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

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


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


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


Dalaguete Church

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

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

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



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

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


  2. CASINO PEAK | Lunsangan, Dalaguete, Cebu


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


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


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


    What’s with the name CASINO?

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

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

    KANDUNGAW ( CANDONGAO )PEAK | Maloray, Dalaguete, Cebu


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


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

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


    Photo by Joseph Baya

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


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


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


    At the top of Kandungaw Peak

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



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



    Photo by: Joseph Baya

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

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

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


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




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

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


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

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

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

-Home Sweet Home-


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

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


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

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


Pundok Bandana

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

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










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



















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

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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Ram here!

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


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.



My travel buddy, Gari!


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

The Amazing Cave: A Unique Swimming Experience in the Crystal Clear Waters Of A Cavern

After jaunting within the beautiful spots of Cebu City and tried the adventure of Canyoneering in Kawasan. I suggested my friend, Millie, to explore the beautiful island of Camotes instead in Bantayan island for some reasons. She’s quite reluctant about it but I insisted. Because I am very much concerned about the time that will be consumed getting there.  Though it is not my first time to jaunt Camotes island, Cebu but I  am still eager to wander the place because of its island way of life and peaceful surroundings.


We departed from Cebu City to Camotes island at exactly 6:00 AM via Ocean Jet. As we were in the middle of the sea all of us are worried because of the weather. It was raining and the waves really slap the boat.


At exactly 8:00 AM we arrived at Poro Port and hurriedly rented a tricycle for our day tour in the island. We paid the tricycle rent for 1000 PHP.

So we first visited the beautiful white sand beach resort in Camotes which is the Santiago White Beach Resort. Since we are just for a day tour, I promptly brought them to the public area of the resort instead of staying in the Santiago Bay Resort. Around 10:30 AM, we had our sumptuous in lunch in one of the economical restaurants in the area.


Before proceeding to our next destination, we make sure that we will have enough memories to leave. So we took a lot of pictures in the beautiful rock formations under the Santiago Bay resort.

Well, enough for that personal stuff, Lol! I know all of you are all excited with the Amazing Cave. So here is our next spot! The Amazing Island Cave and Resort. It’s good that I asked our driver, (I forgot his name) if what are the other beautiful spots to visit on the island aside from the famous Lake Danao, Mangudlong and whatsoever. So it was our driver’s idea to see visit the cave. According to him, the cave was opened 3 weeks ago.


Photo from Amazing island cave FB page


And here you go! The photo above is the main entrance going down to the cave. For you to see the beautiful and pristine cavern you have to prepare 25php for without life vest and 35Php with the vest. So we took the 35Php entrance since one of our friends is not that good in swimming.Lol!


Amazing island cave is one of the eight natural caves and new in the island. This prominent cave is interestingly located on the island of Camotes on its northeastern side.

A lot of versions of interesting stories surrounding this cave can be heard from locals and those who claim to knowledge about this cave’s story.

At present, the cave is only basically developed to accommodate visitors from various places.
To keep the surroundings and the internals of the cave pristine and natural, only very few ‘developments’ are allowed to be implemented, such as making concrete steps from the entrance leading down towards the inside. This makes it safer for visitors to climb up and down, especially among children and older visitors.


Stalactites and stalagmites. These are signs that the cave is old and the usual attraction feature for caves in general. They are not huge compared to other popular caves in the world but interesting enough to explore with this cave’s size.


Here’s a quick peek on how I enjoyed swimming in the crystal clear water of cavern.

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The Cave is located in Consuelo San Francisco Camotes.
Edith – 63 – 9126 – 374848
Jc – 63 – 9482 – 200403
Emma-63 – 9195 – 679175
Jmmy-63 – 9302 – 239770

Special thanks to Miss Millie Morales for the all paid expense trip


Canyoneering in Kawasan, Cebu For The Second Time Around

17626281_590799677792663_7690416944035485100_nCanyoneering in Badian is one of the most thrill and extremely fun adventure in Cebu. It is now one of Cebu’s biggest tourist draws. And for the second time around, my adventurous spirit took another challenge of trekking, jumping and swimming.


It was 2 years ago when I tried these exciting adventure in Cebu. There were no other words that uttered from my lips but “it was the best!” Really, canyoneering was one of the best adventure Iv’e experienced. T’was challenging and fun at the same time.
Over the weekend, I had another chance to jump into the canyons with Millie and Mae Ann. They flew from Manila just to try the extreme adventure in Kawasan, Cebu.


