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How Safe is Mindanao?

How Safe is Mindanao?

A lot of people that are not from the country assumed or thinks that the whole country is not safe to visit. Some also knows that Mindanao is the only affected area, and it’s safe to tour around Luzon and Visayas. But after how many years, how safe is Mindanao these days? I was born and grew up in Bukidnon, Bukidnon is in Mindanao. I am not a Muslim, I did not grew up or born into a place with guns and bullets. But yes, I’ve held a gun, bullet, soldier phone (don’t know what they actually call that), and rifles that I usually see with Rambo movies. But then, it was a peaceful place to live and pollution free! Knowing that NOT the entire Philippines is dangerous, or even that not the entire Mindanao is dangerous, I would like to at least clarify it to everyone who’s reading this blog post, and the Exotic Philippines that it’s only a small part of Mindanao that is unsafe to visit – as of now. How can I say that there’s only a small part of the country that’s unsafe? While you’re

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12 Days of Black Friday Sale at Lamido

12 Days of Black Friday Sale at Lamido

Ever wished that there’s a black Friday sale here in the Philippines? Guess what, Lamido heard you! They’ll be having an ONLINE black Friday sale, wherein they’ll be offering up to 80%, free shipping, and cash on delivery payments options starting on December 1 to 12, 2014. What is a Black Friday? I’ve only heard of the Black Friday or know that there’s a Black Friday sale is in the US. I’ve never have tried it but I know how crazy is the sale in the US since my older sister lives there. Anyway, Black Friday is a known shopping day for a number of reasons. But mainly, it marks the unofficial Christmas season, Thanks Giving, and many of the employers during these days gives their employees a day off for Thanks Giving. In the US, I’ve heard that with your $100 you can buy a lot of brand new stuff, great stuff, even gadgets. My sister just told me the other week that there’s a store announcing that they’ll sell their iPads for only $100 and their iPhones for around $90. And yes,

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7 Fun Facts About Butterflies

7 Fun Facts About Butterflies

I was visiting Bohol Philippines few months back and one of my destinations for my visit is the Habitat Conservatory Center for butterflies. They have all sorts of butterflies, it’s not that huge but it’s really a cool place with a great and entertaining staff (and a sweet cat). With our tour guide at the Habitat, I was able some fun facts about butterflies which I may have already known when I was little but due to low memory I’m forgetting them. So let me share it with you guys and gals here in the Exotic Philippines blog. Newly emerged butterflies are can't eat or fly. The butterfly got a four (4) lifecycle, which starts from the egg, then larva (which is more known as the caterpillar) that are plant eaters, then the pupa, and then the adult butterfly. Yes, when they come out they can’t eat or fly, they wait for a couple of hours to fill itself with blood and wait for them to dry before flying. Butterfly wings are transparent. Yes, they said it’s transparent even tho

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10 Top Must Visit Davao Tourist Attractions

10 Top Must Visit Davao Tourist Attractions

Last month, Exotic Philippines  was invited to come over to Davao Philippines to cover the BIMP EAGA & IMT 2014 event. I’ve extended my stay in Davao (thanks to ALU Hotel for helping me out with that) for a day to be able to have a quick tour, even just for a day. At first, I thought there are just few destinations that we could visit in Davao though it’s a huge area. But then, I was wrong. A day to tour Davao is not enough to fully enjoy it, I need at least 3 days to really cover the bests of it. For you not to make the same mistake that I made, let me share with you Davao’s top tourist attractions, destinations that is a must visit. Please take note that these are my personal lists of tourist attractions that I wish to visit (because I wasn’t able to finish everything) or wish to revisit. Also, I did not arrange this by rank. Pearl Farm Beach Resort Davao’s Pearl Farm Beach Resort is one of the destinations in Davao that I wish to visit. Sadly, I wasn’t able to visit it bu

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5 Facts to Know Before Deciding to Swim with the Whale Sharks in Oslob

5 Facts to Know Before Deciding to Swim with the Whale Sharks in Oslob

So let’s talk about my experience in swimming with the whale sharks in Oslob Cebu. I’d like to talk about this on a separate post since I don’t want the other post to be too long for you to read. And of course, the first post about the whale sharks in Oslob are the details that you might want to know when you want to try it out for yourself. Now, if you’re not sure if swimming with the whale sharks is for you, here are a couple of facts you might not know and you should know about before deciding to really go there. They won’t eat you . When I was there swimming with the whalesharks, a tourist shouted “Kuya, please don’t let them eat me!”. No worries, as far as I know and can see they’re not interested with you. They’re being fed with the locals there and that’s why they go up and we can see them. No touching . It is forbidden to touch the whale sharks in Oslob, but if you do DO IT intensionally then prepare to go to jail for at least 6 months. The whale is the one who wants to

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5 Steps and Tips for First Time Domestic Flyers in Mactan-Cebu International Airport

5 Steps and Tips for First Time Domestic Flyers in Mactan-Cebu International Airport

I noticed that there are actually few sites that do have or share some steps and tips for first time flyers, they are usually generic ones too. So I decided that every time I get the chance to try out an airport, I’ll share with you guys here in Exotic Philippines blog the experience I have, along the steps for the specific airport. Today, we have the Mactan-Cebu International Airport and that was when I was going to Davao Philippines for the BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT Business Leaders’ Conference . So, I got the chance to take photos of every step but sadly, I wasn’t able to use my Canon DSLR for this since it’s too big to carry around and too obvious – people might think I’m weird. So, apologies if the photo quality is not that good since I just used my Samsung Galaxy Y Duos phone camera – hopefully I’ll be able to upgrade it soon to get better photos. Anyway, here are a couple of steps that you’ll take till you’re on board on the plane along with some tips within the steps. STEP

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An Overnight Stay ALU Hotel in Davao City

An Overnight Stay ALU Hotel in Davao City

I just arrived from Davao and I’ve got a lot of stuffs to share with everyone here reading the Exotic Philippines blog, and I’m so happy that I was able to extend my stay in Davao City thanks to ALU Hotel. Actually, I went to Davao in Mindanao Philippines because I was invited by MinDa to come over and attend the BIMP EAGA IMT 2014 for 4 days of succeeding events. With that, I find it hard to tour around Davao, and I really want to grab the opportunity to tour and get to know the place, and of course blog about it. And then, I found ALU Hotel . The ALU Hotel ALU (Associated Labor Unions) Hotel is located at the downtown area of Davao, about 4-5 blocks across away from Ateneo de Davao University, with 24 rooms and a function room that can accommodate as many as 80 people. Some locals are not familiar with the area and the hotel. So I took the initiative to take the photo of other landmark you may possibly see first before the hotel, and that is the Chico de Cafe (where the whi

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