Friday, June 23, 2017


Kadayawan is one of the major festivals in the Philippines. It is a yearly event held every third week of August in Davao City. This year, Kadayawan Festival will be on August 14-20, 2017. Here's the official calendar of events for this year's Kadayawan sa Davao Festival. (Read: Things To Do In Davao During Kadayawan Season)


Kadayawan sa Davao Opening Ceremonies
August 14, 4PM
Magsaysay Park
The festival will open with an ecumenical thanksgiving service for the year of blessing and bounty. To start of the celebration, the color and culture of the father tribes of Davao will be showcased through music and dance.

Kadayawan Village and Bantawan – Cultural Show
August 14-20
Magsaysay Park
The eleven tribal communities in Davao City, namely: Tagabawa, Klata, Ovu Manuvu, Ata Manuvu, Matigsalog, Maranao, Maguindanao, Tausug, Sama, Kagan, and Iranon – take center stage with their cultural pride and identity. A story told through a showcase of authentic lifestyle, performances, craft-making, ritual and costumes.

Subang Sinugdanan (Fluvial Float Parade)
Panagtagbo (The Gathering)
August 18, 7AM
Tionko Field
A celebratory restaging of the first Davao settlement along the Davao River participated by the eleven tribal communities in the city who will traverse and parade in river floats showcasing the bounty of blessings in harvest, arts and culture thus bringing to the fore the importance and imperative of conserving the river of life.

Dula Kadayawan (Tribal Games)
August 18, 7AM
Tionko Field
An exhibition and competition of Indigenous and Muslim people’s games.

Hiyas sa Kadayawan
August 18, 6PM
USEP Gym
This is the prestigious search for the symbolic Festival Gem – the lass who, up until the present is knowledgeable of her indigenous culture and wisdom. Eleven young women from the respective distinguished tribes of Davao will be presented in their indigenous garbs, cultural performances and wit.

Ka’andayawan (Food, Music and Arts)
August 18-20
Palma Gil Street
Food street with nightly happenings and entertainment

Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan
August 19, 7AM
Magsaysay Ave. to San Pedro Square
The Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan will showcase dance contingents from the different regions of Mindanao. A people’s celebration and merriment through choreographed and theatrical street-dancing completion anchored on indigenous traditions.

Tunog Kadayawan
August 19
Abreeza Mall
Mindanaoan composers and songwriters will come together in a song writing competition showcasing their popular yet indigenous music compositions.

Sayaw Kadayawan
August 19, 10AM
SM City Davao - Annex
This is a competition of Mindanao myths, legends and folklores transformed into dance narratives by Mindanao-based dance groups.


Pamulak sa Kadayawan
August 20, 8AM
Magsaysay Ave. to San Pedro Square
The grand finale of the Kadayawan sa Davao Festival, the showcase of blooming and lush flora in a float parade and competition teeming with artistry as the floats impress the festival’s theme and blessings of bounty.

Pitik Kadayawan
August 20, 8AM
Magsaysay Ave. to San Pedro Square
One Vibe. One Beat. One Rhythm. A drumbeating competition that highlights the indigenous melody and beat of the diversified Davao tribes

Lankuban sa Ka’andayawan
August 20, 6PM
Palma Gil Street
A confluence of esteemed Mindanaoan Artists in celebration of the bountiful Kadayawan in a night filled with music and performing arts.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017


One of my favorite activities during our Visit Perak trip was cruising the Lake Banding on board a traditional boathouse. It was one of the most memorable experience I had during the entire familiarization tour. There was a very limited network coverage so we had time to really talk to each other and enjoy the beauty and serenity of Lake Banding


We cruised Lake Banding for about two hours before we finally arrived in our chalet accommodation. We had a short stopover at the Jahai Tribe community of the Royal Belum Rainforest where we were given a short brief about the tribe. We were able to interact with the local villagers and learned a little bit about their culture and tradition. 





We continued our journey to Sg. Tiang Campsite, a place with chalet accommodation ideal for people who prefers to sleep in a comfortable bed with basic amenities. There were only limited number of rooms so some of us opted to stay in the boathouse.




After docking at Sg Tiang Campsite, we  changed outfits and started playing the warm water of Lake Banding. We tried the bamboo raft and played like kids. It was a fantastic experience. It was the most enjoyable part of the cruise. 


