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The Republic Of The Philippines

The Philippines (Pilipinas or Filipinas in Filipino), officially the Republic of the Philippines (Filipino: Republika ng Pilipinas) was named in honor of King Philip II of Spain.

Philippines is an archipelagic country in nested in the Southeast Asia. Situated in the western Pacific Ocean, it is the home of about 7,641 islands  that are categorized broadly under three main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. It is devided in 15 regions and 81 provinces.

15 Regions and 81 Provinces.

NCR: National Capital Region

CAR: Cordillera Administrative Region

  • Abra
  • Apayao
  • Benguet
  • Ifugao
  • Kalinga
  • Mountain Province

Region 1: Ilocos Region

  • Ilocos Norte
  • Ilocos Sur
  • La Union
  • Pangasinan

Region 2: Cagayan Valley

  • Batanes
  • Cagayan
  • Isabela
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Quirino

Region 3: Central Luzon

  • Aurora
  • Bataan
  • Bulacan
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Pampanga
  • Tarlac
  • Zambales


  • Batangas
  • Cavite
  • Laguna
  • Quezon
  • Rizal

Region 4B: MIMAROPA / Southwestern Tagalog

  • Marinduque
  • Occidental Mindoro
  • Oriental Mindoro
  • Palawan
  • Romblon

Region 5: Bicol Region

  • Albay
  • Camarines Norte
  • Camarines Sur
  • Catanduanes
  • Masbate
  • Sorsogon

Region 6: Western Visayas

  • Aklan
  • Antique
  • Capiz
  • Guimaras
  • Iloilo
  • Negros Occidental

Region 7: Central Visayas

  • Bohol
  • Cebu
  • Negros Oriental
  • Siquijor

Region 8: Eastern Visayas

  • Biliran
  • Eastern Samar
  • Leyte
  • Northern Samar
  • Samar
  • Southern Leyte

Region 9: Zamboanga Peninsula

  • Zamboanga del Norte
  • Zamboanga del Sur
  • Zamboanga Sibugay

Region 10: Northern Mindanao

  • Bukidnon
  • Camiguin
  • Lanao del Norte
  • Misamis Occidental
  • Misamis Oriental

Region 11: Davao Region

  • Compostela Valley
  • Davao del Norte
  • Davao del Sur
  • Davao Occidental
  • Davao Oriental


  • Cotabato
  • Sarangani
  • South Cotabato
  • Sultan Kudarat

Region 13: Caraga Region

  • Agusan del Norte
  • Agusan del Sur
  • Dinagat Islands
  • Surigao del Norte
  • Surigao del Sur

BARMM: Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

  • Basilan
  • Lanao del Sur
  • Maguindanao
  • Sulu
  • Tawi-Tawi

Ring Of Fire

The Philippines' is located in the Pacific Ring of Fire and close to the equator makes the Philippines prone to earthquakes and typhoons, but also endows it with abundant natural resources and some of the world's greatest biodiversity. 

The Ring of Fire (also known as the Rim of Fire or the Circum-Pacific belt) is a major area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where many earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur. In a large 40,000 km (25,000 mi) horseshoe shape, it is associated with a nearly continuous series of oceanic trenches, volcanic arcs, and volcanic belts and plate movements. It has 452 volcanoes (more than 75% of the world's active and dormant volcanoes).

The Weather and Climate

Philippines have two seasons, the wet season and the dry season, based upon the amount of rainfall.
The dry season runs from December through around June. You will experience two temperatures during this season.
You will love the cool temperature during December up to February. You can expect dry and warmer temperature from March to June. The best time to travel is during December to May since the weather isn't too hot nor wet and perfect for going outdoors.
The Philippines attract typhoons from western pacific in a north-westerly direction during the south west monsoon.
Typhoon season occurs between June and November. Typhoons can result in significant damage in these areas or heavy rain across the rest of the country which make it not advisable for travelling.
Depending on location in the country some areas experience rain all throughout the year.
The Philippines has five types of climates: tropical rainforest, tropical monsoon, tropical savanna, humid subtropical and oceanic (both are in higher-altitude areas) characterized by relatively high temperature, oppressive humidity and plenty of rainfall.
Weather in the Philippines is monitored and managed by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

Why Travel to Philippines

The Philippines and known for its beautiful sceneries, beaches, mountains and the people. As you visit the Philippines you will find how divers the people and its cultures are. Visit the Philippines since that's the only way to discover its hidden beauty that you will never find nor experience online.

