The Friendly Trek to Quitinday Green Hills in Camalig, Albay

It was in May 2006 when I took my first memorable airplane ride bound for Albay, my humble hometown. When the pilot announced the landing, I was so thrilled glimpsing the majestic Mayon Volcano, the fleeting clouds, and the clear blue sky. When I stoop down, these mass of mounds caught much my attention because it looked like Bohol’s Chocolate Hills. I got so curious, why on earth this natural wonder hasn’t been discovered yet? I weaved a sigh wishing that this may be added soon to Albay’s roster of famous tourist attractions.

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the view from the second summit, the hills and Mayon Volcano

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Bakasyunan Resort in Tanay, Rizal: Refreshed and Satisfied

We had come to know Bakasyunan Resort and Conference Center in Tanay, Rizal while watching GMA-7′s morning show Unang Hirit. What caught our fancy were the big Infinity Pool and their thrilling outdoor activities. For our twentieth anniversary, my hubby surprised me a weekend getaway in this famous resort. Together with our kids and my mother, we will drive a two-hour trip in getting to the province of Rizal.

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the Infinity Pool, the main attraction in Bakasyunan Resort

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Anawangin Cove: Savoring its laid-back feel

Anawangin and Nagsasa are two popular coves in Zambales that I was itching to visit. I was coercing my hubby in getting there for almost three years now, yearning and dreaming of camping and beach getaway. You think I give up? No no no.

Came the third week of March this year, I was surprised by his abrupt decision when he told me that we will be celebrating our son’s 19th birthday there! Finally, this is it! Thank you so much dear for considering my long-time wish. Yehey!

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the campers at the back of the beach area and near the enchanting river

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Early dinner at Apag Marangle, Pampanga

Our two-day sun and sand getaway at Nagsasa Cove in Zambales was indeed so refreshing. Before we left the jump-off point we ate our brunch then we set off for a long drive going back to Manila. When we were along Gapan Road, everyone was talking about snack. We searched for dining options somewhere in Pampanga which is known for its sophisticated culinary work and exotic dish. We saw one restaurant but did not seem very interesting so we moved on. By a stroke of luck, we stumbled upon this humble restaurant Apag Marangle which was beside the main highway in Sta. Barbara, Bacolor, Pampanga.

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the big nipa hut that warmly greeted us

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Nayong Pilipino in Clark, Pampanga: Revealing the glimpse of the past

A visit to Nayong Pilipino in Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga gave us the opportunity to go back in time and embraced our heritage, values and culture. This cultural theme park which was once located in Pasay City features replicas of historical sites, tourist spots, native villages and cultural presentations. Among the prime attractions are the houses of our national heroes like Dr. Jose Rizal, Apolinario Mabini and the first president of the country, Emilio Aguinaldo.

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The Ifugao dancers and the native Ulog house as backdrop

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