A Definitive Guide to Manila Traffic

When you live in Metro Manila, heading out of your house means coming face-to-face with one of the most dreaded traits of the megacity: the infamous Metro Manila traffic. Every day, millions of travelers in and around the Metro struggle through one of the longest commutes in the world, with cars, buses, motorcycles, bikes, jeeps, and pedestrians all vying for space on the road. Over 370,000 vehicles daily pass through EDSA, Metro Manila’s busiest highway, and the metropolis itself has a population of 12.8 million people. If you’d like to know more about this perennial problem, or are stuck in traffic yourself, then here are ten top facts about traffic in the Metro.

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8 Most Beautiful Golf Courses in the Philippines

As the saying goes, golf is the gentleman’s sport. Where other sports may have boxy, plain arenas, golfers compete in lush greens with stunning vistas unlike any other. In the Philippines, a tropical paradise with over 7,000 islands, the game is elevated by the balmy tropical weather and unique views that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. According to website Top 100 Golf Courses, there are almost a hundred different courses in the Philippines where golfers can enjoy their sport. Here are eight of the most beautiful spots in the archipelago where you can tee off.

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5 Packing Hacks for the Traveler on a Budget

If you were to take a quick scroll down your Instagram feed, it would look as though the new national pastime were getting on a plane and heading somewhere new. In 2016 Visa announced that Filipinos are among Asia’s top travelers, thanks to rising economic gains in the region. And it looks like the wanderlust is holding steady, with the Philippine Travel Agents Association predicting that foot traffic is going to break records at this year’s Travel Tour Expo.

With so many airlines opening new routes, and ticket deals being offered left and right, it’s no surprise that travel has become one of the top activities for the middle-class Filipino. If you’re looking forward to a weekend getaway at one of Spot.PH’s top travel destinations, or already planning your next long trip, then you’re probably thinking of the best ways to maximize your budget and experiences. Take a look below at some tips that will help you round out one of the foundations of your trip— packing.

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The History of Malasimbo Festival, Puerto Galera

For music lovers in the Philippines, there’s no event that stokes more anticipation than the yearly Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro. Named for the Malasimbo Ampitheater, where the festival has been held for the past eight years since its inception, there are tons of new plans for 2019 that will make this year’s festival bigger and better. If you’re new to the Malasimbo scene, take a look at this primer and quickly brush up on its history, as well as get a peek at what might be in store for you when the festival runs from March 1-2, 2019.

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10 Tips for the Newbie Traveler – Tokyo, Japan

With the proliferation of budget airlines and greater accessibility to seat sales and other airfare promos, destinations that used to be a far-off dream are now easier and easier to get to. Ranking high among those destinations is Japan, land of cherry blossoms, Mt. Fuji, and some of the best food in the world. There are now twelve flights per day that connect Manila to Tokyo, and according to the Philippine Primer, the first ever Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) opened its first office in Manila in October 2018.

Japan is closer than ever before, and if you’re planning your first trip to Tokyo then you should take a look at some of these helpful travel tips below.

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30 Things to Do in Taiwan

Filipinos love to travel, and luckily being in this part of the world means that there’s no shortage of incredible destinations to go to. One of the hottest destinations right now for the Philippine tourist is Taiwan, just a two and a half hour flight to the north. According to Taiwan Today, the visa-free program for passport holders from the Philippines has been extended until July 31, 2019, which means that Filipinos can hop on a flight for a weekend to check out the amazing sights— as long as you head back home within 14 days.

If you’re intrigued by what our nearest neighbor has to offer, check out our mega list of things to do in Taiwan that we’ve compiled below!

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Most Haunted Places in the Philippines

If there’s one thing that Filipinos are absolutely fascinated by, it’s ghosts and spirituality. Three hundred years of Spanish occupation, Catholic and indigenous beliefs about death and the spirit, and a bloody history of Japanese occupation in World War II all come together to form a distinct awareness and fascination with the paranormal in the Philippine psyche. Add the fondness for talking and sharing stories about people or places into the mix, and you have a healthy list of possible paranormal hotspots in the Philippines.

With a long weekend coming up ahead and everyone’s heads fixed on ghosts and spirits thanks to All Saints and All Souls Day, we’ve put together the names of a few of the most haunted spots in the country. See if you can squeeze in a visit or spot some paranormal visitors within the next few days! Read more

The 10 Worst Typhoons to Ever Hit the Philippines

In a previous article on Daydreaming in Paradise, we talked about one of the most ubiquitous parts of living in the Philippines—typhoons. To recap, these are storms with sustained wind speeds faster than 119 km/h, which are caused by warm air rising and cool air falling over the Pacific. The Philippines is battered by typhoons at an average of 20 times a year, sometimes more, and according to the Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC), at least five of those are destructive.

Despite the frequency of typhoons passing through the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), the effects they have on infrastructure, agriculture, and loss of life can often be impossible to get used to. Below, we’ve compiled a list of some of the worst typhoons to ever hit the country.

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Why Does the Philippines Suffer from Typhoons?

As soon as the month of June begins to draw to a close and students start to head back to school, there begins a refrain that’s familiar to almost every Filipino. You turn on your television to the nearest news station and watch an anchor in a suit point at some animations on a green screen. “Tropical depression entering the Philippine Area of Responsibility,” they say, “likely to strengthen into a typhoon in the coming days.”

Anyone living in the Philippines for any span of time will have experienced a typhoon at least once. These huge storms can shut down schools, offices, and even government services depending on intensity. But what exactly is a typhoon?
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10 Famous Mountains in the Philippines

Although the Philippines is known for its beautiful beaches, another steadily rising activity for the average Philippine traveler is found a little further inland: the mountains. Over the past couple of decades, mountaineering has slowly begun to grow in popularity, and thanks to social media is now more visible than ever before. Climbing tours are now more accessible to both groups and single climbers, and even major news sites such as Rappler have posted beginners’ guides to hiking.

If you’re looking to check off a few more things on your bucket list, consider some of the famous Philippine climbs on our list below!

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