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Laoag- Lightning the North

Laoag means “light” in the Ilocano dialect. It sits within Ilocos Norte, a province on the northern region of the Philippines blessed with a rich heritage and a haven of age-old churches that mirror how the Catholic religion’s predominance greatly affected the Filipino way of life.

Long before the coming of the Spaniards, Laoag and its surrounding provinces have been famous for their gold mines. Merchants from neighboring countries like Japan and China would come to trade gold with beads, ceramic and silk. The people, believed to be of Malay origin, called their locality “samtoy” or “sao mi toy,” which literally meant “our language.”

After the Spanish conquistadores settled in Manila, they moved to other locations they can conquer, in the late 1500s. Juan de Salcedo, Legazpi’s grandson, led an expedition to the north with eight armed boats and 45 men at the age of 22.

Salcedo, together with his men, first set foot in Vigan and then moved on to Laoag, Currimao and Badoc. Along the coast where the men sailde, they were amazed to see sheltered coves, or “looc,” where the locals lived. Thus, they named the region, “Ylocos” and its people, “Ylocanos”.

The Spanish conquistadors spread Christianity throughout the region. Tracts of land were utilized to build churches and bell towers in line with the Spanish mission “bajo las campanas.” These old churches of the locality are a remembrance of history and are a reflection of the rich culture that evelved from the Spanish occupation of Laoag.

Today, Laoag is a bustling city with all the creature comforts. Restaurants, fast food chains and grocery stores are located within the city. Telecommunication is not a problem for there are phone lines where one can make both local and international calls. It has an international airport so it is very accessible to all kinds of travelers.

How to Get There
There are a number of bus terminals in Manila that provide bus services to Laoag (P470.00 for air-conditioned bus). Most are located in the Manila area. Buses from Baguio going to Laoag are also available. Bus fares vary depending on the type of bus. Travel time is eight hours from Manila and four hours from Baguio. One can also fly to Laoag from various locations but it is a must to first check the flight schedules at the Laoag International Airport (077) 772-0663. There are also flights from Laoag to Basco, Batanes.

By air, Laoag is 45 minutes from. Manila, 55 minutes from Kaoshiung, 80 minutes from Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Taipei, and 2.25 hours from Shanghai.

How to Get Around

It is possible to rent vans and cars with a chaffeur through a hotel or a travel agency, P2,000 is the average price for the whole day. Bus fares vary, but there is usually a minimum fee of P50.00 per hour, per passenger of air-conditiones buses. Jeepneys ply the common routes and the average fee is P7.50 per kilometer. Tricycles are used for short distances and it is P7.50 per kilometer. Tricycles are used for short distances and it is best that you and the tricycle driver agree on the fare before embarking on the journey. The calesa is also a unique way to tour around the city, minimum charge is P5.00 for the first two kilometers.

Pristine Palawan

Widely known as “The Last Frontier,” the archipelago of Palawan is a magnificent world that should be discovered slowly, feet wriggled into its pristine white sands, and its waters swam in with indulgence.
Palawan is the country’s largest province, spanning 1.5 million hectares. Bounded by irregular coastlines of fine white sand, its interior thrives with lush virgin forests and incredible wildlife.
Palawan consists of about 1,769 islands: the Calamian Island group to the north, the Cuyo Islands group to the northwest, and the Balabac-Bugsak group to the southwest. Scuba diving is spectacular because of its crystal clear blue-green waters teeming with marine life. Fall in love with the majestic hawksbill and green sea turtles, the delightful dugong or sea cows, and plenty of species of dolphins, whales, sharks and manta rays. Above water, there are many species unique to the place, like the Palawan bear cat, Palawan mongoose, Palawan peacock pheasant, fish-eating Palawan eagle, King cobra, and many rare species of parrots and butterflies. Other delighful creatures like the Calamian deer or the large Monitor lizards also thrive here.
Lustrous pearls of every shape and size are plentiful in Palawan. And all over El Nido, Coron and Pabellones Islands are swallows’ nests, costing up to US$3,000/kg, which are harvested as the main ingredient of the expensive Chinese delicacy bird’s nest soup.
How to Get There
Most airlines fly to selected points in Palawan like Puerto Princesa, Busuanga and Coron direct from Manila, Cebu and Caticlan. It takes an hour to reach Palawan by air from Manila.
Shipping lines also ply the waters from Manila to some points in Palawan.
Within Palawan, there are jeepneys to take you throughout the province, but time is flexible in these parts. Check with the resorts, which usually provide transportation like boats and jeepneys to and from your point of arrival in between islands.

