Monday, December 01, 2008


Hi there. I just happened on your blog a week ago by accident. Anyway, it was a happy happenstance as i find your blog refreshing and super informative. I am a filipina living in the west coast. My hubby and I will be visiting the Philippines (it will be his first time ever and my first in 10 years)in december for the holidays. I was wondering if you can share with me some tips on:

-- places to eat
-- places to stay in boracay or palawan
-- places to hang out in manila (nice restaurants, clubs, etc)
-- and of course, places for a girl to shop! (love, love melissa dizon's clothes but can't afford them)

Ok, I know that's a long list but i'll be thankful for whatever bit of information you can share with me. Keep the blog posts coming!


Thanks for your questions Bernadette! I haven't been home in a while, so I've decided to start you off with this list from Cecile Van Straten of Chuvaness! Her picks are fantastic! I totally love the steaks at Pepper Lunch and I swear, Salcedo Market is worth waking up early for! Fat Michael's Place is a quaint spot in Makati famous for its home cooked meals! Lots of artsy types hang out here too! Of course if you can make the trip to Tagaytay, Antonio's is a wonderful wonderful place for enjoying a delicious and leisurely meal! Btw, she mentions where to find Melissa Dizon's showroom in Makati too!

Top of mind, I would have to agree with Dane, Discovery Shores is a great place to stay at in Boracay. In Palawan, it's got to be Amanpulo! If not, you can always go to El Nido or Dos Palmas.

I'm thinking Greenbelt 5 is a great place for shopping and dining! So is Rockwell Powerplant! Bonifacio High Street and Serendra in Fort Bonifacio have a good mix of restaurants and shops as well. I'll come up with a longer list, but I'll have to double check with family and friends back home if my picks are still around, haha!

Everyone, please feel free to share your favorite spots too!


Dane said...

I live in boracay and the resorts I recommend would be

Hey Jude Resort
The Tides
Boracay Beach Resort

or for the more high end, Discovery Shores.

Anonymous said...

MYTH, 2/F Greenbelt 5 for apparels;
Fely J's for Filipino food (2F Greenbelt 5)
Chelsea (food), Serendra, Fort, Taguig

Anonymous said...

Cafe Juanita - for delicious Filipino food in an eclectic ambiance.

Tagaytay Highlands - find a member friend who will take you there

Anonymous said...

Chico Garcia of RX Morning Rush posted his photos and "reviews" of two resorts he recently went to. One is in El Nido, the other in Moalboal.

Check it out:
El Nido


Anonymous said...

Thank you so much, Cecile, kane, Ruby G, Kay Anne and everyone who shared their list of must-see's in the Philippines. And of course, biggest, grandest thanks to CD for being so generous as to take the time, despite a busy schedule, to research and share these places with me. I'm sure my non-Filipino hubby will be astounded with the treasures my home country has to offer. I wish I could stay longer than the 3 weeks I scheduled. Can't wait!! Keep sharing your fave spots. Happy Christmas! Maraming, maraming salamat!

Boracay Hotels said...

i liked the way how to write your memorable experience in boracay. You got a right choice, boracay is the best ever.

Tanya Gemarin

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