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To all Goto lovers out there I'm here to spread the good news! I found this hidden Gotohan haven in Mandaluyong, a place you can hang out during the cold rainy season, if you are a true goto lover I reckon the weather won't matter to you. Goto Believe introduces unconventional twist to the typical goto available in the market, it brought a whole new level of culinary frenzy, something that is surely eye-entertaining and gastronomically satisfying.
Goto Believe
Located at 630 San Rafael St. Brgy. Plainview, Mandaluyong City. Goto Believe is a chair and table in a supposed garage set up that serves gourmet style of popular Filipino dishes.
You can order the usual Goto with egg and garlic but I suggest you personalize it to your own version of their ultimate goto, there are several pinoy street food toppings you can add to the base, like Chicharon Bulaklak (Chitterlings), Isaw ng baboy (pig intestine), Isaw ng manok (chiken intestine), Calamares, Pork Belly, Tempura, Century Egg, etc. Imagine all these in one bowl? My only concern are the hypertensives, if you know you have medical condition please try not put them all together (wink). If you're coming in a group you can also try their OMG (Oh My Goto) a big bowl of goto that comes with 10 toppings, this is good for 3.
Goto Believe

Goto Believe

Goto Believe

Aside from their signatured full packed goto they also have other unique dishes I'm begging you all to try like the Dry Goto, Tokwa't baboy (gourmet style), sisig (must try), cheesecake with candied Dilis, etc. Most of the dishes are in gourmet style, so yes it's very instagramable, too! The food they serve is something that will wow everyone and will make come back for sure. I just love the food, the place, and the staff , THEY ARE OPEN 24/7!  I recommend this place to everyone especially for goto-holics. Thanks for the great dining experience Goto Believe, I'm now a certified Goto Believer!


ADDRESS:     630 San Rafael St. Brgy. Plainview, Mandaluyong City
CONTACTS:  https://www.facebook.com/gotobelieveph/
                          0917 701 5506




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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. 
Airasia
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!
Airasia
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.
Bataan Ferry

Bataan Ferry
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.
Bataan Ferry

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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Isla de gigantes

Isla de gigantes
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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Isla de gigantes
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.
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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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I’m starting this travel story with a winning broad smile. A smile of relief and satisfaction that after years of numerous attempts I finally had set my food back in this province again. My roots are from Antique Province just to let you guys know, Culasi is the hometown of my parents. I first witnessed the enchanting beauty of the province back when I was 8 years old, that was 1997, and of course all I cared back then was how I will spend the entire day with my friends, I did not take notice of its diversed ecotourism. If my memory serves me right there's this local port operates in Culasi, back then it was the cheapest way to get to Antique though the trip takes almost 18 hours. I remember my gran brought me to the pier in several occassions to sell kamunsil (Camachile) and siniguelas (Spanish plum), I could still remember my first encounter to Malalison Island before other bloggers had their own stories in writings, I can still remember how I was astounded by the glass-clear water approaching the island of Malalison. I feel gratified that before it became the new attraction in the Western Visayas Region I already have my fair share of good memories there. I could still vividly remember my first time in Antique, how I fell in love to the simplicity of the life in our small community, once in a while I bring back the fleeting memories and hold these as my ticket to this lovely province.


Antique is a province in the Western Visayas Region, I have been eyeing to score a ticket to Iloilo since there’s no direct flight to Antique but I always fail. Luck was on my side this time, this trip was made possible in collaboration with Las Islas Travel and Tour, Air Asia Philippines and Local Tourism of Panay Provinces. The jump-off point is Iloilo City, from there we traveled by land around 2-3 hours heading to Kasa Raya in Tibiao, Antique, this is here we quartered in the course of our Antique trip.

Kasa Raya Inn and Cafe


Kasa Raya Inn and Cafe is a stilthouse accommodation situated in Tibiao with a very homey ambiance, it is a place where you will wake up facing the lush mountain range of Panay, also facing a rice field, this is my kind of dream when I retired (not too soon, I know). Strategically, Kasa Raya is situated accessible to the places included on our itinerary.


The next day we commenced to our planned itinerary. Our first stop was Malalison Island, it does ring a bell, a well known island stones throw from the Culasi Port. From Kasa Raya (Tibiao) it's roughly 2 hours to get to Culasi, on our way to the first destination I was mersmerized by scenic view of paralled mountain range, it's different from the ones in Luzon. If you're from Manila and used to see Mt.Maculot, Batulao, Arayat, Makiling, etc whenever you travel around Luzon I bet you will be spellblinded with what they have in Antique, you will see a long range of the Panay Mountains from both sides of your car.

