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Staying at home during a pandemic is the safest way to keep yourself safe, and everyone safe from the spread of corona virus, our team curated some tips and information to keep you going, traveling while staying at home is possible.

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Frequently Asked Questions in Travelling to the Philippines During the Pandemic

During these trying times, The COVID-19 Pandemic has made it quite challenging for us to travel because of the New Normal Requirements that are needed to be fulfilled before going to our travel destinations. This is due to the response of IATF working hand-in-hand with the local government to prevent the spread of Coronavirus disease. At this time, The Philippines and its 7,107 islands are welcoming the tourists once again to cherish God’s given gift with its vast landscape and amazing beaches.

Here in Buenbyahe, we are here to help you every step of the way to make your inbound and outbound travel more efficient and swift to help you enjoy your next journey in a local or international destination.

Since everyone coming from abroad is now required to quarantine in designated hotels while waiting for the COVID-19 test results, it would be best to book your hotels in advance in order to avoid hassle once you land. Our all-in-one guests booking solutions that perfectly balances quality and affordability. Booking with us in a convenient way to make sure that you find a comfortable place to stay in without going over your budget.

You may make use of our website, Facebook page, or app. Our staff are working round the clock in order to ensure that we can assist you with all of your questions and concerns.

It would be best to look for a quarantine accredited hotel in the following areas:

  • Quezon City
  • Manila
  • Pasay
  • Makati 
  • Caloocan
  • Taguig
  • Muntinlupa
  • Mandaluyong
  • Ortigas 
  • Las Piñas

It would be best to book at least 7 days as this is the average lead time for your test results to be released. However, it would not hurt you to allot extra days in order to make room for delays. If you are  coming from countries currently restricted by the government, you might required to book at least 14 days quarantine.

The travel restriction has been effectively lifted since February 2021.

You may enter the Philippines if you are an OFW, a non-OFW, or an eligible foreigner.

OFW

An OFW is a person from the Philippines who is living and working in another country, typically on a temporary basis. This includes land-based OFWs and seafarers/sea-based OFWs. Families traveling together with at least one OFW will be considered all OFWs.

Non-OFW and Tourists

Non-OFWs refer to Returning Overseas Filipinos (non-OFW students, non-OFW Balikbayan, non-OFW tourists, etc.), spouse and children of Filipinos, diplomats, foreign officials accredited by the Philippines. 

Eligible Foreigner

An eligible foreigner must be able to fulfill the following conditions:

a. Pre-requisite must-haves for following category foreigners who are entering the Philippines:

  • Section 13 series visa of the Philippine Immigration Act, as amended (13 visa, 13(a) visa, 13(b) visa, 13(c) visa, 13(d) visa, 13(e) visa and 13(g) visa)
  • Foreign nationals who have been granted a legal residence status under The Alien Social Integration Act of 1995 or RA 7919
  • EO 324 visa
  • Native-born

b. Valid and existing visas at the time of entry. No new 9(a) entry visa application shall be accepted;

c. Pre-booking with accredited quarantine hotels in Manila and facility;

d. Pre-booking with a COVID-19 testing provider.

Overseas Filipinos can request a copy of their DOH-BOQ Quarantine Certificate by filling in the correct details on this website: https://quarantinecertificate.com/. The Quarantine Certificate can then be downloaded for use and records.

There are two types of quarantine that passengers could be subjected to: stringent and mandatory. The type of quarantine will be determined through special screening procedures that will be conducted by government health professionals upon arrival in the Philippines.

Stringent quarantine is required for all passengers coming from a ‘high-risk’ area as identified by the WHO or in case of sea-based overseas Filipinos, those from a ‘high-risk’ vessel. It will also be required for any passengers with flu-like symptoms based on the assessment of a health officer at the airport. These passengers must undergo RT PCR COVID-19 testing at the port of entry or designated quarantine facility. They will be then required to stay at a stringent quarantine facility until their test results are released.

 Mandatory quarantine is for all the other passengers arriving in the Philippines. They must undergo Rapid Antibody COVID-19 testing and stay at a mandatory quarantine facility. They have the option to stay at a hotel approved as a quarantine facility of their choice at their own expense. For Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), costs of test and hotel are free of charge.

OFWs may avail of free quarantine accommodations, as they await their RT-PCR results once they have accomplished the following:

  • Have been determined by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to be entitled to visa-free entry under Executive Order No. 408 s. 1960;
  • Has confirmed pre-booking with the Accommodation Establishment; walk-ins are strictly prohibited;
  • Completed a swab test at the airport.

Once you have received your negative test results, you can travel as tourists within the Philippines. However, you still need to follow protocols set by the local government of your destination. This may include travel passes and another set of tests.

Our affiliate hotels will put your health and safety on top priority during your stay, you may expect that following protocols enforced carefully: 

  • Temperature checking using a thermal scanner for all guests. Those with fever and flu-like symptoms will not be allowed to enter and will be referred to the nearest hospital.
  • Conducting screening test to identify where the guests originated from two weeks prior to arrival.
  • Provisioning of more sanitizers on the premises.

You may find relevant information straight from government task-forces through this link: https://www.covid19.gov.ph/.

Last October 20, 2021, The Philippine government lifted the ban on non-essential travel and is now allowing Filipino nationals to leave the Philippines. The lifting of the ban for non-essential travel will enable Filipinos to plan leisure trips abroad. As for the Overseas Filipino Workers’ case, Employers may also continue resuming their international outbound travel plans for their Filipino employees.

You may also refer to this page to check if you are qualified for travel within the Philippines. Take note that there may be additional requirements for Local Government Units and may be subject to change.

If you’re from Manila and flying from Ninoy Aquino National Airport, here are some guidelines that may help you during your outbound flight on domestic or international travels. Our Buenbyahe team always wishes you a safe and efficient journey at all times!

International Flight

The Travelers who are Filipino in nationality should comply with the following requirements in response to the IATF protocols:

  • Submission of confirmed round-trip tickets and adequate travel and health insurance for tourists using tourist visas.
  • Execution of an immigration declaration acknowledging the risks involved in traveling.
  • Negative RT-PCR test result was taken within 24 hours before departure.
  • They shall follow the National Task Force (NTF) Guidelines for returning overseas Filipinos upon return. 
  • Filipino Travelers should sign an acknowledgment letter in regards to travel risk and regulations. Travelers can find the link here.
  • Fill up the Passenger Profile and Health Declaration as early as five days before the flight. 
  • There is the mandatory use of the TRAZE App for Contact Tracing purposes, so be sure to download it before arriving at the Airport. 
  • In compliance with international regulations, passengers bound for the US, Canada, and Australia do not need to register online. Still, they are required to fill out a paper form strictly upon airport check-in. Passengers bound for Singapore are required to fill out a separate form upon airport check-in in addition to the PAL PPHD online registration.

Moreover, these requirements may still vary according to their airline of choice for their outbound travel. Travelers should always be aware of the changes regarding travel guidelines, and you may contact Buenbyahe to be updated with the latest news and requirements for your next travel destination.

Domestic Flight

  • If you are flying from Philippine Airlines for your domestic destination, fill this Pre-Registration for PAL Domestic Travel. As for Cebu Pacific, Online check-in will give you further guidelines on how to proceed with your travel.
  • Secure any Local Government Requirements for Tourists. Take note that some LGU’s may require COVID-19 Testing.
  • There is the mandatory use of the TRAZE App for Contact Tracing purposes, so be sure to download it before arriving at the Airport. 
  • There are also Local Government Units asking for Barangay Certificate, Medical Certificate, and Travel Authority Pass. You may inquire about these at your own Municipal Hall or Local Barangay hall.

As local destinations open their gates to tourists, some places may require an RT-PCR test, Barangay Clearance, Medical Certificate, Health Declaration Forms, and Travel Authority pass. Be sure to check with the Local Government Advisories to be guided accordingly. You could also ask Buenbyahe for assistance, and we’ll be glad to help you, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

You may also opt to check out this website for a list of open local travel destinations. (Link)

When Booking Flights

After you have thoroughly decided on your destination, you may opt to book your flight tickets online on your chosen airline’s website. 

You may also book your flights with Buenbyahe for a hassle-free transaction. We will also update you from time-to-time about the local guidelines and assist you in every step of your travel journey. We have partnered up with local airlines to follow the established safety health protocols to ensure a COVID-19 free journey. 

Before the flight
  • Face mask and Face Shield are required for all flights, for local or international travels. For your safety, ensure that your mask is 100% functional and safe to use. We suggest using surgical masks. 
  • Bring your alcohol-based hand sanitizer to keep your hands clean and to avoid cross-contamination to public surfaces.
  • Online Check-in is encouraged.
  • Ensure arriving early (4 hours before the flight) at the airport due to the implemented safety protocols.
  • Bring your personal pen to fill out the adequate travel forms. 
At the Airport
  • Only guests wearing appropriate face masks, face shield will be allowed inside the airport.
  • Make sure that you have your travel documents ready within your reach
  • Always observe physical social distancing
Arrival at destination
  • Hand sanitizers are available at your arrival for cart disinfection and other cleaning purposes
  • Wear your face masks at all times
  • Fill out health declaration form
  • Observe social distancing

We will also update this page from time to time in order to keep you informed.

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Post updated on February 12, 2021. Please note that the information on this page is not permanent and may change depending on national guidelines on health and tourism.

Tips When Traveling During the Pandemic

The “New Normal” in this COVID-19 pandemic has made traveling for tourists quite tricky because of travel documents that need to be accomplished, safety protocols to be followed, and other rules implemented by the government to ensure the safety of each one of us. We, the travelers, are needed to adapt, learn and live in this new normal without compromising our health for leisure in the outside world. 

Most people may have chosen to avoid traveling due to the requirements that need to be followed. Past travels pre-pandemic used to be a breeze, with just one click and you’ve booked your ticket. This guide may help you with the steps that could apply when booking your next travel trip in this “New Normal” situation. 

Before the Travel

  • Ensuring Travel Documents

For you to travel, there may be checkpoints that you may encounter while on the way to your destination. Before your travel date, ensure that these documents are accomplished and complete to have a smooth sailing experience. A week or so will suffice when processing these documents so take note of that timeframe. 

  • Barangay Certificate

A barangay certificate will certify that you are not a Patient under Monitoring / or a Patient under Investigation. You could get this at your local barangay hall, and it wouldn’t cost anything. The processing time may vary per area depending on the barangay officers assigned to the system. Be sure to bring a valid ID and proof of residence. 

  • Travel Authority pass

This document is a must if your journey will cross regional and provincial borders. Be sure to check local advisories in regards to the place you’ll be staying at. You could acquire a Travel Authority pass from the Municipal Hall or City Chief of Police for travel. Moreover, you need to accomplish the Medical Certificate and Barangay Certificate before you proceed to this requirement. 

  • Medical Certificate

You can acquire a medical certificate at the Municipal Health office of your local city hall. Processing time may vary per LGU. Allot a few days before your travel time to ensure that there would be no problems in terms of this requirement. 

  • PCR testing

A PCR test is considered the “gold-standard” when testing COVID-19; this test can detect COVID-19 infection; it will help prevent the spread of the virus and let the patient isolate early. You could get tested at an accredited clinic and COVID-19 Testing labs in your city. It costs from 4,000-13,000 pesos to get tested; the turnaround time may vary per clinic. 

Safety Travel Tips

  1. Opt for Travel Agencies - Working with Travel Agencies will ensure that your travel will be efficient. They are mostly updated with the safety protocols, travel requirements and other restrictions that need to be followed. They will serve as a guide for you and make the journey safer, even in other parts of the world.
  2. Follow COVID-19 Guidelines- Wear a mask, keep an alcohol spray within your reach, and always practice social distancing. Be aware of your surroundings as always.
  3. Before travelling to a place, research well and ensure that you’ve researched well enough about the rules and restrictions in that place, secure your documents, and double-check to ensure a smooth flow in your journey.
  4. Travel insurance- You could opt for travel insurance to cover hospital fees when you go abroad. 

During the Travel

  • Hotel guidelines

Online payment is highly encouraged to ensure efficiency and lessen contamination between travellers, hoteliers, and staff. 

A health declaration form will be allotted for the guests for their safety and contact-tracing. 

Body temperature scanners are available at every entrance and exit point of the hotel. Guests who have a higher temperature than 37.5 celsius may not be permitted to enter the establishment. 

There is strict observance of social distancing at all times, anywhere within the hotel/establishment premises. This is to follow the protocols given by the local government. 

Only 50% of the maximum capacity is allowed in establishments, which is for the safety of the people and making sure there is social distancing. 

  • Reminders while in public

Always follow social distancing guidelines, avoid crowded places or unsafe premises that may compromise your health. 

Bring alcohol at all times. 

Always wear your mask inside and outside the premises of an establishment. Your face shield should also cover your face at all times. 

Be reminded of the public protocols by reading guidelines and other informative materials set up by the visited establishment. 

After the Travel

  • Quarantine tips

Covid-19 spreads quickly, especially at a crowded place in a public setting. Being exposed to a COVID-19 patient may cause you to acquire the virus and can be deadly. There are protocols that you could follow if you suspect that you’ve been exposed to the virus. This will help mitigate the spread of the virus in your household. 

  • Quarantine

If you suspect that you were exposed to a person who tested positive with COVID-19, opt to quarantine. Stay at home and monitor your symptoms for 14 days. 

  • Isolation

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, isolate in one room in your own home to ensure that the virus won’t spread in your household. Stay away from the people you live with and minimize the interaction. Monitor your symptoms and get tested with a doctor’s discretion. 

  • Contact tracing policy

All passengers that will pass through the airport are now required to download Traze. Traze is a contact tracing app that is automated and unified. Before proceeding to the airport, passengers need to download this app first to ensure safe travels. Other LGUs have their specialized contact tracing units as well as health declaration forms. 

Travel policies may change quickly, so be sure to research, research, research. Double-check the rules and regulations to the city you’ll travel to and follow the given guidelines before any bookings. Moreover, this NEW NORMAL situation imposes to take these health guidelines more seriously while still promoting our tourism to boost our economy. 

General Public Transportation Guidelines During the Pandemic

General Safety Protocols

During this pandemic, schools, businesses, and other establishments remain open to serve the public. Public transportation is an essential commodity to get around the city. The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention reminds us to be wary of our surroundings and follow the specific guidelines regarding the transportation mode we may use to protect ourselves from the COVID-19 virus. 

  1. Wear your face mask and face shield at all times

Refrain from removing your protective face masks and face shields, especially when you’re in an enclosed public vehicle. Social distancing is difficult when in public transportation.

  1. Maintain Physical Distance

When lining up at a bus terminal or rail stations, ensure that you’re maintaining a physical distance of 2 meters between yourself and other people. 

  1. Practice Proper Hygiene

Bring alcohol-based hand sanitizer to clean your hands when going outside or in a public setting. Moreover, wash and cleanse your cleanse before and after you’ve used public transportation.

  1. Always be prepared when heading out

Always be wary of the local government’s protocols in terms of transportation. Plan your day ahead and bring adequate supplies that will protect yourself from the Coronavirus disease.

Road Transportation

Public transportation will only be permitted in places under General Community Quarantine (GCQ). Reduced capacity will be observed due to the policies stated by IATF. Other transportations like private cars, government-owned, and others shall still observe reduced capacity and physical distancing inside the vehicle. 

Public Utility Jeepneys (PUJs) and Public Utility Buses (PUBs)

  • All passengers, including the bus driver and bus conductor, should wear a face mask and face shield at all times.
  • Conversations should refrain, and bus seats shall be divided by a physical barrier from one passenger to another. If possible, social distancing should always be observed. 
  • In compliance with Department of Health protocols, Only 50% of the maximum capacity may be permitted in PUJs and PUBs 
  • Passengers should be seated one seat apart
  • In regards to bus and jeepney terminals, there is a designated disinfecting facility. Passengers are required to pass through this disinfecting facility before boarding the PUJ/PUB vehicle. 
  • Provincial PUBs cannot pick up passengers where the (Enhanced Community Quarantine) ECQ is in effect. 

Van

  • UV express only allows “point-to-point” drop-offs compared to its pre-pandemic system, where you could be dropped off more conveniently. 
  • The maximum allowable capability in UV Express Vehicle is only two passengers per row. Moreover, only one passenger is allowed in the driver’s row. 

Taxis and ride-sharing services (Grab)

Taxis and Ride-sharing services only allow a maximum of (2) passengers sitting at the back while maintaining social distancing. Contactless payments are highly encouraged to minimize physical contact with one another. 

Rail Transportation

According to DOH Guidelines, some people may not be permitted to use MRT & LRT Public Transportation if they are:

  • Passengers who are not wearing the appropriate face mask and face shield
  • Passengers who are suspected of contracting COVID-19 symptoms or has a temperature above 38ºC
  • Senior Citizens, Pregnant Women, and ages below 0-20 years old. 

Social distancing should always be present inside or outside the train. LRT-2 and MRT-2 stations only permit 160 passengers at one roundtrip. Meanwhile, PNR trains allow 14-20% maximum capacity. There will also be a usage of thermal thermometers at entrance and exit points of train stations to ensure that passengers will be kept safe with a lower risk of acquiring the COVID-19 virus. 

Aviation Transportation

  • When entering airport premises, face mask, face shield or other Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) shall be required to all passengers and staff inside the Airport premises. 
  • Temperature screening at all entrance and exit points are mandatory.
  • Footbath or disinfectant mats are available at all exit and entry points. 
  • Only passengers with complete travel documents shall be allowed inside the Airport premises. 
  • COVID-19 Rapid Testing Facilities are available inside the airport and is managed by authorized medical personnels
  • Before the flight, ensure you have the adequate travel documents. You may read travel advisories from the airplane company of your choice to prevent mishaps and have a smooth-sailing flight. 

The following flights for these purposes shall be allowed during GCQ (General Community Quarantine)

  • Government and military flights,
  •  International flights subject to existing IATF-EID/BOQ protocols,
  •  Air ambulance and medical supplies,
  •  Flight check and weather mitigation flights,
  • Maintenance and utility flights,
  • Emergency flights
  •  Domestic flights coming to and from provinces and cities under General Community
  • Quarantine, subject to CAAP clearances, and
  •  Other flights, as approved by IATF-EID.

Maritime Transportation

  • Passenger capacity will be limited to 50% to fulfill DOH and IATF guidelines regarding safety during this pandemic. 
  • The capacity in maritime vessels and terminals shall be reduced in order to maintain physical distancing
  • Face masks should always be observed in terminals or when on-board the maritime vessel. 
  • Overseas Filipino Seafarers who are opted to be repatriated will undergo COVID-19 testing upon arrival and are stated to go under mandatory 14-day quarantine according to OWWA-IATF protocols. 
  • There are also travel limitations to senior citizens, pregnant women and ages 0-20 years old because they may be immunocompromised and may acquire COVID-19 easily when traveling. 
What to do When You Test Positive for COVID-19?

It has been a year since the first COVID-19 case in the Philippines was confirmed. From then on, to keep everyone safe, a series of lockdowns have been implemented. Additionally, repetitive articles and campaigns have been continuously released to remind everyone on how to stay safe during this pandemic. But, what if your PCR test comes out positive? What is the best thing to do about it?

Below are some steps recommended by the authorities and health organizations to be taken probable and confirmed COVID-19 patients:

  • Stay at home

Symptomatic or not, it is best to restrict your activities outside your home to avoid further spreading the virus. You may inform your employer or company about your situation so that you may be excused from coming to work. Moreover, public transportation or even TNVs and taxis should be avoided. Running errands such as buying food and medical supplies is not a reason to go out of your house since it can now be accomplished through the help of mobile apps. It is highly prohibited to invite friends and family at home to pay a visit to you for the said illness.

  • Separate yourself from other people and pets

If available, use a separate bedroom and bathroom. Humans and animals should be kept at a distance from you while you are sick. For the meantime, ask for other people to take care of your pets.

  • Seek proper clinical assessment

Another priority task to do if the PCR test result comes out positive is to look for a hospital or a medical clinic to evaluate your case. The licensed medical professional will assess, based on your symptoms and exposure, if you will need to be transferred to a local isolation facility or if a self-isolation at home will do for you. It would be best to call the clinic or the doctor and inform them of your test result before coming to the facility.

  • Inform your barangay health office or
    the city health office

Local government units are tasked to look out for its COVID-19 positive citizens. If you are not successful in looking for a health facility to accommodate you, the local government will endorse you to the most available hospital for your medical assessment. If your current household is not ideal to accommodate a patient for a self-isolation, you will be asked to transfer to a hospital or an isolation facility. This will depend on the severity of your symptoms. On the other hand, if you are recommended to do a self-isolation at home, expect the city health office to monitor your symptoms everyday. The said government office will do the contact tracing for confirmed patients’ close contacts. These close contacts may be asked to do a home quarantine or if needed, will be provided a free PCR test if they reside in the same city.

  • Inform your close contact

Your “close contacts” are the persons you interacted with or were exposed to the same environment during the two days before and 14 days after the start of your symptoms. This includes the people you had a face-to-face encounter with and made direct physical contact with you within the said period of time.

  • Do as the doctor would recommend

Currently, there is no cure for the coronavirus. However, patients can recover by treating their existing symptoms. Their doctors will prescribe medicines, recommend food and fluids to take and mention other medications to get rid of your current illness. Depending on an individual’s immune system and body response, some patients recover in at least seven days while others take longer.

  • Monitor your symptoms

The local health authorities will need to know your symptoms to assess if you are getting better or if you would need emergency medical care. Take note that intense shortness of breath, persistent chest pain and facial discoloration need prompt medical attention.

  • Practice public health standards

Wearing medical face masks, especially when you are around other people or even pets, should be your top priority. This way, your mouth and nose are covered when you talk, cough or sneeze. Hence, transmission of droplets that may carry COVID-19 virus is prevented. Make sure to properly throw away used face masks and tissues.

Physical distancing, which means keeping a distance of a minimum of one meter from each other, should be practiced even at home.

Hand washing for 20 seconds with soap and water should be frequently practiced. This is highly important when preparing meals, eating, after going to the bathroom, coughing and sneezing. Although hand washing is the most effective way of eliminating bacteria in our hands, keeping a bottle of rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer around at all times is also recommended.

  • Do not share personal items

Dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels or beddings should not be shared with other people to prevent the spread of the virus in a household. Thoroughly wash them after use.

  • Clean high-touch surfaces everyday

We often touch various objects without being fully aware of doing so. Studies show that the virus may stay in these surfaces for hours or days. High-touch surfaces include mobile phones, remote controls, laptops, keyboards, table tops, countertops, chairs, doorknobs, storage handles, bathroom fixtures, toilets etc. It is recommended to use soap or detergent and water to clean surfaces. Disinfectant sprays may also help in cleaning the areas that may have bodily fluids on them from COVID-19 patients.

Our face is also a high-touch area. Avoid touching your face especially your eyes, nose and mouth as they are available outlets of bodily fluids.

Fear not, testing positive for COVID-19 is high risk and is alarming but certainly, it is not the end of the world. Majority of people recover at home and numerous vulnerable patients survive from this virus. Carefully following these protocols make it manageable.

 

Guest Policy and Booking Conditions 

Standard cancellation & refund policy

During the pandemic, Buenbyahe allowed all guests to FREE cancel the booking within 24 hours from the date of arrival provided that the reason due to covid19 circumstances such as delayed flights or transportation due to government regulation, unexpected requirements, and local governments new policies. 

Booking cancellation for a full refund is permitted within 48 hours before the standard check-in time. Buenbyahe will charge a minimal fee of Php 75 pesos to cover all booking online management, customer services, and payment processing charges.

On cancellation between 14:00 (two days before its check-in) to 13:59 (one day before check-in day), 50% of the first-night charge will be deducted from the amount to be refunded.

On cancellation between 14:00 (one day before check-in day) to 13:59 (check-in day), 70% of the first-night charge will be deducted from the amount to be refunded.

