Quezon City, City Guide

Published Date : August 3, 2022 City Guide Travel guide


Introducing Quezon City


Quezon City, popularly known as Q.C. (pronounced Kyusi in Filipino), is the Philippines’ most populated city. According to the most recent census, it has a population of 3,198,926 individuals. The city was envisioned as the Philippines’ new national capital to replace Manila, which was suffering from overcrowding, a lack of housing, inadequate sanitation, and traffic congestion. Quezon City dubbed the “City of Stars” because of its culture, entertainment industry, and media, is home to major television networks’ headquarters and studios. Commerce, education, research, technology, politics, tourism, art, and sports are also well-known. The city is home to several national government branches, notably the Batasang Pambansa Complex, which houses the Philippine House of Representatives.

Short History 

From 1948 to 1976, Quezon City was the Philippines’ chartered city and capital. The city is located in central Luzon, just northeast of Manila. It was named after President Manuel Luis Quezon, who chose the site (which was previously a private estate) in 1939, and it took over as the capital in 1948. The city began to flourish following World War II (1939–45) with the construction of government facilities on the Capitol Site, and it is now considered part of Metro Manila. However, many national government activities remained in Manila, and the capital was returned to Manila in 1976.



  1. AMA Computer University
  2. Angelicum College
  3. Ateneo de Manila University
  4. Central College of the Philippines
  5. Miriam College
  6. St. Joseph’s College of Quezon City
  7. St. Mary’s College Quezon City
  8. St. Paul University Quezon City
  9. Trinity University of Asia
  10. University of the Philippines Diliman


  1. Eastwood Mall
  2. Gateway Mall
  3. SM City North EDSA
  4. SM City Fairview
  5. Tiendesitas
  6. TriNoma
  7. U.P Town Center
  8. Vertis North


  1. Capitol Medical Center
  2. East Avenue Medical Center
  3. FEU-NRMF Medical Center
  4. St. Luke’s Medical Center
  5. The Medical City
  6. UERM Memorial Medical Center
  7. World Citi Medical Center

Tourist Spots

  1. Art In Island
  2. EDSA Shrine
  3. La Mesa Eco Park
  4. Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center
  5. Quezon Memorial Circle
  6. Santo Domingo Church

While you’re there

Things to see & do 

Visit Galleries

Quezon City, Philippines

Quezon City, Philippines.

The largest and most populated city in Metro Manila, Quezon City is noted for its skyscrapers, massive commercial districts, vibrant food hubs, and dozens of shopping complexes. Even if the traffic is sometimes terrible, it’s one of the Metro’s go-to spots for the latest and greatest. The City of Stars is indeed home to a thriving art scene and a multitude of art galleries. Check out some of the art galleries in the northern section of Metro Manila if you get a chance.

Visit Furr Babies

Furr babies for animal lovers

Furr babies for animal lovers

There are several dog and cat cafes in Quezon City. Cuddly pets are available for guests to pet as they enjoy their meals and drinks at these locations.

For Animals lovers, visit PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center, administered by the Philippine Animal Welfare Society. If you’re thinking about getting a dog or cat, you may consider adopting one from the shelter. To learn more about how you can assist PAWS in achieving its purpose of providing protection and promoting humane treatment for all animals, you can visit their website. 

Go Swimming

Exquisite spas and pools

Exquisite spas and pools

If you prefer these kinds of activities, Quezon City has a lot of facilities that your friends and family can enjoy. For example, Ace Water Spa offers a huge swimming pool where you can swim laps, go to a sauna, hot tubs, cold tubs, massaging jets, and even an area for kids to splash in falling water and slide down slides.

Visit Churches

Spend time with God in serene churches

Spend time with God in serene churches

There are a lot of churches located in Quezon City, but the biggest one you can visit is Santo Domingo Church. The Santo Domingo Church is not only Metro Manila’s largest church or one of the largest in Asia, but it is also one of the most beautiful. In October 2012, the National Museum and the National Commission on Culture and the Arts named the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary at La Naval de Manila a National Cultural Treasure.

Shopping & Nightlife 

Vibrant shopping scenes and nightlife in Quezon city

Vibrant shopping scenes and nightlife in Quezon city.

Quezon City has some of the most prominent malls, and malls have become an integral part of Filipino life. SM North EDSA, Trinoma, U.P. Town Center, Gateway Mall, and Eastwood Mall, to name a few, have something for everyone.

Shopping malls are a staple in the Quezon City lifestyle. There are a wide variety of restaurants, shops, and entertainment options all in one location in a mall. If you want to buy in high-end boutiques or at a flea market, you have a wide range of options. You might want to check out Eastwood City. The dining and entertainment options appear to be limitless, and there are always exciting events to look forward to, especially on weekends and during holidays like New Year’s.

SM North Edsa is another well-known shopping center in Quezon City. In addition to being the Philippines’ largest shopping mall, it is also the country’s first SM Supermall. This mall is also home to the SM Bowling Center. In addition to offering bowling classes for children, the SM Bowling Center also features billiards tables and table tennis for adults. For the most value for your money, SM Bowling Center always has an offer.

Suppose you want to experience the best of what Quezon City nightlife offers. In that case, there are no words to convey the level of surreal events you will have while on a night expedition in Quezon City. At night, this city truly comes to life.

Here are some of the bars and nightclubs to experience in Quezon City:

  1. Oblivion
  2. Cowboy Grill
  3. Vanity Club
  4. Guilly’s Night Club
  5. Tago Jazz Cafe

Food & Drinks

Mouth-watering local and international cuisine.

Mouth-watering local and international cuisine.

Aside from peak hours, food joints in Quezon City are less crowded than those found in the city’s shopping malls.

Some of the best places to eat are Tomas Morato and Quezon Avenue, although food parks are also attracting a lot of attention. Food parks in Quezon City include the StrEat Food Park in Maginhawa, The Yard in Xavierville, the Adventure Food Park along Aurora Boulevard, and The Food Hive on Visayas Avenue. Customers at food parks can sample a variety of cuisines simultaneously, as opposed to restaurants, which specialize in a single style of meal. It’s also easier to decide on what to eat because everyone may order separately and then reunite at the table to share their meal.

But before you go, make sure to check if the establishments are open. Due to the pandemic, many of them are currently closed.


How to Get to Quezon City

By Train

There are a lot of train stations that are located in Quezon City. For LRT 1, Balintawak and Roosevelt are under Quezon City. Since Quezon City is a massive city for LRT 2 starting from Gilmore until Katipunan is covered by the city. Lastly, MRT 3 has Araneta Center-Cubao to North Avenue. If you are planning to go to SM North, North Avenue is your destination. 

From Nearest Airport

Take the P2P bus from Naia Terminal 3 to Kabayan Hotel in Manila to get from Naia Terminal 3 to Quezon City. Then, take the MRT3 line to Cubao Farmers station from Taft Ave MRT station. This route takes roughly 40 minutes to complete. If you prefer convenience, you can choose from plenty of cabs and ride-hailing applications like Grab.


Quezon City is known as the “Entertainment Capital of the Philippines” and the “City of Stars”, since it is where major studios located and most Filipino actors and actresses reside. To support the film industry, the city established the Quezon City Film Development Commission (QCFDC). The city also holds its own film festival, the QCinema International Film Festival, every October or November and showcases local and international films, documentaries, and short films, and gives grants to their creators.

