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Useful Tips for New Mountaineers by the Jovial Wanderer

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Top useful tips for new mountaineers in the Philippines

Do you want to start hiking mountains and enjoy what nature has to offer? You don’t have to be a hard-core mountaineer to hike mountains. Here are some useful hiking tips for new mountaineers as shared to us by Christine Fernandez. She's a seasoned mountaineer who discovered her passion for hiking way back in the year 2000 and have already climbed around 60 mountains. In this short interview we had, she also shared to us some tips on how to prepare for a climb, her most-recommended climbs and treks for new mountaineers and her best advice to new mountaineers.

5 Love Lessons I Learned from Traveling

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I always believe that traveling and exploring new places is one of the best things you can do for yourself. And ever since I was bitten by the so called "travel bug," I never stopped exploring and traveled all the 81 provinces in the Philippines - from Batanes to Tawi-tawi. My journey made me realize a lot of things and made me change the way I see life, happiness, contentment and most especially love.

Did you ever wonder what it's really like to be a Pilot in the Philippines?

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How to be a pilot in the Philippines

Ever wondered what's the life of a young commercial pilot? What it's really like to be one? Let me share to you this candid interview we had with Captain Joel Ralph, a 24 year old Pilot in one of the biggest airlines in the country. He shared to us how his passion for flying started, his life as a pilot, as well as what's inside his bag during his flight. He also gave some advice for aspiring pilots and shares to us some of the realities in a Pilot's life that would defy the glamorous stereotypes.

A LOCAL'S GUIDE TO DAVAO CITY: 8 Tips and Tricks for First-Timers

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Davao City Travel Guide Tourist Spots and Attractions

Glen Santillan is a certified "Davaoeño" and a well-known travel blogger from Davao City. He writes and shares his travels and food adventures in his travel blog escapemanila.com which has been one of my favorite blogs when searching for articles about Davao City and the rest of Davao Region. What to do, where to eat and what not to miss in Davao City? Check out this interview we had with Glen as he shares some of the best-kept secrets and gives travel tips when traveling to Davao City for the first time.

Top 5 Things to See in Cagliari, Sardinia (Italy)

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Top 5 Things to See in Cagliari, Sardinia Italy

During our stay in Cagliari, the capital of the island of Sardinia (Italy), we had the chance to go sightseeing and visit the beauties of this lovely town on the Mediterranean Sea. These are our top 5 things to see in Cagliari:

Neil Cardano for AirAsia Travel Photographer 2016 Contest

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Neil Cardano for AirAsia Travel Photographer 2016

AirAsia Travel Photographer 2016 photo contest is part of AirAsia’s continuous effort to inspire, engage and empower the youth to chase their goals by traveling and sharing their stories through stunning images and photographs. More than 500 participants joined this year’s search, but only six young aspiring and well-deserving photographers were selected. From the 6 finalists, my personal bet is Neil Cardano from Palawan. Let's get to know more about him in this interview we had.

10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Baguio City and Stay at Azalea Residences

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10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Baguio City and Stay at the Azalea Residences

Dubbed as the "Summer Capital of the Philippines," Baguio City has always been my personal favorite destination any time of the year. Baguio's chilly weather, sumptuous food offerings and endless array of things to do are just some of the reasons why I keep on visiting it again and again.

A LOCAL'S GUIDE TO BIRI, NORTHERN SAMAR: 8 Tips and Tricks for First-Timers

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Biri Rock Formations Travel Guide Blog
Biri Northern Samar Travel Guide 2017

Biri is an island municipality in Northern Samar known for its amazing rock formations. What to do, where to eat and what not to miss in Biri Northern Samar? Check out this interview we had with Larry Quinao, a registered nurse who was born and raised in Biri, Northern Samar. A certified travel addict, he shares some of the best-kept secrets and gives useful travel tips when traveling to Biri for the first time.

TOP PICKS: 10 THINGS TO DO IN ROMBLON (Tourist Spots, Attractions and Things To Do and Experience)

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Romblon Tourist Spots and Attractions

Romblon is the capital municipality of the Province of Romblon. Located in MIMAROPA Region (Region 4B), it is known for its rich history, beaches and for its famous marble industry. There are many things to do in Romblon that every traveler will surely enjoy. Touring Romblon Island, you'll need about 3 days to visit and fully enjoy most of the famous tourist spots and attractions in the island. If you want to visit Romblon one of these days, you must plan your trip ahead.

