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VIP travel and Entertainment in the Philippines

on Tuesday, August 28, 2012

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6 Spellbinding Travel Destinations in the Philippines

on Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Here are six jaw-dropping adventure spots in the Philippines.

                1. Bohol

Bohol is known for glistening white sand beach resorts, extensive coral reefs, world class diving spots, the Chocolate Hills (near symmetrical mounds of limestone formations that look like Hershey's Kisses), and the iconic tarsier (the oldest species of extant primate in the world). However, this large Philippine Island has lately been a recurring item in the global tourism grapevine for yet another attraction: the Danao Adventure Park. Managed by the local government with the aid of private advocacy groups, the adventure park has become the ultimate hub for eco-adventure activities. The park offers more than a dozen extraordinarily thrilling activities that leverage the nature park's rugged and profoundly varied topography. Accommodating travelers of any stripe--from calm and composed bird watchers to extreme adventurers, Danao Adventure Park showcases the scenic Wahig River, a forested mountain range, a native cultural community, self-sustained organic farms, and cave complexes that provide hours of spelunking excitement. Popular activities include kayaking, wall climbing, trekking, camping, cave explorations, village tours, educational tours, and extreme in-the-park-only challenges such as the Ziplet, Skyride, Plunge, Suislide, Cliff Rappel, and Root Climb.

                2. Davao

Very few places offer travelers the same level of profound thrills as the unique city of Davao. Dubbed the Eco-Adventure capital of the Philippines, Davao City is home to the country's highest mountain peak and to the noble and extremely rare Philippine Eagle. Davao is thoroughly cosmopolitan, being the country's third largest city and a regional economic player in Southeast Asia. Even then, only 7% of the city's total land area is urbanized, with around 50% classified as forests or timberland and 40% appropriated by the state-of-the-art agriculture that has catapulted the city among the world's top producers and exporters of fruits and flowers. Considered the cleanest, greenest and safest city in the Philippines, Davao offers some of the most unique and memorable travel experiences anywhere in the world. From mountaineers to beach bums, from extreme sports enthusiasts to cultural historians, and from artists to ecologists, tourists of every stripe flock to the city to experience its gripping cultural and natural wonders. Dotting its coasts are top-rated beaches and uninhabited islands while exotic plants and animal species dwell within the spellbinding topography of its interior.

                3. Donsol

Donsol pulls and beguiles. For travelers who demand nothing but authentic and transformative experiences, the idyllic coastal town of Donsol in central Philippines provides a one-of-a-kind setting for unforgettable encounters. By itself, the town already possesses the attractions that make other destinations elsewhere a hit among global tourists: fascinating local culture, gorgeous beaches of fine sand, lush forests and stunningly rugged coastlines. At least for most travelers, these attractions are enough reasons to pack their luggage, book accommodations, and hit the trail. But Donsol offers a lot more. If nature had a soul, then Donsol provides a rare window from which to see it in perfect clarity. Something in the town attracts two sensitive indicator species that are disappearing in much of their former ranges. There are only a few thousand whale sharks left in the world and most congregate and frolic in the waters of Donsol. Meantime, as human development encroaches on natural habitats, fireflies are also becoming a rare sight and very few young people even remember seeing them. Fortunately, they are in jaw-dropping numbers along the course of the Donsol River. In Donsol, just a few hours after daybreak, people can literally swim at arm's length with the gentle but colossal whale sharks. After the sun sets, on the other hand, when only the night sky offers some glimmer of light, thousands of fireflies synchronize their biolumiscent abilities to add a spectacular surreal gleam to the riverscape.

                4. Coron

Combine seven lakes, coral reefs, mangroves, white sand beaches, a native islander culture, and more than a dozen islands to explore and you'll get the phenomenal Coron experience. Isolated from urban centers by the windswept sea, Coron Island is one of the finest eco-adventure destinations in the world. The extensive reefs surrounding the island play host to highly acclaimed diving spots while sections of its coasts are protected by mangrove forests that also provide a secure habitat for different species of birds, reptiles, mammals and marine life. Sustainably managed by the peace-loving Tagbanuas--the native tribe that has ancestral dominion over the island--Coron Island is off limits to visitors at night while daytime excursions are carefully regulated. Fishing and tourism are the two industries that keep the island thriving and its precious natural resources conserved. Trekking, island hopping, scuba diving, swimming, and interacting with the natives are just some of the memorable activities that provide priceless thrills when done in Coron.

                5. Cordillera Highlands

The imposing Cordillera Mountain Range courses through much of the north central part of Luzon and is the prominent terrain for the autonomous region that takes after its name. The area showcases the profoundly inspiring natural and cultural voices of the Philippine highlands. Given the region's rugged beauty and the fascinating highland tribes that lend it an extraordinary character, tourism ranks high among the top sectors that provide the stimulus for the regional economy. Waterfalls, mountain forests, millennia-old rice terraces, folk art, burial caves, and nature trails are the irresistible attractions that draw local and foreign tourists to the Cordilleras. Diverse and colorful, the region's richness permeates the traditional summer capital of Baguio City, the ecologically fascinating Mount Data National Park, the moving aura of Sagada, and the magnificent expressions of folk art in Bontoc and Batad. But perhaps the most well-known landmark in the area is the sprawling Banaue Rice Terraces, an engineering and agricultural marvel that has been carved by hand from the slopes of the mighty Cordillera Mountain Range several thousands of years ago. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the rice terraces continue to nourish the unique tribal cultures that inhabit the region. Memorable Baguio hikes, challenging bike trails, waterfall and cave explorations, nature trekking, bird watching, white water rafting, rappelling, cultural/historical immersions, and meaningful village interactions await travelers who are looking for unforgettable and extraordinary experiences in this one-of-a-kind location.

