#LovePhilippines: A campaign to show love for the Filipinos

For the love of the Pearl of the Orient Seas, the Philippines  Google team  Philippines launches today its year-long social media campaign called #LovePhilippines in time for National Heroes Day to inspire Filipinos to discover more about the country and our culture and fuel their love for the Philippines.

Google Philippines will post #LovePhilippines content on their social media channels to put a spotlight on the heritage of the Filipinos. The posts will include, but are not limited to, moments of triumph in history, interesting stories behind acclaimed Filipinos and their achievements, trivia on uniquely Filipino norms, and a quick tour of hidden gems in the country using different Google products like Search, Street View, YouTube, and materials from Google Cultural Institute.

#LovePhilippines campaign. (c) Google
#LovePhilippines campaign. (c) Google

#LovePhilippines: A campaign to show love for the Filipinos

The campaign kicks off with a post featuring a unique pinoy dessert that was Jose Rizal’s favorite, minatamis na santol.  Apart from learning something new about our national hero, Filipinos will also get to prepare the treat by watching a YouTube video tutorial.

The campaign aims to show love for Fililipinos and share with pride the positive things about our country on social media and introduce the wonderful aspects of the Philippines and its people to non-Filipinos so they can appreciate the culture more.

Philippines National hero Jose Rizal's eating his favorite dessert minatamis na santol.
Philippines National hero Jose Rizal’s eating his favorite dessert minatamis na santol.

#LovePhilippines aims to inspire Filipinos

As part of Google’s commitment to equip Filipinos with information that are relevant to their lives, Google put together the campaign to show netizens that there are easily accessible materials online using #LovePhilippines that they can use to boost the morale of fellow Filipinos and inspire others to take pride on the many remarkable characteristics of the Philippines.

“We hear things said about the Philippines or the Filipinos, but there are plenty of beautiful facts about us that are easily searchable online. We want to bring out these information so that people will be inspired to show the world that the Philippines is a fast developing country with a rich history and colorful culture. Filipinos are innately inspiring, and we look forward to spreading more love for the Philippines in the days to come,” said Gail Tan, Google Philippines Head of Communications and Public Affairs.

You can follow Google Philippines on Google+, Facebook and Twitter to +1 or Like, reshare or retweet #LovePhilippines posts.

Befriended a Lumad (Native) in Davao. #LovePhilippines
Befriended a Lumad (Native) in Davao. #LovePhilippines

Disclaimer: This is a Press Release from Google Philippines

Splash of Perpetual Summer in Sipalay

Borders to borders, coast to coast the unwinding road going to the Jewel of the Sugar land is never that easy.With more than a hundred mile from the Queen city of the South , Cebu.

My adventurous and wonderous friends  together have to endure , kilometers of road trip, passing city to city just to get our way to the best kept treasure of Negros Island, Sipalay. It had long been in my radar given all the elements and the universe seems to conspire marked that humid Friday of the days of the dog  afternoon  that was.

We head off to Cebu South Bus terminal, the summer heat was sultry and oppressive that blends well with the noises and dirty in the bustling  crowd of that cramped bus station there not enough room to swing a cat, there were just a sea of people , sweating in long ques just to get on the bus. I bet luck was on our side. We are able to made it at 5PM bus trip going to Dumaguete.

Splashes of perpetual Summer in Sipalay

Surprisingly, Sipalay can be reached by either side of the Negros island be it on the Oriental side or the Occidental which I used the former. Taking the Dumaguete en route,  I have witness the Southern charms get dusky as the sun sets in its horizon, leaving a beautiful tainted sky during our travel towards the tip of Cebu island.

The southern dusk scene going to Dumaguete!
The southern dusk scene going to Dumaguete!

After that 5 hrs road trip considering it was a Friday,  we have reached the town of Santander past 10 in the evening  then we went aboard for another 30mins cruise to get to Sibulan, Negros Oriental. Time  flies fast and we can reached Sibulan island and immediately head off to Dumaguete city, the capital city of Negros Oriental.

