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The long wait is almost over thrill seekers!
The best floating water park will soon be floating in the water of San Juan, Batangas. That means an easier access for us Manileños and to all neighboring provinces, it’s going to be an insane slide and glide party for everyone. Spread the good news to all your travel squad and do not let this summer season pass without trying the best water activity here in San Juan, Batangas.

Who is Aqua Play Parks Philippines?

Aqua Play Parks Philippines is a Philippine based company that customizes and builds inflatable parks for mostly beach resorts and other travel businesses, their online presence is slowly drawing attention to travalers of all ages.

As being in the business for 30 years, APP has been working closely with Western market. Aqua Play Park started their journey in Canada, collaborated with American companies of the same market. After decades of constant improvement, innovation and hardwork, they finally penetrated the Asian market and made to establish a wider reach in Asia (China) back in 2009, this meant a wider exposure not only in the western ground but a chance for new races to see what their company has to offer. As a foreign company working in an Asian country, it became a tool to their advantage, it helped them see a clearer view and one step ahead by observing the common struggles of their competitors in the same business arena, they took advantage to improve what needed to be improved and generated new ideas.

Now, APP is known to be one of the leading businesses in its marketing territory for both western and Asian platforms, prioritizing the increase of their client’s profit and providing the best experience for their client’s client in the amusement park business. In decades of being in the industry APP has established its untainted name and reputation. It is sure to give nothing but the best and safest water playground world wide. Showcasing a whole new level of water extremes makes them stand out to the rest of their competitors. It is now taking the Philippine market, becoming known to be one of the biggest and renowned inflatable water park manufacturers in the country and has already put up inflatable parks and partnered with various travel destinations such as in Palawan, Bohol, Siargao and sliding soon in Batangas, boasting Luzon's first double monster slide, half pipe slide and 40-ft tall slide. It couldn’t be more exciting! Aqua Play Parks Philippines is continuously working the expansion of greater options for its clients all over the Philippines. APP is certainly putting the amusement park industry in hype again. 

What to expect when you visit Aqua Play Parks?

APP got loads of surprises instored for you all. They have the most thrilling and enjoyable inflatable water activities you will definitely enjoy, they feature water obstacle courses, big inflatables for water, floating water trampoline, water slides, inflatable water toys, aqua glide, etc.
There’s no way you will get bored with these amazing thrilling treats few hours away from Manila. Don’t worry because all the activities I mentioned are safe, they just still remind their guests to be extra cautious and never do tricks that would make them hurt themselves. And of course, nothing will beat a fun filled experience together with either your best squad or your family.

We brought you some photos of their sample work and what to expect in the upcoming grand opening of Aqua Play Park this April of 2019. 
(Photos from Aqua Play Park Philippines)
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These days, beach resort and other travel related businesses are not limited to traditional way of escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Aqua Play Parks Philippines find its way to innovate and provide more entertaining ways to give ourselves a break and boost the Travel and Tourism Industry.

There is so much more I want to share, but for now, I better stop sharing too much. I want you all to witness and experience all these amazing activities that awaits you when you get to Aqua Play Parks. It will not fail your expectation.
I will be posting more information in weeks time to share the FAQ’s (rates, packages, and other necessary details you all need to know).

For possible business partnership with Aqua Play Parks Philippines, below are their contact details:

Philippines: 63 0917 949 1926  o
China: 011 86 186 6489 1173 
or Toll Free from America 1 800 410 4291

Email addresses:
peter@inflatable-island.com  inflate14u@yahoo.com

WeChat Messaging: peterinchina58
Skype: inflate12

Or check out their website to know more about

https://aquaplayparks.com/index.html         



The photos displayed on this site are owned by Aqua Play Park Philippines.

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I stopped writing for awhile, when you see me go out of town that is more likely part of my job not a leisure calling. Well, once in a while I join the circle of my traveler friends but that’s very rare these days. If you all noticed, I parked my pen in doing blogs and other form of writing activities for almost a year now, I still write in few occassions but not as productive as I was before. I came to a point that writing already stresses me out, the pressure of meeting the deadline was nerve wracking, I felt that my love for writng is slowly becoming a responsibility so I stopped and let myself breathe. I want to bring back the passion I lost along the way. That’s what I’m here for I, want to start sharing my experinces and stories again.
So what do I have for you all?

