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Discover your adventurous side this long weekend

Discover your adventurous side this long weekend

There are several recreational destinations in the nearby metro where you can spend your long weekend. Surely, these places will not only offer fun, excitement and adventure but also self-discovery of how will you be able to surpass these obstacles. Better yet, take your family or friends into a weekend of extreme fun yet memorable adventure.

Here are the recommended places to visit wherein you can indulge in some physically challenging activities and conquer your fears.

 

  1. Camp N (Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna)

Camp N is the newest premier outdoor adventure and team building facility that brings out the BETTER version of you through its challenging obstacles, testing one’s physical limits, mental alertness and character. It has thrills-based activities and skills-based facilities. Visitors will enjoy the adrenaline pumping activities such as the Adventure Tower that has the biggest roller coaster zipline in Asia, free fall, wall climbing and rappelling facilities. Their obstacle course has three challenge levels from basic to advanced stages. It also has Aerial Walk where it features rope-based challenges set high in the air. You can do running and biking on its green trails.

 

  1. Masungi Georeserve (Baras, Rizal)

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The fast becoming popular conservation park in Rizal province, Masungi Georeserve offers a new take of adventure by going on a trail that includes rope courses, highlighting the lush greens and formidable rock formations of the place. Conquer your fear of heights and appreciate the protected environment near the metro.

 

  1. Laresio Lakeside Resort and Spa (Los Banos, Laguna)

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Discover the many water adventures in Laresio Lakeside Resort and Spa in Los Banos.  Aside from appreciating the natural wonder of Tadlac Lake, Laresio Lakeside Resort and Spa offers fun and exciting adventure with its all wet activities such as Slip N’ Dip, Slip N’ Fly, Blob (Jump N’ Fly), kayaking, 13 ft. cliff diving, 32 ft. cliff diving, balsa rafting, vine swing, aqua cycle and lake fishing.

 

  1. Gratchi’s Getaway (Silang, Cavite)

One of the many green environments in Cavite, Gratchi’s getaway provides a natural landscape where you can enjoy the following extreme activities such as swimming, high rope challenges, ATV/Bike trail as well as the ten-challenging obstacle course known as “Talon, Takbo, Gulong” that allows visitors to see the view of People’s Park in Tagaytay.  You can also harness your inner artist in you through its artist’s nook where you can express yourself via painting, drawing or writing.

This long weekend, all you need is a right mix of revelry whatever adventure you are in. Have a rewarding long weekend, guys!

 

4 Beach Sports and Activities to Pump Up Your Summer

4 Beach Sports and Activities to Pump Up Your Summer

Summer is just around the corner and there’s no better way of spending it than being out in the sun and near the water. The feeling of dipping your sand-covered feet in the salty sea as you inhale the fresh breeze with your arms up in the air is pure bliss. Not to mention a glass of Piña Colada and a classic novel waiting for you by the shore.

Ah - nothing beats rest and relaxation at the beach, right? Well, not for everyone.

Fun and adventure is just as good, too, if not better. While some people prefer to just lay around and unwind, others prefer to get their muscles moving and their adrenaline pumping.

Here are some sports and activities you can try out at your local beaches:

1. Mermaiding

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Mermaiding is a fun and artistic way to keep fit. It’s a perfect escape from the hustle of everyday life as it is both a social activity and a workout. You can even have a photo op with your mermaid fins!

Mermaid lessons were once offered only to professional swimmers and entertainer, but now anyone can have access to it. The Philippine Mermaid Swimming Academy (PMSA) is offering multi-level classes to mermaids of all ages, sizes and gender.

2. A Full-body Workout at Inflatable Island

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Run, jump, slide and get that adrenaline rush in Subic Bay’s Inflatable Island!

The biggest floating playground in Asia will open on April 1, 2017 (and no, it’s not an April Fool’s joke). The “island” measures 3,400sqm in area, and a depth ranging from 4 to 15 feet.

It has different areas for beginners, challengers, and even kids who are at least 3ft.  tall (provided they’re accompanied by an adult). The island includes giant swings, slides, trampolines, a human launcher, monkey vines and even a sunbathe lounge. You’re sure to have a fun, full-body workout.

Price starts at P699.00 for 2 hours or if you really just can’t get enough, get the P1,399.00 ticket for a whole-day pass.

