April 3, 2012
Budlaan Falls, Cebu City

Mt Kan-irag Travel Guide and Itinerary

Last Update: June 2019 Mt Kan-irag Travel Guide and Itinerary I’ve received several inquiries on how to go to Kan-irag | KabangBudlaan | 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 […]
March 28, 2012

Where Does Siquijor’s Magic Come from?

Siquijor, Siquijor, Philippines While sitting under the thick foliage of Acacia trees lining Dumaguete’s boulevard, we spied a blur of an island riding the edges of the sea. “Siquijor,” a friend said. The way the tongue curls for “jor” elicits an immediate longing to walk its beaches and start a […]
March 21, 2012

Cebu Yearbook 2012: Knowing Cebu through Its Mountains

It started with a call from Kristin Lerin, the travel editor of Sunstar’s Live. She asked if I was willing to write about the mountains of Cebu for Sunstar Yearbook 2012. Of course, I giddily yes-sed.
March 2, 2012

Mary Oliver | A River Far Away and Long Ago

Kawasan Falls, Matutinao, Badian, Cebu, Philippines  It was a sleepless night. I was reading this poem in the wee hours of the morning at McDonald’s Mango while waiting for Mara, the PR consultant of Terra Manna Camping and Resort. I didn’t know that we would visit the river that kept […]
March 1, 2012
Backpacking with a Book

Moonwalking at The Walk’s Moon Cafe

Jo’s Fajita Salad | P107.14* “Manglibre ka, ron, te? (Will you treat us out, te?)” Virhenia asked. “It’s not my birthday! But let’s eat out!” It’s thirty past midnight. I told Jo, Judy, Ellen, and Sachi to go ahead because I had to drop by  my place to get the camera. […]
February 29, 2012

Local Midweek: Water Vendor on Taal Volcano’s Foot

Water Vendor | Taal Volcano, Batangas Perhaps Brandi Carlile had this kind of face on mind while writing the first stanza of “The Story.” All of these lines across my face / Tell you the story of who I am / So many stories of where I’ve been / And how I got […]
February 28, 2012
Backpacking with a Book

Wislawa Szymborska: Openness

P, Poetry is the sincerest gift I could think of. For your birthday,  a day shy from  a leap day, I read a Wislawa Szymborska. Perhaps a sensitive soul like Szymborska  can understand why I have to do some tweaks to make the poem more particular and intimate: changes like teacup […]
February 27, 2012
Backpacking with a Book

Intramuros in Pictures

Why, Intramuros? Because the bridge signals you are about to say hi to History
February 26, 2012

Sunset at Terra Manna Camping & Resort

TERRA MANNA CAMPING & RESORT BADIAN, CEBU  February 25, 2012 I visited Terra Manna again yesterday. It is arrogant of us to perceive that we know the place well after our first visit. Places have ways of surprising us. Have a happy Sunday, everyone. Love and Laugh, Jona of Backpacking […]
February 21, 2012

Photo Essay: Baclaran Church

Baclaran Silhouettes at 5:30 in the morning
February 14, 2012

Louise Glück: Happiness

I desire to write a poem as beautiful as this, for you, P. Bear with the amateurish work of mine, in the meantime. 😉
February 14, 2012

Images of Love on Valentine’s Day

Travel allows me to witness a moment of love. But love is too strong a word, too beguiling. For a lover of literature, an entry won’t be enough to enumerate—much more argue about—the myriad discourse about love defined by my preferred writers, from Julian Barnes to Toni Morrison. But the […]