5 Things To Do In Maniwaya Island, Marinduque (Sample Itinerary)

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Waiting for the sunset at Maniwaya Island, Marinduque

Region IV-B in the Philippines, also known as MIMAROPA (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan), is known to have the best island and beach experience. The region is home to so many virgin and pristine beaches which are yet to be discovered by most of us. Traveling to the region is a little challenging though: yes, they have flights to all provinces, but going to the more beautiful outskirts requires you to ride a boat and brave the waves, as well as enduring several hours of land trip.

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Region IV-B (MIMAROPA), Philippines

When I had my first government job, I was assigned to monitor the implementation of a development project in MIMAROPA region, hence I had the chance to travel around this beautiful but not-so-touristy destinations, including the Romblon Islands, Occidental and Oriental Mindoro. I was only able to go to Coron, Palawan on my own years ago, and lately, in Marinduque.

I’ve been reading that Marinduque is a very chill province at the heart of the country, with zero crime rate, notable traditions (like the Moriones Festival), and Greece-like beaches. To finally complete my MIMAROPA bucket list, I took a chance to visit Marinduque this Holy Week.

Now the problem arises: I only have a limited time. Shall I go chill at the beach and do island hopping, or witness the cultural activity special to Marinduque, the Moriones Festival?

I hope you won’t get disappointed in me, but I chose to go to the beach. I could use trying to go back for Moriones next time.

So what did I do in Marinduque? Here are some tips:

1.Visit the Palad Sand Bar

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I don’t wanna get your hopes up, but this is Palad Sand Bar when we went there.

2. See the beauty of the Ungab Rock Formation

Again, the rock formation has to many people that I did not bother going to. I went to the other side of the island instead to snap this shot.

3. Snorkel at the Coral Garden to see the marine wonders of Marinduque

I dunno why, but I just stayed inside the boat when others went to snorkel. You have to pay Php50 if you want to try it.

4. Take a look at the Maniwaya Island Ruins

I went here only to find out that there are a lot of foreign tourists having a photo shoot at the ruins. I just can’t stand the heat and the time so I just watched them a little and walked back to my resort.

5. Swim, chill, and watch the sunset at Maniwaya Island

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Maniwaya Island Sunset. Simply breathtaking.
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With the Maniwaya Island sunset behind me

If you’re looking for a few days to chill, I think this is the place to be. (Just don’t go on a Holy Week, I think). Moreover, if you have more time, you could also use going to mainland Marinduque to go around the towns. After all, Marinduque is a small province composed of only 6 towns: Boac, Buenavista, Gasan. Mogpog, Santa Cruz, and Torrijos.

A quick guide on how to go to Maniwaya Island by commute:

  1. Ride a bus from Manila to Lucena, Quezon.
  2. From Lucena, ride a van/bus to General Luna, Quezon.
  3. From General Luna Port, ride a boat going to Maniwaya Island (travel time is approximately 1 hour).
  4. Maniwaya Island has several resorts that can accommodate you for your chill weekend.

Happy travels and have fun under the sun!

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Monkeyspeak Coffee Philippines

The Monkeyspeak Booth

As a coffee lover, I have always been rummaging the online world to look for a new coffee experience in Manila (at least whenever I’m stuck here and not traveling). I came across an Australian coffee brand that was introduced to the Philippines: Monkeyspeak Coffee. Since then, I’ve been wanting to try their products.

I found out through their Instagram account that they are participating in a bazaar at Bonifacio Global City, and I thought that is my best chance to have a taste of their coffee. I met Vic, the owner of Monkeyspeak Coffee, and he was able to give me a walk through of his cool business.

The welcome chalkboard at Monkeyspeak Booth!

About Monkeyspeak Coffee

The coffee capsule

Monkeyspeak Coffee products are contained in capsules and are being prepared in single serves using the capsule machines. The business is founded in 2016 and is based in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, but can serve all over the Philippines and beyond.  They directly source their capsules and coffee equipment from highly regarded roasters and manufacturers. They also offer catering services for events and seminars and conferences.

Their coffee is made of 100% arabica and ranges from espresso coffee capsules, ristretto coffee capsules, lungo coffee capsules, decaf coffee capsules, and chocolate shots.

The Bestsellers

The bestsellers of Monkeyspeak Coffee include the ristretto coffee capsules mixed with chocolate shots. I was able to taste it and I guarantee you, it is super yummy!

Barista Expresso Chocolate Shot

How To Prepare a Monkeyspeak Coffee Drink?

Simple! All you need to have is the coffee machine, the coffee capsule/s, and your favorite cup to experience the tastiness of their coffee.

Can’t wait for my coffee!

You can refer to their customized menu to experiment on different types of coffee.

The Monkeyspeak Customized Menu

Available Products

Monkeyspeak Coffee sells both coffee capsules and the machines. Below are the details of the products and their prices:

The Elfin

It is one of the smallest coffee capsules ever made. It has an elegant and modern design which is super compact, simple, and easy to use. It is specifically-designed for coffee capsules.

The Elfin

The Expressi – Stainless Steel

This milk frother has a stylish design perfect for your interior designing needs. It froths hot and cold milk and has a ‘v’ sprout for latte art.

The Expressi

The Aeroccino IV

It is a sleek and stylish milk frother which has a non-slip design and low-noise operation. Perfect for offices and homes. It can also serve as a warmer.

The Aeroccino IV

Monkeyspeak Coffee has a new range of products which is called the Podista. Of course, they are also Nespresso-compatible capsules and are proudly Australian.

Monkeyspeak Products

This experience reminded me of a colleague from Australia, who, when we attended a conference in Surabaya, Indonesia, I found out that he brought his entire coffee making equipment! He loves making his own coffee, and he was able to prepare me a yummy flat white coffee. With this and with my Monkeyspeak Coffee experience, I now realize why some Australians like my colleague love making their own coffee. Don’t worry, I encouraged him to try other coffee, too, like the ones produced in Indonesia and the Philippines.

Monkeyspeak Coffee Contact Information

If you happen to have inquiries about Monkeyspeak Coffee, they can be reached thru the details below:

(+63) 0 917 579 1968
(+63) 0 995 502 7452 (Globe)
(+63) 0 999 500 6644 (Smart)
Website: www.monkeyspeakcoffee.com

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