After swimming, we were served with dinner. Damn, the food were all good - grilled chicken, lamb and vegetables. Plus, we had durian for dessert! I enjoyed the food a lot!  I ate them with so much gusto. Burp!


There was no phone signal in the campsite so we had no other choice but to mingle with each other. Then, we slept quite early since we still have to wake up early the next day for other activities. It was a day well spent!



The following morning, we were served with sumptuous breakfast and lunch in the boat house. We also explored a couple of waterfalls within the Belum Rainforest. It was tiring but it was definitely a memorable experience.





Big thanks to Empayar Awan Biru for organizing the Social Influencers Fest 2017. Also thanks to the sponors: Malaysia Inbound Toursim Association (MITA), Homestay Malaysia, GetFi, Destination Perak, MB Inc. MK Land Inc., Koridor Utara, Royal Belum, Tourism Malaysia, Perak Agrotourism Resort, Swiss Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Casuarina Hotel Ipoh, & Laketown Resort.


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Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Dumaguete City or the City of "Gentle People" is the capital of the province of Negros OrientalIt is also known as a university town because a lot of students all over the country come to the city to study at Siliman University. As for tourism, it is usually the jump-off point to Apo Island and the Province of Siquijor. (Read: Cebu to Dumaguete Ferry Schedule and Fare Rates)


Finding an accommodation in Dumaguete City is easy but sometimes hotels are full so it's better to book in advance. Here's a list of cheap places to stay in Dumaguete City

The Flying Fish Hostel
The Flying Fish Hostel is located at 32 Hibbard Avenue, Dumaguete City, Philippines. It's situated a bit far from the city proper but it's accessible. It has clean and spacious rooms with modern decor. Check rates and availability.

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Golden Gate Suites
Located at Dr. V Locsin St., Dumaguete City, Philippines, Golden Gate Suites is a 2-star hotel that offers affordable and comfortable accommodation in Dumaguete City. It's conveniently located near restaurants and a 711 convenience store. Check rates and availability.

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The U Pension
Situated in Silliman Avenue, Dumaguete City, Philippines, The U Pension located just beside Silliman University. It offers cozy and clean rooms with basic amenities. Check rates and availability.

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Islands Leisure Boutique Hotel & Spa
Islands Leisure Boutique Hotel & Spa is located at Hibbard Avenue, Bantayan, Across ABC Learning Center, Dumaguete City, Philippines. It's situated near the heart of the city so you can conveniently dine and stroll from the hotel within the city proper. It has a small pool that guests can use. Check rates and availability.

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Gabbys Bread and Breakfast
Gabbys Bread and Breakfast is located at Cimafranca Subdivision, Clay Town, Daro, Dumaguete City, Philippines. It's an ideal place for backpackers who are okay with small but clean rooms. It offers free breakfast. Check rates and availability.

Obdulia's Business Inn
Located at Gov. Perdices Street, Co. Pinili and Colon Sts., Dumaguete City, Philippines, Obdulia's Business Inn offers affordable rooms in Dumaguete City. It's close to almost everything you need - shops, market, park and Rizal Boulevard. Check rates and availability.

So there you go, check out these budget accommodations for your next Dumaguete City escapade. If you prefer a more upscale accommodation, please check out Agoda.

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Monday, June 19, 2017


Bachelor Express, Inc. (BEI) is now offering non-stop trips to Mati and Butuan from Davao City. Travel time has reduced significantly according the the BEI Inspector I talked to at the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) in Ecoland. Travel time from Davao to Mati via Madaum is approximately 3-4 hours and from Davao to Butuan is around 6-7 hours. (Read: Davao City Overland Transport Terminal Bus Schedule)


It's a bit difficult to get the information. I have tried to call the BEI telephone number from morning to noon and nobody picks up the phone so I decided to go to Ecoland Terminal to get some info. I went to the DCOTT office first only to find out that they do not have an updated list of bus schedule. The "latest" they have is a list from 2015! I talked to the person in-charge and he said they have already requested for an updated list since last year but they have not received it yet from the bus company. Strange, right?

Anyway, I went to the terminal and asked an inspector from BEI and got the following schedule of trips for the non-stop trips to Mati and Butuan from Davao. I clarified the word "non-stop", he said it should only stop when there is an inspector and should not be picking up or dropping off passengers from other terminals. I never tried these non-stop service yet so I cannot attest to this. If you happen to be in one of these trips, please tell us your experience in the comment below.

