Tuesday, December 16, 2014

How to get to San Jacinto in Masbate

Going to San Jacinto in Masbate

Ride a bus ( about 12 hours ) or plane ride (1 hour) going to Legaspi City Satellite Terminal in Albay then take a 2 hours bus trip to Bulan Port in Sorsogon that leave Legaspi City every hour starting from about 5am to 4pm daily. From Bulan Port, you can take outrigger boat to the Municipality of San Jacinto in Masbate with approximately 1 hour travel period depending on the speed of the boat will cost you Php 120 per passenger that leaves at 6am, 8am, 10am 1pm and 3pm. The return schedule from San Jacinto to Bulan leaves at 5am, 7am, 9am, 12nn and 2pm only.  There are a lot of lodging places in the Island, you can check out Ticao Lodge or other lodging places within this town. Happy Trip Everyone - Bisayang Manlalakbay around the Philippines.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Holy Cross Parish CHurch in San Jacinto, Masbate

One of the church in Masbate right beside of Municpal Hall in San Jacinto. At this time, this church was newly renovated and became one of the attraction in Ticao Island. I was amazed by the size of the church because of the old structure facade before entering the main church. The place is so calm & clean. During the Holyweek, their traditional activities are still much part of the way of life of most parishioner. I had a quick tour around the area before heading to Ticao Island Resort in southern part of San Jacinto. I love seing different part of old church, marker, house & other old structure in the country. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

How to Get to Bangued, Abra Province from Manila or Vigan in Ilocos Sur

Going to Bangued, Abra Province from Manila or Vigan in Ilocos Sur:
From Pasay Partas Bus Terminal 02-852-8194 (located at the back of Wilson Hotel) or Cubao Partas Bus Terminal 02-727-8278  (along Aurora Boulvard, Quezon City) bound to Bangued in Abra Province is the main center of the province. Travel time is 8-9 hours depending on weather condition. Cost per passenger is Php 665 pesos. Here's the trip during morning - 3:30am, 6:30am, 8:30am and 11:00am. For afternoon & evening trip - 12:45pm, 2:45pm, 6:15pm, 9:00pm, 10:00pm and 12mn.
From Vigan, Ilocos Sur, If you don't want to feel the long drive. Take a mini bus going to Bangued Abra. Travel time is 1 hour and a half hour. Proceed to Vigan Public Market where you can find the terminal going to Bangued. Fare is Php 80 per passenger. Buy pasalubong at the side of Bangued Cathedral Church. Happy Trip Everyone - Bisayang Manlalakbay around the Philippines.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Around Ticao Island in San Jacinto, Masbate

It's my first time here in San Jacinto, Masbate Province and this was part of my solo backpacking trip for Masbate-Sorsogon-Albay routes. Located between Ticao pass & Masbate pass, I was able to catch up the first trip via big outrigger banca from Bulan, Sorsogon port to San Jacinto, Masbate port. Travel time is about 1 & half hours. It offers great view of the island, hospitality of the people & unspoiled beaches around San Jacinto. Before heading to the resort, I went to their mini- plaza, view deck, mangroves area & municipal hall. The place is a real gem, clean surroundings and it is so peaceful where people try to communicate well. San Jacinto in Masbate is one of the best place to visit during summer for a solo traveling like me. The place is safe & great place to relax and it is the nearest place to visit if your going from Sorsogon or Albay. Some locals and children in the village will probably find them smiling, friendly and you'll enchanted with them. The municipality of San Jacinto is one of the good place for diving, trekking and exploring too.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Roaming Around the Town of Bangued in Abra Province

Roaming Around the Town of Bangued in Abra Province is more fun traveling with tricycle. The town is nestled in a valley between the fascinating mountains of Abra & Ilocos Sur.  I opted a tricycle on a half day tour around the town. Cost about Php 100 for a solo traveler like me. The people in Abra is very kind, hospitable, friendly,  God fearing, adventurer and fun loving. A familiar fast food restaurant like Jollibee is always thought that the presence of a positive sign of progress in the Province or a places I've been through. The center proper of Bangued is packed with different establishments, restaurants, lodges, hotels , money changer, restaurants, clinic, drug stores, internet cafes, grocery stores and other business can be found here. I enjoyed the whole trip and I want to go back here soon to explore other tourist attraction in other towns and municipality of Abra Province.

Abra Province | Bangued Municipal Hall

Passing through the Bangued Municipal Hall in Abra Province (Home of the People of Bangued). This building is located at the center of the main proper of the town and near the Abra Provincial Capitol. Every town in the province boast a great architectural design of the "municipio" were locally known to its name. You can also find the heritage Spanish Colonial Era design of this establishment. I still hear some comments or negative stories about the place but as long as you are kind to the people and you don't do any mistakes to local people here, you were safe here. I don't see anyone carrying guns or military around Bangued during the time of my visit. Make your travels more adventure and safe.

Old Heritage Church of San Lorenzo Ruiz Shrine in Abra Province

Another place to visit in Abra Province. From the town proper, It took about 5-10 minutes travel to see this heritage old church of San Lorenzo Ruiz Shrine in Abra Province. The church is both a historical and religious attraction in this place. It is also made of clay bricks and two bell tower at the side located at Barangay Camposanto in Bangued, Abra Province on the western part of the town. The rains pour down I wasn't able to go inside the church to take a pictures. I just took photos at their church façade during a rainy afternoon. This church hails you as you enter  the nearby cemetery in its vicinity of the shrine.  A very nice architecture Spanish design and It just one of the unnoticed places in the country.

