Yes I’m Single and I Am Not Afraid To Travel On My Own

Yes, I’m single…maybe I am single because I want to at a certain point. I always state that I’m not looking for someone but if he crosses my path, our life will fit, I would love to…but…


Yes, I am single but I’m happy!

A person who loves solo travel is seen as a free spirit. A true nomad who’s broken free from the shackles of society and dared to march to the beat of their own drum. The solo traveler doesn’t need another’s reassurance, they make big bold decisions every single day.


Now I’m master of my own destiny, I know what I want and I know where I am. I’ve got some goals set and that’s where I’m going. I don’t let myself get destructed by another, to help the other achieve their prioritizing the goals of the other… and because of that shifting my own self to the side.


You’ll never hear a solo traveler tell you anything but how wonderful, life-changing and liberating it is to travel alone. It’s all true, you’ll learn your biggest lessons in love, life and the beautiful planet we share. You’ll change as a person and your very core will be strengthened. You’ll never depend on another, you will be the true master of your own destiny. Meeting new people will become a daily occurrence and that will quickly teach you never to settle for less. You will establish your tribe, a mixture of old friends and new. Initially you’ll let all kinds of weird and wonderful people into your life but you’ll quickly learn to be discerning about who sticks around.



Often I hear people say: I don’t want to be traveling alone, I really don’t like that. I can’t share my experience and I probably feel alone.  These reactions come from people that are not single. So when at home they share their every day experiences too with their family or partner. I sometimes get the feeling that I need to defend my lifestyle. Apparently, for a lot of people, alone is not good….it seems that if you can not share ..immediately, right on that spot, with your partner, family or travel companion it’s not nice…


If you need more convincing, here’s an appealing numbered list to peer-pressure you to travel solo:

1. You won’t worry about what anyone thinks.


2. You won’t be on anyone else’s schedule.


3. You’ll meet new people without feeling bad.


4. You’ll learn how to meet new people.


5. You’ll learn to be independent.


6. You’ll learn a lot about your personality.


7. You’ll actually experience what’s around you.


9. You’ll learn to appreciate good qualities in people.



One of the first questions I get is: Are you going alone?




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Hot and Spicy Treat at Mao Jia Hunan Cuisine

As one of the eight major cuisines of China, Hunan cuisine is famous for its hot and spicy. People may be confused that what the difference is between Hunan cuisine and Sichuan cuisine, for the characteristics of them are hot and spicy.

Sichuan cuisines are widely used chili peppers, especially prickly ash, giving it a distinctively spicy taste which leaves a slight numb sensation in the mouth, while Hunan cuisine doesn’t has. Hunan cuisine mainly originates from Dongting Lake area and western Hunan mountain area.



Aquatic food and poultry are main cooking materials of Dongting Lake area cuisine, which taste salty and spicy.


However, game and many kinds of meat are the main cooking materials of western Hunan mountain area cuisines, the tastes are salted fresh spicy and sour.




The cooking skills employed in the Hunan cuisine reached a high standard as early as the Western Han Dynasty, giving it a history of more than 2,100 years. Hunan is located in southeastern China along the middle reaches of the Yangtze River. It contains rivers, lakes, mountains, rolling hills, plains, and pools, which provide abundant delicacies, such as fish, shrimp, crab, and turtle. Making full use of these rich resources, local people created a wide variety of delicacies.



Hunan cuisine consists of more than 4,000 dishes, among which more than 300 are very popular. Hunan cuisine is characterized by its hot and sour flavor, fresh aroma, greasiness and deep color. ( Source: Top China Travel_)




Hunan cuisine, also known as Xiang cuisine, consists of the cuisines of the Xiang River region, Dongting Lake and western Hunan Province in China. It is one of the Eight Great Traditions of Chinese cuisine and is well known for its hot and spicy flavours, fresh aroma and deep colours.

If you want to have a hot and spicy dining experience, visit Mao Jia Hunan Cuisine, located at Crossroads, Brgy. Banilad, Cebu City. You may also visit their Facebook Page at Mao Jia Hunan Cuisine.

