2013 Awesome Calendar of the Philippines: Breakout Year in Travel for the Philippines! #GetOutMore

Our Definitive Guide to Philippine Holidays, Philippine Festivals, Philippine Fiestas, Liturgical Events, and Awesome Events!  

Copyright 2013. Our Awesome Planet

Best Time to Climb Mt. Pinatubo and Mt. Pulag!

1 NEW YEAR’S DAY | Tuesday (Every 1st of January) | Philippines Regular Holiday. 
Solemnity of Mary Mother of God  HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION

9 FEAST OF THE BLACK NAZARENE | Wednesday | Quiapo, Manila
An intense, day-long festival highlighted by a mammoth procession through the streets.

20 ATI-ATIHAN 2013 | 3rd Sunday |Kalibo, Aklan
Commemorates the 13th century land deal between 10 migrating Bornean chieftains and the aboriginal Ati King Marikudo. It also honors the town patron, the infant Sto. Niño.

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20 SINULOG 2013 | 3rd Sunday | Cebu City
Cebu’s biggest and most popular festival in honor of the Holy Image of Senyor Sto. Niño

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Related Blog Posts: Sinulog Fluvial Breakfast! and The Sinulog’s Grand Parade

27 DINAGYANG FESTIVAL 2013 | 4th Sunday | Iloilo City
Street dancing characterized by frenetic stomping of feet and hypnotic drumbeating. It is a colorful whirl of thousands of people dressed in unique costumes dancing & chanting all day and night.

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Related Blog Post: Iloilo’s Dinagyang: Hala Bira! Viva Señor Santo Niño!

31 FEAST DAY OF ST. JOHN BOSCO |  Thursday (Every 31st of Jan) 
Celebration of the feast day of the Father and Teacher of Youth who founded the Salesian Society.

 Destinations to watch in 2013

PHILIPPINES. For travellers willing to go the extra thousand miles for a deserted beach, the Philippines has around 7,000 of the most heavenly islands in the world. It’s still not the most obvious beach-holiday destination, but it soon will be.
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2,000th Blog Post: Discover NORTHERN and SOUTHERN EATS!

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I am very excited to finally share with you these restaurants that we have discovered and grown to love. These are the restaurants that can serve as a perfect backdrop to special family gatherings, a romantic date with your special someone or the perfect bonding moment with your friends.

There are three (3) criteria that we followed in coming up with this inaugural list of Northern and Southern Eats’ restaurants in Manila:

1.It is not commercialized.
There is magic in knowing that what you are enjoying is not mainstream. These restaurants
are typically not based in the hotel or in the mall.
It is not a local chain or foreign franchise that
expanded around Manila. On certain occasions
though, we give in and include the original stores
of local restaurants that somehow evolve to be
chains as long as they still haven’t lost the magic of
what made them stick.

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About Anton Diaz

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Anton worked for the biggest multinational company in the Philippines for 12+ years, straight out of college, before becoming a full time Online Entrepreneur. He was the Chief Information Officer of Procter & Gamble Philippines when he finally quit his day job and decided to take his blog, Our Awesome Planet, to the next level in 2008., which he started in 2005, is the number #1 food and travel blog in the Philippines with close to 1,000,000 hits in a 1.5 months, 120,000+ followers and 10,200+ readers, and is still growing. His advocacy is to promote the “Food and Travel Secrets in the Philippines” and to inspire Filipinos that living in the Philippines is truly awesome!

He was recognized as Go Negosyo’s Inspiring Young Filipino Entrepreneur Award in 2010. He was featured in Go Negosyo’s 7th book: “Go Negosyo’s 50 Inspiring Stories of Young Entrepreneurs” in 2011. 

Recently, he is the co-founder of the successful weekend markets called Mercato Centrale @ Bonifacio Global City Mezza Norte @ Trinoma, Cucina Andare – the first Food Truck Market, and Levante @ Eastwood City.

Anton Diaz is the Chief Chowzter of Manila at, which is given to the top food blogger in the city who curates the tastiest feast in Manila since 2013. He is also, voted as a Board Member representing Asia and the rest of the world to the prestigious Professional Travel Bloggers Association in 2014.  

Our Awesome Planet is recognised as one of the Top Travel Blogs in the world — Top 50 by The Expeditioner | Top 50 by TraveloCafe.

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Random Ideas for the Road Food Trip Lover

A big thanks to all those who submitted their entries to the Blog Carnival with the theme “Your Most Awesome Road Food Trip”!

To give you ideas for your next Road Food Trip,  here is a compilation of my favorite entries:

1. Quezon Province, the Next Frontier of Road Food Trip Adventure

Photo by: FoodStyling-Manila.Com

The province of Quezon is starting to be appreciated as a road food trip destination. Now, people find there’s more to it than the usual Pahiyas celebration in Lucban. Three of my favorite restaurants are located in Quezon: Ugu Bigyan in Tiaong, Quezon; Jay’s Kubli Springs in Dolores, Quezon, and the Crispy Pata Place in Candelaria.

Giannina of FoodStyling-Manila has a great blog series on her Quezon Road Food Adventure — from Real Quezon’s Beach Side Seafood Market to Fresh Seafood BBQ at Jualian Resort in Real to Biliran Island for Picnic and to the Malunok Falls via the Real-Mauban “Coastal Highway”.  She certainly covered more ground beyond the traditional Lucban visit and stopover at Kamayan sa Palaisdaan. She even featured Dahilican Port, which is the jump-off point for the other remote islands in Quezon, like Polillo Island.

Quezon will be my next Road Food Trip destination in 2012, specifically because of the relaunch of Balesin (which is south of Polillo Island), the beautiful and laidback beaches of Cagbalete Islands (via Mauban Quezon) and BonPen, the new destination in the 3rd district of Quezon.

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[Blog Carnival] Your Most Awesome Road Food Trip

Can you share your most awesome road food trip in 2011?

I’m hosting a blog carnival on the topic “Your Most Awesome Road Food Trip“. Here are the submission mechanics:

1. Write a blog post about your most awesome road food trip in the Philippines in 2011.
2. Submit your entry by entering it in the comments section or by sending me an email — [email protected]
3. Submission deadline: September 4, 2011, Sunday, 11.59pm.
4. I will publish the final blog carnival article on the week of September 5.
5. I’m looking for quality posts, so I would like to award the best ones.

The most awesome blog post will get…

…an iPod Touch2 with a Soundfreaq Sound Step for your next road food trip!

This is courtesy of our friends from Beyond the Box Manila, the latest Apple Premium Reseller that provides an Apple experience unlike any other.

All the blog posts that will be included in the final blog carnival article will be entitled to Half Scholarships to Maven Secret 6.0 this coming September. 🙂

Maven Secret 6.0 is a 90-day internet business coaching and mentoring program that can help you take your blog to the next level!

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You are Invited to Maven Secrets 6.0!

Dear OAP Friend,

I would like to invite you to be part of Maven Secrets 6.0, the last batch of Mavens for 2011

Maven Secrets Program is a 90-day coaching, masterminding and mentoring program by Our Awesome Planet. It is a unique program where I personally handhold you to learn how to market online like a respected Maven.

There is NO other program like this in Manila

In Maven Secrets, you will learn:

  • Strategies to bring your offline business and new ideas to life online in 90 days.
    (The program includes setting up the website for you by our distinguished faculty)
  • The critical skill of internet marketing so that you don’t get obsolete.
    (Ignorance and incompetence in this must-know-how skill could cost you your career)
  • The Maven Mindset on how to make a living out of something that you love NOW 🙂 
    (You can pursue your passion while getting paid for what you love to do online)

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