St James The Elder Cathedral or Bangued Cathedral Church in Abra

Next stop, St James The Elder Cathedral or Bangued Cathedral Church in Abra Province. I love the architecture design of the church façade were painted with off-white color. This was built in 1807 during the Spanish colonial era which is used as military hospital. Located at Main Road,  Zone 5 Taft Avenue, Bangued, Province of Abra, A nice place to stay for visiting the province. The Holy Spirit Academy School is located at the side of the church.  I wasn't able to go inside because the door is already closed, so I took a lot of photos and get back to the proper to buy pasalubong & I Love Abra shirt for a souvenirs collection.  I enjoyed traveling around Bangued were made me easier to transport to one place to another by riding the tricycle that rule the town's streets. Cost is Php 100 for the half day tour. A trip in Abra will never be complete without a visit in their old heritage churches. Please check out my next post about - Old Heritage Church of San Lorenzo Ruiz Shrine.

Rainy Morning at Bangued Town Plaza in Abra Province

It was a rainy morning when I finally set my foot on the ground of Bangued in Abra. The weather is cold & bumpy road trip from Vigan City (approximately 1 hour travel from Ilocos Sur via public transport). Located in front of Abra Provincial Capitol & Saint James The Elder Cathedral Church, this area is use for school affairs, fiestas and other provincial gatherings. I just took a quick rest before heading to other tourist attractions of the province. They also have a covered court area with a stage and a lot of tall trees surrounding the whole town plaza. One of the best thing to do at the public plaza is to try their ihaw ihaw in front of the church and just sitting down at the grass area. The road side of the plaza is a busy street where you can find a lot of tricycles passing towards the market, vendors walking around and kids playing at the center of town plaza.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Abra Kadabra | Welcome to Abra Provincial Capitol

I had a quick trip here at Bangued, Abra from Vigan in Ilocos Sur. About 2 hours travel, you'll see this laidback town municipality of Bangued. First, I went to their Provincial Capitol facing the Bangued Church & at the heart of  their town plaza. The façade is painted with off-green and has a unique architecture design inside. This is the capital of Abra Province, where people here are nice, helpful and very accommodating as well. There are a lot of nearby establishments, fastfood like Jollibee and commercial business. Bangued is not an unusual to most provincial places in the country because of its people and how hospitality is "Abrenios"  are a like to other provinces. I must say that the Town of  Bangued and the province of Abra are not killing environment as most people think it is. I think there may be incidents of political killings but as long as you are nice, civil, friendly & honest to the locals you should be safe here like what I did on my solo backpacking trip here. Just experience it by yourself.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

How to Get to Baluarte in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur

Going to Baluarte from Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
This place is great for kids and animal lovers like me. Free entrance (open to public) and with souvenir shops inside and outside the compound. From Manila take a bus going to Vigan City or Laoag City will cost you Php 750 per passenger. Travel time is 8-9 hours depending on traffic situation. From the public market of Vigan rent a tricycle going to Baluarte takes you around 10-15 minutes. Fare is Php 25 pesos per way. Operating Hours from 7:00am until 6:00pm only  - 7 days a week. Park Policy: Entrance is FREE & Rides is FREE as well. Trying to be respectful to me its like it is publicly accessible to a private zoo if that makes sense to other tourist & locals. It was so generous of the governor to share what he has with the visitors and locals. I also admired the owner's (Chavit Singson) house situated on top of the hill were golden building is stands tall and it served as a great photo opp as well. Happy Trip Everyone - Bisayang Manlalakbay around the Philippines.

Awesome Experience of Baluarte in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur

This was the last part of my travel journey here in Ilocos Sur. It was a memorable experience to visit Baluarte for the first time which is privately owned by Chavit Singson with its special animals and free public viewing to all tourist and locals. The nature has been preserved in the area. Don't get me wrong, the area is very wide and amazingly unique from the other zoo & conservation area. You could see a few uncommon animals in the zoo but it was really the tigers, pony and ostrich were animals roam freely. Good place for kids and adventurer like me. I also like those gigantic dinosaurs sculpture at the center of the park.
However, taking pictures with the tiger will cost you Php 100 only good for 4 persons. Check their official website as well to learn more about Baluarte of Ilocos Sur. Overall, A family friendly place with lots of interesting animals to check out which makes the place a little bit smelly.

A Beautiful Facade of St Paul Metropolitan Cathedral or Vigan Cathedral Church

Also known as "The Great White Church of Vigan" really amazed me even when I saw it for the second time around. It is a beautiful church in a beautiful town of Vigan in Ilocos Sur, Philippines and was great wonderful for its age. I always wanted to know much more of the place I've been to like churches in the Philippines. I love the beautiful facades of the Cathedral and Bell Tower at the side are perfect spots for picture-taking. There are also some old effigies of saints and Mother Mary with a nice gold painted at the ceiling of the church. The church matches the lovely colorful flooring and with nice location near food stalls, restaurants and other tourist attraction of the city.
The history of the church has been written at the entrance on a large plaque. A taste of Spanish colonial era, for those who want a little bit adventurous you can try the local Ilocano delicacy called "Sinanglaw.

