Travel Worry-Free and Win with Bonamine!

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Traveling is one of the best experience that we do and ought to do more. Traveling enable us to learn new things, adapt to the culture of the places and people that we encounter, discover and visit new favorite destinations that was once our dream, and even know more about ourselves, our hidden talent and our deepest desires in life.

Traveling is a continuous adventure that is most of the time fun, but there are times that we struggle and encounter challenges during the trips that we have. One of the challenges that we encounter that sometimes ruin our planned adventure is motion sickness or travel sickness.

Motion sickness or travel sickness according to experts is a the feeling you get when the motion you sense with your inner ear is different from the motion you visualize. Since there is a confusion on what we see and what we hear our body tend to react by making us uneasy at first then dizzy, followed by sweating a lot and at times our head aches so much that we feel weak and we tend to vomit a lot.

Motion sickness is like a culprit, it occurs sometimes when you least expect. It can occur even if you are just sitting on the car or during a bumpy airplane ride. As for us, the most common attack that we encounter is whenever we travel for about four (4) to five (5) hours or  when we travel by sea, when we eat a lot before and during a bumpy ride .

Good thing we find a way to prevent motion sickness, thanks to the Travel Bloggers Conference spearheaded Taisho Pharmaceuticals that we attended last February 9, 2018 at Microtel Mall of Asia Manila. During the conference Taisho’s Country Head and Regional Director for SEA Commercial Operations, Tito Tolentino, emphasize the importance of making a motion sickness medicine, like Bonamine, be part of every traveler's journey.  By taking Bonamine an hour before a trip, Bonamine will address motion sickness or traveler sickness for 24 hours to ensure travelers to experience a comfortable, worry- free and fun-filled trips and adventure.

Tito Tolentino,Taisho’s Country Head and Regional Director for SEA Commercial Operations.

Travel Bloggers during the Bonamine Travel Bloggers Conference.

During the conference, Taisho also rolled out Bonamine Travel and Win Promo intended for travelers, bakasyunistas, biyaheros and backpackers. Bonamine Travel and Win Promo will let travelers get the chance to win a trip for four (4) to  Hongkong for three (3) days and two (2) nights. Aside from the Hongkong trip, participants will get the chance to win an overnight accomodations to Hotel H20 for Luzon, Crown Regency Hotels and Towers for Visayas and Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao for Mindanao.

How to join Bonamine Travel and Win Promo:

1. Take a selfie with Bonamine promo pack.

2. Share your Bonamine enjoy and biyahe experience.
Don't forget to use the hashtag #bonamine and #travelandwin

3. Upload the photo at Bonamine Philippines

Bonamine Travel and Win Promo will run from March 1 to July 31, 2018. Winners will be announced on  Bonamine Facebook Page.

For more details about Bonamine Travel and Win Promo, visit Bonamine Philippines Facebook page.

So next time you plan to travel and visit the majestic and wonderful destinations in the Philippines, don't forget to bring Bonamine so that you'll have a comfortable, worry- free and fun-filled travel and food adventure in the Philippines!

Itinerary and Destinations for Calaguas Island and Vinzons Camarines Norte Heritage Site Trip

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Camarines Norte is known for its premier islands located in Calaguas. Calaguas Group of Island is composed of major and minor islands along with some rock formations. Majority of the islands in Calaguas is under the supervision of the municipality of Vinzons while Maculabo Island is under the jurisdiction of Paracale.

Vinzons Camarines Norte aside from being one of the gateways to Calaguas Island has rich Filipino culture and heritage sites that locals tag the former as an Eco-Heritage Town of Camarines Norte. This heritage sites can also serve as an additional travel destination before or after relaxing in Calaguas Island.

How to go to Vinzons, Camarines Norte


From Pasay

Go to Philtranco Terminal Station and ride a bus going to Daet, Camarines Norte. They have four trips daily, one (1) morning and three in  (3) the afternoon. Ordinary Bus fare costs Php 450 while Aircondition Bus costs Php 555.10.

Philtranco Bus Schedule going to Daet, Camarines Norte

Morning - 8:00 AM
Afternoon – 1:00 PM, 8:00 PM, 9:30 PM

From Daet, Camarines Norte ride a jeepney or taxi going to Vinzons. Jeepney fare costs Php 20 while taxi fare costs around Php 100-200.

