My Reviews

Callao Cave

5.0 Stars
Great Outdoors

Really wanted to go here as soon as possible the moment my History of Architecture professor showed us his photos of the beautiful Callao Cave. Luckily, I got a chance to visit this place May of this year. You'll need to ride a Tuguegarao bound bus for 10-12 hours and ride a tricycle after in order to reach this place.

Callao Cave's historically popular because it's where a Callao Man's remains were found (oldest one in the country and one of the earliest in Asia Pacific, if scientifically proven as remain of a homo sapien). The remains were already 67,000 years old, too when it was discovered year 2007.

The cave consists of seven chambers with natural openings which give its tourists a really spectacular view. One of the cave's chamber is presently functioning as a chapel where there's a weekly Celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Weddings have also been done here!

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Mt. Pinatubo

5.0 Stars
Great Outdoors

One of the most historic sites in the Philippines is now also one of the most famous spots for wanderers. Mount Pinatubo caused a tragic eruption one decade and a half ago which ravaged Central Luzon's provinces.

Its crater lake which is mostly its visitors' reason of going here's a beautiful remnant of such tragedy. Before you witness this really breathtakingly wonderful lake, you'll need to ride a 4x4 which is limited to 4 guests per vehicle, it will take you two hours of hell of a bumpy and butt-aching ride which will also stop by several spots in the volcano for a few minutes.

Upon reaching the ending point of the 4x4's, guests are mandated to trek one and a half to two hours from the drop-off point. As you'll compute it will take you three hours only for the ascending part in order to reach the crater lake, and yes, it's really exhausting. There's a famous saying saying that the hardest climb gives you the best view and you'll think of this after trekking for several hours, too if you go here.

There are many travel pages around the internet and we chose Pinay Keypoint Tour Packages because it's the cheapest one among the others and despite the cheapness, they gave us really great service and guidance!

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Tinuy-an Falls

5.0 Stars
Great Outdoors

One of Surigao del Sur's famous spots, Tinuy-an Falls. The locals call it as the Niagara Falls of the Philippines, and no doubt, it kind of is! Go here during October to January and you'll witness a great current of water flowing through the falls, go here by summer, too, and you'll witness strands of water also in a beautiful way.

The falls has four layers and this one in the picture is the most picturesque of them all, you can even rent a bamboo raft or balsa where a guide will take you near the current. Don't just look at the falls when coming here, try the bamboo raft and you'll experience a natural shower.

This place also offers lodging services like what the local volunteers/caretakers told me. You can climb the highest layer but a guide is mandatory if you're gonna do this. Explore Surigao and experience its magnificent natural wonders it has to offer!

ONE MORE THING: If you're going here, contact Kuya Dondon, he's a really experienced and super nice, accommodating and a reliable guide and habal habal driver. He'll bring you to many places and he'a highly recommended!! KUYA DONDON: 09083825809

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CDO White Water Rafting

5.0 Stars
Great Outdoors

Cagayan de Oro's signature adventure is their white river rafting in Cagayan River! I didn't miss this for myself and after exploring Iligan for a day, this was my 2nd stop. There are many white water river rafting companies in Cagayan de Oro and among those companies, I chose Kagay.

Their webpage says you need to be in a group of 6 in order to avail their rafting promos, and since I was just a solo traveler, I tried calling them and asked the staff if I can join a group and good thing I was able to join!

They will pick you up 7:30 in the morning in your hotel and upon arriving at the rafting station, there will be a little orientation regarding the positions, commands and must do's and don't's and then the greatest part is here!

We finished the rafting session for three and a half hours and we chased 14 really crazy rapids! Be careful you might fall if you're gonna try it and always listen to the guide. This was my first time rafting and it's really a great start! I can't wait to try many more!!! Trust me, you should try this!

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Tinago Falls

5.0 Stars
Great Outdoors

It's literally hidden and you have to find it in order to see it (WHAAAAT?) Okay forget those words haha

One of the most beautiful I have ever seen in my life is Tinago Falls. It's so beautiful that you wouldn't want to leave it but you have to because they don't allow people camping within the falls area, it's only open until 5pm.

This was my first stop Just this Friday upon arriving at Cagayan de Oro City, going here is not easy as 1-2-3 because I kind of had a hard time. Upon arriving at Laguindingan Airport (Iligan and Cagayan de Oro's nearby airport), ride a shuttle outside the arrival hall plying to Iligan City, when you already reached the terminal, ride a jeepney plying to Buruuan with a 1C sign board, then go down at the bridge where you can see a Welcome to Maria Christina Falls banner and rent a habal habal (motorcycle) which will already lead to 3 of Iligan's famous falls which includes the most beautiful among the three for me, the Tinago Falls!

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Hinatuan Enchanted River

5.0 Stars
Great Outdoors

The river is truly enchanted! Went here and this was my 4th stop in Mindanao as I explore 5 of its provinces for 5 days. You'll need to rent a habal-habal (Visayan for motorcycle) and it'll took you an hour if you're coming from Bislig, Surigao del Sur or fifteen to thirthy minutes if from Hinatuan Bus Terminal

I arrived there yesterday an hour before they feed the fishes. Once that starts, everyone in the river aren't allowed to swim while the feeder feeds the fishes, as I can remember, it lasted for 15 minutes and luckily, I was able to snap a photo both the river, its surrounding plants and the reaaaaallllyyyy cute fishes.

