SWIMMING WITH THE WHALE SHARKS OF OSLOB, CEBU, PHILIPPINES

I had the most unforgettable experience of swimming with whale sharks, considered the largest fish in the world, when I visited Oslob, Cebu.

Oslob is a municipality in the southern part of the province of Cebu.

This is the first travel video of most probably a three-part series of my solo travel do-it-yourself trip to Oslob, Cebu.

For the first part, I am featuring the whale sharks of Oslob with underwater and aerial footage. Note that flying of drone is not allowed in the whale shark watching/interaction area, Sumilon Island and Tumalog Falls unless the drone pilot has secured a proper permit from the authorities which I did. Rules and guidelines with respect to the local government’s policies on whale shark interaction must also be strictly observed. In the video, I made sure to keep my distance from the whale sharks and stayed to the boat as close as possible.

There were instances, however, when the whale sharks would go near me or the boat. Hence, I kept still and let them pass. I also did not wear sunscreen or any moisturizer which could affect the whale sharks. Special thanks to the Office of the Municipal Tourism of Oslob and to the Hon. Jose Tumulak, Jr, Mayor of Oslob.

I will be posting new entries on my blog featuring the back story of my trip to Oslob, Cebu and the amazing tourist spots like Baluarte, Church of the Immaculate Conception, Cuartel, Sumilon Island and Tumalog Falls.

I also extended my trip to visit Allegria for canyoneering and Moal Boal. I got to swim with sea turtles and sardines in Moal Boal.

Do follow my Facebook Page and Instagram to stay updated. Signing out for now. Peace!

DISCOVER BATAAN THRU THESE BEHOLD BATAAN ESCAPADE PACKAGES

I have lived most of my life in Metro Manila and every time there is an opportunity to escape the city, Bataan rarely comes to mind. Bataan, dubbed as the country’s historical hub, has been an underrated tourist destination despite the fact that it is only approximately three hours away from Metro Manila by bus. A number of bus companies service this province. Among them are Genesis, Bataan Transit, and Victory Liner.

Bataan is a province located in Central Luzon, a peninsula facing the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). It is so close to Manila that it actually encloses the Manila Bay. In fact, there is a ferry (via the 1Bataan Integrated Transport System) that services the Bataan-Manila route. A one-way ferry ride takes only about one hour.

Below are the ferry fares:

  • Php 450 per way per head for online bookings
    • With bus drop off from Port of Capinpin to Mariveles and Dinalupihan routes
    • Senior Citizen discounts are not applicable
  • Php 799 per way per head for walk-in
    • With bus drop off points to various bus stations in Bataan
    • Senior Citizen discounts are applicable
    • Tickets may be purchased at the ticket booths located at the Port of Orion, Bataan and SM MOA Esplanade Seaside Terminal, Pasay City

Click here to book online.

From August 2 to 3, I had the opportunity to discover the richness in history, culture, beauty and resources of Bataan when I got invited to witness the launch of the Behold Bataan Escapade Tour Packages by the Bataan Provincial Tourism Office. Instead of traveling to Bataan by sea, I took a land trip together with the other travel bloggers because of inclement weather. Darn.

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We arrived at the Bataan Tourism Center in Balanga City safe and sound. Thanks to the exceptional driving skills (naks!) of Roberto Manabat, more popularly known as Vandolph among his peers at the Bataan Tourism Center. Special thanks to Paula Erika Gayeta for seamlessly arranging everything.

We joined other travel bloggers, members of the media and representatives of the different travel agency associations in Central Luzon.

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We were welcomed by the Honorable Governor Alberto S. Garcia himself no less. He briefly shared to us Bataan’s progress as the province having the lowest poverty incidence of 1.16% in the country! Note that the country average is ~22%. During my short visit, I witnessed the people’s enthusiasm to succeed and the provincial government’s dedication to service. There is no doubt that Bataan will be soaring to new heights in business and tourism in the coming years, if not months, to come.

After the short but sweet launch of the Behold Bataan Escapade Packages, we boarded the bus to know, see and experience what Bataan has to offer. We visited the following places of interest in Bataan:

  • Bataan Tourism Center, Balanga
  • Sinagtala Farm Resort, Orani
  • Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Church, Orani
  • Museo ni Maria, Orani
  • Mt. Samat, Shrine of Valor, Pilar
  • Imas Pamangan, Pilar
  • The Oriental Hotel, Mariveles
  • Camaya Coast Beach Resort, Mariveles
  • Bataan World War 2 Museum and Surrender Site Monument, Balanga
  • Plaza Mayor de Ciudad de Balanga and Diocesan Shrine and Cathedral Parish of St. Joseph, Balanga

Bataan Tourism Center, Balanga

 

Sinagtala Farm Resort, Orani

 

Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Church, Orani

 