At the city of the gentle people, Dumaguete!
At the city of the gentle people, Dumaguete!

On the itinerary, we have to catch a 2:30 AM Bus since the night is young we met a Negrenese friend , Alvin who offered his humble adobe for our short sojourn at the city of gentle people before that series of bus stops. From Dumaguete, the bus took us to Bayawan city, the gateway to the Occidental side after 2hrs that shares a boundary with Kabankalan City of Negros Occidental on the northwest our next destination and eventually to Sipalay City and have that splashes of perpetual summer feel.

 

Our Sipalay moments , a sudden quick change of plan

“It sounds funny, but my biggest fear is that I’m not perfect. I’m a perfectionist, and I get upset when things go wrong or when I don’t do well. ” – Nick Jonas

The sun was at its brightest as we reached the jeweled city in the Southern Negros , it was almost high noon. We dropped off the city’s Ceres bus station and took a trike to head off to Perth resort for our lunch. To our surprise the resort was holding a private party and had it reserved, it was like there was miscommunication in both ends. It almost ruined , 9hrs of travel.

A perfect weather to go island hopping in Sipalay!
A perfect weather to go island hopping in Sipalay!

Taking the bright side,  as suggested by our trike driver we should visit the near by resort of Tinagong dagat  translated as “hidden sea” . The resort known for its bamboo bridges, connecting islands and lush vegetation. Personally, I thought this is can be a good and decent accommodation.  Excitedly, we asked the occupancy rate for our plan for an overnight stay in Sipalay. But to no avail, it went vain in all resorts in the city that one weekend.

Saving the day for us, the Tiganong Dagat resort formely know as Isla Bonita of Sipalay!
Saving the day for us, the Tiganong Dagat resort formely know as Isla Bonita of Sipalay!

So, we opted to have an island hopping in Sipalay instead and laid our Plan B which is to go to Negros Occidental Capital city, Bacolod is a long drive away.

 

Exploring the gems of Sipalay in one perfect island hopping

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A striking sight leading to the islets of Sipalay!

With a time to catch,  in wink the island hopping begun. Pegged at Php 1,500 a half-day trip , the serene beauty of Sipalay is priceless.Sailed from the Tinagong dagat makeshift bamboo port, the excitement is contentious. As we cruise more,  reveals a breath-taking sight, the islets that resembles the Hundred of islands of  Alaminos, Pangasinan is magical. The water was  calm state even in high noon, surprisingly.  The sea is sparkling in blue and green glitters like diamond in the middle of the sea.

A glimpse of the island with a cave, breath-taking!
A glimpse of the island with a cave, breath-taking!

The opening salvo of our island hopping of the 3 island was Campomanes. A white sand island with relatively short shoreline but the water is crystal clear. The water is tempting me being a son of the beach ,  resistance seem hard.  I basked  in Campomanes’ crystal clear waters.It has a port for medium size vessels and our guide told us that there is a snorkeling area with a sunken ship if we do scuba diving which we failed to do. Going to the next island, our guide gave a brief introduction for this, he said it’s an island with a cave in it. I think it was an understatement, I find the island beautiful and picturesque. It reminds me of a place I’ve been to but I choose not to remember and just enjoy the serene beauty.

The son of the beach basking in the jewel of the sugarland.
The son of the beach basking in the jewel of the sugarland.

Our last stop was supposed to be an island but we traded it with a resort instead since our time is running out. So head off to a resort named C View Haven Resort since Perth is unavailable.  The staff welcomed us with the warmest Ilonggo smile and lead us to its roof deck, to me it gives a better vantage view of the islets, the birds eyes view up in the roof top is surreal.

Looking at these marvelous Nature masterpieces.
Looking at these marvelous Nature masterpieces.

As much as we have wanted to extend and bask in to the Sipalay clear waters, we can not afford to miss a bus trip or van going to the City of Smiles, Bacolod. Thus, we had to bid our goodbyes with our guide and his son and thank them for that perfect island hopping even in rush of time.

