Hello Aloha falls!

We have low expectations.
I and my sister arrived fifteen minutes late from the call time of 5:30 AM. The sun has risen but it’s hiding behind the buildings surrounding the meeting place. We were not excited by the thought that our destination is just 30 minutes away from our hometown and to add, the place was never heard before. Packed with our low hopes, we thought we can give it a shot since it will also save us from staycation on the other hand. But we never realized that we’ve already committed mistakes this early.

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Together with our four colleagues, we rode a tricycle from San Jose City, Nueva Ecija going to Carranglan to meet our friend and guide. The concrete road was easy and smooth at first but for the last half, we can hear our vehicle struggling to climb up. This is where I started feeling the cold morning fog suspended in the air and smelling the fresh breeze coming from the trees planted alongside the road. We saw folks outside. Some were doing their everyday chores and some were just enjoying a hot cup of coffee under the shade of a tree. It’s been always a nice scenario to observe the locals and appreciate how their daily lives bring meaning to their current setting.


Pain demands to be felt.
The vehicle halted in front of Sir Oscar’s house. Breakfast was done an hour before we arrived. We shared a brimming casserole of arrozcaldo, a Filipino dish made with rice and other ingredients along with Majoy’s boiled chicken eggs. A few minutes later, we’re off to set our foot to the underrated falls we’ve come to discover.

Turning left at the entrance of the bridge with Aloha Falls signage, took ninja skills to slide down to get to the rocky path we have walked on. We were welcomed by the scorching heat from the sun and the dried mud under our sandals. We could feel our feet aching as we step on the spiky rocks scattered along the way. There’s no way to step on a flat surface since there was none. We never knew that the sun would strike this hot at this early hour. Aware that arriving late was the first mistake, we endured the heat and pain.

Our eyes reached the mountainous horizon as our guide continued walking. We, along with Sir Oscar and my sister, Zyrene walked briskly to reach the mountainside while the four girls were walking and laughing far behind us. We could hear them telling jokes. One even said that we were in a role-playing scenario where the guide and my sister were co-directors and me, carrying my tripod, was a cameraman. They echoed in laughter as we walked through the spiky rocks. Soon, we arrived at the shadier part of the journey. However, the rocks turned to boulders and the mud turned to the river. Plants were scattered in all four, shrubs and trees in various flora.

An hour has passed and we couldn’t see the falls yet. We followed the river against its flow, searching where the water came from. Trees growing alongside the desired path made the journey more exciting as the branches hinder the path. Some shrubs pricked our skins leaving scratches. There were boulders that we climbed and rivers that we crossed making our thighs wet. We never stopped walking as we searched for this hidden treasure. Others jokingly wanted to go back to where we started while our guide pointed to us a false fall, a sewer-like flow of water on the side of the mountain. It was fun as we laughed at our jokes while the birds and insects were seemingly joining us.

The greatest mistake.
A few minutes later, I could hear a loud splash coming from the other side of the corner. We hurriedly jumped into excitement as we were very sure that this is the moment we’ve waited for and I never realized how I mistakenly underestimated this beauty hiding from our province. Hello, Aloha Falls!

I was deeply shocked in amazement by how my eyes could see. I reached for the cold water flowing from the river coming from the falls. There was a cold breeze brushing against my face while I could smell the freshwater. The coldness reached my veins and it flowed through my system. Our hardships were already paid off. How could I not be excited and then underestimated this place, while it took me into another dimension just a few minutes just by looking at it? I felt guilty.
Aloha Falls is embraced by the mountains hiding the spot from the sun. So, bathing would be fun in the morning. The place is perfectly located in the mountain, hiding from the bustle of people, yet remains accessible for those who are hungry for nature appreciation.

Read Also: Top Reasons To Visit The Philippines

Since the place was not familiar to some that even I, a resident of Nueva Ecija for 19 years didn’t know it until just recently, visitors don’t come frequently. When we got there, we found no one except for the biodegradable pieces of food they left.

