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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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St. Giles Makati – A Hotel at the Centre of it All: Live the “Makati Experience”

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Revel in the towering skyscrapers, glistening city lights, and exciting activities surrounding St. Giles Makati, a hotel at the centre of Makati City.

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Starting your Activities from St. Giles Makati

Situated in the Philippines’ business district, St. Giles Makati offers that delightful convenience of having everything in minute’s reach that pushes guests to live the “Makati Experience.”

With that in mind, guests flying in will be at ease to know that this hotel in Makati is just a 30-minute ride from Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Guests can choose between St. Giles Hotel Makati’s elegantly designed Deluxe Rooms and Superior Rooms. Rooms are replete with travellers’ needs, with the highest rooms offering a view of the stunning Makati skyline.

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Moreover, this 35-storey Makati hotel has a gym and a rooftop pool for those who need a quick exercise or a peaceful swim.

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Hungry? Just head straight to BayLeaf Restaurant on the second floor. Open daily from 6 am to 11 pm whereas the Cuisine on Call is the hotel’s in-room dining operates 24/7. You can treat yourself to a fusion of Filipino, Asian, and Western cuisines.

Activities in Makati:  The “Makati Experience”

What is it like to experience Makati? Imagine a lively urban scene teeming with life. Walking through the city, you can get a mix of cosmopolitan living with busy professionals rushing about. Feel the uniquely urban Filipino culture throughout the bustling city.

Visit Bars, Cafés, and Restaurants around Poblacion, Makati

Being located at the Makati Central Business District, activities and tourist destinations around Makati is just a stone’s throw away from St. Giles Makati. For the party-goer and the chill bar seeker, enjoy Makati’s nightlife Poblacion which is only a mere six minutes’ walk away. Hip cafes, bars, and restaurants are scattered in the area, each featuring a unique flair.

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If you want a distinctly Filipino flavour, head straight to Agimat Foraging Bar and Restaurant. This resto-bar is set in an old-style Filipino building with intricate interiors made of wood, ancient symbols, and plants, and a tree right inside the bar. Its magical drinks and menu are intriguing.

Relax and Fill Your Curiosity at Nearby Malls

Hunting for top international brands and curious creations? Malls situated in Makati don’t disappoint. Some must-visit malls include Century City Mall & PowerPlant Mall which is minutes away from the hotel.  Ayala Center comprised of 4 different malls such as Greenbelt, Landmark, Rustan’s & SM Makati, you’ll never run out of things to do or food to eat.

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Enjoy Activities the City has to Offer

Those who want to immerse in the Filipino culture and the fine arts can also visit the Ayala Museum and Yuchengco Museum. Apart from that, a thrilling adventure awaits at escape rooms such as Mystery Manila in Jupiter, Makati or Breakout in Greenbelt.

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Want to get your heart pumping? Enjoy an authentic cart racing at City Kart Racing located at Circuit Makati. Speed through its 600-metre course!

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On top that, there’s Ayala Triangle Gardens, the greenery like a beating heart at the centre of the business district. It’s especially alluring at night.

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If you’re lucky, you can catch social events happening in or near the gardens. Most notable the Christmas Light and Sound Display during the holidays where dazzling lights seemingly moving to music take the centre stage the gardens.

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To experience being a local in Makati, you can visit the Salcedo Sunday Market where you can find various food, delicacies, and artisan pieces.

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Capping It Off in Style

After a day of exploring, an ice-cold beer would be nice. Indulge in beers, handmade cocktails, or a glass of wine at the Bayleaf’s Bar at St. Giles Makati. Sip and relax on the terrace overlooking the vibrant Makati City.

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Book a Room to be at the Centre of it All!

Live the Makati Experience at St. Giles Makati. Book directly through their website. You can even score special rates. What are you waiting for? Feel alive and explore the endless activities of Makati at St. Giles Makati.

 

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Philippines Travel Guide: A Makati Nightlife Worth Experiencing

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An exhausting day will drain the life out of you, and it’s never fun to walk around feeling like your whole body is going to crash. When you are mentally and emotionally tired, you get to forget all the good things in the world and miss out the chance to have fun. So, while you are young and still in your early youth, give yourself a break and the leisure you deserve! Provide yourself a list of things to do in Manila and include the best bars in Makati.

Experience the chill and laid-back vibe in the best hotel in the Philippines and get acquainted with the Makati nightlife. For this month’s Philippines travel guide, we give you different bars that vary in style and vibe that will make your Makati nightlife an unforgettable one.

NIGHTLIFE IN MAKATI: FINDERS KEEPERS

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They say “Finders Keepers, losers weepers” but here, you’ll weep not because of defeat but with joy. This small bar in the metro plays EDM, retro and other music genres that will surely be enjoyed by everyone. They also have a wide variety of beverages to choose from and food that will satisfy you through the night. With its kitsch but fun-looking interior design and cozy atmosphere, it is undeniable that this place is one of the most recommended bars in Makati. Finders Keepers does not disappoint you when they say you’ll have the best Makati nightlife in your entire life!

