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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Seagull Mountain Resort at Bukidnon-Davao Road, Marilog District


If you are looking for a great family bonding place, Christmas Party venue, birthdays or any occasions then Seagull Mountain Resort best for you.

Seagull Mountain Resort is a well known attraction in Davao City. It i located along BUDA (Bukidnon-Davao) road in Barangay Lorega, Marilog District, Davao City. The resort is about 4,200 feet above sea level. The high location of the resort makes it suitable especially during hot summer. Getting there during December, it is expected that thick fog will be there even in daylight and you'll feel the cold breeze. It seems like you've been in Baguio City.


There are 4 swimming pools, 1 pool is deep for adult, 2 kiddie pools, and the other one is located near the waterfalls. All water in swimming pool were coming from the waterfalls and it was very cold and refreshing.

There are many cottages too that you can choose. Very affordable and nice.



Accommodation Rates
- Condo Unit 1 Or Gazebo 4pax for Php 2,500
- Condo Unit 2 5pax for Php 3,000
- Condo Unit 3 2pax for Php 1,700
- Condo Unit 4 4pax for 3,000
- Eliza 1,2 & 3 4pax for Php 2,500
- Log Cabin 1,2,3,&4 3pax for Php 2,400

White House
- Upper House 8pax for Php 3,500
- Master’s Room 6pax for Php 3,100
- Side Room 2pax for Php 950.00
- Lower House 6pax for Php 3,100
- Duplex 3pac for Php 2,750

- Php 350.00 charge for every extra pax.

PAVILIONS (w/ common T&B)
Pavilion 1
- Daytime Php 3,000 for 30pax
- Overnight Php 4,500 for 30pax

Pavilion 2 & 4 110/head 30
- Php110 charge for every extra pax.

CAMPSITE (w/ common T&B)
- Campsite 1-8 Php 750.00 for 3pax
- Campsite 9-11 Php 1,200 for 6pax

-Php110 charge for every extra pax.
Tent Pitching Php 500.00

Entrance Fess
- Day Tour Adult Php 110.00
- Children (7 y.o. & below) Php 65.00

*INCLUSIVE USE OF OPEN COTTAGE, SWIMMING POOL & WATERFALLS

Contact Numbers

Seagull Mountain Resort
BUDA Road, Barangay Lorega, Marilog District, Davao City,
EMAIL: davaoseagullresorts@gmail.com
website: www.seagullresorts.multiply.com

Reservations Office
Door 2, Braveheart Building, McArthur Highway
Davao City (Fronting Matina Petron or old ABS-CBN Station)
Tel. No.: +(6382) 298-5990
Mondays - Saturdays, 8AM - 5PM

Mountain Resort Office
Tel No.: +(6382) 286-4124
Mondays - Sundays, 8AM to 5PM

Beach Resort Front Office
Tel No.: +(6382) 301-0097 or +(6382) 301-0100
Mondays - Sundays, 8AM to 5PM

Inland Resort Office
Tel No.: +(6382) 286-3233
Mondays - Sundays, 8AM to 5PM


How to get to Seagull Mountain Resort

From Ecoland Bus Terminal in Davao City, ride a bus via Cagayan-Buda that will drop you off along the highway at the entrance leading to the Resort.



Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by pinoytravelpod · 8

Monday, November 19, 2012

Villa Amparo Garden Beach Resort - Newest Attraction in Samal Island


Samal Island is very famous and if you're from Davao City, it's usually the first destination for family and friends outdoor trips. Spending weekend with my friends, we decided to try Villa Amparo Garden Beach Resort.

I was amazed with the photos I saw and according to many, Villa Amparo Garden Beach Resort is a very nice, elegant and modern type resort. Upon seeing from my very eye, Villa Amparo Garden Beach Resort is indeed a great and elegant resort. The islet they have was like with the Pearl Farm Beach Resort


What we did was first made a reservation just to be sure that they will accommodate us when we get there. The security is good, they have a guard at the entrance. We stroll around and found many nice spots for picture taking. They have many amenities that you could enjoy.


