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Off Track

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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Beaches Mindanao

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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Miscellaneous SOCCSKSARGEN

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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Tupi Agri-Tourism Park: More Than Just A Sunflower Garden

Tupi has arguably cemented its position in contributing a lot to SOX tourism via the, wait for it – sunflowers. The hype started middle of this year when Blooming Petals Inc. opened its doors primarily marketing the place through its sunflower field. After changing its name to Mariano’s Blooming Agri-Tourism Park it opened again this September as it is again sunflower season. And once again, social media posts are sunflower floods; much to the annoyance of some and enjoyment of others. But the place is more than just a sunflower farm.…

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Mindanao SOCCSKSARGEN Waterfalls

The Stunning Beauty of Asik-Asik Falls

Mindanao, as a whole, has arguably never been a peaceful land for very very long. The numerous conflicts in certain areas of the island group have undeniably affected its growing tourism activities. We ourselves have put on hold our plans to Asik-Asik Falls of Alamada, North Cotabato because of the unrest in the neighboring province. And some people outside of Mindanao may have thought and did too.  But then, it may be the right time to also inspire going back to these places which have been put on hold on…

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Bahay Makabayan Introduces Modular Houses in General Santos City and Surrounding Areas

“Mura at Disenteng Pabahay!” It is always some sort of a relief to own a house you can always go back to after all the vacations and traveling. In today’s dire economy, it is a thing to own a house; it is another to afford one. The good news is, Bahay Makabayan has brought us the offer of affordable houses using modular approach of building it. This modern technique of building houses has long been happening abroad. Modular homes, or prefab homes, are houses which are prefabricated in a manufacturing…

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Islands Itinerary Miscellaneous Visayas

Trick Art Museum, Mt. Luho View Deck, and Sample Budget Boracay Itinerary

Happy Dreamland Trick Art Museum and Bird Sanctuary When you go to Boracay the last thing you will be expecting will be going to a Trick Art Museum. And although not very popular to the many tourists visiting the island, there is a Trick Art Museum in Boracay which you can visit if it piques your interests. Happy Dreamland offers a tour to its Trick Art Museum and bird sanctuary for only P100.  With a P120 tricycle fare, you can get to the theme park and spend some of your…

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Beaches Islands Visayas

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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Mindanao Mountains SOCCSKSARGEN

Mt. Matutum via Keumang Trail: Biting Off More Than I Could Chew

Going anywhere in South Cotabato, you cannot un-see the highest peak in the province that is Mt. Matutum. Climbing the mountain has been in the bucket list of many. While others have repeatedly climbed the mountain, few have promised never to go back. Mt. Matutum (2, 286 masl) is my first major climb. Like most of the population, I am not a fan of climbing, and after climbing Mt. Matutum I fully understood why many have preferred spending their weekends at home, in the beach, in an island, and somewhere…

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Beaches Caves Islands Mindanao

We Found Wonderland at Balut Island

There were limited ways to reach Balut Island of Sarangani, Davao Occidental and fortunately one of them was through General Santos City. Balut Island, being part of the Sarangani Islands, was the main hub of trading on the islands. Its neighboring islands Sarangani Island and Olanivan Island were blessed with natural beauties as it was. The municipality of Sarangani should not be confused with Sarangani Province, though. Checking the map might make you scratch your head as I did but I settled on the notion that whoever thought of naming…

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