Museo ni Maria, Orani

Museo ni Maria, Orani
Museo ni Maria, Orani

 

Mt. Samat, Shrine of Valor, Pilar

Mt. Samat, Shrine of Valor, Pilar
Mt. Samat, Shrine of Valor, Pilar

 

Imas Pamangan, Pilar

 

The Oriental Hotel, Mariveles

 

Camaya Coast Beach Resort, Mariveles

 

Bataan World War 2 Museum and Surrender Site Monument, Balanga

 

Plaza Mayor de Ciudad de Balanga and Diocesan Shrine and Cathedral Parish of St. Joseph, Balanga

 

Below are the exciting Behold Bataan Escapade Tours:

  1. Fun-Filled Histo-Cultural Tour – perfect for history buffs
  • Duration: 2 days and 1 night
  • Package Prices:
    • From Bataan: Php 4,035
    • With round trip ferry: Php 4,935
  • Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
    • With one-hour guided heritage tour
    • Calesa Ride
    • River Cruise
    • Hotel de Oriente Tour
    • Php 500 dining credit in any available dining outlet
  • Includes visit to the following places of interest:
    • Bataan Tourism Center
    • Plaza Mayor de Ciudad de Balanga
    • Diocesan Shrine and Cathedral Parish of St. Joseph
    • Surrender Site Memorial
    • Bataan World War 2 Museum
    • Rolling Tour at Flaming Sword
    • Mt. Samat Shrine of Valor
    • Philippine-Japan Friendship Tower
    • 00 Km Death March Marker (Bagac)
    • Bataan Technology Park

 

  1. Amazing Island Tour – perfect for beachcombers
  • Duration: 2 days and 1 night
  • Package Prices:
    • From Bataan: Php 3,855
    • With round trip ferry: Php 4,755
  • Playa la Caleta
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    • Beach Tent (1 to 3 persons)
    • Waterfalls Trekking or Miguelito Island
    • Slip N Slide
    • Kayak or Stand Up Paddle
    • Bonfire
  • Includes visit to the following places of interest:
    • Bataan Tourism Center
    • Mt. Samat Shrine of Valor
    • Philippine-Japan Friendship Tower

 

  1. Adrenaline Rushing Water and Adventure Tour – perfect for water-lovers
  • Duration: 2 days and 1 night
  • Package Prices:
    • From Bataan: Php 2,855
    • With round trip ferry: Php 3,755
  • Camaya Coast
    • Inflatable Island
    • Banana Boat
    • Kayak ( 1 hour)
  • Includes visit to the following places of interest:
    • Bataan Tourism Center
    • Plaza Mayor de Ciudad de Balanga
    • Diocesan Shrine and Cathedral Parish of St. Joseph
    • Surrender Site Memorial
    • Bataan World War 2 Museum
    • Rolling Tour at Flaming Sword
    • Mt. Samat Shrine of Valor
    • Philippine-Japan Friendship Tower
    • 00 Km Death March Marker (Bagac)
    • Bataan Technology Park

 

  1. Thrilling Outdoor Adventure Tour – perfect for adventurers
  • Duration: 2 days and 1 night
  • Package Prices:
    • From Bataan: Php 2,885
    • With round trip ferry: Php 3,785
  • Sinagtala Farm Resort and Adventure Park
    • Sky Bridge
    • Sky Bike
    • Sky Swing
    • Zipline
  • Includes visit to the following places of interest:
    • Bataan Tourism Center
    • Plaza Mayor de Ciudad de Balanga
    • Diocesan Shrine and Cathedral Parish of St. Joseph
    • Surrender Site Memorial
    • Bataan World War 2 Museum
    • Rolling Tour at Flaming Sword
    • Mt. Samat Shrine of Valor
    • Philippine-Japan Friendship Tower
    • 00 Km Death March Marker (Bagac)
    • Bataan Technology Park

 

  1. Journey To Historical Churches Tour – perfect for the faithful
  • Duration: 2 days and 1 night
  • Package Prices:
    • From Bataan: Php 2,115
    • With round trip ferry: Php 3,015
  • Via Dominicana
    • St. Peter of Verona Church (Hermosa)
    • Diocesan Shrine and Parish of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Church (Orani)
    • St. Catherine of Siena Church (Samal)
    • St. Dominic De Guzman Church (Abucay)
    • Diocesan Shrine and Cathedral Parish of St. Joseph (Balanga)
    • Our Lady of Pillar Church (Pilar)
    • St. Michael de Arcangel Church (Orion)
  • Via Sagrada Familia
    • Sto. Cristo Chapel
    • Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel Residencia Sacerdotal
    • Divine Mercy Shrine
    • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Chapel Bahay Puso
  • Includes visit to the following places of interest:
    • Bataan Tourism Center

 