I like the Boardwalk most and the upper deck view. The Boardwalk is a man-made islet and up in the deck, you can see the whole view of the resort. It's overlooking.




They have a bar & restaurant with videoke machine. Videoke is 150.00 per hour. They also have a Japanese garden, boat dock, they have the Pavilion, function rooms for conference and big gathering events, they have kids’ sand box, grill area, fishing area, water sports facilities, and a camp site.


You can experience unlimited use of water sports for only 150.00. Vest is already included. Vest only for rent is also available for 50.00.


The closed rooms are very nice and clean. With clean bedding, TV inside each rooms. Closed cottages are vary from non air conditioned to air conditioned rooms. The comfort and shower rooms are also very clean. Looks like it was just recently opened but they were already open to public since last year 2011.


Additional points to security because they have a lot of CCTV cameras. From the outside of each cottages, the bar and resto and up to the boardwalk.

Resort Rates Breakdown

1.] Day Tour Check in time is 6am - 5pm
Day Tour Entrance Fee - 100.00 (adult)
Day Tour Entrance Fee - 70.00 (kids)

2.] Overnight check in time 2pm-12noon
Overnight Fee - 200.00 (adult)
Overnight Fee - 140.00 (kids)
Extra Bed - 200.00
Extra Towel - 30.00

3.] Non Air conditioned Rooms with bedding and TV (4 pax) - 1,800.00

4.] Air conditioned Rooms with Toilet and Bathroom, TV and DVD player (4 pax) - 2,500.00

5.] Native Cottage - 750.00

6.] Tent Rental (4-6 pax) - 360.0 and 760.00 for 8-12 pax)
If you have your tent, free of charge in Camp Site

7.] Water sport playground with Vest included - 150.00 unlimited usage
Life Vest Rental - 50.00
Kayak - 100 for 30 minutes
Snorkel - 100 for 30 minutes

Food Corkage - 50.00 per head and no drinks allowed to bring except water. They have store and resto inside, you can buy drinks and they serve meals.

How to Get There

Villa Amparo Garden Beach Resort is located at Sitio Dasag, Barangay Camudmud. From Davao City, you can take IGACOS bus in Sta. Ana Wharf. Drop off at Babak and from there, ride a motorcycle that will bring you to Villa Amparo Garden Beach resort. Bus fare is only Php 30.00 and motorcycle is Php 30.00.

You can also take a ferry boat that goes directly to babak wharf and from there, there's a lot of multicab and motorcycle.

Booking Office:
Km. 3, MacArthur Highway, Matina, Davao City
Tel +6382 284 0692
Mobile +63 922 880 6977 | +63 999 880 0225
Website villaamparoresort.com

Other photos taken at Villa Amparo Garden Beach Resort











Monday, November 19, 2012 by pinoytravelpod · 11

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Ruins - Ancestral Home of Talisay City, Negros Occidental


One of the interesting hobby I love is traveling in locals and out of town. Soon, when I'll accomplished visiting all great places in the Philippines, then I would love to travel out of country.

Visiting Philippine's heritage places is one of a kind, indeed an extravagant feeling. Given a chance to visit Negros Occidental, to witness Bacolod City's MassKara Festival, we also listed The Ruins in our itinerary.


A Brief History of The Ruins

The Ruins is known to be as Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson Ancestral Home in Talisay City, Negros Occidental. It is the largest residential structure that was built on the said city. And Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson built it for his wife Maria Braga. It was a garden like before, full of water lilies around the four tiered fountain.

And today, the skeletal ancestral home is still standing proud and many Filipinos and foreign tourists were amazed with it's beauty.


Last January 2008, they let The Ruins be open to public. It was a very known venue for wedding receptions and birthday parties among the locals.

You'll need to pay PHP 50.00 to enter around the mansion and take pictures. They have a separate coffee shop located just behind the mansion and they serve breakfast. They also have a souvenir shop.


