It’s Hard Not To Say ‘Wow’ About Tibiao

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR AN ECO-ADVENTURE, FUN IN THE ISLAND OF PANAY, THEN TIBIAO, AND ANTIQUE IS THE PLACE YOU SHOULD BE. TIBIAO IS PACKED WITH ACTIVITIES THAT ARE SURELY WORTH A TRY!

fly from Manila to Caticlan and from Caticlan to Tibiao by road and enjoy the beautiful filipino countryside and see farmers working as their forefathers did.
Arrive in Tibiao and stay for a couple of days or more.where you might enjoy the luxury of a tree house with a single light bulb and a thin foam mattress on the bamboo floor to sleep on.
Should you require a window please BYO ( bring your own) window frames are already provided for.
Also for this accommodation remember to bring Aspirin or Panadol in case you become careless and hit your head on a tree branch in your room, alternatively a basic air-condition room can be supplied at a short distance from theTibiao River.
In the morning have beautiful local breakfast whilest waiting for the kawa to be prepared, depending on the time of year the cool morning will provide great anticipation for the hot relaxing kawa bath to which the sound of the running Tibiao River will add to your relaxation .
Remember how the missionary in Africa used to be cooked by the cannibals, you can enjoy the similar sensation without being tied up.
You will relax in a pleasantly warm bath flavored with coffee,salt,herbs,milk or many other flavors of your choosing excluding the mandatory vegetable such as carrots,cabbage and many more vegetables that are usually used in a beautiful soup.
We promise that should there be any cannibals in the area we will keep them well away from you.
ENJOY YOUR KAWA

THE KAWA TAKES SOME TIME TO PREPARE.THEY BURN UP WOOD TO HEAT UP THE WATER TO YOUR DESIRED TEMPERATURE IT TAKES AROUND 45 MINUTES TO AN HOUR TO PREPARE THE KAWA SO REMIND THEM AHEAD OF TIME.THE KAWA ( A BIG KETTLE ), PREVIOUSLY USED AT SUGAR MILL FACTORIES, ARE NOW BEING USED AS BIG HOT TUBS.

AND EVERYONE WILL ENJOY THE LOCAL FAVORITE’S KARAY-A FOOD,YOU CAN HAVE IT PLATED OR IN A BOODLE FIGHT SETTING. ( EATING WITHOUT SPOON AND FORK ONLY YOUR HANDS )

YOU CAN GET TO ENJOY EATING THE MOUTH WATERING MEAL WHILE YOUR LEGS ARE DIPPED IN A COOL RUNNING WATER OF TIBIAO RIVER.

IT’S HARD NOT TO SAY ” WOW ” ABOUT TIBIAO WHEN ALL THE ACTIVITIES AND FAMILY-ORIENTED SERVICES ARE SO MUCH FUN!

GET TICKLED AS THE FISH CLEAN YOUR FEET AT THE FISH SPA.

GET YOUR ADRENALINE PUMPING THROUGH IT’S WATER ADVENTURES LIKE WATER TUBING AND KAYAKING OR HAVE A RELAXING STAY BY ENJOYING THE FISH SPA AND THEIR MASSAGE SERVICES.

BOOK A TIBIAO HOLIDAY TODAY AND DISCOVER THE BEST OF TIBIAO
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Alegre Guitar Factory

Cebu is known as home of the best guitar craftsmen in the Philippines. Not only are the guitars delicately crafted, they are exceptionally durable, affordable, and of great quality.
One of the remarkable guitar-makers in Cebu is the Alegre Guitar Factory. The shop is owned and managed by Fernando M. Alegre. It is by far the most impressive-looking guitar factory in Abuno, Lapu-Lapu City. Its world-class guitars never cease to impress seasoned guitarists and musicians.

The Alegre family is one of the pioneers in the guitar-manufacturing business, which is on its third generation of proprietorship. Alegre’s quality guitars are made of indigenous materials, from the type of wood used to the shell ornaments, which make one unique instrument.

