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Mambukal Mountain Resort - Murcia, Negros Occidental

Written By Danley Rubica on Thursday, April 17, 2014 | 5:41 AM

If you ask some local tourists in our country where they can find the best mountain resort in our country. We will always come up with the same answer, and its on the mountainous swimming resorts on Mount Makiling in Laguna. People have already tried it many times because of its easy accesibility in Manila but we found out this infamous mountain resort in the Visayan region in Negros Occidental. With its location on Mount Kanlaon, this resort named Mambukal Mountain Resort is one of the must-go locations when you're in Bacolod City or even in the Negros island.

The entrance at Mambukal Resort
The resort is located 1,200ft above sea level in the foot of Mount Kanlaon and serves as a gateway of the Mount Kanlaon Natural Park. The resort was originally built as a small bathhouse and garden by a Japanese named Kokichi Paul Ishiwata in 1927. It is accessible to Bacolod City by a 35-minute drive passing through the small town of Murcia before going up to the resort in the mountain.  The resort is known to its cold weather (due to the fact that it's on the mountainsides), hot springs, sulfur formations, and its cut through by a mountain stream coming from the seven waterfalls in Mount Kanlaon that leads to the lagoon in the center of the resort where visitors can go boating.
The hot sulfur dipping pool
©Mambukal website
The kiddie and adult pools
©Mambukal website
Mambukal also has its swimming pools dedicated for kids and adults alike. Included in their pool line up is their dipping pool where people can take a bath on the hot water spring of Mount Kanlaon. Aside from the swimming pools, there are also different activities in the resort like wall climbing, slide for life, and a visit to the orchid gardens of the resort (Known by locals as the Butterfly Garden). The final activity that can be done in the resort is the trek to the seven falls. Visitors can hire local guides which will guide them to a trek going upwards to pass the seven falls of the Mount Kanlaon. This trek is quite dangerous and tough especially in rainy days. There are previous records of deaths in this trek when the resort is still not yet fully developed at the past so visitors are strictly enforced to follow the guide's instructions and the signs on the mountain trail. Despite of the reputation of the trek to the seven falls, its a must try for first timer visitors of Mambukal.
Photo of one of the seven waterfalls that is on Mambukal Resort.
©Mambukal website
If you're in Bacolod City and you're looking out for a good hangout time, I suggest you try going to Mambukal. For more information about the rates, feel free to check out their official website 

US$ 23
one night
Location: Bacolod, Philippines
Customer Satisfaction 73%
All guests are free to use the hotel’s Dry cleaning/laundry service, Vehicle hire and Area shuttle (surcharge)...
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Skyranch - Tagaytay City, Cavite

Written By Danley Rubica on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 | 6:33 AM

Many vacationers and some local based tourist may find Tagaytay City an alternative summer getaway place in place of Baguio City because of its cold-temperature that some weathermen say, almost as cold as Baguio City. Aside from many places to check out in Tagaytay City like Peoples Park in the Sky, and the Picnic Grove, you might as well want to check out this one of a kind amusement park in the city, called the Skyranch.

Skyranch is a well-sized leisure park in the heart of Tagaytay City owned and developed by SM with amusement rides and some fun and activities for kids and kids at heart. It is located at Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway beside the Taal Vista Hotel and overlooks the foggy view of Taal Volcano.

Travelers who wish to visit Skyranch might need be required to be ready for some large amounts of money before entering because the entrance fee in the park is priced at P100. That's the price for the entrance only, and the fees for the rides (including a mini roller coaster, a Viking ship, and a ferris wheel called the SkyEye) and activities (zipline and horseback riding) on the park is still not included on that entrance fee. Don't even forget that there is also a parking fee for visitors with private vehicles.

