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.

329 Comments on “About Me

  1. Hi Angel,

    I just loved you page.

    Can you guide me a tour to cover maximum attraction at cheaper cost in Philippines.
    please mention cost and duration.

    I am a solo traveler, so if you can recommend anyone as a travel adviser to take with me or should i go alone on this adventures journey.

    will wait for your reply.

    thank you

    Regards,
    Kapil Taneja
    Traveller from India

    +63-9288631358

  2. Hi, Angel! I’m Faith of theworldbyfaith.com. I recently decided to take travel blogging seriously and thought that as a jump off point, it would be great if I could feature inspirational and established travel bloggers like you :-) I really hope to inspire people to see the world like you’ve inspired many. If you’re up for this, do let me know! :-) Thanks and have a wonderful day!

  3. hi! we wish to advertise. Kindly send us the details.
    Thank you

  4. Hi Angel,

    Good morning, I really like all your blogs. The reason why I am leaving you a comment is because of the services that our company offers.

    Far East Aviation Services is provides Air Taxi/ Air Charter services, we are located here in Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority, General Aviation Area, Lapu Lapu City Cebu.

    The company has been transfering guests by AIR to Bantayan Island, Siquijor, Palawan, or in any parts of Visayas, Mindanao as long as there is an airstrip / airport.

    Fast, safe and easy access going to their respective destinations of the travellers may help promote a certain destination and it will be more accessible for tourists.

    Thank you.

  5. Hi Angel,

    I am a Japanese volunteer working for tourism office in Mercedes, Cam Norte.
    We’d like to invite you to our familiarization tour scheduled on Mar 20-22.
    Please let me know if you are interested.
    I am looking forward to hearing from you!

    Tomoka

  6. Hi Angel! I’m sorry for being this direct and informal, but I’m hoping you could give me some tips on traveling here in the Philippines. I’d like to inquire about the possibility of an itinerary I have in mind. I’m quite sure you can help me out with it. Hope you could reply to me soonest :) Thank you!

  7. Hi,

    I’m Joan of One Averee Bay Hotel here in Coron Palawan and I want to our hotel to be advertise also on your website. If you will let me know how. Looking forward for your response, hope to hear from you.

    Many thanks,

    Joan Molina
    One Averee Bay Hotel
    Coron, Palawan

  8. Hello fellow travelers ! Thank you for this helpful site, I love surfing and here I am …after being inspired by this site to travel once again! My adventures in the Philippines were serendipitous… I was fortunate to have found a nice place in manila last week that was somewhat hidden away and off the grid -just right for my frayed nerves and tight budget. When I first inquired they asked if I was a lemurian member or family guest – which made me think it would be exclusive private and therefore, expensive. I was just a walk -in without any reservation…I just had a tip from a fellow surfer dude. Turns out he is a buddy of the owner and was lucky that they had a few rooms available for less than a grand and would be happy to accommodate me. The only other people that were staying there were a geologist, a writer and photographer, a travelling couple from europe, a resident japanese aikido master and me, which seemed like a strange combination. It was a perfect place for a jumping point in and back. I was to discover a lot of interesting things and places that are closely guarded, sort of like a secret treehouse when we were kids..A large old style forested compound which remains an urban legend. I just had to post and plug this unique discovery because when I started out on this trip I had initially felt things were going awry and my timing or my flow were somehow not in synch, but this place changed all that… thanks to Angel for putting the surfing places of the philippines on my mental map and to Confidants of lemurian.

  9. Hi Angel,
    I am wondering if I can invite you at Magaul Bird Park at Jest Camp located in Subic to try our newest adventure called Jest Hunger Games. It is an exciting outdoor fun for the summer, and I really like your blog and hope that you can try it personally so you can share your experience with your readers. Reply back through my email :)

  10. hi mr. angel… i just want to ask which place you recommend for very nice adventure.. we are planning to have a great adventure with my special someone on March 2015. any suggestion? =)

  11. Hello! I really admire your blog! Just like you, I have wanderlust in my blood. But I’m completely new to the whole concept of traveling. I was wondering if you could me or give me advice. I’m 17 years old and I really don’t know who to approach when it comes to travelling except you because I’ve been reading your blog and you really inspire me to step out of my comfort zone! Thank you so much and God bless!!! :)

  12. Good day!

    UCF Mt. Tabor Church Re-Creation Center is a 12-hectare retreat and recreation center located at Sitio Guinting, Barangay Casile, Cabuyao City, Laguna. The place is owned and managed by United Christian Fellowship (UCF) Group of Ministries.

    UCF Mt. Tabor is a place where people can relax and find rest a midst natural green forest and mountain backdrop. The place is also a perfect venue for spiritual retreat and recollection, camping, team building, seminars, conferences, corporate events, wedding, birthday, reunion, anniversary and even a simple weekend bonding with the family.

    Currently we are having a campaign to promote our place to different churches, schools and companies. In this light, we would like to request that you feature UCF Mt. Tabor in one of your shows. Knowing that your blog is considered one of the premiere travel blogs in the country wherein people discover different places to go for their trips and various events.

    In exchange, we would accommodate you and your team for a free overnight stay to experience the serenity and beauty of UCF Mt. Tabor. Your stay will also include full meals.

    We look forward for your visit in our place. Should you have further inquiries regarding this proposal you may contact 748-8776 or 0922-891-5750 and look for Ms. Nerissa Estrellado. Thank you and God bless!

  13. Hi my name is shaked, and I in the bohol .I want to come in 5 days to dive Camiguin Island. I’d love to get some information about a place to stay if you have room? And How much does a night? And how much it costs diving with equipment ?

  14. Hi Angel,

    I was wondering if I can sponsor your site for a client of mine that is based in the UK. It will be either about holidays, travel or city breaks.

    It really is simple work and of-course the ad copy is upon your approval. We will make sure it will fit you and your readers taste.

    Please let me know if this is possible.

    Thank you and looking forward to working with you.

    Kate Summers
    Web Outreach Team

  15. Hi Angel,

    Im Sheenly Gener from Tanghalang Pilipino.
    May I have your email address? I ca send you more images for your TP blog entry. ;)

    Thank you very much!

    Best Regards,

    Sheenly Gener

  16. Great blog, I am so happy I found it, very good ressource as I am coming soon to the Philippines !!! If you wanna share stories about travel and scubadiving I will be around Cebu from the 16th of December this year :)

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