Cape Santiago Lighthouse in Calatagan Batangas, "A Beacon of History with Over a Century Worth of Stories to Tell"

Cape Santiago Lighthouse in Calatagan Batangas

Another must-see attraction in Calatagan, Batangas is the century-old Cape Santiago Lighthouse. So after spending almost the whole day in Burot Beach, we drove southwards to where Cape Santiago Lighthouse is. Also known as Punta de Santiago or Faro de Punta Santiago or simply Calatagan Lighthouse, Cape Santiago is an imposing 51-foot tall white and red brick lighthouse that was built in the late 1800's to guide seafarers passing Verde Island passage, San Bernardino Strait and the Manila Bay.

Bicol's Best Toasted Siopao at 3N Bakery in Pasig City

3N Bakery Toasted Siopao in Pasig City

One Bicolano specialty that you should try is the toasted siopao. It's not the same steamed siopao that we used to know but its like a "monay bread" stuffed with pork asado and bits of egg. It is actually not fried but baked until well done thus, "toasted". Its asado filling is saucy and very flavorful. You need not put siopao sauce anymore when eating toasted siopao. The bun also tastes good and its nicely toasted yet soft in the inside.

BATANES: Fundacion Pacita Batanes Nature Lodge


Fundacion Pacita

Fundacion Pacita is located on top of a cliff offering an unobstructed 270-degree view of the sky, sea, mountains and rolling hills of Batanes. Considered as "the most beautiful hotel in Batanes", it is the former residence of an international Filipino artist and painter Pacita Abad. Officially named as Fundacion Pacita Batanes Nature Lodge, it provides their guests and visitors a very romantic and charming lodging facility on a peaceful and lovely setting. With its serene ambiance and top-notch amenities and facilities, this Batanes resort is one of the best places to stay when visiting Batanes.

BATANES: Basco Lighthouse at Naidi Hills

Basco Lighthouse Batanes
Basco Lighthouse

Basco Lighthouse is located in the town of Basco in the province of Batanes. Perched on a hill called Naidi, the place offers one of the most picturesque sites in the island of Batan. Naidi is an old sitio from the Ivatan words, "Na" which means past and "Idi" meaning settlement. The hills affords a spectacular panoramic view of Baluarte Bay, Basco town, Mount Iraya and the rolling hills of Batan Island. The lighthouse can easily be reached by foot via a 1.2 kilometer hike from the Port of Basco.

WHERE TO EAT IN BAGUIO: Tradisyon, "Pinoy Comfort Food" at Azalea Residences

Tradisyon Restaurant Pinoy Comfort Food at Azalea Residences Baguio City

One thing that I really look forward to whenever I got the chance to check-in to a hotel is the buffet breakfast that comes the morning after. Azalea Residences' buffet breakfast is served at their in-house restaurant called Tradisyon, "Pinoy Comfort Food", located on the ground floor of the hotel. Getting up early in cold Baguio City weather is quite hard; but for 2 mornings during the Baguio Food Tour 2014 held last March, we got up early so we could experience Tradisyon Restaurant's breakfast buffet.

Lake Sebu's 7 Waterfalls and Zipline Adventure in South Cotabato

Lake Sebu 7 Waterfalls and Zip Line

Lake Sebu Seven Falls Zipline! Yahoo! Aside from being the ancestral domain of the indigenous T'boli tribe, Lake Sebu is also known for its majestic waterfalls. Perched in the highlands of South Cotabato province in Mindanao, Lake Sebu affords visitors an awesome place to relax and unwind with its cool climate, mist-filled mountains, verdant forests and calm lakes. Dubbed as the "Summer Capital of Southern Mindanao", it is a peaceful, idyllic fishing town with an estimated elevation of 1,000 meters above sea level with temperature comparable to Tagaytay City ranging from 20ºC to 25ºC.

MALELDO: San Pedro Cutud Lenten Rites 2014 in San Fernando, Pampanga

Cutud Lenten Rites San Fernando Pampanga

In Pampanga, Holy Week is a much-awaited event that attracts thousands of pilgrims and tourists to witness the Via Crusis (Way of the Cross) in San Fernando. The re-enactment of Christ's Passion and Death takes place in Barangay San Pedro Cutud in San Fernando, Pampanga which culminates with the actual nailing of the penitents on a wooden cross atop a makeshift calvary. "Maleldo" is the Kapampangan word for Holy Week. This Lenten rites started in the 1950's and was passed on from generations to generations.

10 Beautiful Batanes Churches You Shouldn't Miss!

Churches in Batanes

Planning a Visita Iglesia in Batanes? Check out these 10 beautiful churches in Batanes!