                6. Palawan

Unforgettable. Beguiling. Palawan. Three interchangeable words as far as natural splendor is concerned. Voted by Conde Nast as the destination with the best beaches in Asia, Palawan offers more than pristine sands and one of the richest reef ecosystems in the world. Isolated from the Philippine's major urban centers, Palawan retains much of its old-growth rainforests that shelter a surprising number of exotic and endemic species. Extensive mangrove areas hedge its coasts while lush canopies lend a rich verdant accent to its rugged interior, attracting a wide variety of plants and animals that call Palawan their home. Across its beaches are magnificent limestone islands that jut out of the surf to play a breathtaking symphony with the sea, while farther across are marine sanctuaries that international teams of experts consider unparalleled in terms of species density. Hosting the primary airport of the island province, Puerto Princesa is the gateway to the Palawan experience and the hub for numerous initiatives on nature conservation and biodiversity protection.

It is also just a few kilometers from the world-renowned Underground River, a ribbon of crystal clear water that flows through spectacular limestone formations over an area that fully encapsulates a mountain-to-sea transition. Because of its unique richness, the Puerto Princesa Underground River was declared a UNESCO Heritage Site and was just recently included in the Seven Natural Wonders of the World Project. There are countless ways of experiencing Palawan. Aside from taking a breathtaking journey across the Underground River, travelers can explore the exotic string of islands that provide a profound natural contrast to the placid contours of the sea. Travelers have the option to go midpoint between sea and sky by para-sailing or reacquaint themselves with the element of water by exploring the destination's unmatched snorkeling sites. Scuba-diving is also a popular attraction, especially to those who wish to interact with the stunningly colorful denizens of the coral reef. Simply put, Palawan is the epitome of a tropical paradise and is unmatched by any place in the world for its ruggedly beautiful terrain, breathtaking seascapes, world class diving sites, exotic wildlife, nature trails, extensive sanctuaries, and fascinating native cultures. Nature trekking, swimming, snorkeling, island hoping, local dishes & delicacies, scuba diving, bird watching, parasailing, tattooing, ecological research, bar hopping and photography are just some of the experiences that become strangely distinctive when done in Palawan.                                                                                   

5 Board Sailing Destinations in the Philippines


The Philippines being a tropical country makes its winds and ocean breeze perfect for sailing. The country's many beaches are always swarming with surfers and board sailors daily to fully enjoy the sport they like.

                There are many board sailing destinations in the Philippines and here are the best five of them:

                1. Caliraya - located in Laguna and the closest board sailing destination fro Manila. Caliraya is considered to be one of the finest sailing spot in the Philippines. It is a man-made lake built in the 1930's by American engineers to supply a hydroelectric power plant in Laguna. The wind blows here are steadily between 12 to 30 knots just ideal for the right speed while sailing, making one's sailing easier and more comfortable.

2. Boracay - very famous not only for its vast beauty but also for its attractive tropical island offers all sailors a smooth and steady sailing at all times. The Boracay beach is provided with the northeast monsoon winds are perfect for beginners. Meanwhile at the Tabon Strait in Boracay, the winds are superb and pretty strong, which are recommended for skilled sailors only.

                3. Anilao - a popular coastline destination for sailing. Located in southern Luzon, near Batangas. The area's flat water waves are the ones making it famous among the sailors. It has been their favorite sailing destination in the Philippines.

                4. Subic Bay - located in central Luzon Philippines and has always been visited by board sailors for many years. Subic is known by tourists especially the Americans, for this is where the American soldiers are based. Lots of Americans now live here and had settled down with Filipinas. Everyday, one can find many sailing teams in the bay sailing wonderfully along the steady waters.

                5. Pagudpud - located in the northern part of Luzon, in Laoag. It can be reached in roughly ten hours via car ride. Pagudpud is surrounded with the attractive gold sand beaches that are really breathtaking. The place has been famous for high-performance sail boarding activities and also surfing. Tourists that come to visit here are always delighted with the beauty and perfect winds of Pagudpud.

Here are just five of the many sail boarding destination sites in the Philippines and is recommended for board sailing aficionados looking for a truly exciting and fun sails. One can always enjoy exploring the other sail boarding destinations that are found all over the beautiful country of the Philippines. 

Batanes, the Secret Places in the Philippines


The raging sea beats the island of Batanes' as if to say I am King.

The waves violently slap the rocks with enviable freedom. Its stammering power heeds no remorse.

The island however doesn't back down, doesn't fold-up or disintegrates. It takes a proud beating with a 'Hah', I am Batanes.

Batanes should indeed be proud of its coffers. It offers an amazing landscape that is as complex as a Roger Dean art work. The twisting spiraling mountains roll for miles and miles carpeted with green pastures. Atop its numerous cliffs one can get a front seat view of the feisty merging waters of the China Sea with the Pacific Ocean.

There is also something incredibly charming about the island's unique stone houses. Around 3 meters thick, these rock abodes crafted by the ancestors have stood against torturous rain and bullying winds. The roofs are made of cogon providing water proof shade. From afar the houses create an amazing texture of color and form that is bucolic and unlike anything that I've ever been in the provinces I've visited.

In spite the amazing scenery the island's greatest strength is its people - the Ivatans. Storm warriors by birth they still pose a gentle demeanor, friendly disposition and an unbelievable sense of trustworthiness. Crime is said to be non-existent in Batanes and people find no need to lock their doors. There is even a sign posted in the city treasury that reads "LOST AND FOUND - MONEY. Please claim inside".

