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10 Irresistible Rainy-day Hotel Deals in Baguio City

A time for yourself to reconnect this rainy season? These hotels accredited by the Department of Tourism Cordillera are all ready to welcome you!

Baguio City is not just perfect to be visited during summer season, but all year round. The cold weather is certainly the main attraction, coupled with the best hospitality from the hotels within the city. As the Summer Capital of the Philippines, Baguio balances the safety of the people as well as leisure travel with restricted protocols. And whether it rains or shines, Baguio is still a haven for either weary of happy souls. So, I have gathered the best hotel deals you and your friends may want to consider completing your most memorable rainy day experience in the City of Pines.

  1. Le Monet Hotel

Located at the heart of Camp John Hay, Le Monet Hotel offers a fusion of luxury while enjoying the beauty of nature. The Lobby restaurant provides some of the city’s unique food finds including its popular strawberry champorado and ube pandesal. This rainy season is the best time to stay to this charming hotel as it offers the deluxe room as low as P2499/night for BLISTT (Baguio, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba and Tublay) residents.  Experience the best Baguio hospitality with Le Monet Hotel, your gracious home in the City of Pines!

Best rate: P2499/night Deluxe Room
Stay date: until September 20, 2021
Location: Camp John Hay (3kms from the city center)

Book a room through http://www.facebook.com/LeMonetHotel or by calling 0917-526-7049 or (074) 661-0202

2. A Hotel

This DOT accredited hotel prides itself earning a score of 8.2 from Agoda 2021 Customer Review Awards, high enough to convince every traveler who wants to enjoy the city center. It is the best hotel to stay for visitors who loves walking within the heart of the city- a minute walk from a mall, Burnham Park and Baguio Public Market, 2 minutes from the City Hall, 3 minutes from Baguio Night Market, and a 4-minute leisurely walk from the ever-famous Session  Road. A number of banks, restaurants and convenience stores are visible within the area. Guests may also find themselves enjoying the gym, salon or a coffee shop on site! Grab their best rates starting at P1399/night!

Best rates:
P1399/night Standard Queen
P2599/night Family Room for 4
Stay date: Until September 30, 2021
Location: City Center

Reach A Hotel at 0945-450-0404 or thru http://www.facebook.com/Ahotelbaguio

3. The Manor at Camp John Hay

This season is the time to get The Manor’s best deals by far! For only P2500 per night, BLISTT residents may enjoy a Superior Room with a forest view, just perfect for a blissful rainy day stay. The Manor has always been on the top list to many travelers with its cozy interiors and striking architecture. This DOT accredited hotel located at  Camp John Hay was designed perfectly to embrace nature with towering pine trees and offers magnificent view of the Cordillera mountains.

Best rate:
P2500/night Superior Room for BLISTT Residents
plus 10% off using the promo code FULLVAX
Stay date: until August 31, 2021
Location: Camp John Hay (3.4kms from the city center)

Book any of their forest of garden view room thru http://www.booking.campjohnhay.ph or call (074) 8687-6524

4. Golden Pine Hotel

Are you a fan of BTS or BlackPink? Or would love to experience sleeping like a Disney princess? Then Golden Pine Hotel is just perfect for you and your family! Located just a few walks from Baguio City Hall, Golden Pine Hotel prides itself with its themed rooms primarily for the delight of kids and the whole family staying. The upgraded rooms have opened for booking on August 8, 2021 with its “Batman” themed-room being on the top of the list. It’s cool and reinvented rooms start at P2500/night including the Disney Pixar, Super Mario, Hello Kitty, Mickey Mouse and a lot more! Call Golden Pine Hotel now to know the available themed rooms for you and your loved ones!

Best rate: P2400/night Themed Room for fully vaccinated guests
Stay date: Until September 30, 2021
Location: City Center

Get your favorite themed room by calling 0998-862-4950 or at http://www.goldenpinehotel.com.ph. Don’t forget to also try dining at The Super Heroverse Cafe! There you may delight yourself with hundreds, if not, thousands of collectible toys and heroes items whole enjoying their best tasting snacks and drinks, perfect this rainy season!

5. Mines View Park Hotel

Tagged as “The Celebrity Hotel,” this stunning hotel located just a few steps from Mines View Park allures travelers with its best mountain views and sweet hospitality. It houses the ever-famous “strawberry sinigang” and my favorite strawberry lava pancake, just perfect for guests who want to take a break away from the city hustles. Mines View Park Hotel offers “Move-on Promo” for only P999/night minimum of 3 nights, plus 10% off from Zenz Restaurant and Halfmoon Café. Stay here and who knows, you might be lucky to see and take selfies with a celebrity!

Best rate:
P999/night Standard Room min. of 3 nights
Stay Date: until September 30, 2021
Location: 4.6 kms from the city center

Book your mountain view room at Mines View park Hotel by calling 0917-678-6874 or at http://www.facebook.com/MinesViewParkHotelPH.

6. The Forest Lodge

Situated at the heart of Camp John Hay, The Forest Lodge gives its guests an opportunity to enjoy its large rooms with views of the garden and dozens of pine trees that surrounds the property. Its new café “The Twist” is a game-changer offering delicious pastries and snacks that will truly blend with every guest’s ideal mood of their own Baguio experience. Get their best rooms starting at P2000 per night!

Best rate:
P2000/night Superior Room (Rain Drop Rate)
Stay Date: until September 30, 2021
Location: Camp John Hay (3.4kms from the city center)

Reach The Forest Lodge at 0917-848-2127 or book directly thru campjohnhayhotels.ph

7. Grand Sierra Pines Hotel

Located around 4 kilometers from the city center, Grand Sierra Pines Hotel was designed to make their guest’s stay in Baguio soothing, delightful and memorable. The property houses an environment friendly facilities and no tree was cut for its development. It has two restaurants (The Outlook Steak and Grill and The Atrium Lobby Cafe) and a bakeshop offering several dining options for its guests. Redefine your Baguio experience by staying at Grand Sierra Pines this rainy season as low as P3500/night for 2 persons! Their raisin bread is a must-try, too!

Best Rate: P3500/ night Superior Room
Stay date: Until September 30, 2021
Location: 4.2kms from the city center

Book with Grand Sierra Pines Hotel room directly thru their website at http://www.sierrapinesbaguio.com or call 0995-489-0873.