Davao to Mati Non-Stop
Travel time: 3 hours
Fare: P240
Schedule of trips from Davao Ecoland Terminal:
Hourly from 5AM to 5PM
*Subject to change without prior notice

Davao to Butuan Non-Stop
Travel time: 6 hours
Fare: P600
Schedule of trips from Davao Ecoland Terminal: 
Every two hours 6AM to 12 midnight 
*Subject to change without prior notice

I tried to call the BEI office again to verify this information but again, nobody is picking up the phone. Will update this blog post once I get to talk to a personnel from BEI office.

UPDATE:
Commuter Rex Imperial said that the non-stop buses from Butuan to Davao (and VV) do not have CR. The journey takes around 7 hours.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017


One of the the Philippines' emerging tourist destinations, Siquijor is an island province located in Central Visayas. It's becoming a favorite destination especially for beach fanatics and for those curious travelers who want to experience the mystical island.


Finding a cheap place to stay in Siquijor is now easy due to the influx of tourists visiting the province. Here's our list of budget places to stay in the island province of Siquijor. Some of these properties have rooms for less than P1,000 per night. (Read: Dumaguete to Siquijor Ferry Schedule)

Isla Inn
Located in Dumanhog, Siquijor, Siquijor, Philippines, Isla Inn is nestled in the heart of the province. It's situated close to the port and the town proper so moing from one place to another is easy. Rooms are clean and spacious. Check rates and availability.

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Treasure Island Beach Bungalows
Treasure Island Beach Bungalows is located at Siquijor Circumferential Road, San Juan, Siquijor Island, Philippines. It offers spacious rooms with cable TV, hot shower, and basic toiletries. It's about 3 kilometers to Paliton Beach, one of the secluded beaches in the Island. Check rates and availability.

Islandia Beach Resort
Islandia Beach Resort is located at Talisay, Catulayan, San Juan, Siquijor Island, Philippines. It's situtaed right by the beach so you can enjoy the sand, sea, and the sun while in the island. It's a bit far from the port but trikes and motorbikes can take you to the resort for about P200-P300. Check rates and availability.


Cliff Side Beach Resort and Cottages
Cliff Side Beach Resort and Cottages is located at Sandugan, Larena, Siquijor Island, Philippines. It's a great place to chill and relax while in the island. It's a quiet place situated on the oceanfront. A bit far from the main road but it makes it more relaxing. Check rates and availability.

Xylla Guest House
Xylla Guesthouse is located at Ytaya Lazi, Siquijor, Lazi, Siquijor Island, Philippines. It offers clean and spacious rooms for an affordable price. It's a bit far from the main road but it makes it a more relaxing place to stay. It's advisable to rent a motorbike when you stay here so you can easily go around the island. Check rates and availability.

Palm Tree Guest House
Palm Tree Guesthouse is located at Sandugan,larena,siquijor, Larena, Siquijor Island, Philippines. It's a quiet place surrounded with plants and trees. It's about 7 km from the port and accessible by trikes and motorbikes. It's a bit far to the island attractions so it is advisable to rent a motorbike to go around. Check rates and availability.

Toris Backpackers Paradise
Toris Backpackers Paradise is llocated at Maite, San Juan, Siquijor Island, Philippines. It offers affordable rooms especially to solo travelers. Fan and airconditioned rooms are both available. Check rates and availability.

So there you go, check out these budget accommodations for your next Siquijor escapade. If you prefer a more upscale accommodation, please check out Agoda.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017


Whether you are looking for a beach getaway, a nature trip or an adrenaline-pumping adventure, Bohol has something to offer you that you will surely enjoy. Here is a list of cheap places to stay when you visit Bohol. Some of these accommodations have rooms under P1,000 per night. So, if you are a budget traveler, this list will surely help you.


Cheap Places to Stay in Tagbilaran, Bohol

Dayview Tourist Home
Dayview Tourist Home is located about 10-15 minutes walk from the airport. A little bit far to the city though, about 10 minutes by trike. Check rates and availability.

717 Cesar Place Hotel
717 Cesar Place Hotel offers spaciaous and clean rooms. Location is a bit far from the town proper but trikes are readily available. Complimentary breakfast is available. Check rates and availability.

