Saturday, August 31, 2013

Batangas City: Basilica of the Immaculate Concepcion Church

This church is near from the City Hall of Batangas and nearby establishment as well. I like the architecture design of the church with a modern details. A fresh look of the altar and unique architecture is one of the most popular view of this church. Batangas City is known to be the first class city in the province. Did you know that this church of Immaculate Concepcion in Batangas is one of the oldest church in the Province.

How to Get to Sky Ranch in Tagaytay from Southwest Terminal, Coastal Road

Going to Sky Ranch in Tagatay or Sky Eye: Thrills in the Hills

How to Get There: For commuting by bus, from Southwest Terminal, located at  Coastal Road, Paranaque City take a bus bound to Tagaytay or Nasugbu, then passing through CAVITEX. Ask the driver to drop you off at the national highway going to Sky Ranch near Taal Vista Hotel. Bus fare from Coastal Road to Tagaytay is Php. 77 per person. Travel Time is about 1 hour and a half. Note: It was a quite hard to wait buses going to Tagaytay. You may also try bus from Buendia and Pasay because there are alot of public buses within those area. Happy Trip - Bisayang Manlalakbay Around the Philippines.

Tagaytay's Sky Ranch with Overlooking View of Taal Volcano

Sky Ranch in Tagaytay has a great view of Taal Volcano & Lake. It was a great view on the top. Seeing the magnificent view of the volcano, makes me stress-free day during my solo trip. I always want to have a great photo and my main goal was to try the Sky Eye or Tagaytay Eye. It was a fun experience and relaxing day. The location is crowded and need to have more space for other activities. The park has more rides to offer like Super & Mini Viking, Nessi Coaster,  Red Baron, Wonder Flight, Express Train, Carousel & Horse Back Riding. They open during Monday-Thursday from 3:00pm to 12:00mn & Friday-Sunday from 12nn to 12mn. .Gazevo ranging Php. 750 to 1,000.

Sky Eye: is now the Tallest Ferris Wheel in The Philippines

Yes, beating the tallest ferris wheel of MOA Eye in SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City. Now this is the newest attraction in Tagaytay City which is located along the highway of Tagaytay-Nasugbu Road and beside Taal Vista Hotel, one of the best hotel in Tagaytay. This area is been developed by SM Land, sister company of SM Group of Companies and definitely one of the awesome adventure for all locals & tourist. I like the colorful light show during the evening and the height is about 63 meters tall with 32 white gondolas and can fit for 3-4 person only. I had an amazing time at Sky Ranch, they have a lot of restaurant and different rides. Well, during my trip no much expectation and just a tallest ferris wheel in the area but they also have horse back riding or try the train ride within the park. There are more available rides now. It was a reasonable entrance fee of Php 50.00 per person and rides ranging from Php 100 to 180 pesos. Best time to go during weekend and they have a small parking area that's the problem with you go during weekend ( Saturday or Sunday).

Friday, August 30, 2013

How to Get to Nuvali in Sta. Rosa Laguna

Going to Nuvali in Santa Rosa, Laguna:

From Alabang in Muntinlupa. Here's the quick guide, ride a jeep at South Station Terminal near Alabang Market. Ask the security where you can ride a jeep bound to Balibago, Laguna via South Luzon Express Way then passing through Binan, Cabuyao then Santa Rosa. Fare is about Php. 25 per person and travel time is 1 hour and a half. Ask the driver to drop you off at the crossing going to Tagaytay & Paseo De Santa Rosa then ride a tricycle will cost you Php 20 per person. Thanks and Happy Trip :-)

Nuvali Koi Fish in Santa Rosa, Laguna

I'm a fan of koi fish, that's why I choose to dropped by here to see this fish in person. I got so excited, since I already saw some Facebook post of my friends.  In a Japanese believe that this creator is a sign of Love and Friendship. This area is a 4-hectare man made lake which is develop by Ayala Land and known for the best outdoor activities in Laguna. They have a lot of restaurant in the area and unique facilities all over the place. If you have never been to Nuvali, I recommend to schedule you trip on a weekday and about 1 hour away from Alabang in Muntinlupa and to Tagaytay City.

Seeing and Feeding Koi Fish in Nuvali Sta. Rosa Laguna

Activities in Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna! Feeding of Fish, Boating at the Lake, Wake Boarding, Eating and Walking Around the Park.

