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

Maniwaya Island
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

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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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One Day in Malolos, Bulacan

Malolos, Bulacan is something that almost no one will consider visiting, except if one wants to feel the Spanish colonial period vibe while avoiding the mainstream Intramuros in Manila. Let me tell you that Malolos is more than that by presenting my very own DIY Malolos Bulacan itinerary!

I have been to Bulacan province a few times already, primarily for family outing activities because there are a bunch of nice resorts in this area which serves as one of the nearest escapades from the city. Moreover, I pass by this province every single time via NLEX whenever I go somewhere up north. As a History Professor who is super passionate about teaching the subject with original photos and more accurate information, I decided to pay a visit and check some things to do in Malolos, Bulacan.

I hopped on a bus at Victory Liner Terminal in Caloocan bound for Apalit, Pampanga.

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In order to access the Bulacan Town Proper, make sure you alight before this flyover.

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MALOLOS BULACAN ITINERARY. So, without further ado, here is a list of the things of things to do in Malolos, Bulacan:

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DINE IN AT CAFE CONGRESO

This Wes Anderson-ish restaurant is totally worth visiting, especially for serial IG-worthy places hunters like me! They serve a lot of good dishes, but since I arrived there in the morning, I ordered an English Breakfast and a mixed berries shake.

Visit Cafe Congreso’s Instagram page for more details.

VISIT THE BARASOAIN CHURCH

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This beautiful church was the site of the First Philippine Republic, hence the name Malolos Republic,  in 1899.

APPRECIATE PHILIPPINE HISTORY AT THE MUSEO NG REPUBLIKA NG 1899

MALOLOS BULACAN ITINERARY: Museo ng Republika ng 1899
MALOLOS BULACAN ITINERARY: Museo ng Republika ng 1899

Beside the Barasoain Church is the Museo ng Republika ng 1899. It houses several informative exhibits and memorabilia from the Malolos Republic. You will also see here the actual text of the Malolos Constitution. There are wax figures of Philippine History personalities in some galleries.

CHECK OUT EMILIO AGUINALDO STATUE AT THE CHURCH PLAZA

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General Emilio Aguinaldo was the President of the Malolos Republic. The Historical Marker says:

Emilio Aguinaldo Y Famy (1869-1964)

Unang Pangulo ng Pilipinas. Dito niya sa Malolos pansamantalang inilipat ang Pamahalaang Rebolusyonaryo mula Bakoor, Kabite dahil sa napipintong Digmaang Filipino-Amerikano, 10 Setyembre 1898 – 31 Marso 1899. Pinulong ang Kongreso ng Malolos sa Simbahan ng Barasoain, Bulacan upang mabalangkas ng Saligang Batas. 15 Setyembre 1898 na nagtatag ng Republika ng Pilipinas, ang Unang Republika sa Asya, 23 Enero 1899.

HAVE A PHILIPPINE HISTORY PRIMER AT CASA REAL SHRINE

Casa Real Malolos Bulacan Philippines

Casa Real Shrine was the former seat of the Spanish Colonial Government in Bulacan and was converted into a museum. If you visit this place, you will have a comprehensive information on Philippine history, from prehistory/precolonial period to present.

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Malolos Bulacan Itinerary

DROP BY THE MALOLOS MUNICIPAL HALL

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I remember my graduate studies Professor who got weirded out on me when I shared the information that whenever I visit a new place in the Philippines, I make it a point to drop by the municipal/city hall and take a photo of it/pose by it. I mean, come on. Why not? It will give you an idea of the daily hustle of the place. Plus, you can always pay the Tourism Office a visit.

APPRECIATE COLONIAL ARCHITECTURE LIKE THE GOBIERNO MILITAR DE LA PLAZA DE MALOLOS

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Colonial buildings like this one are being converted to government offices and museums, and look at this Meralco Building! So beautiful! The historical marker says:

Sa pook na ito dating nakatayo ang kwartel ni Heneral Isidro Torres bilang tagapangasiwa ng kapayapaan at kaayusan ng bayan ng Malolos sa panahon ng Pamahalaang Mapaghimagsik hanggang sa Unang Republika ng Pilipinas 1898-1899.

Ang panandang pang-alaalang ito ay pinasinayaan ngayon, 14 Seytembre 2014, bilang bahagi ng pagdiriwang sa ika-116na guning taong pagbubukas ng Kongreso ng Malolos, 15 Setyembre 1898.

DROP BY BAHAY PAARALAN NG MGA KABABAIHAN NG MALOLOS

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My Philippine History/Jose Rizal students, remember the Ang Sulat Para sa Kababaihan ng Malolos by Jose Rizal? This is where those women of Malolos used to school. The historical marker of this spot says:

Pook na kinatayuan ng paaralan ng mga kadalagahan na nilihaman ni Jose Rizal buhat sa Londres noong ika-22 ng Pebrero, 1889, ng kanyang bantog na sulat ng pinamagatang “Sa Mga Kababayang Dalaga sa Malolos” noong ika-12 ng Disyembre, 1888. Ang 21 dalagang taga-Malolos ay humingi ng pahintuloy sa Gobernador Heneral Weyler na makapagbukas, sa sariling gugol nila, ng isang paaralang panggabi na magtuturo ng Wikang Kastila. Sa kanyang sulat ay pinuri ni Rizal ang mga naturang dalaga dahil sa kanilang pagkukusa, sigasig, at diwang makabayan.

WALK AROUND TO SPOT BEAUTIFUL SPANISH COLONIAL HOUSES

MALOLOS BULACAN ITINERARY: Spanish Colonial Houses
MALOLOS BULACAN ITINERARY: Spanish Colonial Houses

Malolos, Bulacan is the site of so many Spanish colonial houses, and it is a beautiful thing that they were able to preserve these cultural heritage. <3

CHECK OUT MALOLOS CATHEDRAL

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The Malolos Cathedral is more than just a Catholic church in Bulacan, but it was also the site of the Presidential Palace of Emilio Aguinaldo during the Malolos Republic.

CHILL UNDER THE KALAYAAN TREE

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This historical Siar Tree is known to be planted by President Emilio Aguinaldo and the spot where the historical figures meet and planned things out during the Philippine Revolution.

DROP BY THE BULACAN PROVINCIAL CAPITOL

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This is not only where you can find the seat of the current Governor of the Province of Bulacan, but this is also where you can find the statues of Marcelo and Gregorio del Pilar, Filipino heroes during the Spanish colonial period. There is also a souvenir shop at the left side of the building where I was able to buy a fridge magnet of Malolos.