ISLA VERDE BATANGAS, "A Memorable Island Adventure in Batangas City"

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This travel guide well hep you plan yout trip to Isla Verde in Batangas. This post contains how to get there, sample DIY itinerary, summary of expenses, and other travel tips

Planning a trip to Isla Verde in Batangas? This article will help you plan your trip to one of the best island in Batangas that I've been to.


I've been wanting to visit Verde Island in Batangas City. It is one of the items in my bucket list as it’s one ”off-the-beaten destinations” in the province of Batangas that only a few dared to visit. That is why; I got so excited when we finally decided to visit Isla Verde last June 2016.

Bacolod City's MASSKARA FESTIVAL 2016 Schedule of Activities, How To Get There, Things To Do and Where To Stay

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Masskara Festival 2016 in Bacolod City

Kari sa na sa Bacolod kag mag sinadya sa Masskara Festival 2016!


Are you ready for Bacolod's Masskara Festival 2016?! One of the much-awaited and most-attended festivals in the country, MASSKARA FESTIVAL is held every October in the "City of Smiles," Bacolod City! Masskara Festival is an annual festival of smiles where colorful masks are worn to show the happy spirit and the positive approach towards life of the Negrenses.

TOP PICKS: 8 Instagram-Worthy Boutique Hotels in Metro Manila (PART 2)

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Top Best Boutique Hotels in Metro Manila Philippines

Social media have taken the world of traveling in a whole new level. Uploading travel photos during any travel has now become the norm in this "social media savvy" generation. Every photo should be double tap-worthy and it has to be Instagram-perfect photo that will win you not just likes, but new followers as well. Below are some of my favorite boutique hotels in Metro Manila ideal for "staycations" that will surely give you the best locations to snap a ton of IG-worthy photos!

Delightful Dining Experience at The Dining Room, Mount Sea Resort in Rosario, Cavite

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The Dining Room at Mount Sea Resort Hotel and Restaurant Rosario Cavite

Mount Sea Resort in Rosario Cavite is one of the best resorts in Cavite I've been to. As one of the highly-regarded hotel and resorts in Cavite, it offers its guests with well-appointed and newly renovated guestrooms (Check discounted rates online), wide array of amazing amenities and facilities as well as delectable food offerings that will surely reward every guest with luxe retreat and a one-of-a-kind resort experience.

VOTE for Neil Cardano at "AirAsia Travel Photographer 2016 – People’s Choice Award" and Get a chance to Win 50,000 AirAsia BIG Points

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Neil Cardano AirAsia Travel Photographer 2016

The voting for AirAsia Travel Photographer 2016 – People's Choice Award is now open! Let's vote for Neil Cardano from Palawan and Get a chance to Win 50,000 AirAsia BIG Points!


From the 6 finalists in this year's AirAsia Travel Photographer 2016 contest, my personal bet is Neil Cardano.

Neil is a 20 year old Hotel Front Desk office from Palawan. After graduating from college in April this year, he decided to move to El Nido, Palawan to work in the hospitality industry. He has a long history of travel which includes his first solo travel in Cebu when he was still 17 years old. Armed with only a point and shoot camera, he enjoyed exploring Cebu while taking awesome photos. The trip to Cebu started his passion for travel and photography. For him, a camera is a perfect buddy for travel and adventure. I couldn't agree more!

HEALTH AND WELLNESS: What Filipinos need to know about Glutathione?

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Health Benefits of Glutathione

As a traveler who are always on the road, I am exposed to so many viruses and bacteria that are present in the environment. I am also prone to getting sick and common illnesses due to lack of sleep and fatigue whenever I travel. That is why, I make sure that I boost my immune system by taking vitamins and food supplements that would help me protect myself from common illnesses.

VIDEO: What is your personal motivation? Vanessa share how she joined a fitness group to change her lifestyle.

