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Rappler's latest stories on PH travel


Enjoying nature in Albay’s sole high-end green resort

Mar 31, 2018 - 5:24 PM

Tourists are welcomed by a school of fish at the breakwater of the Marina Bay area of Misibis Bay Resort, less than 10 meters away from the shore

Tourists swim and glide along with school of fish at the Marina Bay area of Misibis Bay resort in Cagraray Island, Bacacay town.(Rhaydz B. Barcia)

Isabela's Bambanti festival is not just about scarecrows

Feb 05, 2018 - 12:15 PM

The Bambanti festival showcases the province's local products and produce

Saving Siargao

Oct 08, 2017 - 3:41 PM

Siargao may be known for its crashing waves and untouched beauty, but it has its fair share of growing problems as well

UNTOUCHED PARADISE. A view of Cloud 9, Siargao early in the morning on September 20, 2014. File photo by Mark Cristino

6 ways to enjoy beautiful, underrated Rizal

Sep 27, 2017 - 7:00 PM

The Pinto Art Museum, Luljetta's hanging gardens and spa, Masungi Georeserve – here are just some of the things you can do in Rizal

UNDERSTATED BEAUTY. The underrated Rizal province has destinations worth exploring.  All photos by Rhea Claire Madarang/Rappler unless otherwise specified. Photo by Nicole Reyes

Travel guide: 6 must-see beaches and tourist spots in Catanduanes

Apr 09, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Check out these beautiful secluded beaches waterfalls and viewing points in Catanduanes

Exploring Lanao del Sur: 6 things the world is missing out on

Jan 01, 2016 - 3:45 PM

From its breathtaking views to its rich culture Lanao del Sur has stories to tell

FLOATING MOSQUE. The floating mosque of Polo in Binidayan. Photo by Potpot Pinili/Rappler

Netizens: What travel spots, local food #APEC2015 delegates should try

Nov 18, 2015 - 9:56 PM

What travel and food recommendations would you like to share?

IN PHOTOS: Visit these 10 magical, beautiful lagoons in the Philippines

Aug 29, 2015 - 3:59 PM

The Philippines is home to many such beautiful lagoons some of them listed below Book a ticket and take in the beauty and stillness of one or more of these

6 PH beach trips and the breathtaking views

May 31, 2015 - 3:34 PM

There s no sand on these beaches – instead rocks and pebbles dot the spectacular views

8 beautiful white PH beaches perfect for barefoot walking

Apr 18, 2015 - 12:25 PM

Fine fine sand colors so vivid the place feels unreal See locations in Siargao Palawan Quezon and more

8 things to expect at Baguio's Panagbenga Festival

Feb 28, 2015 - 1:01 PM

Dance walk laugh enjoy

Photo by Rappler

The hidden world of Bucas Grande Island

Feb 21, 2015 - 6:15 PM

Lagoons jellyfish cliff diving and more at Bucas Grande island

THE LAGOON. Millions of jellyfish can be seen in this area in the months of March until May and in July until August. Photos by Eleazar Cuela, Ginny Riobuya, and Joann Estiller

Cooking on vacation, another way to explore the Philippines

Feb 01, 2015 - 12:20 PM

Shirin Bhandari puts on her chef s hat and shares some of her tips and tricks on cooking while you re on vacation

Cebu: Tales of a city-walker

Aug 06, 2014 - 2:53 PM

Finding new routes means seeing the old buildings the people the whole place in a new perspective writes Jona Bering about walking Cebu City

With Withlocals, you can be tour guide or traveler

Aug 04, 2014 - 5:34 PM

Take a fruit carving class in Bali see Kathmandu on a motorbike eat like a king in Vietnam – these are just some of the things to do on Withlocals com

Braving Basilan: A traveler's tense adventure

Jul 29, 2014 - 1:30 PM

The man in combat uniform holds an assault rifle that goes from his shoulders down to his chest and I understand that I am in no familiar situation writes Mark Rodel dela Rosa recalling his trip to Basilan

Family fun or wild night out? Tried the Luxe Bus and The Party Bus yet?

