Amazing Facts That You Should Know About Sandugo

Every Filipino is accustomed to prepare for festivals. Filipinos are known to be hospitable, warm and accommodating not only to friends and families but also to everyone around the globe. It was this certain homey vibe that most tourists would definitely look forward to when visiting any of the 7,107 islands we have. The island of Bohol is definitely one place that is impossible to miss.

One festival to look forward to is the Sandugo Festival of Bohol. This is not only a festival of sights and sounds but also of historical value. Sandugo, or Blood Compact, is celebrated during July to commemorate the friendship forged between Captain General Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, the Spanish King Conquistador, and Datu Sikatuna in March 16,1565.

 

How it all Began

 

Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, being Conquistador, set foot on Boholano soil sometime in 1565 and was warmly received by the reigning Datu, Rajah Sikatuna. The sands of time would reveal that the two leaders were able to forge a unique bond when the Rajah decided to swore allegiance to the crown of Spain.

 

The Blood Compact

 

To formalize the forged bond between the two leaders, they had undertaken the sharing of wine sprinkled with their own blood or “Dugo” in the local Visayan dialect, coming from their left arms, thus strengthening the pact that promoted friendship and brotherhood for both nationalities. Signing of the treaty was done at the southwest coast of Bohol during that fateful day in 1565.

 

Sight and Sounds

 

Today, we celebrate Sandugo Festival not only to attract tourists but also, for commemorating the First Treaty of Alliance and Friendship between the Spaniards and the Filipinos. Not only does the festival have a historical value, but it also promotes culture to the younger generations. Sights, sounds, colorful decors, a myriad of activities and the famous reenactment of the “Blood Compact” are some of the highlights of the festival.

 

Boholano Resilience Amid Calamities and Tragedies

 

For the recent years, the Boholanos were subjected to various natural calamities that shook the very foundation of the island, and also of their own individual selves. For many, this is a time of uniting everyone who is a true blue Boholano. Tagbilaran City not only rejoices its Charter Day on the month of July but also the Province of Bohol which became a separate politico-military province on July 22, 1854, thereby creating a festive mood for the whole month. The festival, originally celebrated in March, is set for July 22 to 27, 2015, coincides with the Tigum Bol-anon Tibuok Kalibutan (TBTK) on July 24 to 27, a gathering of Boholanos from all over the world. This showed the whole nation that in times of distress, unity and the desire to help will still rise above anything else.

 

DOT Regional Director Rowena Lu Montecillo stated through a public newspaper that hotels and resorts are most likely to be fully booked as influx of tourists and locals would increase foot traffic in the island.

 

Fun. Fabulous. Finds

 

This year, the Sandugo festival will showcase the best of the regions’ creativity and produce, focusing on Tourism as the focal point on the said festival. Wanting to check more than the usual gift ideas you bring in from Bohol? Then it’s already a GO for Sandugo! Craftsmanship, Innovation, Ingenuity and Originality will spruce up the festival this year. DTI, working hand in hand with DOT, is expecting an influx of brand new ideas and tour packages from world renowned hotels and resorts that offer only the best from the island.

 

A Gem of the Visayas

 

In general, Sandugo Festival in Bohol is just a cherry on top. If you would really immerse yourself in the festivities, you will definitely realize that it is a hidden gem in the Visayas. Bohol holds a certain charm that is different from the other islands. Being able to touch base with the locals, partake in a gastronomical feast, visit the Sandugo or Blood Compact Site, getting a feel of the old world charm with the old churches that remained steadfast amid being devastated by earthquakes and being mesmerized by the Chocolate Hills, all these create a worthwhile experience that will be forever etched in one’s reverie.

 

Sources: Inquirer, Islands of the Philippines

 

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7 People You Should Be With When Travelling

 

1. The Camera Addict

 

They do not mind taking your pictures. What’s even great is that, they use DSLR to take good quality photos. They will give you the best angle, lighting, exposure, so that, it would be your next profile photo. They will go beyond the average travelers photography efforts, making it sure that it would be Instagram worthy.

Cons: Carrying too much equipment for the shoot. Longer time in staying in a particular area.

 

2. The Itinerary Guru

 

Your trip schedule from sunrise to lights-out are already planned out by this friend. You do not have to worry where to eat, where to go or even how to go there. Everything is already planned. Some of them even have the itinerary made in Excel file or PowerPoint slides.

