Top Things To Do and See In The Mystical Island of Fire |Nhagzventures

I had always wanted to visit Siquijor island and I recently had the chance to spend enough time in this amazing island of fire. Unlike to its neighboring island, which is pretty close to visitors, Siquijor is one of the welcoming and hospitable islands in the Visayas. It is an interesting place with a unique culture.

Me and my friend took a bus ride from South Bus Terminal to Santander Port. Our itinerary is jaunt around the island and try their food delicacies and to dine at their famous restaurants.


Our journey began at Dumaguete Port, by the time we were there, the sun was already out in its full glory and a good weather-climb loomed ahead as evidenced by the clear blue sky.


We took another 1 hour and 30 minutes of a boat ride via Montenegro Shipping Lines. Upon arrival at the Siquijor Port, we quickly rented a motorbike that we can use that’s good for 2 days. The motorbike will cost you 350 PHP per day. After paying the motorbike rental fee, We quickly headed to Royal Cliff Resort where we stayed for 2 nights and 3 days. We enjoyed our first day by doing the Coastal tour on the island.

And here are the top things to do and see in the island of Siquijor



Capilay Spring Park- San Juan, Siquijor

This spring park is open to public which is situated at the heart of San Juan, Siquijor. Also, this park is just right in the middle of the town plaza. This park has a playground, kiosk and booths which is perfect for family and friends who wants to have a picnic.



The Enchanting Balete Tree

Aside from the mystical tree. My main itinerary is to dip my feet into a small pool that they called “FISH SPA”. It was indulging. The water is so clear and cool.


LAZI CHURCH- San Isidro Labrador Parish Church

The San Isidro Labrador Parish Church (Spanish: Iglesia Parroquial de San Isidro Labrador), commonly known as Lazi Church, is a Roman Catholic church in the municipality of Lazi, Siquijor, Philippines within the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Dumaguete. It became an independent parish in 1857 under the advocacy of Saint Isidore the Laborer


The church, also known for its huge convent, was declared a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum of the Philippines. It is also nominated for the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List since 2006 under the collective group of Baroque Churches of the Philippines (Extension) together with the churches of Boljoon, Guiuan, Loboc and Tumauini.


Inside the Lazi, Church




The U-shaped bahay na bato convent is one of the largest convents built during the Spanish colonial era. On its first floor are stonewalls while wood panels can be found on the second floor.Its dimension is 42 meters (138 ft) by 38 meters (125 ft).It is funded by donations from parishes and missions of the Recollects.Partitions of the convent were removed but the original structure was maintained. It now houses the Siquijor Heritage Museum which has collections of important church relics and paraphernalia




Cambuhagay Falls

After dipping into the crystal greenish-blue and cold as ice waters of Cambuhagay Falls, we quickly headed to Salagdoong Beach. The resort is well-known in the island because of its Cliff that’s best for cliff -jumping. I don’t have the pictures to show because I was very disappointed by that time. Disappointed not because of the place but to the people slash tourists who doesn’t have the proper travel etiquette.


Few minutes after, we decided to get back to the resort where we stayed and I drove for almost 1 hour from Salagdoong Beach going back to the hotel.



Towering above the plains of Siquijor is the majestic Mount Bandilaan, the highest peak in the province which can be found in its midst. Rising up to 557 feet above sea level totaling 1394 feet high, Mount Bandilaan provides many opportunities of exploration such as cave spelunking, nature trekking and mountain climbing.


Viola, here we are! The weather was cooperative that day. The weather that morning is a bit gloomy, yet there’s no sign of heavy rainfall. MtBandilaan is a forest sanctuary. I bet there’s a mossy part somewhere. Camp Bandilaan. When you’re at the top of the metal tower, you will see a full view of Siquijor.




The view from Larena Triad is just spectacular. It offers a vantage view of the triad of the other islands namely Negros, Cebu and Bohol. To be honest, we came all the way here just for the view and it’s really beautiful. Although the sun was piping hot during our lunch visit, the breath of fresh air gave a relaxing feeling.


One of the amazing view of Larena Triad Coffee Shop in Siquijor island, Philippines


During my first visit on the island, I was not able top chase the spectacular color of the sun that fades away. On my second visit, voila! I had the opportunity to see and chase for it.


Chasing the sunset is my favorite part when I am traveling. It will complete me and makes me feel good.


Please read: CHASING SUNSET | Best Way of Letting Go The Bad Memories in Life



Baha Ba’r has a “loungey” informal laid-back atmosphere that welcomes overseas visitors and locals alike. It prides itself on having an extensive tapas style menu that permits you to experience the best flavours of the Philippines and a cocktail drinks menu unrivalled on Siquijor if not the Visayas.


Baha Bar offers traditional cocktails inspired by local fruit and ingredients that you will definitely not find anywhere else.



We were at the tail-end of our whole-day island tour. From the Beach Port of Siquijor, Capilay Spring Park to the famous Siquijor balete tree, Cambugahay Falls, and Kagusuan Beach; we’ve been to places we’ve visited before and to new ones. And there’s definitely nothing more rewarding after such a journey than a relaxing coffee break (or beer, perhaps?) right by the beach as the sun sets far off into the horizon.


Lilibeth’s Pan Bisaya is a roadside bakery located on a lonely stretch of the road along barangay Bino-Ongan. It sits right by the beach, more famous for its mangroves than its sand, which it has really none to speak of, by the way—they’re mostly crushed corals.

But we’re not really here to swim. We’re here to eat.



Siquijor’s pan bisaya is owned and operated Lilibeth Viernes-Alce, a sweet woman clad in apron who was supervising the ovens when we entered the simple hut where the bakery is set on. This thatch-roofed structure is where all the magic happens; from the mixing and kneading of the dough up to the final baking at the makeshift concrete oven—fired from below and at the top by driftwoods and coconut husks—right at the side of the hut.



When visiting Siquijor, there are various of hotel accomodtauon that you can choose to stay. But, in my case, I highly recommend ROYAL CLIFF RESORT


Royal Cliff Resort is located in the paradise coastal side of the mystical island of Siquijor, nestled in beautiful and majestic rock formation. It is noted to be one of the perfect hideaways and one of the best tourist destination of the province for its breathtaking seascape, fantastic sunset and amazing coral reef.


