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Kalayo Music

World Music from the Philippines

Kalayo was formerly known as the Pinikpikan Band, a group of musicians who dared to be different and if you listen, you’ll hear influences of Sanatana, Jimi Hendrix and a range of New Age sounds. They are to the Philippines what Osibisa was to the UK, rebels and consequently pioneers.

Kalayo is a Visayan-Filipino word for “fire” which sounds more inspiring than Pinikpikan which translates to flogging a chicken; a horrid method of killing chickens before cooking. Kalayo is flame; be it yellow, blue, red, green or violet, the heat of their music will always make you feel hot and want more.

Officially formed in 1999, the band has made four music cd albums

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Philippine Butterfly Gardens

Butterfly Farms and Gardens

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Butterflies are the most beautiful and colourful members of the insect world and the name for butterflies in Filipino is Paruparo. The Philippines is endowed with many butterfly species which you may see in the wild if you’re very lucky.

But the surest way to see these colourful insects is to visit one of the many butterfly gardens. At the smallest, butterfly gardens are simply meshed enclosure where the butterflies are bred and you can walk amongst them.

However Filipinos like to do things in style and to do them big. Therefore your visit to a butterfly garden is likely to be a theme park, so you may want to take your lunch,

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Shopping

Indigenous products and top brands at bargain prices

SM Mall San Jose

Filipinos love to shop and shopping in the Philippines can be an adventure. All over the country you will find everything from roadside stalls, small village markets selling fresh produce and crafts to huge shopping malls and colourful bazaars.

A preferred and easy option for visitors wanting a more familiar shopping experience as well as respite from the heat are the large shopping malls which can be found in most larger cities.

Live fresh fish (tilapia) in Floridablanca market, some jumped off the table

The SM Malls can be found in most cities and you can buy local goods along with the worlds popular brands. Note

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Mag-Aso Waterfall

The road to the falls and the many steps leading down to the foot or bottom of the waterfalls is easy, it’s the coming back up after that takes your breath away but its definitely worth the experience.

To get here, drive or take a bus/jeepney to Antequera which is about 30mins drive from Tagbilaran. There a a Php 2.00 entry fee and after climbing down the long flight of concrete steps you’r there. There is a pool about 15 feet deep where the river falls about 10 meters. Its generally safe to swim, but it is advised to keep poor swimmers away from the fall itself as even strong swimmers have difficulty here as te weight of water

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Tarsier

Cute big eyed bush babes

The Tarsier is an endangered species that once flourished throughout Asia, Europe, and North America, this cuddly-looking creature with soft, grayish-fur and known as the world’s smallest monkey. Tarsiers are small animals with enormous eyes and each eyeball is as large as its entire brain. They have a body 10 to 15 cm in length and a 20-25 cm long tail and abnormally long hind legs giving them the ability to jump like crickets.

This endangered species can be found on the Philippine island of Bohol and there are also populations on Sulawesi, Borneo, and Sumatra. They are entirely carnivorous feeding mostly on insects, small vertebrates, such as birds, snakes, lizards, and bats. Tarsiers die

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Bohol

An island to enjoy

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Famous for the ‘Chocolate Hills” World Heritage Area and its fabulous beach resorts like Bohol Beach Club and Flower Beach & Dive Resort, the Island of Bohol east of Cebu Island is only one 100 kms long x 60 kms wide. The principal towns are Tagbilaran (the main business center and point of entry) situated on the south of the island where there is plenty of accommodation and arriving at the port of Tubigon makes for a lower fare from Cebu.

Getting there A 20 minute flight from Cebu Mactan airport will get you there making The Chocolate Hills a day excursion, or take a fast ferry to Tagbilaran, (the regular or slow ferry

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Cebu

A mecca for island adventures

Cebu is the main island of Cebu Province in the Visayas. It lies to the east of Negros Island; to the east is Leyte and to the southeast is Bohol Island. It is flanked on its west side by the Tañon Strait (between Cebu and Negros) and on the east side by the Cebu Strait (between Cebu and Bohol). Cebu is located between 9°25’N and 11°15’N latitude and between 123°13’E and 124°5’E longitude in the center of the archipelago.

Geographically Cebu is a large area of the Philippines were you will find some of the worlds best beaches and exciting coral reefs. So pack your shorts and bathers as there are 3 million locals ready

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