@ The Kawasan Canyoneering headquarters


On our way to the 1st Jump-off

It was raining cats and dogs when we arrived Kawasan, Cebu but we are still fearless to face the challenge and I am a bit edgy though it’s not my first time. Because during my first Canyoneering we had our first jump-off in Kanlaob River Brgy. Compostela, Alegria. But this time our jump-off will be at Badian. 


And we are ready!

We arrived about 12:30 in the afternoon at the Kawasan Canyoneering headquarters .Upon arrival, we were advised to register our names individually at the waiver form provided by the management for monitoring purposes. In the headquarters we had our donning of life vest and helmet. After recording all of our names then our assigned guide was introduced to us who’s name is Bernard. He is fun and nice to be with. Then hired a habal-habal with tandem and drove us through the Kawasan Tourism Office. 17759825_590797651126199_6441903668488376887_n


Before we started our 30 minutes trek, we saw a small store and ordered banana-cue (10 Php / stick), and a little refreshments.  Then we endure 30 minutes to 1 hour of trekking. The trail was not easy that time because the man-made ladder was muddy because of the heavy rains and it had a slow-paced walk. Thus, it took us 1 hour of trek before reaching the 1st jump-off.


After sparing for almost 1 hour of trekking a short briefing was conducted by our guide about “What to Do” and “What’s Not” for the entire canyoning activity. We were also advised the proper body/hand posistioning when jumping off the cliff.

I couldnt imagine the feelings of Millie and Mae Ann the fact that this is their first time.I can see the two girls are petrified especially Mae Ann but they were all brave.


The picture above is actually the first destination of the activity. Since we are only three in the group,I am not worried for the time that will consume when jumping off the canyons. Because most of the first timers it will take couple of minutes before they are brave enough to jump and scream, Lol!


This is the 1st spot where we had our 1st jump off that is 10 ft high. Yes, it is not that high compared to the 1st jump off in Alegria which is 15 ft high. But still it was cool exhilirating adventure!


In the picture above is another spot where we had to pass under the gorge. The water below is very clear and turquoise but we did not swim off in that area becuase there is another nice spot awaits next to it.

17626533_590812094458088_8730252312955584331_n17634376_590809951124969_8991700381325402369_n17757127_590811271124837_7374107597637693793_nAfter we took pictures in the are where there’s a lot of  rock scrambling and hikes. Our guide opted us to try the next spot where we had to slide in the surface individually that’s about over 8 ft high. That was very cool! Then upon reaching the bottom, Millie and I enjoyed the water that is freezing cold.

17634326_590809891124975_2490879810608845971_n.jpgAs we walk along the river there are many places where you can take a dip and enjoy the water. 17629769_590811371124827_6090653885866737861_n (1).jpg

Who else would not want a group picture with this enticing location is already fronting possibly on you. This spot is also good for taking a profile picture or cover photos on your Facebook because of the magnificent rock formation.

During my first Canyoneering, I can remember that this spot is one of my favorites. This canyon is called an optional last jump off that is  30 ft high as the guide say. I remember I jumped here like 4 to 5 times. Brave enough, right?hahaha!


And We Are On Our Way To Badian Falls!


As we continued our journey until the Kawasan Falls Badian. That is the spot for last jump scene but gets optional for gutless individual, Lol! But I am still featless and tried to jump! Yay! (Try to see it in the video attached).


What time did we arrive Kawasan Falls? We actually reached Kawasan Falls at around 4:00PM. Another spot where we embrace the peaceful mother earth and enjoy the three level of waterfalls.

How long does it take to finish Canyoning Activity? It took us about total of 5 hours to finish the entire activity from Kawasan first jump off to Kawasan, Badian warterfalls. After cooling down in Kawasan Falls we arrived 4:30 PM at the Kawasan Canyoneering Headquarters that is nearby the high-way road. We had our food adventure that is already included for the 1,500 PHP package for the entire activity. After fixing our stuffs we headed back to Cebu City via Ceres Bus Liner at past 5:00 PM already.

Canyoneering was a long but worthy adventure to try. It was unique and fun activity. I enjoyed it as well as the company. And with all the challenges that we experienced, fun moments that we had and excitement that we felt during the extreme activity, no doubt that canyoneering topped my best adventure to experience when in Cebu.