From Cubao

Go to either Philtranco or Superlines Terminal Station and ride a bus going to Daet, Camarines Norte. Philtranco has two (2) trips daily, 10:30 AM and 7:00PM; while Superlines has 16 trips daily.

From Daet, Camarines Norte ride a jeepney or taxi going to Vinzons. Jeepney fare costs Php 20 while taxi fare costs around Php 100-200.


• Book a flight going to Pili Airport or Naga Airport in Camarines Sur. Both Cebu Pacific and
Philippine Airlines cater flights to the former. To date, Camarines Norte has no commercial flights.
From Ninoy Aquino International Airport you'll reach Naga Airport for more or less an hour and fifteen minutes.  

• From Naga Airport, you'll reach Daet, Camarines Norte after a two to two and half hour drive. You can either ride a van, taxi or bus from Naga to Daet.

• From Daet, Camarines Norte ride a jeepney or taxi going to Vinzons. Jeepney fare costs Php 20 while taxi fare costs around Php 100-200.



9:00 PM – ETD to Cubao or Pasay


5:00 AM – ETA to Daet, Camarines Norte
5:15 AM – ETD Daet to Vinzons, Camarines Norte
5:45 AM – ETA to Vinzons Port and Breakfast
6:00 AM – ETD Vinzons Port to Labo River to Mahabang Buhangin Beach, Calaguas Island
8:00 AM – ETA Mahabang Buhangin, Calaguas Island/ Set Camp/ Explore/ Trekking
12:00 PM – LUNCH
13:00 PM  – Island Hopping
18:00 PM- Dinner
19:00 PM- Socialization
20:00 PM – Lights Out


6:00 AM – Wakeup Call
7:00 AM – Breakfast
9:00 AM – Break Camp
10:00 AM – ETD Mahabang Buhangin Beach to Vinzons Port
12:00 PM – ETA Vinzons Port
12:15 PM – Lunch at Estella’s Garden
13:15 PM –ETD Estella’s Garden to Saint Peter the Apostle Church
13:30 PM – ETA Saint Peter the Apostle Church/ Explore the Oldest Church in Camarines Norte
14:30 PM -ETD Saint Peter the Apostle Church to Century Old House
14:33 PM – ETA Century Old House/ Explore
15:00 PM – ETD Century Old House to Jannah’s Pasalubong
15:10 PM – ETA Jannah’s Pasalubong
15:35 PM – ETD Jannah’s Pasalubong to Daet
15:45 PM – ETA Daet
16:00 PM- ETD Daet to Manila


Labo River

A five to ten minutes cruise at the serene river of Labo will jump start your Calaguas adventure. The scenic view of Labo River is comparable to the well-known peaceful and calming Loboc River of Bohol. 

The river banks of Labo is occupied with maricolcol or palm. Locals use the fruit of maricolcol in making lambanog, a kind of Filipino alcoholic beverages made of coconut or palm, while the leaves of the former is used for making walis tingting or a kind of Filipino broom.

Mahabang Buhangin Beach, Tinaga Island

Located in the province of Camarines Norte in Bicol Region, Calaguas Group of Island includes Tinaga Island, Guintinua Island, Maculabo Island, minor islands and several rock formations. Most of the island is under the jurisdiction of Vinzons while Maculabo Island is under the municipality of Paracale.

To date, travelers and tourists settle in Tinaga Island’s long beach called Mahabang Buhangin. Tourists and locals tagged the former as “Boracay 20 years ago” because coastline of the beach is comparable to Boracay before commercial establishment was built in the former.

Mahabang Buhangin Beach has turquoise colored sea and white, powdery sand. Tourists would always commend the island's  ocean. They are amazed at how the colors of the sea change from crystal clear to turquoise to royal blue as it reaches the horizon. Another attraction in Tinaga Island are the breathtaking sceneries that can be seen on top of the hills of the island.

Saint Peter the Apostle Church

Saint Peter the Apostle Church is the oldest church found in Camarines Norte. In 1611,  Franciscan friars under Juan de Losar, OFM, the first parish priest of St. Peter, build the church in the town of Tacboan.

