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Surigao, Philippines

There is a small island that is situated in northern Mindanao which is a very exciting spot. It is the ultimate surfing destination in the Philippines. Foreigners and locals alike travel all the way to Siargao just to experience the great surf. Siargao is blessed with monstrous waves which have attracted lots of people.

Because of its enormous popularity, many Americans and Australians who have visited the wonderful island have called it home. Siargao is different from other surfing sites because it is free of pollution and trash. Another good thing about the island is that it is free from commercialization. Nonsurfers can also enjoy the island. Because of its relaxing and laidback environment, people enjoy hanging out in the beach. They can also enjoy watching surfers glide on the waves. The nightlife in Siargao is different from Manila, as it is more tranquil and peaceful. You can simply enjoy cool drinks while watching the sunset.

permalink written by  On Foot on August 8, 2007 from Surigao, Philippines
from the travel blog: On Foot
tagged Surfing, Beach, Philippines, Sourth and Mindanao

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Cafe By The Ruins

Baguio, Philippines

Baguio is a very fascinating place. Being the summer capital of the Philippines, Baguio City is an ideal destination to beat the heat and relax your body. One of the best places to refresh your senses is the Cafe By The Ruins. Tourists and locals visit this place all year round.

Cafe By The Ruins is the most unique restaurant in Baguio City in terms of its philosophy, menu, and structure. Also called the ruins, the cafe is a stretch of Stone wall across the street from Baguio City Hall. Inside the restaurant, bamboo slats, poles, and weaves nestle against the Stone and lush greenery. It also has windows which invite the cool Baguio air. The food is so fantastic as it is changed quarterly according to seasons. The food is homecooked, and reflects health and ecology of Baguio and the Cordilleras. Cafe By The Ruins is indeed very much alive in the city.

permalink written by  On Foot on August 25, 2007 from Baguio, Philippines
from the travel blog: On Foot
tagged Philippines, North, CoolWeather and SummerCapital

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Camp John Hay

Baguio, Philippines

Camp John Hay used to be the Rest and Recreation center of the United States Army personnel in the Philippines. Because of its cool climate, the area was suitable and ideal for the American army. Today, Camp John Hay is a beautiful vacation spot in Baguio City. It is the resort of the mountains.

The moment you enter Camp John Hay, you will be astonished by its beauty. You will notice a large bentgreen grass-filled golf course within the camp that is designed by Jack Niclaus, which is accessible to members and nonmembers alike. It is also great to cruise the pine tree-lined roads while feeling the cool breeze and viewing the beautiful landscape. Camp John Hay also has great hotels such as The Manor Hotel, a shopping center, and a convention center. Although the camp has changed over time, it still remains a wonderful and relaxing place for everyone.

permalink written by  On Foot on August 31, 2007 from Baguio, Philippines
from the travel blog: On Foot
tagged Golf, Philippines, Baguio, North, Recreation, UnitedStatesArmy and Manor

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Mines View Park

Baguio, Philippines

One of the most popular and most visited spots in Baguio City is Mines View Park. It is the most visited park in the city which lays on a gentle slope that overlooks Benguet's gold and copper mines The park has a wide observation deck where you can experience a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains.

Minesview park is usually the next stop after visiting the Mansion and Wright Park. Once you enter the park, you will pass winding stone-covered pathway that slopes downward leading to the observation deck. There are also rock benches that lay along the pathway where you can simply rest and enjoy the view. I recommend that you visit the park in the morning because fog starts to move in during the afternoon, which obstructs the view. Of course, there is a wide assortment of “pasalubong” or gifts that make Minesview Park an enjoyable place.

permalink written by  On Foot on October 18, 2007 from Baguio, Philippines
from the travel blog: On Foot
tagged Park, Philippines, Baguio, North and Benguet

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Burnham Park

Baguio, Philippines

If you are on a budget, and would like to spend the afternoon in a laid back environment, Burnham Park is the place to be. The park is situated at the heart of Baguio City. It is is centered around a man-made lake.