Special Thanks to Ms.Mars Espera for inviting me to this spicy food treat.

Chasing Sunset |Best Way Of Letting Go The Bad Memories In Life


@Chalet Hills Camp Busay

Everyone wants a better life, a happier life!Each one of us has its own different stories whether it is good or bad. So we cherish all those memories but admit it, bad memories in life are sometimes difficult to let go. We always dwell the bad times than the good times.


Sunset in Mt.Tagaytay, Toledo, Cebu

I’ve been to many hardships in life before and I have to make it through every one of them. I must admit, it’s really hard for me to let go all of the memories especially the bad ones.


@Mt. Naupa Naga, Cebu

If you want to understand how to let go of the bad memories in life, go to some places and chase the sun. In this post, I will describe how I let go the bad memories in my life through chasing the color and the light of the sun.


There is no more alluring way to end a day than to catch the sinking sun.It will give you the extensive time to reflect your life. Chasing the sunset means to search something beautiful and hold on with the things that that has meaning in your life.


One of my all time favorite literary quotes is “Stay gold, Ponyboy” from S.E. Hinton’s the Outsiders.Whenever I see a sunset I think of that quote and the moment when the world turns gold before it falls to darkness. But my favorite part about a sunset? My favorite part is that it means the sun is rising in the same bath of gold somewhere else.


It’s a really old city
Split between the dead and the living
So I thought to myself,
Sitting on a graveyard shelf

Seeing the sun that is fading away above the horizon can make me feel better. Seeing the light and touching the light makes me feel of not to let go of something that has meaning to me.


It feels so amazing when the daylight is fading. Playing in the dark will feel you of not growing old again.


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Remember that life is not meant to be wasted.We can always be chasing the sun!
So fill up your lungs and just run.We’ll always be chasing the sun!


@Tuburan, Cebu Old Port

They say, in every sunset is an opportunity to reset.Yes, that’s true! Sunsets are beautiful that they almost seem as if we were looking through the gates of heaven.


It’s like the end of the world as the sun sets the sky on fire until it dips below the horizon. Yet, as the world seemingly burns a sense of calm descends with it.


@Malapascua Island, Cebu

Because Sunsets are proof that no matter what happen, everyday can end beautifuly!


Thus, when life gets tough. Travel around and chase for the sun and enjoy. Because when you stop and look around you will learn that life is so amazing!


“My Joy is the golden sunset giving thanks for another day”

How about you?Have you ever paused to experience a sunset? Share your sunset experience by leaving your comments below! 🙂






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.

Pick It Up and Clean It Up: The Annual National Mountain Clean-Up Day

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As a traveler, camper, and trekker, I always believe that trekking won’t be complete without the cost of love and respect for the mountain environment. I want to inspire people and share to them about that keeping our mountains clean is of supreme importance.


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The Summit of Windows XP


Mountains are friends to all. They are not just soil, forest, birds, and animals. They provide us with the most essential things in life. I also agree that mountains are also generous sources of recreation, pleasure, and delight. The joy of watching the sunrise and sunset with your fellow trekkers.


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Adventurose and Social Climber @ the Summit of Mt.Lanaya


However, many people seem to have taken them for granted. It is disheartening to see a dump of garbage on the trail and slopes.  Most of us don’t know the proper system to handle the garbage, especially in mountain villages. Putting them in dustbins is not enough. Burning them or throwing it into the streams is not a good practice. If we are not bringing back our non-biodegradable things-plastic bottles, wrappers, foils, etc back to cities, we are littering the mountains.

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I don’t expect that city-dwellers to come and clean all the mess in mountains. But I do expect them to not litter. That alone can be a good example in cleaning up of the mountains.


From the day that I’ve entered the blogosphere and learned to appreciate the beauty of the world, I always wanted to join any activities that have something to do with environmental awareness.


Last July 8-9, 2017 was the 4th National Mountain Clean-Up Day. It is an annual activity initiated by Pinoy Mountaineer to clean up the mountains and to remind the importance of having a clean mountain environment.   An activity that gives a great opportunity that I am longing for.  Lucky me, I am surrounded by friends with the same interests as me. We have a group called, Tribu Hugawan. A small group who would like to see beautiful things around the world through wandering. These are the people who want to inspire people that it is very important to get to know and respect our planet.