DINE AT BISTRO MALOLEÑO

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What’s interesting about this place is that the menu is inspired by Philippine History. Visit Bistro Maloleño to see the menu for yourself. In my case, I attended a work-related event when I dined here but I was able to taste the Santolada Juice. Yum!

If you are looking for a quick historical, gastronomical, and Instagram-worthy escapade near Manila, Malolos is a nice place to go. 🙂

Malolos Bulacan Itinerary and Other Things to do in Malolos: More Suggestions are Welcome!

I hope you enjoyed your day trip by following this Malolos Bulacan Itinerary containing things to do in Malolos. If you think I missed anything that deserve to be included in this list, please let me know! 🙂 Happy travels!

A Trip to Pasig City Museum

(Pasig City Museum is just one of the historical museums in Manila and it’s definitely worth checking out!)

Whenever I have some free time from my full-time job, like the weekends and public holidays, if I’m not spending it in another town or another country, I’ll be spending it exploring museums in Manila or nearby provinces. Back when I used to live in Pasig, I tried doing a simple research on museums to visit there, and luckily there are some! The Pasig City Museum is owned and maintained by the city government of Pasig and I am very certain that it’s a historical museum, so I did not hesitate to pay a visit there. After all, from the place where I live, it is just a short jeepney ride.

PASIG CITY MUSEUM: HISTORY

Pasig City Museum

From the outside, Pasig City Museum looks like a typical old school mansion. This place actually used to be a mansion of the former Mayor of Pasig City, Don Fortunato Concepcion. The house served as Mayor Concepcion’s gift to his wife. Felizardo Dimanlig, a Pasig native, was the designer of the building. In 1937, the construction of the building got finished. Hence, it depicts a lot of Spanish architectural features. Rumor has it that some of the parts of the mansion are actual pieces from the old Pasig Cathedral. The City Government of Pasig eventually bought the building and inaugurated as a museum in 2001.

Several historical events actually happened in this very building, like the visit of former President Manuel L. Quezon, the conversion of the place by the Japanese soldiers into a detention center during World War II, and the hoisting of the American flag to signify the liberation of the country from the Japanese forces after the war.

PASIG CITY MUSEUM: WHAT TO SEE

Pasig City Museum

The museum basically showcases information and artifacts related to the history and development of Pasig City. There are also artworks and memorabilia which I think belongs to the Concepcion family. I went there on a weekday and it is indeed open. When I stepped inside the museum, no one was there to guide me. After a while, a lady showed up from somewhere and asked me to sign in on a logbook. The museum I think is not used to having solo visitors because seeing the photos in their social media page, they mostly welcomed group tours and field/educational tours in the past. I kinda looked like the weird lady randomly entering places hahaha but I did not mind.

Here are some snippets of what to see inside the museum when I tried going around:

The Mutya ng Pasig

Pasig City Museum

Mutya ng Pasig is a statue of the mermaid which was said to be the one responsible for the cleanliness of the Pasig River during the early times.

Historical Development of Pasig City During the Different Periods

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Pasig City Museum
Pasig City Museum
Pasig City Museum

Nagsabado sa Pasig Diorama

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Pasig City Museum

Other Historical Photos/Information

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Pasig City Museum
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Pasig City Museum
Pasig City Museum
Pasig City Museum
Pasig City Museum

Different Paintings

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Pasig City Museum
Pasig City Museum
Pasig City Museum
Pasig City Museum
Pasig City Museum
Pasig City Museum
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Remember this? The Story of the Moth with Dona Teodora and the young Jose Rizal
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Other Beautiful Artworks

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Visit Pasig Museum, you guys!

How to get to Pasig City Museum? Ride the MRT 3 Blue Line and get off at Shaw Boulevard Station. Take the EDSA Central Exit and look for jeepneys going to ‘Pasig Palengke’ and ask the driver to drop you off at Pasig City Museum. It’s right across the Pasig Cathedral.

PASIG MUSEUM CONTACT DETAILS

Plaza Rizal, Barangay San Jose, Pasig City, Metro Manila
Open from Monday to Saturday, 8AM to 5PM
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pasigmuseo
Email: pasigmuseo@gmail.com
Website: www.pasigcity.gov.ph
(632) 641-0211
Admission to the museum is free, but donations are accepted.

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Flying Solo in Boracay Island

(Are you ready to see the Instagrammable spots in Boracay? But first, read this!)

Boracay Island was hailed as one of the world’s most beautiful islands, and I could attest that every corner of the island is indeed Instagram-worthy. In fact, the Philippine government closed down the island for around 6 months to be rehabilitated, and it was indeed a good decision since the island turned out to be so much better. Boracay Island could give you the serenity that you need with its beautiful beach areas.

Boracay used to be a popular beach party destination (read: #Laboracay), but when it was reopened to tourists, activities like beach parties were already banned in the entire island. Some locals would say it’s now less lively and they’re a little frustrated with the change, but hey, who knows it might be for the better.

I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days in the island for my birthday (in my case, I always plan excursions like these on my birthday week). While during the time I went there Boracay literally just opened up again, I am assuming there are already more spots to see by now. Despite that, I still enjoyed my stay in the island. With that, please allow me to share a couple of Instagrammable spots in Boracay Island that I was able to visit:

Lanterna Hotel

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: Lanterna Hotel Mural Boracay
INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: The Boracay Mural at Lanterna Hotel

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Roy’s Rendezvous

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: Hammocks at Roy's Rendezvous Boracay
INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: The comfortable Hammocks at Roy’s Rendezvous Boracay

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Jejsellends Garden Cottages

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: Room at Jejsellends Garden Cottages Boracay
My colorful room at Jejsellends Garden Cottages Boracay

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Agos Boracay Rooms and Beds

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: Welcome Kit at Agos Boracay Rooms and Beds
INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: The Welcome Kit at Agos Boracay Rooms and Beds Lobby

Bolabog Beach

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: Shot at Bolabog Beach Boracay Philippines
INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: Bolabog Beach is still as blue as ever even immediately after the rain.

White Beach

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: White Beach Boracay Philippines
INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: Mornings are a perfect time to snap that vibrant photo at White Beach in Boracay, Philippines
INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: White Beach Boracay Philippines
INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: On the other hand, sunset times are also a relatively good timing to snap that beautiful photo at the White Beach in Boracay, Philippines!

Puka Shell Beach

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: Puka Shell Beach Boracay Philippines
INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: Afternoon relaxing at Puka Shell Beach Boracay
INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: Puka Shell Beach Boracay Sunset
INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: Breathtaking sunset at Puka Shell Beach, Boracay, Philippines

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Real Coffee & Tea Cafe Boracay

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: Real Coffee and Tea Cafe Boracay Philippines
Had some afternoon coffee at Real Coffee and Tea Cafe Boracay and the cafe’s tropical interior makes an aesthetic backdrop

Check out Real Coffee and Tea Cafe’s Facebook page here.