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MySlim Motivation Video

When I started this lifestyle of constant traveling, I also started a personal goal of visiting all the 81 provinces in the Philippines. From then on, my life really changed a lot. From being a "happy-go-lucky guy" and "a one day millionaire" type of person, I started to save my hard earned money and learned to spend it well on things that matter most to me. My personal motivation is "Work Hard, Travel Harder." Having a personal goal motivated me to work harder, learn to manage my finances well and helped me a lot to save for my travels.

Mount Sea Resort, “A Paradise Found in Rosario, Cavite”

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Best Hotels and Resorts in Cavite

Always dreaming of enjoying a luxurious and family-friendly resort to have a quick break from the city? Why not visit Cavite? Mount Sea Resort in Rosario, Cavite will certainly sweep you away into a relaxing and enjoyable vacation near Metro Manila. As one of the most-regarded resorts in Cavite, it promises to reward guests with luxe retreat and a one-of-a-kind resort experience.

VIDEO: How do you stay motivated? Coach Mau shares his story.

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MySlim Motivation

When I started to constantly travel 2009, I had a goal of visiting all the 81 provinces in the Philippines. In my quest to fulfill a personal challenge, I stayed motivated to work hard and do well at work so that at the end of every work week, I would be able to travel to the different beautiful destinations in our country. And in 2013, I was able to visit all the 81 provinces in the Philippines. It's one of my life achievements I am most proud of.

Relax your way to Baguio with Victory Liner's Online Booking Service

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Relax your way to Baguio with Victory Liner Bus Online Ticket Booking Service

Baguio City's cold weather, breathtaking views, old-world charm, delectable food offerings, an array of scenic attractions and endless things to do are just some of the reasons why it has always been one of the top tourist destinations in the country. It is also one of my favorite destinations in the Philippines whenever I just feel like I wanna "escape" the busy Metropolis or even for just a quick weekend getaway. That is why, whenever I have the chance to visit the City of Pines, I always grab the opportunity, pack my bag and just go.

HOLIDAYS IN THE PHILIPPINES: 2017 Philippine Holidays and Long-weekend Schedule (Proclamation No. 50, s. 2016)

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2017 Philippine National Non Working Holidays and Long-weekend Schedule

If you're looking for the list of 2018 holidays in the Philippines, click HERE.

Discover the complete list of Philippines' public holidays and long weekends for 2017! Start planning to make the most of these holidays!


Malacañang Palace had officially issued Proclamation No. 50, s. 2016, DECLARING THE REGULAR HOLIDAYS AND SPECIAL (NON-WORKING) DAYS FOR THE YEAR 2017 which was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacañang Palace last August 16, 2016. With this list of holidays in 2017 and list of long weekedns, we can now start planning for our travels and vacations for next year.

VIDEO: Be Inspired by Rodel and Louie's Fitness Journey

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Be it in traveling or just reaching a personal goal life becomes more meaningful when it is shared with your special someone

Many have said that "in traveling, it's not the destination that matters most, but the experience." I used to travel alone and I enjoyed it a lot. But now that I've come to the point in my life where I now share my travels with my family and friends, I believe that my travels have now become more meaningful. Not that I didn't enjoyed my solo travels in the past. But now I realized, that travel experiences become more memorable when it is shared with the persons that matter to you most.

Etihad Airways bridges Abu Dhabi with Venice

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Etihad Airways bridges Abu Dhabi with Venice
Photo Credits: Paul Spijkers

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will expand its services to Italy with a daily flight to Venice Marco Polo Airport.

The new service will begin from 30 October 2016 and be served by an Airbus A319, offering 16 seats in Business and 90 in Economy. Together with Alitalia, its codeshare and equity partner, Etihad Airways will offer 35 weekly flights in and out of Italy, including double daily services to Rome and Milan.

Metro Manila Hotels With Indoor Swimming Pools that are Perfect for your Rainy Season Getaway

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Best Indoor Swimming Pools in Metro Manila Hotels
Metro Manila Hotels With Indoor Swimming Pools

Do you love to swim but afraid to get burnt by the scorching heat of the sun? Or maybe, you want to do some laps but the rains outside is just too hard for you to get out? Why not consider a staycation in one of the best hotels in Metro Manila with in indoor swimming pool? This list of hotels in Metro Manila offer not just amazing guest rooms to stay-in but also an awesome experience in their lovely indoor swimming pools that will surely be a delight to everyone!

