For travelers, the first places that come to mind are the country’s most popular vacation spots like Boracay, Siargao, or Palawan. But if you are looking for a quick getaway that won’t break the bank, then you can head over to the Iba, which hosts the best resorts in Zambales. For those who don’t know, commuting from the metro to Zambales will take you four hours via provincial buses. The fastest route to get to Iba is through Olongapo.
Now that you’ve jotted that down, it is time to choose a place to stay. Good news! The resorts in Zambales offer great accommodations at a reasonable price. Here are a few suggestions.
Bakasyunan Resort and Convention Center is probably the largest resort in all of Iba. It is situated on a 3-hectare property in front of a beach that extends up to 100 meters long.
The rooms and suites are nestled on the seaside, and it is adorned with trees and the resort’s other amenities.
Room rates start at ₱1,500 for two persons. Larger groups may save money by booking the dormitories, which can house up to fifteen people for just ₱7,000 a night. The resort’s most popular rooms are located on the beachfront. These rooms can accommodate six people maximum at just ₱4,500 a night.
Bakasyunan Resort is located in Sitio Lawak, Barangay Amungan. Aside from their cozy accommodations, they also offer other recreational activities such as fishing, mini golf, kayaking, and other team building materials. Nearby attractions include the Subic Bay Freeport, Ramon Magsaysay Market, Calanga Reef, and St. Agustine Parish Church.
Official website: http://www.bakasyunanresort.ph
If you aren’t one that enjoys big resorts, then Palmera Garden is for you. It is marketed at the only three-star resort in Iba, Zambales. The resort has been open since 1996 and is constantly praised for its clean, comfortable, and affordable accommodations. Rooms start at ₱2,200 per night while air-conditioned cottages are priced higher at ₱2,350.
Visit their website: http://www.palmeragarden.com
Herra is a great place for families and casual travelers. The huge parking area is suitable for large vehicles. Room rates start at ₱1,500/night.
Visit their website: http://herrabeachresort.com/
Tammy’s Beach Resort has one of the best ambiance in all of Zambales. The resort offers a variety of activities such as boat riding, boarding, etc. It is also an ideal location for weddings, reunions, and company team buildings. Room rates start at ₱2,000 and ₱200 for extra people.
Situated next to Tammy’s is another popular resort, Lindamar by the Sea. The resorts offer cheap accommodations but unfortunately does not have its own restaurant. Air-conditioned rooms that can house three people at only ₱1,200 a night.
Otap biscuit is a sweet and crunchy wafer, a popular delicacy in the Queen City of the South along with dried mangoes, dried danggit and pusit—a must-buy pasalubong for those visiting Cebu. Otap biscuit also makes a good travel snack slash companion whether you’re traveling solo or with a group. Having a pack of this tasty bread in your bag won’t get you bored, it will keep your mouth and hands busy for the duration of your trip.
Although otap biscuit is available in most supermarkets, it’s always worth learning new recipes as delicious as otap.
Mindanao has several paradises hidden in the lush greenery that surrounds the region, just waiting to be discovered. Only it is overshadowed by the stigma that hounded the region since several hundred years ago due to the never-ending conflicts that started when Christian Spaniards colonized the country and displaced the locals populations who are mostly Muslims.
It all changed when a Mindanaoan won the country’s presidency last year. His popularity is so unprecedently high that people are willing to forget everything and start believing that maybe this time, the elusive peace is finally within reach.
Just when people begin to see Mindanao in a different light, the Marawi incident happened. It jolted people to reality. Is peace truly achievable, or will it remain just a dream? Only time can tell.
Whatever you think, allow us to show you just how beautiful Mindanao really is—a proof that the region is truly the Land of Promise.
Despite the stigma that is connected with its location, this gorgeous pink sand beach in Zamboanga has recently been hailed as one of the best in the world by the National Geographic. The island is larger (and more beautiful) than the world-famous, commercialized Boracay Island, spanning 3,425 hectares. In January, DOT secretary Wanda Teo visited the place to show tourists that the place is safe.
Siargao Island is dubbed as the Surfing Capital of the Philippines where two international surfing competitions are held. Just 800 km away from Manila, it’s one of the must-visit places in Mindanao. The island also has several white sand beaches that visitors will surely enjoy.
This alluring pear-shaped island is actually the second-smallest province (Batanes is the first) and one of the must-visit places in Mindanao for its hot and cold hot springs, unspoiled powdery white sand beaches, and turquoise blue water. You just have to bring your own necessities as there is no available accommodation for you to stay in or store you can buy something from or even a tree to shelter you from the heat of the sun.
From our elementary textbook, we learned that our national hero was exiled in Dapitan during the Spanish regime. But where exactly Dapitan is, many have no idea. Dapitan is in Zamboanga. Rizal stayed in the place for four years. Using the money he won from a lottery, he bought lands; built houses; became a teacher, doctor, farmer, painter, architect, biologist, composer, inventor; and helped improve the lives of the people in Dapitan, proving that our national hero is the jack of all trades.
Of the more than 20 waterfalls found in Iligan, Maria Cristina Falls is probably the most especial. At 320 ft high from the ground, it’s the second-highest falls in the country. It also serves as a stable source of energy for the entire region, supplying 70 percent of Mindanao’s power needs. Swimming is not allowed in the area because of the very strong water current; however, there is a viewing deck open to the public to watch the mesmerizing cascading of water below. Fun activities like zip line and rock climbing are also available for adventurers.
