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Rappler's latest stories on Philippines travel


Photo contest to feature 81 PH provinces accepting entries until June 30

Jun 26, 2020 - 2:57 PM

This is open to all Filipinos who would like to share photos of less recognized sights from their own province

LIST: Beautiful, underrated Philippine destinations to visit in 2020

Jan 27, 2020 - 2:00 PM

Consider these under-the-radar places of nature and culture for your next travel adventures this year!


Keeping the Enchanted River 'bluer than blue': A lesson on conservation and community

May 20, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The Enchanted River's Blue Lagoon is one of the most visited places in Hinatuan

REHABILITATED. The Enchanted River’s Blue Lagoon is now only for sightseeing and picture taking, not swimming.

LIST: What to pack when traveling in the Philippines

May 01, 2019 - 1:30 PM

It’s more fun in the Philippines…if you know what to pack for your trip

PACK RIGHT. Here are your essentials for travel around the Philippines

2019 bucket list: 6 stunning nature destinations in the Philippines

Jan 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Looking for a place (or 6) to visit in 2019?

PANORAMIC. Catanduanes is an island of picture-perfect sceneries like this. Photo by Potpot Pinili

Eats and treats: Why Siargao is an adventurer's haven

Jun 30, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Here's your guide to making the most of your Siargao visit

SIARGAO. Unassuming and serene, the island of Siargao has quickly become one of the most popular destinations in the Philippines. All photos by Naveen Ganglani/Rappler

36,000 jobs, P56 billion 'at stake' if Boracay closed for a year

Mar 22, 2018 - 1:45 PM

(UPDATED) 'More than the effect of closure [on] individual business entities, the contribution of this to the country's economy cannot be disregarded,' say Boracay Island stakeholders

ECONOMIC IMPACT. Aerial inspection of Boracay Island by Department of Tourism (DOT) shows overcrowding and over-development concerns. Photo from DOT

Travel diaries: Discovering Isabela's rich history

Feb 18, 2018 - 11:30 AM

One of the north's biggest province is getting attention thanks to emerging tourism attractions

Misibis Bay Resort: A soulful treat with a fresh breeze

Aug 30, 2017 - 9:00 PM

This gem of a resort in Bicol caters to both lazy loungers and lively thrill seekers

WATCH: For those of us who travel

Aug 08, 2017 - 11:25 AM

We don’t only visit the places we go to but also the people we meet there and it’s important to reflect on the beauty we experience while we travel back to the places that give us so much

Western governments urge citizens to avoid Mindanao

Jul 27, 2017 - 5:10 PM

Fresh alerts from Britain Canada and Australia are sent out this week after President Rodrigo Duterte extended military rule across the southern region of Mindanao until the end of the year to combat the militants

PH tourism braces for impact of Resorts World Manila attack

Jun 02, 2017 - 6:13 PM

The Philippine Travel Agencies Association says the incident resort will definitely impact the country s tourism industry Airlines report another round of delayed cancelled flights

CASINO ATTACK. Past midnight, Friday, June 2, an 'emotionally disturbed' man fired gunshots and set ablaze gaming tables at the casino floor of the Resorts World Manila in Pasay City, says the National Capitol Region Police Office (NCRPO). Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

US, UK, Australia warn nationals after Resorts World Manila attack

Jun 02, 2017 - 10:24 AM

We continue to advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in the Philippines overall the Australian embassy says

SHOOTING INCIDENT. The Resorts World Manila attack on June 2, 2017, prompts foreign embassies to warn their nationals to exercise caution. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

#SharePH Summer 2017 contest: What's your local travel adventure?

