Malapascua Island | 5 Things To Do When Visiting The Island

We all know that Malapascua Island is just simply charming with heap of sands and rocks in the middle of Visayan Sea.  Many foreigners will always enjoy when visiting the island especially when they venture outside the resort.  Obviously, most of them get fall in love with the real slice of a Filipino life.


One great weekend, I had another chance to visit the Cebu’s best kept paradise. And I’m always in love with the place because of the great memories I had. Aside from its spectacular sunset and blazing sunrise, I always enjoy to walk along in the long white sand surrounded with tall coconut trees and waters so clear.


This is my fourth time to jaunt around the island. And I always had the great experience. As we probably know that most people come to the island for diving to see the thresher shark, reliably. But since I don’t have the enough skills to go on diving and mmmm…I’m a little bit afraid of ocean deeps, lol! I don’t have the chance to see those thresher sharks.


So if you’re like me, here are the things that you can do for you to enjoy when venturing out Malapascua Island.


Photo by: RBCasquejo


The island has been called the “Next Boracay” but we don’t think it will ever be like that. If you are not a good diver but still want to see the enchanting world of under water, try to visit Dakit-Dakit island. It is a small island situated around 10 meters away from the main shore of Malapascua Island.


Photo by Joseph Baya

It has been called Dakit-Dakit island by the locals because of the small rock formations. This islet is a good spot also for diving but there is also a spot where non-divers can enjoy to see the wonders of underwater.


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Photo by : Joseph Baya



Malapascua Island is a great place to chill out, so if you are not into diving, get ready for a relaxing trip because here is another thing that you can do on the island.



Coral Garden is another great spot to swim or do snorkeling. You can take your mask and fins (or rent some) and get the chance to see the magical world of aquamarine life.





The wreck at Lighthouse was a Japanese World War II landing craft. It was bombed just before landing with a large shipment of cement destined for a gun emplacement. The wreck is in very shallow water – 3m average – and is broken up with the hull in two pieces. The rocks that you will see are actually bags of cement.






The weather on Malapascua is usually excellent. Typhoon season in the Philippines is from May to December, but Malapascua is rarely affected. Thus, it is the perfect place to do an excursion.


You can easily walk round the island in 2 hours. Or you can hire a motorbike. You could also hire a driver to take you to all the best places on the island.





Enjoys striking views over the northern part of the island. Access is via a steep path (it’s not signposted and you have to pass through someone’s backyard). It’s a five-minute walk up to the lighthouse from the southern edge of Guimbitayan village.



When visiting the island of Malapascua, come and stay at Lah Tira Cee .


Formerly known as La Terrasse Malapascua, same management – same staffs. A backpackers haven located next to Montenova hillside. If you want a home while you are travelling in Malapascua Island, stay with us, your family away from home. We love underground music and healthy food. We have vegan, vegetarian, fish and meat dishes that caters to different travelers budget and preference.


Book your accommodation at LAH TIRA CEE, MALAPASCUA, ISLAND

An Awesome Traverse To The Manutu River in Toledo City, Cebu

Are there magical places out in the wilds of the world? One of the questions I always asked and I always ended up an answer depending on who I asked. Although it is still uncertain that if magic really exists in the world, there are certainly fantastic and extraordinary places on our planet that certainly seem to make one entertain the idea that it just may.


After our overnight camp at the charming Mt.Tagaytay, we had an awesome side-trip to the surprising river of Toledo, City. Traversing to Mt. New Bucau, there is one such place that lies in the quaint rain-forest in the City, an achingly beautiful and mystical river that has long been surrounded by legend locals.


Moments in MT. Taytaytay


The Beautiful Mt.New Bucau

This is the Manuto River, a place where it is said to be mysterious and which indeed mesmerizing enough to make one believe that magic is real.


The Wet and Wild Manutu River 

There are many rivers in the country that are so wrapped with mystery and magnificence. According to Miss Beth (our host for this weekend adventure) has the same view of Tanay River and Marmol River in Tuburan, Cebu. It is also connected with the Malubog Lake that is marked by its folklore.


A very welcoming river!

Upon arriving at the river, I was surprised with the cold as ice waters flowing continuously the river and this combined with the reflection of palm trees.


Adding to the magical quality of the place is the plentiful indigenous flora and fauna lining the cold waters.



While walking along the river, I saw a lot of spots that are picturesque, really! Thus, I made a lot of stops. Along the way, I saw boulders and gigantic rocks that made me feel I’m back to the place where I drifted my wandering soul, the Marmol Cliff in Tuburan, Cebu.


After almost 30 minutes of walking along the river and climbed those bouldering rocks, we finally reached the spot where we can swim and take our lunch. A few minutes later, the weather became unfriendly. Unfortunately, a steady falling of water from the sky washes us away.