I had planned my itinerary well, just to visit this koi fish in Nuvali, Sta. Rosa Laguna. I love seeing those hundred of koi fish at one time and I think more than thousand of fish are there that turned the water orange. There are different varities of koi in the pond: colors mostly orange, red, gold, yellow, pink, black and white. A very nice place to visit and unwind during off weekend.These is my first stop before going to Tagaytay and Batangas on a weekend. They are operating from 8:00am to 6:00pm daily. Here's the rate of some of their activities: Fish Feeds - Php 15/pack, Taxi Boat Rental - Php 30/head (minimum of 6 person) & Bike Rental ( you can tour around the whole area) just for Php 60/hour. There are a lot of building is now being constructed and facilities is on going. Just enjoy the wind, feeding the koi fish, taking photos and fun fun fun for the whole day. How to Get to Nuvali in Sta Rosa is up next?

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Weekend at Nuvali Lake in Sta Rosa Laguna

Just take a boat ride, fish feeding, overlooking view of the lake, mountain biking and walking around the area is the best idea in my mind before heading to Nuvali in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. This is the place to be, if your're looking for a relax place during the weekend and outside the busy life of Metro Manila. Nuvali is an hour away from Tagaytay City and the first large scale eco-friendly community of Ayala Land. I like this green-themed park with the view of Nuvali Lake and surrounded with tall trees and flowers.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

How to Get to Sumaguing Cave in Sagada from the Town Proper

Going to Sumaguing Cave in Sagada, Mountain Province:

This cave has the largest cave connection in the Mountain Province! I love doing unusual activities in my life. Traveling around Sagada is so cheap and an unforgettable experience. Here are some tips and guide before going to Sumaguing Cave. Ask for a tourist guide during your trip and make sure to register at Municipal Hall of Sagada. From the town proper, you will take about 30-40 minutes walk towards suyo road and passing the Hanging Coffins of Sagada and Kapay-aw Rice Terraces. The road is accessible to all types of vehicle. Your tour guide is one who know the place and really take care of you, just make sure to listen and follow with the instruction. I recommend to bring your own flash light. 

Challenging Spelunking Experience in Sagada, Mountain Province

I survived Sumaguing Cave! Deep, Dark, Slippery and There's no turning back! This is the  words I actually in my mind before going down to the cave of Sumaguing! Yes, this is a must-do adventure activities in Mountain Province! Normally, it will takes about 3-4 hours inside the cave but I suggest to be early during your trip to avoid many crowds inside the cave. One of the popular indoor activity in Sagada, Mountain Province and most of the people spending their last activities during the trip. I've seen many old and new stalagmite and rock formation inside the cave. Ones inside the cave you will be amazed, challenging obstacle or passages, slippery walkway, rappelling, crawling, climbing and exciting view inside. You'll appreciate this beauty of the nature and this is one true adventure you don't want to miss it. The water is so very cold and clear. Our two guides are excellent that made us felt we will safely survive the adventure inside the cave. Note: bring waterproof camera if possible and bring water during your spelunking adventure. For me, trekking and spelunking is one of the new interest during my trip and quite a challenge for me and I like that you can actually saw stalagmite and touch them. Just perfect for a new beginner like me. 

Spelunking or Caving in Sumaguing Cave, Sagada Mountain Province

It takes about 30-40 minutes walk from the town proper of Sagada, heading to Suyo road where the Sumaguing Cave is located. Our Sagada experience continue, while walking around the cave I noticed some of big stalagmite and rock formation but first pay for their environmental fee cost you about Php 60 per head.  From the main entrance of the cave, you'll step from a man-made stairs going down then start with slippery and muddy walkway going down. It was so tiring but really worth it, our guide is so supportive and helpful about us on do 's and dont's inside the cave. This is our first time to do spelunking in the cave. You'll see some of rock formation images such as the turtle, the elephant, the pregnant queen and the king cause of the pregnant! hehehe! It will take 3-5 hours to finish caving, but nothing to be worried. Time passed so fast and you will notice that you almost stayed inside of the cave for such hours. 

Spelunking in Sagada is an experience that you will never forget and I certainly go back again, for sure Sagada memories will stay in my mind forever. Thanks for the people I met in Sagada.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Wandering the Hanging Coffins of Sagada in Mountain Province

After touring around the town center of Sagada. We decide to book our day tour package at SAGGAS one of my preferred tourist guide facilities & association. It was so great to see those old aged-coffins! Seeing the hanging coffins and doing the cave spelunking is a must-do experience and these was our priority activities that day. We dropped from the hanging coffins on our way to Sumaguing Cave and take photos of the coffins over mountain.The first question you will have is " How did they manage to put those coffins on the side of the mountain?" my answer is amazing & unique indeed.  It was a worth visiting the area with a stunning limestone formation at the cliff of mountain. I always look around, trees swaying to soft winds, echoes from birds, cold weather & great nature ambiance all over the place. 

