2018 Philippine Destinations for Millenial Travellers

Wondering where are the best places to visit in the Philippines this 2018?

Here’s a list of some of the finest and grandest destinations in our beautiful country:

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Jaybanga Rice Terraces in Lobo, Batangas—DOT Director Czarina Zara-Loyola says one need not travel six hours just to see amazing rice terraces. “The Rice Terraces in Barangay Jaybanga is one of the destinations the DOT is promoting as a must-see destination this year,” she said. While the rice terraces in Lobo may not be as far-reaching and as high as Banaue’s, or as old, it is still quite a breathtaking site. Built by hand by the locals, the mini-terraces are lush and green, and as soon as harvest time is near, it gives off a yellowish-gold glint from the ripening palay.

“Beyond the rice terraces, Lobo itself is a pleasant locale to explore,” Loyola added. “It has mangroves, the Ulupong waterfalls, and the Malagundi Coral Wall, which has attracted a number of divers because of its rich and diverse marine life.”

It’s takes about 3.5 hours to get to Barangay Jaybanga from Manila by private car (from SLEX take the San Jose/Ibaan toll road, then turn left going to Lipa). By bus, take the one going to the Batangas Pier and go down at the main bus terminal. From there, take a jeepney ride to Lobo. There are a number of resorts to stay in at Lobo , but if you have more days to spare, drop by the beach in San Juan first, hang out at a local resort, then proceed to Lobo the next day.

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Siargao, Surigao del Norte— Our travel experts were unanimous in recommending Siargao as one of the places to be in 2018. It used to be haven for local and a few international surfers, but since the increase in the number of carriers offering direct flights, the destination has attracted a diverse array of travelers longing for secluded white beaches, quiet spaces and a night life reminiscent of the early days of Boracay.

“There’s more to surfing in Siargao,” according to Charo Logarta Lagamon, director for corporate communications of Cebu Pacific. “While the ber months make Siargao any surfers’ paradise, the summer months make Siargao a haven for any beach-lover and nature-trippers with enchanting lagoons, caves, coral reefs and bizarre rock formations. Neighboring Guyam and Naked islands boasts of pristine white-sand beaches and great snorkeling; while the Magpupungko Tidal Pool has bizarre rock formations with a natural pool. It’s separated from the ocean by a large reef.”

Most of the accommodations are located in the municipality of General Luna, but there are other resorts and hotels that offer visitors enough privacy, but still being accessible to the main road.

Cebu Pacific flies six times a week between Manila and Siargao; and daily between Cebu and Siargao.

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Masbate—To a people of a certain generation, Masbate was once a place famous for its mythical flying monsters like the aswang. Unknown to many, the province was one of the first areas in the Philippines settled by Spanish colonizers. “People have forgotten that Masbate is rich in Spanish history,” according to Aileen Clemente, president of Rajah Travel Corp. “One of its most famous Spanish-era landmarks, for example, is the Aroroy Lighthouse in Bugui Point, which continues to stand to this day.”

There are also a number of heritage homes designed in the bahay na bato mold prevalent during the Spanish era, which can be found in the city proper (Villa Bayot where a Santo Entierro—the dead Christ—lies encased in glass), as well as in the municipality of Monreal, and on Ticao Island.

Now one of the main cattle raisers in the country, Masbate also hosts a rodeo festival every April, Clemente added. Aside from a parade of horses and cattle, dancers dressed in Western cowboy outfits strut down the main avenue, or participate in cattle wrestling contests. She also said the province is teeming with marine life—“it’s a good place for diving and see manta rays. It is on the migratory path for sea creatures.”

Homestays are available in Masbate, as well as in other islands, as there is only a smattering of adequate accommodations in the city proper.  CEB flies from Manila to Masbate once a day, and from Cebu, also once daily. (Pro tip: Flying from Manila to Masbate via Cebu is slightly cheaper, with many flights to Cebu to choose from.) Alternatively, you can take the Isarog bus that leaves from its Edsa or Araneta-Cubao terminals going to Masbate, with fares from P800 to P2,000+one way, depending on the bus type.