These are the awesome people of Tribu Hugawan, from left Tboy, me, Lovely and Belle. We are actually missing one creature. 🙂


So these friends of mine decided to participate in such annual activity with Laagan Pilipinas at Ablayan Peak, Boljoon Cebu. As we meet the group in the particular area, we began to felt awkward. Thus, we manifested the trails of Mt. Lanaya in Alegria, Cebu.

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Upon arrival at Alegria, Cebu, we prepared our trash bag that is tied around the hands. At the trail, all the non-biodegradable waste that we saw along the trail goes into the trash bag. We picked the litter from the trail and keep it in our trash bags until we reached the campsite of the mountain.

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Before proceeding to the peak of Mt.Lanaya, we bring the garbage down and take it to a nearby house who collects garbage where there is a proper system to manage the garbage.

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I understand that there are some trekkers feel that it is very difficult to be committed to picking up litter in a day especially when they are struggling to climb. Yes, I completely understand that! It is difficult to pick things up on the trail.

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After taking the garbage down to the house, we then proceeded to the assault of Mt.Lanaya. Meanwhile, the ascending trails of the assault going to the summit of Mt.Lanaya were quite clean which gives us the best time to explore the area. It was truly fulfilling that you have already explored your beautiful surroundings while helping it to make the mountain environment clean.


I’ve been to many cleanup drives but this was my first time to join the National Mountain Clean-Up. 



After cleaning the site, we proceeded to a place where it will bring us a perfect nostalgia. And since we feel tired and hungry of our explorations, so we decided to jaunt Cangkalanog Falls to give some sort of shake.

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Just by looking at it will bring you an instant nostalgia. It is a complete mixture of Kawasan Falls in Badian and Enchanted River in Surigao. A scenic bluish-green color of the water will make you jump and shout for joy.

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No one will do the same thing at their own house. I think the fundamental reason is the lack of responsibility towards Mother Nature. They feel a sense of duty when it comes to keeping their house clean, but they don’t feel the same towards nature.

So, there is an immediate need to make the trekkers feel responsible by telling them the consequences of their actions. Our Green Trails goal can only be achieved if trekkers feel responsible towards the mountains.


“Keeping the mountains ‘clean’ is not just our duty, but a necessity”


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“Best Places To Visit With Family and Friends In A Long Weekend”

As our Muslim brothers and sisters worldwide will observe Ramadhan to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad. Thus, many of us will enjoy this long weekend.Some people take advantage of the three-day weekend to make trips and adventure with friends. There may be some congestion on roads as many people use the long weekend to make trips.Public transport services may be reduced or not run at all.

I know that you may start asking yourself on what to do over the long weekend? I’ve rounded up some of the beautiful natural wonders that you might consider a “paradise” and best events to keep you and the family busy all weekend long.

So these are the places that you can visit with your family and friends to spend and to make the most of your long weekend.



Cambais Falls

Obviously, Cebu never runs out of water escapes to offer its visitors and every single attraction makes the guests truly satisfied and they just can’t really get enough and wanting for more.
One of the best waterfalls to chase in Cebu are the Cambais and Cankalanog falls situated in the heart of Southern part of the Province of Cebu.


Cankalanog Falls

If you have some friends or even in the family member that has an adventurous soul and would love to go on trekking.Well,  these two waterfalls will indulge their thirst of adventure.

Click here on how to get there!



Canyoneering in Badian and Alegria is fast becoming one of Cebu’s biggest tourist draws. We took the plunge to see what the fuss is all about.Fifteen feet might not sound like a giant leap, but when you have to jump into celadon waters in a part of a canyon that’s barely 2m wide, walls of jagged rock on either side, it can feel like the final moment of your life. Your breath quickens, your heart pounds, your throat closes up as your knees lock. In what is becoming one of Cebu’s most popular outdoor activities, fear is the devil you need to defy.