The park has a few rides to provide the visitors but the main attraction of the park is their super big ferris wheel called the Sky Eye. It is the biggest and tallest ferris wheel in the Philippines because of the location where it stands, on the edge of the cliff looking the Taal Volcano. You may never find your Skyranch experience complete without riding the ferris wheel because it will give the visitors a better view of the Taal Lake, the overlooking provinces of Laguna and Batangas, as well as the far view of Laguna De Bay and Manila Bay (Provided that the city is not foggy).  Be advised that riding the SkyEye, as well as the other rides and activities has its respective ticket fees as seen in the picture. The price for horseback ride (not shown in the photo provided) is priced at P250/30 minutes and the zipline at P250.

Skyranch is open everyday, with time schedules of 3pm to 12am during Mondays to Thursday and 12pm to 12am during Fridays to Sundays. The entrance fee is priced at P100 regular price, with discounts to students, senior citizens, and PWDs.

The only comment I can say to the administration of Skyranch is the individual fee of the entrance to the park. I (or also, other people who went to Skyranch already) can say that it is more convenient that it will be better that the entrance to the park will also cover the rides and the activities inside. With that suggested way of ticketing, it will be more convenient for visitors alike to visit the Skyranch more. Still, I say that this place in Tagaytay City is a must visit and pretty sure, will make anyone's Tagaytay experience complete.


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Woman Robbed During Life Interview in Brazil

Written By Roi Plata on Friday, April 11, 2014 | 10:06 AM

A reporter conducting a live interview and ask a woman if she is scared of all the crime in the center of Rio, Brazil, while answering a young man sneaks up from behind and rips the gold necklace from her neck.

The robber breaks the necklace but unable to get it from her before he runs off, the reporter even try to chase him but not able to keep up.

The city has an infamous reputation for its high crime rate, particularly in the favelas outside the main city where gangs and drugs dominate everyday life.

Tourists travelling to Brazil for this summer's World Cup are being warned to keep their wits about them, as criminals tend to see foreigners as easy targets, with rich pickings.

Brazilian authorities, including the army and police force, have tried to clean up crime ahead of the tournament -- but many feel that the operation has been something of a failure. 

Watch White Guy Orders at Jollibee in Deep Tagalog

Written By Roi Plata on Monday, March 31, 2014 | 8:04 PM

Tagalog speaking Aussie Chris Urbano (Host of Maputing Cooking) orders at Jollibee... in deep Tagalog. Watch as he inspires Jollibee employees to use more Filipino language - and even try to get a discount. Jollibee. - maputingcooking

His new video, titled White Guy Orders at Jollibee in Deep Tagalog uploaded last March 20, 2014 and already reach thousand hits in just 2 days. 

Chris Urbano is an Australian living in Manila, He owns the Youtube channel "maputingcooking", which he cook filipino food and match delicious Aussie wines to his dishes.

Watch ABS-CBN 2014 Summer Station ID "PINASmile"

The new summer station ID of ABS-CBN for 2014 officially launched last Sunday titled "PinasSmile".

According to the station, the new station ID aims to promote the Philippines unique travel destination that takes pride in the beauty of each region, the country's colorful culture and the stories behind the unique and infectious smile of Pinoys.

Filipinos will always choose to smile amidst hardships; we find happiness even in the small things. We know how to be grateful and remain positive. We believe in the goodness of others. Indeed, despite the calamities that severely damaged our country, the Filipino optimism shines through. - AbsCbnOnline
According to a news website 'Gallup', Philippines is one of the top 10 Happiest Country in the World

The new station ID showed various parts of the country such as Baguio, Batanes and Mt. Pinatubo.
The theme song of the new station ID was performed by Katryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla and featured Kapamilya stars and new personalities.
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The Days I Will Never Forget

Written By I Adrian on Saturday, March 29, 2014 | 1:58 AM

March is the International Women's History month but this post is not for women, but for all the people living with women with cancer.
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My mother was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer back when I was child, that time I still don't have any idea what is happening, all I know is my mother never comes out of her room and her hair is starting to fall out. After months of chemotherapy she got better, she get back to her normal life, to our normal life, Like it was never happen, She still have monthly check ups but everything is fine.

