#WIWTD 75: Botanical Garden, Casa Vallejo & Mt. Clouds

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My art is an attempt to reach beyond the surface appearance. I want to see growth in wood, time in stone, nature in a city, and I do not mean its parks but a deeper understanding that a city is nature too-the ground upon which it is built, the stone with which it is made.- Andy Goldsworthy
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What I wore:
Sleeveless Top:STRADIVARIUS
Jeans: WRANGLER
Shoes:CONVERSE
Eyewear:SUNNIES
Cape: Eastern Weavers
Taken at the Botanical Garden, Casa Vallejo and Mt. Cloud in Baguio City
During our free time from our After Summer Baguio City Group Getaway we visited some popular hangouts in the area. Mt. Cloud is such an interesting book Shop that can be found inside the Casa Vallejo complex.  It has a lot of hard to find books from. Kids, art, literature and even textbooks.   Casa Vallejo is such a packed placed with a diner,  the Hillside, which serves delicious desserts.   It also has a cinema and yes a bed and breakfast.   
If you are going to Baguio don’t forget to check this place out.  It is just in the town proper. 
Stay gorgeous everyone! 

About Earth Rullan

I am a storyteller. Influencer. Trendsetter. Fashion, Beauty, and Lifestyle Blogger. An advocate of autism awareness, women's and children's rights. A former Journalist. I am not an expert I am experienced. I do what I love no regrets. If you need anything email me at : earthlingorgeous (@) gmail.com

How Was My Stay In Azalea Residences Baguio

Azalea Residences Baguio review

Recently, I visited Baguio City and Azalea Residence was my home for three days and two nights. This was the first time I stayed in a hotel/ full-service residence type in the summer capital as usually I stayed in relatives homes or at home rentals in the area.

Azalea Residences Baguio review
I am very much impressed with the facade. It reminded me of country vacation home somewhere not here in the country. The lush greens especially the pine trees that surrounds the area added a cozy homey out-of-the-country vibe to Azalea Residence Baguio location.

We stayed at one of the 2 bedroom suite in Azalea, here’s how it looks like:

Azalea Residences Baguio is the first all-suite vacation residence in Baguio that has has 99 suite-rooms: 46 Deluxe, 17 One Bedroom, 33 Two Bedroom, and Three 3 bedroom suites. It has complete facilities of a living room with a sofa bed, flat screen tvs with cable connection, toilet and bathroom with hot and cold shower, and amenities in the kitchen dining area such as kitchen appliances and utensil.

Azalea Residences Baguio
Designed with the whole family and barkada in mind, Azalea Residences Baguio offers more beyond rooms: lounge, playground, businss center, WIFI connection, NDD-DDD-IDD, 24 hour doctor on call, laundry and dry cleaning services, coffee shops, massage services, transportation services to and from Manila and tour arrangements!

They actually made all the arrangement for our

Fright ToursArt and Culture Tours and Food Tour 

when we were in Baguio (all those links are clickable so you can see what we did when we were in Baguio).

What I think of Azalea Residences:

  • As far as my personal experience with them, I am happy, the beds are huge, the bathrooms are huge and clean.  I love huge bathrooms and beds. I love their bath essentials, theirs shampoo and lotion smells good and the shampoo did not get my hair all tangled. I love that there’s option for someone staying to cook (although we did not cook) as we had all our breakfast and dinner at their in-house restaurant the Tradisyon Coffee Shop .Food was okay, very limited but I loved their kakanin or the local delicacy sweets for desserts.
  • All the staff members are very friendly and accommodating.  And complied to our whims even if I think some of my trip-mates demands were not part of their job.  They took good care of us.  I enjoyed my stay.

Will I go back?
I would. The rooms are very well kept. The hotel location is very serene there’s room to breathe. For the price range a Barbaka/group/Family of 6 an share in a suite.

Azalea Residences Baguio is located at Leonard Wood Loop, Baguio City. For reservations you may visit www.azaleabaguio.com or email reservations@azalea.com°

How about you, have you tried staying at Azalea Residences Baguio? How was your stay?

Stay gorgeous everyone!