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Makati Nightlife

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Address: Warehouse 5, La Fuerza Plaza, Chino Roces Avenue Corner Sabio Street, San Lorenzo, Makati City

Operating hours: 8pm – 4am

How to get there: You can reach this bar via cab or Grab to Chino Roces Avenue Corner Sabio Street.

 

NIGHTLIFE IN MAKATI: STRUMM’S

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If you are looking for a fun and chill night with friends, Strumm’s is one of the best places to visit in Manila. Open for more than two decades, Strumm’s is considered a pioneer in the bar industry in Makati. They play live bands and offers full meals, finger foods, and drinks which are enjoyed by their regular customers! Makati nightlife is not just about booming music and lively individuals, sometimes it means a relaxing yet fun place to loosen up.

Address: 110 Jupiter Street, Bel-Air, Makati City

Operating hours: 6:00 pm to 2:00 am (Monday to Saturday)

How to get there: You can reach this bar via cab or Grab to Jupiter Street, Makati City

 

NIGHTLIFE IN MAKATI: FILLING STATION BAR AND CAFÉ

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Situated in the heart of Burgos Street, Makati Philippines, Filling Station Bar and Café is the perfect go-to place for people who like to reminisce the past. With its nostalgic interior and well-thought displays, this bar gained the attention of vintage lovers. Aside from the fact that it’s an ideal spot for Instagram-worthy shots, their food selection is also out of the box! From Filipino to Western food, they have it. Truly, it’s the place to be for a Makati nightlife experience to remember!

Makati Nightlife

Makati Nightlife

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Address: 5012 P. Burgos Street, Poblacion, Makati City

Operating hours: 24 hours daily

How to get there: 3-minute walk from St Giles Makati via Durban Street

Stay at St. Giles Makati where business and pleasure combined. Centrally located wherein food establishments and bars are minutes away and within walking distance of the hotel, enjoy the Makati nightlife with the company of your friends or loved ones.

 

NIGHTLIFE IN MAKATI: BAYLEAF RESTAURANT AND BAR

Makati Nightlife

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This resto-bar does not just offer sumptuous cuisine, but is also a great and recommendable place to unwind and relax after a long day at work. Here, you can choose from a wide range of cocktails, beers, fine wines, and appetizers while taking in the beautiful view of Makati City. Experience the Makati nightlife without the loud music in the best hotel in the Philippines.

Makati Nightlife

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St. Giles Hotel Makati is located in Makati Central Business District. It is surrounded by different kinds of businesses from bars, cafés, shopping malls, to other fun Makati nightlife areas you need to include in your “things to do in Manila” list.

Makati Nightlife

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Makati Nightlife

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Each room is designed and styled with an elegance that will fit the customer’s preference. It also offers extra space in every room so you could spread out in style. Each room also offers a wide range of modern amenities for your liking.

Aside from the cozy and accommodating rooms they offer. St. Giles Hotel Makati also has places where you can relax and enjoy, and most importantly HAVE FUN!

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Makati Nightlife

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Book your stay at St. Giles Hotel Makati and have the best night of your life!  Book directly to save more and for the best rate guaranteed.

Address: St Giles Hotel, Makati Avenue Corner Kalayaan Avenue Makati City Manila 1210, Philippines

Website: St. Giles Hotel Makati https://www.stgileshotels.com/hotels/philippines/metro-manila/st-giles-makati

Facebook: @StGilesMakatiPH

https://www.facebook.com/StGilesMakatiPH/

How to get there: It’s a 31-minute ride via grab/yellow cab from Ninoy Aquino International Airport to the hotel.

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8 Wise and Fun Travel Tips for 2019!

Travel smart while having fun with these travel tips for your 2019 travels | Travelling for 2019 | Travel141

We know that as the wonderful New Year begins, you are also planning more trips for your 2019 travels. And, as it is a new beginning, maybe it’s time for you to begin new travel habits with these travel tips. Check them out!

 

1. Book your flight and hotel first!

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Of course! You have to do the important things like booking flights and hotel rooms of which country you will be heading to. Whether it is a hotel or a resort, let Travel 141 guide you to the best hotels and resorts in Asia! You also might want to apply for travel insurance. This will help you feel secure and safe as you travel to different places.

 

2. Research then plan

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When choosing places to visit in Asia, doing research is a must especially when planning an itinerary.  You can group attractions that are near to your hotel on one day and the places that will take you an hour or more from your hotel on another day. You also have to research on which mode of transportations is convenient and safe.

 

3. Familiarize yourself with the surroundings and language

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Travellers nowadays are very lucky because mobile phones make it easy to do virtually anything. From finding hotel locations to translating languages, you can do it on your phone. But of course, before travelling for 2019, it’s wise to read up on local culture and area to know which place to tick off your list first. It’s also a must that you know a few basic words and phrases to make it easier to communicate with the locals.

