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Trekking. Hiking. Spelunking. Food. That's Sagada.


Life is a wind. Get that in Ilocos Region.


If you think golden sand beaches are the only tourist spots, think again. Bolinao is falls too.


If you just want to see a sky-mountain-lake landscape, then head to Bokod, Benguet.


In this simple town of Dasol, Pangasinan lies an unspoiled island paradise sprinkled with white sands and a total half of mysteriously formed rock formations.


The Hundred Islands in Alaminos, Pangasinan is one of the many tourist attractions in Luzon Island. Give yourself a summer treat; enjoy island hopping, kayaking, swimming, and snorkeling.

Tuesday, February 28

Clark Zoo & Gravity Go Karts

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Get your adrenalin rush in this first ever gravity race karts in the Philippines--only in Clark. (Photo taken at Zoocobia Fun Zoo, Clark, Pampanga)
 Part 5 of Camiling-Clark-Subic Getaway

Clark is an economic zone (and a former military base) located within Pampanga and Tarlac. It houses the Clark International Airport (which was planned to become the new NAIA 1 Terminal in a matter of years). Clark also hosts the annual Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta usually held in February (second week). 2017 Update: New Clark City will be developed soon, adjacent to Central Clark where the airport is located. Developments will be seen from year 2024 and beyond.

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How to Go to Camiling, Tarlac

Maria's Clara's Mansion in Camiling, Tarlac

Part 4 of Camiling-Clark-Subic Getaway

How to go to Camiling from Baguio:
·         Ride a van directly bound to Camiling (terminal at the back of UC Annex). This will cost you P200 and three-hour travel time.

Sunday, February 26

On the Spot! Camiling, Tarlac

Doon sa nayon ng Camiling, Tarlac

Part 3 of Camiling-Clark-Subic Getaway

Camiling is a first class municipality located at the north tip of Tarlac, adjacent to Bayambang in Pangasinan. Most of the locals here speak Ilocano, so if you know how to speak in Ilocano, you are good enough to go. Though if you will be able to figure out, Ilocano accent here is different from the accent of Ilocano in Baguio. Life in Camiling is simple, just like any other towns, but is very accessible and houses some cheap hotels and establishments like Jollibee and Chowking. There are no big malls, only supermarkets which can cater enough your basic needs. If you want to experience the best of Camiling, go here by third/fourth week of October, when the annual Chicharon and Iniruban Festival (iniruban = green sticky rice) is being held. Or go to Camiling on May 6-8 for fiesta. :)

Friday, February 24

Book your Hotel in Olongapo, Zambales

Treetop Adventure the Silver ride

Part 2 of Camiling-Clark-Subic Getaway
We were looking forward on this trip before it happened. This trip was planned weeks before the final date. The first thing that we did is to discuss about our itinerary, and as soon as I knew that there was a promo from Zoomanity on eBay Kuponan, I told my friends about it. After a day or two, we finally decided to buy the tickets on eBay (P800 each ticket, all season pass for one year). After I bought the tickets, I actually called up Zoomanity Group if ever that their promo ticket on eBay covers also the Night Safari in Zoobic Safari. Unfortunately, only the day tour is covered by the promo. I called them up with regards to that matter because we were planning to do the safari at night. 

Thursday, February 23

Clark-Subic Animalistic! Getaway

Zoobic Safari Ride in Zoobic Safari, Subic Bay, Zambales

Before we did our “The Pangasinan Escapade”, we had been to Central Luzon (some places) to see what this region can offer. Well, I am from Central Luzon, particularly in the town of Camiling in Tarlac, and I have already toured Subic so many times already. My friends though haven’t been there once, not until we planned to visit Subic.

Baguio Flower Fest Tips and Guide

Panagbenga flower float

A Rundown of Things
HELLO. ARE YOU already excited going here in Baguio for the annual Panagbenga Festival (or Baguio Flower Festival)? If so, let us list down the things you should be expecting, you shouldn’t miss and you shouldn’t do while watching the grand float parade and shopping during the Session in Bloom.

