“Batad Rice Terraces and Tappiya Waterfalls” – A Journey, Shade of Green and Blue depicts

Batad Rice Terraces & Tappiya WaterfallsA Journey, Shade of Green and Blue depicts

“Batad Rice Terraces and Tappiya Waterfalls”

THE FACTS

Site: Batad Rice Terraces and Tappiya Waterfalls of the Philippine Cordilleras

Location: Barangay Batad, Municipality of Banaue, Province of Ifugao in Cordillera Administrative Region in Luzon, Philippines

Description: These terraces shaped resemble an amphitheatre, it is a living cultural landscape beautifully illustrates human harmony with nature and serves as an example of sustainable agriculture with traditional techniques. The Waterfalls is a beautiful 70-meter falls about a 45-minute walk from the village. A natural cascading body of water with its enormous natural pool for swimming.

Category: Man-Made and Natural Attractions

Batad Rice TerracesTHE PLAN

A friend of mine and happened my travel partner referred me to a travel group in their office who’s planning to hike in Batad Rice Terraces which include the Waterfalls in Banaue. I’ve wanted to go there since I saw it in book when I was then a pupil to student. Because of the beautiful pictures that I saw, I was hesitant and decided to join them. Initially, I thought that the hike will just be an easy one…so my plan was really to appreciate the scenic view of the mountains and just take a lot of pictures.

THE BATAD RICE TERRACES

The Batad Rice Terraces of IfugaoCaptured by: Ms. Caroline Espejon

The Batad Rice Terraces in Banaue or the “Hagdan-hagdang Palayan” are commonly referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”, they are fed by an ancient irrigation system from the rain forests above the rice terraces. The system comprises of dams, streams, channels and bamboo pipes, which are open and closed in co-operation with each owner. They were built using hand tools only.

Batad is a village in the Cordillera Administrative Region of the Island of Luzon in the Philippines, is a village of fewer than 1500 people, situated among the Ifugao rice terraces. It is definitely the best place to view this UNESCO World Heritage site, as mentioned by the locals there, tour guide. The landscape is truly stunning and the nearby waterfall offers a lush swimming point (if you have the energy to hike there and back, around 1 hour each way)

The rice terraces here are magnificent, and so perfect like a stairway to heaven. Reaching the highest point at the side is so worth the view. The scenery is incredible and the local people I met were really friendly.

Captured by: Ms. Caroline Espejon

The trail to the rice terraces was easy at first but then it became really hard for me after a while since we needed to pass between the rice terraces and it was slippery and one wrong step can be very dangerous since you’ll fall to a high muddy rice terraces. To top it, the rain was also pouring little by little… but in spite of this… the view was beautiful. So it was all worth it.

I had seen photographs on line of the rice terraces but they do not come anywhere near being there and seeing them for myself in actual. It truly a spectacular achievement the way they have been constructed and maintained.

Captured by: Ms. Caroline Espejon

We hiked just over 14 kilometres down steep uneven steps and up many other uneven steps in just under 5 hours. My legs and feet really did not want to know me anymore and although it was a trip of a lifetime, at the end of the day I was tired.

TREK TO TAPPIYA WATERFALLS

Tappiya WaterfallsBeside the magnificent rice terraces lies the Tappiya Waterfalls where we spent hours of swimming even though the weather temperature at that time was so cold. All in all, our experienced really paid out the expenses we incurred. It was like feeling recharged due to stressful daily activities in the lowland where life is sometimes as busy as toxic. Try visiting this place for your eyes to see.

Tappiya WaterfallsAbout an hour’s hike from Hillside Inn (our homestay place), the trek to Tappiya Waterfalls is one of the most popular things to do in Batad. It’s popular because it’s a relatively stress-free trek (by Batad standards) that even moderately fit people can do.

Tappiya Waterfalls – a beautiful 70-meter falls about a 45-minute walk from the village. A natural cascading body of water that fall with its enormous natural pool for swimming. The views were spectacular and the falls was refreshing. It’s a great place to go and visit with.

The trek through the rice terraces and down a path with high stairs is carefully walk along the paddies of the stone of rice terraces. With that said, it isn’t without its risks, that element of danger perhaps adding to its overall appeal, full of stamina is needed.

So just a word of caution for visitors who are not very with bending exercises or running in steep terrains, the trek will certainly hurt. This will be felt afterwards, on the way back to the Terraces as there is no other way but up.

