Thursday, June 28, 2012

Philtranco bus schedule from Pasay or SM Megamall to Clark Airport

Philtranco Bus Schedule

Now you can transfer straight from Metro Manila to Clark Airport (vice versa). Check out the schedules below:

Pasay Terminal to Clark Airport

SM Megamall to Clark Airport

Clark Airport to SM Megamall and Pasay Terminal

  • For earlier bus schedule, reservation is required. For reservations, please call (02) 8518078 -7 or 09182288831
  • Tickets are available at the Philtranco terminal /on board the bus/ in-flight/ arrival area at Clark Airport

How to go to Clark International Airport from Marquee Mall, SM Megamall or Pasay?

Who says it’s difficult to fly from Clark? With AirAsia, it’s easy as 1, 2, 3!

Want a no frills Northern connection? Transfer from Clark International Airport to Marquee Mall, Angeles City via Victory Liner, for FREE! From Marquee Mall, you can transfer to other Victory Liner buses going up north.

Victory Liner Bus Schedule: 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Flying via Clark from Metro Manila? Philtranco Bus is here for you! Philtranco Buses are available at Pasay Terminal and SM Megamall.

For more information about transfer/shuttle service from Clark International Airport to SM Megamall and Pasay Terminal with Philtranco Bus, check this link.

So what are you waiting for? Experience seamless connectivity from your land to air travel, only with AirAsia. :)

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Bohol Sandugo Photo Contest 2012

Bohol Sandugo Photo Contest 2012 Entry Form & Contest Mechanics:

• PHOTO ELIGIBILITY -This contest is open to all professional & amateur photographers and hobbyists.

• CATEGORIES – There are two categories for the Sandugo Photo Contest 2012:
The subject can either be CONTINGENT participant (individual or group) taken strictly during their official performances on JULY 29, 2012.
These are photos taken in the streets of TAGBILARAN depicting the Sinulog festivities July 28 to 29, 2012 

• CRITERIA FOR JUDGING (both categories)
Visual Impact : 30%; Technical (exposure & focus) : 30%; Artistic (creativity & composition) : 40%. Total : 100%.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

work + travel? Job opening at Project Seahorse Foundation

Do you dream of working while traveling around the islands? Yes? Then this is for you. 

Project Seahorse Foundation is looking for: 
  • experienced Community Organizer for a three-year foreign-funded mangrove rehabilitation project in Bohol; 
  • one Training Officer and one Communications Officer for a marine protected area capability training project in Bohol; and 
  • one Finance Officer to be based in Cebu. 
Interested applicants, please email your CV and your application letter to josecostas [at] yahoo [dot] com

Friday, June 22, 2012

leaked video of the new "it's more fun in the Philippines" campaign

A supposedly leaked video of "it's more fun in the Philippines" campaign by the Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) made the rounds in facebook Wednesday this week. But faster than one can say "leaked video of new it's more fun in the Philippines campaign," the video was taken down.

The newest version of the campaign which was taken down has a 2-minute and 45-second running time. The  video opens with "we are country named after a Spanish king/ to which an American general vowed to return/ or as someone described our history/ 300 years in a convent/ and 50 years in Hollywood."

The video continues with a quick slide of a dozen or so of idyllic Philippine islands (out of 7,107). Then the underwater sceneries, colors of sands (from white to black to pink sandy beaches) and flora and fauna and so on and so forth.

Toward the end of the video, the Enchanted River (in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur) is mistakenly named Bongabong though.

I'd have to say that the newest "it's more fun in the Philippines" campaign is way more "fun" than the one rolled out for the global audience in May via CNN.

I can't wait to see the final campaign!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Bus Rapid Transit in Cebu by 2015

Budget travelers and commuters' delight!

Not just breezy and cheaper but it is going to be a lot safer to go to Ayala or downtown Cebu (the ride at least) once the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in Cebu is operational by 2015.

After the public consultation (which is expected to be done soon), the feasibility study will be finished in August. The detailed design is expected to start in October. And by October next year, construction will start. The system may be operational by 2015 if all goes according to plan.

The Cebu BRT would have Bulacao Station in the south and Talamban Station up north with stops or stations in between. The stops will be located in N. Bacalso Avenue, Osmena Boulevard, Escario Street and Archbishop Reyes Avenue:

Phase 1 will be the Bulacao to Ayala route while Phase 2 will be from Ayala to Talamban. Future extension will include a BRT to Mactan International Airport. Wow!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Kalikaf is your healthy food option in Dumaguete

It's difficult to put the words healthy, Filipino and food in one sentence. 

Health food (or at least not the usual fried-oily Filipino or American food) I must admit, is difficult to find in small university town Dumaguete.

