The last time I was here was in 2005 when I joined the staff of Philippine Eagle Foundation who monitored the Eagle’s nest in Barangay Sinai. But last week, (and its’s six years later) Ruby and I revisited Arakan just to take photos for my personal project, a website. And we looked for a good vantage point of the valley and we found this spot.
DAVAO CITY (19 April 2011) — Since I was young, I have often heard my grandparents talk about their hometowns in Panay Island, Western Visayas.
Even my uncles also talk about their vacation experience in Iloilo, particularly Pototan town, which is about 45 minutes away from Iloilo City.
Just last week, Ruby and I had the chance to visit Panay Island, where most of the settlers in Southwestern Mindanao came from. Having born and grown up in Mindanao, I have always been eager to visit our beloved Iloilo.
There’s a joke among Ilonggos that when you say you’re going to visit Iloilo, you will have to “renew.” It means you have to have your “license to boast” renewed in Iloilo.
It has been a joke that Ilonggos are known “tikalon” or boastful. Tikalon also means talking exaggeratedly. I still wonder why. Read More »
HINATUAN, Surigao del Sur – What was once an ordinary log pond at the height of the logging operations in Surigao del Sur in the 1950s is now one of the top tourist destinations in the province.
With its cool crystal-clear water, the “Enchanted River” is one of the must-visit natural resorts of this rustic town and it has been drawing foreign and local tourists alike even before it was fully developed two years ago.
From the town proper, a 14-kilometer narrow dirt road leads to the natural spring resort nestled at Barangay Cambatong. Single motorcycles, locally known as habal-habal, carry passengers from the town proper to the resort for P40.
Ernesto Dungque, one of the resort workers, tells MindaNews that what is now the swimming area used to be a log pond. He adds that a few logs still lie submerged at the bottom of the 26-meter deep natural pool. Read More »
Unlike other parts of the country, when you’d say “historic,” you’d see traces right on the streets of the place. But in Butuan, nothing “historic” would greet you as you enter the city or even some landmarks that would really prove why it should be called “Historic City of Butuan.”
Coming from Davao City, only the familiar steel bridge and murky Agusan River would remind travelers that they are already in Butuan City. Read More »