Liquid chef Kalel Demetrio bares his handy tools he takes with him whenever in the Philippines he may be foraging
DJI Mavic Pro
“I like its set-and-forget operation. It’s also good for doing recon on potentially dangerous yet interesting areas.” Php79,900 DJI Authorized Retail Store, 146 LP Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati City
Custom-made foraging knives
Yes, you can get knives you can use for foraging from outdoor adventure stores, but why not go the extra mile and have someone from Batangas make them for you? Pandoy Pulido, @pandoypulido on Instagram
13-inch MacBook Pro
A proven workhorse. One of Apple’s latest iterations come in two variants: with a TouchBar (convenient for some users) and without. Starts at Php76,990.00 Power Mac Center, 3/L Glorietta 5, Makati City
Assorted bar tools
The basics: jiggers, tin shakers, a muddler, a strainer, and a bar spoon. Philippine Bar Products and Spirits Library on Facebook
Headgear are a necessity when foraging. Show off your personality with your headgear and you’ll be the life of the foraging party. Kalel buys anything interesting he spots whenever he travels
Notebook and pen
Good for jotting down names of the ingredients you find and where you found them. National Bookstore
Stanley Tylon 8m/26’ tape measure
For cutting a branch, weed, or anything you need to measure. Php494.75 Ace Hardware
Western Digital MYPassport (1 TB)
You’ll have a lot of photos from your drone, phone, and camera. You’ll need at least a terabyte of storage. Trust us. Php3,590 Asianic, 3/F Festival Supermall, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
In case you need even more inspiration to take that freediving class.
Most of us are content with swimming in pools or strapping on a life vest and goggles, but these celebs have taken these to an extent where they can enjoy the open sea without the need for scuba tanks. If the magical underwater world of the Philippines isn’t enough to entice you to freedive, maybe these local stars will:
The former actress is a full-on child of the sea; so much so that she’s developed her own line of swimwear (@sirenaswimwearph) and now runs a resort in Baler (@LSirene_). As someone who loves the sea, it’s no surprise that she also freedives.
He’s a triathlete, a father of two, and has one of the most enviable jobs in existence: hosting a travel show. He’s quite comfortable with open water (it’s a requirement if you’re exploring the Philippines), and has added freediving to his skillset after learning the basics for an episode of Biyahe ni Drew.
She’s a radio DJ for local radio station YesFM 101.1, and an events host. She’s also someone who’s fond of the ocean, which is apparent on her IG feed.
Rachel Anne Daquis
She’s a professional volleyball player, model, and businesswoman who’s best known for her time with the FEU Lady Tamaraws. She recently took up freediving with the help of @nofinsfreediverph, a group of avid freedivers who “aim to encourage anyone who’s willing to learn freediving, at the same time, help save the ocean.”
The basics Introductory freediving classes are available with groups such as Freedive PH (freedive.ph) holding classes at Scuba Studio in San Juan (pool) or Batangas (open water).
We went on a cove-hopping expedition in the country’s last frontier’s sleepy town, and these are what we’ve found .
San Vicente is looking like the next big thing for the coming holidays’ travel, with its 14.7-kilometer-long Long Beach and the backpacking haven that is Port Barton, notable for its laid-back hostels and array of seaside bars fringing its shoreline.
Truth be told, the town is a mirror of what Palawan’s got in its golden days when the crowds haven’t arrived. It has pristine beaches with powdery cream sand, unspoiled nature, hardly any construction. It’s a peaceful setting for a true away-from-it-all experience, which you can amp up by visiting these beaches:
This is one of the more pristine beaches on Boayan Island, which is home to other coves that will have, at most, one or two other people on them. It’s a small, 300-meter stretch of powdery white sand that’s a good pitstop for lunch. Sea turtles sometimes graze on the seagrass offshore so make sure you keep a sharp eye out for them (or ear, since your boatman will usually spot them first).
Daplac Cove is on Boayan Island, about 30 minutes by boat from Poblacion.
The name is a massive cliché, but this island does it justice. It’s a small island with a white sand beach and crystal clear waters that will entice even non-swimmers to take a dip. It can get a bit crowded, but there’s a sandbar between this and Maxima Island in waist-deep water that you can use to “escape” that crowd.
Exotic Island is found within Port Barton Bay, a 15 to 20 minute boat ride from Poblacion.
We can’t talk about beaches in San Vicente without talking about Inaladelan Island, also known as turtle island. This private island resort has a 300-meter white-sand cove at its southeastern tip that’s populated by coconut trees and a couple of cabanas. Take a spot on a hammock between the coconut trees and enjoy the view, or book a tent for the night and have this island all to yourself. The highlight: turtles you can swim with just several meters off shore.
Know more about Inaladelan island here <Inaladelan article to be linked after publishing>.
This one’s a bit tucked away (and also happens to be a private resort), but White Beach (or Esmeralda Villa as it is now known) is one of the better beaches in Port Barton. It’s not as crowded as Port Barton’s front beach so you’ll feel like you own the place. There is a Php50 entrance fee, but this beach is worth it.
