Let’s talk about overcrowding: Is it time to implement tourist capping?

Mount Batolusong

Lately, there have been discussions on the problem of overcrowding in tourism sites, particularly on mountains. This is an interesting topic to me because while I promote local tourism, I am also an advocate of responsible and sustainable travel or what others refer to as ecotourism. Perhaps if I were to summarize the issue, it […]

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Bontoc’s secret: Mt. Kofafey and Maligcong rice terraces

Mount Kofafey in Maligcong

The first time I had seen photos of the rice terraces in Maligcong as taken from the view deck of Mt. Kofafey, my mouth opened in amazement. I had personally visited Banaue rice terraces and the lesser-known amphitheater-like Batad rice terraces, but Maligcong rice terraces is altogether different. Perhaps it’s the richness in colors or the overall ambiance of the place, with its thin […]

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The charming ruins of Guisi Lighthouse in Guimaras

Guisi lighthouse in Guimaras

The Guisi lighthouse is one of the places I was excited to visit in Guimaras. I would’ve insisted that we visited this province just to see this one. I know that I’ve stated previously how I’m not into old lighthouses, but this might just change that. Or perhaps it’s not the lighthouse per se but the […]

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To the land of sweet mangoes: A day tour in Guimaras

Mango plantation in Guimaras - can be visited on a day tour in Guimaras

If you have a dare to spare while in Iloilo, you can hop on a ferry and take a quick day tour in Guimaras, a province known for producing consistently sweet mangoes. That’s what we did, and our Guimaras itinerary included island hopping in the morning and a land tour in the afternoon, after which we […]

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Gigantes Hideaway Tourist Inn: Where to stay in Gigantes Islands

Bulobadiang Island in Gigantes Islands

The highlight of Hali and I’s recent Antique-Iloilo-Guimaras trip is island hopping in Islas de Gigantes. There are other resorts that serve as jump-off points for island hopping, but we decided to stay is Gigantes Hideaway Tourist Inn. It’s the most recommended place to stay in the area, and we were not disappointed. 3 Days in Gigantes Hideaway Tourist […]

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Postcard perfect: Island hopping in Islas de Gigantes, Iloilo

Cabugao Gamay in Gigantes Islands Iloilo

Gigantes Islands, Iloilo — over the recent months, this has become a favorite tourist attraction in the Visayas Region. Gigantes islands, also called Islas de Gigantes, is an island chain about 2 hours away from Estancia Port. Gigantes islands used to be a secret. Now, there’s a ballooning number of travel packages offering island hopping in Gigantes islands in […]

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