About Earth Rullan

I am a storyteller. Influencer. Trendsetter. Fashion, Beauty, and Lifestyle Blogger. An advocate of autism awareness, women's and children's rights. A former Journalist. I am not an expert I am experienced. I do what I love no regrets. If you need anything email me at : earthlingorgeous (@) gmail.com

#WIWTD 74: BenCab Museum & Tam-Awan Village

Cafe SABEL BenCab Museum

If you want something to be timeless, valuable and a contribution to society and culture, turn it into Art.   David Dory
As part of our #aftersummer trip to Baguio City we visited the famous BenCab Museum Baguio where I was over stimulated with a lot of precious works of arts that are part of the Philippine history and the Cordillera heritage. The place was just filled with too many beautiful pieces that I can’t help myself to take photo with some of my favorite views and pieces (since I can’t take them home with me).

BenCab Museum Baguio
Ethnic Art at BenCab Museum

That tall piece of ethnic art sculpture is a symbol of stature. Only those who are rich and powerful can have this inside their homes.

Ethnic Art at BenCab Museum Baguio

The photo above was very much against the light,   I wish you can see this beautiful sculpture of an Ifugao person who is filled with the ethnic tattoo.

Ethic indigenous art BenCab Museum

Indigenous art and sculptures BenCab Museum

Contemporary art BenCab Museum

Modern impressions of the Philippine Flag

Ode to the Philippine Flag

I love what this painting says “Wag mo damdamin ang mga bagay dahil ang mga bagay walang damdamin.”

Modern art BenCab Museum

Contemporary art

The Maestro Gallery the one on my right in a red dress is BenCab’s first painting.

The Maestro Gallery BenCab Museum

The Erotica Gallery


Erotica gallery BenCab Museum

Weaving is both art and culture as it takes skills and patience to make one pattern and a whole piece. Culture as this is how the old Cordillera people make their clothes.

Weaving in Baguio

One of my dream is to be an inspiration of an artist to be able to paint me the way these women on the painting behind me have.

Cafe SABEL BenCab Museum

For now I am happy to be sketched by one of the artist at the Tam-Awan Village where we see more of the regions art and culture.

Portrait sketching at Tam-Awan Village Baguio
Artist portrait in Baguio
My portrait
Artist sketching in Baguio
Giant lizard at Tam-Awan Village Baguio
Tam-Awan Village Baguio

What I wore:
Off-the-shoulder top: Stradivarius
Skirt: Stradivarius
Petite Weave Belt: Stradivarius
Shoes: Payless Shoestring
Taken at BenCab Museum, Tam-Awan Village and Easter Weavers in Baguio City.
Taken by Kuya T our tour guide in BenLou BenCab and Omar Itay alternately
Have you been to these places before? If not you should when you visit Baguio!

Stay gorgeous everyone!

About Earth Rullan

I am a storyteller. Influencer. Trendsetter. Fashion, Beauty, and Lifestyle Blogger. An advocate of autism awareness, women's and children's rights. A former Journalist. I am not an expert I am experienced. I do what I love no regrets. If you need anything email me at : earthlingorgeous (@) gmail.com

#TravelPAL Quiz Night To Celebrate Philippine Airlines New Flights Destination & Junior Jet Setter Kits

#travelPAL quiz night

 

No amount of rain can stop travel enthusiast bloggers to attend the Philippine Airlines #TravelPAL Quiz Night held at the Vyne BGC recently.   It was a mix of fashion, travel, beauty and lifestyle bloggers who were all looking forward to travel with PAL soon.

The quiz nigh was all about PAL’s flight destinations , local and international and the team who wins the game gets a free air tickets round trip to Tablas (Romblon), one of the new local flight destination of  PAL.  While one lucky winner gets to win a round trip ticket to Auckland (New Zealand).  Table 2 won the game but the winner of the big ticket prize is from Table 7 our table of beauty bloggers who forget their poise for the night to win (yes we are a competitive bunch!) Haha!

#travelPAL quiz night

A consolation for the beauty bloggers I was with was when Bamboo came to perform, it was a nice treat for them as they are a fan , plus his song 214 bring back childhood memories, according to one of my beauty blogger friends in the table haha!