Sir Oscar, on the other hand, is a resident of Carranglan along with his parents. He said that the falls were wider before, as one could notice a space on the right side. For whatever reasons, however, folks decided to carve the left side lower than the other to create a single stream of water. Then the current washes the tiny rocks along the shore before leaving to the river.

I dipped in reluctantly for I felt the chill in my spine and walked against the pressure. Seven meters away from the shore, I could still feel the pebbly ground against my feet. If I walk further, Sir Oscar warned, I could drown myself by the depth of it added by its pulling pressure. Maybe five meters more, I could reach the opposite side. We’re lucky to arrive at the right season because, during summer, the stream of water isn’t strong enough to boast its majestic fall.


Children used to play there during the olden times even though cliff diving wasn’t mainstream before. They climbed to the top of sturdy rocks and then plunge deep into the water. I climbed on the side, a meter high above the surface and then sat there for a few minutes. Sir Oscar even tried to reminisce about his childhood by climbing high enough but resisted halfway. Instead, he jumped right from the spot he stopped and then yelled his lungs out. We laughed. We ate our packed lunch cooked by my father which is, I would like to emphasize, delicious. Then, we took another dip for the last time. We played as if we’re building a team, even though I only met the four of them just this once.

The sun gained its momentum and ascended above the surrounding mountains. Its rays lightened the place giving another color to the surrounding. We left the falls at 11:30 seemingly untouched by travelers – still flowing proudly.


Nueva Ecija has a lot to offer other than its famous wide plains. Known for its rice plantations extending to the horizons, one could simply be amazed by how some gems are hidden just around the corner. We just have to possess the right curiosity to uncover those treasures

This Travel Story is written by Efraim Mallare. You can follow more of his adventure on Instagram: @picture.fraim . All Photos in this article are from Effreim’s personal archive.

A Chemist fond of doing things not just related to his profession. Loves travelling, photography, mobile games and caffeine. Usually found unbonded (alone) in a chemical laboratory doing chemistry stuff, but his mind is wandering somewhere else. Pet’s cuddle buddy. An introvert playing an extrovert’s game. 

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CAMBODIA: ANCIENT LAND THAT TOUCHES THE STRINGS OF HEART.

“The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” Said Christopher McCandless, and so I.

12 January 2019, my plane lands in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, where I meet my brother, with whom I will share the journey; in the morning we take another plane that takes us to Siem Reap, the cradle of Cambodian history, and then our adventure begins.

Let’s get to know the area: we head to Angkor Thom – the last capital of the Khmer empire – and the historical site, take a tour of the city of Siem Reap and eat the scorpion; but it is only the following morning that the real show awaits us…

5:30 am. we are already seated opposite on the shore of a small pond, and in front of us the sun rises slowly, revealing to us the spectacle that we and hundreds of other people await: the dawn that rises over Angkor Wat, the largest temple in the world!

The show is simply wonderful, and I feel the joy exploding inside my heart: This is why I love to travel, treasure what the world, and nature, has to offer me.

The next day, a very important excursion awaits us: visit the Tonlé Sap or the “floating village”. At first intrigued and excited, once we arrive the truth hits us strongly: we are in the poorest place in all of Cambodia. The guide takes us to the village school, and a group of children smile at us as they play; my heart breaks in my chest. I never imagined that I was in front of a similar show, but the thing that strikes me most are those children: their smiling faces and their joy overwhelm me, and looking at them I can’t help but wonder if they are cell phones or clothes at the latest fashion to give happiness.

The journey ends the next day, again in Phnom Penh, including quad trips, Buddhist tattoos, and dinners of fried tarantulas. It is a journey that I will never forget, that gave me so much and taught me to appreciate all that life can give, because everything is a gift.

This Travel Story is written by Nick Erba. You can follow more of his adventure on his instagram @Nick_Erba

All Photos in this article are from Nick’s personal archive.

I’m a pastry chef and a travel-vlogger and photographer since 2017.

I think that traveling is the best way to know ourselves, that there is nothing more beautiful than learning all that cultures and places in the world have to teach and that making those moments indelible through photography is simply wonderful.