Several hours are spent to make this itinerary close to perfection, so make sure to acknowledge it.

Cons: They sometimes get cranky when the schedule is not followed.

 

3. The On-the-Go-er

 

Sleeping in a hammock? Eating scary local delicacies? Cliff Diving? No Problem! Easy to go with people with no hesitations in saying yes in all the adventures presented to them. No time will be wasted thinking if you guys should do this and that, they will jump right in and ——YOLO!

Definitely not a party pooper!

Cons: They’re very active and chill vacations may not be suitable for them.

 

4. The Haggler

 

They are perfect buddies when you go to night market, souvenir shops and local food stalls. They have the mindset that sellers usually have high profit margin, especially to the tourist. They will use their persuasive skills to get their money’s worth. Who knows, maybe the money changer would also give you a higher rate.

Cons: Longer time spent for shopping.

 

5. The Navigator

 

Google Maps offline? Tripadvisor? Yes! They have it all! Every travelers need is all in their smart phone. Yup! They remember the route effortlessly, so you are sure you will be back in your hotel in no time! When uncertainty arises, they are quick thinker, optimistic and determined to have a smooth trip. They love to talk to locals, and ask them for stories, directions, and suggestions. They become handy, when you are the shy type person.

Cons: They usually like to walk a lot!

 

6. The Travel Book-er

 

Xiexie! Salamat! Makasih! Not only they know some of the phrases of those country, they’ve also read the history of it. You do not need a guide anymore to tell you the history of the Ming Dynasty or how the greatwall of china was built. They will share you all of the stuff they’ve read and learned. They also know some secrets of which place should you guys go to fully appreciate what the country can offer.

Cons: They talk a lot! (which is not usually a bad thing!)

 

7. The Backpacker

 

Always overweight? No problem, being friends with backpackers will surely be at your advantage. Group check-in would be your best friend! Backpackers are very particular in what they bring. It may be a light weight towel, ultra-thin jacket, etc. They do not compromise what they bring, instead they buy travel friendly items.

Make sure they didn’t pick the no-baggage option.

Cons: They ask toiletries from you.

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How to Pack Like A Professional Travel Blogger

 

My traveling stint took me back more than 20 years ago when I embarked on my first journey to our province. Imagine a 5 or 6 year old kid tasked to bring all of her stuff and be in the mountains for 2 weeks or for the entire summer break [which spans up to 2 months]. Back then, when computers, laptops and cellphones are thing of the future, I had learned the value of taking care of your equipment and valuables above everything else.

 

However, being exposed to different jobs and interests, while following my passion for the outdoors and also being able to take the Basic Mountaineering Courses, I learned how to pack effectively for all my travels. And that includes everything that I need in my length of travel. Being self contained makes me save money in my travels. Carrying my pack most of the time instead of portering definitely made me save extra money that I can have as a buffer/contigency fund.

 

Here are some things that we need to understand while packing up:

  1. We are only allowed to carry ⅓ of our total weight. That means, choose a backpack after you had checked your total weight. Most of the backpacks are measured in Liters, not in kilograms, though when roughly translated, 1 KL is equivalent to 1 L. Then again, you have to bear in mind that the human body can lift only ⅓  of our average weight comfortably. So for overnights or 3 day travels, you can definitely carry a 30L or 40L pack snug-fit.
  2. Always make sure to compress your stuff and place bulky ones at the bottom of the pack. It will definitely help if you roll your garments too. Sleeping bags, windbreakers/rainbreakers can be placed in the bottom.
  3. Make a list of the things that you are packing. As a digital nomad, we need to pack out our chargers, laptops, mobile phones, power banks and flash drives so that we won’t miss a thing or two with our created memories. Neatly coil up the wires to prevent from being tangled and always make sure to provide name stickers on your gadgets.
  4. Waterproof all of your stuff. Having a suitcase or a backpack, you can always individually pack it via Ziplocks or use a thick translucent garbage bag to waterproof your stuff. Just line up the inside compartment with the bag to make it waterproof. Unexpected downpours might come when traveling so it is better to be safe than sorry.
  5. Lastly, always share your itinerary with close family and friends. You will never know what lies ahead but it will be better if a person or two would know where you are heading so that they will have an idea whenever emergency situations happen. In my climbs, we would always appoint a person that will check on us from time to time. Someone who has a list of our “In Case of Emergency” contacts. This is very crucial in every travel.