*Photos by Google

It is an ideal place for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, boat-sailing and other sea adventures. Royal Cliff Resort is also an idyllic place to dine. It is known for its great food and for the great people around.

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

The Best Of Both Worlds: Find Adventure And Relaxation In Dalaguete, Cebu

Sometimes, we need to sit back and enjoy some beautiful scenery. If you are thinking of taking a break from the bustling City of Cebu and looking forward to laying back for a vacation, try to visit the “Vegetable Basket of Cebu”, “Summer Capital of Cebu” and “The Little Baguio of Cebu”, Dalaguete!


That was one fine Sunday morning when my friends with the same interests as me met up in Cebu South Bus Terminal for a two days escape to this beautiful destination in the Southern part of Cebu. Obviously, my adventurous spirit was fully electrified that moment the fact that I haven’t explored the town yet.


After 4 hours of riding on a bus, we finally arrived the Municipality of Dalaguete on a chilly afternoon. We drop-off in one the convenience store in the town where Tina and Daphne waited for us and the rest of the group. Finally, the waiting game was finally over after a couple of minutes. We instantly headed ourselves along with the big bag packs on our back to the cab that we rented for our 2 days adventuring and wandering in the town.


Dalaguete Church

Before proceeding to our first destination, we took a midday meal to recharged our body and proceeded to Mantalongon Public Market to buy food for our overnight camp. In that moment time, it obviously shows that it will be a great yet fun adventure with the circle.

Under that scorching heat of the sun, everyone was so excited to go on with our journey. As we’ve looked all around the environment we felt so lucky because of the opportunity that we were able to treat ourselves to an adventurous relaxation.

Whether you’re craving adventure or relaxation, I can say that this town is the perfect one. Here are the cool places that we’ve visited during this two days adventure!



    While we are on our way to the community of Lugsungan to unmask the spectacular  Casino Peak. I was rewarded with a cool breeze and the sight of unique rock formations along the way. Since we want to cool down first after basking around under the heat of the sun, we decided to explore the place. I was surprised with what I’ve seen, from its lofty peaks, scenic landscapes, extremely impressive rock formations and mystical caves.

    Most of its rock is still intact since it is not yet often visited. Thus, I instantly grabbed the opportunity to climb to the top of the stunning rocks and took photos with the picturesque background of Osmeña Peak.


  2. CASINO PEAK | Lunsangan, Dalaguete, Cebu


    When Casino Peak opened officially this year, it got trending on social medias and the crowd gets loco especially those thrill trekkers. Aside from that, once you’ve reached the top it will give you the majestic and photogenic view. The background is like you are in Bohol Chocolate Hills!


    After the uphill ride, we started our trek going to the peak. The trek was not difficult. The only challenge we encountered is the uphill rocky climb with a narrow path along the way.


    It took us 30 minutes before we reached the stunning view of Lunsagan from the top.  I was surprised with the seemingly giant mole in the background that looks like the Chocolate Hills in Bohol.


    What’s with the name CASINO?

    When we reached the jump-off area going to the peak, I’ve got the chance to speak with one of the locals and asked why they called it Casino and here’s what I’ve learned. The land was owned namely “Seno”, locals called it “Kang Seno” or “Ka Sino” which means owned by Seno. Until the land was being acknowledged as “Casino Peak”.

    From Cebu South Bus Terminal take a Bus going to Dalaguete (One-way fare is 140.00 Php/Bus with AC and 120.00 Php/ Non-AC). Inform the driver to drop you off at downtown Dalaguete, Cebu or at 7/11 Convenience Store, travel time may take 3-4 hours depends on the traffic. From downtown Dalaguete, take a habal-habal/motorbike ride going to Brgy. Lunsangan, Dalaguete, Casino Peak. The fare is 150 Php, depends on how you will negotiate with the driver.

    KANDUNGAW ( CANDONGAO )PEAK | Maloray, Dalaguete, Cebu


    The Municipality of Dalaguete has been famous to its cooling and relaxing Osmeña Peak. But you can’t end up your trail there! There’s actually a place in the town where you can see a huge monolithic rock called the Kandungaw Peak situated in an uphill community of Maloray, Dalaguete, Cebu.


    Our trail ended up in Kandungaw Peak but our story doesn’t end here. We arrived the jump off area of Brgy. Maloray at around 6:00 o’clock in the evening. Obviously, the uphill trail going to the peak is a bit dark and good thing I have my headlamp with me. We are so lucky as well as the trail going to the top was well established and there’s a concrete footpath so nothing to worry about.

    After 30 minutes of enduring the dark trail of Kandungaw, we finally reached the camp site. The spot was just maybe around 15 diameters and a cliff on the side. Even though it was a bit dark, I can see the isolated and spectacular surface rock outcrop standing just ahead of us and the heavens were filled with a cacophony of stars.


    Photo by Joseph Baya

    We then quickly set up our tents and prepared our dinner. After we took the main meal of the day, we had the socials night. That was one of the best camp outs I had, as we shared great stories under the cooling darkness of the mountain. All of us embracing the night that is full of laughter, giggling and chuckling. Best night ever, really!


    At around 11:00 o’clock in the evening, small drops of water starting to fall from the sky and the atmosphere started to become icy. There were no trees even where we can hide the cold winds. And here you again, being weak in cold temperature started to flow my human body. So I rapidly went inside the tent to give comfort with my chilly body. Good thing, I have Jaimro who spent the night with me in the same tent. Unfortunately, the both of us are having trouble to get some sleep because of the pebbly surface in our back. Even though it was a sufferable one, we were still able to get some sleep.


    The next day, we were so lucky with the friendly weather surrounded by the azure skies and natural background of mountains covered with grass and trees. And I finally saw the prominent peak of Kandungaw  in a clearer vision.


