It drizzles in Metro Manila most afternoons for the past three weeks. Lately, the drizzle has turned into a downpour with accompanying thunderclaps and lightning bolts providing an eerie contrast in the dark skies above.
A couple of hours, and then its over. A couple of hours more and it’s as if the rains never came except for the wet vehicles plying the now dry streets, and a few tiny puddles congregating in the potholes of a few side streets.
Rainy season is still tourist season in the Philippines because it coincides with vacation time for most Chinese and Korean visitors, and is also homecoming time for most Filipinos living overseas, particularly for those based in the USA.
And so you find amidst dark clouds a silver lining, and a rainbow after the storm. As it is with the changing of the seasons, life goes on and Filipinos, with bravura and sturdy hearts, pick up where life paused for a moment. Clarity!
It is still more fun in the Philippines!
Top photo: a beach in Oslob, Cebu during low tide
Bottom photo: photo shoot at Tumaguiti (raindrops) Waterfalls in the Caramoan Region of Camarines Sur
The rainy months of July to October may just be the best months to travel for the budget conscious since it is the time of the year (in the Philippines at least) when resorts and hotels field out their off-season rates and promos to increase their occupancy rates. Airline companies join in the fray by coming out with promo fares, travel period extending as far as next year’s rainy season!
That being said, I have already booked roundtrip airline tickets for next year to Leyte, Davao and Palawan for a very cost-efficient price of only P 734.40 all-in per trip. That’s three trips to different travel destinations. Talk about saving for the rainy days
It does not rain everyday anyway and when it does, it’s not a continuous downpour unless it’s a typhoon. So pack your backpacks, trusty shirts and comfortable shorts and discover the Philippines! It is more fun in the Philippines!!!
OLIVER QUINGCO II
Banner photo: White Sandbar, Camiguin Island (island province) formerly part of Misamis Oriental
Bottom photo: Sepoc Beach Center, Maricaban Island, Batangas
It’s officially summer in the Philippines and what better way to deal with the scorching summer heat than to head off to any one of the country’s 7,107 beaches
Life under the sea is a whole new world, specially in areas that are declared as marine sanctuaries. Thanks to vigilant residents and LGUs who are safeguarding our marine resources and ensuring that endangered marine species are given a new lease on life, we have secret gardens to show off to the world.
Swim with the whale sharks in Donsol, Sorsogon or in Oslob, Cebu. View giant sea turtles in their natural habitats in Apo Island, Negros Oriental and in Balicasag and Pamilacan Islands, Bohol.
Then there is the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park in Palawan which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in December 1993.
With various marine species, you are never alone!
Oliver Quingco II
(photos used are all taken from Bohol courtesy of Bohol Tourism Office and Mr. Dioscoro Jun Ayag Jr., J & R Residence of Anda, Bohol and Mr. AJ Chatto of South Palms Resort Panglao).
I’m dreaming of a white Christmas!
Not frosty the snowman kind of white since I could not stand the cold – not even the simulated kind at Star City’s snow world.
With over 7,000 islands to choose from in the Philippines, take your pick of cool white beaches and sandbars. The few dozen I have been to are worth the time and effort. There’s the white sandbar at Sumilon Island, another one in Camiguin Island, and yet another one off the coast of Bais and Mabinay in Negros Oriental. There is the white beach in Jomabo Island, Escalante, Negros Occidental. Zambales and the Caramoan Islands in Camarines Sur, as well as Siquijor and Guimaras all have their share of white beaches.
Of course you can not pass over Boracay, Palawan and Bohol’s Panglao Island and the municipality of Anda which are already known for their white sand beaches.
Sugar brown beaches and black sand beaches are just as good, though not as cool on bare feet, as white sand. What matters most are the pristine crystal clear blue waters and unpolluted beaches.
So come to the Philippines for your white Christmas. It is just as fun and cool!
Oliver Quingco II
(top photo: Quinale Beach, Anda, Bohol. bottom photo: white sandbar, Sumilon Island, Oslob, Cebu)
October is the busiest month of the year for me.
Having worked in a company distributing German brands of cookware and hotel equipment these past eight years meant familiarizing myself with the German calendar and October is full of German-related events, the most popular of which is, of course, Oktoberfest organized by German Club Manila and Sofitel! Bring out the kegs and beer mugs and feast on German fare It helps to have restaurateur friends and we have featured three offering the best German menu and beer in town – Prost Braumeister, BAMM and Brotzeit Philippines in our Degustation Section! The German Embassy Manila has its own feature for Day of German Unity and the Annual Ambassador’s Golf Tournament organized in cooperation with the German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc.
October also happens to be the month for the annual art fair ManilArt which brings together Manila’s top galleries, artists, cultural workers and literati under one roof for a weekend of creative distraction. Transwing Art Gallery Inc. (www.kunst-gallery.eu), as the only art gallery in Germany exclusively featuring Philippine Art and artists, is on its second year of participation. Simultaneous to ManilArt, Transwing Art Gallery Inc. is holding a month-long solo exhibit for its collection of Paco Gorospe artworks at the GSIS Museum so that gallery owner and art collector Mr. Klaus Hartung has to be in town for the special occasions.
Add to that the fact that four in our family, myself included, celebrate our birthday in October. We normally have the family Octobirthday on the last week of the month to make sure that the family is complete when we indulge in a buffet meal. With four celebrants, we all think it’s justified and more cost-efficient and practical to just have one celebration.
We have a pretty neat line up in our sections since we came online in June of this year and are looking forward to a better season in 2015.
Thank you for supporting DiscoverThePhilippines.com
Prost and Danke Schoen!
The team first came together between 2004-2006 for the quarterly travel, arts & culture magazine. Within a span of two years, we were able to publish eight issues that featured eight provinces and market one travel guidebook before we went our separate ways.
It has been an exciting eight years of hiatus, with each one pursuing individual career goals. After an impromptu reunion in Laguna in September of 2013, the team decided that the “project” was worth pursuing and so we put together our own resources and DiscoverThePhilippines.com was born.
With the tagline “unveil 7,108 islands……unmatched Filipino hospitality”, we wish to make known to the world the 7,108 islands that we call home. It comes without saying that genuine hospitality is innate in every Filipino and with it, we hope to win new friends and build bridges.
We are, after all, a global village!
OLIVER QUINGCO II