May 02, 2017 - 6:22 AM

UPDATED REGISTRATION HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL MAY 7 Join the SharePH Summer 2017 contest and tell us about your exciting trip through blogs photos and videos

Where to eat while in Antique

Apr 26, 2017 - 2:24 PM

Explore the best eats from the province where the mountains meet the seas

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

Traveling soon? Pay your travel taxes online

Oct 30, 2016 - 8:14 AM

Skip the queues at the airport and pay your travel tax online before your flight

HASSLE FREE. TIEZA's online payment system allows travelers to skip airport queues to pay travel tax. Photo from the TIEZA website

Experience Antique: Guide to 7 adventures from the mountains to the sea

Sep 14, 2016 - 6:57 PM

Where can you find the Hidden Rice Terraces see the Rafflesia flower in bloom go whitewater river kayaking and more? Here s why you need to visit Antique soon

Kawa Bath in Tibiao. Photo by Gael Hilotin

Duterte and Putin, Marcos burial, Zika virus | 6PM wRap

Aug 31, 2016 - 8:59 PM

Watch the 6PM wRap with Chay Hofileña

Zika alert: DOH advises pregnant women to avoid travel to Singapore

Aug 31, 2016 - 2:13 PM

The health department which also urges those who plan for pregnancy to observe safe sex precautions condoms to avoid infection

ZIKA VIRUS. Aedes aegypti mosquitos are seen in containers at a lab of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the Sao Paulo University, on January 8, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Researchers at the Pasteur Institute in Dakar, Senegal are in Brazil to train local researchers to combat the Zika virus epidemic. / AFP / NELSON ALMEIDA

The defenses of Ilocos Norte's Currimao

Aug 08, 2016 - 11:18 AM

The small town of Currimao keeps remains of its past as a fortified Spanish period commercial complex that might be hard to match elsewhere in the country: from watchtowers an almacen to coral rock formations

Photo provided by Bernard Joseph Esposo Guerrero

[Where I've Been] Glorious Lake Carolina in Davao Oriental

Jul 07, 2016 - 9:47 PM

Feast your eyes on this unassuming natural wonder that is just glowing with laid back charm and beauty

Beyond peace and unrest: The beauty and challenges of traveling in Muslim Mindanao

Jul 06, 2016 - 12:05 PM

There is so much I still do not understand about Muslim Mindanao and its people but I would like to believe each travel and each conversation helps me see them more clearly says writer Rhea Claire Madarang

All photos by Rhea Claire Madarang

Stranded Cebu Pacific passengers decry 'terrible crisis management'

Jul 03, 2016 - 4:00 PM

Passengers of a diverted Cebu Pacific flight say the airline failed to assist them when they got stranded in Mumbai India

Photo by Rhoy Landicho

LOOK: La Trinidad houses turn into gigantic, colorful mural

Jun 26, 2016 - 7:30 PM

A huge colorful mural is painted on houses on the hillside community of Stonehill Botiwtiw and Sadjap STOBOSA in Barangay Balili La Trinidad Benguet

Writer's Block PH invites you to "Travel the Write Way"

Jun 10, 2016 - 4:36 PM

The popular writing workshop will happen on June 18 at Fully Booked BGC

'Sakura' in PH: Cherry blossom park to open in Benguet

Jun 08, 2016 - 5:26 PM

A cherry blossom park is set to open in Atok Benguet in the cool northern part of the Philippines

'SAKURA' IN THE PHILIPPINES. A cherry blossom park is set to open in Atok, Benguet – a tie-up project between the Kochi Prefecture and Benguet province. Pictured are the cherry blossoms at the Yamazakigawa Riverside in Nagoya, Japan. Photo provided by Irene Maligat

Fall in love with these 8 waterfalls in Mindanao

Jun 04, 2016 - 9:31 PM

Go river trekking try a zipline and monkey bridge take in the view of a multi tiered gigantic waterfall and more

ASIK-ASIK FALLS. Photo by Bobcat Gregorio

WATCH: 'It's More Fun in the Philippines' takes over London railway station

May 27, 2016 - 10:52 AM

The DOT dominates the London Waterloo station to invite the station s travelers to come to the Philippines through banners video screens photo op stations virtual reality goggles and more

