The province of Cagayan is located in the northeastern part of Luzon with the City of Tuguegarao as its capital, also considered as the regional center. Surrounded by the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Apayao, Kalinga and Isabela, as well as the Pacific Ocean, this province is situated in the valley between the Cordilleras and Sierra Madre. Farming and fishing are the main means of livelihood.
It was a year of fulfilling travel aspirations, ticking off items on my bucket list, a year of widening my horizon and taking that leap of faith, a year of meeting new friends and strengthening existing relationships. As the year bid goodbye, let us once again relive the twelve wonderful months of 2014.
Known as the Shangri-la of the North, the Municipality of Sagada in Mountain Province has been consistently attracting tourists, both local and foreign, who are in for thrilling physical activities, for gastronomical treats, cultural immersion or just be one with nature. Here are the things you need to know when visiting this part of Cordillera Administrative Region.
The trek to Sagada’s Pongas Falls is definitely not that easy, well based on my experience. If you love to be challenged, then go for this one. Our adventure started in Ankileng, the jump off point to Pongas Falls, a village that is, by a service vehicle, few minutes away from the town proper. It was gloomy that time and we experienced occasional rain showers that made the trail muddy and slippery. Continue Reading
Baler has been gaining popularity as a weekend escape for those who want to take a break from the very consuming stress in the workplace, to be away from the busy city life or simply just be one with the nature. Aside from being one of the Philippines’ surfing Mecca, this Aurora Provincial capital takes pride in its majestic waterfalls, breathtaking rock formations, century-old natural and cultural gems and a very rich history.
Considered as one of the emerging tourism destinations in the Philippines, Lake Sebu is gaining momentum in becoming a mainstream attraction as it becomes popular not only to local but with foreign tourists as well.
Contrary to popular belief, this quaint town in the highlands of South Cotabato is a peaceful place where people of various cultural background and religion live in harmony. People need to change their mindset that all places in Mindanao are war zones. Of course, caution is a must in any travel, anywhere in the world.
As its name suggest, this 2nd class municipality’s most prominent landmark is its lake similar to the name of the town, Lake Sebu. This natural lake in the Alah Valley Region has been an economic source of the locals through tourism, agriculture and tilapia aquaculture. The surrounding area of the lake has been a dwelling place for indigenous people, majority of which are T’bolis and a significant number of Ilonggos as well.
General Santos City is the main entry point to this part of the region especially those coming from Luzon and Visayas. From GenSan, board on Marbel-bound busses. Upon reaching Marbel, busses and vans are available to bring you to Surallah, a municipality in South Cotabato which Lake Sebu used to belong. Alight in the Integrated public transportation terminal and look for vans or jeeps bound to Lake Sebu.
Stories about mambabarang or mangkukulam, kapre, aswang, black spells and the likes are almost always associated with the provinces of Capiz, Antique and Siquijor. I have no idea how these stories originated but let us explore one of these provinces and will try to unravel the secrets of the Island Province of Siquijor.
The mystic island was once part of its neighboring province, Negros Oriental, and is considered the third smallest province in the country in terms of population, next to Camiguin and Batanes. Originally, my plan was to stay overnight but because of the odd stories I encountered while planning my itinerary, I opted to do a day tour instead. It is still better to be safe than sorry. And besides, the whole island can be toured in a day.
Prior to my actual visit, I already booked the services of one of the best, if not the best, tour guide in Siquijor, Kuya Joel Aso. This man really is a true son of Siquijor, not just because he was born and raised there but because of his advocacies and mindset. During the tour, I felt his sincerity and how passionate he is with his vision for the province. Aside from being a tour guide, he also sells products from organic peanuts and coconut sugar which also help his fellow Siquijodnons by providing work.
Now back to the adventure, I booked the first trip from Dumaguete City to Siquijor via a ferry. Usually, the earliest trip is at around 5:30 in the morning but since it was a Saturday, the earliest is at nine in the morning. Almost two hours after sailing, I finally had my first glimpse of this enchanting haven.