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    Victory Liner Bus Terminal Pasay to NAIA Terminal 1, 2, 3, and 4 (Manila Airport)

    Here's good news for travellers from the north going to NAIA for their flights out, you can just proceed to Victory Liner bus station on EDSA Malibay in Pasay City then board na HM Transport bus to your airport terminal destination

    herewith are the details:

    Start of operations: October 9, 2015

    Bus schedules: From 5am to 10pm, with one hour interval between trips
    Bus Fare: PhP20.00

    No information yet if you can also take the HM Transport bus from the airport going to Victory Liner as this is also very important for visitors disembarking from the airport

    there's news though that the LTFRB has approved franchise route extension of several city buses to proceed to NAIA Terminal 3 to take NAIA Road from Roxas Boulevard, Domestic Road, then Andrews Avenue to load/unload only at Circulo del Mundo near NAIA Terminal 3. Other buses with signboards MIA already pass by NAIA Terminal 1 and 2

    Related Posts:
    Victory Liner Deluxe Bus to Baguio
    Bus Terminals in Cubao Bus Station in Pasay/Taft/LRT Buendia
    Bus Stations in Pasay Taft EDSA Rotonda

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 8:12 PM, , links to this post

    Paet-Taka Festival Schedule of Activities (Paete, Laguna)

    Paet Taka Festival is an annual festival in Paete, Laguna in the month of September showcasing the town's products, arts and crafts.

    herewith is the schedule of activities for 2015 edition

    Paet, from whom Paete got its name, is a straight edge chisel used by carvers while taka is paper mache, two of the town's signature products

    Should you need more information about Tutubi's hometown, just leave a comment, post on Facebook, or just email :)

    Paet Taka Festival 2013 pictures:
    Paet Taka Festival


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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 11:45 PM, , links to this post

    Which Comes First, "Nineteen Kopong Kopong," "Panahon Pa ni Mahoma," Or "Noong Bata Pa Si Sabel"?

    Tutubi was once asked by a foreigner about the meaning of "panahon pa ni Mahoma" heard from his Filipino friends to which he has a ready answer. The same question is now being discussed at a certain Facebook group discussing "panahon pa ni Mahoma and "Panahon ni Kopong Kopong"

    In this post, we will discuss these two "times" plus another time called "noong bata pa si Sabel (when Sabel was still young)"

    1. Panahon Pa Ni Mahoma:

    People usually associate this with Gen. Masaharu Homma, commander of the Japanese invading forces during World War 2 under whose watch the Bataan Death March happened (to which he was sentenced to die by an American court by Gen. MacArthur even if he did not order the march nor the cruelty to captured American and Filipino prisoners-of-war (POWs). He was executed in Los Banos, Laguna (the site visited by Tutubi a few months but still unblogged as of this time) and his remains later shipped to Japan and interred at the (in)famous Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo. (Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita was condemned together with Homma in a Manila trial and was also executed in Los Banos, near UPLB, the site of Baker Hall, a former POW camp and site of the daring UPLB dawn raid similar to what happened in World War 2 Raid at UST and Cabanatuan)


    Mahoma in this expression came from Muhammad (sometimes Mohamed), prophet of Islam, who lived from the year 570AD until 632AD

    2. Panahon ni Kopong Kopong

    Who's Kopong Kopong? There's nobody in Philippine nor in World History named Kopong Kopong.


    Kopong is an old Tagalog word for none or zero. When you say nineteen kopong kopong, it means 1900 literally.
    Somebody though should be credited for coining the funny expression "panahon pa ni Kopong Kopong" which stuck though.

    3. Noong Bata Pa Si Sabel

    Literally means "when Sabel was still young" but who's Sabel? It's not about an old movie (that Tutubi has yet to see)


    Sabel refers to Queen Isabella II of Spain who ruled Spain from 1833 to 1868. Her name is tied to the history of Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) which was founded in 1851 as El Banco Español Filipino de Isabel II (Spanish-Filipino Bank of Isabel II).

