April 23, 2016
The province of Laguna is blessed with many waterfalls, one of which is this 90-ft. Buntot Palos Falls, which according to our tour guide is the highest among the province’s waterfalls, and ranked 4th nationwide during the It’s More Fun in the Philippines Department of Tourism campaign.
Situated in the town of Pangil, one can easily reach the jump-off point from Manila by riding an Infanta-bound bus, getting off in Famy, and then riding a tricycle to get to Panguil River Ecopark, Brgy. Natividad. An alternative would also be taking a jeep bound for Siniloan from Robinson’s Cainta, riding another jeepney bound for Famy and then taking the tricycle.
However, from the Panguil River Ecopark, it would take a 1.5 to 2-hour challenging trek, to get to this amazing view.
The services of a tour guide cost P500/group of 5, while entrance fees are at P25/person. Pretty cheap for such a breathtaking experience.
You may reach Kagawad Ester, who’s in charge, for more information at 09267001056. We also offer joiner’s tours; email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 17, 2016
Sunday lunch was spent at Marcia Adams’, a Tuscan-themed garden restaurant near Tagaytay City. For the ambiance and a three-course meal, consisting of an appetizer, a main course (Grilled Aromatic Pork Chop), and dessert, the price (at least P700/head) was just right.
March 26, 2016
Hidden in the town of Majayjay, Laguna is an enchanted pond surrounding the Bukal Falls. We say it’s enchanted because its crystal clear, frigid blue waters reminds us of photos of the more popular Enchanted River in Surigao.
To get to the jump-off point, one has to go to the barangay hall of Brgy. Bukal. Entrance fees are just at P25/person, while the services of a tour guide cost P300/group of 5. We got to the jump-off point at around 3pm, and trekked for an hour to reach Bukal Falls. The trail was quite challenging but was manageable even for older people. In fact, Mommy Evette (Janna’s 58-year old mother) had a great time with us. By 6pm, just before sunset, we were already back at where we started.
If you’re also looking for a place to eat, there’s this new restaurant/resort in Lucban, Quezon called Sam Kara, which is just five minutes away from Majayjay, Laguna. We had a Filipino lunch just before going to Brgy. Bukal.
Most of our adventures consist of day trips near Metro Manila, where we are based.
When we started this blog, one of the challenges we dared ourselves with was to get back within 24 hours to show other people that day trips to seemingly far places like Baguio City are possible. Later on, we realized that more than just being possible, day trips are in fact practical. Here are some reasons why:
- You get to save money.
Decent budget rooms in transient inns/B&B’s start at P500 ($12) per head. Instead of spending at least a thousand pesos (approximately $25) on accommodation, we prefer getting back home late in the evening, and sleeping on our own beds. This may be tiring for some, but one can always sleep in the bus, or in the car, except of course if he or she is the driver (and that is why sometimes, we prefer commuting but we’ll save it for another article).
- You save time.
Other than the financial practicality of getting back home and sleeping in the bus, day trips are also sensible because the traffic is better in the evening. We don’t know if people realize this but usually, in overnight trips, the last day is just reserved for just breakfast and traveling back home. In short, you spend most of the day on the road, and when you get home, you’re still exhausted and just want to lay in bed. For people like us, who have regular day jobs, it would then be so hard to get to work on the next day. Day trips allow us to explore the world around us almost every week, and still become productive for work on the following working day.
- You get to pack light.
Since you are just going on a day trip, you don’t have to bring overnight stuff such as nightwear, and towels.
- Asking permission from your parents or guardians would be easier.
We don’t know if this applies to everyone but we think parents are more inclined to let their children go on day trips than overnighters. Since some of our readers are students, we believe this would apply. And yes, at 28, Janna still seeks permission from her parents.
Here’s a list of awesome day trips we’ve taken that you should try too. Click the link to redirect you to our blog post on every destination. (We’ll keep this page updated and add more day trip destinations but make sure to check our posts on other non-day trips too.)