  1. Special Tours
  • Educational Tour
  • Bataan-Corregidor Tour
    • with DOT Accredited Tour Guide
    • includes all entrance fees
    • Morning and Afternoon Snacks
    • Lunch with Bottled Water
    • Transfer during the whole tour via an air-conditioned van
  • Rate applies to a group of ten persons or shared tour
  • Private tours will have varying rates depending on the number of guests
  • Accommodation may also be arranged upon request
  • Additional rate during Holy Week, Christmas, New Year and other holidays
  • Pick up areas will be within Balanga City or nearby towns; additional charges for long distance travels
  • Price may change without prior notice

 

Bataan Day Tour Packages

1. Historical Tour

  • Rate Per Person: Php 1,250
  • Includes visit to:
    • Bataan Tourism Center
    • Plaza Mayor de Ciudad de Balanga
    • Diocesan Shrine and Cathedral Parish of St. Joseph
    • Surrender Site Memorial
    • Bataan World War 2 Museum
    • Rolling Tour at Flaming Sword
    • Mt. Samat Shrine of Valor
    • Philippine-Japan Friendship Tower
    • 00 Km Death March Marker (Bagac)
    • Bataan Technology Park

 

2. Historical + Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar Day Tour

  • Rate Per Person: Php 2,710
  • Includes visit to:
    • Bataan Tourism Center
    • Plaza Mayor de Ciudad de Balanga
    • Diocesan Shrine and Cathedral Parish of St. Joseph
    • Surrender Site Memorial
    • Bataan World War 2 Museum
    • Rolling Tour at Flaming Sword
    • Mt. Samat Shrine of Valor
    • Philippine-Japan Friendship Tower
    • 00 Km Death March Marker (Bagac)

 

3. Eco-Tour

  • Rate Per Person: Php 1,405
  • Includes visit to:
    • Bataan Tourism Center
    • Lumutan Falls
    • Ambon-Ambon Falls
    • Pawikan Conservation Center or City of Balanga Wetland and Nature Park

 

You may also watch the short video posted on the Bataan Tourism Facebook Page:

For inquiries and bookings, contact the following DOT accredited agencies:

  • Aura Mosca Travel Co.
    Manelle Sison
    +63917 – 535 – 3198 / +63998 – 588 – 7715
    sales@auramosca.com

 

  • Punto Travel and Tours
    Esmie Punto
    +63916 – 761 – 6716 / +63995 – 203 – 0680
    puntotravelandtour@gmail.com

 

  • Zseanne Travel and Tours
    Anetthe Montefalco
    +63920 – 967 – 6676 / +63917 – 583 – 2484
    zseannetravelandtours@gmail.com

 

So what are you waiting for? Book that spectacular Behold Bataan Escapade Tour now and discover Bataan’s rich heritage and captivating beauty. I am preparing a travel video featuring my 2-day visit in Bataan and will publish it soon. Stay tuned!

Signing out for now. Peace!

IMUS, CAVITE TO BE FEATURED ON ME AND MY TOWN- GMA NEWS TV’S NEWEST TRAVEL SHOW

Me and My Town, the newest Magazine and Travel TV Show, is premiering this August 12, 2018, Sunday, at 9:30 AM on GMA News TV Channel 11. On its pilot episode, Me and My Town will feature the modern and historic city of Imus, Cavite. Me and My Town will also feature the thriving city’s modern plants and factories.

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Me and My Town aims to promote the unique charm of cities and towns in the Philippines. Hosted by veteran broadcast journalist and long time friend Kathy San Gabriel, Me & My Town will feature tourist attractions, food, culture and the arts one town at a time.

Hosted by veteran broadcast journalist and long time friend, Kathy San Gabriel, Me & My Town will feature tourist attractions, food, culture and the arts one town at a time.
Hosted by veteran broadcast journalist and long time friend Kathy San Gabriel, Me & My Town will feature tourist attractions, food, culture and the arts one town at a time.

On each episode, the show will invite a prominent personality who is a native of the place to bring the viewers around and introduce what makes the town different from other towns.

For the pilot episode, Congressman Alex “AA” Advincula, an Imuseno, will be co-hosting and will bring Kathy and the viewers to the historic site of “Battle of Imus” and to the newly constructed hospital and schools. Further, Congressman AA will share the city’s vision, projects and infrastructure programs.

Each thirty-minute episode is also packed with valuable travel tips.

I was invited to the launch yesterday, August 8, 2018, at the Xing Oriental Bistro in San Juan, Metro Manila. I joined other Travel Bloggers and members of the media.

Invitation for Me and My Town Launch Party

The show’s executives promise that Me and My Town will not be the usual magazine and travel show. It aims to ignite the Filipino’s love for one’s town.