My motto is “SIC PARVIS MAGNA”, “Greatness from small beginnings”, as Sir Francis Drake said, the first Englishman to circumnavigate the world.

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Memories in Bali

My most amazing travel experience is probably the short trip that I had in Bali on March this year, right after my birthday. It was amazing because Bali gave me peace, just what I needed during that time. I was so stressed out at work and I needed to escape from the concrete jungle, from the busy and sunny Singapore. 

I’ve chosen Bali because it’s one of the nearest countries to Singapore, where I am currently based. I thought that there’s nothing special about Bali since it has very similar resources to where I came from, the Philippines. I thought that the people who have been there were just sensationalizing their experience but I was wrong.

It is more peaceful and more safe in Bali. It is more liveable and more welcoming to tourists because tourism is the country’s number one source of income. I have stayed in Canggu where I met a solo traveller from Germany. We have agreed to take gojek and went to Ubud, where I had the best time ever. 

Ubud is so peaceful. We went to a place called Jungle Fish. It is Ubud’s famous open-air restaurant with a pool bar.  Ubud, Bali is where the yogies would stay for months to a year. Yes months, because immigration is not so strict there. You can get a 30-day tourist visa, go out and go in again. 

One thing that I love about Bali is that healthier food options are so easy to find. If you want to experience being one with nature, I recommend that you go to Ubud, Bali. And oh, please bring along a mosquito repellent, it is a necessity. 

This Travel Story is written by Gladys Dimagiba. You can follow more of her adventure on her instagram @gladysdima

ALL PHOTOS IN THIS ARTICLE ARE FROM gladys dimagiba’s PERSONAL ARCHIVE.

Gladys is a thriving Filipina banker in Singapore who loves to wander around the world. Some of her unforgettable travel moments include her visits in Indonesia and Australia.

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Exploring Armenia, Top Things to See and Do in This Historic Country.

Armenia is a country in the mountainous Caucasus region between Asia and Europe. It is famously know for its monasteries as well as being the first-ever Christian nation. Yerevan is the capital and largest city of Armenia and one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever been to. It is situated just at the foot of the famous Mountain, Ararat. I decided to visit it ever since it has became a trending destinations for expats who are residing in the United Arab Emirates. So I check for cheap flights going there from here in Dubai, and as a budget traveler, one thing I always look for whenever I travel to a new destination is the flight cost, as it’s what takes most of the percentage on the budget. 

I flew with Flydubai going to Armenia. I took a morning flight and I was able to arrive there in the afternoon. Flights to Yerevan from Dubai usually takes around three to three-and-a-half hour.  I went there on Spring time and it didn’t disappoint. Armenia basically has 4 seasons and I guess each season is unique on its own, but there’s just something about spring that made me want to visit it during that time. Uhmm I think maybe because it signifies new beginnings.

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So upon arriving and collecting my luggage, I took a cab from the airport to Yerevan, the main city. Seeing a glimpse of the city from afar, I instantly fell in love with it. It just has this vibe where you can sense so much history in it. Its streets and and all these old structures made it felt as if I have traveled back in time.  

In this article, I will be sharing some of the gems which I stumbled upon while exploring the city on my first day as well as the top things to see and do in Armenia.  

REPUBLIC SQUARE

Republic Square is the central town square in Yerevan. The best place to go during sunsets to see their famous dancing fountain play. Here, you can also witness some buskers showcase their talents.

YEREVAN CASCADE

The Cascade is a giant stairway made of limestone. If you to the highest point of the cascade, you can witness the stunning view of Yerevan from a bird’s eye view. Definitely a must-visit place when in Armenia. 

YEREVAN OPERA THEATRE

Designed by the Armenian architect Alexander Tamanian. This structure is also known as the ‘Armenian National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet’. Definitely a site to admire when you are exploring Yerevan. 

NORTHERN AVENUE

Northern Avenue is a pedestrian only avenue in the center of Yerevan. It is sometimes referred to as Yerevan’s high street.  Here you can find countless cafes, pubs and shops. 