    At the top of Kandungaw Peak

    Everyone was so excited to climb the peak, so after breakfast, we quickly packed our pieces of stuff including our tents. Because of the excitement,  Joseph and I are the first who rapidly climbed the marvelous rock standing in front of us that’s towering 650 meters above sea level.  Upon reaching the top of Kandungaw, my adventurous spirit was rewarded with the mesmerizing landscapes. Aside from that, I was able to unmask the lovely peaks of Lovers and Sunset Peak that is facing in front of Kandungaw Peak. Because of the picturesque view and awe-inspiring background, we spent a lot of time in taking photos.20170828_091113-01[1].jpegOur climb to Kandungaw Peak was one of the breathtaking scenery that I’ve seen in my adventures. As I saw Kandungaw, I knew an adventure was going to happen.



    From Cebu South Bus Terminal take a Bus going to Dalaguete (One-way fare is 140.00 Php/Bus with AC and 120.00 Php/ Non-AC). Inform the driver to drop you off at downtown Dalaguete, Cebu or at 7/11 Convenience Store, travel time may take 3-4 hours depends on the traffic. From downtown Dalaguete, take a habal-habal/motorbike ride going to Brgy. Maloray, Dalaguete, Cebu. The fare is 150 Php, depends on how you will negotiate with the driver.



    Photo by: Joseph Baya

    After the group photo session at Kandungaw Peak, we decided to take a quick peek to the majestic Kandungaw Cave.  Since the cave is just situated under the peak so there’s nothing to worry about of getting there even though it is a 90 degrees trail down from the peak.

    As we reached the entrance of the cave, I’m a bit frightened. In that moment in time, I had the feeling that someone will be going to munch and chomp me inside. Lol! But as a conqueror, I tried to enter the cave and my eyes got surprised with the mix crystalline formation. Inside the cave is muddy and dark so you need to bring a flashlight with you. But since I left my headlamp inside the bag, I used my mobile phone instead.

    I saw terrific and fantastic stone arrangement and is full of life and reserves a tremendously beautiful sight inside. Our quick peeks in Kandungaw Cave was truly worth it.


After we explore the cave, we supposed to climb the Lovers and Sunset Peak, but Kandungaw Peak is more than enough already. Also, everyone was excited to chase the Cambais Falls in Alegria, Cebu.  Thus, we ended up to take the descending trail back to the jump off area.




Our journey to Dalaguete, Cebu was not the end of our story. We continued our adventure at Cambais Falls, Alegria, Cebu Cebu for us to indulge and cool down. Our ride collaborates the scorching heat of the sun but no one doesn’t have a care because we had so much fun along the way.

Though this is my third time visit the mesmerizing falls of Cambais but seems it still new to me. The fact that I am with different people, another experience and we had other stories to share.


If you wish to visit and explore the beautiful Municipality of Dalaguete, Cebu here’s a simple travel guide and tips.

DAY 1-Sunday (August 27, 2017)
08:00 AM- Meet up/Assembly time at Cebu South Bus Terminal
09:00 AM- ETD Dalaguete Town Proper
12:00 NN- ETA Dalaguete Town Proper
01:00 PM- Lunch at Dalaguete Food Lane
02:30 PM- Quick Jaunt at Dalaguete Rock Formation
03:00 PM- Ascend to Casino Peak
04:30 PM- Descend to Jump-off point
05:00 PM- ETD to Kandungaw Peak
06:00 PM- ETA jump-off point/ Registration
06:30 PM- Ascend to Kandungaw Peak/Camp Site
07:00 PM- Set up Camp/ Preparation for dinner
08:00 PM- Dinner/Socials
12:00 MN- Lights off

DAY 2-Monday ( August 28, 2017)
05:00 AM- Wake-up time/ Preparation for breakfast/Sunrise viewing
06:00 AM- Breakfast
07:00 AM- Explore Kandungaw Peak/Kandungaw Cave
09:30 AM- Descend to Jump-off point
10:00 AM- ETD to Calierohan Public Market
11:30 AM- ETA Calierohan Public Market
12:00 NN- Lunch Time/Buy Goods
01:00 PM- ETD to Cambais Falls, Alegria, Cebu
02:00 PM- ETA Cambais Falls, Alegria Cebu/
02:30 PM- Short hike going to the main stream of Cambais Falls
04:00 PM- ETD to Mantalongon Town Proper/Bus Station
05:00 PM- ETA Mantalongon Town Proper/Bus Station
05:30 PM- ETD to Cebu City
08:00 PM- ETA Cebu City

-Home Sweet Home-


140 PHP- Air-conditioned bus fare from Cebu City to Dalaguete proper ( Same rate with Mantalongon to Cebu City)
5000 PHP- Cab rental for 2 days/ Snacks / Miscellaneous/ divided by 10 persons (500 PHP/Pax) .(as of this writing).
150 PHP- Lunch/Breakfast

*Note- All figures are subject to change without prior notice.


1. Always plan ahead your tour. And for guide ship services with your Kandungaw climb, you may contact Junior at 09305156836.
2. There are some parts of Dalaguete that are difficult to get a ride. For your convenience, you may contact Tina Obiedo Salonoy at 09096838554 for a multi-cab/car rental.  You can negotiate to her with the schedule and prices for car rental/tour services.
3. Be a responsible hiker/traveler so always follow the “LEAVE NO TRACE” practice, Okay!
4. Always wear proper trekking attire and wear sunblock to protect your skin from the sun.
5. Always bring enough food, water, and essential kinds of stuff or necessary for the climb.
6. Respect the locals and be friendly.

Visiting the Summer Capital of Cebu is one the beautiful yet memorable travel adventures I had. It gave me the opportunity to meet a new set of friends and great adventures.  Thanks to Tina for making this travel adventures possible especially to your Dad who rode for us to explore your hometown. To my new friends, thanks for giving me such great smile on my face, I really had the best time with you all guys!


Pundok Bandana

Because of this 2 days adventure, we are united with great minds. We ended up as a group called, “PUNDOK BANDANA”.  Congratulations to all of us and cheers to more adventuring in the near future!

Come and jaunt with me as I will be posting more photos of this misadventures soon!










Silay City|A Quick Jaunt To The Paris of Negros Occidental

Looking for a perfect getaway that won’t required to filed leaves or missed classes? Silay City is perfect!


