Friday, August 30, 2013

Posted by Glen Santillan in | 3:42 AM
Ian of and I departed Davao early in the morning to be in the town of Monkayo before lunch. We took a van from Davao to save a little time as it travels faster than the bus. We arrived in Monkayo past 10 AM and we decided to have an early lunch first before we visit the Awao Falls. 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Posted by Glen Santillan in | 10:18 PM
It was another long bus ride from Dipolog to Ozamis where I planned to spend a day in the city. I did not have any itinerary and I only had few hours in the city so what I did was to take some rest instead of spending my time outside. After all, there is really nothing much to do in the city.

Meeting a fellow travel blogger
I met one of my fellow travel bloggers in the city. She was on a business trip while I was on a leisure trip. Heiz of Journeying Pinay is a good friend so we were able to bond even if it was just for a short time. She was going to Pagadian that same day while I was on my way to Iligan the following day.

A short walk
After meeting Heiz, I did a short walk in teh city and passed by a church. Not old but the structure was kinda interesting so I stopped and took a photo. Again, I did not have a camera so I took a photo using my phone. Later, I went back to the inn and slept.

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Posted by Glen Santillan in , | 3:46 PM
Magandang Gensan!

Every year, General Santos city celebrates the Tuna Festival on the first week of September to commemorate the city's Charter Anniversary every fifth of September. The fishing industry is the major contributing factor to the city's booming economy. The main highlights of the festival is the Tuna Float Parade, the street dancing competition and the various activities featuring different processed tuna products.

This year's Tuna Festival highlights will be held on September 5 - 9, 2013 in the tuna capital of the Philippines - General Santos City! Below is the schedule of activities of the 15th Tuna Festival: 

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Posted by Glen Santillan in | 11:55 PM
I left Dumaguete early in the morning to embark on a 4-hour boat ride to Dapitan City in Zamboanga del Norte. I initially planned of staying in Dapitan but when I arrived in the port I changed my mind and took a tricycle going to Dipolog instead.

Dipolog City is more progressive than Dapitan. There are also quite a lot of accommodations in Dipolog and it's relatively cheaper than those in Dapitan City.I already searched the web when I was in the tricycle where to stay in Dipolog so I immediately took another tricycle after I arrived in the terminal going to the inn.

I was able to sleep in the boat so I just freshen up and went roaming around Dipolog City. Then, I decided to pay a visit to the Rizal Shrine in Dapitan. I always wanted to go there since I was in college. It was my first time to be there and it felt really great. It was a simple dream came true. Again, my camera was still acting up so the shots were of poor quality. 

Trike from Juvy's house to the port P10
Boat Fare (Cokaliong Shipping Lines) P320 for 4 hours
Trike from Dapitan Port to Dipolog (shared) P50
Inn P270
Lunch P88
Trike from Inn to Terminal P10
Bus from Dipolog to Dapitan and Back to Dipolog P40
Trike from Dapitan city center to Rizal shrine and back P16
Dinner P170
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Posted by Glen Santillan in | 11:48 PM
The journey to Sipalay was another bittersweet experience. I did not have a working camera so I was not not able to capture the beauty of the place. What I had was a phone camera which can only capture a low quality photo. Of course I did not allow the situation to ruin my my vacation. I have traveled several hours to reach Sipalay so I need to enjoy and explore the place, and that's what I did.

I immediately headed to the beach area to see what's in store for me. The beach has a light gray fine sand. It was already almost lunch time so it was really hot and there were no cottages near the shoreline so I did not stay long.

I took my lunch near the market. It was cheap yet delicious. I actually ordered quite a lot that made me so full.

After lunch I went to the open market in the park. I roam around while waiting for the bus going back to Bayawan. The bus schedule going to Bayawan was very infrequent that I waited for more than 2 hours to catch the bus.

I went back to Bayawan, waited for another 30 minutes for the bus going to Dumaguete. It was almost dark when I reach Dumaguete. 

Bus from Bayawan to Sipalay (2.25 hours) P112
Water P20
Lunch P72
Bus Sipalay to Bayawan P112
Bus from Bayawan to Dumaguete (2.5 hours) P100
Dinner P165
Trike P10

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Posted by Glen Santillan in | 5:52 PM
It was another fun day for the Pinoy Travel Bloggers who graced the Kadayawan Festival 2013. The Banana Beach Resort in Tagum City has arranged a day tour and lunch for the bloggers.

