“Adventure is worthwhile.” – Aesop
The days of worrying about commutes and travels out of town are numbered as Biyaheroes addresses the major pain points of public transport.
Especially with the holidays just around the corner, enjoy stress-free travels out of town with online reservations that lets passengers choose seats for free, claim a variety of freebies, and earn points. Payment options include credit/debit card via Paypal, 7-Eleven, allmajor banks, and the most common payment centers.
Book directly at their website .
Biyaheroes only charges P50 (about $1) for bookings below P500 or a 10% service charge above it, but some companies price tickets with the same or even lower fares than walk-ins, making them even cheaper to book online.
Biyaheroes is partnered with major bus lines in Manila such as JAC Liner for trips to/from Quezon and Marinduque; PARTAS for Abra, Ilocos, La Union, and Baguio via Laoag; and CODA Lines for direct Sagada, Bontoc, and Banaue.
Biyaheroes inter-provincial bus and boat partners
“No place is ever as bad as they tell you it’s going to be.” – Chuck Thompson
The website also caters inter-provincial bus and boat partners like Lexxus Shuttle for Puerto Princesa to/from El Nido, Sabang (Underground River), and even Port Barton; Bunso Transport which is a transport vessel servicing Coron to/from Mindoro and El Nido; and Davao Metro Shuttle for Tagum to/from Abreeza Mall in Davao.
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The selfie craze is at an all-time high as OPPO’s latest camera phone sells out in concept and dealer stores nationwide.
Nicknamed the ‘selfie expert’, the F1s made its debut in Philippine stores on August 19. As of August 21, over 19,000 units were sold across the country.
A road show was held simultaneously in Metro Manila, Davao, and Cebu to mark the smartphone’s first day in stores.
“We never expected that consumers would be this enthusiastic about the F1s. It’s overwhelming to know that our first units sold out in three days,” said OPPO Marketing Brand Manager Stephen Cheng. “We are excited to deliver more F1s units to stores, especially because we want more people to have the ultimate selfie experience.”
Amazing selfies anytime, anywhere
The latest addition to OPPO’s F1 series captures vibrant selfies at any time of the day, thanks to its 16-megapixel front-facing camera that has a 1/3.1-inch sensor and a large f/2.0 aperture. The latest iteration of its beautification app, Beautify 4.0, also comes with an Auto Mode Screen Flash and eight filters for amazing selfies just the way users want them to be.
The phone’s panorama feature also makes it more convenient to take ‘groufies’ while the palm-activated shutter allows for easier and faster selfies.
The F1s is further equipped with an equally powerful 13-megapixel rear camera that has its own plug-ins such as the upgraded Expert Mode, Ultra-HD, GIF, and double exposure.
Powerful, speedy, beautiful
Just like its predecessor, the F1 plus, the F1s uses fingerprint recognition that can unlock the phone in 0.22 seconds. The phone’s fingerprint-activated app launch assigns fingerprints to up to five apps or contacts for quick access through the home button.
An octa-core processor backed by a 3GB RAM, 32 GB ROM, and the ColorOS 3.0, adds power to the phone’s hardware. Thanks to the power optimizations of the ColorOS combined with a 3075mAh battery, users can hope to use the phone all day.
The sleek metal body of the F1s has a 5.5-inch 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4 screen to create an exceptional gaming and movie experience for users.
Available at zero percent interest
Financial service provider Home Credit, OPPO’s longtime partner, is also offering the F1s at zero percent interest for six months. The promo kicked off on the first day of the F1s in stores. The smartphone’s suggested retail price is PhP12, 990.#
Disclaimer: This is a Press Release sent by OPPO Philippines.
Nestled in the lush, rangy trees and faunas at the foot of Mt. Apo. The Philippine Eagle Center (PEC) is the home of the world’s biggest eagle, the Philippine Monkey-eating Eagle at Malagos, Davao.
Waking up on the second day of my sojourn trip in Davao, after that dreamy island hopping in Samal , I am excited for the next day. “When in Davao never miss to visit PEC” says my travel companion, who is a frequent visitor of Davao, Patrick as he leads the way. After an hour of road trip, we have reached the Davao Water District. While walking going to the center, our attention was caught with the lumad women or Native women in selling perky souvenir items. Delighted with their colorful costumes and warm smiles, I brought a dozen of their products for my friends back in Cebu.
Smiling attending staff greeted us with warm welcome, off to a good start. The PEC visitors lounge resembles a huge tent built-in the middle of the juggle. It has a souvenir shop, canteen and cashier concessionaires.
Ambling around Philippine Eagle Center
Feeling exuberant in every step, I can’t help but feeling giddy to the thought that I can now see the “Haribon” or Haring Ibon as locally called or simply the Philippine Monkey-eating Eagle scientifically known as Pithecophaga jefferyi. The Philippine Eagle has been an iconic symbol of Davao and the Philippine as its National bird.
Ambling around the PEC ourselves free of tour guide is awesome. We are dwarfed by the lofty and towering trees. Exploring around, you can see different trails that leads you to other features of the center. Strolling around, I figured out that there are other endemic and endangered Philippine animals in the center.
