We love waterfalls that energize the body. We chase these too because of their beauty. Sometimes for the challenge of getting there but swimming in their cool waters is one of the best rewards of finding one. From the time I visited my first waterfall at the age of 14 to the present, I’ve probably been to more than a hundred. Most I purposefully seek out while a few were serendipitous discoveries. However, I have noticed that over the years, I gravitate to these waterfalls…Continue Reading “5 Waterfalls that energize your body”

Necropolis, the city of the dead. Like in any cultures, Filipinos have a deep respect for the departed ancestors. From prehispanic, Spanish colonial era to modern times, tribes and modern society, cemeteries in the Philippines provide an interesting aspect of its culture, architecture and other practices. In this list, I’ve compiled some noteworthy sites covering the modern era, notable architecture, tribal practices and even the quirky, gathered from years of extensive travels around the country. 1 Libingan ng mga Bayani (Taguig City, Metro Manila) It’s…Continue Reading “10 interesting cemeteries in the Philippines you should visit”

Ah, waterfalls and Mindanao has lots and lots of it! But did you know that there are a few very accessible waterfalls around the island and it’s island provinces? So accessible that you can just drive, park by the roadside and already see this wonder of nature. This is perfect for the lazy traveler who doesn’t want the steep ascent and descent just to see one! 1 Aliwagwag Falls It’s considered the longest waterfall in the country and with the most number of levels! Aliwagwag…Continue Reading “Roadside waterfalls around Mindanao for the lazy traveler”

I was in shock when I arrived at Barangay Mainint in Catarman to supposedly trek to Tuasan Falls only to find that the new road envisioned to cut the drive time between Catarman and Mambajao is so dangerously close to Tuasan Falls. Piles of excavated soil below the new road already encroached on the river emanating from the said waterfall and as you turn your view to where the water comes from, there, a strip of white is one of three of Camiguin’s beautiful waterfall…Continue Reading “Will this spell the death of Tuasan Falls?”

Yes, 23 years ago, I first stepped foot on Camiguin’s popular White Island. And 23 years ago, a friend from our group dug into the sand, got swaki (sea urchin), cut it into two and I had my first taste of the salty sweet morsel that drives Japanese crazy. Uni, as what they call them. Twenty three years to the present, I once stepped into White Island and this time, I was with a friend. Just the two of us and planning to enjoy the…Continue Reading “Luscious sea urchins anyone? Swaki ta bai!”