#Travel, Food

THE RUINS of Negros @TourismPHL

 Bacolod City: The Ruins

Visiting Bacolod City won't be complete without having a trip to The Ruins in Talisay City. Built by the Sugar Baron Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson in 1911 as a testament to his ill-fated love Maria Braga. The Hacienda has garnered the nickname the "Taj Mahal" of Negros.

We loved that it holds many interesting tales and facts within it's concrete walls. Here are some tips on how to maximize your trip to The Ruins…

Hda. Sta. Maria, Talisay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Numbers: +63 34 476-4334, +63 917 832-6003
E-mail: r[email protected]
Facebook: TheRuins

Hda. Sta. Maria, Talisay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Numbers: +63 92580-00401, +63 34-4764334
E-mail[email protected]
Instagram: @donmarianosgarden

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CALAGUAS: The Waling-Waling Eco Resort Experience…

THE CALAGUAS is one of the best kept secret beach destinations in the Philippines, located in Camarines Norte, Bicol. "Cal" means lime and "aguas" translates to water in Spanish.

It's now famous for Mahabang Buhangin's 1.27 km powdery white sand on Tinaga Island, the biggest island in the Calaguas. Some people describe it as the perfect beach and a throwback to Boracay 25 years ago.

I've been to the Calaguas in 2008, when the beach was still wild and undiscovered. Backpackers and beach lovers soon found out about the island and set up tents in campsites along the beach. In 2012, the first Waling-Waling Resort was built and continues to be the only eco-resort on the island.

Here's a photo essay of the Waling-Waling Eco Resort experience…

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Quick Trip Guide to Angeles (Infographic)

Don't know what to do on your next long weekend?

Check out Our Awesome Planet's quick-trip guide to the Culinary Capital of the Philippines, Angeles City, Pampanga! Watch out for #TeamOAP's written guide to our 3-day Angeles Tour.

Discover exciting activities and delicious food on our next article!

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1. Batirol – Museo Ning Angeles, Heritage District, Santo Rosario St, Angeles, 2009 Pampanga

2. Beer – Rob’s Gastropub + Sports, Angeles City,  corner A. Santos St. & Vian St., Angeles, 2009 Pampanga

3. Batute and Kamaru - Museo Ning Angeles, Heritage District, Santo Rosario St, Angeles, 2009 Pampanga

4. Pizza– Paizanos Pizzeria, 4180 Zeppelin St. Barangay Malabañas (Hensonville), 2009 Angeles City,Pampanga, Philippines

5. Kakanin– Susie's Cuisine, #36 Hilda Street Nepa Mart, 2009 Angeles City

6. Sisig– Mila's Tokwa't Baboy and Sisig, Brgy. San Angelo, San Andres St, Angeles, Pampanga

7. Thai- Patcharawan's Thai Restaurant, 110 Malabanias Road, Angeles City, Philippines

8. Vietnamese– Nyaman Na Pho Vietnamese Cuisine, Angeles City

9. Indian– Rasoi Indian Restaurant, Zeppelin Street Hensonville Angeles Pampanga Philippines. 

10. Japanese–  Jiro Izakaya Ramen and Sushi, L2 EG building friendship hi-way, 2009 Angeles City

11. Mongolian– Genghis Mongolian Grill, 2977 LA-28, Pineville, LA 71360, United States

12. Deca Clark Wakeboard Park- Jose P Laurel Ave, Angeles, Pampanga

13. 4D Theater– Clark Museum- Henry Ave, 2023 Clark, Pampanga, Philippines

14. Bale-Balayan– Museum of the Poor, Brgy. Sta. Terisita, Angeles City, Pampanga

15. Holy Rosary Church- St Joseph St, Angeles, Pampanga

16. Pamintuan Mansion- St Joseph St, Angeles, Pampanga


First Timer’s Guide to Auckland, New Zealand! @PureNewZealand #NZMustDo


Kia Ora! Welcome to New Zealand!

AUCKLAND, located on the North Island, is the largest urban city and serves as the gateway to your New Zealand adventure. It is where the international airport is located and what most people would use as a jump-off point to Queenstown in the South Island or to Hobbiton.