With 9,692 ft high above sea level, Mt. Apo is the highest mountain—well, it’s actually a volcano—in the Philippines. It has three peaks that provide breathtaking views of the vast virgin forest of Davao. The flat-top mountain is crowned by a small crater lake about 500 meters wide. Among the attractions you’ll see in the area are unique plants and trees, waterfalls, wild boar, and sometimes, a mountain deer. It’s truly one of the must-visit places in Mindanao for mountaineering junkies.
If you happen to be in Misamis Oriental, don’t forget to drop by Vega Ancestral House in Balingasag. It is the oldest structure in the area made of molave, a high quality of wood found in the country. But even if it’s old already, the house has an interesting design.
The once-sleeping town of Alamada in North Cotabato is now a flourishing tourist destination, thanks to the Asik-Asik Falls. A truly magnificent gift of nature, this tourist attraction has pristine waters rushing from the stone wall covered with lush vines down straight to a shallow river. The place will remind you of fairies and magical creatures from old story books, making it one of the most enchanting and must-visit places in Mindanao you will never regret going to.
You are probably already familiar with bulalo. It’s a flavorful beef soup dish almost similar to nilagang baka except that bulalo recipe uses particular beef cuts—beef shank and beef marrow bones. This dish is popular among Filipinos, and one of the popular Southern Luzon cuisine in Tagaytay. Although you can cook this at home, it’s widely available in most restaurants and carinderias. It’s best consumed during the cold and rainy season.
Cooking bulalo involves simmering of the beef for an hour and a half up to two hours or until the meat almost seems to fall off the bones. If you have eaten this dish before, you must have noticed that thick and oily feeling in your mouth, it’s the beef’s fat and collagen that melted and mixed with the liquid after the cooking process. While it’s what makes this beef soup dish so delicious, it’s also what makes it unhealthy. If you want a healthier bulalo recipe, here’s what you should do.
Ube halaya, also called ube jam, is a favorite Filipino dessert made from purple yam. It is usually served during special occasions or given as a giveaway or gift to friends during the holiday season in December when purple yam is most abundant. Preparation of the dish includes boiling and mashing this tuberous vegetable before mixing it with the other ingredients including coconut milk and sugar.
Ube is one of the few vegetables that can be made into a delicious dessert. Ube halaya has a thick and gluey texture and is one of the favored halo-halo components, though it’s sweet and delectable enough to be eaten alone. Others like ube halaya as a sandwich or cookie filling.
Luckily, making this dish is so simple, you can easily make one at home. The only challenge in making this ube halaya dish is in the mixing of all the ingredients. It needs to be continuously stirred for at least 25 minutes or longer to be able to achieve the ideal texture.
For the complete instruction on how to make an ube halaya at home, follow this recipe.
Over 800 units at Horizons 101 Tower 1 project have already been sold, but it seems it’s not enough as there has been much appeal for more units. To meet the demand, Taft Property Venture Development Corporation immediately developed another skyscraper in the same vicinity—the Tower 2. While Tower 1 has 55 stories, the tallest condominium in Cebu City, Tower 2 has 46 levels, providing a spectacular viewpoint of the Metro.
One of the huge pulls of Horizons 101 is its location. Positioned along General Maxilom Avenue, it’s just a few minutes away from major establishments like schools, hospitals, shopping centers, banks, and restaurants.
Masterfully designed, Horizons 101 boasts world-class amenities for residents and visitors to enjoy, including Japanese gardens on several levels, gazebo, mini theater, multipurpose hall, 150-meter jogging path, 25-meter lap pool, Jacuzzi, kiddie pool, wet and dry play areas, air-conditioned playroom for kids, ample parking spaces, and a commercial area at the ground floor.
With all the luxury it offers and being a peaceful home to come back to in the middle of the busy city, Horizons 101 redefines urban living.
“Taft Properties is taking residential living in Cebu to the top with Horizons 101. This project has been meticulously planned and will highlight one of Taft’s core principles which is Comfort by Design,” says Mr. Chris Narciso, president and COO of Taft Properties.
Both towers have its own state-of-the-art security and convenience features like easy-open lever-type doors, windows with limiters, fireproof standard-sized premium doors, soft-closing cabinet doors, safety switches, no-spill kitchen counter, grease traps, wide corridors, porcelain tiles, and rain shower heads—all of which add to the superior quality of modern living.
For swift transport within the buildings, four fast-moving elevators with key-card access were installed for residents’ maximal security. Backup power is also available to ensure continuous life at Horizons 101.
Regardless of your lifestyle, Horizons 101 can provide options in top living spaces in Cebu City that suit your needs.
Their studio units are perfect for young professionals, students, or vacationers with an active lifestyle!
Whether you live alone and need more space or starting a family, Horizons 101’s one-bedroom units are just the right fit for you.
The two-bedroom units are perfect for small families!
Situated at the premium floors of Horizons 101, the three-bedroom units are the most sought-after spaces in the tower. They’re perfect for those seeking bigger and more luxurious living spaces.
Horizons 101’s one-bedroom suite is the best choice for executives, smart and classy.
For more information and inquiries:
Phone: +63 32 2666 101
Address: General Maxilom Ave, Cebu City, Cebu
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