 

4. Exchange currency in advance

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Next tip on our list of travel tips is to make sure you exchange currency in advance. Even if you think those credit cards can save you from all your travel expenses including food, entrance fees, and shopping, it’s still important to stack some cash in your wallet.

 

5. Pack clothes that are suitable for your destination

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You don’t wear jackets in tropical countries like Thailand or Philippines, don’t ya? Or, wear tank tops to South Korea or Japan on a winter season? You’ll look weird not only to the locals but to other travellers too. Make sure to know the weather when you’re visiting so you know which kind of clothes to pack. Then again, try to pack light if you plan to go on several shopping sprees.

 

6. Bring a backpack or a tiny purse

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Adventure travellers and solo backpackers can relate to this! You don’t need to bring your huge, luxurious Gucci bag if you want to enjoy hiking or walking. Make sure you pack a bag or backpack that can store all your basic essentials when you’re out and about. Doing this will spare you from the hassle of lugging around a big bag especially if you plan to take the bus or train.

 

7. Make some local friends

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You know what’s the best thing about travelling to different places? You can make many friends! This is why it’s good to practice your English and learn basic greetings. When you make local friends, you’ll surely have fresh news on the latest trends that are happening in their country so you could make more interesting travel plans and ideas the next time you visit them.

 

8. Have fun and enjoy your travel!

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Never forget that the reason you travel is to have fun and enjoy every single moment of your vacation. Don’t stick your nose on your travel plans too much or on what time should you be on your next attraction to visit when you have just already arrived at the first place in your list. Now go and make more memories!

 

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Dive Into The Most Gorgeous Infinity Pools in Asia

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There may be a lot of infinity pools around the world but Asia is home to some of the most wonderful infinity pools! From pools tucked in great cities to those nestled amidst lovely beaches or mountains, we’ve rounded up some of the best locations to spend infinity pool holidays in Asia!

Singapore – Marina Bay Sands

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One of the many hotels with infinity pools in Asia is the Marina Bay Sands. This world-famous pool lets you enjoy Singapore’s beautiful and sparkling city skyline while swimming. They also offer light snacks, breakfast, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks by the pool. These poolside food and refreshments are available from 7 AM to 11 PM. In order to enjoy all of these, you must check-in as a guest of the hotel because the pool can only be accessed via hotel key cards.

Address: 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956

Tel: +65 6688 8888

Email: room.reservations@marinabaysands.com

Opening hours: 6:00 to 23:00

 

Thailand – Silavadee Pool Spa Resort

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If you’re looking for the perfect hideaway in Thailand, spend it in this spa resort that has the most amazing infinity swimming pool thanks to its stunning ocean view. Silavadee Pools Spa Resort is located at the heart of Koh Samui in Thailand. In here, you will see no sign of busy roads and bustling cities. The only thing you will do is to relax, enjoy the pool view or the spa services, and have the most perfect holiday of your life!

Address: 208/66 Moo 4, Maret, Koh Samui, Suratthani 84310 Thailand

Tel: +66(0)77-960-555

Mobile number: +66(0)81-370-0758

Email: info@silavadeeresort.com

 

Philippines – Misibis Bay Cagraray Island

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One of the best infinity pools in Asia can be found in the Philippines at Misibis Bay! The Misibis Bay Resort, located in Albay, will make you feel as if you’re in a different world with its relaxing ambiance, green palm trees, and beautiful seascape.

Address: Cagraray Island, 4509 Bacacay, Albay, Bicol Region, Philippines

Tel: +639 175991606 / +639 214873869

Email: reservations@misibisbay.com

 

Maldives – Anantara Dhigu

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As blue as the ocean, Anantara Dhigu resort/hotel infinity pool is so crystal clear that it will make you think it’s an extension of the ocean. Enjoy the cool breeze and the warmth of the sun touching your skin. You can also experience dining by the beach at one of their gazebos that overlooks the wonderful ocean.

Address: P.O. Box 2098, Dhigufinolhu, South Male Atoll, Male

Tel: +960 664 4100

Email: dhigumaldives@anantara.com

 

Indonesia – Viceroy Bali

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Swim and be surrounded by the jungle at Viceroy Bali. This resort also has one of the most amazing infinity pools in Asia. When you’re not really a beach person but love to swim, we recommend visiting this resort in Indonesia for something different than your usual vacation. There are a lot of things you can do around here: have a luxurious dinner, take water adventures, meditate, or just enjoy the view.

Address: Jln. Lanyahan, Br Nagi, Ubud, Bali 80571 Indonesia.

Tel: +62 361 971 777

Email: res@viceroybali.com

 

Vietnam – Topas Ecolodge

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Want to float under the clouds? You can at Topas Ecolodge in Vietnam. Topas Ecolodge is a small lodge located on a hilltop in the mountain of Hoang Lien National Park. It is only 45 minutes away from the Sapa Town in North Vietnam. A swim in their infinity pool while enjoying the view of the mountains is hard to beat! Even better, the reflection of the clouds on the water makes it not just an Instagram-worthy scene but also a travel-worthy destination.