The shop exports their guitars to countries like Canada, Australia, Japan, and the United States. Visitors and prospective buyers, who are interested in the different stages of guitar-making, can take a look at the workshop to witness the craftsmen do the actual guitar-making process.

The Alegre guitars are neatly arranged in a showroom, from standard guitars to other stringed instruments. A separate showroom showcases all of the top-quality guitars.

Prices of Alegre-manufactured guitars and stringed instruments are quite expensive as compared to other guitar-selling shops. But if you want your money’s worth and a guitar that will last for a considerable amount of time, you should definitely consider checking the Alegre Guitar Factory.

In addition to beautiful beaches and mountains, Cebu is also known as cradle of the best guitar makers in the country. Guitars from Cebu are famous to be durable, affordable, and carefully and cautiously devised.

Alegre guitars have world class quality that would definitely impress its buyers. Their products are curiously made because they are being shipped to other countries like Canada, Australia, United States and Japan. The prices of the guitars may be a little more expensive compared to other factories but the quality is truly exceptional because their products are made to last for decades.

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Experience The Charm of Villa Escudero

A self-contained working coconut plantation, It was founded in the 1880s by Don Placido Escudero and his wife Dona Claudia Marasigan. Originally planted to sugarcane, the crop was converted to coconut by their son Don Arsenio Escudero in the early 1900s. A pioneering agro-industrialist, he built the country’s first working hydroelectric plant to supply his dessicated coconut factory and Villa Escudero, where he and his wife Dona Rosario Adap built in 1929.

Their children opened the estate to the public in 1981. From its humble beginnings, the resort has become a prime tourist destination for locals, overseas Filipinos and a wide array of foreign visitors to the country. It has a worldwide reputation as a showcase for the Philippines’ rich cultural heritage, offering a beguiling glimpse of its history, cuisine, dress, customs and natural beauty a mere two hours away from Manila.Experience the allure of Filipino country life at Villa Escudero!
Go on a quick weekend getaway at this farm resort on an air-conditioned transfer
Relish a Filipino buffet by the flowing stream of a man-made mini waterfall
Experience a Carabao cart ride and watch performances of traditional dances and music
Marvel at the preserved plantation house, chapel, and museum of religious art

Experience the Philippines’ old plantation life and learn about its rich cultural heritage in this tour of Villa Escudero. A convenient, refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of Metro Manila, this farm resort offers visitors the local countryside life. Originally a coconut plantation, Villa Escudero now holds tours of their beautifully preserved plantation house, pink chapel, and museum, where the plantation owner’s impressive personal collection of religious art can befound. Your local English-speaking guide will take you to every stop onboard a carabao cart. Enjoy a variety of fun-filled activities at the nearby green river, where you can go rafting or swimming. After an afternoon dip, head to the famous Waterfall Restaurant for a Filipino buffet lunch. Arrive at the foot of a man-made mini waterfall where your lunch buffet will be served. For a better experience, visit on weekends for a beautiful presentation of traditional Filipino dances. Book a tour now and experience the allure of Filipino country life at Villa Escudero!

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The Taoist Temple

The Cebu Taoist Temple was built in 1972 by the Cebu’s substantial Chinese community. This temple is composed of two different temples: one is the Phu Sian Temple, built by another Chinese community, which is not open to the public; another is the main temple which is 270 meters above sea level.

The latter is the only temple open to worshippers and non-worshippers. Entrance to the temple is a replica of the Great Wall of China. The temple includes a chapel, library, souvenir shop, and a wishing well. It also has a spacious balcony that has an access to the scenic of the city.

The Taoist Temple is the center of worship for Taoism, the religion which follows the teachings of the ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao Zi. In the temple, devotees perform rituals. One ritual is where one prays to the gods to grant one’s wish. This kind of ritual includes washing hands, going inside the chapel barefoot and dropping two blocks of wood. If the blocks of wood are both face up upon reaching the floor, it means one can make a wish. If not, it means it is not yet time for one’s wish to be granted and needs to come back again to the temple some other time.