Cafe Maruja Boracay

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: Cafe Maruja Boracay
Cafe Maruja Boracay is the best place for Nutella lovers and the place is just so minnimalist!

Check out Cafe Maruja’s Facebook page here.

Station X Boracay

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: Station X Boracay
INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: The colorful dining area of Station X Boracay

Motag Living Museum

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: Motag Living Museum Aklan
Tried out planting rice at Motag Living Museum Aklan

Nabaoy River

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: Nabaoy River Aklan
The peaceful and beautiful riverside of Nabaoy River in Aklan

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SNAPSHOTS: Asia Photo Essay #5: STREETS OF METRO MANILA

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SAN MIGUEL AVENUE, ORTIGAS CENTER. As a former working graduate student who works at day and goes to school at night, the rain has always become my source of worry because it will be so hard to go to the uni with a heavy rain and traffic. But don’t get me wrong, rainy days are the best when you’re just staying at home. And man, look at this photo!
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SHANGRI-LA COMPLEX, MANDALUYONG CITY. An office view like this is something I miss as a government office girl. I have been dreaming to visit big cities like New York to see views of the urban jungle. Obviously, this ain’t New York, but this would do for now. Also, a condominium in Manila with a nice view like this sounds like a good idea.

These photos were taken by a Samsung S6 phone back in July 2015. Whenever I’m not traveling, I always make it a point to try take photos of anything interesting I’ll see around Manila, my home city. Looking back and assessing my photography skills, I feel like I’ve learned so much over the years and I now believe in the magic of patience and the saying “Practice makes perfect.” Still a long way to go, I am still practicing with the hope of taking travel and street photos for a living eventually, or perhaps ending up in NatGeo.

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AYALA MUSEUM, MAKATI CITY. Annually, the Ayala Museum would open its doors to the public for one day, free of charge. On ordinary days, you will not see Ayala Museum this crowded, but as a museum lover, I am happy to see that people takes advantages of opportunities like this. Museums are meant to be enjoyed in a peaceful and quiet sense, but for this one day, it’s all fine with me.
Streets of Metro Manila
VICTORY LINER TERMINAL, CALOOCAN CITY. To some foreign friends, “Manila” would mean something like Makati or BGC, but even though the land area of Metro Manila is so small, there’s a lot to it than the business districts. Caloocan City is one of your gateways to the beautiful provinces in Northern Luzon. It could be a little crazy for first timers, but having a Mom who grew up in the city and having lived here at some point in my life has taught me to be a more vigilant and protective person, if you know what I mean.
Streets of Metro Manila
SIYAM NA DIWATA NG SINING” SCULPTURE, UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES DILIMAN. Being a graduate student also meant spending my weekends going to school and accomplishing school stuff. Weekend classes also meant morning classes and therefore gave me a chance to explore more of the beautiful campus.
Streets of Metro Manila
THE ACADEMIC OVAL, UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES DILIMAN. Even if I only spent two years for my MA in UP Diliman, I was able to fully enjoy the campus life, even if I’m not a full-time student. People jogging and biking and vehicles passing by the Academic Oval is just so satisfying to watch.
Streets of Metro Manila
A KID DOING HIS HOMEWORK AT THE FOOTBRIDGE OF ORTIGAS STATION MRT. The kid’s mom is selling sampaguita garlands at the MRT Ortigas Station footbridge while he’s doing some school work. This photo was taken on a Sunday.
Streets of Metro Manila
A HEAVY RAIN AT GREENBELT, MAKATI. Like I said, I love rainy days but the traffic jam in Manila could be crazy. Minus the Saturday crowd, I could use just sipping some coffee in a cafe in Greenbelt and just enjoy watching the rain. Best feeling ever. And apologies for bad photo quality.

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SNAPSHOTS: Asia Photo Essay #4: AN ARTS AND CULTURE TOUR OF LEGAZPI CITY

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Bicol Region in the Philippines (consists of the provinces of Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate, and Catanduanes) is one of the most beautiful regions in the Philippines. Personally, this is also the place I keep on coming back to. I love the calmness of the provinces (even the most urban ones), I love the cuisine, I love the prevalence of spicy food, and I love the historical and natural sites they have. In one of the holidays, I decided to have a quick getaway to Legazpi City to learn about its culture and people. I have checked out some of the museums in the area, but there were only a few ones. But nonetheless, I still managed to go around and see the things that are unique to Bicol Region. I had a mini-Arts and Culture tour in one of my days in Legazpi City.

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HELLO, MAYON VOLCANO! The popular beautiful volcano with a ‘perfect cone shape’ as seen from a Manila-Legazpi flight during the final descent. I bet this is more beautiful if it’s a sunny day! This is the kind of welcome I wished for myself if I have the chance to go to Bicol, and here I am. Yay!
Arts and Culture Travel Legazpi City
THE BATTLE OF LEGAZPI MURAL AT THE CITY MUSEUM: One of my first agenda upon landing in Legazpi and checking in at my hostel is to visit museums. My noob traveling skills during that time has led me to visit the City Hall and ask the Tourism Office if they have a museum in the area. Aside from weird stares from the employees screaming “This girl came all the way here to visit museums”, I was told that they have one but they never open it up to the public. But behold, they opened it just for me. Yay! I saw a lot of memorabilia, historical artifacts, paintings and stuff. I wish the Philippine government will pour more funds to maintain community museums like this one.
Arts and Culture Travel Legazpi City
BIGG’S DINER. Bigg’s is a fastfood chain in Bicol region with branches in Batangas province. It’s a typical American diner chain, but it’s known for its awesome unique interior design and yummy meals, of course. I kept coming back to Bigg’s whenever I’m in Batangas or Bicol. This is something Bicol is known for.
Arts and Culture Travel Legazpi City
A RANDOM ARTWORK IN AN OPEN AIR EXHIBIT AT EMBARCADERO. Embarcadero is known as a place where locals could hang out and shop and is very close to the popular Legazpi Boulevard with a very awesome nightlife by the ocean. When I went there to buy my parents some souvenir, I saw artworks in the atrium probably created by students, and all of them symbolizes something about Bicol Region. I took a picture of this Mayon Volcano artwork. Beautiful!
Arts and Culture Travel Legazpi City
STREET FOOD STRIP AT PENARANDA PARK. Every afternoon, students, workers, and groups of friends would gather at Penaranda Park as the street food stalls would open. This is a typical Filipino thing (not only in Legazpi), which also serves as a nice bonding experience. This is something I always recommend to foreign friends visiting the Philippines. Also, eating street food in the Philippines might be a scary idea for outsiders, but it may be one of the most beautiful experience there is.
Arts and Culture Travel Legazpi City
CHILI ICE CREAM (LEVEL 1) AT 1ST COLONIAL GRILL. Bicol Region is known to be the Chili Capital of the Philippines, and Bicolanos take pride in having a generally spicy cuisine. 1st Colonial Grill is another chain of restaurants in Bicol Region (and they just opened up branches in Manila) which is popular for the Chili Ice Cream. You can choose the level of spiciness (1, 2, or 3), and they will ‘mark’ your ice creams with the level of spiciness with chilis. My very first chili ice cream is a level one as shown, but later I always have fun ordering level 3.
Arts and Culture Travel Legazpi City
ST. GREGORY THE GREAT CATHEDRAL. Just near the City Hall is the Catedral de San Gregorio Magno which is a beautiful old Catholic church. Old churches are a thing in the Philippines because the Spanish colonial government has ordered to build at least one church per municipality or city. I always try my best to see old churches and appreciate their beauty. I wish I have a better camera but it looks so perfect at nighttime.
Arts and Culture Travel Legazpi City
NIGHTTIME SCENE AT LEGAZPI. A further walk from Penaranda Park will take you to more food stalls with seats where you can have your typical Filipino street food/dinner. This is part of the night market, so the day starts here after the sunset. You will typically see locals here bonding over food. Life seems simple in Bicol region and at the same time happy. Whenever I visit Bicol region, my life just slows down, and I always love that feeling.

