7 Sites of Wonders and Jewels of Palawan

What makes the province of Palawan worth a tourist’s time and effort? Herewith are the seven sites of wonders which make it a unique travel destination well-suited for those who want to commune with nature.

1 Puerto Princesa City

Puerto Princesa, the province’s capital is aptly nicknamed “the city in a forest: because of its natural wonders and its peoples’ unwavering commitment to the cause of preservation. Time and again, it has been recognized as been named the country’s and greenest city on top of the many international accolades it bagged.The city’s pride is the existence of  the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River (or Underground River), a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

Measuring 8.2 kilometer,  this longest navigable underground river and the most beautiful subterranean river in the world, winds its way underneath a mountain range, through the St. Paul Underground River Cave, and then goes out into the South China Sea. The journey through the cave system will take you 24 kilometers long.

2 Cagayancillo

Proceed to Cagayancillo, an island municipality located 130 km to the north. Under its political jurisdiction is the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, an underwater sanctuary where nature thrives.  It is home to some of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world.

Rising from the volcanic depths of the Sulu Sea, these magnificent attols encompass an astonishing diversity of marine life. It is the country’s first national marine park and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a place of global importance being preserved for future generations of humankind.

From March until June, join the divers to experience the wonders of this unique underwater world – unparalleled variety of marine creatures, colorful reef fish corals growing in the shallows while sharks and pelagic haunt the steep drop offs to the open sea.

3 San Vicente

San Vicente’s Long Beach is a three-hour ride from the capital. It is reputed to be the longest white sand beach in the country with a total length of 14 kilometers. Surely, it deserves the title as a “Destination for Generations.” Experts would describe this backpacker’s dream destination as a “spectacle to see seemingly stretching endlessly to the horizon.”

4 Coron

The Kayangan Lake in Coron ind north of Palawan is popular as the cleanest lake in Asia. Of its beauty the government website has this to say: It evokes an image of a lagoon one was used to seeing only in postcards and movies – surrounded by rocky maountains covered by green trees and plants

5 Quezon

In Quezon town lies the Tabon Cave Complex,  an important archaeological site. Although the more than 100-hectare complex is supposed to have some 200 caves, only seven can be viewed. Of these, the Tabon Cave itself was the site where the remains of the oldest Homo sapiens in Southeast Asia were found, dating to 47,000 years ago.

It is actually located in the Lipuun Point Reservation, a 138-hectare museum site which covers 215 caves 35 of which have been established to be of significance. At present, only seven caves are open to the public.

6 Busuanga

The Calauit Game Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary in Busuanga is the country’s major conservation showcase for wildlife habitat holding the single distinction as the first wildlife translocation experiment in Asia. It has evolved to becoming a home of important Philippine endemic and exotic wildlife from Africa

7 El Nido

El Nido’s unrivaled beauty rests on its massive limestone islands bordered by powder-fine beaches with cliffs jutting from translucent waters. There are six lagoons there and the most famous and easily accessible as the Big and Small Lagoons at Miniloc Island. Believed to be cave whose roofs collapsed million of years ago, they are best explored on a kayak or while snorkeling.


7 Escapades in Davao City

Davao Region or Southern Mindanao (Region XI) continues to lure tourists because of its dazzling culture, bountiful  natural reserves, wildlife shelter and the enthralling presence of Mt. Apo, the tallest mountain in the country.

Davao is also known for its best durian, an aphrodisiac, the local variety of which as well as the Thai variety are available at  the fruit market  during the harvest season which takes place from the month of August to November.

The region’s capital, Davao City is the largest city in the country in terms of land area. It is an anchor tourist haven notable among adventure seekers with the city bearing the motto, “Life is Here.” It  has earned befitting titles though the years as Crown Jewel of Mindanao, Fruit Basket of the Philippines, Durian Capital of the Philippines, Eco-Adventure Capital of the Philippines and City of Royalties.

To prove how charming Davao City is, let me take you to a ride to its top seven must-visit sites.

