Unique themed Restaurants

Hugot Cafe

Hugot Cafe is a fun student-friendly cafe with hugot-inspired dishes and beverages. Diners are entertained by servers who shout out hugot lines and are encouraged to express and write their feelings on their #HugotWall. It may not be the best place for couples, but it’s definitely for hearty conversations with friends. P.S. They have open mic nights and poetry nights.

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Boracay Toilet

Boracay Toilet is the first toilet-themed restaurant in the Philippines,which opened just last year. It was inspired by the owner’s first-hand experience at the Modern Toilet restaurant in Taipei. It offers Filipino fusion dishes with quirky pun titles, served in mini toilet bowls and urinal-shaped glasses.

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Megawatt

Megawatt is a power plant-themed, a carwash concept diner and is the first solar-lighted restaurant in Manila. It is a family-owned business and specializes in Tex-Mex dishes including burritos, pizzas, ribs, burgers and more.

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Camping Date

Camping Date is a Korean restaurant that offers a unique indoor campingdining experience. On top of this are their much talked about signatura Korean fried chicken and pizza selections available in various flavors. All ingredients are said to be imported from Korea to provide the most authentic taste.13108992_794690257330135_939912085_n.jpg

 

 

Top 5 Fun Unique Themed Cafés in Manila

1. Caffera

Located at Diliman, Quezon City, this popular cafe is heaven for photographers and photographer wannabes. Caffera is known for serving their drinks in cups that are designed like that of a lens of a DSLR. Your eyes will also be delighted with tons of aesthetics on their walls that are definitely “pang-instagram besh.”

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2. iChill Theater Cafe

Yes you read that right! A cafe designed for theater enthusiasts! iChill Theater Cafe does not only serve good coffee and pasta but also promotes interactivity among its customers by giving them free snacks whenever they sing a song or recite a poem or a speech. Better shake off that stage fright when you go there.

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3. Chemistea

Another hangout spot that is super “instagrammable” is Chemistea at Quezon City. This geek-themed beverage shop makes you feel like a scien-tea-ist. Their specialties are milk teas but they also serve good coffee as well. Taking a photo of their drinks served in beakers and laboratory flasks is really irresistible. Uy, feeling scientist.

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4. Caffe Piansa

Mabibilanggo ka sa sarap ng pagkain dito! Caffe Piansa is the first jail-themed restaurant in the Philippines and allows “criminals” to choose from their full range of food and drinks. You eat inside detention cells and can also have your mug shot taken at their mug shot photo booth. You and your partner in crime will surely enjoy the experience at Caffe Piansa.

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5. Uke Box Caffé

Take it from its name; this cafe has ukuleles on the walls! No worries if you don’t know how to play a ukulele, there are also ukulele chords illustrations on their walls and if you still don’t get it, they offer free lessons to their guests. They can also print your face or any picture you want onto the coffee foam of your coffee. Music plus coffee equals perfection!

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The cool cave pools of Anda in Bohol

Anda in Bohol is famous for its long white sand beach but for the traveler, there are other options, like the beautiful and cool cave pools. These are refreshing alternatives to sun worshiping.

The southeast part of Bohol, where Anda is located is mostly made of limestone and developed during the early and middle Miocene era (20-11 million years ago), thus it is called Anda Limestone.

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Because of the soft nature of the rock, over time, the action of water and other geologic activities has led to the formations of caves across, not just in the municipality but in many parts of Bohol.

But one thing that this geologic action has brought to Anda is the formation of several mini caves (it has actually 30 major and minor caves) near the sea. With the porous nature of limestone, water from the mountain seeps in these caves as it journey to the sea. And, voila! you have cave pools. Seven are known of which four are accessible. Below are the cave pools I’ve been to.

Combento Cave Pool

This is the best, so far, that I’ve been to and I like the most! Just around a hundred meters or less from Bitoon White Beach in Barangay Birhen. Combento Cave Pool is one of two, the other a smaller one and is just a few meters from each other. Actually, there are three caves here of which one is dry.

From the entrance is just a few short steps down to the pristine body of water below. As the height of the water depends on the tides, the deepest portion is around 6 ft. I just like swimming here.

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It’s not that deep actually. Mostly, the pool area is shallow due to some rocks on some portions that one can stand on. Look up and the dome like formation above is just so awesome that it heightens the experience of being in a cave. Unfortunately, some bathers leave shampoo sachets and other plastic items.

Entrance fee to this cave pool is just P10 for adults and is collected at the gate.