Address:  Thanh Kim, Sa Pa, Lao Cai, Vietnam

Tel: +84 (0)24 3715 1005

Email: info@topasecolodge.com

 

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Philippines Travel Guide: Jump And Splash At The Inflatable Island in Subic

The Subic inflatable island is one of the best places to visit in the Philippines. | Philippine travel guide |Travel141Photo Courtesy: The Inflatable Island https://www.theinflatableisland.com/

Your dream unicorn-themed inflatable beach park is in the Philippines! The Subic Inflatable Island, where you can either hang out on the beach or take a leap on their floating playground, is one of the most colourful places to visit in the Philippines. Take a look at this Philippines travel guide and see why this family-friendly resort should be your next travel destination.

 

The Floating Playground

The Inflatable Island is located in Subic beach, a popular beach getaway less than 3 hours away from Manila. This huge floating playground comprises of different types of inflatables including the rock climbing, sunny slide, happy swing, slippery slope, jungle bars, trampoline, giant Tarzan swing and slide, the famous unicorn island, and more. Want to sit back while your kids run around? Take cover from the sun at the beautiful pink Bali lounge and sip a refreshing beverage.

Pink Bali Lounge

Feed your Instagram with colourful umbrellas and bean bags. Hang out with your family or sunbathe with your friends at the Pink Bali lounge.

 

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Unicorn Island

Even though unicorns don’t exist, you can still have a fun-filled unicorn experience in this unicorn-theme waterpark. Enjoy the float, dive in the water, and even hug a giant unicorn!

 

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Popular Media Features

This wonderful Philippines attraction is not also the talk of the town but can also be seen on top media websites and magazines like the New York Post, UNILAD, Entrepreneur Philippines, Cosmopolitan, and more!

 

Exciting Packages

Sunset Party Packages

Chase the sunset while having the greatest party ever! Choose from their different sunset party packages like the Pink Sunset, Purple Sunset, and Sun Up To Sun Down Package.

Enjoy these party packages with free mascot appearance. Each sunset party package requires a minimum of 25 persons per booking and all rates are VAT exclusive.

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Birthday Party

Want to celebrate your birthday on the beach? Go for their birthday party package for only Php 10,999. Anyone, young and old, can celebrate their birthday at Subic Inflatable Island.

 

Christmas Unli Beer-BQ

While others are celebrating a cold winter Christmas, you can turn things up by having the best tropical Christmas of your life. Avail one of their three packages to enjoy unlimited BBQ and other perks.

  • Package A = PHP999 (unlimited BBQ, half day play pass, and team building)
  • Package B = PHP1,499 (unlimited BBQ, unlimited beer / mobile pass, half day play pass, team building)
  • Package C = PHP1,799 (unlimited BBQ, unlimited beer / mobile bar, whole day play pass, team building, AM/PM snacks)

 

Dress code

The fun in this inflatable playground won’t stop if you dress accordingly for safety measures. You can wear your favourite swimsuit, rash guards, or surfing shorts. Don’t forget to get your safety vest before entering the playground, though.

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How to get there?

Let this Philippines travel guide direct you to this paradise!

Travel via bus:

  • Ride a bus to Olongapo at any Victory Liner Terminal (Caloocan, Cubao, or Pasay).
  • From Olongapo terminal, find the blue jeep terminal near Chow King restaurant and tell the driver to drop you at Halfmoon beach.
  • You will find signage leading you to The Inflatable Island.

 

Travel via private car:

If you don’t want to go through the hassle of looking for the bus terminal, you can hire your own private car and let the driver bring you to the Inflatable Island. Travel 141 will be launching its international car rental services soon for your travel convenience. Subscribe to our newsletter below to get more updates!

 

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8 Reasons To Travel and Study English in Cebu

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Located in the beautiful Republic of the Philippines, Cebu is known as the “Queen City of the South”. With its rich past, pristine beaches, and mouth-watering local food, who wouldn’t fall in love with this extraordinary city? But did you know that there’s more to Cebu than just exploring its tourist attractions? Yes! Cebu is also one of the best options to consider if you want to know where to study English in Asia. If you want to improve your English communication skills, we’ll give you these perks to motivate you to study English in Cebu.

 

1. A large percentage of Filipinos can speak English fluently.

Philippines is the third largest English-speaking country in the world next to the US and the UK, according to the Philippines’ Department of Tourism It is good to study English in the Philippines especially in Cebu because speaking in English is second nature. Hence, you can practice regularly with Filipinos. Trust us, most of them will understand you. Moreover, Cebu has different languages being spoken: Cebuano, Bisaya, Tagalog, and English!