Another ritual among the devotees is the climbing of its 181 steps, which represents the 81 chapters of Taoism scriptures, and lighting joss sticks and having their fortune be read by the monks. This kind of ritual is done during Wednesdays and Sundays.

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Amazing Butterfly

Butterfly Conservation Centre
Butterflies are insects in the macrolepidopteran clade Rhopalocera from the order Lepidoptera, which also includes moths. Adult butterflies have large, often brightly coloured wings, and conspicuous,

The Simply Butterflies Conservation Center is next to a town named Bilar, on the island of Bohol.

Come face-to-face with hundreds of exotic beautiful butterflies fluttering around tropical foliage and flowers. Sit and relax, or take a stroll with the gorgeous butterflies.

Simply Butterflies operates under it’s butterfly conservation principles. The centre protects and strengthens the natural environment of the butterflies through plant research, breeding and releasing programs. Bohol, like much of the Philippines, has a great diversity of butterflies. The center is helping to raise the butterfly population, plus bring money into the local economy.

The centre hosts a butterfly enclosure, gorgeous landscaped gardens and more than 60 species of butterflies that have been know to visit the centre.

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Amazing Butterfly

THE SMALLEST PRIMATE IN THE WORLD

Bohol Tarsiers (Tarsius Syrichta) measures 4 to 5 inches and is considered as the world’s smallest primate. Its size is no longer than an adult man’s hand and weigh only about 113 to 142 grams or four to five ounces. The primate belongs to the more primitive sub-order Prosimii or prosimian that dates back 45 million years.

Tarsiers are nocturnal creatures, like the owls – sleeping during daytime yet very active at night. They hide in hollows close to the ground; hunts and feeds mainly on fruits and insects such as cockroaches, crickets, and sometimes small lizards. Local folks believe they eat charcoal but in fact they only get the maggots or insects inside burnt wood or to get some salt.

This particular animal’s cry is a loud piercing single note. When they gather, they have a chirping, locust-like sound, and when contented emits a soft sweet birdlike twill. They live in groups, more than just one male and female.

The female takes exclusive care of their young. No male parental care has been observed. Male tarsiers have epigastric glands, which they use for scent marking. Females emit a special sound to indicate that they are fertile.

Female tarsiers have a prosimian-type uterus but a higher primate type placenta. One unusual feature is that they have multiple breast pairs, yet generally only the pectoral pair is functional. The other ones serve as anchoring points for newborn.

The gestation period of a tarsier is about 180 days (6 months), and only one young is born at a time. When a tarsier is born, it is already in a well-advanced state of development. It is born well furred and with its eyes open. The head and body length at birth is 66-72 mm, the tail is 114-117 mm long, and its weight is 25-27 grams.

They are able to move about after only two days. The mother carries infants with her mouth or on her belly. No nest is built. The female parks her infant while foraging. A young tarsier can climb after two days and jump after four. After about 19 days, young tarsiers already move around much like adults. It is breast-fed up to about 60 days. Juveniles tend to be more uniformly colored than adults.

After two years, young tarsiers become sexually mature. The female has an estrus cycle, or recurring period of heat, of 23.5 days. Mating can take place any time of the year. Tarsiers live up to 20 years old.

Tarsiers in captivity are quite tame. They are most often found huddled together with their tails intertwined. One can fondle them and allow them to run up ones arms to the shoulders and back. Quite ticklish, yes, but they’re so cute! They easily get scared, though, and scurries back to the shrubs and hide. In captivity, the tarsiers will eat live shrimp and fish in a bowl of water.

In fact, only five species of the tarsier exist: four can be found in Indonesia and the species, Tarsius Syrichta, lives deep in the woods of Bohol Island in the Visayas. These small furry creatures can also be found in the islands of Samar, Leyte and Mindanao.

