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#Travel, Iligan

The BEST of ILIGAN! (Part 1 of 2)

Iligan City is known as the “City of Waterfalls“. The most famous among them is the majestic Maria Cristina Falls, which is one of the main sources of hydroelectric power for the Mindanao region. 

The once-popular city during the industrial age (thanks to its heavy industries like steel) is now bouncing back by showcasing its natural wonders, awesome fiesta and unique food that can rival the best in Manila.

I was invited by the Iligan Chamber of Commerce to provide an Internet Marketing 101 training (on blogging, social media, Twitter, Facebook and local search) to local businesses. That gave me the chance to explore the best of what Iligan has to offer.

Here are my Top 10 Best Experiences in Iligan…

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#Travel, Ilocos

Captivating Calle Crisologo

The most beautiful street in the Philippines can be found in Vigan — Calle Crisologo.

It was restored to its pre-war beauty with its cobbled streets and old Spanish houses. It is the only town during World War II that was saved from destruction because of a love story.

Legend has it that a Japanese General, who married a Filipina in Vigan, promised the parish priest that he would save the town from destruction from the retreating Japanese if he would agree to take care of his family.

It is not only a preserved historical street like the ones in Intramuros, but it is full of life, especially during the Festival of the Arts.

Our Awesome Planet Vigan Series

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#Travel, Ilocos

Where is the best place to eat Empanada and Okoy in Vigan?

In Vigan, there is an empanadahan in the plaza near the Church, where one can get Vigan Empanada and Okoy from a series of street food stalls. We were told that this is actually a commercialized empanada area designed for tourists.

Since you are already in Vigan, why not troop over to where the locals go for their empanada fix so that you can also savor and experience it like they do?

Our Awesome Planet Vigan Series

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#Travel, Bicol, Family Escapades

The Misibis Bay Experience: How much and How to get there? (3 of 3)

Misibis Bay Resort is one hour away from the Legazpi airport by land. You can also get there via a fast craft from Embarcadero in Legazpi City.

OAP | The Misibis Bay Experience Series
1. The Misibis Bay Experience: What to do?
2.The Misibis Bay Experience: What to eat?
3.The Misibis Bay Experience: How much and How to get there?

Here are some tips on how to plan your trip to the resort and how much to budget:

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#Travel, Bicol, Family Escapades

The Misibis Bay Experience: What to eat? (2 of 3)

Good food is part of our criteria when deciding where to travel next. Our travels and food adventures have made us realize that just because an establishment is charging high-end prices, the quality of food will also be high.

OAP | The Misibis Bay Experience Series
1. The Misibis Bay Experience: What to do?
2.The Misibis Bay Experience: What to eat?
3.The Misibis Bay Experience: How much and How to get there?

Here is what you can expect with the quality of food in Misibis:

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#Travel, Bicol, Family Escapades

The Misibis Bay Experience: What to do? (1 of 3)

Misibis Bay Resort in Cagraray Island in Albay, Bicol is marketed as “Your Luxury Island Playground”. It is a beach escape where you can relive your childhood fun with a lot of sports and adventure activities that both adults and kids can enjoy.

It is located on an exclusive cove in Cagraray Island, which is an hour away by land from the Legazpi Airport. You can stay in pool-side or beach-side villas, enjoy good buffet food, and relax with all the urban comforts of cable TV + Wifi.

OAP | The Misibis Bay Experience Series
1. The Misibis Bay Experience: What to do?
2.The Misibis Bay Experience: What to Eat?
3.The Misibis Bay Experience: How much and How to get there?

Here are the top activities you can do with your family in Misibis (biased towards those with kids below 7 years old):

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#Travel

Top 10 Beaches of the Philippines!

I love beaches! 

The travel bug bit me while I was sitting and watching the 270-degree view of the sea and sky on Kota Beach in Bantayan, Cebu in 2006. The feeling was surreal — I couldn’t believe that nature could be so awesome that no words could fully describe it. (You’ll know the feeling when you experience it.)

I realized that if there is a place like that one in Cebu, there must be a lot more places like it hidden in the 7,107 islands of the Philippines. This inspired Our Awesome Planet’s advocacy to inspire and touch Filipinos’ hearts and minds, to make them realize that our country is truly a beautiful place.

I’ve been to most of the best beaches in the Philippines, except for one (which is reserved for our 10th year wedding anniversary). Now, I would like to share with you our beach discoveries (after 4 years of traveling almost every other week!)

These are the Top 10 Beaches in the Philippines:

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#Travel, Family Escapades

Thunderbird Roars

Thunderbird Resort is the best resort in the La Union area. It is located in Poro Point Freeport Zone, San Fernando, La Union (about 6 hours away from Manila). This is quite near the La Union airport and about 30 minutes away from the popular San Juan Surf Resort (for those interested in surfing).

The place created a buzz when it opened because it was the first to provide a Santorini-themed resort — ahead of Bellarocca. Unlike Bellarocca, which is located on an island, Thunderbird is part of the La Union mainland and is easily accessible by car. Also, the resort has a decent Mediterranean restaurant called Olives, which makes up for its so-so buffet breakfast.

For the first time, we brought all the boys on a road trip to Thunderbird. I would like to share with you our Thunderbird experience…

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