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.

Monday, September 3, 2012



Ang paglalakbay ay napakagandang karanasan
Na kahit salapi ay hindi kayang tumbasan.
Samu't sari ang iyong mararamdaman
Sa iba't ibang lugar na iyong tinutunguhan.

Sa byahe ay marami kang matututunan,
Mga bagay na ngayon at doon mo lang nalalaman
Marami ka din makikilalang tao at kaibigan,
Na iba't iba ang pananaw at antas ng katayuan.

Ang paglalakbay ay medyo may kahirapan,
Minsan di mo alam ang mangyayari sa iyong pupuntahan.
Pero kahit ano pa man ang kahihinatnan,
Sa byahe ay punong-puno ng kasiyahan.

Ngunit sa kabila ng mga bagay na ito,
Maraming lugar man ang napuntahan mo.
Gaano man kaganda at kasaya dito,
Hahanap hanapin mo pa din ang pinagmulan mo.

Matulog ka man sa magagagarang higaan,
O sa simpleng bahay  na iyong masisilungan,
Iba pa rin ang iyong mararamdaman,
Kung ang ulo mo ay nakapatong sa sariling unan.

Sa paglalakbay ang pakiramdam ay masaya at makulay
Pero wala ng sasaya pa pag ika'y nasa iyong pamamahay.
Kapiling ng pamilya na saiyo'y nagbibigay buhay,
Pagmamahal at kasiyahang walang kapantay

Thursday, August 23, 2012


Madayaw" , a warm and friendly greetings that is full of respect and admiration, is where the Kadayawan Festival got its name.  Dubbed as the "King of Festivals", Kadayawan Festival is an annual thanksgiving celebration for bountiful harvest in the city of Davao. On this year, 2012, Davaoenos are celebrating their 27th year of Kadayawan Festival with a theme "10 Tribes, 1 Vibe".  This year celebration gives an emphasis in the unification of all the tribes and its descendants that occupied the city, then and now. Despite cultural differences, tribes are still bound on a duty to make Davao City a peaceful and harmonious place to live.

It's been a long time desire (since I start blogging) to personally witness this celebration in order to answer some questions I have for myself. One, why this festival tagged as the "king of festivals", second, how grand is this celebration compared to other festivals all over the country. So, I don't let the opportunity to pass me by. This is my first time to witness and celebrate Kadayawan festival. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012


I already learned about this 7SUPERSHOTS series about a couple of months ago. A chained-post that was started by last January of this year. This activity aims to showcase and share 7 best shots of every blogger. In my observation, most PTBs were already tagged and shared theirs. I already seen several posts from my fellow travel bloggers, their shots were so amazing!. So when Francis Balgos of Pala-lagaw tagged me I was hesitant to do my own version. But there's no harm in trying so I tried to assemble mine but due to so some unfavorable situations and interruptions, it took a long time for the completion. But anyway, I just made it and here's my version of 7 SUPERSHOT..

Climbing at the top of People's Park in the Sky Tower at Tagaytay, Batangas and took this image was literally breathtaking. In this image is the highway from downtown Tagaytay to People's Park.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

FOOD TRIP: Ibos of Laguna

It's midyear planning once again here in CMDI. Reporting of accomplishments, projecting  targets, scheduling of trainings  and mind-breaking financial analysis for the sustainability of the institute as we enter the final half of the year. But this is not about that, this is about a kind of food we shared as the planning going on. Tuesday afternoon during our break time, Tita Precy offered us "ibos" for snack. For me, this is not that very delicious food, but what makes this food very special for me, besides this is my eldest son's favorite, are the childhood memories associated with these. Everytime I saw an "ibos" , automatically my childhood memories flashes back and how this simple food became part of my life.

Thursday, May 17, 2012


This is San Pedro Cathedral, considered to be the oldest church in the city. According to history, this church was initially built on the year 1847 during the Spanish occupation in the region. The church was named after the name of the first pope, St. Peter, who also was the patron saint of Davao. This historical  structure and Davao City's premier landmark is located at the corner of San Pedro and Claro M. Recto streets. What makes this church unique is its structural design. Unlike other churches, this church has distinctive curve frontal design. Another structures that catches people's attention are the beautifully designed bell tower beside the church and the torch-like structure infront of the church.  

