Experience the famous Pampanga’s cuisine and its rich cultural heritage.Visit a local ancestral house, where Atching Lillian will serve a sumptuous Brunch with the traditional local dishes of Pampanga. Discover the secrets behind the famous Kapampangan food by a cooking demo by Atching Lillian herself. After the cooking demo, visit the San Guillermo Church, a half-buried church in Bacolor Pampanga. The church is one of the badly devastated by the lahar during the Mt. Pinatubo eruption. Not too far is the Betis Crafts showcasing their world class, high-end woodcarvings. Another must-see church to visit is the St. James the Apostle Parish also called Betis Church of Guagua. The church is known of its amazing hand-painted walls and ceiling. After the tour, be delighted in another sumptuous afternoon snack and unique pasalubong of Pampanga delicacies right at Susie’s Cuisine.
This tour will bring you in a virtual time warp, authentic 19th century Principalia Mansions and original Bahay na Bato (Stone Houses), stand resplendent around a cobblestone plaza and streets paying tribute to the magnificent craftsmanship of our forefathers. Walking along the cobblestone streets or riding one of the caruajes (horse- drawn carriages), one has to constantly remind one’s self that he is in the present somehow trapped in the past; not just peeking through a looking glass but walking, touching, living amongst history’s silent witnesses.The structures, at least 100 years old, are restored to its former grandeur creating a museum of Filipino architecture. Located in Bagac, Bataan, significant in Philippine history for the World War II Death March, this “village” of heritage houses is designed to replicate Hispanic town settlements. Lunch at the resort. Enjoy the sea breeze after lunch then return back to Manila.
This world – famous volcano known to be the home of Apo Malyari “ The Great Provider “ of the nomadic aeta ( a local indigenous tribe ) in Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales provinces. The former dormant volcano rises up to 4740 feet until its massive eruption in June 1991 from a 500 year slumber reducing its height by 985 feet. This event erased entire farm communities, forced the United States to abandon its largest overseas air force base and alter the world’s climate. Trekking is forbidden during the rainy season from January to October. Mt Pinatubo is located 55 miles north of Manila. The conquest begins from Barangay Sta. Juliana in Capas, Tarlac. This will take you around 2 hours to the 2.5 kilometer emerald crater lake on board a 4 x 4 all weather jeep along O’Donell streambed. Enjoy
The experience of life in the countryside is what this resort (formerly a plantation) offers. Visitors are welcomed with songs and guitar music by rural folk in traditional costumes and are brought into the resort proper in a cart drawn by a water buffalo. The original plantation house has been preserved and beside it is a chapel and museum displaying a collection of religious art from the personal collection of the owner of the plantation.
The farm produces rice and coconut. There is a wide and green river for rafting, a village where residents graciously show off their homes and weekend presentations of traditional dances and music. Lunch is served by the flowing stream down the foot of a man-made mini waterfalls.
Tagaytay is a picturesque city perched on a ridge 750 meters above sea level and overlooking Taal Lake and the Taal Volcano Island. Taal Volcano is the lowest volcano in the world and one of the most active. The lake and the volcano are sometimes described as “an island within a lake within an island within a lake”.Two (2) hours’ drive from Manila, Tagaytay is called the “garden city” for its abundance of fruits, vegetables and cut flowers coming from the many farms around the area.There are two (2) interesting stops on the way to Tagaytay. First is the Las Pinas Church where a 178-year old organ with pipes made of bamboo still plays music for everyone’s enjoyment. Second, is the Jeepney factory. Jeepneys are the local transport that serve as public shuttle service and the term was derived from the old American World War II jeeps. Now locals manufacture jeepney out of the old pieces of automobile surplus.
Palawan, a nature’s paradise is the last ecological frontier of the Philippines known for its crystal clear lagoons, white sand beaches, limestone cliff islands and virgin forests. From Puerto Princesa, the province’s capital, one can go to numerous islands and other natural attractions.
Claimed as one of the most beautiful natural harbors in the Philippines, Puerto Galera in Mindoro is one of the most popular beach destinations in the country for its white sand cove beaches, forest and mountains. In spite of the island’s attractiveness to local and foreign visitors, and its closeness to Manila, it has preserved its natural character and charm with well-kept, simple and laidback accommodations.
Manila and Cebu are the Philippines’ main cities and economic hubs. Manila, the capital of the country, is not only a business and government offices center but also home to historical sites. There’s the Walled City in Fort Santiago, where you can retrace the footsteps of the country’s National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, before he was shot. Cebu, on the other hand, is rich in history, being the oldest city of the Philippines.
The premier city of the Philippines, Manila, is a vital stopping point in Southeast Asia. The city was also a former Malay settlement, founded by the Spanish Conquistador, Miguel Lopez de Legaspi in June 1571. Then it was known as the “Distinguished and Ever Loyal City of Manila”.
Home of the world-renowned Rice Terraces, Ifugao is a land-locked area that boasts wonderful views of rugged terrains, river valleys, and massive, lush forests. The name of this scenic place is coined from the term “i-pugo” which means “people of the hill.”
Puerto Princesa is a city located in the beautiful island of Palawan. It is one of the country’s most popular tourist spots with its beach resorts and seafood restaurants. Acclaimed many times as the cleanest and greenest city in the country, Puerto Princesa is the perfect destination for those who want to enjoy being one with nature and to see scenic landscapes and waterscapes.
Batanes, the northernmost province of the Philippines is one of the dream destinations in the country of both local and foreign tourists because of its serene environment and breathtaking sights as it lies between two large bodies of water – the South China Sea and Pacific Ocean.
Tagaytay is a picturesque city perched on a ridge 750 meters above sea level and overlooking Taal Lake and the Taal Volcano Island. Taal Volcano is the lowest volcano in the world and one of the most active. The lake and the volcano are sometimes described as “an island within a lake within an island within a lake.
Taal Volcano Trekking tour is a soft adventure tour to Taal Volcano, the country’s smallest but one of the most active volcano. Head on a morning departure from Manila to a lake shore town called Talisay. The short drive from Tagaytay down to the lake is a breathtaking experience in a descending narrow road that winds to a jump-off point to the island volcano.
Pagsanjan is a prime attraction in Laguna province, which is only two hours drive southeast of Manila. The drive to Pagsanjan passes through a rich agricultural region of rice and coconut plantations; the University of the Philippines’ College of Agriculture; the International Rice Research Institute; Calamba town, the birthplace of the national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal; and the fertile volcanic plains at the foot of two famous and mystical mountains, Mounts Makiling and Banahaw.
Located in nearby Laguna province and a one and a half hour’s drive from Manila, this subterranean valley was formed thousands of years ago during a volcanic eruption. It is enveloped by rain forests of primeval beauty with age-old trees, giant ferns, wild orchids and mineral springs with varying degrees of temperature.
Known as “The Rock”, Corregidor is a tiny island-fortress in the mouth of Manila Bay. It is one of the glorious names in World War II history and is now a national shrine to the valor of the Filipino and American soldiers who defended it.