Now another adventure awaits in Bacolod catch it soon.

 Bayawan Ceres terminal, the gateway to the Occidental side
Bayawan Ceres terminal, the gateway to the Occidental side

Suggested itinerary for Sipalay via Dumaguete route

Sipalay via Dumaguete vice versa
Entry point via Dumaguete  Exit point via Dumaguete

Day 0
3:30 Head off to South Bus
4PM Catch a trip bound for Dumaguete
11 Arrived in Dumaguete
12 Go night out in Dumaguete or stay in a coffee shop

Day 1
2AM Prepare for departure
3AM First Trip for Bayawan via VHIRE
5 AM First trip going to Hinubaan ( Trip is every 45 mins)
7AM Reached Sipalay city
7:30AM Bfast in Sipalay
8 :00 Hire a trike to Perth resort or find an acoomodation
9 AM Check in Perth
10AM Island hopping
12NOON Lunch at the boat
1 – 5 PM Explore Sipalay
6PM Enjoy sunset at Perth
7PM Dinner
8PM Chill at the beach front
9PM Lights Off

Day 2

6AM Wake up / Sunrise photo at the pool
7AM Breakfast ( Breakfast is not part of the room accommodation)
8AM Explore Sipalays other beaches and resort
11AM Prepare for check out
12NOON Lunch and check out
1PM Take a tricycle from Pert Resort to Sipalay Bus Terminal
1:30PM Take a Ceres Bus from Sipalay Terminal to Hinuba-an Terminal
3PM Hop a bus from Hinuba-an Terminal to Bayawan
5PM Ride on a bus from Bayawan Terminal to Dumaguete City
9PM Take a Ceres Bus from Dumaguete Terminal
10PM Ride on a Bus going to Cebu from Dumaguete Terminal
2AM Arrival in Cebu Bus terminal

The tranquil Langub island. (Cave island)
The tranquil Langub island. (Cave island)

*Estimated budget for Sipalay via Dumaguete route

A.  Transportation : PHP 1339.00 or USD 28.92

Going to
Cebu to Sibulan : PHP 250.00 (aircon Ceres with terminal fee and barge fare)
Sibulan to Dumaguete : PHP 13 .00 via Jeepney
Dumaguete to Bayawan : PHP 125.00 (Aircon) / PHP 100.oo (Non aircon)
Bayawan to Hinuba an : PHP 80.00
Hinuba an to Sipalay: PHP 36.00
Sipalay Ceres bus stop to Tinagong Dagat: PHP 100.00 via tricke

Going back
Tinagong Dagat to Sipalay Ceres bus stop : PHP 100.00 via tricke
Sipalay Ceres bus stop to Hinubaan going to Dumaguete: PHP 130.00
Option : Go to Bacolod
Sipalay Ceres bus stop to Bacolod : PHP 200
Hinubaan to Bawayawan : PHP 80.00
Bayawan to Dumaguete : PHP 125.00 (Aircon) / PHP 100.oo (Non aircon)
Dumaguete to Cebu : PHP 300 including the ferry
Option:
Dumaguete to Sibulan : PHP 11.00
Fast craft : PHP 62.00

B. Tour Package:  PHP 400.00 or USD 8.64

Tinagong dagat island hopping package : PHP 1,500.00 shared by 4

Tip : PHP 25.00

C. Food: PHP 300.00 or USD 6.47

Breakfast: PHP 100.00

Lunch: PHP 100.00

TOTAL :  PHP 2039 .00 / per person  or USD 44.04 

Note:

*Prices are subject to change

* The total expenses are shared by a group of 4 people

*USD dollar is qouted as of this writting, it may differ.

What a view of scattered with a dozen of islets of Sipalay!
What a view of scattered with a dozen of islets of Sipalay!