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Biri Rock Formations in Northern Samar—One of the destinations DOT is also promoting, the Biri rock formations, is one of those awe-inspiring tourist spots that are, unfortunately, still quite a distance to travel to. For now, only Philippine Airlines flies to Catarman, the capital of Northern Samar, from the Clark International Airport in Angeles, Pampanga (one flight every M-W-F-Su), and even then, one must ride a jeepney (to Lavezares town) then a boat to get to Biri Island.

There are also very few accommodations to stay in on the island, mostly bed and breakfasts, so we’re talking about raw and rustic here. (A few on the list are Glenda’s Bed and Breakfast, Villa Amor and Biri Resort.) But DOT Director Loyola promises that seeing the rock formations up close is worth the long trip. “Shaped by wind and waves, these massive rocks  are chiseled in different directions creating unique patterns and colorful designs,” she explained. These natural geological sculptures are to be found along the jagged coastline of this weather-beaten island.  She added the island itself is a good spot for diving and a tour of mangrove areas.

Other islands worth exploring in Northern Samar are San Antonio, with its magnificent white beaches, and Capul, which was once the last pitstop for Spanish galleons before making the long trip to Acapulco in Mexico. Capul is known for its centuries-old lighthouse and Capul Church, which was established by the Jesuit Order in the 16th century, according to Loyola. To get to these islands, take a van or jeepney from Catarman to Victoria (if you’re going to San Antonio), or to Allen (if going to Capul), then a boat to your end-destination.

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Superbod Faith Garcia, Not Just Your Ordinary Pretty Girl

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Don’t be fooled by her innocent charm because she is more than just a pretty face. This girl is very tough while still maintaining a lovely elegance.

Growing up in Subic, Zambales which is known for its fine beaches Alexandra Faith Garcia better known as Faith Garcia is not new to water sports. The 24 year old babe had done several water dives in Subic and also in Batangas. Not many knew that she is a Certified open water diver and also did wake-boarding. Things a typical girl wouldn’t do.

But wait, there’s more! As she is also a triathlete! Yes you read it right, this beautiful girl had join several triathlon and she’s not just joining because she was also winning. 1st placer at the Aboitiz Triathlon 2016, 1st placer at North Cement Tigasin Triathlon 2017, 1st placer at Fit PH Trisimulation 2017, 1st placer at Powerman Asian Championship and several runner ups at leading triathlon events was just a few on her record. Wow! This girl is really on fire.

She had also received several multisports award such as the Multisport Athlete of the Year 2017 and was nominated Women’s Age Group Triathlete of the Year at the 5th Annual SwimBikeRun.ph Awards.

At 5’7″ tall it’s also no wonder that she’ll do great in beauty pageants. Having such charisma, wit and her over-all competitive spirit she was crowned Miss Tourism 2012, Miss CBA 2012, Mutya ng Olongapo 2013 and Miss Silka Philippines 2013.

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She also joined Bb. Pilipinas last 2016 and got a chance to pose with actor Gerald Anderson at a Skechers campaign.

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Now she’s doing well in modelling and still continues to be an ultimate fit-spiration.

We asked her about her personal style and she said she loves wearing girly outfits on most occasions. She also added that she’s not into following trends as long as she’s comfortable and it fits her well then she’s good to go. She also loves to incorporate anything with a shade of pink on her outfits.

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She also have a message to her supporters towards her journey to become Century Tuna Superbods Ageless 2018. She said: “It is the finals week already so please keep on voting! A few more days and it’s the finals night so every vote counts. I would really appreciate your help.”.

Vote for her using the hashtag #SuperbodsFaith.

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Did Faith gives you faith to be fit? Then follow her on her Instagram: @f8garcia

Enjoy irresistible summer deals from Discovery’s hotels and resorts

 

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Have a Happy Summer with The Discovery Leisure Company. Create blissful memories on bright sunny days, whether it’s a city escape or an island getaway.