8. Azalea Hotel and Residences Baguio

Are you now fully vaccinated? If yes, you get yourself a free room upgrade! Azalea Hotel and Residences Baguio offers as low as P1900/night in a Superior Room for 2 with P500 dining voucher! All rooms are with kitchen for light cooking. Guests are also entitled with 1 free parking. This property is reopening its door again after it halted operations last year and is now ready to give the best tradition of hospitality in the City of Pines. Get the best deals with Azalea Hotel and Residences Baguio while room rates are its best!

Best Deal: P1900/night Superior Room for 2 with P500 dining voucher
Baguio Break Deal also comes with FREE ROOM UPGRADE for Fully Vaccinated Guests.
Stay date: until September 30, 2021
Location: 19kms from the city center

Grab a room thru http://www.facebook.com/AzaleaBaguioPH or call 0917-861-1641

9. The Plaza Lodge

A blissful treat for BLISTT residents! The Plaza Lodge offers its “BLISTT TREAT” room promotions for P2288/night with breakfast for 2! This 100-key modern architecture hotel offers an unmatched blend of accessibility, location and a place to breathe in the vibrant city of Baguio. Its guest rooms provide panoramic views of the city with high-speed wireless internet access and complimentary tea and coffee facility. Parking is never a problem with The Plaza Lodge as it has 3-level parking spaces. Guests may also enjoy its heated pool, massage and spa services and fitness gym.

Best Rate: P2288/night with breakfast for 2
Stay date: until September 30, 2021
Location: South Drive (2.8kms from the city center)

Don’t miss The Plaza Lodge “BLISTT Treat” promo! Book your rooms directly at http://www.lodge.theplazahotelgroup.com or call 0968-681-2267 and 0927-211-9017

10. Chalet Baguio

This boutique hotel gives Baguio residents 40% off this season! For as low as P2280/night, Baguio guest will have a taste of its hospitality while maintaining the highest possible sanitation and customer service standards. Rate comes with free breakfast for 2! Secure your valid Baguio ID and upon reservation and you are good to go!

Best Rates for Baguio Residents Only:
P2280/night Deluxe Room with Breakfast for 2
P3000/night Premiere Room with Breakfast for 2
Stay date: Until December 19, 2021
Location: 1.6kms from the city center

Reserve your room with Chalet Baguio via http://www.facebook.com/ChaletBaguio or call them directly at 0917-279-6771

As of August 22, 2021, Baguio City accepts tourists from MGCQ and GCQ areas only until further notice and are required to present a negative RT-PCR test result.

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“Vir-Tour” on the Best Islands of the Philippines

Mid-July is the most anticipated week for virtual tourists around the globe to witness the Philippines’ best destinations in the comfort of their homes. You too can join this innovation, free! Here are the schedule you might want to join in:

The Philippines’ Best Islands

Highlighting the islands of Boracay, Palawan and Siargao, find out how these three islands top the roster of the best in the world. These share pristine white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and extra-special experiences everyone will surely love.

Palawan was just recently awarded as the 2020 World’s Best Island by the Travel + Leisure, Boracay ranks 1st in Asia and Siargao was voted best in the world by Conde Nast Traveler readers. Want to know more about these islands? Just click here to sign up. Schedule: July 17, 2020 2:00 PM GMT+8.

Apart from the world-class islands, the series will also showcase some of the most magnificent destinations in the Philippines namely Batanes, Baguio and Davao with schedule as follows:

Breathtaking Batanes, The Philippines’ Land of the True Insulars

Batanes is one of the 81 provinces of the Philippines and poised itself as the dream destination to all Filipinos. You want to know why? Sign up here. Schedule: July 19, 2020 2:00 PM GMT +8.

Intayon! A Leisure Walk at the Heart of Philippines’ Summer Capital

The Summer Capital of the Philippines, Baguio City, was recently hailed by UNESCO as a Creative City. Wondering how artistic the people of Baguio City are? Join us by signing up here. Schedule: July 21, 2020 2:00 PM GMT +8.

Davao: The Best of the Philippines’ Land of Promise

Reputedly the biggest city in the world, Davao City also tops in the travelers radar known to be the home city of the current president of the Philippines. Curious about this? Sign up here. Schedule: July 23, 2020 2:00 PM GMT +8.

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36 HOURS IN 3 COUNTRIES: A CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC EXODUS

Arrival Hall, Dubai International Airport (taken on March 16, 2020 10:05pm Dubai time)

I woke up with fear, but with a brave heart.

It was 7:30am of March 15, 2020 in Israel. I prepared myself to visit the Royal Jordanian Airline Office in Tel Aviv as I need to rebook my cancelled flight back to Manila. I was worried, but I need to be brave enough so I can fly back to my home country. It is located 20 minutes by foot from my hotel.

Walking along the Tel Aviv Beach facing the Mediterranean Sea was a feast of the eye seeing people jogging, some with their dogs. I saw different faces of enthusiasm as they start the day, no one’s wearing a face mask. At that time, I wonder how these people can be so brave of not wearing one as the rest of the world is facing one of the biggest challenges in the history of mankind.

I reached their office with a light of hope around 9:20am, praying I could have a flight back home the soonest, and misfortunes started to happen.

March 15, 9:20am: Tel Aviv

The airline staff greeted me and ask me my mobile number. Face-to-face transaction was not allowed due to the corona virus issues. So I gave my mobile number. He called after 15 minutes. I was outside his office while we were talking over the phone, I facing his desk 10 meters far from me, with a glass door closed. I explained that I received two cancellations from them, and I needed to get back to the Philippines the soonest. He told me to just refund. But I was persistent. I asked him if I can be re-accommodated to other airlines.

I waited another 30 minutes. That time, airline staff started to debate. I saw how some staff wanted to help the passengers to rebook, but the head insisted that the passengers need to pay. Everyone in the office was yelling to each other. They were speaking in Hebrew but somehow I understand.

The airline staff finally offered me a flight diversion to Dubai and told me the only schedule available was the 5:55pm that day. So I agreed. I got my new ticket via email and booked my flight from Dubai to Manila for March 17 5:55pm schedule with my own expense.

March 15 4:00pm: Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv

Arriving on time at the airport was a relief. I was told by the guards on duty that there was a screening before check-in. An airport sticker tag was needed before check-in. There were 5 screening officers catering one long queue of about 200 foreigners who were required to leave Israel.

