Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Posted by Glen Santillan in , | 6:30 AM
Caimito Beach Hotel is Maasin City's newest boutique hotel. It is located at Brgy. Pasay, Maasin City, Southern Leyte. It is a beachfront property and it's just about 6km away from the city center.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Posted by Glen Santillan in , | 10:38 PM
I have previously wrote an article about the 12 Must-Try Food in the Philippines. This time I am listing another batch of must-try Filipino food. These are Filipino favorite delicacies. Some of them can be found nationwide and a few can be found in certain areas in the country. Here's a list of Pinoy Favorite Delicacies:

Turon
Turon is one of Filipino favorite meryenda. It is a deep fried banana roll made up of ripe banana (saba), jackfruit and sugar wrapped in a lumpia wrapper. It is available all over the country and is tasty and affordable.
Turon

Friday, April 11, 2014

Posted by Glen Santillan in | 7:06 AM
Ketchup Food Community offers different type of dishes both local and international. It is located along Romulo Drive, Barangay Lualhati (Near Wright Park), Baguio City. It s home to five Baguio-based restaurants such as Rancho Norte, Happy Tummy, Green Pepper, Canto and Rumah Sate. Ketchup Food Community is like an outdoor food court with a twist situated in the middle of the lush pine trees.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Posted by Glen Santillan in | 10:18 PM
We started our adventure with a tour at Davao Crocodile Park. I have been to the park several times but that last time I went there was years ago so I was happy to see a lot of addition to the park's attractions. It was nice to see familiar and rare species. 


Peahen

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Posted by Glen Santillan in | 8:09 PM
Le Chef at The Manor Hotel is one of the most sought after fine dining buffet restaurant in Baguio City. We had a buffet breakfast at Le Chef and I must say it was such a satisfying gastronomic experience.
Assorted pastries and Belgian waffle on my second plate
Last year, we had a merienda session and when I found out that we are going to Le Chef again for a breakfast buffet, I got excited. I knew right there that we will be having loads of fun and food. 

The moment we entered the hotel, we immediately felt the chic ambiance of the place. I am definitely in love with the hotel's interior and the cozy look of their restaurant. The view from the restaurant is fabulous. After we were ushered to our table, I immediately went out and check their garden which is surrounded with lush green pine trees. 



There were a lot of food to choose from so I didn't know exactly what to eat first. I decided to sample their Filipino dishes and they were good. I always love Filipino comfort food like daing na bangus, embutido and longganisa. Of course, I love the bacon too. It looks and tastes delish. 
My first plate with assorted Filipino dishes
Roasted Chicken
Longganisa
Embutido
Daing na Bangus
Sauteed Corned Beef with Potatoes
Bacon
Aside from the Filipino favorite breakfast dishes, Le Chef also offers different type of salads, breads, pastries and fresh vegetables and fruits. 
Assorted Cold Cuts
Assorted Pastries
Spicy Seafoods
Mediterranean Vegetables
Assorted Fruits
A good selection of Yoghurt
Assorted Breads
For only P550 net/person, you can enjoy Le Chef's buffet breakfast between 6AM to 11AM.  I am pretty sure you'll enjoy the food and the place too.

Le Chef at The Manor
Address: Loakan Road, Camp John Hay, Baguio City, Philippines
Operating Hours: Open daily from 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Telephone: (+6374) 424-0931 local 1058
Email: partypro@lechef.com.ph
Facebook: Le Chef at the Manor
Website: www.campjohnhay.ph

Disclosure: Le Chef is one of the partner-restaurants of #BaguioFoodTour2014.
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Posted by Glen Santillan in , , , | 10:13 PM
Voluntourism is a concept of integrating volunteerism and tourism. It is traveling to a certain destination for a cause. It's where a traveler provides voluntary service while enjoying the traditional elements of travel such as geography, arts, culture, history and of course recreation. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Posted by Glen Santillan in , , | 6:56 PM
Azalea Residences is Baguio's newest chic and modern hotel right at the heart of the City of Pines. Situated along Leonard Wood Loop right across Teacher's Camp, Azalea residences is nestled in a quiet and a little bit secluded neighborhood just a few meters from the main street. It is a few minutes taxi ride from Camp John Hay, Session Road, Victory Liner Bus Terminal, and other Baguio attractions.