Esmeralda Villa is a 15-minute drive from most inns in Port Barton. You can rent a motorbike to get there for about Php600/day.
The last one on our list has a bit of a reputation as the first photo you come across whenever you look for San Vicente or Long Beach. It has cream-colored sand and stretches looks quite long from the top of Bato ni Ningning, but Irawan Beach is more secluded than its longer neighbor. There are hardly any resorts within the area; this means the beach is about as empty as it gets. Perfect for those sunset selfies!
Irawan Beach is a 20-minute drive north of Poblacion in San Vicente, located in Brgy. Santo Niño.
The basics SkyJet Airlines has direct flights from Manila to San Vicente 4 times weekly, which will increase to 6 times weekly beginning October 27, 2019.
We’ve got a vengeful barber going around for the best travel deals to a certain island for a fruit festival before seeing a celebrated artist’s works of art. Confused? Scroll down to understand.
Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
October 11 to 27
A musical that’s not for the faint-of-heart visits Manila as the unjustly exiled barber Sweeney Todd (Jett Pangan) makes his way into The Theatre at Solaire for revenge on a judge who was very much into his wife. He “operates” out of his old apartment with the help of Mrs. Lovette (Lea Salonga), who has taken a liking to the now-vengeful barber. The Theatre at Solaire, Solaire Resort and Casino, 1 Aseana Ave., Entertainment City, Paranaque City; Ticketworld.com.ph
Travel Sale Fair
October 11 to 13
There’s nothing like scoring a travel deal that seems impossible to get, which is why people flock to travel expos. Get a headstart on your travel plans for 2020 and block off October 11 to 13 for Travel Sale Fair 2019, happening at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. Find the best travel deals at amazing prices to destinations you used to only dream of being able to go or want to revisit. World Trade Center, Pasay Extension cor. Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Pasay City; Travelsalefair.com
October 20 to 27
It only happens once a year: a week-long celebration of Camiguin’s top export. The annual thanksgiving festival, which happens every third week of October, gives you a taste of Camiguin’s culture with events like Street Dancing, presentations, an agro-industrial-tourism trade fair, various sporting events, and their search for the Mutya sa Buahanan. The lanzones may not come as often as they used to, but this festival reminds the people of Camiguin to always be thankful for their annual harvest. Camiguin
Van Gogh Alive – The Experience
October 26 to December 8
See works of celebrated artist Vincent Van Gogh come to life at Level 4, One Bonifacio High Street this October as the Bonifacio Arts Foundation, Inc. brings you Van Gogh Alive – The Experience. The touring exhibition from Grande Exhibitions has delighted audiences in 50 cities worldwide and promises a different way of seeing Van Gogh’s most celebrated works of art, like the Starry Night and the Potato Eaters. Level 4, One Bonifacio High Street, One Bonifacio High Street Park, 5th Ave, BGC, Metro Manila, Tickets: Php750 for adults, Php450 for children, vangoghalive.ph
Yes, it was once an island meant for treasure hunts, or so the locals say. But from then and now, one thing stays: it’s Eden on earth.
The name might be a bit of a tongue twister, but make no mistake: Inaladelan Island Resort in San Vicente, Palawan is a place you’d want to visit and spend a night in once you’ve had a taste of it.
It’s usually a lunch stop for tourists on an island hopping tour of Port Barton Bay. A private resort, Inaladelan (still referred to by some locals as German Island) is a 12-hectare island that’s about 20 minutes from Port Barton and 30-45 minutes from San Vicente, by boat.
It has a 300-meter white sand beach and waters so clear you can see the bottom even if you’re standing at the shore. Just a few meters from the shore is a turtle sanctuary, where you can see sea turtles grazing on seagrass during their hatching season (October to April).
Beach beds and hammocks underneath palm trees give you a place to rest from the sun. There’s a large pavilion towards the back if you’re looking for a place to eat. It’s also a great place to meet new people as there are visitors that come during lunch.
Camping is the way to go at Inaladelan Island. They provide you with camping tents that have foam beds and pillows for a comfortable night’s sleep. It’s as raw of an island camping experience as it gets. Step out of your tent in the morning and wake up to a beautiful view of Port Barton Bay.
Since you’re on an island, you’ll be served with grilled meat, fish, or poultry. It’s all cooked fresh on the island for dinner and breakfast for overnight stays and lunch if you’re only on the island for the day. You can have your meals served in the pavilion, though we suggest you go with a dinner-by-the-beach for a more romantic vibe.
There’s also a bar right on the island where you can get drinks in case you’re thinking of having a few cocktails or shots to spice up your stay.
Apart from spending the night camping on the island, you can also go for a round of beach volleyball with your mates or swim with the sea turtles. Have the staff set up a bonfire for you at night for a complete camping experience.
It’s an island escape you’d definitely want to try at least once. The idea of camping on a tropical island and sleeping underneath the stars.
The basics Php2,500 (USD50) per person for overnight camping (minimum of two people). The rate includes roundtrip boat transfers from Port Barton or San Vicente, a tent, foam bed and pillow, and dinner and breakfast. Php1,000 per person for day visits (minimum of two people), which includes entrance fee, roundtrip boat transfers, and lunch.