I’m here to share another scuba diving spot 2-3hrs away from Manila. Scuba diving is somewhat intimidating for many of us, I had the same thinking that scuba diving is only for those who have money, it’s only for the rich, I was clouded by that notion too.
2 years ago when I wrote the article Binukbok diving resort, I showcased the diversely rich underwater seaescape of Bauan. Now, I’m giving you another spot, this time in San luis, Batangas. We tried scuba diving at Summer Cruise diving resort. Let’s leave off the idea of EXPENSIVE scuba diving experience, let me tell you that you can try this activity for only 1400Php! Yes, you read that right, it is absolutely cheap.

We left Manila Around eight in the morning, we took a bus ride via DLTB bound to Lemery, from Xentro Mall Lemery  we rode a tricycle straight to the jump off point (Balete Parking A) that is also the gateway to other popular diving resorts in Bauan. The boat ride was quick, just stone’s throw away and not more than 10 minutes. From Manila to the resort it took us more or less 3 hours. I didn’t include our idle time. A gentle reminder for everyone,according to the locals the tricycle fare from Xentro Mall to Parking A is only 150 pesos (good for 4 passengers), it has became a common practice for some drivers to take advatange of the tourists and that’s very dissapointing especially in our case that we were there to promote and boost their Tourism. Again, if the drivers ask for 200 pesos or more, beware that’s it is a rip off.
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Back to my scuba story. We reached the resort around 1pm, we were welcomed by a stilt porch decorated with colorful outdoor chair made out of bamboo and white fabrics, facing the water of San Luis.
After hours of traveling from Manila to Batangas I didn’t want to move from my spot, I was enjoying the calming view and the sea breeze. It was our Jeepsetters PH’ trip, some of the members spent the entire afternoon taking photos wearing their prepared OOTD’s, some instataneously put on the scuba suits and gears and explored the depths. I decided to take it easy and had my turn for scuba the next day, instead. Just chill.

I love the Summer Cruise resort! This is the kind of vacation I badly need now. The resort is very simple, far from the look of contemporary resorts I knew situated in Batangas. Most parts of the resort is made out of wood (bamboo) that gives a more comfortable ambiance to the eyes of its guests. We also got to hang out with the owner, Kai Takagaki, if you happen to visit Summer Cruise in the future and see a guy around 20’sh with chingky eyes that’s Kai. Though this place is a melting pot of different races so when I say chingky eyes, you will probably see couple of guys with same discription (laughs).

I certainly enjoyed the water activities, we explored underwater and saw tremendous species of sea creatures. Snorkeling and scuba diving is something I tries before, but whenever I got the chance to see the beauty of our nature in the depths I couldn’t help to get amazed over and over. The world down there is completely astonishing, it’s very calm and peaceful. Also, I couldn’t ignore the breathtakingly huge reef structures that I find scary at the same time. I watched KMJS (Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho), their Balabac episode where some local kids were attacked by salt water crocodile, while exploring the water of San Luis I couldn’t help to imagine what if a human sized crocodile shows up and attack me? Or maybe a shark? I’m still alive now and still sharing this story, so worry not! It will never happen. Winks.
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I am more than grateful for this new experience. We bloggers may be prolific with experiences of a lifetime, you may see us well-traveled, but I see that each stories we do are uniquely different. I want to thank my group for this quick getaway full of laughters, I also want to thank the management of Summer Cruise for the flawless arrangement and kindest effort to accommodate us. I will definitely recommend Summer Cruise to all diving enthusiasts I know, also to all my readers.