 

Kaligoon Cave Pool

A few meters before Combento Cave Pool, and the first one that visitors will pass is a smaller cave pool. The water is shallower compared to Combento and the ceiling is lower but still enough room to swim around.

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I didn’t bother swimming here as its bigger brother is better. But its less spooky compared to Combento and can be a good place for solo dips.

Cabagnow or Kabagno Cave Pool

This is the deepest cave pool in Anda with portions said to be 25 feet deep. It was also a scene in one local movie. Kabagno Cave Pool is a bit challenging. Because its practically a hole in the ground, one has to bring a ladder (a nearby house rents one) so that it would be possible to get out!

The water is cool and during high tide, and, the same with the rest of the cave pools, saline water mixes with the fresh. Several townsfolk visit this pool and is quite popular for weekenders as one can just jump from the edges.

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There are no signs leading to this cave pool although tricycle and habalhabal drivers know where to alight and start a short walk.

East Coast Cave Pool

The Cave Pool within the compounds of East Coast White Sand Resort and Recreation in Barangay Candabong is smaller than Combento Cave Pool. Its deeper but nonetheless interesting too. There’s a series of steps carved out of the rocks and electric lighting is available, upon request.

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I opted not to swim here as its just small and since its within the resort, they collect a P100 fee. It’s free when you’re a guest here.

Entrance to the cave pool with steep steps While locals are familiar with these cave pools, it is always better to visit the LGU Tourism office at the municipal hall near the church.

 

Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu

Visit Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu, one of the most scenic destinations in the Philippines. Ideally located 6 kilometers from Mactan Cebu International Airport, this 5-star Mediterranean-inspired beachfront hotel, with 245 rooms and suites, offers contemporary style with a fun and fresh appeal for both leisure and business travelers.

Offering an array of choices from deluxe rooms to suite, event spaces, wellness and leisure activities, entertainment and culinary delights, this hip and happening property is the most ideal choice to jumpstart your Cebu sojourn.

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Experience the best this Cebu hotel has to offer, from the wide array of flavors that can be found at The Sails buffet restaurant or any of the 3 other food and beverage outlets, to the thrill of various water sports and adrenaline pumping activities throughout the hotel and beach. Be in harmony with nature as you feast your eyes on the underwater scenery of our marine sanctuary or as you refresh and recharge at Spa del Mar.

Our hotel is the perfect choice for all kinds of occasions, business events and weddings, with venues ranging from intimate spaces, ballrooms, lush tropical grounds to a luxurious beach side bar and club.

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Ibiza Beach Club is the premier venue for the most sought after events on the island. This stylish social hub, located at the end of the marina, offers lifestyle dining accompanied with dance music by resident DJ’s and a showcase of world-class themed performances. Gastronomes are in for a treat with a selection of Mediterranean tapas and the restaurant’s Balearic-inspired, signature 15-course grill.

Two Seasons Boracay Resort

For travelers desiring to experience the best of the tropics, Two Seasons Boracay Resort presents an offer that is hard to match. With Boracay Island, Philippines’ most inviting shores put alongside the resort’s tastefully appointed guestrooms and high-level service aimed at guests’ comfort, our accommodation has become a most favored retreat in this tropical destination.

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Presenting a blend of tropical urban and Zen minimalist designs, our 34 rooms and suites are ideal for solo travelers, couples on honeymoons, and families and friends on vacation. You may choose among 10 Standard Rooms, 9 Deluxe Rooms, 8 Family Suites, 4 Junior Suites, and 2 Seaview Rooms. Or, for a more luxurious holiday, stay in the Presidential Suite, aptly called Suite Heaven, which redefines luxury with its first-class features including a private verandah and infinity pool that overlook the white-sand beach.

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The resort also boasts a beachfront location in Station 1, an area known as the most peaceful in all of the island’s 4-kilometer White Beach. This address does not only let you laze under the sun while savoring the calm; it also puts you close to top attractions like Diniwid and Willy’s Rock. Moreover, a short stroll on the beach or a brief rickshaw ride will already take you to Station 2, the island’s nightlife and shopping center.

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When you’d rather stay close, our Boracay resort’s facilities and services are here to keep you satisfied. Enjoy a rejuvenating massage on our cozy beach beds, take a dip in the wading pool, or touch base with people back home using our Wi-Fi Internet connection. You may also fill your hours with gastronomic delight by ordering barLO Resto Lounge’s bestsellers, such as Four-Cheese Pizza and Oyster Sisig. Then, cap off a meal with an ice-cold bottle of beer or a glass or two of our refreshing house-blend cocktails.