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


It's Labor day. After long and laborious weeks it's time to reward myself a treat. I was in Tagum City  during the Labor day and I was thinking of what to do and where to spend that 1-day holiday when unintentionally, I came to this island. At first I planned to go back to Davao City where I can spend the holiday, but somebody mentioned about an island where they have their previous outing. This gave me an idea not to go back to Davao, instead I asked my colleagues here in Tagum to go to a nearest beach. Someone suggested that we should go to Kopiat Island in Compostela Valley. Without further questions and thinking, the group agreed with the suggestion. And there was it, a day-long vacation at Kopiat Island.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

CAGAYAN DE ORO: A Mother's Story

I am here at Cagayan de Oro city for another task to do. To train and enhance knowledge and skills of some employee about customer service. It was actually my second time to visit this city. Aside from the main objective why I am here, another purpose was to visit famous landmarks of the city especially the St. Agustine Cathedral. I want to add this church on my collection of Century Old Churches in the Philippines. So, after I accomplished my task, I visited the church and took some images. While I am taking some photos around the church, an old candle vendor woman approached me and asked if I wanted to buy some candles. I told her that I will buy later after I finished what I am doing. After hearing what I've said, a hopeful smile was drawn on her face. She patiently waited unlike other vendors that keeps on insisting and sometimes makes you irritated. I am a soft-hearted person and I really can relate to these kind of people because I was also exposed in poverty and experienced how is it to be "less-fortunate". This made me kept my promise to the old woman.

Thursday, April 19, 2012


I am not a Davaoeno and I'm not from Mindanao either but I can say that Davao City, the largest city in the Philippines, is probably one of the most beautiful city I've ever been. I maybe wrong but I may also be right if I say that the connotation " Land of Promise" is referring to the city of Davao.This is my concept of Davao even I have not been here. Maybe  one of the reason was this city has less bad publicity unlike other places here in Mindanao. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


It's summertime! I am here in my hometown to spend summer with my family. I am most of the time away with them so I want to cope with my absences. Together with my friend, Zaldhie, who was also my neighbor, we planned ahead where to go and what to do this summer. We decided to spend a meaningful summer with our own family alone and not the usual group outing with almost all the people on our zone. We chose not to have a large group outing in order for us to have quality time with our family. In a large group we might divided our attention between friends and family especially when it's drinking session time. I was the one who got home first in Pili, then a couple of days my friend arrived too, by the way, my friend was a computer technician on Abu Dhabi. We also chose not to travel far for this outing for the kids may get tired. So, we come up with a resort around the Municipality of Nabua, the Macagang Resort.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


In my search of a suitable place for reflection during the Holy Week, I have come to this peaceful and solemn place in Bula, Camarines Sur, The Tanauan Park. During our family visit to my in-laws in Brgy. Bagumbayan someone opened a suggestion to go to the park. I've been to this park long time ago, I think it's way back 1995, so there's that excitement to be back on this place. I would like to see the changes during those past years.Without planning and more talking and before our kids gets bored, we went to this place with my sisters and brother -in-law. 


Tanauan Park is a peaceful and solemn place located on the mountainous part of Bula in Camarines Sur,  just 15 mins from the town proper. Peaceful in the sense that this place is far from the residential and commercial establishments so this is very suitable place if you want to pray or have some reflection. Vendors and playing children are also limited here due to its location. There are two huge statues erected here which serves as the icon of Tanauan, a 20ft high statue of Blessed Virgin Mary and a 10ft statue of the Risen Jesus Christ which can be seen from afar. Since this place is on the top of the mountain, additional attraction that will make you feel relax is the scenery of the Bula and nearby towns from higher perspective.