TOP PICKS: 14 Churches in Laguna to Visit for Visita Iglesia

Churches in Laguna to Visit for Visita Iglesia

During holy week, the Catholic faithful perform religious activities such as going on pilgrimages to various miraculous churches for prayer and reflections. One of the most visited during Lenten Season is the historical province of Laguna because of its old and gorgeous churches. This holy week, go on a road trip to Laguna and pay each of these churches a visit for your Lenten Visita Iglesia and station of the cross.

A Relaxing Massage at Soneva Spa in Quezon City

Spa Massage in Quezon City Soneva Spa

Being exposed to adventurous activities, splurging on spa is one way of rewarding my self. That's why when Soneva Spa invited me to try one of their services, I didn't think twice and quickly said yes. Located along Tomas Morato, Soneva Spa boasts to be "the only organic spa in Quezon City". Designed for people seeking for tranquility and harmony on their traditional lifestyle and daily routine, the Spa offers relaxing and quality massage treatments and pampering services of facial and body treatments with a high commitment to customer service from their professional and well-trained male and female therapists.

BORACAY DE CAVITE - Marine Base (Katungkulan) Beach Resort in Ternate, Cavite

Boracay de Cavite - Marine Base Katungkulan Beach Resort in Ternate Cavite
Beaches Near Manila: Boracay de Cavite

Boracay de Cavite (as most people would call it) is a small cove located inside Gregorio Lim Marine Base in Calumpang Ternate, Cavite. Officially named Katungkulan Beach Resort, it is one of the nicest beaches near Manila featuring a beach that has gray-ish sand (not white, though in photos it would look like white to off-white) that is so fine and soft to the feet. One of the most striking features of Boracay de Cavite is the towering stone wall on one side of the cove perfect for your "selfie" and "cam-whoring" moments. The water is not turquoise blue, but its clean. Corregidor Island and the Mariveles mountain range in Bataan are also visible from the cove. Isn't awesome?

Win a Roundtrip Ticket from AirAsia Zest and Pinoy Adventurista!

Win a Roundtrip Ticket from AirAsia Zest and Pinoy Adventurista

PinoyAdventurista.com in partnership with AirAsia Zest is giving away one (1) roundtrip plane ticket to any AirAsia Zest domestic destinations (except Kalibo). The contest is open to any Philippine resident 18 years old and above and will run from April 11, 2014 to April 19, 2014. Watch out for the contest winner on this post and on Pinoy AdvenTurista's Facebook Page on April 20, 2014. To join the raffle, please use the rafflecopter app below to send your entries.

TRAVEL GUIDE: Bislig and Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur - Tourist Spots and Attractions, How To Get There, Things To Do, Accommodation, Itinerary and Expenses

Hinatuan and Bislig Travel Guide

Hinatuan and Bislig are two of the most visited tourist destinations in the province of Surigao del Sur. It offers adventure-seekers and intrepid travelers with marvelous waterfalls, magical river, great sights and breathtaking vistas that will surely keep you at awe for such a long time. There are a lot of sights to behold, things to do and activities to enjoy in Hinatuan and Bislig, you could do waterfalling, swimming, island hopping, beach bumming and more. This travel guide will provide you with basic information on the tourist spots and attractions, how to get there, things to do, where to stay, suggested itinerary and estimated budget that will help you plan your visit. Brace yourself and enjoy one great adventure in Surigao del Sur!

WATERFALLS NEAR MANILA: Pagsanjan Falls (aka Cavinti Falls or Magdapio Falls)

Pagsanjan Falls Laguna

Being one of my childhood dream destinations, I felt so excited when my friend invited me to explore Pagsanjan Falls in Laguna. This waterfalls is so near from Manila yet it was only last year that I was able to see its beauty. Locally known as Magdapio Falls, this waterfalls is one of the most-visited Philippine day trip destinations. Though it is more popularly known as Pagsanjan Falls, it is actually located in the town of Cavinti, an adjacent town to Pagsanjan.

ENCHANTED RIVER in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur

Enchanted River in Hinatuan Surigao del Sur
Enchanted River

Aside from Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig, another must-see natural wonder of Surigao del Sur that shouldn't be missed is the Enchanted River. Located in the town of Hinatuan, it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Surigao del Sur and the rest of Mindanao. With its clear shimmery deep blue water, the river provides an enchanting scene that will stun local and foreign tourists by the river's awe-striking beauty. Submerge yourself into the clear waters of the enchanted river of Surigao del Sur!

