Thursday, May 26, 2016

San Lorenzo Wind Farm in the Island Province of Guimaras

The Province of Guimaras is best known for its sweet mangoes, captivating islets and white sand beaches. Yet a new attraction has recently boosted both tourism and development in this island: the San Lorenzo Wind Farm developed by Trans-Asia Renewable Energy Corp. (TAREC).

Situated in the fifth class municipality of San Lorenzo, the wind farm officialy commenced operations on December 27, 2014. Two months before that, though, it already started delivering power to the Visayas power grid. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Bohol Countryside Tour Part 3: Baclayon Church and Museum, Bohol Python and Blood Compact Shrine

This is the third part of our Bohol Countryside Tour series. Click PART 1 and PART 2 to read the previous posts.)

It was already past noon time when we left the Loboc River wharf. The sweltering summer heat was further intensified by the El NiƱo phenomenon. Thankfully we were on an airconditioned tourist car skillfully Edwin as we made our way to our next destination: Bohol Python And Wildlife Park. 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Iloilo: The Grandeur of Miagao Church

It was the day before I am scheduled to leave Iloilo when I decided to go to Miagao to visit the Church of Saint Thomas of Villanueva. More popularly known as Miagao Church, it is one of the four Baroque Churches of the Philippines and is also a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site. With my short stint in Iloilo Province about to come to an end, I just could not let it pass without paying a visit to this significant place of worship.

I was just in time to catch the Caticlan-bound aircon Ceres bus before it left the transport terminal in Molo District, Iloilo City. After settling down on the window side seat to the right, I turned on my cellphone's GPS app just to make sure I know where will I disembark upon reaching the town of Miagao.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Bohol Countryside Tour Part 2: Tarsier Conservation Area, Sipatan Twin Hanging Bridge and Loboc River Cruise

(This is the second part of my recent family vacation in Bohol where we availed the famous Countryside Tour. To read the first part, kindly visit this LINK.)

According to our hired driver, if there are only two attractions that made Bohol a favorite tourist spot, that would be the Chocolate Hills and the Tarsier. Without these two, the province would not be as famous as it is for several years now. 

We have already visited the Chocolate Hills, Batuan Shiphaus, Butterfly Garden and Bilar Man-made Forest earlier that day. Our next stop then was the Tarsier Conservation Area in the town of Loboc.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Bohol Countryside Tour: Chocolate Hills, Batuan Shiphaus, Butterfly Garden and Bilar Man-made Forest

As an early summer treat to our kids, we took them to a vacation in the beautiful island of Bohol. Aside from being famous for its Chocolate Hills, Tarsier and white sand beaches, I chose Bohol as our destination since it is also the land of my birth. My kids will not be only setting foot on this province for the first time but also meet our relatives as well.

From Cagayan de Oro City, the Trans Asia ferry departed a little past 7 PM and arrived at Tagbilaran City, Bohol at 4 AM the next day. Prior to our trip, I already contacted a tourist car driver referred by my friend. We disembarked from the boat after receiving a text message from the driver that he is already at the port to pick us up.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Bohol Family Vacation at Twin Tides Panglao

Twin Tides Panglao is a new boutique hotel located along Main Road, Lower Tawala, Panglao, Bohol. They had their soft opening last February 28, 2016 and their grand launching was last March 28, 2016. We recently stayed here during our family vacation in Bohol and here's our experience with Twin Tides Panglao...

Despite being a new hotel, our driver did not have a hard time locating it. Twin Tides Panglao is along the main road and is only a few hundred meters away from the commercial center of Barangay Lower Tawala. It is also a few minutes walk to the famous Alona White Beach, restaurants, bars and convenience stores.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Cagayan de Oro: The Pryce Plaza Hotel Experience

Pryce Plaza Hotel is one of the longest running luxury hotels in Cagayan de Oro City. Perched atop Carmen Hill, it offers a panoramic view of the city, Macajalar Bay and distant mountain ranges. Its location made it one of the best known landmarks in the City of Golden Friendship. With its state-of-the-art facilities and amenities, Pryce Plaza Hotel is also a popular venue for business meetings, conventions, banquets and weddings.

Being one of Cagayan de Oro's luxurious hotels, its room rates range from Php3,400 to Php9,515.00. Obviously, the rates are way beyond my usual backpacker's budget. Fortunately, I scored a good deal at Travel Book and booked a Standard Double Room for only Php1,870.00, a whooping 50% savings from its regular rate of Php3,700.00.

So with the huge discount availed, I was able to treat my family to a weekend stay in one of Cagayan de Oro's high-end hotels. Check out our Pryce Plaza Hotel experience with the photos posted below.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Golden Domes and Crescent Moons: The Grand Mosque of Cotabato City

Rising on the landscape of Barangay Kalanganan, Cotabato City and sitting near the banks of Tamontaka River is Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid, more popularly known as The Grand Mosque of Cotabato. This magnificent religious structure towers at a height of 43 meters, roughly equivalent to a 15-storey building. 

I was fortunate to visit the Grand Mosque during a work-related travel in Cotabato City. The mosque stuns with its beauty even from afar. Golden domes and crescent moons capped its immaculate white walls which perfectly contrast the clear blue skies above. I felt like I was transported to the Middle East with the mosque's grandeur.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

North Cotabato: Agko Mahomanoy Mountain Resort in Kidapawan City

Agko Mahomanaoy Mountain Resort is located in Sitio Agko, Ilomavis, Kidapawan City. It is only a few steps away from the entrance of the mystical Lake Agco, a hot and boiling sulfur lake which is one of the top tourist attractions in the province of North Cotabato.

Agko Mahomanoy Mountain Resort is elevated at 1,250 meters above sea level and nestles at the foot of Mount Apo, the Philippines' highest peak. The place has a natural cold climate due to its high elevation and lush forest surrounding the area. 


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