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Trip: Backpacking Philippines

There are [19] stories from my trip: Backpacking Philippines


Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

PHILIPPINES | Monday, 24 Aug 2009 | Views [3492] | Comments [1]

The very dark space was lit only by our headlights and the light from distant houses. Our cab driver said that both sides of the road is already the lake. It was dark so it was not evident. It felt like we were just floating in dark space. We headed ... Read more >


Exploring the Balingasay River - Bolinao, Pangasinan

PHILIPPINES | Thursday, 16 Apr 2009 | Views [6596] | Comments [3]

We hopped on a pump boat one warm summer morning. I read that the river is one of the cleanest in the Philippines.  I wanted to see that for myself. I have just visited a few rivers on the other regions of the country so I had enough to compare it to.... Read more >

Tags: balingasay, bolinao


Gallery: Trekking and Camping in Daraitan

PHILIPPINES | Wednesday, 1 Apr 2009 | Photo Gallery


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Trekking in Mt. Daraitan

PHILIPPINES | Wednesday, 1 Apr 2009 | Views [12715] | Comments [10]

Daranak Falls Gracey invited me to join her and her outdoor club to trek Mt. Daraitan. After saying no to her invitations so many times, I finally said yes. We took the 3-hour trip to the location by hopping on one of the Tanay, Rizal-bound ... Read more >

Tags: camping, daraitan, rizal, tanay, tinipac, trekking


Gallery: Snorkeling in Anilao, Batangas

PHILIPPINES | Wednesday, 25 Mar 2009 | Photo Gallery


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Snorkeling in Anilao, Batangas

PHILIPPINES | Wednesday, 25 Mar 2009 | Views [7990]

What to Expect Batangas offers good sites for both trekking and diving. If you expect to enjoy swimming in a beach, don't consider Anilao . There is just a small stretch of beach here and you have to hop to another island to get there. If don't ... Read more >

Tags: anilao, batangas, diving, snorkeling


Gallery: Bukdinon: More than Just Pineapples

PHILIPPINES | Wednesday, 18 Mar 2009 | Photo Gallery


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Bukidnon: More than Just Pineapples

PHILIPPINES | Wednesday, 18 Mar 2009 | Views [3950] | Comments [5]

The Obrero Place Candice and her family drove us to Bukidnon where we stayed at Monte Gelo Farms owned by the Obreros. The Obreros are from Ilocos so they spoke our nativee tongue. We were the only guests in the place so we had the log cabin ... Read more >

Tags: bukidnon, del monte farms, monte gelo farms, obrero place, pineapple


Extreme Cagayan de Oro

PHILIPPINES | Wednesday, 18 Mar 2009 | Views [1480]

Cagayan de Oro is also home to some extreme adventure. View photos HERE . The Cagayan de Oro River The White Waters Grace and I were the brave ones to sit first row on the raft. We wanted to experience the excitement first hand. ... Read more >

Tags: cagayan de oro, cagayan de oro river, white water rafting


Gallery: Camiguin: Island on Fire

PHILIPPINES | Monday, 16 Mar 2009 | Photo Gallery


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Camiguin: Island on Fire

PHILIPPINES | Monday, 16 Mar 2009 | Views [1948]

Anticipation Looking forward to the last few days of my trip, I woke up earlier than planned. I needed to be in the airport at around 430AM. I was up at 3AM. I had to disturb the crew during that shift since I was checking out earlier than I ... Read more >

Tags: camiguin, katibawasan falls, mt. hibok-hibok, mt. vulcan, sunken cemetery, volcano


Half Day in Cebu

PHILIPPINES | Monday, 16 Mar 2009 | Views [886]

Raining Cats and Dogs It was raining when we woke up in Boracay. I was already wet when I left Boracay and even got more wet when I arrived at the Caticlan airport. Most of the flights were delayed so I had to wait 3 hours. That meant I only ... Read more >

Tags: cebu cathedral, cebu city, lapu lapu city, sto. nino church


Gallery: Cebu City Churches

PHILIPPINES | Monday, 16 Mar 2009 | Photo Gallery


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Gallery: Boracay: A Different Perspective

PHILIPPINES | Friday, 13 Mar 2009 | Photo Gallery


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Boracay: A Different Perspective

PHILIPPINES | Friday, 13 Mar 2009 | Views [1004]

Company at Last I traveled through bus for 6 hours from Iloilo City to Caticlan to get to Boracay where I had company at last. Traveling alone is fun and exciting but being alone most of the days is sometimes lonely. My friends from the photography ... Read more >

Tags: boracay, regatta


Gallery: The Guimaras Island

PHILIPPINES | Friday, 13 Mar 2009 | Photo Gallery


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The Guimaras Island

PHILIPPINES | Wednesday, 11 Mar 2009 | Views [4340] | Comments [4]

Getting Around When I arrived on the Guimaras island in the Jordan port, I immediately proceeded to the tourist information center to avoid the insisting tricycle drivers. I found a friendly Ilongga who helped me come up with an itinerary. She ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, guimaras, mangoes, the old trappist monastery, tricycle


Iloilo City: In and Around

PHILIPPINES | Wednesday, 11 Mar 2009 | Views [3313] | Comments [2]

The Friendly Ilonggos The first day of my 12-day adventure brought me to the city of Iloilo . I had my first close encounter with an Ilonggo in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport while waiting for my flight. Mang Jim smiled at me and I smiled ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, iloilo, jaro, miag-ao, molo


Gallery: Iloilo City: In and Around

PHILIPPINES | Saturday, 14 Feb 2009 | Photo Gallery


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