traveling in the Philippines - updates

Rappler's latest stories on traveling in the Philippines


MAPS: Metro Manila and the challenges of travel restrictions

Mar 14, 2020 - 12:25 PM

Here's an overview of the National Capital Region and the challenges and complexities of implementing a 'lockdown' or 'community quarantine' in the area

SAFETY IN COMMUTE. A passenger jeepney driver in Quezon City wears a mask in light of the coronavirus outbreak in the country. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

2 days before Christmas, sea travel suspended in Visayas areas threatened by Ursula

Dec 23, 2019 - 1:49 PM

(UPDATED) Over 2,600 passengers across the region are stranded due to the suspension of sea travel

STRANDED. Passengers headed home to surrounding provinces for Christmas are stranded at the Port of Cebu. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

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

Malacañang says PH 'safe' despite Australia warning

Nov 04, 2017 - 11:40 AM

Australia's travel advisory 'should not be a cause for undue alarm,' says the Department of National Defense in a separate statement

'NO CAUSE FOR ALARM.' The Department of National Defense urges the public to 'work closely with government security forces' in making sure terrorism 'do not take root' in the country. Malacañang file photo

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

Palace suspects negligence by Resorts World Manila

Jun 03, 2017 - 3:29 PM

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella also denies a claim by ISIS that the terror group was behind the deadly Resorts World Manila attack

FIRST AID. Guests of Resorts World wait for first aid treatment inside the nearby Remington Hotel in Pasay City on June 2, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Officials contradict each other on Resorts World Manila attack

Jun 03, 2017 - 9:10 AM

UPDATED Was it a terror attack or not? Did the gunman kill himself or did police shoot him to death? Questions hound the deadly attack at a Manila casino

POLICE CHIEF. PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa arrives at Resorts World Manila after a lone gunman opened fire and burned part of the posh casino on June 2, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/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

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


Malacañang: We respect U.S. immigration ban

Jan 29, 2017 - 8:50 PM

Palace spokesperson: We respect the policy of the United States of America if they have prohibitions or they would be banning people from entering their country because that is their right

Protestors rally at a demonstration against the new ban on immigration issued by President Donald Trump at Logan International Airport on January 28, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. Scott Eisen/Getty Images/AFP

Duterte's party mates to meet with Beijing officials this January

Jan 13, 2017 - 3:58 PM

After Duterte s state visit to China his party mates are now set to meet with their Beijing counterparts to strengthen rekindled ties

China's warm welcome to President Rodrigo Duterte is shown here in this file photo as Chinese students usher the President at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20, 2016. Photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

How to prep yourself to embrace adventure

Jan 11, 2017 - 2:18 PM

Make this your year not just to travel or try but to truly explore new frontiers

Manila, through the eyes of a visitor

Dec 04, 2016 - 12:47 PM

Louie Lapat lives in Tagum City He shares his perspective as a visitor to Manila and his experiences in this colorful and vibrant city

The author at the old session hall of the Senate of the Philippines inside the National Museum for Fine Arts along Taft Avenue, Manila. Photo by Louievic Loquiño

[DASH of SAS] Brown is the color of my skin and passport

Oct 29, 2016 - 7:31 PM

My passport may dictate which countries I can freely enter but it will never ever dictate how far I will go

China lifts travel advisory vs PH

Oct 20, 2016 - 4:25 PM

The lifting is expected to help Chinese and Philippine governments reach the target of 1 million Chinese tourists arrivals in the Philippines by end of 2017

AFTER TALKS. President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping after their bilateral talks on October 20, 2016. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Stranded in Istanbul

Jul 16, 2016 - 1:20 PM

A Filipino traveler gets stuck in Istanbul as a coup attempt gets underway

People take streets near the Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridge during clashes with military forces in Istanbul on July 16, 2016. Gurcan Ozturk/AFP

Traveling around the Philippines during election season

May 06, 2016 - 11:11 AM

Writer Jona Bering shares her observations on the road during the Philippines election season

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?

INFOGRAPHIC: Road trip ideas for the whole family

Mar 30, 2016 - 4:02 PM

Use this map to choose your next destination – or visit them all

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

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

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?

10 people you meet on a night trip bus

Sep 01, 2015 - 4:43 PM

Night trip buses tend to be filled with very interesting characters

PAL to launch Cebu-Los Angeles direct flights in 2016

Aug 06, 2015 - 2:59 PM

The thrice weekly flights will be the first direct flight between Cebu and a US city

FLAG CARRIER. A file picture dated June 30, 2014 of a Philippine Airlines (PAL) aircraft in taxi on the runway at Clark International Airport near Angeles City, the Philippines. Barbara Walton/EPA

'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

US renews travel warning vs southern Philippines

May 22, 2015 - 12:17 PM

The US State Department cites the high threat of kidnapping…linked to insurgency and terrorism

TOURIST SPOTS. Bunbun Beach is one of the best tourist spots in Sulu, an archipelago that has suffered image problems due to terror threats. Photo courtesy of

Air Force plane loses wheel upon landing in Legazpi

May 11, 2015 - 2:28 PM

The PAF Fokker 27 plane has just landed in Legazpi from Tacloban when the front landing gear was busted

NOSE DOWN. An Air Force F27 plane lies nose down on the runway of Legazpi Airport following a landing accident, May 11, 2015. Photo courtesy Office of Civil Defense-Bicol/Facebook

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

Local artists, musicians unite to promote sustainable tourism in Baguio

Jan 28, 2015 - 12:43 PM

Support these events from Baguio artists for a great cause

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

Swim, eat, stay fit in Baler

Oct 25, 2014 - 11:53 AM

Chef Barni Alejandro Rennebeck goes on a Baler adventure – here are the highlights of her trip

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

El Nido Resorts wins at World Travel Awards 2014

Oct 11, 2014 - 11:40 AM

Plus the list of winners in the Philippines category

Free diving: No equipment, just you and the water

Sep 13, 2014 - 12:17 PM

To hear that deafening silence is well worth it like you’ve reached the other side writes the author about her free diving experience

6 amazing PH rock formations

Jun 15, 2014 - 12:15 PM

They ve been there for ages and will be there long after we re gone Will any of these be part of your itinerary?

15 stunning PH sunsets

Apr 19, 2014 - 3:56 PM

Travel writer Che Gurrobat who s visited 80 of 81 provinces in the Philippines shares 15 photos of beautiful sunsets she s experienced during her travels One of them is right in Manila so take a look get out there and explore

Passengers at ports expected to peak on Holy Tuesday

Apr 14, 2014 - 6:47 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard has so far recorded a higher volume of passengers than last year The volume is expected to surge to 200 000 by 8 am Tuesday

EXODUS. The Philippine Coast Guard says it's ready for the mass exodus of Filipinos to the provinces for Holy Week. File photo by Agence France-Presse

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

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

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

Hot air balloon fest puts PH on aerial tourism map

Feb 21, 2013 - 5:28 PM

The aviation festival began at 5:30am on February 21 and is ongoing until February 24

BIGGEST FIESTA SO FAR. This year's Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta brings together 32 balloons from 15 countries. Photo by Katherine Visconti

Conde Nast lists PH in top 2013 destinations

Jan 02, 2013 - 6:32 PM

Conde Nast Traveller names the Philippines one of its 10 hottest travel destinations for 2013