Years have passed, Me and my other siblings are all grown ups, getting ready to face the real world and to settle down, I discover something that tested my faith. Our parents kept the secret that my mother is once again suffering from cancer, and this time a Stage 4 Bone Cancer.

This time is different, This time, I can see what is really happening, I can see everything. This is the time where my faith is being tested, this the time I questioned myself if God really exist. We tried our best to be a good Catholics, going to Mass every Sunday and holidays, My mother even volunteered in a social service after she got better from her previous cancer. This is the time I questioned God, Why us?

I remember the day when I brought my mother to hospital via ambulance, nothing more painful than seeing your mother lying in an ambulance bed. Not knowing what will happen I just sit in the end of car and just look all the cars we pass away.

I remember the day I carried my mother's oxygen tank to our car going to hospital for her therapy. I remember the day I help my mother walk because she can't stand alone anymore, I remember the day when I just hide and cry because I know there is nothing I can do.

I'm wrong, there is more that I can do. If my father never give up and do everything just to send my mother in a good hospital, there is something that I can do. If my aunt never give up to take care my mother when my father is at work and when we are at school, there is something that I can do. If my mother never give up for us and to be us again for more years, there is something that I can do.

The days when I see my mother's smile, seeing her getting stronger as days goes on are the days I will never forget. Reading her texts on my phone jut to know how am I doing are the days I will never forget. The days that everyone is there to support us and to be with us in this times of trials are the days I will never forget.

Life can be tough sometimes, But together with your family, it is just a piece of cake. For all sons, husbands, brothers and sisters, friends of people have cancer be strong for them. showing to them that everything is just going to be fine is the best support that we can give. Because sometimes, the best medicines are cannot be found in tablets and injections but with people who loved them most.

Years ago, my mother knocked out her Breast Cancer. Right now she is battling with her stage 4 Bone Cancer and guess what, She is winning.

My Say to "I'd Rather Go Hungry" Girl

Written By I Adrian on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 | 1:53 AM

Have you read the article "I Would Rather Go Hungry Than Eat Filipino Street Food Again? This is a review written by a travel blogger from Poland, Agness Walewinder. According to her website, is about travelling the world for less than $25 a day.

Many filipino netizens react negatively after reading the review. Personally, it did pisses me off not only with the one who wrote it but also to my fellow Filipino who had been asked  for a traditional breakfast and gave them a bunch of fruits, coffee and cakes filled with jam? seriously? Im just a normal Filipino but I never had an apple or banana for breakfast, maybe after eating my 'traditional breakfast' but not right after waking up. That is if she really asked someone for a traditional breakfast.

If you will ask me or any other Pinoy for a Filipino traditional breakfast, there some that will instantly pop in my head. Pandesal, Tuyo, Tinapa, Tapsilog or any meat that you like to mix with fried rice and egg. She probably ask a wrong person and eat in wrong places.

She also mentioned that she suffered a lot of illness while staying in the Philippines like massive migraine, diarrhea, dizziness, mood swing and feeling tired. Take note, she's a travel blogger, she travels a lot. Blaming the food for having PMS?

She posted a photo of a hot-dog sandwich which I'm pretty sure that is been bought in a convenience store. Filipino are not stupid to not know the difference between a hot-dog and longganisa. Making up a story? I think so.

Using my country to bring to attention to her blog is pathetic. After she received lot of comments and traffic on her previous post "Impression of Philippines" and realizing how proud and sensitive Filipino are. she take an advantage of it by criticizing the "traditional food".

I feel sorry for her for not having the best food in the country, or maybe she had but decided not to write a review about it because it will be a lot better traffic for her blog if she criticize it.


Written By Den V on Monday, March 24, 2014 | 11:39 PM

Every year, many hopefuls are very energetic for facing their somewhat called REALITY ZONE. There are challenges waiting for you.

Here are tips for patient entering in reality gate:
  1. Though graduation is the end of all your work and practiced skills, it is another beginning of dealing with the corporate world or the world you are to work what you learned.