Touring Around the Heritage City of Vigan in Ilocos Norte

Vigan City is so special for me and considered as one of UNESCO Patrimonio Mundial World Heritage Site. This seal is located infront of Burgos National Musuem & facing at their Municipal Hall which is really quite amazing learning experience at the end of my tour. It was declared as one of the heritage town in 1999. You can also experience touring around the city on a "Kalesa" ranging Php 500 and above depending on the location you want to go & explore. More importantly, the old architecture design during colonial era of Vigan relates the story of Filipino. Be satisfied your eyes on how people of Vigan City maintained this world famous world heritage site. Did you know that during 8th day of September, local government celebrate "World Heritage Cities Solidarity Day" and keeping the wonders & history alive is apparently more fun in Ilocos Region where defines types of natural, cultural & modern architecture.  

Sightings in Vigan | Father Jose Burgos House - A National Museum

One of the historical old landmark in the heritage city of Vigan. Its consist of collections and memorabilia of Father Burgos like jewelry, clothing, photography of their family and antiques located near the Ilocos Sur Provincial Capitol. This was the ancestral house of Father Jose Burgos converted to a museum.  During my trip, Unfortunately I wasn't able to go inside because the museum was closed to visitors and this landmark is walking distance from town plaza & church. So, I just taking up photos at the opened window of the museum and proceed to Vigan Cathedral Church. Did you know that Padre Burgos House was built in 1788 and it will just cost you Php 20 pesos entrance fee to see real artifacts showing old Ilocano's way of living.

Another Attraction in Vigan City | Ilocos Sur Provincial Capitol

It's stands at the center of Plaza Salcedo facing Vigan Cathedral Church located at Quezon Avenue, Burgos, Vigan City with nearby tourist attractions like Vigan Musuem, Dancing Fountain, City Hall & Old Houses of Vigan. The whole building is painted with yellow-white color  and perfect for the architecture style of the city. I also noticed the big kamagong tress which known as one of the hardwoods trees in the country located at the side portion of the capitol building. Since its not my very first time here which I already knew where to go.

Surprisingly Vigan Dancing Fountain of Ilocos Sur

Located in front of Vigan Cathedral Church & at the center of Plaza Salcedo this additional attraction here is a must see attraction. It has a blue clear water during the morning and a light show presentation during the night. It starts every 7:30pm in the evening and last for 30 minutes and it is for free to all tourist while during weekend it doubles its presentation. Your kids will surely love it and fountains are synchronized with it. The area is huge, lots of fountain spouts, the area is clean and colorful lights at night. Anyway, surprisingly world class facilities, well maintained and an absolute favorite for those wishing to visit Vigan City and its probably great display but does feels out of place among the century old cultural townscape.

UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vigan City in Ilocos Sur

Also known as to be the "Heritage City of the North" were back to the old ages of Spanish Era. The place was neat and really amazing architecture houses design and great feeling standing on the cobble stones of the street.  I felt that sudden excitement on my 3rd day of Solo Backpacking Trip Up North because this is the place that I am really looking forward to when traveling old heritage landmark. I wish all cities in Metro Manila can have this feel and vibe and it is worth the shot for any camera click addict like me. This was my favorite UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Philippines and truly love this place because it shows how laidback those days I traveled the city of Vigan. I hope that they don't limit putting up more arts, antique pieces and book shop as well.
Did you know that Vigan City in Ilocos Sur as one of the finalist for New 7 Wonders Cities of the World. To Vote Vigan for the #New7WondersCities Here's the link: www.n7w.com/en/cities. or you may vote via SMS: Text VIGAN to 29290777. Please vote guys. Thanks

Where to Buy Pasalubong in Vigan City

The experience was like travelling back in time and I really want to collect antique memorabilia and pasalubong to my family. The streets in callle crisologo is a one stop pasalubong bargain with a reasonable price. This is where all the classic Ilocano favorites can be found in one place  like longganisa, bagnet, chichacorn, bawang Ilocano, vinegar, empanada, bagnet and many more. Look for Quiel's meat shop with the authentic Vigan Longganica & Bagnet and Sag-Sagat Furniture for your additional antique items in affordable price range. I also recommend "Collado Souvenir Shop" for their wide variety of shirts, keychains, ref magnet, malong, wood pieces, home decors, bags and other choice in a reasonable price and the best thing about this is that everything is made from local materials where the bargain hunt makes it more worth it. Every time I traveled to other places in the country I make sure I bought pasalubong to my family which can promote or help locals to their business.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Calle Crisologo at The Heritage City of Vigan

Bring back the hands of time that is Calle Crisologo looks like with its unique heritage houses & old fascinating walkway. When you're standing at the center of the street its just as though suddenly travelled back into a different era and remarkable that the people & government of Ilocos  have preserved this place. They won't allow tricycles or other transportation to pass this street but only calesa can be found along the street. I was really amazed to see with my own eyes the very old Spanish colonial design architecture of those long ago houses in Vigan which is one of the most popular tourist attraction. There are a lots of antique pieces surrounding the main street that are sold in the area and nostalgic feeling is never lost.
Travel Tips: walk early morning when the crowd is still small or late night in the evening to experience romantic feeling of the lights and its old fashioned ambiance would be maintained for the years.

