Mike Aquino

Mike Aquino

Travel Writer Covering S.E. Asia

Freelance writer, content consultant, Southeast Asia travel gadabout.

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Asia’s tourist-friendly mountains

The most impressive of Asia's peaks are gathered in this list, a roundup of the continent's most tourist-friendly mountains, ready to be conquered the next time you're in the area....

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Discovering dolphins and a virgin island

End your chase of white sand beaches all over Asia at Panglao Island....

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Bombs, big guns and other WWII tales

A walking tour of Corregidor Island offers a more in-depth look at this crucial World War II battleground...

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Food for the Climb

This weekend or the next, why don’t you break from your usual boredom busters, get out of your comfort zone,...

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How did Brazo de Mercedes come about?

This light custard-filled roll has a back story that’s woven into Philippine history....

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Touring the oldest churches in the Philippines

Find Filipino religious culture at its most ancient, most picturesque, and most deeply-felt in these oldest surviving churches...

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Where you can still get a bowl of hot pares in Manila

We found four old-timers with their own loyal following. Care to add to our list?...

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Touring the oldest churches in the Philippines

Find Filipino religious culture at its most ancient, most picturesque, and most deeply-felt in these oldest surviving churches...

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Manila’s yummiest chocolate fudge cakes

Love chocolate? Find some here!...

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Cross to the wild side in Davao

Find a gateway to a diverse environment, home to rare eagles, crocodiles and a bat cave, in the southern Philippine city of Davao.

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How to pick the right running shoes

This is the worst thing you can do as a beginning runner: pick up any running shoe that fits your foot, then start a full-on training regimen with them. You simply don't pick running shoes based primarily on their styling or their cost: you could end up in pain for weeks, or worse, with an injury.

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Live like a local: Manila on a weekend

Experience the spirit of the Philippine capital when locals are at leisure—from where to stretch your legs to where to get a dose of culture

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Binondo's hidden gems

Say “Kung Hei Fat Choy!” and track down Old Manila’s authentic Chinese food. Here’s a clue: the places are within walking distance of each other.

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Eat through Davao in a day

Mention Davao to a life-long foodie, and a few things will come up more often than others. First, durian: that odoriferously delicious fruit grown in the farms around Davao City. Second, kinilaw: the ...

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How to pair wine with Filipino food

Does adobo go well with white wine or red? Is crispy pata best served with a fruity wine or a tomato-based one? Let our wine expert tell you.