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I’m proud to be Filipino, and I will always be. This is the line that I always tell to myself every time I realize how blessed I am of my nationality and whenever I see the beauty of my country.

If you’ve never been to the Philippines, it would be my honor to invite you in our wonderful country. It is an archipelago in Southeast Asia comprised of 7,107 bountiful islands that offer boundless opportunities for you to discover.

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Departing Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila

If you’ve heard of our tourism slogan “It’s More Fun in the Philippines”, ladies and gentlemen without any bias, let me tell you guys, it’s true. Out of the thousand islands that we have in the country, there is one island that captivated the world, and that would be no other than the island of Palawan, dubbed as the World’s Best Island.

Almost a year ago, I had the privilege to set foot in Coron, located in Northern part of Palawan, one of two famous destinations of the island (the other is El Nido). We booked a trip for a reunion with my high school buddies and seeing it with our own naked eye left us all breathless.

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Coron, Palawan

Coron has effortlessly been my favorite destination in my motherland ever since. The memories captured in photographs has proven the reasons why the Filipinos should always be proud this wonder.

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Kayangan Lake, Coron, Palawan

The great Kayangan Lake is Coron’s iconic location. Upon reaching the destination, I expressed my happiness that I have finally seen the place we’ve all been looking at our textbooks when we were in grade school.

For you to see the breathtaking view of the lake, you will have to take a 10-minute climb, quite tiring but it’s really worth it.

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Barracuda Lake x Twin Lagoon (Upper Right)

Who says hopping from one island to another is boring? There’s always an exception to the rule. If you’re surrounded with fantastic looking islands with jaw-dropping rock formations, I’m pretty sure it’s going to be hard for you to blink.

The Barracuda Lake and the Twin Lagoon are both must-stop points during your Coron island hopping. The waters are crystal clear. Just look how happy we were in the place back then.

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Re-connect with Mother Nature in Coron, Palawan

Coron is definitely a must see destination, ideal with your closest friends, family and loved ones. As I have previously said, A day at this paradise let you re-connect with mother nature. With our all-year round busy schedules, it’s also best to schedule a day, a two, or even a week to unwind here with the important people in your life.

After all the hardships, we deserve a relaxing lunch by the sea, an opportunity to swim with the fishes in crystal clear waters, and see majestic views – you name it, Coron has it for you.

How To Get TO CORON?

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Francisco B. Reyes Airport, Busuanga, Palawan

The fastest way of course to get to Coron’s Francisco B. Reyes Airport in Busuanga is by plane from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. The cheapest option is to fly with Cebu Pacific Air due to their affordable rates. Other airlines flying in Coron are Skyjet Airlines and the Philippines’ flag carrier, Philippine Airlines.

As of now, the airport is not yet fully developed to accommodate larger planes and flights at night. Whenever the flight is estimated to reach Busuanga when the sun is gone, it is automatically canceled like what happened to our flight because there are not enough light that can guide incoming airplanes to reach the airport and most especially along the runway.

But rest assured when this happens, you will be compensated by the airline you’re with. We were given free accommodations to the Heritage Hotel and free service from the airport to the hotel and hotel back to the airport for the following day flight. This sometimes happen when there are flight delays due to the busy runways of NAIA.

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Island Hopping around Coron Island

If you want to explore the Philippines by seas, 2Go Travel (formerly Superferry) cruises to Coron from Manila twice a week. You may check out their website for schedules 2GO Travel Schedules and select Coron, Palawan under destination.

ACCOMODATIONS IN CORON

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The Wonderful Rock Formations in Coron, Palawan

One of the cheapest options to stay in Coron is at Fat Monkey Hostel, where they offer Standard Double Room with Shared Bathroom for two people at Php 700 – Php 800 or approximately 15 USD per night. Other options like the Darayonan Lodge (where we stayed) could be availed at an average of Php 1800 or approximately 36 USD per night and above.

There are different variety of travel packages offered by different travel agencies when visiting Coron and most of these include island hopping, lunch or snacks in between and transfers from hotel to the port and back by the end of the day.

EXPLORING PHILIPPINES: 2017 & BEYOND

Now that 2017 is here, I’m so stoked to share that I am already done with my strategy this year and I’m hoping my plans won’t be jinxed and turn out as planned. I’m so stoked to see more of the Philippines and unlock new travel achievements, one destination at a time.

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OPPO F1S x Gab Villanueva | Coron, Palawan

Since I will be doing more of solo adventures this year, I’m absolutely sure that the OPPO F1S is going to be a perfect travel companion because it has a remarkable 16-megapixel front camera with 1/3.1 inch sensor and an aperture of F/2.0 that captures great memories in high-definition, may it be during the day or in low-light scenarios.

Since it’s compact and fits my pocket, it will let me pack and travel light, no need for me to bring along a DSLR (that does self-timer) with heavy tripod with me.

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Selfie Panorama with OPPO F1S

So, what’s your new year plans? I suggest travel more often and see more places as possible and most especially when you’re young and able. Plus there are more places to see in the Philippines which are worthy to brag to the whole world.







OPPO F1s has sold over 19,000 phones in just 3 days. A road show was held simultaneously in Metro Manila, Davao, and Cebu to mark the smartphone’s first day in stores. The selfie craze is at an all-time high as OPPO’s latest camera phone sells out in concept and dealer stores nationwide. Click here to learn more about the Selfie Expert smartphone. The suggested retail price of OPPO F1S is Php 12,990. Don’t forget to follow OPPO Philippines on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube to catch the latest updates on their new innovations and releases.

 

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