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6 Instagram-Worthy Hostels in Manila, Philippines

(Please note that this is a sponsored article, so therefore ALL Instagram-worthy hostels in Manila listed here are included as a result of a collab.)

The Philippines has become one of the most popular backpacking destinations in Asia, primarily because of its natural wonders such as beaches, mountains, and waterfalls. Major cities in the Philippines like Manila and Makati are also getting international attention because of its fun nightlife. Most tourists and backpackers going to the Philippines enter through Manila, its capital city, and take flights going to other provinces. While in transit to other destinations in the Philippines, backpackers would choose to stay in hostels. Hence, the rise of Instagram-worthy hostels in Manila, Philippines.

Meanwhile, here are other accommodation in Metro Manila that I was able to write a review on (you may click them to view):

Instagram-Worthy Hostels in Manila, Philippines

Hostels are popular budget accommodation for backpackers especially if one is only traveling on a transit in a city or if they don’t mind sharing spaces in dorm rooms with other travelers. I have been living in Manila, but whenever I miss traveling, I would sometimes stay in hostels to meet other travelers and just to put myself in a social space (I’m an introvert but I sometimes force myself to go out of my comfort zone). Given this, I have compiled this list of 6 Manila hostels I personally recommend staying in:

RedDoorz @ Vicente Street Espana Manila (Manila)

I had the chance to stay at RedDoorz @ Vicente Street Espana Manila and all I can say is the staff are so nice and well-trained. The place is so tidy and neat and very near establishment such as convenience stores and fast food restaurants. The nautical theme makes it cuter, however you won’t see the same from the outside. As they say, don’t judge the book by its cover. 🙂

instagram-worthy hostels in manila

CLICK HERE FOR MY REVIEW ARTICLE OF REDDOORZ @ VICENTE STREET ESPANA MANILA

Pink Manila Hostel (Manila)

Pink Manila Hostel is one of the very first hostels in Manila. It is located in a yellow building, but once you go up the elevator going to this place, there is going to be pink everywhere. And oh, this hostel has a swimming pool!

instagram-worthy hostels in manila

CLICK HERE FOR MY REVIEW ARTICLE OF PINK MANILA HOSTEL

Z Hostel (Makati)

DEFINITELY MY FAVORITE HOSTEL! This is where I go to hangout with my friends even though we don’t check-in because its roofdeck bar is famous when talking about the Makati City nightlife! I love how I can just talk to my friends while listening to chill house music. When I had the chance to check-in here, their rooms are very clean and minimalist. Bathrooms are squeaky clean also. Their cafe serves good meals as well. The hostel’s location? Perfect!

instagram-worthy hostels in manila

CLICK HERE FOR MY REVIEW ARTICLE OF Z HOSTEL PHILIPPINES

Junction Hostels (Makati)

Junction Hostels does not only offer short-term stays for backpackers but they also offer budget-friendly long-term rates for students and digital nomads. This hostel has a nice vibe and I felt very productive while working at the common area which is also, btw, very Instagram-worthy.

instagram-worthy hostels in manila

CLICK HERE FOR MY REVIEW ARTICLE OF JUNCTION HOSTELS MAKATI

BGC Hostel (Makati)

One thing I liked about this hostel is its location. It’s right by EDSA, Metro Manila’s major highway. There is also a grocery/pharmacy nearby. Aside from it’s colorful and creative interiors and common areas, the dorm rooms of this hostel have privacy curtains every bed.

instagram-worthy hostels in manila

CLICK HERE FOR MY REVIEW ARTICLE OF BGC HOSTEL MAKATI

BGC Hostel and Dorm – QC

Aside from its Victorian-designed common area, this hostel is located in a quiet residential area and surrounded by a bunch of nice restaurants! This hostel is also very clean and comfortable and I was able to have a peaceful stay here.

instagram-worthy hostels in manila

CLICK HERE FOR MY REVIEW ARTICLE OF BGC HOSTEL AND DORM – QC

Manila Hostels Review Takeaway

So there you have it! If I will have another chance to stay in any Manila hostels anytime soon, I will surely add to this list. You are also free to recommend some Instagram-worthy hostels in Manila that you have stayed so that I could also try staying there and write reviews for the benefit of everyone. So, whether or not you’re planning to stay in Manila for a long time, I think hostels like these are perfect accommodation options.

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Flying Around Southeast Asia: Direct Flights From Brunei Darussalam

Direct flights to Southeast Asia may have been limited before, but more routes have been opening to so many destinations connecting the East and the West every now and then. Flights to Brunei Darussalam, for instance, are increasing, hence Bruneians and other travelers have more options on where to go next. Brunei has direct flights to six (6) Southeast Asian countries. As part of my passion project to help travelers have a seamless navigation experience around Southeast Asia, I am writing a series of flight guides to help you have the best travel experience in this beautiful region of the world. The first of this series is this comprehensive article guide about direct flights from Brunei Darussalam.