This 3rd-class city in the Province of Negros Occidental is just right for a two-day, one night vacation. After our adventure climb at the 3rd highest peak in Negros mountains, I decided to visit my cousin who lives in Silay City. Out of 12 individuals who joined the climb, I only had 3 of the groups who joined me this quick jaunt. Supposedly, we are six but Lovely and Tboy decided to return back to the Cebu City for work.


From Bacolod North Bus Terminal, we took a bus and arrived at Silay City in just 15 minutes. Those who want to save even more time can take the one hour and six minutes plane ride from Mactan Cebu International Airport.

You can fit many of the must-sees in two days but in our case, we only have it for an hour. Because Silay is a small city, the sights are only a few minutes away from each other by tricycle or on foot.

Here are my personal suggestions to make your weekend in Silay just as memorable with your longer trips:

Exploring Balay Negrense


The Balay Negrense is a museum in the City of Silay, where it showcases the way of living during the 19th century. It is also the first museum to be established in the province of Negros Occidental.


This ancestral house was originally owned by Victor Gaston, son of Yves Leopold Germain Gaston and Prudencia Fernandez. When Victor Gaston wife’s died, the house was constructed in 1987. On October 6, 1990, it has been opened as a museum. Then, the house was listed as a heritage house by the  National Historical Institute of the Philippines on March 8, 1994.

Source: Wikipedia

 A Quick Sneak at Holifiña Ancestral House


That one fine morning, I thought I was walking along to the City of Carcar, but it wasn’t! Surprisingly, I saw lots of ancestral house along the street of Cinco De Noviembre.


According to Wikipedia, this house was used to be the house of Japanese commanders during the World War 2. On April 6, 1993, the house got a historical marker installed by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. This was the 1st ancestral house top be opened in the city.

Visiting San Diego Pro-Cathedral


The San Diego Pro-cathedral, formerly known as the San Diego Parish Church or the St. Didacus Parish Church before its declaration as a pro-cathedral in 1994, is an early 20th-century church in Silay City, Negros Occidental in the Philippines. It is the only pro-cathedral outside of the national capital of Manila and is unique in Negros Occidental for being the only church in the province featuring a cupola or dome.


Source: Wikipedia

Cinco De Noviembre Street/Monument


November 5 is Negros Day! What happened on November 5, 1898 is believed to be the first bloodless revolution in the Philippines.

November 5, 1898 (Cinco de Noviembre) is the date when Negrenses are proud to exclaim that they are inhabitants of a small sock-shaped island full of natural resources. This is the day when thousands of Negrenses manifested their bravery and courage, in the most coordinated way headed by various local leaders, to protect the land they well-loved in a bloodless revolt against the Spanish conquistadors.

There’s more to see in the beautiful City of Silay and here are my Snapshots:2014_0228_212002_001-01[1]2014_0228_212321_006-01[1]2014_0228_212754_018-01[1]2014_0228_210605_001-01[1]


Ceres bus trips from Cebu City to Bacolod, Negros Occidental, and vice versa pass through different routes among many cities and municipalities so they could pick up passengers along the way.

Cutting Trip is cheaper but tiring. If you want to travel from Cebu to Bacolod, you can ride on a bus from South Bus Terminal going to Toledo. The fare is around 60-80 pesos. Then ride a pedicab from Terminal going to Toledo Seaport (5-10 pesos). In the port, fall in line to get your ticket in either Fastcraft or Lite Ferry of your choice then ready for boarding.

From Bacolod City, take a Bata – Libertad route jeepney to reach Bacolod City North Bus Terminal where jeepneys and Ceres buses are there to take you to Silay City. The jeepney fare from the terminal to Silay is 13 pesos while bus fare is at 16 pesos.

Staytude n for my Negros Occidental Quick Jaunt, more stories photos will be uploaded soon!😊




TUBURAN, CEBU: Where I Drift My Wandering Soul


Biking by the Port of Tuburan

I never get tired of drifting, I want to go to new places where I can feel the sound of Mother Nature’s heart. It’s like I’m searching the parts of my soul I’ve given to my past life. I want to explore streets that don’t know the sound of my heart breaking and see things that aren’t stained with my tears.


My wandering feet with an adventurous soul

As my adventurous soul wandering constantly in the world full of temporary things. I don’t want to hold everything that will eventually be gone because it happened many times that the people I love became the people I lost.


The Tuburan Port

I know that the people I lost are not my destination. They are just my stop over where my heart quivers. I don’t want to end up being sad so I want to go away from your sight. There is something bigger to me, saying that I should find my place in the world.


Archdiocesan of  San Antonio De Padua-  A Semi-Romanesque Architectural designed. It was constructed way back 150 years ago and built on wood, limes, and cornerstone. Unfortunately, it has been damaged during the World War II. It still endures the wreck brought about by the test of times

 Life has many roads for travel and sometimes along the way. I want to fly and see the world with my own eyes.I want to find bigger footprints than mine to show me the way. At this moment in time, I got lost but I know I’m headed to somewhere.


Adela River is one of the grandest rivers in Tuburan, Cebu. In light of the river, they made a bridge that linked Daan Lungsod and Brgy. 2. The river is connected from San Juan, Guiwanon and Mantawihan waterway, the water of the river flows straightforwardly to the sea.

I just don’t know where the place is yet.I never knew that I will return to nature and turn myself towards wildlife. I solely thinking about all the birds, mountains and my wishes, the past and the future.


As I wander the river through the Valley of Spring of Hope. The mountains are slowly reaching the distance of the sky. At the current moment where I actually was, I never seemed to exist. I was lost forever in my mind and in my dreams of where I was.


Another famed attraction that will make you fall in love in the town is the granitic Marmol Cliff. A stunning and enchanting rock formations of two cliffs with a river that flowing naturally between them.

The flowing natural water between the rocks brought happiness in me. Knowing it will in due time reach its destination. It carries while singing its own song peacefully silent and deep. That moment in time, that river runs in me.



Molobolo Cold Springs


Now along the pond-side—now wading in a little, fearing not the wet.Now, by the post-and-rail fences, where the old stones thrown there, pick’d from the fields.