Me and My Town Launch
(From left to right) Dianne Sta. Ana, Sales and Marketing Manager; Jonathan Espina, Associate Producer; Kathy San Gabriel, host; and, Joanne Cristobal, Executive Producer.

Me and My Town is produced by The Concept Workshop and airs every Sunday, 9:30 AM on GMA News TV channel 11.

Me and My Town Launch
Me with (from left to right) Safrein Arellano, event’s host; Eric Go, Managing Director of The Concept Workshop; Kathy San Gabriel, Program Host; and, Joanne Cristobal, Executive Producer.

Signing out for now. Peace!

About the The Concept Workshop
The Concept Workshop, under iFortyOne13 Productions, Inc. started as an idea. A dream from a humble heart, made a reality with nimble yet able hands. Through countless efforts, obstacles and hurdles stood no chance at hindering the company from coming into fruition.
Specializing in audio-visual presentations, advertising, and related areas, the company whose pillars are seasoned and well-trained professionals in the field of communications and the media arts strives to provide nothing less of excellence in terms of visual entertainment, e.g., short films, television commercials, product launches, documentaries, and television shows.
Today, The Concept Workshop stands as a company that aims to not only get with the times in terms of the media and its branches, but to be a pioneer in its ever-innovating field. The Concept Workshop is a team constantly moving towards bigger and bolder scopes of media-related projects.
As a prime example of its continuous effort, The Concept Workshop is currently turning its gears, producing a television show with GMA News TV called, “Me & My Town.” Through this endeavour, the company aims to present the country’s towns not only in terms of tourism, but of each place’s exemplary governance, its culture, and the people that make each destination colourful and worth a visit.
As with all of its undertakings and steadfast movement towards eminence, The Concept Workshop is the company that will, indeed, take the media world by storm, One Town at a Time!

HERE’S WHY YOU SHOULD BOOK A FLIGHT NOW VIA AIRASIA TO VISIT CAGAYAN DE ORO

Why Book A Flight Via AirAsia Now?

  • Promo fares from as low as P490, all-in seat sale are now available!
  • Booking Period: August 8, 2018 until August 12, 2018
  • Travel Period: October 28, 2018 to March 30, 2019

Book here NOW!

SMPost_AirAsia now flies to Cagayan De Oro

Starting October 28, 2018, AirAsia, the world’s best low cost carrier, is expanding its domestic network in Mindanao with the addition of new flights from Cagayan De Oro City to Manila, Cebu, Iloilo and Clark.

AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador said, “AirAsia is committed to connect communities in the Philippines. Our newest routes connecting Northern Mindanao to Cebu and Iloilo in Visayas and to Manila and Clark in Luzon will provide the much-needed domestic connections as there are definitely great tourism and business potentials here. Let’s paint Cagayan de Oro City skies red and make air travel more affordable, convenient and reliable.”

To celebrate the launch of AirAsia’s newest Cagayan de Oro City routes, promo fares from as low as P490, all-in seat sale are now available for booking at www.airasia.com from August 8, 2018 until August 12, 2018 for travel period between October 28, 2018 to March 30, 2019.

AirAsia’s Cagayan de Oro – Manila route will operate twice daily, Cagayan de Oro – Cebu route with flights daily while Cagayan de Oro – Iloilo three times weekly and Cagayan de Oro – Clark at four times weekly.

Air Asia Schedule of Flight to CDO
AirAsia’s Cagayan de Oro – Manila route will operate twice daily, Cagayan de Oro – Cebu route with flights daily while Cagayan de Oro – Iloilo three times weekly and Cagayan de Oro – Clark at four times weekly.

AirAsia offers several domestic and international flights from the airline’s hub in Manila, Cebu and Clark. Book your flights here NOW!

Stay updated with AirAsia’s latest promotions and activities via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

 

Why Visit Cagayan De Oro?

Cagayan De Oro is what the Department of Tourism Region 10 refers to as the regional center of Northern Mindanao.  Located along the central coast of Mindanao, Cagayan De Oro is one of the largest regional economies of the second-largest island in the Philippine archipelago. With a total land area of 488.86 square kilometers, Cagayan De Oro City serves as the hub of business, trade, information technology and adventure tourism of the region.

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Cagayan De Oro is referred to as the Whitewater Rafting Capital of the Philippines.

 

Top Three Places To Visit In Cagayan De Oro

Malasag Eco-Tourism Village

See amazing replicas of the houses of the tribes of Bukidnon while enjoying a spectacular view of the Macajalar Bay.

Malasag Eco-Tourism Village
Photo by: Jay Valmonte of #EatsGoodtobeinCDO
Eats Good to be in Cagayan de Oro

Mapawa Nature Park

Go nature tripping and bird watching in the 2,500-hectare Mapawa Nature Park where a unique forest flora and fauna abound. It used to be a ranch owned by the former Philippine Vice President Emmanuel Pelaez. For adventure seekers, exciting activities await such as taking a river trek complete with a  natural water slide and conquering a 70-foot water rappel. Ziplines and horseback riding are also available.