Vigan Food Trip: Good Food on A Budget

If you're looking for budget - friendly and affordable foods in Vigan, go to plaza burgos where the stall vendors put on a show of making-delicious and authentic recipe of Vigan Empanada and check out their public market to buy some pasalubong like Bagnet & most tasting Vigan Longganisa just get there early to try out fresh variety & sizes. A must try food in Ilocos Sur which is affordable for a budget traveler like me. Its really best to try places where locals frequently buying foods. On my third day of my trip in Ilocos Region, it was fun, adventure and really enjoyed Vigan food. Their food made Vigan more special, more tasty and you'll surely want to take home before leaving this province. Ilocanos has their best cuisine and authentic food in the country and definitely satisfy your gastronomic cravings which is a lot of local and foreign tourist do a bit of restaurant-hopping after a day of touring "The Heritage City of Vigan".   

The Historic St Augustine Cathedral Church in Vigan City

After visiting the bell tower, you can also see the church of St Augustine Cathedral and light some candies for your payer before heading to you next tourist destination. The locals say its one of the miraculous churches in the province and love this red brick of the church façade. There are five bells on the tower for everyday mass, christening, procession, funeral and wedding. The main cathedral has three alters, gorgeous stained glass windows and wood bench seating. Also with a high ceiling , nice architecture design and picturesque sight in the province.

Fascinating Bantay Bell Tower in Ilocos Sur Province

It's very interesting & historical spot in the province of Ilocos Sur  The bell tower watch originally built as a look out tower located at Bantay, Vigan City,Ilocos Sur and there are no fees in the area, just only donation at their tourist assistance desk. It's good uphill walk but it sure is nice seeing the view from up there. It has a great view when you get to the top portion of the tower and this tower serves as a "Bantay" or Guard during the Spanish era and alerts the guards of attack from enemies.  From Vigan it takes about 10-15 minutes ride via jeepney transportation, actually Bantay is another town district of Vigan. It is nice to see and know a little bit history and It  adds up knowledge to my work as a travel blogger. For those who like historic sites and place visit the place first before heading to other part of Vigan & Ilocos Sur. Next to the bell tower is at St Augustine Cathedral Church. It is yet another historic landmark and religious place of interest.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Say Good Bye to the " Sunshine City of Laoag" on My Last Day

Yes its probably that there's always a special place for special people like me for a place of unending fun and adventure. Going to start your Ilocos adventure, you are most likely start in Laoag. Take a quick & walking tour around the city & you will know how people here is accommodating & nice. It is much proud of an Ilocano the largest ethnic in the Philippines. I just ended up my tour here in Ilocos Norte at their public plaza fountain & city hall which is one of the best place to visit at the heart of Laoag. Did you known that the word "Laoag" means light in Ilocano dialect. It's truly a serene place to visit even perhaps to retire and invest as well. This is one of the best experiences of my life and some of my bucket lists were checked. Laoag is a quiet geared to a very simple living in the province and I make sure to going back again & again. Happy Trip Everyone - Bisayang Manlalakbay around the Philippines.

A Day Trip at Robinsons Ilocos Norte During the Rainy Season

Also known as Robinsons Laoag located at Maharlika Highway, Barangay 1, San Nicolas, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte. This is one of the biggest mall in the province which caters a various national and local food and retail tenants in the country. The mall has a department store, supermarket, appliances store and 3-state of the art movie cinemas. I love the lush greenery landscape outside the mall and wide parking space of Robinsons Ilocos Norte with the unique interior design at the ground floor. If your coming from city proper of Laoag, take a jeepney cost you Php 15 per passenger and travel time is 5-10 minutes. The location of the mall is part of a larger and bigger urban development of the area. Soon, hotel, residential and office buildings will rise to further boost growth.


Good View of Ilocos Norte Provicial Capitol in Laoag City

Walking towards the capitol building during the night is probably one of the good view because the lights facing in front of the building which is more unique than other establishments around the area. I just posted photo during the daytime because I have no battery at night before my departure to Laoag City. The façade has a very unique architecture and main ceiling of the capitol. I like their tile flooring at the main lobby so very unique & fascinating chandeliers above. It is located along J.P Rizal Street, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte the capitol was erected and was built in 1917 under the administration of Governor Florencio Castro. Ilocos Norte Provincial Capitol contact number: +6377-771-5631. Nowadays the province has always been Marcos territory and the family enjoy a moderate amount of popularity in the whole Ilocos Norte Province. To commute: Tricycle  is the main source of transportation around the city.

Disappointed with Museo Ilocos Norte in Laoag City

After eating a quick lunch I immediately go to the Museo Ilocos Norte near the Provincial Capitol & public plaza, but unfortunately the museum is closed. What a bad day for me on my second day in Laoag City. I wasn't able to go inside the museum to check out historical pieces and how people survive during the American Forces War. I like the green grass landscape at the center of the museum.  So I decided to go at the nearby Provincial Capitol and take photo inside before heading to their public fountain.

Where to Stay in Laoag City on a Budget?

Affordable hotel in Laoag City with a good service and cheap accommodation loacated at Abadilla, Hilagang Ilocos, Laoag City.  I just walked through their market and I saw this hotel called UKJ Ever Hotel then I immediately inquire to their front desk and ask for a 2 nights accommodation and they charged me for Php 600 per day without breakfast promo. They assisted me at the third floor of the hotel. The location is good and very strategic since it's near the town plaza, public market, supermarket, pharmacies , some fast-food resto and other places that can visit by merely just walking around the city proper. The room is comfy, toilet are clean and cable & air-conditioning system is functional.

