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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”

Valencia

The original plan was to fly to Negros Occidental and dive in the waters of Sipalay, an offbeat scuba diving spot south of Bacolod City. What’s in their depths? I really do not have idea, but I heard they have colorful reefs and promising sites. Scuba diving is pretty new there so I assume that their sites are unspoiled and unexploited. But Sipalay, although an urban city, is generally offbeat. It is at least three hours of land travel from both Bacolod and Dumaguete City…Continue Reading “A Weekend of Adventures in South Cebu and Dumaguete”

Capisaan Caves

The day was about to end when we arrived in Kasibu, almost three-hour ride from the town of Bambang. But as the sun set behind Caraballo Mountains, our day in town was just about to start. We would be spelunking through and through the fifth longest cave system in the Philippines – the Capisaan Cave System. It was actually an unplanned trip, everything was spontaneous – the two-day holiday courtesy of APEC Economic Leader’s meeting, the destination and even the entire itinerary. We just found…Continue Reading “Kasibu: Caving in Capisaan Caves (Alayan to Lion)”

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I could smell and hear the waves as Gael and I walked towards the long stretch of Buenavista¬†Beach. The crashing was so loud, the waves must be huge! I was so excited but I tried to hide it to Gael. Then as if a big surprise, my eyes became wide when we finally reached the shore, and all I ever did was to repeatedly utter a silent yet big “WOW!” The sun was already down and the purple sky was slowly creeping from the east….Continue Reading “Surfing in Gubat, Sorsogon: The Next Big Thing in Bicol”

Balabac

It was on our third day in Balabac that we started exploring the islands, our boat captain cum guide was no less than the well versed and knowledgeable Kap Andong of Barangay Poblacion 4 in mainland Balabac. I bet no other person in town knows Balabac more than Kap, he knows the history, the hidden spots, the best beaches and even the little known secrets of the town and its people. The water was totally calm that morning, the sky was blue, the horizon was…Continue Reading “Balabac Sojourn: Onuk Island, Pink Beach and Melville Lighthouse”

Baler

What will you get outside for? For Berlin Amploquio, a special education teacher, it’s her desire to continue exploring the places in the Philippines that she haven’t been to while engaging in outdoor activities such as hiking, diving, running and other activities that she has yet to experience. For Janssen Paulo Dichoso Cusi, a University of the Philippines staff, it’s his love for hiking, biking, walking, camping, mountaineering, fishing, horseback-riding, kayaking and everything nature, as well as his desire to experience¬†paddle boarding and paragliding with…Continue Reading “A Weekend of Ultimate Adventure in Baler”