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Posted by Glen Santillan in , | 8:00 PM
I was lucky to be one of the first few people who have experience Tibiao Fish Spa on its pre-opening night at SM City General Santos on March 14, 2014. Tibiao Fish Spa formally opened its services to the public the day after. It is the first mall-based fish spa in Mindanao and is located at the ground floor of SM City GenSan right across BDO.



Tibiao Fish Spa started its operations in Tibiao, Antique back in 2009 then it opened another branch at SM City Pampanga in 2012. What sets it apart from other fish spa in the country is it uses locally grown fishes found in Tibiao, Antique. Flord Nicson Calawag, General Manager and Franchisor of Tibiao Fish Spa calls these fishes THERAfish due to its sandpaper-like teeth that may render therapeutic benefits.

The Experience
I was laughing in the first few minutes of my fish spa experience. The ticklish sensation got over me. Soon after, I started getting used to it and enjoyed a relaxing experience with the THERAfishes. I found it really cool to be pampered with those fishes. I will definitely go back there some other time for more "fishy" exfoliating experience.





Something to Look Forward
Tibiao Fish Spa usually offers three types of fish pools ranging from the beginners pool with small THERAfishes, the intermediate with medium-sized fishes and the extreme pool with large fishes. As of now, Tibiao Fish Spa in Gen San only offers the beginners pool but as soon as the fishes get bigger they will have the other two options for spa goers to enjoy.

Tibiao Fish Spa will also offer other services such as foot massage and full-body integrative massage to give its guests a total relaxation and pampering experience. 

Want to try it? Visit Tibiao Fish Spa at the Ground Floor of SM City Gensan fronting BDO. You can have an exfoliating experience for only P199 for 30 minutes plus 5 minutes of foot spa!


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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Posted by Glen Santillan in , , | 10:35 PM
This is a travel guide in visiting Iligan City also known as the city of Majestic Waterfalls. Here, you'll find out what are the Things to Do in Iligan, Hotels in Iligan, Where to Eat in Iligan and Basic Phrases to get you started.  

Tinago Falls
How to get to Iligan City?

The nearest airport to Iligan City is the Laguindingan Airport. Flight time from Manila to Laguindingan Airport is approximately one hour and 20 minutes. There are also flights to and from Metro Davao and Metro Cebu.

From Laguindingan Airport, get a taxi (to take you direct to Iligan), or get a taxi to drop you off at Laguindingan Terminal (Northern Mindanao). At Laguindingan Bus Terminal you can find buses going to Iligan. Travel time from Laguindinan to Iligan is approximately one hour.

There are also boats to and from Manila and Cebu that goes to Cagayan de Oro City. From CDO, you can either take a taxi or a bus going to Iligan City.


Iligan Hotels
There are quite a lot of hotels or hostels to stay in Iligan. Most of them just offer pretty basic accommodation for travelers to to stay while roaming around the city. Below are list of Iligan Hotels that you might consider on your next visit to Iligan City.

JASMIN PENSIONNE HOME
Andres Bonifacio Ave., Barangay Tibanga, 9200 Iligan City
Tel No. (063) 221 7363
https://www.facebook.com/JasminePensionneHome

D' MORVIE SUITES
Andres Bonifacio Avenue
Brgy. Saray, Iligan City
Tel No. (063)2233255
Rate starts at P250 for the first 12 hours

KINGSWAY INN
2nd Floor Padilla Bldg.Andres Bonifacio Avenue
Brgy. Saray, Iligan City
Fax (063)221-3796
Tel No. (063)223-3937 or (063)221-0277
Cel. No. 09163438721
E-mail: kings_way55@yahoo.com
website: http://www.kingswayiligan.com
Room Rate starts at P850/night for a single room

STAY LITE SUITES
Champaca Street San Miguel Village Pala-o, 
Iligan City 9200 Philippines
Cel No. +63 (63) 222-1828
Website: www.staylitesuites.com
Email: staylitesuites@gmail.com
Room Rates start at P300 for the first 12 hours

