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A Glimpse of Panglao Island’s Sunrise

After almost two hours of ferry ride for 400 pesos from Cebu to Tagbilaran, Bohol; then a 30-minute taxi ride for 500 pesos for the 5 of us (Me, Jude, Jay, Jordan, and Andrew) to our Panglao Island accommodation; we arrived exhausted and craving for dinner.  We walked along Alona Beach looking for food. In their very expensive arrays of food products, we settled for the more budget-friendly BBQ dinner. Alona Beach was very much comparable to the White Beach of Boracay. Aside from overpricing, of course, we walked side…

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Mindanao SOCCSKSARGEN

A Second Peek at Sanchez Peak

With the elevation of about 800 feet, about two hours of trek for us beginners, and now featured a snack bar, Sanchez Peak was one of the closest we could get for a very budget trek in GenSan. I went to Sanchez Peak two years ago and a lot has definitely changed since then. It was already commercialized. We started on the same trail we did before, the Balsinang trail; and there was a 10-peso entrance fee for the trail, and 20-peso parking fee for the motorcycle. At the now…

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Mindanao SOCCSKSARGEN

Our Unplanned Trip to the Hot and Cold Springs of Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat

Marguez Hot and Cold Spring Resort For some reason, I went to Isulan, Sultan Kudarat, more or less, a two-and-half-hour commute from General Santos City. With four hours to gallivant after my main purpose, I and my sister decided to go to Esperanza and to take a dip in their cold and hot springs. Since we hadn’t brought any swimming clothes, we went around the Isulan Public Market for a bargain and I bought a bundle of three swimming shorts for P100.00 only. Esperanza was about twenty-minute Multicab ride from…

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Check out the Caves of Isla de Gigantes

Bakwitan Cave A ten-minute habal-habal ride from Spanish-era lighthouse brought us to Bakwitan Cave. According to the habal-habal drivers, who also assisted us during caving, the cave was named so because it used to be an evacuation area for the residence during typhoon Yolanda. ‘Bakwit’ is an Ilonggo and Cebuano term meaning to evacuate (the term was actually borrowed from the English translation). The locals claimed that it was in this cave that the skeletons of the giants were found and that the marks were actually impressed in some of…

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Beaches Caves Islands Visayas

I Fell in Love with Isla de Gigantes

Isla de Gigantes is a parade of islands located in the municipality of Carles, Iloilo. It is famous for its Cabugao Gamay Island being one of the most photographed islands ranked by a renowned magazine, as well as for its Tangke Salt Water Lagoon which is very popular for its beauty, structure, and myth. Visiting Isla de Gigantes was definitely one of the best things that happened on our trip and we had a wholesome experience we knew only Isla de Gigantes could bring. After Boracay, we had the four…

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