On no-show or cancellation after 14:00 (check-in day), 100% of the first night charge will be deducted from the amount to be refunded. In case of pay-at-hotel bookings, cancellation or no-show penalty will be charged by deducting equivalent to loyalty points or available points vouchers from the user's account.

All bookings made for Buenbyahe Sale and Buenbyahe Special Promo Rooms across booking channels  are Non-Refundable and not transferable 

The Check-In dates for the bookings made for the Buenbyahe Special Price Sale can be modified 24 hours before check-in by paying the price difference and an additional PHP 75 (or equivalent currency amount).

Buenbyahe and its partner’s (Hoteliers and Hosts)  guests are prohibited to conduct or participate in any criminal offense within any property premises, including but not limited to: theft, robbery, prostitution or drug abuse, and transactions. 

Guest Maturity:

 The primary guest must be above the age of 18 years to be able to check-in at the hotel. Only children under 12 are accommodated in the same room with no extra bed. Guest shall present proof of Valid identification of accompanied children shall match the first and 2nd degree of relationship, in case the Primary guest is guardian, the primary guest shall present proof of evidence of guardianship 

Guest Identification:

 Primary Guest(s) and accompanied child/children  shall submit valid identification on or before the check-in time and dates in the property 

Pets are not allowed on the hotel premises. Unless approved by the property management before its check-in date and time.

Should any action by a guest be deemed inappropriate by the hotel or if any inappropriate behavior is brought to the attention of the hotel staff, the hotel reserves the right to take action against the guest after the allegations have been investigated?

Our hotels and Property hosted by the owners in certain destinations or locations in the Philippines may have different policies apply for specific times during the year. 

Extra items requested by the guest will be provided subject to availability, cost and a maximum occupancy of the room booked.

Any payments made from PayPal will be refunded to the original funding source. Or any refund shall be in the original or the actual payor of the amount.

 Buenbyahe guests may be contacted closer to their check-in date and time to re-confirm the arrival status or arrival time through calls or messages. In case, we do not receive a response from the guest after multiple attempts, the booking may be put on hold or canceled. In case of availability, Buenbyahe will try to reinstate your booking when you contact us back or make a payment through our multitude of payment options.

Buenbyahe’s main mission is to strive to improve our services and your travel journey, Buenbyahe may reach out to guests to get feedback on their experience through email, online app notifications, calls, or even messages.

Buenbyahe is just a newly launched  Online Travel Booking startup in the Philippines that started operations in 2021. We are fully committed together with our valued hoteliers and hosts to provide quality living spaces for millions of millions of people through a network of partner hotels, vacation rentals in the Philippines and soon probably across the world.

Extension Policy: 

Extension of a booking shall be provided on current room rates and are subject to availability. Current room rates can be different from the rates at which the rooms were first booked.

Security Deposit:

Hoteliers or Host might ask the amount of security deposit upon check-in  of up to or equivalent to the amount of your stay in a day or a month

Mid Stay Cancellation:

 In case you decide to shorten your booking for 4 or more rooms posts the check-in date, no refund is applicable on the booking.

Payment Policy:

 For bookings of more than 7 nights, guests have to settle all outstanding payments on a weekly basis. The hotel will be unable to provide further accommodation prior to the settlement of the outstanding amount.

Early Check-in and Late Check-out: Early Check-in​ (subject to availability): Our standard check-in time is 2 PM. Early check-in will be subject to availability. Extra charges will apply as per the hotelier or host policy set. Late Check-out ​(subject to availability) -Our standard check-out time is 12 Noon. Late check-out is subject to availability and cannot be confirmed in advance. Extra charges will apply as per the below policy:

Check-Out Time 

Late Check-Out Charges 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hotel Specific Policies

  • Hotel-specific facilities and amenities are captured on the Buenbyahe website and the Buenbyahe app. Guests are advised to refer to the same before booking.
  • Some hotels may deny entry of visitors to rooms. We would request you to please confirm with the hotel before inviting visitors into the rooms.
  • Hotels in hill stations like Baguio may not have air conditioning due to the weather conditions of the location.
How to Conduct Safe Events and Meetings During the Pandemic

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic halted a lot of society’s functions. Business meetings and classes had to be held online, personal gatherings indefinitely put on hold, various industries closing down, and multiple events canceled.

Even with so many changes brought out by the pandemic, people are now gradually adapting to the new normal way of living. As Filipinos have started to take hold of the situation, they are now looking forward to travelling out and about, having a family gathering and meeting up with friends.

Of course, as the pandemic is still ongoing, safety precautions should still be put in place. So for those itching to go outside your doors, here’s a small list of things to take note of.

Bare Necessities

The following are the base necessities one will need when going out to travel.

  • Face Mask and Face Shield

Face mask and face shield are required when going out as a precaution for the well-being of yourself and of others. People who aren’t wearing any will not be entertained by most establishments and they might even be fined, called to duty or quarantined depending on the local protocols.

  • Gloves

Although not a necessity, gloves are helpful in preventing skin contact in cases where close-contact is unavoidable. Such cases are when dining in a restaurant, paying with cash, and browsing through items for sale.

  • Soap and Hand Sanitizer

It is imperative to frequently wash one's hands with soap and/or a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol to clean off droplets with COVID-19 that may have stuck to your hands.

  • Travel Pass

Depending on the local protocols, you may be required to acquire a travel pass to move within or in and out of the area’s borders. The passes may also differ from area to area while some areas require no pass at all. Be sure to check with your local government if you’re planning to travel.

  • Debit Card, Credit Card, RFID

Some places now prefer cashless transactions to avoid passing around COVID through the handling of cash, thus debit cards, credit cards, and even RFID are necessary for such cases. There are also cases where transactions are permitted through the use of mobile devices such as through GCash or QR code payment.

Common Rules

Although each area may differ with their protocols for quarantine, especially in the case of modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), there are still common rules that apply everywhere.

  • Always wear face masks and face shields when outside.
  • Nonessential mass gatherings are capped. The maximum number allowed is either 10 people or half the venue’s capacity, depending on the area’s protocol.
  • Only people aged 15-65 may leave their homes and venture outdoors, with the exception of emergency situations. With stricter rules implemented in some areas, only people ages 18-65 are allowed to go out.
  • Social distancing of 1 meter (three feet) shall be observed at all times.
  • Religious gatherings are limited at 30% of the venue’s capacity.

Domestic Travel

In addition to the bare necessities one may need before going out, traveling from province to province or to places further away but still within the Philippines may require a lot more.

  • Local Protocols

You will need to check up on your destination’s protocols as they may differ from your own locale and to avoid infringing due to ignorance. You might also need to acquire such knowledge through places you might pass through on your way.

  • Negative RT-PCR Test Results

Some places are more strict with the people that want to enter their area, thus requiring a RT-PCR Test for any signs of COVID then being confirmed as negative before being allowed entry.

  • Online booking and check in

Airlines such as Cebu Pacific now implement contactless flight to reduce the risk of spreading COVID due to contact from handling the booking and check in personally, so passengers are now required to do so online.

  • Traze Mobile Application

The application will be required when entering in, boarding from, or upon arriving in all Philippine Airports for generating and scanning their QR Code.

  • Short-Term Movement Restrictions

You might find yourself stuck in an emergency movement restriction enforced by local officials while traveling. When this happens, it is best to cooperate with the government, communicate with them your purpose and provide your papers so you may be released as soon as possible.

Modes of Transport

There are currently multiple ways to move around based on your destination, you may even be required to use more than one mode of transport. The following is a basic rundown of the modes.

  • Cycling

Riding a bicycle is a highly encouraged transport as it is a form of aerobic exercise and helps prevent the increase of air pollution, it also has the least risk for contracting COVID as you’re surrounded by fresh air whilst moving. It is still recommended to wear face masks produced specially for aerobic exercise during the pandemic.

  • Private Vehicles

When traveling through specially long distances or when under a bad weather, private vehicles are a good mode of transportation. Avoid accepting passengers and be sure to follow transportation regulations when you do get a friend or family as a passenger. Leave the windows open when it isn’t to cold to keep the vehicle well-ventilated, unless its a motorcycle then cars go broom.

  • Public Utility Vehicles

Although Public modes of transportation have been regulated to prevent the spread of COVID, it is still risky due to the fact that you will be exposed to COVID infected aerosol due to the vehicles being an enclosed area which doesn’t receive high ventilation.

Time, Place, and Occasion

  • Time

When traveling, it is best to pick a time when your route or destination will have the least crowd to reduce the risk of coming into contact with people.

  • Place

When setting a destination or route, it is best to pick places which isn’t that frequented or popular so that you won’t be meeting a crowd. It is also imperative you check with the local protocols when you’re traveling through different areas.

  • Occasion

When traveling, you should keep track of the government’s update regarding COVID. This is even more important when you’re traveling through longer distances as you might need to improvise when the local government you’re in or traveling issues an short-term movement restriction control.

Outdoor Activities

The following is a list of possible outdoor activities to be had by your self, with your friends, or with your family during this pandemic.

  • Walks

Walking around and appreciating the scenery is a good way to lift one’s mood, you can also bring a friend with you to have someone to talk to whilst keeping a distance of 1 meter away.

  • Camping

Camping is great for embracing nature. When camping in a group, make sure your tents aren’t situated too close to each other and have great ventilation. Don’t crowd around the campfire, make more than one campfire if necessary.

  • Fishing/Boating/Swimming

Water itself doesn’t spread the COVID-19 virus to people but close contact of less than 6 feet with others can make this activity risky, especially in small boats and crowded beaches/pools. The lakes, rivers and waterfalls of the Philippines are also beautiful but usually less frequented.

  • Restaurant Dining

Wash and sanitize when entering and leaving. Choose outdoor dining over indoor dining if possible, as it's more ventilated and safer. Wear a mask when not eating or drinking.

  • Small Gatherings

Small gatherings can be held outdoors or indoors. When in a house, bring the party in the yard or patio if available. Open all windows and doors for indoor gatherings, wear masks and avoid close contact as much as possible.

  • Non-contact Sports

Sports that doesn’t require close contact with each other carry less risks than sports that do. Examples are body-building, tennis, bicycle racing, and even mobile gaming.

  • Non-contact Contest

It is possible to hold small contests such as singing contests, beauty pageants, band contests, and painting contests. Although audiences will have to be relegated to online viewing or the contests be a simple friendly competition between friends.

A Safe Journey

The pandemic has caused a lot of changes - especially in the area of travel. However, with proper preparation it is still possible to go out and bring enjoyment to your life while ensuring your safety and the well-being of others

The Complete Arrival Guide for OFWs, Non-OFWs, and Tourists

Whether you are an OFW, a non-OFW, or a tourist here is everything you need to know before arriving in the Philippines. Travelling during a global pandemic is truly not an easy feat, so we have compiled this list to make sure that you are fully prepared even before you set foot in the Philippine soil.

First things first, you need to be aware of your classification:

1. OFW

An OFW is a person from the Philippines who is living and working in another country, typically on a temporary basis. This includes land-based OFWs and seafarers/sea-based OFWs. Families traveling together with at least one OFW will be considered all OFWs.

2. Non-OFW and Tourists

Non-OFWs refer to Returning Overseas Filipinos (non-OFW students, non-OFW Balikbayan, non-OFW tourists, etc.), spouse and children of Filipinos, diplomats, foreign officials accredited by the Philippines. On the other hand, tourists are those who are eligible non-Filipino or foreign citizens.

Now that you are clear with your classification, you may now proceed with the following guidelines accordingly.

For OFWs:

1. Upon arrival, be sure to attend a briefing conducted by the Philippine Coast Guard.

2. Proceed with the necessary temperature check, accomplish a Health Declaration Form, and the required COVID-19 Test.

3. Locate the respective personnels for your quarantine hotel assignment:

  • For land-based OFWs and your dependents, proceed to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Desk. 
  • For sea-based OFWs and your dependents, proceed to the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) Desk

4. Proceed to your designated hotels and adhere to the quarantine protocols until you receive your test results. Your accommodation and food during your stay will be shouldered by the Philippine government.

5. Should you test negative, you may proceed to present the test result along with a medical certificate to your designated quarantine personnel in order to get a clearance.

6. If you test positive, you will be transferred to a designated hospital for further medical attention with the help of the BOQ.

7. Once cleared, you are now free to spend time with your loved ones and enjoy the beauty of the Philippines after completing 14 days of self-isolation.

For Non-OFW and Tourists:

1. Upon arrival, be sure to attend a briefing conducted by the Philippine Coast Guard.

2. Proceed with the necessary temperature check, accomplish a Health Declaration Form, and fill out an Affidavit of Undertaking.

3. Pay and undergo the necessary COVID-19 Test.

4. Proceed to your designated hotels and adhere to the quarantine protocols until you receive your test results. 

5. Should you test negative, you may proceed to present the test result along with a medical certificate to your designated quarantine personnel in order to get a clearance.

6. If you test positive, you will be transferred to a designated hospital for further medical attention with the help of the BOQ.

7. Once cleared, you are now free to spend time with your loved ones and enjoy the beauty of the Philippines after completing 14 days of self-isolation.

While there are more steps to take than the usual, just keep in mind that this is both for your safety and the safety of those around you.

Worry not, because Buenbyahe will be here for you every step of the way to ensure that you will have a beautiful travel experience despite COVID-19.

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Mandatory Quarantine Accommodation: Everything You Need to Know

What is Mandatory Quarantine?

At this current time, our safety should be our top priority especially when we travel today. COVID-19 has become a serious threat to us, Filipinos, and we need to be alert in order to keep ourselves safe. 

We, at Buenbyahe, will guide you through the latest guidelines of IATF in terms of Mandatory Quarantine and what you need to know about it. In response to the prevention of COVID-19, always take these guidelines in mind to keep yourself and your loved ones safe, as well as the community that you’re in. 

Mandatory Quarantine is employed especially in Domestic and International Flights. Upon arrival in Ninoy Aquino National Airport, the Department of Health and Philippine Coastguard will hold a briefing in the Bureau of Quarantine to classify whether you will be undergoing Stringent or Mandatory Quarantine.

 If you are not showing symptoms of COVID-19 and your flight of origin has not been included in Countries with a High Level of Community Transmission based on World Health Organization’s guidelines, then you still need to go to mandatory quarantine nonetheless. 

Accomodations in Mandatory Quarantine

According to the revised guidelines of IATF -MEID Resolution No. 97, Series of 2021, all arriving passengers in Ninoy Aquino International Airport should undergo through Mandatory or Stringent Quarantine (may vary on their assessment) and shall present pre-booked hotel rooms for at least 7 days of stay to follow the quarantine protocols. The hotel that the travelers may choose should be accredited by the Bureau of Quarantine, Department of Health and Department of Tourism. 

Safety Protocols

Here at Buenbyahe, we are making sure that your safety is our utmost priority. We continue to be guided with the latest IATF protocols and local news in order to prevent COVID-19 spread and to not compromise your health while travelling with us. Moreover, we have partnered with accredited hotels and transportations to give you a hassle-free trip before, during and after your travel with us. 

1. Pre-book your hotel and register online before arrival

Before your flight, make sure you have already chosen an accredited hotel in Manila. This is for Mandatory Quarantine purposes, your pre-booked stay should be at least 7 days upon your arrival here in Manila, Philippines. Always double check if the hotel is certified by the Department of Tourism, Department of Health and Bureau of Quarantine in order to prevent double booking. 

The next step after pre-booking your hotel stay is to register online and fill out the registration from (Electronic case Investigation form) on https://e-cif.redcross.org.ph/ (Philippine Red Cross) before your arrival in NAIA. After submitting the form, it will generate a QR code which you will present upon arrival in NAIA. You may opt to save it on your cell phones or have a print-out version. 

2. Government Mandated Testing Procedures will be available in your quarantine facilities 6 days after your arrival.

3. There will be a briefing process mandated by the Bureau of Quarantine, Department of Health and Philippine Coastguard. This process will determine if a passenger will either undergo a stringent or mandatory quarantine as based on their flight of origin and their health assessment.

4. A QR code will be given to the passengers

5. Show the QR code in the verification desk and proceed to swab testing

If you are a person who is identified to go through Mandatory Quarantine, an authorized medical personnel will conduct a rapid testing upon your place of entry. 

6. The next step is pass through the Bureau of Immigration and the Department of tourism desk

The tourist desk will validate if you have pre-booked an accredited hotel for at least 7 days upon arrival. You need to show proof of your transaction with the hotel of your choice.

The Department of Tourism recommends that you should stay at accredited places in order to ensure that proper sanitation and cleaning protocols are in place.

7. Proceed to the Private Laboratory Desk to pay your RT-PCR Testing.

8. Lastly, proceed to Bureau of Immigration for passport checks and additional clearance

Check-in Guidelines

While on the way to your chosen accredited hotel facility, make sure to follow the essentials while in the New Normal.

  • Wear your face shield and face mask at all times
  • Practice social distancing, at least 1 meter distance between you and another person
  • Do not go to crowded and closed facilities
  • Practice to bring sanitizing tools with you

An airport taxi will be able to drive you to your chosen quarantine facility, make sure that you observe strict COVID-19 guidelines especially when in public. 

Moreover, we recommend that you opt to book an additional night if you will arrive earlier than the hotel check-in in order to ensure room availability. In Compliance to IATF Regulations on Mandatory Quarantine, only one person will be allowed per room. Exemptions may apply depending on the case ex. 1 adult and a child staying in one room, a person with disabilities, etc. 

Buenbyahe Vacation Homes and Vacation Rentals are coordinating with accredited hotels for your prioritized comfort and safety. For more information, our 24/7 help desk is more than ready to serve you. For the list of accredited hotel facilities for Mandated Quarantine, you may opt to visit this link: http://quarantine.doh.gov.ph/facilities-inspected-as-of-january-27-2021/

FAQs on Nightlife and Entertainment During the Pandemic

It is not an exaggeration to say that COVID-19 is the past year’s biggest party-pooper. When the news broke out that social gatherings will be strictly prohibited in lieu of the pandemic, who knew that our exciting bar-hopping in the months of January will be our last? Whether your favourite activities include casual coffee dates in your favourite café, spontaneous party-crashing in Makati’s top spots, or a quiet evening surrounded by Manila’s contemporary art scene, these were quickly taken away as health risks pester these sanctuaries we once loved. We also lament the closing of several night-havens such as the loud, euphoric Route 196 in Katipunan, or the subtle homage of Roces Avenue’s Gourmet Gypsy due to economic challenges that took the world by storm.

Fast forward to several boring months that rid us of our outdoors, and even though the curve has not yet flattened, at least travel restrictions are now put to ease. It took long before the absence of these industries hurt the Philippines economically. As the doors to nightlife and entertainment begin to slowly re-open, we sure have a lot to hurdle in terms of the timely (better yet, necessary) changes. Here are some valuable tips and information gathered by our team to help you be safe on your next gala amidst the pandemic:

1. Are there necessary requirements before entry?

As several resto bars and similar places begin to reopen, part of the safety measures imposed to prevent the spread of the virus. Under the new normal, there are no new requirements for entry other than the usual personal ID card. Still, the wearing of a face mask upon entry is still strictly implemented coupled with the usual checking of your temperature. Other venues expect you to fill a reservation to maintain the expected capacity for service. Some establishments offer RFID bracelets and other methods to keep a paperless transaction.

In some cities like Pasig, a personalized ‘Pasig Pass’ is asked upon entry to every establishment. This is to aid valuable contact tracing procedures and can be easily acquired on your LGU’s website. Remember to check your city’s website for any updates on the necessary requirements to avoid being stuck in waiting areas.

2. Do these establishments maintain social distancing?

Part of the lockdown protocol are the strict guidelines on social distancing – these establishments are not exempted from such. Aside from these safety measures, you may be familiar with the usual clear barrier between tables as these are also implemented. In this case, if you are out for a night of dancing, sorry to bust your bubble as these are prohibited in the time being. It’s for a good cause too, as these rowdy crowds are the quickest way to contract the virus. 

Also, the operational guest capacity limit is maintained in several venues. Make sure to ask beforehand if their branch can accommodate your group. Outdoor experiences during the pandemic tend to be chill. As long as the safety regulations are at hand, no sooner you can party hard as before, if that’s what you’re into.

3. Are there any changes in the usual opening hours?

The classification of bars and other nightlife businesses are obviously considered non-essential. With that distinction, almost every establishment has adjusted their opening hours to avoid long exposures. The usual sunset to sundown experience is now strictly prohibited as government officials require the necessary changes be implemented to avoid crowding and unnecessary activities outdoors. Contact your nearest resto-bars to identify if they offer dine-in and what their new opening hours are. Nobody wants to just go to their favourite places just to see its lights are off.

4. Is there a designated smoking area in PH Bars?

If you are a smoker, you might be familiar with the heightened restriction of smoking in the Philippines. Even before the pandemic, Executive Order No. 26 has imposed strict rules to avoid smoking in public areas and enclosed spaces. However, a legal permit can be obtained by several businesses to allow certain designated smoking areas inside their establishments as long as the necessary requirements are met.

With the risk of contracting COVID-19 through droplets or airborne exposure, expect that these designated areas are non-existent as of the time being. Your night-time gala might just be smoke-free for the sake and safety of non-smokers and other customers.

5. Are there any increases in the price of drinks?

With limited customers and the inflation rates causing prices to go up, companies are finding ways to sustain their businesses. Their practices include the saddening downsizing of employees and the closure of several branches to keep the pace of their income. In a way this can lead to increases in the price of products and/or services that they offer. If you plan to save money however, there are available discounts and packages that you can grab. Either way, it’s always safe to bring extra money for your next gala.

6. Is there an alternative to the usual nightlife experience?

If you’re still unsure about venturing the outdoors for a chill night alone or with your friends, don’t worry because with the closure of several businesses catering indoor nightlife experiences, a lot of them opted to a liquor delivery system. Like most of our daily affairs, even walwal sessions can now be done indoors! Thebeerguy PH, Boozy.PH, Barhop.ph and more offers these services with less hassle. You can have the option to stay at your hotel or home, and have these party essentials delivered. Just make sure to keep the crowd at a minimum and practice regular sanitary practices to keep your celebrations fun and more importantly, safe.

7. Can Buenbyahe help me find a good night out spot during the pandemic?

At Buenbyahe, we can guarantee you a handpicked roster of safe listings and venues that values hospitality and safety like we do. The Philippine taste of nightlife is definitely welcoming, exciting, and fun. But with the risks involved it’s better to understand that these changes are necessary for our safety. Sure, the travel restrictions may have eased for a bit but that does not mean that we can remain confident in our outdoor experiences. Always keep with yourself the usual arsenal of disinfecting kit, just to be safe.

Pandemic Travel Essentials

Travels for any purposes across the areas that are under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) and Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) have been allowed by the IATF-EID since October 2020. However, local government units have different requirements for travelling visitors. Therefore, there may be multiple travel requirements for every destination. To avoid stress in delay in travels, it is better to prepare some essentials during this pandemic. If you’re planning on going on an out-of-town trip anytime soon, read on to know what the requirements are.

1. Negative RT-PCR test results

For some places with stricter regulations, a negative result for the RT-PCR test needs to be presented. RT-PCR test, or better known as the “Swab Test” as it usually uses swab samples, is up to date the most reliable standard for determining if an individual is infected with the COVID-19 virus.

Because a swab test can be costly, the Department of Tourism offers a 50% subsidy to an RT-PCR test to qualified tourists. Due to the capacity of UP-PGH, application for the subsidized test is on a first come, first serve basis. To avail, tourists must register online at tpb.gov.ph/rtpcrphtravel five days before intended travel date. In this application, tourists must attach a copy of a government-issued identification card, a copy of the confirmed hotel booking, and a copy of the roundtrip tickets if travel will be via airplane or bus. After submission, the Tourism Promotions Board will evaluate the documents and will get back to the tourist if they qualify for the subsidy. If qualified, further instructions will be sent to the tourist through e-mail. After this, a schedule will be given. The test results will be sent to the tourist through e-mail within 24 hours.

