Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. –Confuciusby
Canigao Island of Matalom, Leyte is my first trip in Eastern Visayas as a tourist. I once visited Palo and Tacloban, Leyte during a leadership conference a decade back but didn’t have a chance to tour around.
At work, our colleague in UP Cebu pitched for this lovely island for our summer vacation / adventure last year. We conceded gladly after a quick check over the Internet of photos featuring Canigao Island (Due also to a hospitable offer that her family in Matalom will send us off with food :)). Continue reading Canigao Islandby
Located in Iloilo’s north, the beautiful Gigantes Islands of Carles Municipality share the Visayan Sea with the fisherfolks of Negros Occidental and Cebu. Going there would take around 2 hours of land travel (private vehicle) from Iloilo City to Estancia port and another 3 hours through the sea on a motorized banca from Estancia town.
The boat-ride is quite rough so those who are prone to sea-sickness or motion-sickness better take some medicine beforehand.
Your island hopping itinerary would be a mix of white islands and sandbar, the blue sea, a “living” cave, and good dose of fun minus the distraction of a mobile connection. To top that, cheap fresh seafoods abound. Shells sell at around 200 pesos to fill a basin.by
To maximize what remains of the holiday break for another adventure, off I went with friends to visit Cebu’s popular southern tourist destinations. On our itinerary were: Osmeña Peak in Mantalongon, Dalaguete; Tumalog Falls in Oslob; Cangcua-Ay Private Beach in Tan-awan, Oslob; and Aguinid Waterfalls in Tangbo, Samboan.
The itinerary was quite pain-inducing: A good climb and descent to/from Osmena Peak; an uphill walk through the steep road from Tumalog Falls; the 200+ steps of Cangcua-Ay Private Beach; and the trek through the 5 levels of Aguinid Waterfalls. Continue reading South Cebu itinerary: Osmeña Peak, Tumalog Falls, Cangcua-Ay Beach, and Aguinid Waterfallsby
It has been ten years since UP Cebu Batch 2005, Tribu Dos Singko, graduated from college. In the recent two years, much has changed in the campus.
1. Arts and Sciences Building and Parking Lot
For a long time, we had to endure the mud, dust, rain, and/or heat to go to classes in the Arts and Sciences Building. It was sometime in 2004 when the Student Council was able to convince the Cebu Provincial Government to prioritize the paving of the walk going to/from the AS Building. The province decided to construct the parking lot including a catwalk for the students. Continue reading UP Cebu: 10-year before and afterby
Most of us are so immune to color that we do not even realize how it affects our mood or behavior. Advertisers and marketers have spent vast amounts of time and money in attempts to sway or engage consumers into utilizing their services or buying their products. It is not by accident that the CocaCola™ logo and cans have remained red for decades. In fact, even the mention of CocaCola™, probably had you immediately associate the product with the color red. –Keri of thinkbrilliant.com
CITOM personnel which are constant fixtures in Cebu City’s roads suddenly changed their uniforms to green. I guess election season is heating up.by
Thanks to a late flight schedule back to Cebu, our LiDAR research team was able to make a quick tour around Talisay, Negros Occidental’s famous The Ruins.
To go to The Ruins from Talisay City, we rode a jeepney to take us to Bangga Pepsi in Bata, Bacolod City. We then took a tricycle to get us to the place.
The Ruins is what remains of the gutted mansion of the Lacson clan. It was built by Don Mariano Lacson as tribute to Maria Braga, his first wife. Filipino revolutionaries during World War 2 decided to burn down the mansion in a strategic move to prevent the Japanese forces from converting the mansion into a military headquarter.
Got lucky when we chanced upon Roger Lucero leading a group in the mansion. Roger is the tour guide who is as famous as Bacolod, Talisay City, and the tourist spot because of his unusually funny wordplay and stories.
Traveling north of Cebu through Mandaue City after work has been a hassle recently due to the heavy traffic caused by the drainage construction along segments of the Cebu North Road.
With the help of Waze, I get to try out new routes to possibly escape the long hours of driving through the traffic jam around Metro Cebu. ‘Possibly’ since not all routes turn out well for the purpose.
Here is the route I got led to by the app to relieve myself of the traffic. Take caution. The streets you’ll drive along are sometimes narrow and dark. Take caution of the ditches at your side. Driving time from the Maguikay bridge to the corner of H. Abellana and the North Road was about 30-40 minutes.
Here is the route:
1. From M. C. Briones Street (“Hiway”), take M. L. Quezon Avenue instead of driving up the flyover.
2. Turn right to Mardonio Ceniza Street.
3. At the end of Mardonio Ceniza Street, turn left and take B. Suico Street.
4. When you get past the intersection of B. Suico Street and P. Sanchez/Pagsabungan Road, turn right on the first corner and drive about 500m.
5. Turn right after 500m. The street will be narrow and will require a lot of giving way to vehicles driving the opposite direction.
6.Turn right at the end of the street and you’ll exit to H. Abellana Street. Just a few meters to exit to the North Road.by
Mt. Hibok-Hibok in Camiguin, as seen from White Island, looks very much like a hat. Reminds me of The Little Prince.
I showed my masterpiece to the grown-ups, and asked them whether the drawing frightened them.
They answered me: “Why should any one be frightened by a hat?”
My drawing was not a picture of a hat. It was a picture of a boa constrictor digesting an elephant. Then, I drew the inside of the boa constrictor, so that the grown-ups could see it clearly. They always need to have things explained.
–The Little Prince
You may read our feature about this beautiful island here: When in Camiguin.
More photos here: Locals take the best photos.
Elephant in boa constrictor image was pulled from http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/literally-psyched/the-big-lesson-of-a-little-prince-recapture-the-creativity-of-childhood/.by
“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.” –Jo Walton
The sun best accentuates the places we see. For a few minutes, the sun allows us time to meditate on what has been and what will be. Be it the daily work grind, weekend vacation, or an ordinary day, a sunrise or a sunset never fails to evoke beauty and optimism.
Here are some of the place I have been in the Philippines and the sun as my constant companion.
“Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under.” – C. JoyBell C.
There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope. –Bernard Williams