2022 Shariff Kabunsuan Festival: Showcasing Bangsamoro’s Storied History and Colorful Culture

December 19, 2022

 

Every year, Cotabato City honors the life of the man credited with bringing Islam to Mindanao with a week-long festival. Shariff Kabunsuan, to whom the celebration is named after, was an Arab-Malay from Johore, Malaysia who led an expedition to the islands of Lanao and Maguindanao in the early 16th century to preach Islam.


April Enerio
A fluvial parade of Guinakit boats was held as the finale of the festival

Ticao Island: of baby sharks, a unique waterfall, and pristine waters | Masbate

November 09, 2022

 

Incredibly surreal, I think to myself as we glide over the choppy waters off Bicol Peninsula towards the island of Ticao. My excitement at finally making it to Masbate, the 77th province I've visited in the Philippines, was palpable as our boat inched closer to the isle's powdery shores.


Isabela Barrios
Catandayagan Falls. All drone photos by Milet Miranda of Project Gora

The Historic Citadel of Jahangir Mahal | Orchha, India

November 03, 2022

 

Built between 1605 and 1626 upon the command of Vir Singh Deo to commemorate Mughal Emperor Jahangir's first visit to Orchha (father of Shah Jahan- architect of Taj Mahal), Jahangir Mahal is considered as one of the best representations of classic Indo-Islamic Architecture. Marvelous sculptures, hanging balconies, delicate trellis and chhatris, topped domes, etc., are all examples of the building's exceptional architectural brilliance.


Heidi Manabat
The many domes of the palace arrest your attention

Kuala Lumpur Travel Guide: a 4-day Itinerary for Long Weekend Travelers | Malaysia

November 02, 2022

 

Kuala Lumpur holds a particular place in my memory. My very first air voyage was to this city more than a decade ago, just when low-cost carriers like Cebu Pacific Air began to offer fares that regular Juans like me could afford. In retrospect, my trip to Malaysia's capital city sparked my wanderlust. Hundreds of travels later, I was delighted to return to KL to reacquaint with old haunts and explore new things about this bustling metropolis of cuisine and culture.


Kate Alvarez
The rainbow-ish steps of Batu Caves

Where to stay in Samal Island: Pearl Farm Beach Resort

October 12, 2022

 

The earliest I can recall of hearing about Pearl Farm dates back in the 1990s. It was during this time when most Filipinos who can afford to travel often chalks up resorts and hotels as main destinations. Dakak in Dapitan, Punta Baluarte in Batangas, Pearl Farm in Davao, Puerto Azul in Cavite, just to name a few. 


Kate Alvarez
Pearl Farm's Parola Wharf has become its icon through the years

NLEX's “Humans of the North” series features stories of unyielding spirit and deep cultural bonds

October 10, 2022

 

NLEX Corporation recently launched a "Humans of the North" mini-documentary series that lends vibrancy to destinations in Northern Luzon by adding a dose of human touch. The series is envisioned to focus on ordinary people who have managed to create a ripple of positivity that extended beyond their communities.


Where to Eat in Kuala Lumpur: Chef Dato' Ismail Restaurant aka Restoran Rebung Chef Ismail

September 15, 2022

 

Entering a non-descript building atypical of the ones where popular restaurants are usually located, puzzled us a bit as to where we're heading. It was only when the elevator door opened that finally revealed our purpose when a wide entrance leading to a buffet table greeted us.


Kate Alvarez
A pop of colors and an explosion of culinary aroma instantly welcomes guests