Monday, December 11, 2017

Fiery Sunset in Maasim, Sarangani

It was a long day of travel which took us from Bukidnon to Lake Sebu in South Cotabato and finally to Maasim, Sarangani where we will spend the night. We arrived at Pacman Beach Resort Complex late in the afternoon, just as the sun is about to set in the horizon of Sarangani Bay. Sensing the opportunity to shoot the sunset, I hurriedly walk towards the beach to catch the nature's amazing display of shades and colors.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

#FeelCamiguin: 9 Things to Do in the Island Born of Fire

The island province of Camiguin may be the second smallest province in the country in terms of land area and population, yet it offers plenty of amazing attractions which cater to the varied preferences of tourists and travelers. It boasts of white sand beaches, waterfalls, dive sites, mountains, forests, volcanoes, heritage structures, hot and cold springs and the country's sweetest variety of lanzones.

My family recently went for a 3-day vacation in Camiguin. Scroll below to check our amazing experience in the Island Born of Fire....

Monday, November 6, 2017

Malaybalay City: Finding Peace and Tranquility at the Monastery of the Transfiguration

The Monastery of the Transfiguration is situated in Barangay San Jose, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. It is famous for its pyramid-shaped church designed by the late National Artist Leandro Locsin. Also known as the Monastery of the Benedictine Monks, it is often visited not only by devoted church-goers but also by those who want to experience its tranquil and peaceful setting.

My wife and I recently went for a long run from our home to the monastery. Here are some of the thigs to expect once you visit the Monastery of Transfiguration in Malaybalay...

Friday, November 3, 2017

Samal 50: Trail Run from Beach to Mountains and Back

Samal 50 Half/Ultra Trail Marathon was recently held last October 14-15, 2017 in Peñaplata, Island Garden City of Samal, Davao del Norte. It was organized by Base Camp and Bagani Active Gear.  I believe this is already the second edition of the race, with its inaugural event last year named IGACOS50. The event featured two categories: 22K and 50K.

I, together with my wife Malou and our couple friends James and Blessie opted to join the 22K distance as we deemed the 50K category too hardcore for our trail running capabilities.

Here's a narrative of our Samal 50 trail run experience...

Race Venue:

The race started and finished at Casa Estrella Beach Camp. As it offers only tent accommodations, we opted to stay in the nearby Fernandez Beach and Garden Resort the night before the race.

Unlike most races I have joined, Samal50 does not have singlet and finisher's shirt as race inclusions. Instead, participants were given Bagani Hydration Vest. As I support local outdoor gear products, I am sure that this vest will be useful in my future trail and ultra races. 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Mountain Province: Wandering Around the Town of Bontoc

The Municipality of  Bontoc is straddled in the highlands of Cordillera Region and is the capital of Mountain Province. A second class municipality, it is home to the Bontoc Tribe and the Ifuntok language. Every year, the province celebrates its Lang-ay Festival to showcase the rich cultural heritage of its indigenous people.

In terms of attracting tourists, Bontoc stood in the shadows of its more popular neighbors: Sagada (18 kilometers away) and Banaue, Ifugao (about 40++ kilometers away). However, more than just a crossroad to these destinations, Bontoc possesses its own share of natural and man-made attractions. Its the excitement of setting foot on less popular places which lured me to visit Bontoc on a weekend.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

How to Plan a Honeymoon Road Trip: 7 Tips for You

Nowadays it is not interesting to go on a honeymoon trip that is already planned by tour agencies. All that you need is the Internet, a car and the desire to see new places. A road trip is nice because you can stop at any time and breathe fresh air or visit interesting places which can’t be reached by public transport. You can change route every day and choose where to go further, taking into account the recommendations of local residents. You can wait out bad weather or just ride somewhere where it’s sunny. you can change your way under the new circumstances, choosing the best route. And what is more – you will do it with your loved second half.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Anguib Beach: Wild Boat Ride to Paradise

Anguib Beach lies on the northernmost edge of mainland Luzon. It boasts of a long stretch of fine white sands, sparkling clear turquoise waters and serene ambiance still devoid of commercialization. Its remote location makes it somehow off-the-radar and is visited only by a few tourists all year round. Though located in the mainland of Santa Ana, Cagayan, direct access to the beach by land is not open to the public. Thus it is usually offered as part of the island hopping tours which can be availed from the boatmen association in San Vicente Port.

We were able to visit Anguib Beach as we availed the special tour package from PASAMOBA COOPERATIVE. The package includes visits to Cape Engaño and Punta Verde in Palaui Island, Anguib Beach and Crocodile Island.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Travel Guide to Palaui Island and Cape Engaño in Santa Ana, Cagayan

Palaui Island is situated off the coast of San Vicente, Santa Ana, Cagayan. A protected National Marine Reserve area, Palaui became famous in 2013 when it was used as filming location of the international TV series Survivor. Though there are Palaui Island Tour Package offered by some travel agencies, not too many tourists are game enough to endure the long travel to this northernmost edge of Luzon. Thus, the island still retains its raw and rugged charm making it most suited for those who preferred off-the-beaten path experience.

I considered myself fortunate for being able to visit Palaui Island. It has been one of my dream destinations eversince I've read about this place on a few travel blogs. Here's a narrative of our Palaui Island experience, with travel guide on how to get there, boat rates, contact numbers and things to do.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Bukidnon: Breathtaking Atugan Canyon in Impasugong

The Municipality of Impasugong, landlocked in the northeastern part of Bukidnon Province, possesses a predominantly rugged terrain dotted with several mountains, ridges, canyons and gorges. Lately, outdoor enthusiasts are flocking to this quaint town giving its tourism industry a huge boost. On the frontline of Impasugong tourist spots are the ridges of Panimahawa and Kapayawan and the waterfalls in CEDAR, Balisbisan, Magobo and Tugisan. But for casual tourists who do not like to endure the long hike, the breathtaking view of Agusan Canyon is a worthwhile option.

Last weekend, LGU Impasugong held a half-marathon race as part of their Aldaw ta Impasugong celebration. I volunteered as a race photographer and stationed myself at the spot which offers an unobstructed breathtaking view of the canyons.

Here are some photos of Agusan Canyon which I took during the event...


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