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 […]
March 26, 2014

DOWN SOUTH| Experiencing Someone Else’s Bantayan Island

“Karon pa ka kaanhi? (Is this your first visit?)” asked Emil, the only trisikad driver who agreed on bringing me to Sayaw—a coastal sitio of Bantigue. Earlier, he passed me by waiting for a ride. He drove two passengers nearby, and he shouted he would come back for me. He knew how scarce a trisikad could be in Bantigue and I would be waiting in the very spot he saw me earlier. The others I tapped at Bantayan’s public market either said they were waiting for a particular passenger or picking someone somewhere.  Or worse, they would pretend nonchalance like […]
January 27, 2014

Townhopping Project 2014 | Revisiting Places

Here are some southern Cebu photos: Dry coughing. Feverish. A rather painful lower back. That’s me today. But yesterday. Yesterday was awesome. Perhaps it was insanity for me to cure insomnia with a bus ride. At two, I fed my litter, left my small place, bought sikwate and puto from Nanay, dropped by at work, startled a girl who was working at an ungodly hour, picked up my camera, borrowed money from my piggy bank, and headed to South Bus Terminal. At three in the morning. I revisited the places during our early townhopping adventures. Tingko, Alcoy. Poblacion Boljoon. Liloan, […]
January 22, 2014

Sinulog 2014: The Grand Parade Photo Essay

Walkers are ‘practitioners of the city,’ for the city is made to be walked. A city is a language, a repository of possibilities, and walking is the act of speaking that language, of selecting from those possibilities. Just as language limits what can be said, architecture limits where one can walk, but the walker invents other ways to go.―Rebecca Solnit, “Wanderlust: A History of Walking” Alaska, Mambaling. The only contingent that doesn’t have a queen. Lee Gonzaga, the boy on my right, is the prince of his fisherfolk tribe. Despite their lack of coordination, they are the most grounded, the […]