Monthly Archives: June 2013

Rainforest Park: A Jungle Within The City

 When you need an instant escape from your activities of daily living, this might be the perfect place for you; of course, if you are living in Cebu. You do not need to travel distances, you just have to take a cab.  Situated in Panagdait, Mabolo, Rainforest park is very accessible to Cebuanos living within the metro.  Visitors of Cebu should also not miss this place.  Come and see what you can find here! This place is perfect for children of all ages!

How To Get There:  From Cebu City (Ayala Center), if you want to ride a jeepney, you can take the route 04L (Lahug-SM) and drop off the corner of F Cabahug St. and Pope John Paul II street, and ride another jeep bound for Panagdait (route 03A).  To make sure, you can just take a cab from Ayala.  It would just cost around 50 to 60 php.

Amenities and Activities:

The Jungle Adventures  

As the park’s main feature, Jungle Adventure offers adventure-seeker very challenging obstacles.  See below for more images. 

Amazon’s Aviary

Tarzan’s Tree House  

Floor Simulated Fountain  

Oasis Fish Spa  

Zoofari Cafe  

Tribes’ Bar  

Souvenir Shop  

Hanging out with friends or family, or your loved ones here in Rainforest would be perfect on a Saturday or a Sunday.  Schedule your next family outing, team building or just simply bonding here at Rainforest Park!

For more info about them, you can visit their website: Rainforest Park

Choose Philippines, Choose Rainforest Park!

Enjoy!

Maribago Bluewater Resort: Mactan Island’s Gem

 Maribago Bluewater is a resort located in Brgy Maribago, Lapulapu City, Cebu.  It is one of the premiere resort-destination in Mactan Island.  It is one of the Bluewater-trademark resorts in the Country.  It offers wide range of activities such as for team buildings and other family or group activities.  It is also a nice place to spend a night for those who needs to escape from the stress in the city.  You do not actually need to travel long distances.  This is ideal for people who hates hitting the road but are longing to spend a day at the beach.

How To Get There:  It would just take a few minutes ride from Mactan International Airport (Cebu) so it is really ideal for tourists who want to start their day soaking at the beach; you just need to hire a cab from the airport.  From Cebu City proper, if you are commuting, you can take a jeep bound for Mandaue (Highway Seno or Parkmall), and then take another jeep/multicab bound for Maribago.  It would take around 45 minutes travel from Mandaue, lesser if you would take a taxicab.

From Manila:  There are a lot of flights to choose from per day bound for Cebu so it is not a problem.  You can choose from PAL, Cebu Pax, Airphil, or Zestair.

Amenities:

The Pool Their pool is quite warm or should I say warm at that time because of the sun. Otherwise, it was really good.

 Come one, come all.. 🙂

The Beach  Who would not love the white sands and crystal clear waters?

The Food  

The food is fine but not quite impressive.

Cottages/Rooms    

Beach Huts   

Outdoor Chess   

Jet Skis  

And More!  

Banca Across the Man-made Island 

Spending a day at the resort would be suggestive, but it is highly suggestive if you spend the night with your loved one in this romantic resort.  For the locals of Cebu, if you are tired of travelling to far places then this is the perfect resort for you.  You can actually visit their website at to book or for inquiry.

Are you in Cebu right now? then what are you waiting for? Visit Maribago Bluewater Resort now..

Bacolod City: The City of Smiles

Bacolod City, is dubbed as the “city of smiles” because of its people’s friendly faces.  It is now one of the best cities in the Philippines when talking about the standards of living.  It is one of the most livable cities in Asia, and in 2012 was dubbed as the most livable city in the Philippines by surveys.  Personally, if I would be given the chance to settle in Bacolod, I would.  It is really an ideal place to start a family with and establish your own business or career.  For the benefit of the people who haven’t heard of this place yet, Bacolod city is home to the prestigious Bongbong’s Piyaya, Inasal na Manok Bisaya, and it celebrates Masskara Festival every year.  It is one of the most popular festivals in the Philippines.  It happens around every third saturday or sunday of October.  Too bad I was not able to try Masskara yet, but sooner or later I shall return.

How To Get There:  From Cebu City:  You can travel to Bacolod by Bus through a roll-on and roll-off ferry via route Cebu-Toledo-San Carlos-Don Salvador Benedicto-Bacolod (4 to 5 hours) or Cebu-Tabuelan-Escalante-Bacolod route (6-7 hours). Check on Ceres Bus hotline for more schedule info.  You can also travel Cebu-Bacolod by air through Cebu Pax.

From Manila:  You can travel by Air through Cebu Pax and Philippine Airlines and by sea through 2go Travel.

From Iloilo – Travelling Iloilo-Bacolod is the easiest.  There are four fastcraft companies who serve the Iloilo-Bacolod route and they have daily schedules, just check on their travel schedules.

Where To Stay:  Bacolod Pavilion – Bacolod Pavilion hotel is the place I suggest since it is located near the port and it is also near downtown area.  You can just take a walk in going to SM.  In our case, we took the room in Bacolod Pavilion Resort, just across the hotel.  It has pool as well.  We got the room for only 900 php per night (with CaTV, aircon, pool use, and the room was nice).

