When someone asks a Filipino to recommend a local destination, Antique might be the last place that they would think of. But hear me out – there is an island less than three hours from the capital town that I think stands out to be one of the best-looking beach destinations in the country.
The developing 55-hectare island is surrounded by white sandy beaches and rolling hills that could rival that of Batanes. The trek requires a guide that is available at about P200 as of 2019. Meanwhile, the locals that live in the beach area offer homestays for tourists that also immerses you on the locals’ ways of life. Alternatively, there is a private resort that offers humble cottages fronting a cove that is perfect for photoshoots and/or R&R.
Check out my Instagram (@dalebacar) for more photos and videos from this trip.
How to go to Mararison: From San Jose in Antique, Kalibo, or Caticlan, take a bus to Culasi, Antique. At the Culasi Port, take a boat to Mararison. If you are booking the private resort, they have their own private boat that takes you to the island from their beach-front restaurant in Culasi. Instructions will be provided upon booking.
If you ever wish to catch glimpse of the famous Mayon Volcano in its original home before it gets moved to Naga (I swear this was funny in 2018) or simply experience the history-rich Legazpi City, consider staying at The Marison Hotel.
Strategically located in the heart of Legazpi, The Marison Hotel is built to be the premium gateway for tourists and business travelers in the Bicol region. Situated just a quick five-minute drive from the Legazpi Airport, it’s easily one of the most centrally-located hotels in the city.
Boracay is a paradise. One of the most popular in the country and one that has fallen victim to its own success.
The island has been our retreat of choice for the last xx years during holy week and one inescapable change that you notice is the over-crowding and over-development year after year.
Don’t get me wrong, I like development and I like progress. I love Boracay precisely because it is developed. I am not a fan of virginal beaches where you would have to take several rides just to get to a restaurant or a decent place to stay. By decent I mean an air-conditioned bedroom with a private bathroom and a bidet at the very least. A Starbucks nearby is also a nice bonus. I like the comforts that come with Boracay’s development but it doesn’t take a genius to see that it has gone overboard in that department.
Our decision to go back to Batanes was mostly driven by a tempting seat sale by Philippine Airlines earlier in the year. I did not realize until today, a few hours before I go back to life and adulting, that I badly needed that time to disconnect from the rest of the world.
2017 has been a year loaded with changes – mostly unplanned and unwelcome; both at home and at work. Going to a place that is seemingly frozen in time is somehow comforting after all that.
You know that saying that sometimes what you are looking for is right in front of you but you were too busy looking someplace else that you never noticed? This is that story. Well, sort of.
See, a couple of years ago, our grandmother gave each of us apos a piece of farmland. I guess at the time, we were all busy with our own lives that we never really took the time to even check it out. The caretakers would deliver our share of the produce and that was that. I remember I asked my mom once to send me pictures of the place but her pictures were meh so I didn’t take interest.
But then 2016 happened. The world turned upside down and the prospect of a developed farm suddenly seemed like a great idea to shield ourselves should the global economy go any crazier. And so I booked a quick trip home and scheduled a visit so we can check out the place and plan out improvements.
If you are in the mood for something Mediterranean and you’re headed to Tagaytay, set Waze or Google maps over to Marcia Adams Restaurant. There awaits, seemingly hidden in a Tuscan-inspired secret garden, a quaint restaurant with beautiful old walls and rustic interiors.