As most travel junkies know Batanes is the northernmost province of the Philippines and its smallest island both in terms of land area and population. Among its ten petite islands only three are inhabited - Batan, Itbayat and Sabtang. Sandwiched by Babuyan Island and Taiwan, the province is closer to Taipei than Manila. In fact an urban legend states that on a clear day one can see Taiwan and hear Chinese roosters crow.

Growth in Batanes' tourism has been spurred by airlines such as Asian Spirit that conveniently jets weekly flights (for a P10,000 round trip ticket price). Surprisingly posh, the main airport is located in Basco, the province's capital (found in Batan island). Albeit the flight being a bit choppy, I land safely in Batanes and seek my adventure.

                DAY 1 - Going around Basco

A refreshing contrast to other city centers, Basco has neither a mall nor a Starbucks coffee shop - yet. The pseudo-commercial center is a small lane filled with tiny groceries, supplies stores and ukay-ukay shops. Zero tricycles explain the quiet streets and only a couple of jeeps and automobiles exist here.

                2:00 pm
Shanedel's, a family managed inn is a great place to bunk. The place has a killer view of the Batan Bay and is right beside the busy Basco port. An old lighthouse perched on a hill can also be seen. Languid cows graze the pasture. The bovines stood so still I almost doubted they were real.

                5:10 pm
Conveniently, the lighthouse is just a 20 minute walk from my place. The sky was turning crimson as the sun prepared to rest when the moon decided to drop by. I can't tell you how amazing it is to see the sun set and the moon reveal itself simultaneously.

                8:45 pm
Fried flying fish, was my first Batanes dinner. The meat was okay. Nothing fantastic.

                DAY 2 Exploring Batan Island

Batan, is Batanes' second largest island that serve as the center of commerce and houses the seat of the provincial government. Travelers can arrange tour rides that will explore Batan's municipalities which include Basco, Ivana, Uyugan and Mahatao.

                10 am
The 'jeepney topload' is the best seat to take when viewing Batan's landscape. The ride snakes through the island's rolling terrain. Above me are spectacular mountain formations that resemble stoic hunched-back giants. The white sand beach below me boasts pristine waters that splash against massive rocks.

Occasionally the driver parks his vehicle and allows my group to go down to absorb the scenery. There is nothing more lovely than sitting at edge of a cliff to stare at the horizon. No skyscraper, no boats, not a single living person litter my view, just clear blue skies. I pretend this really is the edge of the world.

                12:30 pm - Honesty Store in the town of Ivana
Lunch takes place in an unmanned small canteen stocked with goodies (mami, chips, sodas, biscuits). Owners put their faith in customers' honesty...hence the store moniker.

                2:10 pm - Marlboro Country
After a belly filling lunch I head Payaman town dubbed as Marlboro Country. The tour guide boasts 'Makikita mo parang wala ka sa Pilipinas'. The town does have a different feel to it. The pasture, from a far, is a mixture of deep green and brown hues. The guide explained the brown color is actually thin bamboo wood that cordons an Ivantan family's land from his neighbor. This village is Batanes' version of Tagaytay Highlands but instead of golf courses it is actually cattle pasture. Fantastic!

                DAY 3- Sabtang Island

Sabtang is considered one of the 12 best destinations by the Department of Tourism in 1994. Compared to Batan, the island is less affluent but is more charming (in my opinion). Batan's modern influences has converted its precious stone houses to concrete walls and thatched roofs. Meanwhile Sabtang still has their cobble stoned streets and stone houses intact. Albeit the Sabtang is also beginning to deteriorate as people there are starting to modernize their houses. The danger of spoilage of Batanes is an issue the government must pay attention but that's another article altogether.

Sabtang's landscape is also more breathtaking than Batan's. Steep mountains, deep cannons and a seemingly endless strip of white beach is amazing. Sheer limestone cliffs that plunge into cerulean waters below make it so surreal. I was able to swim in Batanes waters!

P.S. Oh and by the way I saw an independent movie production shooting a scene in the island (these guys did the indie film called Donsol). I heard Angel Aquino was the star. Interesting...

                8 pm - Dinner Time
A birthday party thrown by a fellow adventure seeker spiced up the night. A belly popping feast includes fresh tuna sashimi, lobsters and lechon. We washed it down with a Pinoy ubiquitous drink - Tanduay. Yum.

Other memorable dishes I had in Batanes were fresh blue marlin tuna steak, green pepper filled lapu-lapu fillet, beef steak (lemme tell you they have lots of cows here), cuttle fish and pizza. Yes pizza...there is a pizza maker in Basco named Ivan, my favorite flavors are pepperoni, garlic and cheese and anchovies pizza. You have to order in advance to be able to enjoy its yumminess.

                DAY 4 - Going Home

Flights from Batanes to Manila always take off at around 10 am. There was a certain melancholic feeling that washed over me as I left the quaint island. Probably because I'll be going back to the circus I call my life. I guess one thing I have in common with Batanes is that just like its islands I always try to win over life's metaphoric raging waves.

                THE CHECKLIST

                Batanes will definitely see me again. There are also so many stuff I wasn't able to do.

                Here is my list:

                1. Fly to Itbaya which is Batanes third inhabited island. I was supposed to go but unfortunately the only light aircraft that flies to the island was broken. For those who wish to go to Batanes I suggest you go explore Itbaya first before doing the other island as it is much harder to access.