    The province of Isabela in Cagayan Valley is also named after her, a gate of Intramuros called Puerta de Isabel II near the Bureau of Immigration and National Press Club and the the Bridge of Isabel II in Imus, Cavite completed in 1857, the site of the Battle of Imus River in 1896.

    Queen Isabella II is also "to blame" for the Filipinos use of word "pera" to refer to money instead of the Spanish word dinero for money or treasure.

    Intramuros' Puerta de Isabel II monument

    According to Ambeth Ocampo, "the late Alejandro Roces who said that “pera” originated from the coins that carried the profile of Isabel II whose legitimacy was challenged by her uncle Carlos, resulting in the so-called “Carlist Wars.” Roces maintained that Isabel’s detractors referred to her as “La Perra” (The Bitch), hence the coins that bore her image became known as “perra,” a name that caught on to become our “pera.”

    There you go, wo you now know which dates comes first "Nineteen Kopong Kopong," "Panahon Pa ni Mahoma," Or "Noong Bata Pa Si Sabel" plus the origin of the pera (money) in Filipino language :)

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 6:22 PM, , links to this post

    How to Get to Pasay City Hall: Map, Commute, Directions

    Tutubi has been driving for nine years now but always on the lookout for jeepneys and buses particularly new routes on getting to places that's why he's been able to updated information on getting to places via public transportation. He's also taking public transportation occasionally just for the hang of it or when there are no suitable and safe parking spaces.

    How to Get to Pasay City Hall

    Map of Pasay City Hall with F.B Harrison corner Pasadena

    If you happen to be flagged down by the blue boys of Pasay (traffic police) for a traffic violation, particularly the notorious "no swerving" rule on EDSA u-turn slots near SM Mall of Asia (MOA), you will find yourself going to Pasay CIty Hall to claim your drivers licens (if you're not evil enough to bribe those miscreants on EDSA). Information also for mayor's permit, business permit, birth certificate, marriage certificate and other transactions at Pasay City Hall

    How to Commute to Pasay City Hall

    Via MRT: get off at MRT Taft Avenue station then take a taxi to Pasay City Hall or a bus to Baclaran then alight at the corner of F.B. Harrison. Take a jeepney to Quiapo, Divisoria or Sta. Cruz and alight in front of Pasay City Hall

    via LRT: get off at LRT EDSA station then take a taxi to Pasay City Hall or a bus to Baclaran then alight at the corner of F.B. Harrison. Take a jeepney to Quiapo, Divisoria or Sta. Cruz and alight in front of Pasay City Hall. ALternately, get off at LRT Libertad station, take a jeep to DFA, Pasay Post Office and alight at F.B. Harrison then walk to Pasay City Hall

    on EDSA via bus: take a bus to Baclaran (not the one with LRT/Leveriza) then drop off on EDSA corner F.B. Harrison. Take a jeepney to Quiapo, Divisoria or Sta. Cruz and alight in front of Pasay City Hall

    From Quezon City, Quiapo, Sta. Cruz or Divisoria, if you're not in a hurry, the jeepneys with signboards Baclaran/Mabini will pass by right in front of Pasay City Hall.

    If you're from Cavite, just go to Baclaran then board jeepneys with signboard Quiapo or Sta. Cruz or Divisoria with Mabini (not Taft) as they pass by Pasay City Hall

    Driving Directions to Pasay City Hall

    easiest route to get there from Makati, Taguig, Pasig or Mandaluyong is via EDSA, past Taft Avenue then turn right to F.B. Harrison. No idea though where to park

    Nearby places:
    Cuneta Astrodome
    US Embassy Residences
    Pasay City Police Station
    Pasay Post Office
    Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)
    Pasay City West High School
    Philippine School for the Deaf
    Philippine National School for the Blind
    PLDT Pasay
    Pasay City Swimming Pool (is this open to the public and entrance fee?)


