January 10, 2011
Mt. Lanaya, Alegria, Cebu

Alegria: Where Mt. Lanaya Towers the Town

MUSING ON CLIMBING There is a relatively small population of outdoor enthusiasts, mountain climbers, outdoor lovers in Cebu, yet how unlikely it is for them to be too diverse, too disintegrated. Perhaps because they define their pursuit differently. They, or should I say, we—have varied definitions of mountain climbing. Difference […]
January 7, 2011
Backpacking with a Book

Mt. Timbak and Its People

With a diet mostly composed of fresh vegetables and fruits, it did not come as a surprise that kids in Atok, Benguet are naturally gifted with rosy cheeks, smooth complexion, and healthy eyes. With a great hope, urban or Western diet shall not reach this part of the archipelago since […]
January 6, 2011
Backpacking with a Book

Burping at Joed’s Lutong Hapon

Familiarizing, knowing one’s neighborhood has a number of advantages. A friend mentioned there is an affordable Japanese restaurant in the neighborhood. We basically live in the same area. “Imagine, sushi for P65.” “Ows?” She wasn’t joking. With other nocturnal creatures mostly composed of artist friends, it became  a regular midnight […]
January 5, 2011
Backpacking with a Book

Boiling Mambukal

Rivers are storied places. . . . Rivers tease the imagination. They are an important part of the remembered landscapes of youth.—Resil Mojares, “Remembering Rivers” A place mostly originates its name from a unique character it possess. Mambukal, from the root word bukal, which  means boil in Cebuano. Magpabukal og tubig. […]
January 5, 2011

The “I” in Bacolod

January 5, 2011
Backpacking with a Book

Bacolod: Signs

December 29, 2010
Backpacking with a Book

Townscape: Tuburan | My Home

December 28, 2010
Backpacking with a Book

Bacolod–Dumaguete: Experiencing the First Road Accident

Dec. 26 4AM Southbus Terminal 330 AM North Bus Terminal 430AM ETD for Bacolod via Tabuelan Toledo (229) 7AM Arrived at Tabuelan Toledo Port 1PM ETA Bacolod Ceres Terminal. Late Lunch. Meet Guide 2PM ETD for La Carlota.(50) 3PM ETA La Carlota. Buy Supplies 4PM Off to Guintubdan Jumpoff(50) 5PM […]
December 16, 2010
Backpacking with a Book

The Nomads: Carbonasyon

December 2, 2010
Backpacking with a Book

Charles Simic: Evening Talk

Everything you didn’t understand Made you what you are. Strangers Whose eye you caught on the street Studying you. Perhaps they were the all-seeing Illuminati? They knew what you didn’t, And left you troubled like a strange dream. Not even the light stayed the same. Where did all that hard […]
December 2, 2010
Backpacking with a Book

Townscape: Boljoon | Poblacion

MUSING A curve can be a camouflage belying what is ahead. A curve can be a threat, alarming one it is a cliff racing to infinity. A curve can be an appetizer, making one long for more. A road curve can be a signal, telling it is a new town […]
November 30, 2010
Backpacking with a Book

Of Urgent Truths and Firsts

“What rot, I didn’t mean it, did you mean it?” (“No, of course not, of course I didn’t mean it.”) They laughed in recognition of their extremity, just as they might have laughed at another time, in the middle of quite different, astoundingly tender declarations. They trembled with murderous pleasure, […]