THE JOURNEY

If you want to have a quiet vacation, stay here for 2 nights. There’s nothing much to do except to appreciate the man-made marvel of rice terraces, made using only stone and clay and by the people of Batad and the natural cascading body of water that fall with its enormous natural pool for swimming. The views were spectacular and the falls was refreshing, Tappiya Waterfalls.

Just to let you know…This is another world…Absolutely, a breath-taking life changing…

Totally loved the trip – one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen!

GET IN

We hired van from Banaue (P150/head) that will bring us to the end of the paved road down from to the junction or saddle in Batad. No road leads to the village of Batad. From the saddle of the road it’s around an hour walk bit mud to reach our accommodation stay, Hillside Inn Homestay in Batad community.

GET AROUND

Since no road leads to Batad, there are no motorized vehicles to be found anywhere in the village. This means, of course, that one must get around on foot. Walking is mostly possible only on the walls of the rice terraces which are wide enough for 1 person.

You will find a lot of local people wanting to guide you through the various interesting places of the village for a negotiable prize depending on the itinerary you want.

Before finishing the hike, you’ll get to see one more picturesque view of the rice terraces…but you got to be fast because the view can be immediately covered by fog…

Overall…the hike was very much worth it.

HAVE FUN!

“I indeed enjoyed everything about this adventure, you know? The trekking and climbing and the balancing strikes on rice terraces pathway, to view into green destinations; the steps and walk needs stamina going to the trip stairs of Tappiya Falls…it had a huge bit of everything.”

THINGS TO CONSIDER AND REMEMBER

  1. Dress warmly and buy your bus tickets in advance

Be sure to reserve your ticket a day in advance before you travel to guarantee yourself a seat. You can visit the Ohayami Trans for information (http://ohayamitrans.com/index.html) on how to reserve a ticket. Be sure to bring a sweater or jacket too because these overnight buses can often feel like iceboxes on wheels.

  1. Bring cash and order every meal in advance

Batad is a tiny, rural village without any banks or ATMs. No establishment accepts credit cards or traveller’s cheques either, so be sure to bring enough cash to fund your trip. The home style restaurants in Batad can’t handle too many guests at once. To avoid long waiting times, be sure to order every meal in advance especially if you’re traveling on a tight schedule.

  1. Step up your cardio and bring enough important things in bag pack

Batad is physically stamina’s demanding. With most of the trails at a vertical slope, even getting around the village requires effort. Most of the paths are dangerous so you don’t want to be stuck out at night. And be sure to carry enough important things in bag pack. It will make the trek much easier.

  1. Get a tour-guide and trek early as possible

Some of the sights like Tappiya Waterfalls are easy enough to find on your own, but I suggest hiring a guide for your own safety and peace of mind. On top of that, guides add value by sharing stories of information on the site attractions. It’s important to start your treks as early as possible as well. That way you don’t get caught by nightfall before finding your way back to the village.

  1. Disconnect and enjoy the view scenery

There’s little to no cellular coverage site signal in Batad, so you’ll pretty much be detached from the modern world of any social media while you’re there. Take the opportunity to disconnect, slow down, and enjoy the sight background.

TO NOTE

Not surprisingly, hiking into the terraces is a popular activity among visitors to the region. But the emerald hillsides appear lovely even without the walk and outstanding picnic spots abound. Plenty of guided tours are available in Banaue.

I’m not an expert on Batad but I do hope that you find this post useful. I’m only sharing some of the things that I learned from our trip. If you have any suggestions or simply want to share your own experiences, then please feel free to do so in the comments section below. I’d love to hear from you.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT

Thanks very much… Ms. Caroline Espejon, Ms. Jo-Ann Malvas, Ms. Jen Cabunas, Mr. Marlon Manalo and Mr. Aris Enero all of them from Davao Christian School, a privilege for inviting me to be with the group, Maraming Salamat, Shokran!

 

#DestinationTravel: ANAWANGIN COVE, Pundaquit, Zambales

 ANAWANGIN COVE, Pundaquit, Zambales

#DestinationTravel

ANAWANGIN COVE

Municipality of San Antonio, Barangay Pundaquit, Zambales, Island Luzon, Philippines

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“Great escapade away from the city”

Excellent place for people who’s looking for a serene escapade with silence of nature away from metropolis, town and cities. Really relaxing, the island is clean, filled with stamina in mountain hill-walking and reaching the top view is so amazing.

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Anawangin Cove is surrounded by mountains of rocks theoretically known to be formed by ages of volcanic activities in the past. The cove looks a crescent-shaped surrounded by a white sand beach with mixture of volcanic ashes from Mt. Pinatubo when it erupted and the crystal clear waters.

