Balabac, Palawan: Travel guide to the Last Paradise (Updated 2019)

Balabac Palawan travel guide feature

Yes, a Balabac Palawan itinerary and travel guide! Last 2015, Hali and I were exchanging stories with a 60-year-old fellow traveler, who then told us we should visit Balabac. For the uninitiated, Balabac group of islands is a relatively unknown summer haven for backpackers seeking unspoilt beaches and preserved local culture. It is located at the southernmost tip of Palawan in the […]

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Finding Love on the Road

Aguid rice terraces in Sagada

Excuse me for a while as I discuss, not destinations we’ve recently explored or discovered, but a topic that is nonetheless close to my heart: love. My friends would often joke about the perks of traveling, specifically meeting a special person unexpectedly on a seemingly ordinary out-of-town (or country) trip, a common fantasy likened to […]

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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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