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Taiwan is Visa-Free to Filipinos Starting November 1, 2017

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Good news to all! Taiwan will now be visa free to Filipinos visiting the island state for the purpose of tourism, visiting friends, attending conferences, or business and the like. This visa-free policy will start November 1, 2017 and will be on trial until July 31, 2018. Filipino travellers under this policy can stay up to 14 days.



PROMO: 40% Off on PAL Flights

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Citibank and Philippine Airlines (PAL) teamed up to give Citibank Philippines card holders a massive discount on their flight fares early next year. The discount is up to 40% of the round trip fare to some of PAL's international destinations including Japan, London, Los Angeles and New York.

Finally, Sun Cellular Has LTE; Upgrade for FREE!

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After five long years after SMART and Globe launched the country's first LTE networks, PLDT-owned Sun Cellar was able to finally catch up. Yes, starting this month of October, Sun prepaid subscribers may now be able to access PLDTs LTE network promising up to 42Mbps of mobile internet speed.


SUSPENDED: Classes and Government Work Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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[Updated: Oct. 17, 2017, 12:50AM] Reversing its earlier announcement that classes and work will resume tomorrow, Malacanang Palace just announced that school classes on all levels as well as all government offices under the executive branch of the government are still suspended tomorrow, October 17, 2017. The reason for the cancellation is the continued nationwide protest lead by transport groups opposing the government's plan of "Jeepney modernisation"



SUSPENDED: Classes and Government Work Suspended Tomorrow, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017

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Memorandum Circular 28 released by Malacanang Palace suspended all classes throughout the country in both public and private schools tomorrow, October 16, 2017 in response to a planned two-day transport strike by Jeepney Operators and drivers. They are protesting the Jeepney modernization program of the government that will phase out  jeepneys aged 15 years and older.


PROMO: Free 10GB Data from Globe!

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Just received a message from my friend saying Globe is giving out free 10GB data to selected subscribers. All you need to do is send this keyword FREE10GB to 8080. You'll immediately receive a response.

GRAB CAR: Missing "Extra Stop" Feature Solved!

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A few months ago, Grab released the feature enabling passengers to add extra stops to their Grab Car rides. This feature worked so great I had to use it several times, mostly to drop friends to their houses before going home.

As you may have know, to use the feature, you just tap the "+" button in the destination box to add the an extra stop. Recently though, I haven't been using that feature and at the same time, the Grab app has been updated several times. Early this week though, I need to use it but to my surprise, I can't find it.

UPDATED LIST: Remaining Non-working Holidays of 2017

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This year 2017 is coming to it's end very soon. Time flies indeed especially if we are busy with so many things competing to get our attention. So, maybe we may need to stop and for once, enjoy a time with our family without worrying about work. That's the other purpose of national holidays and here in the Philippines, we are fortunate to have many.

Since we're almost at the year's end, here's an updated list of the remaining national holidays of the year. I hope this information can help you plan ahead your vacation for the rest of the year.
Regular HolidaysJanuary 1, 2017 (Sunday) – New Year's Day April 9, 2017 (Sunday) – Araw ng Kagitingan  April 13, 2017 – Maundy Thursday  April 14, 2017 – Good Friday May 1, 2017 (Monday) – Labor Day  June 12, 2017 (Monday) – Independence Day June 26, 2017 (Monday) – Eid'l Fitr  August 28, 2017 (last Monday of August )– National Heroes' Day  September 1, 2017 (Friday) – Eid'l Adha November 30, 2017 (Thursday) – Bonifacio…

PROMO: Cebu Pacific Offers Discounted Fares for 1Q 2018

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Low-cost airline Cebu Pacific announced yesterday their latest promo offering as low as 1500 pesos all-in fare on their domestic and international flights starting this November until March next year, 2018. You can book your tickets online at www.cebupacificair.com or through their ticketing offices. Promo runs until October 13, 2017 or until seats last.



For the complete list of destinations under this promo and their corresponding air fares, please check out this link.

PROMO: Philippine Airlines Slashes Fourth Quarter Airfares

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The fourth quarter of the year has always been very busy. There are many deadlines to meet, and many things to close out. But in spite of that, it is also a time for vacation as the government provides many holidays during that time. Personally, what I want to do during the holidays is to travel. I'm okay with simply driving to the next town as long as it will change my surroundings, giving me a break from the monotonous city life.  So yes, fourth quarter is indeed a great quarter of the year.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Release Date in the Philippines

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The first official trailer of the epic space opera film Star Wars: The Last Jedi (a.k.a. Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi), has been released yesterday in the United States. Here's the clip from YouTube.


