Tuesday, August 12, 2014

This year's official accommodation of the Metro Angeles Food Tour 2014 participants was Widus Hotel & Casino. It is a leading one-stop leisure destination in Clark Freeport Zone, an economic and aviation hub just over an hour away from Manila. It is situated about five minutes drive from Clark International Airport and 10 minutes away from Mabalacat (Dau) Bus Terminal.

Widus Hotel & Casino has become a choice of many leisure and business travelers visiting Clark due to its prime location and spacious and chic rooms. The hotel is classified as a deluxe or a 5-star hotel so you can expect a luxurious lifestyle while staying at Widus.

The hotel features different type of accommodations ranging from deluxe rooms to the presidential suites. Rooms are quipped with comfortable beds, an attached T&B, a mini bar and coffee/tea making facility, refrigerator and a flat screen television. Each room has a balcony where guests can have a great view of the surrounding. Checked-in guests have complimentary access to the hotel's fast and reliable WIFI.

The Room
I shared a room with Shugah of Wander Shugah. We stayed at Widus Tower Two in a Deluxe room. The room was huge enough for the two of us. It has two queen-size beds with comfortable mattresses and clean and fresh linens. It has a small balcony, an attached T&B, an flat screen TV, a mini bar and refrigerator. We definitely had a good night sleep for two nights. 

The Pool
Widus Hotel & Casino has an inviting pool in between the old and the new tower. It is so inviting that you would want to dip into its water. The pool is not that deep so I was able to swim in it. I had so much fun playing in the water with the other blogger-participants of the Metro Angles Food Tour 2014. 

The Restaurant
The complimentary breakfast of the hotel is served at Salt Restaurant. It offers different type of cuisines which will surely satisfy the guests' gastronomic cravings. 

For a fun night, Prism offers food, drinks and entertainment to make sure the guests satisfaction. 

Overall, it was a great weekend spent at Widus Hotel & Casino. We had so much fun staying at the hotel. It was definitely an awesome staycation.

So, if you are looking for a luxurious type of accommodation in Clark, Pampanga, Widus Hotel & Casino is the right hotel for you. You'll surely have a fun stay at Widus.

Widus Hotel & Casino
5400 M.A. Roxas Highway, Clark Freeport Zone, Philippines
Website: www.widus.com

Where to Eat in Metro Angeles, Pampanga

The Historic Camalig Restaurant of Angeles, Pampanga
Pampanga's Favorite Angeles Fried Chicken
Mother's Cake House & Restaurant
SAB Bistro
Salt Restaurant at Widus Hotel & Casino
Prism at Widus Hotel & Casino
Abe's Farm

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Wondering what to do in Davao? Here's a list of Top 10 Things to Do in Davao this Kadayawan season. Whether you are looking for an adventure, a beach getaway, a cultural and historical tour or a food trip, we've got it all covered for you. So, scroll down and see what's in store for you when visiting Davao. 

Davao, Life is Here!

1. Watch Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan

One of Kadayawan Festival's highlights is Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan or the street dancing parade participated by different groups from all over Mindanao. It features participants with colorful and vivid costumes showcasing choreographed dance inspired my Mindanao's tri-people community : The Christians, the Muslims and the Lumads (Indigenous People). This year's Indak Indak sa Kadalanan is set on August 16, 2014. Here's the Schedule of Kadayawan 2014.

2. Have a Relaxing Massage Beside the City Hall

If you want a cheap yet relaxing massage while in Davao City, head over to the biggest massage place in Davao located beside the City Hall. Whether you are up for a back massage, a foot massage or a full body massage, this place has it. If you are uncomfortable having a massage in the open area, you can ask for a private room for a minimal fee. Foot massage is at P60 while full body massage is only P200 and P250 if you choose a private room.

3. Beach Bumming in Samal or Dahican

If you want a beach getaway, you can either go to the Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS) which is just an hour away from the city proper or if you want an adventure, go to Dahican Beach in Mati City, Davao Oriental which is about 4-5 hours away. In Samal, Costa Marina and Paradise are some of the good places to beach bum and swim. They are the closest white beach resorts in the city and boat ride only takes about 10 minutes from the boat terminal in Sasa. To go to Dahican Beach, here's a Dahican Travel Guide on how to get there and what to expect. 