Click here for Canyoneering tips!



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If you and your friends are looking for a different level of adventures then you better try hiking and trekking in the stunning mountain of Mt.Lanaya in Alegria, Cebu.

Mt.Lanaya is a hundred meters away from the town proper of Alegria. Towering around 700 MASL, Mt. Lanaya stands almost at a stark contrast to the surrounding mountain ranges near it.

Click here to know more about this adventure!


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Have you been into a Wet and Wild World of River Trekking?

River trekking is relative to canyoning, that was established as a kind of sports in parts of the world. Relatively, this kind of sports is somehow new in the Philippines. And who could have thought that this kind of sports can be found in the northern part of Cebu?

Click here to see these mesmerizing cascades!



If you would like to spend your three-day weekend outside the beautiful island of Cebu. Well, here is another hidden water attraction in Eastern Visayas that you and your family will fall in love.

The Sayahan Falls is now considered as one of Ormoc City’s main natural attraction because of its crystal clear, emerald green and water as cold as ice.  This waterfall is located in the majestic mountain of Sitio Maglahug, Brgy Ga-as and it is 30 kilometers from the City proper of Ormoc.

Click here on How Did I Fall in Love with this Falls

ALTO PEAK (Mt. Amenduin )


Are you the type of person that is truly wicked? Do you have friends or even family members that has a different level of bravery and adventurous soul? Well, you better conquer this highest peak in the whole Region 8 to test your limits.

To read more click here.

What do you do for fun during a long weekend? And how do you plan for it?

Each one of us has its own different way to get out from boredom and most of all a long weekend without emptying our wallets. And here are my personal list on how to enjoy a three-days weekend.

“Make the most of your long weekend, whether you’re up for relaxation, sightseeing, adventuring and partying.”

Please don’t hesitate to share your tips on how you will enjoy during long weekend! Feel free to provide it on a comment section below. 🙂















Gabii Sa Kabilin 2017: Pag-handuraw Sa Karaang Sugbo (A Night Of Reminiscing The Old Cebu)

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.
-Marcus Garvey-


@ Casa Gorordo

Wala ko damha nga mahimong usa ka espesyal sa akong kinabuhi ang Buwan sa Mayo. Espesyal, mahitungod sa usa ka kahigayunan nga akong nakita ug natuki ang Sugbo sa karaang panahon. Onse ka tuig na ang milabay gikan sa pag- mugna niining maong kalihukan nga gidalit sa Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc, kung asa atung mabisita ang nagkalain-laing musiyo sa Syudad sa Sugbo apan atung makita ang istorya sa Sugbo sa karaang panahon. Kini mahimong pagasalmutan sa publiko sa katapusang Biyernes, buwan sa Mayo. Ang maong kalihukan gi-inspirar gikan sa nagkalain-laing nasud sama sa Germany, Europa ug uban pa.


Cultural performers from different Universities

Nganung ako man nabat-unan nga kini espesyal sa akong kinabuhi?

Isip usa ka Sugbuanon, gihigugma ko ang Sugbo! Ako nagahatag ug importansya sa Sugbo hilabi na sa kaagi niini. Sa tibook kung kinabuhi, karong ko lang natagaan ug kahigayunan ang akong kaugalingon sa pagtuki ug pag-handurawan ang Sugbo sa karaang Panahon.


Kabilin Photowalk with Drift Stories (Groupie with Joseph and Aldrin)

Sa laing bahin, sa wala pa ko nisalmot sa maong kalihukan. Usa ka Cebuano blogger ang nagmugna ug usa ka aktibidad nga ginatawag ug “Kabilin Photowalk”. Usa kini ka kalihukan kung asa naga tapok ang mga ginatawag ug “Mobile Photography Enthusiasts”. Mao kini ang pag sikop (capture) ug usa ka imahe gamit ang kamera sa ilang selpon ( mobile phone camera) samtang nag lakaw-lakaw.


Ang maong aktibidad, nasugdan gikan sa Museo Sugbo, Plaza Independencia, Compania-Maritima, Senior Citizen Park, Magellan’s Cross, Basilica Minore  Del Sto Niño paingon sa Cebu Heritage Park. 