Quezon City is home to the Philippines’ major broadcasting networks. There are 11 local television networks, 6 cable TV, 7 AM radio stations, and 4 FM radio stations in the city. Major commercial broadcast network in the Philippines such as ABS-CBN and GMA Network have their headquarters in the city. State-owned media and television network such as RPN, IBC and PTV also have their headquarters in the city.

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A Guide For Your Extended Stay at Batangas

Published Date : June 21, 2022 Article Buying house Buying Property Buying Tips Community Guide Industry News Investment Tips Property Recommendations Real Estate 101 Renting condominium renting house Travel guide

About Batangas City

Colourful City of Batangas.

Colourful City of Batangas.


Alternatively known as the “Queen of the South,” Batangas City is a first-class component city in the Philippines. It is a part of Batangas province, and it is the capital city of the province. The city is located on the southwest shore of Luzon island, about 107 kilometers south of Manila, and is considered an industrial center.

Batangas City is one of the most progressive cities in the Philippines. It is rich in culture and heritage, and its people are some of the most friendly and hospitable you will ever meet. The city government is doing a fantastic job of promoting tourism and making the city an excellent place to live and do business.

There is plenty to see and do in Batangas City, and its strategic location makes it an ideal point for exploring the rest of Luzon. The people are warm in Batangas City. It is well-known for its world-class beaches, a major tourist draw. The city is also home to Taal Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines. It is one of the prime economic and trade centers in the Calabarzon region.

The city is home to the Batangas International Port, one of the Philippines’ busiest passenger and container terminals. It also houses its largest oil refineries, three natural gas power plants, and several other major industries. Furthermore, the city serves as the province’s educational, industrial, and transportation hub.

There is so much you can learn about the city, starting from its history to various geographical and cultural aspects. Let’s dive into it.



Due to group migration, the first Spanish missionaries arrived in Batangas City in 1572. After the end of the Kuomintang Kingdom in 1581, Spanish authorities governing the Philippines established a pueblo in the area that included the hill (now Hilltop) where the current Provincial Capitol of Batangas stands.

The town was named “Batangan” because of the abundance of large logs known locally as “Batang” in the area. Don Agustin Casilao was appointed as Batangan’s first gobernadorcillo by the Spanish government.

In 1894, the title “little governor” as head of the pueblo or Municipio was replaced by “capital municipal.” It is unclear who succeeded Casilao, nor is it known whether any subsequent capital municipal appointments occurred. Don Agustin Casilao is also known as Agustino or Augustino.

Under Republic Act 5495, Batangas became a city on July 23rd, 1969. Pedro S. Tolentino was elected as the city’s first mayor.


Geography and Demographics

Batangas City is located in the southernmost part of the province of Batangas, facing Batangas Bay. It is edged to the north by San Jose, to the south by Verde Island Passage, to the east by Ibaan, Taysan, and Lobo, and to the west by San Pascual. The Calumpang River flows from northeast to southwest through the city.

Batangas City has seen an incremental shift from an agricultural to an industrial economy with the expansion of Batangas Port, the operation head of various heavy industries.

The city’s northwest is home to various commercial establishments, while the lowland areas surrounding Batangas Bay are home to the city’s heavy industries. Nonetheless, despite its gradual transformation into a significant commercial/industrial hub for CALABARZON, it retains rural landscapes in the city’s north. The Poblacion neighborhood is the city’s central retail and commercial district. It is densely packed with banks, restaurants, and small businesses.

As a major port city, Batangas has seen an increase in migrants from neighboring provinces, islands, and even nation-states such as China, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia.



Education System of Batangas.

Education System of Batangas.

The Department of Education also has a branch in Batangas City. There were 80+ public elementary schools and 18 public high schools for the 2013–2014 academic year. For the 2016–2017 academic year, 50 private schools ranging from pre-school to college level have a legal permit to operate in the city.

Below are some top-ranking universities of Batangas:

  • Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Sto. Tomas Sto. Tomas, Batangas
  • De La Salle Lipa Lipa City, Batangas
  • Lyceum of the Philippines University (Batangas Campus)
  • Westmead International School
  • University of Batangas
  • Batangas State University – Alangilan Campus





Agriculture continues to be an essential source of food and income for rural barangay residents. Subsidy farming is practiced by residents in rural areas, with some of their harvest sold at lowland public wet markets. Coconut, corn, vegetables, and mangoes are among the most important crops.


Batangas City’s industries are concentrated around Batangas Port, the Tabangao and Pinamucan areas. Shell owns large refineries in Tabangao through its Philippine subsidiary, Pilipinas Shell, and supplies most of the fuel sold in Shell gas stations in southern Luzon and Metro Manila. JG Summit Holdings operates a petrochemical facility with plans to expand to accommodate a coal power plant, which has sparked outrage among residents and environmentalists. Other companies established refineries for distribution to the province as well.


Shopping malls in Batangas City include SM City Batangas, which SM Supermalls operate, and Bay City Mall and Nuciti Central, which local retail companies own. There are many supermarkets in urbanized areas, some of which are part of malls and others are stand-alone neighborhood markets that compete fiercely with local public markets.

The Diversion Road, built to divert traffic from the city proper to Batangas Port and Bauan, is seeing an increase in retail stores and industrial space. Several car dealerships are being built along the length of the road in the barangays of Alangilan and Balagtas. Fast food restaurants such as McDonald’s and Shakey’s Pizza are also sprouting up near Batangas Central Terminal.

The Poblacion neighborhood is home to many shops, restaurants, banks, pawnshops, and other businesses. The city’s two major public markets properly serve produce from the city’s rural barangays and neighboring municipalities.

Real Estate

Real estate companies are developing subdivisions to accommodate growing populations in response to population and economic growth. Large-scale developments are present, mostly from local developers, but major developers such as Ayala Land and Vista Land (via Camella) are also present.

Batangas real estate is not limited to the infrastructure but performs well in other commercial and housing real estate properties. This generates outstanding investment opportunities and better accommodation facilities for the citizens.

As the second richest province in the country in 2020, Batangas is a major contributor to the economic prosperity of the Calabarzon region. Batangas City, registered the highest revenue in 2020, amassing almost P3B in income. The district is known as the Industrial Port City of Calabarzon, as it is classified as one of the fastest-growing urban cities in the country.

How to Get Into Batangas?

The main point of departure for Batangas is Manila in Luzon, which is about 100 kilometers away by land. Here are some options for getting to Batangas.

By Way of Land

The most common mode of transportation to Batangas is by land. Private vehicles must travel through the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) to the STAR Tollway before entering various towns and cities throughout Batangas.

Numerous bus companies travel to Batangas via major terminals in Pasay (Buendia-Taft) and Araneta Center Bus Terminal in Cubao, Quezon City.

By Sea

Batangas Port is one of the country’s major ports and is home to a RORO terminal (Roll-on, Roll-off) serving Calapan in Oriental. In addition to serving as a maritime gateway for services to and from Calapan, Abra de Ilog, and Romblon (all gateways to Boracay), the Batangas Port is one of the busiest in the Philippines. It is another way you can take to come to Batangas.

By Plane (For Those Outside of Manila)

The nearest airport to Batangas is Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Metro Manila, the Philippines’ central airport hub. After arriving at these airports, you will take a three-hour land trip to Batangas.

When is the Best time to Visit?


Because most of the tourist attractions in Batangas are outdoors, it’s best to plan your trip during the months when there’s less chance of rain.

From November to May, the weather is dry and warm.

