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/

 

Photo credits: Candyd Sia

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A Trip To The North You’ll Definitely Remember

A Trip To The North You’ll Definitely Remember

 

What’s a better way to start your Sunday morning than a road trip away from the bustling streets of Manila for a breath of fresh air?

 

Hey there! I’m Candyd Sia. A marketing student at DLSU who eats anything that crosses her path and will someday travel the whole world. It’s time for a change of scenery and escape your usual stressful city life.  I know it could be scary to explore uncharted territory, so if you’re not geographically inclined like me, you can use this map (or waze) to put you in a little bit of peace. So rise and shine and let’s go on a trip to Antipolo!

 

 

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If you don’t want to go through the hassle of waiting for parking, The Pinto Art Museum opens from 9AM-6PM, Tuesday-Sunday. I suggest you get there as soon as it opens, since there’s really no place to park other than on the streets beside the museum. Plus, you can get to take some good shots without having to worry about people being in the background.

 

Tip: If you’re a student, bring your school I.D and you’ll be able to get your ticket for only P100 instead of the regular rate of P180. If you plan to bring your grandparents with you, the senior citizen rate is P150.


 

There is also a no food, pets and changing clothes rule upon entering the premises so you better go there with a happy tummy and I hate to say this, but you have to leave your furry friends at home this time.  

Apart from having six galleries, it also has a separate museum for indigenous art and a pinto art gallery. There are also tons of gardens located at different areas where you can see a chapel, an amphitheater, a roof deck where you can see the sunset view and even a pool! Make sure to a lot at least 4 hours, if you plan to take your time to look through each gallery, appreciate the artworks and take those Instagram-worthy photos.

 

 

There’s this one gallery that we stumbled upon and its contents were, shall I say, interesting. Watch out for it since it’s pretty easy to miss considering it’s not an open gallery. But of course, the curiosity in me, told me to open the door and explore its contents with wide-eyes. Warning: don’t bring little kids in here since this room contains artworks not suitable for children.  

 

 

Bring a fan, umbrella and water or anything to beat the heat since it could get a bit steamy roaming around the whole place, especially when you go outdoors. This is where your fitness level will definitely get tested, but overall, it was a fun and enjoyable experience. Word can’t describe how beautiful and peaceful this place is. You really have to experience it yourself to understand what I’m saying.

 

 

After all the walking you’ve done, its time to fuel up and grab some lunch! You can opt to have lunch in the museum since they have their very own Pinto Café, Café Rizal and Café Tan-aw by Peppermill located inside. You can get reservations by calling 986-18-04 since it can get filled up pretty quickly.

 

 

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PINTO ART MUSEUM
Address: Number 1, Sierra Madre St. Grand Heights, Antipolo City, Rizal, Philippines
Phone Number: (02) 697-10-15

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 9:00AM-6:00PM

 

If you want to go somewhere else and explore Antipolo a little bit further, you can try getting breakfast for lunch at Eggs for breakfast.  I suggest you order the One pan breakfast and Vigan longganisa.

 

 

EGGS FOR BREAKFAST

Address: 21 Don Juan Street Villa Cecilia Subdivision, Antipolo, Rizal, Philippines

Phone Number: (02) 213-24-34

Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 7:00AM-5:00PM

 

Bonus: If you want to stay at Antipolo a little bit longer. You can opt to visit Cloud 9 to chill and watch the city lights sparkle with the amazing 360° view of the metro.

 

 

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CLOUD 9

Address: Bgy. Sta. Cruz, Sumulong Highway, Antipolo, 1870, Philippines

Phone Number: (02) 584 3011 

Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 7:00AM-5:00PM

 

 

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12 Hours Around Manila

12 Hours Around Manila

 

Visiting the Philippines and you have one spare day for a day trip around the country’s capital city – Manila?

Are you not sure what places are worth visiting in Manila?

We’ve got it covered for you.

