Thursday, May 21, 2015


It's been a long time dream of the group to set foot on one the famous tourist destination in Bicol, The Caramoan Islands. The planning took time, substantial deliberations and considerations considering the budget, the number of pax and the willingness of all the team members to join the activity. Finalization goes up and down but through the effort and determination of our Area Manager, Sir Arnold, the activity has been finalized.We are also very thankful to the HMS/SBC Company especially to Sir Jay Diego for realization of this activity.

As agreed upon, the point of gathering was on Pili. The time of meet up was supposed to be 4:30am to avoid over exposure to the sun during travel but the "pinoy time" mentalty persisted so it's around 6:30am until the last member arrived. We departed Pili at around 6:45. Some want extra adventure that they preferred to rode their bikes going to Caramoan.

Monday, August 18, 2014


Are you a devotee of Blessed Virgin Mary? Then, Joroan is one place to go to enhance your faith. Joroan, Tiwi, Albay is the home of  the miraculous Our Lady of Salvation which feast day happens every 17th of August. Pilgrims from all over Bicol and other provinces came here to venerate the Blessed Virgin, strengthen their faith and some even hopefully ask for a life changing miracle. During fiesta, this little barangay becomes crowded. Aside from devotees from different places some scenery here are comparable to the feast of Our Lady of Penafrancia in Naga. Streets are occupied by vehicles, "tiangge" and vendors proliferate around the area, and long file of devotees wishing to touch the image of Nuestra Senora de Salvacion.


Due to Team Pili's effort and hard work, we received incentive from the company (HMS Group). After 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014


Pasacao is said to be the summer capital of Camarines Sur. Because of beautiful beaches, cheap cottages and accessibility, many excursionist chose this place than other beaches in Bicol. Almost every summer this place has been crowded with vacationist and excursionist from different side of Cam Sur. Floating cottages, beach games and annual bikini pageant were some of the attractions to attract people. But the main attraction and a must-be visited place is the Daroanak Island. Daraoanak island is the eye-cathing island lies in the middle of the beach of Pasacao. 

Monday, May 26, 2014


One hot summer time in Atulayan Island. Team SBC Bicol  was very grateful for giving us this opportunity to unwind and be temporarily relived from stressful month. After meeting of minds of the area, Atulayan Island was the choice of majority. We chose this island to get away with usual place and usual activity. We want to explore other part of CamSur. I've been to this island about before, it was during my college days. I want to know what happen to this unexploited island 11 years ago, I was very fortunate that this island getaway pushed through. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


When I was in Surigao City, I was really amazed with the peculiar beach I've found there, the Baragabon Beach Resort in Brgy Mabua. Instead of sand, the shoreline is covered with multi-colored, smooth pebbles varying in sizes. It was then my first time in my entire travel that i saw this kind of beach so I am very thankful I've gone to that place. Without knowing, there is also similar kind of beach in my home province that I newly discovered. Thanks to Rey Garing, my batch mate who gave me an idea to explore this beach. He was so persistent to schedule a reconnaissance on the place and eventually, an outing with our batch mates. Fortunately, our first plan has been realized but the second is still hanging. Actually, I already heard of this beach a long time ago, but hesitate to go on this part of Bicol because of the reports or hearsay that the place was infested. You know what I mean. Although many people including me has the desire to explore the undiscovered beach that time, we don't have guts to do because there were reports before that there were "nice people around" down there. Furthermore, the place was not that accessible before. Very rough roads and mountainous terrains are some of the hindrances you encounter you as you enter remote barangays of Minalabac. It needs an experienced driver, with uphill and downhill driving skills, to get to the place. That was long before. After a few years passed, Bagolatao beach is now very accessible to anyone. Roads were concreted, beaches were developed and most especially, peace order situation has been far good.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Baguio City was my first destination for the year 2013. A place that was so relaxing and refreshing suited for the people who wants to find coolness and and a great place to unwind. Thermometers here read 9.5 degrees Celsius, the coldest so far this year. This may not be that cold compare to other countries' winter season which mmhg readings reached negative numbers, but for those who are in a tropical environment, like the Philippines, this level of coldness was too cold for them. Temperature here in Baguio drops the lowest during the months of January and February, which tourist from other parts of the country take this opportunity to experience the cold weather. Cool breeze outside makes you chill to the bones. Two shirts and a thick jacket is no match to the coldness especially during dusk till dawn. But despite the coldness, Baguio City still can be considered a city that never sleeps. Many people stay outside at night. Some go to parks, some go to the bars, and most of them go to the night market. Night market here starts at around 9 o'clock until 4 in the morning. In the market, you can almost find anything that you're looking for, from clothing, to accessories, shoes and other footwear, different kinds of souvenirs and of course, food.