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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 8:02 PM, , links to this post

    Online Shopping for Travel Gears? Try Lazada

    Tutubi doesn't like shopping, even going to malls (as he prefers to be close to nature than stick it in the urban jungle). He nowadays don't have time to shop around but found online shopping experience effortless.

    One of his favorite online shopping places is Lazada Philippines which now offers cash on delivery terms if you don't have a credit card even a bank account.

    Some of the things he bought online from Lazada include the following:

    4-Person Dome Tent (being enjoyed by Tutubi's nephew in Paete, Laguna)

    CWK-8000 12MP Car DVR (Digital Video Recorder, popularly known as DashCam) to record everything that happens when on the road, useful in case of accidents or some worthy scene along the way. Sample videos of this car DVR can be found on DashCam Diaries Philippines channel on Youtube

    Solar LED Light, packaged together with the camping tent. He was actually looking for a cheap, useable tent but the one he saw on Lazada has this item bundled with it

    Other items bought by Tutubi online from Lazada includes external hard disk (to backup his personal and travel photo collection), 32GB microSD card (for added memory space for camera pictures), solar power bank to charge gadgets even high up the mountains, a "samurai" sword disguised as a baton (for "home security" purposes), short pants and a long sleeve shirt.

    How do you buy items on Lazada?

    Simple, just log on to Lazada Philippines, register then choose items to add to your shopping cart. Payment options include Paypal, ATM/debit cards, credit cards and also cash on delivery (COD) which is now Tutubi's favorite. Defective items/warranty claims and replacements to be returned via LBC, with shipping free of charge within 7 or 14 days (depending on the stated warranty for the product).

    You can subscribe to their daily newsletter to be updated with their latest promos too


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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 7:58 PM, , links to this post

    July 27, 2015 Holiday Iglesia Ni Cristo Anniversary?

    The Iglesia Ni Cristo will celebrate its 101 years in existence at the sprawling Ciudad de Victoria, Bocaue, Bulacan site of the Philippine Arena on July 27, 2015.

    In previous years, PNoy declared July 27 as special non-working holiday, particularly last year being the 100th anniversary (centennial) but it was a Sunday.
    This year, July 27, 2015 falls on a Monday and it may be declared non-working holiday

    The Iglesia Ni Cristo on Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City

    As of now, Malacanang declared July 27 as a WORKING holiday though and this may not change as it nears :P

    Expect heavy traffic on NLEX on July 27 particularly near Bocaue and also EDSA Monumento area


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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 9:17 PM, , links to this post

    How to Get to Boracay from Palawan (Puerto Princesa, El Nido) via Iloilo

    A lot times this question was asked of Tutubi, mainly by foreigners referred by Facebook. To avoid typing the answer occasionally, Tutubi decided to just create a post to answer the question How to Get to Boracay from Palawan or How to get to Palawan from Boracay:

    white sand beach of Boracay is a local and international favorite

    How to Get to Boracay from Puerto Princesa, Palawan

    1. The best way is to fly to Iloilo instead of going back to Manila as there are no direct flights to Caticlan or Kalibo from Puerto Princesa at the moment. Puerto Princesa to Iloilo routes are served by Cebu Pacific Air and Philippine Airlines

    2. From Iloilo Airport, take a taxi to Tagbak Transport Terminal (along MacArthur Highway in Jaro, Iloilo City). If you have time and less budget, take Iloilo Airport Shuttle to SM City Mall (fare PhP50/Pax ) then take SM City Mall Jeepney to bus Station (Tagbak terminal fare: PhP10.00/Pax)

    3. At Tagbak terminal, take a bus to Caticlan/Boracay. Travel time to Caticlan from Iloilo is around 4-5 hours and will pass by Kalibo (Bus fare: around PhP350.00) Iloilo to Boracay Bus (to inquire on trip schedules and bus fares)

    Office: Traveler’s Lounge, SM City Iloilo, Mandurriao, Iloilo City
    Telephone Number: +63.33.320.3660

    Ceres Liner
    Office: Tagbak, Jaro, Iloilo City
    Telephone Number: +63.33.329.1223;+63.33.321.2371

