Friday, November 25, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
The Hundred Islands National Park Pangasinan: is a tourist destination located in Barangay Lucap,Alaminos City , Pangasinan..This is the first national park of the Philippines. Three Major Islands maintained and developed just for tourists: GOVERNOR, QUEZON and CHILDREN.
It was a close encounter to nature and a fun adventure. It took us 6 hours bus ride from Manila to reach Pangasinan and another hour to Alaminos where the breathtaking and spectacular Hundred Island Experience awaits us. We stayed overnight on one of the Transient Houses in Alaminos because it was already dark when we arrive and some of the boat man encouraged us to hop the islands first thing in the morning. We have the option to stay on one of the island but, ‘safety’ first. Anyhow, the magnificent islands can be more appreciated during daytime.
We started our official Hundred Island Escapade 7 in the morning. We rented one medium size boat to take us to the different islands, of course with full gears for the much awaited splash on the clear water. First hop was the famous ‘Governor’ island where the Pinoy Big Brother House was located. There was a trail for a quick trek on the island that we need to follow to get to the top and witness the stunning beauty of the surrounding islands. They are like green mushrooms sitting on a crystal blue water. It was overwhelming from the top because you will get to see different shapes and forms of the Islands. (I tried counting them though, but I never get to reach 100 )
Second stop; the well-known Quezon Island, we just had a dip on the water and went back to continue our tour. We saw most of the Islands but I am not sure if we were able to rove everything like the entire 100+ islets. We had the chance to go on caving as well. Another extreme experience, I called it “the fearless jump off” --- we have to jump from an 8-10 feet height hole just to get to the water and create a big splash. It was memorable though because “Greggy” conquered his fears and jumped off. I don’t know how deep the water was but nevertheless it was a great splash of Fun. Another unforgettable experience was the real underground cave experience where we have to swim from a narrow hole to get to the other end of the cave. It was dark inside it but when you get to the other end and see a tiny hole with the light shining through it, a ray of hope, a sense of fulfilment and pride taking over. Success!!!
We ended this trip with a sumptuous lunch. Feasting ourselves to seafood’s served in front of us.
The Hundred Island Experience was truly splendid and will forever mark in my Travellers Spirit. It did not only made allow me to discover one true paradise in our country, but also, made me realize, that there is more to life only if we give ourselves a chance to live it! Discover your interest and wear your passion!
Sunday, May 1, 2011
I had a chance to visit a College Friend and she was kind enough to offer her place for me to stay in for this very short vacation.
I stayed in Dumalag, Capiz and experienced a very simple yet contented life of the people out there. Seeing my friend happy despite simplicity in lifestyle made me smile. Now I can say, that she has found her heaven...
Just in time for the festivity and the birthday of TL Hadji's mom. I was invited and get the chance to experience how Capiznon (specifically Pres Roxas') celebrates their festival. It's not as famed and celebrated as we have in Bacolod but the sense of fun and pride on the faces of the people is quite the same. Simple yet meaningful event showcasing their homegrown talents.
«Life is not measured by the breaths you take, but by its breathtaking moments.» — Michael Vance
Thanks to Mrs Krishiel Fontanilla and Mr Hadji Dolorfino for this experience...
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Manapla, Negros Occidental
Northland Resort and Hotel is located 42 kilometers away from Bacolod. You can reach the place via BUS or any Public vehicle plying the route of Victorias, Cadiz and Sagay. It’s a first class destination located up north with first class amenities.
Northland Resort and Hotel is a good place to visit. Away from the bustling streets of Bacolod, Northland offers a place for you to relax and enjoy, may it either be with family, friends, office mates or loved ones.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Taculing, Bacolod City
The Water Garden at Forest Park Resort in Bacolod City is a grandeur. The resort boasts of a huge swimming pool enough for a thousand simultaneous swimmers, a lazy pool, beautiful promenades, gazebos, mini-zoo, overnight villa facilities, canopy trees, a 500-capacity grand gazebo, dazzling lights at night, and a lot more. At left is the entrance of the park’s water garden area.
The Water Garden at Forest Park Resort is bigger, better and more relaxing, recreational, enjoyable and educational resort is the ultimate destination for the whole family– be it a weekday or a weekend. The resort, surrounded by canopy trees, has a “lazy river”- with water current pushing one around the bend, a 2,000 sq. m. wide “big pool”, a “play fountain”, and a mini zoo are located. It has Mini Gazebos for 30 to 70-person gatherings.