 

Over the years of traveling and with the help of experience, here are my “things to bring” and my take on how to pack like a professional blogger:

 

[Clothes]

  1. 1 set of decent blouse/polo shirt/slacks/skirt for dinner parties
  2. 1 pair of trek pants [khaki/black ones] can be worn either on formal or informal meetings
  3. 3 pairs of trek shorts
  4. 3 pairs of black leggings
  5. 3 pairs or more of two piece bathing suit
  6. 6 dri fit shirts
  7. 1 long-sleeve  dri fit shirt [this will work
  8. 1 pair of flip-flops
  9. 1 pair of sneakers
  10. 4 pairs of socks [depends on the number of days that you will travel]
  11. 1 pair of black dress socks
  12. 1 pair of dress shoes
  13. 3 pairs or less of undies
  14. 1 microfiber towel [less bulky and dries easily]

 

Toiletries: These travel sized buddies are packed in one mesh pouch

 

  1. 1 small bottle of shampoo
  2. 1 small tube of toothpaste and mouthwash
  3. 1 small toothbrush
  4. 1 small sized deodorant
  5. 1 small bar of soap or 1 bottle of shower gel
  6. 1 small tube/bottle of lotion
  7. 1 pack of pantyliner/pads
  8. 1 small bottle of cologne
  9. 1 small bottle of sanitizer/alcohol
  10. dental floss

 

First Aid Kit: A must have in every travel

  1. cotton buds
  2. cotton balls/squares
  3. Povidone-Iodine Solution
  4. band aids
  5. AntiBacterial Cream
  6. Anti burn ointment
  7. oral meds like paracetamol, anti histamine, pain relievers, anti motility, anti colds, anti vomiting, nasal decongestants, etc [2 tabs/caps for each]
  8. elastic bandage [3x5 in diameter]

 

Gears: Though I seldom bring this all when I am up in the mountains, still when I travel elsewhere, I bring these.

  1. Camera [either point and shoot or DSLR]
  2. Mobile phone with Camera
  3. Chargers
  4. Power bank
  5. Laptop /Tab
  6. Universal Power Converter
  7. Tripod [optional]
  8. LTE devices/wifi sticks
  9. ear phones/headsets

 

Packing stuff might differ from one person to another and the list of the”must haves” are endless. It will be always helpful to bear in mind your needs and as well as how prepared you are for the trip. And while you’re at it, do not forget to bring your other essentials like Passport, Visa, pocket money in different currencies [when traveling internationally], a TSA padlock to secure your pack, additional ziplocks and eco friendly bags or perhaps, assault packs [tiny backpacks attached to big outdoor packs].

 

Another thing to consider is snacking on little proportions the healthy way. Dried fruit and nuts are a great way to fight hypoglycemia while walking around exploring places. And also, always hydrate with water. It helps flush out toxins and maintain a healthy pinkish glow on your skin. It also helps regulate body temperature.

 

Hope you did learned a lot from this. Happy packing! 🙂

Sources:

 

http://travelfashiongirl.com/blogger-packing-lists/

http://fathomaway.com/postcards/stuff/expert-packing-advice/

http://www.refinery29.com/travel-writer-packing-tips

http://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-blogs/packing/

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Cebu!

 

Cebu is one of the country’s top destinations that come to mind when travel is talked about. Not only can Cebuanos boast of very beautiful scenic spots but they also have a lot of local culture to share. Their culture is more Filipino than what you get from people in Manila who may be regarded as more Americanized in mindset and practice. There are different ways on how one can get around and discover more of what Cebu has to offer. One can move along with the conventional way of city tour where a guide explains the sites with detailed history and one can also join the new form of city tour where guests just walk to go around the city to feel more immersed in the local environment. Because of the surge of the new mindset in travel, guides have also evolved to keep up with the demands of the market in terms of guiding. Now, not only do guides have to be knowledgeable about the place but they also have to be very resourceful and artistic to make sure that they keep their guests entertained. They can do this by humanizing their stories by injecting personal stories and making it more real for their audience.  Apart from the conventional tours, there has also been a continuous discovery of off the beaten destinations and activities that are not conventional.

