Thoughts and takeaways on Asia Society Philippines’ talk on “Traveling with a Purpose”

As some of you guys well know, we (Hali and I, Katherine) are advocates of voluntourism, and we’re part of a non-profit voluntourism community called Alon ng Pag-asa. For about 2 years, we’d been blogging about our trips here (specifically, in Jomalig Island in Quezon Province, Matnog in Sorsogon and del Carmen in Siargao). This August, […]

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Why I still prefer DIY over packaged tours

There’s a lot of things that make a DIY travel awesome. It’s cheaper obviously, more flexible in terms of schedule and bonds people better, perhaps due to shared responsibility among the group. But this isn’t the reason why I prefer DIY over joining packaged tours. Because when you think about it, DIY has its challenges […]

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This is Why We Don’t Post Hugot Memes

Things have been slow lately. I’d been flicking through posts about blogging and remembered that I wanted to write about this–why we don’t post hugot memes in our Facebook page or joke about that here–even though hugot posts are a proven way to get likes and shares. For our non-Filipino readers, hugot (literally “to draw” […]

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Let’s talk about overcrowding: Is it time to implement tourist capping?

Lately, there have been discussions on the problem of overcrowding in tourism sites, particularly on mountains. This is an interesting topic to me because while I promote local tourism, I am also an advocate of responsible and sustainable travel or what others refer to as ecotourism. Perhaps if I were to summarize the issue, it […]

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