In 1624 the town of Tacboan was relocated and build a new church under the same patron, St. Peter and named the new town  Indan. 

After the World War II, the town of Indan’s name was changed to the surname of Camarines Norte Governor and youngest delegate of Philippine Constitutional Convention of 1936, Wenceslao Q. Vinzons.

In 2011, the people of Vinzons celebrated the 400th foundation anniversary of the church, but, a year after, the limestone church was destroyed by a fire. Unfortunately, most of the historical artifacts were not saved except for the stone walls of the Church and the image of St Peter placed on the 

Through the effort of Fr. Augusto Jesus B. Angeles III, the church was rehabilitated and restored to its original structure. 

Century Old House  

A walk through the century-old houses of Vinzons Camrines Norte can be done after visiting Saint Peter the Apostle Church.

The facade of the houses stand along one of the main streets of Vinzons along with the furniture inside the houses that show the rarity, beauty and emotional connection of the furniture to its owners.

The most prominent century old house in Vinzons is the ancestral house of  Wenceslao Q. Vinzons. It is located on one of the main roads of the town’s central. The two-storey house  was declared a National Historical Landmark in 1991 by National Historical Institute. According to locals, the house cradles Wenceslao Q. Vinzons  memorabilia and was once a public library.Unfortunately,Vinzons ancestral house is closed and needs rehabilitation

Estella’s Garden

Well-known Bicol dishes such as laing and sinantol can be savored at Estella's Garden along with Vinzons Camarines Norte delicacies  like Angko and Hinalo.

Angko is a glutenous rice with crushed sweetened peanuts. Angko tastes like mochi filled with peanut butter. Angko costs Php 15.00 per pack .

Hinalo is another kind of glutenous rice with biko and pili bits. Hinalo tastes like tikoy but with the texture of suman. Hinalo costs Php 7.00.

 Jannah’s Pasalubong

Before leaving Vinzons Camarines Norte, it is a must to visit Jannah's Pasalubong. The former sells delectable delicacies made of pili nuts and flour based products.



Pili Roll is made of soft chiffon filled with yema like filling and chopped pili.


A delicious treat loaded with pili nuts, milk and sugar 


Bread filled with yema filing and pili nuts.


Thin and crunchy tart filled with creaminess of pili nuts.

To know more about Vinzons, Camarines Norte, you may visit the following social media accounts:




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Love is in the air at Zoocobia as they open their pre-valentine event this February 10, 2018 with the theme "PUZOOAN MO AKO!" in Zoocobia Fun Zoo, Clark Pampanga.

This coming celebration of the season of love, Zoocobia Fun Zoo prepared amazing activities, attractions, adventures and surprises for lovers, family, and group of friends.

Lovers, soulmate, family and friends can experience one of a kind Pre-Valentines Day celebration with Zoocobia's Sky Lantern Flight. Hundreds of wish lanterns will soar all together on February 10 to signifying that love conquers all, even the sky.

Aside from Sky Lantern Flight, Zoocobia prepared entertainment and inspirational activities through the Night Owl Show featuring the Animal Parade, Horses on Parade, Aeta’s Tribal Show, Neon Show (Philippine Pride and Adventure Rides, LED Dancers, Night Owl Dancers and Fireworks Display).

Zooc Ride. (photo credit to Zoocobia Fun Zoo)

Zoocobia Fun Zoo is a fun and amusing zoo theme park that offers interesting and enjoyable activities and attractions including the first gravity car ride in the Philippines suited for all ages and will surely provide a thrilling and fun experience called the Zooc Ride. Other Zoocbia attractions also include the Maze, Zoocology Museum, The Barn, Giant Slides and Birds of Paradise, a close encounter with different colorful birds nestled on tree branches.

Another must-try attraction is Clarkzilla Adventure. Clarkzilla Adventure is the newest adventure park beside Zoocobia that offers new heart-stopping activities such as 4X4 Ride, ATV Ride and Zipline.

Buy one ticket of Zoomanity Parks at www.zoomanitypayment.com and automatically get one free ticket for your loved one. Valid until February 28, 2018, Mondays to Fridays only including Valentine’s Day. For inquiries, you may visit our Facebook account https://web.facebook.com/zoomanitygroup/ or our website www.zoomanity.com.ph or contact us at 847-0413 or 899-9824.