Acuatico Beach Resort in Laiya, San Juan, Batangas

An exclusive escape from the daily grind is only a few hours away at Acuatico Beach Resort in Laiya, San Juan, Batangas, Philippines. Opened in 2008, it is the perfect destination for travelers who seek solace and a different kind of relaxation that no other resort in the area can provide.

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And it is the reason why this luxury resort has garnered a number of awards in the past few years, including the coveted TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence from 2012 to 2015 that paved the way to the Hall of Fame Award. Acuatico is likewise a recipient of the Travelers’ Choice award for 2 consecutive years.

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The experience in our Laiya beach resort begins with offering 21 beachfront rooms and villas, providing an unprecedented level of privacy that’s hard to find at other establishments. Every accommodation boasts style and comfort, melding Balinese touches with the modern traveler’s essentials.

Then it continues throughout this Batangas beach resort by treating guests to top-notch amenities, facilities, and services. From the infinity pool that seems to meet the sapphire sea, a range of activities for both the young and young-at-heart, to the heartfelt service offered by the staff, the list goes on and on.

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With all these here, one thing rings true: there’s truly no better thing to look forward to than spending wonderful days in Acuatico Beach Resort.

Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa

The property offers a nearly endless array of recreational facilities – including a well-equipped fitness center – luxurious day spa – tennis courts – Jacuzzi – two outdoor pools – and a 350-meter beach for parasailing – jet skiing – scuba diving – wind surfing – and more. For families – the resort is proud to offer Adventure Zone – a multi-level playground with guided programs for children – and E-Zone – an entertainment hub with karaoke and games for all ages.

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The resort is home to five world-class restaurants and three distinctive lounges and bars – offering a wide range of exquisite flavors from around the globe and many picturesque al fresco settings. A full-range business center and extensive event space makes Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa an ideal seaside destination for special events. And after a long w! ork or play – adults can indulge in the decadence of Chi The Spa at Shangri-La – one of the largest and most luxurious spa villages in the Philippines.

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Shangri-Las Mactan Resort and Spa features 547 spacious guestrooms and suites – each with decor that blends contemporary Filipino furnishings with indigenous elements such as abaca – capiz – banana leaf and rattan. All rooms offer private balconies with spectacular views of Mactan Sea and the surrounding Shangri-La Marine Sanctuary and islets.

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Ocean Club-level accommodations provide guests with additional premium features – including a private concierge – in-room iPod station – use of Chi the Spa water garden – and access to the exclusive Ocean Club Lounge with complimentary breakfast – snacks – and evening cocktails.

Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa

A private paradise surrounded by natural beauty.

For a moment, the peace and solitude takes your breath away. Ahead, the clear blue waters from Puka Shell Beach fan out to meet the sky in an endless expanse. Your view is fringed by the foliage of Boracay’s lush hillside set in an eco-reserve.

You arrive at the resort’s exclusive welcome lounge in Caticlan, where a gracious host escorts you to Shangri-La’s private speedboat. In less than 30 minutes of cruising along the white beach of Boracay, you will reach the shores of the first and only deluxe resort on the beautiful island.

You observe that the resort’s accommodations are thoughtfully designed with Shangri-La’s hallmark elegance. Nature seems to be the only companion, her bounty fills all senses. Your Seaview Suite is a spacious haven, with beachfront living expressed through indigenous materials, from the Abaca weave rugs to the accent lighting created with local capiz shells. You are close enough to hear the music of the waves.

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But it’s not just peace and solitude here. Your session at the tennis court has been booked. Anticipating the thrill of the game, you also noticed the options are plenty. The stunning waters is perfect for any sea activities, from kayaking to parasailing and deep sea diving.

As the sun sets, the coast of Boracay slowly becomes a golden panorama. Hidden amongst the treetops is Rima, where you indulge in a sumptuous dinner. The signature scene of sipping your cocktails on the beach comes to mind. Satiated, you lounge in one of the cabanas at Solana. Views of the dazzling white sand and Boracay’s singular charm make it special after all.

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With the night still young, you head to the jewel for relaxation, CHI, The Spa. Located on a rocky peninsula looking out over a private bay, the spa village complex is indeed a sanctuary within a sanctuary.

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You were looking for an escape into paradise. And you found it at Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa, Philippines.

