Shinrin-yoku: How to remove stress through forest bathing

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 19, 2019   •   1995

Shinrin-yoku is Japanese for forest bathing. Shinrin meaning “forest” and yoku meaning “bath”. It can also be called Tree Therapy.

What is Shinrin-yoku?

via GIPHY

Shinrin-yoku is a Japanese practice that started in the 1980’s. It is basically connecting with nature through all your senses, like smelling the forest air, feeling the leaves and the branches.

Why try Shinrin-yoku?

There are studies that show how forest bathing brings health benefits to an individual. Phytoncides, the antimicrobial chemicals released by trees to prevent from rotting also helps in giving health benefits to humans.

Most trees also contain organic compounds that support our own natural killers (NK) which fights off cancer.

via GIPHY

Other benefits include:

  • Reduced stress
  • Decreased depression, fatigue, anxiety, and confusion.
  • Boosted immune system
  • Improved sleep
  • Increased ability to focus

How to start forest bathing?

First, find a forest that will suit you. It doesn’t matter if it is an hour away from home or it will take hours of travel, as long as it is a place that will surely bring you comfort.

No gadgets. It is better to keep your phones in your bag or leave them behind.

via GIPHY

Some ‘forest bathers’ walk barefoot to fully experience nature. But it is not required.

You don’t need to jog or do any exercise. You can walk, sit, or just lie down on the ground.

Where to forest bathe?

You can try visiting Arroceros Forest Park in Manila, Ayala Triangle in Makati or La Mesa Eco Park in Quezon City.

If you want to go somewhere that will really immerse you in nature, visit the provinces or try hiking.

Mt. Arayat

Sagada reopens doors to tourists; new rules set amid COVID-19 threat

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 24, 2020

After its temporary closure, the tourist spots in Sagada, Mountain Province have been reopened to the public but with a new set of rules as precautionary measure against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-2019).

Sagada Mayor James Pooten, Jr. has signed an order lifting the suspension on all eco-tourism activities in their area. However, Pooten said spelunking and sunrise viewing will remain suspended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The official also said tours will begin at 7:00 a.m. and tourists need to undergo health screenings upon arrival in Sagada.

“Assessment will be done when registering at the Tourist Information Center when checking in at accommodations, and before tours start,” he said.—AAC

DOT: 15% increase in tourist arrivals in 2019

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 11, 2019

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has reported a 15% increase in tourist arrivals in 2019.

Based on the data of the DOT, tourist arrivals went up by 6.8 million from January to October 2019.

This is 15% higher compared to the 5.9 million tourist arrivals from January to October 2018.

Meanwhile, tourism revenue is also up by 25% compared in 2018. From January to August 2019, the DOT already recorded P27.3 billion revenue.

The bulk of the tourists visiting the country come from South Korea, China, and the United States.

Meanwhile, Boracay Island remains the top tourist destination in the country.

Foreign Tourists:

Korea = 1,609,172
China = 1,499,524
United States = 872,335
Japan = 569,625
Taiwan = 282,220

According to the DOT, progress in tourism creates job and business opportunities for the country.—AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

DIY tips for your Cagayan travel

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 10, 2019

Still unsure about your year-end travel? Go to Cagayan. Boom, problem solved.

via GIPHY

As the “Emerging Tiger of Northern Luzon”, Cagayan can also be a one-stop-shop destination for all your travel cravings. You need some vitamin sea? Cagayan has the longest shoreline in the region.

Do you feel like getting lost in nature? The Sierra Madre lies in Cagayan Province. Or if you want to just sit back, relax, and get in touch with the locals, Cagayan offers a vast agricultural land, rivers, and municipal islands.

Sold na ba?

Trip Ko ‘To’s latest episode shared some Do-It-Yourself tips for you to get the best year-end travel in Cagayan.

Travel

Travel by bus: There are bus terminals en route to Tuguegarao in Cubao, Sampaloc, and Quezon City where fares will not exceed P700. Travel time is around 12 hours.

Travel by plane: For one hour and 15 minutes, you can already arrive at your destination. Air fare ranges from P3,700-P4,500.

Travel by car: It is around 12-hour drive to Tuguegarao from Metro Manila.

Lodging

Cocoon Travelers: It is located at 38 Luna St. Tuguegarao City, Cagayan where room rates ranges from P1,150-P2,050.

Capili Lodging: It is along Sta. Ana where rooms range from P500 (room for 2), P750 (air-conditioned room for 2).

Destinations

Callao Cave: A 30-minute ride from Tuguegarao City via tricycle (P70).

Sierra Cave: This is about 20 meters away from Callao Cave, you can also ride a tricycle to get there.

Cape Engano: In Pasamboa, ride a tricycle to San Vicente Port for a 15-peso boat ride. You can also rent a boat for P1,800. For P3,500 you can travel to Cape Engano, Anguib Beach, Crocodile Island, and Punta Verde.

REACH US

The Philippine Broadcast Hub

UNTV, 915 Barangay Philam,

EDSA, Quezon City M.M. 1104

(+632) 8396-8688 (Tel)

(+632) 8920.8336 (Fax)

info@untvweb.com (General inquiries)

support@untvweb.com

UNTV News and Rescue Emergency Hotlines:

LANDLINE (+632) 8396-8688

ADVERTISE WITH US

(+632) 8 442.6244 Loc. 143, 144, 162, 164

advertising@untvweb.com

ABOUT UNTV

UNTV is a major TV broadcast network with 24-hour programming. An Ultra High Frequency station with strong brand content that appeal to everyone, UNTV is one of the most trusted and successful Philippine networks that guarantees wholesome and quality viewing experience.