Category: Luzon

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...

5 Great Reasons Why Puesto del Sol in Calatagan, Batangas Should Be Your Next Manila Escape

Working and living in Metro Manila can take a toll on your sanity, so it’s always a wise and wonderful decision to take a much-deserved break from the chaotic metropolis to rest and recharge your embattled spirit. Less than a three-hour drive away from the city, Puesto del Sol is a private...