Batanes e-book author Ferdz Decena takes us to the right spots in Batanes for an even more memorable experience of the northernmost Philippine province, and for them fantastic Instagram snaps.
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...
There’s a new place in the town of Daraga in Albay that’s pretty hard to beat: FarmPlate, an eco place that offers camping, activities like kite flying, carabao riding, biking, vegetable picking, and mere chilling on its cozy foliage-wrapped cottages. It’s a nursery rhyme book come to life—a red barn on a hill with expansive greens overlooking Mt. Mayon, an active volcano at the heart of Albay dubbed the Philippines’ perfect cone.
If you wish to stay for the night, rough it out at the camp site equipped with tents and a bonfire area so you can bond over smores and some singing under the starry night.
At day time, the hammocks will lure you to it to dose off to clear fresh air.
Seedlings—there are pine and other backyard plants—are for sale to those who’d like a bit of the farm into their homes.
FarmPlate is at its soft opening stages—it’s a privately owned land that soft opened to the public with minimal facilities in September 2018—and will slowly be building more eco attractions best for families and groups. It will have a pool and a restaurant serving farm-to-table meals.
FarmPlate Facebook: @FarmPlateAlbay
SkyJet Airlines has regular flights from Batanes, Coron, and Siargao to Manila. It will resume its Caticlan-Manila flights in March. From Manila, take any Legazpi-bound bus from Cubao bus terminal such as Cagsawa Bus or Penafrancia Bus. The trip is a scenic 12-hour ride, or you can take the night trip. Book SkyJetAirlines.
Words by Monica De Leon
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.
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.
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.
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.