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(Published March 2008 – Feb 2012)
Batangas… Home to several beaches and resorts, is one of the areas in the south frequented by city folk wanting to get away from all the busy hustle and bustle of the metro. Just several kilometers by land, it is visited by those seeking to get away for a few hours or nights.
Among the popular municipalities and cities in the province are Anilao, Nasugbu, Batangas City, Calatagan, and San Juan. Being at the southwestern portion of Luzon, it is bordered mostly by bodies of water, hence the presence of beaches such as Nasugbu, Anilao, and Matabungkay, among others.
Places To Go
(Published Feb 2009 – Nov 2011)
Guimaras, one of the smallest island province in the Philippines, is best known for its mangoes. Aside from mangoes, the province also has some captivating white sand beaches, caves and nice beach resorts. It is located between the province of Negros Occidental and the island of Panay and can be reached for 20 minutes from one of Iloilo’s ports.
How To Go To Guimaras
1. You need to go to Iloilo.
2. From anywhere in Iloilo, you can take a cab and go to Ortiz Wharf. Usual contract/tariff rate for an Iloilo Airport to Ortiz Wharf ride is P350.00, as of this writing.
3. From Ortiz Wharf, take a small outrigger boat (for 20-minute or less) ride to Jordan Wharf (pronounced Hordan) in Guimaras. Boat fare as of this writing is P14.00 per pax
How To Go Around Guimaras
As soon as you arrive in Jordan Wharf,
1. Go to a Department of Tourism booth
2. Sign in as a tourist in their log book
3. Get a Guimaras tourist map
4. Arrange for a tour vehicle and a guide with the help of a Department of Tourism officer. A minicab would fetch for P1,800.00 for a day’s island tour or you may opt for a tricycle for a much cheaper ride.
Maps & GPS Coordinates / Waypoints
More Scenic Photos of Guimaras
The National Capital Region (NCR) though largely metropolitan, still has some superb sceneries to boot. The following are some of the beautiful sites within Metro Manila.
Photos were taken in Kap Larry’s Pond, a recreational fishing pond located in Coloong, Valenzuela, Metro Manila.
Here is also Manila Bay’s sunset!
One of the largest islands in the Philippines (7th), Mindoro, a part of the Luzon region, is located at the north-western portion of the country. It is situated south of Metro Manila and north of Palawan. The island is currently divided into two provinces, Oriental Mindoro and Occidental Mindoro. The province of Oriental Mindoro is currently the western seaboard part of the country’s Strong Republic Nautical Highway which interconnects Calapan, the northern part of the island, with Batangas, and Roxas, the southern part, with Caticlan, Aklan via Roll-On-Roll-Off (RORO) ports.
This port is about 3-4 hours RORO ride from Batangas port depending on the speed of the RORO boat you are riding.
Baranggay Masagana, is a couple of hours ride west of Calapan. The place is very remote and can be accessed only by 4x4s. The place is almost at the foothills of Mount Halcon. One of the most treacherous mountains to climb in the country.
(Published Jul 2010 – Aug 2011)
The Mountain Province or The Cordilleras is one of the coldest and most scenic places in the Philippines. Even colder, higher and scenic than the popular Baguio. It is located in the northern mountainous region of the Philippines. 4 to 6 hours drive from Baguio via the Halsema Highway depending on how fast you go. For those who love to drive, this place should be on your list. Just be sure your vehicle is on optimum condition. Your vehicle’s brakes and your braking techniques will be put to a test. The zigzagging roads can be treacherous in this region and there is a a lot of long ascent driving with sharp curves on the way of to Mount Data – Bauko – Sabangan portion of the highway. You also get to pass the highest point of the country’s highway system at more than 2600 meters above sea level.
This shot was taken 2600 meters above sea level in April 2010. Temperature was around 12 degrees during the day and could drop down to 4 degrees at night during summer. Folks say temperature could go below zero during the months of December to February. During these months, frosts can be seen early in the morning. Fog is pretty normal up there even during mid-day.
One of the most beautiful places in the country, Sagada, is one of the municipalities of Mountain Province. It boasts of a very cool sunny climate with surrounding beautiful sceneries and relaxed living.
Zambales, one of the best tourist destinations in the Philippines, is a province located in the western coast of Central Luzon and is accessible from Metro Manila in 2 to 3 hours by land. The province is a sure-fire traveler’s delight and boasts of numerous places to go from hotels, restaurants, beaches, islands, eco and marine parks.
A small town which is used to be popular only to backpackers, Pundaquit is home to one of the most beautiful coves in the country, Anawangin Cove. Tourists should not miss this small paradise. It is one place in Luzon that can compete with those that can be found in Palawan. Other destinations are Snake Island and Capones Island.
Subic Bay Freeport Zone, or simply Subic Bay, is located in Olongapo City, southwest of Luzon. It is a former military base that was successfully converted into a tax and duty free zone. Being a former US military base, it has maintained its beauty. Today, even Filipino families drive up to Subic Bay to enjoy its many nature attractions and of course, to do a bit of duty-free shopping. Subic, which used to house the Americans’ largest naval base outside of the U.S. Mainland, is now a free port that does ship building and repair and port activities. To tourists, Subic is a haven for relaxation. It boasts of good hotels, restaurant and water sports facilities.
Places To Go @ Subic
Author’s comments: (April 2008). The resort is average and not in tip-top shape. The surrounding beaches are quite rocky. The only restaurant offers only chinese cuisine which are, by the way, too expensive. The food is not something to be remembered and if you really are picky, you should not book yourself in this resort. My personal rating for this resort would be 6 of 10.
Overlooking Lake Taal, this city is a cool haven for tourists. Restaurants and picnic areas are set up along the crater rim of the Taal Volcano, providing tourists with a lovely view of the lake while dining and enjoying the cool air.It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country which boasts of the majestic view of Batangas’ Taal Volcano sitting at the center of Taal Lake. It is also popular due to the cool, Baguio-like climate due to its high altitude.
Tagaytay City lies in the province of Cavite and is bordered by the provinces of Laguna and Batangas. For 55 Kilometers, it’s only a 2-3 hours drive from Manila.
An island that once was the site of several battles in the history of the Philippines and was instrumental in driving the United States to retreat from the naval base and made the country fall into the hands of the Japanese forces, Corregidor Island now serves as a tourist destination for many Filipinos, Americans, and Japanese.
This historic site is under the Jurisdiction of Cavite City. It is a tadpole-shaped rock island located at the entrance of Manila Bay. With just a few hours’ ferry ride from the port in Manila, it is frequented daily by many tourists and war veterans.