How to get to Sipalay from Manila and Cebu routes

From Manila

There is a daily flight from Manila to Bacolod–Silay International Airport via major airline companies.From the airport, it’s around 30 mins travel via taxi or van head off to the city of Bacolods Bus terminal.Once in Bacolod look for a Ceres bus heading to Sipalay.Or if you can rent a van or car it would be a little better and faster too to get you Sipalay city which is 4- 5hrs drive away from Bacolod via private transportation.

From Cebu

From Cebu South Bus Terminal, get the Liloan trip. Fastcraft ticket from Liloan Port to Sibulan Port.Jeepney ride from Sibulan Port to Dumaguete Ceres Bus Terminal.Take a Ceres Bus to  Bayawan -Hinobaan.Ceres Bus from Bayawan -Hinobaan to Sipalay Bus Terminal. Hire a trike to take you to your resort.

Note:

Buses to Sipalay leave Dumaguete every hour from Ceres Bus Terminal to Kabankalan (mountains route ).
It´s takes around 6 hours trip and costs approx. 200 pesos. Also  there is a direct trip from Dumaguete to Sipalay only serve once a day (1:00PM).

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Smart Digifest: Unsay dugayan, Connect Na Ta!

A stronger , faster and more stable date connectivity in Cebu this is the promise of SMART Communications to Cebuanos as it brings in Digifest event in the Queen city of the South.

Smarts Digifest is a  3 week long celebration of Smart’s improved network in the city every weekend.  Starting the 16th of July to the 31st at SM Seaside and SM City Cebu. Among the activities Cebuanos got to enjoy were the Social Media weekend, Gaming weekend and Streaming weekend.

And the most awaited part of the that weeks long celebration of Smart’s improved connectivity is the its Digifest Party, its a celebration of awesome activities, great music and prizes for Cebuanos on Saturday , August 6.

Smart Digifest in Cebu (c) Smart
Smart Digifest in Cebu (c) Smart

Smart Digifest: Unsay dugayan, connect na ta!

SMART Communications has recently improved its network in Cebu. There is no better way to showcase this faster and better data connectivity to Cebuanos than to let us actually experience it for ourselves, so Smart is whipping up themed Digifest activities over the next weeks.

At the event, Cebuanos can hang out at the different interactive booths showcasing Smart’s faster mobile data in the queen city. Every weekend starting July 16, a larger than life Digifest booth will be setup in SM City Cebu and SM Seaside City Cebu (check full schedule below):

July 16-17 – SM City Cebu Atrium C (Social Media weekend)
July 23-24 – SM City Cebu Atrium C (Gaming weekend)
July 30-31 – SM Seaside City Cebu (Streaming weekend)

With this newest campaign, Smart is asking “Unsay dugayan pa, Connect Na ta” with a faster connection, Smart is giving us no reason not to connect.

Smart Digifest in Cebu (c) Smart
Streaming online at Smart Digifest in Cebu (c) Smart

Cebuanos Connected na  at Smart DigiFest

On July 16-17 at SM City Cebu, subscribers can use demo units to sign in on their Snapchat accounts or use Smart’s account to try, which will then be displayed on the TV screens at the booth. Subscribers who follow Smart’s account on Snapchat will get tickets to the culminating Digifest Party on August 6. Also, subscribers who post photos on Facebook showing how their barkada enjoys Smart’s faster data using the hashtag #ConnectNaTa and #SmartDigifest will get a chance to win FREE DATA!

On July 23-24 at SM City Cebu, subscribers can join the Smart Digifest Clan on Clash Royale and challenge another player. Top scorers/winners will get FREE DATA.

In another booth, subscribers can play virtual reality games, which will be projected on the LED screen. Top scorers will get also get FREE DATA as prizes. Subscribers who participate in any of the activities and share their experience by posting a photo with #ConnectNaTa and #SmartDigifest automatically get free tickets to the culminating Digifest Party on August 6.

On July 30-31 at SM Seaside City Cebu, subscribers who stream videos on demo units connected to the TVs.
and post a screenshot of the video they’re watching with #ConnectNaTa and #SmartDigifest will get free tickets to the culminating Digifest Party on August 6.

