From Manila: Ride a GENESIS Bus (Cubao or Pasay) headed to BALANGA, and then ask the driver to drop you off at Petron Orani. You’ll find a trike terminal that will bring you to Vista Tala at around P150.00 (or try to haggle at least!). It will take around 10- 15 minutes.
Commuting will take around 2-3 hours max.
Heading back to Manila: Ask the receptionist to call a trike for you to bring you back to Petron Orani, where you can wait for Cubao or Pasay Genesis bus.
VISTA TALA RATES
P600.00 for Adult (P200 consumable)
P360.00 for kids (3-12 YO with P100 consumable)
You’ll have to pay P200.00 for entrance at the resturant (non-consumable) if doing daytrip only.
OVERNIGHT RATES (as of May 2018)
Nipa Hut (Not literally a Nipa Hut, but a small room good for 2)*: P3,900.00
Standard Room (2 pax)*: P4,500.00
Deluxe Room (2 pax)*: P6,500.00
Standard Villa (4 pax)*: P9,900.00
Call the hotel for other price and rooms (Barkada Rooms, Villa with Jacuzzi, etc)
* inclusive of free breakfast
Extra Person Charge: P1,220.00
FREE AMENITIES FOR DAYTRIP / OVERNIGHT STAY
River Trekking (Schedule is 9:00AM and 2:00PM only)
AMENITIES WITH ADDITIONAL CHARGES
Wall Climbing (P150/head)
Sound-proof KTV room
Restaurant & Bar
Head on to this escape to nature soon as you can! In the meantime, check this travel music video we’ve made about this trip!
Thanks papi Ed Ryan Eder, we wouldn’t discover this without seeing your photo on the news feed months back haha!
Music by: ILLENIUM – Fractures Color grade by Mathieu Stern
Ready to beat the summer heat at the get ready to party with some attitude at this year’s Labor Union from April 28 to 30 with these events.
SRJHASS Labor Union 2018
Get Closer to the Action!!! Celebrate Laborday Weekend in the shore of San Juan, La Union, as SJRHASS presents The BIGGEST Music Festival in the North, LABOR UNION 2018, happening from April 28 to April 30… this event is ABSOLUTELY FREE!
Artists Line Up:
Apartel, KJWAN, Autotelic, Ransom Collective, 6Cycle Mind, Mayonnaise, Flying Ipis, Oh Flamingo, Kiana Valenciano, DJ Nix Damn P, DJ Toons, DJ Kouta Kutsuma, and more!
Lets party RESPONSIBLY!
Camp Avenue Presents: Endless Summer Camping
Here’s the Camp Avenue schedule for this coming weekend. If you think they’d start the party at night, well it’s a no! Because starting 27th, they start it at 12 noon!
For April 27/Friday, it’s your usual suspect with Dj Miguel and Dj Cail
For April 28/IT’S A CRAZY ASS BEACH FOAM PARTY. THIS IS GONNA BE SICK, WET & WILD. Y’all know it already!
ABS-CBN Lifestyle: One Paradise
Harnessing the power of music to fulfill our vision of a more beautiful Philippines, the One Paradise movement brings together artists and music fans alike to raise awareness—inspiring the youth to save and protect our environment, once cause at a time.
Here’s your ticket out of the city! One Music PH with ABS-CBN Lifestyle, Bantay Kalikasan, and#LaborUnion2018 presents ONE PARADISE: A Beach Cleanup and Benefit Gig happening this April 28.
This Labor Day Weekend, it’s all about surfing, sounds, and saving the Earth! Join us as One Music PH with ABS-CBN Lifestyle, Bantay Kalikasan, and the San Juan Resort Restaurant and Hotel Association brings you #OneParadise—a free benefit gig for the environment on April 28 right in San Juan, La Union! We commence the day with a cleanup in the morning and culminate it with a smashin’ concert at night ft. Matteo Guidicelli, Carlo Aquino, 6 Cycle Mind, Kiana Valenciano and more! They are also also launching the #ABSCBNLifestyleHotshots of 2018 to heat things up! Good music and drink in hand with this as your view? Altogether now: “Beach, please!”
