As a travel blogger myself, I can say that there is always so much to see in the Philippines and the world, hence blogging never stops. ❤ A lot of Filipino travel enthusiasts have been setting up their own travel blogs in order to share their experiences to fellow Filipinos and the world, may it be in a form of stunning photos or detailed blog articles. Below are 13 of them which are worth clicking the follow button:
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Of course, this list starts with a shameless self-plug! 😛 Sherlyn is a government employee and professor from Manila who is really passionate about travel and taking photographs of everything she finds beautiful. She will definitely go places to search for Instagram-worthy photo ideas.
I have been a history buff since high school and I really love going to places which showcase the rich history of the Philippines. Malolos, Bulacan is a great destination for history lovers because this is the Official Capital of the First Philippine Republic (yeah, that’s exactly the Malolos Constitution you’ve been hearing in your history class).
I had a not-so-recent trip to Malolos for work where I met local government officials for a disaster risk-related project which my boss is developing. Yeah, Bulacan is a very vulnerable area in terms of disasters like floods. Anyhoo, I had a talk with the local government officials of Malolos about tourism in the area and they helped me curate this list of spots which you can consider if you want to have a glimpse of the rich history of the City of Malolos:
I was having a solo walking tour in Naga City back in August 2015 when I accidentally stumbled upon a place just in front of the Nagaland E-Mall with a very beautiful interior. For somebody who will go places for Instagram, I cannot help but check out the place. It turned out that it was a coffee shop named White Bean Cafe. It is located at the ground floor of Naga Land Hotel, Elias Angeles Street, Naga City.
My first solo domestic travel via plane is at Legazpi City where I stayed at Mayon Backpackers Hostel where I had a really good time. The staff are really kind and accommodating. I was supposed to check-in at 1pm but I arrived a little early yet they entertained me and allowed me to stay at the common area while they are preparing the room for check-in.
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I stayed at the Rizal Room. It has three bunk beds and a bathroom and is airconditioned. I only paid Php700 for two nights (update: their current rate as of November 2017 for this room is Php450/night). You have to pay upon check-in. Since it is an off-peak season and few people are checked-in when I came, I had the whole room for the first night by myself. How cool was that? Other guests started arriving the next day, including a group of friends from Sta. Maria, Laguna and a millennial Chinese businesswoman. They are a fun crowd which put color in my second night of stay at the hostel.
I am a lover of beautiful messes. I love the concept of The Circle Hostel Zambales where guests can creatively put vandals everywhere. Aside from the vandals, you have hammocks, conga, ukelele, bread and peanut butter, and the beautiful Liwliwa Beach nearby (the life!).
A quick review of the hostel: They allow early check-ins, they have nice dorm rooms provided with mosquito net and nice shower areas, they have activities like island hopping and bonfire night, and the staff are really, really nice. They do not have a cafeteria or canteen but there are a lot of places to eat nearby. You can book a bed at a very affordable price. Circle Hostel stickers are sold for Php50.
I was really entertained by the vandals (some of them are passe, but why not?) painted all over the hostel and below are twenty of them that really caught my attention:
1. Life is like the surf. So give yourself away like the sea. (Ano daw?)
2. You have to claim it. Act like you have it. Talk like you own it. Thank Him everyday for granting it to you. Have faith. Mind, body and soul.
3. There are bioluminescent shit at night in the water.
Whenever I will be asked by any foreigner on what to see in Manila, I always, always recommend visiting Intramuros because it offers a rich experience about the Philippines and its Spanish colonial past. To go to Intramuros via train, take the LRT 1 Yellow Line and alight at Central Terminal Station. Take the Lawton underpass in order to get to the walled city of Intramuros.
Everywhere you look in Intramuros will give you a Spanish vibe because much of the establishments here are either preserved and/or designed following the architectural details during the Spanish colonization. The whole area is walkable, but you can opt to ride the pedicabs to go around. I collected these 27 spots with the help of travel guides from the Department of Tourism and curated photos of them to guide you in your Intramuros Walking Tour:
BenCab Museum is a popular tourist destination in Baguio City. It houses the works of Benjamin Cabrera and other Filipino artists. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday and the entrance fee is Php100 (Php80 for students and senior citizens).
Tagaytay City is a popular weekend getaway especially to those who are from Manila because it is only 1-2 hours away from the city. The view of Taal Lake and the cold weather give the visitors a relaxing experience. Tagaytay City is also known to have so many restaurants and coffee shops that offer a nice ambiance and yummy food at the same time.
In my journey to constantly search for Instagram-worthy places in this planet, I have stumbled upon this cute country home-themed restaurant in Tagaytay City owned by actress Jolina Magdangal: Memory Lane Country Diner.