Sunday, November 25, 2012


Are you a nature lover and looking for an alternative place for summer getaway? Taytay Falls in Majayjay, Laguna is one of the best place to go.  

Monday, November 12, 2012


This resort can be the most famous in General Santos City. Several prominent personalities from showbiz, politics, arts and sports have already been here. As proofs of their visit, the management provide prominent visitors with a plate where they can write what they can say about the resort and of course with their signature as proof of authenticity. Many tourist chose this place maybe because of its natural beauty. Situated on top of a higher ground where you can watch a scenic view of the Sarangani Bay. Different kinds of flower can also be found here. Flowers with varying sizes, colors and  smells all around also serve as plus- factor for attracting clients. They even decorated every door with paintings of flower that added more natural ambiance in the resort. This resort  can also be considered as the "bonsai" center in Mindanao. A collection  of bonsai of different sizes can be found here. This resort is ideal if you want to go away from the noisy city and hang-out with nature. An acoustic band is playing during nighttime if you want to have a more romantic night and the sing-all-u-can videoke on the other side is open if you want to rock the night with your friends. 

Friday, October 26, 2012


According to the experts, there are more than a million species of insects. Some are harmful and others are beneficial. As a part of nature's ecosystem, insect play a very important role in environment. Insects helps produce life.They are of great help to humans and plants as well. Imagine this world without insect. Plants are the main source of food for most animals. They are the reason why most of us and other animals live. But since they are stationary living things, insect helps them to reproduce in the process called pollination. Of course, there's wind and other factors of pollination but insect plays very large factor in this process. How can we produce beautiful flowers without insects? Its hard, Isn't it? Some insects also are destined to be on the lowest part of food chain which are beneficial to other forms of species. Although some insect are beneficial, there are also lot of them that are harmful to other forms of species especially humans. Mosquitoes, cockroaches and flies are some that were identified to be harmful. They can cause diseases to plants, animals and humans too. But despite of their harmfulness, they are still part of nature.

Monday, October 22, 2012


Within the Alah Valley of South Cotabato there lies the beautiful and bountiful town of Lake Sebu. Named after the town, Lake Sebu is considered a treasure of the province for this place is gifted with abundant natural resources. Aside from tourism, Lake Sebu is the main source of livelihood for the locals. Tilapia are the main product they get from the lake. This is also one of the bodies of water that supply water to South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat provinces for irrigation and domestic consumption. Before being establish as a municipality, Lake Sebu is only a part of Surallah. Because of its rich resources and growing number of villagers around the lake, this barangay was formed into an independent municipality. Most dwellers here are the T'bolis and the Ubo's which are natives of Lake Sebu.

Sunday, October 21, 2012


Once a dream, now a reality. Today, I've witness another amazing and jaw-dropping artwork of Mother Nature here in southern part of Mindanao, The SEVEN FALLS. Seven Falls, a series of  7 majestic waterfalls with varying sizes and height, is located at the town of Lake Sebu, South Cotabato province. Locals of the area, the T'bolis, gave each waterfalls a nickname. The 1st waterfalls was named "Hikong Alu" a T'boli word meaning "the passage". The 2nd waterfalls is " Hikong Bente" means the immeasurable. The 3rd waterfalls is "Hikong B'lebed" means the zigzag. 4th waterfalls is "Hikong Lowig" means booth. 5th waterfalls is "Hikong Kefo-l" means wildflower. 6th waterfalls is "Hikong Ukol" means the short one. The 7th and the last waterfalls is the "Hikong Tonok" means soil.