Anyway, the event was a huge success.  Soon our friend Phoebe Ann Ramos (happily taking a photo opp with P AL President and Chief Operating Officer Jaime J. Bautistaving with her flight certificates!) will be flying to Auckland as the country’s flag carrier, will launch flights from Manila to new destinations: Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea) this October 2015 and Auckland (New Zealand) via Cairns (Australia) on December 2015 – as part of the expansion of its international network.

At the moment there is  30 domestic  and 38 other international  destinations  offered by PAL. Earlier this year, prior to launching flights to these destinations, PAL has also launched its services to New York (USA),  Quangzhou (China), Tablas (Romblon) and opened new interisland flights in Visayas and Mindanao.  PAL also reintroduced its Business class service to Cebu and Davao.

PAL has also launched the MyPAL App, powered by PayMaya Business and MasterCard, to make flying with PAL much easier for its customers.  Now, users can enjoy the convenience of booking their flights, checking-in online, and viewing their flight status using their Android smartphones.

Meanwhile SpongeBob SquarePants is on board  PAL  to banner its Junior Jetsetter kits this year.

The wholesome yellow sea sponge and his band of quirky friends from the fictional underwater city of Bikini Bottom bring their whimsical brand of humor to delight kids onboard PAL long-haul flights via the Junior Jetsetter activity kits. The kits are provided to children from 2 to 11 years old to keep them engaged and entertained on lengthy flights of at least eight hours.

These include PAL services between Manila and North America (New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver, Toronto); Oceania (Honolulu); Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane); the Middle East (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Riyadh, Dammam); and Europe (London).

The kits come in two variants, and both contain a set of basic items – activity book, crayons, collapsible water bottle, and dental set of tooth brush and tooth paste – all packed in a colorful, easy-to-carry bag.

Pal junior jets ethers kit

PAL has been the country’s only full-service legacy carrier over the last seven decades. It is best known for its distinct brand of inflight service, marked by Filipino warmth, care and hospitality. Now on its 74th year, the flag carrier is focused on fleet modernization, route network expansion and service.

Happy flying!

Stay gorgeous everyone!

About Earth Rullan

I am a storyteller. Influencer. Trendsetter. Fashion, Beauty, and Lifestyle Blogger. An advocate of autism awareness, women's and children's rights. A former Journalist. I am not an expert I am experienced. I do what I love no regrets. If you need anything email me at : earthlingorgeous (@) gmail.com

#WIWTD 73: Baguio Market, Baguio Manor, Laperal House & Martinez Hall

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So many places to visit in Baguio, but three of my favorites is the Baguio Market, the Baguio Manor, and the Laperal House for different reasons.

The Baguio Market is a great place to buy cheap but quality vegetables. You can also buy cheap take home local delicacies and sweets from the market . Veggies are Php40.00 a kilo while pasalubong starts at 3 for Php100.00. They also have the best broom/walis.

The Baguio Manor for it’s beauty like you’ve been transported out of the country. The Laperal House is a haunted house for real. Unlike horror houses you go to in amusement parks this one is for real. Enter at your own risk.

Pretty fence

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Brick Cottage houses

Cottage houses
Denim playsuit
Fireplace

Fireplace
Beautiful buildings

Baguio Manor
Baguio Manor
Baguio
Haunted Houses

Laperal house
Laperal House baguio
The Market

Baguio Market
What I wore:
Denim romper/playsuit: SM WOMAN
Socks: STANCE
Shoes: CONVERSE
Taken in Baguio by Omar Itay and Jenny Jayne haha
Are you familiar with the places I was photographed in above?

Stay gorgeous everyone! …

About Earth Rullan

I am a storyteller. Influencer. Trendsetter. Fashion, Beauty, and Lifestyle Blogger. An advocate of autism awareness, women's and children's rights. A former Journalist. I am not an expert I am experienced. I do what I love no regrets. If you need anything email me at : earthlingorgeous (@) gmail.com

Fright Tours and Other Things to Do in Baguio City After Summer

Fright Tours and other things to do in Baguio after summer

I haven’t been to Baguio for more than a decade. I have lost interest visiting the place after seeing the hillside that used to be overlooking a lush of greens looked like a mountain of “garbage” because of the houses built there. I knew Baguio before it was filled with houses and became populated. I used go to Baguio a lot when I was a child as my brother used to be a PMA Cadet. I used to cover the Supreme Court in Baguio every summer coz that is where they like to hold office every summer coz it is way cooler than here in Manila.

