Category Philippines 2012

Buzzing With Excitement: Bohol Bee Farm

My favorite place in Bohol begins with a bee. Actually, make that millions of bees. At Bohol Bee Farm, there’s never a shortage of honey. There isn’t a shortage of vintage, bed-and-breakfast style comfort either. For less than one dollar, day visitors can go on a tour of the farm areas, the residential areas, the […]

A Date With A Snake: Trekking In Bohol

When I reflect on my experiences in Bohol, the first thing that comes to mind is the exotic wildlife I had the chance to come in contact with — quite literally. Our first stop after disembarking our two-hour boat from Camiguin was to see the endangered Tarsier monkeys at a wildlife sanctuary. These monkeys are […]

I’m On A Boat: Island Hopping In The Philippine Sea

While we were in Surigao, I was afforded the opportunity to go island hopping in the Philippine Sea. I wasn’t sure what to expect at first, but as we boarded our bangka (traditional Philippine boat), and set sail, I was sure that this would truly be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We first went to a small […]

A Trip to Surigao: Adventures in the Rainforest

I never knew that a three-hour, bumpy van ride would take me from my ancestral home in Cabadbaran to the most beautiful rainforest scenes I’ve ever seen. First, we stopped at Tinuy-an Falls in Surigao. This breathtaking landmark requires a quick ferry across the river and a 10-minute van or motorcycle ride. But the journey […]

A House With A Story: Do You Believe in Ghosts?

I am a descendant of the Atega family. Let me repeat that for clarification — I am a descendant of the Atega family. Now, you’ve heard it twice. What’s the big deal? Well, you see, I am currently residing at the famed Atega household in Cabadbaran City, a barangay in Mindanao. We’ve been coming here […]

The Outpost, Cebu: My First Ukulele Gig

On Wednesday night we were invited by a few family friends to The Outpost, a nice little restaurant and bar in downtown Cebu. Having nothing better to do, my uncle and I happily obliged. The place has a vibrant music scene, with bands performing almost every night. I got lucky enough to play ukulele between […]

Camiguin: The Philippines’ Best Kept Secret

With its beaches, volcanoes, waterfalls, and everything in between, Camiguin really is “the island born of fire.” No matter where on the island you are, it’s impossible to miss the beautiful landscapes, rice fields, and ocean views of Camiguin. It’s basically a photographer’s paradise, which is why the past two weeks here have been absolutely […]