With pictures like these, you can easily see why Palawan’s a destination on everyone’s bucket list, that’s home to clear aquamarine water, breathtaking limestone cliffs, secret lagoons, unspoilt coral reefs and the world’s longest underground river.
Team OAP has come up with exciting activities and staycation experiences you might want to try on your next trip to Palawan. Find yourself Stand Up Paddling (SUP) with Coron’s famed limestones as your backdrop, play in Puerto Princesa’s inflatable water park, go camping at Tao Expedition, or even enjoy your own private island in Taytay?
Checkout what’s new on our 2018 guide as we hit all major islands of Palawan from Coron, El Nido. Taytay down to Puerto Princesa…
RGies butterscotch- why this soft moist and chewy treat a favorite pasalubong item from Iloilo?
Growing up in Bacolod, I’m very fond of eating butterscotch from the neighboring city Iloilo. There are two brands I swear by, and that’s Biscocho Haus and RGie’s.
Usually, you’d only get cashew’s in your butterscotch, but RGies was the first to introduce different variants from classic favorites cashew to mango, dates, choco oats, coffee, almonds, durian, lemon, banana and coffee flavor.
R and G stand for Ramon and Grace Javelosa the owner couple of RGies. It was initially RG’s, but they decided to “spell it out” when they officially had the business registered.
RGies started in a small home kitchen back in 1986, where the dad would make homemade butterscotch and give it to his co-workers in Roxas city as “pasalubong” items from Iloilo. The co-workers loved it so much that they eventually, persuaded the couple to start selling their products because they were too embarrassed to ask for more of their homemade sweets.
Gran Plains Subdivision Iloilo City, Philippines Landline: (033) 3295606; (033) 5082779 Facebook:RgiesDelicacies
Iloilo City is known for its rich cultural history, art, historic churches, old mansions, picture-perfect countryside, mouthwatering seafood, and the famed Dinagyang Festival. All of these makes it a remarkable destination in Western Visayas.
With the gradual rise in business and economy in the Manduriao district, the owners of Grand Xing Imperial Hotel had a vision of bringing back the old glory of Iloilo to life.
Grand Xing Imperial Hotel, located in Iloilo’s downtown area is a modern 184-room hotel that promises its guests a premium experience at reasonable rates. We like the modern rooms, all-floor KTV bar, majestic ballrooms, and its star attraction–an infinity pool that overlooks Iloilo river.
Are you an adventurous spirit searching for the warm breeze of the sea?
Go completely off-the-grid at this secluded beach hideaway! If you’ve heard of Tao Expedition, Camp Ngey Ngey offers the same Tao experience but set on the remote island of Manguengey in Busuanga, Northern Palawan.
This three-day and two-night Neverland island escape is not for everyone. Tao is a sustainable travel gem where you can go back to nature by enjoying the simple things in life. Here you sleep in Tao’s signature open-air bamboo hut, enjoy healthy meals cooked using the local vegetation and the fresh catch of the day, discover the magical snorkeling and shipwreck diving sites of Coron, and even find wildlife within the island’s shores, from turtles and dugongs, to glowing plankton and even baby sharks! When the sun sets, the camp guides make sure to entertain and keep the party going for everyone. The best part? You get to experience all of this with new friends from all over the world!
Tao Philippines Expedition is a social enterprise founded by Eddie Agamos Brock and Jack Foottit that immerses participants in the authentic Filipino island life while, at the same time, helping the remote island communities of Northern Palawan.
Here’s what I think about the tours, the accommodations, the activities, and the food in the camp…
TAO PHILIPPINES Tao Expeditions has been described as ‘One of the most pioneering cultural eco-tourism projects in the Philippines’. It is a journey to the most remote region in Palawan to discover a tropical archipelago of hundreds of paradise islands, inaccessible to independent travelers through its remoteness and lack of tourist infrastructure.
Coron, Palawan is no stranger to every Filipino’s bucket list. Many Pinoys have never even been to Palawan, but they’ll definitely agree that Coron is one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines.