MARIA CRISTINA HOTEL
Gen. Aguinaldo St., 
Brgy. Poblacion, Iligan City
Tel. No. (063)221-5308 or (063) 221-3352(063)221-3940 or 492-3352
Fax No. (063) 221-3940

CELADON PENSION HOUSE
Rotunda, near Iligan Medical Center
Brgy. Pala-o, Iligan City
Tel. No. (063)2210711, (063) 225-4686
Fax No. (063) 492-4929
Mobile No. 0927-3556101 and 0920-6320386

ALYA VISTA INN
40 Badelles Street
Brgy. Poblacion, Iligan City
Tel. No. (063)2233915

CASA ROYAL 2
Adres Bonifacio Ave
Brgy Tibanga, Iligan City
Tel No. (063)2238704

CHERADEL SUITES
Bro. Jeffrey Road
Brgy. Villaverde, Iligan City
Tel. No. (063)223-8118
Fax (063)221-4926

CORPORATE INN
Isabel Village
Brgy. Pala-o, Iligan City
Tel. no. (063)221-4456 to 58

CRYSTAL INN
Maria Cristina Subdivision, Jeffrey Road
Brgy. San MIguel, Iligan City
Tel. No. (063)221-2779
Fax (063)35164811

ELENA TOWER INN
Andres Bonifacio Avenue
Brgy. Tibanga, Iligan City
Tel. No. (063)221-5995 / 5997
Telefax 221-5996

FAMOUS PENSION HOUSE 1 & 2
Brgy. San Miguel, Iligan City
Tel. No. (063)2230692
Fax No. (063)2253968

FARRAH HOTEL
Sabayle Street
Brgy. Saray, Iligan City
Tel. No. (063)2216985 / (063)221-6988

JALEXIS INN
20 Zamora Street
Brgy. Poblacion, Iligan City
Tel. No. (063)223-8904 / (063) 223-8905/(063)223-8906 / (063) 223-8907

RENE'S DINER & PENSION HOUSE
Roxas Avenue Extension Andrada Compound
Brgy. Mahayahay, Iligan City
Tel. No. (063)2213701
Tel Fax (063)2238441
E-mail: rentan@pldtdsl.net

UGN' S PLACE
Badelles Extension
Brgy. Ubaldo laya, Iligan City
Tel No. (063) 222-5380

MSU-IIT HOSTEL
MSU-IIT Campus
Brgy. Tibanga, Iligan City
Tel. No. (063)2232358

ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE MINI HOTEL
Quezon Avenue
Brgy. Pobalcion, Iligan City
Tel No. (063)225-3610

Things to Do in Iligan City (Places to Visit)
There are a lot of things to do and places to visit in Iligan City. The most popular is labeled as the tourism triangle which include a visit to Maria Cristina Falls, Tinago Falls and Mimbalot Falls. Aside from these three waterfalls, I have also listed several others which are equally interesting.

Maria Cristinal Falls
Maria Cristina Falls is the landmark of Iligan City. The falls is located about 10 kilometers away from Iligan City proper. Its waters which come from Lake Lanao plunges into the Agus River.
Maria Cristina Falls
How to go to Maria Cristina Falls? Take a Buru-un bound jeep and ask to be dropped off at the bridge near the NPC entrance. Just tell the driver that you are going to visit Maria Cristina Falls and he will surely drop you at the right place. Fare is P12 and travel time is around 15-20 minutes. Entrance Fee to the NPC Park is P35 and a shuttle fee of P10 if you do not have a vehicle.

Tinago Falls
Tinago Falls is one of the most visited waterfalls and the most enchanting of the 23 waterfalls in Iligan. Tinago which means hidden in English best describes its location.


Tinago Falls
How to go to Tinago Falls? From the city proper, take a Buru-un route jeepney which will pass by Maria Cristina Falls. Ask the jeepney driver to drop you at the Buruun Market as it will be the jump-off point going to Tinago. Fare for the jeepney is P14. From the highway, cross the road and you'll find the habal-habal terminal just a few meters away. Ask the driver to bring you to Tinago. The habal habal driver asked me to pay P50 (one-way) since I was alone.

Mimbalot Falls
Mimbalot Falls is one of Iligan's Tourism Triangle along with Maria Cristina Falls and Tinago Falls. It is surrounded by green trees and rocks making it more appealing.