- From Manila you may take a bus from either Buendia Bus Terminal or Cubao heading to Xentro Mall Lemery. Fair is 175Php
- FromXentro Mall take a tricycle ride heading to Balete Parking A. Fare is 150Php good for 4 persons.
- Ride a boat to Summer Cruise (10 minute boat ride) fare is 50php.
- It’s also walkable from the parking A, 10 minute walk.
- Then vice versa


- Room for 2 is 985php for 24hrs, 10am to 10am the next day. From Sunday to Friday. 1700 saturday to Sunday morning for two.
- Tent accommodation for 2 is 350 every Sunday to Friday, 500php Saturday.

- 1399php from Mondays to fridays
- 1699php from Saturday to Sunday
Inclusive of gears, equipment, dive master, wetsuit.

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Summer-Cruise-536488199793340/

Contact number:
09151980246

For inquiries and more details please check out their website at:
https://summercruise07.wixsite.com/diving

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WHEN MY DEPRESSION ALMOST GOT ME

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I never thought I'd write a narrative of my personal struggles in the agony of depression, I didn't even want to talk about it. It was messy, dark, and melancholic. Here I am now, for the benefit of greater audience I believe this is a perfect platform to show awareness and sensitivity for people fighting the same battle. Whatever is in your head now just shake it off, you are bigger than your dark looming emotion.

I heard of "Depression" many times in my life, sometimes we say we are depressed to intensify our emotions but now I can say it's more than that. I had no idea how serious that word was until I found myself being guzzled by this mental torment. I know life can be a difficult notch sometimes, from time to time we encounter challenges and difficulties but  we always manage to find ways and wing it off. You know, problems come and go be it small or big.

My teenage years was not easy, I took all the low blows of life that I couldn't even dudge. I struggled too much that when I thought all my predicaments were over I looked back proud of what I have become and what I accomplished, I thought all I had to do was to be on top, eyes on the prize and I will definitely get there. But life has its ups and downs, it is good in shenanigans.
My coping mechanism  changed, little by little the things I was good at turned to be the reason of my anxiety, I instantaneously got kicked off track. I mentally became weaker, emotionally drained and unsteady. I enjoyed heated arguments, it's addicting especially when I felt I won. I gave the world a recipe for my own disaster. I didn't know how it all start but I came to realize that something was wrong with me, I realized that it progressed to severe. 
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The moment I came aware of what was happening inside me, the harder it was to control. There were instances that I breakdown, I cried for no reason, yes NO REASON. There was too much pressure inside me, too much thoughts that I couldn't help thinking, everything was too much and I thought no one was there to back me up. I had been in a lot worse situations in my life that it should have been nothing but it felt that it was something I couldn't pull through, I know I am tough but there's this bigger shadow dwelling inside me, eating me whole. I was in an unknown battle, it's like falling into invisible quicksand that swallowed me unaware and no one sees it. It's a perpetuating emotion, Even I could not figure what's happening.

In random days at work, when I thought I was focused and being productive or while I'm talking  to somebody my mind flick away unconsciously, it was leading me to my dark  thoughts. I was thinking of a way to end everything, like where is the best spot to hung myself? Is the ceiling beam strong enough to carry my weight? How thick is the rope I need? Should I write a letter blaming all the people I hate so they will live with guilt for the rest of their lives? Will I make it to the front page of news papers if I do a facebook live while doing it?
Then I snapped back to my consiousness, I couldn't believe that it's envading my mental well-being even when I keep things productive, it was very alarming, those thoughts sent shivers down my spine. Now, I understand why many victims of depression ended their lives, sure they never wanted a miserable ending but there's that monster that urged them to do things they never imagined they're capable of doing, they were slain.
Funny that I also came across the idea of jumping off the building but perceived that I'd die with a distorted face, I must look good on my funeral I said to myself, at least for the last time people would see my angelic face (all kidding aside), so I shooed away that idea.  That's hilariously sickening.
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I seeked professional help, numerous times I had couselling with Psychologists. Our society has common misconception in treating our mental issues, seeing one is not an indication that you have it. It's good to voice your thoughts to someone who will not judge you and trained to handle cases similar to yours. It helped me a lot.
I quit my job, too. For almost a decade I worked in an intricate nature of job that often deals with furious people, everyday is like eating hamburger in every meal. It's ludicrous that I give my hand to people when I have issues within me that needed to be fixed. Quitting your job is not always the best solution but if you think that would help you, go for it, that doesn't mean you're giving up, you are just helping yourself to escape from whatever that makes you feel sad, it's better to try that than losing it, than losing you. When the going gets tough the tough get going- NO! When the going gets tough sometimes we need to pause and rest.

