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Happy New Year (again!)

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Happy New Year (again!) February is the love month in the Philippines, just like in any other country in the world. In addition to Valentine’s Day, another special occasion is usually celebrated on the second month of the year—the Chinese New Year. With its rich history of Chinese trade and immigration dating back to the pre-Spanish colonization era, the Philippines ... Read More »

9 Facts You May Not Know About Manila, Philippines.

Manila Street view

9 Facts You May Not Know About Manila, Philippines. A Guest Post By Dharm From Cheapoair.com. Manila is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in the Philippines and in the world and has a colorful multi-cultural heritage and history. Manila is home to many notable attractions like San Agustin Church, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, Rizal Park, ... Read More »

Journey to Mt. Pinatubo – Sandy Wastes and Jagged Peaks

Mount Pinatubo

Mt. Pinatubo Sandy Wastes and Jagged Peaks In July 1991, a volcano in the middle of the Central Luzon plains that has been dormant for the past several hundred years suddenly rumbled to life. Mt. Pinatubo, which sits smack dab in the middle of the province of Zambales, erupted unexpectedly. For days the entire Luzon was covered in a fine ... Read More »

Celebrating the Dinagsa Ati-Atihan Festival in Cadiz City

Dinagsa Ati-Atihan Festival in Cadiz City

Celebrating the Dinagsa Ati-Atihan Festival in Cadiz City A Guest Post by Logan. From January 22nd to January 30th , the citizens of Cadiz City will be celebrating their annual Dinagsa Ati-Atihan Festival to celebrate El Señor Sto. Nino. This festival usually lasts around a week near the end of January and includes vibrant costumes, dancing, and passionate beating of drums. Many ... Read More »

The Heart Of A Devotee | Quiapo Church, The Black Nazarene

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The Heart Of A Devotee Viva Señor Nazareno! In the first week of January, the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene (more popularly known as Quiapo Church) along Quezon Boulevard, Manila becomes one of the busiest churches in the entire Philippines. This grandiose structure is home to the well-loved Black Nazarene or the Señor Nazareno, which came to the Philippines ... Read More »

Happy New Year! Filipino Celebrations and Superstitions

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Happy New Year! Filipino Celebrations and Superstitions Filipinos are generally superstitious. This is not surprising given that the country’s version of Catholicism is steeped in the rich brew of folk magic and cross-cultural traditions. The Chinese, Americans, Japanese (and to a certain extent, the French, British and the Dutch) have all landed ashore at some point or another in Philippine ... Read More »

Secrets From Old Manila (Part 1)

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Secrets From Old Manila (Part 1) For most foreigners, the busy, polluted streets in the heart of old Manila are not the ideal tourist scene. The roads are narrow, two- or three -lane affairs where traffic is bad all day, all year round (but most especially during Christmas and before classes start in June). The air is laden with vehicle ... Read More »

The Town Of Edible Walls – Pahiyas Festival

The Town Of Edible Walls The Pahiyas Festival, Lucban   Do you know that there’s a town in the Philippines where you can eat the colourful decor adorning the houses? Every summer, all the houses in the small town of Lucban, Quezon are dressed up for the Pahiyas Festival. Drab brown walls come alive with colourful leaf-shaped decorations called kiping ... Read More »

King Of The Road – The Iconic Jeepney

The Iconic Jeepney – King Of The Road You know that you’re in the Philippines when you see Jeepneys careening down the road. In well-paved urban boulevards and potholed country roads, the Jeepney is the most common form of public transportation patronized by Filipinos.   Read More »

The Philippines For The Cultured Traveller – Museums & Art

National Museum - Manila, Philippines

Dig A Little Deeper Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you can learn more about the country you want to visit than the standard-issue tourist stuff you can find in books, websites and magazines? Not a lot of people spend time trying to familiarize themselves with their holiday destination, thinking that they’ll only stay a couple of days or weeks anyway. ... Read More »