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Festivals: The Dinagyang of Iloilo, Philippines

Posted on 23 January 2014 by Dreidel Regala

Did You Know?

The Dinagyang Festival (of Iloilo, Philippines) has won the most in the Aliwan Fiesta (a.k.a. The Mother of all Fiestas) street dance category held in Pasay City every April of the year. Philippines has so many festivals and witnessing them all in one place, battling for pride, is sure fantastic.

Oh yeah Dinagyang 2014 is up this weekend!

Don’t forget to bring home some Biscocho Haus butterscotches. =)

Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo, Philippines

© Photo credit to Dr. Raul Banias

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Surf Break

Posted on 13 August 2013 by Dreidel Regala

Surfing season is almost back and where there is surfing there is music!

La Union Surf School has recently announced the schedule of this year’s Surf Break: Soul Surf event and even paired it with music and arts. Now how awesome is that! So free up your calendars and mark October 24-27 as Surf Break holiday.

The La Union Surf Break happens in Urbiztondo San Juan, La Union. If you need help on your travel arrangements check out Travel Factor.

I’m loving the lineup. It sounds so chill.


Now I’m wondering if the other surf and music festival will still happen the week after. If it is then definitely a great time to be in La Union.

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Surf and Music Festival

Posted on 03 November 2011 by Dreidel Regala

I’m a newbie at surfing but oh boy it sure is fun! Plus the music festival was pure awesome (I was in front of the stage the whole time!!!), kudos to Aloha Boardsports and Travel Factor for this. I’ll surely comeback to Baler for more unglamorous surf falls.

**Baler, Aurora is a 5-6hrs drive from Manila. It is a good place for beginners to learn surfing as the water is only chest deep.

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Welcome September!

Posted on 01 September 2011 by Dreidel Regala

One more sleep to go and the Philippine Travel Mart kicks off! So travel junkies hurry and make your way to the SMX Convention Center (near SM Mall of Asia) tomorrow September 2 until Sunday September 4. Great deals await everyone!

But if you can’t make it to the event be sure not to miss the following as leading local airlines are currently offering good sale fares online!


Did you know that it’s also the Tuna Festival on September 3! Yep the country’s Tuna Capital – General Santos city is having some major yummy celebration. Fish lovers you still have time as the festivities are on until Monday.

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Philippines: What to do when it’s raining?

Posted on 15 August 2011 by Dreidel Regala

Philippines is a tropical country. It’s hot and humid most of the time which makes beaches and sun activies a popular retreat. But the country also gets the other side of the weather wheel. Rainy season in The Philippines happens between June to September (but could sometimes go until November) which is exactly the opposite to Europe’s and America’s summer time (and vacation time).

So is there anything to do during the rainy season of Philippines? Answer, absolutely! You won’t have to soak yourself up at the sofa at home or skip your vacation time until next season because there are still tons of things to do.

For a certain group of people the rainy season is their favorite. They pack their gears and boards then head to the nearest (or maybe biggest) wave they can find. Yup, the stoked surfers wish there’d be massive sea rumblings to create their ride. Beginners prefer the La Union and Zambales coasts then eventually head on to Baler, Aurora Province or the monster Siargao island.

Another great water activity that feeds on massive flow is white water rafting. You get splashed and thrown as you maneuver your way through the rapids. Visit Kalinga or Cagayan de Oro and get your adventure. And when your at it do check other possible activities in the area (like in CamSur) where you could also find a place to wakeboard, jetski etc.

Did you know that The Philippines is made up of a lot of Islands (7,107!)? And like having different tongue dialects is not enough, the food also varies! Every province has their own specialty to offer and to which a stranger must try. Go food tripping to the province of Bacolod and taste their Inasal chicken, have a hot La Paz Batchoy soup in Iloilo, eat the sweetest Mangoes from Guimaras, divulge yourself with the tastiest Lechon from Cebu, or head to the culinary capital Pampanga. Whichever it is you prefer just don’t forget to grab a balut!

There are several festivals going on around the country all throughout the year, and fortunately some do fall on the rainy months! The Pintados festival happening on June 29 in Leyte is one of the most colorful ones with participants decorating themselves with body art. Another popular one is the August Kadayawan festival of Davao. Food feast, souvenirs and a lot of performances happening so it will be everything fun. Bacolod also has its own version with the MassKara festival in October. This is a great opportunity to eat the yummy Inasal chicken while you’re watching the entertaining performances of masked dancers. And if you want to see giant “higantes” paper-made puppets head to the Higantes festival in Angono Rizal on November 23.

And finally take a plane to the northernmost tip of the archipelago – Batanes. While the rest of the country is raining, the people in Batanes consider the rainy months as their summer. See beautiful hill landscapes, stone houses and a different culture in this interesting part of The Philippines.

Well there you go. The rainy season isn’t so bad after all. Get yourself up and make your adventure count under the rain.

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