Paradise Island Park and Beach Resort

We’re often hard pressed to find a decent beach near the city. In Manila, we either had to drive two hours to Batangas to go to a beach. When we were in Davao, we were pleased to find out that though there’s no beach in the vicinity of the city, there is a beautiful island just 5 minutes away.

Paradise Island Park and Beach Resort


The Island Garden City of Samal is a small island just off mainland Davao. Depending on where you’re originating from and where you’re headed, the boat crossing can last all of five minutes. We were headed to the Paradise Island Park and Beach Resort, and from the Sasa port, we boarded the resort boat. For only Php 15 per person, we were able to leave the city and frolic in the sand.

Paradise Island Park and Beach Resort


Paradise Island Park and Beach Resort charges day trippers Php 100 per person, while those who wish to stay overnight have to pay Php 200 per person. Unlike other resorts, guests at Paradise Island can bring their own food. There are plenty of tables and deck chairs right by the shore, and can be used free of charge by all guests.

The beach, though not at par with Boracay nor Palawan, is pretty good, considering its location near the mainland. The waters are clean, and there are fish and corals just several meters from the shore.

For Php 130, Paradise Island Park and Beach Resort offers a great value for people looking to take a break from city life.

Paradise Island Park and Beach Resort
Caliclic, Babak
Island Garden City of Samal
Davao del Norte
Philippines 8118
Phone: (+6382) 233-0251 / 234-1229 / 300-2343
Fax: (+6382) 234-2926
Mobile: (+63920) 954-6780

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San Nicolas: Manila’s Forgotten Jewel

Oftentimes when we mention the word “old house” or “bahay na bato” what instantly comes into our mind are the heritage cities like Vigan or Silay.

But little did I know that there is a gem hidden right in the heart of Manila. And it is just a stone’s throw away from Binondo, the very place I often rave about for its delectable Chinese foods!

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Malagos Garden Resort in Davao City

After visiting the Philippine Eagle Center in Malagos, we had a quick stop in Malagos Garden Resort to view and take photos of their popular orchid garden. The Resort is a 12 hectare inland Nature Theme Resort located near the Philippine Eagle Park.

Waling Waling Orchids at Malagos Garden Resort

They offer fully serviced air-conditioned overnight cottages, with Bath tubs, Hot and cold showers, veranda, TV, mini bar, telephone. The resort has 2 restaurants, function rooms, and pavillion that can accomodate 750 guests.

Vanda Orchids at Malagos Garden Resort

It is home to the Philippine Orchid, Vanda Sanderiana, commonly referred to as the Waling Waling, indigenous birds and other wildlife species, the Malagos Gardens Amazing Bird Show and sculptures of Philippine National Artist for Sculpture Napoleon Abueva. Truly a unique blend of art, commerce and nature amidst the cool mountain breeze of the highlands of Davao City.

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Learn how to Backpack with YouthTrip

Youth Trip (YTrip) is having a Backpacking 101: Intro to Outdoor Recreation on Saturday, September 6, 2008 at the HOPE Center, Katipunan cor. Aurora Avenue (near LRT 2 Station and St. Bridgette Academy).

This session’s lecturer is Salvador Elmer C. Cabotage, Chairman of the Education Committee, Mountaineering Fed of the Philippines (MFPI) and member of the UIAA Youth Commission. He is a certified Leave No Trace (LNT) trainer and a contributing editor for Action and Fitness Magazine.

Backpacking 101 starts at 1 o’clock in the afternoon, and a participation fee of Php200 will be collected.

For more details, call 0917.887.7087 or email

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The sound of a Cebuano Guitar

Apart from fresh and dried mangoes, otap and danggit, one of Cebu’s other major product is its guitars. Filipinos know that when you want the best quality local-made guitars for the best value prices, you go to Cebu.

Mr. Ronie Pangatunan of Guitar Master indulged our request and demonstrated how a Cebu guitar sound:

Guitar Master
Quezon National Highway
Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
Phone: +6332-495-2412
Mobile: +63920-224-3767
Contact: Ronie Pangatunan

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