Her are few videos from different travelers and bloggers who have been mesmerized by this beautiful country.

Raimer’s Beach Resort & Hotel

Raimer’s Beach Resort & Hotel is the only resort located in San Salvador Island Masinloc, Zambales. A four hour drive via private vehicle or six hours commute via public transportation from Manila.

I got the chance to visit the place when Judith (Punch & Judy) invited me to join their team building.

We left Manila by 2:30 in the afternoon and got to the Port of Masinloc at 9:00 PM. Roughly 20 mins of boat ride going to the island of San Salvador.

When we arrived at the resort we were welcome with a peaceful cozy ambiance. It is tranquil hideaway for someone who is looking for a quick escape from the stressful busy city life.

When we were greeted warmly by the resort owner Miss Merly . Even though we arrived late at night she was still there and waited for us. She gave us a quick orientation and set proper expectation about the resort before lead us to our rooms. The hosts of the resort are very courteous and attentive to our needs.

The food was great. While you are having our meal we felt so at home. The host never left us and made sure that we enjoyed our meals and very attentive to what we need. We really felt that we are valued guests.

The ambiance and t he soft music is just perfect to make you feel relax especially coming from a long road trip. The place was surrounded by art pieces that was personally made by the owner. From colorful lampshades, painted shells and more.

The relaxing sound of waves and wind will surely help you unwind. The place is so quiet, not to mention that the we were the only one in the place. It looks like it was exclusively for us.

Perfect getaway for a stay-con, family outing, barkada getaway and team-building.

In the morning we visited the Bacala rest house and sand bar. The Bacala rest house is a house in the middle of the sand bar. Shallow waters are in some parts of the sandbar where you can lie and enjoy the waive gently massaging your body. You will also be teased with the school of tiny fishes all over the sand bar. Be careful as you walk to the sand bar cover with shallow waters so that you won;t step on bunch of starfish scattered allover the place.

Our Itenerrary

Jan 29 2019 Tuesday

02:00 PM Meet up at Waltermart Muńoz, QC.
02:30 PM Departure
03:30 PM First stopover at Shell station Tabang Exit
06:30 PM Second Stopover at Iba Zambales
09:00 PM Masinloc Port
09:20 PM Arrival at Raimer’s Beach Resort & Hotel
09:45 PM Dinner
10:00 PM Socials

Jan 30 2019 Wednesday

07:00 AM Wake up time
07:30 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM Arrival at Bacala Sandbar and Rest House
11:00 AM Back to the Resort
11:30 AM Wash Up
12:30 PM Lunch
03:00 PM Departure from Raimer’s Beach Resort & Hotel
03:00 PM Arrival at Port of Masinloc
07:30 PM Dinner at Rico’s Fastfood and Restaurant, Olongapo City

Jan 30 2019 Thursday

01:30 AM Arrival in Manila

How to go to Masinloc via Private Vehicle.

From Manila take North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) heading north and Exit at NLEX Dau Toll Plaza (Exit 50) that leads to Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX).

Proceed along this highway towards SCTEX Toll entrance. Watch for the Hi-way Sign to SUBIC to your LEFT after the SCTEX toll.

Take the SUBIC TIPO Expressway to SBMA.Inside SBMA watch for the road signs to ZAMBALES.

You can refer to the Zambales map and take advantage of the short cuts (map triangles) in Zambales particularly in San Marcelino and Iba. You can bypass several towns like San Antonio, Palauig and Masinloc town proper and save several minutes look for Masinloc Mall and park your car within the area. And walk to Masinloc Port which is at The back of the Mall. Please follow our departure time for Free Boat Transfers.

