Samantha Brown will visit Philippines

Philippines is her next destination

Philippines is her next destination

Samantha Brown, the travel channel goddess will now explore the other side of the world. Her show will now open new series entitled Samantha Brown’s Asia to experience the taste of Asia.

This is the best continent where Samantha Brown can find the authentic experiences that she wants.

For most travelers, Asia would be the best place to experience the real meaning of exoticism. Asia is where you find the most exotic places on earth, affluent cultures, and gourmet local cuisines. 

For Philippines, what are the places it can offers the travel channel goddess?

Being a hospitable country, Philippines will first invite Samantha to eat merienda or snack in English. Merienda would be her first interpretation of the exotic.

Isaw for Merienda

Isaw for Merienda

Isaw would be the best choice for merienda. It is grilled chicken intestine with additional filipino flavor. Samantha need not to worry because Isaw will be prepared with repeated process of cleaning the two sides of intestine. Then, it will be boiled before the roasting process. Or she can pick Betamax. A dried chicken blood that is serve and cut into small cubes.

After having a merienda, her first destination awaits her, a white beach called Puerto Galera that is close to metro.

Puerto Galera is located northwestermost municipality in the province of Oriental Mindoro, Philippines. It is located at the southwestern end of the Isla Verde Passage, about 130 kilometers (81 mi) south of Manila. Puerto Galera is only three and a half hours away from Manila first by bus to the port at Batangas City and then by boat.

Resort in Puerto Galera

Resort in Puerto Galera

Puerto Galera means “Port of Galleons”, it became popular among seafarers during the galleon trade at the start of the 10th century. Because of its magnificent natural harbor. Until now it is consider as one of the most beautiful and safest in the world.

The diversity of hard and soft corals, along with hundreds of species of tropical fish life makes Puerto Galera one of the most popular dive destinations in the Philippines. Pelagics, tropicals and Other fishes among the pristine coral reefs that nurture an amazing diversity of marine flora and fauna. (see Coco Beach Resort)

Pagudpud Beach

Pagudpud Beach

Samantha will have different choices depending on what she wants to see. If she decides to see more white beaches. She can travel north of Manila to see how bizarre the seashore of Pagudpud beach in the northwest tip of Ilocos Norte. Or she may go to 315 km south of Manila to see how dreamlike the sunset in Boracay.

Her travel must not end in those beaches. She also needs to see the following places:

Remaining Mayon evacuees sent home

Pupils of the Bigaa Elementary School in Legazpi, Albay are seen in front of a classroom during a rainshower. Classes, which were disrupted by the activities of Mayon and the temporary conversion of classrooms into evacuation centers, resumed yesterday.

Pupils of the Bigaa Elementary School in Legazpi, Albay are seen in front of a classroom during a rainshower. Classes, which were disrupted by the activities of Mayon and the temporary conversion of classrooms into evacuation centers, resumed yesterday.

LEGAZPI CITY , Philippines – Disaster management officials here allowed yesterday the 510 families who evacuated from the slopes of the restive Mayon volcano to return home, after drills showed that residents near the six-kilometer permanent danger zone could be evacuated again in just 15 minutes.

Albay Gov. Joey Salceda confirmed that he approved the return of the evacuees to their homes after officials identified and tested the shorter and safer escape routes to quickly evacuate within 15 minutes residents in Bañadero in Daraga town, and in the upper portion of Barangay Padang in Legazpi City.

“With this, we will start bringing them back to their dwelling villages today,” Salceda told The STAR yesterday, adding that more cash and food would be delivered to the houses of the evacuees.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) had lowered the alert level around Mayon volcano from level 4 to 3 last Saturday after volcanic activity decreased.

Alert level 3 means the volcano is still in a state of relatively high unrest and an eruption is still possible within weeks.

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