Cape Engano Cove

The northeastern town of Santa Ana in Cagayan has for the past five years gained traction towards being a top tourism draw. Reached from Manila approximately 12 hours by land travel, it has drawn great raves and praises so much so that two editions of the reality TV show Survivor (Survivor: Blood vs. Water, Survivor: Cagayan) were shot primarily in this coastal town. What made Santa Ana more famous is Palaui Island which is separated from mainland Luzon by the Babuyan Channel. Here are the five major reasons why Palaui is worth all the trouble and the hype: 1. CNN Travel Top 10 Best BeachRead More →

The Church of Sta. Monica was formerly named as the Church of San Miguel in commemoration of the arrival in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte of the first missionaries on the feast of the saint on September 29, 1724. It is said that Sarrat Church is the longest church in the province. In 1983, the church entered into social lores as it was renovated in time for the grandest wedding held here. Estimated to have cost at $10M, the lavish wedding of Irene Marcos and Greggy Araneta was attended by 5,000 guests with a feast served to 100,000 people. An Intensity 7.8 earthquake destroyed church on SeptemberRead More →

There are technological advancement of a bygone era desperately trying to survive in the digital world. Spanish Colonial Era lighthouses were very useful since its inception until a century later. Global Positioning System or GPS has since replaced these navigational aids. But for small-time boatmen and fishermen, they are still indispensable. Being an archipelagic country, the Philippines have Spanish and American period lighthouses scattered on various islands and points. During the Spanish Colonial Period, the conquistadors commissioned Engineer Magin Pers y Pers to design lighthouses that will be put up in Luzon. In Burgos, Ilocos Norte, the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse is the highest in theRead More →