Top 6 finalists of AirAsia Travel Photographer 2016 contest revealed

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Top 6 finalists of AirAsia Travel Photographer 2016 contest revealed

Last August 4, the top 6 finalists of AirAsia Travel Photographer 2016 contest were announced. From more than 500 participants who joined this year’s search, only six young aspiring photographers were selected and announced in an event held at Casa Italia, Bonifacio Global City. Now on its second-year, this AirAsia Travel Photographer 2016 photo contest is part of AirAsia’s continuous effort to inspire, engage and empower the youth to chase their goals by traveling and sharing their stories through stunning images and photographs.

TRAVEL GUIDE: How to get to the "Valley of Colors" in La Trinidad, Benguet

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Tourist Spots in La Trinidad Benguet

"Valley of Colors" is one of the newest tourist attractions near Baguio City. Located along the main road of La Trinidad, Benguet, this giant artwork is composed of lovely and colorful houses erected at the hillside of Barangay Balili. Inspired by the favela paintings in Brazil, it is composed of the 3 sitios of Barangay Balili, namely Stone Hill, Botiwtiw and Sadjap.

VIDEO: Have you met this type of person in your travels? Raul shares how he works hard to reach his dreams.

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Have you met this type of person in your travels

In my several years of traveling around the Philippines, I've met a lot of different people. There are those who are even in the most uncertain condition, never lost hope and still strive to be the best that they can be. People who considers every struggle in life as a challenge to become better. I've met people who have harder lives than mine, and I admire them for they still have that optimistic spirit and hope for a better future. Something that is worth emulating.

TOP PICKS: Metro Manila Hotels with Incredible Rooftop Swimming Pools (Part 2) - UPDATED 2018

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Awesome rooftop swimming pools in Metro Manila Hotels

When staying in a hotel, the swimming pool is where you can enjoy a rejuvenating morning dip, a refreshing afternoon break, or a relaxing end to a tiring day. Whether you love swimming or just taking a dip, these awesome and "Instagram-worthy" rooftop swimming pools in hotels around Metro Manila are definitely a must-experience. It will not only provide you with a good swim but will also amaze you with stunning views of the urban skyline and bustling cityscape.

5 of the best golf courses in the world

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5 of the best golf courses in the world

Some golf courses around the globe are worth travelling to, whether you are a passionate player or simply enjoy the sport in your spare time. Here’s a collection of 5 unforgettable and renowned golf courses, famous for their breathtaking views, spellbinding locations, immaculate design and rich history.

How a corporate picnic can bring your team closer

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Crystal Beach Resort Zambales

We often hear about corporate team building activities, retreats, and other outings and activities designed to foster good interpersonal relationships within corporations. And there’s little question that those types of activities do, in fact, help to create stronger bonds and more collaboration in the workplace, but they aren’t the only solution. When it comes to team building activities in Toronto, why not consider a corporate family picnic?

8 Landscape Design Ideas

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Landscape Design Ideas

Landscaping has numerous benefits. It does not only helps improve the overall look of your house, but also helps increase its worth. It is a big investment but one that you should not think twice before making, thanks to its numerous benefits. But, what kind of landscaping do you need? Here are 10 landscape design ideas that you can apply to your yard right now.

Zamboanga Hermosa Festival 2016 Schedule of Events and Activities

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Zamboanga La Hermosa Festival 2016 Schedule of Events

Zamboanga City's Hermosa Festival or popularly known as "Fiesta Pilar" is a much-awaited festival held every October in the City of Zamboanga. It is a celebration in honor of the miraculous image of Our Lady of the Pillar (Nuestra Señora del Pilar), the patroness of Zamboanga City which celebrates its feast day every October 12th. As Catholics, it is also a celebration of the profound faith and devotion of the Zamboangueños to the Nuestra Señora del Pilar.