Ilocos Norte | Saint William Cathedral or Laoag Cathedral Church

One of the landmarks in the city is Saint William Cathedral also known as Laoag Cathedral Church is small but lovely inside where you find a great view of the altar and it's centrally located. This amazing cathedral was constructed in 1580 as per the plaque posted at its front area. It has wonderful historical significance. The American Forces used it during the 1898 Revolutionary War and by Diocesan Congress. The columns at the side are embellished with gold-color paint with a unique chandeliers above the ceiling. 
Located near the Cathedral are the sinking bell tower, fastfood like Mcdonalds infront the church, Supermarkets & Hotels. Very accessible to the center of the city. I love to go places or side trip along the way with its historical value especially when its well preserved.  Be sure you will visit this landmark when you're in Laoag City.  

A Sinking Bell Tower at The Heart of Laoag City in Ilocos Norte

As part of my 3 days trip in Ilocos Norte, I find my self touring around the city proper and check out this heritage old bell tower of Laoag City. The place is busy with tricycles, restaurants and motor speeding near the tower. You can't get good pictures without the hanging electrical wires and crowded establishments around the area.   It's hard to have a good picture of it so I ended up to take photos at the vacant lot near the school. Is it amazing to know how it is really sinking. According to the people & locals around the place, the bell tower is not actually sinking. It is just that the main roads are getting higher and higher were the times & years passing by which is a symbol of the religious heritage of the people of Laoag City. This area is just not well maintained and look like a very necessary work in progress was abandoned by the provincial government.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

MassKara Festival 2014 Schedules in Bacolod City | Negros Occidental

It's another season of "Smiles". Getting more excited this year? Kampay for MassKara Festival 2014 starting this October 2014 . It's definitely more fun in the Philippines because of its unique colorful festival, great food, enjoying the hospitable and of course the smile were Bacolod folks do it so well. Behind the name of "MassKara Festival" which is "mass" for the people and "kara" for the face (City of Smile). There will be a 2 days electrifying street dance competition and it is the loudest, biggest and the grandest MassKara ever.
Here's the final schedule of MassKara Festival 2014
October 1, 2014 ( Wednesday)
*Fun MassKa-Run & Opening Salvo
*ZumbaaaKara & MassKara Night at Bacolod Public Plaza
October 3, 2014 (Friday)
*Grand Finals for Batang Bida -Bacolod 2014 at People's House of Bacolod Grounds(NGC)
October 10, 2014 (Friday)
*MassKara Queen at University of Saint LaSalle Coliseum
October 16, 2014 (Thursday)
*MassKara Land
October 17, 2014 (Friday)
*MassKara Dance
October 28, 2014 (Saturday) - *Main Highlight*
*MassKara Barangay Street Dance (all category)
*Bacolod City Charter Day Celebration
October 29, 2014 (Sunday)
*MassKara Electric Showdance
Expect the most colorful street parade will be jam packed with both local & foreign tourists along the roads of Bacolod City. Bookmarked this for parade routes & road closure details. Thanks! Photo source: www.facebook.com/MassKaraBacolod.

A Unesco World Heritage Site | Paoay Church in Ilocos Norte

Yes, definitely one of my favorite old church in the country and this is one of its kind because of a combination of unique architecture "Baroque Style" and amazing façade outside. It has a magnificent structure that stands still for a longest time and truly on of the world heritage named. The local government should ensure the cleanliness of the place. I like the huge bell tower at the side made out of coral stones. I wanted to go up the tower but the security said its nit possible to go up there because of the fragile stairs & the door was closed that time. Too bad! The church is in the heart of Paoay which is just 5-10 minutes ride via public jeepney in Batac highway cost you Php 10 per passenger. From Laoag City , about 30 minutes ride via public transport. I walked through the side of the church as per local they put efforts in preserving our old heritage site. Best time to go there is during sunset because the beauty of the church is really amazing and the limestone colors catches up with sun's light.
For a itchy traveler like me, your Ilocos Norte will not compete unless you come and visit this timeless creation while your still young. Next post will be the Laoag & Side Trip Tour.

Ilocos Norte: St Augustine's Church locally known as Paoay Church

It's been 3 years ago when we had a quick trip here in Ilocos Norte for an event in my previous company. That time, we missed to visit the incredible Paoay Church of Ilocos for some reason & a lack of time travelling this place where the church were located. I love seeing old & heritage churches in the Philippines because of it's unique architectures and I was not able to go inside because I went there on a Friday & heavy rains during the time. The church is stunning with its striking bell tower to the side and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Philippines. It's so historical and just looking at it outside gives you an  idea to search and know it's history more. Such a wonderful and my favorite church in the country so far next to Miag-ao Church in Iloilo. I was so excited to capture pictures while it's raining! Oh really heavy rains pours down. There is something special about it that make you want to sit on the grass and just stare at it. I feel like the old bricks and stone are telling me a thousand stories.
There is a nearby restaurant in front the church (Herencia), where you can try Ilocano food & delicacies.  It is definitely a must see place in Ilocos Norte and certainly a remarkable creation will truly amaze both local and foreign tourists.  

