If you’re looking for something to really write home about during your time in Manila, a trek to the summit of an active volcano should do the trick. And not just any volcano: the smallest active volcano in the world. Taal, just a two-hour drive south of the capital, is... more »
If former first lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos ever kicked off her beloved shoes, it would have been here in Rizal Park. Set in the heart of Manila’s commercial district just south of historic Intramuros, this is one of the largest urban spaces in Asia. With its ornamental gardens,... more »
Step back in time as you pass through the historic gates of Intramuros (from the Spanish word meaning ‘within walls’). Once the stronghold of Spanish colonial rule, this 64-hectare site flanked by thick walls of stone has remained largely untouched by modernisation. As you wander the wide streets and leafy... more »
The manicured gardens, plazas and fountains that greet visitors to historic Fort Santiago belie the dark side of this former military base and prison. But while you’ll hear shocking stories of torture and execution as you tour the grounds, you’ll also gain fascinating insight into Manila’s turbulent history and an... more »
At just 6.5 kilometres long by two kilometres wide, Corregidor Island may be small, but it’s seen more than its fair share of action. Strategically located at the entrance of Manila Bay, just off the coast of Luzon and 48 kilometres from the Philippine capital, the island has played an... more »
Travel Expert Madeline Elliott from Flight Centre Burleigh Heads shares her top tips for Boracay in the Philippines.How would you describe Boracay?I would describe Boracay as a unique mix between Fiji and Bali – crystal-clear water like in Fiji, with nightlife and an atmosphere similar to Seminyak. Boracay is all white sand and lazy days (image: Getty)What area did you stay in?I stayed in Station 2 on Boracay at Jony’s Beach Resort; it was small, with a boutique feel. [...]
SPOILER ALERT: Filipino food is anything but boring, especially in Manila.
‘Lacklustre’, ‘bland’, ‘uninspiring’. For someone whose travel plans revolve wholly around where she’s going to eat, it was a little disheartening to be told that the food in the Philippines would be nothing to write home about.
I’d also heard that pork was kind of a big deal, which did little more than inspire visions of plate after plate of ‘the other white meat’. [...]