 

2. Budget-friendly tuition fees.

From airfares to travel necessities, travelling itself can be expensive. What more if includes tuition fees for English learning? Don’t fret! English language schools in Cebu will not cost you as much as when you convert the Philippine peso to your local currency. To give you an idea, 1 SGD is equivalent to PHP 39 at the time of writing.

 

3. Many English programs are being offered.

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Schools like 3D Universal Institute Inc. in Cebu offers a wide variety of English programs like general English, business Medical English, even the examination preparation course for TOEIC, IELTS and TOEFL. They also offer internship programs and scholarships. If you don’t want to stay in their dormitory, there are also private English tutoring programs in the comfort of your hotel.

 

4. English schools in Cebu have accommodations already.

The best part of being enrolled in an English school in Cebu is that most have dormitories where you can stay and not worry about booking a hotel anymore or budgeting your transportation allowance. You can also have 3 meals a day provided by the school. You can check out 3D University Institute Inc. for more details.

 

5. Friendly Teachers (Foreign and Local)

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Filipinos are known for their friendliness and hospitality so don’t be surprised when your English teachers aren’t that strict and give you a dashing smile because they are there to teach you and encourage you. You might also encounter native-speaking English teachers.

 

 6. Travel and Learn at the same time.

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Travel and learn English in Cebu at the same time? No problem! Some English schools encourage their students to travel during weekends. Some of them even accompany their students to different sight-seeing places like Bohol, Magellan’s Cross, Mactan Island, and more.

 

 7. You get to join outreach programs and other fun activities

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Aside from the different Cebu attractions to see, there are also different festivals to attend like Sinulog and Tagbo Festival. Not only that, you can also join different outreach programs, and cultural exchange activities facilitated by the school.

 

8. Great results, great opportunity

Let’s not forget the most important reason why it is great to travel and study English in Cebu. Schools in Cebu not only teach English just because it’s their obligation but because they want to give their students great results for them to have greater opportunities in their career.

 

Coming from different nationalities isn’t an issue! As long as you want to learn, you can travel and study English in Cebu. Check out more travel tips when you visit Travel141.

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Things to do in the Philippines: Ride some waves at these surfing spots

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We often associate surfing with places like Miami, Bali and Mexico but did you know that you can also experience it in the Philippines? As a tropical country blessed with beautiful islands, it isn’t surprising to know that surfing is an emerging water sports activity in the country and it is one of the things to do in the Philippines!

Surfing has influenced a growing community of both local and foreign travellers, beginners and pros to come together and enjoy the exciting water sports activity. Luckily, the country is home to a number of surfing spots which are considered to be some of the most popular places to visit in the Philippines! In case you’re wondering where exactly you can catch awesome waves, we’ve rounded up 5 best surfing spots in the Philippines for our travel guide today!

Siargao, Surigao del Norte

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If you’re up for a challenge to ride big waves, head over to Siargao, the surfing capital of the Philippines and we can assure you that it will not disappoint.

Siargao is the Philippines’ surfing capital and it is popular not only with the locals but in the international scene as well. It’s home to the annual Siargao International Surfing Cup and the most famous location is General Luna’s Cloud9. You can know more about the surfing mecca of the Philippines by reading our recent travel guide to Siargao!

Baler, Aurora

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A few hours away from Manila you can find Baler – another well-known surfing spot in the Philippines. With its close proximity to town proper (ten minutes away), many come to Sabang beach to catch some waves. But a little further away, about a 30-minute drive is Cemento, another place that will not disappoint. Just note that the breaks here are not for beginners.

Many families or group of friends extend their Manila travel experience and drive to Baler for a weekend of surfing and meeting new people!

San Juan, La Union

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Surfers and non-surfers head to La Union not only for its waves but also for the wide variety of dining options. Filipinos love to eat and one of the things to do in the Philippines is delight in a feast of local dishes around the country.

To cater to its booming tourism, the sleepy town of San Juan, La Union opened quite a number of restaurants, cafes and bars where surfers and non-surfers can enjoy good quality food, coffee and drinks. You can easily find surfing schools dotted in the long stretch of beach in San Juan where trainers are local surfers happy to teach you the sport!

Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

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Located up north in Ilocos Norte, Pagudpud, although considered to be the least crowded among the surfing spots in the Philippines, is where you can catch some of the country’s biggest waves. And while you’re in Pagudpud, make sure to visit Blue Lagoon beach!

San Antonio, Zambales

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With just a three-hour drive from Manila, San Felipe in Zambales can be your quick escape if you’re looking to do something fun on weekends!

The laid-back beaches and nice surfing spots can both be enjoyed by travellers who want a relaxing time by the beach or those who are thirsty for some heart-pumping activity. Aside from San Antonio, you can also head to San Narciso and San Felipe for other surfing spot options.

When you’re done with enjoying the beach life in these surfing hotspots, head back to the capital city and get to know more about the Philippines. If you’re wondering where to go in Manila, you can check out other exciting things to do in the Philippines and various Manila attractions by reading our Manila travel guides!