  2. Common scenario is you will miss school. It’s a regret to rush your life as a student. Take time to live as a single-happy-living now. Still wait for the right time in everything.

  3. It’s not as easy to grab a job especially when you are getting opportunities on peak seasons. We can say that you are in a game of 1 vs 100. Waiting game is also essential here. Don’t just grab jobs just for salary. Aim for what you are passionate about.

  4. Your life would be tougher now. Considerations like in school are not possible anymore.Yet, be kind and also be competitive.

  5. It will not only be you. We know you want to solo your salary. But then again, let us not forget our parents or whoever who have supported us in our academic journey. We can help them in any way as possible.

  6. Your life is now at stake-and we mean your expense will not be from parents. Maybe at first, it would be hard to manage your own salary. But then again, like in school you should learn how to prioritize.  There are things that you should buy now and buy later.

  7. The greatest perks would be having a treat from a great hard work. Worth waiting. ^_^


Top 10 Things To Do in the Philippines

Written By Roi Plata on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 | 8:49 AM

Summer is coming and Philippines is ready for you. If you still can't decide what to do or where to go while having vacation anywhere in the country the Department of  Tourism provide the top 10 things to do in the Philippines to complete your travel experience and to say that it's really more fun in the Philippines.

This article was originally posted in the official website of the Department of Tourism. 
Read Here Top 10 Things To Do

1. See the famous sites
Palawan Underground River
There are a lot to see in the Philippines. The country is blessed with a beautiful environment and skilful people whose talented hands created some of the most magnificent man-made structures in the world. 

The UNESCO World Heritage Site, Banaue Rice Terraces; The well-preserved Spanish-style architecture in the historic town of Vigan, Ilocos Sur; The Baroque-style Philippine World Heritage site churches: the San Agustin Church in Paoay, Ilocos Norte, the Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion Church in Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur, San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila, and the Santo Tomas de Villanueva Church in Miag-ao, Iloilo. 

The smallest active volcano in the world Taal Volcano in Batangas; the volcano with the most perfect cone, Mt. Mayon in Legazpi, Albay; the unique land formation that is the Chocolate Hills in Bohol. Marvel at the endemic Philippine fauna: Tamaraw, Tarsier, Phillipine Eagle.

2. Spend your day at world class beaches

The Philippines is a tropical country with one of the longest coastlines in Asia at 36,289 kilometres. It has numerous beaches most with fine powdery white sand and clean, clear and cool blue waters. 
Be sure to bask in the warm tropical sun and get the perfect tan that will be the envy of your friends back home. Top Philippine beach locations: Boracay Island, Aklan; El Nido, Palawan; Camiguin Island; Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte; Puerto Galera, Mindoro; Nasugbu and Lian in Batangas; Ternate in Cavite.

3. Underwater
The Philippines is Asia’s Dive Capital. If you are a diving enthusiast— amateur or professional, or someone who is looking for an underwater experience of a lifetime, then you must go to the Philippines if only for the reason that the country has the highest density of coral species in the world. Philippine seas are some of the most bio-diverse and marine-rich waters in the world and home to a diverse species of aquatic resources. Amateur divers can train and get their licenses at any of the diving training centers located in diving spots Anilao, Puerto Galera and Boracay, and once done with training, they can dive side-by-side with professional divers in the country’s other must-see diving spots: the UNESCO World Heritage Site Tubbataha Reef and the location of some of the best wreck diving sites in the world, Coron both in Palawan; Verde Island in Mindoro Oriental; Apo Reef National Park in Mindoro Occidental, the largest atoll-like reef in the Philippines which includes 285 species of fish and 197 species of corals (featured in the SHEDD Aquarium permanent Philippine reef display in Chicago, Illinois, USA) ; the Apo Island Marine Reserve & Fish Sanctuary in Dumaguete, Negros Oriental; Balicasag and Pamilacan Islands in Bohol; and Malapascua and Moalboal/Pescador Islands in Cebu.