While there are still enough windows to enjoy a vacation in Batangas during the monsoon months, it is the best time to visit during the clear and sunny weather. Please keep in mind that crowds may thicken at some popular tourist destinations during the summer months of March to May.


Sublime Festival Celebrations in Batangas.

Sublime Festival Celebrations in Batangas.

Every year, several notable Philippine festivals are held in the province of Batangas. Some of the most popular festivals are as follows:

  • Balsa Festival

Every May 18th, the Balsa Festival is graced by a parade of bamboo rafts on the waters of Matabungkay Beach. It is an excellent time to visit Batangas.

  • Parada ng Lechon

On June 24th, the Feast of St. John the Baptist is celebrated. People parade roasted pigs (Lechon) through the streets during this festival. After a lively ceremony, locals and visitors from other places will feast on the Lechon at night.

  • The Ala-Eh Festival

The Ala-Eh Festival takes place every December 8th and lasts a week. The festival commemorates the province’s founding; every city and town participates in a colorful street dance competition.

  •  Sublime Festival

This two-week celebration begins every May 2nd in Batangas City. The celebration honoring the Sto Nino is accompanied by street dancing and ceremonial worship. People come together and enjoy the festival.

Other notable festivals are as follows:

  • Festival of Calacatchara (held in the town of Calaca every October)
  • The Anihan Festival (held in Lobo town every September 27th)
  • Festival of Sigpawan (celebrated in Lemery every August 15th)
  • Festival of Kambingan (in the town of Tuy every August 12th)

Every year, a dozen more festivals are held in Batangas’ smaller towns, making the province a fantastic place in the Philippines for cultural experiences.

Where to Stay in Batangas?

Residential Establishment in Batangas.

Residential Establishment in Batangas.


In the province of Batangas, there are numerous lodging options. Finding a place to stay in Batangas for your staycation in the Philippines will be easy. The region is a central tourism hub and a business and industrial haven, with decent lodgings in every city and municipality.


Accommodations in Batangas

The province of Batangas offers a wide range of accommodations, from high-end resorts to mid-range hotels, budget inns, and vacation house rentals. Choosing your lodging before your scheduled trip to Batangas is critical. Start with a better plan for your travel budget.

  • Luxury Hotels and Resorts

Because Batangas is a vacation destination and a hub for business travelers, many hotels and resorts cater to the high-end market throughout the province. These luxury hotels and resorts are excellent choices for those planning a honeymoon in the Philippines.

  • Hotels in the Mid-Range

Batangas province also has several bed and breakfast establishments, boutique hotels, and other affordable accommodations. These can give you a little luxury with ease on your budget.

  • Accommodations on a Budget

Backpackers and other low-budget travelers should not be concerned. There are numerous low-cost Batangas beach resorts and accommodations to choose from. These will be friendly in your pocket and provide the best experience.

  • Rentals of Vacation Homes

Small and modest vacation home rentals are also available throughout the province. You can rent vacation homes for a few days, a week, or monthly.


Accommodation Types

Here is a list of some of the most highly recommended hotels and beach resorts in Batangas province, organized by luxury, mid-range, and budget categories.

Luxury Accommodations

Here are some of the best hotels in Batangas you can check out if you’re willing to splurge.

Nayomi Sanctuary Resort

With stylish bungalows set amid Batangas’ lush tropical palms, the Nayomi Sanctuary Resort is every bit the secluded hideaway it touts in its name.

They also offer glamping-style accommodations in spacious tents with a veranda and an en-suite bathroom. All of this, plus an outdoor swimming pool with a view of Taal Lake and other amenities.

Camp Netanya

This Batangas resort with a pool is inspired by Greek architecture and evokes a vibrant seaside Santorini. Camp Netanya, near Aiyanar Beach and overlooking Balayan Bay, offers luxury accommodations with all of the amenities one would expect from a luxury property.

Also, Camp Netanya’s Greek Restaurant is a must-visit for food lovers. It offers a fusion of Greek, Mediterranean, and Filipino fare.

San Benito Farm 

Amidst a forest, this resort exudes a rustic vibe and is perfect for unwinding. The restaurant offers a diverse menu of vegan options.

A health and wellness resort provides various services to provide its guests with a Zen state of mind. Its accommodations include modern tropical villas, tree houses, and loft-styled rooms.

Hotel 1925

Hotel 1925, a boutique hotel with Spanish colonial architecture, has three nicely decorated rooms: Balcony Suite King, Suite King, and Suite Twin—all with eye-catching interior design and patterns. To have a luxurious experience, you must have stayed there.

The AniSiam House

Because of its remote location in Anilao, AniSiam House is a popular retreat for scuba divers and non-divers. AniSiam is a private resort that only accepts 12 guests and offers 5-star service in an intimate setting.


Accommodations in the Mid-Range

Here are some mid-range accommodations where you can stay for the best comfort and value for money:

Paradiso Rito

Paradiso Rito is a remote hideaway with eight suites in the resort’s Art House by the beach and two dorm rooms with beds for sharing. The property is situated between a forested area and a beach with views of the coral-rich waters of Batangas Bay.

Lima Park Hotel 

Lima Park Hotel, located within the Lima industrial estate, offers luxurious rooms ideal for leisure and business travelers. It has a total of 136 four-star rooms.

Villas by Eco Hotel

This resort, located at the foot of Batangas’ rolling hills and surrounded by the lush greenery of the countryside, is the ideal place to unwind.

Villas by Eco Hotel takes pride in its environmentally friendly and other sustainable practices, and it offers cozy rooms with a view of Taal Lake.

Club Balai Isabel

Club Balai Isabel is located on the Taal Lakeside in Talisay and is a short 10 km away from Tagaytay Picnic Grove. It is an excellent place to unwind and get closer to nature.

Other resort amenities include the inflatable Aqua Water Park, which is highly recommended. The resort also has an inflatable Aqua Water Park, a must-see day-trip destination in and of itself, and a wedding chapel.

Eagle Point Resort

Eagle Point, arguably the most popular dive resort in Batangas, is regarded as a one-stop dive resort in the province. Simply check-in and bring your scuba diving equipment, and they will take care of the rest, including transporting you to the best dive spots in Batangas.

How to go Around in Batangas?

Jeepneys are used as public transport in Batangas.

Jeepneys are used as public transport in Batangas.


As a large province with several cities and municipalities, buses and jeepneys are the primary modes of transportation in Batangas, with tricycles serving as secondary transportation in every city and town.

Using Jeepneys and Buses

Jeepneys and buses are the most cost-effective and convenient modes of transportation in Batangas. Bus routes connect all major cities and municipalities, whereas jeepney routes connect two neighboring cities or municipalities. Senior and student discounts are available on all jeepneys and buses.

On a Tricycle

The tricycle is the most common mode of transportation for getting around a municipality or city. Tricycle terminals are typically found in downtown areas near the marketplace, churches, residential areas, schools, commercial districts, and government districts.

Private and Shared Tours 

You will have the most convenient mode of transportation in the province if you take advantage of private or shared tours. Check out Batangas tours that include an all-inclusive package that includes going to and from all places you want to visit in Batangas.


What to See and Do in Batangas?

Batangas has so much to offer, from beaches to mountain trails to diving spots to gastronomic adventures, that their attractions can quickly fill up your travel itinerary. Here are some of the best tourist attractions and activities you should not miss:

Go to the Malabrigo Lighthouse

The Malabrigo Lighthouse, one of Batangas’ two Spanish-era lighthouses, stands on the cliffs of Lobo. Guillermo Brockman designed it, and it was completed in 1891.

