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Life’s Boring You Out? Get Out More!


My recent wanderlust has made me look for previous travel photos and I saw some. I am just too happy that so far, I have reached at least a single point in the country but I still have a lot more places to cover, a lot more to write in this blog the next time. I wanted to make a bit of a video about all of those places and thankfully, there is BPI to the rescue with their Get Our More campaign. I have seen that they have partnered with the Department of Tourism and ZestAir which I still am not in a good vibe with for they have stopped their services in my hometown but I am glad that they have expanded their Kalibo hub, good for my next Boracay trip soon.

Inset: Waters off the caves of Apulit Island.

There are beautiful places from the upper tip of Luzon to the lower tip of Mindanao but the most special places to me lie in Visayas at what I call the Palawan, Panay and Negros Island Triangle. The three islands, including my home island of Negros, are places with the most known tourism spots in the country and undeniably the most beautiful though they also hide natural wonders that often escape the eyes of ordinary tourist. I would recommend these attractions to travelers by name and spirit who are serious in discovering the most pristine parts of the Philippines. Get Out More, discover and event just at least once in your lifetime, you try:

Fly early morning to El Nido, Palawan.

Join Akeanon fisherfolks in pull-fishing before sunrise.

Discover or Rediscover the glorious Negrense heritage.

Dare jump from the top of Mambukal’s Sixth Falls.

Find love by the lighted fountains of The Ruins.

There are more, too many to mention, mean for the strong feet to venture and the sharp eyes to see. Even bigger surprises await for those who venture out from their comfort zones. You can never say you have known the Philippines if you have not gone to travel from the mountains to the seas. Each region, island and/or province has their unique culture or peculiarities that make up a vital strand of what it means to be a Filipino. It is all but sad to be a stranger to one’s own homeland and as the Department of Tourism says It’s More Fun In The Philippines, you must be able to give answers to any tourist why the Philippines can claim it’s #1 for Fun.

Inset: Official wallpaper of BPI 24/7’s Get Out More.

I appreciate how BPI nowadays is making it easier for travelers to Get Out More to beautiful tourist spots around the country having less banking problems like paying bills on time even when you are away with just a click. Paying your plane ticket and travel stuff is at a breeze too which will definitely make me add more photos already in my files. Want to know more or just simply be part of the BPI tourism campaign? Simply visit http://www.getoutmore.ph to upload your photos to create your 30-second ad, just make sure your photos do not exceed 2mb, upload, check it and you will have your videos in 15 minutes. Enjoying uploading and do Get Out More!

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Wanderlust Hits Again? Get Out More!


Finally, after a long time of being gone from writing in this blog, I am back once more. I have started work at an advertising firm for a month now and I have been busy. I miss a lot of things I used to do like food features once every other day and traveling to other places in junkets or plainly from my own pocket, or should I say from the parents generous “donation.” Seeing this video shared by my friend, I cannot help but remember all the places I have been. I am currently saving up for my next blogging trip soon.

Inset: Water Cottages at El Nido Resorts’ Miniloc Island.

Inset: Hills meet the Waves at Miniloc Island of El Nido Resorts.

While still saving for that ultimate trip to General Santos City, tuna heaven of the Philippines, I just have to contend with looking at the photos of my past vacation trips. I particularly miss El Nido, Palawan where my eyes were opened up all the more with the rich diversity that dots our shores. One of my favorite island destinations among those managed by El Nido Resorts is Miniloc Island, the cheapest one too! Colorful schools of fish swim close to the jetty port landing, a treat to most tourists who set foot in the island.

Inset: Wide beachfront of Miniloc Island, El Nido Resorts.

I used to be the one who badly wants to go overseas and explore tourist attractions in other countries but as I see Palawan and it’s all-diverse attractions, it tells me that I have not seen enough yet. Each travel is a learning experience that one must take in one at a time and never forget. It does not matter how expensive or how little your expenses are, the more important thing is your learn more about our country where you get a chance to be exposed to some unique regional cultures. I say, we should Get Out More and travel.


El Nido Resorts: Get A Chance to Stay at Apulit Island, All-In


Inset: El Nido Resorts is announcing a stay-in promo at their Apulit Island Resort.

Rappler featured an travel article that talked about a ‘Palawan curse‘ on those who travel to the island-province but before you think of voodoo and black magic, let me be clear that it is a ‘good curse‘ as the ‘curse‘ is that people who travel to Palawan always go back for the natural pristine beauty they behold. Last March, I was in El Nido for a brief stay at El Nido Resorts and I stayed at Apulit Island. The beauty of Palawan, especially Apulit Island, made me contract this ‘Palawan curse‘ and wish to go back. Good thing they are having a bloggers’ promo for four days and three nights all-expense paid stay there.

Inset: The beachfront near the cottages at El Nido Resorts.

Inset: View from Apulit Island’s Resort Clubhouse by the beachfront.

Apulit Island is actually in Taytay, Palawan, the neighboring municipality of El Nido and the first capital of Palawan but the whole island is run by El Nido Resorts owned by Ayala Land, Inc. I only stayed there for one day for a quick travel fix but I was captivated by the beauty of the island. There were just too many activities to fit in just one day like snorkeling, diving, spelunking, kayaking and many more I missed doing. Keeping track of wildlife is a good way to be preoccupied too since there are deliberately no TV sets in the cottage rooms which by the way stands on a stilt on top of water near the reef!

Inset: Deluxe Stilt Cottages in the other side of Apulit Island.

Inset: A Korean tourist couple in their honeymoon kayaking around Apulit Island.

In my routine trips around the Metro, I usually commute all the way but imagine breaking all the stressful routine and have a kayak instead to transport you? Apulit Island has its intended purpose to take you away from what stresses you out and just enjoy nature in all its pristine beauty, just as I always wanted. As a freelance writer and virtually an Executive Secretary of my Dad, office work, paper work and anything that has ‘work‘ in me sometimes drain me out. Imagine just having a few days of doing sweat-inducing but relaxing activities. Did I mention that the resort serves buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner?

Inset: Sunrise over Apulit Island’s towering peaks overlooking the Bay.

Inset: The view outside the cottage window just after the break of dawn.

Imagine waking up in the break of dawn and be greeted by the sight of a lovely, peaceful sea while gentle winds touch your face. Such precious experience, isn’t it? I think my one day stay was greatly bitin for an adventurous guy who loves to go commune with nature. With all the stresses I experience lately, it’s definitely a must for me to go back here. I would like to go diving this time and swim once more with sea turtles and that school of fish numbering by the thousands like a cloud of whirlwind swirling overhead. Maybe go for a trek up the highest point and look over Taytay Bay with its stretch of islands.

Inset: Saying goodbye to the beautiful Apulit Island with the picturesque stilt cottages.

Infinite possibilities await one in Apulit Island. The one I missed the most about the resort is the friendly staff of El Nido Resorts who would always be happy to assist us all the way. If the ‘Palawan curse‘ holds true, I would be back here soon, I just hope I’d have that four days stay. Perhaps I would not be contented once more of four days since one would always find something new but I guess that would suffice for now if I am lucky. One would never get over the romantic and natural scenes of Apulit Island. If you have the chance, do get there for you would fall in love with the place a swear to be back again.