Aside from help of the professionals and quiting my job, the people who truly care for me was one  of the biggest factors that slowly put my feet back on track.
I truly I appreciate the littlest effort I received from people who care for me. The never ending chat and calls I had with few of my friends, the unscheduled wee hour dinner, the words of encouragement and innumerable love I received from all of them. I see these as the trumpet call from God, to open my eyes, to look around and know that there are people who will always be there to catch me whenever I fall. I couldn't be happier. 

WHAT ARE THE LESSONS I LEARNED?

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When it feels like the entire world is against you, you’ve always got a friend in yourself, and when it gets to that moment in your life when you feel there’s no alternative and you want to end it, remember that in your life there’s gonna be stupidity coming at you from a never ending-parade of bigoted assholes. The only way to  survive that is to make yourself the grand marshall.

● I learned that I AM BIGGER THAN MY MONSTER.

● Love yourself and accept the love from others

● No matter how ugly life gets, always remind yourself that in this world there are people getting a harder blow and messier than you are.

● Use your will power. Prayers are not wishlist.

● I now understand the line "rest if you must but don't quit".

● I learned that winning an argument doesn't make you a winner, and losing it is not always a defeat. Sometimes we just have to be the bigger person.

● Remember that being volatile won't earn you respect.

● I see that people are well educated of depression nowadays, if you think you have it, do not hesitate to open up to your closest friends or family. Or maybe seek professional help if it gets out of hand

● Always find time to be with your family. Just being with them is enough to temporarily extinguish the turmoil inside your head.

● Life is not always rainbows and cupcakes but with God's grace you can slay dragons.

● Do not look at other people's basket because yours is special.

● Life is not a race. When you think you are miles behind others let your eyes see not the finish line but the beautiful scenery of your journey.

● It's all about how gracefully you fought and dance along the trials you overcame and that is solid gold.


Feeling better takes time, even so at least now I feel that my life is in my hand again. My self improvement is still a work in progress. I want to thank everyone who became part of my journey and those who will continue to walk with me. I want to thank the people who stood behind me through all the hardships and mishaps, I hope they won't get tired of giving me the hug when I most needed them. I also want to thank ULTIMA VITAMINS for keeping me on the go when I just felt like lying on my bed the entire day, especially now that I work in a more active environment. Stress still pays a regular visit but thanks to Ultima Vitamins for keeping me on track! I hope this short narrative inspires my readers who are struggling in finding their way back, the fire inside you never weakened, it's there, and once you find it you will be tougher than you ever was.

Let's cheers to more hurdles we will surely overcome
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I wrote numerous articles for various wellness centers and spa here in Manila, each has its own style and technique that made them distinct on my blog reviews, and so was the recent health and wellness services I had at The life Extension Wellness Center. Located at Unit 307-311 Bell Kenz Towers in East Ave. Quezon City, it was my first time to try some of the services they offer.  By the way The Life Extension is more of a health and Wellness Center than a spa, their approach is more comprehensive to optimize their client’s well-being, they have sought after medical equipment that deliberately provide effective and far reaching impacts to achieve the client’s desired result.

Stress is part of my everyday life and I built a strong camaraderie with it, it’s going to be a lifetime relationship I figure and I just embrace it, it’ll always be there so better find a tranquil way to deal with it. At least there are places like The life Extension that makes you forget the reality and giving you a ticket for at least an hour of rejuvenating treatment, we all owe it to ourselves.


THE SERVICES

BIO CLARITY
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The wooden sauna looks like the real deal I told myself, true enough it was great. This was the first service I tried at The Life Extension. Sauna is not new to me, I’d tried identical services to other spas and gyms, it is only that this Bio Clarity steam bath can only fit one person at a time.
While we’re doing the service one of the staff gave us an oriented us about the benefit of having Bio Clarity if taken regularly, it helps detoxify our body and release body toxins through sweating, also the 20 minutes into a thorough steam is equivalent to 3 hours of your work out. Fantastic!

