The Palad Sandbar in Santa Cruz

Palad Sand Bar Santa Cruz Marinduque Maniwaya Island Beach Location Water Sand Resort Surf Tide Sports Snorkeling Depth Scuba Diving Hotel Location Distance Boat Tour Guide Barangay Visit Fishing The Palad Sand Bar is located in Santa Cruz in Marinduque Province. The Palad Sand Bar is located near Maniwaya Island. Relatively small in size, the Palad sandbar features semi-fine white sand, and a mixture of crush coral small rocks. The sandbar only appears during low tide, so plan your visit and aquatic excursions according. During high tides, the sand bar is not visible. When the patch of sand appears during low tide, it is surrounded by clear, shallow water suitable for splashing around, swimming and snorkeling. Continue reading

The San Isidro Cave in Santa Cruz

San Isidro Cave Santa Cruz Marinduque Bagumbungan Punong Location Entrance Cavern Size Hiking Trail Depth Distance Difficulty Visit Tour Guide Stalactite Length Stalagmite Spelunking History Discovery The San Isidro Cave is located in Santa Cruz in Marinduque Province. The San Isidro Cave, also known as the Bagumbungan Cave, was discovered by a team from the provincial tourism office and cave enthusiasts in 2009. The cave featuers the longest known Subterranean river in the province. San Isidro’s cave entrance is connected to Barangay Punong. A two kilometer route has already been mapped but many passages and chambers are still unexplored. The San Isidro cave features many waterfalls and unique cave habitats. Continue reading

Mongpong Islet in Marinduque

Mongpong Islet Santa Cruz Island MarinduqueMongpong Islet is located in Sta Cruz, Marinduque and is approximately 25 minutes by boat from Maniwaya. It is a picturesque island with unique land bridge rock formation on its eastern fringes brings additional attraction on its white sand beaches and laid back island ambiance. Its unique topography offers myriad of possible terrestial and marine adventures. Northeast of this islet lies a kilometer’s stretch of white coral beach almost similar to the one in Elephant Island. Its fringing reefs are the perfect spot for scuba divers. There are no tourist facilities in these islets. Visitors are advised to bring drinking water, sleeping bags, and tents for longer stay in the area.

Santa Cruz, Laguna

Santa Cruz LagunaSanta Cruz is a 1st class urban municipality in the province of Laguna, Philippines. It is also the capital town of the province of Laguna. According to the latest census, it has a population of 101,914 people in 19,627 households and with a growth rate of 1.37%). Projected population for 2009 is 104,615.

Santa Cruz is situated on the banks of the Santa Cruz River which course its way along the eastern part of the famous Laguna de Bay. The town is bounded by the Bay on the north, by Lumban and Pagsanjan towns in the east, Pagsanjan and Magdalena towns in the south, and Pila and Liliw towns in Continue reading

Tibolo Cultural Village in Santa Cruz

Mount ApoThe Kalimudan Cultural Village, located at Barangay Tibolo, Municipality of Sta. Cruz , Davao del Sur best represents the genuine desire of the Bagobo tribe in unifying their people and preserving their culture. This desire has become so moving that it has built a growing tribal village with landscapes and lifescapes of the ancestral homeland of the indigenous peoples.

Eight simple vernacular structures are humbly built to accommodate visitors who wish to immerse in the community. For just P50 per day per person, one can already spend the day with the Bagobo people and safely sleep in a house similar to theirs. Continue reading

Davao del Sur Province

Davao del Sur Province MapDavao del Sur is a province of the Philippines located in Davao region in Mindanao. Its capital is Digos City to the north, and Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, South Cotabato, Sarangani to the west. To the east lies the Davao.

Names of Cities and Municipalities: Davao del Sur is subdivided into 14 municipalities and one city, namely: Digos City, Bansalan, Don Marcelino, Hagonoy, Jose Abad Santos (Trinidad), Kiblawan, Magsaysay, Malalag, Malita, Matanao, Padada, Santa Cruz, Santa Maria, Sarangani and Sulop.

The History of Davao del Sur dates even before its formal creation as aprovince on July 1,1967. Continue reading

Marinduque Province

MarinduqueThe province of Marinduque extends about 137 nautical miles from Manila between Bondoc Peninsula at the eastern portion of Luzon and Oriental Mindoro. It is bounded on the north by Tayabas Bay, northeast by Mongpong Pass, southeast by Tayabas Strait and Sibuyan at the south, and about 29 nautical miles from Balanacan Port to Lucena City and 30 nautical miles from Gasan Port to Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro. Continue reading

SM City San Lazaro Operating Hours

SM City San LazaroThe SM City San Lazaro shopping mall’s regular hours of operation is daily from 10:00am in the morning until 9:00pm in the evening.

The SM City San Lazaro includes the SM Department Store, the SM Supermarket, the SM Food Court, Story Land, SM Cinemas, SM Appliance Center, and Ace Hardware.

Their contact telephone number is +63-786-2400 to 41. For more information, event  and cinema movie schedule, directions, location info, holiday hours, customer service and more, visit the official SM City San Lazaro web site by clicking HERE.

Sogo Hotel Avenida Room Rates

Sogo Hotel Avenida ManilaThe Sogo Hotel Avenida is located on the 6th Floor of the Dimson Building, Rizal Avenue, Santa Cruz in Metro Manila. Their telephone contact number is 02 736-2501, 736-2502,and 736-2505.

Below are the weekday, weekend, and Suite room rates for Sogo Hotel Avenida: Continue reading

Chinatown Manila

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Manila Chinatown is located just across the Pasig River opposite the Spanish walled city Intramuros. The area was originally for Catholic Chinese only. Non Christian Chinese were allowed to move into Chinatown much later in 1790.

The Chinese traded in Philippines long before the arrival of the Spanish. However, the founding of Manila Chinatown in 1594 was a product of the Spanish colonial policy towards to the Chinese population. Continue reading