    4. In Caticlan, take a short boat ride to Boracay Island.

    How to Get to Boracay from Palawan by Ferry/Boat:

    not for the faint of heart, there's a Puerto Princesa to Iloilo ferry via Cuyo, Palawan
    served by Montenegro Shipping and Milagrosa Shipping Corporation. This is less expensive but takes a lot of time though you may really want to visit the island of Cuyo with its charming old church and Spanish-era fortress.

    to answer these questions, you can reverse the directions given above:

    How to Get to Boracay from El Nido, Palawan
    How to Get to Boracay from Palawan (Puerto Princesa, El Nido, Coron)
    How to Get to Palawan from Boracay
    How to Get to Puerto Princesa from Boracay
    How to Get to El Nido, Palawan from Boracay
    How to Get to Boracay from Iloilo
    How to Get to Iloilo from Palawan

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 9:50 PM, , links to this post

    The Bunga Twin Falls in Nagcarlan, Laguna

    A refreshing dip in the water of Bunga Twin Falls in Nagcarlan, Laguna.

    The twin waterfalls of Narcarlan, lesser-known compared to Taytay Falls in Majayjay moreso with the popular Pagsanjan Falls, was visited by Tutubi quite some time ago.

    The waterfall features a twin fall "design," quite similar to Kalayaan Twin Falls but has more nature-ish feel to it due to absence of concrete development.

    the twin falls, height can be estimated from the people added to the frame to add scale

    the natural rocks and boulders of the river and sample of cottages for rent

    siesta time on a waterbed?

    there's an area where you can pitch tents and cook, ideal for backpackers

    Bunga Falls Information:
    Entrance Fee: PhP5.00/person (yes, barya lang, even for overnight camping trip)
    Cottage Rentals: starts at PhP200.00 (quite expensive though)
    Overnight Accommodation (cottage rent): PhP400.00 (free if you have your own tent)
    Activities: hiking, trekking, swimming, camping, water tubing, glamping (?), sleeping :P
    Parking Fee: PhP20.00 (vehicles), PhP15.00 (motorcycles)

    How to Get to Nagcarlan, Laguna:

    Take a bus to Sta. Cruz, Laguna (Green Star Express in LRT Gil Puyat Station, HM Transport on EDSA Cubao or DLTB bus.

    In Sta. Cruz Laguna (Pagsawitan), transfer to a jeepney to Nagcarlan. In Nagcarlan town proper, take a tricycle to Bunga Falls

    Related Post:
    List of Waterfalls in Laguna

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 9:49 PM, , links to this post

    Pampanga Beach Resort with White Sand?

    Tutubi checked in to a "beach resort in Pampanga" inside a sprawling export processing zone and found a sport where you can play beach volleyball on white sand. Can you guess where this is?

    More details to follow

    coconut trees, white sand beach and a lake

    beach volleyball, anyone?

    As of this time, Tutubi is still in transition phase. He's been very busy these past two years at work and just recently transferred from Makati to Pasig City to cut his travel time in half.

    He'll post more as his backlog is quite long already!

    he'll also celebrate nine years of travel blogging (he's been blogging for more than ten years now actually)

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 8:13 PM, , links to this post

    KMS/CODA Lines Bus to Sagada Fares, Trip Schedules, Contact Number

    KMS Philippines, now CODA Lines Corporation, will open a Manila - Banaue bus route via Bontoc starting April 1, 2015.

    Herewith is the information on bus fares/rates, trip schedules (departure and arrival) for this route that was formerly served by another bus company.

    CODA Lines (photos taken from Coda Line Facebook page)

    KMS Line bus terminal is near LRT 2 Legarda station.
    Contact Number is posted on the picture below, just call the telephone number for any inquiries or possible ticket reservations.

    Related Posts:
    Bus Terminals in Cubao
    Bus Station in Pasay/Taft/LRT Buendia
    Bus Stations in Pasay Taft EDSA Rotonda

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 8:06 PM, , links to this post