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Behind the beach is a forest full of tall pine trees. It is a known and most popular destination for campers and beach goers alike. Just the mention of the name Zambales will ring a bell for those who have gone to the cove that a trip to Pundaquit is never complete without feeling Anawangin’s mixture of volcanic ash and white sand beneath your feet.

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The cove is the nearest from the town proper of Pundaquit. It also is currently the most visited and developed amongst its neighboring coves. Owned by a local family who also lives in Pundaquit, they make sure that the place is well maintained and the shores are regularly cleaned by its caretakers.

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It is a known and most popular destination for campers and beach goers alike.

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But the most surprising phenomenon which has occurred in the past years was the growth of pine trees just behind the banks of the cove. The seeds were brought there by the memorable eruption of Mt. Pinatubo together with the ash fall, local mentioned.

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The sunset adds magnificence to the cove at the beach side. If you want a “Me” time or quality time with your friends, you can enjoy the beauty of nature and the serenity of the place.

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The place was picture perfect with mountains which you can climb if you’re tired of swimming. It also turned out you can do so much fun with less engagement to technology.

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The token freebies – Souvenir

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Pundaquit is a fishing village located in San Antonio, Zambales. The primary livelihood in this small, yet lively and beautiful town is fishing and tourism. Locals who speak both Ilocano and Zambal, also speak Tagalog as well.

The town is primarily known for its calm and clean beaches compared to its neighboring towns. Pundaquit is facing the open ocean of the China Sea, it maintains its calm shorelines. It is the best jump off point if you want to visit the Nagsasa and Anawangin Cove since it is the closest shores to these destinations.

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Zambales Adventure of Madayaw WowDagway – SketchTography of Ron Barretto
Fine Art Model: Madayaw WowDagway
Pix grab from the FB Blog of the Amazing & Nature Explorer Madayaw WowDagway

THANK YOU!

#DestinationTravel: NAGSASA COVE, Pundaquit, Zambales

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#DestinationTravel:

NAGSASA COVE

Municipality of San Antonio, Barangay Pundaquit, Zambales, Island Luzon, Philippines

“Perfect Place to Unplug”

… It was literally the perfect place to unplug. There was no signal and electricity was scarce. The only place where you could charge is at the sari-sari store, but then when I decided to have my phone charged, I found out that there were many cell phones on the waiting line…

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Photo credit from: Ms. Caroline Espejon

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Nagsasa Cove is not as popular as Anawangin Cove, but both share the beauty and its original landscape.  Very few people have seen this place, but those very few people will share their experience and will tell you that Nagsasa Cove is worth a visit.

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The cove is twice the distance of Anawangin from the shores of Pundaquit Zambales. The place is inhabited but occasional Aetas who travel around and will be willing to accompany you if ever you decide to trek the hills and forests behind the cove or nearby mountains.

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This Cove is one of the many unexploited treasures in Zambales in the island of Luzon. Zambales is a province located in the Central Luzon region. It is bounded by Pangasinan to the north, Bataan to the south, Tarlac and Pampanga to the east and the South China Sea to the west. Nagsasa Cove, a mountain slope is the farthest cove bypassing Anawangin (another mountain slope) taking about 45 minutes travel time from Mt. Pundaquit via boat. Mt. Pundaquit is located in San Antonio, a second class municipality in the province and is the rendezvous point of all travelers going to Nagsasa Cove and Anawangin Cove.

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The picturesque image of Nagsasa Cove is breathtakingly beautiful – from the crystal clear azure waters teeming with whirling fishes to the quiet and relaxing sunset view, giving you a close-to-nature feeling.

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Nagsasa Cove is similar to Anawangin but it’s bigger and more pristine. It’s also less crowded for and it’s indeed peaceful because there aren’t as many travellers as Anawangin. Nice place to just hang out with your friends, talked everything under the bright moonlight, relax and be with nature.

Visitors who love nature and the beach will surely enjoy a quiet stroll along the beach, the fantastic sunset view and blending in the harmonious singing of the birds. Nagsasa Cove lets you get close to nature like no other place can offer.

The amenities usually found in other tourist destinations, Nagsasa Cove maintains its natural condition – bare, without electricity, without the urban frills. Must bring items to Nagsasa Cove are camping supplies, food, water, flashlights and lots of batteries. Mobile phones are practically useless as there is no network signal in the area.