Friday, March 16, 2012


I heard a lot about Cotabato since I was a small kid. It will be difficult to erase that name in my memory for a song by the famous local band, Asin, always reminds me of a place called "Cotabato". The first line of the song goes something like this.."Ako'y isinilang sa isang bayan ng Cotabato...". Lot of negative stories have been told regarding this beautiful city. Some people even connoted the city as a place of violence. But for me, this place is like just a place anywhere in the country where violence also can exist. Maybe events here are just being exaggerated. If you watch the news on tv, some places have even more violence compared to Cotabato. Some stories relates the violence to conflict between Muslims and non-Muslims long time ago. Christianity and Islam are the major religions in Cotabato. Religion differences can also be blamed of the conflicts between Cotabatenos. No Cotabatenos want their city to be tagged as one of the violent places, neither Christians nor Muslims.

Saturday, March 10, 2012


Sta. Monica Parish @ Pan-ay, Capiz, 1774
Roman Catholicism is the dominant religion in the Philippines. Almost 80 percent of it's population are Roman Catholics. This is due to Spanish colonization and influence as they occupy our country for about 333 years. Along with the religion they brought are the churches which are considered to be the "House of God or Worship". Churches are scattered all over the country, most of them are historical. Historical in the sense that they were not only built for over a hundred years now but most churches were made as refuge during natural disaster, and war. Some churches served as protection from pirates. Some church were beautifully built while some were bounded with simplicity. Churches also have different interesting stories behind them.

Saturday, March 3, 2012


Albay province is very rich in historical sites, educational places and recreational venues. This is the Home of the famous and most active Mayon Volcano. But aside from Mayon there is the famous Cagsawa Ruins, Lignon Hills and so many others. In its capital city alone, Legazpi City, two days is not enough to visit all the beautiful places here. If you happen to visit Albay, here are some things to do on a one-day tour:

Of course, Mayon is your primary target when going to Albay. This is given so we will proceed to other destination aside from Mayon Volcano anyway you will see Mayon in every place you go in the city of Legazpi and other nearby towns.


Perhaps most Filipinos, especially travelers, knows about the famous Penafrancia festival here in Naga City. It is a whole month celebration that happens every September. Participants of the celebration are  not only the people from Naga or Camarines Sur but all of the Bicol Region. People from other parts of the country and foreigners are also participating this religious event. And when we are talking about the Penafrancia festival, Naga Cathedral is one of the place that is being highlighted. This place serves as the temporary refuge of the Nuestra Senora de Penafrancia after she has been processioned from her permanent house which is the Basilica de Penafrancia Church. 

Friday, February 24, 2012


One of nature scenery that fascinates me is the setting of the sun. Sunset conveys different interpretation depending on the person watching it. It has different meanings according to experience, perception, emotion, and vision of certain individuals. To some, sunset means tranquility, a time to rest his weary body after a long busy and tiring day. Some say, it represents hope, a time for getting ready for another day. Another day full of challenges and adventures. Sunset means relief to other person. Others experience happiness every time they look at the setting sun. A kind of happiness that only them can explain. To all those who are inlove, sunset boosts that feeling. 


"Longing for You"
These images were taken from Mt. Bagarabon Beach Resort while the sun is setting down. Together with some friends, we climbed and crossed Mt. Bagarabon, through a 300 steps concrete ladder built along a trail, in order to witness the hidden beauty of nature. The beach here is beautiful but it is more beautiful on the other side. You will see crystal clear water and artful rock formations on the mountain's foot. It's like a little paradise. Unfortunately, when we reached the place it was already on a twilight time, I was not able to capture images during daytime. But to avoid being zeroed, I captured my friends images as the sun goes down. After downloading from my cam to my laptop, I tried to change and exaggerated the colors of the background resulting to a unique background for silhouettes. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

SURIGAO CITY: Michael Leans on the Rock

This is about a boy I've met during my stay at Surigao City. As I take photographs of beautiful sunset along the Mt Bagarabon beach, there was one boy who keeps staring at me. Maybe he's watching what I am doing because I took photos in a different way. I smile every time I took a glance at him, but he didn't smile back. He tends to hide every time I take a look at him. After a few "hides and seeks", I noticed that the boy was enjoying what we are doing. he now smiles back. He even giggles this time. So, I tried to talk to him, "dong, barog ug tarong kay ako kang kodakan". At first he was reluctant so I just let him do what he was doing. I continue on taking photos, this time on other part of the beach. But he still follows me. I just keep on smiling every time I took a shot and he smiles back. Our conversation started when he finally asked what I am doing.