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Siargao Travel Guide: A look at another breath-taking island in the Philippines

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There are numerous places to visit in the Philippines if a tropical destination is what you’re looking for. Take for example Boracay, Palawan and Cebu – all of which is famous for their white sandy beaches, clear blue waters and a taste of what an ideal tropical paradise is all about. Adding to the list is Siargao, an island that is 800 km southeast of Manila and a haven for surfers and non-surfers alike! Keep reading our Siargao travel guide and discover this ot-so-hidden gem in the Philippines.


An archipelago of around 100 islands which is part of Surigao Del Norte, Siargao is a quiet island with big, enormous waves, clear waters and powder-like sand. It was once a hidden gem until it grew famous as the surfing mecca of the Philippines thanks to the annual Siargao International Surfing Cup which started in September 1994.

But more than the waves, there are other Siargao attractions that capture the hearts of tourists and we’ve listed them below for your Siargao travel itinerary!

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Siargao attractions

Del Carmen Mangrove

The Del Carmen Mangrove is a 4,000-hectare mangrove forest that maintains the ecological balance with the help of providing a healthy breeding ground for aquatic life. Within the interior limestone cliffs is the famous Sugba Lagoon where tourists can go kayaking, snorkelling, paddling and platform diving.

General Luna Islands

General Luna Islands are hotspots in Siargao and once you step into these islands, you’ll know what the fuss is all about. Thanks to the changing tide which shaped Naked Island, travellers can lounge around the sandbar and take pictures of the incredible view. Guyam and Daku Islands are islands dotted with coconut trees and native cottages where you can spend an afternoon of picnic with friends. The best way to explore the General Luna Islands is by requesting for kayaks and stand-up paddle boards.

San Benito Islands

San Benito IslandsPagbasayan, Poneas and Caob are less crowded destinations but equally beautiful islands. Here you can spend the whole day frolicking at the beach, swimming or sunbathing. During low tide, it has a picturesque sandbar with a size of a football field.

Magpupungko Rock Formations

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Get ready to be delighted by the stunning beauty of Magpupungko Rock Formations. This Siargao attraction creates a natural seawater pool ideal for guests who want to go rock diving and snorkelling. You can walk to appreciate more the rock formations and nearby you can find a stretch of sand perfect for a picnic by the beach.

What to do in Siargao

Surfing

Cloud 9 is famous surfing spot in Siargao and the best place to experience this exciting water sports activity. If you want to witness a great competition of the world’s best surfers, schedule your Siargao travel adventure and visit the island in September where the annual Siargao International Surfing Cup takes place.

Scuba Diving

The colourful marine life of Siargao makes it an ideal place for scuba diving. Blue Cathedral which is Siargao’s top destination is 100 feet below the surface and be amazed by the underwater world.

Where to eat

Of course, a Siargao travel guide will never be complete without sharing with you places to try for an appetizing meal on the island.

Kermit Surf Resort and Restaurant

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Aside from offering surfing lessons, Kermit Surf Resort and Restaurant also offers guests delicious choices to fill their tummies – from their sought-after pizzas, vegetarian dishes and most especially Filipino classics such as kinilaw.

Address: Purok 5, 8419 General Luna
Opening Hours:
7 am to 11 pm

La Luna Bar and Restaurant

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From pancakes to veggie burgers, dessert crepes and pork chops, La Luna Bar and Restaurant prides itself on the variety of their menu to cater to all types of travellers that come to their restaurant.

Address: Barangay Catangnan, General Luna
Opening Hours:
7 am to 10 pm

Where to stay

Siargao Bleu Resort & Spa

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Feel luxurious when you stay at Siargao Bleu Resort & Spa. Featuring garden rooms, floating cottages, a tropical-themed spa, 1,000 square metre swimming pool, a fitness gym, a seafood dining outlet and many more, Siargao Bleu Resort & Spa is your home away from home when you travel to Siargao island.

Website: http://www.siargaobleu.com.ph
Rates start at P6,500+

Bakhaw Bed & Breakfast

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Right across the airport in Del Carmen is a pension house which was once a luxurious mansion. Bakhaw Bed & Breakfast’s convenient location makes it a lot easier to reach Siargao’s northern towns. You also won’t have to take the 45-minute car ride going to the airport.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/BakhawHotel 
Rates start at P1,500+

Club Tara Resort

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Balinese-themed resort Club Tara is one of the favoured accommodations of tourists that come to the island thanks to its floating cottages and very own private lagoon for snorkelling, SUP paddling and kayaking.

Do you want to experience a holiday vacation in this paradise? We hope our Siargao travel guide will inspire you to book your tickets and plan your itinerary ASAP! If you want to check out other places to visit in the Philippines, let Travel141 guide you along the way.  

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Manila Travel Guide: Christmas and New Year promos to watch out for!

