Exploring the Philippines’s remote getaways

Written by By Staff Writer Brazilian musician Maverick Viñales normally plays his drums faster than a Mercedes-Benz pulling into a parking spot, but at a recent concert in Campinas, he decided to hold back….

Exploring the Philippines's remote getaways

Written by By Staff Writer

Brazilian musician Maverick Viñales normally plays his drums faster than a Mercedes-Benz pulling into a parking spot, but at a recent concert in Campinas, he decided to hold back.

As a demonstration of his prowess, he played for a few seconds so fast that he almost flew across the stage, his tempo on a salsa song almost having the air sucked out of the venue as if by a carbon dioxide bomb.

He survived.

Maverick Viñales shares some quick footwork. Credit: Marco Buitrago/AFP/AFP/Getty Images

Just off the beaten path

Don your speedos, duck the pesky pixies at night, and head for the nocturnal fields near the California School for the Deaf — it’s a rare, three-hour trip on white, all-inclusive bicycles available to anyone who wants to keep their feet comfortable.

Ruiz Tivoli is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located about 50 minutes from Cebu City. Credit: Jaime Vazquez/123RF

California School for the Deaf

Cebu City is an hour and a half by bus to Cebu City. One of the must-see attractions is Tivoli Park . Colorado’s idyllic seashore can be found on the roads of Leyte Oriental — just offshore — between Long Socorro and Uyayanggo. The crystal blue waters of Turtle Cove are only 1.5 km away.

Where the locals go: The beach at Turtle Cove is a world away from Cebu’s commercial center. Credit: Tom Skilling/CNN

Literally jumping-off point for the 34 flights that line America’s west coast, the Manahacao Pier is an oasis of relaxed beauty where sunbathers can indulge in warm breezes and snorkel through unique coral formations that swirl the waters. The area is also part of an active volcano, Mount Mangrove.

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