Take note that a swab tes’s validity usually ranges from 2-3 days or 48 to 72 hours.

2. Government ID

To verify your name and residence, government-issued IDs are more important now than ever. The Department of Tourism gave the accommodation establishments (hotels, resorts, apartment hostels, tourist inns, motels, pension houses, bed and breakfast, vacation homes, homestays) a number of guidelines to follow to ensure the safety of its guests. The guidelines include the requirement for guests to present IDs as proof of residency. This is mandatory if guests would like to share rooms. Government-issued IDs for Filipino citizens include:

  •       Philippine passport
  •       Social Security System (SSS) Card
  •       Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Card
  •       Unified Multi-Purpose Identification (UMID) Card
  •       Land Transportation Office (LTO) Driver’s License.
  •       Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) ID
  •       Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) E-Card
  •       Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Voter's ID
  •       TIN (Bureau of Internal Revenue) Card

3. Hotel or resort reservation

If you’re staying at a certain destination for a vacation, a proof of confirmed hotel booking may be required from you. Under the new normal, tourists are required to secure accommodation ahead of their trip. Usually, a confirmation email is sent to you after successfully creating an online reservation. This email should include the establishment’s name, your name, and dates of reservation.  

4. Tickets

Your transportation ticket is a supporting document for your travel. Your airplane or bus ticket indicates your confirmed destination, travel date, and schedule of departure and arrival.

5. Extra facemask

Disposable and reusable masks are commercially available everywhere. The question is, how do you really know if the mask what you are wearing protects you from getting a virus and prevents you from spreading a virus? The Center for Disease and Control Prevention suggests to consider the snuggle fitting of your mask around your nose and chin. It should not have gaps around your sides of your face. Another thing to consider is the fabric used and number of layers. A good mask must be breathable and shall be multi-layered to secure protection.

6. Extra face shield

In December 2020, face shields have been made mandatory by the IATF-EID to be worn in all public places. These plastic face covers protect your eyes from catching possible fluids that carry the virus.

7. Disinfectants

While studies show that the best way to kill the virus that may be in our skin, especially in our hands, is through proper handwashing for a minimum of twenty seconds, water is not always easily available. 70% solution isopropyl alcohol and hand sanitizers help remove the bacteria from our skin. High-touch surfaces such as bag handles and mobile phones should also be regularly disinfected.

8. Medical certificates and travel pass

Before travel restrictions during the pandemic were loosened, going to provinces from Metro Manila would require submission of medical certificates, barangay clearance, and travel pass. Now, you do not have to prepare these documents unless required by the LGU of your destination.

Are we forgetting something else?

Yes, but these are not requirements. These are more of reminders when going from one place to another during this pandemic.

First, remember to research about your destination’s local government imposed restriction. As mentioned, travel restrictions may differ from one city or province to another. Some still require medical certificate, Baranggay Permit and travel pass while other provinces do not. This is because local government units are tasked to set their own parameters. Thankfully, in this age, the government offices are finally maximizing the ability of social media to spread news and information to its locals. Usually, announcements and reminders are available in these accounts. If you’re lucky, an answer to your question regarding their restrictions may be given to you through personal message or its comments section. Only rely on official accounts and websites.

Second, remember to follow safety health protocols wherever you are. By now, these practices such as hand hygiene, physical distancing, and mouth covering must have become somehow natural to us.

Third, if you can go contactless, go contactless.  Minimize your hand-to-hand contact with other people especially with strangers. Payments during a trip that can be made through mobile apps shall be made through the said method. Handshakes and hugs are best to be avoided for now.

During the pre-pandemic time, travel essentials would include a bottle of sunscreen and a comfortable pillow. Now, 70% solution alcohol and face masks top any similar list. Things have definitely changed.

To sum it up, travelling during this pandemic is more possible with Buenbyahe’s help! Where do you plan to go next? We will take you there.

FAQS on Shopping and Other Activities During the Pandemic

Video calls, virtual dates, online meet-ups, and new applications for online events: These have been our ways of trying to live with a social life under the new normal. For a few months, going out for leisure purposes has been discouraged. Up until now, even though it is already allowed (yep, it is!), we still have second thoughts in going out. Some questions in our heads would be, “Is this park open?”, or “Are cinemas operational now?” or last but with the biggest concern would sound like, “Woah wait, is it safe to play sports in an enclosed court?”

More than ever, we now have many questions when planning small gatherings. Looking up for reliable sources to answer our questions on travelling and the likes can be exhausting, right? Reading all these memos from the government can take up time. Well, this is why Buenbyahe is here. We have researched for the answers for the frequently asked questions on going out during this pandemic for you.

1. Are resorts or amusement arks open?

Both places for recreational activities are allowed to open on half of its maximum capacity given that physical distancing is highly practiced.

2. Is it okay to take her to the mall?

Malls are allowed to operate for half of its capacity under MECQ and on full capacity under GCQ and MGCQ. However, individuals under 15 years and above 65 years, pregnant women, those with immunodeficiency and have health risks are not allowed to enter inside these shopping centers.

Hardwares, clothing stores, office and school supplies stores, infant stores, pet shops, music stores and electronic equipment stores are open even under MECQ.

3. What about public parks, can we stroll there?

Public parks are usually spacious and thus social distancing can be practiced. However, some local government units have temporarily closed their public parks to discourage overcrowding.

4. Are cultural centers and museums open?

The answer is it is positive that these establishments are allowed to operate up to half of their maximum capacity under GCQ. However, some museums have not reopened.

5. Streaming at home is great but I miss that popcorn smell and cinema experience. Are cinemas open?

This is one of the places that we missed the most during the months of lockdown. Yes, cinemas are open again! Seats are on alternating schemes so if you’re going to see a movie with a partner or a friend, the seat between you will be a great room to put that big bucket of buttered popcorn!

6. My friends and I are planning to put up a fund-raising event. Is that allowed now?

Yes, community events and mass gatherings are allowed during GCQ but keep in mind that the chosen venue must only accommodate half of its maximum capacity.

7. What time do drug stores and supermarkets close?

The maximum operating hours given by the Department of Trade and Industry is 11 pm but it still depends on the management of the store. This is where we buy most of our essentials so these establishments are operational for all four levels of community quarantine. However, if your area is under ECQ, only 50% of the store capacity will be allowed at a time. Expect to wait in line outside the store.

8. Are laundry shops operational?

The answer is a big yes. Even self-service laundry shops are allowed to open for all levels of quarantine.

9. I think I need to treat myself with some personal care. I heard they were considered non-essential before. It has been months, do they now accept customers?

It depends on the personal care that you need.

If it is a haircut that you need, salons and barbershops are fully operational under GCQ and MGCQ, given that physical distancing will be practiced.

If you need skin and facial care, grooming services, waxing or aesthetic procedures from dermatological clinics, you might need to consider checking on their schedule for your available date since they are only allowed to do a maximum 50% of their operational capacity even with GCQ.

If you need a full body massage, spas are not allowed to operate on their full capacity even with GCQ but are definitely allowed to accept customers.

Many people have been trying out biking lately but I’m more into badminton. Are sports facilities now good to allow people inside?

Facilities for jogging, running, biking, golf, swimming, tennis, badminton, equestrian, range shooting, and skateboarding are fully operational under GCQ. Hence, these are the activities that do not require physical contact.

I just keep skipping home workouts. I’m thinking of taking a spinning class or hitting the gym. Are these allowed to open?

Gyms and fitness studios are allowed to operate on full capacity under GCQ, given that only individual workouts will be permissible. Workout sessions that require two or more people such as Zumba, yoga, pilates and the likes are strictly prohibited.

I heard that our company management is planning to hold a three-day meeting at a hotel. Is that allowed by the government guidelines?

Yes, but events like this are subject to the Department of Tourism guidelines on business events. Moreover, hotels are now allowed to accept bookings for similar events for a maximum of 30% of the venue capacity.

10. I think my fur baby needs to be checked by a veterinarian, are veterinary clinics allowed to operate?

Veterinary clinics are essential as they are the hospital for animals. Yes they are operational and there is no limitation for these establishments. However, you may need to check their operating hours as they also limit the exposure of their staff to the virus.

11. It has been so long since my pet received a grooming from a professional. Are pet salons open now?

Just like for humans, pet salons can be a go-to shop. The good news is as the DTI instructed, pet salons are allowed to operate under MGCQ and GCQ. Due to the quantity of pets that need to be checked or groomed and the limit of available professionals, you may want to give the shop a call before going to the store to secure a schedule.

All of these publicly open establishments are required to screen their guests through thermal scanning and health declaration form filing. Be sure to wear face masks and face shields so you can surely be permitted to enter.

Yep, it seems as though we are slowly leaving the ghost-town days when streets and malls were empty. Humans are now adjusting to the new normal and businesses are trying to keep up with the impact of the pandemic. When going out, whether for an errand or a gathering, it would be great to extend a little bit of kindness since we are all adapting to a new season.

FAQS on Dining Out During the Pandemic

One of the most impacted industries hit by the changes brought by the pandemic is the restaurant and food service industry. Sure, food delivery is now more celebrated than ever. Your cravings may now be delivered to your doorsteps through the convenience of mobile apps in a few minutes but what is missing here for months is the personal experience. Dining in a real restaurant brings a different experience that we can never have in our homes. Imagine this: You, well-dressed, are seating at a dining table across from your loved one while a familiar playlist puts the vibe for everyone in the room and then you see a waiter walking toward your table with a smile, serving you with the sumptuous meal that you waited for around twenty minutes. Ahh, that is definitely what we miss!

1. What are the dining restrictions for each community quarantine level?

Finally, dine-in may be safely experienced again! In October 2020, the IATF-EID released omnibus guidelines for various industries and their respective operations under the different levels of community quarantine. If your residential area is under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) and Modified For Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ), you may still savour on your favourite food since restaurants are allowed to operate but only for take-out and delivery. On the other hand, if General Community Quarantine (GCQ) is implemented, fast-food and restaurants are allowed to accept more than 50% of their seating capacity. This is allowed provided that physical distancing is highly observed. Lastly, if your area is under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ), which we know of as the least restricted kind, dine-in of customers up to 70% of seating capacity is allowed. If you are lucky that your favourite resto operates 24 hours a day, you may visit it anytime since this is allowed under both GCQ and MGCQ. Of course, the corresponding local government unit’s guidelines are still to be considered. 

2. Do I need anything to be allowed to dine out?

Actually, your face shield and face mask are the only things required for you to bring, aside from the things that you usually bring when eating out. Make sure your face mask is breathable, multi-layered, and fits your face snuggly. Face masks and face shields are mandatory and may only be removed when eating.

3. I want to enjoy my time bonding with friends and family during meals. Is it okay to share tables?

Of course it is still possible to enjoy your dine-out with your company. Sharing tables, however, is only allowed to families who share the same household. For this concern, they will be required to present an ID as proof of residence.

4. Is it allowed to order alcoholic drinks?

That is the good news with the updated guidelines: Alcoholic beverages may now be served. A maximum of any two (2) alcoholic beverages may be ordered by a customer.

5. How do restaurants ensure that everyone in their stores is not sick?

Although restaurants are now operational for dining, mandatory safety health protocols still need to be implemented. Contact tracing procedures such as answering health declaration forms or registering with SafePass or StaySafe.ph shall be required upon entry, to be accomplished by the customers. Their temperature will be checked through thermal scanners. If a customers’ body temperature exceeds 37.5 degree Celcius and exhibits symptoms, restaurants are allowed to decline their entry. Customers who refuse to comply with the minimum health protocols may also be denied entry.

6. Is there a way to avoid contact with the restaurant staff?

Yes! To avoid hand-to-hand contact, modern-day technology is highly encouraged to be utilized. This includes QR code-based menu to be prepared by the restaurant, contactless order-taking, and alternative payment methods. Small trays will also be provided to avoid physical contact.

7. I miss eating in buffets but I’m not sure if it’s safe. How do they operate now?

As mandated by the IATF-EID, self-service in dining areas shall not be allowed during pandemic. To solve this, buffets are only allowed if food servers are available and if food trays are with food covers.

8. How do restaurants ensure that the virus is not spread in their stores?

For restaurants to ensure social distancing within their stores, the IATF-EID reiterated public establishments’ safety health procedures: One meter distance between chairs on all sides, plastic barriers between face-to-face seats, alternating seats, and availability of rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizers. Queuing areas for customers shall maintain one meter distance on all sides and a special lane shall be designated for food delivery services.

Extra measure for store disinfection and care for employees guidelines are also strictly implemented.

9. What time do restaurants close?

As mentioned above, for locations under GCQ and MGCQ, restaurants that offer 24 hours operations are allowed to accept customers at whatever time of the day. However, for most establishments such as coffee shops, restaurants, and the likes that do not offer around the clock operations, the call for last order is earlier than usual. According to the Department of Trade and Industry guidelines, they may operate until 11 pm. 

10. How can Buenbyahe help me with dining out?

With our long list of referral food spots all over the country, we can surely help you find the perfect restaurant, kitchenette, and stalls to taste the best the Philippines can offer wherever you may be touring. We also have a 24/7 support service that can assist you anytime -- whenever your cravings may hit you.

Ahh finally, dine-in may be safely experienced again! We definitely can’t wait for the dining experience to be back to the way it was before. But hey, the new normal is really not a bad set-up after all.

Want to stay updated about dining out during the new normal? Don’t worry, we got you. That’s the Buenbyahe way!

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Tips When Traveling During the Pandemic

The “New Normal” in this COVID-19 pandemic has made traveling for tourists quite tricky because of travel documents that need to be accomplished, safety protocols to be followed, and other rules implemented by the government to ensure the safety of each one of us. We, the travelers, are needed to adapt, learn and live in this new normal without compromising our health for leisure in the outside world. 

Most people may have chosen to avoid traveling due to the requirements that need to be followed. Past travels pre-pandemic used to be a breeze, with just one click and you’ve booked your ticket. This guide may help you with the steps that could apply when booking your next travel trip in this “New Normal” situation. 

Before the Travel

  • Ensuring Travel Documents

For you to travel, there may be checkpoints that you may encounter while on the way to your destination. Before your travel date, ensure that these documents are accomplished and complete to have a smooth sailing experience. A week or so will suffice when processing these documents so take note of that timeframe. 

  • Barangay Certificate

A barangay certificate will certify that you are not a Patient under Monitoring / or a Patient under Investigation. You could get this at your local barangay hall, and it wouldn’t cost anything. The processing time may vary per area depending on the barangay officers assigned to the system. Be sure to bring a valid ID and proof of residence. 

  • Travel Authority pass

This document is a must if your journey will cross regional and provincial borders. Be sure to check local advisories in regards to the place you’ll be staying at. You could acquire a Travel Authority pass from the Municipal Hall or City Chief of Police for travel. Moreover, you need to accomplish the Medical Certificate and Barangay Certificate before you proceed to this requirement. 

  • Medical Certificate

You can acquire a medical certificate at the Municipal Health office of your local city hall. Processing time may vary per LGU. Allot a few days before your travel time to ensure that there would be no problems in terms of this requirement. 

  • PCR testing

A PCR test is considered the “gold-standard” when testing COVID-19; this test can detect COVID-19 infection; it will help prevent the spread of the virus and let the patient isolate early. You could get tested at an accredited clinic and COVID-19 Testing labs in your city. It costs from 4,000-13,000 pesos to get tested; the turnaround time may vary per clinic. 

Safety Travel Tips

  1. Opt for Travel Agencies - Working with Travel Agencies will ensure that your travel will be efficient. They are mostly updated with the safety protocols, travel requirements and other restrictions that need to be followed. They will serve as a guide for you and make the journey safer, even in other parts of the world. 
  2. Follow COVID-19 Guidelines- Wear a mask, keep an alcohol spray within your reach, and always practice social distancing. Be aware of your surroundings as always. 
  3. Before travelling to a place, research well and ensure that you’ve researched well enough about the rules and restrictions in that place, secure your documents, and double-check to ensure a smooth flow in your journey.
  4. Travel insurance- You could opt for travel insurance to cover hospital fees when you go abroad. 

During the Travel

Hotel guidelines

  • Online payment is highly encouraged to ensure efficiency and lessen contamination between travellers, hoteliers, and staff. 
  • A health declaration form will be allotted for the guests for their safety and contact-tracing. 
  • Body temperature scanners are available at every entrance and exit point of the hotel. Guests who have a higher temperature than 37.5 celsius may not be permitted to enter the establishment. 
  • There is strict observance of social distancing at all times, anywhere within the hotel/establishment premises. This is to follow the protocols given by the local government. 
  • Only 50% of the maximum capacity is allowed in establishments, which is for the safety of the people and making sure there is social distancing. 

Reminders while in public

  • Always follow social distancing guidelines, avoid crowded places or unsafe premises that may compromise your health. 
  • Bring alcohol at all times. 
  • Always wear your mask inside and outside the premises of an establishment. Your face shield should also cover your face at all times. 
  • Be reminded of the public protocols by reading guidelines and other informative materials set up by the visited establishment. 

After the Travel

  • Quarantine tips

Covid-19 spreads quickly, especially at a crowded place in a public setting. Being exposed to a COVID-19 patient may cause you to acquire the virus and can be deadly. There are protocols that you could follow if you suspect that you’ve been exposed to the virus. This will help mitigate the spread of the virus in your household. 

  • Quarantine

If you suspect that you were exposed to a person who tested positive with COVID-19, opt to quarantine. Stay at home and monitor your symptoms for 14 days. 

  • Isolation

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, isolate in one room in your own home to ensure that the virus won’t spread in your household. Stay away from the people you live with and minimize the interaction. Monitor your symptoms and get tested with a doctor’s discretion. 

  • Contact tracing policy

All passengers that will pass through the airport are now required to download Traze. Traze is a contact tracing app that is automated and unified. Before proceeding to the airport, passengers need to download this app first to ensure safe travels. Other LGUs have their specialized contact tracing units as well as health declaration forms. 

Travel policies may change quickly, so be sure to research, research, research. Double-check the rules and regulations to the city you’ll travel to and follow the given guidelines before any bookings. Moreover, this NEW NORMAL situation imposes to take these health guidelines more seriously while still promoting our tourism to boost our economy. 

General COVID-19 Protocols

COVID-19 virus spreads from an interaction of a person to another. In this pandemic, always be wary of your surroundings in order to keep yourself safe and healthy from this virus. Our responsibility as citizens is to help mitigate the spread of this virus by following these tips:

Safety Tips

Keeping yourself safe

  • Always observe at least 1-meter distance between you and other people. This is to maintain social distancing, especially in public places where you can acquire the virus in a close-contact situation.
  • The use of the mask is always a must! Masks are part of the “New Normal” today, the appropriate storage and disposal should be applied when using medical masks to make sure that it will be effective against the virus. 
  • Alcohol-based cleanser and the likes can be used to keep your hands clean. Clean your hands before and after you touch or remove your face mask to mitigate contamination.
  • Make sure your face mask covers your nose, lips and chin. 

Hygiene Basics

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. In the Philippines, it is a must to wear face masks with a face shield to avoid touching your face and also to avoid the risk of acquiring COVID-19. Do not forget these essentials even if it’s a quick errand from the outside!
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap & water can help disinfect the surfaces that others may have ouched. When in a public place, you can opt to use sanitizers if you need to touch something (ex. Metal knobs, elevator buttons, etc.)
  • Use sanitisers on your hands too, especially if you’ve touched a susceptible surface. 
  • Make sure to dispose of your masks and tissues that may contain your bodily fluids. Keep yourself safe and other people too. 

Safer Environment

  • If needed to meet-up with your acquaintances, prefer to do it with an outdoor setting. As compared to indoor gatherings, outdoor gatherings are much safer because the air is being circulated well. 
  • Remember the 3C’s: Closed, crowded and close contact. Always avoid these 3C’s when going outside or choosing an establishment to dine in or meet with your friends. 

Assessing oneself

  • Educate yourself with the symptoms of COVID-19. Acquiring the virus will give you the symptoms of dry cough, fever and fatigue. You may also experience loss of taste or smell, body pains, headaches, rashes, red eyes, etc. 
  • If you suspect that you’ve been exposed to the virus, quarantine yourself in 14 days or until you get medically tested. 
  • Seek medical attention immediately if you are having the symptoms above.
  • Be alert and be wary of the latest news about COVID-19 virus.

Debunking Myths of COVID-19

FACT: Shoes are unlikely to spread the COVID-19 Virus

COVID-19 virus being spread with shoes are unlikely very low. For preventative measures, a disinfectant mat may be used to mitigate the spread of the virus further. You may also opt to leave your shoes near the entrance when entering the household. When coming from public spaces, clean your shoes thoroughly after running errands. 

MYTH: Vitamins and other supplements can cure COVID-19

Vitamins and supplements like Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin D, etc. may help strengthen your immune system but will not entirely cure you of COVID-19 Virus. They play an essential role in your health, so be sure to take supplements much, especially at these trying times. 

MYTH: Wearing a mask while exercising is a must

Although wearing a mask is a must when going outdoors, wearing a mask while exercising may hinder the ability to breathe correctly. Moreover, sweat may quickly wet the mask and keep it susceptible to more microorganisms that may harm people. The way to exercise is to keep distance between yourself from other people, and you may opt to exercise outdoors or in an open space. Avoid going to gyms that allow close contact with other people. Follow the protocols and be wary of your surroundings always. 

FACT: Bacteria do not cause the Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease

Coronaviridae is a virus that causes COVID-19 disease. With this information, may we educate ourselves with the right treatment and precautions in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease. Do not opt to buy antibiotics to self-medicate, and it may cause further harm to your health. When you’re experiencing one of the symptoms of COVID-19, seek medical help as soon as possible and self-isolate. 

FACT: Most people who acquire from COVID-19 recover

People who have mild to moderate symptoms recover from COVID-19 usually, but of course, medical attention should also be sought. If you’re experiencing the symptoms early, consult with your doctor immediately and opt to self-isolate to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in your household. Eat healthy food, rest,  and drinking vitamins should be included in your routine. Moreover, don’t forget your mask, hand sanitizer and follow other precautions to protect yourself in this pandemic. 

Small gatherings

According to WHO (World Health Organization), a risk-based approach should always be applied no matter how small a gathering is. Moreover, always stay safe by following your local government’s precautions and rules, especially in having a small gathering in your community. Physical distancing and wearing of masks should be observed, as well as well-ventilated areas if a small gathering would commence in an area. 

Attending a small gathering

  • Maintain 1-meter physical distancing from yourself and others. If the distance is not guaranteed, wear a mask and face shield to protect yourself from acquiring the disease. 
  • If you feel unwell and already suspected of COVID-19 disease, protect yourself and others by staying at home and getting a medical professional’s attention. At these trying times, assess yourself and look out for susceptible reasons of having COVID-19. 
  • Check the local regulations at your area, research about the maximum capacity of a place you’re going to. 

Setting up a small gathering

  • Before planning your small gathering, check the local guidelines first. If you could opt for swab testing, do so to ensure that your guests are 100% COVID-19 free.
  • As the event starts, brief guidelines will remind the protocols to ensure that everyone will be safe. Remind them every moment or so. 
  • Assign a designated place for hand-washing and other cleansing means. You could also place alcohol tubs for your guests. 

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Where and How To Share Your Travel Experience

Your interest in travelling most likely came from an interaction with a traveller’s personal account of his/her exciting travel experience. It may also come from an eye-candy post of a tempting travel destination that you just can’t resist. Whatever the case is, the ability to invite more travellers to join this way of life has never been easier with the rise of popular social media sites ready to cater your next adventure. If you want to share your travel experience, lose the doubts for it is an enjoyable accolade to your travels to have the ability to share this experience.

Aside from the clout you may get online, travellers opt to share their content because of its potential to sustain their lifestyle. Yes, you got it right, travelling can almost be done for free if you have what it takes to share entertaining memoirs of your adventure. By constantly working on your chosen sites with a generous delivery of information-packed recollection of your travel experience, you can make the most out of your next journey. Consider these guides to have a stress-free sharing of your memorable trips soon.

