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

Beaches, Luzon

Salibungot Beach in Jomalig Island

Upon arriving Jomalig island, I noticed this glistening golden sand from afar.

That’s Salibungot beach, considered as the main beach of the island where more travelers enjoy swimming and beach bumming. But we weren’t able to experience that by the time we arrived. It was already 11am, and we went straight to the resort, which is a motorcycle ride away or habal-habal.

We had our lunch at SPIR, the resort that we stayed in Jomalig. They served fresh seafood there that we really enjoyed for an affordable amount of 100 pesos per person.

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Luzon, Travel Stories

Fiesta in Masasa: When our transient house owner fed us with good food

They were all busy.

They decorated the house with this nice pink and pastel colors. I saw some girl outfit, gowns and make-up on the sofa. We didn’t know who to talk to. We just arrived at RNV House, the transient house that we contacted a few days before our trip to Masasa beach in Tingloy, Batangas.

When one of the household saw us, she immediately talked to us with her warmth and smile.

“Ay kayo po ba ng guest, ay sige po pasok po. Dito po kayo sa room. Pasensya na po ah fiesta po kasi ngayon. Eh magku-queen po kasi ang anak ni ate Neneth yung may-ari ng bahay. Kayo lang po ang tinanggap namin guest ngayon kasi po fiesta.”

She was too apologetic. I told her that’s okay. There was a parade that morning and they were all preparing for their queen’s gown and make-up. It’s nice to see how the entire household prepare, and how they treated us like we were part of them. Chill lang.

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Luzon

“Puno ng Walang Poreber” in Jomalig island

I noticed Victor, our habal-habal driver, was smiling when asked about our next destination.

He just said, “Dun tayo sa puno ng walang poreber.”

“What? Seriously?”

Apparently, he was. There is a tree in Jomalig that is named as “puno ng walang forever.” Hahaha

On the way to the location, I was thinking, asking where did they get this idea? Then I remember, this was popularized by a love team on a TV show. Walang Poreber means that there’s no forever in love. That if you have a better half, you’re gonna break up soon. Hahaha! Too much bitterness, right? I don’t know but the younger generation always use this phrase a lot. So even after the TV show ended, the walang forever mania continued.

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Beaches, Luzon

How to get to Masasa Beach in Tingloy, Batangas

If someone asks me for a recommendation of a weekend getaway destination, I would always include Batangas.

You know the usual beach like Laiya and Nasugbu. But if you want a complete experience like having to ride a boat and experience the island life, I highly recommend Tingloy, Batangas. It’s the only island town in the province. Here, you could find the island’s most popular beach which is Masasa.

I’ve been to Masasa years ago. When I was still in college, we had to shoot a travel show for a production project. Since, we have a friend who knows someone from the island, and we really wanted to shoot an island destination, we decided to go to Tingloy.

That time, Tingloy was not yet a tourist destination so I was able to experience Masasa beach in its fine and unspoiled glory.

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Beaches, Luzon

Little Boracay of Jomalig Island, Quezon

 Habal-habal ride in Jomalig in Quezon province  is one of the most adventurous activities you could try when you travel to the island.

After visiting Kanaway island, we headed straight to our next destination. Dante, my habal-habal driver, said that we would surely enjoy our next stop. It’s a white beach, so white that it was coined as the Little Boracay of Jomalig.

When we arrived, we paid 30 pesos as entrance fee. The beach is being managed by Pamana Beach Resort. Just a small amount for the beauty that is waiting for you. It’s white beach, not the usual golden sand that is very popular in Jomalig.

We walked on the fine sand, enjoyed the sea breeze while relaxing on hammock. The kind of vacation that will take away all your stress and worries. The view was just perfect.

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Heritage, Luzon

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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Luzon

Irosin, Sorsogon: A Walk to the Hilltop Church

“One ginataang sitaw with two rice.”

That was my order from a karinderia in Irosin, Sorsogon when we made a stopover for our lunch. After a relaxing dip at the hot spring in town, we decided to have an early lunch before going to our next destination which is Bulusan.

Irosin Sorsogon Hot spring
hot spring in Irosin Sorsogon

This is how I eat whenever I’m traveling. As much as possible I eat at local karinderias not just because it’s cheap but I also want to feel the local vibe of the place. Just look for the right place to eat, and please forget about those fancy restaurants and fastfood for a while.

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Luzon

Baluarte Zoo in Vigan, Ilocos Sur

I’ve seen Chavit Singson many times, on TV, while playing with his pet, a tiger.

You know Chavit Singson? The former Governor of Ilocos Sur who has rose to fame during former President Erap Estrada’s time. Controversial times. But I am not here to talk about his past and even politics. I am just checking if you really know him. Hahaha! Going back to the tiger. The videos were shot from his privately owned zoo in Vigan called Baluarte.

This is just a 10 minute travel from the city center of Vigan. Some travelers said that you can actually walk from the city going to Baluarte. As for us, since we rented a van for our Ilocos trip, Baluarte was the first spot to explore when we arrived in Vigan.

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Beaches, Luzon

Masasa Beach Budget DIY Expenses and Itinerary

More than a decade ago, I traveled to Tingloy Island in Batangas with some college friends for our school project. We were about to produce a Travel Show, and since a friend knows someone from the island, we decided to shoot there.

I haven’t heard of Tingloy at that time. I was just a student then, and I didn’t have any idea that one day I would be a Travel blogger hahaha After further research, I learned that Tingloy is an island municipality of Batangas. The only town that is separated from the mainland.

I could still remember the exact feeling when I first set foot on the island. Tingloy has a unique charm, it has a vibe that is welcoming. Locals are very nice. We interviewed some students and took some videos of the beautiful spots on the island. Until one local told us, that we should go to the beach.

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Beaches, Luzon

Jomalig Island Budget DIY Expenses and Itinerary

Years ago, I was about to join a medical mission in Jomalig island but it didn’t push through.

Ever since, I’ve been wanting to go to this island in Quezon, but I was looking for someone or a group to join. I don’t know at that time I had an idea that since Jomalig is so far away from the mainland, going there is a tough one in terms of logistics. Imagine enduring a 4 hour land travel from Manila to Real,  Quezon then another 5 hours boat ride going to Jomalig. Imagine 5 hours!

Well it’s only recently that I’ve finally decided to travel to Jomalig, the DIY style. And it’s the best decision! Me and my girlfriend, Eloi, loved Jomalig so much, and if there’s one tip to give you if you also plan to go to this island is, do it DIY! It’s going to be a lot more fun, and this blog post will show you how.

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Luzon

Sorsogon Tourist Spots in Two Days

Sorsogon is one of the exciting destinations in the Bicol region. It has beaches, historical places and even hot spring! You just have to plan your travel really well to explore these sites.

But no need to worry because I’ll show you how were able to explore Sorsogon in two days. We did this travel last August 2016 when I joined a group travel and met some new friends. We started the trip by traveling to the farthest part of Bicol, at the tip of Luzon. This is the town of Matnog where the port is located for travelers going to Samar and the rest of Visayas and Mindanao. It would be better to rent a van for this travel to cover all destinations in two days. If you want to go DIY, you need at least 3 days or more.

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