#SailEast Ormoc’s Queen Pineapple Harvest Scene

Queen Pineapple Harvest
Queen Pineapple Harvest

The port city of Ormoc is the largest city in Leyte and the second largest in Eastern Visayas. It’s landscape of gentle plains and low rolling terrains is home to probably one of the world’s sweetest pineapples – Ormoc’s queens pineapple. There are more than 500 hectares of agricultural land and at least 210 hectares are devoted to pineapple plantations. In our stay in Ormoc, we drove one early morning to visit one of these plantations to get a glimpse of how the city’s prime crop are harvested.

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#SailEast Savoring the Sights at San Juanico Bridge

San Juanico Bridge from the air
San Juanico Bridge from the air

I have passed by this iconic bridge in Eastern Visayas several times already. I realized I have not written about it yet as this megastructure deserves its own entry. The San Juanico Bridge is the longest bridge over a body of water in the Philippines. Connecting the city of Tacloban, Leyte to the town of Sta Rita in Samar. The bridge spans 2,164 meters (7,100 ft) crossing over San Juanico Strait. This meandering steel bridge is a man-made wonder worthy a stop when in Tacloban to marvel at this architectural feat. Travel on foot along its side pedestrian lane to enjoy the picturesque views at the strait.

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#SailEast Kalanggaman Island: Sandbar Island Jewel of Leyte

Kalanggaman Island sandbar
Kalanggaman Island sandbar

For the past four years, Kalanggaman island has risen to fame. It started when German luxury cruise company Hapag-Lloyd made a stop to this small island in Palompon, Leyte back in 2013. The MS Europa, considered as the “most beautiful” of its luxury cruise ships unloaded about 400 passengers on this 6-hectare large island. They only stayed for a couple of hours but it was enough for visitors to be awed by this small island with a beautiful white beach, coconut tree dotted island and picturesque sandbar. Soon photos and videos of the island went viral in the internet dubbing Kalanggaman Island as one the most beautiful sandbars in the world.

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6 Unexplored Budget Destinations for Your Christmas Getaway

Cagnipa cove and hills
Cagnipa cove and hills

While some people are making endless lists of what to buy this Christmas, you and your family start packing to spend this year’s holidays meandering to a few breathtaking unexplored parts of the country. Wandering to incredible places can strengthen connections especially if the trip is secured with travel insurance to cover the high costs that can be incurred in times of mishaps.

Before this year ends, you and your loved ones can find a way to venture into an educational and life-changing journey without having to spend much on tickets and hotel accommodation. Brace yourselves as we unveil budget destinations you’ve never heard before that will sure help make this Christmas more memorable.

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#SailEast Liloan: Tagbak Marine Park and Molopolo Beach

At the Tagbak Marine Park in Liloan
At the Tagbak Marine Park in Liloan

It was a welcome we never expected. We were on a road trip from Malitbog driving to the other side of Sogod Bay. Our guide, Butz, was leading us towards Wawa Bridge, the bridge that connects the mainland and the northern part of Panaon Island which are under the municipality of Liloan, Southern Leyte. We stopped by a viewpoint of Tagbak Marine Park. Once we got off our van, blaring music went on and a group of colorful festival dancers started to perform. On the side are tables of local delicacies and handicrafts. Oh what a welcome, Liloan.

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Stay | Holiday Inn Baguio City Centre

Double Bed Superior Room
Double Bed Superior Room

All roads lead to Baguio for metro folks looking to escape the city heat. More so during the cold months when people yearns for the cold clime as Baguio temperature drops below to 15 degree centigrade. Traveller would delight to know InterContinental Hotels Group has stamped their presence in the city of pines with the newly built, Holiday Inn Baguio City Centre. The 185-room, eight story building opened its doors mid of 2018. Offering another option in Baguio City with the staple quality of the Holiday Inn chain.

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iDiscover Quiapo: Heritage and Culture You May Have Not Seen

The Ocampo Pagoda Mansion
The Ocampo Pagoda Mansion

I remember spending a lot of time in the streets of Quiapo when I was still in college. There are familiar streets and landmarks but my wanderings remains to what is required from school. Deovir art supplies, Hidalgo camera shops and bookstores nearby. Venturing through the bustling streets of Quiapo can be challenging and intimidating. Not to mention its seedy reputation as home of pickpockets. But thread carefully and guided properly, a trip to Quiapo can be an enriching experience. Behind the many shops, dvd stalls and buzzing transpos are heritage gems, foodie finds and culture

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