February 25, 2017
Port Barton Travel Guide

DEEP MOON RESORT REVIEW | My Port Barton Travel Guide

In total, I spent 9 nights in Palawan: two nights in Puerto Princesa, five nights in El Nido, and two nights in Port Barton. Palawan is elongated in shape. I’ve only covered three destinations in the northern part. Since the flights are relatively expensive, it is better to explore and stay longer. Ideally, two weeks or so. Here is a short narrative on doing nothing in Port Barton but relaxing in Moon Deep Resort. This first appeared on my travel column Down South on Interaksyon.com I left El Nido with migraine pounding my temples and eyes that throbbed like an […]
February 16, 2017

EL NIDO TRAVEL GUIDE 2017 | My El Nido Experience with Northern Hope Tours and Marygold Beachfront Inn

An Updated El Nido Travel Guide 2017. (Written in February 2017.) PALAWAN, PHILIPPINES | Some years ago, I traveled solo to Coron, Palawan with the intention of meeting and interviewing the Tagbanuas. I did meet the chief, some of the rightful owners of the place, but I did not make it to Calamian Island. A woman traveling solo to their place would mostly likely got married off with a Tagbanua, and it would be next to impossible to leave the island, I have been warned. If I were not in a relationship back then, the idea was not that terrible. […]
January 13, 2017
Sinulog Festival 2014

RAPPLER | Sinulog: To Flow with the Current

This narrative and photo essay was first published on Rappler.com on January 19, 2015.  CEBU, PHILIPPINES—“Every year, my Niño comes back,” shared a middle-aged man holding a small replica of Sto. Niño. His must have lost its cross before, now replaced with a rolled-up chocolate wrapper. He was one of the passengers I saw holding a Sto. Niño on our flight back to Cebu from General Santos last Friday. Our flight was packed, and so was Mactan airport. I thought Cebu would not be as crowded as it used to be, with Pope Francis’ visit and Typhoon Amang hovering over […]
December 14, 2016

ASTORIA PALAWAN | What Makes It the Ultimate Staycation in Puerto Princesa, Palawan

This post first appeared on my column Down South on Interaksyon.com. I included more photos here to give justice to the beauty of this place. PALAWAN, PHILIPPINES—An egret ambled around my deck, peering through the glass wall of my own sanctuary. It must be looking for food. Someone said these egrets must be the new generation; the older ones reserved a safe distance from humans. The way it angled and craned its neck subsisted its curiosity. I was inside my spacious and creative room, looking at it on the sun-lit deck. This animal’s presence suggested that the surrounding remained peaceful […]