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

San Miguel Beer Oktoberfest 2014 Schedules is Now Up - UPDATED

SMB Oktoberfest 2014 Venues Schedule kick off on September 12, 2014 (Friday) | Let us celebrate & welcome "Ber Month" with San Miguel Beer which is the most popular alcoholic beverage in the country. It's definitely reminds me that we are already in our "Ber Month" & nearly about 4 months before Christmas. This is a month long beer, music festival and with performance of local artist & guest bands.  San Miguel Oktoberfest 2014 Ticket Price is Php 300 inclusive of all your favorite beers ( 1 cup SMB Pale Pilsen, 1 cup Red Horse Beer, 1 cup San Mig Light, 1 cup San Miguel Flavored Beer and 1 cup Cerveza Negra)in the Manila Kick Off, while Php 50 (with 1 cup of Pale Pilsen) in regional runs for Laguna & Cebu Kick-Off.  Please post your comments below. Happy Beer Day Everyone.

Mark your Calendar for the following dates and venues listed below:

September 12, 2014 (Friday) - *DONE*
 - Greenfield District Central Park at the back of Edsa Central in Shaw Blvd, Mandaluyong

October 3, 2014 (Friday)
 - One Mango Avenue, General Maxilom Avenue, Cebu City

October 4, 2014 (Saturday)
 - Laguna Central Greenfield City near Paseo De Santa Rosa & Nuvali, Sta Rosa , Laguna

San Miguel Oktoberfest 2014 Band Line Up & Performers: Ely Buendia, Pepe Smith, Slapshock, Greyhoundz, Wilabaliw, Razorback, 6cyclemind, Rivermaya, DJs Mars Miranda, Ace Ramos, Deuce Manila (Kat DJ & Patty Tiu), Top University Bands including RHB Muziklaban Grand Winners. Virtual sports games to be featured include Basketball, Archery, Pool, Billiards, Frisbeer, Giant Darts, Soccer, Giant Connect 4, and Giant Jenga booths for additional fun and thrill.

Friday, August 22, 2014

How to Get to Twin Falls or Bunga Falls of Nagcarlan in Laguna

Going to Twin Falls in Nagcarlan Laguna or also known as "Bunga Falls"

Take a bus bound to Sta Cruz, Laguna from Alabang (South Station Terminal) located beside Muntinlupa Market (Alabang) or Buendia/Cubao. Travel time is 2  1/2 hours and Bus fare of Php 150-160 pesos per person. From Sta Cruz take the road to Nagcarlan upon reaching Liliw, Laguna via public jeepney and fare is Php 25 per person. Drop off to the "Tsinelas Capital of the Philippines" for a side trip before heading to Nagcarlan about 20-30 minutes away which cost you Php 8 pesos only. From the town of Nagcarlan you can opted tricycle going to Twin falls/Bunga falls with the cost of Php 160 (round-trip). Passing through that curva point, you are about 8 kilometers away from the main falls which is located at Barangay Bunga, Nagcarlan, Laguna (left side of the road) Entrance fee is Php 5 pesos only. Cottages is available in the area. Happy Trip Everyone - Bisayang Manlalakbay around the Philippines. 

The Twin Falls of Nagcarlan in Laguna | Also Known As Bunga Falls

Twin Falls is also known as "Bunga Falls" - It was a great view of two separated waterfalls at the heart of Nagcarlan Town were easily accessible to tourist & local commuters. These was a part of my solo trip from Liliw-Nagcarlan Tourist Attraction, you can reach this lovely place via public tricycle in the main town of Nagcarlan. The area is covered with green trees, plants and it's divided into two by  a big rock on the center. I feel amazed with the place because of the quiet atmosphere, cold water & relaxing ambiance. Did you known that Nagcarlan is at the foot of two majestic mountains - Mount Banahaw & Mount San Cristobal which is known to be one of the best rainforest in the country and abundant of natural resources where Bunga or Twin Falls is located which are the locals favorite hangout & picnic area during summertime. Yes indeed, a nature's sceneries of the country side when you visit the town of Nagcarlan.

Monday, August 11, 2014

How to Get to Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery in Laguna

Going to Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery in Nagcarlan, Laguna:

From Buendia Makati Bus Station or South Station in Alabang, Muntinlupa City take a bus going to Sta Cruz , Laguna You can either take Jac Liner, Jam Bus or BBL Bus Liner. Travel time is 2 hours and fare is ranging Php 120 -130 pesos. From Sta. Cruz , Laguna you can ride a jeep heading to Nagcarlan town with the fare of Php 20 per passenger & travel time of  30-45 minutes. Then from the town proper you can hire tricycle going to Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery with the fare of Php 20 pesos. The location of the cemetery is at the right side of the highway. Happy Trip Everyone - Bisayang Manlalakbay around the Philippines!

Amazing Structure of Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery in Laguna

This is one of the historical site and museum in Laguna which is probably the oldest underground cemetery in the Philippines aged of 164 old cemetery located on the boundary of Nagcarlan proper and Barangay Bambang was built by Franciscan friars during the Spanish colonization. I just went to the main entrance & registered my name before heading to the tombs under which a little bit scared with the structures at the walls but can't help not to look at the tombs and mausoleums. It's quite cool down under and I'm little bit scared. I took photo with me and leave immediately. I love the very unique arched gate leads to the chapel and main entrance built into the cemetery's inner wall. It was declared a National Historical Landmark in 1982.

Please take note: The Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery is open on Tuesdays to Sundays from 8:00am to 4:00pm. There's no entrance fee. Being only one of its king in the Philippines, you should definitely not miss this.

