to do in the Philippines - updates

Rappler's latest stories on to do in the Philippines


[ANALYSIS | Point of Law] Will the Ease of Doing Business Act do the trick?

Nov 05, 2019 - 2:49 PM

It takes an average of 13 procedures to start a business, 9 procedures to register property, and 22 procedures to build a physical establishment in the Philippines

[ANALYSIS] Ease of doing business: Why is the PH rank plummeting?

Nov 08, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Under President Duterte's watch, we've gone down the global Doing Business ranking by 25 notches all in all – by far the largest decline in ASEAN

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

Near and around Metro Manila, go on these fun, romantic dates

Feb 12, 2017 - 9:46 PM

Want to go a romantic date but can’t go too far from the metro? Here are some ideas

TIME TOGETHER. From city walks to spa dates like here at Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa, there are many possible romantic dates. Photo by Claudine Callanta

More success as PH karatekas bag 11 medals from Thailand Open

Jul 19, 2016 - 12:30 PM

With two golds two silvers and 7 bronzes the Philippines finishes in 4th place in the overall standings

VICTORIOUS. The Philippine karate team bags medals at the Thailand Open. Photo from the Philippine Karatedo Federation

[Where I've Been] Magic hour at mesmerizing Lake Holon

May 25, 2016 - 8:54 PM

It isn t easy to get there but once you arrive you are rewarded with serenity and peace at beautiful Lake Holon

MAGIC HOUR. Incredible view at Lake Holon. Photo by Louie Lapat

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

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

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/

Biliran: The beautiful province you haven't discovered yet

Sep 26, 2015 - 8:47 AM

It’s the perfect place to take in the rough beauty of the mountains waterfalls beaches and rice terraces

PICTURESQUE. Even driving along lets you see the sunset. In the distance are Capiñahan and Dalutan islands.

IN PHOTOS: The wonders of beautiful Lake Holon

Aug 18, 2015 - 3:53 PM

Magical moments happen at peaceful serene Lake Holon

Local fishermen usually sells Tilapia to tourists and trekkers staying at the Lake.

What to expect at KidZania, where learning and playtime meet

Jul 30, 2015 - 5:22 PM

When your child enters KidZania he is entering a world that operates in KidZos and is governed by KidZania laws What will you see when you visit? Read on to find out

PRACTICE. Holy smokes! Kids actually get to put out a 'real' fire. Photo by Pam Basa Siao

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

Breathtaking Nagsasa Cove, beauty from destruction

Jun 28, 2015 - 4:57 PM

Over 20 years ago Mt Pinatubo spewed out dark clouds of ash that fell on Nagsasa Cove Today Nagsasa s shoreline is a beautiful beach now a popular tourist attraction particularly for campers

THE BEST VIEW. Wake up and trek early in the morning to get a sweeping view of Nagsasa

At stunning Lake Holon, peace and quiet await

Jun 06, 2015 - 12:46 PM

Leaving Lake Holon is like leaving a friend who has become very dear to your heart

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

[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 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

[Part 2] British backpacker's PH adventure: Caving in Sagada

Apr 30, 2015 - 8:27 PM

I have been inside over thirty caves; this one topped them all thee times over

The enchanting blue river of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur

Apr 22, 2015 - 7:07 PM

Every time the fairies touch the water say the locals it becomes clearer as the ripples disappear

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

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

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

8 things to expect at Baguio's Panagbenga Festival

Feb 28, 2015 - 1:01 PM

Dance walk laugh enjoy

Photo by Rappler

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

Why you should give Manila a chance

Feb 21, 2015 - 5:49 PM

The bottom line is Manila is big dirty crowded and loud It is also vibrant and full of historical sites and entertainment venues writes travel writer Bob Bales

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

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

Palawan tops Conde Nast Traveler list of 'Top 30 Islands in the World'

Oct 23, 2014 - 7:35 PM

The writeup specifically recommends a tour of the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River one of the 7 natural wonders of the world

Traveling around Philippines on a shoestring budget

Mar 11, 2012 - 11:09 AM

If you are looking for travel ideas in the Philippines search no further

640 El Nido courtesy of Anton Diaz.