THERMAL MINERAL PHOTOTHERAPY
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CHARCOAL BATH
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This is one of my favorites, too.
I know not everyone is open to an idea of soaking their bodies in their bath tub mixed with activated charcoal, it may look as messy at it appears but I guarantee that it wont cause any harm to your skin, or a discoloration if you think it’ll change skin complexion, it won’t stick to your skin. The activated Charcoal Bath is an effective detox bath and a good relief for your sore muscles after a long stressful day. After I had the Charcoal Bath I thought of a way to do it at home when I realized we don’t have a bath tub. Next.

LYMPATHIC MASSAGE
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This is an hour of heaven. Seeing my previous blog reviews, I covered numerous businesses of almost the same service. I’m not new to different kinds of massage especially to Swedish massage. Again, just like the TMP, it was also my first time to try Lympathic Massage. It’s a therapeutic massage that generally helps our immune system to distribute oxygen through out our system, it build up lymph fluid that allows our body to release toxins and regulate a good blod flow too. This is surely not your ordinary massage.


DIATHERMY
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And lastly I tried Diathermy, another medical therapeutic technique that uses electric current. I remember they put a gel on my back and they started the procedure using a flat rounded tool. The heat coming from equipment was soothing my back pain, I heard this is usually used by Occupational and Physical Therapist as it help restore tissues and muscle after series of therapies. This is a must try service for everyone especially those who work in a physically demanding environment, you all need this.

I enjoyed all services from The Life Extension, it gave me a completely different experience like no other. Thanks again The Life Extension for letting me try you services, I hope to comeback soon for other services I missed to try.


Address:

Bell-Kenz Tower - Unit 307-311 #127 Malakas Street, Quezon City, Philippines

Contact Details:
Call (02) 911 1314


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Flying from Manila to other domestic destinations is something I get used to, I live in Taguig and getting to the airport was never a problem to me unless there’s terrible traffic congestion along major road I’m enroute to which commonly happens, this predicament somehow is a good avenue for some travelers to take other optional route. For me, NAIA is still the most convenient flight to take and most of the time getting there is easy, hence the crowd of waiting passengers is the least view I would enjoy. My recent trip to the islands of Panay made me take a breathe of fresh air when it comes to my alternative route flying to Iloilo, we took Clark International Airport in Pampanga, from Manila we drove 2 hours or less.

It was my first time in this airport and I was amazed by its undemanding atmosphere, likely because it’s not crowded that somehow lessen the eye stressing mood. The entire check-in process including the luggage check didn’t take an hour, even the schedule flight was on time. 
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This year, Airasia Clark opened its new domestic routes to Tacloban, Palawan and Iloilo, providing wider options for travelers in the Northern and Central Luzon. This sets for more opportunities and more reason to travel, we should attentively check out low based fair from this new hub from time to time. If you’re a fan of Piso Fare, trick that works is always check the fare rate at this airport, you would likely ace the best fare rate you can ever imagine as most people tend to overcrowd the airport in Manila during the seat sale.


Must know: 
-  Be there on time, at least 2 hours before the ETD
-        - Have your itinerary ready for check-in
-        - Do an online check-in to save time and print your boarding pass
-        - Bring at least two valid ID’s
-       -   Make sure to bring just allowable carry on otherwise you’ll need to pay for the check-in fee
-  Do not bring hazardous substances and other prohibited items   

It's always been a pleasure and great experience to fly with one of the leading airlines in the coutry, with its larger access to more provinces of the Philippines I hope it aids business owners and people will be encouraged to travel and boost the Tourism Industry. Till our next fly AirAsia!
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For cheap flights online check out their website www.airasia.com/

Check out my Panay Islands travel guides below:



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Bataan Ferry
With relevance to the recent visit I had in Playa la Caleta, we heard the easier route going to Bataan without breaking a sweat. Usually, I had to go to the major bus lines in Metro Manila and take connecting trips via land transfer when I go to Bataan, it takes 2-4 hours depending on the proximity and part of Bataan you're heading to but with this new route system the travel time shortened significantly, from 2-4hrs now you can reach Bataan in just 45 minutes, how wonderful is that? Thanks to 1Bataan Integrated Transport System for making this fast and efficient system conveyance for the people, this for sure will help both individuals and businesses improve their transport means.

