The region is also formally known as the Southern Tagalog Islands.

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Presing Park (Parola) (Lumang Bayan, Sablayan; 3 hours from the airport by bus)

It is a five-hectare park frequented by promenaders who seek rest and relaxation. Overlooking the sea, the park enjoys cool breeze blowing landwards, which relaxes taut nerves. At the middle of the park, a 15th century cannon, believed to have been used against the Moro pirates, is on display. A grotto of Our Lady of Fatima is visible at the far end of the park.

Calawagan River Resort (Barangay Alipaoy, Paluan; 6 hours from Mamburao by jeepney)

Run by the municipal government, it is a one-and-a-half-hectare resort situated on a riverbank at Barangay Alipaoy, 1.5 kilometers from the town proper. Since 1976, it has been operated and managed by the local government, servicing local residents and those from neighboring towns who frequent the area for picnics and excursions. Picnickers are requested to bring their own food, since there are no restaurants available.

Mamburao Beach Resort (Barangay Fatima, Mamburao; 30-minute tricycle ride from Paluan to the town proper)

This resort is within a completely secluded cove covering 14 hectares of developed beach resort amidst coconut trees. It has a four-kilometer long light grey sand beach. The place is ideal for swimming, boating, scuba diving, wind surfing, snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, and water skiing. Water sports facilities such as glass-bottomed boat, speedboat, hobbie cat, and outrigger boats are available for the guests.

Mina de Oro Beach Resort (Barangay Inasakan, Ilin Island; an hour by boat from surrounding islands)
This resort serves as a jump-off point to other attractions of the island of Ilin. There are ancient burial caves of early Chinese traders, ethnic fishing villages, and numerous dive sites from which to view many tropical fishes. Lush foliage encircle the clear blue waters of the South China Sea. There are scuba diving facilities, a 6.8 CTM compressor, seaport facilities, diveboats, and PADI and NAUI-certified instructors.

Travel Quotes:

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. Lao Tzu

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware. Martin Buber

Philippines Cuisine History and Influences

The Chinese food introduced during this period were food of the workers and traders, which became a staple of the noodle shops (panciterias), and can be seen in dishes like arroz caldo (congee), sinangag (fried rice), chopsuey. More details at Philippines Cuisine History and Influences

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