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Did you know that different segments of the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) Project were attempted to be implemented: 1st in 1994 together with the government of Spain and the private sector (a.k.a. Northrail Project); 2nd in 1999 together with the government of Japan (JBIC); 3rd in 2004 together with the government of South Korea (a.k.a. North-South Linkage Project); and 4th from 2002-2011 together with the government of China (a.k.a. Northrail Project)?

After more than two decades and attempts of four administrations to implement, as of June 2016, the 147-km., 35 stations NSCR Project, had zero awarded contracts, zero physical progress, and zero trains ordered / started production.

Worse, the latest attempt to implement the project ended up in a protracted legal battle in international arbitration (Northrail vs. SINOMACH), which threatened to further delay and stall progress on the NSCR Project as of June 2016.
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In 2017, I, as Northrail ex-officio Chairman, and BCDA President Vince Dizon, concluded a historic out-of-court Settlement Agreement of the legal dispute with SINOMACH, which saved the Philippine government more than PHP5 billion ($100 million) in potential payment of claims to SINOMACH, and hundreds of millions more in legal fees and arbitration costs. More importantly, the Settlement Agreement removed this legal obstacle to the progress of the NSCR Project.

Now, with assistance from the Japanese Government / Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), PNR Clark Phase 1 (Tutuban-Malolos; 38 km.) and PNR Clark Phase 2 (Malolos-Clark; 53 km.) are now in full swing construction, and delivery of the NSCR’s 58 8-car Train Sets (464 Train Cars or bagons) have started, with the 1st Train Set already delivered in November 2021. Meanwhile, all nine civil works contracts for the construction of PNR Calamba (Manila-Calamba; 56 km.) are about to be awarded within the 1st quarter of 2022.

As of December 2021, PNR Clark 1 has a 53.85% overall progress rate, PNR Clark 2 has a 34.46% overall progress rate, and PNR Calamba has a 28.62% overall progress rate.
The NSCR System will cut travel time from Clark International Airport to Calamba, Laguna from over 4 hours to as short as 1 hour and 30 minutes, and is expected to serve more than 1 million passengers per day after full operations.

Did you know that different segments of the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) Project were attempted to be implemented: 1st in 1994 together with the government of Spain and the private sector (a.k.a. Northrail Project); 2nd in 1999 together with the government of Japan (JBIC); 3rd in 2004 together with the government of South Korea (a.k.a. North-South Linkage Project); and 4th from 2002-2011 together with the government of China (a.k.a. Northrail Project)?


After more than two decades and attempts of four administrations to implement, as of June 2016, the 147-km., 35 stations NSCR Project, had zero awarded contracts, zero physical progress, and zero trains ordered / started production.

Worse, the latest attempt to implement the project ended up in a protracted legal battle in international arbitration (Northrail vs. SINOMACH), which threatened to further delay and stall progress on the NSCR Project as of June 2016.

In 2017, I, as Northrail ex-officio Chairman, and BCDA President Vince Dizon, concluded a historic out-of-court Settlement Agreement of the legal dispute with SINOMACH, which saved the Philippine government more than PHP5 billion ($100 million) in potential payment of claims to SINOMACH, and hundreds of millions more in legal fees and arbitration costs.

More importantly, the Settlement Agreement removed this legal obstacle to the progress of the NSCR Project.
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Now, with assistance from the Japanese Government / Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), PNR Clark Phase 1 (Tutuban-Malolos; 38 km.) and PNR Clark Phase 2 (Malolos-Clark; 53 km.) are now in full swing construction, and delivery of the NSCR’s 58 8-car Train Sets (464 Train Cars or bagons) have started, with the 1st Train Set already delivered in November 2021. 

Meanwhile, all nine civil works contracts for the construction of PNR Calamba (Manila-Calamba; 56 km.) are about to be awarded within the 1st quarter of 2022.

As of December 2021, PNR Clark 1 has a 53.85% overall progress rate, PNR Clark 2 has a 34.46% overall progress rate, and PNR Calamba has a 28.62% overall progress rate.

