Mt. Maculot

Cuenca, Batangas

Great Sta. Cruz Island

Zamboanga, City

Star Fish Island

Honda Bay, Puerto Prinsesa, Palawan

Calaguas Island

Camarines Norte, Bicol


Celebration of Sto. Nino Festivals in the country

Sunday, December 29, 2013


Province: Camiguin off the northern coast of Mindanao.It is also the smallest province and it is part of the Northern Mindanao Region of the country and formerly a part of Misamis Oriental province.
It composes of 5 towns namely Mambajao (Capital Town), Mahinog, Guinsilaban, Sagay and Catarman.

City: Mambajao (Major Town)

Did You Know?
* Camiguin came from the word "Kamagong", a species of the ebony thrives near Lake Mainit in the province of Surigao Del Norte.
* A rabies-free island
* The smallest (pear shape) province in the Northern Mindanao. and second smallest in country, next to Batanes.


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Pico de Loro

Pico de Loro (664+ MASL)


Climbing mountains is my passion and before the year ends, I decided to have a year-end climb in which Pico de Loro is on top of my bucket list. I have been planning to climb Pico de Loro since last year but because of my job, I couldn't take any chances in joining my friends in climbing this magnificent "Parrot Peak".
Finally my schedule this December favored me to explore Pico de Loro and refreshed my soul in the mountaineering world. From Coastal Bus Terminal, We took a Saulog Bus going to "Ternate". It is a termnal-to-terminal trip so you will not get lost to where you should get off . The fare is P81.00 but we afford to make it P80.00 because we don't have coins that time. (it might be applicable to you too. :-) )

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Giant Lantern Festival 2013

This is the first time I witnessed the celebration of the Giant Lantern Festival. The Giant Lantern Festival is being held at Robinsons Starmills in San Fernando Pampanga. We arrived at the mall at 4:00PM and we went to San Fernando Tourism Office to get our media pass that gives us the privilege to witness the Giant Lanterns performance at a closer view.

When I saw the gigantic size of the lanterns, I was very excited on how will it give me a very outstanding performance once the competition starts. The people who represented their corresponding Barangay were very busy preparing for their world class presentation.


Friday, December 13, 2013

Davao- The Asia's Friendliest

 Davao City

Region- XI

Did You Know?

  • DavaoThe name is derived from its Bagobo origins: the Tagabawa who called the river “Dabo”, the Giangan or Diangan who called it “Dawaw”, and the Obo who called it “Davah”, with a gentle vowel ending, although later usage pronounce it with a hard “v” as in “b”. The pioneer Christian inhabitants of the settlement understandably were the proponents behind the official adoption of the name “Davao” in 1868.
  • Davao- Asia's Friendliest.
  • DavaoAlso known as the "Little Tokyo".
  • When you say Davao, The first to things you can think of is their Famous Durian, Mangosteen, waling-waling and Abaca.
  • Durian- a fruit with spikes and with a stinky smell but has delicious taste once eaten.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Higantes Festival 2013

This is the first i visited Angono and witnessed the celebration of the Higantes Festival. Like any other festivals, Higantes Festival also has a morning parade that showcase the different giant-paper-mache mascots (Higantes) from different barangays and sponsors.

The Festival is a one week celebration. it starts from November 17-23. The locals of Angono says, main the highlights of the event will be on the 23rd which is the Feast of San Clemente. The people gather and wait along the streets where the image of San Clemente will pass through (procession) followed by a fire truck sprinkling water to them. The locals and devotees believe that if they will be blessings if the will get wet during the procession.

The parade started  at the Angono Elementary School at 7AM of November 17, 2013 (Lucky for us because the parade started already at 8AM and we just arrived because we woke up late due to the tiring day activity we has last 16th. :-p ) and will end at the Angono Gymnasium. There are lots of Higantes at the parade that were accompanied by Marching Bands and Street Dancers who will compete in the afternoon. Cosplay characters also participated at the parade. One of the famous Higantes who caught the attention of most of the people who have watch the parade was Higante (Giant) of Vice Ganda, one of the famous stand-up comedians/celebrities in the country. Our National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal was there too. Even the Plants vs. Zombies characters were also present at the parade and a lot more.

At the end of the parade of the "Finale", all contestants in the street dance competition showed 30% (equivalent to 2mins) of their performance as teasers to everyone since the said competition will start at 2PM.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Hinagdanan Cave

Hinagdanan Cave is located is Bingag, Dauis in Panglao Island, Bohol. The cave is lit by sunlight from a small hole in the ceiling.
 The cave is made of limestone that makes it slippery. The cave’s hole is about one (1) wide and there has a cemented step that will lead you inside the cave.


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Nagcarlan Old Church

From the Underground Cemetery, we headed to Nagcarlan Public Market to see the Nagcarlan Old Church. 
Nagcarlan Old Church is located in the town proper of Nagcarlan. 10 minute walk from the Underground Cemetery. The Nagcarlan Church is the first church built in the town. It was built in light materials by Rev. Tomas de Miranda, who was assigned in 1583 as resident priest.

In 1752 a second church was built but was partially destroyed by fire in 1781. In the restoration of the church, Rev. Vicente Velloc, who built the Underground Cemetery and Crypt, added a choir loft to make the church as well as to make the mass celebration livelier.


Sunday, November 3, 2013

Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery

Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery is as small as the chapel with only 36 tombs were buried underground. They were the famous, rich, influential and leaders of the town including the priests. The tombs outside are for the residences of the town with 276 in numbers.

The Underground Cemetery is built by a Franciscan Friar Vicente Velloc in the year 1845. The Friar saw that the graves of the community were placed in there house. He wanted to have a one place for all the departed in the town.



Region- VII

Did You Know?

  • Bohol- came from the word "boho", meaning "hole" ( boho really means hole from which spring water usually gush forth, common in many coastal areas of this island)
  • Bohol is considered as "the Little Paradise of Heaven" or "God's Little Paradise".
  • Bohol- also known as the "Cave Country"
  • When you say Bohol, The first to things you can think of is their Famous Chocolate Hills and Tarsiers.
  • Tarsier- smallest monkey in the world.
  • Tagbilaran is known as the City of Friendship



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