Like other Spanish-built lighthouses in the Philippines, it was built of bricks and had a circling metal stair leading to the top. A National Historic Landmark overlooks the beautiful ocean and lush countryside. It is a nice place if you want to go with your family.

Enjoy Island Sightseeing and the Beaches

Beautiful Islands around Batangas.

Beautiful Islands around Batangas.


Batangas has an abundance of swimmable beaches and islands with scenic backdrops. A trip to Batangas would be incomplete without frolicking in the sea waters. There are white sand beaches, diving sites, and quaint coastal towns to choose from.

  • Calatagan Beach

A popular weekend getaway destination for companies and families, Calatagan Beach, another coastal town with cozy Batangas beach resorts, has a long shoreline and fine sand. Don’t miss out on the Calatagan Sandbar, which appears at low tide.

If you come here early in the morning, you can walk the whole length of its nearly 500-meter-long sandbar and swim in the surrounding crystal-clear waters. Starfish Island is another sandbar near Calatagan that you can visit.

  • Laiya Beach

Laiya is one of Batangas’ most well-known beaches. Swimming, scuba diving, and other water sports can be found here. People come here to unwind and have fun. With its many amenities and Batangas beach resorts that cater to leisure and mid-range travelers,

  • Masasa Beach

You can find the fine sandy beach of Masasa at the foot of Mt. Mag-Asawang Bato in Tingloy. There are numerous low-cost accommodations along the beach’s length.

Many visitors come here after hiking the nearby peak of Mag-Asawang Bato for the day. Some of the activities available are beach bumming, island hopping, snorkeling, banana boating, and beach volleyball.

  • Verde Island

Witness and experience the simple island life on this modern-free island. From the island’s rustic and charming setting to the underwater gem of the water surrounding it—the Verde Passage—Verde Island is also a diver’s paradise.

  • Island of the Sombrero

Sombrero Island, so named because it looks like a sombrero (Spanish for “hat”) from a distance, is famous for its white sandy beach and tall coconut trees.

There are a plethora of colorful corals beneath the waters off Sombrero Island, so bring your snorkeling gear—or, better yet, your diving equipment.

  • Fortune Island

Fortune Island, located off the coast of Nasugbu, features replicas of the Parthenon columns in Greece, which overlook the deep blue waters of Nasugbu Bay.

The structures were the ruins of an old private island resort. Visitors can now pay an entrance fee to visit Fortune Island. Rent a boat from Fortune Island Resort in Nasugbu or take a tour to get there.

Explore Diving Spots

Batangas has diving spots that are regarded as some of the best in the world. There are numerous dive shops and resorts that cater to experienced and novice divers.

The Verde Island Passage, which is surrounded by a body of water rich in marine resources, underwater caves, and shipwrecks, makes Batangas a favorite diving destination among Filipino divers and divers from all over the world.

Batangas is the ideal place to go on a diving vacation, shortlisted by numerous travel magazines in numerous best diving spots in the world listicles.

Many resorts in the province offer diving trips and even diving certifications, particularly those near the beach.

Take a Tour of the Visita Iglesia

Church in Visita Iglesia, Batangas.

Church in Visita Iglesia, Batangas.


You can go on a Visita Iglesia tour around Batangas to marvel at the magnificent architecture of the province’s many old churches.

Among the many churches, these are some you can visit:

  • Minor Basilica of Saint Martin of Tours
  • San Sebastian Cathedral
  • Padre Pio Shrine in Tanuan
  • Our Lady of Caysasay in Taal
  • Mount Carmel Church
  • Basilica of Our Lady of the Immaculate.

Hike the Batangas Mountains

Batangas has become a popular hiking destination in the Philippines due to their geographical terrain, surrounded by a long shoreline and rugged mountains (there are said to be 70 mountains). Here are some must-hike destinations in Batangas to help you plan a hiking trip to the province:

  • Mount Batulao (Nasugbu)

Mount Batulao’s hiking trail screams Instagram-worthy images, with a vast grassy meadow leading to rolling slopes and surrounded by the majestic landscape.

A leisurely hike of 2-3 hours will take you to its pointed peaks, which open up to a more breathtaking view of Batangas’ surrounding countryside.

  • Mount Gulugod Baboy (Anilao)

It is so named because the peak resembles a pig’s spine. Gulugod Baboy’s easy to moderate hiking trail is ideal for beginners and provides a scenic ocean view.

It is one of the many peaks in Batangas where you can enjoy a day of hiking followed by a trip to the beach.

  • Mount Maculot (Cuenca)

Mount Maculot, one of the most popular hiking destinations in the country, is an easy climb that rewards hikers with a breathtaking view of the Taal volcano and lake from the “Rockies,” a ridge section on the mountain’s side.

A large campsite is a few hundred meters from the Rockies. The hike to the Rockies takes about an hour or two, and the return trip takes another couple of hours.

  • Mount Talamitam (Nasugbu)

This mountain is a little more challenging to reach than other peaks in Batangas, but the views on the way are worth the effort. Most hikers prefer the rocky sections of Mt. Talamitan, where the ascent becomes more challenging.

  • Mount Daguldol (San Juan)

This mountain appears to have it all: ocean views, mossy and wooden forests, plain meadows, and side trips to nearby Naambon Falls and Laiya Beach. The Mt. Daguldol trail is moderate to difficult, requiring 4-5 hours of continuous hiking.

  • Mount Manabu (Sto. Tomas)

A flat meadow resembles a garden in the sky beneath the massive white cross atop this mountain.

Mount Manabu is one of three peaks that make up the Malipunyo range; the other two, Malipunyo and Susong Dalaga, are also popular hiking destinations.

The Cape Santiago Lighthouse is a Sight to Behold

The other Spanish-era lighthouse in Batangas is the Cape Santiago Lighthouse. It looms over a cliff in Calatagan, a coastal town.

It was built in 1890 and was designed again by Guillermo Brockman. The lighthouse, which overlooks Burot beach and the many diving spots that surround Calatagan’s shores, is an ideal place to visit.

Take a Heritage Tour in Taal Town

Taal is a town where you can find old houses from the Spanish period. The best part is that you can enter some of the heritage houses here, as some of them are mini-museums and bed and breakfast inns.

The town also has two old churches, Taal Basilica and Our Lady of Caysasay Church. Taal Town is also a popular destination for purchasing handcrafted Barong Tagalog and other Filipiniana dresses. In the municipality of Balayan, there is another heritage town.

Where to Eat and Drink in Batangas?

Mouth-watering local cuisine in Batangas.

Mouth-watering local cuisine in Batangas.


It’s no surprise that fiestas and festivals are held throughout the province. This is because Batanguenos enjoy cooking as much as they enjoy celebrating their traditions. As a result, the province has a culinary-rich culture that has given birth to several food establishments that contribute to the province’s tourism appeal.

Many people come to the province solely to take food tours. As a result, visiting the area will provide you with the best of both worlds: a bountiful natural environment and a satisfying selection of delectable cuisine.

Here are some highly recommended restaurants to taste local Batangas cuisine to help you fuel up the many thrilling activities in the province.

  • Café de Lipa Origins
  • Jorjhane’s House of Special Bulalo
  • Don Juan Boodle House
  • Kainan sa Dalampasigan
  • Abadi Restaurant at Cintai Corito’s Garden


Valuable Information and Tips

It is critical to read up on these practical tips for a hassle-free and convenient trip to Batangas province. These will be helpful, especially if you’re visiting the province for the first time:


Batangas province is a safe place, and the people are pleasant and welcoming. It could be best to have a local guide if you are going on a hiking trip, not for security reasons, but to avoid getting lost and help the local economy.

