Tag: Philippines

Whale Shark Watching in Oslob

Whale Shark Watching in Oslob

The ocean stirs the heart,  inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul ~Robert Wyland~ Oslob has always been a miss for me. I have planned to see the whale sharks two times prior but bad weather always prevented me. For those of […]

Palawan Amidst the Torrential Rains

Palawan Amidst the Torrential Rains

After quite some time on hiatus, I am now back in sunny Cebu after an unfortunate week of torrential rain spent in Palawan, stuck in the guesthouse and unable to go island hopping in El Nido. Timing does matter because instead of long shorelines and […]

Dumaguete – The Lovely University Town

Dumaguete – The Lovely University Town

The city of Dumaguete is located in Negros Oriental and is also the capital of the province. It has a population of more than 120,000 people and has been nicknamed The City of the Gentle People. Dumaguete has four universities and because of this it has also been named as the university town. A popular educational destination, students from all over the Visayas and Mindanao come to Dumaguete to study.

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The church in Siliman University

Dumaguete attracts a considerable number of foreign tourists because of its easy access to Cebu and its spectacular diving spots and pristine beaches. Whale and dolphin watching in nearby Bais City is one of the island’s main attractions.

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St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral

Dumaguete comes from the Visayan word daggit. Daggit means “to snatch” in English. There were frequent raids in the city before because of the pirates who once lived in the coastal town, hence the name, Dumaguete.

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Beach in Dumaguete

The city has a land area of more than 3 thousand hectares, and is comprised of 19 municipalities and 6 cities. It is bounded on the east by the Bohol Sea and serves as a natural border to the neighboring provinces of Bohol, Cebu and Siquijor.

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Siliman University

Siliman University is another attraction. It was established in 1901 and it was the first American university in the country and in Asia. The university was named after Dr. Horace Brinsmade Siliman, who gave the initial sum of $10,000 to start the school.

Pit Señor! Sinulog Festival in Cebu

Pit Señor! Sinulog Festival in Cebu

The drum beat, the painted faces of revelers under the harsh sun (or rain), the dancers, the costumes, the merrymaking; all these things describe Sinulog, the queen of all festivals. If you want to see how Cebuanos truly celebrate and have a good time, the Sinulog Festival in Cebu City is something which you must absolutely see.

Countries with Visa-free Entry to the Philippines

Countries with Visa-free Entry to the Philippines

Do you have Philippines on your list of must-see places? Good for you! There are lots of things to do and incredible places to see in the country. Below is the full list of countries which have been granted visa-free entry to the Philippines for […]

In Defense of Filipino Food

In Defense of Filipino Food

Finding myself unable to go back to sleep after reading a blog post shared about Filipino food by one of my friends in Japan, I took it upon myself to turn my laptop on and start typing.

Now I am not a very sensitive person and I look at criticisms as a good opportunity to change for the better, I do find it offensive when people claim or pretend to be experts on food or anything which they have not done proper research on. I am incensed at bloggers who post sensational headlines without anything to substantiate or validate their claims.

To go to the Philippines, eat in sidewalk stalls and carenderias with the false belief that it would give you the authentic Filipino food experience is a gross mistake. The typical Filipino does not eat that way. We prefer to source local and fresh produce, cook at home and eat with family and friends. Only laborers who need something to get through the workday eat in these places, not that there is something wrong with that.

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The Best Beaches in the Philippines

The Best Beaches in the Philippines

If you want to lie down on powdery white sand or swim in pristine turquoise waters without the high price tag, the Philippines is definitely the place to go. With more than 7000 islands to choose from, there is always something for everyone. The Philippines […]

The Philippines: A Travel Gem Waiting to Be Discovered

The Philippines: A Travel Gem Waiting to Be Discovered

I am a full blooded Filipino. I was born in the Philippines and I was raised there. Except for a few years working abroad and traveling. I have spent majority of my life in the Philippines, I plan to live there and die there. When […]

Bohol: The Land of Inedible Chocolate, Dolphins, Tarsiers and Beaches

Bohol: The Land of Inedible Chocolate, Dolphins, Tarsiers and Beaches

Bohol is an island province of the Philippine Islands which is located in the Central Visayas region. It consists of Bohol island and 75 other smaller islands. The province’s capital is Tagbilaran city and it has an area of more than 4,000 square kilometers.

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Let’s sail into the sea

The Philippines Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary in Corella is a very popular tourist attraction. If you want to get up close to the tiny Tarsier in its natural habitat, it is a must to drop by this place. The Tarsier is the smallest primate in the world at just 3 to 6 inches tall.It was such a delight to see these tiny creatures for the first time.

Tip: Do not use flash when taking picture of the tarsiers! You will be doing them a lot of harm if you do.

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The tiny Tarsier, one can fit in your pocket!

My earliest memories of Bohol were the very popular Chocolate Hills. When I was young, I had thought that it was real chocolate, chocolate which you can eat. Turns out the Chocolate Hills were just food for the eyes.

Bohol is  a very popular tourist destination because of its beaches and resorts. One of Bohol’s most popular attractions is the Chocolate Hills, pictured below. These limestone formations can be seen by land through climbing the highest points or through airplane tours. The hills turn a distinct brown color during the dry season, hence the name.

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The Magnificent Chocolate Hills

The man-made forest in Bohol has colossal Mahogany trees which rise up from both sides of the road. Passing through the forest is like being transported into a completely different land. You can pass by the man-made forest on the way to Carmen to see the Chocolate Hills.

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The Man-made Forest

Bohol is popular for its old churches, one of which is pictured below. However, most of these old churches were destroyed by the recent 7.1 magnitude earthquake. The Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Baclayon was among those which have been hardest hit by the earthquake.

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An Old Bell Tower
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Another look at the Bell Tower

If you are more into the beach, diving and other sea sports, you will find the Pamilacan Island the perfect place. Most people head to the island to see dolphin and whales. If you want to see these wonderful creatures, you have to wake up early but it is all worth it once you see the dolphins and whales in action.

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The early morning wake-up time was well worth it after seeing these wonderful creatures