Batanes Islands, Batanes

The Batanes island group is the smallest province in the Philippines in terms of population and land area. The capital of Batanes, Basco is 280 kilometers north of Apari, Cagayan (the tip of main island of Luzon) while it is only 190 kilometers south of  Taiwan. Batanes lies in the vast waters of the Pacific ocean where the Pacific meets China sea. An area that for generations is almost isolated from the rest of the Philippines. Batanes consist of 10 tiny islands and islets namely: Batan, Sabtang, Itbayat, Mavudis, Siayan, Diogo, North Island and Y’ami. Only the first three islands are inhabited.

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The wind swept islands of Batanes are beautiful and enchanting and they are like no other in the Philippines. Since Batanes is separated from the country by miles of rough waters, the Ivatans (the name of the people of Batanes) have developed a different culture. Ivatans are honest, gentle and polite but brave and robust. They are proud of their their heritage and their land.

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The landscape of Batanes is also distinct from other Philippine provinces – steep cliffs, rolling hills, deep canyons and boulder-lined shores – not unlike New Zealand in some way. But the most noticeable of all features of Batanes is the architecture of the houses – stone walled and thick thatched roofs to withstand the battering of typhoons.

The weather of Batanes is cool and windy. And it rains any month of the year. It has an almost temperate temperature from December to February where temperatures dip as low as 7 degrees centigrade. Although Batanes lies along the typhoon belt and gets hit by strong typhoons, it get it’s fare share just like other provinces on the north. But in spite of the reputation of Batanes as a backward region, it now has modern conveniences like mobile phones (cell sites by Smart & Globe Telecoms), electricity and cable television but hardly any vehicles.

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There are a lot of things to do and see in Batanes, swim on the many beaches, see the fishing villages, the churches and lighthouses, island hop, but best of all, it is a beautiful place to reflect and admire nature. A trip to Batanes bestows one a feeling timelessness…an experience that will linger long after arriving back home. It makes one appreciate the simple things in life, but in a deeper sense. But be forewarned though, once you’ve experienced Batanes, it will haunt you to come back… 

Vigan City, Ilocos Sur

About 400 kilometers from Manila is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vigan. It is the capital city of Ilocos Sur located on the west coast of northern Luzon. One can see precious remnants of old Spanish architecture throughout the center of the city. Established in the 16th century, Vigan is the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia with a unique European atmosphere. Several museums exist for the many national heroes that were born here. Vigan is the oldest surviving Spanish colonial city in the Philippines. The name Vigan was derived from “Biga”, a giant taro plant that grows abundantly along the banks of the Mestizo River.

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Old Vigan Colonial Houses – the ancestral houses were built mostly by rich Chinese traders. These great big housesare made of thick brick walls and plastering with red clay. Tile roofs are made to survive earthquakes. The Mestizo district where more than a hundred houses line side by side along Calle Crisologo.

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St. Paul’s Cathedral – built in 1790-1800 by the Augustinians, this impressive Baroque
cathedral has most of its interior walls well preserved. The 12 altars and 3 naives only enhances the church beauty and grandeur. The bell tower is octagonal and is located 10 meters south of the cathedral. It is a place not to be missed when visiting Vigan.

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Burgos National Museum. – the museum building is the ancestral house of Padre Jose Burgos. One of the museum’s best feature are the paintings of Esteban Villanueva depicting the 1807 Basi Revolt. The dioramas of local historical events is worth the visit. Included in the collections are antiques, manuscripts and other priceless items. There is a Tourist Information Center in Vigan to help visitors. And if you want to take a break, there are beaches to go to just a few minutes away from the town.

Palacio de Arzobispado – built in 1783, it is the official residence of the Archbishop of Nueva Segovia. The palace was the headquarters of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo. Included in the palace is the Museo Nueva Segovia with a collection of paintings, manuscripts and religious articlesaccumulated through the centuries.

A good time to visit Vigan is during the town fiesta. Celebrated for one whole week -concluding on January 25 to commemorate the conversion of the apostle, St. Paul. The fiesta is marked by street parades, beauty contest and variety shows on the town plaza. During the Holy Week, local and foreign tourist come to Vigan to see the religious processions of the antique and life sized statues mounted on elaborately designed carrozas that are paraded on the streets of Vigan. To get to Vigan City from Manila, you can get a bus or take a plane to Laoag City and take a bus ride to Vigan. There are many places to stay. Many ancestral houses have been turned into quaint hotels and inns. There are also many bars and restaurants offering a variety of local and international dishes.