How's my experience?

The port is located at SM Mall of Asia Seaside beside Vikings restaurant.
We had our reservation and scheduled our trip at 6:30AM, please be guided with few reminders before going aboard. The process is hassle free, the staff are well trained and very accommodating. Just be there an hour before your schedule, approach the staff for registration, present your id and you're good to go, as easy as one-two-three.
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Upon checking in our luggage we proceeded inside the ferry, we were wowed by its modern features as if we're boarding a plane or better than that, it has wider space and can carry more than a hundred passengers I guess. We seated to the front couch which happened to be the VIP seats, aside from comfortable seats and fast voyage you will never get bored as they have on board movie entertainment, for sure you will not notice the time! And if you think these features doesn't suffice your standards maybe the complimentary wifi will, yes they provide free wifi access.
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Bataan Ferry
Tips and reminders:

- Be there an hour before the scheduled trip, boaring gate closes 30 minutes before the departure.

- 450Php for online booking, 550Php if you book at the 1Bataan ITS Reservations Team, and 799Php for walk-in passengers.

- Bring your valid id and proof of payment (if booked online) for verification.

- Senior Citizer and PWD discounts are not applicable for discounted rates.

-They will provide a designated seat for each passenger

- Shuttle service is available from Port Capinpin to various bus stops in Balanga and other neighboring towns.

◾All Drop-off points are along Roman Superhighway only.
◾This is only applicable for all passengers coming from Manila to Bataan.
◾Kindly notify our Booking Staff of your drop-off point upon booking.

- Smoking is not allowed (including e-cigarettes)

- Pets are not allowed
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Image from www.its.1bataan.com

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Image from www.its.1bataan.com
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Image from www.its.1bataan.com


Office Address:

Port of Capinpin
PMO-Bataan/Aurora
Philippine Ports Authority,
Brgy. Puting Buhangin, Orion, Bataan

Tel. No. : 09176294766 (Globe) and 09088886849 (Smart)

(Open from 6AM to 6PM only)

Email : its@1bataan.com


Head Office

Office Address : Sitio wain, Brgy. Biaan Mariveles, Bataan, 2105 Philippines

Special thanks to 1Bataan Integrated Transport System and Danica Lolita Tigas of DOT Bataan for making this trip possible.
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Isla de gigantes
Carles is a 2nd class municipality in the Northern most tip of Iloilo, a sleepy town gifted with spectacular island locations and a seafood haven, here lies one of the most popular destinations in the province, the Gigantes Group of Islands. If you're a true blue traveler and haven't been to this part of Iloilo this place should be in your bucket list, sometimes we have the list of places we want to visit if this isn't included to your Must Visit destinations probably it's time to dash off the list and consider this place.
I'm a traveler based in Manila, I merely focus on unveiling destinations 2-3 hours from the Metro so I dont't travel much in the Visayas and Mindanao, nonetheless I still have the impulse to explore more and discover the other islands of the Philippines. I'm slowly taking my steps to pull off that goal, now I have more reasons to stay to that course.