How to reach Masinloc via Commute: 

  1. Ride a Victory Liner bus at Caloocan Terminal to Sta Cruz Zambales and ask for the Bus to Drop you off Masinloc. 
  2. Walk to Masinloc Port which is at The back of the Mall. Please follow our departure time for Free Boat Transfers. 
  • From Subic: Take the SCTEX Olongapo Station bus for fast travel and hop on a Van to Sta. Cruz. 

Notes about the resort 

  • Resort provide a promo of complimentary boat transfer from port of Masinloc going to San Salvador island for group of 10 persons above.
  • Corkage fee applies for bringing in foods & drinks that are not coming from the resort’s restaurant & bar.
  • Practice ClayGo. You may be fine of P1000.00 for each violation
  • Electricity is available but please conserve power. San Salvador Island is an eco-protected island and its electricity is minimal and powered by wires and cables directing from the town of Masinloc. In case of power outage generators are available for limited time.

How to contact Raimer’s Beach Resort & Hotel?
Cell: +09453902462
Facebook : Raimer’s Beach Resort & Hotel
Contact Number : 09453902462 /09088385314 from 10 AM to 7PM

Things to visit of Masinloc, Zambales

If you have spare time and if you are into nature, don;t forget to visit this palces.You can include this to your itinerary to make your whole travel experience worth it.
  • San Salvador Island – This island, locally known as “Pulo”, is one of the largest among the strips of small islands in Masinloc.
  • Bacala Guest House and Sandbar – another small islands in Masinloc, you will see this structure that sits in the middle of the sea. It also have a white sandbar that you Can explore during low-tide.
  • “Tridacna Gigas” – known as Giant Clam Farm or “Taclobo”. It is an eco reserve system has been a destination spot for adventurers . Perfect place for snorkeling. It caters the giant clams, different species of marine life and corals .
  • The Giant Mangrove Farm – This giant Mangrove-formed island known as “Yaha” in San Lorenzo, Masinloc is one of the two sites in the Philippines where rare hybrid mangroves can be found.
  • Coto Waterfalls and Kidz Pool – A nature designed swimming pool that lies within a mountain terrain in Coto, Masinloc. A good destination for camping and picnic in groups.
  • Pawikan and other Marine Species – For nature and marine seekers, you can have a sight of some of the endangered sea turtles abound in Sitio Longos, Brgy. Bani where these sea creatures freely lay their eggs. Among other marine species abundant in the area include yellow fin, skip jack, squid, octopus, lapu-lapu, Spanish mackerel, and seaweeds.


  • Masinloc is known for its abundant harvest of premium quality “Carabao” mangoes. Its quality mangoes are globally known for their sweetness.
  • The municipality of Masinloc is a smoke-free town making everyone who stays and visits the place enjoy fresh and clean air.
  • You to inform the tourism office for your visit. Echo tour package should have a minimum of 10 participants. They also discourage solo backpackers/travelers because of the expenses and environmental impact.

    Mt. 387 (Batong-Amat)

    Entry Point: Mr. Roy Manuzon Residence
    Elevation: 724 MASL
    Hours to summit: 3 hours
    Specs: Minor climb
    Difficulty: Backtrail 2/9; Traverse 4/9, Trail Class 1-4

    MOUNT 387

    Batong-Amat gains its popularity from the hikers since it was opened to the public last year. A three to four hours drive from Manila the mountain is located at Brgy. Puncan, Carranglan, Nueva Ecija. It became then one of the favorites or beginner and occasional hikers. Batong-Amat is more popularly known now as Mt. 387. The area covers 387.9 hectares of the 65,000 hectares of the Talavera Watershed Forest Reserve and that were its name derive from. Mt. 387 dubbed as the Chocolate Hills of the North because of the grass-covered mountain ranges resemble the famous Chocolate Hills of Bohol. Apart from the view, other attractions that you can visit were Batong Amat Peace Park, the intriguing ‘Lover’s Tree’ and the cold refreshing water of Aloha Falls.


