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-

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@ 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Parian Church
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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Hearing the amazing voices of UV Chorale

Gawas niana, ila usab gipakita ang kinabuhi ang kinabuhi sa mga babayeng bisaya pinaagi sa pag-sayaw ug “Palo-Palo Dance”.IMG_20170526_204143-01.jpeg

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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

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

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

Mt. Lanaya in Alegria, Cebu:Trek With A Cause

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Aside from its peaceful environment, fine beaches and mesmerizing waterfalls of Alegria, Cebu.Who could’ve  thought that there is such mountain define by knife-edges slope facing the west. My third visit to the town of Alegria, Cebu was such an exciting an inspiring twist, a day hike traverse and tree planting ! Our route to its summit was through Legaspi trail.The angle of ascent throughout the trail averages 50-60°.

FB_IMG_1493271297877[1]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.

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We started our trek via Legaspi trail and it is covered with loose stone, soil, and rocks which makes a climber slide down more often when not assisted but successful climbing without the aid of ropes is possible.

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Fortunately, the majority of the trail features landscape for secure footing, although it is still unforgiving in its steepness. Only one climber at a time can climb through the huge rock safely, as behind the rock face a steep drop-off exists.

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Those who are keen on witnessing the picturesqueness view of Alegria during sunrise may opt to spend two nights in the mountains, however, that will entail more planning and a bigger pack on your back.

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Personally, I prefer extended day hikes (hikes that take more than 5 hours). I find it more enjoyable because you can focus on the scenery without lugging a heavy pack on your back and have more time for side trips once you get down.

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Ram here!

For this adventure, I was happily met the group of travelers from Destination Dream lead by Ram.

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We started our hike at around 10 am . We started  a nice warm-up for the long hike. The terrain was even and how I wished it was the same the entire way.   We passed a section with huge trees and forest-covered on both sides and for a while, I forgot how grueling the next few hours would be.

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After the challenging trail of the first camp we had our lunch at Kalo-kalo Peak. It’s not technical, just a very long steep trail with some pine needles scattered on the ground which made it slippery.

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At this point, my companions were around 20-30 minutes ahead of me but the trail was easy to spot so I didn’t mind the solitude. It also enabled me to take photos of trees, although I couldn’t take as much as I wanted because it started drizzling and stopping for a break made the cold unbearable.

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Emerging from the mossy forest, I was welcomed by chilly winds and light drizzle, making my trek to the saddle camp, very cold. I ran into another cheery group and it felt nice to see their warm smiles as I began to feel miserably cold. After a few more steps, I stopped and marveled at some beautiful view on the top.

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After a good 30 minutes or so of assault, climbers we finally break through the summit clearing and move on towards Kalo-kalo Peak. The stone structure is dotted with plants, and climbers must take care in scrambling up the rock because there is limited space. For a 700-meter mountain, the view from the top is extremely rewarding. During clear mornings, try to look for a hint of your shadow cast onto the expansive Tañon Strait.

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My travel buddy, Gari!
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Disclaimer:  We are not able to jaunt the mesmerizing Cancalanog falls because the group enjoyed swimming at the beautiful Cambais Falls .

Heres the full video on how we enjoyed the trail and conquered the summit of Mt.Lanaya.


I would like to thank Destination Dream especially Ram for the warm welcome of the group. It was a pleasure adventuring with you guys! Looking forward to more travels and adventures.

#DNDMLanaya #DNDM #TatakDNDM #DestinationDream

8 Reasons Why You Should Stay at Costabella Tropical Beach Resort

This year, I  had the pleasure to visit several attractions both inside and outside Cebu, experience several different cultures.On the  run, I had the chance to experience and see  the enchanting and traditional hotel in Cebu, the Costabella Tropical Beach Resort. Together with the fellow Cebu  Bloggers  and  other media groups.

I’ve been  to many luxury resorts in Mactan island, Cebu but this one has the perfect setting to admire Mactan’s enchanting coastline.

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What’s in a name?
Costa is a Spanish word of’ beautiful coast” where it  provides  the travelers and guests a perfect setting of  Mactan coastline. This is  a family oriented hotel and perfect for honeymooners.

When the resort  was opened many years ago, they  just started with 16 rooms. As they  continue to kept its tradition of genuine caring, old-fashioned hospitality and world-class service through the years. They have now a total of  156  relaxing and romantic rooms.

And if you’ve never stayed at Costabella Tropical Beach Resort and have been wondering what to expect there, then you’ve come to the right place!

Here Are  The 8  Reasons WHY You Should Stay at Costabella.

