April 3, 2012
Budlaan Falls, Cebu City

Cebu City | Kan-irag Falls–Mt. Kan-irag Itinerary

I’ve received several inquiries on how to go to Kan-irag | Kabang Budlaan | Kainsing Falls (I know right, even the locals have varied names for the waterfall.  The community before and after the main falls have different names for it. Although I was initially reluctant in providing instructives, perhaps it is for the greater good. Or not. Because personally, my trips do not have itineraries at all. I could say that we did not really follow the itineraries below. But this guide might work for those who have not been to these places. Or better yet, approach a local community […]
April 2, 2012

Siquijor’s Magic: Of Salagdoong’s Trees and Beach

Salagdoong Forest Reserve, Salagdoong, Siquijor, Philippines On our way to Salagdoong beach, the trees canopy the road. With the running tricycle accompanying the silence of the trees, I couldn’t help but ask Manong to pull over. 
April 1, 2012

Siquijor’s Magic: Lazi’s Balete

 The branches of molave trees are like snakes’ bodies curling up. The tree tunnel is part of Salagdoong Forest Reserve, a reforestation project of the local government. Just like the balete tree, the tree tunnel becomes an attraction, even a mystery. I can’t help but compare Lazi’s balete and Salagdoong’s molave. The balete, with its daunting height and woolly aerial roots, emits fright. The molave trees, with their curly trunks and lanceolate leaves, offer silence and peace. Perhaps these two trees are apt metaphors for Siquijor. Molave because it offers serenity. Balete because it is feared by some. And that […]
March 31, 2012
Backpacking with a Book

Siquijor’s Magic: Of Sunsets and Silhouettes

After talking with the man who rip-rapped the slope behind the resort we stayed, I walked the urchin- and seaweed-teemed shore. Siquijor, Siquijor, Philippines It was just me and my-feet-wading-through-the-water kind of silence. Two outriggers headed ashore.  Docked, the fishermen emptied their boats and talked about catches and the wind.