10/27/2015

NAGTABON BEACH - A beautiful and unspoiled beach everyone should visit in Palawan!

While you are in Puerto Princesa and looking for more places to explore? Then an unspoiled beach is waiting for you and that is NAGTABON BEACH!

On my first trip to Puerto Princesa, the trip to Nagtabon beach was a great addition to our itinerary. After a nice late breakfast at Blue Palawan where we stayed during our trip, we immediately headed off to Nagtabon which is approximately an hour's ride from the city of Puerto Princesa to Nagtabon. 

The road going there was actually quite smooth, but as you made a turn to Nagtabon beach that's when you will hit the rough road. So drive safely!


When we arrived, we couldn't believe how beautiful and unspoiled this beach was. There are no hotels and other establishments in the area, what you will find here are small nipa huts and cottages that are for rent around the area.


Each time I look at these images they always remind me of the beaches I visited when I was young and soon became so built up which saddened me but I guess that is really the trend. 


The sand may not be as white as the other famous beaches out there but with it's clean, powdery sand and unspoiled beach, it's not hard to fall in love with this place!



Since we are there only for the afternoon, we decided to rent a cottage at a very low price. Oh, let me remind you that there is no phone signal within the area which may be a big problem for some, but I was unperturbed! At least we had an opportunity to focus on the beauty of the place and not on any apps! 




A local community thrive in the area and local fishing is their primary source of livelihood. 



While they were busy preparing, I was preparing myself to walk along this pristine beach of Nagtabon. I like the fact that it was not as busy as compared to other places. It's literally unspoiled! I am not sure on weekends though, but while we were there, I never felt so much freedom!


I was also wondering, how many of these places like this are left in the Philippines. I felt that as a travel blogger, these are the type of places I want to explore. But I am also scared that in the coming years I may not see places like this again? 




The sand, sea, the landscape were just too inviting that next time I visit Palawan, I am definitely coming to this place again. I am actually considering staying here for a few days instead of staying in city. 




Aside from the long stretch of beach at Nagtabon, another inviting activity you can do here is Surfing. Waves here are so ideal high enough for everyone to surf . 



There are two ways to get here; either you rent a motorbike or rent a van if you are in a big group. Everybody in the city knows where it is, so you have nothing to worry about as far as getting directions is concerned. If you are riding a motorbike, just drive slowly and safely as mentioned earlier, going down is a bit rough!


Nagtabon beach for me was really special. This made me love Palawan so much more. This also made me think that I will have to come back to Palawan because I know, there are more places waiting to be explored!

10/22/2015

4 Best Mountains to Climb on Weekends !

Some people spend their weekends just in the house lounging and catching up with sleep; however, there are also those who prefer to be with nature - and the best way to do that is to go for a day hike.

With hundreds of mountains to choose from, there are so many options and difficulty levels to consider. But, if you are situated in Metro Manila or even South of Manila, here are the 4 best mountains to climb on weekends.

I. Batulao , Nasugbu Batangas

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Mt. Batulao is hailed as one of the top picks for trekking and mountain climbing, most particularly for novices. You can climb the peak in 2 to 3 hours depending on how fast you can walk. This is also a favorite training spot for trail runners as they go in loops from the old to the new trail or vice versa. Feel the cool breeze while gazing over the mountain edges and stand on some rock edges if you want to get a good panoramic view of Mt. Batulao. Additionally, the knife's edge rock close to the summit is a view that ought to be seen by everyone! Also, just when you believe that you have seen it all, the astonishing 360 degree perspective of Batangas and its neighboring urban communities will remind you that there is a whole other world to see from the mountain's summit.

