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Bantayan Island, Cebu: Seriously, Where Do Broken Hearts Go??

Bantayan Island is a very beautiful island! That goes without saying. Even without the shadows of the movie filmed in the island, I think it can do very fine. But then, it will have to be an alternate reality. I love drama. And how society celebrates heartaches nowadays provides the fuel to that ever-burning fire. Wearing emotions on the sleeves proves to be the new black. Everybody is so emotional in all platforms that some businesses’ marketing strategies are focused to, not only highlight but, capitalize these emotions. The emotional…

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Dahican, Mati, Davao Oriental: This Is What I Came For

Wena never liked the idea of traveling by dawn. She was not a morning person – never had been! Therefore, the idea of traveling to Dahican, Mati, Davao Oriental at 03:00 AM discombobulated her up to not joining the trip. But, she did. She had been to Dahican a few months back. It was one of the trips she treasured the most. Yet the stars in the skies appeared to have aligned and drove her into going back to the place again. Considering that it was summer, she considered it…

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Burias, Glan, Sarangani: I’m Gonna Marry the Night

I just wanted to check the beaches in Burias, Glan, Sarangani. It never happened! Burias has been having waves in SOCCSKSARGEN. Burias, a barangay in Glan, boasts developing beaches which have been on the list of many. Most people refer to the beaches in the name of its barangay – Burias. Conveniently, Burias is a famous island in Masbate and adopting the name in a SOX tourism destination is confusing and a little reductive, I think. After an advertent planning, I and my officemates decide to head to Kingkim Beach…

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The Unforgiving Rain During Barobo, Surigao del Sur Day Tour

It rained and it poured. I just summarized the Barobo, Surigao del Sur tour in one sentence. Should you wish to stop reading, you could possibly do so; thank you very much. I was with Marefe and Merk on this tour. We, the trio, joined the tour of five vans in total convoying to Barobo, Surigao del Sur. We departed Davao City at around 0100 AM and promptly arrived before 0600 AM with the thickening clouds above us threatening heavy rains. Any tour could be ruined by merely a drizzle…

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I Left My Heart in Camiguin

I don’t usually travel when I am not clear-headed. In as much as I want to go to different places, I always want to remember them. Which is why I almost always see to it that I have no baggage whatsoever. This Camiguin tour is different. I went on this trip with bottled anger and frustrations; some are even decade-old, in hopes to flush all these negativities down the “island born of fire”. The worst thing about the past is that it has this unique way of creeping in your…

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Storming Away with Siblings to Cavanico Il Mare, Samal Island

Timing was everything. We had a solid plan to go camping in Talikud Island, but we rerouted to an overnight stay in Cavanico Il Mare Beach Resort. Tropical storm Vinta just made out plans completely not feasible. The night before our trip, an announcement came regarding the closure of the ports to Samal Island and Talikud Island  due to the storm. The Samal Island ports opened by the morning, as the weather became calm. But the ports to Talikud Island remained closed. We hurriedly checked the resorts in Samal Island…

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Solo Backpacking Samal Island

The Island Garden City of Samal, or Samal Island, was one of the most famous destinations in Davao del Norte. The very smooth and very affordable transfer from Davao City eased the way to the various destinations and activities all across the island. Which was why, backpacking Samal Island was never a bad idea – even when preparations were rushed. I arrived at Samal Island Saturday night. Having no reservations beforehand, I turned right as soon as I walked off Samal Ferry Wharf and walked towards the lined resorts in…

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El Nido and Puerto Princesa, Palawan Tours: The Trip Where Dianzel Almost Gave Up but Didn’t

I am at Puerto Princesa International Airport waiting for my noon flight back to Cebu. Having this much time to kill in the airport is not fun – especially when alone. I am cruising through memory lane of these past 3 days. This El Nido and Puerto Princesa, Palawan trip has been dramatic, fun, memorable, and short. Nevertheless, I am fairly certain this is, among all of my other trips so far, the most unforgettable. *** Three days ago, Dianzel, one of my best friends, missed his flight to Palawan.…

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A Friendship Getaway in Dahican, Mati

Dahican, Mati is definitely one of the bucket-list-worthy destinations; not only for lovers or solo travelers but above all for family and friends as well. Despite the apparent proximity of the place, our determination was more profound than we have imagined. After rushed planning and eleventh-hour reservations, we were on our merry way to Dahican – full of youthful zest and beaming expectations. No matter what the Google Maps told us, it was a 10-hour drive to Dahican from Koronadal City. My friends Ian, Weng, Ed, Diana, and Shiela are…

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Boracay Beach Bumming

The last time we went to Boracay, we were overwhelmed of the hype that – it is Boracay. The one day we spent on the island left us totally hanging. Well, second time was the charm. Having taken advantage of an airline seat sale, we flew to one of the most coveted islands in the country again vowing to savor every moment of it this time. Boracay is irrefutably famous for its white sand beaches. So what better things to do than beach hop in the island? Actually beach hop…

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