SNAPSHOT: Diplomat Hotel

Located in Baguio City, in the province of Benguet, Diplomat Hotel sits atop the famed Dominican Hill and has been dubbed as one of the most haunted places in the country and in the world. It was built by the Order of the Dominicans as a vacation house and was later turned as a school, eventually it closed down due to low turn-out of enrolees. During the Japanese occupation, it was turned into a refugee camp and was bombed multiple times, damaging the place and killing quite a number of people. In the early 70’s it was repaired back to life as Diplomat Hotel, a 33-bedroom hotel, this is where the haunted scores of apparitions came into circulation until it ceased its operation and was deemed off limits as the owner died of unexplained illness. The haunting continues up to this day.

How To Get There:

● Take any Baguio bound buses in Cubao, Quezon City (Victory Liner, Five Star Bus). (Travel Time is around 5-6hrs)

● Upon arrival at Baguio City, take a cab going to Burnham Park and alight at the jeepney terminal located at Zandueta St. near the Harrison-Abanao-Magsaysay Intersection, take the jeeps bound for Dominican Hill. Alternately, you can hail a cab to take you directly to the Diplomat Hotel.

● Ask the driver to drop you off at the foot of Diplomat Hotel then walk until you reach the famed property.

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SNAPSHOT: Mt. Hibok-Hibok (1332MASL)

Located in Camiguin, the Island Born of Fire, is an active stratovolcano and dome complex with a height of 1332 meters above sea level. It had five major eruptions during the modern history and the last one happened during the 1950’s and has three crater lakes namely Kanangkaan, Itum and Ilihan which are viewable from the crater rim summit. It is rich in flora and fauna ranging from wild orchids to mossy outgrowths and is accessible through the Yumbing and Ardent Trails. One can see the White Island Sandbar from the top and a 360 degree view of the whole island.
How To Get There:

● From Manila, take any flight bound for Cagayan de Oro via Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines (45 minutes travel time).

● Upon arrival at the Laguindingan Airport, ride any shuttle or bus bound for Cagayan de Oro City and alight at the Agora Terminal. (1 hour travel time)

● At the Agora Terminal, take any bus bound for Balingoan Port, Misamis Oriental (2-3hours), or if traveling in a group one can opt to rent a van for faster travel time (1.5-2hours).

●  At the Balingoan Port, Misamis Oriental take the ferry bound for Benoni Port, Camiguin (45mins-1hour).

● From Benoni Port there are public multicabs  bound for Mambajao, then from Mambajao hail any Motorella to take you to the Ardent or Yumbing jump-off points (Trek time os around 3-4hrs).

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SNAPSHOT: Bonifacio Ridge

Anyone who has reached Mt. Balingkilat definitely saw this meandering almost knife-edged ridge at the right side before the last assault going to the summit. Connecting it to Mt. Mabanban and Mt. Pundaquit, Bonifacio Ridge, named after Bonifacio Day, was recently explored and was done as a dayhike on that day traversing down to San Antonio, Zambales.

How To Get There:

● From Manila, one can take an Olongapo bound Victory Liner Bus at its Caloocan or Cubao Bus Terminal (Travel Time is 3-4hrs).

● Upon arrival at Olongapo City, arrange for jeepneys and guides beforehand to take you to the Sitio Cawag Resettlement jump-off point and make sure to drop by the Subic Police Station for the courtesy call. (Travel time 1hr)

● This is done as a Mt. Balingkilat approach descending down to the Bonifacio Ridge before reaching Mt. Mabanban down to Mt. Pundaquit.

SNAPSHOT: Tignoan Beach

Located in Real, Quezon, the Tignoan Beach is the lesser known surfing haven that is nearer the city. Contrasted by the rugged coastlines of Quezon Province since it is facing the Pacific Ocean, Tignoan emerges as the smoother side of it, with its fine brown sand and awesome swells almost all year long.
How To Get There:

●  Take a Raymond Bus Line bound for Infanta, Quezon located in Legarda St. Sampaloc, Manila. This will pass through Rizal and Laguna. (Travel time is atleast 4hrs)

● Alternately, there are also commuter vans at Legarda St. near the Raymond Bus Lines bound for Infanta, Quezon. (Travel time is atleast 3hrs)

● Alight at The Pacific Recreational Kamp (The PaRK) located in Brgy. Tignoan which is at the right side of the highway. This is the nearest and cheapest accomodation going to the public beach of Tignoan.

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SNAPSHOT: Balagbag Falls

Located in Brgy. Tignoan, Real, Quezon, this two-tiered waterfall is a favorite destination for locals and non-locals alike owing to its proximity from the main highway. The first layer, accessible through a trail on the left side, is a 25 meter high cascade that ends in a very shallow catch basin. While the second layer is made up of a twin cascade that falls down into a deep natural pool ideal for cliff jumping. 

How To Get There:

●  Take a Raymond Bus Line bound for Infanta, Quezon located in Legarda St. Sampaloc, Manila. This will pass through Rizal and Laguna. (Travel time is atleast 4hrs)

● Alternately, there are also commuter vans at Legarda St. near the Raymond Bus Lines bound for Infanta, Quezon. (Travel time is atleast 3hrs)

● Alight at the town center of Tignoan, Real, Quezon and rent a tricycle for a special trip going to Balagbag Falls. 

● From the highway, you will reach Balagbag Falls after  5-10mins of walking, no guides are necessary. 