To name some : Golden-crowned flying fox, Philippine warty pig, Philippine brown deer, Giant Scops Owl and many others as well as exotic faunas too. On top of it, PEC showcases different types of Eagles to my surprise , to find a plenty of them!
Spending an hour touring around, I had thought in back of my mind. “Why do these birds have to be caged? Should they be living freely in their natural habitat? Were they supposed to be flying and soaring above the blue sky?” I said to myself. “Personally, I think they are better off that way.”
But I was reminded that not all human are kind towards their kind that lead to their extinction. Putting them in a safe and secured facility along with the selfless service of the Philippine Eagle Center volunteers. It brings light and hope for these birds to breed, live long and protected for our future generation.
Getting to Philippine Eagle Center
The Philippine Eagle Centre (PEC) is at Malagos, Baguio District, Davao City. Just an hour drive from the city center via private or public transport. A taxi can take you to PEC for PHP 1,500 – 3,000 depends on your haggling skills.
For public transport. Head off to Annil terminal at corner Quirino and San Pedro Extension near Bangkerohan terminal. Ride on buses going to Calinan, trips is every 15 minutes. From Calinan, ride for a pedicab or a motorcycle heading to Davao Water District. From the Davao Water District walk a few meters to the PEC main entrance.
For inquiries and reservation, you may reach them at info[@]philippineeagle.org or call them at +6382-2243021. PEC opens at 8 in the morning until 5 in the afternoon daily, including holidays.
*Estimated Budget for Philippine Eagle Center tour
- From accommodation to Annil terminal: PHP 7.00
- Annil terminal to Calinan: PHP 30.00
- Calinan bus stop to Water District via tricycle: PHP 15.00
- From Water District to Calinan bus stop: PHP 15.00
- Calinan to Annil terminal: PHP 30.00
- Annil terminal to accomodation: PHP 7.00
- Davao Water District: PHP 5
- Philippine Eagle Center : PHP 150.00
Souvenir items and snacks (optional)
Total: PHP 259.00
Note: * Prices are quoted as of press writing and subject to change
06:00 AM Wake up call
07:00 AM Breakfast
08:00 AM Head off to Annil Terminal
08:30 AM Ride a bus/ jeepney going to Calinan Station
09:30 AM Be at Calinan and ride a tricyle or motor bike to Davao Water District
09:50 AM Be at Davao Water District
10 : 00 AM Start the tour in Philippine Eagle Center
- Recommended stay would be an hour or two
11: 30 AM Head off to Malagos Garden for a Bird show
12: 00 PM Lunch at Malagos Garden
01:00 PM Head back to Calinan Station
01: 30 PM Ride a bus going back to the city via Annil Station
02: 30 PM Be in Annil Station
03:00 PM Back in accommodation and rest
Up close with the Philippine Monkey-eating Eagle
That close encounter with the Philippine monkey-eating eagle was the highlight of our visit. They are larger than life in person. The strong and imposing statuesque is fierce like a Filipino warrior. I can’t be any prouder seeing them alive and in perfect shape. Additionally, I was amused by the baby eagles we have seen.
Seeing the cages of bigger birds, I kept my eyes for any sighting but they seem illusive to me but I never gave up. In a blink of an eye, I never saw it coming. The mighty Philippine Monkey-eating eagle just came out from its nest. I blown away with its hugeness. The wide wings spread and vivid colors left me breathless for a moment. Under its shadow, I felt its presence and power. It was the most intimate moment with the Philippines National Bird at Philippine Eagle Center.
The facility is geared to promote and educate the people. For several years now, they are running out of pure passion to in saving the Philippine eagle. I was moved when I learned this. More importantly, the foundation and center wants to reach more people to spread its message through word of mouth , blogs, media. Let’s help save the forest and the Philippine Eagle! It’s time to take our part. Visit them soon, it’s worth it.
I’ll end this post with a borrowed words from Arthur Schopenhauer that goes, “Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude. ”
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As the blazing sun continue to warm this tropical Asian archipelago country, the Philippines. There is no excuses nor alibis is valid enough not to have fun under the sun even in the start of BER months.
Speaking of fun, I always associate it with wanderlust, chasing sun and frolicking. Prolly I’m more of a sea person than a mountain but it doesn’t mean that I have less favor with the latter. After all, I am son of the beach. I admit I went through an emotional roller coaster ride, days earlier my travel date. My mind is filled with beautiful scenarios of the city and its people. Yet the vastness of the city and unfamiliarity scares me. Getting lost yet as the adage goes, getting lost is part of the journey. So, I braved and follow where my heart desires.
This time I’m heading to Mindanao, the biggest island of the Philippines down South. Considered, one of the biggest city in the world. As a matter of fact it is six times the size of Metro Manila and three times the size of Metro Cebu says Wikipedia. To add, it ranks among the world’s safest city in the world, Davao!
Samal Island hopping , a taste of paradise in Davao!
