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/).
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!
Last year, we’ve heard about this fuzz about a certain flower farm in Cebu that went viral because it looks amazing as if you’re not in the Philippines with all the beautiful, colorful flowers around. Take a look at this one taken by an Instagram user tonipino:
We were ecstatic to look for the place and take pictures since we were Cebu-bound a few weeks in, But when we arrived there during the last week of November, the flowers were already gone and harvested. Awww…
We’ll be back. That’s for sure.
There was only one weapon left for us to find the perfect timing: constantly searching for #Sirao photos in Instagram and Facebook. And when John’s niece was found in one of those with photos taken just a few hours ago, we’ve decided to finally give it another go. Oh, and we are here in Cebu already for Sinulog that’s why. (Read: Sinulog Party Tips and Survival Guide 2016)
How to get there (if you are commuting): You have two options if you’re coming from the city. The first one is to take a jeep or a cab to JY Square located at the end of Salinas drive in Lahug. Your easiest landmark is McDonald’s. The habal-habal drivers will drive you there at around P150.00 for a round trip (JY – Sirao – JY) . But you have to take note, the drivers will charge you somewhere between P100-P200 per hour of waiting for you. Compute that and you might pay around P350-P550 per person. Another option is to find a cab at JY Square. This is a bit tougher because we had to convince the driver for a good contract price (all the driving up and waiting), and we ended up spending P1,200, but that’s for everyone already.
On the other hand, if you or your friends are driving, it won’t be as tricky anymore as last year because now you will be able to find banners around Busay leading you to the farm. But in case you’re having a hard time:
Upon arriving at the place, it did not seem to look as how it was on the photos that we saw. Good thing the owner of the place was there when we went there so we can get her share of the story. Take a look at the garden view from the entrance.
Note: There’s a maintenance / entrance fee of only P30.00 per person. But if you are doing a prenup shoot, each person / crew will cost you P200.00.
Look at all those flowers on the right! The owner told us that if you come to this place at the peak season (set around either April – May, and October – November), you will find the ENTIRE place bombarded with almost human-sized flower plants! Those are the ones that captivated the social media and even TV Patrol.
But nonetheless, the place looks just as lovely on off-peak simply because you won’t have a hard time taking the best SOLO photos or ones with your friends. On its peak, you will have a bunch of photobombers with you! Probably like this one thanks to simplygilian.blogspot.com:
Here are some of the best photos we’ve taken using iPhone 6, a DSLR camera, and a GoPro. Take note that we have decided not to intensively edit the photos (most of them unedited actually) so you can see the raw flower beauty.What you see here is what you will see there for real!
Find the best angles, and you’ll end up with these cool shots!
There’s also this cute windmill in there they call the area “Little Amsterdam”. Soon, that particular area will rise a different breed of flowers where seeds are brought from Amsterdam! That’s one to watch out for in the -Ber months.
Then, you can complete your Sirao experience by getting some cool memorabilia, a cold cup of Buko Salad Juice (we liked it a lot!), or a sweet corn on stick available on the souvenir store downstairs.
Overall, it was quite an amazing experience. John already had his share of an TULIPS farm shoot when he traveled in Canada, and THIS, is our own cute version of it! Pay a visit soon, we’ll be back once the flowers are in full bloom! Pit Senyor!
Every year, John spends his Holy Week paying respect to their family Saint image, Saint Mary Magdalene. This year, I was give a chance to come with him to observe the week together with his relatives.
It was our main plan to come to Bantayan Island after celebrating Easter Sunday. We are all aware that during Holy Week, Bantayan Island is expected to draw huge crowd from different cities and provinces, spending silent moments with family and friends compared to the party-driven beaches of Puerto Galera and Boracay during the same week.
But before you even take that ferry ride to Bantayan, have you noticed that there’s an unspoiled beach shore on your left? That’s San Remigio!
And here’s all that you need to know for you to pack your bags and go:
1. San Remigio has the longest shoreline of any municipality in Cebu. There are several beach resorts, as well as public beaches with long stretches of white sand. I myself thought that it came as a huge surprise. Take a look at these photos and you might easily think we’re already in Bantayan, but we’re not.
2. San Remigio is your gateway to Bantayan Island. The port of Hagnaya offers a frequent ferry service to Bantayan Island. The next time we go to Bantayan together, I’ll make sure to spend an overnight here first for a quick unwind. The abundant coconut trees makes it a beautiful, unspoiled beach environment. Plus, you can even light up a bonfire almost everywhere! How cool is that!
Take a look at this map so you can easily identify where San Remigio is:
3. Travel here on off-peak season and you’re in for a very serene experience. You might find the beach waters super clear. But if you want a stress-free, silent and relaxing vacation, come to SanRem preferably on Mondays – Thursdays of the Holy Week, never Friday to Sunday. Or better yet, on off-peak season, or else you’re in for a very sociable crowd. Look.
4. Expensive exotic seafood is extremely cheap in San Remigio! And it’s a big plus for me as a seafood lover. Few days ago, I was able to try out that shell meat in Cebu City. They said it costs only around P10 – P15 each in SanRem! Also, their version of halaan (clam) is freakin’ huge I saw one as large as my fist for the first time here!
5. San Remigio beach resorts offers the same experience you’d want on any other beaches. Island hopping, snorkeling, sports games like basketball, volleyball, badminton, and even golf! During our stay, we even found a “bakal” gym where you can pump yourself up before drenching yourself for just… TEN PESOS! Amazing!
6. Cap the day with a remarkable view of the sunset. SanRem beach is also facing center east, similar to Boracay. So expect a great sunset view in the afternoon!
How To Go To San Remigio From Cebu City
Catch a bus from the North Bus Terminal heading to Hagnaya. It will roughly cost you around P120.00. The trip will take an average of 2-4 hours. This bus will pass by San Remigio before Hagnaya.
Ready to spend a vacation in San Remigio? Here’s a quick guide to the resorts where you can book for a night or two before making your way to Bantayan:
Where To Stay in San Remigio
Casa del Mar Golf & Dive Hotel
-Bancasan, San Remigio, Cebu
-Tel. Nos. (63-32)435-2222 & 435-2225
-E-mail Address: email@example.com
Elegant Beach Resort
-Anapog, San Remigio, Cebu
-(63-32) 254-1601 or 412-4928
San Remigio Beach Club
-Tambongon, San Remigio, Cebu
-Tel Nos. (63-32) 435-2030 & 435-2119