YEREVAN VERNISSAGE

Yerevan Vernissage is a large open-air market in Yerevan, Armenia. The name of the market is the derived from the French word vernissage. The market lies along Aram and Buzand streets at a length of 350 metres, connecting the Hanrapetutyun street with the Khanjyan street. 

reference: Wikipedia

HISTORY MUSEUM OF ARMENIA

The History Museum of Armenia is a museum in Armenia with departments of Archaeology, Numismatics, Ethnography, Modern History and Restoration. It has a national collection of 400,000 objects and was founded in 1920.

reference: Wikipedia

VISIT GEGHARD MONASTERY

Your visit in Armenia wouldn’t be complete without being able to visit Geghard Monastery. Geghard is only an hour drive from Yerevan, but you also avail different tours that will bring you here which you can avail at your accommodation’s reception. 

photo by: @iamvh_

LAKE SEVAN

Definitely one of Armenia’s highlight, Lake Sevan. A large, high-altitude lake in eastern Armenia. A must visit place for nature lovers and landscape photographers. 

photo by: @iamvh_

GARNI TEMPLE

The Temple of Garni is the only standing Greco-Roman colonnaded building in Armenia and the former Soviet Union. An Ionic pagan temple located in the village of Garni, Armenia, it is the best-known structure and symbol of pre-Christian Armenia.

reference: Wikipedia

photo by: @iamvh_

TSAGHKADZOR TOWN

Tsaghkadzor, is a spa town and urban municipal community, as well as one of the most popular health resorts in Armenia, located north of the capital Yerevan in the Kotayk Province. 

reference: Wikipedia

When visiting Armenia, I highly suggest to first-time visitors to allot at least three full days to be able to see most or maybe everything that this country has to offer. There are just tons of things to love about Armenia! Beauty just overflows from its breathtaking landscapes to its historic streets.

What I love most about Armenia are its people, they are just one of the most hospitable people I’ve ever encountered in my entire life. They offer you wine and food whenever you go for a visit at their houses, they offer to tour you around the town for free, they give you great tips for the best places in town according to your own preference, etc. These alone are enough for me already to plan my second visit there anytime soon.

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Exploring Cappadocia, Everything You Need To Know About The RED TOUR

One of the most popular and cheapest tours in Cappadocia is the red tour. This tour mostly bring you to places/attractions around the town of Goreme. The duration of the entire tour is 2 hours shorter as well as 10 Turkish Lira cheaper compared to that of the Green Tour, so you only pay 90 Turkish Lira or 25usd for the whole tour which already includes entrance fees, transportation, lunch and guide. 

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Click here for Capadoccia Green Tour Itinerary guide.

The Red Tour usually starts around 9:30 in the morning and ends around 4:30 in the afternoon. You will be picked-up around 9:20am-9:30am; so make sure you’re already prepared before the pick-up arrives to avoid causing any delays as you’re not the only person whom they will be picking-up.

The red tour consists of seven destinations which includes the following:

Uchisar Castle is a rock-cut castle riddle with tunnels, which was used by the early settlers as a place of refuge when their enemies overtook the surrounding plains. And now, it is one of the most famous landmark in Uchisar. 

Goreme Open Air museum is an essential stop when you visit Cappadocia for the very first time. It is an open complex composed of different rock-cut monasteries and churches. 

Pasabag Chimney also know as the ‘Fairy Chimneys’ are rock formations which mimics the shape of a giant mushroom. 

Avanos Pottery is a great place for those who admire the art of pottery. In here, you get to experience watching veteran potters shape a magnificent pot from scratch.

Devrent Valley or commonly know as the ‘Imagination Valley’ is where you can find different rock-formations which mimics some animal shapes and some objects’ shape. The most famous of all the rock formations here is the Camel/penguin/snail rock which mimics all three animal shapes depending on which angle you are looking it from. 

Urugup Valley is where you can find the Three Beauties rock formation. Back in the days before the internet, photos of these rock formations were used to promote tourism in Cappadocia.