Every city and municipality has a police station, and almost every barangay has a tourist office where you can report any security concerns. Feel safe wandering around the city.


The Philippine Peso is the main currency in Batangas (PHP). There are numerous banks and ATMs in all provinces’ cities and municipalities. Many establishments also accept credit card payments.


Batangas’ native language is Tagalog. It is Tagalog with a strong accent and a grammar structure based on old Tagalog phrases. But language is not a barrier anywhere in the Philippines because their second language is English. It s better to learn some local slang just to get the touch, but you don’t need to worry much about communication issues.

With so much to do and see in Batangas, it can be challenging to plan an itinerary that covers everything—unless you have at least a week to explore the province.

Batangas is more than just weekend getaways from Manila. With so many activities and attractions to do and see, planning a more extended stay or multiple visits to fully explore all of this province’s beautiful offerings is a must.

Get to know the best of Batangas through this travel guide; these tips will help you plan every aspect of your stay, from your arrival to planning your activities in the province. Enjoy the best that Batangas offers, from its white sandy beaches and islands to scenic mountain hiking trails, diving destinations, heritage towns, and rich local cuisine.

Once you get familiar with the city, you are likely to stay here for a long. For an extended stay, you can explore accommodation options like a condo for rent or a townhouse for rent. Settling in Batangas with your family can be an option you can consider as there are so many good schools and universities in the city. Just get into the city and let it get into you!


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Loans for First-Time Homebuyers: How to Finance

Published Date : February 23, 2022 Article Buying house Buying Property Buying Tips Community Guide Financing Housing tips Industry News Investment Tips Property Recommendations Real Estate 101

For first-time homebuyers, the financing process may seem daunting. However, the procedure doesn’t have to be complicated or stressful with knowledge and guidance. Getting a loan for your first home purchase could be easier than you think.

Many different types of home loans are available to first-time homebuyers, making the process seem overwhelming. But before getting into the types of loans available, it is vital to understand how to finance. Below are some tips to help you know about first-time home buyer loans:

Acquire a Mortgage Pre-approval

Banks offer a pre-approval examination to assess your creditworthiness; the results determine how much you can borrow from them and your likelihood of repaying the loaned amount. Your annual gross income and other credit information, such as credit cards from different banks and existing loans, are among the questions. Once approved, it’s time to start looking for a house to buy

Bank Loan Fees

Banks typically provide the quickest loan transactions, but this convenience comes at a cost. They charge for additional services such as handling fees. Banks include mortgage redemption insurance (MRI) and fire insurance in their loan packages for added security.

Consider government home financing through the Pag-IBIG Fund or the National Housing Authority if you want to avoid paying bank loan fees for buying your home.

Prepare a Down Payment

On average, most local banks require a 20% down payment on a house and a 10% to 30% down payment on a condominium unit. If you want to reduce your total mortgage balance and monthly amortization, it’s best to make large initial payments.

Other counting houses provide flexible payment options that allow you to pay on your terms. You can pay more when you have extra money and pay less when your budget is tight, without incurring additional fees!

You should also budget for property taxes, housing insurance, closing and moving costs, and other notary stamp requirements, which will add to the home’s total cost.


Types of Housing Loans in the Philippines

There are two types of housing loans in the Philippines: conventional and flexible. You can select either of these two depending on the terms you prefer.

  1. Conventional

A conventional mortgage requires you to make fixed payments over a set period. This is ideal if you want a predictable payment scheme and plan your finances ahead of time. A conventional mortgage, also known as a conventional loan, is any type of home buyer’s loan that is not offered or guaranteed by a government entity. Conventional mortgages, on the other hand, are available from private lenders such as banks, credit unions, and mortgage companies.

  1. Flexible

Flexible banks typically offer this type of home loan. Depending on how much you deposit, you can control the interest rate of your flexible home loan. You may also begin principal repayment at any time. You must only pay interest on the amount borrowed, not the loan amount sanctioned. You can also reduce your interest rate by making part-payments when you have the money. As a result, Flexible loans end up saving money.



Housing Loan Options Based on Financing Scheme

  1. Bank funding

Housing loans are available from the majority of the country’s banks. However, the application process can be rigorous, with loan amounts and terms varying from bank to bank.

  1. Pag-IBIG home loan

This government agency can provide you with a housing loan if you are a Pag-IBIG member. This is open to salaried, self-employed, and OFW workers aged 65. It also allows you to borrow up to PHP 6 million to purchase a residential lot, house, or condominium.

  1. In-house financing

Real estate developers can provide you with a housing loan. However, this loan option has a shorter term of up to five years.


Adulting can be frightening for some because you are now more concerned with your future and investing in the right pieces, properties, and types of investments to achieve your life’s dreams and goals. Some begin by purchasing a car, some buy a home as an investment, and others start by managing their finances and bills. But, whatever it is, make a checklist ahead of time, so you aren’t surprised by your financial problems in the future. And keep in mind that you have a bank on which to fall back if you decide to take a giant leap in life.

Although it is challenging to secure financing as a first-time homebuyer, you can apply for a loan with some help from your real estate agent.


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First-time Homebuyer? Here Is How You Can Avail Tax Benefits

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One of the most expensive purchases you will ever make is buying a home. Although it may seem daunting, many tax benefits are available for first-time homebuyers. Many first-time homebuyers are unaware of their tax benefits when buying a house. Well, if you have plans to buy a home for yourself, it is highly recommended that you talk to an accountant or a financial advisor and discuss the available tax benefits.

The government has several schemes and policies to make buying homes more affordable. These schemes are mainly aimed at first-time homebuyers. If you borrow money to buy or build a family home, you can deduct the mortgage interest from your taxable income. Sonny Angara, a senator, introduced Senate Bill No. 2148 to address this issue. It proposes tax breaks for qualified first-time homebuyers in mortgage interest deductions.


Explanation of the Bill

According to the bill’s explanatory note, a home provides a person with a sense of security and stability. However, many people rent rather than buy their own homes, not because they want to, but because they don’t have a choice.

Houses are indeed a substantial financial burden. As per a recent study by the National Economic and Development Authority’s Statistical Research and Training Center, 1.5 million of the 21.5 million Filipino households are renters.

According to the bill’s author, many developers currently offer reasonably priced housing options with easy payment terms and low down payments for homebuyers. However, Angara pointed out that financing is still one deterrent to homeownership. High-interest rates charged by developers and banks deter many potential homebuyers from purchasing. As a result, the senator proposes this new bill, which will provide a tax break to people who want to buy a home.


How Will the Bill Benefit Filipinos?

One of the bill’s standout features is the Home Mortgage Interest Relief. It intends to provide tax breaks to individuals who purchase a home. The bill’s goal is to assist Filipino families in finally purchasing their first family home. As a result, any interest paid on loan to acquire or construct a family home during a taxable year is deductible from your gross income.

Furthermore, when this bill becomes law, it will eliminate the interest rates on your loan. As a result, you will only be required to pay the principal amount of your property. This means you will no longer need to worry about increasing interest payments. Furthermore, you will benefit from tax savings due to this relief.

The bill intends to encourage more lenders to provide affordable financing to first-time homebuyers who are the most in need of shelter.

