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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Rain or shine: 5 Days Iloilo-Guimaras itinerary and side trip to Antique

Antique-Iloilo-Guimaras itinerary and travel guide

Normally, Hali and I just tag along with friends or other groups. This getaway was basically our first together. We planned a 5 days Iloilo-Guimaras itinerary, with a quick day trip in Antique. The weather in the Philippines is a funny thing. It’s either sweltering hot or shivering cold. After several weeks of good weather, […]

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