That day, Israel already announced that all foreign visitors must leave the country the soonest. The screening procedure was so strict, it’s not even the immigration stage. I endorsed my passport and the officer started to ask a lot of questions about my recent travel in Malaysia. I wonder why.

I was denied to board. The counter personnel wanted a transit visa. I told the counter staff it was not needed as I will just stay at the airport. But they insisted. I tried to speak to their duty manager but they said he was busy. It has been so frustrating, until the check-in counter was closed. I asked help from my partner operator in Israel, who happened to meet me at the airport before I fly. I told him the scenario. He spoke with the counter personnel to take chance, but the check-in system was already down. We were told to rebook my flight at the airline’s airport office. Luckily, I got another flight to Dubai, leaving Tel Aviv at 7:30 a.m. the next day connecting Amman, Jordan with seven hours lay-over. I went back to my hotel to rest.

March 16 4:30am Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv

I woke up around 3:30am as my taxi will be picking me up around 430am. Imagine the only rest time I had. I arrived at the airport doing the same screening process before check in. I was able to board. The flight was almost full.

March 16 8:30am Queen Alia International Airport, Amman

I arrived at Amman, Jordan at 8:30 a.m., with seven long hours of waiting before the next flight. I was welcomed with a long queue at the transfer desk to check on the meal voucher. I took my chance. The one hour waiting game was wasted, no meal was offered.

The security was so tight as well. All our carry-on bags were requested to open and inspected. The passenger before me argued to the officers as his alcohol was captured. I started to feel exhausted. So I thought of calling my sisters in the Philippines to check them. Somehow, I was relieved seeing them safe and sound.

March 16 11:00am Queen Alia International Airport, Amman

Royal Jordanian Aircraft at Queen Alia International Airport, Amman, Jordan

Staff of airport shops started to pack their items in their boxes as the airport shuts down in a few hours. I decided to visit the duty manager of Royal Jordanian to ask for a notice of cancellation or certification, as I need it for my travel insurance. I was told to go back after an hour. So I did. When I got back, the duty manager was there, speaking over the phone.

Inside the Queen Alia International Airport boarding gates hall. The Amman Duty Free on the right started to pack up their items as the airport shuts down in a few hours.

The assistant told me they cannot provide me any document at all and just send an email request to the head office. I told to myself WTF, I was already in their hub, facing the duty manager and yet my simple request cannot be granted.

I insisted telling them all other airlines do give actual certification as requested by the passenger. They started to shout at me telling me they were so busy as the airport shuts down in a few hours. I insisted more, but they ignored me so I gave up. This added to my burden. That was the worst customer service I have experienced by far.

March 16 2:30pm Queen Alia International Airport, Amman

Passengers started to panic before boarding (taken on March 16, 2020 2:55pm)

My eyes started to close, my body almost giving up. Passengers started to fall in line before the boarding time. The airline crew boarded first. After 15 minutes, they went back. The passengers started to panic. Some speculated that the flight has been cancelled. After another 15 minutes of waiting game, the crew went back, and after 20 minutes, the airline finally started to board the aircraft. I was told that there has been a data failure earlier, and that our flight was the last flight to Dubai before the airport closes that day. The flight was full.

March 16 8:30pm Dubai International Airport

Actual consent form given to us at the arrival hall

I set foot in Dubai minutes before the ETA. It was a pleasant flight. Airport personnel gave us a consent form, and was told that the screening would take 15 minutes, but the passengers have to queue in. I waited for 2 hours before my turn. It was my first time seeing doctors wearing complete protective gears. All passengers undergone the process.

The airport greeted us with some passengers on queue
Passengers are filling up the consent forms mandated by Dubai International Airport

There were two stations. First was the passport screening. The officer gave me a kit and endorsed it to the next station. The doctor was waiting at the next station. I gave the kit. The doctor got some specimen from my nose. I told to myself, United Arab Emirates is prepared.

The first screening stage at Dubai International Airport
My turn for the screening. The doctor is preparing for the specimen kit

I was thinking what to do as my final flight segment was 5:55pm, almost 20 hours more. So I tried to queue in at the connections counter to try my luck, and request for a re-accommodation to an earlier flight back to Manila.

March 16 11:00pm Dubai International Airport

Upon reaching the connections counter, long lines did not surprise me. Almost all races from different nations and religions were on queue, taking their luck for the next available flights to take them home. A number of flights were cancelled. Some passengers were already complaining, some were literally shouting.

Emirates’ check in counter at Dubai International Airport. Passengers are on queue as only 2 personnel were present that hour.

After one hour, I was able to check-in. I asked the counter if I can be re-accommodated to an earlier flight. The check-in counter personnel told me she cannot check on my behalf as it was not the desk for requests. She told me to queue in to the other side.

When I went back to the reservations counter, another long line greeted me. I endured another one hour. During my turn, I heard the lady with a baby requested for a business class upgrade. The reservations agent told her the upgrade costs 2000USD for Dubai-Sydney flight. The lady walked out. I could see the frustration in her face.

Reservations counter at Emirates’ Connection Desk at Dubai International Airport. Transaction time takes about 10 minutes per passenger.

Fifteen minutes later, the reservations agent gave me my passport and boarding pass. He said it was done. I checked my boarding pass. And to my surprise, it was for the 3:30am flight to Manila. Viola! It was such a blessing. I wanted for be considered on the 9:30am flight, but I was given an earlier time more than what I was expecting. God is so good!

March 17 3:30pm Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Manila

I woke up with the turbulence of landing. Thank God I have finally landed in my home country. I haven’t even gone out from the airport and another problem came up.

Two of my suitcases were damaged! One of the wheels were lost. Even worse, my camera battery was gone along with my laptop charger, belt and shoes! I asked for an irregularity report from the airline representative as I need it for my travel insurance. Unlucky enough, I wasn’t able to get one. The airline representative told me it should be asked from the port of origin –  Tel Aviv Airport Authority. I was then very frustrated.

My damaged suitcases (taken on March 17, 2020 4:30pm at Ninoy Aquino International Airport arrival hall)

March 17 5:00pm Arrival Hall, Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Manila

No public desk assistance, no Grab, no P2P, no shops to eat. I need to gave in and pay. I tried calling my friends with cars, but no one can drive me out of Manila, as they fear they cannot go back to Manila after the curfew hours. Some van drivers were present, offering P1500 (30USD) per person for a one way NAIA to Clark route. I also heard one driver offering P800 (16USD) to a passenger going to Sampaloc, Manila which is just around 14 kilometers far.