● If coming from Edsa Crossing, take the jeeps or commuter vans bound for Tanay, Rizal. Upon arrival at Tanay Market, transfer to another jeep bound for Siniloan and alight at the Famy Junction. From the junction wait for buses bound for Infanta that passes by every hour.
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SNAPSHOT: Laoag Sinking Bell Tower


The tallest belltower in the country, the 45-meter St. William’s Cathedral Belltower is built by the Augustinian Friars in 1612. It has gained its reputation as a sinking belltower as it was built in a sandy foundation that it has been settling continuosly for hundreds of years now. Located at the town center of Laoag City, 85 meters away from the cathedral, this Spanish landmark will surely catch your attention.

How To Get There:

● By land, take any bus bound for Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte (GV Florida Transport), or alternately, take any Laoag, Ilocos Norte bound bus (GV Florida Transport, Partas Bus, Dominion Bus Lines, Fariñas Transit) then hop on to another bus bound for Pagudpud.(10-12hrs travel time)


● By Air, take any flight bound for Laoag City Airport via Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines (45mins travel time).

● From the airport hire a tricycle to take you to the Belltower which is located in the town center.

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SNAPSHOT: Mt. Cinco Picos

Usually called as “Tatlong Tirad” by the locals, it is now collectively touted as Mt. Cinco Picos, its name was derived from the Spanish word ‘cinco picos’ meaning “five peaks”, but as of writing the mountain has seven peaks that can be explored. Once a training ground for US Servicemen in the now defunct Subic Naval Base, the mountain is now gaining popularity as a part of the Cawag Pentalogy, or the traverse down to the Silanguin Cove.

How To Get There:

● From Manila, one can take an Olongapo bound Victory Liner Bus at its Caloocan or Cubao Bus Terminal (Travel Time is 3-4hrs).

● Upon arrival at Olongapo City, arrange for jeepneys and guides beforehand to take you to the Sitio Cawag Resettlement jump-off point and make sure to drop by the Subic Police Station for the courtesy call. (Travel time 1hr)

● Trek time is around 6-7hrs until the third peak.

SNAPSHOT: Bantay Abot Cave

Located at Brgy. Balaoi, Malingay, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Bantay Abot Cave, jutting out in the open sea, is really not a cave but an arch that resembles that of Mahatao in Batanes. It used to be a hill back in the days and was strucked by an earthquake leaving a hole in the middle. Its top is covered in lush vegetation and is complemented by the Maira-Ira Beach on one side and the Timangtang Rock, its other half, on the opposite side.

How To Get There:

● By land, take any bus bound for Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte (GV Florida Transport), or alternately, take any Laoag, Ilocos Norte bound bus (GV Florida Transport, Partas Bus, Dominion Bus Lines, Fariñas Transit) then hop on to another bus bound for Pagudpud.(10-12hrs travel time)

● By Air, take any flight bound for Laoag City Airport via Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines, and from Laoag, Ilocos Norte hop on to another bus bound for Pagudpud (45mins flight time + 1hr land travel).

● Upon arrival at Pagudpud, there are numerous tricycle tours that you can choose from to take you to Brgy. Balaoi in Malingay. (45mins-1hr travel time)


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SNAPSHOT: Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

 

As part of Spain’s masterplan to illuminate the Philippine coastlines, this 65 feet tall beacon was erected and lit for the first time on March 30, 1982. Located in Burgos, Ilocos Norte, the lighthouse, a cultural heritage treasure, stands on top of Vigia de Nagparitan Hill overlooking Cape Bojeador. It marks the northwesternmost point of mainland Luzon, and used to signal the passing Galleons that they have entered the Philippine Territory.

How To Get There:

● By land, take any bus bound for Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte (GV Florida Transport), or alternately, take any Laoag, Ilocos Norte bound bus (GV Florida Transport, Partas Bus, Dominion Bus Lines, Fariñas Transit) then hop on to another bus bound for Pagudpud and alight at Burgos Junction.(10-12hrs travel time)

● By Air, take any flight bound for Laoag City Airport via Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines, and from Laoag, Ilocos Norte hop on to another bus bound for Pagudpud and alight at the Burgos Lighthouse, on the right. (45mins flight time + 1hr land travel)

● Once in Burgos, Ilocos Norte, rent a tricycle to take you to the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, you can also add the Burgos Windfarm and Kapurpurawan Rock Formation to the tour. (10mins travel time)

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The Great Amianan, Southbound – Ilocos Norte (Part II)

SNAPSHOT: Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

Located at the rugged coastline of Burgos, Ilocos Norte, a few kilometers from Cape Bojeador Lighthouse and 45 kilometers from Laoag City, Kapurpurawan Rock Formation is another work of nature you should definitely not miss on your Ilocandia adventure. Carved by the incessant ocean waves and sculpted by the strong winds, this cream colored stunning limestone rocks streamlined by the breeze are a sight to behold. It came from the Ilocano word “Puraw” which means pure white.

How To Get There:

● By land, take any bus bound for Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte (GV Florida Transport), or alternately, take any Laoag, Ilocos Norte bound bus (GV Florida Transport, Partas Bus, Dominion Bus Lines, Fariñas Transit) then hop on to another bus bound for Pagudpud and alight at Burgos Junction.(10-12hrs travel time)

● By Air, take any flight bound for Laoag City Airport via Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines, and from Laoag, Ilocos Norte hop on to another bus bound for Pagudpud and alight at the Burgos Junction.(45mins flight time + 1hr land travel)

● Once in Burgos, Ilocos Norte, rent a tricycle to take you to the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, you can also add the Burgos Windfarm and Cape Bojeador Lighthouse to the tour. (15mins travel time)

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