 

One of them is the biking adventure trail that Cebu Mountain Bike Adventures can offer. Fear not that this activity is only for professional bikers because even beginners can also join in. There are different tracks for different levels of expertise from beginner to professional ones. Their guides are really friendly and accommodating, I remember how one of our friends did not know how to ride a bike and he was even given a crash course on how to maneuver a bike.  We went on the hills that looked more like New Zealand than Philippines with the view of cows and lush greenery down to the lake and a very sumptuous Boodle meal that is really very Filipino. Nowadays, it is hard to find a place where they serve the traditional local Filipino kind but I have to say the house we stayed at for lunch and the way Nanay (Term used for old women) cooked the roasted pork really made me go back in time and remember what being Filipino was all about. This is really one memorable experience.

 

But Cebu can’t be Cebu without food and delicacies, one of the hidden gems in this city is cottage industry turned big time business, Ralfe Gourmet Chocolates or The Chocolate Chamber which serves and sells different kinds of flavored Hot Tsokolate and truffles that are truly Filipino. They also have a Museo de Tsokolate-only one in the Philippines where people can interact and see the whole process of how cocoa is turned from plant to consumable ready chocolate.  

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How the World Sleeps

How the World Sleeps

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Sleep is a universal habit, but the approach to it differs in all parts of the world. Some countries enjoy a generous amount of sleep, while others suffer from the lack of it. Many people also complain of sluggishness after waking up. As we’ve previously pointed out here on Tralulu Travel Guide, not everyone knows how to relax. Sometimes it takes something extra, like doing yoga poses, for you to feel refreshed. The same goes for sleeping, which is why several countries follow traditional practices when it comes to the activity.

In that regard, let’s take a look at how people of different cultures spend their time for dozing off.

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Spaniards love afternoon naps

In Spain, most businesses close from noon to early afternoon every day. This is because of the practice known as siesta, the centuries-old tradition of resting when the sun’s heat is at its peak. The National Sleep Foundation explained that this habit started from farmers who were encouraged to sleep during the hottest parts of the day. Spain is a particularly hot country, and the siesta provides the locals time to restore their energy.

The name is derived from the Latin phrase ‘hora sexta’, which means ‘sixth hour’. Spaniards traditionally consider dawn as the start of the day, hence the hours of siesta. But although it originated in Spain, it’s now practiced even in other Mediterranean nations like Italy and Greece, along with numerous Spanish-speaking countries.

Sleeping Girl on the Train

The Japanese sleep in public

While companies in other countries frown upon sleeping on the job, Japan actually encourages it. In fact, you can see many Japanese taking naps at the workplace or in public areas. This is because they typically sleep late in the night and rise early in the morning.

Taking naps in public is a culturally accepted practice termed inemuri, and the New York Times mentioned that it’s a sign of diligence for the locals. To them, sleeping in public means the person is working to the point of total exhaustion. It’s worth noting that Tokyo is also known to be the city with the least amount of sleep, with residents taking 5 hours and 59 minutes of average bedtime.

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Germans leave their windows open

In Germany, it’s common to see houses with open windows at night. To the rest of the world, it’s generally understandable if done during summer, but the Germans apparently keep their windows open even in winter. This is because they believe fresh air is the secret to a good quality sleep. In addition, Leesa mentioned that they even hang blankets out during the day, so that the material will absorb outdoor scents and to allow only fresh air to enter when it’s bedtime.

Mexicans meditate before sleeping

Mexicans are a religious folk and research shows that 63 percent of them say a prayer and/or do other religious rituals before going to bed. Since praying can be considered a form of meditation, it’s known to induce relaxation. It appears to be helpful, given the fact that Mexicans have an average bedtime of 7 hours and 3 minutes.

The Brits prefer it naked

In a 2013 global sleep survey, it was discovered that a third of the British population prefers to sleep in the nude. Surprisingly, sleeping in your birthday suit has its benefits. The Telegraph noted that the absence of night clothes helps regulate body temperature, thereby giving the person better sleep quality. It is also reported to help with blood circulation, which is of course, great for the heart and muscles.