But maybe you're asking when the movie will finally come out to the big screen? In the United States, it's scheduled to be released on December 15, 2017. In the Philippines though, there's no final date yet but it is likely that we will be able to see the soon blockbuster movie on the same date, December 15, 2018.

LIST: 2018 Non-working Holidays in the Philippines

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Great deals from airlines and hotels usually needs to be book long before your trip. For those who are employed, they need to plan ahead in order to file vacation leaves. The good thing though is that the holidays here in the Philippines for each year is being announced about 5 to 6 months ahead.

Philippine Airlines Beefs Up Cebu, Davao and Clark Routes, Offers Promo Fares

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The country's flag carrier and the oldest commercial airline in Asia Philippine Airlines (PAL) beefs up its Cebu, Davao and Clark routes and now flies to these destinations.

Experience Autumn in Korea in this Latest Promo from Air Asia

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In my whole life, I've only experienced autumn just twice, maybe thrice. I went to the United States for a work-training assignment in the fall season of 2013 and 2014. And last year, I went to Seoul, South Korea for a vacation with friends but the timing of that visit is not very good. We went there in the last full week of September but it was still summer for the most part. A little bit disappointed there.
[Related: 5 Cool Things to do in South Korea]
For me, Autumn is the best season. Cool, dry air plus the of course, the color change in the plants. The "last breath" of nature before it sleeps into the winter is truly magnificent, magical! Here are some of the photos I've taken in some of my earlier trips.


The Latest Promo from Cebu Pacific Flies You to Taipei for Less Than 2000 Pesos

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In a seeming response to the latest news about Taiwan opening their country even more to Filipinos by removing visa requirement, Cebu Pacific now offers cheap flights to the island state's capital Taipei. Fares can be as low as 1799 Pesos. The travel period is from November 1 to March 31, 2018 and booking is until October 7, 2017.

For those interested, you can buy your tickets online at www.cebupacificair.com or their ticket offices.

Aside from Taiwan, this promo also offers cheap flights to other Asian countries such as Japan, Korea, China, Cambodia, Hong Kong and many more. There are also promo flights for domestic destinations such as Cebu and Davao. If you want to see the complete list of destinations under this promotion, please check them out in this link.

About Taiwan Officially named as Republic of China (ROC), Taiwan is a small island state north of the Philippines and East of China. It is home to thriving electronics manufacturing industry as well as many tourist attract…

Modern Habal-habal "Angkas" is Taking Over the Streets of Cebu!

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If you haven't noticed yet, the streets of Cebu is quickly being dominated by the increasingly ubiquitous motorbike drivers with blue shirt and helmet. Equipped with shiny new motorbikes and helmets, this new road "character" is the modernized "habal-habal", motorbike taxis that can take you basically anywhere you want in Cebu and Mactan islands. This is the famous Angkas, the Uber and Grab version of motorcycles.


Promo Alert: Vanilla Air Flies You to Tokyo for ~5000 Pesos

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Catch the winter in Japan with this exciting promo from the low-cost carrier Vanilla Air, the low-cost arm of the renowned airline All Nippon Airways (ANA).  The promo is from September 29 until October 4, 2017. Meanwhile, the travel period is from November 28 to December 25, 2017. Judging by the travel period, you'll likely catch the start of the winter in the land of the rising sun, Japan. You can book you tickets in their official website: www.vanilla-air.com



List of Visa-Free Countries for Filipinos

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Where can your Philippine passport take you to? I initially thought, not much. But I'm wrong. As I researched what countries do not require visa for Filipinos, I was astonished to realize that we can pretty much travel to a significant portion of the world without a visa (see map below). Of course, aside from visa there are other roadblocks to travel and one of the biggest is money. But anyway, money aside, here are the countries where Filipinos like myself can roam for free for at least seven days.


Promo: Cebu Pacific's GetGo is Taking You to Boracay for Just 200 Points

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This article are for members of Cebu Pacific rewards program GetGo. The latest promo from GetGo gives out free flights to Boracay from Cebu for as low as 200 points. For those GetGo members who have accumulated enough points, this is your chance to relax in the white sands of Boracay.

For those with GetGo points 1000 and above, you can also avail of international flights. For example, Manila to Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia) can be booked for as low as 1000 Points. Another example is Cebu to Hong Kong for as low as 3500 points. Here's the complete list.