Surf and stream with faster data, now available in Cebu! Try it out with #SmartGigaSurf 50’s 1GB of data! (c) Smart
Surf and stream with faster data, now available in Cebu! Try it out with #SmartGigaSurf 50’s 1GB of data! (c) Smart

Connect tanan at  Smart Digifest Party

As a fitting culmination to its celebration of faster and stronger data, Smart invites all Cebuanos to one big Digifest Party filled with awesome activities, great music and prizes on Saturday, August 6.

At the venue, all activities from the past 3 weekends will be set-up: from posting your moments with friends on Snapchat; streaming your favorite videos and series on iflix and YouTube; enjoying your favorite mobile games like Clash Royale and Clash of Clans; immersing in another world with theSamsung Gear VR; to discovering awesome perks and digital content on the new SmartLife app.

Throughout the night, all partygoers also get a chance to win gadgets and premium items.

Definitely a must-not-miss event, Smart’s Digifest will feature today’s hottest apps in larger than life set-ups powered by Smart’s faster mobile internet, and will gather some of the country’s top DJs. So what are you waiting for? Mark your calendars, mu-connect na ta, and see you there!
Win a Samsung smartphone, Gear VR

For more information on Smart’s upcoming Digifest, follow its official accounts on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SmartCommunications), Twitter and Instagram (@LiveSmart).

Cebu’s Canyoneering : Conquering canyons, chasing waterfalls , challenging fear!

“Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience. ” Paulo Coelho

Cebu now is grabbing the spotlight for many reasons specially at this season when the blazing Sugbo sun is at its peak. Definitely, there are myriads of attractions and activities of beating the heat in this tropical island of Cebu. Yes, the list can go as long as it goes.

Basking in the powdery white sand beaches and island on top of it, indulging into icy and cool refresher and dishes or perhaps go mall hopping  in the cities  colossal and state-of-the-art malls. But here’s one I am offering you, something raw, green and fresh. Let’s go-ecotourism in Alegria-Badian Canyoneering!

There is no better way to cool off than immerse yourself into the wonderful , magical and surreal of Mother Nature. Cebu is now a growing hub for extreme activity such like this and mind you, it’s not just the challenging obstacle they’re keep coming back , breath-taking and Natural charm of the Kanlaob river, that’s drawing them back.

Good Morning from Alegria, Cebu!
Good Morning be like in Alegria, Cebu!

Unique experience downstream stream at Kanlaob canyoneering

“The earth has music for those who listen… open your hearts to hear it well”

At the crack of dawn marks the start of our journey, we rose earlier than the sun, assembled in the rendezvous and hit off the road as soon as the bus was thoroughly filled. Our excitement and thrill sustained us throughout our that 4hrs of unwinding road going to  Alegria, Cebu.

The adventure seekers. Ready for an action pack day!
The adventure seekers. Ready for an action pack day!

The sun is  out warming out a bright day for us. For the first time I am travelling with a blogger friend of mine,   Bonet of my sweet promises   and joined by a good set of adventurous bunch of folks namely Brandy, Kiara,  Hewish, Lot lot, Joshua and Miggy. Together we will challenge our fear and conquer the famed Alegria – Badian Canyoneering with the professional assistance of Yael Canyoneering team. All is set for an adrenaline pumping day ahead.

This exciting cayoneering activity entails a 3 – 4 hrs in average  or it depends of ones pacing traveling down creeks and streams within a mossy canyon. This extreme yet fun activity may require a lot of jumping, a lengthy walk , some swimming, climbing and abseiling. But all the will be replaced, a sweet smile at the end.

The ethereal beauty of Kanlaob, Alegria and Badian

My heart pumping faster , harder and louder more  than  the usual. Perhaps, excitement and thrill caused it.  We first had a short briefing at their tourist center and have our name log in and hand stamped for record purposes. It’s good that such measures is taken seriously by the local government unit. Kudos!