Trail Difficulty: 3/10
Adventure Duration: 1 day



2. Mt. Talamitam , Nasugbu Batangas

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Talamitam is a mountain situated in Barangay Bayabasan, Nasugbu, Batangas. A few striking components attract mountain climbers to this spot. One of the first things you'll see is the rich lush fields of the mountain, which numerous agriculturists use for their livelihood. The mountain earned its name from the various Talamitam trees. Mt. Talamitam is simple to climb and ideal for first timers, in spite of the fact that trekkers are still urged to be wary as a few sections of the trail are steep. At the summit, Mt. Talamitam offers a 360 degree panorama that permits one to view nearby Mt. Batulao, the Taal Lake, Tagaytay and other towns.

Trail Difficulty: 2/10
Adventure Duration: 1 day



3. Mt. Marami, Maragondon, Cavite

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Situated in Maragondon, Cavite, Mt. Marami is considered as the Labyrinth of Trails regardless of the fact that it stands out amongst all the mountains around the town. Mt. Marami is regularly compared with Mt. Pico de Loro on the grounds that both have huge rocks and gigantic composites of columns and towers. The mountain's name is derived from the Tagalog expression "marami" in light of the fact that the mountain is made up basically of various gargantuan rocks. The open trail of the mountain will lead you to encounter the "Silyang Bato" which can be found on the summit. If Pico de Loro has “Parrot's Peak”, Mt. Marami has “Silyang Bato”

Trail Difficulty: 4/10
Adventure Duration: 1 day




4. Mt. Pico De Loro , Nasugbu, Batangas 

Mt. Pico de Loro, otherwise called the "Parrot's Peak", is a well-known destination for mountain explorers all through the nation. Numerous individuals are interested in witnessing for themselves the famous rock peak. Mt. Pico de Loro is the most noteworthy peak in Cavite. From here, one can see the wide fields of Cavite and the South China Sea. At the summit, mountain explorers can see the Parrot's Peak and even climb it if brave enough. Additionally, the mountain is worth the climb just for its breathtaking view. The breeze from the ocean is felt throughout the summit area, so it's generally an invigorating environment during hot or dry days.

Trail Difficulty: 4/10
Adventure Duration: 1 day

Photo courtesy: Mark Santana

Photo courtesy: Mark Santana
Photo courtesy: Mark Santana


10/19/2015

The Renaissance of Musical Theater in the Philippines: Will It Last?

Filipinos, by tradition, are great fans of both music and good storytelling. The appreciation of the latter may not be as evident as the former, but that’s only because it’s yet to be given a chance to grow in the minds of the new generation. Fortunately, young people may be getting that long-awaited chance with the current resurgence of musicals in the country.

The past few years have seen classic and well-beloved plays such as Cats, Wicked, Phantom of the Opera and Chicago finally make their way to our shores. The arrival of these Broadway musicals were greeted with enthusiastic sold-out shows for every performance that surprised even the organizers. It’s because of this warm welcome that more mega-shows like Singing in the Rain, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, and the Lion King are set for an appearance on the Philippine musical calendar.

The Impending Curtain on Philippine Theater

There are several reasons why having such shows on Philippine shores were nothing but a pipe dream just a few short years ago. Primary among them was the lack of venues to appropriately host such events, as well as the cost of entrance that kept most audiences away.

The lack of suitable venues created a virtual bottleneck wherein both host and show needed to be sure beyond any shadow of a doubt that there would be a return on investment. This not only meant less shows, but more expensive ones.

Fears of small audiences, coupled with poor exchange rates, raised ticket prices to astronomic levels, scaring away a considerable chunk of theater enthusiasts. This circular dilemma plagued the Philippine theater industry for many years, and didn’t have an immediately obvious solution. Fortunately, the rise of premiere entertainment locations such as The Theatre at Solaire were able to solve both conundrums at once.

Building Stages and Credibility

Originally, the purpose of such centers were to expand and capitalize on the gaming industry that was feeling constricted as Asian high rollers were looking for new places to play. The wisdom, however, of expanding the attractions of such establishments beyond that purpose had the foresight of taking ownership of entertainment as a whole.

