Tuesday, April 18, 2017


Philippines has hundreds of festivals and most towns have their own celebrations in addition to the popular festivals we are familiar with. Lasting anywhere between a day to an entire month, Philippine Festivals are mostly religious and cultural celebrations that attract thousands of local and foreign tourists because of its fun and colorful vibe. 


Here's a list of major Festivals in the Philippines in March:

Kaamulan Festival
Where: Malaybalay City Bukidnon
WhenSecond half of February to March 10 (highlights usually happen in March)
What is it all about?
Kaamulan Festival is an annual showcase of the unique indigenous culture of the province of Bukidnon. It is held in the city of Malaybalay and is participated by various tribes from different municipalities of Bukidnon. The festival also celebrates the customs and traditions of the seven tribal groups that originally inhabited the Bukidnon region, namely, the Bukidnon, Higaonon, Talaandig, Manobo, Matigsalug, Tigwahanon and Umayamnon. 


Bulawan Festival
Where: Nabunturan, Compostela Valley
When: March 6-8
What is it all about?
Bulawan Festival or the Festival of Gold is Compostela Valley's annual celebration of thanksgiving, a unified government, sustained good harvests, abundant resources and a promise of a golden future. 

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Did we miss something out? Do you know of any major Festivals in the Philippines not included in the list celebrated on March? Please let us know in the comment below. If you are from the local tourism office and you would like your Festival included in this list, please email me with the name of the festival and short description. Thank you!


Philippines has hundreds of festivals and most towns have their own celebrations in addition to the popular festivals we are familiar with. Lasting anywhere between a day to an entire month, Philippine Festivals are mostly religious and cultural celebrations that attract thousands of local and foreign tourists because of its fun and colorful vibe.


Here's a list of festivals in the Philippines for the month of February:


Panagbenga Festival
Where: Baguio City
When: February
What is it all about?
Panagbenga is a month-long yearly flower festival happening in Baguio City every February. Known as "Baguio Flower Festival", Panagbenga was created as a tribute to the city's abundance of flowers as well as to rise above the devastation of the Luzon earthquake in 1990. The festival features floats that are covered with different type of flowers.

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Paraw Regatta Festival
Where: Baguio City
When: February
What is it all about?
Considered as the oldest traditional sailing event in Southeast Asia, the Iloilo Paraw Regatta Festival is the Philippines' biggest sailing event happening annually every February. Seafarers race their colorful Paraws (sailboats) in the straits between Iloilo City and Guimaras Island.


Hot Air Balloon Festival
Where: Clark, Pampanga
When: February
What is it all about?
The Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is all about everything that flies! It started in 1994 with the main goal of jump-starting the economy of Central Luzon. This four-day hot air balloon event is now the biggest and longest-running aviation sports event in the Philippines.

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Did we miss something out? Do you know of any major Festivals in the Philippines not included in the list celebrated on February? Please let us know in the comment below. If you are from the local tourism office and you would like your Festival included in this list, please email me with the name of the festival and short description. Thank you!

Philippines has hundreds of festivals and most towns have their own celebrations in addition to the popular festivals we are familiar with. Lasting anywhere between a day to an entire month, Philippine Festivals are mostly religious and cultural celebrations that attract thousands of local and foreign tourists because of its fun and colorful vibe. 


Here's a list of major Festivals in the Philippines in January:

Feast of Black Nazarene
Where: Quiapo
When: 9th of January
What is it all about?
One of the largest religious events in the Philippines, the annual Traslacion happening every 9th of January commemorates the first procession when the Black Nazarene was transferred from Intramuros to the Basilica Minor of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo in Manila. Thousands of devotees go to Quiapo to take part in the procession.

Sinulog Festival
Where: Cebu City
When: 3rd Sunday of January
What is it all about?
The Sinulog is an annual festival held on the third Sunday of January in Cebu City, Philippines. It's one of the grandest and most colorful festivals in the country. It is basically celebrated to honor the Santo Niño, or the child Jesus, patron of the city of Cebu. It is a dance ritual which remembers the Cebuano's pagan past and their recognition of Christianity. It features street dancing, display of colorful costumes and a lot more.


Dinagyang Festival
Where: Iloilo City
When: 4th Sunday of January
What is it all about?
A showcase of rich cultural heritage and colorful history, the Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo is one of the most popular festivals in the Philippines. It is celebrated to honor Senyor Santo Niño, the child Jesus. Highlights of Dinagyang are the Fluvial Parade by Friday, Kasadyahan Cultural Parade by Saturday and the Dinagyang Ati Competition by Sunday.


Ati-Atihan Festival
Where: Kalibo
When: 3rd Sunday of January
What is it all about?
Considered to be the oldest among the festivals in the Philippines, the Ati-Atihan is a yearly feast held to celebrate Santo Niño, the child Jesus in Kalibo. It is famous for its one of a kind sadsad (street dancing) participated by both Catholics and non-Catholics. 