Fright Tours and other things to do in Baguio after summer
Anyway, I recently visited Baguio when Azalea Residences Baguio invited us over to experience the city of pines during off-peak season. Baguio City is known as the summer capital of the Philippines. It’s charm lies on it’s cool temperature (as compared to other parts of the country). People are attracted to the abundance of pine trees in the area like transporting everyone to a western country. However, after summer Baguio’s tourism slows down. Most don’t bother going there during the rainy season. Plus the fact that people don’t really know where to go aside from the already known destinations like Camp John Hay, Burnham park, Session Road, the strawberry and flower farms in Benguet (not Baguio City), Botanical Garden and the like. I am glad to rediscover the summer capital of the Philippines during my trip and found out about the Fright Tour and other things to do in Baguio City after summer.

 

Sign up for the Fright Tour

One little know secret about Baguio is that the city is haunted. There are many places in Baguio that is believed to be inhabited by the supernatural beings. Many paranormal things have been reported in several establishments and tourist spots . This is because Baguio experienced so many deaths in it’s history. From World War 2, to when the Americans immigrated to the city and drove away the local tribes, to the devastating earthquake in the 1990’s, all the tragic killings and casualties left distressed souls. They are the ghost of Baguio. I was very excited to explore Baguio in a different light. The fright tour was one of the activities I was looking forward to during our entire trip. While I am a scaredy cat, I want to conquer my fears. This is the first time I am doing an actual horror expedition a.k.a. fright tour.

Our first stop was the Baguio Cathedral

At first I though we were there to pray for guidance and protection from all the evil spirit we might encounter or cross paths during our excursion. I was wrong. We were there because the Baguio Cathedral was one of the known haunted places in town.

Fright tours Baguio Cathedral
During the World War 2 it became the shelter for the folks of the town thinking they will be spared from the killings because they are inside the house of God. They were wrong, everyone inside the church was executed, even the parish priest who stood for the parishioners. This exact priest is said to be the ghost of the church. The priest rumored to be seen at the confession room where he would often listen to some parishioners confessing finding out later no priest was inside!

Teachers Camp

The camp ground used to be the place where the early Americans who settle in the town pitch camp. This was the same ground where a “powerful woman” was killed by the Japanese by beheading her during those time. The camp ground since became a haunted place where a headless woman in white appeared every night from 11pm to dawn. This ghost was reported to be wicked as she would chase people in the ground whenever she shows up and be seen by the guards or visitors.

Fright tours Baguio Teachers Camp Cottage 101
Another uncanny place in Teachers Camp is the Cottage 101. Something eerie happened in the cottage when a group of Americans rented the place. One of them died in the cottage and the room to your left is the room he was killed. How he died and how he was killed was still a mystery. But anyone who rented the cottage experience horrifying things. The ghost of the white guy would be seen. He became a poltergeist who hurt and become violent to those who will try to rent the area. They will be pulled out of bed, swing around, get scratches and stuff. Nobody last for a night inside the house. It has not been booked for years.

The Laperal House

Many stories have been told about this house. Family members of the Laperal family have died in the house. Apparitions of an old lady would be seen walking from the stairs to the dining area. Fixtures in the house would be seen disarranged every morning. Eerie sounds would be heard and images would be accidentally captured on tourist photographs.

Fright tours Baguio Laperal House
When we were there something creepy happened. Is it real or just part of somebody’s imagination or acting abilities. She can only can tell. Hehe…. Here is a video of what’s inside the Laperal House (watch at your own risk… haha!)

Hyatt Hotel and Laokan was part of the fright tour but because of the untoward incident that happened while we were inside the Laperal House we have to cut our trip short. Instead of going to Hyatt and Laokan, we just had dinner and then later on had a horror film movie night inside the Martinez Hall where we watched an Asian Horror film about some lesbian girls and the Wishing Stairs. Haha!

