A Gratitude For 2016 Adventures

Before the year 2016 ends, I would like to honor it by looking back on the journeys it has brought me. Each year has always been a year of discovery and adventures. Every destination comes with another learning. Through the years, I have learned and gained new lessons as I grow into the man I hope to be and I will be.

Nine days – Six provinces

This past month of July, me and my friends temporarily left our corporate-city life for a short period of 9 days. We packed and travelled to the western visayas, the island of Panay. It was time for a short break and time to take a taste of fresh air. It was time to momentarily get…

Guimaras the Mango Haven

Early in the morning we departed from Brngy. Tuno of Tibiao and waited for our ride for Iloilo in Brngy. Importante. We waited for a bus to pass but, instead, an empty van bound for San Jose approached towards us. We took the van to save time. The locals themselves told us that it would…

Kruhay sa Mararison!

If you want to see a glorious sunrise you go to Mt. Pulag or any high altitude summit, but if sunset is what you want then try the sunset view of Malalison island. Malalison (pronounced as Mararison by the locals), is an island 15-minute boat ride away from the Culasi proper. The island boasts its clear…

Islands of the Giants in Carles, Iloilo

Islas de Gigantes is a group of islands under Carles Municipality which is located in Northern part of Iloilo province. With white beaches, clear waters, and islands of volcanic rocks reminds me of Palawan. One can reach the islands by taking a bus from Iloilo City bound for Carles. It can also be reached by…

Island Hopping in Concepcion, Iloilo

From Iloilo SM City, we headed to the nearest van terminal heading for Estancia. We disembarked in Sara, which is a municipality before Estancia. From Sara proper, we rode a jeepney to Concepcion. In Iloilo, there are buses that directly go to Concepcion, but the buses depart by schedule, so we chose the van to…

Siargao Island – Hooked

Siargao island is part of Surigao del Norte province located in North Eastern part of Mindanao. It is facing the pacific Ocean thus having one of the best waves for surfing. The island somehow reminds me of Siquijor for its rural feel, but unlike Siquijor, resorts are already popping like mushrooms on the island. One…

Kalanggaman Island – A weekend getaway

As a city dweller, I face tall buildings, city pollution, crowd noises and work stresses for at least five days a week. I try my best to allocate at least the weekends to shrug the stresses away and reconnect with nature. Island life. Lying on the beach, enjoying the sun, caressed by the sea breeze…

A week in Palawan (Puerto Princesa)

Previous Days Day 5 We stayed in Princess Armicha Pension House which was just a walk away from the Provincial Capitol. They offer great deals and they also offer city tours. They best thing is that the inn is just a walk away from different restaurants and “karenderia”. Also, beside the inn is the humble…

A week in Palawan (El Nido)

As a yearly habit, me and my friends go somewhere in the Philippines during the summer months. Last 2014 we marked Coron, Palawan and I still can’t forget my wonderful experiences on the island. This time we planned to hit El Nido and Puerto Princesa, Palawan. It all started with a spotted promo air fare bound for Puerto…

Apo Island (pawikan sanctuary)

Have you experienced swimming with sea turtles or “pawikan” as we call it in bisaya? You might want to try and visit Apo Island. Apo Island is a small island in Negros Oriental, just across the town of Zamboanguita. The island is well preserved by the locals. It was summer of 2015 that I wanted…

Biliran Waterfalls Adventure

Early mornings on a secluded island is somehow relaxing. I planned to wake up by 5:30 in the morning to catch the slow rising of the sun. Unfortunately my body did not cooperate. We spent a lot of energy the day and got too drunk the night before, that our bodies demanded more sleep.  I…

Sambawan Island

Sambawan Island is a small island located north of Biliran(former sub-province of Leyte) and nearest to Maripipi island. Maripipi main island as viewed from Sambawan Me and my close friends have been eyeing Sambawan Island for so long, but due to forgotten reasons we kept on postponing the plan. We’ve been itching to visit the island…