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By the Side of the Road to Sen. Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat

The municipality of Sen. Ninoy Aquino in the province of Sultan Kudarat is located in the hinterlands area of the province. For now, we are more interested in the natural beauty of the place than the political history or origin of its name. Sen. Ninoy Aquino is a mountainous area blessed with hills and caves, among others. There are agricultural products from the municipality but what stands out is the coffee manufactured from it. How to get there? From General Santos City, you will have to take a bus or…

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Mindanao Miscellaneous SOCCSKSARGEN

New Year ‘tradition’ at Gapok, Sen. Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat

Gapok is my hometown! Every New Year holiday, I see to it that I find my self going back to my hometown because the New Year celebration at Gapok is nothing sort of ordinary. Not only do we find ourselves in the company of familiar faces, but we, the ‘batang Gapok’, are always bringing the fun and excitement of the extraordinary blast of New Year celebration to our beloved barangay. No matter where we are in the country, we always consider the celebratory pull of the New Year towards Gapok.…

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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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The Freezing Bukidnon-Davao (BuDa) Road Trip

The Bukidnon-Davao Highway’s elevation is the silver lining for its now buzzing tourism activities. The highway, passing through Marilog District of Davao City, traverses barangay Buda, where many resorts have been established. Being more popular now than ever, BuDa has been attracting travelers from surrounding provinces, even from outside Mindanao. Consequently, tourists’ attractions in the area have been on the rise, giving locals deserved income but also giving way to price surges. Shortly before midnight, they, a group of officemates and their significant others, commenced their road trip to BuDa…

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Mindanao SOCCSKSARGEN Waterfalls

“What’s up, Kiamba?”

“Not much.” Kiamba mused with a wink! I don’t know if I’m asking a smart question here but why is Sarangani Province geographically split? I know it used to be a part of South Cotabato until it was made an independent province but why the Sarangani Bay and General Santos City in between its land area? Why? I know it shouldn’t bother me but it does and now I can’t un-see it. *** It had been so long since I went to the western part of Sarangani Province and mind…

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Off Track I: Writing’s on the Wall

There is this quote being repeatedly shared on social media which says that if a certain friendship lasts longer than seven years it is most likely to last a lifetime. Though that thought has so much BS written all over it, you are somehow relieved to know, deep inside, that your friends who have passed this milestone are most likely to put up with your crazy for life. Well, wait until life shows you what BS really feels like. It sucked to not know what was going on. Especially if…

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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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Budayaw Visual Arts Exhibition: Amusement and Bemusement

The first Budayaw Festival is being held here in General Santos City. However, I am a ‘corporate slave’ so; in as much I want to attend all of the activities, my need to pay my bills is currently the top priority. Being the first ever BIMP-EAGA (Brunei Darussalam – Indonesia – Malaysia – Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area), Budayaw aims to primarily showcase the diversity in cultures and artistry to bring forth awareness and consequently appreciation. It is indeed a very interesting festival. So, there’s a Budayaw Visual Arts Exhibition…

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