  • Familiarize Yourself with Social Media Sites

There are travellers who wish to monetize their travelling experience and there are others who wish to commit to sharing their adventure for the sake of maintaining a creative outlet for themselves – either way, there are a lot of popular social media sites that can cater to both at the same time. If you are a fan of these types of content creators, you can see a similar narrative of their experiences. By a generous uploading of their vlogs, write-ups, and photos, they are able to maintain engagements. Who says you can’t do that too!

If your interest is to write blogs about your travels, you can earn from your contents by engaging in an affiliate partnership with sites or your accommodations. Of course, make sure to promote services that you truly love and use yourself. Recently, a huge wave of travelling gurus ventured into popular media-sharing site, TikTok. With just a phone plus a charming personality, you can gain a huge following just for sharing your travel experience – and no sooner, the ad platform will support you financially. This is also attainable with Instagram, Facebook, and many more.

  • Prioritize Safety Over Content

As part of the Buenbyahe’s Way, we urge travellers to prioritize their personal safety before anything else. Aspiring-daredevils focus way too much in hyping up their content by engaging in dangerous or risky activities. One wrong slip, one careless mistake can cause harm to yourself or your companions. It is possible to experience the fun in your travels all the while staying safe. This precaution includes a proper choosing of your travel safety.

In our commitment to maintain a Buenbyahe Safe Travel, we have an array of protocols and established partnerships with drivers and services that seeks to deliver safety and comfort at the same time. Guided by local government protocols and disinfecting measures, our team can assure you that while you travel, these necessary processes are observed. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the moment – we got your back.

  • Invest in Reliable Gear

Whether your ideal content is a 16:9 photo for your IG story or a satisfying b-roll of your travel destinations, you cannot commit to sharing your experiences without the help of a personal gear. This gear can be as simple as your trusted smartphone with post-editing capabilities, or a mirrorless camera able to take pictures and videos with a simple click of the shutter. Take note that with travelling, it is better to bring small, compact gadgets suitable for easy yet clear documentation of your experiences. Add to the roster of your kit are extra batteries to avoid being powerless at the face of instagrammable events.

If your photography and editing skills are novice, don’t fret for these skills sure do take time and commitment to master. Prioritize understanding your available gear to utilize its full potential. In sharing your travels it is okay to settle on the simplest content at first before trying hard in creating fancy footage of your adventure. Remember that it’s the trip that counts anyway, engagements will follow real soon if you stick to your craft.

  • Document the Parts that Matter

Once you have your gear ready, don’t get too invested in capturing every second of your trip. Stick to your ideal content and goals so that every travelling adventure will remain to be a personal, fun experience for you and your company. Of course nobody wants to be that person who whips out their favourite camera to shoot every moment possible as it can be a bit annoying for other travellers like yourself.

Documenting helps keep a personal recollection of your trip for the future. Not only that, with the information you can gather, you might just be able to assist future byaheros in their next trip. By capturing notable moments you can highlight parts of your trip where viewers or readers might get confused in the future if they decided to experience the same tour. In case your following have any questions, you can easily review what you covered to answer their queries concisely.

  • Build relationships with Travel Communities

With a growing community of travellers who are familiar with the Buenbyahe’s commitment to provide convenience and safety for their travels, you are one step ahead to building a relationship with a family that like you, considers travelling as a way of life. This is important to make sure that you are making the right decisions when embarking on a trip. Additionally, with a group whose interests are catered with hospitality and trust, you have people to share your experiences with. Who knows? Your next travel buddy might just be interested in creating friendship over wonderful and exciting journeys.

  • Let Buenbyahe Know and Get Rewards

Travelling is also about connecting with the world around you. With our Community Ambassador program, you now have a platform to share the hidden gems you have unlocked and let others bask in the exciting destinations as well. The best part is, we will give you rewards for every cool location, experience, and information that you can provide. It’s truly a win-win situation, isn’t it?

It is no secret that in every travelling experience a story, an exciting escapade awaits. By sharing these instances using your personal blogs or accounts, you are showing to the world a wonderful figment of the fun in embarking journeys locally or abroad. Just remember that enjoying the experience fully can help you tread wonderful stories to share. Next time that you’re on a trip, consider these tips coupled with the goal of having fun and relaxation – soon, your travels will get the attention it deserves!

What to Do After Travelling During the Pandemic

Months of being cooped up in our homes can only burden the load of our work stress and deadlines. With the recent ease of travel restrictions, the opportunity to travel can now be put into a reality. It took some time for the tourism industry to create necessary adjustments to revitalize the travel business. Luckily, several tourist destinations reopened for local travels as long as they follow health and safety protocols in their accommodation establishments, tourist sites, and land transport services. This means that your dream trips going to Batangas, Palawan, Ilocos Norte and more can be fully realized!

What comes after travelling is the tricky part. Sure, there may be a lot to consider before embarking on a trip with the preparation of your accommodation and budgeting of your expenses. But with the health risks involved before joining your family and friends after a travelling experience, it is better to be safe than sorry. From departure to adhering to your communities’ local procedures, it is a sweat to handle these affairs. Nonetheless, here’s a helpful guide on what to do from the get-go to the home sweet home.

  • Leave no essentials behind

It is a general rule of thumb to always try to pack lightly. This is rather difficult for those who are fond of bringing home souvenirs for their loved ones. But with the current COVID-19 situation, it is much better to consider bringing home a bag full of essentials rather than multiple luggage of unnecessary stuff. With packing lightly, make sure to write a checklist of items you want to bring home with you. This includes your gears and gadgets, your clothes, necessary documents, and most importantly, your sanitizing or disinfecting kit. Putting emphasis on the last few items is a must as the journey home will be filled with stops and checkpoints.

For a couple of times, depending on the duration of your travels, you will need to sanitize your belongings so that you might lessen the risk of contracting the virus on the way home. If your trip consists of lay-overs, it is safer to bring an extra set of non-reusable face masks to keep you feeling fresh and comfortable for the long hours of idle time.

  • Book your trip home in advance

Rather than planning your way home while on the trip, it can save more of your precious time to book your trip home at least 5 days prior to your departure. The recent adjustments on travelling can cause irregular routes or different drop-off points that are sure hard to navigate especially if you are on your own. To avoid confusion and delays, having a back-up plan to ease your travel is the safest way to go. Check out ride-hailing sites available in your community. It is also helpful to take note of the special deals available to save money as these rides can be really costly. To check for abrupt cancellations, visit the sites of your transport service and contact the necessary information with regards to fare, routes, and protocols.

  • Brief yourself on community protocols

Part of the pandemic stress is the difficulty in entering establishments and the lack of a speedy system for transactions leading to cooped up venues and waiting areas. The journey home with talks of delay and confusion is not the ideal way to cap a relaxing travel experience. To handle this situation, make sure that you are aware of the local community safety protocols in your area.

This predicament can be managed with the availability of your documents upon entering your hometown. Even though the goal of the DOH is to ensure that the entire nation can be categorized under MGCQ on the first quarter of this year, up to now different areas in the Philippines vary in quarantine restrictions so it is best to keep an eye on the news as to what category your hometown is in.

  • Secure a RT-PCR test

There are many benefits to having yourself tested for COVID-19 as soon as your travel ends. Aside from the possible early identification of the virus in your system, having one can comfort your family or friends before meeting them again once you get home. The certification is also useful during travels for emergency purposes where having a recent negative testing can rid you or your company with stressful delays.

Pro-tip: If you want to save money from costly testing expenses, check out the Tourism Promotion Board Philippines’ subsidy application form at (www.tpb.gov.ph/rtpcrphtravel) to avail a 50% subsidy for qualified domestic tourists. However, once approved these are only available on two testing locations so far: UP-Philippine General Hospital in Manila and the Philippine Children’s Medical Center in Quezon City.

  • Rest in self-quarantine

If you are an avid traveller, this might be the least of your priorities. Some just can’t get enough of the outdoors that as soon as they get home their thought get riddled with, “where to next?” However, this underrated tip can be very useful to help your body build up its immunity before being exposed again in your travels. Resting in self-quarantine also provides a relaxing headspace free of risks and worries not only for yourself but also for your loved ones. This is a practice maintained by TikTok’s @travelling_atty. In a conversation with our team, he said that ‘last Christmas I took a swab test and underwent quarantine (no travels in the meantime) – so my family could be assured that when I visited them, I am pretty much cleared.” By committing to a disciplined self-quarantine for a couple of days you can avoid the risk of contracting or spreading the virus in your community. Take some time off and you can gear yourself for the next adventure that awaits!

You may also make use of Buenbyahe’s reliable roster of government-accredited rooms and stays as a quarantine facility. Because who says you cannot quarantine in style?

Once your tour has concluded and it is time to embark on the journey home, you can assure a worry-free and safe travel with these guides in mind. At the end of every wonderful travelling experience during the pandemic, nothing beats the comfort of having an assurance that you remain safe and free from the virus.

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Manila

Your safety is our top priority. In order to ensure that you get the best accomodation and protecton, here are the BOQ-Approved Quarantine Hotels in Manila:

  1. Sofitel Philippine Plaza
  2. Manila Hotel
  3. Manila Prince Hotel
  4. Manila Grand Opera Hotel
  5. Go Hotel Ermita
  6. Rizal Park Hotel
  7. Red Planet Mabini 
  8. Go Hotel, Otis
  9. Eurotel, Pedro Gil
  10. Amelie Hotel Manila
  11. Ramada Manila Central
  12. The Bayleaf, Intramuros
  13. Bayview Park Hotel Manila
  14. Lucky Chinatown Hotel
  15. Aloha Hotel
  16. H2O Hotel
  17. Citystate Tower Hotel Manila
  18. Cosmo Hotel and Studio Suites Espana
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Makati

Your safety is our top priority. In order to ensure that you get the best accomodation and protecton, here are the BOQ-Approved Quarantine Hotels in Makati:

  1. Dusit Thani Hotel – Makati
  2. Holiday Inn and Suites – Makati
  3. Seda Residences, Makati
  4. Red Planet Hotel, Makati
  5. 1898 Hotel Colonia – Makati
  6. The Sphere Residences – Makati 
  7. The Charter House – Makati
  8. Royal Bellagio Hotel – Makati
  9. Nest Nano Suites – Makati
  10. Ritz Astor Hotel – Makati
  11. Crown Regency HotelMakati
  12. Privato Hotel, Makati
  13. Hotel Celeste, Makati
  14. Astoria, Greenbelt
  15. Eurotel, Makati
  16. El Cielito Hotel Makati 
  17. Somerset Olympia Makati
  18. E-Hotel Makati 
  19. Picasso Hotel – Makati
  20. Raffles and Fairmont Hotel, Makati
  21. Makati Valero Grand Suites
  22. Discovery Primea Hotel – Makati 
  23. City Garden Grand Hotel – Makati |CAO revoked by DOT
  24. City Garden Hotel – Makati
  25. Ascott Makati
  26. Lourdes Suites Makati 
  27. MAXX Hotel Makati 
  28. Tiara Oriental Hotel 
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Mandaluyong

Your safety is our top priority. In order to ensure that you get the best accomodation and protecton, here are the BOQ-Approved Quarantine Hotels in Mandaluyong:

  1. Buenbyahe hotel and rooms, EDSA Mandaluyong
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Pasay (NEAR NAIA)

Your safety is our top priority. In order to ensure that you get the best accomodation and protecton, here are the BOQ-Approved Quarantine Hotels in Pasay:

  1. Savoy Hotel, Manila
  2. Belmont Hotel, Manila 
  3. Marriott Hotel, Manila
  4. Conrad Hotel
  5. Sogo Roxas Boulevard
  6. Networld Hotel
  7. Hotel Jen 
  8. The Courtyard Hotel Pasay
  9. The Henry Hotel Manila
  10. Asiatel
  11. TRYP MoA Pasay
  12. Microtel Wyndham, MoA
  13. Citadines, Manila Bay 
  14. Midas Hotel 
  15. The Heritage Hotel Pasay
  16. Golden Phoenix Hotel, Macapagal
  17. Kabayan Hotel (Building A)
  18. Pinoy Pamilya Hotel
  19. Selah Lofts Pasay 
  20. Selah Pods Pasay 
  21. The Selah Garden Hotel
  22. Copacabana, Edsa Pasay
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Parañaque

Your safety is our top priority. In order to ensure that you get the best accomodation and protecton, here are the BOQ-Approved Quarantine Hotels in Parañaque:

  1. Go Hotels Airport
  2. Sequioa Hotel Manila Bay
  3. Nichols Airport Hotel
  4. Red Planet ASEANA
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Quezon City

Your safety is our top priority. In order to ensure that you get the best accomodation and protecton, here are the BOQ-Approved Quarantine Hotels in Quezon City:

  1. Park Inn by Radisson North Edsa
  2. Seda Vertis North
  3. Go Hotels Timog
  4. Go Hotels North, Edsa 
  5. Sequioa Hotel QC 
  6. Hotel Rembrandt QC 
  7. Summit Hotel, QC 
  8. Hive Hotel, QC 
  9. Cocoon Hotel QC 
  10. Privato Hotel, QC
  11. Novotel Cubao 
  12. Wow Hotel Aurora Cubao
  13. Microtel – UP Technohub 
  14. Microtel – Libis, Quezon City
  15. Winter Hotel Benitez Cubao 
  16. B Hotel – Quezon City
  17. Casa Pura Inn and Suites Quezon City
  18. Madison 101 Hotel and Tower, New Manila
  19. Myplace
  20. Red Planet, Aurora Blvd.
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NCR- National Capital Region

Region Overview:

The National Capital Region is also known as Metropolitan Manila and is known as being the capital of the Philippines. It is located in the southwestern portion of Luzon. This region is composed of 16 cities namely:

  • Manila
  • Caloocan’
  • Las Piñas
  • Makati
  • Malabon
  • Mandaluyong
  • Marikina
  • Muntinlupa
  • Navotas
  • Pasay
  • Pasig
  • Paranaque
  • Quezon City
  • San Juan
  • Taguig
  • Valenzuela
  • Pateros

Notable Landmarks in the Region:

  • Manila Cathedral

The city's grand cathedral was built in 1951, but it stands on the site of five former churches, the first of which was built in 1581. All five successors met with tragedy, with earthquakes, explosions, and conflict among the causes of their downfall. The present structure is a beautiful Romanesque structure.

Location: Beaterio St, Cabildo St, Intramuros, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila

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  • Fort Santiago

Fort Santiago, which dates back to 1571 and was built during the country's time of Spanish colonization. This place is also an interesting landmark because of the various exhibits that you will witness here.

Location: Intramuros, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila

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  • Bonifacio Global City

Bonifacio Global City is a commercial center renowned for glamourous retail centers such as Bonifacio High Street, which are lined with international retailers and flagship shops. Cocktail bars, trendy cafes, and mainstream nightclubs coexist with upscale foreign restaurants.

Location: Taguig

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COVID 19 Guidelines in the Region

In accordance with IATF’s response in mitigating the spread of Covid-19 disease, they work hand-in-hand with the local government in each city of NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION. Strict health protocols like maintaining social distancing and wearing face masks and shields should always be observed. Keep in mind that each region has a set of protocols to follow and some updates are linked down below:

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Featured Top Tourist Spots

The National Capital Region is the center for educational, social, and business districts. It boasts heavenly skyscrapers, vibrant nightlife, and historical landmarks that depict the region at its prime. Here in Metro Manila, you’ll get the best of both worlds in terms of modern and antique landmarks.

  • San Agustin Church

The city's oldest church, which was built in 1606 and is located in the city's Intramuros neighborhood. This church is one of the city's most popular tourist destinations. San Agustin Church has been amazingly well maintained, having survived the Japanese occupation totally undamaged. The Philippines‘ most remarkable pieces of colonial religious art are stored in a gallery next to the main church complex.

  • Rizal Park

Rizal Park, a historical landmark in Manila, is situated in the heart of the city. The park is devoted to Jose Rizal, a national hero of the Philippines. Monuments, parks, large arenas, open-air concert halls, sound and light theaters, restaurants, food kiosks, playgrounds, and various fountains can all be found in Rizal Park.

  • Quiapo Church

Quiapo Church is one of Manila's most significant worship and historic sites. The Black Nazarene, a miraculous image of Christ and one of Manila's most well-known landmarks, is located in the church. Quiapo was the first to bring the life-size, ebony-sculpted model in 1767.

  • Binondo

Binondo is a bustling and historic neighborhood in Manila. It is the world's first Chinatown, having been founded in 1594. Binondo trips are pleasant, as are trips to other Chinatowns since the town is made up of small and lively alleys. There are several hole-in-the-wall eateries, conventional bakeries, and low-cost streetside stores. Guided food and walking tours in Binondo are among the best ways to appreciate its beauty.

  • Poblacion, Makati

Makati's old downtown area (Poblacion) is one of Metro Manila's central business districts, as well as the city's center of administration, arts, heritage, and entertainment. The business district bounded by Polaris Lane, P. Burgos Street, and Makati Avenue is a major entertainment and dining option for global visitors and expats.

Things to Do in the Region

Sun and Beach

  • Edsa Shangri-La
  • Azumi Boutique Hotel

Nature

  • Ninoy Aquino Wildlife Center
  • Ark Avilon Zoo
  • Malabon Zoo
  • Manila Ocean Park

Adventure

  • Bambike Ecotours
  • Club Intramuros Golf Course
  • Malacanang Tour
  • Lakbay Museo

Food and Hospitality

  • BlackBird Makati
  • Cafe Ilang-Ilang
  • The Good Tapa
  • Waterside Latin Inspired Restaurant
  • Ying-ying Tea House

Events and Culture

  • University of the Philippines Fair (February 15 to 19)
  • Bamboo Organ Festival (February 17 to 23)
  • Flores de Mayo (May)
  • The Feast Day of San Juan (June 24)
  • La Naval (Second Sunday of October)

Where to stay

  • Seda Vertis North
  • The Peninsula Makati
  • Okada Manila
  • Shangri-La at the Fort
  • Conrad Manila
CAR - Cordillera Administrative Region

Region Overview:

Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), also known as Cordillera Region, is an administrative region in the Philippines. It encompasses the vastly mountainous part of Luzon and is composed of the following provinces:

  • Abra
  • Apayao
  • Benguet
  • Ifugao
  • Kalinga
  • Mountain Province

Notable Landmarks in the Region:

  • Session Road

Session Road is in the heart of Baguio City, everyone who visits this beautiful and historical area will pass through this iconic road.

Location:   Baguio, Benguet

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  • Mines View Observation Deck

Mines View Park is an overlooking park on the northeastern outskirts of Baguio. It is five kilometers away from the Heart of Baguio, passing through the Botanical Garden, the Mansion House, Wright Park, and the Pacdal Circle.

Location:  Baguio, Benguet

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  • Lion’s Head

The Lions Head is a statue along Kennon Road which is the major highway that leads to the city of Baguio. It is located at Camp 6, and measures 40 ft in height.

Location: Baguio, Benguet

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COVID 19 Guidelines in the Region

In order to help boost the tourism and economy of this region, the local government of each province has allowed travelling to their beautiful destinations. However, keep in mind that there are protocols to follow as provided in the link below:

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Featured Top Tourist Spots

The Cordillera Region is known for its rich mineral deposits, such as gold and copper found in the mineral belt traversing the entire mountain region. But they are also rich in beautiful destinations. Here are some of the must-see places from Cordillera Administrative Region:

  • Camp John Hay - This popular destination is loved for offering a relaxing tour despite the bustling city life in Baguio. With so many things to do here, you will want to spend the night in the luxurious Manor Hotel or in the picturesque Forest Lodge.
  • La Trinidad Strawberry Fields - A trip to Baguio is simply not complete without a visit to the IG-worthy strawberry fields.
  • Banaue Rice Terraces - The Banaue Rice Terraces are terraces that were carved into the mountains of Banaue and is one of the Eight Wonders of the World.
  • Sumaguing Cave - This is a beautifully preserved location and is the home to the largest natural chambers and rock formations built over the years.

Things to Do in the Region

Nature

  • Batad Rice Terraces
  • Guihob Natural Pool
  • Lumiang Cave
  • Bomod-Ok (Big) Falls
  • The Hanging Coffins Of Sagada

Adventure

  • Diplomat Hotel
  • Tam-an Village
  • Burnham Park
  • Bell Church
  • Echo Valley

Food and Hospitality

  • Chef’s Home
  • The Barn
  • Grümpy Joe
  • Hill Station
  • Cafe by the Ruins

Events and Culture

  • Ullalim Festival (February 14 to February 18)
  • Lang-ay Festival (April 1 to April 7)
  • Tabuk Matagoan Festival (June 24 to June 26)

Where to Stay

Here are out top hotels for this region:

  • 456 Hotel
  • G1 Lodge
  • Venus Parkview Hotel
  • Grand Sierra Pines
  • Hotel Elizabeth
Region I - Ilocos Region

Region Overview:

Region I is also known as the Ilocos Region. It encompasses the northwestern coast of Luzon island and it composed of the following provinces:

  • Ilocos Norte
  • Ilocos Sur
  • La Union
  • Pangasinan

Notable Landmarks in the Region:

  • Macho Temple

This beautiful temple was established in 1977 and is nestled atop a hill overlooking the beautiful San Fernando Bay in order to honor the Chinese sea-goddess, Mazu.

Location: San Fernando La Union

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  • Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

Also known as Burgos Lighthouse, this cultural heritage structure was established during the Spanish colonization in the Philippines and is dubbed as the highest lighthouse in elevation in that era.

Location: Burgos, Ilocos Norte

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  • Padre Burgos House

This museum is the ancestral house and birthplace of priest patriot Fr. Jose Burgos who is known as one of the martyr priests who were notable in the revolution against the Spanish colonizers.

Location: Vigan, Ilocos Sur

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COVID 19 Guidelines in the Region

In order to help boost the tourism and economy of this region, the local government of each province has allowed travelling to their beautiful destinations. However, keep in mind that there are protocols to follow as provided in the link below:

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Featured Top Tourist Spots

There are a lot of things to explore in this region like its historic sites, beaches and well-preserved Spanish colonial cities. Here are some of the must-see places from Ilocos Region:

  • Pagudpud Beaches - This beautiful destination is definitely one of the finest beaches in the Philippines. With its white sandy shores, beautiful coconut palm trees, and fresh air, it is no wonder that people love visiting this spot.
  • Calle Crisologo, Vigan - This is definitely a tourist magnet as Calle Crisologo if filled with Spanish-style infrastructure that can make you feel like you have entered a different era. The streets are also filled with memorabilias of the prosperous lifestyle during the colonization due to the Manila-Acapulco trade.
  • Luna Pebble Beach - This breathtaking destination is located at the beach front of Bahay Na Bato. Most noted as a section of coastline covered in vibrant blue waters and powerful waves, it is truly a great spot for surfers.
  • Hundred Islands National Park - This park is the first national park and has been a go-to destination for all types of travellers. It is truly one of a kind with a total of 124 islands scattered all over the Lingayen Gulf.

Things to Do in the Region

Sun and Beach

  • Patar Beach
  • Saud Beach
  • Tondol Beach
  • Tondaligan Beach
  • Bonuan Blue Beach

Nature

  • Mt. Palemlem
  • Mt. Sicapoo
  • Mts. Simagaysay - Tumarid Traverse
  • Tirad Pass / Traverse
  • Tirad Peak

Adventure

  • Baluarte ni Chavit
  • Bangui Windmills
  • Bell Tower Bantay, Ilocos Sur
  • Paoay Sand Dunes
  • Malacanang of the North

Food, and Hospitality

  • BergBlick Restaurant
  • Saramsam Ylocano
  • Teblong Restaurant
  • Calle Brewery
  • Gefseis Greek Grill

Events and Culture

  • Bacarra: Bac-bacarra Festival (November 23 to December 1)
  • Paoay: Guling-guling Festival (Tuesday before the Ash Wednesday)
  • Laoag City: Pamulinawen Festival (February 1 to February 10)
  • Pinili: Bawang Festival (October 16 to October 26)
  • Batac City: Empanada Festival (June 23)

Where to Stay

Here are out top hotels for this region:

  • Paradores de Vigan
  • The Monarch Hotel
  • The Escape San Juan
  • Kabaleyan Cove Resort
  • Rustic Crown Hotel
Region II - Cagayan Valley

Region Overview:

Region II is also known as the Cagayan Valley. It northeastern section of Luzon Island and it composed of the following provinces:

  • Batanes
  • Cagayan
  • Isabela
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Quirino

Notable Landmarks in the Region:

  • Basco Lighthouse

Tourists will be greeted by lush green hills and the open sea that provides a beautiful backdrop for the historical Basco Lighthouse.

