Saturday, January 26, 2013

Where to stay in Catanduanes

Here's a list of accommodations found in Catanduanes province:

Catanduanes Midtown Inn
San Jose Street, Virac
Contact no: (052) 811-0527

Marem Pension House
Rizal Ave. cor. Rafael St. Sta. Cruz, Virac
Contact no: 0929-1620000

Kemji Resort and Resto
San Isidro Village, Virac
Contact no: 0929-2210668 / 0918-3615015

Catanduanes Twin Rock Resort
Igang, Virac
Contact no: (052) 811-3742

Rhaj Inn
Rizal Ave., Gogon, Virac
Contact no: (052) 811-3240 / 0921-3180857

Moonwalk Villa Resort
Moonwalk, Virac
Contact no: 0922-8016766 / 0916-7707667

Rakdell Inn
San Pedro, Virac
Contact no: (052) 811-0881

Majestic Beach Resort
Puraran, Baras
Contact no: 0919-5581460 / 0927-6282251

Puraran Surf Resort
Puraran, Baras
Contact no: 0949-1343443 / 0921-6641933

Terrazas de Ponti Mansions
Real Street, Calatagan Proper, Virac
Contact no: 0908-6988707 / 0916-5174378

JM Pension House
Gogon, Virac
Contact no: 0947-5638416

Villa Tolledo Travel Lodge
Sta. Elena, Virac
Contact no: (052) 811-2857

Monte Verde Lodge
Danicop, Virac
Contact no: 0948-6074238

Monte Karlo Waterfront Tourist Inn
San Vicente, Virac
Contact no: 0928-6989559 / 0949-7341044

Nitto Lodge
Cavinitan, Virac

How to Get to Catanduanes?

The fastest way to travel to Catanduanes is by plane which is one hour flight via Cebu Pacific. It flies from Manila to Virac vice versa every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

By land, air-conditioned buses travel direct from Manila to Virac and San Andres daily via port of Tabaco City, Albay, where it boards a roll-on roll-off ferry. Numerous bus lines operate air-conditioned coaches from Manila to Tabaco, Albay with trips running from 9 to 10 hours.

From seaport of Tabaco, hop on either at MV Calixta 2, 4 and 5 or MV Eugene Elson to reach the island of Catanduanes via san Andres or Virac seaport.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Tourist Spots in Catanduanes

The rugged and diverse landscape of the province is a dazzling stretch of tamed powdery sand, lush forests, and a rich marine life, making Catanduanes a dream hideaway for those who want to commune with nature in its purest form.

Here's a list of must visit places in Catanduanes province.

Puraran, Baras

Clean and peach-colored beach, Puraran is invigorating to those who want to bask in the glory of the sea, sand and sky. This is the most famous beach in Catanduanes and placed the province in the surfing map of the world, listed as one of the top surfing locations. It also boasts of a magnificent view of mountains and coves. The place, apart from excluding modern comforts, also means less urban chaos and more peace and serenity.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

23 of Philippine's Biggest Property Developers

The Philippines has a business-friendly economy that allows 100% foreign ownership in almost any sector you want to invest in.The country's economic growth has not shown any signs of slowing down especially with the recent boom of the outsourcing industry. Government corporations are being privatized and deregulation of banking, shipping, power and other industries are helping to maintain the economy's stability and ensure its future growth. So when you invest in a Philippines property, you're doing more than just following your heart.

Want to own or invest on a property in the Philippines? Here's a list of the biggest names in Philippine real estate.

1. AyalaLand
Ayala Land, Inc.
Tower One and Exchange Plaza, Ayala Triangle, Ayala Ave., Makati City

2. Cathay Land, Inc.
23F Galleria Corporate Center, EDSA cor. Ortigas Avenue, Quezon City
+635.7777 or 631.8855

3. Century Properties
6F Pacific Star Building, Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, cor. Makati Avenue, Makati City

4. CDC Holdings
2F Planters Product Building
109 Esteban Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City

5. Syntech Properties
Citylights Gardens Towers 3/4
Veterans Drive, Nivel Hills, Apas Ceby

Saturday, September 22, 2012

5 Famous International Movies Filmed in the Philippines

Romantic Island 
Location shoots: Boracay, NAIA and Binondo


The Bourne Legacy 
Location shoots: Metro Manila and El Nido, Palawan

Brokedown Palace
Directed by Jonathan Kaplan and starring Claire Danes and Kate Beckinsale
Location shoots: Metro Manila

Apocolypse Now
Directed and produced by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, and Martin Sheen
Location shoots: Baler, Pagsanjan

Born on the Fourth of July
Directed by Oliver Stone starring Tom Cruise
Location shoots: Sand dunes in Ilocos

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Where to Buy Pearls in the Philippines

A girl's fashion philosophy, "You're never fully dressed without your pearls."

Many pearl collectors, investors, businessmen or simply pearl enthusiasts travel all the way here in the Philippines to purchase pearls. From the affordable fresh water pearls being sold in Greenhills to the ultra expensive golden south sea pearls of Jewelmer, Philippine pearls are no doubt among the highest quality in the world.

Best Places to Shop for Pearls in the Philippines

If you want to get the authentic, best quality set of pearls, Jewelmer is the best place to shop. For over 30 years, Jewelmer has been the premier producer of the most lustrous South Sea pearls int he world. The company has successfully cultivated pearls with a rich, natural golden color, which is characteristic of the South Sea pearls produced only in the Philippines. Jewelmer also prides itself in being a fully integrated company with master craftsmen who design and create exclusive fine pearl jewelry with perfect mélange of French and Asian sensibilities.