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Did we miss something out? Do you know of any major Festivals in the Philippines not included in the list celebrated on January? Please let us know in the comment below. If you are from the local tourism office and you would like your Festival included in this list, please email me with the name of the festival and short description. Thank you!

Monday, April 17, 2017


Traveling to the Philippines' summer capital? Worrying about where to stay in Baguio? Worry no more! We have came up with a list of cheap but comfortable hotels in Baguio City. These budget hotels and inns are ideal for backpackers and budget-conscious travelers. (Read: Where to Eat in Baguio?)


1. Travelite Express Hotel. Travelite Express Hotel is conveniently located near Burnham Park, Session Road, a number of good restaurants. Their hotel rooms are relatively small but clean. Room are very basic with complimentary soap and shampoo. Check rates and availability.

2. City Center Hotel. Located in 45 Session Road, MPB Building, Baguio City Proper, City Center Hotel is in the vicinity of popular city attract. Check rates and availability.

3. Iggy's Inn. Iggy's Inn is located at # 25-A South Drive, Baguio City Proper, Baguio City. It's not that close to the city center but it is easily accessible by taxi. It's ideal for budget traveler who wants to stay away from the busy city center. Check rates and availability.

4. NYC Manhattan Suites. NYC Manhattan Suites is situated at Corner Brawer Road # 37 Roman Ayson St. , Campo Filipino, Baguio City Proper. Take the room with a balcony as it gives you a great view upon waking up in the morning. Check rates and availability.

5. Inn Rocio. Inn Rocio is located at 68 Kisad Road, Roces, Baguio City Proper, Baguio City. It's a 2-star hotel situated about 1km away from the city center. It's a walking distance to Burnham Park so that's the good side. The downside is it's close to the main road so it gets noisy with all the vehicles passing by. Check rates and availability.

6. Paladin Hotel. Paladin Hotel is situated at 136 Abanaao Extension, Corner Carino Street, Baguio City Proper. It's in the vicinity of popular city attractions such as St. Louis University Museum, SM City Baguio, and Bell Church. Check rates and availability.

7. High Point Boutique Inn and Restaurant. High Point Boutique Inn and Restaurant's location is quite far from the city so it's ideal for travelers who want to stay away from the busy city center. Spacious rooms and quiet environment. It's exact address is at #1 Amistad Road, corner Kennon Rd, Camp 7, Baguio City. Check rates and availability.

8. Hotel Caterina. Hotel Caterina is located at # 1 Labsan St. cor. Naguilian Rd (Beside Justice Hall), Baguio City Proper. Since it's in the city center, you can expect a relatively noisy neighborhood. Session Road is within a walking distance. Check rates and availability.

So there you go, check out these hotel for your next Baguio adventure. If you prefer a more upscale accommodation, please check out Agoda.

Sunday, April 16, 2017


It's almost LaBoracay! Have you booked your accommodation, yet? Here's a list of budget hotels and hostels in Boracay ideal for backpackers and budget-conscious travelers. (Read: 11 Summer Destinations in PH)


Hostels and Backpacker Inns in Boracay Under P1,000 per night.

1. Chill Out Hostel. Chill Out Hostel offers a dorm-type accommodation located in station 1. It's about 5 minutes walk to the beach. Check rates and availability.

2. Boracay Backpackers. Boracay Backpackers is located in Station 1. From Port of Cagban, Hotel Landmark is 24/7 minimart, to your left across the road there is a pathway going to the beach, follow the pathway to go to the hostel. It offers air-conditioned private rooms, private fan rooms and dorm-type accommodation. Both fan rooms and dorm-type rooms are less than P1,000 per night. Check rates and availability.

3.YB Hostel. YB Hostel is located along the access road between Palassa Spa and BPI, Brgy. Balabag, Station 2. It is close to D' Mall and the main road. It offers dorm type rooms for less than P1,000. It also has private deluxe rooms if you want privacy but it costs more than P1,000. Check rates and availability.

4. Boracay Box and Ladder Hostel. Boracay Box and Ladder Hostel is situated at Boracay Midway Bldg, 3rd floor, along Main Road, Station 2. It only offers dorm-type accommodation. Check rates and availability.

Hotels and Hostels in Boracay Under P2,500 per night

6.The Piccolo Hotel of Boracay. The Piccolo Hotel of Boracay is situated in Station 2 and just a short walk to the beach. It's a newly built propoerty so you can expect amenities in good condition. Check rates and availability.

7. Amihan - Home. Amihan - Home is situated in Station 2. It's quite far from the beach and road leading to the propert is quite steep so it's not recommended to elderly people and PWDs. Check rates and availability.

8. Westcliff Villa by Bluewaves. Westcliff Villa by Bluewaves is a 2-star hotel situated in Station 1. It's less than 10 minutes away from the beach, up a steep hill, so not recommended for elderly people and PWDs. Check rates and availability.

9. The Strand Resort Boracay. The Strand Resort Boracay is located at the end of Station 1, just minutes away from the White Beach. It offers studio rooms and family suites ideal if you're traveling with family or friends. Check rates and availability.