Known as the Pearl of the Orient, Manila has important and great things to offer to you. Manila could give you a taste of both the present reality in Manila, and the rich history of Manila. Manila will show you both the rich and the poor, the present and the past. It’s a good place to learn about the Philippines and experience the Filipino culture.

So what can you do for a day in Manila?

To start your day, visit Rizal Park or Luneta Park early in the morning. Rizal Park is a famous landmark in Manila. It is located along Roxas Boulevard. It houses the monument of Dr. Jose Rizal – an executed Filipino nationalist during the Spanish regime in the Philippines. At this place, you could go for an early morning workout at the park, while visiting this historical park.

 

 

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If you have spare time, you could also check out Manila Bay. But, I would suggest you visit Manila Bay also along Roxas Boulevard just before sunset. Manila Bay is a harbor serving the Port of Manila which is known for its iconic sunset. And it is one of the best things you would want to see in Manila.

 

 

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Next stop, would be Fort Santiago in Intramuros, Manila.

Fort Santiago is a citadel which was built also during the Spanish era as a form of defensive structure to protect Manila – a newly built city that time. It’s the famous Walled City of Manila. Some people usually visit this at night and join a historical and ghost walk tour.

 

 

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Then, next stop could either be Manila Ocean Park, Binondo – the oldest Chinatown in the world, or Star City.

Whichever of the three places could be a good choice for you depending on your preferences, and the type of experience you would want to try.

Let’s start with Manila Ocean Park.

Manila Ocean Park is Philippine’s first world class marine theme park. The park is open from 10 am until 8 pm. Aside from their marine theme park, they have Hotel H2O within the park and fast foods and restaurants.

 

 

 

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Another possible stop is, Binondo – Chinatown.

It’s one of the best places to visit in Manila where you’ll experience the richness of the Filipino – Chinese cultures that had flourished for a long time already. Chinese fast foods and restaurants line the whole Binondo, you’ll spot authentic Chinese dishes and delicacies all over the place. It’s a taste of the Chinese culture within Manila. You also can enjoy shopping within this area, lots of malls to find both rare and common items at an affordable price.

 

 

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If otherwise, you are looking for fun and excitement. An amusement park is within your reach in Pasay, Manila. It would be more fun if you could be at this place for a whole day, but you only have 12 hours around Manila. You really have to choose your rides wisely.

For your last stop for the day, one of the largest shopping malls in the world, SM Mall of Asia (MOA). MOA is one of the tourist destinations in Manila, other than as a shopping center SM Mall of Asia also offers concert grounds, seaside restaurants and bars, amusement rides, skating rinks, IMAX theatre and many other features.

 

 

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This is a good last stop for a 12 hour day trip in Manila. It can offer you a lot of things, and it’s nice to be here at night.

 

 

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Your Ultimate Checklist of Southern Cebu Experiences

Your Ultimate Checklist of Southern Cebu Experiences

 

Cebu is truly blessed with countless attractions from historical spots, natural wonders, vibrant festivals, and thrilling adventures. There’s just so much that it isn’t enough to see and experience everything in just one visit. Here are some of the South Cebu experiences you shouldn’t miss!

 

 

1. Dolphin Watching

 

 

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There are several spots in the Visayas region where you can see dolphins, and one of the best spots is Cebu. When you try Pescador Island Hopping in Moalboal, this will be your first stop. Witnessing these amazing creatures play in their natural habitat is sincerely a spectacular experience. They usually swim near the water surface early in the morning. But always remember that these dolphins are in the wild and there isn’t a 100% guarantee they’ll show up during your visit.

 

2. Swimming with Sea Turtles

 

 

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Another marine creature you’ll love seeing are the sea turtles! There’s a specific area you’ll visit during island hopping where the turtles normally stay for feeding. They look so calm and peaceful while swimming in the clear blue waters of Moalboal. The local guides will help you spot and swim along with the turtles.

 

3. Sardine Run

 

 

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Oh, the sight of millions of sardine fish is simply jaw-dropping! The synchronized movements of the sardines against the backdrop of the deep blue water makes a picturesque view. No wonder this spot is popular to scuba and free divers. Even if you’re not into deep diving, you can witness this underwater marvel while snorkelling.

