Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Planning for your trip next year? Here's the list of Official Regular and Special Holidays in the Philippines in 2015 as per Proclamation No. 831, s. 2014 signed by the President.  

A. Regular Holidays
New Year’s Day-1January (Thursday)
Maundy Thursday-2April
Good Friday-3April
Araw ng Kagitingan-9April (Thursday)
Labor Day-1May (Friday)
Independence Day-12June (Friday)
National Heroes Day-31August (Last Monday of August)
Bonifacio Day-30November (Monday)
Christmas Day-25December (Friday)
Rizal Day-30December (Wednesday)
B. Special (Non-Working) Days
Chinese New Year-19February (Thursday)
Black Saturday-4April
Ninoy Aquino Day-21August (Friday)
All Saints Day-1November (Sunday)
Additional special (non-working) days-2January (Friday)
-24December (Thursday)
Last Day of the Year-31December (Thursday)
C. Special Holiday (for all schools)
EDSA Revolution Anniversary-25February (Wednesday)
Wondering where to go? Browse this blog for ideas where to spend your holidays. Cheers to more travels!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The second stop of Metro Angeles Food Tour 2014 is at the Historic Camalig Restaurant. It is the home to the famous Armando's Pizza. It is a heritage restaurant and one of the must-visit places in Angeles, Pampanga. 

Armando's Pizza of the Historic Camalig Restaurant

Monday, July 21, 2014

Voluntourism is a concept of integrating volunteerism and tourism. It is traveling to places for a good cause. It is where a traveler enjoys both the traditional elements of travel at the same time helping a community in whatever way he/she can.

Super Typhoon Haiyan was the most powerful typhoon that hit the Philippines last year. The province of Leyte in Eastern Visayas suffered a direct hit of the typhoon and consequently suffered the most damage in terms of infrastructure. Leyte also had the most number of casualties, more than 5,000 lives were taken mostly due to storm surge.

Today, communities in Eastern Visayas are slowly rebuilding their lives through the help of both local and international agencies. Another sector which greatly helps the community recover from major losses is tourism. The province is endowed with natural attractions like white sand beaches, waterfalls caves and lakes which continues to attracts both local and foreign tourists.

The concept of voluntourism was initiated by local government officials and tour operators to encourage visitors to not only visit Eastern Visayas but to travel with a cause. Volunteers from all over the Philippines and even other nationalities come to Leyte to enjoy its attractions and at the same time help the community.

Few months ago, I was on a mission with other bloggers n partnership with the Department of Tourism and Leyte Gulf Travel & Tours to partake in a voluntourism campaign called the Do Good Project. The project has three phases : understanding the effects of super typhoon Haiyan to the communities, sharing (talent, skills, gifts, knowledge, etc) and experiencing the natural beauty of the region.

For the first phase, we visited the places badly hit by typhoon Haiyan in the cities of Tacloban and Palo. We were very devastated to see how the people were displaced by the typhoon. It was already months after the typhoon but the effects were still evident.

We then visited one community for the second phase of the project. We distributed school supplies to the children of Barangay San Joaquin in Palo, Leyte. It felt great to see the children smile after they received the gifts despite the tragedy that they had to go through at a very young age. Most of the recipients have lost a relative so it must be difficult for them to go on with their lives. But, through the help of voluntourists, they'll be able to rebuild their lives and move on ultimately.

The third phase of the project was debriefing. It's where we spent time to experience the beauty of Eastern Visayas. We visited Sohoton Natural Bridge National Park in Basey, Samar and then we head our way to the historical town of Balangiga which was also hit by super typhoon Haiyan. This is the moment where you enjoy the traditional elements of travel -  arts, culture, geography, history and recreation.

Make a difference, Experience Eastern Visayas and Become a Voluntourist! The people of Eastern Visayas need us.
The town of Lake Sebu in the province of South Cotabato has been gaining a lot of attention in the tourism industry. More and more people are visiting Lake Sebu to experience the Seven Fall, ride the zip line and witness the lotus flower as it blooms in the morning. Others just want to relax and enjoy the serenity of Lake Sebu.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

La Rose Noire Patisserie started its operation in 1991 in one of Hong Kong's well-known shopping malls. Over the years, it continues to grow and its success can be attributed to the man behind La Rose Noire, Gerard Dubois. Back in 1991, he only started with a cake shop and restaurant and then it became an enterprise. From 28 items in his product line, it grew to over 500 variety of products. The company opened a factory in Clark Freeport Zone in 2012 which is expected to supply products to the growing international market.

We visited La Rose Noire on the first day of Metro Angeles Food Tour 2014. We were able to sample their top-of-the-line and export quality products. They are actually producing frozen pastries and they're kind enough to bake some for us to taste test. I'd say their products are of high quality and really tasted good.

Assorted La Rose Noire Products
La Rose Noire offers different varities of hand made baskets and tart shells and elegant cones. They both have sweet and savory items. 

Assorted Sweet and Savory Cones
A variety of VIP and Regular Croissant
I must say they have the best croissant I have tasted so far. They only used premium quality raw material and the outcome is just so delectable. 

Assorted Muffins
Assorted Danish Pastries
This is my most favorite pastry during the taste test. It's mouthwatering that you always want for more after your first bite. The bread and the filling complement each other. They's just perfect!

Assorted Premium Breads

Hand Crafted Macarons
La Rose Noire's macaron is of premium quality. It tastes good and it melts in your mouth. Again, it's one of the best tasting macarons I ever tried so far.  

La Rose Noire Factory at Clark FreePort Zone
Blogger Participants of Metro Angeles Food Tour 2014 with the management and staff of La Rose Noire Philippines (Photo credit to Rob of Palibut)

La Rose Noire - Philippines 
Address: Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga Philippines Telephone 
Number: (+632) 840-3771 to 82 

Disclosure: La Rose Noire is one of the Partner-Establishments of #MetroAngelesFoodTour2014. 
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Important things you need to know about Cagayan de Oro City : Where to Stay, Where to Eat, Things to Do and How to Get There.

Cagayan De Oro City is populary dubbed as the City of Golden Friendship and is one of the Adventure Destinations in the Philippines. It is located along the central coast of Northern Mindanao and is bordered with the province of Bukidnon and Lanao del Norte. It is famous for its white water rafting which is being widely promoted by the City Tourism Office.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Microtel Inn & Suites Baguio is the most convenient place to stay while in the City of Pines. It is situated right next to Victory Liner terminal and is very close to Session Road, Lourdes Grotto, Burnham Park and and Baguio Cathedral. It is ideal for solo travelers and families on vacation as you can choose from their single, double and suite rooms.