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Barili. Sikwate. And Growing Old.

T’is actually a town where I spent a lot of my childhood summer vacations. Barili. The creeks we used to have a swim, the hills we used to climb just to watch our favorite TV show at our neighbor’s house, the games we played like ‘siato’, the early no very early mornings when we used to eat puto with sikwate (hot chocolate)..

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Puto with sikwate, just about finished

Yeah, a lot of fond memories. And so, I visited the place again.

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Shamrock Barili, bus stop over

To Get Here: From South Bus Terminal, ride a bus, normally Ceres with the Barili signboard. Then get off at the town’s center either at the Municipal Hall or at Shamrock which is really just a few meters apart,  so the fare is the same, P72 per head. And from there you could go about to whatever tourist spot you wish to visit — through ‘habal-habal’ or by hiking.

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Town Parish Church
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Town Park
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Town Public Market

Well, remote places like this may take time in its development; but you know what? These are just the kind of places where its nice to retire and grow old..

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Retiring with your buddy

And enjoy puto with sikwate every morning.. Till next time!

Travel Time: White Beach | Basdaku in Pictures (Moalboal, Cebu)

Okay, we know that Moalboal is one of the Philippines’ key diving spots and is located in Cebu. But then, not everybody knows that it actually has not only one but a couple of beautiful beaches. Really. Still for this issue, let’s visit the area’s northern portion..

And onto the renown Basdaku.

00aab00aaaFrom the outset alone, you’ll know that a quiet, white sand beach is not just fun but romantically engaging as well.. Wow!
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00aaeOh yeah, if you wish you could even rent boats, too..00aad00aafThat is, to bring you to deeper waters, or to simply tour the stretch!00aagAnd did we mention that you could also camp?!? Must’ve noticed!
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00aaiIncidentally, Basdaku is also known as ‘White Beach’.. And its sandy coastline stretches 1 kilometer long. Just lovely, eh?!!

Travel Time: The Churches of Siquijor in Pictures (Philippines)

Siquijor is a central Visayan island in the Philippines and is composed of 6 municipalities, namely: Siquijor, San Juan, Lazi, Maria, Enrique Villanueva and Larena.

With a land area of 338 square kilometres and a coastline 102 kms. long, Siquijor is the third smallest province of the Philippines. And so I decided on a half-island tour of the first four municipalities.

And for this issue, let’s take on the beautiful churches.. In pictures!

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St. Francis de Assisi Church (San Juan, Siquijor)

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Located just outside Siquijor wharf is the St. Francis de Assisi Church and Bell Tower. Yep, it’s the first landmark you’d see upon arriving.

Our Lady of Divine Providence Church (Maria, Siquijor)
Our Lady of Divine Providence Church (Maria, Siquijor)

2 3 4 5 6The town of Maria is located at the near southeastern portion of Siquijor province; and from Siquijor port, it’s about 32 kilometers. Here you can see the town’s church — Our Lady of Divine Providence.

San Isidro Labradore Church (Lazi, Siquijor)
San Isidro Labradore Church (Lazi, Siquijor)

2 3 4 5 6 7Meanwhile, the town of Lazi is located at the southern part of the province which is approximately 29 kilometers from the port of Siquijor. And above are photos of the San Isidro Labradore Church which happens to be fronting..

Lazi Convent (Lazi, Siquijor)
Lazi Convent (Lazi, Siquijor)

lazi convent 4That's the church! This photo is taken just outside the convent.

The Lazi Convent. Yup, that’s the church! And the above photo was taken just outside the convent. How nice! Better yet, Follow Us and..

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Travel Time: To Dumaguete City by Bus & Barge

Dumaguete City is the capital of Negros Oriental, the Philippines’ 3rd largest island (along with Negros Occidental) located in Central Visayas — and a home to anyone who wishes to get that PADI certification as a world-recognized, licensed diver. Wow! Well, it’s one reason why Dumaguete is flocked by tourists!

To get to Dumaguete City by Bus: From Cebu City, go to the South Bus Terminal. Get to door 6 and ride Ceres bus with a Dumaguete signboard. The fare is currently pegged at P205 and would take around 4.5 hours to complete — but not before riding a barge with your bus in the port of Bato, Santander, the southernmost tip of Cebu province. Oh, you’ll have to pay an additional P70 here.

Once you get to the other side, the port of Tampi, Amlan, Negros Oriental that is — your bus would be off and running for another 35 minutes before reaching Dumaguete City.

While most of the tourist attractions in Negros Oriental are outside Dumaguete City, there are at least 3 notable ones within the area that you could check out on your visit..

