February 16, 2017
Philippines Travel Guide

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. […]
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 […]
November 1, 2016

DESTINATION WEDDING | #KenyaMeetsPinas in El Nido, Palawan

EL NIDO, PALAWAN, PHILIPPINES—I do not personally know them. I met them once in a Pinoy Travel Blogger-Cebu meetup for some barbecue, amarula, and karaoke. But I admire Reiza a lot; she is one of those rare self-actualized women I see on my Facebook feed, fighting for human rights. She works in the war-torn Sudan. I did not know anything about John at all until the very day of their Kenyan wedding. Coincidence had it, we met at Mactan-Cebu Internation Airport; they were bound for Puerto Princesa and El Nido for their two wedding ceremonies. Mine was the usual solo […]
March 21, 2014

Beautiful Photos from Coron, Palawan, Philippines

The islandness of Busuanga is different from that of Siargao or Malapascua. Restaurants, coffee shops, bars interjected between small local stores, oddly positioned between a cement shop and a vulcanizing shop. Everything is scattered and in disarray. Everyone seemed comfortable with the indistinguishableness between the seeming luxury and utter poverty. Everything shared a place named Busuanga. But. But. It was the extremes—the richest and the poorest that were pushed towards the sea: the most extravagant resorts stood proudly, exclusively on surrounding islands, while the poor’s stilt houses staggered in the slum. Snippets from the Diary: *** The moon in its […]