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Ang Langyaw’s 37th leaf

Ang Langyaw in Boracay turns 37. Photo taken by Jein

37! And almost all those years, I have been traveling ever since I was a child. The memories are a bit fuzzy but I can still remember my first foray in Manila. While at the airplane, me and my sister were already opening our mouths to counter the difference in air pressure even if we were at the tarmac upon the advice of our lola (grandmother).

Or riding that old Impala car, wide, long, blue and with flared back common in those times in the 70’s heading our way to Boljoon in Cebu. I can still vividly remember the fear I had when rounding off that monumental cliffside with a deep drop to the sea.

Summer days during my elementary years were spent with my cousin in Tangub City, Misamis Occidental, hunting for birds and fruit bats or gouging coco meat from its shell for copra. High school, 2nd year to be more precise, marked my first travel alone, collecting butterflies in Mantayupan, Barili in Cebu by memorizing the number of towns in a map and taking the habalhabal to the waterfalls. When my mother learned about it a day later, I was reprimanded. But that didn’t stop me from traveling alone.

I’ve been to almost all provinces in the Philippines (except for 6 as of this writing, 5 by Friday). I love going on long bus rides and making my trips difficult by going all the way from Manila to Cebu by land and sea, often more than a day’s journey. The longer the trip, the better. My travel history is worth checking out too.

I’ve been to other countries too but mostly within the Asian region. I’m setting my sights this year for a monthlong holiday in Indonesia, end to end. Other than that, my travel blog has won and is well respected as well as having been featured online and in print.

Looking forward, I will still go down the path less traveled. To go and discover places that are worth visiting. Wish me luck. And I hope to travel with you one of these days too.

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.

15 Comments

  1. Ed
    February 10, 2011 @ 9:52

    Nice. Happy Birthday Langyaw!

  2. lakwatsera de primera
    February 10, 2011 @ 9:57

    Happy Birthday Estan, more paths less travelled for you in the coming years (so you celebrated your birthday in Boracay eh ?)

  3. Marky
    February 10, 2011 @ 9:57

    Happy birthday Estan and more travels to come in the coming next 37 and more years.

  4. chyng
    February 10, 2011 @ 10:32

    happy birthday Estan! more off the beaten path for you sir! πŸ˜‰

  5. chyng
    February 10, 2011 @ 10:33

    ~ off the beaten path travels* for you

  6. missy s
    February 10, 2011 @ 13:45

    happy birthday! More places to discover! <3

  7. Earl (Suroy Pilipinas)
    February 10, 2011 @ 16:06

    Happy birthday bai!

  8. estan
    February 10, 2011 @ 16:47

    thanx guys πŸ™‚

  9. flip
    February 10, 2011 @ 22:09

    happy birthday estan πŸ™‚

  10. nina
    February 11, 2011 @ 0:59

    Happy birthday Estan! πŸ˜€

  11. Bonzenti [Con Tour]
    February 11, 2011 @ 15:27

    happy birthday bai.

  12. estan
    February 12, 2011 @ 22:56

    thanx πŸ˜‰

  13. pinoy boy
    February 14, 2011 @ 14:19

    Happy birthday, Estan! May you continue to inspire people like me. Your passion for your travels serve a true testament that by traveling, we can all make a difference in this world! Godspeed!

  14. estan
    February 14, 2011 @ 17:38

    thanx pinoy boy πŸ™‚

  15. Destrey
    June 28, 2011 @ 1:22

    I sppouse that sounds and smells just about right.

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