Globe Sunkissed Labor Union 2018
All roads lead to La Union #ForTheLoveOf summer at #GlobeSunkissed#LaborUnion2018
SURF. SEA. SAND. That’s what summer is made of. But throw AXN into the mix, and prepare for a thrilling summer! AXN turns up the heat with an all-day action-packed event as it kicks off its summer campaign in the surfing capital of the north
in AXN RED Summer 2018 on Saturday, April 28, at 8am in San Juan, La Union.
AXN dares its participants to push themselves to the limit with both physical and mental activities in AXN RED Summer Challenge. It’s an obstacle course that requires speed, wit, and endurance that is sure to give the participants an adrenaline rush. It’s perfect for the avid AXN fans who can’t get enough of all the thrill and excitement that its shows have come to offer.
The top three male and top three female challengers will win cash and exciting prizes from AXN and our sponsors!
Play and enjoy the booths from AXN’s sister channels’ Sony Channel, Animax and GEM. Listen to music from Dayaw, and Nathan & Mercury.
Get active and enjoy the summer, only with AXN.
Solar Summer Flare 2018
Head up north with your squad and embrace the heat at Solar Summer Flare. ETC is giving you the perfect summer day as they invade the shores of La Union! Embrace the heat with beach activities and performances by some of the best bands at the #SolarSummerFlare on April 29.
Embrace the heat and waves of North Shore San Juan, La Union this labor day weekend! Visit http://solarsummerflare.ph for more details.
Escape from the confines of the ordinary and let’s all be one with nature at the shores of Villa Violeta Beach Resort.
No reservations? No problem! You can #RENT and #BRING #TENTS as we keep dancing and vibing by the beach together with our local artists.
Pack those beach attires and tents now and experience a summer music festival in a whole new different way.
Ticket Price: 300/day with unli drinks.
For questions please text: 09178460154
Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel: Your Flotsummer Fling
An EXCLUSIVE Flotsam X #BookItEvents flirty party-nership comes this Long Flotsummer Labor Day Weekend.
Are you ready for your first FLOTSUMMER FLING! Surf Town’s Smallest & Naughtiest Summer Party!
PayMaya celebrates Surf Town’s Smallest and Naughtiest Summer Party from April 27 to May 1.
Disco DanceParty Music And Sax on the Beach by the happy horns of Brass Pas Pas Pas Pas! Gorgeous soundscapes by DJ Madz-zle Dazzle Abdel Aziz, and heaps and heaps of naughty and fun and flirty good times and surprises!
Vanish in our newly-created Flotsummer Fling dreamworld of instagrammagical design and illumination inside the tiny one-of-a-kind enchanting other-universe that is your Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel!
MTVph Presets: MTV Summer Mixtape
We’re putting an end to your usual surf trip. Sure, it’s fun to ride waves and hang out by the shore. Sorry to disturb your peace, buddies. MTVph is taking over your surf town this Labor Day weekend!
We’re not just another music festival. Kill boring with activities right by the water, and enjoy live music from our guest bands and DJs. How’s that for a summer takeover?! MTV Summer Mixtape in San Juan, La Union. April 30, 1PM onwards. What entrance fee? It’s free. See you there!
BSL and RR: La Union Beach Festival 2018
Monaliza Surf Resort: After Glow
Come and party and help support our local surfers as they represent our surftown and compete in Bali, Indonesia! SEA you!
Dance By The Beach Fitness Party
Dance by the Beach Fitness Party La Union 2018 promises to be a go-to event this summer set on April 28, 2018 at Aureo Hotels & Resorts, San Fernando, La Union. “Zumba enthusiasts are in for a treat in this first Dance by the Beach Fitness Party,” states Reymond M. de Guzman, Creative Director of the Dance by the Beach Fitness Party organized by Happy Events by Deegee, Inc.
