Dinagat

Dinagat Province In just roughly 24 hours, I got to experience Dinagat Islands hopping from island to island in Melgar Bay. It was a short love affair in this beautiful and bountiful place but at least I had a glimpse of the best of the province. We stayed overnight in a humble room along the white sand beach of Duyos in Unib Island for P1000; chartered a boat for P2000/overnight (good for two) that took us around the west coast, passing/dropping by Bitaog Beach, Bababu Cove, Puyo…Continue Reading “Takeaways from Dreamy Dinagat”

Itbayat

Torongan Cave Santa Lucia (Kauhauhasan), Itbayat, Batanes There are too many monickers given to Batanes. Some call it as “The Home of the Howling Winds”, others hailed it as “The Land of Ivatans”, “The Highway of the Storms” or “The Land of True Insulares”. But there is another name that best describes the province – “The Northernmost Frontier”. Situated in between Balintang and Bashi Channels, Batanes is the northernmost province of the Philippines. It is composed of ten islands and islets that are scattered on the roaring water that separates…Continue Reading “Snapshot: Itbayat, the Northern Frontier”

Maligcong

“Paradise found, forgotten and reborn” is the story of Maligcong, an upper barangay of Bontoc in Mountain Province, eight kilometers away from the town proper. It used to be the show window of the town but it went into a lull until social media triggered its recent reborn. Maligcong is the Kankana-ey term that means “surrounded by rice paddies”, as the village sits in the middle of rice terraces, hailed as among the most beautiful in the entire Cordillera Region. The rice terraces are best…Continue Reading “Maligcong: A DIY Weekend Itinerary (2D/1N Itinerary, Expenses and Tips)”

Fuwa-as Falls

In between Bontoc and Tinglayan is Sadanga, a quaint town of Mountain Province overshadowed by its more popular neighbors including Sagada, Bontoc and Tinglayan. Unknown to many, it is home to some of the most beautiful rice terraces in the province. The rice terraces of Betwagan and Anabel that can be seen along the highway linking Bontoc and Tinglayan are just samplers. More than the verdant rice terraces, Sadanga offers more surprises to curious souls – wondrous caves and river systems, beautiful lakes, refreshing hot…Continue Reading “Tales From Sadanga: The Trek to Fowa-as Falls”

Cotabato City

Did you know that Cotabato City doesn’t belong to the Province of Cotabato nor South Cotabato? It actually, politically and geographically belongs to Maguindanao Province. Apparently, the city’s geopolitical location is as complicated as its history, culture and reputation. A city clouded with fear, and living in the stigma of its history and impression. A place struggling to move away from its own shadow. But the truth is, like other Mindanaoan City, Cotabato is typically diverse, multicultural and generally peaceful. As the provincial capital of…Continue Reading “Travel Guide: Cotabato City”

United Airlines Guam Marathon 2017

“Take a good rest and keep it going! You can do it man!” A young man’s rugged voice as I brisk walked past the four kilometer mark while catching my breath. I looked on my side, wondering where the voice was coming from. And there he was, behind me, running slowly… very slowly, on the same pace as mine. I nodded to him and for some moment we were in close distance. By and by, he went passed me. I could still see his back…Continue Reading “The Run in Paradise: A United Guam Marathon 2017 Experience”