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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Villa de Mercedes Infinity Pool at Catigan Toril Davao del Sur

villa de mercedes pool davao

While white sand beaches are busy, why not try swimming pool instead? I been through with many resorts and lately I have visited this high class resort which I instantly listed as my another favorite Davao tourist spots and highly recommended resort for you this summer.

villa de mercedes pool davao

villa de mercedes pool davao

We actually intended to go for a house tripping at Villa de Mercedes, located at Toril, Davao City. Thanks to Ma'am Marlene of Moreno Agency. :D And as we go around the subdivision, one of the housing agent told us to check out the swimming pool. As we reached the place, it is really captivating. The beauty of the resort is first class and modern type. Indeed a breath taking place. Actually I though that it is considered as a private resort for Villa de Mercedes home owners but surprisingly they allow outsiders to enjoy the resort for a low price.

villa de mercedes pool davao

Let me first describe the pool. Villa de Mercedes swimming pool is infinity, not typically ideal for diving (if you expected it to be uber deep)  The swimming pool is designed to be a beach like with white sand and shore. There is also a kid's pool.

villa de mercedes pool davao

You can play volleyball behind the benches near the pool and still it's a white sand. You can do sun bathing using the benches on the side.

For food, there is a restaurant near the entrance gate. They serve different delicious meals, pastries, snacks and ice cream. Bringing of foods inside the pool area is not allowed however there's a walking distance cottages outside for free and you can leave your food and things there and lock the cottage when going back to the pool.

villa de mercedes pool davao

You can stay overnight at the cottage if you wish but swimming pool is only open until 11:00PM. Villa de Mercedes swimming pool has a breath taking view during day time and captivating view when night comes. Different lights are all over the place and underwater lights changed to different colors which adds dramatic effect to the place.

villa de mercedes pool davao

villa de mercedes pool davao

How To Get There

I'm sure you will also gonna love this one. Now if you want to enjoy this resort, getting there is very easy. First you need to be in Davao City and then make a reservation to the resort. You can only enter the subdivision if you have access inside or with any Villa de Mercedes agency or if you have a friend who lives in Villa de Mercedes Subdivision.

You are lucky if the agency will offer to tour you and bring you there using their van. If you don't want that, you can take Toril PUJ, stop are Toril proper - exactly in Chowking and take motorcycle to reach the resort. Taxi is also recommended. You may want to get the contact number of taxi or motorcycle drivers to fetch you because no taxi will be there at night.

At the guard house, inform that you have a reservation and give the agency name or your inside contact. In our case, we made this possible through Moreno Agency. You may want to contact them to. They are real estate agency that provides housing tour on Villa de Mercedes and they also entertain people who want's to try the swimming pool.

Entrance Fees

Swimming pool entrance fee is only Php150.00 every weekdays and Php200.00 every weekends and cottage is free. They are very strict with swimming wear. Only silk swim wear are allowed.

Important: Hire a taxi driver to pick you up when you leave at night. Vehicle are hard to catch up when going back.

Updated Entrance Fees Prior 2016

Monday-Friday - Entrance fee (Day and Night Tour) Php150.00
Saturday and Sunday - Entrance fee (Day and Night Tour) Php200.00
The additional was for towel rental.

Villa de Mercedes
Catigan Toril, Davao City, Davao del Sur Philippines

Moreno Agency/Ma'am Marlene
+639072714156 (SMART)
+639176322880 (GLOBE)
+639235828328 (SUN)

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 by pinoytravelpod · 55

Monday, March 15, 2010

Botanical Garden, Mines View, and Wright Park Riding

wright park baguio city

After Manila trip, we headed to our real destination which is in Baguio City. Baguio City is one of the top and best places in the Philippines. Nice places and cold breeze awaits you in Baguio City. 5 to 6 hours will be consumed when you travel from Manila to Baguio. We reached Baguio City around 9pm. You can feel the cold breeze as you step in the city. The road is nicely curved, it is high enough to view the city lights down the road.

For affordable inns, you can go to directly to Tuvera Inn or Riders Lodge. You can check out my first blog post about our day tour in Baguio City -- Baguio City Tour Part 1

Botanical Garden

The next spot is the Botanical Garden, Wright Park Riding and the White Mansion. You can experience horse back riding for a lower price.

botanical garden baguio city

botanical garden baguio city

The White Mansion

white mansion baguio city

white mansion baguio city

Mines View

The last place we visited is the Mines View. This is the best spot for me. Mines View is the highest place in Baguio City where you can see places at the bottom. It is like a mountain viewing. At Mines View also you can see Doglas, a large St. Bernard dog breed. This is on of the best places I traveled and must be also included in your travel list.

mines view baguio city

mines view baguio city

mines view baguio city

Total cost of Baguio Tour per head is at least 7,000 and up depending on how many days you will stay there. It includes plane fare, hotel, food, Baguio fare and pocket money. To save money, book a flight through Cebu Pacific Air and PAL promos.