Sunday Slowdown @ Fatwave
We’re stoked for labor union y’all! Happy Hour from 12 noon-5pm 20% on drinks
LUBAO, Pampanga – The International Balloon and Music Festival 2017, which was held last April 6 to 9, showered the skies of Lubao, Pampanga with more than 30 colorful hot air balloon flights from local and international participants. There were plenty of activities that were suited for all ages such as skydiving and paragliding, fireworks displays, and magic shows that filled four wonderful days.
It’s as clear as a sunny sky that LubaoIBMF2017 created an amazing time for everyone, especially as it was capped off with a concert that kept everyone excited, featuring international artists like Alex Aiono, Red Foo, and local bands including Sponge Cola, Parokya ni Edgar, and Bamboo. Because of last year’s massive success, the event is set to happen again this 2018.
The LubaoIBMF is going five and up this March! Now on its fifth consecutive year, the event promises to be an even more fun-filled and exciting experience.
The morning skies of Lubao, Pampanga will be painted by more than 30 gorgeous hot air balloons from France, Belgium, Australia, Brazil, Spain, Japan, Thailand, and more. This includes 8 balloons in special shapes that will surely amuse festival-goers. An exhibition of aerial shows will also be in place for those who enjoy fearless displays. On top of that, entertaining land-based activities are set up such as car shows, rides, Zoocobia, inflatables, Kite Flying, food festival, bazaars, and other solid stunts. The skyline will be graced by ultralight aircrafts during the day and then be lit up by glowing hot air balloons in the evening to illuminate the activity area as visitors have a great concert experience.
Aside from exciting activities, the country’s favorite love teams McCoy & Elisse and Maymay & Edward will also make special appearances! Featured musical acts such as DJ Kyoto, Autotelic, December Ave, Ben & Ben and Ransom Collective will surely get the crowds jumping and swaying. The festival also boasts performances from the country’s biggest artists including Ex Batallion, Silent Sanctuary, Michael Pangilinan, Moira, UDD, Bamboo, and Sarah Geronimo. It’s going to be an unforgettable summer experience! Get your tickets now at SM Tickets (https://www.smtickets.com). Ticket prices are at Php300 for General Admission valid for any one (1) day from March 23-25.
Check out the gallery below for the complete schedule for each day:
The Lubao International Balloon and Music Festival 2018 is organized by Lubao International Balloon Festival, Inc. (LIBF) together with Forthinker, Inc., in cooperation with the Arts, Culture and Tourism Office of Pampanga (ACTO) and with support from Provincial Government of Pampanga. This event is also brought to you by San Miguel Beer, Petron Corporation, San Miguel Purefoods Co. Inc. and NLEX Corporation. For further inquiries, you may contact Forthinker, Inc. from Mondays to Fridays, 9am to 6pm via landline (02) 942 0768, mobile 0929 559 1719. You may also visit our website at lubaoibmf.com, Inastagram @lubaoibmf and our facebook page at Lubao International Balloon and Music Festival (https://www.facebook.com/LubaoIBMF/).
Long weekend vacation at a beach in Batangas on a rainy month of June? Possible!
It was our first try to spend a vacation at Calatagan and at first, we wanted to go to Manuel Uy beach resort and camping site, but rainy season’s about to start and the area is too slippery to get passed by vehicles.
To our surprise, we have found this secluded resort run by siblings right beside Casa Astillero, which has opened just this year. Take a look at these photos.
Dionisio Caisip Beach Resort – Beach House in Calatagan, Batangas
Dionisio Caisip Calatagan Beach Location / How To Get There:
Dionisio Caisip Beach Farm is situated at Barangay Sta. Ana, Calatagan, Batangas. Resort is located right beside Casa Astillero in Caisip Compound.
Dionisio Caisip Beach Rates:
Beach House – P5,000.00
Regular Nipa Hut (good for 2-4 persons) – P2,500.00
Large Nipa Hut (good for 4-6 persons) – P3,000.00
These huts have electricity anytime of the day so no worries with charging your gadgets or playing your music. But if you are planning to just camp around the area, the rates are as follows:
Tent Rental – P500.00
Entrance per head (if bringing your own tent) – P100.00
*prices may change without prior notice
There are public showers and CR around so no worries about cleaning up.
