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)..
Yeah, a lot of fond memories. And so, I visited the place again.
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.
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..
And enjoy puto with sikwate every morning.. Till next time!
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.
From the outset alone, you’ll know that a quiet, white sand beach is not just fun but romantically engaging as well.. Wow! Oh yeah, if you wish you could even rent boats, too..That is, to bring you to deeper waters, or to simply tour the stretch!And did we mention that you could also camp?!? Must’ve noticed! Incidentally, Basdaku is also known as ‘White Beach’.. And its sandy coastline stretches 1 kilometer long. Just lovely, eh?!!
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!
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.
The 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.
Meanwhile, 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..
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..