The beautiful and secluded Mantawihan Natural Spring

Far, far in the forest, before I think where I go, Solitary, smelling the earthy smell, stopping now and then in the silence.Alone I had thought yet soon a silent troop gathers around me,Some walk by my side, and some behind, and some embrace my arms or neck. They, the spirits of friends, dead or alive—thicker they come, a great crowd, and I in the middle.

The best moments in life are when you’re wandering mindlessly, admiring the beauty of everything with no destination in mind. And I drifted my adventurous soul in this peaceful town of Cebu.

Find your inner peace, live on your own, travel the world, listen to good music, be thankful for every true and good person who steps into your life, never look sad at the past, be happy that there’s a future waiting for you, craving for you, no matter how it’s going to be.

Here’s a quick video on my two days adventure in the beautiful town of Tuburan, Province of Cebu. 🙂


The Banate Family

This 2 days adventure wouldn’t be possible without the help of my colleague, Angelo Banate. Thank you so much for the opportunity to wander the beautiful town of Tuburan, Cebu. Thank you for accommodating and pampering me. Will surely see you again on my next adventure!:)

Via A Public V-Hire:

Take a V-hire via Balamban-Tuburan from Ayala Terminal. One way fare is 140 Php. Inform the driver to drop you off at Tuburan Town Proper ( You can drop-off at 7/11 convenience store fronting San Antonio De Padua Church ). Travel time will take around 3 hours.

Via Public Bus Transit:

Just go to North Bus Terminal and take a bus bound for Balamban-Asturia-Tuburan. Tell the driver to drop you off at Tuburan Proper.

Marmol Cliff | Stunning And Enchanting Rock Formations in Tuburan, Cebu



Grabbing a bike in the town to enjoy the scenery of the sea.

Many of us will just bypass the quite Municipality of Tuburan, Province of Cebu. Who could have thought that this peaceful town got some places to visit. Aside from its famous Molobolo Spring which has been considered as the favorite destination both locals and tourists. Another famed attraction that will make you fall in love in the town is the granitic Marmol Cliff. A stunning and enchanting rock formations of two cliffs with a river that flowing naturally between them. Getting there is an extreme adventure, really! Whether you go on foot or ride a motorbike, you will be river trekking.The motorbike is literally a breathtaking ride.


The start of our rocky road journey 🙂

Well, let’s get started with what brought me here and why I’ve got here? Every time I will see my traveler friends posting about this place in social media, my adventurous spirit will get envy. It’s almost one year that I am longing to see this amazing beauty of nature provided by the beautiful marble rocks. Over the weekend, I had best opportunity to visit the Land of Springs and Hope, Tubaran! My officemate, Angelo a proud Tuburanon, invited me to experience the hidden beauty of Tuburan. We visited the place with high expectations and we were not disappointed.


Coron, No! This is just the simple yet majestic rock formation 🙂

Seriously, it is a beautiful rock formation that looks like a getaway to another world.It is a majestic site that is worth traveling. My adventurous spirit was satisfied with the marble rock as it offers me an ultimate pleasure of yearning Mother Nature’s heart.


I am so inlove with these beautiful cliffs in front of me!

MARMOL CLIFF: A Majestic Site That Is Worth Traveling

This Tuburan Weekend Getaway with Angelo was truly an unforgettable one. We met up at JY Square Mall, Lahug at around 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon. We took our journey via Cebu Trancentral Highway and it was raining with overwhelming quantities. 🙂 We traveled for around 2 hours from Cebu City to Municipality of Tuburan.  Since we arrived there late afternoon and it was raining that time. Thus, we decided to visit the Marmol Cliff the next day so I had the opportunity to roam around the town plaza.


An old street clock that was placed along the street of Town Plaza


Angelo enjoying the stunning scenery of Tuburan Port

It was a bright and sunny Sunday the next day, a great time to jaunt the Marmol Cliff. It took us 30 -45 minutes ride on a motorbike before we saw the enchanting marble rock formation. That was literally a breathtaking ride for us as we crossed the rocky road rivers in a motorcycle and sometimes we need to trek for us to get to the other side of the river. There are many gravels gathers along the way. There’s a wide water expanse, the flow narrows and in some parts deeper.That was the most challenging motorcycle ride I had in my life.I become an ugly rascal, Lol!


Just go with the flow..hahaha! That was not easy tho.


We need to hike for us to cross to the other side of the banks.


And we’re getting closer to you Maria Joaquin

After that intense ride, we finally saw the majestic two cliffs standing with the natural waters running between them. The sound of birds is much apparent now with the sighting of colorful feathers flying above from time to time.


I finally saw you…You are so beautiful in my eyes

Unfortunately, due to the heavy rain, the river burst it banks the and water was not clear and bluish-green that moment.



Between these two gigantic Marmol rocks, is a deep portion of the stream where you can take a ride in the raft if you want to get to the other side of the river.


I had the best opportunity to get close to these Marmol rocks


An aerial view of the deep portion of the stream

As we reached the center of the bouldering rocks, there’s a portion where you can climb and enjoy the scenery up there. There’s also an unwritten lore where Maria Cacao and Tang-an story lies behind these beautiful cliffs.


Enjoying the childish spirit in me 🙂


After we took photos at the other end of the cliff, we instantly proceeded to the other side where there is a small opening cave.According to the locals, during the World War II, it was used by the Cebuano Katipuneros because of its expansive and ample space.


The opening small cave.


Until now, I can’t get enough with the beautiful Marmol Cliff! Standing tall and high.The setting was so magical and picturesque.


Planning to see this Stunning and Enchanting Marmol Rock?


Via A Public V-Hire:

Take a V-hire via Balamban-Tuburan from Ayala Terminal. One way fare is 140 Php. Inform the driver to drop you off at Tuburan Town Proper ( You can drop-off at 7/11 convenience store fronting San Antonio De Padua Church ). Travel time will take around 3 hours. From Tuburan Proper, look for a motorbike or habal-habal that will take you to Sitio Marmol, (Marmol Cliff). The fare is 100 Php and travel time would take 30-45 minutes.

Via Public Bus Transit:

Just go to North Bus Terminal and take a bus bound for Balamban-Asturia-Tuburan. Tell the driver to drop you off at Tuburan Proper and look for a motorbike that can take you to Brgy. Marmol (Marmol Cliff ). Travel time would time around 4 hours.