These three are just like walking in the park!

” If the rain continued pouring down heavily, kindly go back to the area where we had a quick stop”, Miss Beth said.


An awesome view after climbing the boulders


The guys are having some fun swimming at the cold as ice waters surrounded by the boulders. 


According to Miss Beth, if there is rain, the streams that flow into the main river receives greater amounts of water that will instantly cause the river flooding.  So, we decided to get back to the place where we can shade, loosen up, and take a brunch.



Truly breathtaking 

As we were making our way back to the area where we can meet Beth and RJ, the downpour is continuous and we are really struggling because each one of us is having some stuff in our hands which is our food.


Rain? Who cares? I have the food in my hand, lol!


Despite the rain falls, we continuously trek until we reached the area. Upon our arrival, we instantly took our lunch because as what have the locals advised to us, there will be no habal-habal driver that can take us to the jump-off area of General Climaco (Malubog) especially if there is a heavy rain.


After taking a quick brunch, things got even worse.downpours got heavy!Since I’m very weak in cold temperature, I was really freezing that moment. So we quickly took a motorcycle ride going back to Barangay Malubog and the cold winds really tendering our body. Adding to that chilled ride was a bumpy and rocky road that is seemingly an endless adventure.


The Rocky Road

After that bumpy ride, a few minutes later we finally reached the jump-off area of Barangay Malubog with the courage, haha! And I thought that was the end of our adventure, it wasn’t!


Top loading 


Topload is FUN! FUN! FUN!


As we said our goodbyes to Beth, we rode a jeepney going back to Toledo Bus Terminal. We took a “top-load” ride where you need to go up and occupy the roof of the jeepney. No comfortable chair! No protection ceiling! Everything is OPEN! This is my second time to go on top loading and it is really fun and extreme! I found this challenging, really! Because you need to sit down on hard metals under the heat of the sun for long hours.But in our case the pour down slowly stop and we’re lucky enough!


Overall, this is one of the best adventures I had in Toledo City, Cebu. Thank you so much to Miss Beth for organizing this Friendship Climb. I had so much fun and thankful seeing those beautiful natural gifts in Toledo City. Hoping that these places I’ve visited will remain to exist and be seen. The river is really a dreamlike beauty and hope it will be preserved for many future generations to come!:)



Cafe Bella | First English Tea House In Cebu


Who could have thought that inside the vicinity of Sirao Garden-Little Amsterdam, everyone can experience the ambiance of an English Tea Shop?  Yes! That’s possible.


Located on the grounds of Sirao Garden-Little Amsterdam, aside from its tropical greenery. You can experience the lush and cold breezed while you enjoy spectacular views of the mountains. Relax with a tea in hand, socialize with friends and family inside the Tea house and enjoy a wide selection of teas and coffee.


The tea house is just quaint small where it can accommodate 10 to 12 individuals. The walls inside the tea house are surrounded by the collections of Elena’s where you can see various teapots, miniature bone china, hats, vases, frames,and figurines.


Upon visiting the Cafe Bella, I had the chance to speak with Ms. Elena Chua. ” This is like a dream come true for me. It made me happy every time I saw people smiling when they visit the place”, she said.


“It gives a glimpse into my world…My journey and my love of tea”, she added. I was inspired by the story she shared with me on how she ended up building the Tea House as an addition to the Garden.

According to Ms. Chua, when she was a small child, she loves to collect small souvenirs and knickknacks. She loves to play by herself or with friends and has their own tea party.  She loved collecting miniature bone chinaware. When she started to work as a flight attendant, she then acquired the passion of drinking different kinds of tea from different countries.

She felt so blessed with the opportunity to see and traveled all over the world. As she discovered how the world beautiful was, she decided to share these experiences with many people especially to those people who don’t have the opportunity to discover and explore the world.


When Sirao Garden-Little Amsterdam was built, their family considered it as a gift from God. Miss Elena decided to upgrade the Garden by having this tea house where it will showcase her beautiful and fascinating collections. Her collections are all precious to her because of her journey.

What’s with the name, Bella?

Bella is the name of her adorable daughter. Upon visiting the garden, the door will welcome you with a big sign 8504 which is the birthdate of Bella.



Cafe Bella can only accommodate 10 to 12 persons, meaning it is limited. Miss Elena serves the guest herself. She offers a set menu that consists of unlimited tea with various flavors, a sandwich, salad, cupcakes, fruits, juice drinks and if one prefers it, coffee.

Elena limits Casa Bella guests for the simple reason that the place is small and usually, she serves the guests herself. She offers a set menu that consists of unlimited tea of various flavors, a sandwich with a crunchy and zesty vegetable salad on the side, and perhaps, also her specialty, chicken macaroni salad, some cupcakes, fruits, juice drinks and if one prefers it, coffee.

