Saturday, June 29, 2019

Exploring beyond the usual path: Best local destinations for every barkada!


It’s a memorable experience to travel with family or friends, but even better to explore great unknowns, conquer amazing places, and create golden memories with loved ones. If there’s one rule to traveling, it is that nothing else makes adventures even more exciting than having great people to share it with.

So, for those who are still on a break from school or planning to use up their vacation leaves, now is the time to chat with friends and organize those much-awaited getaways. For those looking to fill their itinerary with interesting destinations, here are some up-and-coming tourist spots to consider.

For recreational hikers
Some local hiking destinations are just three or four hours outside of the Metro, so friends can easily hop on a bus or organize a road trip. For starters, the trails of Mount Daraitan in Tanay, Rizal is an easy climb and usually takes three hours to reach the summit. Though the climb is pretty steep in the beginning, the majestic view at the top makes all the sweat worth it. Another awesome option is to go to Batad, Ifugao and trek along the breathtaking Batad Rice Terraces. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is believed to be sculpted by the Ifugao and a trip here will make thrill-seekers appreciate their stunning work of ingenuity.

For beach go-getters
The Island Garden City of Samal in Davao is blessed with white sand resorts where one can lounge and relax under the sun. The island is also home to rich marine life and exotic flora and fauna which travelers can explore with the help of the friendly locals. Negros Occidental’s best kept secret paradise, Lakawon Island, is also a must-visit for those looking for a peaceful beach retreat. This 16-hectare island is home to the biggest floating bar in Asia, TawHai, where it is best to enjoy drinks while enjoying a stunning view of the open water.

For adventure seekers
For squads who have a knack for thrilling activities, a day-trip to Masungi Georeserve is a must in the barkada bucket list. This eco tourist spot in Rizal brings visitors closer to nature with its trails that showcase natural rock formations and lush rainforests in the area. They can also take an Instagram-worthy shot atop its famous ‘Sapot’ which is similar to a spider web and offers a clear 360-view of the province. They can also opt to drive north to Ilocos Norte and visit La Paz Sand Dunes, where they can go sand boarding or enjoy an ATV ride. A few miles off Ilocos, the Province of Abra is also a favorite spot for its hot springs and waterfalls hidden in the mountains.
Bringing an ultimate travel experience, the ready-to-drink Green Tea beverage, C2 Cool and Clean, partnered once again with Travel Factor to let Filipinos explore the beauty of local destinations. The travel company has been offering local adventure tours and international backpacking trips. On its second year of partnership, C2 and Travel Factor will be organizing out-of-town trips to Batad, Ifugao in July and Lakawon, Negros in September.

To get a chance to join these all-expense-paid trips, interested participants simply have to share a photo of their own travel kit or essentials with C2 on C2 Cool and Clean’s official Facebook page (@C2CoolandClean). They can also post a photo on their Instagram and tag C2’s official account (@c2coolandclean). 

Stay tuned for more updates from the brand by following C2 Cool and Clean on Facebook and Instagram.


Wednesday, June 26, 2019


          Diamond Hotel Philippines is always looking for ways to dazzle their guests, especially through its food. This June, they launched a special buffet spread at their flagship restaurant Corniche, that puts the wonder of Filipino Cuisine front and center, through its "Philippine Culinary Heritage Food Festival."

Wednesday, June 12, 2019


Give the man of the house an epic Fathers’ Day experience at Resorts World Manila (RWM), where a wide array of delights for every type of dad is within reach.

Give your dad the gift of a city staycation without having to break the bank with RWM’s trio of practical hotels, Savoy Hotel Manila, Belmont Hotel Manila, and Holiday Inn Express Manila Newport City (HIEx Manila). Each hotel has a special Father’s Day staycation package
that is available for the entire month of June.

RWM members who shop or dine at Newport Mall or stay at any RWM-based hotel from June 14-30 can get a raffle entry for every receipt worth at least P2,000 from participating establishments.

 Prizes at stake include a treatment package from Island Spa, five Wolfgang’s Steakhouse gift certificates worth Php5,000 each, one set of Travel Club’s Silverwood Luggage worth

Php28,000, two units of Travel Club’s Briggs & Riley Luggage worth Php30,000, and a brand
new Vespa Sprint 150 worth Php205,000.

You can also take your love for dad online and get a chance to win exciting prizes for him by
recreating photos of yourselves from ten years ago and sharing it on your Instagram (IG)
account with the hashtags #PosePaMore and #FathersDayAtRWManila. Both the original
and recreated photos’ links must be registered on and tag
the official RWM IG and Facebook accounts to qualify for the contest. The post must also
contain at least five tagged friends challenging them to join the contest.

Caption the photo describing the story behind the original and what has changed or stayed
the same a decade after. Entries must be posted between June 4 and June 16, 2019 and
must remain on contestant’s IG account without any subsequent edits from the initial entry

for the entire duration of the promo. 10 winners will each get a newly released Seiko
Prospex Turtle Save the Ocean Great White Shark Edition wrist watch for dad worth

Visit for more information. Download the RWM Mobile App for free on
the AppStore or GooglePlay to receive updates and complete information on RWM’s
Father’s Day offers and events. Avail of free RWM membership and sync your membership
card number to receive special members-only deals via the app.


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