Set in the open water that separates Luzon and Visayas, Jintotolo is a small island composed of two barangays of the Municipality of Balud, Masbate. It is surrounded by rich turquoise water where the inhabitants rely their livelihood. But aside from its bountiful water and white sand coastline, its most prominent feature is the century-old lighthouse on top of a hill, the highest point of the island.
If you have commuted to Baguio City before, chances are, you have made a stop in Sison, Pangasinan. It is the last stop before the bus take the ascending zigzag road to the City of Pines or the first if you are going from there to Manila. With that, we always look at Sison as a stopover. Aside from being a stopover, little do we know about this place. Apparently, this laid back town is Greek to most. Unknown to many, it hides interesting natural attractions that…Continue Reading “Antong Falls: The Bright Spot of Sison, Pangasinan”
Affogato is a coffee-based dessert that usually takes the form of a scoop of gelato or ice cream topped with a shot of hot espresso. It is a traditional Italian dessert that has taken the world by storm. The term affogato is in fact an Italian word for “drowned” as in “drowned in coffee” or “affogato al cafe”, the long and original name for this sumptuous creation. While affogato’s popularity in the Philippines is not as it is in Italy, it is slowly getting the attention it deserves as…Continue Reading “12 Places to Satisfy Your Affogato Cravings in the Metro”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”