“Talisay” is the name of a type of tree, and is also a pretty common place-name in the Philippines. As far as i know, there are 2 cities and 2 municipalities that are known by this name in Negros Occidental, Cebu, Batangas and Camarines Norte, respectively. What sets apart the Talisay of Negros Occidental is undoubtedly the remains of the building formerly known as the Mariano Ledesma Lacson Mansion, now referred to as “The Ruins”. Talisay is adjacent to both Silay and Bacolod and I planned to spend the afternoon viewing The Ruins. Continue reading
When one flies to Bacolod City, one doesn’t really land in any airport within Bacolod. Like most airports named after major cities, they’re usually actually located in a neighboring city or municipality where there’s much more open space. This is the case with the “Dumaguete Airport” located in Sibulan, the former “Manila International Airport” located in Parañaque, the “Iloilo Airport” located in Cabatuan, and of course, the Bacolod Airport, which is located in the city of Silay. Continue reading
At around late November of last year, 2012, I undertook a trip that brought me to 11 cities and municipalities in 4 provinces within the Western Visayas region (and a bit of MIMAROPA). This was the most number of places I’ve visited in a single vacation, and was in many ways a great learning experience for me. Continue reading
One of my pleasant discoveries last year was the almost-unknown municipality of Don Salvador Benedicto in Negros Occidental. And within this municipality in the mountains is a majestic 100 ft.-tall waterfall named Malatan-og.
I’ll begin blogging about my Negros Occidental solo trip after I finally wrap up the Taiwan series. Hopefully, I’ll be able to do that before I leave for Myanmar at the end of this month.
The above video had, at one point, made the rounds in the social media among Filipinos who either feel nostalgic about the Philippines of their youth (if they’re old enough), or are simply fascinated that the Philippines of today ever resembled the beautiful country that was presented in the video. Continue reading
I looked through my past entries and noticed that the photos contained in each one increased progressively as a new one came out. This had the unintended effect of making my early Biri Island blogs look really plain in comparison to the later ones. So to rectify the situation and to generate interest in Biri as a tourist destination, I’m posting this slideshow.
The photos shown here are of the Macadlao rock formation, taken during my solo trip to Biri Island in April 2011.
In terms of travel and tourism, there is only one issue that can make me flare up and hound an opposing opinion (and beat it down to a bloody pulp long after it has stopped having a pulse.) I am talking about the widespread belief that high air fares are necessary in order to preserve whatever is beautiful about Batanes. Continue reading
(To keep the sequence in their proper chronological order, I should really be blogging about my Taiwan trip right now. But since I’ve been writing about mountains for the past few entries, I thought I’d stay on that trend and write about another climb that happened in the middle of the year. And besides, I haven’t yet decided how I’d blog about my Taiwan trip so allow me to dilly-dally a bit while I’m taking some ideas into consideration.)
Like the past 3 mountains I’ve been to, this climb to Tarak Ridge in Bataan was unplanned. The way we in HLGG schedule our minor climbs is like this: Continue reading
I was in third year high school when I first climbed a mountain. It was located in the town of Jalajala, Rizal. Our section had an outreach/exposure activity among the fisher folk of that town and as an extra assignment, our math teacher tasked us to measure the height of a nearby mountain using a length of rope and a meter stick. I don’t remember the locals ever mentioning the name of that mountain, and frankly I didn’t really care. I had no idea that almost 2 decades later, I would take mountain climbing as a hobby. Continue reading