It has Villas for complete overnight stay with amenities. It also has a 500-person capacity Grand Gazebo. Also a Food Court. It has a Mini Zoo as well. Also board room facilities, Wireless Internet Access, audiovisual equipment, and other facilities.
Ive been here for more than 5 years and honestly its my first time to step into this place. Good thing that it has been renovated as Ive heard stories before that this place is the haven of all types of mosquitoes thats why they dont prefer going here.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
A 45-minute to 1-hour ride from Bacolod City, the capital city of the province of Negros Occidental, will take you to a quiet and small town or municipality of Manapla.
The Manapla Seaside Resort provides facilities like Visitor’s Lounge, Multi-Purpose Hall, Adult Pool, Air-Conditioned Rooms, Karaoke Bar, Bicycles, Roof Deck, Kiddie Pool Side Canopy. The Kiddie pool gives the young ones opportunity to enjoy swimming with a slide. While the young ones are enjoying, the adults can take a plunge on the Adult pool about 5 feet deep.
You could also enjoy countless conversations and share hilarious commemorations on the canopies provided all over the area. Plus you get to reward yourself with the view of the beach in front of you.
Monday, January 31, 2011
THE GRAND CELEBRATION OF A COLORFUL LIFE
DINAGSA FESTIVAL OF CADIZ CITY
<<-- BEFORE AND AFTER –>>
This festival is one of the most awaited fiestas in the province because of the fun-filled activities like the Dinagsa Queen, Ati-Atihan competition, and the Lamhitanay Festival.
The highlight of the festival is the colorful and radiant Ati-Atihan competition to be held at the PNU to City Park to the Public Plaza. This competition is considered as one of the most entertaining to watch.
One of the most unique activities in the festival is the Lamhitanay Festival where people roaming around the streets smother and wipes paint among each other. This is not something you experience often. The Lamhitanay Festival adds more color to the festival and the people.
My team and I went to Cadiz and experience this fun festival, we ate, joined the merry making and street party and of course also blend with the locals in spreading colors all over the town. We enjoyed it although the sun is really scourging hot.
Cadiz City invites the residents and tourists to experience the colorful and vibrant Dinagsa Festival.This is one festival you should not miss.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
One of the most celebrated event in Iloilo City is the Dinagyang Festival. This is a religious and cultural festival held every fourth Sunday of January. It is held to honor the Sto Nino and to celebrate the arrival on Panay of Malay Settlers and the Subsequent selling of the island to them by the Atis.
This is my first time to be in Iloilo to celebrate Dinagyang as I have been hearing a lot of stories about this and wanted to experience how to they celebrate and have fun myself.
I went there with a friend and will stay with my cousin as he has been working in Iloilo for quiet sometime. Not only the festival made this experience memorable but also the way we got to Iloilo departing Bacolod. Out of curiousity and adventure seeking spirit, Zie and I decided to take a "Ro-Ro" from Bacolod port to Dumangas. The travel is quite boring because the vessel is really moving very slow, but this is a nice trip if you wanted to go on sight seeing :) I am a person who wants things done faster and since I seek for adventure this what I got. Nevertheless, lets not spoil this trip by feeling bad about the wrong decision. Upon arriving at Dumangas Port we had to ride for about 45 minutes to go to the PUV terminal bound for Iloilo City. Waaah the dust and the bumpy ride, more regrets coming in.
Time to regain our senses when we reach SM City; tired, exhausted and hungry, we feasted for a Pizza and Pasta at Sbarro Restaurant. Weeh, this is going to be a great celebration!! While waiting for my cousin to arrive, after that great and belly bustling lunch, we roam around to find my "First Dinagyang Souvenir Shirt." My travel plan is not complete and satisfying if I will not be able to take home one.
Dinagyang is indeed really Fun. Prior to the highlight of this event which i the street dancing competition and tribal parade, we had a night of party all over the city. Prior to the intensifying night, I had the chance to watch my favorite Side A band. Weeeeh, reminiscing the past, the song "Forevermore". After the concert we headed to Iloilo's famous party place. "Smallville" and of course party people all over the place meeting everywhere, we also met a couple of friends from Bacolod and CVG. That was a hell out of fun night, party till dawn.
The second day, marks the highlight of the said festivity, the entire Iloilo city main not everything though was closed to traffic. So prepare yourselves for an early way to the cross of walking and walking under the scourging heat of the Sun. Of course, you will not enjoy this festival if you will not watch it live :) Seeing the tribes in action, dancing to the drum beats is just nothing but awesome.
Dinagyang is truly one great festival that Ilonggos' nees to take pride of and for those who were not able to see this one, better check and mark your calendars and fly your way to Iloilo City and have fun!