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#Philippines, #Travel, Food, Palawan

San Vicente, Palawan: A Chance To Get Tourism Right (Philippines)

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San Vicente is an almost untouched part of Palawan that is home to one of the longest beaches in all of Asia.  A rather large municipality, San Vicente itself is divided into a handful of barangays, sleepy towns and villages.

Underdevelopment has seemingly preserved this part of Palawan with tourism in San Vicente being traditionally low compared to the rest of the island.  But that will all be changing soon as the people of San Vicente prepare to open up their quaint and secluded part of Palawan to the rest of the world.

As tourism in the Philippines is expected to recover after a slight decline in 2017, the Department of Tourism (DOT) has implemented a series of aggressive and daring marketing schemes that appear to start revitalizing tourism in and to the country.  With the Duterte administration’s controversial closing and reopening of one of the Philippines’ top tourist attractions, Boracay, the impacts from such an undertaking have yet to be quantified. But one can hope that the government can actually maintain its new regulations for tourism hotspots.

That’s why all eyes should be on San Vicente as it will be the testbed and ground zero for the DOT’s (newest branch) Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) and its bold new tourism initiatives.  San Vicente is actually a chance for the Government of the Philippines to get tourism right.

 

 

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New airports and air travel routes are popping up all over the country with hopes of easing congestion in busier airports and bringing in tourist traffic to newer locations.

With the opening of the new San Vicente Airport, the local government hopes to tap into the expected influx of tourists by developing local attractions and essentially building a new tourist destination from scratch.

It’s a daring plan that will take years of dedication from both the private and government sectors.  So far, everything seems to be on track, and the locals seem more than eager to start this new beginning for San Vicente.

San Vicente
Palawan Philippines 

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#Philippines, #Restaurants, #Travel, Siargao

Epic Siargao Adventure (Food and Travel Guide)

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Not many places in the Philippines have captured the hearts and minds of travelers quite like Siargao has.  It’s an Island paradise—the mere mention of its name instantly brings up thoughts of white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, coconuts trees and perfect waves.

The island attracts people from all over the world from all walks of life. This is due in part to the world-class surf and the rich biodiversity of the surrounding waters which have drawn in surfers and sports fishers alike.

There is so much to do and see here despite its being a small island in the Pacific, and we suggest putting Siargao in your bucket list and knocking it off as soon as possible.

Siargao Island
Surigao del Norte,
Mindanao Philippines

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#Philippines, Bacolod

VIANELLAS: Chic Flip-Flops to Wear on the Beach!

Negros’ favorite beach resort threw a beach festival and they did it in style!

Summer is over! But for the ladies who are still chasing that sun-kissed and Instagram-worthy photos on the beach, Vianellas has got you covered.

VIANELLAS, is a local flip-flop brand focused on simple, chic, and affordable beachwear by Negreñse designer Tanya Gonzales. The name itself has a witty meaning, “Viaje” a Spanish word referring to ‘travel’ and “Tsinelas” meaning ‘slippers’. This links closely to their philosophy of sharing the love for travel and the beach.

Their trendy designs are inspired by various famous beaches from around the world, such as Santorini, Santa Monica, Legzira, and Anzio.

Choosing the right sandals are a vital part of your travel wardrobe, and here’s why Vianellas would look good on our cute summer dress or even bikini.

VIANELLAS
Lakawon, Cadiz Viejo, Negros Occidental
Facebook: @vianellas
Instagram: @vianellas

LAKAWON ISLAND RESORTS & SPA
Lakawon, Cadiz Viejo, Negros Occidental
Website: www.lakawon.com.ph/
Facebook: @lakawonisland
Instagram: @lakawon
Email: [email protected]
Contact: +63 917 555 6979

Related Post: LAKAWON: Negros’ Secret Paradise Retreat & TawHai Floating Bar! @LakawonIsland

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#Philippines, Camiguin Island

Thank You, Camiguin! @Traveloka

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The island province of Camiguin, known as the island born of fire, is a popular tourist destination in the south region of the Philippines.  Known for its clear blue waters and diverse wildlife, the island draws in visitors from all over the world who are looking for an alternative to the more fast-paced vacations islands in the Philippines. 

Camiguin is the perfect place to get away and lose yourself, a more chilled and laid back type of island that still has plenty of activities for those who crave a bit of adventure.

Camiguin is the second smallest Philippine province after Batanes (link Batanes) in the north and is home to a population of roughly around 89,000 people. A large expat community also calls the island home.

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Camiguin itself is a volcanic island with 7 dormant volcanos and 15 marine sanctuaries. The fertile soil is ideal for planting and the local Lanzones are renowned and sought after all throughout the Philippines.  (Lanzones are a type of tropical tree which fruit tastes like a combination of grapes and grapefruit.)

Mount Hibok-Hibok has been designated as an ASEAN (Association Of South East Asian Nations) Heritage Park and the surrounding area is home to a number of waterfalls and natural springs.

 

Camiguin
Northern Mindanao
Philippines

Related Blog Post: Must-try Camiguin Food (and Where to Find Them!)

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#Philippines

Anawangin’s Mystical Beach

flipping for the beachMy Unofficial Entry to Havaianas “Flipping For the Beach” Contest 🙂

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Can you keep a beach secret? I finally discovered the mystical beach called Anawangin in Zambales. Its name, Anawangin, literally means full of carabaos (nuang is carabao in Ilokano). This beach is very popular in the mountaineering community. It is a very special beach and most people who have been there wants to keep it as a secret. With the imminent opening of the Subic – Clark – Tarlac expressway, the 5-hour long road trip to Barangay Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales (which protected Anawangin from Manila beach goers) will now be cut down to less than 3 hours.

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Imagine this place…Pine trees grow and thrive along the beach to provide shade and protection from the sunny heat. The explosion of Mt. Pinatubo covered the boulders and the entire beach cove with fine ash fall sands. At noon, the grey sand turns pristine white giving an illusion of Boracay-like beach sand. A portion of the beach is protected and maintained by Aeta descendants. There are no resorts available so you have to camp for the night if you want to stay overnight. Your food/ water: clothes ratio should be 2:1.

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The beach sands and waters are undoubtedly clean, which makes it deserving to be called a paradise.

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Just swim close to the shore at waist deep high. Bless the soul of the person who drowned in Anawangin last Good Friday an hour after the commemoration of Christ death. The most probable cause is the strong under current in Anawangin.

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