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The holiday season has officially started and it is the perfect time to enjoy and be with the people you love. Our Manila travel guide today features hotels and restaurants that offer Christmas and New Year promos you and your family can enjoy – giving you more reasons to be merry this holiday season!

So make sure to bookmark our post and score these amazing hotel and restaurant holiday offers for you and your family!

Discovery Suites Ortigas

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While most people are happy to spend special occasions with their family at home, some others prefer a relaxing staycation in any of the top hotels in the metro.

For the upcoming holiday celebration, Discover Suites Ortigas offers a special Christmas Eve dinner roast as well as holiday turkey meal on December 24, priced at P2,000 per person. For New Year’s Eve, they will be hosting a Sky High Countdown where guests can enjoy stunning views of the city and Manila’s picturesque fireworks display! The countdown will start at 10 p.m. which includes cocktails, unlimited wine, and canapes for P950.

Discovery Suites Ortigas also offers discounted room rates from December 1 to January 15:
Junior Serendipity Suite at P4,500 per night
One Bedroom Serendipity Suite at P5,000 per night

Address: 25 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig
Phone Number: (632) 719 8888

The Peninsula Manila

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Famed for its glamorous Christmas and New Year celebrations, The Peninsula Manila is one of the top Manila attractions you can visit if you’re looking for a special celebration this holiday season. On Christmas day, The Peninsula Manila’s Escolta restaurant will host a Christmas roast from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm priced at P3,450 per person with a champagne, P2,800 without champagne and P1,400 for kids 12 yrs old and below.

The hotel also offers Days of Christmas room package that is P12,400 off starting November 15 to January 10 (except Dec 29 to Dec 31). This includes an elegant overnight stay in a deluxe room, Santa hotel hampers, a 20% off on F&B and lastly, a Christmas gift.

Festivities don’t end there because they also have a New Year gala ball which will be held on December 31. Tickets are priced at P9,850 per person which includes a champagne cocktail and P6,650 for kids 12 yrs and below.

The Peninsula Manila is just a few minutes walk from Ayala Triangle – one of the places to visit in Manila especially during the holiday season. It holds the yearly Festival of Lights, a stunning display of lights that dances to various Christmas songs. It’s the perfect place to take pictures so make sure to bring your camera with you!

Address: Ayala cor Makati Avenue, Makati, Philippines
Phone Number: (632) 810 3465

Diamond Hotel

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Diamond Hotel, situated right beside Manila Bay is the perfect location to enjoy the New Year fireworks display. In line with the special occasion, they are hosting New Year’s Eve countdown parties. One is at Corniche – their in-house restaurant, priced at P10,820 good for 4 people (inclusive of a dinner buffet, a glass of Cava and party favors) and another at Bar27 for P7,700 good for 4 people (inclusive of tapas and drinks).

An overnight stay is P7,500 per night which includes an access to the countdown party and a breakfast for two. Another option is the P12,500 per night which includes a New Year’s Eve dinner buffet. You may also book for their room package at P5,800 per night including a buffet breakfast valid from December 1 to 29 and January 2 to 15, 2018.

Address: Roxas Boulevard cor J Quinto st, Manila, Philippines
Phone Number: (632) 528 3000

Romulo Café

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There are many places to visit in the Philippines, whether you’re in for an exciting day of fun and games, a gastronomical food trip or a relaxing sightseeing trip – there’s one for everyone!

Next in our Manila travel guide is a delicious journey to taste some of the Philippines’ most popular dishes!

Romulo Café is famous for its serving of local Filipino dishes that are loved by many. This holiday season, the usual Christmas celebration for every Filipino family would include lechon or relleno, two of Romulo Café’s special Christmas dishes!

Address: 148 Jupiter Corner Comet Street, Bel-Air, Makati City
Phone Number:
(02) 822 02 86

Restaurant Verbena

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The famous Discovery Suites Tagaytay’s in-house restaurant is the perfect location for a hearty dining experience during the holidays. Aside from savouring Restaurant Verbena’s Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day lunch buffet offerings for P1,250 per person, guests can also enjoy a cooler climate far from Manila’s humid weather!

Address: 300 Calamba Road, San Jose, Tagaytay City
Phone Number:
(046) 413 4567

Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel and Casino

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Manila Pavilion Hotel and Casino graces our Manila travel guide as our last featured attraction. Situated right in the heart of Manila, come and experience a festive holiday celebration at Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel and Casino! Offering a special P950 per person Christmas Eve dinner buffet on December 24 and a P1,200 per person New Year’s Eve dinner and countdown on December 31, Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel and Casino is welcoming all guests that want to savour the holiday season right in the heart of Manila!

For more places to see and things to do in Manila and the Philippines, look through our travel guides and plan your Manila travel itinerary today!

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

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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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Sagada Travel Guide: More than the hanging coffins

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Situated 5,000 feet above sea level, Sagada, Mountain Province is a municipality in the Cordillera Region of Northern Philippines. Apart from its famous hanging coffins, the sleepy town of Sagada has so much more in store for every tourist that sets foot in this charming little town of over 11,000 people. Let us share with you today’s Sagada travel guide and fall in love with the scenic beauty, the friendliest locals and their rich, cultural history.

