Wednesday, July 11, 2012


Located off the coast of Northern Mindanao about ten kilometers from Cagayan De Oro is the tiny island paradise of Camiguin. For the second time, I was able to recall countless facts I have learned during my first visit in this tiny pear-shaped island which locals also called "An Island Born Of Fire".

Here you can find Mt. Hibok Hibok and six other volcanoes which make the island known to have the most number of volcanoes per square kilometer than any place on earth. Camiguin is so small that one day is enough to see all the scenic spots all over the island. The soil is so fertile that anything you plant here will grow abundantly. Both hot and cold springs can be found in the island. The White Island is mysteriously located offshore ten-minutes away from the main island by boat, amazingly the only beach in the island with fine white sand.

Other must-see attractions are Katibawasan Falls, Old Catarman Ruins, Sunken Cemetery, Walkway To Old Volcano and Stations of the Cross. On top of everything, never miss the experience of being with fun-loving, deeply religious, friendly, hospitable and very hardworking Camiguingnons.

Monday, July 9, 2012

My Unforgettable MOUNT PINATUBO Trek

Though I may have traveled the entire Philippines already, one thing I haven't done is to climb any our mountains - meaning - to endure long hours and days of walking and climbing to the top.
One weekend I decided to take an easier and shorter and the more popular Mt. Pinatubo trek, just to have a sneak preview of a mountain climb experience. The day tour I booked for P1,988.00 already includes round-trip bus fare to/from Cubao-Tarlac, 4x4 rental and tour guide fee. For this cheap price, the trip is worth a thousand times just looking at the magnificent rock and sand formation created by the most catastrophic volcanic eruption of all times. The two hours of of walking to reach the famous crater may be exhausting, but I realized it was worth the sweat and thirst after all.



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