Mt. Tibig (Lobo, Batangas)
Some people look for serenity on top of a mountain. The problem is, even some mountains tend to be a bit overcrowded by hikers. The solution? Climb Mount Tibig! It’s the ideal mountain to climb because it’s near Manila, the locals are very hospitable, it takes an hour or two to reach the top, it’s surrounded by grasslands and woodlands, and the view of the Southern Batangas coastlines is amazing!
Hagimit Waterfalls (Samal, Davao del Norte)
Samal is an isolated island in Davao where you can forget all your worries. You can go to beaches, resorts, caves, and other natural resources, but you must make it a point to visit Hagimit Waterfalls. There’s nothing more relaxing than basking in nature’s peaceful swimming pool and its natural rock formations! (Make sure to take note of the entrance fees – PHP40.00 for adults and PHP20.00 for kids 2 to 7 years old.)
El Union Coffee (San Juan, La Union)
Tired from all the swimming and surfing in La Union? Make El Union Coffee your stopover and devour their scrumptious desserts! Its hipster vibe is sure to lure you over. One of the must-tries in the menu is their S’mores with Grahams.
Mando’s Wing Shack (Poblacion, Makati)
Sometimes, we just want to feast on chicken wings in peace. But the restaurants that offer them are often crowded with loud people! Well, Mando’s Wing Shack is not one of them. Stationed in a residential area, Mando’s Wing Shack offers everything messy and mouth-watering in between, like wings, burgers, tacos and fries.
Malingay Cove/Blue Lagoon (Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte)
A once-hidden bay in Ilocos, this place became famous for its white sand and blue crystal waters. The best part is that there are just a number of people staying in Malingay Cove, so you can relax in solitude!