5 Food Facts About Vietnam

5 Food Facts About Vietnam

 

Back in February of 2016, I had the chance to visit Vietnam for the first time. That trip is one of those memories I’ll always cherish not only because I got to experience its culture that is rich and intact, or saw many picturesque sights, but largely because of my enjoyment for their food. From time to time, I would crave for that fresh, light and healthy taste of Vietnamese food that is quite distinct from its neighboring Asian countries. Here’s a simple guide on what to enjoy beyond your typical Gỏi cuốn with peanut sauce.

1. Coffee culture

 

Vietnamese coffee is known for the rich aroma and roasted taste that is simply enjoyed either on it’s own, with sweetened condensed milk or interesting things like eggs and even mangoes. Their coffee can be served hot or cold, sometimes even with a coffee drip but one thing’s for sure: it’s freshly brewed. Similar to some of its neighboring asian countries, their coffee culture involves lounging in little plastic chairs out on the streets in the afternoon and just chatting away with your friends as a pastime.

 

 

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It is so easy to find coffee to bring home as there’s lots of shops selling beans by the bulk, they even offer cheap coffee drips for your personal use. They categorize their coffee by the number, depending on the darkness of roast and bitterness of coffee. If you cannot commit to coffee beans, their G7 instant coffee mixes are just as good. Trust me.

 

2. Cuisine

 

Vietnamese cuisine has so much to offer than what you typically see in commercial restaurants. If asked to describe what it is like, I would say it’s the kind of cuisine with a flavor profile that’s not too overwhelming but sure is enough to make you love it.  

 

 

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One thing you’ll notice and definitely enjoy is the freshness of the ingredients, whether that would be the vegetables or seafood. The preparation is not that complex, but they make sure that each flavor of the  components are pronounced. It is always never too salty or too oily.  Vietnamese love their spices as well – don’t be fooled by that bowl of sliced chilis on the side; it really packs a punch but makes the whole food experience even more amazing.

 

3. Seafood

 

 

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One thing I will never forget from my trip to Vietnam is that seafood spread we had when we visited Ha Long Bay. We were seated on the side of the road in those plastic chairs enjoying the winter air and the server just put down a plateful of oysters fresh off the grill. It tastes heavenly and was really juicy that you can just taste the sea. We partnered our steamed rice to plates of grilled fish,  crabs and shrimps, clam soup and it was amazing. It’s really fresh, big and flavorful seafood that’s served hot with just a side of lemon and chili. Aside from the taste, you’ll also enjoy it because it’s relatively cheap, especially if you come in groups and try out different dishes together.

 

4. Street food

 

 

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Like anywhere in Asia, street food is always the interesting part. It is the cheap, fast, readily available fried little things that you can enjoy while doing just about anything. What makes street food in Vietnam interesting is that it is diverse – from fried spring rolls with glass noodles and hints of vegetables and meat, bowls of rice noodles with beef flanks and herbs, french baguette with meat and other savory fillings, to cut up fresh fruits sprinkled with chili, lime and salt. It is a beautiful marriage of fried and fresh things together that you almost don’t feel like you’re eating traditional book-definition of street food. Good food that’s guilt-free? Count me in.

 

5. “Souvenir” Treats

 

 

Of course, every trip wouldn’t be complete without anything to bring home as giveaway to your family and/or friends, or simply for your own pleasure. From my experience, Vietnam isn’t really that big on specially-packaged or ‘export quality’ souvenir treats aside from packed banana or vegetable chips, or chocolate-covered dried mangoes. They are more on the typical touristy things like shirts, hats, fridge magnets, key chains and whatnot. What you should look out for however are the local goodies like dried/preserved fruits and nuts, coffee beans, local tea blends, spices and/or instant Vietnamese rice noodles. It’s available almost anywhere, in any shop. If I actually had a choice, I would bring home bags and bags of their sweetened plain yogurt.

 

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6 Guide Questions to Traveling Cheaply

6 Guide Questions to Traveling Cheaply

Traveling is often times branded as a luxury because unless you have deep pockets, it would be such a pain in the wallet to go to places. I’m pretty sure that if we all have that, we probably would’ve been to all of the countries and islands by now. But alas, we have to make do with what we currently have. It is so easy to overspend on something if you don’t keep an eye on your expenses, so here are 6 guide questions to keep in mind in order to travel cheaply.

