El Nido, Palawan Island – Paradise You Can Afford

When I went to El Nido, Palawan Island in the Philippines at the beginning of the year 2014 I couldn’t believe it was real. Before that I had been only dreaming about places like this, places that look like paradise, well at least how I have imagined it would look like.

Looking at all those beautiful images with breathtaking, postcard views of tropical islands that are usually posted on Facebook, I was convinced they are unreachable, a luxury that an avarage person can’t afford. Those dreamlike deserted islands with lush green palm trees surrounded by crystal clear, turquoise blue waters just seemed surreal to me.

When I usually think of views like that I think of tropical destinations like Bora Bora or Seychelles. And those places are pretty expensive to say less. Most of the hotels at Bora Bora offered at Booking for this summer have a price $400 and up for one night. And there isn’t even anything to choose from in the low price range. Well, that’s no surprise, since it is exclusive – only 20 hotels are on the plate. But why spend a lot of money for this exclusivity if you can go to a place that is just as beautiful,  pristine and still unknown to the masses and pay half as much?

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A view near Matinloc Shrine, one of the destinations of island hopping tour C in El Nido

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35 Brilliant Gifts for Travelers That Will Inspire Their Wanderlust

I have to admit, I’m a holiday person. And the thing I like the best about holidays is the tingling feeling that something good is about to happen. That holiday atmosphere comes long before the anticipated date. Don’t get me wrong, Christmas day is wonderful. However I like the time before Christms even more. That includes so many joyful activities like decorating my home with Christmas lights, lighting the candles, singing and dancing along the Christmas songs and drinking hot chocolate.

With all the Christmas’ buzz around I also started to prepare gifts for my loved ones. In that moment I realized how difficult and time consuming it could be to find a great gift for everyone. That’s when I decided to create this article helping you to find a beautiful and practical gift for someone obsessed with traveling like me.

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Unforgettable Island Hopping in Concepcion, Iloilo

There are some surprisingly beautiful islands located in the Municipality of Concepcion, Iloilo; a hidden pearl of the Province of Iloilo I would say. Most of the tourists associate places like Western Visayas or Panay island with Boracay. That’s the first question most of the locals usually ask me: “Have you been to Boracay?” Yes, I’ve been to Boracay and, sure, it is a beautiful little island with lots of great beaches, water activities and exciting nightlife. But it is also crowded and quite expensive, especially regarding the accommodations. So if you want to spend your vacation in a beautiful, secret place with white sand beaches and swim in a crystal clear water, feeling that you and your companions are the owners of a secluded tropical island, I would recommend to go island hopping in Concepcion, Iloilo.

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Guisi Lighthouse and Beach in Guimaras

If you travel to Guimaras, don’t miss on visiting the 19th century Spanish colonial lighthouse known as Guisi Lighthouse, as well as the beautiful Guisi Beach. Located at the southwestern coast of Guimaras, in Barangay Dolores, Nueva Valencia, Guisi lighthouse is one of the remarkable historical sites of the Province of Guimaras and is also among the oldest lighthouses in Philippines. Guisi Lighthouse was built by the Spanish government in 1894-1896 as a part of the Master Plan of installing the lighting of the maritime coasts of the Philippines. Guisi lighthose was formerly known as Faro de Punta Luzaran and functioned as a navigational aid to the fisherman and sailors passing the Panay Gulf.

Guisi Lighthouse near Guisi Beach in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras, Philippines

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Guimaras Mango Festival 2014

When is the best time to visit Guimaras? How about…NOW! This is the time when the Guimaras Mango Festival or better known in Philippines as Manggahan Festival is taking place here. Guimaras Mango Festival is the event of the year of this beautiful, lush green Province of Philippines, held to honor the sweetest mangoes of the world that are grown in this area, as well as to commemorate the foundation of the Province of Guimaras. The celebration is usually held every April in Jordan. The first festival dates back on May 22, 1993, when the first anniversary of Guimaras as an independent province was commemorated. This year the Province of Guimaras is celebrating the 22nd Foundation Day.

Guimaras Mango Festival is the event of the year of this beautiful, lush green Province of Philippines, held to honor the sweetest mangoes of the world grown in Guimaras, as well as to commemorate the foundation of the Province of Guimaras.

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Hiking in Bucari, Leon: a Great Day Trip from Iloilo City, Philippines

Since I haven’t explored the country side of Iloilo, last weekend me and my boyfriend decided to go hiking. After reading so many great suggestions from you guys at the comment section of my previous article about Iloilo City, we decided to head for Bucari, Leon. And the ones who suggested it, you were right –  it is a gorgeous area!

Bucari area is a mountainous region situated in the highlands of Leon and Alimodian, municipalities of Iloilo province in Panay island. It is composed of Bucari barangay (village) and its neighbouring barangays: 14 barangays located in Leon and 7 barangays located in Alimodian. Bucari area is situated in the west-southwest part of the province of Iloilo, 58 km from the Iloilo City. It is an eco-tourist zone, known for the cool climate (the temperature there ranges from 18- 20°C), beautiful landscapes with magnificent mountains, lush green rice terraces and pine forests, as well as the refreshing springs and falls.

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Philippines Set Guinness World Record by Lighting Candles for Peace

Philippines managed to achieve the goal of setting a new Guinness World Record by lighting 100 000 candles for peace today, on April 14, 2014, in Savannah City, Oton, Iloilo. The lit candles formed an image of the Philippines map for five seconds causing genuine smiles and pride on the faces of participants. And there is a reason for it! Now the record of largest flaming image using candles belongs to Philippines. The previous record was achieved in Pakistan by simultaneously lighting  35 478 candles.

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10 Reasons Why Iloilo City is The Best City to Live in Philippines

Iloilo City, the capital city of the province of Iloilo and the regional center of Western Visayas, is definitely one of the highlights of Panay island, Philippines. Saturated with many spectacular festivals and celebrations, unbelievably kind people and delicious food for almost ridiculously low prices, this city is always filled with relaxed yet joyful atmosphere. If you thought that there is no other place people are celebrating fiestas like in Spain: broadly, even a little bit wastefully, but always  heatedly, affectionately and cheerfully, you thought wrong. Filipinos love their fiestas as much as Spanish. When it comes to holidays, living here reminded me of living in Tenerife, as I remember it felt like they have more fiestas that working days per year in Tenerife.

What are the biggest reasons you should choose Iloilo for living over other cities in Philippines? Keep on reading and I’ll tell you the advantages of living in Iloilo City!

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Top 5 Boracay Beaches

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If you  are a beach addict like me and are committed to visit the most beautiful beaches on the planet, Boracay island in Philippines should definitely be on your list. Boracay belongs to Western Visayas island-group and is located just a few kilometers off the northwest corner of the Panaj island. This delightful island is mostly known for the white sand beaches and bright, crystal clear water in turquoise blue color.

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