Cheers to Three Years



Three years ago, I dreamed of documenting my travels in stills and narratives. I started

From a personal blog I started in 2006, I shifted to travel niche in 2008. From then the lakwatsero in me didn’t stop. I went to different places, explored off the beaten tracks, dive unspoiled and popular dive sites, discover hidden beaches, and shared most of it through this blog.

Through these years, you were with me. Your visits, comments, recommendations, referrals, likes and feedback fuel me to go on and continue my journey. You all inspired me!

To return to my heartfelt thanks to all of you, I will be holding an online contest where you can win a round trip ticket to any Airphil Express’ destinations and other prizes. Read the contest mechanics on how you can join and possibly win.

Contest Mechanics:

  1. The contest is open to everyone.
  2. To participate, just simply tell us your hometown (or any place you love or consider as hometown) and any interesting spot, event, food that can be found there.
  3. Follow the Official Lakwatsero Facebook Page ( and Twitter Account ( to join thru Facebook and Twitter
  4. There are three ways to submit an entry:
    • By commenting on this post
      Example: I consider Sagada as my hometown. My favorite restaurant there is Yoghurt House.
    • By posting in Lakwatsero Facebook Page
      Example: Hi Lakwatsero, my hometown is Palompon, Leyte. Kalanggaman Island is loacated there
    • By tagging Lakwatsero on Twitter
      Example: @theLakwatsero my hometown is Manila. See Paco Church and Cemetery when you are there.
  5. Only one entry can be submitted for every media (one each for Lakwatsero Blog, Facebook Page and Twitter Account)
  6. Everyone can have a maximum of three entries by submitting on three different media.
  7. Submission of entries is from March 25, 2011 0001H to March 31, 2011 2359H.
  8. Valid entries will be electronically raffled using Random.Org.
  9. Winners will be announced on April 1, 2011
  10. Winners will be contacted thru email or Facebook and twitter direct messaging
  11. Lakwatsero has the right to disqualify any entry.
  12. Lakwatsero has the right to add more prizes and winners
  13. Prizes include:
    • Major: One (1) Round Trip ticket to any Airphil Express Domestic Destination (Travel Period June 2011 to October 2011)
    • Major: One (1) Seri Asia Spa Package Set
    • Minor: Gift Certificates and more

P.S. I will collate all submitted entries and make a post out of it. I will try my best to visit all the places mentioned and do/try/taste/visit the recommendations 🙂


  1. Happy third year anniversary sir,by the way Bolinao,Pangasinan is my hometown.we are blessed with pristine beaches, giant clams, historical sites(400 year-old church, location where the first mass was held, and town of the 2nd tallest lighthouse in the philippines)

  2. Congratulations! I have always enjoyed your photography and your blogs. Keep writing!

  3. Happy Triennial Anniversary. . .Hope to meet you on any bloggers’ gathering in the near future.

    1. Thanks 🙂

  4. Jelo Manongsong

    whose the winner?

  5. Marco Rivera

    WADDUP LAKWATSERO! I love my hometown the beautiful city of gold. Cagayan De Oro, Misamis Oriental. I love the White rapids! It’s very thrilling and for the adrenaline junkies out there, that should be on your list.

  6. dona

    hi lakwatsero, happy 3rd anniv to your site..I’m addicted to it..hehehe..
    I think your contest is over but I still thought of sharing this nice place. It’s Bulalacao Bay in Mindoro Occidental, its not my hometown, but it really looks nice. I came accross with it in wikimapia. may tatlong maliliit na island pa sya with white sand. maybe you want to check it out, and maybe pwede din ako sumama..hehehe..

  7. Jelo Manongsong

    My hometown is in Lucena City, Quezon. I love the pancit chami there and we had Chami Festival every 30th of May. Hope you visit us one day. 🙂

  8. Hi!

    QC is my hometown having been born and raised here. One should try seeing UP Diliman and eat Mang Larry’s isaw or try the cakes of Chocolate Kiss.