                2. Climb Mount Iraya

                3. Visit Mavudis island which is the northernmost island of Batanes. Coconut crabs litter the rich marine life filled island.

                4. Explore Nakabuwang Cave in Sabtang and the Chawa cave which is said to be enchanted. It has a natural salt bed and a mouth that opens to South China Sea.

Popular Philippine Dishes

on Monday, May 28, 2012

There are numerous exotic and delicious dishes to be found in the Philippines. The different islands and regions of the Philippines tend to provide their own variations and twists to their food menus. However, there are some great dishes that can be found throughout the Philippines on any given menu.


                Adobo is sometimes considered a Spanish cooking process, but Adobo can also refer to a common dish in the Philippines that is cooked in the Adobo style. This is a dish that is usually made with pork or chicken that is slowly cooked in soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, bay leaf and black peppercorns.


                Lumpia are pastries that are very similar to what we know as spring rolls. The pastries are filled with vegetables or meats and served with various sauces.


                Bistek is a popular dish made with beef strips and onions braised in soy sauce. Sometimes chunks of browned potatoes are added.


                Lechon is a dish that is eaten at celebration or fiesta occasions. It is actually an entire suckling pig that has been slowly roasted over a bed of charcoal. The coals make the pig crispy and it is then served with a liver sauce with vinegar, sugar and herbs.

                Other Common Facets of Philippine Food

As with most Asian countries, rice is a staple food and is served with most dishes. The rice is most often steamed and served during meals. The leftover rice is then commonly used to make sinangag, which is what we would know as fried rice.

Fruits are also commonly incorporated in Philippine cuisine. Coconuts are a popular item to incorporate into meals. Both coconut meat and milk are used extensively. Tomatoes and tomato sauce are also popular, as well as bananas.

The meats that are used in the Philippines are very similar to the meats that we see in the United States. Chicken, beef, pork and fish are the staple meats, just like in the US.

The dishes described in this article are just a few of the more common dishes that can be found in the Philippines. There are so many other great exotic dishes that can be found there or studied for new ideas to be brought back to your own kitchen. To get more information on dishes from the Philippines or general cooking ideas and recipes, you can view this cooking and recipe website.

Adobo - A Great Philippine Food


Have you ever seen the video of a Tagalog speaking American cooking "Adobong Manok"? It just shows that Adobo has reached the other side of the world and is being enjoyed by Foreigners also and has been making their own versions of it, that even food spots abroad have concocted their own Adobo. I'm sure that people have already tried phenomenal dish when they visited the Philippines. It's impossible to miss it as you can find it in any restaurant around Manila. Adobo can now be equated to both Philippine culture and the Filipinos in general.

Adobo can be categorized as a stew, unlike other Adobo from other countries like Puerto Rico, which sees it as a marinate for meats. Philippine Adobo is a dish that contains either chicken or pork meat or even at times both, marinated, along with some hard-boiled eggs, for long hours in vinegar, soy sauce and other spices such as garlic, bay leaf and peppercorns. Cooked in oil and served piping hot with steamed rice. The origin of the dish is still unknown but experts say it came from the Malays' Ginataan, which is considered a distant relative of the Adobo. Bathed in coconut milk, Ginataan has chicken and pork with vegetables in it and topped with vinegar and garlic.

Years after that, the Spaniards colonized the Philippines for 400 years and they have imparted to the Filipinos the concept of Adobo, which is the sauce, marinade or seasoning used in cooking a dish. With the prevalence of soy sauce brought by the Chinese traders during that time, Filipinos have created such succulent dish. Others argue that Adobo may have been derived from another Spanish dish-Adobado, which is cured pork loin cooked in olive oil and vinegar. Adobo is so special during the Spanish occupation that they only serve it when guests such as friars or high-ranking government officials come to visit. Adobo can be prepared days before and even with the lack of a cold storage, it can be preserved for latter consumption.

The variants of Adobo can be comparable to the islands in the Philippines depending on the resources or produce that particular area has. Adobo is not limited to a meal on a plate, nowadays Adobo can be seen inside a sandwich bun or a filling inside a Siopao, they even sell Adobo flavored chips and biscuits on the streets. No matter what, Adobo will always be Adobo, an aroma that would tease your sense, a dish so irresistible you definitely need to have a second bite and something we Filipinos can be proud of.

Philippines - Discover the Beautiful Islands and Beaches of the Philippines


The Philippine Islands is a one of a kind Southeast Asian country located at the western part of the Pacific Ocean. The country is an archipelago composed of 7,107 islands making the Philippines bound to have so many famous islands and beaches. Philippines is gifted with a vast beauty of nature in every aspect. Here, one can discover one of the most amazing beaches in the world with its wonderful wildlife and sea creatures one could ever find. Listed are some of the Islands that are truly must see in the Philippines:

  •  The Boracay Island - located at Caticlan, Iloilo, one of the islands at the country's Visayan region. This island is very well known around the world. It has a breath taking view of its white sand beaches that captivates everyone. People from around the world and the locals spend most f their vacations here. Some even choose this place to celebrate special occasions such as weddings and others. Boracay Island is also a perfect place for snorkeling, surfing and other water sport activities.

  •  Malapascua Island - located at the northeast part of Cebu City shores. A gorgeous beach with a perfect view of its skyline. Malapascua is a place for diving and site seeing in the island's many caves. It also is an ideal place to watch stars at night time which everyone will truly enjoy.

