Visiting the sleepy town of Sagada in the Mountain Province of the Philippines is not a snoozy experience at all to anyone who chooses to give this tranquil mountain town a chance and appreciate its distinct appeal and unique culture. With only a little over 11,000 people, this remote town is rich in indigenous culture, breathtaking sceneries, captivating sunrise, and adventure activities. Just like Baguio, Sagada is definitely a world away from what most people would imagine when picturing the Philippines. Its cool temperature along with its lush mountains and valleys are not usual to a tropical country, which makes a visit to Sagada a remarkable experience with nature and culture.
What I love with the Philippines is the unique experience I get each time I visit a new island or region in this beautiful country. With The Philippines being in a tropical climate, it’s fascinating that we can also experience the cold breeze and chilly weather here all year long. Nestled in the vast mountains of Benguet, Baguio City upholds its picturesque mountain sceneries and breath-taking destinations up to this day. Filipinos often call it the Summer Capital of the Philippines since it is a perfect place to escape the summer heat. With Baguio now more accessible from Manila (only 3-4 hours away), it has grown from a hill station into a bustling city and one of the most visited destinations in the country.
A road trip to Baguio in the Philippines is synonymous to a fulfilling food trip. Despite the traffic building up in the country’s summer capital, I still believe that Baguio remains to be a beautiful city and is worth visiting for its local restaurants and homegrown cafes. Aside from the ube taho and strawberry desserts only available here, I have always been looking forward to trying the best kept restaurants of Baguio on each visit. Here, I have handpicked 6 of the best restaurants in Baguio that also happen to be my personal favorites, serving the best dishes/desserts and also offering a great view of the beautiful City of Pines. I’ve intentionally kept this post short and sweet so it could serve as your reference that is easy to read when you happen to be in Baguio and looking for a place to eat. Check out the buzzworthy (also Instagram-worthy) restaurants below, which I’m sure will make up one of the reasons why you’ll keep going back to the mountains too!
Heading north? Ilocos Norte is the perfect destination for a weekend getaway or for taking a break from the bustling city of Manila. My adventure to the northern tip of the Philippines was one of the unforgettable trips I did last year. I also promised myself to see more of the Philippines and Ilocos did not disappoint. The province is known for some of the Philippines’ popular spots and even a UNESCO World Heritage church. After spending some rainy days in the historical city of Vigan, we toured northern Ilocos (Ilocos Norte) and visited Burgos, Pagudpud, and Paoay. All are just too scenic and offer attractions unique to its municipality. Check out my set of photos below from my trip to the Ilocos region of the Philippines!
I have always dreamed of Manila as a modern destination with luxury casino resorts and iconic hotels situated right next to each other similar to Macau and Singapore. With the development of Entertainment City (Manila’s new entertainment complex facing Manila bay and just a few minutes away from the airport), my dream of a modern Manila is finally becoming a reality. This year, a new integrated resort has opened in Entertainment City – Okada Manila. Dubbed as Manila’s biggest and most lavish integrated resort, Okada Manila is carved in over 40 hectares of picturesque oceanfront and has been making headlines when it unveiled The Fountain – the world’s largest multicolored dancing water fountain. I’ve been following the development of the resort ever since and I am so thrilled to be the one of the first guests to finally experience what Okada Manila has to offer!