From the town proper of Lake Sebu, it will only take you about 20 mins to be in the Seven Falls. As you climb your way to the place you can take a snap shot of the 2nd waterfalls from the top. You can also observe and take pictures of the wild monkeys along the road. Before you can enter the 1st falls, you have to pay 20 Php as entrance fee. But the amount of entrance fee is nothing compared with what you are about to experience inside. You can actually go directly to the 2nd falls via different road aside from the main entrance but it's very hard to ignore the 1st amazing falls. Hikong Alu or the passage is the largest of the seven. Water from a river on top artfully fall from a 35 ft height making trembling sound as it hits the bottom. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


This is Buluan Town in Maguindanao Province. My first time to be here in this story-filled town. Buluan is a Muslim town. Christians here have been converted into Muslims too. The town's name  became familiar during the time of Maguindanao Massacre. This is the place of origin of the controversial Governor , Ismael Mangudadatu, whose First Lady (because he has a 2nd and 3rd ladies) was killed together with 56 others. And the main reason is politics. Because of that incidence back way November 2009, violence was being associated with the town of Buluan. Many people, especially from Luzon areas, are afraid to set foot on this land. Although there's a little bit nervous I decided to explore this town just to know what they say about Buluan and prove that this town is really the kind of place which they think of.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


Have you been to the City of Tagum lately? If yes, for sure you have visited the newly constructed city hall in Brgy. Apokon. The city of Tagum constructed an ambitious project, a futuristic architectural design city hall. Although the structure is not totally finished, you can say that it is one of the most beautiful city hall ever built in the Philippines. It is a 4-storey building with a unique design surrounded with sculptures made by Mindanao's famous artist, Kublai Ponce Millan. Kublai is the most known artist in Mindanao. The Philippines eagle and freedom statue in Davao's city hall, Risen Lord at the Christ the King parish in Tagum, The huge sculpture of durian that welcomes visitors in Davao's airport are some of his masterpiece. Kublai is not just an ordinary artist. Aside from sculpture, he also involves in photography and painting. And one thing unique in him is his ability to turn garbage into artistic pieces. 

Monday, October 8, 2012


Election 2013 is fast approaching. It will be less than seven months to go. Although election fever in the country started several months or a year ago, the start of the filing of candidacy made it intense. So many "pakulo" or gimmicks were observed on the filing of candidacy itself. There were politician (mostly trapos) have their paid supporters to accompany them in just mere filing of candidacy. Some have even the complete drum and lyre corps going to Comelec office just like a parade in a festival. One candidate even walk with bare feet as a superstitious belief, hehe, unfortunately his line up didn't bite up his gimmick. But the point here is that if they have already spent a large sum of money in the filing of candidacy how much more in the campaign period. As we all know the logic of these politicians, "the more you spend, the more you gain" is very dangerous. The more they spend in the elections, the more they get or steal from the money of the people. I salute this group ANTI-EPAL CAMPAIGN MOVEMENT, for revealing wrong doings of shameless politicians. Shameless because they are using the people's money just to advertise their names. They shamelessly put their names on the projects that are supposedly owned by the people. School buildings, waiting sheds, bridges, overpasses and even public toilets are filled with politicians names.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


My itinerary does not include Isulan, the capital of Sultan Kudarat, fortunately, there's no other way going to our destination but through this town. We were heading then to Lake Sebu to conduct an ocular inspection on the proposed venue for an upcoming meaningful event at the same time to explore other possible places. After the orientation of newly recruited job seekers, we departed Kidapawan City at around 2 o'clock in the afternoon bound for Lake Sebu. Its my first time to travel on that part of the area and I have also heard some negative impressions on the road we were about to travel. So, we solicited some advise for the most appropriate and safest way possible. We were told to meet Louie, a middle manager in Tacurong City, who will guide us to Lake Sebu.

After passing through the towns of Makilala, Tulunan, Datu Paglas  and Pres Quirino, we finally reached the city of Tacurong at around 4 pm. We waited for him at the Jolibee Tacurong beacuse this is the most familiar venue for "eye-balling". After few minutes, Louie arrived. As we travel, we heard a lot of stories regarding the area he handles. He handles Sultan Kudarat and Maguindanao Provinces. Although there are so many good things to do and place to go in the area, most of his stories were about violence (insurgencies). He recalled how their clients were unable to go home after a meeting because they were caught in a crossfire between MILF and government forces. But after all the negative stories, Sultan Kudarat is still beautiful province to explore. Sadly, I don't have much time to stay on this place.

Sunday, September 9, 2012


World War II left the Philippines with so many remembrance and one of them is to be found here in Davao City, The Japanese Tunnel. A man-made cave made by the Japanese Imperial armies during the Japanese Occupation. This tunnel  not only served as strategical camp for the Japanese, but also for communication and safe transport. Originally, the tunnel stretch up to several kilometer long with several outlets but due to natural phenomena like earthquake, some part of the tunnel collapsed. What remained now is the hundred and fifty meters tunnel.

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