The events just keep pouring in even during the wettest months.
Don’t let the rain stop you from going out this July and August. It may be pouring most days but it does bring in something you can take advantage of— the chance to binge on movies, stage plays, and planning future trips.
Here are some of our must-see events for July and August 2019.
The Lion King
The reviews are pouring in! Aren’t you psyched for Disney’s latest live-action adaptation of a classic?
See the citizens of fictional African savanna Pride Rock in The Lion King. Catch Simba (Donald Glover), with the help of his trusty friends Timon (Billy Eichner), Pumbaa (Seth Rogen), and his childhood friend Nala (Beyonce), deal with all the pressures that come with being the son of King Mufasa (James Earl Jones) and of his scheming uncle Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor).
Now showing in all cinemas
August 2 – 11 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and select Ayala Malls Cinemas
Get your emotions ready as we go for another roller coaster of a year at the country’s largest independent film festival, Cinemalaya, which brings together some of the most promising filmmakers both big and small, tackling socially relevant topics and showcasing them in brand new ways. This year’s competition films will touch on topics as simple as preparing for a job interview in Pandanggo Sa Hukay (by Sheryl Rose M. Andes, starring Iza Calzado) to a cautionary tale on how social media can change a person’s life in John Denver Trending (by Arden Rod Condez).
Call the CCP Box Office at 02-832-1125 loc. 1409 from 9 am to 6 pm, Tuesday to Saturday or visit www.culturalcenter.gov.ph to purchase tickets and festival passes.
Philippine Travel Mart
August 30 to September 1 at the SMX Convention Center Manila
The country’s longest-running travel expo is back for its 30th year and is looking as fun as ever. Tour companies and operators from all over the country will once again gather in the gigantic halls of the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City to bring you the latest and best travel deals to the country’s tourist destinations. Start those travel plans now and make sure you block off the last days of August for this one!
There’s credence to why this beach is called Long Beach.
In case you think Boracay Island’s 4km long white-sand beach is the most breathtaking beauty of a shoreline there is in the country, wait until you see Long Beach in Port Barton, located an hour away from San Vicente, Palawan. It’s a 14-kilometer stretch of white sand beach, the longest in the Philippines and the second longest in the whole of Asia. It cuts through several villages, and splits into 6 coves and 3 barangays: New Agutaya, San Isidro, and Alimangoan. It’s also not as populated as neighboring El Nido because San Vicente remains to be a hidden gem of the Philippines Last Frontier.
The sand is about as white and as fine as you’ll find in El Nido or Boracay, with shallow waters just off the coast that you can swim or snorkel in.
Things to do San Vicente is more of a quiet fishing village, so don’t expect malls or places to party. You can, however, do the following while in this small fishing village:
Island hopping.Most tourists, especially backpackers, start at Port Barton and visit nearby islands from there.
Snorkeling and diving. The waters off of San Vicente are relatively shallow, perfect for snorkeling. Some of the islands during the island hopping tour double as snorkeling/diving spots. Ask your boatman for spots where it’s okay to take a plunge to make island hopping tours more worthwhile.
Cove hopping from one part of Long Beach to another. Erawan/Irawan Beach is one of the more popular beaches to visit. It’s in Barangay Sto. Niño, about 45 minutes away from Poblacion by motorbike.
Visit Pamuayan Falls or Bigaho Falls. The two waterfall in Port Barton offer distinct ways of enjoying a cascade: Pamuayan comes with a one-hour hike through a forest trail, while Bigaho offers something a bit more chill as it’s an easy, 20-minute walk from the beach.
Get there Skyjet Airlines (Flyskyjetair.com) flies direct from Manila to San Vicente, Palawan four times weekly beginning July 16, 2019. From the airport, take a tricycle to your hotel on Long Beach. Fares are usually between Php60 to Php75 (USD1.20 to USD1.50) per person.
Where to stay Sunset Beach Resort (Php3,000 per night for 2 guests, Php500 or USD10 for an extra bed, Sunsetbeach-palawan.com) in Macatumbalen is one of the recommended places to stay in San Vicente, especially if you enjoy peace, quiet, and good old German standards (one of the owners is German). They have the beach right in front of the resort and are within three minutes of town proper, which locals refer to as simply San Vicente or Poblacion.
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Know where to ride the winds, straight from award-winning kitesurfer Dano See.
Most people will point towards Boracay as the kitesurfing capital of the country. However, that doesn’t mean it’s the only place where you can ride the winds. Here’s a list of kitesurfing spots in the Philippines from former kitesurfing champ Dano See.