DIRECT FLIGHTS TO SOUTHEAST ASIA: FLIGHTS TO BRUNEI DARUSSALAM

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Are you currently in Brunei and planning your next Southeast Asian destination? But wait, I do hope you were able to visit this beautiful places during your stay in Brunei:

Places to visit in Brunei Darussalam:

Omar Ali Saiffudin Mosque

https://www.instagram.com/p/B3yo6QEH9df/

Jame ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

https://www.instagram.com/p/BqNJbyvHUUv/

Kampong Ayer

https://www.instagram.com/p/BvrEqYqHZvM/

ALSO READ: A COMPLETE GUIDE TO 23 INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SPOTS IN BRUNEI DARUSSALAM

Where to stay in Brunei Darussalam:

So thank you, next! Where to? Did you know that you can actually directly fly to six (6) Southeast Asian countries from Brunei?

DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM BRUNEI DARUSSALAM: A COMPLETE GUIDE

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DENPASAR (DPS)

Non-Stop Flight Time (BWN-DPS): 2 hours and 20 minutes

Airline that has direct flight from Brunei to Denpasar:
Royal Brunei Airlines Logo

Places To Visit in Denpasar:

Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Park

https://www.instagram.com/p/B4XHMXLnykR/

Bali Museum

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bv7-639Hk5X/

Goa Gajah Temple

https://www.instagram.com/p/By7hrZVntxG/

Where to stay in Denpasar:

JAKARTA (CGK)

Non-Stop Flight Time (BWN-JKT): 2 hours and 20 minutes

Airline that has direct flights from Brunei to Jakarta:
direct flights from brunei

Places to visit in Jakarta:

National Gallery of Indonesia

https://www.instagram.com/p/BJkTUoPDmcn/

Wayang Museum

Museum Bank Indonesia

Where to stay in Jakarta:

SURABAYA (SUB)

Non-Stop Flight Time (BWN-SUB): 2 hours and 10 minutes

Airline that has direct flights from Brunei to Surabaya:
direct flights from brunei

Places to visit in Surabaya:

Hotel Majapahit

https://www.instagram.com/p/B5oxtBknmeB/

Heroes Monument

House of Sampoerna

Where to stay in Surabaya:

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BINTULU (BTU)

Non-Stop Flight Time (BWN-BTU): 55 minutes

Airline that has direct flights from Brunei to Bintulu:
direct flights from brunei

Places to visit in Bintulu:

Similajau National Park

Niah National Park

Taman Tumbina

Where to stay in Bintulu:

KOTA KINABALU (BKI)

Non-Stop Flight Time (BWN-BKI): 40-45 minutes

Airline that flies directly from Brunei to Kota Kinabalu:
direct flights from brunei

Places to visit in Kota Kinabalu:

Mount Kinabalu

Desa Cattle Dairy Farm

Manukan Island

Where to stay in Kota Kinabalu:

KUCHING (KCH)

Non-Stop Flight Time (BWN-KCH): 1 hour and 50 minutes

Airline that flies directly from Brunei to Kuching:
direct flights from brunei

Places to visit in Kuching:

Kuching Cat Museum

Fort Margherita

Bako National Park

Where to stay in Kuching:

KUALA LUMPUR (KUL)

Non-Stop Flight Time (BWN-KUL): 2 hours and 20-25 minutes

Kuala Lumpur is known to have a lot of direct flights to Southeast Asia destinations, including flights to Brunei Darussalam, because of the presence of low-cost carrier AirAsia.

Airlines that fly directly from Brunei to Kuala Lumpur:
direct flights from brunei direct flights from brunei

Places To Visit in Kuala Lumpur:

Petronas Twin Towers

https://www.instagram.com/p/B2qY3ionRBw/

Kuala Lumpur City Gallery

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bt8cP5UHtjC/

Sultan Abdul Samad Building

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bled5AVnNLR/

ALSO READ: 4 MUSEUMS TO VISIT IN KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA

Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur:

SANDAKAN (SDK)

Non-Stop Flight Time (BWN-SDK): 1 hour and 5 minutes

Airline that flies directly from Brunei to Sandakan:
direct flights from brunei

Places to visit in Sandakan:

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Park

Turtle Islands National Park

Puu Jih Shii Temple

Where to stay in Sandakan:

SIBU (SBW)

Non-Stop Flight Time (BWN-SBW): 1 hour and 10 minutes

Airline that flies directly from Brunei to Sibu:
direct flights from brunei

Places to visit in Sibu:

Tua Pek Kong Temple

Sibu Central Market

Sibu Night Market

Where to stay in Sibu:

TAWAU (TWU)

Non-Stop Flight Time (BWN-TWU): 1 hour and 5 minutes

Airline that flies directly from Brunei to Tawau:
direct flights from brunei

Places to visit in Tawau:

Tawau Hills National Park

Teck Guan Cocoa Museum

Tawau Tanjung Market

Where to stay in Tawau:

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MANILA (MNL)

Non-Stop Flight Time (BWN-MNL): 2 hours and 35 minutes

Manila is known to have a lot of direct flights to Southeast Asia destinations, including flights to Brunei Darussalam, because of the presence of low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific.

Airlines that fly directly from Brunei to Manila:
direct flights from brunei direct flights from brunei

Places to visit in Manila:

National Museum of Natural History

https://www.instagram.com/p/By4xf0InBf_/

National Museum of Fine Arts

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bo_W05gnHH0/

Filling Station Bar Cafe

https://www.instagram.com/p/BuTkADZHiwO/

ALSO READ: A COMPLETE GUIDE TO 64 INSTAGRAM–WORTHY SPOTS IN MANILA, PHILIPPINES

Where to stay in Manila:

ALSO READ: TOP 10 PLACES TO STAY IN LUZON, PHILIPPINES

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SINGAPORE (SIN)

Non-Stop Flight Time (BWN-SIN): 2 hours and 5 minutes

Singapore is known to have a lot of direct flights to Southeast Asia destinations, including flights to Brunei Darussalam, because of the presence of many routes by its flag carrier Singapore Airlines.

Airlines that fly directly from Brunei to Singapore:
direct flights from brunei direct flights from brunei

Places to visit in Singapore:

ArtScience Museum

https://www.instagram.com/p/B3PhVfsnUIe/

Little India

https://www.instagram.com/p/BzqZs4RHQjz/

SEE ALSO: POSTCARDS FROM LITTLE INDIA, SINGAPORE

Kampong Glam

https://www.instagram.com/p/B3PleohHUCW/

Where to stay in Singapore:

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BANGKOK (BKK)

Non-Stop Flight Time (BWN-BKK): 2 hours and 45 minutes

Bangkok is known to have a lot of direct flights to Southeast Asia destinations, including flights to Brunei Darussalam. It is also a good transit point to many Southeast Asian destinations.

