Friday, August 22, 2014

Explore Breathtaking Batanes by ATV! [SP]

Batanes ATV Adventure
Adventurous travelers can now explore Batanes by ATV!
Romantic lighthouses, stone house villages, rolling meadows and dramatic cliffs paint the signature landscape of the Batanes islands, one of the best places in the Philippines to ogle at desktop wallpaper-worthy landscapes and authentic native culture. First-timers usually see these northernmost islands on a sightseeing tour package by rental van. But more adventurous travelers now have a new and exciting way to explore this incredible province — by ATV or all-terrain vehicle!  

Batanes ATV Adventure, a tour operation based in the provincial capital of Basco, launched guided ATV excursions last June 26, during Batanes Day. “Our tours offer the best way to experience outdoor adventure while enjoying at hand the breathtaking sceneries of the island,” says 33-year-old local businessman, Jover Basco Vargas, who decided to provide a different tourist activity to the province after meeting tourists at his mini-grocery, who were looking for more exciting things to do after their van trips.

Accompanied by my Ivatan friend and his teenage niece, I asked Jover to take us on an afternoon jaunt of the island to revisit some of the sights on Batan. I’ve tried driving an ATV last year for the first time in Camarines Sur, but I felt my skills have now become rusty. So, I requested for refresher lessons, before I could drive one confidently on the main road. The units were first brought to the town plaza of Basco, where Jover gladly taught us the basics: how to turn the units on and off, how to shift gears and go on reverse, and how to park them safely, among other things. Donning our safety helmets, we rode around the large grassy field, quickly learning to maneuver our ATVs.

Batanes ATV Adventure
Test-driving our ATVs on the tarmac of Basco Airport
After we got the hang of things, we rumbled onto Basco Airport to give our fresh wheels a test-drive on the long and wide tarmac. The runway is opened to the public in the late afternoon, offering an ideal place for residents to jog and exercise. But since it was drizzling during most of the day, we had the entire strip to ourselves. It was a totally a unique and thrilling perspective having to drive down a runway on an ATV, compared to landing on it on a Philippine Airlines turboprop plane a few days earlier. After a few test runs, speeding up and down the entire stretch of the runway, we were ready to take on the highway with Jover as our tour guide, and drive all the way to the southern town of Ivana, 10 km away.

While ATV tours have become a popular tourist activity elsewhere in the Philippines, especially in Boracay Island and Mayon Volcano, I couldn’t think of a better place in the country to experience this outdoor activity than in Batanes. It was exhilarating, having to behold unobstructed views of endless pastures and rugged coastline. The cool sea breeze blew on our faces, as we snaked along the zigzagged cliffside highway to the next town of Mahatao. As we rolled by quaint villages, local passersby and motorists were amused by our brightly colored convoy, and they would smile and wave at us. The habagat (southwest monsoon) also provided comfortable overcast weather that made us really enjoy the long afternoon drive without having to bear the stifling heat of the sun. Moreover, it was the low season for tourists, so there were only a few sightseeing vans to watch out for while we drove down the narrow highway. 

Batanes ATV Adventure
Rolling by the traditional stone houses of Ivana

An ATV indeed combines the freedom and excitement of a bicycle or motorbike with the safety and stability of a four-wheeled vehicle. Batanes ATV Adventure rents out 110 cc and 125 cc single-seater models, which are not designed for very rough off-road handling, but were robust enough to negotiate hilly, unpaved terrain and the steep climbs and sharp turns of Batan’s coastal roads. We enjoyed our own itinerary at our own pace, easily pulling over to take photographs of the beautiful tourist attractions along the way, like the Basco Lighthouse, Mahatao Boat Shelter and House of Dakay. We eventually reached the Honesty Coffee Shop in Ivana to enjoy a cup of joe as the orange sun sank behind Radiwan Port.

While only ATV tours around the main island of Batan are available for now, Batanes ATV Adventure will soon be introducing trips around neighboring Sabtang and, much later, to far-flung Itbayat as well, says Jover. His tour operation currently offers only nine ATV units, but more will be brought in if the business picks up. With his fun and flexible excursions slowly gaining interest among residents and visitors alike, it looks like Batanes ATV Adventure is on the road to success, especially when tourists start pouring in again during the Christmas season.