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The NSCR System will cut travel time from Clark International Airport to Calamba, Laguna from over 4 hours to as short as 1 hour and 30 minutes, and is expected to serve more than 1 million passengers per day after full operations.

via DOTr

Going to Clark from Calamba, Laguna will only take 1 hour and 30 minutes with North-South Commuter Railway Project

Starting with its first conceived feasibility study in 2000, progress for completion of Bohol-Panglao International Airport (BPIA) went on for 18 years. Construction for the project l started in 2015.

However, when we came into office on June 2016, the project has already incurred 47% slippage due to delays. Thus, I ordered the 24/7 construction to the airport to ensure its completion.

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There are doubts and questions if we can finish this project but under the Duterte Administration's term, we proved them all wrong and inaugurated it on 27 November 2018.

Now, the country's first world-class "Eco-Airport" and also known as the “Green Gateway to the World,” Bohol-Panglao International Airport (BPIA), is now completed and fully operational. 

The BPIA can accommodate as many as two million passengers annually, more than double the 800,000 yearly capacity of the Tagbilaran airport.

The "eco-airport" functions on environmentally sustainable structures and green technology to the highest international standards, as it was declared a model for eco-technology in building airports in the country. 
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It also harnesses solar energy from panels installed on the roof of the Passenger Terminal Building (PTB), energy-conservation-type air-conditioning system, buildings and access roads with LED lights, water conservation-type toilets, motion sensor lighting, and soaking yard.

This BPIA will serve local and international tourists who would like to experience the beauty of Panglao and most definitely help propel development in Bohol and the rest of Visayas.

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BPIA is your new airport in Bohol

Did you know that the proposal for the LRT-2 Extension (Marikina-Pasig and Antipolo Stations) was first identified in the 1999 under the Metro Manila Urban Integration Study?

The project was likewise included in the investment program of the National Government, both in the 2005 Medium Term Philippine Development Plan and 2009 Comprehensive Integrated Infrastructure Program.
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In 2009, the series of feasibility studies eventually led to the investment approval for the project.
The NEDA Board Approval was obtained in September 2012, and the first out of three (3) construction contracts (viaducts) was awarded on 23 December 2014.

Suffice it so say, it took two decades and four (4) administrations before the plan to construct the LRT-2 Extension Project was made into reality.



Under the Duterte Administration, the second out of three (3) construction contracts for the stations was awarded on 29 December 2016. The DOTr also awarded the 3rd construction contract for the project’s electromechanical systems on 14 December 2018.

On 01 July 2021, the project was finally inaugurated.

The LRT-2 East Extension Project trimmed travel time from Claro M. Recto in Manila to Masinag in Antipolo from 3 hours via bus or jeepney to just 30 to 40 minutes.
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The project has increased the rail line’s average daily passenger capacity from 240,000 to 320,000 as well.


The completion of the LRT-2 East Extension Project also aims to help reduce traffic congestion along Marcos Highway, especially in Marikina, Pasig and Antipolo, by encouraging more people to use the train instead of private vehicles.

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It took 2 decades to place LRT-2 East Extension Project in reality

The first package of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) Bicol project will begin construction in the first quarter of the year.

In a press briefing in Malacañang on Friday, PNR General Manager Junn Magno said the package would consist of the PNR Bicol’s first 380 km. from Banlic, Calamba to Daraga, Albay.
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“The construction works will begin (in) the first quarter of 2022,” Magno said in Filipino.
During the briefing, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan said their agency has requested the Department of Finance to fund the project’s PHP142 billion contract through an official development assistance (ODA) loan from China.

Unlike other projects funded through ODA, Batan said, the PNR Bicol Package 1 had its construction contract signed before funding from China was secured.

While the project has the largest contract at PHP142 billion, the North-South Commuter Railway System is the biggest rail project of the DOTr, followed by the Metro Manila Subway Project, he added.

The construction of the PNR Bicol Package 1 is seen to be completed by 2024, and the start of operations by the third quarter of 2025.

The other PNR Bicol contract packages are set for completion between 2024 and 2026, with the entire PNR Bicol line scheduled to be operational by 2027.
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The PNR Bicol is a 560-km. rail system consisting of 35 stations and will run from Manila through Laguna, Quezon, and Camarines Sur to Albay, with an extension line in Sorsogon and a branch line in Batangas.