Location: Basco, Batanes

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  • Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

Also known as Faro de Cabo Engaño, Cape Engaño Lighthouse is a historic lighthouse situated atop the summit of a hill during the Spanish era in the Philippines in order to serve as a guide for incoming vessels coming from the Pacific Ocean.

Location: Santa Ana, Cagayan

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  • Tuguegarao Cathedral

Tugegarao Cathedral has a formal name which is Saints Peter and Paul Metropolitan Cathedral, but locals simply refer to it as katidral. It was built by the Dominicans in 1761 and it took seven long years before it was completed.

Location: Tuguegarao, Cagayan

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COVID 19 Guidelines in the Region

In order to help boost the tourism and economy of this region during the pandemic, tourism has been reopened. However, keep in mind that there are protocols to follow as mandated by the local government unit of each province.

Featured Top Tourist Spots

This region is dubbed as the Land of Smiling Beauty. With many of their breathtaking spots, we cannot help but agree that it deserves its name. Here are some of the must-see places from Cagayan Valley:

  • Batan Island - Batan Island is the main island of Batanes and is famous for its 20-kilometer long beautiful island that encompasses four of the six municipalities in the province.
  • Calayan Beach - With its roaring waves, ragged coastline, verdant hills, idyllic beaches, and wonderful scenery, Calayan Beach will surely win your heart.
  • San Mariano Crocodile Sanctuary - Cozy up with the world’s rarest crocodiles and other reptiles amidst the footsteps of Sierra Madre when you embark on an adventure at San Marino Crocodile Sanctuary.
  • Mt Pulag National Park - Stand on the highest peak of Luzon when you hike up the terrains of Mt. Pulag.
  • Dionuan Falls - Dionuan Falls is easier and nearer to reach compared to the other falls in the area, but it is nothing short of being spectacular and scenic.

Things to Do in the Region

Sun and Beach

  • Santa Ana Beach
  • Palaui Island
  • Sabtang Beach
  • Nangaramoan Beach
  • Sentinela Cove

Nature

  • Marlboro Hills
  • Echague Trails
  • Palaui Island Trails
  • Mt. Pulag
  • Lower Magat Eco Tourism Park

Adventure

  • Governor’s Rapids
  • Callao Cave
  • Vayang Rolling Hills
  • Valugan Boulder Beach
  • Rakuh a Payaman

Food, and Hospitality

  • Crown Restaurant
  • Adrinel’s Barbeque Corner
  • Mrs. Baker’s Restaurant and Pastry Shop
  • Kabayan Grill
  • Aling Luring’s Goto and Serkele

Events and Culture

  • Vakul-Kanayi Festival (April 25 to April 27)
  • Cabibi Festival (August 1 to August 4)
  • Bambati Festival (4th Week of January)
  • Ammungan Festival (May 21 to May 25)
  • Panagdadapun Festival (September 6 to September 10)

Where to Stay

Here are out top hotels for this region:

  • Holiday Plaza Hotel
  • Las Palmas de San Jose Leisure Club
  • Mango Suites
  • Taj Hotel
  • Country Inn Hotel And Restaurant
Region III - Central Luzon

Region Overview:

Region III is also known as the Ilocos Central Luzon. It is the home of the vast central plains of the island of Luzon and is composed of the following provinces:

  • Aurora
  • Bataan
  • Bulacan
  • Pampanga
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Tarlac
  • Zambales

Notable Landmarks in the Region:

  • Nayong Pilipino

The Nayong Pilipino Clark is a cultural theme park that proudly feature the rich heritage and culture of the Filipinos and their country.

Location: Mabalacat, Pampanga

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  • Monasterio de Tarlac

Monasterio de Tarlac is a monastery on top of Mount Resurrection and is famous for its gigantic and beautiful sculpture of Jesus Christ.

Location: San Jose, Tarlac

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  • Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes

Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes is a widely celebrated and serene landmark to the Virgin Mary that attracts religious devotees and pilgrimages from all over the world.

Location: San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan

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COVID 19 Guidelines in the Region

In order to help boost the tourism and economy of this region during the pandemic, tourism has been reopened. However, keep in mind that there are protocols to follow as mandated by the local government unit of each province.

Featured Top Tourist Spots

Central Luzon is also famous for its food as it is the country's largest rice producer, but this place is also filled with many beautiful destinations. Here are some of the must-see places from Central Luzon:

  • Baler - It’s loved by many for its beautiful palm trees and majestic mountains that can be found off in the distance.
  • Mount Pinatubo - Mt. Pinatubo is surely one of the most spectacular natural sights in the country as it has been formed by many eruptions that has only made it even more beautiful and unique.
  • Mount Samat National Shrine - This very important landmark with an impressive cross shine was built to honor and remember the brave Filipino and American soldiers who fought in the Second World War.
  • Corregidor Island - Corregidor Island is a place that has seen many victories and losses throughout history as it was erected to protect the Philippines’s capital during the Second World War.

Things to Do in the Region:

Sun and Beach

  • Anawangin Cove
  • Sabang Beach
  • All Hands Beach
  • Dinadiawan Beach
  • Digisit Beach

Nature

  • Mt. Arayat
  • Mt. Balingkilat
  • Mt. Cinco Picos
  • Mt. Damas
  • Mt. Manalmon

Adventure

  • Ocean Adventure, Subic Bay
  • Sky Ranch Pampanga
  • Zoobic Safari
  • Aqua Planet
  • Dinosaurs Island

Food and Hospitality

  • Kokomo's Restaurant and Bar
  • Dampa sa Tarlac
  • The Blue Rock Restaurant
  • Lamarang Restaurant
  • Carmen's Restaurant

Events and Culture

  • Sinukwan Festival (November 23 to November 30)
  • Makatapak Festival (November 19)
  • Olongapo Mardi Gras (February 16)
  • Obando Festival (May 17 to May 19)
  • Dinamulag Festival (April 4 to April 8)

Where to Stay

Here are out top hotels for this region:

  • Park Inn by Radisson Clark
  • Court Meridian Hotel & Suites
  • Camayan Beach Resort
  • Prime Asia Hotel
  • Subic Park Hotel
  • Subic Park Hotel
Region IV-A Calabarzon

Region Overview:

Region IV-A is also known as CaLaBarZon and is located at the south­western part of the island of Luzon. This region is known for its great horizons, astounding beaches, and hospitable citizens. This region is composed of these provinces:

  • Cavite
  • Laguna
  • Batangas
  • Rizal
  • Quezon

Notable Landmarks in the Region:

  • Mount Daraitan & Tinipak River

Mount Daraitan & Tinipak River is famous for its astounding sunset while overlooking the great view of the mountains. A river flowing from vast mountain formations and a natural cave is a hidden gem to be explored by travelers.

Location: Tinipak River, Tanay, Rizal

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  • The Pink Sisters Chapel & Convent

This serene chapel with a spiritual vibe is a top destination for Mass-goers and devotees of the Catholic Religion. Moreover, you could also meditate and say prayers for your loved ones, family and friends.

Location: 500 m meters away from Olivarez Center, Tagaytay, Luzon Philippines

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  • Enchanted Kingdom

Explore the magic and bring out your kid-at-heart self in the Enchanted Kingdom! It was recently opened and strict health protocols are observed at all times inside the Amusement Park. Enjoy the splash of waves in the Rio Grande and loop-de-loop in the Space Shuttle Rollercoaster.

Location: San Lorenzo Road Beside Ciudad de San Jose, Santa Rosa, Luzon 4026 Philippines

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  • Corregidor Island

This island is a symbolization of how we fought for our own freedom in the times of foreign colonization. Corregidor Island is located in Cavite City and can be seen as a museum with artifacts, information, and other exhibits that will educate and help you learn about our country’s remarkable history.

Location: Cavite City, Cavite

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COVID 19 Guidelines in the Region

In accordance with IATF’s response in mitigating the spread of Covid-19 disease, they work hand-in-hand with the local government in each region of CALABARZON. Strict health protocols like maintaining social distancing and wearing face masks and shields should always be observed. Keep in mind that each region has a set of protocols to follow and some updates are linked down below:

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Featured Top Tourist Spots

From fresh greeneries to crystal clear beaches and astounding rock formations, The Region IV-A or also known as Calabarzon has a lot to offer, Buenbyahe Travelers! Find these hidden gems as you explore these regions one by one, try to tick off some items in your bucket list. Here are must-visit spots in Region IV-A that is Buenbyahe Approved:

  • Pagsanjan Falls

The Pagsanjan Falls is one of the most famous waterfalls in the Philippines. It’s not surprising because it’s a top destination when you want to relax and swim while having great waterfalls to admire. Drive to Pagsanjan, Laguna, and your travel trip is surely worth it, Buenbyahe Travelers!

  • Masungi Georeserve

You don’t have to drive far away from the metro to see God’s greatest gift, which is our mother nature. Masungi Georeserve is for the brave hearts who are looking for a new adventure! Its name was derived from the word "masungki" which means "spiked" - a description for the sprawling limestone landscape found within the hidden gems of Rizal.

  • Hidden Valley Springs

Looking for a place to unwind and relax with your loved ones? Fret not! The Hidden Valley Springs is famous for its hot spring where you can lounge and experience tranquility. You should escape the city life sometimes and head over to see the nature here in Hidden Valley Springs.

  • Villa Escudero

Another hidden gem in the south! Region IV-A is really filled with tourist spots that you cannot miss to visit. The Villa Escudero is located in Tiaong, Quezon.

Things to Do in the Region

Sun and Beach

  • Puerto Azul Golf and Country Club
  • Matabungkay Beach
  • Balesin Island Club
  • Villa Filomena Natural Spring Resort
  • Club Balai Isabel

Nature

  • Lake Pandin
  • Tinipak River and Mount Daraitan
  • Mt. Batulao
  • Hinulugang Taktak
  • Mount Balagbag

Adventure

  • Mount Makiling
  • Masungi Georeserve
  • Batlag Falls
  • Corregidor Lighthouse
  • Lake Caliraya

Food and Hospitality

  • Balaw-Balaw Restaurant and Art Gallery
  • Asiong Cavitenong Restaurant
  • Breakfast at Antonio’s
  • Kamayan sa Palaisdaan
  • Kape Kesada

Events and Culture

  • Wagayway Festival (May 29, Imus, Cavite)
  • Pahiyas Festival (May 15, Lucban, Quezon)
  • Yamang Dagat Festival (April 23, Mabini, Batangas)
  • Higantes Festival (November 23, Angono, Rizal)
  • Anilag Festival (Second week of March, Santa Cruz, Laguna)

Where to stay

  • The Farm at San Benito
  • Hotel Kimberly Tagaytay
  • Seda Nuvali
  • Acquatico Beach Resort
  • Pico Sands Hotel
Region IV-B MIMAROPA

Region Overview:

Region IV-B is also known as MiMaRoPa and is known for its crystal clear waters, beautiful beaches, and rich history. It is located in southwestern Luzon and composed of islands. This region is composed of these provinces:

  • Mindoro (Occidental and Oriental Mindoro)
  • Marinduque
  • Romblon
  • Palawan

Notable Landmarks in the Region:

  • Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

With its intricate rock formations, crystal clear waters, and longest underground waterways—The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is hailed as one of the Seven Wonders of Nature and is also included as a World Heritage Site. If you haven’t visited this place, make sure you place it on the top 1 spot of your go-to bucket list!

Location: Puerto Princesa, Palawan

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  • Boac Cathedral

Revisiting the history of Marinduque, Boac Cathedral plays a vital role in this city’s history. With its ancient baroque architecture, it is evident that is well preserved. There is also an overlooking view because Boac Cathedral is placed in a hill setting.

Location: Boac, Marinduque Island Philippines

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  • Malcapuya Island

If you want to witness heaven on earth, Palawan is the place to go to. Malcapuya Island is one of the islands that is included in island hopping stops. Witness the clearest waters, diverse ecosystem, and a postcard-like view from this island. You surely won’t regret stopping by this island, This place is Buenbyahe Approved!

Location: Malcapuya Island, Palawan

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COVID 19 Guidelines in the Region

In accordance with IATF’s response in mitigating the spread of Covid-19 disease, they work hand-in-hand with the local government in each region of MIMAROPA. Strict health protocols like maintaining social distancing and wearing face masks and shields should always be observed. Keep in mind that each region has a set of protocols to follow and some updates are linked down below:

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Featured Top Tourist Spots

Region IV-B is not only known for the beautiful beaches of Palawan but also the astounding greeneries and natural formations in the other regions of Mimaropa like Mindoro, Romblon, and Marinduque. Explore and find the hidden gems in this region. The World is your oyster, Buenbyahe Traveler! Here are some destinations in Region IV-B that is Buenbyahe Approved:

  • Tres Reyes Marine Sanctuary

It truly is a snorkeling wonder in Marinduque! The Tres Reyes Marine Sanctuary is composed of three islands namely Melchor, Baltazar, and Gaspar. The latter is the biggest island you could explore. Get your snorkels ready and hop off these islands for a day filled with sand and crystal clear waters.

  • Mount Guiting-Guiting

Are you feeling adventurous? Get your athletic self ready and gear up for a day of hiking. Mount Giting-Giting is located in the province of Romblon. Did you know that it is the highest mountain in its province? There are also two trails for you to choose from, each will give you a different perspective of Romblon. When you reach the peak, you will be rewarded with a picture-perfect scene that you’ve earned!

  • Seven Commandos Beach

Seven Commandos is a famous stop when you go island hopping in Palawan. Its name was derived from the seven soldiers that got stuck on the island during World War II. With its clear waters, mountainous terrains, and clean white sand, The Seven Commandos is a stop that you cannot miss.

  • Bathala Cave

In region IV-A, lots of natural wonders like Bathala Cave are made for you to explore! The Bathala Cave is found in Marinduque and houses diverse stalactite formations that will leave you in awe. There are also bats and pythons inside the cave but no worries, your tour guide will lead you to the right path and will guide you to enjoy the cave.

Things to Do in the Region

Sun and Beach

  • Nacpan Beach
  • Las Cabanas Beach
  • Hidden Beach
  • Marimegmeg Beach
  • Duli Beach

Nature

  • Honda Bay
  • Kayangan Lake
  • Big Lagoon
  • Maquinit Hot Spring
  • Mt Tapyas

Adventure

  • Secret Lagoon
  • Ugong Rock
  • Fort San Andres
  • Freedom Eco Adventure Park
  • Food and Hospitality
  • Camalig Restaurant
  • Tamarind Restaurant
  • Bistro Coron
  • Nanay Goya’s Garden Restaurant
  • The Nesting Table

Events and Culture

  • Bila Bila Festival (Marinduque, December 8)
  • Baragatan Festival (Palawan, June 23)
  • Biniray Festival (Romblon, 2nd week of January)
  • Dugoy Festival (Occidental Mindoro, January 18)

Where to Stay

  • Nacpan Beach Glamping
  • Astoria Palawan
  • Buko Beach Resort
  • Charlie’s El Nido
  • Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa
Region V- Bicol Region

Region Overview:

Region V is also known as Bicol Region and is known for its crystal clear waters, beautiful beaches, and rich history. It is located in southmost part of Luzon. This region is composed of these provinces:

  • Albay
  • Camarines Norte
  • Camarines Sur
  • Sorsogon
  • Catanduanes
  • Masbate

Notable Landmarks in the Region:

  • Mayon Volcano

Mayon Volcano is hailed for its perfect shape that resembles a cone. It’s no wonder that it’s truly breathtaking. That’s why it’s alway flocked with tourist because this spot is a must-visit! Despite it’s destructiveness, tourists and locals still admire this God-given beauty and we must continue to  take care and appreciate it.

Location: Albay

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  • Caramoan Island

Maybe it’s time for you to bring out your survivor self? Survivor Philippines commenced in Caramoan Island, which introduced us to this pristine beach! With it’s fresh waters and clear white sand, it truly is heaven on earth. The Philippines has numerous beaches that are a must-visit and this is one of them. Pack your bags and get ready to swim, Buenyahe Travelers!

Location: Caramoan, Camarines Sur

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  • Binurong Point

God has really blessed us with beautiful beaches, mountainous terrains and astounding vistas like in Binurong Point. This tourist spot is known for its rolling hills and waves crashing by the grassy highlands in the area. Once you settle on a spot just to stare at horizon, you will feel the tranquility by yourself. It also gives an ambiance of being in Batanes, while still on a budget.

Location: Baras, Catanduanes

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COVID 19 Guidelines in the Region

In accordance with IATF’s response in mitigating the spread of Covid-19 disease, they work hand-in-hand with the local government in each region of Bicol. Strict health protocols like maintaining social distancing and wearing face masks and shields should always be observed. Keep in mind that each region has a set of protocols to follow and some updates are linked down below:

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Featured Top Tourist Spots

Bicol Region got it all for you! From adventure-seeking treks to witnessing a world-class mountain, you will not run out of things to do in the Bicol Region. Don’t forget to have a taste of their cuisine that will fill up your appetite, especially if you love spicy food. This region also provides a great history of our country. If you visit this place, be sure to appreciate every wonder of nature that can be found in this region. Here are the featured top tourist spots that are definitely Buenbyahe Approved:

  • Donsol Beach

Take a glimpse of the beauty in our freshwaters! For thrill-seekers out there, you cannot miss going to Donsol Beach. This place is a haven especially for people who like snorkelling and diving. Aside from its water activities, it is best known for giving you an experience with the whale sharks. It's definitely in one of our must-visit places!

  • Maribina Falls

Witnessing a marvelous waterfall after a hike is quite rewarding, right? Maribina Falls will surely take your tiredness away and leave you in awe because of the beautiful view it provides for the locals and tourists. Located in Catanduanes, this waterfall is one of the most accessible, making it easier to reach by rookie hikers. Maribina Falls is 5-6 meters high with lush greeneries that will soothe your soul.

  • Peñafrancia Basilica Minore

Peñafrancia Basilica Minore is one of Asia's most important Marian pilgrimage sites. This Naga City tourist attraction houses a 1710 sculpted portrait of the Virgin Mary.

  • Quitinday Underground River

There is an underwater river in the Philippines that is not only present in Palawan, but also in Bicol. The Quitinday Underwater River is a rare but spectacular Albay tourist attraction. Water intrusion produced the 150-meter-long cave. The rock formations, stalactites, and columns within will astound you. There's even a cliff nearby that's great for swimming.

Things to Do in the Region

Sun and Beach

  • Calaguas Island
  • Subic Beach
  • Talisoy Beach
  • Marilima Beach
  • Matukad Island

Nature

  • Sumlang Lake
  • Quitinday Green Hills Formation Reserve
  • Malabsay Falls
  • Panicuason Hot Spring Resort
  • Kawa Kawa Hill

Adventure

  • Mayon ATV Adventure
  • Carorian Islands
  • Cagraray Eco Energy Park
  • Vera Falls
  • Bulusan Lake

Food and Hospitality

  • Kinalasan ni Cho Amon
  • Chachi’s Kitchen
  • Balay sa Bikol
  • GEEWAN
  • Baracuda Seafood and Cocktail

Events and Culture

  • Magalleones Festival (July 9-16, Magallanes, Sorsogon)
  • Guinobatan Longganisa Festival (Guinobatan, Albay, August 5-15)
  • Pineapple Festival (Daet, Camarines Norte, 3rd week of June)
  • Catandungan Festival (Virac, Catanduanes, October 24)
  • Magayon Festival (May, Albay)

Where to Stay

  • Misibis Bay Resort
  • The Avenue Plaza Hotel
  • Villa Caceres Hotel
  • Hotel Venezia
  • Ticao Island Resort
Region VI- Western Visayas

Region Overview:

Western Visayas also known as Region VI, an administrative region situated in the western area of Visayas. It is composed of the following provinces:

  • Aklan
  • Antique
  • Capiz
  • Guimaras
  • Iloilo
  • Negros Occidental

Notable Landmarks in the Region:

  • Motag Living Museum

This museum was built in one hectare of land and is a home to hospitable residents that also serve as hosts and performers. The museum aims to remind visitors of what the island was known for. It was a main producer of tobacco, kopra, rice and salted fish. When the kopra trade was halted, they built the museum as an alternative livelihood for themselves.

Location: Brgy. Motag, Malay, Aklan

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  • Manuel Roxas Shrine

This is the ancestral house of the last President of the Commonwealth and the first President of the Republic of the Philippines. This is located in downtown Roxas City, the capital of Capiz. This well-preserved home of the former President is a National Historical Shrine.

Location: Roxas City, Capiz

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  • The Ruins

It was the remains of a grand mansion owned by Don Mariano Lacson and was given as a gift to his wife, Maria Braga to show his love for her. It is also known as the Taj Mahal of the Philippines. It diminished to ruins when the United States Armed Forces in the Far East during World War II burnt it down.

Location: Talisay City, Negros Occidental

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COVID 19 Guidelines in the Region

In order to continue the tourism and economy of this region, the local government of each province has allowed travelling to their provinces. However, keep in mind that there are protocols to follow as provided in the link below:

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Featured Top Tourist Spots

Many places can be discovered in the Western Visayas region. There are parts that are waiting to be discovered by tourists and waiting to be experienced. Here are some of the places to definitely visit:

  • Boracay - The White Beach of Boracay is a highly sought after tourist destination. The long stretch of the beach is divided by three boat stations, Station 1, Station 2 and Station 3.
  • Islas de Gigantes - Also known as Gigantes Islands, this is one of the famous Iloilo tourist spots because of its secret caves, lagoons, beaches and scrumptious seafood that are just waiting to be experienced by veteran and first-time visitors.
  • Danjugan Island - Visit this 43-hectare island that is abundant with vegetation and is home to many wildlife animals in Negros Occidental. It is the perfect place to learn scuba diving, enjoy kayaking, trekking and bird watching.
  • Lakawaon Island Resort - A 16-hectare banana shaped island famous in Negros Occidental. This is a family friendly beach resort.
  • Aklan Freedom Shrine - This National Landmark is dedicated to the 19 brave martyrs of the province who were part of the Katipunan that fought against the Spanish invaders during the Philippine Revolution.
  • Mararison Island - A small island beach destination 15 minutes away from mainland Antique. Climb the top of the Island and watch the sunrise come to its full beauty.
  • Ave Maria Island - An uninhabited island in Lawi, Jordan, Guimaras. It has received its name because of the grotto-like formation. It has a powdery cream sand and clear turquoise water.
  • Isla Naburot - What was intentionally meant to be a rest house for the family  of the owners where they originally built 6 cottages. Isla Naburot is open to in-house guests that are simply looking for a peaceful vacation.

