Take the RORO Route
Did you know that you can get to almost anywhere in the Philippines from Cubao by just taking the bus? Thanks to the RORO or Roll On/Roll Off system, a bus headed to, say, Iloilo can just roll on, and roll off ships. You can save thousands on airfare, close to PhP2000 to be exact, as a bus ride to Iloilo costs PhP1,200, while a last minute flight to the same destination could set you PhP3,000 back. Sure, it’s a more “leisurely” (read: slow) pace of travel, sometimes even taking days, but at least you get to see more of the country. What’s that they say about traveling not being about the destination, but the journey?
Pro-tip: Bring food. That canned tuna or instant cup noodles you brought would be worth twice or thrice as much if you buy it on board.
Budget for RORO Fare: PhP1000–2000