Heritage, Luzon

Bataan: A Fusion of Adventure, History and Culture

I remember the first time I visited Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan a few years ago.

It was our company team building. I was just a normal working dude then, never in my life have I imagined that I would be a travel blogger. Seriously. I remember I was  amazed with those old structures, but my appreciation has no depth. I find the structures beautiful but my mind was not creative enough to appreciate its history. I’m glad that I’ve grown these past years.

The most memorable for me at that first visit was all the good times I had with my workmates until we got drunk. I had those moments when in the middle of the night, I would look out the window and see some “guardia sibil” walking, or women in FIlipiniana. Then, I had those split-second confusion, Did we travel back in time? Was that a ghost? Then the logical part of my brain would kick in, “Oh they’re the staff of Las Casas. Read More

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Clark, Pampanga: Fast-Rising Tourism Haven in the Philippines

It feels good to make someone smile in the morning.

An Aeta vendor couldn’t contain her happiness when I and a fellow travel blogger bought her kamote, a root-crop that she was selling. I remember her bright smile, then she told us that it was her “buena mano” or her very first sale that day. When she left, I continued looking at her. She went on the other side of the road where a lot more of her root-crops can be found. I saw her pulling out the money from us, and spread it lightly touching all the remaining kamote.  That made me smile. Read More

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Kawit Cavite Heritage Tour and Attractions

A few hundred meters more before I arrive at the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite,  I received a text from a fellow travel blogger and friend.

“Jon, where are you?”

Apparently, they were already at the Freedom Park, our rendezvous for that morning. I was invited to take part of a heritage tour organized by Fundacion Santiago and Cavite el Viejo Heritage Tourism Association (CVHTA), I’ve been living in Cavite for a few years now but I’ve never been able explore the historical towns of the province, such as Kawit, so when I received an invite, I did not hesitate to say yes.

All other participants are from Manila, and since I am from Cavite, I just told them to meet me in Kawit. It was my first time in Aguinaldo Shrine. I would love to explore it more, but the organizers told us that we would all have a chance to explore it later. So the tour started and here are just the highlights and tourist spots that we visited.  Read More

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Albay Tourist Spots in One Day

It was already late at night when we arrived in Legazpi, Albay, the last leg of our 3 day Bicol escapade.

We checked in at Mayon Backpackers Hostel and had our dinner at the center of the city. It was my first time to try their famous sili ice cream. It was good, but what I really enjoyed the most are the local dishes of the province. I like Bicolano dishes especially those with gata and a bit of spice. Yum yum!

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Cagsawa Ruins in Daraga, Albay

I’ve had some expectations with Cagsawa Ruins.

With all the photos of this historical site in Albay on textbooks when I was a kid, I really thought that Cagsawa Ruins is located in a place far from the residents. I imagined walking for a few minutes until reaching a vast land with trees where the ruins is located  facing the majestic Mayon Volcano.

I didn’t do enough research. All I had was an idea that was with me since I was a little boy.

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Daraga Church: History and the view of Mayon Volcano


When Mayon Volcano erupted in 1814, it destroyed houses and properties in Cagsawa, Albay and the nearby towns. People could have rebuilt their lives and moved on, but the center of their faith, the Cagsawa Church was also destroyed.

So they relocated to Daraga, and eventually building a church on top of a hill with the view of Mayon Volcano which is now known as Our Lady of the Gate Parish or Daraga Church. But some historians are saying that the church was actually built 40 years before the eruption.

Beyond the history and facts, it is undeniable that Daraga church has stood the test of time and a testament of faith of the Bicolanos.

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Barcelona Ruins and Church – Not in Spain, but in Sorsogon!


What’s our next destination?


Sosyal. Hahaha!

We’re not talking about the second largest city in Spain. Actually, we were on the second day of our backpacking trip in Bicol. We were in Sorsogon. So how on earth a van could travel all the way to Europe? Haha!

Europe is a dream. Europe is a goal. But right now, let’s travel the Philippines. Let’s explore our very own country before we travel the rest of the world.

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Paoay Church: A UNESCO World Heritage Site in Ilocos Norte

Heat is unforgiving during summer in the Philippines. And what more if you’re in the Ilocos Region?

We were hesitant to go out of the van when we arrived at the parking lot. But we all knew that the church that we were about to explore is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And knowing its rich culture and history, who wouldn’t want to witness its grandeur?

I am talking about the St. Agustine Church in Paoay, Ilocos Norte, also known as Paoay Church among travelers. It was built and completed on 1710 by Augustinian friars led by Father Antonio Estavillo after two decades of construction.

Paoay church was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993 as one of the Baroque Style Churches in the Philippines. This is known for its intricate architecture with its huge buttresses on the sides of the church used as a support against earthquake.

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Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite


Living in the crowded city and enduring the flood for so many years, Cavite has been a breath of fresh air, literally and figuratively.Our home is just near the rice fields and trees so it’s very relaxing. Though it is quite far from work and in the city, I have no right to complain because our place also gives me the needed relaxation during weekends and holidays.

Enough of my story. What I just wanted to point out is, when I transferred to Cavite, I have been wanting to visit some of the historical sites in the province, like the Aguinaldo Shrine, the symbol of independence of our country.

I’ve been wanting that, planning and re-planning, and checking how this would fit in my busy schedule. Naks! LOL! I had so many travels at that time.

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