If you want to experience and enjoy the English Tea in your hand. For reservations, You may contact Miss Elena Chua at 0922-825-6259 or you may check their Facebook Page Sirao Garden-Little Amsterdam.  



Visitors from Tagaytay City:)

Disclaimer: Please be advised that Cafe Bella can only entertain guest with reservations.

Important Reminders:

The Tea house is just small, cozy and restful where you can look closely with these fascinating collections of Miss Chua. Most of them are breakable and irreplaceable.Thus, most of them are “FOR YOUR EYES ONLY” so PLEASE DON’T THEM!


Mt. Naupa, City of Naga, Cebu | A Friendly Mountain To Climb


I’ve always heard great stories about this 8th tallest mountain in Central Visayas because of its beginner-friendly mountain to climb. I didn’t expect that this mountain was tagged as one of the easiest mountains to trek in the Province of Cebu. This mountain has become popular to many mountaineers, trekkers, and hikers because of the perfect natural setting and greenish backdrop when you reach the summit of Mount Naupa standing at 584 meters above sea level.



The beautiful scenery that you can see along the trail going to Mt. Naupa

After the successful Clean-up drive of our group (Tribu Hugawan)at Mt. Lanaya in Alegria, Cebu. I had the opportunity to climb and camp out in Mt. Naupa just to chill out and kick back ourselves from very busy and stressful days of work. When one of our groupmates, Micahel organized a group hike and camp out together with his other friends at the summit of Mt. Naupa, I was not hesitant to say “Yes” when I received the invitation.


It was on a gloomy Saturday afternoon when we had this trekking activity.From Cebu South Bus Terminal we took a bus ride going to Naga, City and drop off at Sitio Rikio to ride a motorcycle going to the jump-off point of Brgy. Cogon.And this is where our adventure begins.



Lover in Naupa 🙂

Going to the jump-off point of Brgy Cogon where we have to start our trek was not an easy ride. I remember riding a motorbike in a rocky rough road river at Marmol, Cliff in Tuburan, Cebu. The road was not that established, really! Because of that, 2 of our friends accidentally fell during the ride but the good thing was they didn’t endure any wounds and scratches.



Our sexy ladies just having fun walking under the rain. 🙂

After of almost an hour in a bumpy motorcycle ride, we had a quick stop over nearby the Cogon Chapel to meet the group and to power up before we start the trek. The first 20 minutes of the trail was relatively easy because it has an established path and it’s just like a walk in the park. As we reached close to the summit, we took a quick power up before proceeding to the summit. Unfortunately, the weather became unfriendly and the heavy rain was pouring the entire mountain. Thus, the trail becomes steep and darkness enveloped the surroundings which added an extremely tiring and demanding part of our climb.



This is what Mt. Naupa can offer! 🙂


After 45 minutes of a steep ascending trail, we finally reached the summit of Mt. Naupa. Though the weather was not good we are still lucky enough because we were given a clear view of the green scenery settings of the neighboring mountains of Mt. Naupa.




Preparing our dinner after reaching the summit of NUAPA


After dinner, we had the social nights where we got to know a little bit of each other with the other groups. We played various games and all of us had so much fun. After the social nights, I slept like a baby till the break of the dawn because of cold tempreature.


Few minutes later, the majority of the group woke up and prepared breakfast with non-stop teasing on each other of what happened last night during the socials. Lol!


After breakfast, the heat was bit unbearable so everyone decided to break the camp and pack our bags. The other group took the trail via Barangay Lanas while me and the rest took a back trail to Barangay Cogon.


Everyone bid then a goodbye to the beautiful and perfect scenery of Mt. Naupa. We directly rode a motorcycle going back to the highway.



This is what we’ve got after that rainy hike! 🙂

Before going back to our own realities, the group decided to drop by at the back Sampaguita Suites, where you can found these mouth-watering streetfood, the Pungko-Pungko. That was a weekend well spent, indeed!



The Campsite with the background Naupa Peak!

My Final Thoughts:

The mountain of Mt. Naupa is very friendly and the trail is relatively easy. It can be accessed in a wet or dry season. The trekking part is just short but it can still make your heart’s pumping. The mountain is now one of the mountaineers destination.

How To Get There:

There are many ways on how to get to Mt.Naupa. You can took a bus from South Bus Terminal or via KMK Bus Transit. Then, you can drop off at the bakeshop located just in the corner of Rikio, Minglanilla, Cebu. Take a habal-habla ride going to the jump-off point of Barangay Cogon, fare is PHP50. And then from the chapel of Brgy. Cogon, you may hire a guide or just follow the trail going to the mountain of Naupa.








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



















“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. 🙂















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

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