I hope this thing from the past will be take care & preserve for the next generation of backpacker around the world. It was a good experience. Note: Good to visit during Summer time mid of March to April and all I can say is perfectly beautifully amazing place to be free for stress! :-) Happy Trip - Bisayang Manlalakbay around the Philippines. 

Walking Tour Around Sagada Town Proper

Yes, Sagada is a great backpacker place in the country! I love traveling the Philippines, I'm so excited to do this 3 days-trip around Banaue-Sagada-Baguio routes. Doing this top loading in the Sagada is more challenging & adventure trip because I meet some friends & try their special delicacies - lemon pie with a bit tangy, sweet and rough texture. This is a quiet little town in the north part of Mountain Province so don't expect a lot of amenities in accommodation around the area.  About 12 hours bus ride from Manila, you will capture this unique and nature's best attraction in Mountain Province but I find the food more quite expensive but the food is okay and fresh. By the way, the town center is where everything is like restaurants, bars, tourist center, municipal hall, souvenir shops or even internet shops along the roads of Sagada. I like the place and I'am planning of going back to Sagada with my family next year then stay here for 4 days :-) For your information: SAGGAS - Sagada Genuine Guide's Association Inc. is one of the most trusted tour guide in Sagada with a friendly staff and accommodating tour guide. They charged us with a minimal fee & package for six person in a group. Check out my next blog post about the Hanging Coffins & Sumaguing Cave Connection of Sagada in Mountain Province. 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

How to Get to Sagada's Kapay-Aw Rice Terraces

Going to Sagada Rice Terraces or locally known Kapay-Aw Rice Terraces:

We took about 20-30 minutes travel from the town proper of Sagada. Just register to the Municipal Hall before going to the tourist attractions of Sagada, just pay for the environmental fee of Php 50.00 per person. Just take a habal-habal or walk around the rice terraces toward the Hanging Coffins & Sumaging Cave which is one of the famous attraction in Sagada. You'll passing through the famous Lemon Pie House & some souvenir shops within the road. Take a left turn towards the Hanging Coffins & I suggest to get a tourist guide during your trip about Php 100 per guide / person. The best month to travel Sagada in Mountain Province is from February to April. Trekking is the best adventure experience in Sagada.

Kapay-Aw Rice Terraces in Sagada, Mountain Province

I love Rice Terraces in Sagada in Mountain Province! I was amazed with this overlooking view of the rice terraces in Sagada.Yes, this is a dream come true to all backpacker and blogger like me and Sagada is place to be. A backpacker haven to explore, unwind, relax, appreciate the nature's beauty, learn their culture, experience adventure & love for nature. You can see this amazing view on the right side of the road when going to Sumaging Cave which is one of the best tourist spot in Sagada, Mountain Province. We meet this Australian solo backpacker - tourist along the way  and he asked me took photo with him. It was a foggy afternoon day hike & about 20-30 minutes walk from the town proper. The place is so relaxing, greenery atmosphere & cold weather. We continue our walking tour to the main entrance of Sumaging Cave, a lot of tourist & local that time so we decided to take a quick rest before going to the main cave. Thanks Sagada! Till We met again :-)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Iloilo's Dinagyang Festival 2014 Schedules: Visayas Festival

Yes! Book your flight ahead of time! Dinagyang 2014 Schedules in Iloilo City is the most colorful and loudest event for next year in honor of Sto. Nino same as with Cebu's Sinulog Festival 2014 & Kalibo's Ati-atihan Festival 2014. The event will be on January 24-26, 2014 which showcase different talent and creativity of ilonggos. Here's the schedule of Activities & Highlight.