Tree Top Adventure Subic and Baguio at 25th PTAA Travel Expo

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Tree Top Adventure (TTA), one of the leading theme park in the Philippines will join the 25th PTTA Travel Expo on February 9 to 11, 2018 at SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia, Pasay.

The 25th PTTA Travel Expo will showcase 335 travel related companies that promises to provide great discounts and services to Filipino travelers. Among this companies are airlines, hotel and resorts, cruise and ship liners, travel agencies, tour operators, travel insurance and theme parks.

This year, Tree Top Adventure Marketing Officers from Baguio and Subic will exhibiting their zip line rides and team building activities and facilities. They will also provide tickets with 50% off discount and can entertain travel operators or travel agencies who likes to be accredited under TTA.

Silver Surfer Ride at Tree Top Adventure Subic

Tree Top Adventure is a must experience tourism destination in Northern Luzon, Philippines.

It was established in 2008 and to date, Tree Top Adventure has two branches, the first one is located in Subic, Zambales and the second, which was established in 2010, is located in Baguio City. Tree Top Adventure mesmerize their guests by providing a breathtaking scenery while enjoying every zip line ride that they have. Aside from the rides, the theme park also provides unique and mechanical team building activities that will surely leave a mark on each member of the group.

Team Building activity and facility of Tree Top Adventure Subic.

For more information about Tree Top Adventure (TTA), you may contact the following details,
Tree Top Adventure Subic
Jest Area, Upper Mau, Cubi Point,
Subic Bay Freeport Zone
M: +63922 576 9156 / +63915 838 9354
T: +6347 252 9425
E: treetopadventure@yahoo.com

4 Must Try Holiday Dishes with Casillero del Diablo Wines

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Holiday means fun and feast for most of us, Filipinos. It's the time of the year when relatives and friends from different islands and regions of the Philippines; and even abroad gather, bond, enjoy and rekindle the bittersweet memories of the past.

Along with the festivity of this season are the much-awaited dishes served by our loved ones. Dishes that sometimes can be savored once a year or those that had been passed from generations to generations. Aside from this dishes, we, Filipinos also love to spice up the dishes that we serve during the holiday season and the best way to add spirit and flavor to Filipino dishes that we grew up with is by adding Casillero del Diablo wines on the former. 

Casillero del Diablo wines by Concha Y Toro Wines are made with selected and finest grapes from Chile's best wine valleys. Casillero del Diablo wines capture the essence of each grape with a combination of cultivated aromas, flavor, and style.

As one of the most versatile wines, Casillero del Diablo has an amazing capacity to spice up a recipe, which culinary rock star, Curiosity Got the Chef host, and sought-after pop-up dinner Chef Sharwin Tee swears by.  From Merlot, Chardonnay, Chile’s famous Carmenere and Cabernet Sauvignon, each variety is supremely adaptable to different flavors and profiles.

So drink, eat, and be merry. Take your cue from these easy-to-follow, wine-infused recipes of Casillero del Diablo brand ambassador Chef Sharwin Tee, which are all guaranteed to bring comfort and joy to your partakers



Grilled Chicken with Guava Glaze

Good for four(4) people

Guava and Casillero del Diablo Carmenere adds zest to the already familiar grilled chicken’s smoky and juicy quality. Whether with carbs or veggies on the side, this is a crave-worthy dish with deep umami notes that will keep you wanting for more!


                           For the chicken:                              
       4 chicken breast fillets, around 150-180g each          
1/2 cup guava jam
1/2 cup Casillero del Diablo Carmenere
1/4 cup coconut vinegar
2 tbsps water
salt and pepper to taste

For the pickled green mango:

2 small green mangoes, cubed
1 cup coconut vinegar
1 tbsp salt
2 tbsps sugar
pepper to taste


1. To make the pickle toppings, combine all the pickle ingredients and mix well.  Set aside.
2. In a pot, combine Casillero del Diablo Carmenere, guava jam, water, and vinegar.  
3. Bring to a simmer and reduce until it becomes a glaze or syrup consistency.
4. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
5. Grill the chicken until golden brown and cooked for about 5-7 minutes.
6. Brush the cooked chicken breasts generously with the glaze.
7. Serve with the pickles on the side.

