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Enjoy A Historic and Modern City in the Philippines, Manila with the 2-Night Stay for Only USD 95

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An ideal destination to enjoy the best out of its city, Savoy Hotel Manila is what you are looking for in Manila, the Philippines. Historic and modern, Manila is filled with museums, shops, parks, churches, and their nightlife to last until dawn. With its strategic location, this 4-star accommodation collaborates with Asia Travel Club to provide a 2-night stay with only USD 95 just by key in the promo code!

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    • Daily Breakfast

Savoy Hotel Manila, the Philippines

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Manila Travel Guide: Why you should celebrate Christmas in the Philippines

Manila Travel Guide: Why spend Christmas in the Philippines |Manila Travel Guide | Travel141

Where are you planning to spend Christmas this year? Will it be a cold, snowy Christmas holiday in Europe or a warm, hearty celebration in Asia? If you haven’t decided yet, let our Manila Travel Guide today tell you why celebrating Christmas in the Philippines is a great idea!

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The Filipinos are known to be warm, hospitable and friendly people that often wear a smile. And it’s no surprise that one of their most favoured holidays is Christmas – that time of the year where all is merry, bright and happy!

If you’re already looking to spend a few days in the Philippines for a Manila vacation, better plan it right in time for Christmas because spending the holidays in the Philippines will sure to make your Manila travel experience more special!

Longest Christmas season

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To start off our Manila travel guide, did you know that in the Philippines, the Christmas season starts when the “ber months” kick in? Yes, September 1 is officially the beginning of the Christmas season in the Philippines. You can expect to hear lovely Christmas songs and carols playing in the malls, other Manila attractions, trains and other PUVs (public utility vehicles). This is also when families start decorating their homes with bright Christmas lights and other decorations.

Christmas Eve

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During Christmas Eve, most of the Filipinos stay up late to welcome Christmas day with the family. It is also at this time where Noche Buena is celebrated – the midnight feast that includes a variety of delicious dishes laid out for everyone to enjoy! Popular dishes would usually include lechon (roasted pig), rice cakes or bibingka, fruit salad, ham, other sweets and many more.

You can complete the Simbang Gabi

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Simbang Gabi, also known as Misa de Gallo is a yearly tradition that refers to the nine late evening or early morning masses that lead to the Christmas Day itself. The Simbang Gabi starts on December 16 and ends on December 25. It is a belief that anyone who completes the 9 morning or evening masses will have their wish come true! Most of the people attend Simbang Gabi with family and friends. You can check out Simbang Gabi schedule of the church near you to make sure you don’t miss out on this tradition during your stay in the Philippines.

Lovely Christmas Carols by young children

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Just as the Simbang Gabi commence, it is also the time where a group of young children would start going from house to house singing classic Filipino Christmas songs as well as popular foreign Christmas Carols such as “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”, “Silent Night” and other classics. Homeowners may give any amount they wish or they can also say “Patawad” or sorry if don’t want to give any money to the kids.

Gift-giving Tradition

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The gift-giving tradition is very much alive in the Philippines, especially during the Christmas season. Since it’s the season of giving, what better way to celebrate this holiday than by participating in activities such as monito-monita or exchange gifts, and the giving of aguinaldos or Christmas gifts for people with godchildren.

Puto Bumbong, bibingka and other kakanin

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Puto bumbong and bibingka are types of kakanin or rice cakes that are only available during the Christmas season. These rice cakes are usually sold outside churches when it’s the start of the Simbang Gabi tradition. So don’t miss out to experience the unique Filipino tradition and make sure to buy these kakanin when you visit churches for the Simbang Gabi.

Start planning your Manila travel itinerary and make sure you check off everything on your list! You can also take a look at the Manila travel guides we have and see lists of things to do in the Philippines during your vacation!

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Manila travel guide to 7 hiking destinations near the city

Hike up an exciting Manila travel adventure with to following hiking destinations | Manila travel | Travel141

Aside from having countless beaches, the Philippines is also home to a number of mountains that are great for hiking! If you want to step up your Manila travel adventure, spend a day of nature tripping and some cardio as you climb up trails among our suggested hiking destinations!

No need to go far because despite being located outside of Manila, it takes just a short drive out of the city to experience nature’s best!