Sa among pag-abot sa Cebu Heritage Park, among naatlan ang taknang alas-sais, diin mahimo na namong magamit ang among mga indibidwal nga tiket sa Gabii Sa Kabilin 2017. Wala gayud nag langay-langay ang grupo ug una namong gibisita ang maanyag nga Casa Gorordo Musuem.


Casa Gorordo Museum

Sa among pagsulod sa maong musiyo, among nasaksihan ang usa ka presentasyon mahitungod sa kinabuhi sa unang mga Bisaya hilabi na ang ginatawag ug Gingharian Sa Sugbo (Rajahnate of Cebu). Sa maong presentasyon, akong nakita ang paagi sa pagpuyo sa Hari nga si Rajah Humabon. Gawas niini, nadungagan ang akong dyutang alamag mahitungod sa kasaysayan sa Sugbo.



Gawas niana, giduyog usab akong kasing-kasing inubanan sa mga maanindot nga presentasyon nga giandam sa mga cultural dance performance gikan sa nagkalain-laing unibirsidad sa Sugbo.


Cultural Show Presentation @Casa Gorordo Museum

Pagkahuman sa maong presentasyon, wala kami nagdugay sa paglakaw paingon sa sunod nga musiyo. Sunod namong gibisita mao ang Museo Parian-1730 Jesuit House.

Samtang kami naglakaw paingon sa sunod namong bisitahon, usa ka grupo sa mga kabatan-unan ang nihatag nako ug usa ka dakong pahiyom. Nakita ko ang ilang pag-plano kung unsa ang una nilang bisitahon sa ilang pagsalmot sa Gabii Sa Kabilin. Nakita ko ang ilang kahinaman sa pag libod sa nagkalain-laing musiyo.


Sama usab sa akong gibati, ako mismo naghinam-hinam nga muabot sa 1730 Jesuit House kay mao kini ang unang higayon nga akong masulod ang maong musiyo ug sa akong pag-sulod niini murag nagambak-ambak akong kasing-kasing sa kalipay sa dihang akong nakita ang mga maanyag nga hulagway sa nagkalain-laing rebolto sa Santos.


18th-century Yap-Sandiego ancestral house: Photo was taken when we are on our way to 1730 Jesuits House .

Gawas niini, akong nakita ang mga maanindot nga karaang butang sama sa telpono, typewriter, lamesa, bangko, camera ug uban pa.


The view of Parian Church before it was demolished

Apan usa sa mga nipasubo sa akong gibati mao ang akong pagkakita sa Sa Juan Bautista Church o Parian Church. Gibati ako ug kagool sa dihang akong nabasahan ang kasaysayan niining maanyag nga simbahan. Makingon kita ug sayang apan wala na kitay mahimo kung dili atung pasalamatan ang mga kaagi ug atu kini tagaan ug importansya.


The Parian Church


The sculpture of Saint Ignatius Loyola

Pagkahuman sa among pagduaw sa maong musiyo.Ang grupo ni desisyon nga mulahos sa JRG Halad Museum. Kini usab mao ang unang higayon nga akong madungaw ang maong musiyo ug ako nahikurat sa akong pagsulod sa maong lugar. 


Samtang ako nag-libod sa ikaduhang andana sa musiyo. Adunay usa ka imahe sa balaang bata nga akong nakita nga ginama sa kahoy ug ivory. Nasorpresa ako ug dako niini mahitungod sa ka dugayon sa maong imahe. Apan, mas nahikurat ko ug dako sa dihang akong nahibaluan nga ang JRG Halad Museum mao lamang ang nag-inusarang musiyo sa Kabisay-an mahitungod sa musika hilabi na Cebuano music and composers.

Sa akong pagsaka sa ikatulong andana sa musiyo adunay laing presentasyon nga nipapukaw sa akong kasing-kasing kung unsa kaanindot ang mga kanta ginama sa bisaya. Nipakpak ug kusog akong duha ka mga kamot human ko nabati ang kantang Usahay nga giduyugan sa UV Chorale.