Before, the tarsiers have inhabited the rainforests worldwide but have dwindled and now exist only in said islands of the Philippines, in Borneo and Indonesia. In the 1960’s, they were a common sight in the southern part of Bohol, but now only an estimated 1000 exists in the wild.

They were once protected by the humid rainforests and mist-shrouded hills but were affected by the destruction of their natural habitat thru both legal and illegal logging, slash-and-burn agricultural practices that greatly diminished the forested areas. They were also victims to poachers who caught them and sell them as stuffed tarsier mementos to tourists.

To the locals, the tarsiers are called by various names, such as: “mamag”, “mago”, “maomag”, “magau”, “malmag”, and “magatilok-iok”.

The tarsiers belong to the class “Mammalia” under the order of the primates. The suborder is “prosimii/haplorrhini; infraorder of tarsiiformes” of the superfamily “tarsioidea”. Although often called as “the world’s smallest monkey”; this is not true for the monkeys and apes belong to the suborder of anthropoids.

Yet they have some things in common. The internal structure of the nose and ears and the blood supply to the brain and to a developing fetus are more like those of monkeys. This is also the case when it comes to the sexual swellings of female tarsiers. Like anthropoids, they do not have a tapetum (a reflective layer in their eyes).

With its tail longer than its body, it has large brown eyes, hairless ears and long finger-like claws. It has gray fur and a nearly naked tail that is more often than not about 232 mm in length. The tails arc over their back when they hop on the ground apparently to balance themselves. The underside of the tail has dermal ridges such as those found on human hands and feet.

Tarsiers have large mesmerizing eyes whose bony eye sockets are larger than that of its brain case as well as of its stomach. The eye sockets have post-orbital closure which keeps the eyeballs from being pressed against by the powerful temporal muscles to their sides.

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Puerto Galera

Puerto Galera is a town on the Philippine island of Mindoro. It’s known for its dive sites and beaches. The long curve of White Beach is backed by bars and resorts. Inland, a forest trail leads to secluded Talipanan Falls, and a hillside 9-hole golf course sits above the coast. Northeast, the waters off Sabang Beach teem with marine life and corals. Medio and Paniquian (Boquete) islands offer quieter beaches.

Puerto Galera’s underwater wonders open up an entirely new world for beach lovers. Amazing coral reefs, beaches, and stunning marine life await visitors. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned diver, exploring Puerto Galera’s dive sites will be a delightful treat of crystal clear waters and colorful school of fishes.

Today, Puerto Galera is a first class municipality in Oriental Mindoro, about 130 km south of Manila. Although occupying the northernmost tip of another island (Mindoro Island), it can be easily reached from Luzon. This accessibility from the capital and CALABARZON, the country’s most populous region, made it one of the most popular beach destination for decades.

Puerto Galera faces the Verde Island Passage, which is described by a 2007 Smithsonian Institute study as the “center of the center” of the world’s marine biodiversity citing the high concentration of marine species. In 1973, it was declared a UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve.

Best Time to Visit Puerto Galera

December to March are the most comfortable time of the year as the weather these months are generally cool to not too hot. It is also quiet dry so you can enjoy more outdoor activities. Meanwhile, the wettest months are from July and August.
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The Amazing Hidden Valley Springs

The Amazing Hidden Valley Springs

Monday September 2, 2019 | Posted by Alluciatours | in Blogs

Nature’s Paradise. These words are the easiest way of describing what you’ll get once you visit Hidden Valley Springs in Alaminos, Laguna.

SODA POOL. One of Hidden Valley Springs’ most endearing springs: the Soda Pool. Rumor has it you need only add a spoonful of sugar to a glass of water taken from this pool to have yourself a glass of Sprite.