Isla de Gigantes
Is a group of islands that features collection of picturesque beach haven, the best time to visit is during the peak season, the waves are calmer and a bigger possibility to visit all the islands without the risk of getting your trip canceled due uncertain weather forecast. Be that as it may, the down side is the massive arrival of tourists from different cities and provinces nobody knows where. In the last five years, there’s a significant change to the influx of the tourists coming in to the island that helped the growth of local community of Carles especially its livelihood. Kudos to the LGU who maintained the orderliness and kept the system well-executed. Gigantes Group of Islands consists of 2 major islands : Gigantes Norte, Gigantes Sur (these are the two major islands) and 10 islands/islets but I only visited the Big 5 or the most popular ones namely Cabugao Gamay Island, Antonia Beach, Tanke Island/Lagoon, Bantigue Sandbar, Pulupandan Island. 
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Pulupandan Island
This was the first island on our list, Pulupandan Island is a naked island with assortment of pebbles, creamy white sand and a rocky sea side. When I say naked Island that means you will barely see shade of trees anywhere, the photo of the solitary palm tree is the only green you’ll see in Pulupandan (which I find very iconic). The island conveys an appealing view of tranquility, the huge form of rocks at the side is a venue of photo ops, it took us minutes to take our turn so when we had that opportunity we kept the next in line wait longer (kidding).
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Tangke Lagoon
This is my favorite amongst all the islands, getting closer to the island made my eyes widened, I couldn’t resolve what to do first, should I grab my camera or should I settle my eyes by just looking at it? Next thing I know I already had my cam on hand and started clicking. We got to the island ahead to the other groups. For a little while we had the lagoon just for ourselves, apparently this didn’t take long, just when I was about to take my photos "alone" the tourists arrived and they didn’t even have the courtesy to let us finish, I mean they blocked everything until I just gave up, funny though. What had happened I believe was a blessing in disguise, if these tourists didnt interrupt maybe I spent my entire time taking photos and would never take a dip, I had my moment enjoying the clear shallow water of Tangke Lagoon.
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Antonia Beach
This beach looks more commercialized than the others, this is more of a dining and resting island for the visitors, here we took our lunch together with other guests. The photos below show spectacular images of picture perfect island, the color of palm trees are captivating to the eyes of its visitors, I also heard it's a good diving  spot too.
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Tinagong Dagat/The Little Boracay
True to its name, Tinagong Dagat is a cove extension of Tanke Island that boasts fine white sand quite similar to Boracay. Aside from its powdery white sand I noticed that it was well-maintained, trash were properly disposed. Tinagong Dagat is just a small portion of the entire Gigantes Islands, I reckon maintaining it won’t take much effort.
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Cabugao Gamay
The most popular island in the Islas de Gigantes, the island that brings all islands in one. The scenic view overlooking the stretch of its beach is the most that we see in the ads, blogs, other promotional materials for Iloilo. Aside from the iconic view of Cabugao Gamay, there are cairns that ads more tropical vibe on the island.
 
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Bantigue Island
This was supposed to be the last island in our itinerary however since it was the last, we reached the island at around 4pm, the the tide has already risen and we couldnt take a good shot of it. Bantigue Island is popular for its sandbar, this will be one of my reasons to go back for sure.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
Getting the best of Gigantes is not an easy catch for some , tourists need to be careful in booking their trips and not to trust anyone that offers them cheap packages. Just like we don’t live in a perfect world, there are numerous operators that doesnt follow the guideines of DOT, accordingly. It is essential for the operators to maximize the worth of our hard earned money and not put to waste.

We booked with Las Islas Travel and Tours, me together with other travel bloggers can attest to the smooth and hassle free vacation, they will take care of everything you need, from the itinerary, knowledgeable and friendly tour guides, food, places you must visit, registration fees, etc. Las Islas Travel and Tours will sure to give you the much needed vacation you deserve.
Isla de gigantes
I want to thank all behind this succesful Islas de Gigantes getaway,  Atty. Helen Catalbas of DOT Region 6, Aph and Alex of Las Islas Travel and Tours and AirAsia. I never thought it was this fun to explore the islands of Carles, this for sure a trip to remember. 
FOR BOOKINGS AND INQUIRIES

You may contact:

Las Islas Travel and Tours

Punta Dulog, Pueblo de Panay, Roxas City, Capiz 

(just right across the Roxas City Terminal)

(G) 0917-709-3856 / (S) 0939-534-0828 / (L) 036-521-0725
Facebook page: Las Islas Travel and Tours

or
Bancal Port, Carles, Iloilo
 

 

 

 

 

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