Dionisio Caisip Calatagan Beach Final Tips:
The area is currently available only on summer, starting February and ends on June.
Bring your own trash bag, help the owners keep the area clean by organizing your garbages.
Grill is available for use. Bring your own charcoal (uling). Sometimes the caretaker sells a pack at P20.00
Area is not managed as full running business, so make sure you bring your own food because there are no available restaurants or carinderia around. Buy your utensils and other important materials at convenience stores or local grocery which is around 2kms. away from the site.
If you plan to bring videoke or anything that will bring loud music, please lower them down by 10pm.
During summer, you might find starfish on the beach, you are not allowed to take them.
Mobile data is not reliable. As per our visit, Globe data are weak to none, while Smart has little but nonetheless working.
To book for a reservation, please contact 09169855692.
It was our first time to attend an amazing food street event, with over 28 pop-up stalls. World Street Food Congress 2017 is the Asia’s biggest street food celebration who has said to have become bigger and better, bringing in hawkers and foodies from across the globe.
The World Street Food Jamboree is for food aficionados which was held in MOA Concert Grounds from May 31 until June 4 and it has featured over 40 different international street food from:
Live cooking demonstrations was held throughout the event, featuring dishes from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, China and the Philippines as well. We had to drop by quick at the gym before heading to this exciting event simply because we know by ourselves that it’s going to be a lot of eating, sweets included! It was amazing, anybody who loves food should definitely check it out. It was also pretty fun getting there on an electric scooter, try it out next time.
There were a lot of great food choices this year. But we can only eat so much. So, we have personally picked FIVE (5) dishes. Here they are:
Oyster Omelette (Top Right on photo above) – They have said it’s been around since 1958 and is about to celebrate the making of this dish by next year. We became curious and for this visit, this has been agreed to be our we-are-curious-about food.
Tausug Chicken – This was John’s personal choice. He said to have seen it a lot being featured on television but he never had the chance to try it out. Now he just did! Pyanggang grilled black chicken (with black grilled and spiced grated coconut) and Junay (spirced rice) with egg is originally a delicacy endemic to the Tausug from the Province of Sulu.
Nasi Lemak – This was my personal choice. I’ve tried an authentic version of this back in Singapore and I’m just too excited to try it out again here so it was an easy decision to get this out of the other 20+ stalls with great food!
Cereal Chicken – I’m a sucker for anything in SG so Cereal Chicken was an easy decision. This popular street food is being sold at Makansutra Gluttons Bay in Singapore as well as Makansutra Hawkers in SM Megamall! I’ve been craving for Cereal Prawns but having the cereal taste as exactly the same with this chicken variation ended up with me asking for more, hello SM Mega haha!
Martabak Manis – This well-loved snack, Martabak Manis, was made since 1965 and has started selling in a street stall. It is a wildly popular variation of sweet martabak or appam balik or the Chinese mee chang kueh. The perfect dessert to finish your gastronomic journey in this WSFC17 we both agreed! This comes in different flavors: Cheese, Chocolate, Red Velvet, Oreo, Green Tea KitKat, and Nutella Almond!
Overall, it was such a great experience having to try some great Asian street food there is. If only our tummies aren’t that full yet, we could’ve tried even more. But I guess it’s all worth going back again, hopefully next year!
Don’t fret because the summer is not over yet! HYDRO Manila Music Festival will make it rain at Lakeshore Pampanga on Saturday, June 24 2017!
Outdoor activities, picnic grounds, overnight under the stars and a giant lake – they have it all! These new attraction will definitely blow your minds and keep you coming back for more!
Get ready to be serenaded by Sud and Silent Sanctuary, and dance to the beats of the hottest DJs in the metro!
DJ Tom Taus
DJ Patty TiuDeuce
DJ Marc Marasigan
DJ Katsy Lee
DJ Cathy Frey
MC Ronthug Madela
Buy your tickets now in all SM Tickets Outlets nationwide!