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Photo by: Jay Valmonte of #EatsGoodtobeinCDO Eats Good to be in Cagayan de Oro

 

St. Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral

Visit the St. Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral which houses the 400-year-old image of the Birhen Sa Kota and the beautiful 19th-century stained glass windows donated by the Sacred Heart Sisters of New York during its reconstruction in 1942.

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Photo by: Jay Valmonte of #EatsGoodtobeinCDO
Eats Good to be in Cagayan de Oro

 

The Laguindingan Airport, located 46 kilometers from Cagayan De Oro and 57 kilometers from Iligan, serves as a gateway of Region 10. It serves the cities of Cagayan De Oro and Iligan, as well as the provinces of Lanao Del Norte, Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon.

 

Notable Places To Visit In Region 10

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Abaga Falls, El Salvador, Misamis Oriental. Photo by: Jay Valmonte of Eats Good to be in Cagayan de Oro
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Divine Mercy Shrine, El Salvador, Misamis Oriental. Photo by: Jay Valmonte of Eats Good to be in Cagayan de Oro
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Mantigue Island, Camiguin. Photo by: Jay Valmonte of Eats Good to be in Cagayan de Oro
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Tuasan Falls, Camiguin. Photo by: Jay Valmonte of Eats Good to be in Cagayan de Oro

 

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Monastery of Transfiguration, Malaybalay, Bukidnon. Photo by: Jay Valmonte of Eats Good to be in Cagayan de Oro

So what are you waiting for? There is so much to see, love and experience in Region 10. Book your flights here NOW!

Special shout out to my friend and fellow blogger Jay Valmonte for contributing to this blog entry. Signing out for now. Peace!

 

About AirAsia Philippines:
AirAsia Philippines is a wholly owned subsidiary of AirAsia Inc. which is a joint venture company among Filipino investors Antonio O. Cojuangco, former Ambassador Alfredo M. Yao, Michael L. Romero, Marianne B. Hontiveros, and Malaysia’s AirAsia Berhad.
AAP operates a fleet of 21 aircraft with domestic and international flights out of hubs in Manila, Cebu, and Clark. The airline operates several flights to/from Manila, Davao, Cebu, Kalibo, Caticlan (Boracay), Tacloban, Tagbilaran (Bohol), Puerto Princesa (Palawan), Clark, Cagayan de Oro* and Iloilo in the Philippines with international flights to/from Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Taipei, Incheon (Seoul), Hong Kong, Macau, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Guangzhou, Ho Chi Minh, Singapore, Bangkok, Jakarta and Bali.
AAP is part of the AirAsia Group that has been awarded the World’s Best Low Cost Carrier for ten consecutive years running by Skytrax since 2009 to 2018.
*starts October 28, 2018

HOW TO GET TO MAKATI FROM CALOOCAN IN 37 MINUTES FOR ONLY P15

Based on reports, Metro Manila’s night-time population of 12.9 million rises to 15 million during daytime as people from the outskirts find their way to Metropolitan Manila for work. Living in congested Metro Manila that is made up of 16 cities and 1 municipality can be stressful especially for commuters.

Having an efficient mass transit system such as city buses, trolleybuses, trams, passenger trains, rapid transit and ferries similar to more developed countries is a must. Further, having a high-speed rail network connecting the different provinces to the center of commerce will certainly ease congestion and traffic in Metro Manila.

I have been to several countries where majority of the people use an efficient mass transit system primarily because it is available and convenient. In Nagoya, Japan, for example, from my hotel window, what I thought was a main thoroughfare like EDSA (Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue) was actually a complex system of multiple railways from as far as the eye could see.

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When I visited Seoul, South Korea, I did not see so many pedestrians walking the city streets. I thought it was just because of the cold weather. On my second day, I went for a stroll to explore. I discovered that the buildings were interconnected underground by tunnels and that there was a complex subway system servicing the city. People shuttled in and out of the city using subways. There was even a subway station connected to my hotel that could take me straight to the airport.

Dubai also has a metro. When I visited Dubai, I preferred using it when I traveled to and fro Sharjah.

When I visited Malaysia this year, I took the KLIA Express from the international airport to Kuala Lumpur. It was more expensive than taking the bus but certainly faster and more convenient. Click here for my blog and vlog entry when I visited Malaysia.

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The Philippine National Railways (PNR) is government-owned. Based on my research, it began its operations on November 24, 1892. Then, it was called Ferrocarril de Manila-Dagupan and then later adapted the name Manila Railroad Company when the Americans took over from the Spaniards. It was officially inaugurated as the Philippine National Railways on June 20, 1964.