One look at their brochure and you’ll instantly get what Hidden Valley is all about. It’s situated in between two of Laguna’s most famous mountains: Mount Banahaw and Mount Makiling. Spanning 110 acres, it’s a tropical forest that has three aptly-named spring pool areas, a majestic waterfall tucked away in the middle of the resort, and so much greenery that you’d find it difficult NOT to relax.

Hidden Valley Springs has been around for almost 70 years, and has been kept pretty much the same way, save for a few revamps to its rooms and facilities. The pools have been kept mostly the same way since it opened, with only a few cosmetic changes to make them a bit more accommodating.

WARM POOLS. These “triple decker pools” are known as the warm pools. They’re the first pools you’ll see once you get past the entrance of Hidden Valley.

The three spring pool areas at Hidden Valley Springs, however, are the true stars of the show. These natural spring pools have been featured in many TV shows and travel documentaries that it’s hard for you not to recognize some of them.

PRIVACY. That’s what Hidden Valley’s Lovers Pool provides its guests. There’s even a pair of lounge chairs reserved for couples.

One of the most striking ones by far is the Soda Pool, so-called because according to some people who have visited the resort, all it needs is sugar for it to taste like Sprite; a bit more food coloring and it becomes Coke.

THE FALLEN. One of Hidden Valley’s oldest trees, this one was struck down during Typhoon Glenda. Its trunk now serves as a pathway to what comes next.

CAPTIVATING BEAUTY. It wouldn’t be Hidden Valley without a trip to its hidden falls. Sadly, no one is allowed to swim underneath the falls, but you can still “test out the waters” by dipping your feet into its runoff.

Another feature unique to Hidden Valley Springs, apart from its pools and hidden falls, are century-old trees that stand to this day. One of the trees serves as a pathway to the hidden falls after it fell during the wrath of Typhoon Glenda (international name Rammasun).

THE DINING HALL. After a few minutes of trekking to the hidden falls or enjoying the many pools, a sit-down buffet lunch (or dinner) awaits you at their dining hall.

Families with kids will enjoy Hidden Valley not for its activities but more for its pools and the sprawling grounds that your kids will love. Weary businessmen will love the place because of how much you can be disconnected from the busy city thanks to its location.

Wi-Fi and mobile phone service aren’t the strong points of Hidden Valley, nor should it be. It’s a paradise tucked in between two mountains, and is a place for you to relax and get away from all that work.

If you’re looking to stay in a place that’s full to the brim with nature and can give you nothing but relaxation, then Hidden Valley Springs is the place for you.

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About The Amazing Tagaytay

Tagaytay is a popular holiday town south of Manila on the Philippine island Luzon. Known for its mild climate, it sits on a ridge above Taal Volcano Island, an active volcano surrounded by Taal Lake. Overlooking the area, People’s Park in the Sky occupies the grounds of a never-finished presidential mansion. Picnic Grove is a recreation area with trails and a zip line.

When the Philippine Revolution broke up, Tagaytay became a place of refuge and hideaway for revolutionaries of the nearby provinces of Batangas and Laguna and other neighboring towns of masilao (now Amadeo), Malabon Grande (now Gen. Trias), Silang, Dasmariñas, Mendez and Indang. The place, with its wide expanse of forests, made it a perfect sanctuary and pursuit place for the Katipuneros. Because of that, the Katipuneros used to call the place as “Mananagaytay” which means traversing the ridges of Tagaytay.

On June 21, 1938, Tagaytay became a chartered city with the passage and signing by the late President Manuel L. Quezon of Commonwealth Act No. 338, a bill authored by Rep. Justiniano S. Montano of Cavite.

Tagaytay City has a total land area of 66.1 km2 (26 sq mi) which represents about 4.37% of the total area of the Province of Batangas. It lies within 120° 56′ longitude and 14° 6′ latitude and overlooks Manila Bay to the North, Taal Volcano and Lake to the south and Laguna de Bay to the east.