From Cebu to
Davao, Kalibo, Boracay (Caticlan) - 200 GetGo PointsHong Kong - 3500 GetGo PointsIncheon - 5000 GetGo Points
from Manila to
Hong Kong, Taipei, Kota Kinabalu - 1000 GetGo PointsBacolod, Iloilo, Kalibo, Legazpi, Roxas, Tacloban, Tablas, Cebu - 1200 GetGo PointsCagayan de Oro, Davao, General Santos, Boracay (Caticlan), Pagadian, Puerto Princesa, Busuanga (Coron), Zamboanga -  1800 GetGo PointsMacau, Brunei - 2000 GetGo PointsGuan…

Load Prepaid Phone Online Using Lazada Mobile Charge

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I'm not sure but this may have been in existence way earlier than this year. But yes, I just discovered it today and it's awesome. But first, let me say that probably, this article will be most useful for those in the prepaid "realm" of mobile users in the country , I mean, here in the Philippines. Post paid "richies" can read on of course.


Today, after being under the rock for centuries, I discovered that I can load my cellular phone online through the incredible Lazada Mobile Charge. I say it's incredible because it solved my problem today. It may solve your problem as well today or in the future so I encourage you to read on and learn.

Jetstar Airways- A Great Option for Flying Internationally and Low-cost

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It is quite likely that most of us here in the Philippines flies only in the these three airlines - Cebu Pacific, AirAsia and Philippine Airlines. That is very true locally since these three were almost the only options. But that's also true when flying internationally. I said these because I asked a few people and they are not aware that another airline is there as an option for flying internationally at a relatively lower cost.

I'm talking about Jetstar Airways. I don't know much about this airline until my college friend called me a few years ago asking for help to book her ticket to Singapore. And then she mentioned Jetstar as having a cheaper option. When when I checked, she's right. It's really cheap! Well, of course, the word "cheap" is relative but I mean flying off to another country for less than 3000 Pesos? Well, that's cheap!

3 Facts About Jetstar Airways 1. It's a subsidiary of the Australian airline giant Qantas Airways. 2. It's …

Cebu Pacific Updates App to Allow Promo Codes

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As I reported last week, Cebu Pacific mobile app does not allow entry of promo codes. But with their latest update over the weekend, they seem to have fixed the issue. As shown below, you can now enter a promo code at the bottom of the booking interface. Yey!



How Much will iPhone X Cost in the Philippines?

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Apple has just released the iPhone X (pronounced as iPhone ten) early this week. But I will not talk about the specification and features of this new phone. I know many of you already knew about it. But just in case you don't, please go ahead to Apple website and check out the details.

This Citibank-Cebu Pacific Promo is Absolutely Amazing!

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I just booked a ticket to Davao for next year with this latest Cebu Pacific promo exclusive to Citibank Philippines credit card holders. The advertisement in my email says 
Don't miss the chance to book low fares to local destinations from P599 and Hong Kong or Singapore from P1,599 with your Citi credit card. After receiving the email, I didn't waste time and booked a ticket for me as I have plans of going to Davao next year. And I have the round trip fare (without baggage) for less than 1000 pesos. Yes, you're right, less than a grand!
Citibank credit card holders just need to go cebu pacific website, search for a flight, and then on the next webpage, enter the promo code CITISALE in the box at the right side. I tried to do the same with Cebu Pacific mobile app for iOS but I cannot find it. I'm not sure about the Android version but I guess it would be the same. So for those who wanted to avail of this promo, just use a web browser, be it on your phone, tablet or your…

AirAsia's Red Hot Sale is Back, Promo Tickets for 2018 Up for Grabs!

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Air Asia announces another edition of their popular Red Hot Promo offering up to 5 Million promo seats. The promo runs from September 11 to 17, 2017 and offers discounted flights from March 1 to November 21, 2018.



How to Renew Passport in DFA Cebu?

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Every ten years, Philippine passports expire and need to be renewed. Issuance of new passports are done at any office of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).



In this article, I would like to layout the process of renewing passports in DFA-Cebu as of September 2017.

1. Gather the necessary documents. Here's the list.Duly accomplished application form. Here's the link to the downloadable blank form.Most recent expiring or expired passportAt least 1 valid picture ID and at least 2 supporting documents to prove identity List of Acceptable IDs Government-issued picture IDs such as the following: Digitized SSS IDDriver’s LicenseGSIS E-cardPRC IDIBP IDOWWA IDDigitized BIR IDSenior Citizen’s IDUnified Multi-Purpose IDVoter’s IDOther acceptable picture IDs such as the following:Old College IDAlumni IDOld Employment IDs List of Supporting Document Old documents issued at least one year prior to date of application that show correct name, date and place of birth, picture and signature…

How to Get Passport from Cebu DFA?

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A passport is one of the most useful documents you could ever have.  So here's the steps to follow in getting a passport for yourself if you're here in Cebu.

Note: This procedure may change anytime. Please take note of the date this article was written.

