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.
It will be a shame to visit Siargao and skip Kermit, the island stop for wonderful cocktail concoctions, the best pizza in town and perfect tropical resto-bar setting.
Kermit’s hands on owner Gianni Grifoni with his little one at Kermit
Kermitin General Luna, Siargao, is a lively resto-bar where it seems everyone around knows everybody. But it’s not for this reason alone that you should go. The open deck you walk onto barefoot fitted with loungy seats and sunken chairs is prolly the most relaxed spot I’ve been to recently. While the area is exclusive to guests staying at Kermit and the affable owner Gianni Grifoni’s personal guests, there is a rustic tropical space next to it where you can grab a seat to eat or drink or both.
Something to add to the Mad Hatter’s collection: the vakul, a quirky headgear worn by the local women of Batanes to protect themselves from harsh weather conditions—the scorching heat of the sun, rains, and even strong winds.
When islander Elaine Abonal is on a break from teaching surfing in Siargao, you’ll catch her on road trips, swimming in wild islands and eating at her favorite dining places
Elaine enjoying a day out in Dako Island
I was born and raised in Manila but I’ve been frequenting Siargao for the past 13 years.
At first I would stay for one month, then one month became two, and later on it stretched longer. In 2016, we started renting a house and got ourselves a dog.
My goal is to provide the best way to teach surfing in Siargao.
At Surfista Travels, we cover all bases when we teach, from theory to safety to etiquette. We do photo analysis. Surfista’s emphasis is for one to become a learned surfer.
Taking a bath can be serious business to some and this random survey conducted among travelers and style buffs will help seal the deal.
Who wouldn’t want a bit of high life, bathing in style like royalty? If you’re the type who wants to get pampered to the hilt, then these top tier bathrooms are reasons enough to book your next staycation.