RELATED: PNR to revive Bicol Express

The rail system’s passenger trains will be designed to run at a speed of 120 kph to 160 kph and its freight trains designed to run at 80 kph to 100 kph, reducing travel time between Manila and Legazpi City, Albay from the current 14 hours to 18 hours to just six hours in its regular commuter trains and four hours and 30 minutes with its express trains.

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On January 18, the DOTr awarded the contract for the PNR Bicol Package 1 to Chinese joint venture China Railway Group Ltd., China Railway No. 3 Engineering Group Co. Ltd., and China Railway Engineering Consulting Group Co. Ltd.

Via PNA

PNR Bicol to begin construction first quarter of 2022

WHERE ARE THE FRIES???

I was recently craving for French fries so I dialed the delivery number for Jollibee and placed my order as usual. When I asked for a meal with fries, the representative double-checked if the meal is available. Apparently, the meal is available WITHOUT the fries.

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Yes, shockingly, they're out of fries - which is one of their best-seller food. Order cancelled.

I wasn't mad or sad because I know for a fact that there's McDonald's who can be my hero tonight. So instead of calling, I opened their app and I was welcomed with this announcement:


Yup, you see it clearly. 100%. They, too, do not have fries!!

I am devastated. I just craved for fries and suddenly, it's out of supply this time!?

When will be be available again? I don't know. I looked for news online but there's none as of writing. But let's just hope that this will be back to normal soon.
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Anyway, other meals and food these food chains are still available. So no worries for those who loved Chicken Joy or McChicken.


If you have any updates, let me know in the comments, please? Thanks guys! Have a good one!

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Jollibee and McDonald's are out of Fries?


Star City is finally reopening this year!


Star City announced on their social media page that it would be welcoming guests starting Jan. 14.
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“The long wait is finally over!” said the update on its social media pages. “Star City will be reopening this January 14, 2022!”
It said tickets were available at the gate and details for purchasing online would be revealed later.

However, they already showed an introductory price of Star Pass for P400 per head. 

In late 2019, Star City management announced the park s closure after it incurred damage due to a huge fire.

Star City is one of the leading amusement parks in the Philippines and is located at CCP Complex in Pasay City.
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When was the last time you visited Star City? 


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Star City announces reopening this January

The alert level status in Metro Manila will be raised anew from the current Level 2 to Alert Level 3 from Jan. 3 to 15, 2022, Malacañang announced on Friday night.

In a public announcement, acting presidential spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) decided to shift to a more stringent alert level status as the country saw a spike in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections.

"Nakita naman natin sa mga nakaraang araw ay nag-increase exponentially ang mga kaso dahil sa Holiday activities kung saan tumaas ang movement ng mga tao at bumaba ang compliance sa minimum public health standards. Isa rin sa dahilan ang detection ng local cases ng Omicron variant (We saw an exponential rise during the past days because of the Holiday activities where there were increased movement and compliance with minimum public health standards may have been disregarded. Local cases of the Omicron variant were also detected)," he said.
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Nograles added that an increase in Covid-19 positive cases is expected in the succeeding days thus, the IATF’s decision

After 11 days of active cases below 10,000, the number increased to 10,418 on December 29 and was at 14,233 by year-end after 2,961 new cases.

The Department of Health also confirmed 10 new cases of the Omicron variant, with three already recovered.
Nograles cited a "high possibility" of local transmission of the Omicron variant.

Under Alert Level 3, establishments or activities shall be allowed to operate or be undertaken at a maximum of 30 percent indoor venue capacity for fully vaccinated individuals only and 50 percent outdoor venue capacity, provided that all workers of the establishments are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

TRANSPORTATION

Intrazonal and interzonal movement are still allowed, however, reasonable restrictions may be imposed by the LGUs, which should not be stricter as those prescribed under higher alert levels and subject to the oversight, monitoring, and evaluation of their respective Regional IATF.

Those below 18 years of age, and those belonging to the vulnerable population, shall be allowed access to obtain essential goods and services, or for work in permitted industries and offices in accordance with existing labor laws, rules, and regulations. Individual outdoor exercises shall also be allowed for all ages regardless of comorbidities or vaccination status. 2.

PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES

Meanwhile, the following establishments and activities that are considered high-risk for transmission under Alert Level 3 are not allowed:

  • Face to face or in-person classes for basic education, except those earlier permitted by the IATF and Office of the President;
  • Contact sports, except those conducted under bubble-type setup, as provided for under relevant guidelines adopted by the IATF, Games and Amusement Board, and Philippine Sports Commission, and approved by the LGU where such games shall be held;
  • Funfairs/carnivals and kid amusement industries like playgrounds, playroom, and kiddie rides;
  • Venues with live voice or wind-instrument performers and audiences such as in karaoke bars, clubs, concert halls, and theaters;
  • Casinos, horse racing, cockfighting and operation of cockpits, lottery and betting shops, and other gaming establishments, except those that will be allowed by the IATF or Office of the President; and
  • Gatherings in residences with individuals not belonging to the same household.

ALLOWED ACTIVITIES

He said allowed activities under Alert Level 3 at a maximum of 30% indoor venue capacity for fully vaccinated individuals only and 50% outdoor venue capacity are the following: 

  • Venues for meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE);
  • Permitted venues for social events such as parties, wedding receptions, engagement parties, wedding anniversaries, debut and birthday parties, family reunions, and bridal or baby showers; 
  • Visitor or tourist attractions such as libraries, archives, museums, galleries, exhibits, parks, plazas, public gardens, scenic viewpoints or overlooks, and the like;
  • Amusement parks or theme parks;
  • Recreational venues such as internet cafes, billiard halls, amusement arcades, bowling alleys, skating rinks, archery halls, swimming pools, and similar venues;
  • Cinemas and movie houses;
  • Limited face-to-face or in-person classes for higher education and for technical-vocational education and training;
  • In-person religious gatherings; gatherings for necrological services, wakes, inurnment, and funerals for those who died of causes other than COVID-19 and for the cremains of the COVID-19 deceased;
  • Licensure or entrance/qualifying examinations administered by their respective government agency, and specialty examinations authorized by the IATF subject to the health and safety guidelines as approved by the IATF;
  • Dine-in services in food preparation establishments such as kiosks, commissaries, restaurants, and eateries, subject to DTI sector-specific protocols;
  • Personal care establishments such as barbershops, hair spas, hair salons, and nail spas, and those offering aesthetic/cosmetic services or procedures, make-up services, salons, spas, reflexology, and other similar procedures including home service options, subject to the sector-specific protocols of the DTI;
  • Fitness studios, gyms, and venues for non-contact exercise and sports, subject to DTI sector-specific protocols. Provided that patrons/clients and workers/employees wear face masks at all 3 times and that no group activities are conducted; and
  • Film, music, and television production, subject to the joint guidelines as may be issued by the DTI, DOLE, and the DOH.
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These activities will be allowed provided that all on-site workers/employees of these establishments and organizers of activities are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and MPHS shall be strictly maintained. There is no objection from the LGU where these activities may take place.

The IATF, he said, instructed the Technical Working Group headed by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and National Vaccination Operations Center to craft guidelines in the implementation of stricter measures for the unvaccinated individuals.

QUARANTINE PROTOCOLS

“We likewise reiterate the current local quarantine and isolation periods and protocols as embodied under Department of Health Administrative Order No. 2021-0043 or the Omnibus Guidelines on the Minimum Public Health Standards for the Safe Reopening of Institutions,” Nograles said. “This is for strict compliance of all stakeholders.”

These include:
  • 10 days isolation of positive cases for asymptomatic, mild, and moderate cases;
  • 21 days isolation of positive cases for severe and critical cases;
  • 7 days quarantine for close contacts who are fully vaccinated; and
  • 14 days quarantine of close contacts and travelers for unvaccinated and partially vaccinated individuals.

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He said IATF issued a directive to the Response Cluster ng National Task Force Against Covid-19 to prepare the pediatric healthcare capacity for the possible increase in Covid-19 cases among the pediatric population and hospital admissions given their unvaccinated status.

All implementing agencies, he said, are instructed to ensure that all protocols are adhered to and minimum public health standards observed especially in closed and crowded spaces, and close-contact activities.

Agencies and instrumentalities of the government shall remain fully operational and shall adhere to at least 60 percent on-site capacity while applying work-from-home and other flexible work arrangements. 

via PNA

New protocols implemented as NCR back to Alert Level 3 from January 3 to 15

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Welcome to the province of heroes and history.