Keep the ball rolling. This is the second stage! Keep the thrill coming.
Keep the ball rolling. This is the second stage! Keep the thrill coming.

Soon after it, we ride into our motorcycles and stormed going to the starting point of canyoneering. Before us is a crowd of excited folks , who came from different corners of the country just to experience this Canyoneering in Cebu. As I look at their facial expression, it varies one from the other. Yet one thing is certain everyone is now in high spirit and giddy to take their first leap so am I. Thanks to the assuring and calm gestures of our professional guide from Yael canyoneering team , Kuya Esoy, Jef and Erik  you are assured.

The fun starts at 15ft  drop, it was a scary sight its like vertigo would pass you out  but our guide Eric jumped first and everything seems so well. I have my hats off to Brandy, to dared to lead the pack. It would really take tons of  courage but once you find it yourself strike while the iron is hot as yell on the top of your lungs.Meanwhile, I was the last to jump since I’m responsible of documenting the adventure.

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The elaborate and intricate walls of the canyons are perfected with Mother nature’s personal, unique way of carving it for a one of a kind masterpiece. A beauty beyond the pictures on the internet we often envy of. An ethereal and surreal beauty , a scenery only in our dreams and wild imagination and the closes we could have in cinemas we can see.

Of canyons, waterfalls, lagoons, river and a lot of fun

Fun never ends of that 3- 4 hrs of canyoneering downstream the Kanlaob river, feast with your eyes with Nature got in-store for you down the Southern side of Cebu. Brace yourself to the adrenaline rush fun and the wonders it has!

The Kanlaob – Matutinao- Kawasan canyoneering will features waterfalls of various heights ranging from 15 feet up as high as 50 feet with deepness  I barely care not to ask or seek to know, I’m contented and confident to say that it is deep enough for one to have a safe landing and one can enjoy swimming .

Frolicking into the wilderness in the realms of Mother nature
Frolicking into the wilderness in the realms of Mother nature

Expect to see waterfalls  up close and personal , see colossal canyons bedecked with stalactites accentuated with moss, immerse and distress yourself in its tempestuous clear lagoons or simple spend idyllic time  in its pristine rivers . To me? I did all those aforementioned activities, live life to the fullest!

Frolicking into the wilderness in the realms of Mother nature is never been this fun as I expected it to be, the long stretch of walking in the river banks is filled with stories , tales , anecdotes and some hugots.haha making every walk worth the sweat.  Making the bonds among our friendship tighter.

Suggested Itinerary for Canyoneering in Badian/ Alegria , Cebu

03: 00 AM Call time

03: 30 AM Meet at Caltex Seven eleven in front of Cebu South Bus terminal

04:00 AM  Take a first trip going to Alegeria

07:00 AM Estimated time of Arrival at Matutinao

07:30 AM Meet up with guide, gear up and breakfast.

08:30 AM Start of Canyoneering at Kanlaob river

12:30 PM End of  Canyoneering and lunch at Kawasan Falls

*02:00 PM Enjoy rafting at Kawasan Falls.

04: 00 PM Take a Bus back to Cebu City or head off  to your resort

07: 00 PM Back in Cebu or have dinner at the beach

Notes: 

The cutoff time for cayoneering  is until 1:00 pm for big groups, 2 pm for small groups.Rafting is not part of the package , you can add on this if you wish

Every corner is just full of surprises.
Every corner is just full of surprises.

*Estimated expenses for a day tour in Cebu canyoneering:

A. Transportation  : Php 310.00 / person

Cebu – Alegria = Php 160
Badian – Cebu = Php 150

B. Tour package : Php 1,000.00  / person

Inclusions:

Transfer from Brgy. Malabago to Kanla-ob River, Brg. Compostela Alegria

Transfer from Kawasan Falls back to Sitio Sangi, Alegria  (Motorcycle)

Entrance Fee (Brg. Compostela Alegria) and Exit Fee (Brg. Matutinao,Badian)

Life Vest and Helmet

Professional Tour Guides

Dry Bag

Lunch/dinner

Cottage use in Kawasan Falls

C. Accomodation: Php 2800.00 good for 8 pax = Php 350 / person

  • Moalboal Backpacker Lodge
    Address: Panagsama Beach, Basdiot, Moalboal, 6032, Philippines
    Phone:+63 32 474 3053

D. Food: Php 150.00 / person

Breakfast and water

Light snacks

E. Operational  expenses : Php 100.00  / person

Total : Php  1910 / person rounded up to Php 2, 000.

