July 31, 2017

SUN.STAR | Those Women, Mt. Talinis and Jeanette

This narrative first appeared on Sun.Star Cebu’s travel section some years ago. This is my entry for August 2017 Blog Carnival hosted by Sheila and Gian of Adrenaline Romance. How about you? Have you encountered an interesting person in your adventures? Do share your stories. I love listening to them. *** She arrived. She positioned her backpack beside her. It was almost as tall as her and perhaps as heavy. This would be our second climb together, and somehow, I expected her bag would be as interesting as the one she brought to Kan-Irag. About 30 meters from the jump-off, her […]
July 30, 2017

CEBU CITY TRAVEL GUIDE 2017: Some New Things to Do in Cebu City

I had lived for fifteen years in Cebu City. First to pursue my degree. Then I hopped from one job to another right after college. I wrote this travel guide for Rappler on August 6, 2016 as an insider’s look on Cebu City. As you read through, you would realize that this is not the usual travel guide to Cebu City (Magellan’s Cross, Taoist Temple, and Tops). A travel guide about these places must already exist somewhere else. What I have here instead are the things I, a resident of the city, loved doing. This is a mixture of walking […]
May 10, 2017
Siquijor Travel Guide

SIQUIJOR TRAVEL GUIDE | Things to Do in Siquijor Island

THIS IS YOUR ULTIMATE SIQUIJOR TRAVEL GUIDE. How many times have I been to Siquijor? Does it even matter? Doesn’t really. Revisiting places allows the traveler to see a different side of the place. When I’m brokenhearted or when I don’t know what’s going on in my already chaotic life, I packed my bag in the wee hours of the morning, headed to South Bus Terminal, and just ride a bus down south without really knowing where I’m heading to until I reach the tail of Cebu. Then Siquijor would pop in my head. This is your Siquijor Travel Guide […]
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 […]