Savoring on Filipino Comfort Food at Braska

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Braska Restaurant in Bocobo Malate Manila

Braska is a new restaurant located at the ground floor of Amelie Hotel Manila along J. Bocobo St., Malate, Manila. They serve yummy Filipino comfort food that will surely take you on a memorable food trip to the familiar Filipino flavors - with a twist. Unknown to many, before the 2nd World War, Jorge Bocobo St. was called "Nebraska," this is where "Braska" got its name which aims to express the spirit and the glory of Old Malate to the generation of today.

TOP PICKS: Metro Manila Hotels with Amazing Rooftop Swimming Pools (Part 1) - UPDATED 2018

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Awesome rooftop swimming pools in Metro Manila Hotels

When staying in a hotel, the swimming pool is where you can enjoy a rejuvenating morning dip, a refreshing afternoon break, or a relaxing end to a tiring day. Whether you love swimming or just taking a dip, these awesome and "Instagram-worthy" rooftop swimming pools in hotels around Metro Manila are definitely a must-experience. It will not only provide you with a good swim but will also amaze you with stunning views of the urban skyline and bustling cityscape.

WATCH: Dolphins Spotted in Manila Bay last August 6, 2016

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Video of Dolphins Spotted in Manila Bay last August 6 2016

Last Saturday, August 6, 2016, dolphins were spotted in the waters of Manila Bay, surprising some dragonboat racers who usually train in the bay every weekend.

FEATURE: Business Class Aviator, "Providing Discounted Business Class and First Class fares"

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Business Class Aviator

Would you like to travel but so sick of the economy flights and want to level up your flying experience? Now, you can do that with Business Class Aviator! You can now fly in business or first class without breaking the bank.

SEAT SALE ALERT: AirAsia celebrates Asean day with low fares across the region (from as low as P1,058 only)

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AirAsia celebrates Asean day with low fares across the region

AirAsia is offering promotional fares to Asean destinations in conjunction with Asean Day starting today until 14 August 2016.

Asean Day celebrates the founding of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) with the signing of the Bangkok Declaration on 8 August 1967.

Comfortable and Relaxing Stay at Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan, Cebu

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Hotels and Resorts near Cebu Mactan International Airport

Traveling for business or leisure can sometimes be tiresome and stressful, but staying at the right hotel can help ensure a better and memorable experience. I guess most of us would agree that an awesome room with a comfortable bed is what we all look forward to after a long day of touring and exploring. This is why when I travel, I am very particular in finding the ideal accommodation that can meet my needs, down to the essentials.

LOOK: Etihad Airways opens world-class premium lounge at Los Angeles International Airport

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Etihad Airways opens world-class premium lounge at Los Angeles International Airport

  • Etihad Airways First and Business Class Lounge Los Angeles demonstrates the airline’s ongoing commitment to the US and its premium guests on the West Coast
  • Fine dining and superlative service offering - comparable to five-star hotels, restaurants and private members’ clubs across the world
  • Bespoke signature cocktails and mocktails are created and served at striking sculptural showcase bar

Thailand and Around: A Cinematic Exploration

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Thailand and Around A Cinematic Exploration
Camera Filmset, Thailand by Matt Wilson

Thailand is not only a prime location for vacations, but for filming movies as well; and this time in Inspirock travel planner, we’re exploring these sites. Several foreign language movies have been shot in this vibrant country, given its gorgeous landscape, its exotic natural beauty, and the comparatively low production budget needed to film scenes. While some films are set in Thailand itself, other films have been shot using Thailand as an understudy location to depict neighbouring countries like Vietnam or Cambodia. Game to add one of these to your Thailand trip planner?

ASUS ZenFone 3 Laser and ZenFone 3 Max to be available in the Philippines this August 2016

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ASUS Zenfone 3 Laser and Max Philippines
ASUS Zenfone 3 Laser and Max Philippines

ZenFone 3 Laser and ZenFone 3 Max will arrive together with the ZenFone 3 smartphones series in the Philippines this August

The Zenfone 3 family just got bigger and bolder! ASUS Philippines confirms the arrival of its newest addition to the ZenFone 3 smartphone series, the ZenFone 3 Laser and ZenFone3 Max together with the three phones slated to launch in August in the country.