Airline that flies directly from Brunei to Bangkok:
direct flights from brunei

Places to Visit in Bangkok:

Grand Palace Bangkok

https://www.instagram.com/p/B4PJKFmHda1/

Wat Arun

https://www.instagram.com/p/B4ATGnlnWM9/

Soi Nana (Chinatown)

https://www.instagram.com/p/B5K4FMbH6pU/

ALSO READ: BANGKOK, THAILAND TRAVEL: 11 AMAZING THINGS IN 24 HOURS

Where to stay in Bangkok:

ALSO READ: 5 REASONS TO CHECK-IN AT THE JOURNEY HOTEL LAKSI BANGKOK

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HO CHI MINH CITY (SGN)

Non-Stop Flight Time (BWN-SGN): 1 hour and 55 minutes

One of the nearest destinations to Brunei outside Borneo, Ho Chi Minh city also operates a lot of flights to Brunei Darussalam and other destinations to Southeast Asia

Airline that flies directly from Brunei to Ho Chi Minh City:
direct flights from brunei

Places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City:

Bitexco Financial Tower

https://www.instagram.com/p/BlzLffWnr7_/

Ben Thanh Market

Cu Chi Tunnels

Where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City:

See? I told you there is a lot of flights from Brunei Darussalam! There are so many direct flights to Southeast Asia and direct flights from Brunei is just one of the many destinations to choose from. Are you ready to draft your ultimate Southeast Asian itinerary covering these amazing destinations and hop on that plane to take one of the next direct flights from Brunei?

ALSO READ: THE BEAUTY OF LEARNING ABOUT SOUTHEAST ASIA

A Complete Guide to 33 Halal Restaurants in Metro Manila, Philippines

The Philippines has a significant number of Muslim population, however I know for a fact that my Filipino Muslim friends and colleagues are always finding it hard to find halal restaurants in Manila, Philippines. Moreover, I know several Muslim friends who are discouraged to visit Manila because halal restaurants are not so common here, and if so, they cost more than an average meal.

For the benefit of my Muslim friends and colleagues inside and outside the Philippines and the entire Muslim community as well, I have compiled this list of halal restaurants in Manila*. I promise to try these restaurants myself one by one in the future to have a first hand review.

*This list is solely based on online research and my own dining experience in some of the halal restaurants in Manila on this list. So if you want to add something to this list and perhaps suggest corrections, feel free to shoot me a message at email address sherlynmaehernandez@gmail.com.

For other halal restaurants in the Philippines, check this out: Cebu | Baguio | Boracay

ABABU PERSIAN KITCHEN

75 Xavierville Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
(+632) 34360000

Ground Floor, WWW Residences, Estrada Corner Leon Guinto Street, Malate, Manila
(+632) 83536240

1232 Gelinos Street, Sampaloc, Manila
(+632) 87112830; +639156818425

Amaia Steps Sucat, Dr. A. Santos Avenue, San Antonio, Parañaque City
+639666990083
https://www.instagram.com/ababupersiansucat/
https://www.facebook.com/ababupersiankitchen/
https://www.instagram.com/ababuph/

ABSHAR FAST FOOD

Food Court, Ground Floor, Greenhills Shopping Centre, Greenhills, San Juan City
(+632) 87233604; +639228444423
https://www.facebook.com/absharfastfood/
https://www.instagram.com/absharfastfood/
https://www.instagram.com/fastfood.abshar/

ARABIC KITCHEN

Second Floor Torre Sur, Alabang-Zapote Road, Pamplona, Las Piñas City
+639207777500

Jas Building, Villa Cristina Avenue, Pamplona, Las Piñas City
+639477628811; +639564469044

https://www.facebook.com/lefayettearabickitchenresturant
https://www.instagram.com/arabickitchenmanila/

ARGOS MINIBAR

Ground Floor, Citadel Inn, 5007 P Burgos Street, Poblacion, Makati City
(+632) 88693416
https://www.facebook.com/ArgosMinibar/

ARYA PERSIAN RESTAURANT

https://www.instagram.com/p/BuHG1e-lFaT/

Ground Floor, Promenade, Greenhills Shopping Centre, Greenhills, San Juan City
(+632) 85846266

Level 6, East Wing, Shangri-La Plaza, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
(+632) 85424321

Second Floor, Robinsons Magnolia, New Manila, Quezon City
(+632) 84702414

Ground Floor, Alfresco, Midtown Wing, Robinsons Place Manila, Ermita, Manila
Second Floor, Midtown Wing, Robinsons Place Manila, Ermita, Manila
(+632) 85677200

https://www.facebook.com/Arya-Persian-Restaurants-213970242002201/?ref=br_rs
https://www.instagram.com/arya_persian_restaurant/
https://www.instagram.com/aryapersianrestaurant/

ASSAD CAFE

Second Floor, Midtown Executive Homes, United Nations Avenue, Paco, Manila
(+632) 85214996
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Assad-Cafe/983738418423133
https://www.facebook.com/assadminimart/
https://www.instagram.com/assadcafe/

BEHROUZ PERSIAN CUISINE

Scout Tobias Street, Laging Handa, Quezon City
+639289686922

Ground Floor, Metrowalk Commercial Complex, Meralco Avenue, Ugong, Pasig City
(+632) 86872759

226 Aguirre Avenue Corner J. Ramirez Street, BF Homes, Parañaque City
+639238652069

Wilson Street, Greenhills, San Juan City
+639424819550

Santana Grove, Dr. A. Santos Avenue, San Antonio, Parañaque City
+639334196444

https://www.facebook.com/BehrouzPersianCuisine/
https://www.instagram.com/behrouzpersiancuisine/
https://www.instagram.com/behrouzpersian/

BENI’S FALAFEL

5343 General Luna Street, Poblacion, Makati City
+639063491300
https://www.facebook.com/Benisfalafel/
https://www.instagram.com/benisfalafel/

BRICKS AND COPPER

Dumlao Sports Center, 304 Shaw Boulevard, Pleasant Hills, Mandaluyong City
+639432737812; (+632) 86543741
https://www.facebook.com/BricksAndCopperTurkishCuisine/
https://www.instagram.com/bricksandcopper/

FETA MEDITERRANEAN

Ground Floor, Intrawest Center, 101 Annapolis Street, Greenhills, San Juan City
(+632) 87057238
https://www.facebook.com/feta.mediterranean
https://www.instagram.com/feta.mediterranean/

GILAK BY HOSSEIN

https://www.instagram.com/p/BUVwxvXlkag/

Level 2, Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Greenbelt, Makati City
(+632) 77290266

HASSAN KABAB AND STEAKS

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bvpi2_Cg9-E/

197-C Katipunan Avenue, Barangay Milagrosa, Blue Ridge, Quezon City 1120
(+632) 87033827
https://www.facebook.com/hassankatipsQc