Gomez Guest House

Gomez Guest House offers spacious accommodation and good value for money. One of the best part of staying in this guest house is having a warm and hospitable host. Definitely something you should consider if you want a homey-feel vacation. Check rates and availability.

El Portal Inn
El Portal Inn is not in the central location of the Tagbilaran City, but an 8 peso trike ride will take you to the city proper easily. It's close to airport and food establishments. Check rates and availability.

Cheap Places to Stay in Panglao, Bohol

Casa Mannis Garden
Casa Mannis Graden offers a quiet location just off the main road and just a short walk to restaurants and Alona beach. The property has a pool so if you don't fancy the beach you have another option to enjoy. Check rates and availability.

Greenfield Tourist Inn
Greenfield Tourist Inn is situated a bit far to the beach about 15 minutes walk. It's basically a new property with clean rooms and friendly staff. Since it's about a kilometer to Alona Beach, a shuttle is provided to the guests. Check rates and availability.

Steffi's Place
Offering a terrace and a great view of the sea, Steffi's Place is situated in San Isidro, Dauis, Panglao Island in the province of Bohol, about 7 km away from Alona Beach and 8 km away from Tagbilaran City. Check rates and availability.

Ashiyana Resort
Ashiyana Resort is a small hotel whoch offers spacious and clean rooms. Location is not ideal but acceptable. It's about 5-10 minutes walk to the beach.Since it's a bit far from the crowded beach, it's quiet at night so you can chill and relax. Check rates and availability.

So there you go, check out these budget accommodations for your next Bohol escapade. If you prefer a more upscale accommodation, please check out Agoda.

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El Nido in the province of Palawan is one of the most backpacker friendly places in the Philippines. You don't have to rent a whole boat if you are traveling alone like in most part of the country. You can just choose a tour that you want and pay a fixed amount regardless if you're alone or with a group.


When it comes to accommodation, El Nido offers a great deal of budget friendly hostels and inns. Here are some of the cheap places to stay in El Nido. Some of these hostels are less than P1,000  per night. (Read: Puerto Princesa to El Nido Bus Schedule)

El Nido Viewdeck Cottages
El Nido Viewdeck Cottages is located at Zone 1, Barangay Maligaya, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines. It is about 5 minutes away from the town center. It has an overlooking view of the sea, the city and the cliffs. Take note that you need to climb a but to reach the property so it is not an ideal place to stay if you are with children, elderly and PWDs. Click here to check rates and availability.

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Erlittop Garden 
Erlittop Garden just opened last year to offer travelers a relaxing experience in Sibaltan, a hidden fishing village in Northern Palawan. Run by a local Cuyonon family, it offers accommodation in bamboo huts with beautiful views over Sibaltan Bay. It's close to the beach and it's a great place for nature lovers. Click here to check rates and availability.

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Spin Designer Hostel - El Nido
Spin Designer Hostel - El Nido is located in Balinsasayaw Road cor. Calle Real, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines. It is very close to El Nido's main beach which has a lot to offer at night so you can skip the trike rides out to the main beach. Click here to check rates and availability.

Our Melting Pot Hostel 
Our Melting Pot Hostel or simply OMP is situated right at the center of El Nido. It's close to almost everything like shops, bars, restaurants and the beach. It offers free breakfast so you don't have to go out in the morning to find food. Click here to check rates and availability.

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Tapik Beach Guest House
Situated in Sibaltan, Tapik Beach Park Guest House is a great place to experience the eastern side of El Nido and its surroundings. It's quite far from town center but if you are into nature and doesn't want the crown, this is the right place for you. Click here to check rates and availability.

Forever Blessed Hostel
Forever Blessed Hostel is situated just around the corner from the beach and on the Main Street where there are plenty of bars, restaurants and shops. You can expect a relatively noisy environment but it's tolerable. It is advisable to use an ear muff if you can't tolerate the noise. Click here to check rates and availability.

Other cheap places to stay in El Nido you can consider are: Tarao Travel LodgeRicgem PlaceInngo Tourist InnBnky Bed & Breakfast 

So there you go, check out these budget accommodation for your next El Nido escapade. If you prefer a more upscale accommodation, please check out Agoda.

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