If Boracay beach has the finest sand, some beaches in here Surigao has the coarsest of them all. Actually, there is no sand at all in here, it is pebbles and stones all around. Beaches are filled with smooth, decorative, and variable sizes stones. It's amazing how nature laid down these stones artfully on the seashore. If you will be here you would probably say, they were filed artificially, but it's natural. Another proof of how artistic Mother Nature is. To protect this wonderful work of nature, signage indicating " no picking of stones" were placed along the beach to warn beach-goers and any other individuals not to pick up stones and bring them home. Indeed, what if every person who visited and will be visiting this beach pick up even a  single stone and bring them home? What will happen to this peculiar beach in 10 years time? So, it's just right to protect them.

Monday, February 13, 2012


Dapitan City, a place in Northern Mindanao where the country's national hero was exiled during Spanish era.This was my target destination long time ago. Whenever there will be an opportunity to visit this place I must not let it go. So, there was the opportunity,my colleague informed me that they will be in Dapitan that time therefore, I decided to go despite the difficult traveling situation. I had to travel almost 20 hrs non-stop,by land and sea, just to be there. And this time is the fulfillment of one of my dreams, to reach the city of Dapitan and see for myself the place of exile of Dr. Jose Rizal.

Friday, February 10, 2012


After a long and tiring journey across mainland Mindanao (see previous post) I finally reached the City of Dipolog. Before I travel, reservations, itinerary and schedule of activities were all set up so I had no worries of whatsoever during my stay here in the city. The time I arrived, I immediately inquire where I am going to stay for I am very tired that time (imagine traveling in a very long and winding road in 2 days!) and I felt that my batteries were drained. I want to go there immediately to take a rest, a nap and to be charged again. After a little conversation with my contact I immediately proceeded to Royal Farm resort where they had the reservation for me. Royal Farm was about 15 minutes ride, a little bit far, from the city proper but it's worth the wait because the place is cool, very relaxing. They have nice clean rooms, with television set in each room. They have a swimming pool where you can ease the heat during day or go swimming at night. And most especially, they have friendly crews.

Sunday, February 5, 2012


I was in GenSan when my colleague told me that he will be in Dipolog City the following week. He told me that they wanted to explore the northern part of Mindanao especially the famous Dapitan City. Its been my long  desire to visit Dapitan, but considering where I am is the problem. After long deliberation with myself (monologue style), I decided to go there and I have to travel and cross Mindanao south to north. Because there are no direct flights from GenSan or Davao City to any part of northern Mindanao and to minimize transportation costs, I have to go by land. I researched for directions, mode of transportation and fares from my friends, colleagues and even google on how to get there in fastest and safest way possible. Fastest. I have to get there on time or else I will be spoiling their time. Safest. As most of us know that there are some place here that are risky to travelers especially traveling nighttime. And this was it, my long, tiring but one kind traveling experience...

Tuesday, January 31, 2012


In support of the tourism campaign of the country, I've made my own "It's more fun in the Philippines" images taken from different part of the country showing how really fun being here in the Philippines!

Experience the Zipline in Picnic Groove @ Tagaytay City, Batangas.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


In exploring routes and means of transportation from island to island, I tried different route other than my usual way. From Tacloban City to Bohol, If not by plane, I usually travel by land to Ormoc City, from Ormoc to Cebu in a fastcraft, then Cebu to Tagbilaran via fastcraft again. It took almost 7 hours travel. One of my friend in Leyte informed of a different route.He said that there are pumpboats traveling from Hilongos or Bato going to Ubay, Bohol. 8 AM and 2PM are the schedule of trip respectively. Because I want to explore, I asked him to give me the details. And he gave me this instruction: 
From the city of Tacloban take a PUVan bound for Maasin. It will be a 3-hour ride to Hilongos or an additional 20 minutes going to Bato. In Hilongos, take a pedicab going to the pier for about 20 Php. 

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