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Nagsasa Cove is truly a glorious way to pay tribute to Mother Nature.

Let’s hope and pray it stays that way for years to come.

The place was picture perfect with mountains which you can climb if you’re tired of swimming. It also turned out you can do so much fun with less engagement to technology.

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Pundaquit is a fishing village located in San Antonio, Zambales. The primary livelihood in this small, yet lively and beautiful town is fishing and tourism. Locals who speak both Ilocano and Zambal, also speak Tagalog as well.

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The town is primarily known for its calm and clean beaches compared to its neighboring towns. Pundaquit is facing the open ocean of the China Sea, it maintains its calm shorelines. It is the best jump off point if you want to visit the Nagsasa and Anawangin Cove since it is the closest shores to these destinations.

By all means, enjoy your stay to the fullest. But spend a bit of time, too, to listen to the faint voices around you. Their messages whisper with the soft night waves. Hold on to them, gather them into your heart, and bring them home with you. They are your best souvenirs.

Lastly, Thanks to My WEEKEND WARRIORS: #ByahengMindanaw Group!

Travel Date: January 2016/Budget Allocation: P 3,000+/2 days

Captured by: Sony Xperia P (Mobile), Canon (DSLR) & Olympus (Digital)

Calamanian Islands: Coron and Calauit, Experience

Calamanian Islands: Coron and Calauit

Calamanian Islands: Coron and Calauit, Experience
“A Journey, Life of Nature and Leisure”
Island Palawan, Philippines

Coron Palawan Experience

Coron Island

Coron is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Palawan, Philippines. The main industries of Coron are fishing and tourism, being a popular diving location.

This is one of the provinces that is mostly visited by both local and foreign visitors because of its alluring beauty and is a principal contributor to the blooming tourism in the Philippines. The island is rich in natural attractions. It has a lot of things for you to explore and discover.

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It also has a number of islands with white beaches and clear blue waters perfect for snorkeling, deep sea fishing and shipwreck diving.

The Coron hopping trip is the perfect choice for family members, friends and couples who just want to have fun and enjoy the beauty of nature. If a person feels the need to reconnect with Mother Nature, then it is better that the tourists take the next flight to Coron Island.

Viewing the magnificent and spectacular sceneries in Coron Isle is such a fantastic experience I have done. This is especially true for someone who wants to have a breather. If the travellers want to discover the nation’s best gifts like its remarkable sea side and unique coral reefs, then now is your chance to travel to Coron in Palawan.

The entire island is considered the ancestral domain of the Tagbanua, who are primarily fishermen and gatherers of the very lucrative balinsasayaw (bird’s nests). Concerned about the impact of tourism, the Tagbanua have limited access to a handful of sights.

Everything about the Coron program trip is truly fulfilling. Get in touch with Isle Haven Trips today and check out the most eye-catching aspect of Palawan!

A day-long bangka trip to all of these sites is around P1500 could be single passenger or for up to four people (this doesn’t include admission fees for sights on Coron Island, or snorkelling gear, which is generally P250).

Remember to carry enough small bills, as all fees are collected as you dock at each site (there’s talk of possibly imposing a single island-wide admission fee). Virtually every hotel and resort can arrange a trip, as can every tour company in town (trips to fewer sites are advertised for P650 to P750 per person).

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Getting to Coron Island, Palawan

Visitors can find flights to Coron or as some refer to it as Busuanga, which is an hour southwest from Manila. Here are a couple tips to keep in mind when choosing to land in Coron by Plane.

Coron By Plane

Fly into Busuanga from Manila with PAL Express, Cebu Pacific or Zest Air.
Aiport to town: Jeepney or 12 seater A/C Vans.

Coron By Boat

SuperFerry stops in Coron on their way to Puerto Princesa. Leave Manila on Friday afternoon (4:15pm) and arrives in Coron early Saturday morning (5:30 am). Heads back to Manila on Sunday night (10:45 pm). Wait until a couple of days before it departs to get cheaper tickets. Don’t wait too long, though.

Calauit Island in Busuanga

giraffes in the philippines“Giraffe is considered to be the tallest of all land-living animal species. Its coat is made up of large, irregular patches of yellow to black fur separated by white, off-white, or dark yellowish brown background. They usually stand about 13 to 18 feet tall with long neck and long legs.”

This is truly an amazing tour for me, a whole day trip which provides me a variety of experiences.

On my third day in Coron, Palawan, I woke up early, got ready for a Calauit Safari Park tour and then left Coron Village Lodge at around 5.15 a.m. Decided alone to travel by boat since I planned to do some island hopping after with me a boat tour guide.