1 Crocodile Park

Enjoy the wonders being offered at the Crocodile Park housed in Davao Riverfront Complex in the heart of the city. It is a wildlife sanctuary and habitat filled with one of the wildest creatures popular  among human beings – the saltwater and freshwater crocodiles. There is more to this park for it plays host to a myriad of wildlife.  There is also a Butterfly House. Hop in for a ride to Tirbu K’Mindanawan, a cultural village showcasing a spectacular dance performances. At the River Walk Grill, you must try ostrich-based and exotic crocodile cuisines.

2 Zorb Park and Water Ball

Enjoy rolling around while encased in a giant plastic ball at the Zorb Park and Water Ball. Then, proceed to the zipline facilities in Outland  Adventure and  Zip City  to get sweeping  views  of  the city.  Try the  Deca Wakeboard Park, the first  wakeboarding  facility ever established in Mindanao .

3 Philippine Eagle Center

The Philippine Eagle Nature Center is home for the 30 Philippine Eagles, one of the world’s largest yet critically endangered. There are also ten other bird species, 4 mammal species and two reptile species

4 Malagos Garden Resort

In Malagos Garden Resort, take photos of the stately pine trees and watch stunning gardens in full bloom. Here, get a glimpse of the endemic Waling-Waling orchid and a collection of pieces by National Artist Napoleon Abueva.

5 Davao Wild Water Adventure

Never miss the river rafting at the Davao Wild Water Adventure. Brave Davao River’s mighty waters and experience a 10-kilometer stretch of pure river rafting fun.

6 Eden Nature Park

Conquer the spectacular refuge named as Eden Nature Park and face a more unwinding interlude. There, encounter nature, adventure, leisure, culture and eve of romance all rolled into one. It also offers activities such as camping, trekking, horseback riding, fishing and even a zip line.

7 Davao Museum

Locally known as Museo Dabawenyo,  Davao Museum features galleries on local tribes and Muslim groups, historical landmarks, archives and assorted memorabilia – all speak of

alluring and exceptional tapestry of harmony, woven from the manifold cultural threads of its citizenry.

Where to stay. Tourism experts recommend Marco Polo Davao as the best place to stay for it offers elegantly furnished rooms that provide stunning views of the famed Mt. Apo and the Davao Gulf. It is also conveniently located  to shopping malls such as SM City Davao, SM Lanang Premier, Abreeza Ayala Mall and Davao Chimes Mall. And if you’re not yet tired, the DOT suggests a quick stroll to People’s Park or drop by Blugre, a local coffee chain where you can try the durian coffee and durian cheesecake. Take a quick stop at Aldevinco Shopping Center for ethnic souvenir items.

The city’s tourism portal says that this popular destination is a place of no equal. Beyond comparison, it offers the best of urban amenities and rural pleasures. “It is a place where business and leisure are interchangeable and where the luxuries of cosmopolitan living complement the breathtaking beauty of the great outdoors.”

“If you’re in for an exciting and unforgettable experience for both business and leisure, come to Davao and feel the captivating lure of nature’s bounty fused with cosmopolitan comforts. A city that’s bustling yet peaceful, modern yet rustic. Anytime of the year, there’s always a good reason to visit Davao City.”

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Lovely, Little Camiguin: An Island Born of Fire

In terms of area and population, Camiguin ranks as the second smallest island in the Philippines. It only occupies 240 square kilometers of land area. There lies the  seven volcanoes. People would always talk about that lovely little Camiguin as an island “born of fire.”

This is true for much of the island was formed through earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. For instance, in the late 1800s, the eruption of Mt. Vulcan submerged the old town of Catarman – pushing it below the sea, leaving behind the ruins of a church and its bell tower.

These stories of volcanic eruptions lend an air of nostalgic romance on top of the island’s bewitching beauty. Needless to say, that the  ruins of past towns, and ancestral homes from the Spanish and American periods are picture-pretty side trips to Camiguin’s history.

