Malamawi Island, Basilan

As a young backpacker, my dream is to travel the 81 provinces of the Philippines, it is popularly known as Project 81. It is my dream, too, to set foot in Basilan! Yes, the most dangerous province in the Philippines, a place where a lot of people would not dare to go, yet it has caught the attention of many local and foreign travelers, especially those who have the lust for adventure.

Being raised in an urban city, I have only heard of terrifying news coming from Basilan – Home of the Abu Sayyaf and notorious terrorist groups, the overhyped detail of kidnapping and massacre all over the province. This is by far the most dangerous travel I have done in the Philippines. I believe though that this adventure is worth sharing and writing for future tourism references.

And I take this as the perfect opportunity to grace you all with the beauty that Basilan has to offer.

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A taste of Royalty: Puerto Princesa, Palawan Adventure

Everyone is wishing and dreaming to visit and traverse the wonderful province of Palawan. However, the expensive travel expenses hinder the many travelers who cannot afford this one-of -a kind extravagant adventure. Luckily, I had the opportunity to visit this awesome province for some days.

Palawan, also known as the “Last Frontier”, is a paradise of white sand beaches, crystal clear water and limestone cliffs located in the southern part of Luzon. If you are looking for more party atmosphere, lots of merchandise, restaurants and bars, Palawan is not suited for you.

Palawan Island is a popular for romantic getaway for lovers! And home of the New 7 wonders of Nature-Puerto Princesa, Underground River by a global poll in 2012.

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Palawan is located to MIMAROPA (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) region. It is the second largest province in the Philippines. Photo from WowPhilippines.

 HOW TO GO TO

PUERTO PRINCESA, PALAWAN

AIRLINES

Cebu Pacific -several daily flight  from Manila to Puerto Princesa, Cebu to Puerto Princesa and Ilo-Ilo to Puerto Princesa.

Philippine Airlines -several daily flight from Manila.

Air Asia Zest-several daily flight from Manila.

There is a terminal fee of 200 pesos when you depart from Puerto Princesa.

In this activity I had Air Asia Zest from Manila to Puerto Princesa and Cebu Pacific from Puerto Princesa to Manila.

WEATHER 

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WHERE DID I STAY?

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The scenic architecture of Asturias Hotel Palawan

I had a very cozy accomodation at Asturias Hotel Palawan located somewhere in the south, which is adjacent to major tourist landmarks and attractions. The place can be reached in few minutes from the restaurants. You can also take a short walk from the Robinsons Malls.

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Action Camera thanks Kuya JB for lending me your SJCam4000! 🙂

Upon arrival, the staff were all courteous and friendly. The hotel has a comfortable lobby. Rooms were just fine – cozy, clean and relaxing ambiance. What I enjoyed the most is a very pretty inner courtyard with big swimming pool, large palm trees and native vegetation. The pool is very inviting; Not too deep but just enough for average person who would want to take a relaxing time alone. It was such a stunner for the lounge, especially in the morning. It also has a gym which is free for all of their customers.

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Puerto Galera: A PARADISE OF THE SOUTH

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DON’T FORGET TO REWARD YOURSELF FOR ALL  YOUR HARD WORK.

After series of training at work, my team decided to unwind  for a one-day tour to Puerto Galera. We were very excited because majority of the members of the team were first timer here- We were at the cloud nine! The beach may not be in the ranks of Boracay beaches and Palawan but it is very ideal for inexpensive retreat!

PREPARATION

Because this was a day tour, we don’t have hotel  and ferry ticket reservation. The only preparation we had were our swimming clothes, food, and water. The only source of itinerary to Puerto Galera is TripAdvisor. My colleague, Zendie Sollano knows about this. Everytime we finish the training, I always look for the tourist spots in the provinces we are located. hahaha! (“Zends ito mga puwede nating puntahan”).