 

1. What do I want to see there?

 

 

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This is a question for your focus on your travel budget, which we already established as a crucial game in traveling. An effective way for you to be conscious about it is thinking about your destination. Focus the largest portion of your budget on what you want to see or experience in that place.  You can also use the holy trinity as a guide for your traveling budget, and that would be (1) accommodation, (2) transportation, and (3) food and drinks. Set aside travel emergency fund as well.

 

2. Am I traveling to a fancy hotel or not?

 

 

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This is a question for your accommodation, and more than likely the answer would be the latter. It isn’t bad to get a hotel of your choice,  as your convenience will always be a priority. I’m not forcing you to stay in a sketchy hostel, either. But if you’re going to spend a bigger chunk of your day outdoors, it is more wallet-friendly to scrimp a little on hotels. Remember that you are paying extra for the logos and amenities that you probably can do without.

 

3. What can I bring with me that I already own?

 

 

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This is a question on what resources you already have that can minimize your traveling expenses. An example would be carrying around a water bottle with you during walks. Almost every establishments would be willing to refill your bottle so you don’t have to buy another once you’re finished. Other items could be your bag essentials like tissues, snacks, slippers, etc. The price could look little, but it will add up after some time.

 

4. Does this represent my experience?

 

 

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This is a question on the souvenirs you’re planning to buy. I admit, I’m partly guilty at taking home mass-produced printed tees, fridge magnets and little trinkets of places I’ve been to. But the way for you to travel cheap is to only bring home things that represent the culture and experience you’ve been through. Not only are you buying just a few things, you also know that your souvenirs has more significance to you.

 

5. What is this place’s food specialty?

 

 

This is a question on what food items are you splurging your money on. Eating out for your three meals could be expensive so you have to choose wisely which of the three. If you can make your own food for breakfast or any meals at your hotel, do it. When you do eat out, ask yourself if you’re going to spend more on drinks, food or dessert. It is also notably wise to eat like a local, for you’re steering clear of commercial restaurants where prices could be jacked up and you’re getting an authentic taste of your destination.

 

6. Do I really have to go there?

 

 

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Tourist destinations and capital cities can be quite costly, and that is inevitable in any country. Not to mention thousands of tourists could be with you at the same place, at same time. Of course I cannot tell you not to visit them but you might want to try out some less-travelled spots where the origins of the place (like it’s status, culture and people) are still kept intact and commercialism is not that high. Ask yourself if it’s worth going somewhere where everybody has already traveled to, just for the sake and picture of it.

 

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My 4 Annual Tagaytay Go-To Places

My 4 Annual Tagaytay Go-To Places

 

We all have that familiar spots that our families visit as an annual tradition. For my family, that is Tagaytay. We love it not only for the chilly weather, but for that feeling of escape that it gives, away from the busyness of our everyday lives.

Over the years, new spots have emerged for you to eat, shop and do things at, but this list is not about that. Here are 5 places that my family loves to come back to year by year.

 

1. Ilog Maria Honeybee Farms

 

 

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This has to be one of my favorite homegrown brands. We’ve religiously visited ever since it was small, and we’ve seen their following and their little farm grow over the years. Ilog Maria sells all-natural products like household, aromatherapy, skincare, health and personal products, as well as natural handmade soaps. What makes it special is that bee by-products such as bee pollen, honeycomb, beeswax or raw honey is the star ingredient in most of their products. All materials are sourced locally, if not regionally, and chemicals are not introduced even in the farm itself. They’re also an advocate in saving the lives of bees. It’s haven for organic fanatics.

 

Contact Info:

47 Aguinaldo Highway, Lalaan 1, Silang, 4118 Cavite

Open from Tuesdays to Sundays, 8AM to 5PM

www.ilogmaria.com

info@ilogmaria.com

 

2. Amira’s Buco Tart Haus

 

 

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Coconuts are abundant in Tagaytay and one thing you’d notice is the countless number of buko pie shops everywhere you go. It’s inevitable for you to pick up a box of baked goodies that’s fresh from the oven. I get my fix here at Amira’s Buco Tart House. The owner started off working in the 90’s with cakes and breads but they became famous with their All-Year Favorite Buco Tart. They have long expanded to more than just tarts but their classic with apple crumble crust on top and sweet coconut meat on the inside will always have my heart.