Jewelmer gives certification of authenticity to its customers to guarantee that the pearls are natural and not chemically treated. They have shops located at Alabang Town Center, Ayala Center Cebu, Abreeza Mall,  The Peninsula Manila, Makati Shangri-la Hotel, Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 5, SM Megamall, Shangri-la Plaza Mall, SM Mall of Asia, Resorts World,  Trinoma, Eastwood City Mall

Friday, July 6, 2012

Boracay is 2012 World's Best Island

Here's a video clip from The Today Show announcing Boracay as the World's Best Island!

Boracay ranks no. 4, 2011 last year but now tops the rank as 2012 World's Best Island by Travel+Leisure Magazine as part of their World's Best Awards. Included in the list are Bali, Galápagos, Maui, Great Barrier Reef Islands, Australia, Santorini, Greece, Kauai, Big Island, Hawaii, Sicily, Italy, Vancouver Island and British Columbia.

Manila Bay will be the New Entertainment City

In a recent news, Australian billionaire James Packer and casino mogul Stanley Ho was reported to be partnering with the country's richest family to come up with a $1 Billion casino project on the site of Manila Bay. Read more on the report: 

Packer, Ho in $1 bn Philippine casino project

Australian billionaire James Packer and Macau gambling tycoon Lawrence Ho are teaming up with the Philippines' richest family to develop a $1 billion casino in Manila, the Philippine partner said Friday.

The Belle casino will form part of a huge gambling development which the government hopes will turn the city into the world's number-two gaming destination ahead of Singapore and Las Vegas, and behind only Macau.

SM Investments Corp, which is controlled by the Henry Sy family, told the Philippine Stock Exchange its affiliate Belle Corp signed an agreement with Melco Crown Entertainment to form a consortium to develop the project.

"Subject to (regulatory) requirements, Belle and MCE plan to create a US$1 billion premiere integrated resort facility and enter into implementing and definitive agreements within the next two months," the disclosure said.

Melco Crown, which operates a Macau casino, confirmed the signing of a consortium agreement Thursday in a disclosure to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

It said its unit MPEL Projects expects to invest up to $580 million over the course of the project, or more than half its entire cost.

Melco Crown is a joint venture between Melco International Development Ltd of Ho, son of Macau gaming mogul Stanley Ho, and Packer's Crown Ltd of Australia.

Belle holds one of four licences handed out by the Philippine government to build a casino worth at least $1 billion each at a site on Manila Bay called Entertainment City.

Gaming regulator Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) has also granted licences to Malaysia's Genting Group, Bloomberry Resorts Corp., and another casino backed by Japanese gaming equipment supplier Kazuo Okada.

With the completion of the $4 billion Entertainment City project by 2016, Philippine gaming revenues are expected to draw level with current number two Singapore's revenues of about $7 billion, Pagcor chief Cristino Naguiat told AFP in a recent interview.

Asia is poised to eclipse the United States as the world's biggest gaming market in 2013, powered by the region's growing economic prosperity and fondness for gambling, PricewaterhouseCoopers said in a report in December.

Revenue in Asia is forecast to more than double from $34.3 billion in 2010 to $79.3 billion in 2015, it said.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

List of Hotels and Resorts in Pagsanjan, Laguna

Looking for a place to stay in Pagsanjan? Here's a list of Hotels / Resorts / Lodging Houses / Inns

Pagsanjan Rapids Hotel: (049) 808-4258 / 808-4180
La Corona de Pagsanjan Resort Hotel: (049) 808-1753 / 808-1793
Pagsanjan Falls Lodge & Summer Resort: (049) 808-4251 / 808-4209
Pagsanjan Garden Resort: (049) 808-4451 Tropical Inn & Restaurant: (049) 501-4841 / 501-5677 Pagsanjan Paradise Resort: (049) 808-5494 / 808-5493
La Vista Pagsanjan Resort & Landing Area: (049) 808-1229
Magdapio Hotel & Restaurant: (049) 808-4128
Kamalig Food & Boatride: (049) 808-4954
Camino Real Lodging House: (049) 821-0051
Bonanza Landing Area & Restaurant: (049) 821-0409
Yokohama Hotel: (049) 808-6463 818
Lodging House: (049) 808-4778
Fresh & Green Lodging Inn: (049) 808-4498 / 821-0051
Wendy's Resort: (049) 821-0283
Villa Elmz Private Orchard & Garden Resort: (049) 808-1442
Residencia del Rio: (049) 821-0066
Pagsanjan Palm Resort: (049) 821-0084
Montevel Resort & Restaurant: (049) 808-6403
Riverbend Christian Fellowship Center: (049) 500-6183

Monday, June 25, 2012

Travel Video: Smart Communications and Shamcey Supsup

SMART Communications shares why Traveling is More Fun in the Philippines!
Laugh More, Play More, Discover More, Celebrate More, Live More

Check out their TVC

Campaign: Living More, it's more fun in the Philippines
Featured Tourist Spots: 
(Heritage Village) Vigan, Ilocos Sur
(Underground River) Puerto Princesa, Palawan
(Seven Falls) Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

Monday, June 4, 2012

Philippines: Your Home in Asia

Check out this DOT-SMART tourism video released in 2007 focusing on the warmth of Filipino people.
Come Home to the Philippines!

Song: Land of the Loving 
Composed by David Benoit. 
Rearranged by Jessie Lasaten of Cutting Edge. 
Vocals by Ces Datu 


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