The Bloggerst at Lanikai Resort (L-R) Jeffrey of Traveling Morion; Mervz of Pinoy Adventurista; Ramil of Pinas Muna; Escape Manila;  Edgar of Pinas Muna; Rob of Palibut; Darwin of Tracking Treasure; Suzette of; Renz of The Traveling Nomad and Chamee of Miss Litratista
Along with other nine bloggers, we left Davao City at around 8AM heading our way to Tagum City. We had a short stopover in Panabo City where we took photos of Kublai Milan's masterpiece in the city. Then, we continued our journey to Barangay Madaum in Tagum City where the Banana Beach is located.
Posted by Glen Santillan in | 5:43 AM
I left Dumaguete almost lunch time thinking that I will still be able to catch a bus going to Sipalay, Negros Occidental. I took the Ceres bus going to Bayawan City, Negros Oriental. From Bayawan City, I should've been able to take a bus going to Sipalay. To my dismay, the last trip has already departed about 30 minutes before I arrived. I asked around if there would be any other options to go to Sipalay and the only option was to charter a motorcycle which will be expensive for me.

I decided to stay in Bayawan City and spend the night in the sleepy city. I asked around where can I find a cheap but decent accommodation and the sikad  driver pointed me to Bayawan Pension House. It was old and it doesn't really look that good. I was about leave the place but then I saw something that caught my attention. At first I thought they were bats but when I looked at them closely, they were balinsasayaw. I was amazed to see them up close so I decided to stay at Bayawan Pension House for a night.

I took a short nap and then went to the beach to see what's in store for me. Unfortunately, I realized that the camera that I borrowed from Juvy also does not work properly. So, it was really a bummer. The beach has a fine and gray sand. 

After a short walk in the shore, I decided to have my dinner in one of the restaurants by the beach. It was already about to rain so I immediately went to the inn right after I took my dinner.

*Forgive me for the low photo quality as my DSLR gave up on me and the camera I borrowed was also not in good shape :(
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Posted by Glen Santillan in , | 1:15 AM
Kadayawan is an annual festival held in Davao City to celebrate the rich culture of the Davao Region. This year's highlights were the Davao River Festival, Indak-indak sa Kadalanan (Street Dancing) and the Pamulak sa Kadalanan (Floral Float Parade).

The Kadayawan Experience
I live in Davao but it was only my second time to witness the Kadayawan Festival. Last year was my first and I told myself to celebrate the festival every year for as long as I can. This year, together with a number of travel bloggers from different parts of the Philippines we celebrated the Kadayawan festival with excitement and great enthusiasm.

The Lunch
I had lunch with some of my travel blogger friends in one of my favorite place to eat in Davao City - Majid's Kebab. As usual, I ordered their chicken biryani and beef kebab. It was a simple but sumptuous lunch with friends. 

The Kadayawan 2013 Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan (Street Dancing Winners)
Open Category: 
Champion: Panay National High School from Sto. Nino South Cotabato 
First Runner-up: Tribo Sulalan from Polomok, South Cotabato 
Second Runner up: Tribo Talaingod, Davao del Norte 

Davao-based Category 
Champion: Holy Cross College of Calinan 
First Runner up: Magallanes Elementary School 
Second Runner up: Sta. Ana National High School

The Dinner
We are lucky to have our dinner in RBG (Restaurant Bar & Grill) at Park Inn by Radisson Davao. The RBG is an all day dining restaurant which offers sumptuous food and great ambience that guests can enjoy. 

We enjoyed our dinner buffet at RBG. It was truly a night of good food and fun!

RBG offers weekday lunch buffet from Monday to Friday for only P595 per person. Satisfy your gastronomic cravings with America, Asian and European cuisines.

During weekends, RBG gives you an exquisite dinner buffet for only P795 per person. Enjoy their fresh meat and seafood served hot of the grill, assorted salads, hot dishes, pasta, desserts, and a lot more.

For reservations, you may contact RBG at (082) 272 7608

More Desserts at Lachi's
We are already full from our dinner at RBG but we still decided to pass by at Lachi's to sample their awesome desserts and to meet the Davao and Cebu Bloggers. Lachi's never fail me with their mouth-watering desserts. Truly one of the best places in Davao to have your desserts.

Read about my experience at Lachi's during DFAT 2013 here

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Posted by Glen Santillan in , | 2:35 AM

The Masskara Festival is one of the largest festivals in the Philippines. People flock in the streets of Bacolod city to witness the annual festivity. This year, the Masskara Festival will be held on October 17-20, 2013. This year, the Street dancing competition for the  for the school category will be held on October 17, 2013 (Frida) at 2:00 PM while the barangay category will be on October 20, 2013 (Sunday) at 9:00 AM. 

How to Get to Bacolod?
Bacolod is only about an hour away from Manila. Major airline carriers have daily frights to and from Bacolod-Silay International Airport.

If you are coming from Cebu, it is only about 30 minutes away by plane. 

You can also opt to fly via Iloilo and then take a fast craft from Iloilo port to Bacolod.