The opening of such entertainment centers caused a domino effect that led to the musical Renaissance we are experiencing today. More big venues meant a more relaxed margin of error for everyone in the industry, allowing them to become bolder in accepting with less known and more experimental shows. Local productions such as Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah, Noli at Fili, Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady and Rak of Aegis made it to the stage to critical acclaim from both casual and hardcore audiences because of the more accepting attitude within the industry.

Preserving the Renaissance

The traditional trepidation that international companies had in making Manila one of the stops of their Asian tours are long gone, and local theater fans are making the most of this opportunity. Many people see such events as the only chances they would get to see their favorite shows for themselves. All anyone needs to do is listen to the joyful applause at the end of each act to know how much it means for every person in those seats to get the chance to be part of the audience.
There’s no telling how long such a period of musical appreciation will last. Keeping this resurgence going for as long as possible is the goal for now, and there are two very exciting ways to do that. The first is to keep inviting big-ticket shows to the country that are sure to attract sold out crowds every night. This will ensure that the industry will keep attracting new fans, and inspire local talent to reach the same quality of performance and story.

Loving Local

The only problem with this approach is that it’s a very in-the-moment solution. There are only a finite number of shows venues can keep inviting every year. There needs to be new material to keep audiences excited and looking towards the future. The second way is directly related to the cultivation and inspiration of local talent to gain recognition – not just here, but on the international scene as well.

Having fellow Filipinos on the world stage is the biggest justification for the investment of entertainment in the country, and will only enrich the local theater scene even more. This is a more sustainable method of preserving this new musical age, and even usher in a golden time for the performing arts the country has yet to see. Fortunately, there are already big steps being taken in this regard as Filipino talent continues to turn heads around the world.

The New Generation

The only talent the country had to claim until recent years had been Lea Salonga, and though she’s one of the biggest names in theater history, she’s simply not enough. The good news is that the world seems to have found her successor in Rachel Ann Go. The singer has already won the Best Supporting Actress at the WhatsOnStage Awards for her portrayal of Gigi Van Trahn in the West End revival of Miss Saigon. Her path is only beginning, though, as her next project is the emotional role of Fantine in next year’s Les Miserables.

Unlike Lea’s rise, however, Rachel’s star might not be without company as another performer – in the form of Bibo Reyes – might be on his way to the top as well. Bibo made waves in his debut performance as Sonny in the award-winning musical “In The Heights” back in 2012. He has since starred in the Manila production of Rock of Ages and the Singapore production of Avenue Q. His latest project is the understudy in the Asian tour of Saturday Night Fever.

The future of Philippine theater is a bright one, but only if the industry as hosts and we as an audience make the right moves to make it happen. It shouldn’t take much effort to take this Renaissance and turn it into a Golden Age for the performing arts.

About the Author: 
Thomas Hill is a blogger, online marketer, and traveler who enjoys life to the fullest. 
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10/12/2015

How to VOTE for Angelo The Explorer on BLOGGYS! #Bloggys2015


Bloggys 2015 is a nationwide blog awarding event in the Philippines. It continues the legacy of recognizing Filipino bloggers through a variety of niches and industries across the nation and the hunt for the best bloggers in town, has just begun!



WIth much delight and joy, Angelo The Explorer was nominated under the TRAVEL AND PLACES category and I believe, with the help of your votes, that Angelo The Explorer could make it to the top! 


Here's how to vote for Angelo The Explorer:

STEP 1: Clink this link that will take you to the voting process: BLOGGYS 


STEP 2: Scroll down and look for Angelo The Explorer. Once you see it, click the box until the check icon appears. 

Tip: You may use CTRL + F and type in Angelo The Explorer. It's easier and faster. 


STEP 3: When you are done in Step No. 2, scroll down to the bottom and fill in the required fields such as Name and Email Address. Then lastly, click VOTE via FACEBOOK. 


STEP 4: Once you click the Vote via Facebook, wait for a few seconds until you see a message, THANK YOU FOR VOTING! 





And that's it! 

Bloggys 2015 is a very important event not just for me but also for other bloggers. If you know other bloggers who made it in the nomination, this is also a great time for you to vote for them. 