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PNR used to service the La Union-Bicol route with a track stretching 1,100 kilometers. Over the years, truth be told, PNR became inefficient with the neglect of previous administrations coupled by damage caused by informal settlers and super typhoons. Currently, the Manila-Bicol Services are suspended.

PNR Route Map

Fast forward to 2018, after more than 20 years, the Caloocan-Dela Rosa Line has finally reopened. This is certainly a big help in providing commuters a faster and better alternative to get from North to South and vice versa in Metropolitan Manila.

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If one lives in Caloocan and works in Makati, there is now a more convenient means of shuttling to and fro. For only a flat fare of P15.00, one can get to Makati from Caloocan in merely 37 minutes in an air-conditioned coach (P12.00 for regular).

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The Caloocan-Dela Rosa Shuttle Train Service has three coaches. Aside from the train conductor, there are at least two roving marshals on board to ensure the safety and security of the passengers.

The Caloocan-Dela Rosa Line stops ONLY at the following stations:

  • Asistio Station
  • 5th Avenue Station
  • Solis Station
  • Blumentritt Station
  • Espana Station
  • Sta. Mesa Station
  • Dela Rosa Station

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Watch the short vlog below posted on my Facebook Page:

For better definition, watch it on Youtube.

Below are the train schedules of the Caloocan-Dela Rosa Shuttle Train Service.

Below are the Train Schedules for C3/5th Avenue and Solis Stations.

I also met new friends at the Asistio Train Station while doing my vlog.

Bomb jokes are not allowed while on board and at the stations. It is punishable by law with five (5) years imprisonment or P 40,000 or both.

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I left Asistio Station at 3:45 PM and arrived at the Dela Rosa Station at 4:23 PM as scheduled. The train left and arrived on time. I said 4:25 on the vlog because that was the time that I saw on my wrist watch after taking some footage upon arrival.

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PNR Dela Rosa Makati Train Staion
PNR Dela Rosa Makati Train Staion
PNR Dela Rosa Makati Train Staion

From what I have read, the reopening of the Caloocan-Dela Rosa Line of the PNR is just
the beginning of better things to come. Rehabilitation of the North and South Rails is already underway. Expected completion of the North Rail that will connect Metro Manila to Bulacan and Pampanga via the Tutuban-Clark Line is 2021. Pre-construction started in January 2018.

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I look forward to the day when there are less cars on the road and more people taking mass transportation because it is more convenient.

Stay updated by liking my Page and subscribing to this blog. Special thanks to the official Facebook Page of the Philippine National Railways for sharing my vlog. For more information about the ongoing and upcoming projects of PNR, visit their website by clicking here.

Signing out for now. Peace!

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ROAMING ROOMIES EXPLORE SIARGAO, SURFING CAPITAL OF THE PHILIPPINES

WATCH and let me take you to some of the amazing spots in #SIARGAO #RoamingRoomies #dronescapades.

It was a short last minute summer getaway. I intended it to be a #solotravel to Siargao. Coincidentally,  my best buddy Jeff, who I have known more than half of my life and is now based in Paris, also flew all the way to Siargao for a quick visit. The last time I met him was more than a decade ago. Without any travel itineraries and pre-booked tours, we rented our own bikes and explored the island.
The places of interests that we visited were Cloud 9 in General Luna, Taktak Falls in Santa Monica, Magpupungko Rock Pools in Pilar, Naked Island and Daco Island in just 3.5 days. Because it was just a short visit, I was not able to visit other places like Guyam Island, Corregidor Island, Sugba Lagoon and a lot more. I plan to go back soon, perhaps, after the rainy season.

This blog will be updated soon for the back story, some travel guides, photos and tips.

I hope you enjoy watching this short video and do subscribe for more travel videos. Signing out for now. Peace!

 

TREKKING, CLIFF JUMPING & SWIMMING IN TANGADAN FALLS, SAN GABRIEL, LA UNION

Almost every three months, my Dubai-based brother and I would spend quality time together by visiting a destination that we have not yet been to. #BROSontheROAD.

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Surfing Area Road Sign, San Juan, La Union

Last April 2018, we went to San Juan, La Union with our mom and aunt who both opted to stay in the hotel room most of the time. On the other hand, my brother and I spent most of the time outside as expected.

On our first day, we went frolicking in San Juan’s Surf Town. I will post another blog about how we spent our day in San Juan. That night, I suggested that we go check out Tangadan Falls the next day. My brother said he would rather just stay in San Juan. I said “Okay, I am going anyway.”

I guess he felt I was so determined to go even by my lonesome. That is why the next day he woke me up and told me he was tagging along to explore San Gabriel and check out Tangadan Falls.