There were airport policemen and 3 bus units of Philippine Coast Guard. I overheard the coast guard bus may ferry people to a destination if more than 20 people are going on the same route. There was a group of people going to Clark. So I joined them. A tension happened when the airport police told us to just go to the bus as it will finally ferry us to Clark. So, all of us 20 hurried to the bus, only to find out we have to wait for another 2 hours as there was a queue. The airport personnel explained us that it was not sure yet. I almost gave up, again.

With all the exhaustion I experienced, I decided to just perhaps stay in Manila. I am a travel agent and I have a cloud of connections in the city.

I asked my friend who owns a hotel in Makati City, but all their hotel rooms are fully booked. One friend told me Manila will be stricter the next day, and no one will be allowed to travel by land anymore.

I called my van operator to seek help. However, all of their units were under contract that night by a call center in Manila to ferry their employees, so he referred me to his friend. I called the number.

The driver was hesitant at first, but we were able to dealt with PHP5000 (100USD) NAIA-Clark one-way route. When we were dealing over the phone, he then requested if I can convince other passengers to join us, perhaps we can do it to his advantage of earning money.

I was able to convince 3 other passengers whose route are also to Pampanga. Four of us were charged PHP2000 (40USD) per person. No one complained. I thought to myself it was too much as originally I just need to pay 100 USD. I wanted to complain, but my mind end up giving up due to exhaustion. I wanted to go home safe, that’s the main goal.

9:30pm he picked us up at NAIA Terminal 3 Arrivals Bay 11 wearing a mask. There were four of us. Driving along EDSA was too fast, as very limited cars were there. We reached North Luzon Expressway Balintawak in less than 30 minutes. We were all expecting for a check point traffic and made our boarding passes ready, as this will allow us to pass through. But no check point was present.

I arrived home roughly 11:00pm, took a quick shower, and slept.

It has been the most challenging travel I have ever experienced in my career in the travel industry. I see and feel faces of fear, others with determination, and love of almost all races. My 36-hour journey to these countries back to my city was a though ride as I have to battle with the fears from other races, culture and religion. Indeed, God was so great, I was able to fly a day before Israel locks down its doors, got the last flight minutes before Jordan closes its kingdom, left United Arab Emirates hours before it closes its borders, arrived Manila days before international arrivals stop, and gone home without public commute before nearly an hour before the expressways bar the general public.

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Malapascua Island: Cebu’s Finest White Sands

The summer heat has always been a bane for Filipinos, and one of the best solutions is to go to the beach!

Whether it’s black, white, grey, or pink sand, travelers flock to Philippine coasts all over to soak in the clear waters we have. And there’s this one pretty island in Cebu you’ll surely fall in love with.

Malapascua is one of the must-see islands in the Philippines this summer. It’s a tiny island north of Cebu, a four-hour bus ride from Mandaue City, and a 30-minute boat ride direct to the island.

Malapascua has a number of resorts, from cozy to classy with basic to middle-end amenities. If you’re wondering if the sand is really white, I’ll attest that the island offers one of the best white sand beaches in the archipelago. To more about the island, you may visit http://www.malapascua.com.ph.

Let me share with you some of the best things you shouldn’t miss in Malapascua.

Take a fun walk during the sunrise. In a three-day stay in the island, one can already upload hundreds of picturesque moments that you might want to share with your friends and family.

Waking up too early may spoil your night, but the awe that the island’s sunrise elicits is truly exceptional. Have fun jogging or simply walk along the beach at the island’s southeastern part, where the finest sands are ready to paint your day with smiles.

Do some photo fun shoots at Malapascua Lighthouse. Start the walk from your resort as early as 3 PM. It goes without mention that you’ll be taking loads of photos while bathed in glorious sunlight.

Dine at Ging-ging’s Garden Restaurant. You’ll enjoy a variety of Filipino, Italian, and Mediterranean dishes. As soon as you finish your meal, you’ll notice that most of the diners are foreigners! Their chicken curry is a must-try.

Indulge in snorkeling. Invest in a waterproof camera so you can take some shots under the clear blue waters!

11th Tam-awan International Arts Festival highlights Over a Hundred Talents Despite Pandemic Challenges

The 11th Tam-awan International Arts Festival (TIAF) wraps up with over a hundred local and international artists in expressing their passion for arts and creativity, under the initiative of Chanum Foundation, Inc., founder of Tam-awan Village Garden in the Sky. With a cohesive theme ‘A Thanksgiving for the Gift of Culture and the Arts,’ the gathering highlights various activities from the featured artists from October 6 to 10, 2021.

“La Sultura” by RM Cerezo (www.tamawanvillage.com)

Sheela “Ming” Tabuno, contemporary visual artist and musician based in La Trinidad, Benguet shares that joining the festival is an opportunity for her to showcase her skills and talent musically and artistically:

“Not only that I would be able to showcase my skills and talent, but also an opportunity to meet, interact and learn from my fellow artists, musicians and event coordinators from in and out of the city. I would be able to expand my knowledge and understanding about the essence and value of such event in order for me to live up to its purpose.”

Contemporary visual artists and musicians Khalil Acosta a.k.a. Django Bakunawa and Sheela “Ming” Tabuno during their live performance at TIAF 2021. (Photo Courtesy: Eden Cawang)

“I feel that we have gathered together, being united as one in this festival. Through this, we have influenced different individuals in showcasing their culture and every practice in the community. This made a strong impact, as well by simply letting all the local artists of Baguio collaborate and work as one,” says Khalil Neil Acosta (aka Django Bakunawa), contemporary visual artist and musician based in Baguio City.

According to Luisa Galang, TIAF 2021 Festival Director, the said activity will be hybrid, combining both physical and digital activities.

“This year we are continuing the festival’s long-standing tradition of showcasing artworks created by artists from all over the Philippines and abroad through gallery and virtual art exhibitions,” she added.

The TIAF 2021 also features lectures, creative workshops, demonstrations, performances, crafts, and ritual.

Lecturers for the celebration includes Ammin Acha-ur , a traditional tattoo artist, Nina Tesoro Poblador, academe practitioner, Mideo Cruz, renowned visual artist, and Ike Picpican, museum curator and archivist.