Batanes ATV Adventure
Enjoying the sunset at Radiwan Port in Ivana

Visitors may book guided ATV tours through Batanes ATV Adventure, located at Amboy corner Abad Sts, Basco, Batanes, Tel. +63 9985519656 or +63 9085012288. Rates are PHP 1,800 per day, or PHP 300 per hour, excluding fuel cost. For all-in ATV tour packages, contact Batanes Travel & Tours, Tel. +63 2 4000992 or +63 9989844359,

This trip was made possible with Philippine Airlines, which flies to Basco, Batanes from Manila five times a week. Book your flights at today!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Pinoy-Designed Mighty Wallet® Giveaway from QUIRKS Novelties & Curiosities! [SP]

Win a special edition Philippines-designed Mighty Wallet® from QUIRKS Novelties and Curiosities by joining the raffle using the Rafflecopter widget below! Open to residents of the Philippines only. Deadline: August 27, 2014

The Mighty Wallet® was designed by Terrence Kelleman in 2005, and has spawned an entire new genre of wallet made with DuPont Tyvek® fabric around the world. The Mighty Wallet® was the first ever wallet made with DuPontTM Tyvek®, folded entirely out of a single sheet it even improves upon a standard leather wallet with its stitchless design.


The microfiber Tyvek® material is one tenth of the thickness of a human hair. The entire wallet is only 1/8th of one inch thick. The Might Wallet is the thinnest wallet on the market that can literally adapt to hold whatever you put inside. The Mighty Wallet is the first one-size-fits-all front pocket wallet ever designed.


The Mighty Wallet® is tear-resistant and water-resistant. Made from Tyvek® , the wallet resists tearing because of thousands of interlocking plastic fibers spun in random patterns giving the wallet incredible strength. The fibers of the Mighty Wallet® are not paper but plastic so they remain just as strong wet or dry.


The Mighty Wallet® is 100% recyclable (made from HDPE, the second most commonly recycled plastic) with 25% recycled content. Add in low energy production capacity, low energy requirements for transport, environmentally friendly inks, recycled and recyclable packaging – and you’ve got a true earth-friendly product in your hands!


In line with the Mighty Wallet’s goal to empower personal expression through unique products, QUIRKS Novelties and Curiosities (the exclusive distributor of Mighty Wallet® in the Philippines), has teamed up with a local designer to create a distinct Filipino design.

Coming from the success of the first Philippines-inspired and locally-designed Mighty Wallet®  “Manila Mania”, we are proud to present: “Mighty Pinoy”. Designed by budding artist and self-proclaimed type-geek Abbey Sy, the Mighty Pinoy Mighty Wallet includes classic and contemporary Pinoy expressions. Unique Filipino words like Kulit (we dare you to find a suitable English translation), modern slang expressions like Anyare and traditional words like Lakbay, decorate the front and inside of the wallet.

Innovative and creative. That’s what being a Mighty Pinoy is all about!

This limited edition Mighty Wallet® by Dynomighty (PHP 830) is exclusively available at QUIRKS Novelties and Curiosities branches at Power Plant Mall, Shangri-la Plaza, SM Megamall and SM Aura. Follow their Facebook,Twitter and InstagramMighty Wallets are also sold at Rustans, Wellworth, Complex, Bratpack, Zalora, Pormada, Lazada and Ava.

EXTRA PROMO ALERT: Drop by Quirks Power Plant or Aura branch from now until August 31, 2014 and write your favorite Pinoy expression at our Mighty Boards. We will raffle off one (1) wallet per branch to all those who write on the board. Winner!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Murang Lipad’s AirAsia Zest Ticket Giveaway [SP]

Get a chance to win 1 (One) Roundtrip Ticket to ANY AirAsia Zest Domestic destination, for tickets booked through MurangLipad Hotline, and Muranglipad Ticket Offices.

Filipino Low Cost Carrier ZestAir has been rebranded as AirAsia Zest to reflect its partnership with AirAsia, the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia and voted as the World’s Best Low Cost Airline in the annual World Airline Survey by Skytrax for six consecutive years from 2009 - 2014. 

We truly believe that every Filipino is now given the “Right Way to Fly”. AirAsia Zest will bring you to a destination of your choice!*

Here are the things you need to do to win round trip tickets to ANY AirAsia Zest Domestic Destination!

