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San Antionio: Cheap Holidays San Antonio

This buzzing place is just 20 minutes away from the Ibiza town and the airport itself. San Antonio has a diversity for young and old adventurers and night-lifer’s and is very well-known in the Mediterranean for it’s popular and captivating resorts and sunset cafe’s. The most awaited time of the year is from August to September where foreigners from Europe mostly bump into each other in the spirit of this place, an excitement and thrills only this place can offer. Plan a cheap holiday San Antonio now and see for yourself what you used to read on magazines are actually what you will experience.

Things to do

The coastlines are mostly well-kept with palm trees to capture it’s grandeur. Although, its harbor dominated with sunset cafe’s are most sought out. Where foreigners and even the locals wouldn’t wanna miss the picturesque of the sunset toppled with a cocktail or two. There are many famous landmarks and sights like the Calo des’ Moro, which is just 10 minutes away from the town proper. You can kick off your walking shoes and dive into one of the watersports they are offering in their safe and shallow waters. Or kick off a day or two at Cala Conta, Cala Bassa or Cala Tarida cruise along in their fine ferries or big boats.

Where to stay

San Antonio has all the accommodations that suits your every needs. From hotels to hostels,apartments and suites…all for your disposal. Mind you these hotels offer online reservations. Book early and get a cheap holiday San Antonio. Most of the hotels are near these popular sunset strips. Make haste and book early so you can get on ahead with the hustle and bustle of the season. Let the scenic beauty capture your every fantasy and wallow into the time of pure vacation and relaxation. Tag along those digicam for souvenirs and put on that perfect vacationer smile, only here on San Antonio.

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Thanksgiving for Non-Americans

My husband and I went to a big mall in our place to have a haircut and I was greeted with a big banner, ” Thanksgiving Day: It’s time to give thanks!”. My initial reaction was disgust simply because  Filipinos dont know what is Thanksgiving in the first place. And I want to respect the Americans to celebrate such important holiday to themselves, who really have the real meaning of Thanksgiving in their souls.

My husband said I’m just over reacting but I told him, I know the origin and what that holiday means to the Americans as someone who studied History in college and lived with an American family for many years. Also, our city doesn’t have that much American ex-pats or tourists to include the celebration for the mall’s activity. My argument is that the mall made a big deal on that occasion to attract shoppers without knowing that people even don’t know what it is…

I would be interested to know what Americans would feel if other countries make a “commercial” celebration of their own holiday…

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Camiguin Island

Finally, my husband and I had the chance to visit this island in Mindanao. We have been planning this trip since we were dating and it was the first time that we went to a short trip alone. Sort of a honeymoon for us..


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White Water Rafting

I never had a chance to be active in my entire life. When I was a kid, I detest running and would like to settle in board games or hide an seek games. Blame it to my asthma or just the lack of interest but I was never a sporty person.

It changed now that my son is becoming a toodler, I have no choice but to run around and keep on panting. He pulls my sleeve to run again and again until my knees tremble. So with my husband for our anniversary tour, we packed and went for some adventurous post honeymoon idea- water rafting.

Water rafting is an extreme sports of dealing with rapids caused by big boulders in rivers. In the Philippines, water rafting is synonymous with Cagayan de Oro. It used to be reserved for business tycoons spending at least P10K each but President Gloria tried it herself and paved the way for more operators for water rafting. Now, one can expereince this amazing sport for less than P1K each or for the whole team more or less P6-7K.

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Mindanao

I received a call from my mom last Monday, August 18 early morning. “Kolambogan was attacked!”, and finally my mom woke me up. For the past days, the whole nation have seen how forces of Moro Islamic Liberation Front attacked the

Children displaced from their own homes. The painting depicst the vinta, a Muslim boat.

Children displaced from their own homes. The painting depicts the vinta, a Muslim boat.

town of Cotabato, and there was no news of possible attack in other places of Mindanao especially Lanao. These attacks are connected with the Muslim group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) who wants to control and regain Mindanao from the Philippine government.

Islam and Christianity

Philippines has been referred as the first Christian nation in Asia; brought by the Spaniards who colonized the country for more than 300 years. For hundreds of years, Spanish influences were adopted by the Filipino natives in their own culture from food to language. Every student in Philippines would tell you that Catholicism is the best gift that the Spanish colonizers gave.

However, not all Filipinos are Catholic or Christians, majority of non-Christian Filipinos are Muslims. And most Filipino Muslims reside in Mindanao. Islam was introduced to the country long before Ferdinand Magellan sat foot on the islands, and early Filipinos were Muslims. The reason why most Muslims are in Mindanao is that, the Spaniards were not able to colonized the area.

Mindanao, unlike other places in the Philippines is a big chunk of land mass; while most parts of the Philippines are islands. Hence, it was very hard for the colonizers to have full control of Mindanao so they let the Muslims alone. For years, Muslims live and controlled the whole area of Mindanao, not until the early 50s.

The Coming of the Christians

After the Second World War, when the rest of the country was in turmoil and devastation was opened for Christians to migrate. Referred as the “Land of Promise”, Mindanao was the perfect place to start their lives all over again. Christians from provinces of Bohol, Capiz and Ilocos for example were given hopes to improve themselves. My mother’s family moves to Lanao from Bohol right after the war and their lives greatly improved owning vast lands and other properties.

Christians, started to purchase lands from Muslim who sold their properties for a very small price. It is not a surprise to see many Christian families having a large piece of land where they planted crops like coconut and rice. But peace didn’t reside, shortly after Christians and Muslims were fighting at each other.

Conflict in Mindanao

Muslims are concerned by the fact that Christians became well-off but their own people became poor or poorer. The Christians began to control the agriculture and other industries s well as the politics of Mindanao, Muslims are now aware of the inequality between them and the Christians.

Conflict started with land grabbing between to camps, stealing of crops and many others. Cases of Muslims raiding each houses for money and other cruelty surfaced. Soon, Christian civilians formed groups to deal with the Muslims with the most notorious group, “Ilaga’ which means ,”Rat”. This group and other underground anti-Muslim groups in the Philippines vow to stop the Muslim cruelties in Mindanao with some resorted to ethnic cleansing. This is one of the reason why some provinces in Mindanao are “Christianized” while the others are Muslims. Take Lanao as an example, it is divided into Norte (North) and Sur (South); majority of the residents of Lanao del Norte are Christians while Sur are Muslims.

Muslim Sentiment

It’s unfair for the Muslims to be blamed for all the terror in Mindanao. They themselves are victims and most of them try to live a harmonious lives with the Christians. Muslims who want to avoid the conflict in Mindanao even moved to other parts in the Philippines like Cebu and Manila, and went into trading to support their families. Whenever news of Muslim and Christian encounter would surface, Muslims would feel anxious that they will be put into blame. Muslim civilians even help Christians by informing them of some news of future attacks from Muslim rebels.

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Clubbing in Ibiza

What’s the best way to spend cheap holidays Ibiza? The answer would definitely be clubbing and have a nightlife like no other. Ibiza is known all throughout the world as the party capital with its capital the town of Eivissa and San Antonio to name a few. Cheap holidays Ibiza will put clubbing and partying the first on the “things to do” especially for the young travelers.

Ibiza has been visited with famous celebrities just to experience what Ibiza can offer to its guest looking for some fun. Though Ibiza is notorious for just an island for sex and alcohol and the “Gomorrah of the Mediterranean; no one can deny the fact that it is the best place to have a party. For three decades, Ibiza still stood by its name as the party capital of the world with its clubs, DJs, music, drink and most of all, the hedonistic and wild crowd.

The most famous club in Ibiza is Privilege, hailed as the world’s biggest club complete with indoor garden and pool inside the vicinity. Because of its music and popularity, it is jam-packed with partygoers each night. Privilege has been closely associated with Ibiza that they say, if you didn’t party in Privilege is like you didn’t go to Ibiza at all! There are other world renowned clubs like Pacha, the first club in the island, Es Paradis for water and foam parties, Eden, Space and many more.

Clubbing in Ibiza as part of cheap holidays in the island means you have to change your clock, you wake up at noon or mid afternoon and start partying early at night until the sun rises the next day. Because of its bad image for rowdy and absolutely no inhibitions from partygoers, the government wants to pass a regulation that will close the clubs and bars at 6am. But whatever it is, there is nothing wrong to seek some fun in Ibiza’s wildest nightclubs.

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