Aside from the cute fishes, the water's really clear, too! Lucky for you if you know how to swim because you'll be able to roam around the river, but if you can't, no worries, you can still roam around by renting a life jacket, it's just better if you can swim unlike me :( Tip: bring snorkeling gears if you wanna see the fishes swim together underwater!! :)

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Joaquinn's Bed & Breakfast

4.0 Stars
Hotel

This view of Bacuit Bay is what will you be seeing upon waking up at Joaquinn's Bed and Breakfast. It's only one of the things which this place offers, it's greatest asset for me is their beachfront location, what's in the photo is what you'll be actually seeing and during my stay here, I feel like I'm in paradise because the vista is really for the win.

Aside from a great view, they also have really cozy and clean rooms though they don't have a hot shower (it wasn't really a big deal for me), they have a Wi-Fi, they serve really nice meals, too and you'll be having breakfast overlooking Bacuit Bay. They also have an access to the local market, as far as I can remember you'll have to walk for 5-10 minutes to reach it.

They also offered us island hopping tours and the lunch they served really has a huge serving (maybe I think it's for 5-10 people, we were just only three socwe had a hard time finishing it all haha), they served grilled liempo, huge crabs and squids and even shrimps and rice! We also went to several beaches and lagoon in El Nido and we weren't disappointed because their beauty is really out of this world. You wouldn't think something like that exists in our country, really. No doubt many of the tourists here are foreigners.

I can't wait to be back here! I'll never get tired and sick of visiting this place. Also, the hotel, too! :)

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Tumalog Falls

5.0 Stars
Great Outdoors

Tumalog Falls is one of the most famous falls in Southern Cebu, especially in Oslob. It's usually where tourists go after going to the Whale Shark point, if you have a car this is just 10-15 minutes away from the beach and you'll be riding a habal-habal (motorcycle) as a part of the trail or you can just walk but the slope is really steep! The habal habal ride is kinda scary, too but it's safer since the drivers have been using their habal habal's for quite a long time already.

The falls doesn't have much that strong current but it's unique, it only has thin lines of waters coming from above which looks like long raindrops, it's also a tall one ranging from 50-80 meters as I have observed. It also has a pool-like water which is just thigh-deep so even kids can swim here! Include this in your bucket list if you're going to Oslob. Some say beautiful places are results of an extreme journey, lucky for yoi guys who are gonna visit this place because you won't be sweating that much, I pinky swear!

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Mantayupan Falls

5.0 Stars
Great Outdoors

June of this year, I got myself a really cheap plane tickets bound to Cebu at a Travel Expo for just 1k, it's already a two-way ticket and a week after I bought it is my departure from Manila. Pretty lucky for a last minute flight I guess. On my third day in Cebu, we hired a car and explored the Southern part of the province. We went to plenty of destinations which I'll be sharing some to you, guys.

One of our destinations was Mantayupan Falls at Barili, Cebu. Its height is 98-meters (equivalent to a 35 storey stucture hehehe) and you won't be struggling that much on your way here unlike the other tall falls we have in the Philippines. Pathways and railings are available so this is just a piece of cake. It took us only 10 minutes to the falls as far as I can remember.

Life vests are provided here so need to worry if you can't swim, another great thing here is there are ropes everywhere so you can reach the farthest part of the falls where you can feel its current.

If you have an obsession with waterfalls like me, visit this when in Cebu!

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Miagao Church

5.0 Stars
Historical Site

Continuing our Bacolod trip just July of this year, we also got the chance to visit Iloilo since it's just an hour away from the Port of Bacolod through a 2Go SuperCat ferry. It didn't cost us more than 500 pesos for a round trip fare, tip: book the first and last slot! The first slot leaves the port exactly during sunrise so you'll be having a spectacular view of the sea and it also leaves Iloilo before sunset. You also have an option of going to Guimaras if you have plenty of time, there's a tricycle which you can hire for just a hundred or less.

Since we only have twelve hours to roam Iloilo, we decided to just visit its magnificent churches, our first stop was the farthest and grandest one, it's the Miag-ao Church. We rode a jeepney passing by Miag-ao church at the market and it took us an hour and a half to reach the famous church.

The construction of the church began in 1787 and was finished in the 1797. It served as a fortress against muslim raiders and it has been also damaged several times by a revolution in 1898, a fire in 1910 and an earthquake in 1948. It was fully restored in 1962. Imagine how the church underwent such tragedies but is still as beautiful as ever after its restoration? Miag-ao church is truly a masterpiece. And oh, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site! A title like that isn't just honored to any place or what, it has a significant value in terms of history and art, that means. So far, this is the most majestic church I have been to! I was so happy because weeks before our visit here, this was our topic in our History of Architecture class so if you're huge fan of history, don't miss this place, too! Hehe.

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