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Canigao Island

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 Island

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Gigantes Islands

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.

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South Cebu itinerary: Osmeña Peak, Tumalog Falls, Cangcua-Ay Beach, and Aguinid Waterfalls

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 Waterfalls

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UP Cebu: 10-year before and after

UP Cebu Admin Building
UP Cebu Admin Building (c) 2013

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 after

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Early campaigning?

Green Citom Cebu City

Green Citom Cebu City
CITOM turns green.

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.

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A quick visit to The Ruins

The Ruins, Bacolod City.
The Ruins, Bacolod City.

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
The restoration efforts around The Ruins has transformed an abandoned, rundown mansion into Negros Occidental’s most famous tourist spot.

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.

Roger, the funny guide, of The Ruins
Roger (in pink) introduces the history of The Ruins. This famous tour guide is now part of ABS-CBN’s Pinoy Big Brother 737.
Roger of The Ruins
Roger makes touring The Ruins a session of laughter and historical lessons.
With Roger of The Ruins
Team photo op with Roger.
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Escaping the Mandaue traffic

Mandaue traffic
Not particularly in Mandaue. But traffic has become a nightly hassle going up north.

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.

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Camiguin mountainscape

Mt. Hibok-Hibok in Camiguin, as seen from White Island, looks very much like a hat. Reminds me of The Little Prince.

White Island and Hibok-hibok
Mt. Hibok-hibok completes the photo-binging in picturesque White Island (sandbar) of Camiguin, PH

Elephant inside a boa constrictor

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/.

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Around the Philippines as witnessed by the setting/rising sun

“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.

SUNSET

“Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under.” – C. JoyBell C.

Greenviews Resort sunset
CORONG-CORONG, EL NIDO, PALAWAN. The beach in Corong-corong gives the best view of the golden sun while lying on a hammock at Greenviews Resort.
CORONG-CORONG, EL NIDO, PALAWAN. This beautiful sunset to cap a day of hopping the different picturesque islands of El Nido.
CORONG-CORONG, EL NIDO, PALAWAN. This beautiful sunset to cap a day of hopping the different picturesque islands of El Nido.
CANIGAO ISLAND, MATALOM, LEYTE. Volunteered to take the photo of a group of volunteers from different countries who made a side trip to Canigao Island after their relief activities in Tacloban City.
CANIGAO ISLAND, MATALOM, LEYTE. Volunteered to take the photo of a group of volunteers from different countries who made a side trip to Canigao Island after their relief activities in Tacloban City.
MT. TAPYAS, CORON, PALAWAN. The sun turns gold as it waves goodnight.
MT. TAPYAS, CORON, PALAWAN. The sun turns gold as it waves goodnight.
Mount Tapyas, Coron, Palawan
MT. TAPYAS, CORON, PALAWAN. After a tiring climb over the 742 steps of Mount Tapyas, got a good view of Coron poblacion and this. Wew!
Bais City Negros Sunset
PAROLA, BAIS CITY, NEGROS ORIENTAL. After a day of surveying the dolphin population in Tañon Strait, our group made a short trek to the parola a top the hills of Bais City and got a peek of the sun through bamboos.
Iloilo International Airport sunset
ILOILO AIRPORT. Shot through the glass filter of Iloilo International Airport.
MOUNT MANABU, BATANGAS. After climbing one mountain peak to another, we finally capped the long trek marveling as the sun paint the horizon to reddish hue.
MOUNT MANABU, BATANGAS. After climbing one mountain peak to another, we finally capped the long trek marveling as the sun covers the horizon with reddish hue.
SM City Cebu Radisson sunset
SM CITY CEBU. Hidden behind the tall Radisson Blu Hotel, the sky lit up to a mixture of blue and golden orange.
HACIENDA LUISITA, TARLAC (November, 2009). Had an exposure trip for a night and a day at Hacienda Luisita of the landlord family of President Aquino to commemorate 5 years of injustice after the Hacienda Luisita Massacre.
HACIENDA LUISITA, TARLAC (November, 2009). Had an exposure trip for a night and a day at Hacienda Luisita of the landlord family of President Aquino to commemorate 5 years of injustice after the Hacienda Luisita Massacre.
UP Diliman, Quezon Hall
QUEZON HALL, UP DILIMAN (March, 2010). Not quite sunset. Youth activists celebrate their victory against fee increases proposed in PUP and UP.

SUNRISE

There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope. –Bernard Williams

 

GUIMARAS. Surviving hours of bus travel from Kalibo, Aklan to Iloilo after a courtesy call to introduce our flood hazard mapping project.
GUIMARAS. Surviving hours of bus travel from Kalibo, Aklan to Iloilo after a courtesy call to introduce our flood hazard mapping project.
kiltepan peak, sagada, sunrise
KILTEPAN PEAK, SAGADA, MT. PROVINCE. Through an ocean of clouds, the sunrise greets tourists lying in wait.
Gibitngil Island, Medillin, Cebu
GIBITNGIL ISLAND, MEDELLIN, CEBU. Went for an ocular survey of Gibitngil Island for the water catchment project of Team BANG for the Unilab Ideas Positive contest.
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