Located just the south of Metro Manila, Cavite is one of top favorite choices by local and international tourists. The province is known for its contribution to the Philippines' history, its local cuisines and Tagaytay City - the most-visited city in the province.

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I've been to several cities and places in this province and my favorites are Tagaytay City, Mendez, Alfonso, Amadeo and Silang. They are the ones located near the upland areas in the south part of the province. 

But if you are into beaches, Noveleta, Naic, Rosario, Tanza and Ternate must be on your list!

ABOUT CAVITE (PROVINCE)

Cavite, officially the Province of Cavite (Tagalog: Lalawigan ng Kabite; Chabacano: Provincia de Cavite), is one of the 5 provinces in Calabarzon region in Luzon, Philippines. 

Located on the southern shores of Manila Bay and southwest of Manila, it is one of the most industrialized and fastest-growing provinces in the Philippines.

The de facto capital and seat of the government of the province is Trece Martires, although Imus is the official (de jure) capital.
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For over 300 years, the province played an important role in both the country's colonial past and eventual fight for independence, earning it the title "Historical Capital of the Philippines". It became the cradle of the Philippine Revolution, which led to the renouncement of Spanish colonial control, finally culminating in the Philippine Declaration of Independence on June 12, 1898 in Kawit.

The old provincial capital, Cavite City also hosted docks for the Manila galleon, becoming an essential part of commerce between Asia and Latin America.

Originally an agricultural province, its northern cities of Bacoor, Imus, and Dasmariñas are now suburbs of Manila due to increasing urbanization in the late 1900s. This province forms part of the Greater Manila Area.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW IN CAVITE

  • Language: Filipino (mostly Tagalog), many can speak English fluently.
  • Currency: Philippine Peso (major ATMs, banks and money transfer are available)
  • Cellular Network: All major telcos in the Philippines have strong coverage.
  • Shopping Malls and Supermarkets: Most of the leading malls (such as SM Malls, Ayala Malls, Robinsons Malls, Vista Malls) have branches in different cities and municipalities in Cavite. There are plenty of supermarkets, wet and dry markets and tiangge in most of the town areas.
  • Fast Food and Delivery: All leading fast food in the country have branches in Cavite. Some are open 24 hours a day and most of them delivers.

BEST TIME TO VISIT CAVITE

The busiest month for tourism in Cavite, the Philippines is May, followed by April and January. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Cavite in November. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Average temperatures in Cavite vary very little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot all year with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year.

If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Cavite, the hottest months are May, April, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early May where highs are regularly around 94.7°F (34.8°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 80.1°F (26.7°C) at night.

Cavite has some extremely humid months, and high humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is April (71% relative humidity), and the most humid month is September (81.8%).

THINGS TO DO IN CAVITE

So if you are ready now to visit Cavite, here are 10+ things you can do in the province:

LEARN HISTORY AT CORREGIDOR (Cavite City)

Corregidor is an island located at the entrance of Manila Bay in the southwestern part of Luzon in the Philippines. Due to this location, Corregidor has historically been fortified with coastal artillery batteries to defend the entrance of Manila Bay and Manila itself from attacks by enemy warships.

Corregidor (Fort Mills) is the largest of the islands that formed the harbor defenses of Manila Bay, together with El Fraile Island (Fort Drum), Caballo Island (Fort Hughes), and Carabao Island (Fort Frank), which were all fortified during the American colonial period. 

One thing not to miss during your stay on this island is to explore the Malinta Tunnel. it is a tunnel complex built by the United States Army Corps of Engineers on the island of Corregidor in the Philippines. It was initially used as a bomb-proof storage and personnel bunker, but was later equipped as a 1,000-bed hospital.

The main tunnel, running east to west, is 831 feet (253 m) long, 24 feet (7.3 m) wide and 18 feet (5.5 m) high. Branching off from this main shaft are 13 lateral tunnels on the north side and 11 lateral tunnels on the south side. Each lateral averaged 160 feet (49 m) in length and 15 feet (4.6 m) in width.