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Important note:

Sometimes each tour company follows a different itinerary per vehicle to avoid bringing in too much tourists in one attraction at the same time. They somewhat created a scheme to prevent all these visitors from flocking in in one area at the same time which is great!

Thanks for reading. Hope this will help you with your Cappadocia Itinerary. 😀

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Top Reasons to Visit Philippines | Best Places to See | Best Island in the World

The Philippines is an archipelago(an extensive group of islands) divided into three major areas, mainly: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The Philippines has over 7107 islands, so imagine all the things you can do in this country. 

In this article, I will be discussing about some of the top reasons as  to why you should visit the Philippines NOW! But before that, here are few facts about the Philippines:

-The people in the Philippines are called ‘Filipinos’ and the official Languages in the Philippines are ‘Filipino’ and ‘English’. 

-The Philippines is the second largest archipelago in the world, next to Indonesia. 

-For three-consecutive years, Palawan in the Philippines has bagged the award for being the Best Island in the Whole World, that’s according to Conde Nast Magazine.

-It is my home country! 😀 

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Top Reasons to Visit The Philippines

White Sand Beaches 

-This is something that the Philippines is proud of, having too many white sand beaches. Well, it has 7107 islands in the first place. Palawan, Boracay, Cebu and Siargao are some of the best places in Southern Philippines which offers amazing white-sand beaches. 

Countless Islands to Explore

-The Philippines has over seven thousand one hundred seven islands in total and most of these islands are covered by tropical rain forests. You will basically never run out of things to do in The Philippines, just imagine how much time you’ll be needing to be able to explore all the country’s islands.

Thousand of Waterfalls to Chase

– Aside from having countless Islands and beaches. The Philippines also has a lot of waterfalls. One of the most picturesque waterfalls in the whole world is situated here, the Kawasan Falls in Badian, Cebu. 

Friendly People

-I’m pretty sure you have heard or read tons of foreign visitors praising the Filipino people for their hospitality. It is true, most of the time, We Filipinos aim to make you feel welcome in our country. As a Filipino myself, this is something that I’m proud of.

Scrumptious Local Cuisines

-We Filipinos love to eat, but more importantly, we love to cook as well. I am being objective when I say that the Philippine cuisine is one of the best in the world, otherwise it wouldn’t be featured in a lot of mainstream Food Channels and Magazines. 😀

Did you know that boiled duck embryo is also a very famous cuisine in the Philippines, yeah you read that right ‘boiled duck embryo’. This is a must-try when you’re in the Philippines

It’s cheaper than most countries

-This is one of the main reasons why the Philippines is one of the best places to travel to, your dollar can go a long way! An average meal will only cost you around $1-$2 in some restaurants and an average AirBnB accommodation will only cost you around $20 per night. 

The best Islands in the whole world is in this country! 

For the past years, Palawan has been bagging awards for being the most beautiful island not only in the Philippines but in the whole world! I’ve been to Palawan myself and can testify together with all these other people who have voted this island as the best in the world. Honestly speaking, it is not only the best island in the world but it is indeed one of the most beautiful places here in the planet when it comes to everything.

Recently, Siargao Island also bagged the award for being the most beautiful island in the whole world for this year!

Again, I always tell people to go to these places to see what I’m talking about. 

Top Places to Visit in the Philippines

This is a list of all the places which I always suggest whenever someone asks me as to where the best places to go to in the Philippines are.

El nido, Palawan

I’ve been here many times, and each visit I always feel the same excitement as if it’s my first time visiting the place. During my first visit in El Nido, It felt like I was in another ‘place’, not another country, but another ‘place’, I just can’t describe where that place is because of its extreme beauty, I was struck, it felt like I was in heaven. 

There are like four major island tours in El Nido, mainly Tour A, B, C, and D. Each tour has an itinerary which will bring you to several group of islands. Each tour has a duration of approximately eight hours. So if you want to explore all these beautiful islands, make sure to stay for at least a week in El Nido. 

Coron, Palawan

I’ve only been here once but this is one of the many places in the Philippines which I would like to visit again. Like El Nido, Coron also offers different Island Tours. So make sure to spend at least a week in this place as well. 