January 24, 2014 (Friday)
- Fluvial Procession & mass
- Dinagyang Street Party
- Event  Street Party during the night

January 25, 2014 (Saturday)
- Mass for Kasadyahan
- Regional Cultural Compepition
- Dinagyang Sadsad

January 26, 2014 (Sunday) - Main Event
- Dinagyang Festival Mass 
- 2014 Iloilo Dinagyang Ati Contest
- Awarding Ceremonies & Fireworks Display

20th Cebu's Sinulog Festival 2014 Schedules: Visayas Festival

Pit Senyor or Viva Sr. Santo Nino!  Event will be started from January 13 until January 20. Sinulog 2014 Street Dance Competition Schedule will be on January 19, 2014 which one of the main highlight because of their grand float parade, dancers all over the streets of Cebu and unique costumes as they dance to the beat of the drums, trumpets, unique and native musical instrument. Sinulog 2014 in Cebu is a religious festival to the honor of Santo Nino, an image of child Jesus. This competition is usually held in the Cebu City Sports Complex, located at R.R Landon Street, Osmena Blvd. Sambag 1 Cebu City. The main grand parade started from 7:00am while some people are busy going to the Cebu Cathedral Church. Daghang Salamat Cebu. See you all next year's event of 20th Sinulog Festival 2014.

Bacolod's Masskara Festival 2013 Schedules: Visayas Festival

Join the 33rd Masskara 2013 Festival in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental on October 19 to 20, 2013 which is one of the main highlight of this festival because of the two-day street dancing competition at Bacolod City Plaza infront of . But the grand opening will be started on October 1, there will be 20 days of non-stop fun in the whole city, which only happening in the " City of Smiles".  This year's event of Masskara Festival 2013 is now under the new foundation - "Kasadya Bacolod Foundation, Inc." 

Monday, August 12, 2013

GenSan Tuna Festival 2013 Schedules: Mindanao Festival

Tuna Festival 2013 in General Santos City is one of the most-awaited festival in Mindanao because of their colorful float parade, street dancers and festive environment all over the city from September 5 to 9, 2013. This was the 15th Tuna Festival in the celebration of General Santos City's 45th Chapter Anniversary and tagged to be the "Tuna Capital of the Philippines" but also known to be the " Home of the Champions" like Manny Pacquiao, Nonito Donaire, Shamcey Supsup, Gerald Anderson, Melai Contiveros, Philip Nadela. XB Gensan, True Colors, Experience Kids and who's next to be the champion? Here's the Schedules & Activities for Tuna Festival 2013:

September 5, 2013
Flag Raising Ceremony - General Santos City Hall
Almusal Alay Sa Kapwa - Oval Gymnasium
Tuna Float Parade - Oval Grandstand
Grand Opening - Oval Grandstand
September 6, 2013
Brigada Teen Guwang - Oval Gymnasium
Globe Event - Oval Grandstand
September 7, 2013
Tunafest Duathlon 2013 - Queen Tuna Park
1st SJSA Tunafest Jetski Invitational Challenge - Queen Tuna Park
1st Mayor Ronnel C. Rivera Cup - Ngilay Shooting Range
Smart Concert - Oval Grandstand
September 8, 2013
Bombo Radyo Bancarera - Queen Tuna Park
Talent Showcase of the Generals - Oval Grand Stand
September 9, 2013
Tuna Pasiklaban Street Dancing  Competition - Oval Grandstand
Closing Ceremony - Oval Grandstand
Queen Tuna Park is located at Beach Area

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Restaurants in Solaire Resort & Casino, Paranaque City

Inside this hotel-casino, you have many various of food to choose from Asian, Japanese, Chinese, American, Korean everything is here! They offer fresh and tasty cuisine, which is located at the ground floor of the hotel. We took a quick tour around the hotel lobby, restaurant and ballroom area of Solaire Resort and Casino. Did you know that they offers free shuttles around major malls in Metro like SM Moa, Megamall, Glorietta, SM Aura, Trinoma and many more listings to their website which was nice to get for their services. The staff and lobby guard is so nice and the place has offers a unique interior design, fresh flowers at the center of the restaurant. Here's the list of restaurants in Solaire Resort & Casino: Strip Steakhouse, Finestra, Red Lantern, Yakumi, Lucky Noddles, Fresh and also have food court for a budget conscious. We forgot to get our Solaire membership cards which offer free and no extra charges. Thanks to Ms Nina :-)

I See Solaire Resort & Casino: Adjacent to the SM MOA

I like the location of this newest hotel-resort & casino in Parañaque City. As per Ms Nina of the marketing department, this is owned by a businessman from Singapore who had a several hotel in different part of Asia. Since a lot of Filipinos likes to gamble, this is a way to make thing legal. This hotel-casino will boost and become the biggest entertainment city in the country. They have a nice interior and unique architectural design all over the area, I saw the Belle Grande Casino stairway going to their VIP Lounge area. They also have the casino boutique, food court and entertainment area for those who love to enjoy music. I can't wait for it to be done like their pool and garden, so I can come again and experience everything.



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