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Old and new mix at Waterfront Cebu

Mar 28, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Let Waterfront Cebu Hotel be your home away from home

Holy Week 2018: Where to pray Stations of the Cross in Bicol

Mar 25, 2018 - 2:01 PM

For those who are Bicol-bound this Holy Week, here are tourist destinations that also serve as venue for Stations of the Cross and other traditions

MOUNTAIN HOTEL TURNED NATURE PARK: MAYON SKYLINE. Every year, devotees gather at the Mayon Skyline. Photo courtesy of Ian Diaño

Exciting Samar destinations for thrill seekers

Mar 04, 2018 - 2:16 PM

Tired of the usual beach trip? Samar will satisfy your craving for adventure

IN PHOTOS: Turtle release, celebrations at Bataan's Pawikan Festival 2017

Dec 02, 2017 - 4:27 PM

Release of newly-hatched pawikans, sea turtle-themed performances and art exhibits, sand sculptures, and more

Old Food and Proud: Balay Cena Una's take on Homegrown Bicol Food

Nov 17, 2017 - 9:30 PM

Balay Cena Una is one of Bicol's best-kept secrets – an ancestral home that serves up delicious comfort food

IN PHOTOS: Exploring the Waterfront Insular Davao hotel

Nov 01, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The spacious grounds and beautiful views of this hotel has made it an easy favorite for many travelers


IN PHOTOS: Calayan Island's caves, falls, coves, white beaches

May 13, 2017 - 10:27 PM

Discover one of the unexplored islands in the northern part of Luzon


Your updated Boracay guide: How to explore, relax, and give back

May 07, 2017 - 5:43 PM

Here s where to stay what to eat what to do and more at one of the world s best islands


IN PHOTOS: These 4 PH islands are the 'world's friendliest'

Apr 27, 2017 - 10:13 PM

Four of the Philippines islands are at the top of the Travel Leisure World s Friendliest Islands list

PALAWAN. Palawan is named the 'Friendliest Island in the World' by 'Travel + Leisure' magazine. Photo shows Rappler contributor Potpot Pinili and his friends exploring the island. Photo by Potpot Pinili/Rappler

El Nido, Palawan: Your comprehensive, updated guide

Mar 11, 2017 - 1:28 PM

Birdhouse hotel owner Mark Anthony Villaflor gives us his ultimate guide to exploring the island

The vibrant beauty of Davao's Kadayawan Festival

Aug 18, 2016 - 10:24 PM

More on the cultural significance of Kadayawan and what makes this week long celebration unique

The lively street dancing. Photo by Henrylito D. Tacio

Sandugo Festival: Experience Bohol's past and future

Jul 31, 2016 - 11:25 AM

Writer Josh Berida explores Bohol beyond the iconic Chocolate Hills and tarsiers

CELEBRATING FRIENDSHIP. The Blood Compact Shrine is a reminder to the Boholanos of the friendship of East and West in the Country. Photo by Josh Berida

Travel guide: Touring El Nido's enchanting lagoons and beaches

Jul 24, 2016 - 6:10 PM

Planning a trip to see the beautiful lagoons and beaches in El Nido Palawan? Here s a guide for your visit – complete with itinerary and budget

CALMNESS. Depending on when you go, you might have the lagoon to yourself. Swim, snorkel and relax while enjoying nature.

[Where I've Been] Inside El Nido's super cool Spin Designer Hostel

Jul 02, 2016 - 9:41 PM

Joshua Berida talks about his experiences at Spin Hostel a backpacker s dream dorm

THE NEST. This unique design is airy, comfy and unique. All photos by Joshua Berida

Traveling to Rody Duterte’s misunderstood Mindanao

May 19, 2016 - 9:28 PM

I am looking forward to the time when hearing of places such as Kidapawan Tawi Tawi Zamboanga Sulu or Mindanao will not elicit fear but fond beautiful memories

MT APO VIA KIDAPAWAN. The author enjoys her moment on top of Mt. Apo before a saddening fire razed the highest mountain of the country.