Quick Facts about Cebu

Cebu was discovered by Ferdinand Magellan who, having sailed into the harbor of Mactan, was slain by Lapu-Lapu, the cheiftain of Mactanisland. Years later, the Spanish conquistadors returned and established it as the seat of Christianity in the Philippines. What once was a fishing village and busy trading port in 1521 has evolved into a highly urbanized metropolitan center which now serves as a focal point of growth and development in southern Philippines. Up until today, Cebu is still referred to as the “Queen City of the SOuth.”

Three million people reside in the province of Cebu. The main language is Cebuano, although a fairly good number of locals can speak conversational English as well as Filipino. Cebuanos can be quite friendly and hospitable, but most are known to be very economical in their spending.

The weather in Cebu is best from December to May, when it isn’t wet or too hot. The coolest period is from December to February, the hottest from March until May.

How to Get There

Cebu is 365 miles south of Manila. To get there, one can either take the plane or boat. Local airlines fly there several times daily. Traveling by air takes one hour. Taking the boat is takes one hour. Taking the boat is generally less expensive, but the trip takes about 20 hours aboard a local cruise liner or slowboat. The popular domestic airlines are Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Air Philippines. International airlines also fly to and from the Mactan International Airport. Supperferry and Sulpicio Lines are the bigger slowboats that sail to Cebu almost everyday. Arrival is at the port of Cebu in the North Reclamation Area of the city. For trips outside Cebu. fastcafts are available for journeys to neighboring islands and provinces.

Explore Guisi, Guimaras

Have fun on board a motorized boat as you cruise around Dolores Strait and the shorelines of nearby villages. Marvel at the beautiful and colorful corals on a canvass of crystal- clear waters. Learn the various fishing methods like the use of nets, hook and line and others that are employed by fishers to preserve the dwindling marine resources of the municipality.

Gather tuba (coconut wine) in the afternoon together with the villagers. Get entertain by a presentation after dinner where the village’s history and cultural heritage are showcased in the form of dance drama, accompanied by music from indigenous instruments.

Trek to the scenic Panoloran Falls that offers a magnificient view of the Iloilo Strait. Climb a hill 150 meters above sea level where the scenic veiw of Dolores and its environs can be seen from the peak. And above all, enjoy swimming in the clean and pristine waters of Guisi beach.

What to Experience in Guisi…

  • Swim and enjoy in the cool waters, and marvel at amazing landscapes…
  • Hop unto a boat and cruise over colorful corals…
  • Travel through a time tunnel and visit the past…
  • Explore the caves and discover beauty hidden in the darkness…
  • Learn about the diversity of culture through songs and dances…
  • Savor people’s hospitality as well as local cuisines…
  • Stay overnight in the comforts of Guisi’s heritage cottage…

How to get there…
Guisi, located in the southwestern-most tip of Guimaras Island, can be reached in one hour by land from the Jordan wharf where jeepneys and vans are available at affordable prices.

Jordan wharf is a 15-minute boat ride from Iloilo City, the administrative and commercial capital of the Western Visayas Region in central Philippines.

By plane, Iloilo City is one hour from Manila and 25 minutes from Cebu.

Packages Tour Rates
(for 2 days and 1 night)
Group of 6= Php 1,730/pax
Group of 5= Php 1,935/pax
Group of 4= Php 2,225/pax
Group of 3= Php 2,718/pax
Pair+ Php 3, 705/pax
Single= Php 6,670/pax
*includes Welcome Lei and Drinks, Boating, Karosa Ride, Meals (2 lunch, 1 dinner and 1 breakfast). Accomodation Tour Guide Services (2 guides), Cultural Presentation and Contingencies.