 

Contact Info:

Aguinaldo Highway Corner SVD Road

Barangay Maitim 2nd East Tagaytay City

Open daily from 7AM to 7PM

(0916) 360-2849 or (046) 413-4109

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order@amirasbucotart.com

 

3. Bawai’s Vietnamese Kitchen

 

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Your commercial Vietnamese restaurants at the malls have nothing against Bawai’s authenticity at their home-cooked offerings, in fact they’ve mastered to get me craving every once in awhile. Everything’s good in here, not only the food, but the scenery as well because it’s quiet, airy and perfect for that family get-together or even just a simple romantic lunch with your loved one. Goi Cuon (fresh spring rolls), Chao Tom (pounded shrimp on sugarcane skewers), Ca Kho To (braised fish in caramel and coconut juice sauce) and of course, Pho Bo (traditional beef noodle soup) are definite hits at this restaurant.

 

Contact Info:

Hernandez Street, Purok 5, Bukal, Silang, Cavite

Open from Tuesday to Sunday, 11AM to 2PM, 5PM to 8PM

0920 972 2924

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bawais

 

4. Memory Lane

 

 

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My mom is a big fan of any restaurant that’s owned by a celebrity so even if it was quite far, we traveled here just to try out the food and in case you’re wondering, this one is Jolina Magdangal’s. Aside from the quirky vintage decors that’s definitely Instagram-worthy, what people come back here for and raving about is their Baby Back Ribs. It’s cooked off the bone, really tender that it melts in your mouth and has very tasty sauce that comes with it. A little on the pricey side, but with the view, quiet surroundings and savory dishes, it is worth trying.

 

Contact Info:

Magallanes Drive, Tagaytay, Cavite

+63 9228298486

 

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5 Tips For Your First Malasimbo Experience

5 Tips For Your First Malasimbo Experience

 

Puerto Galera has been one of those small islands that you would instantly think of when the city life becomes a little more exhausting and toxic than the usual. It’s known for the nightlife, the beaches and the plentiful tourists that makes the island a definite worthwhile destination. Little did you know, the island is also known for another attraction: a festival of music, arts, dance and lights – The Malasimbo Festival. I had always been intrigued by the musings of people on social media about how magical and refreshing the whole weekend experience was, so last year I decided to pack my bags and get my burned-out butt in there. Here are 5 tips I can share with you from that first experience.

 

1. Don’t forget the essentials.

I’ve been stoked for my first Malasimbo experience even a year before, that I started preparing my wardrobe and other essentials early on, but still on the day itself I forgot the most important thing: MATS. The festival will be on the mountains, in an open ground there will be no chairs provided than what the nature gives you: the grass on the ground. Make a list of your weather-appropriate, OOTD-ready, on-the-go essentials early, so you could prepare EVERYTHING before your trip.

 

 

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2. Try out the food.

 

The festival is not only about the music and the arts, but also about sumptuous little bowls of mouthgasm that you SHOULD try. A little bit on the pricey side, but it’s a shame if you won’t try it at least once. My personal favorite: Dabo-Dobo (chicken adobo with mushrooms and toasted garlic chips), and Kesong Puti sandwich (a pan de sal with carabao cheese, olive oil and herbs filling)

 

 

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3. Do a little research about the line-up.

 

Malasimbo showcases a lot of local and foreign acts that’s not mainstream to the ears nor to the eyes, and watching them perform live is an experience on its own. It’s so refreshing and transcending, I’m not even kidding. So do yourself a favor, and try to listen to a few of their hits before attending so you know who to watch for.

 

 

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4. Arrive early at the grounds.

 

Ma ​ lasimbo is also the perfect spot for your artsy-fartsy needs as both local and foreign contemporary artists bless you with their talent all day long, but that’s not your only reason to go early. Be able to witness the lives of the tribes and join in on other festivities such as workshops, exhibits and eco-cultural preservation activities.

 

 

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5. Subscribe to the newsletter.​

 

If frequent checking out of their website or Facebook page is not your thing, then maybe subscribing to a newsletter is. Their newsletter not only gets you updated with who, when and what’s going to be on the next festival, but they also give out deals and discounts on affiliated transportations and hotels, camping site and other exciting offers.

 

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3 Subic Destinations That Will Let Your Inner Child Out

3 Subic Destinations That Will Let Your Inner Child Out

Subic is so much more than the usual Zoobic Safari and Ocean Adventure its known for. Up to try something new? You came to the right place.

