The Ilocos Region, consisting of Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur, may sound like a daunting place for first-time visitors.
Often, our friends and relatives ask for a dozen Vigan Longanisa, a bottle of Sukang Iloko, a bundle of Native Garlic, or a packet of Bagnet in hopes of also experiencing your travels through your souvenirs.
However, we all know there is a lot more to this beautiful region than what we can find in your typical Pasalubong bag.
Here’s what every traveler in Ilocos should experience before returning home…
Stand Up Paddling (SUP) is the latest eco-adventure in the Philippines. And if you ever find yourself down south in Bohol, don’t miss the chance to paddle for 8kms across the Loboc River, one of the biggest rivers on the island.
Here, you’ll get to experience local Boholano culture and natural sceneries from a unique vantage point–by gliding on water! You can even watch magical fireflies at night on a SUP board.
SUP Tours Philippines is the first ASI SUP School in the Philippines. ASI meaning Academy of Surfing Instructors , an international body that offers the highest level of certification for “supping” instructors.
SUP is for everybody, that’s why it’s currently the fastest growing water sport in the world. It’s quite popular because the learning curve is so easy and people of all ages and skill can quickly master it. It also provides a low impact full body workout and an eco-friendly way to experience the outdoors.
We were immersed into the Sublimotion Room with Chef Dani welcoming us and preparing to torch the jamon fat to start the first course.
It’s the first time a sublimotion room with floor to ceiling including the table is made of flat screen TV. This kind of experience is popularized by Michelin Star Spanish Chef Paco Roncero in his $2,000 sublimotion dining at Ibiza.
Chef Dani brought his 3-person team from Marbella to recreate the avant-garde cuisine inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince.
From the top of Mt. Pulag, seeing the sun rise above a sea of clouds is truly an awesome sight to behold. But perhaps people have over-romanticized climbing the Philippines’ third highest mountain and have downplayed how hard it really is to get all the way up to the summit.
It took us 11 hours, starting from our 1 am jump-off from the Ranger station, to reach the summit and back. Here’s our story…
Mt. Pulag is the third highest mountain in the Philippines, standing at 2,922 masl (meters above sea level), after Mt. Apo in Davao (2,954 masl) and Mt. Dulang Dulang in Bukidnon (2,938 masl).
The government no longer allows camping during weekends in the mountain and promotes homestay instead for those who want to climb to the summit. There are plans to close the Ambangeg trail next year to let the mountain recover.
(Updated 12/5/2016: Updated the new conservation rates effective November 26, 2016.
Note: There’s a new improvement at the end of the trail called the ‘Dahon’ village. Here, you will find hammocks of different shapes and sizes inspired by leaves and fruits. Guests can rest on these hammocks after a long and winding trek throughout the trail.)
When the daily grind of the city begins to weigh down on you, it’s always nice to take a step back and appreciate nature. Just a quick hour and a half from Quezon City is Baras, Rizal, home of the Masungi Georeserve. Masungi comes from the word “masungki”, which means “spiked”. This is fitting as one of the prime attractions of this reserve is a 10 kilometer spine of limestone formations.
The 1,500+ hectare reserve is a haven for a variety of flora and fauna and a fun adventure spot for hikers and ecotourists. Every Tuesday to Saturday, at either 7:30 am or 1:00 pm, thrill-seekers can take the 3-4 hour hike around the huge georeserve.
Some sights to be seen are: Tatay and Nanay, two limestone peaks, Yungib ni Ruben, a cave to seek shelter from the hot sun, and Sapot, a web where you can lie down and view Laguna de Bay.
However, keeping Masungi safe for all the wildlife in it has been an uphill battle. “The georeserve is an area we have been protecting for over fifteen years now. Having to deal with a myriad of illegal loggers, quarries, and others, it has been a challenge, but ultimately a meaningful and fulfilling one. Today, we are excited to share our love for the place with you. We hope that you see something special in it like we did.”
Masungi Conservation fee:
• Weekdays (Mondays to Fridays): Php 1,500 per person*
• Weekends (Saturdays and Sundays): Php 1,800 per person*
*Inclusive of a ranger dedicated to the group, rental of helmets & backpacks, water refills and complimentary light after-trail snacks
Jump Yard is one of the first and largest trampoline parks in the Philippines. Boasting 2,000 sqm of space, its high-flying, adrenaline-rushing attractions offer us a one-of-a-kind experience in Manila.
You can play a game of Dodgeball, jump into foam pits, slam dunk basketballs, enjoy the obstacle course, have a go at cage ball, wall climb, free run, and more!
Check out what to expect and some tips to plan your awesome experience at Jump Yard…
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Getting hungry is not an option, Angeles City famed for being the “Culinary Capital of the Philippines” not only produces yummy Filipino dishes but will also surprise you with global dining options.
Once was a U.S Military base that brought together other nationalities, with this they were able to share and influence their culture including a number of authentic international dishes from their respective countries.
Here’s a 24-Hour guide to Angeles city complete with a food trip guide, heritage tours and fun adventurous activities everyone to enjoy…