How To Get There

It's an advantage if you'll bring vehicle with you. You just need to take the road beside the Honda Cars showroom in Talisay City. A total of 3 kilometer ride from the said road.

For commuters, you can hire a tricycle from Bangga Rose Lawns, a memorial park and then just tell the driver to take you at the ruins.

Thursday, October 25, 2012 by pinoytravelpod · 4

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Bacolod City Celebrates 2012 Masskara Festival


Last October 19 to 21, 2012, Negros Occidental, Bacolod City celebrates their highlight events such as MassKara Street Dance, Electric MassKara Float Parade, street dance competitions, media mall show and parade with GMA Network and ABS-CBN icons and celebrities.

Another highlight event is the giant puppets of La Consolacion College (LCC). Every year, Giant Puppet can be seen and many tourist awaits that portion. MassKara Festival is considered the most known festival here in the Philippines. Tourists like it most due to the very colorful faces they seen which represents the hospitality and being a friendly character of all people living in Bacolod City.


Actually, MassKara festival is almost a 1 month celebration. It will start every October 1 up to October 22, every year. But the main events can usually be seen on October 19-21. There are lot of things to do when you get there. Numerous night parties and concerts. So better pack thing earlier before those dates if you want to join and witness the next MassKara Festival event.

The Origin of the MassKara Festival


The MassKara Festival was first organized last 1980 at a time when the province of Negros Occidental was in a period of crisis. Civic groups, local government officials and Bacolod’s artists came up with a festival that emphasizes smiles, happiness and optimism. As the MassKara Festival lasted through the years, it solidified Bacolod’s reputation as a city of smiles and made it a strong competitor in the field of tourism.

Photo credits to My Island Trek

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 by pinoytravelpod · 2

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Bacolod Masskara Festival Schedule of Activities for 2012



The City of Smiles will celebrate the world renowned Masskara Festival with a year 2012 theme "LIFE'S GOOD IN BACOLOD". Here's a little history of why it was called MassKara Festival.

The word MASS actually means "many" and KARA is a Spanish word that means "face". Masskara Festival is the most anticipated festival in the Philippines and held every 3rd week of October in Bacolod City. The main events like street dance competition will be held on October 20-12, 2012.

Below are the schedules of activities in celebration of Masskara Festival 2012. Info are taken from www.themasskarafestival.com

October 1, 2012
Opening of the Festival sites (all-day) @ Bacolod Public Plaza
Opening of Carnival sites: SM City (all-day)
GMA DanssKara:The MassKara Dance Showdown Eliminations (all-day)
Fireworks (all-day)
Opening of 2012 MassKara Festival and DanssKara Elimination (GMA Dance Showdown) @ Bacolod Public Plaza (7:00 pm – 11:00 pm)

October 5, 2012
MassKara Art Weekend (all-day)
Opening of art events: MassKara 9 group show, Magika MassKara, Art Tour

October 6, 2012
MassKara Art Weekend (all-day)

October 7, 2012
MassKara Art Weekend (all-day)

October 12, 2012
i-Witness DocuFest wth GMA News and Public Affairs personalities @ SM City Event Centre (12:00 pm – 6:00 pm)

October 13, 2012
Little Miss MassKara pageant night (5:00 pm – 7:00 pm)

October 19, 2012
Kapuso Electric Float/Electric MassKara Day 1 @ Tourism Strip (6:00 – 4:00 am)
Electric Float Competition

October 20, 2012
Streetdance – Schools Category @ Bacolod Public Plaza (2:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
Kapuso Mall Show @ SM City Event Centre (4:00 pm – 6:00 pm)
Kapuso Electric Float/Electric MassKara Day 2 @ Tourism Strip (6:00 pm – 4:00 am)

October 21, 2012
Steetdance – Barangay Category @ Bacolod Public Plaza (2:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
Kapuso Electric Float/Electric MassKara Day 3 @ Tourism Strip (6:00 pm – 4:00 am)