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Malalison Island

We set foot to Culasi and proceeded directly to the registration area for our Malalison Island visit, aboarded the boat right after the registration. It was a quick voyage, probably around 20 minutes we already reached Malalison. Malalison is a 55-hectare island gifted with fine white sand, prominent hook shaped sand bar, pebbled shore line, magnificent rolling hills and indemic local plants. Malalison lies in Culasi, Antique. The island was still beautiful as I first saw it though there's signicifant increase of visitors this time around, we were welcomed by a sandbar that sits in a crystalline water. What I like about Malalison Island is its rawness, it doesn’t have much of big establishments and even though I noticed an increase of tourists visiting the island I think it's still not as crowded as other beaches around Manila considering that it was peak season when we paid a visit. After settling all our stuff we met the guide who assisted us to the Malalison Rolling Hills, gave us quick briefing and overview of the Island then we started the hike. I felt the thrill while doing the hike, the Rolling Hills definitely gave us the picture perfect view in fact we stopped several times just to take photos this somehow lenghten the supposed 45minute hike. Following the trail to the other side of the island we were greeted by Pitcher Plants, it’s rooted scatteredly along the trail.

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Antique

Antique
We finished the hike quarter past an hour, the trail led us down to a pebbled beach with a view of interconnecting islands, on the right corner of the island I saw this small cave opening which was very familiar to me, I realized we were at the side we stayed at 20 years ago (very nostalgic), I remembered the scene like a film without a sound.

Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines couple of years back, being part of Western Visayas, Malalison Island was greatly damaged and had the grip of it. Slowly, Malalison Island is becoming one of the leading destinations in the province.

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Malumpati Cold Spring/Blue Lagoon

Trekking into the deeper part of the forest was somewhat uncanny, this activity isn’t new to me, I had been doing this in several occasions but it felt different, I had this unearthly feeling. We were walking in the middle of immense woodland hearing only series of nature sounds, maybe this is one reason why I felt a little bizaare. Following the trail of the mountain river we reached a big basin of enthralling water of monochromatic shade of blue, we were all beguiled, funny that it's not even the main lagoon. Another ten minute walk we finally got to the main site, true enough the Blue Lagoon is an enchanting treasure of Antique. The guide didn't permit us to swim so we just enjoyed the amazing view of the lagoon and even if she allowed us I realized I do not know how to swim, me laughs.


We left the area with a notion that maybe ethreal creature is guarding the lagoon from the disdainful presence of humans, reason why we felt peculiar while we were doing the trek, until we came back to Kasa Raya we were still intriguegly enticed of our Malumpati Blue Lagoon visit.

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Antique

Kawa Hot Bath/ Blue Wave Tourist Inn


Back in manila, whenever I tell someone that I'll be visiting Antique they always say "Di ba dun yung may Kawa?", this has somehow became the trademark of the province, it established the desire and curiousity for prospective tourists especially these days that we have easier access to the virtual world. I have seen this place in different social media platforms, it circulates and shared by individuals and different groups in facebook. More than an hour drive from Malumpati Coldspring (Tibiao) is Blue Wave Kawa Hot Bath in Pandan, we arrived quarter to six so we had to scurry before the sun down. The staff were very accommodating and friendly, once we arrived they immediately filled the large cauldron with water and put some therapeutic flowers and herbs then lit a fire. We just had the best experience in the Kawa, I now know the feeling slowly getting cooked in large casserole. So far this is the best thrilling activity I had in Antique.

Antique

Antique

Antique

Antique
I want to thank the people behind this awesome adventure. I want to thank our guide Kuya Noy for his patience and hardwork during our tour, Atty. Helen Catalbas of DOT Region 6, Aph and Alex of Las Islas Travel and Tours, and also AirAsia, this experience wouldn’t be possible without you guys. We had a great time in Antique! This province is one of the best I had visited so far, the eloquent soul of the province left me with the urge to comeback. I know this is a treasure trove of more delightful discoveries, as I explored the small piece of its vast wonders I know there's more to it than we can ever imagine.

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Our 1 Day Itinerary:

We had an afternoon flight from Clark to Iloilo via AirAsia, from Iloilo we drove 3-4hrs heading to Kasa Raya Inn where we spent the night and commence to the tour the following day.

7am- Kasa Raya Inn (Tibiao) to Culasi, Antique.

9am- Culasi (jump off point) to Malalison; Registration for Malalison trip. 20 minute boat ride, we reached the island 9:30, rest.

10am- Rolling HillasTrek, photo ops, swimming.

1pm- Back to Culasi town proper.

1:30pm- To Malumpati Cold Spring and Blue Lagoon

3pm- Swimming/Trekking at Blue Lagoon

5pm- We drove to Blue Wave Tourist Inn/Kawa Hot Bath

5:45pm- Kawa Hot Bath

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For bookings and inquiries you may contact:

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
www.lasislas.ph
https://facebook.com/LasIslasTravelAndTours
Or

Km 172 Iloilo-Antique Road
Tibiao, Antique, Philippines
0917 524 7875
Facebook page: Kasa Raya Inn





 


 


 


 
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