About Me

Why Travel?

At one point in your life you will feel exhausted, bored and tired of your routinary life. When that day comes, just step out of your comfort box, move away from your usual self and see your life from different perspectives. Travel! Head out to the endless horizon and discover the world, go places and meet new faces, explore to understand new cultures, get lost to find yourself. In the end you will realize that traveling is not only about learning new cultures or meeting new friends or discovering new places, it also lets us discover our own culture, our limits, ourselves. It is a personal journey to self-discovery, because after all, it is only from the outside that we can look back in.

About Lakwatsero

Angel Juarez is a backpacker, adventure seeker, son of a beach, hobbyist photographer, scuba diver, aspiring marine conservation biologist, environment advocate, runner, mountain biker, budget traveler, seasonal mountaineer and newbie surfer. An Information Technology Analyst on workdays who speaks languages that only computers understand, but on weekends and holidays he is most probably underwater, on the saddle or out-of-town. He started chasing sunsets, waterfalls, lighthouses and extreme adventures as soon as he finished college and started blogging in May of 2006 under the web name Bleue. He decided to focus on Travel in March of 2008. He dreamed of documenting and sharing his adventures to the world, thus he created www.lakwatsero.com.

Angel and his works and photos have already been featured and published in various websites and publications including Yahoo, Skyscanner, Choose Philippines, Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay Magazine, Cebu Pacific’s Smile Magazine, Lonely Planet Magazine and Travel+Leisure Magazine. He also writes in www.visitsagada.com and www.padyak.ph.

Accomplishments/Recognitions

2013

2012

2011

  • Winner – Cebu Pacific Wandering Juan Travel Blog Awards (Sports and Adventure Category)

2009

  • Nominee – Philippine Blog Awards (Best Travel Blog)

2008

  • Finalist – Philippine Blog Awards (Best Travel Blog)

Mission

Lakwatsero.com is guided by the following missions:

  • To help tourists by providing information about different destinations
  • To guide budget travelers by providing cost-effective travel advise
  • To promote the Philippines by showcasing its different scenic spots
  • To document the Philippines and the world by capturing its beauty in stills and in narratives

Expect this site to feature not only photos and destinations that lakwatsero have been to but also foods, adventures, events and everything about life that is worth blogging.

For your comment, inquiries,  suggestion or other concerns, you may email me at angelcjuarez[at]gmail[dot]com or just leave a message at the comment page.

310 Comments on “About Me

  1. Hello Angel,

    I contact you in case you would be interested in writing an article about our ancient house, typical of the gracious portuguese architecture of the 18th & 19th centuries, in the Lisbon region.
    Here’s our website, where you can find photos and many informations you could look for : http://www.quintadacondeca.com

    We would be happy to host you for the time of your coverage, and even a few days more if you want to take the time to visit our nice region, Portugal is a superb country !

    I remain at your entire disposal in case you need any complementary information, and I look forward for an eventual collaboration with you.

    Best regards,

    Stéphane Cardon

  2. Hello,

    My name is Tarryn and I am a media buyer from Mediashakers Corp, an international advertising network serving 20 billion monthly ads worldwide.

    With over 250 international in-house advertisers on various campaigns, including branding, direct marketing, and performance, we can guarantee 100% fill on your traffic.

    Please contact me to evaluate a cooperation between our companies and discuss advertising opportunities.

    Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

  3. Hello! I just want to ask something. Where can you suggest a date for 2 out of town that we will feel cozy for 2500-3000php(each(inclusive of foods, commuting fares, room, and activities)). What about Baler, Bataan, La Union, and Batangas? Which is better? Thank you.

  4. hi, should i visit sagada, with baguio-sagada bus.. how much ung fare.. and for 3days 2 nights visit (from baguio) how much should i prepare?

    i want to try to travel on my own..
    i must admit a part of me is excited and sympre a part of me eh somehow scared ( a lot of what ifs) haha

    anyone? who’s planning to visit sagada before the year ends.. lets travel together.. hahaha

    email me pls haha

    thanks a lot -joy

  5. hi, should i visit sagada, with baguio-sagada bus.. how much ung fare.. and for 3days 2 nights visit (from baguio) how much should i prepare?

    i want to try to travel on my own..
    i must admit a part of me is excited and sympre a part of me eh somehow scared ( a lot of what ifs) haha

    anyone? who’s planning to visit sagada before the year ends.. lets travel together.. hahaha

    email me pls

  6. Hi Angel,

    Thanks for your very informative website!

    I wanted to get your recommendation on which part of the island we can safely spend a lazy day on a hammock near the beach. My boyfriend and I wants to get a hammock from the market and just drink beer. :) We’re planning to go there early December.

    Are the bangkeros able just take us to an island and pick us up at a certain time?