Hearing the amazing voices of UV Chorale

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Usa ka dakong ngisi akong nahiaguman human ko masaksihan ang kasinatian sa mga babaye kaniadto. Ilang gipakita sa maong pasundayag ang kalipay ug kahugyaw kaniadto kung sila manglaba sa sapa.


Pagkahuman sa maong pasundayag akong gidool ang usa sa mga performers ug ako kining gilamano. Wala ko kasabot sa akong gibati sa dihang nigawas na kami sa maong musiyo.


Human sa taas nga adlaw sa paglibod sa mga musiyo malipayon ko nga nakasalmot sa maong kalihukan kay akong napaghandurawan ang maanyag nga Sugbo! Gikan sa tradisyon, kultura, musika ug uban pa. Nadungagan usab ang akong nahibaluan mahitungod sa kaagi o istorya bahin sa Sugbo. Istorya nga angay idalit sa uban ilabi na sa kabatan-unan.


Cebu Bloggers and Photo Enthusiast joins Gabii Sa Kabilin 2017

Sa akong pagsalmot niining Gabii Sa Kabilin, dili ko gayud pagasipyaton nga ako musalmot niini matag tuig.

Maayong Gabii Sa Kabilin Sugbo!

Disclaimer: I wrote this blog in dialect in order for every Cebuano readers feel the essence of being a Cebuano and how beautiful it is. If you want to read this article in English. Just look for the translator tab/button on the page.

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Reconnect With Nature at Cabintan Natural Hot Spring

Upon looping around the beautiful community of Cabintan, province of Ormoc for 3 days. I have seen lots of pretty spectacular places in the Barrio and I am not expecting that it has a lot to throw to me as an adventurous person.


The jump off point to Cabintan Hot Spring is at the Cabintan proper. Dubbed as “barrio” by the locals. We actually hiked and do some river treks upon getting top the secluded Cabintan Hot Spring. It took us around 45 minutes before we get to the place.


Cabintan Hot Spring has 2 separate natural and untouched pools with different temperatures. Can you even imagine a better way to de-stressed from a week’s worth of work?Aside from its natural hot spring, beside on it is a small natural yet untouched pool that has a very cold as ice water.



Since we are still on a hot season, you don’t have to worry because aside from this natural hot spring from keeping you warm, it will also make you reconnect with nature as our season transitions into the cold.



After we enjoyed the trek from Alto Peak, we took our lunch in the area as I wanted to get in touch with nature while feeding up our tummies. Jeramil and RJ are the ones who prepared for our simple lunch.



Our descending trail hikes going to the place was well paid-off. The scenery was simply stunning.  Our scenic trek took us 45 minutes before we finally reached the untouched hot spring.



Who could have thought that in the middle of a tropical rainforest in Cabintan, Ormoc City is the Hidden Natural Hot Spring where only nature’s greens and waters will envelope you.  Thanks to Dong, RJ and Jeramil for bringing me here in the place with waters both hot and cold.

“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 #CabintanHotSpring

How To Travel More, Spend Less This Summertime!


It’s summertime! Traveling can do your life wonders experience different cultures, pick-up new traditions or customs, learn new languages, meet people and many more! Before getting that adventure of a lifetime. Be a smart “bakasyonista” by learning a few tricks to go traveling on a budget!

Here are travel on a budget tips to make your travel money worth spending:

Write down your bucket list of places you want to go.

Much like a financial plan, write down the list of places you want to go. Include the months when you can file your vacation leaves and plot those with holidays as well. From there, narrow down your top five or top six destinations of your choice. Then, write down the corresponding budget you’ll need to allocate on each of the vacation spots. The good thing with planning is that you’ll have a clear itinerary of your wanderlust travel list for 2017.


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Know the season of the places you want to visit.

Take note of the peak seasons of the countries or places you are visiting as peak seasons are expensive.Meanwhile, take advantage of discounts during off-peak, because even tho seasons change, the experience do not. Plus,off-peaks are the best as there are fewer crowds.