APPRECIATE INDEPENDENCE AT AGUINALDO SHRINE (Kawit)

The Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine is a national shrine located in Kawit, Cavite in the Philippines, where the Philippine Declaration of Independence from Spain was declared on June 12, 1898. To commemorate the event, now known as Araw ng Kalayaan or Independence Day, a national holiday, the Philippine flag is raised here by top government officials on June 12 each year. The house is now a museum.

EXPLORE TAGAYTAY CITY  (Tagaytay City)

Tagaytay serves as the main tourist center in the province. For a chill traveler like me, I chose to discover new things in a city or a place where there's a lot to offer. Plus, Tagaytay gives you a cool and bed-weather temperature, makes me want to have hot coffee or hot choco in the afternoon.

This city is filled with magnificent view of Taal (lake and volcano), variety of food, classy hotels, cozy staycation, overwhelming malls and supermarkets. You won't run out of activities here! You can go to Sky Ranch for amusements, Picnic Grove for sightseeing and zipline, Paradizoo for themed-farm experience, Crosswinds for Swiss-like dining and more.

But most of the time, people come here to see Taal. Here are some of establishments you can have a great view of Taal lake and volcano:
Read my full Tagaytay City Guide with itinerary.

SPOT THE BEST BULALO IN TOWN (Mostly in Tagaytay)

Of course, one of the best food trips in Cavite is to find best-tasting bulalo!

Bulalo, a Filipino soup made with beef shank and vegetables, is undeniably the most famous local dish in Tagaytay. This hot, meaty, and savory bowl of soup is the perfect match for the cold and breezy weather of Tagaytay. That’s why it has become a part of many restaurants’ menu in the city.

DIVE INTO BALITE FALLS (Amadeo)


For those seeking a refreshing spot to unwind, visit Balite Falls in Amadeo, Cavite. Its enchanting waterfalls are among the several emerging attractions in Cavite. Enclosed inside a 4-hectare property, the Balite Falls has refreshing cold water gushing down a natural swimming pool.

Upon entering the falls, you will need to pay an entrance fee. There are also surrounding cottages available for rent.

UNWIND AT RIVERFRONT GARDEN RESORT (Maragondon)

In 1996, Riverfront Garden Resort was still barren land that was beside the river, it was bought by a German retired businessman for his beloved wife as a gift of their love. It started out as the Missus private farm, where she planted a thousand of her favorite mahogany tree.

A few years later, their children grew up and the couple built a small Hansel and Gretel house in the middle of the one (1) hectare property. It was created similar to the children favorite fairytale. It became the children’s playhouse whenever they felt like a time away from home. The kids grew up and once again the land had been left unused and cared for by their caretakers. It was almost sold a few times, but due to its sentimental value, the couple could never let it go.

Nestled in the outlying areas of Maragondon, Cavite, this resort is an especially unique accommodation that gives you the true sense of a retreat with its native-style cottages amid a serene forested land.

It has 3 man-made pools in which 2 of it is facing the riverside, that makes it more unique and breathtaking.

VISIT THE IMUS CATHEDRAL (Imus City)

The Diocesan Shrine and Parish of the Our Lady of the Pillar - Imus Cathedral, commonly known as the Imus Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral church in the city of Imus, in the province of Cavite, Philippines. The city, which is the capital of the province, also serves as the seat of the bishop of the Diocese of Imus, the diocese that has jurisdiction over the entire Civil Province of Cavite.

Enshrined inside the cathedral is the original, miraculous and canonically crowned image of Nuestra Senora del Pilar de Imus (Our Lady of the Pillar). The said title of the Blessed Virgin Mary serves as the titular patroness of the Diocese of Imus, Province of Cavite, as implied by then pope, now a saint, John

GO TO PATUNGAN BEACH (Maragondon)

This beach can be found in Maragondon, Cavite. Situated at the southern side of Mt. Palay Palay, Patungan Beach Cove boasts its light brown sand, impressive rock formations, and breathtaking views of nearby islands.

To get there, you have to traverse the Nasugbu-Ternate Highway. You will drive across the 300-meter Kaybiang Tunnel, the longest road tunnel in the Philippines. Patungan Beach Cove is located at the farther end of the tunnel and there is no entrance fee here. However, cottages have a rental fee.

Apart from its scenic beach, you can find a fishing village, which serves as the main livelihood of the locals.