The main highlight of Coron is the beautiful Kayangan Lake. The Kayangan lake is dubbed as the cleanest inland body of water in the Philippines. It is also one of the most photographed places in the Philippines. 

Siargao Island

Siargao, a tear-drop shaped island in the province of Surigao del Norte. Famous for its stunning beaches and surfing sites. This island was recently named “The 2019 Best Island in The World” by Conde Nast Traveler. How is that for an award?! It is one of the major surfing capitals in the Philippines as well.

Photo courtesy of: @iamuras
Photo courtesy of: @iamuras

Malapascua Island, Cebu

Malapascua Island is an island located on the Northern Part of Cebu. From Cebu City, you can easily reach this island through a five hour van or bus ride and another hour boat ride. Malapascua is famous for its pristine white beaches as well as a famous place for divers. It is also here where you can witness one beautiful shark specie, the Thresher Shark. Definitely a place to go to when in the Philippines. 

When you’re visiting Malapascua Island, make sure to stay at Malapascua Budget Inn, the best place to stay in the island.  They offer both private rooms and dorms-for those who are traveling on a budget.

Kawasan Falls, Badian, Cebu

Kawasan falls is one of my favorite places here on earth. It is located in Badian which is a small town in the province of Cebu in the southern part of the Philippines. In spite being one of the most famous tourist spots in the Philippines which led it to gain its  name as the most picturesque waterfall in the country and one of the most beautiful destinations in the world, It has become one of my favorites simply because of its magnificent beauty that captivates my soul whenever I visit it. Definitely a playground for travel photographers and film makers.

Exploring Kawasan, a Handy Guide on How to Get There. 

Sagada, Mt. Province

Sagada is basically an option for travelers who loves to hike. This place is famous for it’s waterfalls and caves. One of the highlights of Sagada is the Sumaguing Cave. The Sumaguing Cave is an expansive cave network with ancient stalagmites & steep descents. Definitely a must-visit place for spelunkers.

Aside from waterfalls and caves, Sagada also is one of the coldest town in the Philippines as it has an altitude of 5000 feet above sea level. That’s why it’s one of the most popular destinations for both lower-land populations and foreigners during the summer.  

One thing I want to highlight about Sagada is their yogurt. It’s basically one of the best home-made yogurts I’ve ever tasted! So make sure to try one when you are in Sagada. 

Buscalan Village, Tinglayan, Kalinga

-Buscalan Village is famously know as the home of Kalinga’s Oldest Traditional Tattooist, Whang-od Oggay. 

I remember the first time I visited Buscalan, I was 16 and went there alone! I don’t know what’s gotten into me but it surely was the start of my wanderlust story. Since then, I haven’t kept track as to how many times I’ve been there already. Well, basically, I’ve been captivated by its breathtaking landscapes and its rich culture resulting in many countless returns. Definitely a place that would surely make you wanna’ come back for more. 

Visit Buscalan, A Travel Guide On How To Get There

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Travel to Buscalan, A DIY Travel Guide On How To Get There

Ever thought of taking a trip to a destination where you can disconnect from the modern world to reconnect with yourself? Or simply just want to have a life-changing experience on a budget? Then worry no more, the best destination for you is ‘Buscalan’!

Buscalan is a small village situated on the mountains of Tinglayan in the Province of Kalinga in the Northern part of the Philippines. It is famous for being a ‘tattoo haven’ as well as being the home of the legendary tattooist

I remember the first time I visited Buscalan, I was 16 and went there alone! I don’t know what’s gotten into me but it surely is the start of my wanderlust story. And since then, I haven’t kept track as to how many times I’ve been there already. Well, basically, I’ve been captivated by its breathtaking landscapes and its rich culture resulting in my many countless returns. Definitely a place that would surely make you wanna’ come-back for more.  

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Top Things to do in Buscalan

-Interact with the locals, go around the village and discover their way of life.

-Go and work your way towards the rice terraces early in the morning to watch the sunrise, or in the afternoon to catch the sunset.

