Ah Summer. With the heat soaring to the 40s in Metro Manila, you would want to just spend it somewhere invigorating. Like a five star luxury resort in Panglao. Great food, great weather (well, you can always retreat to your temperature controlled room), pristine beach and just do nothing all day. Vacation. The Bellevue Resort Panglao in Barangay Doljo, Panglao, Bohol is an oasis, a refreshing resort that not only is far from the maddening crowds of Alona Beach but it’s a great place to…Continue Reading “A luxurious stay at The Bellevue Resort Panglao”

I should admit that when it comes to traveling the Philippines, I know it almost like the back of my hand. I travel every month anywhere, anytime but unfortunately, it has become repetitive for me. Same Filipino faces, same languages: Tagalog, Ilongo, Cebuano, same smell and same taste. Of course, there are still surprises like eating binamban for the first time, or gazing at the universe at night blanketed with stars while on a banca. But the predictability of traveling in the Philippines, the almost…Continue Reading “When traveling local gets repetitive, this is the best answer!”

There are so many festivals in the Philippines and almost all provinces, cities or even municipalities have their own depending on the traditions, religious devotions or products that they want to feature. But for January? There are only four must-go-to festivals and all these are focused on the devotion to the Sto. Nino, or the Holy Child. While the central devotion is in Cebu City, the island of Panay, specifically the provinces of Iloilo and Aklan have their own and are based from the pre-hispanic,…Continue Reading “January festivals you should see in the Visayas”

It was a short but easy trek amidst farmlands (think of rice terraces in Mindanao!) and a small patch of forest when I visited the two waterfalls of Barangay Ditoray in Pagadian City years ago. The first one was smaller while the second is taller, has four levels and just amazing! There was nothing much interesting in the city proper that I decided to explore the waterfalls within the area. A quick search online yielded guides but the once in Ditoray seemed to appeal to…Continue Reading “An amazing multi-level waterfalls in Pagadian!”

A cloud of dust hung in the air as boisterous livestock were everywhere. There were cows, carabaos, pigs and goats in between throngs of people under the uncaring gaze of slender and tall coconut trees. It was Wednesday and for the barangay of Malatapay, in the municipality of Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental, it was livestock market day. I was told that sellers and buyers come from all over Negros and even Cebu. Piglets inside wooden pens or sack being checked by buyers. A seller is dragging…Continue Reading “Photo essay: The Malatapay livestock market”