Soaked in Soliloquy and Sorsogon

It was 10am when we finally decided to check out of the hotel and get soaked in the beach. The five of us agreed to take a van to visit the towns of Bulusan and Gubat in the province of Sorsogon. Although the rain was pouring so hard, we kept the optimism that by the time we…

LaSalle Beach and Sugong Cave, Bagac, Bataan

There’s this small water-filled cavern that everyone’s talking about when we were in Bataan a few weeks ago. They say it’s best for the adventurous because of the opportunity to plunge into the water from 20-feet up the cliff that lines the cave. So before driving back to Manila after three days of immersion with…

The Unplanned Trip To Bantayan Island, Cebu

We waited for summer all year, and now it’s bidding us goodbye. Time flies so fast! We just landed in Cebu City one Wednesday afternoon in April to do an evaluation and planning session when the idea of a beach crossed our already interwoven minds. Without a single grain of plan, we decided to travel north…

Vanishing Island, Albay

How many islands there are in the Philippines would depend on whether it is low tide or high tide, always alluding to the famous Miss Universe Q&A back in ’94 (lol). As a child, I always questioned that idea. How was it even possible for the sea to create islands and let them vanish within…

Kawa-Kawa Hill and Nature Park, Ligao City

You don’t have to wait until Lent to do a Stations-of-the-Cross kind of trip. Kawa-Kawa Hill in the city of Ligao retraces the steps of the Lord with life-size images spaced throughout the entire climb. I’m not sure whether what you’ll see in Kawa-Kawa are the updated ones. The stations of the cross have changed since…

Rodeo Masbateño 2016

The Rodeo atmosphere was evident the moment the captain announced that we have safely anchored at the port of Masbate City. It was 9 in the evening, finally setting foot on dry land after a four hour trip from Pilar, Sorsogon, mainland Luzon. People were in a hurry because they did not want to miss…

Pawa Mangrove Park, Masbate

Mangrove forests are among the first line of defenses of coastal communities against huge tidal waves and possible tsunamis. They are likewise spawning grounds for a variety of organisms. Sadly, mangroves have been chipped down because they are good firewood, attributed to the salt content in their system. Sometimes, mangrove areas are converted into fish ponds….

Trinity Islands, Cagmanaba, Oas, Albay

Let’s admit it, summer ain’t complete without a visit to the beach. Whether for a quick break or a long getaway with your family and friends, the sea offers so much detachment from our urban jungle and leads us to our simple origins. The closeted feelings of adventure are all released when the salty sea…

Quitinday Greenhills of Albay

Recently, Albay was declared as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, joining two others in the Philippines – Palawan and Puerto Galera. A Biosphere Reserve is a place that models a balance between ecosystems and biodiversity conservation with sustainable use of resources. That means that local activities in the terrestrial, marine and coastal ecosystems within the…

Nighttime in the Ruins

Many have witnessed the Ruins in Talisay City, Negros Occidental in the daylight. With its elaborate structures and intricate design, it stamps visitors a brand of love that stood the test of time. It might be a good reminder that not all can burn and that some good things can rise from the ashes. The…

Experience Danjugan Island, Negros Occidental

I fused my love for travel and my passion for biology to set my opening trip for 2016 to an island called Danjugan [pronounced as Dan-hu-gan, but Dan-yu-gan is pretty cool, too hehe). The island is part of the province of Negros Occidental, 30 minutes aboard a pump boat from Cauayan, a town 3 hours from…

Travel Wrap: 2015 Escapades

There are many things about traveling that magnetize me. Meeting new people, experiencing local cultures, craving for superb adventures could be the cliches we all are very much acquainted to. Every travel is a personal experience, different from the story of your seatmates on a plane or of the couple right next to you on your…