Hiking to the hilltop, Nagsasa Cove

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Capones Island, Zambales

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Mt. Daguldol and Laiya

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Lent in Iriga, April 2017

Spent the long break in Camarines Sur with Ranie’s family. It was four restful days of churches, lots of sleeping and reading, and eating Ranie’s mom’s homecooked meals. We also went to Balatan beach, the only one in the Rinconada area of Camsur. Continue reading “Lent in Iriga, April 2017”

Walking on the ‘Dinosaur Spine:’ Mt. Batulao, Batangas

BATULAO (811 masl) – It’s one of the most popular hike destinations in the Southern Tagalog Region!

And with good reason: the “new trail” is basically a traverse through 12 mini-peaks that offers a scenic, sprawling view of Balayan Bay and even Taal and Mt. Maculot on a clear day. Continue reading “Walking on the ‘Dinosaur Spine:’ Mt. Batulao, Batangas”

Mt. Ulap, February 2017

Mt. Ulap (Ampucao-Sta. Fe Ridge) in Itocon, Benguet offered quite a few firsts for me – cold-weather hiking (in the PH at least), camping at the base of a summit, and at 1856masl, it’s the highest local peak I’ve reached so far.

We traversed this “Mini-Pulag” last weekend, when the temp reached at least 10 degrees Celsius (but felt like a 6), and there was a dense, delicious fog that permeated the trail. (“Forks!” said Justine. I completely missed the Twilight reference). Continue reading “Mt. Ulap, February 2017”

Field notes from Siquijor

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My story for the Gear S3 launch is out! So now I can share more of my personal photos and notes for this blog. 🙂 (You can read my piece on Rappler here)

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Siquijor is a very small province with a very long coastline (200km). Since its LGU formalized its tourism efforts in the late 2000s, it has been attracting tourists not just for its beaches, but also for its diving spots. Though it’s a fishing / agricultural island, 80 percent of its GDP now comes from tourism (resorts, amenities, activities). Continue reading “Field notes from Siquijor”

Postcards from Siquijor

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With my meager travel experience, Siquijor isn’t top of mind when recommending beach or getaway destinations in the Philippines. But thanks to a work trip, I discovered that it deserves more attention, especially for those who are seeking adventure-filled itineraries.

I’m filing an official story this week and here are some of my outtakes (will update this post with excerpts once the article is published). Scrolling through all the photos we took again, for inspiration. Continue reading “Postcards from Siquijor”

Seek and you will find…

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Cambugahay Falls in Siquijor

Funny how in the last few weeks of 2016, a surprise work assignment saved me from work fatigue in general. It wasn’t really a breather (it was work!) but it was still very fun and very much what I needed (water, spelunking, good food, new friends, new lessons, new opportunities). I am thankful.

I will finish the assignment, pack up mine and the team’s deliverables, and then focus on enjoying closing 2016: with a happy photo story about this experience, my sister’s wedding, spending more time with our baby Fourth, Ranie, family, love, provision, belief.

Everything has its own time and season.

Taal Crater Lake, June 2016

Father’s Day, June 19 – 24 hours awake for another working weekend with a pickup truck and an SUV. This time, we followed an adventure-loving family around Taal and Tagaytay. I had completely overlooked the part of our shot list which mentioned a 45 minute hike so I showed up in dark jeans, slip-ons, and had zero sunscreen – the view was worth the sunburn though. We also had stopovers at Asia’s largest stone church (been here at least four times already), an unnamed back beach, and of course, steaming bulalo. Continue reading “Taal Crater Lake, June 2016”