Trivia: I was told that San Gabriel is Vice Ganda’s hometown. 🙂

Below is the short #BROSontheROAD Travel Video featuring Tangadan Falls in San Gabriel, La Union. We went trekking, cliff jumping and swimming.

For better definition, you can watch the travel video posted on Youtube below instead:

There is also an IG TV version. Watch it below:

 

Getting To Tangadan Falls, San Gabriel, La Union

Flotsam & Jetsam Hostel Entrance, Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union
Our Mom and Auntie in front of Flotsam & Jetsam Hostel in Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union

 

We were billeted in Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel, Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union. Just outside the hostel was a tricycle queue. We hired a tricycle to bring us to and from Tangadan Falls’ Jumping-Off Point  for P 500 or P 250 per head. I guess we got a good deal already since getting to San Gabriel would normally take about 45 minutes worth of gas tops and tricycle fare would be P 300 per person.

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We wore comfortable clothes and footwear and put on a generous amount of sunblock and insect repellent.   We left Flotsam and Jetsam at 8:15 AM. We got to the jumping-off point to meet our tour guide, Leo, at about 9 AM.

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It was an hour-trek to the cliff jumping point. Although, it was fairly an easy and enjoyable trek, I must say that one must be fit and ready for an hour of walking, climbing and crossing streams. Bringing the kids and elderly members of the family along may not be a good idea.

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There was also a resting area where snacks and refreshments were being sold.

Tangadan Falls Trek Vendor

Upon reaching the cliff jumping point, I immediately assembled my drone to get some aerial footage. My brother, on the other hand, did not waste time and went straight for the cliff and jumped into the water. I needed to stop whatever I was doing to capture his jump on video.

After ten minutes of flying, I packed my drone and jumped off the cliff to get underwater footage.

I would have wanted to stay a bit longer to get more photos for my Instagram feed but my brother was in a hurry and was already giving me the look. By 9:30 AM, we were back on the trail to the main attraction of San Gabriel, the Tangadan Falls. I asked my brother what was bothering him. He said he was worried that we would not be able to make it back on time to the hotel for check-out. Our check-out time was 11 AM.

At the rate we were going, I highly doubted we would make it back on time. But this I kept to myself and tried my best to entertain him in between climbing rocks and crossing streams. I told him not to worry in that our aunt can handle the check-out process. I also told him that I would advise our aunt via SMS that we might be running late and that she would have to just wait for us to get back. By the way, our Mom left early in the morning. She could not be away from her fur-babies for too long. Tough luck, there was no telecommunication signal in the area and was not able to advise our aunt just the same. LOL.

After 20 minutes, we reached Tangadan Falls. We paid the Environmental Fee of P 30 per person. I unpacked my drone for some #dronescapade while my brother… well… jumped immediately into the water.

My brother having a grand time in Tangadan Falls, San Gabriel, La Union.
My brother having a grand time in Tangadan Falls, San Gabriel, La Union.
Life vests for rent for P 50, Tangadan Falls, San Gabriel, La Union
Life vests for rent for P 50.
Tangadan Falls Souvenirs
Souvenirs for sale onsite.

My brother, ever since, has always had a strong affinity to water. Even as a toddler, he could and would stay in the water until his skin got all wrinkled up. And so, he swam away in Tangadan Falls and completely forgot about the check-out time. LOL. We stayed in Tangadan Falls for almost two hours.

Swimming in Tangadan Falls, San Gabriel, La Union
My brother has always had a strong affinity to water. Even as a toddler, he could and would stay in the water until his skin got all wrinkled up.

On the way back to the jumping-off point, we opted to rent a habal habal (motorcycle) for P 250 each. However, we had to do another twenty-minute trek to get to the pick-up point. Talk about delaying self-gratification. The trek to the pick-up point was quite challenging. It was a steep climb. I was literally gasping for air on the way up.

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Raft or balsa for rent for P 250 per hour

The motorcycle ride back to the jumping-off point was another highlight of this trip. The concrete-paved road was narrow and full of peaks and troughs. It was like riding a roller coaster. I had fun being the adrenaline junkie that I am. The only downside was… well, we were not given crash helmets to wear. Perhaps, this is something that the local tourism office should address to ensure the safety of tourists.

Paved narrow road from the trail head of Tangadan Falls to the jumping-off point
Paved and narrow road from the trail head of Tangadan Falls to the jumping-off point.

We arrived at the jumping-off point by 12:30 PM where the same tricycle and driver were waiting. By the time we got back to Flotsam and Jetsam, it was already 1 PM. True enough, our aunt single-handedly managed to bring out all our stuff from the room, did the whole check-out process and was cozily waiting for us at the reception area. Thanks, auntie Bing!