Contest Mechanics

The Contest is open to Filipinos based in the Philippines except for the following:
Permanent and/or temporary staff or employees of the Organizer, Triplestar Travel and Tours, AirAsia Zest and participating outlets including their relatives up to second degree of consanguinity or affinity are disqualified from joining the promotion; 
Representatives and/or agents (including advertising and promotion) of the Organizer, Triplestar Travel and Tours, AirAsia Zest and other affiliates of the Organizer including their relatives up to second degree of consanguinity or affinity are disqualified from joining the promotion.

To qualify for the Contest, participants must book an AirAsia Zest Ticket thru MurangLipad via:

Ticket Offices located at the ff. areas:

Pasay City – Domestic Passenger Terminal 4, Domestic Road, Pasay City.
Makati City – Unit 202 La’O Center Bldg. 1000 Makati Ave cor Arnaiz St., San Lorenzo, Makati City
Quezon City- 2/F Cocoon Boutique Hotel, #61 Sct Rallos cor. Sct Tobias, Brgy. Laging Handa, Quezon City.
Clark - Exp 232 Wellness Zone #166 2nd Floor SM City Clark, Clark Freeport Zone, Angeles City, Pampanga.
Cebu City - Doors 2 & 3 YMCA Building Jones Avenue, Cebu City
Cebu Airport – Pre-departure Area Mactan, Cebu International Airport
Davao City – Door #16 Legaspi Suite, P. Pelayo, Davao City
Davao Airport – G/F Passenger Terminal Bldg, Davao International Airport, Davao City
Bacolod – New Bacolod Silay Intl Airport, Brgy. Bagtic, Silay City, Negros Occidental
Tacloban – DZR Tacloban Domestic Airport, Brgy. San Jose Tacloban City
Puerto Princesa – Airport Park, Rizal Avenue Extension Bancao-Bancao, Puerto Princesa City

Phone call thru (02) 849-0100 from 8:00AM – 6:00PM (Monday – Saturday except Sunday and Holidays)

A purchase of 1 (one) segment per person is entitled to 1 Raffle Entry.
(e.g. 1 Person MNL-CEB = 1 Raffle Entry; 1 Person MNL-CEB-MNL = 2 Raffle Entries.)

In case that the Purchaser is not the passenger, the Purchaser is the one entitled for the Promo.

There is only 1(one) winner to be announced per Draw.

A participant can win only once for the whole duration of the contest. 

The winners will be notified via Registered Mail and by email, telephone, post or any other mode of communication from MurangLipad.

Prizes can be claimed at ANY MurangLipad Ticket Offices.

Prize is transferable but not convertible to cash.

Except as otherwise stated in these terms and conditions, the Prize does not include travel documents, travel insurances, meals, baggage allowance, taxes, administration fees, surcharges and other costs of personal nature incurred by the winner(s) and/or guest(s) in connection with the use of the Prize and the winner(s) and/or guest(s) shall be solely responsible for any payment of the same which are payable in connection with their use of Prize.

Redemption period shall be within 60 days from notification; prizes will be forfeited if unclaimed within 60 Days from the receipt of notification with prior DTI approval.

Travel period must be within 1 Year from the date of issuance/claiming of the voucher for Domestic Flight, except during weekends, eve of public holidays and public holidays at any time.

In case that the desired Roundtrip Ticket Price will be Php10,000.00 pesos and above the respective Tax of 20% should be shoulder by the Winner/s

Winners need to present the Notification Letter from MurangLipad and a valid ID in order to claim their prize.
Non winning entries are still valid up to the last Draw of Winners.


1(One) Roundtrip Ticket to ANY AirAsia Zest Domestic destination, for tickets booked through MurangLipad Hotline and Ticket Offices.

Booking Period: July 01- October 31, 2014

Deadline of Entries:

1st Draw: 12:00MN of July 31, 2014
2nd Draw: 12:00MN of August 31, 2014
3rd Draw: 12:00MN of September 30, 2014
4th Draw: 12:00MN of October 31, 2014

Determination of Winners will be at MurangLipad Ticket Office
Venue: Domestic Passenger Terminal 4, Domestic Road, Pasay City

1st Draw: August 07, 2014
2nd Draw: September 04, 2014
3rd Draw: October 02, 2014
4th Draw: Nov 06, 2014

Announcement of Winners: 

1st Draw: August 08, 2014
2nd Draw: September 05, 2014
3rd Draw: October 03, 2014
4th Draw: November 07, 2014
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