The Japanese Tunnel inside the Botanical Garden

This was not included in our itinerary as well but I haven’t been in here in ages. I haven’t checked the Japanese Tunnel inside the garden and since we went noontime we did not hesitate but get inside. The place gave me creeps. It used to be the hiding place of Japanese soldiers and where the Golden Buddah and Yamashita Treasure was found the guide said. It was kinda creepy inside so I decided to turn on my camera and film it.

Fright tours Japanese tunnel Baguio

Culture, Arts and Heritage Tour

BenCab Museum

Ethnic Art such as idols and icons, furniture and fixtures from the old inhabitants of the Cordillera Region are displayed in the Museum.

BenCab Museum Baguio

Tam-Awan Village

This is where college students from Baguio wear Igorot costumes and do cultural dances to educate visitors of the ways of the tribe back then. This is to preserve their heritage and keep the tradition alive. Old Igorot houses can be found in the Village, also known as the Garden in the Sky. It is such a beautiful place to learn more about the Cordillera people. Tam-Awan Village Baguio Watch this:

They also offer portrait sketching for visitors. The artist are locals and they also sell their artworks in the area. I enjoyed our portrait session. Jen one of the artist was very skilled she is great in capturing the best details of a persons face, especially the eyes. Here’s here artist impression of me. She caught my eyes and cheekbones but the nose was kinda different hehe. I look 10 years younger in her sketch! I love it! Haha!

Portrait at Tam-Awan Village

Eastern Weavers Cooperative

The main handicraft practiced in the Cordillera region is weaving. Baguio’s Easter Weavers Cooperative houses hundreds of weavers who makes their weaved handicrafts. You can see the intricate details and design and how hard it take to finish an entire spread, it takes about 3 day to finish one design. One design is designated to one weaver and one weaving machine.

EASTERN Weavers Cooperative
Baguio Weavers Cooperative

Local Food Trip Trying out the Local Cordillera Dishes

Baguio’s popular food is strawberries. Their most famous take home food items are: peanut brittle, Ube halaya, and lengua. There are restaurants and coffee shops along the Session Road that is popular with their desserts. But most of them are Western foods.

Cafe Yagam

We had dinner at Cafe Yagam where we tasted local Cordillera Dishes such as Pinikpikan, Pinuneg, Binungor, Kiniig, and Kankanaoy. We also had the Sagada Coffee and Mountain Tea.

Cafe Yagam Baguio
I did not expect the food to be that super spicy. The spiciness was nothing compared to Bicol dishes that is also known as spicy. It was the kind of hot dish that will make you burn inside. I think they made those kind of dishes because of the cool climate in Baguio, they need to keep themselves warm. Those dishes we tried are definitely something that will warm you up from the inside! I swear!

Casa Vallejo, Mt. Clouds and Hillstation

Casa Vallejo Mt. Cloud Hills Tatiana Baguio
This was not included in our itinerary, but we had free time and we wanted to see famous hang-outs in Baguio. Casa Vallejo, used to be a old house that was renovated into a hotel and an entertainment complex. There’s a cinema, bookstore and restaurant and coffee shop. Mt. Clouds is a bookshop where you can find interesting and hard to find books. Their bookstore is so cozy and reading chairs and ladders for visitors and buyers use. Mt.  Clouds Bookshop The Hillstation is a restaurant but they are also known for their delicious dessert pastries. Yes we had some and my most favorite was their best seller the Lemom Meringue cake.

Hillstation best seller desserts Lemon Merengue

Baguio Market

A trip to Baguio is not complete without going to the market to buy pasalubong or coming home gifts and souvenirs for your loved ones or yourself. Baguio is famous for their brooms so yes we got that there. They are also famous for their cheap vegetables so yup I went all-out shopping for veggies.

Baguio Market
Cauliflower and Brocolli is just php40.00 1/4 kilo. Lemon is pHp20.00 4 pieces! Their peanut brittle and chocolate crinkles are available at php100.00 (pwede tawad to 90) or get the 3 for php100.00 deals. Starwberry and strawberry jams are also cheap here!

Good Sheppard

They sell the best Ube Halaya/ Ube Jam in Baguio. They are a bit expensive compared to the market but the quality and the charity is what you are paying for as part of the sales goes to the convent operation.