P.S. For those people joining Hydro Pampanga in June 24, you don’t have to worry going out of the Lakeshore premises AFTER the whole event! There would be
transportation/shuttle points from Lakeshore going to SM Pampanga and SM Clark! And guess what? IT’S FOR FREE! See you there!
About Lakeshore Pampanga
The Lakeshore offers venues available for any occasion. Perfect setting for your company’s conferences, seminars , trainings , team buildings , wedding, debut, anniversary etc.
You can choose from these venues:
The lighthouse tent
The lakeshore tent
Saint John Paul II Chapel
Lakeshore Activities :
Kayaking – P150/1hr
Fishing – P200/pax
Boating – pedal boating P150/1hr
Biking – P150 / 1hr
Picnic – P200/6pax without table
Picnic – P250/6pax with table
How to get there:
From recto – Take a genesis transit bus bound to San Fernando, Pampanga, tell the driver to drop you off at SM Pampanga. ( P100 reg – P82 student )
From SM Pampanga, go to SM Transport Terminal and take a jeepney going to Dau, Clark Main Gate. The jeep will enter NLEX and tell them to stop by PETRON NLEX near McDonald’s and Starbucks. Lakeshore’s entance is at the back of McDonalds ( P30 jeepney fare )
Travel back in time with Bataan and Las Casas — It has been 3 years since John planned on going to Bataan but it just keeps getting postponed most of the time because of priorities. This year, we’ve finally got the chance to get there and with still our work and other stuff in mind, we’ve decided to come to Bataan for a weekend trip only.
Planning on a weekend trip at Bataan, maybe we could help! Check here and see how our weekend itinerary went:
Booked for a cheap but reasonable hotel a week leading to the travel weekend. We have found Elison Hotel on our list as a good choice. The Plaza Hotel was fully booked during the weekend we wanted to stay and Elison was the nearest and probably the cheapest as they claim (hotel photos courtesy of Travelbook.ph).
If you’re coming from Metro Manila, you can head straight to the Genesis Bus Terminal stations located at either Pasay near MRT pasay Station, or the ones at Avenida. Below is their current bus schedule leading to Balanga or Mariveles:
We traveled around 12NN and arrived at around 4PM. One tip: If you’re riding the Mariveles bus, tell the conductor to drop you off at the stopover and instruct the terminal that you’re transferring to Balanga bus (the ones coming from Avenida), so you can head straight to the town without taking any trikes.Soon as we arrived at the terminal, the hotel is literally walk-able from it. But if the weather does not permit you to walk, a trike ride costs only ten pesos to get there. Just tell the driver around the hotel, it’s right after the small bridge on your right.
Around 5PM onwards we’ve finally decided to go out and come to The Plaza. Oh, during this weekend we went, Balanga is currently celebrating their town fiesta, so there were a couple of activities and events happening all at the same time around the area.
Dinner time! We’ve come to one of the most popular warm and cozy diner in Balanga, The Beanery. The place was so inviting and so we have both decided to ordered this: The Beanery Bab Back Ribs! Put this really quick, but we promise to make a separate review of this amazing place soon!
Then it’s rest time because we have a long day ahead. The morning after, we left the hotel as early as 9AM (Sunday) to walk back to the terminal and ride a jeep heading to Las Casas. This is how far it’s gonna be, but it’ll take you only an hour to get to Bagac, but most of the jeep rides won’t bring you straight to the entrance gate if you’re less than 10 people inside the jeep going there, plus you will have to pay an additional fare. Don’t worry, there’s always a trike ride from bayan heading there.
Behold, some of our Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar photos. We spent the entire day doing photoshoots and had a buffet lunch (paid separately for P800/head). Then continued to just walk around and relax (the sun was too harsh that day!), and finally closed the trip with a relaxing stay at the beach.
And of course this trip won’t end without our vanity shots haha!
Overall, it was quite a trip. I have to take note that most of our trips, we both agree to just enjoy travel in a sense that everything is not forced and that we are not required to visit every possible tourist spot(s) around the place. We’re mostly just taking it slow and prefers to just take our time. Are we going back again?DEFINITELY! We’ve seen a lot of new buildings under construction and we’ll surely go back when the place is in full bloom! Maybe the next time around, we’ll actually try the heritage tour, or probably stay overnight and experience a laidback accommodating experience there!