TIAF 2021 also slated workshops including  coffee painting, cardboard art, tapuey making, etag preparation, tayao dance, tie dye, paper marbling, stone art, rubber cut, image transfer, and mono print.

We are overwhelmed by the support of our fellow artist in the staging of the 11th Tam-awan International Arts Festival despite the challenges imposed by the pandemic,” says Jordan Mang-osan, president of Chanum Foundation Inc.

“Through the tears, the Tam-awan Village has been the epitome of Cordilleran art and creativity, and has become the embodiment of cultural and tourism experiences. This creative hub has been so important and is almost impossible to talk about Baguio city art scene without mentioning the village,” shares Department of Tourism OIC- Regional Director Jovita Ganongan in full support of the arts festival.

“Fake Happy” by C. Bruno (www.tamawanvillage.com)

The festival was co-sponsored by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and fully supported by the Philippine Information Agency-CAR, Baguio City Tourism Office, Congressman Mark Go, Provincial Government of Benguet and The Manor Hotel at Camp John Hay.

“The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) has always been supportive to festivals like these. We are so proud to be the co-sponsor of this international gathering of artists in the Philippines and abroad,” shares Jayson Conda of NCCA.  

“Bayas Copy” by A. Pagadian (www.tamawanvillage.com)

Photo Credits: www.tamawanvillage.com and Tam-awan Facebook Page with contributions from Ja B., Eden Cawang and Clinton Anniversario. Special thanks to Ms. Luisa Galang, Mr. John Arvin Molintas, Mr. Khalil Neil Acosta and Ms. Sheela “Ming” Tabuno.

The Sun Hides for a While: 5 Philippine Beaches As A Sunset Haven

Mesmerizing. Jaw-dropping. Enticing. These are just three of the hundreds of adjectives to describe the wholeness and picturesque sight of a sun hiding for a while. The mystery of how the skies perfectly mix colors to produce an awe-inspiring image is a secret that no one bothers to know. Instead, people choose to spend the time savoring the fulfilling moment.

Isn’t it amazingly odd how our mood and feelings change when we witness the sky during sundown? Like after an exhausting or disappointing day, it is the perfect time to breathe, soften our emotions and have the belief that tomorrow as it shines back again, is another chance for us to get back on track and make everything right.

Many studies explain sunsets cause a change in a person’s emotions through the colors present — red, orange, and yellow. As stated in the article of Cherry (2020), these colors depict excitement, energy, enthusiasm, warmth and are all declared as eye-catching. No wonder why people tend to stop even just for half a minute to stare or take their smartphones out to capture the Instagram-worthy wonders above.

Back during the face-to-face classes, every time I, together with my classmates, are dismissed early, we’re able to catch the sunset while walking or inside the train station. What I observed, almost all of the people around me are expressing their deep appreciation of the view. Even if they don’t utter a word, you can see how their eyes admire the fiery fading image of the sun. Not all may be vocal about how amazed they are, but if you look closely at their eyes as they meet the skies, it screams affection.

Sunsets can be watched anywhere. It could be from your office’s window, school’s open ground, house’s terrace, building’s garden, mountain top, an island, even in your cars as you drive or anywhere that you have a clear view of the outside.

If you are to be asked, where do you think is the perfect place to watch sunsets? Maybe others will say, “Oh there’s no perfect location. As long as you can see the scenic occurrence, it’s already perfect.” But if I am to choose, along the beach would be the ideal spot.

The Philippines, as a nation owning 7 641 islands, is one of the promising countries to feature breath-taking sunset views in the sea. The best and famous ones can be located in Anawangin Island in Zambales, Panglao Island in Cebu, White beach boracay, Coron Palawan and Urbiztondo Beach in La Union.

1. Anawangin Cove, Zambales

Photo courtesy: e-Philippines Adventure Travel and Destinations

It is a secluded island shaped like a half-moon with fine sands that is surrounded by the Agoho trees. If you wish to deeply engage with nature while having technology detox, then Anawangin is the best place for you!

2. White Sand Beach, Boracay Island

The famous real-life painting of a perfect tropical beach in Boracay that everyone, both local and international tourists wish to visit.

3. Alona Beach, Panglao Island, Bohol

Photo courtesy: Jemelyn Rellin (tubagbohol.mikeligalig.com)

Another gem of the Visayan Region, the Alona beach. What makes it distinct from others is seeing the sky divide in half as the sun descends in the left direction making it more impressive.

4. Coron, Palawan

Photo courtesy: Oliver Canavan

Aside from Boracay, Coron Palawan is another treasure that should not be disregarded on anyone’s bucket list!

5. Urbiztondo Beach, San Juan, La Union

Photo courtesy: Kristoff De Villa

In 21 years of my life, I’ve only captured a sun setting on a beach and bay two (2) times. First was in MOA Complex, Manila Bay then in Punta De Uian Beach Resort in Pundaquit Zambales. The experience? Inexplainable. Personally encountering how it happens is a part of my life that I will never forget. It’s a memory that holds a space in my mind forever.

Going back to the time when I was sitting along the seashore in Punta De Uian Resort, my bare feet are covered with the fine moistened sand while observing how peaceful and far away I am from the reality of a tiring life. Though there were some tourists around, I claimed that it was only me, the sea and the sun around. It was the right breather. Nothing compares to the comfort given by nature. It was enthralling —imagining that the sea has an end and that the sun just rested behind it.

MOA Complex, Manila Bay
Pundaquit, Zambales

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hanna is a certified dozy. But that changes when it’s about waking up early in the morning to travel! As a tourist, she is more into the sea as a destination that’s why she deserves to be called a ‘thalassophile’ and a beachcomber. What she looks forward to someday is owning hundreds of photo albums consisting of her beach sunset and sunrise shots around the world.

Baguio Mall kicks-off City’s Biggest Art Fair

A celebration of culture and arts, SM City Baguio brings over 300 artworks from Cordilleran artists in the Art in Bloom: Maki-Arts Tayo Manen. This art exhibit, said to be the biggest art fair in the city is in partnership with the Pasakalye Group of Artists. More than 100 artists shared their artworks ready for this public exhibit. Mall goers are expected to experience contemporary visual arts, sculptures, and other art forms at the Upper Ground Exhibit Hall, Lower Basement Gallery, Upper Ground Hallways, and Level 2 Hallway.