10. Hannah Hotel. Hannah Hotel is located in Station 1, off the main road, so you'll have a more quiet environment. It's minutes away from the white beach and D' Mall. Check rates and availability.

If you are looking for more upscale hotels, please check agoda - Click here.


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Mall of Asia Complex is a prime location close to popular landmarks like the Mall of Asia, Mall of Asia Arena, and SMX Convention Center. Hotel rooms in this are sell fast so make sure you book in advance. All of the hotels below are within walking distance to MOA and SMX. (Read: Budget Hotels under P2,000 near NAIA)

1. Hotel 101 - Manila
Hotel 101 - Manila is located at EDSA Extention, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Philippines. Since it is situated at the MOA Complex, it is just within walking distance to MOA for your shopping needs and food trips. It's close to the airport, too! Check rates and availability.

There are not much budget hotels near Mall of Asia so your other choice is to stay at the condo rooms for rent at Shell Residences.

Shell Residences is a 2.2-hectare resort residential complex located at the Mall of Asia Complex. It's a resort-inspired residential complex close to MOA, MOA Arena and the airport.

Here are some options if you want to stay at Shell Residences:

2. Condo unit at Shell Residences - Room rates start at P2,200++. Check rates & availability
3. RP Condo at Shell Residences - Room rates start at P2500++. Check rates and availability
4. Zen Rooms at Shell Residences - Room rates start at P2,300++. Check rates and availability
5. Cristies at Shell Residences - Room rates start at P2,450++. Check rates and availability
6. Premier Manila at Shell Residences - Room rates start at P2,400. Check rates and availability

Other options above P3,000

7. Microtel by Wyndham Mall of Asia
Microtel MOA is located at Coral Way Ave cor Seaside Boulevard, Mall of Asia Complex, It's a perfect accommodation if you are looking on a mid-range hotel close to MOA, MOA Arena and SMX Convention Center. Check rates and availability.

8. Conrad Manila
Conrad Manila is situated at Seaside Boulevard corner Coral Way, Mall of Asia Complex. It's a 5-star hotel which offers luxurious and quality accommodation. Conveniently located next to MOA, MOA Arena and SMX Convention Center. Check rates and availability.

Do you have other recommendations? Please mention in the comment below. If you want to check more hotels in Pasay area and the rest of Metro Manila, check out Agoda here.
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Saturday, April 15, 2017


We sometimes want to stay close to the airport especially when we have early morning flights or late in the evening arrivals. Finding a budget hotel near the airport can be a little tricky so we have came up with a list of budget hotels and hostels near Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA 1, NAIA 2, NAIA 3, and NAIA Terminal 4). (Read: Escaping the Manila Heat with Summer Day Trips)



Budget Places to Stay Near NAIA Terminals under P2,000.

1. Kabayan Hotel Pasay
Kabayan Hotel is about 20-30 minutes away by taxi from NAIA. It is mostly popular for balikbayans who are on transient for their connecting flights. They have private rooms as well as shared rooms ideal for backpackers and budget travelers. Check rates and availability.

2. Nichols Airport Hotel
Nichols Airport Hotel is located at 484 Quirino Avenue, Tambo, Pasay City. It has 36 rooms and 14 suites designed to give travelers a comfortable and affordable stay. Check rates and availability.

3. AAM Transient House
AAM Transient House, situated just few minutes away from NAIA is a popular choice for budget travelers. Check rates and availability.

4. Salem Domestic Guesthouse
Salem Domestic Guesthouse is located at Salem Complex, Domestic Road, Pasay City. This hotel is ideal for short stays and stopovers. It has basic but clean rooms. Check rates and availability.

5. Go Hotels Manila Airport Road
Go Hotels Manila Airport Road is conveniently located about 15 minutes from NAIA Terminals. it is an ideal place for budget travelers and backpackers. It offers clean and comfortable rooms. the hotel has in-house convenience store and a cafe. Check rates and availability.

6. Winston Hotel
Winston Hotel is located in EDSA just few minutes away to  MRT Taft station, It's more of a drive-in hotel so don't expect too much. Check rates and availability.

7. Asiatel NAIA Airport Hotel Pasay
Asiatel NAIA Airport Hotel Pasay is located at Aurora Boulevard (formerly Tramo Street) Brgy. 184, Zone 19, Maricaban, Pasay City. It is less than 2 kilometers away from NAIA Terminals. Check rates and availability.

8. Flor and Al Mansion
If you are super short in budget, you may stay at Flor and Al Mansion located in EDSA near MRT Station and Victory Liner Bus Terminal. Rooms rate is very cheap which starts at P250 for 12 hours. There is no reservations and most of the time it gets full during the night so you may have to wait for a while to check in. This is located right across Winston Hotel. (Read: Budget Hotels Near Mall of Asia)

Do you have other recommendations? Please mention in the comment below. If you want to check more hotels in Pasay area and the rest of Metro Manila, check out Agoda here.

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