The southern and eastern portions of Tagaytay City are covered by hills and mountains which is generally forests and open grasslands. The city lies along Tagaytay Ridge, a ridge stretching about 32 kilometres (20 mi) from Mount Batulao in the west to Mount Sungay (now People’s Park in the Sky) in the east with elevations averaging about 610 metres (2,000 ft) above sea level.Mount Sungay, in Tagaytay, is the highest point of the province of Cavite at 709 metres (2,326 ft).

The city’s total population is 61,623. Its night time population is the same with its daytime population since the city does not have any university or industrial park that encourages a different situation. Most of the residents of Tagaytay (93.58%) speak the Tagalog language. The second most used dialect in Tagaytay is Bicolano, which is spoken by 1.52% of the residents.

 

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The official residence of the President of the Philippines is Malacañan Palace.

The official residence of the President of the Philippines is Malacañan Palace.  Situated in the old Manila district of San Miguel, over the 175 odd years that government has owned the place, the buildings have been remodeled, expanded, demolished and rebuilt, and adjoining lands bought.  Most recently, in 1978 to 1979 the Palace itself was drastically remodeled and extensively rebuilt by then First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos.

Spanish Colonial Era

The first recorded owner of the property is Luis Rocha, a Spaniard in the Galleon trade.  The Rocha property was built of stone, described as being a relatively modest country house (although modern day Rochas say it was not small and in fact had a ballroom) with a bath house on the river and gardens, all enclosed by a stone fence.  The latter was probably a nipa-roofed and bamboo-enclosed structure built on the water, where away from the gaze of passing boats, the Rochas and their guests could enjoy the rushing water while clinging to a rope – a favorite pastime of the era.  It was one among many weekend homes of the elite, located in San Miguel, Paco, and Sta. Ana along the Pasig river and its tributaries, easily accessible from Intramuros and Binondo by boat or carriage or on horseback.  The still standing “Carriedo House” within the Sta. Mesa campus of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, may have been one of these weekend homes.

Luis Rocha sold the property in 1802 to Colonel Jose Miguel Fomento of the Spanish Army.  Fomento’s testamentary executors in turn sold it to the government upon his death in 1825.

Imelda Marcos’ famous collection of 3,000 shoes partly destroyed by termites and floods after lying in storage in the Philippines for 26 years since she exiled.

  • Part of Imelda Marcos’ famous shoe collection, some of her dresses and husband’s clothes damaged by bugs and flood water
  • Mrs Marcos left at least 1,220 pairs of shoes behind when she and dictator husband were driven out of Philippines in 1986 revolt
  • 765 pairs of Marcos’ shoes remain undamaged in Marikina’s shoe museum

She is famous for amassing a prized shoe collection that most women would kill for.

But part of Imelda Marcos’ shoe stash, left behind after she and her dictator husband were driven out of the Philippines, has been badly damaged by termites, floods and general neglect, officials said today.

The Marcoses fled the Philippines at the climax of the army-backed ‘people power’ revolt in 1986 and left behind staggering amounts of personal belongings, clothes and art objects at the palace, including at least 1,220 pairs of the former first lady’s shoes.

Among the damaged shoes are a pair of white Pierre Cardin heels, the sole of one destroyed by termites. Other shoes have been warped out of shape or messed by stains.

Hundreds of pieces of late strongman Ferdinand Marcos’ clothing, including the formal native see-through Barong shirts he wore during his two-decade rule, have also begun to gather mould and fray after being stored for years without protection at the presidential palace and Manila’s National Museum, officials added.

Ironically, more than 150 boxes of clothes, dress accessories and shoes of the Marcoses were transferred to the National Museum for safekeeping two years ago after termites, humidity and mould threatened the apparel at the riverside palace.

There they deteriorated further as the fragile boxes were abandoned in a padlocked museum hall that had no facilities to protect them. Last month the pieces were further damaged by tropical storm rains from a gushing leak in the ceiling, museum officials said.

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