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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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Sun is setting on Urbiztondo beach

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Urbiztondo beach surfing

Posted on 08 November 2012 by Dreidel Regala

Urbiztondo beach. That is the place where surfers head to in Northern Philippines. And if you are one of them I’m sure you won’t mind the 6-7 hours ride from the capital Manila.

Sun is setting on Urbiztondo beach

Sun is setting on Urbiztondo beach

I went here during the Surf and Music Fest this year. Place is busy but I liked that my favorite bands are playing. When I spoke to Mickey (a local), he said that on a normal day the beach is really quiet and peaceful but since La Union is home to many surfers, they also have a lot of surfing events that happen year round.

And as with many surf spots in the country, surf season usually happen between October – March in La Union. Me and my friends are only beginners in this sport and we think La Union‘s waves are a tad difficult than its counterpart Baler but it’s still tolerable. For more advanced surfers, you can head to the point break at the far right of the beach line.

To go to Urbiztondo beach from Manila, just take a Partas bus bound for Laoag then tell the driver to drop you off Sebay (See-bey).

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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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