One of the famous activities you can indulge in is skating. A circular skating rink allows you to rent skates, and it is located at the southern end of the park. There are also basketball and tennis courts for the active sports enthusiast. Other things you can find at Burnham Park are a few restaurants, children's playground, outdoor kiosks, and an orchidarium. The football Field hosts lots of activities such as parades, concerts, carnivals, and display booths. If you plan to visit Burnham Park, do not forget to bring your camera to capture great moments with family and friends. Burnham Park is one simple and enjoyable ways you can spend your time in the city.

permalink written by  On Foot on October 26, 2007 from Baguio, Philippines
from the travel blog: On Foot
tagged Park, Skating, Philippines, Baguio, North, Recreation and Fauna

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Intramuros, Malate, and Baywalk

Manila, Philippines

Manila is know for its beautiful cities, delighful malls, and exciting nightlife. For those who would want to experience a more adventurous time, I suggest to visit the culture rich places that are sometimes forgotten by the typical city dweller. One of the best places to visit are the Intramuros, Baywalk, and Malate areas.

If you want to have a great time in the city, you have to visit Intramuros, which is the “Walled City”. It was built during the Spanish regime, and still looks beautiful. The cobblestone streets which were once trudged by the Spaniards, are windows to beautiful Spanish architecture. Also, go to Malate and visit two of the oldest churches in Manila, which are the Manila Cathedral and the San Agustin Church. Experience a breezy afternoon at the Baywalk, which is a long strip of walkway on Roxas Boulevard. You can watch the beautiful Manila sunset at Manila Bay.

permalink written by  On Foot on January 12, 2008 from Manila, Philippines
from the travel blog: On Foot
tagged Philippines, Manila, TouristSpots, HistoricalPlaces and Capital

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Batangas, Philippines

Batangas is one of the most visited provinces in Luzon. People who want to have quick access to the beach from Manila travel to this exciting province. This is ideal for people who have short and valuable vacation time to spare.

If you are in the area, I would highly recommend you to visit Anilao. This place hosts one of the best diving sites in the country, and a favorite among tourists. Some of the spectacular dive sites in the area are Batalan, Caban Cove, Ligpo Island, Merriel's Rock, Sombrero Island and Verde Island. Aside from these diving sites, you can also experience great beaches. Batangas is also a hub of white sand beaches located in places such as Nasugbu, Calatagan, San Juan, and Matabungkay. Of course, you can also visit attractions such as the General Malvar Museum and Library, Mabini Shrine, Taal Heritage Village, and the Basilica of San Martin de Tours.

permalink written by  On Foot on April 15, 2009 from Batangas, Philippines
from the travel blog: On Foot
tagged Beach, Nasugbu, Philippines, Anilao, Batalan, CabanCove, LigpoIsland, MerrielSRock, SombreroIsland, VerdeIsland, Calatagan, SanJuan, Matabungkay, GeneralMalvarMuseumAndLibrary, MabiniShrine, TaalHeritageVillage and TheBasilicaOfSanMartinDeTours

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Bacolod, Philippines

Bacolod is one of the most interesting destination spots in Visayas. The city is the capital of Negros Occidental, and is best known for the Maskara Festival which is celebrated in the month of October. The Maskara Festival is the local version of the Mardi Gras, which showcases masked dancers, carnivals, food and drinks.

Going to Bacolod is very convenient as well. If you are going to take a boat, it will take approximately 18 hours from Manila. Bacolod is the place to be for seafood lovers. Fresh oysters are a great delicacy in this city. Of course, never leave Bacolod without tasting the city's number one dish, which is Chicken Inasal. Do not worry about getting lost in this big city because there are only two main roads with the others along those roads. Bacolod is also known for its old unpainted houses, fresh fruit stores, scenic mountain views, and very friendly people.

permalink written by  On Foot on April 30, 2009 from Bacolod, Philippines
from the travel blog: On Foot
tagged South, Philippines, NegrosOccidental and MaskaraFestival

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Andanita Taj of Tagaytay

Tagaytay, Philippines

Went back here from before.


Now, I went back... It was a spur of the moment decision and I just love the cool breeze at night! I love waking up in Tagaytay :)

permalink written by  flaircandy on May 23, 2009 from Tagaytay, Philippines
from the travel blog: flaircandy's Travel Blog
tagged Tagaytay and Philippines

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Camping at Bataan

Bataan, Philippines

Camping at a friend's farm at Tala Bataan. There were so many bugs here! It is my first camping trip ever and I have proven to myself that I am not a camping person. Mosquitoes and bugs ain't my thing... :P

permalink written by  flaircandy on May 16, 2009 from Bataan, Philippines
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tagged Camping, Philippines and Bataan

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