Additional Tips/Reminders:

1.  You can negotiate a motorbike driver to wait for you while you are exploring the beautiful Marmol Cliff.
2. Make sure to wear proper attire because there will be trekking/hiking that needs to be done to cross rivers.
3. Respect the community and environment. Avoid creating loud noise that could possibly disturb the area.
4. Make sure to bring enough water and avoid bringing loads because you will be enduring a rough rocky ride.
5. Be friendly



















Sulpatara Peak: A Peak That Stands Majestically Below Alto Peak


After almost 2 hours of steep descending trails from Lake Janagdan, another secluded mountain that is really an eye-opener especially to those mountain climbing/trekking enthusiasts.


The exit point of Mt.Janagdan:Looks could be deceiving, indeed!. It seems so near yet it was still an hour away.

When we left the majestic breathatikng view of Lake Janagdan I was really happy when I finally saw the target road only to be mortified that it is still about 1 hour away. OMG! thanks! (I am not good in descending trails really!)


My happy face when when we finally reached the target road to Sulpatara Peak!


Selfie! With the PNOC Drill area background 🙂

This segment of the trek is somewhat exposed to the sun. I saw a lot of wild strawberries, called “binggit” by the locals,abound especially during the summer months. This part also could be your way going to Alto Peak.

A welcome treat!

The geothermal potential of this place is manifested by the sulfur vents beneath, and the volcanic soils that mat the campsite area. The entire trek beyond Janagdan takes around 4-5 hours (slow pace). But for me it only took 2 hours – and brings you in full view of the majestic Alto Peak.

A surprising trail to Sulpatara Peak!


The trek proper going to Sulpatara Peak will take you to even more secluded and majestic that is similar to the summit assault of Alto Peak. The trail going to Sulpatara area is only gradual, which is good! The trail is set on a forest with an impressive array of flora and fauna.



After 30 minutes of a relax hike, we finally reached the area where sulfur vents beneath, and the volcanic soils that mat the campsite area. I smell something mephetic that is really stinking my nose. So if you have a sensitive nose, make sure to bring a mask to cover it up.


Sulpatara Area: It is not yet the peak!



The rocks withing Sulpatara Area was surprising. Since it is my 1st time to be in a place like this, Iv’e got dumfounded how the trees looks like in here! It’s like they were burn by humans but isn’t it.


Here you go! I was surprised that there is also a campsite in here! Who could have thought that this place can be suitable for camping.



This area is where campers can also see the entire view of the majestic Alto Peak! (I apologize, I don’t have any pictures for that because the area was fully steamed up)


Behind this campsite is the area where you can see the mud bath area. It is where you can see a boiling soil/mud that’s really showing that there is a volcanic activity in here.



This is one of the best hikes!


The area around Ormoc City is really mountainous and could serve as one of the next frontiers of Philippine mountaineering. Sulpatara Peak is a technical name for Sulfur mountain. This is 1100 meters above sea level situated below Alto Peak. So if you want to see the majestic view of Alto Peak (Mt. Amenduin) this place is the best!

If you are planning to do a summit climb to Alto Peak or Sulpatara Peak. You may contact Cabintan Local Eco-Guide  (CALEGUID).

“This is one of Gods natural gifts.Lets give value of sustaining these gifts for our children and grandchildren so that in time, they will remember and thank their grandparents for taking care of these resources.”

-Pocholo Aragones Franco-

#Leave No Trace


This sponsored travel would not be possible without the help of  Mr. Pocholo Franco, the VP of Ormoc City Tourism Council. Ormoc City Tours by Fran-con Viaje International , Supercat by 2Go Travel , Cabintan Local Eco Guide especially to the Morales Brothers and family. Most of all, to Mayor Richard Gomez and Ormoc City Government for making this adventure possible.

#OrmocPH #WonderfulOrmoc #VisitOrmoc #SulpataraPeak

Lake Janagdan: A Breathtaking Crater Lake Occupying the Caldera of Mount Janagdan

On the 2nd day of my Ormoc Summer Adventure in Brgy. Cabintan. I took another limb trekking and climbing going to the breathtaking scenery of Lake Janagdan. The lake completes Ormoc’s three lakes.  If Lake Danao is the biggest lake in Ormoc. Lake Janagdan is the smallest of the three and is accessible only by foot.


Since I’ve got the idea on how to get there because the house of my poster parents is just situated fronting Mt. Janagdan. Thus, I thought to myself that it will be another day of an interesting hike. Lol!


The stunning view of Mt. Janagdan

At exactly 6:00 AM, Dennis (my guide) fetched me in the house where I stayed. We started to trek going to the trail of Mt.Janagdan at around 6:30 in the morning. The stunning view of Mt. Janagdan was really dumbfounded!


The first 10 to 15 minutes of the trail was just normal. When we reached the assault of the mountain, it was surprisingly more difficult than the summit trek to Alto Peak. I didn’t know that Mt. Janagdan was also considered as the highest peak in Ormoc at 1,120 meters above sea level.


My view upon reaching the assault of Mt.Janagdan

The place was really a typical limb trekking and you need to be careful with the steep ascending trails. Part of the trail, you will be encountering interesting insects fluttering around the bushes and heard various murmurs of animals because it was really forested.


The paths are almost not visible and the tress heavily cramps the trail.


When we finally reached the middle part of the mountain, the weather becomes unfriendly and the fog started to cover up the scenic view.  Unfortunately, the rain did not stop until we’ve reached the summit of Mt. Jananagdan.


This welcomes us!

After 1 hour and 30 minutes of bushwhacking, we finally reached the summit of Mt. Janagdan. A portion of the lake peers through a small opening in the tree.


The weather was really cold at the top of the mountain and I was totally freezing. Also, I didn’t have the privilege to see the entire charming lake because it was also covered up with fog. So Dennis, decided to stayed at the top for 30 minutes before proceeding to the crater lake. Sadly, we already stayed at the top for almost 1 hour but still the lake didn’t appear.:(


The crater lake of Mount Janagdan

So we decided to go down and proceed to the crater lake. And the descend trail going to the lake was really tough. When we reached the crater lake.Regrettably, we have the same situation. The breathtaking scenic view of the lake was really fogging up.