WHERE TO STAY IN BISLIG CITY: Sleep Inn, "an Affordable and Nice Place to Stay in Bislig City"

Where to Stay in Bislig City Surigao del Sur

Bislig, considered as the easternmost city of the Philippines in terms of geographical location is the gateway to Tinuy-an Falls. If you're traveling to Surigao del Sur to see the grandeur of Tinuy-an Falls, Bislig City is the most convenient place for you to stay at as your base. As the commercial center of the province, Bislig has several accommodation options to offer.

Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig, Surigao del Sur

Tinuy-an Falls Bislig Surigao del Sur

Tinuy-an Falls is one of the most visited tourist spots and attractions in Surigao del Sur. Located at Barangay Borboanan in Bislig City, the waterfalls spans at 95 meters wide with a 55 meters plunge from its three cascading falls. The water that drapes and cascades through the three waterfalls features a curtain of white froth that makes Tinuy-an Falls worth the long travel. Aside from this, the whole area is teeming with lush vegetation and tall trees that makes the waterfalls more appealing.

Revisiting Tacloban and Palo (Leyte), Basey and Marabut (Samar) and Balangiga (Eastern Samar) few months after Typhoon Yolanda

Tacloban City Post Haiyan Yolanda Voluntourism

Region 8 (Eastern Visayas) has always been one of my favorite regions. I've been here several times and it doesn't fail to amaze me every time. Last March 27, 2014 I was fortunate to be invited as one of the vounteer-tourists for "The Do Good Project". It an initiative spearheaded by Leyte Gulf Travel and Tours in partnership with the Department of Tourism Region 8, Bangon Tours and some kind-hearted sponsors. The project aims to bring people together to help the survivors of typhoon Yolanda in any way possible.

10 NICE BEACHES NEAR MANILA for Less Than 1,000 Pesos Budget (with How to Get There and Estimated Expenses) for 2018

Beaches near Manila Top Summer Destinations for P1000 or Less

Are you looking for Top Summer Destinations for 1,000 pesos or less? Why not visit one of these beaches?!

Beaches are and will always be a popular choice for summer. With the rising temperature being felt this season, the neighboring provinces of Metro Manila offers nice and amazing beaches that could certainly ease the summer heat. So why not hit the road, travel for just 5 hours or less and take a dip in one of these affordable and cheap beaches near Manila for that awesome summer getaway. Taralets?!

WHERE TO EAT IN BAGUIO: Alfoncito's Place, "Original Italian Style of Cooking with a Twist"

WHERE TO EAT IN BAGUIO Alfoncito's Place

Alfoncito's Place is one of the newest restaurants in Baguio City which specializes in Italian cuisines. Located at the lower ground floor of EDY Building along Kisad Road, it is away from the busy downtown area of Session Road. Alfoncito's Place opened in September 2013 and serves pastries, coffee, sandwiches, shakes, pasta and more. Their menu boasts of their "original Italian style of cooking with a twist". That we have to find for ourselves...

Port Douglas: A Truly Relaxing Holiday


With a permanent population of just over 3,000, the town of Port Douglas and its surrounding area is a quiet holiday seeker's paradise — but not because it doesn't have anything to offer. Beautiful beaches perfect for sunning, swimming and snorkeling, nearby Daintree National Park and its offerings of bird watching, canoeing and hiking, world-class restaurants that aim to please — Port Douglas really does want you to have your cake and eat it, too.

BUROT BEACH in Calatagan Batangas, "A Nice and Secluded Beach near Metro Manila"

Burot Beach
Burot Beach

Burot beach is a remote beach located along the shores of Calatagan, Batangas. It has a stretch of semi-fine cream sand beach kissed by calm waters, beautiful rock formations and dotted with trees. As one of the nice beaches near Manila, it's a favorite beach destination among weekenders and those who seek a quick weekend getaway. It's a beach enjoyed most by people who appreciate tranquility, peace and natural beauty.

Voluntourism: "The Do Good Project" for ST Haiyan (Yolanda) Survivors

Tacloban City Post Haiyan Yolanda Voluntourism

With our busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. But it only takes few days off your work to do some good deeds to Yolanda affected places in Eastern Visayas. Why not join The Do Good Project? It's an initiative spearheaded by Leyte Gulf Travel and Tours in partnership with the Department of Tourism Region 8, Bangon Tours and some kind-hearted sponsors. The project aims to invite guests and tourists seeking for a way on how to help the survivors of typhoon Yolanda. It fosters "voluntourism" by bringing people together to help in any way possible to prove that the power of working together in a fun and social environment will make a difference.