Traveling Mindanao

I can no longer count the number of times that I have been traveling Mindanao. From summer visits in my father’s hometown in Tangub, Misamis Occidental during my elementary days to solo forays in the hinterlands of Bukidnon when I was a telecom engineer to doing a book project in Sitangkai in Tawitawi which was closer to Malaysia than to the provincial capital. But there have been serendipitous trips, unexpected discoveries that just surprises you to the hilt. The good thing? Whether you’re from Luzon…Continue Reading “Unexpected discoveries while traveling Mindanao”

Palaui Island

The rush of waves abated as our boat entered the cove at Cape Engano, the northeastern part of Palaui Island facing the Pacific. I collected myself from the rather wild boat ride earlier en route to Anguib Beach as the amihan, northeast monsoon, blew strong, riling the seas. But unlike my first visit several years ago, the same month as now, February, it was a bright and sunny day with picturesque blue skies. I’m back! I said to myself as I went down from the…Continue Reading “Cast off remote but beautiful Palaui Island”

The sight of a different kind of mountain formation in the distance got me excited as the bus we rode sped into Maros and into Bantimurung Bulusaraung National Park, one of Sulawesi’s interesting natural tourist spots. The said mountain is more of a vertical outcrop, rising from the surrounding paddy fields but never high enough to achieve lofty heights. These are the famous Rammang-rammang karst area, considered the second largest in the world, and is heavily forested, has a popular waterfall and caves as well…Continue Reading “Come and pour out your sorrows in Bantimurung”

We pulled over at a forested area along the main highway where the road slightly descends at a bend. The area is cool because of the canopy of trees and after negotiating a flight of steps, got to the park grouds. A breeze blew, rustling branches and leaves as an old lady was busy sweeping the pavement. The cave’s opening contrasted with the rock wall. We walked closer and leaned over. At first we can’t see a thing but as our eyes managed to adapt…Continue Reading “The tragic history of Luyang Cave in Catanduanes”

You know that feeling when you come face to face with a stunning landscape or scenery and you just want to hold your lover’s hand or hug tightly as you bask in the beauty of the place. The more you lovers travel to these kind of places the more your bond tighten as you make beautiful memories together. The Philippines is blessed to still have many stunning natural landscapes, from the topmost province in Batanes, to the southernmost islands in Mindanao and forlorn places in…Continue Reading “10 romantic spots in the Philippines for adventurous lovers”