Friday, March 24, 2017

The Business of Looking Great

Staying on top of your business life and personal life can be quite the juggling act, particularly with tax season coming to a climax! In today's professional setting there are so many different aspects that need to be accounted for. Now more than ever you are expected to represent yourself in a professional and classy way inside and outside of work.

With social media you have to always be conscious of your image and brand. But after dealing with everything life has to throw at you day after day it can be very hard for a young, working woman to have the time to handle the personal life that represents you in an intelligent as well as in a sophisticated way.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Bukidnon: Mad Scramble Trail Run at Lake Apo


Exactly two weeks after running 21K in Sagada Marathon, my wife and I joined another trail, this time in our home province Bukidnon. Mad Scramble Trail Fun Run is actually a side event of the main race, Altritude Off-Road Triathlon, a grueling swim-bike-run which is now on its second year of staging. Malou and I are both non-triathletes so we opted to join the trail run despite of its short 5K distance since it gave us the opportunity to run around one of Bukidnon's most popular tourist attractions: Lake Apo in Barangay Guinoyoran, Valencia City.

Lake Apo is a crater lake with a total area of around 24 hectares and a maximum depth of 26 meters. It was recognized as the cleanest inland body of water in Northern Mindanao sometime in the late 90s. With its picturesque and serene setting it became a favorite day trip and picnic destination. One week prior to the Altritude event, Lake Apo was featured in the popular GMA7 TV show Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho, as one of the most beautiful spots to visit in Bukidnon.

Here's a photo essay of our Mad Scramble Trail Run experience...

Friday, March 10, 2017

Davao del Norte: Around Samal Island by Motorbike

It was the day after Kadayawan Festival 2016, a non-working holiday in Davao City, when we went motorbiking around Samal Island (official name: Island Garden City of Samal or IGACOS). Wanting to make the most out of my temporary work assignment in Davao, I was guided by my cousin and his friends in exploring this paradise down south. That it was my first time to set foot in Samal made me more eager and excited to discover what the island has to offer.

Here's our experience in exploring Samal Island by motorbike...

Friday, March 3, 2017

Mountain Province: The 2017 Sagada Marathon Experience


The mountainous town of Sagada has always been on top of my travel bucket list. But due to conflicts on work schedule and unintended changes of plans, my visit to this place was put on hold for four long years. Until recently, the travel gods aligned my stars. I was able to score round trip promo fares for me and my wife, our vacation leave applications consequently approved and finally I got the chance to travel to this postcard-pretty town perched in the highlands of Mountain Province 

The best part of this journey is that we did not only explored Sagada's outdoor attractions but we also joined the 21K Category of Sagada Marathon 4th Edition. So it was both a vacation and a race along pine-clad roads, hills and trails which made us explored Sagada extensively on foot.

Here's our Sagada Marathon 2017 experience...

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Snapshot: Bayyo Rice Terraces in Bontoc, Mountain Province


While on our way to Banaue, Ifugao from Bontoc, Mountain Province, the jeepney made a stop due to an on-going road clearing in a landslide prone area. The timing couldn't be more perfect as the spot where we stopped provides an overlooking view of the beautiful Bayyo Rice Terraces and village. Bayyo is one of the 16 barangays of Bontoc and though its rice terraces is not as popular as those in Banaue and Batad, it is still equally picturesque and stunning. I am indeed thankful for that brief stopover as it provided me glimpses of yet another beautiful rice terraces in the highlands of Cordillera.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Bukidnon: 7 Tourist Attractions in Malaybalay City

Malaybalay City is the capital Bukidnon, a landlocked province in the highlands of Northern Mindanao. Owing to its high elevation, it has been known for its cold weather and is dubbed as the South Summer Capital of the Philippines. Despite not having white sand beaches and high end resorts, Malaybalay offers its rich cultural heritage and tourist attractions tailored-fit for outdoor adventure enthusiasts.

These are the seven (7) tourist attractions you may want to check out once you visit Malaybalay City.

1. Kaamulan Festival

Kaamulan comes from the Binukid word "amul" which means "to gather". The festival gathers and celebrates the culture and traditions of the Seven Hill Tribes who are recognized as the original inhabitans of the province. These are the Matigsalog, Umayamnon, Bukidnon, Manobo, Tigwahonon, Higaoonon and Talaandig . The festival is held annualy during the months of February and March. Its main highlight is the Ethnic Street Dancing Competition. Participated by real "lumads", Kaamulan Festival is dubbed as the Only Authentic Ethnic Festival in the country.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Travel Guide to Maligcong, Bontoc, Mountain Province

Maligcong is a remote village located in the highlands of Bontoc, Mountain Province. Previously unknown to most tourists, it is now becoming a favorite destination of avid hikers and outdoor enthusiasts who want to avoid the crowd of Sagada and Banaue. I recently traveled solo to Maligcong and I certainly love its quaint setting, cold weather and warm and friendly local folks. Based on that travel experience, I made this travel guide to Maligcong--how to get there, where to stay and eat, things to do, expenses and contact numbers.

How to Get There

Bontoc via Banaue, Ifugao

Coda Bus travels straight to Bontoc from Quezon City nightly at 9 PM. Travel time is 11-12 hours and bus fare is. Coda Bus Terminal is at Quezon City and you may book you ticket in advance through Biyaheroes.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Bohol: Punta Cruz Watchtower After the Earthquake

Punta Cruz, situated in the western edge of Maribojoc, is well-known for the Punta Cruz Watchtower. Built in 1796, this watchtower is said to be the only structure in the country formed in perfect isosceles triangle. Like other watchtowers built during the Spanish colonization period, its purpose was to help guards watch over the coast of Bohol strait from incoming invaders.

Punta Cruz has always been a part of every Bohol summer vacation since my childhood days. Since it is only a few kilometers from the town proper of Maribojoc where my mother hails, we often visit this place for picnic and swimming.

During our most recent vacation in Bohol, with my wife and kids in tow, I made sure to visit Punta Cruz. My main purpose is not only for my kids to see the place for the first time but also to know how it looked like after the magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck Bohol in October 2013.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Bukidnon: Kaamulan Festival 2017 Schedule of Activities

The Provincial Tourism of Bukidnon recently released the Schedule of Activites of the 2017 Kaamulan Festival. This ethnic celebration gathers the Seven Hill Tribes, acknowledged as the first inhabitans of the province. These are the tribes of Bukidnon, Higaunon, Talaanding, Matigsalug, Manobo, Tigwahonon and Umayamnon. Kaamulan comes from the word "amul" which means "to gather". The festival gathers the Seven Hill Tribes together to celebrate their colorful culture, practices and traditions. Kaamulan Festival is dubbed as the only Authentic Ethnic Festival in the Philippines.

Kaamulan Festival 2017 Schedule of Activities (Photo from Bukidnon Tourism Office)

Kaamulan Festival 2017 will be held from February 1 up to March 25, 2017. It is worth noting that most activities will be once again held at the Capitol Grounds in Malaybalay City. The previous two years, activities are held at the City Grandstand which drew mostly negative reactions from local residents. The Ethnic Street Dancing Competition, considered as the highlight of the festival will be held on March 25, 2017.

Visit this POST if you are searching for cheap accommodations in Malaybalay City. Do make your reservations early as hotels tend to get fully booked during the celebration.

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