8 hours in Cebu City: Where to go

IF you have only eight hours to spend on a layover in Cebu City, which is a pity because Cebu is such a beautiful city, here is a short list of places to visit and get a feel of this famous queen city of the south. I had been to Cebu City countless times in … Continue reading 8 hours in Cebu City: Where to go

Trip to magical Cape San Agustin

IF you ever want to experience the feeling of standing at the edge of the world, head out to Cape San Agustin, the southernmost tip of Governor Generoso in Davao Oriental, Philippines.  Up at the very tip of this quiet municipality is one magical destination known to many but dreamed about by more and continues … Continue reading Trip to magical Cape San Agustin

‘Caged’ at the Zoobic Safari

‘Caged’ at the Zoobic Safari. WHEN you watch tigers inside the zoo, you enjoy it but when its you who is inside a cage and the tigers are circling your cage looking for a possible opening and licking their tongues while poking their paws at the grills to get at you, that’s a totally different … Continue reading ‘Caged’ at the Zoobic Safari

Kadayawan sa Dabaw festival

EVERY third Saturday of August, the main streets of Davao City hogs the spotlight as thousands of spectators flock to watch the Indak-indak sa Kadalanan or street dancing take place to celebrate the Kadayawan Festival. After missing the Kadayawan for six years, I finally got the chance to watch and shoot some photos of the … Continue reading Kadayawan sa Dabaw festival

White House tour in the dark

The white old mansion looked forbidding in the darkness outside, and I was almost sure someone was going to open the French windows a bit a peek at us from the darkness above.

Tinuy-an Falls: The Little Niagara of the Philippines

My first glimpse of Tinuy-an Falls is a wide cascading body of water more or less three feet tall, beautiful but nothing impressive and I thought all the promotion about the Tinuy-an Falls, dubbed as the Little Niagara Falls of the Philippines, was just media hype. Why, it was just like any ordinary small falls! … Continue reading Tinuy-an Falls: The Little Niagara of the Philippines

Hinatuan Enchanted River

   I left my heart at the Enchanted River, and now I am dying to go back… OR maybe not anymore? SURIGAO DEL SUR, Philippines—Far away in the Northeastern coast of Mindanao is a 300-kilometer stretch of picturesque coastal roads, pristine beaches, quaint villages and historic towns; a place where time is of no essence … Continue reading Hinatuan Enchanted River

Postscripts from Lake Sebu

For anyone who seeks peace of mind, body and spirit, the tranquility of the countryside and the fresh mountain air in Lake Sebu, some 45 minutes away from Koronadal, South Cotabato is the answer. It's fantastically reviving that would make one wish to stay there forever and forget deadlines and pressures of work breathing down … Continue reading Postscripts from Lake Sebu

A cool stop-over at Marilog

Up and away. A scenic hour and a half drive away from the heart of Davao city will give you a chance to deeply breath the cool mountain breeze of Marilog District, Davao's summer capital which rests at an altitude of 3,000 feet above sea level. The place is not only known for its lush … Continue reading A cool stop-over at Marilog

Getting your fill of waterfalls

What's a much better way to beat the summer heat than to go falls hopping and soaking your bodies in the cascading waters of the region's waterfalls?For adventurers and nature lovers, give in to the lure ofCompostela Valley, a province blessed with nature's mixture of magnificient natural attractions. The province boasts of several multi-tiered water … Continue reading Getting your fill of waterfalls

Goin' bananas

More than 20,000 sticks of cardava bananas were grilled over 658 grills or (gang-gangan) which stretched for a kilometer of the circumferential road in Kapalong, Davao del Norte as they celebrated the first Musa Banana Festival lastAugust 1. It was the first time that I ever laid eyes on so much grilled bananas. At the … Continue reading Goin' bananas

Igacos escapades

The invitation to join a beachineering activity with the Pundok Habagat-Davao group came at an opportune time, when I had no plans for last weekend.The invitation came packaged with "tempting activities" (spelled as snorkelling, kayaking, cave and falls and island hopping) which would be irresistible to one who always hungers for adventure outside the four … Continue reading Igacos escapades

Into the darkness of Kapalong caves

THERE is more to caving than meets the eye. The word bespeaks a formidable yet exciting challenge of crawling, squeezing or climbing your way in through cold neck-deep waters, or muddy and slippery track. Beyond the twilight zone, your life depends on your skullguards and flashlights, but don't resist the thrill of adventure. Gather your … Continue reading Into the darkness of Kapalong caves

Magnaga Resort: A sun-and-sand lover's haven

One simply can not miss Magnaga Waters Beach Resort in Compostela Valley, owned by Tagum City mayor Rey Uy because it is located just along the highway a few kilometers before reaching the municipality of Pantukan.This summer, take time to pack an overnight (or a whole weekend) bag and take your loved-ones for a dip … Continue reading Magnaga Resort: A sun-and-sand lover's haven

Fantastic 9th tuna festival

Who would ever say no to an invitation to be at the only tuna festival in the world, and instead of being cramped in a passenger bus enjoy a trip within the cool comfort of Ford Philippines’ latest model, the Ford Focus? No one in his right mind would, I guess. And for someone blessed … Continue reading Fantastic 9th tuna festival