 

4. Osmena Peak

 

 

 

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Catch a magnificent view of the sunrise from the highest peak of the province of Cebu! Found in Dalaguete, Osmena Peak reaches 1,013 masl yet it’s considered a friendly hike and good for beginners. The view up there is a sight you must see when visiting Southern Cebu!

 

5. White Sand Beaches

 

 

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There’s always an inner beach bum inside every traveler. Worry not, because you also have several options of white sand beaches for some sweet time under the sun. There’s Basdaku White Beach in Moalboal and Sumilon Island in Oslob.

 

6. Waterfalls Hopping

 

 

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There are plenty of beautiful waterfalls in South Cebu. There’s Aguinid Falls where you can climb eight levels of waterfalls. The highest falls in the area is Mantapuyan Falls in Barili. There’s also Tumalog Falls, and of course, the famous Kawasan Falls where you can book a canyoneering trip with local guides.

 

7. Whale Shark Interaction

 

 

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Swim with the biggest fish in the sea — butanding! Whale shark interaction is the most unique experience you can find in South Cebu. Tan-awan, Oslob has been very popular for this attraction. Even foreign travelers visit Cebu just to see whale sharks! These marine animals are very friendly and are considered the gentle giants of the sea. Seeing them is an experience you surely can’t miss!

 

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Siquijor Island Tour

Siquijor Island Tour

 

Siquijor is an island province located in Central Visayas. Compared to other provinces in this region, only few people visit this humble island. Siquijor is also considered to be the third smallest province in the country. It’s small enough that you can tour the best of spots in the island in just one day. Regardless of its size, Siquijor still has lots of amazing island adventures to offer.

 

 

 

Getting there

 

If you’re coming from Manila, the best entry point to Siquijor is by flying to Dumaguete, Negros Oriental. Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines have daily flights going to Dumaguete City, flight duration is about an hour. From Dumaguete airport you can rent a tricycle to take you to Dumaguete port. There are several ferries that can take you to Siquijor. Travel time is 45 minutes to 1 hour, and fare starts at Php 160. Other entry points going to Siquijor are Cebu, Bohol, Dapitan, and Iligan.

 

Touring around the Island

 

 

 

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The best way to get around Siquijor is by renting a tricycle, especially if you’re traveling with a small group. The usual rate for chartering a tricycle for a day tour is Php 1000 – Php 1500 for 3 to 4 people. The tricycle driver can also be your local tour guide since they are very knowledgable about the island. For bigger groups, there are also multicabs you can charter for your island tour.

 

Best Spots to Visit

 

1. Capilay Spring Park

 

 

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Capilay Spring Park is a public recreational park located in the heart of San Juan. The main attraction of the park is the emerald green spring water pool where people can take a dip and swim. This is an ideal place to chill and eat merienda while enjoying the province life.

 

2. San Isidro Labrador Church and Convent in Lazi

 

 

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The 18th century church and convent is one of the historical landmarks you should visit when in Siquijor. The convent is considered the largest religious convent in Asia and has been declared as a National Historical Landmark by the Philippine National Historical Commission.

 

3. Old Balete Tree and Fish Spa

 

 

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Under the mystic balete tree in Lazi, you can find a shallow pool of water where you can enjoy a fish spa. Just dip your feet in the water and watch the fishes lightly nibble on your dead skin. In this spot, you can also shop for the best pasalubong treats and items such as bracelets, keychains, and Siquijor’s famous gayuma (love potion).

 

4. Cambugahay Falls

 

 

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The turquoise waters of Cambugahay Falls will surely capture your heart. This waterfalls is famous for it’s Tarzan experience where people can take a swing and land on the cool water of the falls. It’s surely a fun experience you would want to try over and over again!