Explore the Philippines’ game reserve and wildlife sanctuary in Calauit Safari Park, a 3,700 hectare island off the coast of Palawan. This tropical safari should not be missed on your visit to Coron.

Calauit Safari Park

Giraffes in Calauit Safari Park

Calauit Safari Park is dubbed as the Philippines’ local version of the African Safari. Calauit Island is an island of the Calamian Archipelago, just off the north-western coast of Busuanga Island. It is part of the municipality of Busuanga in the province of Palawan, Philippines. The entire island was declared as a wildlife sanctuary and game preserve in 1977, now is a tourist attraction known as Calauit Safari Park.

zebra in the Philippines“Zebras are best known for their distinctive white and black stripes. Their bellies have a large white blotch for camouflage purposes. Their stripes come in different patterns unique to each individual.”

The island has been declared as a game preserve and wildlife sanctuary by virtue of the Presidential Proclamation No. 1578 which was issued on August 31, 1976 during the Marcos regime. It has a total land area of approximately 3,760 hectares and is situated within Calauit Island in the northwest corner of Busuanga, the main island of the Calamianes, Northern Palawan.

Zebra in the Philippines

You might be wondering: How did the giraffes and zebras get here? That’s easy to answer — by boat. One hundred and four animals which also included six types of antelopes (impala, gazelle, bushbuck, eland, waterbuck, and tobi) were brought here from Kenya. The green island was transformed to a savannah — its residents relocated and its bamboo forests cleared to provide a suitable environment for the animals.

The Calauit Sanctuary is an inspiration to every Filipino. This preserve is home to animals from Africa co-existing with the indigenous animals of Palawan. It supports tourism and recreational trips by giving nature lovers the opportunity to experience the joy of going in a safari like adventure and teaching visitors the importance of conservation.

Porcupines in the Philippines“Porcupines are the third largest of the rodents with a coat of sharp spines that defend them from predators. They come in various shades of brown, grey, and the unusual white.”

Pond Turtle in Palawan, Philippines

“The Pond Turtle is probably the world’s least-known and most enigmatic freshwater turtle species, it exerts great fascination for turtle hobbyists. Due to the inability to locate it in the wild, probable threats from habitat loss, and potential pressure from collectors, this turtle is listed as critically endangered.”

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Getting to Calauit in Busuanga, Palawan

From Manila, fly to Busuanga airport. If your hotel is in Coron, you can take a van/shuttle to Coron town. Here, there are several options available. You may join a group tour offered by travel agencies, normally around P2500 per head.

If you’re a big group, you may charter a private boat to Calauit (which can also take you to other gorgeous islands including Black Island) for P7500 for 1-4 pax or P9000 for 5-8 pax.

Calauit Entrance Fee: P200 for Filipinos, P400 for foreigners
Use of land rover: P1000 (divided by how many you are in the group)

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Finally, my Coron and Calauit journey is truly a must-see destination for Life of Nature and Leisure enthusiasts.

Visitors will surely not regret their decision to explore the islands and they are guaranteed to have a memorable Experience!

Madayaw!!!

MALAPASCUA & BANTAYAN, an Islands of Dreams!

MALAPASCUA & BANTAYAN Islands

MALAPASCUA & BANTAYAN, an Islands of DREAMS! 

‪#‎BYAHENGVISAYAS, ‪#‎Philippines

Cebu Province, Island Visayas

September 11 to 15, 2015

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“We’ll do that for you”

 I woke early than usual for a ‪#‎visit ‪#‎flight ‪#‎travel ‪#‎adventure ‪#‎roadtrip to the northern part of Hara nga Dakbayan… Pilipinas!

“Queen City of the South”, “First Capital of the Philippines”, “The Gateway to a Thousand Journeys”

 To ‪#‎explore, ‪#‎discover and ‪#‎experience in two ‪#‎island ‪#‎beaches popularly known and ‪#‎tour around in this Northern Island… #‎DOT ‪#‎tourism

 … Dreams do come true. This is something I wholeheartedly believe …

 Central Visayas in Region VII

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1st Day – Lapu-Lapu Historic Resort City

Lapu-lapu Statue in Cebu City

Lapu-Lapu Statue

The monument marks the defeat of Magellan and the braveness of Lapu-Lapu, the first Filipino who fought for the country’s freedom. Mighty Lapu-Lapu, a local to Cebu killed Ferdinand Magellan in 1521 and regained the country’s freedom from the colony of Spaniards. Recognized as the “first” Filipino national hero, Lapu-Lapu brought pride back to the country.