Things to Do in the Region

Sun and Beach

  • Natago Beach
  • Baybay Beach
  • Paradise Beach
  • Arko Beach
  • Hinugutan Beach

Nature

  • Mt. Nangtud
  • Lantawan Peak
  • Mt. Napulak
  • Igbaras
  • Kalikasan Falls and Peralta Jamindan Capiz Camp

Adventure

  • Talon Beach Park, Capiz
  • Calawag Mountain Resort Tubing Adventure & Tibiao, Antique
  • Nabas Adventure, Aklan
  • Nabulao Beach and Dive Resort, Negros Occidental
  • Cabugan Adventure Resort, Iloilo City

Food, and Hospitality

  • Coco Veranda, Capiz
  • Kanyogan Garden Restaurant, Antique
  • Nonie’s Restaurant, Aklan
  • Sandok Comfort Food, Bacolod
  • Tatoy’s Atria, Iloilo

Events and Culture

  • Capiz: Capiztahan Festival (April 13 to April 15)\
  • Kalibo: Ati-atihan Festival (January annually)
  • Iloilo: Dinagyang Festival (January annually)
  • Antique: Binirayan Festival (December annually)
  • Bacolod: Panaad Festival (First week of April)

Where to Stay

Here are our top hotels for this region:

  • Bonsai Hotel
  • Aranas-Carillo Travellers Inn
  • Kawa Inn
  • Zuri Hotel
  • Sanctuary Transient House
Region VII- Central Visayas

Region Overview:

Region VII is also known as Central Visayas. It is composed of the provinces:

  • Bohol
  • Cebu
  • Negros Oriental
  • Siquijor

Notable Landmarks in the Region:

  • Chocolate Hills

One of the famous spots in Philippines, these over 1,000 symmetrical mounds are always a beauty to behold be it in its lush green coloring on the rainy seasons or its chocolate-like brown color on dry seasons.

Location: Bohol

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  • Magellan's Cross

Believed to be the first cross established in the Philippines under the orders of Ferdinand Magellan in 1521, it stands as a famous religious symbol and can be found in Basilica Minore del Santo Niño - one of the oldest churches in the country.

Location: Cebu

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  • Fort San Pedro

The oldest Fort in the Philippines, what was then a military defense structure with a long history ever since its inception is now a major tourist attraction for tourists to experience and learn about its past.

Location: Cebu

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COVID 19 Guidelines in the Region

In order to help boost the tourism and economy of this region, the local government of each province has allowed travelling to their beautiful destinations. However, keep in mind that there are protocols to follow as provided in the link below:

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Featured Top Tourist Spots

There are a lot of things to explore in this region, such as historic sites, islands, and marine life. Here are some of the must-see places in Central Visayas:

  • Apo Island - a volcanic island serving as a marine reserve and is arguably the most popular snorkeling destination and dive site in the country due to its marine life biodiversity.
  • Manjuyod Sandbar - also known as "The Maldives of the Philippines," which has a sandbar that only exposes its exquisite beauty on low tides while high tides will make it look like the cottages built in here are floating. Another attractive point to the sandbar is its close proximity to the Tañon Strait which is inhabited by Dolphins.
  • Casaroro Falls - The tallest water falls in Negros Occidental, it is enclosed in beautiful lush greenery along with stunning rock formations.
  • Dumaguete City - Also known as "University Town" holds no less than four universities and is a checkpoint for tourists as it offers transportation services to a lot of scenic spots in the province.
  • Siquijor - The third smallest province in the country, although it is tiny, it offers many things to do such as waterfalls, caves, beaches and more in its small area.

Things to Do in the Region

  • Islands and Water Bodies
  • Malapascua Island
  • Kawasan Falls
  • Sumalog Falls
  • Salagdoong Beach
  • Sillon Island

Nature

  • Osmeña Peak
  • Hinagdanan Cave
  • Bilar Man-made Forest
  • Old Enchanted Balete Tree
  • Fuente Osmeña Circle

Adventure

  • Tañon Strait Dolphin Riding
  • Loboc River Cruise
  • Tarsier Conservation Area
  • Oslob Whale Shark Watching
  • Anjo World Theme Park

Food and Hospitality

  • Cole Cansi
  • A Tavola
  • Bucket Shrimps - Bohol
  • Politics Cafe
  • Laguna Garden Café

Events and Culture

  • Cebu: Sinulog Festival (Third Sunday of January)
  • Cebu: Kadaugan sa Mactan (April 22 to 27)
  • Cebu: Palawod Festival (Last Week of June)
  • Bohol: Sandugo Festival (Whole Month of July)
  • Bohol: Saulog Festival (May 1)
  • Bohol: Bolibong Kingking Festival (May 23)
  • Negros Oriental: Buglasan Festival (Second and Third Weeks of October)
  • Negros Oriental: Langub Festival (January 24)
  • Negros Oriental: Tawo Tawo Festival (February 18)
  • Siquijor: Tubod Festival (March 19)
  • Siquijor: Solili Festival (September 17)
  • Siquijor: Dilaab Festival (October 1)

Where to Stay

Here are out top hotels for this region:

  • Henann Resort Alona Beach
  • Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa
  • Amorita Resort
  • Double J Hotel & Restaurant
  • Crimson Resort & Spa Mactan
Region VIII - Eastern Visayas

Region Overview: 

Region VIII is also known as Eastern Visayas. It is consists of the provinces:

  • Biliran
  • Eastern Samar
  • Leyte
  • Northern Samar
  • Samar
  • Southern Leyte

Notable Landmarks in the Region:

  • San Juanico Bridge

Said to be a symbol of love, the bridge spans 2.2 kilometers - the longest bridge in the Philippines, connects the twin islands of Leyte and Samar.

Location: Samar - Leyte

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  • Tomalistis Falls

Known to have the "sweetest water in the world" is a highly popular tourist magnet with its easy accessibility, beautiful view and the delicious water for visitors to drink.

Location: Biliran

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  • MacArthur Leyte Landing Memorial

Located here are life-sized diorama statues regarding General Douglas MacArthur as he promised the Filipinos their freedom from the Japanese upon his return when he left, he landed at Red Beach, Palo on October 20,1994.

Location: Leyte

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COVID 19 Guidelines in the Region

In order to help boost the tourism and economy of this region, the local government of each province has allowed travelling to their beautiful destinations. However, keep in mind that there are protocols to follow as provided in the link below:

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Featured Top Tourist Spots

There are a lot of things to explore in this region, such as historic sites, islands, and caves. Here are some of the must-see places in Eastern Visayas:

  • Lake Danao - A beautiful guitar-shaped lake surrounded by lush dense forests, it is a prime spot for sightseeing and relaxing.
  • Tinago Falls - Fitting to its name, "Tinago," the falls is a hidden waterfall that one can only reach by descending around 500 steps which will grandly reward visitors with its beauty.
  • Agas-Agas Bridge - Standing at 292 feet above ground, it is the tallest Bridge in the Philippines.
  • Linao Cave - A cave containing beautiful underwater waters making it an excellent place for those who want to go spelunking and swimming at the same time.
  • Madonna of Japan - A statue symbolising reconciliation, peace, and friendship between the Philippines and Japan after the war.

Things to Do in the Region

  • Islands and Water Bodies
  • Higatangan Island
  • Biri Island
  • Limasawa Island
  • Bangon Falls
  • Gunhuban Falls

Nature

  • Sohotan Caves & Natural Bridge Park
  • Mount Cabalian
  • Cambaro Caves
  • Alto Peak
  • Monte Cueva

Adventure

  • Hindang Cave and Wild Monkeys
  • Batag Island Lighthouse
  • Agas-Agas Bridge Zipline
  • Sto. Niño Shrine and Heritage Museum
  • Samar Archaeological Museum

Food and Hospitality

  • Ocho Seafood and Grill
  • Chewlove
  • Ayo Cafe
  • Kaonan sa Corayman
  • Bo's Coffee

Events and Culture

  • Leyte: Pintados Festival (June 29)
  • Leyte: Sto. Niño de Leyte Festival (June 30)
  • Leyte: Buyogan Festival (August 19)
  • Leyte: Leyte Gulf Lansing (October 20)
  • Leyte: Kasadya-an Festival (June 28)
  • Eastern Samar: Balangiga Encounter (September 28)

Where to Stay

Here are out top hotels for this region:

  • The Oriental Leyte
  • Go Hotel Tacloban
  • Sophia Dianne Hotel and Restaurant
  • Sabin Resort Hotel
  • MayLaka
Region IX - Zamboanga Peninsula

Region Overview: 

Region IX is also known as the Zamboanga Peninsula. It encompasses the following provinces:

  • Zamboanga del Norte
  • Zamboanga Sibugay
  • Zamboanga del Sur

Notable Landmarks in the Region:

  • Fort Pilar Shrine and Museum

Built on June 23, 1635, it stands witness to the courage of Zambpangueños and love for freedom as it watched many battles that Spaniards fought against the Moros. It is also home to devotees to the Nuestra Señora La Virgen del Pilar.

Location: Sta Barbara Street, Zamboanga del Sur

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  • Paseo del Mar

Known as a "party hub" in Zamboanga City, Paseo del Mar is a modern and vibrant park that caters to all walks of life. This is a place where Zamboangueños and visitors alike can relax, enjoy the food, listen to love acoustic music or watch the dancing fountains.

Location: Valderoza Street, Zamboanga del Sur

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  • Rizal Park

A park where a statue of our great National Hero - Dr. Jose P. Rizal, stands to commemorate his works and contributions to the country's independence.

Location: Valderoza Street, Zamboanga del Sur

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COVID 19 Guidelines in the Region

In order to help boost the tourism and economy of this region, the local government of each province has allowed travelling to their beautiful destinations. However, keep in mind that there are protocols to follow as provided in the links below:

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Featured Top Tourist Spots

There are a lot of things to explore in this region like its historic sites, islands and parks. Here are some of the must-see places in Zamboanga Peninsula:

  • Sta. Cruz Islands - The Great Sta. Cruz Island and Little Sta. Cruz Island are beautiful tourist spots for trekking along pinkish sandy beaches and tropical trees, swimming with numerous varieties of fishes, and bathing in the sun as you enjoy the sea breeze.
  • The Woodland - A place of cool and refreshing ambience sporting many events in its vast area. It is a must go for those who wish to immerse themselves in enjoyable activities such as horseback riding, cycling, and swimming.
  • Zamboanga Golf Course and Beach Park - One of the oldest Golf Course in the Philippines, it is a place for both mental exercise and relaxation with its complex terrain, refreshing air, and the beach by its side.
  • Pasonanca Park - Referred to as the Little Baguio of the South, it is nestled about five hundred feet above sea level and surrounded by rolling hills and verdant mountains. The park also houses its famed tree house, butterfly sanctuary and the aviary.
  • Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception - Built in 1998~2002 in cruciform, it houses a marble statue of the Immaculate Conception designed by Philippine National Artist for Sculpture, Napoleon Abueva. It is a grand place for masses and pilgrimage.

Things to Do in the Region

Sun and Beach

  • Silinog Island Beach
  • Bitoon Beach
  • Caragasan Beach
  • Arcillas Beach
  • Muricay Beach

Nature

  • Lakewood
  • Pagadian City
  • Tambulig
  • Kabasalan
  • Kalawit
  • Wood Lake

Adventure

  • Gloria Fantasyland
  • Zamboanga City Hall
  • Plaza Luz
  • Linabo Peak
  • Jardin Maria Clara

Food and Hospitality

  • Alavar Seafood Restaurant
  • Lantaka Hotel-By-The-Sea
  • Family Fried Chicken
  • Hai San
  • Greenfields Mano-Mano Resto

Events and Culture

  • Zamboanga City: Zamboanga la Hermosa Festival (Whole Month of October)
  • Zamboanga City: Zamboanga City Bird Festival (Sometime in February to March)
  • Zamboanga Sibugay: Sibug Festival (February 15 to 26)
  • Zamboanga Sibugay: Bangus Festival (December)
  • Zamboanga del Norte: Hudyaka Festival (May 9 to June 27)
  • Zamboanga del Sur: Megayon Festival (September 11 to 17)
  • Dapitan  City: Kinabayo Festival (July 25)
  • Pagadian City: Pasalamat Festival (3rd Sunday of January)
  • Dipolog City: P'gsalabuk Festival (3rd Week of April to 4th Saturday of May)
  • Dipolog City: Adlaw sa Dipolog (July 1)

Where to Stay

Here are out top hotels for this region:

  • Marcian Grand Hotel
  • Cityinn Hotel
  • D'Hotel & Suites
  • Dakak Park and Beach Resort
  • Astoria Regency
Region X - Northern Mindanao

Region Overview:

Region X is also known as Northern Mindanao. It is composed of the following provinces:

  • Bukidnon
  • Camiguin
  • Lanao del Norte
  • Misamis Occidental
  • Misamis Oriental

Notable Landmarks in the Region:

  • Iligan City

Known as the City of Majestic Waterfalls, it is home to many scenic and famous waterfalls to visit such as Tinago Falls, Maria Cristina Falls, Mimbalut Falls, and more.

Location: Lanao del Norte

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  • Lake Apo

A beautiful crater lake surrounded by a lush verdant forest. It is a great destination spot for tourists, especially cyclists as they pedal through refreshing sceneries and reach the view of the breath-taking lake.

Location: Bukidnon

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  • Sunken Cemetery

A place of reverence and reflection, where a cemetery and the town it served sunk beneath the seas from a volcanic eruption, marked only by a giant cross rising up out of the water built as commemoration.

Location: Camiguin

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COVID 19 Guidelines in the Region

In order to help boost the tourism and economy of this region, the local government of each province has allowed travelling to their beautiful destinations. However, keep in mind that there are protocols to follow as provided in the link below:

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Featured Top Tourist Spots

There are a lot of things to explore in this region like its historic sites, waterfalls, and beaches. Here are some of the must-see places in Northern Mindanao:

  • Cagayan de Oro River - One of the rivers draining Northern Mindanao, it is a beautiful and frequented spot for kayakers to enjoy the rushing river and sightseers to behold.
  • Initao-Libertad Protected Landscape and Seascape - A natural haven home to limestone trees and endangered species with a scenic Seascape to the side where spectacular underwater formations are submerged.
  • Macahambus Cave - Containing walkable scenic trails, the Cave is a huge attraction to tourists who wish to experience nature within Earth where at the end of the trail is a veranda where one can breathe in the sight of the Cagayan River after a walk underground.
  • La Castilla Museum - Formerly a summer residence, this nature-surrounded establishment has been transformed to house part of Cagayan de Oro's history and culture.
  • Talaandig Heritage Center - A scenic spot home situated in Bukidnon, it is home to one of the province's indigenous tribes and  there you can experience the soul of an ethnic culture.

Things to Do in the Region

  • Falls and Beaches
  • Linunsudan Falls
  • Katibawasan Falls
  • Aya-Aya Waterfalls
  • Camiguin Beach
  • Chali Beach

Nature

  • Overview Park
  • Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village
  • Cahayagan Marine Sanctuary
  • Mount Dulang-dulang
  • Mount Inayawan

Adventure

  • Dahilayan Adventure Park
  • Eden's Solace
  • Seven Seas Waterpark and Resort
  • Mantianak Tree Park
  • Oroquieta City Plaza

Food and Hospitality

  • Guerrera
  • Beehive
  • Redtail Shrimps & More
  • Greg's Place Pizza & Beer
  • Circa Eatery

Events and Culture

  • Cagayan de Oro City: Higalaay Festival (August 28)
  • Tangub City: Dalit Festival (September 29)
  • Bukidnon: Kaamulan Festival (Second Half of February - March 10)
  • Camiguin: Lanzones Festival (The Whole 3rd Week of October)

Where to Stay

Here are out top hotels for this region:

  • De Luxe Hotel
  • Go Hotels Iligan
  • Heavendwell Garden Resort
  • Beach House Resort and Dive Center
  • Royal Garden Hotel
Region XI - Davao Region

Region Overview:

Region XI was formerly known as Southern Mindanao, it is now called Davao. It composes of the following provinces:

  • Davao de Oro
  • Davao del Norte
  • Davao del Sur
  • Davao Oriental
  • Davao Occidental

Notable Landmarks in the Region:

  • Mount Apo

Locally called Apo Sandawa, it is a large dormant stratovolcano reaching a staggering elevation of 9,692 feet - the tallest volcano in the Philippines.

Location: Davao Del Sur

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  • D'Bone Collector Museum

Contains a huge collection of skeletons and bones of various creatures be it aquatic animals, reptiles, mammals, birds and even insects.

Location: Davao City, Davao del Sur

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  • Aliwagwag Falls Eco Park

Having staircase-like boulders, this 84 tiered waterfalls cascading over 130 times stands at 1,110 feet of elevation, making it the highest waterfall Philippines.

Location: Davao Oriental

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COVID 19 Guidelines in the Region

In order to help boost the tourism and economy of this region, the local government of each province has allowed travelling to their beautiful destinations. However, keep in mind that there are protocols to follow as provided in the link below:

View COVID 19 protocols

Featured Top Tourist Spots

There are a lot of things to explore in this region like its historic sites, beaches, and waterfalls. Here are some of the must-see places in Davao:

  • Island Garden City of Samal - The largest resort island in the Philippines, known for its powdery beaches, numerous beach resorts, marine reefs, and tranquil waters.
  • Cape of San Agustin - Here stands a lighthouse you can climb to behold the waving ocean, pinkish sand and green hills surrounding you from above or visit the famous diving site known for the experience it gives, "The Wall".
  • Philippine Eagle Center - A great spot for tourists and bird-lovers alike, the center is a conservation center for the critically endangered Monkey Eating Eagle, providing quite the educational and photo-worthy tour.
  • Malagos Chocolate Museum - A must-see for sweet tooths as the museum provides lots of interesting stories and facts regarding chocolate, with it being the top cacao provider in the Philippines.
  • Long Hua Temple - The largest Buddhist Temple in Mindanao. It is a place for both tourists of curious mind and for devout believers of Buddha's dharma to visit.

Things to Do in the Region

  • Falls and Beaches
  • Sarangani
  • Mongkayo
  • Mati
  • Mini Asik-Asik
  • Kipilas

Nature

  • Prayer Mountain
  • Mount Kolelan
  • Monfort Bat Sanctuary
  • Eden Nature Park
  • Freedom Park

Adventure

  • Davao Crocodile Park
  • People's Park Davao
  • Subangan Davao Oriental Museum
  • Upside Down House Museum
  • Bird Feeding Dome

Food, and Hospitality

  • Jack's Ridge
  • Claude's Le Café De Ville
  • Swiss Deli
  • Ahfat Seafood Plaza
  • Marina Tuna

Events and Culture

  • Davao City: Araw ng Dabaw (March 10 to 16)
  • Davao City: Fishrahan (2nd Week of March)
  • Davao City: Kadayawan Festival (2nd Week of August)
  • Davao del Sur: Kap'yaan Festival (February 18 to 20)
  • Davao del Sur: Pista sa Kainayahan (3rd Week of April)
  • Davao del Sur: Sinab'daban Festival (September 7 to 8)
  • Davao Oriental: Hudyaka Festival (January 1)
  • Davao Oriental: Pajuda Bay Festival (June 8 to 10)
  • Davao Oriental: Sambuokan Festival (October 27-29)
  • Davao del Norte: Araw ng Igacos (March 1 to 7)
  • Davao del Norte: Pinagtagpo ng Musikahan (March 1 to 8)
  • Davao del Norte: Kabyawan Festival (June 8 to 10)
  • Davao de Oro: Anibina Festival (March 1 to 8)
  • Davao de Oro: Simballay (July 22 to 30)
  • Davao de Oro: Pyagsawita  Festival (November 25)
  • Davao Gulf: Dive the Gulf (April 20 to 30)

Where to Stay

Here are out top hotels for this region:

  • Pearl Farm Beach Resort
  • Dusit Thani Residence Davao
  • Waterfront Insular Hotel
  • Marco Polo
  • Leticia by the Sea
Region XII - SOCCSKSARGEN

Region Overview:

Region XII is also known as SOCCSKSARGEN which is an acronym that stands for the provinces it consists of and one highly urbanized city (General Santos). The provinces it is composed of are:

  • South Cotabato
  • Cotabato
  • Sultan Kudarat
  • Sarangani

Notable Landmarks in the Region:

  • Lake Sebu

Lake Sebu is a town dotted by three beautiful lakes. They are Lake Sebu which is the largest and is a huge source to the irrigation of the province - its importance reflected in the town's name, Lake Seloton which is the second largest and more famously known as the "Sunrise Lake" - given for the breathtaking view one can have when watching the sun rise here, and Lake Lahit which is the smallest of the three lakes.

Location: South Cotabato

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  • Mount Matutum

An active volcano reaching 7,522 feet in elevation, Matutum and its foothills are a sight to behold for tourists who wish to visit. In addition to the scenic view, one can meet the indegenous Blaan people who live around the area.

Location: South Cotabato

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  • Gumasa Beach

White sands, clear water, and refreshing sea breeze is offered to tourists in Gumasa Beach, with visitors getting more if they catch themselves beaching on the yearly celebration for the Mahin Festival or the Sarangani Bay Festival.

Location: Sarangani

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COVID 19 Guidelines in the Region

In order to help boost the tourism and economy of this region, the local government of each province has allowed travelling to their beautiful destinations. However, keep in mind that there are protocols to follow as provided in the link below:

View COVID 19 protocols

Featured Top Tourist Spots

There are a lot of things to explore in this region, such as historic sites, mountains and mainly its river system. Here are some of the must-see places in SOCCSKSARGEN:

  • Asik-Asik Falls - A popular destination and one of the more unique forms of waterfalls, Asik-Asik does not have a stream above the hill where water should come from - instead, it's waters spring from rocks at the side of the mountain.
  • Baras Bird Sanctuary - A favorite spot for avian lovers and curious tourists, the sanctuary allows visitors to be able to see Migratory birds up close.
  • Tuka Marine Park - Consisting of four protected coves where only Tuka Cove 2 is open to the public, this marine park features white sand beach and coral gardens near the coast which makes it perfect for snorkeling and diving.
  • Pangi River - Compared to the usual kayaking, tourists can experience Sarangani's unique take to river riding through the use of a small inflatable tube which will take them on a rapid ride.
  • Fishport Complex - General Santos is dubbed as the Tuna Capital of the country and although not much is going there aside from the huge variety of seafood swimming on the market, the complex portrays part of the largest scene regarding one of the country's economic basis.

Things to Do in the Region

  • Lakes and Rivers
  • Libungan River
  • Kabacan River
  • Rio Grande de Mindanao
  • Lake Agco Natural Hot Spring & Cold Spring
  • Maughan Lake

Nature

  • Sanchez Peak
  • Mount Melibengoy
  • Mount Ragang
  • Sarangani Highlands
  • Kofnit Cave

Adventure

  • Pacquiao and Mommy D's Mansion
  • Veranza Mall
  • 7 Waterfalls Zipline
  • Kalon Barak Skyline Ridge
  • Queen Tuna Park

Food and Hospitality

  • Koronadal Apochi Food & Resto
  • Fligo by Chef Minerva
  • Mystery Dinner Korean Resto
  • McCoy's Rib Joint
  • Viajera Dine and Cafe
  • Events and Culture
  • Cotabato City: Shariff Kabunsuan Festival (December 15-19)
  • General Santos City: Kalilangan Festival (February 22-27)
  • General Santos City: Tuna Festival ( September 1-5)
  • General Santos City: Kalaja Outdoor Festival (August 19-21)
  • Kidapawan City: Allaw Ta Apo Sandawa (April 7)
  • Kidapawan City: Fruit Festival “TIMPUPO” (July to August)
  • Kidapawan City: Kawayan Festival (3rd week of December)
  • Koronadal City: Hinugyaw Festival (January 10)
  • Koronadal City:Kawayan Festival (February 11-25)
  • Sarangani:Lubi-Lubi Festival (25th of November)
  • Sarangani: Binuyugan Festival (May 22-27)
  • Sarangani: Kasadyaan Festival (10th of September)
  • South Cotabato: Helobung Festival (2nd week of November)
  • South Cotabato: T´nalak Festival (July 16-19)
  • Sultan Kudarat: Kanduli Festival (October 10)
  • Sultan Kudarat: Kalimudan Festival (November 21-22)
  • Tacurong City: Talakudong Festival (September 18)

Where to Stay

Here are out top hotels for this region:

  • Eighty Eight Hotel
  • Greenleaf Hotel Gensan
  • Sun City Suites
  • RedDoorz
  • Denville Residences
Region XIII - Caraga

Region Overview:

Region XIII is also known as Caraga. It consists of the provinces:

  • Agusan del Norte
  • Agusan del Sur
  • Surigao del Norte
  • Surigao del Sur

Notable Landmarks in the Region:

  • Siargao Island

Famed as the most alluring surf spot of the Philippines, this place teems with fine white sands, crystal-clear waters, beautiful reek breaks, coral gardens, inviting waves and scenic mangrove trees while providing ease for island hopping.

