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All flights to and from Tacloban Airport are suspended

  The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines has suspended flights in and out of Tacloban Airport – the main gateway to the island of Leyte – due to  “pavement erosion”. Smaller turbo-prop airplanes have been told they can resume landing and taking off within a week. Larger air-carriers have…



Punnuk: An ancient celebration of harvest at the Ifugao Rice Terraces

When the ripening grains of the Ifugao Rice Terraces turn from green to yellow, not only is it a time to harvest, but also an opportunity to celebrate the end of the growing season.  The “Punnuk” is a post-harvest tradition performed by residents of the town of Hungduan. The day before the rites,…


Bantayan Island, a more tranquil alternative to Boracay

Bantayan Island is in the northern region of Cebu Island, and is part of a group of islands in the Visayan Sea. Bantayan is accessible by ferry and is a two-hour ride from the port of Hagnaya, just west of Bogo city. As well as the all-encompassing natural beauty, there’s…


Bislig and Mangagoy: The “Twin Cities of Gold” of Mindanao

Not many have travelled to the city of Bislig or Mangagoy on the island of Mindanao, their remoteness would put many people off. But those taking the northern route should take the time to stop at the Enchanted River. Getting in for a swim is just the first thing that will…