1. Accommodating and Charming Hotel Staff

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It goes without saying that in a hospitality business, personality is key. How a guest is treated during the stay makes up a huge part of his/her overall experience. Everyone was surprised  how they welcomed us. Costabella Resort obviously pays very close attention to this very important aspect, as evidently seen in the way every member of their staff accommodates and cares for their customers.

2. Hotel Atmosphere

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Unlike typical hotels in Mactan that give off a homey yet corporately stiff atmosphere, Costabella Resort stands out by providing a more relaxing and zen-like ambiance all over the establishment.A blissful holiday beach resort that is inviting, cozy, relaxing with direct Sea access.

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3. Hotel Furniture

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Matching Costabella Resort’s wonderful atmosphere is the establishment’s incredible furniture, naturally. Most would know that Spanish culture revolves around nature… this is the reason why you will find wooden elements and flowers around the area. This helps bring the beauty of nature inside.

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You will also notice that the has more of a minimalist design, veering away from huge and heavy ornaments normally found in other hotels. These little things help to avoid overwhelming guests during their stay. I absolutely love how clean, uncluttered and simple the entire hotel is.

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4. Architecture of the Hotel

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From the outside, structures that seem to resemble gold bars and majestically glitter especially when hit by the rays of the sun. But inside, Costabella Resort is anything but typical. Its wooden paneling and nature-inspired hallways evoke feelings of tranquility and peacefulness.

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5.  Cozy  and Relaxing Rooms

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Costabella Tropical Beach Resort  is perhaps one of very few hotels anywhere that boasts of rooms that are truly unforgettable, not just because of its beauty and elegance, but because of how the design of the place immediately puts you at ease.

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Its tastefully appointed rooms, all 156 of them, beautifully integrate Spanish colonial influences with natural, homegrown materials. Carved woodwork, local art pieces and charming pocket gardens are the hallmark of this timeless place. Many of the guest rooms come with private balconies that offer a breathtaking view that is both peaceful and romantic.

6.  Sumptuous Food and Beautiful Restaurant

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Sumptuous cuisine with a good measure of personal service is laid out for every guest’s picking. Costabella’s two main restaurants, La Marina and Brisa are another of the hotel’s treasures worth discovering. Try interesting tastes and delicious flavors prepared by our skilled chefs using fresh and natural ingredients as well as the island’s bounty of seafood.

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And just like the entire hotel,  Costabella Resort also brings an air of comfort and relaxation that customers truly appreciate. The entire dining area is pleasantly spacious and boasts of beautiful floral print seats, wooden accents, floor-to-ceiling windows, and ample natural lighting.

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LUNA Bar and Tapas

When the sun sets, LUNA, Spanish for Moon, is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy delicious Spanish Tapas and a range of refreshing Cocktails and premium Spirits.

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7. Hotel  Amenities /Sports and Recreation/Aqua Sports

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From the incredible swimming pool underneath the sun, to the fully equipped Costabella Fitness Room that is sure to excite any gym rat , to their wonderfully relaxing Lema Spa, you can be sure there is something for everyone at Costabella Tropical Beach Resort.

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LÉMA Filipino Spa in Cebu is Costabella’s sanctuary for relaxation, wellness and tranquility. True to tradition, all our treatments and massage are deeply rooted in the centuries-old healing techniques of the East that promote overall restoration and rejuvenation.

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Costabella takes great pride in providing an excellent venue for lifestyle and corporate events with our ideal location, first-class facilities, premiere amenities and expansive function halls that can accommodate small to large gatherings. The idyllic coastal scenery and tranquil environment serve as a nice backdrop for social hobnobbing and important meetings.

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Discover the hidden treasures of this coral island with our scuba diving trips and lessons! They PADI-accredited instructors that will walk you through the rudiments of scuba diving, from the proper use of equipment to correct breathing techniques. For aqua sports enthusiasts, we offer a wide selection of water sports activities to make the most out of your experience in Mactan Island.

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Whatever your idea of de-stressing is, I’m pretty sure you’ll be a happy camper at Costabella Resort.

They also  have the Kids Korner that  is an enriching place for children ages 4-10 years old to experience local culture through creative and interactive made-fun activities. It is not a child-care center. This venue is FREE for children of in-house guests. For special activities, minimal charges may apply. Children of Day-users may avail of the venue for a fee. For safety reasons, only a maximum of 10 children may be accommodated at a time. During peak periods, admission is limited to 2 hours to give opportunity for play to others.