For inquiries and reservations, please call:
Mr. Marilyn Cordero
Guisi Heritage Tourism Project
Mobile No. +63915-9466062

The Provincial Economic and Development Office
Tourism Section
Telefax No. +63332371134

Ms. Amparo Buncad
Municipal Tourism Officer
Nueva Valencia, Guimaras
Mobile No. +63918-9011984

Cheap Bohol Tour Packages 2010 (Chocolate Hills Tour | Panglao Tour)

For anyone wanting to visit Bohol, we are posting here Cheap Bohol Tour Packages for 2010 for your reference.

Chocolate Hills Tour Package includes interesting and known-tourist spots like the Blood Compact Shrine, Baclayon Churchtarsier viewing in Loboc,  river cruise in Loboc River, hanging bridge in Sevilla, man-made forest in Loboc-Bilar boundery, butterfly farm in Bilar and Chocolate Hills in Carmen.

Sagbayan Peak Tour Package is similar to Chocolate Hills Tour Package with the addition of Sagbayan Peak as one of the destinations.

In Panglao Island Tour, you will visit spots like the Dauis Church (which was featured in Rated K), Hinagdanan Cave and White Sand Beaches.

You can contact Us @ +63-927-618-0959, George Noroño at +63-918-385-8084, Jesse Araneta Espejo at +63-912-529-8818 or email us at for arrangements. You can also chat us using Yahoo Messenger, just add to your contacts in YM.

Tour Package Van Rate
Chocolate Hills Tour 2,500.00
Panglao Island Tour 2,000.00
Loboc Tour 2,000.00
Transfer to Panglao Hotels 800.00
Ubay Agri-Park Tour 4,000.00
Sagbayan Peak Tour 3,000.00
Tagbilaran City Tour 1,500.00
Dolphin Watching 2,000.00


* All prices stated are expressed in Philippine Peso. Prices may change without prior notice.

* Hotel reservations for visitors availing any of the Tour Packages is free of charge.

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Van for Hire

Entrance Fees (per head):
Chocolate Hills :PhP 50.00
Butterfly Garden :PhP 20.00
Loboc :PhP 350.00 (inclusive river cruise and meal)

If you want 2D/1N, 3D/2N Tour package here in Bohol, we can arrange one for you. Just contact us via email at or chat with us using Yahoo Messenger.


The hidden marvels of Bohol
The word Bohol has become so synonymous with the world’s famous Chocolate hills that when you speak of Bohol, these hills are instantly attached to it. The province’s signature attraction is composed of 1268 hills that stretch into a similar massive pile of delicious Hershey-like chocolates during summer and into a blissful sight of green contours during rainy seasons. The beauty of these hills captured the world’s awe at the unique nature that God has given to the country. Beyond these hills, though, lie the other Nature’s gifts of Bohol that equally gained tourists’ acquiescent at the rising realization that Chocolate Hills is just an icing to the cake; there is more to Bohol!
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Local tribes have been living in Bohol before Magellan arrived on the shores of Bohol. It is believed that around 1200, the Lutaos arrived from northern Mindanao. They built their residences in the mainland Bohol and in the island of Panglao. The town then was named “Kingdom of Dapitan” and became progressive until it was abandoned in 1563.

Bohol nestles on the southern east coast of the Philippines and below the province of Cebu. It is the tenth largest island of the Philippines. Its capital is Tagbilaran city. Surrounding this island are the waters of Camotes Sea and Bohol Sea. The province has 47 towns, has the size of 4117.3 km² and outlines the shape of Ube, a local root crop wherein the Ube Festival celebrated by the locals every year, is exactly inspired from. The province’s power and forte immensely traces to the Tourism Industry being recently praised by Joseph Ace Durano, Secretary at the Department of Tourism (DOT) of the Philippines by this statement: “Even at a time when eco-tourism was not crafted yet, the Boholanos were able to define it.”

How to get to Bohol

Bohol Island is accessible by air and sea travel. In Tagbilaran City Airport, flights from Manila are available daily, thanks to Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific Airlines. If you are from other provinces, like Cebu, you can take fastcrafts, like Weesam Express, Ocean Jet and Super Cat, which travels to and from the province on several trips daily. Slow craft, ROROs and ferries are available also in the ports of Tagbilaran City, Tubigon, Jagna and Ubay. You can trasport your vehicles also using the barge bound for Loon, Clarin or Tubigon.