  •  Bantayan Island - found in the North West regions of Cebu. This island has a beautiful white sand beach resort, which is locally called "white-white sand" for is has the whitest sand beach ever and crystal clear waters that reveals the magnificent beauty of the sea. People love to go here for apart from being a very amazing beach, the food here are also delicious but with its cheap price. Bantayan Island is perfect for Filipinos and other tourists for them to spend their summer vacations.

  • Honday Bay and Nagtoban Island - located in Palawan, near the Puerta Princesa. These islands have a variety of beaches with perfect country side scenery. Though the place is not familiar with tourists coming from abroad, the Honday Bay and Nagtoban Island have been a favorite destination of the Filipinos especially those living near the area. There are establishments around the islands which offer cheap accommodations ideal for families who want to have a wonderful vacation though in a tight budget.

  • Camiguin - an island found at the southwest part of Cebu and south with that of Bohol's. A relaxing place to go for an escape from a busy city life. The place is pretty laid-back which will be mostly enjoyed by nature lovers.

These are the few wonderful islands and beaches found in the Philippines. There many more for everyone to explore once they get to this truly awesome country.

Philippines' Next Top Jobs


Recently, the Department of Labor and Employment has released a list of jobs that will be in-demand for the next ten years in the Philippines. The list was created based on findings of DOLE's latest labor market study under its "Project Jobs Fit" program. The list was released to the public on June 29 of this year. That was the day when President Aquino announced Baldoz's appointment.

The program has pinpointed the sectors that need more workforce in the next ten years. These sectors are: agribusiness, cyberservices, health and wellness, hotel, restaurant and tourism, mining, construction, banking and finance, manufacturing, ownership dwellings and real estate, transport and logistics, wholesale and retail trade. The research also identified the need to buttress the four emerging industries expected to reinforce employment opportunities, namely creative industries, diversified/strategic farming and fishing, power and utilities, and renewable energy.

This program will help Filipino students to choose the right course or major in college and would give them the opportunity to land a job once they finished college. Aside from that, the case for brain drain would be minimized. This has been one of the problems that the Philippines is trying to resolve. Fresh college graduates would usually apply for a job which is different from the curriculum that they took during their college years. In essence, the college degree earned has somehow been put to waste.

Experience nurses will be needed in health and wellness sector. Animal husbandry graduates, agricultural economists, aquaculturists, and coconut farmers are needed in the agribusiness sector.

Call center agents are still in-demand for the next ten years in cyber services sector. One advantage of applying for a position in a call center is that a degree is not a requirement to get a job in this type of industry. Most of the people I know who are now occupying higher positions in a call center have not finished college.

The outsourcing industry would still continue to bloom. Having said that, call center agent is not the only position that will be in-demand in the cyber services sector. This will pave way to other outsourcing industry such as SEO. In this age where the internet is the most powerful tool that helps business to become successful; link builders, webmasters, and other related online jobs will soon be one of the sought after job in the Philippines. Aside from that, Philippines will also be known as the perfect choice in finding a perfect SEO partner.

Filipino people would surely benefit on the "Project Jobs Fit" program of the Department of Labour and Employment. The program aims to help Filipino to choose the right curriculum in college and apply what they have learned which will help boost the Philippines economy.

Filipino people are expecting so much from the current administration. The hope of having a decent life has been elusive. To have a nice paying job is the only answer that could make life easier for people who are below poverty level. Thus, choosing the right major or course in college would result to a very promising career once you graduate.
If you are thinking of outsourcing, the best country to outsource dedicated workers is from the Philippines. Workers from the Philippines are dedicated, polite, and smart and are good in written and oral English Language. 

Philippine Travel Information

on Friday, May 25, 2012

Visiting the Philippines, which is home to some of the world's famous tourist spots, is enjoyed best when you are equipped with the basic Philippines travel information about the country. Blessed with rich natural resources and fascinating landscapes, the predominantly Catholic nation offers a wide selection of luxurious and affordable hotels and vacation homes choose from while enjoying numerous travel destinations.

Vacation rentals are steadily becoming a popular alternative to expensive hotels in the Southeast Asian nation. You can rent a villa that features a kitchen to fulfill your gastronomic needs, a living room to let your family gather together, and other basic amenities to make your stay in the Philippines memorable. Renting a vacation home also gives you a feel of the local neighborhood; making you closer to the Filipino people.

Here are some of the great accommodations that give both value and quality for your money while spending your holiday in the Philippines. Rates may vary depending on the size, location, and services offered by property owners.

                Anito Beach House
If you are planning for a relaxing vacation in the Boracay Island, you must try the Anito Beach House. Created by the renowned Oneplace Design Group, this luxurious place gives its guests a clear view of the island's famous white beach. It is fully air-conditioned and equipped with cable television and wireless Internet. If you are looking for a thrilling adventure, this is the perfect vacation home to stay in as it offers surfing, parasailing, snorkeling, and diving. Accommodation rates start at USD 238 per night.

                Luxurious Mountain Log Cabin
When in Baguio City, the summer capital of the Philippines, one (a) way to enjoy its cold weather and tourist spots is to check in at the Luxurious Mountain Log Cabin. Located at a private subdivision in the "City of Pines," the house is built on traditional logs but (is) equipped with modern facilities for relaxation. This 3-bedroom cabin costs at least USD200/night.

                Clear Water Resthouse
To enjoy a breathtaking view of Taal Volcano in Tagaytay City, you should make a reservation at the Clear Water Resthouse. The resthouse has a splendid view of the volcano. An hour drive from Manila, this ancestral place can also be the perfect venue for weddings, corporate functions, and simple get together with family and friends.

