Social media is not real life. Real life is the golden sunshine peeking through your window, the comforting food you nourish yourself with, the loved ones you keep in touch with, the worlds of books, movies, music, and shows you immerse in, and the precious time you dedicate to yourself doing what you love and doing what needs to be done.
Today is like a perpetual present, one that isn’t entirely pleasant. The concept of time has become devoid of meaning during the pandemic, mutating into an abstract notion that seems to stretch endlessly. Therefore, we do what we can to break free from it, however vicarious the means may be.
There is beauty to be discovered in the aftermath. This can be said for all kinds of endings, including the cataclysmic outcome of Mt. Pinatubo’s eruption in 1991. When destruction occurs, remains are either left to decay or salvaged—to breathe new life to what it once was. True to its company tagline, “We bring stones to life,” Pumice Unlimited Ventures fosters the latter, specializing in items made of pumice stone, one of the products of the Mt. Pinatubo eruption.
Environmental groups say that the declaration of a climate emergency in the country is needed more than ever, as many Filipinos feel the harsh impacts of climate change.
From policymakers and traffic enforcers to its citizens, the road to a cycle-friendly Metro Manila is a community effort.
The travel industry, and the world at large, are facing unprecedented times. As an avalanche of cancellations ambush hotels and airlines while lockdowns and community quarantines are springing left and right, society is slowly—and not without an overwhelming sense of anxiety–coming to grips with the gravity of the global COVID-19 outbreak. The tourism sector is one of the most badly-hit sectors, as travel-related businesses are left with nobody to serve and no revenue to gain.
Despite the trials and tribulations you may face, it’s important to keep your blessings in mind and—if you’re privileged enough—to extend a helping hand to those who are less fortunate. As frontliners risk their lives to protect and serve the country, each of us needs to do our part in flattening the curve, curbing the disease, and (metaphorically) holding each other’s hands as we tread these uncharted territories.
As a premier medical wellness destination in the Philippines, The Farm at San Benito possesses a sundry of accolades that makes it a cut above the rest. Unlike your run-of-the-mill resort that merely brands itself as a relaxing getaway, The Farm radiates positive living without sacrificing luxury, presenting superior yet rustic lodging spaces that rest on a 48-hectare jungle wherein flora and fauna thrive. It’s as if the resort flourishes just as its guests are healed from all things synonymous with toxicity, a burgeoning haven that feeds on the care they lend to visitors.
It isn’t every day that a remarkable, impactful, and long-lasting collaboration springs forth from a meeting of minds. This is precisely what happened between Ayen de la Torre and Rachel Halili, the founders of the travel brand and community Where to Next, when fate brought them together as college classmates in an Art Studies elective in University of the Philippines Diliman.
Fleeing the city has become more and more romanticized, and there's a good reason why this pervasive longing has become a twenty-first-century dream. Life’s pace has been moving at an increasingly fast speed, and in order to have some semblance of sanity—or mindfulness, to put it mildly—we need to slow down. When you reside in one of the many megalopolises the Philippines is home to, you owe it to yourself to indulge in a back-to-basics hideaway whenever you can.
If you’d like to travel more responsibly and pay it forward at the same time, there are several ways you can give back to the Philippines. We’ve scoured sustainable travel tours that not only minimize the negative impacts of travel but benefit their natural and cultural environs as well. In these experiences, you can volunteer where your talent is needed and foster deep connections with like-minded people who fight for the same causes you care about.
Before booking your stay, do your research to check if the resort practices sustainability. Luckily for you, we’ve gathered a list of eco-friendly resorts in the Philippines—because we believe that traveling and exploration shouldn’t come at the expense of Mother Earth.
There are several ways to discover the narratives of a country. Majority of travelers flock to tourist traps, some sift through aisles of grocery stores, while others head to the obscure and independently owned bookshop tucked in a crevice that most voyagers most probably overlook. Travel, after all, isn’t only confined to crossing borders to witness the most photogenic attractions—sometimes, if not always, it can also mean unearthing the rich worlds found between the pages of a book.
And while urban dwellers enjoy the convenience of having everything within reach—shopping centers, cinemas, and all the dining options imaginable—this may lead to decision fatigue, or getting too accustomed to the pleasures of city life that it starts losing its charm. Luckily, as an ode to slow living and the good old days, farm stays and luxury farm resorts are sprouting left and right so guests can fulfill a desire that’s innate in them: to return to one’s roots. With the Philippines largely an agricultural country, it only makes sense for locals to pay a visit to a farm or two.