Reliable, accommodating and trusted Cayoneering operator

Dangerous as others would say but to me, I prefer calling it challenging and I want you also to call it that way. Take it from a brighter side!
This kind of extreme adventure can  risk our life in just a wink of an eye, to be honest. But with the proper assistance and guidance, it is one-hell-adventure-fun you must not do before your too old to have fun.
Anyway, I was at cease the whole time during the activity knowing I am in good hand  with  Jhed Lobingco of Yael Canyoneering and his team : Eric, Esoy and Jef. If it wasn’t for them, I might not be able to write this blog at this very moment.
If you want  to inquire, reserve , arrange or anything that tickles your mind about canyoneering an their services feel free to reach them at  +63(935)412-4939  or send them a message in Facebook book account : Yael Canyoneering . You may directly visit the Station at the crossroad of Sitio Sangi, Brgy. Madridejos, Alegria and look for Jhed Lobingco.
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Selfie just before I take the last leap at Kawasan falls

Cayoneering Tour rate 

  • 1 to 5 pax- Php. 1,200 per head with lunch (800 without lunch)
  • 6 to 10 pax- Php.1,000 per head with lunch (700 without lunch)
  • 11 to 15 pax- Php. 900 per head with lunch (650 without lunch)

Package inclusions :

Transportation

From Brgy. Malabago to Kanla-ob River, Brg. Compostela Alegria  and  Transfer from Kawasan Falls back to Sitio Sangi, Alegria   via Motorcycle

Entrance and  Exit fees

Entrance at Baranay  Compostela Alegria and Exit  at Brg. Matutinao,Badian

Safety gears  

Life Vest, dry bag and helmet

Professional service 

Professional Tour Guides

1 head guide and 1 assistant or depends on your group size.

Additional 1 guide every 5 pax.

Optional :  

Lunch/dinner

Cottage use in Kawasan Falls

Action Camera is available for rent

EYES HERE: 

Filipino as we are by nature haggling to almost everything is part of our being. So, help me cut the process a little, just tell them , you heard about Yael cayoneering from me,  “Master Ryo”  or “Ram Kuizon.” It would make the process faster. Take a screen shoot of this and send it to them if needed but I doubt. 🙂

Try it to find out! 

13179048_1399594530066168_8926113590851520350_nEnchanting and endearing, final words

 The difference between you and me is that I dont wait for the adventure to happen. I seek for adventure and make it happen.

It’s now time to put the trust back in yourself and gain confidence, it’s hard at first but once you’ve done it. The happiness and satisfaction are priceless . Dare to think about it and believe in it as Peter pan once said, right?

I will never trade my experience and never regretted one moment I have in this trip, this the most closest experience to nature I could have so far, the only words I could conjure up to describe this is ” Enchanting and endearing.”

 

Before this end,  may I express my shout goes to  Bonet of my sweet promises  ,  Brandy, Kiara,  Hewish, Lot lot, Joshua and Miggy for sharing your precious time and allowing me to be part of your summer story. You one of the coolest team!  And to  Yael Canyoneering team headed by  Jhed Lobingco and his team : Eric, Esoy and Jef for keeping us safe and for the patience. Two thubs up!

Truly, this adds a interesting page in my summer story this year, definitely! Watch out for the rest of my summer story soon.

Until then mates! 

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A day well -spent at the famed Kawasan falls to end the canyoneering.