Dive into the stunning beauty of Club Paradise Palawan, a private island resort in Coron. For a minimum of two nights, enjoy a Garden View room for P11,200++ or a Sunset Villa for P12,800++. Delight in buffet breakfast for two adults and two children below 12 years old, roundtrip Busuanga Airport transfers, and a serving of Firefish Restaurant’s “Bowl of Happiness” – different flavors of homemade ice cream, ideal for sharing. Stay date is until June 1, 2018.

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Revel in a Week Date Dream at Discovery Country Suites Tagaytay, with special rates for a Deluxe Suite for only P6,354.38++, and a Premier Suite for just P7,169.04++. The generous offer comes with complimentary set dinner for two and Country Breakfast for two at Restaurant Verbena, wine and cheese platter at sundown, and milk and cookies before bedtime. Use promo code DREAM. Stay period is until November 28, 2018, Sundays to Thursdays except long weekends and holidays.

For a truly unforgettable summer break, book a room at the Discovery Primea Makati’s Business Flat, Business Suite, Executive Suite, or Primea Suite at 10% off the Best Available Rate. The room package includes tempting culinary offerings such as daily gourmet breakfast and one order of pizza of your choice at Restaurant Tapenade, one round of cocktails for two at EDGE, and 20% discount on food and beverage. Take a dip in Discovery Primea’s iconic infinity pool, or break a sweat in the hotel’s 24-hour gym.

Tech-savvy guests will love the complimentary use of Handy smartphone and High Speed Internet Access. Don’t forget to use the promo code DISCOVER. Stay dates are from April 10 to June 30, 2018.

Not to be missed as well is the Weekend Steals deal at Discovery Suites Manila, with rates starting at PHP 3,665.99++ for a Junior Suite Deluxe. This offer includes breakfast buffet for two at Restaurant 5, access to the swimming pool, fitness center, and children’s playroom, as well as weekend kiddie activities on Saturdays, 4pm to 5pm. Stay Period is from April 6 to July 1, 2018, Fridays to Sundays. My Discovery Elite members are entitled to a complimentary upgrade from Junior Suite to One-Bedroom Suite, subject to availability. Use the promo code LEISUREWEEKEND to enjoy this special deal.

 

For more information on these irresistible summer deals, visit www.discoveryhotels-resorts.com.

‘Despacito’ hits 5 billion YouTube views – and it has six other records

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Luis Fonsi’s and Daddy Yankee’s smash hit music video ‘Despacito’ has reached a remarkable milestone for becoming the world’s First video to reach 5 billion views on YouTube .

Anyone who has heard the song before already knows of its catchy rhythm, but fans have faithfully swarmed to watch the two Latin American artists perform the single amid the streets of their home nation of Puerto Rico.

This new achievement supplements the song’s current ensemble of six Guinness World Records titles, reflecting the incredible success and popularity of the track on a global scale.

“Despacito” was first released in January 2017 and has quickly gained popularity outside of Latin America; at the time of writing it had 5,001,320,421 views.

This means it has also raised the bar for three other current YouTube records: Most viewed music video online, Most viewed video online, and Most viewed music video on YouTube (duet) with each record title being broken three times since the video first achieved them in August 2017.

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It also earned the record for the Most weeks at No.1 in the USA (single) in September 2017 after being featured 16 consecutive weeks, and soon after became the Most streamed track worldwide upon being played 4.6 billion times across the globe.

Although most hits tend to lessen in popularity as the weeks go on, Despacito has remained hugely popular.

More than a year after its debut, the Hispanic single broke the title for being the Most weeks at No.1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs Chart in February 2018 after spending 42 non-consecutive weeks at the top spot.

With their latest accomplishment of amassing 5 billion views, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s newest YouTube record has surpassed other popular artists on the platform such as Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth, who’s video for “See You Again” currently stands at 3.4 billion views.

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Fonsi mentioned in interviews that he awoke with the song stuck in his head, and did his best to draft the material until he could work on it further.

After completing the final track, Fonsi thought fellow Puerto Rican Daddy Yankee would be a natural accompaniment to the song – which has since become a major contribution to the song’s triumph.

