2016 • 04 • 23 Much has been said about the Taal Volcano, the second most active volcano in the Philippines that is so iconic its ubiquity can be found splashed on postcards and t-shirts. But there’s a larger picture here that begs not to go unnoticed: the Taal Lake.
2016 • 04 • 16 Vacationers who fancy Palawan as their next destination are often confounded by the dilemma of which among the island province’s premier tourist attractions they should visit first: Coron, Puerto Princesa, or El Nido. The choice echoes the same complexity one encounters when asked to make
2016 • 04 • 16 What could possibly be interesting about a cylindrical brick tower that was erected to provide lighted navigational assistance to sea vessels during the Spanish Colonial Era? Save for the fact that it’s a century-old monument whose loftiness can overwhelm people sizing it up with an
2016 • 04 • 16 Where two rivers—Bumbungan and Balanac—create a convergence, we find a humble municipality billed as the tourist capital of Laguna: Pagsanjan. Pagsanjan is the home of the Bangkero Festival, a celebration in March that sees the town’s bangkeros paddling in tourists amid rapids and between boulders
2016 • 04 • 16 To put the beauty of the Philippines in a nutshell is like packing your things for a yearlong trip in a coin purse. There are just so many cities, provinces, and islands in the Philippines that when you try to come up with a generalization
2016 • 04 • 05 When we talk about unspoiled paradises in the Philippines, it’s almost impossible not to mention Calaguas, a sanctuary in the north best known for its pristine waters and powdery white sands. Calaguas sits quietly in the province of Camarines Norte, encompassing the major islands of
2016 • 04 • 05 I had a grand time maneuvering past the waves as I felt the raging wind against my hair and enjoyed the taste of saline on my lips. It was only my second time surfing, but I didn’t find it extraordinarily challenging to stay erect on