3. Kiteboarding in Boracay

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If you want to chill, fill your stomachs with good food, and try out a new sport while on vacation then you might like what Kite Boracay has in store for you!

The Aissatou Beach Resort, located at the center of Bolabog Beach, has its own kiteboarding school, the Habagat Kiteboarding Center, where you get to learn kiteboarding.

It is staffed with International Kiteboarding Organization (IKO)-certified instructors who will help you discover the sport, from the basics to a bit of pro moves. The resort also has two modern penthouses with 9 rooms and a view to die for.

4. Island Hopping in El Nido, Palawan

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Nothing defines Palawan more than the waters and islands surrounding it. And El Nido is one of the top destinations not only for locals but for international tourists, as well.

When it comes to island hopping tours, you have at least four options to choose from – you can even combine two or more tours!

Any tour you pick guarantees that you will be taken to stunning places like lagoons, snorkeling spots, beaches, caves and uncanny places for you to discover.

When it comes to enjoying the beach, there are endless options for those who just want to chill and those seeking an adventure.

Camping in Style: 5 Glamping Spots near Manila

Camping in Style: 5 Glamping Spots near Manila

Camping is a time for us to rough it out. Many think of it as a cool way to show how in touch we are with our nature-loving side or how hardcore we are in braving the outdoors. We get it: the idea of spending the day on a beach or the night under the stars is second to none.

Then come the intense heat of the sun, the sunburn, heat exhaustion, throw in the mosquitoes, and top it off with the uncomfortable, if not rocky, ground and you have a not so pleasant camping scenario.

Enter glamping.

The concept of “camping with glamour” is not new, but it’s only recently that it’s becoming more popular among today’s travellers. Depending on the provider, campers can enjoy the luxury of a pre-pitched tent complete with beds, blankets, pillows, electric socket, clean bathroom, electric fan (even an air conditioner, if you’re lucky), and more.

You get to enjoy the rustic beauty of nature without sacrificing comfort and convenience. If you feel like giving it a try, here are some of our picks on where to go.

1. Crystal Beach Resort

Crystal Beach has made a name for itself as a good surf spot near Metro Manila. Waves range from small to overhead, with some double overheads when the winds kick in. It’s got a little bit of everything for the beach lovers and surf enthusiasts, making it a favorite camping destination.

The resort’s glamping package lets you enjoy ocean-side accommodations without the hassle of lugging your equipment around. They have pavilion-style tents that come with beds, electricity, a fan, use of a common bathroom, complete set of toiletries, and even breakfast.

Location: San Narciso, Zambales

2.Casa Antonio Vacations

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A glamping destination that lets gentle sea breeze wake you up, Casa Antonio in Playa Calatagan, Batangas takes camping to greater heights with chic beachfront cabanas. Their glamping packages comes with a tent with mattress, meals (lunch, dinner, and breakfast for overnight stays), 24/7 security and maintenance, a common bathroom, a picnic table in front of your lot, free access to their pool, and more.

More than the beach, you can also do stand-up paddleboard, kayaking, and jet skiing.

Location: White Beach Calatagan, Batangas

3. San Rafael River Adventure

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If you’re not the beach-lover type or you just want to try something new other than the beach, why not try camping on the river? Yup, on it, not by it.

San Rafael River Adventure lets you stay in a floating glass cottage that can take you on a river cruise. Situated along the Angat riverbanks, you’ll be staying in the riverside accommodation, complete with beddings, electricity, and a fan.

Banana boat ride, kayaking, jet skiing, paddle boarding, wakeboarding and other activities are also available.

If that’s not enough, you can take your glamping experience to a new level by having them pitch the tent on a bamboo raft!

Address: Talacsan, San Rafael, Bulacan

4. Ten Cents to Heaven

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Ten Cents to Heaven offers a camping experience that let’s you get close to the clouds, sky, and stars, hence, the name. Situated atop the hills of Tanay, Rizal, this leisure camp offers spectacular views of the Sierra Madre mountain range and Laguna de Bay.

Activities include a zip line, rappelling, wall climbing, free falling, a rope course, a waterfalls tour, a land tour, a fish spa, and more.

