Monthly Archives: November 2012

Taal Volcano: A volcano island within a lake

Taal Volcano is a volcanic island situated within Taal Lake, located in Batangas Province.  It is accessed through Talisay, Batangas, just at the foot of Tagaytay City.

How to Get There:

From Metro Manila:  You can ride a bus bound for Tagaytay or any buses via Talisay, Batangas.  From Talisay, Batangas, you can hire pumpboat that crosses to the volcano island.  You can choose from different resorts that offer pumpboat services along Talisay’s lake shore.

Above:  Villa Amparo Resort.  They offer 1,500 Php boat service back and forth with free Cottage and shower usage.

Lake Cruisin’

Cruisin’ in the Lake could be a good start.. Enough to get some fresh air.

Horseback Riding to the Top of the volcano  

Going up walking would be very difficult that is why the tourism dept offer horseback riding going up for 500php (30 minutes) vice versa.  This was my first time to ride on the back of a horse.


Sight Seeing

Enjoyed a lot watching the breathtaking view from the top of the volcano. 

Adding Taal Volcano to your bucket list would be highly recommended if you are planning to visit Tagaytay.  A budget of 5000 for two would be big enough for a Tagaytay-Taal Volcano Trip.

Enjoy Taal Volcano!

The Ancient Butuan City

Butuan City is the de facto capital of the province of Agusan del Norte.  However, due to its independence from the province, Cabadbaran City (a neighbor city) was declared as the province’s seat of government.  Butuan city is the center of trade and commerce of northern mindanao or the CARAGA region.  It is historically significant as ancient civilization was present at the very spot of the modern day Butuan.  It was then called Kingdom of Butuan.  It has trade relations with the Malays, Chinese, and even as far as Indian civilization.  One of the evidence of their historical background is the so-called Balangay – an ancient galley.  Now, Butuan city is a progressive city and considered as a highly-urbanized city.  It is a good place to spend some vacation in Butuan.

I have also been to Butuan several times already since both my mom and dad came from here.  Technically, my mom is from Buenavista, a town 13 kms away from the city proper.

How to Get There:

An image of the Port in Nasipit, Agusan del Norte

From Manila:  There are daily trips through Plane bound for Butuan through Cebu Pacific or PAL.  If you choose to sail through the sea, 2Go Travel can accomodate you with their trips.  Check their site for schedules.

From Cebu:  There are daily trips through Plane bound for Butuan through Cebu Pacific or AirPhil.  If you choose to sail through the sea, 2Go Travel can accomodate you with their trips.  Check their site for schedules.

Note:  For those who choose sea travel, the port is located in Nasipit town, around 20 kms from Butuan.

Where To Stay:

Dotties Place Butuan:

Address : J C Aquino Avenue 
          Butuan City 8600

Features : A place for relaxation and fun . Rooms with overlooking the swimming pool and view of the hotel . The swimming pool is said to be the largest in Butuan .
For Inquiries and Help in reservation of this hotel E-mail :

Almont Inland Resort

J.C. Aquino Avenue
Butuan City 8600, Philippines

Tel : (63 85) 342-7414 & 341-2103
Telefax : (63 85) 342-9524

Email :

Butuan City is also home to food-loving individuals.  People here are so fond of Filipino cuisine - loving our own.  Scattered around the corners of Butuan are grill restaurants, seafood restaurants, and even class A Filipino Food Restaurants.  Butuanons just love being Filipino.  You can also find fastfoods around the city and few dimsum restaurants.

Here are the few places where you can eat:

Lutong Bahay ni Aling Cora
Located at R. Calo St. Brgy. Diego Silang, Butuan City (085) 342-5831

Weegols Garden

DoonganButuan City
Contact Person : Carlos Delector Telephone Number 342-5558

If you get hungry in the middle of the night, it is not a problem because this one could save your midnight cravings.

Where To Go/Visit:

Diosdado Macapagal Bridge

Balangay Shrine
Balangay is an ancient boat used by the ancient civilization in Butuan for trading.  This is one evidence that Butuan has long been a civilized village.

Mount Mayapay

Adventure seekers should not miss climbing in Mt Mayapay.

Gaisano Butuan

Or simply discover Butuan’s leading Dept Store/Mall..

Delta Discovery Park

If you happen to be in Butuan city, try out Delta Discovery Park (Butuan Highlands Adventure) which holds the current longest zip line record in whole AsiaDelta Discovery Park is located at Purok 7, Brgy. Bonbon, Libertad Butuan City.
Landline: (085) 345-8891 / 341-1557 / 816-1875
Mobile: 0918-2845556 / 0906-4728300

Timberlanes Bowling

If you are in the mood for some smashin’ bowl-heads, go for timberlanes. It is just located within the vicinity of Butuan proper.


If you are up for some party rockin’, this place might be a great place for your hangover.

I do not know what your interests are, but I am sure that there is something that is in Butuan for you.  Just give it a try.  It is nice to spend a weekend in this place, or even a week (if you are planning on visiting the World’s Largest Crocodile, Lolong; the majestic Tinuy-an Falls, or the Fascinating Enchanted River of Hinatuan, Surigao del sur).

Come along and discover the wonders of the Ancient Butuan!

Check out this Video and see the streets of Butuan.

Madyaw na Pagkani! (Welcome)

Intramuros: The Walled City of Manila

Intramuros is a walled city found at mouth of Pasig River in Manila.  It was built in the 16th century by the Spanish Conquistadores.  The walls serves as a protection from moro invasions.  Up until today, several Spanish structures are still standing and the government are making efforts in preserving these treasures.  It was destroyed by the Japanese invasion but repaired in 1952.

Places To Visit:

Metropolitan Theatre

Just outside the gates of Intramuros (near LRT central station) you will find the Metropolitan theatre.

Central Post Office Building

You will also find this structure just outside the gates of Intramuros.

Within the Gates of Intramuros:


Palacio Del Sana

San Agustin Church

The Manila Cathedral

Palacio Del Gubernador

Fort Santiago

Rajah Sulayman Theatre

Rizal Shrine

HOw to get There:

From NAIA:  You can take a Cab and tell the taxi to take you to Intramuros.

From South Harbor:  You can take a cab, FX, or jeepney.  Just ask the people around on what route to take.

TIP:  Bring your umbrella if you just intend to walk around the walled city, otherwise you can just have a Calesa Tour for 350php per hour if you want to savor the moment.

Intramuros is a great place for a day stroll.. But of course, it is best experienced if you are with your loved one.

Enjoy your Day!