May 03, 2014 - 1:23 PM

Here are two interesting ways to make the journey as exciting as the destination


Amanpulo, Visayas Islands among the best of Conde Nast

Nov 04, 2013 - 6:54 PM

Amanpulo Resort in Palawan and the Visayas Islands are among the top picks in Condé Nast Traveller’s Readers’ Travel Awards 2013

AMANPULO. Paradise in the Sulu Sea. Screen shot from

Diniwid beach: The quiet side of Boracay

Nov 03, 2013 - 6:03 PM

White Beach’s quiet little cousin unlocks little luxuries and sublime pleasures

DINIWID PARADISE. Heaven's painting. All photos by Niña Terol-Zialcita

5 recommended dive spots in PH

Oct 03, 2013 - 6:00 PM

Planning a diving trip? Check out our recommendations

SIGHT TO BEHOLD. A whale shark at Oslob. All photos by JB Lim

9 things to do in Ilocos Norte

Oct 03, 2013 - 1:47 PM

From history buffs to nature lovers and adrenaline junkies Ilocos Norte has got it covered

WORLD HERITAGE CHURCH. Paoay Church is famous, old and picture-perfect. All photos by Rhea Claire Madarang

Affordable rainy day trips

Sep 12, 2013 - 2:37 PM

Who says traveling should be heavy on the pocket?

SURF’S UP! Liw-liwa in Zambales is one of the closest surf spots to the metro. It has accommodations for penny-pinching backpackers, too!

Gulugod Baboy’s all-weather beauty

Sep 05, 2013 - 4:00 PM

Gulugod Baboy literally means Pig’s Spine

GREEN ALL YEAR ROUND. Rain or shine, Gulugod Baboy offers breathtaking views, especially from its peak. All photos by Rhea Claire Madarang

Get stoked: 7 lesser-known PH surf spots

Aug 29, 2013 - 8:00 PM

‘Tis the season of rains typhoons and surfing

‘TIS THE SEASON FOR SURFING. Surfers are in for a treat with the typhoon-brought waves this rainy season. Photo by Rhea Claire Madarang

Appreciating Apo Reef’s understated beauty

Aug 15, 2013 - 9:00 AM

This low key destination deserves to be on the bucket list of any diving snorkeling or even beach bumming enthusiast

GIGANTIC, ABUNDANT. The world’s second largest contiguous coral reef system in the world, Apo Reef Natural Park’s seas and islands teem with marine life. All photos by Rhea Claire Madarang

7 tips for travel during Ramadan

Aug 01, 2013 - 5:10 PM

The holy month should not stop you from traveling but it s important to not be insensitive too

A DIFFERENT TRAVEL EXPERIENCE. Traveling during Ramadan can be a challenging but rewarding experience

Dessert tripping in the Visayas

Jul 18, 2013 - 9:46 PM

You ll definitely get to know Visayas through its sweets

BREAKFAST INDULGENCE. A typical breakfast in Dumaguete is budbud paired with mango plus hot chocolate. All photos by Rhea Claire Madarang

Enjoying Kurangon's quiet charm

Jul 18, 2013 - 1:00 PM

This unassuming island is home to marine life and a haven to visitors who want to see a different view of Mayon

SUGAR-LIKE. Walking on foot is recommended for you to enjoy the soft powdery sand of Kurangon. Photo courtesy of Leticia Catalan (Taga Tiwi Albay Facebook Page)

Rock climbing is a must-try: here's why

Jun 13, 2013 - 8:30 PM

Here s an activity you MUST have in your bucket list

DEFY GRAVITY. If you've never tried rock climbing, now's a good time to consider doing so. Photo used with permission from Atimonan Rock Climbing on Facebook

The Juan Luna Shrine: Badoc’s hidden gem

Jun 13, 2013 - 3:03 PM

The recreation of Juan Luna s home in Ilocos Norte reveals not just the artist but also the simple man behind the person we know as a patriot

LA BULAQUENA. Literally meaning "the woman from Bulacan," this portrait of a woman wearing a Maria Clara gown is one of the few paintings of Juan Luna that depict Filipino culture. Photo used with permission from Lili Ramirez (

6 safety tips for women traveling solo

Apr 18, 2013 - 2:21 PM

I highly recommend to everyone to try solo travel at least once whether it’s a weekend or a long term adventure

COVER ALL BASES. Traveling alone can be a rewarding experience if you take the right safety precautions. Photo courtesy of Aleah Taboclaon of Solitary Wanderer

No fear factor: Zipline fun in Ilagan

Mar 14, 2013 - 6:44 AM

Conquer your fear by jumping into it — literally

FEAR FACTOR. For a few seconds, writer Jerald Uy was Spider-Man. All photos courtesy of Jerald Uy

Sand, surf and Baler

Nov 30, 2012 - 6:21 PM

Rappler surfed the waves with some of today s best and seasoned surfers in Baler

SHINY, HAPPY PEOPLE. Surfers not only dance with the sea; they share positive vibe with others, too.