I told my guide to just stayed at the crater lake for 30 minutes. As I am still hopeful for the chance to see the clear view of this magnificent and mystifying lake hidden within the peak of Mt.Janagdan.


I was really unlucky that time because I didn’t get the chance to take more photos of the charming lake.


The most spoiled dog in the country, Gari. Also strike a posed

Since we cannot do anything about it. So we took another challenging trail traversing to Sulpatara Peak. From Lake Janagdan, the ascending trail traversing to Sulpatara Peak is just around 30 minutes. Most of the time are all descending trails. But swear, that was not easy!


Trail Runners of Ormoc: Benjie and Jed of Traverse-Ph

On our way to Sulpatara, Iv’e met these 2 adventurous people. They are actually on a trail run. Iv’e got the opportunity to speak with them and exchanged our social media accounts for us to keep in touch.


After 2 hours, we finally got the Sulpatara area.( Sulpatara Peak adventures will be posted soon.


Photo from google

About Lake Janagdan

Mt. Janagdan is the highest peak at 1,120 meters above sea level situated at Brgy. Cabingtan, and is about 19 kilometers northeast of the city. Hidden within this peak is another magnificent and mystifying lake, Lake Janagdan. The smallest among the three Ormoc lakes, it has an area of about 3 hectares This Lake is accessible only by foot, about two hours hike from the jump-off point at the barangay proper. Despite its size as compared to Lake Danao and Lake Kasudsuran, it can exude the same charm and excitement to the adventurers. It rises at a height of 1,080 meters, offering a challenging climb to those who want to be captivated by its beauty, concealed amidst a rugged terrain and thick forest cover.

How To Get Here?
From Ormoc City, ride a jeepney going to Brgy. Cabintan via Ga-as at the Terminal across Public Market and Ormoc Port. The travel time will take more or less 1 hour. Tell the driver to drop you off at Brgy. Cabintan Proper. Register at the receiving center get ready of your 300 PHP for the guide fee. You can also hired a habal-habal for only 200 PHP from Ormoc City going directly to Brgy. Cabintan.

If you wish to visit the place, you may contact the Cabintan Local Eco Guide (Caleguid) on Facebook.


The breathaking scenic view of the crater Lake Janagdan (Photo from Lake Janagdan FB Page)

“This is one of Gods natural gifts.Lets give value of sustaining these gifts for our children and grandchildren so that in time, they will remember and thank their grandparents for taking care of these resources.”

-Pocholo Aragones Franco-

#Leave No Trace

This sponsored travel would not be possible without the help of  Mr. Pocholo Franco, the VP of Ormoc City Tourism Council. Ormoc City Tours by Fran-con Viaje International , Supercat by 2Go Travel , Cabintan Local Eco Guide especially to the Morales Brothers and family. Most of all, to Mayor Richard Gomez and Ormoc City Government for making this adventure possible.

#OrmocPH # WonderfulOrmoc #VisitOrmoc #LakeJanagdan




Miranda Falls in Ormoc City: The Historical Water Escape in the Philippines

Aside from its famous Sayahan Falls, I didn’t expect that there is another water escape destinations in Brgy. Ga-as. After my three days adventures in the Community of  Cabintan, Province of Ormoc. Iv’e got the chance to visit again the community of Ga-as and see the place where Lt. Blas Miranda of Guerrillas ( Philippine resistance movement ) hid during the Japanese war, the Miranda Falls


This way to Miranda Falls, Goodluck !

Going to Miranda Falls is not a joke really! For you to catch the glimpse of the mesmerizing waterfall you have to trek and sometimes climb. It took me 30 to 45 minutes to do it before I chase this untouched yet historical waterfall.


Ist part of the trail.

But before that, I had the opportunity to meet,spoke and heard some stories with the most significant people of the place. Iv’e met Tatay Segundo Pelicano, the son of Pelagio Pelicano. His father is the personal body guard of Lt. Blas Miranda. Also, I was able to speak with Nanay Conchita, wife of Tatay Segundo. She shared me some stories about their parents during the Japanese war. Upon hearing those heart melting stories, I instantly gave Nanay Conchita a warm hug.


It is an honor to meet these two 🙂


An inspiring snapshot with Nanay Conchita and Tatay Segundo Pelicano

According to them, During the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, Lt. Miranda has another plan that was totally different from Ruperto Kangleon (A Filipino military figure and politician) which caused Miranda’s ditachment in the group.  And it has been said that Miranda betrayed Kangleon and since Kangleon was the leader of the Resistance movement during World War II, he has the power and with complete forces who can help him to pave away Lt. Miranda.
When Peligio, noticed that the soldiers of Col. Kangleon were searching for Lt. Miranda, he immediately look after him to tell that he must be aware about it. Thus, Lt. Miranda left the mountainous community of Matungao (the origin of Peligio).


I can imagined how Lt. Miranda ran and hid with the mountains 🙂

He immediately ran off and hide together with his family in a small cave in Sub-on (now called Miranda falls). When Miranda heard that he was already surrounded with the soldiers of Kangleon, he was felt hopeless and cannot do anything to escape. So he asked his wife to kill their 7 months old child. And he quickly jump off together with his another son in the waterfalls that measures around 75 meters.

(After Lt. Miranda and his son jump off the cliff of Sub-on now called, the Miranda Falls. They were reported as missing.)

The place where Lt. Miranda jump off the cliff of Sub-on, now called the “Miranda Falls”

Going back to my own adventure, the place is really a typical waterfall trek that one has to take: steep descending trails but once you get to the base, it;s a leisurely walk to the waterfall over the man-made pathways. Since it is still untouched, it is really forested and one can see several interesting insects fluttering around the bushes and flowers. The place has been currently developed by the community in headship of Danny Villas (Brgy Ga-as Secretary) and his son Judy Villas.


When my guide, Judy told me that it will take 30 to 45 minutes to get there and the descend trail is most likely similar going to Sayahan Falls but different from Alto Peak.  I thought to myself that it is not that easy. This should be an interesting hike!