Address: Sitio Mayagay II, Cuyambay, Tanay, Rizal

5. Nurture Wellness Village

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Nature is the best healer – this is the idea behind the operation of Nurture Wellness Village in Tagaytay. This spa and wellness center offers spa and health services focused on “eco therapy”, or healing by and through nature. Their glamping package includes use of amenities (including the pool), a healthy dinner and breakfast, and full-service staff ready to attend to your needs.

You get to stay overnight in a naturally-ventilated tent pitched under a canopy of trees. You can also enjoy a facial, a foot massage and other spa services, fresh fruits and drinks, and more. With the cool elevation of Tagaytay, the top-notch service, and comfortable environment, the camp is pretty much the height of glamping.

Address: 7310 Pulong Sagingan, Maitim II West, Tagaytay, Cavite

Who says enjoying nature means you have to give up comfort and convenience?  “Rough it out” in style and book your glamping adventure now.

When the Beach is too Mainstream: Majestic Rivers You Can Visit Instead of the Beach

When the Beach is too Mainstream: Majestic Rivers You Can Visit Instead of the Beach

Being an archipelago, the Philippines is rich with world-class islands and beaches. However, those aren’t the only options to enjoying its waters.

Beaches and islands get all the attention when the sun is out and the summer heat rolls in. But this time, we’re shining the spotlight on some of the country’s majestic rivers. For those who want to skip the beach or try a different kind of water view, here’s a list of where to go:

Enchanted River in Hinatuan

Located in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, the Enchanted River features crystal blue waters that are not often seen in rivers. The whole river has various shades of blue, with the center being a darker blue hue. It flows into the Philippine Sea and the Pacific Ocean.

Legend has it that the river is home to engkantos, which act as guardians of the water and its surroundings. Another story explains that fairies are responsible to the river’s colors, adding the sapphire and jade colors to give the water its unique shades.

The river’s depth is still unknown, but the latest exploration puts it at 82 meters deep. Visitors can swim for most of the day, except at noon when the fishes are fed. Swimming is only allowed until 5pm, as locals believe that it’s the time for the spirits to use the waters for their own.

Bumbungan (Pagsanjan) River, Laguna

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Situated about 100 kilometers southeast of Manila, the Bumbungan River, or Pagsanjan River as it’s most commonly called, is a major tourist attraction in the Pagsanjan Gorge National Park.

The river is known for its rapids and waterfalls, and provides an exhilarating and enchanting experience for visitors. You get to enjoy the best of both worlds: upstream, you get to enjoy the roar of the falls. Downstream, it’s a picturesque waterway lined with trees and rocks where locals showcase their knowledge of navigating the rough waters by shooting the rapids.

Of course, there’s the mighty Pagsanjan Falls, or Magdapio Falls.

Loboc River, Bohol

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This beautiful river, also known as Loay River, is a top destination for people visiting Bohol. The river snakes through Bohol province, with its source located in Carmen town, almost right smack in the middle of the province.

The top activity here is a river cruise on a floating restaurant, where you get to enjoy local dishes as you take in the majestic waters, trees, and views.

Villa Escudero, Laguna

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Villa Escudero Plantations and Resort is an 800-hectare estate in San Pablo town where Filipino history and culture come to life. The place is popular for the Labasin Waterfalls Restaurant where visitors get to enjoy traditional Filipino food, kamayan style, while getting their feet soaked in shallow, running water.

More than that, you can also enjoy a leisurely paddle on a native bamboo raft on the plantation’s river.

Panguil River, Laguna

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Panguil (sometimes Pangil) River, also known as Bambang Hari River, is a river system running through Pangil, Laguna. It was developed into an eco-park thanks to funding from the World Bank.

The river features pristine waters, fed by the Ambon-Ambon falls from upstream; it flows out into Laguna de Bay. There are riverside cottages for rent, a 20-meter long hanging bridge from where to take photographs, and a sprawling stretch of rock-lined waters perfect for cooling off.

Puerto Princesa Underground River, Palawan

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This UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature is arguably the most popular river in the country today. The subterranean river flows takes you into certain parts of the St. Paul Underground River cave, which stretches for more than 24 kilometers.

Visitors can explore the river and the cave up to 4.3km in from the sea. The river winds through the cave and underground chambers before directly flowing into the West Philippine Sea.

