Philippines is an archipelago therefore it has a myriad of beautiful islands to visit but none can compare to the island province of Palawan. You can skip other beaches on your list but not this one. Skip Palawan and you miss half of your life, and that is not hyperbolic. Palawan is known all over the world as the “Philippines’ Last Frontier” and the island definitely earned the name. Centuries ago, Chinese sea voyagers called the island land of beautiful harborsor in their native tongue was Pa-Lao-Yu and overtime as language did evolve became Palawan.
Both the flora and fauna in the island are vast, giving safe refuge for over a hundred endangered species. The biodiversity of Palawan could also be considered as a global phenomenon. Palawan was once more declared as the best island in the world in 2015 by the Conde Nast Traveler’s annual list for the Reader’s Choice Awards where Palawan achieved an overall rating of 85.937. Imagine the African Safari in one province but greener, and wetter. You can take a 360 degree turn and you would see the crystal and turquoise water all around you.
What to do?
Meet some locals.
Palawan is not just a safe haven for plants and animals but also for the indigenous people that continued to live and thrive there. The Palaw’an tribe in Puerto Princesa is one and they are residing by the Palawan Butterfly Ecological Garden and Tribal Village. They are the legitimate caretakers of the wonderful refuge and the ones who know the island from the back of their hand. These people are the epitome of simplicity and innocence, following the implemented laws of the local government and being the productive and helpful citizens the way everybody should. The Palaw’ans do not mind sharing their homes to tourists and travelers as well, they treat any other people like blood. Many tourists feel right at home with the tribe that never fail to give everyone who would visit the island a sense of belonging. When tourist come back to visit Palawan and they always try to come back to the family that welcomed and accepted them to their own homes.
Snorkeling and Island Hopping at El Nido
Marveling at the sceneries are not enough without shedding some sweat doing fun activities in Palawan. One thrilling activity aside from the usual swimming and diving would be the island hopping not by boats or yachts but by air. Zip-lines connect a small few islands in Palawan and it is open for all adrenaline junkie tourists.
There is more to Palawan when you wander under the its waters. The marine life of the island stuns even foreign professional divers. It only justifies why there are certain laws that were made to protect the reef but nevertheless tourists and friends to fishes can enjoy the exotic marine view.
Party and entertain yourself
Where there is a beach, there is fun. Go visit Pukka Bar in El Nido. This is called the place to make walwal if you are ever in El Nido. One of the oldest place to chill and drink in the island, due to new competition Pukka has responded by expanding its glorious gift and now has two entrances, one on Hama St. and one on the beach. Enjoy the live reggae music and buckets of beers and spirits of your own taste.
If you are less of a party and rave person, you can definitely unwind with a bottle of drink in your hand at the Snake Island Bar or also known as the floating bar located in Bacuit Bay. However this beachy bistro can only be visited by boat and during the low tide which is only about 4am to 4pm every day.
Try the local exotic cuisines
The tamilok or woodworms or in some parts of the island are called shipworms and the famous crocodile meat. Both have been featured in the Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho television show. For tourists the cuisine are unbearable also for some Manilenos but truth be told it is rich in protein and vitamins. Only those who has the guts can actually try these two out.
“I had actively participated in every moment of he creation of this life–so why did I feel like none of it resembled me?” Elizabeth Gilbert in Eat, Pray, Love or as you have watched it, Julia Roberts dropped everything to do three things that she wanted to do the most alone
You can certainly do the same in the other Quezon of the country, not Quezon City but in Quezon province. Down south, passed Batangas and just before you reach Bicol. Quezon is another underrated location in the country, it is not highlighted because it does not have white sand beaches but the province has the fair amount of beautiful getaways from beaches down low and breathtaking peaks up above.
Bubbles Crispy Pata for meat especially pork lovers that just love crispy pata and Mang Tomas, the restaurant is in Ocean Place Mall, Lucena City, Quezon Province, just by the tip of the South Luzon Expressway or SLEX or you can go to their main branch in Candelaria, Quezon Province that has been in business for almost over 30 years.
The place can accommodate numbers of customers aside from pork delicacies Bubbles also over some seafood such as crispy pusit (fried calamari), shrimp camaron, sinigang na sugpo (prawns), and sinigang na tanigue. All of which are served in a native fashion, banana leaves over wooden plates to enjoy the local food better.
Ana Belai Restaurant if you are after for Instagrammable photos, Ana Belai will provide you lots of foodporn options. Not only is their menu so satisfyingly wide that would give you many options as to what to eat but also the ambiance and vibe of the place is also Instagram worthy. The restaurant is open every day from Mondays to Sunday, 10am to 9pm. Ana Belai throws an annual buffet every November 11th to celebrate their anniversary. Also do not forget to try out their pastries and the coffee wonders that they serve, they are just the best.