20170508_085824-01.jpegIt was also raining that time and the first part of the trail was just gradual. It’s like a typical walking in the park. After few minutes, I fully realized the steepness and just as we started our descent via an iron stairway. I’ve also encountered a 80 degrees slopes where you have to do rappelling for you to get down.



But as far as the descent is concerned, it is really that long way down. Once you get to the waterfall level, it’s a leisurely walk along an established trail.


It’s a cool walk and you should watch out for beautiful and interesting life forms. Along the way, I saw different kinds of insects and heard various birds singing and that was lovely!


There is also an established man-made rock formation in the center where you can sit and watch nearby the waterfall.



It is one of the stunning waterfall with an interesting story that is because of its historical component in the country. I supposed to swim at the times I was there but I am feeling cold and the water was bit murky because the community are still working on the trail.



With my guide Judy and his buddy Jimwell

Here’s a sneak peek on how I captured the beautiful and stunning historical Miranda Falls.

Jaunting Tips: To fully Enjoy your visit.Make sure to check the weather before going to the Miranda Falls. If it rains or has just rained, the trails can be slipper. (But the local government community are currently working on it). Make sure to keep the environment clean and bring water and enough food.

Make sure to prepare yourself to go trekking! 🙂


Getting There: From Ormoc City, ride a jeepney going to Brgy. Lake Danao at the Terminal across Public Market and Ormoc Port. From Lake Danao you can ride habal-habal going to Brgy. Ga-as. Once, you’ve reached the Brgy. you can see a big sign that says “Welcome to Miranda Falls”.
Register at the receiving center and the entrance fee is 25 PhP per pax and 300 PHP for the guide fee. You can also hired a habal-habal for only 200 PHP from Ormoc City directly to Brgy. Ga-as. 

If you wish to visit Miranda Falls, you may call 09128653322 and look Judy Villas. You may also check their Facebook account by Clicking here

According to google maps it takes 51 mins. From Ormoc Jeepney terminal going to the place

Currently the local government is working on improvements for a better access to this hidden treasure. Rest assured, a true beauty is waiting.


“This is one of Gods natural gifts.Lets give value of sustaining these gifts for our children and grandchildren so that in time, they will remember and thank their grandparents for taking care of these resources.”

-Pocholo Aragones Franco-

#Leave No Trace

This sponsored travel would not be possible without the help of  Mr. Pocholo Franco, the VP of Ormoc City Tourism Council. Ormoc City Tours by Fran-con Viaje International , Supercat by 2Go Travel , Cabintan Local Eco Guide especially to the Morales Brothers and family. Most of all, to Mayor Richard Gomez and Ormoc City Government for making this adventure possible.

Special thanks to Judy Villas and Brgy. Ga-as Secretary: Danny Villas for being so kind. To Nanay Conchita and Segundo Pelicano, thanks for sharing  to me some stories!

#OrmocPH # WonderfulOrmoc #VisitOrmoc #MirandaFalls

KAPLAG Festival 2017

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“Kaplag”which means finding in Cebuano, recalls the discovery of the image of Snr. Sto. Nino by Spanish soldier Juan Camus on April 28,1565. He found the image burned inside the nipa hut after Spanish forces set fire to the village.


Without the Kaplag Festival, there will be no Sinulog. The festival was celebrated more for its history and religious ties due to the commercialization of Cebu City’s Sinulog Festival.



The first Kaplag celebration was held in the late 1990’s. Meanwhile, a first festival organized by the vendors of Taboan Public Market on 1994 and will offer discounts for dried fish during the festival.

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photo from Choose Philippines

What is the connection of Snr. Sto Niño and Dried Fish?


Kaplag Buwad Festival, a combination of two celebrations in Cebu, commemorates a historical event and the other is a thanksgiving for the blessings received through their main livelihood.


Kaplag Buwad Festival is celebrated every last week of April at Brgy. San Nicolas, Cebu City. Hundreds and even thousands, both foreign and local tourists, gather to witness the yearly revelry in honor of Cebu’s patron saint, Señor Santo Niño.

Kaplag” is a Visayan word for “discovery” while “buwad” is a local term for “dried fish.” From the 2 words, you already get the idea on what the festival is all about.


Kaplag is the celebration of the finding of the Señor Santo Niño image 40 years after the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan died. It is focused more on the second expedition in 1565 of Miguel Lopez de Legaspi in the Philippines where the Señor Santo Niño was found in the fire ruins at San Nicolas.

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photo from google

Buwad is a thanksgiving celebration of the abundance and benefits received from the dried fish industry bestowed by the Señor Santo Niño. The barangay is known as a major supplier of buwad and you’ll find baskets full of these being sold at Taboan Street.



In celebration of the Kaplag-Buwad Festival, vendors sell their products at a lower price. The dried fish and dried pusit are marked down or at a discounted price. There are also free tastes of buwad for customers.


Don’t forget to buy pasalubongs. The usual favorites are dried fish, dried squid and dried mangoes.


Disclaimer: Article about What’s the connection of Sto. Niño and Dried Fish was originally written by Belle Piccio of ChoosePhilippines


What else to see in CEBU? 10 Facts You Shouldn’t Love About Cebu

15 Reasons Why I Left My Heart In Ormoc

Isn’t it surprising to see places that you’ve never thought to have existed at all? Thatthere’s such a beauty in this world. It’s a wonderful feeling to see these kinds of places especially when it can be found in our very own country.

My unplanned trip to Ormoc City last month can be considered as one of the best. It is also one of God’s greatest gift in my passion of traveling. Traveling has become one of my ” cravings”. I love the idea to see new places and go for an adventure. Visit places that I can get intimate with mother nature. When O saw beautiful landscapes, ocean view in the pictures I immediately fell n love and hoped to visit it as soon as I can.

Actually, when I arrived at Ormoc I was disappointed because I was under the impression that it has the same atmosphere of some provinces that I have been such as Camotes, Siquijor, Zamboanga and etc. But it was not! It seems that I am still in Colon, Cebu City. Then, when I finally jaunt the tourist attractions of Ormoc the next day…wow! I was surprised. And because Ormoc astounded my spirit, I really left my heart in Ormoc and here are the reasons why.