 Lapu-Lapu Shrine in Cebu City

Lapu-Lapu Shrine

A 20 metres (66 ft) bronze statue, erected in honor of Lapu-Lapu, a native leader who defeated Spanish soldiers led by the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in the 1521 Battle of Mactan

Bagacay Point Lighthouse

The lighthouse tower stands at a height of 172 feet in an uphill area overlooking the Mactan Channel. It sits on an elevated 5,000-sq m government property. For over 100 years, this lighthouse has provided guiding light to mariners, navigators and fishermen from coastal towns in northern Cebu. It has been a favorite subject of many painters and photographers for its notable architectural design.

San Fernando Rey Parish Church

Also known as Liloan Church, across the munisipio, is likewise fetching. Unfortunately, it was closed during my visit. The church was constructed in 1847. I he meter thick wall, Am I amazed at how this church has been preserved.

Danao’s City Old Church

Visiting Catholic churches is a must for me whenever I travel anywhere in the Philippines whom I am glad that I got the chance to pay it a visit too. The Danao City Church, or more officially known as Santo Tomas de Villanueva Parish Church, was built in 1755. The church suffered partial destruction during the Second World War. The church is quite big and its bell tower serves as a marker for those who are sailing to Danao City. The church grounds are wide enough to allow parking for several vehicles.

 Durano Foundation Complex

The Durano Foundation complex is located in Barangay Guinsay, Danao City. Although the complex is situated just along the North National Highway, it is often overlooked mainly due to its run-down appearance. The compound houses a church, a home for the aged, two sets of Stations of the Cross, countless busts of popes and saints, and tableaus of some of the most important scenes in the Christian world.

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2nd Day – #‎MALASPACUA ‪#‎ISLAND

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The island was known for its wide white sand beach, known as Bounty Beach; it has also become known for its beautiful coral gardens and excellent local dive spots!

The Island has the charm that many so often wished to find in a tiny isolated beach paradise.

Just a heap of sand and rocks in the middle of the Visayan Sea. It is a charming island!

The beach bungalows nestled in between the locals’ homes makes you feel like you have really left the western world behind…

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#Visit Malapascua, a tropical island with an awesome beach!

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3rd Day – #‎BANTAYAN ‪#‎ISLAND

Is a beautiful Island, and currently Cebu’s semi-secret little Island Paradise (small numbers of travelers over the years have slowly been putting the word out) located just off the northwest tip of Cebu’s mainland!

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Hall of Bantayan

Bantayan Island is essentially a fishing island group. It is reported to be within the migration route of fish coming from the equatorial belt of China Sea. Bantayan is blessed with abundant fish because of its strategic location.

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Sto. Nino Cave

This cave may be given this name because of the statue of Sto. Niňo. It’s not very wide and the main attraction here is the pool. Though one could also give reverence to the figure. Due to safety and preservation precautions, only a maximum of 20 people are allowed to go inside. We didn’t stay too long in the water. It’s just enough for us to take a dip and pictorials

Obo-Ob Mangrove Park

The park shows the beauty of Mangroves how it helps a lot for the marine ecosystem. It serves as a breeding ground and a home for different kinds if fish. A turle was tied up under the bridge and I felt sorry for the poor thing. The charm and the friendly people of the island will you show you the way.

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Bantayan Old Church St. Peter and Paul Parish

The most imposing historical structure in Bantayan is the five century old Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Church. Located in the heart of the town across the town plaza. The church is made of corals and stones endemic in the island. With its skillfully crafted architecture and well-preserved antiquity, the church is not just a hub of spiritual activities but is a tourist “must-see” destination as well.

Ogtong Cave Resort

Is the sister resort of Santa Fe Beach Resort. Is one of the most visited and interesting places to see in Bantayan. It has white sand beaches just at the foot of coral rocks that serve as the foundation and put the resort on an elevated position.

The most noticeable feature of Ogtong resort is its famous cool and refreshing cave – The Ogtong Cave.

The cave is available for swimming or dipping. It is pure and cool and particularly refreshing in this tropical temperature.

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4th Day – Cebu City Proper

Thank you so much Cebu for the warm Welcome, Good Weather, and Comfortable Accommodation and for the Safety Transportation.

Also specially thanks to My ByahengMindanaw Group for the great experience, for being a significant part of one of the best trip ended, Shokran!