Beaches, Luzon

La Union Tourist Spots and Beaches (Travel Guide)

La Union Special – that was the theme of our program’s episode.

It was years ago when I worked as a Segment Producer in a main TV station in the Philippines. During that time, my show was a Public Affairs program helping community through the influence of some well-known people and celebrities.

We were 3 teams. All of us traveled to La Union with our own story and segment to produce. I was assigned to shoot at a local community in Pugo, La Union. We gave out school supplies and slippers to kids. Read More

Luzon, Mountains

Mt. Talamitam Day Hike Story and Itinerary (River Side Trip and Lomi)

I was sick these past days and I needed something to boost my energy. Also, I just wanted to start my 2018 right.

So on the first weekend of the year, I decided to hike a mountain. Yes, my overweight self finally decided to reunite with nature, trails and summit. Mt Ulap in Benguet was my last hike more than a year ago, then after that I stopped. I didn’t know why, all I could remember was I got busy with the new job because I really wanted to focus on it first. I had some travels in 2017 but mostly beaches. So then I gained more weight. The overweight travel blogger dude just got bigger and heavier. Hahaha!

This 2018, I will definitely be back reconnecting with nature and experiencing the thrill of reaching the summit. I’ll just go for minor climbs first then hopefully progress further. Read More

Beaches, Luzon

Five Fingers Cove Adventure in Bataan (Day Trip and Itinerary)

This is getting a lot of attention in social media right now, and I know you’re also curious as to what this destination has to offer. Five Fingers cove to cove hopping (not island hopping) is packed with adventure and nature tripping that you can enjoy in one full day. Most of all, this is just near Manila, about 4 hours of land travel.

This is located in Mariveles, Bataan, a province known for its history like the Bataan Death March, but Mariveles has definitely a lot more to offer aside from history and culture. It’s rock formation and beaches will surely excite you for adventure and beach bumming.

Wondering why this was called Five fingers? Our tour guide said, this looks like five fingers when you check out its map. When I had a chance to get a decent internet connection after, I checked google maps and searched for five fingers in Mariveles, Bataan. I zoomed it out and there it is, the place with its series of coves really looked like five fingers! And it is just amazing that we were able to explore all coves in one day. Read More

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

Heritage, Luzon

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

Beaches, Luzon

Laki Beach: Your New Getaway in Bataan    

Last summer, I planned to travel to Laki Beach in Mariveles, Bataan.

I remember how Eloi and I talked and prepared about going to this beach, but unfortunately, we received information that the beach was suddenly closed to travelers. Apparently, Laki beach is privately-owned, and the caretakers just advised the tourists there to leave the place. This was like in April 2017.

I even read some blog posts of my fellow travel bloggers who experienced the ordeal. They shared, that it should have been an awesome summer getaway but without any warning, there were advised to vacate the place immediately. They were actually given a deadline of 4PM. How about that? I felt bad for my fellow travelers, because you have to understand that Laki beach is located in a secluded cove surrounded by mountains and forest, so the only way to go there is through the motorboat. Read More

Beaches, Luzon

Hundred Islands: A Trip Back to Pangasinan

I could still remember the last time I traveled to Hundred Islands National Park in Alaminos, Pangasinan.

I was a newbie TV producer then for a major network. I did a story about a coastal clean-up and mangrove planting in Alaminos, and we had a sidetrip to the Hundred Islands. It was my first time and I would love to enjoy the islands and the beach, but I was too focused with work. I had so many things to do and coordinate that I almost forgot the beauty that surrounded me. Read More

Beaches, Luzon

Cabongaoan Beach and Death Pool in Burgos, Pangasinan

It’s hard to be a travel blogger, then be on travel hiatus for a few months.

What I can I do? I have a lot of “adulting” to do. I have a new job that I wanted to focus on. Don’t get me wrong I am happier with my work now. Fund is also a consideration. I am still slowly rising up from a recent financial blow that hit me hard when my father passed away, but I am getting better now. So if you see a travel blogger who’s saying that you can travel with no money? Don’t believe him. You can travel on a budget and I have lots of tips for you. But to travel with no money? Come on! Unless you are a travel blogger (like me) and got invited to a press trip, that’s all-expense paid.

It’s a good thing that I still have a lot of previous trips that I haven’t been able to write on my blog. So though I was on a travel hiatus, I still have some materials to write about. Read More

Heritage, Luzon

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

Luzon, Mountains

Maligcong Bontoc DIY Itinerary Travel Guide

I will never forget the moment I stepped out of the van once we arrived in Bontoc, Mountain Province.

I liked the peace that this Cordillera town has brought me, and also its cold weather. It was a perfect way for me to disconnect and ponder on some things. I was contemplating of resigning from work that time, thinking and searching for what I really wanted to do with my life.

Eventually, I was able to find it. But if I am to look back to the process, Maligcong was a big part of it. Now I just want to share with you my experience with Maligcong. Read More

Luzon

Bolinao Tourist Spots DIY Travel Guide

It was one of those moments when you haven’t had enough sleep, and you reported for work. Then after office, you went straight to travel.

Of course, I am not recommending this to anyone. But in case this happens to you, find time to sneak in some nap, and still enjoy your trip. This happened to me when we traveled to Bolinao, Pangasinan, a town in the northern part of Luzon where you can find great beaches, falls and other awesome attractions.

We traveled for about 6 hours until we arrived in Bolinao early in the morning. We had our breakfast first while waiting for our van to tour us around the town.  Read More

Food, Mindanao

Pastil of Zamboanga

Sadly, it was our last day in Zamboanga.

But the DOT Region 9 team was not yet done with letting us experience the culinary heritage of the city. Before heading to our hotel, they brought us to Dennis Coffee Garden, a local coffee shop that serves pastries and delicacies from Sulu.

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