Category: Visayas

Alona Beach, on the southwestern bend of Panglao Island (at about the 7 o’clock position) is about as far West from Tagbilaran City as you can get. That is really great when you’re trying to escape the city, but when it is time to leave, getting back can sometimes be a bit of a challenge! There are no taxis on Panglao Island, there is no Uber or Grab, just a handful of tricycles, some private vans, and an irregular schedule of local jeepneys.

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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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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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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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Molo Mansion stands out as one of the shining jewels in the crown of Iloilo City, the Queen City of the South. The official name of Molo Mansion is the Youay-Consing Mansion. This historic building was built in the 1920’s by the affluent Lacson Family. This beautiful home actually once sat abandoned for many years until it was purchased, restored, and turned into a museum for Illongo Heritage. And it has a retail shop as well. Kultura features high-end, traditional Filipino designed goods, and

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Antonia Beach is actually named after the lone resort on the peninsula. The self-contained, generator run, resort on the remote island of Gigantes Sur is one of the tourism hotspots of the region. I call it a self-contained resort because most of the staff lives on site with their family. There are few greater illustrations of how closely nit work and home/ family are in the Philippines. It is a way of life. The Geography The peninsula is made up of two large piles of

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Watch the Guimaras teaser video: Known mostly for its mangos, the island province of Guimaras is a worthy ecotourism destination despite its recent history. In 2006 a tanker owned by Petron sank 19km off the coast of Nueva Valencia, Guimaras and leaked 130,000 gallons of fuel into the waters. It is widely considered to be the worst environmental disaster in modern Philippine history. Fast forward 11 years to my first visit to Guimaras. I am here to see how the environment is recovering, and

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In the daytime, the population swells with day-trippers, and island hoppers; while in the evenings, it is just the resort guests in the middle of the Visayan Sea underneath the starry sky. One travel blog calls Cabugao Gamay the icon of Gigantes. Referring to the Islas Gigantes Archepelago, which Cabugao Gamay is a part of. Being far enough away from… everything, Cabugao Gamay is the type of island resort that is affordable for just about anyone… though it may not BE for everyone. The price

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With so many remote islands and few large cities, you would think that the tropical archipelago of the Philippines would be a dark sky haven. There are reports that claim that light pollution is so bad that it hurts rainforest regeneration. Not to get too deep into astronomy and astrophysics, but scientifically speaking, you are at a much bigger DISADVANTAGE of seeing the night sky while in the tropic because there is more frequent cloud cover due to higher concentration of moisture in the atmosphere.

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Island Hopping in Gigantes Sur Travel to just about any destination in the Philippines and “Island-Hopping” is most likely an activity that is offered. In some places like Palawan, the island hopping tours are world famous for being such remote and beautiful locations; and in places with a growing tourism industry like Malalison the island hopping tour is nothing more than a pleasant cruise around the island. The Philippine archipelago offers some of the most beautiful tropical islands and sandbars in the WORLD; each with

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Philippines / Viasayas / Panay / Estancia Getting to the fabled Islas Gigantes is not exactly the most documented trip, nor are directions easily available on the internet. There is good information available on the web, but it takes lots of research and there is lots of outdated information to weed through for sure. This is mostly because this island group is NOT a huge destination for tourists outside of those that live in this region of the Philippines. Even though this archipelago is frequented by mostly locals

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