December 1, 2016

Brokenhearted? Nine Remote Islands in the Philippines to Find and Grow Some Love for Yourself Again

To live in an archipelagic nation like the Philippines translates to leaving the island you call home and find yourself on a different island whose people speak the same (or an entirely different) language yet with a certain sing-song melody that is different from yours. That is how I live here. Here is Cebu—a bacon-shaped island in the center of the Visayas. When I feel the urge to leave, this is what I do: google the map of the neighboring islands and check the names of the little islands surrounding them, pick one, and find my way there no matter […]
October 6, 2016

Nine Places in the Philippines that I Want to Visit Again! Why?

DISCLAIMER: This first appeared on my travel column Down South on TV5’s interaksyon.com last January 2015. I recently saw it again, and surprisingly this list remains a plan. This is a personal reminder. All photos are mine. How about you, are there places that you want to visit again? For what reasons? I typed the first word here at the Laguindingan International Airport—Cagayan de Oro’s relatively new port. On my right, the bench was empty like most benches around me. Understandably, it was barely seven in the morning and people just started arriving. That bench, just outside Kenny Rogers restaurant, […]
March 12, 2016
Six Reasons Why Kawasan Canyoneering Rocks

Kawasan Canyoneering Travel Guide: Six Reasons Why Kawasan Canyoneering Rocks!

NOTE: Kawasan Canyoneering here refers to the tour company whose flagship tour is the canyoneering activity in Kanlaob River-Kawasan River system. We are please to inform you that effective September 1, 2016, the official rate for canyoneering + kawasan falls is now Php1,500 per person (regardless of nationality). This is inclusive of life vest, safety helmet, all government fee, aqua shoes, habal-habal ride to jumpoff station, tour guide fees, light snacks, bamboo rafting, and Kawasan Falls recovery meals (lunch). I have a river for a writing muse. Almost every month, I bused to southern Cebu, dropped off Matutinao (Badian), walked […]
May 21, 2014

It’s Always Summer at Tejero Highland Resort and Adventure Park

When I started taking trips, Dumaguete was one of the most accessible and safest places to travel. It is a city that invites you to take long walks.  It is a place that always gives you two options: to stay or to explore its neighbors. In my case, it is always Valencia and Siquijor. I started backpacking Valencia with a girlfriend four years ago. We trekked our way to Casaroro Falls, remembered violence and brutality at Cataal World War II Museum, enjoyed nature at Forest Camp, and dipped at Banica water.  All of these happened before Sendong’s raging water razed […]