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This falls adventure is true in Samboan (Part 2: Aguinid Falls)

Enjoying the strong cascading current and the "spa" at the 2nd level of Aguinid Waterfalls.
Enjoying the strong cascading current and the “spa” at the 2nd level of Aguinid Waterfalls.

After accomplishing the trek to Dao Falls (Read: This falls adventure is true in Samboan (Part 1: Dao Falls) and a quick lunch at the Samboan town proper, we headed to Aguinid Falls hoping for a less tiring path.

The store attendant whom we asked for directions told us that Aguinid Falls is three bridges (taytayan) away south of the rotunda. But, two bridges after, we felt that we have gone too far to still be looking for the third bridge. We then asked for directions from a nipa seller and realized that we had to go back a kilometer plus –just before the bridge at Barangay Tangbo, Samboan.

This time, we immediately saw the signage pointing to Dao Falls and parked the car in front of the barangay basketball court. Paid local entrance fees of Php 10.00/pax. Asked why the lone signage is just facing south, the fee collector explained that most tourists take the eastern highway via Oslob and seldom do they come from the “longer” Barili route.

Aguinid Falls is for the explorer who shies away from lots of walking and climbing. The waterfalls is just a 200-meter walk from the basketball court. If you don’t intend to scale the 3rd and 4th levels of Aguinid Falls, a guide won’t be needed to find the falls.

During weekends and, especially, during the Lenten period, crowds of tourists flock the waterfalls. Luckily, only one barkada was there ahead of us and we got to enjoy the falls minus the crowd.

Multi-level photo op is an easy mission at the Aguinid Falls.
Multi-level photo op is an easy mission at the Aguinid Falls.

We would have wanted to climb the 3rd and 4th levels which are said to be a bit difficult. But, rain clouds were overhead so we took caution against a possible water surge. So, we contented ourselves with the first two levels.

Mini-dams to allow some pools to form downstream.
Mini-dams to allow some pools to form downstream.
Communing with Aguinid Falls
Sheila communing with Aguinid Falls

One can enjoy wet sauna with the strong cascading currents of the falls.

Meditation pose is a must. (Doing the wrong lotus pose)
Meditation pose is a must. (Doing the wrong lotus pose)
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Lunch at Yugo Yakiniku

Yugo Yakiniku Smokeless GrillLuck made me win Yugo Yakiniku‘s Facebook promo as its 500th Liker. “There’s no such thing as free lunch” was temporarily forgotten when they awarded me with a free lunch buffet at their restaurant at Crown 7 Building along Juan Luna Avenue, Mabolo, Cebu City.

Yugo Yakiniku serves a buffet with a great selection of Chinese, Korean and Japanese dishes. First impression frightened me a bit as I only saw a few familiar Chinese dishes and mostly raw, marinated meat. After a good introduction from their helpful crew, I got the hang of their on-the-table grill and their food selection. Eating oriental is quite novel as my only experience with such kind of food is eating pansit canton, siomai sa Tisa, siopao, and some of the noodles of Chowking.

Raw, marinated meat of chicken, fish, pork and beef will greet you in one of their bars.

The food is amazing. Their buffet will surely fill your stomach. Volumes of food in one sitting will tend to overwhelm you with the taste of spices and salt so it is recommended to make your eating slow. Else, you’ll pay double the amount.

Yugo’s on-the-table-grill. You’ll see some smoke but you are never swamped with the smell of grill from other tables.
Chomp on food in batches or you might end up desperate to finish platefuls.
Aside from the oriental cuisine, Yugo also serves desserts.

Regular rate for their eat all you can buffet is Php 350 during lunch and Php 470 for dinner. An addition of Php 65 for unlimited drink.

Yugo’s clean ambience.



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Mapping Cebu

Looking for places that are new to us, bisdak, is quite a hassle of an activity. Not all of us have a vivid map of the whole Metro Cebu ingrained in our head. Luckily and as usual, Google has came up with Google Mapmaker which allows people who are very familiar with a neighborhood or area to pinpoint, store and share to others the locations of areas of interests such as stores, buildings, schools, etc. Once a location is pinpointed and shared, the place becomes visible in Google Maps and Google Earth.

Mga bisdak, here’s a short video from Google about Mapmaker.

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Mural on morals?

Needing a new look
Needing a new look

I happen to pass by the Mambaling (Cebu City) gymnasium daily on my way to work. Month’s back, I have been itching to take a photo of this wall that calls out for a “moral painting”. Parked trucks and lack of time have dissuaded me from the mission.

Just this morning, I saw the chance to finally accomplish the task. So any takers, mga bisdak?

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SM Sinulog Fireworks Competition 2013

Fireworks makers strutted their wares in last night’s SM Sinulog Fireworks Competition 2013. The challenge was to paint a fireworks masterpiece with the dark and cloudy sky as their canvas.

People came in thousand droves to witness the event. Parking was full so I had to station myself at the SM roof deck area. Probably one of the best place to watch the exploding lights in their gleeful parade.

Wows and claps were heard as the pyrotechnics blew off amazing show of lights. My handy Agfa underwater camera captured some good shots for me. Here are some of the fireworks’ scenes.

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Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

The Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral is the ecclesiastical seat of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cebu in Cebu, Philippines. Cebu was established as a diocese on August 14, 1595. It was elevated as a metropolitan archdiocese on April 28, 1934 with the dioceses of Dumaguete, Maasin, Tagbilaran, and Talibon as suffragans. -Wikipedia

Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

The cathedral was renovated recently for the 75th anniversary celebration on April 28, 2009 of the elevation of Cebu into an archdiocese. An application is pending at the Vatican for the cathedral’s elevation into a minor basilica in honor of St. Vitalis, an early Christian martyr. His feast day coincides with the day the image of the Sto. Niño de Cebu was found almost 450 years ago, as well as the anniversary of the elevation of Cebu into an archdiocese. –Wikipediacathedral doorway

I usually visit the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral at night wherein the lights around the plaza give the church a majestic and golden glow. The serenity of the cathedral is accentuated by its big hall and golden altar.


People who wish to visit the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral may find it at the corners of Burgos and Legaspi Streets in Cebu City. A short walk through P. Zamora Street will also lead you to the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño (Sto. Niño church).

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