Thursday, August 17, 2017

Bukidnon: Stunning Sea of Clouds in Malaybalay City


Sea of clouds is a naturally-occurring phenomenon hikers would wish to see when climbing mountains. As such, many would prefer to camp overnight at the peak or start their hike early dawn to witness the formation at daybreak. As it is not an everyday occurrence, the opportunity of seeing the thick layer of clouds hovering over mountain peaks, hills and valleys is considered a rare treat of nature.

In my limited climbing experience, I have personally witnessed the sea of clouds in Mount Kitanglad (Bukidnon), Mount Pulag (Benguet) and Marlboro Mountain (Sagada). Just recently, however, I discovered that it can be also seen along a hiking trail near home -the Bukidnon Provincial Tree Park in Malaybalay City.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Impasugong: Exploring the Tribal Capital of Bukidnon


The Municipality of Impasugong  is fast emerging as a top eco-tourism destination in the Province of Bukidnon . Characterized by rugged terrain and endowed with mountains, ridges, canyons, rivers and waterfalls, it is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts seeking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. Inhabited by the Higaonon Tribe, Impasugong is dubbed as the Tribal Capital of Bukidnon due to its well-preserved cultural heritage and ethnic identity. Aside from this, the municipality is also named as Home of the Country's Finest Cowboys as it hosts a number of cattle farms including the LGU-owned communal ranch.

I was recently invited to the documentation of Impasugong's selected tourist spots. Initiated by StreetBy App and hosted by Hindu Kaw Ecotours, De Oro Mountain Explorers (DOME), Impasugong Tourism Board and Sir Bob Tinsay of the Bukidnon Kaamulan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc., the event aimed to promote Impasugong to a wider audience and make it a must-visit destination in the province.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Basilica Minore of Our Lady of Piat: Pilgrimage Site in Far North Cagayan


Situated on top of a hill in the town of Piat, Cagayan is the Basilica Minore of Our Lady of Piat. This beautiful church in Romanesque architectural style was completed in 1875 and is one of the twelve Minor Basilicas in the Philippines. It is considered as the Pilgrimage Center of the North and attracts a large number of devotees especially during the celebrations of the Sambali Festival (June 23-29) and the feast of Our Lady of Piat (July 1 and 2).

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Bukidnon: Day Hike to Panimahawa Ridge


Panimahawa Ridge is fast becoming a popular hiking destination in the mountainous Province of Bukidnon. Situated in Barangay Impalutao, Impasugong, it has been drawing outdoor enthusiasts from as far as Davao and Cagayan de Oro ever since it was opened to the public just this year. What used to be a place where hunters partake their breakfast ("panimahawa" came from the word "pamahaw", meaning breakfast) the ridge is now a must-visit spot in the province, offering a moderately-challenging hike and really scenic views.

Hiking to the ridge is being organized by Ant Farm. After registering our names in the logbook and paying the entrance and guide fee, our group of six was provided with walking sticks and two local guides. Our hike started at about 3:30 AM on flat and muddy grounds. It has  been raining the past few days making the trails wet and slippery.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Osmeña Peak: Day Trip to Cebu's Highest Mountain for Less Than a Thousand Pesos


Unlike Benguet and Bukidnon, the Province of Cebu could not boast of tall and grandiose mountains. Its highest peak, however, despite being  an easy hike, offers otherworldy view that can only be seen in this side of the country. Osmeña Peak, standing at a modest 1,072.6 meters above sea level, is Cebu's highest mountain situated in Brngy. Mantalongon, Dalaguete. Here,one can enjoy not only the cool climate but also marvel at the expansive view of Mantalongon Range's jagged, moss-covered hills and grasslands as well as the distant view of Badian Island.

Osmeña Peak is also one affordable outdoor destination whenever you're in Cebu City. You could actually go there for a day hike and spend less than a thousand pesos. This travel guide contains essential information on how to get there, things to bring and estimated expenses.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Cambodia: Sihanoukville


Cambodia is a tiny Asian country that is not as known for Western tourists as neighboring Vietnam or Thailand. Meanwhile, here you can also find beaches you see in the Bounty ad: with white sand and palm trees. The main resort town in Cambodia is Sihanoukville, which is already called the second Pattaya. In addition to daytime entertainment (you can, for example, go fishing in the local bay), there are many nightclubs. It's definitely worth traveling here if you want both exotics and high-quality service, and if you want to relax on the beach and do not mind to go on interesting excursions. If you’ve been dating a divorced Ukrainian woman for a while, you may want to travel with her to some unusual place. Sihanoukville is definitely that place.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Running: The Mapawa Trail Run Experience


The Mapawa Trail Series in Cagayan de Oro City is widely acknowledged as the premier trail running event in Northern Mindanao. Held along the picturesque hills and ridges of Mapawa Nature Park, this annual event have been drawing trail running enthusiasts from all over the country. This 2017, the series features three stages: Trail Run Mapawa 21K held last May 28; Mapawa Trail Marathon on August 13 and Ultra Trail Mapawa on October 29.

After years of skipping this race due to conflicts in schedule, Malou and I finally got a taste of Mapawa trails when we joined the 21K event two weekends ago. Here's our first-time experience of the Mapawa Trail Series...

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Cebu: 5 Things to Do in Oslob


Oslob is a 4th class municipality situated in the southern edge of Cebu Province. This laid back town became popular for whale shark watching which gives tourists the opportunity to swim with the gentle giants locally known as tuki. But there's more to Oslob than just swimming with the whale sharks. It is also home to a white beach island and a number of heritage structures from the Spanish colonization era.

This Oslob Travel Guide contains useful information on how to get there, things to do and sample itinerary expenses to help you plan your trip...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Travel Guide: Malalison Island in Culasi, Antique


Malalison Island, situated off the coast of Culasi town proper, is slowly becoming a must-visit destination in the Province of Antique. Commonly called "Mararison" by local folks, this hook-shaped island with a total area of 55 hectares, is blessed with white sands, clear blue waters and picturesque hills and ridges. Previously off-the-radar of most tourists, Malalison caught media attention after the devastation of Super Typhoon Yolanda in November 2013.

The island and its residents has since then got back and recovered from the tragedy. Nowadays, Malalison Island, with its quaint and laid back beauty, offers an alternative getaway to its more popular yet crowded distant neighbor Boracay.

In this  Malalison Island Travel Guide, you will find out about how to get there, things to do, where to stay, where to eat, contact numbers, expenses and more travel tips....

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