Finding El Nido’s Nagkalit-kalit Falls

Nov 07, 2012 - 7:08 PM

Rappler s resident tripadora longed to see waterfalls but found an unforgettable experience instead

SYMBOLIC BALANCE. The author balances her Self and her life by traveling. All photos from Izah Morales

PH tops list of 'creepiest places on Earth'

Nov 03, 2012 - 1:31 AM

A pop culture compilation puts tribal burial caves in northern Luzon at the top of the list

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Traveling with your girl

Jun 27, 2012 - 7:06 AM

A guy happily in love shares why for him traveling is best with the girl of his life

TWO HAPPY TRAVELERS. Epi and girlfriend Tonee bond by traveling around the Philippines together. Photo from Epi Fabonan III

[PH Travel] Ayoke Island: the secret beach

Jun 17, 2012 - 4:02 PM

Discover an island where solar energy is the way of light

EDGE OF THE PACIFIC. There's no place like Ayoke Island for the wanderlust. Photo by Arvin Escatron

[PH Travel] Where to go back in time

Jun 12, 2012 - 2:01 PM

Here s a new tour a new way to see Taal

THE TAAL BASILICA, the Largest Basilica in Asia. Photo by Yobic Arceta

[PH Travel] Past and present come together on Cebu's Night of Heritage

Jun 06, 2012 - 4:20 PM

An iconic cultural event becomes an annual public initiative in Cebu

THE PAST HAPPILY COMES alive and is joyfully celebrated in Cebu City's 'Gabii sa Kabilin' (Night of Heritage). Photo by Andrea Lugue

[PH Travel] The 'curse'

Jun 02, 2012 - 7:48 PM

To be bitten by the travel bug can — at times — be troubling because it changes you forever

THE AUTHOR PITCHES IN for the Department of Tourism's new campaign. Photo from Arnel Capili

[PH Travel] The ride of her life

May 30, 2012 - 8:07 AM

A mother and doctor from Iloilo shows us how to be cool and hot at the same time

IT'S JUST ONE OF those things she does on her 'spare' time. Photo from Alfred Hofilena

[PH Travel] Sand sculpting and the environment

May 26, 2012 - 6:25 AM

A sand sculpting event showcases environmental protection

LOVELY TO LOOK AT. They leave a powerful message, too. All photos from Jonathan Clavel

[PH Travel] Romblon: Heritage haven

May 23, 2012 - 5:29 PM

Traveler Fung Yu writes about the second time he visits Romblon — and it still isn t enough

NATIONAL TREASURE. St. Joseph Cathedral and bell tower. Photo by Fung Yu

[PH Travel] The prize of waking up early

May 12, 2012 - 4:20 PM

Who would want to wake up so early when the cold weather is inviting you to stay in bed?

THE SUN PEEKS. One beautiful reason why waking up ahead of your usual alarm is worth it. Photo by Izah Morales

[PH Travel] Biker lingo 101

Apr 27, 2012 - 1:17 PM

A biking enthusiast educates us about the biking community s vernacular

THEY SPEAK BIKER. "Visa," "padyakoldaway," and "upgraditis" are as much a part of these bikers' lives as breathing. Photo by Oliver M. Mendoza.

[PH Travel] Running with sardines

Apr 24, 2012 - 6:59 PM

What s it like to swim with a gigantic school of fish and be eye to eye with a shark?

METEOR SHOWER? Nope. But just like meteors, sardines seem to scintillate and generate electricity while swimming together.

Ilocos Norte's best-kept secret

Mar 06, 2012 - 10:38 AM

Visit the town of Burgos for a visual delight and great adventure