Its charming citizenry believe that as a natural paradise, the island is perhaps unmatched anywhere else in Southeast Asia. The local government’s web portal says it all: “This exquisite island province of varied ecosystem stirs the imaginations and baffles the mind.”

It’s really difficult to stand out especially in a country composed of 7,107 islands. But Camiguin undoubtedly made its mark. There are more than a hundred reasons for you to think about. To start with, let us give you an overview of the top 7 things to do once your feet touch the ground of Camiguin.

1 Dip into the waters

Camiguin’s natural attractions keep visitors coming to its magnificent shorelines and coastlines with swaying coconut trees. It is known as a diver’s paradise and haven for snorkelers and beachlovers. Fine beaches offer sun-filled days of relaxation and the clear blue water, enchanting marine life and coral reefs beckon diving enthusiasts from all over the world.

View the sunrise and sunset at White Island, an uninhabited white sandbar located 2 kilometers across the sea from Agoho and Yumbing. As its backdrop is the picturequse Mt. Hibok-Hibok and Old Volcano as its backdrop.

Off the shores of Camiguin, a magnicient view of Mantique Island awaits a tourist. It is

4 hectares of evergreen forest, fringed with white granule sand beaches. A fishing village is found in the north of the island. One side of the island is a white sand beach with coral offshore, and the other opposite side provides a deep drop-off for snorkeling and diving. One gets there by light water craft in 25-30 minutes from San Roque, Mahinog.

2 Delight in the spray of majestic waterfalls

Cool, refreshing waters amid trees, ferns, and boulders can be found at waterfalls like Katibawasan Falls or the more remoteTuawasan Falls.

3 Bath in at night

Located 6 kilometers southwest of the town of Mambajao, Ezperanze Ardent Hot Spring, this mineral pool bubbles with water around 40 degrees celcius. Of this stunning beauty, the local government portal had this to say: Mist rises from the heated waters that run down the vents of the dormant Hibok-Hibok volcano. The springs are ideal to bathe in at night surrounded by cool mountain air. It has therapeutic effects. Picnic huts and tables are available in the beautifully landscaped gardens and there is a restaurant on site.

A volcanic hot spring below the sea bed, Tangub Hot Spring can be reached 12 kilometers west of Mambajao. The small area is formed by a pool of sea stones and corals and is completely undeveloped.

4 Treat yourself to a unique massage

Just as refreshing is a dip in the Santo Niño Cold Spring. It offers waters at 20 degrees Celsius and small fishes that will give you a unique massage!

5  Dive into a marvelous underwater world

While here, never miss an opportunity to dive, paddle and swim in tranquil bliss. Be in love with the magnificent beauty of a secured marine sanctuary which has become a subject of support and research  known as the Camiguin Coastal Resource Management Project of the New Zealand Aid Programme, municipal governments and communities.  There are about  31 Marine Protected Areas distributed within the province.

They say that it does not matter where you are in the province’s five localities –Mambajao, Mahinog Guinsiliban, Sagay or Catarman–  for  “each has a remarkable story to tell, and an even more fascinating underwater spectacle to show.”

In Catarman, the trip is about relishing the story of the volcanic holocaust of 1871 and witnessing the spectacular rhythms of the underwater world, in the Sunken Cemetery,  Pasil Reef Marine Sanctuary, Catibac Marine Sanctuary, Lawigan Marine Sanctuary and Poblacion Marine Sanctuary. Be amazed with the underwater topography of Catarman’s best dive sites.


6 Challenge yourself for a trek

Hikers and mountaineers will never run out of adventure here. The steep volcanoes are a trekker’s challenge, with one of them rising to a peak of more than 1,600 meters. This island is a nature lover’s theme park. Get entranced by the beauty of nature as you trek the heights of Camiguin volcanoes, discover and explore unknown trails and caves.