Silangang Nayon Park and Restaurant is a restaurant by the bay, literally by the seawater of Tayabas Bay. This is a popular stop spot in Pagbilao, Quezon. The menu varies from local cuisines such as chickens, oysters (fresh from the sea), and scallops. The price for their dishes are very affordable and atop of everything Silangang Nayon offers rooms to stay at and as for the kids there is a mini zoo inside the place. The view would be enough for everyone to be longing to come back here.
Villa EscuderoWaterfalls Restaurant famously known for its dining hall by the foot of a falls. Its name would not disappoint. This place is perfect especially in summer, eating after swimming would not be any problem because in Villa Escudero, the two can go hand in hand. The villa promotes the Filipino culture at its finest, located in Tiaong Quezon this wonder is run by the generations of the same family since 1900s.
Quezon is low-key good for people who want to go to retreat, or just disconnect from the advent of technology in the Metro Manila and find inner peace. Also in Pagbilao, Quezon, the Kamay Ni Hesus Church that was established in 2002 is widely claimed as a healing church. All folks of life who endures any kind of pain visit the church hoping to make the pain go away. There are other establishments with the church as well, there is the Noah’s Ark (a tiney-tiny version of the ark compare to the real one), a family park (good for strolling), and there is the grotto steps leading to the famous mark of the place the Kamay ni Hesus statue overlooking the whole hill. It is basically Rio de Janeiro in the country.
If Zambales has mountain ridges, Quezon is at the southern tip of the longest mountain range in the country–the Sierra Madre. The difference Quezon could offer for climbers would be the Sierra Madre’s ungraceful end. The rocks and cliffs to climb are more challenging, Quezon is more for the rock climbers than mountain climbers.
Follow Julia Roberts’ example in that 2009 movie and eat, pray, climb in Quezon today! You can always check for the availability of rooms and hotels with us in
It is not Mayon Volcano that is in the province of Camarines Sur, it is actually Mount Isarog.
Only a few people outside the province know the mountain, the highlight always goes to the perfect coned shape volcano in the opposite side of the region. The very reason why Isarog is a very well preserved natural habitat, nobody gives the mountain that much of attention. Hikers perhaps are magnetized by the giant, more than 2,000m above sea level, it is the highest peak in the whole Bicol Region. It is so vast that it stretches from Naga City to the town of Goa, Camarines Sur which is more than 20km away from the capital city.
The mountain has a wide opening crater but its last eruption was dated back in 1915-1916. It is called Vulcan de Agua by locals. Some stories say it is because it is not molten rock which is inside the mountain but water, a lot feared the story that once the mountain decides to wake up from its slumber and explodes that whole lot of Camarines Sur will be wiped out from the map. However, science likes to debate as always, claiming that it is rather impossible for one landform to contain water from within and cleared the myth behind the ‘Water Volcano’. Isarog is dubbed as Vulcan de Agua because of its lush rainforest and countless waterfalls of which only three are known: Malabsay & Nabuntalan falls, in Naga and Consocep falls in the town of Tigaon.
Isarog also harbors a myriad of species in its forests: the Isarog Shrew Mouse, the Isarpg Stripes Shrew Mouse, Isarog Shrew Rat, and Isolated Forest Frog. There are also 143 species of birds. While the mammals inhabiting the forest among many are the Philippine deer, monkeys, bats, wildcats, and wild pigs. The best treat of nature is the giant Rafflesia can also be found in Isarog.
Let us talk about views. People climb for the breathtaking views. Being the grandfather of all mountains in the region, stand atop the Isarog and you will get the perfect sight of the valley. Yes, this part of Bicol is a valley, mountains face across far from each other and the plain in the middle became the center of civilization. Mayon volcano can be seen from Camarines Sur to Albay, also Mount Iriga as well. From Naga city, the mountain stand in the east, it casts a dark but alluring shadow to the city that gets the touch of the sun a little too late in the morning. From the other side of the province however, say in the town of Tigaon and Goa, Camarines Sur, the mountain shines like a marble. The sunrays illuminate the rocks, the forest and even the Consocep falls (whose waters are dauntingly cold, you can stock up beers and sodas on its waters) is visible as a streak of white down the mountain because of the sun. Isarog wake up like a princess with the sun but when it rains it can sometimes hide in the rain fog.
Isarog Sky Garden
The easiest trail to conquer the sleeping giant is located at Naga City, it can take from 8 hours to 14 hours on a good day. There is also a trail in Goa, Camarines Sur that leads directly to the open mouth of Isarog. Trekkers take this long trail that can last up to four days because they get to hike on the very rim of the crater to the top. A few unknown trails can lead to the peak as well, adventurous local youngsters climb the mountain on their own desired path, making their own trail however for safety purposes only climb with the mountain guides appointed by the local government unit themselves. Camping in the forest can quite be dangerous only those who have the enough survival skills and kit are allowed to spend the night.