The Art in Bloom: Maki-Arts Tayo Manen ribbon untying held on September 4, 2021 at the Upper Ground Exhibit Hall was graced by Baguio City Tourism Officer Engr. Aloysiuos Mapalo; Department of Tourism Cordilleras OIC Regional Director Jovita Ganongan; Vladimir Cayabas of City’s Committee on Education, Culture and Arts; Marticar Docyogen, Founder of Pasa-kalye Group of Artists together with former DOT-CAR Regional Director Venus Tan.

From left: SM Baguio Mall Manager Rona Vida Correa, Baguio City Tourism Officer Alec Mapalo, Councilor Vladimir Cayabas of the Committee on Education, Culture and Arts, Former DOT-CAR Regional Director Venus Tan, DOT-CAR OIC Regional Director Jovita Ganongan and Maricar Docyogen, Founder of Pasa-Kalye Group of Artists.

According to SM Baguio Mall Manager Rona Via Correa, SM continues to strengthen their ties with local artists in the city:

“In our effort to contribute in making Baguio City as the Culture and Arts Destination Up North and committing to deliver a Uniquely Cordilleran Experience to our community and visitors, we continue to strengthen our affinity with the local arts community as we bring in more artists and artworks to the mall”.

SM Baguio Mall Manager Rona Via Correa on her welcome remarks.

DOT-CAR OIC Regional Director Jovita Ganongan shares her thoughts on creative tourism in connection with the creative spaces available in the city:

“This pandemic gave you time to make your emotions come alive in more creative spaces outdoors. This is for the community to also belong and feel that they are one with us, that’s creative tourism, co-ownership of what the city is all about, and be proud of it, and becomes the pride of place.”

DOT-CAR OIC Regional Director Jovita Ganongan during the Art in Bloom: Maki Arts Tayo Manen opening event.

Baguio City is the first Philippine city to be part of a global initiative to improve urban living standards by developing industries based on innovation and creativity. The city was then included under the Crafts and Folk Arts category of UNESCO making Baguio a Creative City in 2017.

“This designation is just an “icing over the cake” as there are a lot that has not yet discovered, something that the city should be proud of. You, the artists, are the reasons for the city being a UNESCO Creative City,” said Engr. Alec Mapalo on his speech.

Engr. Alec Mapalo of the City Tourism Office during the Art in Bloom: Maki Arts Tayo Manen opening event.

Former DOT-CAR Regional Director Venus Tan supports Engr. Mapalo’s thoughts on Baguio being a creative city:

“As the pioneer of this, I congratulate the artists and the mentors, including Mr. Cabrera, you have been an inspiration. Works are reflective of culture and arts’ creative community. Let’s continue to excel and value the true spirit of being Cordillerans. We already have an international title and hopefully this creative community fever becomes contagious.”

Former DOT-CAR Regional Director Venus Tan on her speech at Art in Bloom: Maki Arts Tayo Manen opening event.

Councilor Vladimir Cayabas, Committee on Education, Culture and Arts expresses his full support to the arts community:

“Your works are all expressions of creativity and culture in Baguio. Art is an expression of will and who we are. The creative sector makes Baguio a unique city so we need nurturing, a manifestation of our culture on the way we think, act and speak.”

Councilor Vladimir Cayabas, Committee on Education, Culture and Arts during the Art in Bloom: Maki Arts Tayo Manen opening event.

The Art in Bloom: Maki Arts Tayo Manen Exhibit is open to public from 10am to 9pm until November 30, 2021.

Empowering People with a Heart that is Tested through Time

Written by Charmaine Joy Rama-De Guzman

My ninth year in the tourism and hospitality industry has taught me so many lessons in my career. At some point in my life, I enjoy my daily routine and the sense of stability but the challenging circumstances brought by the COVID-19 pandemic has made me better understand the true message of RESILIENCE and RESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP.

For the past 11 months, COVID 19 has unbelievably brought so many challenges and pains. It had a vast reach in transforming human life at all levels. The pandemic gave a big blow to our tourism industry and it is one of the most vulnerable sectors.

CJ’s outer playground for the past 9 years in the hospitality industry, a usual view at Camp John Hay, Baguio City.

The business suddenly halted. It was swift and we were totally unprepared. As the head of my team, I have been very anxious as to what would be the future of our industry. I have to think of my teammates who depend on their salary. We have all felt the pandemic’s impact during the lockdown and, sadly, it has triggered an alarming economic downturn and this affected the financial aspect of almost all businesses.

Sadly, the beautiful picture we imagined in 2020 was dramatically altered with the onset of the pandemic. Witnessing people lose their job and livelihood, crushed and broke many hearts.

The vibrant Le Monet Hotel CJ manages was replaced by a very few guests, but remained intact to still give the best hospitality experience to them.

Like the rest of the world, everything’s changed and we were all trapped and, sadly, unequipped. Nobody knows how to deal with this test of time, but in good faith we learned to adapt and accept that this world is no heaven.

Up to this day, this pandemic still brings disruption and hardship in almost every aspect of our lives, but it has also forced to reflect on the ethics of our everyday living, especially the ways we treat each other as we continue to go about our daily survival.

I am not going to deny the fact that my faith and spirit were shaken and tested. There were times when I was on the brink of giving up and had so much self-doubts but at the end of the day with the support of my team, I decided to go with the flow and let God play the music of my life – a life that is destined to lead.

It wasn’t an easy dance tune though , there were complicated steps and at times I lost my rhythm and lost counts, but as a General Manager, it was a matter of ATTITUDE.

One of the many offerings of Le Monet Hotel initiated by CJ.

I have to be the source of inspiration to my team and establish a positive disposition while keep praying for God’s mercy and guidance. There were questions in my head such as what to do next? How would I restart? Will we be paralyzed for good and do nothing? But I told myself, “No. I will not lose hope and let negativity drag me down.

So, on that same day when I decided to “fight and move on”, I researched and have reviewed all safety protocols issued by the Inter Agency Task Force (IATF), the Departments of Tourism and Health and the Local Government Unit.

Le Monet Hotel’s team at the hotel lobby in the new normal with CJ at the center.

I decided to seek help from our head office’s training department and helped devise training programs on safety protocols: We rolled out safety training, we refined our systems and procedures, we intensified our sanitation and disinfection processes, we have done renovation of our facility to adjust to the new requirements or the new normal, we kept ourselves busy, we prepared for the days where we will be able to welcome and host our valued guests safely and responsibly once again ,and, finally, we confidently applied for our Permit to Operate from the DOT.