Have a travel buddy or join a group travel.

Ideally, you can save by sharing an accommodation and food costs with someone. A good number of travel buddies are a pair to a group of four. Keep heads up, because some hotels check the number of guests within the room. If you travel in large groups, it is highly suggested to have someone arrange your accommodation to avoid extra bed charges.


When travelling alone, use free travel accommodation networking sites  to save on accommodation.

Accommodation is where the bulk of costs come from. Social networking sites like Couch-surfing provides free accommodation for travelers. This is one popular way to save a lot of money while traveling.
Also, bring local snacks and give it to your couch surfing hosts as a form of gifts. Save some for your flights as well, because the money spent for in-flight meals, can serve as a budget for gifts to new friends on the destination your heading.


Ask the locals.

Finding your way in a foreign country eats chunks of your time and money. Prior to your travel, have some plan route by downloading  subway map apps and other map applications to get through your way.While you come prepared, don’t entirely rely your way on technology, back it up with primary sources, and go ask the locals instead. If you have a locally trusted friend, have them take you to places ad show you the easiest way.


Final word

Don’t forget to enjoy. While travelling is something you want to brag on your social media accounts, it is the life experience that counts.

Observance Of Silence On Good Friday- One Filipino Tradition


In Philippine rural areas, people are encouraged to turn off their radios and televisions on Good Friday that marks the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. Through this complete silence, it is believed that people will be able to communicate with God through devotional prayer.



A day before the death of Jesus Christ which is the Holy Thursday. Devotees will commemorate Jesus Last Supper through the  Mass of the Lord’s Last Supper. Also, the priest will performs the washing of the feet ritual with 12 people like what Jesus did with his disciples.After the Mass, the altar will be stripped bare and the church bell will not be rung until the Easter vigil.

The Blessed sacrament will be repositioned at the Altar of Repose where the hosts consecrated during the Mass of the Lord’s Last Supper  are placed.

After hearing the Mass, churchgoers can pray these reposed during the Visita Iglesia . A Filipino Lenten tradition where people can visit  seven or fourteen churches to pray before the Blessed Sacrament during Maundy Thursday.

On Good Friday, some people will go through the Station of the Cross.  Later in the day, the church remember Jesus’s “Seven Last Word” where priest share their reflections on each the 7 expressions of Jesus Christ while on the cross.

At 3 pm, around the time Jesus was said to have died, the Veneration of the Holy Cross is observed.


Afterwards, the procession of the Santo Entierro – a wooden sculpture depicting the dead body of Christ – and other holy images is held.


Santo Entierro:Which means the Holy Burial.The image of the dead Jesus Christ. This the most important character in the Byernes Santo or Good Friday street procession.

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Some of the important characters during the Holy Burial Procession.


Saint Peter, also known as Simon Peter, Simeon, or Simōn, according to the New Testament, was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ, leaders of the early Christian Great Church.


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La Mujer Veronica: Saint Veronica was a pious woman of Jerusalem in the first century AD, according to Catholic Tradition.


Maria Magdalena or Mary Magdalene, literally translated as Mary the Magdalene or Mary of Magdala, was a Jewish woman who, according to texts included in the New Testament, traveled with Jesus as one of his followers.


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Saint Peter, also known as Simon Peter, Simeon, or Simōn, according to the New Testament, was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ, leaders of the early Christian Great Church.

In some churches in the country, it is followed by the procession of La Soledad, which means a sorrowful mother dressed in black that is  grieving.

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Black Saturday

The church is in a state of mourning after Jesus’ death. The cross over the altar remains covered by a black cloth. (Some parishes cover the cross for the entire Lenten season or from Ash Wednesday, while others do it only from Palm Sunday.)

The Easter Vigil commences at night. The Paschal candle – representing the resurrected Christ, the light of the world – is lit at the start of the vigil. Adults and children may also receive the sacrament of baptism during the vigil.


Easter Sunday

The culmination of the Holy Week is full of rejoicing, as Catholics commemorate Jesus Christ’s resurrection.Early morning of Easter Sunday, parishioners perform what is called a salubong