9 Visayas Avenue Extension, Culiat, Tandang Sora, Quezon City
(+632) 87810051
https://www.facebook.com/hassanvisayas

Aquilina Street, Fronting Marikina City Engineering Office, Santo Niño, Marikina City
+639226789423; +639232324390
https://www.facebook.com/hassanmarikina

https://www.instagram.com/hassankababandsteaks/

HOSSEIN’S PERSIAN KEBAB

Second Floor, Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
(+632) 88560632; (+632) 88561278

Second Floor, LKV Building, 7857 Makati Avenue, Bel-Air, Makati City
(+632) 88906137; (+632) 88905928

https://www.facebook.com/hosseinspersiankebab/

HUMMUS ELIJAH

Second Floor, Commercial Building, 7850 Makati Avenue, Poblacion, Makati City
+639053134602; (+632) 88021885

Fifth Floor, SM Aura Premier, C5 Road Corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

https://www.facebook.com/humuselijah/
https://www.instagram.com/hummus_elijah/

JERUSALEM

1533 M. H. Del Pilar Street, Ermita, Manila
(+632) 85233164; (+632) 85236568

KABAB & CURRY

20 Jupiter Street, Bel-Air, Makati City
(+632) 75015298
https://www.facebook.com/Kabab-Curry-402058433232179/
https://www.instagram.com/kababandcurryph/

KASHMIR

Festejo Building, 816 Arnaiz Avenue, San Lorenzo, Makati City
(+632) 82469069 ext. 615

Ground Floor, San Antonio Plaza, McKinley Road, Dasmarinas Village, Makati City
(+632) 82469069 ext. 268

https://www.facebook.com/kashmir.ph/

KENNY ROGER’S ROASTERS

42 outlets in Metro Manila
https://www.facebook.com/KennyRogersPH/
https://www.instagram.com/kennyrogersph/

MANDY HOUSE

https://www.instagram.com/p/0piJc3txPX/

4892 Durban Street, Poblacion, Makati City
(+632) 88696074; +639054555533
https://www.facebook.com/Mandy-House-1175067475996259/

MARTABAK

https://www.instagram.com/p/BShc_kjlh1N/

Ground Floor, North Wing, SM Mall of Asia, Mall of Asia Complex (MOA), Pasay City
+639175300875; (+632) 84420387
https://www.facebook.com/martabakcafeindomalayrestaurant
https://www.instagram.com/martabakcafe/

THE CAFE MEDITERRANEAN

Level 1, Greenbelt 1, Ayala Center, Greenbelt, Makati City
(+632) 77208757

Lower Ground Floor, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Makati City
(+632) 88981301
(+632) 77565010

Second Floor, Alabang Town Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
(+632) 88501690

Fifth Floor, The Podium, ADB Avenue, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
(+632) 86359264

Third Floor, One Bonifacio High Street, 28th Street Corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
(+632) 77441831; +639178246294

Ground Floor, Entertainment Mall, SM Mall of Asia, Mall of Asia Complex (MOA), Pasay City
(+632) 85560650

https://www.facebook.com/TheCafeMediterranean/
https://www.instagram.com/thecafemed/

MISTER KABAB

11 outlets in Metro Manila
https://www.facebook.com/MisterKabab
https://www.instagram.com/misterkabab/

NEW BOMBAY

https://www.instagram.com/p/BvT8OHeBOb7/

Ground Floor, Glorietta 3, Ayala Center, Glorietta Complex, Makati City
(+632) 89868622

Ground Floor, The Columns, Ayala Corner Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Bel-Air, Makati City
(+632) 79013275

Second Floor, Crossroads Building, 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
(+632) 84251867

Ground Floor, Sagittarius Building, H. V. Dela Costa Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City
(+632) 88192892; (+632) 88043788

Fourth Floor, Robinsons Place Manila, Ermita, Manila
+639366753435; (+632) 83536847

Food Choices, Third Floor, Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Glorietta Complex, Makati City
(+632) 89868622

NEW BOMBAY ROYALE

Ground Floor, Venice Grand Canal Mall, McKinley Hill, Taguig City
(+632) 88101101
https://www.facebook.com/newbombayroyale/
https://www.instagram.com/newbombayroyaleph/

RAJPUT PAK HALAL CUISINE

8232 Paranaque – Sucat Road, San Isidro, Parañaque, Metro Manila
+639154763159

Ground Floor, Casa Blanca Apartments, Adriatico Street, Ermita, Manila
(+632) 88022203; +639174343081

https://www.facebook.com/rajputhalal/

PERSIA GRILL

Ground Floor, Blue Sapphire Building, 2nd Avenue Corner 30th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
(+632) 85199300

Ground Floor, Valero Carpark 2, Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City
(+632) 88189090; (+632) 84034468

Unit G4, Prince Plaza II Condominium, Legazpi Corner Dela Rosa Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City
(+632) 84039999; +639155551115

Ground Floor, Paseo De Roses. Chino Roses Avenue, Legaspi Village Makati City

https://www.facebook.com/persiagrill/
https://www.instagram.com/persiagrill/

QUEENS AT BOLLYWOOD

Level 3, Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Greenbelt, Makati City
(+632) 7573536; (+632) 9030710

Second Floor, Met Live Mall, EDSA Corner Macapagal Boulevard, Mall of Asia Complex (MOA), Pasay City
+639296108622

https://www.facebook.com/queensatbollywoodph/
https://www.instagram.com/queensatbollywoodph/

ROYAL INDIAN CURRY HOUSE

5345 General Luna Street, Poblacion, Makati City
(+632) 82469069 ext. 565

Building G, SM by the Bay, SM Mall of Asia, Mall of Asia Complex (MOA), Pasay City
(+632) 82469069 ext. 527

Eastwood Citywalk 1, Libis, Quezon City
(+632) 82469069 ext. 836

https://www.facebook.com/Royal.Indian.Curry.House.15/
https://www.instagram.com/royalindiancurryhouse/

SHAWARMA SNACK CENTER

484 Ground Floror, White Palace Condotel,R. Salas Street, Ermita, Manila
(+632) 85212121; (+632) 82544409

President’s Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City
(+632) 88279036; (+632) 84034191

El Grande Arcade, 316 El Grande Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City
(+632) 84784667

https://www.facebook.com/Shawarma-Snack-Center-155502121152620/

SWAGAT INDIAN CUISINE

The Columns at Legazpi Village, Amorsolo Street Corner Arnaiz Avenue, Legazpi Village, Makati City 1223
(+632) 79897199; +639176348899
https://www.facebook.com/swagatmakati/

WARUNG INDO

https://www.instagram.com/p/5ZlFo2px6u/

Ground Floor, LPL Manor, San Agustin Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City
+639267055507; (+632) 75015341
https://www.facebook.com/warung.indo.1/

ZIGGURAT

https://www.instagram.com/p/BluBKnMFWqZ/

Ground Floor, Sunette Tower, Durban Street Corner Makati Avenue, Poblacion, Makati City
(+632) 88975179
https://www.facebook.com/Ziggurat-Cuisine-Restaurant-125013094177654/
https://www.instagram.com/zigguratcuisine/

SAMURAI HALAL EXPRESS

Food Hall, Level 4, Terminal 3, Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Ninoy Aquino Airport Area, Pasay City
(+632) 87821650

1214 Arquiza Trade Center, M. H. Del Pilar Street, Ermita, Manila
+639558936365

https://www.facebook.com/Samurai-Halal-Express-NAIA-T3-120092051872529/
https://www.instagram.com/samuraihalalexpress/

HALAL RESTAURANTS IN MANILA: ANY MORE SUGGESTIONS?