1. Gather the necessary documents. Here's the list.Duly accomplished application form. Here's the link to the downloadable blank form.Birth Certificate (BC) in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) or Certified True Copy (CTC) of BC issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by PSA. Transcribed Birth Certificate from the LCR is required when entries in PSA Birth Certificate are blurred or unreadable. (PSA-authenticated report of birth for those born abroad)At least 1 valid picture ID and at least 2 supporting documents to prove identity List of Acceptable IDs Government-issued picture IDs such as the following: Digitized SSS IDDriver’s LicenseGSIS E-cardPRC IDIBP …

BPI "Internal Error" Causes Customers to Lose Money

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Update: As for Thursday morning (June 8, 2017), all online system of BPI are fully operational and errors in deposit accounts has been corrected.

Several people claimed Wednesday morning that they have lost money from their BPI account according to the report of ABS-CBN News Website.


The report further stated that BPI took responsibility to the errors calling it "internal data processing" error and is currently working to resolve the issue.

FREE Cebu Pacific Ticket SCAM Spreads in Facebook, Again

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A year ago or two, a scam offering a Cebu Pacific ticket spreads through Facebook. Now, the same scam is back and its spreading fast. At the time of writing, at least three of my Facebook friends have posted it, unintentionally enticing others into the scam.



How do I know it's a scam? Here are few simple signs.

Lantaw Busay - Experience Fun Dining Plus Spectacular View

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The view is breathtaking! And the view is well complemented by the food. With reasonable price and friendly staff, you definitely should try this restaurant. This restaurant -Lantaw has three branches at the time of writing. One in Day-as Cordova, the other one was in South Road Properties, a reclaimed area in the coast of Cebu and one in Busay, an elevated portion of the city. In my opinion, the one in Busay offers the most spectacular view as shown in the picture below.

For both local and international tourists, this place is a must-see. Here's some information.

How to Get There? Car or taxi is typically the way to get there.

Because of the location and the uncertainty that the driver will pick a passenger in return, he may charge double the metered fare. Better discuss this with the driver before pushing through. Nowadays, GrabCar and Uber are also very good options.

From JY Square Mall, the trip will take you around 20 minutes.
For more adventurous individuals, riding at the ba…

My Wallet Lost For 2 Days was Found! - 3 Lessons I Learned

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As noted in the previous article, I lost my wallet containing 3 credit cards (2 are active) and  3 ATM Cards (including my payroll account). Turned out that my hunch is correct: it fell in van I took as I traveled from Cebu City to Mactan Island.




Related: I Lost My Wallet - 3 Things I Immediately Did!

Two days later, I received a message via Facebook saying that my wallet was found by certain Bernie Kabusaw. Mr Kabusaw is a driver a GT Express van and the message advised me to meet him either in SM City Cebu or Gaisano Island Mall in Lapu Lapu City. Upon learning all of this, I immediately went ahead to meet him in Lapu-Lapu City.
When I approached him and introduced myself, he asked some verification questions such as how much money is inside. I also showed my company ID. Satisfied with my answers, he gave me back my wallet.
Here's our photo:

I Lost My Wallet - 3 Things I Immediately Did!

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The horror in my face is indescribable. My friend told me he can't find his wallet. Since our wallets are of the same looks, I jokingly told him that I may have unintentionally kept it in my bag. So I began looking at my bag. I didn't find his wallet...and mine. I searched the entire house and asked people I've been with but to no avail. I conceded...I lost my wallet. My friend found his wallet.


Update: Someone Returned My Wallet After 2 Days! What's in my wallet? Not much cash. I think I have around 700 Pesos cash. Then I have 2 active Credit Cards and 3 ATM/Debit Carts. I also have 2 Health Cards, and one government ID card.
So what did I do upon realizing I lost it.
1. Blocked my credit cards. This is probably the first thing you should do once you are convinced that you really lost your wallet with credit cards inside. Credit cards can easily be swiped by anyone. While some merchants would ask for an ID or check the signature, many don't do such security measure…

Wrong Name in Booking Airline Ticket? Here's What to Do.

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It's a rare occasion that one makes a mistake in his or her own name. But the possibility of making a mistake when you are booking for someone is relatively higher. If you accidentally made a mistake in the name of the person, here's what you can probably do to correct the matter.

Contact the airline immediately. Whether through phone, live chat, email, make your concern known to the customer service department of a particular airline. When I made a mistake in the salutation address of my friends (i.e. Mr, Mrs, Miss etc.), I quickly contacted AirAsia via live chat. They quickly made the change and sent an updated itinerary.