Having been blessed with precious beaches, limestone cliffs, freshwater lakes, and spectacular diving spots filled with WWII sunken warships, Coron offers unparalleled experiences and picturesque scenery! It’s no wonder Travel+Leisure declared Coron part of the world’s best islands.
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There are only a few luxury resorts in Coron. One I highly recommend is The Funny Lion, a safari-themed eco-boutique resort, conveniently located in the heart of Coron Town, 30 minutes away from Busuanga Airport.
Here’s a complete guide to our roaring adventure in Coron, Palawan…
As the whole world celebrates love this Valentine’s Day. Bring the season of love to greater heights with our list of Valentines’ hotel packages happening around the metro. Woo your date with a romantic rooftop dinner, staycation, spa day or even a grand view of the pryro musical & fountain shows.
Have you ever been to Palawan? If you have, you might want to return to try this!
Stand Up Paddling a.k.a SUP is one of Coron’s newest eco-tour attractions. If you want to literally get soaked in nature, enjoy Instagram-ready view s , and even get a total body workout in the process, then this is just the ex perience for you!
SUP Central Tours is a full service, duly accredited tour operating service offering world class paddle boarding and island hopping tours in Coron! It is a heady combination of turquoise waters, spectacular snorkeling sites brimming with exotic fish, and of course the incredible majestic limestone formation overhead that seem to devour you with it’s unbelievable patterns. It just never gets old!
Usher in the Lunar New Year with a bountiful feast prepared by Manila’s top hotels. Indulge in a gastronomic journey featuring specialties that celebrate felicity and great happiness as we celebrate the Year of the Dog.
Dinner with family is one common thing that we do in the new year. For all our Chinese friends, we have some of the best Chinese new year dinner ideas that will make the night memorable.
The city of Manila is gearing up to ring in New Year’s Eve 2018! If you love to eat good food, spend staycations with the family or are more into the club scene here’s a list of New Year Eve’s parties and packages happening around the Metro…
Our party-planning guide won’t be complete without a dazzling display of fireworks, fantastic feasts, and music to usher partygoers into the New Year.
1. OKADA MANILA
Start the year right and indulge in a complete experience of comfort and sophistication. Spend a night in one of our deluxe rooms with a complimentary breakfast buffet for two and enjoy a relaxing head, neck, and shoulder massage for only PHP 14,730 nett.
You can also witness the world’s biggest multi-color dancing fountain here, before heading off to party at the Cove Manila.
The Feast of the New Year
Exclusive dining offers from our signature restaurants.
Venue: Medley Buffet, Red Spice, Goryeo, Japanese Kappou Imamura, La Piazza, Enbu.
Date: December 31, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM onwards
New Year’s Eve Countdown: A Spectacle of Light, Music, and Water
Live Entertainment at the Crystal Corridor. Enjoy live music in the evening from DJs and bands and a special projection mapping show along the Crystal Corridor. Witness The Fountain in its full splendor.
Venue: The Fountain and The Crystal Corridor
Date: December 31, 2017 to January 01, 2018
Time: 6 PM to 12:30 AM.
Grand Fireworks Display
Welcome 2018 in style with the best view of the fireworks.
Venue: The Fountain and The Crystal Corridor
Date: December 31, 2017 to January 01, 2018
Time: 12:00 MN
Grammy Winner for Best Remix in 2013 for his version of Lana Del Rey’s ‘Summertime Sadness’. A monthly Spotify audience of over 5 million listeners. Billboard, UK & ARIA Chart Top Ten Hits. Multi-platinum selling singles. Beatport, Buzz, Hype Machine & Cool Cuts Charts Number 1′s. 2 BBC Radio One Essential Mixes. 3 Essential New Tunes. A weekly Global Radio show. These are just a few things that have been making French born Miami resident Cedric Gervais one of the most sought after House DJs & electronic music producers in the world today. With his imprint ‘Delecta Records’ where he releases regular singles, alongside a major label deal with Universal Worldwide (Island). Dance to his beats as you celebrate the start of 2018 in the newest and biggest premier club in the Metro.