Boracay on my mind

Apr 16, 2016 - 9:15 PM

Boracay where moments of serenity and sensory overload go hand in hand When life was easy and breezy in the island people must have thought they were in the bosom of paradise

All photos by Louie Lapat

A visit to Mt Apo, experiencing a world within a world

Mar 28, 2016 - 10:05 PM

The beauty of this mountain and the fulfillment that awaits adventurous souls who climb it should be experienced by every Filipino It s our moral obligation to protect it for future generations

The rainforest of Mt. Apo offers climbers a rewarding experience. Photo by Louie Lapat

7 breathtaking Mindanao destinations you shouldn't miss

Mar 12, 2016 - 5:29 PM

Mindanao is home to many pristine beaches fetching landscapes and beautiful waterfalls that will entice anyone to return

FAMILIAR. Some of Dinagat Islands beaches reminded me of certain places in Palawan. Photo by Joshua Berida

6 fun, beautiful Davao restaurants to try

Feb 13, 2016 - 6:37 PM

Looking for a date place? Here are fun finds for different budgets

WINE AND DINE. The beautiful set-up in this file photo of Davao's Huckleberry Southern Kitchen and Bar, one of many lovely spots to visit. Photo courtesy of Huckleberry/via Instagram?

7 travels to help heal your broken heart

Feb 13, 2016 - 12:03 PM

From quiet retreats to extreme adventures here are some trips to help you move on

BEAUTY AND DANGER. A mountain’s beautiful scenery and challenging trail, like Batulao’s in Nasugbu, Batangas, can be healing for broken hearts. All photos by or courtesy of Rhea Claire Madarang unless otherwise specified

12 best memories of my time in the Philippines

Feb 06, 2016 - 4:13 PM

Once you visit some places in the world you get a feeling whether you’ll return to them or not But the Philippines is one place I ll always go back to writes English traveler Tommy Walker

All photos provided by Tommy Walker

Soul-searching trip to Nagsasa Cove, beauty from disaster

Jan 24, 2016 - 6:41 PM

Nagsasa shows that there can be something beautiful after a disaster – new beginnings new hopes and new reasons to fall in love again

 All photos provided by Chrisley Ann Hinayas

El Nido, Palawan: Tips for the budget traveler

Jan 20, 2016 - 9:16 PM

Traveler Mark Villaflor and his wife Camille have packed up and moved to El Nido Palawan Here are his top tips for your budget trip to the beautiful island paradise

Tour C, Hidden Beach

First time in Cebu? Locals share awesome things to do in 24 hours

Jan 16, 2016 - 2:25 PM

Visit Cebu s famous beaches go stargazing eat like a king Locals talk about what they would do if they had just 24 hours in Cebu

LOOK AROUND. Instagram user @massab posts this beautiful photo while exploring Tumalog Falls in Oslob. Photo from Instagram/@massab

These 7 places in PH shine bright and beautiful every Christmas

Dec 14, 2015 - 11:35 AM

Staying in the city or looking to travel this Christmas? Take a look at these magical destinations that shine bright during the holidays in the Philippines

CHRISTMAS IN PH. Where will you be this holiday season? Photo courtesy of Naga Smiles to the World Facebook page

Tacurong, the city of goodwill (and great eats!)

Nov 07, 2015 - 10:34 AM

My recent visit to the City of Goodwill brought me to places where locals usually dine Let s take a look at these great eats as well as the beautiful locations

FESTIVITIES. Participants wear colorful costumes during the Talakudong 2015 streetdancing competition. Photo by Ping Zerrudo

Touring Davao Oriental's Subangan Museum

Nov 01, 2015 - 9:45 AM

From an exhibit the bones of a 53 foot whale to its various displays Subangan Museum shows off many aspects of Davao Oriental

DAVOR. A 20 metric ton sperm whale is the museum's center of attraction. Photo by Henrylito D. Tacio/Rappler.com

Add these 4 stunning destinations to your PH travel bucket list

Sep 20, 2015 - 6:36 PM

It takes a while to get to these destinations but the journey is worth it for these beautiful views and unhampered peace and quiet

TIME TO VISIT. Which one of these locations will be your next travel adventure? Photo by Joshua Berida

How beautiful Miagao captured my heart

Sep 17, 2015 - 9:49 PM

For me Miagao is just a bit more special for beyond the quiet facade it has unexpected eclectic delights to offer

IN PHOTOS: Which of these 5 Palawan destinations will you visit next?

Jul 11, 2015 - 12:08 PM

El Nido Coron San Vicente Taytay Puerto Princesa – what s next on your Palawan itinerary?