Hey there! I’m Candyd Sia. A marketing student at DLSU who eats anything that crosses her path and will hopefully travel the world someday.

 

1. Magaul Bird Park

 

Magaul Bird Park is the first bird park in the Philippines with a world class bird show!

 

 

This place will surely take up your whole day so be sure to go as soon as the park opens to get the most of what you paid for. Trust me, its gonna be fun and worth your while.

 

Ticket Prices:

Chick – Under 3ft – Free

Eagle – 3’1 and Above – PHP 350

Vulture* – 65yrs+ – PHP 300

 

*Senior Citizen’s Card is required, and can only be availed for one person only.

There are a lot of fun-filled attractions in this park, but here are some of my favorites.

 

Wings of the World  

 

 

This is not like any other bird show you’ve seen. Wings of the world is a live and interactive bird show featuring both small and big birds. You will see them flying all around you and you’ll never know where they’ll come from.  You can even touch and feed the birds after the end of the show.

 

Tip: Go out of your comfort zone and participate when the host asks for volunteers during the show. Its definitely an experience you wouldn’t want to miss.

Show Schedule:

Weekdays 11:00AM, 1:30PM and 4:00PM

Weekends and Public Holidays: 11:00AM & 1:30PM

 

Goliath Swing

 

 

Goliath Swing ride isn’t for the faint-hearted. For the thrill-seekers out there, you’ll surely enjoy this ride. This huge swing will send you flying 180 degrees into the air hanging over a cliff. If this doesn’t make you scream at the top of your lungs, especially right before that big drop, I don’t know what will. But don’t worry, you’ll feel lighter after you’ve realized that you’ve just conquered your greatest fear. You should definitely put this on your bucket list.

 

Aerial Adventure Walk

 

 

This course will definitely test your fitness level. From walking on a single rope to swinging from one tree to another, Aerial Adventure Walk will definitely leave you sweating after finishing the entire course. It may look easy, but as they say, looks can be deceiving. 

Tip: Bring an extra shirt and water because this course will surely tire you out

Address: Upper Mau, Cubi-Triboa, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Luzon 2222, Philippines

Phone Number: +63 47 252 1489

Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 8:00AM-5:00PM

Website: http://www.magaulbirdpark.com/

 

2. JEST Camp

 

Jungle Environment Survival Training (JEST) Camp is where we give adventurous souls a chance to learn indigenous skills in an active, hands-on environment, and educate them on how to work with the wonders of nature responsibly through unique attractions and give them an unforgettable close-up experience with our beloved animals, critters and plants.

 

Jungle Survival Demo

 

 

Survival 101 is all about letting you know how to survive in the wild with the barest essentials. This Demo will show you how to make your own tools, how to build your own fire and how you can drink water straight out of a tree. You got to see it with your own eyes to believe me. Who knew it was possible right?

 

Prices for Mondays to Thursdays:

Child – PHP 900.00 Guardian – PHP 630.00 Toddler – PHP 500.00

Address: Upper Mau, Cubi-Triboa, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Luzon 2002, Philippines

Phone Number: +(63)472521489 ,+639177964668

Email:adventure@jestcamp.com

Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 8:00AM-5:00PM

Website: http://jestcamp.com/

 

 

3. Funtastic Park

Funtastic Park is the first indoor Educational Fun Park inside Subic Bay Freeport Zone. Here they offer fun and unique activities which can be enjoyed not only by the kids but the kids-at-heart as well.

 

 

This park has all sorts of indoor rooms and outdoor maze adventures; you definitely won’t run out of things to do. It’s a little dark in some rooms like the enchanted forest walk in 3D room and you won’t be able to take pictures in some of them, but at least you can enjoy the moment even more. Don’t worry rooms like the 3d wall art room will pretty much make up for it.

 

 

But the fun isn’t over yet. Did I mention that there’s a trampoline, a garden maze and a grass slide outside? Yes. You read that right. So what are you waiting for? Call up your friends, hop on that car and off to Subic to you go!

 

 

Address: Building 2070, Corregidor Highway | East Ilanin Forest, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Luzon 2222,Philippines

Phone Number: 047 250 3099, 0998 530 9377

Email: funtasticparksubicbay@gmail.com

Opening Hours: 9:00AM – 6:00PM

Website: http://funtasticpark.com/

 

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