 

5. Salagdoong Beach

 

 

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This beautiful beach is one of the main attractions in the island. You will admire the alluring sight of the sea with different shades of blue. Aside from swimming in the crystal clear waters, Salagdoong is also a popular destination for cliff jumping. This will surely be an exciting spot when traveling with your cool barkada!

 

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Bohol Countryside Tour

Bohol Countryside Tour

Bohol is an island province located in the Central Visayas. Its only city, Tagbilaran, is popularly known as the City of Friendship for the warmth and hospitality of the locals. The province is full of tourist attractions making it a famous destination for people traveling in the Philippines for the first time. A day tour of Bohol countryside is a trip you shouldn’t miss when visiting Bohol!

 

 

 

1. Baclayon Church

 

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Baclayon Church is one of the many establishments that suffered from the 2013 Bohol earthquake. Since then, the locals worked hand in hand to rebuild the damages of the said religious institution. Today, you can visit the partly ruined church and a historical museum located on the second floor.

 

2. Python Sanctuary

 

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Another popular tourist attraction in the municipality of Baclayon is the Python Sanctuary. An animal shelter that was home to the biggest captive python in the country, Prony. Prony was named after its captor, Sofronio Salibay. She measured 27 feet and weighed more than 300 kg (according to an estimate by DENR). Prony died last August 2013 but her preserved body is still available for viewing in the sanctuary. Bohol’s other endemic wildcats like the Malay civet cat, Philippine mongoose and a flying lemur can also be found in the sanctuary.

 

3. Loboc Floating Restaurants

 

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Dining in the Loboc Floating Restaurants is truly a unique experience in Bohol. Savor a hearty lunch buffet while enjoying a soft cruise along the majestic river of Loboc. They serve the most delicious Filipino dishes and delicacies such as adobo, pancit, maja blanca, suman, among others. During the cruise, the guests will also be serenaded by a singer performing acoustic songs. A group of folk dancers will also make a performance as a form of welcome to the tourists.

 

4. Tarsier Conservation

 

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Of course, you totally shouldn’t miss visiting our little nocturnal fellows — the tarsiers! These cute animals are considered as one of the smallest primates. The distinct features of the tarsiers are their small bodies, long tails, and wide eyes. Being nocturnal by nature, guests should be aware that silence is strictly advised during their visit in the conservation center.

 

5. Chocolate Hills

 

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You will also see the world famous attraction in Bohol — Chocolate Hills! These unusual landforms are a treat to look at. There are over 1000 hills occupying more than 50 square kilometer land. The hills turn from lush green to chocolate brown during the dry season, hence, its name. You can climb a view deck where you can catch the best view of the hills.

 

6. Bilar Manmade Forest

 

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On your way to Carmen where you can find the Chocolate Hills, you will pass by this picturesque road piercing through the towering mahogany forest. The forest is a 2 kilometer stretch of mahogany trees planted by Boholanos over a decade ago. More than just the magnificent view, Bilar Manmade Forest stands as a living proof of the strong value of friendship and community among the locals of Bohol.

 

7. Butterfly Garden

 

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Just because a average butterfly’s life span is only 2 weeks doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate their beautiful existence. A butterfly garden by Simply Butterflies Conservation Center houses different breeds of butterflies flying around colorful flowers in their beautiful gardens. They also have educational exhibits about the life cycle of these beautiful creatures.

 

8. Hanging Bridge

 

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The Tigbao Hanging Bridge will surely delight thrill-seeking travelers. Suspended over 80 feet over the Loboc River, this tandem bridge was built to aid pedestrian travel between two barangays. The bridges are actually made by sturdy metal but it’s covered with a layer of bamboo strips which makes the bridge look scary. At the end of the bridge, you can find a series of shops where you can purchase pasalubong goods such as tarsier novelties and peanut treats.

 

9. Blood Compact Shrine

 

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The Blood Compact Shrine, also known as The Sandugo, is a monument found in Tagbilaran that stands as a symbolic landmark of the first international treaty of peace and friendship between the Spaniards and Filipinos. The monument has a spectacular backdrop of the blue Bohol Sea.

 

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