Good Sheppard baguio
We also went to Tartland where the owners gamely showed us how they make their delicious lengua.
It will a bit hard to travel Baguio if you don’t have a service to take you around. Baguio has some traffic problem as well especially at the center area. Small roads too many vehicles and construction along the way are happening. Good thing Azalea Residences Baguio provided our service all throughout our trip. Azalea Baguio is one of the nice places to stay when in Baguio I will show you more about it on my next Baguio trip post.

Azalea Residences Baguio
How about you, have you tried the fright tours in Baguio yet? If not would you like to? Stay gorgeous everyone!

About Earth Rullan

I am a storyteller. Influencer. Trendsetter. Fashion, Beauty, and Lifestyle Blogger. An advocate of autism awareness, women's and children's rights. A former Journalist. I am not an expert I am experienced. I do what I love no regrets. If you need anything email me at : earthlingorgeous (@) gmail.com

#WIWTD 73: Century Old Tree and Zigzag Road

Free Spirit

To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,
To gain all while you give,
To roam the roads of lands remote,
To travel is to live.

Hans Christian Andersen, The Fairy Tale of My Life: An Autobiography
 

Free Spirit
 

#WIWTD Free Spirit
 

Free spirit
Riding with my #GalaGalera crew at the Back of a pickup truck on the Zigzag Road Of Puerto Galera was ultra fun!

Zigzag Road Of Puerto Galera
The adrenalin rush was surreal, especially when it rained cats and dogs in the middle of the ride! The wind and rain smacking on our faces really hard!

Zigzag Road Of Puerto Galera
Our stop over was to appreciate the beauty of the century old tree in Puerto Galera. Of course a happy photo op was in order!

Century Old Tree in Puerto Galera

Century Old Tree Puerto Galera

We are the Cool Kids

Free spirit

What I wore:
Tank top: GTWbySM
Denim Skirt: Levis
Eyewear: JEAN AND ROZS
Fliptop: SALVATOS FOLDING FLIPFLOP
Cap: DIESEL borrowed from Mr.Romeo Roxas owner of Puerto Nirvana Resort in Puerto Galera and the pickup truck we were riding on. He was also our driver and photographer for the day! Thank you so much for your hospitality and generosity!
Have you seen this tree on your trip to Puerto Galera? Have you worn your man’s accessory to complete your #OOTD?
Do tell!

Stay gorgeous everyone!

About Earth Rullan

I am a storyteller. Influencer. Trendsetter. Fashion, Beauty, and Lifestyle Blogger. An advocate of autism awareness, women's and children's rights. A former Journalist. I am not an expert I am experienced. I do what I love no regrets. If you need anything email me at : earthlingorgeous (@) gmail.com

#WIWTD 72: Summer Forever

Summer somewhere

Summer 2015 season may be over here in the Philippines but somewhere out there it’s summer. So here is to wishing and dreaming about my next beach adventure somewhere sometime soon if not soonest.

Summer forever
Summer somewhere
Summer forever
Summer somewhere
Somewhere summer
Summer somewhere
 

What I wore:
Cover-up: FREEWAY
Swimsuit: COCA CABANA SM WOMAN
Eyewear: CELINE
Taken at Puerto Galera Muelle Bay on our way to Haligi Beach to snorkel.
Taken by Rhea Bue
Stay gorgeous everyone!

About Earth Rullan

I am a storyteller. Influencer. Trendsetter. Fashion, Beauty, and Lifestyle Blogger. An advocate of autism awareness, women's and children's rights. A former Journalist. I am not an expert I am experienced. I do what I love no regrets. If you need anything email me at : earthlingorgeous (@) gmail.com

#WIWTD 72 Mangyan Village and White Beach

Cute Pug at Puerto Galera White beach

For our second day at Puerto Galera we visited the Mangyan Village and the White Beach.