The famous Dumaguete Boulevard, found along the coastline of the city — it’s in fact our featured photo! Silliman University, one of the premier schools in the country that’s also known for its big, beautiful campus. And the Dumaguete Belfry Tower, located at the heart of the city in Perdices Street and just across Quezon park.

So, see you at the ‘boulevard’ in our next ‘travel video’!

Travel Time: Climbing Osmena Peak (Mantalongon, Dalaguete, Cebu)

The moment has arrived, and it’s time to trek the 1,013-meter Osmena Peak. Left the foot of Opeak in a sunny yet breezy mid morning.. brought ‘necessities’ like water and of course my device which were what basically occupied my hands; so now join me and feel this wonderful climbing adventure even before you get there..

While the video maybe shaky, the conditions in the filming are as real as can be which would help one get to know the terrain and acclimatize themselves with the conditions especially if one is planning to visit Cebu’s highest peak.

Are you ready? Let’s go!

Travel Time: To Mantalongon, Dalaguete, Cebu in Pictures (Startoff to Osmena Peak)

If you like nature, the greens, the refreshing unpolluted air of the mountains when in Cebu — then Mantalongon is the place to be. After all, it’s also the vegetable basket of the province. It’s actually one of the barrios of Dalaguete (some 80 kilometers south of Cebu City) and where the highest mountain (1,013 meters above sea level) of Cebu is located — the Osmena Peak.

To get to Mantalongon: Coming from Cebu City, a commuter in fact has 2 choices — South Bus Terminal or near Carbon Market (Caltex gasoline station just before the bridge). Carbon Market is for the adventurous as here, buses are far and few, so you got to be ready to wait and squeeze your way inside the bus. South Terminal is more organized but then you’d need connecting rides and so, pay more.

Caltex gas station where you got to wait
Caltex gas station where you got to wait
Inside the gas station where buses are, though none at that time
Inside the gas station where buses are, though none at that time

Carbon Market, P100 from Caltex to Mantalongon market proper. That’s it. South Bus Terminal, the Ceres bus would ask around P100 to Dalaguete — take the Oslob route — then you’d need to take a motorbike which would cost at least P200 on a special ride. Travel time is just about the same, 3 hours, unless there’s traffic or lots of cargoes being loaded that the bus couldn’t immediately leave.

The winding road to Mantalongon, and the last of its unpaved roads
The winding road to Mantalongon, and the last of its unpaved roads
Just about to arrive..
Just about to arrive..
Mantalongon Public Market
Mantalongon Public Market

Obviously, I took the Carbon Market route, not bad really unless if you’ve got more than a handful of stuff. Still, when you finally arrive, it’s certainly a relief especially with a cooler climate than in the city.

Dalaguete Agri-Pinoy Trading Center
Dalaguete Agri-Pinoy Trading Center
Inside the Veggie Trading Center
Inside the Veggie Trading Center
The other half of the Trading Center
The other half of the Trading Center
The back and outside the Trading Center
The back and outside the Trading Center

Well, just so nice to see all those fresh vegetables and where they are actually coming from. And now, we’re just about hours from our next adventure, yeah..

Road to Osmena Peak...
Road to Osmena Peak…

Mountain climbing! Until next time!

Travel Time: Panagsama Beach, Moalboal (Cebu, Philippines)

So, let’s continue our 3-hour trip to Moalboal from Cebu City. Yeah, it’s now the cottages, restos, diving centers, the surroundings, and of course the waters itself.

Enter Cabana Beach Club Resort
Enter Cabana Beach Club Resort
Still Cabana...
Still Cabana…

Cabana Beach Club Resort is one of the more inviting places to stay mainly because of its landscaping plus access to a swimming pool, yes, not just the beach! Wow, good for honeymooners or families!

Marina Lodge
Marina Lodge
Inside Marina Lodge
Inside Marina Lodge

Marina Lodge, on the other hand, offers one of the cheapest rooms in the area at just P300 a night — ideal for solo or budget travelers.

And by the way, both accommodations are actually under ‘one roof’ — one management, that is. It’s why either guests could use the pool.

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Just a few of the many restaurants along the street to the beach..

Just beside the last resto on the above photo
Pool: Just beside the last resto on the above photo

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Incidentally, the last restaurant (above photo) is the one beside the pool and is accessible to Cabana and Marina guests among others.

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And of course, just some of the diving centers around Panagsama..

Well, you just saw a ‘live’ recording of the swimming and diving area. Yup, just the one that’s near the shores of Panagsama Beach. Come!