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.

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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.

Camiguin Island, Camiguin

The island-province of Camiguin is a pear-shaped volcanic island in the northern tip of Mindanao. It is approximately 90 kilometers north of the City of Cagayan de Oro. It is bounded to the north by Bohol Sea, to the west by Macajalar Bay, to the southeast by Gingoog Bay and to the east by Butuan Bay.

Camiguin is the smallest province in Northern Mindanao, with its land area pegged at 29,187 hectares. It is composed of five towns, namely, Mambajao – the capital town, Mahinog, Guinsiliban, Sagay and Catarman. The island plays host to seven volcanoes, including the still-active Mount Hibok-Hibok. According to the National Statistics Office, Camiguin has a total population of 74,232 persons, making the province the second smallest in the Philippines in terms of population.

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Among the Province’s major products are coconut, cassava, banana, camote, palay, corn, fruits, coffee and vegetables. Camiguin’s volcanic soil has proved to be a fertile ground for planting various crops. At present, the Provincial government is looking into an agricultural program that would increase the cultivation of fruit trees and vegetables in Camiguin. The Province is also among the best abaca fiber producers in the country. Camiguin is proud of its natural resources, which include sulfur deposits, geothermal energy, agricultural lands and fishing grounds.

The Camiguin culture is a mixture of both Boholano and Cebuano culture. It is very colorful and creative. The people are deeply religious, hospitable and friendly. Cebuano is the major dialect in the Province. However, in the towns of Sagay and Guinsiliban, where most of the indigenous tribes reside, the Kinamiguin dialect is still spoken. Kinamiguin is derived from the Manobo dialect with some mixture of Boholano.

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Camiguin province holds the record of having the most number of volcanoes per square kilometer than any other island on the planet. But beyond volcanoes, the province also boasts natural attractions, including an uninhabited white sandbar, hot and cold springs, and waterfalls. Moreover, you can also witness the Lanzones festival in October, visit centuries-old churches, old ancestral homes and the infamous sunken cemetery.

 

Tinuy-an Falls

The province of Surigao del Sur has been welcoming locals and some international vacationers and travelers because of their natural wonders of nature that now has turned into popular tourist destinations in Mindanao. One of the major tourist attraction there is in Surigao del Sur today is the Tinuy-an Falls. It is located in Barangay Burboanan, Bislig City, Surigao del Sur in the Southern Island of Mindanao,Philippines.

The Tinuy-an falls is 95 m wide and 55 m (180 ft) high and is said to be the widest waterfall in thePhilippines making it the number one tourist attraction in Bislig City and one of the main attractions in the entire region of Surigao del Sur.

How to go to Tinuy-an Falls from Davao City

Going to Tinuy-an Falls, one must take a flight to Davao City or Butuan City as their point of entry. In my case, I started at Davao city since I live here. This is how you do it.

  1. From Davao airport, head to Ecoland Overland Transport Terminal by hailing a cab. It will cost you around 200 pesos.
  2. Look for a bus which is going to Mangagoy, the town center of Bislig City. The fare is not greater than 300 pesos. Travel time is around 5-6 hours.
  3. At  Mangagoy, Charter a Habal-habal (motor bike) to Tinuy-an Falls. Make sure the driver you will be hiring will also agree to bring you back in town proper to avoid problems. It will cost you 400 pesos back and forth per habal-habal to bring you to and fro Tinuy-an Falls.
If you have more time, make the most of Surigao del Sur by also visiting Enchanted River in Hinatuan which is around one and a half hour away from Mangagoy and experience Island Hopping in Britania, SanAgustine which is around two hours from Hinatuan.

Tinuy-an Falls is a waterfall in Bislig City, Surigao del Sur in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. It is the main tourist attraction in Bislig, a city known as the Booming city by the bay.

The falls is approximately 95 meters wide and 55 metres (180 ft) high, touted as the Niagara Falls of the Philippines. Tinuy-an is a white water curtain that flows in three levels and is said to be one of the widest waterfalls in the Philippines. Every morning, the area is blessed with a sprinkle of a rainbow that appears between 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Its majestic and unique natural formation makes it one of the best waterfalls in the entire Philippines. Its magnificent scenery had once appeared in the International Travel Magazine.