- Dambana ng Kagitingan & Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, Bataan
- Balatoc Mines Tour & Bridal Veil Falls & Colorado Falls, Itogon & Tuba, Benguet
- Hiking Mt. Ulap, Itogon, Benguet
- Boac & Gaspar Island, Marinduque
- Majayjay Falls / Taytay Falls / Imelda Falls, Majayjay, Laguna
- Magdalena: River Rafting, Cliff Diving, and Water Tubing, Magdalena, Laguna
- Pagsanjan / Cavinti Falls, Laguna
- Seven Lakes of San Pablo City, Laguna
- MJD Urban Escape Farm, Lucena City, Quezon
- Mt. Mirador / Mt. Pinagbanderahan, Quezon National Forest Park, Atimonan, Quezon
- Bangkong Kahoy Valley, Dolores, Quezon
- Kamay ni Hesus & Kamayan sa Palaisdaan
- Hangga Falls / Maapon Falls, Sampaloc, Quezon
- Villa Sariaya, Sariaya, Quezon
- Hinulugang Taktak & Cloud 9, Antipolo City, Rizal
- Angono Art Galleries: Carlos “Botong” Francisco House, Nemiranda Arthouse and Balaw Balaw Restaurant, Angono, Rizal
- National Museum: Angono Petroglyphs, Angono, Rizal
- Inday Nelly’s Mystical Cave, Padilla, Rizal
- Wawa Dam & River, Rodriguez, Rizal
- Hiking Mt. Pamitinan, Rodriguez, Rizal
- Ten Cents to Heaven, Tanay, Rizal
- Masinloc Ecotour: Giant Clam / Taklobo Farm, Bacala Guesthouse, Mangrove Islet, and San Salvador Island, Masinloc, Zambales
- Barasoain Church, Malolos, Bulacan
- Buntot Palos, Pangil, Laguna
- Bantakay Falls, Atimonan, Quezon
January 23, 2016.
One fine Saturday, we decided to go to the Barasoain Church, without knowing that it was also the 117th anniversary of Emilio Aguinaldo’s inauguration as the President of the First Philippine Republic, which happened inside the same church.
We witnessed a wedding taking place inside the historical church, which was a staple in grade school field trips.
February 13, 2016
To celebrate the 12th anniversary of meeting each other, my fiance Nikko took me paragliding in Carmona, Cavite. Pilots Uwe Klein and Buko Raymundo flew with us for around 10 minutes. Flying hundreds of meters above sea level is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. -Janna
February 7, 2015
This was our first dayhike for the year (Yes, Benguet day trips are possible!). We left Manila at around 12:00 MN of Sunday, and got back in a little over 24 hours.
The Mt. Ulap Eco-Trail was launched just in October of last year. The jump-off point is in the baranggay hall of Ampucao, Itogon, Benguet, which is just a 45-minute jeepney ride (P50 fare) from the terminal in Petron Harrison Road, Baguio City. We spent seven long hours to complete the Ampucao-Sta. Fe Traverse, and got to visit the Ambanao Paoay Peak, Gungal Rock, and the summit of Mt. Ulap. Registration fee is at P100 per person.
It was very cold. News reports say that the temperature dropped to 11.5 degrees Celsius in Baguio City. Fortunately for us, we got to experience Mt. Ulap (which means “cloud” in Filipino) in its literal form as we incidentally climbed on a cloudy day. However, we didn’t get to see some parts of the picturesque view as they were covered with again, clouds. At least there’s a reason for us to go back.
P.S. Thank you to our new friends, who shared the tour guide with us (P400 per group of 10), and gave us free lunch!
January 16, 2016
The Angono Petroglyphs is the oldest known artwork in the Philippines, dating back to 3,000 B.C.. It was discovered by National Artist Carlos “Botong” Francisco in 1965, and was declared by the National Museum of the Philippines as a National Cultural Treasure in 1973.
When we went to the site early last year, we didn’t get to see the actual petroglyphs as the area was under renovation. It was last month when we finally got to see the engravings of human and animal figures.
December 30, 2015
On Rizal Day last year, we took a day trip to Tanay, Rizal to try out Luzon’s longest zipline at Ten Cents to Heaven. The adventure camp offers scenic views and different activities, such as swimming, rappelling, wall climbing, and an obstacle course.
December 28, 2015
During our week-long holiday vacation in Quezon, we thought of visiting the heart-shaped island-province of Marinduque, which is three hours away from Lucena City by boat. We got to the Dalahican port at around 8:00 am, and waited for the next ferry bound for Marinduque.
We reached the Balasacan port of Marinduque at around 1:00 pm and rode a jeepney to get to its capital, Boac, have lunch at the Kusina sa Plaza, and visit the Boac Cathedral and Pugutan site.
We then proceeded to the town of Gasan, and chartered a boat, which took us to Gaspar Island.
The Gaspar Island is part of the Tres Reyes group of islands, which are named after the three kinds (Melchor, Gaspar, and Baltazar). We were pressed for time, so we only got to visit Gaspar, which is the most beautiful among the three, according to the very helpful baranggay officials (Kagawad Dodong and the Brgy. Captain) we met at the jump-off point in Brgy. Pinggan.
After a few hours exploring the island, we went to the Cawit port, which is just a few minutes away from Gasan. We waited for hours for the Roro boat, which ferried us back to Lucena City.