My first ever successful climb took place at Osmena Peak in Mantalongon, Dalaguete. Towering at approximately 1,000 meters above sea level, Osmena Peak is the highest mountain in Cebu province. With it’s a 360-degree view of nature, Osmena Peak is one of the most celebrated hiking spots in Cebu. It is always great to visit O-Peak (as it is fondly called by some) during the hot season, as the slopes get slippery during the rainy days. Veteran mountaineers who may have done it all but is looking for a fun climb can easily take the trip down south without any fuss. Get those trekking shoes, backpacks and tents ready and join me as I take you to my first ever trek to the breathtaking peaks of Mantalongon. (Yes, there are some groups camp in the premise to enjoy fresh mountain breeze and witness a fantastic view of the stars at night)
Dalaguete is a municipality located 87.7 kilometers south of Cebu. It is roughly 2 and a half hours bus ride from Cebu south bus terminal (an hour or so if you are driving your own vehicle). It is best known as the Vegetable Basket of Cebu. It is also considered as a “little Baguio” due to the spectacular scenery and cool mountain air. Mantalongon is the place where the famous peak is located. There’s a magical rush about this sleepy town, that is why whether you are a novice climber or a seasoned hiker who enjoys the exhilarating experience of conquering another mountain, Osmena Peak is a good choice. Read More »
Have you ever tried swimming with the friendly whale sharks of Oslob Cebu? If you haven’t, I suggest you plan your trip very soon and get fascinated by these gentle creatures of the sea whether you swim with them or simply watch from the boat.
You can visit the whale sharks at barangay Tan-awan, around 10 km away from the town of Oslob. Whale shark watching in Cebu started in 2011 and it grew popular all around the world especially after some viral posts on the internet in November of the same year.
A Whale Shark is a are slow-moving extant cetacean and is the largest fish in the world which inhabits all tropical and warm-temperate seas. In the Philippines, it is locally known as “tuki” or “butanding”. Their head is flattened with a wide mouth and its vast size resembles the whales from which its common name has been is derived. Read More »
St. Peter Parish Church also known as St. Peter the Apostle or San Pedro Apostol is a 16th century old Church located in a small town of Apalit, Pampanga in Central Luzon. It has neo-renaissance design resembling classical Europe. It belongs to the archdiocese of San Fernando by Archbishop Florentino Lavarias.
The Church is most identified by it’s cupola or dome and eye-catching mural paintings on it’s ceiling. The most notable artwork can be found in the dome which depict an Apocalypse. The beautiful paintings were done using trompe l’oeil, an art technique that uses realistic imagery to produce optical illusion. I was not able to take a photo of the Church’s interior since there was an ongoing Eucharistic celebration that time. Read More »
In Spanish cooking, a churro is a cake-like, pastry made of dough and fried in oil (100% olive oil in some traditional recipes). Once cooked, churros should be crispy golden brown on the outside and soft on the inside. In Spain, it is eaten plain or rolled in cinnamon sugar. It can either be thin or long and thick. This pastry delight is popular in Spain, Portugal, France, South Americas, Iberian America and other Spanish-colonial regions like the Philippines and many more. Nowadays, there are a lot of versions and varieties on how it’s cooked and eaten.
La Lola Churreria is a top choice for classic churros and other specialty snacks since it opened in 2014. Their very first branch is in Powerplant Mall, Rockwell. Currently, they have 8 branches all over NCR and I was able to try their specials at the ground level of The Block in SM North Edsa branch. Read More »
During our day trip to Tagaytay, we had some refreshments and light snacks at Bag of Beans. It is about a few minutes away from The Ranch. This place has coffee, various entree, salads, pasta, everyday breakfast menu and of course, desserts.
Bag of Beans has that chillax vibe with a touch of class to it. The entrance of their wooden cabin-like shop will greet you with marvelous pasalubong treats and in-house specialties.
Inside, the homey ambiance will take you give you a sense of home. The main restaurant is great for romantic dates or long talks. The walls are mostly white with elegant furnishings and is air-conditioned. I have to say this is my spot if I need to finish a report or hold a casual business meeting. Read More »
A cemetery underwater sounds eerie to most of us but in the province of Camiguin, just about 10km outside Misamis Oriental, Philippines – an underwater cemetery is absolutely not unusual.
It was told that during the 4-year havoc of Mt. Vulcan in the town of Bonbon in 1871, the cemetery was driven underwater and has never resurfaced again.
The large cross marks as an attraction to the tourists and even to the locals alike. It represents the departed who were laid there and continue to memorialize a piece of history brought into this small island of Camiguin. Read More »
If you are a devoted Marian believer, this castle-like Church in honor of the Virgin Mary located just 2-hours away from Cebu City proper, is the perfect destination for you. It lies in the highest part of Lindongon in a small town called Sibonga.
This glorious Church is a pilgrimage center of Mama Mary devotees and also houses different images of Mary where thousands of miracles have been realized. It is not only a place of worship but it is also a sanctuary of countless gifts and offerings from and has a room-full of testimonials about the Holy Mother’s obvious miracles in the lives of the faithful. It has a museum of religious memorabilia and images not only by the Blessed Virgin Mary but also other Saints. Read More »