BLUE, GRAY, AND GREEN. Breathtaking view from Matinloc Shrine, El Nido. Photo by Rhea Claire Madarang

'I fell in love': 26 beautiful PH travel stories, in photos

Jul 02, 2015 - 10:02 PM

Every sunset shot features the same sun but each photo tells a different story What s yours? Here are travel stories from this edition of SharePH Milestones

The 5 people I met in the Philippines

Jun 25, 2015 - 4:25 PM

British backpacker Will Hatton looks back on his month traveling the Philippines and recalls the Pinoy friends he met along the way

A boatman's fatherly care: Finding good in our Calaguas misadventures

Jun 21, 2015 - 5:02 PM

Now I am convinced that life at its craziest is also at its most instructive writes traveler Mavic Conde

Photo by Dos Ocampo and Gin Riobuya

Peaceful adventure: Stand-up paddleboarding in Bohol

Jun 20, 2015 - 1:15 PM

Beautiful views gentle movement a sense of peace and serenity

[Part 5] British backpacker's PH adventure: My Pinoy guardian angel

May 11, 2015 - 4:41 PM

Will survives an arduous swim while getting lost on the way to town in search of wifi

[Part 4] British backpacker's PH adventure: Street food in Manila

May 09, 2015 - 10:21 AM

Will discovers isaw balun balunan betamax and more

[Part 3] British backpacker's PH adventure: Tattooed by Whang Od, the living legend

May 04, 2015 - 1:31 PM

Tiny droplets of blood decorated my arm as slowly but surely Whang Od continued to breathe life into the design with her bamboo hammer

Running in the darkness, breathtaking sunrise

Apr 21, 2015 - 11:21 AM

We couldn t help but stare at the ocean of clouds stretching to the horizon lit lavender and saffron by daybreak

First impressions of the Philippines, and why we were sad to leave

Mar 21, 2015 - 11:53 AM

You can come to Philippines for the beaches but what you ll get is so much more Two Brazilian travelers talk about what made them fall in love with the Philippines

Why I fell in love with Cebu

Mar 15, 2015 - 1:15 PM

My dream is to continue traveling to Cebu but also to see some other parts of the Philippines as well writes Australian Rob Brand

IN PHOTOS: Beautiful caves in Cagayan Valley

Feb 26, 2015 - 5:24 PM

Planning your next trip? Visit Cagayan to see these beautiful natural caves

7 romantic PH travel destinations for your dating milestones

Feb 07, 2015 - 12:15 PM

Dating committed considering proposing? Or is it complicated – and you just want to pack up and go? Travel ideas for the different stages of your relationship

German traveler's PH journey: Going off the beaten path

Jan 31, 2015 - 12:24 PM

For three months I traveled the country in search of those hidden gems if you haven’t been to these places yet now is the time to discover them writes Philipp Dukatz

Overview: What you'll see at the City of Dreams Manila

Jan 30, 2015 - 3:47 PM

Three hotels a dazzling variety of restaurants and more make up the newest attraction in Manila – the City of Dreams

Why the Philippines suits me

Jan 24, 2015 - 8:45 PM

Since booking a trip to the Philippines in 2009 American traveler Bob Bales has been back 7 times Here he shares what he loves about the Philippines

SOMETHING DIFFERENT. Visit the Philippines in 2015

My Sinulog: The personal and the collective

Jan 19, 2015 - 9:13 PM

It is the festival s befores and afters I find endearing reflects writer Jona Branzuela Bering

Britania Islands, breathtaking paradise in Surigao del Sur

Jan 17, 2015 - 12:21 PM

A group of beautiful untouched islands is Surigao del Sur s best kept secret specifically in the municipality of San Agustin

Spotlight on Sugar Beach, Sipalay's sweet surprise

Jan 11, 2015 - 4:50 PM

Edgar Alan Zeta Yap uncovers the secluded but sensational doze and dive destination of Sipalay Negros Occidental 5 hours away from Bacolod and Dumaguete

German traveler's 20 reasons to fall in love with the Philippines

Jan 10, 2015 - 12:58 PM

Filipinos know how to turn strangers into friends writes German traveler Sabrina Iovino

14 stunning photos of Siargao, a surfer's paradise

Jan 08, 2015 - 8:42 PM

It s time to visit some of the country s beautiful destinations Will you be booking a trip to Siargao soon?