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Photos: Celebrating the North Swell

In-hostel workshops with Planet Zips : Poi Philippines and World of Patterns, an art installation by Lee Cases, all-day inking care of Sentinel Inks and at night, Naomi Aoki and Baler’s very own Blue Island for your entertainment. Read More

Album: The Return of the South Swell

We know how to do South Swell festivals. Check out what happened at The Circle Hostel, Zambales this year!

Held July 2-3, 2016 the weekend featured performances by The Ransom Collective,

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The Last Dancer: Manang Milyang

By Raf Dionisio

Milyang is an elder of an Indigenous Peoples tribe, and is one the the last of their cultural dancers. She was a dancer in her youth and was able to travel the country sharing the cultural dances of the Aetas.

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Common Area Conversations: Top Three Travel Picks!

We asked our guests and friends: “What are your top three travel must-haves (not including surf gear)?”

“Sunblock, ID’s, hygeine kit.” – Yuan Yim

“Camera, malong,

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Cooking at the Circle Hostel

By Rafa Oca

It was one of those weeknights at the hostel when there were few guests and I was hungry.  I had been in Baler for 2 weeks already and I was craving sashimi.

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Teaching Kids to Love Nature

Our guest took her daughter with her to experience our Tribes and Treks experience. Here, in her words, are what they took away from their trip.
Since we moved back to the Philippines we’ve tried to celebrate my daughter’s birthday with a simple party and then giving back to the community.

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Snippets from La Union Surfing Break 2016

Yes please!

Jasmine Curtis dropped by to learn how to make bracelets during our crafternoon workshop led by local crafters from Tali Ti Amianan.

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Twenty Days As An Intern at The Circle Hostel

From the The Circle Hostel Baler Intern, Alexa Dabao

It was a little more than 3 months ago when I said my goodbyes to what has become my home away from home.

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The Plastic Solution

We sat down with the Circle Hostel’s Ziggie Gonzales to ask him about his newest project #ThePlasticSolution. Through filling bottles with non-biodegradable waste, he hopes to create an eco-brick movement in the Philippines,

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What Surfing Means To Me

By Raf Dionisio

I first tried surfing in 2008 at La Union, but only picked it up as a regular sport when we started The Circle Hostel in November 2011.

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LA UNION
Barangay Urbiztondo, Circle Road, La Union, San Juan, Philippines
email: zambales@thecirclehostel.com

ZAMBALES
San Felipe, Zambales,
Philippines
email: zambales@thecirclehostel.com

BALER
Buton Street, Brgy. Sabang, Aurora, Baler, Philippines
email: baler@thecirclehostel.com