There are many other accommodations and temporary residences to stay in while taking a vacation in the Philippines. For your convenience, contact a rental agency ahead of time. They will be able to provide you with enough information about the best vacation homes that offers the most competitive rate and service that you surely deserve. 

Pilgrimage Tourism Sites in the Philippines


Travelers looking to rev up their spiritual life need not go any farther than the Philippines, which is home to some of the world's oldest and beautiful churches. The archipelago of 7,107 islands, which was under Spanish rule for more than 300 years, is the largest Catholic country in Asia. Hundreds of churches have been constructed across the nation since the Spaniards arrived in the Philippines in 1521. With its rich religious heritage, the Philippines is cashing in on pilgrimage tourism to boost its coffers.

Wise men in the travel industry believe that tourism is not only centered on man-made and natural attractions but also on meaningful rituals that are based on religious faith. Large churches made from indigenous materials have placed the Philippines on the tourism map. This makes the country a versatile player in the sector, as it has a lot of attractions to offer from exquisite natural wonders to colorful events and festivals. Since a whole day, maybe even a week or a month, is not enough to visit all the historic and elegant churches in the country, the following travel information might help in your ultimate spiritual trip to this pre-dominantly Catholic nation.

                San Agustin Church

Have a trip down memory lanes by visiting San Agustin Church in Manila. Constructed in 1607, this place of worship is considered the oldest standing church in the Philippines. The church, which is made from adobe stones, has withstood several world wars and numerous earthquakes. A point of interest inside San Agustin Church is the magnificent trompe l'oeil mural on its ceiling and walls.

                Paoay Church

One of the notable travel destinations in northern Philippines is the Paoay Church in Ilocos Norte. Completed in 1894, the church is an excellent example of Baroque architecture. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has 24 massive curved buttresses designed to withstand powerful earthquakes. Its bell tower was used by local militants as an observation post in their revolt against Spanish colonizers.

                Barasoain Church

Barasoain Church in Malolos, Bulacan, ranks among the most historic sites in the Philippines. Dubbed as the "Cradle of Democracy in the East," this 17th century structure was the site of the First Philippine Congress in September 29, 1898. Barasoain Church was destroyed at the height of the Philippine Revolution but was renovated several times to preserve its original structure.

                Basilica del Santo Niño

Another top pilgrimage destination in the country is Basilica del Santo Niño. Located in the heart of Cebu City; this 16th century church was erected on the same spot where Spanish explorers purportedly found a sculpture of the child Jesus in 1565. A side trip in this historic site is a visit to a museum showcasing the history of Christianity in Cebu. The basilica remains under the Order of St. Augustine.

                Dauis Church

Aside from the world's famous Chocolate Hills, tourists flock to Bohol to catch a glimpse of the Dauis Church. Located on the island of Panglao, this place of prayer is also called the Our Lady of Assumption Church. Catholic faithfuls believe that the well located in front of the altar contains water that has medicinal powers.

                Quiapo Church

Another famous pilgrimage site in the Philippines is the Quiapo Church in Manila. It is home to the Black Nazarene, a life-sized, dark-colored sculpture of Jesus Christ bearing a cross. Due to the growing number of devotees, Catholic leaders launched an expansion project in 1984. Outside the church, you can find hordes of vendors selling various goods from religious items to traditional medicines. 

Philippines Tours


Because the Philippines is an archipelagic country, its geographic resources mainly include beaches and mountains.  There are several ways to book tours of these destinations but the easiest way is to get a tour guide and tour program from several travel agencies.

Using the Internet, tourists can simply search for Philippine travel agencies and the query will return several available tourist packages in the Philippines.  Visitors can either decide to join a guided tour or hire a tourist guide for their group alone. The tourist guide will be the one to arrange the itinerary for them and make the necessary reservation fees, if applicable.

Among the great destinations in the Philippines are Bohol, Puerto Galera and Cebu. In Bohol, visitors can have a tour of the Chocolate Hills.  Alternatively, they go diving in a famous white beach resort.  During the dive, they can also have the privilege to earn their own professional diving licenses.  Meanwhile, in Puerto Galera, they can enjoy the same diving privileges plus the opportunity to watch dolphins and whales.  Cebu, on the other hand, had been declared in 2002 as a ""tourism enterprise zone.""  The different churches and establishments in the said part of the country reflect much of its cultural heritage.  The city is also home to a number of famous Filipino food and delicacies such as dried mangoes and salted fish.

Before booking a Philippine tour, visitors are first advised to canvass a number of available options.  Some packages may be better than others and may even offer additional services such as hotel lodgings.  If time permits, it is best to make reservations at least a week before.  If the visitors or tourists plan to stay in the country for a longer vacation, it would be a good idea to consult an online travel agency, and purchase a membership.  Membership isn't free, but it can be used to get discounts on different travel packages. 

Call Center Lifestyle in the Philippines


Yuppie Filipinos get the chance to be employed easily once they obtained their bachelor or diploma degrees because of the emergence of contact centers everywhere in the Philippines. These workers started to fill the 24-hour skyscrapers that give a colorful background to metro Manila's financial districts at nighttime.

This only shows that people employed in this job for a couple of years were used to on their ticking biological sleeping habit. They slept all day long just to regain their strength and wake up again at the wee hours to prepare themselves for a nightlong work. Clad in casual attire with matching fashionable coats are the most common props if you are a customer service representative. During break time some even used to occupy the al fresco various dining areas in Manila. In Ortigas for instance, call center agents enjoy their 30-minute to 1 hour break at McDonald's, Starbucks, among others. For those who have extra pennies, they enjoy the hot aroma of Brazilian coffee in various blend. Others may sit on the corner and lit up their cigarette in a way of releasing their stress from work. It is enjoying isn't it?