7 Dance to the tune of Lanzones

As you trek, keep an eye out for what Camiguin is best known for – lanzones fruit, a sweet fruit about the size of a grape, with light brown skin and translucent flesh. Its harvest is heralded by the weeklong Lanzones Festival every October when the island is transformed into a panoramic beauty of colorful costumes worn by its vibrant people on a street dancing.

7 Amazing Sites in Cagayan de Oro City



Cagayan de Oro is known as the “City of Golden Friendship.” For reasons that need no further explanation, this prime tourist destination is simply unequalled in terms of the warmth and virtues of its people. Its accessible location makes it even more deserving of the title as the “Gateway to Northern Mindanao.”

The graciousness of its populace is evident in the city’s annual holding of  Higalaay Festival, a weeklong celebration of colorful, culturally-rich and fun-filled core events that culminate every August 28 of the year. The local government website notes with pride that the festivity “has grown not only as the customary day of thanksgiving but also as a rallying point for a campaign to promote Cagayan de Oro City and the surrounding areas globally as an investment and tourism destination.”

The city is not only about merrymaking. This haven is also for  eco-tourists as well as the sports lover. Before you grab your backpacks and head to where nature’s beauty will excite your senses, please bear in mind the following seven must-see sites.

1 Cagayan de Oro River

The Cagayan de Oro River is simply amazing. It is known for challenging rapids that quickly follow one after the other, a view that pull together adventure seekers to experience whitewater rafting and river trekking. It earned for the city a title, the Whitewater Rafting Capital of the Philippines.

2 Macahambus Hill

Admire the breath taking view of Macahambus Hill Cave and Gorge from the 120-meter long Sky Bridge suspended 120 feet from the ground. In point of history, the cave is actually the site of the historic Battle of Macahambus on June 4, 1900 marking the country’s first victory against the Americans during the Philippine-American War. The National Historical Institute has placed a marker at the entrance of the cave, a short cavern which leads one to a breathtaking view of the Cagayan de Oro River mending below. Never leave without taking the 120-meter zipline.

3 Museo de Oro

The local customs and traditions are showcased at the Museo de Oro and get a glimpse of the past of the people of Northern Mindanao at the Museum of Three Cultures. The Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village was also established to showcase the tribal houses set amidst nature trails.

4 Mapawa Nature Park

For those who seek peace and solitude, the Mapawa Nature Park is  a place for you. It stands on a sprawling property known for its beautiful waterfalls, imposing views and exciting activities – trekking and rappelling. There, you can rappel from a 65 foot waterfall, take a leisurely ride on horseback while exploring the 2,500-hectares property and dip in its spring-fed swimming pools. Take the gripping ziplines.

Local tourism experts would always point that in this park, it’s not all about thrill rides for indeed, what’s a great adventure without culture and heritage?

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6 MacArthur Marker

Named in honor of one of the most important figures of World War II, the General MacArthur Marker is a reminder of Cagayan de Oro’s role in history. There, a “scrambled egg hat” which is being considered as the biggest military cap in the world – marks that spot in the Macabalan Port where Gen. MacArthur landed in 1942 enroute to his escape to Australia. Supporting the cap are the big five golden stars which represent the rank of the general. At the center of the marker is a replica of USAFFE PT Boat encased in glass.

7 Gaston Park

Gaston Park was named in honor of the pre-war town executive Mayor Segundo Gaston. In various times in history, it played crucial roles. During the Spanish colonial times, it was the main plaza of Cagayan de Misamis while during the Philippine-American War, it was utilized as a training ground of local patriots. In 1900, it became the site of the Battle of Cagayan de Misamis. Due to its significance, a National Historical Institute marker was erected in the park in the year 2000.

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Boracay Island: a Postcard-sized Tropical Paradise


From a largely untouched lush island, Boracay was transformed into a prime tourist haven. The island characterized  for its glistening, powdery white sand beach and crystal clear waters now enjoys the reputation as the Crown Jewel of the Philippine tourism industry. It captured the top spot in the Best Beaches in Asia 2013 survey initiated by TripAdvisor. In 2012,  Travel+Leisure Magazine chose to name it as its Best Overall Island.

