Matuto Sa Bawat Pamamasyal

Kayo po ba ay nakapagbakasyon na? Marahil marami na sa atin ang nakapaggala na. Sinasamantala kasi natin magandang panahon para mamasyal. Nanginginayang lang po ako na hindi natin nasusulit ang ating pag-iikot. Nahuhuli ko rin po ang aking sarili na mas binibigyan ko ng oras ang mga photoshoots para may supply akong pang post saContinue reading “Matuto Sa Bawat Pamamasyal”

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Santa Clara University is not to be missed if you are in California

Mission Santa Clara de Asis was founded by Fr. Junipero Serra in 1777, the 8th of 21 California missions. Originally settled along the banks of the Guadalupe River, the mission was relocated to this site in 1822 because of natural disasters such as fires, earthquakes and floods. In 1926, the original adobe was destroyed byContinue reading “Santa Clara University is not to be missed if you are in California”

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7 Things You Can Do in Sorsogon in 2 Days.

Sometimes two days are all you’ve got. Quash the travel time, you are plunged into maximizing your short vacation. If you find yourself in the proximity of Sorsogon, you can take what my family took in March 2018. If you are coming from Naga City to Legazpi City in the Bicol province of Albay, youContinue reading “7 Things You Can Do in Sorsogon in 2 Days.”

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The Breadth of Bukidnon

Bukidnon has a special place in the heart of the Philippine Jesuits. Almost all of Bukidnon has been established by Jesuit missionaries. Sprawling towns at present have been mission areas in the past. This mountain province of Mindanao is thus home to me. I visited Pangantucan a few days ago with Fr. Neo Saicon SJ,Continue reading “The Breadth of Bukidnon”

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Ilocos Norte: What your eyes see will feed your soul!

Note: This is the second installment of three parts of my trip to the North of the Philippines. Thanks to one of my closest friends, Peewee Ligot, who brought me there. Check out Part I: Ilocos Sur here and Part III: Ilocano Food here. Tip: I am promoting an in-depth, immersive traveling, so take time toContinue reading “Ilocos Norte: What your eyes see will feed your soul!”

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Chasing mangroves in Palawan: Why we have to conserve and protect mangrove forests.

I began falling in love with mangroves when I visited the mangrove forests being protected in the island of Culion, Palawan. It was holy week and we were at the end of the Good Friday procession which culminated at the Jesuit Retreat House chapel on a hill. Overlooking Culion’s coasts, I could see the patchContinue reading “Chasing mangroves in Palawan: Why we have to conserve and protect mangrove forests.”

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10 Things Not To Miss in the Islands of Honda Bay

When parents from Ateneo High School invited me to a wedding and to spend some days in Palawan, I said “Yes” without thinking twice! Palawan is one of the most beautiful provinces of the Philippines, and I have placed this western group of Philippine islands on my bucket list. I visited our mission area ofContinue reading “10 Things Not To Miss in the Islands of Honda Bay”

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7 Places To Visit When in Bolinao, Pangasinan

When Mrs. Ems Fausto invited me to Bolinao, Pangasinan to join her and some parents from Ateneo High School at their beach house, I readily said yes. I seldom visit the north and Pangasinan was towards northern Philippines. So, with my packed bag in tow, I headed to Bolinao, and I did not have anyContinue reading “7 Places To Visit When in Bolinao, Pangasinan”

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Quitinday and Quituinan: New Quests for the Curious

There is truth in the tenet that we should promote our own. Who else could be the best guide but the very people who live in the new place you are exploring. In fact, there is a scripture passage that supports this. Jesus said, “I am the Way.” It means that the best way toContinue reading “Quitinday and Quituinan: New Quests for the Curious”

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The Islands of Gigantes Live Up To Its Name

It was a trip devoid of a single regret. I heard about the group of islands across the town of Estancia in Iloilo from Bok Pioquid, a faculty member of the Ateneo High School’s Christian Service Involvement Program. He and his wife would go on a “couple” backpacking tour every now and then. Until today,Continue reading “The Islands of Gigantes Live Up To Its Name”

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Discover Camalig: a 16th c. town, a lake, and food as fiery as its volcano.

See Camalig, Albay: a 16th c town, Sumlang lake, ancestral houses and authentic Bicol dishes.

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In Daraga, you will find a café you’ll fall in love with: Café 528 Ilawod.

About the Featured Image: The Parish Church of Our Lady of the Gate, Daraga, Albay. This church of stone was built by the Franciscans in 1773. Its design is baroque after the skills of the labourers during the Spanish Period. When Mayon Volcano erupted in 1814 and destroyed the Cagsawa church, it became the refuge ofContinue reading “In Daraga, you will find a café you’ll fall in love with: Café 528 Ilawod.”

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Guimaras Island is Worth Visiting

If you’re visiting Iloilo and you have at least a day off, you might as well cross to Guimaras Island, which is just a 15-minute pumpboat ride from the Parola or Ortiz Wharves in Iloilo City. I came with four other companions from Ateneo High School: Hanna, Susan, Ems, and Cyrus. We went to IloiloContinue reading “Guimaras Island is Worth Visiting”

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If You Want To Be Alone, I Know A Place: Mirador

High above the mountains of Baguio City is my favorite place to pray. Mirador Hill occupies a special position in all the hills of Baguio. In 1876, Don Manuel Scheidnagel, Governor Politico-Militar of Benguet, gave this hill its name because one could see the South China Sea, Lingayen Gulf and the Ilocos coast on clearContinue reading “If You Want To Be Alone, I Know A Place: Mirador”

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