CAPUL ISLAND, NORTHERN SAMAR – The Acapulco Connection

With a unique dialect (Abaknon or Inabaknon) far from the Waray Region where it belongs, a history entwined with the centuries-old Acapulco Galleon Trade, a land blessed with natural wonders, Capul Island is a treasure trove for tourists. From the capital town of Northern Samar, Catarman, you take a one-hour jeepney ride to the port…

JOMALIG ISLAND, QUEZON – To The Far Reaches Of Quezon Province

Camping is something foreign to me.  Doing it alone is even an unthinkable thing to do. But that was only until the early summer of 2016.  Armed with the urge to find a secluded beach, away from what Boracay Island has become of late, I scoured the archipelago for a place far from the glaring…

DISTILLED SERIES: Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia

*Featured Image of the temple Banteay Srei, photo borrowed from theredtomatosiemreap.com This secondary city of Cambodia will not ring a bell to you until you hear the name “Angkor Wat.”  Siem Reap is the gateway to the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Angkor Wat Temple Complex.  Yes, you read it right, it’s a…

FORTUNE ISLAND, BATANGAS – Man-Made Fantasy/Nightmare

There was no time to get some sleep.  Meeting time was at two in the morning at the Shell Gasoline Station at the corner of Buendia and EDSA.  The hired van was already filled up when I arrived.  And after buying some last-minute purchases at the 24-hour convenience store we were driving along EDSA towards…

INTRAMUROS, MANILA – Wonders Within The Walls

Emerging from the old elevated train, I took the quieter route towards the walled city via the iconic art-deco Metropolitan Theatre’s back clearing. Past the huge multi-level parking building (Park N Ride) and the newly refurbished Mehan Garden (which is still unopened, can’t wait to see what they’ve done inside!), I came face to face…

PATAR, BOLINAO, PANGASINAN – Facing The Sunset

Golden sunsets are a dime and a dozen in this 7,500-island archipelago.  There is the famous Manila Bay sunset and those seen in countless beach destinations all over the country.  The Philippines offers endless choices for beautiful beaches and breath-taking golden sunsets. And as I subjected myself to choosing which destination would be my next…

BATANGAS – Laiya, Lipa, Love

The first time I’ve ventured into this province is by way of a friend’s wedding.  The sophomore trip was a reunion of some sort with friends as well.