In 2013, the top five visitors in the island were from South Korea, China, Taiwan, Russia and the United States. Boracay is just seven kilometers long, and less than a kilometer wide at its narrowest point. Indeed, an island worthy to earn a name as a postcard-sized tropical paradise.


Best time of the year

Tourism is at its peak during the months of November to May when the northeast winds blow. Locals call this time Amihan season, when the waters off the white beach are calm. From the last week of March to May, the island is a favorite summer get away. During the rainy season from June to October, conditions reverse when the Habagat or monsoon winds blow.

The pristine white beach is comprised of three sections which the natives call Station 1, Station 2 and Station 3.

Station 1 or the northernmost section has the widest beachfront allowing for the rise of the first-rate and upscale resorts and hotels. Station 2 or the center of white beach is where people come to dine, shop and party. Station 3 is the southernmost section which is suggested for those who opt to stay for a quiet life.

On the eastern side of the island opposite the white beach is a place known as Bulabog,  notable among sportsmen for its large waves and strong winds year-round making.  A  hotspot for windsurfing, Bulabog Beach was thus considered as Asia’s top kitesurf destination.


Wherever you are in the island, there’s a room available room for you to choose. On my list are  Kingfisher Farm, La Isla Bonita Resort and Red Coconut Hotel.


And because Boracay prides itself as a melting spot of globetrotters, you’ll never get wary of your taste buds as international selection of menu are served in restaurants  –  Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, American, Mexican, French, Swiss and Moroccan. As this is an island, fresh seafoods are abundant.

 Things to do

There’s no doubt the  powder-fine white sand is a little bit of heaven making the island a favorite among travelers.

Go barefooted and walk along the three kilometer stretch of front beach. Soak up some rays and lounge around. Own the world and feel it’s only you in the island by going down the far end – in Puka Beach.

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While in the island, you’ll never get run out of activities. This destination will never be boring for those who seek ultimate pleasure. All you need to do is enjoy and savor every moment of your holiday.

The island boasts of  around 25 dive sites. You can go parasailing, jet-ski, flyfish, helmet diving, scuba diving, banana boat ride, buggy car/ATV/Gokart/zorb adventures, zipline, sailing, jet boat, helicopter tour, snorkeling, waterskiing and cliff diving. Go island hopping to the nearby Carabao Island by taking a paraw, a native outrigger boat. The Allan Fun Tours offers discounted price.

In front of Willy’s Beach Club Hotel, take your best shot at the iconic Willy’s Rock, the most photographed landmark and the most favorite spot when taking sunset pictures.


Pamper yourself in a massage right on the beach. Better, try the hands of a blind masseur.

They say nightlife there  is endless. For a taste of what the island has to offer during night time, take a walk from 8’oclock in the evening and stay even up to the wee hours of morning.

Enjoy the reggae music and squat in any of the cozy beach-side bars, mingle and dance your night away with foreigners. Head on to Summer Place, one of the coolest place to spend the night and Club Paraw where “the rhythm played every night will drag you to the dance floor and with the beach set up, you’ll hear only the music, the laughter and waters as it waves to the shore.”

Never go home without uploading your cherished photos on your social media accounts. Before packing up, shop for jewelries and souvenirs made of shells displayed for sale along the road and in Talipapa.


Getting there

The tiny island of Boracay belongs to Aklan in Panay, south of the bustling crowded and fast pace city of Manila. Its capital town of Kalibo, where the world-renowned Sto. Niño Ati-Atihan Festival is annually celebrated, is a 50-minute away from Manila by plane.

Another gateway and jump-off point to Boracay is Caticlan,  about 80 minutes from Manila by plane. Flights are offered daily at Godofredo Ramost Airport. To reach Boracay Island, tourists must set their feet first on the shores of Caticlan. Separated from the island of Boracay by about 1.2 kilometers, it is both the entry point and the exit point.