St John The Baptist Parish Church in Liliw Laguna

Also known as Lilio Church which was build around 1605. This was my first time to visit the place & I was amazed by this church and has a very cool picturesque facade & ceiling. The adobe/red bricks has its old reflection of the place & very unique architecture design. The old stones fences on both sides of the streets were very cool. Located at Fernandez Compound , Liliw, Laguna and with a nice grand retablo beautifully framed by arch of the altar. The structure was amazing and interior are of bricks walls and stained with green grass. I also like their church door because of the unique carving design. They also have a gazebo at the right side of the church where you can simple relax and experience its fascinating structure. The adoration chapel to the right side of the main church boasts a very interesting and unique wood gold altar. Just before leaving the town of Liliw, Laguna I brought some pasalubong & sweet candy.

Liwaliw sa Liliw Laguna - Tsinelas Capital of the Philippines

Visit Liliw in Laguna to buy affordable slippers locally known as "Tsinelas" and shoes like there's no tomorrow where prices would average around Php 75 for leather slippers, Php 150 for slip ons to Php 350 for clogs and such a simple but beautiful town. The slippers and sandals made from Liliw are affordable and has a very good quality. I also appreciate the stalls where people sell homemade sweets. This was my side trip before heading to Nagcarlac in Laguna to visit the Underground Cemetery & Twin Falls. Along Gat Tayaw Street lined with footwear stalls and comnmercial pasalubong shops in the town of Liliw. Let us support & be proud of our local industry by purchasing their footwear products. Did you know that they are celebrates its annual " Tsinelas Festival" every last week of April. They are celebrating this week long festival which is highlighted by bargain sales, street dance, food & product fair. Another must-see tourist attraction is the St. John the Baptist Church on my next blog post.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

How to Get to Bumbungan Eco Park in Cavinti Laguna

Going to Bumbungan Eco Park in Cavinti Laguna & Bumbungan Waterfalls:

From Alabang, Buendia & Cubao bus terminal you can ride bus bound to Sta Cruz, Laguna and approximate 3 hours travel time with the fare of Php 80-120 pesos per person. Drop off to Lucban (Quezon Province) jeepney terminal along the highway of Sta Cruz. Take a 45 minutes ride going to Cavinti intersection where you'll find tricycle bound to Bumbungan Eco Park. Fare is about Php 30 pesos per passenger. Just ask the driver to drop you off at the entrance of Bumbungan Eco Park and pay for the entrance fee of Php 10 (environmental fee). Fare is Php 10 pesos per person. Complete Address: Barangay Tibatib, Cavinti, Laguna.  Happy Trip - Bisayang Manlalakbay around the Philippines.

Here's the rates:
Environmental Protection Fee (Entrance) - Php 10
Cottage - Php 150 for day tour & Php 200 for night tour
Multi-Purpose Hall - Php 400 for daytime & nightime
Table & chair Rental - Php 100
Life Vest Rental - Php 10

Cooling Off at Bumbungan Eco Park in Cavinti, Laguna

Located along Lumban-Caliraya-Cavinti Road you'll find this eco tourist park along the highway which has great view of the bridge & waterfalls-like river. They have affordable nipa picnic huts, clean bathroom & with entrance fee of Php. 10 per person. This is not-so famous tourist attraction in Cavinti, Laguna but the steps along the highway & the rock wall are cool. I love the lush greenery in the back ground & flowing of water makes me relax & calm. Also, the river do look brown after much rain that day and water cascading from the river spillway that look like waterfalls. We took a lot of photos and proceed to the terminal bound to Sta. Cruz, Laguna. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

How to Get to Pagsanjan Falls in Laguna via Cavinti, Pueblo El Salvador

Going to Pagsanjan Falls via Cavinti Laguna in Pueblo El Salvador Nature's Park & Picnic Grove:

The best fastest way and route going to Pagsanjan Falls via trekking & rappelling at Pueblo El Salvador Nature's Park & Picnic Grove.  From Alabang Bus Terminal located at South Station or Cubao/Buendia take a bus bound to Sta. Cruz Laguna. Travel time is about 2-3 hours via Calamba & Los Banos routes. Fare is around Php 80 - Php 100. Ask the diver to drop you off at Lucban jeepney terminal bound to Cavinti Junction & get off to Cavinti Cemetery where the tricycle you can opt going to Pueblo El Salvador Nature's Park & Picnic Grove a jump off point going to Pagsanjan Falls. Fare is Php 20 pesos each depending on your negotiating skills. We immediately paid a fee for Php 270 each and signed a logbook & waivers. Our  tour guide Kuya Alfred is very nice & accommodating along the first rappelling station who equipped me & my friends Sally a harness and ready to go. The whole adventure is awesome and we saw a lot of animals like monkey hanging on a tree, reptiles, birds and insects were everywhere too. There are a lot of steps heading to the main falls and two vertical ladders and two rappelling grounds area. Finally we came into full view of my childhood dream destination and the exhausting trek was worth it. There's also a chinese couple coming from the boat that time. You may contact them: Pueblo El Salvador Cavinti Contact Number- 0918-9859461 or 0917-2066110. Address: Barangay Tibalib / Anglas Cavinti, Laguna! Cavinti Falls Landline Number for Reservation - (049-523-0012). A total experience of Nature! Arriba Cavinti!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

A Childhood Dream | Pagsanjan Falls in Cavinti, Laguna

Yes, this is my childhood dream destination by seeing on Sibika & Kultura booklet during my grade school days and an excellent experience itself is great. The best part of our travel to Pagsanjan Falls also known as Cavinti Falls is travelling from Pueblo El Salvador a faster way or short cut going to the main falls by rappelling & trekking. Be ready to face long walk to almost 500 steps of steel and two times rappelling since it's the same way you will pass through back. The water falls surrounded with tall trees, also hear the birds and limestone mountains. Once reaching there, you take a  Bamboo boat to go close to the falls and the boat goes right under the falls and water will just drop on you and its thrilling experience and its all worth it. Quite a safe and beautiful adventure. to be honest I was very overwhelmed with our guide by the whole experience and I felt disappointed with the weather.

