GoTravelBliss Travel and Tours Blog

Don’t get too excited. This is just an initial run to see how this site should be more helpful to travelers and tourists, both Filipinos and foreigners, whether to, within or from the Philippines (yes, my dear, we do Philippine and international tours and travel). Continue reading “GoTravelBliss Travel and Tours Blog”

MacArthur Memorial in Tacloban, Leyte

Where did General Douglas MacArthur land when he returned to the Philippines to “liberate” the country from the Japanese invaders? It’s in Leyte, where a park, formerly called the MacArthur Park, was erected to commemorate the historic day. The bronze statues tower over everyone, including the larger-than-life statues of President Sergio Osmeña and General Carlos P. Romulo, who were with the landing party of Gen. MacArthur. It’s now called the Leyte Landing Memorial, located at the Red Beach, Palo, Leyte. Continue reading “MacArthur Memorial in Tacloban, Leyte”

Cebu: Magellan’s Cross, Mactan Shrine and Basilica del Sto. Nino

We don’t appreciate something until it’s gone, the cliche goes. We often take for granted places of historical importance that are right in our backyard. Take, for instance, Magellan’s Cross, Mactan Shrine and the Basilica del Sto. Niño. I spent four years in Cebu City, yet it’s only when I came back after 13 years that I took time to visit these landmarks. Continue reading “Cebu: Magellan’s Cross, Mactan Shrine and Basilica del Sto. Nino”

Puerto Princesa Underground River (Palawan)

Palawan is known for its beaches, having been chosen as one of the 33 Best Beaches in Asia (Conde Nast Traveller magazine, October 2007 issue). Aside from its beautiful beaches, Palawan is also known for the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. Continue reading “Puerto Princesa Underground River (Palawan)”

Secluded Pearl Farm, Davao City

The Pearl Farm. I’ve long wondered about this resort. Images of huge round white pearls being grown here wander in my mind. I thought this is one of the places I want to go. One day it became a reality. One day I was at the Pearl Farm. The first thing I discovered? There are no pearls cultured in the Pearl Farm. We took a van from Davao City, but not before devouring a good serving of sinugba na tuna (grilled tuna) and kinilaw. We tried to drop by the Crocodile Farm but there was no more time. This is just the Pearl Farm. Continue reading “Secluded Pearl Farm, Davao City”

Baguio: Summer Capital of the Philippines

If you’re given an opportunity to visit Baguio City in the month of December, would you take it? Chilly wind, cold temperature, pine trees, nice view. I bet you would, the same thing with the hundreds of thousands of tourists who visited Baguio City in December 2008. We’re included in that thousands. Continue reading “Baguio: Summer Capital of the Philippines”

Enjoying the Beach at Blue Lagoon, Pagudpud

One yardstick of a great destination, in my book, is when it’s somewhere I don’t mind driving straight for hours, get immersed in the splendor of the place for an hour or so, pack up then go home. Pagudpud (Ilocos Norte) definitely fits that standard, although the beauty of this destination is not limited to the wide open and smooth country roads, the nice views along the way, or the compelling history of the place and its people. Continue reading “Enjoying the Beach at Blue Lagoon, Pagudpud”

Experience WWII History in Corregidor Island

Corregidor Island is where the Filipino and American forces made a last stand against the invading Japanese forces in World War II, our school textbooks would tell us. The books bear photos of the guns and the ruins. Seeing the real thing, however, must be a totally experience, I thought when I was younger. So, today, after more than 30 years of delay, I finally crossed Manila Bay to invade what the forces during WW2 fondly call “The Rock”. Continue reading “Experience WWII History in Corregidor Island”

Breathtaking Sagada

The treacherous, zigzagging and rough roads (at least between Banaue and Sagada) would make you think twice in bringing your own car. You could reach Sagada through a 7-hour bus ride from Baguio City (in addition to the 6-hour trip from Manila). We took the other route, the 10-hour bus ride directly through Banaue, because we want to see one of the Wonders of the World — the Banaue Rice Terraces. Continue reading “Breathtaking Sagada”

An Indefinite Visa for the Philippines

A tourist visa is the usual avenue for anyone going for a quick look of another country. For non-Filipinos who fell in love with the Philippines and would want to stay much, much longer, then a tourist visa may not be enough. How would it sound if a foreigner can secure a visa that allows an indefinite stay in the Philippines? Continue reading “An Indefinite Visa for the Philippines”

A Brief Introduction for Travelers to the Philippines

If you’re planning to travel to the Philippines, and we hope you are, there may be certain helpful information that you might want to know about this archipelagic nation composed of 7,107 islands. We shall be discussing these tips and reminders in this category from time to time. Continue reading “A Brief Introduction for Travelers to the Philippines”