Taal Volcano is an island within a lake, on an island within a lake, on an island! Did you get that? :P
Just an hour away from Manila, this geological wonder is the smallest active volcano in the world. But despite being famous and all, we found that most Filipinos have a hard time locating the actual Crater Lake itself--So we had to figure out the reason for ourselves. Check out Team OAP’s video on debunking the mystery of Taal Volcano...
The KAAMULAN FESTIVAL is an annual fiesta of the 7 Ethnic Tribes in Bukidnon -- the Matigsalug, Tigwahanun, Higaunu, Umayamnun, Manobo, Bukidnon, and Talaandig. It is a cultural celebration of the tribes' legendary stories, ancient rituals, ethnic music, and traditional dances.
The fiesta is usually held in March, but it was moved to September this year to coincide with the Centennial Celebration of the province of Bukidnon, which was founded on September 1, 1914.
I was curious to experience it because George Tapan called it one of the best and most authentic fiestas in the Philippines.
Here's a photo essay of my first ever Kaamulan experience in Malaybalay, Bukidnon...
Previously seen as nothing more than a sprawling "concrete jungle", Manila was typically regarded as a layover stop for tourists before they moved on to other Philippine destinations. However, in recent years Manila has grown popularity as a destination in its own right. Manila city, which is located in the metropolitan region of the same name, has bloomed into a colourful and vibrant holiday location, now attracting backpackers and holidaymakers from far and wide. This is partly due to the city’s vast and unique districts, each with its own history, culture and cuisine.
Whether you've just booked your first trip to Manila, or you're researching fun and exotic Asian destinations for your next vacation, this guide will explain what there is to do during your stay in the Philippines' capital city.
Here are four fabulous things to do in Manila during your stay:
Our boys are growing up so fast, so each adventure we have with them is precious. Usually, one adventure fuels creative ideas for the next awesome adventure. It gets very addicting.
When you have kids that are more than 2 years old already, you have to be creative in managing your budget for the trip because:
You already have to pay full fare for flights;
You usually need to have a bigger room or have options for extra bed/s; and
They already have growing appetites.
Big Family Travel (with kids of 3 or more) continues to be a challenge in terms of costs and the logistics of organizing it. There are no travel packages, deals or incentives catering to the needs and wants of this travel segment.
I'm still learning how to do it efficiently, and I'm sure there are OAP readers out there who would have smart tips on how to go on a big family travel creatively.
I'll start first. Here are my Tips & Tricks for a Big Family Travel Adventure: