Rain Guatno


Rain Guatno

I love traveling around the beautiful Philippine Islands and to different countries in Southeast Asia! I'm just grateful that my work allows me to discover, explore and talk about different places.

The world is my classroom. Let's learn from each other!

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Asia » Philippines » Metromanila » Taguig April 27th 2011

When you're in Manila, consider a visit to the sprawling Manila American Cemetery and Memorial. It is located at Old Lawton Avenue at the Bonifacio Global City (Fort Bonifacio) in Taguig, Philippines. Upon entering its gates, I was immediately struck by the tranquility and sublime beauty of the place. The pristine plaza with its circular fountain, the long central mall leading to the memorial, the lush greenery, and the distinct chapel were simply breathtaking. Truly, its architect, Mr. Gardener Dailey, left no stone unturned to create a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives during the war. For me, the Pearl Harbor Memorial in Hawaii, which I had the opportunity of visiting a few years ago, paled in comparison to this memorial. The Manila American Cemetery and Memorial is not only the resting place ... read more
Beauty amidst sorrow
The Battle of the Pacific

Asia » Philippines » Davao del Norte » Samal Island April 26th 2011

What can you do if you have less than 24 hours in Davao? Why, get out of your hotel and explore, of course! After surfing on my mobile and asking a few people, I decided to go the following places in Davao to make the most out of my short trip to this peaceful and cosmopolitan place in North Mindanao, Philippines. First stop: SAMAL ISLAND Following the suggestion that I should first visit the farthest place from my hotel, I took a cab to Kilometer 11 in Sasa then a ferry ride to the Island Garden City of Samal. I left very early in the morning to make sure that I can make the most of my day, and it took me less than an hour to get to Samal. There are actually many resorts in ... read more
Davao Museum
Davao Crocodile Park
The Cassowary

Asia » Philippines » Negros » Bacolod April 26th 2011

"Charming, sweet and refined" is how I would describe the city of Bacolod in Negros Occidental, Philippines. Like a genteel lady, Bacolod unwittingly seduces its visitors with attractions that evoke charm, good taste and generosity. It's no surprise then that it has won the hearts of those who have visited it (including mine). Pride of Heritage Foremost among Bacolod's charms is its colorful history and heritage. "The City that Sugar Built" was home to many men and women of privilege - individuals who were generously rewarded by the production and supply of sugar across the Philippine Islands. Well-preserved ancestral homes reflect both opulence and propriety as well as the ostentatiousness and vanity of the sugar barons and their families. Thus, visitors to Bacolod get to see period style houses that will pique the interest not only ... read more
City of Smiles

Asia » Philippines » Manila April 26th 2011

Safety is important for any traveler. The recent natural disasters, however, shouldn't put an end to your travel plans. Life is short and there are many wonderful places to explore. Preparedness is the key to a safe travel to any place, whether or not the destination is prone to earthquakes. Here are some safety tips so that you won't be caught off-guard when an earthquake strikes while you're in another country: BEFORE TRAVELING ABROAD 1. Make sure to provide a family member, relative or close friend a copy of your itinerary and contact numbers overseas so that they can get in touch with you in case of emergency. Include also the contact information of the place you'd go to for safety in case emergency strikes. 2. Bring a list of emergency contact numbers, including contact information ... read more

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