    Take a bus bound to Isabela or Tuguegarao (3-4 hours | Php 330)
    Drop-off at Brgy. Puncan, Carranglan, Nueva Ecija near Iglesia Ni Christo
    Walk across to Sir Roy Manuzon Residence


    September 29, 2018 (Saturday Night)
    09:00 pm - Assembly at McDonald's Greenfield.
    10:00 pm - ETD to Brgy Puncan, Caranglan, Nueva Ecija

    September 30, 2018 (Sunday)
    03:00 am - ETA Brgy Puncan, Caranglan, Nueva Ecija
    03:45 am - Registration & Briefing
    04:00 am - Start Ascend
    05:00 am - View Deck
    06:00 am - ETA Summit (Batong Amat)
    06:30 am - ETA Lovers Tree
    07:00 am - Start Descend
    09:00 am - ETA Jump off
    09:30 am - Start Trek to Aloha Falls
    11:00 am - ETA Aloha Falls
    12:00 Noon - Lunch
    01:00 pm - ETD to JOP
    04:00 pm - ETA Jump Off Point
    05:00 pm - ETD to Greenfield
    10:00 pm - ETA Greenfield


    I have joined the day hike to Mt. 360 organized by Team Yapak Mountaineers on September 30 2018. We left Greenfield District, our meet up place at 11:00 pm. We had three stopovers. The final over was in a Shell station in San Juan, Nueva Ecija. We arrived by 2:48 am.. There are convenience stores such as 7/11 and food stalls along the area where you can eat. They serve silog, goto and cooked meals. After our early breakfast we continued our road trip until we finally reached the jump-off.

    By 4:00 am, we had our registration, paid the mandatory fees and had a short orientation. There are also food stalls at the jump off where you can eat or have coffee. You can ask them to cook or advance order your food for lunch after the hike.

    It was still dark when we started the hike. The group has decided to do traverse hike. This is the reason why headlamp or flashlight is required.

    As we continue the hike we were welcomed with tall grasses, bamboos and trees. The view was very nice as the sun started to rise; the field was filled of greens from the grass and different plants covered with yellow from the golden ray of the sun. It was an easy trail. Once you passed the foot of the mountain it will just be a walk in the park.

    We reached the summit by 7:15 am. It gave us a glimpse of the ‘chocolate hills’ view like scenery for a while. But it was eventually covered with fog. Cool wind blew from time to time. We rested and had photo ops before we proceed to the ’Lovers’ Tree Camp’. This area is an open filled where in it gets really hot during summer. It is recommended that you wear rash-guard and bring umbrella if you don’t want to get sunburned. Make sure to put sun block as well.

    The Loves’ Tree is the camping site with a lone, beautiful pine tree. As per the guide not so long ago, two strangers met for the first time on the same spot which started their love story. The couple eventually became lovers after their first meeting under the pine tree. After some photo ops we have rested for a while before proceeding to our final destination - the Aloha Falls.

    There two ways to get to Aloha Falls. The first option is going backtrail. This is highly recommended for beginners. From the jump off you can take a 4x4 truck that will bring you to Aloha Falls. However if you are up for a challenge you can opt to do traverse. Just a reminder if you decide to go traverse you have to prepare yourself. Bring pair of gloves, tons of patience, endurance and perseverance. As I have mentioned earlier this is what our group have decided do.

    We started to descend before 9:30 am. The trail going to the falls is indeed challenging. I was steep, tricky and treacherous. Make sure you keep yourself hydrated since there is no enough trees to cover you from the heat of the sun. Packing light is advantage. After roughly 45mins of trekking the steep trail we have finally reached Aloha falls.

    Approaching the falls give us a refreshing feeling especially after dipping your tired feet to its cool flowing water. Aloha Falls is roughly 82 ft high. The cool flowing water is being store in a wide basin that can get deep up to 7 ft. We stayed there until 1:30 pm.

    Typically a 4x4 truck pick up the hikers from the pickup point up to the jump off. However the road is not available during of visit therefore we have to walk again. After roughly 45 min of trekking and river crossing we finally reach the road where a truck is waiting for us who brought us to the jump-off point. We paid 10 pesos each.

    Shower rooms are available at the jump off were you can wash up for a fee of 15 pesos. After the wash up, we had our late lunch before we head back to Manila.

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