Part of the new normal of Le Monet dining experience includes an envelope for the face masks of the diners.
CJ was tested by the pandemic but never gave up to still attain for the best.

The road we are taking is still a downer and full of uncertainties. We are still fighting an invisible enemy and that makes the battle disadvantageous to everyone. But, again, instead of feeling down, we have to start, to reopen, to save more jobs, to give hope to our employees, to do things right and responsibly, to focus on the things that we can control, to safely mobilize the team and to do things to overcome given challenges and to continuously prepare for the coming days.

Indeed it still is a challenging chapter for all of us but we have to learn to stay focused, to stick to our goal-driven work ethic, to follow government agencies’ safety guidelines and to be RESILIENT at all cost, because right now we do not have a choice but to soldier on and help combat this pandemic.

Today, I am sharing this in celebration of my ninth year anniversary with the industry that is, unfortunately, for now trying to make ends meet.

CJ believes that people exist with a purpose.

With head high, someday I will be sharing all these experiences with much zest, passion and confidence just like our lolos and lolas sharing their WAR STORIES when we were young over and over again (how can I forget that).

Someday, I will be very proud to be one of the wordsmiths of COVID 19 pandemic, I believe that the blueprint we are creating now will be the survival guide of our future generations. For the time being, my goal is clear: whatever the future holds with the grace of God, I am confident that I will be able to etch my name in one of those significant pages.

For now, I will wait patiently for better days to come, wait for the vaccine, wash my hands, wear my face mask and face shield.

CJ Rama-De Guzman devotes herself empowering her people and leading with a heart.

Charmaine Joy Rama-De Guzman, fondly known to be “CJ” by her friends and colleagues, poised herself being an empowered General Manager of Le Monet Hotel. She is an advocate of life, enjoying the positivity of what relationships and collaborations can offer. CJ devotes herself as the Vice President-Hotels of HRAB (Hotel and Restaurant Association of Baguio) and trainer of various institutions including TESDA, Department of Tourism and University of Baguio in select programs. A communication expert by profession, she started her career with ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation as a talent and a DJ. She has been invited to several hospitality and customer-service based workshops in the country and graciously represented the Philippines in the global map as resource speaker in Germany, United States of America, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

Satisfy Your Taste Buds with Baguio’s Strawberry Champorado

Your taste buds will thank you for this extremely delectable “strawberry champ” found at the heart of Camp John Hay Baguio City!

Le Monet Hotel offers strawberry champorado that will surely give you a taste of Baguio while enjoying a perfect nature view! For only P120 (2.5USD), you’ll get a huge bowl of this best tasting strawberry dessert, not so sweet, and not so sour – a perfect blend for couples, families and even solo tourists visiting the city.

An all day dining establishment offers traditional and modern cuisine made from fresh local produce, coupled with a very charming ambiance.
Strawberry Champorado for only P120.00 (2.5USD)

I was determined to feel this champion dish on my taste buds, and finally, that day has arrived! I was welcomed by Le Monet’s General Manager CJ Rama-De Guzman, who I felt smiling even if she was wearing her face mask. After scanning the QR code, Miss CJ assisted me to our table. Then, after minutes of “kamustahan,” the star champ has arrived! And oh,  it was pink! (who says not?). Very appealing, indeed! I’ve already had an idea about how it looks like. I haven’t tasted the dish but it feels like I was already satisfied just by looking at it!

A shot with Le Monet Hotel General Manager CJ Rama-De Guzman at the hotel lobby.
With Le Monet Hotel General Manager CJ Rama-De Guzman at the dining area.
The best-tasting strawberry champ of Le Monet Hotel Baguio for only P120 (2.5 USD)
An envelope for my face mask, ensuring sanitation standards.

The crew gave me an envelope for my face mask. Expect this too! Most restaurants in the city have this one to ensure sanitation standards are in place for all diners.

The package comes with milk but you’ll reconsider adding it up since the champ itself was already perfectly blended with the right amount of sweetness. It was complemented with fresh strawberries on top, which you’ll ask for more I’m sure.  The magical taste explodes when a spoon of the sticky rice champorado is adorned with a slice of that strawberry fruit, digging your palate of joy with its gorgeous taste.

The strawberry champ of Le Monet Hotel Baguio, available all-year round.

Baguio is a haven for food crawlers, and while hundreds of dishes are found within the Creative City, this extra special strawberry champ is something worth the try!

Don’t miss this whenever you visit the City of Pines! Hunt the magical flavorful taste of strawberry champ at Le Monet Hotel located at the very heart of Camp John hay along Ordonio Drive, Baguio City. You may also call them at 09175267049 or at (074) 526-7049 or at rsvn.lemonet@ahmgi.com. Visit their website at https://lemonethotel.ph/

Le Picnique. Savor delectable dishes, prepared and served at the Le Monet Garden for that very special occasion.
Strawberry champorado’s star ingredient! Freshly picked to meet the awesome goodness in every taste!

Make your Baguio visit extra special!

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Baguio’s Unique Strawberry Dishes Every Tourist Must Try!

Fresh strawberries in the Cordilleras.

If there’s something my tourists can’t afford to miss to bring home when visiting Baguio, it will be the fresh strawberries. But have you ever tried some usual Filipino dish with a twist? Mines View Park Hotel has 5 unique dishes that will surely complete your Baguio experience.

Strawberry Sinigang

How about sinigang with strawberries? This is an original dish made exclusively for guests dining at Zenz Bar and Restaurant. Pork or beef, or even fish or shrimp, the Zenz Bar and Restaurant offers every guest the best treat of this mouth-watering strawberry sinigang for only P320.00 good for up to 3 persons.

Strawberry Sinigang at P320.00

Strawberry Adobo

Our all-time favorite adobo with strawberry slices? Why not! The taste of authentic spices from the Cordilleras savored with the sweetness of the strawberry makes it a perfect lunch treat, or dinner for everyone! Have your tummies full with this dish for only P280.00 good for 2-3 persons.

Strawberry Adobo at P280.00

Strawberry Bibingcrisp

No, this is not a pizza! It’s a dessert! This strawberry bibingcrisp is a complete perfection! Compliment it with a cup of brewed Benguet coffee and you will find yourself ordering this dessert again. You must try its sweetness for only P160.00 at the Halfmoon Café. Enjoy this meal while sitting at the hotel’s veranda with a view of the lush green mountains, and great sunsets, too!