Arroz a la Cubana “Omu-Style”

Good for two (2) people

An utterly comforting rice dish bursts with a new intense flavor. With this easy to assemble recipe, you can now reach for a classic and comforting meal in few minutes that’s worth every bite!


200 g ground beef
50 g carrots, cut into small cubes     
50 g frozen peas, thawed
2 cloves garlic
1 small red onion, minced
1/8 cup tomato paste
1 cup Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon
1 cup cooked rice
4 extra large eggs
2 large saba bananas, cut into thin strips
salt and pepper to taste
6 tbsps. of cooking oil


1. In a sauté pan, cook the ground beef in half the oil.  Season with salt and pepper.
2. Once browned, add in onions, garlic and carrots and sauté until fragrant.
2. Add the tomato paste and cook for a minute more. Pour in Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon and simmer for 2 minutes. Add in water enough to just cover the surface of the meat. Simmer until almost dry, adding the peas just as the beef is finishing.
3. In another sauté pan, cook the saba strips in oil until golden. Set aside.
4. Pour the eggs into a nonstick pan to cook form a flat omelet.  Cook only one side, about one minute. Remove from pan.
5. Place the rice and the beef mixture into half the flat omelet and fold the other half over to form a half moon crescent.  Top with the saba strips.

Spicy Mussel and Clam Binakol

Good for four (4) to six (6) person

Cold and dreary months call for a à la minute soup for slurping. So try this light recipe that’s packed with spice and fresh flavors that are perfect for a crisp, chilly day.


500 g fresh mussels
500 g fresh manila clams
1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, sliced thinly
2 stalks of lemongrass
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsps Korean chili paste like Gochujang or Chinese chili garlic sauce
2 young coconut (buko)
1 cup Casillero del Diablo Chardonnay
8 leaves fresh basil
2 tbsps cooking oil


1. In a wok or deep pot, sauté the ginger and garlic in the oil until fragrant. Add the chili paste and cook 1 minute more.
2. Add the lemongrass, clams, and mussels. Pour in the Casillero del Diablo Chardonnay. Cover and simmer for 2 minutes.
3.  Add coconut water and the meat. Cook until the clams and mussels open.  Discard the unopened ones.
4.  Serve with torn basil leaves as garnish.

Pulled Pork Adobo Nachos

Good for six (6) to eight (8) people 

East meets West with this surprisingly substantial appetizer! Philippines’ national dish adobo that’s simmered in Casillero del Diablo Merlot gives the shredded pork unparalleled fork-tender texture and a delightful contrast of sweet and spicy.


250 g pork shoulder or kasim, cut into big pieces
1 cup Casillero del Diablo Merlot
1 cup coconut vinegar
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 large red onion sliced thinly
2 bay leaves
1 tbsp. whole peppercorns
2 whole bulbs of garlic
3 ripe tomatoes, chopped
1 large green mango, cut into small cubes
2 calamansi
2 tbsps. olive oil
4 tbsps. cooking oil
1 cup sour cream
1/8 cup cilantro leaves
200 g tortilla chips
salt and pepper to taste


1. In a pot, brown all sides of the pork seasoned with salt.  Add the onions and sauté until fragrant.
2. Pour in the Casillero del Diablo Merlot and vinegar and simmer for 1 minute.
3. Add the soy sauce, peppercorns, and bay leaves.  Simmer until pork is fork tender, about 1 hour.  Water may be added if it dries too quickly.  
4. Slice the tops of the garlic to expose the meat.  Season with salt and pepper and one tbsp. of olive oil. Wrap them in aluminum foil and roast in a 375-degree F oven for 45 minutes.
5. Combine the green mango, tomato, calamansi juice, and remaining olive oil.  Season with salt, pepper. Set aside.
6.   Remove the skin from the garlic and combine with sour cream.  Set aside.
7.   Using two forks, flake the adobo meat until they become thin strips.
8.   Assemble the nachos by placing the chips on a serving platter, topping them with the mango and tomato mixture, the sour cream and the adobo flakes.
9.   Garnish with cilantro leaves. 

Once done the cooking, be sure to take time to relax and sip some Casillero del Diablo wine because nothing beats enjoying Casillero del Diablo finest wines after a hard day of work in the kitchen.  

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