Stobosa Hillside Homes Artwork

A small hill in the busy nook that separates Baguio City and Benguet’s La Trinidad used to be dull and uneventful. The shanties that covered the green hill turned this spot into an eyesore. The dangling wires, cables and flaglets added chaos to an already chaotic scene. It was a cause of concern for the town. Until recently… The place is collectively known as Stobosa, an acronym for the sitios of Stonehill, Botiw-tiw and Sadjap in Barangay Balili of Benguet’s capital La Trinidad. In 2016,…Continue Reading “The Colors of Stobosa (Hillside Homes Artwork)”

Mahatao

So I biked… from Basco to Naidi Hill and back, onward to Chinarayan and then up to Tukon, passing by the beautiful chapel on the hill. In every screech and turn of my pedal along the steep and ascending zigzag road, I could hear my heartbeat racing with my breath. Never did I rant nor complain. It wasn’t actually my first time to take the same route on a bike so I already knew what to expect. And despite this known ordeal, I opted to…Continue Reading “Snapshot: Mahatao’s Sea of Green”

Tangadan Falls

The archipelago of 7,107 islands that make up the Philippines is blessed with unparalleled natural wonders that truly beckon. Visayas is known for its beautiful beaches while Mindanao is home to some of the country’s majestic waterfalls, the Northern Luzon province of La Union, on the other hand, is home to both – beautiful beaches and majestic waterfalls such as Tangadan Falls. Situated in the town of San Gabriel, Tangadan Falls is one of at least ten waterfalls in the town. It is a two-tier…Continue Reading “Tangadan Falls: The Icon of San Gabriel, La Union”

Mantigue Island

It took us two failed attempts in the past two months before finally getting to Mantangale Alibuag Dive Resort in Balingoan, Misamis Oriental. Three years have passed since we last dive there, so imagine how our excitement built up. Thankfully, the third one is a charm! All the universe finally connived to bring us there on our third try. Mantangale for me feels like home, it is home! And as if sea turtles going back to their abode after detaching for so long, Ate Cludia…Continue Reading “Scuba Diving in Mantigue Island: Revisiting Underwater Home”

Manila

The glorious golden days of the Philippine premier city may have been long gone but its charm remains and immortalized on its nooks and crannies, halls and walls, and on the remnants of what used to be the heydays of the “Pearl of the Orient”. There’s beauty in this often overlooked city of the country if you just look closely and meticulously. Classic and timeless beauty that is Instagram worthy. Let’s start with these ten spots that will surely reap likes and praises. Trust me,…Continue Reading “Manila’s 10 Most Instagrammable Spots”

For years, the Province of Biliran has been living in the shadow of Leyte, its parent province. It remained out of the tourists radar for such a long time until recently, when the world started to see the province’s natural charm. Well, true beauty has its ways of getting itself noticed and for a place as beautiful as Biliran, it is but inevitable for the world to not notice its allure. Biliran is composed of two major islands – Biliran and Maripipi, and smaller islands…Continue Reading “Travel Guide: Sambawan Island, Biliran”