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The most iconic landmark in all of Coron is Mt Tapyas. This is the mountain bearing the large sign spelling out the name of the city in large white letters. At night, it is liit up and can continue to be seen even once the sun has set. This landmark can be seen from just about anywhere in the city, and is the first recognizable sight when returning to Coron Harbor from a day of island hopping. Not many places make this very clear, but

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*Note: In order to preserve the excitement of discovery, the photographs in this article only feature the museum itself. Photographs of the gallery interiors and their contents have been intentionally omitted. A gem of a historic building and an important connection to the human history of the Philippines, the Cebu Museum is one of the few destinations in Cebu City proper that visitors, and specially those that are history buffs, should not miss. ‘Sugbo’ is the native name for the city that was later adapted

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The best way for any newcomer to familiarize themselves with the layout of a town is to explore it on foot, and El Nido town, sometimes just referred to as the Poblacion, is no exception. Always Growing, Always Building The constant construction in such a small area is bound to have some negative side effects. In the peak season of 2018, the construction noise in the daytime is only surpassed by the thick concrete dust in the air. This is NOT a great place to

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Coron is filled with amazing locations, both underwater and above, featuring sunken Japanese World War II wrecks, coral reefs and unique tropical islands that would qualify as paradise on earth, according to most people’s standards. Malacapuya certainly fits that description, but this tiny gem of an island is often times overlooked because of its jaw-dropping island neighbors. One could even go as far as saying that Malacapuya Island is an underrated destination in Coron. The highlight is no surprise: the beach! The highlight that

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With such large distances between the Philippines and the western world, TIME is typically the most prized resource when traveling there. This is also the case when traveling to even more remote locations on Palawan island, known as the Philippines “Last Frontier”. The two most remote of destinations on Palawan are El Nido and Coron, and tourists are often faced with having to choose between the two. This article will go over some of the similarities and differences between El Nido and Coron, and talk

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Malalison Island (or locally referred to as Mararison Island) is a somewhat unknown tourist destination in the Philippines’ Antique Province. The jump-off point for this tropical wonder is the town of Culasi. My group arrived in Culasi via private van from the Molo terminal in Iloilo City. The mid-day sun was already beating down on us as we walking into the tourist information center along the shore where we were dropped off. There was some time to kill before our shuttle boat to the island

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The Highlight: Snorkeling Other activities: Snorkeling El Nido's Island Hopping Tour C should be called the snorkeling tour and is a CAN’T MISS for anyone that snorkels. You will start off on Helicopter Island which has some absolutely beautiful coral ranging from just 1-5meters of depth and a large variety of marine life. In June the small stinging jellyfish are in season and can show up in large numbers, but you can put on a little bit of sunblock as a deterrent. With some

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Sitting on the beach at night on Gigantes Sur is a reminder that you are hundreds of miles away from Manila. The stars shine brighter, the air is cleaner, and you have space to spread out without bumping into anyone. Dare I say that it is even clear enough to photograph the stars? I gave it my best try. Located about an hour and a half by boat off the coast of Panay Island in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines is the Islas

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As of 2018 there are now four daily trips to Coron from El Nido and vice-versa. This includes two morning departures via fast craft (6:00 AM and 8:20AM) and two “slow boat” trips leaving at around the same time. Where to Buy Tickets Tickets can be purchased thru agents at just about any tour desk in El Nido, or you can go directly to the pier and purchase from the ticketing office. The price is not affected by where you purchase. I was

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If you had limited time and only had the opportunity to do one activity at one destination in El Nido, it has to be kayaking the big and small lagoons. While named separately, they are only separated by a single, towering wall of rock that extends well below the surface, into the deep blue. Their entrances are in different locations, which helps avoid overcrowding. On the early June day that I arrived at the lagoons, there was a significant swell to the sea and a

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Around the Philippines, the city of Bacolod is associated with their barbecue chicken before anything else. The deliciously tasting chicken is actually roasted, not barbecued in the way a Westerner thinks of barbecue, drenched in a sauce or dry rub. Instead, the flavor comes from the cooking style: skewered and roasted over an open flame, with banana leaves adding a hint of smoky flavor, and the signature sauce (made of garlic, soy, vinegar, salt and Sprite) periodically basted on. This is the signature Inasal taste…

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