Featured in our Manila travel guide are hiking destinations that are friendly for beginners. So, round up your squad and plan your hiking getaway as we list down beginner-friendly hiking spots near Manila!

Pico de Loro

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First attraction in our travel guide is a favourite among hikers. Pico de Loro is one of the famous destinations for hikers. This is a short two-hour drive from Manila and about three hours hike up to enjoy the 360-degree view of Batangas and Cavite. If you start climbing early morning, you can even catch some monkeys scavenging for their meal. If you’re lucky, you can also have dogs to serve as extra guides for your hike.

Budget Needed: P700 to P1,000

Mt. Gulugod Baboy

Experienced hikers will find Mt. Gulugod Baboy a piece of cake. But for beginners, along with some short breaks and stops, you’ll get to the summit in about 2.5 hours. If you don’t feel like hiking down from the top, there’s actually a road on the other side where you can easily rent a tricycle worth P500! Because you can finish the hike in half a day, people recommend taking a swim or a dive in the nearby resorts for some relaxation.

Budget Needed: P700 to P900

Mt. Batulao

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The Manila travel time going to Mt. Batulao is two and a half hours from the city. This hiking destination located in Nasugbu, Batangas holds stunning views of Batangas city. But before reaching its peak, you will be guided through the up and down slopes of the mountain. You can choose among the two trails you can hike up to. One is Mt. Batulao’s newest trail which is good for beginners; this will take you only 1.5 hours going up. The other trail is the old one which will lead you to the mountain peak within 2.5 hours.

Budget Needed: P600 to P900

Mt. Balagbag – Maranat

Feeling a little adventurous? You can hike up more than one mountain if you decide to go to our next destination – Mt. Balagbag – Maranat.

To start off this travel adventure, take a refreshing dip in the Maranat Falls before you head out to a two-hour traverse going to Mt. Balagbag which includes a 45-minute vertical climb. It’s best to reach Mt. Balagbag’s peak later afternoon just in time for the picturesque sunset.

Don’t forget that you will need a guide if you decide to go this route. The best ones, of course, are the locals so feel free to negotiate with them before starting your hike.

Budget Needed: P650 to P800

Mt. Daraitan

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The beauty of hiking up Mt. Daraitan is that you get to see more than one natural wonder on the go. Once you’ve reached the summit of Mt. Daraitan, you can enjoy the view of Daraitan River, Sierra Madre and the surrounding mountains. Your next stop is the Tinipak River with its springs, caves and natural pools.

You can also stay overnight! The locals will be very much welcome to accommodate you.

Budget Needed: P500 to P700

Mt. Manalmon

Mt. Manalmon is three hours from Manila. This one’s probably the easiest one for beginners because it’s actually not a mountain, but a hill. The guides of Mamamayang May Aksyon Dulot ng Likas-Yamang Umuugnay sa Madlum will give you an exciting adventure! Activities such as river crossing, swimming, hiking, bird-watching and monkey bridge crossing are just some of the things to keep you entertained during the trip. Interesting stories and facts about your destination will also be shared by your guides.

Budget Needed: P650 to P950

Mt. Pinatubo

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Mt. Pinatubo is our personal favourite because it offers a unique hiking experience. With a two and a half hour drive from Manila, travel to Mt. Pinatubo in Tarlac and experience nature in its finest.

Unlike the other mountains, Mt. Pinatubo offers ash, sand and a beautiful mix of white and grey formations. You won’t see grasslands and forests here because since the eruption in 1991, long stretches of sand will be the sight you’ll see when you choose to hike this beauty! Visitors enjoy a fun ride of 4×4 jeep before the trek to make it more memorable. When you reach the top, you will find a crater lake which changes colours depending on the weather so make sure to bring with you a hand camera!

Budget Needed: P2,000 for the 4×4 jeep ride rental

Now you know about these hiking destinations, the next time you plan for your Manila vacation, side trip to these following locations and explore the natural beauty of the Philippines!

Meanwhile, you can see Manila attractions we’ve featured in our past travel guides!

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Manila attractions: 5 Pet Cafes to visit for a furry day in Manila

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If you’re on a close watch with our travel guides then you’ve probably already read about the Manila attractions we’ve shared in the past such as fun indoor activities and Metro Manila’s hidden bars. But today we will be featuring something a little out of the ordinary that will sure to spark some interest with animal lovers out there!