When I reached the city it was night and the city is glimmering with lights that breathes the city. Upon reaching our humble adobe for our stay in Davao, I instantly called it a day and hit the hay. I believe it was a soundly sleep , the time flies fast as I woke earlier than my set time. I take a quick stroll in the area, it was a peaceful morning sun rays that greeted me.
With an arrangement made before heading to Davao, our itinerary for the day is have an island hopping. Under the care of the friendly Ate Rio of Apl Rey Samal Island Hopping Tour. For only PHP 300 or USD 6.43 , you can have a whole day Samal island hopping trip. I bet it is one of the cheapest island hopping I had. With the sun at its brightest and the weather was also cooperative.
Seeing the smiling faces of the other Davaoenos, is welcoming. (c) Apl Rey Samal Island Hopping Tour
The trip started at the port of Sta. ANA Wharf Davao, it just a few minutes ride from our hotel. Among the things, I remembered is that this place is near the Ramon Magsaysay Park. The wharf is just a few walk from the park. Seeing the smiling faces of the other Davaoenos, who came before us in the boat is welcoming. As soon as all the passengers are complete, the Samal island hopping commenced.
Drifting away from the port and leisurely cruising off the coast of the Davao City. I was stunned by the emerging skyline of the metropolis. But I set my eyes on the horizon, where the island garden paradise of Samal lies. A few minutes passed we have reached out first stop. With 5 island stop overs plus 15 highlight passes of around the island, is like tasting the best of the paradise island of Samal has to offer.
Frolicking in Samal Island hopping a taste of Davao’s paradise
Being a beach bummer , the Vitamin Sea is a playground to me or a home to an extent. The island of Samal is a huge island to tour I realized after hours circulating it. The clear water sparkles like diamonds in the bed of azure blue sea. The underwater world kingdom is spectacular if you dive in more.
Every minute of the trip is priceless, the serene sea of Davao is simply breath-taking! Among all the stop over, I must stay the Garden Island, the Talikod island and Isla Bonita is my favorite part. The Garden Island diving site features the rich marine underwater of Davao. Seeing its beauty underwater, will take you to a different dimension. As I plunged deeper, I saw wonders larger than life. Corals of various shapes and forms conjures a kaleidoscopic scenery underwater.
Comes next is idyllic powdery coast of Talikod island. This paradise island is guarded with towering coconut trees lined in its bay. The long stretch of white sand makes, it ideal frolicking and beach bumming. If only I have bought something to play like Frisbee it would much fun. The least I did was swum and chased the waves , bliss found! Down to my third choice, La Isla Bonita by the name itself literally means “a beautiful island” . Imagine surrounded with pure white sand in the middle of tortoise clear water. Isn’t it paradise, right before your eyes?
Time flies quicker than the waves, sun starts tainting the sky with tangerine hues and shadows now grown longer that it was. The day is almost coming to a close indeed yet I am still left hanging of the moment, I would like to have more of it. True enough, to my title Samal island hopping is just a taste of the paradise.
How to taste Samal island paradise for only PHP 300 ?
Reached any local island hopping tour operator in the internet or on site in Sta. Ana Wharf or in my case I have arrange beforehand with Ate Rio of Aple Rey Samal Island Hopping Tour.
Here’s what includes the package of Apl Rey Samal Island Hopping Tour:
- 15 pass by places such as: Pearl farm, Filinvest Resort, Isla reta1 and 2, Hof gorie resort, Dayang Beach Resort, Taclubo Sanctuary etc.
- 5 stop over Destinations such as: ANGELS COVE, BABU SANTA, CORAL GARDEN, ISLA BONITA, TALIKOD Island , ISHING ISLAND
- Round trip back to Sta. ANA Wharf Davao.
- Boat with DOT accredited
Meet Ate Rio and her husband. (c) Apl Rey Samal Island Hopping Tour
- Well trained crews
- Free use of vest
- Free environmental fees and docking Fees.
- Free use of Grill just bring your own charcoal.
You reached Ate Rio through their facebook page or contact them at 09334956186.
How to get to Davao
Davao can be easily accessed by major airline companies with daily trip.
From Davao International Airport, take a cab going to Sasa Wharf.
My two cents for my Samal Island Hopping , the garden paradise of Davao
Indeed there is a reason for Davao to call this island, a garden paradise! The island hopping gives me an idea of how amazing the island, I only have seen only a fraction of its total beauty, I only had a taste of its Samal island experience would be. I wonder what other gems are hidden in the island itself.
I know in time, I will be back again in Davao I would definitely be back for more of Samal, I will not just have a taste of the island garden paradise, I will devour it. Samal Island hopping is a must try activity if you are in Davao, it is worth it!
At this point, I would to express my gratitude to Apl Rey Samal Island Hopping Tour for the fun island hopping and for the new-found friendship as well as for the photos. Speaking of photo, thank you Cherry Mobile Action Cam for giving me great shots and for staying up until the end of the tour. Also, to Patrick for being a great travel company. And to you dear readers for reaching this point in blog reading, thank you! Catch other Davao trip tales soon.
That’s all for now folks!
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