Tourism continues to be an anchor industry of Western Visayas. Despite the worldwide economic downturn, tourist arrivals in Boracay continue to increase, making the island a top tourist drawer. Be one of those who had the chance to enjoy its magnificence. The island is simply all about  fun, pleasure and adventure.




A Fun Experience With Skin-Nibbling Fish


“I never thought that resisting was futile and letting fish eat me alive could be such a fun experience … I dipped my feet on the beginner tank on the first day then happily came back for the Extreme and Super Extreme Fish Tank the next day.”

This is just one of the many testimonials about the growing popularity of Tibiao Fish Spa. Tibiao is actually a name of a booming tourist town north of Antique in Panay Island, Philippines.

The birth of Tibiao Fish Spa is unprecedented and its founder, Flord Nicson Calawag never thought that his backyard hobby would soon gain worldwide attention. Together with two of his friends from the state-owned University of the Philippines in Visayas College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, he started operating it as a legal enterprise in the last quarter of 2009.

According to Flord, a licensed fisheries technologist who was 8th placer in the 2008 PRC exam, fish spas are forms of ichthyotherapy that use small fish to clean the skin.

“Fish exfoliates the skin by feeding on the dead layers of skin cells, a method which has been proven safe and totally free of pain. In fact, the distinct tickly sensation produced by the skin-nibbling fish adds to the cleansing benefits and relaxing ambience of fish spas that made them popular in many Asian countries,” added Flord, a holder of BS Fisheries from UP Visayas.

What makes Tibiao Fish Spa unique from conventional fish spas is its affordable rates and novel offerings. “While most fish spas use imported Garra rufa fish which are expensive to acquire and maintain, Tibiao Fish Spa uses several species of fish sourced from the highlands of the town to provide the fish spa experience in a uniquely Filipino setting,” said Flord.

Today, Tibiao Fish Spa is proud to have established its own breeding facility to cope with the fish requirements of its branches. Flord cannot just imagine that thousands of guests from all walks of life have dropped by the main branch conveniently located along the national highway in the town of Tibiao.

In 2009, Tibiao Fish Spa also began to offer Tibiao Adventure Tours that takes guests around the different attractions in the town to experience nature trekking, kayaking, pottery making, lambaklad fishing, kawa hot bath, among many services.

In 2010, his company made a daring move of opening an exhibit in SM City Iloilo. The fish spa concept was the first of its kind to be ever approved by the top-management of SM. Because of the encouraging reception by Ilonggos, it opened a permanent outlet in the said mall in October 2010. He is simply amazed that to date, the Tibiao Fish Spa in SM City Iloilo has gained a wide following and is always jam-packed on weekends and holidays. Clients flock to its wide portals to avail of its services which now include classic and VIP fish spa, reflexology and massage.

Tibiao Fish Spa has been successful for the past years because its management team is composed of young, energetic but experts in their field. Aside from Flord, the company’s partners are Rex Delsar B. Dianala and Victor Marco Emmanuel N. Ferriols. Dinala is holder of BS Aquaculture (cum laude) and MS Fishers in Aquaculture from UP. Ferriols, also a licensed fisheries technologist, topped the 2009 PRC exam. He holds BS Fisheries (magna cum laude) and MS Fisheries in Aquaculture both from UP.

The three are beholden to their mission of providing a unique venue for recreation, relaxation, and spa treatment at affordable prices.

GETTING THERE.  From Manila, a tourist may take a 45-minute flight via Cebu Pacific to Iloilo International Airport or to Kalibo International Airport. From Kalibo, air-conditioned vans of Kalibo International Airport Transport Association (KIATA) will bring you directly to the gates of Tibiao Fish Spa. – Back to Home © The Romantic Wanderer

6 Top Famous Festivals of Western Visayas

With its vibrant tourism industry and substantial agriculture anchored on its rich cultural heritage, Western Visayas is now considered as an emerging economy in the Philippines. For the Department of Tourism, this destination is on the beaten track, but it’s still a joy to visit and enjoy what it has to offer, and seek out its undiscovered attractions.

