10 of my Favorite Travels and Adventures in 2016

10 of my favorite travels and adventures in 2016

2016 has been an exciting and overwhelming year for me. I got to visit a lot of new places, build new friendships, and do things I've been wanting to do. I am so happy for all the travel opportunities, new experiences, and personal accomplishments that came along my way. Before the year ends, let me say THANK YOU for being part of my awesome 2016. With this, let me share to you "10 of my Favorite Travels and Adventures this 2016."

Star Cruises SuperStar Gemini
On Board Star Cruises SuperStar Gemini

10 of my Favorite Travels and Adventures in 2016

In no particular order...

Things to do in Romblon
Lovely and uncrowded Talipasak Beach in ROmblon

1. Romblon Island

Happened in February, this is my first out of town trip in 2016. We got to explore the island of Romblon, its lovely beaches, historical sites, eat in local/homegrown restaurants, and see how marbles are processed and turned into statues, tiles, souvenirs, among many others.

BUDGET TRAVEL GUIDE: Romblon (DIY Itinerary, Things To Do, Hotels and Resorts, Budget, Expenses and More!)

Zamboanga City Tourist Spots
Riding the Vinta in Zamboanga City

2. Zamboanga City and Malamawi Island, Basilan

We were invited by the Department of Tourism Region 9 to cover Zamboanga City's 2nd Bird Festival. During this trip, we also got to explore Zamboanga City. We visited the pink sand beach of Sta. Cruz Island, as well as its lagoon teeming with migratory birds and the old Badjao burial grounds. Also, it gave me me chance to see again most of Zamboanga City's tourist spots & attractions, and taste its local delicacies.

30 Best Things to Do in Zamboanga City (Tourist Spots, Attractions and Things To Do and Experience)

Top things to do in Zamboanga City
Malamawi Island, Basilan

Since we're already in Zamboanga City, we made a side trip to Malamawi Island in Basilan. I've been to Basilan twice in the past, but this is the first time I've visited Malamawi Island. Thanks to my friends in Isabela City for taking us to this island paradise. Definitely one of the best beaches in the Philippines I've been to.

Moriones Festival 2016
Marinduque Moriones Festival 2016

3. Moriones Festival in Boac, Marinduque

Marinduque is definitely one of my favorite holy week destinations in the Philippines. This trip is my 3rd time to witness its famed Moriones Festival. We truly enjoyed this trip!

Marinduque MOriones Festival 2016

Celebrating Birthday in Batanes
With my Marfel Lodge family in Batanes

4. Birthday in Batanes

This is my 4th time to visit Batanes.This trip is so special because I celebrated my 36th birthday in one of my favorite provinces in the Philippines. What could be better than that? Thank you to my Marfel's Lodge family and to BISUMI Tours and Services for this memorable birthday celebration.

BATANES TRAVEL GUIDE: "How To Plan A Trip To Batanes" (Budget, Itinerary, How to Get There, Where to Stay, Expenses, Where to Eat and More!)

Panglao Island Bohol
Panglao, Bohol

5. Panglao Island, Bohol

This year, I visited Bohol two times. The first one was when Amorita Resort invited us for a stay in Panglao. On this trip, we visited Balicasag Island as well as experience dolphin watching. The second time was through the invitation of Henann Resort. It's a 3-day vacation full of fun, relaxation and good food with my friends at the biggest luxury resort on Panglao Island.

Top 10 Things to Do in Bohol

Things to do in Universal Studios Japan
Universal Studios Japan

6. Osaka and Kyoto Japan

This is my first out of the country trip for 2016. It is through the invitation of Cebu Pacific Air for a Familiarization Tour of Osaka and Kyoto, Japan. This is my second time in Japan and I am so happy that we got to explore and discover Osaka and Kyoto Prefectures as well have a taste of Shiga Prefecture's famous Omi Beef. It's definitely one memorable trip with my fellow travel blogger friends. Thank you Cebu Pacific Air!

TRAVEL TIP: Osaka and Kyoto Japan 4D/3N Tour Itinerary

Verde Island Batangas City
Verde Island, Batangas City

7. Isla Verde, Batangas

Isla Verde has been in my bucket list for quite a long time. I am so happy that I got to visit and explore the island this 2016. It was a 3-day adventure full of fun and lovely memories. We got to swim in the clear waters of Verde Island, snorkel and see the island's underwater treasures, watch the sunset, get to know the community and appreciate simple way of living. It's definitely one off-the-beaten destinations you should visit in 2017.

TRAVEL TIP: How to Get to Isla Verde, Batangas City

Taal Vista Hotel, Tagaytay City

8. Tagaytay City

I visited Tagaytay City several times this year. These visits were through the invitation of different hotels in Tagaytay such as Taal Vista Hotel Tagaytay, Summit Ridge Hotel Tagaytay, The Lake Hotel Tagaytay, and One Tagaytay Place Hotel Suites. I am from Cavite, and I am so happy that I get to explore more of what Tagaytay City has to offer.

TOP PICKS: 10 Things to do and See in Tagaytay City

8 Reasons Why You Should Experience a Cruise Holiday Aboard Star Cruises Superstar Gemini
Roaming around the top-most deck of the ship

9. Cruise from Singapore to Malaysia

Last October, I got to experience a 4-day holiday cruise aboard Star Cruises SuperStar Gemini. We traveled from Manila to Singapore and had a wonderful cruise along Malacca Strait with onshore excursions in Penang and Langkawi, Malaysia. Indeed, it is one of the best and most memorable travel experiences I had this year. Thank you Star Cruises for this once in a lifetime experience.

8 Reasons Why You Should Experience a Cruise Holiday Aboard Star Cruises Superstar Gemini

Who do you want to thank this Christmas season and why
El Nido, Palawan

10. El Nido, Palawan Adventure

Before the year ends, I finally visited El Nido, Palawan. It's been on my bucket list for the longest time. That is why, I am so happy when we got the chance to travel to El Nido earlier this month. We had an awesome island hopping adventure, eat at the local restaurants, watch the sunset, and explore some of the best spots in El Nido, Palawan. It's now one of my favorite destinations in the Philippines.

TRAVEL GUIDE: El Nido Palawan (DIY Itinerary, Things To Do, Where to Stay, Budget, Expenses and More!)

I wonder what 2017 would bring? I amm soooo excited! Cheers for more travels and adventures this 2017!


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  1. Wohoo! I am joining the PTB Blog carnival thanks for this :D


  2. Thank you for being an inspiration to many, Mervz! Your shared travel stories have certainly helped me through the years. Wishing you more blessings, opportunities and trips this 2017! :)


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