1. This is a big event. Well, you must already know that. Panagbenga Festival draws in millions of both local and foreign tourists to witness thousands of flowers in bloom. This festival is as big as Sinulog Festival in Cebu. And since you are going to Baguio to check out all those floats adorned with so many flowers, never, never forget to bring camera (or a camcorder). And never ever run out of battery. You will be witnessing both float parade and street parade.

2. Come early (this Saturday, February 25, 2012 or February 24 if you want to witness the dance parade of the schools in Baguio). Book a night stay in Baguio, and be the early bird on Sunday. Or you can always take a bus to Baguio at night and arrive in Baguio by as early as 5 A.M. (earlier than this is better). Secure a slot in Session Road, and be sure there are no obstacles in your widescreen view! Would you love to have a lot of people’s heads in your photos? Of course not! You are there to witness flowers, not hairs! So better be the early bird or you will go home with no nice photos at all (well I already experienced this during the recent Hot Air Balloon Festival).

Sunday, February 19

Back to Baguio from Bolinao + Rundown of Expenses

Patar Beach, Pangasinan

Part 10 of The Pangasinan Escapade

After that unforgettable escape to Bolinao, it’s time to be back to Baguio again. It’s been already past five in the evening when we were waiting in the shed. Buses bound to both Pasay and Dagupan are scarce. We waited for an hour for a bus heading to Dagupan but nothing passed by. So we decided to ride in a Five Star bus heading to Pasay when it came passing by. We went to Alaminos again instead and hunt for a bus bound to Dagupan. By the way, the bus ride from Bgy. Samang Norte to Alaminos City Proper is almost an hour for a student fare of P24. Luckily after waiting at the Five Star terminal in Alaminos, an ordinary Victory Liner bound to Dagupan dropped by to pick us up. Student fare to Dagupan is P52.

Saturday, February 18

How to Go to Bolinao

Bolinao Falls

Part 9 of The Pangasinan Escapade
How to Go to Bolinao from Baguio:

·         Take an ordinary Victory Liner bus bound to Dagupan, or a Genesis Bus at Gov. Pack Road. It takes around more than 2 and a half hours before you reach the terminal in Dagupan. In the Victory Liner Bus Terminal, look for a bus bound to Sta. Cruz, Zambales and drop by the bus stop in Alaminos City. Ride a bus bound to Bolinao (either Five Star or Victory Liner).

Wednesday, February 15

Bolinao Lighthouse, Cave, Falls, Rock and Roll

THE CAPE BOLINAO LIGHTHOUSE. The second tallest lighthouse in the Philippines.
Part 8 of The Pangasinan Escapade
We didn’t spend the whole day at the beach even if we wanted to. We still had more places to visit. After that awesome experience, we went to take some pictures at the Cape Bolinao Lighthouse. Cape Bolinao Lighthouse is currently the second tallest lighthouse in the Philippines after Cape Bojeador in Ilocos. It was built by the Filipino and American engineers in 1905. There is no entrance fee at this lighthouse.

The Golden Patar Beach in Bolinao

Patar Beach in Bolinao is just one of the many tourist spots in Pangasinan.

If you want to see the most wonderful and awesome beach in Bolinao, go to the public beach located at the tip of Bgy. Patar, and not at Puerto Del Sol or Punta Riviera Resort. The transient room that we rented for a night is only meters adjacent to the two resorts, and believe me, the sand there is not as fine as that one in Patar. The two resorts are located at Bgy. Ilog-Malino, and not in Patar. Unless you are looking for a pool or kayaking in a river, then you can choose either of the two (P500 for pool + kayak in Punta Riviera for one day inclusive of cottage).

Tuesday, February 14

Escape to Bolinao

Patar Beach in Bolinao, Pangasinan.

