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April 22, 2017

Gangneung Gyeongpo: Cherry Blossom Festival by the Lake!

 by Abigail Javellana

Gangneung Gyeongpo Cherry Blossom Festival

Many spring festivals are happening all over Korea, but one of the most anticipated is the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Every year, Gangneung hosts the Gyeongpo Cherry Blossom Festival, which usually starts early to mid-April where you'll catch the cherry blossoms at their peak. This year the festival ran from April 6 to April 12.

 

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April 21, 2017

BATAN SOUTH TOUR: House of Dakay, Honesty Cafe, and Malboro Country (Part 2)

by Abigail Javellana

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We heard that the South Batan Tour was much more charming than that of North Batan. But how could that be, when we were already captured by the breathtaking landscapes of the North?!

South Batan is where you’ll find everything to love about Batanes--from the marvelous historical man-made structures, natural sceneries, and authentic Ivatan cuisine, down to taking part in the important cultural experience.

The South Batan Tour is a day tour covering the towns of Ivana, Mahatao, and Uyugan. The tour starts early in Mahatao and covers Chawa Viewdeck, San Jose Borromeo Church, Tayid Lighthouse, Diura fishing village, and Racuh a Payaman (Marlboro Country), then starts again after lunch to Imnajbu, Alapad, Uyugan Town, Ivana Town, Honesty Coffee Shop, and the oldest house in Basco.

Here's our itinerary with Kuya Roger of Bashi Tours, who showed us around South of Basco...

Bashi Eco-Tours & Adventure
Batanes, Batan - Sabtang - Itbayat
Mobile: +63 999 990-7547, +63 929-6418829
Email: bashitours@gmail.com
Guide: Roger Doplito

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April 20, 2017

BATAN NORTH TOUR: Basco and the Biggest Batanes Island! (Part 1)

by Abigail Javellana

Basco, Batanes 

Batanes, you take my breathe away!

A trip to Batanes is something you'll have to do at least once in your lifetime. The country's northernmost province is one of the most sought-after tourism frontiers, gifted with its unique blend of breathtaking scenery, natural beauty, and well-preserved culture!

North Batan consists of the whole of Basco--from the picturesque Valugan boulder beach, Vayang rolling hills, and Basco lighthouse, to the Mount Carmel Chapel, Fundacion Pacita, the Japanese tunnels, and a weather station with a 360 view of the island!

Check out these awesome Batanes scenes from our northern Batan island tour... 

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April 18, 2017

@MadridFusionManila 2017: A Gastronomical Roadmap to Sustainability! (Photo Essay Recap)

by Kristine Terrible

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This year’s Madrid Fusion Manila revolved around the theme “Towards a Sustainable Gastronomic Planet”.

During the International Food Congress, twenty-four of the best chefs in the world--most of them with at least one Michelin star under their belts, and all of them with multiple awards--discussed how they practice sustainability in their kitchens and businesses every day.

 

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Given an hour each including a few minutes where they answered questions from the audience, they also demonstrated a few of their dishes that best showcased the theme.

Madrid Fusion 2017 Series:
• 10 Most Awesome Heirloom Rice Creations! @MadridFusionManila (Day 1) 
• 10 Most Awesome "Nose-to-Tail" Creations! @MadridFusionManila (Day 2)
• 5 Most Awesome Corn Creations! @MadridFusionManila (Day 3)

 

Here's the recap of the three-day International Gastronomy Congress at Madrid Fusion Manila...

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April 17, 2017

LUBAO IBMF 2017: A Hot Air Balloon Musical Summer in Pampanga! #LubaoIBMF2017

by Monique Tendencia

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For its 4th year, the Lubao International Balloon and Music Festival entertained its guests for four days with not just hot air balloons, but also with aerial exhibitions like skydiving and paragliding, animal showcases, magic shoes, concerts, and a spectacular fireworks display as well.

 

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Held from April 6 to 9 at Pradera Verde, Prado Siongco, Lubao, Pampanga, the festival featured 37 hot air balloons including some animal-themed balloons such as Tako the Octopus, Bobo the Lobster, a frog, and a rooster to celebrate 2017 as The Year of the Rooster. Most of the balloonists were foreigners, but the Philippines was well-represented with 10 balloons.

 

Lubao International Balloon and Music Festival
Date: 4 Day Event Every April during Summer in Pampanga
Venue: Pradera Verde, Prado Siongco, Lubao, Pampanga.
Email: lubaoibf@gmail.com
Facebook: Lubao International Balloon and Music Festival
Website: http://lubaoibmf.com/

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