Cagbalete, Mauban, Cagbalete Sunrise,
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Cagbalete was not our intended destination that weekend.  A day before our planned trip, my road trip buddy, Mike, sent me an SMS saying that he needed to be home for lunch by Sunday.  So I opened google maps and looked for coastal towns & islands that fit these criteria – a drive that’s not […]

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Liliw church
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Visita Iglesia,  an annual Catholic tradition of visiting 7 churches usually done on Maundy Thursday or Good Friday.    A popular destination for this practice is the province of Laguna because it is home to several remarkable churches built during the Spanish Colonial era and is a short drive south of Metro Manila. Here’s a quick guide to […]

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Sibang Cove
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Sibang cove is probably one of the best unspoiled beach in the Philippines.  What I love about this place is the soft powdery white sand, the crystal clear waters and the fact that the place is so remote.  Getting there is only part of the adventure – a 600 km road trip to Aparri, Cagayan […]

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Whenever we are in Ilocos Norte we never fail to stop at Bing Bong’s – a small town eatery where provincial buses make quick meal stops. Actually, we make this stop because right across Bing Bong’s are small stalls where fresh seafoods like lobsters & crabs are sold at very reasonable prices. A kilo of […]

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camiguin norte
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Cagayan Province is not usually in one’s road trip list – perhaps because of its distance from Manila not much has been mentioned about its beauty & history. In 2013, we were fortunate to discover some the province’s stunning beaches, islands and attractions. Day 1 : The 645 km Road Trip 12:00 ( 0.0 km)  […]

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Arabela Cafe, Liliw Laguna
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Known as the sandals capital of the Philippines, the quiet little town of Liliw, Laguna offers its visitors a taste of Italian Cuisine in a quaint cafe called Arabela.  The place is run & managed by the Camelo couple who has strong passion for cooking awesome dishes.  Arabela is located in the middle of Rizal […]

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valentine's at dive & trek
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Try going Italian away from the city!  In the middle of Liliw Laguna, the sandals capital of the Philippines, is a charming little place called Arabela.  Ran and managed by the Camelo couple, this restaurant offers Italian cuisine with generous servings at reasonable prices.  Make sure to try their choco lava cake for dessert. While […]

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Getting to Mt Pulags Summit
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Mt Pulag has become one of the most popular destinations for climbing – there are many tour organizers offering climb packages.  Despite being the highest peak in Luzon, Mt Pulag is very easy to climb, even for beginners – it is also very accessible and quite simple to organize.  So I made  this infographics to help […]

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calayan-featured
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Calayan Island isn’t an island that people would normally have in their bucket list.  You would find little information online about the island because it is quite remote so only a few people get to talk about the place. The municipality of Calayan is found in the Babuyan Channel and is composed of four islands, […]

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The lighthouse as seen form Carabao Valley
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It’s no surprise that just barely 2 months from my last visit to Cape Engano, I return to this island with my two kids, Nikki & Red & my mountaineering buddies.  One simply cannot help but fall in love with the place, the feeling of being disconnected from the world.. no electricity, no 3G connection […]

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