This bougainvillea (bongga ng villa lolz) welcoming guests at the Mangyan Village, is just to pretty to ignore! It

Summer Blooms
Summer Blooms

This amazing bridge was made of pure bamboo supposedly over a river but the river has dried!
Mangyan Village Puerto Galera
View by the bridge no more water from the river! They are experiencing drought in the area!
Dried river Mangyan Village Puerto Galera
A few walks across the river we saw kids of the village playing.
With the children of the Mangyan Village
They were so friendly and cheerful so we took photos with them. They were happy to see our photos with them.
Playing with the kids at the Mangyan Village
Then just to see the area we visited the White Beach where we saw a cute Pug who likes his photos taken with the visitors. Hello Pug can I have a picture with you?
Cute Pug at Puerto Galera White Beach
You are so cute!
This Pug in Puerto Galera  White Beach likes his photo taken
Can I take you home?
Cute Pug at Puerto Galera White beach
This was from the handicrafts stores by the Mangyan Village!
Mangyan village

What I wore:
Off-shoulder top: STRADIVARIUS
Hat: Mangyan Village native products
Shorts: Nike
Flipflops: SALVATOS The Folding Flip Flops
Pics taken by Rhea Bue and Rodel Flordeliz

How about you have you visited the village before?

Stay gorgeous everyone!

About Earth Rullan

I am a storyteller. Influencer. Trendsetter. Fashion, Beauty, and Lifestyle Blogger. An advocate of autism awareness, women's and children's rights. A former Journalist. I am not an expert I am experienced. I do what I love no regrets. If you need anything email me at : earthlingorgeous (@) gmail.com

Places to Visit in Puerto Galera Aside from the White Beach

Places to visit in Puerto Galera aside from the White Beach

I have heard a lot about Puerto Galera, it is very popular to beach party goers because of it’s close proximity to Metro Manila that you don’t have to travel by air. But believe it or not, this June 19,2015 was my first time there. I was hesitant to travel to that island because of the not so good things I have heard happening in there and the reasons why it is popular/notorious. For my first visit there I am glad I was with good a company and enjoyed other things to do and places to visit aside from the widely popular and somehow turned notorious White Beach.

Places to visit in Puerto Galera aside from the White Beach
Puerto Nirvana was our gracious host for our 3 days 2 nights visit in Puerto Galera.

Puerto Nirvana in Puerto Galera

How to get there?

To get to Puerto Nirvana take a bus from Cubao or Taft. Take a JAM Liner Bus going to the Port of Batangas. Bus fare is only Php175.00 one way. From the Batangas Port buy boat tickets at the boat terminal going to Muelle Bay. Fare is from Php280.00 one way or if you get a roundtrip ticket you will save Php60.00 Php500.00 for roundtrip. (But if you let Puerto Nirvana book your tickets you’ll save Php100.00!) Upon arriving at Muelle Bay, the tourism people or local authorities will ask you to pay Php50.00 for environmental fee. From there you take a tricycle going to Puerto Nirvana one person is Php10.00 only! Don’t let them fool you into paying Php50.00 to Php100.00!

Port of Batangas to Muelle Bay Puerto Galera

What does Puerto Nirvana look like?

Here is how the room I stayed in look like. It’s the Mindanao Room 203. It has a nice window overlooking a nice view of the beach. It is spacious enough to occupy 3 people to sleep on the extra bed/sofa bed mattress. This room rate is Php3,900.00 off season and Php4,400.00 peak season and Php5,000.00 during Malasimbo . Other room rate starts from Php1,500.00 (single regular rooms) to Php6,000.00 (family rooms).

Puerto Nirvana resort deluxe room
Take a look at this video clip:

What do I think of Puerto Nirvana

While they are not a five star hotel or have that breathtaking facilities, what I like best about Puerto Nirvana is their location. They are far away from the loud noises and pollution and population of the White Beach. I sound snotty saying this but when I go to the beach I want to enjoy the sand, sea, sun and what the best of nature has to offer. I don’t go to the beach to party like there’s no tomorrow. If I want to party I’d go to the clubs here in Manila. Plus the White Beach has been a notorious place for pick pockets and uhmmmm nasty things. If you want a nice beach area, there are more places to visit in Puerto Galera aside from the White Beach, I assure you and that is what Puerto Nirvana can show you if you book your trip there.

Puerto Nirvana Resort in Puerto Galera
Puerto Nirvana Resort in Puerto Galera

So, where to go in Puerto Galera aside from the White Beach?

Halige Beach!