The Pet Cafe trend started in Taiwan back in the late 90’s. Since then, neighbouring countries including the Philippines have jumped in on the trend.

It’s been said that furbabies are effective stress-relievers and mood boosters. So if you’re feeling a little down or you simply want to spend some time with cute furry animals, continue reading our Manila travel guide as we list down pet cafes in Manila you can visit for a furry weekend adventure!

Barkin Blends

Good morning from the Barkin’ Buddies! ????????????☉

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Our first featured Manila attraction is Barkin Blends, a dog café located in Katipunan, Quezon City. It’s the Philippines’ first dog café which opened in 2014 and has since been the go-to Manila attraction for dog lovers in the metro.

For only P219, you can enjoy a free drink and two hours of furry love from the Barkin Buddies! Barkin Blends has a total of 30 cute dogs waiting for you – which all come in all sorts of sizes! The small breed dogs are the ff: Shih Tzu, Boston Terrier, American Cocker Spaniel, Miniature Schnauzer, Beagle, Maltese, Pug, Lhasa Apso, Poodle and Jack Russel.

While the bigger ones are Golden Retriever, Irish Setter, Chinese Shar-pei, Labrador Retriever, Siberian Husky, Basset Hound and Dalmatian.

Barkin Blends also sells café classics, pasta, burgers, sandwiches and tea for affordable prices.

Opening Hours: 12pm – 9pm daily except Tuesdays
Address: 91 Rosa Alvero St., Loyola Heights, Quezon City

Bengal Brew and Wolf & Bear

SIZE MATTERS ???? Nuff said. #wegotbigdogs #biggestdogcafe #worldsbestpetcafe

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Bengal Brew and Wolf & Bear is a joint Manila attraction in Araneta Center, Cubao. The Wolf & Bear is the recent one, following the success of cat café Bengal Brew which features Bengal cats – domesticated kittens which are developed to look like margays, ocelots and leopards. The Wolf & Bear on the other hand features snow dogs such as Alaskan Malamutes and Siberian Huskies.

You can chow down some of the cafes’ house specials, pastries, cakes, as well as hot and cold drinks.

Opening Hours: 1pm – 9pm daily
Address: Manhattan Parkview Residences, Quezon City

Cat Café Manila

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Cat Café Manila in partnership with CARA Welfare Philippines aims to advocate responsible pet ownership and provide homes for puspins or what they call stray cats in the Philippines. So if you ever fall in love with any of the adorable cats during your visit in the café, see if he/she is available for adoption so you can take her home!

Another reason why they opened Cat Cafe Manila is that they would also like to share their love for the adorable feline. The café holds a homey atmosphere for the cats with minimalist wooden decors. There’s a P200 entrance fee per hour; P100 is consumable for the available drinks and snacks in the café.

Opening Hours: 12pm – 8pm daily
Address: 2nd floor, 189 Maginhawa St. corner Makadios St., Sikatuna Village, Quezon City

Pups and Dogs Café

Have a pomtastic Friday everyone! See you all today. We are open til 11pm ????

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The interior of Manila attraction Pups and Dogs Café will make you feel like going on an afternoon stroll in the park! Designed with benches and plants, here you will see cute dogs and puppies lounging, sleeping and running around. They currently have only small breed dogs so you’re welcome here if you want to cuddle and play with these tiny furbabies!

You can enjoy a wide range of food available – pastas, rice meals, appetizers and paninis.

Opening Hours: 12pm – 11pm Tuesday to Sunday
Address: 363 RA Suarez Bldg. El Grande Ave. BF Homes Paranaque City

Bistro Meau

Lemon ???? (and Simba)

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Bistro Meau is another pet café in the south of Manila. But what makes it stand out from the others is that it doesn’t charge an entrance fee and you can stay as long as you like! That means more time to bond with exotic cats with breeds such as Persian Cats and Scottish Folds. You can buy some snacks or meals from their expansive menu which you can enjoy while in the cafe.

Opening Hours: 11am – 8pm
Address: 841 Turin St., BF Homes International, Las Pinas City

Interested to know other places to visit for your Manila travel itinerary? Visit our Manila travel guides and enjoy exploring the capital city of the Philippines!

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