The crowd has already gathered at the beach in Villa Arevalo in Iloilo that morning as colorful sails of the paraws, native outrigger boats lined the shores. It was low tide and the sea was about a hundred meters away. It was festive with many photographers, onlookers and locals congregating at the shore, only to be cordoned off by college students. The Iloilo Paraw Regatta, as of 2015, is on its 39th year and claims as the “oldest native craft event in Asia” and “the…Continue Reading “Stunningly beautiful, colorful sails at the Paraw Regatta”

I got hungry from going around the heritage town of Jimenez, admiring the many heritage houses and structures within this beautiful provincial place. And there was only thing in my mind, eat at Shanghai Noodle House. In the three times that I’ve been to this municipality, I’ve always made it a point to cap a visit with food in this quaint restaurant. READ MORE: An afternoon around the heritage town of Jimenez Shanghai Noodle House is just along the road, several meters right side when…Continue Reading “Hungry in Jimenez? Check this local resto out!”

People can be forgiven if they tend to pass off the town of Jimenez as another nondescript Misamis Occidental municipality on their way either to the cities of Oroquieta, the provincial capital or Ozamiz, the financial hub. Come to think of it, vans and buses just pass this town and sometimes, make a brief stopover at the terminal. And there’s really nothing much to see. But for those in the know, Jimenez is a gem, unpolished, waiting for its time to shine. And for heritage…Continue Reading “An afternoon around the heritage town of Jimenez”

I’ve been in and out of Ozamiz for quite a number of years but it was more of either in transit to Tangub City, where we used to have a farm lot and where my father is from, or either going to Dipolog or Pagadian. Or cross Panguil Bay to or from Kolambugan in Lanao del Norte and I am always amazed at the view of the Malindang Range with Bucagan Hill near the coast during the approach to Ozamiz. Of course, I’ve been to…Continue Reading “Roaming the sidestreets of Ozamiz City”

Traveling is great but I still need my coffee fix every now and then and most of the time, especially in the provinces, it’s hard to come by unless you don’t really have any other option but to have that 3-in-1 sachet or, if in Bongao in Tawitawi, the local coffee shops. But in Ozamiz City? I heaved a big sigh of relief when I came to know The Coffee Lounge! Ever since I was a child, I’ve already traveled to this city in Misamis…Continue Reading “Want a coffee fix and more in Ozamiz?”