SMS Cormoran

Guam and the Philippines share a lot of features. From language, culture, history, climate, religion, traditions, food and even underwater. Yes! Even under underwater! This comes without a doubt as Guam and the Philippines sit in the warm tropical waters of the Pacific. But if there’s one underwater feature that significantly differs the former from the latter, it definitely would be the ship wrecks of SMS Cormoran II and Tokai Maru that both lie in the seabed of Apra Harbor. You’ll probably wonder – but…Continue Reading “Scuba Diving in Guam: Two Sides of History at SMS Cormoran and Tokai Maru”

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”

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”

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”

The Philippines, being an archipelagic country at the heart of the Coral Triangle, never really runs out of underwater surprises. They come in a form of offbeat dive site, the less touristy and non-commercialized ones yet overflowing with potentials. In chase of these hidden gems of Philippine depths, Ate Claudia and I set foot in Surigao City to explore its underwater treasures. Surigao lies on the north-easternmost coast of mainland Mindanao, surrounded with bodies of waters that are known to be rich in biodiversity. One…Continue Reading “Surigao: Scuba Diving in Mabua”

It was one of the last days of summer, the air was humid and the wind was almost non-existent. The moment bore a promise of a perfect day… a perfect day in the beach! I woke up in the middle of the dawn. My call time with the team was two hours past midnight, right when the entire Metropolis was at its deepest sleep. Our destination, Fortune Island! Located off the coast of the town of Nasugbu in Batangas, the 27-hectare privately owned Fortune Island…Continue Reading “Treasures of Fortune Island”