Strawberry Bibingcrisp at P160.00

Strawberry Champorado

Have you ever tried an appetizing strawberry champorado in the morning? For only P100.00, this best-tasting champorado will surely give you a satisfying treat after your long weekday work! This is my personal favorite where the sweetness is just enough with the champorado flavor I am looking for!

Strawberry Champorado at P100

Strawberry Lava Pancake

Not your ordinary pancake! This strawberry lava pancake should complement with a cup of hot chocolate drink. Try it while its hot and savor its sweetness until it lasts to your taste buds! Grab this for only P180.00.

Strawberry Lava Pancake at P180.00
The Zen’s Bar and Restaurant

After a long-tiring but rewarding tour guiding work, I always make sure that I give myself a sumptuous tummy treat. Apart from these unique dishes available at Zen’s Bar and Restaurant, The Mines View Park Hotel also offers well appointed rooms for your Baguio stay and function halls for parties and events. Located just a few steps from the famous Mines View Park, guests can instantly buy Baguio delicacies from its neighboring souvenir shops. Check the hotel’s competitive room rates at www.minesviewparkhotel.com or reach their reservations office at (074) 424-1088 or mobile numbers +639228886392 and +639175931316.

Beautifully appointed rooms at Mines View Park Hotel
The Function Hall at the Mines View Park Hotel

Find yourself at Mines View Park Hotel located at Apostol Street corner Outlook Drive, Mines View, Baguio City and experience the best of a world-class Cordilleran hospitality.

TOUR GUIDING DURING LOCKDOWN? POSSIBLE!

While the tourism industry is down, I gathered tourists from around the world to show them the best Philippine destinations.

I remember waking up at 11:00am of April 4, 2020 where I realized I badly miss tour guiding. It has been three weeks since the Philippine government declared the ECQ (Enhanced Community Quarantine). This means no business for the tourism sector for now. No tourists, no guiding, but not for me.

Our tour group in Underground River, Puerto Princesa, Palawan last April 26, 2019.

4:00pm on the same day, I attended a webinar about tourism enterprise recovery via Zoom. As I listen to the speaker, I did see myself on the “host box,” speaking. Suddenly, photos of Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park appeared on the screen.

As soon as the next photo was shown, my brain squeezed in and came up thinking about a live tour guiding. Live tour guiding via Zoom! I nodded three times with a smile on my face and said “game on!”

Zoom App gives me a sense of confidence whenever I do live virtual tour guiding.

At around 7pm on the same night, I started to think on how to guide the most innovative way during these challenging times . Hours after refreshing my commentaries on tour guiding, I end up using Google Street View.

Actual live Baguio Central Business District Tour (along Session Road) via Zoom App and Google Street View.

It was not an easy start. Using Google Street View requires a lot of patience, and a very good internet connection too! Google Street View allows the user to virtually see the actual picture of the surroundings. I also incorporate supporting photos using PowerPoint and VLC Player for videos both through the Screen Share option on Zoom.

Zoom live and MS PowerPoint shows Baguio circa 1950s (Photo credit to rusa4.wordpress.com)

I started the live tour with my close friends so I can also solicit honest feedback from them. I wanted to start with Paoay Church and Calle Crisologo in Vigan City, but my local knowledge about my city tells a lot, so I chose to start mastering the City of Baguio. I am a Philippine Department of Tourism accredited tour guide since 2015 and I know I can still hover my expertise in the region.

SM Baguio facade via live Zoom and Google Street View

Doing the commentary is always a challenge as you need to choose the best words that meet and balance both the information and entertainment values. So I started to do a short but interesting “City Walking Tour.”

SM Baguio view deck tour via Google Street View and live Zoom.

The itinerary? The tour starts with the first loop: The University of the Philippines Baguio, then a walk through the creative SM Baguio, followed by the historic Session Road.

University of the Philippines Baguio via Google Street View and live Zoom
Top: Actual Baguio City Walking Tour on March 4, 2016. Bottom: SM Baguio facade via Google Street View and live Zoom.

Minutes of commentaries thereafter, I lead my tourists to Baguio Cathedral. Sharing them it’s role during the World War II is something that everybody should know.

Top: Actual Baguio City Walking Tour on March 4, 2016. Bottom: Baguio Cathedral facade via Google Street View and live Zoom.

Next is escorting my virtual tourists to the Central Business District along Lower Session Road. The powerhouse restaurants are just there waiting to give some good treats!

After sharing a bit of city’s history, I now accompany them to Magsaysay Avenue and Abanao Street until we reach the City Hall.

Magsaysay Avenue and Harrison Overpass via Google Street View
Baguio Rizal Park via Google Street View

I take the tourists for a leisure walk from the City Hall down to Burnham Park passing by the famous Rizal Park. Then, I give them some time to “virtually” enjoy the Rose Garden by telling them to close their eyes and feel the fresh air that surrounds them.

After minutes of enjoying the flowers, I escort them to the tour highlights – the Burnham Lake, giving them a quick and fun commentary. Wrapping up the tour is through another mind interpretation, asking them to imagine that they are on the boat with their loved ones and enjoying. The tour ends visually at the biking area.

Burnham Park via Google Street View and live Zoom
Biking area at Burnham Park via Google Street View

The 45-minute live virtual tour is enough for the short “Baguio City-Center Loop Tour.” And when my tourists ask for Strawberry Farm, Mines View Park or The Mansion? I invite them for another round of live tour as these are under different sets of “tour circuit.”

The Mansion, Baguio City. Actual Baguio Loop Tour on March 4, 2016 with my tourists from Southern Mindanao Colleges
La Trinidad, Benguet. Strawberry Farm Tour on March 4, 2016 with my tourists from Southern Mindanao Colleges.

So far, I have done live tours in Baguio City, Vigan City, Paoay, Laoag and some parts of Pangasinan. I block my Thursdays and Saturdays for those who sign up for free virtual tours. The live tour is 100% free, but if my tourists are happy, they may give tips.

Truly, the corona virus can’t stop me to enjoy and continue my passion, because I know I can still manage to give smile to my tourists, even if we are miles apart.

With my tourist Joanna of Southern Mindanao Colleges during their Baguio Tour on March 4, 2016.
The ethnic costume is duly approved by the Department of Tourism – Cordillera Administrative Region