Senator Angara hopes that this legislation will address the country’s housing shortage, which is currently estimated to be 3.9 million housing units. It hopes to persuade more lenders to provide affordable financing to first-time homebuyers who are the most in need of shelter.

However, once enacted, the law will only cover loans that meet the following criteria:

  • Loans from reputable Philippine banks, the Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG), and duly approved cooperatives.
  • Loans that are used solely to construct or purchase a family home.
  • Loan amounts not exceeding Php2.5 million.


As a first-time homebuyer, you have to take advantage of the tax benefits that come with buying your home. The government is offering attractive tax breaks to those who buy their own homes, and it’s only fair that you make use of these breaks. Take some time today to learn more about how you can avail of tax benefits when buying homes in the Philippines.


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How to be Financially Prepared to Buy Your First Home?

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A first-time home purchase is an exciting but stressful experience. Before taking the plunge, it is essential to learn and understand all of your options. Financing a home can be complicated, especially if you are a first-time homebuyer who has never experienced the process before. If you’re ready to buy your first house but don’t know where to start, read on as we explore some tips for saving money and preparing yourself financially before buying your first home.


Maintain Your Budget

Where does your share of your monthly income go? What do you spend on rent, groceries, dining out, shopping, and entertainment? Begin by analyzing this. Make a budget after categorizing your expenses and determining how you’re spending your money. These days, you don’t have to do anything manually. There are various tools available to assist you in creating a budget. You can compare your earnings to your expenses and track how you spend your money.

This can assist you in reducing frivolous expenses and saving for your down payment. You don’t have to eliminate your lifestyle expenses; simply lower them. For example, if you currently eat out 10 times per month, reduce that to 5 or 6 to save money. Similarly, instead of purchasing ‘branded’ groceries for home cooking, consider switching to ‘house brands’ or generic ones, which may be less expensive. The same is valid for preceding expensive gym memberships to work out at home, taking public transportation to work, and so on.


Set Aside Funds for Future EMIs

Purchasing a home without a home loan appears to be impossible today. And home loans aren’t cheap. You’ll have to pay EMIs every month, which will most likely be much higher than the rent you’re currently paying. So, use an online EMI calculator to figure out how much you’ll need to set aside each month for your mortgage repayment. Once you’ve determined an amount, it may be a good idea to begin channeling your savings and investment returns to set aside that amount every month even before you start repaying your EMIs. This will be a good practice run for how you’ll handle your finances once the EMIs start.


Acceptable Credit Score

Another financial stumbling block for potential homeowners needing a mortgage is maxing out credit cards and paying bills late. It will be challenging to qualify for a mortgage if you have a poor credit score or, worse, no credit history at all.

Understand your ability to pay your monthly bills and the total amount of debt that could potentially impact mortgage payments in the future. An acceptable score can be challenging to assess because it varies depending on which lender you ask.

However, maxed-out credit cards aren’t the only thing on your mind. If you are consistently 30 or 90 days late on your other bills, your credit scores will drop again, and banks will refuse to lend money. If you are eager to buy a home, you need to act and work on your credit score.


Capacity to Pay Closing Costs

A home mortgage comes with several fees, and if you don’t know what to expect ahead of time, you could be in for a harsh financial awakening.

Although closing costs vary by the lender as borrowers pay for a different appraisal, credit report, attorney/closing agent fees, recording fees, and processing/underwriting fees, closing costs are typically 1% of the loan amount.

However, fees can account for up to 3% of the loan amount, and lenders must provide borrowers with a comprehensive good faith estimate of the fees that costs may incur on a specific type of loan.


While most attention is focused on preparing a sizable down payment, there is more to it than just your mortgage payments. Lenders consider income and debt-to-income ratio factors, but your credit score is also essential. 

As you’re saving for your down payment, it’s important to remember that saving for a home is a marathon and not a sprint. You need to be patient and stick with your savings plan. If you keep working on it consistently, you’ll get there in the end.

With compliance with the right strategy, you will buy your house in no time!




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Home Buying Guide: Steps & Tips for First-time Home Buyers

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Buying a house is a substantial step in anyone’s life, and it can be an even bigger process than you expect. It’s not just about the house itself; it’s about the neighborhood, schools, access to public transit, and more. There are a lot of intelligent decisions to make, but with some research and planning, buying your first home can be rewarding. This guide will be helpful to those who are new to the home buying process; regard these steps for finding your first home.

Considerations Before Making a Purchase

Your long-term objectives should be your guiding force in deciding whether to become a homeowner. Some people view homeownership as converting all their rent payments into mortgage payments, leading to the ownership of something tangible and valued. Other people view homeownership as a symbol of independence, and they relish the prospect of being their landlord. Then there’s the angle of viewing homeownership as an investment.

House Type Best Suited to Your Requirements

Several types of residential property are available for purchase, including single-family homes, duplexes, townhouses, condos, and residential buildings with between two and four units. Depending on your homeownership goals, each option has advantages and drawbacks, so you must decide which type of property will help you achieve those goals. 

Convenient Location and Daily Commuting

Access to transportation is one of the most important factors to consider. A property buyer should consider the time it takes to get to work or school. It is advised that buyers ensure that a location is surrounded by commercial establishments, emphasizing that these are the things that will add value to one’s property, especially when selling or renting it out. It is critical to have excellent amenities such as shopping malls, grocery stores, gyms, and hospitals.

But you can consider buying a house far from civilization if you want to get out of the chaotic world and require peace.

Examine Your Financing Options 

Keeping your finances in order will be in your best interest. In general, you must have a good credit history of paying your bills on time. Lenders nowadays prefer to limit housing expenses to approximately 28 percent of the borrowers’ monthly gross income. However, this figure may vary based on the local real estate market.

Once you’ve decided on a lender and submitted an application, the lender will verify all of the financial information you’ve provided (checking credit scores, verifying employment information, calculating -income ratios, etc.). The lender may pre-approve the borrower for a specific amount.

Get a Home Inspection

A trained professional’s inspection for quality, safety, and overall condition are essential, even if the house you want to buy seems perfect. If the home inspection reveals serious flaws that the seller failed to disclose, you should be able to withdraw your offer and receive your deposit back. If you find yourself in this situation, you could try negotiating with the seller to repair or reduce the selling price.

Make a Proposal

Depending on how much you want to pay for the house, as well as any conditions you wish to impose, such as having the buyer pay for the closing costs, your agent can help you determine how much you want to offer. Next, your agent will present your offer to the seller’s agent, who will accept or counter your offer. You can then take or continue to negotiate until you reach an agreement or decide to call it quits.

Examine your budget again before submitting your offer. This includes estimated closing costs, commuting costs, and any immediate repairs or mandatory appliances you may require.

This outline should get you started on the right track toward filling any gaps in your homebuying knowledge. Remember that the more you know about the process ahead of time, the easier it will be for you to get the house you want at a price you can afford.

Buying a home is a tricky process, but there are plenty of resources out there to help you get through it. These are some valuable tips for buying your first house. If you’re ready to put these tips into action, reach out to the best real estate platforms in the market to get started today!

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How to Make the Best Out of Your Condo?

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The condo is one of the best places to live; you will have a peaceful life with enough space to accommodate your loved ones. Condominiums are very convenient and easy to maintain; if you want to make the most out of it, you need to make some effort. Consider it a good investment if you are planning to buy a condo. You can make changes and improvements by doing these minor renovations that will improve your condo unit’s value.

Paint it White

Because white reflects the most light, painting a room white makes it appear brighter overall, allowing furniture and accessories to shine out while making the space feel more open and spacious. Light colors enhance the impression of natural light in a room, whereas dark colors absorb light and make a place appear more petite.

