For the longest time, I’ve been dying to visit Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan. A four-hour travel from Manila, the property is filled with traditional houses where guests can stay overnight or for an extended period of time should they so wish. Ever since my mom first went there and sent me pictures, I had my heart set on going no matter what. Its 18th century charm really lured me in. So when my aunt asked me to organize a family trip, I was more than happy to take the chance to finally go and see the place for myself.
This has got to be one of my favorite travels. I don’t have much pictures as I wasn’t really planning on writing a post about it, but I figured it is worth telling. Two years ago, my friends and I made a spontaneous trip to Baler, Aurora. And believe me when I say it is totally spontaneous. We were supposed to go to Batangas but our plans changed and we went North instead. This new plan to visit our friend in Cabanatuan was only finalized at 1am and we had to meet at the bus station at 4am.
Back in the summer of 2014, my family and I went to this beach in Quezon Province about three to four hours (without traffic) from Manila — it’s an island part of Mauban. To get there, we took a 45-minute boat ride from Mauban Port to get to Cagbalete Island. I hate boat rides so the one we took to get there was hell-ish for me. Because it’s not altogether accessible by land, I consider it hidden and far but it was worth it. It was beautiful.
What summer wouldn’t be complete without spending sometime up North in the Summer Capital of the Philippines — Baguio City? Ever since I was little (about 4 years old, I think), I’ve been going with my mom to Baguio and up until this year, I’ve never visited during the summer. It’s so much different when you’re visiting during the -ber months! Nevertheless, no matter what time of the year you’re going to be visiting, here’s what I would suggest for you to do.
Last year, my mom’s side of the family went to Ilocos for our annual summer trip and IT WAS THE BEST. My cousins and I have never been there and everyone’s raving about how beautiful it is, and of course, we just had to go there. It was a break from our usual overnight trips because it was the first time that we got to spend three whole days away from home! It took us 12 hours by land from where we lived to get to Ilocos. But no car ride is ever boring when you’re loaded with food and you’re with your cousins. If you’re not the roadtrip kind of person though, you can always take the plane. Our trip was divided into two: Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur.