas beaches where we went to during the past couple of years. But…

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4D3N Coron Itinerary

Postcards from Coron

Back in 2011, I had the opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines:  Coron.  And thanks to DIY Coron, we had a great itinerary which made the whole trip jam-packed with activities.  Here is a copy of our 4D3N Coron itinerary.  Read more: Visit the…

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