Arts & Culture
A true blue Coronon Al Linsangan, poster boy of sustainable tourism in Coron, personally tours Dash around his beloved hometown and together we come up with an eco-adventure hotlist that better be on your bucketlist. It includes a dip in a natural hot springs, snorkeling in a limited-access coral garden, immersing with a tribe when no one else could, and more.
Hike Mt Tapyas for that perfect sunset
On top of the world…errr…Mt. Tapyas
A grueling 734-step climb and you’re on top of Mt Tapyas.
“Mt Tapyas is ideal for sunset spotting. The sea is also calmest at this time, adding a bit of drama to the view. And once the natural light fades, the harbor lights start to bathe the town’s baywalk and this is best viewed from the peak,” says Al.
But the sunset is not the only crowd-drawer of Mt Tapyas. Stand at its peak and admire the 360-degree sight of the whole Coron town and Mt Dalara, the highest mountain in the Calamian. Also seen from the horizon is Coron Island shaped like a sleeping giant. The Tagbanwa believe that the sleeping giant is Dumarakul, an ancient hero said to have protected them from the onslaught of Moro invaders. The giant cross erected at the peak is a pilgrimage site during Holy Week.
Get to know Ivatan rockstar tour guide Ed Delfin, his aspirations for his hometown, and his favorite restaurants list
Ed enjoying scenic Fundacion Pacita. By Opal Bala
I started tour guiding visitors in Batanes in 1999. I was working on a World Bank-funded project on environmental protection and conservation at that time.
I’m more of a cultural worker than a tour guide. I’ve always been an advocate of heritage conservation. My goal is to convert as many locals into becoming heritage champions and instill in them that tour guiding is about showing the dynamics of natural environment and cultural heritage that shaped our province into what it is now today.
Get a dose of the Rizal culture and its interesting art and adventure scenes. Local and tour operator Ramon Mariñas leads the way.
White-washed facade of Pinto Art museum
Rizal province is a place to be for a dose of art, culture and inspiration while keeping it really close to Manila. It’s home to homegrown artists, some of which made it really big like in the case of National Artists for Painting Vicente Manansala and Carlos “Botong” Francisco, and National Artist for Music Lucio San Pedro.
Get art inspiration
Angono’s numerous art galleries, museums and street art will give you your creative fill. Here you will find houses with muraled walls and sculptures depicting paintings of the late artist Francisco.
A grueling 20-hour travel that ends nice—to real virgin natural attractions
Picture-perfect Sibang Cove.
Your castaway dreams can be made of this: 20 hours of butt-numbing bus ride and (literally) a rocking boat ride to get to far flung Calayan, part of the Babuyan Group of Islands at the northernmost tip of Luzon, 528 kilometers north of Manila.
Calayan’s main lure are its wildness and complete detachment from the world allowing you to enjoy its virgin natural attractions all by yourself—or except for maybe a local or two. It’s fabled for its white-sand beaches, stunningly blue lagoons,and beautiful hills particularly Nagudungan Hills, which offers a breathtaking view of the island’s three coves Caniwara, Sibang and Cababaan. Trek to Bangaan Hills for an IG-worthy ocean view of Calayan.
- Take a Florida or RJC bus in Sampaloc Manila bound for Claveria, Cagayan, a 13-hour ride.
- Get off at Claveria bus station, then take a tricycle going to the Claveria port.
- Hop on a lampitaw, a native outrigger boat, to Calayan, a five- to seven-hour boat ride depending on the sea conditions.
- Boats leave at 5am and 9am only. Pre-book your boat transfers.
TPS Homestay owned by Tessie Pimentel Singun offers an accommodation priced at Php300 (USD6) per night and Php120 per meal for each person. She can also help with boat hire. Call days in advance to book.
Mobile number: +63929 837 5737
Photo by Norma Rei Villamater