At 8 pm. about 100 people, most 25 younger, sit in a room of enclosed cubicles outfitted with phones and computers. They'll be working until 4 am. or depends on the schedule of their shifts. As their shifts starts, it is usually morning in the US. These contact centers are following US standard zones such as Pacific, Eastern, Mountain and Central.

Meanwhile, 20-year-old Luisa Geneta disclosed that call center is her first job when she finished her bachelor's degree on May 4, 2007. At 12 am., Geneta left her house in Tondo, a suburb village in Manila, as her shift starts at 2 am. This Banking and Finance graduate from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) is one of the top caliber representatives for Unique Interaction, an American call center based in Ortigas.

"Working in a call center in the Philippines is really a big challenge for me especially that I'm new to this business. I spent most of my time and energy on this job," she said, who handles an inbound account.

It is a very risky to leave my house at midnight for a young lady like me. However, I consider that this is the most rewarding career that we have nowadays and this will be a big help in creating another means of livelihood for us Filipinos especially for fresh graduates like me, she claimed.
On the other hand, Margaret Estanislao, 19, a team leader of the same company, disclosed that placing the agents into action challenge her in keeping her job.

Estanislao, who started as an agent added that they tried everything in sorting out the problem of the customers. "We need to maintain our empathy if the customer is upset. They are pissed and upset not because of the representatives but to the products itself".

Both Geneta and Estanislao agreed that this job has given them the opportunity to enhance their skills and boost their confidence when it comes of interaction with their clients in a phone-to-phone conversation.

"Not to mention the financial aid that it gives to me and my family. I think this industry will continue to prosper in the succeeding years and it will continue to be one of the leading providers of career opportunities for Filipinos," Geneta further said.

It cannot be denied that outsourcing business is one of the most flavored industries in the Philippines and other Asian countries. It appears that contact center executives preferred this country because of the number of students produced every year, which can speak English in American way. As the third largest English-speaking country in Asia no doubt that business process outsourcing is in demand today.

BPO companies provides a state-of-the-art equipment in outsourcing their business in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. These companies trained their employees to speak like American way. In Unique Interaction, they provide fundamental call center training before the call center trainees will be allowed to take calls. The trainees has to learn account information first. Once they know the account then they are deployed ready on the floor and receive as many calls as they want. The company also teach their employees on how to handle their customers well. It is so hard to lose a customer, we know that they are considered as the lifeblood that gives full stream of support to make the company up and running and stay on the business for long.

The fact is call centers are part of the Philippine economic activity. Almost half of the 86.2 million people in the Philippines are younger than 20 years old. So don't be surprised if you will be able to meet supervisors, team leaders, managers below 25. This is because that call center has the fastest way of promoting a career development. If the agent is performing better and receiving good CSAT ratings then no doubt that within six months or less than, this certain employee is entitled to move to another level in his or her career path. The Philippines is also one of the potential factors for outsourcing. It has been also forecast by the XMG Inc., Manila-based research and advisory firm that the nation will surpass India by 2008 as home to the world's largest call center companies.

The Philippines offers attractive environment for the BPO companies, which is one of the key requirements by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (Peza) in applying for this business. Even now big contact center firms also expanded their centers not only in Manila but targeting the provincial levels. So it means, the revenues will not only take place within the National Capital Region (NCR) but it will also circulate to the provincial areas after passing the standard set by the Peza. Largest call centers are also found operating in Pampanga, Laguna and Baguio in Luzon; Bacolod, Cebu, Dumaguete and Iloilo in the Visayas; and Cagayan de Oro and Davao in Mindanao.

The Philippine Government is very supportive to this. Under the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, she said that BPO companies will generate billions of pesos in the country with target by 2010. When it starts to operate in 2000, now off-shore call center industry estimates to employs 60,000 people. 

Call Center Industry In The Philippines


Made up of more than 7,000 islands, you would be amazed by the different languages Philippine archipelago embodies. Who would think that the Philippines is the home of the best English speaking custom care agents most ideal for business process outsourcing?

Aside from the fact that Philippines offers lower operational and labor costs, we supply various call centers with agents proficient and competent in the English language. In fact, we also offer agents that are bilingual and multilingual that can handle just about anything from sales, investor relations, customer care, crisis management, and marketing. Customer care agents generally speak English and Spanish. Other languages include Japanese, Chinese and Arabic. These makes agents in the Philippines flexible and reliable when it comes to the matters of call centers.

Statistics will show that as of 2004, Philippines has attracted 20 percent of the total world market share in call center services. It is further forecasted that if things go the way it has been presently going, Philippines could capture almost 50 or 60 percent of the overall English speaking market by the year 2008. Philippines is also one of the top BPO destinations worldwide according to a survey conducted in 2005. Indeed, Philippines is the way to go if you are very serious about expanding your outsourcing business.

Call centers are a very lucrative source of income in the Philippines, contributing at least 12% to the Gross National Product. It also seems that call center jobs are the number option for fresh college graduates. It is estimated also that by 2010 call centers in the Philippines will generate USD 13 billion giving jobs to at least one million or more Filipinos.

In the limelight of the call center industry, the Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo incorporated in her 2006 State of the Nation Address a plan for interconnecting all call centers across the country. The Philippine Cyberservices Corridor is a vision and plan outlined in her ten point agenda which at the same time comprises the five "super regions". Services include business process outsourcing, medical transcriptionist and other related jobs.