    Which hotel do you recommend in case we can’t go to another island for ‘hammocking’ but rather stay on the hotel’s beach area? Please let me know.

    Thanks!
    Princess

  7. Hi, I am Suzette, the head of Promotions and Advertisements committee for the Students Tourism Society, an organization from the University of Santo Tomas. We will be having a seminar entitled: “NAVIGATE: Explore What The World Has To Offer” on September 24, 2014 and I would like to invite you to be one of the speakers of the said event. I have already sent you an email regarding the details and I am looking forward to your reply. Thank you and God bless!

  8. Hi Angel,

    Could you send me your email address? I want to send you a proposal.

    Thanks.

  9. Hi,

    I am Aubrey Wy, the Marketing Assistant for Caliraya Mountain Lake Resort and I am currently looking for travel bloggers to invite to our resort this September 13-14. I have seen your blog and I enjoyed reading about your adventures! I hope that you can find time to check out our FB page (https://www.facebook.com/calirayamountainlake) or our website (http://mountainlakeadventure.com) and maybe you can add Mountain Lake Resort to your future adventures. We’d be happy to accommodate and provide free activities for you should you choose to accept this invitation.

    Thank you and have a good day!

    Regards,
    Aubrey Wy
    02-7230781 to 88 loc 306

    • Hi Aubrey,

      Thanks for the invitation. I will contact you privately for this.
      Thanks again!

      Angel

  10. Greetings for the day!

    My name is Victoria and I have enjoyed reading your blog
    http://www.lakwatsero.com ” for some time now. As a fellow writer, I would like to first thank you for the sheer volume of useful resources you have compiled for authors in your blog and across the web.

    I would like to write a piece for your blog , may be around 400-500 words which your readers would love to read.
    If this isn’t something you are interested in, then no worries! Thank you for your time and consideration, either way.

    I look forward to your response and keep up the great work!

    Regards,
    Victoria Andrea

  11. Hello Angel, thank you for the insights for the lakwatsero. Do you have some guides for the places in batangas , meaning hotels and resorts, although the area is very big.

  12. hi,

    I am Ted Castillo, an avid traveler by heart and passion. I love to bike,run, back pack, trek, mountain bike, an outdoor person and also a pro scuba diver. I just read your blog and i find it interesting to see in the blog about travel and conservation. I find many blogs boring, like fashion and nonsense. It is rare to find a person with a passion of conservation through social media awakening. You are one such kind of a person who shares conservation in a different way. I hope that we can collaborate some works and show them the beauty of our resources that they have taken for granted. I am basing in a small island called mactan, in cebu. Me and my friends have been really trying to keep our underwater playground healthy. Hope you can feature our dive sites in your blog to raise awareness.

    hoping that i can hear you soon……..

    • Hi Ted. Thanks for the invitation. I would like to visit Cebu again to dive. I frequent Moalboal and Malapascua, but only dived once in Mactan. Please email me at angelcjuarez[at]gmail[dot]com for more details of your dive sites.

      Thanks!

  13. Hi!
    Hope you’re keeping well!
    I’m Cristiana and am an avid reader and blogger, a passion which I think we share.
    Your blog “www.lakwatsero.com” is by far the most interesting I have come across in the recent past, hands down!
    The writer in me is yearning to write a piece for your blog, may be around 400-500 words, or whatever you are okay with.
    Awaiting your reply.
    Regards,
    Cristiana

  14. Hello po! Pwede po ba kayong magpost ng tips on how to find cheap flights? Thanks

  15. Hi Angel. Im a tourism student and im planning to go to cdo-camiguin-bukidnon. your blog is great and it helps me a lot on planning my trip. i hope if you dont mind can i ask if where do you suggest me and my friends to stay in camiguin? its just for 1 night and pax of 3. thankyou Angel. Kudos!

  16. Hi Angel,

    I also started traveling last year and I have been following your travel guide to make my travel adventure easier :). I also started taking pictures to document my travel but I just keep them for myself. Your pictures are really nice and they inspires me to learn how to take beautiful photos like yours.

    I would like to ask
    1. What camera do you use? 2. Did you edit those pictures or add filter before posting? Is it from Raw or JPG format?

    Thank you very much in advance for replying.

  17. The name of the Quijano Windsurfing Retreat has ben changed to Anino Retreat

    Air Juan is flying every Wednesday and Saturday between Puerto Princesa and Cuyo

    See Anino Retreat Homepage for schedule and ticketing

    Regards

    • Thanks for the heads up. Will update the Cuyo Travel Guide.

  18. Hi mam good day! This is Anne of ESPI Travel and Tours. If you have any travel requirements i can assist you just email me.. Thank you! God bless!

  19. Hi Angel,

    Hope you could let me know your email address so I can send you our invitation to be the social media partner of one of our tech clients.

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