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Monday, June 30, 2014

CHINA VISA REQUIREMENTS for Filipino Tourists First Timers

Given the current political tension between the Philippines and China, many people are worried about getting a Chinese Visa. I was too. But if there is one thing I have proven, the tension has no significant impact on the ease of getting clearance to enter China. Getting a visa is relatively easy...and fast. All you it takes is 4 days and a few requirements.

All that you need to know on how to acquire a Chinese Visa could be found in the embassy website.
Given the long list of requirements though, many of my readers and Facebook friends still ask me what needs to be submitted.

Well, It was my first time ever to go to China and twas also my first to apply for any visa.
Here's all that I submitted and I got approved!


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

#MetroViganInn and 10 Reasons why you should keep coming back to VIGAN

Just a few days before this year’s summer is officially over, we were invited to visit Vigan, hosted by Metro Vigan Inn, which is located beside the city. The Road Trip to Vigan is a two day trip which showcased the newly opened Metro Vigan Cafe, boasting their Ilocandia Cuisine and their Kalesa Tour, a day trip to Vigan’s famous tourist spots.

Travelling to Vigan certainly hints a throwback feel since it was one of the few remaining Hispanic towns left in the country. Famous for their unique architecture, cobblestone streets and don’t forget their delicacies.
Road Trip to VIGAN 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

DAMPALITAN BEACH Padre Burgos: A Good Compliment to Borawan-Puting Buhangin Island Hopping

Island Hopping Pagbilao and Padre Burgos Quezon? The area provides an alternative destination to those who want a quick break on an island setting. Borawan is the main attraction on the area but based on our experience (due to high expectations), Borawan might not be enough to convince you that the 6-hour trip from Manila is worth it.

Puting Buhangin and Kwebang Lampas are a big help in that regard. They will make you like going here.

Dampalitan Island on the other hand, although for me the least beautiful of the three, is a good addition to the whole experience. Completes the puzzle kumbaga and once you visited all three, you might have a stronger urge to come back some other time.
Beach bumming DAMPALITAN BEACH Padre Burgos

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

PUTING BUHANGIN and Kwebang Lampas Pagbilao: The Saving Grace of our Quezon Trip

Bundled on the island hopping package of 1,800 pesos we availed of is Puting Buhangin and Kwebang Lampas (the other being Dampalitan Beach) was the lifesaver of the trip to Quezon Province. No longer part of Padre Burgos but on the Municipality of Pagbilao so we had to travel 45 minutes or so from Borawan Island. We left Borawan at around 8pm so our arrival waa perfect for a good dip by the beach of Puting Buhangin. This is where we really got enjoy swimming because of it fine white sand and clear water.
PUTING BUHANGIN and Kwebang Lampas Pagbilao Quezon

Thursday, June 12, 2014

BORAWAN ISLAND Padre Burgos: Love it, Hate it.

To name an island after the two tourism powerhouses in the Philippines is to set high expectations. And you can't blame people if they do. Take for example Borawan Island in Padre Burgos Quezon Province,

Boracay -BORA
Palawan- WAN

Why is that so? Supposedly because of the claim that the island is a combination of the white sands of Boracay and the limestone cliffs of Palawan.


Sunday, June 8, 2014

KAMAY NI HESUS Healing Shrine Lucban Quezon

I have heard many stories and seen countless photos of the place but none excited me to go here, more so in Lucban despite it being the venue of the famous Pahiyas Festival. The one that is left in my memory is about people talking about the long queue of cars during the festival which entails kilometers of walking. Sounds very inconvenient.

But on that day we visited KAMAY NI HESUS Healing Shrine last time, the place felt nice. Serne would be the more appropriate word despite the sea of people who flocked to the place since it was Good Friday then.
KAMAY NI HESUS Healing Shrine

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

MONTEMARIA Shrine in Batangas City

I never thought a pilgrimage site this vast exists in Batangas City. All I know are the gas depots and fossil fuel refineries. But past these refineries on the outskirt of the city is MonteMaria Shrine where an ambitious project of putting up an 88-meter statue of Virgin Mary is on the works. Take note, 88 meters is higher than the Statue of Liberty in New York or Church the Redeemer in Rio de Janiero. That's really ambitious!

MONTEMARIA Shrine Batangas City

Monday, June 2, 2014

VISITA IGLESIA IN BATANGAS AND QUEZON: Old Churches of Ibaan, San Juan, Sariaya, Tayabas and Lucban

Here's to DAY 1 of our Visita Iglesia 2014
which took to around old Churches of Laguna Province:

On 2nd Day (Good Friday), we set off to visit the old churches of Ibaan and San Juan in Batangas then off to Quezon for the churches of Sariaya, Tayabas and Lucban. We left Batangas City earlier this time around but we dropped by Montemaria Shrine first which is also in Batangas but somewhere rather remote you need a private vehicle to get there. I will make a separate post on Montemaria Shrine soon.

By 11am, we were in the town of Ibaan Batangas which I find surprisingly progressive given the location. I was also surprised at how big their Catholic church here is.
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