Guys, I wanna know if you want to add more halal restaurants in Manila on the list. Also, please shoot me a message at email address sherlynmaehernandez@gmail.com for possible corrections. Thank you and happy travels to my home city! 🙂

A Complete Guide to 12 Halal Restaurants in Boracay Island, Philippines

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Halal Restaurants in Boracay
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Boracay Island? Definitely the most beautiful island in the world that travelers from all parts of the world desire to go to. However, I know for a fact that the Philippines, despite having a significant number of Muslim citizens, lacks a comprehensive information on halal restaurants (whether in Manila, Boracay, Cebu, among others). I have many Muslim friends inside and outside the Philippines, and for their benefit (and for every Muslim traveler’s benefit), I did a research and compiled this list of 11 halal restaurants in Boracay Island*. I wish I was able to eat on these restaurants and review them during my stay there. But I can always go back to do it, right?

*This list is solely based on online research. So if you want to add something to this list and perhaps suggest corrections, feel free to shoot me a message at my Instagram (instagram.com/wheressherlyn) or at email address sherlynmaehernandez@gmail.com.

Baharat Kabsa Steakhouse

https://www.instagram.com/p/BDzgU39qxu3/

This is one of the most accessible halal restaurants in Boracay because it is located right a the heart of D’Mall.

D’Mall, Station 2 (beside Thai Basil Restaurant), Boracay
+639189512291; +639166860160
facebook.com/pages/Baharat-KABSA-Steakhouse/738859079577806

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Kasbah Boracay

https://www.instagram.com/p/BsCLlgFF14g/

One of the halal restaurants in Boracay is famous for its Moroccan specialties like Hummus Harissa and Lamb Tagine.

White Beach, Station 1, Boracay
kasbahboracay@gmail.com
+63362884790
facebook.com/kasbah.boracay
instagram.com/kasbahboracay
kasbahrestaurantboracay.com

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True Food Indian Cuisine

It is a two-storey halal restaurant in Boracay along the White Beach which offers a wide variety of Indian food.

Station 2, Boracay
truefood_boracay@yahoo.com
+63362883142
facebook.com/TruefoodBoracay

Bismillah Halal Turkish Kebab BBQ House

And oh, they also deliver halal food 24 hours! The only one among all halal restaurants in Boracay that offers such service 🙂

Barangay Ambulong, Station 3, Boracay (behind Red Cross office)
facebook.com/semseymamikail
instagram.com/bismillahhalalturkishkebab

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Boracay Jannah Halal Food

They serve Middle Eastern, Malaysian and Indonesian cuisine. Oh wait, they also have Western food in their menu!

Station 1, Boracay
facebook.com/pg/Boracay-Jannah-Halal-Food-1426546967658266

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Tilapia and Chips

Tilapia is the most cultured freshwater fish in the Philippines and this restaurant is obviously absolutely non-pork serving.

Kamayan Building, Balabag, Boracay
bmcgrath1234@yahoo.ca
facebook.com/tilapianchips
instagram.com/tilapianchips

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Vintana Restaurant (Shangri-La Boracay)

Previous Muslim guests have reviewed Shangri-La Boracay as one of the most Muslim-friendly places in the island. Bonus: their rooms have prayer direction markers.

Brgy. Yapak, Boracay
slbo@shangri-la.com
http://www.shangri-la.com/boracay
facebook.com/ShangrilaBoracay
instagram.com/shangrilaboracay

halal restaurants in boracay

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Khalil Muslim Food Stall

You can buy seafood at the D’Talipapa (talipapa means wet market), and they will have it cooked for you.

Behind Kim-Nor Souvenir Shop, D’Talipapa, Station 2, Boracay

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The Kingdom of Boracay Arabic and Indian Restaurant and Coffee Shop

https://www.instagram.com/p/BgRPOvfHE_J/
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.430506607125373&type=1&l=22e6748242

Look, guys! A huuuuuge menu!

Station 2, Boracay (near The Amazing Show)
*From White Beach, follow the alley between Red Coconut and La Reserve
*From the Main Road, follow the alley beside the Lying-in Clinic
kingdomofboracay@rocketmail.com
+639156426368
facebook.com/The-Kingdom-of-Boracay-Arabic-and-Indian-Restaurant-Coffee-Shop-149593645216672/
instagram.com/kingdom_of_boracay

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Sunset View Resto Bar

https://www.instagram.com/p/BMluohkgWFf/

This is the first and so far the only restaurant in Boracay Island with a Halal-certified kitchen.

Paradise Garden Resort Hotel, Station 3, Boracay
+63362883411
facebook.com/paradisegardenresortboracay
instagram.com/paradisegardenresortboracay
paradisegarden-boracay.com

halal restaurants in boracay

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Spibo Boracay

Not a restaurant but a travel agency which provides Boracay Halal Tours with a Halal Buffet! How cool is that?

travel@gojavalava.com
+639062042672
facebook.com/SpiboBoracay

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Alliyah’s Halal Food Restaurant

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.687865744678091&type=1&l=1b502e326e

They say it’s a very simple restaurant but has an excellent service and good food. orth trying, I think?

Stall 18, EMall, Old Talipapa, Manoc-Manoc, Boracay
+639279729959
https://www.facebook.com/Alliyahs-halal-food-restaurant-687862234678442/

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There you have it! I hope you were able to decide where to eat from this list of halal restaurants in Boracay. Happy eating!

Halal Restaurants in Boracay: More recommendations are welcome!

Guys, I wanna know if you want to add something on the list. Also, please shoot me a message at my Instagram (instagram.com/wheressherlyn) or at email address sherlynmaehernandez@gmail.com for possible corrections. Thank you and happy travels to the most beautiful island in the world! 🙂

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