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Batangas Port. Photo from HourPhilippines.com

We reached Batangas Port at 7:00AM with full load of breakfast from our Senior colleague based in Batangas, Thanks Ms. Carmela! We chose Father and Sons Shipping Lines, since it has the cheapest fee going to Puerto Galera, Php500 two-way per person. Why not!  We boarded at 8:00AM and everyone was enthusiastic to witness the pristine beach of Puerto Galera! Wiihhh!

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During the boat trip. The Isla Verde of Batangas.

We arrived on the shore of Puerto Galera exactly 9:30AM. The island is not crowded since it was weekday but I observed most of the tourist were Japanese. Since this is a day tour activity, we have limited time to explore so we chose the Php2000 island tour, snorkeling and underwater cave package. Ok. Let’s do this!

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“Kay ganda mo talaga Pilipinas!”-This were the words I said when we approached this area of Puerto Galera. The sea is crystal clear! You can almost see the school of fish and coral reefs. To bad, because of Climate Change most of the corals were now into coral bleaching.

MY SNORKELING ACTIVITY

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MY SHOTS USING MY SAMSUNG S4 CAMERA

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PERFECT FOR #METIME

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Aside from swimming and getting tan, Puerto Galera is indeed a good place where you can have your #MeTime. Having this time made me realize how thankful I am for this wonderful work and experience!  I was able to touch people’s lives at the same time promoting the beautiful places here in Philippines. We finished our day tour around 1pm then we arrived to the port  at 2pm because the last trip of Father and Sons Shipping Lines is 3PM

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Not all those who wander are lost.

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Candid shot outside the Underwater Cave. Congrats team! 🙂

HOW TO GO TO PUERTO GALERA

From Cubao

  • Ride to JAM bus station along EDSA avenue, in-front of Victory Liner Bus Terminal. Cost per person is Php350 one way.
  • Take ferry from Batangas port to Puerto Galera. Php250+Php80 for Terminal and Environmental Fee.
  • The boat trip will take around 45 minutes to an hour.

From Manila, Gil Puyat

  • Ride a TRITAN bus to Batangas City/ Batangas Pier  or JAM Transit bus to Batangas (Php149 fare per person)
  • Take ferry from Batangas port to Puerto Galera. Php250+Php80 for Terminal and Environmental Fee.
  • The boat trip will take around 45 minutes to an hour.

From Taguig

  • From Market! Market!, Net2, or the Fort Open Field, ride the Fort bus/shuttle to Ayala.
  • Take the MRT to Taft terminal station.
  • Walk through the connecting foot bridge towards LRT-1-EDSA station.
  • Take the LRT-1 to Gil Puyat station.
  • Ride a Tritran bus to Batangas City/Batangas Pier (leaves every 30 minutes, PHP149 fare) or a JAM Transit bus to Batangas.
  • Take ferry from Batangas port to Puerto Galera. Php250+Php80 for Terminal and Environmental Fee.
  • The boat trip will take around 45 minutes to an  hour.

@WhereisDenzo Travel Tips

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Sunburn! haha

  1. Wear aqua shoes for snorkeling because see urchins are always present in snorkeling area.
  2. Always bring sunblock for skin protection and sunglass. It is a must!
  3. Bring dry bag for protection of cameras, mobile phones etc.
  4. Bring power bank.
  5. Have enough cash. Puerto Galera has only three ATMs in town. Always everything is cash basis.
  6. If your are traveling solo and you want island hopping but you don’t want to spend Php2000 for the boat, schedule your trip on a weekend  and approach other travelers to join their island hopping tour.

THANK YOU!

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Hello there! I’m Denzo!🙂

Welcome to my blog! I have passion on sharing my travel adventures to the beautiful places in the Philippines! A budget traveler too. You can find my latest adventure on my Instagram @whereisdenzo. Some of my posts on this blog were actually side-trip after work that I gladly took advantage of. The more places I visited for work, the more I feel inspired to work harder and go further. I am Training Specialist by profession and full time young entreprenuer. Let’s travel and be inspired! Enjoy reading!🙂 View all post by Denzo

Pinto Art Museum: Awesome Art Experience for less than 500Php

Big part of social media nowadays is the booming destination of the so-called #feedgoals for the millennial. Let’s face the fact, most of the users of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are millennials! What I love being part of this generation is the enthusiasm to explore and to travel. To look for new places, meet new people and be lost.