Sagada’s Hanging Coffins

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The famous hanging coffins are usually the star of numerous Sagada travel guides.

The history of Sagada’s hanging coffins dates back to the old traditions of the Igorot tribe. Although it’s still in practice today, the tradition continues to be performed only every few years or so. Sagada’s Igorot tribe believes that the practice of burying the dead will bring it closer to the ancestral spirits.

With their belief that everyone should leave the earth the same way they entered, the dead bodies are buried in a fetal position, which entails the one-metre size of each of the coffins. The coffins are then suspended unto limestone cliffs using ropes and wires – that can withstand natural and man-made disasters.

Sagada attractions

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Where to go in Sagada? The town is dotted with numerous attractions that can fill up 2 to 3 days of your vacation. The following are some of the popular attractions that should be part of your travel itinerary!

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Sumaguing Cave – Having the most number of chambers, Sumaguing Cave is known as the biggest cave in Sagada. It attracts adventurous tourists who are thirsty for some action-packed spelunking in Sagada’s Big Cave. A combination of rappelling, crawling, hiking, and climbing is needed to keep you going once you’ve entered this Sagada attraction. First-time hikers may find it challenging but the reward is overly-satisfying – having to witness stunning rock formations such as the Shark’s Head, Dancing Hall, Rice Terraces and the King’s Curtain.

Echo Valley – To view the famous hanging coffins, one of the things to do in Sagada is walk up to the Echo Valley and have a glimpse of this fascinating old-age tradition of the Igorot tribe. It’s quite an easy walk from the Sagada Cooperative Store down to the picturesque valley and lush greenery of the surrounding natural beauty.

St. Mary the Virgin Church – The beautiful St. Mary the Virgin Church was built in 1904 during the American regime and is believed to be the oldest church in Cordillera. St Mary the Virgin old stone-walled church can be found just a few minutes from the town centre.

Kapay-aw Rice Terraces – Lush greenery and different patterns will welcome you as you make your way to Sagada’s Kapay-aw Rice Terraces. You can pass by this Sagada attraction on your way to Sumaguin Cave.

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Kiltepan Peak – If you have a soft spot for scenic sunrise views, set your alarm early and make your way to the Kiltepan Peak. This famous spot rises at 1636 metres above sea level and is the perfect location to capture the heavenly beauty of sunrise each morning. The cinematic view is both relaxing and overwhelming because it’s not everyday you get to witness the earth unfolding this way.

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Bomod-ok Falls – Getting to Bomod-ok Falls require stamina and enthusiasm. It’s not the easiest trek but those who’ve been to the Bomod-ok Falls, also known as the Big Falls will attest that the trek is worth it. The spectacular view of the cold water running from the cliff top is a refreshing giveaway after the tiring 2-hour trek.

How to get to Sagada

If you’re planning your Sagada trip and will be coming from Manila, you can either pass by Baguio or Banaue.

Going to Sagada via Baguio

Numerous bus lines are available in Pasay, Cubao, Caloocan and Sampaloc, Manila. But one of the most popular ones is Victory Liner with 24/7 trips to Baguio. Travel time is around 5-6 hours. When you arrive in Baguio, take a cab going to Baguio Dangwa Terminal or you can ride the jeep going to the back of Central Mall and ride a GL Trans Bus Line with the earliest schedule at 5:30 AM and latest trip to Sagada at 1:00 PM.

Going to Sagada via Banaue

From Manila, ride the Ohayami Bus in Cubao, Quezon City, with scheduled daily trips at 9:00 PM, 10:00 PM and 10:15 PM. Once you arrive in Banaue, locals will be offering you a van ride going to Sagada which usually leaves at 9:00 AM.

Restaurants in Sagada

Log Cabin

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This jam-packed restaurant in Sagada is a clear indication of how good the food is. Their must-try is the pasta and chicken with fries.

Strawberry Café

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You don’t have to think twice about ordering their yoghurt as it is the cafe’s specialty!

Gaia Café

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Gaia Café offers not just outstanding coffee and food, but views as well! While sipping your hot coffee, delight in the picturesque view of the Sagada Rice Terraces for a peaceful and relaxing experience.

Sagada Public Market

For those who are staying on a budget, the Sagada Public Market is a great choice for cheap but good food offered by the eateries inside.

Best time to visit Sagada

If you’re after Sagada’s cool climate which can drop to 4 degrees Celsius, the best time to visit is between November and February (Wet Season), while the dry season is from March to May. The Philippines’ rainy season starts from June to October so tourists are advised to catch weather updates prior to their Sagada trip.

Now that you’ve read our Sagada travel guide, don’t you just want to pack your things and spend your holiday in this destination? See more travel guides in the Philippines when you check out Travel 141!

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