Category: Destination

Captivating Guimaras

Nueva Valencia, Guimaras – An Italian couple on a two-month holiday in the Philippines chose to include this paradise in their itinerary and stayed at the Raymen Beach Resort in December 2006, unperturbed by news about the oil spill that brought the island province to world attention in August of the same year. "We are just here to see good beaches," said the Boldo couple, who are just among the hundreds of foreign guests who kept coming to Guimaras even in the aftermath of the infamous oil spill. Guimaras has 238.3-kilometer coastline, with long stretches of white, powdery sand considered among the finest in the world.

Jobs in Tourism

May 14, 2007 – A study spearheaded by the Development Academy of the Philippines claimed that more than 1.142 million jobs have been created in the tourism sector over the past three years alone.

Malacanang Palace

Malacañang Palace

From Escolta, one can proceed to the San Miguel district, known for its Spanish-style houses and the Malacañang Palace, seat of the Philippine government. This ornate Spanish colonial palace, with its arches and balconies, was built as a private country house in the late 18th century and purchased by the government in 1825. At first the governor-general's summer residence, it became his permanent residence in 1863, after the Palacio Real in Intramuros was destroyed by an earthquake. In 1986, the palace museum was opened for the public. Visitors are advised to call first. The telephone number is 521-2307.

Victoria, Laguna – the Duck Capital

Unknown to many, Pateros sources most of its eggs that eventually become balut from an enterprising poultry farm in this lakeside town, which built a monument in honor of the egg-hatching itik or Philippine mallard.

The town of Victoria, which borders Laguna Lake, is known for the Itik (Anas plathrhynchos Linn) Festival, held every second week of November. Nowhere else is the P5.5-billion duck industry more vibrant than in this municipality of 30,000.

More tourists go to Boracay

Visitor arrivals in Boracay Island rose 16.2 percent year-on-year in the first four months of 2010, as the resort island in Aklan continued to attract attention from foreign visitors.  The Western Visayas office of the Department of Tourism (DoT) said tourist arrivals reached 291,443 as of April 2010, generating about PhP5.3 billion in tourism revenues.

Ortigas hotels, shopping malls and destinations

Ortigas city is a prime commercial district in the PhilippinesOrtigas is a commercial center at the heart of Metro Manila and rivals Makati City and the Fort Bonifacio Global City in terms of its tall buildings, large shopping malls, five-star hotels, fine dining and tourism and leisure destinations. Located on the boundaries of Mandaluyong City, Pasig City and Quezon City, the Ortigas complex is on an expansion mode, with new developments across Ortigas towards the Corinthian Gardens and across the Shaw Boulevard towards Pioneer Street, where JG summit Holdings and Globe Telecom have erected new condominium buildings, hotels and office buildings.

Pagudpud Beach

Pagudpud White BeachPagudpud, the northermost coastal town in Ilocos Norte, lies majestically fronting the South China Sea and protected by beautiful green mountains.  Pagudpud is most known for a two-kilometer white beach in Saud, one of the town's barangays.  A row of coconut trees along Saud Beach adds a tropical theme to the already beautiful resort destination that is Pagudpud.

Several resorts are located at the Saud white beach, which attracts both foreign and local tourists.  The fine, white cream sand in Saud beach can be compared to those of popular resort islands such as Boracay, Panglao, and Puerto Galera.  The water, however, is not as calm as in Boracay and can be suddenly deep during high tide.

Shopping Malls in the Philippines

Shopping in the Philippines


As a shopping haven, Metro Manila offers almost all kinds of products, from the most fashionable to the rarest items. And they can be found almost anywhere, in the most luxurious department stores as well as in small bargain shops. Depending on the traveler's budget, there is always a place where one can find the best buys. The giant shopping malls, SM, Robinson's, Glorietta, Shangri-la, and Rustan's, carry most of the well-known international labels. They also have stores, which sell the best of Filipino products.

How to go to Intramuros

Traces of the Spanish influence still loom in Intramuros. A tour of this landmark will provide the visitors a deeper understanding of Manila's rich heritage. Intramuros protects within its walls a number of national treasures...