The Ultimate Guide To Your 2015 Adventures! Where To Go For The 13 Long Weekends (Part 2)

Finally! Here’s Part 2 of FlipTrip’s Ultimate Guide To Your 2015 Philippine Adventures!

The second half of the year can be quite rainy, we understand. So here are a few choice destinations where you can celebrate and enjoy the rain or even escape it.


FlipTrip is working hard to make more destinations easy to plan and book for you. We will be making these destinations available throughout the year, but if you don’t find them on the website yet, fret not. Just email [email protected] for some personalised travel planning services from #TeamFlipTrip and let us help you plan your next great adventure!

Find sanctuary in Negros Occidental
  • June 12-14 (3 Days): Independence Day

Negros Occidental

Most people go to Negros Occidental mainly in October for Masskara. Take some time out from all the partying, and savor Negros Occidental for the amazing destination that it is.

Other than Bacolod, an undeniable food-tripping capital, Negros Occidental is a dream for those with an adventurous spirit. From the peaks of Mt. Kanlaon, to the waterfalls of Mambukal, or the pristine reefs and wrecks of Sipalay, to the restful sanctuary of Sagay. While it’s most known for its parties and its chicken, Negros Occidental is definitely a dream for the adventurous soul.

Mt. Tapulao in Zambales is 2037+ MASL
  • July 17-19 (3 Days): Eid’l Fitr


Just a few hours by car from Metro Manila, Zambales is a great weekend getaway, where you can have your pick of whatever type of adventure you would like. Experience a backpacking weekend surfing in Liwliwa, San Felipe, or go hop on a boat from San Antonio to one of the islands or coves and camp in the shade of the pine tree forest. You can also choose a more comfortable stay in San Narciso, or get physical with a hike up Mt. Tapulao.


  • August 21-23 (3 Days): Ninoy Aquino Day


Ready to navigate the rivers of Tarlac? While most people hide away when the rain pours, we say get out and celebrate! This is the perfect time to grab some kayaks and take out those paddles, because the rivers of Tarlac will be flowing. Not your kind of trip? You can also chance on some sun, and head over to Sta. Juliana, Capas for some ATV fun in the sand dunes of the valley, then finish it off with some relaxation at the hot springs.


  • August 29-31 (3 Days): National Heroes Day

Occidental Mindoro

Home to the last stronghold of the Tamaraw and a great marine conservation area, the Apo Reef. Go up the sanctuary of Mts. Iglit-Baco, and grab the rare opportunity to spot the endangered Tamaraw from afar. They’re quite aggressive, so make sure to stay with the Rangers and keep your distance! You can also hop on a boat in Sablayan and head over to Apo Island. Camp and bask in the wilderness and imagine yourself as a castaway.


  • September 24-27 (4 Days): Eidul Adha

Take Sept 25 (Friday) off.


More than just the home of the vast survivors, Leyte is one of those unspoiled destinations where only a rare few take the chance to visit. It’s beautiful. Fly in through Tacloban and make a stop at Palo for the Leyte Landing Memorial and take a selfie with Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Caption it “I shall return!” just for for kicks. Then make your way east and take your pick among Kalanggaman Island, Palompon, Quatro Islas, Inopacan, and Canigao Island, Matalom for your dose of sugary white sand beaches.

We hope you find this guide useful for your future travels! Don’t forget to visit www.fliptrip.ph to travel your way today. We look forward to your next great adventure with us!

Happy travels!

– April Cuenca FlipTrip-logo

Words by April Cuenca (FlipTrip.ph)
Photography by Estan Cabigas (Langyaw.com)


April Cuenca
Head Explorer/CEO/Co-Founder

April is the Head Explorer and co-founder of FlipTrip. Often referred to as a walking Philippine travel and tourism encyclopedia, she is also the soul behind FlipTrip. A true adventurer at heart, she has been passionate about tourism since she could remember.

Her travels have taken her to 51 Philippine provinces, and her biggest passion is helping others discover and explore her motherland. On a mission to complete all 81 provinces in her 25th year, a travel favourite of hers is to immerse herself fully into local culture.


Estan Cabigas

Estan is a freelance photographer, writer and blogger focusing on Architecture, Travel and Documentary based in Makati City and Cebu. He is always somewhere out there, traveling and shooting and has been featured in Photoquai 2013 in Paris, France. Check him out and like his page at Langyaw Media.
Facebook: Langyaw Media

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