This summer, skip the beach and the crowds and explore local by checking out the mighty rivers on this list and near your place.

5 Destinations Near Manila that are Perfect for Camping by the Beach

5 Destinations Near Manila that are Perfect for Camping by the Beach

We love to head to the beach to take a break from our busy schedules, chill, and enjoy nature. Especially as summer goes into full blast, many of us are already planning our next nature adventure.

If you’re one who’s planning to rough it out at the beach, camping is the way to go. But with so many beaches, it’s be a bit difficult to find the ones ideal for pitching a tent. We’ve listed some of our picks that are easy to go to and/or are near Manila to help with your planning.

1.) Calaguas Island, Camarines Norte

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A paradise for those who just want to soak in the sun and the beach, as well as for thrill-seekers, Calaguas Island is a bit of a drive from Manila (10 hours) but it’s well worth it. More than the postcard-worthy beach, the place features hills for trekking and cliffs for diving into the waters.

Soft sand covers the coast, making it perfect for pitching camp. It’s also great if you’re looking to disconnect and just take a breather as mobile reception and electricity are not available for the most part. The island makes up for it, though, with spectacular views all around. Cap the night off by lying on the cool sand and marveling at the starry night sky.

2. Cagbalete Island, Quezon

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Unspoiled and serene, Cagbalete Island is an underrated destination in Quezon. Known for its white sand beaches and crystal blue waters, the island is just about three hours from Manila. It has a mile long sandbar and sweeping beaches so you can pitch tent fronting the waters.

You can DIY your camping experience or rent your gear from the resorts in the area. Electricity may be intermittent, so best to bring those power banks.

3. Borawan Island, Pagbilao, Quezon

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When a place offers some of the best features of Boracay and Palawan, you know it’s a must-visit. That’s the case with Borawan Island in Quezon.

Featuring white sand similar to Boracay’s and limestone formations like those in Palawan, Borawan Island manages to stand out on its own. It’s a relaxing destination with palm-lined sandy shores that make it great for camping.

Compared to nearby beaches, Borawan has the most amenities for a comfortable camping experience. It has consistent running water, bathing facilities, and a clean toilet. Tent and gear rental is also available.

Nearby, there’s also Puting Buhangin and Dampalitan Island.

4. Talisayin Cove, Zambales

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Rising from the ashes of the 1991 Mt Pinatubo eruption, Talisayin Cove is an ideal beach camping destination for those who don’t want to travel far. A 3-4-hour drive from Manila can bring you to a beautiful stretch of beach with off-white (almost gray) sand.

Last checked, there are no resorts in the area, so camping is the only option; don’t worry as there are tent and equipment rentals. Talisayin offers a less-crowded destination compared to neighboring Anawangin and Nagsasa.

5. Burot Beach, Batangas

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A favorite among backpackers and weekend warriors, Burot Beach in Calatagan is a beach and camping destination near Manila. It offers a quiet spot where you can take things easy and just take in the beautiful surroundings.

It’s a private beach that’s open to the public, which means there are no resorts. Being a favorite of backpackers, the beach is best enjoyed when the crowd is not that thick.

There are plenty more beach destinations around the country that allows you to pitch a tent of your own and rough it out. Do you have your favorite beach camping destination? Sound off in the comments section below.

New Things To Try When You Revisit Boracay

New Things To Try When You Revisit Boracay

Boracay is one of the most beautiful islands in the Philippines. With its powdery white sand, crystal clear water, romantic sunset, and nightlife, there was no doubt why it is renowned as 2016 best island in the world.

It offers a complete summer package and there are many new things you can discover each time you visit this paradise. Check them out below:

 

Aqua Fun Park

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Join a different kind of adventure at Aqua Fun Park! These new fun-filled leisure activities at Boracay will surely be enjoyed by the whole family. This bouncy facility brings you a world of inflatable playground in the sea -- from inflatable slides to rock climbing and many more, your family and friends will surely have a fantastic time. If you’re looking for a new thrill in Boracay, this is the place to be!

G-Max Reverse Bungy

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If you're the type of person who wants an extreme adventure, then the latest exciting ride waiting for you in Boracay is the G-Max Reverse Bungy! Yup, you heard it, it's actually the reverse of bungee jumping. Instead of jumping, it lifts you way up high like being the stone in the slingshot. Have your adrenaline pumping while enjoying the scenic views!