Location: Surigao del Norte

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  • Lake Mainit

The fourth largest lake in the Philippines, this massive lake is also surrounded by several unique caves which makes this place an excellent spot for relaxation and adventure.

Location: Surigao del Norte

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  • Hinatuan Enchanted River

One of the most beautiful rivers in the Philippines, it is a deep spring river that invites visitors with its alluring emerald waters, vibrant aquatic life and beautiful surroundings.

Location: Surigao del Sur

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COVID 19 Guidelines in the Region

In order to help boost the tourism and economy of this region, the local government of each province has allowed travelling to their beautiful destinations. However, keep in mind that there are protocols to follow as provided in the links below:

View COVID 19 protocols

Featured Top Tourist Spots

There are a lot of things to explore in this region, such as islands, caves and water bodies. Here are some of the must-see places in Caraga:

  • Dinagat Islands - A group of islands and islets centered an island of the same name, this mini-archipelago provides tons of adventuring opportunities with lots of beautiful spots to see.
  • Agusan Marsh - This significant wetlands is a pit stop to thousands of migratory birds fleeing from the cold North-Asian winter and located at the center of the Marsh are catfishes, carps, turtles and crocodiles inhabiting a lake filled with hydrophytic plants such as lily pads and hyacinths.
  • Hinayagan Cave - Colossal caverns and breathe-taking rock formations are found in this cave, making it a prime spot for adventuring and spelunking.
  • Mount Hilong-Hilong - Standing tall at 6,601 feet of elevation, this mountain rewards hiking enthusiasts with enchanting sights of lakes, waterfalls, and dense forests.
  • Tinuy-an Falls - Called "The Little Niagara of the Philippines," this four-tiered cascading waterfalls has natural pools for visitors to dip in.

Things to Do in the Region

  • Islands and Water-Bodies
  • Guyam Island
  • Sohoton Cove
  • Sugba Lagoon
  • Lake Bababu
  • Taktak Falls

Nature

  • Jellyfish Sanctuary
  • Magkukuob Cave
  • Mabbua Pebble Beach
  • Coconut Trees View Deck
  • Mount Mayapay

Adventure

  • Delta Discovery Park
  • Punta Bilar Lighthouse
  • Islanders Castle
  • Magellan's Anchorage
  • Divine Master's Shrine

Food and Hospitality

  • Bravo Restaurant
  • Road trip Cafe
  • CEV: Ceviche & Kinilaw
  • Sabeth Barbecue
  • Kan-anan ni Papa Daday

Events and Culture

  • Surigao del Norte: Siargao Int'l Surfing Cup (October)
  • Buryan City: Kahimunan of Libertad (3rd Sunday of January)
  • Cabadbaran City: Dagkot (February 2)
  • Bislig City: Calagan (February 24)
  • Agusan del Sur: Naliyagan (June 17)
  • Surigao del Sur: Kaliguan (June 24)
  • Butuan City: Balangay (August 2)
  • Surigao City: Bonokbonokon (September 10th)
  • Bislig City: Karawasan of Mangagoy (September 18)
  • Agusan del Norte: Lisagan of Magallanes (3rd Saturday of October)
  • Dinagat Islands: Bugkosan (December 17)

Where to Stay

Here are out top hotels for this region:

  • Club Tara Resort
  • Siargao Bleu Resort and Spa
  • Bay Palad Hideaway
  • Bamboo Garden Bar and Lodging
  • Enchanted Cove Resort
  • Blauset House II
Region BARMM - Bangsamoro

Region Overview:

Region XIII is also known as Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. It consists of the provinces:

  • Basilan (except Isabela City)
  • Lanao del Sur
  • Maguindanao
  • Sulu
  • Tawi-Tawi

Notable Landmarks in the Region:

  • Masjid Sheikh Karimul Makhdum

The Mosque was established on the year 1380 by an Arab of the same name, it is considered the oldest existing Muslim House of Prayer in the Philippines.

Location: Tawi-Tawi

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  • Fort Pikit

The old and worn stone fortress holds marks and stories of Eastern Mindanao and various foreign forces ever since it was built in 1893 by the Spanish colonial government, to be used by the American colonial government in 1902 and 1912-1945, occupied by the Japanese Imperial Army and finally liberated by the Americans.

Location: Maguindanao

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  • Torogan

Few of these ancient houses can be found, most of which are spread throughout the Marawi region. It is the traditional home of the Maranao Royalty, it is one of the Lanao sultanate's symbols of power and acts as a communal office where state affairs are held and is core of their statecraft, customs, art, and culture.

Location: Lanao del Sur

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COVID 19 Guidelines in the Region

In order to help boost the tourism and economy of this region during the pandemic, tourism has been reopened. However, keep in mind that there are protocols to follow as mandated by the local government unit of each province.

Featured Top Tourist Spots

There are a lot of things to explore in this region, such as religious sites, mountains and historical sites. Here are some of the must-see places in Bangsamoro:

  • Bud Bongao - standing 1,115 feet of elevation, its a holy mountain filled with biodiverse life and is revered as a pilgrimage site for both Muslims and Christians.
  • Panampangan Island - the island with the longest sandbar in the Philippines, spanning three kilometers of beautiful white sands.
  • Masjid Dimaukom - an important symbol of Islamic religion, it is also known as the "Pink Mosque" due to its color.
  • Kutawato Cave - also known as Kutang Bato Cave, housing numerous underground passages, it is the only Cave system in the country.
  • Tantawan Park - a scenic park offering excellent sights and relaxing massage with a view of the monument of Muhammad Kudarat.

Things to Do in the Region

  • Historical and Religious Sites
  • Cotabato Grand Mosque
  • Tamontaka Church
  • Masjid Al-Nasser Abpi
  • Notre Dame Archidiocesan Seminary
  • Immaculate Conception Church of Tomontaka

Nature

  • Turtle Islands
  • Blue Lagoon
  • Amaya Beach
  • Club Cusiong
  • Ilana Bay

Food and Hospitality

  • Mamou
  • Bad Bird Serendra
  • Samba
  • Hossein
  • Manam

Events and Culture

  • Mango Festival (June 28)
  • Bangsamoro Peace Festival (No Specific Date)
  • Bangsamoro Short Film Festival (August)
  • Sheik Karimul Makhdum Day (November 7)

Where to Stay

Here are out top hotels for this region:

  • Paragon Hotel and Restaurant
  • Hotel Sofia
  • Marawi Lakeview Royal Resort and Hotel
  • Sulu Peacekeepers Inn
  • Selingan Turtle Island Chalet

 

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Mandatory Quarantine Accommodation: Everything You Need to Know

What is Mandatory Quarantine?

At this current time, our safety should be our top priority especially when we travel today. COVID-19 has become a serious threat to us, Filipinos, and we need to be alert in order to keep ourselves safe. 

We, at Buenbyahe, will guide you through the latest guidelines of IATF in terms of Mandatory Quarantine and what you need to know about it. In response to the prevention of COVID-19, always take these guidelines in mind to keep yourself and your loved ones safe, as well as the community that you’re in. 

Mandatory Quarantine is employed especially in Domestic and International Flights. Upon arrival in Ninoy Aquino National Airport, the Department of Health and Philippine Coastguard will hold a briefing in the Bureau of Quarantine to classify whether you will be undergoing Stringent or Mandatory Quarantine.

 If you are not showing symptoms of COVID-19 and your flight of origin has not been included in Countries with a High Level of Community Transmission based on World Health Organization’s guidelines, then you still need to go to mandatory quarantine nonetheless. 

Accomodations in Mandatory Quarantine

According to the revised guidelines of IATF -MEID Resolution No. 97, Series of 2021, all arriving passengers in Ninoy Aquino International Airport should undergo through Mandatory or Stringent Quarantine (may vary on their assessment) and shall present pre-booked hotel rooms for at least 7 days of stay to follow the quarantine protocols. The hotel that the travelers may choose should be accredited by the Bureau of Quarantine, Department of Health and Department of Tourism.

Safety Protocols

Here at Buenbyahe, we are making sure that your safety is our utmost priority. We continue to be guided with the latest IATF protocols and local news in order to prevent COVID-19 spread and to not compromise your health while travelling with us. Moreover, we have partnered with accredited hotels and transportations to give you a hassle-free trip before, during and after your travel with us. 

1. Pre-book your hotel and register online before arrival

Before your flight, make sure you have already chosen an accredited hotel in Manila. This is for Mandatory Quarantine purposes, your pre-booked stay should be at least 7 days upon your arrival here in Manila, Philippines. Always double check if the hotel is certified by the Department of Tourism, Department of Health and Bureau of Quarantine in order to prevent double booking.

The next step after pre-booking your hotel stay is to register online and fill out the registration from (Electronic case Investigation form) on https://e-cif.redcross.org.ph/ (Philippine Red Cross) before your arrival in NAIA. After submitting the form, it will generate a QR code which you will present upon arrival in NAIA. You may opt to save it on your cell phones or have a print-out version.

2. Government Mandated Testing Procedures will be available in your quarantine facilities 6 days after your arrival.

3. There will be a briefing process mandated by the Bureau of Quarantine, Department of Health and Philippine Coastguard. This process will determine if a passenger will either undergo a stringent or mandatory quarantine as based on their flight of origin and their health assessment.

4. A QR code will be given to the passengers

5. Show the QR code in the verification desk and proceed to swab testing

If you are a person who is identified to go through Mandatory Quarantine, an authorized medical personnel will conduct a rapid testing upon your place of entry.

6. The next step is pass through the Bureau of Immigration and the Department of tourism desk

The tourist desk will validate if you have pre-booked an accredited hotel for at least 7 days upon arrival. You need to show proof of your transaction with the hotel of your choice.

The Department of Tourism recommends that you should stay at accredited places in order to ensure that proper sanitation and cleaning protocols are in place.

7. Proceed to the Private Laboratory Desk to pay your RT-PCR Testing.

8. Lastly, proceed to Bureau of Immigration for passport checks and additional clearance

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Swab Testing Protocols

During these trying times, The Department of Health, along with the Department of Tourism and local government in the Philippines work hand in hand in order to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The pandemic has made traveling a challenge, especially for tourists who want to explore from one country to another, as well as going from region to region within the country.

Swab testing is now included in the “New Normal” when it comes to traveling. It usually costs thousands of pesos to get your peace of mind which translates to a negative result of COVID-19 testing. COVID-19 testing comes in various forms like Swab Testing, Saliva Testing, and Antigen Rapid testing. As of the moment, the Nose-Mouth Swab Testing or also known as RT-PCR Testing is the gold standard when it comes to COVID-19 Testing, it gives the most accurate results which is important to keep yourself safe.
General Guidelines (per Department of Health Memorandum No. 2020-0439)
“The Department of Health (DOH) continuously recalibrates its strategies targeted to address the overall objective of the COVID-19 response. Among its top priority is to increase the capacity of the health system to identify those infected and determine the appropriate level of care and facilities that can cater to them.”

  1. When undergoing a swab test, minimum health standards which include wearing of face mask, observing social distancing, cough etiquette and quarantine protocol should always be observed.
  2. The RT PCR is a widely used technique in molecular biology to detect and amplify the virus' genetic material. When properly gathered and analyzed, a positive RT-PCR outcome indicates that a person has the SARS-CoV-2 virus and is considered a confirmed case of COVID-19 infection. The absence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus indicates a negative outcome, but the infection is not entirely excluded.
  3.  The RT-PCR test conducted using nasopharyngeal (through the nostril) swabs or lower respiratory tract specimens has been the most accurate test to date for diagnosing COVID-19. Oropharyngeal (through the mouth) swabs are less reliable than nasopharyngeal swabs, but they can be also used.
  4. It is best to conduct RT-PCR at or shortly after the onset of illness for symptomatic patients, or at least five (5) to seven (7) days after exposure for presumed asymptomatic close contacts or pre-symptomatic close contacts.
  5. Repeat RT-PCR testing for confirmed COVID-19 cases for documentation purposes is no longer required for asymptomatic, mild, or moderate cases.

For Arriving Non-OFWs/Returning Overseas Filipinos and Foreign Nationals
The Embassy of the Philippines imposed the following guidelines for Processing of Arriving Non-OFWs/Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs) and Foreign Nationals (“Concerned Individuals”) in terms of Swab Testing:

  1. The concerned person needs to prepare cash in the amount of Php4,000.00 for the RT-PCR Checking and the equivalent amount for transportation cost to the quarantine hotel.
  2. Upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Arrival protocols should be followed by the citizen especially in terms of Health Declaration Form, Briefing Area, Confirmation of Quarantine Hotel Facility, and more.
  3. On Day 6, the concerned individual shall undergo RT-PCR swab testing at the quarantine hotel. The said test will be conducted by the assigned COVID-19 private laboratory. He/she shall continue observing strict quarantine protocols while waiting for the test result.
  4. Upon receipt of a negative RT-PCR result via email, he/she shall expect to receive the BOQ Health Certificate indicating the actual number of days on hotel quarantine.
  5. After receiving the BOQ Health Certificate, the concerned individual shall present himself/herself to the quarantine hotel in-charge of the documents mentioned in item 12.
  6. Upon clearance by the quarantine hotel, the concerned individual shall avail of authorized transportation to his/her final destination. He/she shall not loiter around the quarantine hotel/outside the hotel and expose himself/herself to the possible source of COVID-19 transmission. He/she is strictly reminded to always observe health protocols during his/her travel from the quarantine hotel to the LGU of destination.

How to get Swab Tested?

Here is a list of accredited health centers where you can get swab tested for COVID-19.

You may opt to choose your preferred swabbing center, private and public hospitals provide RT-PCR Testing and it may be free of charge and goes up until 8,000 pesos, depending on the speed of result and process. Senior citizens and PWDs can avail of the mandatory 20% discount and VAT exemption.

PhilHealth covers the cost of COVID-19 testing worth PHP 901 to PHP 3,409, but the chosen facility has to be a RITM-DOH certified laboratory. Moreover, PhilHealth members may reimburse their payment if they submit the adequate requirements before they get a swab test.

Some HMO and health insurance providers cover COVID-19 testing. As long as the facility accepts your HMO or insurance provider, you won’t have to pay for your COVID-19 testing cost.

For COVID-19 testing, the government prioritizes people who are at risk of being infected.

If you are flying from Philippine Airlines, you may consider this option to have a smooth sail journey:

Effective November 11, 2020, there will be COVID-19 RT-PCR testing at the Philippine Airlines Learning Center (PLC) located at 540 Padre Faura cor. Adriatico St. Ermita, Manila. The testing will be provided by the Department of Health accredited laboratory partner Detoxicare Molecular Diagnostics. It will be available for drive-thru or walk-in from 8 AM to 5 PM daily at a cost of PHP4,500. Results are released within 24 hours.

Payment options are: cash (PHP currency only), card (debit/credit), GCash, PayPAL, WeChatPay, or Alipay.

Who is Required to Get a Swab Test?

According to the Department of Health (DOH) guidelines on expanded COVID-19 testing, the following groups qualify for testing (listed from greatest to lowest priority):

  1. Patients or healthcare workers with severe/critical symptoms and relevant travel history or close contact
  2. Healthcare workers or patients with mild symptoms, with relevant travel history or close contact, and who are considered vulnerable (e.g., elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions)
  3. Patients or healthcare workers with mild symptoms and relevant travel history or close contact
  4. Asymptomatic patients or healthcare workers but with relevant travel history or close contact
  5. Frontliners indirectly involved in the COVID-19 response efforts (e.g., COVID-19 swabbers, quarantine facility personnel, etc.)
  6. Other vulnerable patients (such as pregnant women) and those who will undergo high-risk surgery (such as dialysis/chemotherapy patients)

Also mandated to undergo swab testing are employees with coronavirus symptoms. The Joint Memorandum Circular No. 20-04 by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) identifies certain industries where workers should get an RT-PCR test for free once every three months.

In terms of traveling, RT-PCR testing is required in most international and local flights. COVID-19 RT-PCR Test is a requirement of the Philippine government for all arriving international passengers. Starting February 1, 2021, passengers shall be tested on the sixth (6th) day of their quarantine stay. Day One (1) starts on the day of the passenger’s arrival. This also includes children, along with infants, in terms of required COVID-19 RT-PCR Testing.

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Buenbyahe Guarantee on Transportation Booking Rentals

Transportation and transfer protocols in the Philippines during Covid19

Travel the Buenbyahe way! Here at Buenbyahe, we aim to provide you with the comfort, efficiency, and safety of transportation to get to your local destination. With 7,107 islands in the Philippines, we’re here to guide you at every step of the way to enjoy the beauty of our islands. 

Travelling has now adapted in a “New Normal way,” which means your safety is our utmost priority. We also implement standardized cleaning and sanitation protocols for our transportation listings and, to you, our Buenbyahe Travellers. Our Buenbyahe team promises a safe vacation for our travellers, partners, and the whole community. As your essential travel buddy, we ensure to protect you in every possible way. 

How to Travel with Us

Here in Buenbyahe, we aim to make travels safer, especially in this time of the pandemic. We have non-negotiable protocols that are inclined to the Government’s health protocols and take into consideration the latest news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to keep everyone safe within our hands.

From Driver safety protocols, Contactless rides, and sanitation innovations, Buenbyahe has taken the factors of being safe into consideration and will continue to implement a Covid-free journey during this New Normal situation. 

Our transportation listings, including land travels, flights, and ferries, will allow you to travel to every destination you want. With just one click and a few moments later, you’re ready to go. As they say, the world is your oyster! You can now do it without compromising your health and comfort at these trying times. 

Safety Essentials

For a Buenbyahe Safe Travel, we have set protocols for our travellers and partners to follow:

  • Only two passengers will be allowed per row due to the maximum allowable capacity based on the IATF COVID-19 Safety Protocols. 
  • Passengers are only allowed to sit at the back of the car. 
  • We also encourage our partners to take their temperature and assess themselves regularly, and most importantly, seek medical help if they are feeling unwell. 
  • We encourage to use Contactless payment for both parties
  • We implement sanitization protocols inside their vehicles 

Cleaning and Sanitation

We are making sure that it will be efficient, safe, and comfortable every time you travel with us. That is the Buenbyahe Guarantee! Our driver partners are well-trained to disinfect the vehicle that you will book with us. Moreover, a sanitization routine will be held out regularly to ensure its cleanliness. Our partners will need to comply with the IATF and Local Government’s safety protocols so you could sit back and relax while waiting to arrive at your destination. 

General Do’s and Don'ts

In order to achieve a harmonious travel experience, we expect that our travellers will also comply with our protocols. We have set general Dos and Don'ts for you to follow:

  • Be mindful of personal boundaries

At this current time today, especially amid pandemic, let us respect each other’s boundaries with our driver-partners. You may opt to refrain from chatting to reduce contact since a vehicle is tight-spaced. 

  • Wear your face mask and face shield

Safety first! Make sure you wear these at all times while your inside the vehicle. 

  • Be courteous

A little kindness goes a long way, especially at this time of pandemic

  • Make sure you practice social distancing and safety protocols

Our driver-partners will provide hand sanitizers, tissue and other cleaning tools inside the vehicle, free for you to use. 

Government Health Protocols

For your utmost safety, Our team will work hand-in-hand with the IATF and Government health protocols to ensure that there will be no local violations; your travel will be Buenbyahe Guaranteed! We recognize the significant impact of COVID-19 on our travelling journey, and we specially tailored our tours inclined with the health protocols, regulations and the new normal. We’re here to fight the pandemic with you, as well as travelling the Philippines in ease. 

Land Transportation

Public transportation will only be permitted in places under General Community Quarantine (GCQ). Reduced capacity will be observed due to the policies stated by IATF. Other rides like private cars, government-owned, and others shall still keep reduced capacity and physical distancing inside the vehicle. 

Taxis and Ride-sharing services only allow a maximum of (2) passengers sitting at the back while maintaining social distancing. Contactless payments are highly encouraged to minimize physical contact with one another. 

Flights

Regarding the flights, Our travellers should comply with the established health protocols before, during and after a flight. When entering airport premises, face mask, face shield or other Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) shall be required to all passengers. Moreover, they must undergo COVID-19 Rapid Testing, although it may vary on the airlines’ guidelines.

Maritime Transportation

Passenger capacity will be limited to 50% in ferry boats to fulfill DOH and IATF guidelines regarding safety during this pandemic. The capacity in maritime vessels and terminals shall be reduced in order to maintain physical distancing. Lastly, face masks and face shields should always be observed in terminals or when on-board the maritime vessel. 

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Everything You Need to Know about Quarantine Accommodations

(this is a safety quarantine protocol in hotels and staycation? )

Since the pandemic and lockdown started, accommodations in hotels, resorts, homestays, and the likes have been consciously minimized. Up until now, some hotels are still utilized as quarantine facilities. However, the good news is that some hotels both inside and outside Metro Manila are actually allowed to accept bookings including staycations! 

To fully enjoy the accommodation, both the establishments and the guests must be willing comply with the guidelines released by the Department of Tourism. The said government office released updated memos: One is for accommodation operations under the new normal and the other one is specifically for staycations! For those who have been experiencing cabin fever at home, isn’t this a relief? 

Without a doubt, we are extra excited to enjoy our time outside our homes. However, we are also worried about our safety from the virus. To add, we want to follow government-released rules so we don’t have to add penalties to our concerns. So, what do we really need to know about accommodations during this pandemic?

New Normal Accommodation

Safety health protocols for public places also apply for accommodation establishments. These protocols include the “No facemask and no face shield, no entry Policy”, contactless body temperature check, submission of health declaration and contact tracing form, disinfection of shoes using sanitizing and drying mats, physical distancing, and hand hygiene. Just like in other public establishments, after a guest screening, individuals with more than 37.5 degrees Celsius are not allowed to check-in. Furthermore, the individual will be endorsed to a doctor on duty or to the nearest Barangay Health Emergency Response Team.

To minimize the spread of the virus, use of technology for check-in, check-out and payments is highly encouraged. In fact, contactless payment is mandatory. This way, overcrowding of guests in common areas like the front desk is avoided.

Guests are required to present a government or company ID that states a residential address to verify their residency. The maximum number of guests allowed to stay in a guestroom depends on the room’s floor area. Of course, crowding is not allowed. For a maximum of 20 square meters, up to two persons are allowed to stay. This is permissible as long as both of them reside in the same household. On the other end, for a group of five individuals, a room of 50 square meters and above will be booked. Yes, you read that right: The maximum number of guests allowed is five. Take note that only couples or family members from the same household may stay in the same room. Loitering around different guestrooms to mingle or share items with individuals from others is strictly prohibited. 

Rooms are also arranged according to the safety protocols: Beds are placed one to two meters apart; a sanitation kit and bathroom amenities are prepared for each guest; a dining set-up is made ready for each room; and hand sanitizers, disinfectant sprays and paper towels are available in guest rooms. 

Other hotel provisions such as recreational areas, food and beverage service, and transport service are still operational, given that these amenities comply with the safety protocols set by the DOT.

If you are still worried about your safety within the establishment, the DOT requires rigid disinfection of premises. For concerns regarding handling of guests with symptoms and/or significant travel history, hotels are required to designate an isolation room that follows the DOH standard. 

New Normal Staycation

Staycation, for many years now, have been one of the best ways to de-stress and relax. Usually for an overnight, people check in hotels, dine in its restaurants, dip toes in its swimming pools or even hit the gym just to forget their daily routines while enjoying their mini-vacation.