Use Full-size Furniture

Using full-size furniture in a tiny area may seem paradoxical, but small furniture can make a room appear smaller. A preferable method is to use larger pieces to cover things you don’t want to be seen, such as cables, while having less furniture of a typical size to keep the room open.

Stay Tidy

The smaller the room, the faster it becomes cluttered and the more visible mess. A smaller condo is all about making the most of the available space, and if that area is cluttered, it seems cramped and confining. Maintaining a neat environment by ensuring that everything in a room has a place will make a condo feel more open and spacious.

While buying a condo, you should keep in mind that it has more open areas to look less congested and cleaner.

Glass is Your Best Friend

Small houses typically have the same walls as larger houses but smaller spaces. If you have the luxury of removing non-structural barriers, consider replacing them with glass dividers. As needed, use drapes for privacy. However, the usage of glass doesn’t have to stop there—you may have glass doors or even utilize the material in the furniture to create a light, airy atmosphere.

Try an Open Concept Design

As previously said, walls are usually the cause of a tight appearance in your home. Choosing an open living area or open kitchen is the easiest way to incorporate open floor plans into your condo. As a result of the modification, you will accommodate many individuals.


Buying a condo is an excellent investment, so it’s important to take care of it. When purchasing a condo, there are many things that you need to consider. However, once you have purchased a new property and moved in, there are some steps that you can take to ensure your new home is properly maintained. Having a place that looks great and is comfortable to live in will make the most out of your condo.


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How to Improve Your Credit Score?

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A credit score is the most critical indicator of your financial well-being. Credit scores provide lenders with a quick insight into your credit usage. A high credit score will make getting additional credit lines or loans easier. You may be able to get the lowest interest rates if you have a higher credit score when you borrow to buy a new house or make a real estate investment.

There are some basic things you may take to boost your credit score. Of course, it will take some time and effort. Here is a step-by-step guide to improving your credit score.

Examine Your Credit Reports

Knowing what may work in your favor can help you boost your credit. That’s where a credit history check comes in handy.

A history of on-time payments, low credit card balances, various credit card and loan accounts, older credit accounts, and minimal credit inquiries contribute to a higher credit score. Credit score detractors include late or missing payments, excessive credit card balances, collections, and judgments.

Credit Usage Rate 

Aim for a credit usage rate of 30 percent or below. It’s the second most crucial factor in credit score calculations, behind payment history.

Paying up your credit card balances in full each month is the simplest approach to keep your credit utilization in check. If you can’t always do that, a decent rule of thumb is to maintain your total outstanding balance at 30% of your overall credit limit or less. You can then get it down to 10% or less, which is optimal for increasing your credit score. With a reasonable credit usage rate, you can fulfill your dream of buying a house.

Debt Consolidation

If you have a lot of bills, it might be beneficial to take out a debt consolidation loan from a bank or credit union and pay them all off at once. You’ll only have to worry about one payment, and if you can secure a reduced interest rate on a loan, you’ll be able to pay off your debt faster. With credit utilization ratio and, as a result, your credit score may improve.


Your credit score does not rise by a fixed minimum, maximum, or average amount of attributes each month, and each action does not gain a set number of points. The time it takes to improve your credit is determined by the reasons for your low credit score. Your credit score might rise dramatically in a month if the biggest problems on your credit report are credit overuse and you pay off your balances. If your credit score is not good due to frequent collections and poor payment history, it can take several months of on-time payments to notice any improvement in your credit score.

Improving your credit score is an excellent objective to have, especially if you want to apply for a loan to make a large purchase, such as buying a home, or if you want to qualify for one of the top rewards cards available. When you start taking action to improve your score, it can take several weeks, if not months, to see a substantial difference.

However, the sooner you start working on improving your credit, the faster you’ll notice results.

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Can’t Decide Between a Condominium and a Townhouse?

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In real estate, the sky is truly the limit. There are so many choices to make when you’re starting to look for a new home. If you’re in the market to buy a new home, your choice of residence is probably already on your mind. Choosing a place is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. However, it can be challenging to decide between a condo and a townhouse, especially when each has advantages and disadvantages. Let’s look at some of these differences so that you can make an informed decision about which one to choose as your next home!


When you buy a condo, you own your unit and share joint ownership of the building with the other owner-tenants. This joint ownership extends to the structure of the building and its common areas, such as the gym, pool, grounds, and airspace.

Ownership of a townhouse is more comparable to ownership of a detached single-family home. Here you own both the structure and the land on which it sits; the only difference is that it shares some walls with other townhouses.


Condos are the easier of the two types of housing to maintain because the HOA handles all maintenance and repairs outside the unit. 

Townhouse owners must perform additional maintenance tasks, such as cleaning roof gutters or repainting the building’s facade, for which the HOA is not responsible. 

Condos and townhouses require less maintenance than detached homes, making them ideal for first-time homebuyers (or busy people in general).


Townhouse communities are typically smaller than condo communities, which can be advantageous or disadvantageous depending on how much communication you prefer to have with your neighbors. If you want a strong community feels with places to socialize like swimming pools, gyms, or bbq areas, a condo is more likely to have these amenities. Townhouses may have more private amenities, such as a front lawn, back yard, or garage, that are not shared with other residents.

Homeowners Associations 

You can’t discuss the condo vs. townhouse debate without bringing up homeowners’ associations (HOAs). This is one of the most significant differences between these properties and single-family homes.

When you buy a condo or townhouse, you must pay HOA fees every month. The HOA manages the building, grounds, and common interior areas in a condo. The HOA manages common areas in a townhouse community, including general grounds and, in some cases, roofs and exteriors of the structures.


High-rise condos are commonly found in urban centers because they are denser housing, and their amenities can make city living more enjoyable. Because townhouses require more space, they may be located further from the city center, reducing walkability. Townhouses are clearly intended for car owners, and many have private garages or at least personal parking spaces.


When choosing the right home for sale, consider how much money you have saved, how much space you need, how long you plan to stay in your home, and how much you are comfortable spending on repairs, maintenance, and remodeling.

Visit open houses and look through online listings to see what’s available in your price range. It is a brilliant idea to work with a real estate agent to help you narrow down your choices and conduct extensive research to go into the home buying process, knowing exactly what you want.


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Luxury Home Details that distinguishes them!

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A home is a place that provides us with security, intimacy, comfort, and solace. It’s where we lay our heads at night and re-energize after a long day of work. Home is also the center of our personal lives and emotional connections. In recent years, homeowners have become more mindful about what they’re spending their money on. A growing number are choosing to buy homes with high-quality features that provide value for years to come.

Luxury homes are usually associated with fancy amenities, modern design, and space. Many elements make up a luxurious home. Many people think of it as having elegant furniture or amenities, but there is more to it than that! Here we explicitly discuss the details that distinguish luxury homes from the rest of the houses.

The Grandeur

A luxury home is all about grandeur. You should be able to see the splendor not only in your living space but also in your neighborhood. This is a primary request for today’s luxury when people buy luxury homes. People consider grand and opulent settings to be an essential component of the society in which they live. Having a design like this in the development makes you feel right at home.

Luxury Means More Space

Another term that is directly associated with luxury is more space. With the pandemic forcing us to work from home, one thing is clear: a home should be large and prominent. And, given the luxury tag, open spaces in modern homes are a must. A home should have a separate nook to conduct business, allowing you to stay connected to your office without leaving the house, just like what a luxury home provides you.