‘Despacito’ has the distinction of being the only track to have earned Latin Grammys for Song of the Year and Record of the year in junction with seven Guinness World Records titles.

At the rate that the current music video is going, we expect the landmark achievement to increase some time in the near future.

5 billones de gracias🙏🏽

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Teenspiration Joshua Banatin on How He Triumph Despite Odds

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Handsome and charming with a boy-next-door feature best describes him. We may remember him as Mr. Grand International who brought pride to our country last year as he had a runner up finish but this young and talented It-guy from Laguna proves that he’s more than a pageant-dude as we get up-close. His story of struggles and triumphs truly inspires.

Standing at 5’11” Joshua Reginald Banatin known to many as Joshua Banatin finds male pageantry a bit odd and didn’t take it seriously way back. It was at school contests where he was always asked to join and never did he lost a single one. It was an easy ride for he has the charisma and the potential but those things change. After he finished secondary school, his family had a rough time. His parents lost their jobs and had to look for jobs which can sustain their everyday needs such as food to eat. They didn’t barely even make enough money to survive. That’s when it was decided that he needs to stop schooling and look for a job. With just his confidence, he landed a job as a salesperson in a renowned mall in Laguna. After 2 years of working and saving enough money and with the help of his parents, he went back to school to pursue a degree in Tourism.

 

It was that time when he realized that he shouldn’t take things for granted and take this male pageantry thing seriously, as he can earn money out of it. It was a wake up call so he decided to join again, but now to do his best. He said that he saw pageantry as a way out of the crisis his family going through. He also saw it as a way to show the people around him that no matter the struggle, it shouldn’t define him as a person. It shouldn’t be a downfall but instead should be a wake up call and come back stronger than ever. He also added that if you’re still alive and still breathing that means you can still do something. With God’s grace, obstacle are not a hindrance and one will triumph.

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Mr. LSPU System 2014, Mr. Los Banos 2016, Mr. Sunstar Mall 2016, G. Laguna 2017, Mr. Philippines-CALABARZON and the first ever Mr. Philippines Grand International are some of the titles he got.

Now, he’s busy doing modelling stuffs..

and do hosting stints as that is his forte.

He enjoys singing and playing the guitar (we must see him doing that for we heard he’s that good).

 

He’s into cooking as well, which makes him a true boyfriend material.

We asked him about his personal style and he said that he’s not really into following trends. His go-to outfit would probably be a black shirt, jeans and a pair of sneakers. He also added that if he had to pick a single style that would be a greaser, rock and roll style that James Dean has.

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If his story inspires you then go follow him on Instagram: @joshuareginalds

Cruise A Romantic Night In Manila With CNBLUE’s Kang Min Hyuk This May

FORGET THE BEACH AND THE BLUE SKIES! MAKE YOUR 2018 A SWEET SUMMER MEMORY WITH K-POP’S HOTTEST DRUMMER GUY, KANG MIN HYUK!

CNBLUE’s charming drummer Kang Min Hyuk is set to cast his love anchor on May 12 at the Ayala Vertis North Tent for his 2018 ROMANTIC SAILING FAN MEETING IN MANILA.

Event organizer Fangirlasia officially announced details for the much-awaited intimate fan gathering with one of South Korea’s most popular band-member-actor.

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2018 ROMANTIC SAILING FAN MEETING IN MANILA will take a tropical-themed event for the first solo fan meeting of Kang Min Hyuk with his Filipino fans.

The dashing artist will serenade and join interactive activities that will surely heat up every fangirl and fanboy feels.

To top it up, all attendees are entitled for a high five with Kang Min Hyuk, so prepare yourself to drown in his smiling eyes.

A group photo opportunity will also be drawn for lucky VIP and Category 2 and 3 ticketholders. Exciting benefits are also promised to make the event special.

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He rose to lead-man status in MBC’s medical drama Hospital Ship opposite top actress Ha Ji Won last year.

There, he played the role of a doctor who embarks on a ship with fellow physicians, giving medical treatment and consultations to people in the remote areas.