An Island Paradise’s Private Hideaway

Breathtakingly beautiful Boracay, the No. 1 tourist destination for foreign and local travelers in the Philippines, is noted for its turquoise waters and gradually sloping, sparkling white-sand beach, voted as one of the best in the world by Beach Bum, BMW Tropical Beach Handbook (1990), London’s Harpers & Queen (August 1990) and the British publication … Continue reading “An Island Paradise’s Private Hideaway”

Mercedes’ Seven Delightful Sins

I recently got an invitation from Daet Mayor Tito S. Sarion to attend Daet’s Pinyasan Festival together with other media guests.  Two days before the big event, I hopped on the 1 PM Philtranco bus bound for Daet.  Normally, the trip took just eight hours but traffic due to road widening and repair projects extended … Continue reading “Mercedes’ Seven Delightful Sins”

It’s More Fun in the Waters of Sorsogon

One major destination in our 3-province romp across the Bicol Region (the others are Albay and Camarines Norte) is the province of Sorsogon, known for its whale shark (butanding) sightseeing tours. Event organizer Bernard Supetran and I just had a taste of some of Camarines Norte beautiful white sand islands but, in Sorsogon, we were … Continue reading “It’s More Fun in the Waters of Sorsogon”

Bagasbas: More Than Just The Surf

Barely two months after my last visit to Camarines Norte, covering the quadricentennial of three town parishes, I was again invited, this time by professional surfer Mr. Joey Cuerdo of Power Up Gym and MOJO Slippers and Sandals, to cover the 4th Bagasbas Summer Surf Festival in Daet, held in line with the province-wide Bantayog … Continue reading “Bagasbas: More Than Just The Surf”

Unspoiled Calaguas

Part of my itinerary during my first week of February visit to Camarines Norte was to camp overnight at the famed Calaguas Islands, a group of 17 islands northeast of Daet under the jurisdiction of the town of Vinzons.  This was not to be as three days of continuous rain prevented us from doing so.  … Continue reading “Unspoiled Calaguas”

Paradise by Any Other Name

Half of our North Philippines Visitors Bureau (NPVB)/Manila North Tollways Corp. (MNTC)-sponsored Lakbay Norte 2 Media Tour was to cover Cagayan province (the other half being Ilocos Norte), and one of this province’s major draws is the second-class fishing municipality of Sta. Ana, located 158 kms. from Tuguegarao City (a 2-hr. drive) and 651 kms. … Continue reading “Paradise by Any Other Name”

A Paradise Place Called Bolinao

A major destination during our 3-day (April 4-6, 2011) Pangasinan Media Tour (with events organizer Bernard Supetran, travel writers Kara Santos and Vince Lopez, travel blogger Mark Vincent Nuñez and my travel photographer daughter Cheska) was the premier tourism town of Bolinao whose  69,568 people speak the unique Bolinawen dialect.  This wasn’t my first visit … Continue reading “A Paradise Place Called Bolinao”

Tripping on History and Culture in Pampanga

Pampanga was a major destination during our Manila North Luzon Tollways Corporation (MNTC) and North Philippines Visitors Bureau (NPVB) sponsored Lakbay Norte 2.  In fact, almost 3 days of our 6-day media tour were spent in this history and culture rich province with its many Spanish and American era architecture.  After our tiring but rewarding … Continue reading “Tripping on History and Culture in Pampanga”

Camarines Norte: 400 Years of Keeping the Faith

This year marks the quadricentennial (1611-2011) of the University of Sto. Tomas, the oldest university in Asia and my daughter Cheska’s college but, in Camarines Norte, it marks a different milestone – the 400th year foundation anniversary of the three parishes of Daet, Paracale and Vinzons.  Although all these towns were founded by Franciscan missionaries … Continue reading “Camarines Norte: 400 Years of Keeping the Faith”