1. Kingfisher Resort, Paoay, Ilocos Norte
For Australian kite designer and professional kitesurfer Dano See, Ilocos Norte is not only a site for history and beautiful beaches but also a playground for kitesurfers looking for the ideal wind condition. Kingfisher Resort in Pagudpud is where kitesurfing enthusiasts will find the “strongest winds, biggest waves, and most radical reef passes for the longest duration of the year,” says Dano. But what makes Kingfisher a special location is the bigger venturi effect caused by the local mountain range which adds in 10 to 15 knots to any forecast. The venturi effect is when the wind becomes stronger as it passes between mountains or hills.Book kitesurfing tours at Kingfisher.ph
Bangui Beach, Bangui, Ilocos Norte
Another spot worth checking out in Ilocos Norte is Bangui Beach, which, according to Dano offers a “great beach break location with side-shore winds for the experienced wave riders or a super flat water lagoon surrounded by windmills.” He considers it the most picturesque location in the Philippines because of the wind farms and its waist-deep lagoon. Book kitesurfing tours at Kingfisher.ph
Paoay Lake, Paoay, Ilocos Norte
Another requisite in the must-kitesurf list of kiters as it has a freshwater lake that’s ideal for flat water kiteboarding—kiteboarding that entails gliding over a calm, slow-flowing body of water. “The winds can be strong too, but typically, it’s more your average 9-meter-plus weather, which is the wind range for small kites. The season is much more limited as it is out of the Taiwan Strait, but the heat of the Laoag area draws in afternoon sea breezes.”Book kitesurfing tours at Kingfisher.ph
The laid-back southwestern charm of
Mindoro coupled with unspoiled pocket beaches, coves, waterfalls, caves, as
well as steady and strong winds make it an alluring kitesurfing destination.
The town of Bulalacao, which Dano describes as the “outback region of the
Philippines,” is wonderful because of its rugged trails and forested paths. It is also notable for its howling winds due to
the venture effect created by the huge mountain range of the neighboring
Aside from Bulalacao, other spots in
Mindoro that are good for kitesurfing include Libagao and Nagubat, Aslom and
Cuyo Bay, Cuyo, Palawan
Further away, Cuyo Bay in Palawan is perfect for flat water kiteboarding—thanks to its sandy bottom and some outside reef passes that offer small wave riding fun. “Although Cuyo is an island off Palawan, it has been listed under Mindoro because the wind is from the same venturi effect of the Tablas Straight. Winds are strong and blowing from Amihan (northeast wind) starting October up to May. Recommended kite sizes are from 5m and up,” Dano says. #DashHolidays is your all-in, hassle-free provider of travel packages that include roundtrip airfare, roundtrip airport transfers, tours, and room nights. +63917 840 6853, +63917 627 6179 [email protected] GF Solar Century Tower, 100 Tordesillas corner HV Dela Costa Streets, Salcedo Village, Makati City Open from Mondays to Saturdays from 9am to 5pm
Kite Club Palawan, Puerto Princesa, Palawan
A 20-minute drive from the Puerto Princesa International Airport, in Brgy. San Jose lies Kite Club Palawan, a resort with a beachfront that is a good spot for kiteboarding. It’s the only safe launching spot along the southern end of Honda Bay. “The venturi effect here is the leftover air flow from Mindoro’s Tablas Strait, which reacts with the local mountain ranges and land temperatures.”
“It’s best to kitesurf here during the Amihan season, especially from December to February, and use kites with size from 9 meters and up.”
Lakawon Island, Negros Occidental
In Negros Occidental lies Lakawon Island, which, according to Dano, cradles over 100 hectares of reef that offer a “perfect flat water lagoon location and right-hand point break seen on the outside reef during high winds and typhoons.”
“The winds here are a mix of venturi and sea breeze all year round. Amihan winds from November to March are relatively light, but the Habagat (southwest monsoon) winds are quite special. The southwest air flow funnels through the Guimaras Strait bumping up the usually light offseason winds. Use kites that are sized 9 meters and up if it’s the Habagat.” Lakawon island is a 20-minute boat ride from the Cadiz Viejo Port and 50km north from Bacolod Airport
Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental
Zamboanguita in Negros Oriental is a chill kiteboarding spot with good flat water conditions and consistent winds from September to May. “Here, the wind is mainly from the Amihan wind flow with a large volcano in the backdrop accelerating the air flow around the bottom corner of the island,” says Dano.Zamboanguita is an hour-drive away from Dumaguete City, the capital of Negros, which is known for its lively food scene and makes for a good basecamp
9. Siargao Island
If you think that surfing is all there is in the country’s surfing capital, take a look at its waves again. Because then you’ll know that they likewise attract the different kind of surfers— kitesurfers, that is. Cloud 9 is said to be the mecca for advanced kitesurfers because of its huge waves and averagely light winds. But Dano has a piece of advice: Stay well clear of the Boardwalk area; otherwise, you’re likely to get your kite all tangled up.
