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That is the big question! But understand that the Philippines is an archipelagic country with different climatic types due to differences in geography and distances between the islands, so it is possible that it is raining hard in Manila and yet it is sunny and blue sky in Boracay. So forget about the weather! After all, there are other reasons why one place is best visited on specific month.

Boracay

In the Philippines, solo traveling is still generally regarded as weird and different. However, more and more destinations are starting to embrace the idea and beginning to build the facilities for solo travelers. But solo traveling is not only about the available facilities but more importantly about the place. There are places that are really conducive for self appreciation and ideal for personal reflection, where you can go solo without feeling so alone, where you can wander on your own without emptying your pockets.

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As I sat in an empty seat of La Tegola Cucina Italiana, an Italian Restaurant in downtown Cagayan de Oro City, I couldn’t help but gaze on the beautiful paintings and memorabilia of Italy inside the restaurant. I felt a bit of sadness and excitement. Europe is everybody’s dream. It is my dream. It is a dream set to become a reality, two years in the making. I could almost see the Eiffel Tower of Paris, the Colosseum of Rome, the piazza and palazzo of…Continue Reading “Dreaming of Europe at La Tegola Cucina Italiana, Cagayan de Oro”

Vienna Kaffeehaus Cagayan de Oro

I have been dreaming of Europe for quite some time now. I dreamed of seeing the Eiffel Tower of Paris, the Colosseum of Rome, the piazza and palazzo of Florence, the gondolas of Venice, the Duomo of Milan, the museums of Vienna, the historic buildings and cathedrals of Frankfurt, the castles of Heidelberg and other sights and spots that define Europe. Oh how I wish to be in Europe! My Euro dream was about to came true last year if not for my own mistakes…Continue Reading “Vienna Kaffeehaus: A Taste of Austria in Cagayan de Oro”

Agutayan Island Marine Sanctuary

I went to Cagayan de Oro the day after Tropical Storm Sendong lashed the city. From the airport, the situation seemed normal and calm but as I came close to the city proper, the disaster brought by the storm became perceptible. As the jeepney passed the bridge crossing the brown and murky Cagayan River in Carmen District, I saw communities along the river totally washed out. People covered with mud, barefooted and wearing the saddest faces I’ve ever seen, were everywhere. I heard someone say…Continue Reading “My Year End Dive at Agutayan Island Marine Sanctuary”

In 2004, the lakwatsero in me traveled down south, on my first foot steps to Mindanao, to experience the rare adventure and witness nature at its best, at Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental and Camiguin. Here is the account of my travel.

Day 1: On the Road to Camiguin

Camiguin is so called “the island born of fire”, it is a volcanic island on the north-eastern part of Mindanao… the island is blessed with nature’s gift and warmhearted people.

From Manila, we took the earliest flight to Cagayan de Oro City that departed Manila at 0500H. We arrived at Lumbia Airport of CDO at 0700H and from there we went straight to Agora Market (P300) via van, and then transferred to another van to Balingoan Port (P100/person), the journey took us three hours. Buses bound to the port are also available at Agora Market at P85. Balingoan Port of Misamis Orriental is separated from Camiguin by a two-hour ferry ride at P70/person.

Cagayan de Oro[1] Early PAL flight to Lumbia Airport.
Cagayan de Oro[2] Balingoan Port, Misamis Oriental.
Camiguin[3] Port of Benoni, Camiguin.
Camiguin[4] Yummy Pastel.
Camiguin[5] Multicab Tour.
Camiguin[6] Sto. Niño Cold Spring.
Camiguin[7] Gui-ob Church ruins.
Camiguin[8] Sunken Cemetery.
[9] Ardent Hot Spring.
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