Screengrab from YouTube/PDOT London

[WATCH] Hidden Mindanao: The beautiful places many of us may never see

May 26, 2016 - 6:01 PM

A peek at just a few of Mindanao s most stunning locations: dreamy Sitangkai the crystal clear waters of Sulu Basilan s beautiful beaches and more

LAKE DAPAO. Often overlooked, Lake Dapao is an enchanting spot in Pualas. Photo by Potpot Pinili/Rappler

Discover these 12 stunning destinations in the Visayas

May 22, 2016 - 3:57 PM

Book that ticket board that bus or ride that boat to any province in the region to satisfy your wanderlust

LEAP OF FAITH. Dive off the plank at Salagdoong Beach. Photo by: Sheng Hermano. Instagram: @shenghermano

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

8 travel destination ideas for your next road trip

Apr 02, 2016 - 7:47 PM

Where to go tubing try your first climb cool off under a waterfall and more – plus all of these destinations are hours away from Manila

CHASING WATERFALLS. Ready for a new adventure?

A first-timer's guide to Masungi Georeserve, where adventure awaits

Mar 27, 2016 - 6:58 PM

You may have been seeing breathtaking photos of this geopark plus the spectacular views on social media Here s a guide to help you plan a visit to this exciting destination that isn t too far from Manila

Photo by Nicole Reyes/Rappler

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

LIVE: Dinagyang Invasion Tour 2016

Jan 23, 2016 - 4:05 PM

Check out what happened at the Invasion show at the Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo City

Spectrum to hold last leg of Invasion Tour in Dinagyang 2016

Jan 20, 2016 - 5:11 PM

Be part of one of the biggest parties at the Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo

Sagada asks visitors to respect sites

Jan 12, 2016 - 7:40 PM

A few weeks before Sagada s Etag Festival officials ask tourists to respect the town s attractions

8 beautiful PH destinations to visit this 2016

Jan 01, 2016 - 9:45 AM

Whether they re off the beaten path or timeless destinations here are some places to add to your travel bucket list this 2016

The practical person’s guide to traveling

Nov 12, 2015 - 7:03 PM

How can you feed your wanderlust without breaking the bank?

Plaridel Bypass, 2 other PPPs set for NEDA Board

Oct 15, 2015 - 2:30 PM

Projects up for the NEDA Board s final approval are: the Plaridel Bypass Toll Road Philippine Travel Center Complex and Batangas Manila 1 Natural Gas Pipeline

AQUINO'S EDGE. The approval of the PPP deals comes months after Aquino trumpeted in his last State of the Nation Address an increased number of such PPP deals as his edge over his predecessors

7 things young Filipinos can learn from traveling the world

Jul 09, 2015 - 9:00 PM

I realized that as Filipinos our notion of travel is fairly different from the rest of the world writes Kenneth Surat

'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

[Part 7] British backpacker's PH adventure: Leaving the Philippines

May 23, 2015 - 11:21 AM

As I arrived back in Manila I could already feel my heart growing a little bit heavy at the thought of leaving the Philippines so soon

[Part 6] British backpacker's PH adventure: Lonely island and Mr Gaga

May 15, 2015 - 8:39 PM

Please take us to isolated beaches Gaga I want to sleep somewhere nobody else goes I had said when we first met

A workshop for aspiring travel writers

May 14, 2015 - 4:19 PM

As the old saying goes the faintest ink is better than the best memory

PH jumps 8 places in global travel and tourism index

May 07, 2015 - 9:40 PM

The country has a competitive advantage in the areas of prioritization of tourism price natural resources and openness

Limited flights at Clark Airport until May 8

May 06, 2015 - 1:45 PM

UPDATED Flights arriving at Clark International Airport will only be allowed during daytime after several navigational aids facilities were damaged by lightning

IN PHOTOS: Dahilayan Adventure Park, Mindanao's playground

Apr 03, 2015 - 12:39 PM

Zipline fun the Flying Lizard Drop Zone Sky Wing Skytower Base Jump Ride and more

FLYING LIZARD. New way to ride. Photo by Henrylito Tacio

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