Mimbalot Falls
How to get to Mimbalot Falls? Mimbalot Falls is very accessible from the main road. You may take a jeepney from Iligan City going to Barangay Buru-un. Fare is around P14. Ask the jeepney driver to drop you at the Miguel Canoy Memorial School. Cross the road and walk for around 10 minutes to reach the waterfalls. You may also opt to rent a habal-habal to bring you to the waterfalls but I tell you it's unnecessary.

Dodiongan Falls
Located about 14 kilometers away from the city proper, Doidiongan Falls is a 24 feet high waterfall situated in Brgy. Bonbonon, Iligan City. 


Dodiongan Falls
How to get to Dodiongan Falls? From Iligan City proper, take a jeepney to Barinaut Terminal (P7.50). Travel time is around 10 minutes. From there take a habal-habal to Dodiongan Falls jump off point which will take you around 30 minutes and fare is around P30-40/head. From the jump-off point, just follow the stream and after about 20-30 minutes, you'll be able to enjoy the beauty of Dodiongan Falls.
Pampam Falls, one of the more than 20 waterfalls in Iligan is located in Barangay Dalipuga, Iligan City. It is about 13 kilometers away from the city proper and about 20 minutes from the jump-off point in the barangay proper to the waterfall. It is one of the most accessible waterfalls in the city.


Pampam Falls
How to get to Pampam Falls? Take a Dalipuga bound jeepney from the city proper, travel time is around 15-20 minutes. Ask the driver to drop you at the Kalubihon intersection in Brgy. Dalipuga. From there take a habal-habal going to Kalunihon Elementary School, travel time is around 10 minutes. Ask the locals for direction or hire a guide if you are uncertain.

Situated in Barangay Dalipuga, Iligan City, Kalubihon Falls sits on the same streamline with Pampam Falls and Dalipuga Falls. It is relatively a small waterfall but its location inside a cave makes it an interesting place to explore with.


Kalubihon Falls
How to go to Kalubihon Falls? From the city proper, take a Kalubihon bound jeepney or a Dalipuga bound jeepney and stop at Kalubihon intersection. Since the former option is infrequent, some people would prefer the latter. Travel time is around 20 minutes. If you are taking the second option, take a habal-habal going to Kalubihon proper and alight at Kalubihon Elementary School. Travel time is another 10-20 minutes. From the jump-off point, ask the locals for direction or hire a guide to accompany you to the falls.

Dalipuga Falls
Dalipuga Falls is one of the most accessible waterfalls in Iligan City. It is about 13 km away from city proper to the jump off point. It is just a few minutes trek from the jump off point to the waterfall. There is nothing much special in this waterfall. It's small and the basin is not that enticing to swim.


Dalipuga Falls
How to go to Dalipuga Falls? From Iligan City proper, take a jeepney bound to Dalipuga. Tell the driver to drop you at the Brgy. Hall of Dalipuga. From there, take a padyak to the jump off point and ask around of the way leading to the waterfall. If you are not good in directions, you can ask around to accompany you for a fee. 

Timoga Spring Pools
Timoga Spring Pools are among the most visited tourist attractions in Iligan City. You can enjoy the refreshing fresh water of Lake Lanao at Timoga Spring Pools.

Timoga Spring Pool
How to get to Timoga Spring PoolsYou may take a jeepney from Iligan City going to Barangay Buru-un. Ask the jeepney driver to drop you at Timoga Spring Pools. It is just along the national highway. You can then choose from different pools where you want to swim and have fun.

Where to Eat in Iligan City
There are several restaurants in Iligan City which offer different type of dishes to satisfy one's gastronomic cravings. Below are some of recommended restaurants in Iligan you can try when you visit the city of majestic waterfalls.

Jacko's Kan-anan
Jacko's Kan-anan is a mid-range restaurant in Iligan City. It offers affordable and delicious Filipino cuisines that will surely suit your budget. When visiting Jacko's, you must try their seafood platter to share with friends or family. If you are alone or in a really tight budget, you may try their crispy squid. Definitely worth your hard-earned money.