How to Get to Taytay Falls (Imelda Falls) in Majayjay from Alabang

Going to Taytay Falls (Imelda Falls) in Majayjay, Laguna from Alabang: 

Here's my do it yourself (diy) budget trip going to the most traveled waterfalls in Laguna. Ride a bus going to Sta. Cruz Laguna from Alabang Bus Terminal located at South Station near Muntinlupa Public Market. Fare is Php 80 per passenger & travel time around 2-3 hours depending on traffic situation but I recommend if you do it during weekdays. Then you can ride a jeepney bound to Majayjay, Laguna. Or when you coming from Lucban in Quezon Province at the public market you can ride a jeepney going to crossing Brgy Taytay located at the main highway. Travel time is 20-30 minutes and fare is Php 13. From the highway you can opt a tricycle Php 20 per passenger. Upon arriving in Barangay Center you need to pay for the entrance fee of Php 30 and a 10-15 minutes walking and trekking down to the main falls.

Fall in Love with Taytay Falls in Majayjay, Laguna

I love chasing waterfalls and with this stunning scenery which I like most of my traveled places around the Philippines. We had an expected day tour swimming with my friend Sally. From Lucban, Quezon we rode jeepney going to the town of Majayjay. Travel time is 30-45 minutes & fare around Php 13 per passenger. The water is very cold but the views are really breathtaking well if you are too about drinking water you have to buy distilled water from the sari-sari store and its a good place for adventure with family & friends, trekking or camping. Note: There is no nice bathroom to change your clothes though the place really needs improvement like and they also have to give attention in cleaning the surrounding area. But definitely a beautiful nature you can find here but beware with those slippery stones and you really need to be careful with every steps. There's also a small altar at the side of the falls pool area. If you love nature -Taytay falls or Imelda falls is the good place for you and a lot of different trees around and the best to visit the waterfalls during summer while its to hot and sunny to beat the season heat.

Friday, June 13, 2014

How to Get to Dumaguete Airport via Public Transportation

Going to Dumaguete Airport and also known as Sibulan Airport:

Here's the quick information & travel tips going to the airport on a budget. You may take jeepney from Dumaguete Public Market near the church and look for the jeepney bound to Sibulan. Travel time is about 10-15 minutes away from the city. Fare is Php  10 per passenger. Every week, at least 56 domestic flight to Dumaguete & Manila via Cebu Pacific & Philippine Airlines. Or you can take a taxi or van with the high fare so if you want to experience traveling with the locals take jeepney ride and communicate with them. You can also charter tricyle going to the main proper cost you about Php 100-150 pesos per way. It's definitely, Negros Oriental were the fun starts here "Naturally". Happy Trip Everyone - Bisayang Manlalakbay Around the Philippines.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

My Favorite Tourist Destination | Til We Meet Again - Siquijor Island

Nothing compares with the beauty of the Island and I'm surely want to revisit the place soon. I just opted last trip bound to Dumaguete City via fast craft vessel around 5:00pm. The island of Siquijor offers many things & unexpected adrenaline during my solo backpacking trip to the island. " Is the island of Siquijor a creepy place? " My answer is no because the tales & mysteries about the Mystical & Island of Fire" got my favorite place to live & has it's unique beauty. But then again, I thought the scary place would make my first visit in the Province would make for a more relaxing & adventurous trip. Surely, I would recommend this place to my friends who wish to visit Siquijor.

Thank you very much Siquijor for a short stay & teaching me how to become more independent. A wonderful experience and I look forward for the next adventure in my life to complete the 81 provinces in the Philippines.

Where To Buy Pasalubong In Siquijor | Mar & Peck Souvenirs

One of the highlight of my travel in the place I've visited is to collect "I love shirt". After the trike tour around the island, my guide ask him where to buy pasalubong or souvenir? So he told me one in the public market & near at their municipal hall. I highly recommend Mar & Peck Souvenirs with good variety of bracelets,woodcrafts,  keychains, delicacies, shirts, antique memorabilia & many more items to choose from. Prices is reasonable. I got my "I Love Siquijor" shirt for Php 160 per item. The vendors are very nice, friendly & accommodating.

Siquijor Church | Saint Francis The Assisi Parish Church

I' am "Agree" about this island could be one of my favorite tourist spot located at Santa Fee Street, Siquijor, Siquijor.  This landmark is still be the first and last tourist spot you see when you arrive and leave Siquijor since it's just in front of the port ( Larena Seaport Terminal). It also built in 1500's which built up with stone corals and I like the church because of the caption signage of " Welcome to Siquijor" a perfect view because the background is the church and good spot where you can have a picture taking and post it to your facebook or instagram status. There's also a mini fountain area with a woman statue carrying a vase. Inside the church, it was a typical structure and a small side chapel. For additional travel tips: Habal-Habal (single motorcycle) or Trike tours can be arranged with the locals ranging 500-800 pesos and explore the beauty of Siquijor and for updates please click and like my Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/BisayangManlalakbay




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