4. Sample the Best of Davao Food

Davao has a lot to offer in terms of food. A lot of restaurants have their Kadayawan promo, so for sure, you'll enjoy the food at discounted rates. Vikings Luxury Buffet at SM Lanang offers discount for travelers during the Kadayawan week and they also have a special menu for Kadayawan. Of course, you may also visit Lachi's restaurant to sample their mouth-watering desserts and pastries. Here's a list of Must-Try Restaurants in Davao City to give you an idea where to go.

5. Feast on Davao Fruits

Kadawayan season is also the fruit season in Davao City. Different type of tropical fruits are available in the city at very cheap prices. Durian, mangosteen, rambutan and lanzones are sold in the streets for as low as P30 per kilo (sometimes even less). If you want to feast on Davao Fruits, the best place to go is either in Magsaysay Park or in Bankerohan

6. Visit Museo Dabawenyo

If you are into historical finds, you may visit Museo Dabawenyo for free. It is labelled as a "people's museum" and its programs are geared towards better historical and cultural awareness, understanding and integration. It is located at Cor. A. Pichon and C.M. Recto Sts., Davao City and is open from 9am-6pm Monday to Friday. 

7. Experience Crocodile Park

The crocodile park is probably one of the most visited attractions in Davao City. It features a "state of the art" crocodile farming system. It showcases different sizes of farmed crocodiles. Aside from crocs, it also houses different type of reptiles, birds and mammals. The park's in house restaurant offers exotic dishes like crocodile sisig, crocodile lechon and crocodile ice cream. How to Get To Crocodile Park? 

8. Day Tour at Banana Beach

Banana Beach is located in Tagum City about an hour away from Davao City. It is not just a beach resort but also a place for different type of activities. The resort features a canopy walk, a fishing spot, a pool and a whole lot more of both land and water activities. Banana Beach Rates and How to Get There.

9. See the  Philippine Eagle Up Close

A visit to Davao City is not complete without visiting the Philippine Eagle Center, home of the Philippines' national bird. It is located in Malagos about an hour away from the city proper. Entrance fee is only P50 for adults and P30 for children. Here's a guide on How to Get To Philippine Eagle Center.

10. Visit People's Park

Located at the heart of Davao City, People's Park has been a popular destination for both locals and tourists in the city. It features sculptures of Kublai Milan, one of Davao's famous artists. It is covered with lush vegetation and is ideal for family bonding. There is no entrance fee to visit the park.

Do you think there's more to do? Please comment below and we will feature them here.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Finding an affordable and decent place to stay in Cebu City is made easy through Hotel Pier Cuatro and Travel Bee Budget Inns. This chain of budget accommodations offer comfortable rooms at very reasonable prices. Their room rates include free breakfast and WIFI access.

Hotel Pier Cuatro

Hotel Pier Cuatro is located at 3rd Avenue, North Reclamation Area, Cebu City. It is situated just a walking distance from Pier 4, the ferry terminal for passengers going to Bohol. It is also very accessible with either private cars or public transportation like taxi and jeepney from the city proper.

Hotel Pier Cuatro Lobby, photo grabbed from the hotel's official FB page

The Hotel Room
The room that I stayed in at Hotel Pier Cuatro was rather small but it was clean and comfortable enough to spend a night with. The linens were clean and the mattress is in good quality. It has an attached toilet and bath with hot & cold water, and equipped with a cable TV and a telephone. the best thing is, it has a strong wifi signal in the room and the speed is fast enough for me to perform my online job.

The Restaurant
Hotel Pier Cuatro has a restaurant at the ground floor which serves affordable and delectable food. I was already tired after performing my online job so instead of going out, I decided to eat at the restaurant and ordered their sizzling blue marlin. It was delicious and the serving was huge. 

Buffet Breakfast
Hotel Pier Cuatro's rates already includes free buffet breakfast. Guests can enjoy unlimited Filipino dishes with free flowing coffee and juice. Staying in this hotel is really a good value for money. During my stay, they served eggs, ham, pancit and dilis. 

