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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Skydiving: It’s more fun in Iba, Zambales

Skydiving in Zambales

In our last moments, we might think of things we might have done, dreams, mistakes, opportunities and if one was an important decision or not. Most people have an answer to “Have you ever?” and most have an excuse for “Why’s?” Recently, I stumbled upon an interesting adventure and this is on most people’s bucket […]

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Alibijaban Island and Burias Island: Travel Guide + Sample Itinerary

Alibijaban Island and Burias Island

This is our long weekend trip to Alibijaban Island in Quezon and Burias Island in Masbate. Alibijaban Island — a name that’s synonymous with a budget-friendly, quiet getaway in the province of Quezon. This foreign-sounding island is mainly known for the numerous mangroves lining up the shore of its beach. Is it really as good […]

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Exploring Sorsogon through volunteering

Islet in Juag's fish sanctuary, Sorsogon

Confession: Initially, I didn’t have much high expectations for this Sorsogon trip. What do you know? It turned out to be one of the most memorable travels I’ve had so far. Giving back to the community and exploring the best Sorsogon tourist spots made a mark in my heart. Looking back at this trip, I was certain I fell in love with […]

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The end of summer: Visiting Apo Whang-Od in Kalinga

Apo Whang-Od tattoo

How does one’s summer end? Is it the first hint of rain or the sign of morning sun that can wake one’s good sleep? Months ago, a friend planned a trip to Sagada in the Mountain Province, with a short detour to see the oldest traditional tattoo artist in Kalinga, Apo Whang-Od. This was something I’ve […]

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Quezon’s hidden treasure: Golden sands of Jomalig Island

Golden sands in Jomalig island, Quezon

So while I’m waiting for Hali’s photos of past events, I’m going to reminisce a little about our not-so-long-ago visit in Jomalig Island in Quezon Province last April just after holy week. If you haven’t heard of this place, that’s totally understandable and also now that you do, congrats! This place is totally awesome. If […]

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