  9. Jade Vincent

    Hi Lakwatsero,

    Kudos to you!!!anyway I’m a native of Aklan where Boracay Island can be found, aside from famous beach, we in Aklan are considered as mother of all festivals here in the Philippines, you can experience the famous Ati-atihan festival during the whole month of Jan. but the major event held during third sunday of the month. In the province you can visit different interesting places such as Jawili falls(can be found in Tangalan)it has seven basins tiered about 20 feet apart.Basang and Hurom-Hurom Cold Springs (can be found at Nabas, Manduyog hills (Banga) It is 500 feet high with life-size stations of the cross winding up the hillside and a chapel at the summit overlooking the town of Banga and other municipalities, if you happen to explore the province theres a lot of surprises/adventures awaits for you. If you’re into food tripping, Municipality of Numancia is the best place to visit for famous lechon manok and baboy and fresh seafoods available for you and they cook it in front of you. And lastly never missed to taste the aklanons authentic delicacies “Binakoe””binakol” native chicken cooked in a bamboo(similar to tinola but binakoe is more savourful) Hope someday every filipino can visits my hometown, not just the foreigners but mostly locals alike. God bless Philippines!!!!!!!

  10. jowelle christian y. salcedo

    Hi Lakwatsero! My Hometown is Makati City. I recommend DEKA Thai Food. It is located at
    245 Pablo Ocampo Road, Corner Flor Deliz, Makati, Philippines. Super sarap Authentic Thai Cuisine.

  11. joanna jane liwag

    Hello Lakwatsero,

    My hometown is Nueva Ecija, one of the major rice producers in the Philippines and renown for the Tsinelas Festival. When you drop by here in Nueva Ecjia, try to visit the breathtaking Minalungao National Park. ^_^

  12. I consider UP Diliman as my hometown. Well, its not really a town but I consider it mine as I have spent a long time studying in it. Here you meet lots of people from different walks of life. The scenery is great that photographers go to the campus to take pictures of rare bird species. Enjoy having a food trip which is as diverse as fine dining in Chocolate Kiss or eating street food like fishballs and isaw.

  13. Phil T. Rich

    Congratulations to a terrific third year fellow Lakwatsero! I am a Manila girl since I was a kid but then I find Tagaytay as my hometown. With its proximity, stunning view and perfect climate, one can be easily drawn to this relaxing place. While you are there, you might want to try this hole-in-the-wall fine dining called Chateau Hestia which serves excellent Austrian menu. A must try for those who are looking for a romantic getaway and for the food enthusiasts as well. This little town is such a wonderful place to just chill out, unwind and forget the hustle and bustle of the metropolis.

  14. I consider QC as my hometown. Have a nature trip down to QC Circle, wildlife and lamesa eco park. And try to check out UP village for isaw food trip.

  15. Hi Angel! My hometown is Dagupan City, the Bangus Capital of the World! Try to visit my hometown next month because we will be having the yearly Bangus Festival and there’s a lot of activities prepared for this event. I recommend that you try our popular Boneless Bangus and try to visit some of our best restaurants such as Matutina’s, Silverios, Plato Wraps, Dagupena among others 😀

  16. Happy 3 years! 🙂

  17. Vanessa

    Hi Lakwatsero, my home town is Angeles city pampanga, City of Angels, our pride is the great food, crucifixion during holy week, and other festivals including tigtigan terakan king dalan, sisig festival and sinukwan festival.

  18. Hi Lakwatsero! my province is La Union, particularly in the town of Agoo which is famous for it scenic spots like the Basilica de Nusetra Senora de Cardidad, and also the dinengdeng festival, also a great place to visit during Holy week where almost a hundred floats will be paraded to the streets with solemn songs and prayers.

  19. Darrell Dubos

    Hi Lakwatsero! My hometown is in General Santos City, Land of the champions. .when you visit here i recommend you to go to Gumasa beach resort where you can swim to beautiful white sand beaches.

  20. I consider my hometown is Marikina City, Philippines. It is where Discipline, Good Taste, and Excellence ventures to endure the slow economy, past typhoons and earthquakes. It is a place of good harmony, clean and green city living, and peaceful community wherein the local officials work for us and we as Marikeños helps them to improve and synergize.

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