Not all road trips with my brother is smooth sailing. Just like any siblings, we would bicker a lot and agree to disagree (NOT). I must say though that every road trip with him is memorable and always an opportunity to get to know each other more. He will be coming home this month. We have not yet finalized where we will be going to next but I am sure we will both have a grand time.

Screen Shot of  Jem's Post on his Facebook Page describing our trip to Tangadan Falls, San Gabriel, La Union.
Screen Shot of Jem’s Post on his Facebook Page describing our trip to Tangadan Falls, San Gabriel, La Union.

 

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Me with our tour guide, Kuya Leo, in Tangadan Falls, San Gabriel, La Union.

Signing out for now. Peace!

TOTAL NATURE TRIPPING AT VILLA ELMA, LUCBAN, QUEZON feat MT. BANAHAW & KAMAY NI HESUS

Last Friday the 13th of April, I traveled to a place so serene just three hours away from Metro Manila. It was the first time after a long while that I fell asleep to the sound of crickets Villa Elma Farm Resort and woke up to the sound of chirping birds.

Watch my latest vlog below. I will update this blog soon for more info and photos.

 

Same video is uploaded on my youtube channel for better viewing.

 

AQUA PLAY PARK | PALAWAN SHORELINE TURNS INTO MORE FUN!

When you get to bump, slip, slide, bounce and splash your way around to the timeless joy playing in the water park, you double the fun.

Manila, Philippines (March 2, 2018) – Cool off and have some fun! A brand new floating water park is ready for you to try along with its grand opening set for March 11, 2018 in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, is expected to attract huge interest from tourists and residents.

Turn your holidays into a splashing’ good time and have awesome fun at the beach! For a day of an exciting getaway and fantastic water fun, there’s no better place to be than at the Aqua Play Parks in Kamia Bay Resort. The enormous “floating playground” is managed by Kamia Bay Resort and developed by AquaPlayparks.com, a leading creator of the largest water parks especially designed for families, friends, beach-loving’ travellers and for just about anyone who wants a quick and satisfying leisurely break mixed with an enjoyable water adventure.

The long-awaited inflatable water park boasts of 5,000 of fine beach and a water park that can be readily enjoyed by both the kids and the kids-at-heart! Located within the Kamia Bay Resort in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, the aqua fun park is a series of inflatable slides, runways, jumping pillows and bouncers all connected together and floating in a large, clean and serene shoreline. It features swings, ramps, jumps, ladders, a trampoline, a slide, wiggle bridges, and so much more! There is a great variety of different shapes, sizes and functions, making the activity exciting and entertaining for everyone.

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Bring your energy! Aqua Play highlights include a thrilling giant 40-foot high Water Slide, Volleyball Trampoline, Human Launcher , Dolphin Slides, Donut Trampoline, Hamster Wheel, and Hotdog Swing for adults and kids to enjoy ! Created and designed by Peter Appleton, CEO and Owner, the new aqua-adventure water park can facilitate up to 150 people on the aqua park.

Adventure tourism is on the rise and water fun parks are sitting right up there with an open air attractions in which kids and families want to invest their time. Parents likewise adore the idea of the kids being outside burning energy and having fun instead of being stuck in front of the TV or playstation.

The Aqua Play parks will also serve as an easy and affordable alternative to the expensive exercise of skiing/wakeboarding/boating. All-time life guard and instructor ensure assistance and guidance for the guests.

Come and explore at the coolest outdoor fun for the whole family! Advance bookings for the new aqua fun park can be made at https://www.facebook.com/KamiaBayResort/ , or you may call or text Amika Travel and Tours at 0917-543-5770.

About AquaPlayparks.com:

AquaPlayparks.com is the largest manufacturer of inflatable water parks at the Pearl of the Orient Seas for a reason! Based in Philippines, the aqua fun park is managed by a group comprised of Canadian designers and unique inflatable makers since 1988 and are genuinely one of just a couple of pioneers in the inflatable leisure and amusement industry.

With the company’s immense industry experience, they have become the reckoned and largest manufacturers and exporter of supreme quality inflatable water slides that can be set into urban cities, shorelines (beaches) and resorts!

As one of the largest manufacturers of inflatable water parks backed up by state of the art engineering and dedicated team of technicians, AquaPlayparks.com represents considerable authority in the production and sales of aqua fun parks for all ages. Its unwavering commitment to safety and ethical business approach, and a reputation for making the most inventive and premium quality units accessible today, the raw materials and assembling innovation applied on its products and accessories are entirely consenting to the standards of America and the EU.

The company’s administration standards are top-notch products with competitive price, considerable service and having the speediest and most efficient response, thus overall achieved height of success and wide clientele all around. Abide by the above standards, the company blasted its business quickly and has been recognized by its purchasers around the world since the establishment. The business is growing, and the company has awesome potential!

More information about Aqua Play Parks is available at www.aquaplayparks.com
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