Where to Date for Monol Magic

It’s February again and that means Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Here in the academy, it’s also the season of Monol Magic! Students may have found the right one in a person called ‘classmate’, so it’s the perfect time to hang out together for those feelings to bloom like the flowers just in time with Panagbenga!

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Either too cheesy or too much love in the air, you’ve got to check out these lovey-dovey destinations for a memorable date:

For the Artsy Couple:

Love is beautiful and so is art! As a student, a museum date is very fulfilling in both romantic and academic aspects. You get to immerse yourself in art, discover different cultures, and spend quality time with your partner. Situated at Km 6, Asin Road, the museum holds the works of national artist Benedicto Cabrera, hence the name BenCab.

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Cafe Sabel (Photo: https://lostandwonder.com)

Here you’ll also find exhibits from other artists, as well as the famous erotica gallery and a garden where you can stroll around. To finish it all off, you can grab a bite to eat at the museum’s Cafe Sabel, named after BenCab’s muse in his paintings, where they serve home cooked dishes with farm fresh ingredients.

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Cafe Sabel (Photo: https://lostandwonder.com)

For the Outdoorsy Pair:

It’s a given that Baguio’s scenery is definitely a feast for the eyes. Plus, with the outdoors, there’s so much to discover! Step outside campus and enjoy a lovely picnic under the pine trees in Camp John Hay, and afterward take part in trekking an eco-trail and zip lining. If you’re up to a challenge, you can also try hiking popular mountains near Baguio like Mt. Yangbew/Jumbo or Mt. Kalugong, both located in La Trinidad.

If you’re into simple and close to town activities, you can always ride a bike and go boating in Burnham Park. This date idea is like the equivalent of the traditional ‘I love you!’ plus it’s a must-experience in Baguio. Don’t forget to try out Burnham delicacies like ice cream and ice-scramble.

For the Ultimate Food Date:

As they say, food is a love language, and Camping Date located in Legarda Road translates that into Korean cuisine and unique dining experience. Customers ‘camp’ indoors while enjoying specialties such as Korean chicken and pizza. It’s both a gastronomical adventure and a date to remember. It’s also a nice change of pace from campus food.

But if you really want to treat your partner to some chocolate for the heart’s day, Tsokolateria (Upper Session road) is a great cafe where you can enjoy the best Filipino hot chocolate. It’s made from roasted cacao beans and you can partner it with mouth-watering food from their menu.

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Vizco’s Strawberry Shortcake (Photo: http://www.carizzachua.com

To top it all off, you can celebrate the end of a wonderful date by grabbing a bite of cake. Vizco’s, located at Session Road, is famous for their cakes especially their Strawberry Shortcake. A sweet ending to a delightful Valentine!

 

 

5 Beaches to Explore Away from Baguio

The Philippines boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Surrounded mostly by water, going to beach is always on the top list on the itinerary of tourists and travelers who are visiting the country. On the weekend, you might want to explore the lowlands and hit one of these destinations:

San Juan

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San Juan beach, also dubbed as the “Surfing Capital of the Philippines” is one of the destinations where Monol keeps coming back to because it is an ideal package deal for a quick getaway. It takes only two hours to go there, so a day would be enough for a round trip back to Baguio. Make the most of the day by riding through the waves and surfing lessons which costs around 400 pesos per head or by just simply sitting along the shore, talking, and pigging out.

Patar Beach

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Quick Facts
Travel time from Baguio City: 4 hours
Activities: Swimming

Patar Beach is located in Bolinao, Pangasinan a four hour-travel from Baguio City. This haven boasts crystal clear water and mocha-colored sand, as well as the serene atmosphere of unadulterated nature. Patar beach’s country side vibe, traditional huts, and warm-hearted people, overall, is a haven for your laid-back precedence.

Aside from the swimming activity, you can also explore some nearby attractions such as the Enchanted Cave, Bolinao Falls, and Lighthouse.

“Pagudpud”

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The municipality of Pagudpud is located in Ilocos Norte, an eight-hour ride from Baguio City. It may sound quite a long journey on the way there, but it’s all worth it upon being greeted by white sand beach and crystal clear shores thus gaining its title as “Boracay of the North”. Aside from this, you can also enjoy the Bangui Wind farm, light house, museums, parks, and waterfalls.

Hundred Islands

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Hundred Islands National Park is considered as one of the National Geological Monuments of the Philippines consisting of whooping 123 islands or 124 islands during low-tide where you can do lots of activities such as paragliding, banana boating, snorkeling, and canoe plus picnic and lots of photo-opts. It takes three hours and thirty minutes from Baguio.

Lingayen Beach

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Lingayen beach is one of the nearest beaches from Baguio City. It would only take you two hours and a half to reach this serene and breezy place. Lingayen gulf is known as a military base during the World War II. Not far from the beach is the provincial capitol where you could drop by to have a background of its history. In between the beach and the capitol is a display of the actual military equipment used during the era. If you wish to spend your time at the shore, there are free cottages where you can chill, a pavement where you can stroll, and some food stalls or nearby hotel restaurants to grab a bite. Either way is a delightful experience to just sit around and unwind.

If you wish to explore some of these destinations, Monol conducts weekend trip every two weeks where you can enjoy doing outdoor activities with other students.