This is one of the essential factors in determining the luxury of your home. If you prefer a tree-lined property, have a property in your Paradise where you can choose the best places to settle. You have the option of settling down on a beachfront or an expensive branch. People can live their lives in complete privacy and peace in the right place.

Expensive Kitchens

A chef’s dream is a large kitchen with high-end appliances. Many luxury apartments have high-end kitchens with double ovens, heating drawers, an island sink, washers, and other amenities. All of these features are unusual in a typical kitchen.

Luxurious Property Amenities

Luxury homes aim to provide you with a charming resort lifestyle. As a result, many luxury apartments include lavish amenities. A gym, infinity pool, mini theatres, sitting plazas, walking tracks, a safe play area for children, and other amenities are among them.


Luxury does not end with gyms and swimming pools. It has a bedroom fit for a king and queen so that you can spend quality time together. You will always have plenty of room for your bed, as well as functional sitting areas. You can build automation systems for security and lighting to make it a high-end product.

Smart Home Features

Many luxury homes are built with smart features such as an app-accessible security system, motion sensor lighting, timer-set lights, solar-powered curtains, intelligent thermostats, and more. These features differ from one luxury house to the next, making each one unique in its own right. Features like these temps people to want to expand their budget to buy luxury homes.

Spacious Dressing Room

You may have a dressing room attached to your bedroom in luxury homes. Large separate rooms for displaying high-end garments are desired by the affluent and extravagant. Racks are required in this area to view shoes, purses, and other makeup appliances. There should be adequate lighting so that you can properly apply makeup.

Fitness Room

A luxury home includes an exercise room and a gym. You can have large exercise rooms with the most up-to-date equipment. A sauna and an indoor pool are also available for post-workout relaxation.

Outdoor Kitchen and Pool

If you want to stay in an outdoor space, you can have an outdoor kitchen with a built-in grill and Barbeque for hosting picnics. You can also add luxury and comfort by erecting changing cabanas and hot pools.


Luxury homes are characterized by the attention to detail seen in each room. It is these little touches that make a luxury home genuinely luxurious. Buying a luxury home is a dream that many of us have. It’s necessary to do your research to ensure that you buy the right property. These details distinguish luxury homes from others so you can know what to look for when buying yours today.

The high-end luxury homes in the Philippines are more than just a place to live. They’re an investment into your future and a means of expressing your individuality. Luxury properties are one of the most important investments you can make. You must find a real estate agent who understands the market. They will be able to help you find your next home and make sure that you get the best deal possible. 


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Eight Tips For Launching Your Real Estate Investing Career

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Real estate investing may be the right career choice for you. Real estate investing offers exciting opportunities for those willing to work hard and learn how to build their business.

When you are just starting, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by all of the information presented to you. With so many different ideas on how real estate investing works, it’s tough to know what advice is best for your situation. That’s why we are here with top tips that will help you start your real estate career as an investor.

  1. Learn the Basics

Understanding the market is essential to investing in real estate. If you don’t know the ins and outs, the lucrative income opportunities can turn into a nightmare.

  1. Conduct Your Research

It is critical to research and comprehends market conditions before investing in any property. Understand which neighborhoods are expanding and contracting and the local zoning regulations. Talk to other investors and gain their market insights; they may have valuable information that will help you make sound investment decisions.

  1. Learn

Knowledge instills confidence and dispels fear. If you are starting a business, you must first learn the ins and outs. The best way to learn about real estate investing is to read everything there is to know about it. However, once you’ve learned it, you must put it into practice. Learning and reading are only the first steps.

  1. Think Big 

You can begin your career with small investments and gradually increase as your business grows and diversifies. However, you should have a long-term vision, goals, and strategies to achieve your goals.

  1. Make and Stick to a Budget

When you’re first starting, it’s easy to get carried away and spend all of your money on the first property you find. However, if you want to get a good return on your investment, you must not overextend yourself financially. Keep a budget and stick to it to save some money for future investments.

  1. Have a Knowledge of Finance

Having a start-up fund isn’t the end of the financial requirements for this profession. You must understand the economics, financial needs, and business etiquette associated with real estate investment. In addition, you should refresh your knowledge of real estate transactions and the proper timing for purchasing and selling a property.

  1. A Well-thought Strategy

It would be best to have a solid investment plan in place before making any offers on properties. In this plan, you should include your estimated monthly expenses, desired rate of return, and long-term property goals. When it comes time to buy, having this information will help you make sound decisions.

  1. Keep Up to Date

As an investor, it’s critical to stay current on market conditions and changes in the real estate industry. Subscribing to industry newsletters, attending real estate investing seminars, and networking with other investors are good ways to get started. This data will assist you in making sound investment decisions and staying ahead of the competition.


Real estate investing offers an excellent way to make money, whether you plan to become a full-time investor or dabble in it as a side hustle. If you want to start earning passive income by buying houses, these eight tips should be able to help get your career off on the right foot.



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Renovation Choices That Can Save You From Remodelling

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Most homeowners consider remodeling one of the most stressful things to do. Even if it’s a small renovation project, there are so many choices that it can be hard to know where to begin. Smaller renovations will cost much less than larger ones, for obvious reasons. You’ll want to start by looking at your budget. The process doesn’t have to be overwhelming, though. With these tips, you’ll find that renovating is more manageable and less stressful than you think. So, let’s renovate and prepare it well to get ready your house for sale.

Make a Financial Plan

Determining and sticking to a budget is one of the most critical aspects of renovation planning. You should set contingency funds aside for unforeseen expenses, as well as trivial costs such as eating out, a kitchen renovation, or simply hiring a cab.

It’s natural to want a top-of-the-line remodel, but you might need a few inexpensive modifications to make your home appear more valuable. Before you lift a hammer, do your homework and make a budget.

Observe Your Walls

Consider replacing the wall if the repair costs exceed the repairing prices. The cost of restoring a damaged wall will quickly deplete your funds, so carefully consider your options. If you don’t pay much attention to your walls, it will impact your house’s worth and give you a low value when you put your house for sale.

Not in Size, but Efficiency

Organizing and designing your kitchen for maximum efficiency may allow you to maximize your square footage without tearing down walls. Start with swapping out space-hogging shelves for 8-inch-wide cabinet-height pullout drawers with racks for canned goods and other items.

Add Light Without Windows

Consider less invasive—and less expensive—methods of acquiring light before making a large hole in the side of your house and changing the framework.

Installing a light tube, which slips between roof rafters and channels sunlight down into the living space, can brighten up the whole place.

Short-term Costs and Long-term Benefits

If your project necessitates clapboard siding, for example, investing now in the pre-primed and pre-painted version will lead to long-term savings. It costs 10 to 20 cents per foot more, but you’ll end up paying for half as many paint jobs down the line.

Why is that? Factory finishes are applied to dried wood in controlled environments with no rain or intense sunlight, making it more durable.


By choosing the proper renovation, you can save yourself a lot of money and effort in the long run. It’s essential to maintain your house for years to come by performing regular renovations and repairs; it helps you get a good value when you put your house for sale.


It can be tempting to invest in cosmetic renovations when you’re purchasing a new home. While these make your house look shiny and new, they might not be as worthwhile as other upgrades that are important for the long-term health of your home. When it comes time to sell your home, you may find that these cosmetic changes don’t add any resale value to your property, so go for long-term renovation choices.

When making renovations, homeowners should always consider the resale value of their homes.


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