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BWAB: Part of the 4th Annual Best Cebu Blog Awards

Backpacking with a Book

Casaroro Falls, Valencia, Dumaguete, Philippines

Backpacking with a Book is created with traveling as a creative process in mind. I travel to attempt to write. Although it is a constant struggle with words, traveling makes it bearable. I travel to know and understand not only the place but also the self within the place .

BWAB becomes the refuge of the photographs and words of the places I barely know—much less, understand—yet have the guts to write about.

Nobody appreciated my musings here—none that I knew of—except for a few friends and that certain someone (perhaps out of duty 😉 )—not until BWAB’s  nomination in Best Cebu Blogs.

Through Best Cebu Blogs, I received several “I read your blog” lines from figures I truly look up to.

“I do read your blog. It’s worth reading, though I don’t leave any trace there.” Nanghambog ko! Hehe

“I love your photos! Do you use a DLSR?” (I just recently use Canon 1100D, but most of the captures here are Samsung ES10’s , a secondhand camera I bought from a pawnshop in Colon. 😉 ) Hambog na sad.  

Ave Maria Islet, Guimaras, Philippines

It’s humbling. I’m humbled and scared at the same time since I consider my grammar skill inferior; and these figures are—can be— grammar nazis. Challenged, I’m challenged to write better, to capture  better.

I wouldn’t have known these readers without Best Cebu Blogs. So, thank you, guys!

This is BCB’s  4th year in acknowledging blogs owned and run by Cebuano bloggers. It fosters and fortifies the widening blogging community.

Learning about my silent readers is the most rewarding feeling.

BWAB is one of the Top 10 Famous Blogs Facebook Contest and a finalist for  Best Cebu Photo Blog and Best Cebu Travel Blog. 

It is a collective effort. Daghang kaayong salamat. Tagay!

See you at the 4th Annual Best Cebu Blogs Awards – Awarding Night on FridayDecember 9, at 5 p.m. at the SM City Cebu Conference Hall A.

The following made  the 4th Annual Best Cebu Blog Awards possible:  


Jona | Backpacking with a Book

Hi, I'm Jona! I write stories and poetry and take a lot of photos, which I'm too lazy to upload. If you want to receive some photos that I don't share here on the blog, please leave your email here. I'm crazy about cats too. Feel free to browse through BWAB, and I would love it if you say hi! For collaborations, projects, and other things, please email me at backpackingwithabook@gmail.com For more stories about BWAB, check here. Connect with us through

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  1. wow! congratulations and good luck! for more travels to come!

  2. Sony Fugaban says:

    Break a leg, BWAB! This is something I’m gonna watch out for … here.

  3. amazing! be safe in ur travels always! i ♥ ur blog and photos! ^_^

  4. Love 2 Type says:

    saving money for canon 1100d.. any complaints with this dslr so far?

  5. patidlata says:

    Nice pictures! Good luck and kitakits..

  6. rommel says:

    You should be nominated for Philippine Travel Blog Award.

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