The huge lagoon near Viento del Mar in General Luna, also offers a good flat water kiting—thanks, in part, to its sandy and grassy bottom. “Although the winds are generally light there is the odd monsoonal blow. Best to kitesurf Cloud 9 from December to February and use kites from 12 meters and up. There are, however, those few days a year when you need a much smaller kite.
10. Boracay Island, Aklan
Boracay is the mecca of kiteboarding and windsurfing in the Philippines, in fact, it’s is where it all started and kicked off. The wind here are lighter as they come from the Tablas Straight and they’re consistent from November to March, and allows for using kites from 9m and up. Alternately, White Beach, world-famous for its four-kilometer-long creamy white-sand beach, is, according to Danao, a “great for kitesurfing from June to September.”
Who is Dano See? Dano is a former kitesurfing champion who is now into kite designing and manufacturing. He’s been supplying kitesurfing schools from all over the globe and helping kitesurfing schools in the Philippines by providing affordable kitesurfing equipment.
Run, jump, and vault your way through everyday obstacles with a new sport that’s taken the world by storm: parkour.
spoke to Robby Apelo from the Philippine Parkour and Freerunning Association,
one of the country’s largest parkour groups, and Raven Cruz of Rogue Movement, to
know more about parkour.
What is parkour?
Robby says it’s “using natural ways of movement to navigate obstacles in a given environment.” Its movements are inspired by the military obstacle course training in France but developed as a standalone activity by David Belle, Sebastien Foucan, and the Yamakasi.
Terms, checks and gearing up
Training sessions are called jams, while parkour practitioners are called traceurs.
Before a jam, have a good warm-up by doing jumping jacks or jogging, and stretching. Check
the space you’ll be moving around in. Make sure everything you’re likely to use
is sturdy and safe. Plan
Jumping/Landing. Bend your knees at a 45-degree angle as you swing your arms back; push hard off the ground through your toes while you swing your arms forward; bring your knees to your chest to get your hips in the right place as you keep an eye on where you’re landing. Before landing, extend your legs and on the balls of your feet to absorb the impact. Make sure your legs aren’t locked out or too relaxed before landing.
Rolling/Breakfall. This can be done from a standing or a crouched position. Place your hands on the ground in front of you and slightly to one side, preferably on the opposite side of whichever shoulder you feel more comfortable with. Tuck your chin into your chest as said comfy shoulder goes down, pushing off with your legs to initiate the roll. Keep your legs and your head tucked throughout the roll until you get your feet under you. Push off the ground with your hands and feet to stand up and be on your merry way.
Quadrupedal Movement. It’s as simple as crawling on your hands and feet. Make sure you’re low to the ground and that your knees don’t touch the floor. Move your hand and its opposite leg to make the movement more efficient.
Safety Vault/Speed Step/Step Vault. One of the easiest vaults in parkour, it makes use of one hand and the opposite leg to go over an obstacle. Approach the obstacle (usually a wall that’s about hip height) at a comfortable speed for a bit of momentum. Once you’re close, jump from one leg to go over the obstacle. Put down the other foot and the same hand as the leg you jumped off of on top of the obstacle, creating a space between them for your jumping leg to pass through. Once your jumping leg is through, push off the obstacle with your hand and foot to continue your run.
Wall Run. A very useful move for getting up walls without ladders. Start with a bit of a run towards a wall that’s about as tall as you. When close to the wall, step off the wall with one foot at about waist height and redirect your forward momentum upward, reaching for the top of the wall with your hands. Grab the top of the wall and pull yourself up.
Where to go to jam
The Quirino Grandstand’s Rice Garden or the walls in front of the Bayleaf Hotel in Intramuros training during the weekend.
Parkour gyms to try: Muscle Up Parkour Gym and Urban Training Ground in Maginhawa or Ninja Academy at Circulo Verde, both in Quezon City.
A pair of running shoes with a good drip and comfortable clothes. Sport-specific apparel includes brands like Farang from Thailand and Storror and StormFreerun from the UK; for shoes, some well-known parkour brands are Ollo, KnowObstacles, and the recently-released Farang Elevate.