Jacko's Kan-anan
Address: National Highway, Hinaplanon, Iligan City 
Phone: (063)222-4610 
Mobile: 0917-716-8773
Website: http://jackos.com.ph/

Silvestro's Bistro
Address: 9200 Pala-O, Iligan, Philippines
Phone No.: (063) 223 7522
Facebook Page: Silvestro's Bistro

Tatay's Grill
Calda Pizza
Red Planet Grillers
Tedt's Diner
Aruma Coffee Lounge
Kopi Luwak Cafe

Pasalubong
Piaya de Iligan
Linamon Buko Pie


Basic Phrases in Bisaya/Cebuano
Good Morning / Afternoon / Evening : Maayong buntag / hapon /gabii.
Can you help me: Pwede mangayo ug tabang?
How much? : Tagpila
Can I get a discount? : Pwede makahangyo?
Excuse me. : Excuse me.
Thank you. : Daghang salamat.
What is this / that? : Unsa ni / na?
How do I get to (name of place)? : Unsaon ag adto sa? (name of place)?
How far is (name of place) : Unsa kalayo ang (name of place)?
This is delicious! : Lami ni!
I love you. : Gihigugma ta ka.
Bye, see you soon. : Adto sa ko, hangtod sa sunod.
I don't understand : Wala ko kasabot.


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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Posted by Glen Santillan in , | 10:51 PM
It's the second year of Baguio Food Tour and one of the Baguio restaurants that we have visited was Rasa Pura Singaporean Seafood Restaurant. It's a new Asian restaurant which serves authentic Singaporean dishes. Singaporean Master Chef Joseph Teo brings the taste of Singapore in the city of Pines.


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Posted by Glen Santillan in , | 5:21 AM
I have encountered a lot of problems with taxi drivers in Metro Manila like over charging, refusing to use the taxi meter, contracting passengers and a lot more but my latest experience was the worst one. I felt traumatized by the experience. I decided to write about it hoping that the government will do something about these abusive and arrogant taxi drivers in Metro Manila. Taking a cab in Manila is like asking for a favor. I never experienced these kind of treatment in Davao City where I live.

Taxi Plate Number : UVA 793
I formally sent a complaint via Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board's (LTFRB) website and hopefully they will be able to act on it. My complaint reads:

"On Monday March 3, 2014 I took a taxi from Victory Liner and I told the driver to drop me at Manila INternational Youth Hostel in Baclaran. When I was in Bacalaran he wants to drop me at a different hostel and told me to pay P200. I told him to drop me at my desired hostel but he refused to do so and he said if I really want to, he will charge me P300. I did not agree. I noticed he did not use the taxi meter and when I asked why, he said, they (taxi drivers) normally do not use meters when picking up passengers near Victory Liner terminal. He started harrassing me verbally. He said I should just stay in that hostel else I might get robbed somewhere. I was already very uncomfortable with him so I paid him an overpriced fee of P200. I wen out and when he noticed I took a photo of the taxi's plate number, he went out of the taxi and that is when I started running. He was very rude and God knows what he could have done to me. I was very traumatized of what happened.

I hope you'll be able to investigate on this matter.

Thanks,
Glen Santillan"

I really felt like he's going to punch me so I decided to run and went inside a small alley. Imagine I was carrying a big backpack and two more hand carried plastic bags from a Baguio trip. I was already panting and I decided to stay inside the alley for about five to ten minutes hoping that he's already gone. I walked out slowly and instead of taking another taxi, I chartered a padyak  to take me to Manila International Hostel which is actually just a few meters away from where I ran. 

It was a terrible experience and I hope I will not experience it again when I go back in Manila. I also hope that our government will do something about these abusive people. They should be penalized. I wish that the taxi drivers in Manila are as nice and honest as those taxi drivers in Davao and Baguio.

If you have a similar experience or a bad experience in general with Taxi Drivers, please file a complaint at LTFRB's Website. I'll update this post when I receive a reply from LTFRB.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Posted by Glen Santillan in , | 4:48 AM
Arangasa Island (locally known as Puro) is an inhabited island just about 15 minutes away by motorized banca (outrigger) from the mainland Cagwait. Cagwait is a fourth class municipality in the province of Surigao del Sur. It is home to the famed Cagwait White Beach.

Arangasa Island

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