Sunday, December 14, 2014

Churches in Manila to Visit for Simbang Gabi

9 Churches in Manila to Visit for Simbang Gabi


'Simbang Gabi' (Night Mass) is a Christmas tradition of hearing mass for nine consecutive days, December 16 to December 24, and is widely practiced in the country by the Catholics. Also called 'Misa de Gallo' (Spanish for 'Rooster's Mass'), Simbang Gabi is traditionally held as a novena of dawn Masses, but Churches also have anticipated Masses held during the previous night.

This tradition traces back during the Spanish era as dawn Masses for the farmers before they begin their work early in the morning. Now, almost every Church (if not all) in Manila that celebrate Simbang Gabi have food stalls awaiting hungry parishioners after celebrating Mass--Christmas favorites such as puto bumbong and bibingka are made fresh and served hot, paired best with hot coffee and tsokolate. Another tradition practiced by many parishioners is to make a wish after completing all nine days of Simbang Gabi.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Themed Places that will Get You in the Holiday Mood this Christmas Season

10 Christmas-Themed Places that will Get You in the Holiday Mood


According to the unofficial Philippine holiday calendar, Christmas season has started way back in September 1 and will last until The Feast of Three Kings in January.

Feeling Scrooge-y even if it’s already the second of December? You might want to visit these Christmas-themed destinations to stir up the merry holiday feelings within you. The unique charm of these places is guaranteed to take the Grinch out of you.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Museums to Visit in Metro Manila: Schedules, Rates, and Attractions, included

 Photo: Mind Museum website

15 Museums to Visit in Metro Manila: Schedules, Rates, and Attractions, included!

Discover what Metro Manila has to offer for those seeking an alternative way of learning Philippine art, history, and sciences. Here's a guide to 15 museums you should visit in Metro Manila. Schedules, rates, and attractions are included! (Note: the museums are listed in no particular order.)

1. The Mind Museum
J.Y. Campos Park, 3rd Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Contact: 909-6463 |

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Manila On A Budget - Free Activities to Try in the Metro

Manila on a Budget: Free (or nearly free) things to do in the Metro


Whoever coined the term “there’s no free lunch” wasn’t searching hard enough. Because there is such a thing and you can have it right here in Manila.

In this article, we list the many fun, surprising, and enlightening activities you can do in the metro without shelling out a single cent. Also included are more things to do for those who are on a strict budget (you won't go beyond P100, we promise!). Read on, cheapskates, and we hope you enjoy Manila's gratis entertainment soon!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Travel to Coron, Palawan

Travel Itinerary: Coron, Palawan


Coron is a 689.10 sq. km. municipality in Palawan, comprised of eastern Busuanga island, Coron island, and a couple of scattered small islets surrounded by the West Philippine sea and Sulu Sea.
Blessed with plentiful white beaches, clear blue green waters, mangrove forests, lakes, and bountiful coral reefs, Coron has become a go-to destination for nature oriented-activities like snorkeling, diving, and island hopping.  

Monday, June 2, 2014

12 Essential Things To Do When in Metro Manila

Travel Itinerary: 12 Essential Things To Do When in Metro Manila

Metro Manila, also known as the National Capital Region, is the Philippines' central hub for culture, economics, governance, and trade. Sixteen cities and one municipality make up this dense urban region, which is now considered as the 11th most populous metropolis in the world.
Manila is also one of the main gateways to the Philippines. Ninoy Aquino International Airport connects domestic flights and serves as jumping point to the smaller airports in the country. If you're coming from abroad and are headed to the pristine beaches of Coron or Boracay, you'll be most likely stopping by Manila in between flights.

Whether you're in Manila for a prolonged layover or staying for a short break, make the most out of your visit by doing these quintessential activities every first-time visitor must do.

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