Thank you so much for your support and expect more travel stories and further exploration from Angelo The Explorer in the years to come! 


BLUE PALAWAN - The first and only white sand beach resort in Puerto Princesa

According to color phsychology, "BLUE is a color that seeks peace and tranquility above everything else, promoting both physical and mental relaxation.

It reduces stress, creating a sense of calmness, relaxation and order - we certainly feel a sense of calm if we lie on our backs and look into a bright blue cloudless sky. It slows the metabolism. The paler the blue the more freedom we feel. "


With so many hotels and resorts in Puerto Princesa, BLUE PALAWAN certainly lived up to expectation of many, including myself as I got invited to stay at this beautiful resort located in Puerto Princesa. 

Opened just few months ago, Blue Palawan is more than ready to give their guests a feeling of tranquility and peace making it a memorable experience for all those visiting the island. 

After an 1 hour and 20 minutes flight from Manila to Puerto Pincesa, a van was already waiting for us at the arrival area. 

To my surprise, we were also given mineral water and cold towels to freshen up after our flight. It was to be a foretaste of our stay at Blue Palawan.



The trip from the airport only took us 15 minutes to Blue Palawan which was so convenient. And as we arrived at the resort, my first impression was WOW! 


Welcome drinks await each guest at the resort. 


The people at the front desk were very friendly and very accommodating to all the needs of their guests. 



When I arrived at the place, I couldn't take my eyes off the little details in the resort. Especially when we sat at the dining area, I kept looking up because those bamboo ceilings were very eye-catching!

Talking about details, I liked how the interior did not clash with nature. Instead, it blended perfectly creating a harmonious and relaxing place. 



The chill vibe music of Blue Palawan plus a drink or cocktail in their lounge area gives guests a feeling of what vacation should be like - pure relaxation! 




Another favorite of mine is their infinity pool which can be found as you enter the dining area. Being the main focal point of the resort, it creates a soothing and calming atmosphere. I just want to take a plunge! 

A perfect place where every one could just grab a book, get a tan and just unwind. 





Fill your taste buds with their delicious food on their menu that only Blue Palawan could offer. A fusion of Filipino cuisine with a twist making it more delicious and something you would crave for again and again. 


Chicken Cashew Wrap

My favorite Sinigang with Gravy

The Crispy Lechon Kawali 

Fresh Lumpia

Croquetas

Caldereta

The Blue Palawan experience is not complete without checking their accommodation. The resort has 23 beautifully inspired rooms that would surely suit the taste and style of every guests. For accommodation rates: Click Here



When staying here, expect be greeted by the beautiful and calm white beach at Blue Palawan . All 26 rooms are situated facing the beachfront adding more the bliss of this place. 


Since we are in a big group, we stayed at the BLUE SURF ROOM. This room can accommodate a big group since they have 8 single beds and two bathrooms. 


Enjoy a peaceful sleep or nap on their custom made memory foam beds and pillows that will support your neck. I normally complain about pillows being too soft in other hotels, but the ones here at Blue Palawan are just perfect! 


On my last day at Blue Palawan, I woke up pretty early and decided to stroll around the beach area. If only I had more time, I would like to get a massage at this cabana facing the beach and enjoying the cool breeze from the sea. 


When the tide is high, Blue Palawan offers a lot of recreational activities such paddle boarding, kite flying, kayaking and many more. 



The place, the location, the service, the food, the ambiance and of course the experience really goes beyond my expectation. 


Part of travelling was meeting new people and that's what happened. I came to Puerto Princesa for the first time and we later got a long and became good friends. 



Now, if you are seeking a place of total relaxation and tranquility in Puerto Princesa, Blue Palawan is the place to be! 

This is when BLUE becomes not just a color, but a wonderful experience! 


Website:

Address: Hidden Beach (turn left at the end of BM Road), Puerto Princesa, Palawan 5300

Email: reservations@bluepalawan.com
Mobile No.: +639178314118