Hotel Pier Cuatro Rates:

Room Type Single Occupancy Double Occupancy

Standard Room P980.00 P1,380.00

Deluxe Room P1,280.00 P1,680.00

Superior Room P1,580.00 P1,980.00

Hotel Pier Cuatro

3rd Avenue, North Reclamation Area . Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines 6000
Phone : (032) 236-1111 . (032) 236-PIER
Mobile : +63 9228 9228 05
Email : hotelpiercuatro@gmail.com
Website: http://www.hotelpiercuatro.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hotelpiercuatro
Operated by Travelbee Management Corporation

Travelbee Inns

Aside from Hotel Pier Cuatro, Travelbee Management Corporations also have other facilities which are also ideal to budget travelers and backpackers. The rates are very affordable and the rooms looks comfortable. I had a chance to visit Travelbee Business Inn, Travelbee Guesthouse, and Travelbee Capitol Inn and I can say that they are in good condition and good value for your hard-earned money.

Travelbee Business Inn

Travelbee Business Inn is located at Jakosalem St., just beside Sacred Heart Center. This Inn offers comfortable rooms at very affordable prices. Their introductory rate starts at P780 for single occupancy and P980 for two pax.

Travelbee Business Inn | D. Jakosalem St., | 032-505-8883 | travelbee.ph

Travelbee Guesthouse

Travelbee Guesthouse offers both dorm-type accommodation and private rooms. Their medium hive can accommodate up to four people for only P1,100 per room. If you are traveling solo, you only pay P600 to stay in the medium hive. Their large hive on the other hand can accommodate up to six people. Rooms are clean and rates already includes free breakfast, WIFI access, hot & cold shower and airconditioning.

Travelbee Guesthouse | 225 E. Pond, Cebu City | 032-236-6814 | travelbee.ph

Travelbee Capitol Inn

Travelbee Capitol Inn is ideal for budget-conscious family or group travelers. It is accessible to major establishments like Ayala Mall, Century Mall and Fuente Osmena Circle. It is also close to Larsian, a popular barbecue place in Cebu City. Room rates starts at P600 for an economy room. Standard room rates for two people starts at P800.

Travelbee Capitol Inn | 294 Don Gil Garcia St., Capitol Site, Cebu City | 032-253-1005 | Mobile: 0922-800-1802 | www.travelbee.ph

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Outback Grill is a casual dining restaurant in Davao City which offers sumptuous food and entertaining ambiance. It is located in Bacaca Road just few minutes away from the city proper. It's known for its famous Outback Grill Ribs, chicken barbecue and their signature Goliath burger. The restaurant is open from 10AM to 12MN everyday.

Outback Grill's Goliath Burger

During our visit for their media night, we were served with some of their best-sellers. The food was good especially the Zoofari Bounty - a mixed of grilled seafood and pork liempo. Aside from the Zoofari Bounty, they also served us with Chuck Wagon, Chicken Tower and Goliath Burger.

Chicken Tower (P399.00)  - Chicken barbecue with homemade sauce
Outback's Goliath Burger (P699.00) with 1 kilo of beef patty
Outback Grill's Chuck Wagon (P649.00) - One kilo of juicy, tender pork ribs served with a special sauce
Outback Grill's Zoofari Bounty (P650.00) - Grilled mixed seafood (tiger prawns, milkfish, squid) plus pork liempo in one plate with their homemade sauce.

As for desserts, we were served with Buko Pandan Sago, Buko Halo Halo and Mais con Hielo. I personally like the buko pandan sago. It has the right amount of sweetener so I enjoyed it a lot. 
Mais con Hielo (P179.00) buko & whole kernel corn in evaporated milk & crushed ice topped with vanilla ice cream ans maraschino cherry

The live acoustic band was playing while were having our dinner. The ambiance was good. They were supposed to have a chicken dance but we did not see it. Overall, it was a good dining experience.

Outback Grill

Bacaca Road, Davao City
Tel No.: (082) 226-2909

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Bantayan Island is a popular tourist destination in Northern Cebu Province. It is about 4 hours bus and boat ride from Cebu City. The town of Sta. Fe is the most visited place in the Island as it offers white sand beaches and other natural attractions such as Ogtong Cave.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Vikings Luxury Buffet, the Philippines' largest buffet restaurant will be offering new dishes to mark the celebration of Kadayawan 2014. The Kadayawan Menu will be offered starting August 11, 2014 until August 17, 2014. The new dishes featured some Filipino favorite dishes with a Davao twist. 

Baby Back Ribs in Durian Barbecue Sauce

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. Kool Adventure Camp (RAFI-KAC), the first and only fully dedicated Adventure Education Center in the Philippines formally opened its doors to the public. The facility was inaugurated last August 2, 2014 attended by the Department of Education Undersecretary for External Linkages Mario Deriquito and Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III.