  • Canyoneering is open from 6:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Always wear life vest and helmet
  • Wear a proper outdoor shoes or trekking sandals
  • Wear a long sleeve rash guard most especially if you’re someone who gets cold easily
  • Do not bring gadgets. Only bring your waterproof camera or action camera
  • Always listen and follow to your guides instructions
  • Eat and hydrate before the activity. Canyoneering will last 4 to 5 hours
  • Do not throw trash anywhere. Do not vandalize
  • Enjoy and have fun!

Kawasan Canyoneering offers canyoneering packages starting from PHP 1,500 per adult. This is inclusive of gear, snacks, guide and admission fees, one-way motorbike ride and lunch. You may book this tour by visiting this link.

Kawasan Canyoneering
6021 Badian, Cebu
Phone: (63) 918 654-4111; (63) 905 333-2623

Special thanks to Miss Mille Morales for the all paid expense adventure and to our guide, Bernard for making this adventure fun and exciting!

 Jump, Trek, Swim- I Survive!

How To Enjoy Your 500 Pesos In Olango Island, Cebu

Can you visit one of the best keep paradise in Cebu on a low budget?Yes, you can! I will share with you how to enjoy Olango island on less that 500 Pesos a day.


After posting a quick video teaser on Facebook about my quick jaunt in Olango island in less than 500 Pesos. Many of my friends are asking if how did I do that. So I decided, to sum up, everything.


Many people are probably aware of the bird sanctuary in Cebu which is the Olango island. This is one of the beautiful islands that can be found in Cebu including Sulpa, Guiolongan, Nalusuan, Caohagan, Camungi and Pangan-an.




Casa Blanca By The Sea



San Vicente Marine Sanctuary


1. From Colon, Cebu City. You can take a ride via jeepney ( frequency: O1K ) going to Parkmall. The fare is 9 Pesos.
2. From Parkmall, you can ride a multi-cab going to Punta Engano. The fare is 14 pesos.
Inform the driver to drop you off at Movenpick Port.
3. From Movenpick port, get a ferry ticket for just 15 pesos and terminal fee of 5 pesos.

(travel time from Cebu City to Olango Island may take 1 to 2 hours depends on the traffic.)

You may also take a public Van from SM City Cebu. The fare is 25 pesos. Inform the driver to drop you off at Gaisano Mactan.
1. From Gaisano Mactan, take a multi-cab going to Punta Engano and drop off the Movenpick port.
2. Follow #3 instruction above.

Total cost/expenses
Fare from Colon to Parkmall- 10 Pesos
Parkmall to Movenpick Port- 14 Pesos
Movenpick port to Olango island – 16 Pesos
From Olango Port to Casa Blanca (Tricycle fare) 50 Pesos
Casa Blanca Resort ( Day use- all access)-300 Pesos
Snacks-30 Pesos
Biking in Olango -10 pesos per hour
From Casa Blanca to Port ( motorbike) -20 Pesos
From Olango Port to Punta Engano-16 Pesos
Punta Engano to Parkmall- 14 Pesos
Parkmall to Cebu City – 9 Pesos
Home Sweet Home
Total Expense: 458 Pesos

Here’s the quick peek on my Olango Day Trip!

( Note: Casa Blanca is just close to Tungasan Boardwalk, Marine/Bird Sanctuary. So there will be no cost if you wish to visit those places.)
See you And Enjoy Cebu!

Private Paradise Escape For Only 300 Pesos


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.


Outside view of the resort


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.



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.



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


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.


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.


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.)


Starring the scenic Tungasan Boardwalk


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.


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
Contact Nos.: (032) 406 7738 / +63 917 635 8600 / +63 923 521 8164

