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The Boracay Funboard Cup article that I wrote for CLICK to visit the actual site.

The Boracay Funboard Cup article that I wrote for CLICK to visit the actual site.

Finally, my article for, part of CNN Lifestyle and Travel, is up!

Part of the 52 Weekends feature series in the CNN Go website, it showcases events and activities on all weekends in 2010 happening around Asia.

From the 52 Weekends page where all feature articles are listed:

January 22 – 24: Boracay International Funboard Competition

Travel blog Langyaw’s author Estan Cabigas provides the perfect weekend: The International Funboard Competition in Boracay. It is one of the largest annual windsurfing races in Asia, attracting hundreds of surfers and kiters from around the world. There’s ocean fun for everyone: Pros compete for titles, while amateurs take lessons from the region’s best surfers. When the sun sets on the island, the revelry kicks up and rages until the next morning.

Estan Cabigas is a traveller, photographer and creator of the travel blog Langyaw.

Check also the bottom of the page for the Manila feature.

For the Philippines, I was contacted last month to write a weekend feature article:

The assignment was quite challenging at first since the sample writing style given to me is different to what I am accustomed to. In fact, in the travel posts I do for this blog, I must have first hand experience and don’t provide much details like contact numbers and costs since it is more of a personal insight. But here, as long as all information is available, it’s enough. Really, its quite simple. No need to be physically there. A dose of humor is also required.

What I like about this project is that it not only focuses on the main event but also on possible places to visit near the venue as well as activities to do. All these written by local contributors. That’s why you’re assured of the un-tourist trap variety.

I’m really thankful for this opportunity and for the first article on Boracay, I would like to give my gratitude to Nenette Graf, organizer of the Boracay International Funboard Cup who entertained my questions. The internet was also quite handy in making this article but just so much time done researching and sifting through many unimportant data.

And the best part? I get to have my own profile page, ahem, with some personal links included.

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.


  1. Ed
    January 19, 2010 @ 10:18

    nice nice, congrats! 🙂

  2. Sidney
    January 19, 2010 @ 12:30

    Great ! You got a lot of nice projects!
    Keep going !

  3. Joyceee
    January 19, 2010 @ 19:21

    wow! congratulations!!! 🙂

  4. Raffy Pekson II
    January 20, 2010 @ 0:51

    Nice one, Estan! Congratulations and keep up the great work! Your next CNN article should be about “churches,” right?

  5. estan
    January 20, 2010 @ 14:34

    thanx 🙂

    Raffy, I hope so 🙂

  6. Nomadic Pinoy
    January 24, 2010 @ 11:28

    This is great step forward for you – and for Philippine tourism!

  7. estan
    January 24, 2010 @ 13:25

    @nomadic pinoy, thanx 🙂

  8. dodong flores
    January 25, 2010 @ 0:26

    Hi, Estan.
    That’s quite another milestone for you. Congrats!!!
    I wish for your more projects to come!
    Belated Happy New Year 2010!

  9. estan
    January 25, 2010 @ 22:01

    thanx dodong 🙂

  10. Tolits
    January 27, 2010 @ 22:51

    Keep it up Estan! More power to your blog…

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  11. flip
    January 28, 2010 @ 13:18

    congrats estan

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    February 4, 2010 @ 14:45

    […] citing a 3 page write-up in Time magazine, National Geographic and my own two articles for CNN Go: Claiming the bookends, the Philippines captured the weekends of January 22-24 and December 24-26 […]

  13. Marnie
    February 4, 2010 @ 19:22

    Nice one, Estan! Congrats! 🙂

  14. maybelle
    March 2, 2010 @ 20:11

    hi estan,

    so glad you covered boracay’s funboard cup. nenet graf has been a friend of mine since i first went to boracay in 1990. so sad lang sometimes when i go to boracay and realize that it will never be the same. nenet really love the island, she’s really instrumental in making the funboard happen.

  15. estan
    March 3, 2010 @ 15:39

    thanx maybelle. i think boracay needs to reassess its future. too many structures, lots of development and visitors.

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