Lambayok Festival in San Juan, Batangas

One of the things we Filipinos can be proud of are the festivals in the country. Each one is celebrated with colorful banderitas, street parades and sumptuous feasts. Recently, I was invited to witness the Lambayok Festival in San Juan, Batangas. Lambayok Festival celebrates the founding anniversary of the municipality of San Juan. It also …

Snorkeling & Freediving in Pagkilatan, Batangas

Just as the amihan season arrived, my friend Peng invited me for a snorkeling/freediving trip to Pagkilatan, Batangas. Pagkilatan is one of the best places to freedive because it’s home to a vast marine garden, filled with corals and different kinds of wildlife. It’s actually part of the Verde Island Passage, which is considered the …

Papaya Island: Budget-friendly beach escapade in Nasugbu, Batangas

Batangas is our go-to place for budget-friendly beach trips. This summer, I’m lucky to have discovered a new beach destination! I was invited by Biyaheros Travel and Tours in one of their day trips to Papaya Island in Nasugbu, Batangas. Day trip to Papaya Island, Batangas Papaya Island is one of the several islands you can …

Ataalaya Farmhouse (Alitagtag, Batangas): A heavenly retreat with views of Taal Lake

Is this the most beautiful vacation house in Batangas? That was my first thought when we entered the gates of Ataalaya Farmhouse in Alitagtag, Batangas. Ataalaya Farmhouse is a 5-hectare private farmhouse surrounded with lush forests and featuring amazing views of Taal Lake and Mount Maculot. It has a plantation where you can see vegetation …