VISIT KAYBIANG TUNNEL (Maragondon)

Speaking of the longest road tunnel in the country, this tunnel must not be left out of the list. I've been here a few times and both of my visits, I stopped for a selfie. Yes, this tunnel is one of the famous tourist spots in Cavite especially for those riders who love road trips. That's why it is always crowded mostly during weekends.

The tunnel connects Batangas via Nasugbu to Cavite via Maragondon.

EXPERIENCE SANTORINI AT VILLA COLMENAR (Indang)

For just 3-4 hours drive, you can now getaway from the noisy, crowded, and polluted urban Manila life with Cavite’s own version of the Santorini located in Indang.

Villa Colmenar Natural Spring Resort, dubbed as “Cavite’s mini Santorini”, opened its gates to the public in 1990 and operates on a daily basis. It has five pools which makes it a perfect spot for holding various events.

The Largest pool comes with diving boards (with lifeguards). There is also a picturesque area decorated with colorful umbrellas! Definitely Instagram-worthy!
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CLIMB THE PICO DE LORO (Maragondon)

Also named as Mt. Palay Palay, it is a dormant volcano that stands between Maragondon, Cavite, and Nasugbu, Batangas. The name “Pico de Loro” means parrot’s beak, which forms a resemblance to the mountain’s summit.

Its breathtaking summit offers an unobstructed view of the nearby provinces of Laguna and Batangas.  It is one of the top hiking destinations in the Philippines.

Aside from this mountain, Pico de Loro is also a beach cove in Nasugbu, Batangas.

IMMERSE YOURSELF WITH ANIMALS AT PARADIZOO (Mendez)

Not too far from Tagaytay City, you can visit Paradizoo Theme Farm, a 10 hectare rolling terrain land which boast of different areas like Farm Animals, Vegetable and flower garden and a lot more.

Paradizoo is a combination of zoo and themepark making it the only themefarm concept in Metro Tagaytay. It offers a variety of educational, outdoor and group outing programs for nature, flowers and animal lovers.

SHOP AT ACIENDA DESIGNER OUTLET (Silang)

Pure outlet retail to the eager customers of Manila and the Philippines. Positioned near the tourist destination of Tagaytay and visible from Aguinaldo Highway, the Designer Outlet is in a great location to serve the heart of Manila and its local tourism market.

Discover your favourite brands at discounted prices all year round. We have over 100 units dedicated to fashion brands for the clearance of their past season products. You will find deals and discounts up to 70% off of the original retail price and more.

AROUND THE WORLD AT TORRES FARM AND RESORT (Naic)

Traveling without money is almost impossible. But thanks to this kind of resort, we can at least get a piece of popular attractions around the world.
Torres Farm and Resort is a private resort located at Naic, Cavite opened in 2016 by Mr. Eric Baylosis & Mrs. Anna Baylosis. The resort used to be a basketball court that turns into a place that the owners want to share with every guest.

Here you get to see the Eiffel Tower of Paris, France, the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, the Statue of Liberty of New York City, Hong Kong Disneyland, Merlion Park of Singapore and more.

WHERE TO EAT IN CAVITE

Here's a list of restaurants I have visited in Cavite:

TRANSPORTATION IN CAVITE

Cavite's mode of transportation is mostly via public utility vehicle such as jeepneys (PUJ) and buses (PUB). Some of the inner areas of each cities and municipalities use tricycle as an alternative transportation.

The biggest change in Cavite's transportation is the extension of LRT1 where it caters some of entry points in Bacoor.


Aguinaldo Highway, also known as Cavite–Batangas Road and Cavite-Manila South Road, is a four-to-six lane, 41.4-kilometer, the most commonly used road in Cavite.

Cavite's transport infrastructure has not kept in pace with the mushrooming of industrial and commercial activities resulting to quilts of urban sprawl, traffic congestion and increased road accidents. The section of Aguinaldo Highway (in Bacoor, Imus and Dasmarinas) serving as a major link between the province and the national capital Manila is currently experiencing traffic volume 20% in excess of its designed capacity.

Some of the expressways you can use going to, from and around Cavite are the SLEX, CALAX and CAVITEX.

Main terminal of transportation to Cavite is found at PITX.

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WHERE TO STAY IN CAVITE

Here are just some of hotels and accommodation I personally recommends:

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