Til our next travel date!
LAS CASAS FILIPINAS DE ACUZAR TRIP – FINAL TIPS:
You are not allowed to bring any food in Las Casas. Try to sneak it in your bag, or you may eat your lunch at the restaurants and buffet located inside. Café Marivent in Casa Unisan and La Bella Teodoro in Casa Binan are the dining ones, the buffet is at the Hotel de Oriente. Our take on the buffet food? Kind of pricey for the choices in there. Needs a little bit of improvement, probably more food choices please.
You have an option NOT TO do the 1-2 hour tour. We chose not to simply because we only wanted to walk round and then jump in the water to relax.
If you are staying overnight, you may visit their site for reservations.
Otherwise if you are planning to go on just the daytour, NO RESERVATIONS NEEDED. Just pay the entrance fee which costed P1,500.00 as of April 2017. This package includes One (1) cold towel, and a welcome drink at La Parilla.
There are around 3 restaurants around, one of them serves buffet or set meals.
Always bring water with you especially if you plan to come summer time, it can get super hot and a lot of areas don’t have any place where you can stay away from the sunlight, no shades whatsoever. Oh, and sunblock is also necessary.
If you’re commuting back to your hotel or headed back home, try to leave Las Casas as early as possible, best around 4:30 – 5:00PM. The buses bound for Balanga is super hassle, at least from our end that time, there are no lines and you have to work your way to getting inside a non-aircon bus.
Lastly, the place has a lot of exclusive deals so always make sure you check out their site every now and then.
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is located at Brgy. Ibaba, Bagac, Bataan. For reservations, contact them thru the following: Landline (+632) 332-5286 (+632) 877-4501 (+632) 332-5338 (+632) 355-3032 Mobile 0917-872-9361.
P.S. Our apologies for not making this trip as detailed as it could be. This trip went really quick and we didn’t go beyond details but instead just spent it as travelers and not as blogger. Don’t worry, we’re definitely going back and will share the entire experience with you!
You headed to Laboracay this year? How about a deal?
Join Hoop Your Trash to win FREE DRINKS! This is your fun way to help save Boracay. Let’s set the pace to responsible partying by joining our coastal cleanup this 29th! It will be along Boracay’s White Beach during sunset.
Let’s set the mood for responsible partying in #Laboracay2017 by joining our coastal cleanup during sunset on April 29. PLUS: First 100 to register will get exclusive and free VIP Pass to the Savoy Hotel Boracay’s Black Lit Party!
April 29, 2017, 5PM
Activity will commence at Willy’s Rock in Station 1
REMEMBER. The best partygoers of Boracay are those who know how to properly clean up and dispose their trash, because amidst all the hoopla under the sun, they care most for the pristine island. See you!
Cebu City, Philippines — One of the best Sinulog glow-color-paint rave party is back for the 2017 edition!
UPDATE: Due to insistent public demand, this event has been moved to JANUARY 14, 2017.
As mentioned by ETC Facebook Page: Hey, Cebu! Because we’ve missed you, we’re coming back real soon, and we hope to celebrate the new year with all of you! 😘#etcpaintensity2017.
So yes, it’s finally happening again! ETC’s Paintensity Sinulog 2017 is back for another exciting paint and color mix party. Make sure to come well shaved with electric razors from ´t https://factschronicle.com/ so you don´t get that annoying paint stuck in your hair. Come to The Greenery on the 14th of January starting at 4:00PM all the way until the dawn of January 15th! See you there!
Cebu, Philippines, #SINULOG2017 — It’s that time of the year again where all will just should repeatedly: Pit Senyor!
And we’re back to keep you updated with the list of the hottest events you should not miss this coming edition of Sinulog Festival! So let’s not waste time here and check out the definitive list of events that will surely hit the partygoers!
LIFEDANCE SINULOG 2017 –
One beat. One nation. Once dance. That’s LifeDance Sinulog 2017 for us!