WHAT TO SEE: Low tide seas of Bgy. Ilog-Malino, golden beach of Patar, Cape Bolinao Lighthouse (the second tallest lighthouse in the Philippines), rock formations, underground caves, falls, rivers, resorts

WHAT TO EXPECT: nature trip, unspoiled beaches, rural settings, natural wonders, accommodating Ilocanos, rough roads

Sunday, February 12

How to Go to Hundred Islands

One of the islands you will see when you go to Hundred Islands National Park

How to go to Hundred Islands from Baguio:
·         Take an ordinary Victory Liner bus bound to Dagupan, or a Genesis Bus at Gov. Pack Road. It takes around more than 2 and a half hours before you reach the terminal in Dagupan. In the Victory Liner Bus Terminal, look for a bus bound to Sta. Cruz, Zambales and drop by the bus stop in Alaminos City. Hail a tricycle to Hundred Islands.
·         Take van bound to Dagupan at Pines Garage. It takes around 2 hours before you reach the van terminal in Dagupan. In Pines Garage in Dagupan, look for a van bound to Alaminos City. Travel time is around 1 hour.Hail a tricycle to Hundred Islands. Or you can ride an ordinary VL Bus bound to Bolinao and drop at the terminal in Alaminos. Bus leaves from Baguio at around 11 A.M. to noontime or so. Just verify the schedule before your departure.

Friday, February 10

Hop to Hundred Islands: Snorkeling and Swimming Mode

Snorkeling at Hundred Islands National Park, Pangasinan
Hundred Islands National Park (or Hundred Islands but not 100 islands because they're more than 100 islands actually) is a good site for island hopping since it is composed of 123 islands and islets. You will see different islands including the three main islands where you can camp (Quezon, Children’s and Governor’s Island) and see some rock formations. We ate our packed lunch in Governor’s Island then we proceeded in our island hopping. You cannot stand by all of the islands; however, most of them are a good subject for your photograph souvenirs. Most of the islands are “rocky at the bottom part and plants vs. zombies on top”. 

Hop to Hundred Islands!

Cathedral Island in Hundred Islands National Park

By the time you reach Dagupan, you have to look for a ride to Alaminos City, the home of 123 islands and islets. There are no direct trips from Manaoag to Alaminos so you have to cut trips and stopover in Dagupan City. You can actually ride a bus bound to Sta. Cruz in Zambales since it is passing through Alaminos. There are Victory Liner buses (along Perez Blvd.) bound to Sta. Cruz. You can also ride a van at the Pines Garage. By the way, we hired a tricycle (for P50) to take us to Pines Garage from the Public Market of Dagupan.

Wednesday, February 8

A Visit to Manaoag Shrine

Manaoag Church in Pangasinan

Part 2 of The Pangasinan Escapade
There are not much spectacular sights in Manaoag town except for the Church of Manaoag, the Shrine of Our Lady of Manaoag and the park adjacent to it. Though not preferable for a very long stay at the Shrine itself, a short glimpse is already good enough in the place. It is one of the more popular churches visited by Catholic devotees in Northern Luzon.

Manaoag Church

The Pangasinan Escapade

Patar Beach in Bolinao
Looking for an unwinding and wonderful getaway doesn’t always mean spending too much money. If you are craving to spend no-work days on an affordable but worth-a-memory trip, then you can try planning a trip to Pangasinan and see wonders you may never forget. Our barkada had this escape to Bolinao (and visit to other Pangasinan spots, of course) last September 2011 so it’s time for you to check this out.

Pangasinan beaches are among the best beaches in Luzon island, and Pangasinan resorts are plenty (you can choose from either a high class Pangasinan resort or any of the many budget friendly Pangasinan resorts). There are other Pangasinan tourist spots other than the beaches. But if you were only to choose resorts in Pangasinan, more likely you will be ending up enjoying your vacation. And there are a variety of Pangasinan beaches to choose from.
Bolinao Lighthouse

PLACES INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP: Manaoag, Alaminos City, Bolinao (all in Pangasinan)
FEATURED SPOTS: Shrine of Our Lady of Manaoag, Hundred Islands National Park, Golden Beach of Patar
HIGHLIGHTS: devotion, island hopping, swimming, snorkeling, diving, beach bumming, trekking, *planking

PLAN BEFORE YOU GO: The Pangasinan Escapade Edition

Before you say, “Let’s go to the beach!” it’s still better to sketch your plans first. Planning is so important that without it, you might miss some of the spots you must never ever forget to visit. Of course, we are setting aside other circumstances that may happen amid the travel which is unexpected most of the times. Other than that, it is also essential to list down all the things you and your barkada will need during the trip. So let’s break down all the things that should be setting in mind before yelling, “Let’s go!”