This is the best place to snorkel as underwater the corals are rich and there are plenty of fishes underneath!, If you are gonna do it on your own. You will have to pay for a boat that will take you to Halige Beach from Muelle Bay (Php700.00) and from the beach area, you will have to take a smaller boat that will take you to the snorkeling area (Php200.00 per boat that can occupy 2 to 3 people, fee includes snorkeling gear).

Snorkel at Haligi Beach In Puerto Galera
This beach boast of nice creamy coral sands. Sand is still coarse as you can see corals are just starting to break. Very peaceful and serene with nice clear waters that connects to a river. A lot of Mangroves around as well. There are cottages available that you can rent for Php300 a cottage, entrance to the beach is Php50.00 each

Bulabod Beach

Bulabod Beach Bulabod River

See Bulabod Beach in this video clip:

Tamaraw Falls

One of the most photographed falls of Galera that is accessible via the zigzag highway. I will update this with photos as it was raining when we got there and the only camera we had was the Gopro of MJ. He has not shared pics from the falls yet so yeah no pic here. How Ironic!

The Mangyan Village

Less than 70 families live in this Mangyan Village we visited at Puerto Galera. Houses are made of bamboo and coconut leaves. Their livelihood is making crafts that they sell to tourist/visitors.

Visiting the Mangyan Village in Puerto Galera

Take a look at the Mangyan Village here:

The Century Old Tree

You can pass this by when you go to Tamaraw falls you can’t miss it because it is the most beautiful giant tree you will see along the zigzag road!

Century Old Tree along the Zigzag Road Of Puerto Galera

Other places to visit in Puerto Galera include the following:

TaliPanan Beach
Hanging Bridge
Ponderosa
Tukuran Falls
Maniknik Place
The Sandbar

We were not able to visit the following Places though as we have very little time to explore everything, 3 days and 2 nights is not enough, we only experience 1/4 of the best of the island. With that said I will come back again to see what I missed.

Things to do in Galera?

If you don’t want to DIY then you can just ask Puerto Nirvana to do everything for you. They are expert and experienced at holding group tours and even company team building activities. So aside from visiting the best places you can also do activities with your office mates or friends (minimum of 20 pax) I have seen the activities they do and it was fun and engaging. Team members will have to use not just their body but their brains as well to complete the task. If you book a team building activity (min of 20) it is inclusive of the rooms and food and all transfers to each destination. To know more about the team building packages of Puerto Nirvana visit : http://www.puertonirvana.com/package-tours/all-in-tipid-puerto-galera-package-a/

Team Building activities by Puerto Nirvana resort

The White Beach

But then again, just to see what the fuss is all about we pass by the White Beach, and true enough to what I have heard, the place is crowded with a lot of establishments by the beach area, the sand creamy white, was also mixed with cigarette butts (and garbage). Definitely a party place, a bigger version of Station 3 of Boracay to be exact. The beach front looks beautiful I just hope the tourism administrator and the establishments in the area starts to care about the garbage and cigarette buts around the area. It is bad for the environment.

White Beach Puerto Galera

Take a look at the White Beach

Personally what I enjoyed best during my trip to Puerto Galera was our fun rides on the speedboat from Bulabod Beach to Puerto Nirvana

Speedboat ride in Puerto Galers

Watch our speedboat ride:

Our ride at the Back of a pickup along the Zigzag Road Of Puerto Galera island!
Take a look at our ride!

 

Ride at the Back of a pickup along the Zigzag Road Of Puerto Galera

And the great company I was with during the entire trip!

The Gala Galera Crew
For booking inquiries and other information about Puerto Nirvana Resort, they are located at Puerto Galera Sitio Hondura Brgy. Poblacion, Puerto Galera Philippines Telefax No: (+6343) 287-34-08 Globe (+63) 917-624-86-07 Sun (+63) 922-817-2736 Office Hours: Monday-Sunday 9am-6pm Email: puertonirvana@yahoo.com, info@puertonirvana.com or visit www.puertonirvana.com

How about you have you been to the places I mentioned above? Have you been to Puerto Nirvana Resort? Have you been to Puerto Galera? If not the time is now!

Oh! if you want to splurge there is this amazing resort 5 star resort in Puerto Galera with cottage houses rate of Php32,000.00 a night! Here’s a sneak preview!

Infinity Resort Puerto Galera

Stay gorgeous everyone!

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