Oslob

It is beyond magical, the grandest in South Cebu, the exaggeration of all waterfalls! It is unbelievable! And that was how I described Tumalog Falls when I visited the place on two different occasions few years back. No sugar coating! Imagine a tall wall, more than a hundred meters high, with drizzling cold water cascading on a rough mossy wall dotted with mushroom-like formations into a shallow perfectly turquoise pool. It really is beyond magical! Well, it used to be. Until humans intervened to his favor…Continue Reading “Oslob: The Lost Grandeur of Tumalog Falls”

Yuntaishan Scenic Area

At the southern bank of East Central China side of the Yellow River is Zhengzhou, the current capital city, and the economic, technological and educational hub of Henan province. It is one of China’s Eight Great Ancient Capitals along with Luoyang, Anyang and Kaifeng, all located in the same province. Zhengzhou’s great history dates back to Neolithic times as the capital of the ancient Shang dynasty. Few traces of its old glory days are still evident today like the earthen walls at the city center….Continue Reading “Zhengzhou: Gateway to the Best of China’s Henan Province”

Mararison Island

Based on local folklore, the islands of Mararison along with Maniguin and Batbatan are siblings separated from their parents – Mount Madjaas and Mount Kanlaon – by their envious neighbor Mount Baloy. Seen from above, the three islands seem to be reaching out to their grieving mother, Mararison is the closest and just within reach. Just fifteen minutes boat ride from mainland Antique, Mararison Island (also called Malalison Island) is a small fishing village off the coast of the town of Culasi. But the tourism boom is quickly changing…Continue Reading “Mararison Island: A Gem of Culasi, Antique”

Malicboy Falls

Where the mountains meet the sea is very true for the town of Pagbilao in Quezon Province, just at the east of the provincial capital Lucena. Sandwiched by Pagbilao Bay to the south and Sierra Madre Mountain Range to the north, Pagbilao sits at the foot of Quezon National Park and Mount Pinagbanderahan. It is famous for its white sand beaches such as Puting Buhangin, Kwebang Lampas and Bilaran Sandbar but not everyone knows that its mountains hide more treasures which includes at least six…Continue Reading “Chasing Waterfalls in Pagbilao: Iringan Falls, Malicboy Falls, Bahay-Pagi Falls and Katapang Falls”

Balagbag Falls

Four hours of land travel from Manila will take you to Real, a coastal town of Quezon Province fronting Pacific Ocean. Like Siniloan in Laguna, it is also nested at the foot Sierra Madre, the longest mountain range in the Philippines. So it isn’t surprising that it harbors numerous waterfalls. There are at least nine known waterfalls in town namely Bagombong, Malalago, Kinanliman, Tipuan, Pinagminahan, Ngabngaban, Mahanginhangin (Cawayan), Balagbag and Lunok (Noknok). Among these, only few are easily accessible including the last three which I…Continue Reading “Chasing Waterfalls in Real, Quezon: Cawayan Falls, Balagbag Falls and Noknok Falls”

Melville Lighthouse

In the farthest tip of the island of Balabac, the southernmost town of Palawan with the same name, is an aging yet beautiful lighthouse that has served its purpose and survived the time for more than a century – Faro del Cabo Melville (Cape Melville Lighthouse). Built in late 1800’s and currently inactive, Cape Melville Lighthouse is one of the few remaining standing Spanish-era lighthouses in the Philippines. It was first lit in August 30, 1892 to guide ships traversing the waters of Southern Balabac…Continue Reading “Farola Series: Faro del Cabo Melville (Cape Melville Lighthouse)”