Guidelines on Guests

Of course, the mentioned accommodation guidelines for guests under the new normal still apply for staycation bookings. In fact, for this type of reservation, the DOT set three more guidelines. First, pregnant women and individuals with comorbidities (more than one disease carried at the same time) are prohibited to go on a staycation. Second, guests may only book in establishments located in their region. Most importantly, guests must be ready with a negative Rapid Antigen Test result. It must be conducted on the same day of check-in. Antigen test results may now be obtained within 30 minutes.

Guidelines on Establishments

For areas under General Community Quarantine or better heard as GCQ, regulations are fairly stringent. Only establishments that have been granted four (4) or five (5) star rating and have been issued Certificate of Authority to Operate for Staycations or CAOS by the DOT are allowed to accept bookings for the said activity. On the other hand, hotels outside Metro Manila with three (3) star ratings are allowed to accept similar bookings. These establishments may only be allowed to do so if they do not function as a quarantine or an isolation facility. If in any case that the hotel or the like was used for these purposes, or have accommodated a COVID-19 positive guest in the past, they are required to submit a proof of sanitation and disinfection to their concerned Regional Office. Moreover, the restrictions set by the local government where the establishment is located should also be observed.

Aside from the mandatory contactless payment and booking, the government encourages operators to create staycation packages that fit the present situation. Exciting, right?

Lastly, if you are extra cautious and are concerned about further contact tracing, establishments that accept staycation bookings are required to submit an occupancy data record to the local tourism office and DOT regional office.

Here is a list of hotels in Metro Manila that are allowed to accept staycations at the moment:

  • Grand Hyatt Manila
  • Hyatt Regency Manila, City of Dreams
  • Edsa Shangri-La
  • The Peninsula Manila
  • Aruga by Rockwell
  • Nüwa Hotel City of Dreams
  • Joy Nostalg Hotel and Suites Manila
  • Okada Manila
  • Shangri-La The Fort
  • Solaire
  • Hilton
  • Makati Shangri-la
  • Nobu Hotel
  • Sheraton Manila

Relaxation is definitely a need to keep us sane especially during this time of uncertainty. By following the health protocols and choosing the right establishment, you can now be assured that you will safely enjoy your leisure time in a home-not-so-far away from home.

Source

DOT MEMORANDUM CIRCULAR. 2020-002-B

AMENDING FURTHER THE HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDELINES GOVERNING THE

OPERATIONS OF ACCOMMODATION ESTABLISHMENTS UNDER THE NEW NORMAL

http://www.tourism.gov.ph/files/publications/MC%20No.%202020-002-B.pdf

DOT ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO 2020-006-A

AMENDED GUIDELINES ON THE OPERATIONS OF ACCOMMODATION ESTABLISHMENTS FOR STAYCATION PURPOSES UNDER A GENERAL COMMUNITY QUARANTINE

http://tourism.gov.ph/files/publications/AO%20NO.%202020-006-A-Amended%20Staycation%20Guidelines.pdf

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Stringent Quarantine Accommodation: Everything You Need to Know

What is Stringent Quarantine?

These are extraordinary times wherein we need to be more alert and wary of our surroundings. In response to the prevention and containment of Coronavirus-19 disease, may we cooperate with the local guidelines given by IATF to keep ourselves safe in times of traveling from one point to another. As the Philippines opens its door once again for tourism to help boost the economy, this means that the risks of COVID-19 have heightened; thus, strict protocols are implemented for our health and safety. 

At Buenbyahe, we aim to prioritize your health and safety. We are here to guide you at every step of your traveling, may it be before, during, and after the journey you have taken. Moreover, we will update you with the latest guidelines to put your mind at ease, especially in this time of the pandemic. 

A stringent quarantine is a requirement for all passengers from an identified “high-risk transmission area” as identified by the World Health Organization. Furthermore,  It will also be required for any passengers with flu-like symptoms based on the assessment of an authorized medical personnel at the airport. If the passengers were identified to be at risk for COVID-19,  They will be then required to stay at a stringent quarantine facility of their choice while waiting for the confirming results. 

Accommodations In Stringent Quarantine

According to the revised guidelines of IATF -MEID Resolution No. 97, Series of 2021, all arriving passengers in Ninoy Aquino International Airport should undergo Mandatory or Stringent Quarantine (may vary on their assessment). Furthermore, they shall present pre-booked hotel rooms for at least 7 days of stay to follow the quarantine protocols. Take note that when you pre-book your own hotel choice, it will be at your own expense. The hotel that the travelers may choose should be accredited by the Bureau of Quarantine, Department of Health, and Department of Tourism. Moreover, you may also opt to stay at designated government facilities, but it may be subject to availability in some cases. 

Safety Protocols To Be Followed

Here at Buenbyahe, we are making sure that your safety is our utmost priority. We continue to be guided with the latest IATF protocols and local news to prevent COVID-19 spread and not compromise your health while traveling with us. Moreover, we have partnered with accredited hotels and transportations to give you a hassle-free trip before, during, and after your travel with us. 

1. Pre-book your hotel and register online before arrival

Before your flight, make sure you have already chosen an accredited hotel in Manila. This is for Mandatory Quarantine purposes, and your pre-booked stay should be at least seven days upon your arrival here in Manila, Philippines. Always double check if the hotel is certified by the Department of Tourism, Department of Health, and Bureau of Quarantine in order to prevent double booking.

After pre-booking your hotel stay, the next step is to register online and fill out the registration form (Electronic case Investigation form) on https://e-cif.redcross.org.ph/ (Philippine Red Cross) before you arrive in NAIA. After submitting the form, it will generate a QR code, which you will present upon arrival in NAIA. You may opt to save it on your cell phones or have a print-out version.

2. Government-Mandated Testing Procedures will be available in your quarantine facilities 6 days after your arrival.

3. There will be a briefing process mandated by the Bureau of Quarantine, Department of Health and Philippine Coastguard. This process will determine if a passenger will undergo a stringent or mandatory quarantine based on their origin and health assessment flight.

4. A QR code will be given to the passengers

5. Show the QR code in the verification desk and proceed to swab testing.

If you are a person who is identified to go through Stringent Quarantine, you will be assigned to stay at a government-facilitated quarantine area. Furthermore, if you wish to choose a hotel, here is a list of accredited hotels for Stringent Quarantine. (https://www.philembassy.org.au/latest/advisory/list-of-facilities-suitable-for-stringent-quarantine) You may book a stay in these hotels in advance for 7-14 days of quarantine. Take note that These are different from hotels suitable only for mandatory quarantine.

6. The next step is to pass through the Bureau of Immigration and the Department of tourism desk

The tourist desk will validate if you have pre-booked an accredited hotel for at least 7 days upon the arrival. You need to show proof of your transaction with the hotel of your choice.

The Department of Tourism recommends that you stay at accredited places to ensure that proper sanitation and cleaning protocols are in place.

7. Proceed to the Private Laboratory Desk to pay your RT-PCR Testing (RT-PCR Testing is P4,000).

8. Lastly, proceed to the Bureau of Immigration for passport checks and additional clearance

Frequently Asked Questions

1. After going through the airport, what should we expect while in the hotel/quarantine facility?

After arriving at your designated quarantine hotel by riding an airport taxi, you should get your travel documents and hotel booking receipt to show at the reception area. Make sure to follow the essentials while in the New Normal.

  • Wear your face shield and face mask at all times
  • Practice social distancing, at least 1-meter distance between you and another person
  • Do not go to crowded and closed facilities
  • Practice to bring sanitizing tools with you

While on quarantine, you may consider your next step and prepare the following documents

  • Airplane/bus ticket to your next destination
  • Letter of acceptance from your Local Government Unit
  • Travel Pass from any PNP office

On the 6th day of your quarantine, you may undergo second RT-PCR testing at the assigned area of the quarantine facility/hotel you’re staying at. Please practice strict social distancing and wear your mask at all times. You will receive your test results via email and wait for a BOQ Health Certificate. 

After receiving the results and BOQ Health Certificate, you may now check out at the hotel/designated quarantine facility you’re staying at. You also have the option to finish your 14-day quarantine if you are staying at the hotel of your choice.

2. What will happen if we test positive with COVID-19?

If you have tested positive with COVID-19, The Bureau Of Quarantine shall contact and transfer you to a designated facility/hospital for further medical management.

3. After staying at the hotel/quarantine facility, how could we go home?

Once you are cleared, you may contact your relatives to pick you up and bring you home.For non-OFWs, further transportation to your final point of arrival will be at your own arrangement and expense. Upon arrival in your locality, you may report to your local barangay for accounting and further instructions regarding home quarantine.

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Tourist Activities Allowed by DOT During the Pandemic

Under the General Community Quarantine, outdoor activities are allowed yet limited. The change of quarantine status may also be confusing for some people who want to enjoy their free time doing activities outside their home.

The IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force) have listed some form of exercises and sports that we can do during this quarantine period. Whether we do it indoors or outdoors, we can enjoy these activities and spend our free time doing the activities we miss during the days we were free COVID.

Walking

This activity is essential for everyone. We can also include jogging and running as a form of this exercise. It is so easy to do and easy to fit on our daily schedule. In travelling, it is essential for us to travel by foot and explore beautiful scenery and sites the place has to offer.

Biking

In the Philippines, biking is one of the most used transportation options during the Quarantine period. Many of the places people can travel to in the Philippines offer a great time when using a bike. You can get up close and personal with the environment, sites, scenery and also exercise together with your friends or family. 

Swimming

Who wouldn't want to go someplace where you can swim and enjoy under the sun? During the General Community Quarantine, we can use the pool or the beach to have a dip. This is surely good news for all travellers that want to visit the beaches the Philippines can offer.

Scuba diving

If you're up to go deep into the beautiful waters of the Philippines, explore one of the best coral reefs in Asia. With almost 9% of the world's coral reefs found here, you can discover the sea like nothing else. This is a sure way to make your travel worthwhile. 

Non-contact sports

Sports such as tennis, badminton, table tennis, golf, bowling and other sports that have no possible means of touching. You can enjoy it here. We have different sports centers, courts and gymnasiums you can visit. As a sports country, we too enjoy the fun and comfort of this sports. 

Dining out

We are all foodies at heart. During this time, some restaurants and food places are already open. Whatever you want, we have here in the Philippines. We can enjoy their must have meals and drinks, Just make sure to put your mask on and observe social distancing. 

Hiking

We people always want to enjoy mother nature. The best thing that we can do is go on a hike and explore the many places in the Philippines that are vastly beautiful and calming. It is good for us to have a change of scenery. Walk in nature and feel the environment that sorrounds you. 

Camping

The tried and true method of outdoor activities. This will surely make you feel that you are one with nature. Prep up your things through the day, then cozy up and gaze in the stars at night. 

Going to museums

Why don't you try exploring museums? Many of these institutions already opened  during the quarantine and let you discover more about the history it has in store for their guests. 

Going to the local market

When travelling, it is nice to know more about the place. Exploring the local market is one way to discover new things that are common in the place you are travelling to. It will also give you a fresh take on the place you're in. 

Staycation

Feel the need to get out of home but tired to plan an outdoor trip? Staycation is just for you. With many of the condominiums and hotels opening during quarantine, it's a must for those people who want to stay indoors but also love a new domain.

Road trip

Have a quick trip with your friends or family. Hop in your car and explore nearby places in your home and have fun inside the vehicle while you are driving up and down the road. This activity is fit for adventurous people that doesn't have enough time to go far places.

The Philippines can still offer many activities that you can do during this quarantine. Whether it is inside your home, near your place or even when you travel. Exercising and travelling are essential in our lives, but to do this we must abide with the guidelines set by the authorities who are in charge of keeping us safe. 

Let's also not forget to enjoy every moment and activities we do, because we only live once.

But whatever activities you have in mind, remember that Buenbyahe is here to help you.

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2021 COVID-19 Updates in the Philippines

Covid-19 has put us through some travel deprivation for more than a year now. Numerous travel bans were announced around the world, and the Philippines was not spared from the significant transport challenges brought by the pandemic. 

In the face of Covid-19, the PH government did its best to alter its transport system by setting up guidelines and protocols that best fit the pandemic status in the country. So, if you are planning to travel to or within PH, whether for business or personal purposes, it’s best that you know its condition before you proceed to book your tickets. Keep reading!

Statistics

As of January 31 (Sunday), the Department of Health (DOH) reported 487,551 recoveries, 10,749 deaths, and 525,618 total confirmed cases in the Philippines. 

As for the B.1.1.7 variant, the department also reported the same month that 17 cases were detected in the country. But they strongly restated that the minimum public health standards remain the best precautionary measure against COVID-19 and its variants.

To be updated, visit DOH’s page for Covid-19 Tracker.

Vaccine

The first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine from the Gavi vaccine alliance COVAX facility have already reached PH. The cold storage facilities that were prepared for the storing of vaccines are now in use. It has been decided that the vaccines are prioritized for frontline health workers, senior citizens, indigent population, and uniformed personnel, and the cost will be shouldered by the government.

Visit DOH’s FAQ's: Vaccine page for more information.

General Safety Protocols

In DOH’s advisory on the use of masks, it was mentioned that people with good health are not required to wear them, but doing so will not hurt. Instead, it can help minimize the possibility of being infected. There are also many establishments in the country that require the use of facemasks and face shields. The department also issued an advisory on public events and gatherings, stating that it is strictly prohibited to attend, participate, and organize events with a huge number of attendees. 

In terms of curfew, Local Government Units (LGUs) have enforced the joint advisory issued by different government departments last December on shortening the curfew. People around 18-65  of age are now allowed outside homes from 12 am to 4 pm, formerly 10 pm to 5 am.

Travel Advisories

The Department of Tourism (DOT) announced its decision to lift the travel ban and ease the travel restrictions on countries with reported cases of the new Covid variant, effective on February 1 (Monday).

Foreign nationals, who are identified as foreigners with valid visas and former Filipino nationals qualified under the Balikbayan program, were re-allowed to enter the country under relevant IATF resolutions but subject to specific conditions which are stated on the department’s website.

For domestic travels, flights within the country are allowed, but arriving passengers should adhere to the precautionary measures, mandatory protocols, and requirements for travelers imposed by the Philippine government.

Tourism in the Philippines was not an exemption from the drastic changes that the pandemic has caused. Despite it being affected greatly, the government is doing its best for the country’s tourism to slowly get back on its feet as they ease the travel ban and as some sites start to reopen their doors for visitors.

Traveling is not just leisure but a necessity, and even during this pandemic, it is something unavoidable. The best thing you can do to avoid any more hassle than the Covid-19 has already put you through is to know and follow every safety protocol there is. Aside from alcohol, facemask, and face shield, there are other protective weapons you can bring while traveling during this pandemic: knowledge and awareness.

The freedom of traveling always comes with responsibilities, and these responsibilities have become greater as we continue to live and survive in this pandemic. Make the most out of your trip by being informed about your surroundings, and always consider not just your safety but the safety of others too.

How Working from Home Changed the Way We Do Things

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic greatly impacted society’s workforce. Businesses and industries had to integrate the work from home policy whilst most of those who couldn’t had to shut down with millions losing their job.

The work from home system was seen through with the aid of technology and was supported by workers due to the promise of a flexible schedule, the ability to work anywhere, no more commuting, and more family time. It was also partially supported by governments as a way to minimize the economic downfall.

However, it was not all positives for work from home. As the novelty wore off, people got used to the situation and hurdles started to appear. With no one to supervise them in person, workers started to get more distracted and even opt for more vacation time through excuses or computer tricks. Some had a hard time communicating through the new platform and couldn’t collaborate properly, leading to less productivity in team projects. While others weren’t able to properly attend to their work due to faulty internet/Wi-Fi connection.

As workers from home spent more time with their current situation, they eventually had trouble differentiating work ‘from’ home. Some were also found to have felt a sense of loneliness, even those with family at home. The workers' motivation also got gradually worn down without a way to cheer themselves up which they should usually find in their homes after a productive day at work. 

According to a rapid review of 27 studies by BMC Public Health, lack of exposure to the outside world and basic activities caused workers from home to have deteriorating physical health while being isolated without personal communication has made them anxious, easily exhausted, and depressed.

Several clinics and health organizations addressed the review and brought out that traveling can help mitigate the negative impacts and boost the positive benefits brought by working from home as workers need to find a new place of relaxation as a replacement to their old place of comfort. 

So, the question is, what can we do to improve our work from home conditions?

  1. Have a routine.

Do not slack off. Make sure that you still wake up at the same time every morning. It is also important to do the things that you used to do before starting your work. Exercise. Take a shower. Eat.

  1. Do not mix personal and work life.

It is very important to have a distinct line between your personal time and working hours. Have the discipline to clock in and out without blurring the boundaries between the two.

  1. Change scenery from time to time.

Nothing can burn one out more than feeling like you are stuck in one place. Sure, the safest place in the world right now would be inside our homes, but that is not always good for our mental health, right?

No worries because Buenbyahe offers strategic relocation spots where you can safely work from home, stay productive, and help promote the tourism industry.

General COVID-19 Protocols

COVID-19 virus spreads from an interaction of a person to another. In this pandemic, always be wary of your surroundings in order to keep yourself safe and healthy from this virus. Our responsibility as citizens is to help mitigate the spread of this virus by following these tips:

Safety Tips

Keeping yourself safe

  • Always observe at least 1-meter distance between you and other people. This is to maintain social distancing, especially in public places where you can acquire the virus in a close-contact situation.
  • The use of the mask is always a must! Masks are part of the “New Normal” today, the appropriate storage and disposal should be applied when using medical masks to make sure that it will be effective against the virus.
  • Alcohol-based cleanser and the likes can be used to keep your hands clean. Clean your hands before and after you touch or remove your face mask to mitigate contamination.
  • Make sure your face mask covers your nose, lips and chin.

Hygiene Basics

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. In the Philippines, it is a must to wear face masks with a face shield to avoid touching your face and also to avoid the risk of acquiring COVID-19. Do not forget these essentials even if it’s a quick errand from the outside!
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap & water can help disinfect the surfaces that others may have ouched. When in a public place, you can opt to use sanitizers if you need to touch something (ex. Metal knobs, elevator buttons, etc.)
  • Use sanitisers on your hands too, especially if you’ve touched a susceptible surface.
  • Make sure to dispose of your masks and tissues that may contain your bodily fluids. Keep yourself safe and other people too.

Safer Environment

  • If needed to meet-up with your acquaintances, prefer to do it with an outdoor setting. As compared to indoor gatherings, outdoor gatherings are much safer because the air is being circulated well.
  • Remember the 3C’s: Closed, crowded and close contact. Always avoid these 3C’s when going outside or choosing an establishment to dine in or meet with your friends.

Assessing oneself

  • Educate yourself with the symptoms of COVID-19. Acquiring the virus will give you the symptoms of dry cough, fever and fatigue. You may also experience loss of taste or smell, body pains, headaches, rashes, red eyes, etc.
  • If you suspect that you’ve been exposed to the virus, quarantine yourself in 14 days or until you get medically tested.
  • Seek medical attention immediately if you are having the symptoms above.
  • Be alert and be wary of the latest news about COVID-19 virus.

Debunking Myths of COVID-19

FACT: Shoes are unlikely to spread the COVID-19 Virus

COVID-19 virus being spread with shoes are unlikely very low. For preventative measures, a disinfectant mat may be used to mitigate the spread of the virus further. You may also opt to leave your shoes near the entrance when entering the household. When coming from public spaces, clean your shoes thoroughly after running errands.

MYTH: Vitamins and other supplements can cure COVID-19

Vitamins and supplements like Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin D, etc. may help strengthen your immune system but will not entirely cure you of COVID-19 Virus. They play an essential role in your health, so be sure to take supplements much, especially at these trying times.

MYTH: Wearing a mask while exercising is a must

Although wearing a mask is a must when going outdoors, wearing a mask while exercising may hinder the ability to breathe correctly. Moreover, sweat may quickly wet the mask and keep it susceptible to more microorganisms that may harm people. The way to exercise is to keep distance between yourself from other people, and you may opt to exercise outdoors or in an open space. Avoid going to gyms that allow close contact with other people. Follow the protocols and be wary of your surroundings always.

FACT: Bacteria do not cause the Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease

Coronaviridae is a virus that causes COVID-19 disease. With this information, may we educate ourselves with the right treatment and precautions in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease. Do not opt to buy antibiotics to self-medicate, and it may cause further harm to your health. When you’re experiencing one of the symptoms of COVID-19, seek medical help as soon as possible and self-isolate.

FACT: Most people who acquire from COVID-19 recover

People who have mild to moderate symptoms recover from COVID-19 usually, but of course, medical attention should also be sought. If you’re experiencing the symptoms early, consult with your doctor immediately and opt to self-isolate to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in your household. Eat healthy food, rest,  and drinking vitamins should be included in your routine. Moreover, don’t forget your mask, hand sanitizer and follow other precautions to protect yourself in this pandemic.

Small gatherings

According to WHO (World Health Organization), a risk-based approach should always be applied no matter how small a gathering is. Moreover, always stay safe by following your local government’s precautions and rules, especially in having a small gathering in your community. Physical distancing and wearing of masks should be observed, as well as well-ventilated areas if a small gathering would commence in an area.

Attending a small gathering

  • Maintain 1-meter physical distancing from yourself and others. If the distance is not guaranteed, wear a mask and face shield to protect yourself from acquiring the disease.
  • If you feel unwell and already suspected of COVID-19 disease, protect yourself and others by staying at home and getting a medical professional’s attention. At these trying times, assess yourself and look out for susceptible reasons of having COVID-19.
  • Check the local regulations at your area, research about the maximum capacity of a place you’re going to.

Setting up a small gathering

  • Before planning your small gathering, check the local guidelines first. If you could opt for swab testing, do so to ensure that your guests are 100% COVID-19 free.
  • As the event starts, brief guidelines will remind the protocols to ensure that everyone will be safe. Remind them every moment or so.
  • Assign a designated place for hand-washing and other cleansing means. You could also place alcohol tubs for your guests.
Share Your Online Travel Experience

Let the world see the beauty of the Philippines through your eyes!

Travelling is a beautiful experience that is meant to be shared to the entire world. This is your chance to make your loved local tourist spot shine by hosting an experience at Buenbyahe.

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Buenbyahe Online Experience are exciting activities recommended by locals from all the 7,107 islands of the Philippines.

How it Works

If you are a local who wants to earn while promoting a local activity that you are sure tourists would enjoy then you are exactly what we are looking for.

  1. Describe your experience.

Let us know about the activity that you want to promote and what makes it special. Spare no details. Share photos and videos so that we can see just how fun and meaningful it would be to try.

  1. Submit your idea.

Send your pitch to the Buenbyahe Team and we will gladly review this for you. Once approved, we will surely get back to you and help you kick things off. We will also make sure that your listing gets the best exposure to attract guests.

  1. Start hosting.

Once your listing is up and running, we will have a 24/7 support team to assist you and your guests through all the bookings! We will also provide you with tools and educational materials to assist you every step of the way in maintaining the Buenbyahe Guarantee.

Book Now and Pay Later

Buenbyahe offers a range of monthly instalment payment plans for flight fares through the “Book Now Pay Later” option on OneTravel.com. Through this payment term, the budget for travelling is no longer a hindrance for tourists to go to their dream destinations.

The “Book Now Pay Later” or better known as “layaway” allows travellers to book a flight without being asked to immediately pay. Qualifications are easy: one must be 18 years old or above and must be a certified resident of the Philippines. Of course, everyone is subject for credit approvals.

Once the user proceeds to checkout after creating a booking for the desired flight, they must choose “Buenbyahe”. Then, they will be asked to follow the sign up steps to create an account. Once an account is successfully made, they must click “Pay Later” as the payment method. Finally, a credit check will be performed.

The total fees may be paid in equal instalments over either a 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month period. However, interest rates differ from 10-30% APR. Payment methods include bank transfer, debit card, and cheque.

Aside from this hassle-free airfare booking, accommodations are also now available for layaway. Hotels, properties, and online travel agents that allow the monthly instalment payment may be found at Buenbyaherooms.com.

So, what are you waiting for? Book now. Pay later!

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