Here’s a first timer’s guide to planning your trip to Auckland in New Zealand…

Official Website
Facebook: New Zealand 100% Pure
Twitter: @PureNewZealand
Hashtag:  #NZMustDo

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TRAIN vs PLANE: What is the Best Way to Visit Europe? (A Rail Europe Survey)

July 31, 2015 update: Here’s the result of the Train vs. Plane survey: The best way to visit Europe!

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I love traveling by trains to discover Europe and it’s very convenient once you land in UK or a European country. What has been your experience?

I’m helping Rail Europe, the global leader in European rail distribution, in conducting the survey to determine What is the Best Way to Visit Europe? TRAIN or PLANE

For answering a 3-minute survey, you’ll get a chance to win a Eurail global pass, 1st class valid for 2 people (unlimited travel in 28 countries, worth 1 662 AUD).  Note: The winner will be designated by a lucky draw.

Here are more details about the Train vs. Plane survey:

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DINOSAURS ISLAND BAGUIO: The Lost World Jurassic Park in Benguet!? #BaguioEcoPark

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(Albertosaurus, Lizard from Alberta, Canada a relative of Tyrannosaurus Rex)

DINOSAURS ISLAND BAGUIO is a dinosaur animatronics themed park in Baguio Eco Park development. It is located in the forested area in Badiwan in Tuba, Benguet along Marcos Highway (near Baguio City). 

Watch the highlights of our trip with the boys and my son Joshua’s first ever Youtube video blog:

Watch: Dinosaurs Island Baguio Tour with Joshua-saurus 

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My First Impressions and Aha’s about New Zealand! @PureNewZealand

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(Shot with an LG G4)

It’s only my first time in New Zealand and I’ve already been in love with its beauty the moment we arrived.

Here are my 10 first impressions and aha’s about the country…

1. Best time to go to NZ

The best time to go is during New Zealand’s Autumn season during the months of March, April, and May, which is Summer time in the Philippines! The second-best time is during the Spring at around September, October, & November, which falls on the semestral break of most schools back home.

Wellington is the political capital of NZ, while Auckland is the business capital. Queenstown is the most beautiful city in the southern isle.

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PIZZERIA MOZZA with Filipina Exec Chef Karla Mendoza (A Review) @MarinaBaySands

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Pizzeria Mozza is an Italian Pizza Restaurant by celebrity chefs Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali with restaurateur and winemaker Joseph Bastianich. It’s the second outlet after the main Los Angeles restaurant, and it opened in Singapore last 2010.

Most Filipinos are proud to eat here because the executive chef in the Singapore branch is a Filipina–Chef Karla Mendoza. Its fine dining counterpart–Osteria Mozza–again made it to #45 of the 50 World’s Best in Asia in 2015.

Here’s what to expect and what to order at Pizzeria Mozza…

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CREATE TRIPS: Planning My Tokyo Trip with @CreateTrips Mobile TravelBook (A Review)


CREATETRIPS is a mobile travel planning guide app where you can get well-curated TravelBooks and insiders tips from local food and travel experts around the world.

It was very helpful during our recent family trip to Tokyo because it provided awesome advice on the best places to go to Tokyo vs. online sites or review sites like TripAdvisor.

It convinced us to visit the Tokyo Sky Tree with the kids, the tallest tower in the world vs. going to Tokyo Tower. We skipped joining the guided Tokyo tours and choose the places that our family will enjoy.

Here are what I like and don’t like about the app:

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SITIO LA PRESA: Will Tourism Destroy its Natural Beauty? #LaParusa #Forevermore (A Case Study)

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SITIO LA PRESA is the name of the fictional strawberry farm that is home to Agnes (Liza Soberano) and the setting of her love story with Xander (Enrique Gil) in the teleserye Forevermore. (Watch the Forevermore Pilot Episode)

The actual Sitio Pungayan in Mt. Kabuyao, Tuba, Benguet has now adopted “La Presa” as its magical name, and has become a popular tourist spot for Baguio goers. It has attracted local tourists who want to relive the Forevermore love story

Sitio Pungayan has managed to create a whole tourism economy around the La Presa branding–La Presa Strawberries, La Presa Vegetables, La Presa Jam, La Presa Souvenirs, and maybe even a La Presa Inn in the future. While this resulted in a lot of jobs and businesses in the sitio, uncontrolled commercialization is threatening the natural beauty, appeal, and smell of the place, plus endangering the water catchment area of Baguio.

Here’s what to expect before deciding to go or not to La Presa…

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