October 22, 2012
Closing Ceremonies (all-day) @ Bacolod Public PlazaMassKara Festival
Closing Ceremonies/DanssKara Grand Finals/Kapuso Night (7:00 pm – 11:00 pm)

For more event details, visit their official site www.themasskarafestival.com

Saturday, September 29, 2012 by pinoytravelpod · 2

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Siargao Hosts The World Surfing Tilt for the Year 2012


General Luna, Siargao Island --- The 18th Siargao International Surfing Cup presented by the Philippine Surfing Federation (PSF) will kick off on September 23, Sunday, at the world’s top eight surfing spot, Cloud Nine.

Congressman Guillermo Romarate, Jr. of the second district of Surigao del Norte and Vice-Governor Egay confirmed to grace the ceremonial breaking of the surfboard to pay homage to the gods of the ocean and officially open this year’s surfing festival in the Municipality of General Luna in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte.


A professional surfer from Tahiti, Enrique Ariitu, will be up against the foreign surfers and the Philippines’ top sixteen surfers to defend his last year’s title. The local talents will be naturally enjoying the advantage of carrying local knowledge of the waves along with the support of the local crowd. Edito “Piso” Alcala, a local surfer from Siargao Island, will also be utilizing his experience at the break to his advantage to grab this year’s championship crown. In 2011, Alcala was defeated by Ariitu on a one-on-one 30-minute heat at Cloud Nine.


The Philippines’ top sixteen surfers, who were selected during last May 2012’s Siargao national competition, will also be competing with the surfers from Australia, Indonesia and Japan. They are all vying for a total prize-money of US$10,000.

Original post can be found at http://www.siargaoislands.net/2012/09/siargao-hosts-intl-surfing-cup-from.html

Photo Credits to http://www.siargaoislands.net/

Thursday, September 27, 2012 by pinoytravelpod · 0

Friday, September 14, 2012

The Surfing Capital of the Philippines - Siargao Celebrates 18th International Surfing Cup

Siargao known as the surfing capital of the Philippines. Siargao Island is located in the northeastern part of Mindanao and a part of Surigao del Norte. This year in the month of September from 23-27, Siargao will celebrate the 18th International Surfing Cup.



Let's witness the surfing adventure in Siargao Island this coming September 23-27, 2012. :)

Friday, September 14, 2012 by pinoytravelpod · 0

Monday, September 10, 2012

White Island in Mati Davao Oriental - The Ultimate Grilled Skin Experience



Another fascinating island in Mati Davao Oriental is the White Island. It is a small island with purely white sand and no trees. It is only a few kilometers from Pujada Island.





White Island is often surrounded by huge waves because it lies in an open water of Pacific Ocean. You cannot stay there at night due to it's dangerous huge waves and some part of the island will disappear during high tide.



From Pujada Island, we sail our boats again to reach White Island. At that time, I didn't know that the island was encircled with huge waves. And we are having hard time docking at the shore. So we do some timing with the waves and jump out from the boat as fast as we could.





Upon reaching the island, it's a wonderful feeling walking barefoot. You can see the other side of it facing the whole Pujada Island. It was indeed a scenic view. Perfect for taking pictures having the whole Pujada Island as background.







On the other side of White Island, there were still huge waves banging on the shore. And you can see waves from different directions are coming in. The waves in White Island were much larger compare to Dahican Beach.



It wasn't a sunny day at that moment and we experienced a little rain while sailing but when we reached the White Island, it was so hot and we easily got sunburn. I think it's because the island doesn't have any trees. :D



The hardest part we encountered was the time we depart from White Island. It's really a struggle launching ourselves to the boats again. It's a kinda fighting with the huge waves scenes. But overall, despite of that struggles, we enjoyed that most. It was a childlike experience according to one of my travel buddies. :)

Monday, September 10, 2012 by pinoytravelpod · 2

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