Having said that, one of the top tourist spot you shouldn’t miss when you go to Antipolo City is the Pinto Art Museum. Pinto Art is perfect for your #Feedgoals (again) and it offers variety of collective artworks which conveys different stories.

By the way, this is my second visit to Pinto Art, first was, when I celebrated my birthday last  January.

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Pinto Art Museum is located at #1 Sierra Madre St. Grand Heights, Antipolo City, Rizal, Philippines.

A BACKGROUNDER OF THE MUSEUM

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Owned by neurologist, Dr. Joven Cuanang MD. Aside from Medical Profession, he is also a man with deep  passion for Filipino Arts. Through the years Dr. Cuanang collected paintings and sculptures and preserved it in his museum as a way of educating and exposing Filipino art to the people.

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The iconic stair way to heaven of Pinto Art Musuem LoL. You always see this when you look for hashtag #PintoArt (Photography by Jeanda Conopio after process by yours trully.)

Here are the shots from my Pinto Art Museum escapade

Oct. 31, 2016

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Here’s my picture with my friends taken last January, celebrating my birthday! 🙂

PINTO ART MUSEUM

#1 Sierra Madre Street, Grand Heights, Antipolo City, Rizal, Philippines

Contact Number: Phone: (02) 697-1015

Schedule: Open every Tue-Sun 9am-6pm

Entrance fee:

200Php for regular ticket
150Php for senior citizens and PWD with valid IDs
100Php for children and students with school IDs

NOTE: NO Food, NO Pets, NO Smoking, NO Changing Clothes allowed inside the

Photoshoot Rates:

  • PHP 7,000 for Upper Garden, Lower Garden and Indigenous Arts
  • PHP 15,000 for Upper Garden, Lower Garden, Indigenous Art Museum and the new wing museum indoor.
  • Inclusive of 5 hours shoot (in excess PHP 750 per hour)
  • Inclusive of 5 pax (in excess PHP 300 per head)
  • With preparation room (non-aircondition)
  • Preparation room with air-condition — additional PHP 500 for 5 hours (in excess PHP 100 per hour)

DIRECTIONS TO PINTO ART

From Aurora Blvd/ LRT Cubao Station (Commute)

-Take a jeepney from LRT Cubao to Antipolo Church (With Antipolo Simbahan Hi-way placard) 30Php per person.
-Once at Antipolo Church, take a tricycle going to Pinto Art Museum. 20Php per person.

From SM Mega Mall (Commute)

-Take FX ride with Antipolo Simbahan Junction placard and go to Antipolo Church.
-Once at Antipolo Church, take a tricycle ride going to Pinto Art Museum.

With Private Vehicles

-Use Google maps, Maps.Me or Waze apps.
-Drive to Antipolo until you reach the Ynares Center.
-Drive straight ahead in L. Sumulong Memorial Circle and turn right to Grand Heights Road.
-Grand Heights Subdivision requires each private vehicle to pay entrance fee of 20Php.
-The museum is located near the entrance gate of Grand Heights.

TIPS FROM MY PINTO ART EXPERIENCED

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1. Wear comfortable clothes or bring extra shirt.
2. 1 day is not enough. I suggest visit the museum twice or thrice.
3. Bring powerbank. You need this for your #feedgoals.
4. Don’t go on weekends and holidays because expect big number of people during these days.

Hope it helps! 😁😁😁

Please follow me on IG @whereisdenzo

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Hello there! I’m Denzo!🙂

Welcome to my blog! I have passion on sharing my travel adventures to the beautiful places in the Philippines! A budget traveler too. You can find my latest adventure on my Instagram @whereisdenzo. Some of my posts on this blog were actually side-trip after work that I gladly took advantage of. The more places I visited for work, the more I feel inspired to work harder and go further. I am Training Specialist by profession and full time young entreprenuer. Let’s travel and be inspired! Enjoy reading!🙂 View all post by Denzo