 In this colorful and exciting region, six festivals are celebrated annually, namely: Ati-Atihan in Aklan, Binirayan in Antique, Sinadya sa Halaran in Capiz, Manggahan in Guimaras, Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo and Maskara in Negros Occidental.

Ati-Atihan in Aklan

Aklan is considered the country’s oldest province believed to have been established around 1212-1213 by settlers from Borneo. Every third week of January, heed the call of the Ati-atihan Festival and join the rythmic dancing of participants who darken their bodies with soot and don colorful tribal finery.
Binirayan in Antique

Antique is home to the Binirayan Festival which commemorates the landing of Bornean Datus led by Datu Puti and Datu Sumakwel during the 13th Century, a historical significance which brings pride to Antiqueños. The Malandog Marker is a monument to  the landing site of the first Malayan settlers. The Binirayan Festival every April 30 to May 2 commemorates the landing.

Sinadya sa Halaran in Capiz

Join in with the locals in street dances during the Sinadya sa Halaran in Roxas City which literally means “joy in sharing and giving” when rituals and festivities of every town are captivated in the weeklong celebration of fireworks, grand parade, fluvial processions, fair and food festival and exhibits.

Manggahan in Guimaras

Manggahan Festival is a unique event celebrated every April 16-20 for the sustained promotion of the mango industry. The festival culminates in a grand showcase of cultural festivals in an apparent bid to show the world that there is more to the province than its sweet, fiber and pest-free mangoes.

Guimaras Island has 8,000 hectares of mango orchards which “create an awesome verdant landscape and the characteristic ambience of rural life”. These orchards produce the best mango variety forming as the province’s most important product.

With its over 50,000 fruit bearing mango trees planted on its soil, Guimaras is known as the “Mango Country” and prides itself as the Mango Capital of the World.

Dinagyang in Iloilo

Dinagyang Festival is Iloilo City’s version of the Ati-Atihan Festival but is definitely impressive in choreography and striking in terms of the various attired worn by participating tribes which reflect the ingenuity, craftsmanship and artistry of the Ilonggos. Dinagyang is an Ilonggo term for revelry and merrymaking. This riotous celebration has evolved into a big religious and cultural activity which now features cultural presentations, sports competitions and various side events.

Masskara in Negros Occidental

The Masskara is a combination of the English word “mass” and the Spanish “kara,” meaning “face”. The festival which depicts the steadfast character of the Negrenses is held every third weekend of October up to October 19 when the city of Bacolod celebrates its Charter Anniversary.

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The 4 Stunning Festivals of Central Visayas

The Central Visayas or Region VII is comprised of the provinces of Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental and Siquijor, and the cities of CebuLapu-Lapu and Mandaue. Cebu City is the economic center. While in the region, you need to admire a world-famous view, meet one of the world’s smallest primates, hit the beach – in style, dive deep, pig out, face your fears, make some feathered friends and walk amongst legends. But there is more. Party like a local. Join in the festivities. Here are  the top 4 colorful festivals in the region.


The Sandugo Festival in the capital city of Tagbilaran celebrates a blood pact that was made between Spanish explorer Miguel López de Legazpi and Datu Sikatuna, Lord of the Bohol Island in 1565.

These days, the festival is highlighted by street fairs, dances, sporting events, cultural events and more. On the list are shows, agricultural showcases and even a beauty contest. The festival is a time for  historical displays and heritage exhibits aimed to describe what life has been on the island during the 16th century when the blood pact was made as well as a re-enactment of the event.

Cebu remains an island of revelry. The Cebu City Tourism Commission and the Cebu Tourism Officers Association are working hand in hand with the Provincial Tourism Office and DOT Central Visayas to promote Cebu as it plays host to many crowd-drawing festivals. During the annual founding anniversary of the province every August, the provincial government organizes the Festival of Festivals, a grand event which bring together the more than 40 festivals in Cebu into one colorful display of traditions.

