MANILA -- Boracay’s closure may have dampened the spirits of city folk looking to enjoy the vibrant night life and party at the beach. But for those looking for a quick getaway and that chill island vibe without traveling too far, why not check out The Island right here in the metro? The Island at the Palace is a chic tropical enclave in Taguig conveniently near crowd favorites like Yes Please, Valkyrie and The Brewery at the Palace. The Palace Pool Club got a facelift as it reopened its doors with a fresh face and name as The Island, the first tropical-themed nightlife market in the country. You can definitely feel the summer vibe with all the Instagram-worthy details, including murals, handpainted wooden signs, a walkway painted in rainbow hues over the pool, flamingo pool floaters, and a secret garden area with several cozy nooks and tables. The Island features several food and concept bars serving both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for those who love the … [Read more...] about News LOOK: Enjoy beach vibes in the city at The Island
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For many of us, the idea of a vacation can be summed up into three things: white sand, clear blue-green waters, and fresh air. Imagine leaving the hustle and bustle of city life for the sights and sounds of the beach. Simply priceless. Now imagine, waking up every day to the sound of the sea kissing the shore and feeling the warm rays of the sun on your face. That dream can become a reality when you live at Playa Laiya. Just two and a half hours away from Metro Manila, Playa Laiya is an upscale residential area found near one of the finest beaches in San Juan, Batangas. Developed by Premier developer Landco,the community features private beach homes within reach of a pristine white-sand beach that stretches for 1.5 kilometers as well as access to the Playa Laiya Beach Club. “The seven kilometer contiguous beach front of Laiya has always been the strength of the tourism of San Juan, Batangas, and this has been the inspiration of Landco to develop a leisure tourism estate in the … [Read more...] about Are you ready for a fine beach experience?
The Non-government organization for Fisheries Reform (NFR) has voiced out concerns regarding the “40-meter no-build zones” prounounced by the national government as part of the rehabilitation efforts of Super Typhoon Yolanda. Former Sen. Panfilo Lacson, who was designated as the Presidential Adviser for Reconstruction and Rehabilitation, clarified that the 40-meter area should be interpreted as “no-dwelling zones.” If implemented, the policy will affect 126 coastal municipalities in 13 provinces and will displace 252,688 fishing households based on a conservative estimate of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC). More than a month after Yolanda ravaged fishing communities in the Visayas, NFR spoke with key fisher leaders in Tacloban City, Palo and Baybay in Leyte; Guiuan, Balangiga, Hernani and Giporlos in Eastern Samar; Carles, San Dionisio, Concepcion and Batad in Northern Iloilo; and Sta. Fe, Madridejos and Bantayan in Cebu. … [Read more...] about Fishermen comment on ‘Yolanda’ reconstruction
ONE promise Filipinos have made this New Year is to visit new places and experience different cultures found in and out of the country. One destination that local travelers can enjoy, while at the same time experiencing the beauty of nature is the island of Puerto Galera. With its tropical ambience and vibrant shoreline, there are many hidden places and activities found in the beautiful island, making the place found in Oriental Mindoro, an eco-cultural hub. Easily accessible for Metro Manila dwellers, there are a lot of areas in Puerto Galera that remain exclusive and hidden away from the usual beachgoers. Puerto Galera’s generally mountainous topography is home to well-preserved caves and hidden waterfalls linked to rivers and streams crisscrossing the municipality’s landscape. The island’s setting has provided a natural habitat for numerous flora and fauna that can only be found in the Philippines, as well as the indigenous Mangyan sub-tribe in Mindoro—the … [Read more...] about An eco-cultural escape just outside Manila
Curtain-raisers: Sad to learn that a popular (and quite controversial) young singer has started selling some of her properties, including a car and a vacation house somewhere near Metro Manila. Has she, like most of us, started to feel the economic pinch? Or is it a sign that her marketability and popularity are going down? If so, she has nobody to blame but herself for letting fame and fortune weigh her down. Or is it fate’s way of knocking her back to her senses (after she kind of “rejected” her Filipino-ness)? The family of a pretty show host must have (even grudgingly?) given its blessing to her May-December romance with a co-host twice her age. You see, every time there’s a family gathering, her father would replay the episode many years ago when she competed in a kiddie contest on the show she and her beloved are now hosting. As soon as the precious videotape starts rolling, she very quietly slips out of the room, leaving the family members with amused … [Read more...] about They are on a merry-go-round