Places To Visit 

Negros Occidental Capitol Grounds 

San Sebastian Cathedral  

                                  Of course, who would forget the controversial list of who to and not to vote?  San Sebastian Cathedral was the first one to post a banner on this campaign.

Bacolod Public Plaza  

Bacolod City Downtown Area The old city hall

Pope John Paul II Tower  

SM City Bacolod 

The Ruins  

The Ruins is one of the jewels of the Philippines.  To know more about this place, visit my separate entry about The Ruins.

Mambukal Mountain Resort  Mambukal Mountain Resort is located in Murcia, a town near Bacolod. Travel time is about 20 to 30 minutes going to the place. See more pictures and info about this place.  Try to check on my separate blog entry about Mambukal Mountain Resort.

Things You Should Not Miss

Aida’s Chicken in Manokan Country 

Bongbong’s Piyaya  (This are actually items from Bacolod, Iloilo, and Guimaras)

And Lastly, You should not miss this one… 

I really enjoyed eating this one because it is my first time to eat this street food.                        

If anyone happens to know this, please tell me the name of this street food because got to know more about this and how to do this one. 🙂

Bacolod City is a strict and prosperous city.  It has a lot of things for you to experience.  I suggest you visit the city on the third week of October to celebrate with their feast.  I am sure that you would surely have fun in Bacolod!

And Oh, do not ever forget to be yourself when you are in Bacolod, because they say no to “plastic.”  lol.. 🙂

Choose Bacolod! Choose Philippines! Smile!

To know more travel itineraries, visit The Philippine Travel Itineraries.

Cruisin’ Mactan Channel: Sulpa, Hilutungan, and Olango Islands

Island Hopping, in a more popular term, is one of Cebuano’s favorite daytime activity.  We love to hit the beaches and conquer shores.  Every weekend, the number of island hopping activities in Mactan Channel is increasing.  It is an ideal team-building activities or even family reunions.  Both local and international tourists meet along the shores of the little islands surrounding mactan channel.

Here is our Entire Island Hopping activity:

Loading From Small banca to the pumpboat:

First Stop:  Sulpa Island  

This is what it looks like when I set foot on the island 

Anchor’s up!  Set the course to the Next Destination! Matthew doing his thing.

Chitchats while cruisin’

Next Stop:  Hilutungan Island We were not able to go near the island because of some fee issues.

The waters near Hilutungan is so refreshing, but beware of the strong current.

Here are some underwater shots from Kayamann Cotiango’s cam: James Pilapil on his underwater quest.

The whole crew underwater.  Roots Revival Divers.. 🙂

Kayamann mic check

Joseph Flores’ underwater pose

Now, you might wonder why I do not have my solo underwater photo, it is actually in “about me” section. hehe..

Last Stop:  Olango Island  

There is actually nothing much to see in this area but sea orchins. 🙂

A School of Motorboats hired by Island Hoppers on a Sunday.

A day in a motorboat would be great.  You can swim, or you may just feel the gentle breeze and do sight seeing; with this, you can relieve yourself from stress.  Yeah, just splash your worries and stress away!

How To Get There:  From the city proper, you can always take  a cab going to Maribago.  You just need to contact a motor banca operator and book a day use.  After that, you negotiate and agree on where to meet.  We usually meet up with the operator in Maribago, Lapu-lapu.  (beside Imperial Palace).

Who to contact?  I do not have the number personally, but you can always search it in google.

Island Hopping, you say?  Yeah, it is really great!

DaanBantayan: The Detour

DaanBantayan is a town located at the northernmost part of Cebu.  You will find a lot of tourist destinations here in Daanbantayan.  Malapascua Island, one of the world’s attractive destination for divers and beach bums, is part of this municipality.  The Virgin Beach Resort (you can find a separate entry of it in my blog) is also part of this municipality.

How To Get There:  From Cebu City, you can take a bus or van bound for Daanbantayan at the North Bus Terminal.  Travel time would take 3 to 4 hours depending on the stops or the speed of your vehicle.

What is in store for me in DaanBantayan?

Actually, our trip in Daanbantayan was not really planned.  Our real plan was to get to Funtastic Gibitngil Island in Medellin, a town near Daanbantayan.  We were not allowed to sail across the island because of the bad weather condition;  Damn, just our luck!  But anyways, we took the detour and try looking for possible place to spend our getaway.  We hoped for the weather to be in favor with us the next day so that we can just go the the island the day after.  So we found a place to spend the rest of the day.  I just forgot the name of the resort.  Here are some of the pictures of the place:  

The next day, the weather was still bad so we just decided to look for another place for swimming.. And poof, ideas came out, and this is the place where we spent our Day 2:

Say hello to our new found friends!…   

We may not be able to reach our primary destination, it does not matter, because we found new friends and we were able to have fun with them.. yay! I mean, the real human friends not the animal friends.. 🙂 

Our Daanbantayan trip was just memorable, and I therefore conclude that it is sometimes good to have detours!

Flight Cancellations, Boat/Ship travel suspensions, and other trip cancellations or delays are not always as bad.  You might just need a DeTour!

Enjoy the Philippines!

To know more itineraries visit:  The Philippine Travel Itineraries.