North Luzon

07 Oct 2011: Lakbay Norte 3 Blogger Contest

Outdoor Adventures of the North

Today, the North Philippines Visitor’s Bureau (NPVB), in cooperation with Manila North Tollways Corporation and Victory Liner, announced that it will be holding Lakbay Norte 3: a nine-day Media Tour of North Philippines on 22..30 Jan 2012.

During this annual event, NPVB will bring a bus load of media participants from broadsheet, TV, travel magazines, and blogs to produce over 100 articles and features about North and Central Luzon.  To select the six bloggers who will join this year’s adventure, NPVB is conducting a contest.

The contest’s mechanics, terms and conditions may be found here.  Join now!

Summary of Competition Dates:

Application Period: 07..31 Oct

Pre-Selection: starts as soon as entries come in until 04 Nov

Notification of Finalists – 05 Nov

Article Preparation – 06..14 Nov

Uploading of Entries in Facebook – 15 Nov

Contest Period: 16 Nov..18 Dec

Judging Period: 19..21 Dec

Winners Informed: 23 Dec

Lakbay Norte 3: 22..30 Jan


Test Post

Copyright ⓒ 2011 by Joseph Dy

Idol Bloggers at Fundacion Pacita

Test Post

Naidi Lighthouse, Batanes

May 2010: Canon PowerShot Kayak Explore 2010: Anvaya Cove-Subic Bay

Canon PowerShot Kayak Explore 2010: Anvaya Cove-Subic Bay

Thank you to Canon Marketing Philippines, Inc for making this event possible.

07 Mar 2010: Zoobic Safari

Blonde and Blue-eyed

For years, I have heard of Zoobic Safari in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.  However, the relative difficulty of visiting Subic led me to put off visiting the place.

Last weekend, however, I found myself in Subic with ten other photographers looking for something to do to make the most of our trip.  We agreed to visit Zoobic Safari because one of us has not seen live tigers yet (?!).

Costs per person were PhP449 for the entrance and PhP50 for the Zoo Train (optional).  If you have your own transport, you may opt to use that instead of availing of the Zoo Train.

Tour guide fee is included in the entrance fee, unlike other private zoos in the Philippines.  Touring the facility took about three hours.  Climate in the facility is modified by mist sprayers hidden in the trees (take note of this to avoid wetting your cameras).

The tour includes a jeep ride through a large enclosure wherein the tigers are free to walk about.  If you so choose, you can purchase some raw chicken to feed to the tigers.

Tiger Taking a Bath

06-08 Jan 2010: Family Trip to Baguio City

Hectic week!  After spending one day in Manila to celebrate an aunt’s birthday, we went on a road trip to Baguio City.  What a way to start the year: two trips in a week!

We stayed 3D/2N at Bloomfield Hotel.  Their Executive Suite was a perfect fit for us (6 adults + 1 toddler).  We encountered some problems with the water supply on our last morning there (the pressure pump for our floor malfunctioned).  The staff was considerate and resourceful in addressing the issue, allowing us to use an unoccupied room’s bathroom to freshen up before our trip back to Manila.  For seasoned travelers to Baguio, I highly recommend this hotel.  However, given its location (i.e. on top of Session Road, near SM Baguio and Baguio Cathedral), this is not the place for communing with nature.

We ticked of all the normal Baguio activities:

  1. Buy food items (strawberry jam and peanut butter) for pasalubong from Benguet State University’s shop
  2. Buy strawberries from Baguio City market for immediate consumption
  3. Picture-taking at Mines View Park
  4. Buy ube jam and other items at the Mountain Maid Training Center, Good Shepherd Convent (still the best ube jam)
  5. Eat lots and lots of vegetables

Mines View Park


04 Jan 2010: Ilocos Norte Panoramas

My sister and her family came home to the Philippines for Christmas and New Year.  I accompanied them to Laoag, Ilocos Norte where my brother-in-law was born.

These panorama images were taken when we toured Ilocos Norte before heading back to Manila.

There are advantages to traveling on weekdays (yesterday, Monday, was the first working day of 2010).

  1. As you can see in the picture of Pagudpud, we shared the beach with very few other people.
  2. If traveling outside city limits, there is less traffic on the roads, thus leading to shorter transit time.

Bangui Bay Wind Power Project

Saud Beach, Pagudpud