A Thousand Pesos Frugal Trip To Southern Cebu

I know that there are a lot of beautiful destinations in Cebu to visit for a budget solo travel. But, I am always under the impression that it will be for a day tour only.I never thought that my 1000 PHP can give me a lot of superb experience for 2 days and 1 night.
As I always checked on the net and I saw that my fellow bloggers are doing a 1000 Pesos challenge (budget travel to any destinations in Cebu for 1 day). I found it very interesting and a perfect idea for a solo traveler like me. Since I was not able to participate it, I tried to do it on my own instead.I got so intrigued whether I can survive the 1000 PHP budget for the 2 days trip because usually, I allocate 2-3k for each of my trips. So I contacted with one of my friend who lives in Carcar City on where to spend a quick vacation in the town. I asked her assistance to help me find a cheap room since Carcar City will be my first destination to visit for my 1000 PHP 2 days budget travel.
It was late afternoon when I arrived Carcar City, so I told my friend to bring me directly to the hotel that she recommended for me to check-in. So she brought me to Carcar Traveller’s Inn.After checking in to the hotel, I decided to quickly jaunt around the heritage park of the town before the sun goes down.I rented
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On my way to the place which holds a monument to Dr. Joser Rizal, circa 1927. I was greeted by the street vendors selling chicharron and ampao. I bought some of the towns famous native treats and consumed a pack while walking.
While roaming around the plaza, my mind goes classical when I saw the church of Sta. Catalina de Alexandria. The church was constructed in 1860, it is one of the unique designed colonial churches in the Philippines. The twin bell towers really catch my attention because it was capped by an onion-shaped dome that resembles those found in Greek Orthodox Churches in Eastern Europe.
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The church is just one of the various heritage buildings around the town plaza.





It is only in Carcar where we can see a well-preserved American period structures. According to the Carcar historical council, most of the public structures were built during the term of Mayor Mariano Mercado from 1922 to 1938. Most of the architectures you can see in the town plaza are eye-catching especially the detail of the Old Carcar Dispensary. It is a collage of exquisite lattice-work, accented with stained glass doors and windows.


After walking around the town plaza, I asked some of the locals on how to reach the Balay Na Tisa. So, they instructed me on how to get there and I thought it is quite far to reach. And I was wrong!  🙂 The other side of the road is the way going downhill towards the heritage village.

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The Heritage Town: Carcar City is a town with a merry decorated Bahay-Na-Bato. Same with Vigan. It is considered as one of the best-preserved heritage towns in the country.

Traditional Bahay-Na-Bato in her fanciest dress lined the streets of Carcar’s heritage village. One of the ornately decorated houses occupy a block along the main road is the Silva House.

Since it is around 6:00 PM already, so I didn’t get the chance to go inside and see those well-preserved American and Spanish collections. So I decided to go back to the hotel and took my dinner.
I woke up early on the next day for the next destination of my 1000 PHP 2 days budget travel. My itinerary is to go to Samboan and see the chasing waterfalls. But I am sure that my 1000 PHP is not enough, so I ended up visiting Boljoon, Cebu.
Upon making a sharp turn on a road carved out of a natural rock formation known Ili Rock The expanse of the lovely cove is dominated by the blue waters of the Bohol Sea on the foreground while the towering verdant hills serve as the background of the centuries-old fortress-church of the Nuestra Señora Patrocinio de Maria.
Boljoon graduated as a visita of Carcar in 1690. The main church, belfry, and rectory were built on different occasions but the current church (second to be built on the same site) was constructed by Fray Ambrosio Otero, O.S.A in 1783.
Inside the historical church, my eyes were immediately drawn to the painting on the ceiling. The painting was truly inspired the 80-year old Boljoon native, Miguel Villareal.


At the left side of the church is the “Bahay na Bato” built in 1940.  It was used as a dormitory for children where they can have an overnight stay before receiving  the first Holy Communion.


Before leaving the town of Boljoon, I have to make sure to have an unforgettable experience.Since my adventurous soul is looking for a waterfall. So I asked the locals on how to get to the hidden paradise of Boljoon which is the Dayhag falls.

Boljoon is known for their waterfalls, Kan Amno, but turns out they have another, lesser-known yet magnificent waterfalls called Dayhag. Named after the cascading flow, the waterfalls is one of the nature’s hidden gems 12 kilometers from the town center. In a Sun.Star article, tourism officer Ronald Villanueva discovered the waterfalls in Beveril after receiving word from locals in the area.


If you’re an adventurer who wants to experience Dayhag Falls, Click here
How Did I Budget The 1000 PHP for 2 days?
From Cebu City to Carcar -Mini Bus Fare – 40 PHP
Carcar Travellers Inn-                                      400 PHP
From Carcar to Boljoon                                    100 PHP
From Boljoon town to Dayhag Falls
Habal-habal fare                                          200 PHP -Depends on how you negotiate the driver.
Snacks, Dinner and Lunch                          140 PHP
From Boljoon to Cebu City                          120 PHP
Total Damage :                                               1000 PHP