Where to Stay?
There are a lot of places to stay in Bacolod city which suit your budget. If you are a budget traveler, you can either stay at Ong Bun or at Saltimbocca Inn. They offer affordable and comfortable rooms to stay.

Ong Bun
Luzuriaga Street Bacolod, 
City Phone: (034) 7098128 
Mobile: (+63) 9104335061

Saltimbocca Inn
Lacson St., Bacolod City 
Tel. No. (034) 432.3617, 433.3179 
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Where to Eat?
The best place to satisfy your gastronomic cravings is by visiting the Manokan Country where you can have authentic Chicken Bacolod Inasal and a lot more food to choose from.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Posted by Glen Santillan in , , | 3:20 AM

Everything you need to know about Ormoc City : Where to Stay, Where to Eat, What to Do, How to Get There and Basic Phrases to get you Started

Ormoc City is the usual entry point of the visitors going to the province of Southern Leyte. The city is accessible by boat and buses coming from different part of the Philippines. It became a news item when a flash flood killed thousands of people in 1991. 

Where to stay in Ormoc City
There are a number of Accommodation in the city that will suit someone's budget. The city of Ormoc can offer you a nice, cheap and affordable place to stay while in the city.

Niko's Ark Voyager's Inn
Address: Real St., Ormoc City (Security Bank Bldg)
Contact Number: (053) 561 0258(053) 561 0258 or 0932 222 59370932 222 5937
Rates : Single room for P500, P250/person for dorm-type room

Hotel Don Felipe

Address: Cor. I. Larrazabal & Bonifacio Sts., Ormic City
Contact Number: (053) 255 3580(053) 255 3580

Ormoc Villa Hotel 

Address: Obrero St., Ormoc City
Contact Number: 053 255 5003053 255 5003

Sabin Resort Hotel

Address: Brgy. Bantique, Ormoc City
Contact Number: (053) 255 3801(053) 255 3801

Bayview Inn

Address: Brgy. Alegria, Ormoc City
Contact Number: (053) 255 5908(053) 255 5908

Sugarland Suites

Address: J. Rizal St., Ormoc City
Contact Number: (053) 255 3214(053) 255 3214

Where to Eat in Ormoc City

Al Dente
Ground Floor, Superdome Building I. Larrazabal Street 
Tel. No. (053) 561-1157(053) 561-1157

Gene's Kitchenette

Concepcion Street 
Tel. No. (053) 561-1247(053) 561-1247

Pardi's Grill

Cor. San Pedro and Aviles Streets 
Tel. No. (053) 255-2765(053) 255-2765

Things to Do in Ormoc City

1. Explore Lake Danao
Lake Danao is a mountain lake which has about a total area of 139 hectares. It's about half an hour drive from the city proper. The lake's water is a good place for boating, kayaking and fishing. 

2. Visit Lake Kasudsuran
Lake Kasudsuran is a 12-hectare lake situated in teh forest of Brgy. Gaas, Ormoc. It is only accessible by foot approximately 2.5 kilometers from the jump-off point at Sitio Maglahug.

3. Enjoy the View of Lake Janagdan
Lake Janagdan is the smallest among the three signature lakes of Ormoc. The lake is only accessible by foot which is around 2 hours from the jump-off point in the barangay Cabingtan proper.

4. Visit the Leyte Geothermal Power Field

The Leyte Geothermal Power Field is considered to be the largest geothermal powerhouse in the country. This plant provides electricity to some part of LUzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

5. Take a trip down memory lane by visiting the Mass Grave
The biggest cross in the city can be found in the graveyard of the 1991 victims of the Ormoc flash flood that killed thousands of people. Every 5th of November every year, a mass is held in the site in memory of the victims who passed away in one of the Philippine's worst tragedies.

How to go to Ormoc?

Ormoc does not have an airport. The closest airport is in Tacloban which is 2-3 hours away from Ormoc. The city is also accessible by boat from Cebu, 2.5 hours by fast craft and around 5 hours on a regular boat. There are also buses plying from Ormoc to as far as Davao for approximately 25 hours travel.

Tricycle is the primary mode of transportation within the city proper and van and buses going to the nearby towns.

Basic Phrases in Bisaya/Cebuano
Good Morning / Afternoon / Evening : Maayong buntag / hapon /gabii.
Can you help me: Pwede mangayo ug tabang?
How much? : Tagpila
Can I get a discount? : Pwede makahangyo?
Excuse me. : Excuse me.
Thank you. : Daghang salamat.
What is this / that? : Unsa ni / na?
How do I get to (name of place)? : Unsaon ag adto sa? (name of place)?
How far is (name of place) : Unsa kalayo ang (name of place)?
This is delicious! : Lami ni!
I love you. : Gihigugma ta ka.
Bye, see you soon. : Adto sa ko, hangtod sa sunod.
I don't understand : Wala ko kasabot.

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