And if you want your adventure to be recorded on video, just pay an additional fee and put it in a 2 GB USB bracelet with a G-Max logo. It’s certainly worth every penny, perfect for any thrill seeker.

 

Spider House

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After a long day of fun and adventure, it’s time to find a place to unwind. Though many bars and pubs have been scattered all over Boracay, there’s this hidden gem in the corner of station 1. Spider House is the ultimate place to chill and the best place to watch the beautiful sunset of the island. Have a glass of margarita while enjoying some good music and fresh air.

Located at the tip of the Diniwid beach, the restobar is definitely a treehouse for adults because it’s built around rocks and trees, touched with some bamboo furnishings. It’s a nice place to lounge around while having that I’m in a paradise feels.

As mentioned, this place is a hidden gem but it’s now getting more and more popular especially with young crowd and foreigners. So don’t miss the chance to visit this place whenever you’re in Boracay. Spider House also has 14 guest bedrooms, and with its location and amenities, staying here sounds like heaven!

 

D’ Talipapa

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On a tight budget? Then you need to visit D’ Talipapa. It’s an underrated wet market where you can buy affordable live seafood and have one of the restaurants cook it in anyway you want or you can also take it home and cook it on your own. This market is popular for local and foreign tourists alike and whoever is craving for some fresh seafood straight from the waters of Aklan. D’ Talipapa is also an ideal place to look for souvenirs, cheaper grocery items and other local shops.

The fun never really stops in Boracay. But it’s not just the partying or the white sand that keeps this island alive. It’s the endless activities and memories you can bring home with you. Boracay has almost anything for everyone and the reasons for revisiting it goes on.

Do you have other new activities to recommend? Comment them below!

Gorgeous & Underrated Beaches in the Philippines

Gorgeous & Underrated Beaches in the Philippines

Summer is just around the corner and with that comes an unquenchable desire to travel. Although the Philippines is a land of perpetual summer bliss, the average Pinoy’s desire to travel really peaks when the hotter days start to roll around. If you’re looking for new and unpopular destinations for your ultimate summer escape this 2017, then add these gorgeous and underrated destinations to your travel list.

Sibuyan Island, Romblon

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This crescent-shaped island of Romblon is famed as the “Galapagos of Asia” mainly because of its remoteness and biodiversity. This island offers a breathtaking waterscape coming from the Pacific. Discover an island built by winds and waves, and cultivated by time. Uncover the striking beauty of a remote island with a diverse flora and fauna, and sing with the howling sounds of its gigantic waves.

Dahican Beach, Mati City, Davao Oriental

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If you think you’ve seen the best beaches in the country, think again. Dahican Beach has powdery white sands facing the Pacific Ocean. The coast is lined with coconut trees and is a sanctuary for the endangered sea turtles.

 

Biliran Island

Biliran is one of the newest provinces in the Philippines and not so many people know what this small province has to offer. Biliran is endowed with natural attractions that lure both local and foreign tourists. Coral reef gardens, scenic waterways, white sand beaches, and natural hot and cold water springs are just some of the things you need to experience in Biliran.

Jomalig Island, Quezon

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As one of Quezon’s hidden treasures, Jomalig Island offers a sweet escape with its unspoilt beach, golden sands, Agoho pine trees and stunning atmosphere . With only tents and hammocks, you can use this moment to reflect and be one with nature once again.

Puraran & Gigmoto Beach, Catanduanes

Catanduanes is situated in one of the most common storm paths of the country. This is one of the reasons why it is not very popular as compared to Caramoan and Misibis Bay, which are also near the region. However, the lack of popularity yields a pristine destination that is often visited by foreigners rather than local tourists. Puraran and Gigmoto Beaches in Catanduanes are fun, breezy, and have this provincial feel that brings you home to the beach. Enjoy surfing, swimming and chillin’ by the beach.

Feel free to use this list as guide for your next beach hunting or summer escape. Go out and discover new and hidden gems in our country. Remember that we have more than 7,107 islands and islets and some of them are just waiting to be found.

Do you have other underrated destinations in mind? Share them in the comment section!