4. Outdoor Sports
The Philippines offers a wide variety of sports adventures. Different locations cater to a specific activities: play a few rounds of golf in the different golf courses around the country designed by some of the most famous golf celebrities in the world; Snorkel and interact with the “gentle giants”— the whale sharks— in Donsol, Sorsogon; Surf in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte, Baler, Aurora, Daet, Camarines Sur and in Catanduanes province; climb the country’s highest peak at 9,689 feet- Mt. Apo- in Davao City, Davao, trek Mt. Pinatubo or explore the Callao caves in Tuguegarao, Cagayan province; go white river rafting in Chico River or in Cagayan de Oro River; go kayaking and canoeing at the Bacuit Archipelago and at the St. Paul Subterranean Cave both in Palawan; windsurf in Lake Caliraya or in Taal Lake, kitesurf in Boracay, wakeboard in Pili, Camarines Sur.

5. Relax
There is nothing more relaxing than enjoying the traditional Filipino "healing" massage or touch therapy called Hilot. The soothing touch of this massage relaxes and heals tired muscles and aching joints. Try this and other spa treatments at the Nurture Spa in Tagaytay, Mandala Spa in Boracay, Sanctuario Spa in Manila, Chi Spa Village in Shangri-La Mactan, Cebu, and at The Farm at San Benito in Batangas.

6. Feast
Maskara Festival - Bacolod City
Be ready to put on a few extra pounds as you satisfy your cravings by indulging in a Filipino feast. Dishes to try: Lechon, spit-roast whole pig served with liver sauce; Adobo, pork, chicken or a combination of both, marinated in vinegar, soy sauce and garlic and stewed until tender; Kare-kare, meat and vegetables cooked with peanut sauce served with shrimp paste; Sinigang, pork, or seafood in tamarind soup; or the freshest seafoods— fish, squid, shrimp, lobsters— grilled to perfection. The more adventurous should try Balut or boiled duck eggs containing a partially formed embryo, and Dinuguan, the pork blood stew eaten with steamed rice or Puto, rice cakes. All around the country, there are restaurants offering different cuisines from American to Chinese, from Indian to Greek, from Japanese to French.

7. Malls
Shopping in the Philippines is an experience both in bargain and variety. Most shopping places or Malls in Manila, Makati, Cebu and Davao virtually have everything that you will need— from designer western brands to items specifically designed for the tourist market. Around the country, specifically in city centers, Tiangges or the Filipino version of flea markets abound offering quality items at bargain prices. In Manila shop at the third largest mall in the world Mall of Asia, Robinson Place, Balikbayan Handicrafts, Tutuban Center Mall and at the San Andres Market (for fresh fruits and other produce). In Makati and its surrounding areas, shop at Greenbelt, Glorietta, Landmark Department Store, Greenhills Shopping Center, Megamall, Shangri-La Mall and at Tiendecitas. In Cebu, check out the Ayala Center, the Gaisano Malls, Robinson’s Place, SM City, and for native delicacies, fresh produce and fresh and dried seafood, go to the Carbon and Tabo-an Markets. In Davao, shop at Aldevinco Shopping Center (for fabrics, batik, carvings) Victoria Plaza, Gaisano Mall and at the New City Commercial Center department store. 

An experience not to be missed in flea market-shopping in the Philippines is the ”bargaining” where shoppers can buy items with big discount, depending on charm and good bargaining skills.

8. Filipino Culture
hilippine culture is best experienced in events and activities that highlight what Filipinos are passionate about— faith, love for country, family, beautiful women, and celebrations. Filipinos love to celebrate, and there is no better way of celebrating than by having festivals: Ati-atihan in Kalibo, Aklan, January, the best and biggest in the country, it commemorates the feast of the Sto Nino with a week-long street party. Groups of dancers dressed as the aboriginal Atis, representing different communities from the city participate in the festive weeklong street party that highlights during the feast of the patron saint; Pahiyas in Lucban, Quezon. May 15, the annual harvest festival and feast of San Isidro Labrador. Witness the colourful display of kiping and other thanksgiving offerings hung in the houses that line the street where the procession of the image of the patron saint will pass. Giant papier-mache effigies join the parade to add to the spectacle of a celebration; Masskara Festival in Bacolod City, October, coinciding with the city’s charter day celebration, the festival features carnivals, fairs and a mardi gras-style parade by costumed and masked street dancers. There are as many festivals as there are towns in the Philippines and when you attend and enjoy a Filipino celebration, you come closer to understanding the culture of the people. 