So, where would these be located? Well, according to the outlined plan, the corridor will expand 600 miles starting from the city of Baguio in the north up to the city of Zamboanga in the south. One of the greatest achievements of Philippine Cyberservices Corridor is represented by the establishment of Philippine Silicon Alley located at the heart of Philippine Technology Park. This is a technology park which houses 20 firmware and software outsourcing companies. These companies include: SYSTEMA Computer Solutions Corp., JAVA Research and Development Center, ASTRA and MICOM. Philippine Technology Park provides a network over 60 small and medium software companies which has not stopped expanding since its incorporation.

Dumaguete, Davao and Naga have become the major locations for medical transcriptionists, while the cities of Bacolod City, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, Baguio, Angeles, Legaspi, and Tacloban houses several call centers in the country.

Presently, a major center of the corridor is undergoing construction. It is called the Silicon Gulf and will be based in Davao. 

Travel in Boracay Philippines

on Saturday, May 19, 2012

Philippines is surrounded by sea that is why it is gifted with beautiful beach and vast marine species live there, it is one of the reason why many tourist who love scuba diving travel in the Philippines. There are many must visit diving spot in the Philippines and some of them is hard to reach areas wherein you must travel for three to four hours before you arrive at your destination. Good thing there is a must visit diving spot in Boracay and it is the Crocodile Island.

Okay before we talk about Crocodile Island let me tell you small information about Boracay. Boracay is known for its white sand beach, a pristine and peaceful place, play beach volleyball with friends or relatives, the bar and beach party is always available at night and there is a wide variety of drinks to choose from, well remember to drink moderately and enjoy meeting other people, you can go and have a banana ride and kayaking and a lot more fun and excitement awaits you there. It is considered to be the best beach that you must visit when you travel in the Philippines. Boracay has complete facilities, if you want cozy hotels and restaurants they can offer some to you, if you are in a tight budget do not worry because there are hotels and restaurants that can fit to your budget.

If you want a peaceful and memorable vacation, I recommend that you visit Boracay. If you want scuba diving I will recommend Boracay again because our must visit diving spot is located there; the Crocodile Island.

Crocodile Island is located in southern tip of Bora which is fifteen minutes away from the white sand beach. First thing to remember is do not dive without a professional to guide you, especially if you are still learning how to scuba dive. Your travel in the Philippines will be memorable because Crocodile Island is rich in marine life. You will see a lot of aquatic animals once you dive, you can meet and greet schools of fish, nudibranch, gorgonian fan corals, moray eels, scorpion fish, cuttle fish, sea snakes, lion fish to name a few. This will be a great experience especially if you love underwater photography because you will get a lot of pictures of marine animals. You will also enjoy a dive with the whale sharks in Donsol. You can arrange a travel in your trusted travel agency in the Philippines and experience all the must visit diving spot in the Philippines. 

Things to Do During the Panagbenga Festival in Baguio


The "Panagbenga" or Flower festival or the Flower Festival inBaguio City is one of the Philippines much-awaited celebrations. This is among the national festivals that are a crowd drawer. Every year the "Panagbenga" does not disappoint, organizers have made it to a point that the annual festival will be better than the previous one. Incorporating new and creative twists to the traditional events during the "Panagbenga" is what makes it better than last year. The organizers and the community in general never seem to fail. For the "Panagbenga" 2012 the organizers have maximized the talents of the entire community in organizing and celebrating the Flower Festival 2012. With this much excitement and the promise of new and innovative activities tourists, visitors and residents of Baguio City alike are sure in for a treat this 2012.

For tourists or visitors who will be celebrating the Flower festival for the first time here are some things that you can do during the festival.

  • Walk around the Landscapes - every year the organizers of the Baguio Flower Festival holds a landscaping contest, different landscapers from Baguio City and other parts of the Philippines are always participating in this annual contest during the flower festival and such landscapes will be developed  in a particular part of Burnham Park for the public to see. You can walk around the landscape area and take photos, see the different carpet of flowers and a variety of artificial fountains.

  • Eat - Baguio city is fusion of culture from the different parts of the Philippines and it is during the "Panagbenga" Festival, particularly during the Session Road in Bloom where many restaurant and eateries in Baguio City showcases their various recipes. You can walk up and down Session road and try the different food that they offer. From the simple sweet corn to the delicious roasted cow and the sumptuous traditional chicken broth.

  • Attend the Grand Parades - considered as the crowd drawers of the "Panagbenga" Festival the Grand Street Parade and the Grand Float Parade are being witnessed by a lot of spectators. This is because of the Grand Float and Street Parades showcases the best of Baguio City and the rest of the Philippines, the Grand Street Parade is focusing on the different dances choreographed to the tune of the all familiar "Panagbenga" Hymn, colourful costumes worn by the dancers to emulate the colors of the flowers. The Grand Float Parade on the other hand is similar to the float parades during the Tournament of Roses in California USA. Floats are designed with different flowers resembling either a fantasy garden or any concept that every participants creative mind can think of. For 2011 a float that involves animatronics, so expect it better for "Panagbenga" 2012.

  • Witness the Grand Fireworks Display - To culminate the month-long celebration of the Flower Festival a grand fireworks display is surely held. The fireworks display is usually done in three different locations in the City of Baguio, the fireworks though in different locations could be seen in one vantage point, so pick a good spot and witness a symphony of fireworks display.

The Panagbenga Festival is always being held during the month of February. Panagbenga 2012 is scheduled for the coming year in Baguio City. 

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