Sinulog Festival is so famous and takes center stage on the third week of January in honor of Señor Sto Niño de Cebu. Historical accounts reveal the image was given by the Portuguese Captain Ferdinand Magellan to the wife of Cebu Chieftain Raja Humabon for their pledge of allegiance to the King of Spain. This event is depicted in the Sinulog Festival.

Negros Oriental 

Negros Oriental is a province full of celebrations and events. Whenever you come, there’s always something for you to enjoy. It boasts of 24 fiestas each dedicated to their respective patron saints, and topping it off is the Buglasan Festival, the fiesta of the entire province which takes place every second week of October (October 11 -20).

In the province’s capital of Dumaguete City, Buglasan is considered an annual Provincial Fiesta, and biggest culture and arts and tourism showcase. For ten spectacular days,  entries from the 25 towns compete in exhibits and cultural shows all designed to steer to greater heights the  local culture and the arts and tourism. The Festival of Festivals brings together the champion contingents of Negros Oriental festivals for a one-stop sampling of the variety of pervading traditions and advocacies. Be mesmerized by street dance and parade, pageants and fairs, booth exhibits, live band concerts, games and fireworks.


Pasiugdang Sikihudnon Festival takes place every September 17 at the Provincial Capitol in the capital town of Siquijor. This is a cultural event during the island’s  independence day celebration called Araw ng Siquijor. Considered as a festival of all festivals, Pasiugdang  showcases the respective festivals of the six towns. There is also a presentation of the Solili Festival dance which depicts the marriage ritual traditionally organized by the natives of  Siquijor.

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7 Unusual Foods you should try in Kalibo, Aklan

Binakol nga Manok – a native spring chicken cooked with young coconut water and meat with ‘tang-ead’ and ‘eabihig’ leaves in a fresh bamboo tube.

Inubaran nga Manok – a native spring chicken cooked with ‘ubad’ or thinly sliced and pounded banana pith simmered in coconut milk.

Ibos – steamed glutinuous rice with coconut milk artfully wrapped in coconut leaves. It goes best with ripe mangoes.

Ambueong – suman made from the ‘ambueong’ palm tree flour, coconut milk, brown sugar and daintily wrapped in banana leaves.

Latik – glutinuous rice cooked in coconut milk with a topping of dessicated medium-aged coconut cooked in kalamay and wrapped in banana leaves

Linapay – the Aklanon ‘laing’, is pounded small shrimps (not alamang) seasoned with garlic, onion, gings, chilli, salt and tender ‘batwan’ fruit wrapped in young ‘gabi’ leaves and cooked in coconut milk.

Tamilok – wormwood found in deaying bakhaw tree stumps in mangrove forest. It is believed to be an aphrodisiac.

5 Historical Landmarks in Kalibo, Aklan

There are five National Historical Landmarks that Kalibo can be proud of.

1 martyrdom sites of the General Francisco del Castillo (March 17, 1897). Katipunan hero in Aklan at the corner side of the Pastrana Park between S. Martelino and Archbishop G.M. Reyes Streets

2 the Nineteen Martyrs (March 23, 1897) at the Acevedo Building at the 19 Martyrs Street

3 the Aklan Freedom Shrine where the 19 Martyrs and World War II martyred soldiers were buried, along the D. Maagma and Veterans’ Avenues


4 the birthplace of Victorino Mapa (February 25, 1855 – April 11, 1927), the 1st Filipino Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, at the site of the Glowmoon Hotel at S. Martelino Street 5 the birthplace of Most Reverend Gabriel Martelino Reyes, D.D., (March 24,1892 – October 10, 1952) 1st Filipino Archbishop of Cebu and Manila, at the site of the CAP Building, at the Archbishop Gabriel M. Reyes Street.