-Go and have a dip at their waterfall situated at the base of the mountain just below the village.  

-Try their local coffee, this is a must whenever you visit the village!

-Try their local food, a must if you wanna have an unforgettable experience in Buscalan!

-Get inked by the legendary traditional tattooists of the village!

In this post, I will be sharing some helpful DIY travel tips on how to get there.

The most frequently asked question by every first time traveler is of course, how to get there. Well, there are actually a few ways on how to get there, purely depends on where you will be coming from.

Below are the most commonly taken route:

Manila->Tabuk City->Bugnay, Tinglayan

For this route, take the Victory Liner bus which departs from Victory Sampaloc Terminal in Manila. Buses to Tabuk usually departs during the evening, around 7:00 pm till 9:45pm. The journey roughly takes around 12-14 hours, depends on the traffic. For complete bus schedules and fare, click here.   

Then from Tabuk City, take the mini buses or jeeps going to Bugnay or Bontoc which usually departs from Tabuk City between 4:00am- 9:00am, they usually park in front of the opposite side of Damagen Gasoline Station in Barangay Bulanao. The journey takes around 3-3.5 hours from Tabuk City to Tinglayan. If you’ve taken the , tell the driver or the conductor to drop you off at ‘Mar-u’ in Bugnay, Tinglayan. Then from ‘Mar-u’, you can ask the locals where the starting point is going to Buscalan and you can then work your way towards the village. The walk usually takes around 1.5-2 hours, depends on how fast you are. Or you can hire a motorcycle for $3 to drive you all the way to the last vehicle-accessible point in Buscalan then you can work your way towards the village which would only take around 45 to 60-minutes walk.

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Tip: When you ride the jeep/bus going to Bontoc or Bugnay from Tabuk, make sure to ride on top of the jeepney/bus to enjoy an unforgettable experience and a spectacular view!

There is also another way if you want to skip the long bus-ride. You can take a plane from Manila going to Tuguegarao City and from Tuguegarao City, you can ride a van going to Tabuk City which will take around an hour journey. You can then follow the same route as above. But for this option, you need to spend a night in Tabuk City and catch the bus to Bontoc in the morning on the following day.

Manila ->Bontoc Mt. Province->Buscalan

For this route, take the Coda Bus lines which depart from Quezon City, Manila en-route to Sagada, Mountain Province. Just don’t forget to tell the driver or the conductor to drop you off at Bontoc. Journey takes around 9 hours to Bontoc from Manila.

For Coda Bus Line Schedules and fares, click here.

Then from Bontoc, you can then ride the Jeep going to the last vehicle-accessible point in Buscalan and you can then work your way towards the village which would take around 45 to 60-minute walk, depends on how fast you are.

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Manila->Baguio City->Bontoc, Mt. Province->Buscalan

This route is the best option if you need or want to have a stop-over at the Summer Capital of the Philippines.  I suggest that if you take this route, then spend at least one night in Baguio then take the buses going to Bontoc either via D’Rising Sun or GL Trans in the morning on the following day.

Buses from Manila to Baguio departs every hour 24/7 via Victory Liner, Genesis, etc. Either from Pasay Bus Terminal, Cubao Bus Terminal or Sampaloc Bus Terminal. Journey from Baguio to Manila takes around 5-6 hours. 

From Baguio City to Bontoc, you can take any of the following below:

D’Rising Sun Buses departs every hour from 5am till 1pm every day from Slaughter House Compound in Magsaysay Avenue, Baguio City.  

GL Lizardo Buses, departs 8AM, 10am and 2:30pm from Dangwa Bus Station at the back of Center Mall in Baguio city.

Journey from Baguio city to Bontoc takes around 6-hours and fares differ from $5-$6 depends on the couch you availed. Then from Bontoc, you can follow the same steps as above.

If you’re arriving from Banaue in Ifugao. You can take a jeepney ride from Banaue to Bontoc which would take around an hour journey, then from Bontoc, you can follow the same steps as above.

If you have questions or clarifications, feel free to drop a comment below.

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