8. The Costabella Way of Greeting Their Guest

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This family managed property has kept its tradition of genuine caring service, old-fashioned hospitality and world-class service through the years.

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So, there you have it, folks… 8 good reasons why you should stay at Costabella Tropical Beach Resort.  I’m pretty sure you’ll find more reasons to come back again and again once you’ve experienced their signature style of service, luxury and comfort. This uniquely beautiful hotel has so much to offer… and I haven’t even begun to talk about all the awesome attractions, stores and entertainment one can find inside the vast space of Cebu.

Here’s a quick peek for the delightful treat of Costabella Tropical Beach Resort
Explore the wonders of the island and discover your own story at #CostabellaResort

If you would like to know more about Costabella Resortclick here .

I’d like to thank the amazing folk of Cebu Blogging Community  for the awesome experience we had  at the  resort. To Miss Mars,  for including me as part  of the  media group  and of course, Costabella Tropical Beach Resort for the delightful  treat.I look forward to more memorable stays there in the future.


Book now. Come and discover your story at Costabella Tropical Beach Hotel in Cebu. 
Sales and Reservations: (6332) 231-4244
Resort: (6332) 238-270

Wet and Wild World of River Trekking In Catmon, Cebu PH

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.

Image may contain: one or more people, grass, child, mountain, sky, sunglasses, outdoor and natureAfter my waterscaping in some of the magnificent waterfalls in Southern Cebu, my adventurous soul led me to the wild terrain of Brgy. Tabili Catmon, Cebu. Since, none of my colleagues showed some interest in joining the adventure so I decided to post in on Facebook. Fortunately, my weekend recharge did not end up in a solo excursion. Image may contain: 4 people, people smiling, people standing, tree, child, outdoor and natureIt is my first time to do a river trekking so I am a little bit nervous. I have done Canyoning before so I believed that I can do this again. I was expecting that we will be climbing high mountains before getting to the falls, but yay! there was none. It is just a minor trek.

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We’re getting ready to Trek!

Image may contain: one or more people, sky, grass, tree, child, outdoor and natureThe road entrance of Eskina Katambisan, Bag-o Catmon is the way that led us to Barangay Tabili, which is the jump off point for this trekking activity. This is my second time in the town but I’ve never been this part of Catmon so I don’t know how the terrain looks like.

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A few minutes of walking before getting to the first waterfall on where to start the river trek is just like a walk in the park then the trail becomes a little bit of physically suffering.
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As we did down-streaming, there are several mesmerizing cascades along the trail. We need to scramble the huge boulders and have to grasp whatever object we can to avoid getting off balance.
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Image may contain: 2 people, child, outdoor, nature and waterAside from river trekking, traversing to Sagay Peak for a sunset viewing is part of the activity. However, it was aborted because of the time since we are having so much fun dipping into the falls

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River trekking in Tinubdan falls is one of the adventures that I would love to do for quite some time and finally I can now say I survived!

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River Trekking is a bit of a challenge and mostly you should need a gear or bring your own gear. But no worries, river trekking in Tinubdan Falls is not that technical but to make sure we are always safe we need to have a guide master.

It is advisable to engage someone or hired a tour guide upon trekking because according to our guide during the activity. He personally experienced some mysterious happenings in the place.

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Even as paychecks rise, more and more people are becoming “stressed out and they realize they need the weekend to recharge” through adventure or physical activity.

-Leave No Trace-

A quick peek on how we trek, jump and swim
Video credits: Gly Gly of http://www.chasingpotatoes.com

If you are looking to come over in Catmon and experience the same adventure we had. You may contact the Guide Master:
Kyno Lim Dumlao
09993259621

Private Paradise Escape For Only 300 Pesos

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Nowadays, people need to go somewhere to relax and recharge.But, sometimes it could a struggle to find the perfect place for a not so expensive getaway especially if you are residing in Cebu metropolis.

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Outside view of the resort

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After how many weeks of planning to visit Olango island, I finally got the chance to travel unexpectedly the island and experienced a luxurious leisure for just 300 Pesos.

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My unexpected visit to Casa Blanca By The Sea over the weekend was absolutely comforting with a combination of luxurious atmosphere in a total commune of nature. The resort is situated in one of Cebu’s best keep paradise, Olanggo island. The resort is not that famous to many people, but this is certainly one of the resorts on the island that you should not miss.

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The resort is a true definition of “a home away from home”, it will bring in a picture perfect idea of modernization and serenity.

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The resort can actually offer a day use with lunch package (prices posted below). But you need to contact them prior to the arrival time because they need to prepare the food. Here’s even more! They don’t ask for a corkage fee, so better bring your own food as many as you want.