9. Nighlife
Subic Bay
There is an abundance of places to go to and enjoy a night out in the Philippines. Every major city of the country has a number of nightlife activity hubs with restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs and karaoke bars all promising a good time of fun and entertainment. In the country’s financial district Makati, there is the Greenbelt, Glorietta, The Fort, Jupiter St. and J. P. Rizal Street. In the city’s capital, Manila, nightlife is diverse. There is something for everybody in Malate, and in the newly revitalized Roxas Boulevard and its Baywalk. Quezon City is a popular destination of locals as the club prices are a little lower than those in Makati. Most clubs are close to each other so common to bar hop. Try the establishments along Timog & Tomas Morato Avenues and Quezon Boulevard, and in Eastwood City in Libis. Outside of Metro Manila, there are a number of popular places to go to. The nightlife of Subic in the province of Zambales, is known all over the world because of its history as a former rest and recreation center of the US Navy. The city is still teeming with nightlife activities as the Subic Free Trade Port is home to a lot of expatriates from other foreign countries as well and it is now a major Tourist hub. Foreign Navies still use the port as a rest and recreation spot every now and then. Check out Subic International Hotel and the Magsaysay Blvd. Angeles City in Pampanga, formerly the home of the US Air force in the Pacific, is also known for its Angeles City nightlife stayed almost the same as a lot of retired US and Australian citizens decided to make Angeles City their second home. Establishments in Balibago are still popular. The central Philippine city of Cebu is a popular destination among tourists because its nightlife is at par if not better than in Metro-Manila. Big development companies have opened up operations in the city as well as major club chain operators have set up their presence. Be sure to go to Ayala Mall and in the different establishments that abound Osmena Blvd. The ultimate island-nightlife location in the Philippines is Boracay Island in the province of Aklan. The island is known for its carefree attitude, and the island is home to a lot of clubs and bars on the beach: Bazzura, Hey Jude, D’ Mall, and the Station 2 establishments.

10. Witness some World Class Artist
UP Chorale
The Philippines is home to a number of world-class artists. Occasionally, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, show performances by the Ballet Philippines, the Philippine Madrigal Singers, and the Bayanihan Dance Troupe. World-renowned artists Lea Salonga and Cecile Licad, from time to time, give performances in big concert halls in Manila. The Center of Arts in San Antonio (CASA) in San Miguel, Zambales features violinist Alfonso “Coke” Bolipata and his Pundaquit talents. Other groups that showcase the Filipino performing talents are Repertory Philippines, the Loboc Children’s Choir, and the Amazing Philippines Theatre. 

In the Visual Arts, works of world-class Filipino masters Juan Luna, Felix Resurrection Hidalgo and Fabian de la Rosa, National Artists Fernando Amorsolo, Carlos Francisco, Victor Edades, Vicente Manansala, other Philippine painting greats and contemporary visual artists can be viewed at the Philippine National Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, the Ayala Museum and in some galleries and University museums around Metro Manila. 

Colleges and universities in the Philippines are home to award-wining performance groups that have been recognized internationally for their artistry and excellence in the performing arts: Dulaang UP (student theatre group), the UP Concert Chorus, UP Singing Ambassadors of the University of the Philippines; Ateneo College Glee Club and the Ateneo Chamber Singers of the Ateneo de Manila University; the UST Singers and the Salinggawi Dance Troupe of the University of Santo Tomas. 

All around the country in simple stages, live bands and professional singers perform in clubs and music halls showcasing Filipino talent in entertaining.

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