The first and last restaurant in town decent enough to serve healthy food, a Persian restaurant, has since folded up. That left me with no choice but wolf on the usual fried-oily-fatty fare whenever I am in town.

But before my cholesterol level skyrockets yet again to an epic proportion between bites, a new restaurant offering slow cooked food (as opposed to fastfood) had a low-key opening early this year. I swing by to check out what the place has to offer.

The tastefully decorated interior is hard to miss. Chic and artsy are written all over the place.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Direct international flights from Iloilo to Hongkong and Singapore

Iloilo City, the gateway to Panay and the world-famous Boracay Island (only 4 hours by bus), will just be a flight away from Hongkong or Singapore beginning October this year.

I am elated to see that this development is one of the last pieces of the puzzle to connect the Philippines to the rest of Indochina or Southeast Asia backpacking trail. 

The pocket open skies policy makes it possible for flights from Korea, Singapore, Thailand and other areas to land in Iloilo Airport on direct international flights said DOTC Secretary Manuel Roxas.

Budget carrier Cebu Pacific Air has already signified interest to mount a four times a week flight from Iloilo to Hongkong (v.v) and thrice a week Iloilo to Hongkong (v.v) flights. Plane tickets to these flights can be booked beginning July.

Cebu Pacific Air will also open flights from Iloilo to Puerto Princesa City in Palawan. This is a welcome news for many budget travelers or backpackers who want to visit El Nido and Coron in Palawan from Boracay Island but are pressed for time. 

Iloilo to Palawan (via Cuyo) connection is currently served by a slow boat which takes 36 hours of sailing across the Sulu Sea.

latest update
Flight schedule of Cebu Pacific Air from Iloilo to General Santos, Hongkong, Puerto Princesa (Palawan), Singapore and Cagayan de Oro (vice-versa) beginning...

November 8, 2012
  • Iloilo - Gen. Santos (Tue-Thu-Sat-Sun) 1415-1535
  • Gen. Santos-Iloilo (Tue-Thu-Sat-Sun) 1605-1720 
  • Iloilo -  Hongkong (Thu-Sun) 2310-0135(+1)
  • Hongkong - Iloilo (Fri-Mon) 0220-0445
November 9, 2012
  • Iloilo - Puerto Princesa (Palawan) (Mon-Wed-Fri) 0745-0850
  • Puerto Princesa (Palawan) - Iloilo (Mon-Wed-Fri) 0920-1025 
  • Iloilo - Singapore (Mon-Wed-Fri) 2225-0155(+1)
  • Singapore - Iloilo (Tue-Thu-Sat) 0240-0610

Thursday, June 7, 2012

How much is the terminal fee and travel tax at NAIA?

Say hello to a seamless flow inside Philippine airports.

Effective 1st of August 2012, domestic passengers don't have to make a beeline to the terminal fee booth as domestic terminal fees (Php200) will be included in the tickets. International terminal fees (Php550) however will still be paid at the airport.  

terminal fee rates across the country:
Ninoy Aquino International Airport Manila (NAIA)

International departure: Php 550
Domestic departure: Php 200

Mactan International Airport-Cebu
International departure: Php 550
Domestic departure: Php 200

F. Bangoy International Airport-Davao
International departure: Php 550
Domestic departure: Php 200

Clark International Airport-Pampanga
International departure: Php 600
Domestic departure: Php 200

Local Domestic Airports (from Batanes to Jolo)
Php 20 or 30.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Ayoke Island | secret beach in the Philippines

For sometime, Ayoke Island enjoyed the seclusion.

Isolated from mainland Surigao in Mindanao and right  in the edge of the Pacific Ocean, Ayoke is an oracle for the soul-searching nomad or a playground for the restlessness of youth. Depending on one's persuasion, Ayoke Island is an adventure button waiting to be pressed.

Pacific Ocean: Ayoke Island has the perfect elements for a Robinson Crusoesque adventure. The view from the torre 

Long before the buzz about Ayoke gained momentum in the backpacking radar, the island has already been home to a couple of retired expats. And each summer and habagat season, local sunworshippers and surfers in search of new territories come to the island to wag their boundless energy in Ayoke's surf breaks.

National media came and introduced Ayoke Island to the world. They brought with them not only media mileage but goodwill in forms of surfing and paddling lessons (among others) for the out-of-school youth in the island. Well-known surfing instructor Paolo Soler came by and shared his time with the local kids.

The buzzword in the local surfing community is that Ayoke has excellent surf breaks. I was unlucky because during my visit, the Pacific Ocean was very calm. What greeted me was an equally interesting new hobby: paddling (on top the surfboard). The kiddos looked so swift!

There isn't any accommodation in the island. For travelers who want to spend a night or more in Ayoke, a tent should come in handy. In the future, a home-stay program will be put in place. So word of caution: Ayoke Island is not for the jaded tourist.