Rain or shine: 5 Days Iloilo-Guimaras itinerary and side trip to Antique

Antique-Iloilo-Guimaras itinerary and travel guide

Normally, Hali and I just tag along with friends or other groups. This getaway was basically our first together. We planned a 5 days Iloilo-Guimaras itinerary, with a quick day trip in Antique. The weather in the Philippines is a funny thing. It’s either sweltering hot or shivering cold. After several weeks of good weather, […]

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Fortune telling in the solemn Cebu Taoist Temple

Cebu Taoist temple

A Cebu city tour wouldn’t be complete without visiting Cebu Taoist Temple. Built in 1972, the temple is located in upscale Beverly Hills subdivision, Lahug District. It’s an hour away from the main city. I was very enthralled about visiting this Taoist Temple; in fact, I think I may have been the only one in our […]

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Siargao’s Pride: Magpupungko Pool and General Luna

Magpupungko Pool and General Luna in Siargao

Ever since I’d seen a a video of Siargao from One Way Ticket, I’d been excited to visit Magpupungko Pool. Hali, meanwhile, was excited to surf in the world-famous Cloud 9 in General Luna. So you can imagine how looking forward we were to these visits. Magpupungko Pool Magpupungko Pool is located inside Buddha’s Surf Resort in Pilar, […]

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Sugba Lagoon and hidden beaches in del Carmen, Siargao

Sugba Lagoon and hidden beaches in del Carmen, Siargao

Siargao is known for its surfing and island hopping destinations, but few have heard, much more set foot, in del Carmen. Unbeknownst to many, it has many treasures: mangrove forests, the undeveloped Sugba Lagoon and hidden beaches. If I should describe the islands in del Carmen in one word, it would be “still.” During our tour, […]

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Another voluntourism trip: Off to Cebu and Siargao

Cloud 9 resort in Siargao

I was very excited about this trip because you know… Siargao! Virgin islands, surfing, the famous Magpupungko Rock Pool. To give you a bit of a background: this Cebu-Siargao trip is a project of Alon ng Pag-asa, a small group of travelers engaging in voluntourism in the Philippines. We planned this trip as requested and […]

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Sulit day trip in Tanay, Rizal: Calinawan Cave, Daranak and Batlag Falls, Pililla Windmills

Pililla windmills in Rizal, included in Tanay Rizal day tour

We spent the last holiday on a very sulit day trip to Tanay Rizal. Tanay is just a few-hour drive from Manila. It was very laid back and fun. We started the day spelunking in Calinawan cave, visiting Daranak Falls and Batlag Falls and ended the afternoon visiting the recently constructed windmills in the very windy area […]

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