Tourists always think of island hopping immediately after the mention of Camarines Sur and they are referring to the Caramoan group of Islands which has been the site of several season of the reality competitive show Survivor. Camarines Sur is more than just Caramoan and the Camarines Sur Water Complex (CWC), a manmade surfing turf and sport water activities. Mount Isarog is one mountain filled with multiple adventure activities; hiking, camping, and swimming combined. All of which are hard to come by nowadays.
There’s a whole other world of excitement that awaits anyone under the sea. But deep-sea adventures, such as scuba diving require some guts and will require a bit more know-how in the water. The stunning scenery and abundance of underwater life become a lot more impressive and unbelievable once you submerged deeper into the water. For a more memorable underwater experience, here is a list of some of the deepest diving points from around the world.
Yamashiro Wreck, Surigao Strait Philippines
Yamashiro was the Imperial Japanese Navy´s second Fuso-class battleship. She was the first Japanese vessel equipped with aircraft catapults. The ship was sunk by U.S. naval forces at the battle of Surigao Strait on the 25th October 1944. The shipwreck which lies about 200 meters below sea level was located by a British SCUBA diver and the first human ever to break the 1,000 feet barrier, John Benett in 2001. Recent explorations on the site revealed a deep dive down to 236 meters.
Sra Kaew, Krabi Thailand
The Sra Keaw located in Ao Nang, Krabi is the deepest cave in Asia. This cave has some of the world’s most aggressive routes including a traverse to a nearby pond joining up at 67m. This worm hole into the earth is very silty and visibility will be stirred unless extreme caution is exercised. It was discovered by a team of divers on February 18, 2007, after reaching the bottom of the cave at 240 meters deep.
The Red Sea which lies between Africa and Asia is among the deepest diving sites in the world. This is where the deepest scuba dive happened. It was achieved by Ahmed Gabr, a 41-year-old Egyptian after plunging an astonishing 332.35 meters in the Red Sea off the coast of Dahab, South Sinai, Egypt on September 18, 2014.
Font Estramar, France
Font Estramar is an exsurgence – the outlet of subterranean flows that come from the infiltration of rainwater. Located at the foot of the Corbières Maritimes on the territory of the town of Salses-le-Château, it is the deepest resurgence explored in diving in Europe, the 5th deepest in the world. On August 16, 2013, Xavier Méniscus, equipped with a double recycler and assisted by a large international team, continues the exploration of the cavity to a depth of 248 meters. In July 2015, with the help of fifteen crew members, he again repelled the exploration of about thirty meters to the depth of 262 meters.
Lake Garda, Italy
Lake Garda also known as Benaco, is the largest lake in Italy. It has a depth of more or less 350 meters. On September 20, 2012; Darek Wilamowski attempted to beat the world record for taking the deepest dive in Europe ever done and to thereby become the first Pole who ever crossed the barrier of 300 meters depth and fifth such a person in the world, but finished his dive at 244 meters deep after 10 hours and 12 minutes.
A fashion week is a fashion industry event that lasts approximately one week. Fashion designers, brands or “houses” display their latest collections in runway fashion shows to buyers and the media during the event which influence trends for the current and upcoming seasons.
The most prominent fashion weeks are held in the fashion capitals of the world – New York, London, Milan and Paris; known as the “Big Four.”
Fashion Week Calendar
This September, the Big Four will be having womenswear shows for the fashion week. The show happens in order – it always starts in New York, then London, Milan, and Paris.
New York Fashion Week Spring 2018 starts on September 7 – 14, 2017. Almost 200 brands are joining the show and some of them are these prominent names in New York’s fashion industry – Donna Karan, Urban Zen, Calvin Klein, Christian Siriano, Club Monaco, Project Runway, Michael Kors, Victoria Beckham, Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren.
London Fashion Week Spring 2018 will be held on September 15 – 19, 2017. Almost a hundred of famous names will grace this year’s London Fashion Week show such as Xiao Li, Ralph and Russo, Fyodor Golan, Topshop, Versus Versace, Emporio Armani, Jamie Wei Huang, Burberry and Tommy Hilfiger.
Milan Fashion Week Spring 2018 is set to happen on September 20 – 26, 2017. Around 70 fashion brands such as Gucci, Fendi, Prada, Roberto Cavalli, Salvatore Ferragamo, Bottega Venetta, Giorgio Armani and Versace, will be present for the MFW show.
On September 26 – October 2, 2017 is the Paris Fashion Week Spring 2018. Expect Lacoste, Christian Dior, Saint Laurent, Nina Ricci, Guy Laroche, Elie Saab, Jacquemus, Zara Umrigar and more or less 50 more brands on the runway show.
For sure, everyone is excited to see what glamour and luxury this fashion week has in store and which brands will make their names even bigger and brighter in the world of fashion.