Category: Luzon

Balabac, Palawan: An Island-Hopping Guide

Looking for deserted islands to play out your Survivor fantasies? Off the southernmost tip of Palawan is Balabac, a remote municipality comprised of 31 islands and islets, dotting the Sulu Sea between mainland Palawan and Borneo. This faraway corner of the archipelago, which can be reached in 10 hours by...

Discovering Iguig, The Pottery Center of Cagayan

Along the highway running north from Tuguegarao City lies a small riverside town that continues to shape its unique heritage. Like many municipalities across the province of Cagayan, Iguig centers around an impressive Spanish church which – unlike others built from adobe or coral stone elsewhere in the country –...

Scenic Hiking on Palaui Island, Cagayan

With a name echoing that of a Pacific island nation, Palaui Island in Cagayan province is a tropical paradise in its own right. Lush, roughhewn and deserted, it exudes an ends-of-the-earth beauty reminiscent of faraway Batanes, despite being only a swimming distance away from the Luzon mainland. It is refreshingly...

6 Amazing Agritourism Attractions in Nueva Ecija

Do you want to be haciendero for a day? Overlooked by travelers heading north along the national highway from Manila to Tuguegarao, the province of Nueva Ecija is more often than not only a mere stopover, if not simply bypassed altogether.  Characterized by the vast open plains hemmed in by the...

Pan Pacific Manila: The Philippines’ First and Finest Butler Hotel in Malate

The moment I received the email confirming my stay at Pan Pacific Manila, a 236-room five-star luxury hotel in the entertainment district of Malate in the city of Manila, I knew they took their customer service seriously as they boast to be the “first and finest butler hotel” in the...