5 Steps to Enroll SMART and Sun Cellular Bills To Union Bank Online Payment

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I always say that online transactions are super convenient compared to traveling and lining up in payment centers to pay your bills. Now, this article will show the steps of using Union Bank online banking to pay your bills. So if you haven't done so, please enroll your account to Union Bank Philippines online banking facility.

1. After logging-in to the Union Bank eBanking facility, go to the Transactions in the top menu links. At the side, click Manage Billers under Bills Payment section and it will show a window similar to the one below.


2. In the Option section, select Add New Biller and it will give you a list of bills you can pay. Look for SMART/SUN. TIP:Use the keyword "sun" in the search field to find it. Click Register.

Pay Your Sun Cellular Bills Using BPI Express Online

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UPDATED!

Thanks to the recent comments in this article that the changes on paying sun cellular bills was brought to my attention. The change is very simple. From payee name Digitel Mobile, sun cellular bills can now be paid in the name SMART/SUN (SMART). I don't exactly know the reason for this change but it appears that this is part of the integration process when PLDT (owner of SMART) acquired majority ownership of Digitel Mobile, Sun Cellular's parent company.

Now this is important! All those who enrolled with Digitel Mobile as their payee name will have to re-enroll again using the steps outline below. This time using SMART/SUN (SMART) as the payee name.



BPI Express Online Bills EnrollmentExpress Online is BPI's online banking facility that will enable you to do transactions using your internet connected device. To learn how to enroll your bank account to BPI Express Online, check the article below:


[Read: How to Enroll An Account to BPI Express Online Banking?]
So here&#…

AirAsia Philippines Now Flies from Cebu and Davao

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It's early 2013 when AirAsia decided to cut its Cebu operations and focus on their Manila operations. But just a few weeks ago, AirAsia announced that it's flying from Cebu once again. AirAsia Philippines, a subsidiary of the Malaysia -based low-cost airline AirAsia Berdad will fly from Mactan-Cebu International Airport to the following destinations starting April 22, 2017:
DavaoPalawanBoracay/Caticlan In addition to that, AirAsia Philippines will now fly from Davao City to the following destinations, also starting this April 22. ClarkCebuPalawanBoracay/Caticlan

5 Cool Things to do in South Korea

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South Korea is a great place to visit especially in spring or autumn. For us Filipinos, going to Korea is a lot easier than visiting perhaps, the United States or Europe. Just present some documents to the nearest Korean embassy and once you're issued a visa, book a ticket, arrange a hotel, then fly!

[Related: How to Apply for a Korean Visa here in the Philippines?]
Now what? Here's five things you can do while in Korea.

1. Eat Korean Food! Korean food culture is rich and colorful. Even if you already tried their ubiquitous KimChi (fermented veggies), try it once more in Korea. It's still best when prepared in it's original place.
Try Korean restaurants and you will be delighted with so many food options. You may try Bulgogi (beef), Samgeupsal (pork belly), Bibimbap (meat, rice, veggie combo) and many more. If it looked good in the picture, it probably is. If you don't have problems with spicy foods, then there's no reason to get scared. Try as many variety of…

3 Things to do when in Dumaguete City

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Dumaguete is the capital city of Negros Oriental. It can be accessed via plane from Manila on almost all major airlines in the country. Another way is via Cebu. From Cebu City, you have to travel on land for about 4 hours down to Liloan Port located in the southern tip of Cebu island. From there, you will have to cross the Tanon Strait for about 30 minutes docking on Sibulan port. A few minutes drive from there will take you to Dumaguete City. So, what can you do if you're in Dumaguete? Here's three things you can do over a weekend.
1. Fine Dine in Sansrival Restaurant After a long trip especially from Cebu City, you would understandably be very hungry. Dumaguete is famous for the Sansrival Restaurant. As the name suggests, it used to be a bakeshop with sans rival as the main offering. Sans Rival, by the way, ia a Filipino desssert made of layers of buttercream, meringue and chopped cashews. Now in addition to the bakeshop, they have a fine dining restaurant offering local and…

Piso Fare 2017 - Yes, Cebu Pacific Brought It Back!

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Low-cost airline Cebu Pacific has brought back its famous Piso Fare promo. Just this midnight, the largest low-cost airline made the announcement. The travel period for this promo is from June 10 - December 10, 2017 and the promo fares are available on all Cebu Pacific destination. Promo ends February 4 or until promo seats last.



The bad news though is that the website and the app are down. Due to the heavy traffic of people trying to avail of the  one-peso fare, the servers cannot handle the load anymore. The following are the error messages encountered on both browser and mobile app.


We truly hope that the traffic will ease down later so we can book our tickets to our favorite destination.