Baguio Tour Guide and Taxi rental
Kuya Sam
+639173554788 (Globe)

Rider's Lodge
Naguilian Road, Baguio City, Philippines

Monday, March 15, 2010 by pinoytravelpod · 4

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Wandering in Manila, Mall of Asia and Makati City

Manila is the capital city of the Philippines. It is a known city where they have numerous large buildings and business centers though some part of it are crowded. Last March 5, 2009, we arrived at Manila through Cebu Pacific. Our goal is to visit Mall of Asia and try to experience how difficult it is living in Manila, as what I've heard from my relatives who lived there.

manila philippines

We are disappointed with the taxi drivers. Their "modus operandi" is to reason out that their fare meter is not working and giving us an amount which we are not really sure if that was the exact fare amount. The only nice place is Manila is the Makati City. You will be amazed with their tall buildings and clean surroundings. The rest part of Manila is crowded specially those MRT/LRT terminals where every people are in rush.

manila philippines manila philippines

manila philippines manila philippines

Thursday, March 11, 2010 by pinoytravelpod · 1

Monday, March 1, 2010

Bell Church in Baguio City - The Highest Temple I Visited

I started traveling outside Mindanao when Cebu Pacific Air offers very low air fare. They usually offered Piso fare and we tried hard to book for some seats. Last February, we successfully booked at Cebu Pacific Air through their Piso fare promo. We choose Baguio City as our travel destination. Baguio City is one of the popular, highlighted tourist spots in the Philippines and considered as the best places in the Philippines. It is described to be a cold weather place because of it's high land location. Baguio City is a small improving town with a very nice people. There are many nice places to visit in Baguio during your stay.

bell church in baguio city

bell church baguio city

We reached Baguio City around 9:00 in the evening. It is a long trip and good thing the bus has television which helps us to be awake. We noticed that we just entered on Baguio City as we started to see lights down at the other cities. And as we jumped off the bus, the cold breeze really knocked us down. We even wear jackets but still the temperature is very cold. That time we missed the Panagbenga event but the city is still crowded because of the live bands at the Session Road. We decided to go around the road, went to bars and watch some live band shows. After that, we checked in at Rider's Lodge and take some rest for our day tour tomorrow.

We started our first day tour by taking a breakfast with our tour guide and driver. We hire a van to tour us around. One nice spot that I like the most is the Baguio Bell Church. We can usually see some Chinese temple at Cebu City and in Davao City but Baguio City is the best Chinese temple I ever seen. You will have a great experience climbing the top of the temple and see the breathtaking view downstairs. Since it is a high land, you will really need to exert effort climbing so that you can reach the top.

baguio city bell church

baguio city tour

baguio city philippines

On the temple you will see a nice sculpture like sea dragon, great lion, Chinesse writings and a garden like look. Other than that, there are many places to visit in Baguio City. It is really a great experience and a must included place in your travel blog.

How To Get There Without Taking a Package Tour

We travel from Davao City to Manila via Cebu Pacific Air and from Manila you can ride a bus going to Baguio City. There are two bus terminals in Manila that are bounded to Baguio City. We choose the Victory Liner bus terminal in Pasay City since it is much nearer from Mall of Asia. You have 3 options in bus fare. There is a non air conditioned with a cheaper fare, PHP500.00 for an air conditioned bus with 3 stops and PHP700.00 for non stop deluxe airconditioned bus. Approximately the travel will took you 5 hours so better travel during sleep time so you can save the remaining time on your city tour and then travel back daylight to witness the nice view of whole Baguio City.

Suggested Itinerary For Baguio City Tourist Spots

Day 1
10:00 am Davao Airport
12:00 nn ETD Davao Airport
01:00 pm ETA Manila Airport
01:30 pm Mall of Asia Tour
06:00 pm Dinner
07:00 pm ETA Pasay Victory Liner Bus Terminal
08:00 pm ETD Bus Terminal
01:00 am ETA Baguio City
02:00 am Lodge at Rider Lodge (Suggested Inn-PHP900.00 for 4 persons in 1 airconditioned room)

Day 2
06:00 am Breakfast
07:00 am Prepare for Baguio Tour
08:00 am Strawberry Farm
09:00 am ETD Strawberry Farm
09:30 am Botanical Garden
10:00 am Horse Riding, Wright Park
11:00 am Lunch
01:00 pm Philippine Military Academy
02:00 pm Burnham Park
04:00 pm Mines View, Pasalubong outside Mines View
05:30 pm ETD Mines View
06:30 pm Dinner at SM Baguio
10:00 pm Session Road
12:00 mn Bus Terminal
01:00 am ETD Terminal
06:00 am ETA Manila Pasay Terminal

Location: Bell Church, La Trinidad Baguio City
Budget: 5000-7000 per person

Baguio Tour Guide and Taxi rental
Kuya Sam
+639173554788 (Globe)

Rider's Lodge
Naguilian Road, Baguio City, Philippines

Monday, March 1, 2010 by pinoytravelpod · 3

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