 

P. S: 

I welcome all kinds of  inquires, comments and violent reactions and future collaborations or review . Just  feel free to reach me at Master Ryo   www.facebook.com/masterryo or tweet me  @masterryo1 or ping me at cckuizon@gmail.com .I’ll respond you as soon I got your message.

 

Thanks for reading!

 

 

Ilocos is captured in drone and it’s breathtaking!

“Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” ~  Benjamin Disraeli

Up to the Northern strip of this 7, 000 plus archipelagos country, the pearl of the Orient seas, the Philippines. Lies the region rich and fuse with the beauty of nature and history.Keeping the exquisite Filipino tradition, practices and architecture alive up to this modern and contemporary era.

Ilocos region is a top destination in the country. I see no reason not be , as a matter of fact, it just the home of the recently declared  as one of the New Seven Wonder Cities (N7WC) adding more reason for people to visit and explore this living museum city of the Philippines.

Vigan’s Dancing Fountain Show at Plaza Salcedo
Vigan’s Dancing Fountain Show at Plaza Salcedo

Ilocos in motion, simply stunning!

A picture paints a thousand words yet words can be as good as it could be. Why not take the video and see things in motion, where everything is just real, candid and authentic. 

Here is a visual presentation of a seasoned videographer, traveler and a wanderlust  Christer Isulat. Allow him to take you to a  fresher and  more exciting perspective of Ilocos. With his drone and hand-held camera, he went to shoot the key destinations in Vigan, Laoag, and Pagudpud and showcase them in one awesome video . Check his masterpiece in the video below or click it to view it in youtube.


 

Sights and sounds in Ilocos, must visit places!

The preserved architectureof Calle Crisologo, Bantay Tower, Quirino Bridge, and the dancing lights fountain are some of the spectacles documented for Vigan. The sand dunes in Laoag lets you have an exciting time aboard a monster 4×4 and unlimited sandboarding time.

Laoag is also the home of Malacanang of the North as well as Paoay Church. Pagudpud is famous for its windmills, Patapat Viaduct, Dos Hermanos Islands, Saud Beach, Blue Lagoon, Burgos Lighthouse and Bantay Abot Cave.

Good thing is these destinations are an easy  reach visit with the three main provinces easily accessible from one another. The sights and sounds of Ilocos will surely bewildered you! 

Calle Crisologo or Mena Crisologo street is a major attraction of Vigan
Calle Crisologo or Mena Crisologo street is a major attraction of Vigan

Trusted partners with a mission!

This video was in collaboration with Biyaheroes  and Partas Transport Company with hopes of encouraging tourists to visit these commute-friendly destinations and to take public transport when visiting.

Instead of a very long drive, Biyaheroes lets commuters book and even choose their bus seats online, saving everyone from the hassle and the stress of planning their trips. They are in partnership with Partas that offers direct and roundtrip Manila to Vigan, Laoag, and Pagudpud buses with terminals in Pasay, Sampaloc, and Cubao.

Have a hassle-free trip at Biyaheroes

Sounds catchy and hassle free. Question? How can avail of this . Here’s a simple way to do that.

Step 1: Select, select and select. Select the bus terminal , destination, number of seat, departure date and type of trip: one way or roundtrip, bus schedule at their  at biyaheroes.com.

Step 2: Information please. After selecting,  fill up your personal details. You can also include some notes for request or any in the Booking Notes box.

Step 3: Pay time.Payment is made easy via Dragonpay, you can settle payment in major banks (whether it’s online or over the counter), payment partners such as Bayad Center, Cebuana Lhullier, LBC, SM Bills Payment, and other popular options found nationwide.

Important Note: 

Online reservations have a 2-day cut-off and a fixed 10% extra service charge per booking or P50 for bookings P500 and below.

Bonus: In Biyaheroes, every transaction and travel with them is appreciated. Saying said that, you can earn points and get cool freebies. Earn more points for future travel.


With the blazing heat of the sun and the longing to see provinces that offer everything from history, adventure, and food trips, why not escape and book your Ilocos bus tiscket now? Laoag na magdalawang isip pa! 🙂