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As I arrived at the resort, I was astounded because it was like I own the resort. There are only a few people on that day so I had a great opportunity to capture all the best spots. Lol!And I am so glad to meet the staffs of the resort because they are very friendly and accommodating.

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The ambiance of Casa Blanca by the sea is indeed a relaxing place which I was looking for on that day. The fact that it has a beach front where you can set your foot in the sand and enjoy walking along the Tungasan Boardwalk (stories will be posted separately.)

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Starring the scenic Tungasan Boardwalk
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Casa Blanca By The Sea Beach Front

My quick jaunt to Casa Blanca By The Sea is now considered as one of my great weekend getaway/budget travel. Looking forward to coming back here soon with some friends.

CASA BLANCA BY THE SEA RATES:

Day Use from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM – 300 PHP / 550 PHP with lunch package
Night Use from 5:00 PM to 8:00 AM – 400 PHP

Note: Call them ahead of time or prior to arrival so they can prepare the food.

Come and Visit Casa Blanca By The Sea
Your Private Paradise Escape…

Bas Coral, Olango Island, Lapu-lapu City, Cebu
Email: info@casablancabythesea.com
http://casablancabythesea.com/index.html
Contact Nos.: (032) 406 7738 / +63 917 635 8600 / +63 923 521 8164

Chasing Waterfalls in Alegria: Cambais and Cangkalanog Falls

 

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The Municipality of Alegria, Cebu is famous for its Kawayan Festival. It is a small town located in southern part of Cebu that is rich with biodiversity. The town is surrounded by magnificent waterfalls. Just imagine those crystal-clear waters slowly flowing while pours out from a plunging deep below the surface while you stare in awe. Yay! that’s exactly where you are focusing your eyes if you will visit this town that takes pride in its natural resources.

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Alegria has an estimated population of 20,000 with a total 0f 9 barangays. Normally, it will take 3-4 hours travel time to get this waterfalls-infested town from Cebu City.

Here’s a quick peek at some of Cebu’s best waterfalls that can only be found in the small town of Alegria, Cebu, reminding us all that some of the most beautiful things in the world could only be hidden in our every town.

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After weeks of planning with my officemate, MJ.I finally got the chance to travel again to the town of Alegria to see and experience the wonderful Cambais and Cangkalanog Falls.And to have something to post on Instagram.Lol!Yay…It was worth it!

CAMBAIS FALLS

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The Cambais falls is located few meters away from the road so you have to do some trekking in a 1-kilometer rocky road as past of the short trail on your way to the magnificent waterfalls.

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The road to Cambais Falls is really not a joke: After doing a quick Photowalk to their town plaza. We directly rented a motorbike to reach the place. It took like 30 to 45 minutes drive before we reached the magnificent hidden gems of Cambais.

Actually, I was starting to get a little impatient when I still couldn’t see any sign of Cambais after more than half an hour of riding a motorbike.I even almost decided to tell the driver to turn back thinking to bring us to Cangkalanog instead. But the heavens were kind to us because of a few moments later, I saw a small sign by the road. ” This way to Cambais Falls”. Yahhhooo!

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The main road you see on the trail

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Upon reaching the intersection, it is better to ask your tour guide if you have or the locals to make sure you are going to the right falls for it is quite confusing.

Anyways, after a few minutes of a short trail trekking, we finally reached the beautiful Cambais Falls.

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So, anyway, after the short trek. We make sure that ourselves are ready to get wet since we want to explore the first to the second falls of Cambais. The second falls is quite deep and you can no longer see the surface.

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1st level of  the Falls! 🙂
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On my way to the 2nd level of the waterfalls
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The 2nd level of Cambais Falls

Whether you go directly to the second or first falls, what’s important is that make sure you get to both to get a glimpse of the majestic view.

After the excursion of almost 3 hours to the beautiful Cambais Falls. We trailed back down to visit the next spot which is the Cangkalanog Falls.

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Since we feel tired and hungry of our explorations, so we decided to check out first Cangkalanog Falls to give some sort of shake. :0 As most of the waterfalls are, we have to do a little trekking again to get to the actual falls but this one only takes just a few minutes.

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Cangkalanog Falls: 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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Aside from the clear waters, the rock formations and the decrepit bridge were just perfect as if they were placed with a purpose. For adrenaline peeps out there, this is the perfect time and place to practice your cliff diving skills.The fact, that the water is deep and there are no rocks anywhere near the diving spot.What an absolute perfection!

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